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  1. A study of angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure as applied to the Ni 3p, Cu 3s, and Cu 3p core levels of the respective clean (111) surfaces

    Huff, W.R.A.; Moler, E.J.; Kellar, S.A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The first non-s initial state angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure (ARPEFS) study of clean surfaces for the purpose of further understanding the technique is reported. The surface structure sensitivity of ARPEFS applied to clean surfaces and to arbitrary initial states is studied using normal photoemission data taken from the Ni 3p core levels of a Ni(111) single crystal and the Cu 3s and the Cu 3p core-levels of a Cu(111) single crystal. The Fourier transforms of these clean surface data are dominated by backscattering. Unlike the s initial state data, the p initial state data show a peak in the Fourier transform corresponding to in-plane scattering from the six nearest-neighbors to the emitter. Evidence was seen for single-scattering events from in the same plane as the emitters and double-scattering events. Using a newly developed, multiple-scattering calculation program, ARPEFS data from clean surfaces and from p initial states can be modeled to high precision. Although there are many layers of emitters when measuring photoemission from a clean surface, test calculations show that the ARPEFS signal is dominated by photoemission from atoms in the first two crystal layers. Thus, ARPEFS applied to clean surfaces is sensitive to surface reconstruction. The known contraction of the first two Cu(111) layers is confirmed. The best-fit calculation for clean Ni(111) indicates an expansion of the first two layers. To better understand the ARPEFS technique, the authors studied s and non-s initial state photoemission from clean metal surfaces.

  2. A study of angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure as applied to the Ni 3p, Cu 3s, and Cu 3p core levels of the respective clean (111) surfaces

    The first non-s initial state angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure (ARPEFS) study of clean surfaces for the purpose of further understanding the technique is reported. The surface structure sensitivity of ARPEFS applied to clean surfaces and to arbitrary initial states is studied using normal photoemission data taken from the Ni 3p core levels of a Ni(111) single crystal and the Cu 3s and the Cu 3p core-levels of a Cu(111) single crystal. The Fourier transforms of these clean surface data are dominated by backscattering. Unlike the s initial state data, the p initial state data show a peak in the Fourier transform corresponding to in-plane scattering from the six nearest-neighbors to the emitter. Evidence was seen for single-scattering events from in the same plane as the emitters and double-scattering events. Using a newly developed, multiple-scattering calculation program, ARPEFS data from clean surfaces and from p initial states can be modeled to high precision. Although there are many layers of emitters when measuring photoemission from a clean surface, test calculations show that the ARPEFS signal is dominated by photoemission from atoms in the first two crystal layers. Thus, ARPEFS applied to clean surfaces is sensitive to surface reconstruction. The known contraction of the first two Cu(111) layers is confirmed. The best-fit calculation for clean Ni(111) indicates an expansion of the first two layers. To better understand the ARPEFS technique, the authors studied s and non-s initial state photoemission from clean metal surfaces

  3. Transition probability values of the 1s22s3p 3P0 level in Be-like ions

    Transition probability values from the 1s22s3p 3P0 level for selected beryllium-like ions, from Z = 5 to 92, are calculated using the multi-configuration Dirac–Fock method including QED corrections, and full correlation up to the 4f subshell in both initial and final levels, for 1s22s3s 3S1, 1s22s2p 3P2 level and 1s22p23P1 decay modes of this level. (paper)

  4. BOREAS Level-3p Landsat TM Imagery: Geocoded and Scaled At-sensor Radiance

    Nickeson, Jaime; Knapp, David; Newcomer, Jeffrey A.; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Cihlar, Josef

    2000-01-01

    For BOReal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS), the level-3p Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) data were used to supplement the level-3s Landsat TM products. Along with the other remotely sensed images, the Landsat TM images were collected in order to provide spatially extensive information over the primary study areas. This information includes radiant energy, detailed land cover, and biophysical parameter maps such as Fraction of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FPAR) and Leaf Area Index (LAI). Although very similar to the level-3s Landsat TM products, the level-3p images were processed with ground control information, which improved the accuracy of the geographic coordinates provided. Geographically, the level-3p images cover the BOREAS Northern Study Area (NSA) and Southern Study Area (SSA). Temporally, the four images cover the period of 20-Aug-1988 to 07-Jun-1994. Except for the 07-Jun-1994 image, which contains seven bands, the other three contain only three bands.

  5. Electron impact excitation out of the metastable levels of argon into the 3p54p J = 3 level

    We have measured the direct cross section for electron impact excitation out of the metastable 3p54s[3/2]20 level (1s5 in Paschen's notation) into the 3p54p[5/2]3 level (2p9) of argon from threshold to 800 eV. The direct cross section is 40 x 10-16 cm2 at 10 eV. (author)

  6. Hyperfine Quenching of the $4s4p ^{3}P_{0}$ Level in Zn-like Ions

    Marques, J P; Indelicato, Paul

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we used the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock method to compute with high precision the influence of the hyperfine interaction on the $[Ar]3d^{10} 4s4p ^3P_0$ level lifetime in Zn-like ions for stable and some quasi-stable isotopes of nonzero nuclear spin between Z=30 and Z=92. The influence of this interaction on the $[Ar]3d^{10} 4s4p ^3P_1 - [Ar]3d^{10} 4s4p ^3P_0$ separation energy is also calculated for the same ions.

  7. Reduced miR-659-3p Levels Correlate with Progranulin Increase in Hypoxic Conditions: Implications for Frontotemporal Dementia.

    Piscopo, Paola; Grasso, Margherita; Fontana, Francesca; Crestini, Alessio; Puopolo, Maria; Del Vescovo, Valerio; Venerosi, Aldina; Calamandrei, Gemma; Vencken, Sebastian F; Greene, Catherine M; Confaloni, Annamaria; Denti, Michela A

    2016-01-01

    Progranulin (PGRN) is a secreted protein expressed ubiquitously throughout the body, including the brain, where it localizes in neurons and is activated microglia. Loss-of-function mutations in the GRN gene are an important cause of familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). PGRN has a neurotrophic and anti-inflammatory activity, and it is neuroprotective in several injury conditions, such as oxygen or glucose deprivation, oxidative injury, and hypoxic stress. Indeed, we have previously demonstrated that hypoxia induces the up-regulation of GRN transcripts. Several studies have shown microRNAs (miRNAs) involvement in hypoxia. Moreover, in FTLD patients with a genetic variant of GRN (rs5848), the reinforcement of miR-659-3p binding site has been suggested to be a risk factor. Here, we report that miR-659-3p interacts directly with GRN 3'UTR as shown by luciferase assay in HeLa cells and ELISA and Western Blot analysis in HeLa and Kelly cells. Moreover, we demonstrate the physical binding between GRN mRNA and miR-659-3p employing a miRNA capture-affinity technology in SK-N-BE and Kelly cells. In order to study miRNAs involvement in hypoxia-mediated up-regulation of GRN, we evaluated miR-659-3p levels in SK-N-BE cells after 24 h of hypoxic treatment, finding them inversely correlated to GRN transcripts. Furthermore, we analyzed an animal model of asphyxia, finding that GRN mRNA levels increased at post-natal day (pnd) 1 and pnd 4 in rat cortices subjected to asphyxia in comparison to control rats and miR-659-3p decreased at pnd 4 just when GRN reached the highest levels. Our results demonstrate the interaction between miR-659-3p and GRN transcript and the involvement of miR-659-3p in GRN up-regulation mediated by hypoxic/ischemic insults. PMID:27199656

  8. Doping and dimensionality effects on the core-level spectra of layered ruthenates

    Guo, Haizhong; Li, Yi; Urbina, Darwin; Hu, Biao; Jin, Rongying; Liu, Tijiang; Fobes, David; Mao, Zhiqiang; Plummer, E. W.; Zhang, Jiandi

    2010-01-01

    Core-level spectra of the Mn-doped Sr3Ru2O7 and Srn+1RunO3n+1 (n = 1, 2 and 3) crystals are investigated with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Doping of Mn to Sr3Ru2O7 considerably affects the distribution of core-level spectral weight. The satellite of Ru 3d core levels exhibits a substantial change with doping, indicating an enhanced electron localization across the doping- induced metal-insulator transition. However, the Ru 3p core levels remain identical with Mn-doping, thus showing no s...

  9. Measurement of electron-impact excitation into the 3p54p levels of argon using Fourier-transform spectroscopy

    To experimentally determine electron-impact excitation cross sections with the optical method, it is necessary to measure all transitions out of a level (the apparent cross sections), as well as the cascades into the level. In the case of the ten 3p54p levels of argon, the emissions to lower levels lie in the visible and near infrared (660 endash 1150 nm) and are hence observable with a monochromator endash photomultiplier-tube (PMT) system. A Fourier-transform spectrometer (FTS) allows us to measure the previously uninvestigated cascades that lie in the infrared. For the incident electron energy range between onset and 300 eV, we have measured the apparent cross sections with a monochromator-PMT system, and the cascade cross sections with a weak emission FTS system. The magnitude of both the apparent and cascade cross sections increases with target gas pressure due to radiation trapping effects. By subtracting the cascade contributions from the apparent cross sections, we have determined the direct cross sections and verified that they do not vary with pressure in the 0.5 endash 4-mTorr pressure range considered here. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  10. Measurement of the photoionization cross-section of the 3p{sup 2}P{sub 1/2,3/2} excited levels of sodium

    Amin, N.; Mahmood, S.; Anwar-ul-Haq, M.; Riaz, M.; Baig, M.A. [Quaid-i-Azam Univ., Atomic and Molecular Physics Lab., Dept. of Physics, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2006-01-15

    The photoionization cross-section and number density of the 3p{sup 2}P(1/2,3/2) excited levels of sodium have been measured as a function of the laser energy using two-step laser excitation in conjunction with a thermionic diode working in the space charge limited mode. Employing the saturation technique, the cross-sections for the 3p{sup 2}P(1/2) and 3p{sup 2}P(3/2) levels are determined as 2.16 (43) Mb and 3.74 (74) Mb respectively. (authors)

  11. Determination of the effective radiative lifetimes of the 6 3P1 atomic mercury level in low-pressure mercury discharges

    Experiments are described in which low-pressure mercury, mercury-argon and mercury-krypton discharges were irradiated with a dye laser pulse at 365.5 nm, thus exciting mercury atoms from the metastable 6 3P2 level to the 6 3D2 level. The 6 3D2 level decays radiatively to the 6 P levels. By recording the time dependence of the overpopulation in the 6 3P1 and the 6 1P1 level at the fluorescence signals at 254 nm and 185 nm, respectively, the effective radiative lifetime of these levels were determined. The effective radiative lifetime of the 6 3P1 level was measured in the k0R regime 0.1-500. The 6 1P1 lifetime was determined for the following discharge conditions: tube diameter 10-36 mm, mercury density 7.1018-2.1021 m-3, and noble gas pressure 0, 130, 400 Pa

  12. Rhythmic expression of miR-27b-3p targets the clock gene Bmal1 at the posttranscriptional level in the mouse liver.

    Zhang, Wenxiang; Wang, Peng; Chen, Siyu; Zhang, Zhao; Liang, Tingming; Liu, Chang

    2016-06-01

    Circadian clocks orchestrate daily oscillations in mammalian behaviors, physiology, and gene expression. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a crucial role in fine-tuning of the circadian system. However, little is known about the direct regulation of the clock genes by specific miRNAs. In this study, we found that miR-27b-3p exhibits rhythmic expression in the metabolic tissues of the mice subjected to constant darkness. MiR-27b-3p's expression is induced in livers of unfed and ob/ob mice. In addition, the oscillation phases of miR-27b-3p can be reversed by restricted feeding, suggesting a role of peripheral clock in regulating its rhythmicity. Bioinformatics analysis indicated that aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator-like (also known as Bmal1) may be a direct target of miR-27b-3p. Luciferase reporter assay showed that miR-27b-3p suppressed Bmal1 3' UTR activity in a dose-dependent manner, and mutagenesis of their binding site abolished this suppression. Furthermore, overexpression of miR-27b-3p dose-dependently reduced the protein expression levels of BMAL1 and impaired the endogenous BMAL1 and gluconeogenic protein rhythmicity. Collectively, our results suggest that miR-27b-3p plays an important role in the posttranscriptional regulation of BMAL1 protein in the liver. MiR-27b-3p may serve as a novel node to integrate the circadian clock and energy metabolism.-Zhang, W., Wang, P., Chen, S., Zhang, Z., Liang, T., Liu, C. Rhythmic expression of miR-27b-3p targets the clock gene Bmal1 at the posttranscriptional level in the mouse liver. PMID:26919869

  13. Radiative lifetime of the 3s3p exp 3(exp 5 S sub 2 exp 0) metastable level of P(+)

    Calamai, Anthony G.; Han, Xiaofeng; Parkinson, William H.

    1992-01-01

    The present experimental and theoretical results for the radiative lifetime of the 3s3p exp 3(exp 5 S sub 2 exp 0) metastable level of P(+) encompass an experimental determination of the (exp 5 S sub 2 exp 0) lifetime which represents the first measured lifetime of a low charge-state ion in the Si I sequence. This constitutes a fundamental test of the theoretical methods used to determine transition possibilities for intercombination lines involving this level, and suggests that theoretical techniques used to determine such transition probabilities in low-Z species of the Si I isoelectronic sequence should be reevaluated.

  14. 3p deletion syndrome.

    Kaur, Anupam; Khetarpal, S

    2013-08-01

    3p deletion is a rare cytogenetic finding. Here we describe a 3 months old male with congenital malformations. His karyotype revealed 3p deletion 46,XY,del(3)(p25-pter). The child had flexion deformity of wrist and elbow which has never been reported before. PMID:24036645

  15. A high precision beam-foil meanlife measurement of the 1s3p1P level in HeI

    A beam-foil measurement of the meanlife of the 1s3p1P level in HeI has been made and yields the value 1.7225 +- 0.0046 ns. The measurement was made with standard beam-foil techniques and equipment, but special attention was devoted to minimizing sources of uncertainty. The precision far exceeds that of previous beam-foil meanlife measurements and demonstrates that the beam-foil technique is capable of high precision and is competitive with and more flexible than methods such as resonant laser excitation. (orig.)

  16. Facile aqueous synthesis and electromagnetic properties of novel 3D urchin-like glass/Ni-Ni(3)P/Co(2)P(2)O(7) core/shell/shell composite hollow structures.

    An, Zhenguo; Zhang, Jingjie; Pan, Shunlong

    2010-04-14

    Novel 3D urchin-like glass/Ni-Ni(3)P/Co(2)P(2)O(7) core/shell/shell composite hollow structures are fabricated for the first time by controlled stepwise assembly of granular Ni-Ni(3)P alloy and ribbon-like Co(2)P(2)O(7) nanocrystals on hollow glass spheres in aqueous solutions at mild conditions. It is found that the shell structure and the overall morphology of the products can be tailored by properly tuning the annealing temperature. The as-obtained composite core/shell/shell products possess low density (ca. 1.18 g cm(-3)) and shape-dependent magnetic and microwave absorbing properties, and thus may have some promising applications in the fields of low-density magnetic materials, microwave absorbers, etc. Based on a series of contrast experiments, the probable formation mechanism of the core/shell/shell hierarchical structures is proposed. This work provides an additional strategy to prepare core/shell composite spheres with tailored shell morphology and electromagnetic properties. PMID:20379530

  17. MiR-291b-3p Induces Apoptosis in Liver Cell Line NCTC1469 by Reducing the Level of RNA-binding Protein HuR

    Jun Guo

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: There is increasing evidence that miRNAs are involved in cellular apoptosis. However, the specific role of miR-291b-3p in apoptosis has not been elucidated. In the present study, we investigated the effect of miR-291b-3p on NCTC1469 cell growth and apoptosis. Methods: Cell viability and apoptosis were examined in NCTC1469 cells transfected with miR-291b-3p mimics, inhibitor miRNA or negative control. Using computational miRNA target prediction databases, HuR was predicted as a target of miR-291b-3p. Luciferase assay, immunofluorescence and western blot were used to further explore the effects of miR-291b-3p on HuR expression. In addition, the effect of HuR on cell apoptosis was evaluated using a HuR-specific siRNA. Results: TNF-α-induced hepatocyte apoptosis was accompanied by enhanced expression of miR-291b-3p, suggesting that miR-291b-3p might contribute to the apoptotic process. Follow-up experiments showed that upregulation of miR-291b-3p decreased cell viability and induced NCTC1469 cell apoptosis. Additionally, similar to the activity of miR-519, which is another member of the same miRNA family, miR-291b-3p suppressed HuR translation through binding to the HuR coding region (CR. We further showed that the downregulation of HuR expression by miR-291b-3p was accompanied by reduced Bcl-2 expression. Moreover, knockdown of HuR also impaired Bcl-2 expression and increased the ratio of Bax/Bcl-2. More significantly, downregulation of miR-291b-3p failed to increase Bcl2 expression in NCTC1469 cells that were co-transfected with siRNA-HuR. Finally, inhibition of miR-291b-3p led to reduced apoptosis, while knockdown of HuR by siRNA promoted apoptosis, even in NCTC1469 cells that were co-transfected with the miR-291b-3p inhibitor. Conclusion: The current data suggested that miR-291b-3p contributed to NCTC1469 cell apoptosis by regulating the expression of HuR, which in turn increased Bcl-2 stability.

  18. Effects of valence-valence, core-valence, and core-core correlations on the fine-structure energy levels in Al-like ions

    This paper reports on multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock calculations for both allowed and intercombination transitions and fine structure referring to the levels of a term in highly charged aluminum like ions. Results for fine-structure energy levels, the term splitting, the wavelengths, transition rates, and thereby the branching ratios and lifetimes for the Al-like 3s23p-3s3p2 transitions in the ions Fe XIV-Au LXVII are reported and compared with other theories and experiments, using the codes GRASP2K. Our calculated fine-structure energy levels are in excellent agreement with the experimental results and the experimentally compiled energy values of the National Institute for Standards and Technology wherever available. The calculated values including core-valence correlation are found to be similar and to compare very well with other theoretical and experimental values for medium-Z ions. For higher Z the inclusion of the valence correlation gives results in excellent agreement with those from many-body perturbation theory. We believe that our extensive calculated values can guide experimentalists in identifying the fine-structure levels in their future work. From our radiative decay rates we have also calculated radiative lifetimes of some fine-structure levels. In this calculation we also predict new data for several fine-structure levels where no other theoretical and/or experimental results are available.

  19. Surface core-level shifts for simple metals

    Aldén, Magnus; Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Johansson, Börje

    1994-01-01

    We have performed an ab initio study of the surface core-level binding energy shift (SCLS) for 11 of the simple metals by means of a Green’s-function technique within the tight-binding linear-muffin-tin-orbitals method. Initial- and final-state effects are included within the concept of complete...... screening, whereby a SCLS becomes equivalent to the surface segregation energy of a core-ionized atom, a quantity we obtain by separate bulk and surface impurity calculations. The results are in good agreement with experiment in most of those cases where the data originates from single-crystal measurements....... We discuss the surface shifts of the electrostatic potentials and the band centers in order to trace the microscopic origin of the SCLS in the simple metals and find that the anomalous subsurface core-level shifts in beryllium are caused by charge dipoles, which persist several layers into the bulk...

  20. Titanium core-level spectra in titanium tetrahalide molecules

    Molecular-orbital calculations of TiF4, TiCl4, TiBr4, and TiI4 molecules have been made with use of self-consistent local-density theory with the discrete variational (DV-Xα) method. Core-level excitation energies corresponding to x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements are calculated. Spectral peaks associated with metastable final states of the core ionized atom that include relaxation and charge transfer processes are calculated. XPS spectra of Ti core levels in these compounds show that binding energies of both main lines and satellites clearly depend on the ligated anion. The observed systematic behavior of ionization potentials and satellite separation energies for the halide series is calculated with reasonable accuracy. With use of the single-determinant formalism, contributions to the intensity of the main line and satellites are examined

  1. Up-regulation of Serum MiR-130b-3p Level is Associated with Renal Damage in Early Lupus Nephritis

    Wang, Wanpeng; Mou, Shan; Wang, Ling; Zhang, Minfang; Shao, Xinghua; Fang, Wei; Lu, Renhua; Qi, Chaojun; Fan, Zhuping; Cao, Qin; Wang, Qin; Fang, Yan; Ni, Zhaohui

    2015-08-01

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a common but severe autoimmune systemic inflammatory disease. Lupus nephritis (LN) is a serious complication of SLE,affecting up to 70% of SLE patients. Circulating microRNAs (miRNA) are emerging as biomarkers for pathological conditions and play significant roles in intercellular communication. In present research, serum samples from healthy control, early and late stage LN patients were used to analyze the expression profile of miRNAs by microarray. Subsequent study demonstrated that miR-130b-3p in serum of patients with early stage LN were significantly up-regulated when compared with healthy controls. In addition,we have also observed that the expression of a large amount of circulating microRNAs significantly decreased in patients with late stage LN. The further analysis found that the expression of serum miR-130b-3p was positively correlated with 24-hour proteinuria and renal chronicity index in patients with early stage LN.Transfection of renal tubular cellline(HK-2)with miR-130b-3p mimics can promote epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). The opposite effects were observed when transfected with miR-130b-3p inhibitors. MiR-130b-3p negatively regulated ERBB2IP expression by directly targeting the 3‧-UTR of ERBB2IP The circulating miR-130b-3p might serve as a biomarker and play an important role in renal damage in early stage LN patients.

  2. Two-step laser excitation of 4snd 3D1,2,3 and 4sns 3S1 states from the 4s4p 3P levels in zinc

    We present new experimental data on the term energies and quantum defects of the even-parity triplet states of zinc using a two-step laser excitation scheme in conjunction with a thermionic diode ion detector. The first laser was fixed at 32 501.399 cm-1 to populate the 4s4p 3P1 intermediate level. The 4s4p 3P0,2 fine structure components get populated through collisional energy transfer. The second laser was scanned covering the energy region 43 200 to 42 000 cm-1 revealing the highly excited states up to the first ionization limit. Our observations include 4snd 3D2 (14 ≤ n ≤ 55) and 4sns 3S1 (15 ≤ n ≤ 35) Rydberg series excited from the 4s4p 3P1 level. In addition, 4snd 3D3 (13 ≤ n ≤ 49) and 4snd 3D1 (10 ≤ n ≤ 20) series including few members of the 4sns 3S1 series have also been observed from the 4s4p 3P2 and 4s4p 3P0 levels, respectively. The binding energy of 4s4p 3P1 has been determined as 43 267.93 ± 0.02 cm-1, which consequently yields the first ionization potential of zinc as 75 769.35 ± 0.05 cm-1, which is in good agreement with that reported previously

  3. Origin of metallic surface core-level shifts

    Aldén, Magnus; Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Abrikosov, I. A.;

    1995-01-01

    The unique property of the open 4f energy shell in the lanthanide metals is used to show that the initial-state energy shift gives an insufficient description of surface core-level shifts. Instead a treatment, which fully includes the final-state screening, account for the experimentally observed...... surface shifts of the occupied as well as the unoccupied 4f states. The surface energy shift of the initial state corresponds approximately to the average of the shifts for the occupied and unoccupied 4f levels....

  4. Theory of photoemission from the Ni 2p core level

    Photoemission spectra are calculated for the Ni 2p core level within a small-cluster many-body scheme. The interplay between Coulomb, exchange, and spin-orbit interactions is discussed, as well as the role of extra-atomic screening. The spin-dependent transfer of spectral weight, both within and across the levels, is considered. Effects due to circular, linear, and unpolarized excitation are also examined. Local final-state configurations are reported, and a physical interpretation of the various spectral features is given. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  5. Determination of shallow core level spectra in selected compound semiconductors

    Core level spectra of the M shells of Ga, Ge, As, and Se and of the L shell of S have been obtained from X-ray photoemission measurements on GaAs, GeSe, and GeS. Broadening contributions from the achromatic source, the analyzer momentum window, and the extrinsic losses experienced by the photoemitted electrons in traversing the solid, as well as satellite lines due to Kα3sub(,)4 emission, are removed by deconvolution of the data with a measured electron backscatter spectrum convoluted with a source function. The results are compared with theory where available. (orig.)

  6. Lattice charge models and core level shifts in disordered alloys

    Underwood, T. L.; Cole, R. J.

    2013-10-01

    Differences in core level binding energies between atoms belonging to the same chemical species can be related to differences in their intra- and extra-atomic charge distributions, and differences in how their core holes are screened. With this in mind, we consider the charge-excess functional model (CEFM) for net atomic charges in alloys (Bruno et al 2003 Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 166401). We begin by deriving the CEFM energy function in order to elucidate the approximations which underpin this model. We thereafter consider the particular case of the CEFM in which the strengths of the ‘local interactions’ within all atoms are the same. We show that for binary alloys the ground state charges of this model can be expressed in terms of charge transfer between all pairs of unlike atoms analogously to the linear charge model (Magri et al 1990 Phys. Rev. B 42 11388). Hence, the model considered is a generalization of the linear charge model for alloys containing more than two chemical species. We then determine the model’s unknown ‘geometric factors’ over a wide range of parameter space. These quantities are linked to the nature of charge screening in the model, and we illustrate that the screening becomes increasingly universal as the strength of the local interactions is increased. We then use the model to derive analytical expressions for various physical quantities, including the Madelung energy and the disorder broadening in the core level binding energies. These expressions are applied to ternary random alloys, for which it is shown that the Madelung energy and magnitude of disorder broadening are maximized at the composition at which the two species with the largest ‘electronegativity difference’ are equal, while the remaining species have a vanishing concentration. This result is somewhat counterintuitive with regards to the disorder broadening since it does not correspond to the composition with the highest entropy. Finally, the model is applied to Cu

  7. Independent Effects of Protein Core Size and Expression on Residue-Level Structure-Evolution Relationships

    Franzosa, Eric A.; Yu Xia

    2012-01-01

    Recently, we demonstrated that yeast protein evolutionary rate at the level of individual amino acid residues scales linearly with degree of solvent accessibility. This residue-level structure-evolution relationship is sensitive to protein core size: surface residues from large-core proteins evolve much faster than those from small-core proteins, while buried residues are equally constrained independent of protein core size. In this work, we investigate the joint effects of protein core size ...

  8. GHRSST Level 3P Global Subskin Sea Surface Temperature from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on the MetOp-A satellite (GDS version 1)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — A global Level 3 Group for HIgh Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) dataset from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on the MetOp-A...

  9. Quasi-static core liquid level depression and long-term core uncovery during a PWR LOCA

    The possibility exists that the core liquid level can be depressed quasi-statically during long-term plant cooldown following a cold-leg-break loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized-water reactor. Such a level depression can take place if the core steaming rate is almost balanced with the steam condensation rate in the reactor coolant system (RCS). Integral experiments simulating three steam condensation modes in the RCS have shown that quasi-static level depressions can happen and thus have the potential for causing a prolonged uncovery and heatup of the core upper regions

  10. Core liquid level depression in 5% small break LOCAs: an investigation using subscale data

    Core heatup has been shown to be possible, during the course of small break loss-of-coolant accidents (SBLOCAs), even when sufficient inventory is present to fully cover the rods with a two-phase mixture. Such behavior occurs when steam, trapped between the loop seal and the core inventory, moves coolant out of the core barrel region and uncovers the rod upper elevations. The net result is core liquid level depression. Core liquid level depression and subsequent core heatups are investigated using subscale data from the ROSA-IV Program's 1/48-scale Large Scale Test Facility (STF) and the 1/1705-scale Semiscale facility. The depression phenomena and factors which influence the minimum core level are described and illustrated using examples from the data. Analyses conducted using the TRAC-PF1/MOD1 version 12.7 thermal-hydraulic code are also described and summarized

  11. Core liquid level depression due to manometric effect during PWR small break LOCA

    In the previous study, it is reported that the core collapsed liquid level was depressed nearly to the core bottom and the dryout of the core was observed in the early stage of the PWR cold leg small break loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) experiment. The manometric effect due to the liquid seal formation in the loop seal and the difference of the liquid holdup between the steam generator (SG) upflow-side and downflow-side caused a depression of the core collapsed liquid level. The core liquid level was recovered just after the loop seal was cleared. The bypass between the core side and the downcomer side affects the core liquid depression. Four 5% cold leg break experiments with the different core bypass location, configuration and size were conducted to clarify the bypass effect. When the bypass was relatively small (less than 3% bypass of the initial core flow before the break), the timing of the loop seal clearing delayed with the bypass. When the bypass was relatively large (9.2% of the core flow), the loop seal clearing took place after the break uncovery and the timing was significantly delayed. In general, the smaller minimum core collapsed liquid level was obtained at the earlier timing of loop seal clearing due to the smaller bypass. (author)

  12. Spatial and electronic structure of the Ni3P surface

    To understand the catalytic effect in the Ni-Ni3P for the growth of carbon nanostructures, the structural and electronic properties of Ni3P surface are calculated from first-principles calculations. The calculated surface energies for the (0 0 1)-Ni4P4-terminated surface, the (0 0 1)-Ni8-terminated surface, and the (1 1 0)-Ni8-terminated surface show that the (0 0 1)-Ni4P4-terminated surface is energetically more stable within the allowed range of the chemical potential of P. Through the analysis of the partial density of states of Ni and P atoms in surface and bulk states, respectively, it is further found that due to the bond contractions of the surface layer, the core-level shifts of P atoms in the (0 0 1)-Ni4P4-terminated surface make P atoms in the Ni3P particles act as a catalyst. Finally, the obtained results of the work function show that the (0 0 1)-Ni4P4-terminated surface has the largest work function when compared with the other two studied surfaces.

  13. Integration into the South African Core Economy: Household Level Covariates

    Sten Dieden

    2003-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to further improve the understanding of income generation among the formerly underprivileged and often impoverished majority of households in South Africa. This study uses household survey data for the analysis of households' integration into the South African core economy. The emerging picture of household income generation is one that disputes common perceptions of the multitude of means by which African households are assumed to generate their income. The majority ...

  14. Alkaline Earth Core Level Photoemission Spectroscopy of High-Temperature Superconductors

    Vasquez, R.

    1993-01-01

    This paper examines photoemission measurements of the alkaline Earth core levels of high-temperature superconductors and related materials, models that seek to explain the large negative shifts observed relative to the corresponding alkaline Earth metals, and the effect of lattice site disorder on the core level spectra and the presence or absence of intrinsic surface peaks.

  15. Evidence of the nature of core-level photoemission satellites using angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure

    Moler, E.J.; Kellar, S.A.; Huff, W.R.A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The authors present a unique method of experimentally determining the angular momentum and intrinsic/extrinsic origin of core-level photoemission satellites by examining the satellite diffraction pattern in the Angle Resolved Photoemission Extended Fine Structure (ARPEFS) mode. They show for the first time that satellite peaks not associated with chemically differentiated atomic species display an ARPEFS intensity oscillation. They present ARPEFS data for the carbon 1s from ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30 CO/Cu(111) and p2mg(2xl)CO/Ni(110), nitrogen 1s from c(2x2) N{sub 2}/Ni(100), cobalt 1s from p(1x1)Co/Cu(100), and nickel 3p from clean nickel (111). The satellite peaks and tails of the Doniach-Sunjic line shapes in all cases exhibit ARPEFS curves which indicate an angular momentum identical to the main peak and are of an intrinsic nature.

  16. Energy-band alignment of II-VI/Zn3P2 heterojunctions from x-ray photoemission spectroscopy

    Watson, Graeme

    2013-01-01

    PUBLISHED The energy-band alignments for zb-ZnSe(001)/ a -Zn 3 P 2 (001), w-CdS(0001)/ a -Zn 3 P 2 (001), and w-ZnO(0001)/ a -Zn 3 P 2 (001) heterojunctions have been determined using high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy via the Kraut method. Ab initio hybrid density functional theory calculations of the valence-band density of states were used to determine the energy differences between the core level and ...

  17. An investigation of core liquid level depression in small break loss-of-coolant accidents

    Core liquid level depression can result in partial core dryout and heatup early in a small break loss-of-coolant accident (SBLOCA) transient. Such behavior occurs when steam, trapped in the upper regions of the reactor primary system (between the loop seal and the core inventory), moves coolant out of the core region and uncovers the rod upper elevations. The net result is core liquid level depression. Core liquid level depression and subsequent core heatups are investigated using subscale data from the ROSA-IV Program's 1/48-scale Large Scale Test Facility (LSTF) and the 1/1705-scale Semiscale facility. Both facilities are Westinghouse-type, four-loop, pressurized water reactor simulators. The depression phenomena and factors which influence the minimum core level are described and illustrated using examples from the data. Analyses of the subject experiments, conducted using the TRAC-PF1/MOD1 (Version 12.7) thermal-hydraulic code, are also described and summarized. Finally, the response of a typical Westinghouse four-loop plant (RESAR-3S) was calculated to qualitatively study coal liquid level depression in a full-scale system. 31 refs., 37 figs., 6 tabs

  18. Ab initio surface core-level shifts and surface segregation energies

    Aldén, Magnus; Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Johansson, Börje

    1993-01-01

    We have calculated the surface core-level energy shifts of the 4d and 5d transition metals by means of local-density theory and a Green’s-function technique based on the linear muffin-tin orbitals method. Final-state effects are included by treating the core-ionized atom as an impurity located in...

  19. Deep layer-resolved core-level shifts in the beryllium surface

    Aldén, Magnus; Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Johansson, Börje

    1993-01-01

    Core-level energy shifts for the beryllium surface region are calculated by means of a Green’s function technique within the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbitals method. Both initial- and final-state effects in the core-ionization process are fully accounted for. Anomalously large energy shifts...

  20. Core-Substituted Naphthalenediimides: LUMO Levels Revisited, in Comparison with Preylenediimides with Sulfur Redox Switches in the Core.

    Miros, François N; Matile, Stefan

    2016-06-01

    Core-substituted naphthalenediimides (NDIs) attract increasing attention to bind, transport, and transform electrons, anions, anionic intermediates, and anionic transition states, and to shine as most colorful rainbow fluorophores. The energy level of their lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) is decisive for many of these applications. Here, differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) measurements for a consistent series of NDIs are reported to extract exact LUMO levels under identical conditions. The influence of primary and secondary substituents in the core and on the primary imides is compared with general trends for the reliable prediction of LUMO levels in functional systems. Emphasis is on sulfur redox switches in the NDI core because of their frequent use as isostructural probes for π acidity. The same sulfur redox chemistry is expanded to perylenediimides (PDIs), and LUMO engineering is discussed in a broader context, including also fullerenes, aminonaphthalimides (ANIs), and aminoperyleneimides (APIs). The result is a comprehensive reference table that graphically maps out the LUMO space covered by the leading families of electronaccepting aromatics. This graphical summary of general trends in the π-acidic space is expected to be both inspiring and quite useful in practice. PMID:27551658

  1. The optimized algorithm for the microscopic depletion model in the COCAGNE core code a 2-level core partitioning approach

    EDF/R and D is developing a new calculation scheme based on the transport-Simplified Pn (SPn) approach. The lattice code used is the deterministic code APOLLO2, developed at CEA with the support of EDF and AREVA-NP. The core code is the code COCAGNE, developed at EDF R and D. The latter can take advantage of a microscopic depletion solver which improves the treatment of spectral history effects. The accuracy of this model has been proven to be very useful for industrial uses but until now, being very time consuming as well as memory greedy, this model could not be used in production and needed to be re-written from the ground with speed and memory constraints in mind. This paper introduces the new methodology, a 2-levels core partitioning paradigm. Theses partitions, based on physics considerations, are also well suited for modern multi-core CPU architecture, and parallelizing in shared memory shows good speedup. Compared to the previous version, a total speedup of around 100 has been obtained: roughly 20 due to the algorithm and 5 due to the parallelization on a 8 cores chip. These results have been obtained on a machine similar to those that will be used in production. (author)

  2. A first-principles core-level XPS study on the boron impurities in germanium crystal

    Yamauchi, Jun [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Yoshimoto, Yoshihide [Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori University, 4-101 Koyama-Minami, Tottori, 680-8552 (Japan); Suwa, Yuji [Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Hatoyama, Saitama 350-0395 (Japan)

    2013-12-04

    We systematically investigated the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core-level shifts and formation energies of boron defects in germanium crystals and compared the results to those in silicon crystals. Both for XPS core-level shifts and formation energies, relationship between defects in Si and Ge is roughly linear. From the similarity in the formation energy, it is expected that the exotic clusters like icosahedral B12 exist in Ge as well as in Si.

  3. Surface core-level shifts for Ge(100)-(2 x 1)

    Miller, T.; Rosenwinkel, E.; Chiang, T.C.

    1983-01-01

    Using surface-sensitive photoemission techniques, Ge 3d core-level binding energies for surface atoms of Ge(100)-(2 x 1) are found to be smaller than the bulk values by 0.41 eV. The surface atoms with shifted core-level binding energies correspond to one full (100) atomic layer. A surface core-exciton resonance is observed in the partial-yield measurements. The empty surface state involved in this excitonic transition, without binding-energy correction, is located at the valence-band maximum. 14 references, 2 figures, 1 table.

  4. Surface core-level shifts for Ge(100)-(2 x 1)

    Miller, T.; Rosenwinkel, E.; Chiang, T.C.

    1983-01-01

    Using surface-sensitive photoemission techniques, Ge 3d core-level binding energies for surface atoms of Ge(100)-(2 x 1) are found to be smaller than the bulk values by 0.41 eV. The surface atoms with shifted core-level binding energies correspond to one full (100) atomic layer. A surface core-exciton resonance is observed in the partial-yield measurements. The empty surface state involved in this excitonic transition, without binding-energy correction, is located at the valence-band maximum.

  5. Core liquid level depression due to manometric effect during PWR small break LOCA

    The 10, 5 and 2.5 % cold leg break loss-of-coolant accident experiments were conducted by using the Large Scale Test Facility (LSTF) of the Rig of Safety Assessment (ROSA)-IV program. In the early stage of the 5 % break experiment, the core collapsed liquid level was depressed nearly to the core bottom and the dryout of the core was observed. However, the core liquid level depression without the core dryout was observed in the 10 and 2.5 % break experiments. In the three break experiments, the core liquid levels were recovered just after the loop seal clearing. The manometric effect due to the liquid seal formation in the loop seal and the liquid holdup in the steam generator (SG) U-tubes upflow-side caused a depression of the core collapsed liquid level. The liquid holdup in the U-tubes upflow-side was observed after the termination of the two-phase circulation due to the phase separation at the U-tubes top. The counter current flow limiting (CCFL) and the condensation of steam was considered to be the main reason for the liquid holdup. In the 10, 5 and 2.5 % break experiments, the termination of the two-phase circulation and the loop seal clearing were observed approximately at 40 ∼ 60 % and 30 % mass inventory in the primary system, respectively. (author)

  6. $^3P_2$ Superfluids Are Topological

    Mizushima, Takeshi

    2016-01-01

    We clarify the topology of the $^3P_2$ superfluidity which is expected to be realized in the cores of neutron stars and cubic odd-parity superconductors. The phase diagram includes the unitary uniaxial/biaxial nematic phases and nonunitary ferromagnetic and cyclic phases. We here show that the low-energy structures of all the phases are governed by different types of topologically protected gapless fermionic excitations: Surface Majorana fermions in nematic phases, single itinerant Majorana fermion in the ferromagnetic phase, and a quartet of itinerant Majorana fermions in the cyclic phase. Using the superfluid Fermi liquid theory, we also demonstrate that dihedral-two and -four biaxial nematic phases are thermodynamically favored in the weak coupling limit under a magnetic field. The mass acquisition of surface Majorana fermions in nematic phases is subject to symmetry.

  7. Out-of-Core Computations of High-Resolution Level Sets by Means of Code Transformation

    Christensen, Brian Bunch; Nielsen, Michael Bang; Museth, Ken

    2012-01-01

    We propose a storage efficient, fast and parallelizable out-of-core framework for streaming computations of high resolution level sets. The fundamental techniques are skewing and tiling transformations of streamed level set computations which allow for the combination of interface propagation, re...... level set computations are now CPU bound and consequently the overall performance is unaffected by disk latency and bandwidth limitations. We demonstrate this with several benchmark tests that show sustained out-of-core throughputs close to that of in-core level set simulations.......-normalization and narrow-band rebuild into a single pass over the data stored on disk. When combined with a new data layout on disk, this improves the overall performance when compared to previous streaming level set frameworks that require multiple passes over the data for each time-step. As a result, streaming...

  8. Probing core-electron orbitals by scanning transmission electron microscopy and measuring the delocalization of core-level excitations

    Jeong, Jong Seok; Odlyzko, Michael L.; Xu, Peng; Jalan, Bharat; Mkhoyan, K. Andre

    2016-04-01

    By recording low-noise energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy maps from crystalline specimens using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, it is possible to probe core-level electron orbitals in real space. Both the 1 s and 2 p orbitals of Sr and Ti atoms in SrTi O3 are probed, and their projected excitation potentials are determined. This paper also demonstrates experimental measurement of the electronic excitation impact parameter and the delocalization of an excitation due to Coulombic beam-orbital interaction.

  9. Detection of subsurface core-level shifts in Si 2p core-level photoemission from Si(111)-(1x1):As

    Paggel, J.J. [Philipps-Universitaet Marburg (Germany); Hasselblatt, M.; Horn, K. [Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschraft, Berlin (Germany)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The (7 x 7) reconstruction of the Si(111) surface arises from a lowering energy through the reduction of the number of dangling bonds. This reconstruction can be removed by the adsorption of atoms such as hydrogen which saturate the dangling bonds, or by the incorporation of atoms, such as arsenic which, because of the additional electron it possesses, can form three bonds and a nonreactive lone pair orbital from the remaining two electrons. Core and valence level photoemission and ion scattering data have shown that the As atoms replace the top silicon atoms. Previous core level spectra were interpreted in terms of a bulk and a single surface doublet. The authors present results demonstrate that the core level spectrum contains two more lines. The authors assign these to subsurface silicon layers which also experience changes in the charge distribution when a silicon atom is replaced by an arsenic atom. Subsurface core level shifts are not unexpected since the modifications of the electronic structure and/or of photohole screening are likely to decay into the bulk and not just to affect the top-most substrate atoms. The detection of subsurface components suggests that the adsorption of arsenic leads to charge flow also in the second double layer of the Si(111) surface. In view of the difference in atomic radius between As and Si, it was suggested that the (1 x 1): As surface is strained. The presence of charge rearrangement up to the second double layer implies that the atomic coordinates also exhibit deviations from their ideal Si(111) counterparts, which might be detected through a LEED I/V or photoelectron diffraction analysis.

  10. Thermal-hydraulic mechanisms of core liquid level depression and recovery during small break LOCA experiment

    A 5% cold leg break loss-of-coolant accident experiment was conducted by using the Large Scale Test Facility (LSTF) of the Rig of Safety Assessment (ROSA)-IV program. In the early stage of experiment, the core collapsed liquid level was depressed to the bottom of the simulated core and the dryout of the core was observed. The maximum superheat of heater rod surface temperature was about 100 K at the middle of core and the entire core was quenched just after the loop seal clearing. The manometric effect due to the liquid seal formation in the loop seal and the liquid holdup in the steam generator (SG) U-tubes upflow-side caused a depression of the core collapsed liquid level in spite of the coolant injection from the emergency core cooling system (ECCS). The liquid holdup in the U-tubes upflow-side was observed after the termination of the two-phase circulation due to the phase separation at the U-tubes top

  11. Core-level and valence-band photoemission study of granular platinum films

    Photoemission and resistivity measurements have been made on Pt clusters imbedded in an amorphous silicon dioxide matrix. No significant changes in the Pt 4f/sub 7/2/ or 5d/sub 5/2/ core-level shifts or in the density of states per Pt atom at the Fermi level are seen at the percolation threshold. Most of the Pt 4f/sub 7/2/ core-level shift can be explained as a Coulomb effect due to finite cluster size. We speculate that because of the unusually large core-level shifts there may also be charge transfer from the Pt clusters to the silica matrix

  12. Reactor core water level monitor system and startup for CPR1000 nuclear power plant

    Reactor core water level monitor system is an important system used in CPR1000 nuclear power plant for monitoring the water level of reactor core after LOCA accident. The level measured by this system is used directly in the accident operation procedure. The principle of the measurement and the component of the system were introduced. According to the startup work of the first project for CPR1000, the goal for the first startup of this system relying on domestic engineering team was achieved. (authors)

  13. CORE

    Krigslund, Jeppe; Hansen, Jonas; Hundebøll, Martin;

    2013-01-01

    different flows. Instead of maintaining these approaches separate, we propose a protocol (CORE) that brings together these coding mechanisms. Our protocol uses random linear network coding (RLNC) for intra- session coding but allows nodes in the network to setup inter- session coding regions where flows...... increase the benefits of XORing by exploiting the underlying RLNC structure of individual flows. This goes beyond providing additional reliability to each individual session and beyond exploiting coding opportunistically. Our numerical results show that CORE outperforms both forwarding and COPE......-like schemes in general. More importantly, we show gains of up to 4 fold over COPE-like schemes in terms of transmissions per packet in one of the investigated topologies....

  14. Maximum core loading of Kartini Reactor at 250 kW of power level

    Maximum core loading of Kartini Reactor at 250 kW of power level. Reevaluation of the safety aspect of Kartini Reactor is currently being performed, for the purpose of increasing the nominal power from 100 to 250 kW. The results of the evaluations will be used to verify the feasibility of the reactor to operate at the proposed power level. One of the important safety parameters which needs to be reevaluated is related to the shutdown capability of the available control rods, which is normally indicated through the parameter of available Shudown Margin (SDM), which is a function of both power level and Core Loading. This paper presents the methodology and the result of determining the Maximum Core Loading of Kartini Reactor at power level of 250 kW. The result indicates that the maximum core loading of Kartini reactor, for 250 kW of Nominal Power is 82 fuel elements, associated with 3.8 $ of available core excess. It is concluded that the negative reactivity of the available control rods is still sufficient to compensate the amount of reactivity produced by the addition of 11 new fuel elements over the minimum requirement for operation at 250 kW of power level

  15. Spin polarization and magnetic dichroism in core-level photoemission from ferromagnets

    Menchero, J G [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics

    1997-05-01

    In this thesis we present a theoretical investigation of angle- and spin-resolved core-level photoemission from ferromagnetic Fe and Ni. We also consider magneto-dichroic effects due to reversal of the photon helicity or reversal of the sample magnetization direction. In chapter 1, we provide a brief outline of the history of photoemission, and show how it has played an important role in the development of modern physics. We then review the basic elements of the theory of core-level photoemission, and discuss the validity of the some of the commonly-used approximations. In chapter 2, we present a one-electron theory to calculate spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectra for an arbitrary photon polarization. The Hamiltonian includes both spin-orbit and exchange interactions. As test cases for the theory, we calculate the spin polarization and magnetic dichroism for the Fe 2p core level, and find that agreement with experiment is very good.

  16. Femtomagnetism in graphene induced by core level excitation of organic adsorbates

    Ravikumar, Abhilash; Baby, Anu; Lin, He; Brivio, Gian Paolo; Fratesi, Guido

    2016-01-01

    We predict the induction or suppression of magnetism in the valence shell of physisorbed and chemisorbed organic molecules on graphene occurring on the femtosecond time scale as a result of core level excitations. For physisorbed molecules, where the interaction with graphene is dominated by van der Waals forces and the system is non-magnetic in the ground state, numerical simulations based on density functional theory show that the valence electrons relax towards a spin polarized configuration upon excitation of a core-level electron. The magnetism depends on efficient electron transfer from graphene on the femtosecond time scale. On the other hand, when graphene is covalently functionalized, the system is magnetic in the ground state showing two spin dependent mid gap states localized around the adsorption site. At variance with the physisorbed case upon core-level excitation, the LUMO of the molecule and the mid gap states of graphene hybridize and the relaxed valence shell is not magnetic anymore. PMID:27089847

  17. High resolution core level spectroscopy of hydrogen-terminated (1 0 0) diamond.

    Schenk, A K; Rietwyk, K J; Tadich, A; Stacey, A; Ley, L; Pakes, C I

    2016-08-01

    Synchrotron-based photoelectron spectroscopy experiments are presented that address a long standing inconsistency in the treatment of the C1s core level of hydrogen terminated (1 0 0) diamond. Through a comparison of surface and bulk sensitive measurements we show that there is a surface related core level component to lower binding energy of the bulk diamond component; this component has a chemical shift of [Formula: see text] eV which has been attributed to carbon atoms which are part of the hydrogen termination. Additionally, our results indicate that the asymmetry of the hydrogen terminated (1 0 0) diamond C1s core level is an intrinsic aspect of the bulk diamond peak which we have attributed to sub-surface carbon layers. PMID:27299369

  18. Photoemission with high-order harmonics: A tool for time-resolved core-level spectroscopy

    Christensen, Bjarke Holl; Raarup, Merete Krog; Balling, Peter

    2010-01-01

    A setup for femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of solid surfaces is presented. The photon energies for core-level spectroscopy experiments are created by high-order harmonic generation from infrared 120-femtosecond laser pulses focused in a Ne gas jet. The present experimental r...... from the sample are collected by a large-solid-angle time-of-flight electron spectrometer based on a parabolic-grid reflector. Results from experiments probing the Bi 5d core-levels are presented, and the results of preliminary pump-probe experiments are described....

  19. Modeling Shallow Core-Level Transitions in the Reflectance Spectra of Gallium-Containing Semiconductors

    Stoute, Nicholas; Aspnes, David

    2012-02-01

    The electronic structure of covalent materials is typically approached by band theory. However, shallow core level transitions may be better modeled by an atomic-scale approach. We investigate shallow d-core level reflectance spectra in terms of a local atomic-multiplet theory, a novel application of a theory typically used for higher-energy transitions on more ionic type material systems. We examine specifically structure in reflectance spectra of GaP, GaAs, GaSb, GaSe, and GaAs1-xPx due to transitions that originate from Ga3d core levels and occur in the 20 to 25 eV range. We model these spectra as a Ga^+3 closed-shell ion whose transitions are influenced by perturbations on 3d hole-4p electron final states. These are specifically spin-orbit effects on the hole and electron, and a crystal-field effect on the hole, attributed to surrounding bond charges and positive ligand anions. Empirical radial-strength parameters were obtained by least-squares fitting. General trends with respect to anion electronegativity are consistent with expectations. In addition to the spin-orbit interaction, crystal-field effects play a significant role in breaking the degeneracy of the d levels, and consequently are necessary to understand shallow 3d core level spectra.

  20. New determination of the core-level life-time broadenings in mercury

    Highlights: • We report core-level life-time widths for mercury in the gas phase. • Photoelectron spectra for the 4p, 4d, 4f and 5p levels are analyzed. • A Coster–Kronig like CI effect is observed for the 4d3/2 level. - Abstract: Previously recorded and published photoelectron spectroscopic data for mercury in the gas phase has been reanalyzed. The life-time broadenings have been determined for a large number of core levels. It is then seen that a recent detailed derivation of core-level line-widths based on X-ray emission spectroscopy give life-time widths that are generally too large. The 4d3/24d5/2nd Coster–Kronig (CK) transition is also discussed. We find that the additional broadening of the 4d3/2 level for mercury metal is indeed due to a CK decay, in contrast to recent claims. In atomic mercury, however, the CK process in energetically forbidden. In spite of this we find that the 4d3/2 level is broadened also in this case. We propose that this is due to a mixing between the 4d3/2 hole state and discrete 4d5/2nd states

  1. New determination of the core-level life-time broadenings in mercury

    Martensson, Nils, E-mail: nils.martensson@fysik.uu.se; Svensson, Svante

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • We report core-level life-time widths for mercury in the gas phase. • Photoelectron spectra for the 4p, 4d, 4f and 5p levels are analyzed. • A Coster–Kronig like CI effect is observed for the 4d{sub 3/2} level. - Abstract: Previously recorded and published photoelectron spectroscopic data for mercury in the gas phase has been reanalyzed. The life-time broadenings have been determined for a large number of core levels. It is then seen that a recent detailed derivation of core-level line-widths based on X-ray emission spectroscopy give life-time widths that are generally too large. The 4d{sub 3/2}4d{sub 5/2}nd Coster–Kronig (CK) transition is also discussed. We find that the additional broadening of the 4d{sub 3/2} level for mercury metal is indeed due to a CK decay, in contrast to recent claims. In atomic mercury, however, the CK process in energetically forbidden. In spite of this we find that the 4d{sub 3/2} level is broadened also in this case. We propose that this is due to a mixing between the 4d{sub 3/2} hole state and discrete 4d{sub 5/2}nd states.

  2. Core level shifts in Cu-Pd alloys as a function of bulk composition and structure

    Boes, Jacob R.; Kondratyuk, Peter; Yin, Chunrong; Miller, James B.; Gellman, Andrew J.; Kitchin, John R.

    2015-10-01

    CuPd alloys are important materials in hydrogen purification, where they are used as dense Pd-based separation membranes. Cu is added to impart sulfur tolerance and improved mechanical properties. At intermediate compositions and T < 873 K, a BCC alloy (B2) phase occurs, which has superior separation characteristics to those of the FCC phases that form at high Cu and high Pd compositions. Identifying the composition and temperature window where the B2 phase forms is a critical need to enable the design of improved alloys. A composition spread alloy film of Cu and Pd was synthesized. The film was characterized by electron back scatter diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, providing the core level shifts as a function of bulk composition and bulk structure. An anomalous deviation in the Cu core level shift was observed in the composition range 0.33 < xPd < 0.55 over which the B2 phase occurs. Density functional theory calculations were used to simulate core level shifts in the FCC and B2 alloy structures. They suggest that the anomalous deviation in core level shift is due to formation of the ordered B2 phase in this composition range.

  3. French--Core Program. Senior Level. Youth Education: Teaching Guide No. 22.

    Nova Scotia Dept. of Education, Halifax.

    The curriculum guidelines for the high school level of Nova Scotia's core French program, intended for students planning to attend college or certain other postsecondary programs, are presented. The four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are integrated into all phases of classroom activity and the ability to…

  4. Direct evidence for the nature of core-level photoemission satellites using angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure

    Photoemission satellites from several systems have been found to exhibit exactly the same angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure (ARPEFS) as found in the main peaks, when referred to the equivalent photoelectron wave number k for their own photoelectrons. This provides a direct and powerful method for experimentally determining the angular momentum parameters and the intrinsic/extrinsic nature of core-level photoemission satellites. We present ARPEFS satellite data for nitrogen 1s line in c(2x2)N2/Ni(100), the nickel 3p line in clean nickel (111), the carbon 1s lines in (√(3)x√(3))R30 CO/Cu(111) and p2mg(2x1)CO/Ni(110), and the cobalt 1s line in p(1x1) Co/Cu(100). For the last two cases the open-quotes satelliteclose quotes structure is actually the low-energy tail of a Doniach-Sunjic line shape. The satellite peaks and the tails of the Doniach-Sunjic line shapes exhibit ARPEFS curves that in all cases except one indicate angular-momentum parameters identical to the main peak and an intrinsic nature. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  5. High Level Analysis, Design and Validation of Distributed Mobile Systems with CoreASM

    Farahbod, R.; Glässer, U.; Jackson, P. J.; Vajihollahi, M.

    System design is a creative activity calling for abstract models that facilitate reasoning about the key system attributes (desired requirements and resulting properties) so as to ensure these attributes are properly established prior to actually building a system. We explore here the practical side of using the abstract state machine (ASM) formalism in combination with the CoreASM open source tool environment for high-level design and experimental validation of complex distributed systems. Emphasizing the early phases of the design process, a guiding principle is to support freedom of experimentation by minimizing the need for encoding. CoreASM has been developed and tested building on a broad scope of applications, spanning computational criminology, maritime surveillance and situation analysis. We critically reexamine here the CoreASM project in light of three different application scenarios.

  6. Antibody to Hepatitis B Core Antigen Levels in the Natural History of Chronic Hepatitis B

    Jia, Wei; Song, Liu-Wei; Fang, Yu-Qing; Xiao-feng WU; Liu, Dan-Yang; Xu, Chun; Wang, Xiao-Mei; Wang, Wen; Lv, Dong-Xia; Li, Jun; Deng, Yong-Qiong; Wang, Yan; Huo, Na; Yu, Min; Xi, Hong-Li

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Previous studies have revealed antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) levels as a predictor of treatment response in hepatitis B early antigen (HBeAg)-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients in both interferon and nucleos(t)ide analog therapy cohorts. However, there is no information about anti-HBc levels in the natural history of CHB. This study aimed to define anti-HBc levels of different phases in the natural history of CHB. Two hundred eleven treatment-naive CHB pati...

  7. Multimodel-based power-level control with state-feedback and observer for load-follow PWR core

    Highlights: • The equilibrium manifold and nonlinearity measure of the core are proposed. • The linear multi-model of the core is built based on the core nonlinearity measure. • A new state feedback control is used to design local controllers of the core. • Flexibility partitioning of model and control is presented for the nonlinear core. • The global stability of the core load follow control is analyzed. - Abstract: The purpose of this investigation is that a nonlinear Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) core load following control system is designed and the global stability of the system is analyzed theoretically. On the basis of modeling a nonlinear PWR core and proposing the equilibrium manifold and the nonlinearity measure of the core to calculate the distribution situation of the core nonlinearity measure in the entire range of power level, linearized models of the core at five power levels are chosen as local models of the core and the set of local models is used to substitute the nonlinear core model. The full-state feedback control with a full-order observer is utilized to design a controller with robustness of every local model, which is treated as a local controller of the nonlinear core. The Kalman filter is contrived as an observer with robustness and the state feedback design with robustness is implemented via the robust pole assignment method. With the local models and local controllers, the flexibility partitioning of model and control is presented to design a decent flexibility controller of the nonlinear core at a random power level. A nonlinear core model and a flexibility controller at a random power level compose a core load following control subsystem. The combination of core load following control subsystems at all power levels is the core load following control system. Two global stability theorems are deduced to define that the core load following control system is globally asymptotically stable within the whole range of power level

  8. Core level spectroscopy in YBa2Cu3O7-δ

    The characterization of the surface electronic structure as a function of the oxygen content by means of photoemission is presented for sintered powders, films and single crystals of YBa2Cu3O7-δ. Core levels lineshapes of O, Ba and Cu are strongly influenced by the oxygen stoichiometry that is varied by heating cycles in vacuo and in O2 atmosphere. The evolution of the core levels following oxygen in- and out-diffusion was followed by X-ray diffraction measurements. The results included in this paper indicate that the observed spectral changes are related to the oxygen deficiency in the chains more than to extrinsic contamination of the surface and point to the importance of charge redistribution and oxygen ordering in the basal plane

  9. Young's double-slit experiment using two-center core-level photoemission: Photoelectron recoil effects

    Core-level photoemission from N2 can be considered an analogue of Young's double-slit experiment (YDSE) in which the double-slit is replaced by a pair of N 1s orbitals. The measured ratio between the 1σg and 1σu photoionization cross-sections oscillates as a function of photoelectron momentum, due to two-center YDSE interference, exhibiting a remarkable dependence on the vibrational sub-levels of the core ionized state. We theoretically demonstrate that the recoil of the photoelectron given to the ionized N atom strongly influences this interference pattern. The reason for this is that the momentum transfer affects the phases of the photoionization amplitudes

  10. Consequence of Job Satisfaction Factors on the Productivity Level of Operating Core

    Baaren, Terence; Galloway, Cornelia

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to uncover the relationship of job satisfaction factors on the productivity level of operating core of manufacturing firm in textile mill. The theoretical approach that has been in this study to examine job satisfaction is Hertzberg’s two-factor theory of motivation, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory. The Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) has been used. With the confidence interval of 95% and after analyzing the data and computing the correlation in SP...

  11. A core level spectroscopic study on RNi2B2C (R=Y,Er) borocarbides

    Polycrystalline samples of YNi2B2C and magnetic ErNi2B2C were prepared by arc-melting technique with a Tc ∼ 15 K. Core level spectroscopic studies have been performed in order to see the valence of Y, Er and Ni. The results show that Ni and Er exists in 2+ valence state and Y exists in 3+ valence state. (author)

  12. Quantification of serum hepatitis C virus core protein level in patients chronically infected with different hepatitis C virus genotypes.

    Orito, E; M. Mizokami; Tanaka, T.; Lau, J. Y.; Suzuki, K; Yamauchi, M.; Ohta, Y.; Hasegawa, A; Tanaka, S.; Kohara, M

    1996-01-01

    BACKGROUND/AIM: A novel fluorescent enzyme immunoassay (FEIA) for the detection and quantification of serum hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein was developed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relation among serum HCV core protein level, HCV RNA level, and HCV genotype in patients with chronic HCV infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Serum HCV core protein, HCV RNA, HCV genotype were determined in 175 patients using the FEIA, branched DNA assay (Quantiplex HCV RNA ver 1.0), and serologic...

  13. Energy and Auger Widths of Triply Excited 3p3p3p 2po State of Lithium

    苟秉聪; 俞开智

    2003-01-01

    The high-lying triply excited 3p3p3p 2po state of the double hollow lithium atom is studied by using the saddlepoint complex-rotation method. The energy and Auger widths of this resonance are calculated. The relativistic corrections and mass polarization are included. The total Auger width is obtained by coupling the important open channels and summing over the other channels. The oscillator strength is also calculated. The results are compared with other theoretical and experimental data in the literature.

  14. A Thin-Core Fiber Modal Interferometer for Liquid-Level Sensing

    A fiber-optic liquid-level sensor is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. It is a Mach—Zehnder interferometer (MZI) composed of a thin-core single-mode fiber (TCSMF) without coating sandwiched between two single-mode fibers (SMFs). The transmission spectrum properties of the MZI modified by liquid around the TCSMF are used for detecting the liquid level. It is found that the sensor exhibits an excellent linear relationship between the level and the shift of interference dip wavelength and its achieved sensitivities are 0.160 nm/mm and 0.288 nm/mm for liquid with an RI of 1.3330 and 1.3696, respectively. Employing the spectrum differential integration (SDI) method to analyze transmission spectra can increase the detecting resolution of the liquid level. Due to its advantages of an extremely easy fabrication process, high sensitivity and a large sensing range, the sensor is an ideal candidate for continuous liquid level sensing

  15. The prediction of two phase mixture level and cooling conditions during a partial core uncovery

    A model for prediction of the reactor core two phase mixture level, as a function of the downcomer level, has been developed. This model assumes quasi-stationary conditions and is applicable at decay heat levels. Another developed model describes the core uncovery process when no make up water is available. In a third model the heat transfer in the uncovered part of the rod bundle is predicted and the rod temperature, as well as the steam superheat temperature, is calculated as a function of time and elevation. This model can be applied for rod temperatures well above 1200 degrees C. These models have been combined and transferred to a computer code and quantities calculated by this such as axial void distribution, two phase level, and rod temperatures have been compared with test data. Comparisons of two phase level and void distributions show good agreement between test data and calculations, within the observed pressure range of 13 to 70 bar. Comparisons of rod temperatures show that they are underpredicted. This is mainly due to the assumption in the model that the channel wall has the same temperature as the fuel rods. This assumption is not valid for the tests compared with in appendix A, in which the channel box is very oversized compared to reactor conditions. In appendix B comparisons with ASEA-ATOM, DRAGON code calculations show that the present model yields a good representation of the core heat up for typical reactor conditions. A comparison with experimental temperature data from the NEPTUN test facility show generally good agreement for all tests compared with in appendix C. (author)

  16. Analysis of core-melt states for the development of detection methods for filling level change and deformation of the core in PWR-type reactors

    The project ''noninvasive status monitoring of nuclear reactors for detection of filling level changes and core deformation'' (NIZUK) is aimed to develop a measuring system for the core status diagnosis during severe accidents in PWR-type reactors. For the development of an appropriate measuring technology the knowledge on the processes during the in-vessel phase of the accident sequence is of main importance. Using the analysis of the accident sequence nine in-vessel phases were defined that are the basis for the development of the measuring system. The differences between the individual core-melt states include the different core geometries and a varying gamma radiation distribution at the reactor pressure vessel outer surface. Especially the appearance of local flow-off paths during a late in-vessel phase requires that several measuring probes with gamma radiation sensors have to be installed around the reactor pressure vessel in order to detect the gamma radiation distribution at the outside. The definition of further core-melt states would be possible in case of a re-flooding of the reactor pressure vessel. However, the increasing filling level would not significantly change the core deformation and the gamma distribution at the outside.

