Theory of the Nuclear Magnetic 1/T1 Relaxation Rate in Conventional and Unconventional Magnets

  • Andrew Smerald

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

About this book


One of the best ways to "lift the lid" on what is happening inside a given material is to study it using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Of particular interest are NMR 1/T1 relaxation rates, which measure how fast energy stored in magnetic nuclei is transferred to surrounding electrons.
This thesis develops a detailed, quantitative theory of NMR 1/T1 relaxation rates, and shows for the first time how they could be used to measure the speed at which energy travels in a wide range of magnetic materials.
This theory is used to make predictions for"Quantum Spin Nematics", an exotic form of quantum order analogous to a liquid crystal.  In order to do so, it is first necessary to unravel how spin nematics transport energy. This thesis proposes a new way to do this, based on the description of quarks in high-energy physics.
Experiments to test the ideas presented are now underway in laboratories across the world.


Field Theory of Quantum Spin Nematic State Frustrated Magnet NMR Form Factor NMR Relaxation Rate NMR in Pnictide Materials Neutron Scattering Non-linear Sigma Model Spin Nematic

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Smerald
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00433-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00434-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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