Date of Award

6-1970

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry, like infrared, visible, and ultraviolet spectrometry is a form of absorption spectrometry. Certain nuclei can absorb electromagnetic radiation in the radiofrequency range. These nuclei are able to absorb this energy because they “spin” about their center axis generating a dipole along it. Protons are among those nuclei that absorb radiofrequency energies. If a proton is placed in a magnetic field its dipole can be in one of two possible orientations. It can be in a low energy state aligned with the field, or a high energy state, a spinning proton will process about an axis at a particular frequency (Figure 1).

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