NMR spectroscopy up to 35.2 T using a series-connected hybrid magnet

Zhehong Gan, Ivan Hung, Xiaoling Wang, Joana Paulino, Gang Wu, Ilya M. Litvak, Peter L. Gor'kov, William W. Brey, Pietro Lendi, Jeffrey L. Schiano, Mark D. Bird, Iain R. Dixon, Jack Toth, Gregory S. Boebinger, Timothy A. Cross

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Abstract

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has brought to field a Series-Connected Hybrid magnet for NMR spectroscopy. As a DC powered magnet it can be operated at fields up to 36.1 T. The series connection between a superconducting outsert and a resistive insert dramatically minimizes the high frequency fluctuations of the magnetic field typically observed in purely resistive magnets. Current-density-grading among various resistive coils was used for improved field homogeneity. The 48 mm magnet bore and 42 mm outer diameter of the probes leaves limited space for conventional shims and consequently a combination of resistive and ferromagnetic shims are used. Field maps corrected for field instabilities were obtained and shimming achieved better than 1 ppm homogeneity over a cylindrical volume of 1 cm diameter and height. The magnetic field is regulated within 0.2 ppm using an external 7Li lock sample doped with paramagnetic MnCl2. The improved field homogeneity and field regulation using a modified AVANCE NEO console enables NMR spectroscopy at 1H frequencies of 1.0, 1.2 and 1.5 GHz. NMR at 1.5 GHz reflects a 50% increase in field strength above the highest superconducting magnets currently available. Three NMR probes have been constructed each equipped with an external lock rf coil for field regulation. Initial NMR results obtained from the SCH magnet using these probes illustrate the very exciting potential of ultra-high magnetic fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Volume284
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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