Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997)

Design of a high-power NMR probe for low-temperature studies.

PMID 10783267


A low-temperature, high-power NMR probe head design is described which eliminates the problem of electric arc discharge commonly experienced during radiofrequency pulse cycling in a helium environment. A polychlorotrifluoroethylene (Kel-F) coil former, fitted with a solenoid coil, is heat-shrunk onto stainless-steel flanges and spot-welded inside a stainless-steel probe head assembly connected to a hollow coaxial transmission-line probe shaft. By this means, the sample coil and all high-voltage elements can effectively be isolated in a vacuum, while at the same time permitting good thermal contact between the sample and cryogenic gas. This design was used in NMR studies in the 4.6 K < or = T < or = 77 K temperature range for RF pulse durations < or = 50 ms (and longer for low RF amplitudes) and amplitudes up to approximately 60 G.