Nuclear Moment Alignment, Relaxation and Detection Mechanisms.
Annual rept. Feb 80-Jan 81,
LITTON SYSTEMS INC WOODLAND HILLS CA GUIDANCE AND CONTROL SYSTEMS DIV
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The reported physics research is part of an overall program to develop a nuclear magnetic resonance gyro that makes use of an optically pumped alkali metal vapor both to align the magnetic moments of the noble gas nuclei and to detect the weak magnetic fields that are generated by these precessing nuclear moments. Theoretical and experimental investigations are reported on the relaxation of polarized nuclear spins of Xe131 through the interaction of the nuclear quadrupole moment with the electric field gradient. The field gradient arises from deformation of the otherwise spherical electronic shell of the zenon atom.
- Physical Chemistry