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1 Experiments with a test sample Sb 2 S 3 We hoped the improvements would surpass our previous 2-frequency experiments with nonmodulated 2 and 14 N in RDX (~5 MHz), where often spurious resonances were observed. FIG.4. Sb 2 S 3 molecule in the crystal structure Pbnm (2/m2/m2/m). TAB. I. Two sets (  ~ 0 and  ~ 0.38) of NQR lines [MHz] for 121 Sb (5/2) and 123 Sb (7/2) at 300K 2  ~0: 121 Sb(1) 123 Sb(1);  ~0.38: 121 Sb(2) 123 Sb(2)  3/2  5/2 | | /2  7/2 | 80.86| Stronger lines, applicable as 1 are those at 26.93, and MHz. Magnetic moment and its coupling to RF (saturation) are higher by 121 Sb, what favors the lines and MHz. But the range of our RF source is 80 MHz, which leaves us with three 2-fr. combinations: ( )MHz (more promising), ( )MHz and ( )MHz (71.23 = ). For 2 it should hold: the wider the separation of levels, the stronger is the relative change of populations. However, our RF source’s output power was limited and insufficient for complete saturation. Estimated upper limit of the effect is line intensity change 42% for ( )MHz. The quadrupole relaxation times T 2 of two 121 Sb lines at r.t. have been measured as ~80  s and ~100  s 2. ___________________________ 1. R.V. Pound, Phys.Rev. 79, 685 (1950); A. Abragam, Princ.of Nucl. Magnetism, Oxford Univ.Press, London 1961, p.p I.A. Safin, I.N. Pen’kov, Dokladi ak.nauk SSSR, Fiz.him., T.147, (1962). Proposed CW two-frequency NQR As a detector of RF transition a super- regenerative oscillator-detector (SRO) can be used. It has a characteristic transfer function and a typical record of a single sharp spectral line is shown below. FIG.2. SRO spectrum of a sharp line. FIG.3. Schematic set-up of our “CW” two-frequency NQR (using SRO and synchronous quenching of 1 and 2 ). Possibility of indirect CW detection of two-frequency NQR J. Pirnat a, J. Lužnik a, and Z. Trontelj a, b a) Inst. of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics, b) Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Univ. of Ljubljana, Slovenia Introduction Multi-frequency pulse NQR as a measuring technique introduces new possibilities in the field of magnetic resonances. In our contribution development and testing of a simple CW parallel to known pulse versions is presented: two RF fields are applied simultaneously at two suitable frequencies to a multilevel quadrupole nucleus (I  1, electric field gradient asymmetry   0). In some special cases, for instance in the case of detecting a possible presence of some discrete known spectral lines or by evaluating their intensity or shift, the CW techniques based on modern IC components might be useful. The aim of our investigation is to test the feasibility of a technically nondemanding and energy saving CW technique and to improve sample specific NQR detection in this case. FIG.1. Let the observed quantum system consist of more than two energy eigenstates with several transitions allowed (respective example: quadrupole 121 Sb nucleus with I=5/2). When observing the intensity of a chosen line 1, temporary simultaneous RF irradiation (partial saturation) of any other connected transition 2 ( or ( )) can change the former line’s intensity. Pound’s experiments with quadrupole perturbed NMR from can be regarded as the basis of this technique. Summary An alternative CW method of indirect detection of interacting multiple NQR transitions is proposed and tested. Present sensitivity is disappointing, but it might be improved by development of new SRO detectors “on chip” or by applying other type CW detectors. The orthogonal coil system should be improved. Expected instrumentation price and energy consumption of such spectrometer are low. The method should be more efficient at high frequencies (higher population differences). Commercial SROs - chips from ~300 MHz to >1 GHz are available (communication applications). Further work is in progress. Tuning of the SRO to any of the stronger side-bands 1  n.f q ; output offset indicates NQR Measurement procedure: Adjusting RF amplitude and quench timing of the second RF field 2 ; step-wise increasing/decreasing of 2 through the connected transition. Recording the output offset of the SRO to see the change when 2 passes the connected resonance. Phenomenon size estimation - - assuming 3 levels and proportionality of the line intensity and the corresponding population difference (linearized Boltzman f.). Population differences at thermal equilibrium…, during saturating trans. E 3 -E 2 (equalizing the coresp. pop.)  ======================  E 2 -E 1 pop.difference increase E 3 -E 1 pop.difference decrease The 1 signal change at double resonance is overestimated (at least 2x) because of orthogonal orientation of both RF coils and because of neglecting other influences. Relaxation is important and should be considered as well, but it will be done in future. Efficiency of the saturating RF field (magnetic coupling to NQ probes) should be considered too. Technical difficulties: Perturbation of the SRO by the second RF field 2 ; SRO output fluctuations due to small temperature variations (NQR thermal coefficient) and other instabilities. Accomplished improvements: 1. Empirical adjustment of orthogonality of the saddle coil. 2. Coherent quenching of the second frequency to eliminate its coupling to SRO in the detecting intervals of SRO. 3. Series capacity tuning of the saddle coil to maximize RF at Magnetic modulation and lock-in detection of NQR. 5. Replacement of the quench servo system by fixed grid voltage at SRO. FIG Sb NQR signal near MHz ( 2 ) recorded indirectly as 1 intensity change of MHz NQR. FIG Sb NQR signal near MHz ( 2 ) recorded indirectly as 1 intensity change of MHz NQR. FIG.5. Time dependence of the SRO oscillations (upper) synchronized with the gated RF radiation 2 (lower) in orthogonal direction.


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