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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Resolution During a Liquid Nitrogen Refill

Just as it is not advisable to collect high resolution NMR data during (and shortly after) a liquid helium refill, it is similarly not advisable to collect data during a liquid nitrogen fill. The figure below illustrates this point. A 300 MHz NMR spectrometer was set up to collect an NMR spectrum every minute before, during and after a liquid nitrogen refill. The resolution deteriorates as soon as the one-way valves are removed from the nitrogen cryostat. One can see that the resolution during the fill is much worse than before the fill. Even 60 minutes after the fill, the magnet has not fully recovered the resolution attained before the fill. The last spectrum of the series was collected after re-shimming the magnet and is comparable to the spectrum collected before the fill. The resolution profile during a fill may be different for every magnet. For this particular magnet, it is advisable not to collect high resolution data for at least 90 minutes after a nitrogen refill.

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