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  1. Strain-specific variations in Toxoplasma gondii GRA1, GRA5, GRA6, GRA8, and GRA14

    Haryati, S.; Sari, Y.; Prasetyo, A. A.; Sariyatun, R.

    2016-02-01

    Diagnosis and identification of the genetic group of T. gondii (Toxoplasma gondii) are important to control better the T. gondii infection, particularly in immunocompromised people as HIV patients. This study aimed to identify strain-specific variations in T. gondii GRA1, GRA5, GRA6, GRA8, and GRA14 in order to help design such diagnostic tool to detect and characterize the parasite. Forty-three T. gondii GRA1, GRA5, GRA6, GRA8, and GRA14 sequences deposited in GenBank were aligned. A number of positions in the gene sequences were highly conserved. All GRA sequences had strain-specific positions, however, only GRA1, GRA5, and GRA6, which contained specific variations for each T. gondii lineage. In conclusion, T. gondii GRA1, GRA5, GRA6, GRA8, and GRA14 are predicted to contain highly conserved regions and positions with strain-specific variation, which might be useful for the design of diagnostic tools detecting and distinguishing T. gondiistrains.

  2. A Combined Fuzzy-AHP and Fuzzy-GRA Methodology for Hydrogen Energy Storage Method Selection in Turkey

    Aytac Yildiz

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we aim to select the most appropriate Hydrogen Energy Storage (HES method for Turkey from among the alternatives of tank, metal hydride and chemical storage, which are determined based on expert opinions and literature review. Thus, we propose a Buckley extension based fuzzy Analytical Hierarchical Process (Fuzzy-AHP and linear normalization based fuzzy Grey Relational Analysis (Fuzzy-GRA combined Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM methodology. This combined approach can be applied to a complex decision process, which often makes sense with subjective data or vague information; and used to solve to solve HES selection problem with different defuzzification methods. The proposed approach is unique both in the HES literature and the MCDM literature.

  3. Prijateljstvo građana

    Ottmann, Henning

    2011-01-01

    Autor zagovara modernizaciju antičkog nauka o prijateljstvu. Prijateljstvo shvaćeno u političkome smislu jest prijateljstvo građana kao regulacijska ideja idealnoga političkog zajedništva. Takvo je prijateljstvo iznad pravednosti, ono podrazumijeva trajnu i stabilnu međusobnu dobrohotnost, zajedničko življenje, slogu, uzajamnost i jednakost, sudioništvo i suosjećanje, međusobno otvoreno ophođenje i govorenje, kulturu dragovoljne suradnje i duh samosvjesne i samoodgovorne gra...

  4. High yield expression and single-step purification of Toxoplasma gondii SAG1, GRA1, and GRA7 antigens in Escherichia coli

    Hiszczynska-Sawicka, E.; Brillowska-Dabrowska, A.; Dabrowski, Slawomir; Pietkiewicz, H.; Myjak, P.; Kur, J.

    2003-01-01

    This report describes a simple, highly efficient and reproducible method for obtaining large quantities of highly pure recombinant Toxoplasma gondii antigens, which can be used for diagnostic application. The obtained T gondii SAG1, GRA1, and GRA7 antigens (as fusion proteins), expressed in...

  5. Expression and purification of soluble fusion protein of Toxoplasma gondii GRA6 in E. coli.

    朱翔

    2006-01-01

    Objective To high express and purify toxoplasma gondii antigen GRA6 in E. coli which can be used to develop the genetic engineering diagnostic reagents. Methods The recombinant plasmid of pGEX-GRA6 was transformed to a bacterium BL21-Codon Plus (DE3)-RP and the recombinant product was expressed under the inducement of isopropyl-beta-D-thiogalactosidase(IPTG).

  6. Toxoplasma gondii: Biochemical and biophysical characterization of recombinant soluble dense granule proteins GRA2 and GRA6

    Bittame, Amina [CNRS, UMR 5163, 38042 Grenoble (France); Université Grenoble Alpes, 38042 Grenoble (France); Effantin, Grégory [Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), 38044 Grenoble (France); CNRS, IBS, 38044 Grenoble (France); CEA, IBS, 38044 Grenoble (France); Unit for Virus Host-Cell Interactions (UVHCI), UMI 3265 (UJF-EMBL-CNRS), 38027 Grenoble (France); Pètre, Graciane; Ruffiot, Pauline; Travier, Laetitia [CNRS, UMR 5163, 38042 Grenoble (France); Université Grenoble Alpes, 38042 Grenoble (France); Schoehn, Guy; Weissenhorn, Winfried [Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), 38044 Grenoble (France); CNRS, IBS, 38044 Grenoble (France); CEA, IBS, 38044 Grenoble (France); Unit for Virus Host-Cell Interactions (UVHCI), UMI 3265 (UJF-EMBL-CNRS), 38027 Grenoble (France); Cesbron-Delauw, Marie-France; Gagnon, Jean [CNRS, UMR 5163, 38042 Grenoble (France); Université Grenoble Alpes, 38042 Grenoble (France); Mercier, Corinne, E-mail: corinne.mercier@ujf-grenoble.fr [CNRS, UMR 5163, 38042 Grenoble (France); Université Grenoble Alpes, 38042 Grenoble (France)

    2015-03-27

    The most prominent structural feature of the parasitophorous vacuole (PV) in which the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii proliferates is a membranous nanotubular network (MNN), which interconnects the parasites and the PV membrane. The MNN function remains unclear. The GRA2 and GRA6 proteins secreted from the parasite dense granules into the PV have been implicated in the MNN biogenesis. Amphipathic alpha-helices (AAHs) predicted in GRA2 and an alpha-helical hydrophobic domain predicted in GRA6 have been proposed to be responsible for their membrane association, thereby potentially molding the MMN in its structure. Here we report an analysis of the recombinant proteins (expressed in detergent-free conditions) by circular dichroism, which showed that full length GRA2 displays an alpha-helical secondary structure while recombinant GRA6 and GRA2 truncated of its AAHs are mainly random coiled. Dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy showed that recombinant GRA6 and truncated GRA2 constitute a homogenous population of small particles (6–8 nm in diameter) while recombinant GRA2 corresponds to 2 populations of particles (∼8–15 nm and up to 40 nm in diameter, respectively). The unusual properties of GRA2 due to its AAHs are discussed. - Highlights: • Toxoplasma gondii: soluble GRA2 forms 2 populations of particles. • T. gondii: the dense granule protein GRA2 folds intrinsically as an alpha-helix. • T. gondii: monomeric soluble GRA6 forms particles of 6–8 nm in diameter. • T. gondii: monomeric soluble GRA6 is random coiled. • Unusual biophysical properties of the dense granule protein GRA2 from T. gondii.

  7. Toxoplasma gondii: Biochemical and biophysical characterization of recombinant soluble dense granule proteins GRA2 and GRA6

    The most prominent structural feature of the parasitophorous vacuole (PV) in which the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii proliferates is a membranous nanotubular network (MNN), which interconnects the parasites and the PV membrane. The MNN function remains unclear. The GRA2 and GRA6 proteins secreted from the parasite dense granules into the PV have been implicated in the MNN biogenesis. Amphipathic alpha-helices (AAHs) predicted in GRA2 and an alpha-helical hydrophobic domain predicted in GRA6 have been proposed to be responsible for their membrane association, thereby potentially molding the MMN in its structure. Here we report an analysis of the recombinant proteins (expressed in detergent-free conditions) by circular dichroism, which showed that full length GRA2 displays an alpha-helical secondary structure while recombinant GRA6 and GRA2 truncated of its AAHs are mainly random coiled. Dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy showed that recombinant GRA6 and truncated GRA2 constitute a homogenous population of small particles (6–8 nm in diameter) while recombinant GRA2 corresponds to 2 populations of particles (∼8–15 nm and up to 40 nm in diameter, respectively). The unusual properties of GRA2 due to its AAHs are discussed. - Highlights: • Toxoplasma gondii: soluble GRA2 forms 2 populations of particles. • T. gondii: the dense granule protein GRA2 folds intrinsically as an alpha-helix. • T. gondii: monomeric soluble GRA6 forms particles of 6–8 nm in diameter. • T. gondii: monomeric soluble GRA6 is random coiled. • Unusual biophysical properties of the dense granule protein GRA2 from T. gondii

  8. The GraFIC TM Facility Management Software [TM = Trademark Symbol

    The Graphical Facility Information System(trademark) (GraFIC(trademark)) is an intelligent facility and information management system that provides near real time, verifiable status of safeguarded materials in a nuclear storage facility. GraFIC(trademark) is a versatile software package that is designed to operate in a distributed computing environment and to provide item and facility activity information to an unlimited number of authorized clients. Recent extensions to GraFIC(trademark) include the ability to link graphical entities to multimedia documents, interfaces to multiple material control and accountability systems, and alternate data entry and operator interaction mechanisms. Relevant multimedia documents such as still images and iPIX(trademark) immersive images can be summoned on demand from their icons on floor plans. An iPIX(trademark) image server, equipped with the appropriate sensors can signal GraFIC(trademark) that an event that warrants the review of a series of saved iPIX(trademark) images has occurred. GraFIC(trademark) provides mechanisms for presenting information obtained from sensor-based monitoring systems and/or other information systems in a common, easy-to-use graphical format. GraFIC(trademark) was initially integrated with the Continuous Automated Vault Inventory System's (CAVIS(trademark) ) suite of rugged, low-cost sensors that remotely monitor the physical and/or assigned attributes associated with stored nuclear materials. GraFIC(trademark) can now interface with the ReflectoActive Seals(trademark) (RASeals) System. The framework designed for the RASeals interface is suitable for integrating with other systems, such as SmartShelf(trademark) . GraFIC(trademark) can import existing data for stored material from other information systems. By retrieving existing information from other information systems, the expense, effort, and possible inaccuracies associated with manual entry are eliminated. Another data entry method involves

  9. The GraFIC TM Facility Management Software [TM = Trademark Symbol

    Younkin, J.R.; Dunigan, J.J.; Gaby, J.E.; Hickerson, T.W.; Pickett, C.A.

    2002-06-01

    The Graphical Facility Information System{trademark} (GraFIC{trademark}) is an intelligent facility and information management system that provides near real time, verifiable status of safeguarded materials in a nuclear storage facility. GraFIC{trademark} is a versatile software package that is designed to operate in a distributed computing environment and to provide item and facility activity information to an unlimited number of authorized clients. Recent extensions to GraFIC{trademark} include the ability to link graphical entities to multimedia documents, interfaces to multiple material control and accountability systems, and alternate data entry and operator interaction mechanisms. Relevant multimedia documents such as still images and iPIX{trademark} immersive images can be summoned on demand from their icons on floor plans. An iPIX{trademark} image server, equipped with the appropriate sensors can signal GraFIC{trademark} that an event that warrants the review of a series of saved iPIX{trademark} images has occurred. GraFIC{trademark} provides mechanisms for presenting information obtained from sensor-based monitoring systems and/or other information systems in a common, easy-to-use graphical format. GraFIC{trademark} was initially integrated with the Continuous Automated Vault Inventory System's (CAVIS{trademark} ) suite of rugged, low-cost sensors that remotely monitor the physical and/or assigned attributes associated with stored nuclear materials. GraFIC{trademark} can now interface with the ReflectoActive Seals{trademark} (RASeals) System. The framework designed for the RASeals interface is suitable for integrating with other systems, such as SmartShelf{trademark} . GraFIC{trademark} can import existing data for stored material from other information systems. By retrieving existing information from other information systems, the expense, effort, and possible inaccuracies associated with manual entry are eliminated. Another data entry method involves

  10. Statistical method for predicting protein absorption peaks in terahertz region

    Terahertz vibrational spectroscopy has recently been demonstrated as a novel noninvasive technique for the characterization of biological molecules. But the interpretation of the experimentally measured terahertz absorption bands requires robust computational method. In this paper, we present a statistical method for predicting the absorption peak positions of a macromolecule in the terahertz region. The essence of this method is to calculate the absorption spectra of a biological molecule based on multiple short scale molecular dynamics trajectories instead of using a long time scale trajectory. The method was employed to calculate the absorption peak positions of the protein, thioredoxin from Escherichia coli (E.coli), in the range of 10-25 cm-1 to verify the reliability of this statistical method. The predicted absorption peak positions of thioredoxin show good correlation with measured results demonstrating that the proposed method is effective in terahertz absorption spectra modeling. Such approach can be applied to predict characteristic spectral features of biomolecules in the terahertz region. (authors)

  11. VisGraB: A Benchmark for Vision-Based Grasping. Paladyn Journal of Behavioral Robotics

    Kootstra, Gert; Popovic, Mila; Jørgensen, Jimmy Alison;

    2012-01-01

    that a large number of grasps can be executed and evaluated while dealing with dynamics and the noise and uncertainty present in the real world images. VisGraB enables a fair comparison among different grasping methods. The user furthermore does not need to deal with robot hardware, focusing on the vision...

  12. Phenotypes Associated with Knockouts of Eight Dense Granule Gene Loci (GRA2-9) in Virulent Toxoplasma gondii.

    Rommereim, Leah M; Bellini, Valeria; Fox, Barbara A; Pètre, Graciane; Rak, Camille; Touquet, Bastien; Aldebert, Delphine; Dubremetz, Jean-François; Cesbron-Delauw, Marie-France; Mercier, Corinne; Bzik, David J

    2016-01-01

    Toxoplasma gondii actively invades host cells and establishes a parasitophorous vacuole (PV) that accumulates many proteins secreted by the dense granules (GRA proteins). To date, at least 23 GRA proteins have been reported, though the function(s) of most of these proteins still remains unknown. We targeted gene knockouts at ten GRA gene loci (GRA1-10) to investigate the cellular roles and essentiality of these classical GRA proteins during acute infection in the virulent type I RH strain. While eight of these genes (GRA2-9) were successfully knocked out, targeted knockouts at the GRA1 and GRA10 loci were not obtained, suggesting these GRA proteins may be essential. As expected, the Δgra2 and Δgra6 knockouts failed to form an intravacuolar network (IVN). Surprisingly, Δgra7 exhibited hyper-formation of the IVN in both normal and lipid-free growth conditions. No morphological alterations were identified in parasite or PV structures in the Δgra3, Δgra4, Δgra5, Δgra8, or Δgra9 knockouts. With the exception of the Δgra3 and Δgra8 knockouts, all of the GRA knockouts exhibited defects in their infection rate in vitro. While the single GRA knockouts did not exhibit reduced replication rates in vitro, replication rate defects were observed in three double GRA knockout strains (Δgragra6, Δgragra5 and Δgragra7). However, the virulence of single or double GRA knockout strains in CD1 mice was not affected. Collectively, our results suggest that while the eight individual GRA proteins investigated in this study (GRA2-9) are not essential, several GRA proteins may provide redundant and potentially important functions during acute infection. PMID:27458822

  13. Cloning of cDNA Encoding GRA1 Protein of Tachyzoite Toxoplasma Gondii Local Isolate

    Erma Sulistyaningsih

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Gene encoding GRA1 protein is potent DNA-vaccine candidate against toxoplasmosis. The aim of the researchwas to clone the gene encoding GRA1 protein of tachyzoite Toxoplasma gondii local isolate by DNA recombinanttechnology. Tachyzoite was grown in Balb/c mice in vivo. Messenger RNA was isolated from total RNA and itwas used to synthesis cDNA. Complementary DNA encoding GRA1 protein of tachyzoite Toxoplasma gondii localisolate was amplified and cloned in a prokaryote cloning vector. The recombinant GRA1-encoding gene was thendigesting using EcoRI restriction endonuclease and sequencing. The result showed that the recombinant GRA1-encoding gene consisted of DNA sequences encoding all signal peptide and mature peptide of GRA1 protein.Alignment of recombinant GRA1 sequence to gene encoding GRA1 protein of Toxoplasma gondii RH isolate showed100% homologous.Keywords: GRA1 protein, Toxoplasma gondii, tachyzoite, cloning, cDNA

  14. 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)

  15. Segregation during crystal growth from melt and absorption cross section determination by optical absorption method

    ZHANG QingLi; YIN ShaoTang; SUN DunLu; WAN SongMing

    2008-01-01

    Segregation during crystal growth from melt under two conditions is studied by using crystal mass, which can be measured easily, as an independent variable, and a method to determine the effective segregation coefficient and absorption cross section of optical dopant is given. When the segregated solute disperses into the whole or just a part of melt homogenously, the concentration Cs in solid interface will change by different formulas. If the crystal growth interface is conical and segregated solute disperses into melt in total or part, the solute concentration at r=2/3R, where r is the distance from the growth cross section center and R the crystal radius, is independent on the shape of the crystal growth interface, and its variation at r=2/3R can be regarded as the result from crystal growth in flat interface. With Cs variation formula in solid and absorption cross section σ for optical dopant, the absorption coefficients along the crystal growth direction can be calculated, and the corresponding experimental value can be obtained through the crystal optical absorption spectra. By minimizing the half sum, whose independent variables are k, △W or σ, of the difference square between the calculated and experimental absorp-tion coefficients from one or more absorption peaks along the crystal growth di-rection, k and σ, or k and △W, can be determined at the same time through the Levenberg-Marquardt iteration method. Finally, the effective segregation coefficient k, △W and absorption cross sections of Nd:GGG were determined, the results fitted by two formula gave more closed effective segregation coefficient, and the value △W also indicates that the segregated dopant had nearly dispersed into the whole melt. Experimental results show that the method to determine effective segregation coefficient k, △W and absorption cross sections σ is convenient and reliable, and the two segregation formulas can describe the segregation during the crystal growth from

  16. A Parallel Iterative Method for Computing Molecular Absorption Spectra

    Koval, Peter; Foerster, Dietrich; Coulaud, Olivier

    2010-01-01

    We describe a fast parallel iterative method for computing molecular absorption spectra within TDDFT linear response and using the LCAO method. We use a local basis of "dominant products" to parametrize the space of orbital products that occur in the LCAO approach. In this basis, the dynamical polarizability is computed iteratively within an appropriate Krylov subspace. The iterative procedure uses a a matrix-free GMRES method to determine the (interacting) density response. The resulting cod...

  17. Applying GRA and QFD to Improve Library Service Quality

    Chen, Yen-Ting; Chou, Tsung-Yu

    2011-01-01

    This paper applied Grey Relational Analysis (GRA) to Quality Function Deployment (QFD) to identify service improvement techniques for an academic library. First, reader needs and their importance, and satisfaction degrees were examined via questionnaires. Second, the service improvement techniques for satisfying the reader needs were developed by…

  18. GRA/RIAM model development at Darlington Nuclear

    In 2004, the Darlington Nuclear (DN) Plant of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) undertook a project, in partnership with Nuclear Safety Solutions (NSS) Limited, to develop Risk-Informed Asset Management (RIAM) and Generation Risk Assessment (GRA) models. The models are intended to optimize plant decision-making. The objective of this paper is to present the scope of the project, the methodology employed, the results and the potential applications. DN has recognized the strategic importance of RIAM in the plant decision-making process and has begun its implementation. The required work was split into three phases. Phase 1 involved industry benchmarking, along with collection and review of the industry literature such as EPRI publications and other relevant papers. Based on the review, a description of the requirements to produce a prototype RIAM model was developed. Phase 2 consisted of the development of prototype RIAM and GRA models. Phase 3, currently underway, consists of the work required to translate the prototype models into an operational decision-making tool. RIAM and GRA are relatively new concepts hence the related methodology and the tools are still evolving. NSS has tailored the available methodology to suit the needs of the DN plant. Draft EPRI guides on GRA/RIAM were used in developing DN specific methodology. The details are provided in the paper. At DN, RIAM is expected to support business decisions by facilitating the assessment of risks associated with projects, programs and business case alternatives. These applications are further discussed in the paper. (author)

  19. Early Petrogenesis and Late Impact(?) Metamorphism on the GRA 06128/9 Parent Body

    Nyquist, Laurence E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Reese, Y. D.

    2009-01-01

    Initial studies of GRA06128 and GRA06129 (hereafter GRA 8 and GRA 9) suggested that these alkalic meteorites represent partial melts of a parent body of approximately chondritic composition. A SM-147-Nd-143 isochron age of 4.545 +/- 0.087 Ga was found for GRA 8, but plagioclase (oligoclase) plus whole rock and leachate samples gave an apparent secondary age of approximately 3.5 Ga. The approximately 4.54 Ga age was interpreted to be the crystallization age of GRA 8; the approximately 3.5 Ga as an upper limit to a time of metamorphism. Here we extend Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr analyses to GRA 9.

  20. Analytical method for promoting process capability of shock absorption steel

    2003-01-01

    Mechanical properties and low cycle fatigue are two factors that must be considered in developing new type steel for shock absorption. Process capability and process control are significant factors in achieving the purpose of research and development programs. Often-used evaluation methods failed to measure process yield and process centering; so this paper uses Taguchi loss function as basis to establish an evaluation method and the steps for assessing the quality of mechanical properties and process control of an iron and steel manufacturer. The establishment of this method can serve the research and development and manufacturing industry and lay a foundation in enhancing its process control ability to select better manufacturing processes that are more reliable than decision making by using the other commonly used methods.

  1. Carbon-14 measurement using carbon dioxide absorption method - Our experience

    experimental standard deviation of 0.041 cpm (n=15). The mean count rate of last fifteen secondary standard samples normalised for 100 pMC and corrected for carbon-13 with reference to -25 per mille is 5.97 ± .0035 cpm with an experimental standard deviation of 0.23 cpm (n=15). All the samples were counted for 1000 min each. The last fifteen secondary standard CO2 samples were prepared from same batch of oxalic acid at different time. We participated in the IAEA 14C Intercomparison Exercise (1990) and Third International Radiocarbon Intercomparison organized by University of Glasgow, Scotland. We have analyzed a few samples using carbon dioxide absorption technique and results are very close to consensus value. We have also measured a few samples of various hydrological projects using absorption as well as benzene synthesis method and results are in good agreement. Carbon dioxide absorption technique gives reproducible result with constant level of quenching represented by Spectral Quench Parameter (SQP). This technique has been standardized to be used routinely for carbon-14 dating in Isotope Hydrology

  2. Vrijednosne preferencije hrvatskih građana kao odrednice materijalizma

    Dević, Ivan; Majetić, Filip; KRNIĆ, Rašeljka

    2016-01-01

    Temeljni ciljevi ovog rada jesu: ispitati faktorsku strukturu skale materijalizma, razinu usmjerenosti građana Hrvatske prema materijalizmu, utvrditi hijerarhiju vrijednosti i objasniti povezanost vrijednosti i materijalizma uz kontrolu sociodemografskih obilježja. Istraživanje je provedeno na reprezentativnom uzorku punoljetnoga stanovništva (N =1004). Za mjerenje materijalizma upotrijebljena je kratka verzija skale materijalizma (The Material Values Scale, Richins, 2004...

  3. Homenagem a Luiz Roberto Graça

    Patrícia Póvoa de Mattos

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Desde o início de suas atividades, a Embrapa Florestas se preocupou em divulgar seus principais resultados de pesquisa por meio do Boletim de Pesquisa Florestal (BPF, lançado em 1980. Com o passar do tempo, percebeu-se a necessidade de modernizar o Boletim, ajustando seu formato aos novos tempos. O Engenherio Agrônomo, Pesquisador e Doutor em Economia, Luiz Roberto Graça foi chamado para liderar este processo de reformulação do BPF. Meticuloso, persistente e paciente, Dr. Graça deu novo formato ao antigo Boletim, transformando-o no periódico Pesquisa Florestal Brasileira (PFB. Novos processos foram inseridos na revista, a revisão dos artigos submetidos ganhou mais agilidade, a ampliação do número de revisores ad hoc impôs maior rigor na seleção dos trabalhos e diminui-se a endogamia antes existente no Boletim.
    Em 2008, o Dr. Graça aposentou-se da Embrapa, indo para um merecido descanso após tantos anos de dedicação à Empresa. Infelizmente, nos deixou precocemente em outubro de 2010. Sua ausência será muito sentida, tanto nos resultados de pesquisa quanto em sua calma para organizar o trabalho. Por isso, a PFB, em reconhecimento aos esforços e contribuições do Dr. Graça, aqui o homenageia, com a certeza que sua marca estará sempre estampada na pesquisa florestal no Brasil.

  4. Usefulness of Toxoplasma gondii recombinant antigens (GRA1, GRA7 and SAG1) in an immunoglobulin G avidity test for the serodiagnosis of toxoplasmosis

    Pietkiewicz, H; Hiszczyńska-Sawicka, E; Kur, J;

    2007-01-01

    The precise diagnosis of an acute and recent Toxoplasma infection in pregnant women and the newborn child is important before treatment. This study describes a new Toxoplasma gondii IgG avidity test based on a combination of recombinant GRA1, GRA7 and SAG1 antigens and shows that this test is use...

  5. Prioritizing the performance of civil development projects in governmental administration agencies, using gray relational analysis (GRA and TOPSIS approach

    Ali Mohammadi

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A key indicator to evaluate the success of an organization is the degree of meeting specific civil project goals based on a predetermined schedule. Therefore, the main purpose of this paper is to evaluate the performance of governmental administration agencies based on realization of civil project goals. In this paper, the information published by the President Deputy of Strategic Planning and Control, that publishes an annual report of evaluation indicators for national civil development projects, are used to evaluate and prioritize the major and non-major governmental agencies. Also, the Gray Relational Analysis (GRA and the TOPSIS method are employed to analyze the data. The results indicate that using the GRA method, Supreme Council of Seminary and using the TOPSIS method, The Ministry of Labor and Social Affaires have gained the highest ranking.

  6. Cloning and Clone Analysis of GRA1 Gene from Local Isolate Toxoplasma gondii Tachyzoite

    Didik T Subekti

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The GRA1 gene of Toxoplasma gondii encoding protein called GRA1 protein. GRA1 protein known to be immunogenic and essentialy involved in modification of parasitophorus vacoule which has role in immune evasion and virulency of organism. The local isolate of T. gondii is successfuly isolated and known as highly pathogenic isolate similarly as its RH strain. Unfortunately, the homology sequence of GRA1 gene between those isolate still unknown. The purpose of the research are to clone the GRA1 gene and to analyze the homology from pathogenic T. gondii isolate and RH strain. Tachyzoite of T. gondii was grown in mice peritoneum by intraperitoneal injection. Then, total mRNA was isolated and purified. cDNA was synthesized from mRNA and then amplified using F1 dan R1 primers to get clone of GRA1 from local isolate. Homology analysis was perform using several bioinformatic softwares. The result showed that cDNA of GRA1 from local isolate has 84% homologs with RH strain of T.gondii. However, when subsequently editing performed to parts of suspected non coding sequence of cDNA GRA1 to get CDS of GRA1, the homology was increase to 100% compare to CDS of GRA1 of RH strain.

  7. Evaluation of Immunoprotection Conferred by the Subunit Vaccines of GRA2 and GRA5 against Acute Toxoplasmosis in BALB/c Mice

    Ching, Xiao T.; Fong, Mun Y.; Lau, Yee L.

    2016-01-01

    Toxoplasmosis is a foodborne disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii, an obligate intracellular parasite. Severe symptoms occur in the immunocompromised patients and pregnant women leading to fatality and abortions respectively. Vaccination development is essential to control the disease. The T. gondii dense granule antigen 2 and 5 (GRA2 and GRA5) have been targeted in this study because these proteins are essential to the development of parasitophorous vacuole (PV), a specialized compartment formed within the infected host cell. PV is resistance to host cell endosomes and lysosomes thereby protecting the invaded parasite. Recombinant dense granular proteins, GRA2 (rGRA2) and GRA5 (rGRA5) were cloned, expressed, and purified in Escherichia coli, BL21 (DE3) pLysS. The potential of these purified antigens as subunit vaccine candidates against toxoplasmosis were evaluated through subcutaneous injection of BALB/c mice followed by immunological characterization (humoral- and cellular-mediated) and lethal challenge against virulent T. gondii RH strain in BALB/c mice. Results obtained demonstrated that rGRA2 and rGRA5 elicited humoral and cellular-mediated immunity in the mice. High level of IgG antibody was produced with the isotype IgG2a/IgG1 ratio of ≈0.87 (p < 0.001). Significant increase (p < 0.05) in the level of four cytokines (IFN-γ, IL-2, IL-4, and IL-10) was obtained. The antibody and cytokine results suggest that a mix mode of Th1/Th2-immunity was elicited with predominant Th1-immune response inducing partial protection against T. gondii acute infection in BALB/c mice. Our findings indicated that both GRA2 and GRA5 are potential candidates for vaccine development against T. gondii acute infection. PMID:27199938

  8. A Parallel Iterative Method for Computing Molecular Absorption Spectra.

    Koval, Peter; Foerster, Dietrich; Coulaud, Olivier

    2010-09-14

    We describe a fast parallel iterative method for computing molecular absorption spectra within TDDFT linear response and using the LCAO method. We use a local basis of "dominant products" to parametrize the space of orbital products that occur in the LCAO approach. In this basis, the dynamic polarizability is computed iteratively within an appropriate Krylov subspace. The iterative procedure uses a matrix-free GMRES method to determine the (interacting) density response. The resulting code is about 1 order of magnitude faster than our previous full-matrix method. This acceleration makes the speed of our TDDFT code comparable with codes based on Casida's equation. The implementation of our method uses hybrid MPI and OpenMP parallelization in which load balancing and memory access are optimized. To validate our approach and to establish benchmarks, we compute spectra of large molecules on various types of parallel machines. The methods developed here are fairly general, and we believe they will find useful applications in molecular physics/chemistry, even for problems that are beyond TDDFT, such as organic semiconductors, particularly in photovoltaics. PMID:26616067

  9. Interferometric measurement of lines shift in flames in connection with interpretation of lined absorption method in atomic absorption spectroscopy

    This paper is concerned with interferometric measuring of the line shift in flames in the view of interpretation of absorption lines in the atomic absorption spectroscopy. The newly measured line shifts were compared to the known data on Lorentz broadening of the same lines obtained by methods free of the systematic errors. The resonant lines of the alkaline earth elements (Sr, Ca, Ba) were investigated. To reduce self-absorption in the flame the solutions with minimum concentrations of the elements were used. The computation scheme includes the spectrometer apparatus width and line broadening due to the self-absorption. Formulae are given for computing the values studied. Good agreement was observed between the computed and experimental results. Error analysis was performed. It was concluded that any line shifts in the hydrocarbons were correctly taken into an account in the absolute computations of absorption

  10. Cloning of cDNA Encoding GRA1 Protein of Tachyzoite Toxoplasma Gondii Local Isolate

    Erma Sulistyaningsih; Sukarti Moeljopawiro; Jarot Subandono; Wayan T. Artama

    2015-01-01

    Gene encoding GRA1 protein is potent DNA-vaccine candidate against toxoplasmosis. The aim of the researchwas to clone the gene encoding GRA1 protein of tachyzoite Toxoplasma gondii local isolate by DNA recombinanttechnology. Tachyzoite was grown in Balb/c mice in vivo. Messenger RNA was isolated from total RNA and itwas used to synthesis cDNA. Complementary DNA encoding GRA1 protein of tachyzoite Toxoplasma gondii localisolate was amplified and cloned in a prokaryote cloning vector. The recom...

  11. Kartografska građa u kontekstu kulturne baštine

    Miletić Drder, Mira

    2014-01-01

    U radu je definirana karta, kao osnovna jedinica građe kartografskih zbirki te je dat kraći povijesni prikaz povijesti kartografije, s posebnim osvrtom na prikaz Hrvatske u povijesnomu kartografskom kontekstu. Kartografska građa analizirana je kao važan dio fondova baštinskih ustanova, knjižnica, arhiva i muzeja. Istaknuta je različitost pristupu organizacije i obrade kartografske građe po vrstama ustanova. Rad analizira kartografsku građu kao dio pisane kulturne baštine.

  12. Crack Level Estimation Approach for Planetary Gear Sets Based on Simulation Signal and GRA

    The planetary gearbox is a critical mechanism in helicopter transmission systems. Tooth failures in planetary gear sets will cause great risk to helicopter operations. A crack level estimation methodology has been devised in this paper by integrating a physical model for simulation signal generation and a grey relational analysis (GRA) algorithm for damage level estimation. The proposed method was calibrated firstly with fault seeded test data and then validated with the data of other tests from a helicopter transmission test rig. The estimation results of test data coincide with the actual test records, showing the effectiveness and accuracy of the method in providing a novel way to hybrid model based methods and signal analysis methods for more accurate health monitoring and condition prediction.

  13. An Irregular Wave Maker of Active Absorption with VOF Method

    2008-01-01

    A numerical irregular wave flume with active absorption of re-reflected waves is simulated by use of volume of fluid (VOF) method. An active absorbing wave-maker based on linear wave-theory is set on the left boundary of the wave flume. The progressive waves and the absorbing waves are generated simultaneously at the active wave generating-absorbing boundary. The absorbing waves are generated to eliminate the waves coming back to the generating boundary due to reflection from the outflow boundary and the structures. SIRW method proposed by Frigaard and Brorsen (1995) is used to separate the incident waves and reflected waves. The digital filters are designed based on the surface elevation signals of the two wave gauges. The corrected velocity of the wave-maker paddle is the output from the digital filter in real time. The numerical results of regular and irregular waves by the active absorbing-generating boundary are compared with the numerical results by the ordinary generating boundary to verify the performance of the active absorbing generator boundary. The differences between the initial incident waves and the estimated incident waves are analyzed.

  14. HLA-DP, HLA-DQ, and HLA-DR-restricted epitopes in GRA5 of toxoplasma gondii strains

    Haryati, S.; Sari, Y.; APrasetyo, A.; Sariyatun, R.

    2016-02-01

    The dense granular (GRA) proteins of Toxoplasma gondii(T. gondii) have been demonstrated as potential sources of T. gondii vaccine antigens. However, data of the GRA5 protein are limited. This study analyzed twenty-one complete GRA5 sequences of T. gondii GT1, RH, ME49, VEG, MAS, RUB, FOU, p89, VAND, and GAB2-2007-GAL-DOM2 strains to identify potential epitopes restricted by Major Histocompatibility Complex class II (MHC- II) molecules (human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DP, HLA-DQ, and HLA-DR) in the protein. In all T. gondii strains, peptides positioned at amino acid (aa) 15-29, 16-30, 17-31, 18-32, 19-33, 83-97, 84-98, 86-100, 87-101, 89-103, and 90-104 were predicted to pose high affinity and binding with HLA-DRB1*0101, HLA-DRB1*0301 (DR17), HLA-DRB1*0401 (DR4Dw4), HLA-DRB1*0701, HLA-DRB1*1101, HLA-DRB1*1501 (DR2b), and/or HLA-DRB5*0101. Considering the epitope's affinity, ligation strength, and hydrophilicity, LRLLRRRRRRAIQEE sequence (aa 90-104) restricted by HLA-DRB1*0101, HlA- DRB1*0301 (DR17), and HLA-DRB1*0401 (DR4Dw4) was considered as the most potential MHC-II epitope in GRA5 of T. gondii. These results would be useful for studies concerning in developing T. gondii vaccine and diagnostic method.

  15. [The Establishment of the Method of the Fiber Optic Chemical Sensor Synchronous Absorption-Fluorescence].

    Zhang Li-hua; Iburaim, Arkin

    2016-03-01

    A new method of simultaneously measuring fiber-optic chemical sensor absorption spectrum and fluorescence spectrum is established. Make synchronous absorption-fluorescence cuvette, establish synchronous absorption-fluorescence spectrometry instrumentation combined by fiber optic chemical sensor technology, measure the synchronous absorption-fluorescence spectrums of solutions of rhodamine B, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6, compared by absorption spectroscopy measured by traditional UV-Visible photometric method and fluorescence spectroscopy measured by traditional fluorescence method. Synchronous absorption-fluorescence method measure absorption spectrums and fluorescence spectrums the same to traditional photometric and fluorescence spectroscopy of rhodamine B, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6. The maximum wavelength of fluorescence intensity method has high accuracy relatively compared with fluorescence, but the maximum wavelength of absorption has a slight deviation. Synchronous absorption-fluorescence method means simultaneously measure the absorption spectrums and fluorescence spectrums of the fluorescent substance, making two spectrums to one. The method measured the maximum emission wavelength with high accuracy, though in measuring maximum absorption wavelength there is a slight deviation, but it is worth further studying. PMID:27400519

  16. Low-Degree Partial Melting Experiments of CR and H Chondrite Compositions: Implications for Asteroidal Magmatism Recorded in GRA 06128 and GRA 06129 T

    Usui, T.; Jones, John H.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.

    2010-01-01

    Studies of differentiated meteorites have revealed a diversity of differentiation processes on their parental asteroids; these differentiation mechanisms range from whole-scale melting to partial melting without the core formation [e.g., 1]. Recently discovered paired achondrites GRA 06128 and GRA 06129 (hereafter referred to as GRA) represent unique asteroidal magmatic processes. These meteorites are characterized by high abundances of sodic plagioclase and alkali-rich whole-rock compositions, implying that they could originate from a low-degree partial melt from a volatile-rich oxidized asteroid [e.g., 2, 3, 4]. These conditions are consistent with the high abundances of highly siderophile elements, suggesting that their parent asteroid did not segregate a metallic core [2]. In this study, we test the hypothesis that low-degree partial melts of chondritic precursors under oxidizing conditions can explain the whole-rock and mineral chemistry of GRA based on melting experiments of synthesized CR- and H-chondrite compositions.

  17. Speciesion arsenic and selenium using hydride method atomic absorption spectroscopy

    Hydrides production - atomic absorption spectroscopy system was studied. Hydrides production tool and gas-liquid separator were tested and successfully used in this work. Hydride was produced through natrium borohydride reaction with sample solution. Emitted gas was separated by gas-liquid separator before it is carried by nitrogen gas through T tube which is put in atomic absorption flame spectrophotometer. Efficiency of the system was tested through standard reference sample and seawater / sediment samples which is collected from Negeri Johor water bays

  18. The aspartyl protease TgASP5 mediates the export of the Toxoplasma GRA16 and GRA24 effectors into host cells.

    Curt-Varesano, Aurélie; Braun, Laurence; Ranquet, Caroline; Hakimi, Mohamed-Ali; Bougdour, Alexandre

    2016-02-01

    Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium species are obligatory intracellular parasites that export proteins into the infected cells in order to interfere with host-signalling pathways, acquire nutrients or evade host defense mechanisms. With regard to export mechanism, a wealth of information in Plasmodium spp. is available, while the mechanisms operating in T. gondii remain uncertain. The recent discovery of exported proteins in T. gondii, mainly represented by dense granule resident proteins, might explain this discrepancy and offers a unique opportunity to study the export mechanism in T. gondii. Here, we report that GRA16 export is mediated by two protein elements present in its N-terminal region. Because the first element contains a putative Plasmodium export element linear motif (RRLAE), we hypothesized that GRA16 export depended on a maturation process involving protein cleavage. Using both N- and C-terminal epitope tags, we provide evidence for protein proteolysis occurring in the N-terminus of GRA16. We show that TgASP5, the T. gondii homolog of Plasmodium plasmepsin V, is essential for GRA16 export and is directly responsible for its maturation in a Plasmodium export element-dependent manner. Interestingly, TgASP5 is also involved in GRA24 export, although the GRA24 maturation mechanism is TgASP5-independent. Our data reveal different modus operandi for protein export, in which TgASP5 should play multiple functions. PMID:26270241

  19. Graça square in Salvador – BA: a “new” perception Largo da Graça em Salvador-BA: Uma “nova” percepção

    Denise Silva Magalhães

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The experience undertaken along an empirical work at Largo da Graça (Graça Square, in Salvador, Bahia, motivated this article which presents a deep study with new researches, local visits, interviews and pictures, as a reality direct observation technique. But, which method to adopt in order to learn the essence of the studied space? Following a thought by Júlia Adão Bernardes, I strayed without a trail, expecting to have trailed it at the end of the work. The activities were systematized and rationalized in order to lead to a valid knowledge of the area; I proceeded the investigations and analysis of the facts, processes and institutions of the past, which interacted with the qualitative interviews on the local workers, inhabitants and visitors everyday life. My perception of the Largo da Graça has changed from a simply perceived to a lived space, a differentiated public space, through its concreteness and the daily practices and social dynamics there occurring.Experiência vivenciada durante um pequeno trabalho empírico realizado no Largo da Graça, em Salvador-BA, motivou este artigo que apresenta o estudo aprofundado com novas pesquisas, várias visitas ao local, entrevistas e fotos, como técnicas de observação direta da realidade. Mas, qual método deveria seguir para apreender a essência do espaço em questão? Seguindo uma ponderação de Júlia Adão Bernardes, caminhei sem caminho, esperando tê-lo feito ao final do trabalho. Sistematizei e racionalizei as atividades, para obter um conhecimento válido da área; procedi a investigações e análises de fatos, processos e instituições do passado, que interagiram com entrevistas qualitativas sobre o cotidiano dos frequentadores, moradores e trabalhadores do local. Transformou-se minha percepção do Largo da Graça, de um espaço apenas percebido, para um espaço vivido, um espaço público diferenciado por sua concretude e por práticas cotidianas e dinâmicas sociais que

  20. On-shell Diagrams, Gra{\\ss}mannians and Integrability for Form Factors

    Frassek, Rouven; Nandan, Dhritiman; Wilhelm, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    We apply on-shell and integrability methods that have been developed in the context of scattering amplitudes in N=4 SYM theory to tree-level form factors of this theory. Focussing on the colour-ordered super form factors of the chiral part of the stress-energy multiplet as an example, we show how to systematically construct on-shell diagrams for these form factors with the minimal form factor as an additional building block. Moreover, we obtain analytic representations in terms of Gra{\\ss}mannian integrals in spinor helicity, twistor and momentum twistor variables. While Yangian invariance is broken by the operator insertion, we find that form factors are eigenstates of the integrable transfer matrix. As a consequence, we can construct them via the method of R operators, which also allows to introduce deformations that preserve the integrable structure.

  1. Determination of the number densities of argon metastables in argon-hydrogen plasma by absorption and self-absorption methods

    Gavare, Z [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Skunu str. 4, Riga LV -1050 (Latvia); Goett, D [Institute for Low Temperature Plasma Physics, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Pipa, A V [Institute for Low Temperature Plasma Physics, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Roepcke, J [Institute for Low Temperature Plasma Physics, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Skudra, A [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Skunu str. 4, Riga LV -1050 (Latvia)

    2006-08-15

    The number densities of Ar 3s{sup 2}3p{sup 5}4s levels have been measured by means of two methods: a self-absorption method with a mirror behind the discharge vessel and an absorption method with a high-frequency electrodeless discharge lamp. Concentrations ranging from 6 x 10{sup 7}-4 x 10{sup 9} cm{sup -3} were obtained for the Ar 3s{sup 2}3p{sup 5}4s levels, depending on the argon content (10-100% Ar) in Ar/H{sub 2} microwave plasma. The populations of various sublevels of measured resonant and metastable states coincide within the experimental errors. It was observed that values from measurements of both methods are in good agreement.

  2. Methods for deacidizing gaseous mixtures by phase enhanced absorption

    Hu, Liang

    2012-11-27

    An improved process for deacidizing a gaseous mixture using phase enhanced gas-liquid absorption is described. The process utilizes a multiphasic absorbent that absorbs an acid gas at increased rate and leads to reduced overall energy costs for the deacidizing operation.

  3. Photothermal method for absorption measurements in anisotropic crystals

    Stubenvoll, M.; Schäfer, B.; Mann, K.; Novak, O.

    2016-02-01

    A measurement system for quantitative determination of both surface and bulk contributions to the photo-thermal absorption has been extended to anisotropic optical media. It bases upon a highly sensitive Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor, accomplishing precise on-line monitoring of wavefront deformations of a collimated test beam transmitted perpendicularly through the laser-irradiated side of a cuboid sample. Caused by the temperature dependence of the refractive index as well as thermal expansion, the initially plane wavefront of the test beam is distorted. Sign and magnitude depend on index change and expansion. By comparison with thermal theory, a calibration of the measurement is possible, yielding a quantitative absolute measure of bulk and surface absorption losses from the transient wavefront distortion. Results for KTP and BBO single crystals are presented.

  4. Ravnost kolničkih zastora na građevinama cestovne infrastrukture

    Šimun, Miroslav; Sršen, Mate

    2007-01-01

    Prikazani su postupci i uređaji za mjerenje ravnosti vozne površine kolnika s isticanjem problematike postizanja ravnosti kolničkih zastora na građevinama cestovne infrastrukture (most, vijadukt, tunel). Utvrđeno je da nije realno očekivati postizanje proporcionalno istih vrijednosti indeksa ravnosti asfaltnih zastora na građevinama i na cesti. Predlaže se razmatranje mogućnosti uvođenja koeficijenta umanjenja vrijednosti indeksa ravnosti IRI za vozne površine na građevinama.

  5. A method for monitoring nuclear absorption coefficients of aviation fuels

    Sprinkle, Danny R.; Shen, Chih-Ping

    1989-01-01

    A technique for monitoring variability in the nuclear absorption characteristics of aviation fuels has been developed. It is based on a highly collimated low energy gamma radiation source and a sodium iodide counter. The source and the counter assembly are separated by a geometrically well-defined test fuel cell. A computer program for determining the mass attenuation coefficient of the test fuel sample, based on the data acquired for a preset counting period, has been developed and tested on several types of aviation fuel.

  6. Reduction of interference fringes in absorption imaging of cold atom cloud using eigenface method

    Xiaolin Li; Min Ke; Bo Yan; Yuzhu Wang

    2007-01-01

    Eigenface method used in face recognition is introduced to reduce the pattern of interference fringes appearing in the absorption image of cold rubidium atom cloud trapped by an atom chip. The standard method for processing the absorption image is proposed, and the origin of the interference fringes is analyzed. Compared with the standard processing method which uses only one reference image, we take advantage of fifty reference images and reconstruct a new reference image which is more similar to the absorption image than all of the fifty original reference images. Then obvious reduction of interference fringes can be obtained.

  7. Methods for measuring nuclear properties of materials, Safety coefficient method and measurement of effective absorption coefficient of graphite by safety coefficient method

    Reactivity of a reactor depends on production, absorption and leaking of neutrons. Change of absorption causes reactivity change, and this fact is used for determining the neutron absorption cross section for the sample inserted in the reactor core. Method for determining the absorption cross section based on reactivity change is called method of safety coefficient. Measurements of neutron absorption cross section for graphite was done in the RA reactor vertical experimental channel VK-5. taking into account the results obtained for five types of graphite this method is considered to be reliable for use. Comparison of nuclear properties of different types of graphite was done as well

  8. The comparison of benzene and CO2 absorption methods for radioisotope 14C dating

    It had been conducted to research of age determination of carbon samples using CO2 absorption method. This method as alternative to benzene synthesis method for radioisotope 14C dating.The aim of the method is to support some hydrology research's especially groundwater dating using environmental radioisotope 14C.The results which obtain by CO2 absorption method then compared with the results of benzene synthesis method consists of background counter, standard counter, activity and age limit, age, and material cost or component. The research show that compared with benzene synthesis method, sample preparation using CO2 absorption method is more simple and relatively low cost. The use of CO2 absorption method can save the cost about 75 %. The different of both methods is age limit detection. The results of age limit detection when using CO2 absorption and synthesis benzene methods are 33,310 years and 47,533 years respectively. Whereas, based on t test, the age results of both methods for the same sample are obtained relatively equal. (author)

  9. Absorption spectroscopy of powdered materials using time-resolved diffuse optical methods.

    D'Andrea, Cosimo; Obraztsova, Ekaterina A; Farina, Andrea; Taroni, Paola; Lanzani, Guglielmo; Pifferi, Antonio

    2012-11-10

    In this paper a novel method, based on time-resolved diffuse optical spectroscopy, is proposed to measure the absorption of small amounts of nanostructured powder materials independent of scattering. Experimental validation, in the visible and near-infrared spectral range, has been carried out on India Inkparticles. The effectiveness of the technique to measure scattering-free absorption is demonstrated on carbon nanotubes. The comparison between the absorption spectra acquired by the proposed method and conventional measurements performed with a commercial spectrophotometer is discussed. PMID:23142900

  10. Alternative method for concentration retrieval in differential optical absorption spectroscopy atmospheric gas pollutant measurements

    Videla, Fabián; Schinca, Daniel Carlos; Tocho, Jorge O.

    2003-01-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy is a widely used technique for open-column atmospheric-gas pollution monitoring. The concentration retrieval is based on the fitting of the measured differential absorbance through the Lambert-Beer law. We present an alternative method for calculating the gas concentration on the basis of the proportionality between differential absorbance and differential absorption cross section of the gas under study. The method can be used on its own for single...

  11. On the absorption of drugs using chronic dog ileal loop method.

    Kukan, M; Bezek, S; Trnovec, T; Gabauer, I; Styk, J

    1994-01-01

    The absorption rate of three model drugs, i.e., pentacaine (highly lipophilic), stobadine (moderately lipophilic) and acetylsalicylic acid (hydrophilic), was studied using the chronic dog ileal loop method. The drugs were dissolved either in 0.9% unbuffered solution of NaCl or in antacid mixture. When using 0.9% NaCl, the half-lives of absorption (t1/2 (dis)) of pentacaine and stobadine were (mean +/- SD) 23.2 +/- 7.8 min and 20.8 +/- 7.2 min, respectively. For stobadine a good agreement was found between its t1/2 (dis) from the ileum and its absorption half-life determined from blood concentrations after oral administration to dogs. The absorption of acetylsalicylic acid accounted for only 10-20% of the dose introduced into the loop over 45 min; thus, a reliable value of t1/2 (dis) could not be determined. The administration of unbuffered solution of NaCl into the loop was accompanied by rapid increase of pH from acidic to basic value. The antacid mixture failed to affect the absorption rate of the drugs studied. Sampling from the ileum was limited to 35-55 min due to rapid absorption of water. These results suggest that: 1) measurement of the absorption rate of some drugs, e.g., stobadine, by using the chronic dog ileal loop method may adequately predict their absorption rate after peroral administration to the dog, 2) interactions of antacids with drug absorption in the ileum may not play a significant role because of the strong buffering capacity of the ileum, and 3) rapid absorption of water from the ileum does not allow to reliably determine the value of t1/2 (dis) for slowly absorbed drugs. PMID:7837833

  12. Correction methods of γ-ray self-absorption in bulk sample

    Five methods of γ-ray self-absorption correction for bulk sample were investigated. It was clarified that there is no significant difference in quality among four methods, except for one method, while a few percents of discrepancy were observed in case of larger value of attenuation coefficient than 0.1 cm-1. One of those methods is recommended for practical γ-ray spectrometry on account of the simple calculation method and no experimental data needed. Self-absorption for low energy γ-rays with high attenuation coefficient was a little dependent on Ge crystal diameter. (author)

  13. Developments in Methods for Measuring the Intestinal Absorption of Nanoparticle-Bound Drugs

    Wei Liu

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available With the rapid development of nanotechnology, novel drug delivery systems comprising orally administered nanoparticles (NPs have been paid increasing attention in recent years. The bioavailability of orally administered drugs has significant influence on drug efficacy and therapeutic dosage, and it is therefore imperative that the intestinal absorption of oral NPs be investigated. This review examines the various literature on the oral absorption of polymeric NPs, and provides an overview of the intestinal absorption models that have been developed for the study of oral nanoparticles. Three major categories of models including a total of eight measurement methods are described in detail (in vitro: dialysis bag, rat gut sac, Ussing chamber, cell culture model; in situ: intestinal perfusion, intestinal loops, intestinal vascular cannulation; in vivo: the blood/urine drug concentration method, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method are contrasted and elucidated. In general, in vitro and in situ methods are relatively convenient but lack accuracy, while the in vivo method is troublesome but can provide a true reflection of drug absorption in vivo. This review summarizes the development of intestinal absorption experiments in recent years and provides a reference for the systematic study of the intestinal absorption of nanoparticle-bound drugs.

  14. Developments in Methods for Measuring the Intestinal Absorption of Nanoparticle-Bound Drugs.

    Liu, Wei; Pan, Hao; Zhang, Caiyun; Zhao, Liling; Zhao, Ruixia; Zhu, Yongtao; Pan, Weisan

    2016-01-01

    With the rapid development of nanotechnology, novel drug delivery systems comprising orally administered nanoparticles (NPs) have been paid increasing attention in recent years. The bioavailability of orally administered drugs has significant influence on drug efficacy and therapeutic dosage, and it is therefore imperative that the intestinal absorption of oral NPs be investigated. This review examines the various literature on the oral absorption of polymeric NPs, and provides an overview of the intestinal absorption models that have been developed for the study of oral nanoparticles. Three major categories of models including a total of eight measurement methods are described in detail (in vitro: dialysis bag, rat gut sac, Ussing chamber, cell culture model; in situ: intestinal perfusion, intestinal loops, intestinal vascular cannulation; in vivo: the blood/urine drug concentration method), and the advantages and disadvantages of each method are contrasted and elucidated. In general, in vitro and in situ methods are relatively convenient but lack accuracy, while the in vivo method is troublesome but can provide a true reflection of drug absorption in vivo. This review summarizes the development of intestinal absorption experiments in recent years and provides a reference for the systematic study of the intestinal absorption of nanoparticle-bound drugs. PMID:27455239

  15. Alkaline solution absorption of carbon dioxide method and apparatus

    Hobbs, D.T.

    1991-01-01

    Disclosed is a method for measuring the concentration of hydroxides (or pH) in alkaline solutions, using the tendency of hydroxides to adsorb CO{sub 2}. The method comprises passing CO{sub 2} over the surface of an alkaline solution in a remote tank before and after measurements of the CO{sub 2} concentration. Comparison of the measurements yields the adsorption fraction from which the hydroxide concentration can be calculated using a correlation of hydroxide or pH to adsorption fraction. A schematic is given of a process system according to a preferred embodiment of the invention. 2 figs.

  16. On-shell diagrams, Graßmannians and integrability for form factors

    Frassek, Rouven; Meidinger, David; Nandan, Dhritiman; Wilhelm, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    We apply on-shell and integrability methods that have been developed in the context of scattering amplitudes in {N}=4 SYM theory to tree-level form factors of this theory. Focussing on the colour-ordered super form factors of the chiral part of the stress-tensor multiplet as an example, we show how to systematically construct on-shell diagrams for these form factors with the minimal form factor as further building block in addition to the three-point amplitudes. Moreover, we obtain analytic representations in terms of Graßmannian integrals in spinor helicity, twistor and momentum twistor variables. While Yangian invariance is broken by the operator insertion, we find that the form factors are eigenstates of the integrable spin-chain transfer matrix built from the monodromy matrix that yields the Yangian generators. Constructing them via the method of R operators allows to introduce deformations that preserve the integrable structure. We finally show that the integrable properties extend to minimal tree-level form factors of generic composite operators as well as certain leading singularities of their n-point loop-level form factors.

  17. A COMPARISON OF A SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC (QUERCETIN) METHOD AND AN ATOMIC-ABSORPTION METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF TIN IN FOOD

    Engberg, Å

    1973-01-01

    Procedures for the determination of tin in food, which involve a spectrophotometric method (with the quercetin-tin complex) and an atomic-absorption method, are described. The precision of the complete methods and of the individual analytical steps required is evaluated, and the parameters that...

  18. Determination of absorption cross-section of Si nanocrystals by two independent methods based on either absorption or luminescence

    Absorption cross-section (ACS) of silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs) is determined via two completely independent approaches: (i) Excitation-intensity-dependent photoluminescence (PL) kinetics under modulated (long square pulses) pumping and (ii) absorbance measured by the photothermal deflection spectroscopy combined with morphology information obtained by the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. This unique comparison reveals consistent ACS values around 10−15 cm2 for violet excitation of SiNCs of about 3–5 nm in diameter and this value is comparable to most of direct band-gap semiconductor nanocrystals; however, it decreases steeply towards longer wavelengths. Moreover, we analyze the PL-modulation technique in detail and propose an improved experimental procedure which enables simpler implementation of this method to determine ACS of various (nano)materials in both solid and liquid states

  19. Determination of absorption cross-section of Si nanocrystals by two independent methods based on either absorption or luminescence

    Valenta, J., E-mail: jan.valenta@mff.cuni.cz; Greben, M. [Department of Chemical Physics and Optics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Remeš, Z. [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Cukrovarnická 10, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Gutsch, S.; Hiller, D.; Zacharias, M. [Faculty of Engineering, IMTEK, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Georges-Köhler-Allee 103, 79110 Freiburg (Germany)

    2016-01-11

    Absorption cross-section (ACS) of silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs) is determined via two completely independent approaches: (i) Excitation-intensity-dependent photoluminescence (PL) kinetics under modulated (long square pulses) pumping and (ii) absorbance measured by the photothermal deflection spectroscopy combined with morphology information obtained by the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. This unique comparison reveals consistent ACS values around 10{sup −15} cm{sup 2} for violet excitation of SiNCs of about 3–5 nm in diameter and this value is comparable to most of direct band-gap semiconductor nanocrystals; however, it decreases steeply towards longer wavelengths. Moreover, we analyze the PL-modulation technique in detail and propose an improved experimental procedure which enables simpler implementation of this method to determine ACS of various (nano)materials in both solid and liquid states.

  20. Evaluating Web Sites Using COPRAS-GRA Combined With Grey Clustering

    BINDU MADHURI .Ch

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Web site evaluation is a significant task to perform web site personalization. Because evaluated web sites provide useful information for users to estimate sites’ validation and popularity. Many different methods have been proposed to measure usage of a website. The quantitative methods focus on the performance measurement of the website whereas the qualitative methods estimate the user’s opinion of a website. COPRAS-G associated with grey relations method is a distinct measure, which combines the qualitative, quantitative factors such as trust and feature state. The model is based on multi-attribute evaluation of web site. The evaluation embraces the identified attributes influencing the process of selection of web sites. The evaluation methods are used for the effectiveness of web site is a critical issue in both practice and research. The evaluation process involves human subjectivity and it isa multiple-criteria decision making (MCDM problem in the presence of many quantitative and qualitative attributes. In this paper we propose a novel approach, which combines the COPRAS-GRA (COPRAS-G with Grey Relational Analysis method with Grey clustering. In this methodology the selection of best web site with COPRASGRA, which chooses Attributes and sub-attributes from the web log file features as the performance measurement of quantitative method & the Grey clustering with AHP performs evaluation process. Also we conducted experiments and confirmed the effectiveness of our approach and its potential in performing high quality web site evaluation. The study has investigated three web sites with the proposed method. In this model, the parameters of the alternatives are determined by the Grey relational grade and expressed in intervals.

  1. Prediction of sound absorption in rigid porous media with the lattice Boltzmann method

    In this work, sound absorption phenomena associated with the viscous shear stress within rigid porous media is investigated with a simple isothermal lattice Boltzmann BGK model. Simulations are conducted for different macroscopic material properties such as sample thickness and porosity and the results are compared with the exact analytical solution for materials with slit-like structure in terms of acoustic impedance and sound absorption coefficient. The numerical results agree very well with the exact solution, particularly for the sound absorption coefficient. The small deviations found in the low frequency limit for the real part of the acoustic impedance are attributed to the ratio between the thicknesses of the slit and the viscous boundary layer. The results suggest that the lattice Boltzmann method can be a very compelling numerical tool for simulating viscous sound absorption phenomena in the time domain, particularly due to its computational simplicity when compared to traditional continuum based techniques. (paper)

  2. Polarizable Embedded RI-CC2 Method for Two-Photon Absorption Calculations

    Hršak, Dalibor; Khah, Alireza Marefat; Christiansen, Ove;

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel polarizable embedded resolution-of-identity coupled cluster singles and approximate doubles (PERI-CC2) method for calculation of two-photon absorption (TPA) spectra of large molecular systems. The method was benchmarked for three types of systems: a water-solvated molecule of...