  17. CAIA level I an introduction to core topics in alternative investments

    Anson, Mark J P; CAIA Association; Black, Keith H; Kazemi, Hossein

    2012-01-01

    The official study text for the Level I Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) exam The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation is the financial industry's first and only globally recognized program that prepares professionals to deal with the ever-growing field of alternative investments. The second edition of CAIA Level I: An Introduction to Core Topics in Alternative Investments contains comprehensive insights on the alternative investment issues a potential Level I candidate would need to know about as they prepare for the exam. The information found here will help you build a solid foundation in alternative investment markets--with coverage of everything from the characteristics of various strategies within each alternative asset class to portfolio management concepts central to alternative investments. * Uses investment analytics to examine each alternative asset class * Examines quantitative techniques used by investment professionals * Addresses the unique attributes a...

  18. Characterization of YBa2Cu3Ox using core- and valence-level XPS

    Hundreds of papers have been published involving the photoelectron spectroscopy of the high-Tc superconducting oxides since 1987. The early work, originally on bulk-sintered material, sputtered films, and later on 'single crystals', concentrated on finding 'unusual' features in valence- or core-level spectra to relate to electronic structure effects which might explain the superconducting mechanism. The majority of this work has not adequately taken into account the facts that (a) photoemission probes only the top few monolayers of material, and (b) in many cases the top few layers are completely unrepresentative of the bulk material. This is particularly true for YBa2Cu3Ox, where the surface is extremely reactive, unstable, and prone to contaminating phases, even when prepared under UHV conditions. This has led to a flood of misinformation concerning the true characteristic spectra of this material and their interpretation. In this paper, we present core- and valence-level XPS for YBa2Cu3Ox single-crystal, bulk-sintered, and thin-film samples, and show that, when artifacts are eliminated, the characteristic spectra are the same, to first order, and easily allow distinction of surfaces consisting of the genuine orthorhombic phase (x>6.4) from those with the non-superconducting tetragonal phase (xF, the explanations for the similar 1.5 eV chemical shift in Ba core-level BE between orthorhombic and tetragonal forms, and the implications of the very low O(1s) BE of the orthorhombic form

  19. Characterization of YBa 2Cu 3O x using core- and valence-level XPS

    Brundle, C. R.; Fowler, D. E.

    1993-12-01

    Hundreds of papers have been published involving the photoelectron spectroscopy of the high- Tc superconducting oxides since 1987. The early work, originally on bulk-sintered material, sputtered films, and later on "single crystals", concentrated on finding "unusual" features in valence- or core-level spectra to relate to electronic structure effects which might explain the superconducting mechanism. The majority of this work has not adequately taken into account the facts that (a) photoemission probes only the top few monolayers of material, and (b) in many cases the top few layers are completely unrepresentative of the bulk material. This is particularly true for YBa 2Cu 3O x, where the surface is extremely reactive, unstable, and prone to contaminating phases, even when prepared under UHV conditions. This has led to a flood of misinformation concerning the true characteristic spectra of this material and their interpretation. In this paper, we present core- and valence-level XPS for YBa 2Cu 3O x single-crystal, bulk-sintered, and thin-film samples, and show that, when artifacts are eliminated, the characteristic spectra are the same, to first order, and easily allow distinction of surfaces consisting of the genuine orthorhombic phase ( x > 6.4) from those with the non-superconducting tetragonal phase ( x<6.4) or contaminant or reaction-product phases. With this information, it is possible to eliminate much of the previous literature discussion and also to follow the material changes occuring, for instance, during annealing, adsorption and reaction. We then discuss some detailed interpretations, including the DOS observed at and near EF, the explanations for the ˜1.5 eV chemical shift in Ba core-level BE between orthorhombic and tetragonal forms, and the implications of the very low O(1s) BE of the orthorhombic form.

  20. Production Level CFD Code Acceleration for Hybrid Many-Core Architectures

    Duffy, Austen C.; Hammond, Dana P.; Nielsen, Eric J.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, a novel graphics processing unit (GPU) distributed sharing model for hybrid many-core architectures is introduced and employed in the acceleration of a production-level computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. The latest generation graphics hardware allows multiple processor cores to simultaneously share a single GPU through concurrent kernel execution. This feature has allowed the NASA FUN3D code to be accelerated in parallel with up to four processor cores sharing a single GPU. For codes to scale and fully use resources on these and the next generation machines, codes will need to employ some type of GPU sharing model, as presented in this work. Findings include the effects of GPU sharing on overall performance. A discussion of the inherent challenges that parallel unstructured CFD codes face in accelerator-based computing environments is included, with considerations for future generation architectures. This work was completed by the author in August 2010, and reflects the analysis and results of the time.

  1. On the core level shifts in semiconductors: A study of the electrostatic model

    A different electrostatic model is proposed for core level shift calculation in semiconductors on the basis of a critical analysis of so-called bond charge model by Bechstedt et al. The population of valence charge on anion and on cation is no longer a linear function of Phillips' ionicity, fsub(i), and a set of additive covalent radii is used instead of a non-additive one. A phenomenological expression is given for bond charge which decreases as ionicity, fsub(i), increases. The results are in agreement with experiments, and the reasons for errors are explained. (author)

  2. Core Journals in library and information science: Measuring the level of specialization over time

    Nicolaisen, Jeppe; Frandsen, Tove Faber

    2013-01-01

    years. The method is applied to a selection of core journals in library and information science (1990-2012). The reference lists of each journal are compared year by year, and the percentage of re-citations is calculated by dividing the number of re-citations with the total number of citations each year...... confirm a positive correlation. Yet, the low r-squared value (R2=0,2811) suggests only a partial explanation of the differences in levels of re-citation. Conclusion. The new method seems to offer a valid technique for measuring scientific specialization as a process. Yet, further studies are required to...

  3. Core level excitations—A fingerprint of structural and electronic properties of epitaxial silicene

    Friedlein, R., E-mail: friedl@jaist.ac.jp; Fleurence, A.; Aoyagi, K.; Yamada-Takamura, Y. [School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 1-1, Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Jong, M. P. de; Van Bui, H.; Wiggers, F. B. [MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); Yoshimoto, S.; Koitaya, T.; Shimizu, S.; Noritake, H.; Mukai, K.; Yoshinobu, J. [The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan)

    2014-05-14

    From the analysis of high-resolution Si 2p photoelectron and near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra, we show that core level excitations of epitaxial silicene on ZrB{sub 2}(0001) thin films are characteristically different from those of sp{sup 3}-hybridized silicon. In particular, it is revealed that the lower Si 2p binding energies and the low onset in the NEXAFS spectra as well as the occurrence of satellite features in the core level spectra are attributed to the screening by low-energy valence electrons and interband transitions between π bands, respectively. The analysis of observed Si 2p intensities related to chemically distinct Si atoms indicates the presence of at least one previously unidentified component. The presence of this component suggests that the observation of stress-related stripe domains in scanning tunnelling microscopy images is intrinsically linked to the relaxation of Si atoms away from energetically unfavourable positions.

  4. Quanty for core level spectroscopy - excitons, resonances and band excitations in time and frequency domain

    Haverkort, Maurits W.

    2016-05-01

    Depending on the material and edge under consideration, core level spectra manifest themselves as local excitons with multiplets, edge singularities, resonances, or the local projected density of states. Both extremes, i.e., local excitons and non-interacting delocalized excitations are theoretically well under control. Describing the intermediate regime, where local many body interactions and band-formation are equally important is a challenge. Here we discuss how Quanty, a versatile quantum many body script language, can be used to calculate a variety of different core level spectroscopy types on solids and molecules, both in the frequency as well as the time domain. The flexible nature of Quanty allows one to choose different approximations for different edges and materials. For example, using a newly developed method merging ideas from density renormalization group and quantum chemistry [1-3], Quanty can calculate excitons, resonances and band-excitations in x-ray absorption, photoemission, x-ray emission, fluorescence yield, non-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and many more spectroscopy types. Quanty can be obtained from: http://www.quanty.org.

  5. Thermoelastic properties of Zn3P2

    Gerward, Leif; Olsen, J. Staun; Waśkowska, A.

    2011-01-01

    The bulk modulus and thermal expansion of Zn3P2 has been investigated at pressures up to 21GPa and temperatures down to 100K. The experimental zero-pressure bulk modulus is 80.7 ± 1.8GPa, in accordance with the bulk modulus scaling and lattice properties of the related compound Cd3P2. A tetragonal...... to orthorhombic phase transformation occurs above 11GPa with a relative volume change of-7.1%. Values for the thermal expansion coefficient are reported at 293, 200 and 100K....

  6. P3P semantic checker of site behaviours

    Grande, Robson Eduardo; Zorzo, Sérgio Donizetti

    2006-01-01

    The interactive use of the web between users and service providers introduces a privacy problem that involves the undesired disclosing of user personal information, mainly with the presence of personalization that needs this type of information. Also there are many manners to face it, but the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) is one that provides a variable level of privacy for the user’s browsing. However, the P3P only introduces a privacy contract between the site and the user, without...

  7. Significance of common cause failures in level-l PSA and techniques for reducing its impact on core damage frequency

    Failure of multiple components due to a common cause represents one of the most important issues in evaluation of system reliability or unavailability. The frequency of such events has relatively low expectancy, when compared to random failures, which affect individual components. However, in many cases the consequence is a direct loss of safety system or mitigative safety function. For this reason, the modeling of a common cause failure (CCF) and its presentation in fault tree structure is of the uttermost importance in probabilistic safety analyses (PSA). Amongst the different techniques available to reduce the impact of common cause failures, the most important operations related technique, is that of staggered testing. In the TAPP 3,4 Level-1 PSA it was found that the contribution of Common Cause Failures to the Core Damage Frequency (CDF) was significant. The Common Cause Failures were modeled using the Alpha Factor Model. This model is capable of evaluating the impact of staggered testing of components of the redundant standby systems. The NUREG/CR-5801 prescribes a different calculation methodology to evaluate the staggered testing on the Common Cause Failure component group. The proprietary software used for the Level-1 PSA, had a built-in non-staggered testing Alpha factor model. Hence, the factors were modified to introduce the effect of the staggered testing. There was a significant reduction in the CDF due to the introduction of staggered testing. (author)

  8. Optimized surface-slab excited-state muffin-tin potential and surface core level shifts

    An optimized muffin-tin (MT) potential for surface slabs with preassigned surface core-level shifts (SCLS's) is presented. By using the MT radii as adjustable parameters the model is able to conserve the definition of the SCLS with respect to the bulk and concurrently to generate a potential that is continuous at the MT radii. The model is conceived for elastic electron scattering in a surface slab with exchange-correlation interaction described by the local density approximation. The model employs two data bases for the self-energy of the signal electron (after Hedin and Lundqvist or Sernelius). The potential model is discussed in detail with two surface structures Be(101-bar0), for which SCLS's are available, and Cu(111)p(2x2)Cs, in which the close-packed radii of the atoms are extremely different. It is considered plausible that tensor LEED based on an optimized MT potential can be used for determining SCLS's

  9. Core-Level Modeling and Frequency Prediction for DSP Applications on FPGAs

    Gongyu Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs provide a promising technology that can improve performance of many high-performance computing and embedded applications. However, unlike software design tools, the relatively immature state of FPGA tools significantly limits productivity and consequently prevents widespread adoption of the technology. For example, the lengthy design-translate-execute (DTE process often must be iterated to meet the application requirements. Previous works have enabled model-based, design-space exploration to reduce DTE iterations but are limited by a lack of accurate model-based prediction of key design parameters, the most important of which is clock frequency. In this paper, we present a core-level modeling and design (CMD methodology that enables modeling of FPGA applications at an abstract level and yet produces accurate predictions of parameters such as clock frequency, resource utilization (i.e., area, and latency. We evaluate CMD’s prediction methods using several high-performance DSP applications on various families of FPGAs and show an average clock-frequency prediction error of 3.6%, with a worst-case error of 20.4%, compared to the best of existing high-level prediction methods, 13.9% average error with 48.2% worst-case error. We also demonstrate how such prediction enables accurate design-space exploration without coding in a hardware-description language (HDL, significantly reducing the total design time.

  10. An assessment of global and regional sea level for years 1993–2007 in a suite of interannual CORE-II simulations

    Griffies, Stephen M.; Yin, Jianjun; Durack, Paul J.; Goddard, Paul; Bates, Susan C.; Behrens, Erik; Bentsen, Mats; Bi, Daohua; Biastoch, Arne; Böning, Claus W.; Bozec, Alexandra; Chassignet, Eric; Danabasoglu, Gokhan; Danilov, Sergey; Domingues, Catia M.

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • Global mean sea level simulated in interannual CORE simulations. • Regional sea level patterns simulated in interannual CORE simulations. • Theoretical foundation for analysis of global mean sea level and regional patterns. Abstract: We provide an assessment of sea level simulated in a suite of global ocean-sea ice models using the interannual CORE atmospheric state to determine surface ocean boundary buoyancy and momentum fluxes. These CORE-II simulations are co...

  11. Uncertainties of the neutronic calculations at core level determined by the KARATE code system and the KIKO3D code

    In this paper the uncertainties of the neutronic calculations at core level - originating from the uncertainties of the basic nuclear data - are presented. The investigations have been made for a VVER-1000 core (Kozloduy-6) defined in the frame of the OECD NEA UAM benchmark. In the first part of the paper, the uncertainties of the effective multiplication factor, the assembly-wise radial power distribution, the axial power distribution and the rod worth are shown. After that the preliminary evaluation of the uncertainties of the neutron kinetic calculations are presented for a rod movement transient at HZP (Hot Zero Power) state, where the uncertainties of the time dependent core and assembly powers and the dynamic reactivity were evaluated. In both cases, we will see that the most important quantities - at core level and at HZP state - have a considerable uncertainty which is originating from the uncertainties of the basic cross section library in these investigations. (orig.)

  12. Uncertainties of the neutronic calculations at core level determined by the KARATE code system and the KIKO3D code

    Panka, Istvan; Kereszturi, Andras [Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (Hungary). Reactor Analysis Dept.

    2013-09-15

    In this paper the uncertainties of the neutronic calculations at core level - originating from the uncertainties of the basic nuclear data - are presented. The investigations have been made for a VVER-1000 core (Kozloduy-6) defined in the frame of the OECD NEA UAM benchmark. In the first part of the paper, the uncertainties of the effective multiplication factor, the assembly-wise radial power distribution, the axial power distribution and the rod worth are shown. After that the preliminary evaluation of the uncertainties of the neutron kinetic calculations are presented for a rod movement transient at HZP (Hot Zero Power) state, where the uncertainties of the time dependent core and assembly powers and the dynamic reactivity were evaluated. In both cases, we will see that the most important quantities - at core level and at HZP state - have a considerable uncertainty which is originating from the uncertainties of the basic cross section library in these investigations. (orig.)

  13. Initial condition for efficient mapping of level set algorithms on many-core architectures

    Tornai, Gábor János; Cserey, György

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we investigated the effect of adding more small curves to the initial condition which determines the required number of iterations of a fast level set (LS) evolution. As a result, we discovered two new theorems and developed a proof on the worst case of the required number of iterations. Furthermore, we found that these kinds of initial conditions fit well to many-core architectures. To show this, we have included two case studies which are presented on different platforms. One runs on a graphical processing unit (GPU) and the other is executed on a cellular nonlinear network universal machine (CNN-UM). With the new initial conditions, the steady-state solutions of the LS are reached in less than eight iterations depending on the granularity of the initial condition. These dense iterations can be calculated very quickly on many-core platforms according to the two case studies. In the case of the proposed dense initial condition on GPU, there is a significant speedup compared to the sparse initial condition in all cases since our dense initial condition together with the algorithm utilizes the properties of the underlying architecture. Therefore, greater performance gain can be achieved (up to 18 times speedup compared to the sparse initial condition on GPU). Additionally, we have validated our concept against numerically approximated LS evolution of standard flows (mean curvature, Chan-Vese, geodesic active regions). The dice indexes between the fast LS evolutions and the evolutions of the numerically approximated partial differential equations are in the range of 0.99±0.003.

  14. BWR [boiling water reactor] core criticality versus water level during an ATWS [anticipated transient without scram] event

    The BWR [boiling water reactor] emergency procedures guidelines recommend management of core water level to reduce the power generated during an anticipated transient without scram (ATWS) event. BWR power level variation has traditionally been calculated in the system codes using a 1-D [one-dimensional] 2-group neutron kinetics model to determine criticality. This methodology used also for calculating criticality of the partially covered BWR cores has, however, never been validated against data. In this paper, the power level versus water level issues in an ATWS severe accident are introduced and the accuracy of the traditional methodology is investigated by comparing with measured data. It is found that the 1-D 2-group treatment is not adequate for accurate predictions of criticality and therefore the system power level for the water level variations that may be encountered in a prototypical ATWS severe accident. It is believed that the current predictions for power level may be too high

  15. Core-level XPS spectra of fullerene, highly oriented pyrolitic graphite, and glassy carbon

    Leiro, J A; Laiho, T; Batirev, I G

    2003-01-01

    The C 1s spectra of fullerene C sub 6 sub 0 , highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) and amorphous carbon (a-C) have been measured using X-ray photoemission. The assumed background due to the inelastic scattering of electrons of these spectra has been subtracted by the Tougaard's method. The relative intensities and the energy positions for the core-level satellites have been determined. For C sub 6 sub 0 , a comparison of the low energy pi type shake-up satellites gives good agreement between theory and experiment. Also, the energies of these features for fullerene and glassy carbon are very similar, whereas the corresponding energies for HOPG are somewhat larger, presumably, because of the higher density of the latter. Moreover, the atomic force microscopy (AFM) study indicates that the C sub 6 sub 0 samples consist of a thick layer of large clusters on the Si(111) surface, which is in line with the molecular character of the XPS spectrum. Furthermore, the broad high energy satellite does not consist of ...

  16. Can circular dichroism in core-level photoemission provide a spectral fingerprint of adsorbed chiral molecules?

    Allegretti, F [Physics Department, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Polcik, M [Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, D 14195 Berlin (Germany); Sayago, D I [Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, D 14195 Berlin (Germany); Demirors, F [Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, D 14195 Berlin (Germany); O' Brien, S [Physics Department, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Nisbet, G [Centre for Applied Catalysis, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH (United Kingdom); Lamont, C L A [Centre for Applied Catalysis, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH (United Kingdom); Woodruff, D P [Physics Department, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2005-04-01

    The results of experimental measurements and theoretical simulations of circular dichroism in the angular distribution (CDAD) of photoemission from atomic core levels of each of the enantiomers of a chiral molecule, alanine, adsorbed on Cu(1 1 0) are presented. Measurements in, and out of, substrate mirror planes allow one to distinguish the CDAD due to the chirality of the sample from that due to a chiral experimental geometry. For these studies of oriented chiral molecules, the CDAD is seen not only in photoemission from the molecular chiral centre, but also from other atoms which have chiral geometries as a result of the adsorption. The magnitude of the CDAD due to the sample chirality differs for different adsorption phases of alanine, and for different emission angles and energies, but is generally small compared with CDAD out of the substrate mirror planes which is largely unrelated to the molecular chirality. While similar measurements of other molecules may reveal larger CDAD due to molecular chirality, the fact that the results for one chiral molecule show weak effects means that such CDAD is unlikely to provide a simple and routine general spectral fingerprint of adsorbed molecular chirality.

  17. A multi-level parallel computation of reactor cores using GPU for loading pattern optimization

    Efficient and rapid computation of multiple loading patterns using GPU is studied aiming application to loading pattern optimization of LWR. The loading pattern has significant impacts on safety and economy of a reactor. However, design of loading pattern is a combinatorial optimization problem, thus it is computationally intensive task. In order to address this issue, efficient and rapid computation method of loading patterns using massively parallel computing capability of GPU is studied in the present paper. Though GPU has higher computational performance than CPU, but different computational algorithm and coding approach are necessary to maximize the performance of GPU, due to different architecture of GPU. In the present study, a multi-level parallel computing approach is examined considering hardware architecture of GPU, i.e., parallel computing is carried out not only in spatial mesh-wise, but also in loading pattern-wise. In other words, multiple loading patterns are simultaneously computed and domain (mesh-wise) decomposition is applied to each loading pattern. With the present approach, computational efficiency using GPU is approximately four times higher than that of CPU. The present core analysis algorithm can be used for screening of poor loading patterns in optimization process. (author)

  18. Raising FLAGS: Renewing Core French at the Pre-Service Teacher Level

    Carr, Wendy

    2010-01-01

    A new program for core French teacher candidates called FLAGS (French Language and Global Studies) was established at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2007. The program is intended for those who are keen to teach core French and possess rudimentary proficiency in the language but may not necessarily have the same proficiency or prior…

  19. Raising FLAGS: Renewing Core French at the Pre-service Teacher Level

    Wendy Carr

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available A new program for core French teacher candidates called FLAGS (French Language and Global Studies was established at the University of British Columbia (UBC in 2007. The program is intended for those who are keen to teach core French and possess rudimentary proficiency in the language but may not necessarily have the same proficiency or prior coursework as candidates applying to existing French specialist cohorts. The FLAGS program begins with a five-week summer immersion experience through Explore! and then proceeds with UBC's regular Bachelor of Education program but with an added French conversation course, a core French methodology course and a core French practicum concentration (augmented, in some cases, with a three-week practicum in a francophone locale. FLAGS is intended to address the less than satisfactory state of elementary core French teaching and learning in British Columbia.

  20. Intermediate Coupling For Core-Level Excited States: Consequences For X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Bagus, Paul S.; Sassi, Michel JPC; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2015-04-15

    The origin of the complex NEXAFS features of X-Ray Absorption, XAS, spectra in transition metal complexes is analyzed and interpreted in terms of the angular momentum coupling of the open shell electrons. Especially for excited configurations where a core-electron is promoted to an open valence shell, the angular momentum coupling is intermediate between the two limits of Russell- Saunders, RS, coupling where spin-orbit splitting of the electron shells is neglected and j-j coupling where this splitting is taken as dominant. The XAS intensities can be understood in terms of two factors: (1) The dipole selection rules that give the allowed excited RS multiplets and (2) The contributions of these allowed multiplets to the wavefunctions of the intermediate coupled levels. It is shown that the origin of the complex XAS spectra is due to the distribution of the RS allowed multiplets over several different intermediate coupled excited levels. The specific case that is analyzed is the L2,3 edge XAS of an Fe3+ cation, because this cation allows a focus on the angular momentum coupling to the exclusion of other effects; e.g., chemical bonding. Arguments are made that the properties identified for this atomic case are relevant for more complex materials. The analysis is based on the properties of fully relativistic, ab initio, many-body wavefunctions for the initial and final states of the XAS process. The wavefunction properties considered include the composition of the wavefunctions in terms of RS multiplets and the occupations of the spin-orbit split open shells; the latter vividly show whether the coupling is j-j or not.

  1. Engineering task plan for upgrades to the leveling jacks on core sample trucks number 3 and 4; TOPICAL

    Characterizing the waste in underground storage tanks at the Hanford Site is accomplished by obtaining a representative core sample for analysis. Core sampling is one of the numerous techniques that have been developed for use given the environmental and field conditions at the Hanford Site. Core sampling is currently accomplished using either Push Mode Core Sample Truck No.1 or; Rotary Mode Core Sample Trucks No.2, 3 or 4. Past analysis (WHC 1994) has indicated that the Core Sample Truck (CST) leveling jacks are structurally inadequate when lateral loads are applied. WHC 1994 identifies many areas where failure could occur. All these failures are based on exceeding the allowable stresses listed in the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) code. The mode of failure is for the outrigger attachments to the truck frame to fail resulting in dropping of the CST and possible overturning (Ref. Ziada and Hundal, 1996). Out of level deployment of the truck can exceed the code allowable stresses in the structure. Calculations have been performed to establish limits for maintaining the truck level when lifting. The calculations and the associated limits are included in appendix A. The need for future operations of the CSTS is limited. Sampling is expected to be complete in FY-2001. Since there is limited time at risk for continued use of the CSTS with the leveling controls without correcting the structural problems, there are several design changes that could give incremental improvements to the operational safety of the CSTS with limited impact on available operating time. The improvements focus on making the truck easier to control during lifting and leveling. Not all of the tasks identified in this ETP need to be performed. Each task alone can improve the safety. This engineering task plan is the management plan document for implementing the necessary additional structural analysis. Any additional changes to meet requirements of standing orders shall require a

  2. Doubly excited 3P(e) resonant states in Ps(-)

    Ho, Y. K.; Bhatia, A. K.

    1992-01-01

    Doubly excited 3P(e) resonant states in Ps(-) are calculated using a method of complex-coordinate rotation. Resonance parameters (both resonance positions and widths) for doubly excited states associated with the n = 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 thresholds of positronium atoms are evaluated using elaborate Hylleraas-type functions. In addition to ten Feshbach-type resonances lying below various Ps thresholds, three shape resonances were identified, one each lying above the n = 2, 4, and 6 Ps thresholds. It is further noted that the energy levels for the present 3P(e) states are nearly degenerate with respect to the previously calculated 1P(0) states. Such a symmetric character suggests that the highly and doubly excited Ps(-), similar to its counterpart in H(-), would exhibit rovibrational behaviors analogous to those of XYX triatomic molecules.

  3. Effects on intercombination transition rates and branching ratios-the UV0.01 (3s{sup 2}3p{sup 2} {sup 3}P{sub 1,2} - 3s3p{sup 3} {sup 5}S{sub 2}) multiplet in Si I-like ions revisited

    Andersson, Martin; Brage, Tomas [Department of Physics, Lund University, Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2007-02-28

    We report on large-scale ab initio calculations for intercombination lines in Si I-like ions. Two measurable quantities, the lifetime of the 3s3p{sup 3} {sup 5}S{sub 2} level and the branching ratio of the two lines are discussed, to infer the importance of different features of our calculations. The effects of core polarization, two-body spin-dependent operators and Dirac contra Breit-Pauli approaches are discussed. Earlier calculations are reviewed and evaluated. The calculated lifetimes are in good agreement with experiments, while a discrepancy persists for branching ratios.

  4. Test Plan for Rotary Mode Core Sample Truck Grapple Hoist Level Wind System

    A Grapple Hoist Assembly is currently used on the Rotary Mode Core Sampling Trucks (RMCSTs) to actuate the sampler and retrieve the pintle rod during sampling operations. The hoist assembly includes a driven drum approximately two inches wide and six inches in diameter that rotates to pay out or reel in the 5/32-in. cable The current Grapple Hoist Assembly, detailed on drawing H-2-690057, is prone to ''bird nesting'' the cable on the drum. ''Bird nesting'' is a condition in which the cable does not wind onto the drum in a uniformly layered manner, but winds in a random fashion where the cable essentially ''piles up'' inappropriately on the drum and, on some occasions, winds on the drum drive shaft. A system to help control this ''bird nesting'' problem has been designed as an addition to the existing components of the Grapple Hoist Assembly. The new design consists of a mechanism that is timed with, and driven by, the shaft that drives the drum. This mechanism traverses back and forth across the width of the drum to lay the cable on the drum in a uniformly layered manner. This test plan establishes the acceptance criteria, test procedure and test conditions It also describes the test apparatus necessary to verify the adequacy of the level wind system design. The test is defined as qualification testing (LMHC 1999b) and as such will be performed at conditions beyond the parameters that the Grapple Hoist Assembly is allowed to operate by the Safety Equipment List (SEL)(LMHC 1998)

  5. Test Plan for Rotary Mode Core Sample Truck Grapple Hoist Level Wind System

    A Grapple Hoist Assembly is currently used on the Rotary Mode Core Sampling Trucks (RMCSTs) to actuate the sampler and retrieve the pintle rod during sampling operations. The hoist assembly includes a driven drum approximately two inches wide and six inches in diameter that rotates to pay out or reel in the 5/32-in. cable. The current Grapple Hoist Assembly, detailed on drawing H-2-690057, is prone to ''bird nesting'' the cable on the drum. ''Bird nesting'' is a condition in which the cable does not wind onto the drum in a uniformly layered manner, but winds in a random fashion where the cable essentially ''piles up'' inappropriately on the drum and, on some occasions, winds on the drum drive shaft. A system to help control this ''bird nesting'' problem has been designed as an addition to the existing components of the Grapple Hoist Assembly. The new design consists of a mechanism that is timed with, and driven by, the shaft that drives the drum. This mechanism traverses back and forth across the width of the drum to lay the cable on the drum in a uniformly layered manner. This test plan establishes the acceptance criteria, test procedure and test conditions. It also describes the test apparatus necessary to verify the adequacy of the level wind system design. The test is defined as qualification testing (LMHC 1999b) and as such will be performed at conditions beyond the parameters that the Grapple Hoist Assembly is allowed to operate by the Safety Equipment List

  6. An implementation of core level spectroscopies in a real space Projector Augmented Wave density functional theory code

    Ljungberg, M.P.; Mortensen, Jens Jørgen; Pettersson, L.G.M.

    2011-01-01

    We describe the implementation of K-shell core level spectroscopies (X-ray absorption (XAS), X-ray emission (XES), and X-ray photoemission (XPS)) in the real-space-grid-based Projector Augmented Wave (PAW) GPAW code. The implementation for XAS is based on the Haydock recursion method avoiding...

  7. Adlayer Core-Level Shifts of Random Metal Overlayers on Transition-Metal Substrates

    Ganduglia-Pirovano, M. V.; Kudrnovský, J.; Scheffler, M.

    1997-01-01

    We calculate the difference of the ionization energies of a core electron of a surface alloy, i.e., a B atom in a A(1-x)B(x) overlayer on a fee B(001) substrate, and a core electron of the clean fee B(001) surface using density-functional theory. We analyze the initial-state contributions and the...... the initial-state trends are explained in terms of the change of inter- and intra-atomic screening upon alloying. A possible role of alloying on the chemical reactivity of metal surfaces is discussed....

  8. Real-time TDDFT simulations of time-resolved core-level spectroscopies in solid state systems

    Pemmaraju, Sri Chaitanya Das; Prendergast, David; Theory of Nanostructured Materials Facility Team

    The advent of sub-femtosecond time-resolved core-level spectroscopies based on high harmonic generated XUV pulses has enabled the study of electron dyanamics on characteristic femtosecond time-scales. Unambiguous interpretation of these powerful yet complex spectroscopies however requires the development of theoretical algorithms capable of modeling light-matter interaction across a wide energy range spanning both valence and core orbitals. In this context we present a recent implementation of the velocity-gauge formalism of real-time TDDFT within a linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) framework, which facilitates efficient numerical treatment of localized semi-core orbitals. Dynamics and spectra obtained from LCAO based simulations are compared to those from a real-space grid implementation. Potential applications are also illustrated by applying the method towards interpreting recent atto-second time-resolved IR-pump XUV-probe spectroscopies investigating sub-cycle excitation dynamics in bulk silicon.

  9. First principle calculations of core-level binding energy and Auger kinetic energy shifts in metallic solids

    Olovsson, Weine, E-mail: weine.olovsson@gmail.co [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Marten, Tobias [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden); Holmstroem, Erik [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia (Chile); Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Johansson, Boerje [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 530, SE-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Applied Materials Physics, Department of Materials and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Abrikosov, Igor A. [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden)

    2010-05-15

    We present a brief overview of recent theoretical studies of the core-level binding energy shift (CLS) in solid metallic materials. The focus is on first principles calculations using the complete screening picture, which incorporates the initial (ground state) and final (core-ionized) state contributions of the electron photoemission process in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), all within density functional theory (DFT). Considering substitutionally disordered binary alloys, we demonstrate that on the one hand CLS depend on average conditions, such as volume and overall composition, while on the other hand they are sensitive to the specific local atomic environment. The possibility of employing layer resolved shifts as a tool for characterizing interface quality in fully embedded thin films is also discussed, with examples for CuNi systems. An extension of the complete screening picture to core-core-core Auger transitions is given, and new results for the influence of local environment effects on Auger kinetic energy shifts in fcc AgPd are presented.

  10. Cancer core modules identification through genomic and transcriptomic changes correlation detection at network level

    Li Wenting

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Identification of driver mutations among numerous genomic alternations remains a critical challenge to the elucidation of the underlying mechanisms of cancer. Because driver mutations by definition are associated with a greater number of cancer phenotypes compared to other mutations, we hypothesized that driver mutations could more easily be identified once the genotype-phenotype correlations are detected across tumor samples. Results In this study, we describe a novel network analysis to identify the driver mutation through integrating both cancer genomes and transcriptomes. Our method successfully identified a significant genotype-phenotype change correlation in all six solid tumor types and revealed core modules that contain both significantly enriched somatic mutations and aberrant expression changes specific to tumor development. Moreover, we found that the majority of these core modules contained well known cancer driver mutations, and that their mutated genes tended to occur at hub genes with central regulatory roles. In these mutated genes, the majority were cancer-type specific and exhibited a closer relationship within the same cancer type rather than across cancer types. The remaining mutated genes that exist in multiple cancer types led to two cancer type clusters, one cluster consisted of three neural derived or related cancer types, and the other cluster consisted of two adenoma cancer types. Conclusions Our approach can successfully identify the candidate drivers from the core modules. Comprehensive network analysis on the core modules potentially provides critical insights into convergent cancer development in different organs.

  11. Microstructure-dependent mechanical properties of electrospun core-shell scaffolds at multi-scale levels.

    Horner, Christopher B; Ico, Gerardo; Johnson, Jed; Zhao, Yi; Nam, Jin

    2016-06-01

    Mechanical factors among many physiochemical properties of scaffolds for stem cell-based tissue engineering significantly affect tissue morphogenesis by controlling stem cell behaviors including proliferation and phenotype-specific differentiation. Core-shell electrospinning provides a unique opportunity to control mechanical properties of scaffolds independent of surface chemistry, rendering a greater freedom to tailor design for specific applications. In this study, we synthesized electrospun core-shell scaffolds having different core composition and/or core-to-shell dimensional ratios. Two independent biocompatible polymer systems, polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) and gelatin as the core materials while maintaining the shell polymer with polycaprolactone (PCL), were utilized. The mechanics of such scaffolds was analyzed at the microscale and macroscales to determine the potential implications it may hold for cell-material and tissue-material interactions. The mechanical properties of individual core-shell fibers were controlled by core-shell composition and structure. The individual fiber modulus correlated with the increase in percent core size ranging from 0.55±0.10GPa to 1.74±0.22GPa and 0.48±0.12GPa to 1.53±0.12GPa for the PEKK-PCL and gelatin-PCL fibers, respectively. More importantly, it was demonstrated that mechanical properties of the scaffolds at the macroscale were dominantly determined by porosity under compression. The increase of scaffold porosity from 70.2%±1.0% to 93.2%±0.5% by increasing the core size in the PEKK-PCL scaffold resulted in the decrease of the compressive elastic modulus from 227.67±20.39kPa to 14.55±1.43kPa while a greater changes in the porosity of gelatin-PCL scaffold from 54.5%±4.2% to 89.6%±0.4% resulted in the compressive elastic modulus change from 484.01±30.18kPa to 17.57±1.40kPa. On the other hand, the biphasic behaviors under tensile mechanical loading result in a range from a minimum of 5.42±1.05MPa to a maximum

  12. Species-level core oral bacteriome identified by 16S rRNA pyrosequencing in a healthy young Arab population

    Nezar Noor Al-hebshi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Reports on the composition of oral bacteriome in Arabs are lacking. In addition, the majority of previous studies on other ethnic groups have been limited by low-resolution taxonomic assignment of next-generation sequencing reads. Furthermore, there has been a conflict about the existence of a ‘core’ bacteriome. Objective: The objective of this study was to characterize the healthy core oral bacteriome in a young Arab population at the species level. Methods: Oral rinse DNA samples obtained from 12 stringently selected healthy young subjects of Arab origin were pyrosequenced (454's FLX chemistry for the bacterial 16S V1–V3 hypervariable region at an average depth of 11,500 reads. High-quality, non-chimeric reads ≥380 bp were classified to the species level using the recently described, prioritized, multistage assignment algorithm. A core bacteriome was defined as taxa present in at least 11 samples. The Chao2, abundance-based coverage estimator (ACE, and Shannon indices were computed to assess species richness and diversity. Results: Overall, 557 species-level taxa (211±42 per subject were identified, representing 122 genera and 13 phyla. The core bacteriome comprised 55 species-level taxa belonging to 30 genera and 7 phyla, namely Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Fusobacteria, Saccharibacteria, and SR1. The core species constituted between 67 and 87% of the individual bacteriomes. However, the abundances differed by up to three orders of magnitude among the study subjects. On average, Streptococcus mitis, Rothia mucilaginosa, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, Neisseria flavescence/subflava group, Prevotella melaninogenica, and Veillonella parvula group were the most abundant. Streptococcus sp. C300, a taxon never reported in the oral cavity, was identified as a core species. Species richness was estimated at 586 (Chao2 and 614 (ACE species, whereas diversity (Shannon index averaged at 3.99. Conclusions

  13. Effects of non-local exchange on core level shifts for gas-phase and adsorbed molecules

    Density functional theory calculations are often used to interpret experimental shifts in core level binding energies. Calculations based on gradient-corrected (GC) exchange-correlation functionals are known to reproduce measured core level shifts (CLS) of isolated molecules and metal surfaces with reasonable accuracy. In the present study, we discuss a series of examples where the shifts calculated within a GC-functional significantly deviate from the experimental values, namely the CLS of C 1s in ethyl trifluoroacetate, Pd 3d in PdO and the O 1s shift for CO adsorbed on PdO(101). The deviations are traced to effects of the electronic self-interaction error with GC-functionals and substantially better agreements between calculated and measured CLS are obtained when a fraction of exact exchange is used in the exchange-correlation functional

  14. Theoretical predictions of the impact of nuclear dynamics and environment on core-level spectra of organic molecules

    Prendergast, David; Schwartz, Craig; Uejio, Janel; Saykally, Richard

    2009-03-01

    Core-level spectroscopy provides an element-specific probe of local electronic structure and bonding, but linking details of atomic structure to measured spectra relies heavily on accurate theoretical interpretation. We present first principles simulations of the x-ray absorption of a range of organic molecules both in isolation and aqueous solvation, highlighting the spectral impact of internal nuclear motion as well as solvent interactions. Our approach uses density functional theory with explicit inclusion of the core-level excited state within a plane-wave supercell framework. Nuclear degrees of freedom are sampled using various molecular dynamics techniques. We indicate specific cases for molecules in their vibrational ground state at experimental conditions, where nuclear quantum effects must be included. Prepared by LBNL under Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  15. Irradiation-induced softening of Ni3P and (Ni, Fe, Cr)3P alloys

    Production of amorphous alloys by solid state reactions (SSR) has attracted much interest during the last few years. One of the methods to induce such a reaction is the irradiation of suitable crystalline alloys by fast particles. Examination of this kind of SSR in M3P type of brazing alloys (M: Metal) is attractive because of the following reason: In brazed joints of candidate structural materials like 316L stainless steel for applications in fusion reactors, crystalline intermetallic phases have been detected which are unstable relative to the amorphous state when irradiated at moderate temperatures with fast particles. It is expected that the transition to the amorphous state is accompanied by changes of the mechanical properties, which are of fundamental interest in this context. Until now, only a few studies on the evolution of mechanical properties during amorphization have been performed. Measurements of microhardness of the crystalline and the corresponding amorphous phase do not exist to the authors knowledge. In this communication, the authors present results on changes of microhardness, due to amorphization by fast ions. The measurements have been performed on a model alloy Ni3P and on the brazed joint of stainless steel 316L, containing M3P (M: Ni, Fe, Cr) as one of the phases. Though microhardness is not a fundamental property of materials, it is a manifestation of several related properties, such as yield stress, ductility, work-hardening, elastic modulus and residual stress states. It represents a resistance for indentation and is, therefore, appropriate for comparative purposes

  16. Recommendations for Training in Pediatric Psychology: Defining Core Competencies Across Training Levels

    Palermo, Tonya M.; Janicke, David M; McQuaid, Elizabeth L.; Mullins, Larry L.; Robins, Paul M.; Wu, Yelena P.

    2014-01-01

    Objective As a field, pediatric psychology has focused considerable efforts on the education and training of students and practitioners. Alongside a broader movement toward competency attainment in professional psychology and within the health professions, the Society of Pediatric Psychology commissioned a Task Force to establish core competencies in pediatric psychology and address the need for contemporary training recommendations. Methods The Task Force adapted the framework proposed by th...

  17. A survey of core and support activities of communicable disease surveillance systems at operating-level CDCs in China

    Li Liming

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In recent years, problems like insufficient coordination, low efficiency, and heavy working load in national communicable disease surveillance systems in China have been pointed out by many researchers. To strengthen the national communicable disease surveillance systems becomes an immediate concern. Since the World Health Organization has recommended that a structured approach to strengthen national communicable disease surveillance must include an evaluation to existing systems which usually begins with a systematic description, we conducted the first survey for communicable disease surveillance systems in China, in order to understand the situation of core and support surveillance activities at province-level and county-level centers for disease control and prevention (CDCs. Methods A nationwide survey was conducted by mail between May and October 2006 to investigate the implementation of core and support activities of the Notifiable Disease Reporting System (NDRS and disease-specific surveillance systems in all of the 31 province-level and selected 14 county-level CDCs in Mainland China The comments on the performance of communicable disease surveillance systems were also collected from the directors of CDCs in this survey. Results The core activities of NDRS such as confirmation, reporting and analysis and some support activities such as supervision and staff training were found sufficient in both province-level and county-level surveyed CDCs, but other support activities including information feedback, equipment and financial support need to be strengthened in most of the investigated CDCs. A total of 47 communicable diseases or syndromes were under surveillance at province level, and 20 diseases or syndromes at county level. The activities among different disease-specific surveillance systems varied widely. Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP, measles and tuberculosis (TB surveillance systems got relatively high recognition

  18. Core energy levels of Sc and N and their variation with coordination number in ScN

    Šimůnek, Antonín; Vackář, Jiří; Kunc, K.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 72, č. 4 (2005), 045110/1-045110/4. ISSN 1098-0121 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA100100514; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA1010317 Grant ostatní: NATO(XE) PST -CLG.979025 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520; CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : core levels * total energy * ScN Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.185, year: 2005

  19. Simultaneous measurement of neutron and gamma-ray radiation levels from a TRIGA reactor core using silicon carbide semiconductor detectors

    Dulloo, A.R.; Ruddy, F.H.; Seidel, J.G. [Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Davison, C.; Flinchbaugh, T.; Daubenspeck, T. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Radiation Science and Engineering Center

    1999-06-01

    The ability of a silicon carbide radiation detector to measure neutron and gamma radiation levels in a TRIGA reactor`s mixed neutron/gamma field was demonstrated. Linear responses to epicadmium neutron fluence rate (up to 3 {times} 10{sup 7} cm{sup {minus}2} s{sup {minus}1}) and to gamma dose rate (0.6--234 krad-Si h{sup {minus}1}) were obtained with the detector. Axial profiles of the reactor core`s neutron and gamma-ray radiation levels were successfully generated through sequential measurements along the length of the core. The SiC detector shows a high level of precision for both neutrons and gamma rays in high-intensity radiation environments--1.9% for neutrons and better than 0.6% for gamma rays. These results indicate that SiC detectors are well suited for applications such as spent fuel monitoring where measurements in mixed neutron/gamma fields are desired.

  20. Coordination-resolved local bond strain and 3p energy entrapment of K atomic clusters and K(1 1 0) skin

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Coordination environment resolves electron binding-energy shift of K44, K46, K55 clusters. • Predict the effective coordination number of K nanoclusters when we get the atomic number N. • Atomic under coordination shortens the local bonds and entrapment. • XPS derives core level of an isolated atom and its bulk shift. - Abstract: We have examined the atomic coordination effect on the local bond strain and the 3p core-level shift of K(1 1 0) skin and nanoclusters using a combination of the bond order–length–strength correlation notion, tight-binding approach, density functional theory calculations, and photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. It turns out that: (i) the 3p core-level shifts from 15.595 ± 0.003 eV for an isolated K atom by 2.758 eV to the bulk value of 18.353 eV; (ii) the effective atomic coordination number reduces from the bulk value of 12 to 3.93 for the first layer and to 5.81 for the second layer of K(1 1 0) skin associated with the local lattice strain of 12.76%, a binding energy density 72.67%, and atomic cohesive energy −62.46% for the skin; and (iii) K cluster size reduction lowers the effective atomic coordination number and enhances further the skin electronic attribution. Results have revealed that the 3p core-level shifts of K(1 1 0) and nanoclusters originate from perturbation of the Hamiltonian by under-coordination induced charge densification and quantum entrapment

  1. Coordination-resolved local bond strain and 3p energy entrapment of K atomic clusters and K(1 1 0) skin

    Zhang, Ting; Bo, Maolin; Guo, Yongling [Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Materials and Application Technologies (Ministry of Education), Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan 411105 (China); Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Thin Film Materials and Devices, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan 411105 (China); Chen, Hefeng [United Superconductive Institution, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Wang, Yan [School of Information and Electronic Engineering, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Hunan 411201 (China); Huang, Yongli, E-mail: huangyongli@xtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Materials and Application Technologies (Ministry of Education), Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan 411105 (China); Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Thin Film Materials and Devices, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan 411105 (China); Sun, Chang Q., E-mail: ecqsun@ntu.edu.sg [Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Materials and Application Technologies (Ministry of Education), Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan 411105 (China); Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Thin Film Materials and Devices, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan 411105 (China); School of Information and Electronic Engineering, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Hunan 411201 (China); NOVITAS, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Coordination environment resolves electron binding-energy shift of K{sub 44}, K{sub 46}, K{sub 55} clusters. • Predict the effective coordination number of K nanoclusters when we get the atomic number N. • Atomic under coordination shortens the local bonds and entrapment. • XPS derives core level of an isolated atom and its bulk shift. - Abstract: We have examined the atomic coordination effect on the local bond strain and the 3p core-level shift of K(1 1 0) skin and nanoclusters using a combination of the bond order–length–strength correlation notion, tight-binding approach, density functional theory calculations, and photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. It turns out that: (i) the 3p core-level shifts from 15.595 ± 0.003 eV for an isolated K atom by 2.758 eV to the bulk value of 18.353 eV; (ii) the effective atomic coordination number reduces from the bulk value of 12 to 3.93 for the first layer and to 5.81 for the second layer of K(1 1 0) skin associated with the local lattice strain of 12.76%, a binding energy density 72.67%, and atomic cohesive energy −62.46% for the skin; and (iii) K cluster size reduction lowers the effective atomic coordination number and enhances further the skin electronic attribution. Results have revealed that the 3p core-level shifts of K(1 1 0) and nanoclusters originate from perturbation of the Hamiltonian by under-coordination induced charge densification and quantum entrapment.

  2. Numerical analysis of the reactivity for the dry lattices above the water level of the critical fuel cores

    Criticality analysis has been performed for dozens of tank type cores in which fuel lattices are loaded vertically and partially immersed in light water. The reactivity effect of dry part of lattices stuck above the critical water level has been calculated using the continuous energy Monte Carlo method. The reactivity effect exceeds 0.8% both for MOX and UOX fuel lattices of large buckling (Bz2 > 0.0025 cm-2). It is evaluated that at least 20 cm length of fuel rods above the critical water level has significant reactivity effect. (author)

  3. Magnetism and electronic properties of Mn:Ge(111) interfaces probed by core level photoemission spectroscopy

    The electronic and magnetic properties of Mn:Ge(111) interfaces have been investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy and SQUID magnetometry. An ordered, metallic and ferromagnetic, Mn:Ge(111) interface and a disordered, semiconducting and paramagnetic, MnxGe1-x surface alloy have been considered. An analysis of the Mn 2p X-ray photoemission core line shows that the former interface can be described by a single-configuration Mn 3d6 initial state, while the latter presents satellite features typical of Mn-based diluted magnetic semiconductors, characterized by relevant ligand-to-metal charge transfer effects.

  4. Spectra and oscillator strengths of 3p63d9-3p53d10 and 3p63d9-3p63d84p transitions for cobalt-like Sn23+ ion

    Chen Ming-Lun; Yu Xiao-Guang

    2009-01-01

    This paper calculates the spectra and oscillator strengths for highly ionized cobalt-like Sn23+ ions 3p63d9-3p53d10,3p63d9 - 3p63d84p transitions by using a multi-configuration self-consistent field method program together with the proposed fitting formula. The calculations have a good agreement with observations.

  5. Determination of the level of water in the core of reactors PWR using neutron detectors signal ex core; Determinacion del nivel del agua del nucleo de reactores PWR usando la senal de detectores neutronicos excore

    Bernal, A.; Abarca, A.; Miro, R.; Verdu, G.

    2014-07-01

    The level of water from the core provides relevant information of the neutronic and thermal hydraulic of the reactor as the power, k EFF and cooling capacity. In fact, this level monitoring can be used for prediction of LOCA and reduction of cooling that can cause damage to the core. There are several teams that measure a variety of parameters of the reactor, as opposed to the level of the water of the core. However, the detectors 'excore' measure fast neutrons which escape from the core and there are studies that demonstrate the existence of a relationship between them and the water level of the kernel due to the water shield. Therefore, a methodology has been developed to determine this relationship, using the Monte Carlo method using the MCNP code and apply variance reduction techniques based on the attached flow that is obtained using the method of discrete ordinates using code TORT. (Author)

  6. Differential cross section of metastable Ne(3P0 and 3P2) scattered from ground state neon

    The differential elastic cross section for metastable Ne(3P0 and 3P2) from ground state Ne at collision energies between 70 and 150 meV have been measured. With a CW-dye laser it was possible to separate the cross sections for Ne(3P0) + Ne and Ne(3P2) + Ne and for the energy exchange process 20Ne* + 22Ne → 20Ne + 22Ne*. (Auth.)

  7. Association of Mutations in the Basal Core Promoter and Pre-core Regions of the Hepatitis B Viral Genome and Longitudinal Changes in HBV Level in HBeAg Negative Individuals: Results From a Cohort Study in Northern Iran

    Besharat, Sima; Poustchi, Hossein; Mohamadkhani, Ashraf; Katoonizadeh, Aezam; Moradi, Abdolvahab; Roshandel, Gholamreza; Freedman, Neal David; Malekzadeh, Reza

    2015-01-01

    Background: Although certain HBV mutations are known to affect the expression of Hepatitis e antigen, their association with HBV viral level or clinical outcomes is less clear. Objectives: We evaluated associations between different mutations in the Basal Core promoter (BCP) and Pre-core (PC) regions of HBV genome and subsequent changes in HBV viral DNA level over seven years in a population of untreated HBeAg negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB) participants in Northeast of Iran. Materials and...

  8. Differential cross section for Ne(3P0) and Ne(3P2) scattered from ground state neon

    The differential elastic cross sections for electronically excited Ne(3P0) and Ne(3P2) from ground state neon atoms at thermal collision energies have been measured separately. Potentials for Ne(3P0)+Ne could be determined and the height of the intermediate potential maxima for Ne(3P2)+Ne could be estimated to 25 meV. By preparing Ne(3P2) in special Msub(J) states scattering in single Ω molecular states could be observed. (Auth.)

  9. Differential cross section for Ne(3P0) and Ne(3P2) scattered from ground state neon

    The differential elastic cross sections for electronically exited Ne(3P0) and Ne(3P2) from ground state neon atoms at thermal collision energies have been measured separately. Potentials for Ne(3P0)+Ne could be determined and the height of the intermediate potential maxima for Ne(3P2)+Ne could be estimated to 25 meV. By preparing Ne(3P2) in special Msub(J) states scattering in single Ω molecular states could be observed. (Author)

  10. PAW [Physics Analysis Workstation] at Fermilab: CORE based graphics implementation of HIGZ [High Level Interface to Graphics and Zebra

    The Physics Analysis Workstation system (PAW) is primarily intended to be the last link in the analysis chain of experimental data. The graphical part of PAW is based on HIGZ (High Level Interface to Graphics and Zebra), which is based on the OSI and ANSI standard Graphics Kernel System (GKS). HIGZ is written in the context of PAW. At Fermilab, the CORE based graphics system DI-3000 by Precision Visuals Inc., is widely used in the analysis of experimental data. The graphical part of the PAW routines has been totally rewritten and implemented in the Fermilab environment. 3 refs

  11. Graphene on Au-coated SiOx substrate: Its visibility and intrinsic core-level photoemission

    Wu, Chung-Lin; Chen, Jhih-Wei; Wang, Chiang-Lun; Chen, Chia-Hao; Chen, Yi-Chun

    2012-02-01

    With the motivation of precisely and intrinsically characterizing a exfoliate graphene using photoelectron spectroscopy, a conducting substrate having high optical contrast is greatly desired. Here, we demonstrate that exfoliated graphene can be optically visible on a thin 9-nm Au-coated SiOx substrate, and can be easily conducted into scanning photoelectron microscopy/spectroscopy (SPEM/S) studies. Because of the elimination of charging effect, precisely core-level characterization of exfoliated graphene is presented with different numbers of layers. Consequently, the usage of Au-coated SiOx substrate serves a simple but effective method to study pristine graphene by photoelectron spectroscopy and other electron-detection techniques.

  12. Photoelectron spectroscopy at a free-electron laser. Investigation of space-charge effects in angle-resolved and core-level spectroscopy and realizaton of a time-resolved core-level photoemission experiment

    Marczynski-Buehlow, Martin

    2012-01-30

    The free-electron laser (FEL) in Hamburg (FLASH) is a very interesting light source with which to perform photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) experiments. Its special characteristics include highly intense photon pulses (up to 100 J/pulse), a photon energy range of 30 eV to 1500 eV, transverse coherence as well as pulse durations of some ten femtoseconds. Especially in terms of time-resolved PES (TRPES), the deeper lying core levels can be reached with photon energies up to 1500 eV with acceptable intensity now and, therefore, element-specific, time-resolved core-level PES (XPS) is feasible at FLASH. During the work of this thesis various experimental setups were constructed in order to realize angle-resolved (ARPES), core-level (XPS) as well as time-resolved PES experiments at the plane grating monochromator beamline PG2 at FLASH. Existing as well as newly developed systems for online monitoring of FEL pulse intensities and generating spatial and temporal overlap of FEL and optical laser pulses for time-resolved experiments are successfully integrated into the experimental setup for PES. In order to understand space-charge effects (SCEs) in PES and, therefore, being able to handle those effects in future experiments using highly intense and pulsed photon sources, the origin of energetic broadenings and shifts in photoelectron spectra are studied by means of a molecular dynamic N-body simulation using a modified Treecode Algorithm for sufficiently fast and accurate calculations. It turned out that the most influencing parameter is the ''linear electron density'' - the ratio of the number of photoelectrons to the diameter of the illuminated spot on the sample. Furthermore, the simulations could reproduce the observations described in the literature fairly well. Some rules of thumb for XPS and ARPES measurements could be deduced from the simulations. Experimentally, SCEs are investigated by means of ARPES as well as XPS measurements as a function of

  13. Photoelectron spectroscopy at a free-electron laser. Investigation of space-charge effects in angle-resolved and core-level spectroscopy and realizaton of a time-resolved core-level photoemission experiment

    The free-electron laser (FEL) in Hamburg (FLASH) is a very interesting light source with which to perform photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) experiments. Its special characteristics include highly intense photon pulses (up to 100 J/pulse), a photon energy range of 30 eV to 1500 eV, transverse coherence as well as pulse durations of some ten femtoseconds. Especially in terms of time-resolved PES (TRPES), the deeper lying core levels can be reached with photon energies up to 1500 eV with acceptable intensity now and, therefore, element-specific, time-resolved core-level PES (XPS) is feasible at FLASH. During the work of this thesis various experimental setups were constructed in order to realize angle-resolved (ARPES), core-level (XPS) as well as time-resolved PES experiments at the plane grating monochromator beamline PG2 at FLASH. Existing as well as newly developed systems for online monitoring of FEL pulse intensities and generating spatial and temporal overlap of FEL and optical laser pulses for time-resolved experiments are successfully integrated into the experimental setup for PES. In order to understand space-charge effects (SCEs) in PES and, therefore, being able to handle those effects in future experiments using highly intense and pulsed photon sources, the origin of energetic broadenings and shifts in photoelectron spectra are studied by means of a molecular dynamic N-body simulation using a modified Treecode Algorithm for sufficiently fast and accurate calculations. It turned out that the most influencing parameter is the ''linear electron density'' - the ratio of the number of photoelectrons to the diameter of the illuminated spot on the sample. Furthermore, the simulations could reproduce the observations described in the literature fairly well. Some rules of thumb for XPS and ARPES measurements could be deduced from the simulations. Experimentally, SCEs are investigated by means of ARPES as well as XPS measurements as a function of FEL pulse

  14. Unified interpretation of Hund's first and second rules for 2p and 3p atoms.

    Oyamada, Takayuki; Hongo, Kenta; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Yasuhara, Hiroshi

    2010-10-28

    A unified interpretation of Hund's first and second rules for 2p (C, N, O) and 3p (Si, P, S) atoms is given by Hartree-Fock (HF) and multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock (MCHF) methods. Both methods exactly satisfy the virial theorem, in principle, which enables one to analyze individual components of the total energy E(=T+V(en)+V(ee)), where T, V(en), and V(ee) are the kinetic, the electron-nucleus attraction, and the electron-electron repulsion energies, respectively. The correct interpretation for each of the two rules can only be achieved under the condition of the virial theorem 2T+V=0 by investigating how V(en) and V(ee) interplay to attain the lower total potential energy V(=V(en)+V(ee)). The stabilization of the more stable states for all the 2p and 3p atoms is ascribed to a greater V(en) that is caused by contraction of the valence orbitals accompanied with slight expansion of the core orbitals. The contraction of the valence orbitals for the two rules is a consequence of reducing the Hartree screening of the nucleus at short interelectronic distances. The reduced screening in the first rule is due to a greater amount of Fermi hole contributions in the state with the highest total spin-angular momentum S. The reduced screening in the second rule is due to the fact that two valence electrons are more likely to be on opposite sides of the nucleus in the state with the highest total orbital-angular momentum L. For each of the two rules, the inclusion of correlation does not qualitatively change the HF interpretation, but HF overestimates the energy difference ∣ΔE∣ between two levels being compared. The magnitude of the correlation energy is significantly larger for the lower L states than for the higher L states since two valence electrons in the lower L states are less likely to be on opposite sides of the nucleus. The MCHF evaluation of ∣ΔE∣ is in excellent agreement with experiment. The present HF and MCHF calculations demonstrate the above statements

  15. Precore/basal core promoter mutants and hepatitis B viral DNA levels as predictors for liver deaths and hepatocellular carcinoma

    Myron J Tong; Lawrence M Blatt; Jia-Horng Kao; Jason Tzuying Cheng; William G Corey

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To conduct a retrospective study in 400 chronic hepatitis B patients in order to identify hepatitis B viral factors associated with complications of liver disease or development of hepatocellular carcinoma.METHODS: The mean follow-up time was 83.6 ± 39.6mo. Alpha-fetoprotein test and abdominal ultrasound were used for cancer surveillance. Hepatitis B basal core promoter mutants, precore mutants, genotypes,hepatitis B viral DNA (HBV DNA) level and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) were measured. Univariate analysis and logistic regression were used to assess odds ratios for viral factors related to liver deaths and hepatocellular carcinoma development.RESULTS: During follow-up, 38 patients had liver deaths not related to hepatocellular carcinoma. On multivariate analysis, older age [odds ratio: 95.74 (12.13-891.31);P < 0.0001], male sex [odds ratio: 7.61 (2.20-47.95);P = 0.006], and higher log10 HBV DNA [odds ratio:4.69 (1.16-20.43); P < 0.0001] were independently predictive for these liver related deaths. Also, 31 patients developed hepatocellular carcinoma. Multivariate analysis showed that older age [odds ratio: 26.51 (2.36-381.47);P = 0.007], presence of precore mutants [odds ratio:4.23 (1.53-19.58); P = 0.02] and presence of basal core promoter mutants [odds ratio: 2.93 (1.24-7.57); P =0.02] were independent predictors for progression to hepatocellular carcinoma.CONCLUSION: Our results show that high levels of baseline serum HBV DNA are associated with nonhepatocellular carcinoma-related deaths of liver failure,while genetic mutations in the basal core promoter and precore regions are predictive for development of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  16. Core level regulatory network of osteoblast as molecular mechanism for osteoporosis and treatment

    Zhu, Xiaomei; Li, Jun; Liang, Yuhong; Liu, Tao; Zhu, Yanxia; Zhang, Bingbing; Tan, Shuang; Guo, Huajie; Guan, Shuguang; Ao, Ping; Zhou, Guangqian

    2016-01-01

    To develop and evaluate the long-term prophylactic treatment for chronic diseases such as osteoporosis requires a clear view of mechanism at the molecular and systems level. While molecular signaling pathway studies for osteoporosis are extensive, a unifying mechanism is missing. In this work, we provide experimental and systems-biology evidences that a tightly connected top-level regulatory network may exist, which governs the normal and osteoporotic phenotypes of osteoblast. Specifically, we constructed a hub-like interaction network from well-documented cross-talks among estrogens, glucocorticoids, retinoic acids, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor, vitamin D receptor and calcium-signaling pathways. The network was verified with transmission electron microscopy and gene expression profiling for bone tissues of ovariectomized (OVX) rats before and after strontium gluconate (GluSr) treatment. Based on both the network structure and the experimental data, the dynamical modeling predicts calcium and glucocorticoids signaling pathways as targets for GluSr treatment. Modeling results further reveal that in the context of missing estrogen signaling, the GluSr treated state may be an outcome that is closest to the healthy state. PMID:26783964

  17. Relativistic effects on the hyperfine structures of 2p4(3P)3p 2Do, 4Do and 4Po in 19F I

    Carette, Thomas; Nemouchi, Messaoud; Li, Jiguang; Godefroid, Michel

    2013-01-01

    The hyperfine interaction constants of the 2p4(3P)3p 2Do_{3/2,5/2}, 4Do_{1/2-7/2} and 4Po_{1/2-5/2} levels in neutral fluorine are investigated theoretically. Large-scale calculations are carried out using the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock (MCHF) and Dirac-Hartree-Fock (MCDHF) methods. In the framework of the MCHF approach, the relativistic effects are taken into account in the Breit-Pauli approximation using non relativistic orbitals. In the fully relativistic approach, the orbitals are op...

