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Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions in Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Detection of Energetic and Controlled Materials: Theoretical Study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
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2012 (English)In: Applied Magnetic Resonance, ISSN 0937-9347, Vol. 43, no 4, 591-617 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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There has been a growing interest in nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) techniques useful for the detection of explosives and drugs in solid state systems. This paper uses the first-principles one-electron Hartree-Fock theoretical method to study the nuclear quadrupole interaction parameters e (2) qQ and eta for the N-14 nuclei in the explosives RDX and beta-HMX as well as the drugs cocaine and heroin. It has been found in our earlier published investigations reviewed here that there is very good agreement for our calculated e (2) qQ and eta for N-14, for all these four systems, and experiment. We also present our unpublished theoretical results for cocaine with an HCl molecule attached. We successfully explain quantitatively the drastic decrease in e (2) qQ in going to cocaine-HCl from cocaine-free base as well as the observed substantial increase in eta and discuss the implications of these dramatic changes for NQR detection in general.

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2012. Vol. 43, no 4, 591-617 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190319DOI: 10.1007/s00723-012-0385-yISI: 000311755700012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-190319DiVA: diva2:585917
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-07 Last updated: 2013-01-10Bibliographically approved

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