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Dynamical decoupling in water-glycerol glasses: a comparison of nitroxides, trityl radicals and gadolinium complexes
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© the Owner Societies 2021. Our previous study on nitroxides ino-terphenyl (OTP) revealed two separable decoherence processes at low temperatures, best captured by the sum of two stretched exponentials (SSE) model. Dynamical decoupling (DD) extends both associated dephasing times linearly for 1 to 5 refocusing pulses [Soetbeeret al.,Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 1615]. Here we demonstrate an analogous DD behavior of water-soluble nitroxides in water-glycerol glass by using nitroxide and/or solvent deuteration for component assignment. Compared to the conventional Hahn experiment, we show that Carr-Purcell and Uhrig DD schemes are superior in resolving and identifying active dephasing mechanisms. Thereby, we observe a partial coherence loss to intramolecular nitroxide and trityl nuclei that can be alleviated, while the zero field splitting-induced losses for gadolinium labels cannot be refocused and contribute even at the central transition of this spin-7/2 system. Independent of the studied spin system, Uhrig DD leads to a characteristic convex dephasing envelope in both protonated water-glycerol and OTP glass, thus outperforming the Carr-Purcell scheme. Show more
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