Publications [#268643] of Bastiaan Driehuys

Papers Published
  1. Driehuys, B; Cates, GD; Miron, E; Sauer, K; Walter, DK; Happer, W, High-volume production of laser-polarized 129Xe, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 69 no. 12 (September, 1996), pp. 1668-1670, AIP Publishing [doi] .

    A method is described for producing several liters of nuclear spin polarized 129Xe gas via spin exchange with an optically pumped Rb vapor. We use a 140 W AlGaAs laser diode array whose broad spectral output is efficiently absorbed by employing ∼ 10 atm of 4He to pressure broaden the Rb D1 absorption profile. 129Xe is polarized in a continuous gas flow and is then cryogenically accumulated and stored. Extensions of this technique should enable the production of tens of liters of 129Xe with a nuclear spin polarization of order 50%. Production of laser-polarized 129Xe in liter quantities is important for the continued development of magnetic resonance imaging using spin-polarized 129Xe. © 1996 American Institute of Physics.