Index of the FFC-NMR Review of
Technical Aspects Of Fast Field Cycling
by Ferrante G.M. and Sykora S., Stelar Srl,
in Advances in Inorganic Chemistry, Editors van Eldik R., Bertini I.,
Vol. 57, Elsevier 2005 (ISBN 0-120-23657-5), pp.405-470.
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 I. Introduction
 II. Premises of FFC NMR relaxometry
 III. FFC magnet
   A. General considerations
   B. Optimal configuration of an FFC magnet
   C. Electric and geometric parameters determining B0 and dB0/dt
   D. Example of a real 1T FFC magnet
 IV. Magnet power supply
   A. General considerations and peculiarities of an FFC power supply
   B. Historic solutions and a modern approach
   C. Switching time considerations and limits
   D. Why the bipolar configuration
   E. Power regulation banks
   F. Active compensation of the field temperature dependence
 V. Cooling system
 VI. Detection probe
 VII. Console
 VIII. FFC data acquisition sequences
   A. Special FFC features of elementary sequence intervals
   B. Basic structure of any FFC sequence
   C. Elementary FFC sequences
 IX. Acquisition and evaluation of complete relaxation curves
   A. Arrayed T1 measurement experiments
   B. Effects of field-switching intervals
   C. Data accumulation methods
   D. Evaluation of the relaxation curves
   E. Factors influencing the precision of relaxation rate estimates
   F. Optimization of relaxation rate measurements
 X. Signal detection and analysis
   A. Hardware detector types
   B. Post-detection signal handling
   C. NMR signal detection sequences
 XI. Advanced FFC sequences
   A. Thermally balanced sequences
   B. Inversion Recovery
   C. Jeener-Broekaert sequence
 XII. Perspectives
 References (176, untitled)

Note by Stan Sykora, added in March 2007:

After some hesitation, I have decided to make this Review available online. Gianni Ferrante (CEO of Stelar) and I (now Extra Byte) have written it back in 2004 and published it in Advances in Inorganic Chemistry. That was somewhat incongruous, since engineering-oriented people are not likely to find it there nor - even if they do - to buy the book. In fact, I am being frequently prodded by both friends and strangers to write an online text of essentially the same type (especially the information in Chapters VIII - XII which is quite useful to operators of the instruments).

The PDF document available here (2540 kB) has been put together from my last draft, so it is not necessarily identical with the published text. However, it contains all the information and the original photos and graphs. People with broader interests in variable field MR relaxometry should definitely buy the whole book, though, since it contains also eight more Reviews written by foremost authorities in the field and covers areas well beyond the titles of the Series and of the particular volume (Relaxometry of water - metal ion interactions). The Reviews are:
- D.Canet,
   Introduction: General Theory of Nuclear Relaxation
- J.Kowalewski, D.Kruk and G.Parigi,
  NMR Relaxation in Solution of Paramagnetic Complexes: Recent Theoretical Progress for S=1
- I.Bertini, C.Luchinat and G.Parigi,
  1H NMRD Profiles of Paramagnetic Complexes and Metalloproteins
- S.Aime, M.Botta and E.Terreno,
  Gd(III)-based Contrast Agents for MRI
- R.N.Muller, L.Vander Elst, A.Roch, J.A.Peters, E.Csajbok, P.Gillis and Y.Gossuin,
  Relaxation by Metal-Containing Nanosystems
- J-P.Korb and R.G.Bryant,
  Magnetic Relaxation Dispersion in Porous and Dynamically Heterogeneous Materials
- L.Helm, G.M.Nicolle and A.E.Merbach,
  Water and Proton Exchange Processes on Metal Ions
- J.F.Desreux,
  Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation Studies on Actinide Ions and Models of Actinide Complexes

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