  18. Cooling of Neutron Stars and 3P_2 neutron gap

    Grigorian, H.; Voskresensky, D.N.(National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), Moscow, 115409, Russia)

    2005-01-01

    We study the dependence of the cooling of isolated neutron stars on the magnitude of the $3P_2$ neutron gap. It is demonstrated that our ``Nuclear medium cooling scenario'' is in favor of a suppressed value of the $3P_2$ neutron gap.

  19. 3p - 3d intershell interaction in Cr

    The photoemission of Cr films deposited under UHV conditions has been investigated in the photon energy range from 30 eV to 230 eV. The 3p - 3d intershell interaction gives rise to a strong maximum in the 3d partial yield above the 3p threshold. (orig.) 891 KBE/orig. 892 RDG

  20. Intercombination decay of 3s3p3P10 in Mg I-like Ni and Cu

    The intercombination transition 3s21S0-3s3p 3p10 in Ni16+ and Cu17+ has been studied by beam-foil spectroscopic methods. Decay curve analysis yields lifetime values of (12.0+-1.0) ns and (8.8+-0.6) ns for Ni and Cu in agreement with various predictions. (orig./WL)

  1. On sulfur core level binding energies in thiol self-assembly and alternative adsorption sites: An experimental and theoretical study

    Characteristic core level binding energies (CLBEs) are regularly used to infer the modes of molecular adsorption: orientation, organization, and dissociation processes. Here, we focus on a largely debated situation regarding CLBEs in the case of chalcogen atom bearing molecules. For a thiol, this concerns the case when the CLBE of a thiolate sulfur at an adsorption site can be interpreted alternatively as due to atomic adsorption of a S atom, resulting from dissociation. Results of an investigation of the characteristics of thiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) obtained by vacuum evaporative adsorption are presented along with core level binding energy calculations. Thiol ended SAMs of 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol (BDMT) obtained by evaporation on Au display an unconventional CLBE structure at about 161.25 eV, which is close to a known CLBE of a S atom on Au. Adsorption and CLBE calculations for sulfur atoms and BDMT molecules are reported and allow delineating trends as a function of chemisorption on hollow, bridge, and atop sites and including the presence of adatoms. These calculations suggest that the 161.25 eV peak is due to an alternative adsorption site, which could be associated to an atop configuration. Therefore, this may be an alternative interpretation, different from the one involving the adsorption of atomic sulfur resulting from the dissociation process of the S–C bond. Calculated differences in S(2p) CLBEs for free BDMT molecules, SH group sulfur on top of the SAM, and disulfide are also reported to clarify possible errors in assignments

  2. On sulfur core level binding energies in thiol self-assembly and alternative adsorption sites: An experimental and theoretical study

    Jia, Juanjuan [Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, Université-Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); CNRS, UMR 8214, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, Orsay ISMO, Bâtiment 351, Université Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); Kara, Abdelkader, E-mail: abdelkader.kara@ucf.edu, E-mail: vladimir.esaulov@u-psud.fr [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816 (United States); Pasquali, Luca [Dipartimento di Ingegneria “E. Ferrari,” Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Vignolese 905, 41125 Modena (Italy); IOM-CNR, s.s. 14, Km. 163.5 in AREA Science Park, 34149 Basovizza, Trieste (Italy); Department of Physics, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park 2006 (South Africa); Bendounan, Azzedine; Sirotti, Fausto [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L’Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin, BP 48, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Esaulov, Vladimir A., E-mail: abdelkader.kara@ucf.edu, E-mail: vladimir.esaulov@u-psud.fr [Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, Université-Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); CNRS, UMR 8214, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, Orsay ISMO, Bâtiment 351, Université Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); IOM-CNR, s.s. 14, Km. 163.5 in AREA Science Park, 34149 Basovizza, Trieste (Italy)

    2015-09-14

    Characteristic core level binding energies (CLBEs) are regularly used to infer the modes of molecular adsorption: orientation, organization, and dissociation processes. Here, we focus on a largely debated situation regarding CLBEs in the case of chalcogen atom bearing molecules. For a thiol, this concerns the case when the CLBE of a thiolate sulfur at an adsorption site can be interpreted alternatively as due to atomic adsorption of a S atom, resulting from dissociation. Results of an investigation of the characteristics of thiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) obtained by vacuum evaporative adsorption are presented along with core level binding energy calculations. Thiol ended SAMs of 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol (BDMT) obtained by evaporation on Au display an unconventional CLBE structure at about 161.25 eV, which is close to a known CLBE of a S atom on Au. Adsorption and CLBE calculations for sulfur atoms and BDMT molecules are reported and allow delineating trends as a function of chemisorption on hollow, bridge, and atop sites and including the presence of adatoms. These calculations suggest that the 161.25 eV peak is due to an alternative adsorption site, which could be associated to an atop configuration. Therefore, this may be an alternative interpretation, different from the one involving the adsorption of atomic sulfur resulting from the dissociation process of the S–C bond. Calculated differences in S(2p) CLBEs for free BDMT molecules, SH group sulfur on top of the SAM, and disulfide are also reported to clarify possible errors in assignments.

  3. Particle distributions in approximately 10(14) 10(16) eV air shower cores at sea level

    Hodson, A. L.; Ash, A. G.; Bull, R. M.

    1985-01-01

    Experimental evidence is reported for fixed distances (0, 1.0, 2.5 and 4.0 m) from the shower centers and for core flattening. The cores become flatter, on average, as the shower size (primary energy) increases. With improved statistics on 4192 cores, the previous results are exactly confirmed.

  4. Increased miR-132-3p expression is associated with chronic neuropathic pain.

    Leinders, M; Üçeyler, N; Pritchard, R A; Sommer, C; Sorkin, L S

    2016-09-01

    Alterations in the neuro-immune balance play a major role in the pathophysiology of chronic neuropathic pain. MicroRNAs (miRNA) can regulate both immune and neuronal processes and may function as master switches in chronic pain development and maintenance. We set out to analyze the role of miR-132-3p, first in patients with peripheral neuropathies and second in an animal model of neuropathic pain. We initially determined miR-132-3p expression by measuring its levels in white blood cells (WBC) of 30 patients and 30 healthy controls and next in sural nerve biopsies of 81 patients with painful or painless inflammatory or non-inflammatory neuropathies based on clinical diagnosis. We found a 2.6 fold increase in miR-132-3p expression in WBC of neuropathy patients compared to healthy controls (panimal model of neuropathic pain, the spared nerve injury model (SNI). For this purpose miR-132-3p expression levels were measured in dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord of rats. Subsequently, miR-132-3p expression was pharmacologically modulated with miRNA antagonists or mimetics, and evoked pain and pain aversion were assessed. Spinal miR-132-3p levels were highest 10days after SNI, a time when persistent allodynia was established (pbehavior in the place escape avoidance paradigm (pbehavior in naïve rats (p<0.001). Taken together these results indicate a pro-nociceptive effect of miR-132-3p in chronic neuropathic pain. PMID:27349406

  5. miR-193a-3p is a potential tumor suppressor in malignant pleural mesothelioma.

    Williams, Marissa; Kirschner, Michaela B; Cheng, Yuen Yee; Hanh, Jacky; Weiss, Jocelyn; Mugridge, Nancy; Wright, Casey M; Linton, Anthony; Kao, Steven C; Edelman, J James B; Vallely, Michael P; McCaughan, Brian C; Cooper, Wendy; Klebe, Sonja; Lin, Ruby C Y; Brahmbhatt, Himanshu; MacDiarmid, Jennifer; van Zandwijk, Nico; Reid, Glen

    2015-09-15

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-induced cancer with poor prognosis that displays characteristic alterations in microRNA expression. Recently it was reported that the expression of a subset of microRNAs can distinguish between MPM and adenocarcinoma of the lung. However, the functional importance of these changes has yet to be investigated. We compared expression of miR-192, miR-193a-3p and the miR-200 family in normal pleura and MPM tumor specimens and found a statistically significant reduction in the levels of miR-193a-3p (3.1-fold) and miR-192 (2.8-fold) in MPM. Transfection of MPM cells with a miR-193a-3p mimic resulted in inhibition of growth and an induction of apoptosis and necrosis in vitro. The growth inhibitory effects of miR-193a-3p were associated with a decrease in MCL1 expression and were recapitulated by RNAi-mediated MCL1 silencing. Targeted delivery of miR-193a-3p mimic using EDV minicells inhibited MPM xenograft tumour growth, and was associated with increased apoptosis. In conclusion, miR-193a-3p appears to have importance in the biology of MPM and may represent a target for therapeutic intervention. PMID:26125439

  6. Protective role of miR-23b-3p in kainic acid-induced seizure.

    Zhan, Lianbo; Yao, Yi; Fu, Huajun; Li, Zhenghui; Wang, Fengpeng; Zhang, Xiaobin; He, Wencan; Zheng, Weihong; Zhang, Yunwu; Zheng, Honghua

    2016-07-01

    Dysregulation of microRNAs has been proposed to contribute toward epilepsy. The miRNA miR-23b-3p has been found to protect against neuronal apoptosis and the production of reactive oxygen species. In this study, we assessed the potential role of miR-23b-3p in the kainic acid (KA)-induced seizure model. We found that miR-23b-3p levels were significantly decreased in the brain cortex of mice and in cultured mouse primary neurons treated with KA. Importantly, supplement of miR-23b-3p agomir by an intacerebroventricular injection alleviated seizure behaviors and abnormal cortical electroencephalogram recordings in KA-treated mice. Together, these results indicate that miR-23b-3p plays a crucial role in suppressing seizure formation in experimental models of epilepsy and that miR-23b-3p supplement may be a potential anabolic strategy for ameliorating seizure. PMID:27232518

  7. Optimization of Extreme Ultraviolet Light Source from High Harmonic Generation for Condensed-Phase Core-Level Spectroscopy

    Lin, Ming-Fu; Verkamp, Max A.; Ryland, Elizabeth S.; Benke, Kristin; Zhang, Kaili; Carlson, Michaela; Vura-Weis, Josh

    2015-06-01

    Extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light source from high-order harmonic generation has been shown to be a powerful tool for core-level spectroscopy. In addition, this light source provides very high temporal resolution (10-18 s to 10-15 s) for time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. Most applications of the light source have been limited to the studies of atomic and molecular systems, with technique development focused on optimizing for shorter pulses (i.e. tens of attoseconds) or higher XUV energy (i.e. ~keV range). For the application to general molecular systems in solid and liquid forms, however, the XUV photon flux and stability are highly demanded due to the strong absorption by substrates and solvents. In this case, the main limitation is due to the stability of the high order generation process and the limited bandwidth of the XUV source that gives only discrete even/odd order peaks. Consequently, this results in harmonic artifact noise that overlaps with the resonant signal. In our current study, we utilize a semi-infinite cell for high harmonic generation from two quantum trajectories (i.e. short and long) at over-driven NIR power. This condition, produces broad XUV spectrum without using complicated optics (e.g. hollow-core fibers and double optical gating). This light source allows us to measure the static absorption spectrum of the iron M-edge from a Fe(acac)3 molecular solid film, which shows a resonant feature of 0.01 OD (~2.3% absorption). Moreover, we also investigate how sample roughness affects the static absorption spectrum. We are able to make smooth solar cell precursor materials (i.e. PbI2 and PbBr2) by spin casting and observe iodine (50 eV) and bromine (70 eV) absorption edges in the order of 0.05 OD with minimal harmonic artifact noise.

  8. miR-1207-3p Is a Novel Prognostic Biomarker of Prostate Cancer.

    Das, Dibash K; Osborne, Joseph R; Lin, Hui-Yi; Park, Jong Y; Ogunwobi, Olorunseun O

    2016-06-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been found to be dysregulated in prostate cancer (PCa). In this study, we investigated if miR-1207-3p is capable of distinguishing between indolent and aggressive PCa and if it contributes to explaining the disproportionate aggressiveness of PCa in men of African ancestry (moAA). A total of 404 patients with primary adenocarcinoma of the prostate were recruited between 1988 and 2003 at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, USA. Patient clinicopathological features and demographic characteristics such as race were identified. RNA samples from 404 postprostatectomy prostate tumor tissue samples were analyzed by real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for the mRNA expression of miR-1207-3p. miR-1207-3p expression in PCa that resulted in overall death or PCa-specific death is significantly higher than in PCa cases that did not. The same positive correlation holds true for other clinical characteristics such as biochemical recurrence, Gleason score, clinical stage, and prostate-specific antigen level. Furthermore, miR-1207-3p expression was significantly less in moAA in comparison to Caucasian men. We also evaluated whether miR-1207-3p is associated with clinical outcomes adjusted for age at diagnosis and tumor stage in the modeling. Using competing risk regression, the PCa patients with a high miR-1207-3p expression (≥6 vs 3) had a high risk to develop PCa recurrence (hazard rate = 2.5, P < .001) adjusting for age at diagnosis and tumor stage. In conclusion, miR-1207-3p is a promising novel prognostic biomarker for PCa. Furthermore, miR-1207-3p may also be important in explaining the disproportionate aggressiveness of PCa in moAA. PMID:27267842

  9. MiR-373-3p Promotes Invasion and Metastasis of Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells

    Aibing WU

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and metastasis is the major cause of death in lung cancer patients. MiR-373 is closely associated with invasion and metastasis in other tumor cells. This study explored the expression of miR-373-3p in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC and its effect on the invasive and metastatic capabilities of lung adenocarcinoma cells, as well as their mechanisms of action. Methods The expression of miR-373-3p in NSCLC tissues and lung adenocarcinoma cell lines was detected by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The roles of miR-373-3p in regulating lung adenocarcinoma cell invasion and metastatic properties were analyzed with miR-373-3p mimic/inhibitor-transfected cells via Transwell chamber assay. Matrix metalloproteinase MMP-9 and MMP-14 protein levels were detected by Western blot in lung cancer cells after transfection. Results MiR-373-3p was upregulated in 51 NSCLC tissues and 5 NSCLC cell lines. Gain-of-function and loss-of-function studies showed that overexpression of miR-373-3p promoted H1299 cell migration and invasion, which resulted in upregulation of MMP-9 and MMP-14. By contrast, miR-373-3p knockdown inhibited these processes in A549 cells and downregulated the expression of MMP-9 and MMP-14. Conclusion Our results demonstrated that miR-373-3p participated in the invasion and metastasis of lung adenocarcinoma cells, partly by upregulation of MMP-9 and MMP-14.

  10. Preindustrial atmospheric ethane levels inferred from polar ice cores: A constraint on the geologic sources of atmospheric ethane and methane

    Nicewonger, Melinda R.; Verhulst, Kristal R.; Aydin, Murat; Saltzman, Eric S.

    2016-01-01

    Ethane levels were measured in air extracted from Greenland and Antarctic ice cores ranging in age from 994 to 1918 Common Era (C.E.) There is good temporal overlap between the two data sets from 1600 to 1750 C.E. with ethane levels stable at 397 ± 28 parts per trillion (ppt) (±2 standard error (s.e.)) over Greenland and 103 ± 9 ppt over Antarctica. The observed north/south interpolar ratio of ethane (3.9 ± 0.1, 1σ) implies considerably more ethane emissions in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere, suggesting geologic ethane sources contribute significantly to the preindustrial ethane budget. Box model simulations based on these data constrain the global geologic emissions of ethane to 2.2-3.5 Tg yr-1 and biomass burning emissions to 1.2-2.5 Tg yr-1 during the preindustrial era. The results suggest biomass burning emissions likely increased since the preindustrial period. Biomass burning and geologic outgassing are also sources of atmospheric methane. The results place constraints on preindustrial methane emissions from these sources.

  11. Relativistic configuration-interaction calculation of energy levels of core-excited states in lithium-like ions: argon through krypton

    Yerokhin, V. A.; Surzhykov, A.

    2012-01-01

    Large-scale relativistic configuration-interaction calculation of energy levels of core-excited states of lithium-like ions is presented. Quantum electrodynamic, nuclear recoil, and frequency-dependent Breit corrections are included in the calculation. The approach is consistently applied for calculating all $n=2$ core-excited states for all lithium-like ions starting from argon ($Z = 18$) and ending with krypton ($Z = 36$). The results obtained are supplemented with systematical estimations ...

  12. MicroRNA-409-3p inhibits osteosarcoma cell migration and invasion by targeting catenin-δ1.

    Wu, Shifeng; Du, Xinjie; Wu, Manwu; Du, Hechun; Shi, Xiaoliang; Zhang, Tao

    2016-06-10

    Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone cancer which is associated with early metastatic potential and poor prognosis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying osteosarcoma progression are not well characterized. Here, we investigated the role of miR-409-3p in osteosarcoma metastasis. Osteosarcoma tissue showed decreased expression of miR-409-3p compared to adjacent non-tumorous tissue. The expression level of miR-409-3p was negatively correlated with osteosarcoma metastasis. Overexpression of miR-409-3p in osteosarcoma cells (U2OS) inhibited cell migration and invasion. Bioinformatics analysis showed that catenin-δ1 (CTNND1, p120-catenin) is a direct target of miR-409-3p. Overexpression of miR-409-3p repressed the expression of catenin-δ1 in U2OS cells at both mRNA and protein levels. Meanwhile, miR-409-3p repressed the activity of luciferase reporter containing the 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of CTNND1 gene. Furthermore, expression of catenin-δ1 rescued the inhibitory effect of miR-409-3p on cell migration and invasion. Altogether, these results indicated that miR-409-3p targets catenin-δ1 to repress osteosarcoma metastasis. PMID:26992637

  13. miR-342-3p affects hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation via regulating NF-κB pathway

    Zhao, Liang; Zhang, Yubao, E-mail: zhyb880077@sina.com

    2015-02-13

    Recent research indicates that non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) help regulate basic cellular processes in many types of cancer cells. We hypothesized that overexpression of miR-342-3p might affect proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. After confirming overexpression of miR-342-3p with qRT-PCR, MTT assay showed that HCC cell proliferation was significantly inhibited by miR-342-3p, and that it significantly decreased BrdU-positive cell proliferation by nearly sixfold. Searching for targets using three algorithms we found that miR-342-3p is related to the NF-κB pathway and luciferase assay found that IKK-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 are miR-342-3p target genes. Results of western blot on extracted nuclear proteins of HepG2 and HCT-116 cells showed that miR-342-3p reduced and miR-342-3p-in increased p65 nuclear levels and qRT-PCR found that NF-κB pathway downstream genes were downregulated by miR-342-3p and upregulated by miR-342-3p-in, confirming that miR-342 targets NF-κB pathway. Overexpression of Ikk-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 partially rescued HCC cells proliferation inhibited by miR-342-3p. Using the GSE54751 database we evaluated expression from 10 HCC samples, which strongly suggested downregulation of miR-342-3p and we also found inverse expression between miR-342-3p and its targets IKK-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 from 71 HCC samples. Our results show that miR-342-3p has a significant role in HCC cell proliferation and is suitable for investigation of therapeutic targets. - Highlights: • MiR-342-3p suppresses hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation. • MiR-342-3p targets IKK-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 genes. • MiR-342-3p downregulates NF-kB signaling pathway. • MiR-342-3p is downregulated in clinical hepatocellular carcinoma samples. • The expression of miR-342-3p and its target gene is inversely related.

  14. miR-342-3p affects hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation via regulating NF-κB pathway

    Recent research indicates that non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) help regulate basic cellular processes in many types of cancer cells. We hypothesized that overexpression of miR-342-3p might affect proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. After confirming overexpression of miR-342-3p with qRT-PCR, MTT assay showed that HCC cell proliferation was significantly inhibited by miR-342-3p, and that it significantly decreased BrdU-positive cell proliferation by nearly sixfold. Searching for targets using three algorithms we found that miR-342-3p is related to the NF-κB pathway and luciferase assay found that IKK-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 are miR-342-3p target genes. Results of western blot on extracted nuclear proteins of HepG2 and HCT-116 cells showed that miR-342-3p reduced and miR-342-3p-in increased p65 nuclear levels and qRT-PCR found that NF-κB pathway downstream genes were downregulated by miR-342-3p and upregulated by miR-342-3p-in, confirming that miR-342 targets NF-κB pathway. Overexpression of Ikk-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 partially rescued HCC cells proliferation inhibited by miR-342-3p. Using the GSE54751 database we evaluated expression from 10 HCC samples, which strongly suggested downregulation of miR-342-3p and we also found inverse expression between miR-342-3p and its targets IKK-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 from 71 HCC samples. Our results show that miR-342-3p has a significant role in HCC cell proliferation and is suitable for investigation of therapeutic targets. - Highlights: • MiR-342-3p suppresses hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation. • MiR-342-3p targets IKK-γ, TAB2 and TAB3 genes. • MiR-342-3p downregulates NF-kB signaling pathway. • MiR-342-3p is downregulated in clinical hepatocellular carcinoma samples. • The expression of miR-342-3p and its target gene is inversely related

  15. Chromosome 3p alterations in pancreatic endocrine neoplasia

    Amato, Eliana; Barbi, Stefano; Malpeli, Giorgio; Bersani, Samantha; Pelosi, Giuseppe; Capelli, Paola

    2010-01-01

    Pancreatic endocrine tumors (PET) are rare neoplasms classified as functioning (F-PET) or non-functioning (NF-PET) according to the presence of a clinical syndrome due to hormonal hypersecretion. PETs show variable degrees of clinical aggressiveness and loss of chromosome 3p has been suggested to be associated with an advanced stage of disease. We assessed chromosome 3p copy number in 113 primary PETs and 32 metastases by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) using tissue microarrays. The series included 56 well-differentiated endocrine tumors (WDET), 62 well-differentiated endocrine carcinomas (WDEC), and 6 poorly differentiated endocrine carcinomas (PDEC). Chromosome 3p alterations were found in 23/113 (20%) primary tumors, with losses being predominant over gains (14% vs. 6%). Loss of 3p was found in 5/55 (9%) WDET, 11/52 (21%) WDEC, and never in PDEC. Gains of 3p were detected in 4/55 (7%) WDET, no WDEC, but notably in 3/6 (50%) PDEC (OR 23.6; P = 0.003). Metastases were more frequently monosomic for 3p compared to primary tumors (OR 3.6; P = 0.005). Monosomy was significantly associated with larger tumor size, more advanced tumor stage, and metastasis. No association was found with survival. Chromosome 3p copy number alterations are frequent events in advanced stage PET, with gains prevailing in PDEC while losses are more frequent in WDEC, supporting the view that a specific pattern of alterations are involved in these diverse disease subtypes. PMID:20981439

  16. O- and H-induced surface core level shifts on Ru(0001): prevalence of the additivity rule

    In previous work on adsorbate-induced surface core level shifts (SCLSs), the effects caused by O atom adsorption on Rh(111) and Ru(0001) were found to be additive: the measured shifts for first-layer Ru atoms depended linearly on the number of directly coordinated O atoms. Density-functional theory calculations quantitatively reproduced this effect, allowed separation of initial- and final-state contributions, and provided an explanation in terms of a roughly constant charge transfer per O atom. We have now conducted similar measurements and calculations for three well-defined adsorbate and coadsorbate layers containing O and H atoms: (1 x 1)-H, (2 x 2)-(O+H) and (2 x 2)-(O+3H) on Ru(0001). As H is stabilized in fcc sites in the prior two structures and in hcp sites in the latter, this enables us to not only study coverage and coadsorption effects on the adsorbate-induced SCLSs, but also the sensitivity to similar adsorption sites. Remarkably good agreement is obtained between experiment and calculations for the energies and geometries of the layers, as well as for all aspects of the SCLS values. The additivity of the next-neighbor adsorbate-induced SCLSs is found to prevail even for the coadsorbate structures. While this confirms the suggested use of SCLSs as fingerprints of the adsorbate configuration, their sensitivity is further demonstrated by the slightly different shifts unambiguously determined for H adsorption in either fcc or hcp hollow sites.

  17. Core-level photoelectron study of Si(1 1 1) sq root 7x sq root 3-(Pb, Sn) surface

    Soda, K; Takada, T; Yoshimoto, O; Kato, M; Yagi, S; Morita, K; Kamada, M

    2003-01-01

    The Sn 4d and Pb 5d core-level photoelectron spectra have been studied in order to clarify their bonding properties and atomic arrangement on a Si(1 1 1) sq root 7x sq root 3-(Pb, Sn) surface, which is formed by the coadsorption of 0.4 ML Pb and 0.4 ML Sn and shows two kinds of bright spots in the scanning tunneling microscopic (STM) images: (A) those aligned zigzag on the T sub 1 site and (B) those on the T sub 1 and H sub 3 sites along the [1 1 -2] direction. The Pb 5d spectrum shows a single spin-orbit-split feature with weak tailing towards the high binding energy side, while the Sn 4d spectrum exhibits shoulder structures at the high binding energy side of the main peaks. This definitely indicates at least two different Sn-Si bonds or inequivalent Sn adsorbing sites and single bond or site for Pb. Thus the spots A at the T sub 1 site and those B at the T sub 1 and H sub 3 sites in the STM images are ascribed to Pb and Sn adatoms, respectively. The formation process of this surface will be also discussed ...

  18. Identification of miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p that are associated with cell invasion and migration and involved in the apoptosis of renal cell carcinoma

    Zhai, Qingna [Department of Clinical Laboratory, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Guangdong (China); Shantou University Medical College, Guangdong (China); Zhou, Liang [Guangdong and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Male Reproductive Medicine and Genetics, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Guangdong (China); Zhao, Chunjuan [Department of Clinical Laboratory, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Guangdong (China); Shantou University Medical College, Guangdong (China); Wan, Jun [Section of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Division of Life Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong); Yu, Zhendong, E-mail: zhendongyu66@hotmail.com [Department of Clinical Laboratory, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Guangdong (China); Guo, Xin; Qin, Jie; Chen, Jing [Guangdong and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Male Reproductive Medicine and Genetics, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Guangdong (China); Lu, Ruijing [Department of Clinical Laboratory, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Guangdong (China); Shantou University Medical College, Guangdong (China)

    2012-03-23

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Previous method was the second-generation sequencing technology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p were significantly down-regulated in RCC tissues. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They can inhibit cell proliferation and migration and promote cell apoptosis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The expression of miR-508-3p was significantly decreased in RCC patients plasma. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer miR-508-3p may be a novel diagnostic marker of RCC. -- Abstract: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as powerful regulators of multiple processes linked to human cancer, including cell apoptosis, proliferation and migration, suggesting that the regulation of miRNA function could play a critical role in cancer progression. Recent studies have found that human serum/plasma contains stably expressed miRNAs. If they prove indicative of disease states, miRNAs measured from peripheral blood samples may be a source for routine clinical detection of cancer. Our studies showed that both miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p were down-regulated in renal cancer tissues. The level of miR-508-3p but not miR-509-3p in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patient plasma demonstrated significant differences from that in control plasma. In addition, the overexpression of miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p suppressed the proliferation of RCC cells (786-0), induced cell apoptosis and inhibited cell migration in vitro. Our data demonstrated that miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p played an important role as tumor suppressor genes during tumor formation and that they may serve as novel diagnostic markers for RCC.

  19. Identification of miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p that are associated with cell invasion and migration and involved in the apoptosis of renal cell carcinoma

    Highlights: ► Previous method was the second-generation sequencing technology. ► miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p were significantly down-regulated in RCC tissues. ► They can inhibit cell proliferation and migration and promote cell apoptosis. ► The expression of miR-508-3p was significantly decreased in RCC patients plasma. ► miR-508-3p may be a novel diagnostic marker of RCC. -- Abstract: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as powerful regulators of multiple processes linked to human cancer, including cell apoptosis, proliferation and migration, suggesting that the regulation of miRNA function could play a critical role in cancer progression. Recent studies have found that human serum/plasma contains stably expressed miRNAs. If they prove indicative of disease states, miRNAs measured from peripheral blood samples may be a source for routine clinical detection of cancer. Our studies showed that both miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p were down-regulated in renal cancer tissues. The level of miR-508-3p but not miR-509-3p in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patient plasma demonstrated significant differences from that in control plasma. In addition, the overexpression of miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p suppressed the proliferation of RCC cells (786-0), induced cell apoptosis and inhibited cell migration in vitro. Our data demonstrated that miR-508-3p and miR-509-3p played an important role as tumor suppressor genes during tumor formation and that they may serve as novel diagnostic markers for RCC.

  20. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

    Lindhorst, K.; H. Vogel; S. Krastel; Wagner, B.; Hilgers, A.; Zander, A.; Schwenk, T.; Wessels, M.; Daut, G.

    2010-01-01

    Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep sided, oligotrophic, karst lake of likely Pliocene age and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 55 m. According to our data, significant lake level fluctuations with prominent lo...

  1. Size-tunable, hexagonal plate-like Cu3P and Janus-like Cu-Cu3P nanocrystals.

    De Trizio, Luca; Figuerola, Albert; Manna, Liberato; Genovese, Alessandro; George, Chandramohan; Brescia, Rosaria; Saghi, Zineb; Simonutti, Roberto; Van Huis, Marijn; Falqui, Andrea

    2012-01-24

    We describe two synthesis approaches to colloidal Cu(3)P nanocrystals using trioctylphosphine (TOP) as phosphorus precursor. One approach is based on the homogeneous nucleation of small Cu(3)P nanocrystals with hexagonal plate-like morphology and with sizes that can be tuned from 5 to 50 nm depending on the reaction time. In the other approach, metallic Cu nanocrystals are nucleated first and then they are progressively phosphorized to Cu(3)P. In this case, intermediate Janus-like dimeric nanoparticles can be isolated, which are made of two domains of different materials, Cu and Cu(3)P, sharing a flat epitaxial interface. The Janus-like nanoparticles can be transformed back to single-crystalline copper particles if they are annealed at high temperature under high vacuum conditions, which makes them an interesting source of phosphorus. The features of the Cu-Cu(3)P Janus-like nanoparticles are compared with those of the striped microstructure discovered more than two decades ago in the rapidly quenched Cu-Cu(3)P eutectic of the Cu-P alloy, suggesting that other alloy/eutectic systems that display similar behavior might give origin to nanostructures with flat, epitaxial interface between domains of two diverse materials. Finally, the electrochemical properties of the copper phosphide plates are studied, and they are found to be capable of undergoing lithiation/delithiation through a displacement reaction, while the Janus-like Cu-Cu(3)P particles do not display an electrochemical behavior that would make them suitable for applications in batteries. PMID:22136519

  2. Au Nanowire-Striped Cu3P Platelet Photoelectrocatalysts.

    Dutta, Anirban; Samantara, Aneeya K; Adhikari, Samrat Das; Jena, Bikash Kumar; Pradhan, Narayan

    2016-03-17

    A stripy pattern of continuous epitaxial growth of thin Au nanowires on plasmonic Cu3P platelets is reported. The obtained Au-Cu3P heterostructures retain their wide area interfacial heterojunction, which is typically not observed in metal-semiconductor heterostructures. This is performed by phosphine-mediated in situ reduction of Au ions on specific facets of Cu3P platelets. The intriguing stripy movements of nanowires are regulated by strong surface binding ligands. Because this is a dual plasmon heterostructure with wide visible absorption window, these are further explored as a photoelectrocatalyst for efficient hole transfer and sensing of an important biomolecule, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH). The observed anodic photocurrent was 30 times higher in the presence of NADH, and this proves that the heterostructured material is an ideal photosenser and an efficient catalyst for solar energy conversion. PMID:26938025

  3. Misregulation of Scm3p/HJURP causes chromosome instability in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and human cells.

    Prashant K Mishra

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The kinetochore (centromeric DNA and associated proteins is a key determinant for high fidelity chromosome transmission. Evolutionarily conserved Scm3p is an essential component of centromeric chromatin and is required for assembly and function of kinetochores in humans, fission yeast, and budding yeast. Overexpression of HJURP, the mammalian homolog of budding yeast Scm3p, has been observed in lung and breast cancers and is associated with poor prognosis; however, the physiological relevance of these observations is not well understood. We overexpressed SCM3 and HJURP in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and HJURP in human cells and defined domains within Scm3p that mediate its chromosome loss phenotype. Our results showed that the overexpression of SCM3 (GALSCM3 or HJURP (GALHJURP caused chromosome loss in a wild-type yeast strain, and overexpression of HJURP led to mitotic defects in human cells. GALSCM3 resulted in reduced viability in kinetochore mutants, premature separation of sister chromatids, and reduction in Cse4p and histone H4 at centromeres. Overexpression of CSE4 or histone H4 suppressed chromosome loss and restored levels of Cse4p at centromeres in GALSCM3 strains. Using mutant alleles of scm3, we identified a domain in the N-terminus of Scm3p that mediates its interaction with CEN DNA and determined that the chromosome loss phenotype of GALSCM3 is due to centromeric association of Scm3p devoid of Cse4p/H4. Furthermore, we determined that similar to other systems the centromeric association of Scm3p is cell cycle regulated. Our results show that altered stoichiometry of Scm3p/HJURP, Cse4p, and histone H4 lead to defects in chromosome segregation. We conclude that stringent regulation of HJURP and SCM3 expression are critical for genome stability.

  4. Synthesization of the Ar VIII 3s-3p beam-foil decay curve

    The beam-foil decay curve for the 3s-3p transition in Ar VIII has been simulated from experimentally determined relative initial level populations and transition probabilities calculated in the numerical Coulomb approximation. Good agreement is observed between simulated and measured decay curves. A discussion of the simulation is given. (Auth.)

  5. Holocene sea-level determination relative to the Australian continent: U/Th (TIMS) and 14C (AMS) dating of coral cores from the Abrolhos Islands

    Eisenhauer, A.; Wasserburg, G. J.; Chen, J. H.; Bonani, G.; Collins, L. B.; Zhu, Z. R.; Wyrwoll, K. H.

    1993-02-01

    U/Th (TIMS) and 14C (AMS) measurements are presented from two coral cores from the Easter group of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands between 28°S and 29°S on the western continental margin of Australia. The U/Th measurements on the Morley core from Morley Island cover a depth interval from 0.2 m above present sea level to 24.4 m below present sea level and comprise eleven samples. The ages vary between 6320 ± 50 a, at 0.2 m above sea level, and 9809 ± 95 a, at 24.4 m below sea level (all errors are 2σ). The mean growth rate is 7.1 ± 0.9 m/ka. The 14C dates of selected Morley core corals show that the 14C ages are ˜ 1000 a younger than their corresponding U/Th ages, which agrees with previous results. The main purpose of our 14C measurements is to be able to compare them precisely with other coral cores where no U/Th measurements are available. The U/Th measurements of the Suomi core from Suomi Island cover a depth interval from 0.05 m to 14.2 m below present sea level and consist of four samples. The ages vary between 4671 ± 40 a, at 0.05 m below sea level, and 7102 ± 82 a, at 14.2 m below sea level, with a mean growth rate of 5.8 ± 0.2 m/ka. The growth history of both cores is explained by a simple model in which the growth rates of the Morley core can be interpreted as reflecting local rates of sea level rise, whereas the Suomi core is interpreted as reflecting lateral growth during the past ˜ 6000 a. Our results indicate that sea level relative to the western margins of the Australian continent was about 24 m lower than present at about 9800 a B.P. ( 14C gives a date of 8500 a B.P.). Sea level then rose and reached a highstand, slightly higher than the present position at about 6300 a B.P ( 14C date: 5500 a). This highstand declined but was still higher than present at 4600 a B.P. This is in agreement with previous observations along the Australian coastal margins and with observations from the Huon peninsula (Papua New Guinea). Our results are very

  6. A new form of Ca3P2 with a ring of Dirac nodes

    We report the synthesis and crystal structure of a new high-temperature form of Ca3P2. The crystal structure was determined through Rietveld refinements of synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction data. This form of Ca3P2 has a crystal structure of the hexagonal Mn5Si3 type, with a Ca ion deficiency compared to the ideal 5:3 stoichiometry. This yields a stable, charge-balanced compound of Ca2+ and P3−. We also report the observation of a secondary hydride phase, Ca5P3H, which again is a charge-balanced compound. The calculated band structure of Ca3P2 indicates that it is a three-dimensional Dirac semimetal with a highly unusual ring of Dirac nodes at the Fermi level. The Dirac states are protected against gap opening by a mirror plane in a manner analogous to what is seen for graphene

  7. Ba 4d core-level spectroscopy in the YBa2Cu3O6.9 high-Tc superconductor: Existence of a surface-shifted component

    Two sets of spin-orbit split Ba 4d core-level photoemission peaks were observed in a crystal of YBa2Cu3O6.9. From constant final-state measurements taken as a function of kinetic energy, the low-binding-energy doublet is identified as a surface component. Possible origins of the surface shift are discussed

  8. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

    Lindhorst, K.; H. Vogel; S. Krastel; Wagner, B.; Hilgers, A.; Zander, A.; Schwenk, T.; Wessels, M.; Daut, G.

    2010-01-01

    Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep-sided, oligotrophic, karst lake that was tectonically formed most likely within the Pliocene and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 60 m water depth. According t...

  9. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

    Lindhorst, K.; Vogel, Hendrik; S. Krastel; Wagner, B.; Hilgers, A.; Zander, A.; Schwenk, T.; Wessels, M.; Daut, G.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract. Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep-sided, oligotrophic, karst lake that was tectonically formed most likely within the Pliocene and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 60m water dep...

  10. Dsj meson decay in the C3P0 model

    Full text. Fock-Tani is a field theory formalism appropriated for the simultaneous treatment of composite particles and their constituents. The formalism was originally developed for the treatment of problems in atomic physics and it was extended later on to the treatment of problems on hadron physics. In the Fock-Tani formalism one starts with the Fock representation of the system using field operators of elementary constituents which satisfy canonical (anti) commutation relations. Composite-particle field operators are linear combinations of the elementary-particle operators and do not generally satisfy canonical (anti) commutation relations. 'Ideal' field operators acting on an enlarged Fock space are then introduced in close correspondence with the composite ones. Next, a given unitary transformation, which transforms the single composite states into single ideal states, is introduced. Application of the unitary operator on the microscopic Hamiltonian, or on other hermitian operators expressed in terms of the elementary constituent field operators, gives equivalent operators which contain the ideal field operators. The effective Hamiltonian in the new representation has a clear physical interpretation in terms of the processes it describes. Since all field operators in the new representation satisfy canonical (anti)commutation relations, the standard methods of quantum field theory can then be readily applied. For a long time the pair creation models for strong hadronic decays have been formulated. The 3P0 model is typical decay model which considers only OZI-allowed strong decays. The 3P0 model considers a quark-antiquark par creation in the presence of the initial state meson. The quark-antiquark par is created with the vacuum quantum numbers. This model can also be obtained from the non-relativistic limit of the pair creation Hamiltonian. Applying the Fock-Tani transformation to the pair creation Hamiltonian produces the characteristic expansion in powers of

  11. Application of assemblies of in-core instruments of the emergency process instrumentation system. The reactor pressure vessel coolant level sensor in Pressurized-Water Reactors

    Using as an example the coolant level sensor within SVRD.KNITU assembly, the report deals with a possibility of using assemblies of in-core instruments (SVRD), which ensure the application of in-core monitoring system in normal operation conditions, in the emergency process instrumentation system. Assemblies portrayed in the present report are designed and operated in the Russian-built pressurized water reactors and uranium-graphite channel reactors. However, the philosophy of their design is such that an assembly can be easily adapted to reactors of other types

  12. Resonant inverse photoemission study of late transition metals at 3p absorption edge

    Full text: Resonant inverse photoemission spectra (RIPES) of late transition metals (TM) were observed near TM 3p absorption edge. The RIPES spectra of polycrystalline Co, Ni and Cu, as well as single crystal Ni, were observed. Figure 1 shows resonant IPES spectra of polycrystalline Co, Ni and Cu, which were prepared by evaporation. These spectra ware excited by energy above 3p absorption edge (off-resonance). Since a core hole is created by these energies, TM 3d → 3p fluorescence peak is observed in each spectrum at high energy, which is indicated by vertical bars. The main peak just above EF is TM 3d structure, while TM 4sp is observed at 10 ∼ 15 eV. In resonant spectra, the 3d structure changes its intensity, while the 4sp structure does not. In case of Ni metal, satellite structures are also observed at about 2 and 4 eV. From a calculation by Tanaka and Jo, which is based on the Anderson impurity model, the observation of satellite structures suggests the 10 ∼ 20 % 3d8 in ground state The RIPES spectra in this study give us a direct evidence of 3d8 component in Ni metal

  13. MicroRNA-490-3p inhibits proliferation of A549 lung cancer cells by targeting CCND1

    Highlights: • We examined the level of miR-490-3p in A549 lung cancer cells compared with normal bronchial epithelial cell line. • We are the first to show the function of miR-490-3p in A549 lung cancer cells. • We demonstrate CCND1 may be one of the targets of miR-490-3p. - Abstract: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate the translation of messenger RNAs by binding their 3′-untranslated region (3′UTR). In this study, we found that miR-490-3p is significantly down-regulated in A549 lung cancer cells compared with the normal bronchial epithelial cell line. To better characterize the role of miR-490-3p in A549 cells, we performed a gain-of-function analysis by transfecting the A549 cells with chemically synthesized miR-490-3P mimics. Overexpression of miR-490-3P evidently inhibits cell proliferation via G1-phase arrest. We also found that forced expression of miR-490-3P decreased both mRNA and protein levels of CCND1, which plays a key role in G1/S phase transition. In addition, the dual-luciferase reporter assays indicated that miR-490-3P directly targets CCND1 through binding its 3′UTR. These findings indicated miR-490-3P could be a potential suppressor of cellular proliferation

  14. Electron-hole correlation effects in core-level spectroscopy probed by the resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering map of C{sub 60}

    Weinhardt, L.; Fuchs, O.; Schoell, A.; Reinert, F. [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Batchelor, D.; Umbach, E. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Baer, M. [Solar Energy Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB), 14109 Berlin (Germany); Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4003 (United States); Blum, M. [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4003 (United States); Denlinger, J. D.; Yang, W. [Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Heske, C. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4003 (United States)

    2011-09-14

    We have employed a unique spectroscopic approach, a resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering (RIXS) map, to identify and separate electron-hole correlation effects in core-level spectroscopy. With this approach, we are able to derive a comprehensive picture of the electronic structure, separating ground state properties (such as the HOMO-LUMO separation) from excited state properties (such as the C 1s core-exciton binding energy of C{sub 60}). In particular, our approach allows us to determine the difference between core- and valence exciton binding energies in C{sub 60}[0.5 ({+-}0.2) eV]. Furthermore, the RIXS map gives detailed insight into the symmetries of the intermediate and final states of the RIXS process.

  15. Configuration interaction calculations of positron binding to Be(3P )

    The configuration interaction method is applied to investigate the possibility of positron binding to the metastable beryllium (1s22s2p 3P ) state. The largest calculation obtained an estimated energy that was unstable by 0.00014 Hartree with respect to the Ps + Be+(2s) lowest dissociation channel. It is likely that positron binding to parent states with non-zero angular momentum is inhibited by centrifugal barriers

  16. Model core potentials for studies of scalar-relativistic effects and spin-orbit coupling at Douglas-Kroll level. I. Theory and applications to Pb and Bi.

    Zeng, Tao; Fedorov, Dmitri G; Klobukowski, Mariusz

    2009-09-28

    A theory of model core potentials that can treat spin-orbit-coupling (SOC) effects at the level of Douglas-Kroll formalism has been developed. By storing the damping effect of kinematic operator in the Douglas-Kroll spin-orbit operator into an additional set of basis set contraction coefficients, the Breit-Pauli spin-orbit code in the GAMESS-US program was successfully used to perform Douglas-Kroll spin-orbit calculations. It was found that minute errors in the radial functions of valence orbitals lead to large errors in the spin-orbit energy levels and thus fitting the radial part of the spin-orbit matrix elements is necessary in model core potential parametrization. The first model core potentials that include the new formalism were developed for two 6p-block elements, Pb and Bi. The valence space of the 5p, 5d, 6s, and 6p orbitals was used because of the large SOC between the 5p and 6p orbitals. The model core potentials were validated in the calculations of atomic properties as well as spectroscopic constants of diatomic metal hydrides. The agreement between results of the model core potential and all-electron calculations was excellent, with energy errors of hundreds of cm(-1) and hundredths of eV, r(e) errors of thousandths of A, and omega(e) errors under 20 cm(-1). Two kinds of interplay between SOC effect and bonding process (antibonding and bonding SOC) were demonstrated using spin-free term potential curves of PbH and BiH. The present study is the first extension of the model core potential method beyond Breit-Pauli to Douglas-Kroll SOC calculations. PMID:19791854

  17. Half-quantized Non-Abelian Vortices in Neutron $^3P_2$ Superfluids inside Magnetars

    Masuda, Kota

    2016-01-01

    We point out that half-quantized non-Abelian vortices exist as the minimum energy states in rotating neutron $^3P_2$ superfluids in the inner cores of magnetars with magnetic field greater than $3 \\times 10^{15}$ Gauss, while they do not in ordinary neutron stars with smaller magnetic fields. One integer vortex is split into two half-quantized vortices. The number of vortices is about $10^{19}$ and they are separated at about $\\mu$m in a vortex lattice for typical parameters, while the vortex core size is about 10-100 fm. They are non-Abelian vortices characterized by non-Abelian first homotopy group, and consequently when two vortices corresponding to non-commutative elements collide, a rung vortex must be created between them, implying the formation of an entangled vortex network inside the cores of magnetars. We find the spontaneous magnetization in the vortex core showing anti-ferromagnetism whose typical magnitude is about $10^{8-9}$ Gauss that is ten times larger than that of integer vortices, when exte...

  18. Preservice Secondary Teachers Perceptions of College-Level Mathematics Content Connections with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Olson, Travis A.

    2016-01-01

    Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers (PSMTs) were surveyed to identify if they could connect early-secondary mathematics content (Grades 7-9) in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) with mathematics content studied in content courses for certification in secondary teacher preparation programs. Respondents were asked to…

  19. Expression of miR-199a-3p in human adipocytes is regulated by free fatty acids and adipokines.

    Gu, Nan; You, Lianghui; Shi, Chunmei; Yang, Lei; Pang, Lingxia; Cui, Xianwei; Ji, Chenbo; Zheng, Wen; Guo, Xirong

    2016-08-01

    Obesity is associated with a notable risk for disease, including risk of cardiovascular disorders, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and hypertension. Adipose tissue modulates the metabolism by releasing free fatty acids (FFAs) and adipokines, including leptin, resistin, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin 6 (IL‑6). Altered secretion patterns of FFAs and adipokines have been demonstrated to result in obesity‑associated insulin resistance (IR) and inflammatory responses. MicroRNA-199a-3p (miR)-199a-3p expression is significantly induced in differentiated human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells and indicates the association with T2DM. However, the association between miR-199a-3p levels in adipocytes and obesity‑associated IR, as well as inflammatory responses remains to be elucidated. The present study observed an elevation of miR‑199a‑3p expression level in mature human adipocytes (visceral) compared with pre-adipocytes. In addition, miR‑199a‑3p expression was higher in visceral adipose deposits from obese subjects. FFA, TNF-α, IL‑6 and leptin significantly induced miR‑199a‑3p expression in mature human adipocytes, while resistin had the opposite effect. miR‑199a‑3p may represent a factor in the modulation of obesity‑associated IR and inflammatory responses. PMID:27279151

  20. Research of Core Strength Training of Table Tennis at the Basic Level%基层乒乓球核心力量训练研究

    华卉

    2014-01-01

    乒乓球作为一项典型的隔网对抗性运动项目,特别是攻球和拉弧圈球时对基层运动员身体素质有着较高的要求,核心力量训练可提高核心部位的力量及各个核心肌群控制身体的稳定性。但由于基层乒乓球的开展会受到条件、经费、场地、器材等因素的限制,使核心力量训练无法良好完成,本文通过文献资料法、专家访谈法等研究方法,对基层乒乓球核心力量训练方法应用进行了分析研究,以期为基层乒乓球训练提供理论依据与支撑。%Table tennis as a typical netting confrontational sport, especially attacking driving and pull loop drive have higher requirements for grass-roots athletes' physical qualities. The core strength training can increase the power of the core part and the stability of the body controlled by the core muscles. But because the development of table tennis at the basic level will be affected by the limitation of conditions, funds, sites, equipment and other factors, the core strength training can't finish well. This paper analyzes and studies the core strength training method of table tennis at the grass-roots level by the means of literature consultation and expert interview method, so as to provide theoretical basis and support for table tennis training at the grass-roots level.

  1. MicroRNA-124-3p regulates cell proliferation, invasion, apoptosis, and bioenergetics by targeting PIM1 in astrocytoma.

    Deng, Danni; Wang, Lei; Chen, Yao; Li, Bowen; Xue, Lian; Shao, Naiyuan; Wang, Qiang; Xia, Xiwei; Yang, Yilin; Zhi, Feng

    2016-07-01

    The PIM1 protein is an important regulator of cell proliferation, the cell cycle, apoptosis, and metabolism in various human cancers. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are powerful post-transcriptional gene regulators that function through translational repression or transcript destabilization. Therefore, we aimed to identify whether a close relationship exists between PIM1 and miRNAs. PIM1 protein levels and mRNA levels were significantly upregulated in astrocytoma tissues, indicating the oncogenic role of PIM1 in astrocytoma. Further bioinformatics analysis indicated that miR-124-3p targeted the 3'-UTR of PIM1. We also observed an inverse correlation between the miR-124-3p levels and PIM1 protein or mRNA levels in astrocytoma samples. Next, we experimentally confirmed that miR-124-3p directly recognizes the 3'-UTR of the PIM1 transcript and regulates PIM1 expression at both the protein and mRNA levels. Furthermore, we examined the biological consequences of miR-124-3p targeting PIM1 in vitro. We showed that the repression of PIM1 in astrocytoma cancer cells by miR-124-3p suppressed proliferation, invasion, and aerobic glycolysis and promoted apoptosis. We observed that the restoration or inhibition of PIM1 activity resulted in effects that were similar to those induced by miR-124-3p inhibitors or mimics in cancer cells. Finally, overexpression of PIM1 rescued the inhibitory effects of miR-124-3p. In summary, these findings aid in understanding the tumor-suppressive role of miR-124-3p in astrocytoma pathogenesis through the inhibition of PIM1 translation. PMID:27088547

  2. Relativistic transition probabilities and lifetimes of low-lying levels in ytterbium

    Multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock calculations of E1, E2, M1 and M2 transition probabilities and lifetimes for the low-lying levels of neutral ytterbium are reported. For E1 transitions the valence-core electron correlations are also included in the core-polarization model. In particular, the lifetimes of the 6s6p 1P1 and 3P1 states, when corrected for core polarization, are found to be 4.78 ns and 1294 ns, respectively. The lifetime of the metastable 6s6p 3P2 state is calculated to be 14.5 s. (author)

  3. JS3P: junior staff programme pilot project

    Pretrel, H.; Tregoures, N.; Bessiron, V.; Dehoyos, A.; Delvallee, I.; Brisson, N.; Debayle, C.; Dubreuil, M.; Nicaise, G.; Perignon, J.P.; Richard, J. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN), 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Reinke, N.; Kaulard, J.; Burgener, M.; Keesmann, S.; Schramm, B.; Seubert, A.; Sternkopf, J.; Thuma, G.; Weber, S. [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit mbH (GRS), Koln (Germany); Smidts, O.; Maillet, E.; Bucalossi, A.; Van haesendonck, M.; Uyttenhove, W.; Mertens, J. [AVN, Bruxelles (Belgium)

    2006-07-01

    Concept: The objective of the project is to allow junior staff members from the European Technical Safety Organisations (TSOs), IRSN, GRS and AVN, to work together with the final goal of creating a junior staff network, based on technical, cultural and personal interests. These projects are to show junior staff members at a very early stage during their career the need for European collaborations. They are also a tool to explore new subjects of co-operation. It is an initiative that should strengthen the links between the organisations and contribute to establishing the future of nuclear safety in Europe. A JS3P (Junior Staff Programme Pilot Project) is a project done jointly by 'junior' staff members from the three TSOs, where experience of 'seniors' is also integrated when needed. Compared to other collaborative activities, it has certain specific features. The JS3P favours staff exchanges, and technical meetings of several days should be planned during a project in order to encourage people to work together. Technical objectives are shared and the work is done jointly (reports, articles). The team involved in the JS3P should be as small as possible to favour its efficiency. The JS3P is short and easy to realize. Its duration is fixed to a maximum of about 12 months with the option to be prolonged. Typical topics are bibliographic work, comparison issues, scientific surveys, benchmark exercises and prospective investigations on innovative ideas. They can be linked to existing joint projects and then form a smaller module integrated into the large project. Topics may concern prospective issues, tentatively investigating new topics that can be seen as exploratory co-operation projects. Subjects may also concern research issues that are not a priority but that deserve to be investigated as new attractive topics. The JS3P is defined and managed by junior staff members. It is approved by a management board committee and supervised by a technical

  4. JS3P: junior staff programme pilot project

    Concept: The objective of the project is to allow junior staff members from the European Technical Safety Organisations (TSOs), IRSN, GRS and AVN, to work together with the final goal of creating a junior staff network, based on technical, cultural and personal interests. These projects are to show junior staff members at a very early stage during their career the need for European collaborations. They are also a tool to explore new subjects of co-operation. It is an initiative that should strengthen the links between the organisations and contribute to establishing the future of nuclear safety in Europe. A JS3P (Junior Staff Programme Pilot Project) is a project done jointly by 'junior' staff members from the three TSOs, where experience of 'seniors' is also integrated when needed. Compared to other collaborative activities, it has certain specific features. The JS3P favours staff exchanges, and technical meetings of several days should be planned during a project in order to encourage people to work together. Technical objectives are shared and the work is done jointly (reports, articles). The team involved in the JS3P should be as small as possible to favour its efficiency. The JS3P is short and easy to realize. Its duration is fixed to a maximum of about 12 months with the option to be prolonged. Typical topics are bibliographic work, comparison issues, scientific surveys, benchmark exercises and prospective investigations on innovative ideas. They can be linked to existing joint projects and then form a smaller module integrated into the large project. Topics may concern prospective issues, tentatively investigating new topics that can be seen as exploratory co-operation projects. Subjects may also concern research issues that are not a priority but that deserve to be investigated as new attractive topics. The JS3P is defined and managed by junior staff members. It is approved by a management board committee and supervised by a technical steering committee

  5. Evidence for replicate 5p core levels in photoelectron spectra of Eu metal due to nonconstant kinetic-energy resonant Auger decay

    Satellites on the low-binding-energy side of core-level photoelectron emission due to extra 4f screening are a well-known feature in the x-ray photoelectron spectra of valence fluctuation materials and rare-earth metals. A notable exception is Eu metal, where up to now no low-binding-energy satellite has been observed. In this paper we show that in Eu metal the 4d-4f resonance can decay via a resonant Auger decay, which is not a constant kinetic-energy feature due to a rapid change of the strength of 4f screening with excitation energy, establishing a low-binding-energy replica of the 5p core-level photoelectron emission. (c) 1999 The American Physical Society

  6. Surface Carrier Dynamics on Semiconductor Studied with Femtosecond Core-Level Photoelectron Spectroscopy Using Extreme Ultraviolet High-Order Harmonic Source

    Sogawa T.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available We have used a femtosecond time-resolved core-level surface PES system based on the 92-eV harmonic source to study the surface carrier dynamics that induces the transient SPV on semiconductor surfaces. We clarified the temporal evolution of the transient SPV characterized by the time of the photo-generated carrier separation and recombination. This result demonstrates the potential of this technique for clarifying the initial stage of the surface carrier dynamics after photoexcitation.

  7. Surface Carrier Dynamics on Semiconductor Studied with Femtosecond Core-Level Photoelectron Spectroscopy Using Extreme Ultraviolet High-Order Harmonic Source

    Oguri, K.; Tsunoi, T.; Kato, K.; Nakano, H.; Nishikawa, T.; Gotoh, H.; Tateno, K.; Sogawa, T.

    2013-03-01

    We have used a femtosecond time-resolved core-level surface PES system based on the 92-eV harmonic source to study the surface carrier dynamics that induces the transient SPV on semiconductor surfaces. We clarified the temporal evolution of the transient SPV characterized by the time of the photo-generated carrier separation and recombination. This result demonstrates the potential of this technique for clarifying the initial stage of the surface carrier dynamics after photoexcitation.

  8. Thermodynamics, core-level spectroscopy, morphology, and work function study of different TiCl{sub 3} crystalline phases: A theoretical approach

    Guo, Lei [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Li, Wenpo, E-mail: cqliwp@163.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Feng, Wenjiang [College of Physics Science and Technology, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034 (China); Zhang, Zhipeng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhang, Shengtao [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2014-07-25

    Highlights: • Three TiCl{sub 3} polymorphs materials were systematically investigated. • Structural results agree well with experimental and available theoretical data. • Morphological and thermodynamic properties were computed and analyzed. • Core-level spectroscopy and work function were obtained. - Abstract: Computer simulation has been widely applied in many research fields owing to its superiority in revealing an insight understanding of the phenomena. In this work, the thermodynamics, core-level spectroscopy, morphology, and work function of TiCl{sub 3} with three different crystalline phases (α, β, and γ) have been comprehensively computed employing the Materials Studio package. Our computational DFT-D approach gives a structural description of the TiCl{sub 3} phases in good agreement with experiment. The core-level spectroscopy confirmed that α, β, and γ modifications for TiCl{sub 3} have lightly affected on the valences of the constitutional elements. A series of possible growth faces (h k l) were deduced using the classic Bravais–Friedel–Donnay–Harker (BFDH) model. We conclude that the sequence of work function for (0 0 1) surface was α > β ≈ γ.

  9. Observation of core-level binding energy shifts between (100) surface and bulk atoms of epitaxial CuInSe2

    Core-level and valence band photoemission from semiconductors has been shown to exhibit binding energy differences between surface atoms and bulk atoms, thus allowing one to unambiguously distinguish between the two atomic positions. Quite clearly, surface atoms experience a potential different from the bulk due to the lower coordination number - a characteristic feature of any surface is the incomplete atomic coordination. Theoretical accounts of this phenomena are well documented in the literature for III-V and II-VI semiconductors. However, surface state energies corresponding to the equilibrium geometry of (100) and (111) surfaces of Cu-based ternary chalcopyrite semiconductors have not been calculated or experimental determined. These compounds are generating great interest for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications, and are an isoelectronic analog of the II-VI binary compound semiconductors. Surface core-level binding energy shifts depend on the surface cohesive energies, and surface cohesive energies are related to surface structure. For ternary compound semiconductor surfaces, such as CuInSe2, one has the possibility of variations in surface stoichiometry. Applying standard thermodynamical calculations which consider the number of individual surface atoms and their respective chemical potentials should allow one to qualitatively determine the magnitude of surface core-level shifts and, consequently, surface state energies

  10. Thermodynamics, core-level spectroscopy, morphology, and work function study of different TiCl3 crystalline phases: A theoretical approach

    Highlights: • Three TiCl3 polymorphs materials were systematically investigated. • Structural results agree well with experimental and available theoretical data. • Morphological and thermodynamic properties were computed and analyzed. • Core-level spectroscopy and work function were obtained. - Abstract: Computer simulation has been widely applied in many research fields owing to its superiority in revealing an insight understanding of the phenomena. In this work, the thermodynamics, core-level spectroscopy, morphology, and work function of TiCl3 with three different crystalline phases (α, β, and γ) have been comprehensively computed employing the Materials Studio package. Our computational DFT-D approach gives a structural description of the TiCl3 phases in good agreement with experiment. The core-level spectroscopy confirmed that α, β, and γ modifications for TiCl3 have lightly affected on the valences of the constitutional elements. A series of possible growth faces (h k l) were deduced using the classic Bravais–Friedel–Donnay–Harker (BFDH) model. We conclude that the sequence of work function for (0 0 1) surface was α > β ≈ γ

  11. Observation of core-level binding energy shifts between (100) surface and bulk atoms of epitaxial CuInSe{sub 2}

    Nelson, A.J. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); Berry, G.; Rockett, A. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    Core-level and valence band photoemission from semiconductors has been shown to exhibit binding energy differences between surface atoms and bulk atoms, thus allowing one to unambiguously distinguish between the two atomic positions. Quite clearly, surface atoms experience a potential different from the bulk due to the lower coordination number - a characteristic feature of any surface is the incomplete atomic coordination. Theoretical accounts of this phenomena are well documented in the literature for III-V and II-VI semiconductors. However, surface state energies corresponding to the equilibrium geometry of (100) and (111) surfaces of Cu-based ternary chalcopyrite semiconductors have not been calculated or experimental determined. These compounds are generating great interest for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications, and are an isoelectronic analog of the II-VI binary compound semiconductors. Surface core-level binding energy shifts depend on the surface cohesive energies, and surface cohesive energies are related to surface structure. For ternary compound semiconductor surfaces, such as CuInSe{sub 2}, one has the possibility of variations in surface stoichiometry. Applying standard thermodynamical calculations which consider the number of individual surface atoms and their respective chemical potentials should allow one to qualitatively determine the magnitude of surface core-level shifts and, consequently, surface state energies.

  12. Products of the Benzene + O(3P) Reaction

    Taatjes, Craig A.; Osborn, David L.; Selby, Talitha M.; Meloni, Giovanni; Trevitt, Adam J.; Epifanovsky, Evgeny; Krylov, Anna I.; Sirjean, Baptiste; Dames, Enoch; Wang, Hai

    2009-12-21

    The gas-phase reaction of benzene with O(3P) is of considerable interest for modeling of aromatic oxidation, and also because there exist fundamental questions concerning the prominence of intersystem crossing in the reaction. While its overall rate constant has been studied extensively, there are still significant uncertainties in the product distribution. The reaction proceeds mainly through the addition of the O atom to benzene, forming an initial triplet diradical adduct, which can either dissociate to form the phenoxy radical and H atom, or undergo intersystem crossing onto a singlet surface, followed by a multiplicity of internal isomerizations, leading to several possible reaction products. In this work, we examined the product branching ratios of the reaction between benzene and O(3P) over the temperature range of 300 to 1000 K and pressure range of 1 to 10 Torr. The reactions were initiated by pulsed-laser photolysis of NO2 in the presence of benzene and helium buffer in a slow-flow reactor, and reaction products were identified by using the multiplexed chemical kinetics photoionization mass spectrometer operating at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Phenol and phenoxy radical were detected and quantified. Cyclopentadiene and cyclopentadienyl radical were directly identified for the first time. Finally, ab initio calculations and master equation/RRKM modeling were used to reproduce the experimental branching ratios, yielding pressure-dependent rate expressions for the reaction channels, including phenoxy + H, phenol, cyclopentadiene + CO, which are proposed for kinetic modeling of benzene oxidation.

  13. Photoinduced Kondo effect in CeZn3P3

    Kitagawa, J.; Kitajima, D.; Shimokawa, K.; Takaki, H.

