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Default Fast passage dynamic nuclear polarization on rotating solids

Fast passage dynamic nuclear polarization on rotating solids

November 2012
Publication year: 2012
Source:Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Volume 224

Magic Angle Spinning (MAS) Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) has proven to be a very powerful way to improve the signal to noise ratio of NMR experiments on solids. The experiments have in general been interpreted considering the Solid-Effect (SE) and Cross-Effect (CE) DNP mechanisms while ignoring the influence of sample spinning. In this paper, we show experimental data of MAS-DNP enhancements of 1H and 13C in proline and SH3 protein in glass forming water/glycerol solvent containing TOTAPOL. We also introduce a theoretical model that aims at explaining how the nuclear polarization is built in MAS-DNP experiments. By using Liouville space based simulations to include relaxation on two simple spin models, {electron–nucleus} and {electron–electron–nucleus}, we explain how the basic MAS-SE-DNP and MAS-CE-DNP processes work. The importance of fast energy passages and short level anti-crossing is emphasized and the differences between static DNP and MAS-DNP is explained. During a single rotor cycle the enhancement in the {electron–electron–nucleus} system arises from MAS-CE-DNP involving at least three kinds of two-level fast passages: an electron–electron dipolar anti-crossing, a single quantum electron MW encounter and an anti-crossing at the CE condition inducing nuclear polarization in- or decrements. Numerical, powder-averaged, simulations were performed in order to check the influence of the experimental parameters on the enhancement efficiencies. In particular we show that the spinning frequency dependence of the theoretical MAS-CE-DNP enhancement compares favorably with the experimental 1H and 13C MAS-DNP enhancements of proline and SH3.
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? We present experimental data of the dependence of dynamic nuclear polarization with MAS spinning frequency. ? We model a rotating {electron–nucleus} and {electron–electron–nucleus} spin system. ? We use Liouville equation and powder averaging, to compare with experiments. ? We explain the basics of solid effect and cross effect’s mechanisms in MAS-DNP. ? We study the effect of relaxation on the steady state enhancement in both cases.

Source: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
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