Lifetimes have been measured for three M1 bands in light Sn/Cd nuclei using
the DSAM technique. B(M1) values deduced from these measurements show a ra
pid decrease with increasing spin for a given configuration. The results ha
ve been compared with both Tilted axis cranking and semi-empirical model ca
lculations. These suggest that the shears mechanism is present in this mass
region, and that the band in Sn-106 appears to be the first example of alm
ost pure magnetic rotation.