Geometric phases acquired randomly can give rise to coherence dephasing in nuclear spin systems, equivalent to spin relaxation. We calculate the form and extent of this geometric dephasing in a number of model systems involving the motion of Xe-131 nuclei in shaped containers. The dephasing is calculated in two ways: first, using an analytical treatment of the diffusive motion of individual nuclei, and second, using ensemble averaged propagators. The effects of applying additional magnetic fields to these systems are discussed briefly. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.

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