We report the detection of slice-selective electron spin resonance with an external magnetic field gradient comparable to local interatomic gradients, using the techniques of magnetic resonance force microscopy. An applied microwave field modulated the spin-gradient force between a paramagnetic DPPH sample and a micrometer-scale ferromagnetic tip on a force microscope cantilever. A sensitivity equivalent to 184 polarized electron moments in a one-Hertz detection bandwidth was attained. We mapped the tip magnetic field with a resonant slice thickness of order one nanometer, thereby demonstrating magnetic resonance on length scales comparable to molecular dimensions.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)