  3. Ozone measurement techniques: Traditional versus chamber absorption methods with ultraviolet led as

    This article describes the traditional techniques for measuring ozone in the lower atmosphere, emphasizing the absorption chamber method with UV LEO diode as a light source for high performance; Ends with an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

  4. Model prognoziranja S-krivulja u ranim fazama građevinskih projekata

    Ostojić-Škomrlj, Nives; Radujković, Mladen

    2012-01-01

    U radu je prikazan metodološki postupak kojim se definira način prognoziranja raspodjele troškova u vremenu za fazu izvršenja projekta pomoću troškovne S-krivulje za tri različita tipa građevina: visokogradnja, tuneli i autocesta. Primjenjena su tri različita pristupa, a rezultati sva tri pristupa i njihove integracije prikazani su u obliku regresijskih matematičkih izraza i odgovarajućih dijagrama. Predložena metodologija može se koristiti za prognoziranje troškovne dinamike građevinskih pro...

  5. Obrazovna struktura i obrazovne potrebe građana RH - platforma za promjene prakse obrazovanja odraslih

    Vican, Dijana

    2013-01-01

    Podaci najnovijeg Statističkog ljetopisa (2012.) pokazuju obrazovnu strukturu građana RH. Podaci čine osnovu za višestrano razmatranje obrazovnih potreba građana RH prema nekoliko temeljnih varijabli: kronološka dob i spol, nepismenost, razina obrazovanja, gospodarske grane (sektori), aktivno i neaktivno stanovništvo, zaposleni i nezaposleni i druge. Cilj rada je razmotriti najnoviju obrazovnu sliku Hrvatske, te prodiskutirati odnos obrazovnih potreba s tržišnim potrebama, strateškim...

  6. Hrvatski građani na radu u inozemstvu: razmatranje popisnih podataka 1971, 1981. i 1991.

    Nejašmić, Ivo

    1994-01-01

    U radu se razmatraju podaci popisa 1991. za kontingent hrvatskih građana na radu u inozemstvu ("radnici") i za članove obitelji koji s njima borave ("članovi obitelji") te uspoređuju s podacima prijašnjih popisa (1971. i 1981). Godine 1991. u inozemstvu je radilo/boravilo 285 216 hrvatskih građana (11,9% više nego 1971 ). Glavne podskupine imaju suprotno kretanje: broj se "radnika" smanjio 22,0%, a "članova obitelji" povećao tri i pol puta. Zbog toga je došlo do promjene omjera: "radnici" 61,...

  7. Imigracija u Europi danas: aparthejd ili građanska kohabitacija?

    Suvin, Darko

    2011-01-01

    Članak raspravlja orijentacije koje bi spriječile klizanje prema državama aparthejda. Počinje fenomenologijom masovnih seljenja, te se pita: Jesu li ne-građani ljudi? Koje su granice narodnog suvereniteta? Kakva je to sloboda ako je dobar dio stanovnika nepotpuno slobodan? Završava s pet povezanih aksioma: 1/ pravo na gostoprimstvo (pa zatim i državljanstvo) središnje je ljudsko pravo; 2/ svaka država treba dati svojim stanovnicima maksimalno mogući opseg građanskih prava; 3...

  8. Sistematizacija pojmova građevina ugostiteljsko turističke gradnje iz propisa Hrvatske

    Poropat, Amorino

    2014-01-01

    Svrha ovog rada je analiza i sistematizacija pojmova građevina ugostiteljsko turističke gradnje iz propisa R. Hrvatske. Pojmovi građevina prostornog uređenja i gradnje za ugostiteljsko turističku namjenu, imaju dvosmislena obilježja bez odgovarajućih pojmova i pojmovnika. Vrsta ugostiteljskih ili turističkih objekata za ugostiteljsku djelatnost ima znatno više pojmova i pojmovnika, te neusklađena obilježja vrsta, smještajne jedinice i modula. Rezultati su analizirani i sistematizirani pojmovi...

  9. O odnosu materijalnog i procesnog građanskog prava u parnicama – pogled sa stajališta privatnog (građanskog) prava

    Gavella, Nikola

    2013-01-01

    Predmet rada je međusobni odnos i funkcija procesnog i materijalnog građanskog (i svakog drugog privatnog) prava u suvremenom hrvatskom pravnom poretku. Razmatra se njihov međusobni odnos u parničnim postupcima s težištem na ulozi materijalnog prava u njima i na djelovanju parničnih postupaka te njihovih rezultata na sporne pravne odnose parničnih stranaka.

  10. Introduction of the carbon dioxide absorption method with closed circle breathing into anesthesia practice.

    Foregger, R

    2000-07-01

    The circle breathing CO2 absorption system for use during acetylene anesthesia was described by Carl Gauss in 1924/1925. The apparatus was manufactured by Drägerwerk of Lübeck. A considerable number of publications on the apparatus employing the closed circle method of CO2 absorption appeared in the medical press soon thereafter. Later apparatus models, also built by Drägerwerk, were adapted for nitrous oxide-oxygen-ether anesthesia and introduced into practice by Paul Sudeck and Helmut Schmidt. Information about all this was transmitted to America through the German medical press, including the Draeger-Hefte. American anesthesia machine manufacturers began to develop closed circle CO2 absorbers several years later. Claims that the circle breathing CO2 absorption method was introduced into anesthesia practice by Brian Sword are not valid. PMID:10969391

  11. A new photoacoustic method based on the modulation of the light induced absorption coefficient

    Engel, S.; Wenisch, C.; Müller, F. A.; Gräf, S.

    2016-04-01

    The present study reports on a new photoacoustic (PA) measurement method that is suitable for the investigation of light induced absorption effects including e.g. excited state absorption. Contrary to the modulation of the radiation intensity used in conventional PA-methods, the key principle of this novel setup is based on the modulation of the induced absorption coefficient by light. For this purpose, a pump-probe setup with a pulsed pump laser beam and a continuous probe laser beam is utilized. In this regime, the potential influence of heat on the PA-signal is much smaller when compared to arrangements with pulsed probe beam and continuous pump beam. Beyond that, the negative effect of thermal lenses can be neglected. Thus, the measurement technique is well-suited for materials exhibiting a strong absorption at the pump wavelength. The quantitative analysis of the induced absorption coefficient was achieved by the calibration of the additional PA-signal caused by the continuous probe laser to the PA-signal resulting from the pulsed pump laser using thallium bromoiodide (KRS-5) as sample material.

  12. A new photoacoustic method based on the modulation of the light induced absorption coefficient

    The present study reports on a new photoacoustic (PA) measurement method that is suitable for the investigation of light induced absorption effects including e.g. excited state absorption. Contrary to the modulation of the radiation intensity used in conventional PA-methods, the key principle of this novel setup is based on the modulation of the induced absorption coefficient by light. For this purpose, a pump-probe setup with a pulsed pump laser beam and a continuous probe laser beam is utilized. In this regime, the potential influence of heat on the PA-signal is much smaller when compared to arrangements with pulsed probe beam and continuous pump beam. Beyond that, the negative effect of thermal lenses can be neglected. Thus, the measurement technique is well-suited for materials exhibiting a strong absorption at the pump wavelength. The quantitative analysis of the induced absorption coefficient was achieved by the calibration of the additional PA-signal caused by the continuous probe laser to the PA-signal resulting from the pulsed pump laser using thallium bromoiodide (KRS-5) as sample material. (paper)

  13. A new method to make gamma-ray self-absorption correction

    This paper is devoted to discuss a new method to directly extract the information of the geometric self-absorption correction through the measurement of characteristic γ radiation emitted spontaneously from nuclear fissile material. The numerical simulation tests show that this method can extract the purely original information needed for nondestructive assay method by the γ-ray spectra to be measured, even though the geometric shape of the sample and materials between sample and detector are not known in advance. (author)

  14. The GRA beam-splitter experiments and wave-particle duality of light

    Full text: Grangier, Roger and Aspect (GRA) performed a beam-splitter experiment to demonstrate particle behaviour of light and a Mach-Zehnder interferometer experiment to demonstrate wave behaviour of light. The distinguishing feature of these experiments is the use of a gating system to produce near ideal single photon states. With the demonstration of both wave and particle behaviour (in the two mutually exclusive experiments) they claim to have demonstrated the dual wave-particle behaviour of light. The demonstration of the wave behaviour of light is not in dispute. But, we want to demonstrate, contrary to the claims of GRA, that their beam-splitter experiment does not conclusively confirm the particle behaviour of light, and hence does not demonstrate particle-wave duality. Our demonstration consists of providing a detailed model, not involving particles, of GRA's 'which-path' experiment. The model uses the causal interpretation of quantum fields. We will also give a brief outline a model for the second 'interference' GRA experiment. (author)

  15. Absorption and impedance boundary conditions for phased geometrical-acoustics methods

    Jeong, Cheol-Ho

    2012-01-01

    Defining accurate acoustical boundary conditions is of crucial importance for room acoustic simulations. In predicting sound fields using phased geometrical acoustics methods, both absorption coefficients and surface impedances of the boundary surfaces can be used, but no guideline has been...... reasonable results with some exceptions at low frequencies for acoustically soft materials....

  16. Linewidth of Cyclotron Absorption in Band-Gap Graphene: Relaxation Time Approximation vs. Monte Carlo Method

    S.V. Kryuchkov

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The power of the elliptically polarized electromagnetic radiation absorbed by band-gap graphene in presence of constant magnetic field is calculated. The linewidth of cyclotron absorption is shown to be non-zero even if the scattering is absent. The calculations are performed analytically with the Boltzmann kinetic equation and confirmed numerically with the Monte Carlo method. The dependence of the linewidth of the cyclotron absorption on temperature applicable for a band-gap graphene in the absence of collisions is determined analytically.

  17. Determination of serum lithium: comparison between atomic emission and absorption spectrometry methods

    Carlos Elielton do Espírito Santo

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The therapeutic monitoring of lithium, through concentration measurements, is important for individual dose adjustment, as a marker of treatment adherence and to prevent poisoning and side effects. Objectives: Validate and compare two methods - atomic emission and atomic absorption - for the determination of lithium in serum samples. Methodology: Parameters such as specificity, precision, accuracy, limit of detection (LOD and linearity were considered. The atomic absorption spectrometer was used, operating in either emission or absorption mode. For the quantitative comparison of 30 serum samples from patients with mood disorder treated with lithium, the results were submitted to Student's t-test, F-test and Pearson's correlation. Results: The limit of quantification (LOQ was established as 0.05 mEq/l of lithium, and calibration curves were constructed in the range of 0.05-2 mEq/l of lithium, using aqueous standards. Sample preparation time was reduced, what is important in medical laboratory. Conclusion: Both methods were considered satisfactory, precise and accurate and can be adopted for lithium quantification. In the comparison of quantitative results in lithium-treated patients through statistical tests, no significant differences were observed. Therefore the methods for lithium quantification by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS and flame atomic emission spectrometry (FAES may be considered similar.

  18. Determination of iodine in seaweed and table salt by an indirect atomic absorption method

    Decomposition methods based on fusion with alkali are discussed, with respect to the determination of iodine in biological material. It is shown that sodium hydroxide can be used for the decomposition of seaweed without loss of iodine. In spite of the oxidizing conditions, the iodine will be present as iodide in the final ash. The iodide can be determined by an indirect atomic-absorption method, based on the reaction between iodide and mercury(II), with determination of mercury by cold vapour atomic-absorption spectrometry. The basis of the method is discussed, and it is shown that the use of tin(II) as reductant is essential. The effect of the oxidation state of the iodine on the sensitivity of the method is pointed out. High concentrations of chloride interfere, but it is still possible to determine iodide in iodinated table salt. (author)

  19. [Determination of the content of sulfur of coal by the infrared absorption method with high acccuracy].

    Wang, Hai-Feng; Lu, Hai; Li, Jia; Sun, Guo-Hua; Wang, Jun; Dai, Xin-Hua

    2014-02-01

    The present paper reported the differential scanning calorimetry-thermogravimetry curves and the infrared (IR) absorption spectrometry under the temperature program analyzed by the combined simultaneous thermal analysis-IR spectrometer. The gas products of coal were identified by the IR spectrometry. This paper emphasized on the combustion at high temperature-IR absorption method, a convenient and accurate method, which measures the content of sulfur in coal indirectly through the determination of the content of sulfur dioxide in the mixed gas products by IR absorption. It was demonstrated, when the instrument was calibrated by varied pure compounds containing sulfur and certified reference materials (CRMs) for coal, that there was a large deviation in the measured sulfur contents. It indicates that the difference in chemical speciations of sulfur between CRMs and the analyte results in a systematic error. The time-IR absorption curve was utilized to analyze the composition of sulfur at low temperatures and high temperatures and then the sulfur content of coal sample was determined by using a CRM for coal with a close composition of sulfur. Therefore, the systematic error due to the difference in chemical speciations of sulfur between the CRM and analyte was eliminated. On the other hand, in this combustion at high temperature-IR absorption method, the mass of CRM and analyte were adjusted to assure the sulfur mass equal and then the CRM and the analyte were measured alternately. This single-point calibration method reduced the effect of the drift of the IR detector and improved the repeatability of results, compared with the conventional multi-point calibration method using the calibration curves of signal intensity vs sulfur mass. The sulfur content results and their standard deviations of an anthracite coal and a bituminous coal with a low sulfur content determined by this modified method were 0.345% (0.004%) and 0.372% (0.008%), respectively. The uncertainty (U

  20. Results of measurement of radio wave absorption in the ionosphere by the AI method

    Korinevskaya, N. A.

    1972-01-01

    Median noon absorption values for each month from 1964 through 1967, the diurnal variations of absorption on the regular world days, and the seasonal variations of absorption are given. The dependence of the absorption coefficient on sunspot number is analyzed.

  1. Evaluation of a method for the determination of chromium in urine by atomic absorption spectrometry

    A method for the determination of chromium in urine by atomic absorption spectrometry, using electrothermic atomization with pyrolytic graphite tubes, is proposed. The determinations are performed by standard addition. The method is applicable to biologic monitoring of populations with different degrees of exposition. It is also used in the analysis of chromium in sediments. Results of chromium in urine of a population group non-exposed to the metal are presented. 11 refs

  2. Absorption Corrected Method & Isoabsorptive Point Method for Simultaneous Estimation of Metoprolol and Amlodipine in Their Combined Dosage Form

    A. R. Chabukswar

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Two simple, economical, precise and accurate methods are described for the simultaneous determination of Metoprolol Succinate (METO and Amlodipine (AMLO in combined tablet dosage form. The first method (Method A is Absorption Corrected Method and second method (Method B is Isoabsorptive Point Method. The absorbances at 277.017 nm and 235.62 nm in the Absorption Corrected Method and Isoabsorptive Point Method were selected to determine METO and AMLO, respectively in combined formulation. The methods were validated by following the analytical performance parameters suggested by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH. All validation parameters were within the acceptable range. Under experimental conditions described, calibration curve, assay of tablets and recovery studies were performed. A critical evaluation of proposed methods were performed by statistical analysis of data where slope, intercept, correlation coefficient is shown in Table (1. As per the ICH guidelines, the method validation parameters checked. Beer’s law is obeyed in the concentration range of 50-250μg/ml and 5-25μg/ml for Metoprolol succinate and Amlodipine by both the methods.

  3. Can serum isotope levels accurately measure intestinal calcium absorption compared to gold-standard methods?

    Vreede, Andrew P; Jones, Andrea N; Hansen, Karen E

    2015-01-01

    Background Low fractional calcium absorption (FCA) contributes to osteoporosis but is not measured clinically, as the gold-standard method requires administration of two calcium tracers and a subsequent 24-h urine collection. We evaluated alternate methods to measure FCA, compared to the gold standard method. Methods We administered two stable calcium isotope tracers (~8 mg oral 44Ca and ~3 mg intravenous 42Ca) with breakfast to 20 fasting post-menopausal women (Cohort 1) 59 ± 7 years old wit...

  4. Mogućnosti geodetskih instrumenata u određivanju dinamičkih pomaka građevina

    Marendić, Ante; Kapović, Zdravko; Paar, Rinaldo

    2013-01-01

    Određivanjem pomaka i deformacija građevina tijekom eksploatacije dobiva se saznanje ponaša li se građevina u skladu s projektnim rješenjima, a dobiveni podaci predstavljaju važan parametar u procjeni stanja i sigurnosti građevine. Stalnim razvojem geodetskih instrumenata omogućeno je rješavanje sve složenijih i zahtjevnijih zadataka koji se postavljaju pred inženjersku geodeziju. Geodetskim instrumentima, osim određivanja statičkih i veoma sporih pomaka, moguće je odrediti i brže (dinamičke)...

  5. Metodološki pristup proračunu troškova strojnog rada pri građenju

    Bezak, Stjepan; Linarić, Zdravko

    2009-01-01

    U radu se uvodno tvrdi da je izbor strojeva i planiranje strojnog rada vrlo važan element u pristupu građenja. Opisuje se metodološki pristup izračuna cijene koštanja radnog sata strojeva za zemljane radove u građevinarstvu. Metodologija je primjerena za strojni rad posebno u području izgradnje vodnogospodarskih građevina. Izračun se odnosi na zemljane radove. Rezultati primjene prikazane metodologije obrađeni su statistički i uspoređeni s rezultatima postojećih metodologija.

  6. Determination of absorption cross-section of Si nanocrystals by two independent methods based on either absorption or luminescence

    Valenta, J.; Greben, M.; Remeš, Zdeněk; Gutsch, S.; Hiller, D.; Zacharias, M.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 102, č. 2 (2016), "023102-1"-"023102-5". ISSN 0003-6951 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05053S; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14011 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : photoluminescence * absorption spectroscopy * photothermal spectroscopy * semiconductors * nanocrystals Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.302, year: 2014

  7. Precise shear waves absorption measurements by the Elasto-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy method

    Klinkosz, T

    2003-01-01

    The essential feature of the method is the employment of elasto-magnetic resonance spectroscopy (EMRS) for precise measurement of the absorption of transverse elastic waves introduced into a biological sample. Such a measurement can be accomplished by combining the EMRS method with such methods, in which collective dislocations of spins are induced by external physical factors, e.g. variable electric field, strong magnetic field gradient or longitudinal elastic wave. This has been illustrated herein on the example of Electrical Mobility Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EMMRS).

  8. Electron temperature profile measurement using the filter absorption method in JT-60

    The electron temperature profile was measured in JT-60 from the two arrays of 16 channel PIN photo-diodes arranged in parallel using the filter absorption method. From the error estimation of this method, especially for the impurity line radiation, the error was considered to be 10-20%. These values were confirmed by the comparison with the other measurements and this method was confirmed to be useful as the measurement of the electron temperature profile except for the very low density discharge below 1.5x1019 m-3 line averaged electron density. (author)

  9. Novel atomic absorption spectrometric and rapid spectrophotometric methods for the quantitation of paracetamol in saliva: Application to pharmacokinetic studies

    Issa M

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel atomic absorption spectrometric method and two highly sensitive spectrophotometric methods were developed for the determination of paracetamol. These techniques based on the oxidation of paracetamol by iron (III (method I; oxidation of p-aminophenol after the hydrolysis of paracetamol (method II. Iron (II then reacts with potassium ferricyanide to form Prussian blue color with a maximum absorbance at 700 nm. The atomic absorption method was accomplished by extracting the excess iron (III in method II and aspirates the aqueous layer into air-acetylene flame to measure the absorbance of iron (II at 302.1 nm. The reactions have been spectrometrically evaluated to attain optimum experimental conditions. Linear responses were exhibited over the ranges 1.0-10, 0.2-2.0 and 0.1-1.0 µg/ml for method I, method II and atomic absorption spectrometric method, respectively. A high sensitivity is recorded for the proposed methods I and II and atomic absorption spectrometric method value indicate: 0.05, 0.022 and 0.012 µg/ml, respectively. The limit of quantitation of paracetamol by method II and atomic absorption spectrometric method were 0.20 and 0.10 µg/ml. Method II and the atomic absorption spectrometric method were applied to demonstrate a pharmacokinetic study by means of salivary samples in normal volunteers who received 1.0 g paracetamol. Intra and inter-day precision did not exceed 6.9%.

  10. Genetic Diversity of Toxoplasma gondii Strains from Different Hosts and Geographical Regions by Sequence Analysis of GRA20 Gene

    Ning, Hong-Rui; Huang, Si-Yang; Wang, Jin-Lei; Xu, Qian-Ming; Zhu, Xing-Quan

    2015-01-01

    Toxoplasma gondii is a eukaryotic parasite of the phylum Apicomplexa, which infects all warm-blood animals, including humans. In the present study, we examined sequence variation in dense granule 20 (GRA20) genes among T. gondii isolates collected from different hosts and geographical regions worldwide. The complete GRA20 genes were amplified from 16 T. gondii isolates using PCR, sequence were analyzed, and phylogenetic reconstruction was analyzed by maximum parsimony (MP) and maximum likelih...

  11. Atomic absorption spectroscopic, conductometric and colorimetric methods for determination of some fluoroquinolone antibacterials using ammonium reineckate

    Al-Ghannam, Sheikha M.

    2008-04-01

    Three accurate, rapid and simple atomic absorption spectrometric (AAS), conductometric and colorimetric methods were developed for the determination of gatifloxacin (GTF), moxifloxacin (MXF) and sparfloxacin (SPF). The proposed methods depend upon the reaction of ammonium reineckate with the studied drugs to form stable precipitate of ion-pair complexes, which was dissolved in acetone. The pink coloured complexes were determined either by AAS or colorimetrically at λmax 525 nm directly using the dissolved complex. Using conductometric titration, the studied drugs could be evaluated in 50% (v/v) acetone. The optimizations of various experimental conditions were described. Optimum concentration ranges for the determination of GTF, MXF and SPF were 5.0-150, 40-440 μg mL -1 and 0.10-1.5 mg mL -1 using atomic absorption (AAS), conductometric and colorimetric methods, respectively. Detection and quantification limits are ranges from 1.5 to 2.3 μg mL -1 using AAS method or 30-45 μg mL -1 using colorimetric method. The proposed procedures have been applied successfully to the analysis of these drugs in pharmaceutical formulations and the results are favourably comparable to the reference methods.

  12. Molecfit: A general tool for telluric absorption correction. I. Method and application to ESO instruments

    Smette, A; Noll, S; Horst, H; Kausch, W; Kimeswenger, S; Barden, M; Szyszka, C; Jones, A M; Gallenne, A; Vinther, J; Ballester, P; Taylor, J

    2015-01-01

    Context: The interaction of the light from astronomical objects with the constituents of the Earth's atmosphere leads to the formation of telluric absorption lines in ground-based collected spectra. Correcting for these lines, mostly affecting the red and infrared region of the spectrum, usually relies on observations of specific stars obtained close in time and airmass to the science targets, therefore using precious observing time. Aims: We present molecfit, a tool for correcting for telluric absorption lines based on synthetic modelling of the Earth's atmospheric transmission. Molecfit is versatile and can be used with data obtained with various ground-based telescopes and instruments. Methods: Molecfit combines a publicly available radiative transfer code, a molecular line database, atmospheric profiles, and various kernels to model the instrument line spread function. The atmospheric profiles are created by merging a standard atmospheric profile representative of a given observatory's climate, of local m...

  13. A simple method for the estimation of laser absorptivity using heat-sensitive paints

    The emergence of high-power diode laser technology has paved the way for the widespread integration of laser processing into metal-cutting machine tools. Such integration is of significant benefit not just in terms of better logistics and work flow but also enhanced process capability and flexibility, and part quality. This is particularly true in the batch manufacture of high-value components, wherein it is essential to employ mathematical models to formulate and optimize operating parameters. Consequently, there is an industrial need for a simple and inexpensive technique for the rapid estimation of the laser absorptivity of a surface, which is of critical influence in the effective practical application of process models. To this end, this design note proposes a method that involves an analytical model and a novel experimental technique based on temperature-indicating paints, for estimating the absorptivity of a surface. (technical design note)

  14. Effect of Sn on the optical band gap determined using absorption spectrum fitting method

    Heera, Pawan, E-mail: sramanb70@mailcity.com [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, INDIA, 171005 (India); Govt. College Amb, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA,177203 (India); Kumar, Anup, E-mail: kumar.anup.sml@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, INDIA, 171005 (India); Physics Department, Govt. College, Kullu, H. P., INDIA, 175101 (India); Sharma, Raman, E-mail: pawanheera@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, INDIA, 171005 (India)

    2015-05-15

    We report the preparation and the optical studies on tellurium rich glasses thin films. The thin films of Se{sub 30}Te{sub 70-x} Sn{sub x} system for x= 0, 1.5, 2.5 and 4.5 glassy alloys prepared by melt quenching technique are deposited on the glass substrate using vacuum thermal evaporation technique. The analysis of absorption spectra in the spectral range 400nm–4000 nm at room temperature obtained from UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer [Perkin Elmer Lamda-750] helps us in the optical characterization of the thin films under study. The absorption spectrum fitting method is applied by using the Tauc’s model for estimating the optical band gap and the width of the band tail of the thin films. The optical band gap is calculated and is found to decrease with the Sn content.

  15. GraXe, graphene and xenon for neutrinoless double beta decay searches

    Gomez-Cadenas, J J; Fogler, M M; Katsnelson, M I; Martin-Albo, J; Monrabal, F; Muñoz-Vidal, J

    2011-01-01

    We propose a new detector concept, GraXe (to be pronounced as grace), to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in Xe-136. GraXe combines a popular detection medium in rare-event searches, liquid xenon, with a new, background-free material, graphene. Our baseline design of GraXe is a balloon made of graphene (possibly held together with a very thin structure made of radiopure fiber) and filled with xenon enriched in the Xe-136 isotope. The balloon is immersed in a large tank containing 20 tons of natural liquid xenon and instrumented with large photomultipliers. Liquid xenon is an excellent scintillator, reasonably transparent to its own light. Graphene is transparent over a large frequency range, an impermeable to the xenon. External backgrounds would be shielded by the buffer liquid xenon, and the inner volume has virtually zero background. Industrial graphene can be manufactured at a competitive cost to produce the inner balloon, and there is already near one ton of enriched Xenon available in the world...

  16. Neutron absorption constraints on the composition of 4 Vesta

    Prettyman, Thomas H.; Mittlefehldt, David W.; Yamashita, Naoyuki; Beck, Andrew W.; Feldman, William C.; Hendricks, John S.; Lawrence, David J.; McCoy, Timothy J.; McSween, Harry Y.; Paplowski, Patrick N.; Reedy, Robert C.; Toplis, Michael J.; Le Corre, Lucille; Mizzon, Hugau; Reddy, Vishnu; Titus, Timothy N.; Raymond, Carol A.; Russell, Christopher T.

    2013-01-01

    Global maps of the macroscopic thermal neutron absorption cross section of Vesta's regolith by the Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector (GRaND) on board the NASA Dawn spacecraft provide constraints on the abundance and distribution of Fe, Ca, Al, Mg, and other rock-forming elements. From a circular, polar low-altitude mapping orbit, GRaND sampled the regolith to decimeter depths with a spatial resolution of about 300 km. At this spatial scale, the variation in neutron absorption is about seven times lower than that of the Moon. The observed variation is consistent with the range of absorption for howardite whole-rock compositions, which further supports the connection between Vesta and the howardite, eucrite, and diogenite meteorites. We find a strong correlation between neutron absorption and the percentage of eucritic materials in howardites and polymict breccias, which enables petrologic mapping of Vesta's surface. The distribution of basaltic eucrite and diogenite determined from neutron absorption measurements is qualitatively similar to that indicated by visible and near infrared spectroscopy. The Rheasilvia basin and ejecta blanket has relatively low absorption, consistent with Mg-rich orthopyroxene. Based on a combination of Fe and neutron absorption measurements, olivine-rich lithologies are not detected on the spatial scales sampled by GRaND. The sensitivity of GRaND to the presence of mantle material is described and implications for the absence of an olivine signature are discussed. High absorption values found in Vesta's “dark” hemisphere, where exogenic hydrogen has accumulated, indicate that this region is richer in basaltic eucrite, representative of Vesta's ancient upper crust.

  17. Determination of trace elements in ground water by two preconcentration methods using atomic absorption spectrometry

    This is a comparative study between two different methods of preconcentration done to separate the trace elements cadmium, nickel. chromium, manganese, copper, zinc, and lead in drinking (ground) water samples taken from different locations in Gezira State, central Sudan (the map); these methods are (coprecipitation) with aluminium hydroxide and by Ammonium Pyrrolidine Dithiocarbamate (APDC) using Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) as an organic solvent; and subsequent analysis by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) for both methods. The result of comparison showed the superiority of the (APDC) coprecipitation method over the aluminium hydroxide coprecipitation method in the total percentage recoveries of the studied trace elements in drinking (ground) water samples, such results confirm previous studies. This study also involves direct analysis of these water samples by atomic absorption spectrometry to determine the concentrations of trace elements Cadmium, Nickel, Chromium, Manganese, Copper, Zinc and Lead and compare it to the corresponding guide line values described by the World Health Organization and the maximum concentrations of trace elements in drinking water permitted by the Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organizations (SSMO), where the concentrations of some elements in some samples were found to be different than the described values by both of the organizations. The study includes a trial to throw light on the effect of the proximity of the water samples sources to the Blue Nile river on its trace elements concentrations; no relation was proved to exist in that respect.(Author)

  18. Comparison of two methods for determining in vitro intestinal absorption of nutrients using rats fed different diets

    Absorption of sucrose, glucose, leucine and aspartate was studied using intestinal everted sac of rats fed on french bean diets namely PDR-14, HUR-137 and HUR-15 using casein as a control. Absorption of nutrients was monitored spectrophotometrically and by 14C radio assay of metabolites using scientillation counting. The absorption pattern of amino acids was found to be similar but of glucose and sucrose differed. Glucose was found to be more absorbed than sucrose in spectrophotometer assay and the pattern reversed in radio assay. Absorption of sucrose and leucine were higher by rats fed on HUR-137 diet and similarly, more aspartate was absorbed when fed on HUR-15 diet as demonstrated by both the methods. Rats fed on HUR-137 diet exhibited higher glucose absorption as shown by spectrophotometric assay, but rats on HUR-15 diet by radio assay. Absorption of nutrients differed significantly between casein and french beans

  19. Iron interference in arsenic absorption by different plant species, analysed by neutron activation, k0-method

    Natural arsenic contamination is a cause for concern in many countries of the world including Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, United States of America and also in Brazil, specially in the Iron Quadrangle area, where mining activities have been contributing to aggravate natural contamination. Among other elements, iron is capable to interfere with the arsenic absorption by plants; iron ore has been proposed to remediate areas contaminated by the mentioned metalloid. In order to verify if iron can interfere with arsenic absorption by different taxa of plants, specimens of Brassicacea and Equisetaceae were kept in a 1/4 Murashige and Skoog basal salt solution (M and S), with 10 μgL-1 of arsenic acid. And varying concentrations of iron. The specimens were analysed by neutron activation analysis, k0-method, a routine technique in CDTN, and also very appropriate for arsenic studies. The preliminary results were quite surprising, showing that iron can interfere with arsenic absorption by plants, but in different ways, according to the species studied. (author)

  20. CO2 (carbon dioxide) fixation by applying new chemical absorption-precipitation methods

    CO2 (carbon dioxide) is the most common greenhouse gas and most of it is emitted from human activities. The methods for CO2 emission reduction can be divided into physical, chemical, and biochemical methods. Among the physical and chemical methods, CCS (carbon capture and storage) is a well-known reducing technology. However, this method has many disadvantages including the required storage area. In general, CCS requires capture and storage processes. In this study, we propose a method for reusing the absorbed CO2 either in nature or in industry. The emitted CO2 was converted into CO32− using a conversion solution, and then made into a carbonate by combining the conversion solution with metal ions at normal temperature and pressure. The resulting carbonate was analyzed using FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) and XRD (X-ray diffraction). We verified the formation of a solid consisting of calcite and vaterite. In addition, the conversion solution that was used could be reused in the same process of CCS technology. Our study demonstrates a successful method of reducing and reusing emitted CO2, thereby making CO2 a potential future resource. - Highlights: • This study focused on a new CO2 fixation process method. • In CCS technology, the desorption process requires high thermal energy consumption. • This new method does not require a desorption process because the CO2 is accomplished through CaCO3 crystallization. • A new absorption method is possible instead of the conventional absorption-desorption process. • This is not only a rapid reaction for fixing CO2, but also economically feasible

  1. An atomic-absorption method for the determination of gold in large samples of geologic materials

    VanSickle, Gordon H.; Lakin, Hubert William

    1968-01-01

    A laboratory method for the determination of gold in large (100-gram) samples has been developed for use in the study of the gold content of placer deposits and of trace amounts of gold in other geologic materials. In this method the sample is digested with bromine and ethyl ether, the gold is extracted into methyl isobutyl ketone, and the determination is made by atomicabsorption spectrophotometry. The lower limit of detection is 0.005 part per million in the sample. The few data obtained so far by this method agree favorably with those obtained by assay and by other atomic-absorption methods. About 25 determinations can be made per man-day.

  2. A new method of studying the relation between ionization rates and radio-wave absorption in polar-cap absorption events

    J. K. Hargreaves

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available During polar-cap absorption events, which are caused by the incidence of energetic solar protons, the high-latitude ionospheric D region is extended down to relatively low altitudes. While the incoming proton fluxes may be monitored by satellite-borne detectors, and the resulting radio-wave absorption with a ground-based riometer, the enhancement of electron density at a given altitude is less easily determined. Direct measurements by incoherent-scatter radar are infrequent and they tend to lack the necessary sensitivity at the lower levels. Computations of the electron density from the observed particle fluxes are handicapped by uncertainties in the height profile of the effective recombination coefficient.

    This paper describes a new approach based on finding the best-fit solution to an over-determined set of equations. The D region is treated as a set of slabs, each contributing to the total radio absorption, and the method relies on the fact that the proton spectrum varies during the event. The analysis produces a set of coefficients relating the absorption increment in the slab to the square root of the production rate, as a function of height. Values of effective recombination coefficient are also deduced over a range of heights, and these agree with previous estimates (Gledhill, 1986 to within a factor of 2. However, whereas the latter do not generally go below 60km altitude the new determination extends the values down to 40km.

    The new method provides a measurement of the height profile of the absorption in PCA events. It is shown that the slabs centred from 45 to 65km typically account for 80% of the total daytime absorption, and that less than 1% of the total arises above 80km or below 30km. At night most of the absorption comes from the slabs at 75 and 80km, with no significant contribution from slabs below 75 or above 85km. These results would not differ significantly from

  3. A method for determination of the absorption and scattering properties interstitially in turbid media

    Dimofte, Andreea; Finlay, Jarod C.; Zhu, Timothy C.

    2005-01-01

    We have developed a method to quickly determine tissue optical properties (absorption coefficient μa and transport scattering coefficient μs′) by measuring the ratio of light fluence rate to source power along a linear channel at a fixed distance (5 mm) from an isotropic point source. Diffuse light is collected by an isotropic detector whose position is determined by a computer-controlled step motor, with a positioning accuracy of better than 0.1 mm. The system automatically records and plots...

  4. Methods for Estimating Fluxes and Absorptions of Faint X-ray Sources

    Getman, Konstantin V; Broos, Patrick S; Townsley, Leisa K; Garmire, Gordon P

    2009-01-01

    X-ray sources with very few counts can be identified with low-noise X-ray detectors such as ACIS onboard the Chandra X-ray Observatory. These sources are often too faint for parametric spectral modeling using well-established methods such as fitting with XSPEC. We discuss the estimation of apparent and intrinsic broad-band X-ray fluxes and soft X-ray absorption from gas along the line of sight to these sources, using nonparametric methods. Apparent flux is estimated from the ratio of the source count rate to the instrumental effective area averaged over the chosen band. Absorption, intrinsic flux, and errors on these quantities are estimated from comparison of source photometric quantities with those of high S/N spectra that were simulated using spectral models characteristic of the class of astrophysical sources under study. The concept of this method is similar to the long-standing use of color-magnitude diagrams in optical and infrared astronomy, with X-ray median energy replacing color index and X-ray sou...

  5. Calibration of scattering and absorption properties of a liquid diffusive medium at NIR wavelengths. CW method.

    Martelli, Fabrizio; Zaccanti, Giovanni

    2007-01-22

    In spite of many progresses achieved both with theories and with experiments in studying light propagation through diffusive media, a reliable method for accurate measurements of the optical properties of diffusive media at NIR wavelengths is, in our opinion, still missing. It is therefore difficult to create a diffusive medium with well known optical properties to be used as a reference. In this paper we describe a method to calibrate the reduced scattering coefficient, mu'(s) , of a liquid diffusive medium and the absorption coefficient, mu(a), of an absorbing medium with a standard error smaller than 2% both on mu'(s) and on mu(a). The method is based on multidistance measurements of fluence into an infinite medium illuminated by a CW source. The optical properties are retrieved with simple inversion procedures (linear fits) exploiting the knowledge of the absorption coefficient of the liquid into which the diffuser and the absorber are dispersed. In this study Intralipid diluted in water has been used as diffusive medium and Indian ink as absorber. For a full characterization of these media measurements of collimated transmittance have also been carried out, from which the asymmetry factor of the scattering function of Intralipid and the single scattering albedo of Indian ink have been determined. PMID:19532267

  6. Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Method for Estimation of Diclofenac sodium and Mefenamic acid in Pharmaceutical Formulations

    Sunil Jawla

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Diclofenac sodium and Mefenamic acid have been quantified in tablet dosage form by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS. These methods are based on formation of the metal complexes of Diclofenac sodium and Mefenamic acid with cupric chloride and cobaltous chloride. The first method is based on reaction of both the drugs with cupric chloride to give light blue colored metal complexes, which are then extracted with dichloromethane and digested with 0.1 M nitric acid. Both the drugs are indirectly estimated via determination of copper content in the formed complexes by AAS. The second method is based on the formation of pink colored complexes of both the drugs with cobaltous chloride. These metal complexes are extracted with dichloromethane and estimated via determination of cobalt content in the formed complexes after digestion with 0.1 M nitric acid by AAS.

  7. Z-scan technique for saturable absorption using diffraction method in γ-alumina nanoparticles

    Koushki, E.; Majles Ara, M. H.; Akherat Doost, H.

    2014-05-01

    In this article, the z-scan method has been corrected for the case of saturation in absorption. Using the principle relations of the changes in the transmitted beam through a Kerr sample and Fresnel-Kirchoff integral method, a proper model is offered to evaluate the electric field in any point of the far field. This model contains both the saturation intensity and nonlinear refractive index simultaneously. Based on this study, a precise method to evaluate the nonlinear indices is obtained. Finally, this model is used in the precise study of z-scan curves for γ-Al2O3 nanocolloid and its saturation intensity and nonlinear refractive index have been obtained precisely.

  8. Modeling of gamma-ray energy absorption buildup factors using response surface method

    Buildup factors are always useful for practical computations in gamma-ray shield design. Generally point kernel method being easier to handle is adopted for shielding calculations. This method models a gamma ray directly at the evaluation point without scattering which is multiplied by buildup factors to obtain the gamma dose rate. The American Nuclear Society Standard Committee working group (ANSI/ANS-6.4.3-1991) has compiled the energy absorption and exposure buildup factors from 1 mean free path to 40 mean free paths as a standard reference data base for a large number of elements including water, air and concrete. Literature study reveals that there is a substantially significant disagreement in the buildup factor data by different approximating formulae. In view of this, it is required to compute or predict the buildup factor for those materials. The buildup factor data have been computed by various codes. Some of the codes are ASFIT (Gopinath and Sakamoto et al, 1971), PALLAS (Takeuchi and Tanaka, 1984) and EGS4 (Nelson et al, 1985). Taylor (1954), Berger (1956), Capo (1958) have fitted Goldstein and Wilkins (1954) data to construct parametric buildup factor formulae. Harimaet et al. (1986) has developed geometric progress fitting formula for the ANSI/ANS-6.4.3 (ANSI, 1991). The energy absorption buildup factor is defined as the photon buildup factor in which the quantity of interest is the absorbed or deposited energy in the shield medium and the detector response function is that of absorption in the material. Geometric progression buildup factor formula was simplified using the new modeling (fitting algorithm) of gamma ray energy absorption buildup factor. Advantage of having the simplification of buildup factor formula provides the easiness of usage of point kernel method based gamma shielding in the sense that analytic expression of collided flux can be easily constructed. Furthermore, that analytical expression of collided flux can be optimized to

  9. Density, ultrasound velocity, acoustic impedance, reflection and absorption coefficient determination of liquids via multiple reflection method.

    Hoche, S; Hussein, M A; Becker, T

    2015-03-01

    The accuracy of density, reflection coefficient, and acoustic impedance determination via multiple reflection method was validated experimentally. The ternary system water-maltose-ethanol was used to execute a systematic, temperature dependent study over a wide range of densities and viscosities aiming an application as inline sensor in beverage industries. The validation results of the presented method and setup show root mean square errors of: 1.201E-3 g cm(-3) (±0.12%) density, 0.515E-3 (0.15%) reflection coefficient and 1.851E+3 kg s(-1) m(-2) (0.12%) specific acoustic impedance. The results of the diffraction corrected absorption showed an average standard deviation of only 0.12%. It was found that the absorption change shows a good correlation to concentration variations and may be useful for laboratory analysis of sufficiently pure liquids. The main part of the observed errors can be explained by the observed noise, temperature variation and the low signal resolution of 50 MHz. In particular, the poor signal-to-noise ratio of the second reflector echo was found to be a main accuracy limitation. Concerning the investigation of liquids the unstable properties of the reference material PMMA, due to hygroscopicity, were identified to be an additional, unpredictable source of uncertainty. While dimensional changes can be considered by adequate methodology, the impact of the time and temperature dependent water absorption on relevant reference properties like the buffer's sound velocity and density could not be considered and may explain part of the observed deviations. PMID:25465962

  10. Method 200.12 - Determination of Trace Elements in Marine Waters by StabilizedTemperature Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption

    This method provides procedures for the determination of total recoverable elements by graphite furnace atomic absorption (GFAA) in marine waters, including estuarine, ocean and brines with salinities of up to 35 ppt.

  11. Phased Beam Tracing Method Using the Reflection Coefficient Calculated from the Absorption Coefficient

    Jeong, Cheol-Ho; Ih, Jeong-Guon; Rindel, Jens Holger

    The phased beam tracing method (PBTM) is a technique which can calculate the pressure impulse response instead of energy impulse response, by taking the phase information into account. Inclusion of the phase information can extend the application of beam tracing technique to the mid frequency range...... in spite of the fact that the usual assumptions of geometric acoustics still hold. In the calculation of pressure impulse response, it is essential to have the reflection characteristics of the surfaces in the enclosed space. There is a method to obtain the reflection coefficient of the surface using...... the measured surface impedance. However, it is not always possible to get the measured impedance data of the surface, so that a practical way of getting reflection characteristics is needed. Generally, in the architectural acoustics field, the absorption coefficients have been employed in the...

  12. Electrochemical preconcentration and hydride generation methods for trace determination of selenium by atomic absorption spectrometry

    The use of atomic absorption spectrometry in combination with two different preconcentration/separation techniques for the determination of trace concentrations of selenium is described. Electrochemical preconcentration onto a platinum electrode with a subsequent atomization of selenium is discussed briefly. Several parameters are considered such as the presence of depolarizers, and the temperature of the electrolyzed solutions. Special attention is payed to the efficiency of the atomization step, and a method to improve this is proposed. Applications of the technique to real samples are also reported. Secondly, the separation of the selenium as the volatile selenium hydride from the sample solution is considered. Several papers in this thesis deal with commonly occurring interferants as nickel and copper and with ways of minimizing or avoiding the interferring effects, whereas other papers relate to more theoretical aspects of the hydride generation process. New methods for the determination of selenium in technical samples with high contents of nickel and copper are also presented

  13. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and multivariate analysis as a method to discriminate tequila

    Barbosa-García, O.; Ramos-Ortíz, G.; Maldonado, J. L.; Pichardo-Molina, J. L.; Meneses-Nava, M. A.; Landgrave, J. E. A.; Cervantes-Martínez, J.

    2007-01-01

    Based on the UV-vis absorption spectra of commercially bottled tequilas, and with the aid of multivariate analysis, it is proved that different brands of white tequila can be identified from such spectra, and that 100% agave and mixed tequilas can be discriminated as well. Our study was done with 60 tequilas, 58 of them purchased at liquor stores in various Mexican cities, and two directly acquired from a distillery. All the tequilas were of the "white" type, that is, no aged spirits were considered. For the purposes of discrimination and quality control of tequilas, the spectroscopic method that we present here offers an attractive alternative to the traditional methods, like gas chromatography, which is expensive and time-consuming.

  14. Dual-isotope method for determination of human zinc absorption: the use of a test meal of turkey meat

    The percentage of 65Zn taken up (absorbed) from extrinsically labeled turkey meat was calculated from the amounts of 65Zn and a nonabsorbed 51Cr marker present in the body or in a single stool specimen after 1-2 d. 51CrCl3 proved to be a suitable marker for unabsorbed 65Zn and so the early determination of 65Zn absorption was possible. With stool counting, 65Zn absorption data from first stool samples after 1-2 d were accurate as judged by correlation with the amount of 65Zn in the body 7-10 d later (retention); results from subsequent stools gave lower absorption values due to the early excretion of some absorbed 65Zn. The dual-isotope method gave reproducible results when four successive tests of zinc absorption were carried out in a group of six subjects. The average (mean +/- SD) 65Zn absorption from turkey meals containing 31 mumol (2 mg) and 46 mumol (3 mg) of zinc was 39 +/- 8% and 29 +/- 6%, respectively, measured by stool counting; 65Zn absorption and retention correlated well in both studies. A series of different beverages was given in place of water with the turkey meal. Orange juice significantly reduced 65Zn absorption and milk also showed this tendency, but tea, whiskey, wine or beer had no significant effect on the absorption of 65Zn from the turkey meal. In groups of subjects the mean ratio of 65Zn absorption from extrinsically labeled turkey meat on two occasions (1.06) was not significantly different from that of the absorption of extrinsic to intrinsic 65Zn labels (1.16). The dual-isotope technique with either stool or body counting is suitable for the rapid determination of 65Zn absorption from extrinsically labeled turkey within 2 d

  15. Possible use of low-temperature absorption as a method of refining gas in Ukranian fields

    Guseinov, Ch.S.; Masnichenko, N.F.; Nitipin, L.D.; Soloveva, A.N.; Vishnevetzkii, A.O.

    1980-01-01

    An evaluation is given of the possible use of low-temp. absorption in Ukrainian fields. The basic layout for low-temp. absorption in the Timofeevskii field is illustrated and a comparative characteristic is presented for gas refining using low-temp. separation and low-temp. absorption.

  16. Multi-state extrapolation of UV/Vis absorption spectra with QM/QM hybrid methods

    Ren, Sijin; Caricato, Marco

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we present a simple approach to simulate absorption spectra from hybrid QM/QM calculations. The goal is to obtain reliable spectra for compounds that are too large to be treated efficiently at a high level of theory. The present approach is based on the extrapolation of the entire absorption spectrum obtained by individual subcalculations. Our program locates the main spectral features in each subcalculation, e.g., band peaks and shoulders, and fits them to Gaussian functions. Each Gaussian is then extrapolated with a formula similar to that of ONIOM (Our own N-layered Integrated molecular Orbital molecular Mechanics). However, information about individual excitations is not necessary so that difficult state-matching across subcalculations is avoided. This multi-state extrapolation thus requires relatively low implementation effort while affording maximum flexibility in the choice of methods to be combined in the hybrid approach. The test calculations show the efficacy and robustness of this methodology in reproducing the spectrum computed for the entire molecule at a high level of theory.

  17. Investigation on the electromagnetic wave absorption properties of Ni chains synthesized by a facile solvothermal method

    Zhao, Biao [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, Henan (China); Zhengzhou Aeronautical Institute of Industry Management, Zhengzhou 450046, Henan (China); Fan, Bingbing; Shao, Gang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, Henan (China); Wang, Binbin; Pian, Xiaoxuan; Li, Wen [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, Henan (China); Zhengzhou Aeronautical Institute of Industry Management, Zhengzhou 450046, Henan (China); Zhang, Rui, E-mail: zhangray@zzu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, Henan (China); Zhengzhou Aeronautical Institute of Industry Management, Zhengzhou 450046, Henan (China)

    2014-07-01

    One-dimension Ni chains have been successfully prepared by a facile solvothermal method. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE–SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG–DTA). The effects of the concentration of NaOH, solvent, reaction time on the morphologies of Ni samples were investigated. The experimental results showed that the volume ratios of ethylene glycol (EG) to water and the amounts of NaOH played critical roles in the formation of novel Ni chains. A probable formation mechanism of the chain-like Ni was proposed based on time-dependent experiments. The measured electromagnetic parameters showed that the absorption bandwidth with reflection loss (RL) less than -10 dB was up to 4.3 GHz in the high frequency range of 13.7–18.0 GHz by adjusting the thickness of 0.8–1.0 mm. A minimum RL value of -19.9 dB was observed at 17.2 GHz with a thickness of 0.8 mm. The excellent electromagnetic absorption mostly arises from dielectric loss rather than magnetic loss.

  18. A new method to determine the density and water absorption of fine recycled aggregates

    Fernando Rodrigues

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The construction industry keeps on demanding huge quantities of natural resources, mainly minerals for mortars and concrete production. The depletion of many quarries and environmental concerns about reducing the dumping of construction and demolition waste in quarries have led to an increase in the procuring and use of recycled aggregates from this type of waste. If they are to be incorporated in concrete and mortars it is essential to know their properties to guarantee the adequate performance of the end products, in both mechanical and durability-related terms. Existing regulated tests were developed for natural aggregates, however, and several problems arise when they are applied to recycled aggregates, especially fine recycled aggregates (FRA. This paper describes the main problems encountered with these tests and proposes an alternative method to determine the density and water absorption of FRA that removes them. The use of sodium hexametaphosphate solutions in the water absorption test has proven to improve its efficiency, minimizing cohesion between particles and helping to release entrained air.

  19. Femtosecond Transient Absorption Studies in Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystal Thin Films Prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition Method

    M. C. Rath

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamics of photo-excited carrier relaxation processes in cadmium selenide nanocrystal thin films prepared by chemical bath deposition method have been studied by nondegenerate femtosecond transient pump-probe spectroscopy. The carriers were generated by exciting at 400 nm laser light and monitored by several other wavelengths. The induced absorption followed by a fast bleach recovery observed near and above the bandgap indicates that the photo-excited carriers (electrons are first trapped by the available traps and then the trapped electrons absorb the probe light to show a delayed absorption process. The transient decay kinetics was found to be multiexponential in nature. The short time constant, <1 picosecond, was attributed to the trapping of electrons by the surface and/or deep traps and the long time constant, ≥20 picoseconds, was due to the recombination of the trapped carriers. A very little difference in the relaxation processes was observed in the samples prepared at bath temperatures from 25∘C to 60∘C.

  20. Multi-state extrapolation of UV/Vis absorption spectra with QM/QM hybrid methods.

    Ren, Sijin; Caricato, Marco

    2016-05-14

    In this work, we present a simple approach to simulate absorption spectra from hybrid QM/QM calculations. The goal is to obtain reliable spectra for compounds that are too large to be treated efficiently at a high level of theory. The present approach is based on the extrapolation of the entire absorption spectrum obtained by individual subcalculations. Our program locates the main spectral features in each subcalculation, e.g., band peaks and shoulders, and fits them to Gaussian functions. Each Gaussian is then extrapolated with a formula similar to that of ONIOM (Our own N-layered Integrated molecular Orbital molecular Mechanics). However, information about individual excitations is not necessary so that difficult state-matching across subcalculations is avoided. This multi-state extrapolation thus requires relatively low implementation effort while affording maximum flexibility in the choice of methods to be combined in the hybrid approach. The test calculations show the efficacy and robustness of this methodology in reproducing the spectrum computed for the entire molecule at a high level of theory. PMID:27179466

  1. Investigation on the electromagnetic wave absorption properties of Ni chains synthesized by a facile solvothermal method

    One-dimension Ni chains have been successfully prepared by a facile solvothermal method. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE–SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG–DTA). The effects of the concentration of NaOH, solvent, reaction time on the morphologies of Ni samples were investigated. The experimental results showed that the volume ratios of ethylene glycol (EG) to water and the amounts of NaOH played critical roles in the formation of novel Ni chains. A probable formation mechanism of the chain-like Ni was proposed based on time-dependent experiments. The measured electromagnetic parameters showed that the absorption bandwidth with reflection loss (RL) less than −10 dB was up to 4.3 GHz in the high frequency range of 13.7–18.0 GHz by adjusting the thickness of 0.8–1.0 mm. A minimum RL value of −19.9 dB was observed at 17.2 GHz with a thickness of 0.8 mm. The excellent electromagnetic absorption mostly arises from dielectric loss rather than magnetic loss.

  2. Study of carbon steel corrosion layer by X-ray diffraction and absorption methods

    Malinovschi, V. [University of Pitesti, Research Center for Advanced Materials, Targul din Vale Street, No.1, 110040 Pitesti, Arges (Romania)]. E-mail: malinov@electra.upit.ro; Ducu, C. [University of Pitesti, Research Center for Advanced Materials, Targul din Vale Street, No.1, 110040 Pitesti, Arges (Romania); Aldea, N. [National Institutes for Research and Development for Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, P.O. Box 700, 3400 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Fulger, M. [Institutes for Nuclear Research, P.O. Box 0402, 0300 Pitesti (Romania)

    2006-06-30

    To predict the behavior of structural metallic materials into the CANDU nuclear reactor, the oxide films on the surface were growth in a controlled manner using an autoclave simulating the environment specific to the nuclear reactor. In order to establish the structural changes of the oxide films, the X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) analysis were used. Analysis performed showed differences in morphology of the oxide films from carbon steel samples exposed under different conditions corresponding to primary and secondary circuits in CANDU nuclear reactor. The oxide phases were identified and the thicknesses of the films were calculated. The agreement between results obtained by these methods was discussed according to the microstructure of the samples.

  3. Determination Of Refractive Index And Reflectivity Of Thin Layer With Optical Absorption Method

    . The refractive index and reflectivity of ASi:H and Si Ox thin layer have been observed by optical absorption methods. Measurement has been done after the preparation of optical system which consists of a halogen lamp light source, monochromator, sample and light detector. The Monochromator output showed that measured halogen lamp spectrum light is between 470 nm -750 nm. The maximum voltage of halogen lamp is 220 Volt, the output light increases in intensity while the wave length increases. The inclination of intensity decrease at the wave length of 725 nm. The result of the calculation of refractive index varies in accordance with the wave length. The average refractive index of ASi:H is nf a = 1.753. The total reflectivity of air-thin layer-substrate is Rt a = 0.315. The refractive index of Si Ox sample is nf b2.182 and the total reflectivity is Rt b=O,514

  4. iGRaND: an invariant frame for RGBD sensor feature detection and descriptor extraction with applications

    Willis, Andrew R.; Brink, Kevin M.

    2016-06-01

    This article describes a new 3D RGBD image feature, referred to as iGRaND, for use in real-time systems that use these sensors for tracking, motion capture, or robotic vision applications. iGRaND features use a novel local reference frame derived from the image gradient and depth normal (hence iGRaND) that is invariant to scale and viewpoint for Lambertian surfaces. Using this reference frame, Euclidean invariant feature components are computed at keypoints which fuse local geometric shape information with surface appearance information. The performance of the feature for real-time odometry is analyzed and its computational complexity and accuracy is compared with leading alternative 3D features.

  5. An alternative nested-PCR assay for the detection of Toxoplasma gondii strains based on GRA7 gene sequences.

    Costa, Maria Eduarda S M; Oliveira, Claudio Bruno S; Andrade, Joelma Maria de A; Medeiros, Thatiany A; Neto, Valter F Andrade; Lanza, Daniel C F

    2016-07-01

    Toxoplasma gondii is a widespread parasite able to infect virtually any nucleated cells of warm-blooded hosts. In some cases, T. gondii detection using already developed PCR primers can be inefficient in routine laboratory tests, especially to detect atypical strains. Here we report a new nested-PCR protocol able to detect virtually all T. gondii isolates. Analyzing 685 sequences available in GenBank, we determine that GRA7 is one of the most conserved genes of T. gondii genome. Based on an alignment of 85 GRA7 sequences new primer sets that anneal in the highly conserved regions of this gene were designed. The new GRA7 nested-PCR assay providing sensitivity and specificity equal to or greater than the gold standard PCR assays for T. gondii detection, that amplify the B1 sequence or the repetitive 529bp element. PMID:27036222

  6. Zaštita na radu prilikom izvođenja građevinskih radova i upotrebi mehanizacije

    Miloš Z. Petrović

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Zaštita prilikom rukovanja građevinskom mehanizacijom, kao i pri izvođenju građevinskih radova, bitan je i značajan faktor u celokupnom kompleksnom procesu izgradnje. Pažljivim rukovanjem štite se ljudski životi i životna sredina, kao i sami građevinski materijali. Pažljivim i dobrim rukovanjem i izvođenjem može se postići i finansijska ušteda i da ne dođe do dodatnih troškova. Mere zaštite koje treba preduzeti su: zaštita od opasnost u toku izvođenja radova i zaštita od opasnosti u toku eksplatacije objekta. Ova oblast je striktno definisana zakonskom regulativom. 

  7. A novel method to determine Poisson's ratio by beta-ray absorption experiment

    Fathi, Jafar [Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Tabriz, Tabriz 51666 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ashrafi, Saleh [Department of Nuclear Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Tabriz, Tabriz 51666 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Movla, Hossein [Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Tabriz, Tabriz 51666 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sobhaian, Samad, E-mail: sobhanian@tabrizu.ac.ir [Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Tabriz, Tabriz 51666 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    In this paper a new experimental method is applied to determine Poisson's ratio of an industrial rubber tape based on the attenuation of beta particles. A simple theoretical model is presented and the experimental results are compared with the model's prediction. Poisson's ratio of the rubber is obtained by applying a steady state strain force. The relatively good agreement between the model's prediction and the experimental results could be a verification test for the presented method. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This paper indicates a novel method to determine Poisson's ratio by beta absorption. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A simple model is presented and the experimental results are compared with its prediction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method utilizes typical values in defining properties such as Young's modulus. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good agreement is obtained between the model's prediction and the experimental results.

