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Using high-Tc superconductors (HTS) is considered to be the only solution to dramatically increase the highest fields of NMR magnets because of their high critical fields. However, it is not easy to apply HTS to an NMR spectrometer (HTS-NMR) because a persistent-mode operation with HTS cannot satisfy the field stability of 0.01 ppm/h at present. To overcome this problem, we are now developing an HTS-NMR spectrometer in a driven-mode operation. As the first step, a layer-wound coil was fabricated with bronze-reinforced Bi-2223 conductors. Instead of the Nb3Sn coil, the Bi-2223 coil was installed as the innermost part of an existing NMR magnet. The magnet operated at a field of 11.7 T with a highly stabilized power supply. NMR measurements were carried out, and it was demonstrated that the quality of the multi-dimensional NMR spectra on the protein was equivalent to that obtained with a persistent-mode system. The next step will be to demonstrate its usefulness as a high-field NMR system. The upgrade of the 920 MHz NMR system installed at the Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory is underway. Its innermost coil is scheduled to be replaced by a Bi-2223 layer-wound coil for 2010. Its target field is 24.2 T (1.03 GHz).
Date of Publication: June 2010