Electron paramagnetic resonance and electron nuclear double resonance spectroscopy at 275 GHz

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Electron paramagnetic resonance and electron nuclear double resonance spectroscopy at 275 GHz

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Electron paramagnetic resonance and electron nuclear double resonance spectroscopy at 275 GHz
Author: Blok, Huibrecht
Publisher: Molecular Nano-Optics and Spins (LION), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2006-11-29
Keywords: EPR
ESR
ENDOR
High field
Spin-label EPR
High frequency
Pseudo-optics
mm-Wave
Abstract: A spectrometer for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), operating at the very high microwave frequency of 275 GHz in both continuous wave (cw) and pulsed mode, is described and its capabilities are illustrated. A superconducting magnet provides the magnetic field up to 12 Tesla and experiments are possible between room temperature and 5 K. The system utilizes pseudo-optical techniques to minimize microwave losses and a single-mode resonator is used to maximize the microwave field at the sample position. The material under study can also be subjected to a radiofrequency radiation field to enable Electron Nuclear Double Resonance (ENDOR) experiments. Technical details of the design and the operation are presented. First results are discussed which demonstrate the increased sensitivity and resolution compared to experiments at lower microwave frequencies. These concern various materials, ranging from semi-conductors to proteins, including an aqueous solution of a proxyl radical at room temperature. ENDOR performance is illustrated with data from a sample of zinc-germanium-phosphide (ZnGeP2) doped with Manganese (Mn). Separate chapters cover experiments on the organic semiconductor P3HT and the observation of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) in zinc oxide (ZnO).
Description: Promotores: J. Schmidt, E.J.J. Groenen
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Blok, H., 2006, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/5420
 

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