Resonance-inclined optical nuclear polarization of liquids in diamond structures

Nuclear spin hyperpolarization (DNP) is a key emerging method for increasing the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Using DNP, a wide range of novel applications in biomedical sciences is made possible, such as metabolic MR imaging or the characterization of molecular chemical compositions. The prevalent methods for achieving DNP in solutions are typically most effective in the regime of small interaction correlation times between the electron and nuclear spins, limiting the size of accessible molecules. To solve this limitation, we design a mechanism for DNP in the liquid phase that is applicable for large interaction correlation times (e.g. slow-moving molecules). We combine this scheme with optically polarized nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center spins in diamonds which provides near perfect electron polarization source at room temperature. Considering the model in a flow cell containing nanodiamonds immobilized in a hydrogel, numerical illustration shows flowing water molecules can be polarized over 1000-fold, in sufficient volumes for detection by current NMR scanners.

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