Volume 25, Issue 1 (January 1997)
Eddy Current Decay Resistivity Measurements Using a Digital Voltmeter
A digital voltmeter is shown to successfully capture the voltage decay signal during eddy current decay (ECD) measurements at cryogenic temperatures on low-resistivity specimens. The use of a voltmeter simplifies ECD measurements, typically made using a digital oscilloscope. An added benefit of using a voltmeter is that under certain circumstances, measurement precision exceeds that which is normally obtained with a preamplifier-digital oscilloscope combination. Results indicate that the best combination of instruments for capturing extremely weak signals (i.e., those with long exponential time constants) is a preamplifier-voltmeter configuration. Results of a comparative study using a preamplifier-digital oscilloscope configuration, a digital voltmeter alone and a preamplifier-digital voltmeter arrangement are presented and discussed.