  8. Graphic-Card Cluster for Astrophysics (GraCCA) -- Performance Tests

    Schive, Hsi-Yu; Wong, Shing-Kwong; Tsai, Yu-Chih; Chiueh, Tzihong

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we describe the architecture and performance of the GraCCA system, a Graphic-Card Cluster for Astrophysics simulations. It consists of 16 nodes, with each node equipped with 2 modern graphic cards, the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX. This computing cluster provides a theoretical performance of 16.2 TFLOPS. To demonstrate its performance in astrophysics computation, we have implemented a parallel direct N-body simulation program with shared time-step algorithm in this system. Our system achieves a measured performance of 7.1 TFLOPS and a parallel efficiency of 90% for simulating a globular cluster of 1024K particles. In comparing with the GRAPE-6A cluster at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), the GraCCA system achieves a more than twice higher measured speed and an even higher performance-per-dollar ratio. Moreover, our system can handle up to 320M particles and can serve as a general-purpose computing cluster for a wide range of astrophysics problems.

  9. Application of GRA for Sustainable Material Selection and Evaluation Using LCA

    Jayakrishna, Kandasamy; Vinodh, Sekar; Sakthi Sanghvi, Vijayaselvan; Deepika, Chinadurai

    2016-07-01

    Material selection is identified as a successful key parameter in establishing any product to be sustainable, considering its end of life (EoL) characteristics. An accurate understanding of expected service conditions and environmental considerations are crucial in the selection of material plays a vital role with overwhelming customer expectations and stringent laws. Therefore, this article presents an integrated approach for sustainable material selection using grey relational analysis (GRA) considering the EoL disposal strategies with respect to an automotive product. GRA, an impact evaluation model measures the degree of similarity between the comparability (choice of material) sequence and reference (EoL strategies) sequence based on the relational grade. The ranking result shows that the outranking relationships in the order, ABS-REC > PP-INC > AL-REM > PP-LND > ABS-LND > ABS-INC > PU-LND > AL-REC > AL-LND > PU-INC > AL-INC. The best sustainable material selected was ABS and recycling was selected as the best EoL strategy with the grey relational value of 2.43856. The best material selected by this approach, ABS was evaluated for its viability using life cycle assessment and the estimated impacts also proved the practicability of the selected material highlighting the focus on dehumidification step in the manufacturing of the case product using this developed multi-criteria approach.

  10. A new method to retrieve spectral absorption coefficient of highly-scattering and weakly-absorbing materials

    Dombrovsky, Leonid A.

    2016-03-01

    A significant uncertainty in the absorption coefficient of highly scattering dispersed materials is typical in the spectral ranges of very weak absorption. The traditional way to identify the main absorption and scattering characteristics of semi-transparent materials is based on spectral measurements of normal-hemispherical reflectance and transmittance for the material sample. Unfortunately this way cannot be used in the case of in vivo measurements of optical properties of biological tissues. A method suggested in the present paper is based on thermal response to the periodic radiative heating of the open surface of a semi-transparent material. It is shown that the period of a variation of the surface temperature is sensitive to the value of an average absorption coefficient in the surface layer. As a result, the monochromatic external irradiation combined with the surface temperature measurements can be used to retrieve the spectral values of absorption coefficient. Possible application of this method to porous semi-transparent ceramics is considered. An example problem is also solved to illustrate the applicability of this method to human skin. The approach suggested enables one to estimate an average absorption coefficient of human skin of a patient just before the thermal processing.

  11. Kontaminacija zrna pšenice, kukuruza, soje i graška vrstama Fusariuma u Hrvatskoj

    Ivić, Dario; Domijan, Ana-Marija; Peraica, Maja; Miličević, Tihomir; Cvjetković, Bogdan

    2009-01-01

    U periodu od 2002. do 2008. g. analizirana je prisutnost vrsta Fusariuma na 208 uzoraka zrna pšenice, kukuruza, soje i graška. Kontaminacija vrstama Fusariuma, izražena kao postotak sjemenki s kolonijama Fusarium spp., kretala se od 5 % do 69 % na pšenici, od 25 % do 100 % na kukuruzu, od 4 % do 17 % na soji te od 3 % do 17 % na grašku. Prosječna kontaminacija vrstama Fusariuma u različitim godinama varirala je od 10 % do 46 % na pšenici, od 50 % do 91 % na kukuruzu, od 5 % do 9 % na soji te ...

  12. Mogućnosti i ograničenja implementacije koncepta izgradivosti u građevinskoj industriji u Hrvatskoj

    Turina, Nataša; Car-Pušić, Diana; Radujković, Mladen

    2013-01-01

    Razvoj koncepta izgradivosti (constructability) bio je ponukan pokušajem integracije izvođačkog znanja i iskustva već u fazi projektiranja građevine. Upravo odabir odgovarajućeg modela nabave u fazi ugovaranja predstavlja jedan od načina implementacije ovog koncepta. Cilj članka je ukazati na prednosti integracije faza i sudionika u projektu, kao bitnih elemenata implementacije koncepta izgradivosti. U tu svrhu provedeno je istraživanje koje je uključivalo pet građevinskih projekata visokogra...

  13. Evaluation for the method for the determination of impurities in uranium products by atomic absorption spectrophotometry

    Objective: To establish a reliable method for the determination of Al, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Mg, Ni, Pb, V and Zn as impurities in a uranium oxide (U3 O8). Methodology: The sample, generally a solid or a powder, is solubilized by acid digestion with concentrated nitric acid, carrying to dryness for the recover with 6 N Nitric Acid to extract the uranium matrix, try butyl phosphate to 30 % in carbon tetrachloride (C Cl4), the aqueous phase containing the impurities is heat up with perchloric acid (HClO4) in order to eliminate the remainder organic solvent. A Perking Elmer Atomic Absorption spectrophotometer is used for the analysis of the samples which were read for 5 times and the average is reported as final result. The method is considered as valid since it comply with linearity in the concentration for each one of the elements. The accuracy of the method is check with the repeatability of the results. For the evaluation of the accuracy, reference certified standards are used. (Author)

  14. Comparison of coal digestion methods for atomic absorption determination of cadmium in coal

    Nakashima, Ryozo; Kamata, Eijiro; Goto, Kazuo; Shibata, Shozo (Government Industrial Research Inst., Nagoya (Japan))

    1983-08-01

    To determine cadmium in coals, the decomposition method of coal matrix by using nitric-perchloric acid digestion in the sealed PTFE vessel modified in the authors laboratory was compared, in referring the recovery of cadmium, with nitric-hydrofluoric acid digestion followed by perchloric-periodic acid digestion, low temperature ashing method, and ASTM ashing method. The analytical values of NBS 1632a coal using these decomposition methods were all agreed with that of NBS certified. The cadmium quantity over than 1.0 ppm found to be determine by the calibration method with a representative synthesized coal solution containing the same quantities of acids as used in the procedure, without matching the major elements in coal digests. One half a gram of coal samples were treated in the sealed PTFE vessel with 7 ml of 1:1 perchloric-nitric acid mixture, heating at 150/sup 0/C for 7 h followed by hydrofluoric acid digestion, addition of boric acid, aquatic dilution and filtration. The solutions were then nebulized for the atomic absorption measurement. In the cadmium quantity less than 1.0 ppm, both the acid digests and the ashed samples were treated with hydrofluoric acid to expel silicic materials and then with dithizone-CCL/sub 4/ reagent to extract cadmium in the presence of ammonium citrate at pH 9.5--10. The organic layer was back-extracted with 2:100 hydrochloric acid. Eight coals mined in Australia, Canada, China, and Japan were analyzed. The correlation coefficient of concentrations of cadmium upon those of zinc was calculated to be 0.75, which showed cadmium occurred closely with zinc in coal.

  15. 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.

  16. Biomass Burning Aerosol Absorption Measurements with MODIS Using the Critical Reflectance Method

    Zhu, Li; Martins, Vanderlei J.; Remer, Lorraine A.

    2010-01-01

    This research uses the critical reflectance technique, a space-based remote sensing method, to measure the spatial distribution of aerosol absorption properties over land. Choosing two regions dominated by biomass burning aerosols, a series of sensitivity studies were undertaken to analyze the potential limitations of this method for the type of aerosol to be encountered in the selected study areas, and to show that the retrieved results are relatively insensitive to uncertainties in the assumptions used in the retrieval of smoke aerosol. The critical reflectance technique is then applied to Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) data to retrieve the spectral aerosol single scattering albedo (SSA) in South African and South American 35 biomass burning events. The retrieved results were validated with collocated Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) retrievals. One standard deviation of mean MODIS retrievals match AERONET products to within 0.03, the magnitude of the AERONET uncertainty. The overlap of the two retrievals increases to 88%, allowing for measurement variance in the MODIS retrievals as well. The ensemble average of MODIS-derived SSA for the Amazon forest station is 0.92 at 670 nm, and 0.84-0.89 for the southern African savanna stations. The critical reflectance technique allows evaluation of the spatial variability of SSA, and shows that SSA in South America exhibits higher spatial variation than in South Africa. The accuracy of the retrieved aerosol SSA from MODIS data indicates that this product can help to better understand 44 how aerosols affect the regional and global climate.

  17. Fitness analysis method for magnesium in drinking water with atomic absorption using quadratic curve calibration

    Esteban Pérez-López

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Because of the importance of quantitative chemical analysis in research, quality control, sales of services and other areas of interest , and the limiting of some instrumental analysis methods for quantification with linear calibration curve, sometimes because the short linear dynamic ranges of the analyte, and sometimes by limiting the technique itself, is that there is a need to investigate a little more about the convenience of using quadratic curves for analytical quantification, which seeks demonstrate that it is a valid calculation model for chemical analysis instruments. To this was taken as an analysis method based on the technique and atomic absorption spectroscopy in particular a determination of magnesium in a sample of drinking water Tacares sector Northern Grecia, employing a nonlinear calibration curve and a curve specific quadratic behavior, which was compared with the test results obtained for the same analysis with a linear calibration curve. The results show that the methodology is valid for the determination referred to, with all confidence, since the concentrations are very similar, and as used hypothesis testing can be considered equal.

  18. A method for determination of the absorption and scattering properties interstitially in turbid media.

    Dimofte, Andreea; Finlay, Jarod C; Zhu, Timothy C

    2005-05-21

    We have developed a method to quickly determine tissue optical properties (absorption coefficient mu(a) and transport scattering coefficient mu'(s)) by measuring the ratio of light fluence rate to source power along a linear channel at a fixed distance (5 mm) from an isotropic point source. Diffuse light is collected by an isotropic detector whose position is determined by a computer-controlled step motor, with a positioning accuracy of better than 0.1 mm. The system automatically records and plots the light fluence rate per unit source power as a function of position. The result is fitted with a diffusion equation to determine mu(a) and mu'(s). We use an integrating sphere to calibrate each source-detector pair, thus reducing uncertainty of individual calibrations. To test the ability of this algorithm to accurately recover the optical properties of the tissue, we made measurements in tissue simulating phantoms consisting of Liposyn at concentrations of 0.23, 0.53 and 1.14% (mu'(s) = 1.7-9.1 cm(-1)) in the presence of Higgins black India ink at concentrations of 0.002, 0.012 and 0.023% (mu(a) = 0.1-1 cm(-1)). For comparison, the optical properties of each phantom are determined independently using broad-beam illumination. We find that mu(a) and mu'(s) can be determined by this method with a standard (maximum) deviation of 8% (15%) and 18% (32%) for mu(a) and mu'(s), respectively. The current method is effective for samples whose optical properties satisfy the requirement of the diffusion approximation. The error caused by the air cavity introduced by the catheter is small, except when mu(a) is large (mu(a) > 1 cm(-1)). We presented in vivo data measured in human prostate using this method. PMID:15876668

  19. A method for determination of the absorption and scattering properties interstitially in turbid media

    We have developed a method to quickly determine tissue optical properties (absorption coefficient μa and transport scattering coefficient μ's) by measuring the ratio of light fluence rate to source power along a linear channel at a fixed distance (5 mm) from an isotropic point source. Diffuse light is collected by an isotropic detector whose position is determined by a computer-controlled step motor, with a positioning accuracy of better than 0.1 mm. The system automatically records and plots the light fluence rate per unit source power as a function of position. The result is fitted with a diffusion equation to determine μa and μ's. We use an integrating sphere to calibrate each source-detector pair, thus reducing uncertainty of individual calibrations. To test the ability of this algorithm to accurately recover the optical properties of the tissue, we made measurements in tissue simulating phantoms consisting of Liposyn at concentrations of 0.23, 0.53 and 1.14% (μ's = 1.7-9.1 cm-1) in the presence of Higgins black India ink at concentrations of 0.002, 0.012 and 0.023% (μa = 0.1-1 cm-1). For comparison, the optical properties of each phantom are determined independently using broad-beam illumination. We find that μa and μ's can be determined by this method with a standard (maximum) deviation of 8% (15%) and 18% (32%) for μa and μ's, respectively. The current method is effective for samples whose optical properties satisfy the requirement of the diffusion approximation. The error caused by the air cavity introduced by the catheter is small, except when μa is large (μa > 1 cm-1). We presented in vivo data measured in human prostate using this method

  20. C-14 concentration measurement in aqueous samples using direct absorption method and liquid scintillation counting

    Cernavoda Nuclear Power Station is the only nuclear power plant in Romania and the only CANDU reactor operating in Europe. The Cernavoda Unit 1 is a pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) fuelled with natural uranium and moderated and cooled by heavy water. The routine operation of this type reactor and its auxiliary process systems results in the production of a variety of solid, liquid and gaseous radioactive wastes. Carbon-14 is produced mainly via a neutron capture reaction of oxygen-17 in the CANDU reactor. CANDU production and emission rates of C-14 are higher than those of other types of commercial reactors such as light water reactors and gas-cooled reactors. In order to fulfill the exigency of the monitoring program, we propose several studies to optimize C-14 determination in water samples. A complete C-14 measurement procedure adequate for natural level water samples has been developed. The characteristics and specificity of this new measurement technique are discussed and several comparisons with concurrent methods are investigated. Special emphases have been done for sample preparation technique and the direct absorption method has been used with few home-made improvements in order to increase the reproducibility and accuracy of this simple and less-time consumer method. The results confirmed the validity of the sample preparation and measurement procedures, providing an increased reproducibility compared to traditional techniques. A validation test using CaCO3 resulted from oyster shell and marble provided a mean value of 0.2137±0.0039 Bq/gC for an efficiency value of about 64% and a background value of 2.22cpm. The routine procedure was applied on different type of water. (author)

  1. Lophoranina marestiana from Middle Eocene flysch beds at Gračišće in Istria, Croatia

    Vasja Mikuž

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available In paper the crab of species Lophoranina marestiana (König, 1825 is described. It was found in a nummulitic olistostrome of Lower Lutetian flysch beds at the Gračišće hamlet near Pazin in Istria. Individuals of the described taxon are very rare in the locality.

  2. Calcium Absorption in Infants and Small Children: Methods of Determination and Recent Findings

    Steven A. Abrams

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Determining calcium bioavailability is important in establishing dietary calcium requirements. In infants and small children, previously conducted mass balance studies have largely been replaced by stable isotope-based studies. The ability to assess calcium absorption using a relatively short 24-hour urine collection without the need for multiple blood samples or fecal collections is a major advantage to this technique. The results of these studies have demonstrated relatively small differences in calcium absorption efficiency between human milk and currently available cow milk-based infant formulas. In older children with a calcium intake typical of Western diets, calcium absorption is adequate to meet bone mineral accretion requirements.

  3. Recovery of Hydrogen from Ammonia Plant Tail Gas by Absorption-Hydration Hybrid Method

    刘蓓; 王秀林; 唐绪龙; 杨兰英; 孙长宇; 陈光进

    2011-01-01

    In this work, the absorption-hydration hybrid method was used to recover (hydrogen + nitrogen) from (hydrogen + nitrogen + methane + argon) tail gas mixtures of synthetic ammonia plant through hydrate formation/dissociation. A high-pressure reactor with magnetic stirrer was used to study the separation efficiency. The in-fluences of the concentration of anti-agglomerant, temperature, pressure, initial gas-liquid volume ratio, and oil-water volume ratio on the separation efficiency were systematically investigated in the presence of tetrahydro-furan (THF). Anti-agglomerant was used to disperse hydrate particles into the condensate phase for water-in-oil emulsion system. Since nitrogen is the material for ammonia production, the objective production in our separation process is (hydrogen + nitrogen). Our experimental results show that by adopting appropriate operating conditions, high concentration of (hydrogen + nitrogen) can be obtained using the proposed technology based on forming hydrate.

  4. A Semi-Blind Source Separation Method for Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Gas Mixtures

    Sun, Y; Finlayson-Pitts, B J; Xin, J

    2011-01-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) is a powerful tool for detecting and quantifying trace gases in atmospheric chemistry \\cite{Platt_Stutz08}. DOAS spectra consist of a linear combination of complex multi-peak multi-scale structures. Most DOAS analysis routines in use today are based on least squares techniques, for example, the approach developed in the 1970s uses polynomial fits to remove a slowly varying background, and known reference spectra to retrieve the identity and concentrations of reference gases. An open problem is to identify unknown gases in the fitting residuals for complex atmospheric mixtures. In this work, we develop a novel three step semi-blind source separation method. The first step uses a multi-resolution analysis to remove the slow-varying and fast-varying components in the DOAS spectral data matrix $X$. The second step decomposes the preprocessed data $\\hat{X}$ in the first step into a linear combination of the reference spectra plus a remainder, or $\\hat{X} = A\\,S +...

  5. Establishing a Global Radiation Oncology Collaboration in Education (GRaCE)

    Turner, Sandra; Eriksen, Jesper G; Trotter, Theresa;

    2015-01-01

    with similar goals, would provide a valuable vehicle to ensure training program currency, through sharing of resources and expertise, and enhance high quality radiation oncology education. Potential projects for the Global Radiation Oncology Collaboration in Education (GRaCE) were agreed upon......Representatives from countries and regions world-wide who have implemented modern competency-based radiation- or clinical oncology curricula for training medical specialists, met to determine the feasibility and value of an ongoing international collaboration. In this forum, educational leaders...... from the ESTRO School, encompassing many European countries adopting the ESTRO Core Curriculum, and clinician educators from Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand considered the training and educational arrangements within their jurisdictions, identifying similarities...

  6. New methods for the calibration of colour indices and O4 absorptions obtained from MAX-DOAS measurements

    Wagner, Thomas; Beirle, Steffen; Dörner, Steffen; Remmers, Julia; Shaiganfar, Reza; Wang, Yang

    2015-04-01

    So called colour indices (CI) are defined as ratio of radiances at different wavelengths. CI measurements from Multi-AXis-Differential Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) observations are important for the detection and classification of clouds and aerosols. However, usually, MAX-DOAS instruments are not radiometrically calibrated. Thus the measured CI can not be directly compared to results from radiative transfer simulations. This shortcoming prevents the standardisation of cloud classification schemes. In addition to the CI, also the absorption of the oxygen dimer (O4) can be used for cloud detection, in particular for the detection of optically thick clouds or fog. However, also the retrieved O4 absorption has first to be calibrated (the absorption of the Fraunhofer reference spectrum has to be determined) before it can be used in a standardised way. We developed methods for the calibration of the CI and the O4 absorption derived from MAX-DOAS observations. They are based on the comparison of measurements and simulation results for well-defined atmospheric conditions. We estimate the accuracy of our calibration methods to < 10%.

  7. An environmentally friendly method for the fabrication of reduced graphene oxide foam with a super oil absorption capacity

    Highlights: • RGO foams were fabricated from GO foams prepared by freeze-drying methods. • The RGO foams made from 2% GO suspension had a maximum value of 122 g g−1 for oil. • The RGO foams had a maximum value of 99 g g−1 for organic solvents. • The RGO foams can be used as a filter to separate oil from water. -- Abstract: Three kinds of graphene oxide (GO) foams were fabricated using different freezing methods (unidirectional freezing drying (UDF), non-directional freezing drying, and air freezing drying), and the corresponding reduced graphene oxide (RGO) foams were prepared by their thermal reduction of those GO foams. These RGO foams were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The absorption process and the factors that influence the absorption capacity were investigated. The RGO foams are hydrophobic and showed extremely high absorbing abilities for organic liquids. The absorption capacity of the RGO foams made by UDF was higher than 100 g g−1 for all the oils tested (gasoline, diesel oil, pump oil, lubricating oil and olive oil) and had the highest value of about 122 g g−1 for olive oil. The oil absorption capacity of the GO foams was lower than that of the RGO foams, but for olive oil, the absorption capacity was still high than 70 g g−1, which is higher than that of most oil absorbents

  8. Determination of Arsenic in Palm Kernel Expeller using Microwave Digestion and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Method

    Abdul Niefaizal Abdul Hammid; Ainie Kuntom; RazaIi Ismail; Norazilah Pardi

    2013-01-01

    A study on the method to determine arsenic in palm kernel expeller wascarried out. Microwave digestion technique is widely applied in the analytical chemistry field. In comparison to conventional sample digestion method, the microwave technique is simple, reduced contamination, usage of safe reagent and matrix completely digested. A graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry method was used for the total determination of arsenic in palm kernel expeller. Arsenic was extracted from palm ke...

  9. A Configurationally-Resolved-Super-Transition-Arrays method for calculation of the spectral absorption coefficient in hot plasmas

    Hazak, G.; Kurzweill, Y.

    2012-01-01

    A new method, 'Configurationally-Resolved-Super-Transition-Arrays', for calculation of the spectral absorption coefficient in hot plasmas is presented. In the new method, the spectrum of each Super-Transition-Array is evaluated as the Fourier transform of a single Complex Pseudo Partition Function, which represents the exact analytical sum of the contributions of all constituting unresolved transition arrays sharing the same set of one-electron solutions. Thus, in the new method, the spectrum...

  10. Calculation of emission and absorption spectra of LTE plasma by the STA [Super Transition Array] method

    Recent improvements in the Super Transition Array (STA) method for calculating Bound-Bound (BB) and Bound-Free (BF) emission and absorption spectra for LTE plasma are described and illustrated. The method accounts for all possible BB and BF radiative transitions in the plasma. Full detailed first order quantum relativistic treatment is used for calculating transition energies and probabilities. The enormous number of configurations are divided into sets of superconfigurations comprised of a collection of energetically grouped configurations. The contribution of the transition array between two superconfigurations to a specific one-electron transition is then represented by a Gaussian whose moments are calculated accurately using a technique that bypasses the necessity of direct summation over all the levels involved. The calculation of these moments involves the populations of the configurations given by their statistical weights and the Boltzmann factor. For each configuration within the super configuration we use zeroeth order energies in the Boltzmann factor corrected by a super configuration averaged first order term. The structure of the spectrum is increasingly revealed by splitting each STA into a number of smaller STAs. When the spectrum converges it describes the detailed 'UTA' structure, where each configuration-to-configuration array is represented by a separate Gaussian with first order energy in the Boltzmann factor. Convergence is reached with only a few thousand STAs, at most, which makes the calculations practical. It should be pointed out that in this treatment the STA moments are obtained by summing over all level-to-level transitions, rather than configuration-to-configuration average transitions. 4 refs., 9 figs

  11. Matrix elimination method for the determination of precious metals in ores using electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry.

    Salih, Bekir; Celikbiçak, Omür; Döker, Serhat; Doğan, Mehmet

    2007-03-28

    Poly(N-(hydroxymethyl)methacrylamide)-1-allyl-2-thiourea) hydrogels, poly(NHMMA-ATU), were synthesized by gamma radiation using (60)Co gamma source in the ternary mixture of NHMMA-ATU-H(2)O. These hydrogels were used for the specific gold, silver, platinum and palladium recovery, pre-concentration and matrix elimination from the solutions containing trace amounts of precious metal ions. Elimination of inorganic matrices such as different transition and heavy metal ions, and anions was performed by adjusting the solution pH to 0.5 that was the selective adsorption pH of the precious metal ions. Desorption of the precious metal ions was performed by using 0.8 M thiourea in 3M HCl as the most efficient desorbing agent with recovery values more than 95%. In the desorption medium, thiourea effect on the atomic signal was eliminated by selecting proper pyrolysis and atomization temperatures for all precious metal ions. Precision and the accuracy of the results were improved in the graphite furnace-atomic absorption spectrometer (GFAAS) measurements by applying the developed matrix elimination method performing the adsorption at pH 0.5. Pre-concentration factors of the studied precious metal ions were found to be at least 1000-fold. Detection limits of the precious metal ions were found to be less than 10 ng L(-1) of the all studied precious metal ions by using the proposed pre-concentration method. Determination of trace levels of the precious metals in the sea-water, anode slime, geological samples and photographic fixer solutions were performed using GFAAS clearly after applying the adsorption-desorption cycle onto the poly(NHMMA-UTU) hydrogels. PMID:17386783

  12. Matrix elimination method for the determination of precious metals in ores using electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry

    Poly(N-(hydroxymethyl)methacrylamide)-1-allyl-2-thiourea) hydrogels, poly(NHMMA-ATU), were synthesized by gamma radiation using 60Co γ source in the ternary mixture of NHMMA-ATU-H2O. These hydrogels were used for the specific gold, silver, platinum and palladium recovery, pre-concentration and matrix elimination from the solutions containing trace amounts of precious metal ions. Elimination of inorganic matrices such as different transition and heavy metal ions, and anions was performed by adjusting the solution pH to 0.5 that was the selective adsorption pH of the precious metal ions. Desorption of the precious metal ions was performed by using 0.8 M thiourea in 3 M HCl as the most efficient desorbing agent with recovery values more than 95%. In the desorption medium, thiourea effect on the atomic signal was eliminated by selecting proper pyrolysis and atomization temperatures for all precious metal ions. Precision and the accuracy of the results were improved in the graphite furnace-atomic absorption spectrometer (GFAAS) measurements by applying the developed matrix elimination method performing the adsorption at pH 0.5. Pre-concentration factors of the studied precious metal ions were found to be at least 1000-fold. Detection limits of the precious metal ions were found to be less than 10 ng L-1 of the all studied precious metal ions by using the proposed pre-concentration method. Determination of trace levels of the precious metals in the sea-water, anode slime, geological samples and photographic fixer solutions were performed using GFAAS clearly after applying the adsorption-desorption cycle onto the poly(NHMMA-UTU) hydrogels

  13. Developments in Methods for Measuring the Intestinal Absorption of Nanoparticle-Bound Drugs

    Wei Liu; Hao Pan; Caiyun Zhang; Liling Zhao; Ruixia Zhao; Yongtao Zhu; Weisan Pan

    2016-01-01

    With the rapid development of nanotechnology, novel drug delivery systems comprising orally administered nanoparticles (NPs) have been paid increasing attention in recent years. The bioavailability of orally administered drugs has significant influence on drug efficacy and therapeutic dosage, and it is therefore imperative that the intestinal absorption of oral NPs be investigated. This review examines the various literature on the oral absorption of polymeric NPs, and provides an overview of...

  14. The Effect of Indium on Intestinal Absorption of Iron Using Everted Gut Sac Method

    M. A. Ghaffari

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Iron is an essential metal which involves in more cell activities in the form of enzymes and / or other metaloproteins . Indium is one of the toxic elements that may be interfered with iron metabolism . Using this element has increased recently by different industry. Therefore the aim of this investigation was to study interfer of indium on first phase of iron metabolism (absorption intestinal by everted gut sac (E.G.S . Preliminary results showed that the optimum concentration of iron and indium for best intestinal absorption were 102 and 70 mg/L , respectively . Addition of glucose to incubation media caused increase in iron and / or indium absorption and reduction was seen where ouabain was added to the media , suggest a probable active transport of the element across of the intestinal mucosal cell . Iron absorption was reduced almost by 28% when indium was presented in incubation media . Results obtained from this study indicated that indium might be able to interfer with iron metabolism , at intestinal absorption .

  15. Characteristics and performance of the Sunna high dose dosemeter using green photoluminescence and UV absorption readout methods

    Miller, S.D.; Murphy, M.K.; Tinker, M.R.; Kovacs, A.; McLaughlin, W

    2002-07-01

    Growth in the use of ionising radiation for medical sterilisation and the potential for wide-scale international food irradiation have created the need for robust, mass-producible, inexpensive, and highly accurate radiation dosemeters. The Sunna dosemeter, lithium fluoride injection-moulded in a polyethylene matrix, can be read out using either green photoluminescence or ultraviolet (UV) absorption. The Sunna dosemeter can be mass-produced inexpensively with high precision. Both the photoluminescent and the UV absorption reader are simple and inexpensive. Both methods of analysis display negligible humidity effects, minimal dose rate dependence, acceptable post-irradiation effects, and permit measurements with a precision of nearly 1% 1s. The UV method shows negligible irradiation temperature effects from -30 deg. C to +60 deg. C. The photoluminescence method shows negligible irradiation temperature effects above room temperature for sterilisation dose levels and above. The dosimetry characteristics of these two readout methods are presented along with performance data in commercial sterilisation facilities. (author)

  16. Characteristics and performance of the Sunna high dose dosemeter using green photoluminescence and UV absorption readout methods

    Growth in the use of ionising radiation for medical sterilisation and the potential for wide-scale international food irradiation have created the need for robust, mass-producible, inexpensive, and highly accurate radiation dosemeters. The Sunna dosemeter, lithium fluoride injection-moulded in a polyethylene matrix, can be read out using either green photoluminescence or ultraviolet (UV) absorption. The Sunna dosemeter can be mass-produced inexpensively with high precision. Both the photoluminescent and the UV absorption reader are simple and inexpensive. Both methods of analysis display negligible humidity effects, minimal dose rate dependence, acceptable post-irradiation effects, and permit measurements with a precision of nearly 1% 1s. The UV method shows negligible irradiation temperature effects from -30 deg. C to +60 deg. C. The photoluminescence method shows negligible irradiation temperature effects above room temperature for sterilisation dose levels and above. The dosimetry characteristics of these two readout methods are presented along with performance data in commercial sterilisation facilities. (author)

  17. A new method to retrieve the aerosol layer absorption coefficient from airborne flux density and actinic radiation measurements

    Bierwirth, Eike; Wendisch, Manfred; Jäkel, Evelyn; Ehrlich, André; Schmidt, K. Sebastian; Stark, Harald; Pilewskie, Peter; Esselborn, Michael; Gobbi, Gian Paolo; Ferrare, Richard; Müller, Thomas; Clarke, Antony

    2010-01-01

    A new method is presented to derive the mean value of the spectral absorption coefficient of an aerosol layer from combined airborne measurements of spectral net irradiance and actinic flux density. While the method is based on a theoretical relationship of radiative transfer theory, it is applied to atmospheric radiation measurements for the first time. The data have been collected with the Spectral Modular Airborne Radiation Measurement System (SMART‐Albedometer), the Solar Spectral Fl...

  18. Novel ratio difference at coabsorptive point spectrophotometric method for determination of components with wide variation in their absorptivities

    Saad, Ahmed S.; Abo-Talib, Nisreen F.; El-Ghobashy, Mohamed R.

    2016-01-01

    Different methods have been introduced to enhance selectivity of UV-spectrophotometry thus enabling accurate determination of co-formulated components, however mixtures whose components exhibit wide variation in absorptivities has been an obstacle against application of UV-spectrophotometry. The developed ratio difference at coabsorptive point method (RDC) represents a simple effective solution for the mentioned problem, where the additive property of light absorbance enabled the consideration of the two components as multiples of the lower absorptivity component at certain wavelength (coabsorptive point), at which their total concentration multiples could be determined, whereas the other component was selectively determined by applying the ratio difference method in a single step. Mixture of perindopril arginine (PA) and amlodipine besylate (AM) figures that problem, where the low absorptivity of PA relative to AM hinders selective spectrophotometric determination of PA. The developed method successfully determined both components in the overlapped region of their spectra with accuracy 99.39 ± 1.60 and 100.51 ± 1.21, for PA and AM, respectively. The method was validated as per the USP guidelines and showed no significant difference upon statistical comparison with reported chromatographic method.

  19. Limiting absorption principle and perfectly matched layer method for Dirichlet Laplacians in quasi-cylindrical domains

    Kalvin, Victor

    2011-01-01

    We establish a limiting absorption principle for Dirichlet Laplacians in quasi-cylindrical domains. Outside a bounded set these domains can be transformed onto a semi-cylinder by suitable diffeomorphisms. Dirichlet Laplacians model quantum or acoustically-soft waveguides associated with quasi-cylindrical domains. We construct a uniquely solvable problem with perfectly matched layers of finite length. We prove that solutions of the latter problem approximate outgoing or incoming solutions with an error that exponentially tends to zero as the length of layers tends to infinity. Outgoing and incoming solutions are characterized by means of the limiting absorption principle.

  20. 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)

  1. LONG PATH DIFFERENTIAL OPTICAL ABSORPTION SPECTROMETER AND EPA-APPROVED FIXED POINT METHODS INTERCOMPARISON

    Differential optical absorption spectrometry (DOAS) has been used by a number of investigators over the past 10 years to measure a wide range of gaseous air pollutants. ecently OPSIS AB, Lund, Sweden, has developed and made commercially available DOAS instrument that has a number...

  2. Control of UHF energy absorption process by resonance method in a shielded object

    A research program has been developed to account for effect of transverse electric and magnetic fields on a biological object, reaction control of its dielectric constant change, quality factor and heat loss in UHF range in a rectangular resonator in the resonance absorption mode

  3. Normalized-constraint method for minimizing interparameter cross-talk in reconstructed images of spatially heterogeneous scattering and absorption coefficients

    Pei, Yaling; Graber, Harry L.; Barbour, Randall L.

    2001-06-01

    In this report, we present a method to reduce the cross-talk problem in optical tomography. The method described is an extension of a previously reported perturbation formulation related to relative detector values, and employs a weight matrix scaling technique together with a constrained CGD method for imaging reconstruction. Results from numerical and experimental studies using DC measurement data demonstrate that the approach can effectively isolate absorption and scattering heterogeneities, even for complex combinations of perturbations in optical properties. The derive method is remarkably stable to errors originating from an insufficiently accurate estimate of properties of the reference medium.

  4. Stratum corneum reservoir as a predictive method for in vitro percutaneous absorption.

    Hafeez, Farhaan; Chiang, Audris; Hui, Xiaoying; Zhu, Hanjiang; Kamili, Faraz; Maibach, Howard I

    2016-08-01

    Interaction between drug and proteins and lipids in stratum corneum (SC) is an important pharmacokinetic parameter in early steps of absorption. Previous in vivo studies showed that the total amount of compound, regardless of properties, penetrating over a 96 h period could be predicted by the amount present in SC 30 min after application by a linear relationship. Validating this linear relationship through in vitro study would facilitate testing of transdermal drug delivery platforms. We aimed to determine in vitro penetration behavior across SC of humans by determining the relationship between quantity present in SC reservoir 30 min after application with 24 h skin absorption and penetration. In this study, use of the SC reservoir effect to predict absorption and penetration of topical compounds is reaffirmed with in vitro models involving human skin. These results indicate the amount in short-term (30 min) SC reservoir predict long-term (24 h) skin absorption and penetration, as characterized by statistically significant linear relationships determined via regression. This may be explained by the fact that SC is a rate-limiting barrier to percutaneous drug transport. After molecules diffuse through SC barrier, passage into deeper dermal layers and systemic uptake occur relatively quickly. These results enable one to measure quantity in SC reservoir shortly after topical application as a proxy for absorption and penetration over longer periods. With respect to drug development and risk assessment of toxic substances, this may simplify assays attempting to quantitate penetration capacity. Further investigation with a larger range of compounds is needed to clarify the observations recorded here. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26613974

  5. New methods and applications in time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Recent experimental advances and developments in the QEXAFS technique were presented along with new applications in the disciplines of catalysis and surface science. Both performance and user-friendliness of the QEXAFS method were significantly improved, while the applicability of QEXAFS was extended by newly designed mechanics. The application of a fast angular encoder proved to be capable to sample the continuously changing Bragg angle of the monochromator crystal synchronized to the acquired absorption data. A new data acquisition system was designed, based on a multifunctional ADC board, which provides high acquisition frequencies, while low noise acquisition could be achieved due to the provided differential acquisition mode. Additionally, control of all experimental devices as current amplifiers, monochromator motors and sample stages were implemented to further increase the efficiency of the experimental setup for QEFAS measurements. In order to simplify the processing of the huge generated QEXAFS raw data files, a completely new software tool for data analysis was designed, which provides not only the basic procedures of QEXAFS data analysis, but also many approaches customized for time-resolved data. Apart from technical advances, various experiments were performed with QEXAFS to gain new insights into the complex processes of several catalytic reactions, the thermal decomposition of metal oxalates, as well as layer growth processes and reactions on rough surfaces. Supported Pd catalysts were investigated during catalytic partial oxidation of methane, whereby oscillations in the conversion were linked to structural changes of the catalyst. Kinetic oscillations were also investigated on a supported Pt catalyst during the extinction of CO oxidation induced by decreasing temperature. Modulated experiments were investigated (i) on supported Pt-Rh/Al2O3 catalysts during active catalytic partial oxidation in switching gas atmospheres of methane and hydrogen, and

  6. Determination of iron absorption and excretion by whole-body counting; Determination de l'absorption et de l'excretion du fer par la methode de comptage global humain

    Hollard, D.; Benabid, Y.; Berard, M.; Bonnin, J.; Darnault, J.; Millet, M. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Grenoble (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1969-07-01

    Using a whole-body counter, the authors have studied {sup 59}Fe absorption and loss in 8 normal subjects and in 30 iron deficient patients. Results showed that whole-body counting provided an excellent and simple method for iron retention measurements, obviating many inaccuracies of previous technic. Normal absorption of radio iron with this procedure has ranged from 9 per cent to 20 per cent of the administered tracer in normal subjects, with a mean of 15 per cent. A significant increase in {sup 59}Fe absorption was noted in 21 iron-deficient patients in whom the retention ranged from 40 to 100 per cent. However, 3 iron-deficient patients were found to have low absorption, and their severe iron deficiency could be correlated with this defect in absorption. This method permits also the determination of the rate of iron excretion during the following months and therefore the study of the mechanism of some pathological loss. (authors) [French] L'utilisation de la methode de comptage humain global a permis aux auteurs d'etudier l'absorption et l'excretion du fer-59 chez 8 sujets temoins et 30 sujets hyposideremiques. Les resultats montrent que cette technique simple et directe offre de nombreux avantages sur les methodes employees jusqu'a maintenant pour cette determination. La valeur normale de l'absorption du fer chez les temoins est d'environ 15 pour cent de la dose ingeree. Ce chiffre est tres fortement augmente chez 21 sujets hyposideremiques, pouvant atteindre 100 pour cent de la dose ingeree. Par contre, pour 3 malades, cette absorption est si faible qu'elle suggere une carence par defaut d'absorption. Cette methode permet egalement de suivre l'excretion du fer au cours des mois qui suivent l'examen et de determiner le mecanisme de fuites anormales. (auteurs)

  7. USEPA METHOD STUDY 38 - SW-846 METHOD 3010, ACID DIGESTION OF AQUEOUS SAMPLES AND EXTRACTS FOR TRACE METALS BY FLAME ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY

    An interlaboratory collaborative study was conducted on SW-846 Method 3010, "Acid Digestion of Aqueous Samples and Extracts for Total Metals for Analysis by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy", to determine the mean recovery and precision for analyses of 21 trace metals in surf...

  8. Method for measurement of emissivity and absorptivity of highly reflective surfaces from 20 K to room temperatures

    Králík, Tomáš; Musilová, Věra; Hanzelka, Pavel; Frolec, Jiří

    2016-04-01

    We present a cryogenic method for the measurement of total hemispherical emissivity and absorptivity of various materials at temperatures from 320 K down to  ≈20 K. In absorptivity measurement the temperature of the examined sample is kept at  ≈5 K-35 K. Radiative heat flow between two plane parallel surfaces of 40 mm in diameter disk samples placed in a vacuum, a sample and a disk with reference surface, is absorbed by a colder sample and sinks into an LHe bath via a thermal resistor (heat flow meter). Heat flow is measured by substitution method, using thermal output of an electrical heater for heat flow meter calibration. A great deal of attention is paid to the estimation of uncertainties associated with this method. Capabilities of the instrument are demonstrated by the absorptivity and emissivity measurement of the pure aluminium sample. The expanded fractional uncertainty (k  =  2) in emissivity ɛ  =  0.0041 measured at  ≈30 K for pure aluminium is less than 11% and for values of emissivity ɛ  >  0.0053 measured above 60 K the uncertainties are below 7%. The method was designed primarily for the measurement of highly reflective materials like pure metals, nevertheless high emissivity of the reference sample also enables the measurement of non-metallic materials with reasonable accuracy.

  9. An environmentally friendly method for the fabrication of reduced graphene oxide foam with a super oil absorption capacity

    He, Yongqiang, E-mail: heyongqiang@126.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, Yuncheng University, Shanxi 044000 (China); School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu, Yue, E-mail: lyliuyue1990@gmail.com [School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wu, Tao; Ma, Junkui; Wang, Xingrui [School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Gong, Qiaojuan [Department of Applied Chemistry, Yuncheng University, Shanxi 044000 (China); Kong, Weina; Xing, Fubao; Liu, Yu [School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Gao, Jianping, E-mail: jinpinggaols@126.com [School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: • RGO foams were fabricated from GO foams prepared by freeze-drying methods. • The RGO foams made from 2% GO suspension had a maximum value of 122 g g{sup −1} for oil. • The RGO foams had a maximum value of 99 g g{sup −1} for organic solvents. • The RGO foams can be used as a filter to separate oil from water. -- Abstract: Three kinds of graphene oxide (GO) foams were fabricated using different freezing methods (unidirectional freezing drying (UDF), non-directional freezing drying, and air freezing drying), and the corresponding reduced graphene oxide (RGO) foams were prepared by their thermal reduction of those GO foams. These RGO foams were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The absorption process and the factors that influence the absorption capacity were investigated. The RGO foams are hydrophobic and showed extremely high absorbing abilities for organic liquids. The absorption capacity of the RGO foams made by UDF was higher than 100 g g{sup −1} for all the oils tested (gasoline, diesel oil, pump oil, lubricating oil and olive oil) and had the highest value of about 122 g g{sup −1} for olive oil. The oil absorption capacity of the GO foams was lower than that of the RGO foams, but for olive oil, the absorption capacity was still high than 70 g g{sup −1}, which is higher than that of most oil absorbents.

  10. New finding of crab Harpactoxanthopsis quadrilobata (Desmarest) in the Eocene flysch at Gračišće near Pazin in Istria (Croatia)

    Vasja Mikuž

    2002-01-01

    The crab Harapactoxanthopsis quadrilobata (Desmarest, 1822) from Lower Lutetian flysch beds in the profile below the Gra~i{}e settlement southeast of Pazin is considered.The specimens of the described crab in this locality are not frequent.

  11. A Literature Study of Matrix Element Influenced to the Result of Analysis Using Absorption Atomic Spectroscopy Method (AAS)

    The gold sample analysis can be deviated more than >10% to those thrue value caused by the matrix element. So that the matrix element character need to be study in order to reduce the deviation. In rock samples, the matrix elements can cause self quenching, self absorption and ionization process, so there is a result analysis error. In the rock geochemical process, the elements of the same group at the periodic system have the tendency to be together because of their same characteristic. In absorption Atomic Spectroscopy analysis, the elements associate can absorb primer energy with similar wave length so that it can cause deviation in the result interpretation. The aim of study is to predict matrix element influences from rock sample with application standard method for reducing deviation. In quantitative way, assessment of primer light intensity that will be absorbed is proportional to the concentration atom in the sample that relationship between photon intensity with concentration in part per million is linier (ppm). These methods for eliminating matrix elements influence consist of three methods : external standard method, internal standard method, and addition standard method. External standard method for all matrix element, internal standard method for elimination matrix element that have similar characteristics, addition standard methods for elimination matrix elements in Au, Pt samples. The third of standard posess here accuracy are about 95-97%. (author)

  12. A method for segregating the optical absorption properties and the mass concentration of winter time urban aerosol

    Ajtai, T.; Utry, N.; Pintér, M.; Major, B.; Bozóki, Z.; Szabó, G.

    2015-12-01

    A novel in-situ, real time method for the determination of inherent absorption properties of light absorbing carbonaceous particulate matter and its possible application for source apportionment are introduced here. The method is deduced from a two-week campaign under wintry urban conditions during which strong correlation was found between aerosol number size distribution and wavelength dependent optical absorption coefficient (AOC(λ)), measured by a Single Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) and a multi-wavelength photoacoustic absorption spectrometer, respectively, while wood burning and traffic (i.e. fossil fuel burning) activity were identified to be the dominant sources of carbonaceous particulate. Indeed, during the whole campaign, regardless of the actual emission strength of the aerosol sources, the measured number size distributions were always dominated by two unimodal modes with Count Mean Diameter (CMD) of 20 and 100 nm, which could be correlated to traffic and wood burning activities, respectively. AAEff, AAEwb (i.e. the Aerosol Angström Exponent of traffic and wood burning aerosol, respectively), σff(266 nm), σff(1064 nm), σwb(266 nm) and σff(1064 nm) (i.e. the segregated mass specific optical absorption coefficients at two of the measurement wavelengths) were found to be 1.17 ± 0.18, 2.6 ± 0.14, 7.3 ± 0.3 m2g-1, 1.7 ± 0.1 m2g-1 3.4 ± 0.3 m2g-1 and 0.31 ± 0.08 m2g-1, respectively. Furthermore the introduced methodology can also disentangle and quantify the temporal variation of both the segregated optical absorptions and the segregated mass concentrations of traffic and wood burning aerosol. Accordingly, the contribution of wood burning to optical absorption of PM was found to be negligible at 1064 nm but increased gradually towards the shorter wavelengths and became commensurable with the optical absorption of traffic at 266 nm during the whole measurement period. Furthermore, the contribution of wood burning mass to CM (mass of carbonaceous

  13. Quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy - A new method to study molecular plasma components

    The recent development of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) offers an attractive new option for the monitoring and control of industrial plasma processes and for trace-gas analysis as well as for highly time-resolved studies on the kinetics of plasma processes. The contribution reviews selected examples of the application of QCLs for infrared absorption studies in basic research and for plasma monitoring and control in industry.

  14. Quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy - A new method to study molecular plasma components

    Roepcke, J; Glitsch, S; Hempel, F; Lang, N; Welzel, S [INP Greifswald, F.-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Davies, P [University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (United Kingdom); Rousseau, A [LPP, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Wege, S, E-mail: roepcke@inp-greifswald.d [Plasway, Hauptstr. 7a, 01328 Dresden (Germany)

    2010-05-01

    The recent development of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) offers an attractive new option for the monitoring and control of industrial plasma processes and for trace-gas analysis as well as for highly time-resolved studies on the kinetics of plasma processes. The contribution reviews selected examples of the application of QCLs for infrared absorption studies in basic research and for plasma monitoring and control in industry.

  15. Estimating the absorptive root area in Norway spruce by using the common direct and indirect earth impedance methods

    Čermák, J.; Cudlín, Pavel; Gebauer, R.; Borja, I.; Martinková, M.; Staněk, Z.; Koller, J.; Neruda, J.; Nadezhdina, N.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 372, 1-2 (2013), s. 401-415. ISSN 0032-079X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0073; GA MŠk OC10023 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : Active absorptive fine root area index * Fine root surface * Modified earth impedance * Picea abies * Root research methods Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 3.235, year: 2013

  16. Fluorophore Absorption Size Exclusion Chromatography (FA-SEC): An Alternative Method for High-Throughput Detergent Screening of Membrane Proteins.

    Lin, Sung-Yao; Sun, Xing-Han; Hsiao, Yu-Hsuan; Chang, Shao-En; Li, Guan-Syun; Hu, Nien-Jen

    2016-01-01

    Membrane proteins play key roles in many fundamental functions in cells including ATP synthesis, ion and molecule transporter, cell signalling and enzymatic reactions, accounting for ~30% genes of whole genomes. However, the hydrophobic nature of membrane proteins frequently hampers the progress of structure determination. Detergent screening is the critical step in obtaining stable detergent-solubilized membrane proteins and well-diffracting protein crystals. Fluorescence Detection Size Exclusion Chromatography (FSEC) has been developed to monitor the extraction efficiency and monodispersity of membrane proteins in detergent micelles. By tracing the FSEC profiles of GFP-fused membrane proteins, this method significantly enhances the throughput of detergent screening. However, current methods to acquire FSEC profiles require either an in-line fluorescence detector with the SEC equipment or an off-line spectrofluorometer microplate reader. Here, we introduce an alternative method detecting the absorption of GFP (FA-SEC) at 485 nm, thus making this methodology possible on conventional SEC equipment through the in-line absorbance spectrometer. The results demonstrate that absorption is in great correlation with fluorescence of GFP. The comparably weaker absorption signal can be improved by using a longer path-length flow cell. The FA-SEC profiles were congruent with the ones plotted by FSEC, suggesting FA-SEC could be a comparable and economical setup for detergent screening of membrane proteins. PMID:27332877

  17. Comparative studies of method for determining total mercury in fish. Dithizone and flameless atomic absorption spectrophotometry techniques

    Two methods for determining total mercury in fish were compared: the dithizone and flameless atomic absorption spectrophotometry techniques. The studies involved determination of recovery when 1μg of mercury as solutions of HgCl2 or CH3HgC were added to each sample of herring flesh. Mean recoveries in the dithizone method were found to be 91.4+-7.47% and 90.25+-4.73% for the two solutions respectively, while the recoveries obtained with the flameless atomic absorption spectrophotometry were 95.00+-9.13% and 98.70+-7.14%, respectively. Both techniques were used to determine the mercury content in the same herring flesh sample. The first technique showed the content of 0.050+-0.018μg Hg g-1 while the result obtained with the other one was 0.062+-0.013μg Hg g-1. The statistical treatment of the results obtained showed no difference between the two techniques, the significance level being α=0.05. Therefore, the results obtained with the dithizone method are comparable with those obtained with the flameless atomic absorption spectrophotometry for mercury contents of the magnitude order of 0.050 ug.g-1. (author)

  18. Establishing a Global Radiation Oncology Collaboration in Education (GRaCE): Objectives and priorities.

    Turner, Sandra; Eriksen, Jesper G; Trotter, Theresa; Verfaillie, Christine; Benstead, Kim; Giuliani, Meredith; Poortmans, Philip; Holt, Tanya; Brennan, Sean; Pötter, Richard

    2015-10-01

    Representatives from countries and regions world-wide who have implemented modern competency-based radiation- or clinical oncology curricula for training medical specialists, met to determine the feasibility and value of an ongoing international collaboration. In this forum, educational leaders from the ESTRO School, encompassing many European countries adopting the ESTRO Core Curriculum, and clinician educators from Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand considered the training and educational arrangements within their jurisdictions, identifying similarities and challenges between programs. Common areas of educational interest and need were defined, which included development of new competency statements and assessment tools, and the application of the latter. The group concluded that such an international cooperation, which might expand to include others with similar goals, would provide a valuable vehicle to ensure training program currency, through sharing of resources and expertise, and enhance high quality radiation oncology education. Potential projects for the Global Radiation Oncology Collaboration in Education (GRaCE) were agreed upon, as was a strategy designed to maintain momentum. This paper describes the rationale for establishing this collaboration, presents a comparative view of training in the jurisdictions represented, and reports early goals and priorities. PMID:26381531

  19. A method for monitoring the variability in nuclear absorption characteristics of aviation fuels

    Sprinkle, Danny R.; Shen, Chih-Ping

    1988-01-01

    A technique for monitoring variability in the nuclear absorption characteristics of aviation fuels has been developed. It is based on a highly collimated low energy gamma radiation source and a sodium iodide counter. The source and the counter assembly are separated by a geometrically well-defined test fuel cell. A computer program for determining the mass attenuation coefficient of the test fuel sample, based on the data acquired for a preset counting period, has been developed and tested on several types of aviation fuel.

  20. Methods for Retrievals of CO2 Mixing Ratios from JPL Laser Absorption Spectrometer Flights During a Summer 2011 Campaign

    Menzies, Robert T.; Spiers, Gary D.; Jacob, Joseph C.

    2013-01-01

    The JPL airborne Laser Absorption Spectrometer instrument has been flown several times in the 2007-2011 time frame for the purpose of measuring CO2 mixing ratios in the lower atmosphere. This instrument employs CW laser transmitters and coherent detection receivers in the 2.05- micro m spectral region. The Integrated Path Differential Absorption (IPDA) method is used to retrieve weighted CO2 column mixing ratios. We present key features of the evolving LAS signal processing and data analysis algorithms and the calibration/validation methodology. Results from 2011 flights in various U.S. locations include observed mid-day CO2 drawdown in the Midwest and high spatial resolution plume detection during a leg downwind of the Four Corners power plant in New Mexico.

  1. 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.

  2. PRODUCTION, DIELECTRIC PROPERTY AND MICROWAVE ABSORPTION PROPERTY OF SiC(Fe SOLID SOLUTION POWDER BY SOL-GEL METHOD

    XIAOLEI SU

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available SiC(Fe solid solution powders were synthesized by sol–gel method under different reaction time, using methyltriethoxysilane as the silicon and carbon source and analytic ferric chloride as the dopant, respectively. The synthesized powders have been characterized by XRD, SEM and Raman spectra. Results show that the lattice constant decreases with increasing reaction time. The electric permittivities of SiC samples were determined in the frequency range of 8.2 ~ 12.4 GHz. Results show that the permittivity of SiC decreases with increasing reaction time. The SiC(Fe solid solution powder with reaction time of 4 h with 2 mm thickness exhibit the best microwave absorption property in X-band range (8.2 - 12.4 GHz. The microwave absorption mechanism has been discussed.

  3. A one-dimensional, one-group absorption-production nodal method for neutron flux and power distributions calculations

    It is presented the absorption-production nodal method for steady and dynamical calculations in one-dimension and one group energy. It was elaborated the NOD1D computer code (in FORTRAN-IV language). Calculations of neutron flux and power distributions, burnup, effective multiplication factors and critical boron concentration were made with the NOD1D code and compared with results obtained through the CITATION code, which uses the finite difference method. The nuclear constants were produced by the LEOPARD code. (M.C.K.)

  4. Nuclear transmission coefficients for calculation of the absorption cross section in the adiabatic coupled-channel approximation method

    Formulas which are needed to calculate transmission coefficients for the adiabatic coupled-channel approximation method are described. In terms of these coefficients, nuclear absorption cross sections may be obtained. First, derivations are given of various cross sections for a system of coupled inelastic channels in terms of the S matrix. The adiabatic approximation method is discussed for a rotational band, and the dynamical nuclear S matrix is obtained from the S matrix for scattering from a static rotor. The formulas are valid for a spheroidal rotor, with or without an extra-core particle, which does not interact with the projectile but does provide angular momentum to the target

  5. Laser induced deflection (LID) method for absolute absorption measurements of optical materials and thin films

    Mühlig, Christian; Bublitz, Simon; Paa, Wolfgang

    2011-05-01

    We use optimized concepts to measure directly low absorption in optical materials and thin films at various laser wavelengths by the laser induced deflection (LID) technique. An independent absolute calibration, using electrical heaters, is applied to obtain absolute absorption data without the actual knowledge of the photo-thermal material properties. Verification of the absolute calibration is obtained by measuring different silicon samples at 633 nm where all laser light, apart from the measured reflection/scattering, is absorbed. Various experimental results for bulk materials and thin films are presented including measurements of fused silica and CaF2 at 193 nm, nonlinear crystals (LBO) for frequency conversion and AR coated fused silica for high power material processing at 1030 nm and Yb-doped silica raw materials for high power fiber lasers at 1550 nm. In particular for LBO the need of an independent calibration is demonstrated since thermal lens generation is dominated by stress-induced refractive index change which is in contrast to most of the common optical materials. The measured results are proven by numerical simulations and their influence on the measurement strategy and the obtained accuracy are shown.

  6. Overview of the main methods used to combine proteins with nanosystems: absorption, bioconjugation, and encapsulation

    Mariagrazia Di Marco

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Mariagrazia Di Marco1, Shaharum Shamsuddin2, Khairunisak Abdul Razak3, Azlan Abdul Aziz4, Corinne Devaux1, Elsa Borghi1, Laurent Levy1, Claudia Sadun51Nanobiotix, Paris, France; 2School of Health Sciences, Health Campus Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia; 3School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, 4School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; 5Department of Chemistry, Sapienza, University of Rome, Rome, ItalyAbstract: The latest development of protein engineering allows the production of proteins having desired properties and large potential markets, but the clinical advances of therapeutical proteins are still limited by their fragility. Nanotechnology could provide optimal vectors able to protect from degradation therapeutical biomolecules such as proteins, enzymes or specific polypeptides. On the other hand, some proteins can be also used as active ligands to help nanoparticles loaded with chemotherapeutic or other drugs to reach particular sites in the body. The aim of this review is to provide an overall picture of the general aspects of the most successful approaches used to combine proteins with nanosystems. This combination is mainly achieved by absorption, bioconjugation and encapsulation. Interactions of nanoparticles with biomolecules and caveats related to protein denaturation are also pointed out. A clear understanding of nanoparticle-protein interactions could make possible the design of precise and versatile hybrid nanosystems. This could further allow control of their pharmacokinetics as well as activity, and safety.Keywords: nanoparticles, drug delivery, proteins, polypeptides, absorption, bioconjugation, encapsulation

  7. MERCURY QUANTIFICATION IN SOILS USING THERMAL DESORPTION AND ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETRY: PROPOSAL FOR AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF ANALYSIS

    Liliane Catone Soares

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Despite the considerable environmental importance of mercury (Hg, given its high toxicity and ability to contaminate large areas via atmospheric deposition, little is known about its activity in soils, especially tropical soils, in comparison with other heavy metals. This lack of information about Hg arises because analytical methods for determination of Hg are more laborious and expensive compared to methods for other heavy metals. The situation is even more precarious regarding speciation of Hg in soils since sequential extraction methods are also inefficient for this metal. The aim of this paper is to present a technique of thermal desorption associated with atomic absorption spectrometry, TDAAS, as an efficient tool for quantitative determination of Hg in soils. The method consists of the release of Hg by heating, followed by its quantification by atomic absorption spectrometry. It was developed by constructing calibration curves in different soil samples based on increasing volumes of standard Hg2+ solutions. Performance, accuracy, precision, and quantification and detection limit parameters were evaluated. No matrix interference was detected. Certified reference samples and comparison with a Direct Mercury Analyzer, DMA (another highly recognized technique, were used in validation of the method, which proved to be accurate and precise.

  8. A Resolved-Super-Transition-Arrays method for calculation of the spectral absorption coefficient in hot plasmas

    Hazak, G

    2012-01-01

    A new method, 'Resolved-Super-Transition-Arrays', for calculation of the spectral absorption coefficient in hot plasmas is presented. The formulae of the traditional Super-Transition-Arrays method [A. Bar Shalom, J. Oreg, W.H. Goldstein, D. Shvarts and A. Zigler, Phys. Rev. A 40, 3183 (1989)] are recovered from the formulae of the new method by an approximation based on a cumulant expansion truncated at the third term. In the new method an expression for the many-electron two-time dipole autocorrelation function of ions in hot dense plasmas in terms of Complex Pseudo Partition Functions is derived. The Fourier transform with respect to time together with the fluctuation-dissipation theorem yields an expression for the spectral absorption coefficient. In this expression a multitude of Gaussian Super-Transition-Arrays sharing the same set of one-electron solutions, required by the traditional method to resolve the detailed spectrum, is replaced by a single Complex Pseudo Partition Function which represents the ...

