Scalar Spin Couplings

Conference paper
Part of the NMR Basic Principles and Progress Grundlagen und Fortschritte book series (NMR, volume 12)


Scalar spin coupling between magnetic nuclei has for a number of these marked influence on the appearance of their NMR spectrum and the determination of spin-spin coupling constants is then a straight-forward procedure for simple systems. In the case when one of the nuclei involved in the scalar coupling has a spin relaxation rate which greatly exceeds the spin coupling constant, no effect of the coupling is discernible in the NMR spectrum of the two nuclei. (This was illustrated in Fig. 2.5.) Since Cl, Br and I in covalent environments are characterized by very effective relaxation direct determination of spin coupling constants from spectral fine structure is in general impossible — cases where the halogen resides at a site of tetrahedral or octahedral symmetry, or nearly so, are notable exceptions (see Fig. 2.6). As a consequence of this, the number of spin coupling constants for Cl, Br and I given in the literature is small and in most cases they have been obtained indirectly from the scalar spin relaxation of a non-quadrupolar nucleus (cf. Section 1.5). Reports in the literature have mainly dealt with problems of determination of the spin coupling constants while detailed analyses of the results are almost non-existent. In the following section a description of the experimental aspects and results as well as a tentative interpretation will be given. In the present section the general theory of scalar spin couplings will be outlined to provide a basis for the discussion.


Spin Coupling Scalar Coupling Spin Coupling Constant Octahedral Symmetry Absolute Sign 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Chemistry Chemical CentreUniversity of LundLundSweden

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