Dr Jimmy Ball

MSci, PhD

Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health

Research Associate in Spin Polarisation Physics

Dr Jimmy Ball
Dr Jimmy Ball
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Dr Jimmy Ball
Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health
18 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

I am a post-doc in the POLARIS imaging group, having completed my PhD in Physics under the supervision of Graham Norquay and Jim Wild in March 2024. I have a MSci in Physics from the University of Nottingham.

Research interests

My research focuses on advancing techniques to enhance hyperpolarised xenon-129 (HP-129Xe) production via spin-exchange optical pumping. Large-scale HP-129Xe gas MRI studies for investigating pulmonary conditions rely on the ability to rapidly produce HP-129Xe gas with high nuclear polarisation. Using NMR, absorption spectroscopy and finite-element modelling, we are able to probe the gas dynamics and spin-transfer processes within our system. These insights are used to optimise the geometry and operational parameters (temperature, pressure, flow rate) of the polariser.

Additionally, I am developing 129Xe and proton (1H) MRI techniques to study gas dynamics in the airways, aiming to improve our understanding of respiratory conditions and treatment.


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  • Saunders LC, Collier GJ, Chan H-F, Hughes PJC, Smith LJ, Watson J, Meiring J, Gabriel Z, Newman T, Plowright M , Wade P et al (2022) Longitudinal lung function assessment of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 using1H and129Xe lung MRI, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Molway MJ, Bales-Shaffer L, Ranta K, Basler D, Murphy M, Kidd BE, Gafar AT, Porter J, Albin K, Goodson BM , Chekmenev EY et al (2021) Two-Orders-of-Magnitude Improvement in the Total Spin Angular Momentum of 131Xe Nuclei Using Spin Exchange Optical Pumping. RIS download Bibtex download