The primary purpose of this book is to help you
understand what is going on in Fourier Transform (FT) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
(NMR) spectroscopy. Modern life is now very largely life with "black
boxes" that carry warning labels: "No user-serviceable parts
inside." Many find black boxes to be quite acceptable, at least as
long as they work. But how willing should we be to accept black-box
analyses without some understanding of how those analyses were obtained?
NMR spectrometers are like "black boxes" in that they offer many
standardized procedures, but it can be dangerous to the quality of your data if
you rely slavishly on such procedures without understanding how and why the
proper parameter choices are critical. The scope of this book is broad rather
than deep with the intention of providing helpful insight. Much can be
understood in a more qualitative way and that is the approach taken here. For those few areas where a quantitative approach is needed,
simple mathematics will usually suffice.
This book has been used as a text for Basic FT-NMR Spectroscopy at the
California Institute of Technology for the last ten years.
1. Some NMR Basics
2. Electromagnetic Basics of NMR
3. How Do We Perform the NMR Fourier Transform?
4. The Bloch Equations. Calculating What Happens in NMR Experiments
5. The NMR Fourier Transform and its Problems
6. Relaxation and the Nuclear Overhauser Effect
7. Pulse Experiments in One-Dimensional NMR Spectra
8. NMR Spectroscopy in Two Dimensions
9. Some Thoughts on Spin-Spin Splitting
10. Some Thoughts About Chemical Shifts
11. Measurement of Rates by NMR