Frequency Response of a Thin Cobalt Film Magnetooptic Sensor

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Robles, R. Giannetti Frequency Response of a Thin Cobalt Film Magnetooptic Sensor, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Vol. 51, pp. 1246-1251, Dec. 2002

Abstract – The magnetooptic effect is due to a change in the polarization of the light when it is reflected or passes through a magnetized material. The rotation of the polarization plane is proportional to the magnetic field. The great advantage of using a magnetooptic sensor to measure intensity or magnetic fields is its wide bandwidth. This fact is widely known; however, no effective measurements have been taken. In this paper, we present the frequency response of a cobalt thin film used as magnetooptic material. It was first excited by several sinusoidal magnetic fields at different frequencies. The range of frequencies studied in the first experiment reached 179 Hz, which is suitable for measuring power line intensity or magnetic fields. Because the coil that creates the magnetic field has a great impedance at higher frequencies, an alternative method based on magnetic impulses has been designed to obtain high-frequency data. With the latest experiments we have been able to measure frequencies as high as 2 MHz, obtaining a flat frequency response.

Keywords – Ferromagnetic materials, magnetic field measurement, sensors.