We investigate nonlinear effects of long-range dipolar interactions in a spherical sample of hyperpolarized liquid [Formula presented]. Using two high-[Formula presented] SQUID detectors we directly measure the evolution of the magnetization gradients. For small initial rf tip angles we observe an increase in the transverse relaxation time [Formula presented] by a factor of 5 and coherent oscillations of magnetization gradients. For large tip angles we observe an exponential growth of the magnetization gradients and demonstrate a gain in sensitivity to magnetic field gradients by a factor of 10. Our results are in quantitative agreement with simple analytical predictions. We discuss applications of these nonlinear effects for precision measurements.
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