A miniaturized force sensor based on hair-like flexible magnetized cylinders deposited over a giant magnetoresistive sensor

P.M. Ribeiro, A. Alfhadel, Jürgen Kosel, F. Franco, S. Cardoso, A. Bernardino, L. Jamone, J. Santos-Victor

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The detection of low-magnitude forces (under 1mN) is essential in applications that require either a very high sensitivity and resolution acquisition (e.g. detection of microfluidic flows) or very high reliability and control (e.g. biomedical or humanoid robotics). In this work, we present a bio-inspired ciliary force sensor consisting in an array of magnetized, flexible quasi-elastic pillars deposited over a magnetoresistive GMR sensor. The GMR sensor stack (Ta 10/NiFe 28/CoFe 25/Cu 26/CoFe 23/MnIr 80/Ta 30, thickness in Å) was deposited at INESC-MN by ion beam and patterned in series array of 120 elements with 60 x 3 μm2, over a total area of 3 x 3 mm2, resulting in a sensitivity of 22.5 Ω Oe-1.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Magnetics Conference (INTERMAG)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781538610862
StatePublished - Apr 2017

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