Nuclear electric quadrupole induction of atomic polarization

Tycho Sleator, Erwin L. Hahn, Michael B. Heaney, Claude Hilbert, John Clarke

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    Precessing nuclear quadrupole moments are observed to induce oscillating electric dipole moments in neighboring atoms. The Cl35 nuclei of a single crystal of NaClO3 placed between the plates of a capacitor are excited into precession by a rf pulse. After the pulse, the electric polarization induced by the chlorine nuclear quadrupole moments produces a voltage across the capacitor, which is amplified with a dc SQUID. This technique provides information on the location and polarizability of atoms near nuclear quadrupole moments in noncentrosymmetric crystals.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2756-2759
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number21
    StatePublished - 1986

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Physics and Astronomy


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