circuit design has been implemented as part of a miniature magnetic probe array for the Coaxial Plasma Source experiment [R. M. Mayo et al
., Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 4
, 47 (1995)] at the North Carolina State University. This facility is currently being used for the generation of energetic plasma flows to allow laboratory study of magnetogasdynamics with particular emphasis on the importance of the Hall effect [D. C. Black et al
., Phys. Plasma 1
, 3115 (1994)] and plasma microinstabilities [R. M. Mayo et al
., Phys. Plasma 2
, 337 (1995)] to plasma transport in coaxial plasma sources. The miniature magnetic probe array consists of ten spatially separated coils wound on an Acetal form of dimensions 2.38 cm by 0.32 cm by 0.32 cm. At five positions, with roughly 0.32 cm separation, two mutually perpendicular coils are wound to measure the magnetic field in the θ and
directions. The modification to the signal processing circuitry consists of the use of a step‐up transformer to boost the probe signal prior to filtering and acquiring the signal at the data acquisition system. This additional means of amplifying the signal allows for reduction in the size of the probe, and thus helps minimize the perturbing effect of the magnetic probe on the plasma. An additional advantage of using a signal transformer is that it provides electrical isolation between the experiment and the data acquisition system. © 1996 American Institute of Physics.