Highly stable magic angle spinning spherical rotors

Osborn Popp, Thomas M.; Däpp, Alexander; Gao, Chukun; Chen, Pin-Hui; Price, Lauren E.; Alaniva, Nicholas H.; Barnes, Alexander B.

The use of spherical rotors for magic angle spinning offers a number of advantages, including improved sample exchange, efficient microwave coupling for dynamic nuclear polarization nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments, and, most significantly, high frequency and stable spinning with minimal risk of rotor crash. Here we demonstrate the simple retrofitting of a commercial NMR probe with MAS spheres for solid-state NMR. We analyze a series of turbine groove geometries to investigate the importance of the rotor surface for spinning performance. Of note, rotors lacking any surface modification spin rapidly and stably even without feedback control. The high stability of a spherical rotor about the magic angle is shown to be dependent on its inertia tensor rather than the presence of turbine grooves.

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Osborn Popp, Thomas M. / Däpp, Alexander / Gao, Chukun / et al: Highly stable magic angle spinning spherical rotors. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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