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Zero field NMR is the acquisition of nuclear magnetic resonance spectra in an environment carefully screened from magnetic fields (Including from the Earth's field). It is useful for studying chemicals with magnetically active nuclei (spins 1/2 and greater), and for studying molecular dynamics.

The development of very sensitive magnetic sensors such as SQUID, GMR, and atomic magnetometers in the 2000s has made it possible to detect NMR signals directly in zero-field environments. Previous zero-field NMR experiments relied on indirect detection where the sample had to be shuttled from the shielded zero-field environment into a high magnetic field for detection with a conventional inductive pick-up coil.

One successful implementation was using atomic magnetometers at zero magnetic field working with rubidium vapor cells to detect zero-field NMR.[1][2]

It is sometimes but inaccurately referred to as nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR).[3]


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  1. ^ Sheng, D.; Li, S.; Dural, N.; Romalis, M. (18 April 2013). "Subfemtotesla Scalar Atomic Magnetometry Using Multipass Cells". Physical Review Letters. 110 (16): 160802. arXiv:1208.1099. Bibcode:2013PhRvL.110p0802S. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.160802. PMID 23679590.
  2. ^ Commissariat, Tushna (April 24, 2013). "Atomic magnetometer is most sensitive yet". Physics World.
  3. ^ U.S. Patent 6,919,838

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