Nmr lineshifts and spontaneously broken spin-orbit symmetry: I. general concepts

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The condition for the position of the nuclear magnetic resonance line observed in a many-body system to shift away from the Larmor value gamma H 0 is studied. It is shown that shifts of the order of magnitude of that recently observed in liquid 3He below 3 mK are possible only if the system possesses a peculiar ordering property, not hitherto seen in any many-body system, which is called 'spontaneously broken spin-orbit symmetry'. Some general aspects of the behaviour of systems with this property are studied, without making any particular assumptions about the microscopic dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3187-3204
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Physics C: Solid State Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 30 1973
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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