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  1. [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

  2. Study on Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy : Technique and its Applications

    Liu, Jianguo

    2002-01-01

    ln the first part of speech, with a description of the principle of DOAS (Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy), the design and realization of two different kinds of DOAS systems are nresented. 0ne is using a slotted disc raoid scanning device with a photomultiplier, which is suitable for ambient air quality measurement. It can measure total 16 kinds of pollutants such as SO_2, NO, N02, NH_3, O_3, C_6H_6, C_7H_8 and CH_2O etc., with detection limits of 1-2ppb. The other is using a UV ...

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Theoretical experimental study of the factors that govern the molybdenum absorption signal by means of electro thermic atomic absorption spectroscopy

    The formation of molybdenum carbides in the atomizer, used in the electro thermic atomic absorption spectroscopy, is responsible for incomplete analyte removal in its analysis. This generates the apparition of the memory effect and little precision in the results. In this work, different variables that could affect the molybdenum absorption sign were investigated, as well as the influence of hydrochloric acid on the memory effect, by means of studies in the different stages: drying, calcination and atomization, and the samples deposition order in molybdenum solutions, either acidified or not acidified

  8. Polarization dependent interface properties of ferroelectric Schottky barriers studied by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Kohlstedt, H.; Petraru, A.; Denlinger, M. Meier J.; Guo, J.; Wanli, Y.; A. Scholl; Freelon, B.; Schneller, T.; Waser, R.; Yu, P; Ramesh, R.; Learmonth, T.; Glans, P.-A.; Smith, K. E.

    2008-01-01

    We applied soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy to study the Ti L-edge in ferroelectric capacitors using a modified total electron yield method. The inner photo currents and the X-ray absorption spectra were polarization state dependent. The results are explained on the basis of photo electric effects and the inner potential in the ferroelectric capacitors as a result of back-to-back Schottky barriers superimposed by the potential due to the depolarization field. In general, the presented metho...

  9. Study of cancer cell lines with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR)/vibrational absorption (VA) spectroscopy

    Uceda Otero, E. P.; Eliel, G. S. N.; Fonseca, E. J. S.;

    2013-01-01

    In this work we have used Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) / vibrational absorption (VA) spectroscopy to study two cancer cell lines: the Henrietta Lacks (HeLa) human cervix carcinoma and 5637 human bladder carcinoma cell lines. Our goal is to experimentally investigate biochemical changes and d...

  10. Ultra-fast X-ray absorption spectroscopy for the study of matter in transient regime

    In this work, we study the physics of dense matter, plasmas or solids, using X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Through the use of sources produced by laser-matter interaction, we have measured the absorption spectra of aluminum and bromine plasmas, as well as those of vanadium dioxide (VO2). The measurement of absorption coefficients allows us to probe the dense matter and to study its properties. The experiments are carried out following the same principle: they use the same experimental set-up, called pump-probe. When the matter is dense, the absorption properties of an atom are modified by the surrounding environment. In a plasma, it is mainly the bound- bound transitions which are altered: the shapes of those spectral rays are modified. In a solid, the position of the neighbouring atoms in relation to the absorbing atom modify the structure of absorption levels (bound-free transition). The study of this structure allows us to measure the parameters of the material, and provides information such as the state of the electronic band or the interatomic gaps. The experiments carried out at the LULI have allowed us to probe plasmas in the relatively unknown regime of the Warm Dense Matter. One of the key parameters is that the plasma is characterised independently (FDI diagnostic). It allows for a better comparison of the measured absorption against a calculation made with the numerical model OPA-S. The experiments carried out at INRS have led to the realisation of an experimental system having the characteristics which allow the study of the dynamics of solids showing ultra-fast phase transition. For those experiments, we have used vanadium dioxide as a model system allowing us to test the feasibility of the method. (author)

  11. In situ x-ray-absorption spectroscopy study of hydrogen absorption by nickel-magnesium thin films

    Structural and electronic properties of co-sputtered Ni-Mg thin films with varying Ni to Mg ratio were studied by in situ x-ray absorption spectroscopy in the Ni L-edge and Mg K-edge regions. Codeposition of the metals led to increased disorder and decreased coordination around Ni and Mg compared to pure metal films. Exposure of the metallic films to hydrogen resulted in formation of hydrides and increased disorder. The presence of hydrogen as a near neighbor around Mg caused a drastic reduction in the intensities of multiple scattering resonances at higher energies. The optical switching behavior and changes in the x-ray spectra varied with Ni to Mg atomic ratio. Pure Mg films with Pd overlayers were converted to MgH2: The H atoms occupy regular sites as in bulk MgH2. Although optical switching was slow in the absence of Ni, the amount of H2 absorption was large. Incorporation of Ni in Mg films led to an increase in the speed of optical switching but decreased maximum transparency. Significant shifts in the Ni L3 and L2 peaks are consistent with strong interaction with hydrogen in the mixed films

  12. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and EPR studies of oriented spinach thylakoid preparations

    Andrews, J.C. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry]|[Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States). Structural Biology Div.

    1995-08-01

    In this study, oriented Photosystem II (PS II) particles from spinach chloroplasts are studied with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to determine more details of the structure of the oxygen evolving complex (OEC). The nature of halide binding to Mn is also studied with Cl K-edge and Mn EXAFS (extended x-ray absorption fine structure) of Mn-Cl model compounds, and with Mn EXAFS of oriented PS II in which Br has replaced Cl. Attention is focused on the following: photosynthesis and the oxygen evolving complex; determination of mosaic spread in oriented photosystem II particles from signal II EPR measurement; oriented EXAFS--studies of PS II in the S{sub 2} state; structural changes in PS II as a result of treatment with ammonia: EPR and XAS studies; studies of halide binding to Mn: Cl K-edge and Mn EXAFS of Mn-Cl model compounds and Mn EXAFS of oriented Br-treated photosystem II.

  13. 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

  14. Application of quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy to studies of fluorocarbon molecules

    Welzel, S; Roepcke, J [Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, D-17489 Greifswald (Germany); Stepanov, S; Meichsner, J, E-mail: welzel@inp-greifswald.d [Institute of Physics, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 6, D-17489 Greifswald (Germany)

    2009-03-01

    The recent advent of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) enables room-temperature mid-infrared spectrometer operation which is particularly favourable for industrial process monitoring and control, i.e. the detection of transient and stable molecular species. Conversely, fluorocarbon containing radio-frequency discharges are of special interest for plasma etching and deposition as well as for fundamental studies on gas phase and plasma surface reactions. The application of QCL absorption spectroscopy to such low pressure plasmas is typically hampered by non-linear effects connected with the pulsed mode of the lasers. Nevertheless, adequate calibration can eliminate such effects, especially in the case of complex spectra where single line parameters are not available. In order to facilitate measurements in fluorocarbon plasmas, studies on complex spectra of CF{sub 4} and C{sub 3}F{sub 8} at 7.86{mu}m (1269 - 1275 cm{sup -1}) under low pressure conditions have been performed. The intra-pulse mode, i.e. pulses of up to 300 ns, was applied yielding highly resolved spectral scans of {approx}1 cm{sup -1} coverage. Effective absorption cross sections were determined and their temperature dependence was studied in the relevant range up to 400 K and found to be non-negligible.

  15. Electronic topological transition in zinc under pressure: An x-ray absorption spectroscopy study

    Zinc metal has been studied at high pressure using x-ray absorption spectroscopy. In order to investigate the role of the different degrees of hydrostaticity on the occurrence of structural anomalies following the electronic topological transition, two pressure transmitting media have been used. Results show that the electronic topological transition, if it exists, does not induce an anomaly in the local environment of compressed Zn as a function of hydrostatic pressure and any anomaly must be related to a loss of hydrostaticity of the pressure transmitting medium. The near-edge structures of the spectra, sensitive to variations in the electronic density of states above the Fermi level, do not show any evidence of electronic transition whatever pressure transmitting medium is used

  16. Study on the surface hydroxyl group on solid breeding materials by infrared absorption spectroscopy

    Tanaka, Satoru; Taniguchi, Masaki [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-10-01

    Hydroxyl groups on the surface of Li{sub 2}O were studied by using a diffuse reflectance method with Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy at high temperature up to 973K under controlled D{sub 2}O or D{sub 2} partial pressure. It was found that hydroxyl groups could exist on Li{sub 2}O surface up to 973K under Ar atmosphere. Under D{sub 2}O containing atmosphere, only the sharp peak at 2520cm{sup -1} was observed at 973K in the O-D stretching vibration region. Below 973K, multiple peaks due to the surface -OD were observed and they showed different behavior with temperature or atmosphere. Multiple peaks mean that surface is not homogeneous for D{sub 2}O adsorption. Assignment of the observed peaks to the surface bonding structure was also discussed. (author)

  17. Study of near infrared absorption spectroscopy of selected pairs of organic solvents for quality control applications

    Organic solvents of various combinations and ratios, such as ethanol/commercial petrol; benzene/ethanol; toluene/commercial petrol and toluene/benzene were studied by near infrared (NIR) absorption spectroscopy. NIR spectrometer of 850-1700 nm produced distinctly separable spectral ranges for all the combinations; 1400 to 1650 nm for ethanol/commercial petrol; 1125 to 1150 nm for benzene/ethanol; 1130 to 1150 nm for toluene/commercial petrol and 1175 to 1210 nm for toluene/benzene. The calibration curves were drawn for the given pair concentrations. From the linear fitting parameters it is evident that each pair has different slope, which establishes reliability of the technique. The results revealed that each solvent in the mixture gives a clear trend of spectral region. This may be used for the analysis of mixtures of organic solvents. The technique may be utilized for the quality assurance. (author)

  18. In Situ X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of the LiNiO2 Electrode

    Mansour, A. N.; McBreen, J.; Melendres, C. A.

    1997-03-01

    LiNiO2 is one of the most promising active material for the development of novel 4V rechargeable lithium batteries. Recent x-ray diffraction studies showed that the electrochemical reactivity of this electrode is sensitive to the structure of the starting material as well as the charged products. To further examine this material, we have conducted an x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) study to determine the structure of this electrode as a function of its charge state. Specifically, the x-ray absorption Ni K-edge energy, the pre-edge structure, and local structure parameters such as bond lengths, coordination numbers and disorders were investigated at various states of charge corresponding to Li_(1-x)NiO2 for x values of 0.0, 0.11, 0.23, 0.34, 0.45, 0.82, and 0.99. The charging which proceeds via lithium de-intercalation was conducted using constant current anodization at 0.5 mA in a non aqueous electrolyte consisting of 1M LiPF6 in 1:1:3 propylene ! carbonate, ethylene carbonate and dimethyl carbonate. The XAS results for this electrode will be compared with those of γ-NiOOH and KNiIO_6, the latter being used as a reference for quadrivalent nickel.

  19. Oxidation of plutonium dioxide: an X-ray absorption spectroscopy study

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments were conducted in order to characterise plutonium dioxide oxidation. It is shown that the sample preparation adopted does not enable elaboration of hyperstoichiometric plutonium dioxide. These results could mean that plutonium dioxide oxidation only occurs under very specific conditions

  20. Adsorption of mercury on lignin: Combined surface complexation modeling and X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies

    Adsorption of mercury (Hg) on lignin was studied at a range of pH values using a combination of batch adsorption experiments, a surface complexation model (SCM) and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Surface complexation modeling indicates that three types of acid sites on lignin surfaces, namely aliphatic carboxylic-, aromatic carboxylic- and phenolic-type surface groups, contributed to Hg(II) adsorption. The bond distance and coordination number of Hg(II) adsorption samples at pH 3.0, 4.0 and 5.5 were obtained from extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy analysis. The results of SCM and XAS combined reveal that the predominant adsorption species of Hg(II) on lignin changes from HgCl20 to monodentate complex –C–O–HgCl and then bidentate complex –C–O–Hg–O–C– with increasing pH value from 2.0 to 6.0. The good agreement between SCM and XAS results provides new insight into understanding the mechanisms of Hg(II) adsorption on lignin. - Highlights: ► Lignin exhibits a high Hg(II) adsorption capability. ► Adsorption of Hg(II) on lignin is strongly pH-dependent. ► HgCl20, –C–O–HgCl and –C–O–Hg–O–C– are the main adsorption species of Hg(II). - Adsorption of Hg(II) on lignin is strongly pH-dependent, and the main adsorption Hg(II) species change from HgCl20 to –C–O–HgCl and –C–O–Hg–O–C– as pH increases from 2.0 to 6.0.

  1. [Study on Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy Data Processing Based on Chirp-Z Transformation].

    Zheng, Hai-ming; Li, Guang-jie; Wu, Hao

    2015-06-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) is a commonly used atmospheric pollution monitoring method. Denoising of monitoring spectral data will improve the inversion accuracy. Fourier transform filtering method is effectively capable of filtering out the noise in the spectral data. But the algorithm itself can introduce errors. In this paper, a chirp-z transform method is put forward. By means of the local thinning of Fourier transform spectrum, it can retain the denoising effect of Fourier transform and compensate the error of the algorithm, which will further improve the inversion accuracy. The paper study on the concentration retrieving of SO2 and NO2. The results show that simple division causes bigger error and is not very stable. Chirp-z transform is proved to be more accurate than Fourier transform. Results of the frequency spectrum analysis show that Fourier transform cannot solve the distortion and weakening problems of characteristic absorption spectrum. Chirp-z transform shows ability in fine refactoring of specific frequency spectrum. PMID:26601381

  2. Studies of solvent effects on reaction dynamics using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy

    Harris, Don Ahmasi

    Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy was used to investigate the solvent dependent reaction dynamics of two prototypical chemical systems: (1) The ring-opening reaction of 1,3-cyclohexadiene, the isolated chromophore in Provitamin D, and (2) The photolysis of various Vitamin B12 cofactors. We investigated the influence of solvent polarity on the ground state conformational relaxation of 1,3,5-cis hexatriene subsequent to the ring opening of 1,3-cyclohexadiene in methanol and 1-propanol solvents. Comparisons to the conformational relaxation in alkane solvents studied earlier demonstrated a surprising influence of solvent polarity on single bond isomerization. Temperature dependent transient absorption measurements were performed on 1,3,5-cis hexatriene in cyclohexane and 1-propanol to determine the effect of solvent polarity on the activation energy barrier for ground state single bond isomerization. These measurements conclude that the polar solvent lowers the energy barrier for single bond isomerization allowing conformational relaxation to proceed faster in alcohol solvents compared to alkane solvents. With no perceived polar transition state for single bond isomerization, this result disagrees with the conventional view of solvation and differentiates the single bond isomerization dynamics of polyenes from alkanes. Transient absorption spectroscopy was also utilized to study the solvent effects in the photolysis of various B12 cofactors in different environments. We investigated the solvent dependent photolysis of adenosylcobalamin, methylcobalamin, and cyanocobalamin in water and ethylene glycol as a function of solvent temperature. In comparing the radical cage escape of adenosylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin, we determined a larger than expected hydrodynamic radii for the diffusing radicals in water compared to ethylene glycol, thus making necessary a revised perspective of solvent interaction with the diffusing radical. In addition, we investigated the

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  4. Ultrafast Strong-Field Vibrational Dynamics Studied by Femtosecond Extreme-Ultraviolet Transient Absorption Spectroscopy

    Hosler, Erik Robert

    2013-01-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved extreme-ultraviolet core-level absorption spectroscopy has developed into a powerful tool for investigating chemical dynamics due to its sensitivity for detecting changes in electronic structure. By probing the core-levels of atoms and molecules, dynamics may be monitored with elemental specificity, as well as localized sensitivity to the oxidation state around the atomic absorber. Previous experiments with this technique demonstrated the capability to quantitatively...

