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Modular Eddy Current Micro Sensor

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3 Author(s)
Griesbach, T. ; Center for Production Technol., Leibniz Univ. Hannover, Garbsen, Germany ; Wurz, M.C. ; Rissing, L.

In order to provide a contactless measurement technique to examine products during the fabrication process, a modular design of an eddy current micro sensor was developed and fabricated in thin-film technology. The sensor consists of two parts, a single-turn excitation coil and an anisotropic magneto-resistance (AMR) sensor. The AMR sensor detects the change of the magnetic field induced in a sample by the excitation coil. Initial investigations were conducted to prove the capability of the completed eddy current micro sensor. A defect was created on the surface of a Cu probe. The electrical output signal of the AMR sensor was subsequently compared to optical measurements of the surface profile of the crack. There is a high correlation between the optical measurements and to those of the eddy current micro sensor.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 10 )