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Printed circuit board integrated fluxgate sensor

We have developed a cheap and simple trilayer printed circuit board (PCB)-based technology, adapted for the fabrication of fluxgate magnetic sensors. The two outer layers of the PCB stack comprise the electrical windings of the fluxgate, while the inner layer is made of patterned amorphous magnetic core with extremely high relative magnetic permeability (µr100,000). The output voltage and the sensitivity of the fluxgate devices have been studied as a function of the external field and of the geometry of the magnetic core. We have found a relatively high sensitivity of 18 V/T at an excitation current frequency of 10 kHz. The results obtained clearly show the potential of this miniaturised fluxgate device for application as a magnetic field sensor. Keywords: Fluxgate sensor; Sensitivity; High permeability; Compass; Vitrovac®; Printed circuit board (PCB)

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