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  1. Memristive fuzzy edge detector

    Merrikh-Bayat, Farnood

    2011-01-01

    Fuzzy inference systems always suffer from the lack of efficient structures or platforms for their hardware implementation. In this paper, we tried to overcome this problem by proposing new method for the implementation of those fuzzy inference systems which use fuzzy rule base to make inference. To achieve this goal, we have designed a multi-layer neuro-fuzzy computing system based on the memristor crossbar structure by introducing some new concepts like fuzzy minterms. Although many applications can be realized through the use of our proposed system, in this study we show how the fuzzy XOR function can be constructed and how it can be used to extract edges from grayscale images. Our memristive fuzzy edge detector (implemented in analog form) compared with other common edge detectors has this advantage that it can extract edges of any given image all at once in real-time.

  2. Color Image Interpolation using Optimal Edge Detector

    R. Jansi; Asnath Victy Phamila; Amutha, R.

    2013-01-01

    This paper proposes an efficient image interpolation algorithm using optimal edge detector. The proposed interpolation algorithm is done in two steps. In the first step, the missing pixels with diagonal neighbors are interpolated and in the second step, the missing pixels with axial neighbors are interpolated. In both the steps classification of edge and smooth pixels is performed using canny edge detector. For the pixels classified as edge pixels, the direction of the edge is found using var...

  3. Evaluation of edge detectors using avarage risk

    Spreeuwers, L.J.; Heijden, van der F.

    1992-01-01

    A new method for evaluation of edge detectors, based on the average risk of a decision, is discussed. The average risk is a performance measure well-known in Bayesian decision theory. Since edge detection can be regarded as a compound decision making process, the performance of an edge detector is

  4. Combining geometric edge detectors for feature detection

    Heyvaert, Michaël; Van Hamme, David; Coppens, Jonas; Veelaert, Peter

    2010-01-01

    We propose a novel framework for the analysis and modeling of discrete edge filters, based on the notion of signed rays. This framework will allow us to easily deduce the geometric and localization properties of a family of first-order filters, and use this information to design custom filter banks for specific applications. As an example, a set of angle-selective corner detectors is constructed for the detection of buildings in video sequences. This clearly illustrates the merit of the theor...

  5. Three Dimensional Digital Image Processing using Edge Detectors

    John Schmeelk

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides an introduction to three dimensional image edge detection and its relationship to partial derivatives, convolutions and wavelets. We are especially addressing the notion of edge detection because it has far reaching applications in all areas of research to include medical research. A patient can be diagnosed as having an aneurysm by studying an angiogram. An angiogram is the visual view of the blood vessels whereby the edges are highlighted through the implementation of edge detectors. This process is completed through convolution, wavelets and matrix techniques. Some illustrations included will be vertical, horizontal, Sobel and wavelet edge detectors.

  6. Absorption-edge calculations of inorganic nonlinear optical crystals

    Wu, Kechen; Chen, Chuangtian

    1992-03-01

    A theoretical model suitable for calculating absorption edges of inorganic nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals is introduced. This model is proved to be useful to elucidate the relationship between electronic structures of NLO-active groups and macroscopic properties of absorption edges on the UV side of most of the inorganic nonlinear optical crystals. A systematic calculation of absorption edges on the UV side for several important inorganic NLO crystals is carried out by means of DV-SCM-Xα method and all calculated results are in good agreement with experimental data. These inorganic NLO crystals include LiB3O5(LBO), β-BaB2O4(BBO), KB5, KDP, Na2SbF5, Ba2TiSi2O8, iodate and NaNO2. The calculated energy level structures of LiB3O5 and β-BaB2O4 crystals are compared with the measured XPS spectra. The unusual transparent spectra of KB5 and KDP crystals are partly explained from the microstructure point of view. The effect of lone electron pair in iodate and NaNO2 crystals on their absorption edges are discussed. All these results show that Anionic Group Theory of Nonlinear Optical Crystals is useful to evaluate the absorption edges of the inorganic nonlinear optical crystal and is a powerful tool in a Molecular Engineering approach to search for new nonlinear optical materials.

  7. Investigating Actinide Molecular Adducts From Absorption Edge Spectroscopy

    Den Auwer, C.; Conradson, S.D.; Guilbaud, P.; Moisy, P.; Mustre de Leon, J.; Simoni, E.; /SLAC, SSRL

    2006-10-27

    Although Absorption Edge Spectroscopy has been widely applied to the speciation of actinide elements, specifically at the L{sub III} edge, understanding and interpretation of actinide edge spectra are not complete. In that sense, semi-quantitative analysis is scarce. In this paper, different aspects of edge simulation are presented, including semi-quantitative approaches. Comparison is made between various actinyl (U, Np) aquo or hydroxy compounds. An excursion into transition metal osmium chemistry allows us to compare the structurally related osmyl and uranyl hydroxides. The edge shape and characteristic features are discussed within the multiple scattering picture and the role of the first coordination sphere as well as contributions from the water solvent are described.

  8. CFAR Edge Detector for Polarimetric SAR Images

    Schou, Jesper; Skriver, Henning; Nielsen, Allan Aasbjerg;

    2003-01-01

    SAR data. By simply changing the parameters characterizing the test statistic according to the applied SAR data, constant false-alarm rate detection is always obtained. An adaptive filtering scheme is presented, and the distributions of the detector are verified using simulated polarimetric SAR images...

  9. Dual Edge Triggered Phase Detector for DLL and PLL Applications

    Prasanna Kumar L; Ashok S

    2015-01-01

    An ASIC design of Dual Edge Triggered Phase Detector(DET PD) for Delay locked loop(DLL) and Phase locked loop(PLL) applications is proposed in this paper.The proposed DET PD has high locking speed and less jitter. The designs are based on TSPC flip flop logic, which overcomes the issue of narrow capture range. The Double edge triggered phase detector dissipates less power than conventional designs and can be operated at a frequency range of 250MHz to 1GHz.The proposed DET-PD is de...

  10. Beam energy absolute measurement using K-edge absorption spectrometers

    A method is presented of absolute energy measurement with an accuracy of triangle Ε ∼ 10-4Εo by direct measurement of the bend angle in a high-precision magnetic dipole using two opposite-direction short (about 2 mm long) high-field-intensity magnets (bar Β dipole much-lt Βshortmag) installed at each end and two K-edge absorption spectrometers. Using these spectrometers and the hard x-ray synchrotron radiation created by the short magnets, a bend angle of 4.5 arc deg for the CEBAF energy bandwidth can be measured with an accuracy of a few units of 10-6 rad, and the main sources of systematic errors are the absolute measurement of the field integral and the determination of the centroid of the synchrotron beam at a wavelength equal to the K-edge absorption of the chosen substance

  11. A radiation detector design mitigating problems related to sawed edges

    In pixelated silicon radiation detectors that are utilized for the detection of UV, visible, and in particular Near Infra-Red (NIR) light it is desirable to utilize a relatively thick fully depleted Back-Side Illuminated (BSI) detector design providing 100% Fill Factor (FF), low Cross-Talk (CT), and high Quantum Efficiency (QE). The optimal thickness of such detectors is typically less than 300μm and above 40μm and thus it is more or less mandatory to thin the detector wafer from the backside after the front side of the detector has been processed and before a conductive layer is formed on the backside. A TAIKO thinning process is optimal for such a thickness range since neither a support substrate on the front side nor lithographic steps on the backside are required. The conductive backside layer should, however, be homogenous throughout the wafer and it should be biased from the front side of the detector. In order to provide good QE for blue and UV light the conductive backside layer should be of opposite doping type than the substrate. The problem with a homogeneous backside layer being of opposite doping type than the substrate is that a lot of leakage current is typically generated at the sawed chip edges, which may increase the dark noise and the power consumption. These problems are substantially mitigated with a proposed detector edge arrangement which 2D simulation results are presented in this paper

  12. Soft X-ray Absorption Edges in LMXBs

    2004-01-01

    The XMM observation of LMC X-2 is part of our program to study X-ray absorption in the interstellar medium (ISM). This program includes a variety of bright X-ray binaries in the Galaxy as well as the Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC). LMC X-2 is located near the heart of the LMC. Its very soft X-ray spectrum is used to determine abundance and ionization fractions of neutral and lowly ionized oxygen of the ISM in the LMC. The RGS spectrum so far allowed us to determine the O-edge value to be for atomic O, the EW of O-I in the ls-2p resonance absorption line, and the same for O-II. The current study is still ongoing in conjunction with other low absorption sources like Sco X-1 and the recently observed X-ray binary 4U 1957+11.

  13. Double conical crystal x-ray spectrometer for high resolution ultrafast x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy of Al K edge

    Levy, A.; Dorchies, F.; Fourment, C.; Harmand, M.; Hulin, S.; Santos, J. J.; Descamps, D.; Petit, S.; Bouillaud, R. [Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications (CELIA), Universite de Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA, Talence F-33405 (France)

    2010-06-15

    An x-ray spectrometer devoted to dynamical studies of transient systems using the x-ray absorption fine spectroscopy technique is presented in this article. Using an ultrafast laser-induced x-ray source, this optical device based on a set of two potassium acid phthalate conical crystals allows the extraction of x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy structures following the Al absorption K edge. The proposed experimental protocol leads to a measurement of the absorption spectra free from any crystal reflectivity defaults and shot-to-shot x-ray spectral fluctuation. According to the detailed analysis of the experimental results, a spectral resolution of 0.7 eV rms and relative fluctuation lower than 1% rms are achieved, demonstrated to be limited by the statistics of photon counting on the x-ray detector.

  14. Sulfur K-edge absorption spectroscopy on selected biological systems

    Sulfur is an essential element in organisms. In this thesis investigations of sulfur compounds in selected biological systems by XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure) spectroscopy are reported. XANES spectroscopy at the sulfur K-edge provides an excellent tool to gain information about the local environments of sulfur atoms in intact biological samples - no extraction processes are required. Spatially resolved measurements using a Kirkpatrick-Baez mirror focusing system were carried out to investigate the infection of wheat leaves by rust fungi. The results give information about changes in the sulfur metabolism of the host induced by the parasite and about the extension of the infection into visibly uninfected plant tissue. Furthermore, XANES spectra of microbial mats from sulfidic caves were measured. These mats are dominated by microbial groups involved in cycling sulfur. Additionally, the influence of sulfate deprivation and H2S exposure on sulfur compounds in onion was investigated. To gain an insight into the thermal degradation of organic material the influence of roasting of sulfur compounds in coffee beans was studied. (orig.)

  15. Size and refinement edge-shape effects of graphene quantum dots on UV–visible absorption

    Highlights: • The size effect affects both the visible light absorption and the zigzag edge state. • Zigzag edge state is important than armchair edge state for visible light absorption. • The Seam atoms should be noted for the randomly shaped GQDs. - Abstract: Using the ab initio density-functional theory method, we calculated the size effect and edge shape effect on UV–visible light absorption of different shapes of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). There are two interesting findings in this study. First, the edge shape effect increase with increasing the size of square GQDs. Second, the Seam atoms, located at the boundary between zigzag and armchair edges, hardly contribute to the strongest visible light absorption. This refinement of the edge-shape effect can be found in rectangular, triangular and hexagonal GQDs. This new finding will be useful in applications of GQDs in the visible light absorption nanodevices

  16. Quantitative investigation of two metallohydrolases by X-ray absorption spectroscopy near-edge spectroscopy

    The last several years have witnessed a tremendous increase in biological applications using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (BioXAS), thanks to continuous advancements in synchrotron radiation (SR) sources and detector technology. However, XAS applications in many biological systems have been limited by the intrinsic limitations of the Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) technique e.g., the lack of sensitivity to bond angles. As a consequence, the application of the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy changed this scenario that is now continuously changing with the introduction of the first quantitative XANES packages such as Minut XANES (MXAN). Here we present and discuss the XANES code MXAN, a novel XANES-fitting package that allows a quantitative analysis of experimental data applied to Zn K-edge spectra of two metalloproteins: Leptospira interrogans Peptide deformylase (LiPDF) and acutolysin-C, a representative of snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) from Agkistrodon acutus venom. The analysis on these two metallohydrolases reveals that proteolytic activities are correlated to subtle conformation changes around the zinc ion. In particular, this quantitative study clarifies the occurrence of the LiPDF catalytic mechanism via a two-water-molecules model, whereas in the acutolysin-C we have observed a different proteolytic activity correlated to structural changes around the zinc ion induced by pH variations

  17. Quantitative investigation of two metallohydrolases by X-ray absorption spectroscopy near-edge spectroscopy

    Zhao, W. [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Chu, W.S.; Yang, F.F.; Yu, M.J.; Chen, D.L.; Guo, X.Y. [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Zhou, D.W.; Shi, N. [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Marcelli, A. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, P.O. Box 13, Frascati 00044 (Italy); Niu, L.W.; Teng, M.K. [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Gong, W.M. [Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Benfatto, M. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, P.O. Box 13, Frascati 00044 (Italy); Wu, Z.Y. [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, P.O. Box 13, Frascati 00044 (Italy)], E-mail: wuzy@ihep.ac.cn

    2007-09-21

    The last several years have witnessed a tremendous increase in biological applications using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (BioXAS), thanks to continuous advancements in synchrotron radiation (SR) sources and detector technology. However, XAS applications in many biological systems have been limited by the intrinsic limitations of the Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) technique e.g., the lack of sensitivity to bond angles. As a consequence, the application of the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy changed this scenario that is now continuously changing with the introduction of the first quantitative XANES packages such as Minut XANES (MXAN). Here we present and discuss the XANES code MXAN, a novel XANES-fitting package that allows a quantitative analysis of experimental data applied to Zn K-edge spectra of two metalloproteins: Leptospira interrogans Peptide deformylase (LiPDF) and acutolysin-C, a representative of snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) from Agkistrodon acutus venom. The analysis on these two metallohydrolases reveals that proteolytic activities are correlated to subtle conformation changes around the zinc ion. In particular, this quantitative study clarifies the occurrence of the LiPDF catalytic mechanism via a two-water-molecules model, whereas in the acutolysin-C we have observed a different proteolytic activity correlated to structural changes around the zinc ion induced by pH variations.

  18. Correction method for self-absorption effects of fluorescence x-ray absorption near-edge structure on multilayer samples

    It is well known that fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy suffers from the self-absorption effects for thick and concentrated samples. In this study, a simple correction method is provided for correcting the self-absorption effects of fluorescence x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectrum for multilayer samples. This method is validated by application on fluorescence XANES spectra for a Cr/C multilayer measured at different incidence angles. The errors produced by the self-absorption effects for the measured fluorescence x-ray absorption spectra without corrections are also estimated and discussed. (paper)

  19. Attenuation studies near K-absorption edges using Compton scattered 241Am gamma rays

    K K Abdullah; N Ramachandran; K Karunakaran Nair; B R S Babu; Antony Josephm; Rajive Thomas; K M Varier

    2008-04-01

    We have carried out photon attenuation measurements at several energies in the range from 49.38 keV to 57.96 keV around the K-absorption edges of the rare earth elements Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy and Er using 59.54 keV gamma rays from 241Am source after Compton scattering from an aluminium target. Pellets of oxides of the rare earth elements were chosen as mixture absorbers in these investigations. A narrow beam good geometry set-up was used for the attenuation measurements. The scattered gamma rays were detected by an HPGe detector. The results are consistent with theoretical values derived from the XCOM package.

  20. Edge-promoting reconstruction of absorption and diffusivity in optical tomography

    Hannukainen, A.; Harhanen, Lauri Oskari; Hyvönen, N.;

    2015-01-01

    object is composed of an approximately homogeneous background with clearly distinguishable embedded inhomogeneities. An algorithm for finding the maximum a posteriori estimate for the absorption and diffusion coefficients is introduced assuming an edge-preferring prior and an additive Gaussian...

  1. Relativistic Effects Around Black Holes: Smearing Absorption Edges

    Zhang, X. L.; Feng, Y. X.; Zhang, S. N.; Yao, Y.

    2002-01-01

    Broad iron absorption structures have been observed in the X-ray spectra of both AGNs and black hole X-ray binaries (BHXBs). A correctly modeled absorption structure can reveal the physical condition of the source, help to determine the continuum spectra and thus help to estimate other spectral lifes more accurately. The absorption structures are usually thought to be caused by the reflection of X-rays by the accretion disks around the central black holes, and the broadening can be a ttributed to the ionization states of the disk and relativistic effects.

  2. Numerical analysis of edge effects in side illuminated strip detectors for digital radiology

    Krizaj, D

    2000-01-01

    The influence of edge defects on side illuminated X-ray strip detectors for digital radiology is investigated by numerical device modeling. By assuming positive fixed oxide charges on side and top surfaces simulations have shown strong curvature of the equipotential lines in the edge region. A fraction of the edge generated current surpasses the edge guard-ring junction and is collected by the readout strips. As a consequence, strips cannot be placed close to the edge of the structure and collection efficiency is reduced. An n-on-n instead of a p-on-n strip detector is proposed enabling collection of edge generated carriers by a very narrow guard-ring junction and placement of the readout strip close to the edge without increase of the strip leakage current.

  3. An edge of the optical absorption in Ba2NaNb5O15 crystals

    The effect of the Seignette-elastic phase transformations in Ba2NaNb5O15 crystals on the polarized edge absorption spectra (AS) in the temperature range from 5 to 600 K is investigated. AS is described by the exponential dependence of the energy absorption coefficient. Violation of laws, being characteristic for the Urbach absorption tail caused by the Franz-Keldysh effect related to orthorhombic lattice distortion is detected in the orthorhombic crystal phase (110-573 K)

  4. Applications of 'edge-on' illuminated porous plate detectors for diagnostic X-ray imaging

    Shikhaliev, P M

    2002-01-01

    Scanning X-ray imaging systems for non-invasive diagnostics have several advantages over conventional imaging systems using area detectors. They significantly reduce the detected scatter radiation, cover large areas and potentially provide high spatial resolution. Applications of one-dimensional gaseous detectors and 'edge-on' illuminated silicon strip detectors for scanning imaging systems are currently under intensive investigation. The purpose of this work is to investigate 'edge-on' illuminated Porous Plate (PP) detectors for applications in diagnostic X-ray imaging. MicroChannel Plate (MCP), which is a common type of PP, has previously been investigated as a detector in surface-on illumination mode for medical X-ray imaging. However, its detection efficiency was too low for medical imaging applications. In the present study, the PP are used in the 'edge-on' illumination mode. Furthermore, the structural parameters of different PP types are optimized to improve the detection efficiency in the diagnostic X...

  5. Range image segmentation using Zernike moment-based generalized edge detector

    Ghosal, S.; Mehrotra, R.

    1992-01-01

    The authors proposed a novel Zernike moment-based generalized step edge detection method which can be used for segmenting range and intensity images. A generalized step edge detector is developed to identify different kinds of edges in range images. These edge maps are thinned and linked to provide final segmentation. A generalized edge is modeled in terms of five parameters: orientation, two slopes, one step jump at the location of the edge, and the background gray level. Two complex and two real Zernike moment-based masks are required to determine all these parameters of the edge model. Theoretical noise analysis is performed to show that these operators are quite noise tolerant. Experimental results are included to demonstrate edge-based segmentation technique.

  6. Surface Micromachined Arrays of Transition-Edge Detectors Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — An innovative surface micromachining technique is described for the fabrication of closely-packed arrays of transition edge sensor (TES) x-ray microcalorimeters....

  7. Qualification of K-absorption edge densitometry for applications in international safeguards

    The distinguishing features and performances of K-absorption edge densitometry using continuum X-ray transmission sources for measurements of special nuclear material concentrations in solutions are briefly outlined. It is shown that the measurement accuracy and reliability, the simplicity of operation, and the ease of authentication of K-absorption edge densitometry can notably enhance safeguards technology, and qualify the technique for safeguards applications in plutonium reprocessing and nitrate-to-oxide conversion facilities. An advanced solution-assay system combining simultaneous K-absorption edge densitometry and K-X-ray fluorescence analysis is presented. Prospective applications of this versatile instrument for verification measurements in a reprocessing plant are discussed. (author)

  8. Near edge X-ray absorption mass spectrometry on coronene

    Reitsma, G.; Deuzeman, M. J.; Hoekstra, R.; Schlathölter, T. [Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747AG Groningen (Netherlands); Boschman, L. [Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747AG Groningen (Netherlands); Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Hoekstra, S. [Van Swinderen Institute, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands)

    2015-01-14

    We have investigated the photoionization and photodissociation of free coronene cations C{sub 24}H{sub 12}{sup +} upon soft X-ray photoabsorption in the carbon K-edge region by means of a time-of-flight mass spectrometry approach. Core excitation into an unoccupied molecular orbital (below threshold) and core ionization into the continuum both leave a C 1s vacancy, that is subsequently filled in an Auger-type process. The resulting coronene dications and trications are internally excited and cool down predominantly by means of hydrogen emission. Density functional theory was employed to determine the dissociation energies for subsequent neutral hydrogen loss. A statistical cascade model incorporating these dissociation energies agrees well with the experimentally observed dehydrogenation. For double ionization, i.e., formation of intermediate C{sub 24}H{sub 12}{sup 3+⋆}trications, the experimental data hint at loss of H{sup +} ions. This asymmetric fission channel is associated with hot intermediates, whereas colder intermediates predominantly decay via neutral H loss.

  9. Simulation of active-edge pixelated CdTe radiation detectors

    Duarte, DD; Lipp, JD; Schneider, A.; Seller, P; Veale, MC; Wilson, MD; Baker, MA; Sellin, PJ

    2016-01-01

    The edge surfaces of single crystal CdTe play an important role in the electronic properties and performance of this material as an X-ray and γ-ray radiation detector. Edge effects have previously been reported to reduce the spectroscopic performance of the edge pixels in pixelated CdTe radiation detectors without guard bands. A novel Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) model based on experimental data has been developed to investigate these effects. The results presented in this paper sh...

  10. Monte Carlo study of characteristics of uranium L-edge from X-ray absorption spectrometry

    Park, Seunghoon; Kwak, Sung-Woo; Shin, Jung-Ki; Kang, Han-Byeol; Chung, Heejun [Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    L-edge densitometry (LED) which is specially called X-ray Absorption Spectrometry (XAS) for uranium xray analysis is a technique of determination of uranium concentration as a continuous x-ray energy beams transmit a uranium liquid sample for safeguard. Compared to K-edge densitometer, since relatively lower energy of uranium L series energy than K series energy, L-edge densitometer does not require a liquid nitride cooling system. In this study, the simulation of uranium L-edge densitometer is performed using Monte Carlo method. Ledge spectrum, such as spectrum jumps, can be confirmed by the simulation. In further study, improvement of counting efficiency through collimation of x-ray, and shielding will be considered for detailed design of L-edge densitometer.

  11. Determination of optical absorption edge in amorphous thin films of selenium and selenium dopped with sulphur

    The transmittance and the reflectance of three thin films of S-Se alloys have been determined for different wavelengths in the range 5000-11000 A. Accurate methods had been used to calculate the optical constants n and k as well as the absorption coefficient K. The determined absorption edges for S-Se alloys shifts to higher photon energies by increasing the concentration of sulphur content. (author)

  12. Single shot near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy in the laboratory

    Mantouvalou, I.; Witte, K.; Martyanov, W.; Jonas, A.; Grötzsch, D.; Streeck, C.; Löchel, H.; Rudolph, I.; Erko, A.; Stiel, H.; Kanngießer, B.

    2016-05-01

    With the help of adapted off-axis reflection zone plates, near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectra at the C and N K-absorption edge have been recorded using a single 1.2 ns long soft X-ray pulse. The transmission experiments were performed with a laser-produced plasma source in the laboratory rendering time resolved measurements feasible independent on large scale facilities. A resolving power of E/ΔE ˜ 950 at the respective edges could be demonstrated. A comparison of single shot spectra with those collected with longer measuring time proves that all features of the used reference samples (silicon nitrate and polyimide) can be resolved in 1.2 ns. Hence, investigations of radiation sensitive biological specimen become possible due to the high efficiency of the optical elements enabling low dose experiments.

  13. Near K-edge absorption spectra of III-V nitrides

    Fukui, K. [Fukui Univ. (Japan). Research Center for Development of Far-Infrared Region; Hirai, R.; Yamamoto, A. [Fukui Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering; Hirayama, H.; Aoyagi, Y. [Inst. of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Wako, Saitama (Japan); Yamaguchi, S.; Amano, H. [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Meijo Univ., Nagoya (Japan); Akasaki, I. [High-Tec Research Center, Meijo Univ., Nagoya (Japan); Tanaka, S. [Research Inst. for Electronic Science, Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan)

    2001-11-08

    Nitrogen and aluminum near K-edge absorption measurements of wurtzite AlN, GaN and InN, and their ternary compounds (AlGaN, InGaN and InAlN) at various molar fractions have been performed using synchrotron radiation. Using the linear polarization of synchrotron radiation, absorption measurements with different incident light angles were also performed. The spectral distribution of the nitrogen K absorption spectra clearly depends on both the incident light angles and the molar fractions of the samples. That of the aluminum K absorption spectra also shows the clear angle dependence, but it does not show the drastic molar dependence. Spectral shape comparisons among the various molar fractions, different incident angles and between the two ion sites are discussed. The numerical component analysis of the K absorption spectra is also presented. (orig.)

  14. Sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of petroleum asphaltenes and model compounds

    The utility of sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy for the determination and quantification of sulfur forms in petroleum asphaltenes has been investigated. Both X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra were obtained for a selected group of model compounds and for several petroleum asphaltene samples. For the model compounds the sulfur XANES was found to vary widely from compound to compound and to provide a fingerprint for the form of sulfur involved. The use of third derivatives of the spectra enabled discrimination of mixtures of sulfidic and thiophenic model compounds and allowed approximate quantification of the amount of each component in the mixtures and in the asphaltene samples. These results represent the first demonstration that nonvolatile sulfur forms can be distinguished and approximately quantified by direct measurement

  15. Recent results on 3D double sided detectors with slim edges

    Pellegrini, G., E-mail: giulio.pellegrini@csic.es [Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica, CNM-IMB (CSIC), Barcelona 08193 (Spain); Baselga, M. [Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica, CNM-IMB (CSIC), Barcelona 08193 (Spain); Christophersen, M. [U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Code 7654, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Ely, S.; Fadeyev, V. [Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States); Fleta, C. [Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica, CNM-IMB (CSIC), Barcelona 08193 (Spain); Gimenez, A.; Grinstein, S.; Lopez, I. [ICREA and Institut de Física d' Altes Energies (IFAE), Barcelona 08193 (Spain); Lozano, M. [Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica, CNM-IMB (CSIC), Barcelona 08193 (Spain); Micelli, A. [ICREA and Institut de Física d' Altes Energies (IFAE), Barcelona 08193 (Spain); Phlips, B.F. [U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Code 7654, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Quirion, D. [Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica, CNM-IMB (CSIC), Barcelona 08193 (Spain); Sadrozinski, H.F.-W. [Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States); Tsiskaridze, S. [ICREA and Institut de Física d' Altes Energies (IFAE), Barcelona 08193 (Spain)

    2013-12-11

    This paper reports on the first characterization of double sided 3D silicon radiation pixel detectors with slim edges. These detectors consist of a three-dimensional array of electrodes that penetrate into the detector bulk with the anode and cathode electrodes etched from opposite sides of the substrate. Different detectors were post-processed using the scribe-cleave-passivate (SCP) technology to make “slim edge” sensors. These sensors have only a minimal amount of inactive peripheral region, for the benefit of the construction of large-area tracker and imaging systems. The target application for this work is the use of 3D slim edge detectors for the ATLAS Forward Physics (AFP) CERN Project, where pixel detectors for position resolution and timing detectors for removal of pile up protons, will be placed as close as possible to the beam to detect diffractive protons at 220 m on either side of the ATLAS interaction point. For this reason the silicon areas should feature the narrowest possible insensitive zone on the sensor edge closest to the beam and withstand high nonuniform irradiation fluences.

  16. Simulation of active-edge pixelated CdTe radiation detectors

    Duarte, D. D.; Lipp, J. D.; Schneider, A.; Seller, P.; Veale, M. C.; Wilson, M. D.; Baker, M. A.; Sellin, P. J.

    2016-01-01

    The edge surfaces of single crystal CdTe play an important role in the electronic properties and performance of this material as an X-ray and γ-ray radiation detector. Edge effects have previously been reported to reduce the spectroscopic performance of the edge pixels in pixelated CdTe radiation detectors without guard bands. A novel Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) model based on experimental data has been developed to investigate these effects. The results presented in this paper show how localized low resistivity surfaces modify the internal electric field of CdTe creating potential wells. These result in a reduction of charge collection efficiency of the edge pixels, which compares well with experimental data.

  17. X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Spectra as a basis for the speciation of lead

    For this study several inorganic lead (II) compounds were measured at the Pb-L3-(13035 eV), L1- (15860 eV) and M5- (2484 eV) edge using X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Spectroscopy (XANES) to determine experimentally which edge is most sensitive to the coordination environment. Each edge probes a different electronic configuration because of the selection rules and has a different resolution because of life-time broadening. Pb-L1-XANES spectra are only sensitive to the first coordination shell. Pb-M5-XANES spectra show a better energy resolution which is due to decreased lifetime broadening, but the pure lead spectra are also sensitive only to the first coordination shell. Spectra at the Pb-L3-edge show the highest sensitivity: differences in coordination out to the third shell could be distinguished. Therefore, even though Pb-L1- and M5-edges have some advantages, because of physical conditions compared to the L3-edge, these advantages do not result in increased sensitivity.

  18. Signal formation and active edge studies of 3D silicon detector technology

    Kok, Angela

    3D detectors and devices with an ‘active edge’ were fabricated at the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility. Characteristics such as time response and edge sensitivity were studied. The induced signals from a 3D detector were studied using a fast, low-noise transimpedance amplifier. The rise time of the output signal obtained for a minimum ionising particle was faster than 4 ns at room temperature and 2 ns at 130K. This is in agreement with earlier calculations of 3D detectors that predicted the charge collection time to be between one to two ns. The first understanding of signal formation in a 3D detector was achieved by comparing measurements with a full system simulation. The differences in collection behaviour between electrons and holes were also understood and verified by measurement. Edge sensitivity was measured at the CERN SPS, using a high energy muon beam and a silicon telescope. The detector was measured to be efficient up to less than 4 μm from its physical edge. This confirmed that active edge ...

  19. Hydrogen atom position in hydrated iodide anion from x-ray absorption near edge structure

    Hydrogen atom position in the hydrated iodide anion complex is determined from X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) of an aqueous iodide solution at both the K- and L-edges. The spectra are compared with the theoretical ones calculated by using the FEFF method for several model geometries having hydrogen atoms at different positions. Satisfactory agreements are obtained from models with an almost linear alignment of iodine-hydrogen-oxygen atoms, indicating the capability of the XANES analysis when it is combined with the multiple scattering calculations as a method to detect the positions of hydrogen atoms in the first coordination sphere. (author)

  20. A high resolution x-ray fluorescence spectrometer for near edge absorption studies

    A high resolution fluorescence spectrometer using a Johann geometry in a back scattering arrangement was developed. The spectrometer, with a resolution of 0.3 eV at 6.5 keV, combined with an incident beam, with a resolution of 0.7 eV, form the basis of a high resolution instrument for measuring x-ray absorption spectra. The advantages of the instrument are illustrated with the near edge absorption spectrum of dysprosium nitrate. 10 refs., 4 figs

  1. Intracellular nanoparticles mass quantification by near-edge absorption soft X-ray nanotomography

    Jose Javier Conesa; Joaquín Otón; Michele Chiappi; Jose María Carazo; Eva Pereiro; Francisco Javier Chichón; Carrascosa, José L.

    2016-01-01

    We used soft X-ray three-dimensional imaging to quantify the mass of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) within whole cells, by exploiting the iron oxide differential absorption contrast. Near-edge absorption soft X-ray nanotomography (NEASXT) combines whole-cell 3D structure determination at 50 nm resolution, with 3D elemental mapping and high throughput. We detected three-dimensional distribution of SPIONs within cells with 0.3 g/cm3 sensitivity, sufficient for detecting the ...

  2. Intracellular nanoparticles mass quantification by near-edge absorption soft X-ray nanotomography

    Conesa, Jose Javier; Otón, Joaquín; Chiappi, Michele; Carazo, Jose María; Pereiro, Eva; Chichón, Francisco Javier; Carrascosa, José L.

    2016-01-01

    We used soft X-ray three-dimensional imaging to quantify the mass of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) within whole cells, by exploiting the iron oxide differential absorption contrast. Near-edge absorption soft X-ray nanotomography (NEASXT) combines whole-cell 3D structure determination at 50 nm resolution, with 3D elemental mapping and high throughput. We detected three-dimensional distribution of SPIONs within cells with 0.3 g/cm3 sensitivity, sufficient for detecting the density corresponding to a single nanoparticle. PMID:26960695

  3. Minimum dispersion in leading edge timing with coaxial Ge(Li) detectors

    Time variances due to systematic walk and noise jitter are analytically performed as a function of integration time in leading-edge timing with coaxial Ge(Li) detectors for several values of the trigger fraction and the geometrical factor. This reveals the existence of a minimum in the curve which represents the total timing error vs the integration time constant. The best time resolution of a specified detector is achieved when the RC-filtered signal has a time constant (in ns) that is numerically equal to the thickness (in mm) of the detector depletion layer. (orig.)

  4. Characterization of thin p-on-p radiation detectors with active edges

    Peltola, T.; Wu, X.; Kalliopuska, J.; Granja, C.; Jakubek, J.; Jakubek, M.; Härkönen, J.; Gädda, A.

    2016-03-01

    Active edge p-on-p silicon pixel detectors with thickness of 100 μm were fabricated on 150 mm float zone silicon wafers at VTT. By combining measured results and TCAD simulations, a detailed study of electric field distributions and charge collection performances as a function of applied voltage in a p-on-p detector was carried out. A comparison with the results of a more conventional active edge p-on-n pixel sensor is presented. The results from 3D spatial mapping show that at pixel-to-edge distances less than 100 μm the sensitive volume is extended to the physical edge of the detector when the applied voltage is above full depletion. The results from a spectroscopic measurement demonstrate a good functionality of the edge pixels. The interpixel isolation above full depletion and the breakdown voltage were found to be equal to the p-on-n sensor while lower charge collection was observed in the p-on-p pixel sensor below 80 V. Simulations indicated this to be partly a result of a more favourable weighting field in the p-on-n sensor and partly of lower hole lifetimes in the p-bulk.

  5. Characterization of Thin p-on-p Radiation Detectors with Active Edges

    Peltola, T; Kalliopuska, J; Granja, C; Jakubek, J; Jakubek, M; Härkönen, J; Gädda, A

    2016-01-01

    Active edge p-on-p silicon pixel detectors with thickness of 100 $\\mu$m were fabricated on 150 mm Float zone silicon wafers at VTT. By combining measured results and TCAD simulations, a detailed study of electric field distributions and charge collection performances as a function of applied voltage in a p-on-p detector was carried out. A comparison with the results of a more conventional active edge p-on-n pixel sensor is presented. The results from 3D spatial mapping show that at pixel-to-edge distances less than 100 $\\mu$m the sensitive volume is extended to the physical edge of the detector when the applied voltage is above full depletion. The results from a spectroscopic measurement demonstrate a good functionality of the edge pixels. The interpixel isolation above full depletion and the breakdown voltage were found to be equal to the p-on-n sensor while lower charge collection was observed in the p-on-p pixel sensor below 80 V. Simulations indicated this to be partly a result of a more favourable weight...

  6. The effects of dust scattering on high-resolution X-ray absorption edge structure

    Corrales, L.; García, J.; Wilms, J.; Baganoff, F.

    2016-06-01

    High energy studies of astrophysical dust complement observations of dusty interstellar gas at other wavelengths. With high resolution X-ray spectroscopy, dust scattering significantly enhances the total extinction optical depth and alters the shape of photoelectric absorption edges. This effect is modulated by the dust grain size distribution, spatial location along the line of sight, and the imaging resolution of the X-ray telescope. At soft energies, the spectrum of scattered light is likely to have significant features at the 0.3 keV (C-K), 0.5 keV (O-K), and 0.7 keV (Fe-L) photoelectric absorption edges. This direct probe of ISM dust grain elements will be important for (i) understanding the relative abundances of graphitic grains or PAHs versus silicates, and (ii) measuring the depletion of gas phase elements into solid form. We focus in particular on the Fe-L edge, fitting a template for the total extinction to the high resolution spectrum of three X-ray binaries from the Chandra archive: GX 9+9, XTE J1817-330, and Cyg X-1. We discuss ways in which spectroscopy with XMM can yield insight into dust obscured objects such as stars, binaries, AGN, and foreground quasar absorption line systems.

  7. Experimental evidence of thermal fluctuations on the X-ray absorption near-edge structure at the aluminum K-edge

    Manuel, Damien; Cabaret, Delphine; Brouder, Christian; Sainctavit, Philippe; Bordage, Amélie; TRCERA, Nicolas

    2012-01-01

    After a review of temperature-dependent experimental x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and related theoretical developments, we present the Al K-edge XANES spectra of corundum and beryl for temperature ranging from 300K to 930K. These experimental results provide a first evidence of the role of thermal fluctuation in XANES at the Al K-edge especially in the pre-edge region. The study is carried out by polarized XANES measurements of single crystals. For any orientation of the sampl...

  8. Characterization of detector modulation-transfer function with noise, edge, and holographic methods

    We developed a new method for characterization of detector performance used in the transmission electron microscope (TEM) based on the measured contrast of holographic fringes. The new method changes spatial frequency of the measured holographic fringes, generated by an electrostatic biprism and Schottky or cold field-emission gun, to sample the modulation-transfer function (MTF) of the detector. The MTF of a Gatan Ultrascan™ 1000 charged-coupled detector (CCD) is evaluated using the new method and the results are compared to the established noise and slanted-edge method results. Requirements for accuracy of the edge and noise MTF methods are discussed. We consider issues surrounding incomplete read-out and how it affects the gain reference normalization of the detector. We evaluate how the MTF affects optimization of experimental parameters in the TEM. - Highlights: • Introduces holographic method to measure modulation-transfer function (MTF). • Incomplete read-out found to affect gain reference normalization. • Low-frequency incomplete read-out artifacts found to affect MTF normalization. • Practical guidance for detector impact on microscope optimization

  9. Identification of Uranyl Minerals Using Oxygen K-Edge X Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Ward, Jesse D.; Bowden, Mark E.; Resch, Charles T.; Smith, Steven C.; McNamara, Bruce K.; Buck, Edgar C.; Eiden, Gregory C.; Duffin, Andrew M.

    2016-03-01

    Uranium analysis is consistently needed throughout the fuel cycle, from mining to fuel fabrication to environmental monitoring. Although most of the world’s uranium is immobilized as pitchblende or uraninite, there exists a plethora of secondary uranium minerals, nearly all of which contain the uranyl cation. Analysis of uranyl compounds can provide clues as to a sample’s facility of origin and chemical history. X-ray absorption spectroscopy is one technique that could enhance our ability to identify uranium minerals. Although there is limited chemical information to be gained from the uranium X-ray absorption edges, recent studies have successfully used ligand NEXAFS to study the physical chemistry of various uranium compounds. This study extends the use of ligand NEXAFS to analyze a suite of uranium minerals. We find that major classes of uranyl compounds (carbonate, oxyhydroxide, silicate, and phosphate) exhibit characteristic lineshapes in the oxygen K-edge absorption spectra. As a result, this work establishes a library of reference spectra that can be used to classify unknown uranyl minerals.

  10. Optical readout uncooled infrared imaging detector using knife-edge filter operation

    ZHANG Q; MIAO Z; GUO Z; DONG F; XIONG Z; WU X; CHEN D; LI C; JIAO B

    2007-01-01

    An optical readout uncooled infrared (IR) imaging detector of bimaterial cantilever array using knife-edge filter operation(KEFO) is demonstrated. The angle change of each cantilever in a focal plane array (FPA) can be simultaneously detected with a resolution of 10-5 degree. A deformation magnifying substrate-free micro-cantilever unit with multi-fold interval metallized legs is specially designed and modeled. A FPA with 160× 160 pixels is fabricated and thermal images with noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of 400 mK are obtained by this imaging detector.

  11. Reflection-extented-x-ray-absorption-fine-structure spectroscopy at the carbon K-edge

    The authors report an investigation of the carbon K-edge Reflection-Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (refl-EXAFS) spectra from graphite, diamond and glassy carbon. There is good phase shift transferability between the two well-known bonding types in diamond and graphite, provided that appropriate inner potential corrections to the K-edge energy are made. The model spectra from diamond and graphite were used to investigate the nature of glassy carbon. It was found that, for the particular form of glassy carbon used in this study, the bonding more closely resembled sp3 than sp2. This result is preliminary pending evaluation of the influence of surface oxygen

  12. Enhancement of the JET edge LIDAR Thomson scattering diagnostic with ultrafast detectors.

    Kempenaars, M; Flanagan, J C; Giudicotti, L; Walsh, M J; Beurskens, M; Balboa, I

    2008-10-01

    The edge light detection and ranging (LIDAR) Thomson scattering diagnostic at the Joint European Torus fusion experiment uses a 3 J ruby laser to measure the electron density and temperature profile at the plasma edge. The original system used a 1 GHz digitizer and detectors with response times of approximately 650 ps and effective quantum efficiencies photomultiplier tube detectors with response times of <300 ps and effective quantum efficiencies in the range of approximately 13%-20% (averaged over lambda=500-700 nm). This upgrade has enabled the spatial resolution to be reduced to approximately 6.3 cm along the laser line of sight for a laser pulse of 300 ps full width at half maximum, which is close to the requirements for the ITER core LIDAR. Performance analysis shows that the new system will have an effective spatial resolution of up to 1 cm in the magnetic midplane via magnetic flux surface mapping. PMID:19068515

  13. An energy and intensity monitor for X-ray absorption near-edge structure measurements

    Jonge, Martin D. de, E-mail: martin.dejonge@synchrotorn.org.a [Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168 (Australia); Paterson, David [Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168 (Australia); McNulty, Ian [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439-4856 (United States); Rau, Christoph [Diamond Light Source Ltd, Didcot, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); Brandes, Jay A. [Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411 (United States); Ingall, Ellery [School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0340 (United States)

    2010-07-21

    An in-line X-ray beam energy and intensity monitor has been developed for use in focussed X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) measurements. The monitor uses only the X-ray intensity that would otherwise bypass our zone-plate focussing optic and relies on a measurement of photoemission current. The monitor is inexpensive, easy to align, and provides valuable feedback about the X-ray energy. Operation of the monitor is demonstrated for measurements of phosphorus XANES. The precision of the energy determination is around 0.5 eV.

  14. Measurement of mass attenuation coefficients around the K absorption edge by parametric X-rays

    Tamura, M; Aoki, Y; Ikeda, J; Sato, K; Fujita, F; Homma, A; Sawamura, T; Narita, M

    2002-01-01

    When electrons at relativistic velocities pass through a crystal plate, such as silicon, photons are emitted around the Bragg angle for X-ray diffraction. This phenomenon is called parametric X-ray radiation (PXR). The monochromaticity and directivity of PXR are adequate and the energy can be changed continuously by rotating the crystal. This study measured the mass attenuation coefficient around the K-shell absorption edge of Nb, Zr and Mo as a PXR application of monochromatic hard X-ray radiation sources.

  15. An energy and intensity monitor for X-ray absorption near-edge structure measurements

    An in-line X-ray beam energy and intensity monitor has been developed for use in focussed X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) measurements. The monitor uses only the X-ray intensity that would otherwise bypass our zone-plate focussing optic and relies on a measurement of photoemission current. The monitor is inexpensive, easy to align, and provides valuable feedback about the X-ray energy. Operation of the monitor is demonstrated for measurements of phosphorus XANES. The precision of the energy determination is around 0.5 eV.

  16. A Novel Architecture for Real Time Implementation of Edge Detectors on FPGA

    Sudeep K C

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available With the introduction of reconfigurable platform such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA and advent of new high level tools to configure them, image processing on FPGA has emerged as a practical solutions for most of computer vision and image processing problems. This paper briefly explains the implementation of several edge detection algorithms like Sobel, Prewitt, Robert and Compass edge detectors on FPGA and makes a comparative study of their performance. The design utilizes powerful design tool System Generator (SysGen and Embedded Development Kit (EDK for hardware-software codesign and integrates the edge detection hardware as a peripheral to the Microblaze 32 bit soft RISC processor with an input from a CMOS camera and output to a DVI display and verified the results video in real time.

  17. Minimizing guard ring dead space in silicon detectors with an n-type guard ring at the edge of the detector

    Palviainen, Tanja [Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FIN-53851 Lappeenranta (Finland)]. E-mail: tanja.palviainen@lut.fi; Tuuva, Tuure [Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FIN-53851 Lappeenranta (Finland); Leinonen, Kari [Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FIN-53851 Lappeenranta (Finland)

    2007-04-01

    Detectors with n-type silicon with an n{sup +}-type guard ring were investigated. In the present work, a new p{sup +}/n/n{sup +} detector structure with an n{sup +} guard ring is described. The guard ring is placed at the edge of the detector. The detector depletion region extends also sideways, allowing for signal collection very close to the n-guard ring. In this kind of detector structure, the dead space of the detector is minimized to be only below the guard ring. This is proved by simulations done using Silvaco/ATLAS software.

  18. Use of active-edge silicon detectors as X-ray beam monitors

    Silicon detectors have been developed which are active to within several microns of the physical edge of the detector. These active-edge devices can be placed near an intense X-ray beam to accurately measure the X-ray beam properties. In addition, they can be fabricated in a variety of geometries that will be useful for monitoring the intensity, profile, and position of synchrotron X-ray beams. One shape is a detector with a through hole surrounded by four active elements. The hole allows the intense X-ray beam to go through the center while the four elements can detect any change in the position or dispersion of the beam. Another shape is a rectangular 5 mm longx0.5 mm wide device with a set of four elements that are 100 μm wide. These devices could be mounted on the upstream side of the jaws of an x-y collimating slit to measure the intensity profile of the beam that each jaw of the slit is stopping. Small detectors could also be mounted in a cylindrical beam stop to give on-line beam intensity measurements. A variety of different geometries were tested at beamline 10.3.1 of the Advanced Light Source using a 12.5 keV X-ray beam. They have wide dynamic range, excellent position sensitivity and low sensitivity to radiation damage

  19. Average pulse shape model for leading edge timing with Ge(Li) coaxial detector

    A model is presented for prompt time-response from leading-edge triggering, where calculations are rendered simpler for uniform γ-irradiation of coaxial Ge(Li) detector. Pulse shapes are formed at the timing filter amplifier output, from direct detector pulse. Average pulse-shape method is found responsible for some sort of walk compensation and by drawing time-resolution vs triggering fraction, one can predict the best FWHM with detector of RC-filtered signal. It also shows the effect of mixed filter time-constant on r.m.s. noise. Taking account of both statistical and noise effects on FWHM, the statistical contribution increases to 7% at 3 MeV of the detected energy

  20. Assay of U/Pu samples by K-absorption edge densitometry using isotopic sources

    In this work, K-absorption edge densitometry has been used to assay U (50-500 mg/ml) and Pu (20-72 mg/ml) in aqueous solutions. The gamma-ray isotopic sources have been used as transmission sources. For U, 169Yb (109 keV) and 57Co (122 keV) and for Pu, 75Se (121.8 keV) and 57Co (122 keV) have been used as transmission sources with energies bracketing the K-absorption edge of U and Pu respectively. For U, the linear dynamic range has been found to be 50-200 mg/ml for 2.54 cm path length which increases to 50-400 mg/ml for 1.2 cm path length. This shows the role of path length of the sample in deciding this range. For Pu, the results have been found to be within 2 % for 30-72 mg/ml. (author)

  1. 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

  2. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of diluted system by undulator photon source and multi-element solid-state detector

    Tanida, H

    2001-01-01

    In order to measure the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectrum of an ultra-diluted system, an optics and detector control system for a synchrotron radiation beamline is developed. The undulator gap width is continuously tuned to obtain the maximum X-ray photon flux during the energy scan for the EXAFS measurement. A piezoelectric translator optimizes the parallelism of the double crystal in a monochromator at each measurement point to compensate for mechanical errors of the monochromator, resulting in a smooth and intense X-ray photon flux during the measurement. For a detection of a weak fluorescence signal from diluted samples, a 19-element solid-state detector and digital signal processor are used. A K-edge EXAFS spectrum of iron in a myoglobin aqueous solution with a concentration of 5.58 parts per million was obtained by this system.

  3. Performance of an edge block used in a configuration detector: Image quality measurements

    Min, Jung-Whan; Kim, Ki-Won; Seoung, Youl-Hun; Kim, Jung-Min; Choi, In-Seok; Jeong, Hoi-Woun; Son, Soon-Yong; Kim, Sang-Young; Lee, Do-Wan; Choe, Bo-Young

    2014-03-01

    In megavoltage X-ray imaging (MVI), computed radiography (CR) has required a very simple and general quality assurance (QA) method based on a radiotherapy imaging technique. The purpose of this study was to develop a general QA method for evaluating the modulation transfer function (MTF), the noise power spectrum (NPS) and the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) for MVI. Thus, a simple and compact edge block made of tungsten, with dimensions of 19 × 10 × 1 cm3, was efficiently designed and developed. The pre-sampling MTF was evaluated with the following settings: a 6 megavoltage (MV) energy, four different types of detectors, CR-IP (image plate: photo-stimulable phosphor screen), CR-IP-Lead (image plate + lead screen), CR-IP-Regular (fast front screen + image plate + fast front screen) and CR-IP-Fast (fast back screen + image plate + fast front screen). The MTF values at 1 mm-1 for CR-IP-Regular showed the highest resolution of 0.18. The best noise distribution was observed in the measurement of the NPS with CR-IP-Regular. With increasing spatial frequency, our results showed that value of the DQE for the four types of detectors was approximately 1.0 mm-1, which is comparable to the values reported in the literature. In this report, measurements for megavoltage imaging based on line-pair modulations by using an edge block are presented. When the wide side of the tungsten block was reduced, the accuracy of the edge measurement was improved to match those offered by edge techniques. The present study demonstrates that the QA method with our home-made edge block can be used to evaluate the MTF, NPS and DQE for MVI.

  4. Characterization of Photon-Counting Detector Responsivity for Non-Linear Two-Photon Absorption Process

    Sburlan, S. E.; Farr, W. H.

    2011-01-01

    Sub-band absorption at 1550 nm has been demonstrated and characterized on silicon Geiger mode detectors which normally would be expected to have no response at this wavelength. We compare responsivity measurements to singlephoton absorption for wavelengths slightly above the bandgap wavelength of silicon (approx. 1100 microns). One application for this low efficiency sub-band absorption is in deep space optical communication systems where it is desirable to track a 1030 nm uplink beacon on the same flight terminal detector array that monitors a 1550 nm downlink signal for pointingcontrol. The currently observed absorption at 1550 nm provides 60-70 dB of isolation compared to the response at 1064 nm, which is desirable to avoid saturation of the detector by scattered light from the downlink laser.

  5. Development of a customized leading-edge discriminator for a planar-type segmented germanium detector

    A customized leading-edge discriminator has been developed for picking up information on the position and the time for a planar-type segmented germanium detector. The discriminator consisted of three stages: a differentiating amplifier, a voltage comparator, and a mono-stable multivibrator. With the present discriminator modules, we examined spectral characteristics for the segmented germanium detector by using uncollimated 662-keV gamma rays. Anode energy spectra in coincidence with cathodes showed that better peak-to-total ratios could be obtained with increasing coincidence fold. Further, a salient feature of the exponential decay in the time difference spectrum between the anode and cathodes was observed to a fair extent

  6. Compton-edge-based energy calibration of double-sided silicon strip detectors in Compton camera

    Accurate energy calibration of double-sided silicon strip detectors (DSSDs) is very important, but challenging for high-energy photons. In the present study, the calibration was improved by considering the Compton edge additionally to the existing low-energy calibration points. The result, indeed, was very encouraging. The energy-calibration errors were dramatically reduced, from, on average, 15.5% and 16.9% to 0.47% and 0.31% for the 356 (133Ba) and 662 keV (137Cs) peaks, respectively. The imaging resolution of a double-scattering-type Compton camera using DSSDs as the scatterer detectors, for a 22Na point-like source, also was improved, by ∼9%.

  7. A single-photon counting 'edge-on' silicon detector for synchrotron radiation mammography

    Rigon, L. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy)], E-mail: luigi.rigon@ts.infn.it; Arfelli, F. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Physics Department, University of Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Astolfo, A. [Physics Department, University of Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Bergamaschi, A. [Paul Scherrer Institut, PSI 5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Dreossi, D. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA, S.S. 14 km 163.5, 34012 Basovizza (Italy); Longo, R. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Physics Department, University of Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Menk, R.-H. [Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA, S.S. 14 km 163.5, 34012 Basovizza (Italy); Schmitt, B. [Paul Scherrer Institut, PSI 5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Vallazza, E. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Castelli, E. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Physics Department, University of Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy)

    2009-09-01

    The Phase Imaging for Clinical Application with Silicon detector and Synchrotron radiatiOn (PICASSO) project is developing an 'edge-on' silicon microstrip detector for mammography with synchrotron radiation. The sensor is equipped with a fast single-photon counting electronics based on the Mythen-II application-specific integrated circuit. A first prototype has been assembled and tested at the SYnchrotron Radiation for MEdical Physics (SYRMEP) beamline at Elettra in Trieste, Italy. The first results are presented in this study including evidence of high-rate single-photon counting with negligible losses up to 1.2x10{sup 6} incident photons per pixel per second; spatial resolution consistent with the pixel aperture (0.3 mmx0.05 mm); high-quality imaging of test-objects, obtained with a dose comparable to the one delivered in modern full-field digital mammographic systems.

  8. Role of exciton-phonon interactions and disordering processes in the formation of the absorption edge in Cu6P(S1- x Sex)5Br crystals

    Studenyak, I. P.; Kranjcec, M.; Suslikov, L. M.; Kovacs, D. Sh.; Pan'ko, V. V.

    2002-04-01

    The absorption edge in Cu6P(S1- x Sex)5Br crystals has been studied for strong absorption in the temperature range of 77 330 K. The parameters of the Urbach absorption edge and exciton-phonon interactions in Cu6P(S1- x Sex)5Br crystals are determined and their effect on the composition disorder is studied.

  9. Generation and excitation of point defects in silica by synchrotron radiation above the absorption edge

    We report photoluminescence measurements carried out on amorphous SiO2 upon excitation by synchrotron light. Exposure of the as-grown material to above-edge light at low temperature induces the formation of nonbridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHC), localized in a thin layer below the surface limited by the penetration depth (tens of nm) of impinging light. After concluding the exposure to 11 eV light, stable defects are revealed by observing their characteristic 1.9 eV photoemission band excited at 4. 8eV. The local concentration of induced defects, supposedly formed by nonradiative decay of excitons, is very high (close to ∼1021 cm-3) and independent of the previous history of the material. On the other side, we also observe the 1.9 eV emission upon excitation between 9 and 14 eV, accompanied by the 2.5 eV luminescence ascribed to self-trapped excitons. This 1.9 eV band exhibits a temperature dependence different from that measured by excitation within the absorption bands at 4.8 and 6.4eV of NBOHC, and is proposed to arise from the fact that NBOHC are generated by above-edge light in their excited electronic state.

  10. Auger Electron Therapy: Photoelectric Absorption at the L-edge for Cancer Radiotherapy

    In this in vivo study, the emission of Auger electrons from platinum atoms, physiologically-targeted to tumor cell DNA, were used to enhance the radiation dose to a murine mammary carcinoma in a radiotherapeutic technique, Auger Electron Therapy (AET). AET requires the simultaneous presence of two agents, a) a radiation source whose energies are suitable for inducing a photoelectric effect in a high Z atom, and b) a molecule that transports the high Z atom in or near tumor cell DNA. Unlike most studies where the K absorption edge is used to stimulate Auger emission after the induction of a photoelectric effect in a high Z atom, this work exploited the L edge of platinum. Soft γ-rays from palladium-103 brachytherapy seeds (20 keV), implanted directly in the radio-resistant KHJJ breast tumor (TCD50 = 54Gy) borne subcutaneously on the thigh, generated a photoelectric effect at the L edge of platinum atoms (13.8 keV) transported to tumor cell DNA by the porphyrin, PtTMPyP(4) after an i.p. injection of 40 mg/kg. The photoelectric event resulted in tumor growth delay by a factor of 5 for mice receiving the AET treatment [PtTMPyP(4) and 103Pd] compared to those with the implanted 103Pd seeds alone. The outcome of the experiment suggests the potential application of AET in the radiotherapy clinic where brachytherapy is deemed the treatment of choice. This work was supported by the Israel Ministry of Trade and Industry and by Rotem Industries

  11. Influence of Uniaxial Stress on the Indirect Absorption Edge in Silicon and Germanium

    Balslev, I.

    1966-01-01

    The indirect optical absorption edge in silicon and germanium has been studied in the presence of shear strain. The splitting observed in the transmission spectrum is dependent on the direction and magnitude of the applied stress and on the polarization of the light with respect to the stress axis......V, |d|=5.3±0.4 eV, Ξd+1 / 3Ξu-a=3.8±0.5 eV. Si, 295°K: Ξu=9.2±0.3 eV, |b|=2.2±0.3 eV, Ξd+1 / 3Ξu-a=3.1±0.5 eV. Ge, 80°K: Ξu=16.2±0.4 eV, b=-1.8±0.3 eV, d=-3.7±0.4 eV, Ξd+1 / 3Ξu-a=-2.0±0.5 eV. An observed nonlinear dependence of the splitting on stress has been interpreted as shifts of the exciton...... energies with uniaxial stress. A special experimental technique using a vibrating slit in the spectrometer was used in order to obtain an accurate determination of the fine structure in the absorption spectrum....

  12. A Practical Approach of Selecting the Edge Detector Parameters to Achieve a Good Edge Map of the Gray Image

    Akram A. Moustafa

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: practical approach of detecting edge map was proposed. Approach: The methodology of this approach was presented and tested in order to select the best value of the operator, used to smooth and get the gradient, and the threshold value used to convert the gray gradient to binary edge map, so a practical value of the threshold and edge operator coefficient was investigated, these values used to calculate the gradient in order to get a better edge-map. Results: While increasing the value of C (constant C the first parameter in our practical approach of detecting the edge, we narrow the range of t and at the same time the value of the suitable t will be increased toward 1. Conclusion: This approach can be used to get the best edge map and to get a clear edge map, which can be used later in image segmentation and object extraction.

  13. Evaluation of bulk and surfaces absorption edge energy of sol-gel-dip-coating SnO2 thin films

    Emerson Aparecido Floriano

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The absorption edge and the bandgap transition of sol-gel-dip-coating SnO2 thin films, deposited on quartz substrates, are evaluated from optical absorption data and temperature dependent photoconductivity spectra. Structural properties of these films help the interpretation of bandgap transition nature, since the obtained nanosized dimensions of crystallites are determinant on dominant growth direction and, thus, absorption energy. Electronic properties of the bulk and (110 and (101 surfaces are also presented, calculated by means of density functional theory applied to periodic calculations at B3LYP hybrid functional level. Experimentally obtained absorption edge is compared to the calculated energy band diagrams of bulk and (110 and (101 surfaces. The overall calculated electronic properties in conjunction with structural and electro-optical experimental data suggest that the nature of the bandgap transition is related to a combined effect of bulk and (101 surface, which presents direct bandgap transition.

  14. All-electron Bethe-Salpeter calculations for shallow-core x-ray absorption near-edge structures

    Olovsson, W.; Tanaka, I.; Mizoguchi, T.; Puschnig, P.; Ambrosch-Draxl, C.

    2009-01-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectra are calculated by fully solving the electron/core-hole Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) in an all-electron framework. We study transitions from shallow core states, including the Mg L2,3 edge in MgO, the Li K edge in the Li halides LiF, LiCl, LiBr, and LiI, as well as Li2O. We illustrate the advantage of the many-body approach over a core-hole supercell calculation. Both schemes lead to strongly bound excitons, but the nonlocal treatment of the electr...

  15. First-principles study of phonon effects in x-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy

    Nemausat, R.; Brouder, Ch; Gervais, Ch; Cabaret, D.

    2016-05-01

    Usually first-principles x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) calculations are performed in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation assuming a static lattice, whereas the nuclear motion undoubtedly impacts XANES spectra notably at the K pre-edge of light elements in oxides. Here, an efficient method based on density-functional theory to account for quantum thermal fluctuations of nuclei is developed and is successfully applied to the K edge of corundum for temperatures up to 930 K. The zero-point motion influence is estimated. Comparison is made with previous theoretical approaches also developed to account for vibrations in XANES.