  5. Procedure for intercomparison study for trace elements determination in soil samples by absorption spectroscopy

    In the environmental sampling analysis there is very important to establish an adequate methodologies on the laboratories for improvement the quality of the results obtained, so the establishment of a qualified laboratories network for environmental analysis. The objective of this work is to show the working plan for the analysis of eight elements on a Russian soil sample for an interlaboratory comparison with IAEA, by the Absorption spectroscopy technique using flame. (Author)

  6. Structural study of tungstate fluorophosphate glasses by Raman and X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Transparent glasses were synthesized in the NaPO3-BaF2-WO3 ternary system and several structural characterizations were performed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES) at the tungsten LI and LIII absorption edges and by Raman spectroscopy. Special attention was paid to the coordination state of tungsten atoms in the vitreous network. XANES investigations showed that tungsten atoms are only six-fold coordinated (octahedra WO6) and that these glasses are free of tungstate tetrahedra (WO4). In addition, Raman spectroscopy allowed to identify a break in the linear phosphate chains as the amount of WO3 increases and the formation of P-O-W bonds in the vitreous network indicating the modifier behavior of WO6 octahedra in the glass network. Based on XANES data, we suggested a new attribution of several Raman absorption bands which allowed to identify the presence of W-O- and W=O terminal bonds and a progressive apparition of W-O-W bridging bonds for the most WO3 concentrated samples (30% molar) due to the formation of WO6 clusters

  7. [Study on determination of plume velocity by passive differential optical absorption spectroscopy].

    Li, Ang; Xie, Pin-hua; Liu, Wen-qing; Liu, Jian-guo; Dou, Ke; Lin, Yi-hui

    2008-10-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) technique has been used to measure various trace gases in the atmosphere by their strongly structured absorption of radiation in the UV and visible spectral range. Passive DOAS using the zenith scattered sunlight as the light source can obtain the continuous column density distribution of air pollutants (such as SO2 and NO2) by scanning the plume emitted from sources on a mobile platform, then with the plume velocity information the total emission value can be ultimately estimated. In practice it is hard to calculate the total emission because there is no efficient way to accurately get the plume velocity which is the most important parameter. Usually the wind speed near ground is used as the actual plume speed, which constitutes the greatest source of uncertainty in the passive DOAS measurements for the total emission calculation. A passive DOAS method for the determination of plume velocity of pollution source was studied in the present paper. Two passive DOAS systems were placed under the plume along the plume transmission direction to observed the scattered sunlight at one fixed sepasation angle, and then the plume velocity was derived from the time delay resulting from the plume moving a certain distance, and also the plume height needed in the plume velocity calculation was measured by the same two passive DOAS systems. Measurement of the plume emitted from a certain power plant was carried out by the two passive DOAS systems and the plume velocities of 3.6 and 5.4 m x s(-1) at two separate moments were derived. The comparison with the wind speed measured at the same time by the single theodolite wind observation method indicates that this optical remote sensing method based on passive DOAS can be used to determine the plume velocity by monitoring the total emission from sources. PMID:19123375

  8. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and small-angle x-ray scattering studies of metal nanoparticles using synchrotron radiation

    The synchrotron-radiation-based techniques of x-ray absorption spectroscopy and small-angle x-ray scattering are ideally suited to the characterisation of nanoparticles. Their combined application to study the structural and vibrational properties of elemental metal nanoparticles embedded in silica is described here

  9. [Study on removing the lamp spectrum structure in differential optical absorption spectroscopy].

    Qu, Xiao-ying; Li, Yu-jin

    2010-11-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) technique has been used to measure trace gases in the atmosphere by their strongly structured absorption of radiation in the UV and visible spectral range, and nowadays this technique has been widely utilized to measure trace polluted gases in the atmosphere e.g. SO2, NO2, O3, HCHO, etc. However, there exists lamp (xenon lamp or deuteriumlamp) spectrum structure in the measured band (300-700 nm) of the absorption spectra of atmosphere, which badly impacts on precision of retrieving the concentration of trace gases in the atmosphere. People home and abroad generally employ two ways to handle this problem, one is segmenting band retrieving method, another is remedial retrieving method. In the present paper, a new retrieving method to deal with this trouble is introduced. The authors used moving-window average smoothing method to obtain the slow part of the absorption spectra of atmosphere, then achieved the lamp (xenon lamp in the paper) spectrum structure in the measured band of the absorption spectra of atmosphere. The authors analyzed and retrieved the measured spectrum of the atmosphere, and the result is better than the forenamed ways. Chi-square of residuum is 2.995 x 10(-4), and this method was proved to be able to avoid shortcoming of choosing narrowband and disadvantage of discovering the new component of atmosphere in retrieving the concentration of air pollutants and measuring the air pollutants. PMID:21284148

  10. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study on the thermal and hydrazine reduction of graphene oxide

    Liang, Xianqing, E-mail: lxq@gxu.edu.cn [The Colleague of Physics Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Wang, Yu [National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029 (China); Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204 (China); Zheng, Huiyuan [The Colleague of Physics Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Wu, Ziyu, E-mail: wuzy@ustc.edu.cn [National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • XAS study of GO and reduced GO was performed. • Detailed evolution of the electronic structures and chemical bonding of GO was revealed. • A new efficient route for the reduction of GO is proposed. - Abstract: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was applied to systemically investigate the deoxygenation of graphene oxide (GO) via annealing and hydrazine treatment. Detailed evolution of the electronic structures and chemical bonding of GO was presented. The enhanced intensity of π{sup *} resonance and the appearance of splitting σ{sup *} resonance in C K-edge XAS spectra suggest high extents of recoveries of π-conjugation upon reduction using thermal annealing or hydrazine. Experimental results revealed that the carboxyl as well as epoxide and hydroxyl groups on the surface of GO were thermally reduced first, followed by the more difficult removal of carbonyl and cyclic ether groups at higher temperatures. The hydrazine reduction could remove epoxide, hydroxyl and carboxyl groups effectively, whereas the carbonyl groups were partially reduced with the incorporation of nitrogen species simultaneously. The residual oxygen functional groups on hydrazine-reduced GO could be further removed after modest thermal annealing. It was proposed that a combination of both types of reductions would give the best deoxygenation efficiency for the production of graphene.

  11. Bimetallic Catalysts and Platinum Surfaces Studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

    Roenning, Magnus

    2000-07-01

    Bimetallic catalyst systems used in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (Co-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and in the naphtha reforming process (Pt-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) have been studied in situ using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS). Additionally, the adsorption of ethene on platinum single crystal surfaces has been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy. In situ EXAFS at the cobalt K absorption edge have been carried out at 450{sup o}C on the hydrogen reduction of a rhenium-promoted Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. Reductions carried out using 100% hydrogen and 5% hydrogen in helium gave different results. Whereas the reduction using dilute hydrogen leads to bulk-like metallic cobalt particles (hcp or fcc), reaction with pure hydrogen yields a more dispersed system with smaller cobalt metal particles (< 40 A). The results are rationalised in terms of different degrees of reoxidation of cobalt by the higher and lower concentrations of water generated during the reduction of cobalt oxide by 100% and 5% hydrogen, respectively. Additionally, in both reduction protocols a small fraction (3 -4 wt%) of the cobalt content is randomly dispersed over the tetrahedral vacancies of the alumina support. This dispersion occurs during reduction and not calcination. The cobalt in these sites cannot be reduced at 450 {sup o}C. The local environments about the rhenium atoms in Co-Re/{gamma}-A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst after different reduction periods have been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. A bimetallic catalyst containing 4.6 wt% cobalt and 2 wt% rhenium has been compared with a corresponding monometallic sample with 2 wt% rhenium on the same support. The rhenium L{sub III} EXAFS analysis shows that bimetallic particles are formed after reduction at 450{sup o}C with the average particle size being 10-15 A. Rhenium is shown to be reduced at a later stage than cobalt. The fraction of cobalt atoms entering the support obstructs the access to the support for the

  12. Bimetallic Catalysts and Platinum Surfaces Studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

    Roenning, Magnus

    2000-07-01

    Bimetallic catalyst systems used in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (Co-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and in the naphtha reforming process (Pt-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) have been studied in situ using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS). Additionally, the adsorption of ethene on platinum single crystal surfaces has been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy. In situ EXAFS at the cobalt K absorption edge have been carried out at 450{sup o}C on the hydrogen reduction of a rhenium-promoted Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. Reductions carried out using 100% hydrogen and 5% hydrogen in helium gave different results. Whereas the reduction using dilute hydrogen leads to bulk-like metallic cobalt particles (hcp or fcc), reaction with pure hydrogen yields a more dispersed system with smaller cobalt metal particles (< 40 A). The results are rationalised in terms of different degrees of reoxidation of cobalt by the higher and lower concentrations of water generated during the reduction of cobalt oxide by 100% and 5% hydrogen, respectively. Additionally, in both reduction protocols a small fraction (3 -4 wt%) of the cobalt content is randomly dispersed over the tetrahedral vacancies of the alumina support. This dispersion occurs during reduction and not calcination. The cobalt in these sites cannot be reduced at 450 {sup o}C. The local environments about the rhenium atoms in Co-Re/{gamma}-A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst after different reduction periods have been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. A bimetallic catalyst containing 4.6 wt% cobalt and 2 wt% rhenium has been compared with a corresponding monometallic sample with 2 wt% rhenium on the same support. The rhenium L{sub III} EXAFS analysis shows that bimetallic particles are formed after reduction at 450{sup o}C with the average particle size being 10-15 A. Rhenium is shown to be reduced at a later stage than cobalt. The fraction of cobalt atoms entering the support obstructs the access to the support for the

  13. Strontium Localization in Bone Tissue Studied by X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Frankær, Christian Grundahl; Raffalt, Anders Christer; Ståhl, Kenny

    2014-01-01

    Strontium has recently been introduced as a pharmacological agent for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. We determined the localization of strontium incorporated into bone matrix from dogs treated with Sr malonate by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. A new approach for analyzing the X......-ray absorption spectra resulted in a compositional model and allowed the relative distribution of strontium in the different bone components to be estimated. Approximately 35–45 % of the strontium present is incorporated into calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) by substitution of some of the calcium ions occupying...... highly ordered sites, and at least 30 % is located at less ordered sites where only the first solvation shell is resolved, suggesting that strontium is sur- rounded by only oxygen atoms similar to Sr2? in solution. Strontium was furthermore shown to be absorbed in collagen in which it obtains a higher...

  14. Optical Absorption and Raman Spectroscopy Study of the Fluorinated Double-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

    Gevko, Pavel N.; Bulusheva, Lyubov Gennadievna; Okotrub, Alexander Vladimirovich; Yudanov, Nikolay Fedorovich; Yushina, I. V.; Grachev, K. A.; Pugachev, A. M.; Surovtsev, N. V.; Flahaut, Emmanuel

    2006-01-01

    Double-wall carbon nanotube (DWNT) samples have been fluorinated at room temperature with varied concentration of a fluorinating agent BrF3. Content of the products estimated from X-ray photoelectron data was equal to CF0.20 and CF0.29 in the case of deficit and excess of BrF3. Raman spectroscopy showed considerable decrease of carbon nanotube amount in the fluorinated samples. Analysis of optical absorption spectra measured for pristine and fluorinated DWNT samples revealed a selectivity of ...

  15. State of Ni in catalysts for glycerol hydrogenation and methane steam reforming as studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Tkachenko, O. P.; Kustov, L. M.

    2013-06-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy is used to study 1% Ni/Al2O3, 5% Ni/Al2O3, and 5% Ni/TiO2 catalysts for glycerol and methane conversion. The effect of treatment in H2 under microwave irradiation on the reduction of part of the nickel to the metallic state in the titanium oxide-supported catalyst is demonstrated.

  16. Voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy in Fe|MgO tunnel junctions studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Miwa, Shinji, E-mail: miwa@mp.es.osaka-u.ac.jp; Matsuda, Kensho; Tanaka, Kazuhito; Goto, Minori; Suzuki, Yoshishige [Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-8531 (Japan); Kotani, Yoshinori; Nakamura, Tetsuya [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)

    2015-10-19

    In this study, voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) in Fe|MgO tunnel junctions was investigated via the magneto-optical Kerr effect, soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy. The Fe|MgO tunnel junctions showed enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy under external negative voltage, which induced charge depletion at the Fe|MgO interface. Despite the application of voltages of opposite polarity, no trace of chemical reaction such as a redox reaction attributed to O{sup 2−} migration was detected in the x-ray absorption spectra of the Fe. The VCMA reported in the Fe|MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions must therefore originate from phenomena associated with the purely electric effect, that is, surface electron doping and/or redistribution induced by an external electric field.

  17. Voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy in Fe|MgO tunnel junctions studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    In this study, voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) in Fe|MgO tunnel junctions was investigated via the magneto-optical Kerr effect, soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy. The Fe|MgO tunnel junctions showed enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy under external negative voltage, which induced charge depletion at the Fe|MgO interface. Despite the application of voltages of opposite polarity, no trace of chemical reaction such as a redox reaction attributed to O2− migration was detected in the x-ray absorption spectra of the Fe. The VCMA reported in the Fe|MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions must therefore originate from phenomena associated with the purely electric effect, that is, surface electron doping and/or redistribution induced by an external electric field

  18. [Air pollutants study by differential optical absorption spectroscopy with transmit-receive fibers].

    Wei, Yong-Jie; Geng, Xiao-Juan; Chen, Bo; Liu, Cui-Cui; Chen, Wen-Liang

    2013-10-01

    The differential optical absorption spectroscopy system is presented to monitor air pollutants, such as SO2, NO2, etc. The system employs a reflective telescope to collimate light source and focus absorbed light. A combined transmitting and receiving fiber bundle is set to the focus of a concave mirror. A Xenon lamp works as the light source. The light is coupled into the transmitting fiber, and then collimated by the reflective telescope system. After absorbed by the pollutants, the light is reflected by a pyramid mirror far away the telescope. Then the absorbed light is incident on the concave mirror the second time, and focused on the focal plane again. The receiving fiber induces the light which carries the information of the measured gas into a spectrometer. We can get the concentration of the pollutants by DOAS algorithm. Experimental results show that the proposed method can be adopted to measure some pollutants in air quality monitoring. PMID:24409736

  19. Molecular electronic states in charge transfer complex studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    The electronic states of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF: TTF = C6H4S4) molecule in organic ferroelectric TTF-p-bromanil (TTF-BA: BA = C6Br4O2) and TTF crystals have been investigated by x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurement at S K-edge. We elucidated that the peak structure at 2470.5 eV directly reflects the existence of hole in the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) state of the TTF molecule in TTF-BA; that is consistent with the ionic TTF molecule (TTF+). The XAS of TTF-BA was evaluated on the basis of first-principles calculations, and the calculated spectra reproduce well the shape of experimental spectrum and the peak energy of the HOMO state.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Environmental Chamber Study of Atmospheric Chemistry and Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation Using Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy

    Liu, Yingdi

    2011-01-01

    Air pollution and global climate change are important environmental issues that affect our society. Deeper understanding of atmospheric chemistry is required to understand these problems and to develop effective control strategies. Environmental chambers have been used for the past few decades to study atmospheric chemistry and investigate processes leading to secondary pollutant formation. This thesis work provides two different high sensitivity real time cavity enhance absorption spectrosco...

  4. Spectral studies of ocean water with space-borne sensor SCIAMACHY using Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS

    M. Vountas

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Methods enabling the retrieval of oceanic parameter from the space borne instrumentation Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric ChartographY (SCIAMACHY using Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS are presented. SCIAMACHY onboard ENVISAT measures back scattered solar radiation at a spectral resolution (0.2 to 1.5 nm. The DOAS method was used for the first time to fit modelled Vibrational Raman Scattering (VRS in liquid water and in situ measured phytoplankton absorption reference spectra to optical depths measured by SCIAMACHY. Spectral structures of VRS and phytoplankton absorption were clearly found in these optical depths. Both fitting approaches lead to consistent results. DOAS fits correlate with estimates of chlorophyll concentrations: low fit factors for VRS retrievals correspond to large chlorophyll concentrations and vice versa; large fit factors for phytoplankton absorption correspond with high chlorophyll concentrations and vice versa. From these results a simple retrieval technique taking advantage of both measurements is shown. First maps of global chlorophyll concentrations were compared to the corresponding MODIS measurements with very promising results. In addition, results from this study will be used to improve atmospheric trace gas DOAS-retrievals from visible wavelengths by including these oceanographic signatures.

