Feedback schemes for radiation damping suppression in NMR: a control-theoretical perspective

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 9:35am - 10:05am
EE/CS 3-180
Claudio Altafini (International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS))
In NMR spectroscopy, the collective measurement is weakly invasive and its back-action is called radiation damping. The aim of this talk is to provide a control-theoretical analysis of the problem of suppressing this radiation damping. It is shown that the two feedback schemes commonly used in the NMR practice correspond one to a high gain oputput feedback for the simple case of maintaining the spin 1/2 in its inverted state, and the second to a 2-degree of freedom control design with a prefeedback that exactly cancels the radiation damping field. A general high gain feedback stabilization design not requiring the knowledge of the radiation damping time constant is also investigated.
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