  16. Interaction of Nanostructured Calcium Silicate Hydrate with Ibuprofen Drug Molecules: X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) Study at the Ca, Si and O K-edge

    Mesoporous calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) nanostructure has been proven to be bioactive and biocompatible, and has a bright future in the application of bone treatment among other applications. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) is a powerful tool for the study of the interactions of calcium silicate hydrates with drug molecules because it is element specific and it probes the unoccupied electronic states. Herein, we report the use of the calcium, silicon and oxygen K-edge XANES spectroscopy to identify how drug molecules interact with different groups in calcium silicate hydrate mesoporous nano-carriers with different morphologies. Significant changes are observed in XANES spectra after drug loading into the calcium silicate hydrate system, especially at the Si and O K-edge. The implications of these findings are discussed.

  17. Nitrogen K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of purine-containing nucleotides in aqueous solution

    Shimada, Hiroyuki; Fukao, Taishi; Minami, Hirotake; Ukai, Masatoshi; Fujii, Kentaro; Yokoya, Akinari; Fukuda, Yoshihiro; Saitoh, Yuji

    2014-08-01

    The N K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of the purine-containing nucleotide, guanosine 5'-monophosphate (GMP), in aqueous solution are measured under various pH conditions. The spectra show characteristic peaks, which originate from resonant excitations of N 1s electrons to π* orbitals inside the guanine moiety of GMP. The relative intensities of these peaks depend on the pH values of the solution. The pH dependence is explained by the core-level shift of N atoms at specific sites caused by protonation and deprotonation. The experimental spectra are compared with theoretical spectra calculated by using density functional theory for GMP and the other purine-containing nucleotides, adenosine 5'-monophosphate, and adenosine 5'-triphosphate. The N K-edge XANES spectra for all of these nucleotides are classified by the numbers of N atoms with particular chemical bonding characteristics in the purine moiety.

  18. Reducing radiation dose by application of optimized low-energy x-ray filters to K-edge imaging with a photon counting detector.

    Choi, Yu-Na; Lee, Seungwan; Kim, Hee-Joung

    2016-01-21

    K-edge imaging with photon counting x-ray detectors (PCXDs) can improve image quality compared with conventional energy integrating detectors. However, low-energy x-ray photons below the K-edge absorption energy of a target material do not contribute to image formation in the K-edge imaging and are likely to be completely absorbed by an object. In this study, we applied x-ray filters to the K-edge imaging with a PCXD based on cadmium zinc telluride for reducing radiation dose induced by low-energy x-ray photons. We used aluminum (Al) filters with different thicknesses as the low-energy x-ray filters and implemented the iodine K-edge imaging with an energy bin of 34-48 keV at the tube voltages of 50, 70 and 90 kVp. The effects of the low-energy x-ray filters on the K-edge imaging were investigated with respect to signal-difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR), entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) and figure of merit (FOM). The highest value of SDNR was observed in the K-edge imaging with a 2 mm Al filter, and the SDNR decreased as a function of the filter thicknesses. Compared to the K-edge imaging with a 2 mm Al filter, the ESAK was reduced by 66%, 48% and 39% in the K-edge imaging with a 12 mm Al filter for 50 kVp, 70 kVp and 90 kVp, respectively. The FOM values, which took into account the ESAK and SDNR, were maximized for 8, 6 to 8 and 4 mm Al filters at 50 kVp, 70 kVp and 90 kVp, respectively. We concluded that the use of an optimal low-energy filter thickness, which was determined by maximizing the FOM, could significantly reduce radiation dose while maintaining image quality in the K-edge imaging with the PCXD. PMID:26733235

  19. Probing Warm Dense Matter electronic structure using X-ray absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES)

    Benuzzi Mounaix, Alessandra

    2011-06-01

    The behavior and physical properties of warm dense matter, fundamental for various branches of physics including planetology and Inertial Confinement Fusion, are non trivial to simulate either theoretically, numerically or experimentally. Despite important progress obtained in the last decade on macroscopic characterization (e.g. equations of state), microscopic studies are today necessary to investigate finely the WDM structure changes, the phase transitions and to test physical hypothesis and approximations commonly used in calculations. In this work, highly compressed aluminum has been investigated with the aim of bringing information on the evolution of its electronic structure by using K-edge shift and XANES. The experiment was performed at LULI laboratory where we used one long pulse (500 ps, IL ~ 8 1013 W/cm2) to create a uniform shock and a second ps beam (IL ~ 1017 W/cm2) to generate an ultra-short broadband X-ray source near the Al K-edge. The spectra were registered by using two conical KAP Bragg crystals. The main target was designed to probe the Aluminum in reshocked conditions allowing us to probe and to test theories in an extreme regime up to now unexplored (ρ ~ 3 ρ0 and T ~ 8 eV). The hydrodynamical Al conditions were measured by using VISARs interferometers and self-emission diagnostics. By increasing the delay between the two beams, we have been able to observe the modification of absorption spectra for unloading Al conditions (ρ >= 0.5 g/cc), and to put in evidence the relocalization of the 3p valence electrons occurring in the metal-non metal transition. All data have been compared to ab initio and dense plasma calculations.

  20. Segmented Monolithic Germanium Detector Arrays for X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. Final Report

    The experimental results from the Phase I effort were extremely encouraging. During Phase I PHDs Co. made the first strides toward a new detector technology that could have great impact on synchrotron x-ray absorption (XAS) measurements, and x-ray detector technology in general. Detector hardware that allowed critical demonstration measurements of our technology was designed and fabricated. This new technology allows good charge collection from many pixels on a single side of a multi-element monolithic germanium planar detector. The detector technology provides 'dot-like' collection electrodes having very low capacitance. The detector technology appears to perform as anticipated in the Phase I proposal. In particular, the 7-pixel detector studied showed remarkable properties; making it an interesting example of detector physics. The technology is enabled by the use of amorphous germanium contact technology on germanium planar detectors. Because of the scalability associated with the fabrication of these technologies at PHDs Co., we anticipate being able to supply larger detector systems at significantly lower cost than systems made in the conventional manner.

  1. Plasmonic structure integrated single-photon detector configurations to improve absorptance and polarization contrast

    Mária Csete; Gábor Szekeres; András Szenes; Anikó Szalai; Gábor Szabó

    2014-01-01

    Configurations capable of maximizing both the absorption component of system detection efficiency and the achievable polarization contrast were determined for 1550 nm polarized light illumination of different plasmonic structure integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) consisting of p = 264 nm and P = 792 nm periodic niobium nitride (NbN) patterns on silica substrate. Global effective NbN absorptance maxima appear in case of p/s-polarized light illumination in S/P-...

  2. Link between K absorption edges and thermodynamic properties of warm dense plasmas established by an improved first-principles method

    Zhang, Shen; Zhao, Shijun; Kang, Wei; Zhang, Ping; He, Xian-Tu

    2016-03-01

    A precise calculation that translates shifts of x-ray K absorption edges to variations of thermodynamic properties allows quantitative characterization of interior thermodynamic properties of warm dense plasmas by x-ray absorption techniques, which provides essential information for inertial confinement fusion and other astrophysical applications. We show that this interpretation can be achieved through an improved first-principles method. Our calculation shows that the shift of K edges exhibits selective sensitivity to thermal parameters and thus would be a suitable temperature index to warm dense plasmas. We also show with a simple model that the shift of K edges can be used to detect inhomogeneity inside warm dense plasmas when combined with other experimental tools.

  3. Evaluation of iron-containing carbon nanotubes by near edge X-ray absorption technique

    The synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) via Chemical Vapor Deposition method with ferrocene results in CNTs filled with Fe-containing nanoparticles. The present work proposes a novel route to characterize the Fe phases in CNTs inherent to the synthesis process. CNTs were synthesized and, afterwards, the CNTs were heat treated at 1000 °C for 20 min in an inert atmosphere during a thermogravimetric experiment. X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) experiments were performed on the CNTs before and after the heat treatment and, also, during the heat treatment, e.g., in situ tests were performed while several Near-Edge X-Ray Absorption (XANES) spectra were collected during the heating of the samples. The XAS technique was successfully applied to evaluate the phases encapsulated by CNTs. Phase transformations of the Fe-based nanoparticles were also observed from iron carbide to metallic iron when the in situ experiments were performed. Results also indicated that the applied synthesis method guarantees that Fe phases are not oxidize. In addition, the results show that heat treatment under inert atmosphere can control which phase remains encapsulated by the CNTs. - Highlights: • CNTs filled with Fe-based nanoparticles were heat treated in inert atmosphere. • EXAFS analysis was performed on CNTs, and LCF and FT were obtained. • In situ XANES measurements were performed during the heating of the samples. • Fe-based particles change from Fe carbide to metallic Fe during the heat treatment. • The applied synthesis method guarantees that Fe phases are not oxidize

  4. Analysis of edge and surface TCTs for irradiated 3D silicon strip detectors

    We performed edge and surface Transient Current Technique (TCT) measurements of short, double sided 3D silicon strip detectors. Double sided 3D devices are a useful counterpart to traditional planar devices for use in the highest radiation environments. The TCT technique allows the electric field in the 3D devices to be probed in a way not possible before. The TCT technique uses the current waveform produced by the detector in response to a near delta function point laser pulse (illumination). The waveforms are recorded as a function of illumination position over the surface of the device under test as a function of detector bias. This data gives information on the portion of the induced signal from electron or hole motion. From the rise times of the signals the velocity profile of the carriers in the devices and therefore electric fields can be determined. The collected charge was calculated from the integral of the waveforms. The detectors were tested prior to irradiation, after irradiating to a dose of 5 × 1015 1 MeV equivalent neutrons/cm2, and after periods of annealing at elevated temperatures. Annealing was achieved in situ by warming to 60°C for 20 to 600 minutes corresponding to room temperature annealing of between 8 and 200 days. While before irradiation, full lateral depletion between the columns occurs at low bias voltages, at approximately 3 V, a uniform carrier velocity between the columns is not achieved until 40 V. Both the drift of electrons and holes provide equal contributions to the measured signals. After irradiation there is clear charge multiplication enhancement along the line between columns with a very non-uniform velocity profile in the unit cell of the device. In addition, charge trapping greatly suppresses the contribution of the holes on the signal produced.

  5. A large acceptance detector system (LADS) for studies of pion absorption

    Alteholz, T.; Androi`c, D.; Backenstoss, G. [Basel Univ. (Switzerland)]|[Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburg, PA (United States)]|[Karlsruhe Univ. (Germany)] [and others; LADS Collaboration

    1996-05-01

    A large acceptance detector system (LADS) has been designed and built at the Paul Scherrer Institute to study multi-particle final states following pion-nucleus absorption. It consists of a 28-sector cylinder of plastic scintillators of 1.6 m active length and 1.4 m diameter, two cylindrical wire chambers, and two 14-sector plastic scintillator end-caps which close each end. The nearly 4{pi} solid angle coverage of this detector minimizes uncertainties associated with extrapolations over unmeasured regions of phase space. The design and the performance of the LADS detector are presented. (orig.).

  6. Absorption edge and the refractive index dispersion of carbon-nickel composite films at different annealing temperatures

    Dalouji, Vali; Elahi, Seyed Mohammad; Solaymani, Shahram; Ghaderi, Atefeh

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the optical properties of carbon-nickel films annealed at different temperatures 300, 500, 800 and 1000 ° C, with a special emphasis on the absorption edge, were investigated. The optical transmittance spectra in the wavelength range 300-1000nm were used to compute the absorption coefficient. The optical dispersion parameters were calculated according to Wemple and DiDomenico (WDD) single-oscillator model. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements of carbon-nickel films exhibit two main peaks at about 2.5 and 3.3eV which correspond to the fundamental indirect and direct gap, respectively. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) showed that the absorption edge in the films was controlled by the nanoparticle size. The films annealed at 500 ° C have minimum indirect optical band gap and maximum disorder.

  7. A Study on Human Eye Detection in a Color Image Based on Harris Corner Detector and Sobel Edge Operator

    Dibyendu Ghoshal

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available A study is made to detect human eye from a color face image (in RGB space using Harris corner detector and Sobel edge operator. Morphological operation like dilation and erosion are also applied to make the edge of the eyes sharp and prominent. This study is found to yield 90.47% eye detection rate which is comparable with the same obtained by other standard algorithm.

  8. A Study on Human Eye Detection in a Color Image Based on Harris Corner Detector and Sobel Edge Operator

    Dibyendu Ghoshal; Alak Das

    2012-01-01

    A study is made to detect human eye from a color face image (in RGB space) using Harris corner detector and Sobel edge operator. Morphological operation like dilation and erosion are also applied to make the edge of the eyes sharp and prominent. This study is found to yield 90.47% eye detection rate which is comparable with the same obtained by other standard algorithm.

  9. Detecting an infrared Photon within an Hour -- Transition-Edge Detector at ALPS-II

    Dreyling-Eschweiler, Jan

    2013-01-01

    An essential design requirement of the ALPS-II experiment is the efficient detection of single photons with a very low instrumental background of 10 {\\mu}Hz. In 2011 the ALPS collaboration started to set up a TES detector (Transition-Edge Sensor) for ALPS-II, the second phase of the experiment. Since mid of 2013 the setup is ready for characterization in the ALPS laboratory: an ADR cryostat (Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator) as millikelvin environment, a low noise SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) with electronics for read-out and a fiber-coupled high-efficient TES for near-infrared photons as sensor. First measurements have shown a good discrimination between noise and 1064 nm signals.

  10. Detecting an infrared photon within an hour. Transition-edge detector at ALPS-II

    Dreyling-Eschweiler, Jan [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany); Hamburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Experimentalphysik; Horns, Dieter [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Experimentalphysik; Collaboration: ALPS-II collaboration

    2013-09-15

    An essential design requirement of the ALPS-II experiment is the efficient detection of single photons with a very low instrumental background of 10 {mu}Hz. In 2011 the ALPS collaboration started to set up a TES detector (Transition-Edge Sensor) for ALPS-II, the second phase of the experiment. Since mid of 2013 the setup is ready for characterization in the ALPS laboratory: an ADR cryostat (Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator) as millikelvin environment, a low noise SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) with electronics for read-out and a fiber-coupled high-efficient TES for near-infrared photons as sensor. First measurements have shown a good discrimination between noise and 1064 nm signals.

  11. Comparison of x-ray absorption spectra between water and ice: New ice data with low pre-edge absorption cross-section

    Kaya, Sarp; Sellberg, Jonas A.; Segtnan, Vegard H.; Chen, Chen; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Ogasawara, Hirohito; Nordlund, Dennis; Pettersson, Lars G. M.; Nilsson, Anders

    2014-01-01

    The effect of crystal growth conditions on the O K-edge x-ray absorption spectra of ice is investigated through detailed analysis of the spectral features. The amount of ice defects is found to be minimized on hydrophobic surfaces, such as BaF2(111), with low concentration of nucleation centers. This is manifested through a reduction of the absorption cross-section at 535 eV, which is associated with distorted hydrogen bonds. Furthermore, a connection is made between the observed increase in ...

  12. Development of Position-sensitive Transition-edge Sensor X-ray Detectors

    Smith, S. J.; Bandler, S. R.; Brekosky, R. P.; Brown, A.-D.; Chervenak, J. A.; Eckard, M. E.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. s.; Sad (eor. K/ E/); Figueroa-Feliciano, E.

    2008-01-01

    We report on the development of position-sensitive transition-edge sensors (PoST's) for future x-ray astronomy missions such as the International X-ray Observatory (IXO), currently under study by NASA and ESA. PoST's consist of multiple absorbers each with a different thermal coupling to one or more transition-edge sensor (TES). This differential thermal coupling between absorbers and TES's results in different characteristic pulse shapes and allows position discrimination between the different pixels. The development of PoST's is motivated by a desire to achieve maximum focal-plane area with the least number of readout channels and as such. PoST's are ideally suited to provide a focal-plane extension to the Constellation-X microcalorimeter array. We report the first experimental results of our latest one and two channel PoST's, which utilize fast thermalizing electroplated Au/Bi absorbers coupled to low noise Mo/Au TES's - a technology already successfully implemented in our arrays of single pixel TES's. We demonstrate 6 eV energy resolution coupled with spatial sensitivity in the keV energy range. We also report on the development of signal processing algorithms to optimize energy and position sensitivity of our detectors.

  13. Inorganic iodine incorporation into soil organic matter: evidence from iodine K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure

    The transformation of inorganic iodine (I- and IO3-) incubated in soils with varying amounts of organic matter (Andosols from the surface layer of an upland field and forest, as well as Acrisols from surface and subsurface layers of an upland field) was investigated by using the iodine K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). After 60 d of reaction, both I- and IO3- were transformed into organoiodine in surface soils containing sufficient amounts of organic matter, whereas IO3- remained unchanged in the subsurface soil of Acrisols with low organic matter contents. Transformation of IO3- into organoiodine was not retarded when the microbial activity in soil was reduced by γ-ray irradiation, suggesting that microbial activity was not essential for the transformation of inorganic iodine into organoiodine. Soil organic matter has the ability to transform inorganic iodine into organoiodine.

  14. Atheoretical study of the oxygen K-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure of N2O/Ir(110)

    Wu Tai-Quan; Zhu Ping; Wang Xin-Yan; Luo Hong-Lei

    2012-01-01

    A multiple-scattering cluster method is employed to calculate the oxygen K-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure of N2O/Ir(ll0) and its monolayer.Two peaks and one weak resonance appear in both cases.The selfconsistent field DV-Xα calculations of the peaks and resonance show that the physical origin of the pre-cdge peak x is different from those of the main peak 1 and the other weak resonance σl.This setup is intrinsic to the N2O monolayer,owing to the interaction between the neighbouring molecular chains in the monolayer and partly to the adsorbed atomic oxygen,according to both the theoretical and experimental data.

  15. Inorganic iodine incorporation into soil organic matter: evidence from iodine K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure.

    Yamaguchi, Noriko; Nakano, Masashi; Takamatsu, Rieko; Tanida, Hajime

    2010-06-01

    The transformation of inorganic iodine (I(-) and IO(3)(-)) incubated in soils with varying amounts of organic matter (Andosols from the surface layer of an upland field and forest, as well as Acrisols from surface and subsurface layers of an upland field) was investigated by using the iodine K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). After 60d of reaction, both I(-) and IO(3)(-) were transformed into organoiodine in surface soils containing sufficient amounts of organic matter, whereas IO(3)(-) remained unchanged in the subsurface soil of Acrisols with low organic matter contents. Transformation of IO(3)(-) into organoiodine was not retarded when the microbial activity in soil was reduced by gamma-ray irradiation, suggesting that microbial activity was not essential for the transformation of inorganic iodine into organoiodine. Soil organic matter has the ability to transform inorganic iodine into organoiodine. PMID:18640749

  16. Quantum chemistry studies of the O K-edge X-ray absorption in WO3 and AWO3

    Bocharov, Dmitry; Kuzmin, Alexei; Purans, Juris; Zhukovskii, Yuri

    2010-01-01

    In this work we present an interpretation of experimental O K-edge x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) in perovskite-type WO3 and AWO3 compounds (A = H and Na) using three different first principles approaches: (i) full-multiple-scattering (FMS) formalism (the real-space FEFF code), (ii) hybrid density functional theory (DFT) method with partial incorporation of exact Hartree-Fock exchange using formalism of the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) as implemented in the CRYST...

  17. Comparison of x-ray absorption spectra between water and ice: New ice data with low pre-edge absorption cross-section

    The effect of crystal growth conditions on the O K-edge x-ray absorption spectra of ice is investigated through detailed analysis of the spectral features. The amount of ice defects is found to be minimized on hydrophobic surfaces, such as BaF2(111), with low concentration of nucleation centers. This is manifested through a reduction of the absorption cross-section at 535 eV, which is associated with distorted hydrogen bonds. Furthermore, a connection is made between the observed increase in spectral intensity between 544 and 548 eV and high-symmetry points in the electronic band structure, suggesting a more extended hydrogen-bond network as compared to ices prepared differently. The spectral differences for various ice preparations are compared to the temperature dependence of spectra of liquid water upon supercooling. A double-peak feature in the absorption cross-section between 540 and 543 eV is identified as a characteristic of the crystalline phase. The connection to the interpretation of the liquid phase O K-edge x-ray absorption spectrum is extensively discussed

  18. The response functions of the HEPC/LEPC detector system measured at the Xe L edge region

    Budtz-Jørgensen, Carl; Olesen, C.; Schnopper, H.W.;

    1995-01-01

    , respectively. The widths of the pulse height distributions indicate an increase of the Fano factor for Xe at the L absorption edges. These results are in good agreement with earlier predictions. Detailed analysis of the shape of the photopeaks as well as of the tail and escape contributions will also be...

  19. Iron speciation in human cancer cells by K-edge total reflection X-ray fluorescence-X-ray absorption near edge structure analysis

    Polgári, Zs.; Meirer, F.; Sasamori, S.; Ingerle, D.; Pepponi, G.; Streli, C.; Rickers, K.; Réti, A.; Budai, B.; Szoboszlai, N.; Záray, G.

    2011-03-01

    X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis in combination with synchrotron radiation induced total reflection X-ray fluorescence (SR-TXRF) acquisition was used to determine the oxidation state of Fe in human cancer cells and simultaneously their elemental composition by applying a simple sample preparation procedure consisting of pipetting the cell suspension onto the quartz reflectors. XANES spectra of several inorganic and organic iron compounds were recorded and compared to that of different cell lines. The XANES spectra of cells, independently from the phase of cell growth and cell type were very similar to that of ferritin, the main Fe store within the cell. The spectra obtained after CoCl 2 or NiCl 2 treatment, which could mimic a hypoxic state of cells, did not differ noticeably from that of the ferritin standard. After 5-fluorouracil administration, which could also induce an oxidative-stress in cells, the absorption edge position was shifted toward higher energies representing a higher oxidation state of Fe. Intense treatment with antimycin A, which inhibits electron transfer in the respiratory chain, resulted in minor changes in the spectrum, resembling rather the N-donor Fe-α,α'-dipyridyl complex at the oxidation energy of Fe(III), than ferritin. The incorporation of Co and Ni in the cells was followed by SR-TXRF measurements.

  20. Iron speciation in human cancer cells by K-edge total reflection X-ray fluorescence-X-ray absorption near edge structure analysis

    X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis in combination with synchrotron radiation induced total reflection X-ray fluorescence (SR-TXRF) acquisition was used to determine the oxidation state of Fe in human cancer cells and simultaneously their elemental composition by applying a simple sample preparation procedure consisting of pipetting the cell suspension onto the quartz reflectors. XANES spectra of several inorganic and organic iron compounds were recorded and compared to that of different cell lines. The XANES spectra of cells, independently from the phase of cell growth and cell type were very similar to that of ferritin, the main Fe store within the cell. The spectra obtained after CoCl2 or NiCl2 treatment, which could mimic a hypoxic state of cells, did not differ noticeably from that of the ferritin standard. After 5-fluorouracil administration, which could also induce an oxidative-stress in cells, the absorption edge position was shifted toward higher energies representing a higher oxidation state of Fe. Intense treatment with antimycin A, which inhibits electron transfer in the respiratory chain, resulted in minor changes in the spectrum, resembling rather the N-donor Fe-α,α'-dipyridyl complex at the oxidation energy of Fe(III), than ferritin. The incorporation of Co and Ni in the cells was followed by SR-TXRF measurements.

  1. Chemical shift of Mn and Cr K-edges in X-ray absorption spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation

    D Joseph; A K Yadav; S N Jha; D Bhattacharyya

    2013-11-01

    Mn and Cr K X-ray absorption edges were measured in various compounds containing Mn in Mn2+, Mn3+ and Mn4+ oxidation states and Cr in Cr3+ and Cr6+ oxidation states. Few compounds possess tetrahedral coordination in the 1st shell surrounding the cation while others possess octahedral coordination. Measurements have been carried out at the energy dispersive EXAFS beamline at INDUS-2 Synchrotron Radiation Source at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore. Energy shifts of ∼8–16 eV were observed for Mn K edge in the Mn-compounds while a shift of 13–20 eV was observed for Cr K edge in Cr-compounds compared to values in elementalMn and Cr, respectively. The different chemical shifts observed for compounds having the same oxidation state of the cation but different anions or ligands show the effect of different chemical environments surrounding the cations in determining their X-ray absorption edges in the above compounds. The above chemical effect has been quantitatively described by determining the effective charges on Mn and Cr cations in the above compounds.

  2. Nitrogen K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of purine-containing nucleotides in aqueous solution

    Shimada, Hiroyuki; Fukao, Taishi; Minami, Hirotake; Ukai, Masatoshi [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei-shi, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan); Fujii, Kentaro; Yokoya, Akinari [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Fukuda, Yoshihiro; Saitoh, Yuji [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Sayo-gun, Hyougo 679-5148 (Japan)

    2014-08-07

    The N K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of the purine-containing nucleotide, guanosine 5{sup ′}-monophosphate (GMP), in aqueous solution are measured under various pH conditions. The spectra show characteristic peaks, which originate from resonant excitations of N 1s electrons to π* orbitals inside the guanine moiety of GMP. The relative intensities of these peaks depend on the pH values of the solution. The pH dependence is explained by the core-level shift of N atoms at specific sites caused by protonation and deprotonation. The experimental spectra are compared with theoretical spectra calculated by using density functional theory for GMP and the other purine-containing nucleotides, adenosine 5{sup ′}-monophosphate, and adenosine 5{sup ′}-triphosphate. The N K-edge XANES spectra for all of these nucleotides are classified by the numbers of N atoms with particular chemical bonding characteristics in the purine moiety.

  3. Mechanism of Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions, Amorphization, and Absorption-Edge Shift in Photovoltaic Methylammonium Lead Iodide.

    Szafrański, Marek; Katrusiak, Andrzej

    2016-09-01

    Our single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of methylammonium lead triiodide, MAPbI3, provides the first comprehensive structural information on the tetragonal phase II in the pressure range to 0.35 GPa, on the cubic phase IV stable between 0.35 and 2.5 GPa, and on the isostructural cubic phase V observed above 2.5 GPa, which undergoes a gradual amorphization. The optical absorption study confirms that up to 0.35 GPa, the absorption edge of MAPbI3 is red-shifted, allowing an extension of spectral absorption. The transitions to phases IV and V are associated with the abrupt blue shifts of the absorption edge. The strong increase of the energy gap in phase V result in a spectacular color change of the crystal from black to red around 3.5 GPa. The optical changes have been correlated with the pressure-induced strain of the MAPbI3 inorganic framework and its frustration, triggered by methylammonium cations trapped at random orientations in the squeezed voids. PMID:27538989

  4. Response analysis of free-membrane transition-edge detectors with thin substrates

    In this work, we have investigated and presented the bolometric response of freestanding membrane type of superconductive transition-edge detectors at micro-scale and submicron-scale substrate thicknesses. The technique applied here is based on the finite-size scaling method which is now extensively used for the calculation of thermal parameters of materials at low dimensions when the significance of surface energy contribution is not negligible compared to that of the total bulk energy. This method is used to evaluate the variation of specific heat per unit volume and heat conductivity and hence its effect on the total heat capacitance and conductance of the substrate versus its thickness. By using the thermal parameters obtained from the applied method we calculated the IR response in these types of the devices. This response when inspected at low thicknesses of substrates showed anomalistic behavior with respect to previous response analyses. Discussed in this paper, we also obtained the optimized substrate thickness for maximum responsivity of the device. The obtained results are compared to previous response calculations and experimental measurements.

  5. A multi-channel monolithic Ge detector system for fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Construction and performance of a monolithic quad-pixel Ge detector for fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at synchrotron radiation sources are described. The detector semiconductor element has an active surface area of 4.0 cm2 which is electrically separated into four 1.0 cm2 pixels, with little interfacial dead volume. Spatial response of the array shows that cross-talk between adjacent pixels is 55Fe test source (MnKα, 5.9 keV), energy resolution of better than 200 eV is achieved with a 4 μsec peaking time. At 0.5 μsec peaking time, pulse pileup results in a 75% throughput efficiency for an incoming count rate of 100 kHz. Initial XAS fluoresncece measurements at the beamline 4 wiggler end stations at SSRL show that the detector system has several advantages over commercial x-ray spectrometers for low-concentration counting

  6. Radiative ablation with two ionizing fronts when opacity displays a sharp absorption edge

    Poujade, Olivier; Bonnefille, Max; Vandenboomgaerde, Marc

    2015-11-01

    The interaction of a strong flux of photons with matter through an ionizing front (I-front) is an ubiquitous phenomenon in the context of astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion (ICF) where intense sources of radiation put matter into motion. When the opacity of the irradiated material varies continuously in the radiation spectral domain, only one single I-front is formed. In contrast, as numerical simulations tend to show, when the opacity of the irradiated material presents a sharp edge in the radiation spectral domain, a second I-front (an edge front) can form. A full description of the mechanism behind the formation of this edge front is presented in this article. It allows us to understand extra shocks (edge-shocks), displayed by ICF simulations, that might affect the robustness of the design of fusion capsules in actual experiments. Moreover, it may have consequences in various domains of astrophysics where ablative flows occur.

  7. Radiative ablation with two ionizing-fronts when opacity displays a sharp absorption edge

    Poujade, Olivier; Vandenboomgaerde, Marc

    2014-01-01

    The interaction of a strong flux of photons with matter through an ionizing-front (I-front) is an ubiquitous phenomenon in the context of astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion (ICF) where intense sources of radiation put matter into motion. When the opacity of the irradiated material varies continuously in the radiation spectral domain, only one single I-front is formed. In contrast, as numerical simulations tend to show, when the opacity of the irradiated material presents a sharp edge in the radiation spectral domain, a second I-front (an edge-front) can form. A full description of the mechanism behind the formation of this edge-front is presented in this article. It allows to understand supernumerary shocks (edge-shocks), displayed by ICF simulations, that might affect the robustness of the design of fusion capsules in actual experiments. Moreover, it may have consequences in various domains of astrophysics where ablative flows occur.

  8. Plasmonic structure integrated single-photon detector configurations to improve absorptance and polarization contrast

    Csete, Maria; Szenes, Andras; Szalai, Aniko; Szabo, Gabor

    2014-01-01

    Configurations capable of maximizing both absorptance and polarization contrast were determined for 1550 nm polarized light illumination of different plasmonic structure integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) consisting of p=264 nm and P=792 nm periodic niobium-nitride (NbN) patterns on silica substrate. Global NbN absorptance maxima appear in case of p/s-polarized light illumination in S/P-orientation (gamma=90 azimuthal angle) and the highest polarization contrast is attained in S-orientation of all devices. Common nanophotonical origin of absorptance enhancement is collective resonance on nano-cavity-gratings with different profiles, which is promoted by coupling between localized modes in quarter wavelength MIM nano-cavities and laterally synchronized Brewster-Zenneck-type surface waves in integrated SNSPDs possessing a three-quarter-wavelength-scaled periodicity. The spectral sensitivity and dispersion characteristics reveal that device design specific optimal configurations...

  9. Inorganic iodine incorporation into soil organic matter: evidence from iodine K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure

    Yamaguchi, Noriko, E-mail: nyamag@affrc.go.j [National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, 3-1-3, Kan-non-dai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8604 (Japan); Nakano, Masashi, E-mail: nakano27@vesta.ocn.ne.j [University of Tokyo, School of Agriculture and Life Science, 1-1-1, Yayoi, Tokyo 113-8657 (Japan); Takamatsu, Rieko, E-mail: takamats@vmas.kitasato-u.ac.j [School of Veterinary Medicine, Kitasato University, 35-1, Higashi-niju-sanban-cho, Towada, Aomori, 034-8628 (Japan); Tanida, Hajime, E-mail: tanida@spring8.or.j [SPring-8, Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, 1-1-1, Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)

    2010-06-15

    The transformation of inorganic iodine (I{sup -} and IO{sub 3}{sup -}) incubated in soils with varying amounts of organic matter (Andosols from the surface layer of an upland field and forest, as well as Acrisols from surface and subsurface layers of an upland field) was investigated by using the iodine K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). After 60 d of reaction, both I{sup -} and IO{sub 3}{sup -} were transformed into organoiodine in surface soils containing sufficient amounts of organic matter, whereas IO{sub 3}{sup -} remained unchanged in the subsurface soil of Acrisols with low organic matter contents. Transformation of IO{sub 3}{sup -} into organoiodine was not retarded when the microbial activity in soil was reduced by gamma-ray irradiation, suggesting that microbial activity was not essential for the transformation of inorganic iodine into organoiodine. Soil organic matter has the ability to transform inorganic iodine into organoiodine.

  10. Quantitative phase analysis of cubic boron nitride based composites by X-ray absorption near edge structure

    Piskorska, Edyta [Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Science, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)], E-mail: pisko@ifpan.edu.pl; Lawniczak-Jablonska, Krystyna [Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Science, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)], E-mail: jablo@ifpan.edu.pl; Minikayev, Roman [Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Science, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)], E-mail: minik@ifpan.edu.pl; Wolska, Anna [Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Science, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)], E-mail: wolska@ifpan.edu.pl; Paszkowicz, Wojciech [Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Science, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)], E-mail: paszk@ifpan.edu.pl; Klimczyk, Piotr [Institute of Metal Cutting, Wroclawska 37A Str., 30-011 Cracow (Poland)], E-mail: Piotr.Klimczyk@ios.krakow.pl; Benko, Ewa [Institute of Metal Cutting, Wroclawska 37A Str., 30-011 Cracow (Poland)

    2007-05-15

    X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of Ti, Si, B and N K-edges were investigated to determine the phase composition of multicompounds cubic boron nitride (cBN) based composites formed by reaction of cBN with Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} ceramics. Knowing that the shape of XANES spectra is a fingerprint of chemical bonding of the element in compound, a linear combination of XANES spectra of reference compounds (phases) was fitted to the spectra of the composites. This procedure permitted to determine the fraction of the componential phases in studied materials. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the presence of compounds detected by XANES analysis. The similarities and differences between XANES and XRD results are discussed. The combination of XANES and XRD techniques allowed to estimate the quantity of presented compounds within the limits of sensitivity of each method.

  11. Molecular ordering effect of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) using sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    The electronic structure of the unoccupied conduction band of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (RR-P3HT) was investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) near the sulfur K-edge. Angle-dependent XAS studies revealed that polymer chains in films are well aligned and oriented edge-on with respect to the Si substrate. It was clearly observed that the bottom of the conduction band near the Fermi level in a π-π stacking film is lower (0.3 eV) than that in a powder. It was demonstrated that π-π stacking interactions improve the power conversion efficiency through the reduction of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy level. (author)

  12. Photoelectron Experiments and Studies of X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure in Alkaline-Earth and Rare - Fluorides.

    Gao, Yuan

    Alkaline-earth fluorides and rare-earth trifluorides possess technological importance for applications in multi -layer electronic device structures and opto-electronic devices. Interfaces between thin films of YbF _3 and Si(111) substrates were studied by photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. Results of YbF_3 /Si(111) were compared with those of TmF _3/Si(111). While electrons in the Si valence band are prevented from occupying the empty 4f levels in TmF_3 at the interface by the on -site Coulomb repulsion energy, the charge transfer from Si to YbF_3 is possible because the totally filled 4f states in Yb still lie below the Si valence band maximum. The theory of x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) is incomplete except for a few particularly simple special cases. A Bragg reflection model was developed to qualitatively explain the oscillations in XANES, in terms of the scattering of the photoelectron wave between families of lattice planes as set out by the Bragg condition for backscattering. The model was found to represent the data for systems with nearly free electron like conduction bands reasonably well. High resolution CaF_2 fluorine K edge XANES was used as a prototype to understand XANES in more depth on systems with strong core hole effects. Unlike previous work which involved multiple scattering cluster calculations that include only short range order effects, both the long range order and the symmetry breaking core holes are included in a new bandstructure approach in which the core hole is treated with a supercell technique. A first principles calculation with the use of pseudopotentials successfully reproduced all the main features of the first 15 eV of the fluorine K edge in CaF_2 which had not been explained with the cluster calculations. A comparison of the theoretical and experimental fluorine K edges in CaF_2 and BaF _2 was used to identify the structure related features. The possibility

  13. In situ time-resolved X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy of selenite reduction by siderite

    The reduction oxidation-reaction between aqueous selenite (SeO32-) and siderite (FeCO3(s)) was monitored by in situ, time-resolved X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy at the selenium K edge in a controlled electrochemical environment. Spectral evolutions showed that more than 60% of selenite was reduced at the siderite surface after 20 h of experiment, at which time the reaction was still incomplete. Fitting of XANES spectra by linear combination of reference spectra showed that selenite reaction with siderite is essentially a two-step process, selenite ions being immobilized on siderite surface prior to their reduction. A kinetic model of the reduction step is proposed, allowing to identify the specific contribution of surface reduction. These results have strong implications for the retention of selenite by corrosion products in nuclear waste repositories and in a larger extent for the fate of selenium in the environment. (authors)

  14. nBn and pBp infrared detectors with graded barrier layer, graded absorption layer, or chirped strained layer super lattice absorption layer

    Gunapala, Sarath D. (Inventor); Ting, David Z. (Inventor); Hill, Cory J. (Inventor); Bandara, Sumith V. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An nBn detector is described where for some embodiments the barrier layer has a concentration gradient, for some embodiments the absorption layer has a concentration gradient, and for some embodiments the absorption layer is a chirped strained layer super lattice. The use of a graded barrier or absorption layer, or the use of a chirped strained layer super lattice for the absorption layer, allows for design of the energy bands so that the valence band may be aligned across the device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

  15. K-edge imaging with the XPAD3 hybrid pixel detector, direct comparison of CdTe and Si sensors

    We investigate the improvement from the use of high-Z CdTe sensors for pre-clinical K-edge imaging with the hybrid pixel detectors XPAD3. We compare XPAD3 chips bump bonded to Si or CdTe sensors in identical experimental conditions. Image performance for narrow energy bin acquisitions and contrast-to-noise ratios of K-edge images are presented and compared. CdTe sensors achieve signal-to-noise ratios at least three times higher than Si sensors within narrow energy bins, thanks to their much higher detection efficiency. Nevertheless Si sensors provide better contrast-to-noise ratios in K-edge imaging when working at equivalent counting statistics, due to their better estimation of the attenuation coefficient of the contrast agent. Results are compared to simulated data in the case of the XPAD3/Si detector. Good agreement is observed when including charge sharing between pixels, which have a strong impact on contrast-to-noise ratios in K-edge images. (paper)

  16. K-edge imaging with the XPAD3 hybrid pixel detector, direct comparison of CdTe and Si sensors

    Cassol, F.; Portal, L.; Graber-Bolis, J.; Perez-Ponce, H.; Dupont, M.; Kronland, C.; Boursier, Y.; Blanc, N.; Bompard, F.; Boudet, N.; Buton, C.; Clémens, J. C.; Dawiec, A.; Debarbieux, F.; Delpierre, P.; Hustache, S.; Vigeolas, E.; Morel, C.

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the improvement from the use of high-Z CdTe sensors for pre-clinical K-edge imaging with the hybrid pixel detectors XPAD3. We compare XPAD3 chips bump bonded to Si or CdTe sensors in identical experimental conditions. Image performance for narrow energy bin acquisitions and contrast-to-noise ratios of K-edge images are presented and compared. CdTe sensors achieve signal-to-noise ratios at least three times higher than Si sensors within narrow energy bins, thanks to their much higher detection efficiency. Nevertheless Si sensors provide better contrast-to-noise ratios in K-edge imaging when working at equivalent counting statistics, due to their better estimation of the attenuation coefficient of the contrast agent. Results are compared to simulated data in the case of the XPAD3/Si detector. Good agreement is observed when including charge sharing between pixels, which have a strong impact on contrast-to-noise ratios in K-edge images.

  17. Effect of X-radiation on ultraviolet self absorption edge of tiglycinsulfate crystals

    The optical density of triglycinsulfate (TGS) in the spectrum region of 200-400 nm at X radiation absorbed doses up to 2x106 rad has been investigated. The absorbed dose calculation has been performed by the technique based on reduction of nonmonoenergetic radiation of X ray tube to equivalent monoenergetic radiation. The optical density spectra of TGS crystals for various X-ray absorbed doses are given. In irradiated crystal absorption maximum in the region of 260 nm appears. The dose dependence of the K absorption coefficient on the wave length of 258 nm corresponding to absorption maximum in the crystal with absorbed dose of 1.09x106 rad is investigated. At absorbed doses over 0.8x106 rad a sharper K increase with dose growth occurs. It is supposed that at these doses the contribution to absorption caused by interaction between radiation defects becomes essential

  18. Inelastic X-ray scattering from valence electrons near absorption edges of FeTe and TiSe$_2$

    Barbiellini, B.; Hancock, J.; Monney, C.; Joly, Y.; Ghiringhelli, G.; Braicovich, L.; Schmitt, T.

    2014-01-01

    We study resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) peaks corresponding to low-energy particle-hole excited states of metallic FeTe and semimetallic TiSe2 for photon incident energy tuned near the L3 absorption edge of Fe and Ti, respectively. We show that the cross-section amplitudes are well described within a renormalization-group theory where the effect of the core electrons is captured by effective dielectric functions expressed in terms of the the atomic scattering parameters f1 of Fe a...

  19. Influence of the local atomic structure in the X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy of neptunium oxo ions

    Experimental L(III) X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of the distorted octahedral neptunium oxo ions NpO2(OH)42- NpO4(OH)23-, and NpO66- are interpreted using relativistic full multiple scattering calculations of the X-ray absorption process. In this series of compounds, the neptunium cation exhibits two different oxidation states, VI and VII, with coordination spheres from di- to tetra oxo for the first two compounds. The comparison between calculated XANES spectra using the feff code and experimental ones shows that the main features in the spectra are determined by the local coordination around the actinide metal center. Furthermore, the projected density of electronic states (DOS) calculated from the XANES simulations using the feff code are compared to calculations using ADF code. They are both discussed in terms of molecular orbitals and qualitative evolution of bonding within this series of compounds. (authors)

  20. Reduced chromium in olivine grains from lunar basalt 15555: X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES)

    The oxidation state of Cr in 200 μm regions within individual lunar olivine and pyroxene grains from lunar basalt 15555 was inferred using X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES). Reference materials had previously been studied by optical absorption spectroscopy and included Cr-bearing borosilicate glasses synthesized under controlled oxygen fugacity and Cr-doped olivines. The energy dependence of XANES spectral features defined by these reference materials indicated that Cr is predominantly divalent in the lunar olivine and trivalent in the pyroxene. These results coupled with the apparent fo2-independence of partitioning coefficients for Cr into olivine imply that the source magma was dominated by divalent Cr at the time of olivine crystallization. 29 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab

  1. Simultaneous multi-element atomic absorption system using photodiode array detector

    A photodiode array (PDA) detector-multichannel analyser (MCA) system has been coupled to a flame and a graphite furnace atomiser and tested for simultaneous multielement atomic absorption analysis. Multielement hollow cathode lamps (HCL) are used as light source. Spectral lines are dispersed through a spectrograph with triple gratings and detected by a 25.4 mm PDA detector consisting of 1024 elements. The optical MCA system is capable of recording multiple spectra spanned by the spectrograph/PDA. The transmitted intensity spectra obtained for the standard and analyte solutions during flame or graphite furnace atomisation are converted to absorbance spectra using the MCA software provided. Results from the comparison studies show that the linear range and sensitivities for Ni-Co-Fe and Cu-Cr obtained from the simultaneous measurements are within the same order of magnitudes as those from conventional single element determinations using photomultiplier tube detection. The study also shows that non-atomic absorption can be readily corrected by a two-line method where non-atomic absorption lines can be chosen from the spectra recorded simultaneously. The proposed system has been evaluated for the determination of trace elements using NBS standard reference water SRM 1643b

  2. Correction of absorption-edge artifacts in polychromatic X-ray tomography in a scanning electron microscope for 3D microelectronics

    X-ray tomography is widely used in materials science. However, X-ray scanners are often based on polychromatic radiation that creates artifacts such as dark streaks. We show this artifact is not always due to beam hardening. It may appear when scanning samples with high-Z elements inside a low-Z matrix because of the high-Z element absorption edge: X-rays whose energy is above this edge are strongly absorbed, violating the exponential decay assumption for reconstruction algorithms and generating dark streaks. A method is proposed to limit the absorption edge effect and is applied on a microelectronic case to suppress dark streaks between interconnections

  3. Correction of absorption-edge artifacts in polychromatic X-ray tomography in a scanning electron microscope for 3D microelectronics

    Laloum, D., E-mail: david.laloum@cea.fr [Université Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); STMicroelectronics, 850 rue Jean Monnet, 38926 Crolles (France); Printemps, T.; Bleuet, P. [Université Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Lorut, F. [STMicroelectronics, 850 rue Jean Monnet, 38926 Crolles (France)

    2015-01-15

    X-ray tomography is widely used in materials science. However, X-ray scanners are often based on polychromatic radiation that creates artifacts such as dark streaks. We show this artifact is not always due to beam hardening. It may appear when scanning samples with high-Z elements inside a low-Z matrix because of the high-Z element absorption edge: X-rays whose energy is above this edge are strongly absorbed, violating the exponential decay assumption for reconstruction algorithms and generating dark streaks. A method is proposed to limit the absorption edge effect and is applied on a microelectronic case to suppress dark streaks between interconnections.

  4. Correction of absorption-edge artifacts in polychromatic X-ray tomography in a scanning electron microscope for 3D microelectronics

    Laloum, D.; Printemps, T.; Lorut, F.; Bleuet, P.

    2015-01-01

    X-ray tomography is widely used in materials science. However, X-ray scanners are often based on polychromatic radiation that creates artifacts such as dark streaks. We show this artifact is not always due to beam hardening. It may appear when scanning samples with high-Z elements inside a low-Z matrix because of the high-Z element absorption edge: X-rays whose energy is above this edge are strongly absorbed, violating the exponential decay assumption for reconstruction algorithms and generating dark streaks. A method is proposed to limit the absorption edge effect and is applied on a microelectronic case to suppress dark streaks between interconnections.

  5. Natural gas pipeline leak detector based on NIR diode laser absorption spectroscopy

    Gao, Xiaoming; Fan, Hong; Huang, Teng; Wang, Xia; Bao, Jian; Li, Xiaoyun; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Weijun

    2006-09-01

    The paper reports on the development of an integrated natural gas pipeline leak detector based on diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The detector transmits a 1.653 μm DFB diode laser with 10 mW and detects a fraction of the backscatter reflected from the topographic targets. To eliminate the effect of topographic scatter targets, a ratio detection technique was used. Wavelength modulation and harmonic detection were used to improve the detection sensitivity. The experimental detection limit is 50 ppm m, remote detection for a distance up to 20 m away topographic scatter target is demonstrated. Using a known simulative leak pipe, minimum detectable pipe leak flux is less than 10 ml/min.

  6. A multi-channel monolithic Ge detector system for fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Bucher, J.J.; Allen, P.G.; Edelstein, N.M.; Shuh, D.K. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Chemical Sciences Div.; Madden, N.W.; Cork, C.; Luke, P.; Pehl, D.; Malone, D. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Engineering Div.

    1995-03-01

    Construction and performance of a monolithic quad-pixel Ge detector for fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at synchrotron radiation sources are described. The detector semiconductor element has an active surface area of 4.0 cm{sup 2} which is electrically separated into four 1.0 cm{sup 2} pixels, with little interfacial dead volume. Spatial response of the array shows that cross-talk between adjacent pixels is < 10% for 5.9 keV photons that fall within 0.5 mm of the pixel boundaries. The detector electronics system uses pre-amplifiers built at LBNL with commercial Tennelec Model TC 244 amplifiers. Using an {sup 55}Fe test source (MnK{sub {alpha}}, 5.9 keV), energy resolution of better than 200 eV is achieved with a 4 {mu}sec peaking time. At 0.5 {mu}sec peaking time, pulse pileup results in a 75% throughput efficiency for an incoming count rate of 100 kHz. Initial XAS fluoresncece measurements at the beamline 4 wiggler end stations at SSRL show that the detector system has several advantages over commercial x-ray spectrometers for low-concentration counting.

  7. Tow efficiency correction functions of source self-absorption of an HPGe detector

    The efficiency correction function of source absorption of an HPGe γ detector is determined by experiment in energy range from 59.5 keV to 1408 keV and density range from 0.3 g/cm3 to 2.0 g/cm3. Fit Polynomial and fit Sigmoidal are compared. The results show that fit Sigmoidal is better than fit polynomial, and the detection efficiency at any points of energy and density could be conveniently calculated with it in calibrated range. (authors)

  8. The dust scattering component of X-ray extinction: Effects on continuum fitting and high-resolution absorption edge structure

    Corrales, L; Wilms, J; Baganoff, F

    2016-01-01

    Small angle scattering by dust grains causes a significant contribution to the total interstellar extinction for any X-ray instrument with sub-arcminute resolution (Chandra, Swift, XMM-Newton). However, the dust scattering component is not included in the current absorption models: phabs, tbabs, and tbnew. We simulate a large number of Chandra spectra to explore the bias in the spectral fit and NH measurements obtained without including extinction from dust scattering. We find that without incorporating dust scattering, the measured NH will be too large by a baseline level of 25%. This effect is modulated by the imaging resolution of the telescope, because some amount of unresolved scattered light will be captured within the aperture used to extract point source information. In high resolution spectroscopy, dust scattering significantly enhances the total extinction optical depth and the shape of the photoelectric absorption edges. We focus in particular on the Fe-L edge at 0.7 keV, showing that the total ext...

  9. Experimental and theoretical study of X-ray absorption around the chlorine L edge in vinyl chloride

    Highlights: ► We measured the X-ray absorption spectrum of C2H3Cl around the chlorine L edge. ► Ab-initio calculations of the spectrum shed light on eventual electronic resonances. ► Vibrational substructures for particular core excited states are considered. ► The potential energy surfaces of the core excited electronic states are evaluated. ► Sharp or narrow spectral bands are associated to bound or dissociative surfaces. -- Abstract: We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of the high-resolution chlorine L edge X-ray absorption spectrum in gas-phase vinyl chloride (C2H3Cl). With the help of ab-initio calculations, we interpret the experimental spectrum and attribute each band to its corresponding electronic transitions terminating at states characterized by an either binding or dissociative potential energy surface (PES). Vibrational substructures in some specific core-excited electronic states are taken into account

  10. Physical properties of the interstellar medium using high-resolution Chandra spectra: O K-edge absorption

    Gatuzz, E.; Mendoza, C. [Centro de Física, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC), P.O. Box 20632, Caracas 1020A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); García, J. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MS-6, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Kallman, T. R. [NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771 (United States); Bautista, M. A.; Gorczyca, T. W., E-mail: egatuzz@ivic.gob.ve, E-mail: claudio@ivic.gob.ve, E-mail: javier@head.cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: manuel.bautista@wmich.edu, E-mail: thomas.gorczyca@wmich.edu, E-mail: timothy.r.kallman@nasa.gov [Department of Physics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (United States)

    2014-08-01

    Chandra high-resolution spectra toward eight low-mass Galactic binaries have been analyzed with a photoionization model that is capable of determining the physical state of the interstellar medium. Particular attention is given to the accuracy of the atomic data. Hydrogen column densities are derived with a broadband fit that takes into account pileup effects, and in general are in good agreement with previous results. The dominant features in the oxygen-edge region are O I and O II Kα absorption lines whose simultaneous fits lead to average values of the ionization parameter of log ξ = –2.90 and oxygen abundance of A{sub O} = 0.70. The latter is given relative to the standard by Grevesse and Sauval, but rescaling with the revision by Asplund et al. would lead to an average abundance value fairly close to solar. The low average oxygen column density (N{sub O} = 9.2 × 10{sup 17} cm{sup –2}) suggests a correlation with the low ionization parameters, the latter also being in evidence in the column density ratios N(O II)/N(O I) and N(O III)/N(O I) that are estimated to be less than 0.1. We do not find conclusive evidence for absorption by any other compound but atomic oxygen in our oxygen-edge region analysis.

  11. Log spiral of revolution highly oriented pyrolytic graphite monochromator for fluorescence x-ray absorption edge fine structure

    We have constructed an x-ray monochromator based on a log spiral of revolution covered with highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. Such a monochromator is used for obtaining x-ray absorption edge fine structure by the fluorescence method, and is particularly useful for measuring the fine structure of dilute element A in a concentrated matrix of element B, where B is to the left of A in the Periodic Table. Using the log spiral monochromator, we measure good Cr x-ray fine structure in an alloy of 1% Cr in a V matrix, whereas the corresponding spectrum is severely distorted by the V background if nonmonochromatized fluorescence is used. We also obtain excellent rejection of Mn fluorescence relative to Cr fluorescence in a Cr80Mn20 alloy, and can tune the monochromator such that the entire Mn step height is significantly smaller than the Cr x-ray absorption edge fine structure oscillations for this system. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics

  12. Influence of the geometric structure on the V L3 near edge X-ray absorption fine structure from vanadium phosphorus oxide catalysts

    Hävecker, M.; Knop-Gericke, A.; Mayer, R; Fait, M.; Bluhm, H.; Schlögl, R.

    2002-01-01

    We present the V L3 near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) of a vanadium phosphorus oxide (VPO) catalyst. The spectrum is related to the V3d-O2p hybridised unoccupied states. The overall peak position at the V L3-absorption edge is determined by the formal oxidation state of the absorbing vanadium atom. Details of the absorption fine structure are influenced by the geometric structure of the compound. Empirically we found a linear relationship between the energy position of severa...

  13. Influence of the geometric structure on the V L3 near edge X-ray absorption fine structure from vanadium phosphorus oxide catalysts

    Hävecker, Michael; Knop-Gericke, Axel; Mayer, Ralf W.; Fait, Martin; Bluhm, Hendrik; Schlögl, Robert

    2002-01-01

    We present the V L3 near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) of a vanadium phosphorus oxide (VPO) catalyst. The spectrum is related to the V3d-O2p hybridised unoccupied states. The overall peak position at the V L3-absorption edge is determined by the formal oxidation state of the absorbing vanadium atom. Details of the absorption fine structure are influenced by the geometric structure of the compound. Empirically we found a linear relationship between the energy position of severa...

  14. Oxygen K-edge absorption spectra of small molecules in the gas phase

    Yang, B.X.; Kirz, J.; Sham, T.K.

    1986-01-01

    The absorption spectra of O/sub 2/, CO, CO/sub 2/ and OCS have been recorded in a transmission mode in the energy region from 500 to 950 eV. Recent observation of EXAFS in these molecules is confirmed in this study. 7 refs., 3 figs.

  15. Modification of the Absorption Edge of GaAs Arising from Hot-Electron Effects

    McGroddy, J. C.; Christensen, Ove

    1973-01-01

    We have observed a large enhancement of the electric-field-induced optical absorption arising from hot-electron effects in n-type GaAs at 77 K. The magnitude and field dependence of the enhancement can be approximately accounted for by a theory attributing the effect to broadening of the final...

  16. Testing sTGC with small angle wire edges for the ATLAS New Small Wheel Muon Detector Upgrade

    Roth, Itamar; Duchovni, Ehud

    2015-01-01

    The LHC upgrade scheduled for 2018 is expected to significantly increase the accelerator's luminosity, and as a result the radiation background rates in the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer will increase too. Some of its components will have to be replaced in order to cope with these high rates. Newly designed small-strip Thin Gap chambers (sTGC) will replace them at the small wheel region. One of the differences between the sTGC and the currently used TGC is the alignment of the wires along the azimuthal direction. As a result, the outermost wires approach the detector's edge with a small angle. Such a configuration may be a cause for various problems. Two small dedicated chambers were built and tested in order to study possible edge effects that may arise from the new configuration. The sTGC appears to be stable and no spark have been observed, yet some differences in the detector response near the edge is seen and further studies should be carried out.

  17. Edge pixel response studies of edgeless silicon sensor technology for pixellated imaging detectors

    Maneuski, D.; Bates, R.; Blue, A.; Buttar, C.; Doonan, K.; Eklund, L.; Gimenez, E. N.; Hynds, D.; Kachkanov, S.; Kalliopuska, J.; McMullen, T.; O'Shea, V.; Tartoni, N.; Plackett, R.; Vahanen, S.; Wraight, K.

    2015-03-01

    Silicon sensor technologies with reduced dead area at the sensor's perimeter are under development at a number of institutes. Several fabrication methods for sensors which are sensitive close to the physical edge of the device are under investigation utilising techniques such as active-edges, passivated edges and current-terminating rings. Such technologies offer the goal of a seamlessly tiled detection surface with minimum dead space between the individual modules. In order to quantify the performance of different geometries and different bulk and implant types, characterisation of several sensors fabricated using active-edge technology were performed at the B16 beam line of the Diamond Light Source. The sensors were fabricated by VTT and bump-bonded to Timepix ROICs. They were 100 and 200 μ m thick sensors, with the last pixel-to-edge distance of either 50 or 100 μ m. The sensors were fabricated as either n-on-n or n-on-p type devices. Using 15 keV monochromatic X-rays with a beam spot of 2.5 μ m, the performance at the outer edge and corners pixels of the sensors was evaluated at three bias voltages. The results indicate a significant change in the charge collection properties between the edge and 5th (up to 275 μ m) from edge pixel for the 200 μ m thick n-on-n sensor. The edge pixel performance of the 100 μ m thick n-on-p sensors is affected only for the last two pixels (up to 110 μ m) subject to biasing conditions. Imaging characteristics of all sensor types investigated are stable over time and the non-uniformities can be minimised by flat-field corrections. The results from the synchrotron tests combined with lab measurements are presented along with an explanation of the observed effects.

  18. The nonlinear light output of NaI(Tl) detectors in the Modular Total Absorption Spectrometer

    Rasco, B.C., E-mail: crasco@lsu.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States); Fijałkowska, A.; Karny, M. [Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 5, PL-02093 Warszawa (Poland); Rykaczewski, K.P. [Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Wolińska-Cichocka, M. [Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Heavy Ion Laboratory, University of Warsaw, Warsaw PL-02-093 (Poland); Grzywacz, R.; Goetz, K.C. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37966 (United States)

    2015-07-11

    A new detector array, the Modular Total Absorption Spectrometer (MTAS), was commissioned at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). Total absorption gamma spectra measured with MTAS are expected to improve beta-feeding patterns and beta strength functions in fission products. MTAS is constructed out of hexagonal NaI(Tl) detectors with a unique central module surrounded by 18 identical crystals assembled in three rings. The total NaI(Tl) mass of MTAS is over 1000 kg. The response of the central and other 18 MTAS modules to γ-radiation was simulated using the GEANT4 toolkit modified to analyze the nonlinear light output of NaI(Tl). A detailed description of the GEANT4 modifications made is discussed. Simulated energy resolution of MTAS modules is found to agree well with the measurements for single γ transitions of 662 keV ({sup 137}Cs) with 8.2% full width half maximum (FWHM), 835 keV ({sup 54}Mn) with FWHM of 7.5% FWHM, and 1115 keV ({sup 65}Zn) with FWHM of 6.5%. Simulations of single and multiple γ-rays from {sup 60}Co are also discussed.

  19. Measurement of mass attenuation coefficients in some Cr, Co and Fe compounds around the absorption edge and the validity of the mixture rule

    U Turgut; O Şimşek; E Büyükkasap

    2007-08-01

    The total mass attenuation coefficients for elements Cr, Co and Fe and compounds CrCl2, CrCl3, Cr2(SO4)32SO4·24H2O, CoO, CoCl2, Co(CH3COO)2, FePO4, FeCl3·6H2O, Fe(SO4)2NH4·12H2O were measured at different energies between 4.508 and 14.142 keV using secondary excitation method. Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Br, Rb, Sr were chosen as secondary exciters. 59.5 keV -rays emitted from a 241Am annular source were used to excite a secondary exciter and K (K-L3, L2) lines emitted by the secondary exciter were counted by a Si(Li) detector with a resolution of 160 eV at 5.9 keV. It was observed that mixture rule method is not a suitable method for determination of the mass attenuation coefficients of compounds, especially at an energy that is near the absorption edge. The obtained values were compared with theoretical values.

