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Published May 30, 1983 | public
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Zero-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance


In polycrystalline samples, NMR "powder spectra" are broad and much structural information is lost as a result of the orientational disorder. In this Letter Fourier-transform NMR in zero magnetic field is described. With no preferred direction in space, all crystallites contribute equivalently and resolved dipolar splittings can be interpreted directly in terms of internuclear distances. This opens the possiblity of molecular structure determination without the need for single crystals or oriented samples.

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©1983 The American Physical Society. Received 11 March 1983. One of us (D.Z.) acknowledges support by a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship and another of us (K.Z.) by an IBM postdoctoral fellowship. This work also supported by the Director, Office of Energy Research, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science Division of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC03-76SF00098.


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