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Faraday effect sensors for magnetic field and electric current
Author(s): Gordon W. Day; Merritt N. Deeter; Allen H. Rose; Kent B. Rochford
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Paper Abstract

Recent research at NIST has greatly extended the capabilities of Faraday effect sensors for both magnetic field and electric current measurements. Current sensors using single-mode optical fiber show temperature stability near material limits, and are approaching commercial availability for application in the power industry. The Faraday effect in iron garnets shows great promise for measuring current at low levels and/or high speeds. Sensors with noise equivalent currents of about 200 nA/(root)Hz have been demonstrated. Magnetic field sensors using iron garnets and flux concentration, have led to sensors with noise equivalent magnetic fields in the range of 1 pT/(root)Hz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2292, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XII, (1 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.191859
Show Author Affiliations
Gordon W. Day, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Merritt N. Deeter, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Allen H. Rose, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Kent B. Rochford, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2292:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XII
Ramon P. DePaula, Editor(s)

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