Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 36, Number 1, October 2006
|Page(s)||25 - 34|
|Section||Characterization of Materials: Imaging, Microscopy and Spectroscopy|
|Published online||06 October 2006|
Direct enhancement of any solution NMR signal using the distant dipolar fields created by highly polarized and concentrated nuclear spin systems
Laboratoire Structure et Dynamique par Résonance Magnétique,
Service de Chimie Moléculaire, URA CEA/CNRS 331 Claude Fréjacques,
CEA/Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 26 July 2006
Published online: 6 October 2006
Peculiar nuclear spin systems can be polarized at a level of thousands times the value obtained at thermal equilibrium, for instance by optical pumping. When concentrated, these systems create a sizeable average dipolar field which is experienced by any nuclear spin. We propose to use these distant dipolar fields for performing a polarization transfer in the Hartmann-Hahn conditions. We report the maximum enhancement value calculated using the spin temperature approach and first theoretical insights on the polarization transfer rate. Using, as an example, dissolved laser-polarized xenon, we show that by spin-locking both xenon spins and a proton spin of a solute, the polarization of the latter is enhanced. This is obtained without the existence of chemical interaction between the two entities and with characteristic rising time not directly correlated to the proton self-relaxation time. By its generality and its non-local feature, this approach could make possible nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy on very dilute systems.
PACS: 82.56.-b – Nuclear magnetic resonance / 76.70.-r – Magnetic double resonances and cross effects / 82.56.Jn – Pulse sequences in NMR / 32.80.Bx – Level crossing and optical pumping
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