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1984

Bryn Mawr College

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Nuclear-Spin-Relaxation Study Of Internal Motion In Two Organic Molecular Solids, Alfonso M. Albano, Peter A. Beckmann, M. E. Carrington, E. E. Fisch, F. A. Fusco, A. E. O'Neill, Mary E. Scott Jan 1984

Nuclear-Spin-Relaxation Study Of Internal Motion In Two Organic Molecular Solids, Alfonso M. Albano, Peter A. Beckmann, M. E. Carrington, E. E. Fisch, F. A. Fusco, A. E. O'Neill, Mary E. Scott

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We investigate proton spin-lattice relaxation in two powdered organic molecular solids with reorienting methyl (CH3) and tert-butyl [C(CH3)3] groups: 3,5-di-tert-butylphenol (DTBP) and 1,3,5-tri-tert-butylbenzene (TTBZ). The temperature and Larmor frequency dependence of the relaxation rate is considerably more complicated than would be expected on the basis of random reorientations of the CH3 and C(CH3)3 groups. The spectral densities describing the relaxation are broader, and show more structure, than those customarily used to interpret relaxation data. Assuming that the spectral densities may be expressed as linear superpositions of Lorentzians, we are able to obtain a ...