Moment analysis as a systematic tool for NMR powder pattern analysis

Bruno Herreros, Andrew W. Metz, Gerard S. Harbison

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The low order moments for chemical shift and second-order quadrupolar powder patterns have been calculated as functions of the anisotropy and asymmetry parameter of the governing interaction, and the expressions inverted to give these parameters as a function of the moments. Theoretical simulations and experimental experience show that moment analysis in most cases equals and in some cases exceeds the accuracy of direct inspection as a method of obtaining NMR parameters. We illustrate the efficacy of the method applied to 31P chemical shift spectra of nucleic acids, and 39K second-order patterns of series of potassium salts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
JournalSolid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2000


  • Anisotropy
  • Asymmetry parameter
  • Moment analysis
  • NMR powder pattern analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • General Chemistry
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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