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A mechanical analog of nuclear magnetic resonance 

written by Mark F. Masters

A mechanical analog apparatus for teaching Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is assembled of PVC, an air-bearing, a magnetic sphere, two sheet magnets, and a pair of Helmholtz coils. The magnetic sphere spins in the air-bearing due to turbine torque and acts as an ensemble of protons in the NMR system. The Helmholtz coils allow us to supply an AC magnetic field to perturb the sphere and search for resonance. The sheet magnets are on a slide. By moving them closer or further from the air bearing, we adjust the magnetic field at the sphere. The field at the air bearing is relatively uniform.

Last Modified January 30, 2013