529-0014-00L  Advanced Magnetic Resonance - Relaxation

SemesterSpring Semester 2023
LecturersM. Ernst
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractThe course is for advanced students and covers relaxation theory in magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is to familiarize students with the theory behind relaxation phenomena in magnetic resonance. Starting from a theoretical description of magnetic resonance, Redfield theory will be developed and applications to liquid-state and solid-state NMR will be discussed. In the end, students should be able to read and understand research publications in the field of magnetic resonance relaxation.
ContentThe lecture will discuss Hamiltonian in Magnetic Resonance that are important for relaxation phenomena. Building on this, Redfield theory will be discussed and put into context with other relaxation theories used in Magnetic Resonance. To illustrate the working of Redfield theory, relaxation a simple two-spin model will be calculated in extensive detail. Building on this, selected topics from relaxation in liquids and solids are discussed so that at the end a reasonable overview of the field is given.
Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of NMR, e.g. as covered in the Lecture Physical Chemistry IV, or the book by Malcolm Levitt.
Lecture notesA script which covers the topics will be distributed in the lecture and will be accessible through the web page Link
LiteratureJ. Kowalewski, L. Mäler, Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Liquids, CRC Press, 2006.
J. McConnell, The Theory of Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation in Liquids, Cambridge University Press, 2009.