Frequency Response Stabilization and Comparative Studies of MET Hydrophone at Marine Seismic Exploration Systems

Sensors (Basel). 2020 Mar 30;20(7):1944. doi: 10.3390/s20071944.


Low frequency hydrophone with a frequency range of 1-300 Hz for marine seismic exploration systems has been developed. The operation principle of the hydrophone bases on the molecular electronic transfer that allows high sensitivity and low level self-noise at low frequencies (<10 Hz) to be achieved. The paper presents a stabilization method of the frequency response within the frequency range at a depth up to 30 m. Laboratory and marine tests confirmed the stated characteristics as well as the possibility of using this sensor in bottom marine seismic systems. An experimental sample of the hydrophone successfully passed a comparative marine test at Gelendzhik Bay (Black Sea) with the technical support of Joint-Stock Company (JSC) "Yuzhmorgeologiya". One of the main results is the possibility of obtaining high-quality information in the field of low frequencies, which was demonstrated in the course of field tests.

Keywords: acoustic sensor; geoscience; hydrophone; molecular-electronic technology; negative electrodynamic feedback; seismic exploration.