Friday, January 22, 2010
Pulse Power Expressed in Hz
On several occasions I have been asked what it means when a power level for a pulse is expressed in frequency units (e.g. "The proton decoupling power was 75 kHz"). The frequency here is the precession frequency about the magnetic field due to the pulse in the rotating frame of reference and NOT the frequency within the pulse itself. The power level expressed in Hz is simply the reciprocal of the time required for a magnetization vector to travel 360° (one cycle) under the influence of the pulse (i.e. the reciprocal of the 360° pulse duration). The algebra is as follows where the power level in Hz is expressed with respect to the 90° pulse rather than the 360° pulse.