Composite-pulse nutation NMR
applied to a powder:
JDK1.0.2 applet

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Determination of the quadrupole coupling constant from a featureless NMR lineshape

Composite-pulse sequence with pulse lengths p1, p2, and p3 for nutation NMR

When we apply the one-pulse sequence to quadrupole spins with low gyromagnetic ratio, spurious signals that distort the base line of the NMR spectrum are observed. The composite-pulse sequence, introduced by M. Mehring's group, cancels these spurious signals. There are three RF pulses in this sequence. As a result, there is no excitation condition of the quadrupole spins that allows us to quantify the number of spins in the powder. Furthermore, the acquisition delay or the "dead time" of the NMR probe head modifies the line intensity. However, the "dead time" necessary for this sequence is four times smaller than that for the one-pulse sequence.

IMAGE: Parameters for the simulation of composite-pulse nutation NMR line intensity

The left part of the simulation panel indicates the physical parameters. It is preset for a typical experiment on a spin I = 3/2 in a powder. You can introduce your own values.

There are seven ways to apply this composite-pulse sequence. Therefore, we have to select one with the lower choice box. For example, the left-hand side V in V-V-V means p1 is variable, the central V in V-V-V means p2 is variable, and the right-hand side V in V-V-V means p3 is variable. That is, the three parameters (MinLength, MaxLength, and Step) are identical for the three pulses. Similarly F means fixed for the corresponding pulse length.

For simplicity, when two or three pulse-lengths are variable, only the parameters concerning the first one are given.

When a pulse length is constant, it should be provided in the MinLength field.

MinLength: the first variable pulse-length in s

MaxLength: the last variable pulse-length in s

Step: the increment of the variable pulse-length in s

Since the composite-pulse program for Bruker MSL spectrometer is provided in this site, here only the RF pulse phases and the receiver phases are given:

        First pulse   : -X  -X  +X  +X
        Second pulse  : +X  +X  +X  +X
        Third pulse   : +X  -X  -X  +X

        Receiver phase: +y  -y  +y  -y

The following applet is initialized for the central-line intensity of a spin I = 3/2 in a powder excited by the composite-pulse sequence where the three pulse-lengths vary simultaneously and in the same way (V-V-V). The experimental line intensities are identical to the simulated ones.


JDK1.0.2 applet for composite-pulse nutation NMR applied to a powder Applet for calculating and fitting the NMR powder line intensity of quadrupole spin excited by the composite pulse.
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