  20. Measurement of X-ray mass attenuation coefficient of nickel around the K-edge using synchrotron radiation based X-ray absorption study

    The work presents the X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) technique for measuring the X-ray mass attenuation coefficient of nickel metal foil in the X-ray energy range of 8271.2–8849.4 eV using scanning XAFS beam line (BL-09) at Indus-2 synchrotron radiation source facility, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) at Indore, India. The result represents the X-ray mass attenuation coefficient data for 0.02 mm thick Ni metal foil in the XAFS region of Ni K-edge. However, the results are compared to theoretical values using X-COM. There is a maximum deviation which is found exactly near the K-edge jump and decreases as we move away from the absorption edge. Oscillatory structure appears just above the observed absorption edge i.e., 8348.7 eV and is confined to around 250 eV above the edge. - Highlights: • Mass attenuation coefficient measurements of nickel using synchrotron radiation. • The measurements were taken exactly near the Ni K-edge at an energy step of 1 eV. • A maximum deviation is found near the K-edge

  1. Monte Carlo Comparisons to a Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Detector with low Transition-Edge-Sensor Transition Temperature

    Leman, S W; Brink, P L; Cabrera, B; Cherry, M; Silva, E Do Couto E; Figueroa-Feliciano, E; Kim, P; Mirabolfathi, N; Pyle, M; Resch, R; Sadoulet, B; Serfass, B; Sundqvist, K M; Tomada, A; Young, B A

    2011-01-01

    We present results on phonon quasidiffusion and Transition Edge Sensor (TES) studies in a large, 3 inch diameter, 1 inch thick [100] high purity germanium crystal, cooled to 50 mK in the vacuum of a dilution refrigerator, and exposed with 59.5 keV gamma-rays from an Am-241 calibration source. We compare calibration data with results from a Monte Carlo which includes phonon quasidiffusion and the generation of phonons created by charge carriers as they are drifted across the detector by ionization readout channels. The phonon energy is then parsed into TES based phonon readout channels and input into a TES simulator.

  2. Plasmonic Structure Integrated Single-Photon Detector Configurations to Improve Absorptance and Polarization Contrast

    Mária Csete

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Configurations capable of maximizing both the absorption component of system detection efficiency and the achievable polarization contrast were determined for 1550 nm polarized light illumination of different plasmonic structure integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs consisting of p = 264 nm and P = 792 nm periodic niobium nitride (NbN patterns on silica substrate. Global effective NbN absorptance maxima appear in case of p/s-polarized light illumination in S/P-orientation (γ = 90°/0° azimuthal angle and the highest polarization contrast is attained in S-orientation of all devices. Common nanophotonical origin of absorptance enhancement is collective resonance on nanocavity gratings with different profiles, which is promoted by coupling between localized modes in quarter-wavelength metal-insulator-metal nanocavities and laterally synchronized Brewster-Zenneck-type surface waves in integrated SNSPDs possessing a three-quarter-wavelength-scaled periodicity. The spectral sensitivity and dispersion characteristics reveal that device design specific optimal configurations exist.

  3. Soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering spectroscopy below 100 eV: probing first-row transition-metal M-edges in chemical complexes

    Wang, Hongxin; Young, Anthony T.; Guo, Jinghua; Cramer, Stephen P.; Friedrich, Stephan; Braun, Artur; Gu, Weiwei

    2013-01-01

    M-edge XAS on a series of 3d metal complexes and M-edge RIXS on a covalent complex are reported for the first time, encouraging synchrotron-based M-edge measurements on more complicated samples in the future. Application of a superconducting tunnel junction X-ray detector to M-edge measurements is also discussed.

  4. Edge pixel response studies of edgeless silicon sensor technology for pixellated imaging detectors

    Silicon sensor technologies with reduced dead area at the sensor's perimeter are under development at a number of institutes. Several fabrication methods for sensors which are sensitive close to the physical edge of the device are under investigation utilising techniques such as active-edges, passivated edges and current-terminating rings. Such technologies offer the goal of a seamlessly tiled detection surface with minimum dead space between the individual modules. In order to quantify the performance of different geometries and different bulk and implant types, characterisation of several sensors fabricated using active-edge technology were performed at the B16 beam line of the Diamond Light Source. The sensors were fabricated by VTT and bump-bonded to Timepix ROICs. They were 100 and 200 μ m thick sensors, with the last pixel-to-edge distance of either 50 or 100 μ m. The sensors were fabricated as either n-on-n or n-on-p type devices. Using 15 keV monochromatic X-rays with a beam spot of 2.5 μ m, the performance at the outer edge and corners pixels of the sensors was evaluated at three bias voltages. The results indicate a significant change in the charge collection properties between the edge and 5th (up to 275 μ m) from edge pixel for the 200 μ m thick n-on-n sensor. The edge pixel performance of the 100 μ m thick n-on-p sensors is affected only for the last two pixels (up to 110 μ m) subject to biasing conditions. Imaging characteristics of all sensor types investigated are stable over time and the non-uniformities can be minimised by flat-field corrections. The results from the synchrotron tests combined with lab measurements are presented along with an explanation of the observed effects

  5. Transmittance spectra of the CuGa3Se5 ternary compound near the fundamental absorption edge

    The CuGa3Se5 ternary compound films are produced by laser deposition at the substrate temperatures 480 and 580 K. The composition and structure of the films are studied. It is shown that, similarly to the corresponding crystals, the CuGa3Se5 films crystallize into the imperfect chalcopyrite structure. The transmittance spectra near the fundamental absorption edge are used to establish the energies and nature of optical transitions. The energies of crystal-field splitting (Δcr) and spin-orbit splitting (ΔSO of the valence band of the CuGa3Se5 ternary compound are calculated in the context of the Hopfield quasi-cubic model.

  6. Transmittance spectra of the CuGa{sub 3}Se{sub 5} ternary compound near the fundamental absorption edge

    Bodnar, I. V., E-mail: chemzav@bsuir.by [Belarusian State University of Information and Radio Electronics (Belarus)

    2011-04-15

    The CuGa{sub 3}Se{sub 5} ternary compound films are produced by laser deposition at the substrate temperatures 480 and 580 K. The composition and structure of the films are studied. It is shown that, similarly to the corresponding crystals, the CuGa{sub 3}Se{sub 5} films crystallize into the imperfect chalcopyrite structure. The transmittance spectra near the fundamental absorption edge are used to establish the energies and nature of optical transitions. The energies of crystal-field splitting ({Delta}{sub cr}) and spin-orbit splitting ({Delta}{sub SO} of the valence band of the CuGa{sub 3}Se{sub 5} ternary compound are calculated in the context of the Hopfield quasi-cubic model.

  7. Experimental station for laser-based picosecond time-resolved x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy

    We present an experimental station designed for time-resolved X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Spectroscopy (XANES). It is based on ultrashort laser-plasma x-ray pulses generated from a table-top 100 mJ-class laser at 10 Hz repetition rate. A high transmission (10%–20%) x-ray beam line transport using polycapillary optics allows us to set the sample in an independent vacuum chamber, providing high flexibility over a wide spectral range from 0.5 up to 4 keV. Some XANES spectra are presented, demonstrating 1% noise level in only ∼1 mn and ∼100 cumulated laser shots. Time-resolved measurements are reported, indicating that the time resolution of the entire experimental station is 3.3 ± 0.6 ps rms

  8. 3D Imaging of Nickel Oxidation States using Full Field X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Nanotomography

    Nelson, George; Harris, William; Izzo, John; Grew, Kyle N. (Connecticut); (USARL)

    2012-01-20

    Reduction-oxidation (redox) cycling of the nickel electrocatalyst phase in the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode can lead to performance degradation and cell failure. A greater understanding of nickel redox mechanisms at the microstructural level is vital to future SOFC development. Transmission x-ray microscopy (TXM) provides several key techniques for exploring oxidation states within SOFC electrode microstructure. Specifically, x-ray nanotomography and x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy have been applied to study samples of varying nickel (Ni) and nickel oxide (NiO) compositions. The imaged samples are treated as mock SOFC anodes containing distinct regions of the materials in question. XANES spectra presented for the individual materials provide a basis for the further processing and analysis of mixed samples. Images of composite samples obtained are segmented, and the distinct nickel and nickel oxide phases are uniquely identified using full field XANES spectroscopy. Applications to SOFC analysis are discussed.

  9. Chemical shifts of the X-ray L3 absorption edge of europium in its trivalent halides

    Position of the Eu-L3 absorption edge has been studied in pure metal and in its trivalent halides, EuF3, EuCl3, EuBr3, and EuI3, employing a simple X-ray spectrometer with an LiF single crystal as the analyser. A linear relationship was established between the chemical shift and the effective charge on the absorbing rare earth atom. The chemical shifts have also been correlated to Moessbauer isomer shifts. The results have been discussed in terms of nature of chemical bonding, effective atomic charge on the absorbing atom and some other parameters relevant to the immediate local environment of the absorbing atom. (author)

  10. Use of ruthenium dyes for subnanosecond detector fidelity testing in real time transient absorption

    Transient absorption spectroscopy is a powerful tool for the study of photoreactions on time scales from femtoseconds to seconds. Typically, reactions slower than ∼1 ns are recorded by the ''classical'' technique; the reaction is triggered by an excitation flash, and absorption changes accompanying the reaction are recorded in real time using a continuous monitoring light beam and a detection system with sufficiently fast response. The pico- and femtosecond region can be accessed by the more recent ''pump-probe'' technique, which circumvents the difficulties of real time detection on a subnanosecond time scale. This is paid for by accumulation of an excessively large number of shots to sample the reaction kinetics. Hence, it is of interest to extend the classical real time technique as far as possible to the subnanosecond range. In order to identify and minimize detection artifacts common on a subnanosecond scale, like overshoot, ringing, and signal reflections, rigorous testing is required of how the detection system responds to fast changes of the monitoring light intensity. Here, we introduce a novel method to create standard signals for detector fidelity testing on a time scale from a few picoseconds to tens of nanoseconds. The signals result from polarized measurements of absorption changes upon excitation of ruthenium complexes {[Ru(bpy)3]2+ and a less symmetric derivative} by a short laser flash. Two types of signals can be created depending on the polarization of the monitoring light with respect to that of the excitation flash: a fast steplike bleaching at magic angle and a monoexponentially decaying bleaching for parallel polarizations. The lifetime of the decay can be easily varied via temperature and viscosity of the solvent. The method is applied to test the performance of a newly developed real time transient absorption setup with 300 ps time resolution and high sensitivity.

  11. Ligand and Charge Dependence for Absorption Edge in XANES Spectra of TPP[Fe(Pc)L2]2 Systems

    Takahashi, Kei; Watanabe, Akie; Niki, Kaori; Hanasaki, Noriaki; Kanda, Akinori; Fujikawa, Takashi

    We apply real space full multiple scattering theory to interpret the Fe K-edge XANES spectra of TPP[Fe(Pc)L2]2 (L = CN, Cl and Br) systems, which show the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) at the low temperatures. In the previous paper, we have reported the absorption edge shift of the XANES spectra, whose origin remains unclear, for TPP[Fe(Pc)L2]2 systems. In order to clarify the relation between the charge of the Fe atom, the local structure of the axial ligand and the XANES spectra, we improve the calculation of the XANES spectra by taking into account the wider region including the neighboring Fe(Pc)L2 and TPP molecules. Our multiple scattering analyses suggest that the spectral shape is strongly influenced by the distance between a central Fe and axial ligands L. The number of Fe 3d electrons obtained by density functional theory calculations show weak dependence on the axial ligands L. The EXAFS spectra, the polarization dependence and the temperature dependence of the XANES spectra are also discussed.

  12. Water formation reaction on Pt(111): Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure experiments and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations

    The catalytic water formation reaction was investigated by the energy dispersive near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (dispersive NEXAFS) spectroscopy. An oxygen covered Pt(111) surface with the (2x2) structure was exposed to gaseous hydrogen (5.0x10-9 Torr) at constant surface temperatures (120-140 K). O K-edge NEXAFS spectra were measured during the reaction with a time interval of 35 s. Quantitative analyses of the spectra provided the coverage changes of the adsorbed species (O, OH, and H2O). The reaction is composed of three steps, which are characterized by an induction period (I), fast increase in coverage of OH and H2O with consuming O (II), and slow conversion of OH to H2O after the complete consumption of O (III). It was also found that the maximum OH coverage becomes smaller at a higher temperature. The kinetic Monte Carlo simulation has reproduced the three characteristic reaction steps; in the first step OH domains are created through two-dimensional aggregation of H2O (I), after the nucleation process the second step sets in where the OH domains propagate by the autocatalytic cycle until they contact with each other (II), and finally the merged OH domains convert to H2O (III). The reaction diffusion method was also applied to this system. It explained the reaction behavior in a wide surface area

  13. X-ray absorption near-edge structure micro-spectroscopy study of vanadium speciation in Phycomyces blakesleeanus mycelium.

    Žižić, Milan; Dučić, Tanja; Grolimund, Daniel; Bajuk-Bogdanović, Danica; Nikolic, Miroslav; Stanić, Marina; Križak, Strahinja; Zakrzewska, Joanna

    2015-09-01

    Vanadium speciation in the fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus was examined by X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy, enabling assessment of oxidation states and related molecular symmetries of this transition element in the fungus. The exposure of P. blakesleeanus to two physiologically important vanadium species (V(5+) and V(4+)) resulted in the accumulation of this metal in central compartments of 24 h old mycelia, most probably in vacuoles. Tetrahedral V(5+), octahedral V(4+), and proposed intracellular complexes of V(5+) were detected simultaneously after addition of a physiologically relevant concentration of V(5+) to the mycelium. A substantial fraction of the externally added V(4+) remained mostly in its original form. However, observable variations in the pre-edge-peak intensities in the XANES spectra indicated intracellular complexation and corresponding changes in the molecular coordination symmetry. Vanadate complexation was confirmed by (51)V NMR and Raman spectroscopy, and potential binding compounds including cell-wall constituents (chitosan and/or chitin), (poly)phosphates, DNA, and proteins are proposed. The evidenced vanadate complexation and reduction could also explain the resistance of P. blakesleeanus to high extracellular concentrations of vanadium. PMID:26253227

  14. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy of naphthalene diimide-thiophene co-polymers

    Gann, Eliot; McNeill, Christopher R., E-mail: christopher.mcneill@monash.edu [Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria 3800 (Australia); Szumilo, Monika; Sirringhaus, Henning [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Sommer, Michael [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Stefan-Meier-Str. 31, 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Maniam, Subashani; Langford, Steven J. [School of Chemistry, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria 3800 (Australia); Thomsen, Lars [Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168 (Australia)

    2014-04-28

    Near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is an important tool for probing the structure of conjugated polymer films used in organic electronic devices. High-performance conjugated polymers are often donor-acceptor co-polymers which feature a repeat unit with multiple functional groups. To facilitate better application of NEXAFS spectroscopy to the study of such materials, improved understanding of the observed NEXAFS spectral features is required. In order to examine how the NEXAFS spectrum of a donor-acceptor co-polymer relates to the properties of the sub-units, a series of naphthalene diimide-thiophene-based co-polymers have been studied where the nature and length of the donor co-monomer has been systematically varied. The spectra of these materials are compared with that of a thiophene homopolymer and naphthalene diimide monomer enabling peak assignment and the influence of inter-unit electronic coupling to be assessed. We find that while it is possible to attribute peaks within the π* manifold as arising primarily due to the naphthalene diimide or thiophene sub-units, very similar dichroism of these peaks is observed indicating that it may not be possible to separately probe the molecular orientation of the separate sub-units with carbon K-edge NEXAFS spectroscopy.

  15. Sulfur K-edge absorption spectroscopy on selected biological systems; Schwefel-K-Kanten-Absorptionsspektroskopie an ausgewaehlten biologischen Systemen

    Lichtenberg, Henning

    2008-07-15

    Sulfur is an essential element in organisms. In this thesis investigations of sulfur compounds in selected biological systems by XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure) spectroscopy are reported. XANES spectroscopy at the sulfur K-edge provides an excellent tool to gain information about the local environments of sulfur atoms in intact biological samples - no extraction processes are required. Spatially resolved measurements using a Kirkpatrick-Baez mirror focusing system were carried out to investigate the infection of wheat leaves by rust fungi. The results give information about changes in the sulfur metabolism of the host induced by the parasite and about the extension of the infection into visibly uninfected plant tissue. Furthermore, XANES spectra of microbial mats from sulfidic caves were measured. These mats are dominated by microbial groups involved in cycling sulfur. Additionally, the influence of sulfate deprivation and H{sub 2}S exposure on sulfur compounds in onion was investigated. To gain an insight into the thermal degradation of organic material the influence of roasting of sulfur compounds in coffee beans was studied. (orig.)

  16. X-ray absorption near-edge structures of disordered Mg1-xZnxO solid solutions

    In order to examine x-ray absorption near-edge structures (XANES) of disordered solid solutions of metal oxides, a combined approach of a first principles supercell method and a cluster expansion method is developed. Zn-L3 edge XANES are measured on a series of Mg1-xZnxO with a rocksalt structure in the range of x=0.025-0.3 using synchrotron source. A first principles orthogonalized linear combinations of an atomic orbital method is employed to obtain a theoretical spectrum of a given model. A Zn-2p core hole is included in the calculation, and a set of 128 atom supercells is used. Theoretical XANES of disordered solid solutions are obtained as a weighted sum of theoretical spectra for four ordered structures, with the weighting factors determined by the cluster expansion method. The dependence of the spectral shape on the solute concentration is reproduced only when the averaged environment of solute atoms as determined by the solute concentration and the effect of the disordering is taken into account. The formation of the disordered Mg1-xZnxO solid solution is confirmed by the Monte Carlo calculations

  17. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy of naphthalene diimide-thiophene co-polymers

    Near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is an important tool for probing the structure of conjugated polymer films used in organic electronic devices. High-performance conjugated polymers are often donor-acceptor co-polymers which feature a repeat unit with multiple functional groups. To facilitate better application of NEXAFS spectroscopy to the study of such materials, improved understanding of the observed NEXAFS spectral features is required. In order to examine how the NEXAFS spectrum of a donor-acceptor co-polymer relates to the properties of the sub-units, a series of naphthalene diimide-thiophene-based co-polymers have been studied where the nature and length of the donor co-monomer has been systematically varied. The spectra of these materials are compared with that of a thiophene homopolymer and naphthalene diimide monomer enabling peak assignment and the influence of inter-unit electronic coupling to be assessed. We find that while it is possible to attribute peaks within the π* manifold as arising primarily due to the naphthalene diimide or thiophene sub-units, very similar dichroism of these peaks is observed indicating that it may not be possible to separately probe the molecular orientation of the separate sub-units with carbon K-edge NEXAFS spectroscopy

  18. Influence of the local atomic structure in the X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy of neptunium oxo ions

    Lozano, J.M.; Den Auwer, Ch.; Fillaux, C.; Guilaumont, D. [CEA Marcoule, DEN, DRCP, SCPS, F-30207 Bagnols Sur, (France); Lozano, J.M.; Mustre de Leon, J. [Cinvestav Merida, Dept Fis Aplicada, Merida 97310, Yuc, (Mexico); Clark, D.L. [Los Alamos Natl Lab, GT Seaborg Inst Transactinium Sci, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (United States); Conradson, S.D. [Los Alamos Natl Lab, Div Mat Sci and Technol, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (United States); Keogh, D.W.; Palmer, Ph. [Los Alamos Natl Lab, Div Chem, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (United States); Simoni, E. [Univ Paris 11, IPN Orsay, F-91405 Orsay, (France)

    2009-07-01

    Experimental L(III) X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of the distorted octahedral neptunium oxo ions NpO{sub 2}(OH){sub 4}{sup 2-} NpO{sub 4}(OH){sub 2}{sup 3-}, and NpO{sub 6}{sup 6-} are interpreted using relativistic full multiple scattering calculations of the X-ray absorption process. In this series of compounds, the neptunium cation exhibits two different oxidation states, VI and VII, with coordination spheres from di- to tetra oxo for the first two compounds. The comparison between calculated XANES spectra using the feff code and experimental ones shows that the main features in the spectra are determined by the local coordination around the actinide metal center. Furthermore, the projected density of electronic states (DOS) calculated from the XANES simulations using the feff code are compared to calculations using ADF code. They are both discussed in terms of molecular orbitals and qualitative evolution of bonding within this series of compounds. (authors)

  19. Cauchois and S\\'en\\'emaud Tables of wavelengths of X-ray emission lines and absorption edges

    Jonnard, Philippe; 10.1002/xrs.1293

    2011-01-01

    We present the Cauchois and S\\'en\\'emaud Tables of X-ray emission lines and absorption edges. They are written both in French and English. They were published in 1978 by Pergamon Press and are insufficiently known. However they are of large interest because of their completeness. They comprise the energies of all the K, L, M, N and O emission lines of natural elements from lithium up to uranium as well as the energies of satellite emissions and absorption discontinuities. The more intense lines of radio-elements up to fermium (Z = 100) are also given. The Tables range from the hard X-rays (122 keV, 0.01 nm) to the extreme ultra-violet (12 eV, 102 nm). For each transition, the wavelength ({\\AA} and uX) and energy (eV and Ry) are given and references are indicated. The transitions are grouped by increasing wavelength (decreasing photon energy) and also by element and spectral series. We present, as an example, the use of the Tables to identify the emissions of the molybdenum L spectrum. We decided to scan the C...

  20. HPGe detector photopeak efficiency calculation including self-absorption and coincidence corrections for Marinelli beaker sources using compact analytical expressions

    Direct mathematical methods to calculate total and full-energy peak (photopeak) efficiencies, coincidence correction factors and the source self-absorption of a closed end coaxial HPGe detector for Marinelli beaker sources have been derived. The source self-absorption is determined by calculating the photon path length in the source volume. The attenuation of photons by the Marinelli beaker and the detector cap materials is also calculated. In the experiments gamma aqueous sources containing several radionuclides covering the energy range from 60 to 1836 keV were used. By comparison, the theoretical and experimental full-energy peak efficiency values are in good agreement

  1. Note: Application of a pixel-array area detector to simultaneous single crystal x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) are two main x-ray techniques in synchrotron radiation facilities. In this Note, we present an experimental setup capable of performing simultaneous XRD and XAS measurements by the application of a pixel-array area detector. For XRD, the momentum transfer in specular diffraction was measured by scanning the X-ray energy with fixed incoming and outgoing x-ray angles. By selecting a small fixed region of the detector to collect the XRD signal, the rest of the area was available for collecting the x-ray fluorescence for XAS measurements. The simultaneous measurement of XRD and X-ray absorption near edge structure for Pr0.67Sr0.33MnO3 film was demonstrated as a proof of principle for future time-resolved pump-probe measurements. A static sample makes it easy to maintain an accurate overlap of the X-ray spot and laser pump beam

  2. Study of the signal response of the MÖNCH 25μm pitch hybrid pixel detector at different photon absorption depths

    MÖNCH is a 25 μm pitch hybrid silicon pixel detector with a charge integrating analog read-out front-end in each pixel. The small pixel size brings new challenges in bump-bonding, power consumption and chip design. The MÖNCH02 prototype ASIC, manufactured in UMC 110 nm technology with a field of view of 4×4 mm2 and 160×160 pixels, has been characterized in the single photon regime, i.e. with less than one photon acquired per frame on average on a 3×3 pixel cluster. The low noise and small pixel size allow spatial interpolation with high resolution. Understanding charge sharing as a function of the photon absorption depth and sensor bias is a key for optimal processing of single photon data for high resolution imaging. To characterize the charge collection of the detector, the sensor was illuminated with a 20 keV photon beam in edge-on configuration at the SYRMEP beamline of Elettra. By slicing the beam by means of a 5 μm slit and scanning through the 320 μm silicon sensor depth, the charge collection is characterized as a function of the photon absorption depth for different sensor bias voltages

  3. Electronic transitions and fermi edge singularity in polar heterostructures studied by absorption and emission spectroscopy

    Pandey, S.; Cavalcoli, D.; Minj, A.; Fraboni, B.; Cavallini, A.; Gamarra, P.; Poisson, M. A.

    2012-12-01

    Optically induced electronic transitions in nitride based polar heterostructures have been investigated by absorption and emission spectroscopy. Surface photovoltage (SPV), photocurrent (PC), and photo luminescence spectroscopy have been applied to high quality InAlN/AlN/GaN structures to study the optical properties of two dimensional electron gas. Energy levels within the two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) well at the interface between the GaN and AlN have been directly observed by SPV and PC. Moreover, a strong enhancement of the photoluminescence intensity due to holes recombining with electrons at the Fermi Energy, known as fermi energy singularity, has been observed. These analyses have been carried out on InAlN/AlN/GaN heterojunctions with the InAlN barrier layer having different In content, a parameter which affects the energy levels within the 2DEG well as well as the optical signal intensity. The measured energy values are in a very good agreement with the ones obtained by Schrödinger-Poisson simulations.

  4. Sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy and time-dependent density functional theory of arsenic dithiocarbamates.

    Donahue, Courtney M; Pacheco, Juan S Lezama; Keith, Jason M; Daly, Scott R

    2014-06-28

    S K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations were performed on a series of As[S2CNR2]3 complexes, where R2 = Et2, (CH2)5 and Ph2, to determine how dithiocarbamate substituents attached to N affect As[S2CNR2]3 electronic structure. Complimentary [PPh4][S2CNR2] salts were also studied to compare dithiocarbamate bonding in the absence of As. The XAS results indicate that changing the orientation of the alkyl substituents from trans to cis (R2 = Et2vs. (CH2)5) yields subtle variations whereas differences associated with a change from alkyl to aryl are much more pronounced. For example, despite the differences in As 4p mixing, the first features in the S K-edge XAS spectra of [PPh4][S2CNPh2] and As[S2CNPh2]3 were both shifted by 0.3 eV compared to their alkyl-substituted derivatives. DFT calculations revealed that the unique shift observed for [PPh4][S2CNPh2] is due to phenyl-induced splitting of the π* orbitals delocalized over N, C and S. A similar phenomenon accounts for the shift observed for As[S2CNPh2]3, but the presence of two unique S environments (As-S and As···S) prevented reliable analysis of As-S covalency from the XAS data. In the absence of experimental values, DFT calculations revealed a decrease in As-S orbital mixing in As[S2CNPh2]3 that stems from a redistribution of electron density to S atoms participating in weaker As···S interactions. Simulated spectra obtained from TDDFT calculations reproduce the experimental differences in the S K-edge XAS data, which suggests that the theory is accurately modeling the experimental differences in As-S orbital mixing. The results highlight how S K-edge XAS and DFT can be used cooperatively to understand the electronic structure of low symmetry coordination complexes containing S atoms in different chemical environments. PMID:24811926

  5. X-Ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES) Spectroscopy Study of the Interaction of Silver Ions with Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli

    Bovenkamp, Gudrun Lisa; Zanzen, Ulrike; Krishna, Katla Sai; Hormes, Josef; Prange, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Silver ions are widely used as antibacterial agents, but the basic molecular mechanism of this effect is still poorly understood. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy at the Ag LIII, S K, and P K edges reveals the chemical forms of silver in Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli (Ag+ treated). The Ag LIII-edge XANES spectra of the bacteria are all slightly different and very different from the spectra of silver ions (silver nitrate and silver acetate), which confirms...

  6. Cardiac Multi-detector CT Segmentation Based on Multiscale Directional Edge Detector and 3D Level Set.

    Antunes, Sofia; Esposito, Antonio; Palmisano, Anna; Colantoni, Caterina; Cerutti, Sergio; Rizzo, Giovanna

    2016-05-01

    Extraction of the cardiac surfaces of interest from multi-detector computed tomographic (MDCT) data is a pre-requisite step for cardiac analysis, as well as for image guidance procedures. Most of the existing methods need manual corrections, which is time-consuming. We present a fully automatic segmentation technique for the extraction of the right ventricle, left ventricular endocardium and epicardium from MDCT images. The method consists in a 3D level set surface evolution approach coupled to a new stopping function based on a multiscale directional second derivative Gaussian filter, which is able to stop propagation precisely on the real boundary of the structures of interest. We validated the segmentation method on 18 MDCT volumes from healthy and pathologic subjects using manual segmentation performed by a team of expert radiologists as gold standard. Segmentation errors were assessed for each structure resulting in a surface-to-surface mean error below 0.5 mm and a percentage of surface distance with errors less than 1 mm above 80%. Moreover, in comparison to other segmentation approaches, already proposed in previous work, our method presented an improved accuracy (with surface distance errors less than 1 mm increased of 8-20% for all structures). The obtained results suggest that our approach is accurate and effective for the segmentation of ventricular cavities and myocardium from MDCT images. PMID:26319010

  7. Electrosynthesis of ZnO nanorods and nanotowers: Morphology and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy studies

    Sigircik, Gokmen; Erken, Ozge; Tuken, Tunc; Gumus, Cebrail; Ozkendir, Osman M.; Ufuktepe, Yuksel

    2015-06-01

    Deposition mechanism of nano-structured ZnO films has been investigated in the absence and presence of chloride ions from aqueous solution. The resulting opto-electronic properties were interpreted extensively, using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-Visible spectroscopy and four probe techniques. The ZnO deposition is mass transport controlled process and the interaction of chloride ions with the surface has great influence on diffusion kinetics, considering the substantial species (Zn2+ and OH-) involved in the construction of ZnO film. This effect does not change major lattice parameters, as shown with detailed analysis of XRD data. However, the texture coefficient (Tc) (0 0 2) value is higher in presence of chloride ions containing synthesis solution which gave vertically aligned, well defined and uniformly dispersed nanorods structure. The calculated Eg values are in the range 3.28-3.41 eV and 3.22-3.31 eV for ZnO nanorods and nanotowers synthesized at different deposition periods, respectively. Furthermore, the charge mobility values regarding the deposition periods were measured to be in the ranges from 130.4 to 449.2 cm2 V-1 s-1 and 126.2 to 204.7 cm2 V-1 s-1 for nanorods and nanotowers, respectively. From XANES results, it was shown that the Zn K-edge spectrum is dominated by the transition of Zn 1s core electrons into the unoccupied Zn 4p states of the conduction band. Comparing the rod and tower nano-structured ZnO thin films, the excitation behavior of valence band electrons is different. Moreover, the density states of Zn 4p are higher for ZnO nanorods.

  8. HPGe detector photopeak efficiency calculation including self-absorption and coincidence corrections for cylindrical sources using compact analytical expressions

    Direct mathematical methods to calculate total and photopeak efficiencies, coincidence correction factors and the source medium self-absorption of closed end coaxial HPGe detector for cylindrical sources have been derived. By comparison, the theoretical and experimental efficiency values are in good agreement. (author)

  9. Chemical shift of U L3 edges in different uranium compounds obtained by X-ray absorption spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation

    D Joseph; C Nayak; P Venu Babu; S N Jha; D Bhattacharyya

    2014-05-01

    Uranium L3 X-ray absorption edge was measured in various compounds containing uranium in U4+, U5+ and U6+ oxidation states. The measurements have been carried out at the Energy Dispersive EXAFS beamline (BL-08) at INDUS-2 synchrotron radiation source at RRCAT, Indore. Energy shifts of ∼ 2–3 eV were observed for U L3 edge in the U-compounds compared to their value in elemental U. The different chemical shifts observed for the compounds having the same oxidation state of the cation but different anions or ligands show the effect of different chemical environments surrounding the cations in determining their X-ray absorption edges in the above compounds. The above chemical effect has been quantitatively described by determining the effective charges on U cation in the above compounds.

  10. Link between K-absorption edges and thermodynamic properties of warm-dense plasmas established by improved first-principles method

    Zhang, Shen; Kang, Wei; Zhang, Ping; He, Xian-Tu

    2015-01-01

    A precise calculation that translates shifts of X-ray K-absorption edges to variations of thermodynamic properties allows quantitative characterization of interior thermodynamic properties of warm dense plasmas by X-ray absorption techniques, which provides essential information for inertial confinement fusion and other astrophysical applications. We show that this interpretation can be achieved through an improved first-principles method. Our calculation shows that the shift of K-edges exhibits selective sensitivity to thermal parameters and thus would be a suitable temperature index to warm dense plasmas. We also show with a simple model that the shift of K-edges can be used to detect inhomogeneity inside warm dense plasmas when combined with other experimental tools.

  11. Edge-illumination X-ray phase contrast imaging: matching the imaging method to the detector technology

    X-Ray Phase Contrast Imaging (XPCI) has been arguably the hottest topic in X-ray imaging research over the last two decades, due to the significant advantages it can bring to medicine, biology, material science and many other areas of application. Considerable progress has recently been achieved, in terms of the first in vivo implementations at synchrotrons (notably at Elettra in Trieste), and of new XPCI methods working with conventional sources. Among the latter, edge-illumination (EI) is possibly one of the most promising in terms of mainstream translation, due to set-up simplicity, scalability and flux efficiency compared to other approaches. EI is indeed the only method working with a completely incoherent source: however, it was recently demonstrated that neither the ability to perform quantitative phase retrieval, nor the method's phase sensitivity are affected by the source's incoherence. Here its implementation with different detector technologies is discussed

  12. Particle Discrimination in TeO$_{2}$ Bolometers using Light Detectors read out by Transition Edge Sensors

    Schäffner, K; Bellini, F; Casali, N; Ferroni, F; Hauff, D; Nagorny, N; Pattavina, L; Petricca, F; Pirro, S; Pröbst, F; Reindl, F; Seidel, W; Strauss, R

    2014-01-01

    An active discrimination of the dominant $\\alpha$-background is the prerequisite for future DBD experiments based on TeO$_{2}$ bolometers. We investigate such $\\alpha$-particle rejection in cryogenic TeO$_{2}$ bolometers by the detection of Cherenkov light. For a setup consisting of a large TeO$_{2}$ crystal 285 g and a separate cryogenic light detector, both read out by transition edge sensors at around 10 mK, we obtain an event-by-event identification of e/$\\gamma$- and $\\alpha$-events. In the energy interval ranging from 2400 keV to 2800 keV and covering the Q-value of $^{130}$Te a discrimination power of 3.7 could be demonstrated.

  13. First-principles calculations of X-ray absorption spectra at the K-edge of 3d transition metals: an electronic structure analysis of the pre-edge

    Cabaret, Delphine; Bordage, Amélie; Juhin, Amélie; Arfaoui, M.; Gaudry, Emilie

    2010-01-01

    We first present an extended introduction of the various methods used to extract electronic and structural information from the K pre-edge X-ray absorption spectra of 3d transition metal ions. The K pre-edge structure is then modelled for a selection of 3d transition metal compounds and analyzed using first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) in the local density approximation (LDA). The selected compounds under study are presented in an ascending order of ele...

  14. Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy Studies of Single-Crystalline V2O5 Nanowire Arrays

    Velazquez, J.; Jaye, C; Fischer, D; Banerjee, S

    2009-01-01

    Near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is used to precisely probe the alignment, uniformity in crystal growth direction, and electronic structure of single-crystalline V2O5 nanowire arrays prepared by a cobalt-catalyzed vapor transport process. The dipole selection rules operational for core-level electron spectroscopy enable angle-dependent NEXAFS spectroscopy to be used as a sensitive probe of the anisotropy of these systems and provides detailed insight into bond orientation and the symmetry of the frontier orbital states. The experimental spectra are matched to previous theoretical predictions and allow experimental verification of features such as the origin of the split-off conduction band responsible for the semiconducting properties of V2O5 and the strongly anisotropic nature of vanadyl-oxygen-derived (VO) states thought to be involved in catalysis. The strong anisotropy observed across thousands of nanowires in the NEXAFS measurements clearly demonstrates the uniformity of crystal growth direction in these nanowire arrays.

  15. Speciation of sulfur in humic and fulvic acids using X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy

    Morra, Matthew J.; Fendorf, Scott E.; Brown, Paul D.

    1997-02-01

    Sulfur species in soils and sediments have previously been determined indirectly using destructive techniques. A direct and more accurate method for S speciation would improve our understanding of S biogeochemistry. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy was performed on purified humic and fulvic acids from terrestrial and aquatic environments. This methodology allows direct determination of S species using the relationship that exists with the energy required for core electron transitions and in some cases, correlation with additional spectral features. Soil, peat, and aquatic humic acids were dominated by sulfonates with an oxidation state of +5, but also contained ester-bonded sulfates with an oxidation state of +6. Leonardite humic acid contained ester-bonded sulfate and an unidentified S compound with an oxidation state of +4.0. In contrast, high-valent S in soil, peat, and aquatic fulvic acids was exclusively in the form of sulfonic acids. Reduced S species were also present in both humic and fulvic acids. XANES is a valuable method for the speciation of S in humic materials and of potential use in S speciation of unfractionated soils.

  16. Speciation of sulfur in humic and fulvic acids using X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structures (XANES) spectroscopy

    Morra, M.J.; Fendorf, S.E.; Brown, P.D. [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States)

    1997-02-01

    Sulfur species in soils and sediments have previously been determined indirectly using destructive techniques. A direct and more accurate method for S speciation would improve our understanding of S biogeochemistry. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy was performed on purified humic and fulvic acids from terrestrial and aquatic environments. This methodology allows direct determination of S species using the relationship that exists with the energy required for core electron transitions and in some cases, correlation with additional spectral features. Soil, peat, and aquatic humic acids were dominated by sulfonates with an oxidation state of +5, but also contained ester-bonded sulfates with an oxidation state of +6. Leonardite humic acid contained ester-bonded sulfate and an unidentified S compound with an oxidation state of +4.0. In contrast, high-valent S in soil, peat, and aquatic fulvic acids was exclusively in the form of sulfonic acids. Reduced S species were also present in both humic and fulvic acids. XANES is a valuable method for the speciation of S in humic materials and of potential use in S speciation of unfractionated soils. 27 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.

  17. Aluminum incorporation in Ti1-xAlxN films studied by x-ray absorption near-edge structure

    The local bonding structure of titanium aluminum nitride (Ti1-xAlxN) films grown by dc magnetron cosputtering with different AlN molar fractions (x) has been studied by x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) recorded in total electron yield mode. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD) shows the formation of a ternary solid solution with cubic structure (c-Ti1-xAlxN) that shrinks with the incorporation of Al and that, above a solubility limit of x∼0.7, segregation of w-AlN and c-Ti1-xAlxN phases occurs. The Al incorporation in the cubic structure and lattice shrinkage can also be observed using XANES spectral features. However, contrary to GIXRD, direct evidence of w-AlN formation is not observed, suggesting a dominance and surface enrichment of cubic environments. For x>0.7, XANES shows the formation of Ti-Al bonds, which could be related to the segregation of w-AlN. This study shows the relevance of local-order information to assess the atomic structure of Ti1-xAlxN solutions.

  18. Investigation of copper(I) oxide quantum dots by near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

    Copper(I) oxide quantum dots (OQDs) were grown in various thicknesses on different SrTiO3(001) surfaces and were investigated by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. The experimental growth conditions for the OQDs were optimized to obtain Cu2O as the major phase. The OQDs grown on clean SrTiO3(001) surfaces at 825 K and higher with p(O-2) of 9.0 x 10(-7) Torr or greater contain mostly CuO, contrasting to OQDs grown at 800 K with p(O-2) of similar to 7.0 x10(-7) Torr that contain primarily Cu2O. Furthermore, there is a strong interaction between the SrTiO3(001) surface and the first few monolayers of the OQDs, which induces the formation of Cu(II). However, this interaction is mitigated with increasing thickness of OQDs, resulting in the exclusive formation of Cu2O in the top most layers. The influence of the SrTiO3(001) substrate on the formation of OQDs can be minimized by modifying the substrate surface using chemical treatment and/or energetic Au2+ ion-beam irradiation. Examination of the photochemical properties of these OQDs shows that prolonged soft X-ray irradiation under vacuum reduces Cu(II), which is present as a minor impurity in the Cu(I)OQDs

  19. Determining Orientational Structure of Diamondoid Thiols Attached to Silver Using Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy

    Willey, T M; Lee, J I; Fabbri, J D; Wang, D; Nielsen, M; Randel, J C; Schreiner, P R; Fokin, A A; Tkachenko, B A; Fokina, N A; Dahl, J P; Carlson, R K; Terminello, L J; Melosh, N A; van Buuren, T

    2008-10-07

    Near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) is a powerful tool for determination of molecular orientation in self-assembled monolayers and other surface-attached molecules. A general framework for using NEXAFS to simultaneously determine molecular tilt and twist of rigid molecules attached to surfaces is presented. This framework is applied to self-assembled monolayers of higher diamondoid, hydrocarbon molecules with cubic-diamond-cage structures. Diamondoid monolayers chemisorbed on metal substrates are known to exhibit interesting electronic and surface properties. This work compares molecular orientation in monolayers prepared on silver substrates using two different thiol positional isomers of [121]tetramantane, and thiols derived from two different pentamantane structural isomers, [1212]pentamantane and [1(2,3)4]pentamantane. The observed differences in monolayer structure demonstrate the utility and limitations of NEXAFS spectroscopy and the framework. The results also demonstrate the ability to control diamondoid assembly, in particular the molecular orientational structure, providing a flexible platform for the modification of surface properties with this exciting new class of nanodiamond materials.

  20. Derivation of absorption coefficient and reduced scattering coefficient with edge-loss method and comparison with video reflectometry method

    Yoshida, Kenichiro

    2016-07-01

    We derived the absorption coefficient (μ a) and the reduced scattering coefficient (μ s') using the edge-loss method (ELM) and the video reflectometry method (VRM), and compared the results. In a previous study, we developed the ELM to easily evaluate the lateral spread in the skin; the VRM is a conventional method. The ELM measures the translucency index, which is correlated with μ a and μ s'. To obtain a precise estimation of these parameters, we improved the treatment of a white standard and the surface reflection. For both skin phantoms and actual skin, the values for μ a and μ s' that we obtained using the ELM were similar to those obtained using the VRM, when μ a/μ s' was less than or equal to 0.05 and the diffusion approximation was applicable. Under this condition, the spectral reflectivity is greater than 0.4. In this study, we considered wavelengths longer than 600 nm for Types III and IV of the Fitzpatrick scale. For skin, the repeatability errors of the parameters obtained with the ELM were smaller than those obtained with the VRM; this can be an advantage in field tests.

  1. A Monte Carlo simulation study of an improved K-edge log-subtraction X-ray imaging using a photon counting CdTe detector

    Lee, Youngjin; Lee, Amy Candy; Kim, Hee-Joung

    2016-09-01

    Recently, significant effort has been spent on the development of photons counting detector (PCD) based on a CdTe for applications in X-ray imaging system. The motivation of developing PCDs is higher image quality. Especially, the K-edge subtraction (KES) imaging technique using a PCD is able to improve image quality and useful for increasing the contrast resolution of a target material by utilizing contrast agent. Based on above-mentioned technique, we presented an idea for an improved K-edge log-subtraction (KELS) imaging technique. The KELS imaging technique based on the PCDs can be realized by using different subtraction energy width of the energy window. In this study, the effects of the KELS imaging technique and subtraction energy width of the energy window was investigated with respect to the contrast, standard deviation, and CNR with a Monte Carlo simulation. We simulated the PCD X-ray imaging system based on a CdTe and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) phantom which consists of the various iodine contrast agents. To acquired KELS images, images of the phantom using above and below the iodine contrast agent K-edge absorption energy (33.2 keV) have been acquired at different energy range. According to the results, the contrast and standard deviation were decreased, when subtraction energy width of the energy window is increased. Also, the CNR using a KELS imaging technique is higher than that of the images acquired by using whole energy range. Especially, the maximum differences of CNR between whole energy range and KELS images using a 1, 2, and 3 mm diameter iodine contrast agent were acquired 11.33, 8.73, and 8.29 times, respectively. Additionally, the optimum subtraction energy width of the energy window can be acquired at 5, 4, and 3 keV for the 1, 2, and 3 mm diameter iodine contrast agent, respectively. In conclusion, we successfully established an improved KELS imaging technique and optimized subtraction energy width of the energy window, and based on

  2. Standoff gas leak detectors based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy

    Frish, M. B.; Wainner, R. T.; Green, B. D.; Laderer, M. C.; Allen, M. G.

    2005-11-01

    Trace gas sensing and analysis by Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) has become a robust and reliable technology accepted for industrial process monitoring and control, quality assurance, environmental sensing, plant safety, and infrastructure security. Sensors incorporating well-packaged wavelength-stabilized near-infrared (1.2 to 2.0 μm) laser sources sense over a dozen toxic or industrially-important gases. A large emerging application for TDLAS is standoff sensing of gas leaks, e.g. from natural gas pipelines. The Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD), a handheld standoff TDLAS leak survey tool that we developed, is replacing traditional leak detection tools that must be physically immersed within a leak to detect it. Employing a 10 mW 1.6 micron DFB laser, the RMLD illuminates a non-cooperative topographic surface, up to 30 m distant, and analyzes returned scattered light to deduce the presence of excess methane. The eye-safe, battery-powered, 6-pound handheld RMLD enhances walking pipeline survey rates by more than 30%. When combined with a spinning or rastering mirror, the RMLD serves as a platform for mobile leak mapping systems. Also, to enable high-altitude surveying and provide aerial disaster response, we are extending the standoff range to 3000 m by adding an EDFA to the laser transmitter.

  3. X-ray absorption near-edge structure of GaN with high Mn concentration grown on SiC

    Sancho-Juan, O; Cantarero, A; Garro, N; Cros, A [Materials Science Institute, University of Valencia, PO Box 22085, E46071 Valencia (Spain); Martinez-Criado, G; Salome, M; Susini, J [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, 38043 Grenoble (France); Olguin, D [Dept. de Fisica, CINVESTAV-IPN, 07300 Mexico D F (Mexico); Dhar, S [Experimentalphysik, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Lotharstrasse 1, 47057 Duisburg (Germany)

    2009-07-22

    By means of x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) several Ga{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}N (0.03edges. All samples studied present a similar Mn ionization state, very close to 2+, and tetrahedral coordination. In order to interpret the near-edge structure, we have performed ab initio calculations using the full potential linear augmented plane wave method as implemented in the Wien2k code. The calculations show the appearance of a Mn bonding t{sub 2}arrow up band localized in the gap region, and the corresponding anti-bonding state t{sub 2}arrow down, which seem to be responsible for the double structure which appears at the pre-edge absorption region. The shoulders and main absorption peak of the XANES spectra are attributed to transitions from the Mn(1s) band to the conduction bands, which are partially dipole allowed because of the Mn(4p) contribution to these bands.

  4. Electrosynthesis of ZnO nanorods and nanotowers: Morphology and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy studies

    Sigircik, Gokmen, E-mail: gsigircik@cu.edu.tr [Chemistry Department, University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana (Turkey); Erken, Ozge [Department of Physics, Faculty Science and Letters, Adiyaman University, 02040 Adiyaman (Turkey); Tuken, Tunc [Chemistry Department, University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana (Turkey); Gumus, Cebrail [Physics Department, University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana (Turkey); Ozkendir, Osman M. [Department of Energy Systems Engineering Tarsus Technology Faculty, Mersin University, 33400 Tarsus (Turkey); Ufuktepe, Yuksel [Physics Department, University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana (Turkey)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Deposition mechanism of nano-structured ZnO films has been investigated in the absence and presence of chloride ions from aqueous solution. • Uniform and well-defined ZnO nano-towers and rods have been obtained via electrochemical deposition. • The presence of chloride ions altered the nucleation rate of ZnO particles on ITO substrates and resulting crystallographic properties. • Comparing the rod and tower nano-structured ZnO thin films, the excitation behavior of valance band electrons is different. - Abstract: Deposition mechanism of nano-structured ZnO films has been investigated in the absence and presence of chloride ions from aqueous solution. The resulting opto-electronic properties were interpreted extensively, using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-Visible spectroscopy and four probe techniques. The ZnO deposition is mass transport controlled process and the interaction of chloride ions with the surface has great influence on diffusion kinetics, considering the substantial species (Zn{sup 2+} and OH{sup −}) involved in the construction of ZnO film. This effect does not change major lattice parameters, as shown with detailed analysis of XRD data. However, the texture coefficient (T{sub c}) (0 0 2) value is higher in presence of chloride ions containing synthesis solution which gave vertically aligned, well defined and uniformly dispersed nanorods structure. The calculated E{sub g} values are in the range 3.28–3.41 eV and 3.22–3.31 eV for ZnO nanorods and nanotowers synthesized at different deposition periods, respectively. Furthermore, the charge mobility values regarding the deposition periods were measured to be in the ranges from 130.4 to 449.2 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} and 126.2 to 204.7 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} for nanorods and nanotowers, respectively. From XANES results, it was shown that the Zn K-edge

  5. Electrosynthesis of ZnO nanorods and nanotowers: Morphology and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy studies

    Highlights: • Deposition mechanism of nano-structured ZnO films has been investigated in the absence and presence of chloride ions from aqueous solution. • Uniform and well-defined ZnO nano-towers and rods have been obtained via electrochemical deposition. • The presence of chloride ions altered the nucleation rate of ZnO particles on ITO substrates and resulting crystallographic properties. • Comparing the rod and tower nano-structured ZnO thin films, the excitation behavior of valance band electrons is different. - Abstract: Deposition mechanism of nano-structured ZnO films has been investigated in the absence and presence of chloride ions from aqueous solution. The resulting opto-electronic properties were interpreted extensively, using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-Visible spectroscopy and four probe techniques. The ZnO deposition is mass transport controlled process and the interaction of chloride ions with the surface has great influence on diffusion kinetics, considering the substantial species (Zn2+ and OH−) involved in the construction of ZnO film. This effect does not change major lattice parameters, as shown with detailed analysis of XRD data. However, the texture coefficient (Tc) (0 0 2) value is higher in presence of chloride ions containing synthesis solution which gave vertically aligned, well defined and uniformly dispersed nanorods structure. The calculated Eg values are in the range 3.28–3.41 eV and 3.22–3.31 eV for ZnO nanorods and nanotowers synthesized at different deposition periods, respectively. Furthermore, the charge mobility values regarding the deposition periods were measured to be in the ranges from 130.4 to 449.2 cm2 V−1 s−1 and 126.2 to 204.7 cm2 V−1 s−1 for nanorods and nanotowers, respectively. From XANES results, it was shown that the Zn K-edge spectrum is dominated by the transition of Zn 1s core electrons

  6. Study of surface recombination on cleaved and passivated edges of Si detectors

    Gaubas, E.; Ceponis, T.; Vaitkus, J. V.; Fadeyev, V.; Ely, S.; Galloway, Z.; F-W Sadrozinski, H.; Christophersen, M.; Phlips, B. F.; Gorelov, I.; Hoeferkamp, M.; Metcalfe, J.; Seidel, S.

    2016-03-01

    The effectiveness of the passivation of a cleaved boundary of large area strip detectors has been studied by using Al2O3 formed by atomic layer deposition technology for p-Si structures and Si x N y grown on n-Si by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition. The parameters of bulk and surface recombinations have been examined in a contactless mode implemented through analysis of the microwave-probed photoconductivity transients. Rather efficient and reproducible passivation, revealed through the reduction of surface recombination velocities from ˜2 × 104 to 5 × 103 cm s-1 for n-Si and from ˜2 × 104 to 3 × 102 cm s-1 for p-Si samples, has been obtained. The existence of trapping centres together with recombination defects has been revealed at the cleaved interface within the passivating layer. It has been revealed that the impact of surface recombination is negligible when bulk radiation defects are dominant in samples irradiated with fluences >1014 neq cm-2.

  7. Self-absorption corrections of various sample-detector geometries in gamma-ray spectrometry using sample Monte Carlo Simulations

    Corrections for self-absorption in gamma-ray spectrometry have been developed using a simple Monte Carlo simulation technique. The simulation enables the calculation of gamma-ray path lengths in the sample which, using available data, can be used to calculate self-absorption correction factors. The simulation was carried out on three sample geometries: disk, Marinelli beaker, and cylinder (for well-type detectors). Mathematical models and experimental measurements are used to evaluate the simulations. A good agreement of within a few percents was observed. The simulation results are also in good agreement with those reported in the literature. The simulation code was carried out in FORTRAN 90,

  8. Theoretical calculations of low-field electroreflectance of ultra-thin hexagonal BN films at the fundamental absorption edge

    A theory is developed to describe the electric field effect on the reflectivity of ultra-thin films of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) at the fundamental absorption edge. The formulation of the theory is based on the original nonlinear optical approach to electroreflectance (ER) worked out by Aspnes and Rowe (1972 Phys. Rev. B 5 4022). Within the framework of the approach, the electric-field-induced change in the reflectivity in the low-field regime is expressed in terms of the third derivative of the linear optical dielectric function of the system. An explicit closed-form expression for this function is derived within the independent-layer approximation using the tight-binding representation for the π-electron energy bands of h-BN atomic layers. Incorporating this result with the general formalism of Aspnes and Rowe enables the electro-optical response function to be obtained in an explicit analytic form convenient to further numerical analysis for any particular set of input empirical parameters. The results of such an analysis suitable for the ER effect in few-layer h-BN films are presented and discussed in the context of important information they are able to provide for band structure parameters of this material. Our findings (e.g. distinct resonant field-invariant spectral features in the ER near the fundamental bandgap of the material under study) suggest that the ER technique can be used as a sensitive tool to help characterize the electronic structure of atomic hexagonal layers built from boron and nitrogen. (paper)

  9. Resonant photoelectron spectroscopy at the Mo 4p→4d absorption edge in MoS2

    A systematic study has been conducted of the resonant behavior of the valence-band photoelectron spectrum of MoS2 for hν=26--70 eV, spanning the Mo 4p→4d transition region. A broad Fano-like resonance appears at ∼42 eV in the constant-initial-state (CIS) intensity plot of the dz2 peak near the valence-band maximum [∼2 eV binding energy (BE)], confirming its predominantly Mo 4d character. A second shoulder on the higher-hν side of the maximum in the dz2 CIS intensity plot is suggested to result from transitions to unoccupied states in the 5sp band ∼10 eV above EF, by comparison with a partial-yield spectrum and previous inverse-photoemission data. The region of the valence band in the range 3--4.5-eV BE also exhibits resonant behavior, indicating Mo 4d character, although somewhat less than for the dz2 peak. The 5--7-eV BE range does not exhibit resonance behavior at the Mo 4p edge and, therefore, contains negligible Mo 4d character. A feature at ∼30 eV in the CIS intensity plot for the 5--7-eV BE range could not be definitively assigned in this study, but may be due to a resonance between direct photoemission and a process involving absorption and autoionization of electronic states that contain Mo 5s and 5p character

  10. X-ray absorption resonances near L2,3-edges from real-time propagation of the Dirac-Kohn-Sham density matrix.

    Kadek, Marius; Konecny, Lukas; Gao, Bin; Repisky, Michal; Ruud, Kenneth

    2015-09-21

    The solution of the Liouville-von Neumann equation in the relativistic Dirac-Kohn-Sham density matrix formalism is presented and used to calculate X-ray absorption cross sections. Both dynamical relaxation effects and spin-orbit corrections are included, as demonstrated by calculations of the X-ray absorption of SF6 near the sulfur L2,3-edges. We also propose an analysis facilitating the interpretation of spectral transitions from real-time simulations, and a selective perturbation that eliminates nonphysical excitations that are artifacts of the finite basis representation. PMID:26268195

  11. HPGe detector photopeak efficiency calculation including self-absorption and coincidence corrections for cylindrical sources using compact analytical expressions

    Total and full-energy peak efficiencies, coincidence correction factors and the source self-absorption of a p-type coaxial HPGe detector for cylindrical sources have been calculated using direct analytical expressions. In the experiments gamma aqueous sources containing several radionuclides covering the energy range from 60 to 1836 keV were used. By comparison, the theoretical and experimental full-energy peak efficiency values are in good agreement. (author)

  12. Theoretical X-ray production cross sections at incident photon energies across Li (i=1-3) absorption edges of Br

    The X-ray production (XRP) cross sections, σLk (k = l, η, α, β6, β1, β3, β4, β9,10, γ1,5, γ2,3) have been evaluated at incident photon energies across the Li(i=1-3) absorption edge energies of 35Br using theoretical data sets of different physical parameters, namely, the Li(i=1-3) sub-shell the X-ray emission rates based on the Dirac-Fock (DF) model, the fluorescence and Coster Kronig yields based on the Dirac-Hartree-Slater (DHS) model, and two sets of the photoionisation cross sections based on the relativistic Hartree-Fock-Slater (RHFS) model and the Dirac-Fock (DF) model, in order to highlight the importance of electron exchange effects at photon energies in vicinity of absorption edge energies

  13. An interferometric determination of the refractive part of optical constants for carbon and silver across soft X-ray absorption edges

    Joyeux, Denis; Polack, François; Phalippou, Daniel

    1999-01-01

    International audience Interferometric, direct determinations of the f 1 scattering factor near absorption edges in the soft x-ray range is demonstrated. The interferometric system, which is based on wave front division (no beam splitter) with plane mirrors only, produces a linear fringe pattern. The principle consists in direct measuring of the fringe shift occurring upon insertion of a sample into one interferometer arm, by means of a dedicated detection system. This provides the optical...

  14. Simulating Ru L3-Edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy with Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory: Model Complexes and Electron Localization in Mixed-Valence Metal Dimers

    Kuiken, Benjamin E. Van; Valiev, Marat; Daifuku, Stephanie L.; Bannan, Caitlin; Strader, Matthew L.; Cho, Hana; Huse, Nils; Schoenlein, Robert W.; Govind, Niranjan; Khalil, Munira

    2013-04-26

    Ruthenium L3-edge X-ray absorption (XA) spectroscopy probes unoccupied 4d orbitals of the metal atom and is increasingly being used to investigate the local electronic structure in ground and excited electronic states of Ru complexes. The simultaneous development of computational tools for simulating Ru L3-edge spectra is crucial for interpreting the spectral features at a molecular level. This study demonstrates that time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is a viable and predictive tool for simulating ruthenium L3-edge XA spectroscopy. We systematically investigate the effects of exchange correlation functional and implicit and explicit solvent interactions on a series of RuII and RuIII complexes in their ground and electronic excited states. The TDDFT simulations reproduce all of the experimentally observed features in Ru L3-edge XA spectra within the experimental resolution (0.4 eV). Our simulations identify ligand-specific charge transfer features in complicated Ru L3-edge spectra of [Ru(CN)6]4- and RuII polypyridyl complexes illustrating the advantage of using TDDFT in complex systems. We conclude that the B3LYP functional most accurately predicts the transition energies of charge transfer features in these systems. We use our TDDFT approach to simulate experimental Ru L3-edge XA spectra of transition metal mixed-valence dimers of the form [(NC)5MII-CN-RuIII(NH3)5] (where M = Fe or Ru) dissolved in water. Our study determines the spectral signatures of electron delocalization in Ru L3-edge XA spectra. We find that the inclusion of explicit solvent molecules is necessary for reproducing the spectral features and the experimentally determined valencies in these mixed-valence complexes. This study validates the use of TDDFT for simulating Ru 2p excitations using popular quantum chemistry codes and providing a powerful interpretive tool for equilibrium and ultrafast Ru L3-edge XA spectroscopy.

  15. Limitations and design considerations for donor–acceptor systems in luminescent solar concentrators: the effect of coupling-induced red-edge absorption

    MacQueen, Rowan W.; Tayebjee, Murad J. Y.; Webb, James E. A.; Falber, Alexander; Thordarson, Pall; Schmidt, Timothy W.

    2016-06-01

    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) use luminescence and waveguiding to concentrate photons within thin dielectric slabs for use in photovoltaic, lighting, and photobioreactor applications. Donor–acceptor systems of organic chromophores are widely used in LSCs to broaden the sunlight absorption range and attempt to reduce loss-inducing reabsorption by the emitting chromophore. We use raytrace simulations across a large parameter space to model the performance of LSCs containing two novel donor–acceptor trimers based on the perylene moiety. We find that under certain conditions, trimers outperform single-dye LSCs as expected. However, at higher concentrations, a slight increase in red-edge absorption by the trimers increases reabsorption and has a deleterious effect on LSC performance. This underscores the large effect that even small changes in the red edge can have, and may discourage the use of donor–acceptor schemes with high interchromophore coupling that promotes red-edge absorption. Finally, we show that for a LSC-PV pair, selecting a PV cell that is well-matched with the LSC emission spectrum has a large effect on the flux gain of the system, and that the systems studied here are well-matched to emerging PV technologies.

  16. Laboratory implementation of edge illumination X-ray phase-contrast imaging with energy-resolved detectors

    Diemoz, P. C.; Endrizzi, M.; Vittoria, F. A.; Hagen, C. K.; Kallon, G.; Basta, D.; Marenzana, M.; Delogu, P.; Vincenzi, A.; De Ruvo, L.; Spandre, G.; Brez, A.; Bellazzini, R.; Olivo, A.

    2015-03-01

    Edge illumination (EI) X-ray phase-contrast imaging (XPCI) has potential for applications in different fields of research, including materials science, non-destructive industrial testing, small-animal imaging, and medical imaging. One of its main advantages is the compatibility with laboratory equipment, in particular with conventional non-microfocal sources, which makes its exploitation in normal research laboratories possible. In this work, we demonstrate that the signal in laboratory implementations of EI can be correctly described with the use of the simplified geometrical optics. Besides enabling the derivation of simple expressions for the sensitivity and spatial resolution of a given EI setup, this model also highlights the EI's achromaticity. With the aim of improving image quality, as well as to take advantage of the fact that all energies in the spectrum contribute to the image contrast, we carried out EI acquisitions using a photon-counting energy-resolved detector. The obtained results demonstrate that this approach has great potential for future laboratory implementations of EI.

