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RIT Magnetic Resonance Laboratory


The laboratory offers a variety of services, including consulting, feasibility study, system design & development, sponsored project, basic research, needs assessment, and educational services. The laboratory has the ability to measure the following:

• Diffusion Coefficients

• Imaging

• MRI and NMR Radio Frequency Coil Tuning

• MRI and NMR Radio Frequency Coil Construction

• High Resolution NMR Spectroscopy

• Radio Frequency Magnetic Field Mapping

• Spin-Lattice Relaxation Time (T1)

• Spin-Spin Relaxation Time (T2)

• Dielectric Constant & Resistivity



The RIT Magnetic Resonance Laboratory houses the following equipment, listed below with specifications:

300 MHz NMR Spectrometer (Bruker, DRX-300)

QNP (H-1, C-13, P-31, N-14) 5 mm sample probe with z-axis gradient coil at 50 G/cm

BBI (H-1 through Ag-109) 5 mm sample probe with x,y,z-axes gradient coils at 50 G/cm each

BBI probe is suitable for producing 5 mm FOV NMR microscopic images and TF (H-1) 5 mm turbulent flow probe

500 MHz NMR Spectrometer (Bruker, Avance III 500)



Low Field ESR Spectrometer (MRL Design)

300 MHz CW Bridge with 2 cm diameter sample probe

100 Gauss, 30 cm diameter electromagnet

30 µM sample sensitivity

Earth's Field NMR and MRI (Magritek, Terranova-MRI)

2.5 kHz, 7.2 cm diameter 500 ml samples

Low resolution spectroscopy, T1 at BEarth and Bo=18 mT, T2 at BEarth, D

Overhauser Magnetometer with Basestation (Terraplus GSM-19)

Range: 20,000 to 120,000 nT

Resolution: 0.01 nT

Absolute Accuracy: 0.2 nT

Three Axis Borehole Magnetometer (MRL Design)

Magneto resistive unit based on the Honeywell HMR2300

Suitable for measuring the Earth's inclination and declination down a borehole

RF Coil Tuning Bridge (MRL Design)

5 to 500 MHz

Suitable for tuning the frequency and impedance of imaging coils

Vector Impedance Analyzer


100 kHz to 200 MHz

Suitable for a variety of RF circuit analysis and tuning.

Image Analysis Software

IDL, MRImage, MRILAB, Maxwell 2D, MRL Software Library

Machine Shop Facilities

Lathe, Drill Press, End Mill, Band Saw, Sander

GE Signa Whole Body MRI

The director of the laboratory has access to this imager located at the University of Rochester Medical Center

RF Field Mapping

Three-axis micro pickup coil with XYZ translational positioning system



For assistance or more information, please contact:


Joseph P. Hornak, Ph.D., Lab Director


Phone: (585) 475-2904


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