An inversion of the REDOR signal to recover the dipolar couplings has been recently proposed [K. T. Mueller et al., Chem. Phys. Lett. 242, 535 (1995)]: The corresponding integral transform was performed by tabulation of the kernel followed by numerical integration. After explicit determination of the inverse REDOR kernel by the Mellin transform method, we propose an alternative inversion method based on Fourier transforms. Representation of the inverse REDOR kernel by its asymptotic expansion reveals that the inverse REDOR operator is essentially a weighted sum of a cosine transform and of its derivative. Consequently, known properties of Fourier transforms can easily be transposed to the REDOR inversion, allowing for a precise discussion of the value of the method. Moreover, the first term of the asymptotic expansion leading to a derivative of a cosine transform, the REDOR inversion is found to be extremely sensitive to noise, thus considerably reducing the useful part of the theoretical dipolar window. © 1998 Academic Press.
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