    2016-01-01

    The Kondo effect, which originates from the screening of a localized magnetic moment by a spin-spin interaction, is widely observed in nonartificial magnetic materials, artificial quantum dots, and carbon nanotubes. In devices based on quantum dots or carbon nanotubes that target quantum information applications, the Kondo effect can be tuned by a gate voltage, a magnetic field, or light. However, the manipulation of the Kondo effect in nonartificial materials has not been thoroughly studied; in particular, the artificial creation of the Kondo effect remains unexplored. Per this subject study, however, a route for the optical creation of the Kondo effect in the nonartificial material p -type semiconductor CeZn3P3 is presented. The Kondo effect emerges under visible-light illumination of the material by a continuous-wave laser diode and is ultimately revealed by photoinduced electrical resistivity, which clearly exhibits a logarithmic temperature dependency. By contrast, a La-based compound (LaZn3P3 ) displays only normal metallic behavior under similar illumination. The photoinduced Kondo effect, which occurs at higher temperatures when compared with the Kondo effect in artificial systems, provides a potential range of operation for not only quantum information/computation devices but also for operation of magneto-optic devices, thereby expanding the range of device applications based on the Kondo effect.

  14. Colloidal CdSe/Cu3P/CdSe nanocrystal heterostructures and their evolution upon thermal annealing.

    De Trizio, Luca; De Donato, Francesco; Casu, Alberto; Genovese, Alessandro; Falqui, Andrea; Povia, Mauro; Manna, Liberato

    2013-05-28

    We report the synthesis of colloidal CdSe/Cu(3)P/CdSe nanocrystal heterostructures grown from hexagonal Cu(3)P platelets as templates. One type of heterostructure was a sort of "coral", formed by vertical pillars of CdSe grown preferentially on both basal facets of a Cu(3)P platelet and at its edges. Another type of heterostructure had a "sandwich" type of architecture, formed by two thick, epitaxial CdSe layers encasing the original Cu(3)P platelet. When the sandwiches were annealed under vacuum up to 450 °C, sublimation of P and Cd species with concomitant interdiffusion of Cu and Se species was observed by in situ HR- and EFTEM analyses. These processes transformed the starting sandwiches into Cu2Se nanoplatelets. Under the same conditions, both the pristine (uncoated) Cu(3)P platelets and a control sample made of isolated CdSe nanocrystals were stable. Therefore, the thermal instability of the sandwiches under vacuum might be explained by the diffusion of Cu species from Cu(3)P cores into CdSe domains, which triggered sublimation of Cd, as well as out-diffusion of P species and their partial sublimation, together with the overall transformation of the sandwiches into Cu(2)Se nanocrystals. A similar fate was followed by the coral-like structures. These CdSe/Cu(3)P/CdSe nanocrystals are therefore an example of a nanostructure that is thermally unstable, despite its separate components showing to be stable under the same conditions. PMID:23557168

  15. Theory for resonant X-ray emission of core excitons with lattice relaxation: changeover from shallow to deep level

    A simple model is proposed for the X-ray emission of core excitons which is accompanied by a strong lattice relaxation. The effect of electron itinerancy in the conduction band is taken into account in addition to that of a local attractive potential and the lattice deformation. The X-ray absorption and the emission spectra are calculated exactly. It is shown that, as the lattice deformation goes on, the wave function of the exciton shrinks and the effective electron-phonon interaction changes from the weak coupling regime to the strong coupling regime

  16. Effects on intercombination transition rates and branching ratios-the UV0.01 (3s23p23P1,2 - 3s3p35S2) multiplet in Si I-like ions revisited

    We report on large-scale ab initio calculations for intercombination lines in Si I-like ions. Two measurable quantities, the lifetime of the 3s3p35S2 level and the branching ratio of the two lines are discussed, to infer the importance of different features of our calculations. The effects of core polarization, two-body spin-dependent operators and Dirac contra Breit-Pauli approaches are discussed. Earlier calculations are reviewed and evaluated. The calculated lifetimes are in good agreement with experiments, while a discrepancy persists for branching ratios

  17. MicroRNA-23a-3p promotes the development of osteoarthritis by directly targeting SMAD3 in chondrocytes.

    Kang, Liang; Yang, Cao; Song, Yu; Liu, Wei; Wang, Kun; Li, Shuai; Zhang, Yukun

    2016-09-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common chronic degenerative joint disease. Progressive destruction of the integrity of articular cartilage is an important pathological feature, but treatment options that reverse this damage have not been developed. According to recent studies, microRNAs have important regulatory roles in the initiation and progression of OA. In the current study, the biological effects of miR-23a-3p and its expression in OA tissues were examined. We found that miR-23a-3p expression was obviously higher and SMAD3 expression was significantly lower in OA cartilage than in normal tissues. The hypomethylation status of CpG islands in the promoter region of miR-23a-3p was confirmed by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction in OA cartilage tissues. Furthermore, a bioinformatics analysis and luciferase reporter assay identified SMAD3 as a target gene of miR-23a-3p and SMAD3 expression at both the protein and mRNA levels was inhibited by miR-23a-3p. A functional analysis demonstrated that miR-23a-3p overexpression suppresses type II collagen and aggrecan expression, while miR-23a-3p inhibition had the opposite effects. Small interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of SMAD3 reversed the effects of the miR-23a-3p inhibitor on the expression of type II collagen and aggrecan. Our results suggested that miR-23a-3p contributes to OA progression by directly targeting SMAD3, providing a potential therapeutic target for OA treatment. PMID:27318087

  18. miR-208-3p promotes hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation and invasion through regulating ARID2 expression

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression at post-transcriptional level. miRNA dysregulation plays a causal role in cancer progression. In this study, miR-208-3p was highly expressed and directly repressed ARID2 expression. As a result, ARID2 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was decreased. In vitro, miR-208-3p down-regulation and ARID2 over-expression elicited similar inhibitory effects on HCC cell proliferation and invasion. In vivo test results revealed that miR-208-3p down-regulation inhibited HCC tumorigenesis in Hep3B cells. Moreover, ARID2 was possibly a downstream element of transforming growth factor beta1 (TGFβ1)/miR-208-3p/ARID2 regulatory pathway. These findings suggested that miR-208-3p up-regulation is associated with HCC cell progression and may provide a new target for liver cancer treatment. - Highlights: • miR-208-3p was highly expressed and directly repressed the expression of ARID2 in HCC. • miR-208-3p contributed to HCC cell progression both in vitro and in vivo. • Over-expression of ARID2 inhibited the HCC cell proliferation and invasion. • Restoration of ARID2 partly reversed the the effect of miR-208-3p down-regulation on HCC cells. • Newly regulatory pathway: miR-208-3p mediated the repression of ARID2 by TGFβ1 in HCC cells

  19. miR-208-3p promotes hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation and invasion through regulating ARID2 expression

    Yu, Peng; Wu, Dingguo; You, Yu; Sun, Jing; Lu, Lele; Tan, Jiaxing; Bie, Ping, E-mail: bieping2010@163.com

    2015-08-15

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression at post-transcriptional level. miRNA dysregulation plays a causal role in cancer progression. In this study, miR-208-3p was highly expressed and directly repressed ARID2 expression. As a result, ARID2 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was decreased. In vitro, miR-208-3p down-regulation and ARID2 over-expression elicited similar inhibitory effects on HCC cell proliferation and invasion. In vivo test results revealed that miR-208-3p down-regulation inhibited HCC tumorigenesis in Hep3B cells. Moreover, ARID2 was possibly a downstream element of transforming growth factor beta1 (TGFβ1)/miR-208-3p/ARID2 regulatory pathway. These findings suggested that miR-208-3p up-regulation is associated with HCC cell progression and may provide a new target for liver cancer treatment. - Highlights: • miR-208-3p was highly expressed and directly repressed the expression of ARID2 in HCC. • miR-208-3p contributed to HCC cell progression both in vitro and in vivo. • Over-expression of ARID2 inhibited the HCC cell proliferation and invasion. • Restoration of ARID2 partly reversed the the effect of miR-208-3p down-regulation on HCC cells. • Newly regulatory pathway: miR-208-3p mediated the repression of ARID2 by TGFβ1 in HCC cells.

  20. Clay-mineral assemblages from some levels of K-118 drill core of Maha Sarakham evaporites, northeastern Thailand

    Suwanich, Parkorn

    Clay-mineral assemblages in Middle Clastic, Middle Salt, Lower Clastic, Potash Zone, and Lower Salt, totalling 13 samples from K-118 drill core, in the Maha Sarakham Formation, Khorat Basin, northeastern Thailand were studied. The clay-size particles were separated from the water-soluble salt by water leaching. Then the samples were leached again in the EDTA solution and separated into clay-size particles by using the timing sedimentation. The EDTA-clay residues were divided and analyzed by using the XRD and XRF method. The XRD peaks show that the major-clay minerals are chlorite, illite, and mixed-layer corrensite including traces of rectorite? and paragonite? The other clay-size particles are quartz and potassium feldspar. The XRF results indicate Mg-rich values and moderate MgAl atom ratio values in those clay minerals. The variable Fe, Na, and K contents in the clay-mineral assemblages can explain the environment of deposition compared to the positions of the samples from the core. Hypothetically, mineralogy and the chemistry of the residual assemblages strongly indicate that severe alteration and Mg-enrichment of normal clay detritus occurred in the evaporite environment through brine-sediment interaction. The various Mg-enrichment varies along the various members reflecting whether sedimentation is near or far from the hypersaline brine.

  1. First Detection of [C I] $^3$P$_1$-$^3$P$_0$ Emission from a Protoplanetary Disk

    Tsukagoshi, Takashi; Saito, Masao; Kitamura, Yoshimi; Shimajiri, Yoshito; Kawabe, Ryohei

    2015-01-01

    We performed single point [C I] $^3$P$_1$-$^3$P$_0$ and CO J=4-3 observations toward three T Tauri stars, DM Tau, LkCa 15, and TW Hya, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Band 8 qualification model receiver installed on the Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment (ASTE). Two protostars in the Taurus L1551 region, L1551 IRS 5 and HL Tau, were also observed. We successfully detected [C I] emission from the protoplanetary disk around DM Tau as well as the protostellar targets. The spectral profile of the [C I] emission from the protoplanetary disk is marginally single-peaked, suggesting that atomic carbon (C) extends toward the outermost disk. The detected [C I] emission is optically thin and the column densities of C are estimated to be <~10$^{16}$ cm$^{-2}$ and ~10$^{17}$ cm$^{-2}$ for the T Tauri star targets and the protostars, respectively. We found a clear difference in the total mass ratio of C to dust, $M$(C)/$M$(dust), between the T Tauri stars and protostellar targets; t...

  2. Novel Mad2-targeting miR-493-3p controls mitotic fidelity and cancer cells' sensitivity to paclitaxel.

    Tambe, Mahesh; Pruikkonen, Sofia; Mäki-Jouppila, Jenni; Chen, Ping; Elgaaen, Bente Vilming; Straume, Anne Hege; Huhtinen, Kaisa; Cárpen, Olli; Lønning, Per Eystein; Davidson, Ben; Hautaniemi, Sampsa; Kallio, Marko J

    2016-03-15

    The molecular pathways that contribute to the proliferation and drug response of cancer cells are highly complex and currently insufficiently characterized. We have identified a previously unknown microRNA-based mechanism that provides cancer cells means to stimulate tumorigenesis via increased genomic instability and, at the same time, evade the action of clinically utilized microtubule drugs. We demonstrate miR-493-3p to be a novel negative regulator of mitotic arrest deficient-2 (MAD2), an essential component of the spindle assembly checkpoint that monitors the fidelity of chromosome segregation. The microRNA targets the 3' UTR of Mad2 mRNA thereby preventing translation of the Mad2 protein. In cancer cells, overexpression of miR-493-3p induced a premature mitotic exit that led to increased frequency of aneuploidy and cellular senescence in the progeny cells. Importantly, excess of the miR-493-3p conferred resistance of cancer cells to microtubule drugs. In human neoplasms, miR-493-3p and Mad2 expression alterations correlated with advanced ovarian cancer forms and high miR-493-3p levels were associated with reduced survival of ovarian and breast cancer patients with aggressive tumors, especially in the paclitaxel therapy arm. Our results suggest that intratumoral profiling of miR-493-3p and Mad2 levels can have diagnostic value in predicting the efficacy of taxane chemotherapy. PMID:26943585

  3. Integrated multi-omics analyses reveal the pleiotropic nature of the control of gene expression by Puf3p.

    Kershaw, Christopher J; Costello, Joseph L; Talavera, David; Rowe, William; Castelli, Lydia M; Sims, Paul F G; Grant, Christopher M; Ashe, Mark P; Hubbard, Simon J; Pavitt, Graham D

    2015-01-01

    The PUF family of RNA-binding proteins regulate gene expression post-transcriptionally. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Puf3p is characterised as binding nuclear-encoded mRNAs specifying mitochondrial proteins. Extensive studies of its regulation of COX17 demonstrate its role in mRNA decay. Using integrated genome-wide approaches we define an expanded set of Puf3p target mRNAs and quantitatively assessed the global impact of loss of PUF3 on gene expression using mRNA and polysome profiling and quantitative proteomics. In agreement with prior studies, our sequencing of affinity-purified Puf3-TAP associated mRNAs (RIP-seq) identified mRNAs encoding mitochondrially-targeted proteins. Additionally, we also found 720 new mRNA targets that predominantly encode proteins that enter the nucleus. Comparing transcript levels in wild-type and puf3∆ cells revealed that only a small fraction of mRNA levels alter, suggesting Puf3p determines mRNA stability for only a limited subset of its target mRNAs. Finally, proteomic and translatomic studies suggest that loss of Puf3p has widespread, but modest, impact on mRNA translation. Taken together our integrated multi-omics data point to multiple classes of Puf3p targets, which display coherent post-transcriptional regulatory properties and suggest Puf3p plays a broad, but nuanced, role in the fine-tuning of gene expression. PMID:26493364

  4. Transition probabilities for the 3s2 3p(2P0)-3s3p2(4P) intersystem lines of Si II

    Calamai, Anthony G.; Smith, Peter L.; Bergeson, S. D.

    1993-01-01

    Intensity ratios of lines of the spin-changing 'intersystem' multiplet of S II (4P yields 2P0) at 234 nm have been used to determine electron densities and temperatures in a variety of astrophysical environments. However, the accuracy of these diagnostic calculations have been limited by uncertainties associated with the available atomic data. We report the first laboratory measurement, using an ion-trapping technique, of the radiative lifetimes of the three metastable levels of the 3s3p2 4P term of Si II. Our results are 104 +/- 16, 406 +/- 33, and 811 +/- 77 micro-s for lifetimes of the J = 1/2, 5/2, and 3/2 levels, respectively. A-values were derived from our lifetimes by use of measured branching fractions. Our A-values, which differ from calculated values by 30 percent or more, should give better agreement between modeled and observed Si II line ratios.

  5. Optical potentials for Ne*(3P2,0)-Ar, N2 interactions

    Baudon, J.; Feron, P.; Miniatura, C.; Perales, F.; Reinhardt, J.; Robert, J.; Haberland, H.; Brunetti, B.; Vecchiocattivi, F.

    1991-08-01

    The differential elastic cross sections for Ne*(3P2,0)-Ar and Ne*(3P2,0)-N2 collisions have been measured in crossed beam experiments at 0.064 and 0.318 and at 0.071 and 0.295 eV, collision energies, respectively. These results have been analyzed simultaneously with integral cross sections and total ionization cross sections already available and optical spherical potentials for these two systems have been obtained. These potentials appear to be rather accurate in the distance range from 2.5 to ˜9 and from 3.0 to ˜9 Å for Ne*-Ar and Ne*-N2, respectively. The well depths and equilibrium distances are 5.12 meV and 4.9 Å for Ne*-Ar and 3.56 meV and 5.40 Å for Ne*-N2. The short-range repulsion in both cases exhibits a change in slope which can be correlated with the influence, for the interaction at shorter distances, of the Ne+ core of the metastable atom, which becomes less effective when the intermolecular distance increases. The optical potentials proposed here are given in analytical form suitable for the calculation of dynamical observables of these systems.

  6. O 1s core levels in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals

    High-quality Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ superconducting single crystals, annealed at different oxygen partial pressures, have been studied using angular-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with a resolution higher than that used in any previous study. Two states of the oxygen, separated by ∼0.7 eV, are unambiguously observed. Examining these components at different angles makes it possible to distinguish bulk from surface components. Using this capability we discover that annealing under lower oxygen partial pressure (1 atm) results in oxygen intercalation beneath the Bi-O surface layer of the crystal, whereas for higher-pressure anneals (12 atm) additional oxygen is found on the Bi-O surfaces. This steplike intercalation mechanism is also confirmed by the changes observed in the Cu and Bi core lines as a function of the annealing oxygen partial pressure

  7. Relativistic effects on the hyperfine structures of 2p4(3P)3p 2Do, 4Do and 4Po in 19F I

    Carette, Thomas; Li, Jiguang; Godefroid, Michel

    2013-01-01

    The hyperfine interaction constants of the 2p4(3P)3p 2Do_{3/2,5/2}, 4Do_{1/2-7/2} and 4Po_{1/2-5/2} levels in neutral fluorine are investigated theoretically. Large-scale calculations are carried out using the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock (MCHF) and Dirac-Hartree-Fock (MCDHF) methods. In the framework of the MCHF approach, the relativistic effects are taken into account in the Breit-Pauli approximation using non relativistic orbitals. In the fully relativistic approach, the orbitals are optimized using the Dirac-Coulomb Hamiltonian with correlation models inspired by the non relativistic calculations. Higher-order excitations are captured through multireference configuration interaction calculations including the Breit interaction. In a third (intermediate) approach, the Dirac-Coulomb-Breit Hamiltonian matrix is diagonalized in a relativistic configuration space built with non relativistic MCHF radial functions converted into Dirac spinors using the Pauli approximation. The magnetic dipole hyperfine struct...

  8. Absolute frequency measurement of the magnesium intercombination transition $^1S_0 \\to ^3P_1$

    Friebe, Jan; Riedmann, Matthias; Moldenhauer, Karsten; Mehlstäubler, Tanja; Rehbein, Nils; Lisdat, Christian; Rasel, Ernst M; Ertmer, Wolfgang; Schnatz, Harald; Lipphardt, Burghard; Grosche, Gesine

    2007-01-01

    We report on a frequency measurement of the $(3s^2)^1S_0\\to(3s3p)^3P_1$ clock transition of $^{24}$Mg on a thermal atomic beam. The intercombination transition has been referenced to a portable primary Cs frequency standard with the help of a femtosecond fiber laser frequency comb. The achieved uncertainty is $2.5\\times10^{-12}$ which corresponds to an increase in accuracy of six orders of magnitude compared to previous results. The measured frequency value permits the calculation of several other optical transitions from $^1S_0$ to the $^3P_J$-level system for $^{24}$Mg, $^{25}$Mg and $^{26}$Mg. We describe in detail the components of our optical frequency standard like the stabilized spectroscopy laser, the atomic beam apparatus used for Ramsey-Bord\\'e interferometry and the frequency comb generator and discuss the uncertainty contributions to our measurement including the first and second order Doppler effect. An upper limit of $3\\times10^{-13}$ in one second for the short term instability of our optical f...

  9. Ypq3p-dependent histidine uptake by the vacuolar membrane vesicles of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

    Manabe, Kunio; Kawano-Kawada, Miyuki; Ikeda, Koichi; Sekito, Takayuki; Kakinuma, Yoshimi

    2016-06-01

    The vacuolar membrane proteins Ypq1p, Ypq2p, and Ypq3p of Saccharomyces cerevisiae are known as the members of the PQ-loop protein family. We found that the ATP-dependent uptake activities of arginine and histidine by the vacuolar membrane vesicles were decreased by ypq2Δ and ypq3Δ mutations, respectively. YPQ1 and AVT1, which are involved in the vacuolar uptake of lysine/arginine and histidine, respectively, were deleted in addition to ypq2Δ and ypq3Δ. The vacuolar membrane vesicles isolated from the resulting quadruple deletion mutant ypq1Δypq2Δypq3Δavt1Δ completely lost the uptake activity of basic amino acids, and that of histidine, but not lysine and arginine, was evidently enhanced by overexpressing YPQ3 in the mutant. These results suggest that Ypq3p is specifically involved in the vacuolar uptake of histidine in S. cerevisiae. The cellular level of Ypq3p-HA(3) was enhanced by depletion of histidine from culture medium, suggesting that it is regulated by the substrate. PMID:26928127

  10. Self-consistent Green’s-function technique for bulk and surface impurity calculations: Surface core-level shifts by complete screening

    Aldén, M.; Abrikosov, I. A.; Johansson, B.;

    1994-01-01

    We have implemented an efficient self-consistent Green's-function technique, based on the tight-binding linear-muffin-tin-orbitals method, for calculating the electronic structure and total energy of a substitutional impurity located either in the bulk or at the surface. The technique makes use of...... shift obtained from a polycrystalline surface. Comparison is made with independent theoretical data for the surface core-level eigenvalue shift, and the much debated role of the so-called initial-and final-state contributions to the SCLS is discussed....

  11. Ionic fragmentation following core-level photoionization of Sn(CH3)4 by soft X-rays

    Ionic fragmentation following the photoionization of Sn(CH3)4 (TMT) has been studied in the photon energy range of 60-600 eV using synchrotron radiation and time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Each of the Sn:4d, 4p, 3d and C:1s photoionization leads to a type of ionic fragmentation that is characteristic of each ionized core. The Sn:4d photoionization above 60 eV predominantly produces the doubly-charged TMT which dissociates into two singly-charged ions and some neutral fragments. The ions produced in this pathway are CH3+, C2H3+, C2H5+, SnCHm+ and/or Sn+. The Sn:4p photoionization produces the triply-charged TMT and enhances the production of H+, CHsub(m'+) (m' = 0-3) and Sn+ significantly. The Sn:3d photoionization produces multiply-charged TMT whose charges are 3-5 and enhances the production of H+, CHsub(m'+) (m' = 0-2) and Sn+ significantly. The C:1s photoionization produces doubly-charged TMT via the KVV Auger transition and enhances the production of CH3+, C2H3+, SnCHm+ and/or Sn+. (orig.)

  12. miR-193a-3p regulation of chemoradiation resistance in oesophageal cancer cells via the PSEN1 gene.

    Meng, Fang; Qian, Liting; Lv, Lei; Ding, Bojin; Zhou, Gieping; Cheng, Xu; Niu, Sanqiang; Liang, Yu

    2016-04-01

    Chemoradiation therapy is an important component of the curative treatment for oesophageal carcinomas. These therapeutic effects are prevented in patients according to radioresistance and multi-drug resistance, and the cause of such resistance remains unclear. In this study, we identified the role of miR-193a-3p in modulating the radioresistance and chemoresistance of oesophageal cancer cells. We found that KYSE150 and KYSE410 cells could be characterized as relatively radiation-sensitive and radiation-resistant cells, respectively. Similarly, KYSE150 and KYSE410 cells were found to be chemosensitive and chemoresistant, respectively. Over-expression of miR-193a-3p increased the radioresistance and chemoresistance of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) cells. In contrast, the down-regulation of miR-193a-3p decreased the radioresistance and chemoresistance of ESCC cells. In addition, miR-193a-3p inducing DNA damage has also been demonstrated through measuring the level of gamma-H2AX associated with miR-193a-3p. Moreover, a small interfering RNA(siRNA)-induced repression of the PSEN1 gene had an effect similar to that of miR-193a-3p up-regulation. The above processes also inhibited oesophageal cancer cells apoptosis. These findings suggest that miR-193a-3p contributes to the radiation and chemotherapy resistance of oesophageal carcinoma by down-regulating PSEN1. Thus, miR-193a-3p and PSEN1 might be potential biomarkers for chemoradiation resistant cancers. PMID:26743123

  13. Li induced effects in the core level and π-band electronic structure of graphene grown on C-face SiC

    Johansson, Leif I., E-mail: lij@ifm.liu.se; Xia, Chao; Virojanadara, Chariya [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, SE-58183 Linköping (Sweden)

    2015-11-15

    Studies of the effects induced in the electronic structure after Li deposition, and subsequent heating, on graphene samples prepared on C-face SiC are reported. The as prepared graphene samples are essentially undoped, but after Li deposition, the Dirac point shifts down to 1.2 eV below the Fermi level due to electron doping. The shape of the C 1s level also indicates a doping concentration of around 10{sup 14 }cm{sup −2} after Li deposition, when compared with recent calculated results of core level spectra of graphene. The C 1s, Si 2p, and Li 1s core level results show little intercalation directly after deposition but that most of the Li has intercalated after heating at 280 °C. Heating at higher temperatures leads to desorption of Li from the sample, and at 1030 °C, Li can no longer be detected on the sample. The single π-band observable from multilayer C-face graphene samples in conventional angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is reasonably sharp both on the initially prepared sample and after Li deposition. After heating at 280 °C, the π-band appears more diffuse and possibly split. The Dirac point becomes located at 0.4 eV below the Fermi level, which indicates occurrence of a significant reduction in the electron doping concentration. Constant energy photoelectron distribution patterns extracted from the as prepared graphene C-face sample and also after Li deposition and heating at 280 °C look very similar to earlier calculated distribution patterns for monolayer graphene.

  14. Li induced effects in the core level and π-band electronic structure of graphene grown on C-face SiC

    Studies of the effects induced in the electronic structure after Li deposition, and subsequent heating, on graphene samples prepared on C-face SiC are reported. The as prepared graphene samples are essentially undoped, but after Li deposition, the Dirac point shifts down to 1.2 eV below the Fermi level due to electron doping. The shape of the C 1s level also indicates a doping concentration of around 1014 cm−2 after Li deposition, when compared with recent calculated results of core level spectra of graphene. The C 1s, Si 2p, and Li 1s core level results show little intercalation directly after deposition but that most of the Li has intercalated after heating at 280 °C. Heating at higher temperatures leads to desorption of Li from the sample, and at 1030 °C, Li can no longer be detected on the sample. The single π-band observable from multilayer C-face graphene samples in conventional angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is reasonably sharp both on the initially prepared sample and after Li deposition. After heating at 280 °C, the π-band appears more diffuse and possibly split. The Dirac point becomes located at 0.4 eV below the Fermi level, which indicates occurrence of a significant reduction in the electron doping concentration. Constant energy photoelectron distribution patterns extracted from the as prepared graphene C-face sample and also after Li deposition and heating at 280 °C look very similar to earlier calculated distribution patterns for monolayer graphene

  15. Quantum chaos in ultracold collisions between Yb($^1$S$_0$) and Yb($^3$P$_2$)

    Green, Dermot G; Frye, Matthew D; Morita, Masato; Hutson, Jeremy M

    2015-01-01

    We calculate and analyze Feshbach resonance spectra for ultracold Yb($^1$S$_0$) + Yb($^3$P$_2$) collisions as a function of an interatomic potential scaling factor $\\lambda$ and external magnetic field. We show that, at zero field, the resonances are distributed randomly in $\\lambda$, but that signatures of quantum chaos emerge as a field is applied. The random zero-field distribution arises from superposition of structured spectra associated with individual total angular momenta. In addition, we show that the resonances in magnetic field in the experimentally accessible range 400 to 2000~G are chaotically distributed, with strong level repulsion that is characteristic of quantum chaos.

  16. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

    K. Lindhorst

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep sided, oligotrophic, karst lake of likely Pliocene age and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 55 m. According to our data, significant lake level fluctuations with prominent lowstands of ca. 60 and 35 m below the present water level occurred during MIS 6 and MIS 5, respectively. The effect of these lowstands on biodiversity in most coastal parts of the lake is negligible, due to only small changes in lake surface area, coastline, and habitat. In contrast, biodiversity in shallower areas was more severely affected due to disconnection of today sub-lacustrine springs from the main water body. Multichannel seismic data from deeper parts of the lake clearly imaged several clinoform structures stacked on top of each other. These stacked clinoforms indicate significantly lower lake levels prior to MIS 6 and a stepwise rise of water level with intermittent stillstands since its existence as water filled body, which might have caused enhanced expansion of endemic species within Lake Ohrid.

  17. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

    K. Lindhorst

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep-sided, oligotrophic, karst lake that was tectonically formed most likely within the Pliocene and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 60 m water depth. According to our data, significant lake level fluctuations with prominent lowstands of ca. 60 and 35 m below the present water level occurred during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS 6 and MIS 5, respectively. The effect of these lowstands on biodiversity in most coastal parts of the lake is negligible, due to only small changes in lake surface area, coastline, and habitat. In contrast, biodiversity in shallower areas was more severely affected due to disconnection of today sub-lacustrine springs from the main water body. Multichannel seismic data from deeper parts of the lake clearly image several clinoform structures stacked on top of each other. These stacked clinoforms indicate significantly lower lake levels prior to MIS 6 and a stepwise rise of water level with intermittent stillstands since its existence as water-filled body, which might have caused enhanced expansion of endemic species within Lake Ohrid.

  18. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

    Lindhorst, K.; Vogel, H.; Krastel, S.; Wagner, B.; Hilgers, A.; Zander, A.; Schwenk, T.; Wessels, M.; Daut, G.

    2010-11-01

    Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep-sided, oligotrophic, karst lake that was tectonically formed most likely within the Pliocene and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 60 m water depth. According to our data, significant lake level fluctuations with prominent lowstands of ca. 60 and 35 m below the present water level occurred during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 6 and MIS 5, respectively. The effect of these lowstands on biodiversity in most coastal parts of the lake is negligible, due to only small changes in lake surface area, coastline, and habitat. In contrast, biodiversity in shallower areas was more severely affected due to disconnection of today sub-lacustrine springs from the main water body. Multichannel seismic data from deeper parts of the lake clearly image several clinoform structures stacked on top of each other. These stacked clinoforms indicate significantly lower lake levels prior to MIS 6 and a stepwise rise of water level with intermittent stillstands since its existence as water-filled body, which might have caused enhanced expansion of endemic species within Lake Ohrid.

  19. Structural origin of Si-2p core-level shifts from Si(100)-c[4x2] surface: A spectral x-ray photoelectron diffraction study

    Chen, X.; Tonner, B.P. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (United States); Denlinger, J. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (United States)][Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The authors have performed angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) from a Si(100)-c(4x2) surface to study the structural origin of Si-2p core-level shifts. In the experiment, the highly resolved surface Si-2p core-level spectra were measured as a fine grid of hemisphere and photon energies, using the SpectroMicroscopy Facility {open_quotes}ultraESCA{close_quotes} instrument. By carefully decomposing the spectra into several surface peaks, the authors are able to obtain surface-atom resolved XPD patterns. Using a multiple scattering analysis, they derived a detailed atomic model for the Si(100)-c(4x2) surface. In this model, the asymmetric dimers were found tilted by 11.5 plus/minus 2.0 degrees with bond length of 2.32 plus/minus 0.05{angstrom}. By matching model XPD patterns to experiment, the authors can identify which atoms in the reconstructed surface are responsible for specific photoemission lines in the 2p spectrum.

  20. Coverage dependent organic-metal interaction studied by high-resolution core level spectroscopy: SnPc (sub)monolayers on Ag(1 1 1)

    Haeming, M.; Scheuermann, C. [Experimentelle Physik II, Universitaet Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Schoell, A. [Experimentelle Physik II, Universitaet Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Gemeinschaftslabor fuer Nanoanalytik, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)], E-mail: achim.schoell@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de; Reinert, F. [Experimentelle Physik II, Universitaet Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Gemeinschaftslabor fuer Nanoanalytik, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Umbach, E. [Experimentelle Physik II, Universitaet Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Weberstrasse 5, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2009-08-15

    We study the electronic structure of tin-phthalocyanine (SnPc) molecules adsorbed on a Ag(1 1 1) surface by high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy. We particularly address the effect of different SnPc coverages on the interaction and charge transfer at the interface. The results give evidence for a covalent molecule-substrate interaction, which is temperature and coverage dependent. The valence and core level spectra as well as the work function measurements allow us monitoring subtle differences in the strength of the interface interaction, thus demonstrating the sensitivity of the methods. The results consistently show the effect of charge exchange between substrate and molecules which obviously leads to a net charge transfer into the SnPc molecules, and which is increased with decreasing coverage. Surprisingly, the Sn3d core levels are neither effected by variations of charge transfer and interaction strength, nor by a possible 'Sn-up' or 'Sn-down' orientation, which have been observed for sub-monolayers.

  1. Investigation of the maximal values of the fuel surface temperatures in the active zone of the Dalat research reactor for operating core configuration of 89 fuel assembles and fundamental core configuration of 94 fuel assembles at limited power level of 550 kW

    Calculation for defining the maximal values of fuel surface temperature in active zone of the Dalat nuclear research reactor (DNRR) is one of the important items in Safety Analyses for the reactor. The operating core configuration of 89 VVR-M2 fuel assemblies and fundamental core configuration of 94 fuel assemblies are used. The reactor is on limited power level of 550 kW. The calculated results for different operating core configuration and fundamental core configuration of 94 fuel assemblies and the comparison with the experimental data received on the DNRR and other data are reasonable. (author)

  2. Radiative rates for E1, E2, M1, and M2 transitions among the 3s$^2$3p$^5$, 3s3p$^6$, and 3s$^2$3p$^4$3d configurations of Cl-like W LVIII

    Aggarwal, K M

    2014-01-01

    We report calculations of energy levels, radiative decay rates, and lifetimes for transitions among the 3s$^2$3p$^5$, 3s3p$^6$, and 3s$^2$3p$^4$3d configurations of Cl-like W LVIII. The general-purpose relativistic atomic structure package (GRASP) has been adopted for our calculations. Comparisons are made with the most recent results of Mohan et al. [Can. J. Phys. {\\bf 92} (2014) xxx] and discrepancies in lifetimes are noted, up to four orders of magnitude in some instances. Our energy levels are estimated to be accurate to better than 0.5\\%, whereas results for radiative rates and lifetimes should be accurate to better than 20\\%.

  3. Proteomics Core

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Proteomics Core is the central resource for mass spectrometry based proteomics within the NHLBI. The Core staff help collaborators design proteomics experiments in...

  4. Electron-energy-loss spectroscopy of KxC60 and K-halides: comparison in the K-3p excitation region

    上野, 啓司; 斉木, 幸一朗; 小間, 篤

    2001-01-01

    We have investigated the electronic structure of KxC60 (x = 0-6) using low-energy electron energy loss spectroscopy (LEELS), especially focusing on the K-3p core-electron excitation spectra. It is found that the structure of the K-3p-excitation spectrum of KxC60 quite differs from that of KCI. Furthermore, the K-3p-excitation LEELS of K3C60 has been revealed to be different from that of K6C60. K-3p electrons are excited into K-4s- and K-3d-derived empty states in both KxC60 and KCI, but in th...

  5. Rapid measurement of perchlorate in polar ice cores down to sub-ng L(-1) levels without pre-concentration.

    Peterson, Kari; Cole-Dai, Jihong; Brandis, Derek; Cox, Thomas; Splett, Scott

    2015-10-01

    An ion chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (IC-ESI-MS/MS) method has been developed for rapid and accurate measurement of perchlorate in polar snow and ice core samples in which perchlorate concentrations are expected to be as low as 0.1 ng L(-1). Separation of perchlorate from major inorganic species in snow is achieved with an ion chromatography system interfaced to an AB SCIEX triple quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in multiple reaction monitoring mode. Under optimized conditions, the limit of detection and lower limit of quantification without pre-concentration have been determined to be 0.1 and 0.3 ng L(-1), respectively, with a linear dynamic range of 0.3-10.0 ng L(-1) in routine measurement. These represent improvements over previously reported methods using similar analytical techniques. The improved method allows fast, accurate, and reproducible perchlorate quantification down to the sub-ng L(-1) level and will facilitate perchlorate measurement in the study of natural perchlorate production with polar ice cores in which perchlorate concentrations are anticipated to vary in the low and sub-ng L(-1) range. Initial measurements of perchlorate in ice core samples from central Greenland show that typical perchlorate concentrations in snow dated prior to the Industrial Revolution are about 0.8 ng L(-1), while perchlorate concentrations are significantly higher in recent (post-1980) snow, suggesting that anthropogenic sources are a significant contributor to perchlorate in the current environment. PMID:26297465

  6. Up- regulation of miR-328-3p sensitizes non-small cell lung cancer to radiotherapy.

    Ma, Wei; Ma, Chao-Nan; Zhou, Nan-Nan; Li, Xian-Dong; Zhang, Yi-Jie

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are believed to be resistant against radiotherapy in certain types of cancers. The aim of our study was to determine the clinical application of miRNAs in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Sixty NSCLC tissue samples and adjacent histologically normal tissues were obtained for miRNAs microarray analysis and validated by RT-qPCR. Correlation between miRNA expression level and clinicopathological features was evaluated. Our study examined the influence of changed miRNA expression on the damaged DNA and its associated radio sensitivity. Luciferase assay was performed to determine potential effects on the targeted gene. Our study identified fifteen altered miRNAs in which miR-328-3p was down regulated in NSCLC tumour tissue as compared to normal tissues. Down-expression of miR-328-3p was positively associated with an enhanced lymph node metastasis, advanced clinical stage and a shortened survival rate. miR-328-3p expression was decreased in A549 cells compared to other NSCLC cell lines. Up-regulation of miR-328-3p demonstrated a survival inhibition effect in A549 and restored NSCLC cells' sensitivity to radio therapy. An increased miR-328-3p expression promoted irradiation-induced DNA damage in cells. γ-H2AX was identified as the direct target of miR-328-3p. Over-expressed miR-328-3p can improve the radiosensitvity of cells by altering the DNA damage/repair signalling pathways in NSCLC. PMID:27530148

  7. 'Oxygen' effect in ionization loss spectrum of Cu3p in YBa2Cu3Ox ceramics

    YBaCu3Ox ceramic samples with different oxygen concentration (6.2; 6.5 and 6.9) in a volume are investigated. The process of degradation of samples with high X in the vacuum is analyzed. The surface purification is performed through scribing in argon atmosphere. A new effect is ascertained which is manifested in high sensitivity of Cu3p ionization loss spectrum to the density of the non-occupied electron states at the Fermi level. It is shown that Cu3p ionization spectrum can serve as a new criterion of superconductor surface quality from the viewpoint of its electronic structure

  8. Systems-Level Response to Point Mutations in a Core Metabolic Enzyme Modulates Genotype-Phenotype Relationship

    Shimon Bershtein

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Linking the molecular effects of mutations to fitness is central to understanding evolutionary dynamics. Here, we establish a quantitative relation between the global effect of mutations on the E. coli proteome and bacterial fitness. We created E. coli strains with specific destabilizing mutations in the chromosomal folA gene encoding dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR and quantified the ensuing changes in the abundances of 2,000+ E. coli proteins in mutant strains using tandem mass tags with subsequent LC-MS/MS. mRNA abundances in the same E. coli strains were also quantified. The proteomic effects of mutations in DHFR are quantitatively linked to phenotype: the SDs of the distributions of logarithms of relative (to WT protein abundances anticorrelate with bacterial growth rates. Proteomes hierarchically cluster first by media conditions, and within each condition, by the severity of the perturbation to DHFR function. These results highlight the importance of a systems-level layer in the genotype-phenotype relationship.

  9. Warm Core Structure and Mid-Level Intrusion in Hurricane Bonnie (1998) During Landfalling on 26 August 1998

    Heymsfield, G. M.; Halverson, J.

    2004-01-01

    On 26 August 1998 during CAMEX-3, Hurricane Bonnie was overflown by the NASA ER-2 aircraft instrumented with the EDOP X-Band radar and other instrumentation. Bonnie was an asymmetric storm on this day with several prominent features during its brush with the East coast. One of these features was strong intrusion of dry air on the west side of the storm. During the interaction of this westerly shear with the storm, the precipitation band rotates cyclonically from northwest to the south of the storm center. In this paper, we examine the structure of this dry intrusion and its effect on the storm. The EDOP observations are analyzed along with dropsondes, flight-level observations (NASA DC-8 and NOAA P3), and satellite data. The most apparent feature of the EDOP observations are the strong shears in the interface between the western eyewall updraft, and the dry intrusion. Mammatus are formed along this interface reminiscent of convective rear inflows, and suggestive of intense drying of the air through subsidence. This observation as well as other aspects of the analysis are related to recent numerical simulations of Hurricane Bonnie.

  10. Semi-analytic ray tracing method for time-efficient computing of transmission behavior of PCB level optical interconnects with varying core cross sections

    Stübbe, Oliver

    2015-03-01

    Optical interconnects on printed circuit board level are a promising choice to support high bandwidth for short distance interconnects. These interconnects consists of highly multimode step index waveguides with rectangular core cross sections. Therefore ray tracing is an excellent method to determine the optical path parameters, e.g. optical power, ray path lengths and local ray directions. Based on these parameters the step response, the transient transfer function and the coupling behavior can be calculated. Classical ray tracing methods calculates the optical path parameters of each ray by successively computing internal reflections until a termination condition is reached. Therefore the computing time depends on the number of internal reflections. If the optical waveguide consists of cascaded straight and curved segments, e. g. point-to-point interconnects, one can use the analytic ray tracing method to determine the optical path parameters. The whole path parameters of each ray are determined by one analytical computation. The computing time depends on the number of segments. The analytic ray tracing method is unusable to determine ray path parameters of segments with varying core cross sections, e.g. tapers, crossings, splitters and combiners.

  11. A multi-level surface rebalancing approach for efficient convergence acceleration of 3D full core multi-group fine grid nodal diffusion iterations

    Highlights: • New type of multi-level rebalancing approach for nodal transport. • Generally improved and more mesh-independent convergence behavior. • Importance for intended regime of 3D pin-by-pin core computations. - Abstract: A new multi-level surface rebalancing (MLSR) approach has been developed, aimed at enabling an improved non-linear acceleration of nodal flux iteration convergence in 3D steady-state and transient reactor simulation. This development is meant specifically for anticipating computational needs for solving envisaged multi-group diffusion-like SPN calculations with enhanced mesh resolution (i.e. 3D multi-box up to 3D pin-by-pin grid). For the latter grid refinement regime, the previously available multi-level coarse mesh rebalancing (MLCMR) strategy has been observed to become increasingly inefficient with increasing 3D mesh resolution. Furthermore, for very fine 3D grids that feature a very fine axial mesh as well, non-convergence phenomena have been observed to emerge. In the verifications pursued up to now, these problems have been resolved by the new approach. The novelty arises from taking the interface current balance equations defined over all Cartesian box edges, instead of the nodal volume-integrated process-rate balance equation, as an appropriate restriction basis for setting up multi-level acceleration of fine grid interface current iterations. The new restriction strategy calls for the use of a newly derived set of adjoint spectral equations that are needed for computing a limited set of spectral response vectors per node. This enables a straightforward determination of group-condensed interface current spectral coupling operators that are of crucial relevance in the new rebalancing setup. Another novelty in the approach is a new variational method for computing the neutronic eigenvalue. Within this context, the latter is treated as a control parameter for driving another, newly defined and numerically more fundamental

  12. Na*(3p)-Formation under grazing scattering of Na[sup +]-ions at an Al(111) surface

    Zimny, R. (Inst. fuer Kernphysik, Univ. Muenster (Germany)); Borisov, A.G. (Dept. of Physics, Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation))

    1994-06-01

    Excited Na*(3p)-atoms are observed in grazing surface-collision experiments with Na[sup +]-beams. Such atoms can be formed beyond a certain threshold velocity via resonant electron transfer between atomic and metallic conduction band levels due to motion of the atom relative to the surface of the metal (''kinematic resonance''). This mechanism is studied here theoretically employing two different techniques: the nonperturbative ''Coupled Angular Mode'' (CAM) method and the approximate ''Transfer Hamiltonian'' (TH) method. The calculated Na*(3p)-populations agree well with recent experimental results. Moreover, the complete density matrix of the Na*(3p)-subspace has been computed with the TH-method for ion-energies between 10 and 300 keV. (orig.)

  13. Core level photoemission spectroscopy and chemical bonding in Sr2Ta2O7

    Atuchin, V. V.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Zhang, Z. M.

    2009-01-01

    -O bonds was characterized by the binding energy differences between the O 1s and cation core levels, Delta(O-Sr) = BE(O 1s) - BE(Sr 3d(5/2)) and Delta(O-Ta) = BE(O 1s) - BE(Ta 4f(7/2)). The chemical bonding effects were considered on the basis of our XPS results for Sr2Ta2O7 and earlier published...... structural and XPS data for other Sr- and Ta-containing oxide compounds. The new data point for Sr2Ta2O7 is consistent with the previously derived relationship for a set of Sr-bearing oxides. The binding energy difference Delta(O-Sr) was found to decrease with increasing bond distance L(Sr-O)....

  14. LWR Thorium-Based Equilibrium-TRU (TRU-sustainable) Fuel Cycle: From 2D Fuel Lattice Model to the Full 3D Core Level Model

    A study was performed in the BNL to investigate LWR thorium-based equilibrium-TRU (TRU-sustainable) fuel cycle. In such a self-sustainable fuel cycle, only TRU lost by the fuel separation activities passes to the repository. The equilibrium transuranics inventory is recycled into each subsequent reload. Results of the study demonstrate the neutronic feasibility of a fuel cycle with ''zero-TRU'' discharge. A limitation of this study is the fact that a 2D fuel lattice model was used, specifically, the linear reactivity model, applied to the results of assembly calculations, assumes a single fuel type for all three batches. Thus, the end result of this work is a confirmation of the possibility of establishing equilibrium TRU fuel cycle via the full 3D core level calculational model

  15. A suggested emergency medicine boot camp curriculum for medical students based on the mapping of Core Entrustable Professional Activities to Emergency Medicine Level 1 milestones

    Lamba S

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Sangeeta Lamba, Bryan Wilson, Brenda Natal, Roxanne Nagurka, Michael Anana, Harsh Sule Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA Background: An increasing number of students rank Emergency Medicine (EM as a top specialty choice, requiring medical schools to provide adequate exposure to EM. The Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs for Entering Residency by the Association of American Medical Colleges combined with the Milestone Project for EM residency training has attempted to standardize the undergraduate and graduate medical education goals. However, it remains unclear as to how the EPAs correlate to the milestones, and who owns the process of ensuring that an entering EM resident has competency at a certain minimum level. Recent trends establishing specialty-specific boot camps prepare students for residency and address the variability of skills of students coming from different medical schools. Objective: Our project’s goal was therefore to perform a needs assessment to inform the design of an EM boot camp curriculum. Toward this goal, we 1 mapped the core EPAs for graduating medical students to the EM residency Level 1 milestones in order to identify the possible gaps/needs and 2 conducted a pilot procedure workshop that was designed to address some of the identified gaps/needs in procedural skills. Methods: In order to inform the curriculum of an EM boot camp, we used a systematic approach to 1 identify gaps between the EPAs and EM milestones (Level 1 and 2 determine what essential and supplemental competencies/skills an incoming EM resident should ideally possess. We then piloted a 1-day, three-station advanced ABCs procedure workshop based on the identified needs. A pre-workshop test and survey assessed knowledge, preparedness, confidence, and perceived competence. A post-workshop survey evaluated the program, and a posttest combined with psychomotor skills test using three

  16. Mechanisms and Kinetics of Radical Reaction of O(1D,3P) + HCN System

    HUANG Yu-Cheng; DU Jin-Yan; JU Xue-Hai; YE Shi-Yong; ZHOU Tao

    2008-01-01

    The reaction of HCN with O(1D, 3P) radical has been investigated by density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio methods. The stationary points on the reaction paths(reactants, intermediates and products) were optimized at the (U)B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ level.Single-point calculations were performed at the (U)QCISD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level for the optimized structures and all the total energies were corrected by zero-point energy. It is shown that there exist three competing mechanisms of oxygen attacking nitrogen O→N, oxygen attacking carbon O→C and oxygen attacking hydrogen O→H. The rate constants were obtained via Eyring transition-state theory in the temperature range of 600~2000 K. The linear relationship between lnk and 1/T was presented. The results show that path 1 is the main reaction channel and the product of NCO + H is predominant.

  17. Puf3p, a Pumilio family RNA binding protein, localizes to mitochondria and regulates mitochondrial biogenesis and motility in budding yeast

    García-Rodríguez, Luis J.; Gay, Anna Card; Pon, Liza A.

    2007-01-01

    Puf3p binds preferentially to messenger RNAs (mRNAs) for nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins. We find that Puf3p localizes to the cytosolic face of the mitochondrial outer membrane. Overexpression of PUF3 results in reduced mitochondrial respiratory activity and reduced levels of Pet123p, a protein encoded by a Puf3p-binding mRNA. Puf3p levels are reduced during the diauxic shift and growth on a nonfermentable carbon source, conditions that stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis. These findings support a role for Puf3p in mitochondrial biogenesis through effects on mRNA interactions. In addition, Puf3p links the mitochore, a complex required for mitochondrial–cytoskeletal interactions, to the Arp2/3 complex, the force generator for actin-dependent, bud-directed mitochondrial movement. Puf3p, the mitochore, and the Arp2/3 complex coimmunoprecipitate and have two-hybrid interactions. Moreover, deletion of PUF3 results in reduced interaction between the mitochore and the Arp2/3 complex and defects in mitochondrial morphology and motility similar to those observed in Arp2/3 complex mutants. Thus, Puf3p is a mitochondrial protein that contributes to the biogenesis and motility of the organelle. PMID:17210948

  18. Line shape and composition of the In 3d5/2 core-level photoemission for the interface analysis of In-containing III–V semiconductors

    Highlights: • Photoelectron study of the controversial In 3d line shape of III–V semiconductors. • The spectral envelope is found to be fit well by a combination of symmetric peaks. • The energy band gap has no effect on the spectral features of In 3d peak. • In 3d emissions are described well with reconstruction-induced core-level shifts. • The results are important to photoelectron studies of the III–V device materials. - Abstract: The In 3d5/2 photoelectron spectroscopy peak has been widely used to determine the interface structures of In-containing III–V device materials (e.g., oxidation states). However, an unclear parameter affecting the determination of the energy shifts and number of the core-level components, and therefore, the interpreted interface structure and composition, is still the intrinsic In 3d5/2 peak line shape. It is undecided whether the line shape is naturally symmetric or asymmetric for pure In-containing III–V compounds. By using high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy, we show that the In 3d5/2 asymmetry arising from the emission at high binding-energy tail is not an intrinsic property of InAs, InP, InSb and InGaAs. Furthermore, it is shown that asymmetry of In 3d5/2 peaks of pure III–V's originates from the natural surface reconstructions which cause the coexistence of slightly shifted In 3d5/2 components with the symmetric peak shape and dominant Lorentzian broadening

  19. Liver MicroRNA-291b-3p Promotes Hepatic Lipogenesis through Negative Regulation of Adenosine 5'-Monophosphate (AMP)-activated Protein Kinase α1.

    Meng, Xiangyu; Guo, Jun; Fang, Weiwei; Dou, Lin; Li, Meng; Huang, Xiuqing; Zhou, Shutong; Man, Yong; Tang, Weiqing; Yu, Liqing; Li, Jian

    2016-05-13

    In a microarray study, we found that hepatic miR-291b-3p was significantly increased in leptin-receptor-deficient type 2 mice (db/db), a mouse model of diabetes. The function of miR-291b-3p is unknown. The potential role of miR-291b-3p in regulating hepatic lipid metabolism was explored in this study. High-fat diet (HFD)- and chow-fed mice were injected with an adenovirus expressing a miR-291b-3p inhibitor and a miR-291b-3p mimic through the tail vein. Hepatic lipids and lipogenic gene expression were analyzed. Additionally, gain- and loss-of-function studies were performed in vitro to identify direct targets of miR-291b-3p. MiR-291b-3p expression and the protein levels of sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP1) and fatty acid synthase (FAS) were increased in the steatotic liver of db/db mice and HFD-fed mice versus their respective controls. Inhibition of hepatic miR-291b-3p expression prevented increases in hepatic lipogenesis and steatosis in HFD-fed mice. The opposite was observed when miR-291b-3p was overexpressed in the livers of chow-fed C57BL/6J wild-type mice. In vitro studies revealed that silencing of miR-291b-3p in NCTC1469 hepatic cells ameliorated oleic acid/palmitic acid mixture-induced elevation of cellular triglycerides. Importantly, we identified AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-α1 as a direct target of miR-291b-3p. Using metformin, an activator of AMPK, we showed that AMPK activation-induced inhibition of hepatic lipid accumulation was accompanied by reduced expression of miR-291b-3p in the liver. Liver miR-291b-3p promoted hepatic lipogenesis and lipid accumulation in mice. AMPKα1 is a direct target of miR-291b-3p. In conclusion, our findings indicate that miR-291b-3p promotes hepatic lipogenesis by suppressing AMPKα1 expression and activity, indicating the therapeutic potential of miR-291b-3p inhibitors in fatty liver disease. PMID:27013659

  20. Greenland ice sheet contribution to sea level rise during the last interglacial period: a modelling study driven and constrained by ice core data

    A. Quiquet

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available As pointed out by the forth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC-AR4 (Meehl et al., 2007, the contribution of the two major ice sheets, Antarctica and Greenland, to global sea level rise, is a subject of key importance for the scientific community. By the end of the next century, a 3–5 °C warming is expected in Greenland. Similar temperatures in this region were reached during the last interglacial (LIG period, 130–115 ka BP, due to a change in orbital configuration rather than to an anthropogenic forcing. Ice core evidence suggests that the Greenland ice sheet (GIS survived this warm period, but great uncertainties remain about the total Greenland ice reduction during the LIG. Here we perform long-term simulations of the GIS using an improved ice sheet model. Both the methodologies chosen to reconstruct palaeoclimate and to calibrate the model are strongly based on proxy data. We suggest a relatively low contribution to LIG sea level rise from Greenland melting, ranging from 0.7 to 1.5 m of sea level equivalent, contrasting with previous studies. Our results suggest an important contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to the LIG highstand.

  1. Experimental transition probabilities of the intercombination line 1s2ws21S0-1s22s3p3P01 in Be-like ions of Na through Si

    The decay of the 1s22s3p3 Po0,1,2 levels in Be-like ions of Na, Mg, Al and Si has been investigated using the beam-foil method. The mean wavelengths of the transition 1s22p23P0,1,2-1s22s3p 3Po0,1,2 and the lifetimes of the 1s22s3p 3Po0,1,2 levels have been measured. An intercomparison of these lifetimes yields the transition probability of the intercombination line 1s22s21S0-1s22s3p 3Po1. The results are (3.45 ± 0.73) 109 s-1 in Na VIII, (5.55 ± 0.96) 109 s-1 in Mg IX, (1.21 ± 0.24) 1010 s-1 in Al X and (2.50 ± 0.54) 1010 s-1 in Si XI. (orig.)

  2. Role of miR-222-3p in c-Src-Mediated Regulation of Osteoclastogenesis

    Shinya Takigawa

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available MicroRNAs (miRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that play a mostly post-transcriptional regulatory role in gene expression. Using RAW264.7 pre-osteoclast cells and genome-wide expression analysis, we identified a set of miRNAs that are involved in osteoclastogenesis. Based on in silico analysis, we specifically focused on miR-222-3p and evaluated its role in osteoclastogenesis. The results show that the inhibitor of miR-222-3p upregulated the mRNA levels of nuclear factor of activated T-cells, cytoplasmic 1 (NFATc1 and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP, while its mimicking agent downregulated their mRNA levels. Western blot analysis showed that its inhibitor increased the protein levels of TRAP and cathepsin K, while its mimicking agent decreased their levels. Genome-wide mRNA expression analysis in the presence and absence of receptor activator of nuclear factor κ-B ligand (RANKL predicted c-Src as a potential regulatory target of miR-222-3p. Live cell imaging using a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET technique revealed that miR-222-3p acted as an inhibitor of c-Src activity, and a partial silencing of c-Src suppressed RANKL-induced expression of TRAP and cathepsin K, as well as the number of multi-nucleated osteoclasts and their pit formation. Collectively, the study herein demonstrates that miR-222-3p serves as an inhibitor of osteoclastogenesis and c-Src mediates its inhibition of cathepsin K and TRAP.

  3. Nascent 60S ribosomal subunits enter the free pool bound by Nmd3p.

    Ho, J. H.; Kallstrom, G; Johnson, A. W.

    2000-01-01

    Nmd3p from yeast is required for the export of the large (60S) ribosomal subunit from the nucleus (Ho et al., 2000). Here, we show that Nmd3p forms a stable complex with free 60S subunits. Using an epitope-tagged Nmd3p, we show that free 60S subunits can be coimmunoprecipitated with Nmd3p. The interaction was specific for 60S subunits; 40S subunits were not coimmunoprecipitated. Using this coprecipitation technique and pulse-chase labeling of ribosomal subunit proteins we showed that Nmd3p bo...

  4. MicroRNA-219-2-3p functions as a tumor suppressor in gastric cancer and is regulated by DNA methylation.

    Huizi Lei

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AIMS: Gastric cancer is the most frequent gastrointestinal tumor in adults and is the most lethal form of human cancer. Despite of the improvements in treatments, the underlying mechanism of gastric carcinogenesis is not well known. To define novel modulators that regulate susceptibility to tumorgenesis, we focused on miR-219-2-3p. METHODS: Quantitative RT-PCR was employed to investigate the level of miR-219-2-3p in gastric cancer (GC tissues (n = 113 and their matched adjacent normal tissues (n = 113. In vitro cell proliferation, apoptosis assays, cell migration, and invasion assays were performed to elucidate biological effects of miR-219-2-3p. Since silencing of miRNA by promoter CpG island methylation may be an important mechanism in tumorgenesis, GC cells were treated with 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine and trichostatin A, and expression changes of miR-219-2-3p were subsequently examined by quantitative RT-PCR. Finally, the methylation status of CpG island upstream of miR-219-2-3p was analyzed by methylation-specific PCR in GC tissues (n = 22. RESULTS: miR-219-2-3p was down-regulated in GC and cell lines. In addition, the experiments documented the lower expression of miR-219-2-3p in GC specimens with higher grade and later stage tumors. Meanwhile, miR-219-2-3p exerted antiproliferative, proapoptotic, and antimetastatic roles and reduced levels of p-ERK1/2 in GC cells. Furthermore, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine and trichostatin A increased the expression (~2 fold of miR-219-2-3p in GC cells. By methylation-specific PCR, DNA methylation in the upstream region of miR-219-2-3p was detected in both adjacent normal tissues and cancer tissues. As expected, the methylation level was considerably higher in the miR-219-2-3p down-regulated group than up-regulated group. CONCLUSIONS: miR-219-2-3p is potentially involved in gastric cancer progression and metastasis by regulating ERK1/2-related signal pathways, which may provide a novel therapeutic strategy

  5. Circulating miR-221-3p as a novel marker for early prediction of acute myocardial infarction.

    Coskunpinar, Ender; Cakmak, Huseyin Altug; Kalkan, Ali Kemal; Tiryakioglu, Necip Ozan; Erturk, Mehmet; Ongen, Zeki

    2016-10-10

    Recent studies have reported circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) as novel biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases including acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, diabetes mellitus, stroke, and acute pulmonary embolism. The aims of this study were 1) to compare the plasma expression levels of miRNAs in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and control subjects and in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-STEMI 2) to evaluate miRNAs potential to be used as novel diagnostic biomarkers for ACS. Twenty seven consecutive patients, admitted to emergency department of a training and research hospital between January-December 2013 with acute chest pain and/or dyspnea and diagnosed with ACS, and 16 non-ACS control subjects were included in this study. miRNA profiling was performed by using real time polymerase chain reaction. Functions of dysregulated miRNAs were evaluated by computerized-pathways analysis. miR-221-3p was one of the two most dysregulated miRNAs with a fold regulation of 3.89. It was significantly positively correlated with both Troponin and GRACE and Synthax Score. Moreover, miR221-3p was found to be significantly inversely correlated with left ventricular ejection fraction. miR-221-3p was the most prominent biomarker candidate with an area under curve (AUC) level of 0.881 (95% confidence interval: 0.774-0.987; p=0.002). The present study is the first to report an increased expression levels of miR-221-3p in AMI. Since miR-221-3p has a high discriminative value and significant relations with Troponin, GRACE and Synthax score and left ventricular systolic function, it may be a potential biomarker for early prediction of AMI. PMID:27374153

  6. Young's double-slit experiment using core-level photoemission from N2: revisiting Cohen-Fano's two-centre interference phenomenon

    The core-level photoelectron spectra of N2 molecules are observed at high energy resolution, resolving the 1σg and 1σu components as well as the vibrational components in the extended energy region from the threshold up to 1 keV. The σg/σu cross section ratios display modulation as a function of photoelectron momentum due to the two-centre interference, analogous to the classical Young's double-slit experiment, as predicted by Cohen and Fano a long time ago. The Cohen-Fano interference modulations display different phases depending on the vibrational excitations in the core-ionized state. Extensive ab initio calculations have been performed within the Hartree-Fock and random phase approximations in prolate spheroidal coordinates. The dependence of photoionization amplitudes on the vibrational states was taken into account using the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The ab initio results are in reasonable agreement with the experimental data. The theoretical analysis allows the modulation to be connected with the onset of transitions to the states of increasing orbital angular momentum which occurs at increasing photon energies. Deviation from the Cohen-Fano formula is found for both the experimental and the ab initio results and is attributed to electron scattering by the neighbouring atom. A new formula for the interference modulation is derived within the framework of the multiple scattering technique. It differs from the classical Cohen-Fano formula by the addition of twice the scattering phase of the photoelectron by the neighbouring atom. We demonstrate that one can measure directly the scattering phase by fitting our formula to the experimental results

  7. Tretinoin-loaded lipid-core nanocapsules decrease reactive oxygen species levels and improve bovine embryonic development during in vitro oocyte maturation.

    Lucas, Caroline Gomes; Remião, Mariana Härter; Komninou, Eliza Rossi; Domingues, William Borges; Haas, Cristina; Leon, Priscila Marques Moura de; Campos, Vinicius Farias; Ourique, Aline; Guterres, Silvia S; Pohlmann, Adriana R; Basso, Andrea Cristina; Seixas, Fabiana Kömmling; Beck, Ruy Carlos Ruver; Collares, Tiago

    2015-12-01

    In vitro oocyte maturation (IVM) protocols can be improved by adding chemical supplements to the culture media. Tretinoin is considered an important retinoid in embryonic development and its association with lipid-core nanocapsules (TTN-LNC) represents an innovative way of improving its solubility, and chemical stability, and reducing its toxicity. The effects of supplementing IVM medium with TTN-LNC was evaluated by analyzing production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), S36-phosphorilated-p66Shc levels and caspase activity in early embryonic development, and expression of apoptosis and pluripotency genes in blastocysts. The lowest concentration tested (0.25μM) of TTN-LNC generated higher blastocyst rate, lower ROS production and S36-p66Shc amount. Additionally, expression of BAX and SHC1 were lower in both non-encapsulated tretinoin (TTN) and TTN-LNC-treated groups. Nanoencapsulation allowed the use of smaller concentrations of tretinoin to supplement IVM medium thus reducing toxic effects related with its use, decreasing ROS levels and apoptose frequency, and improving the blastocyst rates. PMID:26476360

  8. Ice cores

    Svensson, Anders

    Ice cores from Antarctica, from Greenland, and from a number of smaller glaciers around the world yield a wealth of information on past climates and environments. Ice cores offer unique records on past temperatures, atmospheric composition (including greenhouse gases), volcanism, solar activity......, dustiness, and biomass burning, among others. In Antarctica, ice cores extend back more than 800,000 years before present (Jouzel et al. 2007), whereas. Greenland ice cores cover the last 130,000 years...

