When Artech House authors write their books, we ask them what they want their readers to get out of the project. In this series, we show you what our authors, in their own words, wish to impart upon readers. We begin our series with Eyal Weiss, author of Low-Power and High-Sensitivity Magnetic Sensors and Systems, who describes what his book is about:
The purpose of magnetic measurement systems is to get an awareness of what is magnetically happening in the measurement area. The advantage of measuring magnetic field is its inherent ability to “see” through materials and be able to operate in opaque, vibrating or acoustically noisy environments.
Magnetometers are used in sensor arrays mostly because they are small, sensitive and relatively inexpensive. In wireless surveillance application, low power consumption is critical because of obvious reasons. Low power consumption is also very important in wired systems where long supply lines impose technological challenges.
Magnetic systems are operating in real life environment where noise, clutter and the measurement objective are intermixed and in many cases very difficult to be separated. For each application a dedicated measurement setup and data processing technique must be tailored.
In this book, we analyze sources of noise and clutter that magnetic sensing system developers encounter. Various examples of magnetic surveillance and survey systems are given. For each application, a system designer can obtain a comprehensive spectral understanding of typical sources of noise and clutter present in the system and environment in order to develop methods to mitigate them. This knowledge is necessary to successfully design a stable, sensitive and low power magnetic sensing device. The book addresses in details the detection and localization methods and algorithms, both deterministic and heuristics, that considered today as an integral part of any magnetic sensing system.
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