We analyze the application of the spin locking method to study the spin dynamics and spin-lattice relaxation of nuclear spins-1/2 in liquids or gases enclosed in a nano-cavity. Two cases are considered: when the amplitude of the radio-frequency field is much greater than the local field acting the nucleus and when the amplitude of the radio-frequency field is comparable or even less than the local field. In these cases, temperatures of two spin reservoirs, the Zeeman and dipole ones, change in different ways: in the first case, temperatures of the Zeeman and dipolar reservoirs reach the common value relatively quickly, and then turn to the lattice temperature; in the second case, at the beginning of the process, these temperatures are equal, and then turn to the lattice temperature with different relaxation times. Good agreement between the obtained theoretical results and the experimental data is achieved by fitting the parameters of the distribution of the orientation of nanocavities. The parameters of this distribution can be used to characterize the fine structure of biological samples, potentially enabling the detection of degradative changes in connective tissues.
- Spin locking
- Spin-lattice relaxation
- Zeeman and dipolar reservoirs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics