COLLEGE OF SCIENCE,
ENGINEERING AND
TECHNOLOGY

Low Field NMR Lab

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

TECH 232

Earth Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance experiment

Earth Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance experiment

This is a research and student research training laboratory, emphasizing ongoing departmental research capabilities in noise filtering, atomic physics, and medical physics based research. Students learn modern Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques which require an understanding of the underlying quantum physics associated with the spinning of atomic nuclei in an ambient, static, magnetic field and the spectrum of the electromagnetic radiation given off by these excitations. NMR is an important physical process with many applications including nuclear waste disposal and cancer detection in soft tissues. In the second case, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the conventional terminology encountered by many in cancer detection protocols. The NMR lab is equipped with the following equipment:

  • Earth field Terranova MRI system
  • Low field NMR spectrometer
  • National Instruments Data Acquisition Instrument

A typical experiment involves probe preparation, field configuration, pulse design, data acquisition and data processing. Students will become familiar with contemporary electronics and digital signal and image processing. Participating students will also learn how to do research as part of a team, each contributing a particular skill. The ultimate objective of the underlying research is to develop more cost effective techniques, requiring low level magnetic fields, for effective cancer detection.

Computer controlled data acquisition

Computer controlled data acquisition

Low field NMR equipment

Low field NMR equipment