  9. Sticking to (first) principles: quantum molecular dynamics and Bayesian probabilistic methods to simulate aquatic pollutant absorption spectra.

    Trerayapiwat, Kasidet; Ricke, Nathan; Cohen, Peter; Poblete, Alex; Rudel, Holly; Eustis, Soren N

    2016-08-10

    This work explores the relationship between theoretically predicted excitation energies and experimental molar absorption spectra as they pertain to environmental aquatic photochemistry. An overview of pertinent Quantum Chemical descriptions of sunlight-driven electronic transitions in organic pollutants is presented. Second, a combined molecular dynamics (MD), time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) analysis of the ultraviolet to visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectra of six model organic compounds is presented alongside accurate experimental data. The functional relationship between the experimentally observed molar absorption spectrum and the discrete quantum transitions is examined. A rigorous comparison of the accuracy of the theoretical transition energies (ΔES0→Sn) and oscillator strength (fS0→Sn) is afforded by the probabilistic convolution and deconvolution procedure described. This method of deconvolution of experimental spectra using a Gaussian Mixture Model combined with Bayesian Information Criteria (BIC) to determine the mean (μ) and standard deviation (σ) as well as the number of observed singlet to singlet transition energy state distributions. This procedure allows a direct comparison of the one-electron (quantum) transitions that are the result of quantum chemical calculations and the ensemble of non-adiabatic quantum states that produce the macroscopic effect of a molar absorption spectrum. Poor agreement between the vertical excitation energies produced from TD-DFT calculations with five different functionals (CAM-B3LYP, PBE0, M06-2X, BP86, and LC-BLYP) suggest a failure of the theory to capture the low energy, environmentally important, electronic transitions in our model organic pollutants. However, the method of explicit-solvation of the organic solute using the quantum Effective Fragment Potential (EFP) in a density functional molecular dynamics trajectory simulation shows promise as a robust model of the hydrated organic

  10. Fractional Absorption of Active Absorbable Algal Calcium (AAACa and Calcium Carbonate Measured by a Dual Stable-Isotope Method

    Steven A. Abrams

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available With the use of stable isotopes, this study aimed to compare the bioavailability of active absorbable algal calcium (AAACa, obtained from oyster shell powder heated to a high temperature, with an additional heated seaweed component (Heated Algal Ingredient, HAI, with that of calcium carbonate. In 10 postmenopausal women volunteers aged 59 to 77 years (mean ± S.D., 67 ± 5.3, the fractional calcium absorption of AAACa and CaCO3 was measured by a dual stable isotope method. 44Ca-enriched CaCO3 and AAACa were administered in all subjects one month apart. After a fixed-menu breakfast and pre-test urine collection (Urine 0, 42Ca-enriched CaCl2 was intravenously injected, followed by oral administration of 44Ca-enriched CaCO3 without carrier 15 minutes later, and complete urine collection for the next 24 hours (Urine 24. The fractional calcium absorption was calculated as the ratio of Augmentation of 44Ca from Urine 0 to Urine 24/ augmentation of 42Ca from Urine 0 to Urine 24. Differences and changes of 44Ca and 42Ca were corrected by comparing each with 43Ca. Fractional absorption of AAACa (mean ± S.D., 23.1 ± 6.4, was distinctly and significantly higher than that of CaCO3 (14.7 ± 6.4; p = 0.0060 by paired t-test. The mean fractional absorption was approximately 1.57-times higher for AAACa than for CaCO3. The serum 25(OH vitamin D level was low (mean ± S.D., 14.2 ± 4.95 ng/ml, as is common in this age group in Japan. Among the parameters of the bone and mineral metabolism measured, none displayed a significant correlation with the fractional absorption of CaCO3 and AAACa. Higher fractional absorption of AAACa compared with CaCO3 supports previous reports on the more beneficial effect of AAACa than CaCO3 for osteoporosis.

  11. Absorption of food cobalamins assessed by the double isotope method in healthy volunteers and in patients with chronic diarrhoea

    To make a food preparation containing radioactively labelled cobalamins, rabbits were given repeated injections with 57Co-labelled cyanocobalamin. The liver was removed, homogenized and fried for one min. or boiled for 30 min. Of the radioactivity in the fried homogenate, 41.7% was recovered in the centrifuged supernatant compared with 50.8% in the boiled homogenate. The radioactivity in the supernatants had a molecular size close to that of free 57Co-labelled cyanocobalamin. 42% of the radioactivity in the whole homogenate had been incorporated into 5-deoxyadenosyl-, 10% into methyl-and 16.5% into hydroxy-cobalamin. To assess the validity of a double-isotope method for measuring the intestinal absorption of doses of 57Co-labelled liver cobalamins, 51CrCl3 was used as a non-absorbable marker. In 14 healthy volunteers the correlation coefficient between the absorption measured by the double-isotope technique and the faecal excretion test was highly significant (r = 0.96, p 57Co/51Cr ratio in successive stool collections. In 11 patients with chronic diarrhoea there was a significant correlation between the absorption measured by the double-isotope technique and the faecal excretion test (r = 0.92, p 57/51Cr ratio in successive stool collections

  12. Iron interference in arsenic absorption by different plant species, analysed by neutron activation, k{sub 0}-method

    Uemura, George; Matos, Ludmila Vieira da Silva; Silva, Maria Aparecida da; Menezes, Maria Angela de Barros Correia [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN-CNEN/MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)], e-mail: george@cdtn.br, e-mail: menezes@cdtn.br

    2009-07-01

    Natural arsenic contamination is a cause for concern in many countries of the world including Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, United States of America and also in Brazil, specially in the Iron Quadrangle area, where mining activities have been contributing to aggravate natural contamination. Among other elements, iron is capable to interfere with the arsenic absorption by plants; iron ore has been proposed to remediate areas contaminated by the mentioned metalloid. In order to verify if iron can interfere with arsenic absorption by different taxa of plants, specimens of Brassicacea and Equisetaceae were kept in a 1/4 Murashige and Skoog basal salt solution (M and S), with 10 {mu}gL{sup -1} of arsenic acid. And varying concentrations of iron. The specimens were analysed by neutron activation analysis, k{sub 0}-method, a routine technique in CDTN, and also very appropriate for arsenic studies. The preliminary results were quite surprising, showing that iron can interfere with arsenic absorption by plants, but in different ways, according to the species studied. (author)

  13. Correcting for telluric absorption: Methods, case studies, and release of the TelFit code

    Gullikson, Kevin; Kraus, Adam [Department of Astronomy, University of Texas, 2515 Speedway, Stop C1400, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Dodson-Robinson, Sarah [Department of Physics and Astronomy, 217 Sharp Lab, Newark, DE 19716 (United States)

    2014-09-01

    Ground-based astronomical spectra are contaminated by the Earth's atmosphere to varying degrees in all spectral regions. We present a Python code that can accurately fit a model to the telluric absorption spectrum present in astronomical data, with residuals of ∼3%-5% of the continuum for moderately strong lines. We demonstrate the quality of the correction by fitting the telluric spectrum in a nearly featureless A0V star, HIP 20264, as well as to a series of dwarf M star spectra near the 819 nm sodium doublet. We directly compare the results to an empirical telluric correction of HIP 20264 and find that our model-fitting procedure is at least as good and sometimes more accurate. The telluric correction code, which we make freely available to the astronomical community, can be used as a replacement for telluric standard star observations for many purposes.

  14. Correcting for Telluric Absorption: Methods, Case Studies, and Release of the TelFit Code

    Gullikson, Kevin; Kraus, Adam

    2014-01-01

    Ground-based astronomical spectra are contaminated by the Earth's atmosphere to varying degrees in all spectral regions. We present a Python code that can accurately fit a model to the telluric absorption spectrum present in astronomical data, with residuals of $\\sim 3-5\\%$ of the continuum for moderately strong lines. We demonstrate the quality of the correction by fitting the telluric spectrum in a nearly featureless A0V star, HIP 20264, as well as to a series of dwarf M star spectra near the 819 nm sodium doublet. We directly compare the results to an empirical telluric correction of HIP 20264 and find that our model-fitting procedure is at least as good and sometimes more accurate. The telluric correction code, which we make freely available to the astronomical community, can be used as a replacement for telluric standard star observations for many purposes.

  15. A highly sensitive method for the determination of mercury using vapor generation gold wire microextraction and electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry

    The study introduces a new simple and highly sensitive method for headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric determination of mercury. In the proposed method, a gold wire, mounted in the headspace of a sample solution in a sealed bottle, is used for collection of mercury vapor generated by addition of sodium tetrahydroborate. The gold wire is then simply inserted in the sample introduction hole of a graphite furnace of an electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry instrument. By applying an atomization temperature of 600 deg. C, mercury is rapidly desorbed from the wire and determined with high sensitivity. Factorial design and response surface analysis methods were used for optimization of the effect of five different variables in order to maximize the mercury signal. By using a 0.75 mm diameter gold wire, a sample volume of about 8 ml and an extraction time of 11 min, the sensitivity of mercury determination was enhanced up to 104 times in comparison to its ordinary ETAAS determination with direct injection of 10 μl sample solutions. A detection limit of 0.006 ng ml-1 and a precision better than 4.6% (relative standard deviation) were obtained. The method was successfully applied to the determination of mercury in industrial wastewaters and tuna fish samples

  16. A highly sensitive method for the determination of mercury using vapor generation gold wire microextraction and electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry

    Hashemi, Payman [Department of Chemistry, Lorestan University, Khorram Abad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: payman_hashemi@yahoo.com; Rahimi, Akram [Department of Chemistry, Lorestan University, Khorram Abad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2007-04-15

    The study introduces a new simple and highly sensitive method for headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric determination of mercury. In the proposed method, a gold wire, mounted in the headspace of a sample solution in a sealed bottle, is used for collection of mercury vapor generated by addition of sodium tetrahydroborate. The gold wire is then simply inserted in the sample introduction hole of a graphite furnace of an electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry instrument. By applying an atomization temperature of 600 deg. C, mercury is rapidly desorbed from the wire and determined with high sensitivity. Factorial design and response surface analysis methods were used for optimization of the effect of five different variables in order to maximize the mercury signal. By using a 0.75 mm diameter gold wire, a sample volume of about 8 ml and an extraction time of 11 min, the sensitivity of mercury determination was enhanced up to 10{sup 4} times in comparison to its ordinary ETAAS determination with direct injection of 10 {mu}l sample solutions. A detection limit of 0.006 ng ml{sup -1} and a precision better than 4.6% (relative standard deviation) were obtained. The method was successfully applied to the determination of mercury in industrial wastewaters and tuna fish samples.

  17. A fast neutron and dual-energy gamma-ray absorption method (NEUDEG) for investigating materials using a 252Cf source

    DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorption) is widely used in airport scanners, industrial scanners and bone densitometers. DEXA determines the properties of materials by measuring the absorption differences of X-rays from a bremsstrahlung tube source with and without filtering. Filtering creates a beam with a higher mean energy, which causes lower material absorption. The absorption difference between measurements (those with a filter subtracted from those without a filter) is a positive number that increases with the effective atomic number of the material. In this paper, the concept of using a filter to create a dual beam and an absorption difference in materials is applied to radiation from a 252Cf source, called NEUDEG (neutron and dual-energy gamma absorption). NEUDEG includes absorptions for fast neutrons as well as the dual photon beams and thus an incentive for developing the method is that, unlike DEXA, it is inherently sensitive to the hydrogen content of materials. In this paper, a model for the absorption difference and absorption sum in NEUDEG is presented using the combined gamma ray and fast neutron mass attenuation coefficients. Absorption differences can be either positive or negative in NEUDEG, increasing with increases in the effective atomic number and decreasing with increases in the hydrogen content. Sample sets of absorption difference curves are calculated for materials with typical gamma-ray and fast neutron mass attenuation coefficients. The model, which uses tabulated mass attenuated coefficients, agrees with experimental data for porcelain tiles and polyethylene sheets. The effects of “beam hardening” are also investigated. - Highlights: • Creation of a dual neutron/gamma beam from 252Cf is described. • An absorption model is developed using mass attenuation coefficients. • A graphical method is used to show sample results from the model. • The model is successfully compared with experimental results. • The importance of

  18. Standard Test Method for Determining Solar or Photopic Reflectance, Transmittance, and Absorptance of Materials Using a Large Diameter Integrating Sphere

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    1987-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of the absolute total solar or photopic reflectance, transmittance, or absorptance of materials and surfaces. Although there are several applicable test methods employed for determining the optical properties of materials, they are generally useful only for flat, homogeneous, isotropic specimens. Materials that are patterned, textured, corrugated, or are of unusual size cannot be measured accurately using conventional spectrophotometric techniques, or require numerous measurements to obtain a relevant optical value. The purpose of this test method is to provide a means for making accurate optical property measurements of spatially nonuniform materials. 1.2 This test method is applicable to large specimens of materials having both specular and diffuse optical properties. It is particularly suited to the measurement of the reflectance of opaque materials and the reflectance and transmittance of semitransparent materials including corrugated fiber-reinforced plastic, ...

  19. [Ammonia gas concentration and velocity measurement using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy and optical signal cross-correlation method].

    Zhang, Chun-Xiao; Wang, Fei; Li, Ning; Yan, Jian-Hua; Chi, Yong; Cen, Ke-Fa

    2009-10-01

    Simultaneous online measurement of gas concentration and velocity can be realized by tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) technique and optical signal cross-correlation method. The fundamental and relative factors of gas concentration and velocity measurement are described in the present paper. The spectral lines of NH3 used for gas sensing at communication band in near infrared range were selected and analyzed by the calculation based on the HITRAN database. In the verification experiment, NH3 and N2 were mixed by two mass flow meters and sent to flow through the quartz tube 0. 016 m in inner diameter and 1 m in length at normal temperature and pressure. The spectral line located at 6,548.7 cm(-1) was scanned at high frequency by the diode laser of 15 MHz linewidth and 1 cm' tunable range with no mode hoppings. The instantaneous NH3 absorbance was obtained using direct absorption method and the gas concentration was calculated. At the same time, the non-intrusive optical absorption signal cross-correlation method was utilized to obtain two concentration signals from two adjacent detectors mounted along the gas tube. The corresponding transit time of gas passing through the detectors was calculated by cross-correlation algorithm, and the average gas velocity was inferred according to the distance between the two detectors and the transit time. The relative errors were less than 7% for the gas concentration measurement, and less than 10% for the gas velocity measurement. Experimental results were proved to be of high precision and good repeatability in the lab. The feature of fast response and capacity immune to the in situ disturbance would lead to a potential in industry application for the real time measurement and control of gas pollutant emission in the future. PMID:20038016

  20. Further development of the absorption method for preparing CO2 samples for radiocarbon analysis by liquid scintillation counting

    The CO2 absorption method for preparing samples for radiocarbon analysis by liquid scintillation counting has been successfully employed by several laboratories over many years. The main advantage of the method is its simplicity. Although the method allows for only relatively small sample sizes, implying relatively low figures of merit, adequate accuracy can be attained for a conventional dating limit up to 37 000 years - more than adequate for hydrological applications. The method reported by Aravena, Qureshi et al., and further developed by Nair et al., involves bubbling the CO2 sample gas through a liquid cocktail containing the scintillator and the alkaline absorber to the point of saturation. It relies on maintaining constant conditions to achieve reproducibility. This process ensures that a maximum amount of sample material is loaded into the cocktail. The sample is then transferred to the counting vial. We report here on further improvements which have considerably simplified the preparation method and have improved its accuracy. The CO2 sample gas is expanded from the purification line to standard pressure (610 torr) into a 1 litre measuring volume which is then isolated. 10 ml of Carbo Sorbreg E is pipetted into a counting vial which is attached to the system though a flexible connection. The vial is briefly pumped to remove air. The CO2 sample is then quantitatively frozen into a small trap and pumped to high vacuum to remove residual non-condensable gas. The low-volume (∼60 ml) section of the system is isolated and the CO2 allowed to sublime whilst the vial is shaken and cooled in a water bath. Absorption proceeds to a final pressure of some 40 torr. The counting vial is removed from the vacuum system, 10 ml Permafluorreg E+ added, capped and shaken well before counting. The absorption is not taken to saturation, which sacrifices some sensitivity. The advantage is that it allows for the amount of sample gas to be measured accurately. The pressure in

  1. Fabrication And Determination Of Coefficient Absorption Of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon By Direct Evaporation Method

    Fabrication and characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon produced by direct evaporation method have been done. The experiment was carried out at pressure conditions of 2 x 10-5 torr, RF frequency of 13.56 MHz, hydrogen gas flow of 0,8 1/minute, electrode distance of 2.48 cm. voltage electrode of 700 volt and evaporation time 1.45 minute. Using UV-VIS spectrophotometer, it is found that at wavelength of 359 nm, the absorbance degree of material that was by direct hydrogenated method was 0,886. This means that more hydrogen are absorbed by direct method While, if the hydrogenation is carried out by means of indirect method, the degree of absorbance at the wavelength of 359 nm is 0,103. From this result, it can be concluded that the direct methods is better than indirect method

  2. The fortran programme for the calculation of the absorption and double scattering corrections in cross-section measurements with fast neutrons using the monte Carlo method (1963)

    A calculation for double scattering and absorption corrections in fast neutron scattering experiments using Monte-Carlo method is given. Application to cylindrical target is presented in FORTRAN symbolic language. (author)

  3. Pokazatelji kvalitete na Građevinskom fakultetu Osijek – definiranje, praćenje, analiza, ocjena i izmjene

    Pinterić, Edita; Markulak, Damir

    2014-01-01

    Građevinskom fakultetu Osijek je dana 3. listopada 2011. godine izdan Certifikat Agencije za znanost i visoko obrazovanje kojim se potvrđuje da je sustav osiguravanja kvalitete visokog učilišta učinkovit i u razvijenoj fazi na temelju kriterija Agencije ocjenjivanih u vanjskoj neovisnoj periodičnoj prosudbi sustava osiguravanja kvalitete. Naša je ustanova prvo visoko učilište u Hrvatskoj kojemu je izdan ovaj certifikat. Navedeno je rezultat dugogodišnjeg ulaganja u uspostavu i unaprjeđiva...

  4. Assay for vitamin B12 absorption and method of making labeled vitamin B12

    Anderson, Peter J.; Dueker, Stephen; Miller, Joshua; Green, Ralph; Roth, John; Carkeet, Colleen; Buchholz,; Bruce A.

    2012-06-19

    The invention provides methods for labeling vitamin B12 with .sup.14C, .sup.13C, tritium, and deuterium. When radioisotopes are used, the invention provides for methods of labeling B12 with high specific activity. The invention also provides labeled vitamin B12 compositions made in accordance with the invention.

  5. Influence of Compounding Methods on Poly(vinyl) Alcohol/ Sago Pith Waste Bio composites: Mechanical and Water Absorption Properties

    Several methods of incorporating sago pith waste (SPW) into poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) had been conducted: (i) dry blending (PVA/SPW/G), (ii) blending of SPW and pre-plasticised PVA (pPVA/SPW/G) and (iii) blending of pre-plasticised of both PVA and SPW (pPVA/pSPW). The effect of the compounding method on the mechanical and water absorption properties were investigated. The addition of SPW into PVA greatly reduced the tensile strength and elongation at break. The tensile strength and elongation at break of PVA/SPW composites with identical geometry during compounding stage (powder/powder and pellet/pellet), which were PVA/SPW/G and pPVA/pSPW yielded the highest value. The percentage of water absorbed by PVA/SPW/G (without pre-plasticization) was the highest, followed by pPVA/pSPW and pPVA/SPW/G. (author)

  6. Determination of K-shell absorption jump factors and jump ratios for La2O3, Ce and Gd using two different methods

    The K shell absorption jump factors and jump ratios for La2O3, Ce and Gd samples have been determined using the gamma or X-ray attenuation and EDXRF methods. It is the first time that the K shell absorption jump factor and jump ratio have been discussed for present elements using two different methods. To detect K X-rays, a high resolution Si(Li) detector was used. The experimental results of K shell absorption jump factors and jump ratios were compared with the theoretically calculated ones. - Highlights: • The K shell absorption jump factors and jump ratios were measured for La2O3, Ce and Gd. • These parameters were determined using two different methods. • The measured values of the parameters were found in good agreement with the theoretical ones

  7. Development of numerical methods to calculate the propagation and the absorption of the hybrid wave in tokamaks; Developpement des methodes numeriques pour la resolution de la propagation et de l`absorption de l`onde hybride dans les tokamaks

    Sebelin, E

    1997-12-15

    Full-wave calculations based on trial functions are carried out for solving the lower hybrid current drive problem in tokamaks. A variational method is developed and provides an efficient system to describe in a global manner both the propagation and the absorption of the electromagnetic waves in plasmas. The calculation is fully carried out in the case of circular and concentric flux surfaces. The existence and uniqueness of the solution of the wave propagation equation is mathematically proved. The first realistic simulations are performed for the high aspect ratio tokamak TRIAM-1M. It is checked that the main features of the lower-hybrid wave dynamics are well described numerically. (A.C.) 81 refs.

  8. Identifikacija neomeđene građe kao predmetnog entiteta : pristup i kretanje u OPAC-ima hrvatskih knjižnica

    Petrić, Tatijana

    2015-01-01

    Predmet interesa ovoga rada jest način sadržajne obrade zbirke neomeđene građe i mogućnost pristupa pomoću predmeta/stručne oznake u knjižnicama. U radu će se razmatrati i istražiti sadržajna obrada neomeđene građe na namjernom uzorku korpusa hrvatske neomeđene građe. U odabranim OPAC-ima hrvatskih knjižnica, metodom promatranja analizirat će se odnos bibliografskih zapisa i sadržajne obrade. Posebno će se promatrati 14 naslova časopisa iz područja društveno-humanističkih znanosti i mogućnost...

  9. In operando observation system for electrochemical reaction by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy with potential modulation method

    Nagasaka, Masanari, E-mail: nagasaka@ims.ac.jp; Kosugi, Nobuhiro [Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Yuzawa, Hayato; Horigome, Toshio [Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan)

    2014-10-15

    In order to investigate local structures of electrolytes in electrochemical reactions under the same scan rate as a typical value 100 mV/s in cyclic voltammetry (CV), we have developed an in operando observation system for electrochemical reactions by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) with a potential modulation method. XAS spectra of electrolytes are measured by using a transmission-type liquid flow cell with built-in electrodes. The electrode potential is swept with a scan rate of 100 mV/s at a fixed photon energy, and soft X-ray absorption coefficients at different potentials are measured at the same time. By repeating the potential modulation at each fixed photon energy, it is possible to measure XAS of electrochemical reaction at the same scan rate as in CV. We have demonstrated successful measurement of the Fe L-edge XAS spectra of aqueous iron sulfate solutions and of the change in valence of Fe ions at different potentials in the Fe redox reaction. The mechanism of these Fe redox processes is discussed by correlating the XAS results with those at different scan rates.

  10. In operando observation system for electrochemical reaction by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy with potential modulation method

    Nagasaka, Masanari; Yuzawa, Hayato; Horigome, Toshio; Kosugi, Nobuhiro

    2014-10-01

    In order to investigate local structures of electrolytes in electrochemical reactions under the same scan rate as a typical value 100 mV/s in cyclic voltammetry (CV), we have developed an in operando observation system for electrochemical reactions by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) with a potential modulation method. XAS spectra of electrolytes are measured by using a transmission-type liquid flow cell with built-in electrodes. The electrode potential is swept with a scan rate of 100 mV/s at a fixed photon energy, and soft X-ray absorption coefficients at different potentials are measured at the same time. By repeating the potential modulation at each fixed photon energy, it is possible to measure XAS of electrochemical reaction at the same scan rate as in CV. We have demonstrated successful measurement of the Fe L-edge XAS spectra of aqueous iron sulfate solutions and of the change in valence of Fe ions at different potentials in the Fe redox reaction. The mechanism of these Fe redox processes is discussed by correlating the XAS results with those at different scan rates.

  11. In operando observation system for electrochemical reaction by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy with potential modulation method

    In order to investigate local structures of electrolytes in electrochemical reactions under the same scan rate as a typical value 100 mV/s in cyclic voltammetry (CV), we have developed an in operando observation system for electrochemical reactions by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) with a potential modulation method. XAS spectra of electrolytes are measured by using a transmission-type liquid flow cell with built-in electrodes. The electrode potential is swept with a scan rate of 100 mV/s at a fixed photon energy, and soft X-ray absorption coefficients at different potentials are measured at the same time. By repeating the potential modulation at each fixed photon energy, it is possible to measure XAS of electrochemical reaction at the same scan rate as in CV. We have demonstrated successful measurement of the Fe L-edge XAS spectra of aqueous iron sulfate solutions and of the change in valence of Fe ions at different potentials in the Fe redox reaction. The mechanism of these Fe redox processes is discussed by correlating the XAS results with those at different scan rates

  12. In operando observation system for electrochemical reaction by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy with potential modulation method.

    Nagasaka, Masanari; Yuzawa, Hayato; Horigome, Toshio; Kosugi, Nobuhiro

    2014-10-01

    In order to investigate local structures of electrolytes in electrochemical reactions under the same scan rate as a typical value 100 mV/s in cyclic voltammetry (CV), we have developed an in operando observation system for electrochemical reactions by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) with a potential modulation method. XAS spectra of electrolytes are measured by using a transmission-type liquid flow cell with built-in electrodes. The electrode potential is swept with a scan rate of 100 mV/s at a fixed photon energy, and soft X-ray absorption coefficients at different potentials are measured at the same time. By repeating the potential modulation at each fixed photon energy, it is possible to measure XAS of electrochemical reaction at the same scan rate as in CV. We have demonstrated successful measurement of the Fe L-edge XAS spectra of aqueous iron sulfate solutions and of the change in valence of Fe ions at different potentials in the Fe redox reaction. The mechanism of these Fe redox processes is discussed by correlating the XAS results with those at different scan rates. PMID:25362423

  13. Determination of U and Impurities Elements in The Uranium Tetra Fluoride by Potentiometric and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometric Methods

    The determination of u and impurities contents in the Uranium tetra fluoride (UF4)has been carried out by potentiometric titration using modified 'Davies-Gray' and atomic absorption spectrophotometric methods. Dissolution process of the powder sample using saturated Al2(SO4)3 solution introduced to determine UF4 compound content in the UF4 sample. The uranium Content in the obtained filtrate is analyzed by potentiometric. The impurities content is determined by ato-Mic absorption spectrophotometric using ammonium oxalate powder in introducing of the sample preparation. The experiment covered the observation on influence of stirring time of UF4 sample dissolution in respect to separate UF4 from its impurities in determination of uranium content. Also the effects of Ammonium Oxalate added and agitating time were observed deal with the sample preparation for the determination of Impurities content.The analysis result found that UF4 content was 96.15 ± 0.04% the relative station 0.7%. However the best impurities determination was achieved by addition of ammonium oxalate powder and 15 Minutes of agitation time at temperature of 8000C

  14. Ugovori između profesionalnih nogometaša i klubova - ugovori radnog ili građanskog prava?

    Andrijana Bilić

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Odnos profesionalnih nogometaša i njihovih klubova često biva različito definiran. U pojedinim državama riječ je o radnopravnom, a u drugim o građanskopravnom odnosu. U navedenom radu autori iznose tezu da ugovor zaključen između profesionalnog nogometaša s jedne strane i njegova kluba s druge strane, ima elemente radnopravnog odnosa, pogotovo u kontekstu europskog (radnog prava. Navedeno autori razrađuju izučavanjem sudske prakse Europskog suda u Luksemburgu, mnogobrojnih akata tzv. „mekog prava EU“, komparativnopravne usporedbe pojedinih država EU (Italije, Velike Britanije i Njemačke, te prakse Arbitražnog suda za sport (CAS i nadležnih FIFA tijela.Analiza samog radnog odnosa i njegove transformacije iznimno je bitan čimbenik koji pomaže u definiranju odnosa profesionalnog nogometaša kao radnika s jedne strane i profesionalnih nogometnih klubova kao poslodavaca s druge strane. U radu autori iznose svoje viđenje problematike definiranja odnosa sportaša i klubova u obliku ugovora građanskog prava, analizom nedostataka takvog definiranja, te iznose svoje prijedloge de lege ferenda.

  15. Determination of total arsenic in coal and wood using oxygen flask combustion method followed by hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry

    A simple and sensitive procedure for the determination of total arsenic in coal and wood was conducted by use of oxygen flask combustion (OFC) followed by hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry (HGAAS). The effect of various items (composition of absorbent, standing time between the combustion and filtration, particle size and mass of sample) was investigated. Under the optimized conditions of the OFC method, nine certified reference materials were analyzed, and the values of arsenic concentration obtained by this method were in good accordance with the certified values. The limit of detection (LOD) and relative standard deviation (RSD) of the method were 0.29 μg g-1 and less than 8%, respectively. In addition, eight kinds of coals and four chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood wastes were analyzed by the present method, and the data were compared to those from the microwave-acid digestion (MW-AD) method. The determination of arsenic in solid samples was discussed in terms of applicable scope and concentration range of arsenic.

  16. Voigt deconvolution method and its applications to pure oxygen absorption spectrum at 1270 nm band

    AL-Jalali, Muhammad A.; Aljghami, Issam F.; Mahzia, Yahia M.

    2016-03-01

    Experimental spectral lines of pure oxygen at 1270 nm band were analyzed by Voigt deconvolution method. The method gave a total Voigt profile, which arises from two overlapping bands. Deconvolution of total Voigt profile leads to two Voigt profiles, the first as a result of O2 dimol at 1264 nm band envelope, and the second from O2 monomer at 1268 nm band envelope. In addition, Voigt profile itself is the convolution of Lorentzian and Gaussian distributions. Competition between thermal and collisional effects was clearly observed through competition between Gaussian and Lorentzian width for each band envelope. Voigt full width at half-maximum height (Voigt FWHM) for each line, and the width ratio between Lorentzian and Gaussian width (ΓLΓG- 1) have been investigated. The following applied pressures were at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8 bar, while the temperatures were at 298 K, 323 K, 348 K, and 373 K range.

  17. Atomization in graphite-furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Peak-height method vs. integration method of measuring absorbance: heated graphite atomizer 2100

    The signal integration technique developed and reported earlier has been used for measuring atomic absorption signals generated by the Heated Graphite Atomizer 2100. Cd, Zn, Al, Sn, Cu, Mo, and V have been selected for this study. In theory, the integration method of measuring absorbance is superior to the conventional peak-height as the measure of absorbance. In practice, integration does offer some advantages over the peak-height method of measurement; absolute sensitivity is increased by a factor of 2- to 8-fold and the linear range of the working curves is increased by a factor of up to 2. This study shows the effect of the better cell geometry of the HGA 2100 (as opposed to the Carbon Rod Atomizer 63) on the integrated absorbance signals. Modifications to the Heated Graphite Atomizer 2100 which would improve the atomization conditions beneficial to the integration method of measuring are suggested. (U.S.)

  18. Development of a cloud point extraction and preconcentration method for Cd and Ni prior to flame atomic absorption spectrometric determination

    Manzoori, Jamshid L. [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)]. E-mail: manzoori@tabrizu.ac.ir; Karim-Nezhad, Ghasem [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2004-09-13

    In this work a new cloud point extraction (CPE) methodology was developed for the separation and preconcentration of cadmium and nickel. The analyte in the initial aqueous solution was complexed with dithizone and Triton X-114 was added as surfactant. After phase separation, based on the cloud point of the mixture, and dilution of the surfactant-rich phase with tetrahydrofuran (THF), the enriched analytes were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. After optimization of the complexation and extraction conditions and preconcentration of only 10 ml of sample in the presence of 0.05% Triton X-114, the enhancement factors of 52 and 39 and the detection limits of 0.31 {mu}g l{sup -1} and 1.2 {mu}g l{sup -1} were obtained for cadmium and nickel respectively. The proposed method was applied satisfactorily to the determination of cadmium and nickel in water samples.

  19. Development of numerical methods to calculate the propagation and the absorption of the hybrid wave in tokamaks

    Full-wave calculations based on trial functions are carried out for solving the lower hybrid current drive problem in tokamaks. A variational method is developed and provides an efficient system to describe in a global manner both the propagation and the absorption of the electromagnetic waves in plasmas. The calculation is fully carried out in the case of circular and concentric flux surfaces. The existence and uniqueness of the solution of the wave propagation equation is mathematically proved. The first realistic simulations are performed for the high aspect ratio tokamak TRIAM-1M. It is checked that the main features of the lower-hybrid wave dynamics are well described numerically. (A.C.)

  20. Absorption method and radiometric equipment for automatic speed control of material transport from jigs in a coal washing plant

    The theory is derived of the absorption method for determining density changes of material used in determining the boundary between coal and gangue. Model measurements were made using a single-channel scintillation spectrometer with a NaI(Tl) crystal. The crystal area was 11.8 cm2, the source used was 137Cs with an activity of 5 GBq. The dependence was ascertained of the pulse rate on the density of the material in integral measurements with different discrimination levels. The highest resolution was obtained for a water-coal layer 45 to 55 cm in thickness at a discrimination level of 40 to 50 keV. Using the described scintillation detector and a collimated radiation beam, a radiometric resolution of density changes of +-0.005 g/cm3 may be obtained at a density of 1.2 g/cm3. (J.B.)

  1. A novel measurement method of microorganism growth by tunable diode laser-absorption spectroscopy

    Xiang, Jindong; Shao, Jie; Ying, Chaofu; Wang, Liming; Guo, Jie

    2015-05-01

    The objective of this work was to attain essential parameters by using a Gompertz model that employed a new approach of wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) to describe the microorganism growth. The measurement method of WMS introduces noninvasive technique instead of complicated invasive microorganism operation analysis and quickly obtains the accurate real-time measurement results. By using the WMS measurement, the specific growth curve of microorganism growth clearly displayed every three minute, which has characteristics of high sensitivity, high spectral resolution, fast time response and overcomes the randomness and error operation of traditional analysis methods. The measurement value of BF and AF in the range of 1.008 to 1.043 and the lower MSE showed that Gompertz model can fit the data well and be capable of describing bacteria growth rate and lag time. The results of experiment data suggested that the specific growth rate of microorganism depends on the temperature. With the increase of temperature ranging from 25 °C to 42 °C , the lag time of bacteria growth has been shortened. And the suitable temperature of bacteria growth is about 37 °C . Judging from the growth rate of microorganisms, we can identify the microbial species, not only to improve the precision and efficiency, but also to provides a rapidly sensitive way for microbial detection. The lag time of microorganism growth also provides a great application prospect for shelf life of the food safety.

  2. Methods of Determining Lead Speciation in Fly Ash by X-ray Absorption Fine-Structure Spectroscopy and a Sequential Extraction Procedure

    Funatsuki, Atsushi; Takaoka, Masaki; Oshita, Kazuyuki; Takeda, Nobuo

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the chemical state of lead in fly ash generated from a waste thermal treatment is important, since the toxicity and solubility of the element depends on its chemical state. This study identified three potential methods for obtaining quantitative information regarding the chemical state of lead in fly ash: X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis, and the sequential extraction procedure. The result of this pr...

  3. Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry as a routine method for the quantification of beryllium in blood and serum

    Brousseau Pauline

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A routine method for the quantification of beryllium in biological fluids is essential for the development of a chelation therapy for Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD. We describe a procedure for the direct determination of beryllium in undigested micro quantities of human blood and serum using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Blood and serum samples are prepared respectively by a simple 8-fold and 5-fold dilution with a Nash Reagent. Three experimental setups are compared: using no modifier, using magnesium nitrate and using palladium/citric acid as chemical modifiers. Results In serum, both modifiers did not improve the method sensitivity, the optimal pyrolysis and atomization temperatures are 1000°C and 2900°C, respectively. In blood, 6 μg of magnesium nitrate was found to improve the method sensitivity. The optimal pyrolysis and atomization temperatures were 800°C and 2800°C respectively. Conclusion In serum, the method detection limit was 2 ng l-1, the characteristic mass was 0.22 (± 0.07 pg and the accuracy ranged from 95 to 100%. In blood, the detection limit was 7 ng l-1, the characteristic mass was 0.20 (± 0.02 pg and the accuracy ranged from 99 to 101%.

  4. Standard test method for graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometric determination of lead and cadmium extracted from ceramic foodware

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2000-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers procedures for using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy (GFAAS) to quantitatively determine lead and cadmium extracted by acetic acid at room temperature from the food-contact surface of foodware. The method is applicable to food-contact surfaces composed of silicate-based materials (earthenware, glazed ceramicware, decorated ceramicware, decorated glass, and lead crystal glass) and is capable of determining lead concentrations greater than 0.005 to 0.020 g/mL and cadmium concentrations greater than 0.0005 to 0.002 g/mL, depending on instrument design. 1.2 This test method also describes quality control procedures to check for contamination and matrix interference during GFAAS analyses and a specific sequence of analytical measurements that demonstrates proper instrument operation during the time period in which sample solutions are analyzed. 1.3 Cleaning and other contamination control procedures are described in this test method. Users may modify contamination cont...

  5. A Bayesian Method For Finding Galaxies That Cause Quasar Absorption Lines

    Shoemaker, Emileigh Suzanne; Laubner, David Andrew; Scott, Jennifer E.

    2016-01-01

    We present a study of candidate absorber-galaxy pairs for 39 low redshift quasar sightlines (0.06 Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). We downloaded the COS linelists for these quasar spectra from MAST and queried the SDSS DR12 database for photometric data on all galaxies within 1 Mpc of each of these quasar lines of sight. We calculated photometric redshifts for all the SDSS galaxies using the Bayesian Photometric Redshift code. We used all these absorber and galaxy data as input into an absorber-galaxy matching code which also employs a Bayesian scheme, along with known statistics of the intergalactic medium and circumgalactic media of galaxies, for finding the most probable galaxy match for each absorber. We compare our candidate absorber-galaxy matches to existing studies in the literature and explore trends in the absorber and galaxy properties among the matched and non-matched populations. This method of matching absorbers and galaxies can be used to find targets for follow up spectroscopic studies.

  6. Gold/titania composites: An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study on the influence of the reduction method

    Meire, Mieke [Ghent University, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S3, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Tack, Pieter [Ghent University, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S12, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); De Keukeleere, Katrien [Ghent University, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S3, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Balcaen, Lieve [Ghent University, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S12, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Pollefeyt, Glenn [Ghent University, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S3, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Vanhaecke, Frank; Vincze, Laszlo [Ghent University, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S12, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Van Der Voort, Pascal; Van Driessche, Isabel [Ghent University, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S3, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Lommens, Petra, E-mail: Petra.Lommens@UGent.be [Ghent University, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Krijgslaan 281-S3, 9000 Ghent (Belgium)

    2015-08-01

    The functionalization of titania based materials with noble metal cocatalysts such as gold or platinum is a well known procedure to improve the catalytic activity of these materials in for example the degradation of organic pollutants or CO conversion. Parameters such as cocatalyst load, noble metal particle size and oxidation state influence the efficiency of these materials. We have impregnated a mesoporous titania powder with a gold salt and used different synthesis routes to reduce the gold ions. A structural analysis was performed using electron microscopy and nitrogen sorption. An X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy study, in both high and low resolution, was performed to investigate the influence of the different reduction methods on the oxidation state of the gold atoms. This technique can also provide information on the local environment of the gold atoms and their interaction with the titanium dioxide host. We found that varying the reduction method has a significant impact on the oxidation state of the gold cocatalysts. This lead to varying interactions with the titania support and charging of the gold nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Influence of reduction method on Au/TiO{sub 2} was studied. • Hydrogen reduction of gold salt results in the smallest particles of 2.4 nm. • XANES is used to determine the oxidation state of gold atoms. • Hydrogen and microwave synthesis produce completely reduced gold particles. • UV reduction of gold salt leads to positively charged particles.

  7. Atomic absorption spectroscopic, conductometric and colorimetric methods for determination of fluoroquinolone antibiotics using ammonium reineckate ion-pair complex formation

    Ragab, Gamal H.; Amin, Alaa S.

    2004-03-01

    Three accurate, rapid and simple atomic absorption spectrometric, conductometric and colorimetric methods were developed for the determination of norfloxacin (NRF), ciprofloxacin (CIP), ofloxacin (OFL) and enrofloxacin (ENF). The proposed methods depend upon the reaction of ammonium reineckate with the studied drugs to form stable precipitate of ion-pair complexes, which was dissolved in acetone. The pink coloured complexes were determined either by AAS or colorimetrically at λmax 525 nm directly using the dissolved complex. Using conductometric titration, the studied drugs could be evaluated in 50% (v/v) acetone in the range 5.0-65, 4.0-48, 5.0-56 and 6.0-72 μg ml -1 of NRF, CPF, OFL and ENF, respectively. The optimizations of various experimental conditions were described. The results obtained showed good recoveries of 99.15±1.15, 99.30±1.40, 99.60±1.50, and 99.00±1.25% with relative standard deviations of 0.81, 1.06, 0.97, and 0.69% for NRF, CPF, OFL, and ENF, respectively. Applications of the proposed methods to representative pharmaceutical formulations are successfully presented.

  8. A method optimization study for atomic absorption spectrophotometric determination of total zinc in insulin using direct aspiration technique

    Sadia Ata

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available A sensitive, reliable and relative fast method has been developed for the determination of total zinc in insulin by atomic absorption spectrophotometer. This designed study was used to optimize the procedures for the existing methods. Spectrograms of both standard and sample solutions of zinc were recorded by measuring the absorbance at 213.9 nm for determination of total zinc. System suitability parameters were evaluated and were found to be within the limits. Linearity was evaluated through graphical representation of concentration versus absorbance. Repeatability (intra-day and intermediate precision (inter-day were assessed by analyzing working standard solutions. Accuracy and robustness were experimented from the standard procedures. The percentage recovery of zinc was found to be 99.8%, relative standard deviation RSD 1.13%, linearity of determination LOD 0.0032 μg/mL, and limit of quantization LOQ 0.0120 μg/mL. This developed and proposed method was then validated in terms of accuracy, precision, linearity and robustness which can be successfully used for the quantization of zinc in insulin.

  9. Gold/titania composites: An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study on the influence of the reduction method

    The functionalization of titania based materials with noble metal cocatalysts such as gold or platinum is a well known procedure to improve the catalytic activity of these materials in for example the degradation of organic pollutants or CO conversion. Parameters such as cocatalyst load, noble metal particle size and oxidation state influence the efficiency of these materials. We have impregnated a mesoporous titania powder with a gold salt and used different synthesis routes to reduce the gold ions. A structural analysis was performed using electron microscopy and nitrogen sorption. An X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy study, in both high and low resolution, was performed to investigate the influence of the different reduction methods on the oxidation state of the gold atoms. This technique can also provide information on the local environment of the gold atoms and their interaction with the titanium dioxide host. We found that varying the reduction method has a significant impact on the oxidation state of the gold cocatalysts. This lead to varying interactions with the titania support and charging of the gold nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Influence of reduction method on Au/TiO2 was studied. • Hydrogen reduction of gold salt results in the smallest particles of 2.4 nm. • XANES is used to determine the oxidation state of gold atoms. • Hydrogen and microwave synthesis produce completely reduced gold particles. • UV reduction of gold salt leads to positively charged particles

  10. A novel method of carbon dioxide clumped isotope analysis with tunable infra-red laser direct absorption spectroscopy

    Prokhorov, Ivan; Kluge, Tobias; Janssen, Christof

    2016-04-01

    Precise clumped isotopes analysis of carbon dioxide opens up new horizons of atmospheric and biogeochemical research. Recent advances in laser and spectroscopic techniques provides us necessary instrumentation to access extremely low sub-permill variations of multiply-substituted isotopologues. We present an advanced analysis method of carbon dioxide clumped isotopes using direct absorption spectroscopy. Our assessments predict the ultimate precision of the new method on the sub-permill level comparable to state of the art mass spectrometry. Among the most auspicious intrinsic properties of this method we highlight genuine Δ16O13C18O and Δ16O13C18O measurements without isobaric interference, measurement cycle duration of several minutes versus hours for mass spectrometric analysis, reduced sample size of ˜ 10 μmol and high flexibility, allowing us to perform in-situ measurements. The pilot version of the instrument is being developed in an international collaboration framework between Heidelberg University, Germany and Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. It employs two continuous interband quantum cascade lasers tuned at 4.439 μm and 4.329 μm to measure doubly ( 16O13C18O, 16O13C17O) and singly ( 16O12C16O, 16O13C16O, 16O12C17O, 16O12C18O) substituted isotopologues, respectively. Two identical Herriot cells are filled with dry pure CO2 sample and reference gas at working pressure of 1 ‑ 10 mbar. Cells provide optical path lengths of ˜ 17 m for the laser tuned at doubly substituted isotopologues lines and use a single pass for the laser tuned at the stronger lines of singly substituted isotopologues. Light outside of the gas cells is coupled into optical fiber to avoid absorption by ambient air CO2. Simulations predict sub-permill precision at working pressure of 1 mbar and room temperature stabilised at the ±10 mK level. Our prime target is to apply the proposed method for continuous in-situ analysis of CO2. We are foreseeing potential

  11. Time-Resolved O3 Chemical Chain Reaction Kinetics Via High-Resolution IR Laser Absorption Methods

    Kulcke, Axel; Blackmon, Brad; Chapman, William B.; Kim, In Koo; Nesbitt, David J.

    1998-01-01

    Excimer laser photolysis in combination with time-resolved IR laser absorption detection of OH radicals has been used to study O3/OH(v = 0)/HO2 chain reaction kinetics at 298 K, (i.e.,(k(sub 1) is OH + 03 yields H02 + 02 and (k(sub 2) is H02 + 03 yields OH + 202). From time-resolved detection of OH radicals with high-resolution near IR laser absorption methods, the chain induction kinetics have been measured at up to an order of magnitude higher ozone concentrations ([03] less than or equal to 10(exp 17) molecules/cu cm) than accessible in previous studies. This greater dynamic range permits the full evolution of the chain induction, propagation, and termination process to be temporally isolated and measured in real time. An exact solution for time-dependent OH evolution under pseudo- first-order chain reaction conditions is presented, which correctly predicts new kinetic signatures not included in previous OH + 03 kinetic analyses. Specifically, the solutions predict an initial exponential loss (chain "induction") of the OH radical to a steady-state level ([OH](sub ss)), with this fast initial decay determined by the sum of both chain rate constants, k(sub ind) = k(sub 1) + k(sub 2). By monitoring the chain induction feature, this sum of the rate constants is determined to be k(sub ind) = 8.4(8) x 10(exp -14) cu cm/molecule/s for room temperature reagents. This is significantly higher than the values currently recommended for use in atmospheric models, but in excellent agreement with previous results from Ravishankara et al.

  12. Hermann Günther Graßmann (1809–1877) Visionary Mathematician, Scientist and Neohumanist Scholar : Papers from a Sesquicentennial Conference

    1996-01-01

    In this volume specialists in mathematics, physics, and linguistics present the first comprehensive analysis of the ideas and influence of Hermann G. Graßmann (1809-1877), the remarkable universalist whose work recast the foundations of these disciplines and shaped the course of their modern development.

  13. Absorption and Metabolism Characteristics of Triptolide as Determined by a Sensitive and Reliable LC-MS/MS Method

    Xiaomei Gong

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In this research, a sensitive and reliable LC-MS/MS method was developed and applied to determine the concentration of triptolide in rat plasma, microsomes, and cell incubation media. The absolute oral bioavailability of triptolide is 63.9% at a dose of 1 mg·kg−1. In vitro, the bidirectional transport of triptolide across Caco-2 cells was studied. A markedly higher transport of triptolide across Caco-2 cells was observed in the basolateral-to-apical direction and was abrogated in the presence of the P-gp inhibitor, verapamil. The result indicated that P-gp might be involved in the absorption of triptolide in intestinal. The metabolic stability was also investigated using human liver microsome incubation systems in vitro. In HLMs, incubations with an initial triptolide concentration of 1 μM resulted in an 82.4% loss of substrate over 60 min, and the t1/2 was 38 min, which indicated that triptolide was easily metabolized in human liver microsomes. In conclusion, the absolute oral bioavailability of triptolide in plasma, transport across Caco-2 cell monolayers, and metabolic stability in human liver microsomes were systematically investigated by using a sensitive and reliable LC-MS/MS method.

  14. Combination of Biorthogonal Wavelet Hybrid Kernel OCSVM with Feature Weighted Approach Based on EVA and GRA in Financial Distress Prediction

    Chao Huang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Financial distress prediction plays an important role in the survival of companies. In this paper, a novel biorthogonal wavelet hybrid kernel function is constructed by combining linear kernel function with biorthogonal wavelet kernel function. Besides, a new feature weighted approach is presented based on economic value added (EVA and grey relational analysis (GRA. Considering the imbalance between financially distressed companies and normal ones, the feature weighted one-class support vector machine based on biorthogonal wavelet hybrid kernel (BWH-FWOCSVM is further put forward for financial distress prediction. The empirical study with real data from the listed companies on Growth Enterprise Market (GEM in China shows that the proposed approach has good performance.

  15. Toxoplasma gondii: Protective immunity induced by a DNA vaccine expressing GRA1 and MIC3 against toxoplasmosis in BALB/c mice.

    Gong, Pengtao; Cao, Lili; Guo, Yanbing; Dong, Hang; Yuan, Shuxian; Yao, Xinhua; Ren, Wenzhi; Yao, Lin; Xu, Zhilin; Sun, Qiang; Zhang, Xichen

    2016-07-01

    The intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii is a major cause of abortion and neonatal loss in livestock, and can cause severe illness to human with weakened immune system. The heavy incidence and severe consequence indicate the development of vaccines against T. gondii is required. In this study, DNA vaccines encoding GRA1 and MIC3 antigens were developed. The parasite-specific immune responses and protection efficiency against toxoplasmosis by these DNA vaccines were evaluated in BALB/c mice. The results demonstrated that the IgG antibody production was significantly increased in multi-antigenic vaccine encoding GRA1 and MIC3 immunized group, as well as the IFN-γ level, when compared with single-gene vaccines and controls groups (p < 0.05). Two weeks after the final vaccination, the mice were challenged with either 1 × 10(4) or 1 × 10(2) RH strain tachyzoites, and the mortality and parasite reduction were observed. The multi-antigenic vaccine encoding GRA1 and MIC3 lead to the longest survival time as well as the less parasite-loads in brain and liver of immunized mice (p < 0.01). The present study indicates that the GRA1 and MIC3 showed the potential as target for vaccine investigation against toxoplasmosis. And the immune efficacy induced by multi-antigenic vaccine encoding GRA1 and MIC3 was better than that induced by single-antigenic vaccines alone. PMID:27059254

  16. Development of the Hybrid Operation Method of a Multi-Geothermal Heat Pump System and Absorption Chiller-Heater

    Young-Ju Jung

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Considerable efforts have been made to reduce the energy consumption of buildings due to the energy crisis, and, the Korean government has supported the use of renewable energy through various grants. Among the possible renewable energy sources, geothermal energy can be used regardless of the outside weather. Therefore, energy consumption can be reduced considerably in summer and winter. Despite the increasing use of renewable energy, the use of renewables has not been operating appropriately. Therefore, this study examined some of the problems of the operation of renewable energy and some possible improvements. The aim of the study is to evaluate a building containing an actual installed multi-geothermal heat pump (Multi-GHP system, in terms of the energy efficiency. In addition, this study evaluated the present control system and the method of complex operation regarding existing heat sources systems and GHP systems through a simulation. The results can be regarded as the result of a hybrid operation method for the improvement of an existing operation. Therefore, the Multi-GHP system energy use of a hybrid operation condition of the Multi-GHP systems and the absorption (ABS chiller-heater system was reduced compared to the operation condition of the Multi-GHP system, and the total energy consumption of the heat source equipment was reduced. The proposed operation plan was evaluated after applying the system to a building. These results showed that the efficient operation of a Multi-GHP hybrid operation method is possible. As a result, the GHP energy use of Multi-GHP systems and the ABS chiller-heater system was reduced by 30% compared to existing operation and the total energy consumption of heat source equipment was reduced by 78%.

  17. Technical Note: An X-ray absorption method for the identification of calcium phosphate species using peak-height ratios

    Oxmann, J. F.

    2014-04-01

    X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) studies on calcium phosphate species (Ca-P) deal with marginal differences among subtle spectral features despite a hitherto missing systematic breakdown of these differences. Related fingerprinting approaches depend, therefore, on spectral libraries that are not validated against each other, incomplete and scattered among publications. This study compiled a comprehensive spectral library from published reference compound libraries in order to establish more clear-cut criteria for Ca-P determination by distinctive phosphorus K-edge XANES features. A specifically developed normalization method identified diagnostic spectral features in the compiled library, e.g. by uniform calculation of ratios between white-line and secondary peak heights. Post-processing of the spectra (n = 81) verified distinguishability among most but not all phases, which included hydroxylapatite (HAP), poorly crystalline HAP, amorphous HAP, fluorapatite, carbonate fluorapatite (CFAP), carbonate hydroxylapatite, β-tricalcium phosphate, octacalcium phosphate (OCP), brushite, monetite, monocalcium phosphate, amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), anapaite, herderite, scholzite, messelite, whiteite and P on CaCO3. Particularly, peak-height ratios significantly improved analyte specificity, e.g. by supplementary breakdown into OCP and ACP. The spectral analysis also revealed Ca-P standards that were rarely investigated or inappropriately synthesized, and thus provides a basis for standard selection and synthesis. The method developed and resulting breakdown by species were subsequently tested on Ca-P spectra from studies on bone and sediment. The test indicated that bone material likely comprises only poorly crystalline apatite, which confirms direct nucleation of apatite in bone. This biological apatite formation is likely opposed to that of sedimentary apatite, which apparently forms by both direct nucleation and successive crystallization. Application of

  18. Variability of calcium absorption

    Variability in calcium absorption was estimated in three groups of normal subjects in whom Ca absorption was measured by standard isotopic-tracer methods at interstudy intervals ranging from 1 to 4 mo. Fifty absorption tests were performed in 22 subjects. Each was done in the morning after an overnight fast with an identical standard breakfast containing a Ca load of approximately 250 mg. Individual fractional absorption values were normalized to permit pooling of the data. The coefficient of variation (CVs) for absorption for the three groups ranged from 10.57 to 12.79% with the size of the CV increasing with interstudy duration. One other published study presenting replicate absorption values was analyzed in a similar fashion and was found to have a CV of absorption of 9.78%. From these data we estimate that when the standard double-isotope method is used to measure Ca absorption there is approximately 10% variability around any given absorption value within an individual human subject and that roughly two-thirds of this represents real biological variability in absorption

  19. Concentration distribution of Nd{sup 3+} In Nd:Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystals studied by optical absorption method

    Sun, Dunlu; Zhang, Qingli; Wang, Zhaobing; Su, Jing; Gu, Changjiang; Wang, Aihua; Yin, Shaotang [Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, HeFei 230031 (China)

    2005-07-01

    Nd:Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystals with different concentrations of Nd{sup 3+} were grown by Czochralski method, their absorption spectra were measured at room temperature. By using the optical absorption method, the effective distribution coefficient k{sub eff} for Nd{sup 3+} in GGG was fitted to be 0.40{+-}0.01, which is higher than that of Nd{sup 3+} in YAG. The 808nm absorption cross-section was calculated to be 4.0{+-}0.2 x 10{sup -20} cm{sup -2}. The lengthways and radial concentration distribution of Nd{sup 3+} in the crystals were also analyzed and discussed. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. A new, fast and accurate spectrophotometric method for the determination of the optical constants of arbitrary absorptance thin films from a single transmittance curve: application to dielectric materials

    Desforges, Jean; Deschamps, Clément; Gauvin, Serge

    2015-08-01

    The determination of the complex refractive index of thin films usually requires the highest accuracy. In this paper, we report on a new and accurate method based on a spectral rectifying process of a single transmittance curve. The agreements with simulated and real experimental data show the helpfulness of the method. The case of materials having arbitrary absorption bands at midpoint in spectral range, such as pigments in guest-host polymers, is also encompassed by this method.

  1. Arsenic absorption by members of the Brassicacea family, analysed by neutron activation, k0-method - preliminary results

    Natural arsenic contamination is a cause for concern in many countries of the world including Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Thailand and the United States of America and also in Brazil, specially in the Iron Quadrangle area, where mining activities has been contributing to aggravate natural contamination. Brassicacea is a plant family with edible species (arugula, cabbage, cauliflower, cress, kale, mustard, radish), ornamental ones (alysssum, field pennycress, ornamental cabbages and kales) and some species are known as metal and metalloid accumulators (Indian mustard, field pennycress), like chromium, nickel, and arsenic. The present work aimed at studying other taxa of the Brassicaceae family to verify their capability in absorbing arsenic, under controlled conditions, for possible utilisation in remediation activities. The analytical method chosen was neutron activation analysis, k0 method, a routine technique at CDTN, and also very appropriate for arsenic studies. To avoid possible interference from solid substrates, like sand or vermiculite, attempts were carried out to keep the specimens in 1/4 Murashige and Skoog basal salt solution (M and S). Growth was stumped, plants withered and perished, showing that modifications in M and S had to be done. The addition of nickel and silicon allowed normal growth of the plant specimens, for periods longer than usually achieved (more than two months); yielding samples large enough for further studies with other techniques, like ICP-MS, and other targets, like speciation studies. The results of arsenic absorption are presented here and the need of nickel and silicon in the composition of M and S is discussed. (author)

  2. Arsenic absorption by members of the Brassicacea family, analysed by neutron activation, k{sub 0}-method - preliminary results

    Uemura, George; Matos, Ludmila Vieira da Silva; Silva, Maria Aparecida da; Ferreira, Alexandre Santos Martorano; Menezes, Maria Angela de Barros Correia [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN-CNEN/MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)], e-mail: george@cdtn.br, e-mail: menezes@cdtn.br

    2009-07-01

    Natural arsenic contamination is a cause for concern in many countries of the world including Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Thailand and the United States of America and also in Brazil, specially in the Iron Quadrangle area, where mining activities has been contributing to aggravate natural contamination. Brassicacea is a plant family with edible species (arugula, cabbage, cauliflower, cress, kale, mustard, radish), ornamental ones (alysssum, field pennycress, ornamental cabbages and kales) and some species are known as metal and metalloid accumulators (Indian mustard, field pennycress), like chromium, nickel, and arsenic. The present work aimed at studying other taxa of the Brassicaceae family to verify their capability in absorbing arsenic, under controlled conditions, for possible utilisation in remediation activities. The analytical method chosen was neutron activation analysis, k{sub 0} method, a routine technique at CDTN, and also very appropriate for arsenic studies. To avoid possible interference from solid substrates, like sand or vermiculite, attempts were carried out to keep the specimens in 1/4 Murashige and Skoog basal salt solution (M and S). Growth was stumped, plants withered and perished, showing that modifications in M and S had to be done. The addition of nickel and silicon allowed normal growth of the plant specimens, for periods longer than usually achieved (more than two months); yielding samples large enough for further studies with other techniques, like ICP-MS, and other targets, like speciation studies. The results of arsenic absorption are presented here and the need of nickel and silicon in the composition of M and S is discussed. (author)

  3. A simple and timesaving method for the mass-transfer assessment of solvents used in physical absorption

    Biard, Pierre-François; Coudon, Aurélie; Couvert, Annabelle; Giraudet, Sylvain

    2016-01-01

    International audience A simple dynamic absorption procedure to assess the mass-transfer performances of a solvent toward a selected gaseous solute is presented. Absorption was operated semi-continuously at transient state until the equilibrium was reached without solvent recirculation. Four volatile organic compounds (VOC) more or less hydrophobic (toluene, acetone, dichloromethane, isopropanol) were absorbed in water and two heavy organic solvents (Bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate DEHA and poly...

