MR2: Magnetic Resonance Hardware

Module title: Magnetic Resonance Hardware (MR2)

Module convenors:

Paul Glover and Andrew Howes

Module aims and objectives:

To give the postgraduate student studying ESR, NMR and MRI related topics a general understanding of what makes a modern spectrometer tick. The range of hardware covered includes coils and shims, magnets, spectrometer transmitter and receiver systems, and radiofrequency probes. The workshop will give the opportunity to explore and see what happens inside and outside a spectrometer and allows the student to examine and tune radiofrequency coils.


There will be 5 x 2 hr lectures followed by a hands-on workshop as part of the MPAGS tutorial day. The outline syllabus is given below. For a more detailed lecture synopsis please download the syllabus PDF file.

Lecture 1: 9:00 – 11:00 Wednesday 11th November (PMG)

Overview of MRI system; Magnets: types and technology

Lecture 2: 9:00 – 11:00 Wednesday 18th November (PMG)

Shim systems; Gradient systems; Magnetic field design and optimisation; Limits to performance

Lecture 3: 9:00 – 11:00 Wednesday 25th November (PMG)

The Spectrometer system; Transmit chain; Modulation (amplitude, phase, frequency); RF Power Amplifiers; Receive chain; Processing and Signals; Signals, noise, SNR

Lecture 4: 9:00-11:00 Tuesday 1st December (APH)

Electronics Refresher and RF basics; Tuning and Matching of MR probes; A simple MR probe

Lecture 5: 9:00-11:00 Tuesday 8th December (APH)

Specialist RF probes; Magic Angle and Double Rotation; Multi-element receivers (SENSE imaging); Multi-transmit; ESR probes and cavities

Workshop: 9th December (APH + PMG)

The NMR Spectrometer; Probes; The network analyser; Problem solving and pitfalls with NMR hardware;
Academic year: 
11/11/2009 - 09:00