We have constructed an imaging device that is capable of showing the spatio-temporal distribution of magnetic flux density in real-time. The device employs a set of AMR (anisotropic magneto-resistance) three-axis magnetometers, which are arranged into a two-dimensional sensor array. All of the magnetic field values measured by the array are collected by a microcontroller, which pre-processes and sends the data to a PDU (processing and display unit) implemented on a smartphone/tablet or a computer. The interpolation algorithm and display software in the PDU present the field as a high-resolution video; thus, the device works as a magnetic field camera. In the experiments, we employ the camera to map the field distribution of the distorted ambient magnetic field caused by a hidden object. The obtained image of field shows both the position and shape of the object. We also demonstrate the capability of the device to image a loaded power-line cable carrying a 50 Hz alternating current.
- AMR (anisotropic magneto-resistance)
- Digital compass
- GMR (giant magneto-resistance)
- Magnetic camera
- Magnetic imaging
- Subsurface imaging