Improving spectral resolution in spatial encoding dimension of single-scan nuclear magnetic resonance 2D spin echo correlated spectroscopy
The spatial encoding technique can be used to accelerate the acquisition of multi-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. However, with this technique, we have to make trade-offs between the spectral width and the resolution in the spatial encoding dimension (F1 dimension), resulting in the difficulty of covering large spectral widths while preserving acceptable resolutions for spatial encoding spectra. In this study, a selective shifting method is proposed to overcome the aforementioned drawback. This method is capable of narrowing spectral widths and improving spectral resolutions in spatial encoding dimensions by selectively shifting certain peaks in spectra of the ultrafast version of spin echo correlated spectroscopy (UFSECSY). This method can also serve as a powerful tool to obtain high-resolution correlated spectra in inhomogeneous magnetic fields for its resistance to any inhomogeneity in the F1 dimension inherited from UFSECSY. Theoretical derivations and experiments have been carried out to demonstrate performances of the proposed method. Results show that the spectral width in spatial encoding dimension can be reduced by shortening distances between cross peaks and axial peaks with the proposed method and the expected resolution improvement can be achieved. Finally, the shifting-absent spectrum can be recovered readily by post-processing.