High-sensitivity magnetic sensor based on the evanescent scattering by a magnetorheological film

Li, Binghui, Chan, Hau Ping, Ahmmed, Kazi Tanvir, He, Liangjun, Zhu, Shuyan and Wu, Qiang (2020) High-sensitivity magnetic sensor based on the evanescent scattering by a magnetorheological film. Optics Letters, 45 (24). pp. 6643-6646. ISSN 0146-9592

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Abstract

We present a simple concept to implement a magnetic sensor that uses evanescent scattering by a suspended magnetorheological (MR) film above a planar waveguide. The soft MR film embedded with ferromagnetic particles is to induce scattering on the evanescent field of a planar waveguide at a proximity distance. This distance can be controlled precisely by a magnetic field. Consequently, the waveguide output power changes in response to the magnetic intensity. Two sensor prototypes of different film thicknesses were designed and tested showing a trade-off between the sensitivity and dynamic sensing range. A maximum sensitivity of ∼2.62dB/mT was obtained. Compared to optical micro-electromechanical systems, the presented sensors feature a simple design, easy fabrication, low cost, and the potential for large-scale production and miniaturization to be integrated into portable devices.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 16:51
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 17:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44716

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