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The Hall Effect

In message <882565FA.00538089.00@fcpa_nt6.fcpa.fujitsu.com> "Matt Rooke" writes:

> Umm, good try, and maybe more appropriate than the right answer...

> The Hall effect is what happens when you move a magnet past a properly aligned electrical coil- you get a voltage at the
> terminals of the coil.  Now if that magnet is attached to a rotating shaft, you can measure the speed of the shaft
> rotation by the frequency of the electrical pulses from the coil.

But this is _not_ the right answer - there's no coil in a Hall sensor.

A Hall sensor is a piece of semiconductor through which a current is
passed.  Think of something the shape of a football field, with electrons
flowing between the goals.  If a magnetic field appears, perpendicular
to the surface, those electrons are going to miss the goal and perhaps even
leave the field by the side lines.  Which is where a Hall sensor has
'sensing' electrodes.

 Phil Payne
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