  9. Theoretical study of intramultiplet transitions in collisions of atoms in 3P electronic states with structureless targets: Ca(3P)+He

    The quantum close-coupling (CC) treatment of collisions of an atom in a 3P electronic state with a structureless target is developed, based on earlier work of Mies [Phys. Rev. A 7, 942 (1973)], and a j/sub z/-conserving [coupled-states (CS)] simplification presented. There is no direct coupling between the J = 0 and J = 1 levels; transitions between these levels will occur only as a result of Coriolis coupling involving the J = 2 state. Actual CC and CS calculations are reported for collisions of Ca 43P/sup o/ with He, based on the potential curves of Malvern [J. Phys. B 11, 831 (1978)]. In the CC results, of the three independent cross sections, J = 2→1 is predicted to be largest, and J = 2→0 smallest, over the entire range of collision energies sampled. By contrast, the CS approximation predicts the 1→0 transition to be forbidden, and yields only fair accuracy for the CC 2→1 and 2→0 transitions. The coupling between spin-orbit states is also interpreted within an adiabatic model. A comparison with the experimental results of Yuh and Dagdigian (preceding paper) is made by averaging the CC cross sections over the experimental translational energy distribution. The experimental cross sections for the 2→1 and 2→0 transitions are 3--4 times larger than the theoretical values, and the 2→0 cross section is found experimentally to be approx.3 times larger than the 1→0 cross section, in direct contrast with the theoretical prediction for this ratio

  10. Accurate long-range coefficients for two excited like isotope He atoms: He(2 1P)-He(2 1P), He(2 1P)-He(2 3P), and He(2 3P)-He(2 3P)

    A general formalism is used to express the long-range potential energies in inverse powers of the separation distance between two like atomic or molecular systems with P symmetries. The long-range molecular interaction coefficients are calculated for the molecular symmetries Δ, Π, and Σ, arising from the following interactions: He(2 1P)-He(2 1P), He(2 1P)-He(2 3P), and He(2 3P)-He(2 3P). The electric quadrupole-quadrupole term C5, the van der Waals (dispersion) term C6, and higher-order terms C8 and C10 are calculated ab initio using accurate variational wave functions in Hylleraas coordinates with finite nuclear mass effects. A comparison is made with previously published results where available

  11. Relativistic calculations of 3s21S0-3s3p 1P1 and 3s21S0-3s3p 3P1,2 transition probabilities in the Mg isoelectronic sequence

    Using the multi-configuration Dirac—Fock self-consistent field method and the relativistic configuration-interaction method, calculations of transition energies, oscillator strengths and rates are performed for the 3s21S0-3s3p 1P1 spin-allowed transition, 3s21S0-3s3p 3P1,2 intercombination and magnetic quadrupole transition in the Mg isoelectronic sequence (Mg I, Al II, Si III, P IV and S V). Electron correlations are treated adequately, including intravalence electron correlations. The influence of the Breit interaction on oscillator strengths and transition energies are investigated. Quantum electrodynamics corrections are added as corrections. The calculation results are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data and other theoretical calculations. (atomic and molecular physics)

  12. Amyloid-β Peptide Aβ3pE-42 Induces Lipid Peroxidation, Membrane Permeabilization, and Calcium Influx in Neurons.

    Gunn, Adam P; Wong, Bruce X; Johanssen, Timothy; Griffith, James C; Masters, Colin L; Bush, Ashley I; Barnham, Kevin J; Duce, James A; Cherny, Robert A

    2016-03-18

    Pyroglutamate-modified amyloid-β (pE-Aβ) is a highly neurotoxic amyloid-β (Aβ) isoform and is enriched in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer disease compared with healthy aged controls. Pyroglutamate formation increases the rate of Aβ oligomerization and alters the interactions of Aβ with Cu(2+) and lipids; however, a link between these properties and the toxicity of pE-Aβ peptides has not been established. We report here that Aβ3pE-42 has an enhanced capacity to cause lipid peroxidation in primary cortical mouse neurons compared with the full-length isoform (Aβ(1-42)). In contrast, Aβ(1-42) caused a significant elevation in cytosolic reactive oxygen species, whereas Aβ3pE-42 did not. We also report that Aβ3pE-42 preferentially associates with neuronal membranes and triggers Ca(2+) influx that can be partially blocked by the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist MK-801. Aβ3pE-42 further caused a loss of plasma membrane integrity and remained bound to neurons at significantly higher levels than Aβ(1-42) over extended incubations. Pyroglutamate formation was additionally found to increase the relative efficiency of Aβ-dityrosine oligomer formation mediated by copper-redox cycling. PMID:26697885

  13. KⅧ-TbLⅣ离子3s3p 3P1-3s2 1S0 的自旋禁戒跃迁%Intercombination Transitions 3s3p 3P1-3s2 1S0 in Magnesium-like Ions through KⅧ to TbLⅣ

    牟致栋; 魏琦瑛

    2004-01-01

    在对KⅧ-TbLⅣ离子3s3p 3P1能级结构的多组态相互作用理论HXR方法计算的基础上, 分析了各种效应对等电子序列离子能级结构的影响, 找出了能级沿等电子序列变化的规律性. 预测计算了K Ⅷ-Tb LⅣ离子3s3p 3P1的能级. 由此进一步计算了KⅧ-TbL Ⅳ离子自旋禁戒跃迁3s3p 3P1-3s2 1S0的谱线波长、振子强度和跃迁概率.

  14. Information Orientation, Information Technology Governance, and Information Technology Service Management: A Multi-Level Approach for Teaching the MBA Core Information Systems Course

    Beachboard, John; Aytes, Kregg

    2011-01-01

    Core MBA IT courses have tended to be survey courses that cover important topics but often do not sufficiently engage students. The result is that many top-ranked MBA programs have not found such courses useful enough to include in their core MBA requirements. In this paper, we present a design of an MBA course emphasizing information technology…

  15. IGCSE core mathematics

    Wall, Terry

    2013-01-01

    Give your core level students the support and framework they require to get their best grades with this book dedicated to the core level content of the revised syllabus and written specifically to ensure a more appropriate pace. This title has been written for Core content of the revised Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (0580) syllabus for first teaching from 2013. ? Gives students the practice they require to deepen their understanding through plenty of practice questions. ? Consolidates learning with unique digital resources on the CD, included free with every book. We are working with Cambridge

  16. The direct measurement of the 3 3P0-3 3P1 fine-structure interval and the gJ-factor of atomic silicon by laser magnetic resonance

    Evenson, K. M.; Beltran-Lopez, V.; Ley-Koo, E.; Inguscio, M.

    1984-01-01

    The J - 1 fine structure interval and the g-factor of the 3P1 state have been determined with high precision in the present laser magnetic resonance measurements of the ground 3p2 3P multiplet of atomic Si. Delta-E(3P1-3P0) = 2,311,755.6(7) MHz, and gJ(3P1) = 1.500830(70). Single-configuration calculations of gJ for 3P1 and 3P2 yield a value for the latter which, at 1.501095, is noted to differ by an unexpectedly large margin from the experimental value.

  17. Relativistic MCDF oscillator strengths for 6s21S0-6s6p 1P1,3P1 transitions in lanthanide ions

    The multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock calculation of the transition energies and oscillator strengths for the 6s21S0-6s6p 1P1,3P1 transitions in rare earth ionized systems (from La+1 through Nd+4) were carried out. At least part of electron correlation was taken into account. The intravalence correlation was represented through limited relativistic configuration mixing while the valence-core correlation was approximated by a core polarization model. For the allowed transition, we compared our results with other theoretical data, whereas for the forbidden transition only our results are available

  18. Medium Effects in Cooling of Neutron Stars and $3P_2$ Neutron Gap

    Grigorian, H.; Voskresensky, D.N.(National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), Moscow, 115409, Russia)

    2005-01-01

    We study the dependence of the cooling of isolated neutron stars on the magnitude of the $3P_2$ neutron gap. It is demonstrated that our ``nuclear medium cooling'' scenario is in favor of a suppressed value of the $3P_2$ neutron gap.

  19. A case of 3p deletion syndrome associated with cerebellar hemangioblastoma.

    Suzuki-Muromoto, Sato; Hino-Fukuyo, Naomi; Haginoya, Kazuhiro; Kikuchi, Atsuo; Sato, Hiroki; Sato, Yuko; Nakayama, Tojo; Kubota, Yuki; Kakisaka, Yosuke; Uematsu, Mitsugu; Kumabe, Toshihiro; Md, Shigeo Kure

    2016-02-01

    We described clinical course of a 24-year-old woman with 3p deletion syndrome associated with cerebellar hemangioblastoma at the age of 16 years old. She presented dysmorphic facial features, growth retardation and severe psychomotor retardation associated with 3p deletion syndrome. We identified de novo 3p deletion encompassing p25 by using array-based comparative genomic hybridization, where causative gene of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease located. Surgical therapy for cerebellar hemangioblastoma was performed, and histological examination was consistent in cerebellar hemangioblastoma. She showed no other tumors associated VHL disease till 24 years old. This is the first case report of a patient with 3p deletion syndrome whose cerebellar hemangioblastoma may be associated with VHL disease. Repeat imaging studies were recommended for the patients with 3p deletion syndrome. PMID:26365017

  20. Surface atoms core-level shifts in single crystal GaAs surfaces: Interactions with trimethylaluminum and water prepared by atomic layer deposition

    The surface As/Ga atoms 3d core-level spectra of the atomically clean GaAs(1 1 1)A-2 × 2, GaAs(0 0 1)-2 × 4, and GaAs(0 0 1)-4 × 6 surfaces were firstly presented using high-resolution synchrotron radiation photoemission as a probe. The technique clearly explicates behaviors of the As atoms in different surface reconstruction. For GaAs(1 1 1)A-2 × 2, the surface As sits in the same plane as the Ga atoms. As to the GaAs(0 0 1)-2 × 4 surface, the As–As dimers dominate the surface layer, while for GaAs(001)-4 × 6, the As existed in two forms, the As in the As–Ga dimer and the 3-fold coordinated As. Next, we present a microscopic view of in situ atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al2O3 on GaAs taking the two (0 0 1) surfaces as examples. The precursors were trimethylaluminum (TMA) and water. TMA could exist in either a chemisorbed or physisorbed form, depending on the charge environment of the associated surface atoms. The subsequent water purge resulted in both adsorbed forms being etched off or transformed the physisorbed TMA into the As-O-Al(CH3)2 configuration. We found that the ALD process rendered the precursors partially and selectively in forming bonds with the surface atoms without disturbing the atoms in the subsurface layer. Upon annealing, the interfacial bonding was dominated with the As-Al as well as Ga-O bonds.

  1. Continuous-time core-level photon-stimulated desorption spectroscopy for monitoring soft x-ray-induced reactions of molecules adsorbed on a single-crystal surface

    Continuous-time core-level photon-stimulated desorption (PSD) spectroscopy was proposed for monitoring the soft x-ray-induced reactions of molecules adsorbed on a single-crystal surface. Monochromatic synchrotron radiation was used as a soft x-ray light source in the photon-induced reactions of CF3Cl adsorbed on a Si(111)-7x7 surface at 30 K and also as a probe for studying the produced fluorination states of the bonding surface Si atom in the positive-ion PSD spectroscopy. The F+ PSD spectrum was obtained by monitoring the F+ signal as a function of incident photon energy near the Si(2p) edge (98-110 eV). Sequential F+ PSD spectra were measured as a function of photon exposure at four adsorbate coverages (the first dose=0.3x1015 molecules/cm2, the second dose=0.8x1015 molecules/cm2, the third dose=2.2x1015 molecules/cm2, and the fourth dose=3.2x1015 molecules/cm2). For the first and second CF3Cl-dosed surfaces, the sequential F+ PSD spectra show the variation of their shapes with photon exposure and indicate the formation of surface SiF species. The sequential F+ PSD spectra for the third and fourth CF3Cl-dosed surfaces also show the variation of their shapes with photon exposure and depict the production of surface SiF and SiF3 species

  2. Three-Year Outcomes of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in Patients With Varying Levels of Surgical Risk (from the CoreValve ADVANCE Study).

    Barbanti, Marco; Schiltgen, Molly; Verdoliva, Sarah; Bosmans, Johan; Bleiziffer, Sabine; Gerckens, Ulrich; Wenaweser, Peter; Brecker, Stephen; Gulino, Simona; Tamburino, Corrado; Linke, Axel

    2016-03-01

    This study compared 3-year clinical outcomes of patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) score ≤7% to those of patients with a score >7%. Data were drawn from the ADVANCE study, a multinational post-market clinical trial that enrolled real-world patients with severe aortic stenosis treated with the CoreValve bioprosthesis. Events were independently adjudicated using Valve Academic Research Consortium-1 definitions. A total of 996 patients were implanted: STS ≤7% (n = 697, median STS 4.3%, interquartile range 3.1% to 5.4%) and STS >7% (n = 298, median STS 9.7%, interquartile range 8.0% to 12.4%). At 3 years, the STS ≤7% group had lower rates of all-cause mortality (28.6 vs 45.9, p 7% group. No differences were observed in cerebrovascular accidents, vascular complications, bleeding, or myocardial infarction. In patients with STS ≤7%, mortality at 3 years was higher in those with moderate or severe aortic regurgitation (AR) at discharge than in those with mild or less AR (39.9% vs 22.9%; hazard ratio 1.98; 95% confidence interval 1.37 to 2.86; p 7% (42.9% vs 44.6%, moderate/severe vs mild/less; hazard ratio 1.04; 95% confidence interval, 0.62 to 1.75; p = 0.861; p for interaction = 0.047). In conclusion, patients with STS ≤7% had lower rates of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality at 3 years after transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Complication rates were low and stable in both groups, demonstrating the safety of this procedure for patients at various levels of surgical risk. PMID:26762727

  3. Stress and deformation analysis of 300 m-level high rockfill dams with arc and vertical cores%300m级弧形直心墙超高堆石坝应力变形分析

    褚福永; 朱俊高; 张富有; 李永红

    2011-01-01

    对某300m级超高直心墙堆石坝及作为比较方案的弧形直心墙堆石坝进行了三维有限元应力变形计算.对2种坝型在蓄水期心墙的应力、变形进行了比较分析,结果表明:蓄水期,弧形心墙堆石坝比直心墙堆石坝的水平位移和沉降略小;弧形心墙坝的心墙拱效应较弱,其抗水力劈裂能力优于直心墙堆石坝;弧形心墙堆石坝坝肩处的应力水平小于直心墙堆石坝的相应值,减少了坝肩处心墙拉坏或剪坏的可能性.%The stress and deformation of a high rockfill dam with vertical core and with arc core is investigated by using three-dimensional finite element method. The stress and deformation of the two kinds of dams in the period of water storage is analyzed. The results show that the horizontal displacement and vertical displacement of the dam with arc core is slightly smaller than that of the rockfill dam with vertical core after the waterstorage. The arch effect of the dam with arc core is relatively weaker,and its ability of resisting hydraulic fracturing is stronger than that of the dam with vertical core. The stress level of the arc core dam at the abutment is smaller than that of the vertical core dam, and this reduces the possibility of shear failure and tensile failure at the zone of abutment.

  4. Angle-resolved and core-level photoemission study of interfacing the topological insulator Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3 with Ag, Nb, and Fe

    N. de Jong; E. Frantzeskakis; B. Zwartsenberg; Y.K. Huang; D. Wu; P. Hlawenka; J. Sanchez-Barriga; A. Varykhalov; E. van Heumen; M.S. Golden

    2015-01-01

    Interfaces between a bulk-insulating topological insulator (TI) and metallic adatoms have been studied using high-resolution, angle-resolved, and core-level photoemission. Fe, Nb, and Ag were evaporated onto Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3 (BSTS) surfaces both at room temperature and 38 K. The coverage and tem

  5. Ge 3P 6Si 2O 25: A cage structure closely related to the intersecting tunnel structure KMo 3P 6Si 2O 25

    Leclaire, A.; Raveau, B.

    1988-08-01

    A germanosilicophosphate Ge 3P 6Si 2O 25 has been isolated. Its structure was solved from a single-crystal study in the space group P overline31c . Its cell parameters are a = b = 7.994(1) Å, c = 16.513(2) Å, Z = 2. The refinement by full-matrix least-squares calculations leads to R = 0.043 with 686 independent reflections. The structure of this oxide is built up from corner-sharing PO 4 and SiO 4 tetrahedra and GeO 6 octahedra. One observes a feature common to several silicophosphates: the presence of the structural unit P 6Si 2O 25 built up from a disilicate group sharing its corners with six PO 4 tetrahedra. The structural relationships between this oxide and the silicophosphates AMo 3P 6Si 2O 25 and Si 3P 6Si 2O 25 (or Ge 3P 6 Ge 2O 25) are described.

  6. Stark broadening of 3s 3P0-3p 3D and 3p 3D-3d 3F0 transitions along carbon isoelectronic sequences of ions revisited

    The Stark widths of N II and O III spectral lines belonging to 3s 3P0-3p 3D and 3p 3D-3d 3F0 multiplets have been calculated and measured in a capillary discharge plasma. The calculations are extended to the same multiplets of F IV and Ne V ions. The plasma electron density in the capillary discharge is determined from the width of the He II Pβ line, while the electron temperature is measured from the relative intensities of N II lines. A comparison of the experimental and theoretical data shows good mutual agreement, which is well within the estimated experimental and theoretical uncertainties. The theory predicts the ratio of the corresponding N II to O III line widths to be larger than unity, in disagreement with our earlier experiment in a pulsed arc. In the new experiment, where all spectral lines were recorded under the same plasma conditions, the theoretical predictions and the results of the capillary experiment are in agreement. The possible sources of an error in the earlier experiment are indicated

  7. Investigation on head nurses' core competence in level 2 and above hospitals in Jiangxi province%江西省二级及以上医院护士长核心能力的调查

    刘卫红; 王霞

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨不同级别医院护士长核心能力水平,并分析影响因素.方法 采用便利抽样方法对江西省11 所二级及以上医院的234 名护士长进行核心能力的问卷调查.结果 护士长核心能力得分为(113.87±16.58)分;年龄、工作年限、管理年限、医院级别不同的护士长,其核心能力不同.结论 江西省二级及以上医院护士长核心能力水平中等偏上,护理管理部门应该加强对低年资护士长的核心能力培养.%Objective To investigate the core competence of head nurses and analyze the influential factors. Methods A total of 234 head nurses from 11 hospitals in Jiangxi province were conveniently sampled and investigated by a self - designed questionnaire about their core competence. Results The average score of core competence of the hoad nurses was(113.87 ±16.58). Different age,working time,managing time and hospital level amony head nurses had different core competence. Conclusion The head nurses' core competence level is above the medium level in Jiangxi province. Nursing management departments should strengthen core competence training for head nurses.

  8. Ligand field splittings in core level transitions for transition metal (TM) oxides: Tanabe-Sugano diagrams and (TM) dangling bonds in vacated O-atom defects

    Defect states in the forbidden band-gap below the conduction band edge are active as electron traps in nano-grain high-) transition metal (TM) oxides with thickness >0.3 nm, e.g., ZrO2 and HfO2. These oxides have received considerable attention as gate-dielectrics in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) devices, and more recently are emerging as candidates for charge storage and memory devices. To provide a theoretical basis for device functionality, ab-initio many-electron theory is combined with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to study O K edge and TM core level transitions. These studies identify ligand field splittings (ΔLF) for defect state features,. When compared with those obtained from O-atom and TM-atom core spectroscopic transitions, this provides direct information about defect state sun-nm bonding arrangements. comparisons are made for (i) elemental TiO2 and Ti2O3 with different formal ionic charges, Ti4+ and Ti3+ and for (ii) Magneli Phase alloys, TinO2n-1, n is an integer 9≥n>3, and (TiO2)x(HfO2)1−x alloys. The alloys display multi-valent behavior from (i) different ionic-charge states, (ii) local bond-strain, and (iii) metallic hopping transport. The intrinsic bonding defects in TM oxides are identified as pairs of singly occupied dangling bonds. For 6-fold coordinated Ti-oxides defect excited states in 2nd derivative O K pre-edge spectra are essentially the same as single Ti-atom d2 transitions in Tanabe-Sugano (T-S) diagrams. O-vacated site defects in 8-fold coordinated ZrO2 and HfO2 are described by d8 T-S diagrams. T-S defect state ordering and splittings are functions of the coordination and symmetry of vacated site bordering TM atoms. ΔLF values from the analysis of T-S diagrams indicate medium range order (MRO) extending to 3rd and 4th nearest-neighbor (NN) TM-atoms. Values are different for 6-fold Ti, and 8-fold ZrO2 and HfO2, and scale inversely with differences in respective formal ionic radii. O-vacated site bonding

  9. Electronic and Rovibrational Quantum Chemical Analysis of C$_3$P$^-$: The Next Interstellar Anion?

    Fortenberry, Ryan C

    2015-01-01

    C$_3$P$^-$ is analogous to the known interstellar anion C$_3$N$^-$ with phosphorus replacing the nitrogen in a simple step down the periodic table. In this work, it is shown that C$_3$P$^-$ is likely to possess a dipole-bound excited state. It has been hypothesized and observationally supported that dipole-bound excited states are an avenue through which anions could be formed in the interstellar medium. Additionally, C$_3$P$^-$ has a valence excited state that may lead to further stabilization of this molecule, and C$_3$P$^-$ has a larger dipole moment than neutral C$_3$P ($\\sim 6$ D vs. $\\sim 4$ D). As such, C$_3$P$^-$ is probably a more detectable astromolecule than even its corresponding neutral radical. Highly-accurate quantum chemical quartic force fields are also applied to C$_3$P$^-$ and its singly $^{13}$C substituted isotopologues in order to provide structures, vibrational frequencies, and spectroscopic constants that may aid in its detection.

  10. Electronic and rovibrational quantum chemical analysis of C3P-: the next interstellar anion?

    Fortenberry, Ryan C.; Lukemire, Joseph A.

    2015-11-01

    C3P- is analogous to the known interstellar anion C3N- with phosphorus replacing nitrogen in a simple step down the periodic table. In this work, it is shown that C3P- is likely to possess a dipole-bound excited state. It has been hypothesized and observationally supported that dipole-bound excited states are an avenue through which anions could be formed in the interstellar medium. Additionally, C3P- has a valence excited state that may lead to further stabilization of this molecule, and C3P- has a larger dipole moment than neutral C3P (˜6 D versus ˜4 D). As such, C3P- is probably a more detectable astromolecule than even its corresponding neutral radical. Highly accurate quantum chemical quartic force fields are also applied to C3P- and its singly 13C substituted isotopologues in order to provide structures, vibrational frequencies, and spectroscopic constants that may aid in its detection.

  11. Sizeable beta-strength in {sup 31}Ar (β3p) decay

    Koldste, G.T. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Blank, B. [Centre d' Études Nucléaire de Bordeaux-Gradignan, CNRS/IN2P3 – Université Bordeaux I, F-33175 Gradignan Cedex (France); Borge, M.J.G.; Briz, J.A.; Carmona-Gallardo, M. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Fraile, L.M. [Grupo de Física Nuclear, Universidad Complutense, CEI Moncloa, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Fynbo, H.O.U. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Giovinazzo, J. [Centre d' Études Nucléaire de Bordeaux-Gradignan, CNRS/IN2P3 – Université Bordeaux I, F-33175 Gradignan Cedex (France); Johansen, J.G. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Jokinen, A. [Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, FIN-40351 Jyväskylä (Finland); Jonson, B. [Fundamental Fysik, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, S-41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Kurturkian-Nieto, T. [Centre d' Études Nucléaire de Bordeaux-Gradignan, CNRS/IN2P3 – Université Bordeaux I, F-33175 Gradignan Cedex (France); Nilsson, T. [Fundamental Fysik, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, S-41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Perea, A.; Pesudo, V. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); and others

    2014-10-07

    We present for the first time precise spectroscopic information on the recently discovered decay mode β-delayed 3p-emission. The detection of the 3p events gives an increased sensitivity to the high energy part of the Gamow–Teller strength distribution from the decay of {sup 31}Ar revealing that as much as 30% of the strength resides in the β3p-decay mode. A simplified description of how the main decay modes evolve as the excitation energy increases in {sup 31}Cl is provided.

  12. Progress on the Multiphysics Capabilities of the Parallel Electromagnetic ACE3P Simulation Suite

    Kononenko, Oleksiy [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-03-26

    ACE3P is a 3D parallel simulation suite that is being developed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Effectively utilizing supercomputer resources, ACE3P has become a key tool for the coupled electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical research and design of particle accelerators. Based on the existing finite-element infrastructure, a massively parallel eigensolver is developed for modal analysis of mechanical structures. It complements a set of the multiphysics tools in ACE3P and, in particular, can be used for the comprehensive study of microphonics in accelerating cavities ensuring the operational reliability of a particle accelerator.

  13. Sizeable beta-strength in 31Ar (beta 3p) decay

    T. Koldste, G.; Blank, B.; J. G. Borge, M.;

    2014-01-01

    We present for the first time precise spectroscopic information on the recently discovered decay mode beta-delayed 3p-emission. The detection of the 3p events gives an increased sensitivity to the high energy part of the Gamow-Teller strength distribution from the decay of 31Ar revealing that as...... much as 30% of the strength resides in the beta-3p decay mode. A simplified description of how the main decay modes evolve as the excitation energy increases in 31Cl is provided....

  14. Utilising the `3P-model' to Characterise the Discipline of Didactics of Science

    Adúriz-Bravo, Agustín; Izquierdo-Aymerich, Mercè

    In our research within didactics of science, we have been exploring contributions of the so called cognitive models from contemporary philosophy of science. We have used these philosophical frameworks on different levels. As an outcome, we have formulated a model of didactics of science according to which this discipline adapts and transforms theoretical contributions from different scholarly fields. In this paper, we concentrate on this description of didactics of science, which we have called the 3P-model (i.e., philosophy + psychology + pedagogy). This model of the internal functioning of the discipline may be useful to make innovations in science curriculum design and re-conceptualise the role of science teachers as professionals. We see didactics of science as a set of interrelated activities, performed by different individuals, and ranging from theoretical production to practice of science education at school. We find the concept of technoscience suitable to account for this diversity of goals. According to this concept, scientific disciplines are identified both with generation of knowledge and with active intervention on the world. Within current didactics of science, we recognise several kinds of research, having goals more or less directed to practical intervention in science education.

  15. Ice Cores

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Records of past temperature, precipitation, atmospheric trace gases, and other aspects of climate and environment derived from ice cores drilled on glaciers and ice...

  16. Theoretical Studies on the Reaction Mechanisms of C3H2 (cyclopropenylidene) and O(3P) Radicals

    XlE Xiaohua; SHEN Wei; HE Rongxing; ZHANG Jinsheng; LI Ming

    2009-01-01

    The complex potential energy surface for the reaction of C3H2 (cyclopropenylidene) with O(3p) was explored computationally using a density functional and ab initio QCISD(T) methods. The geometries of all the stationary points (transition states, intermediates and products) were fully optimized at the B3LYP/6-311++G** computa-tional level, and the single point calculation including full population analysis was performed by employing QCISD(T). Our results show that the product P1 (C2H+HCO) is the major product, while the products P2 (C2H2+ CO) and P3 (HC3O+H) are minor products, as confirmed by experiment. Product P1 could be gained through the path: R→IM1→IM2→P1, and the C3H2+O(3P) reaction was expected to be rapid. So, the C3H2+O(3p) reaction may be an efficient strategy for producing C2H using cyclopropenylidene in atmosphere. The present results can lead us to understand deeply the mechanism of the title reaction.

  17. MPI spectroscopy in the region of the 3p Rydberg state of some cycloketones

    Kosmidis, C.; Boulakis, G.; Bolovinos, A.; Tsekeris, P.; Brint, P.

    1992-03-01

    The two-photon resonance three photon ionization spectra of cyclopentanone, cyclohexanone and cycloheptanone in the region of the 3p Rydberg state have been recorded, analysed and compared with the one-photon absorption spectra. A new 3p origin is identified for cyclopentanone. The absence from the MPI spectra of a sharp spectral feature that is observed in the absorption spectra is discussed. Photochemical generation of acetaldehyde is observed at high laser intensities and possible mechanisms for this are considered.

  18. Determination of diffusion, reflection and deexcitation coefficients of metastable excited Ne(3P2) atom

    Suzuki, S.; Itoh, H.

    2016-05-01

    The diffusion coefficient of the metastable excited Ne(3P2) atom in neon, the reflection coefficient of Ne(3P2) at the surface of an electrode and the rate coefficient of Ne(3P2) for collisional quenching by Ne(1S0) were determined from the gas pressure dependence of the effective lifetime of Ne(3P2). The effective lifetime of Ne(3P2) was measured from the transient current after turning off the Ultraviolet (UV) light in a Townsend discharge. The observed transient current waveform was analysed by solving the diffusion equation for the metastable excited Ne(3P2) atom using the third kind of boundary condition. The rate coefficient of Ne(3P2) for collisional quenching by Ne(1S0) and the reflection coefficient were determined by a nonspectroscopic method for the first time in neon to the best of our knowledge and were (3.2  ±  0.4)  ×  10‑16 cm3 s‑1 and 0.10  ±  0.04, respectively. The obtained diffusion coefficient at 1 Torr was 177  ±  17 cm2 s‑1, which is consistent with the value reported by Dixon and Grant. Moreover, the present results are compared with the results of Phelps and were found to be in good agreement. We also discuss the deexcitation rate of Ne(3P2) at pressures of up to 60 Torr in comparison with previously reported values.

  19. Palynological record of tropical rain forest vegetation and sea level fluctuations since 140 ka from sediment core, south-eastern Arabian sea.

    Farooqui, A.; Pattan, J.N.; Parthiban, G.; Srivastava, J.; Ranjana

    Palyno-chronological study of a 552 cm deep sediment core from the south-eastern Arabian Sea covers a time span of ~ 140 ka. The age estimate is based on oxygen isotopic data of planktic foraminifera. Six zones were identified on the basis...

  20. Cyclones in the Mediterranean region: present and future climate scenarios derived from a general circulation model (HadAM3P

    Chr. Anagnostopoulou

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, an attempt is made to assess and evaluate the skill of the Hadley Center atmospheric General Circulation Model (HadAM3P in generating successfully the frequency and intensity of severe cyclones (<1000 hPa in the Mediterranean region. The cyclonic occurrence is studied in three regions of enhanced cyclonic activity: Gulf of Genoa, Southern Italy and Cyprus. It was found that the HadAM3P predicts a future decrease of the frequency of the severe cyclones at the SLP level, but the future cyclones will be more intense (deeper, especially at the 500 hPa level.

  1. Ab-initio calculation of the 2s21S0-2s3p 3P1 intercombination transition in beryllium-like ions

    Transition probabilities of the 2s21S0-2s3p 1,3P1 intercombination and resonance lines have been calculated for 14 beryllium-like ions in the atomic range 7 ≤ Z ≤ 36. We used multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock wave functions to explore the effects of configuration interaction, of electron rearrangement as well as of relativity in a consistent scheme along the isoelectronic sequence. To show the number of configurations needed in a proper expansion of the wave functions we systematically enlarged the basis from small to large-scale. For the low-Z elements, virtual excitations of the 2s and 3p electrons up to the 5l subshells contribute significantly to the intercombination probability even though the transition energies remain almost unaffected by excitations beyond the 3l shells. The incomplete orthogonality of the orbital functions due to the rearrangement of the electron density clearly shifts the intercombination rates and appears to be independent of the configuration expansion. This effect decreases, as expected, at higher nuclear charges. (orig.)

  2. Two-photon ionisation of metastable helium: complex structure in the 2S-3P resonance profiles

    The wavelength dependence of resonant two-photon ionisation of metastable helium via the 3P intermediate level is reported. In both the singlet and triplet systems an additional complex, but reproducible, structure is seen in the resonance profile of the ion signal. This occurs for moderate laser intensities strong enough to saturate the resonant transition. The physical reason for the structure is not understood, but measurements point to a delicate dependence on the time development of the atomic states and the laser pulse. (author)

  3. Formation of deeply bound ultracold Sr_2 molecules by photoassociation near the ^1S + ^3P_1 intercombination line

    Skomorowski, Wojciech; Moszynski, Robert; Koch, Christiane P.

    2012-01-01

    We predict feasibility of the photoassociative formation of Sr_2 molecules in arbitrary vibrational levels of the electronic ground state based on state-of-the-art ab initio calculations. Key is the strong spin-orbit interaction between the c^3\\Pi_u, A^1\\Sigma_u^+ and B^1\\Sigma_u^+ states. It creates not only an effective dipole moment allowing free-to-bound transitions near the ^1S + ^3P_1 intercombination line but also facilitates bound-to-bound transitions via resonantly coupled excited st...

  4. Core transfer

    Good news for all petroleum geoscientists, mining and environmental scientists, university researchers, and the like: Shell Oil Company has deeded its Midland core and sample repository to the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of Texas at Austin. The Midland repository includes more than 1 million linear meters of slab, whole core, and prepared cuttings. Data comprising one of the largest U.S. core collections—the geologic samples from wells drilled in Texas and 39 other states—are now public data and will be incorporated into the existing BEG database. Both Shell and the University of Texas at Austin are affiliated with the American Geological Institute, which assisted in arranging the transfer as part of its goal to establish a National Geoscience Data Repository System at regional centers across the United States.

  5. Sensitization of Depressive-like Behavior during Repeated Maternal Separation is Associated with More-Rapid Increase in Core Body Temperature and Reduced Plasma Cortisol Levels

    Yusko, Brittany; Hawk, Kiel; Schiml, Patricia A.; Deak, Terrence; Hennessy, Michael B.

    2011-01-01

    Infant guinea pigs exhibit a 2-stage response to maternal separation: an initial active stage, characterized by vocalizing, and a second passive stage marked by depressive-like behavior (hunched posture, prolonged eye-closure, extensive piloerection) that appears to be mediated by proinflammatory activity. Recently we found that pups showed an enhanced (i.e., sensitized) depressive-like behavioral response during repeated separation. Further, core body temperature was higher during the beginn...

  6. Self-consistent Green’s-function technique for bulk and surface impurity calculations: Surface core-level shifts by complete screening

    Aldén, M.; Abrikosov, I. A.; Johansson, B; Rosengaard, N. M.; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1994-01-01

    We have implemented an efficient self-consistent Green's-function technique, based on the tight-binding linear-muffin-tin-orbitals method, for calculating the electronic structure and total energy of a substitutional impurity located either in the bulk or at the surface. The technique makes use of the frozen-core and atomic-sphere approximation but, in addition, includes the dipole contribution to the intersphere potential. Within the concept of complete screening, we identify the surface cor...

  7. Core strengthening.

    Arendt, Elizabeth A

    2007-01-01

    Several recent studies have evaluated interventional techniques designed to reduce the risk of serious knee injuries, particularly noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes. Maintenance of rotational control of the limb underneath the pelvis, especially in response to cutting and jumping activities, is a common goal in many training programs. Rotational control of the limb underneath the pelvis is mediated by a complex set of factors including the strength of the trunk muscles and the relationship between the core muscles. It is important to examine the interrelationship between lower extremity function and core stability. PMID:17472321

  8. Core BPEL

    Hallwyl, Tim; Højsgaard, Espen

    The Web Services Business Process Execution Language (WS-BPEL) is a language for expressing business process behaviour based on web services. The language is intentionally not minimal but provides a rich set of constructs, allows omission of constructs by relying on defaults, and supports language...... extensions. Combined with the fact that the language definition does not provide a formal semantics, it is an arduous task to work formally with the language (e.g. to give an implementation). In this paper we identify a core subset of the language, called Core BPEL, which has fewer and simpler constructs...

  9. MicroRNA-450a-3p represses cell proliferation and regulates embryo development by regulating Bub1 expression in mouse.

    Min Luo

    Full Text Available Bub1 is a critical component of the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC and closely linked to cell proliferation and differentiation. We previously found that spontaneous abortion embryos contained a low level of Bub1 protein but normal mRNA level, while the knockdown of Bub1 leads to abnormal numerical chromosomes in embryonic cells. Here, we investigated the mechanism through which governs the post-transcriptional regulation of Bub1 protein expression level. We first conducted bioinformatics analysis and identified eight putative miRNAs that may target Bub1. Luciferase reporter assay confirmed that miR-450a-3p can directly regulate Bub1 by binding to the 3'-untranslated region of Bub1 mRNA. We found that the overexpression of miR-450a-3p in mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF cells down-regulated Bub1 protein level, repressed cell proliferation, increased apoptosis and restricted most cells in G1 phase of the cell cycle. Furthermore, when the fertilized eggs were microinjected with miR-450a-3p mimics, the cleavage of zygotes was effectively suppressed. Our results strongly suggest that an abnormally decreased Bub1 level regulated by miRNAs may be implicated in the pathogenesis of spontaneous miscarriage. Therefore, the blockade of miR-450a-3p may be explored as a novel therapeutic strategy for preventing spontaneous miscarriages.

  10. REALIZATION OF EEC OON STRATEGY FOR EDUCATION IN THE INTEREST OF STABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE REGIONAL LEVEL (ON THE EXAMPLE OF ELABORATION OF THE SYSTEM OF ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION AT NON-CORE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION

    Melnikova, O.

    2011-01-01

    The paper deals with the historical prerequisites of forming EEC OON strategy for education in the interest of stable development. Ecological education in the light of the conception of stable development as an integrating factor of education in general is described. The example of the realization of the strategy on the regional level is given. The topicality of making the system of ecological education at non-core educational institution of higher education is shown.

  11. Human Cytomegalovirus miR-UL112-3p Targets TLR2 and Modulates the TLR2/IRAK1/NFκB Signaling Pathway.

    Igor Landais

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV encodes multiple microRNAs (miRNAs whose functions are just beginning to be uncovered. Using in silico approaches, we identified the Toll-Like Receptor (TLR innate immunity pathway as a possible target of HCMV miRNAs. Luciferase reporter assay screens further identified TLR2 as a target of HCMV miR-UL112-3p. TLR2 plays a major role in innate immune response by detecting both bacterial and viral ligands, including HCMV envelope proteins gB and gH. TLR2 activates a variety of signal transduction routes including the NFκB pathway. Furthermore, TLR2 plays an important role in controlling CMV infection both in humans and in mice. Immunoblot analysis of cells transfected with a miR-UL112-3p mimic revealed that endogenous TLR2 is down-regulated by miR-UL112-3p with similar efficiency as a TLR2-targeting siRNA (siTLR2. We next found that TLR2 protein level decreases at late times during HCMV infection and correlates with miR-UL112-3p accumulation in fibroblasts and monocytic THP1 cells. Confirming direct miR-UL112-3p targeting, down-regulation of endogenous TLR2 was not observed in cells infected with HCMV mutants deficient in miR-UL112-3p expression, but transfection of miR-UL112-3p in these cells restored TLR2 down-regulation. Using a NFκB reporter cell line, we found that miR-UL112-3p transfection significantly inhibited NFκB-dependent luciferase activity with similar efficiency as siTLR2. Consistent with this observation, miR-UL112-3p transfection significantly reduced the expression of multiple cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8 upon stimulation with a TLR2 agonist. Finally, miR-UL112-3p transfection significantly inhibited the TLR2-induced post-translational activation of IRAK1, a kinase located in the upstream section of the TLR2/NFκB signaling axis. To our knowledge, this is the first identified mechanism of TLR2 modulation by HCMV and is the first report of functional targeting of TLR2 by a viral miRNA. These

  12. Doubly excited 2s2p 1,3p1 resonances in photoionization of helium

    Wan Jian-Jie; Dong Chen-Zhong

    2009-01-01

    The multi-configuration Dirac-Fock (MCDF) method is implemented to study doubly excited 2s2p 1,3P1 resonances of the helium atom and the interference between photoionization and photoexcitation autoionization processes.In order to reproduce the total photoionization sprectra,the excited energies from the ground ls2 1 S0 state to the doubly excited 2s2p 1'3P1 states and the relevant Auger decay rates and widths are calculated in detail. Furthermore,the interference profile determined by the so-called Fano parameters q and p2 is also reproduced. Good agreement is found between the present results and other available theoretical and experimental results. This indeed shows a promising way to investigate the Fano resonances in photoionization of atoms within the MCDF scheme,although there are some discrepancies in the present calculations of the 2s2p 3P1 state.

  13. PbS/Cd3P2 quantum heterojunction colloidal quantum dot solar cells

    Here, we demonstrated the quantum heterojunction colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells employing the PbS CQDs/Cd3P2 CQDs architecture in which both the p-type PbS and n-type Cd3P2 CQD layers are quantum-tunable and solution-processed light absorbers. We synthesized well-crystallized and nearly monodispersed tetragonal Cd3P2 CQDs and then engineered their energy band alignment with the p-type PbS by tuning the dot size and hence the bandgap to achieve efficient light absorbing and charge separation. We further optimized the device through the Ag-doping strategy of PbS CQDs that may leverage an expanded depletion region in the n-layer, which greatly enhances the photocurrent. The resulting devices showed an efficiency of 1.5%. (paper)

  14. Influence of Optical Properties on the Spin Polarization of Cu3P Photoelectrons

    Chassé, A.; Niebergall, L.

    We have investigated the influence of optical properties of Cu(001) on the spin polarization in Cu3p photoelectron diffraction patterns. The refraction and absorption of light have been taken into account in the calculation of the dipole transition matrix element. Therefore, a general polarization vector of light is defined within a macroscopic theory of electromagnetic fields. Results are shown and discussed for Cu3p photoelectrons excited by linearly or circularly polarized light, respectively. It is shown that the optical behavior of crystals may cause a symmetry breaking in the angular dependence of the photoelectron intensity. Besides, there are strong quantitative changes in the related spin polarization of Cu3p photoelectrons.

  15. Single gene microdeletions and microduplication of 3p26.3 in three unrelated families

    Kashevarova, Anna A; Nazarenko, Lyudmila P; Schultz-Pedersen, Soren; Skryabin, Nikolay A; Salyukova, Olga A; Chechetkina, Nataliya N; Tolmacheva, Ekaterina N; Rudko, Aleksey A; Magini, Pamela; Graziano, Claudio; Romeo, Giovanni; Joss, Shelagh; Tümer, Zeynep; Lebedev, Igor N

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Detection of submicroscopic chromosomal alterations in patients with a idiopathic intellectual disability (ID) allows significant improvement in delineation of the regions of the genome that are associated with brain development and function. However, these chromosomal regions usually...... contain several protein-coding genes and regulatory elements, complicating the understanding of genotype-phenotype correlations. We report two siblings with ID and an unrelated patient with atypical autism who had 3p26.3 microdeletions and one intellectually disabled patient with a 3p26.3 microduplication...

  16. MiR-373-3p Promotes Invasion and Metastasis of Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells

    Wu, Aibing; Jinmei LI; Kunpeng WU; Mo, Yanli; Luo, Yiping; Haiyin YE; Shen, Xiang; Li, Shujun; Yahai LIANG; Liu, Meilian; Yang, Zhixiong

    2015-01-01

    Background and objective Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and metastasis is the major cause of death in lung cancer patients. MiR-373 is closely associated with invasion and metastasis in other tumor cells. This study explored the expression of miR-373-3p in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and its effect on the invasive and metastatic capabilities of lung adenocarcinoma cells, as well as their mechanisms of action. Methods The expression of miR-373-3p in...

  17. Domain architectures of the Scm3p protein provide insights into centromere function and evolution

    Aravind, L.; Lakshminarayan, M. Iyer; Wu, Carl

    2007-01-01

    Recently, Scm3p has been shown to be a nonhistone component of centromeric chromatin that binds stoichiometrically to CenH3–H4 histones, and to be required for the assembly of kinetochores in S. cerevisiae. Scm3p is conserved across fungi, and displays a remarkable variation in protein size, ranging from ~200 amino acids in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ~1300 amino acids in Neurospora crassa. This is primarily due a variable C-terminal segment that is linked to a conserved N-terminal, CenH3-int...

  18. Chromosome 3p microsatellite allelotyping in neuroblastoma: a report on the technical hurdles.

    Hoebeeck, Jasmien; De Wilde, Bram; Michels, Evi; Combaret, Valérie; Yigit, Nurten; De Smet, Els; Van Roy, Nadine; Stanbridge, Eric; Ru, Ning; Laureys, Geneviève; De Paepe, Anne; Speleman, Frank; Vandesompele, Jo

    2009-10-01

    Pinpointing critical regions of recurrent loss may help localize tumor suppressor genes. To determine the regions of loss on chromosome 3p in neuroblastoma, we performed loss of heterozygosity analysis using 16 microsatellite markers in a series of 65 primary tumors and 29 neuroblastoma cell lines. In this study, we report the results and discuss the technical hurdles that we encountered during data generation and interpretation that are of relevance for current studies or tests employing microsatellites. To provide functional support for the implication of 3p tumor suppressor genes in this childhood malignancy, we performed a microcell-mediated chromosome 3 transfer in neuroblastoma cells. PMID:19544108

  19. Absolute frequency measurement of the magnesium intercombination transition $^1S_0 \\to ^3P_1$

    Friebe, Jan; Pape, André; Riedmann, Matthias; Moldenhauer, Karsten; Mehlstäubler, Tanja; Rehbein, Nils; Lisdat, Christian; Rasel, Ernst M.; Ertmer, Wolfgang; Schnatz, Harald; Lipphardt, Burghard; Grosche, Gesine

    2007-01-01

    We report on a frequency measurement of the $(3s^2)^1S_0\\to(3s3p)^3P_1$ clock transition of $^{24}$Mg on a thermal atomic beam. The intercombination transition has been referenced to a portable primary Cs frequency standard with the help of a femtosecond fiber laser frequency comb. The achieved uncertainty is $2.5\\times10^{-12}$ which corresponds to an increase in accuracy of six orders of magnitude compared to previous results. The measured frequency value permits the calculation of several ...

  20. STAT3, p-STAT3 and HIF-1α are associated with vasculogenic mimicry and impact on survival in gastric adenocarcinoma

    Song, Yan-Yan; SUN, LI-DAN; LIU, MIN-LI; LIU, ZHONG-LIANG; Chen, Fei; ZHANG, YING-ZHE; Zheng, Yan; Zhang, Jian-Ping

    2014-01-01

    Vasculogenic mimicry (VM) formation is important for invasion and metastasis of tumor cells in gastric adenocarcinoma (GAC). The present study aimed to investigate the association between signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3), phosphor-STAT3 (p-STAT3), hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) and VM formation in GAC, and discuss their clinical significance and correlation with the prognosis of patients with GAC. The expression levels of STAT3, p-STAT3, HIF-1α and VM were asse...

  1. MALACOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO PLEISTOCENE SEA-LEVEL CHANGE IN THE NORTHERN PO PLAIN, N. ITALY: DETAILED PALAEOENVIRONMENTAL RECONSTRUCTIONS FROM TWO LOMBARDIAN CORES

    DANIELE GIANOLLA

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The interdisciplinary study of two deep cores drilled in Pleistocene basin fill at Northern margin of Po Plain, has been integrated with qualitative and quantitative malacological analysis. The potential of quantitative malacological analysis, to refine results obtained from interdisciplinary studies, is here highlighted. The evolution of malacological assemblages has been recorded and correlated to the general regressive trend recognized all over the Po Basin. Lower Pleistocene marine deposits, found at core base (Jaramillo Subchron and older, were gradually replaced by transitional and continental deposits since latest early Pleistocene. Area was eventually covered by continental conglomerate deposits (“Ceppo” facies during middle-late Pleistocene. Within this general trend, regional significance of a major unconformity (“r” surface, related to onset of Pleistocene glacial cycle, is confirmed. However, as evidenced by malacology, the roughly synchronous onset of coarse clastic progradation did not result in a synchronous shift from marine to transitional and continental settings all over the study area, as an effect of inherited topography and other local factors. During marine sedimentation, fossil record allowed us to recognize a transgressive event, reliably correlated to Marine Isotope Stage 35. 

  2. Down-regulation of eIF4GII by miR-520c-3p represses diffuse large B cell lymphoma development.

    Krystyna Mazan-Mamczarz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Deregulation of the translational machinery is emerging as a critical contributor to cancer development. The contribution of microRNAs in translational gene control has been established however; the role of microRNAs in disrupting the cap-dependent translation regulation complex has not been previously described. Here, we established that elevated miR-520c-3p represses global translation, cell proliferation and initiates premature senescence in HeLa and DLBCL cells. Moreover, we demonstrate that miR-520c-3p directly targets translation initiation factor, eIF4GII mRNA and negatively regulates eIF4GII protein synthesis. miR-520c-3p overexpression diminishes cells colony formation and reduces tumor growth in a human xenograft mouse model. Consequently, downregulation of eIF4GII by siRNA decreases translation, cell proliferation and ability to form colonies, as well as induces cellular senescence. In vitro and in vivo findings were further validated in patient samples; DLBCL primary cells demonstrated low miR-520c-3p levels with reciprocally up-regulated eIF4GII protein expression. Our results provide evidence that the tumor suppressor effect of miR-520c-3p is mediated through repression of translation while inducing senescence and that eIF4GII is a key effector of this anti-tumor activity.

  3. Establishment and application of a method for the detection of the core fucosylated IgG level%IgG核心岩藻糖基化水平检测方法的建立及应用

    衣常红; 王坤; 李慧; 高春芳

    2011-01-01

    To build up a method for the detection of the core fucosylated IgG level and to figure out the relationship between the core fucosylated level and aberrance of high IgG concentration in HBV-related liver cirrhosis, the core fucosylated serum protein was purified with specific core fucose binding lectin LCA agglutinin affinity column.and then the levels of the core fucosylated total protein (TP) and IgG of patients with HBV-related liver cirrhosis were calculated and analyzed.It was found that the level of LCA binding IgG was higher in patients with HBV-related liver cirrhosis in comparison with that of controls and chronic hepatitis B patients (P<0.05).This seemed to be a valuable alternative for the identification of HBV-related liver cirrhosis.The increased level of core fucosylated IgG may be attribute partially or totally to the attenuated function of IgG.This method of testing the core fucosylated IgG level is promising to be a noninvasive serum marker for the diagnosis and may be a potential therapeutic target for the immune regulation in liver cirrhosis.%为建立IgG核心岩藻糖基化水平检测方法,研究血清IgG核心岩藻糖基化水平与慢性乙肝(CHB)、肝硬化(LC)中IgG异常增高的关系.应用特异性结合核心岩藻糖的LCA凝集素亲和柱分离纯化血清中具有的核心岩藻糖基化蛋白,并对CHB、LC患者的血清总蛋白(TP)和免疫球蛋白G(IgG)的核心岩藻糖基化水平进行检测和对比分析.结果显示:LC患者IgG及其核心岩藻精基化水平较正常组和CHB组均升高且存在统计学差异(P<0.05),并对LC具有诊断提示作用.表明:IgG核心岩藻糖糖基化水平的增高可能是LC中IgG异常增高和IgG功能部分丧失的原因之一,有望成为一个新的无创性肝纤维化监测、诊断指标,也为可能的免疫调控干预提供了潜在的治疗靶点.

  4. MiR-223-3p as a Novel MicroRNA Regulator of Expression of Voltage-Gated K+ Channel Kv4.2 in Acute Myocardial Infarction

    Xue Liu

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI is a devastating cardiovascular disease with a high rate of morbidity and mortality, partly due to enhanced arrhythmogenicity. MicroRNAs (miRNAs have been shown to participate in the regulation of cardiac ion channels and the associated arrhythmias. The purpose of this study was to test our hypothesis that miR-223-3p contributes to the electrical disorders in AMI via modulating KCND2, the gene encoding voltage-gated channel Kv4.2 that carries transient outward K+ current Ito. Methods: AMI model was established in male Sprague-Dawley (SD rats by left anterior descending artery (LAD ligation. Evans blue and TTC staining was used to measure infarct area. Ito was recorded in isolated ventricular cardiomyocytes or cultured neonatal rat ventricular cells (NRVCs by whole-cell patch-clamp techniques. Western blot analysis was employed to detect the protein level of Kv4.2 and real-time RT-PCR to determine the transcript level of miR-223-3p. Luciferase assay was used to examine the interaction between miR-223-3p and KCND2 in cultured NRVCs. Results: Expression of miR-223-3p was remarkably upregulated in AMI relative to sham control rats. On the contrary, the protein level of Kv4.2 and Ito density were significantly decreased in AMI. Consistently, transfection of miR-223-3p mimic markedly reduced Kv4.2 protein level and Ito current in cultured NRVCs. Co-transfection of AMO-223-3p (an antisense inhibitor of miR-223-3p reversed the repressive effect of miR-223-3p. Luciferase assay showed that miR-223-3p, but not the negative control, substantially suppressed the luciferase activity, confirming the direct binding of miR-223-3p to the seed site within the KCND2 sequence. Finally, direct intramuscular injection of AMO-223-3p into the ischemic myocardium to knockdown endogenous miR-223-3p decreased the propensity of ischemic arrhythmias. Conclusions: Upregulation of miR-223-3p in AMI repressed the expression of

  5. Electron impact investigation of the 3p-Rydberg transitions of acetone

    High resolution (15 meV), gas phase, electron impact energy loss spectra of acetone, and acetone-d6 measured as a function of incident energy and scattering angle have been used to study the anomalously weak 7.4 eV 3p-Rydberg transition in acetone. Assignments made on the basis of isotope shifts and differential electron scattering cross sections show that the weak transition observed optically and in the high energy electron impact spectrum is a forbidden transition to the out-of-plane 3p-Rydberg orbital. The band system is built on a vibronically allowed false origin enabled by the ν23 (CO bend) vibration. The analogous transition in the less symmetric molecule methyl ethyl ketone was observed to be optically allowed. All observed bands could be assigned to the one electronic transition to the out-of-plane 3p-Rydberg orbital. The other two 3p-Rydberg transitions do not appear to be active in acetone or methyl ethyl ketone. An unusual feature of this investigation was the experimental investigation of the relative differential scattering cross sections of both true and false vibronic origins within a single electronic transition. The high energy resolution allowed isotopic substitution, a traditional technique of optical spectroscopy, to be used to establish assignments in an electron impact experiment

  6. Canine-Origin G3P[3] Rotavirus Strain in Child with Acute Gastroenteritis

    De Grazia, Simona; Martella, Vito; Giammanco, Giovanni M; Gòmara, Miren Iturriza; Ramirez, Stefania; Cascio, Antonio; Colomba, Claudia; Arista, Serenella

    2007-01-01

    Infection by an animal-like strain of rotavirus (PA260/97) was diagnosed in a child with gastroenteritis in Palermo, Italy, in 1997. Sequence analysis of VP7, VP4, VP6, and NSP4 genes showed resemblance to a G3P[3] canine strain identified in Italy in 1996. Dogs are a potential source of human viral pathogens.

  7. miR-141-3p inhibits human stromal (mesenchymal) stem cell proliferation and differentiation

    Qiu, Weimin; Kassem, Moustapha

    2014-01-01

    Wnt signaling determines human stromal (mesenchymal) stem cell (hMSC) differentiation fate into the osteoblast or adipocyte lineage. microRNAs (miRNAs) are small RNA molecules of 21-25 nucleotides that regulate many aspects of osteoblast biology. Thus, we examined miRNAs regulated by Wnt signaling...... in hMSC. We identified miRNA (miR)-141-3p as a Wnt target which in turn inhibited Wnt signaling. Moreover, miR-141-3p inhibited hMSC proliferation by arresting cells at the G1 phase of the cell cycle. miR-141-3p inhibited osteoblast differentiation of hMSC as evidenced by reduced alkaline phosphatase...... activity, gene expression and in vitro mineralized matrix formation. Bioinformatic studies, Western blot analysis and 3'UTR reporter assay demonstrated that cell division cycle 25A (CDC25A) is a direct target of miR-141-3p. siRNA-mediated knock-down of CDC25A inhibited hMSC proliferation and osteoblast...

  8. miR-200a-3p regulates TLR1 expression in bacterial challenged miiuy croaker.

    Wang, Yanjin; Xu, Guoliang; Han, Jingjing; Xu, Tianjun

    2016-10-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are highly conserved, small non-coding RNAs which post-transcriptionally regulate various biological processes by repressing mRNA translation or degradating mRNA. It has been demonstrated that miRNAs play crucial roles in regulating the immune system. In this study, we explored the potential roles of miR-200a-3p in regulating TLR signaling pathway in miiuy croaker. Bioinformatics analysis showed that miiuy croaker TLR1 (mmiTLR1) was a putative target of miR-200a-3p. Negative expression profiles in spleen of Vibrio anguillarum challenged miiuy croaker and in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulated miiuy croaker leukocytes further validated the prediction. Luciferase reporter assays showed that the dual-luciferase reporter fused to the 3'UTR of wild type mmiTLR1 cotransfected with miR-200a-3p mimics exhibited a reduction in luciferase activity compared with the controls. All of the present data provide direct evidence that miR-200a-3p is involved in TLR1 expression modulation in miiuy croaker, which will offer a basis for better understanding of miRNA regulation in fish TLR signaling pathways. PMID:27288848

  9. Linkage of atopic dermatitis to chromosomes 4q22, 3p24 and 3q21

    Christensen, Ulla; Møller-Larsen, Steffen; Nyegaard, Mette;

    2009-01-01

    Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, itchy skin disease of complex inheritance characterized by dermal and epidermal inflammation. The heritability is considerable and well documented. To date, four genome scans have examined the AD phenotype, showing replicated linkage at 3p26-22, 3q13-21 and 18q11...

  10. $\\beta$3p- spectroscopy and P-$\\gamma$ width determination in the decay of $^{31}$Ar

    We propose to perform a detailed study of the $\\beta$-decay of the dripline nucleus $^{31}$Ar. This will allow a detailed study of the $\\beta$-delayed 3p-decay as well as provide important information on the resonances of $^{30}$S and $^{29}$P, in particular the ratio between the P- and $\\gamma$- partial widths relevant for astrophysics.

  11. miR-511-3p Modulates Genetic Programs of Tumor-Associated Macrophages

    Mario Leonardo Squadrito

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Expression of the mannose receptor (MRC1/CD206 identifies macrophage subtypes, such as alternatively activated macrophages (AAMs and M2-polarized tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs, which are endowed with tissue-remodeling, proangiogenic, and protumoral activity. However, the significance of MRC1 expression for TAM's protumoral activity is unclear. Here, we describe and characterize miR-511-3p, an intronic microRNA (miRNA encoded by both mouse and human MRC1 genes. By using sensitive miRNA reporter vectors, we demonstrate robust expression and bioactivity of miR-511-3p in MRC1+ AAMs and TAMs. Unexpectedly, enforced expression of miR-511-3p tuned down the protumoral gene signature of MRC1+ TAMs and inhibited tumor growth. Our findings suggest that transcriptional activation of Mrc1 in TAMs evokes a genetic program orchestrated by miR-511-3p, which limits rather than enhances their protumoral functions. Besides uncovering a role for MRC1 as gatekeeper of TAM's protumoral genetic programs, these observations suggest that endogenous miRNAs may operate to establish thresholds for inflammatory cell activation in tumors.

  12. 3P2-3F2 pairing in dense neutron matter: the spectrum of solutions

    The 3P2-3F2 pairing model is generally considered to provide an adequate description of the superfluid states of neutron matter at densities some 2-3 times that of saturated symmetrical nuclear matter. The problem of solving the system of BCS gap equations expressing the 3P2-3F2 model is attacked with the aid of the separation approach. This method, developed originally for quantitative study of S-wave pairing in the presence of strong short-range repulsions, serves effectively to reduce the coupled, singular, nonlinear BCS integral equations to a set of coupled algebraic equations. For the first time, sufficient precision becomes accessible to resolve small energy splittings between the different pairing states. Adopting a perturbative strategy, we are able to identify and characterize the full repertoire of real solutions of the 3P2-3F2 pairing model, in the limiting regime of small tensor-coupling strength. The P-F channel coupling is seen to lift the striking parametric degeneracies revealed by a earlier separation treatment of the pure, uncoupled 3P2 pairing problem. Remarkably, incisive and robust results are obtained solely on the basis of analytic arguments. Unlike the traditional Ginzburg-Landau approach, the analysis is not restricted to the immediate vicinity of the critical temperature, but is equally reliable at zero temperature. Interesting connections and contrasts are drawn between triplet pairing in dense neutron matter and triplet pairing in liquid 3He

  13. MicroRNA-331-3p Suppresses Cervical Cancer Cell Proliferation and E6/E7 Expression by Targeting NRP2

    Fujii, Tomomi; Shimada, Keiji; Asano, Aya; Tatsumi, Yoshihiro; Yamaguchi, Naoko; Yamazaki, Masaharu; Konishi, Noboru

    2016-01-01

    Aberrant expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) is involved in the development and progression of various types of cancers. In this study, we investigated the role of miR-331-3p in cell proliferation and the expression of keratinocyte differentiation markers of uterine cervical cancer cells. Moreover, we evaluated whether neuropilin 2 (NRP2) are putative target molecules that regulate the human papillomavirus (HPV) related oncoproteins E6 and E7. Cell proliferation in the human cervical cancer cell lines SKG-II, HCS-2, and HeLa was assessed using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium, inner salt (MTS) assay. Cellular apoptosis was measured using the TdT-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) and Annexin V assays. Quantitative RT-PCR was used to measure the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of the NRP2, E6, E7, p63, and involucrin (IVL) genes. A functional assay for cell growth was performed using cell cycle analyses. Overexpression of miR-331-3p inhibited cell proliferation, and induced G2/M phase arrest and apoptosis in SKG-II, HCS-2 and HeLa cells. The luciferase reporter assay of the NRP2 3′-untranslated region revealed the direct regulation of NRP2 by miR-331-3p. Gene expression analyses using quantitative RT-PCR in SKG-II, HCS-2, and HeLa cells overexpressing miR-331-3p or suppressing NRP2 revealed down-regulation of E6, E7, and p63 mRNA and up-regulation of IVL mRNA. Moreover, miR-331-3p overexpression was suppressed NRP2 expression in protein level. We showed that miR-331-3p and NRP2 were key effectors of cell proliferation by regulating the cell cycle, apoptosis. NRP-2 also regulates the expression of E6/E7 and keratinocyte differentiation markers. Our findings suggest that miR-331-3p has an important role in regulating cervical cancer cell proliferation, and that miR-331-3p may contribute to keratinocyte differentiation through NRP2 suppression. miR-331-3p and NRP2 may contribute to anti-cancer effects

  14. Downregulation of microRNA-362-3p and microRNA-329 promotes tumor progression in human breast cancer.

    Kang, H; Kim, C; Lee, H; Rho, J G; Seo, J-W; Nam, J-W; Song, W K; Nam, S W; Kim, W; Lee, E K

    2016-03-01

    p130Cas regulates cancer progression by driving tyrosine receptor kinase signaling. Tight regulation of p130Cas expression is necessary for survival, apoptosis, and maintenance of cell motility in various cell types. Several studies revealed that transcriptional and post-translational control of p130Cas are important for maintenance of its expression and activity. To explore novel regulatory mechanisms of p130Cas expression, we studied the effect of microRNAs (miRs) on p130Cas expression in human breast cancer MCF7 cells. Here, we provide experimental evidence that miR-362-3p and miR-329 perform a tumor-suppressive function and their expression is downregulated in human breast cancer. miR-362-3p and miR-329 inhibited cellular proliferation, migration, and invasion, thereby suppressing tumor growth, by downregulating p130Cas. Ectopic expression of p130Cas attenuated the inhibitory effects of the two miRs on tumor progression. Relative expression levels of miR-362-3p/329 and p130Cas between normal and breast cancer correlated inversely; miR-362-3p/329 expression was decreased, whereas that of p130Cas increased in breast cancers. Furthermore, we showed that downregulation of miR-362-3p and miR-329 was caused by differential DNA methylation of miR genes. Enhanced DNA methylation (according to methylation-specific PCR) was responsible for downregulation of miR-362-3p and miR-329 in breast cancer. Taken together, these findings point to a novel role for miR-362-3p and miR-329 as tumor suppressors; the miR-362-3p/miR-329-p130Cas axis seemingly has a crucial role in breast cancer progression. Thus, modulation of miR-362-3p/miR-329 may be a novel therapeutic strategy against breast cancer. PMID:26337669

  15. A potential regulatory role for intronic microRNA-338-3p for its host gene encoding apoptosis-associated tyrosine kinase.