  4. Zeeman atomic absorption spectroscopy

    A new method of background correction in atomic absorption spectroscopy has recently been introduced, based on the Zeeman splitting of spectral lines in a magnetic field. A theoretical analysis of the background correction capability observed in such instruments is presented. A Zeeman atomic absorption spectrometer utilizing a 50 Hz sine wave modulated magnetic field is described. (Auth.)

  5. Quantitative mineral salt evaluation in the calcaneous bone using computed tomography, 125I-photon absorption and chemical analysis to compare the value of the individual methods

    It was the aim of the study described here to verify the accuracy of two different methods for the quantitative evaluation of mineral salts, which were the 125I-photon absorption technique on the one hand and wholebody CT on the other hand. For this purpose, post-mortem examinations of 31 calcaneous bones were carried out to evaluate their individual mineral salt contents in vitro using either of the above-mentioned methods. The results obtained were subsequently contrasted with calcium concentrations determined by chemical analysis. A comparison of the individual mineral salt evaluations with the results from calcium analyses pointed to a highly significant correlation (p=0.001) for both methods under investigation. The same held for the correlation of findings from CT and the 125I-hydroxylapatite technique, where the level of significance was also p=0.001. The above statements must, however, be modified in as much as the mineral salt values measured by CT were consistently lower than those obtained on the basis of 125I-photon absorption. These deviations are chiefly attributable to the fact that the values provided by CT are more susceptible to influences from the fat contained in the bones. In 125I-photon absorption a special formula may be derived to allow for the bias occurring here, provided that the composition of the bone is known. To summarise, the relative advantages and drawbacks of CT and 125I-photon absorption are carefully balanced. Mineral salt evaluations by CT permit incipient losses to be ascertained even in the trunk. The 125I-photon absorption technique would appear to be the obvious method for any kind of follow-up examination in the peripheral skeleton, as it is easily reproducible and radiation exposure can be kept to minimum. (TRV)

  6. Evaluating Web Sites Using COPRAS-GRA Combined With Grey Clustering

    BINDU MADHURI .Ch; DR. ANAND CHANDULAL.J

    2010-01-01

    Web site evaluation is a significant task to perform web site personalization. Because evaluated web sites provide useful information for users to estimate sites’ validation and popularity. Many different methods have been proposed to measure usage of a website. The quantitative methods focus on the performance measurement of the website whereas the qualitative methods estimate the user’s opinion of a website. COPRAS-G associated with grey relations method is a distinct measure, which combine...

  7. 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

  8. Analysis of functional groups in atmospheric aerosols by infrared spectroscopy: sparse methods for statistical selection of relevant absorption bands

    Takahama, Satoshi; Ruggeri, Giulia; Dillner, Ann M.

    2016-07-01

    Various vibrational modes present in molecular mixtures of laboratory and atmospheric aerosols give rise to complex Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) absorption spectra. Such spectra can be chemically informative, but they often require sophisticated algorithms for quantitative characterization of aerosol composition. Naïve statistical calibration models developed for quantification employ the full suite of wavenumbers available from a set of spectra, leading to loss of mechanistic interpretation between chemical composition and the resulting changes in absorption patterns that underpin their predictive capability. Using sparse representations of the same set of spectra, alternative calibration models can be built in which only a select group of absorption bands are used to make quantitative prediction of various aerosol properties. Such models are desirable as they allow us to relate predicted properties to their underlying molecular structure. In this work, we present an evaluation of four algorithms for achieving sparsity in FT-IR spectroscopy calibration models. Sparse calibration models exclude unnecessary wavenumbers from infrared spectra during the model building process, permitting identification and evaluation of the most relevant vibrational modes of molecules in complex aerosol mixtures required to make quantitative predictions of various measures of aerosol composition. We study two types of models: one which predicts alcohol COH, carboxylic COH, alkane CH, and carbonyl CO functional group (FG) abundances in ambient samples based on laboratory calibration standards and another which predicts thermal optical reflectance (TOR) organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) mass in new ambient samples by direct calibration of infrared spectra to a set of ambient samples reserved for calibration. We describe the development and selection of each calibration model and evaluate the effect of sparsity on prediction performance. Finally, we ascribe

  9. Arsenic and antimony determination in refined and unrefined table salts by means of hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry--comparison of sample decomposition and determination methods

    AKSUNER, Nur; TİRTOM, Vedia Nüket; HENDEN, Emür

    2011-01-01

    An evaluation was made of different digestion methods for the determination of arsenic and antimony in table salt samples prior to hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometric analysis. Microwave acid digestion, classical wet digestion, dry ashing, and fusion were applied to the decomposition of salt samples and optimum conditions were investigated. Samples were decomposed by changing heating time, digestion techniques, and the amount and composition of acid, and then the concen...

  10. Trace mercury determination in drinking and natural water after preconcentration and separation by DLLME-SFO method coupled with cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry

    Abdollahi Atousa; Amirkavehei Mooud; Gheisari Mohammad Mehdi; Tadayon Fariba

    2014-01-01

    A novel dispersive liquid–liquid microextraction based on solidification of floating organic drop (DLLME-SFO) for simultaneous separation/preconcentration of ultra trace amounts of mercury was used. A method based on amalgamation was used for collection of gaseous mercury on gold coated sand (Gold trap). The concentration of mercury was determined by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS). The DLLME-SFO behavior of mercury by using dithizone as complexing agent was systematically ...

  11. Application of a powdered-internal-standard method combined with correction for self-absorption of x-rays to geological, environmental and biological samples

    Availability of a powdered internal standard method developed in the previous report has been investigated in detail for geological, mineralogical, environmental and biological samples. It is found that this method is effective for various powdered samples composed of high-Z elements. A computer program for correcting self-absorption of x-rays, which is based on the method we previously reported, was developed and it has been applied to soil samples of varied thickness. As a result, it is found that the method is quite effective even for a pretty thick target where particles overlap with each other. Moreover, the method was applied to several rock samples, which were prepared by grinding and consist of particles of divergent size, and found to be applicable. Lastly, the powered internal standard method was applied to a biological sample and found to be almost satisfactory, too. These results demonstrate the availability of the powdered internal standard method combined with the method of x-ray-absorption correction for samples in many research fields. (author)

  12. Optimization of neutrography using a new method to determine the absorption constants of mineralogically relevant substances and construction of a lab scale neutron source

    The goal of this treatise is the systematic presentation of a new technique in neutrography (radiography with neutrons). This newly developed method can be utilized to determine the absorption coefficients of known and unknown materials or the source intensity of unknown neutron sources. Through such an exposure darkening patterns on a film or a monitor screen are produced, depending in their characteristics on the particular absorption coefficients of various homogenous and heterogeneous material specimens. The outcome of this treatise is based on evaluation results with micro-densitometry and image analysis methods on 150 tests. The experiments have been performed at the research reactor and the accelerator of the Technical University Munich in Garching and at the Plasmafocus of the Juelich research center, utilizing various neutron intensities and materials of mineralogical importance, e.g. uraniumoxide. It is shown in this treatise that the absorption coefficients which have been theoretically and experimentally determined by the new method do conform with those stated in the pertinent literature to a high extent. The experiences gained in the present work have helped to construct a neutron source on laboratory-scale (small plasmafocus). (author)

  13. Converting Sabine absorption coefficients to random incidence absorption coefficients

    Jeong, Cheol-Ho

    2013-01-01

    Absorption coefficients measured by the chamber method are referred to as Sabine absorption coefficients, which sometimes exceed unity due to the finite size of a sample and non-uniform intensity in the reverberation chambers under test. In this study, conversion methods from Sabine absorption...... coefficients to random incidence absorption coefficients are proposed. The overestimations of the Sabine absorption coefficient are investigated theoretically based on Miki's model for porous absorbers backed by a rigid wall or an air cavity, resulting in conversion factors. Additionally, three optimizations...

  14. Metafizinės patirtys Gražinos Cieškaitės lyrikoje | Metaphysical Experiences in Gražina Cieškaitė’s poetry

    Audinga Peluritytė

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyses and discusses the signs of metaphysical experience in the work of the contemporary Lithuanian poetess Gražina Cieškaitė. The paper was inspired by Vytautas Kavolis’ provoking thought that in Cieškaitė’s poetry attempt is made to analyse and criticise the key myths of Western civilisation, and female mythology, very old and going back to pre-civilisation conscience, is recreated from the shards of the broken myth of Western civilisation. In this paper, Cieškaitė’s work is analysed in several stages that are reflected in the headlines of the sections. Recognisable are the landmarks of metaphysical thinking, mythical personages and plots; discussed are the outcomes of the interaction of eclectic metaphysical and mythical thinking; finally, an attempt is made at recognising the central idea of this metaphysical lyric and at reconstructing the version of myth so closely linked with this idea. All parts of the paper are concerned with the issue of poetic language, and the key features of Cieškaitė’s poetics are recorded. The paper asserts that in Cieškaitė’s work it is really possible to restore an extremely old version of female mythology, which is embodied in the figure of the goddess Aphrodite that had acquired Promethean creative powers. Yet here metaphysical experiences can hardly be generalised as one comprehensive metaphysical theory. In Cieškaitė’s work, metaphysical thinking based on language and logic frequently yields ground to spontaneous mystical experiences, which are not controlled by either logic or language.

  15. A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination in complex mining residues by flame atomic absorption spectrometry

    A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) in typical, complex residues from gold mining is presented. Three digestion methods were evaluated: an open vessel digestion using a mixture of HCl:HNO3:HF acids (Method A) and two microwave digestion methods using a mixture of HCl:H2O2:HNO3 in high (Method B) and medium-pressure (Method C) vessels. The matrix effect was also investigated. Arsenic concentration from external and standard addition calibration curves (at a 95% confidence level) were statistically equal (p-value = 0.122) using microwave digestion in high-pressure vessel. The results from the open vessel digestion were statistically different (p-value = 0.007) whereas in the microwave digestion in medium-pressure vessel (Method C) the dissolution of the samples was incomplete.

  16. A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination in complex mining residues by flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

    Pantuzzo, Fernando L; Silva, Julio César J; Ciminelli, Virginia S T

    2009-09-15

    A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) in typical, complex residues from gold mining is presented. Three digestion methods were evaluated: an open vessel digestion using a mixture of HCl:HNO(3):HF acids (Method A) and two microwave digestion methods using a mixture of HCl:H(2)O(2):HNO(3) in high (Method B) and medium-pressure (Method C) vessels. The matrix effect was also investigated. Arsenic concentration from external and standard addition calibration curves (at a 95% confidence level) were statistically equal (p-value=0.122) using microwave digestion in high-pressure vessel. The results from the open vessel digestion were statistically different (p-value=0.007) whereas in the microwave digestion in medium-pressure vessel (Method C) the dissolution of the samples was incomplete. PMID:19345010

  17. A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination in complex mining residues by flame atomic absorption spectrometry

    Pantuzzo, Fernando L.; Silva, Julio Cesar J. [Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Rua Espirito Santo, 35/206, 30160-030 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Ciminelli, Virginia S.T., E-mail: ciminelli@demet.ufmg.br [Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Rua Espirito Santo, 35/206, 30160-030 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2009-09-15

    A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) in typical, complex residues from gold mining is presented. Three digestion methods were evaluated: an open vessel digestion using a mixture of HCl:HNO{sub 3}:HF acids (Method A) and two microwave digestion methods using a mixture of HCl:H{sub 2}O{sub 2}:HNO{sub 3} in high (Method B) and medium-pressure (Method C) vessels. The matrix effect was also investigated. Arsenic concentration from external and standard addition calibration curves (at a 95% confidence level) were statistically equal (p-value = 0.122) using microwave digestion in high-pressure vessel. The results from the open vessel digestion were statistically different (p-value = 0.007) whereas in the microwave digestion in medium-pressure vessel (Method C) the dissolution of the samples was incomplete.

  18. Application of neutron absorption method of the analysis on thermal neutrons for the control of substances and products containing boron in a nuclear power engineering and industry

    Nuclear physical methods of analysis using the absorption effect of ionising radiation should satisfy the following requirements for industrial practice. First, the ionising radiation should have a high penetrating ability in the environment examined to ensure a representative nature of the data and reliability of the analysis. Secondly, the absorption degree of radiation should be sufficient to maintain the sensitivity and accuracy of the measurements. In addition, to keep the necessary selectivity, the neutron absorption analysis on thermal neutrons is applied on chemical elements and their isotopes with an anomalously high absorption cross section about 102 - 104 barn. To such elements belong Gd, Sm, B, Cd, Hg and others. Based on the exponential law of absorption for thermal neutrons, an analytical expression was obtained for the concentration of the element analyzed in dependence on the flow of the elapsed neutrons. A number of interfering factors such as the matrix effect of the filling agent, scattering of neutrons, dispersion of the density and of the temperature of the environment, and background radiation have to be taken into account. Owing to the difference between the experimental calibration dependence and the exponential one, the methods of its mathematical approximation, for example, polynomial function and partially hyperbolic one are considered. The scheme realisation of the method is feasible in geometry 'on passage' and 'on reflection' of the neutron flow. Radionuclide Pu-Be sources are preferred as the neutron sources based on nuclear reactions of the (α,n) type. Detectors used for registration of slow neutrons are gas discharge corona 3He-filled counters. Hydrogen-containing substances with good scattering properties are utilised as the fast neutron moderators. The neutron absorption method has found wide application in the nuclear power engineering and atomic industry. This method is intended for continuous automatic monitoring of contents

  19. Sabine absorption coefficients to random incidence absorption coefficients

    Jeong, Cheol-Ho

    2014-01-01

    Absorption coefficients measured by the chamber method are referred to as Sabine absorption coefficients, which sometimes exceed unity due to the finite size of a specimen and non-uniform intensity in the test chamber. In this study, several methods that convert Sabine absorption coefficients into...... random incidence absorption coefficients for porous absorbers are investigated. Two optimization-based conversion methods are suggested: the surface impedance estimation for locally reacting absorbers and the flow resistivity estimation for extendedly reacting absorbers. The suggested conversion methods...

  20. Estimating urban trees and carbon stock potentials for mitigating climate change in Lagos: Case of Ikeja Government Reserved Area (GRA)

    Elias, P. O.; Faderin, A.

    2014-12-01

    Urban trees are a component of the urban infrastructure which offers diverse services including environmental, aesthetic and economic. The accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere resulting from the indiscriminate distribution of human populations and urban activities with the unsustainable consumption of natural resources contributes to global environmental change especially in coastal cities like Lagos. Carbon stocks and sequestration by urban trees are increasingly recognized to play significant roles for mitigating climate change. This paper focuses on the estimation of carbon stock and sequestration through biomass estimation and quantification in Ikeja GRA, Lagos. Ikeja possesses a characteristic feature as a microcosm of Lagos due to the wide range of land uses. A canopy assessment of tree population was carried out using itree canopy software. A GPS survey was used to collect an inventory of all trees showing their location, spatial distribution and other attributes. The analysis of the carbon storage and sequestration potential of both actual and potential tree planting sites involved biomass estimations from tree allometry equations. Trees were identified at species level and measurements of their dendrometric values were recorded and integrated into the GIS database to estimate biomass of trees and carbon storage. The trees in the study area were estimated to have a biomass of 441.9 mg and carbon storage of 221.395 kg/tree. By considering the potential tree planting sites the estimated carbon stored increased to 11,352.73 kg. Carbon sequestration value in the study area was found to be 1.6790 tonnes for the existing trees and 40.707 tonnes for the potential tree planting sites (PTPS). The estimation of carbon storage and sequestration values of trees are important incentives for carbon accounting/footprints and monitoring of climate change mitigation which has implications for evaluation and monitoring of urban ecosystem.

  1. 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.

  2. Effects of post-heat treatment on the characteristics of chalcopyrite CuInSe2 film deposited by successive ionic layer absorption and reaction method

    The influence of annealing effects in CuInSe2 ternary films prepared by successive ionic layer absorption and reaction method has been investigated. The films have firstly been deposited on glass substrates at room temperature and then heat-treated under Ar atmosphere at various annealing temperatures. CuInSe2 films were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, optical absorption spectrum and Hall system. XRD results showed that the proper post-annealing process can lead to a complete formation of chalcopyrite structure CuInSe2 with high degree of preferred orientation towards (112) reflection. After annealing process, the composition of annealed films was close to the standard stoichiometry and O, Cl impurities decreased. The direct band gap increased from 0.94 to 0.98 eV and resistivity showed a big decrease with the increase of annealing temperature

  3. Development and validation of an UPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of ethoxzolamide in plasma and bioequivalent buffers: Applications to absorption, brain distribution, and pharmacokinetic studies

    Gao, Song; Zhao, Jing; Yin, Taijun; Ma, Yong; Xu, Beibei; Moore, Anthony N.; Dash, Pramod K.; Hu, Ming

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop and validate an UPLC-MS/MS method to quantify ethoxzolamide in plasma (EZ) and apply the method to absorption, brain distribution, as well as pharmacokinetic studies. A C18 column was used with 0.1% of formic acid in acetonitrile and 0.1% of formic acid in water as the mobile phases to resolve EZ. The mass analysis was performed in a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with positive scan mode. The results show th...

  4. A wave based method to predict the absorption, reflection and transmission coefficient of two-dimensional rigid frame porous structures with periodic inclusions

    Deckers, Elke; Claeys, Claus; Atak, Onur; Groby, Jean-Philippe; Dazel, Olivier; Desmet, Wim

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents an extension to the Wave Based Method to predict the absorption, reflection and transmission coefficients of a porous material with an embedded periodic set of inclusions. The porous unit cell is described using the Multi-Level methodology and by embedding Bloch-Floquet periodicity conditions in the weighted residual scheme. The dynamic pressure field in the semi-infinite acoustic domains is approximated using a novel wave function set that fulfils the Helmholtz equation, the Bloch-Floquet periodicity conditions and the Sommerfeld radiation condition. The method is meshless and computationally efficient, which makes it well suited for optimisation studies.

  5. Ultrasonic velocity and absorption study of binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitrile by interferometric method at different frequencies

    Pawar, N. R.; Chimankar, O. P.; Bhandakkar, V. D.; Padole, N. N.

    2012-12-01

    The ultrasonic velocity (u), absorption (α), density (ρ), and viscosity (η) has been measured at different frequencies (1MHz to 10MHz) in the binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitriile over the entire range of composition at temperature 303K. Vander Waal's constant (b), adiabatic compressibility (βa), acoustic impedance (Z), molar volume (V), free length (Lf), free volume, internal pressure, intermolecular radius and relative association have been also calculated. A special application for acrylonitrile is in the manufacture of carbon fibers. These are produced by paralysis of oriented poly acrylonitrile fibers and are used to reinforce composites for high-performance applications in the aircraft, defense and aerospace industries. Other applications of acrylonitrile are in the production of fatty amines, ion exchange resins and fatty amine amides used in cosmetics, adhesives, corrosion inhibitors and water-treatment resins. Cyclohexane derivatives can be used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, dyes, herbicides, plant growth regulator, plasticizers, rubber chemicals, nylon, cyclamens and other organic compounds. In the view of these extensive applications of acrylonitrile and cyclohexane in the engineering process, textile and pharmaceutical industries present study provides qualitative information regarding the nature and strength of interaction in the liquid mixtures through derive parameters from ultrasonic velocity and absorption measurement.

  6. Ultrasonic velocity and absorption study of binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitrile by interferometric method at different frequencies

    The ultrasonic velocity (u), absorption (α), density (ρ), and viscosity (η) has been measured at different frequencies (1MHz to 10MHz) in the binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitriile over the entire range of composition at temperature 303K. Vander Waal's constant (b), adiabatic compressibility (βa), acoustic impedance (Z), molar volume (V), free length (Lf), free volume, internal pressure, intermolecular radius and relative association have been also calculated. A special application for acrylonitrile is in the manufacture of carbon fibers. These are produced by paralysis of oriented poly acrylonitrile fibers and are used to reinforce composites for high-performance applications in the aircraft, defense and aerospace industries. Other applications of acrylonitrile are in the production of fatty amines, ion exchange resins and fatty amine amides used in cosmetics, adhesives, corrosion inhibitors and water-treatment resins. Cyclohexane derivatives can be used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, dyes, herbicides, plant growth regulator, plasticizers, rubber chemicals, nylon, cyclamens and other organic compounds. In the view of these extensive applications of acrylonitrile and cyclohexane in the engineering process, textile and pharmaceutical industries present study provides qualitative information regarding the nature and strength of interaction in the liquid mixtures through derive parameters from ultrasonic velocity and absorption measurement.

  7. Effects of different post-treatment methods on optical properties, absorption and nanosecond laser-induced damage threshold of Ta2O5 films

    Ta2O5 films deposited by ion beam sputtering were post-treated with different methods. The optical properties, microstructures, surface morphologies, absorption and laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) at 1064 nm and 12 ns of the films were comparatively studied. Annealing conduced to larger changes of optical transmittance and surface morphologies whereas it led to smaller changes of absorption and LIDT than laser conditioning. As it was shown, all the three post-treatment methods in this study were beneficial to the laser damage resistance of the films, yet the details of the defect elimination caused by these methods were different. A defect evolution model was proposed, which revealed the different effects of post-treatment methods on the defect repair of the films. The highest LIDT achieved by the combination of annealing and laser conditioning was due to their complementary effect which resulted in the lowest defect density and the smallest defect size of the film. - Highlights: • Different post-treatment methods were adopted to improve film properties. • Laser conditioning after annealing obtained the highest laser damage resistance. • A model was proposed to reveal defect evolution in films

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. GraMi: Generalized Frequent Pattern Mining in a Single Large Graph

    Saeedy, Mohammed El

    2011-11-01

    Mining frequent subgraphs is an important operation on graphs. Most existing work assumes a database of many small graphs, but modern applications, such as social networks, citation graphs or protein-protein interaction in bioinformatics, are modeled as a single large graph. Interesting interactions in such applications may be transitive (e.g., friend of a friend). Existing methods, however, search for frequent isomorphic (i.e., exact match) subgraphs and cannot discover many useful patterns. In this paper the authors propose GRAMI, a framework that generalizes frequent subgraph mining in a large single graph. GRAMI discovers frequent patterns. A pattern is a graph where edges are generalized to distance-constrained paths. Depending on the definition of the distance function, many instantiations of the framework are possible. Both directed and undirected graphs, as well as multiple labels per vertex, are supported. The authors developed an efficient implementation of the framework that models the frequency resolution phase as a constraint satisfaction problem, in order to avoid the costly enumeration of all instances of each pattern in the graph. The authors also implemented CGRAMI, a version that supports structural and semantic constraints; and AGRAMI, an approximate version that supports very large graphs. The experiments on real data demonstrate that the authors framework is up to 3 orders of magnitude faster and discovers more interesting patterns than existing approaches.

  13. Ionic liquid ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction method for preconcentration of trace amounts of rhodium prior to flame atomic absorption spectrometry determination

    In this article, we consider ionic liquid based ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction of trace amounts of rhodium from aqueous samples and show that this is a fast and reliable sample pre-treatment for the determination of rhodium ions by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The Rh(III) was transferred into its complex with 2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-diethylamino phenol as a chelating agent, and an ultrasonic bath with the ionic liquid, 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide at room temperature was used to extract the analyte. The centrifuged rhodium complex was then enriched in the form of ionic liquid droplets and prior to its analysis by flame atomic absorption spectrometry, 300 μL ethanol was added to the ionic liquid-rich phase. Finally, the influence of various parameters on the recovery of Rh(III) was optimized. Under optimum conditions, the calibration graph was linear in the range of 4.0-500.0 ng mL-1, the detection limit was 0.37 ng mL-1 (3Sb/m, n = 7) and the relative standard deviation was ±1.63% (n = 7, C = 200 ng mL-1). The results show that ionic liquid based ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction, combined with flame atomic absorption spectrometry, is a rapid, simple, sensitive and efficient analytical method for the separation and determination of trace amounts of Rh(III) ions with minimum organic solvent consumption.

  14. Method of Gaussian quadrature in the calculation of optical absorption and magnetic circular dichroism spectra of s2 ions in alkali halide crystals: application to KBr:In+

    The problem of calculating the lineshape functon for optical absorption and magnetic circular dichroism due to ionic impurities with the ns2 outer electron configuraton, incorporated substitutionally in alkali halide crystals, has been reformulated. The complete energy matrix has been diagonalized directly. Integration over the interaction mode coordinates of E sub(g) and T sub(2g) symmetry has been carried out numerically using Gaussian quadrature formulae; the interaction with the A sub(1g) mode has been taken into account by the usual convolution procedure. The method has been applied to KBr:In+. The calculated lineshape functions for optical absorption at temperatures ranging from 4 to 300 K and, for MCD at 5 K, are in good agreement with the experimentally determined lineshapes. Moreover, the theory accounts very well for the observed variation of the effective g tensor for the A band with temperature. The calculated values for the moments of the absorption and MCD lineshape functions are in reasonably satisfactory agreement with those deduced from the observed spectra. (author)

  15. Application of radiochemical neutron activation and atomic absorption spectrometry methods for the study of nutrition-pollution interactions in children

    The application of radiochemical neutron activation analysis (RNAA) and atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) is expected to aid in understanding and evaluating the effects of environmental pollution on the nutritional status of children already exposed to marginal malnutrition. Samples of placenta, of low-weight and control newborns groups, were collected for determination of nutritional elements and pollutants. The mean ratios of pollutants and nutrients such as Cd/Zn, Hg/Se and Pb/Ca were evaluated for both groups. All these ratios in the placenta of the low-weight newborns are higher than that of the healthy group. The degree of the nutrient-pollutant interaction is evaluated by quantity R, with mercury considered as the most active pollutant while calcium the most active nutrient among the involved elements in process of the interaction. (author)

  16. Accuracy of the thermal neutron absorption cross section measurements (based on examples of selected pulsed beam methods); Dokladnosc pomiarow przekroju czynnego absorpcji neutronow termicznych (na przykladzie wybranych metod impulsowych)

    Krynicka, E. [The H. Niewodniczanski Inst. of Nuclear Physics, Cracow (Poland)

    1997-12-31

    The problem of accuracy of the thermal neutron macroscopic absorption cross section determination is discussed on examples of selected measurement methods which use non-stationary neutron fields. The computer simulation method elaborated by the author is presented as a procedure for estimating the standard deviation of the measured absorption cross section. The computer simulation method presented can be easily utilized to estimate the accuracy of measurement of various physical magnitudes. (author) 46 refs, 3 figs, 1 tab

  17. Research and development of methods and technologies for CO2 capture in fossil fuel power plants and storage in geological formations in the Czech Republic. Substage E2.1: Methods of and technologies for post-combustion CO2 capture from the flue gas. Substage E2.3: Selection of a chemical absorption based method for post-combustion CO2 capture. Revision 0

    The following topics are described: Overview of CO2 capture methods; Overview of absorption technologies (Amine technologies; Ammonia technologies); and the Research & Development stage (Absorption processes, chemical/carbonate loop; Membranes). (P.A.)

  18. Potrošnja goriva i koeficijenti opterećenja pogonskih motora mehanizacije pri eksploataciji tehničko-građevnog kamena

    Klanfar, Mario; Korman, Tomislav; Kujundžić, Trpimir

    2016-01-01

    Koeficijenti opterećenja, definirani kao udio nazivne snage pogonskog motora angažirane pri radu, koriste se pri procjeni potrošnje goriva rudarske mehanizacije. Svaka vrsta mehanizacije koristi se u specifičnom radnom procesu pri eksploataciji tehničko-građevnog kamena. Koeficijenti opterećenja karakteristični su za vrstu stroja i radni proces/uvjete rada. Prema empirijskim podacima potrošnje goriva koncesionara, u ovome radu su određeni koeficijenti opterećenja pogonskih motora glavnih stro...

  19. Utjecaj agroekoloških uvjeta i starosti sjemena na prinos i kakvoću zrna stočnog graška (Pisum sativum L.)

    Rapčan, Irena; Bukvić, Gordana; Grljušić, Sonja; TEKLIĆ, Tihana; Jurišić, Mladen

    2006-01-01

    Tijekom dvije godine istraživan je utjecaj agroekoloških uvjeta uzgoja i starosti sjemena na poljsko nicanje, prinos zrna, formiranje nadzemne vegetativne mase, količinu suhe tvari nadzemne vegetativne mase, masu 1 000 zrna i prinos sirovih bjelančevina u zrnu stočnog graška. Poljski pokus postavljen je na dvije lokacije (Osijek i Vinkovci) eutričnog smeđeg tla istočne Hrvatske po shemi slučajnog bloka u četiri ponavljanja. Za sjetvu je korišteno sjeme jarog češkog kultivara "Zekon" različite...

  20. Semi-empirical method for self-absorption correction of photons with energies as low as 10 keV in environmental samples

    A semi-empirical method that allows the correction of photon self-absorption in gamma spectrometry of environmental matrices is presented. Both, photon transmittance and photopeak efficiency are calculated for energies above 10 keV for any given composition with the help of a Monte Carlo simulation especially developed for this purpose. The simulation is validated for various sample-detector geometries. Problems related to sample composition are discussed with a special focus on the lowest range of energy (13-80 keV)

  1. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of yttria stabilized zirconia nanoparticles generated by laser evaporation method: effect of mode of laser operation

    We have investigated X-ray absorption based room temperature measurements (XANES and EXAFS) at K edge of both the Zr and Y for yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) nanoparticles. Nanoparticles were generated using pulsed and CW mode CO2 laser based laser vaporization method. The local structure around Zr has been found to depend on the mode of laser vaporization for nanoparticies generation. The XANES studies revealed the charge compensating oxygen vacancies created by the substitution of Y are preferentially forming dipole type defects in case of nanoparticles generated under pulsed mode of laser vaporization and immobile tripole type defects in case of nanoparticles generated under CW mode of laser vaporization. (author)

  2. An united method calculating neutron fluence attenuation and gamma-ray self-absorption in a large cylindrical sample for (n,xγ) experiment

    An united formula calculating neutron fluence attenuation and gamma-ray self-absorption in a large cylindrical sample was proposed, which can be used in measurements of gamma-ray production cross sections from fast neutron induced (n,xγ) reactions. The position correlation of these two effects was taken into account in the deduction. The formula has obvious physical meaning. The preliminary calculations were completed at a IBM-PC microcomputer, the comparisons with some other methods were made, and satisfactory results were obtained. (author)

  3. Developing an Absorption-Based Quality Control Method for Hu-Gan-Kang-Yuan Capsules by UFLC-QTOF-MS/MS Screening and HPLC-DAD Quantitative Determination.

    Wei, Fenghuan; Chen, Minting; Luo, Chaohua; Chen, Feilong; Shen, Qun; Mo, Zhixian

    2016-01-01

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Preparations (TCMPs) contain massive numbers of ingredients responsible for their multiple efficacies. An absorption-based quality control method for complicated TCMPs using Hu-gan-kang-yuan Capsule (HGKYC) as an example was developed. To select proper chemical markers for quality control of HGKYC, an ultra-fast liquid chromatography (UFLC) coupled with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-off light mass spectrometry (UFLC-QTOF-MS/MS) method was used for the rapid separation and structural identification of the constituents in the HGKYC extract and the rat serum after oral administration of HGKYC. As a result, one hundred and seven prototype constituents including flavonoids, organic acid, phenylpropanoids, anthraquinones, saponins, alkaloids, terpenes, phenols and amino acids in HGKYC extract, and 43 compounds found in rat serum after oral administration of HGKYC were unambiguously identified or tentatively characterized by comparing retention times and MS information with those of authentic standards or available literature references. Finally, a simple, low-cost and effective method of simultaneous determination for baicalein, wogonin, paeonol and emodin in HGKYC was developed using high performance liquid chromatography coupled with a diode array detector. In conclusion, an absorption-based quality control pattern was developed and successfully used for evaluating HGKYC. PMID:27213308

  4. Mercury Speciation by X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy and Sequential Chemical Extractions: A Comparison of Speciation Methods

    Kim, C.S.; Bloom, N.S.; Rytuba, J.J.; Brown, Gordon E., Jr.

    2003-01-01

    Determining the chemical speciation of mercury in contaminated mining and industrial environments is essential for predicting its solubility, transport behavior, and potential bioavailability as well as for designing effective remediation strategies. In this study, two techniques for determining Hg speciation-X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy and sequential chemical extractions (SCE)-are independently applied to a set of samples with Hg concentrations ranging from 132 to 7539 mg/kg to determine if the two techniques provide comparable Hg speciation results. Generally, the proportions of insoluble HgS (cinnabar, metacinnabar) and HgSe identified by XAFS correlate well with the proportion of Hg removed in the aqua regia extraction demonstrated to remove HgS and HgSe. Statistically significant (> 10%) differences are observed however in samples containing more soluble Hg-containing phases (HgCl2, HgO, Hg3S2O 4). Such differences may be related to matrix, particle size, or crystallinity effects, which could affect the apparent solubility of Hg phases present. In more highly concentrated samples, microscopy techniques can help characterize the Hg-bearing species in complex multiphase natural samples.

  5. In-situ determination of macroscopic thermal neutron absorption cross-section of borehole model materials using the integrated flux method

    The integrated thermal neutron flux method of determining the macroscopic thermal neutron absorption cross-section of samples consisting of approx. 400 kg of unconsolidated geologic material, saturated with fresh water, to be used in borehole models, is reported. One advantage of this method is that bulk cross-section determinations are made relative to a single standard, with fresh (distilled) water being used as the standard in this work. The values of matrix Σ determined for unconsolidated sand, limestone, and dolomite for the particular samples measured fall within the range of previously reported measurements of similar type samples. The method was checked using 50,000 ppm NaCl for which a value of 39.1 ± 0.5 c.u. was determined. (author)

  6. A rapid method to derive horizontal distributions of trace gases and aerosols near the surface using multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy

    Y. Wang

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We apply a novel experimental procedure for the rapid measurement of the average volume mixing ratios (VMRs and horizontal distributions of trace gases such as NO2, SO2, and HCHO in the boundary layer, which was recently suggested by Sinreich et al. (2013. The method is based on two-dimensional scanning multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS. It makes use of two facts (Sinreich et al. 2013: First, the light path for observations at 1° elevation angle traverses mainly air masses located close to the ground (typically 4. Thus, the average value of the trace gas VMR in the atmospheric layer between the surface and the altitude, for which this observation was sensitive, can be calculated. Compared to the originally proposed method, we introduce several important modifications and improvements: We apply the method only to measurements at 1° elevation angles, for which the uncertainties are especially small. Using only 1 elevation angle also allows an increased temporal resolution. We apply correction factors (and their uncertainties as function of the simultaneously modelled O4 absorption. In this way the correction factors can be directly determined according to the measured O4 dAMF. Finally, the method is extended to trace gases analysed at other wavelengths and also to the retrieval of the aerosol extinction. Depending on the atmospheric visibility, the typical uncertainty of the results ranges from about 15 to 30%. We apply the rapid method to observations of a newly developed ground-based multifunctional passive differential optical absorption spectroscopy (GM-DOAS instrument in the north-west outskirt near Hefei City in China. We report NO2, SO2, and HCHO VMRs and aerosol extinction for four azimuth angles and compare these results with those from simultaneous long-path DOAS observations. Good agreement is found (squares of the correlation coefficients for NO2, SO2, and HCHO were 0.92, 0.84, and 0.59, respectively

  7. Ab initio calculation of UV-absorption spectra of chlorophyll a: Comparison study between RHF/CIS, TDDFT, and semi-empirical methods

    Suendo, Veinardi

    2011-01-01

    Chlorophyll a is one the most abundant pigment on Earth, which is responsible for trapping the light energy to perform the photosynthesis process in green plants. This molecule is a metal-complex compound that consists of a porphyrins ring with high symmetry that acts as ligands with magnesium as the central ion. Chlorophyll a has been studied for many years from different point of views for both experimental and theoretical interests. In this study, the restricted Hartree-Fock configuration interaction single (RHF/CIS), time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and some semi-empirical methods (CNDO/s and ZINDO) calculations were carried out and compared to reconstruct the UV-Vis absorption spectra of chlorophyll a. In some extend, the calculation results based on a single molecule calculation were succeeded to reconstruct the absorption spectra but required to be scaling and broaden to match the experimental one. Different computational methods (ab initio and semi-empirical) exhibits the differences i...

  8. Optical diagnostics of a surface-wave-sustained neon plasma by collisional–radiative modelling and a self-absorption method

    A surface-wave-sustained microwave discharge in a coaxial tube configuration in neon at low pressure (300–700 Pa) was studied by optical emission spectroscopy. Spectra of the discharge were analysed by a self-absorption method and a collisional–radiative model. The self-absorption method was used to determine the densities of neon metastable states. The collisional–radiative model, using these densities, was applied to determine the axially resolved electron temperature and the reduced electric field strength in the discharge from the optical spectra. Two types of electron distribution functions were used in the calculations—a Maxwellian distribution function and a solution of electron Boltzmann kinetic equation. The spatially averaged neon metastable densities were in the range (0.12–0.53) × 1016 m−3 and (3.4–4.1) × 1016 m−3 for 1s3 and 1s5 states, respectively. The axial profile of the electron temperature was found to be approximately constant around 1.3–1.6 eV depending on the pressure. The reduced electric field strength decreased along the plasma column in the range 16.5–6.0 Td depending on the pressure. A large influence of gas cooling along the plasma column on the determined reduced electric field strengths was observed. (paper)

  9. A differential optical absorption spectroscopy method for retrieval from ground-based Fourier transform spectrometers measurements of the direct solar beam

    Huo, Yanfeng; Duan, Minzheng; Tian, Wenshou; Min, Qilong

    2015-08-01

    A differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS)-like algorithm is developed to retrieve the column-averaged dryair mole fraction of carbon dioxide from ground-based hyper-spectral measurements of the direct solar beam. Different to the spectral fitting method, which minimizes the difference between the observed and simulated spectra, the ratios of multiple channel-pairs—one weak and one strong absorption channel—are used to retrieve from measurements of the shortwave infrared (SWIR) band. Based on sensitivity tests, a super channel-pair is carefully selected to reduce the effects of solar lines, water vapor, air temperature, pressure, instrument noise, and frequency shift on retrieval errors. The new algorithm reduces computational cost and the retrievals are less sensitive to temperature and H2O uncertainty than the spectral fitting method. Multi-day Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) measurements under clear-sky conditions at two sites (Tsukuba and Bremen) are used to derive xxxx for the algorithm evaluation and validation. The DOAS-like results agree very well with those of the TCCON algorithm after correction of an airmass-dependent bias.

  10. Ab initio calculation of UV-absorption spectra of chlorophyll a: Comparison study between RHF/CIS, TDDFT, and semi-empirical methods

    Veinardi Suendo

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Chlorophyll a is one the most abundant pigment on Earth that responsible for trapping the light energy to perform photosynthesis in green plants. This molecule has been studied for many years from different point of views in both experimental and theoretical interests. In this study, the restricted Hartree-Fock configuration interaction single (RHF/CIS, time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT and several semi-empirical methods (CNDO/s and ZINDO calculations were carried out to reconstruct the UV-Vis absorption spectra of chlorophyll a. In some extend, the calculation results based on single molecule approach were succeeded to reconstruct the absorption spectra but required to be rescaled to fit the experimental one. In general, the semi-empirical methods provide better energy scaling factor that closer to unity. However, they lack of vertical transition fine features with respect to the spectrum obtained experimentally. Here, the ab initio calculations provide more complete features, especially the TDDFT at high level of basis sets that also has a good accuracy in the transition energies. The contribution of ground states and excited states orbitals in the main vertical transitions is discussed based on delocalization nature of the wavefunctions and the presence of solvent through polarizable continuum model (PCM.

  11. The ℓ-distribution method for modeling non-gray absorption in uniform and non-uniform gaseous media

    André, Frédéric

    2016-08-01

    The ℓ-distribution modeling is proposed for radiative heat transfer in uniform and non-uniform non-gray gaseous media. The method is partly based on the application of results from the k-moment method. It combines this technique with several concepts from probability theory: the notion of rank transmutation maps allows extending the k-moment method to an infinite number of k-moments; copula models appear naturally to extend the method from uniform to non-uniform gas paths. The ℓ-distribution approach is shown to provide results: (1) more accurate - up to three orders of magnitude - than usual k-distribution approaches in uniform media, (2) as precise as correlated-k models in non-uniform situations. All these results are obtained at a computational cost lower than k-distribution models. Differences and similarities between k- and ℓ-distribution methods are discussed.

  12. Ionic liquid ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction method for preconcentration of trace amounts of rhodium prior to flame atomic absorption spectrometry determination

    Molaakbari, Elaheh [Chemistry Department, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Young Research Society, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mostafavi, Ali, E-mail: mostafavi.ali@gmail.com [Chemistry Department, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Afzali, Daryoush [Environment and Nanochemistry Department, Research Institute of Environmental Science, International Center for Science, High Technology and Environmental Science, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mineral Industries Research Center, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-01-30

    In this article, we consider ionic liquid based ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction of trace amounts of rhodium from aqueous samples and show that this is a fast and reliable sample pre-treatment for the determination of rhodium ions by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The Rh(III) was transferred into its complex with 2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-diethylamino phenol as a chelating agent, and an ultrasonic bath with the ionic liquid, 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide at room temperature was used to extract the analyte. The centrifuged rhodium complex was then enriched in the form of ionic liquid droplets and prior to its analysis by flame atomic absorption spectrometry, 300 {mu}L ethanol was added to the ionic liquid-rich phase. Finally, the influence of various parameters on the recovery of Rh(III) was optimized. Under optimum conditions, the calibration graph was linear in the range of 4.0-500.0 ng mL{sup -1}, the detection limit was 0.37 ng mL{sup -1} (3S{sub b}/m, n = 7) and the relative standard deviation was {+-}1.63% (n = 7, C = 200 ng mL{sup -1}). The results show that ionic liquid based ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction, combined with flame atomic absorption spectrometry, is a rapid, simple, sensitive and efficient analytical method for the separation and determination of trace amounts of Rh(III) ions with minimum organic solvent consumption.

  13. ZINC ABSORPTION BY INFANTS

    Zinc is a vital mineral in human nutrition, and rare cases of overt zinc deficiency are well described in term and preterm infants. A variety of methods have been developed to assess zinc absorption, retention, and balance in humans, either using mass (metabolic) balance or stable isotope-based METH...

  14. A solid liquid extraction and preconcentration method for the atomic absorption spectrometric determination of trace cobalt in various alloys and biological samples

    Cobalt is quantitatively retained as cobalt-2-nitroso-4-sulfonic acid (nitros-S)-tetradecyldimethylbenzylammonium (TDBA+) ion-pair complex on microcrystalline naphthalene in the pH range 6.2-9.0 from a large volume of its aqueous solution of various complex samples. After filtration, the solid mass consisting of cobalt complex and naphthalene is dissolved in 5 ml of dimethylformamide (DMF) and the metal is determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). Cobalt complex can alternatively be quantitatively adsorbed on tetradecyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride-naphthalene adsorbent packed in a column and determined similarly. The calibration curve is linear over the concentration range 0.2-11.5 μg of cobalt in 5 ml of the final DMF solution. In this case, 0.2 μg of cobalt may be concentrated in a column from 250 ml of aqueous sample where its concentration is as low as 0.8 ng/ml. Eight replicate determinations of 3.0 μg of cobalt in the final DMF solution give a mean absorbance of 0.045 with a relative standard deviation of 1.8%. The sensitivity for 1% absorption is 59 ng/ml. The interference of a large number of anions and cations on the determination of cobalt has been studied and the optimum conditions developed utilized for its trace determination in various alloys and biological samples. The method may also be used for the determination of cobalt in some environmental samples

  15. Estimation of effective atomic numbers of some solutions for photon energy absorption in the energy region 0.2-1.5 MeV: An alternative method

    Kurudirek, Murat

    2011-12-01

    The effective atomic numbers (ZPEAeff), which are used to describe the composite materials in terms of equivalent elements, have been estimated in some solutions for photon energy absorption in the energy region 0.2-1.5 MeV. Since the mass energy absorption (μen/ρ) and mass attenuation coefficients (μ/ρ) remain more or less the same for any given material in the photon energy region 0.2-1.5 MeV where Compton scattering is the main dominant photon interaction process, semi-empirical relations including both μen/ρ and μ/ρ have been constituted as a function of energy. These parameters were then used to obtain ZPEAeff with the help of a Z-wise interpolation procedure. The results were compared with the experimental as well as other theoretical estimations wherever possible. Consequently, the present method is found to be readily applicable to the given solutions in order to estimate accurate values of ZPEAeff for which it is not possible to directly obtain experimentally using the conventional gamma spectrometry system.

  16. Estimation of effective atomic numbers of some solutions for photon energy absorption in the energy region 0.2-1.5 MeV: An alternative method

    The effective atomic numbers (ZPEAeff), which are used to describe the composite materials in terms of equivalent elements, have been estimated in some solutions for photon energy absorption in the energy region 0.2-1.5 MeV. Since the mass energy absorption (μen/ρ) and mass attenuation coefficients (μ/ρ) remain more or less the same for any given material in the photon energy region 0.2-1.5 MeV where Compton scattering is the main dominant photon interaction process, semi-empirical relations including both μen/ρ and μ/ρ have been constituted as a function of energy. These parameters were then used to obtain ZPEAeff with the help of a Z-wise interpolation procedure. The results were compared with the experimental as well as other theoretical estimations wherever possible. Consequently, the present method is found to be readily applicable to the given solutions in order to estimate accurate values of ZPEAeff for which it is not possible to directly obtain experimentally using the conventional gamma spectrometry system.

  17. La chiesa di Richard Meier a Tor Tre Teste e il suo contributo al consolidamento identitario dei nuovi quartieri romani oltre il GRA

    Giuseppe Bonaccorso

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Il contributo proposto ha l’obiettivo di analizzare alcuni significativi brani del tessuto urbano della periferia est di Roma, adottando metodi interpretativi legati alla storia, alla società, alla programmazione urbanistica e alla costruzione. Gli aspetti salienti del quadrante orientale della periferia romana verranno così delineati partendo “dal di dentro”, sottolineandone i percorsi, gli spazi e i nuclei compositivi che sono all’origine della struttura e della forma stessa dei quartieri disposti a cavallo del Grande Raccordo Anulare. In questo ambito, si pone l’attenzione su alcuni episodi chiave che vedono protagoniste le nuove chiese che riescono a creare una centralità all’interno dei quartieri periferici sostituendo le biblioteche, le piazze e i centri commerciali.  Analizzando da vicino questi esempi, si scopre come di recente sono state realizzate chiese firmate da architetti di fama internazionale proprio allo scopo di rafforzare, o meglio di costruire, un fattore identitario per ciascun quartiere ubicato nel settore orientale della città. Partendo quindi dal generale si arriva a indagare una chiesa e un quartiere che possono essere considerati un modello da seguire per tutta la periferia a ridosso del GRA: la chiesa giubilare di Dio Padre Misericordioso progettata da Richard Meier nel quartiere di Tor Tre Teste. La sequenzialità degli eventi che hanno contraddistinto il concorso per la progettazione della chiesa, la scelta della proposta di Richard Meier, la complessità del cantiere, l’analisi tecnica, stilistica e simbolica della realizzazione finale sono quindi analizzate nell’ambito del rapporto con il quartiere e del tentativo di realizzare (attraverso di essa un centro di attrazione per tutta la periferia.   The article analyses some significant parts of the urban tissue at the eastern periphery of Rome, using the interpretative methods inherent to history, society, urban programming and construction

  18. Percutaneous absorption from soil.

    Andersen, Rosa Marie; Coman, Garrett; Blickenstaff, Nicholas R; Maibach, Howard I

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Some natural sites, as a result of contaminants emitted into the air and subsequently deposited in soil or accidental industrial release, have high levels of organic and non-organic chemicals in soil. In occupational and recreation settings, these could be potential sources of percutaneous exposure to humans. When investigating percutaneous absorption from soil - in vitro or vivo - soil load, particle size, layering, soil "age" time, along with the methods of performing the experiment and analyzing the results must be taken into consideration. Skin absorption from soil is generally reduced compared with uptake from water/acetone. However, the absorption of some compounds, e.g., pentachlorophenol, chlorodane and PCB 1254, are similar. Lipophilic compounds like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, benzo[A]pyrene, and metals have the tendency to form reservoirs in skin. Thus, one should take caution in interpreting results directly from in vitro studies for risk assessment; in vivo validations are often required for the most relevant risk assessment. PMID:25205703

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Nasal absorption studies of granisetron in rats using a validated high-performance liquid chromatographic method with mass spectrometric detection.

    Woo, Jong Soo

    2007-06-01

    Granisetron is a selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist that is used therapeutically for the prevention of vomiting and nausea associated with emetogenic cancer chemotherapy. Although forms of the drug are commercially available for intravenous and oral dosage, there is a need for intranasal delivery formulations in specific patient populations in which the use of these dosage forms may be unfeasible and/or inconvenient. A rapid and specific high-performance liq uid chromatography method with mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS) was developed and validated for the analysis of granisetron in plasma after nasal administration in rats. Granisetron was separated in a reverse-phase C-18 column without interference from other components of plasma. This method involves a rapid assay for the determination of granisetron in a small volume of plasma with a run time of 12 min using ondansetron as an internal standard. Data were acquired in the electrospray ionization (ESI) mode with positive ion detection and application of single ion recording (SIR). Granisetron and ondansetron were detected at m/z values of 313.2 and 294.2, respectively. The method described was found to be suitable for the analysis of all samples collected during preclinical pharmacokinetic investigations of granisetron in rats after nasal administration. To date, the first pharmacokinetic study after intranasal administration of granisetron was performed and some pharmacokinetic parameters were presented in this paper. Granisetron was found to be well absorbed through nasal route and the bioavailability of this drug following nasal administration was comparable with that of intravenous administration. PMID:17679558

  2. Mass spectrometric methods for studying nutrient mineral and trace element absorption and metabolism in humans using stable isotopes: a review

    Mass spectrometric methods for determining stable isotopes of nutrient minerals and trace elements in human metabolic studies are described and discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of the techniques of electron ionization, fast atom bombardment, thermal ionization, and inductively coupled plasma and gas chromatography mass spectrometry are evaluated with reference to their accuracy, precision, sensitivity, and convenience, and the demands of human nutrition research. Examples of specific applications are described and the significance of current developments in mass spectrometry are discussed with reference to present and probable future research needs. (Author)

  3. Microwave Resonant and Zero-Field Absorption Study of Doped Magnetite Prepared by a Co-Precipitation Method

    Juan Carlos Aphesteguy; Jacobo, Silvia E.; Luis Lezama; Galina V. Kurlyandskaya; Schegoleva, Nina N.

    2014-01-01

    Fe3O4 and ZnxFe3−xO4 pure and doped magnetite magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared in aqueous solution (Series A) or in a water-ethyl alcohol mixture (Series B) by the co-precipitation method. Only one ferromagnetic resonance line was observed in all cases under consideration indicating that the materials are magnetically uniform. The shortfall in the resonance fields from 3.27 kOe (for the frequency of 9.5 GHz) expected for spheres can be understood taking into account the dipolar fo...

  4. Comparison of Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Method and ICP-MS Method for Determination of Cadmium in Leather%石墨炉原子吸收法与ICP-MS法测定皮革中镉的比较

    黄凤妹

    2014-01-01

    The cadmium content in leather was determined by using a graphite furnace atomic absorption method and ICP-MS method, respectively, after microwave digestion of leather specimen. The influence of internal standard on difference of measured value of element isotope 111Cd and 114Cd was also elaborated. The results indicated that the measured value of ICP-MS method with the proper selection of an internal standard, is consistent with that of graphite furnace atomic absorption method.%对皮革样品进行微波消解后,样液分别采用石墨炉原子吸收法与电感耦合等离子体质谱法(ICP-MS法)检测皮革中的镉含量,在阐述用ICP-MS法测定时正确选择内标元素对镉同位素111Cd和114Cd结果差异影响的基础上,研究表明在正确选择内标元素的情况下,ICP-MS法与石墨炉原子吸收法测定镉结果一致。

  5. USEPA METHOD STUDY 35 - SW-846 METHOD 3005, ACID DIGESTION OF WATERS FOR TOTAL RECOVERABLE OR DISSOLVED METALS FOR ANALYSES BY FLAME ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY

    An interlaboratory collaborative study was conducted to determine the precision and bias (recovery) of Solid Waste (SW) Method 3005 for the analysis of 21 elements in ground water. SW Method 3005 is entitled, "Acid Digestion of Waters for Total Recoverable Metals for Analyses by ...

  6. Computer code long path method for long path differential-absorption predictions using CO{sub 2} laser lines

    Zuev, V.V.; Mitsel`, A.A.; Kataev, M.Y.; Ptashnik, I.V.; Firsov, K.M. [Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Siberian Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, Academicheskii av.-1, Tomsk 634055 (Russian Federation)

    1995-11-01

    A computer program LPM (Long Path Method) has been developed for imitative modeling of the concentration at gases (H{sub 2}O, CO{sub 2}, O{sub 3}, NH{sub 3}, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}) in the atmosphere using a long-path double-wavelength laser system equipped with two tunable CO{sub 2} lasers. The model is designed for four different lasing isotopes of CO{sub 2} ({sup 12}C{sup 16}O{sub 2}, {sup 13}C{sup 16}O{sub 2}, {sup 12}C{sup 18}O{sub 2}, {sup 13}C{sup 18}O{sub 2}). The program determines optimal pairs of CO{sub 2} laser wavelengths, and the gas concentration retrieval errors from sounding data caused both by detector noise and systematic inaccuracy. The program was written in MS FORTRAN and Visual Basic languages for Windows 3.1 and an IBM-compatible PC. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  7. Trace mercury determination in drinking and natural water after preconcentration and separation by DLLME-SFO method coupled with cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry

    Abdollahi Atousa

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A novel dispersive liquid–liquid microextraction based on solidification of floating organic drop (DLLME-SFO for simultaneous separation/preconcentration of ultra trace amounts of mercury was used. A method based on amalgamation was used for collection of gaseous mercury on gold coated sand (Gold trap. The concentration of mercury was determined by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS. The DLLME-SFO behavior of mercury by using dithizone as complexing agent was systematically investigated. The factors influencing, the complex formation and extraction of DLLME-SFO method such as type and volume of extraction and disperser solvents, pH, concentration of salt, centrifuging time and concentration of the chelating agent were optimized. The method was successfully applied to the determination of mercury in drinking and natural water and satisfactory relative recoveries (95–105% were achieved. The proposed procedure was based on very low consumption of organic solvents. The other benefits of the system were sensitive, simple, friendly to the environment, rejection of matrix constituent, low cost, the time consuming and high enrichment factor.

  8. Validation of a method to quantify chromium, cadmium, manganese, nickel and lead in human whole blood, urine, saliva and hair samples by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry

    For biological monitoring of heavy metal exposure in occupational toxicology, usually whole blood and urine samples are the most widely used and accepted matrix to assess internal xenobiotic exposure. Hair samples and saliva are also of interest in occupational and environmental health surveys but procedures for the determination of metals in saliva and hair are very scarce and to our knowledge there is no validation of a method to quantify Cr, Cd, Mn, Ni and Pb in four different human biological materials (whole blood, urine, saliva and axilary hair) by electrothermal atomization atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). In the present study, quantification methods for the determination of Cr, Cd, Mn, Ni and Pb in whole blood, urine, saliva and axilary hair were validated according to the EU common standards. Pyrolisis and atomization temperatures have been determined. The main parameters evaluated were: detection and quantification limits, linearity range, repeatability, reproducibility, recovery and uncertainty. Accuracy of the methods was tested with the whole blood, urine and hair certified reference materials and recoveries of the spiked samples were acceptable ranged from 96.3 to 107.8%.

  9. Development of a simple method for the determination of lead in lipstick using alkaline solubilization and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry.

    Soares, Aline Rodrigues; Nascentes, Clésia Cristina

    2013-02-15

    A simple method was developed for determining the total lead content in lipstick samples by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) after treatment with tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH). Multivariate optimization was used to establish the optimal conditions of sample preparation. The graphite furnace heating program was optimized through pyrolysis and atomization curves. An aliquot containing approximately 50mg of the sample was mixed with TMAH and heated in a water bath at 60°C for 60 min. Using Nb as the permanent modifier and Pd as the chemical modifier, the optimal temperatures were 900°C and 1800°C for pyrolysis and atomization, respectively. Under optimum conditions, the working range was from 1.73 to 50.0 μg L(-1), with detection and quantification limits of 0.20 and 0.34 μg g(-1), respectively. The precision was evaluated under conditions of repeatability and intermediate precision and showed standard deviations of 2.37%-4.61% and 4.93%-9.75%, respectively. The % recovery ranged from 96.2% to 109%, and no significant differences were found between the results obtained using the proposed method and the microwave decomposition method for real samples. Lead was detected in 21 tested lipstick samples; the lead content in these samples ranged from 0.27 to 4.54 μg g(-1). PMID:23598019

  10. Samhället, har du några kommentarer på det? : En studie om utvecklingen av nyhetssajternas kommentarsfält

    Bylund, Hannah; Koselnik, Yelena

    2014-01-01

    Internet är en betydande faktor för vårt levnadssätt idag. Tillsammans med dess utveckling har vi människor kunnat ta del av samhället på betydligt fler sätt än tidigare. Att kunna vara delaktig i vad nära och bekanta ägnar sig åt, och att kunna ta del av utrikes- och inrikesnyheter finns bara några knapptryck bort. Vi uttrycker våra synpunkter via exempelvis sociala medier, diskussionsforum och kommentarsfälten på nyhetssajter. Internet ger även människor en möjlighet till att vara oidentifi...

  11. Digitala verktyg i musikundervisningen : En kvalitativ undersökning om några lärares användande av digitala verktyg

    Andersson, Fredrik; Hedmark, Dan

    2011-01-01

    I detta arbete undersöks vilka digitala verktyg som används i några musiklärares undervisning, hur de används, samt vilka de bakomliggande pedagogiska intentionerna kan tänkas vara. Vi har även försökt tolka vilken attityd musiklärarna har till användandet av dessa verktyg och om den kan sägas vara beroende av ålder och yrkeserfarenhet. Fem informanter i fem små eller mellanstora svenska städer med olika typer av musiklärarjobb intervjuades i hopp om ett varierat svarsresultat. I bakgrunden t...

