Recent results on hyperpolarized He-3-He-4 liquid mixtures

Abstract : Laser optical pumping in law magnetic field provides very high nuclear polarizations in gaseous helium mixtures, and is used to prepare polarized liquid. Wall relaxation in glass cells is efficiently reduced using cesium coatings, and bulk longitudinal relaxation times are measured. In highly magnetized samples, dipolar fields control the spin dynamics in anisotropic volumes and weak external magnetic field inhomogeneities. Long lived magnetostatic modes are observed by pulsed NMR. Detailed analysis of their frequency and damping gives information on magnetization density and spin diffusion coefficient in polarized mixtures. Experiments are performed above 0.2 K on mixtures with He-3 concentrations of order a few percents or larger. When phase separation occurs, the He-3-rich phase retains a high polarization.
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Pierre-Jean Nacher, E. Stoltz, G. Tastevin. Recent results on hyperpolarized He-3-He-4 liquid mixtures. Czechoslovak Journal of Physics, 1996, 46 (Supplement 6), pp.3025-3032. ⟨hal-02016720⟩



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