    Aron Kos

    Full Text Available MicroRNAs (miRNAs are important gene regulators that are abundantly expressed in both the developing and adult mammalian brain. These non-coding gene transcripts are involved in post-transcriptional regulatory processes by binding to specific target mRNAs. Approximately one third of known miRNA genes are located within intronic regions of protein coding and non-coding regions, and previous studies have suggested a role for intronic miRNAs as negative feedback regulators of their host genes. In the present study, we monitored the dynamic gene expression changes of the intronic miR-338-3p and miR-338-5p and their host gene Apoptosis-associated Tyrosine Kinase (AATK during the maturation of rat hippocampal neurons. This revealed an uncorrelated expression pattern of mature miR-338 strands with their host gene. Sequence analysis of the 3' untranslated region (UTR of rat AATK mRNA revealed the presence of two putative binding sites for miR-338-3p. Thus, miR-338-3p may have the capacity to modulate AATK mRNA levels in neurons. Transfection of miR-338-3p mimics into rat B35 neuroblastoma cells resulted in a significant decrease of AATK mRNA levels, while the transfection of synthetic miR-338-5p mimics did not alter AATK levels. Our results point to a possible molecular mechanism by which miR-338-3p participates in the regulation of its host gene by modulating the levels of AATK mRNA, a kinase which plays a role during differentiation, apoptosis and possibly in neuronal degeneration.

  16. A Potential Regulatory Role for Intronic microRNA-338-3p for Its Host Gene Encoding Apoptosis-Associated Tyrosine Kinase

    Kos, Aron; Olde Loohuis, Nikkie F. M.; Wieczorek, Martha L.; Glennon, Jeffrey C.; Martens, Gerard J. M.; Kolk, Sharon M.; Aschrafi, Armaz

    2012-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important gene regulators that are abundantly expressed in both the developing and adult mammalian brain. These non-coding gene transcripts are involved in post-transcriptional regulatory processes by binding to specific target mRNAs. Approximately one third of known miRNA genes are located within intronic regions of protein coding and non-coding regions, and previous studies have suggested a role for intronic miRNAs as negative feedback regulators of their host genes. In the present study, we monitored the dynamic gene expression changes of the intronic miR-338-3p and miR-338-5p and their host gene Apoptosis-associated Tyrosine Kinase (AATK) during the maturation of rat hippocampal neurons. This revealed an uncorrelated expression pattern of mature miR-338 strands with their host gene. Sequence analysis of the 3′ untranslated region (UTR) of rat AATK mRNA revealed the presence of two putative binding sites for miR-338-3p. Thus, miR-338-3p may have the capacity to modulate AATK mRNA levels in neurons. Transfection of miR-338-3p mimics into rat B35 neuroblastoma cells resulted in a significant decrease of AATK mRNA levels, while the transfection of synthetic miR-338-5p mimics did not alter AATK levels. Our results point to a possible molecular mechanism by which miR-338-3p participates in the regulation of its host gene by modulating the levels of AATK mRNA, a kinase which plays a role during differentiation, apoptosis and possibly in neuronal degeneration. PMID:22363537

  17. Lifetime measurement of some excited states belonging to the 3p4nd ( = 4–6) configurationof ArII

    S Karmakar; M B Das

    2007-09-01

    The radiative lifetimes of eight levels belonging to the 3p4nd ( = 4–6) configuration of ArII have been measured using high frequency deflection technique together with a delayed coincidence single photon counting arrangement. Lifetimes of some of the levels have been measured for the first time. The results have been compared with other experimental and theoretical values.

  18. Reactions of N+ (3P) ions with H2 and HD molecules at low temperatures

    Grozdanov, Tasko P.; McCarroll, Ronald; Roueff, Evelyne

    2016-04-01

    formation of ND+. The calculated value is consistent with the available experimental data. Conclusions: The present results allow for the determination of reaction rate coefficients for any given distribution of specific fine structure and rotational state populations of the reactants. In interstellar conditions, where N+ is in its 3P0 state and para- and ortho-H2 respectively in J = 0 and J = 1. Our results enable a study of the influence of the ortho/para evolution of molecular hydrogen on the formation of nitrogen compounds.

  19. Formation of deeply bound ultracold Sr_2 molecules by photoassociation near the ^1S + ^3P_1 intercombination line

    Skomorowski, Wojciech; Koch, Christiane P

    2012-01-01

    We predict feasibility of the photoassociative formation of Sr_2 molecules in arbitrary vibrational levels of the electronic ground state based on state-of-the-art ab initio calculations. Key is the strong spin-orbit interaction between the c^3\\Pi_u, A^1\\Sigma_u^+ and B^1\\Sigma_u^+ states. It creates not only an effective dipole moment allowing free-to-bound transitions near the ^1S + ^3P_1 intercombination line but also facilitates bound-to-bound transitions via resonantly coupled excited state rovibrational levels to deeply bound rovibrational levels of the ground X^1\\Sigma_g^+ potential, with v" as low as v"=6. The spin-orbit interaction is responsible for both optical pathways. Therefore, those excited state levels that have the largest bound-to-bound transition moments to deeply bound ground state levels also exhibit a sufficient photoassociation probability, comparable to that of the lowest weakly bound excited state level previously observed by Zelevinsky et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 203201 (2006)]. Ou...

  20. Photoelectric characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction

    Yamei, Wu; Ruixia, Yang; Hanmin, Tian; Shuai, Chen

    2016-05-01

    Organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film is prepared on p-type silicon substrate using the one-step solution method to form a CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction. The film morphology and structure are characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photoelectric properties of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction are studied by testing the current–voltage (I–V) with and without illumination and capacitance–voltage (C–V) characteristics. It turns out from the I–V curve without illumination that the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction has a rectifier feature with the rectification ratio over 70 at the bias of ±5 V. Also, there appears a photoelectric conversion phenomenon on this heterojunction with a short circuit current (Isc) of 0.16 μA and an open circuit voltage (Voc) of about 10 mV The high frequency C–V characteristic of the Ag/CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction turns out to be similar to that of the metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) structure, and a parallel translation of the C–V curve along the forward voltage axis is found. This parallel translation means the existence of defects at the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si interface and positive fixed charges in the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. The defects at the interface of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction result in the dramatic decline of the Voc. Besides, the C–V test of CH3NH3PbI3 film shows a non-linear dielectric property and the dielectric value is about 4.64 as calculated. Project supported by the Hebei Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. F2014202184) and the Tianjin Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 15JCZDJC37800).

  1. AGR core safety assessment methodologies

    To demonstrate the safety of its gas-cooled graphite-moderated AGR reactors, nuclear safety assessments of the cores are based upon a methodology which demonstrates no component failures, geometrical stability of the structure and material properties bounded by a database. All AGRs continue to meet these three criteria. However, predictions of future core behaviour indicate that the safety case methodology will eventually need to be modified to deal with new phenomena. A new approach to the safety assessment of the cores is currently under development, which can take account of these factors while at the same time providing the same level of protection for the cores. This approach will be based on the functionality of the core: unhindered movement of control rods, continued adequate cooling of the fuel and the core, continued ability to charge and discharge fuel. (author). 5 figs

  2. Auger Spectra and Different Ionic Charges Following 3s, 3p and 3d Sub-Shells Photoionization of Kr Atoms

    Yehia A. Lotfy

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The decay of inner-shell vacancy in an atom through radiative and non-radiative transitions leads to final charged ions. The de-excitation decay of 3s, 3p and 3d vacancies in Kr atoms are calculated using Monte-Carlo simulation method. The vacancy cascade pathway resulted from the de-excitation decay of deep core hole in 3s subshell in Kr atoms is discussed. The generation of spectator vacancies during the vacancy cascade development gives rise to Auger satellite spectra. The last transitions of the de-excitation decay of 3s, 3p and 3d holes lead to specific charged ions. Dirac-Fock-Slater wave functions are adapted to calculate radiative and non-radiative transition probabilities. The intensity of Kr^{4+} ions are high for 3s hole state, whereas Kr^{3+} and Kr^{2+} ions have highest intensities for 3p and 3d hole states, respectively. The present results of ion charge state distributions agree well with the experimental data.

  3. Core-level and valence band photoemission study of La1-xSrxMnO3 perovskite oxide powders synthesized by mechanically and thermally activated solid-state reaction

    High-resolution core-level and valence band x-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurements were performed on La1-xSrxMnO3 perovskite oxide powders synthesized for applications in solid-oxide fuel cells by high-temperature solid-state reaction (x = 0.3 and 0.19) and by room-temperature mechanical activation of the precursors (x = 0.3). A structure in the valence band at about 1 eV below the Fermi level was clearly observed and assigned to the emission from the Mn 3d-derived eg1↑ states, thereby allowing the extraction of information about correlation effects in this type of material. Both the core-level and valence band spectral features were found to be independent of the choice of synthesis route. This finding indicates that mechanical activation, due to its lower synthesis temperature, can represent a valid alternative method of synthesis allowing a better control of the microstructure. (author)

  4. Quantitative Proteomic Analysis of the Metastasis-Inhibitory Mechanism of miR-193a-3p in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Wei Deng

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: microRNAs can repress the expression of target genes by destabilizing their mRNAs or by inhibiting their translation. Our previous findings suggested that miR-193a-3p inhibited the progression of NSCLC both in vitro and in vivo. However, the biological processes and molecular pathways through which this miRNA exerts its positive effects are unknown. Methods: To explore the molecular mechanisms by which miR-193a-3p inhibited NSCLC metastasis, we investigated the changes in the protein profile of SPC-A-1sci (highly metastatic cells in response to the up-regulation of miR-193a-3p expression using a proteomics approach (iTRAQ combined with NanoLC-MS/MS. Changes in the profiles of the expressed proteins were verified using western blotting and were analyzed using the DAVID and STRING programs. Results: In the two replicated experiments, 4962/4946 proteins were identified, and the levels of expression of 4923/4902 proteins were quantified. In total, 112 of these proteins were differentially expressed. Among them, the up-regulated levels of expression of two of the 62 proteins with up-regulated expression (PPP2R2A and GSN and the down-regulated levels of expression four of the 50 proteins with down-regulated expression (LMNB2, UHRF1, G3BP1, and HNRNPU were verified using western blotting. The bioinformatics analysis revealed the interactions and signaling networks of these differentially expressed proteins. Conclusion: miR-193a-3p inhibited the metastasis of lung cancer cells by deregulating the expression of tumor-related proteins. These findings may improve the understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the metastatic-inhibitory effect of miR-193a-3p on lung cancer cells.

  5. Calculation of the photo-electrons angular distribution asymmetry parameter β2p near the (3s3p)Ip resonance of He

    Near the (3s3p)1p resonance of He, we have calculated the photo-electrons angular distribution asymmetry parameter β2p in the diagonalization approximation. Using the measured value of βn=2 near the (3s3p)1p level obtained by Lindle et al. in the resonance photo-ionization of He to He+(n=2), we have estimated the ratio R=σ2p/σ2s of the partial 2p photo-ionization cross section to the partial 2s photo-ionization cross section. Our calculation supports the result that in the resonance region, the formation of ions in the 2p level dominates over the 2s level. This is in good agreement with the experimental and most of the theoretical results reported to date. (author). 18 refs, 1 fig., 2 tabs

  6. Gamma-ray irradiation induced bulk photochromism in WO3-P2O5 glass

    Shen, Wei; Baccaro, Stefania; Cemmi, Alessia; Xu, Xiaoqing; Chen, Guorong

    2015-11-01

    In the present work, photochromism of WO3-P2O5 glass under gamma-ray irradiation was reported. As-prepared glass samples with different WO3 content are all optically transparent in the visible wavelength range thanks to the addition of a small amount of oxidizing couple Sb2O3-NaNO3. The photochromic properties are identified by transmission spectra of the glasses before and after irradiation. The results show that the irradiation induced darkening results from the reduction of W6+ to W5+ or W4+. The existence of WO6 clusters in glasses of high WO3 content is proved by XPS, which is the main reason for the obvious photochromic effects. The WO3-P2O5 glass is a promising candidate in gamma-ray sensitive detector.

  7. Parallel 3D Finite Element Particle-in-Cell Simulations with Pic3P

    Candel, A.; Kabel, A.; Lee, L.; Li, Z.; Ng, C.; Schussman, G.; Ko, K.; /SLAC; Ben-Zvi, I.; Kewisch, J.; /Brookhaven

    2009-06-19

    SLAC's Advanced Computations Department (ACD) has developed the parallel 3D Finite Element electromagnetic Particle-In-Cell code Pic3P. Designed for simulations of beam-cavity interactions dominated by space charge effects, Pic3P solves the complete set of Maxwell-Lorentz equations self-consistently and includes space-charge, retardation and boundary effects from first principles. Higher-order Finite Element methods with adaptive refinement on conformal unstructured meshes lead to highly efficient use of computational resources. Massively parallel processing with dynamic load balancing enables large-scale modeling of photoinjectors with unprecedented accuracy, aiding the design and operation of next-generation accelerator facilities. Applications include the LCLS RF gun and the BNL polarized SRF gun.

  8. Redox mechanism in the binary transition metal phosphide Cu3P

    Mauvernay, B.; Doublet, M.-L.; Monconduit, L.

    2006-05-01

    The electrochemical behaviour of the binary transition metal phosphide Cu3P towards lithium is investigated through galvano- and potentiostatic measurements. Obtained through high-temperature synthesis, this system shows a better volumetric capacity than graphite and a good capacity retention. In situ X-ray diffraction and first-principles electronic structure calculations are combined with the electrochemical results to show that the complete insertion of 3Li+ in the Cu3P electrode proceeds with the formation of three intermediate phases of lithium composition LixCu(3-x)P (x=1,2,3). The extra capacity previously observed in discharge is now clearly assigned to lithium insertion into the CuP2 impurity and to SEI reactions.

  9. Ca3P2 and other topological semimetals with line nodes and drumhead surface states

    Chan, Y.-H.; Chiu, Ching-Kai; Chou, M. Y.; Schnyder, Andreas P.

    2016-05-01

    As opposed to ordinary metals, whose Fermi surfaces are two dimensional, topological (semi)metals can exhibit protected one-dimensional Fermi lines or zero-dimensional Fermi points, which arise due to an intricate interplay between symmetry and topology of the electronic wave functions. Here, we study how reflection symmetry, time-reversal symmetry, SU(2) spin-rotation symmetry, and inversion symmetry lead to the topological protection of line nodes in three-dimensional semimetals. We obtain the crystalline invariants that guarantee the stability of the line nodes in the bulk and show that a quantized Berry phase leads to the appearance of protected surfaces states, which take the shape of a drumhead. By deriving a relation between the crystalline invariants and the Berry phase, we establish a direct connection between the stability of the line nodes and the drumhead surface states. Furthermore, we show that the dispersion minimum of the drumhead state leads to a Van Hove singularity in the surface density of states, which can serve as an experimental fingerprint of the topological surface state. As a representative example of a topological semimetal, we consider Ca3P2 , which has a line of Dirac nodes near the Fermi energy. The topological properties of Ca3P2 are discussed in terms of a low-energy effective theory and a tight-binding model, derived from ab initio DFT calculations. Our microscopic model for Ca3P2 shows that the drumhead surface states have a rather weak dispersion, which implies that correlation effects are enhanced at the surface of Ca3P2 .

  10. Temperature dependence and mechanism of the reaction between O(3P) and chlorine dioxide

    Colussi, A. J.; Sander, S. P.; Fiedl, R. R.

    1992-01-01

    Second-order rate constants for the decay of O(3P) in excess chlorine dioxide, k(II), were measured as a function of total pressure (20-600 Torr argon) and temperature (248-312 K), using flash photolysis-atomic resonance fluorescence. Results indicate that k(II) is pressure dependent with a value, K(b), that is nonzero at zero pressure, and both the third-order rate constant and k(b) have negative temperature dependences.

  11. The Participative Design of an Endoscopy Facility using Lean 3P.

    Smith, Iain

    2016-01-01

    In the UK, bowel cancer is the second largest cancer killer. Diagnosing people earlier can save lives but demand for endoscopies is increasing and this can put pressure on waiting times. To address this challenge, an endoscopy unit in North East England decided to improve their facilities to increase capacity and create environments that improve the experience of users. This presented a significant opportunity for step change improvement but also a problem in terms of creating designs that meet user requirements whilst addressing structural or space constraints. The Lean design process known as '3P' (standing for the production preparation process) was utilised as a participative design strategy to engage stakeholders in the design of the new department. This involved a time-out workshop (or 3P event) in which Lean and participative design tools were utilised to create an innovative design based on 'point of delivery' (POD) principles. The team created a design that demonstrated an increase in treatment room capacity by 25% and bed capacity by 70% whilst reducing travel distance for patients by 25.8% and staff by 27.1%. This was achieved with an increase in available space of only 13%. The Lean 3P method provided a structured approach for corporate and clinical staff to work together with patient representatives as cross-functional teams. This participative approach facilitated communication and learning between stakeholders about care processes and personal preferences. Lean 3P therefore appears to be a promising approach to improving the healthcare facilities design process to meet user requirements. PMID:27493744

  12. Omega3P: A Parallel Finite-Element Eigenmode Analysis Code for Accelerator Cavities

    Lee, Lie-Quan; Li, Zenghai; Ng, Cho; Ko, Kwok; /SLAC

    2009-03-04

    Omega3P is a parallel eigenmode calculation code for accelerator cavities in frequency domain analysis using finite-element methods. In this report, we will present detailed finite-element formulations and resulting eigenvalue problems for lossless cavities, cavities with lossy materials, cavities with imperfectly conducting surfaces, and cavities with waveguide coupling. We will discuss the parallel algorithms for solving those eigenvalue problems and demonstrate modeling of accelerator cavities through different examples.

  13. Transition probabilities and lifetimes of the low-lying levels of Fe XIV

    Fan Jian-Zhong; Wang Qing-Min; Chang Zhi-Wei; Dong Chen-Zhong

    2012-01-01

    The multi-configuration Dirac-Fock method is employed to calculate the transition energies,probabilities,and oscillator strengths for electric dipole allowed (E1) and forbidden (M1,E2,M2) lines for the 3s23p,3s3p2,3s23d,3p3,and 3s3p3d configurations of Fe XIV.The lifetimes of all 40 levels of these low-lying configurations are also derived.The valence-valence and core-valence correlation effects are accounted for in a systematic way.Breit interactions and quantum electrodynamics (QED) effects are estimated in subsequent relativistic configuration interaction (CI)calculations.The present results are in good agreement with other available theoretical and experimental values,and therefore can be used for the further astrophysical investigations.

  14. $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ Pairing in Dense Neutron Matter The Spectrum of Solutions

    Zverev, M V; Khodel, V A

    2003-01-01

    The $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ pairing model is generally considered to provide an adequate description of the superfluid states of neutron matter at densities some 2-3 times that of saturated symmetrical nuclear matter. The problem of solving the system of BCS gap equations expressing the $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ model is attacked with the aid of the separation approach. This method, developed originally for quantitative study of S-wave pairing in the presence of strong short-range repulsions, serves effectively to reduce the coupled, singular, nonlinear BCS integral equations to a set of coupled algebraic equations. For the first time, sufficient precision becomes accessible to resolve small energy splittings between the different pairing states. Adopting a perturbative strategy, we are able to identify and characterize the full repertoire of real solutions of the $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ pairing model, in the limiting regime of small tensor-coupling strength. The P-F channel coupling is seen to lift the striking parametric degeneracie...

  15. Study of the Ne(^3P_2) + CH_3F Electron Transfer Reaction below 1 Kelvin

    Jankunas, Justin; Osterwalder, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Relatively little is known about the dynamics of electron transfer reactions at low collision energy. We present a study of Penning ionization of ground state methyl fluoride molecules by electronically excited neon atoms in the 13 $\\mu$eV--4.8 meV (150 mK--56 K) collision energy range, using a neutral-neutral merged beam setup. Relative cross sections have been measured for three Ne($^3P_2$)+ CH$_3$F reaction channels by counting the number of CH$_3$F$^+$, CH$_2$F$^+$, and CH$_3^+$ product ions, as a function of relative velocity between the neon and methyl fluoride molecular beams. Experimental cross sections markedly deviate from the Langevin capture model at collision energies above 20 K. The branching ratios are constant. In other words, the chemical shape of the CH$_3$F molecule, as seen by Ne($^3P_2$) atom, appears not to change as the collision energy is varied, in contrast to related Ne($^3P_J$) + CH$_3$X (X=Cl and Br) reactions at higher collision energies.

  16. Phase transitions in Cd3P2 at high pressures and high temperatures

    Yel'kin, F.S.; Sidorov, V.A.; Waskowska, A.;

    2008-01-01

    The high-pressure, high-temperature structural behaviour of Cd3P2 has been studied using electrical resistance measurements, differential thermal analysis, thermo baric analysis and X-ray diffraction. At room temperature, a phase transformation is observed at 4.0 GPa in compression. The experimen......The high-pressure, high-temperature structural behaviour of Cd3P2 has been studied using electrical resistance measurements, differential thermal analysis, thermo baric analysis and X-ray diffraction. At room temperature, a phase transformation is observed at 4.0 GPa in compression....... The experimental zero-pressure bulk modulus of the low-pressure phase is 64.7(7) GPa, which agrees quite well with the calculated value of 66.3 GPa using the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method within the local density approximation. Tentatively, the high-pressure phase has an orthorhombic crystal...... structure with space group Pmmn (#59). The relative volume change at the phase transition is Delta V/V= -5.5%. Amorphization of the sample occurs above 25 GPa. A P-T phase diagram of Cd3P2 has been constructed. A metastable phase is observed at ambient conditions after heating the sample to above 600 K...

  17. On mechanism of Ar(3p54p) states excitation in low-energy Ar-Ar collisions

    The present work is devoted to study of Ar(3p54p) states excitation in binary low-energy Ar-Ar collisions. The results of the experimental investigation of excitation cross sections of Ar I 4p'[l/2]1, 4p'[3/2]1, 4p'[3/2]2 and 4p[3/2]2 levels in the collision energy range from threshold up to 500 eV (cm) and degree of polarization for 4s[3/2]20-4p'[l/2]1 and 4s[3/2]20-4p[3/2]2 transitions in this energy range are represented.

  18. Toward a model for assessing level of personality functioning in DSM-5, part II: empirical articulation of a core dimension of personality pathology

    L.C. Morey; H. Berghuis; D.S. Bender; R. Verheul; R.F. Krueger; A.E. Skodol

    2011-01-01

    The extensive comorbidity among Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed. [DSM-IV]; American Psychiatric Association, 1994) personality disorders might be compelling evidence of essential commonalities among these disorders reflective of a general level of personality functionin

  19. Repression of mitochondrial translation, respiration and a metabolic cycle-regulated gene, SLF1, by the yeast Pumilio-family protein Puf3p.

    Chatenay-Lapointe, Marc; Shadel, Gerald S

    2011-01-01

    Synthesis and assembly of the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system requires genes located both in the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes, but how gene expression is coordinated between these two compartments is not fully understood. One level of control is through regulated expression mitochondrial ribosomal proteins and other factors required for mitochondrial translation and OXPHOS assembly, which are all products of nuclear genes that are subsequently imported into mitochondria. Interestingly, this cadre of genes in budding yeast has in common a 3'-UTR element that is bound by the Pumilio family protein, Puf3p, and is coordinately regulated under many conditions, including during the yeast metabolic cycle. Multiple functions have been assigned to Puf3p, including promoting mRNA degradation, localizing nucleus-encoded mitochondrial transcripts to the outer mitochondrial membrane, and facilitating mitochondria-cytoskeletal interactions and motility. Here we show that Puf3p has a general repressive effect on mitochondrial OXPHOS abundance, translation, and respiration that does not involve changes in overall mitochondrial biogenesis and largely independent of TORC1-mitochondrial signaling. We also identified the cytoplasmic translation factor Slf1p as yeast metabolic cycle-regulated gene that is repressed by Puf3p at the post-transcriptional level and promotes respiration and extension of yeast chronological life span when over-expressed. Altogether, these results should facilitate future studies on which of the many functions of Puf3p is most relevant for regulating mitochondrial gene expression and the role of nuclear-mitochondrial communication in aging and longevity. PMID:21655263

  20. Repression of mitochondrial translation, respiration and a metabolic cycle-regulated gene, SLF1, by the yeast Pumilio-family protein Puf3p.

    Marc Chatenay-Lapointe

    Full Text Available Synthesis and assembly of the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS system requires genes located both in the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes, but how gene expression is coordinated between these two compartments is not fully understood. One level of control is through regulated expression mitochondrial ribosomal proteins and other factors required for mitochondrial translation and OXPHOS assembly, which are all products of nuclear genes that are subsequently imported into mitochondria. Interestingly, this cadre of genes in budding yeast has in common a 3'-UTR element that is bound by the Pumilio family protein, Puf3p, and is coordinately regulated under many conditions, including during the yeast metabolic cycle. Multiple functions have been assigned to Puf3p, including promoting mRNA degradation, localizing nucleus-encoded mitochondrial transcripts to the outer mitochondrial membrane, and facilitating mitochondria-cytoskeletal interactions and motility. Here we show that Puf3p has a general repressive effect on mitochondrial OXPHOS abundance, translation, and respiration that does not involve changes in overall mitochondrial biogenesis and largely independent of TORC1-mitochondrial signaling. We also identified the cytoplasmic translation factor Slf1p as yeast metabolic cycle-regulated gene that is repressed by Puf3p at the post-transcriptional level and promotes respiration and extension of yeast chronological life span when over-expressed. Altogether, these results should facilitate future studies on which of the many functions of Puf3p is most relevant for regulating mitochondrial gene expression and the role of nuclear-mitochondrial communication in aging and longevity.

  1. Microarray based analysis of an inherited terminal 3p26.3 deletion, containing only the CHL1 gene, from a normal father to his two affected children

    Lerone Margherita

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background terminal deletions of the distal portion of the short arm of chromosome 3 cause a rare contiguous gene disorder characterized by growth retardation, developmental delay, mental retardation, dysmorphisms, microcephaly and ptosis. The phenotype of individuals with deletions varies from normal to severe. It was suggested that a 1,5 Mb minimal terminal deletion including the two genes CRBN and CNTN4 is sufficient to cause the syndrome. In addition the CHL1 gene, mapping at 3p26.3 distally to CRBN and CNTN4, was proposed as candidate gene for a non specific mental retardation because of its high level of expression in the brain. Methods and Results we describe two affected siblings in which array-CGH analysis disclosed an identical discontinuous terminal 3p26.3 deletion spanning less than 1 Mb. The deletion was transmitted from their normal father and included only the CHL1 gene. The two brothers present microcephaly, light mental retardation, learning and language difficulties but not the typical phenotype manifestations described in 3p- syndrome. Conclusion a terminal 3p26.3 deletion including only the CHL1 gene is a very rare finding previously reported only in one family. The phenotype of the affected individuals in the two families is very similar and the deletion has been inherited from an apparently normal parent. As already described for others recurrent syndromes with variable phenotype, these findings are challenging in genetic counselling because of an evident variable penetrance.

  2. Dsj meson decay in the C{sup 3}P{sub 0} model

    Silva, D.T. da; Silva, M.L.L. da; Quadros, J.N. de; Vasconcellos, C.A.Z.; Hadjimichef, D. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    Full text. Fock-Tani is a field theory formalism appropriated for the simultaneous treatment of composite particles and their constituents. The formalism was originally developed for the treatment of problems in atomic physics and it was extended later on to the treatment of problems on hadron physics. In the Fock-Tani formalism one starts with the Fock representation of the system using field operators of elementary constituents which satisfy canonical (anti) commutation relations. Composite-particle field operators are linear combinations of the elementary-particle operators and do not generally satisfy canonical (anti) commutation relations. 'Ideal' field operators acting on an enlarged Fock space are then introduced in close correspondence with the composite ones. Next, a given unitary transformation, which transforms the single composite states into single ideal states, is introduced. Application of the unitary operator on the microscopic Hamiltonian, or on other hermitian operators expressed in terms of the elementary constituent field operators, gives equivalent operators which contain the ideal field operators. The effective Hamiltonian in the new representation has a clear physical interpretation in terms of the processes it describes. Since all field operators in the new representation satisfy canonical (anti)commutation relations, the standard methods of quantum field theory can then be readily applied. For a long time the pair creation models for strong hadronic decays have been formulated. The {sup 3}P{sub 0} model is typical decay model which considers only OZI-allowed strong decays. The {sup 3}P{sub 0} model considers a quark-antiquark par creation in the presence of the initial state meson. The quark-antiquark par is created with the vacuum quantum numbers. This model can also be obtained from the non-relativistic limit of the pair creation Hamiltonian. Applying the Fock-Tani transformation to the pair creation Hamiltonian produces the

  3. MiR-142-3p is a RANKL-dependent inducer of cell death in osteoclasts.

    Fordham, Jezrom B; Guilfoyle, Katherine; Naqvi, Afsar Raza; Nares, Salvador

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNA are small, non-coding, single-stranded RNAs that are estimated to regulate ~60% of the human genome. MiRNA profiling of monocyte-to-osteoclast differentiation identified miR-142-3p as a miRNA that is significantly, differentially expressed throughout osteoclastogenesis. Enforced expression of miR-142-3p via transient transfection with miR-142-3p mimic inhibited cell-to-cell contact and fusion, decreased protein kinase C alpha expression, and ultimately reduced cell viability. miR-142-3p was also identified as significantly differentially expressed during monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation and overexpression of miR-142-3p prevented their conversion to osteoclasts. Furthermore, the inhibitory effect of miR-142-3p on osteoclastogenesis extended to the conversion of a third osteoclast precursor cell type- dendritic cells. These results demonstrate miR-142-3p to be a negative regulator of osteoclastogenesis from the 3 main precursor cell types: monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells. Importantly, decreased survival was dependent upon both miR-142-3p expression and RANK-signaling, with no harmful effects detected in the absence of this combination. As such, miR-142-3p represents a novel target for the selective removal of osteoclasts by targeting of osteoclastogenic pathways. PMID:27113904

  4. Core Journal Lists: Classic Tool, New Relevance

    Paynter, Robin A.; Jackson, Rose M.; Mullen, Laura Bowering

    2010-01-01

    Reviews the historical context of core journal lists, current uses in collection assessment, and existing methodologies for creating lists. Outlines two next generation core list projects developing new methodologies and integrating novel information/data sources to improve precision: a national-level core psychology list and the other a local…

  5. A quasi-particle description of the M(3,p) models

    Jacob, P.; Mathieu, P

    2005-01-01

    The M(3,p) minimal models are reconsidered from the point of view of the extended algebra whose generators are the energy-momentum tensor and the primary field \\phi_{2,1} of dimension $(p-2)/4$. Within this framework, we provide a quasi-particle description of these models, in which all states are expressed solely in terms of the \\phi_{2,1}-modes. More precisely, we show that all the states can be written in terms of \\phi_{2,1}-type highest-weight states and their phi_{2,1}-descendants. We fu...

  6. Absolute frequency measurement of the 1S0 - 3P0 transition of 171Yb

    Pizzocaro, Marco; Rauf, Benjamin; Bregolin, Filippo; Milani, Gianmaria; Clivati, Cecilia; Costanzo, Giovanni A; Levi, Filippo; Calonico, Davide

    2016-01-01

    We report the absolute frequency measurement of the unperturbed transition 1S0 - 3P0 at 578 nm in 171Yb realized in an optical lattice frequency standard. The absolute frequency is measured 518 295 836 590 863.55(28) Hz relative to a cryogenic caesium fountain with a fractional uncertainty of 5.4x10-16 . This value is in agreement with the ytterbium frequency recommended as a secondary representation of the second in the International System of Units.

  7. Photoionization from the excited (3p, 3d, 4s, 4p) states of sodium

    Calculations are presented for the total cross section (σ) and the angular distribution of asymmetry parameter (β) for photoionization from initial excited (3p, 3d, 4s and 4p) states of sodium atom. Comparison of our results for σ and β is made with other available theoretical calculations and the experimental data. We also present results for the angular distributions in electron-Na+ elastic scattering at energies of k 0.5 and 1.0 a0. (author). 43 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs

  8. Gene-centric Association Mapping of Chromosome 3p implicates MST1 in IBD pathogenesis

    Goyette, Philippe; Ng, Aylwin; Lefebvre, Céline; Brant, Steven R.; Cho, Judy H; Duerr, Richard H.; Silverberg, Mark S; Kent D. Taylor; Latiano, Anna; Aumais, Guy; Deslandres, Colette; Jobin, Gilles; Annese, Vito; Daly, Mark J.; Xavier, Ramnik J.

    2008-01-01

    Association mapping and candidate gene studies within IBD linkage regions, as well as genome-wide association studies in CD have led to the discovery of multiple risk genes, but these only explain a fraction of the genetic susceptibility observed in IBD. We have thus been pursuing a region on chromosome 3p21-22 showing linkage to CD and UC using a gene-centric association mapping approach. We identified twelve functional candidate genes by searching for literature co-citations with relevant k...

  9. Electron-phonon superconductivity in $A$Pt$_3$P compounds: from weak to strong coupling

    Subedi, Alaska; Ortenzi, Luciano; Boeri, Lilia

    2012-01-01

    We study the newly discovered Pt phosphides $A$Pt$_3$P ($A$=Sr, Ca, La) [ T. Takayama et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 237001 (2012)] using first-principles calculations and Migdal-Eliashberg theory. Given the remarkable agreement with the experiment, we exclude the charge-density wave scenario proposed by previous first-principles calculations, and give conclusive answers concerning the superconducting state in these materials. The pairing increases from La to Ca and Sr due to changes in the ele...

  10. sup 3 P sub 0 study of meson decays in a chiral quark model

    Bonnaz, R; Silvestre-Brac, B; Fernández, F; Valcarce, A

    2001-01-01

    The strong decays of a meson into two mesons are studied in the framework of the sup 3 P sub 0 model. The meson wave functions are determined by means of a realistic chiral quark model constructed in the baryon sector and comparison is made with a traditional potential of 'Coulomb + linear' type. Two different forms for the creation vertex are analyzed. A momentum dependent vertex is proved to be definitively superior. The chiral quark model provides an overall good description of all known transitions and gives results of roughly the same quality as those obtained from phenomenological quark-antiquark potentials.

  11. Diagnostic value of solitary pulmonary nodules using 99Tm-3P4-RGD2 scintigraphy

    Objective: To investigate the value of 99Tcm-HYNIC-(poly-(ethylene glycol), PEG)4-E (PEG4-c(RGDfK))2 (99Tcm-3P4-RGD2) SPECT imaging in the diagnosis of SPN by visual and semiquantitative analysis.Methods Twenty-one patients (13 men, 8 women; age range 37-77 (58±11) years) with SPN observed on CT were analyzed prospectively. All patients underwent SPECT imaging after administration of 99Tcm-3P4-RGD2 with a dose of (939 ± 118) MBq. The gold standard was based on the histopathological diagnosis of the surgical samples from all recruited patients. The diagnostic performance of CT, SPECT visual and semiquantitative analysis was compared and analyzed with ROC curves. Immunohistochemistry was performed in part of the samples to obtain the information of integrin αvβ3 expression. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. Application of a new radiopharmaceutical was permitted and approved by the local independent Ethics Committee and the Institutional Review Board of the China-Japan Union Hospital. One-way analysis of variance,two-sample t test were used with SPSS 13.0. Results: Among the 21 SPN patients, 15 cases (71%) were diagnosed as malignant, and the other 6 (29%) were benign. T/NT ratio in malignant SPN was higher than that in benign SPN (1.87 ± 0.39 vs 1.41 ± 0.65), but with no statistical significance (t=2.01, P>0.05). The sensitivities for CT, SPECT visual and semiquantitative analysis were 80% (12/15), 100% (15/15) and 100% (15/15) respectively,and the specificity were all 4/6. The AUC was 0.811 (95% CI 58%-95%) for CT, 0.833 (95% CI 61%-96%) for SPECT and 0.844 (95% CI 62%-96%) for T/NT ratios, which showed no statistical significance (F=0.83, P>0.05). Immunohistochemistry confirmed αvβ3 expression in both the malignant and benign nodules which had uptake of 99Tcm-3P4-RGD2 in SPECT imaging. Conclusion: SPECT visual and semiquantitative analysis with 99Tcm-3P4-RGD2 appears to have high sensitivity and consistency in diagnosis of SPN. (authors)

  12. High current Cu3P liquid metal ion source using a novel extractor configuration

    Higuchi-Rusli, R. H.; Corelli, J. C.

    1987-12-01

    It has been found that by utilizing a sharp needle for the extractor electrode in close proximity to the source tip wetted with Cu3P liquid alloy, a large increase (factor ˜300) in ion current is observed in comparison to standard liquid metal ion sources (LMIS's). In standard previously used LMIS's the extractor electrode was a flat plane with a circular hole centered on the source needle tip. This new high current source has important applications in focused and broad ion beam deposition systems.

  13. Pulsar Spin-Down by 3P2 Superfluid Neutron with Field Decay

    LUO Xin-Lian; PENG Qiu-He; CHOU Chih-Kang

    2003-01-01

    To describe pulsar spin-down, we present a simple combined torque model that takes into account both the standard magnetic dipole radiation and the electromagnetic radiation from the 3P2 superSuid vortex neutrons inside neutron star. Using an ordinary exponential model for the magnetic field decay, we derive an analytical formulae for pulsar evolution tracks. The pulsar evolution on the P-P diagram is quite different from that of the standard magnetic dipole radiation model, especially when the supernuid torque or Geld decay becomes dominant.

  14. Relative Abstract Nature of the Three Core Science Subjects at the Senior Secondary Level in Nigeria as Exemplified by Classroom Interaction Patterns

    Emmanuel E Achor

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This study examined relative abstract nature of Biology, Chemistry and Physics offered at the senior secondary schools (SSS in Ankpa education zone of Kogi State of Nigeria based on the analysis of classroom interactions. In each of the three comparable public schools used, the same class of Senior Secondary 2 (SS 2 or 11th grade students were each taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In each school, reproduction, chemical kinetics and refraction were taught in Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively. The researchers personally took record of interactions during the 9 periods (taught by 9 science teachers lasting for 35 minutes each using Flanders’ Interaction Analysis Categories (FIAC. Inter observer’s rater reliability was 0.69 using Scott’s Phi coefficient. Using a 10 by 10 matrix and percentage for final analysis, the extent of students’ participation in the lesson which its decreasing order was used to estimate the degree of the abstract nature or difficulty experienced in each subject was determined. The result revealed that the physical sciences were more abstract than the biological science with physics having the highest index. There was no close match between teachers’ level of motivation during the lessons and students’ participation except in Biology. Consequent upon these, it was recommended that chemistry and physics teachers should always ensure that there is a close match between cognitive ability of learners and cognitive demands of the subjects or lessons taught; that concrete teaching materials be used in the two more abstract subjects to reduce the formal reasoning or abstract requirements in the lessons to concrete demand levels, among others.

  15. miR-126-3p and miR-451a correlate with clinicopathological features of lung adenocarcinoma: The underlying molecular mechanisms.

    Chen, Qingyong; Hu, Huizhen; Jiao, Demin; Yan, Jie; Xu, Wei; Tang, Xiali; Chen, Jun; Wang, Jian

    2016-08-01

    Lung cancer is the most common malignancy worldwide. This study aimed to identify miRNA biomarkers of lung adenocarcinoma and to investigate their molecular mechanisms. miRNA expression profiling of tumor tissues and adjacent normal tissues from 10 patients were detected using microarray. Differentially expressed miRNAs (DEMs) were identified, and were verified using quantitative reverse transcription-PCR. Thereafter, correlations between DEM expression and clinicopathological features were determined in 49 patients. Furthermore, Targetscan was utilized to predict target genes, among which transcription factors (TFs) were identified. The interactions among miRNAs, TFs and target genes were used to construct an miRNA-TF-target network. Totally, 11 DEMs were identified, among which two downregulated miRNAs (miR-126-3p and miR-451a) were validated. Low levels of miR-126-3p and miR-451a were associated with poor pathological stage, large tumor diameter and lymph node metastasis (P0.65, P<0.05). For miR-126-3p, 154 target genes were predicted (e.g., PLXNB2), which were enriched in 29 pathways mainly concerning apoptosis and cancer. For miR‑451a, 397 target genes were predicted, which were enriched in 5 pathways including 'PPAR signaling pathway'. Ten genes were co-regulated by miR-126-3p and miR-451a, e.g., TSC1. Furthermore, an miRNA-TF-target network was constructed, and a sub-network was identified, including 2 miRNAs, 15 targets, and 7 TFs. In conclusion, miR-126-3p and miR-451a predicted the severity of lung adenocarcinoma. However, the possible mechanisms explored by bioinformatics need to be further validated. PMID:27277197

  16. Down-regulation of BTG1 by miR-454-3p enhances cellular radiosensitivity in renal carcinoma cells

    B cell translocation gene 1 (BTG1) has long been recognized as a tumor suppressor gene. Recent reports demonstrated that BTG1 plays an important role in progression of cell cycle and is involved in cellular response to stressors. However, the microRNAs mediated regulatory mechanism of BTG1 expression has not been reported so far. MicroRNAs can effectively influence tumor radiosensitivity by preventing cell cycle progression, resulting in enhancement of the cytotoxicity of radiotherapy efficacy. This study aimed to demonstrating the effects of microRNAs on the BTG1 expression and cellular radiosensitivity. The human renal carcinoma 786-O cells were treated with 5 Gy of X-rays. Expressions of BTG1 gene and miR-454-3p, which was predicted to target BTG1 by software algorithm, were analyzed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Protein expressions were assessed by Western blot. Luciferase assays were used to quantify the interaction between BTG1 3′-untranslated region (3′-UTR) and miR-454-3p. The radiosensitivity was quantified by the assay of cell viability, colony formation and caspase-3 activity. The expression of the BTG1 gene in 786-O cells was significantly elevated after treatments with X-ray irradiation, DMSO, or serum starvation. The up-regulation of BTG1 after irradiation reduced cellular radiosensitivity as demonstrated by the enhanced cell viability and colony formation, as well as the repressed caspase-3 activity. In comparison, knock down of BTG1 by siRNA led to significantly enhanced cellular radiosensitivity. It was found that miR-454-3p can regulate the expression of BTG1 through a direct interaction with the 3′-UTR of BTG1 mRNA. Decreasing of its expression level correlates well with BTG1 up-regulation during X-ray irradiation. Particularly, we observed that over-expression of miR-454-3p by transfection inhibited the BTG1 expression and enhanced the radiosensitivity. In addition, cell cycle analysis showed that over-expression of miR-454-3p

  17. MiR-519d-3p suppresses invasion and migration of trophoblast cells via targeting MMP-2.

    Jie Ding

    Full Text Available Our study was approved by the Medical Ethics Committee of Tang Du Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University and complied strictly with national ethical guidelines. Preeclampsia (PE is a specific clinical disorder characterized by gestational hypertension and proteinuria and is a leading cause of maternal and perinatal mortality worldwide. The miR-519d-3p is upregulated in the maternal plasma of patients with PE which indicates a possible association between this microRNA and the pathogenesis of PE. No studies to date have addressed the effect of miR-519d-3p on the invasion and migration of trophoblast cells. In our study, we found that miR-519d-3p expression was elevated in placental samples from patients with PE. In vitro, overexpression of miR-519d-3p significantly inhibited trophoblast cell migration and invasion, whereas transfection of a miR-519d-3p inhibitor enhanced trophoblast cell migration and invasion. Luciferase assays confirmed that matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2 is a direct target of miR-519d-3p. Quantitative real-time PCR and western blot assays showed that overexpression of miR-519d-3p downregulated MMP-2 mRNA and protein expression. Knockdown of MMP-2 using a siRNA attenuated the increased trophoblast migration and invasion promoted by the miR-519d-3p inhibitor. In placentas from patients with PE or normal pregnancies, a negative correlation between the expression of MMP-2 and miR-519d-3p was observed using the Pearson correlation and linear regression analysis. Our present findings suggest that upregulation of miR-519d-3p may contribute to the development of PE by inhibiting trophoblast cell migration and invasion via targeting MMP-2; miR-519d-3p may represent a potential predictive and therapeutic target for PE.

  18. Hyperfine Quenching of the 2s2p 3P0 State of Berylliumlike Ions

    Cheng, K T; Chen, M H; Johnson, W R

    2008-03-13

    The hyperfine-induced 2s2p {sup 3}P{sub 0}-2s{sup 2} {sup 1}S{sub 0} transition rate for Be-like {sup 47}Ti{sup 18+} was recently measured in a storage-ring experiment by Schippers et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 033001 (2007)]. The measured value of 0.56(3) s{sup -1} is almost 60% larger than the theoretical value of 0.356 s{sup -1} from a multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock calculation by Marques et al. [Phys. Rev. A 47, 929 (1993)]. In this work, we use a large-scale relativistic configuration-interaction method to calculate these hyperfine-induced rates for ions with Z = 6-92. Coherent hyperfine-quenching effects between the 2s2p {sup 1,3}P{sub 1} states are included in a perturbative as well as a radiation damping approach. Contrary to the claims of Marques et al., contributions from the {sup 1}P{sub 1} state are substantial and lead to a hyperfine-induced rate of 0.67 s{sup -1}, in better agreement with, though larger than, the measured value.

  19. A New Case of an Extremely Rare 3p21.31 Interstitial Deletion.

    Lovrecic, Luca; Bertok, Sara; Žerjav Tanšek, Mojca

    2016-05-01

    Interstitial 3p21.31 deletions have been very rarely reported. We describe a 7-year-old boy with global developmental delay, specific facial characteristics, hydronephrosis, and hypothyreosis with a de novo deletion of 3p21.31, encompassing 29 OMIM genes. Despite the wide use of microarrays, no similar case has been reported in the literature so far. Five overlapping cases are deposited in the DECIPHER database, 2 of which have significant overlapping chromosomal aberrations. They both share some phenotypic characteristics with our case, e.g. developmental delay, intellectual disability and facial dysmorphism (arched eyebrows, hypertelorism, low-set ears, and a large nose tip). In addition, loss-of-function mutations in the SETD2 gene (OMIM 612778) of the deleted region have been described in 3 patients, presenting with some similar clinical features, namely overgrowth, intellectual disability, speech delay, hypotonia, autism, and epilepsy. Therefore, SETD2 may explain part of the phenotype in our case. We focused on 3 other genes in the deleted region, based on their known functions, namely CSPG5 (OMIM 606775), PTH1R (OMIM 168468) and SMARCC1 (OMIM 601732), and assessed their potentially important role in describing the patient's phenotype. Additional cases with haploinsufficiency of this region are needed to elucidate further genotype-phenotype correlations. PMID:27385966

  20. Controlling the $2p$ Hole Alignment in Neon via the $2s$-$3p$ Fano Resonance

    Heinrich-Josties, Elisabeth; Santra, Robin

    2014-01-01

    We study the state-resolved production of neon ion after resonant photoionization of Ne via the $2s$-$3p$ Fano resonance. We find that by tuning the photon energy across the Fano resonance a surprisingly high control over the alignment of the final $2p$ hole along the polarization direction can be achieved. In this way hole alignments can be created that are otherwise very hard to achieve. The mechanism responsible for this hole alignment is the destructive interference of the direct and indirect (via the autoionizing $2s^{-1}3p$ state) ionization pathways of $2p$. By changing the photon energy the strength of the interference varies and $2p$-hole alignments with ratios up to 19:1 between $2p_0$ and $2p_{\\pm 1}$ holes can be created: an effect normally only encountered in tunnel ionization using strong-field IR pulses. Including spin-orbit interaction does not change the qualitative feature and leads only to a reduction in the alignment by $2/3$. Our study is based on a time-dependent configuration-interactio...

  1. A Mixed-Valent Molybdenum Monophosphate with a Layer Structure: KMo 3P 2O 14

    Guesdon, A.; Borel, M. M.; Leclaire, A.; Grandin, A.; Raveau, B.

    1994-03-01

    A new mixed-valent molybdenum monophosphate with a layer structure KMo 3P 2O 14 has been isolated. It crystallizes in the space group P2 1/ m with a = 8.599(2) Å, b = 6.392(2) Å, c = 10.602(1) Å, and β = 111.65(2)°. The layers [Mo 3P 2O 14] ∞ are parallel to (100) and consist of [MoPO 8] ∞ chains running along limitb→ , in which one MoO 6 octahedron alternates with one PO 4 tetrahedron. In fact, four [MoPO 8] ∞ chains share the corners of their polyhedra and the edges of their octahedra, forming [Mo 4P 4O 24] ∞ columns which are linked through MoO 5 bipyramids along limitc→. The K + ions interleaved between these layers are surrounded by eight oxygens, forming bicapped trigonal prisms KO 8. Besides the unusual trigonal bipyramids MoO 5, this structure is also characterized by a tendency to the localization of the electrons, since one octahedral site is occupied by Mo(V), whereas the other octahedral site and the trigonal bipyramid are occupied by Mo(VI). The similarity of this structure with pure octahedral layer structures suggests the possibility of generating various derivatives, and of ion exchange properties.

  2. On simultaneous s-cores/t-cores

    Aukerman, D; Kane, B.; Sze, L

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the authors investigate the question of when a partition of n∈N is an s-core and also a t-core when s and t are not relatively prime. A characterization of all such s/t-cores is given, as well as a generating function dependent upon the polynomial generating functions for s/t-cores when s and t are relatively prime. Furthermore, characterizations and generating functions are given for s/t-cores which are self-conjugate and also for (e,r)/(e′,r)-cores.

  3. Critical CRBR core pressure

    The conditions are detailed under which gas pressure will cause or initiate failure in the structural containment of the fuel core. The Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant is the prototype structure. Two general classes of problems have been studied, representing two entirely distinct configurations of containment failure. The first model determines the minimum pressure to lift a portion or the entire core from its containment. The second model estimates the critical pressure above which the fuel rods interior to the hexagonal fuel can warp, leading to blockage of the gas passages. Such blockage might cause further buildup of the gas pressure to a level causing the failure of the fuel rod containment in the hexagonal fuel container

  4. Uranium droplet core nuclear rocket

    Anghaie, Samim

    1991-01-01

    Uranium droplet nuclear rocket is conceptually designed to utilize the broad temperature range ofthe liquid phase of metallic uranium in droplet configuration which maximizes the energy transfer area per unit fuel volume. In a baseline system dissociated hydrogen at 100 bar is heated to 6000 K, providing 2000 second of Isp. Fission fragments and intense radian field enhance the dissociation of molecular hydrogen beyond the equilibrium thermodynamic level. Uranium droplets in the core are confined and separated by an axisymmetric vortex flow generated by high velocity tangential injection of hydrogen in the mid-core regions. Droplet uranium flow to the core is controlled and adjusted by a twin flow nozzle injection system.

  5. CHARACTERIZATION AND CHROMOSOMAL ASSIGNMENT OF YEAST ARTIFICIAL CHROMOSOMES CONTAINING HUMAN 3P13-P21-SPECIFIC SEQUENCE-TAGGED SITES

    MICHAELIS, SC; BARDENHEUER, W; LUX, A; SCHRAMM, A; GOCKEL, A; SIEBERT, R; WILLERS, C; SCHMIDTKE, K; TODT, B; VANDERHOUT, AH; BUYS, CHCM; HEPPELLPARTON, AC; RABBITTS, PH; UNGAR, S; SMITH, D; LEPASLIER, D; COHEN, D; OPALKA, B; SCHUTTE, J

    1995-01-01

    Human chromosomal region 3p12-p23 is proposed to harbor at least three tumor suppressor genes involved in the development of lung cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and other neoplasias. In order to identify one of these genes we defined sequence tagged sites (STSs) specific for 3p13-p24.2 by analyzing a

  6. Large-scale relativistic configuration-interaction calculation of the 2s21S0--2s2p 3P1 intercombination transition in C III

    A large-scale, relativistic configuration-interaction (RCI) method has been developed for precision calculations of transition oscillator strengths. It is based on the no-pair Hamiltonian and employs finite B-spline basis functions. For the 2s21S0--2s2p 3P1 intercombination transition in berylliumlike carbon, the present RCI expansions reach close to 200 000 configurations, and include all single and double excitations from valence-valence, core-valence, and core-core interactions, along with dominant triple and quadruple excitations. Resulting length- and velocity-gauge transition rates are very well converged, but still differ by a factor of 2. This strong gauge dependence is found to arise from the neglect of negative-energy states which has negligible effects on length-gauge results but can affect velocity-gauge results significantly. The present intercombination transition rate for C III of 101.6±0.7 sec-1 differs from the measured value of 102.94±0.14 sec-1 [Doerfert , Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4355 (1997)] by about 1.3%

  7. X-ray photoelectron spectrometry and binding energies of Be 1s and O 1s core levels in clinobarylite, BaBe2Si2O7, from Khibiny massif, Kola peninsula

    The electronic structure of BaBe2Si2O7, clinobarylite, has been investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The valence band of the crystal is mainly formed by Ba 5p, Ba 3s and O 2s states. At higher binding energies the emission lines related to the Si 2p, Be 1s, Si 2s, O 1s and numerous Ba-related states were analyzed in the photoemission spectrum. The Si KLL Auger line has been measured under excitation by the bremsstrahlung X-rays from the Al anode. Chemical bonding effects for Be 1s core level have been considered by comparison with electronic parameters measured for other beryllium containing oxides

  8. Absorption spectrum of atomic chlorine: 3p52P0sub(3/2,1/2)-3p4 ns, nd

    The study of chlorine absorption spectra in the vacuum ultraviolet by using a flash-pyrolysis system and a 2-m normal incidence spectrograph has produced new wavelength measurements and identifications of lines converging to the triplet P limits. About 250 lines are identified and assigned to 30 series. The majority of the lines have been observed here for the first time. About 100 have been previously predicted, leading to 82 new even levels. The analysis has been performed mainly through the method of quantum defect extrapolation. The most intense, allowed lines are observed as transitions which involve both levels of the ground state with the same excited upper level. This has helped test and strengthens the correctness of assignments to series. (orig.)

  9. Dual-core antiresonant hollow core fibers.

    Liu, Xuesong; Fan, Zhongwei; Shi, Zhaohui; Ma, Yunfeng; Yu, Jin; Zhang, Jing

    2016-07-25

    In this work, dual-core antiresonant hollow core fibers (AR-HCFs) are numerically demonstrated, based on our knowledge, for the first time. Two fiber structures are proposed. One is a composite of two single-core nested nodeless AR-HCFs, exhibiting low confinement loss and a circular mode profile in each core. The other has a relatively simple structure, with a whole elliptical outer jacket, presenting a uniform and wide transmission band. The modal couplings of the dual-core AR-HCFs rely on a unique mechanism that transfers power through the air. The core separation and the gap between the two cores influence the modal coupling strength. With proper designs, both of the dual-core fibers can have low phase birefringence and short modal coupling lengths of several centimeters. PMID:27464191

  10. Oncogenic Role of miR-15a-3p in 13q Amplicon-Driven Colorectal Adenoma-to-Carcinoma Progression.

    de Groen, Florence L M; Timmer, Lisette M; Menezes, Renee X; Diosdado, Begona; Hooijberg, Erik; Meijer, Gerrit A; Steenbergen, Renske D M; Carvalho, Beatriz

    2015-01-01

    Progression from colorectal adenoma to carcinoma is strongly associated with an accumulation of genomic alterations, including gain of chromosome 13. This gain affects the whole q arm and is present in 40%-60% of all colorectal cancers (CRCs). Several genes located at this amplicon are known to be overexpressed in carcinomas due to copy number dosage. A subset of these genes, including the mir-17~92 cluster, are functionally involved in CRC development. The present study set out to explore whether apart from mir-17~92, other miRNAs located at the 13q amplicon show a copy number dependent dosage effect that may contribute to 13q-driven colorectal adenoma-to-carcinoma progression. Integration of publically available miRNA expression, target mRNA expression and DNA copy number data from 125 CRCs yielded three miRNAs, miR-15a, -17, and -20a, of which high expression levels were significantly correlated with a 13q gain and which influenced target mRNA expression. These results could be confirmed by qRT-PCR in a series of 100 colon adenomas and carcinomas.Functional analysis of both mature miRNAs encoded by mir-15a, i.e. miR-15a-5p and miR-15a-3p, showed that silencing of miR-15a-3p significantly inhibited viability of CRC cells. Integration of miR-15a expression levels with mRNA expression data of predicted target genes identified mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) and COP9 signalosome subunit 2 (COPS2) as candidates with significantly decreased expression in CRCs with 13q gain. Upon silencing of miR-15a-3p, mRNA expression of both genes increased in CRC cells, supporting miR-15a-3p mediated regulation of UPC2 and COPS2 expression. In conclusion, significant overexpression of miR-15a-3p due to gain of 13q is functionally relevant in CRC, with UCP2 and COPS2 as candidate target genes. Taken together our findings suggest that miR-15a-3p may contribute to adenoma-to-carcinoma progression. PMID:26148070

  11. Interaction between 4p photoionization and 3p resonant excitation channels of krypton

    Complete text of publication follows. The angular distribution of Kr 4p photoelectrons was measured employing a linearly polarized photon beam at energies from 205 eV to 230 eV. In this range the Kr 3p→ns/md (n,m=4,5,6, etc.) resonances can be excited. The experimental anisotropy parameters (β, γ and δ) were determined for the Kr 4p shell and its fine structure components. The measurement was carried out at beamline BW3 of the DORIS III synchrotron light source at HASYLAB (Hamburg, Germany). The ESA-22D electrostatic electron spectrometer was used to analyze the emitted electrons. The spectrometer consists of a spherical and a cylindrical mirror analyzer. The spherical mirror focuses the electrons from the scattering plane to the entrance slit of the cylindrical analyzer performing the energy analysis of the electrons. (For detailed description of an ESA- 22-type electron spectrometer see Ref. [1].) The measured dipole anisotropy parameters ? of Kr 4p photoelectrons are shown in Fig. 1 as a function of photon energy. Resonance-like structure can be seen in the photon energy dependence of the dipole parameters. This structure indicates that the channel interactions are important between the 3p resonant excitation-autoionization and 4p direct photoionization processes in krypton. The natural line width of the 3p photoelectron peaks was determined from the measured spectra and it is about 0.8 eV while the experimental width of the resonance near 220 eV photon energy (3p1/2-1→5s resonant excitation) is approximately 2 eV in Fig. 1. This broadening can be explained with the strong interference between the ionization and excitation channels. As before, we conclude that the angular distribution of photoelectrons is strongly influenced by the excitation processes. Acknowledgements. The authors wish to thank the DORIS III staff for providing excellent working conditions. This work was supported by the NKTH-OTKA (Grant No. K67719), and by the European Community

  12. Functional Expression and Characterization of Schizosaccharomyces pombe Avt3p as a Vacuolar Amino Acid Exporter in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

    Soracom Chardwiriyapreecha

    Full Text Available In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Avt3p and Avt4p mediate the extrusion of several amino acids from the vacuolar lumen into the cytosol. SpAvt3p of Schizosaccharomyces pombe, a homologue of these vacuolar amino acid transporters, has been indicated to be involved in spore formation. In this study, we confirmed that GFP-SpAvt3p localized to the vacuolar membrane in S. pombe. The amounts of various amino acids increased significantly in the vacuolar pool of avt3Δ cells, but decreased in that of avt3+-overexpressing avt3Δ cells. These results suggest that SpAvt3p participates in the vacuolar compartmentalization of amino acids in S. pombe. To examine the export activity of SpAvt3p, we expressed the avt3+ gene in S. cerevisiae cells. We found that the heterologously overproduced GFP-SpAvt3p localized to the vacuolar membrane in S. cerevisiae. Using the vacuolar membrane vesicles isolated from avt3+-overexpressing S. cerevisiae cells, we detected the export activities of alanine and tyrosine in an ATP-dependent manner. These activities were inhibited by the addition of a V-ATPase inhibitor, concanamycin A, thereby suggesting that the activity of SpAvt3p is dependent on a proton electrochemical gradient generated by the action of V-ATPase. In addition, the amounts of various amino acids in the vacuolar pools of S. cerevisiae cells were decreased by the overproduction of SpAvt3p, which indicated that SpAvt3p was functional in S. cerevisiae cells. Thus, SpAvt3p is a vacuolar transporter that is involved in the export of amino acids from S. pombe vacuoles.

  13. Programming of adipose tissue miR-483-3p and GDF-3 expression by maternal diet in type 2 diabetes

    Ferland-McCollough, D; Fernandez-Twinn, D S; Cannell, I G;

    2012-01-01

    Nutrition during early mammalian development permanently influences health of the adult, including increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying such programming are poorly defined. Here we demonstrate that programmed changes in mi......-life nutrition, limits storage of lipids in adipose tissue, causing lipotoxicity and insulin resistance and thus increasing susceptibility to metabolic disease.......RNA expression link early-life nutrition to long-term health. Specifically, we show that miR-483-3p is upregulated in adipose tissue from low-birth-weight adult humans and prediabetic adult rats exposed to suboptimal nutrition in early life. We demonstrate that manipulation of miR-483-3p levels in vitro...

  14. By inhibiting snail signaling and miR-23a-3p, osthole suppresses the EMT-mediated metastatic ability in prostate cancer.