  5. Theory of attosecond absorption spectroscopy in krypton

    Baggesen, Jan Conrad; Lindroth, Eva; Madsen, Lars Bojer

    2012-01-01

    A theory for time-domain attosecond pump–attosecond probe photoabsorption spectroscopy is formulated and related to the atomic response. The theory is illustrated through a study of attosecond absorption spectroscopy in krypton. The atomic parameters entering the formulation such as energies and...... Auger widths, as well as wave functions and dipole coupling matrix elements, are determined by accurate many-body structure calculations. We create a hole in a valence shell by an attosecond pump, couple an inner-shell electron to the hole by an attosecond probe, and then monitor the formation of the...

  6. Interaction of ester functional groups with aluminum oxide surfaces studied using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy.

    van den Brand, J; Blajiev, O; Beentjes, P C J; Terryn, H; de Wit, J H W

    2004-07-20

    The bonding of two types of ester group-containing molecules with a set of different oxide layers on aluminum has been investigated using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy. The different oxide layers were made by giving typical surface treatments to the aluminum substrate. The purpose of the investigation was to find out what type of ester-oxide bond is formed and whether this is influenced by changes in the composition and chemistry of the oxide. The extent by which these bonded ester molecules resisted disbondment in water or substitution by molecules capable of chemisorption was also investigated. The ester groups were found to show hydrogen bonding with hydroxyls on the oxide surfaces through their carbonyl oxygens. For all oxides, the ester groups showed the same nu(C = O) carbonyl stretching vibration after adsorption, indicating very similar bonding occurs. However, the oxides showed differences in the amount of molecules bonded to the oxide surface, and a clear relation was observed with the hydroxyl concentration present on the oxide surface, which was determined from XPS measurements. The two compounds showed differences in the free to bonded nu(C = O) infrared peak shift, indicating differences in bonding strength with the oxide surface between the two types of molecules. The bonding of the ester groups with the oxide surfaces was found to be not stable in the presence of water and also not in the presence of a compound capable of chemisorption with the aluminum oxide surface. PMID:15248718

  7. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a copper-containing material after thermal treatment

    Thermal immobilization of copper contaminant in a copper-containing solid material collected from local copper smelting and foundry area is investigated in the present work. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are employed for copper speciation. XAS results indicate that cupric hydroxide is the major copper species in the solid material dried at 105 deg. C. After being subjected to a 500 deg. C thermal process, cupric hydroxide still remains as the main copper species, but some Cu(II) is chemically reduced to Cu(I). More cupric hydroxide is progressively converted to Cu(I) as the sample was heated at 1100 deg. C than that heated at 500 deg. C. The sample heated at 500 deg. C is in its original powder form. However, thermal treatment at 1100 deg. C transforms the powder into a hardened granule-like form that is much bigger in size and difficult to be ground into powders. The sample is sintered with the sparingly soluble cuprous oxide and elemental copper being encapsulated inside. Toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) results depict that amount of copper leached from the sample (containing 133,000 mg copper kg-1) heated at 1100 deg. C for 2 h is considerably minor, being 367 mg copper kg-1

  8. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of the titania- and alumina-supported tungsten oxide system

    Tungsten oxide supported on titania is an important material for the selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides NOx. A structure analysis by means of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS) is reported for materials prepared by spreading of WO3 in physical mixtures with the support oxide as well as by impregnation from aqueous solution. A comparison is also made with alumina-supported materials. Analysis of the XANES region at the W L1 and W L3 edges indicated that tungsten is hexavalent and anchored to the surface as WO5 and WO4 units, the relative proportion of which increases with loading. When water is absorbed, pseudooctahedrally coordinated species are formed in both cases. The analysis of the EXAFS provides additional support for the existence of these structures, which contain oxo groups W double-bond O and W-O-W bridges. A tentative structure model is proposed, in which islands of surface tungstate species are formed by branched chains of WO5 units. The chains are assumed to be terminated by WO4 units, the WO5/WO4 ratio thus increasing with chain length or island size, which obviously increases with loading

  9. Experimental and theoretical study of electronic structure of aluminum in extreme conditions with X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Matter in extreme conditions belongs to Warm Dense Matter regime which lays between dense plasma regime and condensed matter. This regime is still not well known, indeed it is very complex to generate such plasma in the laboratory to get experimental data and validate models. The goal of this thesis is to study electronic structure of aluminum in extreme conditions with X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Experimentally aluminum has reached high densities and high temperatures, up to now unexplored. An X-ray source has also been generated to probe highly compressed aluminum. Two spectrometers have recorded aluminum absorption spectra and aluminum density and temperature conditions have been deduced thanks to optical diagnostics. Experimental spectra have been compared to ab initio spectra, calculated in the same conditions. The theoretical goal was to validate the calculation method in high densities and high temperatures regime with the study of K-edge absorption modifications. We also used absorption spectra to study the metal-non metal transition which takes place at low density (density ≤ solid density). This transition could be study with electronic structure modifications of the system. (author)

  10. Adsorption of cytochrome c to silica surfaces studied using evanescent wave broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

    Moore, L. J.; van der Sneppen, L.; Peverall, R.; Hancock, G.; Ritchie, G. A. D.

    2010-08-01

    The adsorption of cytochrome c (cyt c) to a silica surface has been studied by use of evanescent wave broadband cavityenhanced absorption spectroscopy (EW-BBCEAS). Visible radiation from a supercontinuum source is coupled into an optical cavity consisting of a pair of broadband high reflectivity mirrors, and a total internal reflection (TIR) event at the prism/water interface. Aqueous solutions of cyt c are placed onto the TIR footprint on the prism surface and the subsequent protein adsorption is probed by the resulting evanescent wave. The time integrated cavity output is directed into a spectrometer, where it is dispersed and analysed. The high spectral brilliance of the SC affords a baseline noise comparable to evanescent wave cavity ring-down spectroscopy (EW-CRDS), and the broadband nature of the source allows observation of a wide spectral range (ca 250 nm in the visible). The system is calibrated by measuring the absorption spectra of dyes of a known absorbance. Absorption spectra of cyt c are obtained for both S and P polarized radiation, allowing information about the orientation of the adsorbed protein to be extracted.

  11. Optical and structural properties of plasma-treated Cordyceps bassiana spores as studied by circular dichroism, absorption, and fluorescence spectroscopy

    Lee, Geon Joon; Sim, Geon Bo; Choi, Eun Ha; Kwon, Young-Wan; Kim, Jun Young; Jang, Siun; Kim, Seong Hwan

    2015-01-01

    To understand the killing mechanism of fungal spores by plasma treatment, the optical, structural, and biological properties of the insect pathogenic fungus Cordyceps bassiana spores were studied. A nonthermal atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) was used to treat the spores in aqueous solution. Optical emission spectra of the APPJ acquired in air indicated emission peaks corresponding to hydroxyl radicals and atomic oxygen. When the APPJ entered the aqueous solution, additional reactive species were derived from the interaction of plasma radicals with the aqueous solution. Fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy confirmed the generation of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide in the plasma-activated water (PAW). Spore counting showed that plasma treatment significantly reduced spore viability. Absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, and agarose gel electrophoresis of the DNA extracted from plasma-treated spores showed a reduction in spore DNA content. The magnitude of the dip in the CD spectrum was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, indicating that plasma treatment causes structural modifications and/or damage to cellular components. Tryptophan fluorescence intensity was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, suggesting that plasma treatment modified cell wall proteins. Changes in spore viability and DNA content were attributed to structural modification of the cell wall by reactive species coming from the APPJ and the PAW. Our results provided evidence that the plasma radicals and the derived reactive species play critical roles in fungal spore inactivation.

  12. Optical and structural properties of plasma-treated Cordyceps bassiana spores as studied by circular dichroism, absorption, and fluorescence spectroscopy

    Lee, Geon Joon, E-mail: gjlee@kw.ac.kr; Sim, Geon Bo; Choi, Eun Ha [Plasma Bioscience Research Center/Department of Electrical and Biological Physics, Kwangwoon University, Seoul 139-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Young-Wan [KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology, Korea University, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jun Young; Jang, Siun; Kim, Seong Hwan, E-mail: piceae@naver.com [Department of Microbiology and Institute of Basic Sciences, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-14

    To understand the killing mechanism of fungal spores by plasma treatment, the optical, structural, and biological properties of the insect pathogenic fungus Cordyceps bassiana spores were studied. A nonthermal atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) was used to treat the spores in aqueous solution. Optical emission spectra of the APPJ acquired in air indicated emission peaks corresponding to hydroxyl radicals and atomic oxygen. When the APPJ entered the aqueous solution, additional reactive species were derived from the interaction of plasma radicals with the aqueous solution. Fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy confirmed the generation of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide in the plasma-activated water (PAW). Spore counting showed that plasma treatment significantly reduced spore viability. Absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, and agarose gel electrophoresis of the DNA extracted from plasma-treated spores showed a reduction in spore DNA content. The magnitude of the dip in the CD spectrum was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, indicating that plasma treatment causes structural modifications and/or damage to cellular components. Tryptophan fluorescence intensity was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, suggesting that plasma treatment modified cell wall proteins. Changes in spore viability and DNA content were attributed to structural modification of the cell wall by reactive species coming from the APPJ and the PAW. Our results provided evidence that the plasma radicals and the derived reactive species play critical roles in fungal spore inactivation.

  13. Structural study on Si O2 porous gels doped with copper ny using x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Si O2 porous matrix were prepared by sol-gel method and doped with copper adding Cu Cl and Cu SO4. The samples were prepared in monolithic shape, were dried at 1100 deg C. The structural evolution of these gels was studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (EXAFs and Xanes). The obtained spectra show the formation of Cu O phase in the samples prepared from Cu Cl and treated at 900 and 1100 deg C. In the samples prepared from Cu SO4 occur the formation of Cu O at 900 deg C and Cu2 O at 1100 deg C. (author)

  14. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy study of bias-enhanced nucleation of diamond films

    Garcia, M.M.; Jimenez, I.; Vazquez, L.; Gomez-Aleixandre, C.; Albella, J.M.; Sanchez, O. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, C.S.I.C., Cantoblanco28049, Madrid (Spain); Terminello, L.J. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California94551 (United States); Himpsel, F.J. [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin--Madison, Madison, Wisconsin53706 (United States)

    1998-04-01

    The bias-enhanced nucleation of diamond on Si(100) has been studied by x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) and atomic force microscopy, two techniques well suited to characterize nanometric crystallites. Diamond nuclei of {approximately}15nm are formed after 5 min of bias-enhanced treatment. The number of nuclei and its size increases with the time of application of the bias voltage. A nanocrystalline diamond film is attained after 20 min of bias-enhanced nucleation. At the initial nucleation stages, the Si substrate appears covered with diamond crystallites and graphite, without SiC being detected by XANES. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Symmetry Breaking in Platinum Acetylide Chromophores Studied by Femtosecond Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy.

    Rebane, Aleksander; Drobizhev, Mikhail; Makarov, Nikolay S; Wicks, Geoffrey; Wnuk, Pawel; Stepanenko, Yuriy; Haley, Joy E; Krein, Douglas M; Fore, Jennifer L; Burke, Aaron R; Slagle, Jonathan E; McLean, Daniel G; Cooper, Thomas M

    2014-05-15

    We study instantaneous two-photon absorption (2PA) in a series of nominally quasi-centrosymmetric trans-bis(tributylphosphine)-bis-(4-((9,9-diethyl-7-ethynyl-9H-fluoren-2-yl) ethynyl)-R)-platinum complexes, where 11 different substituents, R = N(phenyl)2(NPh2), NH2, OCH3, t-butyl, CH3, H, F, CF3, CN, benzothiazole, and NO2, represent a range of electron-donating (ED) and electron-withdrawing (EW) strengths, while the Pt core acts as a weak ED group. We measure the 2PA cross section in the 540-810 nm excitation wavelength range by complementary femtosecond two-photon excited fluorescence (2PEF) and nonlinear transmission (NLT) methods and compare the obtained values to those of the Pt-core chromophore and the corresponding noncentrosymmetric side group (ligand) chromophores. Peak 2PA cross sections of neutral and ED-substituted Pt complexes occur at S0 → Sn transitions to higher energy states, above the lowest-energy S0 → S1 transition, and the corresponding values increase systematically with increasing ED strength, reaching maximum value, σ2 ∼ 300 GM (1 GM = 10(-50) cm(4) s), for R = NPh2. At transition energies overlapping with the lowest-energy S0 → S1 transition in the one-photon absorption (1PA) spectrum, the same neutral and ED-substituted Pt complexes show weak 2PA, σ2 NO2, while in the S0 → Sn transition region the peak 2PEF cross section decreases. We explained this effect by breaking of inversion symmetry due to conformational distortions associated with low energy barrier for ground-state rotation of the ligands. Our findings are corroborated by theoretical calculations that show large increase of the permanent electric dipole moment change in the S0 → S1 transition when ligands with strong EW substituents are twisted by 90° relative to the planar chromophore. Our NLT results in the S0 → S1 transition region are quantitatively similar to those obtained from the 2PEF measurement. However, at higher transition energy corresponding to S0

  16. Gas in scattering media absorption spectroscopy - GASMAS

    Svanberg, Sune

    2008-09-01

    An overview of the new field of Gas in Scattering Media Absorption Spectroscopy (GASMAS) is presented. GASMAS combines narrow-band diode-laser spectroscopy with diffuse media optical propagation. While solids and liquids have broad absorption features, free gas in pores and cavities in the material is characterized by sharp spectral signatures, typically 10,000 times sharper than those of the host material. Many applications in materials science, food packaging, pharmaceutics and medicine have been demonstrated. So far molecular oxygen and water vapour have been studied around 760 and 935 nm, respectively. Liquid water, an important constituent in many natural materials, such as tissue, has a low absorption at such wavelengths, allowing propagation. Polystyrene foam, wood, fruits, food-stuffs, pharmaceutical tablets, and human sinus cavities have been studied. Transport of gas in porous media can readily be studied by first immersing the material in, e.g., pure nitrogen, and then observing the rate at which normal air, containing oxygen, reinvades the material. The conductance of the sinus connective passages can be measured in this way by flushing the nasal cavity with nitrogen. Also other dynamic processes such as drying of materials can be studied. The techniques have also been extended to remote-sensing applications (LIDAR-GASMAS).