  17. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure studies of Cr{sub 1−x}M{sub x}N coatings

    Mahbubur Rahman, M. [School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150 (Australia); Department of Physics, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka 1342 (Bangladesh); Duan, Alex [School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010 (Australia); Jiang, Zhong-Tao, E-mail: Z.Jiang@murdoch.edu.au [School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150 (Australia); Xie, Zonghan [School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, SA 5005 (Australia); School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, WA 6027 (Australia); Wu, Alex [School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010 (Australia); Amri, Amun [Department of Chemical Engineering, Riau University, Pekanbaru (Indonesia); Cowie, Bruce [Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Rd., Clayton, VIC 3168 (Australia); Yin, Chun-Yang [Chemical and Analytical Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150 (Australia)

    2013-11-25

    Highlights: •Al or Si is doped on CrN and AlN coatings using magnetron sputtering system. •NEXAFS analysis is conducted to measure the Al and Si K-edges, and chromium L-edge. •Structural evolution of CrN matrix with addition of Al or Si element is investigated. -- Abstract: Cr{sub 1−x}M{sub x}N coatings, with doping concentrations (Si or Al) varying from 14.3 to 28.5 at.%, were prepared on AISI M2 tool steel substrates using a TEER UDP 650/4 closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering system. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) characterization was carried out to measure the aluminum and silicon K-edges, as well as chromium L-edge, in the coatings. Two soft X-ray techniques, Auger electron yield (AEY) and total fluorescence yield (TFY), were employed to investigate the surface and inner structural properties of the materials in order to understand the structural evolution of CrN matrix with addition of Al (or Si) elements. Investigations on the local bonding states and grain boundaries of the coatings, using NEXAFS technique, provide significant information which facilitates understanding of the local electronic structure of the atoms and shed light on the origins of the high mechanical strength and oxidation resistance of these technologically important coatings.

  18. Temperature and high-pressure dependent x-ray absorption of SmNiO3 at the Ni K and Sm L3 edges

    Massa, Néstor E.; Ramos, Aline Y.; Tolentino, Helio C. N.; Sousa-Neto, Narcizo M.; Fonseca, Jairo, Jr.; Alonso, José Antonio

    2015-12-01

    We report on x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements of SmNiO3 from 20 K to 600 K and up to 38 GPa at the Ni K and Sm L3 edges. A multiple component pre-Ni K edge tail is understood, originating from 1 s transitions to 3d-4p states while a post-edge shoulder increases distinctively smoothly, at about the insulator to metal phase transition (TIM), due to the reduction of electron-phonon interactions as the Ni 3d and O 2p band overlap triggers the metallic phase. This effect is concomitant with pressure-induced Ni-O-Ni angle increments toward more symmetric Ni3+ octahedra of the rhombohedral R¯3c space group. Room temperature pressure-dependent Ni white line peak energies have an abrupt ˜3.10 ± 0.04 GPa valence discontinuity from non-equivalent Ni3+δ + Ni3-δ charge disproportionate net unresolved absorber turning at ˜TIM into Ni3+ of the orthorhombic Pbnm metal oxide phase. At 20 K the overall white line response, still distinctive at TIM ˜8.1 ± 0.6 GPa is much smoother due to localization. Octahedral bond contraction up to 38 GPa and at 300 K and 20 K show breaks in its monotonic increase at the different structural changes. The Sm L3 edge does not show distinctive behaviors either at 300 K or 20 K up to about 35 GPa but the perovskite Sm cage, coordinated to eight oxygen atoms, undergoes strong uneven bond contractions at intermediate pressures where we found the coexistence of octahedral and rhombohedral superexchange angle distortions. We found that the white line pressure-dependent anomaly may be used as an accurate alternative for delineating pressure-temperature phase diagrams.

  19. Order-disorder in olivine minerals by synchrotron X-ray absorption near-edge structure (Xane) spectroscopy at the Mg, Fe and Ca K edges

    In this paper, are presented new, high-resolution experimental spectra at the Mg and Fe K edges for the two Fe-Mg endmembers F o and F a, and for three other olivines. Two are the Ca endmembers of the family, namely monticellite (Mtc: CaMgSiO4) and kirschsteinite (Krs: CaFeSiO4). The main purpose of this work is to investigate the effects of Mg, Fe, and Ca partition in the Pbnm (or α) olivine structure on the electronic properties, as well as the relationships that exist between chemical substitutions and features occurring in Xanes spectra. One wants to explore the relationships that intervene between LRO, as determined by XRD, and SRO, as determined by Xanes, on the endmembers and on a well-known intermediate member as well, and deduce from it a model for the behavior of the entire olivine solid-solution system

  20. Self-Supported Copper Oxide Electrocatalyst for Water Oxidation at Low Overpotential and Confirmation of Its Robustness by Cu K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Liu, Xiang; Cui, Shengsheng; Sun, Zijun; Ren, Yang; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Du, Pingwu

    2016-01-21

    Developing efficient water oxidation catalysts made of earth-abundant elements is a demanding challenge that should be met to fulfill the promise of water splitting for clean energy. Herein we report an annealing approach to synthesize binder-free, self-supported heterogeneous copper oxide (CuO) on conductive electrodes for oxygen evolution reaction (OER), producing electrodes with excellent electrocatalytic properties such as high efficiency, low overpotential, and good stability. The catalysts were grown in situ on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) by electrodeposition from a simple Cu(II) salt solution, followed by annealing at a high temperature. Under optimal conditions, the CuO-based OER catalyst shows an onset potential of <0.58 V (vs Ag/AgCl) in 1.0 M KOH at pH 13.6. From the Tafel plot, the required overpotentials for current densities of 0.1 and 1.0 mA/cm2 are only 360 and 430 mV, respectively. The structure and the presence of a CuO motif in the catalyst have been identified by high-energy X-ray diffraction (HE-XRD), Cu K-edge X-ray absorption (XAS) spectra including X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). To the best of our knowledge, this represents the best catalytic activity for CuO-based OER catalysts to date.

  1. Short-wave infrared barriode detectors using InGaAsSb absorption material lattice matched to GaSb

    Short-wave infrared barriode detectors were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. An absorption layer composition of In0.28Ga0.72As0.25Sb0.75 allowed for lattice matching to GaSb and cut-off wavelengths of 2.9 μm at 250 K and 3.0 μm at room temperature. Arrhenius plots of the dark current density showed diffusion limited dark currents approaching those expected for optimized HgCdTe-based detectors. Specific detectivity figures of around 7×1010 Jones and 1×1010 Jones were calculated, for 240 K and room temperature, respectively. Significantly, these devices could support focal plane arrays working at higher operating temperatures

  2. Short-wave infrared barriode detectors using InGaAsSb absorption material lattice matched to GaSb

    Craig, A. P.; Percy, B.; Marshall, A. R. J. [Physics Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YB (United Kingdom); Jain, M. [Amethyst Research Ltd., Kelvin Campus, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow G20 0SP (United Kingdom); Wicks, G.; Hossain, K. [Amethyst Research, Inc., 123 Case Circle, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401 (United States); Golding, T. [Amethyst Research Ltd., Kelvin Campus, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow G20 0SP (United Kingdom); Amethyst Research, Inc., 123 Case Circle, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401 (United States); McEwan, K.; Howle, C. [Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JQ (United Kingdom)

    2015-05-18

    Short-wave infrared barriode detectors were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. An absorption layer composition of In{sub 0.28}Ga{sub 0.72}As{sub 0.25}Sb{sub 0.75} allowed for lattice matching to GaSb and cut-off wavelengths of 2.9 μm at 250 K and 3.0 μm at room temperature. Arrhenius plots of the dark current density showed diffusion limited dark currents approaching those expected for optimized HgCdTe-based detectors. Specific detectivity figures of around 7×10{sup 10} Jones and 1×10{sup 10} Jones were calculated, for 240 K and room temperature, respectively. Significantly, these devices could support focal plane arrays working at higher operating temperatures.

  3. Dynamic study of sub-micro sized LiFePO4 cathodes by in-situ tender X-ray absorption near edge structure

    Wang, Dongniu; Wang, Huixin; Yang, Jinli; Zhou, Jigang; Hu, Yongfeng; Xiao, Qunfeng; Fang, Haitao; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2016-01-01

    Olivine-type phosphates (LiMPO4, M = Fe, Mn, Co) are promising cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries that are generally accepted to follow first order equilibrium phase transformations. Herein, the phase transformation dynamics of sub-micro sized LiFePO4 particles with limited rate capability at a low current density of 0.14 C was investigated. An in-situ X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) measurement was conducted at the Fe and P K-edge for the dynamic studies upon lithiation and delithiation. Fe K-edge XANES spectra demonstrate that not only lithium-rich intermediate phase LixFePO4 (x = 0.6-0.75), but also lithium-poor intermediate phase LiyFePO4 (y = 0.1-0.25) exist during the charge and discharge, respectively. Furthermore, during charge and discharge, a fluctuation of the FePO4 and LiFePO4 fractions obtained by liner combination fitting around the imaginary phase fractions followed Faraday's law and the equilibrium first-order two-phase transformation versus reaction time is present, respectively. The charging and discharging process has a reversible phase transformation dynamics with symmetric structural evolution routes. P K-edge XANES spectra reveal an enrichment of PF6-1 anions at the surface of the electrode during charging.

  4. Local environment analysis of Na ions in β-tricalcium phosphate by X-ray absorption near-edge structure measurements and first-principles calculations

    Na-incorporated β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) was synthesized via the solid-state reaction method and a substitution mechanism for Na ions in the synthesized materials has been investigated by X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) analysis. In addition, total electronic energy calculations within density functional theory were also carried out to obtain the most energetically favorable substitution site for Na ions in β-TCP. Both the spectroscopic and computational analysis indicate that substituted Na ions are likely to occupy Ca(4) site in β-TCP. (author)

  5. In-operando synchronous time-multiplexed O K-edge x-ray absorption spectromicroscopy of functioning tantalum oxide memristors

    Kumar, Suhas; Graves, Catherine E.; Strachan, John Paul; Kilcoyne, A. L. David; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Nishi, Yoshio; Williams, R. Stanley

    2015-07-01

    Memristors are receiving keen interest because of their potential varied applications and promising large-scale information storage capabilities. Tantalum oxide is a memristive material that has shown promise for high-performance nonvolatile computer memory. The microphysics has been elusive because of the small scale and subtle physical changes that accompany conductance switching. In this study, we probed the atomic composition, local chemistry, and electronic structure of functioning tantalum oxide memristors through spatially mapped O K-edge x-ray absorption. We developed a time-multiplexed spectromicroscopy technique to enhance the weak and possibly localized oxide modifications with spatial and spectral resolutions of memristor.

  6. First observation of soft x-ray induced phase transition of RbMn[Fe(CN)6] studied by Fe L-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Kitajima, Yoshinori [Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Ishiji, Kotaro [Kyushu Synchrotron Light Research Center, 8-7 Yayoigaoka, Tosu, Saga 841-0005 (Japan); Matsuda, Tomoyuki; Tokoro, Hiroko; Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi [Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Iwazumi, Toshiaki, E-mail: yoshinori.kitajima@kek.j [Department of Mathematical Sciences, School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2009-02-01

    Temperature-induced and photoinduced phase transition in a ferromagnet Rb{sub 0.94}Mn[Fe(CN){sub 6}]{sub 0.98}0.4H{sub 2}O was studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy at Fe L-edge. Compared with spectra of K{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}] and K{sub 3}[Fe(CN){sub 6}] as standards for Fe(II) and Fe(III), temperature-induced phase transition is clearly shown. At 43 K, phase transition induced by the soft X-rays was firstly observed.

  7. Temperature dependence of the optical energy gap in the absorption edge of the ZrS{sub x}Se{sub 2-x} layered semiconductor

    Moustafa, Mohamed; Wasnick, Anke; Janowitz, Christoph; Manzke, Recardo [Institut fuer Physik, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    The energy band gap values E{sub g} of single crystals of layered transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors of ZrS{sub x}Se{sub 2-x} (where 0{<=}x{<=}2) have been determined from the optical absorption measurements at different temperatures. The samples were prepared by the chemical vapour transport technique and characterized with help of different methods such as LEED and EDX. The band gap values showed an approximate linear dependence with the composition parameter x. The temperature dependence of E{sub g} is presented and compared to the semi-empirical model proposed by Mannogian and Woolley. Additionally, the observed exponential behaviour of the absorption coefficient tail near the fundamental edge is analysed and interpreted based on the Urbach rule.

  8. Unraveling the Solid-Liquid-Vapor Phase Transition Dynamics at the Atomic Level with Ultrafast X-Ray Absorption Near-Edge Spectroscopy

    X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) is a powerful probe of electronic and atomic structures in various media, ranging from molecules to condensed matter. We show how ultrafast time resolution opens new possibilities to investigate highly nonequilibrium states of matter including phase transitions. Based on a tabletop laser-plasma ultrafast x-ray source, we have performed a time-resolved (∼3 ps) XANES experiment that reveals the evolution of an aluminum foil at the atomic level, when undergoing ultrafast laser heating and ablation. X-ray absorption spectra highlight an ultrafast transition from the crystalline solid to the disordered liquid followed by a progressive transition of the delocalized valence electronic structure (metal) down to localized atomic orbitals (nonmetal--vapor), as the average distance between atoms increases.

  9. X-ray absorption near edge structure studies of Pb{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te(In, Ga) systems

    Radisavljevic, Ivana; Novakovic, Nikola; Medic, Mirjana; Paskas-Mamula, Bojana; Ivanovic, Nenad [Belgrade Univ. (Serbia). Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science; Mahnke, Heinz-Eberhard [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Berlin (Germany); Romcevic, Nebojsa [Belgrade Univ. (Serbia). Inst. of Physics

    2013-03-15

    The X-ray absorption near edge structure technique was employed for studies of coordination environments and valence states of impurity atoms (Mn, In and Ga) in a series of narrow band gap PbTe-based semiconductors. Impurity atoms' absorption data were analysed with the help of the Real Space Full Multiple Scattering FEFF8.2 code. These results are complemented with band structure calculations using the full potential augmented plane waves method extended by local orbitals using WIEN2k code. Impurity atoms are found to be off-centred from the regular lattice positions each in a specific manner, which leads to formation of significantly different local structures from that expected in host PbTe. Observed structural modifications are accompanied by the change in the impurity atoms' valence states. These findings support and extend our previous results obtained with various techniques on this class of materials. (orig.)

  10. Biogeochemical reductive release of soil embedded arsenate around a crater area (Guandu) in northern Taiwan using X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy

    Kai-Ying Chiang; Tsan-Yao Chen; Chih-Hao Lee; Tsang-Lang Lin; Ming-Kuang Wang; Ling-Yun Jang; Jyh-Fu Lee

    2013-01-01

    This study investigates biogeochemical reductive release of arsenate from beudantite into solution in a crater area in northern Taiwan,using a combination of X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and atomic absorption spectrometry.Total arsenic (As)concentrations in the soil were more than 200 mg/kg.Over four months of laboratory experiments,less than 0.8% As was released into solution after reduction experiments.The 71% to 83% As was chemically reduced into arsenite (As(Ⅲ)) and partially weathering into the soluble phase.The kinetic dissolution and re-precipitation of As,Fe,Pb and sulfate in this area of paddy soils merits further study.

  11. Simulations of iron K pre-edge X-ray absorption spectra using the restricted active space method.

    Guo, Meiyuan; Sørensen, Lasse Kragh; Delcey, Mickaël G; Pinjari, Rahul V; Lundberg, Marcus

    2016-01-28

    The intensities and relative energies of metal K pre-edge features are sensitive to both geometric and electronic structures. With the possibility to collect high-resolution spectral data it is important to find theoretical methods that include all important spectral effects: ligand-field splitting, multiplet structures, 3d-4p orbital hybridization, and charge-transfer excitations. Here the restricted active space (RAS) method is used for the first time to calculate metal K pre-edge spectra of open-shell systems, and its performance is tested against on six iron complexes: [FeCl6](n-), [FeCl4](n-), and [Fe(CN)6](n-) in ferrous and ferric oxidation states. The method gives good descriptions of the spectral shapes for all six systems. The mean absolute deviation for the relative energies of different peaks is only 0.1 eV. For the two systems that lack centrosymmetry [FeCl4](2-/1-), the ratios between dipole and quadrupole intensity contributions are reproduced with an error of 10%, which leads to good descriptions of the integrated pre-edge intensities. To gain further chemical insight, the origins of the pre-edge features have been analyzed with a chemically intuitive molecular orbital picture that serves as a bridge between the spectra and the electronic structures. The pre-edges contain information about both ligand-field strengths and orbital covalencies, which can be understood by analyzing the RAS wavefunction. The RAS method can thus be used to predict and rationalize the effects of changes in both the oxidation state and ligand environment in a number of hard X-ray studies of small and medium-sized molecular systems. PMID:26742851

  12. Identification of B-K near edge x-ray absorption fine structure peaks of boron nitride thin films prepared by sputtering deposition

    Four π* resonance peaks were observed in the B-K near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra of boron nitride thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering. In the past, these peaks have been explained as the K-absorption of boron atoms, which are present in environment containing nitrogen vacancies, the number of which is 1-3 corresponding to the three peaks at higher photon energy. However, the authors found that there was a strong correlation between the intensities of these three peaks and that of O-K absorption after wide range scanning and simultaneous measurement of nitrogen and oxygen K-absorptions of the BN films. Therefore, the authors conclude that these three peaks at the higher energy side correspond to boron atoms bound to one-to-three oxygen atoms instead of three nitrogen atoms surrounding the boron atom in the h-BN structure. The result of the first-principles calculation with a simple cluster model supported the validity of this explanation.

  13. Development of the Next Generation of Multi-chroic Antenna-Coupled Transition Edge Sensor Detectors for CMB Polarimetry

    Westbrook, B.; Cukierman, A.; Lee, A.; Suzuki, A.; Raum, C.; Holzapfel, W.

    2016-07-01

    We present the development of the next generation of multi-chroic sinuous antenna-coupled transition edge sensor (TES) bolometers optimized for precision measurements of polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and cosmic foreground. These devices employ a polarization sensitive broadband self-complementary sinuous antenna to feed on-chip band defining filters before delivering the power to load resistors coupled to a TES on a released bolometer island. This technology was originally developed by UC Berkeley and will be deployed by POLARBEAR-2 and SPT-3G in the next year and half. In addition, it is a candidate detector for the LiteBIRD mission which will make all sky CMB and cosmic foreground polarization observations from a satellite platform in the early 2020's. This works focuses on expanding both the bandwidth and band count per pixel of this technology in order to meet the needs of future CMB missions. This work demonstrates that these devices are well suited for observations between 20 and 380 GHz. This proceeding describes the design, fabrication, and the characterization of three new pixel types: a low-frequency triplexing pixel (LFTP) with bands centered on 40, 60, and 90 GHz, a high-frequency triplexing pixel (HFTP) with bands centered on 220, 280, and 350 GHz, and a mid-frequency tetraplexing pixel with bands (MFTP) centered on 90, 150, 220, and 280 GHz. The average fractional bandwidth of these pixels designs was 36.7, 34.5, and 31.4 % respectively. In addition we found that the polarization modulation efficiency of each band was between 1 and 3 % which is consistent with the polarization efficiency of the wire grid used to take the measurement. Finally, we find that the beams have {˜ }1 % ellipticity for each pixel type. The thermal properties of the bolometers where tuned for characterization in our lab so we do not report on G and noise values as they would be unsuitable for modern CMB experiments.

  14. Development of the Next Generation of Multi-chroic Antenna-Coupled Transition Edge Sensor Detectors for CMB Polarimetry

    Westbrook, B.; Cukierman, A.; Lee, A.; Suzuki, A.; Raum, C.; Holzapfel, W.

    2016-02-01

    We present the development of the next generation of multi-chroic sinuous antenna-coupled transition edge sensor (TES) bolometers optimized for precision measurements of polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and cosmic foreground. These devices employ a polarization sensitive broadband self-complementary sinuous antenna to feed on-chip band defining filters before delivering the power to load resistors coupled to a TES on a released bolometer island. This technology was originally developed by UC Berkeley and will be deployed by POLARBEAR-2 and SPT-3G in the next year and half. In addition, it is a candidate detector for the LiteBIRD mission which will make all sky CMB and cosmic foreground polarization observations from a satellite platform in the early 2020's. This works focuses on expanding both the bandwidth and band count per pixel of this technology in order to meet the needs of future CMB missions. This work demonstrates that these devices are well suited for observations between 20 and 380 GHz. This proceeding describes the design, fabrication, and the characterization of three new pixel types: a low-frequency triplexing pixel (LFTP) with bands centered on 40, 60, and 90 GHz, a high-frequency triplexing pixel (HFTP) with bands centered on 220, 280, and 350 GHz, and a mid-frequency tetraplexing pixel with bands (MFTP) centered on 90, 150, 220, and 280 GHz. The average fractional bandwidth of these pixels designs was 36.7, 34.5, and 31.4 % respectively. In addition we found that the polarization modulation efficiency of each band was between 1 and 3 % which is consistent with the polarization efficiency of the wire grid used to take the measurement. Finally, we find that the beams have {˜ } 1 % ellipticity for each pixel type. The thermal properties of the bolometers where tuned for characterization in our lab so we do not report on G and noise values as they would be unsuitable for modern CMB experiments.

  15. Absorption phenomenon study of low energies gamma rays in the Eurogam detector STACK

    The composite 4 π γ detector STACK is made of a pile of Ge Crystals in which the 2 circular surfaces are active, one implanted with Boron, the other diffused with Lithium and introducing a dead zone. The goal of this study is to research the dead zones and to study their influence upon the detection efficiency

  16. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the U M4,5 absorption edges of UFe2

    We present an x-ray magnetic circular dichroism study performed at the U M4,5 edges on UFe2, a ferromagnet with almost itinerant 5f electrons. The analysis of the branching ratio of the U M4,5 edges confirms the fact that the occupation number of the 5f states in UFe2 is lower than in other compounds where the f electrons are more localized. Magnetic circular dichroism effects are observed consistently with the presence of an orbital 5f magnetic moment which aligns parallel to the total magnetic moment. In agreement with a polarized neutron study, we find a nearly perfect cancellation of the U-5f spin and orbital magnetic moments, which results in a vanishing small total U-5f magnetic moment. Results are discussed in comparison with atomic multiplet calculations. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  17. Theoretical X-ray production cross sections at incident photon energies across L{sub i} (i=1-3) absorption edges of Br

    Puri, Sanjiv [Department of Basic & Applied Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, Punjab, India. E-mail address: sanjivpurichd@yahoo.com (India)

    2015-08-28

    The X-ray production (XRP) cross sections, σ{sub Lk} (k = l, η, α, β{sub 6}, β{sub 1}, β{sub 3}, β{sub 4}, β{sub 9,10}, γ{sub 1,5}, γ{sub 2,3}) have been evaluated at incident photon energies across the L{sub i}(i=1-3) absorption edge energies of {sub 35}Br using theoretical data sets of different physical parameters, namely, the L{sub i}(i=1-3) sub-shell the X-ray emission rates based on the Dirac-Fock (DF) model, the fluorescence and Coster Kronig yields based on the Dirac-Hartree-Slater (DHS) model, and two sets of the photoionisation cross sections based on the relativistic Hartree-Fock-Slater (RHFS) model and the Dirac-Fock (DF) model, in order to highlight the importance of electron exchange effects at photon energies in vicinity of absorption edge energies.

  18. Characterization of local chemistry and disorder in synthetic and natural α-Al2O3 materials by X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy

    X-ray absorption fine spectra at the Al K-edge were measured experimentally on and calculated theoretically via the multiple-scattering formalism for a chemically pure and physically perfect synthetic α-Al2O3 (α-alumina), a natural 'ruby/sapphire' (corundum) and a series of artificial 'corundum' produced for technical purposes and used as geochemical standards. The Al K-edge spectra differ despite of the identical coordination (short-range arrangement) assumed by O around Al, and vary slightly in relation to the slightly different chemistries of the materials (substitutional defects) as well as on account of the location taken by foreign atoms in the structural lattices (positional defects). A quantitative treatment of the observed changes is made in terms of short-range modification of the coordination polyhedron and of medium- to long-range modifications in the overall structure; both of them induced by substitutions. In some technical 'corundums', the impurities of admixed 'β-alumina', where Al is both in four- and six-fold coordination, produce another small but detectable effect on Al K-edges. Therefore, XAFS spectroscopy proves its potentials for both measuring a light element such as Al, and detecting minor coordination changes and substitutions (ca. 1∼3 wt.% as oxide) of the absorber by dilute other atoms, at least under favorable conditions as those occurring in this system are

  19. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy study of the interaction of silver ions with Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli.

    Bovenkamp, Gudrun Lisa; Zanzen, Ulrike; Krishna, Katla Sai; Hormes, Josef; Prange, Alexander

    2013-10-01

    Silver ions are widely used as antibacterial agents, but the basic molecular mechanism of this effect is still poorly understood. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy at the Ag LIII, S K, and P K edges reveals the chemical forms of silver in Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli (Ag(+) treated). The Ag LIII-edge XANES spectra of the bacteria are all slightly different and very different from the spectra of silver ions (silver nitrate and silver acetate), which confirms that a reaction occurs. Death or inactivation of bacteria was observed by plate counting and light microscopy. Silver bonding to sulfhydryl groups (Ag-S) in cysteine and Ag-N or Ag-O bonding in histidine, alanine, and DL-aspartic acid was detected by using synthesized silver-amino acids. Significantly lower silver-cysteine content, coupled with higher silver-histidine content, in Gram-positive S. aureus and Listeria monocytogenes cells indicates that the peptidoglycan multilayer could be buffering the biocidal effect of silver on Gram-positive bacteria, at least in part. Bonding of silver to phosphate groups was not detected. Interaction with DNA or proteins can occur through Ag-N bonding. The formation of silver-cysteine can be confirmed for both bacterial cell types, which supports the hypothesis that enzyme-catalyzed reactions and the electron transport chain within the cell are disrupted. PMID:23934494

  20. A combined DFT and restricted open-shell configuration interaction method including spin-orbit coupling: Application to transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Roemelt, Michael; Maganas, Dimitrios; DeBeer, Serena; Neese, Frank

    2013-05-01

    A novel restricted-open-shell configuration interaction with singles (ROCIS) approach for the calculation of transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectra is introduced. In this method, one first calculates the ground state and a number of excited states of the non-relativistic Hamiltonian. By construction, the total spin is a good quantum number in each of these states. For a ground state with total spin S excited states with spin S' = S, S - 1, and S + 1 are constructed. Using Wigner-Eckart algebra, all magnetic sublevels with MS = S, …, -S for each multiplet of spin S are obtained. The spin-orbit operator is represented by a mean-field approximation to the full Breit-Pauli spin-orbit operator and is diagonalized over this N-particle basis. This is equivalent to a quasi-degenerate treatment of the spin-orbit interaction to all orders. Importantly, the excitation space spans all of the molecular multiplets that arise from the atomic Russell-Saunders terms. Hence, the method represents a rigorous first-principles approach to the complicated low-symmetry molecular multiplet problem met in L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. In order to gain computational efficiency, as well as additional accuracy, the excitation space is restricted to single excitations and the configuration interaction matrix is slightly parameterized in order to account for dynamic correlation effects in an average way. To this end, it is advantageous to employ Kohn-Sham rather than Hartree-Fock orbitals thus defining the density functional theory/ROCIS method. However, the method can also be used in an entirely non-empirical fashion. Only three global empirical parameters are introduced and have been determined here for future application of the method to any system containing any transition metal. The three parameters were carefully calibrated using the L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy spectra of a test set of coordination complexes containing first row transition metals. These

  1. A combined DFT and restricted open-shell configuration interaction method including spin-orbit coupling: Application to transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Roemelt, Michael; Maganas, Dimitrios; Neese, Frank [Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Stiftstrasse 34-36, D-45470 Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany); DeBeer, Serena [Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Stiftstrasse 34-36, D-45470 Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)

    2013-05-28

    A novel restricted-open-shell configuration interaction with singles (ROCIS) approach for the calculation of transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectra is introduced. In this method, one first calculates the ground state and a number of excited states of the non-relativistic Hamiltonian. By construction, the total spin is a good quantum number in each of these states. For a ground state with total spin S excited states with spin S Prime = S, S - 1, and S + 1 are constructed. Using Wigner-Eckart algebra, all magnetic sublevels with M{sub S}= S, Horizontal-Ellipsis , -S for each multiplet of spin S are obtained. The spin-orbit operator is represented by a mean-field approximation to the full Breit-Pauli spin-orbit operator and is diagonalized over this N-particle basis. This is equivalent to a quasi-degenerate treatment of the spin-orbit interaction to all orders. Importantly, the excitation space spans all of the molecular multiplets that arise from the atomic Russell-Saunders terms. Hence, the method represents a rigorous first-principles approach to the complicated low-symmetry molecular multiplet problem met in L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. In order to gain computational efficiency, as well as additional accuracy, the excitation space is restricted to single excitations and the configuration interaction matrix is slightly parameterized in order to account for dynamic correlation effects in an average way. To this end, it is advantageous to employ Kohn-Sham rather than Hartree-Fock orbitals thus defining the density functional theory/ROCIS method. However, the method can also be used in an entirely non-empirical fashion. Only three global empirical parameters are introduced and have been determined here for future application of the method to any system containing any transition metal. The three parameters were carefully calibrated using the L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy spectra of a test set of coordination complexes containing first row

  2. A combined DFT and restricted open-shell configuration interaction method including spin-orbit coupling: Application to transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    A novel restricted-open-shell configuration interaction with singles (ROCIS) approach for the calculation of transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectra is introduced. In this method, one first calculates the ground state and a number of excited states of the non-relativistic Hamiltonian. By construction, the total spin is a good quantum number in each of these states. For a ground state with total spin S excited states with spin S′= S, S − 1, and S + 1 are constructed. Using Wigner-Eckart algebra, all magnetic sublevels with MS= S, …, −S for each multiplet of spin S are obtained. The spin-orbit operator is represented by a mean-field approximation to the full Breit-Pauli spin-orbit operator and is diagonalized over this N-particle basis. This is equivalent to a quasi-degenerate treatment of the spin-orbit interaction to all orders. Importantly, the excitation space spans all of the molecular multiplets that arise from the atomic Russell-Saunders terms. Hence, the method represents a rigorous first-principles approach to the complicated low-symmetry molecular multiplet problem met in L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. In order to gain computational efficiency, as well as additional accuracy, the excitation space is restricted to single excitations and the configuration interaction matrix is slightly parameterized in order to account for dynamic correlation effects in an average way. To this end, it is advantageous to employ Kohn-Sham rather than Hartree-Fock orbitals thus defining the density functional theory/ROCIS method. However, the method can also be used in an entirely non-empirical fashion. Only three global empirical parameters are introduced and have been determined here for future application of the method to any system containing any transition metal. The three parameters were carefully calibrated using the L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy spectra of a test set of coordination complexes containing first row transition metals. These

  3. A combined DFT and restricted open-shell configuration interaction method including spin-orbit coupling: application to transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

    Roemelt, Michael; Maganas, Dimitrios; DeBeer, Serena; Neese, Frank

    2013-05-28

    A novel restricted-open-shell configuration interaction with singles (ROCIS) approach for the calculation of transition metal L-edge X-ray absorption spectra is introduced. In this method, one first calculates the ground state and a number of excited states of the non-relativistic Hamiltonian. By construction, the total spin is a good quantum number in each of these states. For a ground state with total spin S excited states with spin S' = S, S - 1, and S + 1 are constructed. Using Wigner-Eckart algebra, all magnetic sublevels with MS = S,..., -S for each multiplet of spin S are obtained. The spin-orbit operator is represented by a mean-field approximation to the full Breit-Pauli spin-orbit operator and is diagonalized over this N-particle basis. This is equivalent to a quasi-degenerate treatment of the spin-orbit interaction to all orders. Importantly, the excitation space spans all of the molecular multiplets that arise from the atomic Russell-Saunders terms. Hence, the method represents a rigorous first-principles approach to the complicated low-symmetry molecular multiplet problem met in L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. In order to gain computational efficiency, as well as additional accuracy, the excitation space is restricted to single excitations and the configuration interaction matrix is slightly parameterized in order to account for dynamic correlation effects in an average way. To this end, it is advantageous to employ Kohn-Sham rather than Hartree-Fock orbitals thus defining the density functional theory∕ROCIS method. However, the method can also be used in an entirely non-empirical fashion. Only three global empirical parameters are introduced and have been determined here for future application of the method to any system containing any transition metal. The three parameters were carefully calibrated using the L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy spectra of a test set of coordination complexes containing first row transition metals. These

  4. The dust-scattering component of X-ray extinction: effects on continuum fitting and high-resolution absorption edge structure

    Corrales, L. R.; García, J.; Wilms, J.; Baganoff, F.

    2016-05-01

    Small angle scattering by dust grains causes a significant contribution to the total interstellar extinction for any X-ray instrument with sub-arcminute resolution (Chandra, Swift, XMM-Newton). However, the dust-scattering component is not included in the current absorption models: phabs, TBabs, and TBnew. We simulate a large number of Chandra spectra to explore the bias in the spectral fit and NH measurements obtained without including extinction from dust scattering. We find that without incorporating dust scattering, the measured NH will be too large by a baseline level of 25 per cent. This effect is modulated by the imaging resolution of the telescope, because some amount of unresolved scattered light will be captured within the aperture used to extract point source information. In high-resolution spectroscopy, dust scattering significantly enhances the total extinction optical depth and the shape of the photoelectric absorption edges. We focus in particular on the Fe-L edge at 0.7 keV, showing that the total extinction template fits well to the high-resolution spectrum of three X-ray binaries from the Chandra archive: GX 9+9, XTE J1817-330, and Cyg X-1. In cases where dust is intrinsic to the source, a covering factor based on the angular extent of the dusty material must be applied to the extinction curve, regardless of angular imaging resolution. This approach will be particularly relevant for dust in quasar absorption line systems and might constrain clump sizes in active galactic nuclei.

  5. Research and development of soft x-ray multilayer mirror. Development of multilayer mirrors for use in the carbon K-absorption edge region

    We have started to develop the multilayer mirrors with short periodic lengths for use as the optical elements of x-ray lasers generated around the absorption edge of carbon (λ = 4.4 nm). It is expected that the total x-ray absorption by the multilayer materials around the wavelengths of 4.4 nm could decrease by using the materials such as oxides and nitrides, because the wavelengths of absorption edges of oxygen and nitrogen are shorter than that of carbon (3.1 nm for nitrogen and 2.3 nm for oxygen, respectively). From the theoretical calculation, we have found that cobalt oxide (Co3O4), silicon oxide (SiO2) and boron nitride (BN) were suitable for the multilayer materials. We have fabricated the Co3O4/SiO2 and Co3O4/BN multilayers, and we also evaluated the multilayer structures by x-ray scatterings and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation. As the results of multilayer structure evaluations, it was found that the Co3O4/SiO2 multilayer showed the definite Bragg peaks in the x-ray reflectivity curve and had uniform layer structure. On the other hand, Bragg peaks of the Co3O4/BN multilayer were split and an aggregation of Co3O4 in the absorber layer was observed. We found that the layer structure in the Co3O4/BN multilayer could be improved by addition of chromium oxide (Cr2O3) into Co3O4. (author)

  6. Full-Field Calcium K-Edge X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure Spectroscopy on Cortical Bone at the Micron-Scale: Polarization Effects Reveal Mineral Orientation.

    Hesse, Bernhard; Salome, Murielle; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Cotte, Marine; Fayard, Barbara; Sahle, Christoph J; De Nolf, Wout; Hradilova, Jana; Masic, Admir; Kanngießer, Birgit; Bohner, Marc; Varga, Peter; Raum, Kay; Schrof, Susanne

    2016-04-01

    Here, we show results on X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy in both transmission and X-ray fluorescence full-field mode (FF-XANES) at the calcium K-edge on human bone tissue in healthy and diseased conditions and for different tissue maturation stages. We observe that the dominating spectral differences originating from different tissue regions, which are well pronounced in the white line and postedge structures are associated with polarization effects. These polarization effects dominate the spectral variance and must be well understood and modeled before analyzing the very subtle spectral variations related to the bone tissue variations itself. However, these modulations in the fine structure of the spectra can potentially be of high interest to quantify orientations of the apatite crystals in highly structured tissue matrices such as bone. Due to the extremely short wavelengths of X-rays, FF-XANES overcomes the limited spatial resolution of other optical and spectroscopic techniques exploiting visible light. Since the field of view in FF-XANES is rather large the acquisition times for analyzing the same region are short compared to, for example, X-ray diffraction techniques. Our results on the angular absorption dependence were verified by both site-matched polarized Raman spectroscopy, which has been shown to be sensitive to the orientation of bone building blocks and by mathematical simulations of the angular absorbance dependence. As an outlook we further demonstrate the polarization based assessment of calcium-containing crystal orientation and specification of calcium in a beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-Ca3(PO4)2 scaffold implanted into ovine bone. Regarding the use of XANES to assess chemical properties of Ca in human bone tissue our data suggest that neither the anatomical site (tibia vs jaw) nor pathology (healthy vs necrotic jaw bone tissue) affected the averaged spectral shape of the XANES spectra. PMID:26959687

  7. γ-irradiation effect on the optical absorption in band-edge region of dicalcium lead propionate single crystals

    Crystals of Dicalcium lead propionate (DLP) irradiated with different doses of gamma radiation were used to investigate gamma radiation effect on some optical parameters. The absorption coefficient of unirradiated and irradiated DLP crystals were calculated. Values of the allowed indirect optical energy gap (Ε) of DLP were calculated as a function of gamma-dose. decreases from 4.12 eV to 3.94 eV with increasing gamma-doses from 0 up to 10 kGy. This decrease was attributed to point defects created in DLP crystals during gamma-irradiation. The exponential dependence of the absorption coefficient as a function of the incident photon energy suggests that the Urbach rule is obeyed, and indicated the formation of a band tail. It was found that the band tail exhibits the opposite Ε behaviour

  8. Neutralization of calcite in mineral aerosols by acidic sullur species collected in China and Japan studied by ca K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure.

    Takahashi, Yoshio; Miyoshi, Takuro; Higashi, Masayuki; Kamioka, Hikari; Kanai, Yutaka

    2009-09-01

    Calcium species in mineral aerosols collected simultaneously in Aksu (near the Taklimakan Desert), Qingdao (eastern China), and Tsukuba (Japan) during dust and nondust periods were determined using Ca K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). From the fitting of XANES spectra, it was found that (i) calcite and gypsum were the main Ca species in the aerosol samples, and (ii) the gypsum fraction versus total Ca minerals [Gyp]/[Ca2+]t increased progressively in the order Aksu aerosols for all the samples except for that taken in Aksu during the dust period. The decrease of the [Gyp]/[Ca2+]t ratio with an increase in particle size showed that the neutralization effect proceeds from the particle surface. For the Aksu sample in the dust period, however, (i) the [Gyp]/[Ca2+]t ratios obtained by XANES measured in the fluorescence (FL; regarded as bulk analysis) and CEY modes were similar and (ii) size dependence was not found, showing that neutralization is not important for the sample because of the large supply of mineral aerosol with little neutralization effect in Aksu. It was also found that the pH of the aerosol and the ratio of (NH4)2SO4 to gypsum were positively and negatively correlated with the Ca (or calcite) content, respectively. The speciation of Ca by XANES revealed the neutralization processes of acidic sulfur species by calcite during the long-range transport of mineral aerosols. PMID:19764213

  9. SMARTPIX, a photon-counting pixel detector for synchrotron applications based on Medipix3RX readout chip and active edge pixel sensors

    Photon-counting pixel detectors are now routinely used on synchrotron beamlines. Many applications benefit from their noiseless mode of operation, single-pixel point spread function and high frame rates. One of their drawbacks is a discontinuous detection area due to the space-consuming wirebonded connections of the readout chips. Moreover, charge sharing limits their efficiency and their energy discrimination capabilities. In order to overcome these issues the ESRF is developing SMARTPIX,a scalable and versatile pixel detector system with minimized dead areas and with energy resolving capabilities based on the MEDIPIX3RX readout chip. SMARTPIX exploits the through-silicon via technology implemented on MEDIPIX3RX, the active edge sensor processing developed in particular at ADVACAM, and the on-chip analog charge summing feature of MEDIPIX3RX. This article reports on system architecture, unit module structure, data acquisition electronics, target characteristics and applications

  10. SMARTPIX, a photon-counting pixel detector for synchrotron applications based on Medipix3RX readout chip and active edge pixel sensors

    Ponchut, C.; Collet, E.; Hervé, C.; Le Caer, T.; Cerrai, J.; Siron, L.; Dabin, Y.; Ribois, J. F.

    2015-01-01

    Photon-counting pixel detectors are now routinely used on synchrotron beamlines. Many applications benefit from their noiseless mode of operation, single-pixel point spread function and high frame rates. One of their drawbacks is a discontinuous detection area due to the space-consuming wirebonded connections of the readout chips. Moreover, charge sharing limits their efficiency and their energy discrimination capabilities. In order to overcome these issues the ESRF is developing SMARTPIX,a scalable and versatile pixel detector system with minimized dead areas and with energy resolving capabilities based on the MEDIPIX3RX readout chip. SMARTPIX exploits the through-silicon via technology implemented on MEDIPIX3RX, the active edge sensor processing developed in particular at ADVACAM, and the on-chip analog charge summing feature of MEDIPIX3RX. This article reports on system architecture, unit module structure, data acquisition electronics, target characteristics and applications.

  11. A Minor Modification of Leading Edge Discriminator Circuitry with a Delay Line for Baseline Restoration of Scintillation Detectors

    Multi-channel neutron time-of-flight detector arrays LaNSA, T-ion, Medusa, and Mandala, have been used for neutron spectroscopy in inertial confinement fusion experiments. These multi-channel neutron detector arrays consist of many identical scintillation detectors (842 ∼ 1024 channel), data acquisition electronics (discriminators, time-to digital converters, and controller). Each detector element is operated in neutron counting mode. Time-of-flight of individual detected neutrons are recorded by time to digital converters. The energy of each detected neutrons is determined from its time-of-flight. The accurate time measurement (Δt ∼ 0.5 ns) and straightforward statistical features of the data obtained with these systems provides good integrity and reliability. The elements detector used in these systems are organic scintillators coupled with photo multiplier tubes. A scintillation detector operated in particle-counting mode requires finite recovery time after each detection event. The recovery time is determined by the time responses of scintillators, photo multiplier tubes, and the dead times of following discriminators and time-to digital converters. The harsh gamma ray background environment of fast ignitor experiments requires detectors that have fast recovery times. In high intensity laser experiments (I > 1019 W/cm2), strong gamma ray bursts are produced by relativistic laser plasma interactions. Prior to the neutron signal, these strong gamma ray bursts hit the detectors and interfere with the detection of following neutron signals. In these situations, the recovery time of the system after preceding gamma ray bursts is determined mainly by the base line shift of the PMT signal (due to slower decay components of scintillators ''after glow''). Discriminators cannot detect following signal pulses until the proceeding burst decays below its threshold voltage. The base line shift caused by the after glow prolongs the recovery time of the discriminators

  12. 2-dimensional primary x-ray image formation and quality in angiography using absorption-edge filters in the range 40-60 keV

    Computer simulation techniques are used to examined Pr, Gd and Yb (K-edge) filters for the x-ray imaging of iodinated blood vessels. The performance of these filters is compared to a standard 2 mm Al filter with respect to vessel contrast, patient exposure and integral absorbed dose and x-ray tube loading. Additional simulations investigate how 0.2 mm Pr, Gd or Yb filters interact with the non-isotropic x-ray spectrum and affect (1) the background intensity and vessel contrast across the detector surface, and (2) the uniformity of exposure and integral absorbed dose across the patient. The results show that the uniformity of the primary x-ray image is neither degraded nor improved by these filters; however, patient exposure and dose can be substantially reduced and rendered more uniform

  13. Determination of the K absorption edge energy of Ho in element and its compounds using the bremsstrahlung technique

    Niranjana, K. M.; Badiger, N. M.

    2013-05-01

    The K shell binding energies of Ho in element and in compounds Ho2O3 and HoF3 have been measured for the first time by adopting a novel method. The method involves a weak beta source, an external bremsstrahlung (EB) converter, element and compound targets and a high-resolution HPGe detector coupled to a 16K multichannel analyser. A spectrum of continuous EB photons, produced by the interaction of beta particles from a 90Sr-90Y radioactive source with an iron foil, is allowed to pass through the element and compound targets of Ho. The spectrum of transmitted EB photons is measured with a high-resolution HPGe detector spectrometer. The transmitted spectrum shows a sudden drop in intensity at K shell binding energy of the target. Such a sudden drop, which is essentially due to the onset of the K shell photoelectric effect, has been used to determine the K shell binding energy of Ho in element. The K shell binding energies of Ho in Ho2O3 and HoF3 compounds have also been determined using the same technique. From these data, the chemical shift in the K shell binding energy has been measured. It is found to be positive for Ho2O3 and negative for HoF3, indicating the dependence of the chemical shift on the crystal structure.

  14. On the importance of nuclear quantum motions in near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy of molecules

    Schwartz, Craig P.; Uejio, Janel S.; Saykally, Richard J.; Prendergast, David

    2009-02-26

    We report the effects of sampling nuclear quantum motion with path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) on calculations of the nitrogen K-edge spectra of two isolated organic molecules. S-triazine, a prototypical aromatic molecule occupying primarily its vibrational ground state at room temperature, exhibits substantially improved spectral agreement when nuclear quantum effects are included via PIMD, as compared to the spectra obtained from either a single fixed-nuclei based calculation or from a series of configurations extracted from a classical molecular dynamics trajectory. Nuclear quantum dynamics can accurately explain the intrinsic broadening of certain features. Glycine, the simplest amino acid, is problematic due to large spectral variations associated with multiple energetically accessible conformations at the experimental temperature. This work highlights the sensitivity of NEXAFS to quantum nuclear motions in molecules, and the necessity of accurately sampling such quantum motion when simulating their NEXAFS spectra.

  15. Oxygen K-edge extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure studies of molecules containing oxygen and carbon atoms

    The absorption spectra of a group of selected molecules containing O: C bonds, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonyl sulfide, acetone, ethanol, diethylether, tetrahydrofuran, and dioxane, have been recorded in a transmission mode in the energy region from 500 to 1000 eV. Earlier observation of extended x-ray-absorption fine structure (EXAFS) in some of these molecules is confirmed. A systematic analysis of the EXAFS spectra is performed. The results in both phase and amplitude show disagreement with the single-electron single-scattering theory with plane-wave approximation. The measured phase is systematically lower than the theory of Teo and Lee [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 101, 2815 (1979)] by about 0.7--1.5 rad, which may be significant in determining interatomic distances. The EXAFS amplitude function in the molecules containing oxygen-carbon single bonds also shows an appreciable deviation (decrease) in the first-neighbor backscattering from that predicted by theory and an increase in the second-neighbor backscattering at high-k values

  16. Development of Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Detector with High Absorption Yields Utilizing Silicon Pixel Absorbers

    Shiki, Shigetomo; Fujii, Go; Ukibe, Masahiro; Kitajima, Yoshinori; Ohkubo, Masataka

    2016-07-01

    A superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) array detector along with silicon pixel absorbers (STJ-SPA) is fabricated to achieve high detection efficiency at X-ray energies below 10 keV. The STJ pixels have dimensions of 100 \\upmu m × 100 \\upmu m and are composed of Nb-Al/AlOX/Al-Nb thin layers. The SPAs are also 100 \\upmu m × 100 \\upmu m and have a depth of 400 \\upmu m, and are isolated from each other by a deep trench with a depth of 350 \\upmu m. The detection efficiency of the STJ-SPA exceeds 95 % at X-ray energies below 10 keV, and its energy resolution is 82 eV FWHM, as measured at the Si K\\upalpha line at 1740 eV. By means of the STJ-SPA detector, the X-ray absorption spectrum of the light element sulfur with a concentration of less than 0.1 wt% in a soda-lime glass sample was successfully acquired.

  17. Development of Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Detector with High Absorption Yields Utilizing Silicon Pixel Absorbers

    Shiki, Shigetomo; Fujii, Go; Ukibe, Masahiro; Kitajima, Yoshinori; Ohkubo, Masataka

    2016-02-01

    A superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) array detector along with silicon pixel absorbers (STJ-SPA) is fabricated to achieve high detection efficiency at X-ray energies below 10 keV. The STJ pixels have dimensions of 100 \\upmu m × 100 \\upmu m and are composed of Nb-Al/AlOX /Al-Nb thin layers. The SPAs are also 100 \\upmu m × 100 \\upmu m and have a depth of 400 \\upmu m, and are isolated from each other by a deep trench with a depth of 350 \\upmu m. The detection efficiency of the STJ-SPA exceeds 95 % at X-ray energies below 10 keV, and its energy resolution is 82 eV FWHM, as measured at the Si K\\upalpha line at 1740 eV. By means of the STJ-SPA detector, the X-ray absorption spectrum of the light element sulfur with a concentration of less than 0.1 wt% in a soda-lime glass sample was successfully acquired.

  18. Study of Synchrotron Radiation Near-Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine-Structure of Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon Films at Various Thicknesses

    Sarayut Tunmee

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The compositions and bonding states of the amorphous hydrogenated carbon films at various thicknesses were evaluated via near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS and elastic recoil detection analysis combined with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The absolute carbon sp2 contents were determined to decrease to 65% from 73%, while the hydrogen contents increase from 26 to 33 at.% as the film thickness increases. In addition, as the film thickness increases, the π⁎ (C=C, σ⁎ (C–H, σ⁎ (C=C, and σ⁎ (C≡C bonding states were found to increase, whereas the π⁎ (C≡C and σ⁎ (C–C bonding states were observed to decrease in the NEXAFS spectra. Consequently, the film thickness is a key factor to evaluate the composition and bonding state of the films.

  19. Particle Formation from Pulsed Laser Irradiation of SootAggregates studied with scanning mobility particle sizer, transmissionelectron microscope and near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure.

    Michelsen, Hope A.; Tivanski, Alexei V.; Gilles, Mary K.; vanPoppel, Laura H.; Dansson, Mark A.; Buseck, Peter R.; Buseck, Peter R.

    2007-02-20

    We investigated the physical and chemical changes induced in soot aggregates exposed to laser radiation using a scanning mobility particle sizer, a transmission electron microscope, and a scanning transmission x-ray microscope to perform near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Laser-induced nanoparticle production was observed at fluences above 0.12 J/cm(2) at 532 nm and 0.22 J/cm(2) at 1064 nm. Our results indicate that new particle formation proceeds via (1) vaporization of small carbon clusters by thermal or photolytic mechanisms, followed by homogeneous nucleation, (2) heterogeneous nucleation of vaporized carbon clusters onto material ablated from primary particles, or (3) both processes.

  20. Composition analysis of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell microporous layer using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure analysis

    George, Michael G.; Wang, Jian; Banerjee, Rupak; Bazylak, Aimy

    2016-03-01

    The novel application of scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) to the microporous layer (MPL) of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell is investigated. A spatially resolved chemical component distribution map is obtained for the MPL of a commercially available SGL 25 BC sample. This is achieved with near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopic analysis. Prior to analysis the sample is embedded in non-reactive epoxy and ultra-microtomed to a thickness of 100 nm. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), carbon particle agglomerates, and supporting epoxy resin distributions are identified and reconstructed for a scanning area of 6 μm × 6 μm. It is observed that the spatial distribution of PTFE is strongly correlated to the carbon particle agglomerations. Additionally, agglomerate structures of PTFE are identified, possibly indicating the presence of a unique mesostructure in the MPL. STXM analysis is presented as a useful technique for the investigation of chemical species distributions in the MPL.

  1. Liquid crystal alignment on ion-beam-treated polyimide with a long alkyl side chain: near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy analysis.

    Seo, Joo-Hong; Hwang, Soo Won; Song, Dong Han; Shin, Jae Hoon; Yoon, Tae-Hoon; Kim, Jae Chang; Yi, Mi Hye

    2009-02-19

    Liquid crystal alignment on ion-beam-treated polyimides with a long alkyl side chain was investigated using near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. The long alkyl side chains and the asymmetric distribution and orientational order of the pi-bonds of the polyimide surface can be determined by analyzing the angular dependent resonance intensities of the NEXAFS measurements. Herein, we demonstrate that the pretilt angle of the LC cell made by our method decreases as more long alkyl side chains are destroyed. Additionally, the tilt direction of the LC molecules can be determined from the asymmetric distribution of pi-bonds of the polyimide created by the ion beam irradiation. PMID:19161281

  2. Investigation of Pb species in soils, celery and duckweed by synchrotron radiation X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectrometry

    Luo, Liqiang; Shen, Yating; Liu, Jian; Zeng, Yuan

    2016-08-01

    The Pb species play a key role in its translocation in biogeochemical cycles. Soils, sediments and plants were collected from farmlands around Pb mines, and the Pb species in them was identified by X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectrometry. In soils, Pb5(PO4)3Cl and Pb3(PO4)2 were detected, and in sediments, Pb-fulvic acids (FAs) complex was identified. A Pb complex with FA fragments was also detected in celery samples. We found that (1) different Pb species were present in soils and sediments; (2) the Pb species in celery, which was grown in sediments, was different from the species present in duckweed, which grew in water; and (3) a Pb-FA-like compound was present in celery roots. The newly identified Pb species, the Pb-FA-like compound, may play a key role in Pb tolerance and translocation within plants.

  3. X-ray absorption spectra of nucleotides (AMP, GMP, and CMP) in liquid water solutions near the nitrogen K-edge

    Ukai, Masatoshi; Yokoya, Akinari; Fujii, Kentaro; Saitoh, Yuji

    2010-07-01

    The X-ray absorption of nucleotides (adenosine-5'-monophosphate, guanosine 5'-monophosphate, and cytidine 5'-monophosphate) are measured in both water solutions and thin solid films at X-ray energies near the nitrogen K-edge in the 'water-window' region. Each spectrum corresponds to the selective excitation of a nucleobase site in a nucleotide, and thus has features similar to the spectrum of the corresponding nucleobase. An additional new peak in the energy region of the nitrogen 1s → π* resonance is observed for each nucleotide. No significant difference between the water solutions and thin solid films is found, which might be attributable to the hydrophobic properties of a nucleobase in a nucleotide.

  4. X-ray absorption near the edge structure and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies on pyrite prepared by thermally sulfurizing iron films

    This paper reports how pyrite films were prepared by thermal sulfurization of magnetron sputtered iron films and characterized by x-ray absorption near edge structure spectra and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy on a 4B9B beam line at the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The band gap of the pyrite agrees well with the optical band gap obtained by a spectrophotometer. The octahedral symmetry of pyrite leads to the splitting of the d orbit into t2g and eg levels. The high spin and low spin states were analysed through the difference of electron exchange interaction and the orbital crystal field. Only when the crystal field splitting is higher than 1.5 eV, the two weak peaks above the white lines can appear, and this was approved by experiments in the present work. (atomic and molecular physics)

  5. Evaluation of an L/sub III/ x-ray absorption-edge densitometer for assay of mixed uranium-plutonium solutions

    An L/sub III/ x-ray absorption-edge densitometer (XRAED), designed and built at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, has been evaluated at Savannah River Laboratory for the assay of uranium and plutonium in process solutions. Fro 2000-second data collection, the precisions (95% confidence level) for uranium assays varied +- 1.04% at 10 g of uranium per liter to 0.34% at 45 g/L, and plutonium assays varied from +- 6.7% at 2 g of plutonium per liter to +- 2.2% at 10 g/L. Hydroxylamine nitrate, a reducing agent used in solvent extraction tests, affect the accuracies of both uranium and plutonium assay by densitometry, and plutonium analysis by coulometry. It appears that the XRAED could be used to control the SRL miniature mixer-settlers, but additional testing will be needed to demonstrate that XRAED accuracy is sufficient for accountability of special nuclear materials

  6. Multiple-Scattering of Near-Edge x-ray Absorption Fine Structure of Sulphur-Passivated InP(100) Surface

    曹松; 唐景昌; 沈少来; 陈更生; 马丹

    2003-01-01

    We use the multiple-scattering cluster method to calculate the sulphur 1s near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) of S-passivated InP(100) surface. The physical origins of the resonances in the NEXAFS have been unveiled. It is shown that the most important resonance is attributed to the photoelectron scattering between the central sulphur and the nearest indium atoms. The studies show that two S-S dimers with the bond lengths of 2.05 A and 3.05 A coexist in the surface, meanwhile the bridge and antibridge site adsorption of single S could not be ruled out. We support the scanning tunnelling microscopy result that the S-passivated InP(100) surface exhibits significant disorder.

  7. Sulfur species in source rock bitumen before and after hydrous pyrolysis determined by X-ray absorption near-edge structure

    Bolin, Trudy B.; Birdwell, Justin E.; Lewan, Michael; Hill, Ronald J.; Grayson, Michael B.; Mitra-Kirtley, Sudipa; Bake, Kyle D.; Craddock, Paul R.; Abdallah, Wael; Pomerantz, Andrew E.

    2016-01-01

    The sulfur speciation of source rock bitumen (chloroform-extractable organic matter in sedimentary rocks) was examined using sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy for a suite of 11 source rocks from around the world. Sulfur speciation was determined for both the native bitumen in thermally immature rocks and the bitumen produced by thermal maturation of kerogen via hydrous pyrolysis (360 °C for 72 h) and retained within the rock matrix. In this study, the immature bitumens had higher sulfur concentrations than those extracted from samples after hydrous pyrolysis. In addition, dramatic and systematic evolution of the bitumen sulfur moiety distributions following artificial thermal maturation was observed consistently for all samples. Specifically, sulfoxide sulfur (sulfur double bonded to oxygen) is abundant in all immature bitumen samples but decreases substantially following hydrous pyrolysis. The loss in sulfoxide sulfur is associated with a relative increase in the fraction of thiophene sulfur (sulfur bonded to aromatic carbon) to the extent that thiophene is the dominant sulfur form in all post-pyrolysis bitumen samples. This suggests that sulfur moiety distributions might be used for estimating thermal maturity in source rocks based on the character of the extractable organic matter.

  8. Systematic Oxidation of Polystyrene by Ultraviolet-Ozone, Characterized by Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure and Contact Angle

    Klein,R.; Fischer, D.; Lenhart, J.

    2008-01-01

    The process of implanting oxygen in polystyrene (PS) via exposure to ultraviolet-ozone (UV-O) was systematically investigated using the characterization technique of near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). Samples of PS exposed to UV-O for 10-300 s and washed with isopropanol were analyzed using the carbon and oxygen K-edge NEXAFS partial electron yields, using various retarding bias voltages to depth-profile the oxygen penetration into the surface. Evaluation of reference polymers provided a scale to quantify the oxygen concentration implanted by UV-O treatment. We find that ozone initially reacts with the double bonds on the phenyl rings, forming carbonyl groups, but within 1 min of exposure, the ratio of double to single oxygen bonds stabilizes at a lower value. Oxygen penetrates the film with relative ease, creating a fairly uniform distribution of oxygen within at least the first 4 nm (the effective depth probed by NEXAFS here). Before oxygen accumulates in large concentrations, however, it preferentially degrades the uppermost layer of the film by removing oxygenated low-molecular-weight oligomers. The failure to accumulate high concentrations of oxygen is seen in the nearly constant carbon edge jump, the low concentration of oxygen even at 5 min exposure (58% of that in poly(4-acetoxystyrene), the polymer with the most similarities to UV-O-treated PS), and the relatively high contact angles. At 5 min exposure the oxygen concentration contains ca. 7 atomic % oxygen. The oxygen species that are implanted consist predominantly of single O-C bonds and double OC bonds but also include a small fraction of O-H. UV-O treatment leads a plateau after 2 min exposure in the water contact angle hysteresis, at a value of 67 {+-} 2, due primarily to chemical heterogeneity. Annealing above Tg allows oxygenated species to move short distances away from the surface but not diffuse further than 1-2 nm.

  9. The response functions of the HEPC/LEPC detector system measured at the Xe L edge region

    Budtz-Jørgensen, Carl; Olesen, C.; Schnopper, H.W.; Lederer, T.; Scholze, F.; Ulm, G.

