Regular Article – Atomic Physics
Assessing the quality of a network of vector-field sensors
Helmholtz-Institut Mainz, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, 64291, Darmstadt, Germany
2 Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 55128, Mainz, Germany
Accepted: 9 December 2021
Published online: 9 January 2022
An experiment consisting of a network of sensors can endow several advantages over an experiment with a single sensor: improved sensitivity, error corrections, spatial resolution, etc. However, there is often a question of how to optimally set up the network to yield the best results. Here, we consider a network of devices that measure a vector field along a given axis; namely for magnetometers in the Global Network of Optical Magnetometers for Exotic physics searches (GNOME). We quantify how well the network is arranged, explore characteristics and examples of ideal networks, and characterize the optimal configuration for GNOME. We find that by re-orienting the sensitive axes of existing magnetometers, the sensitivity of the network can be improved relative to the past science runs.
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