The response of a spin (1/2) ensemble, at thermal equilibrium and experiencing chemical shift anisotropy (CSA), to the application of adiabatic inversion pulses has been studied under magic-angle spinning (MAS). Numerical simulations and experimental studies on such systems, carried out under slow spinning conditions, show that the response to adiabatic inversion pulses has much more favorable characteristics than the response to conventional rectangular pulses. We have also explored the possibilities of employing adiabatic 180 degrees pulses as dephasing pulses in rotational-echo double-resonance (REDOR) experiments. Our results show that it is indeed possible to employ such adiabatic inversion pulses conveniently in REDOR experiments to eliminate resonance offset and H(1) inhomogeneity effects which may arise from the usage of conventional rectangular 180 degrees pulses. Copyright 2000 Academic Press.