Monday, January 4, 2016

Microwave frequency modulation to enhance Dissolution Dynamic Nuclear Polarization


Bornet, A., et al., Microwave frequency modulation to enhance Dissolution Dynamic Nuclear Polarization. Chem. Phys. Lett., 2014. 602: p. 63-67.


Hyperpolarization by Dissolution Dynamic Nuclear Polarization is usually achieved by monochromatic microwave irradiation of the ESR spectrum of free radicals embedded in glasses at 1.2 K and 3.35 T. Hovav et al. (2014) have recently shown that by using frequency-modulated (rather than monochromatic) microwave irradiation one can improve DNP at 3.35 T in the temperature range 10–50 K. We show in this Letter that this is also true under Dissolution-DNP conditions at 1.2 K and 6.7 T. We demonstrate the many virtues of using frequency-modulated microwave irradiation: higher polarizations, faster build-up rates, lower radical concentrations, less paramagnetic broadening, more efficient cross-polarization, and less critical frequency adjustments.