A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wesleyan University has developed a new accelerometer that can take extraordinarily precise measurements. The advance opens the door to new sensors that are hyper-sensitive to tiny changes in conditions.
These hyper-sensitive sensors have potential applications in a variety of areas, including photonics, navigation systems, and biosensing. For example, a sensor based on this new technology could be sensitive enough to detect a single tiny molecule, helping to increase understanding of biological processes.
Such sensors could also be useful for monitoring the health of various structures, such as airplane wings and bridges.