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PE-SERF: A sensitivity-improved experiment to measure J in crowded spectra.

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Summary of "PE-SERF: A sensitivity-improved experiment to measure J in crowded spectra."

Aiming at facilitating the analysis of molecular structure, the gradient-encoded selective refocusing methods (G-SERF) and a great number of its variants for measuring proton-proton coupling constants have been proposed. However, the sensitivity is an issue in the 2D gradient-encoded experiments, because the signal intensity is determined by the slice thickness of the sample that depends on encoding gradient and the bandwidth of selective pulses which is limited by the smallest chemical shift difference of any two coupled protons. Here, we present a method dubbed PE-SERF (perfect echo selective refocusing) which can determine all J values involving a selected proton with improved sensitivity compared to original G-SERF experiment. The modules of perfect echo involving selective pulses and gradient-encoded selective refocusing are combined in the method, so that the unwanted J couplings arising from coupled spin pairs in the same sample slice would be nullified. In this way, instead of single proton, a pair of coupled protons is allowed to share a sample slice, and thus the slice thickness can be increased and the spectral sensitivity can be improved. The performance of the method is demonstrated by experiments on quinine and strychnine.

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Name: Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997)
ISSN: 1096-0856
Pages: 106590

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