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Magnetic field compensation coil design for magnetoencephalography


Kutschka,  Hermann
Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, TU Ilmenau, Germany;
Methods and Development Unit - MEG and Cortical Networks, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;


Doeller,  Christian F.
Department Psychology (Doeller), MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;
Centre for Neural Computation (CoE), Kavli Institute, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway;
Institute of Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany;


Maess,  Burkhard
Methods and Development Group Brain Networks, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Kutschka, H., Doeller, C. F., Haueisen, J., & Maess, B. (2021). Magnetic field compensation coil design for magnetoencephalography. Scientific Reports, 11: 22650. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-01894-z.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-814B-1
While optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) can be attached to the head of a person and allow for highly sensitive recordings of the human magnetoencephalogram (MEG), they are mostly limited to an operational range of approximately 5 nT. Consequently, even inside a magnetically shielded room (MSR), movements in the remnant magnetic field disable the OPMs. Active suppression of the remnant field utilizing compensation coils is therefore essential. We propose 8 compensation coils on 5 sides of a cube with a side length of approximately 2 m which were optimized for operation inside an MSR. Compared to previously built bi-planar compensation coils, the coils proposed in this report are more complex in geometry and achieved smaller errors for simulated compensation fields. The proposed coils will allow for larger head movements or smaller movement artifacts in future MEG experiments compared to existing coils.