4 Kelvin Cryogenic Probe for 500 MHz NMR

Yoshimoto, F.; Takahashi, M.; Horiuchi, T.; Hobo, F.; Inoue, K.; Miki, T.; Hamada, M.; Okamura, T.; Yokoyama, S.; Maeda, H.
April 2006
AIP Conference Proceedings;2006, Vol. 823 Issue 1, p704
Academic Journal
This paper describes the development of a 4 K cryogenic probe for 500 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) analyses. As thermal noise is proportional to the square root of the RF coil temperature, sensitivity of a 4 K probe is expected to be double that of conventional 25 K probes. The 4 K probe apparatus consists of a closed-cycle cooling system, a 5 m long helium transfer line and the NMR probe itself. The cooling system produces cold helium mist with a Gifford-McMahon/Joule-Thomson (GM/JT) cryocooler. The helium mist traverses the transfer line and then cools the RF coil. An acceptable power input of 3.6 W for the NMR pulse sequence was demonstrated, which was more than the time-averaged heat input, 2 W, generated by a multi-dimensional NMR pulse sequence. The basic NMR sensitivity of the cryogenic probe remains insufficient at present, but increasing B1xy (the field component in the xy plane generated by unit current of the RF coil) and decreasing the noise temperature of the preamplifier are promising approaches for achieving higher sensitivity in the future. © 2006 American Institute of Physics


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