Patent Number: 6,293,111

Title: Process and apparatus for preparing hyperpolarized helium gas at high pressure and application of the process

Abstract: A process for preparing hyperpolarized helium gas at high pressure including optical pumping at a resonant wavelength of about 1083 nanometers a helium gas formed by pure helium-3 isotope or by a mixture of helium-3 and helium-4 isotopes; and subjecting the helium gas to a magnetic field of about 0.01 to about 1 tesla during optical pumping and maintaining pressure higher than about 10 mbar and an apparatus for preparing a hyperpolarized helium gas at high pressure including a helium gas confinement cell; an excitation laser positioned to irradiate the helium gas; and means for generating a magnetic field of about 0.01 to about 1 tesla operatively connected to the confinement cell.

Inventors: Nacher; Jean-Pierre (Paris, FR), Tastevin; Genevieve (Paris, FR), Darrasse; Luc (Orsay, FR), Guillot; Genevieve (Orsay, FR)

Assignee: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

International Classification: G01N 24/00 (20060101); G01R 33/28 (20060101); F25B 019/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018