  17. Optical absorption, 31P NMR, and photoluminescence spectroscopy study of copper and tin co-doped barium–phosphate glasses

    The optical and structural properties of 50P2O5:50BaO glasses prepared by melting have been investigated for additive concentrations of 10 and 1 mol% of CuO and SnO dopants. Absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies were employed in the optical characterization, whereas structural properties were assessed by 31P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Residual Cu2+ was detectable by absorption spectroscopy for the highest concentration of CuO and SnO. More prominently, the optical data suggests contributions from both twofold-coordinated Sn centers and Cu+ ions to light absorption and emission in the glasses. The luminescence depends strongly on excitation wavelength for the highest concentration of dopants where a blue–white emission is observed under short-wavelength excitation (e.g., 260 nm) largely due to tin, while an orange luminescence is exhibited for longer excitation wavelengths (e.g., 360 nm) essentially due to Cu+ ions. On the other hand, dissimilar luminescent properties were observed in connection to Cu+ ions for the lowest concentration studied, as the copper ions were preferentially excited in a narrower range at shorter wavelengths near tin centers absorption. The structural analyses revealed the glass matrix to be composed essentially of Q2 (two bridging oxygens) and Q1 (one bridging oxygen) phosphate tetrahedra. A slight increase in the Q1/Q2 ratio reflected upon SnO doping alone suggests a major incorporation of tin into the glass network via P–O–Sn bonds, compatible with the 2-coordinated state attributed to the luminescent Sn centers. However, a significant increase in the Q1/Q2 ratio was indicated with the incorporation of copper at the highest concentration, consistent with a key role of the metal ions as network modifiers. Thus, the change in Cu+ optical properties concurs with different distributions of local environments around the ions induced by variation in metal ion concentration. Luminescence decay curve

  18. 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

  19. Infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy study of radiation-heterogeneous processes in the system of aluminum-hexane

    Full text: Infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) was applied to study the regularities of radiation conversion of hexane on the surface of aluminum. The research object was the thin polished aluminum plate by mark of AD-00 with reflection coefficient R=0.8†0.85 in infrared range λ=2.2†15 μ . As adsorbate unsaturated vapors of spectroscopy clear hexane were used. The absorption of hexane (C2H14) was being studied manometric at pressures P=(0.1†1.0)·102 Pa , what corresponded to monolayer value of 1-10. The samples were irradiated with γ-quanta of 60Co with D=1.03 Gy·s-1 doze rate. Infrared reflection spectrum when linear-polarized radiation fall on the sample under angle ψ=10o was measured by spectrophotometer 'Specord 71 JR' in diapason of 4000-650cm-1 at the temperature by mean of special reflecting arrangements. Formation of molecular hydrogen (H2) and other gaseous products of decomposition were controlled by chromotographical and infrared spectroscopical methods. The analysis of hexane infrared absorption spectra after radiation-stimulated adsorption on the surface of aluminum, points out the formation of H-bonded hydrocarbon complex ( ν∼2680cm-1) with much loosening of C-H bond (the molecular form of absorption) and the possibility of proceeding dissociative absorption with formation of metal-alkyls (ν∼2880, 2920, 2970 cm-1). Probability of the last mentioned process, which proceeds in the most defective centers, increases with increasing of γ-radiation doze. It was established that the radiation processes in hetero system Al-ads.C6H14 accelerate the radiolysis of hexane. At all these the radiation decomposition of hexane in hetero system Al-ads.C6H14 is accompanied by formation the surface hydrides (ν∼1700-2000 cm-1), acetylene (ν∼3200-3300 cm-1), ethylene (ν∼980 cm-1), and also gaseous products of molecular hydrogen decomposition (H2) and hydrocarbons C1-C5 (bands with maxima 770, 790, 825, 900 and 950 cm-1 concern

  20. UV/VUV high sensitivity absorption spectroscopy

    High sensitivity absorption spectroscopy is a powerful diagnostic technique for reactive glow discharges plasmas. Absolute column densities of many chemical radicals have been measured in both deposition and etching plasmas. Modern photodiode or charge-coupled device (CCD) detector arrays vastly increase the sensitivity of traditional absorption experiments enabling one to observe fractional absorptions of ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation less than 0.0001. Stable arc lamps provide a continuum source in some experiments, but experiments at very high spectral resolution or at VUV wavelengths require the greater spectral radiance of synchrotron radiation. High sensitivity absorption spectroscopy has been applied to intense glow discharges used for lighting, for diamond film deposition, and for both depositing and etching Si films. Absorption spectroscopy provides absolute column densities, is useful for transitions that do not fluoresce, and approaches the sensitivity of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) in glow discharges under some conditions

  1. Ultra-fast X-ray absorption spectroscopy for the study of matter in transient regime; Spectroscopie d'absorption ultra-rapide de rayonnement X pour l'etude de la matiere en regime transitoire

    Lecherbourg, L

    2007-12-15

    In this work, we study the physics of dense matter, plasmas or solids, using X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Through the use of sources produced by laser-matter interaction, we have measured the absorption spectra of aluminum and bromine plasmas, as well as those of vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}). The measurement of absorption coefficients allows us to probe the dense matter and to study its properties. The experiments are carried out following the same principle: they use the same experimental set-up, called pump-probe. When the matter is dense, the absorption properties of an atom are modified by the surrounding environment. In a plasma, it is mainly the bound- bound transitions which are altered: the shapes of those spectral rays are modified. In a solid, the position of the neighbouring atoms in relation to the absorbing atom modify the structure of absorption levels (bound-free transition). The study of this structure allows us to measure the parameters of the material, and provides information such as the state of the electronic band or the interatomic gaps. The experiments carried out at the LULI have allowed us to probe plasmas in the relatively unknown regime of the Warm Dense Matter. One of the key parameters is that the plasma is characterised independently (FDI diagnostic). It allows for a better comparison of the measured absorption against a calculation made with the numerical model OPA-S. The experiments carried out at INRS have led to the realisation of an experimental system having the characteristics which allow the study of the dynamics of solids showing ultra-fast phase transition. For those experiments, we have used vanadium dioxide as a model system allowing us to test the feasibility of the method. (author)

  2. Pump-flow-probe x-ray absorption spectroscopy as a tool for studying aintermediate states of photocatalytic systems

    Smolentsev, Grigory; Guda, Alexander; Zhang, Xiaoyi;

    2013-01-01

    A new setup for pump-flow-probe X-ray absorption spectroscopy has been implemented at the SuperXAS beamline of the Swiss Light Source. It allows recording X-ray absorption spectra with a time resolution of tens of microseconds and high detection efficiency for samples with sub-millimolar concentr......A new setup for pump-flow-probe X-ray absorption spectroscopy has been implemented at the SuperXAS beamline of the Swiss Light Source. It allows recording X-ray absorption spectra with a time resolution of tens of microseconds and high detection efficiency for samples with sub...... measurement technique that utilizes a 1 kHz repetition rate laser and multiple X-ray probe pulses. Such an experiment was performed at beamline 11ID-D of the Advanced Photon Source. Advantages, limitations, and potential for improvement of the pump-flow-probe setup are discussed by analyzing the photon...

  3. Spectroscopy of α,ω-dithienyl polyenes: evidence for two-photon absorption states from fluorescence studies

    Natarajan, Lalgudi V.; Kirkpatrick, Sean M.; Sutherland, Richard L.; Sowards, Laura A.; Spangler, Charles W.; Fleitz, Paul A.; Cooper, Thomas M.

    1998-10-01

    The photophysics of a series (alpha) ,(omega) -dithienyl polyenes was studied. Both one photon excited fluorescence and fluorescence originating from two photon absorption states were investigated. There is strong evidence of two photon absorption from fluorescence studies in agreement with our earlier studies involving nonlinear absorption.

  4. Study on the Interaction between CdSe Quantum Dots and Bovine Serum Albumin with Ultraviolet Visible Absorption Spectroscopy

    He You HAN; De Hong HU; Jian Gong LIANG; Zong Hai SHENG

    2006-01-01

    The interaction of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) has been investigated with ultraviolet visible absorption spectroscopy (UVAS). It was found that the absorption intensity of CdSe QDs significantly decreased after adding BSA solution, showing that CdSe QDs were bonded to BSA. The binding molar ratio was 1:1 and the binding constant was 9.7 × 106 L mol-1.

  5. Spectral Studies of Ocean Water with Space-borne Sensor SCIAMACHY using Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS).

    M. Vountas; Dinter, T.; Bracher, A.; Burrows, J.P.; Sierk, B.

    2007-01-01

    Methods enabling the retrieval of oceanic parameter from the space borne instrumentation Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric ChartographY (SCIAMACHY) using Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) are presented. SCIAMACHY onboard ENVISAT measures back scattered solar radiation at a spectral resolution (0.2 to 1.5 nm). The DOAS method was used for the first time to fit modelled Vibrational Raman Scattering (VRS) in...

  6. Application of Polarization Modulated Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy for electrocatalytic activity studies of laccase adsorbed on modified gold electrodes

    Orientation of the enzyme macromolecule on the electrode surface is crucially important for the efficiency of the electron transport between the active site and electrode surface. The orientation can be controlled by affecting the surface charge and the pH of the buffer solution. In this contribution we study laccase physically adsorbed on gold surface modified by mercapto-ethanol, lipid and variously charged diazonium salts. Polarization Modulated Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (PMIRRAS) enables the molecular orientation study of the protein molecule by comparison of the amide I to amide II band intensity ratios assuming that the protein secondary structure does not change. We observe significant differences in the intensity ratios depending on the kind of support and the enzyme deposition. The comparison of infrared spectra and cyclic voltammetry responses of variously prepared laccase layers reveals that the parallel orientation of beta-sheet moieties results in high enzyme activity

  7. Excited-State Dynamics of Carotenoids Studied by Femtosecond Transient Absorption Spectroscopy

    Lee, Ingu; Pang, Yoonsoo [Department of Physics and Photon Science, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sebok [Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    Carotenoids, natural antenna pigments in photosynthesis share a symmetric backbone of conjugated polyenes. Contrary to the symmetric and almost planar geometries of carotenoids, excited state structure and dynamics of carotenoids are exceedingly complex. In this paper, recent infrared and visible transient absorption measurements and excitation dependent dynamics of 8'-apo-β-caroten-8'-al and 7',7'-dicyano-7'-apo-β-carotene will be reviewed. The recent visible transient absorption measurements of 8'-apo-β-caroten-8'-al in polar and nonpolar solvents will also be introduced to emphasize the complex excited-state dynamics and unsolved problems in the S{sub 2} and S{sub 1} excited states.

  8. Incorporation of Trace Elements in Ancient and Modern Human Bone: An X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study

    Pingitore, N. E.; Cruz-Jimenez, G.; Price, T. D.

    2001-12-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) affords the opportunity to probe the atomic environment of trace elements in human bone. We are using XAS to investigate the mode(s) of incorporation of Sr, Zn, Pb, and Ba in both modern and ancient (and thus possibly altered) human and animal bone. Because burial and diagenesis may add trace elements to bone, we performed XAS analysis on samples of pristine contemporary and ancient, buried human and animal bone. We assume that deposition of these elements during burial occurs by processes distinct from those in vivo, and this will be reflected in their atomic environments. Archaeologists measure strontium in human and animal bone as a guide to diet. Carnivores show lower Sr/Ca ratios than their herbivore prey due to discrimination against Sr relative to Ca up the food chain. In an initial sample suite no difference was observed between modern and buried bone. Analysis of additional buried samples, using a more sensitive detector, revealed significant differences in the distance to the second and third neighbors of the Sr in some of the buried samples. Distances to the first neighbor, oxygen, were similar in all samples. Zinc is also used in paleo-diet studies. Initial x-ray absorption spectroscopy of a limited suite of bones did not reveal any differences between modern and buried samples. This may reflect the limited number of samples examined or the low levels of Zn in typical aqueous solutions in soils. Signals from barium and lead were too low to record useful XAS spectra. Additional samples will be studied for Zn, Ba, and Pb. We conducted our XAS experiments on beam lines 4-1 and 4-3 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. Data were collected in the fluorescence mode, using a Lytle detector and appropriate filter, and a solid state, 13-element Ge-detector.

  9. 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)

  10. Time-resolved study of a pulsed dc discharge using quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy: NO and gas temperature kinetics

    In a pulsed dc discharge of an Ar-N2 mixture containing 0.91% of NO the kinetics of the destruction of NO has been studied under static and flowing conditions, i.e. in a closed and open discharge tube (p = 266 Pa). For this purpose quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy (QCLAS) in the infrared spectral range has been applied as a new approach for fast in situ plasma diagnostics which is capable of achieving a time resolution below 100 ns. The time decay of the NO concentration was measured in single discharge pulses of 1 ms duration. Additionally, the temporal behaviour of the electric field and the applied power was followed during the pulse. The comparison of the time evolution of the NO concentration under static and flowing conditions and simplified model calculations enabled an analysis of the dynamics of the plasma heating to be made. The temperature increase during the pulse is below 40 K, but has a strong influence on the line strength of the NO absorption line. The apparent decrease in the NO concentration in a single pulse of about 20% is due to the heating of the gas which in turn makes the line strength vary while the concentration remains constant for several successive pulses. Therefore the QCLAS measurements combined with model calculations are a powerful non-invasive temperature probe with a remarkable time resolution approaching the sub-microsecond time scale

  11. X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy studies of thiol-capped copper nanoparticles

    Monodisperse Copper nanoparticles with controllable sizes of 0.6 and 1.8nm were synthesized via modifying Brust-Schiffrin two-phase method. This route involves a slow reduction of [TOA]2[CuBr4] precursor in toluene, with particles sizes rationally controlled by the S/Cu ratio. Size-dependent inter-atomic distance contraction in the thiol-capped copper nanoparticles was investigated by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS). The analysis revealed a shortened Cu-Cu inter-atomic distance, indicating strong surface interaction, in accord with the larger effect expected for ultrasmall particals (<2nm).

  12. X-ray absorption spectroscopy: EXAFS and XANES - A versatile tool to study the atomic and electronic structure of materials

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) had been an essential tool to gather spectroscopic information about atomic energy level structure in the early decades of this century. The correct interpretation of the oscillatory structure in the x-ray absorption cross-section above the absorption edge has transformed XAS from a spectroscopic tool to a structural technique. EXAFS (Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure) yields information about the interatomic distances, near neighbor coordination numbers, and lattice dynamics. XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure), on the other hand, gives information about the valence state, energy bandwidth and bond angles. Today, there are about 50 experimental stations in various synchrotrons around the world dedicated to collecting x-ray absorption data from the bulk and surfaces of solids and liquids. In this chapter, they will give the basic principles of XAS, explain the information content of essentially two different aspects of the absorption process leading to EXAFS and XANES, and discuss the source and sample limitations

  13. 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

  14. A study of the effect of some nutritious solutions acidity on the traditional aluminium utensils using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)

    This paper studies the effect of the acidity of some nutritious solutions, like tomato juice and lemon juice, on the un-processed untreated, traditional cooking utensils, which are made of aluminum and others made of Tefal for comparing them. The comparison has been done by heating the utensils into different periods: 30, 45 and 60 minutes. The two minerals of aluminum and lead have been identified in the studied samples using the atomic absorption spectroscopy. Usage lead mineral in forming these utensils by any way during their manufacturing is the cause of taking this mineral into consideration in the study. The results of this study show that aluminum has recorded the higher concentration after a heating period of 30 minutes, where its amount in the samples of tomato juice is (24.48 μg/ml) and in the lemon juice is (34.43 μg ml). The lead has also recorded a steady concentration (0.01 μg/ml) in all studied samples, where it has been in the allowed limits (0.1 μg/ml). The concentration of aluminum mineral has exceeded those limits (2 - 5 μg/l), where it forms a great danger on the health of the human beings, who will have those foods. For this reason, we must make a reconsideration of using the traditional cooking utensils and replace them with what it is new and healthy. (author)

  15. Study of Charge, Spin and Orbital States in Novel Transition-Metal Oxides Using X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Burnus, Tobias

    2008-01-01

    Transition-metal compounds show a wealth of intriguing properties such as superconductivity, piezoelectricity, giant magnetoresistance, spin and metal-insulator transitions, which are governed by the interplay of charge, spin, and orbital degrees of freedom. The knowledge of their electronic structure is crucial for understanding and predicting the fascinating properties of these often strongly correlated materials. In this thesis x-ray absorption spectroscopy including x-ray magnetic circula...

