Quadrupole interaction and electric-field gradient tensor.
四極矩作用力 與 電場梯度張量
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Quadrupole interaction in a uniform space

electric-field gradient around quadrupole nucleus

Quadrupole nuclei with a half-integer spin larger than 1/2 possess a quadrupole moment Q, which interacts with the electric-field gradient (EFG) generated by their surroundings.

The coupling of Q (a property of the nucleus) with an EFG (a property of a sample) is called the quadrupole interaction (四極矩作用力).


(A) Quadrupole interaction in Cartesian tensor representation 笛卡爾張量形式

Consider a free nucleus in a uniform space, that is, the three coordinate axes x, y, and z are equivalent. The Hamiltonian representing the quadrupole interaction of this nucleus, independent of the Cartesian coordinate frame, is defined by:

quadrupole interaction with Cartesian operators

where Vjk are the Cartesian components of V, the EFG at the origin, which is a second-rank symmetrical tensor. In the principal-axis system of the EFG (XPAS, YPAS, ZPAS), V is diagonal:

matrix form of the EFG tensor with Cartesian components

with the convention

our convention for EFG

However, another convention is also often used (for example in the NMR simulation program SIMPSON):

the other convention for EFG

Furthermore, the Laplace equation, VXX + VYY + VZZ = 0, holds for V, because the electric field at the nucleus is produced by charges wholly external to the nucleus. Thus, only two independent parameters are required:

our conventions for the two quadrupole parameters

the largest component (最大的梯度) and the asymmetry parameter (不對稱參數), respectively.

For SIMPSON, these two parameters become:

the two quadrupole parameters used in SIMPSON

powder lineshape and asymmetry parameter

In practice, the asymmetry parameter η defines the powder lineshape and eq is related to the linewidth.

The product of eq with eQ divided by Planck's constant is called the quadrupole coupling constant (Cq) 四極偶合常數.



In the principal-axis system of V, the quadrupole interaction takes the form:

quadrupole interaction in the principal-axis system of the EFG

In term of the operators (算子) I+ = IX + iIY and I- = IX - iIY, the quadrupole interaction becomes:

quadrupole interaction with I+ and I- operators

(B) Quadrupole interaction in spherical tensor representation 球張量形式

The passage from one coordinate frame to another is more conveniently realized if the quadrupole interaction of a free nucleus is expressed as a product of second-rank irreducible spherical tensors:

spherical tensor representation

In any Cartesian coordinate frame, the spherical tensor and Cartesian tensor components of V and T are related by:

V and T tensors

with I+ = Ix + iIy and I- = Ix - iIy. These two operators are different from those used previously despite the same notation. The numerical factors in the components of V and T depend on the authors. The spherical tensor representation of the quadrupole interaction becomes:

quadrupole interaction in spherical tensor representation

Expressing the latter Hamiltonian in the principal-axis system of the EFG tensor and comparing the result with the last expression of quadrupole interaction in Cartesian tensor section yield the spherical tensor components of V in the principal-axis system:

EFG eigen values in spherical tensor representation EFG eigen values in spherical tensor representation EFG eigen values in spherical tensor representation

(C) References

(D) Mathematica-5 notebook

 

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