High Resolution NMR

High Resolution NMR

Theory and Chemical Applications

3rd Edition - October 4, 1999

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  • Author: Edwin Becker
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080508061

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High Resolution NMR provides a broad treatment of the principles and theory of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as it is used in the chemical sciences. It is written at an "intermediate" level, with mathematics used to augment, rather than replace, clear verbal descriptions of the phenomena. The book is intended to allow a graduate student, advanced undergraduate, or researcher to understand NMR at a fundamental level, and to see illustrations of the applications of NMR to the determination of the structure of small organic molecules and macromolecules, including proteins. Emphasis is on the study of NMR in liquids, but the treatment also includes high resolution NMR in the solid state and the principles of NMR imaging and localized spectroscopy. Careful attention is given to developing and interrelating four approaches - steady state energy levels, the rotating vector picture, the density matrix, and the product operator formalism. The presentation is based on the assumption that the reader has an acquaintance with the general principles of quantum mechanics, but no extensive background in quantum theory or proficiency in mathematics is required. Likewise, no previous background in NMR is assumed, since the book begins with a description of the basic physics, together with a brief account of the historical development of the field. This third edition of High Resolution NMR preserves the "conversational" approach of the previous editions that has been well accepted as a teaching tool. However, more than half the material is new, and the remainder has been revised extensively. Problems are included to reinforce concepts in the book.

Key Features

  • Uses mathematics to augment, not replace, verbal explanations
  • Written in a clear and conversational style
  • Follows the successful format and approach of two previous editions
  • Revised and updated extensively--about 70 percent of the text is new
  • Includes problems and references to additional reading at the end of each chapter


Professors and graduate students in physical and analytical chemistry and biochemistry; academic and industrial developers of analytical instrumentation, and users of such instrumentation including researchers and technicians in chemistry, biotechnology, and biochemistry

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Historical. High Resolution NMR. The Theory of NMR: Nuclear Spin and Magnetic Moment. Classical Mechanical Description of NMR. Quantum Mechanical Description of NMR. Effect of the Boltzmann Distribution. Spin-Lattice Relaxation. Line Widths. Saturation. Macroscopic Magnetization. The Bloch Equations: Nuclear Induction. The Rotating Frame of Reference. Adiabatic Passage: Ringing Problems. Instrumentation and Techniques: Basic NMR Apparatus. Requirements for High Resolution NMR. Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 424
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1999
  • Published: October 4, 1999
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080508061

About the Author

Edwin Becker

Affiliations and Expertise

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.

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