Compact and low-cost SQUID electronics to operate double relaxation oscillation SQUIDs (DROSs) has been constructed for detecting magnetocardiogram (MCG) fields. SQUID electronics consists of low-noise preamplifier with a white noise of 0.6 nV/√Hz, flux-locked loop (FLL) circuit with auto-reset, and interface circuit to control FLL using 3 digital lines from a computer. The automatic control software adjusts SQUID parameters to the optimum operating condition within 15 seconds for 62 channels. Outputs of FLL circuits are passed through the hardware filter box to the 64-channel data acquisition board. Each SQUID electronics for FLL and digital control is built together on a printed circuit board of 45 mm × 95 mm. When SQUID electronics is connected to DROS gradiometer with typical flux-to-voltage transfers of 1 mV/Φo, the noise contribution of FLL circuit is about 0.6 μ&Φo/√Hz or 0.6 fT/√Hz at 100 Hz, low enough to measure MCG fields.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering