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Improving the Spatial Resolution of Magneto Resistive Sensors via Deconvolution

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2 Author(s)
Holzl, P.A. ; Inst. for Meas. Technol., Johannes Kepler Univ. of Linz, Linz, Austria ; Zagar, B.G.

State-of-the-art GMR sensors are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of applications, due to of the progress in the area of magnetic field sensor technologies in the recent years. Especially in the area of nondestructive testing, the number of applications based on magnetic field sensors is steadily increasing. Until now, a major concern of these applications has been to improve the sensors sensitivity to be able to measure even minimal magnetic field variations. However, an equally important characteristic, the sensors spatial resolution, is often neglected in discussions. In this paper, the spatial resolution of two different GMR sensors is analyzed. The sensors are modeled as linear space-invariant systems. With the analytical solution for the magnetic field above a current carrying conductor and a corresponding measurement, the attainable spatial resolution is determined comparing two different deconvolution methods, an inverse and a Wiener filter. Finally, the determined sensor characteristics are used to improve the measurement accuracy significantly.

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Sensors Journal, IEEE  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 11 )