dc electric field meter with fiber-optic readout

Johnston, Alan R.; Kirkham, Harold; Eng, Bjorn T.
November 1986
Review of Scientific Instruments;Nov86, Vol. 57 Issue 11, p2746
Academic Journal
The design of a dc electric field meter capable of measuring the magnitude and direction of the electric field at an arbitrary location above the ground plane is described. The meter is based on measuring induced charge on a split cylindrical electrode pair which is rotated around its axis of symmetry. Data readout is by fiber-optic cable using pulse frequency encoding. The sensing head is electrically isolated. Initial results are reported from a series of tests at General ElectriCs High Voltage Transmission Research Facility, Pittsfield, MA. The electric field was measured in a large test cage and under a dc test line. Measurement of field magnitude and direction around a human subject standing under the conductor was demonstrated.


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