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Why are excess nuclei required to produce an NMR signal?

In NMR, an excess population of nuclei is required to produce a signal. If saturation is achieved (same number of nuclei in the α and β states) no net signal can be produced. A signal is produced when a radio frequency causes one state (could be either α or β) to invert. During the process […]

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Why are excess nuclei required to produce an NMR signal?

In NMR, an excess population of nuclei is required to produce a signal. If saturation is achieved (same number of nuclei in the α and β states) no net signal can be produced. A signal is produced when a radio frequency causes one state (could be either α or β) to invert. During the process […]