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Hall Plate : AC input behavior?

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  1. Will

    Will Guest

    Hi All,

    I have a basic question regarding Hall plates for a course I am taking. (I
    understand the basic operation of a Hall plate using a constant DC current
    source across the current pads to sense a perpendicular magnet field).
    However, I have a task of investing what is the behavior of a typical Hall
    plate if you apply AC constant current source instead of a DC constant

    Can anyone comment on the behavior of this say applying 10Hz or 100Hz?
    Would you just see a periodic Hall voltage in response to your MF? Would it
    still be a linear relationship? Would the output be usable? What would be
    the typical highest input frequency this device could sustain?

    Will the resulting magnetic flux from your alternating current input
    interact with the magnetic field you are trying to sense?

    Since you typically use high input currents to sense small magnetic fields,
    I would think that any AC current input with a large magnitude would either
    desensitize your sensor or possibly interact with the very device your are
    trying to sense?

    Are there any applications where you could use an AC input current source?
    Or is this strictly a DC current driven device?

    Thank you for your input.

  2. The Hall effect voltage is proportional to the current through the
    plate, and also proportional to th perpendicular component of the
    field passing through the plate, so it should work fine with AC
    excitation. The output is one polarity when the current is one
    polarity, and the other polarity when the current changes direction.
    This should hold true till the frequency gets so high that the plate
    dimensions are a significant fraction of a wavelength or the applied
    Not much, since the applied current creates a magnetic field that
    wraps around the plate, and the Hall effect is dependent on the field
    passing through the plate. I guess there might be some effects at the
    edges where the wrapping field passes through. Are you analyzing the
    effect, mathematically, or experimentally?
    The excitation current is usually limited by the resistance of the
    plate and the heat that resistance produces. These limits normally
    keep the magnetic field from the excitation quite low.
    AC excitation allows narrow band amplification and phase locked
    detection, which rejects lots of noise and DC drift, so it could have
    applications for low level sensing.
  3. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    I see no reason why it wouldn't still be linear, so long as thare's no
    ssemiconductor junctions, or other non-linear devices involved to foul
    things up.
    if it did not there would be no hall voltage produced.
    last week someome said that low AC voltages are easier to detect than low DC
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