Introduction to NMR

Module PH2148

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2148 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid to WS 2014/5.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2148 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides an introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). First the history of NMR will be briefly summarized; and for motivation examples of modern NMR applications in biomedical imaging and spectroscopy will be illustrated.

Within this course, the basic concepts of nuclear magnetic resonance will be introduced and their physical properties and implications will be discussed. These are e.g: nuclear spin, relaxation, interaction between spins, interaction between spins and electrons (chemical shift), diffusion, building block of NMR spectrometer, typical Fourier transform NMR experiments, emphasizing the application of these concepts and parameters in modern NMR.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation, the student will be able to

  1. describe the basic setup of an NMR spectrometer
  2. understand the concepts of modern NMR, such as spin interactions, relaxation etc.

  3. understand NMR experiments for estimation and calculation of such parameters


No special requirements exceeding the admission requirements for the MSc program

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Grundlagen der NMR Menzel, M. Dienstag, 14:00–16:00
Mittwoch, 12:00–14:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

Presentation (incl. Beamer), exercises, discussion




NMR textbooks,e.g.:

- E.M. Haacke et. al: Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Physical Principles and Sequence Design

·         Malcolm H. Levitt: Spin Dynamics

·         Paul T. Callaghan: Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Microscopy

·         Bernhard Blümich: NMR Imaging of Materials

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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