NMR diffusometry and the short gradient pulse limit approximation

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In NMR diffusometry, one often uses the short gradient pulse (SGP) limit approximation in the interpretation of data from systems with restricted diffusion. The SGP limit approximation means that the gradient pulse length, delta, is so short that the spins do not diffuse during the pulse duration, but this condition is rarely met. If the length scale of the pores corresponds to the molecular mean square displacement during the gradient pulse, the measured echo intensities become a function of the gradient pulse length. Here, we have studied highly concentrated emulsions to show how the length of the gradient pulse influences NMR diffusion experiments. We have focused on molecules confined to one pore and molecules that can migrate through the porous system. For the former the echo decays give smaller pores than the actual case and for the latter we show large changes in echo decay depending on the gradient pulse length, everything else being equal. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Physical Chemistry


  • NMR
  • Diffusometry
  • SGP
  • Short gradient pulse limit approximation
  • Restricted diffusion
  • Concentrated emulsions


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