The European comparison of absolute gravimeters 2011 (ECAG-2011) in walferdange, Luxembourg: Results and recommendations

Olivier Francis, Henri Baumann, Tomas Volarik, Pedro Inacio

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We present the results of the third European Comparison of Absolute Gravimeters held in Walferdange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, in November 2011. Twenty-two gravimeters from both metrological and non-metrological institutes are compared. For the first time, corrections for the laser beam diffraction and the self-attraction of the gravimeters are implemented. The gravity observations are also corrected for geophysical gravity changes that occurred during the comparison using the observations of a superconducting gravimeter. We show that these corrections improve the degree of equivalence between the gravimeters. We present the results for two different combinations of data. In the first one, we use only the observations from the metrological institutes. In the second solution, we include all the data from both metrological and non-metrological institutes. Those solutions are then compared with the official result of the comparison published previously and based on the observations of the metrological institutes and the gravity differences at the different sites as measured by non-metrological institutes. Overall, the absolute gravity meters agree with one another with a standard deviation of 3.1 μGal. Finally, the results of this comparison are linked to previous ones. We conclude with some important recommendations for future comparisons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-268
Number of pages12
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


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