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Proton Spin-Relaxation Induced by Localized Spin-Dynamical Coupling in Proteins And in Other Imperfectly Packed Solids

  • J.-P. Korb (a1), A. Van-Quynh (a2) and R. G. Bryant (a2)


The magnetic field dependence of 1H spin lattice relaxation rates in noncrystalline macromolecular solids including engineering polymers, proteins, and biological tissues is described by a power law, 1/T1 = Aω0 -b, where ω0 is the Larmor frequency, A and b are constants. We show that the magnetic field dependence of the proton 1/T1 may be quantitatively related to structural fluctuations along the backbone that modulate proton-proton dipolar couplings. The parameters A and b are related to the dipolar coupling strength, the energy for the highest vibrational frequency in the polymer backbone, and the fractal dimensionality of the proton spatial distribution.



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