## Abstract

The interaction between the nuclear spin and the electron spin creates a hyperfine structure. Hyperfine structure interaction occurs in paramagnetic structures with unpaired electrons. Therefore, hyperfine structure interaction is the most important of the fundamental parameters investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. For EPR spectroscopy the two effective Hamiltonian terms are the hyperfine structure interaction and the electronic Zeeman interaction. The hyperfine structure interaction has two types as isotropic and anisotropic hyperfine structure interactions. The zero-field splitting term (electronic quadrupole fine structure), the nuclear Zeeman term, and the nuclear quadrupole interaction term are among the Hamiltonian terms used in EPR. However, their effects are not as much as the term of the hyperfine structure interaction. The zero-field splitting term and the nuclear quadrupole interaction term are the fine structure terms. The interaction of two electron spins create a zero-field splitting, the interaction between the two nucleus spins form the nuclear quadrupole interaction. Hyperfine structure interaction, zero-field interaction, and nuclear quadrupole interaction are subclasses of dipolar interaction. Interaction tensors are available for all three interactions.

### Keywords

- dipolar interaction hyperfine structure
- isotropic hyperfine structure
- anisotropic hyperfine structure
- the zero-field splitting
- the nuclear quadrupole interaction
- the electronic Zeeman interaction
- the nuclear Zeeman term
- EPR

## 1. Dipolar interactions

Dipolar interaction occurs due to the interaction between the two spins. If one spin becomes an electron spin and the other spin becomes a nucleus spin, this interaction is called a hyperfine structure interaction. If two of the spins are electron spin or both are nucleus spin, this interaction is called fine structure interaction. The dipolar interaction Hamiltonian is expressed as

where

### 1.1 Hyperfine structure interaction

The interaction between the magnetic dipole moment of the nucleus and the magnetic dipole moment of the electron gives the hyperfine structure interaction. There are two types of hyperfine structure interaction. These are isotropic hyperfine interaction and anisotropic hyperfine interaction.

#### 1.1.1 Isotropic hyperfine structure

Isotropic superfine interaction is also known as Fermi contact interaction. The Hamiltonian term of isotropic hyperfine structure interaction is expressed as

where

In a shorter way, it is expressed as

The isotropic hyperfine constant is written as

Here

#### 1.1.2 Anisotropic hyperfine structure

Anisotropic hyperfine interaction is also called dipolar interaction or dipole–dipole interaction. The Hamiltonian term of anisotropic hyperfine structure interaction is expressed as

More specifically, the expression of the anisotropic hyperfine interaction in the Cartesian coordinate is written as

In a shorter way, it is expressed as

where

The non-diagonal elements of the tensor is expressed as

The sum of the isotropic and anisotropic terms fully expresses the hyperfine structure interaction Hamiltonian and is expressed as

where

Figure 1 shows the formation of the hyperfine structure splittings. Figure 2 shows the formation of an EPR spectrum due to the hyperfine structure splittings.

### 1.2 Fine structure interaction

The fine structure is seen in two ways. The first is the fine structure interaction between two electron spins. The second is the fine structure interaction between the two nucleus spins. The fine structure interaction between two electron spin is also referred to as zero-field interaction or zero-field splitting. The interaction between two nuclear spin is called nuclear quadrupole interaction.

#### 1.2.1 Zero-field splitting (interaction)

This interaction between two electron spins is the dipolar interaction. When writing Hamiltonian for zero-field interaction, the magnetic dipole moments in Eq. (1) are arranged for two electron spins. In this case, the Hamiltonian of the zero-field splitting is written as

More specifically, the expression of the anisotropic hyperfine interaction in the Cartesian coordinate is written as

In a shorter way, it is expressed as

In general, the Hamiltonian of the zero-field splitting is written as

where

The non-diagonal elements of the tensor is expressed as.

The zero-field splittings for s = 1/2, s = 1, and s = 3/2 are shown in Figure 3.

#### 1.2.2 Nuclear quadrupole interaction

The interaction between the nucleus spins is known as the nuclear quadrupole interaction. The effects of nuclear quadrupole interaction can be observed on the energy levels of the hyperfine structure for a nucleus with

where

where

In general, the nuclear quadrupole interaction Hamiltonian is written as

where

The nuclear quadrupole splittings are shown in Figure 4.

## 2. Effective Hamiltonian terms in electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

The hyperfine structure Hamiltonian term, electron Zeeman Hamiltonian term, nuclear Zeeman Hamiltonian term, the term of the zero-field splitting, and the term of the nuclear quadrupole interaction are Hamiltonian terms in EPR Spectroscopy. However, in EPR spectroscopy, the electron Zeeman term and the hyperfine structure term are effective Hamiltonian terms. Therefore, the effect of the terms other than the electron Zeeman term and the hyperfine structure term is not taken into account, since the effect is minimal compared to these two terms. The electron Zeeman term and the nuclear Zeeman term have not been mentioned before. Therefore, it will be explained briefly below.

The electron Zeeman interaction occurs as a result of the interaction of the magnetic dipole moment caused by the spin of the electron with the applied magnetic field:

where

where

The nuclear Zeeman interaction occurs as a result of the interaction of the magnetic dipole moment caused by the spin of the nucleus with the applied magnetic field:

where

where

The general spin Hamiltonian for EPR spectroscopy can be written as

The effective spin Hamiltonian for EPR spectroscopy can be written as [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9].

## 3. Conclusion

Dipolar interaction can be seen in three ways. These are the hyperfine structure interaction, the zero-field splitting interaction, and the nuclear quadrupole interaction. Each interaction involves the interaction of two spins. The interaction between a nucleus spin and an electron spin is mentioned in the hyperfine structure interaction. The interaction of two electron spins is mentioned in the zero-field splitting interaction. The interaction of two nuclear spins is mentioned in the nuclear quadrupole interaction. The last two interactions are also known as fine structure interactions.

The hyperfine structure interaction is an important interaction for EPR spectroscopy. In EPR spectroscopy, the effect of the hyperfine structure interaction is taken into account together with the electron Zeeman interaction [10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24]. In addition, nuclear Zeeman interaction, the zero-field interaction, and the nuclear quadrupole interaction have an effect on EPR spectroscopy. However, their effects are negligible.