    /CH4 mixture as the counter gas. The response function as well as the pulse height-energy relation for a Xe/CH4 filled MSGC were investigated with monochromatized synchrotron radiation of the BESSY double crystal monochromator. The detector response functions were recorded at similar to 100 selected......The Danish Space Research Institute will provide a set of two low energy proportional counters (LEPC) and two high energy proportional counters (HEPC) for the Russian SPECTRUM-X-Gamma mission. The detectors are based upon the technology of the microstrip gas chamber (MSGC). HEPC and LEPC use a Xe...

  10. Experimental and theoretical correlations between vanadium K-edge X-ray absorption and K[Formula: see text] emission spectra.

    Rees, Julian A; Wandzilak, Aleksandra; Maganas, Dimitrios; Wurster, Nicole I C; Hugenbruch, Stefan; Kowalska, Joanna K; Pollock, Christopher J; Lima, Frederico A; Finkelstein, Kenneth D; DeBeer, Serena

    2016-09-01

    A series of vanadium compounds was studied by K-edge X-ray absorption (XAS) and K[Formula: see text] X-ray emission spectroscopies (XES). Qualitative trends within the datasets, as well as comparisons between the XAS and XES data, illustrate the information content of both methods. The complementary nature of the chemical insight highlights the success of this dual-technique approach in characterizing both the structural and electronic properties of vanadium sites. In particular, and in contrast to XAS or extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), we demonstrate that valence-to-core XES is capable of differentiating between ligating atoms with the same identity but different bonding character. Finally, density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations enable a more detailed, quantitative interpretation of the data. We also establish correction factors for the computational protocols through calibration to experiment. These hard X-ray methods can probe vanadium ions in any oxidation or spin state, and can readily be applied to sample environments ranging from solid-phase catalysts to biological samples in frozen solution. Thus, the combined XAS and XES approach, coupled with DFT calculations, provides a robust tool for the study of vanadium atoms in bioinorganic chemistry. PMID:27251139

  11. Laboratory implementation of edge illumination X-ray phase-contrast imaging with energy-resolved detectors

    Diemoz, P. C.; M. Endrizzi; Vittoria, F. A.; Hagen, C. K.; Kallon, G.; Basta, D; Marenzana, M.; Delogu, P.; Vincenzi, A.; De Ruvo, L.; Spandre, G.; Brez, A.; Bellazzini, R.; Olivo, A.

    2015-01-01

    Edge illumination (EI) X-ray phase-contrast imaging (XPCI) has potential for applications in different fields of research, including materials science, non-destructive industrial testing, small-animal imaging, and medical imaging. One of its main advantages is the compatibility with laboratory equipment, in particular with conventional non-microfocal sources, which makes its exploitation in normal research laboratories possible. In this work, we demonstrate that the signal in laboratory imple...

  12. Assessment of chemical species of lead accumulated in tidemarks of human articular cartilage by X-ray absorption near-edge structure analysis

    Meirer, Florian [Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, 1020 Wien (Austria); MiNALab, CMM-Irst, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via Sommarive 18, 38123 Trento (Italy); Pemmer, Bernhard, E-mail: bpemmer@ati.ac.at [Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, 1020 Wien (Austria); Pepponi, Giancarlo [MiNALab, CMM-Irst, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via Sommarive 18, 38123 Trento (Italy); Zoeger, Norbert; Wobrauschek, Peter [Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, 1020 Wien (Austria); Sprio, Simone; Tampieri, Anna [Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici CNR, Faenca (Italy); Goettlicher, Joerg; Steininger, Ralph; Mangold, Stefan [Institute for Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus South, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Roschger, Paul [Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Osteology, Hanusch Hospital of WGKK and AUVA Trauma Centre Meidling, 4th Medical Department, Hanusch Hospital, Vienna (Austria); Berzlanovich, Andrea [Department of Forensic Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Hofstaetter, Jochen G. [Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Osteology, Hanusch Hospital of WGKK and AUVA Trauma Centre Meidling, 4th Medical Department, Hanusch Hospital, Vienna (Austria); Department of Orthopaedics, Vienna General Hospital, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Streli, Christina [Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, 1020 Wien (Austria)

    2011-03-01

    Lead is a toxic trace element that shows a highly specific accumulation in the transition zone between calcified and non-calcified articular cartilage, the so-called ‘tidemark’. Excellent agreement has been found between XANES spectra of synthetic Pb-doped carbonated hydroxyapatite and spectra obtained in the tidemark region and trabecular bone of normal human samples, confirming that in both tissues Pb is incorporated into the hydroxyapatite crystal structure of bone. During this study the µ-XANES set-up at the SUL-X beamline at ANKA was tested and has proven to be well suited for speciation of lead in human mineralized tissue samples. A highly specific accumulation of the toxic element lead was recently measured in the transition zone between non-calcified and calcified normal human articular cartilage. This transition zone, the so-called ‘tidemark’, is considered to be an active calcification front of great clinical importance. However, little is known about the mechanisms of accumulation and the chemical form of Pb in calcified cartilage and bone. Using spatially resolved X-ray absorption near-edge structure analysis (µ-XANES) at the Pb L{sub 3}-edge, the chemical state of Pb in the osteochondral region was investigated. The feasibility of the µ-XANES set-up at the SUL-X beamline (ANKA synchrotron light source) was tested and confirmed by comparing XANES spectra of bulk Pb-reference compounds recorded at both the XAS and the SUL-X beamline at ANKA. The µ-XANES set-up was then used to investigate the tidemark region of human bone (two patella samples and one femoral head sample). The spectra recorded at the tidemark and at the trabecular bone were found to be highly correlated with the spectra of synthetic Pb-doped carbonated hydroxyapatite, suggesting that in both of these very different tissues Pb is incorporated into the hydroxyapatite structure.

  13. Assessment of chemical species of lead accumulated in tidemarks of human articular cartilage by X-ray absorption near-edge structure analysis

    Lead is a toxic trace element that shows a highly specific accumulation in the transition zone between calcified and non-calcified articular cartilage, the so-called ‘tidemark’. Excellent agreement has been found between XANES spectra of synthetic Pb-doped carbonated hydroxyapatite and spectra obtained in the tidemark region and trabecular bone of normal human samples, confirming that in both tissues Pb is incorporated into the hydroxyapatite crystal structure of bone. During this study the µ-XANES set-up at the SUL-X beamline at ANKA was tested and has proven to be well suited for speciation of lead in human mineralized tissue samples. A highly specific accumulation of the toxic element lead was recently measured in the transition zone between non-calcified and calcified normal human articular cartilage. This transition zone, the so-called ‘tidemark’, is considered to be an active calcification front of great clinical importance. However, little is known about the mechanisms of accumulation and the chemical form of Pb in calcified cartilage and bone. Using spatially resolved X-ray absorption near-edge structure analysis (µ-XANES) at the Pb L3-edge, the chemical state of Pb in the osteochondral region was investigated. The feasibility of the µ-XANES set-up at the SUL-X beamline (ANKA synchrotron light source) was tested and confirmed by comparing XANES spectra of bulk Pb-reference compounds recorded at both the XAS and the SUL-X beamline at ANKA. The µ-XANES set-up was then used to investigate the tidemark region of human bone (two patella samples and one femoral head sample). The spectra recorded at the tidemark and at the trabecular bone were found to be highly correlated with the spectra of synthetic Pb-doped carbonated hydroxyapatite, suggesting that in both of these very different tissues Pb is incorporated into the hydroxyapatite structure

  14. Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization Detector with High Efficiency, Broad Bandwidth, and Highly Symmetric Coupling to Transition Edge Sensor Bolometers

    Wollack, E.; Cao, N.; Chuss, D.; Denis, K.; Hsieh, W.-T.; Moseley, S. Harvey; Schneider, G.; Stevenson, T.; Travers, D.; U-yen, K.

    2008-01-01

    Four probe antennas transfer signals from waveguide to microstrip lines. The probes not only provide broadband impedance matching, but also thermally isolate waveguide and detector. In addition, we developed a new photonic waveguide choke joint design, with four-fold symmetry, to suppress power leakage at the interface. We have developed facilities to test superconducting circuit elements using a cryogenic microwave probe station, and more complete systems in waveguide. We used the ring resonator shown below to measure a dielectric loss tangent bolometers. The result below shows the planar circuit and waveguide interface can utilize the high beam symmetry of HE11 circular feedhorns with > 99% coupling efficiency over 30% fractional bandwidth.

  15. Test and evaluation of the in-line plutonium solution K-absorption-edge densitometer at the Savannah River Plant. Phase I. Off-line testing results

    An in-line, plutonium-solution, K-edge absorption densitometer has been developed at Los Alamos and is currently undergoing test and evaluation at the Savannah River Plant (SRP). The first phase of the test and evaluation (off-line instrument calibration and solution assays) was completed, and preparations are under way to install the instrument in-line, as soon as process schedules permit. Calibration data in the design concentration range of 25 to 40 g Pu/L demonstrate routine achievement of densitometry assay precisions of 0.5% or better in 40 min. Plutonium assays at concentrations outside the calibration range were investigated in an effort to define better the limitations of the instrument and address other possible assay situations at SRP. Densitometry precisions obtained for 40-min assays range from 3% to 5 g Pu/L down to 0.4% at 70 g Pu/L. At higher plutonium concentrations, the precision deteriorated due to increasing gamma-ray absorption by the solution. In addition, with actinide concentrations above approximately 100 g/L, the assay accuracy also suffered because of enhanced small-angle scattering effects in the large sample cell. Measurements on mixed U/Pu solutions demonstrated the feasibility of accurate plutonium assays with correction for the large uranium matrix contributions being determined from the measurement data. The 239240Pu weight fractions and 241Pu/239Pu and 238Pu/239Pu isotopic ratios can be determined. In a mockup of the in-line solution plumbing system, all assay sequences, error conditions, and interlock criteria were exercised and verified to be working properly

  16. Surface Structure and Chemical Switching of Thioctic Acid Adsorbed on Au(111) as Observed Using Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure

    Meulenberg, R W; van Buuren, T; Vance, A L; Terminello, L J; Willey, T M; Bostedt, C; Fadley, C S

    2004-01-06

    Thioctic acid (alpha-lipoic acid) is a molecule with a large disulfide-containing base, a short alkyl-chain with four CH{sub 2} units, and a carboxyl termination. Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) films of thioctic acid adsorbed on Au(111) have been investigated with near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine film quality, bonding and morphology. Using standard preparation protocols for SAMs, that is, dissolving thioctic acid in ethanol and exposing gold to the solution, results in poor films. These films are highly disordered, contain a mixture of carboxyl and carboxylate terminations, have more than monolayer coverage, and exhibit unbound disulfide. Conversely, forming films by dissolving 1 mmol thioctic acid into 5% acetic acid in ethanol (as previously reported with carboxyl-terminated alkyl-thiols) forms ordered monolayers with small amounts of unbound sulfur. NEXAFS indicates tilted over endgroups with the carboxyl group normal on average 38{sup o} from the surface normal. Slight dichroism in other features indicates alkyl chains statistically more upright than prostrate on the surface. Reflection-absorption Fourier transform infrared (RA-FTIR) spectra indicate hydrogen bonding between neighboring molecules. In such well-formed monolayers, a stark reorientation occurs upon deprotonation of the endgroup by rinsing in a KOH solution. The carboxylate plane normal is now about 66{sup o} from sample normal, a much more upright orientation. Data indicate this reorientation may also cause a more upright orientation to the alkyl portion of the molecules.

  17. A High Position Resolution X-ray Detector: an Edge on Illuminated Capillary Plate Combined with a Gas Amplification Structure

    Iacobaeus, C; Lund-Jensen, B; Ostling, J; Pavlopoulos, P; Peskov, Vladimir; Tokanai, F

    2006-01-01

    We have developed and successfully tested a prototype of a new type of high position resolution hybrid X-ray detector. It contains a thin wall lead glass capillary plate converter of X-rays combined with a microgap parallel-plate avalanche chamber filled with gas at 1 atm. The operation of these converters was studied in a wide range of X-ray energies (from 6 to 60 keV) at incident angles varying from 0-90 degree. The detection efficiency, depending on the geometry, photon energy, incident angle and the mode of operation, was between 5-30 percent in a single step mode and up to 50 percent in a multi-layered combination. Depending on the capillary geometry, the position resolution achieved was between 0.050-0.250 mm in digital form and was practically independent of the photon energy or gas mixture. The usual lead glass capillary plates operated without noticeable charging up effects at counting rates of 50 Hz/mm2, and hydrogen treated capillaries up to 10E5 Hz/mm2. The developed detector may open new possibil...

  18. Development of the next generation transition-edge sensor microcalorimeter X-ray detector for SEM-EDS analysis and its applications

    We have developed an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer system for scanning electron microscope utilizing a transition-edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter X-ray detector and mounted it on a FE-SEM (JSM-7000F). The microcalorimeter is composed of a gold (Au) X-ray absorber, a bilayer Au/Ti thermometer, a heat sink and a thermal isolation structure with a SiNx membrane. The operating temperature of 100-150 mK is obtained via a dilution refrigerator. The achieved energy resolution was 19 eV for Al Kα (1487 eV) at an acceleration voltage of 5 kV. When natural mineral (cosalite: Pb2Bi2S5) and alloy (Cu alloy containing both Ni and Zn) were analyzed using this system at an acceleration voltage of 5 kV, the S K, Pb M and Bi M lines in the former, and L lines of the Ni, Cu and Zn in the latter were clearly separated, respectively. These peaks were not discernable by a solid-state detector (SSD), owing to its low energy resolution. In addition, a single particle of natural particulate matter was successfully analyzed by this spectrometer at a low acceleration voltage. These results suggest that this system has high potential in applications for X-ray microanalysis of environmental materials. (author)

  19. Electronic structure and optical properties of CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1−x} solid solution nanostructures from X-ray absorption near edge structure, X-ray excited optical luminescence, and density functional theory investigations

    Murphy, M. W. [DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), FS-PEX, Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg (Germany); Yiu, Y. M., E-mail: yyiu@uwo.ca; Sham, T. K. [Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A5B7 (Canada); Ward, M. J. [Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (United States); Liu, L. [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Soochow University-Western University Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215123 (China); Hu, Y. [Canadian Light Source, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N2V3 (Canada); Zapien, J. A. [Center Of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF) and Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR (China); Liu, Yingkai [Institute of Physics and Electronic Information, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, Yunnan, 650500 (China)

    2014-11-21

    The electronic structure and optical properties of a series of iso-electronic and iso-structural CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1−x} solid solution nanostructures have been investigated using X-ray absorption near edge structure, extended X-ray absorption fine structure, and X-ray excited optical luminescence at various absorption edges of Cd, S, and Se. It is found that the system exhibits compositions, with variable local structure in-between that of CdS and CdSe accompanied by tunable optical band gap between that of CdS and CdSe. Theoretical calculation using density functional theory has been carried out to elucidate the observations. It is also found that luminescence induced by X-ray excitation shows new optical channels not observed previously with laser excitation. The implications of these observations are discussed.

  20. In situ X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy investigation of the state of charge of all-vanadium redox flow batteries.

    Jia, Chuankun; Liu, Qi; Sun, Cheng-Jun; Yang, Fan; Ren, Yang; Heald, Steve M; Liu, Yadong; Li, Zhe-Fei; Lu, Wenquan; Xie, Jian

    2014-10-22

    Synchrotron-based in situ X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy (XANES) has been used to study the valence state evolution of the vanadium ion for both the catholyte and anolyte in all-vanadium redox flow batteries (VRB) under realistic cycling conditions. The results indicate that, when using the widely used charge-discharge profile during the first charge process (charging the VRB cell to 1.65 V under a constant current mode), the vanadium ion valence did not reach V(V) in the catholyte and did not reach V(II) in the anolyte. Consequently, the state of charge (SOC) for the VRB cell was only 82%, far below the desired 100% SOC. Thus, such incompletely charged mix electrolytes results in not only wasting the electrolytes but also decreasing the cell performance in the following cycles. On the basis of our study, we proposed a new charge-discharge profile (first charged at a constant current mode up to 1.65 V and then continuously charged at a constant voltage mode until the capacity was close to the theoretical value) for the first charge process that achieved 100% SOC after the initial charge process. Utilizing this new charge-discharge profile, the theoretical charge capacity and the full utilization of electrolytes has been achieved, thus having a significant impact on the cost reduction of the electrolytes in VRB. PMID:25191695

  1. Temperature and polarization dependence of Fe L{sub 3}-edge X-ray absorption spectra of LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

    Agui, A., E-mail: agui@spring8.or.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, SPring-8, 1-1-1, Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Mizumaki, M. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, SPring-8, 1-1-1, Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Kuroda, T.; Kawai, M.; Nagata, T.; Ikeda, N. [Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Uozumi, T. [Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • We have measured the Fe L{sub 2,3} XAS were measured at the temperature range of 7–573 K. • We found the polarization dependence of XAS revealed that the energy level of (d{sub xy}, d{sub x2–y2}) was lower than that of (d{sub yz}, d{sub zx}). • We observed the Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} are kept even at higher temperatures. - Abstract: The charge ordering of Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions in LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} induces ferroelectricity below 330 K. In this study, the X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) at the Fe L{sub 2,3}-edge are investigated to study charge ordered- and disordered-states. The polarization dependence of XAS revealed that the energy level of (d{sub xy}, d{sub x2–y2}) is lower than that of (d{sub yz}, d{sub zx}). In the charge-ordered state, the Fe L{sub 3}-XAS shows a double-peak structure, which is a characteristic of Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions. In the high-temperature region, the double-peak structure becomes a broad single peak, because of overlap with the thermally excited state.

  2. Assignment of near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra of metalloporphyrins by means of time-dependent density-functional calculations

    Schmidt, Norman; Fink, Rainer; Hieringer, Wolfgang

    2010-08-01

    The C 1s and N 1s near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra of three prototype tetraphenyl porphyrin (TPP) molecules are discussed in the framework of a combined experimental and theoretical study. We employ time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) to compute the NEXAFS spectra of the open- and closed-shell metalloporphyrins CoTPP and ZnTPP as well as the free-base 2HTPP in realistic nonplanar conformations. Using Becke's well-known half-and-half hybrid functional, the computed core excitation spectra are mostly in good agreement with the experimental data in the low-energy region below the appropriate ionization threshold. To make these calculations feasible, we apply a new, simple scheme based on TDDFT using a modified single-particle input spectrum. This scheme is very easy to implement in standard codes and allows one to compute core excitation spectra at a similar cost as ordinary UV/vis spectra even for larger molecules. We employ these calculations for a detailed assignment of the NEXAFS spectra including subtle shifts in certain peaks of the N 1s spectra, which depend on the central coordination of the TPP ligand. We furthermore assign the observed NEXAFS resonances to the individual molecular subunits of the investigated TPP molecules.

  3. Synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure study on oxidative etching of diamond-like carbon films by hyperthermal atomic oxygen

    Surface structural changes of a hydrogenated diamond-like carbon (DLC) film exposed to a hyperthermal atomic oxygen beam were investigated by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy (SR-PES), and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). It was confirmed that the DLC surface was oxidized and etched by high-energy collisions of atomic oxygen. RBS and real-time mass-loss data showed a linear relationship between etching and atomic oxygen fluence. SR-PES data suggested that the oxide layer was restricted to the topmost surface of the DLC film. NEXAFS data were interpreted to mean that the sp2 structure at the DLC surface was selectively etched by collisions with hyperthermal atomic oxygen, and an sp3-rich region remained at the topmost DLC surface. The formation of an sp3-rich layer at the DLC surface led to surface roughening and a reduced erosion yield relative to the pristine DLC surface.

  4. Extended X- ray absorption fine structure study at the K-edge of copper in mixed ligand complexes having benzimidazole as one of the ligands

    Hinge, V. K.; Joshi, S. K.; Nitin Nair, N.; Singh Verma, Vikram; Shrivastava, B. D.; Prasad, J.; Srivastava, K.

    2014-09-01

    Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra have been studied at the K-edge of copper in some of its biologically important complexes, viz., [Cu(BzImH)4X2] and [Cu(BzIm)2], where X= Cl, Br, 1/2SO4, ClO4, NO3, and BzIm = Benzimidazolato anion. The spectra have been recorded using a bent crystal 0.4 m Cauchois-type transmission spectrograph. The positions of EXAFS maxima and minima have been used to determine the bond lengths in the complexes with the help of three different methods, namely, Levy's, Lytle's and Lytle, Sayers and Stern's (L.S.S.) methods. The phase uncorrected bond lengths have also been determined from Fourier transforms of the experimental spectra. The results obtained from these methods have been discussed and it has been found that the results obtained by L.S.S. method are comparable with the results obtained by Fourier transformation method and that these two methods give phase uncorrected bond lengths.

  5. Probing the f-state configuration of URu2Si2 with U LIII-edge resonant x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    It has often been said that the most interesting physics occurs when competing interactions are of nearly the same magnitude. Such a situation is surely occurring at URu2Si2's so-called 'hidden-order transition', which garners its name from the missing entropy at a 17.5 K phase transition relative to that expected for a conventional antiferromagnetic phase transition, despite the presence of only a very small ordered magnetic moment. Despite this discrepancy being identified in 1985, the identification of the order parameter remains elusive, although progress toward understand- ing this transition has been steady since that time, and URu2Si2 remains an important research subject today. The work described provides measures of the 5f orbital occupancy and itinerancy using resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy (RXES) at the U LIII absorption edge and measuring U Lα1 emission that potentially acts as a dividing line between different classes of 'hidden-order' theories.

  6. Near edge X-ray absorption fine structure study for optimization of hard diamond-like carbon film formation with Ar cluster ion beam

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) film deposited using C60 vapor with simultaneous irradiation of an Ar cluster ion beam was characterized by a near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), in order to optimize the hard DLC film deposition conditions. Contents of sp2 orbitals in the films, which were estimated from NEXAFS spectra, are 30% lower than that of a conventional DLC film deposited by a RF plasma method. Those contents were obtained under the flux ratio of the C60 molecules to the Ar cluster ions to range from 1 to 20, at 5keV of Ar cluster ion acceleration energy. Average hardness of the films was 50 GPa under these flux ratios. This hardness was three times higher than that of a conventional DLC film. Furthermore, the lowest sp2 content and above-mentioned high hardness were obtained at room temperature of the substrate when the depositions were performed in the range of the substrate temperature from room temperature to 250degC. (author)

  7. X-ray absorption near-edge structure study on the configuration of Cu 2+ /histidine complexes at different pH values

    Mei-Juan, Yu; Yu, Wang; Wei, Xu

    2016-04-01

    The local configurations around metal ions in metalloproteins are of great significance for understanding their biological functions. Cu2+/histidine (His) is a typical complex existing in many metalloproteins and plays an important role in lots of physiological functions. The three-dimensional (3D) structural configurations of Cu2+/His complexes at different pH values (2.5, 6.5, and 8.5) are quantitatively determined by x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). Generally Cu2+/His complex keeps an octahedral configuration consisting of oxygen atoms from water molecules and oxygen or nitrogen atoms from histidine molecules coordinated around Cu2+. It is proved in this work that the oxygen atoms from water molecules, when increasing the pH value from acid to basic value, are gradually substituted by the Ocarboxyl, Nam, and Nim from hisitidine molecules. Furthermore, the symmetries of Cu2+/His complexes at pH 6.5 and pH 8.5 are found to be lower than at pH 2.5. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11205186).

  8. Near-Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure of Ultrananocrystalline Diamond/Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon Films Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition

    Shinya Ohmagari

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The atomic bonding configuration of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD/hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H films prepared by pulsed laser ablation of graphite in a hydrogen atmosphere was examined by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The measured spectra were decomposed with simple component spectra, and they were analyzed in detail. As compared to the a-C:H films deposited at room substrate-temperature, the UNCD/a-C:H and nonhydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C films deposited at a substrate-temperature of 550∘C exhibited enhanced π∗ and σ∗C≡C peaks. At the elevated substrate-temperature, the π∗ and σ∗C≡C bonds formation is enhanced while the σ∗C–H and σ∗C–C bonds formation is suppressed. The UNCD/a-C:H film showed a larger σ∗C–C peak than the a-C film deposited at the same elevated substrate-temperature in vacuum. We believe that the intense σ∗C–C peak is evidently responsible for UNCD crystallites existence in the film.

  9. Near edge X-ray absorption fine structure study for optimization of hard diamond-like carbon film formation with Ar cluster ion beam

    Kitagawa, T; Kanda, K; Shimizugawa, Y; Toyoda, N; Matsui, S; Yamada, I; Tsubakino, H; Matsuo, J

    2003-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) film deposited using C sub 6 sub 0 vapor with simultaneous irradiation of an Ar cluster ion beam was characterized by a near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), in order to optimize the hard DLC film deposition conditions. Contents of sp sup 2 orbitals in the films, which were estimated from NEXAFS spectra, are 30% lower than that of a conventional DLC film deposited by a RF plasma method. Those contents were obtained under the flux ratio of the C sub 6 sub 0 molecules to the Ar cluster ions to range from 1 to 20, at 5keV of Ar cluster ion acceleration energy. Average hardness of the films was 50 GPa under these flux ratios. This hardness was three times higher than that of a conventional DLC film. Furthermore, the lowest sp sup 2 content and above-mentioned high hardness were obtained at room temperature of the substrate when the depositions were performed in the range of the substrate temperature from room temperature to 250degC. (author)

  10. Canny Edge Detection using Verilog

    D Narayana Reddy*; , Mohan A R2; , Subhramanya Bhat3

    2014-01-01

    Edge detection is one of the key stages in image processing and objects identification. The Canny Edge Detector is one of the most widely used edge detection algorithm due to its good performance. Edge detection carries preprocessing step for many image processing algorithms such as image enhancement, image segmentation, tracking and image/video coding. Canny’s edge detection algorithm that results in significantly reduced memory requirements decreased latency and increased th...

  11. Role of the Ce valence in the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism of CeO$_{1-x}$F$_{x}$BiS$_{2}$ revealed by Ce $L_3$-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Sugimoto, Takuya; Joseph, Boby; Paris, Eugenio; Iadecola, Antenolla; Mizokawa, Takashi; Demura, Satoshi; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Takano, Yoshihiko; Saini, Naurang L.

    2014-01-01

    We have performed Ce $L_3$-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements on CeO$_{1-x}$F$_x$BiS$_2$, in which the superconductivity of the BiS$_2$ layer and the ferromagnetism of the CeO$_{1-x}$F$_x$ layer are induced by the F-doping, in order to investigate the impact of the F-doping on the local electronic and lattice structures. The Ce $L_3$-edge XAS spectrum of CeOBiS$_2$ exhibits coexistence of $4f^1$ (Ce$^{3+}$) and $4f^0$ (Ce$^{4+}$) state transitions revealing Ce mixed valency...

  12. Microbeam X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Spectroscopy study of the oxidation of Fe and Nb in zirconium alloy oxide layers

    Alloy optimization of zirconium based alloys used for nuclear fuel cladding is key to increasing corrosion resistance and reducing hydrogen pickup. The mechanism by which alloying elements influence these processes is investigated by focusing on the chemical state evolution of two alloying elements, Fe and Nb, when incorporated into the growing oxide layers of various production zirconium alloys – Zircaloy-4, ZIRLO® and Zr–2.5Nb – as well as a model alloy – Zr–0.4Fe–0.2Cr. X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) measurements to determine the evolution of their oxidation states is performed using micro-beam synchrotron radiation on cross sectional oxide samples. A thin (∼12 μm) cross-sectional sample of Zircaloy-4 oxide was also designed and fabricated to differentiate the signal coming from the Fe in solid solution from the signal coming from the Fe in precipitates. The XANES spectra were fitted using a combination of standards, to determine the evolution of the oxidized fractions of Fe and Nb in the oxide as function of distance from the oxide/metal interface. The results show that the oxidation of Fe and Nb in the oxide layer is delayed relative to that of Zr. Both the second phase precipitates and solid solution Fe atoms were initially incorporated in metallic form into the oxide layer, although it appears that Fe in solid solution oxidizes first. It is shown that after a given distance from the metal/oxide interface (which is alloy dependent), the alloying elements start to oxidize. Qualitative TEM examinations of precipitates embedded in zirconium oxide layers correlate well with the quantitative XANES results. These results allow a discussion of a qualitative oxidation model of Fe and Nb in Zr alloys

  13. In-operando synchronous time-multiplexed O K-edge x-ray absorption spectromicroscopy of functioning tantalum oxide memristors

    Memristors are receiving keen interest because of their potential varied applications and promising large-scale information storage capabilities. Tantalum oxide is a memristive material that has shown promise for high-performance nonvolatile computer memory. The microphysics has been elusive because of the small scale and subtle physical changes that accompany conductance switching. In this study, we probed the atomic composition, local chemistry, and electronic structure of functioning tantalum oxide memristors through spatially mapped O K-edge x-ray absorption. We developed a time-multiplexed spectromicroscopy technique to enhance the weak and possibly localized oxide modifications with spatial and spectral resolutions of <30 nm and 70 meV, respectively. During the initial stages of conductance switching of a micrometer sized crosspoint device, the spectral changes were uniform within the spatial resolution of our technique. When the device was further driven with millions of high voltage-pulse cycles, we observed lateral motion and separation of ∼100 nm-scale agglomerates of both oxygen interstitials and vacancies. We also demonstrate a unique capability of this technique by identifying the relaxation behavior in the material during electrical stimuli by identifying electric field driven changes with varying pulse widths. In addition, we show that changes to the material can be localized to a spatial region by modifying its topography or uniformity, as against spatially uniform changes observed here during memristive switching. The goal of this report is to introduce the capability of time-multiplexed x-ray spectromicroscopy in studying weak-signal transitions in inhomogeneous media through the example of the operation and temporal evolution of a memristor

  14. In-operando synchronous time-multiplexed O K-edge x-ray absorption spectromicroscopy of functioning tantalum oxide memristors

    Kumar, Suhas [Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, 1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California 94304 (United States); Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Graves, Catherine E.; Strachan, John Paul, E-mail: john-paul.strachan@hp.com; Williams, R. Stanley [Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, 1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California 94304 (United States); Kilcoyne, A. L. David; Tyliszczak, Tolek [Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Nishi, Yoshio [Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)

    2015-07-21

    Memristors are receiving keen interest because of their potential varied applications and promising large-scale information storage capabilities. Tantalum oxide is a memristive material that has shown promise for high-performance nonvolatile computer memory. The microphysics has been elusive because of the small scale and subtle physical changes that accompany conductance switching. In this study, we probed the atomic composition, local chemistry, and electronic structure of functioning tantalum oxide memristors through spatially mapped O K-edge x-ray absorption. We developed a time-multiplexed spectromicroscopy technique to enhance the weak and possibly localized oxide modifications with spatial and spectral resolutions of <30 nm and 70 meV, respectively. During the initial stages of conductance switching of a micrometer sized crosspoint device, the spectral changes were uniform within the spatial resolution of our technique. When the device was further driven with millions of high voltage-pulse cycles, we observed lateral motion and separation of ∼100 nm-scale agglomerates of both oxygen interstitials and vacancies. We also demonstrate a unique capability of this technique by identifying the relaxation behavior in the material during electrical stimuli by identifying electric field driven changes with varying pulse widths. In addition, we show that changes to the material can be localized to a spatial region by modifying its topography or uniformity, as against spatially uniform changes observed here during memristive switching. The goal of this report is to introduce the capability of time-multiplexed x-ray spectromicroscopy in studying weak-signal transitions in inhomogeneous media through the example of the operation and temporal evolution of a memristor.

  15. Characterization of Functionalized Self-Assembled Monolayers and Surface-Attached Interlocking Molecules Using Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy

    Willey, T; Willey, T

    2004-03-24

    Quantitative knowledge of the fundamental structure and substrate binding, as well as the direct measurement of conformational changes, are essential to the development of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and surface-attached interlocking molecules, catenanes and rotaxanes. These monolayers are vital to development of nano-mechanical, molecular electronic, and biological/chemical sensor applications. This dissertation investigates properties of functionalized SAMs in sulfur-gold based adsorbed molecular monolayers using quantitative spectroscopic techniques including near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stability of the gold-thiolate interface is addressed. A simple model SAM consisting of dodecanethiol adsorbed on Au(111) degrades significantly in less than 24 hours under ambient laboratory air. S 2p and O 1s XPS show the gold-bound thiolates oxidize to sulfinates and sulfonates. A reduction of organic material on the surface and a decrease in order are observed as the layer degrades. The effect of the carboxyl vs. carboxylate functionalization on SAM structure is investigated. Carboxyl-terminated layers consisting of long alkyl-chain thiols vs. thioctic acid with short, sterically separated, alkyl groups are compared and contrasted. NEXAFS shows a conformational change, or chemical switchability, with carboxyl groups tilted over and carboxylate endgroups more upright. Surface-attached loops and simple surface-attached rotaxanes are quantitatively characterized, and preparation conditions that lead to desired films are outlined. A dithiol is often insufficient to form a molecular species bound at each end to the substrate, while a structurally related disulfide-containing polymer yields surface-attached loops. Similarly, spectroscopic techniques show the successful production of a simple, surface-attached rotaxane that requires a ''molecular riveting'' step to hold the

  16. A novel surface-sensitive X-ray absorption spectroscopic detector to study the thermal decomposition of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

    Nonaka, Takamasa; Okuda, Chikaaki; Oka, Hideaki; Nishimura, Yusaku F.; Makimura, Yoshinari; Kondo, Yasuhito; Dohmae, Kazuhiko; Takeuchi, Yoji

    2016-09-01

    A surface-sensitive conversion-electron-yield X-ray absorption fine structure (CEY-XAFS) detector that operates at elevated temperatures is developed to investigate the thermal decomposition of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. The detector enables measurements with the sample temperature controlled from room temperature up to 450 °C. The detector is applied to the LiNi0.75Co0.15Al0.05Mg0.05O2 cathode material at 0% state of charge (SOC) and 50% SOC to examine the chemical changes that occur during heating in the absence of an electrolyte. The combination of surface-sensitive CEY-XAFS and bulk-sensitive transmission-mode XAFS shows that the reduction of Ni and Co ions begins at the surface of the cathode particles at around 150 °C, and propagates inside the particle upon further heating. These changes with heating are irreversible and are more obvious at 50% SOC than at 0% SOC. The fraction of reduced Ni ions is larger than that of reduced Co ions. These results demonstrate the capability of the developed detector to obtain important information for the safe employment of this cathode material in Li-ion batteries.

  17. Determination of the self-absorption in environmental samples of Marinelli-geometry and HPGe-detectors using Monte-Carlo-simulations

    Measuring smallest activities requires high efficiencies and large sample volumes. Both demands are well accomplished by a Marinelli-beaker geometry. Because of the relative long mean path lengths compared to the mean free paths of photons in the sample material the measurement is affected by the self-absorption in the volume source. It is the purpose of this study to calculate self-absorption correction factors CSA making use of the Monte- Carlo-transport-code EGS4 simulating Marinelli-geometry and HPGe-detectors for photon energies in the range from 20 keV to.2 MeV. Fitting the results of the Monte-Carlo-calculations yielded an analytical term which covers the desired energy range as well as arbitrary chemical compositions and densities of environmental samples from 0.1 g/ccm to 2.0 g/ccm

  18. Total-absorption detector with CsI(Tl) crystal for measurement of gamma-quantum energies of 10-104 MeV

    A total-absorption shower scintillation gamma spectrometer is described. The spectrometer is designed for measurement of the energies of gamma quanta produced by interaction of relativistic particles with single crystals. The detector is based on a CsI(Tl) crystal, which is viewed by an FEU-49 photomultiplier operating at 660 V. The dynamic range of gamma-quantum energy measurement is 10-104 MeV. The energy resolution is 9% for gamma quanta with an energy of 4.43 MeV

  19. Diurnal Variation and Spatial Distribution Effects on Sulfur Speciation in Aerosol Samples as Assessed by X-Ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES)

    Siwatt Pongpiachan; Kanjana Thumanu; Warangkana Na Pattalung; Phoosak Hirunyatrakul; Itthipon Kittikoon; Kin Fai Ho; Junji Cao

    2012-01-01

    This paper focuses on providing new results relating to the impacts of Diurnal variation, Vertical distribution, and Emission source on sulfur K-edge XANES spectrum of aerosol samples. All aerosol samples used in the diurnal variation experiment were preserved using anoxic preservation stainless cylinders (APSCs) and pressure-controlled glove boxes (PCGBs), which were specially designed to prevent oxidation of the sulfur states in PM10. Further investigation of sulfur K-edge XANES spectra rev...

  20. Debris of potassium–magnesium silicate glass generated by femtosecond laser-induced ablation in air: An analysis by near edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy, micro Raman and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy

    The redeposited material (debris) resulting from ablation of a potassium–magnesium silicate glass upon scanning femtosecond laser pulse irradiation (130 fs, 800 nm) in air environment is investigated by means of three complementary surface analytical methods. Changes in the electronic band structure of the glass constituent Magnesium (Mg) were identified by X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure spectroscopy (XANES) using synchrotron radiation. An up-shift of ≈0.8 eV of a specific Magnesium K-edge absorption peak in the spectrum of the redeposited material along with a significant change in its leading edge position was detected. In contrast, the surface left after laser ablation exhibits a downshift of the peak position by ≈0.9 eV. Both observations may be related to a change of the Mg coordinative state of the laser modified/redeposited glass material. The presence of carbon in the debris is revealed by micro Raman spectroscopy (μ-RS) and was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). These observations are attributed to structural changes and chemical reactions taking place during the ablation process.

  1. Practical self-absorption correction method for various environmental samples in a 1000 cm3 Marinelli container to perform accurate radioactivity determination with HPGe detectors

    The self-absorption of large volume samples is an important issue in gamma-ray spectrometry using high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors. After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, a large number of radioactivity measurements of various environmental samples have been performed using 1000 cm3 containers. This study uses Monte Carlo simulations and a semiempirical function to address the self-absorption correction factor for the samples in the 1000 cm3 Marinelli container that has been widely marketed after the accident. The presented factor was validated by experiments using test sources and was shown to be accurate for a wide range of linear attenuation coefficients μ(0.05 - 1.0 cm-1). This suggests that the proposed correction factor is applicable to almost all environmental samples. In addition, an interlaboratory comparison where participants were asked to determine the radioactivity of a certified reference material demonstrated that the proposed correction factor can be used with HPGe detectors of different crystal sizes. (author)

  2. Examination of the site preference of metals in NiAl2−xGaxO4 spinel-type oxides by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy

    Highlights: • Average coordination number of cations in NiAl2−xGaxO4 investigated by XANES. • Average Al and Ga coordination increases with increasing Ga concentration. • Al L2,3- and Ga K-edge XANES spectra are very sensitive to changes in coordination. - Abstract: Materials adopting the spinel-type structure have received considerable attention owing to the compositional diversity and the large number of potential applications for these materials. Although many studies of ternary spinel-type oxides have been completed, few studies have investigated quaternary materials. The NiAl2−xGaxO4 spinel-type system was investigated in this study by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) and powder X-ray diffraction to study how the metal-site preference changed depending on composition. The Al L2,3-edge XANES spectra showed that Al occupied the tetrahedral and octahedral sites when x in the chemical formula was low, and preferentially occupied the octahedral site as x increased. The Ga K-edge XANES spectra confirmed that Ga3+ has a strong preference for residing in the tetrahedral site and that this ion only partially occupied the octahedral sites when the concentration of Ga3+ in the system was sufficiently large. The Ni K-edge XANES spectra showed that Ni2+ has a strong preference for residing in the octahedral site, and that more Ni2+ was present in the tetrahedral site in NiAl2O4 vs. NiGa2O4. Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction patterns from the ternary end members were in general agreement with these results. This study has demonstrated the utility of using XANES to investigate the site preference of Al and Ga through the examination of Al L2,3- and Ga K-edge spectra, respectively

  3. X-ray absorption spectrum for guanosine-5{sup '}-monophosphate in water solution in the vicinity of the nitrogen K-edge observed in free liquid jet in vacuum

    Ukai, Masatoshi [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei-shi Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)], E-mail: ukai3@cc.tuat.ac.jp; Yokoya, Akinari [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Fujii, Kentaro [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Saitoh, Yuji [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)

    2008-10-15

    A new spectroscopy for direct effect of radiation damage to nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA is underway using a liquid beam sample in vacuum combined with soft-X-ray synchrotron radiation. We show the X-ray absorption spectrum (XANES) of liquid phase water at X-ray photon energy in the vicinity of oxygen K-shell absorption edge obtained from total photoelectron yields ejected from a pure water beam. We confirm a 'liquid sample in vacuum' for the present experiment by the measurements of the temperature dependence of the XANES spectrum for a liquid beam of pure water. Shown is the first measurement of the XANES spectrum for guanosine-5{sup '}-monophosphate (GMP), which is one of the fundamental nucleotide unit for RNA, in water solution at X-ray photon energy in the vicinity of nitrogen K-shell absorption edge involved in the 'water-window' region, which corresponds to a selective excitation of guanine site.

  4. Soft X-ray radiation effects on yeast cells with energies on and off the O K absorption edge by a soft X-ray microprobe

    The cell killing abilities of soft X-rays on and off the oxygen K-shell edges on yeast cells have been investigated using a micrometer soft X-ray microprobe from synchrotron radiation. The dose depositions at different X-ray energies in the cell were discussed. At the same time, the cells were irradiated by 60Co gamma-rays and the abilities in inducing yeast cell killing were compared with those produced by soft X-rays. The results showed that soft X-rays on and off the O K edge had higher ability of radiation damage than 60Co gamma-rays. The total killing abilities of the three soft X-rays on yeast cells were almost similar and the differences of the X-rays in inducing yeast cell killing on and off the O K edge were not obvious. (authors)

  5. Optical absorption characteristics in the assessment of powder phosphor-based x-ray detectors: from nano- to micro-scale

    Liaparinos, P. F.

    2015-11-01

    X-ray phosphor-based detectors have enormously improved the quality of medical imaging examinations through the optimization of optical diffusion. In recent years, with the development of science and technology in the field of materials, improved powder phosphors require structural and optical properties that contribute to better optical signal propagation. The purpose of this paper was to provide a quantitative and qualitative understanding of the optical absorption characteristics in the assessment of powder phosphor-based detectors (from nano- scale up to micro-scale). Variations on the optical absorption parameters (i.e. the light extinction coefficient {{m}\\text{ext}} and the percentage probability of light absorption p%) were evaluated based on Mie calculations examining a wide range of light wavelengths, particle refractive indices and sizes. To model and assess the effects of the aforementioned parameters on optical diffusion, Monte Carlo simulation techniques were employed considering: (i) phosphors of different layer thickness, 100 μm (thin layer) and 300 μm (thick layer), respectively, (ii) light extinction coefficient values, 1, 3 and 6 μm-1, and (iii) percentage probability of light absorption p% in the range 10-4-10-2. Results showed that the {{m}\\text{ext}} coefficient is high for phosphor grains in the submicron scale and for low light wavelengths. At higher wavelengths (above 650 nm), optical quanta follow approximately similar depths until interaction for grain diameter 500 nm and 1 μm. Regarding the variability of the refractive index, high variations of the {{m}\\text{ext}} coefficient occurred above 1.6. Furthermore, results derived from Monte Carlo modeling showed that high spatial resolution phosphors can be accomplished by increasing the {{m}\\text{ext}} parameter. More specifically, the FWHM was found to decrease (i.e. higher resolution): (i) 4.8% at 100 μm and (ii) 9.5%, at 300 μm layer thickness. This study attempted to

  6. Invisible Active Galactic Nuclei. II. Radio Morphologies and Five New H i 21cm Absorption Line Detectors

    Yan, Ting; Stocke, John T.; Darling, Jeremy; Momjian, Emmanuel; Sharma, Soniya; Kanekar, Nissim

    2016-03-01

    This is the second paper directed toward finding new highly redshifted atomic and molecular absorption lines at radio frequencies. To this end, we selected a sample of 80 candidates for obscured radio-loud active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and presented their basic optical/near-infrared (NIR) properties in Paper I. In this paper, we present both high-resolution radio continuum images for all of these sources and H i 21 cm absorption spectroscopy for a few selected sources in this sample. A-configuration 4.9 and 8.5 GHz Very Large Array continuum observations find that 52 sources are compact or have substantial compact components with size 0.1 Jy at 4.9 GHz. The 36 most compact sources were then observed with the Very Long Baseline Array at 1.4 GHz. One definite and 10 candidate Compact Symmetric Objects (CSOs) are newly identified, which is a detection rate of CSOs ∼three times higher than the detection rate previously found in purely flux-limited samples. Based on possessing compact components with high flux densities, 60 of these sources are good candidates for absorption-line searches. Twenty-seven sources were observed for H i 21 cm absorption at their photometric or spectroscopic redshifts with only six detections (five definite and one tentative). However, five of these were from a small subset of six CSOs with pure galaxy optical/NIR spectra (i.e., any AGN emission is obscured) and for which accurate spectroscopic redshifts place the redshifted 21 cm line in a radio frequency intereference (RFI)-free spectral “window” (i.e., the percentage of H i 21 cm absorption-line detections could be as high as ∼90% in this sample). It is likely that the presence of ubiquitous RFI and the absence of accurate spectroscopic redshifts preclude H i detections in similar sources (only 1 detection out of the remaining 22 sources observed, 13 of which have only photometric redshifts); that is, H i absorption may well be present but is masked by the RFI. Future searches for

  7. Development of a self-absorption correction method used for a HPGe detector by means of a Monte Carlo simulation

    Quantitative analysis for food products and natural samples, to determine the activity of each radionuclide, can be made by using a high-purity germanium (HPGe) gamma-ray spectrometer system. The analysis procedure is, in general, based upon the guidelines established by the Nuclear Safety Division of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (JP MEXT). In the case of gamma-ray spectrum analysis for large volume samples, re-entrant (marinelli) containers are commonly used. The effect of photon attenuation in a large-volume sample, so-called “self-absorption”, should be corrected for precise determination of the activity. As for marinelli containers, two accurate geometries are shown in the JP MEXT guidelines for 700 milliliter and 2 liter volumes. In the document, the functions to obtain the self-absorption coefficients for these specific shapes are also shown. Therefore, self-absorption corrections have been carried out only for these two containers with practical media. However, to measure radioactivity for samples in containers of volumes other than those described in the guidelines, the self-absorption correction functions must be obtained by measuring at least two standard multinuclide volume sources, which consist of different media or different linear attenuation coefficients. In this work, we developed a method to obtain these functions over a wide range of linear attenuation coefficients for self-absorption in various shapes of marinelli containers using a Monte Carlo simulation. This method was applied to a 1-liter marinelli container, which is widely used for the above quantitative analysis, although its self-absorption correction function has not yet been established. The validity of this method was experimentally checked through an analysis of natural samples with known activity levels. (author)

  8. Sulfur K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Density Functional Calculations on Mo(IV) and Mo(VI)=O Bis-dithiolenes: Insights into the Mechanism of Oxo Transfer in DMSO Reductase and Related Functional Analogues

    Tenderholt, Adam L.; Wang, Jun-Jieh; Szilagyi, Robert K.; Holm, Richard H.; Hodgson, Keith O.; Hedman, Britt; Solomon, Edward I.

    2010-01-01

    Sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been used to determine the electronic structures of two Mo bis-dithiolene complexes, [Mo(OSi)(bdt)2]1− and [MoO(OSi)(bdt)2]1− where OSi = [OSiPh2tBu]1− and bdt = benzene-1,2-dithiolate(2−), that model the Mo(IV) and Mo(VI)=O states of the DMSO reductase family of molybdenum enzymes. These results show that the Mo(IV) complex undergoes metal-based oxidation unlike the Mo(IV) tris-dithiolene ...

  9. Heterogeneous mixed valence in YbPd sub 3 S sub 4 : evidence from sup 1 sup 7 sup 0 Yb Moessbauer and x-ray L sub I sub I sub I -edge absorption measurements

    Bonville, P; Alleno, E; Takahashi, F; Matsuoka, E; Ishikawa, M

    2003-01-01

    The intermetallic bronze YbPd sub 3 S sub 4 is shown to be a heterogeneous mixed-valence system, by means of sup 1 sup 7 sup 0 Yb Moessbauer spectroscopy and x-ray L sub I sub I sub I -edge absorption and magnetic measurements. Two valence states coexist in this compound: Yb sup 3 sup + and close-to-divalent Yb. The trivalent fraction (about 50%) undergoes a transition to magnetic ordering at about 2 K, with the GAMMA sub 7 doublet as the ground crystal field state. The possibility of charge (or valence) ordering is discussed. (letter to the editor)

  10. A measuring method of photo-electric cross section. Application to high-Z elements between 40 keV and 220 keV. Measurement of K absorption edge energy of Au, Th, U, Pu

    This study first describes a bent crystal monochromator developed for the production of monochromatic beams in a continuous energy range from 30 to 250 keV; it is completed by a metrological application of the device (determination of K absorption edge energy of Au, Th, U, Pu). A method and the associated experimental procedure were developed to measure the photo-electric cross section for high-Z elements; the results are presented with a relative uncertainty ranging between 3 and 6%. Finally, the experimental values are compared with values calculated from theories using self-consistent potential models

  11. A versatile detector for total fluorescence and electron yield experiments

    The combination of a non-coated silicon photodiode with electron repelling meshes makes a versatile detector for total fluorescence yield and electron yield techniques highly suitable for x-ray absorption spectroscopy. In particular, a copper mesh with a bias voltage allows to suppress or transmit the electron yield signal. The performance of this detection scheme has been characterized by near edge x-ray absorption fine structure studies of thermal oxidized silicon and sapphire. The results show that the new detector probes both electron yield and for a bias voltage exceeding the maximum photon energy the total fluorescence yield.

  12. Near-infrared photoluminescence and ligand K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopies of AnO2Cl42-(An:u, NP, Pu)

    Wilkerson, Marianne P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Berg, John M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Clark, David L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Conradson, Steven D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hobart, David E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kozimor, Stosh A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Scott, Brian L [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    We have used photoluminescence and X-ray absorption spectroscopies to investigate electronic structures and metal-ligand bonding of a series of An02CI/ ' (An = U, Np, Pu) compounds. Specifically, we will discuss time-resolved near-infrared emission spectra of crystalline Cs2U(An)02C14 (An = Np and Pu) both at 23 K and 75 K, as well as chlorine Kedge X-ray absorption spectra ofCs2An02CI4 (An = U, Np).

  13. The Red Edge Problem in asteroid band parameter analysis

    Lindsay, Sean S.; Dunn, Tasha L.; Emery, Joshua P.; Bowles, Neil E.

    2016-04-01

    Near-infrared reflectance spectra of S-type asteroids contain two absorptions at 1 and 2 μm (band I and II) that are diagnostic of mineralogy. A parameterization of these two bands is frequently employed to determine the mineralogy of S(IV) asteroids through the use of ordinary chondrite calibration equations that link the mineralogy to band parameters. The most widely used calibration study uses a Band II terminal wavelength point (red edge) at 2.50 μm. However, due to the limitations of the NIR detectors on prominent telescopes used in asteroid research, spectral data for asteroids are typically only reliable out to 2.45 μm. We refer to this discrepancy as "The Red Edge Problem." In this report, we evaluate the associated errors for measured band area ratios (BAR = Area BII/BI) and calculated relative abundance measurements. We find that the Red Edge Problem is often not the dominant source of error for the observationally limited red edge set at 2.45 μm, but it frequently is for a red edge set at 2.40 μm. The error, however, is one sided and therefore systematic. As such, we provide equations to adjust measured BARs to values with a different red edge definition. We also provide new ol/(ol+px) calibration equations for red edges set at 2.40 and 2.45 μm.

  14. X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) study of YBaCo4-xFexO7 (x = 0.2, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, and 0.8) using synchrotron radiation

    YBaCo4O7 is an important material in the class of cobaltates which shows a high degree of magnetic frustration. The crystal structure of YBaCo4O7 is built up of Kagome sheets of CoO4 tetrahedra, linked by triangular layers of CoO4 tetrahedra. The ratio of Co ion numbers in the Kagome to triangular lattices is 3:1 and it shows mixed valency of Co consisting of Co2+ and Co3+ states. Here, we report the XANES measurements on Fe doped YBaCo4O7, i.e., YBaCo4-xFexO7 compounds using Synchrotron radiation. The shifts of the K-absorption edges of Co have been investigated for these samples as a function by Fe doping concentration. The measurements have been carried out at the recently commissioned Dispersive EXAFS beamline (BL-8) at INDUS-2 Synchrotron Radiation source at RRCAT, Indore. From the XANES spectra of the samples it is found that that Co K absorption edge (E0) of YBaCo4-xFexO7 samples is shifted gradually to the higher energy as the Fe concentration (x) in the samples is increased from 0.2 to 0.8

  15. Theoretical chemical contribution to the simulation of the L{sub 3} X-ray absorption edges of uranyl, neptunyl and osmyl hydrates and hydroxides

    Den Auwer, Ch.; Guillaumont, D.; Guilbaud, Ph. [CEA Marcoule, Dept. Radiochimie et Procedes (DRCP/SCPS), 30 (France); Conradson, St.D. [Los Alamos National Lab., MST Div., NM (United States); Rehr, J.J.; Ankudinov, A. [Washington Univ., Seattle, WA (United States). Dept. of Physics; Simoni, E. [Institut de Physique Nucleaire, (IN2P3/CNRS) 91 - Orsay (France)

    2004-08-01

    XANES spectroscopy has long been used as a structural and electronic probe of a selected element. Phenomenological application of this technique to actinide cations has proved fruitful to characterize the actinide environment in both solid state and solution compounds. Although powerful XANES simulation codes have been developed, the use of such simulations in order to describe the valence orbitals of the actinide cation is still scarce. The very short life time of the core hole at the LIII edge as well as the low symmetry and large size of the coordination polyhedron are difficulties to be overcome in the analysis of the edge spectra. In this work, three simple molecules have been selected for their similar geometry that is typical of the trans di-oxo actinyl compounds: [UO{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 5}]{sup 2+}, [NpO{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 5}]{sup 2+}, [NpO{sub 2}(OH){sub 4}]{sup 2-}. Additional comparison with a transition metal, the osmyl cation [OsO{sub 2}(OH){sub 4}]{sup 2-}, is also made. The cation LIII edges have been recorded and compared to edge calculations using FEFF8.2 code. This article is structured in two parts. In the first one, elaboration and optimization of a valid structural model cluster is carried out using molecular dynamics calculations. The influence of the water solvent molecules as well as the hydrogen atoms of the cations first coordination sphere are discussed. In the second part, Amsterdam quantum chemical calculations have been carried out on the four clusters and molecular energy levels are qualitatively compared to the data obtained from calculated XANES spectra. (authors)

  16. The allosteric regulation of axial/rhombic population in a “Type 1” copper site. Multi-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopic and density functional studies of pseudoazurin

    The co-existence of “axial” and “rhombic” coordination environments has been demonstrated in a “Type 1” copper site of Pseudoazurin. This observation opens up previously not considered interpretations for the relationship between geometry and electronic structure of the four coordinate copper site. The Met16 variants of pseudoazurin were considered as model systems for investigating the effect of weak interactions from the second coordination sphere. The correlation between geometric and electronic structures of “Type 1” copper site was evaluated by the multi-edge (Cu K-edge and S K-edge) X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) of Met16 variants of pseudoazurin. The co-existing axial and rhombic sites in pseudoazurin were characterized by Cu–ligand distances, effective nuclear charge, and Cu–S(Cys) covalency from XAS. The XAS results were correlated with DFT calculations for investigating the effect of protein environment from the inner-sphere and beyond around the Cu site. The combined experimental and theoretical results support the presence of a close correlation between outer sphere environment and inner sphere coordination environment. This is achieved in pseudoazurin by a previously undisclosed allosteric effect that involves a rearrangement of the protein tertiary structure. (author)

  17. Characterization of local chemistry and disorder in synthetic and natural {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} materials by X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy

    Mottana, A. [Rome, Univ. `Roma Tre` (Italy). Dip. di Scienze Geologiche]|[INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Rome (Italy); Murata, T. [Kyoto, Univ. of Education (Japan). Dept. of Physics; Marcelli, A. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Rome (Italy)] [and others

    1997-11-01

    X-ray absorption fine spectra at the Al K-edge were measured experimentally on and calculated theoretically via the multiple-scattering formalism for a chemically pure and physically perfect synthetic {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ({alpha}-alumina), a natural `ruby/sapphire` (corundum) and a series of artificial `corundum` produced for technical purposes and used as geochemical standards. The Al K-edge spectra differ despite of the identical coordination (short-range arrangement) assumed by O around Al, and vary slightly in relation to the slightly different chemistries of the materials (substitutional defects) as well as on account of the location taken by foreign atoms in the structural lattices (positional defects). A quantitative treatment of the observed changes is made in terms of short-range modification of the coordination polyhedron and of medium- to long-range modifications in the overall structure; both of them induced by substitutions. In some technical `corundums`, the impurities of admixed `{beta}-alumina`, where Al is both in four- and six-fold coordination, produce another small but detectable effect on Al K-edges. Therefore, XAFS spectroscopy proves its potentials for both measuring a light element such as Al, and detecting minor coordination changes and substitutions (ca. 1{approx}3 wt.% as oxide) of the absorber by dilute other atoms, at least under favorable conditions as those occurring in this system are.

  18. Nb K-edge x-ray absorption investigation of the pressure induced amorphization in A-site deficient double perovskite La1/3NbO3

    Nb K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy is utilized to investigate the changes in the local structure of the A-site deficient double perovskite La1/3NbO3 which undergoes a pressure induced irreversible amorphization. EXAFS results show that with increasing pressure up to 7.5 GPa, the average Nb–O bond distance decreases in agreement with the expected compression and tilting of the NbO6 octahedra. On the contrary, above 7.5 GPa, the average Nb–O bond distance show a tendency to increase. Significant changes in the Nb K-edge XANES spectrum with evident low energy shift of the pre-peak and the absorption edge is found to happen in La1/3NbO3 above 6.3 GPa. These changes evidence a gradual reduction of the Nb cations from Nb5+ towards Nb4+ above 6.3 GPa. Such a valence change accompanied by the elongation of the average Nb–O bond distances in the octahedra, introduces repulsion forces between non-bonding adjacent oxygen anions in the unoccupied A-sites. Above a critical pressure, the Nb reduction mechanism can no longer be sustained by the changing local structure and amorphization occurs, apparently due to the build-up of local strain. EXAFS and XANES results indicate two distinct pressure regimes having different local and electronic response in the La1/3NbO3 system before the occurence of the pressure induced amorphization at  ∼14.5 GPa. (paper)

  19. Image edge detection based on adaptive weighted morphology

    Lihui Jiang; Yanying Guo

    2007-01-01

    A novel morphological edge detector based on adaptive weighted morphological operators is presented. It judges image edge and direction by adaptive weighted morphological structuring elements (SEs). If the edge direction exists, a big weight factor in SE is put; if it does not exist, a small weight factor in SE is put. Thus we can achieve an intensified edge detector. Experimental results prove that the new operator's performance dominates those of classical operators for images in edge detection, and obtains superbly detail edges.

  20. Analysis of the nitrogen K-edge x-ray absorption spectra of Zn-porphyrin/C{sub 70}-fulleren complex for solar cells

    Suchkova, S A; Soldatov, A [Southern Federal University, Sorge str. 5, 344090 Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation); Cudia, C Castellarin, E-mail: suchkova_sv@inbox.r [Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A, s.s. 14 km 163.5 in Area Science Park, 34012 Trieste (Italy)

    2009-11-15

    The atomic structure models of Zn-porphyrin/C{sub 70} multilayer for solar cells were examined. The local atomic structure of the Zn-porphyrin/C{sub 70} complex was refined with the use of previously published results [1]. Since near-edge spectral region (XANES) is sensitive to the three-dimensional atomic geometry, the theoretical analysis of the experimental XANES was performed on the basis of finite difference method (FDMnes 2008 program code). Some electronic properties of the complex were obtained from the DFT calculations performed by means of Amsterdam Density Functional program package.

