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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Mark Masters

Department/Program

Department of Physics

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract

There are a number of different forms of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) - scanning magnetic field, scanning rf frequency, and pulsed rf. The trouble is that the NMR is a black box system in which it is difficult to visualize what is physically happening. What is resonance in NMR? Using plastic spheres with embedded Nd Magnets rotating in an air-bearing, two large plate magnets to set the guide magnetic field and a pair of Helmholtz coils to the “rf ” excitation fields we are able to mechanically simulate each of the different types of NMR so that the students can gain insight into how NMR works.

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Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

A Mechanical Analogue of NMR

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