A primer for nuclear magnetic relaxation in liquids

Nagarajan Murali, Viswanathan V Krishnan

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This article is a primer that is intended to serve as a concise source of information for researchers interested in learning relaxation aspects in NMR. Explicit expressions have been derived for the equation of motion of nuclear spins in the solution state. General expressions valid for all motional regimes, including anisotropy of spin interactions and molecular motions, are presented. Intricate details that impact the validity of various expressions have been elaborated and efforts have been made to maintain consistent notation. The suitable examples given here should help in the understanding of the concepts developed in the theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-116
Number of pages31
JournalConcepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A: Bridging Education and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Autocorrelation
  • Cross-correlation
  • Equation of motion
  • Motional limits
  • NMR
  • Rate constants
  • Semiclassical theory
  • Spin relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


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