Friday, September 13, 2013

Cross-polarisation edited ENDOR

Rizzato, R., et al., Cross-polarisation edited ENDOR. Mol. Phys., 2013: p. 1-15.

Abstract Electron nuclear double resonance is a fundamental technique in EPR spectroscopy that directly detects hyperfine transitions of nuclei coupled to a paramagnetic center. Despite its wide use, spin-sensitivity and restricted spectral resolution in powder samples pose limitations of this technique in modern application fields of EPR. In this contribution we examine the performance of an ENDOR pulse sequence that utilizes a preparation scheme different from conventional Davies ENDOR. The scheme is based on electron-nuclear cross polarization (eNCP), which requires concomitant microwave (MW) and radio-frequency (RF) irradiation satisfying specific matching conditions between the MW and RF offsets and the hyperfine coupling. Changes in nuclear polarization generated during eNCP can be detected via a conventional ENDOR read-out sequence consisting of a RF π-pulse followed by EPR-spin echo detection. Using 1H BDPA as a standard sample, we first examine the CP matching conditions by monitoring the depolarization of the electron spin magnetization. Subsequently, so-called CP-edited ENDOR spectra for different matching conditions are reported and analyzed based on the provided theoretical description of the time evolution of the spin density matrix during the experiment. The results demonstrate that CP-edited ENDOR provides additional information with respect to the sign of the hyperfine couplings. Furthermore, the sequence is less sensitive to nuclear saturation effects encountered in conventional ENDOR.