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Abstract #2587

An Open Source Low-Cost NMR System

Michael D. Twieg1, Matthew J. Riffe2, Natalia Gudino2, Mark A. Griswold, 13

1Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States; 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; 3Deptartment of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

We present a low cost NMR system aimed for use in simple NMR experiments. The system is based on an Arduino microcontroller platform and a MATLAB interface. Most of the RF chain is broadband, allowing it to be easily used with a wide range of frequencies and transmit/receive coils. The system is capable of several simple NMR experiments, allowing the measurement of T1, T2, ρ 0, and self diffusion coefficient (D). The total cost of the system, neglecting a host computer and bench top power supplies, is less than $400. Documentation on the project is open source.