  1. Examination of the site preference of metals in NiAl{sub 2−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 4} spinel-type oxides by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy

    Walker, James D.S.; Hayes, John R.; Grosvenor, Andrew P., E-mail: andrew.grosvenor@usask.ca

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • Average coordination number of cations in NiAl{sub 2−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 4} investigated by XANES. • Average Al and Ga coordination increases with increasing Ga concentration. • Al L{sub 2,3}- and Ga K-edge XANES spectra are very sensitive to changes in coordination. - Abstract: Materials adopting the spinel-type structure have received considerable attention owing to the compositional diversity and the large number of potential applications for these materials. Although many studies of ternary spinel-type oxides have been completed, few studies have investigated quaternary materials. The NiAl{sub 2−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 4} spinel-type system was investigated in this study by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) and powder X-ray diffraction to study how the metal-site preference changed depending on composition. The Al L{sub 2,3}-edge XANES spectra showed that Al occupied the tetrahedral and octahedral sites when x in the chemical formula was low, and preferentially occupied the octahedral site as x increased. The Ga K-edge XANES spectra confirmed that Ga{sup 3+} has a strong preference for residing in the tetrahedral site and that this ion only partially occupied the octahedral sites when the concentration of Ga{sup 3+} in the system was sufficiently large. The Ni K-edge XANES spectra showed that Ni{sup 2+} has a strong preference for residing in the octahedral site, and that more Ni{sup 2+} was present in the tetrahedral site in NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} vs. NiGa{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction patterns from the ternary end members were in general agreement with these results. This study has demonstrated the utility of using XANES to investigate the site preference of Al and Ga through the examination of Al L{sub 2,3}- and Ga K-edge spectra, respectively.

  2. Ab initio Bethe-Salpeter calculations of the x-ray absorption spectra of transition metals at the L-shell edges

    Vinson, J.; Rehr, J. J.

    2012-11-01

    We present ab initio Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) calculations of the L2,3 edges of several insulating and metallic compounds containing Ca, V, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu, spanning a range of 3d-electron occupations. Our approach includes the key ingredients of a unified treatment of both extended states and atomic multiplet effects, i.e., Bloch states, self-consistent crystal potentials, ground-state magnetism, GW self-energy corrections, spin-orbit terms, and Coulomb interactions between the L2 and L3 levels. The method is implemented in the ocean package, which uses plane-wave pseudopotential wave functions as a basis, a projector-augmented-wave construction for the transition matrix elements, and a resolvent formalism for the BSE calculation. The results are in near quantitative agreement with experiment, including both fine structure at the edges and the nonstatistical L3/L2 ratios observed for these systems. Approximations such as time-dependent density-functional theory are shown to be less accurate.

  3. Comparison of multialkali and GaAs photocathode detectors for Joint European Torus edge light detection and ranging Thomson scattering profiles

    Kempenaars, M.; Nielsen, P.; Pasqualotto, R.; Gowers, C.; Beurskens, M.

    2004-01-01

    The Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak has two light detection and ranging (LIDAR) Thomson scattering systems, one for the core and one dedicated to the edge T-e and n(e) profiles. The LIDAR scheme is unique to JET and is envisaged for use on ITER. The system's spatial resolution is defined by

  4. Preliminary optical design of a varied line-space spectrograph for the multi-channel detection of near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra in the 280-550 eV energy range

    Wheeler, B.S.; McKinney, W.R.; Hussain, Z.; Padmore, H.

    1996-07-01

    The optical design of a varied line-space spectrograph for the multi-channel recording of NEXAFS spectra in a single {open_quotes}snapshot{close_quotes} is proposed. The spectrograph is to be used with a bending magnet source on beamline 7.3.2 at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). Approximately 20 volts of spectra are simultaneously imaged across a small square of material sample at each respective K absorption edge of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. Photoelectrons emitted from the material sample will be collected by an electron imaging microscope, the view field of which determines the sampling size. The sample also forms the exit slit of the optical system. This dispersive method of NEXAFS data acquisition is three to four orders of magnitude faster than the conventional method of taking data point-to-point using scanning of the grating. The proposed design is presented along with the design method and supporting SHADOW raytrace analysis.

  5. Local dynamics and phase transition in quantum paraelectric SrTiO3 studied by Ti K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Anspoks, Andris; Timoshenko, Janis; Purans, Juris; Rocca, Francesco; Trepakov, Vladimir; Dejneka, Alexander; Itoh, Mitsuru

    2016-05-01

    Strontium titanate is a model quantum paraelectric in which, in the region of dominating quantum statistics, the ferroelectric instability is inhibited due to nearly complete compensation of the harmonic contribution into ferroelectric soft mode frequency by the zero- point motion contribution. The enhancement of atomic masses by the substitution of 16 O with 18O decreases the zero-point atomic motion, and low-T ferroelectricity in SrTi18O3 is realized. In this study we report on the local structure of Ti in SrTi16O3 and SrTi18O3 investigated by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure measurements in the temperature range 6 - 300 K.

  6. Resonant photoemission of the valence electrons from ThO2, UO2, UO3 and U3O8 using synchrotron radiation excitation near the Th(U)5d - absorption edge

    The resonant photoemission of the valence electrons from UO2, ThO2, UO3 and U3O8 near the Th(U)5d absorption edge in the SR excitation energy range 70 < hν 140 eV was studied. For all the studied samples a jump of intensity near the resonance edge was observed, which was not observed before for the energy range 0 - 40 eV. This structure reflects the excitation-decay processes (inner photoeffect) involving the An5d and outer (OVMO: 0 - 13 eV) and inner (IVMO: 13 - 40 eV) valence molecular orbitals. It has to be noted that together with these processes a regular photoemission takes place. Since the considered resonant spectra are mostly due to the Auger electrons rather than to the photoemission, they reflect mostly the Annp and An5f partial state densities. The observed washout of the structure in the ∼15 - 40 eV energy range was explained by the IVMO formation. (author)

  7. Measuring partial fluorescence yield using filtered detectors.

    Boyko, T D; Green, R J; Moewes, A; Regier, T Z

    2014-07-01

    Typically, X-ray absorption near-edge structure measurements aim to probe the linear attenuation coefficient. These measurements are often carried out using partial fluorescence yield techniques that rely on detectors having photon energy discrimination improving the sensitivity and the signal-to-background ratio of the measured spectra. However, measuring the partial fluorescence yield in the soft X-ray regime with reasonable efficiency requires solid-state detectors, which have limitations due to the inherent dead-time while measuring. Alternatively, many of the available detectors that are not energy dispersive do not suffer from photon count rate limitations. A filter placed in front of one of these detectors will make the energy-dependent efficiency non-linear, thereby changing the responsivity of the detector. It is shown that using an array of filtered X-ray detectors is a viable method for measuring soft X-ray partial fluorescence yield spectra without dead-time. The feasibility of this technique is further demonstrated using α-Fe2O3 as an example and it is shown that this detector technology could vastly improve the photon collection efficiency at synchrotrons and that these detectors will allow experiments to be completed with a much lower photon flux reducing X-ray-induced damage. PMID:24971965

  8. K- and L-edge X-ray absorption spectrum calculations of closed-shell carbon, silicon, germanium, and sulfur compounds using damped four-component density functional response theory.

    Fransson, Thomas; Burdakova, Daria; Norman, Patrick

    2016-05-21

    X-ray absorption spectra of carbon, silicon, germanium, and sulfur compounds have been investigated by means of damped four-component density functional response theory. It is demonstrated that a reliable description of relativistic effects is obtained at both K- and L-edges. Notably, an excellent agreement with experimental results is obtained for L2,3-spectra-with spin-orbit effects well accounted for-also in cases when the experimental intensity ratio deviates from the statistical one of 2 : 1. The theoretical results are consistent with calculations using standard response theory as well as recently reported real-time propagation methods in time-dependent density functional theory, and the virtues of different approaches are discussed. As compared to silane and silicon tetrachloride, an anomalous error in the absolute energy is reported for the L2,3-spectrum of silicon tetrafluoride, amounting to an additional spectral shift of ∼1 eV. This anomaly is also observed for other exchange-correlation functionals, but it is seen neither at other silicon edges nor at the carbon K-edge of fluorine derivatives of ethene. Considering the series of molecules SiH4-XFX with X = 1, 2, 3, 4, a gradual divergence from interpolated experimental ionization potentials is observed at the level of Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT), and to a smaller extent with the use of Hartree-Fock. This anomalous error is thus attributed partly to difficulties in correctly emulating the electronic structure effects imposed by the very electronegative fluorines, and partly due to inconsistencies in the spurious electron self-repulsion in DFT. Substitution with one, or possibly two, fluorine atoms is estimated to yield small enough errors to allow for reliable interpretations and predictions of L2,3-spectra of more complex and extended silicon-based systems. PMID:27136720

  9. Optimization of the K-edge imaging for vulnerable plaques using gold nanoparticles and energy-resolved photon counting detectors: a simulation study

    Alivov, Yahya; Baturin, Pavlo; Le, Huy Q.; Ducote, Justin; Molloi, Sabee

    2013-01-01

    We investigated the effect of different imaging parameters such as dose, beam energy, energy resolution, and number of energy bins on image quality of K-edge spectral computed tomography (CT) of gold nanoparticles (GNP) accumulated in an atherosclerotic plaque. Maximum likelihood technique was employed to estimate the concentration of GNP, which served as a targeted intravenous contrast material intended to detect the degree of plaque's inflammation. The simulations studies used a single slic...

  10. Analysis of modulated Ho2PdSi3 crystal structure at Pd K and Ho L absorption edges using resonant elastic X-scattering

    Nentwich, Melanie; Zschornak, Matthias; Richter, Carsten; Novikov, Dmitri; Meyer, Dirk C.

    2016-02-01

    Replacing Si atoms with a transition metal in rare earth disilicides results in a family of intermetallic compounds with a variety of complex magnetic phase transitions. In particular, the family R 2PdSi3 shows interesting magnetic behavior arising from the electronic interaction of the R element with the transition metal in the Si network, inducing the specific structure of the related phase. Within this series, the highest degree of superstructural order was reported for the investigated representative Ho2PdSi3, although several competing superstructures have been proposed in literature. The diffraction anomalous fine structure (DAFS) method is highly sensitive to the local structure of chosen atoms at specific positions within the unit cell of a crystalline phase. In combination with x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), this sophisticated synchrotron method has been applied in the present work to several selected reflections, i.a. a satellite reflection. Extensive electronic modeling was used to test the most relevant structure proposals. The 2× 2× 8 superstructure has been strongly confirmed, although a small amount of disorder in the modulation is very probable.

  11. Analysis of modulated Ho2PdSi3 crystal structure at Pd K and Ho L absorption edges using resonant elastic X-scattering.

    Nentwich, Melanie; Zschornak, Matthias; Richter, Carsten; Novikov, Dmitri; Meyer, Dirk C

    2016-02-17

    Replacing Si atoms with a transition metal in rare earth disilicides results in a family of intermetallic compounds with a variety of complex magnetic phase transitions. In particular, the family R 2PdSi3 shows interesting magnetic behavior arising from the electronic interaction of the R element with the transition metal in the Si network, inducing the specific structure of the related phase. Within this series, the highest degree of superstructural order was reported for the investigated representative Ho2PdSi3, although several competing superstructures have been proposed in literature. The diffraction anomalous fine structure (DAFS) method is highly sensitive to the local structure of chosen atoms at specific positions within the unit cell of a crystalline phase. In combination with x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), this sophisticated synchrotron method has been applied in the present work to several selected reflections, i.a. a satellite reflection. Extensive electronic modeling was used to test the most relevant structure proposals. The [Formula: see text] superstructure has been strongly confirmed, although a small amount of disorder in the modulation is very probable. PMID:26788844

  12. [Distribution and speciation of Pb in Arabidopsis thaliana shoot and rhizosphere soil by in situ synchrotron radiation micro X-ray fluorescence and X-ray absorption near edge structure].

    Shen, Ya-Ting

    2014-03-01

    In order to investigate plant reacting mechanism with heavy metal stress in organ and tissue level, synchrotron radiation micro X-ray fluorescence (micro-SRXRF) was used to determine element distribution characteristics of K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Pb in an Arabidopsis thaliana seedling grown in tailing dam soil taken from a lead-zinc mine exploration area. The results showed a regular distribution characters of K, Ca, Fe, Cu and Zn, while Pb appeared not only in root, but also in a leaf bud which was beyond previously understanding that Pb mainly appeared in plant root. Pb competed with Mn in the distribution of the whole seedling. Pb may cause the increase of oxidative stress in root and leaf bud, and restrict Mn absorption and utilization which explained the phenomenon of seedling death in this tailing damp soil. Speciation of Pb in Arabidopsis thaliana and tailing damp rhizosphere soil were also presented after using PbL3 micro X-ray absorption near edge structure (micro-XANES). By comparison of PbL3 XANES peak shape and peak position between standard samples and rhizosphere soil sample, it was demonstrated that the tailing damp soil was mainly formed by amorphous forms like PbO (64.2%), Pb (OH)2 (28.8%) and Pb3O4 (6.3%) rather than mineral or organic Pb speciations. The low plant bioavailability of Pb demonstrated a further research focusing on Pb absorption and speciation conversion is needed, especially the role of dissolve organic matter in soil which may enhance Pb bioavailability. PMID:25208420

  13. Effects of sulfation level on the desulfation behavior of pre-sulfated Pt BaO/Al2O3 lean NOx trap catalysts: a combined H2 Temperature-Programmed Reaction, in-situ sulfur K-edge X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, and Time-Resolved X-ray Diffraction Study

    Desulfation by hydrogen of pre-sulfated Pt(2wt%) BaO(20wt%)/Al2O3 with various sulfur loading (S/Ba = 0.12, 0.31 and 0.62) were investigated by combining H2 temperature programmed reaction (TPRX), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), in-situ sulfur K-edge x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), and synchrotron time-resolved x-ray diffraction (TR-XRD) techniques. We find that the amount of H2S desorbed during the desulfation in the H2 TPRX experiments is not proportional to the amount of initial sulfur loading. The results of both in-situ sulfur K-edge XANES and TR-XRD show that at low sulfur loadings, sulfates were transformed to a BaS phase and remained in the catalyst, rather than being removed as H2S. On the other hand, when the deposited sulfur level exceeded a certain threshold (at least S/Ba = 0.31) sulfates were reduced to form H2S, and the relative amount of the residual sulfide species in the catalyst was much less than at low sulfur loading. Unlike samples with high sulfur loading (e.g., S/Ba = 0.62), H2O did not promote the desulfation for the sample with S/Ba of 0.12, implying that the formed BaS species originating from the reduction of sulfates at low sulfur loading are more stable to hydrolysis. The results of this combined spectroscopy investigation provide clear evidence to show that sulfates at low sulfur loadings are less likely to be removed as H2S and have a greater tendency to be transformed to BaS on the material, leading to the conclusion that desulfation behavior of Pt BaO/Al2O3 lean NOx trap catalysts is markedly dependent on the sulfation levels.

  14. Edge Detection in Satellite Image Using Cellular Neural Network

    Osama Basil Gazi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The present paper proposes a novel approach for edge detection in satellite images based on cellular neural networks. CNN based edge detector in used conjunction with image enhancement and noise removal techniques, in order to deliver accurate edge detection results, compared with state of the art approaches. Thus, considering the obtained results, a comparison with optimal Canny edge detector is performed. The proposed image processing chain deliver more details regarding edges than canny edge detector. The proposed method aims to preserve salient information, due to its importance in all satellite image processing applications.

  15. Energy-discrimination X-ray computed tomography system utilizing a silicon-PIN detector and its application to 2.0-keV-width K-edge imaging

    Demonstration of narrow-energy-width computed tomography (CT) was carried out by means of energy-discrimination. An X-ray CT system is of a first-generation type and consists of an X-ray generator, a turntable, a translation stage, a two-stage controller, a silicon-PIN detector system with amplifiers, a multi-channel analyzer (MCA), a counter card (CC), and a personal computer (PC). CT is accomplished by repeating the translation and the rotation of an object, and projection curves of the object are obtained by the translation of the moving object. Both photon-energy level and energy width are determined by the MCA, and the pulses of the discriminated event signal from the MCA are counted by CC in conjunction with PC. The maximum count rate was approximately 300 cps (counts per second) with energy widths of 2.0 keV, and energy-discrimination CT was carried out with a photon-energy resolution of 0.15 keV. To perform iodine K-edge CT, X-ray photons with an energy range from 33.2 to 35.2 keV were used. Next, to carry out cerium K-edge CT, an energy range from 40.3 to 42.3 keV was selected.

  16. The knife-edge chamber

    In this paper the design for a new technology for particle track detectors is described. Using standard IC fabrication techniques, a pattern of microscopic knife edges and field-shaping electrodes can be fabricated on a silicon substrate. The knife-edge chamber uniquely offers attractive performance for the track chambers required for SSC detectors, for which no present technology is yet satisfactory. Its features include: excellent radiation hardness (10 Mrad), excellent spatial resolution (∼20 μm), short drift time (20 ns), and large pulse height (1 mV)

  17. Structure analyses using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption near edge structure for amorphous MS3 (M: Ti, Mo) electrodes in all-solid-state lithium batteries

    Matsuyama, Takuya; Deguchi, Minako; Mitsuhara, Kei; Ohta, Toshiaki; Mori, Takuya; Orikasa, Yuki; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Kowada, Yoshiyuki; Hayashi, Akitoshi; Tatsumisago, Masahiro

    2016-05-01

    Electronic structure changes of sulfurs in amorphous TiS3 and MoS3 for positive electrodes of all-solid-state lithium batteries are examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). The all-solid-state cell with amorphous TiS3 electrode shows the reversible capacity of about 510 mAh g-1 for 10 cycles with sulfur-redox in amorphous TiS3 during charge-discharge process. On the other hand, the cell with amorphous MoS3 shows the 1st reversible capacity of about 720 mAh g-1. The obtained capacity is based on the redox of both sulfur and molybdenum in amorphous MoS3. The irreversible capacity of about 50 mAh g-1 is observed at the 1st cycle, which is attributed to the irreversible electronic structure change of sulfur during the 1st cycle. The electronic structure of sulfur in amorphous MoS3 after the 10th charge is similar to that after the 1st charge. Therefore, the all-solid-state cell with amorphous MoS3 electrode shows relatively good cyclability after the 1st cycle.

  18. Probing the f-state configuration of URu2Si2 with U LIII-edge resonant x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Medling, S. A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Booth, C. H. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Tobin, J. G. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Baumbach, R. E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Bauer, E. D. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Sokaras, D. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Nordlund, D. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Weng, T. C. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-09-05

    It has often been said that the most interesting physics occurs when competing interactions are of nearly the same magnitude. Such a situation is surely occurring at URu2Si2’s so-called “hidden-order transition”, which garners its name from the missing entropy at a 17.5 K phase transition relative to that expected for a conventional antiferromagnetic phase transition, despite the presence of only a very small ordered magnetic moment. Despite this discrepancy being identified in 1985, the identification of the order parameter remains elusive, although progress toward understand- ing this transition has been steady since that time, and URu2Si2 remains an important research subject today. The work described provides measures of the 5f orbital occupancy and itinerancy using resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy (RXES) at the U LIII absorption edge and measuring U Lα1 emission that potentially acts as a dividing line between different classes of “hidden-order” theories.

  19. Cluster model calculation for X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at rare-earth (R) L sub 2 sub , sub 3 absorption edges in R sub 2 Fe sub 1 sub 4 B

    Asakura, K; Harada, I; Ogasawara, H; Fukui, K; Kotani, A

    2002-01-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) at the L sub 2 sub , sub 3 absorption edges for the entire series of rare-earth (RE) elements in R sub 2 Fe sub 1 sub 4 B (R=RE) is studied based on a cluster model including 10 RE and 16 Fe atoms. The cluster model takes into account band effects of RE 5d states, to which the electric dipole transition occurs from the core 2p states, as well as spin polarization of the 5d states due to the interatomic hybridization with the spin polarized Fe 3d states. We also take into account spin and orbital polarization of the 5d states due to the 5d-4f intra-atomic exchange interaction, and the 2p to 4f quadrupole transition. The calculated results are in satisfactory agreement with experimental ones, suggesting that the cluster model calculation provides a new method to calculate quantitatively MCD spectra of RE systems with complicated atomic arrangements. (author)

  20. Edge Matters

    Earon, Ofri

    2013-01-01

    building. The research explores and develops the architectural characteristics of correlations between the resident, the singular unit, the building and the given location at the edge zone. It approaches the edge zone of the urban house as a platform for dynamic interactions between these behaviours. The...... following text includes the first draft of the first two chapters: introduction and theory. The chapters are not written completely, and some parts are written only as headlines. These headlines and other comments are marked in red. The text is on working progress and far from being finished, but it will be...

  1. 133Xenon absorption into rubber-protected portable cadmium telluride (CdTe(Cl)) detectors invalidating the 133Xenon washout method for measurement of cutaneous and subcutaneous blood flow rates in man.

    Sørensen, J L

    1991-01-01

    The importance of 133Xenon absorption into rubber detector caps during cutaneous and subcutaneous blood flow measurement was investigated in 46 experiments involving 38 persons. 133Xenon was administered atraumatically. Cutaneous and subcutaneous washout rates were registered by portable Cadmium Telluride detectors without rubber caps, with rubber caps, and with rubber caps with Mylar membranes interposed between the rubber and the tissue investigated. No difference in rate constants obtained by means of various detector types was detected. The accumulation of 133Xenon in the rubber caps was found to take place within the first few minutes after the detectors had been brought into position. The 133Xenon then diffused back into the tissue exhibiting a great variation regarding rate constants. The 133Xenon diffused form rubber into air and perfused tissue tracing a monoexponential course; and again the rate constants would vary considerably. No correlation was found between elimination rates obtained with detectors with and without 133Xenon polluted caps, and no way of correcting for the 133Xenon content in the rubber caps was found. Relative changes in rate constants could still be recognized, but absolute values were not obtainable. PMID:1789123

  2. Living edge

    Earon, Ofri

    2014-01-01

    “What is an edge? We can think about an edge as having been of two sorts. In one, it is a border. In the other, it is a boundary. A border is a zone of interaction where things meet and intersect. A boundary is a place where something ends” Architects and planners normally approach domestic borders...... the involved actors at the border. By doing so, the study underlines a forgotten, yet important, role of this edge zone – being a zone of commonality between the house and city, between indoors and outdoors, between the man at home and the man at the street. The city of Copenhagen promotes porous...... borders on the ground level, but there is a lack of recognition in the significance of communicative characters as well at the higher part of the edge. The city’s planning approach is “Consider urban life before urban space. Consider urban space before buildings” This urban strategy neglects the possible...

  3. Edge detection of remote sensing image based on nonlinear intensity of curved surface

    张连蓬; 刘国林; 江涛

    2003-01-01

    A new edge detector based on the nonlinear intensity of curved surface was proposed. The edge detector describes the largest curvature and the smallest curvature of curved surface, therefore it can reflect the real largest direction of image edge jump. By the new edge detector, it is convenient to calculate the curvature in any direction of the curved surface and the curvature can be used in the identification of edge direction and the feature extraction of objects on remote sensing image.

  4. Strain imaging by Bragg edge neutron transmission

    Santisteban, J R; Fitzpatrick, M E; Steuwer, A; Withers, P J; Daymond, M R; Johnson, M W; Rhodes, N; Schooneveld, E M

    2002-01-01

    The Bragg edges appearing in the transmitted time-of-flight spectra of polycrystalline materials have been recorded using a two-dimensional array of detectors. Subsequent analysis has enabled maps of the elastic strain to be produced.

  5. Determination of forest soil organic nitrogen determination using technique of X-ray absorption near-edge structure%森林土壤有机氮的X光吸收近边结构光谱技术测定

    庄舜尧; 徐梦洁; 胡正义

    2006-01-01

    本研究通过采用氮的K边X光吸收近边结构(XANES)技术来了解森林土壤有机氮,以此深入研究土壤中有机氮种类与其转化的定量关系.土壤样品采自台湾中部的云杉、铁杉林与草地.结果表明,氮的XANES可以揭示样品中不同的氮的种类.在土壤腐植质、可溶性氮及本体土壤中胺态及吡咯氮占了主要的比率.然而不同处理及植被下的土壤样品氮的种类分布是不同的.云杉与铁杉土壤可溶性有机氮在402.3 eV能量处有显著的差异.在A层土壤中,吡啶类氮含量要显著高于O层土壤,说明氮在不同土层中的转化率存在极大的差异,这种变化对于氮在森林土壤中的循环将起重要作用.图3表1参8.%The forest soil organic N was investigated using N K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) to gain an insight into the relationship between N speciation and its transformation in quantity. Soil samples were collected from spruce, hemlock and pine forests in central Taiwan. Results showed that various organic N types could be revealed by XANES spectra. Amide and pyrrolic N are the major parts of the composition in the humic substance, soluble organic nitrogen and original soils. The relative distribution of N speciation differed in treatments and vegetations samples. The spruce had a significant difference from the hemlock in soluble organic nitrogen (SON) spectra at 402.3 eV energy peak. In the A-horizon soils, the relative amount of pyridinic N was much higher than that in the O-horizon soils, indicating N transformation in quantity in the mineral horizon was different from that in the organic horizon, which might play an important role in N cycling of forest ecosystems.

  6. X-ray absorption near-edge structures of LiMn2O4 and LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 spinel oxides for lithium-ion batteries: the first-principles calculation study.

    Okumura, Toyoki; Yamaguchi, Yoichi; Kobayashi, Hironori

    2016-07-21

    Experimental Mn and Ni K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra were well reproduced for 5 V-class LixNi0.5Mn1.5O4 spinels as well as 4 V-class LixMn2O4 spinels using density functional theory. Local environmental changes around the Mn or Ni centres due to differences in the locations of Li ions and/or phase transitions in the spinel oxides were found to be very important contributors to the XANES shapes, in addition to the valence states of the metal ions. PMID:27333155

  7. A Fuzzy Set Approach for Edge Detection

    Pushpajit A. Khaire

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Image segmentation is one of the most studied problems in image analysis, computer vision, pattern recognition etc. Edge detection is a discontinuity based approach used for image segmentation. In this paper, an edge detection using fuzzy set is proposed, where an image is considered as a fuzzy set and pixels are taken as elements of fuzzy set. The fuzzy approach converts the color image to a partially segmented image; finally an edge detector is convolved over the partially segmented image to obtain an edged image. The approach is implemented using MATLAB 7.11. (R2010b. For qualitative and quantitative comparison, BSD (Berkeley Segmentation Database images are used for experimentation. Performance parameters used are PSNR (dB and Performance ratio (PR of true to false edges. It has been shown that the proposed approach performs better than Canny’s edge detection algorithm under almost all scenarios. The proposed approach reduces false edge detection and double edges.

  8. A Vacuum Ultraviolet Absorption Array Spectrometer as a Selective Detector for Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography: Concept and First Results.

    Gröger, Thomas; Gruber, Beate; Harrison, Dale; Saraji-Bozorgzad, Mohammad; Mthembu, Makhosazana; Sutherland, Aimée; Zimmermann, Ralf

    2016-03-15

    Fast and selective detectors are very interesting for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC × GC). This is particularly true if the detector system can provide additional spectroscopic information on the compound structure and/or functionality. Other than mass spectrometry (MS), only optical spectroscopic detectors are able to provide selective spectral information. However, until present the application of optical spectroscopy technologies as universal detectors for GC × GC has been restricted mainly due to physical limitations such as insufficient acquisition speed or high detection limits. A recently developed simultaneous-detection spectrometer working in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) region of 125-240 nm overcomes these limitations and meets all the criteria of a universal detector for GC × GC. Peak shape and chromatographic resolution is preserved and unique spectral information, complementary to mass spectrometry data, is gained. The power of this detector is quickly recognized as it has the ability to discriminate between isomeric compounds or difficult to separate structurally related isobaric species; thus, it provides additional selectivity. A further promising feature of this detector is the data analysis concept of spectral filtering, which is accomplished by targeting special electronic transitions that allows for a fast screening of GC × GC chromatograms for designated compound classes. PMID:26810390

  9. High-resolution Mn K -edge x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy study of the electronic and local structure of the three different phases in N d0.5S r0.5Mn O3

    Lafuerza, S.; García, J.; Subías, G.; Blasco, J.; Glatzel, P.

    2016-05-01

    N d0.5S r0.5Mn O3 is particularly representative of mixed-valent manganites since their three characteristic macroscopic phases (charge-ordered insulator, ferromagnetic-metallic, and paramagnetic insulator) appear at different temperatures. We here report a complete x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy (XES-XAS) study of N d0.5S r0.5Mn O3 as a function of temperature to investigate the electronic and local structure changes of the Mn atom in these three phases. Compared with the differences in the XES-XAS spectra between N d0.5S r0.5Mn O3 and the single-valent reference compounds NdMn O3 (M n3 + ) and Sr/CaMn O3 (M n4 + ), only modest changes have been obtained across the magnetoelectrical transitions. The XES spectra, including both the Mn Kα and Kβ emission lines, have mainly shown a subtle decrease in the local spin density accompanying the passage to the ferromagnetic-metallic phase. For the same phase, the small intensity variations in the pre-edge region of the high-resolution XAS spectra reflect an increase of the p -d mixing. The analysis of these XAS spectra imply a charge segregation between the two different Mn sites far from one electron, being in intermediate valences M n+3.5 ±δ /2(δ competition between the ferromagnetic conductor and the charge-ordered insulator behaviors in the manganites.

  10. Arsenate reduction and methylation in the cells of Trichoderma asperellum SM-12F1, Penicillium janthinellum SM-12F4, and Fusarium oxysporum CZ-8F1 investigated with X-ray absorption near edge structure

    Su, S.M., E-mail: shimingsu@163.com [Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Key Laboratory of Agro-Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing (China); Zeng, X.B., E-mail: zengxb@ieda.org.cn [Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Key Laboratory of Agro-Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing (China); Li, L.F.; Duan, R.; Bai, L.Y. [Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Key Laboratory of Agro-Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing (China); Li, A.G.; Wang, J.; Jiang, S. [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai (China)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three fungal strains are capable of As(V) reduction and methylation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer As(V) reduction might be more easily processed than the methylation in fungal cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer As sequestration and speciation transformation might be the detoxification processes. - Abstract: Synchrotron radiation-based X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) was introduced to directly analysis chemical species of arsenic (As) in the cells of Trichoderma asperellum SM-12F1, Penicillium janthinellum SM-12F4, and Fusarium oxysporum CZ-8F1 capable of As accumulation and volatilisation. After exposure to As(V) of 500 mg L{sup -1} for 15 days, a total of 60.5% and 65.3% of the accumulated As in the cells of T. asperellum SM-12F1 and P. janthinellum SM-12F4, respectively, was As(III), followed by 31.3% and 32.4% DMA (dimethylarsinic acid), 8.3% and 2.3% MMA (monomethylarsonic acid), respectively. However, for F. oxysporum CZ-8F1, 54.5% of the accumulated As was As(III), followed by 37.8% MMA and 7.7% As(V). The reduction and methylation of As(V) formed As(III), MMA, and DMA as the primacy products, and the reduction of As(V) might be more easily processed than the methylation. These results will help to understanding the mechanisms of As detoxification and its future application in bioremediation.

  11. Edge Detection with Sub-pixel Accuracy Based on Approximation of Edge with Erf Function

    M. Hagara

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Edge detection is an often used procedure in digital image processing. For some practical applications is desirable to detect edges with sub-pixel accuracy. In this paper we present edge detection method for 1-D images based on approximation of real image function with Erf function. This method is verified by simulations and experiments for various numbers of samples of simulated and real images. Results of simulations and experiments are also used to compare proposed edge detection scheme with two often used moment-based edge detectors with sub-pixel precision.

  12. Multiscale edge detection of noisy images using wavelets

    2007-01-01

    The classical edge detectors work fine with the high quality pictures, but often are not good enough for noisy images because they cannot distinguish edges of different significance. The paper presented a novel approach to multiscale edge detection for noisy images using wavelet transforms based on Lipschitz regularity coefficients and a cascade algorithm. The relationship between wavelet transform and Lipschitz regularity was establishod. The proposed wavelet based edge detection algorithm combined the coefficients of wavelet transforms along with a cascade algorithm which significantly improves the result. The comparison between the proposed method and the classical edge detectors was carried out. The algorithm was applied to various images and its performance was discussed. The results of edge detection of contaminated images using the proposed algorithm show that it works better than the classical edge detectors.

  13. Description of the Role of Shot Noise in Spectroscopic Absorption and Emission Measurements with Photodiode and Photomultiplier Tube Detectors: Information for an Instrumental Analysis Course

    McClain, Robert L.; Wright, John C.

    2014-01-01

    A description of shot noise and the role it plays in absorption and emission measurements using photodiode and photomultiplier tube detection systems is presented. This description includes derivations of useful forms of the shot noise equation based on Poisson counting statistics. This approach can deepen student understanding of a fundamental…

  14. Robust and economical multi-sample, multi-wavelength UV/vis absorption and fluorescence detector for biological and chemical contamination

    Lu, Peter J; Macarthur, James B; Sims, Peter A; Ma, Hongshen; Slocum, Alexander H

    2012-01-01

    We present a portable multi-channel, multi-sample UV/vis absorption and fluorescence detection device, which has no moving parts, can operate wirelessly and on batteries, interfaces with smart mobile phones or tablets, and has the sensitivity of commercial instruments costing an order of magnitude more. We use UV absorption to measure the concentration of ethylene glycol in water solutions at all levels above those deemed unsafe by the United States Food and Drug Administration; in addition we use fluorescence to measure the concentration of d-glucose. Both wavelengths can be used concurrently to increase measurement robustness and increase detection sensitivity. Our small robust economical device can be deployed in the absence of laboratory infrastructure, and therefore may find applications immediately following natural disasters, and in more general deployment for much broader-based testing of food, agricultural and household products to prevent outbreaks of poisoning and disease.

  15. Robust and economical multi-sample, multi-wavelength UV/vis absorption and fluorescence detector for biological and chemical contamination

    Lu, Peter J.; Hoehl, Melanie M.; Macarthur, James B.; Sims, Peter A.; Ma, Hongshen; Slocum, Alexander H.

    2012-09-01

    We present a portable multi-channel, multi-sample UV/vis absorption and fluorescence detection device, which has no moving parts, can operate wirelessly and on batteries, interfaces with smart mobile phones or tablets, and has the sensitivity of commercial instruments costing an order of magnitude more. We use UV absorption to measure the concentration of ethylene glycol in water solutions at all levels above those deemed unsafe by the United States Food and Drug Administration; in addition we use fluorescence to measure the concentration of d-glucose. Both wavelengths can be used concurrently to increase measurement robustness and increase detection sensitivity. Our small robust economical device can be deployed in the absence of laboratory infrastructure, and therefore may find applications immediately following natural disasters, and in more general deployment for much broader-based testing of food, agricultural and household products to prevent outbreaks of poisoning and disease.

  16. Measurement of the neutron capture cross section of the fissile isotope $^{235}$U with the CERN n_TOF Total Absorption Calorimeter and a fission tagging based on micromegas detectors

    Mendoza, E; Cano-Ott, D; Guerrero, C; Berthoumieux, E; Altstadt, S; Andrzejewski, J; Audouin, L; Barbagallo, M; Bécares, V; Becvár, F; Belloni, F; Billowes, J; Boccone, V; Bosnar, D; Brugger, M; Calviani, M; Calviño, F; Carrapiço, C; Cerutti, F; Chiaveri, E; Chin, M; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Cortés-Giraldo, M A; Diakaki, M; Domingo-Pardo, C; Duran, I; Dressler, R; Dzysiuk, N; Eleftheriadis, C; Ferrari, A; Fraval, K; Ganesan, S; García, A R; Giubrone, G; Gómez-Hornillos, M B; Gonçalves, I F; González-Romero, E; Griesmayer, E; Gunsing, F; Gurusamy, P; Jenkins, D G; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y; Käppeler, F; Karadimos, D; Kawano, T; Kivel, N; Koehler, P; Kokkoris, M; Korschinek, G; Krticka, M; Kroll, J; Langer, C; Lampoudis, C; Leal-Cidoncha, E; Lederer, C; Leeb, H; Leong, L S; Losito, R; Manousos, A; Marganiec, J; Martínez, T; Mastinu, P F; Mastromarco, M; Massimi, C; Meaze, M; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Mingrone, F; Mirea, M; Mondelaers, W; Paradela, C; Pavlik, A; Perkowski, J; Pignatari, M; Plompen, A; Praena, J; Quesada, J M; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Riego, A; Roman, F; Rubbia, C; Sarmento, R; Schillebeeckx, P; Schmidt, S; Schumann, D; Stetcu, I; Sabaté, M; Tagliente, G; Tain, J L; Tarrío, D; Tassan-Got, L; Tsinganis, A; Valenta, S; Vannini, G; Variale, V; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Versaci, R; Vermeulen, M J; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Wallner, A; Ware, T; Weigand, M; Weiss, C; Wright, T; Zugec, P

    2014-01-01

    Actual and future nuclear technologies require more accurate nuclear data on the (n, $\\gamma$) cross sections and $\\alpha$-ratios of fissile isotopes. Their measurement presents several difficulties, mainly related to the strong fission $\\gamma$-ray background competing with the weaker $\\gamma$-ray cascades used as the experimental signature of the (n, $\\gamma$) process. A specific setup has been used at the CERN n_TOF facility in 2012 for the measurement of the (n,$\\gamma$ ) cross section and $\\alpha$- ratios of fissile isotopes and used for the case of the $^{235}$U isotope. The setup consists in a set of micromegas fission detectors surrounding $^{235}$U samples and placed inside the segmented BaF$_2$ Total Absorption Calorimeter.

  17. Measurement of the Neutron Capture Cross Section of the Fissile Isotope 235U with the CERN n_TOF Total Absorption Calorimeter and a Fission Tagging Based on Micromegas Detectors

    Balibrea, J; Cano-Ott, D; Guerrero, C; Berthoumieux, E; Altstadt, S; Andrzejewski, J; Audouin, L; Barbagallo, M; Bécares, V; Bečvář, F; Belloni, F; Billowes, J; Boccone, V; Bosnar, D; Brugger, M; Calviani, M; Calviño, F; Carrapiço, C; Cerutti, F; Chiaveri, E; Chin, M; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Cortés-Giraldo, M A; Diakaki, M; Domingo-Pardo, C; Duran, I; Dressler, R; Dzysiuk, N; Eleftheriadis, C; Ferrari, A; Fraval, K; Ganesan, S; García, A R; Giubrone, G; Gómez-Hornillos, M B; Gonçalves, I F; González-Romero, E; Griesmayer, E; Gunsing, F; Gurusamy, P; Jenkins, D G; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y; Käppeler, F; Karadimos, D; Kawano, T; Kivel, N; Koehler, P; Kokkoris, M; Korschinek, G; Krtička, M; Kroll, J; Langer, C; Lampoudis, C; Lederer, C; Leeb, H; Leong, L S; Losito, R; Manousos, A; Marganiec, J; Martínez, T; Mastinu, P F; Mastromarco, M; Massimi, C; Meaze, M; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Mingrone, F; Mirea, M; Mondelaers, W; Paradela, C; Pavlik, A; Perkowski, J; Pignatari, M; Plompen, A; Praena, J; Quesada, J M; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Riego, A; Roman, F; Rubbia, C; Sarmento, R; Schillebeeckx, P; Schmidt, S; Schumann, D; Stetcu, I; Sabaté, M; Tagliente, G; Tain, J L; Tarrío, D; Tassan-Got, L; Tsinganis, A; Valenta, S; Vannini, G; Variale, V; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Versaci, R; Vermeulen, M J; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Wallner, A; Ware, T; Weigand, M; Weiß, C; Wright, T J; Žugec, P

    Current and future nuclear technologies require more accurate nuclear data on (n,γ) cross sections and the α-ratios of fissile isotopes. Their measurement presents several difficulties, mainly related to the strong fission γ-ray background competing with the weaker γ-ray cascades used as the experimental signature of the (n,γ) process. A specific setup was used at the CERN n_TOF facility in 2012 for the measurement of the (n,γ) cross section and α-ratios of fissile isotopes and used for the case of the 235U isotope. The setup consists of a set of micromegas fission detectors surrounding the 235U samples all placed inside a segmented BaF2 Total Absorption Calorimeter.

  18. Independent component analysis of edge information for face recognition

    Karande, Kailash Jagannath

    2013-01-01

    The book presents research work on face recognition using edge information as features for face recognition with ICA algorithms. The independent components are extracted from edge information. These independent components are used with classifiers to match the facial images for recognition purpose. In their study, authors have explored Canny and LOG edge detectors as standard edge detection methods. Oriented Laplacian of Gaussian (OLOG) method is explored to extract the edge information with different orientations of Laplacian pyramid. Multiscale wavelet model for edge detection is also propos

  19. MicroCT with energy-resolved photon-counting detectors

    Wang, X; Tsui, B M W; Frey, E C [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (United States); Meier, D; Mikkelsen, S; Maehlum, G E [Gamma Medica-Ideas (AS), Oslo (Norway); Wagenaar, D J; Patt, B E, E-mail: efrey1@jhmi.edu [Gamma Medica-Ideas, Northridge, CA (United States)

    2011-05-07

    The goal of this paper was to investigate the benefits that could be realistically achieved on a microCT imaging system with an energy-resolved photon-counting x-ray detector. To this end, we built and evaluated a prototype microCT system based on such a detector. The detector is based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) radiation sensors and application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) readouts. Each detector pixel can simultaneously count x-ray photons above six energy thresholds, providing the capability for energy-selective x-ray imaging. We tested the spectroscopic performance of the system using polychromatic x-ray radiation and various filtering materials with K-absorption edges. Tomographic images were then acquired of a cylindrical PMMA phantom containing holes filled with various materials. Results were also compared with those acquired using an intensity-integrating x-ray detector and single-energy (i.e. non-energy-selective) CT. This paper describes the functionality and performance of the system, and presents preliminary spectroscopic and tomographic results. The spectroscopic experiments showed that the energy-resolved photon-counting detector was capable of measuring energy spectra from polychromatic sources like a standard x-ray tube, and resolving absorption edges present in the energy range used for imaging. However, the spectral quality was degraded by spectral distortions resulting from degrading factors, including finite energy resolution and charge sharing. We developed a simple charge-sharing model to reproduce these distortions. The tomographic experiments showed that the availability of multiple energy thresholds in the photon-counting detector allowed us to simultaneously measure target-to-background contrasts in different energy ranges. Compared with single-energy CT with an integrating detector, this feature was especially useful to improve differentiation of materials with different attenuation coefficient energy dependences.

  20. Processing circuitry for single channel radiation detector

    Holland, Samuel D. (Inventor); Delaune, Paul B. (Inventor); Turner, Kathryn M. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Processing circuitry is provided for a high voltage operated radiation detector. An event detector utilizes a comparator configured to produce an event signal based on a leading edge threshold value. A preferred event detector does not produce another event signal until a trailing edge threshold value is satisfied. The event signal can be utilized for counting the number of particle hits and also for controlling data collection operation for a peak detect circuit and timer. The leading edge threshold value is programmable such that it can be reprogrammed by a remote computer. A digital high voltage control is preferably operable to monitor and adjust high voltage for the detector.

  1. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Yano, Junko; Yachandra, Vittal K.

    2009-07-09

    This review gives a brief description of the theory and application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy, both X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), especially, pertaining to photosynthesis. The advantages and limitations of the methods are discussed. Recent advances in extended EXAFS and polarized EXAFS using oriented membranes and single crystals are explained. Developments in theory in understanding the XANES spectra are described. The application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to the study of the Mn4Ca cluster in Photosystem II is presented.

  2. A large scale knife-edge chamber

    To date, three different tracking detectors, Straw Tube Chamber, Silicon Strip Detector and Scintillation Fiber Detector, as well as their combinations, have been proposed for the SSC experiments. However all of them have their own problems as tracking detectors for use in very high luminosity experiment at the SSC. Scintillation fiber detector is excellent in its speed, spatial resolution and low occupancy. However the fatal problem is the readout devices. Questions on its radiation hardness have not yet been totally solved. As a solution to this challenge, a knife-edge chamber was proposed. The knife-edge chamber is essentially a multi-wire proportional chamber. This chamber has, however, a drawback which is shared with the silicon strip detector, i.e., the size of a single chamber is limited by that of the silicon wafer. Recently at KEK, a program has been started to overcome this problem. The KEK method is to make v-shape grooves on a metal plate, such as a nickel-plated steel, and to use the metal plate as a negative to make sharp-edged electrodes. After this process, there are two possibilities, which are under consideration at the moment. The first possibility is to use the electroforming technique. The second possibility is to use the plastic molding technique by using the machined metal plate as a negative. The KEK machine shop has recently built a high precision shaper machine to produce gratings for synchrotron radiation research. (N.K.)

  3. IMAGE ANALYSIS BASED ON EDGE DETECTION TECHNIQUES

    纳瑟; 刘重庆

    2002-01-01

    A method that incorporates edge detection technique, Markov Random field (MRF), watershed segmentation and merging techniques was presented for performing image segmentation and edge detection tasks. It first applies edge detection technique to obtain a Difference In Strength (DIS) map. An initial segmented result is obtained based on K-means clustering technique and the minimum distance. Then the region process is modeled by MRF to obtain an image that contains different intensity regions. The gradient values are calculated and then the watershed technique is used. DIS calculation is used for each pixel to define all the edges (weak or strong) in the image. The DIS map is obtained. This help as priority knowledge to know the possibility of the region segmentation by the next step (MRF), which gives an image that has all the edges and regions information. In MRF model,gray level l, at pixel location i, in an image X, depends on the gray levels of neighboring pixels. The segmentation results are improved by using watershed algorithm. After all pixels of the segmented regions are processed, a map of primitive region with edges is generated. The edge map is obtained using a merge process based on averaged intensity mean values. A common edge detectors that work on (MRF) segmented image are used and the results are compared. The segmentation and edge detection result is one closed boundary per actual region in the image.

  4. Forest edge development

    Wiström, Björn

    2015-01-01

    This thesis investigates design guidelines and management systems for the development of stationary forest edges with a graded profile in infrastructure and urban environments. The spatial restriction for the edge to move forward caused by human land use counteracts the natural dynamics and development patterns of graded forest edges. However graded forest edges with successively increasing height from the periphery to the interior of the forest edge are often seen as ideal as they supports ...

  5. Hybrid anode for semiconductor radiation detectors

    Yang, Ge; Bolotnikov, Aleksey E; Camarda, Guiseppe; Cui, Yonggang; Hossain, Anwar; Kim, Ki Hyun; James, Ralph B

    2013-11-19

    The present invention relates to a novel hybrid anode configuration for a radiation detector that effectively reduces the edge effect of surface defects on the internal electric field in compound semiconductor detectors by focusing the internal electric field of the detector and redirecting drifting carriers away from the side surfaces of the semiconductor toward the collection electrode(s).

  6. Towards simultaneous measurements of electronic and structural properties in ultra-fast x-ray free electron laser absorption spectroscopy experiments

    The rapidly growing ultrafast science with X-ray lasers unveils atomic scale processes with unprecedented time resolution bringing the so called 'molecular movie' within reach. X-ray absorption spectroscopy is one of the most powerful x-ray techniques providing both local atomic order and electronic structure when coupled with ad-hoc theory. Collecting absorption spectra within few x-ray pulses is possible only in a dispersive setup. We demonstrate ultrafast time-resolved measurements of the LIII-edge x-ray absorption near-edge spectra of irreversibly laser excited Molybdenum using an average of only few x-ray pulses with a signal to noise ratio limited only by the saturation level of the detector. The simplicity of the experimental set-up makes this technique versatile and applicable for a wide range of pump-probe experiments, particularly in the case of non-reversible processes

  7. Particle detectors

    Hilke, Hans Jürgen; CERN. Geneva

    1991-01-01

    Lecture 5: Detector characteristics: ALEPH Experiment cut through the devices and events - Discuss the principles of the main techniques applied to particle detection ( including front-end electronics), the construction and performance of some of the devices presently in operartion and a few ideas on the future performance. Lecture 4-pt. b Following the Scintillators. Lecture 4-pt. a : Scintillators - Used for: -Timing (TOF, Trigger) - Energy Measurement (Calorimeters) - Tracking (Fibres) Basic scintillation processes- Inorganic Scintillators - Organic Scintil - Discuss the principles of the main techniques applied to particle detection ( including front-end electronics), the construction and performance of some of the devices presently in operation and a fiew ideas on future developpement session 3 - part. b Following Calorimeters lecture 3-pt. a Calorimeters - determine energy E by total absorption of charged or neutral particles - fraction of E is transformed into measurable quantities - try to acheive sig...

  8. The edges of graphene

    Zhang, Xiuyun; Xin, John; Ding, Feng

    2013-03-01

    The edge of two dimensional (2D) graphene, as the surface of a three dimensional (3D) crystal, plays a crucial role in the determination of its physical, electronic and chemical properties and thus has been extensively studied recently. In this review, we summarize the recent advances in the study of graphene edges, including edge formation energy, edge reconstruction, method of graphene edge synthesis and the recent progress on metal-passivated graphene edges and the role of edges in graphene CVD growth. We expect this review to provide a guideline for readers to gain a clear picture of graphene edges from several aspects, especially the catalyst-passivated graphene edges and their role in graphene CVD growth.

  9. The edges of graphene.

    Zhang, Xiuyun; Xin, John; Ding, Feng

    2013-04-01

    The edge of two dimensional (2D) graphene, as the surface of a three dimensional (3D) crystal, plays a crucial role in the determination of its physical, electronic and chemical properties and thus has been extensively studied recently. In this review, we summarize the recent advances in the study of graphene edges, including edge formation energy, edge reconstruction, method of graphene edge synthesis and the recent progress on metal-passivated graphene edges and the role of edges in graphene CVD growth. We expect this review to provide a guideline for readers to gain a clear picture of graphene edges from several aspects, especially the catalyst-passivated graphene edges and their role in graphene CVD growth. PMID:23420074

  10. Local detection efficiency of a NbN superconducting single photon detector explored by a scattering scanning near-field optical microscope.

    Wang, Qiang; Renema, Jelmer J; Engel, Andreas; van Exter, Martin P; de Dood, Michiel J A

    2015-09-21

    We propose an experiment to directly probe the local response of a superconducting single photon detector using a sharp metal tip in a scattering scanning near-field optical microscope. The optical absorption is obtained by simulating the tip-detector system, where the tip-detector is illuminated from the side, with the tip functioning as an optical antenna. The local detection efficiency is calculated by considering the recently introduced position-dependent threshold current in the detector. The calculated response for a 150 nm wide detector shows a peak close to the edge that can be spatially resolved with an estimated resolution of ∼ 20 nm, using a tip with parameters that are experimentally accessible. PMID:26406688

  11. Experimental feasibility of multi-energy photon-counting K-edge imaging in pre-clinical computed tomography

    Schlomka, J P; Roessl, E; Martens, G; Istel, T; Proksa, R [Philips Research Europe, Sector Medical Imaging Systems, Hamburg (Germany); Dorscheid, R; Dill, S [Philips Research Europe, Engineering and Technology, Aachen (Germany); Baeumer, C; Herrmann, C; Steadman, R; Zeitler, G [Philips Research Europe, Sector Medical Imaging Systems, Aachen (Germany); Livne, A [Philips Healthcare, Global Research and Advanced Development, Haifa (Israel)], E-mail: jens-peter.schlomka@philips.com

    2008-08-07

    Theoretical considerations predicted the feasibility of K-edge x-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging using energy discriminating detectors with more than two energy bins. This technique enables material-specific imaging in CT, which in combination with high-Z element based contrast agents, opens up possibilities for new medical applications. In this paper, we present a CT system with energy detection capabilities, which was used to demonstrate the feasibility of quantitative K-edge CT imaging experimentally. A phantom was imaged containing PMMA, calcium-hydroxyapatite, water and two contrast agents based on iodine and gadolinium, respectively. Separate images of the attenuation by photoelectric absorption and Compton scattering were reconstructed from energy-resolved projection data using maximum-likelihood basis-component decomposition. The data analysis further enabled the display of images of the individual contrast agents and their concentrations, separated from the anatomical background. Measured concentrations of iodine and gadolinium were in good agreement with the actual concentrations. Prior to the tomographic measurements, the detector response functions for monochromatic illumination using synchrotron radiation were determined in the energy range 25 keV-60 keV. These data were used to calibrate the detector and derive a phenomenological model for the detector response and the energy bin sensitivities.

  12. Hardware Design and Simulation of Sobel Edge Detection Algorithm

    Sohag Kabir

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a hardware system for Sobel Edge Detection Algorithm is designed and simulated for a 128 pixel, 8-bit monochrome line-scan camera. The system is designed to detect objects as they move along a conveyor belt in a manufacturing environment, the camera will observe dark objects on a light conveyor belt. The edge detector is required to detect horizontal and vertical edges using Sobel edge detection method. The Sobel operator requires 3 lines and takes 3 pixels per line, thus using a 3×3 input block to process each pixel. The centre pixel of the 3×3 pixel block can be classified as an edge point or otherwise by thresholding the value from the operator. The FPGA based Sobel edge detector is designed and simulated using Altera Quartus II 8.1 web edition by targeting Cyclone II development boards.

  13. Evolution of structural properties of iron oxide nano particles during temperature treatment from 250{\\deg}C - 900{\\deg}C: X-ray diffraction and Fe K-shell pre-edge X-ray absorption study

    Bora, Debajeet K.; Braun, Artur; Erat, Selma; Safonova, Olga; Graule, Thomas; Constable, Edwin C.

    2011-01-01

    Iron oxide nano particles with nominal Fe2O3 stoichiometry were synthesized by a wet, soft chemical method with the heat treatment temperatures from 250{\\deg}C to 900{\\deg}C in air. The variation in the structural properties of the nano particles with the heat treatment temperature was studied by X-ray diffraction and Fe K shell X-ray absorption study. X-ray diffractograms show that at lower annealing temperatures nano particle comprises both maghemite and hematite phases. With increasing tem...

  14. Plasmonically enhanced light absorption in graphene nanoribbons

    Woessner, Achim

    2012-01-01

    [ANGLÈS] Light absorption plays a crucial role in both optical detectors and photovoltaics. In order to improve the light absorption properties of materials different measures can be taken. This thesis considers light absorption of graphene in the mid infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. A numerical study of light absorption and of localized plasmons in nanostructured graphene is presented and discussed. We show that for nanostructured graphene in the mid infrared region of the sp...

  15. Stability of edge states and edge magnetism in graphene nanoribbons

    Kunstmann, Jens; Özdoğan, Cem; Quandt, Alexander; Fehske, Holger

    2010-01-01

    We critically discuss the stability of edge states and edge magnetism in zigzag edge graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs). We point out that magnetic edge states might not exist in real systems, and show that there are at least three very natural mechanisms - edge reconstruction, edge passivation, and edge closure - which dramatically reduce the effect of edge states in ZGNRs or even totally eliminate them. Even if systems with magnetic edge states could be made, the intrinsic magnetism would not be ...

  16. Evaluation of charge-sharing effects on the spatial resolution of the PICASSO detector

    Rigon, L., E-mail: luigi.rigon@ts.infn.i [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Arfelli, F. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Bergamaschi, A. [Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Chen, R.C. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, CAS, Shanghai 201800 (China); Dreossi, D. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA, S.S. 14 km 163.5, 34012 Basovizza (Italy); Longo, R. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Menk, R.-H. [Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA, S.S. 14 km 163.5, 34012 Basovizza (TS) (Italy); Schmitt, B. [Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Vallazza, E. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Castelli, E. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste (Italy)

    2010-05-21

    A double -layer 'edge-on' silicon microstrip detector has been designed and realized in the frame of the PICASSO (Phase Imaging for Clinical Application with Silicon detector and Synchrotron radiatiOn) project at the SYRMEP (SYnchrotron Radiation for MEdical Physics) beamline of Elettra (Trieste, Italy). The detector meets the requirements for synchrotron radiation mammography with patients inregarding: (a) size, since it covers the full beam width (210 mm); (b) spatial resolution, determined by the 0.05 mm strip pitch; (c) single-photon counting capabilities, because it is able to handle more than 10{sup 6} photons/(pixelxs); (d) contrast resolution, thanks to a threshold trim DAC that equalizes the channel sensitivity; (e) efficiency, due to the high absorption in the 15-20 mm sensor depth. Experimental measurements evidence charge sharing, though not compromising the spatial resolution.

  17. Comparison of contrast enhancement methods using photon counting detector in spectral mammography

    Kim, Hyemi; Park, Su-Jin; Jo, Byungdu; Kim, Dohyeon; Kim, Hee-Joung

    2016-03-01

    The photon counting detector with energy discrimination capabilities provides the spectral information and energy of each photon with single exposure. The energy-resolved photon counting detector makes it possible to improve the visualization of contrast agent by selecting the appropriate energy window. In this study, we simulated the photon counting spectral mammography system using a Monte Carlo method and compared three contrast enhancement methods (K-edge imaging, projection-based energy weighting imaging, and dual energy subtraction imaging). For the quantitative comparison, we used the homogeneous cylindrical breast phantom as a reference and the heterogeneous XCAT breast phantom. To evaluate the K-edge imaging methods, we obtained images by increasing the energy window width based on K-edge absorption energy of iodine. The iodine which has the K-edge discontinuity in the attenuation coefficient curve can be separated from the background. The projection-based energy weighting factor was defined as the difference in the transmissions between the contrast agent and the background. Each weighting factor as a function of photon energy was calculated and applied to the each energy bin. For the dual energy subtraction imaging, we acquired two images with below and above the iodine K-edge energy using single exposure. To suppress the breast tissue in high energy images, the weighting factor was applied as the ratio of the linear attenuation coefficients of the breast tissue at high and low energies. Our results demonstrated the CNR improvement of the K-edge imaging was the highest among the three methods. These imaging techniques based on the energy-resolved photon counting detector improved image quality with the spectral information.

  18. Processing and characterization of epitaxial GaAs radiation detectors

    Wu, X; Arsenovich, T; Gädda, A; Härkönen, J; Junkes, A; Karadzhinova, A; Kostamo, P; Lipsanen, H; Luukka, P; Mattila, M; Nenonen, S; Riekkinen, T; Tuominen, E; Winkler, A

    2015-01-01

    GaAs devices have relatively high atomic numbers (Z=31, 33) and thus extend the X-ray absorption edge beyond that of Si (Z=14) devices. In this study, radiation detectors were processed on GaAs substrates with 110 $\\mu\\textrm{m}$ - 130 $\\mu\\textrm{m}$ thick epitaxial absorption volume. Thick undoped and heavily doped p$^+$ epitaxial layers were grown using a custom-made horizontal Chloride Vapor Phase Epitaxy (CVPE) reactor, the growth rate of which was about 10 $\\mu\\textrm{m}$/h. The GaAs p$^+$/i/n$^+$ detectors were characterized by Capacitance Voltage ($CV$), Current Voltage ($IV$), Transient Current Technique (TCT) and Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) measurements. The full depletion voltage ($V_{\\textrm{fd}}$) of the detectors with 110 $\\mu\\textrm{m}$ epi-layer thickness is in the range of 8 V - 15 V and the leakage current density is about 10 nA/cm$^2$. The signal transit time determined by TCT is about 5 ns when the bias voltage is well above the value that produces the peak saturation drift ve...

  19. Processing and characterization of epitaxial GaAs radiation detectors

    Wu, X.; Peltola, T.; Arsenovich, T.; Gädda, A.; Härkönen, J.; Junkes, A.; Karadzhinova, A.; Kostamo, P.; Lipsanen, H.; Luukka, P.; Mattila, M.; Nenonen, S.; Riekkinen, T.; Tuominen, E.; Winkler, A.

    2015-10-01

    GaAs devices have relatively high atomic numbers (Z=31, 33) and thus extend the X-ray absorption edge beyond that of Si (Z=14) devices. In this study, radiation detectors were processed on GaAs substrates with 110 - 130 μm thick epitaxial absorption volume. Thick undoped and heavily doped p+ epitaxial layers were grown using a custom-made horizontal Chloride Vapor Phase Epitaxy (CVPE) reactor, the growth rate of which was about 10 μm / h. The GaAs p+/i/n+ detectors were characterized by Capacitance Voltage (CV), Current Voltage (IV), Transient Current Technique (TCT) and Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) measurements. The full depletion voltage (Vfd) of the detectors with 110 μm epi-layer thickness is in the range of 8-15 V and the leakage current density is about 10 nA/cm2. The signal transit time determined by TCT is about 5 ns when the bias voltage is well above the value that produces the peak saturation drift velocity of electrons in GaAs at a given thickness. Numerical simulations with an appropriate defect model agree with the experimental results.

  20. Bromide does not bind to the Mn4Ca complex in its S1 state in Cl(-)-depleted and Br(-)-reconstituted oxygen-evolving photosystem II: evidence from X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Br K-edge.