  12. Method development for the determination of bromine in coal using high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry and direct solid sample analysis

    Pereira, Éderson R.; Castilho, Ivan N.B. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Welz, Bernhard, E-mail: w.bernardo@terra.com.br [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia do CNPq, INCT de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 40170-115 Salvador, BA (Brazil); Gois, Jefferson S. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Borges, Daniel L.G. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia do CNPq, INCT de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 40170-115 Salvador, BA (Brazil); Carasek, Eduardo [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Andrade, Jailson B. de [Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia do CNPq, INCT de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 40170-115 Salvador, BA (Brazil)

    2014-06-01

    This work reports a simple approach for Br determination in coal using direct solid sample analysis in a graphite tube furnace and high-resolution continuum source molecular absorption spectrometry. The molecular absorbance of the calcium mono-bromide (CaBr) molecule has been measured using the rotational line at 625.315 nm. Different chemical modifiers (zirconium, ruthenium, palladium and a mixture of palladium and magnesium nitrates) have been evaluated in order to increase the sensitivity of the CaBr absorption, and Zr showed the best overall performance. The pyrolysis and vaporization temperatures were 800 °C and 2200 °C, respectively. Accuracy and precision of the method have been evaluated using certified coal reference materials (BCR 181, BCR 182, NIST 1630a, and NIST 1632b) with good agreement (between 98 and 103%) with the informed values for Br. The detection limit was around 4 ng Br, which corresponds to about 1.5 μg g{sup −1} Br in coal, based on a sample mass of 3 mg. In addition, the results were in agreement with those obtained using electrothermal vaporization inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, based on a Student t-test at a 95% confidence level. A mechanism for the formation of the CaBr molecule is proposed, which might be considered for other diatomic molecules as well. - Highlights: • Bromine has been determined in coal using direct solid sample analysis. • Calibration has been carried out against aqueous standard solutions. • The coal samples and the molecule-forming reagent have been separated in order to avoid interferences. • The results make possible to draw conclusions about the mechanisms of molecule formation.

  13. Method development for the determination of bromine in coal using high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry and direct solid sample analysis

    This work reports a simple approach for Br determination in coal using direct solid sample analysis in a graphite tube furnace and high-resolution continuum source molecular absorption spectrometry. The molecular absorbance of the calcium mono-bromide (CaBr) molecule has been measured using the rotational line at 625.315 nm. Different chemical modifiers (zirconium, ruthenium, palladium and a mixture of palladium and magnesium nitrates) have been evaluated in order to increase the sensitivity of the CaBr absorption, and Zr showed the best overall performance. The pyrolysis and vaporization temperatures were 800 °C and 2200 °C, respectively. Accuracy and precision of the method have been evaluated using certified coal reference materials (BCR 181, BCR 182, NIST 1630a, and NIST 1632b) with good agreement (between 98 and 103%) with the informed values for Br. The detection limit was around 4 ng Br, which corresponds to about 1.5 μg g−1 Br in coal, based on a sample mass of 3 mg. In addition, the results were in agreement with those obtained using electrothermal vaporization inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, based on a Student t-test at a 95% confidence level. A mechanism for the formation of the CaBr molecule is proposed, which might be considered for other diatomic molecules as well. - Highlights: • Bromine has been determined in coal using direct solid sample analysis. • Calibration has been carried out against aqueous standard solutions. • The coal samples and the molecule-forming reagent have been separated in order to avoid interferences. • The results make possible to draw conclusions about the mechanisms of molecule formation

  14. A new method for the preparation of a Fe3O4/graphene hybrid material and its applications in electromagnetic wave absorption

    Graphical abstract: A microwave-assisted solvothermal process was used to prepare Fe3O4 nanoparticles/graphene hybrids, which could be applied as an electromagnetic (EM) radiation absorbent. The absorber, composed of 20 wt% Fe3O4/graphene–epoxy, exhibited a dual-frequency reflection characteristic covering the C and Ku bands with maximum reflection losses of less than −20 dB at thicknesses of 4 and 5 mm. - Highlights: • Fe3O4/graphene composites were prepared by a microwave-assisted solvothermal route. • Uniform loading of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on graphene was obtained. • The products as-synthesized show great promise as a microwave absorption material. • Synergistic effects of Fe3O4 and graphene caused improved absorption efficiency. • The Fe3O4/graphene product possessed a dual-frequency reflection characteristic. - Abstract: A rapid, simple, and inexpensive process combining a microwave-assisted technique and a solvothermal method has been developed using graphene sheets and FeCl3·6H2O as the reactant to prepare graphene/Fe3O4 nanoparticle hybrids, which can be applied as an electromagnetic radiation absorbent. The experimental factors (i.e., composition ratio, microwave power, and irradiation time) on the products’ characteristics were examined. Under optimal conditions, the morphological analysis revealed that the graphene sheet was homogeneously covered with Fe3O4 nanoparticles (∼50 nm). The electromagnetic parameters of the composites made from 20 wt% Fe3O4/graphene–epoxy were measured by a vector network analyzer. It was found that the 4- and 5 mm-thick composites could attain a reflection loss below −20 dB in the dual-ranges of 4–8 and 12–18 GHz

  15. Method development for the determination of manganese, cobalt and copper in green coffee comparing direct solid sampling electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry.

    Oleszczuk, Nédio; Castro, Jacira T; da Silva, Márcia M; Korn, Maria das Graças A; Welz, Bernhard; Vale, Maria Goreti R

    2007-10-31

    A method has been developed for the determination of cobalt, copper and manganese in green coffee using direct solid sampling electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (SS-ET AAS). The motivation for the study was that only a few elements might be suitable to determine the origin of green coffee so that the multi-element techniques usually applied for this purpose might not be necessary. The three elements have been chosen as test elements as they were found to be significant in previous investigations. A number of botanical certified reference materials (CRM) and pre-analyzed samples of green coffee have been used for method validation, and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP OES) after microwave-assisted acid digestion of the samples as reference method. Calibration against aqueous standards could be used for the determination of Mn and Co by SS-ET AAS, but calibration against solid CRM was necessary for the determination of Cu. No significant difference was found between the results obtained with the proposed method and certified or independently determined values. The limits of detection for Mn, Cu and Co were 0.012, 0.006 and 0.004mugg(-1) using SS-ET AAS and 0.015, 0.13 and 0.10mugg(-1) using ICP OES. Seven samples of Brazilian green coffee have been analyzed, and there was no significant difference between the values obtained with SS-ET AAS and ICP OES for Mn and Cu. ICP OES could not be used as a reference method for Co, as essentially all values were below the limit of quantification of this technique. PMID:19073113

  16. Error Analysis on Estimation Method for AirTemperature, Atmopspheric Pressure, and Realtive Humidity Using Absorption Due to CO2, O2, and H2O Which situated at Around Near Infrared Wavelength

    Kohei Arai

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A method for air-temperature, atmospheric pressure and relative humidity using absorptions due to CO2, O2 and H2O which situated at around near infrared wavelength region is proposed and is evaluated its validity. Simulation study results with MODTRAN show a validity of the proposed method.

  17. A Green Preconcentration Method for Determination of Cobalt and Lead in Fresh Surface and Waste Water Samples Prior to Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry

    Naeemullah

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cloud point extraction (CPE has been used for the preconcentration and simultaneous determination of cobalt (Co and lead (Pb in fresh and wastewater samples. The extraction of analytes from aqueous samples was performed in the presence of 8-hydroxyquinoline (oxine as a chelating agent and Triton X-114 as a nonionic surfactant. Experiments were conducted to assess the effect of different chemical variables such as pH, amounts of reagents (oxine and Triton X-114, temperature, incubation time, and sample volume. After phase separation, based on the cloud point, the surfactant-rich phase was diluted with acidic ethanol prior to its analysis by the flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS. The enhancement factors 70 and 50 with detection limits of 0.26 μg L−1 and 0.44 μg L−1 were obtained for Co and Pb, respectively. In order to validate the developed method, a certified reference material (SRM 1643e was analyzed and the determined values obtained were in a good agreement with the certified values. The proposed method was applied successfully to the determination of Co and Pb in a fresh surface and waste water sample.

  18. Quantitative analysis of sodium di-uranate for Al, Ca, Fe, Mg, Mn, Na by flame-atomic absorption spectrometric method

    Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) receives Sodium Di-Uranate (SDU) from Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) for producing sinterable UO2 pellets for manufacturing fuel sub assemblies. Several impurities present in ore find their way into SDU during its conversion. Stringent specification have been laid down by the reactor designs for achieving the optimum performance of the fuel and several impurity element like Al, Ca, Fe, Mg, Mn, Na among others affects severely performance of UO2 fuel. Most of the impurity including the above mentioned elements are generally analysed by ICP-OES method. However, determination of Al, Ca, Fe, Mg, Mn and Na by ICP-OES requires lot of dilution as they are present at high levels in SDU. Apart from introducing dilution error, dilution process is very tedious and time consuming work and not a preferred choice in an industrial lab like control lab where large analytical load exists and time bound analysis is a requirement. To avoid these difficulties a simple and reliable Flame Atomic absorption spectrometric technique has been developed for regular analysis. Present method involves dissolution of SDU sample in Conc. HNO3 and after the complete dissolution the sample solution has been evaporated to near dryness on a hot plate. Subsequently sample solution has been brought into 4N HNO3 medium

  19. A rapid method to derive horizontal distributions of trace gases and aerosols near the surface using multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy

    Wang, Y.; Li, A.; Xie, P. H.; Wagner, T.; Chen, H.; Liu, W. Q.; Liu, J. G.

    2014-06-01

    We apply a novel experimental procedure for the rapid measurement of the average volume mixing ratios (VMRs) and horizontal distributions of trace gases such as NO2, SO2, and HCHO in the boundary layer, which was recently suggested by Sinreich et al. (2013). The method is based on two-dimensional scanning multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS). It makes use of two facts (Sinreich et al., 2013): first, the light path for observations at 1° elevation angle traverses mainly air masses located close to the ground (typically DOAS) instrument in the north-west outskirts near Hefei in China. We report NO2, SO2, and HCHO VMRs and aerosol extinction for four azimuth angles and compare these results with those from simultaneous long-path DOAS observations. Good agreement is found (squares of the correlation coefficients for NO2, SO2, and HCHO were 0.92, 0.85, and 0.60, respectively), verifying the reliability of this novel method. Similar agreement is found for the comparison of the aerosol extinction with results from visibility meters. Future studies may conduct measurements using a larger number of azimuth angles to increase the spatial resolution.

  20. A Novel Method Using Solid-Phase Extraction with Slotted Quartz Tube Atomic Absorption Spectrometry for the Determination of Manganese in Walnut Samples.

    Bitirmis, Bedrana; Trak, Digdem; Arslan, Yasin; Kendüzler, Erdal

    2016-01-01

    Mn(2+) was separated and preconcentrated using both solid-phase extraction (SPE) and a slotted quartz tube (SQT), and detected by a flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) system. Firstly, Mn(2+) was retained on a column filled with Amberlite CG-120 resin, and then retained Mn(2+) ions on the Amberlite CG-120 resin eluted with 5 mL of 4 mol/L HNO3. This part was called the "first preconcentration step". Furthermore, to determine the Mn(2+) in a walnut sample, the SQT device was also used after the separation and preconcentration of Mn(2+) from the Amberlite CG-120 resin so as to further improve the sensitivity of system. This part was called the "second preconcentration step" in this study. The enrichment factor and limit of detection values were found to be 360 fold and 0.22 μg/L, in turn, after a two-step preconcentration method. The good accuracy of method was confirmed with the use of standard reference material (spinach leaves, NIST-1570a). PMID:27302588

  1. Accuracy of a method based on atomic absorption spectrometry to determine inorganic arsenic in food: Outcome of the collaborative trial IMEP-41.

    Fiamegkos, I; Cordeiro, F; Robouch, P; Vélez, D; Devesa, V; Raber, G; Sloth, J J; Rasmussen, R R; Llorente-Mirandes, T; Lopez-Sanchez, J F; Rubio, R; Cubadda, F; D'Amato, M; Feldmann, J; Raab, A; Emteborg, H; de la Calle, M B

    2016-12-15

    A collaborative trial was conducted to determine the performance characteristics of an analytical method for the quantification of inorganic arsenic (iAs) in food. The method is based on (i) solubilisation of the protein matrix with concentrated hydrochloric acid to denature proteins and allow the release of all arsenic species into solution, and (ii) subsequent extraction of the inorganic arsenic present in the acid medium using chloroform followed by back-extraction to acidic medium. The final detection and quantification is done by flow injection hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry (FI-HG-AAS). The seven test items used in this exercise were reference materials covering a broad range of matrices: mussels, cabbage, seaweed (hijiki), fish protein, rice, wheat, mushrooms, with concentrations ranging from 0.074 to 7.55mgkg(-1). The relative standard deviation for repeatability (RSDr) ranged from 4.1 to 10.3%, while the relative standard deviation for reproducibility (RSDR) ranged from 6.1 to 22.8%. PMID:27451169

  2. SPECTRAL RELATIVE ABSORPTION DIFFERENCE METHOD

    Salaymeh, S.

    2010-06-17

    When analyzing field data, the uncertainty in the background continuum emission produces the majority of error in the final gamma-source analysis. The background emission typically dominates an observed spectrum in terms of counts and is highly variable spatially and temporally. The majority of the spectral shape of the background continuum is produced by combinations of cosmic rays, {sup 40}K, {sup 235}U, and {sup 220}Rn, and the continuum is similar in shape to the 15%-20% level for most field observations. However, the goal of spectroscopy analysis is to pick up subtle peaks (<%5) upon this large background. Because the continuum is falling off as energy increases, peak detection algorithms must first define the background surrounding the peak. This definition is difficult when the range of background shapes is considered. The full spectral template matching algorithms are heavily weighted to solving for the background continuum as it produces significant counts over much of the energy range. The most appropriate background mitigation technique is to take a separate background observation without the source of interest. But, it is frequently not possible to record a background observation in the exact location before (or after) a source has been detected. Thus, one uses approximate backgrounds that rely on spatially nearby locations or similar environments. Since the error in many field observations is dominated by the background, a technique that is less sensitive to the background would be quite beneficial. We report the result of an initial investigation into a novel observation scheme for gamma-emission detection in high background environments. Employing low resolution, NaI, detectors, we examine the different between the direct emission and the 'spectral-shadow' that the gamma emission produces when passed through a thin absorber. For this detection scheme to be competitive, it is required to count and analyze individual gamma-events. We describe the unique instrumental setup which we assembled to make these measurements.

  3. Method development for the determination of iron in milligram amounts of rice plants (Oryza sativa L.) from cultivation experiments using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

    Silva, Marcia M.; Vale, Maria Goreti R.; Damin, Isabel C. Ferreira [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Av. Bento Goncalves 9500, 91501-970, Porto Alegre RS (Brazil); Welz, Bernhard [Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), 88040-900, Florianopolis SC (Brazil); Mandaji, Marcos; Fett, Janette P. [Departamento de Botanica e Centro de Biotecnologia, Instituto de Biociencias, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Av. Bento Goncalves 9500, 91501-970, Porto Alegre RS (Brazil)

    2003-09-01

    The amount of sample that is available for analysis in laboratory plant cultivation experiments is usually very limited. Highly sensitive analytical techniques are therefore required, even for elements that are present in the plants at mg g{sup -1} concentrations, and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) was chosen in this work because of its micro-sampling capability, and its relatively simple operation. Four micro-methods were investigated for the determination of iron in roots and leaves of rice plants: (i) a micro-digestion with nitric and hydrochloric acids, (ii) a slurry procedure using tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) tissue solubilizer, (iii) a slurry prepared in 1.4 mol L{sup -1} nitric acid, and treated in an ultrasonic bath, and (iv) the direct analysis of solid samples. The micro-digestion was suffering from high blank values and contamination problems, so that it could not be recommended for routine purposes. The TMAH method exhibited poor precision and occasional low recoveries, particularly for real samples. Direct solid sampling analysis gave results similar to those obtained with the slurry technique with ultrasonic agitation for the determination of iron in certified reference materials with iron content up to about 100 {mu}g g{sup -1}, but was too sensitive for the investigated rice plants, which had an iron content up to several mg g{sup -1}. The slurry technique with ultrasonic treatment of the samples, suspended in dilute nitric acid, was finally adopted as the method of choice. The method was then applied for the determination of iron in the leaves and in different compartments of the roots of two rice cultivars, one sensitive to iron toxicity, an important nutritional disorder, and the other one resistant to iron toxicity. The results suggest that the higher resistance to iron toxicity of the second cultivar is due to a smaller uptake of iron from the soil, resulting in lower iron levels in all compartments of the

  4. A simple and fast method for assessment of the nitrogen–phosphorus–potassium rating of fertilizers using high-resolution continuum source atomic and molecular absorption spectrometry

    Bechlin, Marcos André; Fortunato, Felipe Manfroi; Moutinho da Silva, Ricardo; Ferreira, Edilene Cristina; Gomes Neto, José Anchieta, E-mail: anchieta@iq.unesp.br

    2014-11-01

    The determination of N, P, and K in fertilizers by high-resolution continuum source flame atomic and molecular absorption spectrometry is proposed. Under optimized conditions, measurements of the diatomic molecules NO and PO at 215.360 and 247.620 nm, respectively, and K using the wing of the alternative line at 404.722 nm allowed calibration curves to be constructed in the ranges 500–5000 mg L{sup −1} N (r = 0.9994), 100–2000 mg L{sup −1} P (r = 0.9946), and 100–2500 mg L{sup −1} K (r = 0.9995). Commercial fertilizers were analyzed by the proposed method and the concentrations of N, P, and K were found to be in agreement with those obtained by Kjeldahl, spectrophotometric, and flame atomic emission spectrometry methods, respectively, at a 95% confidence level (paired t-test). A phosphate rock certified reference material (CRM) was analyzed and the results for P and K were in agreement with the reference values. Recoveries from spiked CRM were in the ranges 97–105% (NO{sub 3}{sup −}-N), 95–103% (NH{sub 4}{sup +}-N), 93–103% (urea-N), 99–108% (P), and 99–102% (K). The relative standard deviations (n = 12) for N, P, and K were 6, 4, and 2%, respectively. - Highlights: • A single technique is proposed to analyze NPK fertilizer. • HR-CS FAAS is proposed for the first time for N, P and K determination in fertilizers. • The method employs the same sample preparation and dilution for the three analytes. • Addition of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} allows analysis of fertilizers with different nitrogen species. • Proposal provides advantages over traditional methods in terms of cost and time.

  5. A simple and fast method for assessment of the nitrogen–phosphorus–potassium rating of fertilizers using high-resolution continuum source atomic and molecular absorption spectrometry

    The determination of N, P, and K in fertilizers by high-resolution continuum source flame atomic and molecular absorption spectrometry is proposed. Under optimized conditions, measurements of the diatomic molecules NO and PO at 215.360 and 247.620 nm, respectively, and K using the wing of the alternative line at 404.722 nm allowed calibration curves to be constructed in the ranges 500–5000 mg L−1 N (r = 0.9994), 100–2000 mg L−1 P (r = 0.9946), and 100–2500 mg L−1 K (r = 0.9995). Commercial fertilizers were analyzed by the proposed method and the concentrations of N, P, and K were found to be in agreement with those obtained by Kjeldahl, spectrophotometric, and flame atomic emission spectrometry methods, respectively, at a 95% confidence level (paired t-test). A phosphate rock certified reference material (CRM) was analyzed and the results for P and K were in agreement with the reference values. Recoveries from spiked CRM were in the ranges 97–105% (NO3−-N), 95–103% (NH4+-N), 93–103% (urea-N), 99–108% (P), and 99–102% (K). The relative standard deviations (n = 12) for N, P, and K were 6, 4, and 2%, respectively. - Highlights: • A single technique is proposed to analyze NPK fertilizer. • HR-CS FAAS is proposed for the first time for N, P and K determination in fertilizers. • The method employs the same sample preparation and dilution for the three analytes. • Addition of H2O2 allows analysis of fertilizers with different nitrogen species. • Proposal provides advantages over traditional methods in terms of cost and time

  6. Method Performance of Total Mercury (Hg) Testing in the Biological Samples by Using Cold Vapour Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (CV-AAS)

    Method performance (validation) of total mercury (Hg) testing in the biological samples by using cold vapour atomic absorption spectrophotometer (CV-AAS) has been done. The objective of this research is to know the method performance of CV-AAS as one of points for the accreditation testing of laboratory according IS0/IEC 17025-2005. The method performance covering limit of detection (LOD), accuracy, precision and bias. As a standard material used SRM Oyster Tissue 15660 from Winopal Forshung Germany, whereas the biological samples were human hair. In principle of mercury testing for solid samples using CV-AAS is dissolving this sample and standard with 10 mL HNO3 supra pure into a closed quartz tube and heating at 150 °C for 4 hours. The concentration of mercury in each samples was determined at the condition of operation were stirring time (T1) 70 seconds, delay time (T2) 15 seconds, heating time (T3) 13 seconds and cooling time (T4) of 25 seconds. Mercury ion in samples are reduced with SnCl2 10 % in H2SO4 20 %, and then the vapour of mercury from reduction is passed in NaOH 20 % solution and aquatridest. The result of method performance were: limit of detection (LOD) = 0.085 ng, accuracy 99.70 %, precision (RSD) = 1.64 % and bias = 0.30 %. From the validation result showed that the content of mercury total was in the range of certified values. The total mercury content (Hg) in human hair were varied from 406.93 - 699.07 ppb. (author)

  7. Multi-objective optimization in WEDM of D3 tool steel using integrated approach of Taguchi method & Grey relational analysis

    Shivade, Anand S.; Shinde, Vasudev D.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, wire electrical discharge machining of D3 tool steel is studied. Influence of pulse-on time, pulse-off time, peak current and wire speed are investigated for MRR, dimensional deviation, gap current and machining time, during intricate machining of D3 tool steel. Taguchi method is used for single characteristics optimization and to optimize all four process parameters simultaneously, Grey relational analysis (GRA) is employed along with Taguchi method. Through GRA, grey relational grade is used as a performance index to determine the optimal setting of process parameters for multi-objective characteristics. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) shows that the peak current is the most significant parameters affecting on multi-objective characteristics. Confirmatory results, proves the potential of GRA to optimize process parameters successfully for multi-objective characteristics.

  8. Validation of an analytical method for the determination of total mercury in urine samples using cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS)

    Mercury (Hg) is a toxic metal applied to a variety of products and processes, representing a risk to the health of occupationally or accidentally exposed subjects. Dental amalgam is a restorative material composed of metallic mercury, which use has been widely debated in the last decades. Due to the dubiety of the studies concerning dental amalgam, many efforts concerning this issue have been conducted. The Tropical Medicine Foundation (Tocantins, Brazil) has recently initiated a study to evaluate the environmental and occupational levels of exposure to mercury in dentistry attendants at public consulting rooms in the city of Araguaina (TO). In collaboration with this study, the laboratory of analysis at IPEN's Chemistry and Environment Center is undertaking the analysis of mercury levels in exposed subjects' urine samples using cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry. This analysis requires the definition of a methodology capable of generating reliable results. Such methodology can only be implemented after a rigorous validation procedure. As part of this work, a series of tests were conducted in order to confirm the suitability of the selected methodology and to assert that the laboratory addresses all requirements needed for a successful implementation of the methodology. The following parameters were considered in order to test the method's performance: detection and quantitation limits, selectivity, sensitivity, linearity, accuracy and precision. The assays were carried out with certified reference material, which assures the traceability of the results. Taking into account the estimated parameters, the method can be considered suitable for the afore mentioned purpose. The mercury concentration found for the reference material was of (95,12 +- 11,70)mug.L-1 with a recovery rate of 97%. The method was also applied to 39 urine samples, six of which (15%) showing urinary mercury levels above the normal limit of 10μg.L-1. The obtained results fall into a range

  9. A novel solidified floating organic drop microextraction method for preconcentration and determination of copper ions by flow injection flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

    Sahin, Ciğdem Arpa; Tokgöz, Ilknur

    2010-05-14

    A rapid, simple and cost effective solidified floating organic drop microextraction (SFODME) and flow injection flame atomic absorption spectrometric determination (FI-FAAS) method for copper was developed. In this method, a free microdrop of 1-undecanol containing 1,5-diphenyl carbazide (DPC) as the complexing agent was transferred to the surface of an aqueous sample including Cu(II) ions, while being agitated by a stirring bar in the bulk of the solution. Under the proper stirring conditions, the suspended microdrop can remain at the top-center position of the aqueous sample. After the completion of the extraction, the sample vial was cooled by placing it in a refrigerator for 10min. The solidified microdrop was then transferred into a conical vial, where it melted immediately and diluted to 300microL with ethanol. Finally, copper ions in 200microL of diluted solution were determined by FI-FAAS. Several factors affecting the microextraction efficiency, such as type of extraction solvent, pH, complexing agent concentration, extraction time, stirring rate, sample volume and temperature were investigated and optimized. Under optimized conditions for 100mL of solution, the preconcentration factor was 333 and the enrichment factor was 324. The limit of detection (3s) was 0.4ngmL(-1), the limit of quantification (10s) was 1.1ngmL(-1) and the relative standard deviation (RSD) for 10 replicate measurements of 10ngmL(-1) copper was 0.9%. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of copper in different water samples. PMID:20441870

  10. A model based method for evaluation of crop operation scenarios in greenhouses

    Ooster, van 't A.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract This research initiated a model-based method to analyse labour in crop production systems and to quantify effects of system changes in order to contribute to effective greenhouse crop cultivation systems with efficient use of human labour and technology. This method was gra

  11. A Qualification of Kartini Water Coolant Reactor Based on Data by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (F-AAS) and Ion Selective Electrode (ISE) Methods

    A water coolant reactor represent one of product at reactor cooler system in nuclear reactor. Quality assurance of water coolant reactor needed to fulfilled of conditioned such as the content of Fe, Mn, Mg, Na, Cr, Ca and Cl elements in water coolant reactor < 1 ppm. The content of Fe, Mn, Mg, Na, Cr, and Ca elements in water coolant reactor were detected by flame atomic absorption spectrometry method, while the content of Cl- element was detected by ion selective electrode (ISE). The validation of AAS instrument were done by calibration of AAS instrument using solution of Cu 2 ppm and obtained of sensitivity and precision 0.019 ppm and precision 0.65 % respectively smaller than maximum permissible 0.4 ppm and 1 % respectively. The validation of ISE instrument showed that obtained of slope in the potential ring 0.56 - 0.59 mV. The content of Ca and Cl in ATR each 0.32 ± 0.005 ppm and 1.052 ± 0.009 ppm respectively, while the other elements such as Fe, Mn, Mg, Na, and Cr under the limit of detection. Based on the data show that quality of ATR fulfilled one of the qualifications of IAEA. (author)

  12. A qualification of Kartini Water Coolant Reactor Based On Data By Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (F-AAS) and Ion Selective Electrode (ISE) Methods

    A water coolant reactor represent one of product at reactor cooler system in nuclear reactor. Quality assurance of water coolant reactor needed to fulfilled of conditioned such as the content of Fe, Mn, Mg, Na, Cr, Ca and Cl elements in water coolant reactor < 1 ppm. The content of Fe, Mn, Mg, Na, Cr, and Ca elements in water coolant reactor were detected by flame atomic absorption spectrometry method, while the content of Cl- element was detected by ion selective electrode (ISE). The validation of AAS instrument were done by calibration of AAS instrument using solution of Cu 2 ppm and obtained of sensitivity and precision 0.019 ppm and precision 0.65 % respectively smaller than maximum permissible 0.4 ppm and 1 % respectively. The validation of ISE instrument showed that obtained of slope in the potential ring 0.56 - 0.59 mV. The content of Ca and Cl in ATR each 0.32 ± 0.005 ppm and 1.052 ± 0.009 ppm respectively, while the other elements such as Fe, Mn, Mg, Na, and Cr under the limit of detection. Based on the data show that quality of ATR fulfilled one of the qualifications of IAEA. (author)

  13. A new method for the preparation of a Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene hybrid material and its applications in electromagnetic wave absorption

    Wu, Tsung-Yung [School of Defense Science, Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, National Defense University, Daxi, Taoyuan 335, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lu, Kai-Tai [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, National Defense University, Daxi, Taoyuan 335, Taiwan, ROC (China); Peng, Cheng-Hsiung [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, MingHsin University of Science and Technology, Hsinfeng, Hsinchu 304, Taiwan, ROC (China); Hong, Yaw-Sun [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, National Defense University, Daxi, Taoyuan 335, Taiwan, ROC (China); Hwang, Chyi-Ching [Weapon System Center, Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, National Defense University, Daxi, Taoyuan 335, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: A microwave-assisted solvothermal process was used to prepare Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles/graphene hybrids, which could be applied as an electromagnetic (EM) radiation absorbent. The absorber, composed of 20 wt% Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene–epoxy, exhibited a dual-frequency reflection characteristic covering the C and Ku bands with maximum reflection losses of less than −20 dB at thicknesses of 4 and 5 mm. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene composites were prepared by a microwave-assisted solvothermal route. • Uniform loading of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles on graphene was obtained. • The products as-synthesized show great promise as a microwave absorption material. • Synergistic effects of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and graphene caused improved absorption efficiency. • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene product possessed a dual-frequency reflection characteristic. - Abstract: A rapid, simple, and inexpensive process combining a microwave-assisted technique and a solvothermal method has been developed using graphene sheets and FeCl{sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O as the reactant to prepare graphene/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticle hybrids, which can be applied as an electromagnetic radiation absorbent. The experimental factors (i.e., composition ratio, microwave power, and irradiation time) on the products’ characteristics were examined. Under optimal conditions, the morphological analysis revealed that the graphene sheet was homogeneously covered with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (∼50 nm). The electromagnetic parameters of the composites made from 20 wt% Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene–epoxy were measured by a vector network analyzer. It was found that the 4- and 5 mm-thick composites could attain a reflection loss below −20 dB in the dual-ranges of 4–8 and 12–18 GHz.

  14. Crashworthiness and composite materials: development of an experimental test method for the energy absorption determination and implementation of the relative numerical model

    Garattoni, Francesca

    2011-01-01

    In this PhD thesis the crashworthiness topic is studied with the perspective of the development of a small-scale experimental test able to characterize a material in terms of energy absorption. The material properties obtained are then used to validate a nu- merical model of the experimental test itself. Consequently, the numerical model, calibrated on the specific ma- terial, can be extended to more complex structures and used to simulate their energy absorption behavior. The experimental...

  15. High-Resolution Sedimentation Rates at IODP Sites U1424 and U1427 since the late Pliocene from spectral-analyzing GRA Bulk Density and RGB Color Profiles

    Gorgas, Thomas; Irino, Tomohisa; Tada, Ryuji

    2016-04-01

    Sedimentation Rates (SRs) for IODP Sites U1424 (lat/lon coordinates: 40o11.40'N, 138o13.90'E; water depth: 2808 mbsl) and U1427 (lat/lon coordinates: 35o57.92'N, 134o26.06'E; water depth: 330 mbsl) were calculated by performing spectral analysis in the depth domain on both RGB color and Gamma-Ray-Attenuation (GRA) bulk density data. Inversion and integration of SRs versus depth from spectral analysis yielded detailed SR profiles in both time and depth domains. Our results show a greater variability in calculated SRs and differed from those established through coarse-scaled biostratigraphy and paleo-magnetic data. Our data analyses produces pulses of distinct high SRs for certain depth/age intervals at both sites, with time lags for such features possibly due to variable oceanographic conditions near-shore for Site U1427 versus those at Site U1424 further offshore. Both GRA and RGB profiles reveal a distinct periodicity in the waveband of Milankovitch cycles and other prominent periodicities in the 10-to-1ky period range. This observation suggests climate variabilities and trends in SRs responding to insolation patterns during the past 1 Myr at both sites and extending to 4.5 Myr for Site U1424. With only few identified eccentricity (100ky) cycle segments throughout the entire normalized spectral amplitude profile, our high-resolution Age-Depth model was tuned to obliquity (41ky) and precessional (19-23ky) cycles to achieving a strong fit with corresponding low-resolution models based on biostratigraphy, paleo-magnetic and, at least for Site U1424, augmenting volcanostratigraphy data. According to our Age-Depth models, relatively low SRs occur when evolutive amplitude spectra are dominated by periods in the range of obliquity and eccentricity. In contrast, significant SR peaks at both sites often occur when strong precessional amplitudes coexist with all other cycles. Lower SRs at Site U1424 have been interpreted to reflect a decrease in diatom flux and relative

  16. La crítica sobre diseño gráfico español en las revistas de arte comercial y publicidad (1900-1970)

    Ríos Moyano, Sonia

    2004-01-01

    El objeto de estudio de la presente Tesis Doctoral se basa en el interés por dar a conocer a la comunidad científica aquellos textos más relevantes sobre el diseño gráfico español a lo largo de los dos primeros tercios del siglo XX. A lo que se suma la interpretación y puesta en valor con el contexto social, político y cultural donde surgieron. El diseño gráfico tiene un marcado carácter visual y su evolución corre pareja a la de otros movimientos visuales del siglo XX careciendo ...

  17. The electronic states of 1,2,5-oxadiazole studied by VUV absorption spectroscopy and CI, CCSD(T) and DFT methods

    Palmer, Michael H., E-mail: m.h.palmer@ed.ac.uk [School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Joseph Black Building, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JJ, Scotland (United Kingdom)

    2009-06-12

    The 1,2,5-oxadiazole VUV absorption spectrum in the range 5-11.5 eV, shows broad bands centred near 6.2, 7.1, 8.3, 8.8, 10.6 and 11.3 eV. Rydberg states associated with three ionisation energies (IE) were identified in the complex fine structure above 8.7 eV. Electronic vertical excitation energies for singlet and triplet valence, and Rydberg states were computed using ab initio multi-reference multi-root CI methods. There is generally a good correlation between the envelope of the theoretical intensities and the experimental spectrum. The nature of the more intense calculated Rydberg states, and positions of the main valence and Rydberg bands are discussed. The lowest triplet, singlet and Rydberg 3s excited states have equilibrium structures that are non-planar with C{sub S} symmetry, in a chair-like orientation where the O and H atoms lie out of the NCCN plane. This finding is consistent with the doubling of the low energy UV spectral lines [B.J. Forrest, A.W. Richardson, Can. J. Chem., 50 (1972) 2088]. The nearly degenerate IE of the UV-photoelectron spectrum (UV-PES, Palmer et al. 1977) makes analysis of the VUV spectrum difficult, leading to the necessity for reinvestigation. Vertical studies (IE{sub V}) using CI, Tamm-Dancoff (TDA) and Green's Function (GF) methods all gave similar results, with near degeneracy of the first 3IE{sub V} confirming the earlier study. Studies of the adiabatic IE (IE{sub A}) using CCSD(T) and B3LYP methods, showed the energy sequence {sup 2}A{sub 2} < {sup 2}B{sub 1} < {sup 2}B{sub 2}, but these states are all saddle points, in contrast to the 4th state ({sup 2}A{sub 1}) which is a minimum. In contrast, MP2 study of the {sup 2}B{sub 2} state showed a minimum, with only two saddle points. Complete minima were found after minor twisting of the structures. The lowest energy cationic state is {sup 2}A{sup ''} (C{sub S}), which closely resembles the {sup 2}B{sub 2} state. The O-N-C-C skeleton is twisted by 8{sup o}. The

  18. Monitoring and Method development of Hg in Istanbul Airborne Particulates by Solid Sampling Continuum Source-High Resolution Electrothermal Atomic Absorption Spectromerty

    Soydemir E.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a method has been developed and monitoring for the determination of mercury in PM2.5 airborne particulates by solid sampling high-resolution continuum source electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. The PM2.5 airborne particulates were collected on quartz filters using high volume samplers (500 L/min in Istanbul (Turkey for 96 hours every month in one year. At first, experimental conditions as well as the validation tests were optimized using collected filter. For this purpose, the effects of atomization temperature, amount of sample intoduced in to the furnace, addition of acids and/or KMnO4 on the sample, covering of graphite tube and platform or using of Ag nanoparticulates, Au nanoparticulates, and Pd solutions on the accuracy and precision were investigated. After optimization of the experimental conditions, the mercury concentrations were determined in the collected filter. The filters with PM2.5 airborne particulates were dried, divided into small fine particles and then Hg concentrations were determined directly. In order to eliminate any error due to the sensitivity difference between aqueous standards and solid samples, the quantification was performed using solid calibrants. The limit of detection, based on three times the standard deviations for ten atomizations of an unused filter, was 30 ng/g. The Hg content was dependent on the sampling site, season etc, ranging from

  19. Green method for ultrasensitive determination of Hg in natural waters by electrothermal-atomic absorption spectrometry following sono-induced cold vapor generation and 'in-atomizer trapping'

    Sono-induced cold vapor generation (SI-CVG) has been used for the first time in combination with a graphite furnace atomizer for determination of Hg in natural waters by electrothermal-atomic absorption spectrometry after in situ trapping onto a noble metal-pretreated platform (Pd, Pt or Rh) inserted into a graphite tube. The system allows 'in-atomizer trapping' of Hg without the use of conventional reduction reactions based on sodium borohydride or tin chloride in acid medium for cold vapor generation. The sono-induced reaction is accomplished by applying ultrasound irradiation to the sample solution containing Hg(II) in the presence of an organic compound such as formic acid. As this organic acid is partly degraded upon ultrasound irradiation to yield CO, CO2, H2 and H2O, the amount of lab wastes is minimized and a green methodology is achieved. For this purpose, experimental variables influencing the generation/trapping process are fully investigated. The limit of detection for a 10 min trapping time and 10 mL sample volume was 0.03 μg L-1 (Integrated absorbance) and the repeatability expressed as relative standard deviation was about 3%. Carbonates and chlorides at 100 mg L-1 level caused a signal depression by 20-30%. The enhanced trapping efficiency observed with the sono-induced cold vapor generation as compared with 'in-atomizer trapping' methods employing chemical vapor generation is discussed. A reaction pathway for SI-CVG is proposed on the basis of the current knowledge for synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles by ultrasound

  20. Development of an analytical method for the determination of arsenic in gasoline samples by hydride generation–graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

    The purpose of the present work was to optimize the conditions for the determination of arsenic in gasoline with hydride generation–graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry after acid digestion using a full two-level factorial design with center point. The arsine was generated in a batch system and collected in a graphite tube coated with 150 μg Ir as a permanent modifier. The sample volume, the pre-reduction conditions, the temperature program and modifier mass were kept fixed for all experiments. The estimated main effects were: reducing agent concentration (negative effect), acid concentration (negative effect) and trapping temperature (positive effect). It was observed that there were interactions between the variables. Moreover, the curvature was significant, indicating that the best conditions were at the center point. The optimized parameters for arsine generation were 2.7 mol L−1 hydrochloric acid and 1.6% (w/v) sodium tetrahydroborate. The optimized conditions to collect arsine in the graphite furnace were a trapping temperature of 250 °C and a collection time of 30 s. The limit of detection was 6.4 ng L−1 and the characteristic mass was 24 pg. Two different systems for acid digestion were used: a digester block with cold finger and a microwave oven. The concentration of arsenic found with the proposed method was compared with that obtained using a detergentless microemulsion and direct graphite furnace determination. The results showed that the factorial design is a simple tool that allowed establishing the appropriate conditions for sample preparation and also helped in evaluating the interaction between the factors investigated. - Highlights: ► We determined As in gasoline using hydride generation–graphite furnace AAS. ► We compared three sample preparation procedures. ► A multivariate approach was used to optimize the conditions. ► Analytical performance was best for semi-open digestion.

  1. Simple hollow fiber renewal liquid membrane extraction method for pre-concentration of Cd(II) in environmental samples and detection by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry

    A hollow fiber renewal liquid membrane (HFRLM) extraction method to determine cadmium (II) in water samples using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (FAAS) was developed. Ammonium O,O-diethyl dithiophosphate (DDTP) was used to complex cadmium (II) in an acid medium to obtain a neutral hydrophobic complex (ML2). The organic solvent introduced to the sample extracts this complex from the aqueous solution and carries it over the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) membrane, that had their walls previously filled with the same organic solvent. The organic solvent is solubilized inside the PDMS membrane, leading to a homogeneous phase. The complex strips the lumen of the membrane where, at higher pH, the complex Cd-DDTP is broken down and cadmium (II) is released into the stripping phase. EDTA was used to complex the cadmium (II), helping to trap the analyte in the stripping phase. A multivariate procedure was used to optimize the studied variables. The optimized variables were: sample (donor phase) pH 3.25, DDTP concentration 0.05% (m/v), stripping (acceptor phase) pH 8.75, EDTA concentration 1.5 x 10-2 mol L-1, extraction temperature 40 deg. C, extraction time 40 min, a solvent mixture N-butyl acetate and hexane (60/40%, v/v) with a volume of 100 μL, and addition of ammonium sulfate to saturate the sample. The sample volume used was 20 mL and the stripping volume was 165 μL. The analyte enrichment factor was 120, limit of detection (LOD) 1.3 μg L-1, relative standard deviation (RSD) 5.5% and the working linear range 2-30 μg L-1.

  2. Development of an analytical method for the determination of arsenic in gasoline samples by hydride generation-graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

    Becker, Emilene M. [Universidade Federal do Pampa, Bage, RS (Brazil); Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS (Brazil); Dessuy, Morgana B.; Boschetti, Wiliam [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Goncalves, 9500, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Vale, Maria Goreti R., E-mail: mgrvale@ufrgs.br [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Goncalves, 9500, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciencia e Tecnologia do CNPq, INCT de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, BA (Brazil); Ferreira, Sergio L.C. [Instituto Nacional de Ciencia e Tecnologia do CNPq, INCT de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, BA (Brazil); Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, BA (Brazil); Welz, Bernhard [Instituto Nacional de Ciencia e Tecnologia do CNPq, INCT de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, BA (Brazil); Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

    2012-05-15

    The purpose of the present work was to optimize the conditions for the determination of arsenic in gasoline with hydride generation-graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry after acid digestion using a full two-level factorial design with center point. The arsine was generated in a batch system and collected in a graphite tube coated with 150 {mu}g Ir as a permanent modifier. The sample volume, the pre-reduction conditions, the temperature program and modifier mass were kept fixed for all experiments. The estimated main effects were: reducing agent concentration (negative effect), acid concentration (negative effect) and trapping temperature (positive effect). It was observed that there were interactions between the variables. Moreover, the curvature was significant, indicating that the best conditions were at the center point. The optimized parameters for arsine generation were 2.7 mol L{sup -1} hydrochloric acid and 1.6% (w/v) sodium tetrahydroborate. The optimized conditions to collect arsine in the graphite furnace were a trapping temperature of 250 Degree-Sign C and a collection time of 30 s. The limit of detection was 6.4 ng L{sup -1} and the characteristic mass was 24 pg. Two different systems for acid digestion were used: a digester block with cold finger and a microwave oven. The concentration of arsenic found with the proposed method was compared with that obtained using a detergentless microemulsion and direct graphite furnace determination. The results showed that the factorial design is a simple tool that allowed establishing the appropriate conditions for sample preparation and also helped in evaluating the interaction between the factors investigated. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We determined As in gasoline using hydride generation-graphite furnace AAS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We compared three sample preparation procedures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A multivariate approach was used to optimize the conditions. Black

  3. Toxoplasma gondii-Derived Synthetic Peptides Containing B- and T-Cell Epitopes from GRA2 Protein Are Able to Enhance Mice Survival in a Model of Experimental Toxoplasmosis

    Bastos, Luciana M.; Macêdo, Arlindo G.; Silva, Murilo V.; Santiago, Fernanda M.; Ramos, Eliezer L. P.; Santos, Fabiana A. A.; Pirovani, Carlos P.; Goulart, Luiz R.; Mineo, Tiago W. P.; Mineo, José R.

    2016-01-01

    Toxoplasmosis is a zoonosis distributed all over the world, which the etiologic agent is an intracellular protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. This disease may cause abortions and severe diseases in many warm-blood hosts, including humans, particularly the immunocompromised patients. The parasite specialized secretory organelles, as micronemes, rhoptries and dense granules, are critical for the successful parasitism. The dense granule protein 2 (GRA2) is a parasite immunogenic protein secreted during infections and previous studies have been shown that this parasite component is crucial for the formation of intravacuolar membranous nanotubular network (MNN), as well as for secretion into the vacuole and spatial organization of the parasites within the vacuole. In the present study, we produced a monoclonal antibody to GRA2 (C3C5 mAb, isotype IgG2b), mapped the immunodominant epitope of the protein by phage display and built GRA2 synthetic epitopes to evaluate their ability to protect mice in a model of experimental infection. Our results showed that synthetic peptides for B- and T-cell epitopes are able to improve survival of immunized animals. In contrast with non-immunized animals, the immunized mice with both B- and T-cell epitopes had a better balance of cytokines and demonstrated higher levels of IL-10, IL-4 and IL-17 production, though similar levels of TNF-α and IL-6 were observed. The immunization with both B- and T-cell epitopes resulted in survival rate higher than 85% of the challenged mice. Overall, these results demonstrate that immunization with synthetic epitopes for both B- and T-cells from GRA2 protein can be more effective to protect against infection by T. gondii. PMID:27313992

  4. Kinetics of gastro-intestinal absorption

    Knowledge of the kinetics of gastrointestinal absorption is required for reliable dose estimates for ingested radionuclides. A method is described by which absorption rates as a function of time as well as the total fraction absorbed (f1 value) can be determined by analysis of tracer concentrations in blood after oral and intravenous administration. The method was applied to study the absorption dynamics of Ca, Fe, and Mo in humans and is adapted to Ru, Zr, Sr and lanthanides. Radioactive or stable isotopes of the respective elements were used as tracers. The absorption kinetics and the total fractional absorption differ considerably for different elements. For a particular element, the absorption rates as well as the f1 values vary considerably with respect to the chemical form and the amount administered. Absorption patterns are characteristically different for uptake from solutions or from whole meals. This information may be used to improve the dosimetric model for the gastrointestinal tract. (author)

  5. Radionuclide investigation of nutritive absorption

    The authors present the theoretical rationale, algorithm and results of verification of a new radionuclide method for the determination of nutritive absorption. The proposed method allows the determination of the amount of a labeled unabsorbed food ingredient without the collection and radiometry of feces, with a high degree of significance

  6. Selective absorption of water from different oil–water emulsions with Psy-cl-poly(AAm) synthesized using irradiation copolymerization method

    B S Kaith; Kiran Kumar

    2007-08-01

    The present paper deals with the functionalization of psyllium with acrylamide under the influence of gamma radiation using hexamethylene tetramine as a crosslinker. The polymer synthesized was characterized using FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The superabsorbent was then used further for the selective absorption of water from different oil–water emulsions.

  7. Determination of bismuth by dielectric barrier discharge atomic absorption spectrometry coupled with hydride generation: Method optimization and evaluation of analytical performance

    Kratzer, Jan; Boušek, J.; Sturgeon, R. E.; Mester, Z.; Dědina, Jiří

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 86, č. 19 (2014), s. 9620-9625. ISSN 0003-2700 Grant ostatní: GA AV ČR(CZ) M200311202 Institutional support: RVO:68081715 Keywords : dielectric barrier discharge * hydride generation * atomic absorption spectrometry Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry , Separation Impact factor: 5.636, year: 2014

  8. Method development for the determination of cadmium in fertilizer samples using high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry and slurry sampling

    The determination of cadmium (Cd) in fertilizers is of major interest, as this element can cause growth problems in plants, and also affect animals and humans. High-resolution continuum source graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (HR-CS GF AAS) with charge-coupled device (CCD) array detection overcomes several of the limitations encountered with conventional line source AAS, especially the problem of accurate background measurement and correction. In this work an analytical method has been developed to determine Cd in fertilizer samples by HR-CS GF AAS using slurry sampling. Both a mixture of 10 μg Pd + 6 μg Mg in solution and 400 μg of iridium as permanent modifier have been investigated and aqueous standards were used for calibration. Pyrolysis and atomization temperatures were 600 oC and 1600 oC for the Pd-Mg modifier, and 500 deg. C and 1600 deg. C for Ir, respectively. The results obtained for Cd in the certified reference material NIST SRM 695 (Trace Elements in Multi-Nutrient Fertilizer) of 16.7 ± 1.3 μg g-1 and 16.4 ± 0.75 μg g-1 for the Pd-Mg and Ir modifier, respectively, were statistically not different from the certified value of 16.9 ± 0.2 μg g-1 on a 95% confidence level; however, the results obtained with the Ir modifier were significantly lower than those for the Pd-Mg modifier for most of the samples. The characteristic mass was 1.0 pg for the Pd-Mg modifier and 1.1 pg Cd for the Ir modifier, and the correlation coefficients (R2) of the calibration were > 0.99. The instrumental limits of detection were 7.5 and 7.9 ng g-1, and the limits of quantification were 25 and 27 ng g-1 for Pd-Mg and Ir, respectively, based on a sample mass of 5 mg. The cadmium concentration in the investigated samples was between 0.07 and 5.5 μg g-1 Cd, and hence below the maximum value of 20 μg g-1 Cd permitted by Brazilian legislation.

  9. Simultaneous optimization of material removal rate and surface roughness for WEDM of WC-Co composite using grey relational analysis along with Taguchi method

    Kamal Jangra

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, wire electrical discharge machining of WC-Co composite has been reported. Influence of taper angle, peak current, pulse-on time, pulse-off time, wire tension and dielectric flow rate were investigated for material removal rate (MRR and surface roughness (SR during intricate machining of a carbide block. In order to optimize MRR and SR simultaneously, grey relational analysis (GRA has been employed along with Taguchi method. Through GRA, grey relational grade is used as a performance index to determine the optimal setting of process parameters for multiple machining characteristics. Analysis of variance (ANOVA shows that the taper angle and pulse-on time are the most significant parameters affecting the multiple machining characteristics. Confirmatory results, proves the potential of GRA to optimize process parameters successfully for multi-machining characteristics.

  10. D-xylose absorption

    D-xylose absorption is a laboratory test to determine how well the intestines absorb a simple sugar (D-xylose). The test ... test is primarily used to determine if nutrient absorption problems are due to a disease of the ...

  11. D-xylose absorption

    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003606.htm D-xylose absorption To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. D-xylose absorption is a laboratory test to determine ...

  12. An united method for calculating neutron fluence attenuation and gamma-ray self-absorption in a large cylindrical sample for (n, xγ) experiment

    An united formula is proposed for calculating neutron fluence attenuation and gamma-ray self-absorption in a large cylindrical sample, it can be used in measurements of gamma-ray production cross sections from fast neutron induced (n,x γ) reactions. The position correlation of these two effects is taken into account in the deduction. The preliminary calculations are completed at an IBM-PC microcomputer. This methos is proved both fast and reliable

  13. Transdermic absorption of Melagenina II

    The transdermic absorption of Melagenina II (MII) was evaluated. MII was a labelled with 125I by the yodogen method and purified by column chromatography with Sephadex LH-20 in ethanol: water (7:3). In vitro absorption of (125I) - MII thought human skin was carried out in Keshary-Chien modified diffusion cells. Tape stripping method was applied after 24 hours to evaluate the accumulated activity in dermis and epidermis. In vivo assays were performed in Sprague Dawley rats to analyze absorption of MII until 24 hours after a single application and for five days a low penetrability of the drug while in vivo there were not found blood levels significantly greater than zero , nevertheless and important amount of radioactivity was found in feces and urine. The activity was concentrated mainly in the application site in both models

  14. Nutrition and magnesium absorption.

    Brink, E.J.

    1992-01-01

    The influence of various nutrients present in dairy products and soybean-based products on absorption of magnesium has been investigated. The studies demonstrate that soybean protein versus casein lowers apparent magnesium absorption in rats through its phytate component. However, true magnesium absorption was neither affected by soybean protein in the diet nor by supplemental phytate. The inhibitory influence of soybean protein and phytate on apparent magnesium absorption was found to be cau...

  15. Maximum-likelihood absorption tomography

    Maximum-likelihood methods are applied to the problem of absorption tomography. The reconstruction is done with the help of an iterative algorithm. We show how the statistics of the illuminating beam can be incorporated into the reconstruction. The proposed reconstruction method can be considered as a useful alternative in the extreme cases where the standard ill-posed direct-inversion methods fail. (authors)

  16. Absorption boundary conditions for geomertical acoustics

    Jeong, Cheol-Ho

    2012-01-01

    Defining accurate acoustical boundary conditions is of crucial importance for room acoustic simulations. In predicting sound fields using phased geometrical acoustics methods, the absorption coefficients or surface impedances of the boundary surfaces can be used, but no guideline has been developed...... solutions. Two rectangular rooms with uniform and non-uniform absorption distributions are tested. It is concluded that the impedance and random incidence absorption boundary conditions produce reasonable results with some exceptions at low frequencies for acoustically soft materials....

  17. Calcium absorption and achlorhydria

    Defective absorption of calcium has been thought to exist in patients with achlorhydria. The author compared absorption of calcium in its carbonate form with that in a pH-adjusted citrate form in a group of 11 fasting patients with achlorhydria and in 9 fasting normal subjects. Fractional calcium absorption was measured by a modified double-isotope procedure with 0.25 g of calcium used as the carrier. Mean calcium absorption (+/- S.D.) in the patients with achlorhydria was 0.452 +/- 0.125 for citrate and 0.042 +/- 0.021 for carbonate (P less than 0.0001). Fractional calcium absorption in the normal subjects was 0.243 +/- 0.049 for citrate and 0.225 +/- 0.108 for carbonate (not significant). Absorption of calcium from carbonate in patients with achlorhydria was significantly lower than in the normal subjects and was lower than absorption from citrate in either group; absorption from citrate in those with achlorhydria was significantly higher than in the normal subjects, as well as higher than absorption from carbonate in either group. Administration of calcium carbonate as part of a normal breakfast resulted in completely normal absorption in the achlorhydric subjects. These results indicate that calcium absorption from carbonate is impaired in achlorhydria under fasting conditions. Since achlorhydria is common in older persons, calcium carbonate may not be the ideal dietary supplement

  18. A novel oxidative method for the absorption of Hg{sup 0} from flue gas of coal fired power plants using task specific ionic liquid scrubber

    Barnea, Zach, E-mail: zach.barnea@mail.huji.ac.il [Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel); Sachs, Tatyana; Chidambaram, Mandan; Sasson, Yoel [Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: ► Ionic liquid used as absorption media due to negligible vapor pressure. ► Formation of a stable complex between the oxidation agent and the absorption liquid prevents its sublimation. ► Remarkable concentration factor of six orders of magnitude of mercury/IL unlike active carbon injection that absorb ppb of Hg from flue. ► Reduced metallic mercury swiftly precipitated from the solution and could be quantitatively separated and collected. -- Abstract: A simple continuous process is described for the removal of mercury from gas streams (such as flue gas of a coal fired power stations) using imidazolium based Task Specific Ionic Liquids [TSILs] with the general structure ([RMIM][XI{sub 2}{sup −}]) where X = Cl, Br or I. The latter are formed by blending dialkylimidazolium halide salts with iodine. When applied in a gas/liquid scrubber, these salts were shown to absorb >99% of elemental mercury originally present in a gas stream in concentration of 75–400 ppb. The mercury abatement is attained by oxidating the mercury to HgI{sub 2} which is bound as a stable IL complex ([RMIM{sup +}][XHgI{sub 2}{sup −}]. The novel absorption system exhibits a remarkable mercury concentration factor of seven orders of magnitude. The final solution obtained contains up to 50% (w/w) mercury in the IL. Upon exposure to sodium formate, directly added to the saturated IL at 45 °C, reduced metallic mercury swiftly precipitated from the solution and could be quantitatively separated and collected. The free IL could be fully recycled.

  19. A novel oxidative method for the absorption of Hg0 from flue gas of coal fired power plants using task specific ionic liquid scrubber

    Highlights: ► Ionic liquid used as absorption media due to negligible vapor pressure. ► Formation of a stable complex between the oxidation agent and the absorption liquid prevents its sublimation. ► Remarkable concentration factor of six orders of magnitude of mercury/IL unlike active carbon injection that absorb ppb of Hg from flue. ► Reduced metallic mercury swiftly precipitated from the solution and could be quantitatively separated and collected. -- Abstract: A simple continuous process is described for the removal of mercury from gas streams (such as flue gas of a coal fired power stations) using imidazolium based Task Specific Ionic Liquids [TSILs] with the general structure ([RMIM][XI2−]) where X = Cl, Br or I. The latter are formed by blending dialkylimidazolium halide salts with iodine. When applied in a gas/liquid scrubber, these salts were shown to absorb >99% of elemental mercury originally present in a gas stream in concentration of 75–400 ppb. The mercury abatement is attained by oxidating the mercury to HgI2 which is bound as a stable IL complex ([RMIM+][XHgI2−]. The novel absorption system exhibits a remarkable mercury concentration factor of seven orders of magnitude. The final solution obtained contains up to 50% (w/w) mercury in the IL. Upon exposure to sodium formate, directly added to the saturated IL at 45 °C, reduced metallic mercury swiftly precipitated from the solution and could be quantitatively separated and collected. The free IL could be fully recycled

  20. Solar powered absorption air conditioning

    Vardon, J. M.

    1980-04-01

    Artificial means of providing or removing heat from the building are discussed along with the problem of the appropriate building design and construction for a suitable heat climate inside the building. The use of a lithium bromide-water absorption chiller, powered by a hot water store heated by an array of stationary flat collectors, is analyzed. An iterative method of predicting the cooling output from a LiBr-water absorption refrigeration plant having variable heat input is described and a model allowing investigation of the performance of a solar collector and thermal storage system is developed.

  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. Determination of spectrophotometric absorptivity by analytical ultracentrifugation

    M Senthilraja

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapid determination of the absorptivity for a recombinant IgG monoclonal antibody using the Beckman equipped with both Raleigh interference and UV absorbance optical systems. The analytical ultracentrifuge data for determining spectrophotometric absorptivities is compared to experimental data from quantitative amino acid analysis and an enzymatic digestion method.

  3. Slowing down with resonance absorption

    The presence of heavy nuclei in nuclear reactors, in significant concentrations, facilitates the appearance of absorption resonances. For the moderation in the presence of absorbers an exact solution of the integral equations is possible by numerical methods. Approximated solutions for separated resonances in function of the practical width, (NR and NRIM approximations) are discussed in this paper. The method is generalized, presenting the solution by an intermediate approximation, in the definition of the resonance integral. (Author)

  4. Experimental design applied to the development of a copper direct determination method in gasoline samples by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

    Sousa, Janyeid Karla Castro; Marques, Aldalea Lopes Brandes [Programa de Pos Graduacao em Quimica, Av. dos Portugueses S/N, Campus Bacanga, Universidade Federal do Maranhao, Sao Luis, MA (Brazil); Dantas, Allan Nilson de Sousa; Lopes, Gisele Simone [Departamento de Quimica Analitica e Fisico-Quimica, bloco 939, Campus do Pici, Universidade Federal do Ceara, 60.000-000, Fortaleza, CE (Brazil)

    2008-11-15

    The aim of this work was to develop an experimental design to optimize the direct determination of copper in gasoline by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. The optimization of the process was carried out firstly by evaluating the variables in the procedure (pyrolysis time and temperature, atomization temperature and sample volume) using a factorial design (2{sup 4}). The response surface was constructed and it presented pyrolysis optimal temperature on 800 C, sample volume of 30 {mu}L using the atomization temperature of 2500 C. The amount of copper in the gasoline samples from Sao Luis City (Brazil) varied from 3.65 to 16.21 {mu}g L{sup -} {sup 1}, with 0.65 and 1.9 {mu}g L{sup -} {sup 1} as detection limit and quantification limit, respectively. Accuracy was evaluated by a comparative procedure and the results proved the viability of copper direct determination in fuel samples. (author)

  5. Studies of Mn/GaAs digital alloys using x-ray absorption fine structure and x-ray diffraction methods

    Soo, Y. L.; Kioseoglou, G.; Kim, S.; Chen, X.; Luo, H.; Kao, Y. H.; Sasaki, Y.; Liu, X.; Furdyna, J. K.

