Low power portable dc magnetometer

R. Rabinovici, Y. Elyakim, I. Abargil, B. Z. Kaplan

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The paper describes a low-power consuming portable DC field magnetometer which employs a relatively new sensor. Saving of power is due on one hand to the selection of a thin ferromagnetic amorphous material for the sensor core. On the other hand, the fact that the sensor core excitation current consists of a square wave-form carrier whose amplitude modulation by another square wave permits an on- and off-operation, leads to economic utilization of power in the electronic circuitry. The magnetometer is operated by six cells type AA 1.5V connected to supply ± 4.SV. The power consumption is 60 mW, from this two thirds are supplied to the excitation coils of the sensor. The sensitivity of the magnetometer is 1nTs for a 0.2 Hz bandwidth. It seems that the sensitivity of the present magnetometer can be further increased to 0.1nTs with 1 Hz bandwidth by using sensors with relatively thin core of properly heat treated MuMetal or MolyPermalloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3411-3413
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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