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Magnetic Resonance Physics

Vak 2018-2019

Admission Requirements

For physics students:
QM 1 and 2 or good fundamental knowledge in quantum mechanics
Bachelor course ‘Basics of Magnetic Resoance ‘or equivalent

Students from other programs:
Individual evalutation - please contact the lecturer


This course describes the physics behind most magnetic resonance methods and how magnetic resonance techniques are applied to solve current problems in physics, chemistry and biology.

Besides lectures and exercises some subjects, such as Bloch equations for magnetic resonance are presented by one of the students to the group

The course addresses the following topics.
Theoretical concepts:
- the concept of the spin Hamiltonian
- the vector and quantummechanical description of magnetic resonance
- spin-spin interactions
- two- and four-level systems
- spectral manifestation of magnetic resonance properties, such as spin-spin interaction, and measurement approaches
- instrumental aspects of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments such as continuous wave vs. pulsed EPR, microwave cavities, lock-in detection
- multi-frequency EPR
- Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
- Current applications in EPR and NMR

Course objectives

At the end of the course you will be able to
- describe simple pulse experiments (Hahn echo, FID, etc.) in the vector and quantummechanical formalism
- interpret EPR spectra of frozen or liquid solutions to extract the number and kind of nuclei with hyperfine interactions, simple liquid solution NMR spectra
- determine the resonance parameters (g- tensor, EPR, chemical shift, NMR) of compounds from experimental parameters
- identify compounds from their magnetic resonance spectra
- be able to identify the relevant experimental parameters and know how to optimize them
apply the principles of QM to mangetic resonance experiments by designing an experiment
- choose the proper experimental technique (EPR, NMR, pulsed or cont wave) to solve a given research question

Generic skills (soft skills)

  • self-study coupled with student presentations will enhance your study/presentation skills
  • present a specific aspect of magnetic resonance (see above) to your fellow students, thereby learning to present and explain a piece of theory/background.


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lecture with exercise classes

Assessment method

Written or oral examination depending on the number of participants


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Reading list

Material will be made available on BB

Contact information:

Dr.Martina Huber