    Wen, Yu-Ching; Lee, Wei-Jiunn; Tan, Peng; Yang, Shun-Fa; Hsiao, Michael; Lee, Liang-Ming; Chien, Ming-Hsien

    2015-08-28

    Here we showed that Osthole, 7-methoxy-8-(3-methyl-2-butenyl) coumarin, a bioactive coumarin derivative extracted from medicinal plants, inhibited migration, invasion, epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in androgen-independent prostate cancer (AIPC) cells in vitro and metastasis of AIPC in vivo. In patients, high Snail levels were correlated with a higher histological Gleason sum and poor survival rates. Osthole inhibited the TGF-β/Akt/MAPK pathways, reduced Snail-DNA-binding activity and induced E-cadherin. We found that osthole decreased miR-23a-3p. Ectopic miR-23a-3p suppressed E-cadherin 3' untranslated region reporter activity and E-cadherin expression, and relieved the motility suppression caused by osthole treatment. PMID:26110567

  15. Spin structure of binary processes in the 3P0 model of coloured tube

    The binary processes 0+1/2 →0+1/2 (π-p → π0n, π-p → ηn) are considered in the coloured tube model. It is shown that the relations of residues of the amplitude M0+iσ-vectorn-vectorq/2q0M1 and their q2-dependence at the secondary Regge pole exchange is determined by the wave function of a gg-bar pair which appears in the 3P0 state at disruption of a coloured tube. The account of the Thomas interaction gives a small contribution into matrix elements logarithmically decreasing with energy. The model, accounting for absorption, agrees semiquantitatively with experimental data

  16. Product lambda-doublet ratios for the O(3P) + D2 reaction: A mechanistic imprint

    Jambrina, P G; Aldegunde, J; Brouard, M; Aoiz, F J

    2016-01-01

    In the last decade, the development of theoretical methods have allowed chemists to reproduce and explain almost all of the experimental data associated with elementary atom plus diatom collisions. However, there are still a few examples where theory cannot account yet for experimental results. This is the case for the preferential population of one of the $\\Lambda$-doublet states produced by chemical reactions. In particular, recent measurements of the OD($^2\\Pi$) product of the O($^3$P) + D$_2$ reaction have shown a clear preference for the $\\Pi(A')$ $\\Lambda$-doublet states, in apparent contradiction with {\\em ab initio} calculations, which predict a larger reactivity on the $A"$ potential energy surface. Here we present a method to calculate the $\\Lambda$-doublet ratio when concurrent potential energy surfaces participate in the reaction. It accounts for the experimental $\\Lambda$-doublet populations via explicit consideration of the stereodynamics of the process. Furthermore, our results demonstrate that...

  17. Lanthanide refractory semiconductors based on the Th/sub 3/P/sub 4/ structure

    The phase relationships and the important structural, electrical and thermal properties of the R/sub 3/X/sub 4/-R/sub 2/X/sub 3/ (where R = lanthanides and X = S, Se and Te) phases having the Th/sub 3/P/sub 4/-type structure are reviewed. The room temperature electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of these materials are independent of R and only slightly dependent on X, but critically dependent on the X:R ratio. The long term stability of these phases is also reviewed. Although these materials have good thermoelectric properties there are some problems which need to be solved before these phases can be utilized in thermoelectric devices. These problems include long term stability, higher than desirable thermal conductivities, and low electron mobilities

  18. High strength Al–Al2O3p composites: Optimization of extrusion parameters

    Luan, B.F.; Hansen, Niels; Godfrey, A.;

    2011-01-01

    Composite aluminium alloys reinforced with Al2O3p particles have been produced by squeeze casting followed by hot extrusion and a precipitation hardening treatment. Good mechanical properties can be achieved, and in this paper we describe an optimization of the key processing parameters. The...... investigation of their mechanical properties and microstructure, as well as on the surface quality of the extruded samples. The evaluation shows that material with good strength, though with limited ductility, can be reliably obtained using a production route of squeeze casting, followed by hot extrusion and a...... precipitation hardening treatment. For the extrusion step optimized processing parameters have been determined as: (i) extrusion temperature=500°C–560°C; (ii) extrusion rate=5mm/s; (iii) extrusion ratio=10:1....

  19. Electron impact excitation of 2p and 3p states of hydrogen at intermediate energies

    A coupled-channel-optical (CCO) calculation with 9 and 12 atomic states supplemented with the continuum optical potentials for the stronger coupling channels has been performed for the electron impact excitation of hydrogen. The calculated n = 2 and n = 3 differential cross sections and the reduced Stokes parameters are comparable with the state-of-the art calculations. There is closer agreement between the present calculations and the experimental measurements for the reduced Stokes parameters P-bar1 and P-bar3 in the n = 2p excitation at 54.4 eV. The present CCO calculations also display good accord with the limited experimental data for the reduced Stokes parameters in the n = 3p excitation. (authors)

  20. Precision Hyperfine Structure of 2;^3P State of ^3He with External Magnetic

    Wu, Qixue; Drake, G. W. F.

    2007-06-01

    The theory of the Zeeman effect can be used to extrapolate precise measurements for the fine structure or the hyperfine structure to zero-field strength. In the present work, the hyperfine structure of 2;^3P state of ^3He with external magnetic fields is precisely calculated. The values of the fields for 32 crossings and five anticrossings of the magnetic sublevels are theoretically predicted for magnetic field strengths up to 1 Tesla. The results are compared with experimental work. We include the linear terms, diamagnetic terms, and the 2̂ relativistic correction terms in the Zeeman Hamiltonian. All related matrix elements are calculated with high accuracy by the use of double basis set Hylleraas type variational wave functions[1,2].[1] Z. -C. Yan and G.W.F. Drake, Phys. Rev. A 50, R1980 (1994).[2] Q. Wu and G.W.F. Drake, J. Phys. B 40, 393 (2007).

  1. Cross sections for electron capture and excitation in proton collisions with the metastable Be(2s2p3P) atom

    Previous studies have shown that it appears that the metastable Be(1s22s2p 3P) atoms can constitute a significant fraction of the atomic beryllium in the ITER plasma edge. The two-center atomic orbital close-coupling method is employed to study electron capture and excitation processes in proton collisions with the metastable Be(1s22s2p 3P) atom. The interaction of the active electron with the Be+ ion core is represented by a model potential reproducing accurately (to within 3.5%) the energies of triplet excited states Be(1s22snl 3L) (at least up to n = 7). The excitation and state-selective electron capture cross sections up to the n = 5 shells of both centers are calculated in the energy range 1-200 keV/u using an expansion basis involving all the states with n ≤ 7 on H and all triplet states with n ≤ 7 on Be, augmented with a number of pseudo-states. In the energy region below ∼ 10 keV/u, the cross sections of both processes exhibit oscillatory structures, resulting from the multi-state coupling accounted for in the dynamical model. It has been found that the magnitude of excitation cross sections above ∼ 10 keV/u is dominated by the multipole interactions, while below this energy the excitation process proceeds through intermediate electron capture states

  2. miR-224-3p inhibits autophagy in cervical cancer cells by targeting FIP200.

    Fang, Wang; Shu, Shan; Yongmei, Li; Endong, Zhu; Lirong, Yin; Bei, Sun

    2016-01-01

    Cervical cancer (CC) is a malignant solid tumor, which is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in women. Persistent High-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) infection is closely related to cervical cancer and autophagy has been suggested to inhibit viral infections. miRNAs have been reported to regulate autophagy in many solid tumors with many studies implicating miR-224-3p in the regulation of autophagy. In this study, we performed a miRNA microarray analysis on CC tissues and found that a large number of miRNAs with differential expressions in hrHPV-infected tissues. We identified miR-224-3p as a candidate miRNA selectively up regulated in HPV-infected tissues and cell lines. Further analysis revealed that miR-224-3p regulates autophagy in cervical cancer tissues and cell lines. While the overexpression of miR-224-3p inhibits autophagy in HPV-infected cells, knocking down endogenous miR-224-3p increases autophagy activity in the same cells. In addition, we found that miR-224-3p directly inhibits the expression of autophagy related gene, FAK family-interacting protein of 200 kDa (FIP200). In summary, we found that miR-224-3p regulates autophagy in hrHPV-induced cervical cancer cells through targeting FIP200 expression. PMID:27615604

  3. Core and Off-Core Processes in Systems Engineering

    Breidenthal, Julian; Forsberg, Kevin

    2010-01-01

    An emerging methodology of organizing systems-engineering plans is based on a concept of core and off-core processes or activities. This concept has emerged as a result of recognition of a risk in the traditional representation of systems-engineering plans by a Vee model alone, according to which a large system is decomposed into levels of smaller subsystems, then integrated through levels of increasing scope until the full system is constructed. Actual systems-engineering activity is more complicated, raising the possibility that the staff will become confused in the absence of plans which explain the nature and ordering of work beyond the traditional Vee model.

  4. Emergency core cooling device

    The present invention provides an emergency core cooling device without using a reactor core spray device, in which the reactor core of a BWR type reactor is cooled effectively and certainly by flooding of the reactor core. That is, the emergency core cooling device comprises a high pressure core water injection system as an emergency core cooling system (ECCS) for cooling the inside of the reactor core upon loss of coolants accident (LOCA). By means of the high pressure core water injection system, water is injected from a condensate storage vessel or a suppression pool to the inside of the reactor core shroud upon LOCA. Accordingly, the reactor core is cooled effectively by reactor core flooding. In this device, cooling water can be injected to the inside of the reactor core shroud by means of the high pressure core injection system upon LOCA in which the coolants are discharged from the outside of the reactor core shroud. On the other hand, upon LOCA in which the coolants are discharged from the inside of the reactor core shroud, the cooling water can be supplied to the reactor core by means of a cooling system upon reactor isolation which injects water to the outside of the reactor core or a low pressure water injection system. (I.S.)

  5. Genomic characterization of uncommon human G3P[6] rotavirus strains causing diarrhea in children in Italy in 2009.

    Ianiro, Giovanni; Delogu, Roberto; Fiore, Lucia; Ruggeri, Franco M

    2015-07-01

    Group A rotaviruses (RVA) are the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in young children, causing up to 450,000 deaths worldwide, mostly in developing countries. Most of RVA human infections in developed countries are related to five major G/P combinations: G1P[8], G2P[4], G3P[8], G4P[8] and G9P[8]. During the surveillance activity of RotaNet-Italy, three uncommon G3P[6] RVA strains, designated as RVA/Human-wt/ITA/NA01/2009/G3P[6], RVA/Human-wt/ITA/NA06/2009/G3P[6], and RVA/Human-wt/ITA/NA19/2009/G3P[6], were identified in the stools of children with diarrhea hospitalized in Southern Italy in 2009. Samples NA01, NA06 and NA19 were characterized as genotype G3P[6]. To investigate the three strains further, partial sequencing of the eleven genomic segments was performed. RVA strains NA01, NA06 and NA19 were found to share the rare genotype constellation: G3-P[6]-I2-R2-C2-M2-A2-N2-T2-E2-H2, which had not been reported previously in continental Italy. The phylogenetic analysis of the eleven genomic segments showed no evidence of zoonosis or inter-species reassortment at the origin of the Italian G3P[6] strains, indicating that they possessed DS-1-like genomic constellations similar to those detected previously in human cases in Africa and Europe. The analysis of the hypervariable regions of VP7 and VP4 (VP8*) revealed high amino acid identity between the Italian G3P[6] RVA strains involved in this study. PMID:25913157

  6. Wakefield Computations for the CLIC PETS using the Parallel Finite Element Time-Domain Code T3P

    Candel, A; Kabel, A.; Lee, L.; Li, Z.; Ng, C.; Schussman, G.; Ko, K.; /SLAC; Syratchev, I.; /CERN

    2009-06-19

    In recent years, SLAC's Advanced Computations Department (ACD) has developed the high-performance parallel 3D electromagnetic time-domain code, T3P, for simulations of wakefields and transients in complex accelerator structures. T3P is based on advanced higher-order Finite Element methods on unstructured grids with quadratic surface approximation. Optimized for large-scale parallel processing on leadership supercomputing facilities, T3P allows simulations of realistic 3D structures with unprecedented accuracy, aiding the design of the next generation of accelerator facilities. Applications to the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) Power Extraction and Transfer Structure (PETS) are presented.

  7. S-matrix calculations of energy levels of alkalilike ions

    Sapirstein, Jonathan; Cheng, K. T.

    2013-05-01

    A recent S-matrix based QED calculation of energy levels of the lithium isoelectronic sequence is extended to the general case of a valence electron outside an arbitrary filled core. Formulas are presented that allow calculation of the energy levels of valence ns , np1 / 2 , np3 / 2 , nd3 / 2 , and nd5 / 2 states. Emphasis is placed on modifications of the lithiumlike formulas required because more than one core state is present, and a discussion of an unusual feature of the two-photon exchange contribution involving autoiononizing states is given. The method is illustrated with a calculation of energy levels of the sodium isoelectronic sequence, with results for 3s1 / 2 , 3p1 / 2 , and 3p3 / 2 energies tabulated for the range Z = 20 - 100 . A detailed breakdown of the calculation is given for Z = 74 . Comparison with experiment and other calculations is given, and prospects for extension of the method to ions with more complex electronic structure discussed. The work of JS was supported in part by NSF Grant No. PHY-1068065. The work of KTC was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  8. TMI-2 core boring machine

    An important and essential aspect of the TMI-2 defueling effort is to determine what occurred in the core region during the accident. Remote cameras and probes only portray a portion of the overall picture. What lies beneath the rubble bed and solidified sublayer is, as yet, unknown. This paper discusses the TMI-2 Core Boring Machine, which has been developed to drill into the damaged core of the TMI-2 reactor and extract stratified samples of the core. This machine, its unique support structure, positioning and leveling systems, and specially designed drill bits, combine to provide a unique mechanical system. In addition, the machine is controlled by a microprocessor; which actually controls the drilling operation, allowing relatively inexperienced operators to drill the core samples. A data acquisition system is data integral with the controlling system and collects data relative to system conditions and monitored parameters during drilling. Data obtained during the actual drilling operations are collected in a data base which will be used for actual mapping of the core region, identifying materials and stratification levels that are present

  9. Join the CERN ISEF special award winners | 16 June - 3 p.m.

    2016-01-01

    Come and join the CERN ISEF special award winners at their lightning talks session on 16 June at 3.00 p.m. in the main auditorium.   The 2016 Intel ISEF CERN special award winners on stage with the selection committee on 17 May 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (Picture: Society for Science and the Public) Between 11 and 17 June 2016, the ten finalists of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) who won the CERN Special Award, will visit CERN to partake in various educational lectures. ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, with approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries taking part. They will present their projects in short 5 minutes lightning talks' sessions at the main auditorium on Thursday 16 June at 3 p.m. The award winners would be also very happy to have a chance to interact and discuss with you af...

  10. (2p2)3P state of H- and the convergence of the CI series

    A sequence of increasingly accurate configuration interaction (CI) wave functions is used to discuss binding and the convergence of the CI series for the (2p2)3P state of H-. We get an upper bound energy E/sub u/=-0.1 253 547 166 a.u.(H), the lowest yet obtained, lying within an estimated 0.4 μhartree from the exact eigenvalue of Schroedinger's nonrelativistic equation. The angular energy limits define angular energy increments ΔE/sub l/ which follows the formula ΔE/sub l/approx. =0.18 (l+1/2)-7a.u. for l> or =4. Five or eighty per cent of binding is obtained with a three-term Psi=c1(2p)2+c2(2p')2+c3 (3d)2 depending on whether the 2p,2p', and 3d orbitals are energy optimized STO's or accurate natural orbitals, respectively

  11. ACE3P Computations of Wakefield Coupling in the CLIC Two-Beam Accelerator

    Candel, Arno; Li, Z.; Ng, C.; Rawat, V.; Schussman, G.; Ko, K.; /SLAC; Syratchev, I.; Grudiev, A.; Wuensch, W.; /CERN

    2010-10-27

    The Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) provides a path to a multi-TeV accelerator to explore the energy frontier of High Energy Physics. Its novel two-beam accelerator concept envisions rf power transfer to the accelerating structures from a separate high-current decelerator beam line consisting of power extraction and transfer structures (PETS). It is critical to numerically verify the fundamental and higher-order mode properties in and between the two beam lines with high accuracy and confidence. To solve these large-scale problems, SLAC's parallel finite element electromagnetic code suite ACE3P is employed. Using curvilinear conformal meshes and higher-order finite element vector basis functions, unprecedented accuracy and computational efficiency are achieved, enabling high-fidelity modeling of complex detuned structures such as the CLIC TD24 accelerating structure. In this paper, time-domain simulations of wakefield coupling effects in the combined system of PETS and the TD24 structures are presented. The results will help to identify potential issues and provide new insights on the design, leading to further improvements on the novel CLIC two-beam accelerator scheme.

  12. Precision frequency measurement of 1S0–3P1 intercombination lines of Sr isotopes

    We report on frequency measurement of the intercombination (5s2)1S0–(5s5p)3P1 transition of the four natural isotopes of strontium, including 88Sr (82.58%), 87Sr (7.0%), 86Sr (9.86%), and 84Sr (0.56%). A narrow-linewidth laser that is locked to an ultra-low expansion (ULE) optical cavity with a finesse of 12000 is evaluated at a linewidth of 200 Hz with a fractional frequency drift of 2.8×10−13 at an integration time of 1 s. The fluorescence collector and detector are specially designed, based on a thermal atomic beam. Using a double-pass acousto-optic modulator (AOM) combined with a fiber and laser power stabilization configuration to detune the laser frequency enables high signal-to-noise ratios and precision saturated spectra to be obtained for the six transition lines, which allows us to determine the transition frequency precisely. The optical frequency is measured using an optical frequency synthesizer referenced to an H maser. Both the statistical values and the final values, including the corrections and uncertainties, are derived for a comparison with the values given in other works. (paper)

  13. Prm3p Is a Pheromone-induced Peripheral Nuclear Envelope Protein Required for Yeast Nuclear Fusion

    Shen, Shu; Tobery, Cynthia E.; Rose, Mark D.

    2009-01-01

    Nuclear membrane fusion is the last step in the mating pathway of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We adapted a bioinformatics approach to identify putative pheromone-induced membrane proteins potentially required for nuclear membrane fusion. One protein, Prm3p, was found to be required for nuclear membrane fusion; disruption of PRM3 caused a strong bilateral defect, in which nuclear congression was completed but fusion did not occur. Prm3p was localized to the nuclear envelope in pheromon...

  14. Novel Antiplatelet Activity of Minocycline Involves Inhibition of MLK3-p38 Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase Axis.

    Joseph W Jackson

    Full Text Available Platelets play an essential role in hemostasis and wound healing by facilitating thrombus formation at sites of injury. Platelets also mediate inflammation and contain several pro-inflammatory molecules including cytokines and chemokines that mediate leukocyte recruitment and activation. Not surprisingly, platelet dysfunction is known to contribute to several inflammatory disorders. Antiplatelet therapies, such as aspirin, adenosine diphosphate (ADP antagonists, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa (GPIIb/IIIa inhibitors, and anticoagulants such as warfarin, dampen platelet activity at the risk of unwarranted bleeding. Thus, the development of drugs that reduce platelet-mediated inflammation without interfering with thrombus formation is of importance to combat platelet-associated disorders. We have shown here for the first time that the tetracycline antibiotic, minocycline, administered to HIV-infected individuals reduces plasma levels of soluble CD40L and platelet factor 4 levels, host molecules predominately released by platelets. Minocycline reduced the activation of isolated platelets in the presence of the potent platelet activator, thrombin, as measured by ELISA and flow cytometry. Platelet degranulation was reduced upon exposure to minocycline as shown by mepacrine retention and flow cytometry. However, minocycline had no effect on spreading, aggregation, GPIIb/IIIa activation, or in vivo thrombus formation. Lastly, immunoblot analysis suggests that the antiplatelet activity of minocycline is likely mediated by inhibition of mixed lineage kinase 3 (MLK3-p38 MAPK signaling axis and loss of p38 activity. Our findings provide a better understanding of platelet biology and a novel repurposing of an established antibiotic, minocycline, to specifically reduce platelet granule release without affecting thrombosis, which may yield insights in generating novel, specific antiplatelet therapies.

  15. Novel Antiplatelet Activity of Minocycline Involves Inhibition of MLK3-p38 Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase Axis

    Jackson, Joseph W.; Singh, Meera V.; Singh, Vir B.; Jones, Letitia D.; Davidson, Gregory A.; Ture, Sara; Morrell, Craig N.; Schifitto, Giovanni; Maggirwar, Sanjay B.

    2016-01-01

    Platelets play an essential role in hemostasis and wound healing by facilitating thrombus formation at sites of injury. Platelets also mediate inflammation and contain several pro-inflammatory molecules including cytokines and chemokines that mediate leukocyte recruitment and activation. Not surprisingly, platelet dysfunction is known to contribute to several inflammatory disorders. Antiplatelet therapies, such as aspirin, adenosine diphosphate (ADP) antagonists, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa (GPIIb/IIIa) inhibitors, and anticoagulants such as warfarin, dampen platelet activity at the risk of unwarranted bleeding. Thus, the development of drugs that reduce platelet-mediated inflammation without interfering with thrombus formation is of importance to combat platelet-associated disorders. We have shown here for the first time that the tetracycline antibiotic, minocycline, administered to HIV-infected individuals reduces plasma levels of soluble CD40L and platelet factor 4 levels, host molecules predominately released by platelets. Minocycline reduced the activation of isolated platelets in the presence of the potent platelet activator, thrombin, as measured by ELISA and flow cytometry. Platelet degranulation was reduced upon exposure to minocycline as shown by mepacrine retention and flow cytometry. However, minocycline had no effect on spreading, aggregation, GPIIb/IIIa activation, or in vivo thrombus formation. Lastly, immunoblot analysis suggests that the antiplatelet activity of minocycline is likely mediated by inhibition of mixed lineage kinase 3 (MLK3)-p38 MAPK signaling axis and loss of p38 activity. Our findings provide a better understanding of platelet biology and a novel repurposing of an established antibiotic, minocycline, to specifically reduce platelet granule release without affecting thrombosis, which may yield insights in generating novel, specific antiplatelet therapies. PMID:27270236

  16. Reactor core heterogeneity effects on radionuclide inventory

    Highlights: ► Reactor core heterogeneity effects on radionuclide inventory are studied. ► A methodology for inventory estimation of individual fuel assembly is developed. ► Estimated inventory using presently developed and conventional method is compared. ► Radionuclide density peak and its location in equilibrium VVER core are investigated. - Abstract: Understanding fission product behavior is an important aspect of nuclear safety studies. A nuclear reactor core contains complex mixture of fuel elements with different levels of enrichment, power and burnup. Conventional method of core radionuclide inventory estimation is based on use of homogenized core parameters like burnup, enrichment, specific power etc. This approach does not reveal the variation in radionuclide density among different fuel elements within the core. The present work aims to bridge this knowledge gap by estimating the distribution of radionuclides in the nuclear reactor core taking into account the heterogeneity of the core explicitly. The analysis has brought out peak radionuclide density in the core which can be helpful in appropriate estimation of the radiological release in the accidental scenarios involving failures of few fuel assemblies. A quantitative comparison of total core inventory estimated based conventional core average parameters and detailed core inventory using individual fuel assembly inventory estimate has been made

  17. A method of combined treatment for the evaluation of core excitation energies in molecules involving heavy atoms

    Maruani, J.; Khoudir, A.; Kuleff, A.; Tronc, M.; Giorgi, G.; Bonnelle, C.

    Core excitation energies (CEs) are known to depend on the chemical environment mostly through the charge transfered from or to the would-be excited atom in the ground-state molecule. We have made use of this peculiarity to set up a combined method for evaluating the CEs of molecules involving heavy atoms, where cumulated handicaps make direct calculations very difficult. We have evaluated the CEs of np levels in chromium, molybdenum and tungsten hexafluorides and compared the contributions of relaxation and relativity. In a first step, various approximate methods were used to evaluate the amount of charge transfered in the three hexafluorides, using the experimental geometries and testing different definitions of the charge. Results show the following trends: i) the calculated charge transfer increases as CrF6 Mulliken (balanced) charges vary in the order REX >> RHF > CISD > DFT, and Weinhold (natural) charges tend to be slightly larger; iii) our best (CISD) calculations give a natural percentage of electron transfer from the metal atom to the bonded fluorines of about 45% for CrF6, 56% for MoF6, and 59% for WF6. In a second step, numerical ab-initio, relativistic, [Delta]DF calculations of the total and orbital energies were performed on the ground-state and core-excited metal ions involving 1 to 5 valence ionizations. Core excitation energies were deduced and the relative importance of relaxation and relativity effects was discussed. In a last step, the core excitation energies for the molecules were evaluated by interpolating between values previously obtained for the free ions, using the net atomic charges derived for the ground-state molecules in our best previous approximation. The results are particularly striking for WF6: 1) for core excitations from the 2p1/2, 2p3/2 and 3p1/2, 3p3/2 levels, experimental energies are reproduced within 0.4-1.2 eV; 2) there is a relaxation alteration of the charge transfer stronger for the 3p than for the 2p levels; 3

  18. The human core exosome interacts with differentially localized processive RNases

    Tomecki, Rafal; Kristiansen, Maiken Søndergaard; Lykke-Andersen, Søren;

    2010-01-01

    The eukaryotic RNA exosome is a ribonucleolytic complex involved in RNA processing and turnover. It consists of a nine-subunit catalytically inert core that serves a structural function and participates in substrate recognition. Best defined in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, enzymatic activity comes...... from the associated subunits Dis3p (Rrp44p) and Rrp6p. The former is a nuclear and cytoplasmic RNase II/R-like enzyme, which possesses both processive exo- and endonuclease activities, whereas the latter is a distributive RNase D-like nuclear exonuclease. Although the exosome core is highly conserved......, identity and arrangements of its catalytic subunits in different vertebrates remain elusive. Here, we demonstrate the association of two different Dis3p homologs--hDIS3 and hDIS3L--with the human exosome core. Interestingly, these factors display markedly different intracellular localizations: hDIS3...

  19. The − 5 A/G single-nucleotide polymorphism in the core promoter region of MT2A and its effect on allele-specific gene expression and Cd, Zn and Cu levels in laryngeal cancer

    Starska, Katarzyna, E-mail: katarzyna.starska@umed.lodz.pl [I Department of Otolaryngology and Laryngological Oncology, Medical University of Łódź, Kopcinskiego 22, 90-153 Łódź (Poland); Krześlak, Anna; Forma, Ewa [Department of Cytobiochemistry, University of Łódź, Pomorska 142/143, 90-236 Łódź (Poland); Olszewski, Jurek [II Department of Otolaryngology and Laryngological Oncology, Medical University of Łódź, Żeromskiego 113, 90-549 Łódź (Poland); Morawiec-Sztandera, Alina [Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of Łódź, Paderewskiego 4, 93-509 Łódź (Poland); Aleksandrowicz, Paweł [Department of Otolaryngology and Laryngological Oncology, Medical University of Lublin, Jaczewskiego 8, 20-954 Lublin (Poland); Lewy-Trenda, Iwona [Department of Pathology, Medical University of Łódź, Pomorska 251, 92-213 Łódź (Poland); and others

    2014-10-15

    Metallothioneins (MTs) are low molecular weight, cysteine-rich heavy metal-binding proteins which participate in the mechanisms of Zn homeostasis, and protect against toxic metals. MTs contain metal-thiolate cluster groups and suppress metal toxicity by binding to them. The aim of this study was to determine the − 5 A/G (rs28366003) single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the core promoter region of the MT2A gene and to investigate its effect on allele-specific gene expression and Cd, Zn and Cu content in squamous cell laryngeal cancer (SCC) and non-cancerous laryngeal mucosa (NCM) as a control. The MT2A promoter region − 5 A/G SNP was determined by restriction fragment length polymorphism using 323 SCC and 116 NCM. MT2A gene analysis was performed by quantitative real-time PCR. The frequency of A allele carriage was 94.2% and 91.8% in SCC and NCM, respectively, while G allele carriage was detected in 5.8% and 8.2% of SCC and NCM samples, respectively. As a result, a significant association was identified between the − 5 A/G SNP in the MT2A gene with mRNA expression in both groups. Metal levels were analyzed by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The significant differences were identified between A/A and both the A/G and G/G genotypes, with regard to the concentration of the contaminating metal. The Spearman rank correlation results showed that the MT2A expression and Cd, Zn, Cu levels were negatively correlated. Results obtained in this study suggest that − 5 A/G SNP in MT2A gene may have an effect on allele-specific gene expression and accumulation of metal levels in laryngeal cancer. - Highlights: • MT2A gene expression and metal content in laryngeal cancer tissues • Association between SNP (rs28366003) and expression of MT2A • Significant associations between the SNP and Cd, Zn and Cu levels • Negative correlation between MT2A gene expression and Cd, Zn and Cu levels.

  20. The − 5 A/G single-nucleotide polymorphism in the core promoter region of MT2A and its effect on allele-specific gene expression and Cd, Zn and Cu levels in laryngeal cancer

    Metallothioneins (MTs) are low molecular weight, cysteine-rich heavy metal-binding proteins which participate in the mechanisms of Zn homeostasis, and protect against toxic metals. MTs contain metal-thiolate cluster groups and suppress metal toxicity by binding to them. The aim of this study was to determine the − 5 A/G (rs28366003) single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the core promoter region of the MT2A gene and to investigate its effect on allele-specific gene expression and Cd, Zn and Cu content in squamous cell laryngeal cancer (SCC) and non-cancerous laryngeal mucosa (NCM) as a control. The MT2A promoter region − 5 A/G SNP was determined by restriction fragment length polymorphism using 323 SCC and 116 NCM. MT2A gene analysis was performed by quantitative real-time PCR. The frequency of A allele carriage was 94.2% and 91.8% in SCC and NCM, respectively, while G allele carriage was detected in 5.8% and 8.2% of SCC and NCM samples, respectively. As a result, a significant association was identified between the − 5 A/G SNP in the MT2A gene with mRNA expression in both groups. Metal levels were analyzed by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The significant differences were identified between A/A and both the A/G and G/G genotypes, with regard to the concentration of the contaminating metal. The Spearman rank correlation results showed that the MT2A expression and Cd, Zn, Cu levels were negatively correlated. Results obtained in this study suggest that − 5 A/G SNP in MT2A gene may have an effect on allele-specific gene expression and accumulation of metal levels in laryngeal cancer. - Highlights: • MT2A gene expression and metal content in laryngeal cancer tissues • Association between SNP (rs28366003) and expression of MT2A • Significant associations between the SNP and Cd, Zn and Cu levels • Negative correlation between MT2A gene expression and Cd, Zn and Cu levels

  1. Inner Core Rotation from Geomagnetic Westward Drift and a Stationary Spherical Vortex in Earth's Core

    Voorhies, C. V.

    1999-01-01

    The idea that geomagnetic westward drift indicates convective leveling of the planetary momentum gradient within Earth's core is pursued in search of a differentially rotating mean state, upon which various oscillations and secular effects might be superimposed. The desired state conforms to roughly spherical boundary conditions, minimizes dissipative interference with convective cooling in the bulk of the core, yet may aide core cooling by depositing heat in the uppermost core and lower mantle. The variational calculus of stationary dissipation applied to a spherical vortex within the core yields an interesting differential rotation profile akin to spherical Couette flow bounded by thin Hartmann layers. Four boundary conditions are required. To concentrate shear induced dissipation near the core-mantle boundary, these are taken to be: (i) no-slip at the core-mantle interface; (ii) geomagnetically estimated bulk westward flow at the base of the core-mantle boundary layer; (iii) no-slip at the inner-outer core interface; and, to describe magnetic locking of the inner core to the deep outer core, (iv) hydrodynamically stress-free at the inner-outer core boundary. By boldly assuming the axial core angular momentum anomaly to be zero, the super-rotation of the inner core is calculated to be at most 1.5 degrees per year.

  2. Transition probabilities for the 1s21S0-1s2p 3P1 intercombination line in He-like carbon and nitrogen

    Lifetime measurements are presented for 1s2p 3Psub(1,2) levels for He-like C V and N VI. From the measured lifetimes, transition probabilities are deduced for both allowed and spin-forbidden transitions. The values for the 1s21S0 - 1s2p 3P1 transition rates, 0.29 . 108 and 1.38 . 108 s-1 for C V and N VI respectively, are found to be in good agreement with theory. (orig.)

  3. Profiles of serum microRNAs; miR-125b-5p and miR223-3p serve as novel biomarkers for HBV-positive hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Giray, Burcu Gurer; Emekdas, Gurol; Tezcan, Seda; Ulger, Mahmut; Serin, Mehmet Sami; Sezgin, Orhan; Altintas, Engin; Tiftik, Eyup Naci

    2014-07-01

    Recently, circulating miRNAs have been reported as promising biomarkers for various pathologic conditions including cancer. Certain microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown early diagnostic potential for many types of cancer. The objective of this study was to investigate the potential of certain serum/plasma miRNAs as novel non-invasive biomarkers for early diagnosis of hepatitis B virus (HBV) related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). For this reason, the expression levels of 24 miRNA (let-7c, miR-92a-3p, 423-5p, 150-5p, 223-3p, 125b-5p, 342-3p, miR-206, 122-5p, 375, 223-5p, 10a-5p, 23b-5p, 99a-5p, 23a-5p, 10a-3p, 122-3p, 125b-1-3p, 23b-3p, 125b-2-3p, 23a-3p, 92a-1-5p, 92a-2-5p, 99a-3p) were analyzed in plasma of patients with chronic hepatitis B, HBV-positive cirrhosis and HBV-positive HCC and compared with control group samples. Totally 94 plasma samples; 28 control and 66 patient plasma (24 CHB, 22 HBV-positive cirrhosis, 20 HBV-positive HCC) and were included in this study. The expression levels of 24 miRNAs were detected for all control and patient group plasma samples by qRT-PCR using BioMark™ 96.96 Dynamic Array (Fluidigm Corporation) system. The expression levels of miR-125b-5p were detected 2.85 fold, 2.46 fold and 1.89 fold (p = 0.01513, p = 0.0009440, p = 0.0001446) up regulated in CHB, HBV-positive cirrhosis and HBV-positive HCC, respectively when compared versus control group individually by Mann-Whitney U test. The expression levels of miR-223-3p were detected 5.55 fold, 13.88 fold and 12.65 fold (p = 0.01513, p = 0.0009440, p = 0.0001446) down regulated in same comparisons. When all groups were compared versus control group by one-way ANOVA test, the expression levels of miR-223-3p were also found statistically significant (p < 0.05). Although not statistically significant, miR-125b-5p tended to be upregulated. (p = 0.07192). These results significantly imply that miR-125b-5p and miR223-3p could be used as novel non-invasive biomarkers of HBV-positive HCC

  4. Academic Rigor: The Core of the Core

    Brunner, Judy

    2013-01-01

    Some educators see the Common Core State Standards as reason for stress, most recognize the positive possibilities associated with them and are willing to make the professional commitment to implementing them so that academic rigor for all students will increase. But business leaders, parents, and the authors of the Common Core are not the only…

  5. Control device for emergency core cooling systems

    Purpose: To prevent erroneous operations due to repeated start and stop of emergency core cooling systems, as well as control the reactor water level to an appropriate position in the reactor of a BWR type nuclear power plants, in case of loss of coolants accident, in particular, stick open troubles of a releaf valve, by appropriately maintaining the reactor water level. Constitution: Water either from a condensate storage tank or from a pressure suppression chamber is sprayed into a reactor by an emergency core cooling system pump by way of a feedwater line. In the emergency core cooling system, signals prepared by the addition of the flow rate measured by a flowmeter mounted to the releaf valve air exhaust pipe and the flow rate in other exhaust pipe measured by other flowmeter and signals obtained by the flowmeter for the pump exit are inputted into a comparator circuit. The signals therefrom are transmitted to the control device for the emergency core cooling system pump to control the flow rate in the emergency core cooling system. If the flow rate in the relief valve is decreased, the flow rate in the emergency core cooling system is also decreased to equalize the flow rates from and into the core. Thus, the core liquid level can be kept constant, whereby the water inventry is maintained and the safety of the cladding tube is maintained even if the water level system is failed to make the level monitor impossible. (Seki, T.)

  6. Benchmark calculations for MTR type cores

    The benchmark neutronies design study of MTR cores has been performed for various fuel enrichments. The reactivities and fluxes for fresh core have been evaluated. The reference calculations have been performed for a 10MW(th) reactor but the method is applicable to other power levels. As the results are in good agreement with those obtained at other establishments, the method of analysis used in this report for a fresh core can be relied upon with a fair amount of confidence. (authors)

  7. The state dependence of the interaction of metastable rare gas atoms Rg sup * (ms sup 3 P sub 2 , sup 3 P sub 0 ) (Rg=Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) with ground state sodium atoms

    Schohl, S.; Mueller, M.W.; Meijer, H.A.J.; Ruf, M.W.; Hotop, H. (Kaiserslautern Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Fachbereich Physik); Morgner, H. (Witten-Herdecke Univ., Witten (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Experimentalphysik)

    1990-08-01

    Using crossed beams of metastable rare gas atoms Rg{sup *}(ms {sup 3}P{sub 2}, {sup 3}P{sub 0}) (Rg=Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) and ground state sodium atoms Na(3s {sup 2}S{sub 1/2}), we have measured the energy spectra of electrons released in the respective Penning ionization processes at thermal collision energies. For Rg{sup *}({sup 3}P{sub 2})+Na(3s), the spectra are quite similar for the different rare gases, both in width and shape; they reflect attractive interactions in the entrance channel with well depths D{sub e}{sup *} (meV) decreasing slowly from Rg=Ne to Xe as follows: 676(18); 602(23); 565(26); 555(30). For Rg{sup *}({sup 3}P{sub 0})+Na(3 s), the spectra vary strongly with the rare gas, indicating a change in the character of the interaction from van der Waals type attraction (Ne) to chemical binding for Kr and Xe with well depths D{sub e}{sup *} (meV) of: 51(19); 107(25); 432(30); 530(50). These findings are explained through model calculations of the respective potential curves, in which the exchange and the spin orbit interaction in the excited rare gas and the molecular interaction between the two valence s-electrons in terms of suitably chosen singlet and triplet potentials are taken into account. These calculations also explain qualitatively the experimental finding that the ratios q{sub 2}/q{sub 0} of the ionization cross sections for Rg{sup *}({sup 3}P{sub 2})+Na and Rg{sup *}({sup 3}P{sub 0})+Na vary strongly with the rare gas from Ne to Xe as follows: 15.8(3.2); 2.6(4); 1.4(2); 1.6(4). (orig.).

  8. Drilling history core hole DC-8

    1978-10-01

    Core hole DC-8 was completed in August, 1978 by Boyles Brothers Drilling Company, Spokane, Washington, under subcontract to Fenix and Scission, Inc. The hole was cored for the US Department of Energy and the Rockwell Hanford Operations' Basalt Waste Isolation Program. Fenix and Scisson, Inc. furnished the engineering, daily supervision of the core drilling activities, and geologic core logging for hole DC-8. Core hole DC-8 is located on the Hanford Site near the Wye Barricade and 50 feet northwest of rotary hole DC-7. The Hanford Site vation coordinates for DC-8 are North 14,955.94 feet and West 14,861.92 coordinates for DC-8 are North 14,955.94 feet and West 14,861.92 mean sea level. The purpose of core hole DC-8 was to core drill vertically through the basalt and interbed units for stratigraphic depth determination and core collection, and to provide a borehole for hydrologic testing and cross-hole seismic shear and pressure wave velocity studies with rotary hole DC-7. The total depth of core hole DC-8 was 4100.5 feet. Core recovery exceeded 97 percent of the total footage cored.

  9. Physico-chemical studies of MgNa3P3O10·12H2O

    Fahim I.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available A magnesium-sodium triphosphate MgNa3P3O10·12H2O already known has been prepared by the method of ion exchange resin of aqueous chemistry and studied by X-Ray diffraction, thermal analyses (TGA-DTA, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and infrared spectrometry which show the characteristic bands of a triphosphate P3O. The results of differential thermal analysis, X-Ray powder diffraction and IR spectra of the compound heated at different temperatures showed that, after dehydration, MgNa3P3O10·12H2O decomposes into an amorphous compound, then it crystallizes at 600 ° C in order to give the anhydrous triphosphate MgNa3P3O10. MgNa3P3O10 is stable until its melting point at 612 ° C. Two different methods Ozawa and KAS have been selected in studying the kinetics of thermal behavior of the triphosphate P3O10 for the first time. The kinetic and thermodynamic characteristics of the dehydration of MgNa3P3O10·12H2O and the thermal phenomena accompanying this dehydration were determinated and discussed on the basis of the proposed crystalline structure.

  10. MicroRNA-29a-3p attenuates ET-1-induced hypertrophic responses in H9c2 cardiomyocytes.

    Li, Man; Wang, Nan; Zhang, Jian; He, Hong-Peng; Gong, Hui-Qin; Zhang, Rui; Song, Tie-Feng; Zhang, Li-Nan; Guo, Zhi-Xia; Cao, Dong-Sun; Zhang, Tong-Cun

    2016-07-01

    Transcription factor nuclear factor of activated T cells c4 (NFATc4) is the best-characterized target for the development of cardiac hypertrophy. Aberrant microRNA-29 (miR-29) expression is involved in the development of cardiac fibrosis and congestive heart failure. However, whether miR-29 regulates hypertrophic processes is still not clear. In this study, we investigated the potential functions of miR-29a-3p in endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. We showed that miR-29a-3p was down-regulated in ET-1-treated H9c2 cardiomyocytes. Overexpression of miR-29a-3p significantly reduced ET-1-induced hypertrophic responses in H9c2 cardiomyocytes, which was accompanied by a decrease in NFATc4 expression. miR-29a-3p targeted directly to the 3'-UTR of NFATc4 mRNA and silenced NFATc4 expression. Our results indicate that miR-29a-3p inhibits ET-1-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy via inhibiting NFATc4 expression. PMID:26992639

  11. Soft-mode enhanced superconductivity in the antiperovskite APt{sub 3}P, A=Sr, Ca, La

    Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    The surprising discovery of superconductivity in iron pnictides initiated an increased search for superconductivity in other unconventional compounds. Recently, a new class of P-based antiperovskites was synthesized, and superconductivity with a T{sub c} of 8.4 K was observed for SrPt{sub 3}P. Specific heat measurements indicated a strong-coupling scenario and the presence of low-energy phonon modes. Replacing Sr by Ca or La resulted in lower T{sub c}'s and a progressive loss of strong-coupling signatures. Here we present results of a first principles study of lattice dynamics and electron-phonon coupling properties of APt{sub 3}P, A=Sr,Ca,La, with full consideration of spin-orbit interaction. For SrPt{sub 3}P, the coupling is carried almost totally by a single low-frequency branch consisting of planar Pt vibrations, which result in a coupling constant of λ∼2. In CaPt{sub 3}P this mode stiffens significantly thereby reducing λ to about 1, while in LaPt{sub 3}P the coupling is further reduced to 0.5 because of a shift of the electronic bands. In contrast to previous work, our ab initio results provide a consistent quantitative description of the key features of superconductivity in this new class of materials within the framework of the strong-coupling Eliashberg theory.

  12. Development of a chromosomally integrated metabolite-inducible Leu3p-alpha-IPM "off-on" gene switch.

    Maria Poulou

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Present technology uses mostly chimeric proteins as regulators and hormones or antibiotics as signals to induce spatial and temporal gene expression. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here, we show that a chromosomally integrated yeast 'Leu3p-alpha-IotaRhoMu' system constitutes a ligand-inducible regulatory "off-on" genetic switch with an extensively dynamic action area. We find that Leu3p acts as an active transcriptional repressor in the absence and as an activator in the presence of alpha-isopropylmalate (alpha-IotaRhoMu in primary fibroblasts isolated from double transgenic mouse embryos bearing ubiquitously expressing Leu3p and a Leu3p regulated GFP reporter. In the absence of the branched amino acid biosynthetic pathway in animals, metabolically stable alpha-IPM presents an EC(50 equal to 0.8837 mM and fast "OFF-ON" kinetics (t(50ON = 43 min, t(50OFF = 2.18 h, it enters the cells via passive diffusion, while it is non-toxic to mammalian cells and to fertilized mouse eggs cultured ex vivo. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our results demonstrate that the 'Leu3p-alpha-IotaRhoMu' constitutes a simpler and safer system for inducible gene expression in biomedical applications.

  13. Regulatory role of the sequences downstream from nodD3 P1 promoter of Rhizobium meliloti

    2000-01-01

    The 660 bp region between nodD3 P1 promoter and the following coding region of Rhizobium meliloti has been studied.This region is designated "downstream sequences".It consists of two potential open reading frames,ORF1 and ORF2.Studies on the role of the downstream sequences on the activity of nodD3 P1 with nod D3(P1)-lacZ fusion show that deletion of the sequences containing ORF2 causes the increase of the activity of the fusion; on the contrary,addition of extra copies of ORF2 markedly decreases the activity of the fusion.These results indicate that the product of ORF2 plays a negative role in the expression of nod D3.

  14. Studies of pH regulation by Btn1p, the yeast homolog of human Cln3p.

    Pearce, D A; Nosel, S A; Sherman, F

    1999-04-01

    Although the gene responsible for Batten disease, CLN3, was positionally cloned in 1995, the function of Cln3p and the molecular basis of the disease still remain elusive. We previously reported that the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae contains a homolog to Cln3p, designated Btn1p, and that the human Cln3p complemented the pH-dependent resistance to D-(-)-threo-2-amino-1-[p-nitrophenyl]-1, 3-propanediol in btn1-Delta yeast mutants. We have determined that yeast lacking Btn1p have an elevated ability to acidify media during growth that correlates with an elevated plasma membrane ATPase activity. Btn1p may be involved in maintaining pH homeostasis of yeast cells. PMID:10191121

  15. Biomimetic-Inspired Infrared Sensors from Zn3P2 Microwires: Study of Their Photoconductivity and Infrared Spectrum Properties

    M. Israelowitz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The fire beetle, Melanophila acuminata (Coleoptera: Buprestidae, senses infrared radiation at wavelengths of 3 and 10–25 microns via specialized protein-containing sensilla. Although the protein denatures outside of a biological system, this detection mechanism has inspired our bottom-up approach to produce single zinc phosphide microwires via vapour transport for IR sensing. The Zn3P2 microwires were immobilized and electrical contact was made by dielectrophoresis. Photoconductivity measurements have been extended to the near IR range, spanning the Zn3P2 band gaps. Purity and integrity of the Zn3P2 microwires including infrared light scattering properties were confirmed by infrared transmission microscopy. This biomimetic microwire shows promise for infrared chip development.

  16. Doubly excited {sup 3}P{sup e} resonance states of two-electron positive ions in Debye plasmas

    Hu, Xiao-Qing; Wang, Yang; Kar, Sabyasachi, E-mail: skar@hit.edu.cn, E-mail: karsabyasachi@yahoo.com [Center for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics, Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Jiang, Zishi [College of Physical Science and Technology, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150080 (China); Jiang, Pinghui [College of Electrical and Information Engineering, Heilongjiang Institute of Technology, Harbin 150050 (China)

    2015-11-15

    We investigate the doubly excited {sup 3}P{sup e} resonance states of two-electron positive ions Li{sup +}, Be{sup 2+}, B{sup 3+}, and C{sup 4+} by employing correlated exponential wave functions. In the framework of the stabilization method, we calculate two series (3pnp and 3dnd) of {sup 3}P{sup e} resonances below the N = 3 threshold. The {sup 3}P{sup e} resonance parameters (resonance energies and widths) are reported for the first time as a function of the screening parameter. For free-atomic cases, comparisons are made with the reported results and few resonance states are reported for the first time.

  17. BOT3P: a mesh generation software package for transport analysis with deterministic and Monte Carlo codes

    BOT3P consists of a set of standard Fortran 77 language programs that gives the users of the deterministic transport codes DORT, TORT, TWODANT, THREEDANT, PARTISN and the sensitivity code SUSD3D some useful diagnostic tools to prepare and check the geometry of their input data files for both Cartesian and cylindrical geometries, including graphical display modules. Users can produce the geometrical and material distribution data for all the cited codes for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications and, only in 3-dimensional Cartesian geometry, for the Monte Carlo Transport Code MCNP, starting from the same BOT3P input. Moreover, BOT3P stores the fine mesh arrays and the material zone map in a binary file, the content of which can be easily interfaced to any deterministic and Monte Carlo transport code. This makes it possible to compare directly for the same geometry the effects stemming from the use of different data libraries and solution approaches on transport analysis results. BOT3P Version 5.0 lets users optionally and with the desired precision compute the area/volume error of material zones with respect to the theoretical values, if any, because of the stair-cased representation of the geometry, and automatically update material densities on the whole zone domains to conserve masses. A local (per mesh) density correction approach is also available. BOT3P is designed to run on Linux/UNIX platforms and is publicly available from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA)/Nuclear Energy Agency Data Bank. Through the use of BOT3P, radiation transport problems with complex 3-dimensional geometrical structures can be modelled easily, as a relatively small amount of engineer-time is required and refinement is achieved by changing few parameters. This tool is useful for solving very large challenging problems, as successfully demonstrated not only in some complex neutron shielding and criticality benchmarks but also in a power

  18. Atmospheric Methane in Ice Cores

    2005-01-01

    The reconstruction of air trapped in ice cores provides us the most direct information about atmospheric CH4 variations in the past history. Ice core records from the "Three Poles (Antarctica, Greenland and Tibetan Plateau)" reveal the detailed fluctuations of atmospheric CH4 concentration with time and are allowed to quantify the CH4 differences among latitudes. These data are indispensably in the farther study of the relationship between greenhouse gases and climatic change, and of the past changes in terrestrial CH4 emissions. Ice cores reconstruction indicates that atmospheric CH4 concentration has increased quickly since industrialization, and the present day's level of atmospheric CH4 (1800 ppbv) is unprecedented during the past Glacial-Interglacial climate cycles.

  19. Lifetime measurement of the metastable 2{sup 3}P{sub 0} state in He-like uranium

    Toleikis, S. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Rd., MS 88R0192, Berkeley, CA 94720-8101 (United States) and Texas A and M University, College Station, TX (United States)]. E-mail: stoleikis@lbl.gov; Manil, B. [GANIL, Caen (France); Bednarz, G. [IFUJ, Cracow (Poland); Berdermann, E. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Beyer, H.F. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Bosch, F. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Braeuning-Demian, A. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Gumberidze, A. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Indelicato, P. [Universite P. et M. Curie, Paris (France); Kozhuharov, C. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Liesen, D. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Marrus, R. [University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Mokler, P.H. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Stachura, Z. [INP, Cracow (Poland); Stoehlker, T. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Warczak, A. [IFUJ, Cracow (Poland)

    2005-07-01

    The lifetime of the 2{sup 3}P{sub 0} state in He-like uranium has been measured in a beam-foil time-of-flight experiment at the Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung accelerator facility with the result {tau}(2{sup 3}P{sub 0})=58.2(9.5)ps. With the measured lifetime it is possible to derive a value of {delta}E{sub 2s}{sup Lamb}=76.3+/-20.6eV for the n=2 Lamb shift in uranium.

  20. Multi-tiered genomic analysis of head and neck cancer ties TP53 mutation to 3p loss

    Gross, Andrew M.; Ryan K. Orosco; Shen, John P.; Egloff, Ann Marie; Carter, Hannah; Hofree, Matan; Choueiri, Michel; Charles S. Coffey; Lippman, Scott M.; Hayes, D. Neil; Cohen, Ezra E.; Grandis, Jennifer R.; Nguyen, Quyen T.; Ideker, Trey

    2014-01-01

    Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is characterized by aggressive behavior with a propensity for metastasis and recurrence. Here we report a comprehensive analysis of the molecular and clinical features of HNSCC that govern patient survival. We find that TP53 mutation is frequently accompanied by loss of chromosome 3p, and that the combination of both events associates with a surprising decrease in survival rates (1.9 years versus >5 years for TP53 mutation alone). The TP53-3p inte...

  1. Spectroscopy of 1S0- 3P1 transition of magnesium atom in an external absorption cell

    Bagayev, S. N.; Baraulya, V. I.; Bonert, A. E.; Goncharov, A. N.; Seydaliev, M. R.

    2001-09-01

    The results of saturated absorption spectroscopy of the intercombination 1S0- 3P1 transition of magnesium atoms at 457 nm in an external absorption cell are presented. A laser system based on a Ti:Sa laser with frequency doubling in a LBO nonlinear crystal was used in these experiments. Saturated absorption resonances of magnesium in an external cell at the 1S0- 3P1 transition have been obtained for the first time. Pressure broadening of resonances equal to 12.5±1.5 kHz/mTorr has been measured.

  2. Hidden relationship between the electrical conductivity and the Mn 2p core-level photoemission spectra in La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3}

    Hishida, T.; Ohbayashi, K. [NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., 2808 Iwasaki, Komaki, Aichi 485-8510 (Japan); Saitoh, T. [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Science, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan)

    2013-01-28

    Core-level electronic structure of La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} has been studied by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). We first report, by the conventional XPS, the well-screened shoulder structure in Mn 2p{sub 3/2} peak, which had been observed only by hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy so far. Multiple-peak analysis revealed that the Mn{sup 4+} spectral weight was not proportional to the nominal hole concentration x, indicating that a simple Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} intensity ratio analysis may result in a wrong quantitative elemental analysis. Considerable weight of the shoulder at x = 0.0 and the fact that the shoulder weight was even slightly going down from x = 0.2 to 0.4 were not compatible with the idea that this weight simply represents the metallic behavior. Further analysis found that the whole Mn 2p{sub 3/2} peak can be decomposed into four portions, the Mn{sup 4+}, the (nominal) Mn{sup 3+}, the shoulder, and the other spectral weight located almost at the Mn{sup 3+} location. We concluded that this weight represents the well-screened final state at Mn{sup 4+} sites, whereas the shoulder is known as that of the Mn{sup 3+} states. We found that the sum of these two spectral weight has an empirical relationship to the conductivity evolution with x.

  3. High lying energy positions of doubly (2pns) {sup 1,3}P{sup o} and (2pnd) {sup 1,3}P{sup o} excited states of the beryllium atom

    Sakho, I., E-mail: aminafatima_sakho@yahoo.fr [UFR Sciences and Technologies, Department of physics, University of Ziguinchor, Ziguinchor (Senegal)

    2011-12-15

    The Screening Constant by Unit Nuclear Charge (SCUNC) method is used to study (2pns) {sup 1,3}P{sup o} and (2pnd) {sup 1,3}P{sup o} autoionizing states of the beryllium atom. Energy positions are reported up to n=20. In addition, resonance widths of the (2pns) {sup 1}P{sup o} states also presented. The current results compared very well to available theoretical and experimental literature values up to n=15. The accurate data presented in this work may be of interest for future experimental and theoretical studies in the photoabsorption spectrum of Be. - Highlights: > Accurate energy positions of (2pns) {sup 1,3}P{sup o} and (2pnd) {sup 1,3}P{sup o} (n=3-20) autoionizing states of Be atoms. > Currently results compared very well to theoretical and experimental literature values up to n=15. > Presently data may be of interest for future experimental and theoretical studies in the photoabsorption spectrum of Be.

  4. Relativistic calculations of 3s2 1S0-3s3p 1P1 and 3s2 1S0-3s3p 3P1,2 transition probabilities in the Mg isoelectronic sequence

    Cheng Cheng; Gao Xiang; Qing Bo; Zhang Xiao-Le; Li Jia-Ming

    2011-01-01

    Using the multi-configuration Dirac-Fock self-consistent field method and the relativistic configuration-interaction method, calculations of transition energies, oscillator strengths and rates are performed for the 3s2 1S0-3s3p 1P1 spinallowed transition, 3s2 1S0-3s3p 3P1,2 intercombination and magnetic quadrupole transition in the Mg isoelectronic sequence (Mg Ⅰ, Al Ⅱ, Si ⅢⅢ, P Ⅳ and S Ⅴ). Electron correlations are treated adequately, including intravalence electron correlations. The influence of the Breit interaction on oscillator strengths and transition energies are investigated. Quantum electrodynamics corrections are added as corrections. The calculation results are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data and other theoretical calculations.

  5. Banded transformer cores

    Mclyman, C. W. T. (Inventor)

    1974-01-01

    A banded transformer core formed by positioning a pair of mated, similar core halves on a supporting pedestal. The core halves are encircled with a strap, selectively applying tension whereby a compressive force is applied to the core edge for reducing the innate air gap. A dc magnetic field is employed in supporting the core halves during initial phases of the banding operation, while an ac magnetic field subsequently is employed for detecting dimension changes occurring in the air gaps as tension is applied to the strap.

  6. Installation of JMTR core management system

    In order to carry out the core management after the reoperation of JMTR quickly and accurately, the authors took up the Standard Reactor Analysis Code (SRAC) system and core management support programs that are operating in a general-purpose large computer and transferred them to PC (OS: Linux), and newly established a JMTR core management system. As for the core analysis, this measure enabled an increase in the processing speed from the check of core arrangement to the result display of nuclear restriction values to about 60 times, compared with the conventional method. It was confirmed that the differences of calculation results originated from the difference of internal display of computers, associated with the transfer of each analysis code from GS21-400 system to PC-Linux, were within practically allowable level. In the future, this system will be applied to the core analysis of JMTR, as well as to the preparation of operation plans. (A.O.)

  7. Exploring the dynamics of hydrogen atom release from the radical-radical reaction of O(3P) with C3H5

    The gas-phase radical-radical reaction dynamics of O(3P)+C3H5→H(2S)+C3H4O was studied at an average collision energy of 6.4 kcal/mol in a crossed beam configuration. The ground-state atomic oxygen [O(3P)] and allyl radicals (C3H5) were generated by the photolysis of NO2 and the supersonic flash pyrolysis of allyl iodide, respectively. Nascent hydrogen atom products were probed by the vacuum-ultraviolet-laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy in the Lyman-α region centered at 121.6 nm. With the aid of the CBS-QB3 level of ab initio theory, it has been found that the barrierless addition of O(3P) to C3H5 forms the energy-rich addition complexes on the lowest doublet potential energy surface, which are predicted to undergo a subsequent direct decomposition step leading to the reaction products H+C3H4O. The major counterpart C3H4O of the probed hydrogen atom is calculated to be acrolein after taking into account the factors of barrier height, reaction enthalpy, and the number of intermediates involved along the reaction pathway. The nascent H-atom Doppler profile analysis shows that the average center-of-mass translational energy of the H+C3H4O products and the fraction of the total available energy released as the translational energy were determined to be 3.83 kcal/mol and 0.054, respectively. On the basis of comparison with statistical calculations, the reaction proceeds through the formation of short-lived addition complexes rather than statistical, long-lived intermediates, and the polyatomic acrolein product is significantly internally excited at the moment of the decomposition

  8. Theoretical study on the degradation reaction of octachlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin with atomic oxygen O((3)P) in dielectric barrier discharge reactor.

    Gong, Chen; Sun, Xiaomin; Zhang, Chenxi; Hu, Jingtian; Qi, Chuansong

    2014-11-01

    Dielectric barrier discharges (DBD) have been used in the degradation of dioxins due to the large number of excimers and free radicals produced in discharge process. In this article, the density functional theory (DFT) is used to study the degradation mechanism of octachlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin (OCDD) with the atomic oxygen O((3)P) in DBD reactor. The reactants, intermediates, transition states and products are optimized at the MPWB1K/6-31+G(d,p) level. The vibrational frequencies have been calculated at the same level. The reaction pathways and mechanisms are analyzed in detail. The effect of removing the chlorine atom on environment also has been discussed. PMID:25458683

  9. Absence of mutations in the coding sequence of the potential tumor suppressor 3pK in metastatic melanoma

    Houben Roland

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Activation of Ras or Raf contributes to tumorigenesis of melanoma. However, constitutive Raf activation is also a characteristic of the majority of benign melanocytic nevi and high intensity signaling of either Ras or Raf was found to induce growth inhibition and senescence rather than transformation. Since the chromosome 3p kinase (3pK is a target of the Ras/Raf/Mek/Erk signaling pathway which antagonizes the function of the oncogene and anti-differentiation factor Bmi-1, 3pK may function as a tumor suppressor in tumors with constitutive Ras/Raf activation. Consequently, we tested whether inactivating 3pK mutations are present in melanoma. Methods 30 metastatic melanoma samples, which were positive for activating mutations of either BRaf or NRas, were analyzed for possible mutations in the 3pk gene. The 10 coding exons and their flanking intron sequences were amplified by PCR and direct sequencing of the PCR products was performed. Results This analysis revealed that besides the presence of some single nucleotide polymorphisms in the 3pk gene, we could not detect any possible loss of function mutation in any of these 30 metastatic melanoma samples selected for the presence of activating mutations within the Ras/Raf/Mek/Erk signaling pathway. Conclusion Hence, in melanoma with constitutively active Ras/Raf inactivating mutations within the 3pk gene do not contribute to the oncogenic phenotype of this highly malignant tumor.

  10. LEAN MANUFACTURING: CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY USING KAIZEN 3P PHILOSOPHY IN A LARGE SIZED COMPANY IN BOTUCATU, SP, BRAZIL

    Fernando Doriguel

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The search for excellence in a company´s production occurs mainly from developing reputable philosophies by training and monitoring groups which are formed by the company itself. Due to such factors as well as the necessity to increase excellence in production, new methodologies as Kaizen 3P (Production Preparation Process is still little known. This paper aims at deploying Lean Manufacturing which used Kaizen 3P method in a production line in order to reduce the operator time in production as wellas to reduce the product cycling time in assembling line. Results showed that Kaizen 3P method used in the company reduced man hour (MH in all the process reduction 660 hours. Furthermore assembling line had a time reduction 200 hours. Product route had a reduction of 17,6 kilometers. It was possible to conclude that the correct use of Kaizen 3P tool based on Lean manufacturing showed significant and productive gains when compared to old working methods adopted by the company.

  11. 78 FR 12130 - Social Security Ruling, SSR 13-3p; Appeal of an Initial Medical Disability Cessation...

    2013-02-21

    ... Social Security--Disability Insurance; 96.004 Social Security--Survivors Insurance; 96.006 Supplemental... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Social Security Ruling, SSR 13-3p; Appeal of an Initial Medical Disability Cessation...

  12. Global stability analysis of pressurized water reactor core nonlinear system

    Determining the global stability of a pressurized water reactor (PWR) core nonlinear system is the problem to be solved. In the paper, the core nonlinear system was modeled and the linearized model of the system was obtained via the small perturbation method. According to the distributing situation of the core nonlinearity measure in the power level range based on the equilibrium manifold, seven linear models corresponding to seven power levels respectively were chosen as local models of the core and the set of seven local models was used to approximately substitute the core system. The global stability of the PWR core nonlinear system was analyzed by utilizing Lyapunov stability theory. The calculated result shows that the core nonlinear system is globally and asymptotically stable. The modeling method of the core is effective in analyzing the global stability of a PWR core nonlinear system. (authors)

  13. MicroRNA-146b-3p Regulates Retinal Inflammation by Suppressing Adenosine Deaminase-2 in Diabetes

    Sadanand Fulzele

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hyperglycemia- (HG- Amadori-glycated albumin- (AGA- induced activation of microglia and monocytes and their adherence to retinal vascular endothelial cells contribute to retinal inflammation leading to diabetic retinopathy (DR. There is a great need for early detection of DR before demonstrable tissue damages become irreversible. Extracellular adenosine, required for endogenous anti-inflammation, is regulated by the interplay of equilibrative nucleoside transporter with adenosine deaminase (ADA and adenosine kinase. ADA, including ADA1 and ADA2, exists in all organisms. However, because ADA2 gene has not been identified in mouse genome, how diabetes alters adenosine-dependent anti-inflammation remains unclear. Studies of pig retinal microglia and human macrophages revealed a causal role of ADA2 in inflammation. Database search suggested miR-146b-3p recognition sites in the 3′-UTR of ADA2 mRNA. Coexpression of miR-146b-3p, but not miR-146-5p or nontargeting miRNA, with 3′-UTR of the ADA2 gene was necessary to suppress a linked reporter gene. In the vitreous of diabetic patients, decreased miR-146b-3p is associated with increased ADA2 activity. Ectopic expression of miR-146b-3p suppressed ADA2 expression, activity, and TNF-α release in the AGA-treated human macrophages. These results suggest a regulatory role of miR-146b-3p in diabetes related retinal inflammation by suppressing ADA2.