  16. Structural study of thin films prepared from tungstate glass matrix by Raman and X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Thin films were prepared using glass precursors obtained in the ternary system NaPO3-BaF2-WO3 and the binary system NaPO3-WO3 with high concentrations of WO3 (above 40% molar). Vitreous samples have been used as a target to prepare thin films. Such films were deposited using the electron beam evaporation method onto soda-lime glass substrates. Several structural characterizations were performed by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) at the tungsten LI and LIII absorption edges. XANES investigations showed that tungsten atoms are only sixfold coordinated (octahedral WO6) and that these films are free of tungstate tetrahedral units (WO4). In addition, Raman spectroscopy allowed identifying a break in the linear phosphate chains as the amount of WO3 increases and the formation of P-O-W bonds in the films network indicating the intermediary behavior of WO6 octahedra in the film network. Based on XANES data, we suggested a new attribution of several Raman absorption bands which allowed identifying the presence of W-O- and W=O terminal bonds and a progressive apparition of W-O-W bridging bonds for the most WO3 concentrated samples (above 40% molar) attributed to the formation of WO6 clusters

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Local structure of Fe in Fe-doped misfit-layered calcium cobaltite: An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study

    Polycrystalline Ca3Co4−xFexO9+δ ceramics (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were fabricated using a simple thermal hydro-decomposition method and a spark plasma sintering technique. Thermoelectric property measurements showed that increasing Fe concentration resulted in a decrease in electrical resistivity, thermopower and thermal conductivity, leading to an improvement in the dimensionless figure-of-merit, >35% for x=0.05 at 1073 K. An X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique was used to investigate the local structure of Fe ions in the Ca3Co4−xFexO9+δ structure for the first time. By fitting data from the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra and analyzing the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra incorporated with first principle simulation, it was shown that Fe was substituted for Co in the the Ca2CoO3 (rocksalt, RS) layer rather than in the CoO2 layer. Variation in the thermoelectric properties as a function of Fe concentration was attributed to charge transfer between the CoO2 and the RS layers. The origin of the preferential Fe substitution site was investigated considering the ionic radii of Co and Fe and the total energy of the system. - Graphical abstract: The Fe K-edge XANES spectra of: (a) experimental result in comparison to the simulated spectra when Fe atoms were substituted in the RS layer; (b) with magnetic moment; (c) without magnetic moment, and in the CoO2 layer; (d) with magnetic moment and (e) without magnetic moment. Highlights: • Synthesis, structural studies, and thermoelectric properties of Ca3Co4−xFexO9+δ. • Direct evidence for the local structure of the Fe ions in the Ca3Co4−xFexO9+δ using XAS analysis. • EXAFS and XANES analysis showed that Fe was likely to be situated in the RS layer structure. • Changes in TE property with Fe content was due to charge transfer between the CoO2 and the RS layers. • Total energy calculation showed energetically favorable Fe substitution in the RS layer

  1. Reaction-driven restructuring of Pt and Pd catalysts: In operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy study

    Elsen, Annika; Jung, Ulrich; Li, Yuanyuan; Frenkel, Anatoly; Nuzzo, Ralph

    2014-03-01

    The catalyzed hydrogenation of ethylene on supported metal catalysts has been intensively investigated, mainly because this reaction lies at the heart of many industrial processes. Most previous studies have been performed using surface science techniques in UHV. Therefor little is known about the nature of the active state of the catalyst at ambient pressure where the kinetics is very different. We employed operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to correlate the structural changes of SiO2-supported Pt and Pd catalysts with their activity for ethylene hydrogenation. The XAS experiments were performed at the beamlines X19A and X18B, NSLS, BNL. For both catalysts, strong and largely reversible transformations of the metal bonding were identified at about the maximum ethane conversion. The changes were different for Pt/SiO2 and Pd/SiO2 due to the ability of the latter to form bulk hydride, while the former can only adsorb hydrogen on the surface. As a result, Pt/SiO2 undergoes disordering of the surface, leading to a strong reduction of the Pt-Pt coordination number under H2-deficient conditions, while the main effect for Pd/SiO2 is the hydrogen uptake with concomitant increase in Pd-Pd bond length. The correlation between these different kinds of order transitions and differences in rates for these catalysts will be discussed.

  2. NO kinetics in pulsed low-pressure plasmas studied by time-resolved quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy

    Time-resolved quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy at 1897 cm-1 (5.27 μm) has been applied to study the NO(X) kinetics on the micro- and millisecond time scale in pulsed low-pressure N2/NO dc discharges. Experiments have been performed under flowing and static gas conditions to infer the gas temperature increase and the consequences for the NO line strength. A relatively small increase of ∼20 K is observed during the early plasma phase of a few milliseconds. After some 10 ms gas temperatures up to 500 K can be deduced. The experimental data for the NO mixing ratio were compared with the results from a recently developed time-dependent model for pulsed N2-O2 plasmas which are well in accord. The early plasma pulse is determined by vibrational heating of N2 while the excitation of NO(X) by N2 metastables is almost completely balanced. Efficient NO depletion occurs after several milliseconds by N atom impact.

  3. NO kinetics in pulsed low-pressure plasmas studied by time-resolved quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy

    Welzel, S; Roepcke, J [INP-Greifswald, Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Guaitella, O; Lazzaroni, C; Rousseau, A [LPP, Ecole Polytechnique, UPMC, Universite Paris Sud-11, CNRS, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Pintassilgo, C D, E-mail: welzel.s@freenet.de [Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear-Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2011-02-15

    Time-resolved quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy at 1897 cm{sup -1} (5.27 {mu}m) has been applied to study the NO(X) kinetics on the micro- and millisecond time scale in pulsed low-pressure N{sub 2}/NO dc discharges. Experiments have been performed under flowing and static gas conditions to infer the gas temperature increase and the consequences for the NO line strength. A relatively small increase of {approx}20 K is observed during the early plasma phase of a few milliseconds. After some 10 ms gas temperatures up to 500 K can be deduced. The experimental data for the NO mixing ratio were compared with the results from a recently developed time-dependent model for pulsed N{sub 2}-O{sub 2} plasmas which are well in accord. The early plasma pulse is determined by vibrational heating of N{sub 2} while the excitation of NO(X) by N{sub 2} metastables is almost completely balanced. Efficient NO depletion occurs after several milliseconds by N atom impact.

  4. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of the chemical ordering in UCu5-xMx (M = Ni, Ag) compounds

    This work reports the x-ray absorption spectroscopy study of the chemical ordering in UCu5-xMx (M = Ni, Ag) compounds. The comparison between the experimental Cu K-edge XANES spectra and theoretical computations based on multiple-scattering theory shows that standard single-channel calculations are capable of reproducing the experimental spectra. On this subject, an extensive discussion is presented concerning the role of both the cluster size and the final state potential in obtaining a good reproduction of the experimental XANES spectra of these UCu5-based alloys. The agreement between the theoretical and experimental spectra points to the existence of crystallographic disorder in both UCu4Ag and UCu4Ni systems. Possessing the distinct low temperature electrical, magnetic and thermal properties exhibited by UCu4Ni, our results suggest that Ni doping must induce dramatic changes in the electronic structure, as confirmed by the thermopower measurements. These results point to the imbalance between the RKKY and Kondo interactions as the source of the NFL behaviour observed in UCu4Ni, thus supporting an interpretation of the NFL behaviour in terms of the Griffiths phase model

  5. [Studies on the remote measurement of the distribution of city gaseous pollutant by mobile passive differential optical absorption spectroscopy].

    Wu, Feng-cheng; Li, Ang; Xie, Pin-hua; Xu, Jin; Shi, Peng; Qin, Min; Wang, Man-hua; Wang, Jie; Zhang, Yong

    2011-03-01

    An optical remote sensing method based on passive differential optical absorption spectroscopy for the measurement of the distribution of city gaseous pollutant was studied. The passive DOAS system, which was installed in a car, successively measures the interested area (such as city, industrial area) and the column density was obtained by DOAS fitting process using the zenith scattered sunlight. The mobile DOAS was applied to measurement in Shenzhen City during the continuous six days and got the distribution of SO2, NO2 in this paper. It showed that the pollution in the west is higher than in the east. The average concentration in the west is 2.0 times higher than the eastern for SO2 and 3.6 times for NO2. And comparison of the values between mobile DOAS and the point instrument was carried out in Baguang site. There was an agreement between the two instruments, the correlation coefficient was 0.86 for SO2, while 0.57 for NO2. The results indicate that this optical remote sensing method based on passive DOAS is an effective means of rapidly determining the distribution of city gaseous pollutant. PMID:21595196

  6. Oxidation of CO over RuO2(110): a reflection-absorption IR spectroscopy study

    Kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) simulations of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions present a powerful potential for unraveling the reaction mechanism at molecular level. The spatial distribution of the reactants at the catalyst surface can be computed even for pressures which fall outside the scope of standard ultra-high vacuum (UHV) experimental methods. Reflection-Absorption IR Spectroscopy (RAIRS) has been used to study the oxidation of CO over the model catalyst RuO2(110), under experimental conditions entailing a variation by four orders of magnitude in the reactant pressure (from 10-7 to 10-3 mbar). A careful analysis of high pressure RAIRS spectra has led to a rather complete picture of the steady state at the catalyst surface under reaction conditions at 350 K. While an elementary kMC approach has been found satisfactory in accounting for the experimental results, more elaborated first principles (ab initio) kMC treatments have failed to do so. The sources of discrepancy between experiment and first principles theory will be critically discussed.

  7. In situ Studies of Soft- and Reactive Landing of Mass-Selected Ions Using Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy

    Hu, Qichi; Wang, Peng; Gassman, Paul L.; Laskin, Julia

    2009-09-01

    Grazing incidence infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) for in situ and in real time characterization of substrates modified by soft- and reactive landing (SL and RL) of complex ions was implemented on a mass-selected ion deposition instrument. Ions produced by electrospray ionization were mass-selected using a quadrupole mass filter and deposited onto inert and reactive self-assembled monolayer (SAM) surfaces. Surface composition during and after ion deposition was monitored using IRRAS. Physisorption of a cyclic peptide, Garmicidin S (GS), was studied for 8 hrs during deposition and additional 12 hrs after the end of deposition. The integrated signal of the characteristic amide bands followed a linear increase during the deposition and stayed unchanged after the deposition was finished. Similar linear increase in IRRAS signal was obtained following reactive deposition of the protonated dodecanediamine onto SAMs of dithiobis (succinimidyl undecanoate) (NHS-SAM) and 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid fluoride (COF-SAM) on gold. IRRAS allowed us to monitor for the first time the formation of the amide bond between reactive SAM surfaces and the projectile molecule.

  8. Surface study of metal-containing ionic liquids by means of photoemission and absorption spectroscopies

    Caporali, Stefano; Pedio, Maddalena; Chiappe, Cinzia; Pomelli, Christian S.; Acres, Robert G.; Bardi, Ugo

    2016-06-01

    The vacuum/liquid interface of different ionic liquids obtained by dissolving bistriflimide salts of Ag, Al, Cu, Ni, and Zn in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bistriflimide ([bmim][Tf2N]) was investigated under vacuum using AR-XPS and NEXAFS. The XPS spectra show chemical shifts of the nitrogen of the bistriflimide anion as a function of the metal type, indicating different strength of the coordination bonds. In silver bearing ILs, silver ions were found to be only weakly coordinated. On the contrary, Ni, Cu, Zn, and especially Al exhibit large chemical shifts attributable to strong interaction with the bistriflimide ions. The outermost surface was enriched with or depleted of metal ions as a function of the nature of the metals. Nickel and zinc tend to slightly concentrate at the surface while copper, silver, and especially aluminum are depleted at the surface. We also observed that the aliphatic alkyl chains of the cations tend to protrude outside the surface in all systems studied. However, the presence of metals generally increases the amount of bistriflimide at the vacuum/liquid interface.

  9. Surface vibrational relaxation of N2 studied by CO2 titration with time-resolved quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy

    A new method for determination of the wall de-excitation probability γN2 of vibrationally excited N2 on different surfaces exposed to low-pressure plasmas has been developed. A short dc discharge pulse of only a few milliseconds was applied to a mixture containing 0.05-1% of CO2 in N2 at a pressure of 133 Pa. Due to a nearly resonant fast vibrational transfer between N2(v) and the asymmetric ν3 mode of CO2 the vibrational excitation of these titrating molecules is an image of the degree of vibrational excitation of N2. In the afterglow, the vibrational relaxation of CO2 was monitored in situ using quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy. The experimental results were interpreted in terms of a numerical model of non-equilibrium vibrational kinetics in CO2-N2 mixtures. Heterogeneous relaxation was the main quenching process of N2(v) under the conditions of this study, which allowed determination of the value of γN2 from the best agreement between the experiment and the model. The new method is suitable for γN2 determination in a single plasma pulse with the discharge tube surface pretreated by a low-pressure plasma. The relaxation probability of the first vibrational level of nitrogen γ1 = (1.1 ± 0.15) × 10-3 found for Pyrex and silica is in reasonable agreement with the literature data. Using the new technique the N2(v = 1) quenching probability was measured on TiO2 surface, γ1 = (9 ± 1) × 10-3. A linear enhancement of the N2(v) wall deactivation probability with an increase in the admixture of CO2 was observed for all studied materials. In order to explain this effect, a vibrational energy transfer mechanism between N2(v) and adsorbed CO2 is proposed. (paper)

  10. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of pyrolytically coated graphite platforms submitted to simulated electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry conditions

    Ruiz, Frine [Laboratorio de Quimica Analitica, Centro de Quimica, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, IVIC, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela); Benzo, Zully [Laboratorio de Quimica Analitica, Centro de Quimica, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, IVIC, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela); Quintal, Manuelita [Laboratorio de Quimica Analitica, Centro de Quimica, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, IVIC, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela); Garaboto, Angel [Laboratorio de Quimica Analitica, Centro de Quimica, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, IVIC, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela); Albornoz, Alberto [Laboratorio de Fisicoquimica de Superficies, Centro de Quimica, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, IVIC, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela); Brito, Joaquin L. [Laboratorio de Fisicoquimica de Superficies, Centro de Quimica, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, IVIC, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela)]. E-mail: joabrito@ivic.ve

    2006-10-15

    The present work is part of an ongoing project aiming to a better understanding of the mechanisms of atomization on graphite furnace platforms used for electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). It reports the study of unused pyrolytic graphite coated platforms of commercial origin, as well as platforms thermally or thermo-chemically treated under simulated ETAAS analysis conditions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was employed to study the elements present at the surfaces of the platforms. New, unused platforms showed the presence of molybdenum, of unknown origin, in concentrations up to 1 at.%. Species in two different oxidations states (Mo{sup 6+} and Mo{sup 2+}) were detected by analyzing the Mo 3d spectral region with high resolution XPS. The analysis of the C 1s region demonstrated the presence of several signals, one of these at 283.3 eV related to the presence of Mo carbide. The O 1s region showed also various peaks, including a signal that can be attributed to the presence of MoO{sub 3}. Some carbon and oxygen signals were consistent with the presence of C=O and C-O- (probably C-OH) groups on the platforms surfaces. Upon thermal treatment up to 2900 deg. C, the intensity of the Mo signal decreased, but peaks due to Mo oxides (Mo{sup 6+} and Mo{sup 5+}) and carbide (Mo{sup 2+}) were still apparent. Thermo-chemical treatment with 3 vol.% HCl solutions and heating up to 2900 deg. C resulted in further diminution of the Mo signal, with complete disappearance of Mo carbide species. Depth profiling of unused platforms by Ar{sup +} ion etching at increasing time periods demonstrated that, upon removal of several layers of carbonaceous material, the Mo signal disappears suggesting that this contamination is present only at the surface of the pyrolytic graphite platform.

  11. [Studies on the determination of the flux of gaseous pollutant from an area by passive differential optical absorption spectroscopy].