    Haumann, Michael; Barra, Marcos; Loja, Paola; Löscher, Simone; Krivanek, Roland; Grundmeier, Alexander; Andreasson, Lars-Erik; Dau, Holger

    2006-10-31

    Chloride is an important cofactor in photosynthetic water oxidation. It can be replaced by bromide with retention of the oxygen-evolving activity of photosystem II (PSII). Binding of bromide to the Mn(4)Ca complex of PSII in its dark-stable S(1) state was studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at the Br K-edge in Cl(-)-depleted and Br(-)-substituted PSII membrane particles from spinach. The XAS spectra exclude the presence of metal ions in the first and second coordination spheres of Br(-). EXAFS analysis provided tentative evidence of at least one metal ion, which may be manganese or calcium, at a distance of approximately 5 A to Br(-). The native Cl(-) ion may bind at a similar distance. Accordingly, water oxidation may not require binding of a halide directly to the metal ions of the Mn complex in its S(1) state. PMID:17059227

  1. Silicon detectors

    The status and recent progress of silicon detectors for high energy physics is reviewed. Emphasis is put on detectors with high spatial resolution and the use of silicon detectors in calorimeters. (orig.)

  2. Red gold analysis by using gamma absorption tchnique

    Gold is a valuable metal and also preferable materials for antique artefacts and some advanced technology products. It can be offered for the analysis of the gold as namely; neutron activation analysis, X-ray florescence technique, Auger spectroscopy, atomic absorption and wet chemistry. Some limitations exist in practice for these techniques, especially in the points of financial and applicability concepts. An advanced a practical technique is gamma absorption technique for the gold alloys. This technique is based on discontinuities in the absorption coefficient for gamma rays at corresponding to the electronic binding energies of the absorber. If irradiation is occurred at gamma absorption energy for gold, absorption rates of the red gold changes via the gold amounts in the alloy. Red gold is a basic and generally preferable alloy that has copper and silver additional of the gold in it. The gold amount defines as carat of the gold. Experimental studies were observed for four different carats of red gold; these are 8, 14, 18 and 22 carats. K-edge energy level of the gold is on 80 keV energy. So, Ba-133 radioisotope is preferred as the gamma source because of it has gamma energy peak in that energy. Experiments observed in the same geometry for all samples. NaI(Tl) detector and multichannel analyser were used for measurements. As a result of the experiments, the calibration curves could be drawn for red gold. For examine this curve, unknown samples are measured in experimental set and it can be determined the carat of it with the acceptability. So the red gold analysis can be observed non-destructively, easily and quickly by using the gamma absorption technique

  3. Adaptively wavelet-based image denoising algorithm with edge preserving

    Yihua Tan; Jinwen Tian; Jian Liu

    2006-01-01

    @@ A new wavelet-based image denoising algorithm, which exploits the edge information hidden in the corrupted image, is presented. Firstly, a canny-like edge detector identifies the edges in each subband.Secondly, multiplying the wavelet coefficients in neighboring scales is implemented to suppress the noise while magnifying the edge information, and the result is utilized to exclude the fake edges. The isolated edge pixel is also identified as noise. Unlike the thresholding method, after that we use local window filter in the wavelet domain to remove noise in which the variance estimation is elaborated to utilize the edge information. This method is adaptive to local image details, and can achieve better performance than the methods of state of the art.

  4. Absorption studies

    Absorption studies were once quite popular but hardly anyone does them these days. It is easier to estimate the blood level of the nutrient directly by radioimmunoassay (RIA). However, the information obtained by estimating the blood levels of the nutrients is not the same that can be obtained from the absorption studies. Absorption studies are primarily done to find out whether some of the essential nutrients are absorbed from the gut or not and if they are absorbed, to determine how much is being absorbed. In the advanced countries, these tests were mostly done to detect pernicious anaemia where vitamin B12 is not absorbed because of the lack of the intrinsic factor in the stomach. In the tropical countries, ''malabsorption syndrome'' is quire common. In this condition, several nutrients like fat, folic acid and vitamin B12 are not absorbed. It is possible to study absorption of these nutrients by radioisotopic absorption studies

  5. Cue combination and color edge detection in natural scenes.

    Zhou, Chunhong; Mel, Bartlett W

    2008-01-01

    Biological vision systems are adept at combining cues to maximize the reliability of object boundary detection, but given a set of co-localized edge detectors operating on different sensory channels, how should their responses be combined to compute overall edge probability? To approach this question, we collected joint responses of red-green and blue-yellow edge detectors both ON- and OFF-edges using a human-labeled image database as ground truth (D. Martin, C. Fowlkes, D. Tal, & J. Malik, 2001). From a Bayesian perspective, the rule for combining edge cues is linear in the individual cue strengths when the ON-edge and OFF-edge joint distributions are (1) statistically independent and (2) lie in an exponential ratio to each other. Neither condition held in the color edge data we collected, and the function P(ON cues)-dubbed the "combination rule"-was correspondingly complex and nonlinear. To characterize the statistical dependencies between edge cues, we developed a generative model ("saturated common factor," SCF) that provided good fits to the measured ON-edge and OFF-edge joint distributions. We also found that a divisive normalization scheme derived from the SCF model transformed raw edge detector responses into values with simpler distributions that satisfied both preconditions for a linear combination rule. A comparison to another normalization scheme (O. Schwartz & E. Simoncelli, 2001) suggests that apparently minor details of the normalization process can strongly influence its performance. Implications of the SCF normalization scheme for cue combination in biological sensory systems are discussed. PMID:18484843

  6. Effect of temperature and isomorphic atom substitution on optical absorption edge of TlInS{sub 2x}Se{sub 2(1-x)} mixed crystals (0.25 {<=}x{<=}1)

    Gasanly, N.M. [Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey)

    2010-05-15

    The optical properties of the TlInS{sub 2x}Se{sub 2(1-x)}mixed crystals (0.25{<=}x{<=}1) have been investigated through the transmission and reflection measurements in the wavelength range of 400-1100 nm. The optical indirect band gap energies were determined by means of the analysis of the absorption data. It was found that the energy band gaps decrease with the increase of selenium atoms content in the TlInS{sub 2x}Se{sub 2(1-x)} mixed crystals. The transmission measurements carried out in the temperature range of 10-300 K revealed that the rates of change of the indirect band gaps with temperature are {gamma} = -9.2 x 10{sup -4} eV/K, -6.1 x 10{sup -4} eV/K, -4.7 x 10{sup -4} eV/K and -5.6 x 10{sup -4} eV/K for TlInS{sub 2}, TlInS{sub 1.5}Se{sub 0.5}, TlInSSe and TlInS{sub 0.5}Se{sub 1.5} crystals, respectively. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Advantages of horizontal directional Theta method to detect the edges of full tensor gravity gradient data

    Yuan, Yuan; Gao, Jin-Yao; Chen, Ling-Na

    2016-07-01

    Full tensor gravity gradient data contain nine signal components. They include higher frequency signals than traditional gravity data, which can extract the small-scale features of the sources. Edge detection has played an important role in the interpretation of potential-field data. There are many methods that have been proposed to detect and enhance the edges of geological bodies based on horizontal and vertical derivatives of potential-field data. In order to make full use of all the measured gradient components, we need to develop a new edge detector to process the full tensor gravity gradient data. We first define the directional Theta and use the horizontal directional Theta to define a new edge detector. This method was tested on synthetic and real full tensor gravity gradient data to validate its feasibility. Compared the results with other balanced detectors, the new detector can effectively delineate the edges and does not produce any additional false edges.

  8. Edge physics Simulations

    X.Q. Xu; C.S. Chang

    2007-01-01

    @@ The plasma edge includes the pedestal, scrape-off, and divertor regions. A complete edge physics should deal with the plasma, atomic, and the plasma-wall interaction phenomena. The edge provides the source of plasma through ionization of the incoming neutral particles and source of impurity through the wall sputtering. Edge plasma sets a boundary condition for the core confinement physics. Importance of the edge plasma has been elevated to the top list of the ITER physics research needs due to the necessity of the self-organized plasma pedestal and its destruction by edge localized mode activities. Extrapolation of the present tokamak data base predicts that a sufficient pedestal height is a necessary condition for the success of ITER.

  9. Characterization of heterogeneous nickel sites in CO dehydrogenase from Clostridium thermoaceticum by nickel L-edge x-ray spectroscopy

    Ralston, C.Y. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Kumar, M.; Ragsdale, S.W. [Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    L-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is a useful spectroscopic technique for determining the electronic state of transition metals. For first row transition metals, the L-edge represents a transition from 2p core levels to 3d valence levels. Coulomb and exchange interactions between the core hole and 3d valence electrons make the L-edge sensitive to the number and configuration of 3d electrons, hence to the metal spin state and oxidation state. The authors have used L-edge XAS to characterize the Ni sites in the carbon monoxide dehydrogenase (CODH) enzyme from Clostridium thermoaceticum. This CODH catalyzes both CO oxidation and acetyl-CoA synthesis at two Ni and Fe containing centers, C and A, respectively. Since the enzyme exhibits complex EPR signals that never integrate to one spin per Ni, there is evidence for heterogeneity in the types of Ni present. The Ni L-edge protein spectra were recorded at ALS beamline 9.3.2. The photon energy resolutions used for protein samples and for Ni model compound spectra were 350 and 270 meV respectively. During data collection the sample chamber was maintained at less than 5{times}10{sup {minus}9} Torr using a helium cryopump. Model compound spectra were measured using total electron yield detection, while protein spectra were recorded using fluorescence detection with a windowless 13-element germanium detector, and were calibrated using the total electron yield spectrum of NiF{sub 2} or NiO. Each protein spectrum presented represents the sum of approximately 40 15-minute scans. The authors have found that by using L-edge XAS they are able to distinguish between different spin and oxidation states of Ni compounds. They have used this result to characterize the Ni containing CODH protein in various states. The L-edge spectra are consistent with other results showing that when CODH is reacted with CO, the metal centers undergo reduction.

  10. Tasting edge effects

    Bocquet, L

    2006-01-01

    We show that the baking of potato wedges constitutes a crunchy example of edge effects, which are usually demonstrated in electrostatics. A simple model of the diffusive transport of water vapor around the potato wedges shows that the water vapor flux diverges at the sharp edges in analogy with its electrostatic counterpart. This increased evaporation at the edges leads to the crispy taste of these parts of the potatoes.

  11. Ionization detector

    A novel ionization detector for use in X-ray tomography is described in detail. To achieve the ultimate resolution, the use of small detectors is necessary and, for ionization detectors, this implies using xenon gas at high pressure. Conventional small detectors can suffer from ''bowing'' but the present design overcomes their problems. (U.K.)

  12. Novel digital K-edge imaging system with transition radiation from an 855-MeV electron beam

    Hagenbuck, F; Clawiter, N; Euteneuer, H; Görgen, F; Holl, P; Johann, K; Kiser, K H; Kemmer, J; Kerschner, T; Kettig, O; Koch, H; Kube, G; Lauth, W; Mauhay, H; Schütrumpf, M; Stotter, R; Strüder, L; Walcher, T; Wilms, A; von Zanthier, C; Zemter, M

    2001-01-01

    A novel K-edge imaging method has been developed at the Mainz Microtron MAMI aiming at a very efficient use of the transition radiation (TR) flux generated by the external 855-MeV electron beam in a foil stack. A fan-like quasi-monochromatic hard X-ray beam is produced from the +or-1-mrad-wide TR cone with a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) crystal. The absorption of the object in front of a 30 mm*10 mm pn charge-coupled device (pn-CCD) photon detector is measured at every pixel by a broad-band energy scan around the K-absorption edge. This is accomplished by a synchronous variation of the lateral crystal position and the electron beam direction which defines also the direction of the TR cone. The system has been checked with a phantom consisting of a 2.5- mu m thick molybdenum sample embedded in a 136- or 272- mu m-thick copper bulk foil. A numerical analysis of the energy spectrum for every pixel demonstrates that data as far as +or-0.75 keV away from the K edge of molybdenum at 20 keV still improv...

  13. Plasmon enhanced broadband optical absorption in ultrathin silicon nanobowl array for photoactive devices applications

    Sun, Rui-Nan; Peng, Kui-Qing, E-mail: kq-peng@bnu.edu.cn; Hu, Bo; Hu, Ya; Zhang, Fu-Qiang [Department of Physics and Beijing Key Laboratory of Energy Conversion and Storage Materials, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Lee, Shuit-Tong [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China)

    2015-07-06

    Both photonic and plasmonic nanostructures are key optical components of photoactive devices for light harvesting, enabling solar cells with significant thickness reduction, and light detectors capable of detecting photons with sub-band gap energies. In this work, we study the plasmon enhanced broadband light absorption and electrical properties of silicon nanobowl (SiNB) arrays. The SiNB-metal photonic-plasmonic nanostructure-based devices exhibited superior light-harvesting ability across a wide range of wavelengths up to the infrared regime well below the band edge of Si due to effective optical coupling between the SiNB array and incident sunlight, as well as electric field intensity enhancement around metal nanoparticles due to localized surface plasmon resonance. The photonic-plasmonic nanostructure is expected to result in infrared-light detectors and high-efficiency solar cells by extending light-harvesting to infrared frequencies.

  14. Current-biased Transition-edge Sensors Based on Re-entrant Superconductors

    Gulian, A.; Nikoghosyan, V.; Tollaksen, J.; Vardanyan, V.; Kuzanyan, A.

    Transition-edge sensors are widely recognized as one of the most sensitive tools for the photon and particles detection in many areas, from astrophysics to quantum computing. Their application became practical after understanding that rather than being biased in a constant current mode, they should be biased in a constant voltage mode. Despite the methods of voltage biasing of these sensors are well developed since then, generally the current biasing is more convenient for superconducting circuits. Thus transition-edge sensors designed inherently to operate in the current-biased mode are desirable. We developed a design for such detectors based on re-entrant superconductivity. In this case constant current biasing takes place in the normal state, below the superconducting transition, so that following the absorption of a photon it does not yield a latching. Rather, the sensor gains energy and shifts towards the lower resistant (e.g., superconducting) state, and then cools down faster (since Joule heating is now reduced), and resets in a natural way to be able to detect the next photon. We prototyped this kind of transition edge sensors and tested them operational in accordance with the outlined physics. The samples used in experiments were modified compositions of YBCO-superconductors in a ceramic form (which, as we discovered, reproducibly demonstrates re-entrant superconductivity). In this presentation we report their composition, methods of preparation, and the detection results. This approach, in some areas, may have practical advantage over the traditional voltage-biased devices.

  15. Compact K-edge densitometer

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has designed, built, and is currently testing a compact K-edge densitometer for use by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors. The unit, which can easily be moved from one location to another within a facility, is positioned outside a glovebox with the body of the instrument inserted into the glove. A fixture inside the glovebox fits around the body and positions a sample holder. A hand-held high-purity germanium detector powered by a battery pack and a Davidson portable multichannel analyzer (MCA) is used to measure the transmission through plutonium nitrate solutions at E/sub Y/ = 121.1 and 122.2 keV. The Davidson MCA is programmed to lead the user through the measurement procedure and perform all the data analyses. The instrument is currently installed at the Safeguards Analytical Laboratory, where IAEA personnel are evaluating its accuracy, ease of operation, and safety. 5 references, 5 figures, 5 tables

  16. 同步辐射软X射线近边吸收谱方法研究长期施肥对黑土有机氮官能团的影响%Effect of Long-Term Fertilization on Organic Nitrogen Functional Groups in Black Soil as Revealed by Synchrotron-Based X-Ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure Spectroscopy

    李辉; 高强; 王帅; 朱平; 张晋京; 赵屹东

    2015-01-01

    scientific basis for formulating the reasonable farmland management strategies .Synchrotron radiation soft X‐ray absorption near‐edge structure (N K‐edge XANES) spectroscopy is the most powerful tool to characterize in situ organic N functional groups compositions in soil .However ,to our most knowledge ,no studies have been conducted to examine the organic N functional groups compositions of soil using N K‐edge XANES spectroscopy under long‐term fertilization practices .Based on a long‐term field experiment (started in 1990) in a black soil (Gongzhuling ,Northeast China) ,we investigated the differences in organic N functional groups compositions in bulk soil and clay‐size soil fraction among fertilization patterns using synchrotron‐based N K‐edge XANES spectroscopy .Composite soil samples (0~20 cm) were collected in 2008 .The present study included six treat‐ments:farmland fallow (FALL ) ,no‐fertilization control (CK ) ,chemical nitrogen ,phosphorus ,and potassium fertilization (NPK) ,NPK in combination with organic manure (NPKM) ,1.5 times of NPKM (1.5 NPKM) ,and NPK in combination with maize straw (NPKS) .The results showed that N K‐edge XANES spectra of all the treatments under study exhibited characteris‐tic absorption peaks in the ranges of 401.2~401.6 and 402.7~403.1 eV ,which were assigned as amides/amine‐N and pyrrole‐N ,respectively .These characteristic absorption peaks were more obvious in clay‐size soil fraction than in bulk soil .The results obtained from the semi‐quantitative analysis of N K‐edge XANES spectra indicated that the relative proportion of amides/amine‐N was the highest in both bulk soil and clay‐size soil fraction ,and it was the most major forms in soil organic nitrogen functional groups .Compared with the FALL treatment ,the relative proportion of amide/amine‐N was lower whereas that of Pyrrole‐N was higher in the CK treatment .In the treatments with combined chemical fertilizers and organic manure

  17. Switching variability index based multiple strategy CFAR detector

    Yang Li; Zhenyuan Ji; Bingfei Li; Gil Alterovitz

    2014-01-01

    A switching variability index (SVI) constant false alarm rate (CFAR) detector is proposed for improving the detection performance of VI-CFAR detectors in multiple targets back-grounds. When the presence of non-homogeneity in CFAR re-ference windows is indicated by a VI-CFAR detector, a switching-CFAR detector is introduced to optimize the performance of the VI-CFAR detector in homogeneous, multiple targets and clut-ter edge backgrounds. The structure and parameters selection method of the SVI-CFAR detector is presented. Comparisons with classic CFAR detectors and recently proposed detectors are also given. Theoretical analysis and simulation results show that SVI-CFAR detector maintains the good performance of the VI-CFAR detector in homogeneous and clutter edge backgrounds, while greatly improving the capacity of anti-multi targets.

  18. AUTOMATED EDGE DETECTION USING CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORK

    Mohamed A. El-Sayed

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The edge detection on the images is so important for image processing. It is used in a various fields of applications ranging from real-time video surveillance and traffic management to medical imaging applications. Currently, there is not a single edge detector that has both efficiency and reliability. Traditional differential filter-based algorithms have the advantage of theoretical strictness, but require excessive post-processing. Proposed CNN technique is used to realize edge detection task it takes the advantage of momentum features extraction, it can process any input image of any size with no more training required, the results are very promising when compared to both classical methods and other ANN based methods

  19. A new Morphological Approach for Noise Removal cum Edge Detection

    M. Rama Bai

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Edge detection is an important aspect in image processing. When a noisy image is presented for edge detection, the noise creates problem in the process of edge detection using conventional methods. One of the disadvantages of the conventional methods is that the noise is not removed automatically. The present paper proposes a novel approach for noise removal cum edge detection for both gray scale and binary images using morphological operations. Two images consisting of noise are processed and the effectiveness of the proposed approach is experimentally demonstrated. The results demonstrate that the proposed filter cum edge detector approach overcomes the deficiency of conventional methods and efficiently removes the noise and detects the edges.

  20. Edge location in the automatic track system of NGW with small slope angle

    王朋; 张富巨; 刘重庆

    2002-01-01

    Based on the analysis of the groove images in gas metal arc welding with small slope angle, a new algorithm of the groove edge location is presented. The groove edge was effectively detected by combining Roberts Detector with the general non-linear gradient operator. In addition, using Norton Quadratic Polynomial Interpolation, the edge location precision reached sub-pixel level. The experimental results show that the edge detection system works well under the condition of short transfer arc welding.

  1. Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide

    Labrecque, Joseph

    2012-01-01

    Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide is a practical guide on creating engaging content for the Web with Adobe's newest HTML5 tool. By taking a chapter-by-chapter look at each major aspect of Adobe Edge, the book lets you digest the available features in small, easily understandable chunks, allowing you to start using Adobe Edge for your web design needs immediately. If you are interested in creating engaging motion and interactive compositions using web standards with professional tooling, then this book is for you. Those with a background in Flash Professional wanting to get started quickly with Adobe

  2. Color image retrieval using edge and edge-spatial features

    Chaobing Huang; Quan Liu

    2006-01-01

    @@ A novel methodology to integrate edge feature and edge-spatial feature of an image is proposed. The edge feature is described by edge histogram of image, the edge-spatial feature is described by spatial distribution of pixels of identical edge value in the image. Experimental results show that the method can achieve better retrieval performance, especially for color natural images with more complex spatial layout.

  3. Theory of edge radiation

    Geloni, Gianluca; Saldin, Evgeni; Schneidmiller, Evgeni; Yurkov, Mikhail

    2008-01-01

    We formulate a complete theory of Edge Radiation based on a novel method relying on Fourier Optics techniques. Similar types of radiation like Transition Undulator Radiation are addressed in the framework of the same formalism. Special attention is payed in discussing the validity of approximations upon which the theory is built. Our study makes consistent use of both similarity techniques and comparisons with numerical results from simulation. We discuss both near and far zone. Physical understanding of many asymptotes is discussed. Based on the solution of the field equation with a tensor Green's function technique, we also discuss an analytical model to describe the presence of a vacuum chamber. In particular, explicit calculations for a circular vacuum chamber are reported. Finally, we consider the use of Edge Radiation as a tool for electron beam diagnostics. We discuss Coherent Edge Radiation, Extraction of Edge Radiation by a mirror, and other issues becoming important at high electron energy and long ...

  4. Adobe Edge Preview 3

    Grover, Chris

    2011-01-01

    Want to use an Adobe tool to design animated web graphics that work on iPhone and iPad? You've come to the right book. Adobe Edge Preview 3: The Missing Manual shows you how to build HTML5 graphics using simple visual tools. No programming experience? No problem. Adobe Edge writes the underlying code for you. With this eBook, you'll be designing great-looking web elements in no time. Get to know the workspace. Learn how Adobe Edge Preview 3 performs its magic.Create and import graphics. Make drawings with Edge's tools, or use art you designed in other programs.Work with text. Build menus, lab

  5. Determinação de diagramas de bandas de energia e da borda de absorção em SnO2, depositado via sol-gel, sobre quartzo Determination of the band energy diagram and absorption fundamental edge in SnO2, deposited via sol-gel, on quartz

    E. A. Floriano

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Propriedades ópticas e estruturais de filmes finos de SnO2, depositados sobre substratos de quartzo, são apresentadas. Os filmes são preparados pela técnica de molhamento via sol-gel. Uma avaliação das propriedades eletrônicas do cristal (bulk e das superfícies (110 e (101 do material é também efetuada, através de cálculos baseados em um método mecânico-quântico que utiliza a Teoria do Funcional da Densidade (DFT em conjunto com o funcional hibrido B3LYP. A borda fundamental de absorção, obtida experimentalmente, é então comparada com os diagramas de bandas de energia do bulk e superfícies (110 e (101, calculadas.Optical and structural properties of SnO2 thin films, deposited on quartz substrates, are presented. Films are prepared by the sol-gel-dip-coating technique. An evaluation of the electronic properties of bulk and surfaces (110 and (101 of the material is also carried out, through calculation based on a quantum-mechanical method using the Density Functional Theory (DFT in conjunction with the hybrid functional B3LYP. The absorption fundamental edge, experimentally obtained, is compared to the calculated band energy diagram of bulk and surfaces (110 and (101.

  6. New Edge Detection Technique based on the Shannon Entropy in Gray Level Images

    Mohamed A. El-Sayed,

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Edge detection is an important field in image processing. Edges characterize object boundaries and are therefore useful for segmentation, registration, feature extraction, and identification of objects in a scene. In this paper, an approach utilizing an improvement of Baljit and Amar method which uses Shannon entropy otherthan the evaluation of derivates of the image in detecting edges in gray level images has been proposed. The proposed method can reduce the CPU time required for the edge detection process and the quality of the edge detector of the output images is robust. A standard test images, the real-world and synthetic images are used to compare the results of the proposed edge detector with the Baljit and Amar edge detector method. In order to validate the results, the run time of the proposed method and the pervious method are presented. It has been observed that the proposed edge detector works effectively for different gray scale digital images. The performance evaluation of the proposed technique in terms of the measured CPU time and the quality of edge detector method are presented. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method achieve better result than the relevant classic method.

  7. Edge Effects and Huanglongbing

    Luo, W.; Anco, D J; Gottwald, T. R.; Irey, M. S.

    2014-01-01

    Huanglongbing (HLB), spread by a psyllid vector, is globally considered a major threat to commercial and sustainable citrus production. Better understanding of the vector-mediated patterns of HLB spread is essential to inform and maximize disease management. From previous studies, edge effects are a significant characteristic of the HLB pathosystem and have been observed predominately in larger plantings. In this study, we investigated 1) the impact of different edge classes and orientations,...

  8. Compressor leading edges

    Goodhand, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Compressor blades often have a small 'spike' in the surface pressure distribution at the leading edge. This may result from blade erosion, manufacture defects or compromises made in the original design process. In this thesis it is shown that these spikes will increase the loss generated by a blade only when they become large enough to initiate boundary layer transition at the leading edge through a separation bubble; this process increases profile loss by about 30%. A criterion is presen...

  9. Propagation of acoustic edge waves in graphene under quantum Hall effect

    Vikström, Anton

    2014-01-01

    We consider a graphene sheet with a zigzag edge subject to a perpendicular magnetic field and investigate the propagation of in-plane acoustic edge waves under the influence of magnetically induced electronic edge states. In particular is is shown that propagation is significantly blocked for certain frequencies defined by the resonant absorption due to electronic-acoustic interaction. We suggest that strong interaction between the acoustic and electronic edge states in graphene may generate ...

  10. γ-ray modifications of etching and optical properties of PETAC solid state nuclear track detector

    Pentaerythritol tetrakis (allyl carbonate) (PETAC) solid state nuclear track detector samples were subjected to γ-radiation in the dose range of 50.0-2000.0 kGy. The modifications in the etching and optical properties were investigated by etching and UV-visible spectroscopy techniques. The bulk etch rates were found to increase and the activation energy values for bulk etching were found to decrease with the increase in gamma dose. The UV-vis data show an increase in absorbance and shift of absorption edge towards visible region from UV with the increase of γ-radiation dose. The optical bandgap, direct and indirect optical energy band gap were also determined as a function of γ-exposure dose. The results showed that bandgap and both direct and indirect energies of transitions decrease with the increasing γ absorbed - dose. These results have been explained on the basis of scission of the track detector due to gamma irradiation. (author)

  11. On-chip, photon-number-resolving, telecom-band detectors for scalable photonic information processing

    Gerrits, Thomas; Gates, James C; Lita, Adriana E; Metcalf, Benjamin J; Calkins, Brice; Tomlin, Nathan A; Fox, Anna E; Linares, Antía Lamas; Spring, Justin B; Langford, Nathan K; Mirin, Richard P; Smith, Peter G R; Walmsley, Ian A; Nam, Sae Woo

    2011-01-01

    Integration is currently the only feasible route towards scalable photonic quantum processing devices that are sufficiently complex to be genuinely useful in computing, metrology, and simulation. Embedded on-chip detection will be critical to such devices. We demonstrate an integrated photon-number resolving detector, operating in the telecom band at 1550 nm, employing an evanescently coupled design that allows it to be placed at arbitrary locations within a planar circuit. Up to 5 photons are resolved in the guided optical mode via absorption from the evanescent field into a tungsten transition-edge sensor. The detection efficiency is 7.2 \\pm 0.5 %. The polarization sensitivity of the detector is also demonstrated. Detailed modeling of device designs shows a clear and feasible route to reaching high detection efficiencies.

  12. Comparative characterisation study of a LaBr$_3$(Ce scintillation crystal in two surface wrapping scenarios: absorptive and reflective

    Saad eAldawood

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The properties of a 50$times$50$times$30 mm$^3$ monolithic LaBr$_3$:Ce scintillator crystal coupled to a position-sensitive multi-anode photomultiplier (PMT, Hamamatsu H9500, representing the absorbing detector of a Compton camera under study for online ion (proton beam range verification in hadron-therapy, was evaluated in combination with either absorptive and reflective crystal surface coating. This study covered an assessment of the energy and position dependent energy resolution, exhibiting a factor of 2.5-3.5 improvement for the reflectively wrapped crystal at 662 keV. The spatial dependency was investigated using a collimated $^{137}$Cs source, showing a steep degradation of the energy resolution at the edges and corners of the absorptively wrapped crystal. Furthermore, the time resolution was determined to be 273 ps (FWHM and 536 ps (FWHM with reflective and absorptive coating, respectively, using a $^{60}$Co source. In contrast, the light spread function (LSF of the light amplitude distribution on the PMT segments improved for the absorptively wrapped detector. Both wrapping modalities showed almost no differences in the energy-dependent photopeak detection efficiency.

  13. The Edge supersonic transport

    Agosta, Roxana; Bilbija, Dushan; Deutsch, Marc; Gallant, David; Rose, Don; Shreve, Gene; Smario, David; Suffredini, Brian

    1992-01-01

    As intercontinental business and tourism volumes continue their rapid expansion, the need to reduce travel times becomes increasingly acute. The Edge Supersonic Transport Aircraft is designed to meet this demand by the year 2015. With a maximum range of 5750 nm, a payload of 294 passengers and a cruising speed of M = 2.4, The Edge will cut current international flight durations in half, while maintaining competitive first class, business class, and economy class comfort levels. Moreover, this transport will render a minimal impact upon the environment, and will meet all Federal Aviation Administration Part 36, Stage III noise requirements. The cornerstone of The Edge's superior flight performance is its aerodynamically efficient, dual-configuration design incorporating variable-geometry wingtips. This arrangement combines the benefits of a high aspect ratio wing at takeoff and low cruising speeds with the high performance of an arrow-wing in supersonic cruise. And while the structural weight concerns relating to swinging wingtips are substantial, The Edge looks to ever-advancing material technologies to further increase its viability. Heeding well the lessons of the past, The Edge design holds economic feasibility as its primary focus. Therefore, in addition to its inherently superior aerodynamic performance, The Edge uses a lightweight, largely windowless configuration, relying on a synthetic vision system for outside viewing by both pilot and passengers. Additionally, a fly-by-light flight control system is incorporated to address aircraft supersonic cruise instability. The Edge will be produced at an estimated volume of 400 aircraft and will be offered to airlines in 2015 at $167 million per transport (1992 dollars).

  14. Phosphorus K-edge XANES spectroscopy of mineral standards

    Ingall, Ellery D.; Brandes, Jay A.; Diaz, Julia M.; de Jonge, Martin D.; Paterson,David; McNulty, Ian; Elliott, W. Crawford; Northrup, Paul

    2010-01-01

    Phosphorus K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy was performed on phosphate mineral specimens including (a) twelve specimens from the apatite group covering a range of compositional variation and crystallinity; (b) six non-apatite calcium-rich phosphate minerals; (c) 15 aluminium-rich phosphate minerals; (d) ten phosphate minerals rich in either reduced iron or manganese; (e) four phosphate minerals rich in either oxidized iron or manganese; (f) eight phosphate mine...

  15. A New Edge-directed Subpixel Edge Localization Method

    于新瑞; 徐威; 王石刚; 李倩

    2004-01-01

    Localization of the inspected chip image is one of the key problems with machine vision aided surface mount devices (SMD) and other micro-electronic equipments. This paper presents a new edge-directed subpixel edge localization method. The image is divided into two regions, edge and non-edge, using edge detection to emphasize the edge feature. Since the edges of the chip image are straight, they have straight-line characteristics locally and globally. First,the line segments of the straight edge are located to subpixel precision, according to their local straight properties, in a 3 × 3 neighborhood of the edge region. Second, the subpixel midpoints of the line segments are computed. Finally, the straight edge is fitted using the midpoints and the least square method, according to its global straight property in the entire edge region. In this way, the edge is located to subpixel precision. While fitting the edge, the irregular points are eliminated by the angles of the line segments to improve the precision. We can also distinguish different edges and their intersections using the angles of the line segments and distances between the edge points, then give the vectorial result of the image edge with high precision.

  16. Nonequilibrium superconducting detectors

    Nonequilibrium superconducting detectors exploit the early stages of the energy down cascade which occur after the absorption of radiation. They operate on a short temporal scale ranging from few microseconds down to tens of picoseconds. In such a way they provide fast counting capability, high time discrimination and also, for some devices, energy sensitivity. Nonequilibrium superconducting detectors are developed for their use both in basic science and in practical applications for detection of single photons or single ionized macromolecules. In this paper we consider two devices: distributed readout imaging detectors (DROIDs) based on superconducting tunnel junctions (STJs), which are typically used for high-speed energy spectroscopy applications, and hot-electron superconductive detectors (HESDs), which are typically used as fast counters and time discriminators. Implementation of the DROID geometry to use a single superconductor is discussed. Progress in the fabrication technology of NbN nanostructured HESDs is presented. The two detectors share the high sensitivity that makes them able to efficiently detect even single photons down to infrared energy

  17. Edge Detection Algorithm of SAR Images with Wedgelet Filter

    REN Chao; WU Si-liang; JIAO Li-cheng

    2008-01-01

    Based on the analysis of the characteristics of synthetic aperture radar(SAR)images,a new edge detection method is proposed.The wedgelet transform is introduced into the area of SAR image speckle reduction for it can provide a nearly optimal representation for images in the horizon class.The wedgelet filter has good ability in keeping edge and speckle reduction.Then,a ratio edge detector is applied after a process of speckle reduction.The experimental results show that the method outperforms substantially others visually.

  18. An Interactive Procedure to Preserve the Desired Edges during the Image Processing of Noise Reduction

    Lin-Tsang Lee

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper propose a new procedure including four stages in order to preserve the desired edges during the image processing of noise reduction. A denoised image can be obtained from a noisy image at the first stage of the procedure. At the second stage, an edge map can be obtained by the Canny edge detector to find the edges of the object contours. Manual modification of an edge map at the third stage is optional to capture all the desired edges of the object contours. At the final stage, a new method called Edge Preserved Inhomogeneous Diffusion Equation (EPIDE is used to smooth the noisy images or the previously denoised image at the first stage for achieving the edge preservation. The Optical Character Recognition (OCR results in the experiments show that the proposed procedure has the best recognition result because of the capability of edge preservation.

  19. Optimal edge detection using multiple operators for image understanding

    Stathaki Tania

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Extraction of features, such as edges for the understanding of aerial images, has been an important objective since the early days of remote sensing. This work aims at describing a new framework which allows for the quantitative combination of a preselected set of edge detectors based on the correspondence between their outcomes. This is inspired from the problem that despite the enormous amount of literature on edge detection techniques, there is no single technique that performs well in every possible image context. Two approaches are proposed for this purpose. The first approach is the well-known receiver operating characteristics analysis which is introduced for a sound quality evaluation of the edge maps estimated by combining different edge detectors. In the second approach, the so-called kappa statistics are employed in a novel fashion to amalgamate the above-mentioned selected edge maps to form an improved final edge image. This method is unique in the sense that the balance between the false detections (false positives and false negatives is explicitly determined in advance and incorporated in the proposed method in a mathematical fashion. For the performance evaluation of the proposed techniques, a sample set of the RADIUS/DARPA-IU Fort Hood aerial image database with known ground truth has been used.

  20. Quick-EXAFS setup at the SuperXAS beamline for in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy with 10 ms time resolution.

    Müller, Oliver; Nachtegaal, Maarten; Just, Justus; Lützenkirchen-Hecht, Dirk; Frahm, Ronald

    2016-01-01

    The quick-EXAFS (QEXAFS) method adds time resolution to X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and allows dynamic structural changes to be followed. A completely new QEXAFS setup consisting of monochromator, detectors and data acquisition system is presented, as installed at the SuperXAS bending-magnet beamline at the Swiss Light Source (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland). The monochromator uses Si(111) and Si(311) channel-cut crystals mounted on one crystal stage, and remote exchange allows an energy range from 4.0 keV to 32 keV to be covered. The spectral scan range can be electronically adjusted up to several keV to cover multiple absorption edges in one scan. The determination of the Bragg angle close to the position of the crystals allows high-accuracy measurements. Absorption spectra can be acquired with fast gridded ionization chambers at oscillation frequencies of up to 50 Hz resulting in a time resolution of 10 ms, using both scan directions of each oscillation period. The carefully developed low-noise detector system yields high-quality absorption data. The unique setup allows both state-of-the-art QEXAFS and stable step-scan operation without the need to exchange whole monochromators. The long-term stability of the Bragg angle was investigated and absorption spectra of reference materials as well as of a fast chemical reaction demonstrate the overall capabilities of the new setup. PMID:26698072

  1. On finite edge-primitive and edge-quasiprimitive graphs

    Giudici, Michael; Li, Cai Heng

    2009-01-01

    Many famous graphs are edge-primitive, for example, the Heawood graph, the Tutte--Coxeter graph and the Higman--Sims graph. In this paper we systematically analyse edge-primitive and edge-quasiprimitive graphs via the O'Nan--Scott Theorem to determine the possible edge and vertex actions of such graphs. Many interesting examples are given and we also determine all $G$-edge-primitive graphs for $G$ an almost simple group with socle $PSL(2,q)$.

  2. Neutron detectors and their application in the high-energy and elementary particle physics

    Neutron detectors are described in this review: position neutron detectors, sampling total absorption counters, neutron detectors which allow neutron time-of-flight measurements. Methods of measuring the value and energy dependence of the detection efficiency, spatial and energy resolution of neutron detectors are reported. Some programme for determining different parameters of neutron detectors are described as well

  3. Investigation of the spectral improvement of a capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector by using infrared stimulation

    Yang, Guoqiang; Xiao, Shali; Ma, Yuedong; Zhang, Liuqiang

    2014-08-01

    A capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector with different lengths of the Frisch rings has been fabricated, and the influence of infrared (IR) stimulation on the spectral performance of the detector has been investigated. IR stimulation at a wavelength (940 nm), close to the absorption edge of the CdZnTe, was found to improve the detector's spectral performance significantly. IR radiation was noted to influence the detector's sensitivity, changing the equilibrium between free and trapped carriers and improving the charge collection. The degree of improvement was different for detectors with different lengths of the Frisch rings and depended on the weighting potential distribution and the IR illumination intensity. For example, improvement was obtained in the energy resolution (FWHM) at 662 keV from 3.3% without illumination to 2.3% with a low intensity (120 μW) of IR illumination for the capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector with an 8-mm-long Frisch ring. Good energy resolution could be obtained even at low operating voltages.

  4. Investigation of the spectral improvement of a capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector by using infrared stimulation

    Yang, Guoqiang; Xiao, Shali; Ma, Yuedong; Zhang, Liuqiang [Chongqing University, Chongqing (China)

    2014-08-15

    A capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector with different lengths of the Frisch rings has been fabricated, and the influence of infrared (IR) stimulation on the spectral performance of the detector has been investigated. IR stimulation at a wavelength (940 nm), close to the absorption edge of the CdZnTe, was found to improve the detector's spectral performance significantly. IR radiation was noted to influence the detector's sensitivity, changing the equilibrium between free and trapped carriers and improving the charge collection. The degree of improvement was different for detectors with different lengths of the Frisch rings and depended on the weighting potential distribution and the IR illumination intensity. For example, improvement was obtained in the energy resolution (FWHM) at 662 keV from 3.3% without illumination to 2.3% with a low intensity (120 μW) of IR illumination for the capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector with an 8-mm-long Frisch ring. Good energy resolution could be obtained even at low operating voltages.

  5. Investigation of the spectral improvement of a capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector by using infrared stimulation

    A capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector with different lengths of the Frisch rings has been fabricated, and the influence of infrared (IR) stimulation on the spectral performance of the detector has been investigated. IR stimulation at a wavelength (940 nm), close to the absorption edge of the CdZnTe, was found to improve the detector's spectral performance significantly. IR radiation was noted to influence the detector's sensitivity, changing the equilibrium between free and trapped carriers and improving the charge collection. The degree of improvement was different for detectors with different lengths of the Frisch rings and depended on the weighting potential distribution and the IR illumination intensity. For example, improvement was obtained in the energy resolution (FWHM) at 662 keV from 3.3% without illumination to 2.3% with a low intensity (120 μW) of IR illumination for the capacitive Frisch-grid CdZnTe detector with an 8-mm-long Frisch ring. Good energy resolution could be obtained even at low operating voltages.

  6. Edge and corner identification for tracking the line of sight Edge and corner identification for tracking the line of sight

    María S Orozco; Uwe Jasnoch; Oscar Eduardo Ruiz Salguero

    2005-01-01

    This article presents an edge-corner detector, implemented in the realm of the GEIST project (an Computer Aided Touristic Information System) to extract the information of straight edges and their intersections (image corners) from camera-captured (real world) and computer-generated images (from the database of Historical Monuments, using ob- server position and orientation data). Camera and computer-generated images are processed for reduction of detail, skeletonization and corner-edge detec...

  7. Multi-scale Regions from Edge Fragments

    Kazmi, Wajahat; Andersen, Hans Jørgen

    2014-01-01

    In this article we introduce a novel method for detecting multi-scale salient regions around edges using a graph based image compression algorithm. Images are recursively decomposed into triangles arranged into a binary tree using linear interpolation. The entropy of any local region of the image...... is inherent in the areas of the triangles and tree depth. We introduce twin leaves as nodes whose sibling share the same characteristics. Triangles corresponding to the twin leaves are filtered out from the binary tree. Graph connectivity is exploited to get clusters of triangles followed by ellipse...... fitting to estimate regions. Salient regions are thus formed as stable regions around edges. Tree hierarchy is then used to generate multi-scale regions. We evaluate our detector by performing image retrieval tests on our building database which shows that combined with Spin Images (Lazebnik et al., 2003...

  8. Edge effects in magnetoplasmas

    Suttorp, L G

    1995-01-01

    Edge effects in magnetized charged-particle systems are discussed with the help of a multiple-reflection expansion for the Green function. The profiles of the density and the electric current are determined both for the non-degenerate and the highly degenerate case. The asymptotic form of the profiles near the bulk is found to be exponentially decaying in both cases.

  9. Transmutation detectors

    Viererbl, L.; Lahodová, Z.; Klupák, V.; Sus, F.; Kučera, Jan; Kůs, P.; Marek, M.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 632, č. 1 (2011), s. 109-111. ISSN 0168-9002 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : Transmutation detector * Activation method * Neutron detector * Neutron fluence Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 1.207, year: 2011

  10. Gaseous detectors

    Fischer, Hans Gerhard

    1996-01-01

    Detector physics and operational aspects of gaseous detectors will be discussed. Topics such as ionization processes, gas amplification and its limitations, pulse formation and decoupling, related electronics constraints, operational stability and ageing phenomena will be touched with the aim at some quantitative understanding.

  11. Metal Detectors.

    Harrington-Lueker, Donna

    1992-01-01

    Schools that count on metal detectors to stem the flow of weapons into the schools create a false sense of security. Recommendations include investing in personnel rather than hardware, cultivating the confidence of law-abiding students, and enforcing discipline. Metal detectors can be quite effective at afterschool events. (MLF)

  12. Microcalorimeter Detector

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The NIST transition edge sensor microcalorimeter is energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer capable of ~5 eV resolution over a range of energies from hundreds to eV to...

  13. Geometric and electronic structure effects in polarized V K-edge absorption near edge structure spectra

    Šipr, Ondřej; Šimůnek, Antonín; Bocharov, S.; Kirchner, T.; Dräger, G.

    1999-01-01

    Roč. 60, č. 20 (1999), s. 14115-14127. ISSN 0163-1829 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/97/0566; GA ČR GA203/99/0067 Grant ostatní: HASYLAB(DE) 00-95-67 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.008, year: 1999

  14. Lifshitz Tails for the Interband Light Absorption Coefficient

    W Kirsch; M Krishna

    2010-09-01

    In this paper we consider the interband light absorption coefficient (ILAC) for various models. We show that at the lower and upper edges of the spectrum the Lifshitz tails behaviour of the density of states implies similar behaviour for the ILAC at appropriate energies. The Lifshitz tails property is also exhibited at some points corresponding to the internal band edges of the spectrum.

  15. Lifshitz tails for the Interband Light Absorption Coefficient

    Kirsch, W

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we consider the Interband Light Absorption Coefficient for various models. We show that at the lower and upper edges of the spectrum the Lifshitz tails behaviour of the density of states implies similar behaviour for the ILAC at appropriate energies. The Lifshitz tails property is also exhibited at some points corresponding to the internal band edges of the density of states.

  16. Superpixel edges for boundary detection

    Moya, Mary M.; Koch, Mark W.

    2016-07-12

    Various embodiments presented herein relate to identifying one or more edges in a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image comprising a plurality of superpixels. Superpixels sharing an edge (or boundary) can be identified and one or more properties of the shared superpixels can be compared to determine whether the superpixels form the same or two different features. Where the superpixels form the same feature the edge is identified as an internal edge. Where the superpixels form two different features, the edge is identified as an external edge. Based upon classification of the superpixels, the external edge can be further determined to form part of a roof, wall, etc. The superpixels can be formed from a speckle-reduced SAR image product formed from a registered stack of SAR images, which is further segmented into a plurality of superpixels. The edge identification process is applied to the SAR image comprising the superpixels and edges.

  17. An effusion-evaporation model for image edge detection

    Liu, Hong; Zou, Yaobin; Jin, Renchao

    2011-07-01

    A novel quasi-physical edge detection model is presented. The model, referred to as the effusion-evaporation model (EEM), is inspired by the natural phenomenon that the water effusing from the ground evaporates in the sunshine and leaves a wire like water stain on the ground surface, which reflects the physiognomy of the terrain. Based on the simulation of water effusing and evaporating, an EEM regards the complement of gradient magnitude image as a three-dimensional terrain, and the concave regions, which contain the residual water in the evolution final state, are used to determine the edges. Subjective and objective comparisons are performed on the proposed algorithm and two conventional edge detectors, namely Canny and LoG. The comparison results show that the proposed method outperforms Canny and LoG detectors for the real images and the standard test images with Gaussian noise.

  18. Si K Edge Structure and Variability in Galactic X-Ray Binaries

    Schulz, Norbert S; Canizares, Claude R

    2016-01-01

    We survey the Si K edge structure in various absorbed Galactic low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) to study states of silicon in the inter- and circum-stellar medium. The bulk of these LMXBs lie toward the Galactic bulge region and all have column densities above $10^{22}$ cm$^{-2}$. The observations were performed with the \\emph{Chandra} High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer. The Si K edge in all sources appears at an energy value of 1844$\\pm$0.001 eV. The edge exhibits significant substructure which can be described by a near edge absorption feature at 1849$\\pm$0.002 eV and a far edge absorption feature at 1865$\\pm$0.002 eV. Both of these absorption features appear variable with equivalent widths up to several m\\AA. We can describe the edge structure with several components: multiple edge functions, near edge absorption excesses from silicates in dust form, signatures from X-ray scattering optical depths, and a variable warm absorber from ionized atomic silicon. The measured optical depths of the edges ...

  19. Optical absorption in irradiated natural beryl

    Three species of beryl irradiated with γ-rays of 60Co were studied by optical absorption. One became yellow and the other two Maxixe's blue. The effects of heat treatments were determined by the thermal isochronal decays of the optical absorption bands. Activation energies and frequency factor were obtained through the first order process kinetic model. Discussions lend us to assign for the UV band-edge the model of absorption by a hole center stabilized by a Fe2+ (substituting Al3+) ion in a neighbour oxygen. (Author)

  20. Graphene edges; localized edge state and electron wave interference

    Enoki Toshiaki

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structure of massless Dirac fermion in the graphene hexagonal bipartite is seriously modified by the presence of edges depending on the edge chirality. In the zigzag edge, strongly spin polarized nonbonding edge state is created as a consequence of broken symmetry of pseudo-spin. In the scattering at armchair edges, the K-K’ intervalley transition gives rise to electron wave interference. The presence of edge state in zigzag edges is observed in ultra-high vacuum STM/STS observations. The electron wave interference phenomenon in the armchair edge is observed in the Raman G-band and the honeycomb superlattice pattern with its fine structure in STM images.

  1. Photon Counting Using Edge-Detection Algorithm

    Gin, Jonathan W.; Nguyen, Danh H.; Farr, William H.

    2010-01-01

    New applications such as high-datarate, photon-starved, free-space optical communications require photon counting at flux rates into gigaphoton-per-second regimes coupled with subnanosecond timing accuracy. Current single-photon detectors that are capable of handling such operating conditions are designed in an array format and produce output pulses that span multiple sample times. In order to discern one pulse from another and not to overcount the number of incoming photons, a detection algorithm must be applied to the sampled detector output pulses. As flux rates increase, the ability to implement such a detection algorithm becomes difficult within a digital processor that may reside within a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). Systems have been developed and implemented to both characterize gigahertz bandwidth single-photon detectors, as well as process photon count signals at rates into gigaphotons per second in order to implement communications links at SCPPM (serial concatenated pulse position modulation) encoded data rates exceeding 100 megabits per second with efficiencies greater than two bits per detected photon. A hardware edge-detection algorithm and corresponding signal combining and deserialization hardware were developed to meet these requirements at sample rates up to 10 GHz. The photon discriminator deserializer hardware board accepts four inputs, which allows for the ability to take inputs from a quadphoton counting detector, to support requirements for optical tracking with a reduced number of hardware components. The four inputs are hardware leading-edge detected independently. After leading-edge detection, the resultant samples are ORed together prior to deserialization. The deserialization is performed to reduce the rate at which data is passed to a digital signal processor, perhaps residing within an FPGA. The hardware implements four separate analog inputs that are connected through RF connectors. Each analog input is fed to a high-speed 1

  2. The Transcultural Edge

    Ilaria Vanni

    2016-01-01

    Critical writing about transculturation has a long history in Latin American studies, and more recently the concept has been used to analyse the effects of globalization. This article takes as its point of departure the Latin American genealogy of the idea, and brings it together with the ecological notion of ‘edge’ intended as a transition area between different systems. By bringing transculturation and edge together this paper seeks to understand transculturation as a process in which human...

  3. Forest edges in boreal landscapes - factors affecting edge influence

    Jansson, Ulrika

    2009-01-01

    The boreal forest in Fennoscandia has been subjected to major loss and fragmentation of natural forests due to intensive forestry. This has resulted in that forest edges are now abundant and important landscape features. Edges have documented effects on the structure, function and biodiversity in forests. Edge influence on biodiversity is complex and depends on interactions between many local and regional factors. This thesis focuses on sharp forest edges and their potential to influence biod...

  4. The X-ray edge singularity in Quantum Dots

    Heyl, Markus; Kehrein, Stefan

    2010-01-01

    In this work we investigate the X-ray edge singularity problem realized in noninteracting quantum dots. We analytically calculate the exponent of the singularity in the absorption spectrum near the threshold and extend known analytical results to the whole parameter regime of local level detunings. Additionally, we highlight the connections to work distributions and to the Loschmidt echo.

  5. Two-dimensional light-distribution measurement with a 90 deg cornered knife edge

    Pernick, B. J.

    1993-07-01

    An aperture-scanning technique for determining a two-dimensional light distribution is described. Results are obtained by moving a wedge-shaped, knife-edge aperture and comparing measurements from adjacent scans. The scanning procedure described herein overcomes deficiencies inherent in alternative methods that use a two-dimensional detector array or one-dimensional motion of a knife-edge aperture.

  6. MS Detectors

    Koppenaal, David W.; Barinaga, Charles J.; Denton, M Bonner B.; Sperline, Roger P.; Hieftje, Gary M.; Schilling, G. D.; Andrade, Francisco J.; Barnes IV., James H.

    2005-11-01

    Good eyesight is often taken for granted, a situation that everyone appreciates once vision begins to fade with age. New eyeglasses or contact lenses are traditional ways to improve vision, but recent new technology, i.e. LASIK laser eye surgery, provides a new and exciting means for marked vision restoration and improvement. In mass spectrometry, detectors are the 'eyes' of the MS instrument. These 'eyes' have also been taken for granted. New detectors and new technologies are likewise needed to correct, improve, and extend ion detection and hence, our 'chemical vision'. The purpose of this report is to review and assess current MS detector technology and to provide a glimpse towards future detector technologies. It is hoped that the report will also serve to motivate interest, prompt ideas, and inspire new visions for ion detection research.

  7. Spectrally narrowed leaky waveguide edge emission and transient electrluminescent dynamics of OLEDs

    Zhengqing, Gan [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2010-01-01

    In summary, there are two major research works presented in this dissertation. The first research project (Chapter 4) is spectrally narrowed edge emission from Organic Light Emitting Diodes. The second project (Chapter 5) is about transient electroluminescent dynamics in OLEDs. Chapter 1 is a general introduction of OLEDs. Chapter 2 is a general introduction of organic semiconductor lasers. Chapter 3 is a description of the thermal evaporation method for OLED fabrication. The detail of the first project was presented in Chapter 4. Extremely narrowed spectrum was observed from the edge of OLED devices. A threshold thickness exists, above which the spectrum is narrow, and below which the spectrum is broad. The FWHM of spectrum depends on the material of the organic thin films, the thickness of the organic layers, and length of the OLED device. A superlinear relationship between the output intensity of the edge emission and the length of the device was observed, which is probably due to the misalignment of the device edge and the optical fiber detector. The original motivation of this research is for organic semiconductor laser that hasn't been realized due to the extremely high photon absorption in OLED devices. Although we didn't succeed in fabricating an electrically pumped organic laser diode, we made a comprehensive research in edge emission of OLEDs which provides valuable results in understanding light distribution and propagation in OLED devices. Chapter 5 focuses on the second project. A strong spike was observed at the falling edge of a pulse, and a long tail followed. The spike was due to the recombination of correlated charge pair (CCP) created by trapped carriers in guest molecules of the recombination zone. When the bias was turned off, along with the decreasing of electric field in the device, the electric field induced quenching decreases and the recombination rate of the CCP increases which result in the spike. This research project provides

  8. Spectrally narrowed leaky waveguide edge emission and transient electrluminescent dynamics of OLEDs

    Zhengqing, Gan

    2010-05-16

    In summary, there are two major research works presented in this dissertation. The first research project (Chapter 4) is spectrally narrowed edge emission from Organic Light Emitting Diodes. The second project (Chapter 5) is about transient electroluminescent dynamics in OLEDs. Chapter 1 is a general introduction of OLEDs. Chapter 2 is a general introduction of organic semiconductor lasers. Chapter 3 is a description of the thermal evaporation method for OLED fabrication. The detail of the first project was presented in Chapter 4. Extremely narrowed spectrum was observed from the edge of OLED devices. A threshold thickness exists, above which the spectrum is narrow, and below which the spectrum is broad. The FWHM of spectrum depends on the material of the organic thin films, the thickness of the organic layers, and length of the OLED device. A superlinear relationship between the output intensity of the edge emission and the length of the device was observed, which is probably due to the misalignment of the device edge and the optical fiber detector. The original motivation of this research is for organic semiconductor laser that hasn't been realized due to the extremely high photon absorption in OLED devices. Although we didn't succeed in fabricating an electrically pumped organic laser diode, we made a comprehensive research in edge emission of OLEDs which provides valuable results in understanding light distribution and propagation in OLED devices. Chapter 5 focuses on the second project. A strong spike was observed at the falling edge of a pulse, and a long tail followed. The spike was due to the recombination of correlated charge pair (CCP) created by trapped carriers in guest molecules of the recombination zone. When the bias was turned off, along with the decreasing of electric field in the device, the electric field induced quenching decreases and the recombination rate of the CCP increases which result in the spike. This research project provides

  9. Spectrally narrowed leaky waveguide edge emission and transient electrluminescent dynamics of OLEDs

    In summary, there are two major research works presented in this dissertation. The first research project (Chapter 4) is spectrally narrowed edge emission from Organic Light Emitting Diodes. The second project (Chapter 5) is about transient electroluminescent dynamics in OLEDs. Chapter 1 is a general introduction of OLEDs. Chapter 2 is a general introduction of organic semiconductor lasers. Chapter 3 is a description of the thermal evaporation method for OLED fabrication. The detail of the first project was presented in Chapter 4. Extremely narrowed spectrum was observed from the edge of OLED devices. A threshold thickness exists, above which the spectrum is narrow, and below which the spectrum is broad. The FWHM of spectrum depends on the material of the organic thin films, the thickness of the organic layers, and length of the OLED device. A superlinear relationship between the output intensity of the edge emission and the length of the device was observed, which is probably due to the misalignment of the device edge and the optical fiber detector. The original motivation of this research is for organic semiconductor laser that hasn't been realized due to the extremely high photon absorption in OLED devices. Although we didn't succeed in fabricating an electrically pumped organic laser diode, we made a comprehensive research in edge emission of OLEDs which provides valuable results in understanding light distribution and propagation in OLED devices. Chapter 5 focuses on the second project. A strong spike was observed at the falling edge of a pulse, and a long tail followed. The spike was due to the recombination of correlated charge pair (CCP) created by trapped carriers in guest molecules of the recombination zone. When the bias was turned off, along with the decreasing of electric field in the device, the electric field induced quenching decreases and the recombination rate of the CCP increases which result in the spike. This research project provides a

  10. Si K Edge Structure and Variability in Galactic X-Ray Binaries

    Schulz, Norbert S.; Corrales, Lia; Canizares, Claude R.

    2016-08-01

    We survey the Si K edge structure in various absorbed Galactic low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) to study states of silicon in the inter- and circum-stellar medium. The bulk of these LMXBs lie toward the Galactic bulge region and all have column densities above 1022 cm‑2. The observations were performed using the Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer. The Si K edge in all sources appears at an energy value of 1844 ± 0.001 eV. The edge exhibits significant substructure that can be described by a near edge absorption feature at 1849 ± 0.002 eV and a far edge absorption feature at 1865 ± 0.002 eV. Both of these absorption features appear variable with equivalent widths up to several mÅ. We can describe the edge structure using several components: multiple edge functions, near edge absorption excesses from silicates in dust form, signatures from X-ray scattering optical depths, and a variable warm absorber from ionized atomic silicon. The measured optical depths of the edges indicate much higher values than expected from atomic silicon cross sections and interstellar medium abundances, and they appear consistent with predictions from silicate X-ray absorption and scattering. A comparison with models also indicates a preference for larger dust grain sizes. In many cases, we identify Si xiii resonance absorption and determine ionization parameters between log ξ = 1.8 and 2.8 and turbulent velocities between 300 and 1000 km s‑1. This places the warm absorber in close vicinity of the X-ray binaries. In some data, we observe a weak edge at 1.840 keV, potentially from a lesser contribution of neutral atomic silicon.

  11. Edge Detection Operators: Peak Signal to Noise Ratio Based Comparison

    D. Poobathy

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Edge detection is the vital task in digital image processing. It makes the image segmentation and pattern recognition more comfort. It also helps for object detection. There are many edge detectors available for pre-processing in computer vision. But, Canny, Sobel, Laplacian of Gaussian (LoG, Robert’s and Prewitt are most applied algorithms. This paper compares each of these operators by the manner of checking Peak signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR and Mean Squared Error (MSE of resultant image. It evaluates the performance of each algorithm with Matlab and Java. The set of four universally standardized test images are used for the experimentation. The PSNR and MSE results are numeric values, based on that, performance of algorithms identified. The time required for each algorithm to detect edges is also documented. After the Experimentation, Canny operator found as the best among others in edge detection accuracy.

  12. Spatial response characterization of liquid scintillator detectors using collimated gamma-ray and neutron beams

    Liquid scintillators are suitable for many applications because they can detect and characterize fast neutrons as well as gamma-rays. This paper presents the response of a 15-cm-in-length×15-cm-in-height×8.2-cm-in-width EJ-309 liquid scintillator with respect to the position of neutron and gamma-ray interactions. Liquid scintillator cells are typically filled with 97% of the scintillating cocktail to address thermal expansion of the liquid in varying temperature conditions. Measurements were taken with collimated 137Cs and 252Cf sources for gamma-ray and neutron mapping of the detector, respectively. MCNPX-PoliMi (ver. 2.0) simulations were also performed to demonstrate the spatial response of the detector. Results show that the detector response is greatest at the center and decreases when the collimated neutron and gamma-ray beam is moved toward the edge of the detector. The measured response in the voxels surrounding the detector center decreased by approximately 6% and 12% for gamma-ray and neutron scans, respectively, when compared to the center voxel. The measured decrease in the detector response was most pronounced at the corners of detector assembly. For the corner voxels located in the bottom row of the detector, the measured response decreased by approximately 39% for both gamma-ray and neutron scans. For the corner voxels located in the top row of the detector, the measured response decreased by approximately 66% and 48% for gamma-ray and neutron scans, respectively. Both measurements and simulations show the inefficient production of secondary charged particles in the voxels located in the top portion of the detector due to the presence of expansion volume. Furthermore, the presence of the expansion volume potentially affects the transport of the scintillation light through the coupling window between the liquid scintillator and the photocathode in the photomultiplier tube. -- Highlights: • EJ-309 response with respect to the particle interaction

  13. Ultraviolet radiation-induced modifications of the optical and registration properties of a CR-39 nuclear track detector

    Saad, A.F., E-mail: abdallahsaad56@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Benghazi (Libya); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig (Egypt); Al-Faitory, N.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Benghazi (Libya); Hussein, M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig (Egypt); Mohamed, R.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Benghazi (Libya)

    2015-09-15

    The UV–VIS (ultraviolet–visible) spectra and etching characteristics of poly allyl diglycol carbonate (PADC, a form of the CR-39 polymer) detector films after exposure to UV radiation for various times have been studied. Etching experiments were carried out on the UV-exposed CR-39 detectors after alpha particle and fission-fragment irradiation using a {sup 252}Cf source. The bulk and track etch rates were measured using the alpha and fission-fragment track diameters, and the sensitivity and the detection efficiency were also determined. The optical band gap for both indirect and direct transitions was calculated based on the absorption edge of the UV spectra of the pristine and variously UV-exposed detectors. The optical band gap evidently indicates a gradual change in the optical properties of the CR-39 detector that is induced by the UV radiation. This study shows that the UV-exposed CR-39 detectors were demonstrated to be highly sensitive to alpha particles, but proved to be somewhat less sensitive to the fission fragments.

