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Grassmann variables and pseudoclassical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Damion, Robin A




The concept of a propagator is useful and is a well-known object in diffusion NMR experiments. Here, we investigate the related concept; the propagator for the magnetization or the Green's function of the Torrey-Bloch equations. The magnetization propagator is constructed by defining functions such as the Hamiltonian and Lagrangian and using these to define a path integral. It is shown that the equations of motion derived from the La-grangian produce complex-valued trajectories (classical paths) and it is conjectured that the end-points of these trajectories are real-valued. The complex nature of the trajectories also suggests that the spin degrees of freedom are also encoded into the trajectories and this idea is explored by explicitly modeling the spin or precessing magnetization by anticommuting Grassmann variables. A pseudoclassical Lagrangian is constructed by combining the dif-fusive (bosonic) Lagrangian with the Grassmann (fermionic) Lagrangian, and performing the path integral over the Grassmann variables recovers the original Lagrangian that was used in the construction of the propagator for the magnetization. The trajectories of the pseudoclassical model also provide some insight into the nature of the end-points.


Damion, R. A. (2016). Grassmann variables and pseudoclassical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Diffusion Fundamentals, 26, 1-23

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-12
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 14, 2022
Electronic ISSN 1862-4138
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Article Number 1
Pages 1-23
Keywords NMR; Nuclear magnetization; propagator; Grassmann numbers; pseudoclassical mechanics; diffusion; path integral
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