    Li, Ang; Xie, Pin-Hua; Liu, Wen-Qing; Liu, Jian-Guo; Dou, Ke

    2009-01-01

    An optical remote sensing method based on passive differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) for the determination of the flux of SO2 or other gaseous pollutants from an area (such as industrial area, city) which includes many different atmospheric pollution sources was studied in the present paper. Passive DOAS using the zenith scattered sunlight as the light source provides the column density (the integrated concentration of atmospheric absorbers along the light path) and has been successfully applied to the determination of the flux of gaseous pollutants emitted from the volcano or point source. Passive DOAS instrument installed in a car scanned the plume emitted from an area by circling around the area in this paper. Column density of each selected gaseous pollutant was retrieved from zenith scattered sunlight spectra collected by the instrument by spectral analysis method of passive DOAS in their particular absorption spectral range respectively. Combined with the meteorological (wind field) information during the period of measurement, the net flux value of gaseous pollutant from this area during the measurement could be estimated. DOAS method used to obtain the column density of gaseous pollutant in the section plane of the plume emitted from source and the method of net flux calculation of gaseous pollutant from a certain area are described. Also a passive DOAS instrument was developed and installed in a car to scan the gaseous pollutants from the area surrounded by the 5th Ring Road in Beijing city during a field campaign in the summer of 2005. The SO2 net flux 1.13 x 10(4) kg x h(-1) and NO2 net flux 9.3 x 10(3) kg x h(-1) from this area were derived separately after the passive DOAS measured the entire ring road and the wind data were roughly estimated from wind profile radar. The results indicate that this optical remote sensing method based on passive DOAS can be used to rapidly determine the flux of gaseous pollutant (such as SO2, NO2

  12. Absorption spectroscopy with quantum cascade lasers

    Kosterev, A. A.; Curl, R. F.; Tittel, F. K.; Gmachl, C.; Capasso, F.; Sivco, D. L.; Baillargeon, J. N.; Hutchinson, A. L.; Cho, A. Y.

    2001-01-01

    Novel pulsed and cw quantum cascade distributed feedback (QC-DFB) lasers operating near lambda=8 micrometers were used for detection and quantification of trace gases in ambient air by means of sensitive absorption spectroscopy. N2O, 12CH4, 13CH4, and different isotopic species of H2O were detected. Also, a highly selective detection of ethanol vapor in air with a sensitivity of 125 parts per billion by volume (ppb) was demonstrated.

  13. Surface deactivation of vibrationally excited N2 studied using infrared titration combined with quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy

    The wall de-excitation probability γN2 of vibrationally excited nitrogen molecules was determined using infrared (IR) titration with CO, CO2 and N2O. Gas mixtures of N2 with 0.05–0.5% of CO (CO2 or N2O) were excited by a pulsed dc discharge at p = 133 Pa in a cylindrical discharge tube. During the afterglow, the vibrational relaxation of titrating molecules was monitored in situ with quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy. The value of γN2 was deduced from measured vibrational relaxation times using a model of vibrational kinetics in N2. It was found that adsorption of IR tracers on the surface may increase the value of γN2 by a factor up to two, depending on the molecule and the surface material. It was demonstrated that N2O is the most inert and reliable tracer and it was used for the determination of γN2 on silica, Pyrex, TiO2, Al2O3 and anodized aluminum. Pretreatment of the silica surface by low-pressure plasma was found to have a strong effect on the vibrational de-excitation. Values of γN2 measured after O2, Ar and N2 plasma pretreatment of the same silica discharge tube were 5.7 × 10−4, 8.2 × 10−4 and 11 × 10−4, respectively. This study clearly demonstrates that the presence of adsorbed atoms and molecules on the surface may significantly alter the value of γN2. (paper)

  14. 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

  15. Determination of trace amounts of scandium by atomic absorption spectroscopy.

    Chau, Y K

    1968-05-01

    Optimum instrumental conditions were investigated for the determination of trace quantities of scandium by atomic-absorption spectroscopy. Enhancement effects by organic solvents and by complex extractions were also studied. (46)Sc was used to establish the optimum extraction conditions. A sensitivity of 0.06 ppm of Sc was observed when using extraction into oxine-butanol and atomic absorption was measured with an acetylene-nitrous oxide flame. PMID:18960315

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  17. Isotope analysis by infrared laser absorption spectroscopy

    The feasibility of IR laser spectroscopy as a technique for the measurement of small abundances of stable and radioactive isotopes has been examined. Theoretical considerations and first experimental results with two laser systems are presented: 1) Coincidences between emission lines of a CO2-laser and absorption lines of 13C-subsituted ethylene can be used to determine the 13C-concentration of C2H4. 2) A tunable PbS-diode laser emitting in the 4.3 μm-spectral region of the rotation-vibration bands of CO2 can be used to determine abundances of 12C, 13C, 16O, 17O and 18O in small samples of CO2. With optimized performance, sensitivities up to 10-9-10-10 seem possible, and for higher abundances an accuracy of 10-3. This should allow geophysical isotope studies to be performed and it is hoped that the technique will eventually be applicable to measuring the activity of long-lived radioisotopes. (orig.)

  18. Emission and absorption spectroscopy study of Ar excited states in 13.56 MHz argon plasma operating at sub-atmospheric to atmospheric pressure

    Li, L. [Department of Applied Physics, Research Unit Plasma Technology, Ghent University, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, Ghent B-9000 (Belgium); Nikiforov, A., E-mail: anton.nikiforov@ugent.be [Department of Applied Physics, Research Unit Plasma Technology, Ghent University, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, Ghent B-9000 (Belgium); Institute of Solution Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Science, Academicheskaya St., 1, Ivanovo, 153045 (Russian Federation); Britun, N. [Chimie des Interactions Plasma-Surface (ChIPS), CIRMAP, Universite de Mons, 23 Place du Parc, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Snyders, R. [Chimie des Interactions Plasma-Surface (ChIPS), CIRMAP, Universite de Mons, 23 Place du Parc, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Materia Nova Research Centre, Parc Initialis, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Leys, C. [Department of Applied Physics, Research Unit Plasma Technology, Ghent University, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, Ghent B-9000 (Belgium)

    2015-05-01

    The densities of metastable and resonant states of Ar atoms are measured in high pressure Ar radio frequency discharge. Resonant absorption spectroscopy for the case of a low pressure spectral lamp and high-pressure plasma absorption lines is implemented for this purpose. The necessary generalizations for the high-pressure resonant absorption method are given. Absolute density of Ar 1s levels obtained at different RF input power and operating pressures are of the order of 10{sup 11} cm{sup −3}, which is in a good agreement with those reported in the literature. The population distribution on the Ar 2p (excited) levels, obtained from the optical emission spectroscopy, reveals strong deviation from thermal equilibrium for these levels in the high-pressure case. The generation of the Ar excited states in the studied discharges is compared to the previously reported results. - Highlights: • Strong non-equilibrium distribution of Ar 2p levels is observed. • The absolute number density of non-radiative Ar 1s states is determined by the easier and low cost spectral-lamp absorption method. • The modified absorption theory of Mitchell and Zemanski was used to obtain the absolute number density of Ar 1s states at high pressure. • The developed RF source with 5 cm long gap can be a possible alternative to micro-plasma working in Ar at atmospheric pressure.

  19. Emission and absorption spectroscopy study of Ar excited states in 13.56 MHz argon plasma operating at sub-atmospheric to atmospheric pressure

    The densities of metastable and resonant states of Ar atoms are measured in high pressure Ar radio frequency discharge. Resonant absorption spectroscopy for the case of a low pressure spectral lamp and high-pressure plasma absorption lines is implemented for this purpose. The necessary generalizations for the high-pressure resonant absorption method are given. Absolute density of Ar 1s levels obtained at different RF input power and operating pressures are of the order of 1011 cm−3, which is in a good agreement with those reported in the literature. The population distribution on the Ar 2p (excited) levels, obtained from the optical emission spectroscopy, reveals strong deviation from thermal equilibrium for these levels in the high-pressure case. The generation of the Ar excited states in the studied discharges is compared to the previously reported results. - Highlights: • Strong non-equilibrium distribution of Ar 2p levels is observed. • The absolute number density of non-radiative Ar 1s states is determined by the easier and low cost spectral-lamp absorption method. • The modified absorption theory of Mitchell and Zemanski was used to obtain the absolute number density of Ar 1s states at high pressure. • The developed RF source with 5 cm long gap can be a possible alternative to micro-plasma working in Ar at atmospheric pressure

  20. Studies on mercury contamination in the Brazilian Amazonic region using neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy

    technique, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and it was concluded that most of the mercury was present in the hair as the dangerous methylmercury. It is known already that the most probable source of methylmercury for humans is fish ,due to the fact that they can concentrate methylmercury many times. Since the Indians consume fish on a daily basis, this could be the reason for the presence of very high amounts of mercury in their hair and also in their blood, as shown by other studies. (author)

  1. Organization of T-shaped facial amphiphiles at the air/water interface studied by infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy.

    Schwieger, Christian; Chen, Bin; Tschierske, Carsten; Kressler, Jörg; Blume, Alfred

    2012-10-11

    We studied the behavior of monolayers at the air/water interface of T-shaped facial amphiphiles which show liquid-crystalline mesophases in the bulk. The compounds are composed of a rigid p-terphenyl core (TP) with two terminal hydrophobic ether linked alkyl chains of equal length and one facial hydrophilic tri(ethylene oxide) chain with a carboxylic acid end group. Due to their amphiphilic nature they form stable Langmuir films at the air/water interface. Depending on the alkyl chain length they show markedly different compression isotherms. We used infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) to study the changes in molecular organization of the TP films upon compression. We could retrieve information on layer thickness, alkyl chain crystallization, and the orientation of the TP cores within the films. Films of TPs with long (16 carbon atoms: TP 16/3) and short (10 carbon atoms: TP 10/3) alkyl chains were compared. Compression of TP 16/3 leads to crystallization of the terminal alkyl chains, whereas the alkyl chains of TP 10/3 stay fluid over the complete compression range. TP 10/3 shows an extended plateau in the compression isotherm which is due to a layering transition. The mechanism of this layering transition is discussed. Special attention was paid to the question of whether a so-called roll-over collapse occurs during compression. From the beginning to the end of the plateau, the layer thickness is increased from 15 to 38 Å and the orientation of the TP cores changes from parallel to the water surface to isotropic. We conclude that the plateau in the compression isotherm reflects the transition of a TP monolayer to a TP multilayer. The monolayer consists of a sublayer of well-organized TP cores underneath a sublayer of fluid alkyl chains whereas the multilayer consists of a well oriented bottom layer and a disordered top layer. Our findings do not support the model of a roll-over collapse. This study demonstrates how the IRRA band intensity of OH

  2. Complexation of Lactate with Nd(III) and Eu(III) at Variable Temperatures: Studies by Potentiometry, Microcalorimetry, Optical Absorption and Luminescence Spectroscopy

    Complexation of neodymium(III) and europium(III) with lactate was studied at variable temperatures by potentiometry, absorption spectrophotometry, luminescence spectroscopy and microcalorimetry. Stability constants of three successive lactate complexes (ML2+, ML2+ and ML3(aq), where M stands for Nd and Eu, and L stands for lactate) at 10, 25, 40, 55 and 70 C were determined. The enthalpies of complexation at 25 C were determined by microcalorimetry. Thermodynamic data show that the complexation of trivalent lanthanides (Nd3+ and Eu3+) with lactate is exothermic, and the complexation becomes weaker at higher temperatures. Results from optical absorption and luminescence spectroscopy suggest that the complexes are inner-sphere chelate complexes in which the protonated α-hydroxyl group of lactate participates in the complexation.

  3. Complexation of Lactate with Nd(III) and Eu(III) at Variable Temperatures: Studies by Potentiometry, Microcalorimetry, Optical Absorption and Luminescence Spectroscopy

    Tian, Guoxin; Martin, Leigh R.; Rao, Linfeng

    2010-10-01

    Complexation of neodymium(III) and europium(III) with lactate was studied at variable temperatures by potentiometry, absorption spectrophotometry, luminescence spectroscopy and microcalorimetry. Stability constants of three successive lactate complexes (ML{sup 2+}, ML{sup 2+} and ML{sub 3}(aq), where M stands for Nd and Eu, and L stands for lactate) at 10, 25, 40, 55 and 70 C were determined. The enthalpies of complexation at 25 C were determined by microcalorimetry. Thermodynamic data show that the complexation of trivalent lanthanides (Nd{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+}) with lactate is exothermic, and the complexation becomes weaker at higher temperatures. Results from optical absorption and luminescence spectroscopy suggest that the complexes are inner-sphere chelate complexes in which the protonated {alpha}-hydroxyl group of lactate participates in the complexation.

  4. 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

  5. Laser photothermal spectroscopy of light-induced absorption

    Skvortsov, L A [Institute of Cryptography, Communications and Informatics, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2013-01-31

    Basic methods of laser photothermal spectroscopy, which are used to study photoinduced absorption in various media, are briefly considered. Comparative analysis of these methods is performed and the latest results obtained in this field are discussed. Different schemes and examples of their practical implementation are considered. (review)

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  7. Cavity-Enhanced Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy

    Reber, Melanie A R; Allison, Thomas K

    2015-01-01

    We present a new technique using a frequency comb laser and optical cavities for performing ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy with improved sensitivity. Resonantly enhancing the probe pulses, we demonstrate a sensitivity of $\\Delta$OD $ = 1 \\times 10^{-9}/\\sqrt{\\mbox{Hz}}$ for averaging times as long as 30 s per delay point ($\\Delta$OD$_{min} = 2 \\times 10^{-10}$). Resonantly enhancing the pump pulses allows us to produce a high excitation fraction at high repetition-rate, so that signals can be recorded from samples with optical densities as low as OD $\\approx 10^{-8}$, or column densities $< 10^{10}$ molecules/cm$^2$. This high sensitivity enables new directions for ultrafast spectroscopy.

  8. In situ x-ray absorption spectroscopy study of tin anode nanomaterials for lithium-ion batteries

    Pelliccione, Christopher J.

    Tin is an attractive alternative to replace traditional carbon based anodes in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to the nearly three-fold increase in theoretical capacity over carbon. However, metallic tin suffers from volumetric expansion of the crystal structure during initial lithium insertion that quickly degrades the material and reduces the performance of the battery. Various techniques have been previously investigated with the goal of suppressing this destructive expansion by incorporating oxygen or a lithium-inactive metal into the tin to provide structural support and mitigate volumetric expansion. These materials show increased capacity retention compared to metallic tin, but still suffer from capacity fading. The nature of these structural degradations must be fully understood to permit engineering of materials that avoid these destructive tendencies and can be considered as viable options for LIBs. In situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were acquired on Sn, SnO2, Sn3O2(OH) 2, Cu6Sn5 and Ni3Sn4 nanoparticle anodes for LIBs. Accompanying the electrochemical characterization conducted on each material, the local atomic structure was modeled as a function of potential during the first charge and also as a function of charged/discharged states for several cycles. The extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) theoretical modeling included the first unambiguous observation of Sn-Li coordination numbers and atomic distances in tin-based anode materials. From correlating the electrochemical performance to the EXAFS analysis, the long-term capacity retention of tin-based anodes is dependent on the structural deformations that occur during the first charge. The conversion of oxygen to amorphous Li2O, and the network that it forms, has a dramatic effect on the kinetics of the system and the stability of the local metallic tin structure.

