# Can a NOESY NMR experiment be halted partway through and give meaningful results?

Some NMR experiments can be halted partway through the acquisition and still give perfectly valid results: The traditional 1H experiment for example. Others, like a Saturation Transfer Difference Spectrum will have errors in the magnitude of the peaks in it if it is halted, due to the fact it uses groups of pulses and takes the difference of between them.

Can the standard proton-proton NOESY pulse sequence be halted halfway through and give a usable spectrum, or will this introduce artifacts?

When you acquire a 1D spectrum with multiple scans, the scans are not saved individually but directly added up to one FID, at least on Bruker spectrometers. So if you abort a 1D experiment (you need to execute tr to do that in most cases, as the FID is only written to disk after all scans are finished in most pulse sequences), you can't just throw away the last incomplete phasy cycle. And with experiments like the STD, your actual signal is the difference of two larger signals, so one incomplete substraction can ruin your spectrum.