    2002-04-01

    Local structure and effective chemical valency of Mn atoms in Mn/GaAs digital alloys have been investigated using the x-ray absorption fine structure techniques. The samples were prepared by molecular-beam epitaxy with different thickness of GaAs layers separating the nominal Mn monolayers. Lattice constants of the digital alloys are found by x-ray diffraction to increase linearly in a very narrow range (about 0.3%) with the Mn/GaAs ratio in the samples. Our data show that Mn atoms in the nominal Mn monolayers actually combine with GaAs to form (Ga, Mn)As alloys with Mn atoms substituting for the Ga sites in GaAs. This result clearly rules out the possibility of dominant MnAs formation.

  6. EXTENSION OF THE INVERSE ADDING-DOUBLING METHOD TO THE MEASUREMENT OF WAVELENGTH-DEPENDENT ABSORPTION AND SCATTERING COEFFICIENTS OF BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES

    Allegood, M.S.; Baba, J.S.

    2008-01-01

    Light interaction with biological tissue can be described using three parameters: the scattering and absorption coeffi cients (μs and μa), as well as the anisotropy (g) which describes the directional dependence of the scattered photons. Accurately determining these optical properties for different tissue types at specifi c wavelengths simultaneously would be benefi cial for a variety of different biomedical applications. The goal of this project was to take a user defi ned g-value and determine the remaining two parameters for a specifi ed wavelength range. A fully automated computer program and process was developed to collect data for all wavelengths in a timely and accurate manner. LabVIEW® was used to write programs to automate raw intensity data collection from a spectrometer equipped integrating sphere, conversion of the data into a format for analysis via Scott Prahl’s Inverse Adding-Doubling (IAD) C code execution, and fi nally computation of the optical properties based on the output from the IAD code. To allow data to be passed effi ciently between LabVIEW® and C code program modules, the two were combined into a single program (OPT 3.1). OPT 3.1 was tested using tissue mimicking phantoms. Determination of the absorption and scattering coeffi cients showed excellent agreement with theory for wavelengths where the user inputted single g-value was suffi ciently precise. Future improvements entail providing for multi-wavelength g-value entry to extend the accuracy of results to encompass the complete multispectral range. Ultimately, the data collection process and algorithms developed through this effort will be used to examine actual biological tissues for the purpose of building and refi ning models for light-tissue interactions.

  7. A practical method for determining γ-ray full-energy peak efficiency considering coincidence-summing and self-absorption corrections for the measurement of environmental samples after the Fukushima reactor accident

    Shizuma, Kiyoshi; Oba, Yurika; Takada, Momo

    2016-09-01

    A method for determining the γ-ray full-energy peak efficiency at positions close to three Ge detectors and at the well port of a well-type detector was developed for measuring environmental volume samples containing 137Cs, 134Cs and 40K. The efficiency was estimated by considering two correction factors: coincidence-summing and self-absorption corrections. The coincidence-summing correction for a cascade transition nuclide was estimated by an experimental method involving measuring a sample at the far and close positions of a detector. The derived coincidence-summing correction factors were compared with those of analytical and Monte Carlo simulation methods and good agreements were obtained. Differences in the matrix of the calibration source and the environmental sample resulted in an increase or decrease of the full-energy peak counts due to the self-absorption of γ-rays in the sample. The correction factor was derived as a function of the densities of several matrix materials. The present method was applied to the measurement of environmental samples and also low-level radioactivity measurements of water samples using the well-type detector.

  8. Neutron Absorption Measurements Constrain Eucrite-Diogenite Mixing in Vesta's Regolith

    Prettyman, T. H.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Feldman, W. C.; Hendricks, J. S.; Lawrence, D. J.; Peplowski, P. N.; Toplis, M. J.; Yamashita, N.; Beck, A.; LeCorre, L.; McCoy, T. J.; McSween, H. Y.; Reedy, R. C.; Titus, T. N.; Mizzon, H.; Reddy, V.; Joy, S. P.; Raymond, C. A.; Russell, C. T.

    2013-01-01

    The NASA Dawn Mission s Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector (GRaND) [1] acquired mapping data during 5 months in a polar, low altitude mapping orbit (LAMO) with approx.460-km mean radius around main-belt asteroid Vesta (264-km mean radius) [2]. Neutrons and gamma rays are produced by galactic cosmic ray interactions and by the decay of natural radioelements (K, Th, U), providing information about the elemental composition of Vesta s regolith to depths of a few decimeters beneath the surface. From the data acquired in LAMO, maps of vestan neutron and gamma ray signatures were determined with a spatial resolution of approx.300 km full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM), comparable in scale to the Rheasilvia impact basin (approx.500 km diameter). The data from Vesta encounter are available from the NASA Planetary Data System. Based on an analysis of gamma-ray spectra, Vesta s global-average regolith composition was found to be consistent with the Howardite, Eucrite, and Diogenite (HED) meteorites, reinforcing the HED-Vesta connection [2-7]. Further, an analysis of epithermal neutrons revealed variations in the abundance of hydrogen on Vesta s surface, reaching values up to 400 micro-g/g [2]. The association of high concentrations of hydrogen with equatorial, low-albedo surface regions indicated exogenic delivery of hydrogen by the infall of carbonaceous chondrite (CC) materials. This finding was buttressed by the presence of minimally-altered CC clasts in howardites, with inferred bulk hydrogen abundances similar to that found by GRaND, and by studies using data from Dawn s Framing Camera (FC) and VIR instruments [8-10]. In addition, from an analysis of neutron absorption, spatial-variations in the abundance of elements other than hydrogen were detected [2].

  9. Novel absorption detection techniques for capillary electrophoresis

    Xue, Y.

    1994-07-27

    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) has emerged as one of the most versatile separation methods. However, efficient separation is not sufficient unless coupled to adequate detection. The narrow inner diameter (I.D.) of the capillary column raises a big challenge to detection methods. For UV-vis absorption detection, the concentration sensitivity is only at the {mu}M level. Most commercial CE instruments are equipped with incoherent UV-vis lamps. Low-brightness, instability and inefficient coupling of the light source with the capillary limit the further improvement of UV-vis absorption detection in CE. The goals of this research have been to show the utility of laser-based absorption detection. The approaches involve: on-column double-beam laser absorption detection and its application to the detection of small ions and proteins, and absorption detection with the bubble-shaped flow cell.

  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. Nutrition and magnesium absorption.

    Brink, E.J.

    1992-01-01

    The influence of various nutrients present in dairy products and soybean-based products on absorption of magnesium has been investigated. The studies demonstrate that soybean protein versus casein lowers apparent magnesium absorption in rats through its phytate component. However, true magnesium abs

  12. Petawatt laser absorption bounded

    Levy, Matthew C; Tabak, Max; Libby, Stephen B; Baring, Matthew G

    2014-01-01

    The interaction of petawatt ($10^{15}\\ \\mathrm{W}$) lasers with solid matter forms the basis for advanced scientific applications such as table-top particle accelerators, ultrafast imaging systems and laser fusion. Key metrics for these applications relate to absorption, yet conditions in this regime are so nonlinear that it is often impossible to know the fraction of absorbed light $f$, and even the range of $f$ is unknown. Here using a relativistic Rankine-Hugoniot-like analysis, we show for the first time that $f$ exhibits a theoretical maximum and minimum. These bounds constrain nonlinear absorption mechanisms across the petawatt regime, forbidding high absorption values at low laser power and low absorption values at high laser power. For applications needing to circumvent the absorption bounds, these results will accelerate a shift from solid targets, towards structured and multilayer targets, and lead the development of new materials.

  13. 石墨炉原子吸收精密度差排除方法%Eliminating Method of Atom Absorption Precision Error for Graphite Stove

    艾晓军; 蒋小良; 何思雨

    2012-01-01

    The text mainly disgusses a phenomenon of Atom Absorption Precision Error for Graphite Stove.By adjusting the needle position and cleaning the graphite stove body,we improved the Precision of standard series for low density,but background value still have no improvement;By adjusting the ash temperature,we lowered the background value,by adjusting dry temperature,we lowered standard deviation.finally we examined the standard series,twice measurement result of RSD10%,background REF0.04.%本文以石墨炉原子吸收测定过程标准系列两次测定的标准偏差(RSD)偏大,背景值(REF)过大以及标准溶液测定值偏低为故障现象,通过调整进样针位置、清洗石墨炉体,虽然改善了低点浓度的精密度,但背景值过大依然没有改善;然后调整灰化温度,降低了背景值,调整干燥温度,降低了标准偏差,最后检测标准系列吸光度值,两次测定结果的RSD〈10%,背景REF〈0.04。

  14. Further advancement of differential optical absorption spectroscopy: theory of orthogonal optical absorption spectroscopy.

    Liudchik, Alexander M

    2014-08-10

    A modified version of the differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) method is presented. The technique is called orthogonal optical absorption spectroscopy (OOAS). A widespread variant of DOAS with smoothing of the registered spectrum and absorption cross sections being made employing a polynomial regression is a particular case of OOAS. The concept of OOAS provides a variety of new possibilities for constructing computational schemes and analyzing the influence of different error sources on calculated concentrations. PMID:25320931

  15. Quasar Absorption Studies

    Mushotzky, Richard (Technical Monitor); Elvis, Martin

    2004-01-01

    The aim of the proposal is to investigate the absorption properties of a sample of inter-mediate redshift quasars. The main goals of the project are: Measure the redshift and the column density of the X-ray absorbers; test the correlation between absorption and redshift suggested by ROSAT and ASCA data; constrain the absorber ionization status and metallicity; constrain the absorber dust content and composition through the comparison between the amount of X-ray absorption and optical dust extinction. Unanticipated low energy cut-offs where discovered in ROSAT spectra of quasars and confirmed by ASCA, BeppoSAX and Chandra. In most cases it was not possible to constrain adequately the redshift of the absorber from the X-ray data alone. Two possibilities remain open: a) absorption at the quasar redshift; and b) intervening absorption. The evidences in favour of intrinsic absorption are all indirect. Sensitive XMM observations can discriminate between these different scenarios. If the absorption is at the quasar redshift we can study whether the quasar environment evolves with the Cosmic time.

  16. Solid phase extraction method for the determination of lead, nickel, copper and manganese by flame atomic absorption spectrometry using sodium bispiperdine-1,1'-carbotetrathioate (Na-BPCTT) in water samples

    A novel column solid phase extraction procedure was developed for the determination of lead, nickel, copper and manganese in various water samples by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) after preconcentration on sodium bispiperdine-1,1'-carbotetrathioate (Na-BPCTT) supported by Amberlite XAD-7. The sorbed element was subsequently eluted with 1 M nitric acid and the acid eluates are analysed by Flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). Various parameters such as pH, amount of adsorbent, eluent type and volume, flow-rate of the sample solution, volume of the sample solution and matrix interference effect on the retention of the metal ions have been studied. The optimum pH for the sorption of above mentioned metal ions was about 6.0 ± 0.2. The loading capacity of adsorbent for Pb, Cu, Ni and Mn were found to 28, 26, 22 and 20 x 10-6 g/mL, respectively. The recoveries of lead, copper, nickel and manganese under optimum conditions were found to be 96.7-99.2 at the 95% confident level. The limit of detection was 3.0, 3.2, 2.8 and 3.6 x 10-6 g/mL for lead, copper, nickel and manganese, respectively by applying a preconcentration factor 50. The proposed enrichment method was applied for metal ions in various water samples. The results were obtained are good agreement with reported method

  17. Determination of the Content of Zinc and Copper in Sewage Sludge by Microwave Digestion-atomic Absorption Method%微波消解-原子吸收法测定污泥中的铜、锌含量

    任旭锋; 王长智; 李娇英

    2015-01-01

    参考环境标准》固体废物镍铜的测定》和》固体废物铅锌隔的测定》优化了原子吸收仪工作参数和微波消解条件,建立了微波消解-原子吸收法测定太阳能电池行业废水处理后污泥中的铜和锌元素的分析方法,方法的检出限范围为0.001~0.009 mg/L,方法加标回收率93.3%~109%,相对标准偏差RSD均小于5%。%An analysis method as microwave digestion-atomic absorption spectroscopy ( ADAAS) was established for the determination of copper and zinc in the sludge from the treatment of solar cell industry wastewater.With reference to the environmental standards of Determination of Nickel and Copper Solid Waste and Determination of Lead, Zinc and Cadmium Solid Waste, the microwave digestion conditions as well as the operating parameters of atomic absorption spectrometer were optimized.The detection limit of this method was in the range of 0.001 ~0.009 mg/L.The relative standard deviation ( RSD) was less than 5%and recoveries were 93.3%~109.0%.

  18. Zeeman atomic absorption spectrometry

    The design and development of a Zeeman atomic absorption spectrometer for trace element analysis are described. An instruction manual is included which details the operation, adjustment, and maintenance. Specifications and circuit diagrams are given

  19. Bent Electro-Absorption Modulator

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a method and a device for modulating optical signals based on modulating bending losses in bend, quantum well semiconductor waveguide sections. The complex refractive index of the optical active semiconducting components of the waveguide section is modulated by...... applying a variable electric or electronmagnetic field. The modulation of the complex refractive index results in a modulation of the refractive index contrast and the absorption coefficient for the waveguide at the frequency of the light. By carefully adjusting the composition of the semiconducting...... components and the applied electric field in relation to the frequency of the modulated radiation, the bending losses (and possibly coupling losses) will provide extinction of light guided by the bent waveguide section. The refractive index contract may be modulated while keeping the absorption coefficient...

  20. Validation of a method to the addition the multiple standard in the analysis of Pb in reservoir waters for atomic absorption spectrometric

    The evaluation of a method is presented for the analysis of Pb in reservoir waters for atomic spectrometric with direct aspiration. For the validation of the analytic method a level of concentration of 0.05 mg/L was evaluated. The precision of the method was of 9.97% and the bias was 0.6% 8 samples of surface waters they were collected and of bottom of the tributaries of the reservoir Scorpions and the stocking of the concentrations in the tributaries was from 0,052 +- 0.026 inferior mg/L to the established one in the Cuban norm of evaluation of the hydirc objects of fishing use

  1. Seven-effect absorption refrigeration

    DeVault, Robert C.; Biermann, Wendell J.

    1989-01-01

    A seven-effect absorption refrigeration cycle is disclosed utilizing three absorption circuits. In addition, a heat exchanger is used for heating the generator of the low absorption circuit with heat rejected from the condenser and absorber of the medium absorption circuit. A heat exchanger is also provided for heating the generator of the medium absorption circuit with heat rejected from the condenser and absorber of the high absorption circuit. If desired, another heat exchanger can also be provided for heating the evaporator of the high absorption circuit with rejected heat from either the condenser or absorber of the low absorption circuit.

  2. Simple, inexpensive method of determining total body water using a tracer dose of D2O and infrared absorption of biological fluids

    An improved infrared spectrophotometric method using tracer doses of D2O for determination of total body water (TBW) is described. Evaluation of sample preparation procedures showed that only vacuum sublimation yielded acceptable recoveries of D2O standards in the range of 0.01-0.30 mg/ml in urine and plasma (101 +/- 2.5 and 99.6 +/- 2.6%, mean +/- SD, respectively). Oral administration of a 10 g dose of D2O was shown to equilibrate within 2 hr in the saliva and plasma of 10 healthy men and women, including obese (30% body fat) subjects. Calculated TBW was 39.1 +/- 6.4 L which represented 74 +/- 1.6% of the fat free mass determined by hydrodensitometry. The precision of the described infrared method was 2.5%. Based upon the observed sensitivity of this method, it would be possible to administer smaller oral D2O doses, 5-6 g, and obtain reliable TBW values. The practical advantages of this method are low cost and a simple analysis that permits repeated TBW measurements over brief periods without an undue buildup of background deuterium levels in the body

  3. Gastrointestinal absorption of uranium in man

    A method has been established for determining the fractional absorption of uranium directly in man. Measurements are made of the urinary excretion rates of uranium for individuals whose drinking water has a high 234U to 238U activity ratio and is the primary source of 234U in their diets. For two individuals, the values obtained for the fractional absorption of 234U were 0.004 and 0.006. The values obtained for the fractional absorption of 238U, using a literature value for the 238U intake from food, were 0.008 and 0.015. The present ICRP value is 0.20. 7 references, 1 table

  4. Calcification-related absorption in thyroid scintigraphy

    The enhanced absorption of X-rays in calcified structures is a basic prerequisite for performing conventional bone radiography. On the other hand, nothing has been reported on possible absorption effects of 'calcifications' as frequent findings in thyroid nodules or in the sternal bone / sternoclavicular joints. This may be caused by the general opinion, that the high energy of 99mTc-photons (140 keV) do not make visible absorptions effects very likely. Patients, methods: To prove possible absorption effects of calcifications on thyroid scintigraphy experimentally, effects of calcium absorbers were tested on a technetium flood phantom. Furthermore, absorption effects of various calcifications (discs of calcium sulphate and calcium carbonate with varying thickness) on normal thyroid tissue and autonomous nodules were simulated in a thyroid phantom. CT 130 kV-images of 46 consecutive patients were checked for presence of retrosternal or retroclavicular growth of the thyroid gland and to measure the extent and density of the sternal bone and calcified intrathyroidal nodules. In addition, clinical cases are presented in which a possible absorption by calcifications seems to be likely. Results: Bony structures in front of the thyroid gland or calcified intrathyroidal nodules could be seen on CT in 24/46 patients. The mean averaged density was 219 Houndsfield units (SD: 89 HU). The quantitative measurements using a 99mTc-flood source showed a mean absorption of 4.9%. In a thyroid phantom, absorption effects were visible only in 3/20 positions of the calcium discs over the thyroid phantom. Focal effects could be better detected in situations of only moderate uptake of the surrounding tissue. A dependence of absorption and chemistry (sulphate, carbonate) could not be found. Conclusion: Visible absorption effects caused by sternal bone or thyroid calcifications are seldom but potentially able to diminish the visible uptake and should be taken into account when interpreting

  5. Determination of the Content of Sulfur of Coal by the Infrared Absorption Method with High Acccuracy%红外吸收法准确测量低硫煤中硫元素含量

    王海峰; 逯海; 李佳; 孙国华; 王军; 戴新华

    2014-01-01

    The present paper reported the differential scanning calorimetry-thermogravimetry curves and the infrared (IR) ab-sorption spectrometry under the temperature program analyzed by the combined simultaneous thermal analysis-IR spectrometer . The gas products of coal were identified by the IR spectrometry .This paper emphasized on the combustion at high temperature-IR absorption method ,a convenient and accurate method ,which measures the content of sulfur in coal indirectly through the de-termination of the content of sulfur dioxide in the mixed gas products by IR absorption .It was demonstrated ,when the instru-ment was calibrated by varied pure compounds containing sulfur and certified reference materials (CRMs) for coal ,that there was a large deviation in the measured sulfur contents .It indicates that the difference in chemical speciations of sulfur between CRMs and the analyte results in a systematic error .The time-IR absorption curve was utilized to analyze the composition of sul-fur at low temperatures and high temperatures and then the sulfur content of coal sample was determined by using a CRM for coal with a close composition of sulfur .Therefore ,the systematic error due to the difference in chemical speciations of sulfur be-tween the CRM and analyte was eliminated .On the other hand ,in this combustion at high temperature-IR absorption method , the mass of CRM and analyte were adjusted to assure the sulfur mass equal and then the CRM and the analyte were measured al-ternately .This single-point calibration method reduced the effect of the drift of the IR detector and improved the repeatability of results ,compared with the conventional multi-point calibration method using the calibration curves of signal intensity vs sulfur mass .The sulfur content results and their standard deviations of an anthracite coal and a bituminous coal with a low sulfur con-tent determined by this modified method were 0.345% (0.004% ) and 0.372% (0.008% ) ,respectively .The

  6. The Finite Element Method Solution of an Unsteady MHD Free Convection Flow Past an Infinite Vertical Plate with Constant Suction and Heat Absorption

    A Sri Sailam

    2014-01-01

    The study of unsteady hydro magnetic free convective flow of viscous incompressible and electrically conducting fluids past an infinite vertical porous plate in the presence of constant suction and heat absorbing sinks has been made. Appropriate solutions have been derived for the velocity and temperature fields, skin friction and rate of heat transfer using Galerkin finite element method. It is observed that increase in magnetic field strength decreases the velocity of the fl...

  7. 浸提法提取胶母糖中铅的测定方法%Atomic Absorption Method of Lead Determination in Chewing Gum by Lixiviation

    孔令艳

    2012-01-01

    通过采用硝酸过氧化氢过夜浸提改进胶母糖样品中测定铅的前处理方法,基体干扰少,三水平加标回收率在95.2%~110.3%,8次重复测定的变异系数为1.8%,与国家标准方法比较,采用t检验法分析,结果无显著性差异.%The lead determination in chewing gum was improved by ameliorating sample prepation by using HNO3-H2O2 lixiviation solution with less matrix interference.The standard recovery of determination is 95.2%~110.3% fortified at three levels.The coefficient of variation is 1.8%(n=8).Aanlyzed by using t-test method,the result obtained by the improved method has no significant difference with that of national standard method.

  8. Vitamin A absorption

    Investigation of the absorption of vitamin A and related substances is complicated by the multiplicity of forms in which they occur in the diet and by the possibility that they may be subject to different mechanisms of absorption. Present knowledge of these mechanisms is inadequate, especially in the case of carotenoids. Numerous tests of absorption have been developed. The most common has been the biochemical measurement of the rise in plasma vitamin A after an oral dose of retinol or retinyl ester, but standardization is inadequate. Radioisotope tests based upon assay of serum or faecal activity following oral administration of tritiated vitamin A derivaties hold considerable promise, but again standardization is inadequate. From investigations hitherto performed it is known that absorption of vitamin A is influenced by several diseases, although as yet the consistency of results and the correlation with other tests of intestinal function have often been poor. However, the test of vitamin A absorption is nevertheless of clinical importance as a specialized measure of intestinal function. (author)

  9. Central cooling: absorptive chillers

    Christian, J.E.

    1977-08-01

    This technology evaluation covers commercially available single-effect, lithium-bromide absorption chillers ranging in nominal cooling capacities of 3 to 1,660 tons and double-effect lithium-bromide chillers from 385 to 1,060 tons. The nominal COP measured at operating conditions of 12 psig input steam for the single-effect machine, 85/sup 0/ entering condenser water, and 44/sup 0/F exiting chilled-water, ranges from 0.6 to 0.65. The nominal COP for the double-effect machine varies from 1.0 to 1.15 with 144 psig entering steam. Data are provided to estimate absorption-chiller performance at off-nominal operating conditions. The part-load performance curves along with cost estimating functions help the system design engineer select absorption equipment for a particular application based on life-cycle costs. Several suggestions are offered which may be useful for interfacing an absorption chiller with the remaining Integrated Community Energy System. The ammonia-water absorption chillers are not considered to be readily available technology for ICES application; therefore, performance and cost data on them are not included in this evaluation.

  10. Multimedialna gra „I SPY” w świetle założeń podejścia zadaniowego do nauczania i uczenia się języków obcych

    Zarzycka, Grażyna; Rudziński, Sławomir

    2013-01-01

    W artykule przedstawiono multimedialną grę dydaktyczną I SPY (poz. A2–B1), przeznaczoną dla młodzieży uczącej się kilku europejskich języków obcych, w tym języka polskiego. Polskojęzyczna wersja gry przygotowywana jest obecnie w ramach projektu edukacyjnego, w którym uczestniczy Uniwersytet Łódzki. W części teoretycznej artykułu gra została ukazana jako narzędzie umożliwiające realizację zasad podejścia ludycznego oraz zadaniowego. W części głównej – analitycznej – skoncentrowa...

  11. Reforma studija geodezije na Odsjeku za geodeziju Građevinskog fakulteta Univerziteta u Sarajevu : Reform of the study of geodesy at the Department of geodesy of Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sarajevo

    Džanina Omićević

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available U ovom radu prikazane su aktivnosti i ciljevi vezani uz implementaciju Bolonjskog procesa na Odsjeku za geodeziju Građevinskog fakulteta Univerziteta u Sarajevu. Prvi puta su predstavljeni novi programi studija geodezije organizovana u tri ciklusa: dodiplomski, diplomski i doktorski studij. Cilj je da sažeto iznesemo osnovne informacije o reformskom procesu, koji je u toku, a koji bi trebalo da dugoročno promijeni evropski visokoškolski sistem. : This paper presents activities and goals related with the implementation of the Bologna process at the Department of Geodesy of Civil Engineering, University of Sarajevo. For the first time, new curricula study of geodesy which are organized into three cycles: bachelor, master and postgraduete doctoral study are presented. The goal of this paper is to present basic informacion about ongoing reform proces, and that should change the long-term European university system.

  12. Electronic absorption, vibrational spectra, non-linear optical properties, NBO analysis and thermodynamic properties of 9-[(2-hydroxyethoxy) methyl] guanine molecule by density functional method

    Rajamani, T.; Muthu, S.

    2013-02-01

    The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and FT-Raman of 9-[(2-hydroxyethoxy) methyl] guanine (9-2HEMG) have been recorded in the regions 4000-100 and 4000-400 cm-1, respectively. A complete assignment and analysis of the fundamental vibrational modes of the molecule were carried out. The observed fundamental modes have been compared with the harmonic vibrational frequencies computed using DFT (B3LYP) method by employing 6-31G(d,p) and 3-21G basis sets. The vibrational studies were interpreted in terms of potential energy distribution. The first order hyperpolarizability (β0) and related properties (α, μ and Δα) of this molecular system are calculated using B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) method based on the finite-field approach. Stability of the molecule arising from hyperconjugative interactions and charge delocalization has been analyzed using natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. The results show that electron density (ED) in the σ* and π* antibonding orbitals and second-order delocalization energies (E(2)) confirm the occurrence of intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) within the molecule. UV-vis spectrum of the compound has been recorded and electronic properties such as excitation energies, oscillator strength and wavelength are calculated by TD-DFT and CIS methods using B3LYP/6-31G (d,p) basis set. Molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) and HOMO-LUMO energy levels are also constructed. The thermodynamic properties of the title compound have been calculated at different temperatures and the results reveal that the standard heat capacities (Cp,m), standard entropies (Sm) and standard enthalpy changes (Hm) increase with rise in temperature.

  13. Determination of Palladium in Resin by Lead Fire Assaying-Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Method%铅试金富集-火焰原子吸收光谱法测定树脂中钯

    王芳; 陈小兰; 林海山; 李小玲; 肖红新

    2013-01-01

    通过铅试金富集树脂中的钯并用银作钯灰吹保护,得到的银钯合粒用王水溶解,在5%的盐酸介质中,采用原子吸收光谱法测定钯,该法测钯的相对标准偏差RSD为0.53%,加标回收率在99.04%~100.10%之间。%Palladium in resin was enriched by lead assaying, using silver as a protective agent to produce silver-palladium alloy, and then the alloy was dissolved in aqua regia. Air acetylene flame atomic absorption spectrometric method was used to determinate palladium in 5%hydrochloric acid solution. The relative standard deviation (RSD) in determination of palladium is 0.53%and the recovery rate is between 99.04%~100.10%.

  14. Growth of (1 1 1) and (2 0 0) orientation cubic MgZnO thin films under different oxygen flow rate by PLD method and its difference in element composition and optical absorption characteristics

    Han, S.; Shao, Y.K.; Lu, Y.M., E-mail: youming_Lu@163.com; Cao, P.J.; Liu, W.J.; Zeng, Y.X.; Jia, F.; Zhu, D.L.

    2015-04-15

    Under different migration energy of reactive Mg, Zn and O atoms from MgZnO target at different oxygen flow rate, (2 0 0) and (1 1 1) orientations MgZnO thin films with cubic structure were fabricated on fused quartz substrate by PLD method. And MgZnO thin film possesses relatively higher Zn composition and lower Mg composition when deposited more along (1 1 1) orientation. The band gap and UV absorption characteristics of MgZnO thin film do not change completely in accordance with the Mg/Zn atom ratio of MgZnO thin films deposited at different oxygen flow rate, but influenced more by the ratio between Mg and Zn atoms that combined with O atoms in MgZnO crystal lattice and the grain boundary density of MgZnO thin films deposited at different oxygen flow rate.

  15. The Finite Element Method Solution of an Unsteady MHD Free Convection Flow Past an Infinite Vertical Plate with Constant Suction and Heat Absorption

    A Sri Sailam

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The study of unsteady hydro magnetic free convective flow of viscous incompressible and electrically conducting fluids past an infinite vertical porous plate in the presence of constant suction and heat absorbing sinks has been made. Appropriate solutions have been derived for the velocity and temperature fields, skin friction and rate of heat transfer using Galerkin finite element method. It is observed that increase in magnetic field strength decreases the velocity of the fluid. Also the skin friction and rate of heat transfer of the conducting fluid decrease with increase in magnetic field strength.

  16. A new preconcentration and separation method for flame atomic absorption spectrometric determinations of some trace metal ions on a diaion HP-20 column

    A preconcentration/separation method for determination of Cr(3), Cd(2), Bi(3) and Co(2) has been proposed. The analytes were adsorbed on a column filled Diaion HP-20 resin as metal-8-hydroxiquinoline complexes and desorbed from the column by using 10 ml of 1M HNO3 in acetone. The influences of some analytical parameters such as pH, amounts of oxine, type of eluent etc on the recoveries of chromium, cadmium, bismuth and cobalt were discussed. Effects of the various alkaline salts on the recoveries of the investigated ions were also examined. The method was applied for the determination of Cr(3), Cd(2), Bi(3), and Co(2) contents of table salt samples, some chemical grade alkaline salts produced in Turkey and a stream sediment standard reference material sample (GBW 07309) with satisfactory results (recoveries > 95%, relative standard deviations < 9%). The limit of detection for analyte ions (3s, N=20) was between 23-305 ng/g

  17. Gold nanoparticles production using reactor and cyclotron based methods in assessment of (196,198)Au production yields by (197)Au neutron absorption for therapeutic purposes.

    Khorshidi, Abdollah

    2016-11-01

    Medical nano-gold radioisotopes is produced regularly using high-flux nuclear reactors, and an accelerator-driven neutron activator can turn out higher yield of (197)Au(n,γ)(196,198)Au reactions. Here, nano-gold production via radiative/neutron capture was investigated using irradiated Tehran Research Reactor flux and also simulated proton beam of Karaj cyclotron in Iran. (197)Au nano-solution, including 20nm shaped spherical gold and water, was irradiated under Tehran reactor flux at 2.5E+13n/cm(2)/s for (196,198)Au activity and production yield estimations. Meanwhile, the yield was examined using 30MeV proton beam of Karaj cyclotron via simulated new neutron activator containing beryllium target, bismuth moderator around the target, and also PbF2 reflector enclosed the moderator region. Transmutation in (197)Au nano-solution samples were explored at 15 and 25cm distances from the target. The neutron flux behavior inside the water and bismuth moderators was investigated for nano-gold particles transmutation. The transport of fast neutrons inside bismuth material as heavy nuclei with a lesser lethargy can be contributed in enhanced nano-gold transmutation with long duration time than the water moderator in reactor-based method. Cyclotron-driven production of βeta-emitting radioisotopes for brachytherapy applications can complete the nano-gold production technology as a safer approach as compared to the reactor-based method. PMID:27524041

  18. 近红外吸收法测定船舶含油污水浓度的研究%Near Infrared Absorption Method for the Determination of the Concentration of the Ship Oily Water

    游学军

    2012-01-01

    针对传统的船舶油污排放检测都是事后检测,不能进行在线检测,检测手段复杂,工序繁琐的问题,提出近红外吸收法技术来实现船舶排放的含油污水浓度的在线检测.测试过程中样品不需要萃取、分离等预处理,故无需药剂,无消耗品,没有污染.由于在测量中水样和传感器没有直接接触,减少了悬浮颗粒物对测量产生的影响.与各种传统的油污检测方法不同,利用近红外光吸收原理进行船舶漏油的在线检测有准确性高、涵盖区域较大、无滞后性、价格低廉的特点.%According to the spread of traditional oil pollution emission testing are later check and can't online testing, detection means is complex, process trival problem. Near infrared absorption method proposed technology to realize ship emissions of oily water concentration of on-line detection. During the test sample extraction, separation and don't need, so no drug, pretreatment no consumables, no pollution. As in the measurement of water samples and sensor no direct contact, reduced the suspension particle on measuring influence. With all the existing measuring method of sewage oil share, compared with near infrared absorption principle of oil share the detection of the high sensitivity and test a wider range, strong real-time property, the characteristics of low cost.

  19. Development and validation of an UPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of ethoxzolamide in blood, brain tissue, and bioequivalent buffers: applications to absorption, brain distribution, and pharmacokinetic studies.

    Gao, Song; Zhao, Jing; Yin, Taijun; Ma, Yong; Xu, Beibei; Moore, Anthony N; Dash, Pramod K; Hu, Ming

    2015-04-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop and validate an UPLC-MS/MS method to quantify ethoxzolamide in plasma (EZ) and apply the method to absorption, brain distribution, as well as pharmacokinetic studies. A C₁₈ column was used with 0.1% of formic acid in acetonitrile and 0.1% of formic acid in water as the mobile phases to resolve EZ. The mass analysis was performed in a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with positive scan mode. The results show that the linear range of EZ is 4.88-10,000.00 nM. The intra-day variance is less than 12.43% and the accuracy is between 88.88 and 108.00%. The inter-day variance is less than 12.87% and accuracy is between 89.27 and 115.89%. Protein precipitation was performed using methanol to extract EZ from plasma and brain tissues. Only 40 μL of plasma is needed for analysis due to the high sensitivity of this method, which could be completed in less than three minutes. This method was used to study the pharmacokinetics of EZ in SD rats, and the transport of EZ in Caco-2 and MDCK-MDR1 overexpressing cell culture models. Our data show that EZ is not a substrate for p-glycoprotein (P-gp) and its entry into the brain may not limited by the blood-brain barrier. PMID:25706567

  20. Selection of Digestion Methods for Determining Lead in Tea With Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry%石墨炉原子吸收光谱法测定茶叶中铅时消解方法的选择

    付珑

    2013-01-01

      用石墨炉原子吸收光谱法测定5种不同方法消解的茶叶中铅的含量,发现不同的消解方法对茶叶中微量元素铅的测定结果影响很大,从中也探索出测量茶叶中铅最低损耗的最佳消解条件,就是采用硝酸-高氯酸微波消解方式。方法灵敏度高,加标回收率为97.94%~101.86%,适合于茶叶中铅的日常检测。%Five different methods of digestion were used to determine the content of lead in tea with graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. It’s found that various digestion procedures significantly influenced the testing results. Accordingly, an optimized digestion method, microwave-assisted nitric acid-perchloric acid digestion process was determined. The experiment results show that the method has high sensitivity;the recovery is 97.94%~101.86%;the method is suitable for daily determination of trace Pb in tea.

  1. Fabrication of Controllable Pore and Particle Size of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles via a Liquid-phase Synthesis Method and Its Absorption Characteristics

    Nandiyanto, Asep Bayu Dani; Iskandar, Ferry; Okuyama, Kikuo

    2011-12-01

    Monodisperse spherical mesoporous silica nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using a liquid-phase synthesis method. The result showed particles with controllable pore size from several to tens nanometers with outer diameter of several tens nanometers. The ability in the control of pore size and outer diameter was altered by adjusting the precursor solution ratios. In addition, we have conducted the adsorption ability of the prepared particles. The result showed that large organic molecules were well-absorbed to the prepared silica porous particles, in which this result was not obtained when using commercial dense silica particle and/or hollow silica particle. With this result, the prepared mesoporous silica particles may be used efficiently in various applications, such as sensors, pharmaceuticals, environmentally sensitive pursuits, etc.

  2. New on-line method for water isotope analysis of fluid inclusions in speleothems using laser absorption spectroscopy: Application to stalagmites from Borneo and Switzerland

    Affolter, Stéphane; Fleitmann, Dominik; Nele Meckler, Anna; Leuenberger, Markus

    2014-05-01

    Speleothems are recognised as key continental archives for paleoclimate reconstructions. They contain fluid inclusions representing past drip water trapped in the calcite structure. Speleothem can be precisely dated and therefore the oxygen (δ18O) and hydrogen (δD) isotopes of fluid inclusions constitute powerful proxies for paleotemperature or to investigate changes in the moisture source over several interglacial-glacial cycles. To liberate fluid inclusion water and to analyse its isotopic composition, a new online extraction method developed at Bern is used. The principle can be summarised as follows: Prior to crushing, the sample is placed into a copper tube, fixed to the line previously heated to 140° C and flushed with a nitrogen and standard water mixture. Thereafter, the speleothem sample is crushed using a simple hydraulic crushing device and the released water from fluid inclusions is transferred by the nitrogen-standard water mixture flow to a Picarro L1102-i isotopic liquid water and water vapor analyser. The measuring principle is based on wavelength-scanned cavity ring-down spectroscopy (WS-CRDS) technology that allows us to simultaneously monitor hydrogen and oxygen isotopes. Reproducibility of standard water measurements is typically better than 1.5 o for δD and 0.4 o for δ18O. With this method, we successfully analysed δD and δ18O isotopic composition of a stalagmite from Northern Borneo (tropical West Pacific) covering almost two glacial-interglacial cycles from MIS 12 to early MIS 9 (460-330 ka) as well as recent samples from Switzerland and Borneo. These results are used in combination with calcite δ18O to reconstruct paleotemperature. Currently, we are measuring a stalagmite from Milandre cave (Jura, Switzerland) covering the Bølling-Allerød, Younger Dryas cold phase and the Holocene.

  3. Revisiting Absorptive Capacity

    de Araújo, Ana Luiza Lara; Ulhøi, John Parm; Lettl, Christopher

    Absorptive capacity has mostly been perceived as a 'passive' outcome of R&D investments. Recently, however, a growing interest into its 'proactive' potentials has emerged. This paper taps into this development and proposes a dynamic model for conceptualizing the determinants of the complementary...... learning processes of absorptive capacity, which comprise combinative and adaptive capabilities. Drawing on survey data (n=169), the study concludes that combinative capabilities primarily enhance transformative and exploratory learning processes, while adaptive capabilities strengthen all three learning...... processes, with emphasis on exploitative learning. Before concluding, the paper addresses implications for theory and practice and limitations of this study....

  4. Absorption Spectra of Astaxanthin Aggregates

    Olsina, Jan; Durchan, Milan; Minofar, Babak; Polivka, Tomas; Mancal, Tomas

    2012-01-01

    Carotenoids in hydrated polar solvents form aggregates characterized by dramatic changes in their absorption spectra with respect to monomers. Here we analyze absorption spectra of aggregates of the carotenoid astaxanthin in hydrated dimethylsulfoxide. Depending on water content, two types of aggregates were produced: H-aggregates with absorption maximum around 390 nm, and J-aggregates with red-shifted absorption band peaking at wavelengths >550 nm. The large shifts with respect to absorption...

  5. Two-Phonon Absorption

    Hamilton, M. W.

    2007-01-01

    A nonlinear aspect of the acousto-optic interaction that is analogous to multi-photon absorption is discussed. An experiment is described in which the second-order acousto-optically scattered intensity is measured and found to scale with the square of the acoustic intensity. This experiment using a commercially available acousto-optic modulator is…

  6. Chemical Absorption Materials

    Thomsen, Kaj

    2011-01-01

    Chemical absorption materials that potentially can be used for post combustion carbon dioxide capture are discussed. They fall into five groups, alkanolamines, alkali carbonates, ammonia, amino acid salts, and ionic liquids. The chemistry of the materials is discussed and advantages and drawbacks...... are mentioned. References to review papers, papers with experimental data, and papers describing the thermodynamic modelling of the systems are given....

  7. Chemical Absorption Materials

    Thomsen, Kaj

    2011-01-01

    Chemical absorption materials that potentially can be used for post combustion carbon dioxide capture are discussed. They fall into five groups, alkanolamines, alkali carbonates, ammonia, amino acid salts, and ionic liquids. The chemistry of the materials is discussed and advantages and drawbacks...

  8. Absorption driven focus shift

    Harrop, N.; Wolf, S.; Maerten, O.; Dudek, K.; Ballach, S.; Kramer, R.

    2016-03-01

    Modern high brilliance near infrared lasers have seen a tremendous growth in applications throughout the world. Increased productivity has been achieved by higher laser power and increased brilliance of lasers. Positive impacts on the performance and costs of parts are opposed to threats on process stability and quality, namely shift of focus position over time. A high initial process quality will be reduced by contamination of optics, eventually leading to a focus shift or even destruction of the optics. Focus analysis at full power of multi-kilowatt high brilliance lasers is a very demanding task because of high power densities in the spot and the high power load on optical elements. With the newly developed high power projection optics, the High-Power Micro-Spot Monitor High Brilliance (HP-MSM-HB) is able to measure focus diameter as low as 20 μm at power levels up to 10 kW at very low internal focus shift. A main driving factor behind thermally induced focus shift is the absorption level of the optical element. A newly developed measuring system is designed to determine the relative absorption level in reference to a gold standard. Test results presented show a direct correlation between absorption levels and focus shift. The ability to determine the absorption level of optical elements as well as their performance at full processing power before they are put to use, enables a high level of quality assurance for optics manufacturers and processing head manufacturers alike.

  9. Molecular absorption in transition region spectral lines

    Schmit, Donald; Ayres, Thomas; Peter, Hardi; Curdt, Werner; Jaeggli, Sarah

    2014-01-01

    Aims: We present observations from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) of absorption features from a multitude of cool atomic and molecular lines within the profiles of Si IV transition region lines. Many of these spectral lines have not previously been detected in solar spectra. Methods: We examined spectra taken from deep exposures of plage on 12 October 2013. We observed unique absorption spectra over a magnetic element which is bright in transition region line emission and the ultraviolet continuum. We compared the absorption spectra with emission spectra that is likely related to fluorescence. Results: The absorption features require a population of sub-5000 K plasma to exist above the transition region. This peculiar stratification is an extreme deviation from the canonical structure of the chromosphere-corona boundary . The cool material is not associated with a filament or discernible coronal rain. This suggests that molecules may form in the upper solar atmosphere on small spatial scales...

  10. 旋转填料床/柠檬酸盐法吸收-解吸SO2%Absorption-desorption of SO2 with sodium citrate method in a roating packed bed

    穆文菲; 刘有智

    2012-01-01

    提出采用旋转填料床结合柠檬酸盐法脱除烟气中SO2的方法,考察了旋转填料床转子转速、液气比、初始柠檬酸根浓度和初始pH值等因素对脱硫效率的影响。结果表明,采用超重力法超重机转子转速为1 000 r/min、液气比为7L/m3、初始柠檬酸根浓度为1.5 mol/L、吸收液的初始pH值为5.0,脱硫效率稳定在99%左右。研究了水蒸气汽提法解吸SO2时初始柠檬酸根浓度、初始pH值、SO2浓度、富液流量和水蒸气流量对解吸效率的影响,得出了影响SO2解吸率的基本规律,并进行了分析。通过实验证明该方法在技术上是可行的,具有良好的应用前景。%A method of flue gas desulfurization was applied with sodium citrate method in a roating packed bed.The effects of rotor speed,liquid gas ratio,initial concentration of citrate ions and initial pH value of the absorption solution on SO2 removal efficiency were investigated.The results showed that the optimum technological conditions of high graviry-sodium citrate method were as follows,rotor speed of 1 000 r/min,liquid gas ratio of 7 L/m3,initial citrate ions concentration of 1.5 mol/L,initial pH value of the absorption solution of 5.0,and SO2-removal efficiency could reach about 99%.The desorption process of SO2 in citrate solution under different conditions and factors were explored.Several important factors that may affect desorption efficiency of SO2 were examined individually using the modified steam stripping device,namely initial concentration of citrate ions,initial pH value of citrate solution,the concentration of SO2,flow rate of rich solution and water vapor flow.The principle rules of SO2 desorption were concluded and analyzed.The experimental results have proved the possibility in technique and showed a good application future for absorption-desorption of SO2 with sodium citrate method in a roating packed bed.

  11. Phase transition and NH3 dynamics in [Ni(NH3)4](ReO4)2 studied by infrared absorption, X-ray powder diffraction and neutron scattering methods

    Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Hetmańczyk, Joanna

    2016-05-01

    The phase transition in [Ni(NH3)4](ReO4)2 detected previously by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at Tch = 188 K was now investigated by infrared absorption (FT-IR), incoherent inelastic and elastic neutron scattering (IINS, ND), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) methods. The reorientational dynamics of NH3 groups was investigated by infrared band shape analysis (IRBS) and quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) methods. The infrared data show that some of the bands split in the vicinity of the phase transition temperature, which suggests a change in the crystal structure. The systematic narrowing of particular bands at cooling is also observed, but reorientational dynamics of NH3 is not stopped at the phase transition temperature, which is fully confirmed by the QENS analysis. The broadening of the quasielastic neutron scattering peak is clearly visible below the phase transition temperature. Both NPD and XRPD measurements indicate that a small change of crystal structure is associated with the phase transition.

  12. Quantum absorption refrigerator.

    Levy, Amikam; Kosloff, Ronnie

    2012-02-17

    A quantum absorption refrigerator driven by noise is studied with the purpose of determining the limitations of cooling to absolute zero. The model consists of a working medium coupled simultaneously to hot, cold, and noise baths. Explicit expressions for the cooling power are obtained for Gaussian and Poisson white noise. The quantum model is consistent with the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The third law is quantified; the cooling power J(c) vanishes as J(c) ∝ T(c)(α), when T(c)→0, where α=d+1 for dissipation by emission and absorption of quanta described by a linear coupling to a thermal bosonic field, where d is the dimension of the bath. PMID:22401189

  13. Absorptive Capacity and Diversity

    Kristinsson, Kári

    One of the most influential contributions to neo-Schumpeterian economics is Cohen and Levinthal‘s papers on absorptive capacity. Since their publication in the late 1980s and early 1990s the concept absorptive capacity has had substantial impact on research in economics and management, including...... international business, organizational economics, strategic management, technology management and last but not least neo-Schumpeterian economics. The goal of this dissertation is to examine what many consider as neglected arguments from the work by Cohen and Levinthal and thereby illuminate an otherwise...... overlooked area of research. Although research based on Cohen and Levinthal‘s work has made considerable impact, there is scarcity of research on certain fundamental points argued by Cohen and Levinthal. Among these is the importance of employee diversity as well as the type and nature of interaction between...

  14. High temperature measurement of water vapor absorption

    Keefer, Dennis; Lewis, J. W. L.; Eskridge, Richard

    1985-01-01

    An investigation was undertaken to measure the absorption coefficient, at a wavelength of 10.6 microns, for mixtures of water vapor and a diluent gas at high temperature and pressure. The experimental concept was to create the desired conditions of temperature and pressure in a laser absorption wave, similar to that which would be created in a laser propulsion system. A simplified numerical model was developed to predict the characteristics of the absorption wave and to estimate the laser intensity threshold for initiation. A non-intrusive method for temperature measurement utilizing optical laser-beam deflection (OLD) and optical spark breakdown produced by an excimer laser, was thoroughly investigated and found suitable for the non-equilibrium conditions expected in the wave. Experiments were performed to verify the temperature measurement technique, to screen possible materials for surface initiation of the laser absorption wave and to attempt to initiate an absorption wave using the 1.5 kW carbon dioxide laser. The OLD technique was proven for air and for argon, but spark breakdown could not be produced in helium. It was not possible to initiate a laser absorption wave in mixtures of water and helium or water and argon using the 1.5 kW laser, a result which was consistent with the model prediction.

  15. Absorptive Capacity of Information Technology and Its Conceptual Model

    BI Xinhua; YU Cuiling

    2008-01-01

    In order to examine the problem of how to improve the use of information technology (IT) in enterprises, this paper makes an exploration from the perspective of organizational absorptive capacity. We propose the concept of IT absorptive capacity from an organizational level. A dynamic process model is developed to further analyze IT absorption. IT absorptive capacity of this process is embodied as six forms: identification, adoption, adaptation, acceptance, infusion, and knowledge management. By means of questionnaire surveys of 76 Chinese enterprises, the main factors that favor or disable the capacity of each stage are discovered. Using the method of system dynamics, a conceptual model of IT absorptive capacity is developed to analyze the action mechanism of the factors in detail. The model indicates that the critical factors are embodied in the aspect of management. Furthermore, it demonstrates that IT absorption is a spiral process, during which IT absorptive capacity evolves dynamically and, consequently, promotes IT use.

  16. Methods of analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory; determination of arsenic and selenium in water and sediment by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

    Jones, Sandra R.; Garbarino, John R.

    1999-01-01

    Graphite furnace-atomic absorption spectrometry (GF-AAS) is a sensitive, precise, and accurate technique that can be used to determine arsenic and selenium in samples of water and sediment. The GF-AAS method has been developed to replace the hydride generation-atomic absorption spectrometry (HG-AAS) methods because the method detection limits are similar, bias and variability are comparable, and interferences are minimal. Advantages of the GF-AAS method include shorter sample preparation time, increased sample throughput from simultaneous multielement analysis, reduced amount of chemical waste, reduced sample volume requirements, increased linear concentration range, and the use of a more accurate digestion procedure. The linear concentration range for arsenic and selenium is 1 to 50 micrograms per liter in solution; the current method detection limit for arsenic in solution is 0.9 microgram per liter; the method detection limit for selenium in solution is 1 microgram per liter. This report describes results that were obtained using stop-flow and low-flow conditions during atomization. The bias and variability of the simultaneous determination of arsenic and selenium by GF-AAS under both conditions are supported with results from standard reference materials--water and sediment, real water samples, and spike recovery measurements. Arsenic and selenium results for all Standard Reference Water Samples analyzed were within one standard deviation of the most probable values. Long-term spike recoveries at 6.25, 25.0, 37.5 micrograms per liter in reagent-, ground-, and surface-water samples for arsenic averaged 103 plus or minus 2 percent using low-flow conditions and 104 plus or minus 4 percent using stop-flow conditions. Corresponding recoveries for selenium were 98 plus or minus 13 percent using low-flow conditions and 87 plus or minus 24 percent using stop-flow conditions. Spike recoveries at 25 micrograms per liter in 120 water samples ranged from 97 to 99 percent

  17. Graphene intracavity spaser absorption spectroscopy

    Lozovik, Yu. E.; Nechepurenko, I. A.; Dorofeenko, A. V.

    2016-09-01

    We propose an intracavity plasmon absorption spectroscopy method based on graphene active plasmonics. It is shown that the plasmonic cavity contribution to the sensitivity is proportional to the quality factor Q of the graphene plasmonic cavity and reaches two orders of magnitude. The addition of gain medium into the cavity increases the sensitivity of method. Maximum sensitivity is reached in the vicinity of the plasmon generation threshold. The gain contribution to the sensitivity is proportional to Q1/2. The giant amplification of sensitivity in the graphene plasmon generator is associated with a huge path length, limited only by the decoherence processes. An analytical estimation of the sensitivity to loss caused by analyzed particles (molecules, nanoparticles, etc.) normalized by the single pass plasmon scheme is derived. Usage of graphene nanoflakes as plasmonic cavity allows a high spatial resolution to be reached, in addition to high sensitivity.

  18. A useful method to evaluate 11C-methionine uptake using positron emission tomography. Determination of the optimal scanning time for evaluation and a comparison between the tumor-to-muscle ratio and the distribution absorption ratio

    We determined the optimal scanning time for evaluating 11C-methionine uptake and then compared the usefulness of the tumor-to-muscle ratio (TMR) with the distribution absorption ratio (DAR) using positron emission tomography. Forty-two PET studies were performed to examine 42 tumorous lesions, 25 normal lung tissues, 23 normal bone marrow and 39 blood pool. In the 42 lesions examined, the TMR at 5, 10-20, 20-32 and 32-40 minutes after 11C-methionine injection, compared with that at 45-60 minutes, was 96±23%, 91±8.6%, 94±6.9% and 96±6.9%, respectively. A correlation study between the TMR and the DAR demonstrated good results in both the normal tissue (r=0.96) and the tumorous lesions (r=0.93). In conclusion, the 11C-methionine uptake can be evaluated at any time from 10 minutes after the injection of 11C-methionine and both the TMR and the DAR are considered to be useful methods for evaluating 11C-methionine uptake using positron emission tomography. (author)

  19. 原子吸收光度法分析临沧饮用水中钙、镁元素%Analysis of Calcium and Magnesium of Drinking Water in Lincang by Atomic Absorption Photometry Method

    阳小勇; 徐运贵

    2016-01-01

    分析云南省临沧农村地区饮用水的钙、镁离子浓度.在选定的最佳实验条件下采取火焰原子吸收法.所得钙镁离子的线性回归方程分别为Y=0.0659x+0.0403(R2=0.9965), Y=0.1242x+0.0014(R2=0.9981);钙、镁离子的加标回收率分别在97.1%~103.6%,95.3%~101.4%之间。结果表明:该地区饮用水的钙、镁元素最高浓度为160 mg/kg,属于软水。%The concentration of calcium and magnesium ion of drinking in rural areas of Lincang was analyzed. Flame atomic absorption spectroscopy method was used under best experimental condition. The equation of linear regression was as follows: Ca: Y=0. 0659x+0. 0403 (R2=0. 9965), Mg: Y=0. 1242x+0. 0014 (R2=0. 9981). The recoveries of standard addition were as follows:Ca:97. 1% ~103. 6%, Mg:95. 3% ~101. 4%. The results showed that the highest concentration of calcium and magnesium of drinking water in rural areas of Lincang were 160 mg/kg. The water belonged to soft water.

  20. Absorption heat pumps

    Huhtinen, M.; Heikkilae, M.; Andersson, R.

    1987-03-01

    The aim of the study was to analyze the technical and economic feasibility of absorption heat pumps in Finland. The work was done as a case study: the technical and economic analyses have been carried out for six different cases, where in each the suitable size and type of the heat pump plant and the auxiliary components and connections were specified. The study also detailed the costs concerning the procurement, installation and test runs of the machinery, as well as the savings in energy costs incurred by the introduction of the plant. Conclusions were drawn of the economic viability of the applications studied. The following cases were analyzed: heat recovery from flue gases and productin of district heat in plants using peat, natural gas, and municipal wastes as a fuel. Heat recovery in the pulp and paper industry for the upgrading of pressure of secondary steam and for the heating of white liquor and combustion and drying the air. Heat recovery in a peat-fulled heat and power plant from flue gases that have been used for the drying of peat. According to the study, the absorption heat pump suits best to the production of district heat, when the heat source is the primary energy is steam produced by the boiler. Included in the flue as condensing is the purification of flue gases. Accordingly, benefit is gained on two levels in thick applications. In heat and power plants the use of absorption heat pumps is less economical, due to the fact that the steam used by the pump reduces the production of electricity, which is rated clearly higher than heat.

  1. Pion absorption processes

    Proton and deuteron production from low-energy pion absorption in light nuclei leading to discrete and continuum states were measured. The LEP beam line at LAMPF was used with a stack of 8 intrinsic germanium crystals. The proton energy spectra are in general characterized by a broad bump at an energy approximately corresponding to π+d → pp reaction kinematics, suggestive of pion absorption on 2 nucleons. The energy-integrated cross-section for production of deuterons has an angular distribution similar to that for production of protons. The dependence of the total pion absorption cross-section on A is explained using a semi-classical model for pion transport in nuclei. The (π+,p) as well as (π+,d) reactions generally favor transitions involving larger angular momentum transfer to the residual nucleus when states of similar nuclear structure are considered. The low-energy excitation spectra from the (π+,p) reaction are similar to the spectra from (p,d) reaction on 12C and 13C. However, a calculation of the (π+,p) cross-section using the measured (p,d) reaction with the formulation of Wilkin to relate the two reactions is in moderate disagreement with the measured (π+,p) cross-sections. The excitation spectra from the (π+,p) reaction indicte the importance of two-step processes for the reaction. The (π+,d) reaction leading to the ground state of -- residual nucleus has been seen for 7Li, 12C, and 13C targets. The measured cross section for the 12C(π+,d)10C reaction to the 2+ state is much higher than that for the ground state. For the case of 18O, no counts were seen for excitation energy of +,d) reaction

  2. Scattering with absorptive interaction

    Cassing, W.; Stingl, M.; Weiguny, A.

    1982-07-01

    The S matrix for a wide class of complex and nonlocal potentials is studied, with special attention given to the motion of singularities in the complex k plane as a function of the imaginary coupling strength. Modifications of Levinson's theorem are obtained and discussed. Analytic approximations to the S matrix in the vicinity of narrow resonances are exhibited and compared to numerical results of resonating-group calculations. The problem of defining resonances in the case of complex interactions is discussed, making contact with the usual analysis of scattering in terms of Argand diagrams. NUCLEAR REACTIONS Scattering theory, S matrix for absorptive potentials.

  3. The Quantum Absorption Refrigerator

    Levy, Amikam

    2011-01-01

    A quantum absorption refrigerator driven by noise is studied with the purpose of determining the limitations of cooling to absolute zero. The model consists of a working medium coupled simultaneously to hot, cold and noise baths. Explicit expressions for the cooling power are obtained for Gaussian and Poisson white noise. The quantum model is consistent with the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The third law is quantified, the cooling power Jc vanishes as Jc proportional to Tc^{alpha}, when Tc approaches the absolute zero, where alpha = 2 for a bath with flat spectral density and alpha = 3 for an Ohmic spectral density.

  4. Absorption of selected radionuclides

    In October 1978, the Institut fuer Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg e.V. published a contribution to part 26 of the model study of radio-ecology at Biblis under the title 'Estimation of the absorption of radionuclides from the gastrointestinal tract in the blood'. Using the example of this contribution, a critical analysis is made to show how a selection of the information contained in various scientific publications and other items of literature can give uncritical readers the impression that all statements made are scientifically well founded. (orig./HP)

  5. Geospatial Absorption and Regional Effects

    IOAN MAC

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The geospatial absorptions are characterized by a specific complexity both in content and in their phenomenological and spatial manifestation fields. Such processes are differentiated according to their specificity to pre-absorption, absorption or post-absorption. The mechanisms that contribute to absorption are extremely numerous: aggregation, extension, diffusion, substitution, resistivity (resilience, stratification, borrowings, etc. Between these mechanisms frequent relations are established determining an amplification of the process and of its regional effects. The installation of the geographic osmosis phenomenon in a given territory (a place for example leads to a homogenization of the geospatial state and to the installation of the regional homogeneity.

  6. Strategies for absorption screening in drug discovery and development

    Bohets, H; Annaert, Pieter; Mannens, G.; van Beijsterveldt, L; Anciaux, K.; Verboven, P.; Meuldermans, W; Lavrijsen, K.

    2001-01-01

    This review gives an overview of the current approaches to evaluate drug absorption potential in the different phases of drug discovery and development. Methods discussed include in silico models, artificial membranes as absorption models, in vitro models such as the Ussing chamber and Caco-2 monolayers, in situ rat intestinal perfusion and in vivo absorption studies. In silico models such as iDEATM can help optimizing chemical synthesis since the fraction absorbed (Fa) can be predicted based...