  9. Mechanistic studies of chemical looping desulfurization of Mn-based oxides using in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Highlights: • Mn sorbents remove H2S from hot syngas in chemical looping desulfurization process. • State of Mn followed by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. • Two-step mechanism explains the formation of SO2 under reducing conditions. - Abstract: Cleaning of producer gas from biomass gasification is required for further processing, e.g. to avoid catalyst poisoning in subsequent conversion steps. High-temperature gas cleaning, of which sulfur removal is an important part, is a promising way to improve the overall efficiency of biomass conversion. In a high temperature “chemical looping desulfurization” process, a sorbent material, here manganese oxide, is cycled between producer gas from the gasifier to remove sulfur species, and an oxidizing atmosphere, in which the sulfur species are released as SO2. Alternatively, the use of such material as reactive bed material could be integrated into an allothermal dual fluidized bed gasifier. In a laboratory reactor, we subjected manganese-based materials to a periodically changing gas atmosphere, simulating a “chemical looping desulfurization” reactor. The “fuel reactor” gas contained H2, CO, CH4 and H2S, similar as in the producer gas, and the “oxidizing reactor” contained diluted O2. Mass spectrometry showed that most of the H2S is taken up by the sample in the “fuel reactor” part, while also some unwanted SO2 is generated in the “fuel reactor” part. Most of the sulfur is released in the oxidizing reactor. Simultaneous in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) of the Mn materials during different stages of the chemical looping desulfurization process showed that the initial Mn3O4 is transformed in the presence of H2S to MnS via a MnO intermediate in the fuel reactor. Oxygen from the reduction of Mn3O4 oxidizes some H2S to the undesired SO2 in the fuel reactor. Upon exposure to O2, MnS is again oxidized to Mn3O4 via MnO, releasing SO2. The presence of CO and/or CH

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  11. Incorporation of pertechnetate and perrhenate into corroded steel surfaces studied by X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

    Batch reaction experiments and solid-phase characterization analyses were completed to examine the uptake of dissolved perrhenate [Re(VII)] or pertechnetate [Tc(VII)] by A-516 steel coupons that corroded in simulated groundwater solutions or dilute water. The goal was to identify the mechanism(s) that control the uptake of 99Tc by corrosion products on carbon steel in the presence of dilute solutions. X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS) was used to study the oxidation states of Re and Tc incorporated into the corroded steel coupon surfaces. X-ray fluorescence maps showed that the corroded coupons contain localized regions enriched in Re or Tc. The Re L3 near edge XAFS results for the coupons reacted with Re-spiked waters were consistent with nearly all of the sorbed Re being present as perrhenate and not significantly reduced to Re(IV). Linear combination fits of the extended XAFS signals for the perrhenate and ReIVO2 standards indicate that Re sorbed to the steel coupons corroded in simulated J-13 (a relatively dilute Na-HCO3-CO3 groundwater) and even more dilute waters consists of a maximum of 5 and 10% Re(IV), respectively. The fluorescence results also showed that the Re concentrations increased with increasing time of exposure to the X-ray beam, which suggests that the perrhenate ions are only weakly bonded to the matrix of the corrosion product. In contrast to the Re results, the Tc K edge XAFS results for the coupons reacted in 99Tc-spiked waters indicate that most of the sorbed Tc had been reduced to Tc(IV). The shape of the near edge and extended fine structure is similar to the Tc(IV)-hydrous ferric oxide (HFO) and not the TcO2 . nH2O standard. Differences were noted in the XAFS results for steel coupons reacted with waters spiked with 0.001 vs. 0.1 mmol/L 99Tc in that much more of the sorbed Tc from 0.001 mmol/L 99Tc experiments was in the form of pertechnetate. Comparison of the XAFS results for coupons reacted with 0.001 mmol/L 99Tc

  12. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of semiconductors

    Ridgway, Mark

    2015-01-01

    X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) is a powerful technique with which to probe the properties of matter, equally applicable to the solid, liquid and gas phases. Semiconductors are arguably our most technologically-relevant group of materials given they form the basis of the electronic and photonic devices that now so widely permeate almost every aspect of our society. The most effective utilisation of these materials today and tomorrow necessitates a detailed knowledge of their structural and vibrational properties. Through a series of comprehensive reviews, this book demonstrates the versatility of XAS for semiconductor materials analysis and presents important research activities in this ever growing field. A short introduction of the technique, aimed primarily at XAS newcomers, is followed by twenty independent chapters dedicated to distinct groups of materials. Topics span dopants in crystalline semiconductors and disorder in amorphous semiconductors to alloys and nanometric material as well as in-sit...

  13. Infrared absorption spectroscopy and chemical kinetics of free radicals

    Curl, R.F.; Glass, G.P. [Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States)

    1993-12-01

    This research is directed at the detection, monitoring, and study of chemical kinetic behavior by infrared absorption spectroscopy of small free radical species thought to be important intermediates in combustion. During the last year, infrared kinetic spectroscopy using excimer laser flash photolysis and color-center laser probing has been employed to study the high resolution spectrum of HCCN, the rate constant of the reaction between ethynyl (C{sub 2}H) radical and H{sub 2} in the temperature region between 295 and 875 K, and the recombination rate of propargyl (CH{sub 2}CCH) at room temperature.

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

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

    2015-06-15

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

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

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

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

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

    2009-02-01

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

  17. Defects in silicon after B+ implantation: A study using a positron-beam technique, Rutherford backscattering, secondary neutral mass spectroscopy, and infrared absorption spectroscopy

    Eichler, S.; Gebauer, J.; Börner, F.; Polity, A.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Wendler, E.; Weber, B.; Wesch, W.; Börner, H.

    1997-07-01

    The distribution of defects in Si (100), (110), and (111) after boron implantation and annealing processes was measured by means of different methods. Boron implantation was carried out at 300 K with three energies (50, 150, and 300 keV or 30, 90, and 180 keV) in multiple mode to obtain a homogeneously damaged layer. Ion fluences ranged from 1014 to 1016 B+ cm-2. The profile of vacancy-type defects was detected by variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy (VEPAS). The defect concentration increases proportionally to Φ, where Φ is the ion fluence. It was found that the line-shape parameter S of the positron-electron annihilation peak in the implanted layer increases with Φ. The divacancy (2v) concentration observed by infrared absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) was nearly constant in all samples (about 1.8×1019 cm-3). It can be concluded that divacancies are not the main vacancy-type defect and the increasing S parameter must be attributed to additional defects of larger open volume. A value Sdefect/Sbulk=1.048 was fitted for the dominating defect, where S2v/Sbulk=1.04. Rutherford backscattering (RBS) measurements were carried out to detect the distribution of displaced lattice atoms. The defect-production rate was proportional to Φ again. The concentration profiles of implanted ions were measured with sputtered neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS). In addition, Monte Carlo calculations were done with the TRIM code. The nearly homogenous defect distributions up to a depth of 1 μm found by VEPAS, TRIM, and RBS are in very good accordance. The samples were annealed up to 1150 K. It was found that the annealing behavior of vacancylike defects depends on the implantation dose and on the sample material under investigation. The divacancies are annealed at 470 K as measured by IRAS. An annealing stage of vacancy clusters at 725 K was observed in all samples by VEPAS. In Czochralski material, a decrease of the S parameter below the value of defect-free Si was

  18. 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.

  19. An experimental set-up to apply polarization modulation to infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy for improved in situ studies of atmospheric corrosion processes

    Wiesinger, R. [Institute of Science and Technology in Art, Academy of Fine Arts, 1010 Vienna (Austria); Schade, U. [Helmholtz-Zentrum für Materialien und Energy GmbH, Elektronenspeicherring BESSY II, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Kleber, Ch. [Centre for Electrochemical Surface Technology, 2700 Wiener Neustadt (Austria); Schreiner, M. [Institute of Science and Technology in Art, Academy of Fine Arts, 1010 Vienna (Austria); Institute for Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Vienna University of Technology, 1060 Vienna (Austria)

    2014-06-15

    A new set-up for improved monitoring of atmospheric corrosion processes in situ and in real-time is presented. To characterize chemical structures of thin films on metal surfaces surface sensitive analytical techniques are required. One possible technique is Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS) which has become an established method to investigate surface corrosion films of thicknesses less than 200 nm. However, there are limitations related to the sensitivity of these measurements, in case of investigating ultrathin films or absorption bands of interest, surface species are superimposed by atmospheric background absorption, which changes during in situ measurements in ambient atmospheres. These difficulties of in situ surface reflection measurements can be eliminated by availing the polarization selectivity of adsorbed surface species. At grazing angles of incidence the absorption of p-polarized infrared radiation by thin surface films on metals is enhanced, while the absorption of s-polarized light by this film is nearly zero. This different behavior of the polarization properties leads to strong selection rules at the surface and can therefore be used to identify molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Polarization Modulation (PM) of the infrared (IR) light takes advantage of this disparity of polarization on sample surfaces and in combination with IRRAS yielding a very sensitive and surface-selective method for obtaining IR spectra of ultra-thin films on metal surfaces. An already existing in situ IRRAS/Quartz Crystal Microbalance weathering cell was combined with PM and evaluated according to its applicability to study in situ atmospheric corrosion processes. First real-time measurements on silver samples exposed to different atmospheres were performed showing the advantage of PM-IRRAS compared to conventional IRRAS for such investigations.

  20. An experimental set-up to apply polarization modulation to infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy for improved in situ studies of atmospheric corrosion processes

    Wiesinger, R.; Schade, U.; Kleber, Ch.; Schreiner, M.

    2014-06-01

    A new set-up for improved monitoring of atmospheric corrosion processes in situ and in real-time is presented. To characterize chemical structures of thin films on metal surfaces surface sensitive analytical techniques are required. One possible technique is Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS) which has become an established method to investigate surface corrosion films of thicknesses less than 200 nm. However, there are limitations related to the sensitivity of these measurements, in case of investigating ultrathin films or absorption bands of interest, surface species are superimposed by atmospheric background absorption, which changes during in situ measurements in ambient atmospheres. These difficulties of in situ surface reflection measurements can be eliminated by availing the polarization selectivity of adsorbed surface species. At grazing angles of incidence the absorption of p-polarized infrared radiation by thin surface films on metals is enhanced, while the absorption of s-polarized light by this film is nearly zero. This different behavior of the polarization properties leads to strong selection rules at the surface and can therefore be used to identify molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Polarization Modulation (PM) of the infrared (IR) light takes advantage of this disparity of polarization on sample surfaces and in combination with IRRAS yielding a very sensitive and surface-selective method for obtaining IR spectra of ultra-thin films on metal surfaces. An already existing in situ IRRAS/Quartz Crystal Microbalance weathering cell was combined with PM and evaluated according to its applicability to study in situ atmospheric corrosion processes. First real-time measurements on silver samples exposed to different atmospheres were performed showing the advantage of PM-IRRAS compared to conventional IRRAS for such investigations.

  1. An experimental set-up to apply polarization modulation to infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy for improved in situ studies of atmospheric corrosion processes

    A new set-up for improved monitoring of atmospheric corrosion processes in situ and in real-time is presented. To characterize chemical structures of thin films on metal surfaces surface sensitive analytical techniques are required. One possible technique is Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS) which has become an established method to investigate surface corrosion films of thicknesses less than 200 nm. However, there are limitations related to the sensitivity of these measurements, in case of investigating ultrathin films or absorption bands of interest, surface species are superimposed by atmospheric background absorption, which changes during in situ measurements in ambient atmospheres. These difficulties of in situ surface reflection measurements can be eliminated by availing the polarization selectivity of adsorbed surface species. At grazing angles of incidence the absorption of p-polarized infrared radiation by thin surface films on metals is enhanced, while the absorption of s-polarized light by this film is nearly zero. This different behavior of the polarization properties leads to strong selection rules at the surface and can therefore be used to identify molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Polarization Modulation (PM) of the infrared (IR) light takes advantage of this disparity of polarization on sample surfaces and in combination with IRRAS yielding a very sensitive and surface-selective method for obtaining IR spectra of ultra-thin films on metal surfaces. An already existing in situ IRRAS/Quartz Crystal Microbalance weathering cell was combined with PM and evaluated according to its applicability to study in situ atmospheric corrosion processes. First real-time measurements on silver samples exposed to different atmospheres were performed showing the advantage of PM-IRRAS compared to conventional IRRAS for such investigations

  2. Precipitation of gold by the reaction of aqueous gold(III)-chloride with cyanobacteria at 25-80 C -- Studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    The mechanisms of gold precipitation by the interaction of cyanobacteria (Plectonema boryanum UTEX 485) and gold(III) chloride aqueous solutions (7.6 mmol/L final gold) have been studied at 25, 60, and 80 C, using both laboratory and real-time synchrotron radiation absorption spectroscopy experiments. Addition of aqueous gold(III) chloride to the cyanobacterial culture initially promoted the precipitation of amorphous gold(I) sulfide at the cell walls and finally caused the formation of octahedral (111) platelets (<1 to 6 (micro)m) of gold metal near cell surfaces and in solutions. X-ray absorption spectroscopy results confirmed that the reduction mechanism of gold(III) chloride to elemental gold by cyanobacteria involves the formation of an intermediate Au(I) species, gold(I) sulfide, with sulfur originating from cyanobacterial proteins, presumably cysteine or methionine. Although the bioreduction of gold(III) chloride to gold(I) sulfide was relatively rapid at all temperatures, the reaction rate increased with the increase in temperature. At the completion of the experiments, elemental gold was the major species present at all temperatures

  3. A feasibility study on oxidation state of arsenic in cut tobacco, mainstream cigarette smoke and cigarette ash by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    This work describes the application of synchrotron-based X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure spectroscopy to study the oxidation state of arsenic in cigarette mainstream smoke, cut tobacco and cigarette ash. The level of arsenic in the total particulate matter of the smoke is approximately 1 ppm for the standard research reference cigarette 2R4F and its replacement 3R4F. Smoke particulate samples collected by a conventional glass-fiber membrane (commercially known as Cambridge filter pad) and a jet-impaction method were analyzed and compared. In addition smoke particulate samples were aged either at ambient temperature or at 195 K. X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure spectroscopy results revealed that the cut tobacco powder and cigarette ash contained almost exclusively AsV. The smoke particulate samples however contained a mixture of AsIII and AsV. The AsV in the smoke particulate was reduced to AsIII upon aging. Stabilizing the smoke particulate matter at 195 K by solid CO2 slowed down this aging reaction and revealed a higher percentage of AsV. This behavior is consistent with the redox properties of the arsenic species and the smoke particulate matrix.

  4. Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of local structure transformation behavior in perovskite Ba(Ti,Zr)O3 system

    Highlights: • Synthesis, global structure was studied by XRD technique. • The local structure of the Ti ions in the Ba(Ti,Zr)O3 using XAS technique. • EXAFS and XANES analysis showed that Ti-displacement lead to the phase transition. • The results were confirmed by XANES simulation and EXAFS fitting. • This work deals with application of a novel Synchrotron. - Abstract: In this work, the change of the local atomic structure in BaTi1−xZrxO3 ceramics was investigated by synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique. The X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES) and Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectra at the Ti K-edge were measured and compared with simulated spectra. The results show that an increase of Zr content in Ba(Ti,Zr)O3 lattice structure affected significantly the phase transition behavior and the local structure surrounding the Ti absorbing atom. More importantly, the information on the locally determined structures and its relation to the phase transition characteristic from relaxor ferroelectric to polar clusters in Ba(Ti,Zr)O3 system were obtained and discussed

  5. 5 f -Shell correlation effects in dioxides of light actinides studied by O 1s x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies and first-principles calculations

    Soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopic data are reported for the O 1s region of a single crystal of UO2, a polycrystalline NpO2 sample, and a single crystal of PuO2. The experimental data are interpreted using first-principles correlated-electron calculations within the framework of the density functional theory with added Coulomb U interaction (DFT+U). A detailed analysis regarding the origin of different structures in the x-ray emission and x-ray absorption spectra is given and the effect of varying the intra-atomic Coulomb interaction-U for the 5 f electrons is investigated. Our data indicate that O 1s x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies can, in combination with DFT+U calculations, successfully be used to study 5 f -shell Coulomb correlation effects in dioxides of light actinides. The values for the Coulomb U parameter in these dioxides are derived to be in the range of 4–5 eV. (paper)

  6. Study of the contact charge transfer behavior between cryptophanes (A and E) and fullerene by absorption, fluorescence and {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy

    Zhang Caihong; Shen Weili; Fan Ruying; Zhang Guomei; Shangguan Lingzhi; Chao Jianbin; Shuang Shaomin [Research Center of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Dong Chuan, E-mail: dc@sxu.edu.cn [Research Center of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Choi, Martin M.F., E-mail: mfchoi@hkbu.edu.hk [Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong)

    2009-09-14

    A group of novel cage-like compounds cryptophanes A and E were synthesized from vanillin by a three-step method. The intermolecular interaction between cryptophanes (A and E) and fullerene (C{sub 60}) was investigated in detail by absorption, fluorescence and {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy. The absorption of C{sub 60} at 410-650 nm decreased in the presence of cryptophanes A or E. The decrease in absorption intensity was proportional to the concentration of cryptophanes A or E. On the other hand, the fluorescence intensity of cryptophanes A or E decreased and the emission maxima were blue-shifted with the increase in C{sub 60} concentration. These results suggest that contact charge transfer (CCT) complexes can be formed from C{sub 60} with cryptophanes A or E. In addition, the electrochemical behavior of cryptophanes (A and E) and C{sub 60} was studied by cyclic voltammetry. The redox currents of cryptophanes (A and E) decreased and the peak potentials were shifted on addition of C{sub 60}. The changes in the chemical shifts ({Delta}{delta}) of aromatic protons of cryptophanes (A and E) in their NMR spectra further support that CCT complexes were formed with cryptophanes as the electron donors and C{sub 60} as the electron acceptor.

