Operating field optimization of giant magneto impedance (GMI) devices in micro scale for magnetic bead detection

Dohun Kim, Hyungkyung Kim, Sunhee Park, Wooyoung Lee, Won Young Jeung

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Giant magneto impedance (GMI) effect devices for magnetic bead detections were examined. Since commercialized magnetic beads in biological applications are superparamagnetic in nature, not only for improvement of maximum sensitivity but also precise optimizations of operating fields are crucial for sensor applications. We have found that operating fields and maximum sensitivity can be enhanced by the tailoring aspect ratio in microscopic GMI sensors. With an aspect ratio of 3.3-3.8, the GMI sensors were found to exhibit an overall GMI ratio of more than 110% and a maximum sensitivity of 1.61 mV/Oe (15.4%/Oe) at the operating field of 43.1 Oe. Our results demonstrate that microscopic GMI sensors are highly sensitive to magnetic bead detections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3985-3988
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number11 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by a grant from the Fundamental R&D Program for Core Technology of Materials, funded by the Ministry of Commerce, and R&D Program for NT-IT Fusion Strategy of Advanced Technologies, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea, and in part by KOSEF through the National Core Research Center for Nanomedical Technology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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