The CSIRO sensor (Image: CSIRO)
US Navy divers with a practice mine
Two versions of a gradiometer chip (CSIRO)
Planar gradiometer schematic (CSIRO)
Clearing explosives is a major operation and removing the deadly residue of over a century of warfare is a never ending task. The problem is that before you can remove explosives you have to find them. That isn’t always easy – especially underwater, so Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new sensor that uses high-temperature planar gradiometers to seek out explosives in the sea.
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