A study of a twofrequency NMR maser
Abstract
A unique NMR maser was developed and operated which oscillates continuously and simultaneously at two different Larmor frequencies. The nuclear spin systems consist of hydrogen and fluorine nuclei provided by a 10 cubic cm. sample of benzene and hexafluorobenzene. Overhauser pumping is used to invert and enhance the two nuclear magnetizations. A magnetic field of 11.74 gauss is used so that the oscillation frequencies are 50.00 kHz (the hydrogen nuclei Larmor frequency at 11.74 g) and 47.04 kHz (the fluorine nuclei Larmor frequency). The oscillations occur in a tuned circuit which resonates at the two frequencies. The frequency stability as a function of averaging time of the maser was measured by a period counting technique which uses one oscillation frequency as a clock against which the other oscillation frequency is determined. This method is shown by yield (in principle) the stability that would be directly measured (using a perfect clock) for the maser operating in an absolutely constant magnetic field.
 Publication:

Ph.D. Thesis
 Pub Date:
 December 1983
 Bibcode:
 1983PhDT........22T
 Keywords:

 Larmor Precession;
 Masers;
 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance;
 Spin Dynamics;
 Benzene;
 Clocks;
 Frequency Stability;
 Magnetic Fields;
 Oscillations;
 Overhauser Effect;
 Lasers and Masers