Mar 6, 2019

Invited Review Article: Instrumentation for nuclear magnetic resonance in zero and ultralow magnetic field

Tayler, Michael C. D., Thomas Theis, Tobias F. Sjolander, John W. Blanchard, Arne Kentner, Szymon Pustelny, Alexander Pines, and Dmitry Budker. “Invited Review Article: Instrumentation for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Zero and Ultralow Magnetic Field.” Review of Scientific Instruments 88, no. 9 (September 2017): 091101.


We review experimental techniques in our laboratory for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in zero and ultralow magnetic field (below 0.1 T) where detection is based on a low-cost, non-cryogenic,  spin-exchange relaxation free 87Rb atomic magnetometer. The typical sensitivity is 20-30 fT/Hz1/2 for signal frequencies below 1 kHz and NMR linewidths range from Hz all the way down to tens of mHz. These features enable precision measurements of chemically informative nuclear spin-spin couplings as well as nuclear spin precession in ultralow magnetic fields.