  7. The Absorption Characteristics of Inhomogeneous Double-Clad Fibers

    Hui Zhang; Zihua Wang; Zhongyin Xiao

    2003-01-01

    The absorption characteristics of radially inhomogeneous double-clad fiber (DCF) are investigated firstly with the method of caustic radius, combined with the method of WKBJ. The results are significant for double-clad optical fiber lasers and amplifiers.

  8. Absorptive coating for aluminum solar panels

    Desmet, D.; Jason, A.; Parr, A.

    1979-01-01

    Method for coating forming coating of copper oxide from copper component of sheet aluminum/copper alloy provides strong durable solar heat collector panels. Copper oxide coating has solar absorption characteristics similar to black chrome and is much simpler and less costly to produce.

  9. Absorption Spectra of Astaxanthin Aggregates

    Olsina, Jan; Minofar, Babak; Polivka, Tomas; Mancal, Tomas

    2012-01-01

    Carotenoids in hydrated polar solvents form aggregates characterized by dramatic changes in their absorption spectra with respect to monomers. Here we analyze absorption spectra of aggregates of the carotenoid astaxanthin in hydrated dimethylsulfoxide. Depending on water content, two types of aggregates were produced: H-aggregates with absorption maximum around 390 nm, and J-aggregates with red-shifted absorption band peaking at wavelengths >550 nm. The large shifts with respect to absorption maximum of monomeric astaxanthin (470-495 nm depending on solvent) are caused by excitonic interaction between aggregated molecules. We applied molecular dynamics simulations to elucidate structure of astaxanthin dimer in water, and the resulting structure was used as a basis for calculations of absorption spectra. Absorption spectra of astaxanthin aggregates in hydrated dimethylsulfoxide were calculated using molecular exciton model with the resonance interaction energy between astaxanthin monomers constrained by semi-e...

  10. The HI absorption 'Zoo'

    Gereb, K; Morganti, R; Oosterloo, T A

    2014-01-01

    We present an analysis of the HI absorption in a sample of 101 flux-selected radio AGN (S_1.4 GHz > 50 mJy) observed with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT). HI absorption is detected in 32 galaxies, showing a broad variety of widths, shapes and kinematical properties. We characterize the HI spectra of the individual detections using the busy function (Westmeier et al. 2014). With the goal of identifying different morphological structures of HI, we study the kinematical and radio source properties of the detections as function of their width. Narrow lines (FWHM = 500 km/s). These detections are good candidates for being HI outflows. The detection rate of HI outflows is 5 percent in the total radio AGN sample. This fraction represents a lower limit, however it could suggests that, if outflows are a characteristic phenomenon of all radio sources, they would have a short depletion timescale compared to the lifetime of the AGN. Blueshifted and broad/asymmetric lines are more often present among young...

  11. Multi-Responses Optimization Of Edm Sinking Process Of Aisi D2 Tool Steel Using Taguchi Grey–Fuzzy Method

    Bobby Oedy Pramoedyo Soepangkat

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Rough machining with Electro Discharge Machining (EDM process gives a large Material Removal Rate (MRR and high Surface Roughness (SR, while finish machining gives low SR and very slow MRR. In this study, Taguchi method coupled with Grey Relational Analysis (GRA and fuzzy logic has been applied for optimization of multiple performance characteristics. The EDM machining parameters (gap voltage, pulse current, on time and duty factor are optimized with considerations of multiple performance characteristics, i.e., MRR and SR. The quality characteristic of MRR is larger-is-better, while the quality characteristic of SR is smaller-is-better. Based on Taguchi method, an L18 mixed-orthogonal array is selected for the experiments. By using the combination of GRA and fuzzy logic, the optimization of complicated multiple performance characteristics was transformed into the optimization of a single response performance index. The most significant machining parameters which affect the multiple performance characteristics were gapvoltage and pulse current. Experimental results have also shown that machining performance characteristics of EDM process can be improved effectively through the combination of Taguchi method, GRA and fuzzy logic.

  12. Magnetopause orientation: Comparison between generic residue analysis and BV method

    Dorville, Nicolas; Haaland, Stein; Anekallu, Chandrasekhar; Belmont, Gérard; Rezeau, Laurence

    2015-05-01

    Determining the direction normal to the magnetopause layer is a key step for any study of this boundary. Various techniques have been developed for this purpose. We focus here on generic residue analysis (GRA) methods, which are based on conservation laws, and the new iterative BV method, where B represents the magnetic field and V refers to the ion velocity. This method relies on a fit of the magnetic field hodogram against a modeled geometrical shape and on the way this hodogram is described in time. These two methods have different underlying model assumptions and validity ranges. We compare here magnetopause normals predicted by BV and GRA methods to better understand the sensitivity of each method on small departures from its own physical hypotheses. This comparison is carried out first on artificial data with magnetopause-like noise. Then a statistical study is carried out using a list of 149 flank and dayside magnetopause crossings from Cluster data where the BV method is applicable, i.e., where the magnetopause involves a single-layer current sheet, with a crudely C-shaped magnetic hodogram. These two comparisons validate the quality of the BV method for all these cases where it is applicable. The method provides quite reliable normal directions in all these cases, even when the boundary is moving with a varying velocity, which distorts noticeably the results of most of the other methods.

  13. Demonstration of differential backscatter absorption gas imaging

    Backscatter absorption gas imaging (BAGI) is a technique that uses infrared active imaging to generate real-time video imagery of gas plumes. We describe a method that employs imaging at two wavelengths (absorbed and not absorbed by the gas to be detected) to allow wavelength-differential BAGI. From the frames collected at each wavelength, an absorbance image is created that displays the differential absorbance of the atmosphere between the imager and the backscatter surface. This is analogous to a two-dimensional topographic differential absorption lidar or differential optical absorption spectroscopy measurement. Gas plumes are displayed, but the topographic scene image is removed. This allows a more effective display of the plume image, thus ensuring detection under a wide variety of conditions. The instrument used to generate differential BAGI is described. Data generated by the instrument are presented and analyzed to estimate sensitivity. (c) 2000 Optical Society of America

  14. Iron absorption from adequate Filipinos meals

    Iron absorption from adequate Filipino meals representing the three major island groups of the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) was studied using double isotope extrinsic tag method. Mean iron absorption of the one-day meal for Metro Manila was 6.6 +- 1.26%. Central Visayas, 6.3 +- 1.15% and Southern Mindanao, 6.4 +- 1.19%. Comparison between meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for each region as well as one-day meal for the three regions showed no significant differences (P>0.01). Correlation tests done between iron absorption and the following iron enhancers: ascorbic acid, amount of fish, meat or poultry; and inhibitors: phytic acid and tannic acid, did not give significant results. The overall average of 6.4 +- 1.20% may be used as the iron absorption level from an adequate Filipino meal. This value can be considered as one of the bases for arriving at recommended dietary allowances for iron among Filipinos instead of the 10% iron absorption assumed in 1976. (Auth.). 21 refs.; 3 tabs.; 3 annexes

  15. Iron absorption from adequate Filipino meals

    Iron absorption from adequate Filipino meals representing the three major island groups of the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) was studied using double isotope extrinsic tag method. Mean iron absorption of the one-day meal for Metro Manila was 6.6 ± 1.26%, Central Visayas, 6.3 ± 1.15% and Southern Mindanao, 6.4 ± 1.19%. Comparison between meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for each region as well as one-day meal for the three regions showed no significant differences (P > .01). Correlation tests done between iron absorption and the following iron enhancers: ascorbic acid, amount of fish, meat or poultry and inhibitors: phytic acid and tannic acid did not give significant results. The overall bar x of 6.4 ± 1.20% may be used as the non-heme iron absorption level from an adequate Filipino meal. This value can be considered as one of the bases for arriving at recommended dietary allowances for iron among Filipinos instead of the 10% iron absorption assumed in 1976

  16. Molecular hydrogen absorption systems in SDSS

    Balashev, S A; Ivanchik, A V; Varshalovich, D A; Petitjean, P; Noterdaeme, P

    2014-01-01

    We present a systematic search for molecular hydrogen absorption systems at high redshift in quasar spectra from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) II Data Release 7 and SDSS-III Data Release 9. We have selected candidates using a modified profile fitting technique taking into account that the Ly$\\alpha$ forest can effectively mimic H$_2$ absorption systems at the resolution of SDSS data. To estimate the confidence level of the detections, we use two methods: a Monte-Carlo sampling and an analysis of control samples. The analysis of control samples allows us to define regions of the spectral quality parameter space where H$_2$ absorption systems can be confidently identified. We find that H$_2$ absorption systems with column densities $\\log {\\rm N_{H_2}} > 19$ can be detected in only less than 3% of SDSS quasar spectra. We estimate the upper limit on the detection rate of saturated H$_2$ absorption systems ($\\log {\\rm N_{H_2}} > 19$) in Damped Ly-$\\alpha$ (DLA) systems to be about 7%. We provide a sample of ...

  17. Absorption effects in diffusing wave spectroscopy.

    Sarmiento-Gomez, Erick; Morales-Cruzado, Beatriz; Castillo, Rolando

    2014-07-20

    The effect of absorption in diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS) was studied using an absorption-dependent diffusive equation for describing the light propagation within a turbid liquid where dielectric microspheres have been embedded. Here, we propose an expression for the time-averaged light intensity autocorrelation function that correctly describes the time fluctuations for the scattered light, in the regime where the diffusion approximation accurately describes the light propagation. This correction was suspected previously, but it was not formally derived from a light diffusive equation. As in the case of no absorption, we obtained that time fluctuations of the scattered light can be related to the mean square displacement of the embedded particles. However, if a correction for absorption is not taken into account, the colloidal dynamics can be misinterpreted. Experimental results show that this new formulation correctly describes the time fluctuations of scattered light. This new procedure extends the applicability of DWS, and it opens the possibility of doing microrheology with this optical method in systems where absorption cannot be avoided. PMID:25090203

  18. Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometric Method for the Determination of Cadmium in Soil-full Digestion and Microwave Digestion Method Comparison Experiment%石墨炉原子吸收分光光度法测定土壤中的镉-全消解法和微波消解法比对实验

    黄阳晓; 吴剑

    2012-01-01

    The use of microwave digestion method and electric heating board digestion digestion soil standard sample, using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometric determination of lead content in solution, comparison of the two methods of precision and accuracy. Microwave digestion method the relative standard deviation was 291%-411%, electric heating plate method for 738 %- 1394 %. With the standard values of the relative difference comparison, microwave digestion method was lower than 5 %, higher than the 19 % electric heating plate method. Microwave digestion method for measured values were higher than the electric heating board digestion.%用微波消解法与全消解法消解土壤标准样品,用石墨炉原子吸收光谱法测定消解液铅含量.比较两种消解方法的精密度和准确度。微波消解法的相对标准偏差为3.8%,全消解法为8.6%。与标准值的相对相差比较,微波消解法低于10%,电热板消解法高于19%。微波消解法的测出值均高于电热板消解法。

  19. Diffuse interstellar absorption bands

    XIANG FuYuan; LIANG ShunLin; LI AiGen

    2009-01-01

    The diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) are a large number of absorption bands that are superposed on the interstellar extinction curve and are of interstellar origin. Since the discovery of the first two DIBs in the 1920s, the exact nature of DIBs still remains unclear. This article reviews the history of the detec-tions of DIBs in the Milky Way and external galaxies, the major observational characteristics of DIBs, the correlations or anti-correlations among DIBs or between DIBs and other interstellar features (e.g. the prominent 2175 Angstrom extinction bump and the far-ultraviolet extinction rise), and the proposed candidate carriers. Whether they are also present in circumstellar environments is also discussed.

  20. The HI absorption "Zoo"

    Geréb, K.; Maccagni, F. M.; Morganti, R.; Oosterloo, T. A.

    2015-03-01

    We present an analysis of the H I 21 cm absorption in a sample of 101 flux-selected radio AGN (S1.4 GHz> 50 mJy) observed with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT). We detect H I absorption in 32 objects (30% of the sample). In a previous paper, we performed a spectral stacking analysis on the radio sources, while here we characterize the absorption spectra of the individual detections using the recently presented busy function. The H I absorption spectra show a broad variety of widths, shapes, and kinematical properties. The full width half maximum (FWHM) of the busy function fits of the detected H I lines lies in the range 32 km s-1 200 km s-1). We study the kinematical and radio source properties of each group, with the goal of identifying different morphological structures of H I. Narrow lines mostly lie at the systemic velocity and are likely produced by regularly rotating H I disks or gas clouds. More H I disks can be present among galaxies with lines of intermediate widths; however, the H I in these sources is more unsettled. We study the asymmetry parameter and blueshift/redshift distribution of the lines as a function of their width. We find a trend for which narrow profiles are also symmetric, while broad lines are the most asymmetric. Among the broadest lines, more lines appear blueshifted than redshifted, similarly to what was found by previous studies. Interestingly, symmetric broad lines are absent from the sample. We argue that if a profile is broad, it is also asymmetric and shifted relative to the systemic velocity because it is tracing unsettled H I gas. In particular, besides three of the broadest (up to FW20 = 825 km s-1) detections, which are associated with gas-rich mergers, we find three new cases of profiles with blueshifted broad wings (with FW20 ≳ 500 km s-1) in high radio power AGN. These detections are good candidates for being HI outflows. Together with the known cases of outflows already included in the sample (3C 293 and

  1. Standard Practice for Evaluating Solar Absorptive Materials for Thermal Applications

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2007-01-01

    1.1 This practice covers a testing methodology for evaluating absorptive materials used in flat plate or concentrating collectors, with concentrating ratios not to exceed five, for solar thermal applications. This practice is not intended to be used for the evaluation of absorptive surfaces that are (1) used in direct contact with, or suspended in, a heat-transfer liquid, (that is, trickle collectors, direct absorption fluids, etc.); (2) used in evacuated collectors; or (3) used in collectors without cover plate(s). 1.2 Test methods included in this practice are property measurement tests and aging tests. Property measurement tests provide for the determination of various properties of absorptive materials, for example, absorptance, emittance, and appearance. Aging tests provide for exposure of absorptive materials to environments that may induce changes in the properties of test specimens. Measuring properties before and after an aging test provides a means of determining the effect of the exposure. 1.3 Th...

  2. An improved method for suppressing protein background in PFG NMR experiments to determine ligand diffusion coefficients in the presence of receptor.

    Becker, Bridget A; Morris, Kevin F; Larive, Cynthia K

    2006-08-01

    In NMR diffusion experiments to study ligand-protein binding equilibria, the spectral background due to broad protein resonances can contribute significantly to the measured ligand signal intensity resulting in erroneous binding affinities. One method to suppress the protein spectral background involves coupling a CPMG pulse train before or after the BPPSTE pulse sequence to allow for differential T(2) relaxation of the broad protein resonances. Here, we present an improved method, the Gradient Phase Encoded Spin-lock (GraPES) experiment that integrates the relaxation filter into the diffusion period. Compared with sequential CPMG-BPPSTE pulse sequences, GraPES offers effective suppression of the protein background with improved signal-to-noise ratios and shorter experiment times. PMID:16698296

  3. Ultraschall-Geschwindigkeit und-Absorption in Bi-In-Schmelzen /Ultrasonic Velocity and Absorption in Bi-In-melts

    Bek, R.; Steeb, S.

    1981-02-01

    Using the pulse-echo method the ultrasonic velocity and absorption was measured with Bi-In-melts in the temperature range from liquidus up to more than 600 °C. The frequencies used reached from 10 MHz up to 130 MHz. Within the experimental accuracy no frequency dependence of the absorption coefficient α/f2 could be detected. An excess absorption can be observed, which for the molten elements can be explained by fluctuations of the packing density. For the molten alloys additionally concentration fluctuations play an important role. Thus an understanding of the temperature dependency of the ultrasonic velocity and absorption can be achieved.

  4. Absorption intestinale des vitamines liposolubles

    Reboul Emmanuelle

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The molecular mechanisms of fat-soluble vitamin intestinal absorption remain partly unknown, despite the fact that a better understanding of this process would certainly allow to improve their bioavailability. If their digestion-absorption process follows the fate of lipids globally, the recent discovery of membranes proteins involved in their absorption questioned the established dogmas. These new data should be taken into account to avoid dietary or drug interactions that may limit some fatsoluble vitamin bioavailability.

  5. Absorption intestinale des vitamines liposolubles

    Reboul Emmanuelle

    2011-01-01

    The molecular mechanisms of fat-soluble vitamin intestinal absorption remain partly unknown, despite the fact that a better understanding of this process would certainly allow to improve their bioavailability. If their digestion-absorption process follows the fate of lipids globally, the recent discovery of membranes proteins involved in their absorption questioned the established dogmas. These new data should be taken into account to avoid dietary or drug interactions that may limit some fat...

  6. Configuration Method for Energy Storage Optimization to Improve Wind Power Absorption%提高风电消纳能力的储能优化配置方法

    陆秋瑜; 胡伟

    2015-01-01

    针对提高风电消纳能力的储能优化配置问题,提出了综合考虑风储系统、常规机组和电网相互关系的储能随机规划模型。模型首先通过序贯蒙特卡洛仿真法准确模拟了风储联合系统的长期运行特性,然后利用模拟数据计算风电场弃风比例指标,进而提出了以弃风比例为约束、投资成本最小的储能功率和容量配比优化方法。基于 IEEE RTS 系统进行了仿真计算,模拟结果体现了风电场弃风的季节性和日特性,验证了所提模型的有效性,并进一步讨论了储能类型和风电时空特性对储能配置方案的影响。%In allusion to the problem of energy storage optimization configuration for improving wind power absorption,a stochastic programming model for energy storage comprehensively considering of interaction of wind storage system,con-ventional units and power grids is proposed. Firstly,the model correctly simulates long-term operational characteristic by means of sequence Monte Carlo simulation method,uses simulating data to calculate proportional index of wind power cur-tailment in the wind power field,and then proposes an optimizing method for matching stored power and capacity which takes wind power curtailment as constraint and minimizes investment cost. On the basis of IEEE RTS system,simulating cal-culation is carried out and results reflect seasonality and daily characteristic of wind power curtailment in the wind power filed and verify effectiveness of the model. It also further discusses affect on energy storage configuration scheme by energy storage types and temporal and spatial characteristics of wind power.

  7. Study of self-absorption in laser induced breakdown spectroscopy

    We present a simple analytical expression for self-absorption correction of a spectrum recorded in the image mode of a CCD camera. It is assumed that two spectra are available, F2 recorded with a back mirror and F1 recorded without. The corrected spectrum F0, free of self-absorption, is given by the following simple expression F0=(2F1)/(1+(F2−F1)/(GF1) ) . We discuss the influence of noise on subsequent inverse Abel transform. An example, illustrating proposed method for self-absorption correction and Abel inversion is given in details. - Highlights: • We present a simple expression for self-absorption correction in LIBS plasma. • Method needs two spectra recorded in the image mode of the CCD. • Abel transform is not necessary for self-absorption correction

  8. Absorption of volatile ruthenium

    Phase equilibrium and mass transfer measurements for the absorption of ruthenium tetroxide (RuO4) in aqueous and nitric acid solutions have been completed. Low concentration phase equilibrium measurements confirm that the system obeys Henry's law across 4 orders of magnitude in concentration. Mass transfer measurements from turbulent gas flow indicate that the diffusivity of RuO4 in air may increase slightly as its concentration is reduced by 5-6 orders of magnitude. The reaction of RuO4 with nitrous acid and nitrites in solution results in precipitated or colloidal RuO2. Initial, immediate decomposition of ∼ 50% of the RuO4 occurs at RuO4: HNO2 mole ratios between 10:1 and 1:2, and does not vary systematically with mole ratio in this range. A mathematical model of the RuO4 decontamination performance of a packed bed scrubber has been developed, and validated experimentally with a laboratory QVF system. A survey of modelling approaches for predicting the ruthenium decontamination performance of off-gas condensers has been carried out. (author)

  9. Highly selective micro-sequential injection lab-on-valve (μSI-LOV) method for determination of ultra trace concentrations of nickel in saline matrices using detection by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometr

    Long, Xiangbao; Miró, Manuel; Jensen, Rikard;

    2006-01-01

    electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). Based on the dimethylglyoxime (DMG) gravimetric procedure used for nickel analysis, the sample, as contained in pH 9.0 buffer, is, after on-line merging with the chelating reagent, transported to a reaction coil attached to one of the external ports of the...

  10. Hot tube atomic absorption spectrochemistry.

    Woodriff, R; Stone, R W

    1968-07-01

    A small, commercially available atomic absorption instrument is used with a heated graphite tube for the atomic absorption analysis of liquid and solid silver samples. Operating conditions of the furnace are described and a sensitivity of about 5 ng of silver is reported. PMID:20068797

  11. Phytases for improved iron absorption

    Nielsen, Anne Veller Friis; Meyer, Anne S.

    2016-01-01

    Phytase enzymes present an alternative to iron supplements, because they have been shown to improve iron absorption by means of catalysing the degradation of a potent iron absorption inhibitor: phytic acid. Phytic acid is a hexaphosphate of inositol and is particularly prevalent in cereal grains...

  12. Multifunctional hybrids for electromagnetic absorption

    Highlights: → EM absorption requires low dielectric constant and ∼1 S/m electrical conductivity. → New hybrids were processed with CNT-filled polymer foam inserted in Al honeycomb. → The EM absorption in the GHz range is superior to any known material. → A closed form model is used to guide the design of the hybrid. → The architectured material is light with potential for thermal management. - Abstract: Electromagnetic (EM) interferences are ubiquitous in modern technologies and impact on the reliability of electronic devices and on living cells. Shielding by EM absorption, which is preferable over reflection in certain instances, requires combining a low dielectric constant with high electrical conductivity, which are antagonist properties in the world of materials. A novel class of hybrid materials for EM absorption in the gigahertz range has been developed based on a hierarchical architecture involving a metallic honeycomb filled with a carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer foam. The waveguide characteristics of the honeycomb combined with the performance of the foam lead to unexpectedly large EM power absorption over a wide frequency range, superior to any known material. The peak absorption frequency can be tuned by varying the shape of the honeycomb unit cell. A closed form model of the EM reflection and absorption provides a tool for the optimization of the hybrid. This designed material sets the stage for a new class of sandwich panels combining high EM absorption with mass efficiency, stiffness and thermal management.

  13. En jämförande studie av några maskinella och motormanuella röjningsmetoder utmed järnväg

    Lundh, Jan–Erik; Huisman, Mark

    2002-01-01

    A comparative study of shoot development in deciduous trees after cleaning of railway verges was carried out during the period 1999-2001. The trials were located in Långsele (Västernorrland County), Garsås (Dalarna County), Herrljunga (Västra Götaland County) and Tockarp (Skåne County). The methods of cleaning compared in the study were: motor-manual cleaning with normal stump height; motor-manual cleaning with low stump height; mechanical cleaning with a chain cutter once; mechanical cleanin...

  14. Absorption lineshapes of molecular aggregates revisited

    Linear absorption is the most basic optical spectroscopy technique that provides information about the electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom of molecular systems. In simulations of absorption lineshapes, often diagonal fluctuations are included using the cumulant expansion, and the off-diagonal fluctuations are accounted for either perturbatively, or phenomenologically. The accuracy of these methods is limited and their range of validity is still questionable. In this work, a systematic study of several such methods is presented by comparing the lineshapes with exact results. It is demonstrated that a non-Markovian theory for off-diagonal fluctuations, termed complex time dependent Redfield theory, gives good agreement with exact lineshapes over a wide parameter range. This theory is also computationally efficient. On the other hand, accounting for the off-diagonal fluctuations using the modified Redfield lifetimes was found to be inaccurate

  15. Study on the elemental mercury absorption cross section based on differential optical absorption spectroscopy

    Zheng, Haiming; Yao, Penghui

    2015-08-01

    With the method of ultraviolet absorption spectrum, the exact absorption cross-section with the light source of the low-pressure mercury lamp was determined, during which the optimum wavelength for mercury concentrations inversion was 253.69 nm, the highest detection limit was 0.177 μg/cm3, and the lowest detection limit was 0.034 μg/cm3. Furthermore, based on the differential optical absorption spectroscopy(DOAS), the relationship between the integral parameters (IP) and the concentration as well as the signal-noise ration (SNR) under the conditions of gas flow was determined and the lowest detection limit was figured out to be 0.03524 μg/cm3, providing a method of DOAS to de-noise through the comparison between the mercury concentration values produced by DOAS and that produced by the wavelet de-noising method (db5). It turned out that the differential optical absorption spectroscopy had a strong anti-interference ability, while the wavelet de-noising method was not suitable for measuring the trace concentration change.

  16. Clinical Application of the Close-mouth Impression Method in the Serious Absorption Edentulous Jaw for Complete Denture Restoration%应用闭口式印模法修复牙槽嵴严重吸收全牙列缺失患者体会

    何冰; 黄明坚; 李斯日古楞

    2013-01-01

    目的探讨闭口式印模法在牙槽嵴严重吸收全牙列缺失患者修复中的临床应用,并对修复效果进行总结。方法对临床9例牙槽嵴严重吸收全牙列缺失患者,采用闭口式印模法进行总义齿修复,并对修复的方法和效果进行分析讨论。结果应用闭口式印模法对牙槽嵴严重吸收全牙列缺失患者进行总义齿修复,修复后9例患者的功能状态均反映良好。结论应用闭口式印模法为牙槽嵴严重吸收全牙列缺失患者制作的义齿,更适合功能运动状态下的口腔环境,闭口式印模法可以作为无牙颌患者修复的常规印模方法加以推广。%Objective To study the result of the clinical application of the close-mouth impression method in the serious absorption alveolar ridge with ful dentition absence patients, and the repair ef ect was summarized. Methods 9 clinical cases of serious absorption alveolar ridge of edentulous jaw patients, the complete denture repair with method of close-mouth impression,and the clinical ef ect was analyzed by some clinical method. Results Application of the close-mouth impression method for serious absorption alveolar ridge of edentulous jaw, repair function was in good condition after complete denture restoration.Conclusion Using the close-mouth impression method for serious absorption edentulous jaw to restoration, more suitable for oral functional movement, and the close-mouth impression method is conventional impression method for restoration of serious absorption edentulous jaw.

  17. Gastrointestinal citrate absorption in nephrolithiasis

    Fegan, J.; Khan, R.; Poindexter, J.; Pak, C. Y.

    1992-01-01

    Gastrointestinal absorption of citrate was measured in stone patients with idiopathic hypocitraturia to determine if citrate malabsorption could account for low urinary citrate. Citrate absorption was measured directly from recovery of orally administered potassium citrate (40 mEq.) in the intestinal lavage fluid, using an intestinal washout technique. In 7 stone patients citrate absorption, serum citrate levels, peak citrate concentration in serum and area under the curve were not significantly different from those of 7 normal subjects. Citrate absorption was rapid and efficient in both groups, with 96 to 98% absorbed within 3 hours. The absorption of citrate was less efficient from a tablet preparation of potassium citrate than from a liquid preparation, probably due to a delayed release of citrate from wax matrix. However, citrate absorption from solid potassium citrate was still high at 91%, compared to 98% for a liquid preparation. Thus, hypocitraturia is unlikely to be due to an impaired gastrointestinal absorption of citrate in stone patients without overt bowel disease.

  18. Aerosol light absorption and its measurement: A review

    Light absorption by aerosols contributes to solar radiative forcing through absorption of solar radiation and heating of the absorbing aerosol layer. Besides the direct radiative effect, the heating can evaporate clouds and change the atmospheric dynamics. Aerosol light absorption in the atmosphere is dominated by black carbon (BC) with additional, significant contributions from the still poorly understood brown carbon and from mineral dust. Sources of these absorbing aerosols include biomass burning and other combustion processes and dust entrainment. For particles much smaller than the wavelength of incident light, absorption is proportional to the particle volume and mass. Absorption can be calculated with Mie theory for spherical particles and with more complicated numerical methods for other particle shapes. The quantitative measurement of aerosol light absorption is still a challenge. Simple, commonly used filter measurements are prone to measurement artifacts due to particle concentration and modification of particle and filter morphology upon particle deposition, optical interaction of deposited particles and filter medium, and poor angular integration of light scattered by deposited particles. In situ methods measure particle absorption with the particles in their natural suspended state and therefore are not prone to effects related to particle deposition and concentration on filters. Photoacoustic and refractive index-based measurements rely on the heating of particles during light absorption, which, for power-modulated light sources, causes an acoustic signal and modulation of the refractive index in the air surrounding the particles that can be quantified with a microphone and an interferometer, respectively. These methods may suffer from some interference due to light-induced particle evaporation. Laser-induced incandescence also monitors particle heating upon absorption, but heats absorbing particles to much higher temperatures to quantify BC mass

  19. Evaluation of three methods for calculating statistical significance when incorporating a systematic uncertainty into a test of the background-only hypothesis for a Poisson process

    Hypothesis tests for the presence of new sources of Poisson counts amidst background processes are frequently performed in high energy physics (HEP), gamma ray astronomy (GRA), and other branches of science. While there are conceptual issues already when the mean rate of background is precisely known, the issues are even more difficult when the mean background rate has non-negligible uncertainty. After describing a variety of methods to be found in the HEP and GRA literature, we consider in detail three classes of algorithms and evaluate them over a wide range of parameter space, by the criterion of how close the ensemble-average Type I error rate (rejection of the background-only hypothesis when it is true) compares with the nominal significance level given by the algorithm. We recommend wider use of an algorithm firmly grounded in frequentist tests of the ratio of Poisson means, although for very low counts the overcoverage can be severe due to the effect of discreteness. We extend the studies of Cranmer, who found that a popular Bayesian-frequentist hybrid can undercover severely when taken to high Z-values. We also examine the profile likelihood method, which has long been used in GRA and HEP; it provides an excellent approximation in much of the parameter space, as previously studied by Rolke and collaborators

  20. Infrared absorption of human breast tissues in vitro

    The spectral characteristics of human breast tissues in normal status and during different cancerous stages have been investigated by synchrotron radiation based Fourier transform infrared (SR-FTIR) absorption spectroscopy. Thanks to the excellent synchrotron radiation infrared (IR) source, higher resolving power is achieved in SR-FTIR absorption spectra than in conventional IR absorption measurements. Obvious variations in IR absorption spectrum of breast tissues were found as they change from healthy to diseased, or say in progression to cancer. On the other hand, some specific absorption peaks were found in breast cancer tissues by SR-FTIR spectroscopic methods. These spectral characteristics of breast tissue may help us in early diagnosis of breast cancer

  1. Production of silicon modified to have enhanced infrared absorption

    Weld, E.; Ayachitula, R.; de La Harpe, K.; Brandt, L.; Chilton, M.; Knize, R. J.; Patterson, B. M.

    2014-03-01

    We demonstrate the enhanced optical properties of silicon microstructures formed by irradiation of a silicon wafer by a modulated continuous wave (CW) laser beam in the presence of SF6. The microstructures are doped with about 0.6% sulfur, which extends the absorption well below the 1.1um bandgap of crystalline silicon and results in a 60% increase in the absorption of infrared radiation. The microstructured silicon produced using microsecond pulses of CW light demonstrates comparable infrared absorption enhancement to black silicon made using more expensive and complicated laser systems. This enhanced absorption as a result of these microstructures has been studied over the past decade in an effort to create high responsivity detectors and night vision goggles and improve the efficiency of solar cells. We will also discuss additional methods that allow tunability and scalability in the production of silicon modified to demonstrate increased infrared absorption.

  2. Resistance absorption of some groundwater tracers in porous media

    Jafari, Fateme

    2010-05-01

    Absorption of tracer to the aquifer material is among the most important factors which should be considered when a tracing program is considered. In this study, the absorption of the tracer into the porous media is analyzed experimentally for some of the most important and applied tracers as uranine, rhodamine B, eosin, potassium permanganate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride. For each tracer, effect of initial tracer concentration and percentage of fine grain sediments on tracer absorption in porous media is analyzed. According to the final results, rhodamine B and potassium permanganate have the less resistance against absorption to aquifer material, whilst eosin and uranine are the most resistant tracers among the examined ones. Key Words: Tracer, Absorption, Aquifer, Column Method

  3. Infrared absorption of human breast tissues in vitro

    Liu Chenglin [Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (National Key laboratory), Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Physics Department of Yancheng Teachers' College, Yancheng 224002 (China); Zhang Yuan [Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (National Key laboratory), Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Yan Xiaohui [Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (National Key laboratory), Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Zhang Xinyi [Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (National Key laboratory), Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China) and Shanghai Research Center of Acupuncture and Meridian, Pudong, Shanghai 201203 (China)]. E-mail: xy-zhang@fudan.edu.cn; Li Chengxiang [National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029 (China); Yang Wentao [Cancer Hospital, Medical Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032 (China); Shi Daren [Cancer Hospital, Medical Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032 (China)

    2006-07-15

    The spectral characteristics of human breast tissues in normal status and during different cancerous stages have been investigated by synchrotron radiation based Fourier transform infrared (SR-FTIR) absorption spectroscopy. Thanks to the excellent synchrotron radiation infrared (IR) source, higher resolving power is achieved in SR-FTIR absorption spectra than in conventional IR absorption measurements. Obvious variations in IR absorption spectrum of breast tissues were found as they change from healthy to diseased, or say in progression to cancer. On the other hand, some specific absorption peaks were found in breast cancer tissues by SR-FTIR spectroscopic methods. These spectral characteristics of breast tissue may help us in early diagnosis of breast cancer.

  4. 成鞋吸湿与透湿测试方法的探讨%Research to Test Method of Water-vapor Absorption and Water-vapor Permeability for Shoes

    王伟; 杜少勋

    2014-01-01

    随着人类生活水平的提高,人们的生活方式会随之发生较大的改变。具体到对鞋的穿用上,体现在人们对鞋类的舒适性能和卫生性能的要求越来越高。鞋类的吸湿性、透湿性是影响鞋类舒适性能和卫生性能的重要因素。所以,本文对成鞋吸湿性和透湿性的测试方法进行了研究。%With the improvement of human life,there is a greater transformation in the way of people’s life. Specifically in the footwear people worn,they have a higher requirement in water-vapor absorption and wa-ter-vapor permeability. water-vapor absorption and water-vapor permeability are the important factors for the comfort and healthy of footwear. So, the paper conducted the initial research to test of water-vapor ab-sorption and water-vapor permeability for shoes.

  5. Off-gas treatment for pressurized water reactors by absorption of xenon and krypton in fluorocarbons

    Pilot plant tests showed selective absorption of krypton and xenon in dichlorodifluoromethane produced concentrations as low as 40 ppb and 3 ppb, respectively. Satisfactory operation was demonstrated for a variety of carrier gases including hydrogen, nitrogen, air, helium, and argon. Charcoal absorption, cryogenic absorption, and cryogenic distillation techniques were compared disadvantageously to the fluorocarbon solvent method. (PCS)

  6. Reproducibility of The Random Incidence Absorption Coefficient Converted From the Sabine Absorption Coefficient

    Jeong, Cheol-Ho; Chang, Ji-ho

    2015-01-01

    Absorption coefficients measured in reverberation chambers, Sabine absorption coefficients, suffer from two major problems. Firstly, they sometimes exceed unity. Secondly, the reproducibility of the Sabine absorption coefficients is quite poor, meaning that the Sabine absorption coefficients vary...

  7. Incomplete intestinal absorption of fructose.

    Kneepkens, C M; Vonk, R J; Fernandes, J.

    1984-01-01

    Intestinal D-fructose absorption in 31 children was investigated using measurements of breath hydrogen. Twenty five children had no abdominal symptoms and six had functional bowel disorders. After ingestion of fructose (2 g/kg bodyweight), 22 children (71%) showed a breath hydrogen increase of more than 10 ppm over basal values, indicating incomplete absorption: the increase averaged 53 ppm, range 12 to 250 ppm. Four of these children experienced abdominal symptoms. Three of the six children ...

  8. Absorption Of Dietary Lipid Components

    Abdulkadir Hurşit

    2015-01-01

    Although the digestion and absorption of lipids that are necessary for the survival of living organisms are well known in general terms, nevertheless how different lipids to be digested, how it is distributed into the bloodstream, and how to be used by the cells, are unknown issues by most non specialist people. In recent years, knowledge of lipid digestion and absorption has expanded considerably. More insight has been gained in the mechanism of action of H + pump as a transport system in fa...

  9. EXERCISE ENHANCING CALCIUM ABSORPTION MECHANISM

    Muliani

    2013-01-01

    Calcium has important role in many biological processes therefore calcium homeostasis should be maintained. Imbalance in calcium homeostasis would affects the bone metabolism, neuromuscular function, blood coagulation, cell proliferation and signal transduction. Homeostasis of calcium is maintained by three major organs: gastrointestinal tract, bone and kidney. Intestinal calcium absorption is the sole mechanism to supply calcium to the body. Calcium absorption controlled by calcitropic hormo...

  10. Atomic absorption analysis of serial titanium alloys

    Atom-absorption technique is described, which makes it possible to rapidly and precisely determine the following alloying elements and admixtures in titanium alloys: Al (2.0 - 8.5%); Mo (0.5 - 8%); Cr (0.5 - 12%); Si (0.2 - 0.5%); Mn(0.2 - 2.5%); V(0.5 - 6%); Sn(2.0 - 3.0%); Fe(0.1 - 1.0%); Zr(2.0 - 12.0%). The atom absorption method with flame atomization of the sample provides for best results if the alloy is dissolved in a mixture HCl + HBF4 in the ratio 2:1. In order to obtain correct results the standard solutions must contain titanium in concentrations corresponding to the weight of the sample being analyzed. Sensitivity of zirconium determination may be increased approximately twofold by adding 10 mg/ml of FeCl3 into the solution. Being as precise, as the classic analytical methods, the atom absorption technique is about 5 times more efficient

  11. Characterization on the Mean Molar Absorptivity of Amino Acids in Microbial Lipopeptides

    2006-01-01

    The molar absorption coefficients of each of 14 kinds of amino acids were determined by the spectrophotometric method, and the mean molar absorption coefficients of 37 different mixtures of each with amino acid composition exactly equivalent to that of the peptide chain of the corresponding lipopeptide were determined based on calculation or experimental. The significance of the results is that the mean molar absorption coefficients strongly demonstrate the regular patterns, though different amino acids bear quite different molar absorption coefficients.

  12. Iron absorption and iron status related to diet : an experimental and epidemiological study

    Tidehag, Per

    1995-01-01

    The absorption of iron from the diet is a major determinant of the iron status of an individual. Accurate measures of iron absorption are thus essential in the determination of the effects of diet composition on iron absorption and status. The aim of these studies have firstly been to investigate different methods to measure iron absorption and effects of diet in both rats and humans. Secondly to describe variations in iron status in a general population and to relate the variations to diet. ...

  13. IR differential-absorption lidars for ecological monitoring of the environment

    Vasil'ev, B. I.; Mannoun, O. M.

    2006-01-01

    A review of studies on lidar sensing of the environment by the method of IR differential absorption is presented. The differential-absorption method is described and its various applications are considered. A comparison of this method with other methods of lidar sensing showed that a differential-ab

  14. Integrated vacuum absorption steam cycle gas separation

    Chen, Shiaguo; Lu, Yonggi; Rostam-Abadi, Massoud

    2011-11-22

    Methods and systems for separating a targeted gas from a gas stream emitted from a power plant. The gas stream is brought into contact with an absorption solution to preferentially absorb the targeted gas to be separated from the gas stream so that an absorbed gas is present within the absorption solution. This provides a gas-rich solution, which is introduced into a stripper. Low pressure exhaust steam from a low pressure steam turbine of the power plant is injected into the stripper with the gas-rich solution. The absorbed gas from the gas-rich solution is stripped in the stripper using the injected low pressure steam to provide a gas stream containing the targeted gas. The stripper is at or near vacuum. Water vapor in a gas stream from the stripper is condensed in a condenser operating at a pressure lower than the stripper to concentrate the targeted gas. Condensed water is separated from the concentrated targeted gas.

  15. On Neutrino Absorption Tomography of the Earth

    Reynoso, Matias M.; Sampayo, Oscar A.

    2004-01-01

    We study the passage of UHE neutrinos through the Earth in order to perform an absorption tomography of its inner structure. The aim of this work is to study the extraction methods of the Earth's density, in this conditions, we do not need to implement a realistic Monte Carlo simulation, as we are only interested in comparing the goodness of a standard method \\cite{ralston} with the one we propose. The Earth's density is reconstructed using the 2-d Radon transform and we compare the density o...

  16. During air cool process aerosol absorption detection with photothermal interferometry

    Li, Baosheng; Xu, Limei; Huang, Junling; Ma, Fei; Wang, Yicheng; Li, Zhengqiang

    2014-11-01

    This paper studies the basic principle of laser photothermal interferometry method of aerosol particles absorption coefficient. The photothermal interferometry method with higher accuracy and lower uncertainty can directly measure the absorption coefficient of atmospheric aerosols and not be affected by scattered light. With Jones matrix expression, the math expression of a special polarization interferometer is described. This paper using folded Jamin interferometer, which overcomes the influence of vibration on measuring system. Interference come from light polarization beam with two orthogonal and then combine to one beam, finally aerosol absorption induced refractive index changes can be gotten with four beam of phase orthogonal light. These kinds of styles really improve the stability of system and resolution of the system. Four-channel detections interact with interference fringes, to reduce the light intensity `zero drift' effect on the system. In the laboratory, this device typical aerosol absorption index, it shows that the result completely agrees with actual value. After heated by laser, cool process of air also show the process of aerosol absorption. This kind of instrument will be used to monitor ambient aerosol absorption and suspended particulate matter chemical component. Keywords: Aerosol absorption coefficient; Photothermal interferometry; Suspended particulate matter.

  17. 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.

  18. Infrared laser spectroscopy using a long pathlength absorption cell

    The authors developed two very long pathlength absorption cells to be used in conjunction with diode lasers. They were designed to operate at controlled temperatures with the optical pathlength variable up to approx. 1,5 Km. Not only very low sample pressures are used for studies with such cells but also the spectroscopic sensitivity is enhanced over conventional methods by a factor of 103 to 104. In this paper they present some analytical aspects of the diode laser spectroscopy using the long pathlength absorption cells in the areas of absorption line widths, pressure broadening coefficients, isotope composition measurements and trace impurity analysis

  19. 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.

  20. Spectrofluorimetric, Atomic Absorption Spectrometric and Spectrophotometric Determination of Some Fluoroquinolones

    Hesham Salem

    2005-01-01

    Simple, accurate, sensitive and selective spectrofluorimetric, atomic absorption spectrometric and spectrophotometric methods are described for the quantitative determination of ten fluoroquinolones (amifloxacin, ciprofloxacin hydrochloride, difloxacin hydrochloride, enoxacin, enrofloxacin, lomefloxacin hydrochloride, levofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin and pefloxacin mesylate). The first method was a spectrofluorimetric method in which samples of the studied drugs in 0.1 N H2SO4 showed nati...

  1. Odgoj i građanstvo

    Chávez Villanueva, Pascual

    2009-01-01

    U današnjem društvu valja posebno poraditi na integriranju odgoja u kulturu i na promicanju škole koja odgaja za vrednote. Pojašnjavajući tu početnu misao, autor podsjeća na klasičnu paideiu i njezin utjecaj na školski model na Zapadu. Kršćanstvo od svog nastanka razvija specifičnu, "kršćansku paideiu" te novi kulturalni i odgojni model. Danas, na početku 21. st., potrebno je iznova definirati ciljeve odgoja kako bi se uspostavila ravnoteža između osobnog odgoja i obrazovanja i enciklopedijsk...

  2. Arbetsmarknadsflexibilitet : några antekningar

    Eriksson, Tor Viking

    fasta långvariga anställningar blivit en bristvara saknar stöd i data. Anställningsskyddets negativa effekter på sysselsättningen har kraftigt överdrivits i den förda debatten. Det vore dock skäl att närmare betrakta hur regelsystemen påverkar små och nya företags anställningsmöjligheter....

  3. The GraVent DDT database

    Boeck, Lorenz R.; Katzy, Peter; Hasslberger, Josef; Kink, Andreas; Sattelmayer, Thomas

    2016-03-01

    An open-access online platform containing data from experiments on deflagration-to-detonation transition conducted at the Institute of Thermodynamics, Technical University of Munich, has been developed and is accessible at http://www.td.mw.tum.de/ddt. The database provides researchers working on explosion dynamics with data for theoretical analyses and for the validation of numerical simulations.

  4. Metamaterials for perfect absorption

    Lee, Young Pak; Yoo, Young Joon; Kim, Ki Won

    2016-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and practical development of metamaterial-based perfect absorbers (MMPAs). It begins with a brief history of MMPAs which reviews the various theoretical and experimental milestones in their development. The theoretical background and fundamental working principles of MMPAs are then discussed, providing the necessary background on how MMPAs work and are constructed. There then follows a section describing how different MMPAs are designed and built according to the operating frequency of the electromagnetic wave, and how their behavior is changed. Methods of fabricating and characterizing MMPAs are then presented. The book elaborates on the performance and characteristics of MMPAs, including electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT). It also covers recent advances in MMPAs and their applications, including multi-band, broadband, tunability, polarization independence and incidence independence. Suitable for graduate students in optical sciences and e...

  5. Electretic State and Radiative Absorption of Polyvinyl Chloride Metal Nanocomposites

    V.V. Krivtsov

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Electretic state and radiation absorption of nanocomposites consisting of polymer matrix and metal particles filler obtained in result of electric explosion are investigated. Stable thermoelectrets of polymer metal-filled systems that have better electert properties than traditional polymer materials are obtained. Suggested method of composite polymer system creation enables to obtain shielded materials with better radiative absorption, resistant to external actions, cost-efficient.

  6. Absorptive capacity in European manufacturing: a Delphi study

    Jung Erceg, Petra; Pandža, Krsto; Armbruster, Heidi; Dreher, Carsten

    2012-01-01

    This paper sets out to discuss the results of a specific part of a Europe-wide Delphi study that considers issues of absorptive capacity in European manufacturing. Owing to the importance to competitiveness of increasing innovative capabilities in manufacturing it is highly relevant to explore how a wide community of manufacturing experts experience the phenomenon of absorptive capacity and sense future developments. A two round Delphi method was designed in which more than 3,000 experts from...

  7. Absorption and Metabolism of Xanthophylls

    Eiichi Kotake-Nara

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Dietary carotenoids, especially xanthophylls, have attracted significant attention because of their characteristic biological activities, including anti-allergic, anti-cancer, and anti-obese actions. Although no less than forty carotenoids are ingested under usual dietary habits, only six carotenoids and their metabolites have been found in human tissues, suggesting selectivity in the intestinal absorption of carotenoids. Recently, facilitated diffusion in addition to simple diffusion has been reported to mediate the intestinal absorption of carotenoids in mammals. The selective absorption of carotenoids may be caused by uptake to the intestinal epithelia by the facilitated diffusion and an unknown excretion to intestinal lumen. It is well known that β-carotene can be metabolized to vitamin A after intestinal absorption of carotenoids, but little is known about the metabolic transformation of non provitamin A xanthophylls. The enzymatic oxidation of the secondary hydroxyl group leading to keto-carotenoids would occur as a common pathway of xanthophyll metabolism in mammals. This paper reviews the absorption and metabolism of xanthophylls by introducing recent advances in this field.

  8. Determination of Lead Content in Phosphate Rock and Concentrate Rock——Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Method%火焰原子吸收光谱法测定磷矿石和精磷矿中的铅含量

    沈治荣; 梁聪; 甘丽; 何红莲

    2011-01-01

    This article describes determination of trace harmful heavy metal-lead element in phosphate rock and concentrate rock with flame atomic absorption spectrometry method.The relative standard deviation of this method is 3.1~14.2%,recovery rate is 90%~104%,the sample detection limit is 0.0008%.The method is accurate,fast,easy,make up for method of determination lead in phosphate rock.It provides effective control method for production of feed additives and fertilizers and so on.%研究了用火焰原子吸收光谱法测定磷矿石或磷精矿中微量的铅的检测方法。此方法的相对标准偏差为3.1%-14.2%,回收率为90%-104%,样品检测下限为0.0008%。

  9. 微波消解-原子吸收法测定中巴戟天药材中七种元素的含量%Determine the content of seven elements in Morinda officinalis medicial materials by Microwave digestion and atomic absorption method

    陈锡琨; 陆广马

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To establish a method for microwave digestion and atomic absorption method determination of seven elements in morinda officinalis medicial materials, Evaluation of trace elements and the relationship between the medicinal indianmulberry root of medicinal effect. Methods: Samples by microwave digestion using nitric acid digestion medicinal indianmulberry root herbs, with flame atomic absorption determination of the calcium iron zinc copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium content. Result : The method of recovery is 90.5% ~ 90.5%, RSD 1.38% ~ 2.31%. Conclusion: Sensitive method is rapid and accurate, and has practical value.%目的建立原子吸收法测定巴戟天药材中七种微量元素的含量分析,评价微量元素与巴戟天药材功效之间的关系。方法采用微波消解法消解巴戟天药材样品,用火焰原子吸收法测定其钙、铁、锌、铜、钾、锰、镁的含量。结果该方法的回收率为90.5%~102.9%,RSD在1.38%一2.31%。结论方法快速、灵敏、准确,有实用价值。

  10. Bound vitamin B12 absorption in patients with low serum B12 levels.

    Miller, A; Furlong, D; Burrows, B A; Slingerland, D W

    1992-07-01

    In many patients with low serum levels of vitamin B12, the absorption of the free vitamin has been normal. The present study, using a total body counter 57CoB12 absorption method that clearly separated those with intrinsic factor deficiency from controls, found that of 94 patients with low B12 levels and intact stomachs in whom the absorption of free and bound B12 was determined, 44 (47%) had normal absorption of both. However, 20 of the 94 (21%) with normal absorption of free B12 had low absorption of bound B12. The remainder (32%) had low absorption of both free and bound B12. All patients with high serum gastrin levels had low bound B12 absorption, but so did 21% of those patients with normal serum gastrin levels. PMID:1609768

  11. Effect of Atmospheric Interfering Absorption on Measurement of BTX by DOAS

    Fu-min Peng; Pin-hua Xie; Hai-yang Li; Ying-hua Zhang; Jun-de Wang; Wen-qing Liu

    2008-01-01

    It was reported on the elimination of interfering absorption of BTX. the absorption of O2 includes different absorption bands, which change differently when the partial pressure of oxygen is varied. These cause the nonlinear absorption of O2 and the observed band shape to vary with the column density of O2. The absorption ratios of molecular absorption in each of the Herzberg bands and dimer absorptions, as well as the contribution to the correction error of molecular absorption, are studied based on the characteristic of these absorption bands. The optimized way to eliminate the interfering absorption is obtained in the end and the effectiveness of using interpolation proposed by Volkamer et al. to remove 02 absorption is proved again. As to O3 and SO2, the effect of the thermal effect of characteristic spectra on the elimination error of their absorption is studied. Solutions to these problems are discussed and demonstrated together with methods to optimize the interpolation of spectra. As a sample application, differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) measurements of BTX are carried out. Results show a low detection limit and the good correlation with point instruments are achieved. All these prove the feasibility of using spectral interpolation to improve the accuracy of DOAS measurements of aromatic hydrocarbons for practical purposes.

  12. [Study of retrieving formaldehyde with differential optical absorption spectroscopy].

    Li, Yu-Jin; Xie, Pin-Hua; Qin, Min; Qu, Xiao-Ying; Hu, Lin

    2009-01-01

    The present paper introduces the method of retrieving the concentration of HCHO with differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS). The authors measured ambient HCHO in Beijing region with the help of differential optical absorption spectroscopy instrument made by ourself, and discussed numerous factors in retrieving the concentration of HCHO with differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS), especially, the choice of HCHO wave band, how to avoid absorption of ambient SO2, NO2 and O3, and the influence of the Xenon lamp spectrum structure on the absorption of ambient HCHO. The authors achieved the HCHO concentration by simultaneously retrieving the concentrations of HCHO, SO2, NO2 and O3 with non-linear least square fitting method, avoiding the effect of choosing narrow wave of HCHO and the residual of SO2, NO2, O3 and the Xenon lamp spectrum structure in retrieving process to attain the concentration of HCHO, Finally the authors analyzed the origin of error in retrieving the concentration of HCHO with differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS), and the total error is within 13.7% in this method. PMID:19385238

  13. Absorption properties of identical atoms

    Sancho, Pedro, E-mail: psanchos@aemet.es

    2013-09-15

    Emission rates and other optical properties of multi-particle systems in collective and entangled states differ from those in product ones. We show the existence of similar effects in the absorption probabilities for (anti)symmetrized states of two identical atoms. The effects strongly depend on the overlapping between the atoms and differ for bosons and fermions. We propose a viable experimental verification of these ideas. -- Highlights: •The absorption rates of a pair of identical atoms in product and (anti)symmetrized states are different. •The modifications of the optical properties are essentially determined by the overlapping between the atoms. •The absorption properties differ, in some cases, for bosons and fermions.

  14. Absorption characteristics of bacteriorhodopsin molecules

    H K T Kumar; K Appaji Gowda

    2000-03-01

    The bacteriorhodopsin molecule absorbs light and undergoes a series of structural transformation following a well-defined photocycle. The complex photocycle is transformed to an equivalent level diagram by considering the lifetime of the intermediate states. Assuming that only and states are appreciably populated at any instant of time, the level diagram is further simplified to two-level system. Based on the rate equations for two-level system, an analytic expression for the absorption coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin molecule is derived. It is applied to study the behaviour of absorption coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin film in the visible wavelength region of 514 nm. The dependence of absorption coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin film on the thickness of the film, total number density of active molecules and initial number density of molecules in -state is presented in the graphical form.

  15. [Intestinal absorption kinetics of Polygonum capitatum extract in rats].

    Yang, Wu; Hou, Jia; Lu, Yuan; Chen, Peng-cheng; Liao, Shang-gao; Huang, Yong

    2015-11-01

    A UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was used to determinate the main active fractions gallic acid, protocatechuic acid, myricetrin, hyperoside and quercitrin in Polygonum capitatum extracts by in situ intestinal perfusion models; the absorption rate constants and cumulative penetration rate of absorption were calculated. The effect of different drug concentrations, different intestine segments, bile and P-gp inhibitors on the absorption mechanism of Gallic acid and other compositions in P. capitatum extracts. The experimental results showed that gallic acid, protocatechuic acid, myricetrin and quercitrin were observed saturated at high concentration (P inhibition effect on protocatechuic acid absorption and had promotion effect on myricetrin and hyperoside absorption (P colon. This indicated that the absorption mechanism of P. capitatum extracts in rat intestine was in line with fist-order kinetics characteristics. The composition could be absorbed in all of the different intestinal segments, and the absorption was mainly concentrated in small intestine. The protocatechuic acid may be the substrate of P-gp. PMID:27071271

  16. Self-absorption correction in standardisation of 204Tl

    In the frame of the CCRI(II) (Consultative Committee for Ionizing Radiation at the BIPM) working group on 204Tl, dedicated to investigate the problem and explain the reasons for the discrepancy between methods in standardisation of 204Tl, IRMM was assigned the task of studying the influence of self-absorption in solid sources of 204Tl. This was investigated by measuring the activity of quantitative solid sources of different carrier content, prepared by employing a special source drying technique, developed at IRMM. The activity of the solid sources was determined using a 4π pressurised proportional counter. The self-absorption was calculated using the activity determined from liquid scintillation spectrometry, unaffected by self-absorption, as the reference value. After correction for foil absorption and non-detected X-rays, the self-absorption showed a linear relation to the logarithm of the dry mass of the source. For a typical source, the self-absorption correction for 204Tl was found to be as high as 8%. This article describes a way to minimise and correct for self-absorption in solid sources of 204Tl or nuclides with similar decay properties

  17. [Cutaneous absorption of chemicals].

    Schröder, J

    1986-09-01

    Chemicals have become indispensible for the maintenance of health in animals and man. The route of administration of each medicament is decided by factors such as site of desired action, chemistry of the active ingredient, age and species of the patient, and frequency of administration (or desired duration of activity). In situations where the oral and hypodermic routes, which are used most frequently, are inadequate or unsatisfactory, dermal application can provide a valuable alternative method to achieve systemic activity. Examples of formulations currently available for dermal application contain diverse chemicals and are intended for a variety of purposes, such as crufomate against cattle grubs, fenthion against cattle lice, levamisole against gastrointestinal nematodes, nitroglycerine for angina pectoris, and scopolamine for motion sickness. The skin acts as a barrier to penetration by chemicals and micro-organisms by virtue of its morphology and chemical composition. Chemicals which do penetrate, do not necessarily pass through the appendages (hair follicles and gland ducts), but mostly penetrate through the interjacent epidermis, either through the cells, or via the intracellular spaces. These spaces have recently been shown by electron microscopy to be filled by an amorphous substance which exudes on the skin surface in convex ridges. This substance has a lipid nature, but is not hydrophobic as is often accepted. For a chemical to be able to penetrate the skin, it must be partially water and lipid soluble, polar, and weakly ionizing. A variety of factors can possibly affect the permeability of skin for a chemical. These include species differences in morphology (skin thickness, tightness of intercellular junctions, density of hair follicles and other appendages), biochemistry, and physiology; seasonal and climatic variations; and differences between breeds and genders. Species differences in skin permeability are largely unpredictable and inconsistent. An

  18. Absorption of focused light by spherical plasmas

    For light focused on spherical plasmas, we obtain new results giving the power absorbed by inverse bremsstrahlung and resonance absorption as a function of the focusing scheme. For a given beam profile and lens, there is an optimum focus to maximize total absorption. Linearly polarized beams lead to asymmetric absorption. Good agreement with experimental absorption and scattered light data is obtained

  19. Absorption Efficiency of Receiving Antennas

    Andersen, Jørgen Bach; Frandsen, Aksel

    2005-01-01

    A receiving antenna with a matched load will always scatter some power. This paper sets an upper and a lower bound on the absorption efficiency (absorbed power over sum of absorbed and scattered powers), which lies between 0 and 100% depending on the directivities of the antenna and scatter...... patterns. It can approach 100% as closely as desired, although in practice this may not be an attractive solution. An example with a small endfire array of dipoles shows an efficiency of 93%. Several examples of small conical horn antennas are also given, and they all have absorption efficiencies less than...

  20. On Neutrino Absorption Tomography of the Earth

    Reynoso, M M; Reynoso, Matias M.; Sampayo, Oscar A.

    2004-01-01

    We study the passage of UHE neutrinos through the Earth in order to perform an absorption tomography of its inner structure. The aim of this work is to study the extraction methods of the Earth's density, in this conditions, we do not need to implement a realistic Monte Carlo simulation, as we are only interested in comparing the goodness of a standard method \\cite{ralston} with the one we propose. The Earth's density is reconstructed using the 2-d Radon transform and we compare the density obtained considering neutral current regeneration through the complete transport equation, with the one obtained making use of the effective cross section approximation (standard method). We see that the effective cross section leads in general to inaccurate results, especially for flat initial neutrino fluxes, while the full transport equation method works regardless of the initial flux. Finally, an error propagation analysis made for different uncertainties in the surviving neutrino flux shows that the recovered density ...