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Symmetry breaking effect of dc bias current on magnetoimpedance in microwire with helical anisotropy: Application to magnetic sensors

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Ipatov, M. ; Dpto. Física de Materiales, Universidad del País Vasco, San Sebastián, Spain ; Zhukova, V. ; Gonzalez, J. ; Zhukov, A.

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We have investigated the effect of dc bias current IB on longitudinal magnetoimpedance (MI) in amorphous microwire with helical anisotropy and experimentally demonstrated that, by changing the dc current IB, it is possible to considerably affect the MI dependence. We propose to use this effect in developing a longitudinal MI sensor that overcomes the drawbacks usually associated with the longitudinal MI—namely the impossibility to determine the direction of an external axial magnetic field HE and the low sensitivity near the zero-field point. We demonstrate that a set of two measurements of longitudinal wire impedance with properly selected bias current IB allows determination of both the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field HE over an extended range, much higher than the sample anisotropy field. Additional features of the proposed method are the increased sensitivity and the detection of exceeding the operating range.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:110 ,  Issue: 8 )