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First Derivative High-Tc SQUID Gradiometers with Narrow Structure from Single Layer YBCO Thin Film
Mizushi MATSUDA Tsutomu MATSUURA Koichi KATO Hiroshi OYAMA Amane HAYASHI Satoru HIRANO Shinya KURIKI
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 2002/03/01
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Superconductive Electronics)
Category: SQUIDs and Their Applications
SQUID, gradiometer, low frequency noise,
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We have fabricated and characterized two types of high-Tc planar SQUID gradiometers having different line width of pickup loops. The device worked in flux-locked loop (FLL) operation even in laboratory environment without any shielding. A magnetic field gradient resolution of a parallel-type device in a lightly shielded room was about 0.5 pT/cmHz1/2 at 1 kHz and 2 pT/cmHz1/2 at 1 Hz. The device was possible to record magnetocardiograms in a shielded room. QRS-complex peaks of about 10 pT PP/4mm are clearly observed. For a mesh-type device, the increase of low frequency noise in the open laboratory environment was less than that for a parallel-type.