  14. Multi-core processors - An overview

    Venu, Balaji

    2011-01-01

    Microprocessors have revolutionized the world we live in and continuous efforts are being made to manufacture not only faster chips but also smarter ones. A number of techniques such as data level parallelism, instruction level parallelism and hyper threading (Intel's HT) already exists which have dramatically improved the performance of microprocessor cores. This paper briefs on evolution of multi-core processors followed by introducing the technology and its advantages in today's world. The...

  15. The deexcitation of the Ar (3P2, 3p1 and 1P1) states as measured by absorption both in pure argon and in the presence of additives

    The de-excitation of the 3P2, 3p1 and 1P1 states of argon was studied in pure argon between 10 and 200 torr and in Ar + CO and Ar + H2 mixtures. These states are populated after excitation of the gas by a short (20 ns) pulse of 500 keV electrons (FEBETRON). Under our experimental conditions, the relation between the measured optical density of the lines studied and the concentration of absorbing species was found to be: DO = log I0/I ∝ (lC)n with n = 0,4. The three body rate constants k2 were measured for the two resonant states 3p1 (k2 = (1,65 ± 0,3) x 10-32 cm6 s-1) and 1P1 (k2 = (1,0 ± 0,2) x 10-32 cm6 s-1); they had not been considered in previous low pressure studies. For the metastable state 3P2, the measured value of k2 ((1,6 ± 0,3) x 10-32 cm6 s-1) is in good agreement with those found in the literature. However, our two body rate constant k1 is about ten times higher than that found in measurements at low pressure. This difference could be due to a collision-induced emission process at high pressure. The rate constants for the quenching by CO and H2 were measured for the metastable state 3P2 (1,85 and 10,5 x 10-11 cm3 s-1) and for the resonant states 3P1 (4,5 and 20 x 10-11 cm3 s-1) and 1P1 (8,5 and 33 X 10-11 cm3 s-1). Comparison of the de-excitation cross sections of resonant and metastable states should lead to a better understanding of energy transfer processes from these latter. (author)

  16. Multi-core processors - An overview

    Venu, Balaji

    2011-01-01

    Microprocessors have revolutionized the world we live in and continuous efforts are being made to manufacture not only faster chips but also smarter ones. A number of techniques such as data level parallelism, instruction level parallelism and hyper threading (Intel's HT) already exists which have dramatically improved the performance of microprocessor cores. This paper briefs on evolution of multi-core processors followed by introducing the technology and its advantages in today's world. The paper concludes by detailing on the challenges currently faced by multi-core processors and how the industry is trying to address these issues.

  17. A Gas-Phase Investigation of Oxygen-Hydrogen Exchange Reaction of O(3P) + C2H5 → H(2S) + C2H4O

    The gas-phase radical-radical reaction O(3P) + C2H5 (ethyl) → H(2S) + CH3CHO (acetaldehyde) was investigated by applying a combination of vacuum-ultraviolet laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy in a crossed beam configuration and ab initio calculations. The two radical reactants O(3P) and C2H5 were respectively produced by photolysis of NO2 and supersonic flash pyrolysis of the synthesized precursor azoethane. Doppler profile analysis of the nascent H-atom products in the Lyman-α region revealed that the average translational energy of the products and the average fraction of the total available energy released as translational energy were 5.01 ± 0.72 kcal mol-1 and 6.1%, respectively. The empirical data combined with CBS-QB3 level ab initio theory and statistical calculations demonstrated that the title exchange reaction is a major channel and proceeds via an addition-elimination mechanism through the formation of a short-lived, dynamical addition complex on the doublet potential energy surface. On the basis of systematic comparison with several exchange reactions of hydrocarbon radicals, the observed small kinetic energy release can be explained in terms of the loose transition state with a product-like geometry and a small reverse activation barrier along the reaction coordinate

  18. Communication: Direct measurements of nascent O(3P0,1,2) fine-structure distributions and branching ratios of correlated spin-orbit resolved product channels CO(ã3Π; v) + O(3P0,1,2) and CO(Χ~1Σ+; v) + O(3P0,1,2) in VUV photodissociation of CO2

    We present a generally applicable experimental method for the direct measurement of nascent spin-orbit state distributions of atomic photofragments based on the detection of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)-excited autoionizing-Rydberg (VUV-EAR) states. The incorporation of this VUV-EAR method in the application of the newly established VUV-VUV laser velocity-map-imaging-photoion (VMI-PI) apparatus has made possible the branching ratio measurement for correlated spin-orbit state resolved product channels, CO(ã3Π; v) + O(3P0,1,2) and CO(Χ~1Σ+; v) + O(3P0,1,2), formed by VUV photoexcitation of CO2 to the 4s(101) Rydberg state at 97,955.7 cm−1. The total kinetic energy release (TKER) spectra obtained from the O+ VMI-PI images of O(3P0,1,2) reveal the formation of correlated CO(ã3Π; v = 0–2) with well-resolved v = 0–2 vibrational bands. This observation shows that the dissociation of CO2 to form the spin-allowed CO(ã3Π; v = 0–2) + O(3P0,1,2) channel has no potential energy barrier. The TKER spectra for the spin-forbidden CO(Χ~1Σ+; v) + O(3P0,1,2) channel were found to exhibit broad profiles, indicative of the formation of a broad range of rovibrational states of CO(Χ~1Σ+)  with significant vibrational populations for v = 18–26. While the VMI-PI images for the CO(ã3Π; v = 0–2) + O(3P0,1,2) channel are anisotropic, indicating that the predissociation of CO2 4s(101) occurs via a near linear configuration in a time scale shorter than the rotational period, the angular distributions for the CO(Χ~1Σ+; v) + O(3P0,1,2) channel are close to isotropic, revealing a slower predissociation process, which possibly occurs on a triplet surface via an intersystem crossing mechanism

  19. Oscillator strength of the strongly 'forbidden' Pb 6p{sup 2} {sup 3}P{sub 0}{yields}6p{sup 2} {sup 3}P{sub 1} transition at 1278.9 nm

    Vadla, C.; Horvatic, V. [Inst. of Physics, Zagreb (Croatia); Niemax, K. [Inst. of Spectrochemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (ISAS), Dortmund (Germany)

    2001-04-01

    The 'forbidden' Pb 6p{sup 2} {sup 3}P{sub 0}{yields}6p{sup 2} {sup 3}P{sub 1} line at 1278.9 nm is measured by diode laser absorption in a resistively heated hot-pipe filled with a lead vapour and argon as buffer gas. The measurements performed at a temperature of 1170 K and a lead number density of 2.4 x 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3} yield the oscillator strength f{sub F}=(4.5{+-}1.1) x 10{sup -7} which corresponds to a radiative transition probability A{sub F}=(6.1{+-}1.5) s{sup -1}. Within the error bars, the result is in agreement with theoretical data published by different authors. (orig.)

  20. Dynamics deep from the core

    F. Carbone

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In van der Veen et al., [Struct. Dyn. 2, 024302 (2015], femtosecond and nanosecond electron energy loss spectroscopy of deep core-levels are demonstrated. These results pave the way to the investigation of materials and molecules with combined energy, time, and spatial resolution in a transmission electron microscope. Furthermore, the authors elucidate the role of the electron phonon coupling in the band-gap renormalization that takes place in graphite upon photo-excitation.

  1. The core to regulatory reform

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Orders 436, 500, and 636, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Public Utility Holding Company Act reform, and the 1992 Energy Policy Act all can have significant effects on an LDC's operations. Such changes in an LDC's environments must be balanced by changes within the utility, its marketplace, and its state regulatory environment. The question is where to start. For Columbia Gas Distribution Cos., based in Columbus, OH, the new operating foundation begins with each employee. Internal strength is critical in designing initiatives that meet the needs of the marketplace and are well-received by regulators. Employees must understand not only the regulatory environment in which the LDC operates, but also how their work contributes to a positive regulatory relationship. To achieve this, Columbia initiated the COntinuing Regulatory Education program, or CORE, in 1991. CORE is a regulatory-focused, information-initiative program coordinated by Columbia's Regulatory Policy, Planning, and Government Affairs Department. The CORE programs can take many forms, such as emerging issue discussions, dialogues with regulators and key parties, updates on regulatory fillings, regulatory policy meetings, and formal training classes. The speakers and discussion facilitators can range from human resource department trainers to senior officers, from regulatory department staff members to external experts, or from state commissioners to executives from other LDCs. The goals of CORE initiatives are to: Support a professional level of regulatory expertise through employee participation in well-developed regulatory programs presented by credible experts. Encourage a constructive state regulatory environment founded on communication and cooperation. CORE achieves these goals via five program levels: introductory basics, advanced learning, professional expertise, crossfunctional dialogues, and external idea exchanges

  2. K-core inflation

    Wolman, Alexander L.

    2011-01-01

    K-core inflation is a new class of underlying inflation measures. The two most popular measures of underlying inflation are core inflation and trimmed mean inflation. The former removes fixed categories of goods and services (food and energy) from the inflation calculation, and the latter removes fixed percentiles of the weighted distribution of price changes. In contrast, k-core inflation specifies a size of relative price change to be removed from the inflation calculation. Thus, the catego...

  3. Compositional disorder and its effect on the thermoelectric performance of Zn3P2 nanowire–copper nanoparticle composites

    Recent studies indicated that nanowire format of materials is ideal for enhancing the thermoelectric performance of materials. Most of these studies were performed using individual nanowires as the test elements. It is not currently clear whether bulk assemblies of nanowires replicate this enhanced thermoelectric performance of individual nanowires. Therefore, it is imperative to understand whether enhanced thermoelectric performance exhibited by individual nanowires can be extended to bulk assemblies of nanowires. It is also imperative to know whether the addition of metal nanoparticle to semiconductor nanowires can be employed for enhancing their thermoelectric performance further. Specifically, it is important to understand the effect of microstructure and composition on the thermoelectric performance on bulk compound semiconductor nanowire–metal nanoparticle composites. In this study, bulk composites composed of mixtures of copper nanoparticles with either unfunctionalized or 1,4-benzenedithiol (BDT) functionalized Zn3P2 nanowires were fabricated and analyzed for their thermoelectric performance. The results indicated that use of BDT functionalized nanowires for the fabrication of composites leads to interface-engineered composites that have uniform composition all across their cross-section. The interface engineering allows for increasing their Seebeck coefficients and electrical conductivities, relative to the Zn3P2 nanowire pellets. In contrast, the use of unfunctionalized Zn3P2 nanowires for the fabrication of composite leads to the formation of composites that are non-uniform in composition across their cross-section. Ultimately, the composites were found to have Zn3P2 nanowires interspersed with metal alloy nanoparticles. Such non-uniform composites exhibited very high electrical conductivities, but slightly lower Seebeck coefficients, relative to Zn3P2 nanowire pellets. These composites were found to show a very high zT of 0.23 at 770 K, orders of

  4. Femtosecond predissociation dynamics of the methyl radical from the 3p(z) Rydberg state.

    Balerdi, Garikoitz; Woodhouse, Joanne; Zanchet, Alexander; de Nalda, Rebeca; Senent, María L; García-Vela, Alberto; Bañares, Luis

    2016-01-01

    The real time dynamics of electronic predissociation of the CH3 radical (and its deuterated variant CD3) from selected vibrational states of the 3pz Rydberg state have been measured for the first time using a novel methodology based on a femtosecond three-color experiment to generate, two-photon excite and ionize methyl radicals as a function of time in combination with velocity map imaging detection. Subpicosecond lifetimes have been measured, showing a decreasing trend as vibrational excitation in the symmetric stretch and bending umbrella modes increases for both species. High-level ab initio calculations have been carried out in order to elucidate the CH3 3pz predissociation mechanism and support the lifetime measurements. The observed lifetimes are relevant for the understanding of the resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization spectroscopy of this radical. PMID:26473180

  5. Investigating the relationship between k-core and s-core network decompositions

    Eidsaa, Marius; Almaas, Eivind

    2016-05-01

    Network decomposition methods, such as the much used k-core analysis, are able to identify globally central regions of networks. The decomposition approaches are hierarchical and identify nested sets of nodes with increasing centrality properties. While most studies have been concerned with unweighted networks, i.e. k-core analysis, recent works have introduced network decomposition methods that apply to weighted networks. Here, we investigate the relationship between k-core decomposition for unweighted networks and s-core decomposition for weighted networks by systematically employing a link-weight scheme that gradually discretizes the link weights. We applied this approach to the Erdős-Rényi model and the scale-free configuration model for five different weight distributions, and two empirical networks, the US air traffic network and a Facebook network. We find that (1) both uniformly random and positively correlated link-weight distributions give rise to highly stable s-core decompositions with respect to discretization levels. (2) For negatively correlated link-weight distributions, the resulting s-core decomposition has no similarity to the k-cores. Since several combinations of network topology and link-weight distributions give rise to a core-structure that is highly similar to the full s-core for a large range of link-discretization levels, it is possible to significantly speed up the numerical s-core analysis for these situations.

  6. Photoassociation spectroscopy of long-range molecular states below the 2s + 3p 6Li2 asymptote

    Gross, Christian; Chaudhuri, Saptarishi; Gan, Jaren; Dieckmann, Kai

    2015-05-01

    We present photoassociation spectra of high-lying vibrational states of the interatomic potentials correlating to the 2s + 3p asymptote of 6Li2 . Starting from an atomic cloud in a magneto-optical trap we first drive a free-to-bound transition into a molecular bound state using a tunable ultra-violet laser. Thereafter we ionize these long-range molecules using a 532 nm laser and detect the resulting ions with a channeltron. We determine the absolute positions of the transitions with MHz precision utilizing a frequency comb based calibration. Lithium dimers are extensively studied theoretically using various models and methods. Spectroscopic measurements are crucial to test and benchmark these methods and are available for various electronic states and inter-nuclear distances of 6Li2 molecule. Our study provides the first experimental observation of long-range states of the 2s + 3p asymptote of 6Li2 .

  7. Efficient transfer hydrogenation reaction Catalyzed by a dearomatized PN 3P ruthenium pincer complex under base-free Conditions

    He, Lipeng

    2012-03-01

    A dearomatized complex [RuH(PN 3P)(CO)] (PN 3PN, N′-bis(di-tert-butylphosphino)-2,6-diaminopyridine) (3) was prepared by reaction of the aromatic complex [RuH(Cl)(PN 3P)(CO)] (2) with t-BuOK in THF. Further treatment of 3 with formic acid led to the formation of a rearomatized complex (4). These new complexes were fully characterized and the molecular structure of complex 4 was further confirmed by X-ray crystallography. In complex 4, a distorted square-pyramidal geometry around the ruthenium center was observed, with the CO ligand trans to the pyridinic nitrogen atom and the hydride located in the apical position. The dearomatized complex 3 displays efficient catalytic activity for hydrogen transfer of ketones in isopropanol. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Genetic versus Non-Genetic Regulation of miR-103, miR-143 and miR-483-3p Expression in Adipose Tissue and Their Metabolic Implications-A Twin Study

    Bork-Jensen, Jette; Thuesen, Anne Cathrine Baun; Bang-Bertelsen, Claus Heiner;

    2014-01-01

    Murine models suggest that the microRNAs miR-103 and miR-143 may play central roles in the regulation of subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) and development of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The microRNA miR-483-3p may reduce adipose tissue expandability and cause ectopic lipid accumulation, insulin...... resistance and T2D. We aimed to explore the genetic and non-genetic factors that regulate these microRNAs in human SAT, and to investigate their impact on metabolism in humans. Levels of miR-103, miR-143 and miR-483-3p were measured in SAT biopsies from 244 elderly monozygotic and dizygotic twins using real...... expression levels. In addition, the miR-103 levels were positively associated with 2 h plasma glucose levels and hemoglobin A1c independently of BMI. Heritability estimates for all three microRNAs were low. In conclusion, the expression levels of miR-103, miR-143 and miR-483-3p in adipose tissue are...

  9. Novel Mad2-targeting miR-493-3p controls mitotic fidelity and cancer cells’ sensitivity to paclitaxel

    Tambe, Mahesh; Pruikkonen, Sofia; Mäki-Jouppila, Jenni; Ping CHEN; Elgaaen, Bente Vilming; Straume, Anne Hege; Huhtinen, Kaisa; Cárpen, Olli; Lønning, Per Eystein; Davidson, Ben; Hautaniemi, Sampsa; Kallio, Marko J.

    2016-01-01

    The molecular pathways that contribute to the proliferation and drug response of cancer cells are highly complex and currently insufficiently characterized. We have identified a previously unknown microRNA-based mechanism that provides cancer cells means to stimulate tumorigenesis via increased genomic instability and, at the same time, evade the action of clinically utilized microtubule drugs. We demonstrate miR-493-3p to be a novel negative regulator of mitotic arrest deficient-2 (MAD2), an...

  10. Wakefield Simulation of CLIC PETS Structure Using Parallel 3D Finite Element Time-Domain Solver T3P

    Candel, A.; Kabel, A.; Lee, L.; Li, Z.; Ng, C.; Schussman, G.; Ko, K.; /SLAC; Syratchev, I.; /CERN

    2009-06-19

    In recent years, SLAC's Advanced Computations Department (ACD) has developed the parallel 3D Finite Element electromagnetic time-domain code T3P. Higher-order Finite Element methods on conformal unstructured meshes and massively parallel processing allow unprecedented simulation accuracy for wakefield computations and simulations of transient effects in realistic accelerator structures. Applications include simulation of wakefield damping in the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) power extraction and transfer structure (PETS).

  11. Candida albicans Als3p is required for wild-type biofilm formation on silicone elastomer surfaces

    Zhao, Xiaomin; Daniels, Karla J.; Oh, Soon-Hwan; GREEN, CLAYTON B.; Yeater, Kathleen M; Soll, David R.; Hoyer, Lois L.

    2006-01-01

    Candida albicans ALS3 encodes a large cell-surface glycoprotein that has adhesive properties. Immunostaining of cultured C. albicans germ tubes showed that Als3p is distributed diffusely across the germ tube surface. Two-photon laser scanning microscopy of model catheter biofilms grown using a PALS3-green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter strain showed GFP production in hyphae throughout the biofilm structure while biofilms grown using a PTPI1-GFP reporter strain showed GFP in both hyphae an...

  12. The fast C(3P) + CH3OH reaction as an efficient loss process for gas-phase interstellar methanol

    Shannon, Robin J; Loison, Jean-Christophe; Caubet, Philippe; Balucani, Nadia; Seakins, Paul W; Wakelam, Valentine; Hickson, Kevin M

    2014-01-01

    Rate constants for the C(3P) + CH3OH reaction have been measured in a continuous supersonic flow reactor over the range 50 K to 296 K. C(3P) was created by the in-situ pulsed laser photolysis of CBr4, a multiphoton process which also produced some C(1D), allowing us to investigate simultaneously the low temperature kinetics of the C(1D) + CH3OH reaction. C(1D) atoms were followed by an indirect chemiluminescent tracer method in the presence of excess CH3OH. C(3P) atoms were detected by the same chemiluminescence technique and also by direct vacuum ultra-violet laser induced fluorescence (VUV LIF). Secondary measurements of product H(2S) atom formation have been undertaken allowing absolute H atom yields to be obtained by comparison with a suitable reference reaction. In parallel, statistical calculations have been performed based on ab-initio calculations of the complexes, adducts and transition states (TSs) relevant to the title reaction. By comparison with the experimental H atom yields, the preferred react...

  13. miR-130b-3p Upregulation Contributes to the Development of Thyroid Adenomas Targeting CCDC6 Gene

    Leone, Vincenza; Langella, Concetta; Esposito, Francesco; De Martino, Marco; Decaussin-Petrucci, Myriam; Chiappetta, Gennaro; Bianco, Antonio; Fusco, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    We have previously studied the function of microRNAs (miRNAs) in thyroid cells using the differentiated rat thyroid PC Cl 3 cells that need thyrotropin (TSH) for their growth. The miRNA expression profile examination allowed the detection of a set of miRNAs downregulated and upregulated by TSH. Here, we first demonstrated that upregulation of miR-130b-3p occurs through a protein kinase A-cAMP-responsive element binding protein (CREB)-dependent mechanism. Then, we analyzed its expression in human thyroid follicular adenomas, where a constitutive CREB activation is frequently present. miR-130b-3p results in upregulation with a high fold-change in most thyroid follicular adenomas. Then, we identified CCDC6, coding for a protein that interacts with CREB1 leading to the transcriptional repression of CREB1 target genes, as a target of this miRNA. The targeting of CCDC6 by miR-130b-3p likely accounts for the mechanism by which its upregulation contributes to the development of thyroid adenomas increasing CREB1 activity. PMID:26835423

  14. Inhibition of bacterial conjugation by phage M13 and its protein g3p: quantitative analysis and model.

    Abraham Lin

    Full Text Available Conjugation is the main mode of horizontal gene transfer that spreads antibiotic resistance among bacteria. Strategies for inhibiting conjugation may be useful for preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics and preventing the emergence of bacterial strains with multiple resistances. Filamentous bacteriophages were first observed to inhibit conjugation several decades ago. Here we investigate the mechanism of inhibition and find that the primary effect on conjugation is occlusion of the conjugative pilus by phage particles. This interaction is mediated primarily by phage coat protein g3p, and exogenous addition of the soluble fragment of g3p inhibited conjugation at low nanomolar concentrations. Our data are quantitatively consistent with a simple model in which association between the pili and phage particles or g3p prevents transmission of an F plasmid encoding tetracycline resistance. We also observe a decrease in the donor ability of infected cells, which is quantitatively consistent with a reduction in pili elaboration. Since many antibiotic-resistance factors confer susceptibility to phage infection through expression of conjugative pili (the receptor for filamentous phage, these results suggest that phage may be a source of soluble proteins that slow the spread of antibiotic resistance genes.

  15. BOT3P: a mesh generation software package for the transport analysis codes Dort, Tort, Twodant, Threedant and MCNP

    Bot3p consists of a set of standard Fortran 77 language programs that gives the users of the deterministic transport codes Dort and Tort some useful diagnostic tools to prepare and check the geometry of their input data files for both Cartesian and cylindrical geometries including graphical display modules. Bot3p produces at the same time the geometrical and material distribution data for the deterministic transport codes Twodant and Threedant and, only in three-dimensional (3D) Cartesian geometry, for the Monte Carlo Transport Code MCNP. This makes it possible to compare directly for the same geometry the effects stemming from the use of different data libraries and solution approaches on transport analysis results. Through the use of Bot3p, radiation transport problems with complex 3D geometrical structures can be modelled easily, as a relatively small amount of engineer-time is required and refinement is achieved by changing few parameters. This tool is useful for solving very large challenging problems. (author)

  16. Core Skills in Action.

    Further Education Unit, London (England).

    This bulletin provides an update on current developments in core skills in further education. Section 1 contains information about the Further Education Unit's (FEU's) Core Skills Post-16 project, in which colleges are testing principles that underpin all good quality learning programs. Important findings and examples are outlined under the five…

  17. Overexpression of miR-214-3p in esophageal squamous cancer cells enhances sensitivity to cisplatin by targeting survivin directly and indirectly through CUG-BP1.

    Phatak, P; Byrnes, K A; Mansour, D; Liu, L; Cao, S; Li, R; Rao, J N; Turner, D J; Wang, J-Y; Donahue, J M

    2016-04-21

    Based on its marked overexpression in multiple malignancies and its roles in promoting cell survival and proliferation, survivin is an attractive candidate for targeted therapy. Toward this end, a detailed understanding of the mechanisms regulating survivin expression in different cancer cells will be critical. We have previously shown that the RNA-binding protein (RBP) CUG-BP1 is overexpressed in esophageal cancer cells and post-transcriptionally regulates survivin in these cells. The objective of this study was to investigate the role of microRNAs (miRs) in regulating survivin expression in esophageal cancer cells. Using miR expression profiling analysis, we found that miR-214-3p is one of the most markedly downregulated miRs in two esophageal squamous cancer cell lines compared with esophageal epithelial cells. Interestingly, using miR target prediction programs, both survivin and CUG-BP1 mRNA were found to contain potential binding sites for miR-214-3p. Forced expression of miR-214-3p in esophageal cancer cells leads to a decrease in the mRNA and protein levels of both survivin and CUG-BP1. This effect is due to decreased mRNA stability of both targets. By contrast, silencing miR-214-3p in esophageal epithelial cells leads to an increase in both survivin and CUG-BP1 mRNA and protein. To determine whether the observed effect of miR-214-3p on survivin expression was direct, mediated through CUG-BP1, or both, binding studies utilizing biotin pull-down assays and heterologous luciferase reporter constructs were performed. These demonstrated that the mRNA of survivin and CUG-BP1 each contain two functional miR-214-3p-binding sites as confirmed by mutational analysis. Finally, forced expression of miR-214-3p enhances the sensitivity of esophageal cancer cells to cisplatin-induced apoptosis. This effect is abrogated with rescue expression of survivin or CUG-BP1. These findings suggest that miR-214-3p acts as a tumor suppressor and that its downregulation contributes

  18. The Formation and Evolution of Prestellar Cores

    André, Philippe; Inutsuka, Shu-ichiro

    2008-01-01

    Improving our understanding of the initial conditions and earliest stages of star formation is crucial to gain insight into the origin of stellar masses, multiple systems, and protoplanetary disks. We review the properties of low-mass dense cores as derived from recent millimeter/submillimeter observations of nearby molecular clouds and discuss them in the context of various contemporary scenarios for cloud core formation and evolution. None of the extreme scenarios can explain all observations. Pure laminar ambipolar diffusion has relatively long growth times for typical ionization levels and has difficulty satisfying core lifetime constraints. Purely hydrodynamic pictures have trouble accounting for the inefficiency of core formation and the detailed velocity structure of individual cores. A possible favorable scenario is a mixed model involving gravitational fragmentation of turbulent molecular clouds close to magnetic criticality. The evolution of the magnetic field and angular momentum in individual clou...

  19. Noble-gas broadening rates for the 6s2S0→6s6p 1,3P1 resonance and intercombination lines of barium

    The collisional-broadening and -shift rate coefficients (kbr and kshift), for both helium and argon buffer gases, have been measured in the impact limit for the 6s21S0→6s6p 3P1 intercombination transition of barium. Detailed absorption line shapes were measured at three different ground-state number densities by monitoring the transmitted intensity of a weak cw probe laser as it was scanned over the transition. A single, density-independent line shape was then constructed and fit to a sum of Voigt functions (to account for hyperfine structure and isotope shifts) in order to determine the broadening and shift rates. By repeating the process for several buffer-gas pressures, kbr and kshift were determined from least-squares straight-line fits to the broadening and shift rates versus buffer-gas number density. Absolute normalization of the line-shape data was used to provide accurate ground-state column densities. Column-density information was then combined with measurements of white-light-absorption equivalent widths for the 6s21S0→6s6p 1P1 resonance transition to yield broadening rates for that transition. These values for the resonance line lie between previous literature values, which are widely discrepant. Finally we measured the absolute metastable 6s5d 3D2 column density under conditions of optical pumping through the 3P1 level, and determined that, in steady state, even with a weak cw pump laser, ∼20% of all barium atoms in the vapor could be found in the 3D2 level (with approximately 60% spread over the full 3DJ metastable manifold)

  20. Strong decays of χ{sub cJ}(2P) and χ{sub cJ}(3P)

    Wang, Hui; Ping, Jialun [Nanjing Normal University and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Numerical Simulation of Large Scale Complex Systems, Department of Physics, Nanjing (China); Yang, Youchang [Zunyi Normal College, Department of Physics, Zunyi (China)

    2014-04-15

    In the framework of the chiral quark model, the mass spectrum of χ{sub cJ}(J = 0, 1, 2, n = 1, 2, 3) is studied with the Gaussian expansion method. Using the wave functions obtained in the study of mass spectrum, the open charm two-body strong decay widths of these states are calculated by using the {sup 3}P{sub 0} model. The results show that the masses of χ{sub cJ}(1P) and χ{sub c2}(2P) are consistent with the experimental data. But the strong decay width of χ{sub c2}(2P) is three times that of the experimental value. The decay width of χ{sub c1}(2P) is sensitive to its mass. In the quark-antiquark picture, the width is about 385 MeV. However, if the channel coupling effects shift its mass to 3872 MeV, its decay width will be around 1 MeV. The possibility of assigning the state X(3872) as χ{sub c1}(2P) cannot be excluded. To assign X(3915) as χ{sub c0}(2P) is disfavored, due to the unmatching of decay channel. For the χ{sub cJ}(3P) states, no states have been assigned. The possible candidates of χ{sub c0}(3P) are X(4160) and X(4140). Their masses are close to the theoretical ones. The experimental branching ratio of X(4160), Γ (X(4160) → D anti D)/Γ (X(4160) → D* anti D*) < 0.09 is compatible with that of χ{sub c0}(3P), 0.07. However the broad decay width of X(4160) cannot be explained by the open charm two-body decay. To assign X(4140) as χ{sub c0}(3P) is also possible, due to the compatibility of the total decay width, the further measurement of decay modes of X(4140) are expected to justify the assignment. (orig.)

  1. Effects of non-adiabatic and Coriolis couplings on the bound states of He(2 ^3S)+He(2 ^3P)

    Cocks, Daniel G; Peach, Gillian

    2009-01-01

    The effects of non-adiabatic and Coriolis couplings on the bound states of the He(2 ^3S_1)+He(2 ^3P_j) system, where j=0,1,2, are investigated using the recently available ab initio short-range $^{1,3,5}\\Sigma^{+}_{g,u}$ and $^{1,3,5}\\Pi_{g,u}$ potentials computed by Deguilhem et al. (J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 42 (2009) 015102). Three sets of calculations have been undertaken: single-channel, multichannel without Coriolis couplings and full multichannel with Coriolis couplings. We find that non-adiabatic effects are negligible for 0^-_u,0^\\pm_g,1_u,2_g,3_g Hund case (c) sets of levels in the j=2 asymptote but can be up to 6% for some of the 0^+_u and 1_g sets of levels where near degeneracies are present in the single-channel diagonalized potentials. Coriolis couplings are most significant for weakly bound levels, ranging from 1-5% for total angular momenta J=1,2 and up to 10% for J=3. Levels near the j=1 and j=0 asymptotes agree closely with previous multichannel calculations based upon long-range pote...

  2. Electron Excitation Cross Sections for the S II Transitions: 3s(exp 2)3p(exp 3) 4S(exp o) approaches 3s(exp 2)3p(exp 3) 2D(exp o), 2P(exp o), and 3s3p(exp 4) 4P

    Liao, C.; Chutjian, A.; Hitz, D.; Tayal, S. S.

    1997-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical collisional excitation cross sections are reported for the transitions 3s(exp 2)3p(exp 3)4S(exp o) approaches 3s(exp 2)3p(exp 3) 2D(exp o), 2P(exp o), and 3s3P(exp 4) 4P in S II. The transition wavelengths (energies) are 6716 A (1.85 eV), 4069 A (3.05 eV), and 1256 A (9.87 eV), respectively. In the experiments, use is made of the energy-loss merged-beams method. The metastable fraction of the S II beam was assessed and minimized. The contribution of elastically scattered electrons was reduced by the use of a lowered solenoidal magnetic field and a modulated radio-frequency voltage on the analyzing plates and by retarding grids to reject the elastically scattered electrons with larger Larmor radii. For each transition, comparisons are made among experiments, the new 19 state R-matrix calculation, and three other close-coupling calculations.

  3. Drilling history core hole DC-4

    1978-12-01

    Core hole DC-4 was completed at a depth of 3998 feet in December, 1978 by Boyles Brothers Drilling Company, Spokane, Washington, under subcontract to Fenix and Scission, Inc. The hole was cored for the US Department of Energy and the Rockwell Hanford Operations' Basalt Waste Isolation Program. Fenix and Sicsson, Inc. furnished the engineering, daily supervision of the cable tool and core drilling activities, and geological core logging for DC-4. Core hole DC-4 is located on the Hanford Site about 3 miles east of the Yakima Barricade and approximately 103 feet southwest of rotary hole DC-5, which was completed to 3990 feet in February, 1978. Hanford Site coordinates reported for hole DC-4 are north 49,385.62 feet and west 85,207.63 feet, and Washington State coordinates are north 454,468.73 feet and east 2,209,990.87 feet. No elevation survey is available for hole DC-4, but it is approximately 745 feet above mean sea level based upon the survey of hole DC-5, which has a reported elevation of 745.16 feet on the top of the 3-inch flange. The purpose of core hole DC-4 was to core drill vertically through the basalt and interbed units for stratigraphic depth determination and core collection, and to provide a borehole for hydrologic testing, cross-hole seismic shear, and pressure wave velocity studies with rotary hole DC-5. Hole DC-4 was drilled through the overburden into basalt bedrock by cable tool methods (0-623 feet) and continuously cored through the final interval (623 to 3998 feet).Core recovery was 95.8 percent of the total footage cored.

  4. Drilling history core hole DC-4

    Core hole DC-4 was completed at a depth of 3998 feet in December, 1978 by Boyles Brothers Drilling Company, Spokane, Washington, under subcontract to Fenix and Scission, Inc. The hole was cored for the US Department of Energy and the Rockwell Hanford Operations' Basalt Waste Isolation Program. Fenix and Sicsson, Inc. furnished the engineering, daily supervision of the cable tool and core drilling activities, and geological core logging for DC-4. Core hole DC-4 is located on the Hanford Site about 3 miles east of the Yakima Barricade and approximately 103 feet southwest of rotary hole DC-5, which was completed to 3990 feet in February, 1978. Hanford Site coordinates reported for hole DC-4 are north 49,385.62 feet and west 85,207.63 feet, and Washington State coordinates are north 454,468.73 feet and east 2,209,990.87 feet. No elevation survey is available for hole DC-4, but it is approximately 745 feet above mean sea level based upon the survey of hole DC-5, which has a reported elevation of 745.16 feet on the top of the 3-inch flange. The purpose of core hole DC-4 was to core drill vertically through the basalt and interbed units for stratigraphic depth determination and core collection, and to provide a borehole for hydrologic testing, cross-hole seismic shear, and pressure wave velocity studies with rotary hole DC-5. Hole DC-4 was drilled through the overburden into basalt bedrock by cable tool methods (0-623 feet) and continuously cored through the final interval (623 to 3998 feet).Core recovery was 95.8 percent of the total footage cored

  5. Research about High Levels Martial Art Athletes’ Strength Training of Core Stability%高水平武术套路运动员核心稳定性力量训练的研究

    陈芳; 宋雅伟; 赵琦

    2014-01-01

    The martial art routine strength training in the original foundation of traditional strength training, core strength training methods to increase the stability of Mar-tial art athletes, in order to improve the core of regional stability and control force to. In this paper,through the re-search methods of literature,expert interview method,ex-perimental method,logical method,mathematical statistics method,take 12 martial art athletes in Jiangsu province as the research object,the stability of the core strength train-ing trial for 12 weeks. The research results show that:the control force and the stability of the core area of the ath-letes were improved at different degrees.%竞技武术套路力量训练在原有传统力量训练基础上,增加核心稳定性力量训练方法,以达到提高武术套路运动员核心区域稳定性及控制力的目的。通过文献资料法、专家访谈法、试验法、数理统计法等研究方法,以江苏省武术套路队12名运动员为研究对象,进行为期12周的核心稳定性力量训练试验。研究结果表明:测试运动员核心区域控制力及稳定性均得到不同程度提高。

  6. In-core instrumentation for LWRs

    This Halden project has developed in-core instrumentation for many years. Gamma Thermometers (GT) have been produced in Halden since 1962. The main features of the Halden design are free expansion of inner body in GT-housing, both stainless steel and zirconium can be used as GT materials. GTs can be re-calibrated in-core. Other sophisticated instruments produced at Halden are the subcooling Margin Indicator, which measures system pressure versus saturation pressure of a liquid, and the Water Level Indicator which has been developed to identify inadequate core cooling areas. (author). 7 figs, 5 tabs

  7. CoRE Kernels

    Li, Ping

    2014-01-01

    The term "CoRE kernel" stands for correlation-resemblance kernel. In many applications (e.g., vision), the data are often high-dimensional, sparse, and non-binary. We propose two types of (nonlinear) CoRE kernels for non-binary sparse data and demonstrate the effectiveness of the new kernels through a classification experiment. CoRE kernels are simple with no tuning parameters. However, training nonlinear kernel SVM can be (very) costly in time and memory and may not be suitable for truly lar...

  8. WAVELENGTHS OF THE 3p-3d TRANSITIONS OF THE Co- AND Fe-LIKE IONS : THE EFFECTS OF ELECTRON CORRELATION

    Chen, M.

    1988-01-01

    The experimental observations of the 3p6 3d9 2D - 3p5 3dl0 2p transitions of the Co-like ions and 3p6 3d8 3F4 - 3p5 3d9 3F3 of the Fe-like ions have recently been extended to highly charged ions of heavy elements up to uranium (Z = 92). A comparison between the observed energies and calculated values from the Dirac-Fock model indicated persistent diicrepancies of 3-4 eV for al1 ions. Systematic multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock caiculations for these transitions have been carried out with emphasi...

  9. Additional investigations of silicon phosphides (SiP and Si3P2) at phosphor-diffused silicon wafers

    Results were obtained by X-ray microanalysis and neutron activation analysis. The formation of the Si3P2-phase (circular particles of about 15 μm in diameter) takes place on polished silicon slices during the phosphorus diffusion both in N2-O2-POCl3 carrier gas and in O2-P2O5 carrier gas. In this case the average phosphorus concentration in phosphorus glass sheet (reaction phase, i.e. SiO2-P2O5-phase) is greater than the limit value being placed in the interval c1 = (8,30 ... 9,44) mass-percent phosphorus for a temperature T = 1523 K (12500C). The surface concentration of phosphorus in silicon between the Si3P2-particles being formed on slices does not depend on the phosphorus concentration in the carrier gas. This constant concentration value is identical with the solid solubility limit for phosphorus in silicon, measured for C/sub F/ = 1.29 x 1021 P-atoms/cm3, resp. c/sub F/ = 2.72 mass percent. On the other hand the phosphorus concentration is C/sub G/ = 9.2 x 1020 P-atoms/cm3 in the interior of the diffused layer in silicon directly beside the Si3P2-particle. The formation of the SiP-phase was observed on lapped silicon slices for phosphorus diffusion in wet N2-O2-POCl3 carrier gas at a temperature T = 1523 K (12500C). (author)

  10. The microRNA miR-17-3p inhibits mouse cardiac fibroblast senescence by targeting Par4.

    Du, William W; Li, Xianmin; Li, Tianbi; Li, Haoran; Khorshidi, Azam; Liu, Fengqiong; Yang, Burton B

    2015-01-15

    The microRNA miR-17-92 cluster plays a fundamental role in heart development. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a member of this cluster, miR-17, on cardiac senescence. We examined the roles of miR-17 in senescence and demonstrated that miR-17-3p attenuates cardiac aging in the myocardium by targeting Par4 (also known as PAWR). This upregulates the downstream proteins CEBPB, FAK, N-cadherin, vimentin, Oct4 and Sca-1 (also known as stem cell antigen-1), and downregulates E-cadherin. Par4 has been reported as a tumor suppressor gene that induces apoptosis in cancer cells, but not in normal cells. Repression of Par4 by miR-17-3p enhances the transcription of CEBPB and FAK, which promotes mouse cardiac fibroblast (MCF) epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and self-renewal, resulting in cellular senescence and apoptosis resistance. We conclude that Par4 can bind to the CEBPB promoter and inhibit its transcription. Decreased Par4 expression increases the amount of CEBPB, which binds to the FAK promoter and enhances FAK transcription. Par4, CEBPB and FAK form a senescence signaling pathway, playing roles in modulating cell survival, growth, apoptosis, EMT and self-renewal. Through this novel senescence signaling axis, miR-17-3p represses Par4 expression, acting pleiotropically as a negative modulator of cardiac aging and cardiac fibroblast cellular senescence. PMID:25472717

  11. Photovoltaic effect of n-In_2O_3/p-Cu_2O heterojunction thin film cells

    NAKAZAWA, Tatsuo; KURANOUCHI, Shin'ichi

    1992-01-01

    Electrical and photovoltaic characteristics of n-In_2O_3/p-Cu_2O heterojunction thin film cells were investigated. Cu_2O semiconducting films were prepared by simple method of thermal oxidation of copper foil in air. Conversion efficiency of 0.57% was obtained under illumination of the sunlight. It is thought that a high series resistance of the diode, which originated from a interface between Cu_2O film and copper foil, causes the poor characteristics. Photovoltaic characteristics of the cel...

  12. Human mitochondrial RNA turnover caught in flagranti: involvement of hSuv3p helicase in RNA surveillance

    Szczesny, Roman J; Borowski, Lukasz S.; Brzezniak, Lien K.; Dmochowska, Aleksandra; Gewartowski, Kamil; Bartnik, Ewa; Stepien, Piotr P.

    2009-01-01

    The mechanism of human mitochondrial RNA turnover and surveillance is still a matter of debate. We have obtained a cellular model for studying the role of hSuv3p helicase in human mitochondria. Expression of a dominant-negative mutant of the hSUV3 gene which encodes a protein with no ATPase or helicase activity results in perturbations of mtRNA metabolism and enables to study the processing and degradation intermediates which otherwise are difficult to detect because of their short half-lives...

  13. Fum3p, a 2-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Dioxygenase Required for C-5 Hydroxylation of Fumonisins in Fusarium verticillioides

    Ding, Yousong; Bojja, Ravi S.; Du, Liangcheng

    2004-01-01

    Fumonisins are polyketide-derived mycotoxins produced by several agriculturally important Fusarium species. The B series fumonisins, FB1, FB2, FB3, and FB4, are fumonisins produced by wild-type Fusarium verticillioides strains, differing in the number and location of hydroxyl groups attached to the carbon backbone. We characterized the protein encoded by FUM3, a gene in the fumonisin biosynthetic gene cluster. The 33-kDa FUM3 protein (Fum3p) was heterologously expressed and purified from Sacc...

  14. Remote frequency measurement of the 1S0-3P1 transition in laser cooled Mg-24

    Friebe, J.; Riedmann, M.; Wübbena, T.; Pape, A.; Kelkar, H.; Ertmer, W.; Terra, O.; Sterr, U.; Weyers, S.; Grosche, G.; Schnatz, H.; Rasel, E. M.

    2011-01-01

    We perform Ramsey-Bord\\'e spectroscopy on laser-cooled magnesium atoms in free fall to measure the 1S0 \\rightarrow 3P1 intercombination transition frequency. The measured value of 655 659 923 839 730 (48) Hz is consistent with our former atomic beam measurement (Friebe et al 2008 Phys. Rev. A 78 033830). We improve upon the fractional accuracy of the previous measurement by more than an order of magnitude to 7e-14. The magnesium frequency standard was referenced to a fountain clock of the Phy...

  15. Geophysics: Earth's core problem

    Dobson, David

    2016-06-01

    Measurements of the electrical resistance and thermal conductivity of iron at extreme pressures and temperatures cast fresh light on controversial numerical simulations of the properties of Earth's outer core. See Letters p.95 & 99

  16. iPSC Core

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) Core was created in 2011 to accelerate stem cell research in the NHLBI by providing investigators consultation, technical...

  17. Biospecimen Core Resource - TCGA

    The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Biospecimen Core Resource centralized laboratory reviews and processes blood and tissue samples and their associated data using optimized standard operating procedures for the entire TCGA Research Network.

  18. PWR degraded core analysis

    A review is presented of the various phenomena involved in degraded core accidents and the ensuing transport of fission products from the fuel to the primary circuit and the containment. The dominant accident sequences found in the PWR risk studies published to date are briefly described. Then chapters deal with the following topics: the condition and behaviour of water reactor fuel during normal operation and at the commencement of degraded core accidents; the generation of hydrogen from the Zircaloy-steam and the steel-steam reactions; the way in which the core deforms and finally melts following loss of coolant; debris relocation analysis; containment integrity; fission product behaviour during a degraded core accident. (U.K.)

  19. Cu3P

    Villars, P.; Cenzual, K.; Daams, J.; Gladyshevskii, R.; Shcherban, O.; Dubenskyy, V.; Melnichenko-Koblyuk, N.; Pavlyuk, O.; Savysyuk, I.; Stoyko, S.; Sysa, L.

    This document is part of Subvolume A6 `Structure Types. Part 6: Space Groups (166) R-3m - (160) R3m' of Volume 43 `Crystal Structures of Inorganic Compounds' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III `Condensed Matter'.

  20. The earths innermost core

    A new earth model is advanced with a solid innermost core at the centre of the Earth where elements heavier than iron, over and above what can be retained in solution in the iron core, are collected. The innermost core is separated from the solid iron-nickel core by a shell of liquid copper. The innermost core has a natural vibration measured on the earth's surface as the long period 26 seconds microseisms. The earth was formed initially as a liquid sphere with a relatively thin solid crust above the Byerly discontinuity. The trace elements that entered the innermost core amounted to only 0.925 ppm of the molten mass. Gravitational differentiation must have led to the separation of an explosive thickness of pure 235U causing a fission explosion that could expel beyond the Roche limit a crustal scab which would form the centre piece of the moon. A reservoir of helium floats on the liquid copper. A small proportion of helium-3, a relic of the ancient fission explosion present there will spell the exciting magnetic field. The field is stable for thousands of years because of the presence of large quantity of helium-4 which accounts for most of the gaseous collisions that will not disturb the atomic spin of helium-3 atoms. This field is prone to sudden reversals after long periods of stability. (author). 14 refs

  1. Different regulation of miR-29a-3p in glomeruli and tubules in an experimental model of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension: potential role in renal fibrosis.

    Castoldi, Giovanna; di Gioia, Cira; Giollo, Fabrizio; Carletti, Raffaella; Bombardi, Camila; Antoniotti, Marco; Roma, Francesca; Zerbini, Gianpaolo; Stella, Andrea

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of the angiotensin II (Ang II) induced-differential miRNA expression in renal glomerular and tubulo-interstitial fibrosis in an experimental model of Ang II-dependent hypertension. To clarify this issue, Sprague Dawley rats were treated with Ang II (200 ng/kg per minute, n = 15) or physiological saline (n = 14) for 4 weeks. Systolic blood pressure and albuminuria were measured every 2 weeks. At the end of the experimental period, renal glomerular and tubulo-interstitial fibrosis was evaluated by histomorphometric analysis, after Sirius-Red and Masson's trichrome staining. Ang II increased systolic blood pressure (P < 0.0001), albuminuria (P < 0.01) and both glomerular and tubulo-interstitial fibrosis (P < 0.01). Using laser capture microdissection and miRNA microarray analysis this study showed that miR-29a-3p was down-regulated in renal tubules and up-regulated in glomeruli. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) experiments confirmed in Ang II-treated rats a down-regulation of miR-29a-3p in tubules (P < 0.01), while no significant changes were observed in glomeruli. Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) was identified as putative miR-29a-3p target (by TargetScan, miRanda, Tarbase software) and functionally confirmed by luciferase activity assay. These data demonstrate that the effects of Ang II on miR-29a-3p expression in renal tubules is different from the one exerted in the glomeruli and that miR-29a-3p targets MMP-2. These results suggest that the development of renal fibrosis at glomerular and tubulo-interstitial level depends on different molecular mechanisms. PMID:26700017

  2. Induction functors for group corings

    Chen, Quan-Guo; Wang, Ding-Guo

    2015-01-01

    In the paper, we prove that the induction functor stemming from every morphism of group coring versus coring has a left adjoint, called ad-induction functor. The separability of the induction functor is characterized, extending some results for corings.

  3. 2s 2p 3P10 → 2s21S0 intercombination line in beryllium-like krypton, molybdenum and tungsten

    Transition probabilities are evaluated for the 2s 2p 3P10 → 2s21S0 transition in beryllium-like ions for krypton, molybdenum and tungsten, using configuration-interaction wavefunctions. The importance of the 2s 3p 1P10 configuration is considered

  4. miR-625-3p regulates oxaliplatin resistance by targeting MAP2K6-p38 signalling in human colorectal adenocarcinoma cells

    Rasmussen, Mads Heilskov; Lyskjær, Iben; Jersie-Christensen, Rosa Rakownikow;

    2016-01-01

    Oxaliplatin resistance in colorectal cancers (CRC) is a major medical problem, and predictive markers are urgently needed. Recently, miR-625-3p was reported as a promising predictive marker. Herein, we show that miR-625-3p functionally induces oxaliplatin resistance in CRC cells, and identify the...

  5. Experimental Determination of the 24Mg I (3s3p)3P2 Lifetime

    Jensen, Brian Bak; He, Ming; Westergaard, Philip Grabow;

    2011-01-01

    We present the first experimental determination of the electric-dipole forbidden (3s3p)3P2¿(3s2)1S0 (M2) transition rate in 24Mg and compare to state-of-the-art theoretical predictions. Our measurement exploits a magnetic trap isolating the sample from perturbations and a magneto-optical trap as an...

  6. Large-scale relativistic configuration-interaction calculation of the 2s{sup 2} {sup 1}S{sub 0}--2s2p {sup 3}P{sub 1} intercombination transition in C III

    Chen, M. H.; Cheng, K. T.; Johnson, W. R.

    2001-10-01

    A large-scale, relativistic configuration-interaction (RCI) method has been developed for precision calculations of transition oscillator strengths. It is based on the no-pair Hamiltonian and employs finite B-spline basis functions. For the 2s{sup 2} {sup 1}S{sub 0}--2s2p {sup 3}P{sub 1} intercombination transition in berylliumlike carbon, the present RCI expansions reach close to 200 000 configurations, and include all single and double excitations from valence-valence, core-valence, and core-core interactions, along with dominant triple and quadruple excitations. Resulting length- and velocity-gauge transition rates are very well converged, but still differ by a factor of 2. This strong gauge dependence is found to arise from the neglect of negative-energy states which has negligible effects on length-gauge results but can affect velocity-gauge results significantly. The present intercombination transition rate for C III of 101.6{+-}0.7 sec{sup -1} differs from the measured value of 102.94{+-}0.14 sec{sup -1} [Doerfert , Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4355 (1997)] by about 1.3%.

  7. MicroRNA-21-3p, a berberine-induced miRNA, directly down-regulates human methionine adenosyltransferases 2A and 2B and inhibits hepatoma cell growth.

    Ting-Fang Lo

    Full Text Available Methionine adenosyltransferase (MAT is the cellular enzyme that catalyzes the synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM, the principal biological methyl donor and a key regulator of hepatocyte proliferation, death and differentiation. Two genes, MAT1A and MAT2A, encode 2 distinct catalytic MAT isoforms. A third gene, MAT2B, encodes a MAT2A regulatory subunit. In hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, MAT1A downregulation and MAT2A upregulation occur, known as the MAT1A:MAT2A switch. The switch is accompanied with an increasing expression of MAT2B, which results in decreased SAM levels and facilitates cancer cell growth. Berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid isolated from many medicinal herbs such as Coptis chinensis, has a wide range of pharmacological effects including anti-cancer effects. Because drug-induced microRNAs have recently emerged as key regulators in guiding their pharmacological effects, we examined whether microRNA expression is differentially altered by berberine treatment in HCC. In this study, we used microRNA microarrays to find that the expression level of miR-21-3p (previously named miR-21* increased after berberine treatment in the HepG2 human hepatoma cell line. To predict the putative targets of miR-21-3p, we integrated the gene expression profiles of HepG2 cells after berberine treatment by comparing with a gene list generated from sequence-based microRNA target prediction software. We then confirmed these predictions through transfection of microRNA mimics and a 3' UTR reporter assay. Our findings provide the first evidence that miR-21-3p directly reduces the expression of MAT2A and MAT2B by targeting their 3' UTRs. In addition, an overexpression of miR-21-3p increased intracellular SAM contents, which have been proven to be a growth disadvantage for hepatoma cells. The overexpression of miR-21-3p suppresses growth and induces apoptosis in HepG2 cells. Overall, our results demonstrate that miR-21-3p functions as a tumor suppressor

  8. Stability of weak-coupled core power adjustment system

    The stability of the weak-coupled core power adjustment system was investigated. Coupling feedback coefficient and feedback transfer function of the weak-coupled core were set up. System stability analysis was performed by the power adjustment block diagram of the weak-coupled core, and the core power stable thresholds were obtained. Influence of the system parameter change on stable power threshold was analysed. Results show, under a given coupling condition, the system will be unstable when the power overtakes its threshold. The power threshold is decreasing when the coupling of two core areas is weakening, and the reactor could operate stably only on a lower power level

  9. Core stability: the centerpiece of any training program.

    Bliss, Lisa S; Teeple, Peter

    2005-06-01

    Core strengthening and stability exercises have become key components of training programs for athletes of all levels. The core muscles act as a bridge between upper and lower limbs, and force is transferred from the core, often called the powerhouse, to the limbs. Stability initially requires maintenance of a neutral spine but must progress beyond the neutral zone in a controlled manner. Some studies have demonstrated a relationship between core stability and increased incidence of injury. A training program should start with exercises that isolate specific core muscles but must progress to include complex movements and incorporate other training principles. PMID:15907272

  10. 研华推出Core双核AIMB-780新型工业级母板%Advantech Putting out Core Bi-kernel AIMB-780 New-type Industry-level Motherboard

    2010-01-01

    @@ 作为嵌入式平台和整合服务提供商的研华公司近期发布了一款新型工业级ATX母板--AIMB-780.该款母板采用LGA 1156插槽,支持最新的Inter Core i7/i5/i3/Xeon?/Pentium?处理器.AIMB-780还支持带ECC DDR3的Intrel服务器级Xeon 34xx系列处理器,并支持SATA RAID 0、1、5和10,能够提供网络密集应用的可靠存储和系统保护.

  11. Reactor core monitoring method

    Mori, Michitsugu [Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (Japan); Kanemoto, Shigeru; Enomoto, Mitsuhiro; Ebata, Shigeo

    1998-05-06

    The present invention provides a method of monitoring the state of coolant flow in a reactor of a BWR power plant. Namely, a plurality of local power region monitors (LPRM) are disposed to the inside of the reactor core for monitoring a power distribution. Signals of at least two optional LPRM detectors situated at positions different in axial or radial positions of the reactor core are obtained. General fluctuation components which nuclear hydrothermally fluctuate in overall reactor core are removed from the components of the signals. Then, correlational functions between these signals are determined. The state of coolant flow in the reactor is monitored based on the correlational function. When the axial flowing rate and radial flow interference are monitored, the accuracy upon monitoring axial and radial local behaviors of coolants can be improved by thus previously removing the general fluctuation components from signals of LPRM detectors and extracting local void information near to LPRM detectors at high accuracy. (I.S.)

  12. Application of an electro-optical modulator in inelastic collision studies with laser-excited Na*(3p) atoms

    In atomic collision experiments with laser-excited target atoms it is often desirable to maximize the fraction f* of excited atoms. In the case of Na atoms pumped by a single mode CW dye laser radiation several effects including hyperfine pumping limit f* to about 10%. Using two side-bands of laser radiation, produced by means of an electro-optical modulator (phase modulation of laser radiation by a LiTaO3 crystal in a microwave field) transitions from both hyperfine ground states of Na can be pumped simultaneously. In this way a significant increase of the fraction of excited Na atoms in the 32P states to typically 30% could be achieved. The advantage of using an electro-optical modulator is demonstrated for the case of state-selective single electron capture studies of the He2+-Na*(3p) collision system. (author)

  13. Synthesis and characterization of Fe3P composite nanorods produced by phosphate reduction in anodized alumina templates

    A synthetic method for nanoscale iron phosphide rod production based on reductive annealing of iron phosphate deposited in porous alumina membranes has been explored. Two methods of pore filling, incipient wetness and drip-drying of precursor phosphate particles, were investigated. Reduction was carried out in a flowing H2/Ar atmosphere at 650-800 deg. C for 2 h and the template was removed by dissolution in NaOH. Particle morphology, composition and phase were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The data suggest that rods are formed as heterogeneous structures comprising Fe3P nanoparticles within an amorphous matrix

  14. Phase-formation in K2O-Er2O3-P2O5-H2O system

    The K2O-Er2O3-P2O5-H2O system in the condensed phosphates crystallization at 300 and 500 deg C and constant pressUre of saturated water vapours by the method is investigated. Crystallization tregions of eight condensed erbium phosphates haVe been found out: two varieties of ErP5O14 ultraphosphates, two Er(PO3)3 polyphospates (Q and R phases), KErP4O12-A double cyclotetraphosphate and three double KEr)/PO3)4 of 3, 4 and 7 types, polyphosphates the KEr(PO3)4 - 7 and Er(PO3)3 - R types are obtained for the first time. Roentgenometric, morphological, crystalloptical and IR spectroscopic characteristics of condensed erbium phosphates are given

  15. Interactions of solute (3p, 4p, 5p and 6p) with solute, vacancy and divacancy in bcc Fe

    You, Yu-Wei; Kong, Xiang-Shan; Wu, Xue-Bang; Liu, Wei [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China); Liu, C.S., E-mail: csliu@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China); Fang, Q.F. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China); Chen, J.L.; Luo, G.-N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Wang, Zhiguang [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Solute–vacancy binding energy is a key quantity in understanding solute diffusion kinetics and phase segregation, and may help choice of alloy compositions for future material design. However, the binding energy of solute with vacancy is notoriously difficult to measure and largely unknown in bcc Fe. With first-principles method, we systemically calculate the binding energies of solute (3p, 4p, 5p and 6p alloying solutes are included) with vacancy, divacancy and solute in bcc Fe. The binding energy of Si with vacancy in the present work is in good consistent with experimental value available. All the solutes considered are able to form stable solute–vacancy, solute–divacancy complexes, and the binding strength of solute–divacancy is about two times larger than that of solute–vacancy. Most solutes could not form stable solute–solute complexes except S, Se, In and Tl. The factors controlling the binding energies are analyzed at last.

  16. Interactions of solute (3p, 4p, 5p and 6p) with solute, vacancy and divacancy in bcc Fe

    Solute–vacancy binding energy is a key quantity in understanding solute diffusion kinetics and phase segregation, and may help choice of alloy compositions for future material design. However, the binding energy of solute with vacancy is notoriously difficult to measure and largely unknown in bcc Fe. With first-principles method, we systemically calculate the binding energies of solute (3p, 4p, 5p and 6p alloying solutes are included) with vacancy, divacancy and solute in bcc Fe. The binding energy of Si with vacancy in the present work is in good consistent with experimental value available. All the solutes considered are able to form stable solute–vacancy, solute–divacancy complexes, and the binding strength of solute–divacancy is about two times larger than that of solute–vacancy. Most solutes could not form stable solute–solute complexes except S, Se, In and Tl. The factors controlling the binding energies are analyzed at last

  17. Magnetic control of ultra-cold $^6$Li and $^{174}$Yb($^3P_2$) atom mixtures with Feshbach resonances

    Petrov, Alexander; Kotochigova, Svetlana

    2015-01-01

    We theoretically evaluate the feasibility to form magnetically-tunable Feshbach molecules in collisions between fermionic $^6$Li atoms and bosonic metastable $^{174}$Yb($^3$P$_2$) atoms. In contrast to the well-studied alkali-metal atom collisions, collisions with meta-stable atoms are highly anisotropic. Our first-principle coupled-channel calculation of these collisions reveals the existence of broad Feshbach resonances due to the combined effect of anisotropic-molecular and atomic-hyperfine interactions. In order to fit our predictions to the specific positions of experimentally-observed broad resonance structures \\cite{Deep2015} we optimized the shape of the short-range potentials by direct least-square fitting. This allowed us to identify the dominant resonance by its leading angular momentum quantum numbers and describe the role of collisional anisotropy in the creation and broadening of this and other resonances.

  18. Theoretical investigation of the dynamics of O(1D→3P) electronic quenching by collision with Xe

    We present the quantum close-coupling treatment of spin-orbit induced transitions between the 1D and 3P states of an atom in collisions with a closed-shell spherical partner. In the particular case of O colliding with Xe, we used electronic structure calculations to compute the relevant potential energy curves and spin-orbit coupling matrix elements. We then carried out quantum scattering calculations of integral and differential quenching cross sections as functions of the collision energy. The calculated differential cross sections for electronic quenching are in reasonable agreement with measurements [Garofalo et al., J. Chem. Phys. 143, 054307 (2015)]. The differential cross sections exhibit pronounced oscillations as a function of the scattering angle. By a semiclassical analysis, we show that these oscillations result from quantum mechanical interference between two classical paths

  19. Electron-phonon superconductivity in APt3P (A=Sr, Ca, La) compounds: From weak to strong coupling

    Subedi, Alaska; Ortenzi, Luciano; Boeri, Lilia

    2013-04-01

    We study the newly discovered Pt phosphides APt3P (A=Sr, Ca, La) [T. Takayama , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.108.237001 108, 237001 (2012)] using first-principles calculations and Migdal-Eliashberg theory. Given the remarkable agreement with the experiment, we exclude the charge-density wave scenario proposed by previous first-principles calculations, and give conclusive answers concerning the superconducting state in these materials. The pairing increases from La to Ca and Sr due to changes in the electron-phonon matrix elements and low-frequency phonons. Although we find that all three compounds are well described by conventional s-wave superconductivity and spin-orbit coupling of Pt plays a marginal role, we show that it could be possible to tune the structure from centrosymmetric to noncentrosymmetric opening new perspectives towards the understanding of unconventional superconductivity.

  20. Polarization effects in metastable neon atom (Ne* ( 3P 2)) on ground state neon atom collision at thermal energy

    Baudon, J.; Perales, F.; Miniatura, Ch.; Robert, J.; Vassilev, G.; Reinhardt, J.; Haberland, H.

    1990-08-01

    The difference Δ between the differential cross section for Ne*( 3P 2 atoms polarized either in state | j=2, m=+2 > or | j=2, m=-2 >, colliding at thermal energy with a groundstate target (Ne,O 2), is measured. In the symmetric case Ne*-Ne, direct and exchange contribution are observed. General properties of Δ, derived from symmetry considerations, are established; in particular: (i) the interference character of Δ, (ii) the role played by the azimuthal dependence of the scattering amplitudes, (iii) the property Δ(0) = Δ(180°)=0. The relationship between the Fourier harmonics introduced in this discussion and the scattering amplitudes used in standard collision treatments are given.