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Planar gradiometers with high- DC SQUIDs for non-destructive testing

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We investigated planar gradiometers on the basis of galvanically coupled high- DC SQUIDs for application in non-destructive testing (NDT). The stability of the sensor of better than 1% permits NDT investigations in unshielded environments. The layout of the gradiometer sensors and a corresponding determination of their effective areas and baselines will be discussed as well as the properties of the Josephson junctions in the DC SQUID based on step-edge and bicrystal grain boundaries. We show measurements with this type of sensor applied in a testing system for NDT to determine spatial and field gradient resolution as well as the influence of sensor position and experimental environment such as the dewar material on the performance of the sensor and the whole testing system. As an example first investigations of the permanent magnetization of hardened valves will be presented where we look for a correlation between hardening and magnetic field distribution.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Institut für Festkörperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, D-07743 Jena, Germany 2: Institut für Angewandte Physik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, D-07743 Jena, Germany

Publication date: January 1, 1998


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