Journal article

Prospects for nuclear spin hyperpolarization of molecular samples using nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

J-P Tetienne, LT Hall, AJ Healey, GAL White, M-A Sani, F Separovic, LCL Hollenberg

PHYSICAL REVIEW B | AMER PHYSICAL SOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

After initial proof-of-principle demonstrations, optically pumped nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond have been proposed as a noninvasive platform to achieve hyperpolarization of nuclear spins in molecular samples over macroscopic volumes and enhance the sensitivity in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments. In this work we model the process of polarization of external samples by NV centers and theoretically evaluate their performance in a range of scenarios. We find that average nuclear spin polarizations exceeding 10% can in principle be generated over macroscopic sample volumes (≤μl) with a careful engineering of the system's geometry to maximize the diamond-sample contact area..

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