  14. Ultraviolet radiation-induced modifications of the optical and registration properties of a CR-39 nuclear track detector

    The UV–VIS (ultraviolet–visible) spectra and etching characteristics of poly allyl diglycol carbonate (PADC, a form of the CR-39 polymer) detector films after exposure to UV radiation for various times have been studied. Etching experiments were carried out on the UV-exposed CR-39 detectors after alpha particle and fission-fragment irradiation using a 252Cf source. The bulk and track etch rates were measured using the alpha and fission-fragment track diameters, and the sensitivity and the detection efficiency were also determined. The optical band gap for both indirect and direct transitions was calculated based on the absorption edge of the UV spectra of the pristine and variously UV-exposed detectors. The optical band gap evidently indicates a gradual change in the optical properties of the CR-39 detector that is induced by the UV radiation. This study shows that the UV-exposed CR-39 detectors were demonstrated to be highly sensitive to alpha particles, but proved to be somewhat less sensitive to the fission fragments

  15. High-Resolution X-ray Emission and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    de Groot, F. M. F.

    2001-01-01

    In this review, high-resolution X-ray emission and X-ray absorption spectroscopy will be discussed. The focus is on the 3d transition-metal systems. To understand high-resolution X-ray emission and reso-nant X-ray emission, it is first necessary to spend some time discussing the X-ray absorption process. Section II discusses 1s X-ray absorption, i.e., the K edges, and section III deals with 2p X-ray absorption, the L edges. X-ray emission is discussed in, respectively, the L edges. X-ray emis...

  16. Comparison of edge detection techniques for the automatic information extraction of Lidar data

    Li, H.; di, L.; Huang, X.; Li, D.

    2008-05-01

    In recent years, there has been much interest in information extraction from Lidar point cloud data. Many automatic edge detection algorithms have been applied to extracting information from Lidar data. Generally they can be divided as three major categories: early vision gradient operators, optimal detectors and operators using parametric fitting models. Lidar point cloud includes the intensity information and the geographic information. Thus, traditional edge detectors used in remote sensed images can take advantage with the coordination information provided by point data. However, derivation of complex terrain features from Lidar data points depends on the intensity properties and topographic relief of each scene. Take road for example, in some urban area, road has the alike intensity as buildings, but the topographic relationship of road is distinct. The edge detector for road in urban area is different from the detector for buildings. Therefore, in Lidar extraction, each kind of scene has its own suitable edge detector. This paper compares application of the different edge detectors from the previous paragraph to various terrain areas, in order to figure out the proper algorithm for respective terrain type. The Canny, EDISON and SUSAN algorithms were applied to data points with the intensity character and topographic relationship of Lidar data. The Lidar data for test are over different terrain areas, such as an urban area with a mass of buildings, a rural area with vegetation, an area with slope, or an area with a bridge, etc. Results using these edge detectors are compared to determine which algorithm is suitable for a specific terrain area. Key words: Edge detector, Extraction, Lidar, Point data

  17. X-Ray Absorption and Scattering by Interstellar Grains

    Hoffman, John A

    2015-01-01

    Interstellar abundance determinations from fits to X-ray absorption edges often rely on the following false assumptions: (1) the grains are "optically thin" at the observed X-ray wavelengths, and (2) scattering is insignificant and can be ignored. We show instead that scattering contributes significantly to the attenuation of X-rays for realistic dust grain size distributions and substantially modifies the spectrum near absorption edges of elements present in grains. The dust attenuation modules used in major X-ray spectral fitting programs do not take this into account. We show that the consequences of neglecting scattering on the determination of interstellar elemental abundances are modest; however, scattering (along with uncertainties in the grain size distribution) must be taken into account when near-edge extinction fine structure is used to infer dust mineralogy. We advertise the benefits and accuracy of anomalous diffraction theory for both X-ray halo analysis and near edge absorption studies. An open...

  18. Photon detectors

    J. Seguinot and T. Ypsilantis have recently described the theory and history of Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detectors. In this paper, I will expand on these excellent review papers, by covering the various photon detector designs in greater detail, and by including discussion of mistakes made, and detector problems encountered, along the way. Photon detectors are among the most difficult devices used in physics experiments, because they must achieve high efficiency for photon transport and for the detection of single photo-electrons. For gaseous devices, this requires the correct choice of gas gain in order to prevent breakdown and wire aging, together with the use of low noise electronics having the maximum possible amplification. In addition, the detector must be constructed of materials which resist corrosion due to photosensitive materials such as, the detector enclosure must be tightly sealed in order to prevent oxygen leaks, etc. The most critical step is the selection of the photocathode material. Typically, a choice must be made between a solid (CsI) or gaseous photocathode (TMAE, TEA). A conservative approach favors a gaseous photocathode, since it is continuously being replaced by flushing, and permits the photon detectors to be easily serviced (the air sensitive photocathode can be removed at any time). In addition, it can be argued that we now know how to handle TMAE, which, as is generally accepted, is the best photocathode material available as far as quantum efficiency is concerned. However, it is a very fragile molecule, and therefore its use may result in relatively fast wire aging. A possible alternative is TEA, which, in the early days, was rejected because it requires expensive CaF2 windows, which could be contaminated easily in the region of 8.3 eV and thus lose their UV transmission

  19. Photon detectors

    Va`vra, J.

    1995-10-01

    J. Seguinot and T. Ypsilantis have recently described the theory and history of Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detectors. In this paper, I will expand on these excellent review papers, by covering the various photon detector designs in greater detail, and by including discussion of mistakes made, and detector problems encountered, along the way. Photon detectors are among the most difficult devices used in physics experiments, because they must achieve high efficiency for photon transport and for the detection of single photo-electrons. For gaseous devices, this requires the correct choice of gas gain in order to prevent breakdown and wire aging, together with the use of low noise electronics having the maximum possible amplification. In addition, the detector must be constructed of materials which resist corrosion due to photosensitive materials such as, the detector enclosure must be tightly sealed in order to prevent oxygen leaks, etc. The most critical step is the selection of the photocathode material. Typically, a choice must be made between a solid (CsI) or gaseous photocathode (TMAE, TEA). A conservative approach favors a gaseous photocathode, since it is continuously being replaced by flushing, and permits the photon detectors to be easily serviced (the air sensitive photocathode can be removed at any time). In addition, it can be argued that we now know how to handle TMAE, which, as is generally accepted, is the best photocathode material available as far as quantum efficiency is concerned. However, it is a very fragile molecule, and therefore its use may result in relatively fast wire aging. A possible alternative is TEA, which, in the early days, was rejected because it requires expensive CaF{sub 2} windows, which could be contaminated easily in the region of 8.3 eV and thus lose their UV transmission.

  20. Push-Edge and Slide-Edge: Scrolling by Pushing Against the Viewport Edge

    Malacria, Sylvain; Aceituno, Jonathan; Quinn, Philip; Casiez, Géry; Cockburn, Andy; ROUSSEL, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    International audience Edge-scrolling allows users to scroll a viewport while simultaneously dragging near or beyond a window’s edge. Common implementations rely on rate control, mapping the distance between the pointer and the edge of the viewport to the scrolling velocity. While ubiquitous in operating systems, edge-scrolling has received little attention, even though previous works suggest that (1) rate control may be suboptimal for isotonic pointing devices like mice and trackpads and ...

  1. Efficient edge domination in regular graphs

    Cardoso, Domingos M.; Cerdeira, J. Orestes; Delorme, Charles; Silva, Pedro C

    2008-01-01

    An induced matching of a graph G is a matching having no two edges joined by an edge. An efficient edge dominating set of G is an induced matching M such that every other edge of G is adjacent to some edge in M. We relate maximum induced matchings and efficient edge dominating sets, showing that efficient edge dominating sets are maximum induced matchings, and that maximum induced matchings on regular graphs with efficient edge dominating sets are efficient edge dominating sets. A ...

  2. Topological number of edge states

    Hashimoto, Koji; Kimura, Taro

    2016-05-01

    We show that the edge states of the four-dimensional class A system can have topological charges, which are characterized by Abelian/non-Abelian monopoles. The edge topological charges are a new feature of relations among theories with different dimensions. From this novel viewpoint, we provide a non-Abelian analog of the TKNN number as an edge topological charge, which is defined by an SU(2) 't Hooft-Polyakov BPS monopole through an equivalence to Nahm construction. Furthermore, putting a constant magnetic field yields an edge monopole in a noncommutative momentum space, where D-brane methods in string theory facilitate study of edge fermions.

  3. Topological Number of Edge States

    Hashimoto, Koji

    2016-01-01

    We show that the edge states of the four-dimensional class A system can have topological charges, which are characterized by Abelian/non-Abelian monopoles. The edge topological charges are a new feature of relations among theories with different dimensions. From this novel viewpoint, we provide a non-Abelian analogue of the TKNN number as an edge topological charge, which is defined by an SU(2) 't Hooft-Polyakov BPS monopole through an equivalence to Nahm construction. Furthermore, putting a constant magnetic field yields an edge monopole in a non-commutative momentum space, where D-brane methods in string theory facilitate study of edge fermions.

  4. Are K-edge filters useful in diagnostic radiology

    Many workers have suggested that heavy metal foils with K-absorption edges lying in the diagnostic energy range may be useful in reducing patient dose or improving image contrast. The doses resulting from the optimum conditions for aluminium filtration and for the K-edge filter for the same contrast and tube loading are compared. The use of molybdenum, silver, rhodium and tin K-edge filters in mammography, and gadolinium filters for techniques using iodine contrast medium have been examined. It is confirmed that a molybdenum filter used with a tube having a molybdenum target provides the best option for breast thicknesses of up to about 5 cm. For thicker breasts, a tube having a tungsten target should be used. For a tungsten target there is very little advantage in using a K-edge filter and aluminium filtration gives comparable results, both in mammography and in techniques using iodine contrast medium. (author)

  5. UV/VUV high sensitivity absorption spectroscopy

    High sensitivity absorption spectroscopy is a powerful diagnostic technique for reactive glow discharges plasmas. Absolute column densities of many chemical radicals have been measured in both deposition and etching plasmas. Modern photodiode or charge-coupled device (CCD) detector arrays vastly increase the sensitivity of traditional absorption experiments enabling one to observe fractional absorptions of ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation less than 0.0001. Stable arc lamps provide a continuum source in some experiments, but experiments at very high spectral resolution or at VUV wavelengths require the greater spectral radiance of synchrotron radiation. High sensitivity absorption spectroscopy has been applied to intense glow discharges used for lighting, for diamond film deposition, and for both depositing and etching Si films. Absorption spectroscopy provides absolute column densities, is useful for transitions that do not fluoresce, and approaches the sensitivity of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) in glow discharges under some conditions

  6. EDGE COVERING COLORING AND FRACTIONAL EDGE COVERING COLORING

    MIAOLianying; LIUGuizhen

    2002-01-01

    Let G be a graph with edge set E(G).S E(G)is called an edge cover of G if every vertex of G is an end vertex of some edges in S.The edge covering chromatic number of a graph G,denoted by Xc(G),is the maximum size of a partition of E(G) into edge covers of G.It is known that for any graph G with minimum degree δ,δ-1≤Xc(G)≤δ.The fractional edge covering chromatic number of a graph G,denoted by Xcf(G),is the fractional matiching number of the edge covering hypergraph H of G whose vertices are the edges of G and whose hypereges the edge covers of G.In this paper,we study the relation between Xc(G) and δfor any graph G,and give a new simple proof of the inequalities δ-1≤Xc(G)≤δ by the technique of graph coloring.For any graph G,we give an exact formula o Xcf(G),that is,Xcf(G)=min{δ,λ(G)},where λ(G)=minCS/S/2 and the minimum is taken over all noempty subsets S of V(G) and C[S] is the set of edges that have at least one end in S.δ

  7. EDGE COVERING COLORING AND FRACTIONAL EDGE COVERING COLORING

    MIAO Lianying; LIU Guizhen

    2002-01-01

    Let G be a graph with edge set E(G). S _C E(G) is called an edge cover of G if every vertex of G is an end vertex of some edges in S. The edge covering chromatic number of a graph G, denoted by X'c(G) , is the maximum size of a partition of E(G) into edge covers of G. It is known that for any graph G with minimum degree δ, δ - 1 ≤ X'c(G) ≤ δ.The fractional edge covering chromatic number of a graph G, denoted by X'cf(G), is the fractional matching number of the edge covering hypergraph H of G whose vertices are the edges of G and whose hyperedges the edge covers of G. In this paper, we study the relation between X'c(G) and δ for any graph G, and give a new simple proof of the inequalities δ - 1 ≤ X'c(G) ≤ δ by the technique of graph coloring. For any graph G, we give an exact formula of X'cf(G), that is, X'cf(G)=min{δ,λ(G)}, where λ(G)=min |C[S]|/[|S|/2]and the minimum is taken over all noempty subsets S of V(G) and C[S] is the set of edges that have at least one end in S.

  8. Calorimeter detectors

    de Barbaro, P; The ATLAS collaboration

    2013-01-01

    Although the instantaneous and integrated luminosity in HL-LHC will be far higher than the LHC detectors were originally designed for, the Barrel calorimeters of the four experiments are expected to continue to perform well  throughout the Phase II program. The conditions for the End-Cap calorimeters are far more challenging and whilst some detectors will require relatively modest changes, others require far more substantial upgrades. We present the results of longevity and performance studies for the calorimeter systems of the four main LHC experiments and outline the upgrade options under consideration. We include a discussion of the R&D required to make the final technology choices for the upgraded detectors.

  9. Pixel detectors

    Passmore, M S

    2001-01-01

    positions on the detector. The loss of secondary electrons follows the profile of the detector and increases with higher energy ions. studies of the spatial resolution predict a value of 5.3 lp/mm. The image noise in photon counting systems is investigated theoretically and experimentally and is shown to be given by Poisson statistics. The rate capability of the LAD1 was measured to be 250 kHz per pixel. Theoretical and experimental studies of the difference in contrast for ideal charge integrating and photon counting imaging systems were carried out. It is shown that the contrast differs and that for the conventional definition (contrast = (background - signal)/background) the photon counting device will, in some cases, always give a better contrast than the integrating system. Simulations in MEDICI are combined with analytical calculations to investigate charge collection efficiencies (CCE) in semiconductor detectors. Different pixel sizes and biasing conditions are considered. The results show charge shari...

  10. MAMA Detector

    Bowyer, Stuart

    1998-01-01

    Work carried out under this grant led to fundamental discoveries and over one hundred publications in the scientific literature. Fundamental developments in instrumentation were made including all the instrumentation on the EUVE satellite, the invention of a whole new type of grazing instrument spectrometer and the development of fundamentally new photon counting detectors including the Wedge and Strip used on EUVE and many other missions and the Time Delay detector used on OREFUS and FUSE. The Wedge and Strip and Time Delay detectors were developed under this grant for less than two million dollars and have been used in numerous missions most recently for the FUSE mission. In addition, a fundamentally new type of diffuse spectrometer has been developed under this grant which has been used in instrumentation on the MMSAT spacecraft and the Lewis spacecraft. Plans are underway to use this instrumentation on several other missions as well.

  11. Ionization detector

    The objects of the invention are, first, to provide an ionization detector having a three chamber structure characterised by a built-in feedback path that regeneratively stabilizes the operating point of the detector. Secondly, to provide a specially designed chamber construction including electrodes shaped so as to enhance the efficiency of the chamber and reduce ion recombination. The ionization chamber described has a chamber structure with a first closed chamber and a second chamber able to receive gases from outside. These two chambers have a common boundary including a common electrode. One electrode associated with the second chamber, and one within the first chamber, define a third chamber within the first chamber allowing an ionization path between. A radioactive source provides ionizing radiation for all three chambers and establishes an ionization current. There is a detector coupled to the common electrode for detecting changes in this current. (U.K.)

  12. BES detector

    The Beijing Spectrometer (BES) is a general purpose solenoidal detector at the Beijing Electron Positron Collider (BEPC). It is designed to study exclusive final states in e+e- annihilations at the center of mass energy from 3.0 to 5.6 GeV. This requires large solid angle coverage combined with good charged particle momentum resolution, good particle identification and high photon detection efficiency at low energies. In this paper we describe the construction and the performance of BES detector. (orig.)

  13. Low scatter edge blackening compounds for refractive optical elements

    This paper reports on low scatter edge blackening compounds for refractive optical elements. Perkin-Elmer's Applied Optics Operation recently delivered several prototype wide-field-of-view (WFOV), F/2.8, 250 mm efl, near diffraction limited, concentric lenses toLawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In these lenses, special attention was paid to reducing stray light to allow viewing of very dim objects. Because of the very large FOV, the use of a long baffle to eliminate direct illumination of lens edges was not practical. With the existing relatively short baffle design, one-bounce stray light paths off the element edges are possible. The scattering off the inside edges thus had to be kept to an absolute minimum. While common means for blackening the edges of optical elements are easy to apply and quite cost effective for normal lens assemblies, their blackening effect is limited by the Fresnel reflection due to the index of refraction mismatch at the glass boundary. At high angles of incidence, total internal reflection (TIR) might occur ruining the effect of the blackening process. An index-match absorbing medium applied to the edges of such elements is the most effective approach for reducing the amount of undesired light reflection or scattered off these edges. The presence of such a medium provides an extended path outside the glass boundary in which an absorptive non-scattering dye can be used to eliminate light that might otherwise have propagated to the focal plane

  14. Advanced detectors for X-ray microscopy

    criterion are presented, including a novel method of using a Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) resonance. In principle this could be used to pinpoint a single energy from a grating monochromator. (author)

  15. Asymmetric spin absorption across a low-resistance oxide barrier

    An unconventional method of nonlocal spin detection is demonstrated in mesoscopic lateral spin valves at room temperature. Clear nonlocal spin signals are detected between the two ends of an extended ferromagnetic spin detector. This is different from the conventional method in which the nonlocal voltage is measured between the spin detector and the nonmagnetic channel. The results can be understood as spatially non-uniform absorption of a pure spin current into the spin detector across a low-resistance oxide interface

  16. Competing edge networks

    We introduce a model for a pair of nonlinear evolving networks, defined over a common set of vertices, subject to edgewise competition. Each network may grow new edges spontaneously or through triad closure. Both networks inhibit the other's growth and encourage the other's demise. These nonlinear stochastic competition equations yield to a mean field analysis resulting in a nonlinear deterministic system. There may be multiple equilibria; and bifurcations of different types are shown to occur within a reduced parameter space. This situation models competitive communication networks such as BlackBerry Messenger displacing SMS; or instant messaging displacing emails. -- Highlights: ► A model for edgewise-competing evolving network pairs is introduced. ► Defined competition equations yield to a mean field analysis. ► Multiple equilibrium states and different bifurcation types can occur. ► The system is sensitive to sparse initial conditions and near unstable equilibriums.

  17. Edge-on!

    2007-08-01

    Peering at Uranus's Rings as they Swing Edge-on to Earth for the First Time Since their Discovery in 1977 As Uranus coasts through a brief window of time when its rings are edge-on to Earth - a view of the planet we get only once every 42 years - astronomers peering at the rings with ESO's Very Large Telescope and other space or ground-based telescopes are getting an unprecedented view of the fine dust in the system, free from the glare of the bright rocky rings. They may even find a new moon or two. ESO PR Photo 37/07 ESO PR Photo 37/07 The Uranus System "ESO's VLT took data at the precise moment when the rings were edge-on to Earth," said Imke de Pater, of University of California, Berkeley who coordinated the worldwide campaign. She worked with two team members observing in Chile: Daphne Stam of the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands and Markus Hartung of ESO. The observations were done with NACO, one of the adaptive optics instruments installed at the VLT. With adaptive optics, it is possible to obtain images almost free from the blurring effect of the atmosphere. It is as if the 8.2-m telescope were observing from space. Observations were also done with the Keck telescope in Hawaii, the Hubble Space Telescope, and at the Palomar Observatory. "Using different telescopes around the world allows us to observe as much of the changes during the ring-plane crossing as possible: when Uranus sets as seen from the VLT, it can still be observed by the Keck," emphasised Stam. Uranus orbits the Sun in 84 years. Twice during a Uranian year, the rings appear edge-on to Earth for a brief period. The rings were discovered in 1977, so this is the first time for a Uranus ring-crossing to be observed from Earth. The advantage of observations at a ring-plane crossing is that it becomes possible to look at the rings from the shadowed or dark side. From that vantage point, the normally bright outer rings grow fainter because their centimetre- to metre-sized rocks obscure

  18. Edge remap for solids

    Kamm, James R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Love, Edward [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Robinson, Allen C. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Young, Joseph G. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Ridzal, Denis [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2013-12-01

    We review the edge element formulation for describing the kinematics of hyperelastic solids. This approach is used to frame the problem of remapping the inverse deformation gradient for Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) simulations of solid dynamics. For hyperelastic materials, the stress state is completely determined by the deformation gradient, so remapping this quantity effectively updates the stress state of the material. A method, inspired by the constrained transport remap in electromagnetics, is reviewed, according to which the zero-curl constraint on the inverse deformation gradient is implicitly satisfied. Open issues related to the accuracy of this approach are identified. An optimization-based approach is implemented to enforce positivity of the determinant of the deformation gradient. The efficacy of this approach is illustrated with numerical examples.

  19. Hybrid contacts for CZT virtual Frisch-grid detectors

    Camarda, G. S.; Bolotnikov, A. E.; Chan, W.; Cui, Y.; Gul, R.; Hossain, A.; Kim, K.; Yang, G.; James, R. B.

    2011-09-01

    In our previous design of virtual Frisch-grid CdZnTe (CZT) detectors, the charge drift-lines can be terminated at the side surfaces before the carriers reach the collecting anode; this results in a loss of signal from the interacting events near the detector's edges. Here, we describe our new design for the anode contact that reduces these edge effects by focusing the electric field towards the detectors' central axes. Four detectors were fabricated with the new hybrid anode contact, and their performances were evaluated and compared to those from the previous design for our virtual Frisch-grid detectors. The results obtained for all four showed similar improvement: therefore, we illustrate them with the findings from one detector.

  20. An iris segmentation algorithm based on edge orientation for off-angle iris recognition

    Karakaya, Mahmut; Barstow, Del; Santos-Villalobos, Hector; Boehnen, Christopher

    2013-03-01

    Iris recognition is known as one of the most accurate and reliable biometrics. However, the accuracy of iris recognition systems depends on the quality of data capture and is negatively affected by several factors such as angle, occlusion, and dilation. In this paper, we present a segmentation algorithm for off-angle iris images that uses edge detection, edge elimination, edge classification, and ellipse fitting techniques. In our approach, we first detect all candidate edges in the iris image by using the canny edge detector; this collection contains edges from the iris and pupil boundaries as well as eyelash, eyelids, iris texture etc. Edge orientation is used to eliminate the edges that cannot be part of the iris or pupil. Then, we classify the remaining edge points into two sets as pupil edges and iris edges. Finally, we randomly generate subsets of iris and pupil edge points, fit ellipses for each subset, select ellipses with similar parameters, and average to form the resultant ellipses. Based on the results from real experiments, the proposed method shows effectiveness in segmentation for off-angle iris images.

  1. An Iris Segmentation Algorithm based on Edge Orientation for Off-angle Iris Recognition

    Karakaya, Mahmut [ORNL; Barstow, Del R [ORNL; Santos-Villalobos, Hector J [ORNL; Boehnen, Chris Bensing [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    Iris recognition is known as one of the most accurate and reliable biometrics. However, the accuracy of iris recognition systems depends on the quality of data capture and is negatively affected by several factors such as angle, occlusion, and dilation. In this paper, we present a segmentation algorithm for off-angle iris images that uses edge detection, edge elimination, edge classification, and ellipse fitting techniques. In our approach, we first detect all candidate edges in the iris image by using the canny edge detector; this collection contains edges from the iris and pupil boundaries as well as eyelash, eyelids, iris texture etc. Edge orientation is used to eliminate the edges that cannot be part of the iris or pupil. Then, we classify the remaining edge points into two sets as pupil edges and iris edges. Finally, we randomly generate subsets of iris and pupil edge points, fit ellipses for each subset, select ellipses with similar parameters, and average to form the resultant ellipses. Based on the results from real experiments, the proposed method shows effectiveness in segmentation for off-angle iris images.

  2. Edge phonons in black phosphorus.

    Ribeiro, H B; Villegas, C E P; Bahamon, D A; Muraca, D; Castro Neto, A H; de Souza, E A T; Rocha, A R; Pimenta, M A; de Matos, C J S

    2016-01-01

    Black phosphorus has recently emerged as a new layered crystal that, due to its peculiar and anisotropic crystalline and electronic band structures, may have important applications in electronics, optoelectronics and photonics. Despite the fact that the edges of layered crystals host a range of singular properties whose characterization and exploitation are of utmost importance for device development, the edges of black phosphorus remain poorly characterized. In this work, the atomic structure and behaviour of phonons near different black phosphorus edges are experimentally and theoretically studied using Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Polarized Raman results show the appearance of new modes at the edges of the sample, and their spectra depend on the atomic structure of the edges (zigzag or armchair). Theoretical simulations confirm that the new modes are due to edge phonon states that are forbidden in the bulk, and originated from the lattice termination rearrangements. PMID:27412813

  3. Edge colouring by total labellings

    Brandt, Stephan; Rautenbach, D.; Stiebitz, M.;

    2010-01-01

    We introduce the concept of an edge-colouring total k-labelling. This is a labelling of the vertices and the edges of a graph G with labels 1, 2, ..., k such that the weights of the edges define a proper edge colouring of G. Here the weight of an edge is the sum of its label and the labels of its...... two endvertices. We define χ (G) to be the smallest integer k for which G has an edge-colouring total k-labelling. This parameter has natural upper and lower bounds in terms of the maximum degree Δ of G : ⌈ (Δ + 1) / 2 ⌉ ≤ χ (G) ≤ Δ + 1. We improve the upper bound by 1 for every graph and prove χ (G...

  4. DUAL-BAND INFRARED DETECTORS

    2000-01-01

    As the infrared technology continues to advance, there is a growing demand for multispectral detectors for advanced IR systems with better target discrimination and identification. Both HgCdTe detectors and quantum well GaAs/AlGaAs photodetectors offer wavelength flexibility from medium wavelength to very long wavelength and multicolor capability in these regions. The main challenges facing all multicolor devices are more complicated device structtures, thicker and multilayer material growth, and more difficult device fabrication, especially when the array size gets larger and pixel size gets smaller. In the paper recent progress in development of two-color HgCdTe photodiodes and quantum well infrared photodetectors is presented.More attention is devoted to HgCdTe detectors. The two-color detector arrays are based upon an n-P-N (the capital letters mean the materials with larger bandgap energy) HgCdTe triple layer heterojunction design. Vertically stacking the two p-n junctions permits incorporation of both detectros into a single pixel. Both sequential mode and simultaneous mode detectors are fabricated. The mode of detection is determined by the fabrication process of the multilayer materials.Also the performances of stacked multicolor QWIPs detectors are presented. For multicolor arrays, QWIP's narrow band spectrum is an advantage, resulting in low spectral crosstalk. The major challenge for QWIP is developing broadband or multicolor optical coupling structures that permit efficient absorption of all required spectral bands.

  5. DC and AC biasing of a transition edge sensor microcalorimeter

    We are developing AC-biased transition edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeters for use in large arrays with frequency-domain multiplexing. Using DC bias, we have achieved a resolution of 17 eV FWHM at 2.6 keV with a decay time of 90 μs and an effective detector diameter of 300 μm. We have successfully measured thermal pulses with a TES microcalorimeter operated with an AC bias. We present here preliminary results from a single pixel detector operated under DC and AC bias conditions

  6. Operation of transition edge sensors in a resistance locked loop

    van der Kuur, Jan

    2012-01-01

    We propose to operate a superconducting transition edge sensor (TES) using a different type of biasing, in which the resistance of the TES is kept constant by means of feedback on the bias voltage and is independent of the incoming signal power. By combining a large negative electrothermal feedback with a load independent resistance, this approach can significantly linearise the response of the detector in the large signal limit. The electrothermal feedback is enhanced in comparison with the commonly applied voltage biasing, which further increases the speed of the detector. Furthermore, in frequency domain multiplexed (FDM) readout, the sinusoidal bias voltages for each TES can be generated cryogenically with the readout SQUIDs.

  7. Edge-based compression of cartoon-like images with homogeneous diffusion

    Mainberger, Markus; Bruhn, Andrés; Weickert, Joachim;

    2011-01-01

    Edges provide semantically important image features. In this paper a lossy compression method for cartoon-like images is presented, which is based on edge information. Edges together with some adjacent grey/colour values are extracted and encoded using a classical edge detector, binary compression...... uniqueness and establish a maximum–minimum principle. Furthermore, we describe an efficient multigrid algorithm. The result is a simple codec that is able to encode and decode in real time. We show that for cartoon-like images this codec can outperform the JPEG standard and even its more advanced successor...

  8. Electrode design for coplanar-grid detectors

    The coplanar-grid charge sensing technique provides a method for improving the spectral response of gamma-ray detectors based on compound semiconductors, which typically have poor charge transport properties. The technique functions by effectively modifying the charge induction characteristics of the detector such that the dependence of detector signal on the depth of radiation interaction is minimized. The effectiveness of this technique however can be compromised by non-uniform charge induction characteristics across the detector. This paper examines such non-uniformity due to fringe effects near the detector edges. Alternate electrode configurations are studied that provide effective compensation for such effects. Results from experimental measurements and computer simulations are presented

  9. Thermal detector model for cryogenic composite detectors for the dark matter experiments CRESST and EURECA

    Roth, S; Coppi, C; Feilitzsch, F v; Guetlein, A; Isaila, C; Lanfranchi, J -C; Pfister, S; Potzel, W; Westphal, W

    2008-01-01

    The CRESST (Cryogenic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers) and the EURECA (European Underground Rare Event Calorimeter Array) experiments are direct dark matter search experiments where cryogenic detectors are used to detect spin-independent, coherent WIMP (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle)-nucleon scattering events by means of the recoil energy. The cryogenic detectors use a massive single crystal as absorber which is equipped with a TES (transition edge sensor) for signal read-out. They are operated at mK-temperatures. In order to enable a mass production of these detectors, as needed for the EURECA experiment, a so-called composite detector design (CDD) that allows decoupling of the TES fabrication from the optimization procedure of the absorber single-crystal was developed and studied. To further investigate, understand and optimize the performance of composite detectors a detailed thermal detector model which takes into account the CDD has been developed.

  10. High resolution near edge x-ray spectroscopy

    A technique to suppress the core-hole lifetime broadening in near- edge x-ray spectroscopy is presented. A simple theoretical explanation based on total energy conservation in the fluorescence process is given to explain the improved resolution. The experimental arrangement is shown together with an application to the LIII edge of dysprosium. Furthermore, the application of high-resolution fluorescence spectroscopy in the study of magnetism is presented. The spin-resolved absorption spectra from MnF2 are shown as an example

  11. Ca L2,3-edge XANES and Sr K-edge EXAFS study of hydroxyapatite and fossil bone apatite

    Zougrou, I. M.; Katsikini, M.; Brzhezinskaya, M.; Pinakidou, F.; Papadopoulou, L.; Tsoukala, E.; Paloura, E. C.

    2016-08-01

    Upon burial, the organic and inorganic components of hard tissues such as bone, teeth, and tusks are subjected to various alterations as a result of interactions with the chemical milieu of soil, groundwater, and presence of microorganisms. In this study, simulation of the Ca L 2,3-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectrum of hydroxyapatite, using the CTM4XAS code, reveals that the different symmetry of the two nonequivalent Ca(1) and Ca(2) sites in the unit cell gives rise to specific spectral features. Moreover, Ca L 2,3-edge XANES spectroscopy is applied in order to assess variations in fossil bone apatite crystallinity due to heavy bacterial alteration and catastrophic mineral dissolution, compared to well-preserved fossil apatite, fresh bone, and geologic apatite reference samples. Fossilization-induced chemical alterations are investigated by means of Ca L 2,3-edge XANES and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and are related to histological evaluation using optical microscopy images. Finally, the variations in the bonding environment of Sr and its preference for substitution in the Ca(1) or Ca(2) sites upon increasing the Sr/Ca ratio is assessed by Sr K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy.

  12. Non-destructive studies of fuel pellets by neutron resonance absorption radiography and thermal neutron radiography

    Many isotopes in nuclear materials exhibit strong peaks in neutron absorption cross sections in the epithermal energy range (1–1000 eV). These peaks (often referred to as resonances) occur at energies specific to particular isotopes, providing a means of isotope identification and concentration measurements. The high penetration of epithermal neutrons through most materials is very useful for studies where samples consist of heavy-Z elements opaque to X-rays and sometimes to thermal neutrons as well. The characterization of nuclear fuel elements in their cladding can benefit from the development of high resolution neutron resonance absorption imaging (NRAI), enabled by recently developed spatially-resolved neutron time-of-flight detectors. In this technique the neutron transmission of the sample is measured as a function of spatial location and of neutron energy. In the region of the spectra that borders the resonance energy for a particular isotope, the reduction in transmission can be used to acquire an image revealing the 2-dimensional distribution of that isotope within the sample. Provided that the energy of each transmitted neutron is measured by the neutron detector used and the irradiated sample possesses neutron absorption resonances, then isotope-specific location maps can be acquired simultaneously for several isotopes. This can be done even in the case where samples are opaque or have very similar transmission for thermal neutrons and X-rays or where only low concentrations of particular isotopes are present (<0.1 atom% in some cases). Ultimately, such radiographs of isotope location can be utilized to measure isotope concentration, and can even be combined to produce three-dimensional distributions using tomographic methods. In this paper we present the proof-of-principle of NRAI and transmission Bragg edge imaging performed at Flight Path 5 (FP5) at the LANSCE pulsed, moderated neutron source of Los Alamos National Laboratory. A set of urania mockup

  13. Progress on CMS detector lowering

    2006-01-01

    It was an amazing engineering challenge - the lowering of the first hugeendcap disc (YE+3) of the CMS detector slowly and carefully 100 metres underground. The spectacular descent took place on 30 November and was documented by a film crew from Reuters news group. The uniquely shaped slice is 16 m high, about 50 cm thick, and weighs 400 tonnes. It is one of 15 sections that make up the complete CMS detector. The solid steel structure of the disc forms part of the magnet return yoke and is equipped on both sides with muon chambers. A special gantry crane lowered the element, with just 20 cm of leeway between the edges of the detector and the walls of the shaft! On 12 December, a further section of the detector (YE+2) containing the cathode strip chamber made the 10-hour journey underground. This piece is 16 m high and weighs 880 tonnes. There are now four sections of the detector in the experimental cavern, with a further 11 to follow. The endcap disc YE+3 (seen in the foreground) begins its journey down the ...

  14. A modular detector for SPECT

    Ring detector geometry for SPECT has excellent solid angle efficiency and eliminates the need for detector rotation. This geometry engenders mechanical simplicity and avoids the primary cause of ring artifacts. To date, circular detector arrays have had discrete slice geometry which undersamples in the axial or z direction. A prototype two-dimensional detector modules for a ring tomograph which incorporates continuous sampling in z has been constructed and is under evaluation. The module was designed to have an intrinsic photopeak efficiency of 90% for the 160 KeV radiation from I-123, and to allow a 12 to 16 sided polygonal-array design with greater than 90% packing fraction. The goal for spatial resolution in the circumferential or theta direction is 3 mm over the full module width. The module is composed of 27 bars of NaI(Tl) 15 cm long, 1.27 cm deep and 3 mm wide in the theta direction. The bars are separated by reflecting paper but are optically coupled to a common face plate. This design gives a thick detector with spatially invariant light-spread function in the theta direction up to the edge of the module. Tests without a light guide give pulseheight resolution of 13.8% for Co-57 and a light spread function of 14 mm FWHM in theta and 33 mm in z. Using a 1.25 cm UVT light guide, the phototube response for 38 mm dia tubes summed in the z direction is single valued and has substantial slope to within 3 mm of the module edge. By using a maximum likelihood position estimator, it appears that the module can be utilized over 95% of its width

  15. Determination of the total absorption peak in an electromagnetic calorimeter

    Cheng, Jia-Hua; Wang, Zhe; Lebanowski, Logan; Lin, Guey-Lin; Chen, Shaomin

    2016-08-01

    A physically motivated function was developed to accurately determine the total absorption peak in an electromagnetic calorimeter and to overcome biases present in many commonly used methods. The function is the convolution of a detector resolution function with the sum of a delta function, which represents the complete absorption of energy, and a tail function, which describes the partial absorption of energy and depends on the detector materials and structures. Its performance was tested with the simulation of three typical cases. The accuracy of the extracted peak value, resolution, and peak area was improved by an order of magnitude on average, relative to the Crystal Ball function.

  16. Determination of the total absorption peak in an electromagnetic calorimeter

    Cheng, Jia-Hua; Lebanowski, Logan; Lin, Guey-Lin; Chen, Shaomin

    2016-01-01

    A physically-motivated function was developed to accurately determine the total absorption peak in an electromagnetic calorimeter and to overcome biases present in many commonly used methods. The function is the convolution of a detector resolution function with the sum of a delta function, which represents the complete absorption of energy, and a tail function, which describes the partial absorption of energy and depends on the detector materials and structures. Its performance was tested with the simulation of three typical cases. The accuracy of the extracted peak value, resolution, and peak area was improved by an order of magnitude on average, relative to the Crystal Ball function.

  17. Edge-edge interactions in stacked graphene nanoplatelets

    Cruz Silva, Eduardo [ORNL; Terrones Maldonado, Humberto [ORNL; Terrones Maldonado, Mauricio [ORNL; Jia, Xiaoting [Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Dresselhaus, M [Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Meunier, V. [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

    2013-01-01

    High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) studies show the dynamics of small graphene platelets on larger graphene layers. The platelets move nearly freely to eventually lock in at well-defined positions close to the edges of the larger underlying graphene sheet. While such movement is driven by a shallow potential energy surface described by an interplane interaction, the lock-in position occurs by via edge-edge interactions of the platelet and the graphene surface located underneath. Here we quantitatively study this behavior using van der Waals density functional calculations. Local interactions at the open edges are found to dictate stacking configurations that are different from Bernal (AB) stacking. These stacking configurations are known to be otherwise absent in edge-free two-dimensional (2D) graphene. The results explain the experimentally observed platelet dynamics and provide a detailed account of the new electronic properties of these combined systems.

  18. Giant edge state splitting at atomically precise graphene zigzag edges

    Wang, Shiyong; Talirz, Leopold; Pignedoli, Carlo A.; Feng, Xinliang; Müllen, Klaus; Fasel, Roman; Ruffieux, Pascal

    2016-05-01

    Zigzag edges of graphene nanostructures host localized electronic states that are predicted to be spin-polarized. However, these edge states are highly susceptible to edge roughness and interaction with a supporting substrate, complicating the study of their intrinsic electronic and magnetic structure. Here, we focus on atomically precise graphene nanoribbons whose two short zigzag edges host exactly one localized electron each. Using the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope, the graphene nanoribbons are transferred from the metallic growth substrate onto insulating islands of NaCl in order to decouple their electronic structure from the metal. The absence of charge transfer and hybridization with the substrate is confirmed by scanning tunnelling spectroscopy, which reveals a pair of occupied/unoccupied edge states. Their large energy splitting of 1.9 eV is in accordance with ab initio many-body perturbation theory calculations and reflects the dominant role of electron-electron interactions in these localized states.

  19. Graphene vertical hot-electron terahertz detectors

    We propose and analyze the concept of the vertical hot-electron terahertz (THz) graphene-layer detectors (GLDs) based on the double-GL and multiple-GL structures with the barrier layers made of materials with a moderate conduction band off-set (such as tungsten disulfide and related materials). The operation of these detectors is enabled by the thermionic emissions from the GLs enhanced by the electrons heated by incoming THz radiation. Hence, these detectors are the hot-electron bolometric detectors. The electron heating is primarily associated with the intraband absorption (the Drude absorption). In the frame of the developed model, we calculate the responsivity and detectivity as functions of the photon energy, GL doping, and the applied voltage for the GLDs with different number of GLs. The detectors based on the cascade multiple-GL structures can exhibit a substantial photoelectric gain resulting in the elevated responsivity and detectivity. The advantages of the THz detectors under consideration are associated with their high sensitivity to the normal incident radiation and efficient operation at room temperature at the low end of the THz frequency range. Such GLDs with a metal grating, supporting the excitation of plasma oscillations in the GL-structures by the incident THz radiation, can exhibit a strong resonant response at the frequencies of several THz (in the range, where the operation of the conventional detectors based on A3B5 materials, in particular, THz quantum-well detectors, is hindered due to a strong optical phonon radiation absorption in such materials). We also evaluate the characteristics of GLDs in the mid- and far-infrared ranges where the electron heating is due to the interband absorption in GLs.

  20. Neutron detector

    Stephan, Andrew C.; Jardret; Vincent D.

    2011-04-05

    A neutron detector has a volume of neutron moderating material and a plurality of individual neutron sensing elements dispersed at selected locations throughout the moderator, and particularly arranged so that some of the detecting elements are closer to the surface of the moderator assembly and others are more deeply embedded. The arrangement captures some thermalized neutrons that might otherwise be scattered away from a single, centrally located detector element. Different geometrical arrangements may be used while preserving its fundamental characteristics. Different types of neutron sensing elements may be used, which may operate on any of a number of physical principles to perform the function of sensing a neutron, either by a capture or a scattering reaction, and converting that reaction to a detectable signal. High detection efficiency, an ability to acquire spectral information, and directional sensitivity may be obtained.

  1. Particle detectors

    Joram, Christian

    1998-01-01

    The lecture series will present and overview of the basic techniques and underlying physical principles of particle detectors, applied to current and future high energy physics experiments. Illustrating examples, mainly from the field of collider experiments, will demonstrate the performance and limitations of the various techniques. After and introduction we shall concentrate on particle tracking. Wire chambers, drift chambers, micro gaseous tracking devices and solid state trackers will be discussed. It follows and overview of scintillators, photon detection, fiber tracking and nuclear emulsions. One lecture will deal with the various techniques of calorimetry. Finally we shall focus on methods developed for particle identification. These comprise specific energy loss, time of flight Cherenkov and transition radiation detectors.

  2. Study On The Peak Efficiency Curve Of HPGe Detector With Marinelli Beakers By Monte Carlo Method

    In this paper, the peak efficiency curves of HPGe detector for Marinelli beakers were determined by the Los MCNP4C2 code of the Alamos Laboratory in three Marinelli beakers of different size. The influence of matrix density on the efficiency was also studied by simulation of the efficiency curves for different matrix materials: U-CaCO3-MgCO3 calibrated mixture with density of 1.51 g/cm3; ThO2-SiO2-Polyeste calibrated mixture with density of 1.95 g/cm3 and Ta2O5 with density of 8.20 g/cm3. The effect of K-edge absorption for matrices of Thorium and Tantalum in which there are high-Z elements of rather high contents was recorded. (author)

  3. MGA2: A one-detector code for rapid high-precision plutonium isotopic measurements

    The MGA (Multiple Group Analysis) code which we developed several years ago required two detectors when analyzing high /sup 241/Pu content samples. The isotopic information, which was obtained from the 300-keV regions, can now be obtained equally well from the low-energy region (50-208 keV). This breakthrough was achieved by developing a unique and highly accurate method for delineating the overall ''intrinsic'' efficiency curve, including the plutonium K-shell absorption edge discontinuity. Consequently, the intense 129- and 148-keV peak intensities can now be used reliably in place of the peaks in the 300-keV regions to determine the relative abundances of /sup 239/Pu and /sup 241/Pu. The 203/208- and 148/152-keV pairs, and all of the intense 94- to 104-keV peaks, are included in the analysis to provide accurate data for the other isotopes of interest

  4. A Study on Distribution and Chemical Speciation of Lead in Corn Seed Germination by Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Fluorescence and Absorption near Edge Structure Spectrometry%基于SRXRF和XANES研究Pb对玉米种子萌芽的影响及其分布和形态特征

    孙建伶; 罗立强

    2014-01-01

    Synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence analysis technology (SRXRF) can effectively reduce the detection limit for the determination of heavy metal elements, especially suitable for in situ nondestructive analysis of biological samples with low contents. By corn seed germination test, and combining with SRXRF technology, the effects of Pb on corn seed germination and Pb micro-distribution in the corn seed were studied. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES ) technique was used to analyze the Pb chemical speciation in different parts of corn seed. The above experiment was taken to understand the absorption and transformation mechanism of Pb by corn seeds. Results showed that germination rate, bud length and root length decreased with increased Pb contents. The analysis of variance showed that P-value of the germination rate, bud length and root elongation of corn seeds which were exposed to different concentration of Pb were 2. 0×10-3, 1. 4×10-4 and 2. 39×10-8, which were all less than 0. 01, therefore there were highly significant differences during these three indicators and the content of Pb. In addition, the inhibition effect on root growth was greater. SRXRF analysis results showed that Pb was mainly enriched in episperm and embryo, which would inhibit embryonic develop into bud and root. The Pb-LⅢ(13035 eV) XANES spectra of all samples include of root, shoot and the different part of seed were the same, they were the same speciation. Linear combination fitting results indicated that the lead phosphate chloride and lead stearate accounted for 74 . 3 %and 24. 2 % respectively, which suggested that the main Pb speciation of corn was lead phosphate chloride which deposited inside of corn, and a few combined with carboxylic to form the organic lead.%以受不同浓度Pb胁迫下的玉米种子萌芽试验为基础,结合SRXRF研究Pb对玉米种子萌芽的影响和Pb在玉米种子的微区分布特征,利用X射线吸收近边结构技术( XANES)对

  5. Transition Edge Sensor Thermometry for On-chip Materials Characterization

    Goldie, D. J.; Glowacka, D. M.; Rostem†, K.; Withington, S.

    2011-01-01

    The next generation of ultra-low-noise cryogenic detectors for space science applications require continued exploration of materials characteristics at low temperatures. The low noise and good energy sensitivity of current Transition Edge Sensors (TESs) permits measurements of thermal parameters of mesoscopic systems with unprecedented precision. We describe a radiometric technique for differential measurements of materials characteristics at low temperatures (below about 3K). The technique r...

  6. Rock Segmentation through Edge Regrouping

    Burl, Michael

    2008-01-01

    Rockster is an algorithm that automatically identifies the locations and boundaries of rocks imaged by the rover hazard cameras (hazcams), navigation cameras (navcams), or panoramic cameras (pancams). The software uses edge detection and edge regrouping to identify closed contours that separate the rocks from the background.

  7. Edge Detection Using Fuzzy Logic

    B. Govinda Lakshmi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Edge detection is still difficult task in the image processing field. In this paper we implemented fuzzy techniques for detecting edges in the image. This algorithm also works for medical images. In this paper we also explained about Fuzzy inference system, which is more robust to contrast and lighting variations.

  8. Fission of Halving Edges Graphs

    Khovanova, Tanya; Yang, Dai

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we discuss an operation on halving edges graph that we call fission. Fission replaces each point in a given configuration with a small cluster of k points. The operation interacts nicely with halving edges, so we examine its properties in detail.

  9. Phosphorus K-edge XANES spectroscopy of mineral standards

    Ingall, Ellery D., E-mail: ingall@eas.gatech.edu [School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0340 (United States); Brandes, Jay A. [Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, Georgia 31411 (United States); Diaz, Julia M. [School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0340 (United States); Jonge, Martin D. de; Paterson, David [Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168 (Australia); McNulty, Ian [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Elliott, W. Crawford [Department of Geosciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302-4105 (United States); Northrup, Paul [Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (United States)

    2011-03-01

    Phosphorus K-edge XANES spectra are presented for a diverse set of 44 phosphate minerals. Phosphorus K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy was performed on phosphate mineral specimens including (a) twelve specimens from the apatite group covering a range of compositional variation and crystallinity; (b) six non-apatite calcium-rich phosphate minerals; (c) 15 aluminium-rich phosphate minerals; (d) ten phosphate minerals rich in either reduced iron or manganese; (e) four phosphate minerals rich in either oxidized iron or manganese; (f) eight phosphate minerals rich in either magnesium, copper, lead, zinc or rare-earth elements; and (g) four uranium phosphate minerals. The identity of all minerals examined in this study was independently confirmed using X-ray powder diffraction. Minerals were distinguished using XANES spectra with a combination of pre-edge features, edge position, peak shapes and post-edge features. Shared spectral features were observed in minerals with compositions dominated by the same specific cation. Analyses of apatite-group minerals indicate that XANES spectral patterns are not strongly affected by variations in composition and crystallinity typical of natural mineral specimens.

  10. Moving Detectors in Cavities

    Obadia, N

    2007-01-01

    We consider two-level detectors, coupled to a quantum scalar field, moving inside cavities. We highlight some pathological resonant effects due to abrupt boundaries, and decide to describe the cavity by switching smoothly the interaction by a time-dependent gate-like function. Considering uniformly accelerated trajectories, we show that some specific choices of non-adiabatic switching have led to hazardous interpretations about the enhancement of the Unruh effect in cavities. More specifically, we show that the emission/absorption ratio takes arbitrary high values according to the emitted quanta properties and to the transients undergone at the entrance and the exit of the cavity, {\\it independently of the acceleration}. An explicit example is provided where we show that inertial and uniformly accelerated world-lines can even lead to the same ``pseudo-temperature''.

  11. Fiber optic fluid detector

    Angel, S. Michael

    1989-01-01

    Particular gases or liquids are detected with a fiber optic element (11, 11a to 11j) having a cladding or coating of a material (23, 23a to 23j) which absorbs the fluid or fluids and which exhibits a change of an optical property, such as index of refraction, light transmissiveness or fluoresence emission, for example, in response to absorption of the fluid. The fluid is sensed by directing light into the fiber optic element and detecting changes in the light, such as exit angle changes for example, that result from the changed optical property of the coating material. The fluid detector (24, 24a to 24j) may be used for such purposes as sensing toxic or explosive gases in the atmosphere, measuring ground water contamination or monitoring fluid flows in industrial processes, among other uses.

  12. Determination of Scattering and Absorption Coefficients for Plasma-Sprayed Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Thermal Barrier Coatings at Elevated Temperatures

    Eldridge, Jeffrey I.; Spuckler, Charles M.; Markham, James R.

    2009-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the scattering and absorption coefficients for a set of freestanding plasma-sprayed 8 wt% yttria-stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) was determined at temperatures up to 1360 C in a wavelength range from 1.2 micrometers up to the 8YSZ absorption edge. The scattering and absorption coefficients were determined by fitting the directional-hemispherical reflectance and transmittance values calculated by a four-flux Kubelka Munk method to the experimentally measured hemispherical-directional reflectance and transmittance values obtained for five 8YSZ thicknesses. The scattering coefficient exhibited a continuous decrease with increasing wavelength and showed no significant temperature dependence. The scattering is primarily attributed to the relatively temperature-insensitive refractive index mismatch between the 8YSZ and its internal voids. The absorption coefficient was very low (less than 1 per centimeter) at wavelengths between 2 micrometers and the absorption edge and showed a definite temperature dependence that consisted of a shift of the absorption edge to shorter wavelengths and an increase in the weak absorption below the absorption edge with increasing temperature. The shift in the absorption edge with temperature is attributed to strongly temperature-dependent multiphonon absorption. While TBC hemispherical transmittance beyond the absorption edge can be predicted by a simple exponential decrease with thickness, below the absorption edge, typical TBC thicknesses are well below the thickness range where a simple exponential decrease in hemispherical transmittance with TBC thickness is expected. [Correction added after online publication August 11, 2009: "edge to a shorter wavelengths" has been updated as edge to shorter wavelengths."

  13. Implementation of an AlGaN-based solar-blind UV four-quadrant detector

    Schalkwyk, L. van, E-mail: Louwrens.VanSchalkwyk@up.ac.za; Meyer, W.E.; Nel, J.M.; Auret, F.D.; Ngoepe, P.N.M.

    2014-04-15

    An AlGaN-based front illuminated intrinsically solar-blind ultraviolet four-quadrant Schottky detector was fabricated and characterized. A layered ohmic structure was deposited followed by a multi-step annealing method. Ultraviolet transmissive iridium oxide was used as the Schottky barrier material and formed by a two-step annealing method. Au contacts were deposited on the Schottky contacts and annealed. The detector was mounted onto a commercial chip carrier and wires were epoxy bonded from the ohmic and Au contacts to the carrier strips. The detector had an average ideality factor of 1.97±0.08, a Schottky barrier height of (1.22±0.07) eV, a reverse leakage current density of (2.1±4) nA/cm{sup 2}, a series resistance of (120±30)Ω and a free carrier concentration of (1.6±0.3)×10{sup 18}cm{sup −3}. Spectral characterization on the photosensitive area of 7.3×10{sup −3}cm{sup 2} yielded a cut-off wavelength at (275±5)nm (4.59 eV to 4.23 eV) for each quadrant, corresponding to the absorption edge of a (46±3)% Al content AlGaN-based material. The detector had an average responsivity of (28±2) mA/W and a quantum efficiency of (14±1)% at 250 nm. The ultraviolet-to-visible and near-infrared rejection ratio was between 10{sup 3} and 10{sup 5} for most of the quadrants. Characterization showed uniformity across the quadrants, proving the detector feasible for implementation in future ultraviolet-sensitive electro-optic devices.

  14. How noise affects quantum detector tomography

    Wang, Q., E-mail: wang@physics.leidenuniv.nl; Renema, J. J.; Exter, M. P.van; Dood, M. J. A. de [Huygens Kamerlingh-Onnes Laboratory, Leiden University, Niels Bohrweg 2, 2333 CA Leiden (Netherlands); Gaggero, A.; Mattioli, F.; Leoni, R. [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (IFN), CNR, via Cineto Romano 42, 00156 Roma (Italy)

    2015-10-07

    We determine the full photon number response of a NbN superconducting nanowire single photon detector via quantum detector tomography, and the results show the separation of linear, effective absorption efficiency from the internal detection efficiencies. In addition, we demonstrate an error budget for the complete quantum characterization of the detector. We find that for short times, the dominant noise source is shot noise, while laser power fluctuations limit the accuracy for longer timescales. The combined standard uncertainty of the internal detection efficiency derived from our measurements is about 2%.

  15. Flap Side Edge Liners for Airframe Noise Reduction

    Jones, Michael G. (Inventor); Khorrami, Mehdi R. (Inventor); Choudhari, Meelan M. (Inventor); Howerton, Brian M. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    One or more acoustic liners comprising internal chambers or passageways that absorb energy from a noise source on the aircraft are disclosed. The acoustic liners may be positioned at the ends of flaps of an aircraft wing to provide broadband noise absorption and/or dampen the noise producing unsteady flow features, and to reduce the amount of noise generated due to unsteady flow at the inboard and/or outboard end edges of a flap.

  16. Temperature dependence of the MCXD at the Gd LIII edge

    An energy dispersive spectrometer is used to measure the temperature dependence of the Magnetic Circular X-ray Dichroism (MCXD) effect at the gadolinium (Gd metal) LIII absorption edge from 94 K to 335 K. In ferromagnetic Gd, the MCXD spectrum consists of the main positive peak with pre- and post-edge features. Only the main positive peak exhibits a temperature dependence similar to that of Gd magnetization. All other features decrease as the temperature increases and vanish slightly above the transition temperature (293 K). Well above the ordering temperature (paramagnetic Gd), the MCXD consists only of the positive peak, with a post-edge background that slowly decays away from it over a range of 90 eV

  17. Barrier infrared detector

    Ting, David Z. (Inventor); Khoshakhlagh, Arezou (Inventor); Soibel, Alexander (Inventor); Hill, Cory J. (Inventor); Gunapala, Sarath D. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A superlattice-based infrared absorber and the matching electron-blocking and hole-blocking unipolar barriers, absorbers and barriers with graded band gaps, high-performance infrared detectors, and methods of manufacturing such devices are provided herein. The infrared absorber material is made from a superlattice (periodic structure) where each period consists of two or more layers of InAs, InSb, InSbAs, or InGaAs. The layer widths and alloy compositions are chosen to yield the desired energy band gap, absorption strength, and strain balance for the particular application. Furthermore, the periodicity of the superlattice can be "chirped" (varied) to create a material with a graded or varying energy band gap. The superlattice based barrier infrared detectors described and demonstrated herein have spectral ranges covering the entire 3-5 micron atmospheric transmission window, excellent dark current characteristics operating at least 150K, high yield, and have the potential for high-operability, high-uniformity focal plane arrays.

  18. Accuracy of an Automatic Patient-Positioning System Based on the Correlation of Two Edge Images in Radiotherapy

    Yoon, Myonggeun; Cheong, Minho; Kim, Jinsung; Shin, Dong Ho; Park, Sung Yong; Lee, Se Byeong

    2010-01-01

    We have clinically evaluated the accuracy of an automatic patient-positioning system based on the image correlation of two edge images in radiotherapy. Ninety-six head & neck images from eight patients undergoing proton therapy were compared with a digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR) of planning CT. Two edge images, a reference image and a test image, were extracted by applying a Canny edge detector algorithm to a DRR and a 2D X-ray image, respectively, of each patient before positioning...

  19. New TL detectors for personal neutron dosimetry

    One of the main objectives in the application of TL detectors to neutron dosimetry is to obtain a high ratio of neutron to gamma response for a better separation of the neutron component. In the case of 6LiF, one may reduce the effective thickness of the detector in order to exploit the difference between neutron and gamma absorption, either by making the sensitive layer of TL chip thinner or by reducing its transparency to TL light. Two new types of sintered 6LiF:Mg,Ti detectors have been developed: a sandwich detector with a non-thermoluminescent LiF base, and a detector in which the phosphor is mixed with graphite. Three thicknesses of the sensitive layer (45, 60, 80 mg.cm-2) and two carbon concentrations (1%, 4%) were tested. The detectors were irradiated by moderated neutrons from Pu-Be and 252Cf sources and by thermal neutrons from a nuclear research reactor. Results of measurements indicate that for the detector of thickness 45 mg.cm-2 the ratio of neutron to gamma response increases 2-4 times, compared with the Harshaw TLD-600 while the neutron sensitivity is maintained. Other dosimetric characteristics of the detector remain unchanged, making it possible to use standard annealing and readout procedures. The new detectors will be applied in a personal neutron albedo dosemeter with a detection limit better than 100 μSv in a gamma background of the range of several mSv. (author)

  20. Reduction of airfoil trailing edge noise by trailing edge blowing

    The paper deals with airfoil trailing edge noise and its reduction by trailing edge blowing. A Somers S834 airfoil section which originally was designed for small wind turbines is investigated. To mimic realistic Reynolds numbers the boundary layer is tripped on pressure and suction side. The chordwise position of the blowing slot is varied. The acoustic sources, i.e. the unsteady flow quantities in the turbulent boundary layer in the vicinity of the trailing edge, are quantified for the airfoil without and with trailing edge blowing by means of a large eddy simulation and complementary measurements. Eventually the far field airfoil noise is measured by a two-microphone filtering and correlation and a 40 microphone array technique. Both, LES-prediction and measurements showed that a suitable blowing jet on the airfoil suction side is able to reduce significantly the turbulence intensity and the induced surface pressure fluctuations in the trailing edge region. As a consequence, trailing edge noise associated with a spectral hump around 500 Hz could be reduced by 3 dB. For that a jet velocity of 50% of the free field velocity was sufficient. The most favourable slot position was at 90% chord length