  7. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of chromium recovered from Cr(VI)-containing water with rice husk

    The characteristics of the richness in silica and the high porosity of rice husk enable its application as a good, yet cheap, heavy metal adsorbent from wastewater. This study used rice husk to sorb Cr(VI) from wastewater that contained 2000 mg Cr(VI) l-1. Results of a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) experiment indicate a considerable morphology alteration of the rice husk after the sorption experiments. 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements show significant decrease in intensity of all the following peaks: carbonylic, carboxylic, aromatic, polysaccharides, carbohydrates and aliphatics. The X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) result indicates that about 70% and 90% of the Cr(VI) sorbed on the rice husk after the 12 and 48 h sorption experiments, respectively, were in Cr(III) forms. In the 12 h sorbed rice husk sample, the chromium species distribution is 41% organic Cr(III) +27%Cr(OH)3+32%CrO3, while in the 48 h sorbed one, it is 57% organic Cr(III) +31%Cr(OH)3+12%CrO3

  8. Pathlength Determination for Gas in Scattering Media Absorption Spectroscopy

    Liang Mei

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Gas in scattering media absorption spectroscopy (GASMAS has been extensively studied and applied during recent years in, e.g., food packaging, human sinus monitoring, gas diffusion studies, and pharmaceutical tablet characterization. The focus has been on the evaluation of the gas absorption pathlength in porous media, which a priori is unknown due to heavy light scattering. In this paper, three different approaches are summarized. One possibility is to simultaneously monitor another gas with known concentration (e.g., water vapor, the pathlength of which can then be obtained and used for the target gas (e.g., oxygen to retrieve its concentration. The second approach is to measure the mean optical pathlength or physical pathlength with other methods, including time-of-flight spectroscopy, frequency-modulated light scattering interferometry and the frequency domain photon migration method. By utilizing these methods, an average concentration can be obtained and the porosities of the material are studied. The last method retrieves the gas concentration without knowing its pathlength by analyzing the gas absorption line shape, which depends upon the concentration of buffer gases due to intermolecular collisions. The pathlength enhancement effect due to multiple scattering enables also the use of porous media as multipass gas cells for trace gas monitoring. All these efforts open up a multitude of different applications for the GASMAS technique.

  9. Structure and Orientation of the Mn4Ca Cluster in Plant Photosystem II Membranes Studied by Polarized Range-extended X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy*[S]♦

    Pushkar, Yulia; Yano, Junko; Glatzel, Pieter; Messinger, Johannes; Lewis, Azul; Sauer, Kenneth; Bergmann, Uwe; Yachandra, Vittal

    2006-01-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy has provided important insights into the structure and function of the Mn4Ca cluster in the oxygen-evolving complex of Photosystem II (PS II). The range of manganese extended x-ray absorption fine structure data collected from PSII until now has been, however, limited by the presence of iron in PS II. Using a crystal spectrometer with high energy resolution to detect solely the manganese Kα fluorescence, we are able to extend the extended x-ray absorption fine st...

  10. Gas cell based on optical contacting for fundamental spectroscopy studies with initial reference absorption spectrum of H2O vapor at 1723 K and 0.0235 bar

    Melin, Scott T.; Sanders, Scott T.

    2016-09-01

    A gas cell, using optically contacted sapphire windows to form a hot vapor seal, has been created for high temperature fundamental spectroscopy studies. It is designed to operate at temperatures from 280-2273 K and pressures from vacuum to 1.3 bar. Using the cell in conjunction with an external cavity diode laser spectrometer, a reference H2O vapor absorption spectrum at P=0.0235±0.0036 bar and T=1723±6 K was measured with 0.0001 cm-1 resolution over the 7326-7598 cm-1 range. Comparison of the measured spectrum to simulations reveals errors in both the HITEMP and BT2 databases. This work establishes heated static cell capabilities at temperatures well above the typical limit of approximately 1300 K set by quartz material properties. This paper addresses the design of the cell as well as the cell's limitations.

  11. Activation and deactivation of a robust immobilized Cp*Ir-transfer hydrogenation catalyst: a multielement in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy study.

    Sherborne, Grant J; Chapman, Michael R; Blacker, A John; Bourne, Richard A; Chamberlain, Thomas W; Crossley, Benjamin D; Lucas, Stephanie J; McGowan, Patrick C; Newton, Mark A; Screen, Thomas E O; Thompson, Paul; Willans, Charlotte E; Nguyen, Bao N

    2015-04-01

    A highly robust immobilized [Cp*IrCl2]2 precatalyst on Wang resin for transfer hydrogenation, which can be recycled up to 30 times, was studied using a novel combination of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at Ir L3-edge, Cl K-edge, and K K-edge. These culminate in in situ XAS experiments that link structural changes of the Ir complex with its catalytic activity and its deactivation. Mercury poisoning and "hot filtration" experiments ruled out leached Ir as the active catalyst. Spectroscopic evidence indicates the exchange of one chloride ligand with an alkoxide to generate the active precatalyst. The exchange of the second chloride ligand, however, leads to a potassium alkoxide-iridate species as the deactivated form of this immobilized catalyst. These findings could be widely applicable to the many homogeneous transfer hydrogenation catalysts with Cp*IrCl substructure. PMID:25768298

  12. An in situ sample environment reaction cell for spatially resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of powders and small structured reactors

    Zhang, Chu; Gustafson, Johan; Merte, Lindsay R.; Evertsson, Jonas [Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Norén, Katarina; Carlson, Stefan; Svensson, Håkan [MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Carlsson, Per-Anders [Competence Centre for Catalysis, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg (Sweden)

    2015-03-15

    An easy-to-use sample environment reaction cell for X-ray based in situ studies of powders and small structured samples, e.g., powder, pellet, and monolith catalysts, is described. The design of the cell allows for flexible use of appropriate X-ray transparent windows, shielding the sample from ambient conditions, such that incident X-ray energies as low as 3 keV can be used. Thus, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements in either transmission or fluorescence mode are facilitated. Total gas flows up to about 500 ml{sub n}/min can be fed while the sample temperature is accurately controlled (at least) in the range of 25–500 °C. The gas feed is composed by a versatile gas-mixing system and the effluent gas flow composition is monitored with mass spectrometry (MS). These systems are described briefly. Results from simultaneous XAS/MS measurements during oxidation of carbon monoxide over a 4% Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder catalyst are used to illustrate the system performance in terms of transmission XAS. Also, 2.2% Pd/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 2% Ag − Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder catalysts have been used to demonstrate X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy in fluorescence mode. Further, a 2% Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} monolith catalyst was used ex situ for transmission XANES. The reaction cell opens for facile studies of structure-function relationships for model as well as realistic catalysts both in the form of powders, small pellets, and coated or extruded monoliths at near realistic conditions. The applicability of the cell for X-ray diffraction measurements is discussed.

  13. Adsorption and deposition of anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid on alumina studied by inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy

    The adsorption state of anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid (AQ-2-COOH) deposited from acetone solutions (0.01-1.00 mg/ml) on native oxide surfaces of Al films was characterized by inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The oxide was prepared on evaporated Al films at room temperature in an oxygen-dc glow discharge. The morphology of the deposited AQ-2-COOH on the oxide surfaces was observed and analyzed by atomic force microscopy. These surface analyses showed that AQ-2-COOH is adsorbed predominantly as a uniform nanometer-scale film of carboxylate anions on the oxide surfaces deposited from solutions with concentrations lower than or equal to 0.02 mg/ml. It was found that AQ-2-COOH is adsorbed as both a uniform film of anions and as micron-sized particles of neutral molecules with heights of a few tens of nanometers when AQ-2-COOH is deposited from solutions with concentrations higher than 0.02 mg/ml. A comparison of the results obtained by these surface analytical techniques clearly shows the features and advantages of these analytical techniques

  14. Adsorption and deposition of anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid on alumina studied by inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy

    Higo, Morihide [Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)], E-mail: higo@apc.kagoshima-u.ac.jp; Miake, Takeshi; Mitsushio, Masaru; Yoshidome, Toshifumi [Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Ozono, Yoshihisa [Center for Instrumental analysis, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)

    2008-04-30

    The adsorption state of anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid (AQ-2-COOH) deposited from acetone solutions (0.01-1.00 mg/ml) on native oxide surfaces of Al films was characterized by inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The oxide was prepared on evaporated Al films at room temperature in an oxygen-dc glow discharge. The morphology of the deposited AQ-2-COOH on the oxide surfaces was observed and analyzed by atomic force microscopy. These surface analyses showed that AQ-2-COOH is adsorbed predominantly as a uniform nanometer-scale film of carboxylate anions on the oxide surfaces deposited from solutions with concentrations lower than or equal to 0.02 mg/ml. It was found that AQ-2-COOH is adsorbed as both a uniform film of anions and as micron-sized particles of neutral molecules with heights of a few tens of nanometers when AQ-2-COOH is deposited from solutions with concentrations higher than 0.02 mg/ml. A comparison of the results obtained by these surface analytical techniques clearly shows the features and advantages of these analytical techniques.

  15. Triplet excited electronic state switching induced by hydrogen bonding: A transient absorption spectroscopy and time-dependent DFT study.

    Ravi Kumar, Venkatraman; Ariese, Freek; Umapathy, Siva

    2016-03-21

    The solvent plays a decisive role in the photochemistry and photophysics of aromatic ketones. Xanthone (XT) is one such aromatic ketone and its triplet-triplet (T-T) absorption spectra show intriguing solvatochromic behavior. Also, the reactivity of XT towards H-atom abstraction shows an unprecedented decrease in protic solvents relative to aprotic solvents. Therefore, a comprehensive solvatochromic analysis of the triplet-triplet absorption spectra of XT was carried out in conjunction with time dependent density functional theory using the ad hoc explicit solvent model approach. A detailed solvatochromic analysis of the T-T absorption bands of XT suggests that the hydrogen bonding interactions are different in the corresponding triplet excited states. Furthermore, the contributions of non-specific and hydrogen bonding interactions towards differential solvation of the triplet states in protic solvents were found to be of equal magnitude. The frontier molecular orbital and electron density difference analysis of the T1 and T2 states of XT indicates that the charge redistribution in these states leads to intermolecular hydrogen bond strengthening and weakening, respectively, relative to the S0 state. This is further supported by the vertical excitation energy calculations of the XT-methanol supra-molecular complex. The intermolecular hydrogen bonding potential energy curves obtained for this complex in the S0, T1, and T2 states support the model. In summary, we propose that the different hydrogen bonding mechanisms exhibited by the two lowest triplet excited states of XT result in a decreasing role of the nπ(∗) triplet state, and are thus responsible for its reduced reactivity towards H-atom abstraction in protic solvents. PMID:27004870

  16. Triplet excited electronic state switching induced by hydrogen bonding: A transient absorption spectroscopy and time-dependent DFT study

    Ravi Kumar, Venkatraman; Ariese, Freek; Umapathy, Siva

    2016-03-01

    The solvent plays a decisive role in the photochemistry and photophysics of aromatic ketones. Xanthone (XT) is one such aromatic ketone and its triplet-triplet (T-T) absorption spectra show intriguing solvatochromic behavior. Also, the reactivity of XT towards H-atom abstraction shows an unprecedented decrease in protic solvents relative to aprotic solvents. Therefore, a comprehensive solvatochromic analysis of the triplet-triplet absorption spectra of XT was carried out in conjunction with time dependent density functional theory using the ad hoc explicit solvent model approach. A detailed solvatochromic analysis of the T-T absorption bands of XT suggests that the hydrogen bonding interactions are different in the corresponding triplet excited states. Furthermore, the contributions of non-specific and hydrogen bonding interactions towards differential solvation of the triplet states in protic solvents were found to be of equal magnitude. The frontier molecular orbital and electron density difference analysis of the T1 and T2 states of XT indicates that the charge redistribution in these states leads to intermolecular hydrogen bond strengthening and weakening, respectively, relative to the S0 state. This is further supported by the vertical excitation energy calculations of the XT-methanol supra-molecular complex. The intermolecular hydrogen bonding potential energy curves obtained for this complex in the S0, T1, and T2 states support the model. In summary, we propose that the different hydrogen bonding mechanisms exhibited by the two lowest triplet excited states of XT result in a decreasing role of the nπ∗ triplet state, and are thus responsible for its reduced reactivity towards H-atom abstraction in protic solvents.

  17. Biomimetic mono- and dinuclear Ni(I) and Ni(II) complexes studied by X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations

    Schuth, N.; Gehring, H.; Horn, B.; Holze, P.; Kositzki, R.; Schrapers, P.; Limberg, C.; Haumann, M.

    2016-05-01

    Five biomimetic mono- or dinuclear nickel complexes featuring Ni(I) or Ni(II) sites were studied by X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy and DFT calculations. Ni K-edge XANES spectra and Kβ main and satellite emission lines were collected on powder samples. The pre-edge absorption transitions (core-to-valence excitation) and Kβ2,5 emission transitions (valence-to-core decay) were calculated using DFT (TPSSh/TZVP) on crystal structures. This yielded theoretical ctv and vtc spectra in near-quantitative agreement with the experiment, showing the adequacy of the DFT approach for electronic structure description, emphasizing the sensitivity of the XAS/XES spectra for ligation/redox changes at nickel, and revealing the configuration of unoccupied and occupied valence levels, as well as the spin-coupling modes in the dinuclear complexes. XAS/XES-DFT is valuable for molecular and electronic structure analysis of synthetic complexes and of nickel centers in H2 or COx converting metalloenzymes.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  19. Copper doped TiO2 nanoparticles characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy, total scattering, and powder diffraction – a benchmark structure–property study

    Lock, Nina; Jensen, Ellen M. L.; Mi, Jianli; Mamakhel, Aref; Norén, Katarina; Qingbo, Meng; Iversen, Bo B.

    2013-01-01

    Metal functionalized nanoparticles potentially have improved properties e.g. in catalytic applications, but their precise structures are often very challenging to determine. Here we report a structural benchmark study based on tetragonal anatase TiO2 nanoparticles containing 0–2 wt% copper. The particles were synthesized by continuous flow synthesis under supercritical water–isopropanol conditions. Size determination using synchrotron PXRD, TEM, and X-ray total scattering reveals 5–7 nm monodisperse particles. The precise dopant structure and thermal stability of the highly crystalline powders were characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and multi-temperature synchrotron PXRD (300–1000 K). The combined evidence reveals that copper is present as a dopant on the particle surfaces, most likely in an amorphous oxide or hydroxide shell. UV-VIS spectroscopy shows that copper presence at concentrations higher than 0.3 wt% lowers the band gap energy. The particles are unaffected by heating to 600 K, while growth and partial transformation to rutile TiO2 occur at higher temperatures. Anisotropic unit cell behavior of anatase is observed as a consequence of the particle growth (a decreases and c increases).

  20. (EXAFS) X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    The technique EXAFS (Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure) is presented and its applications using the synchrotron radiation as an incidente beam in Science of Materials and Biophysics are shown. (L.C.)

  1. High resolution and high precision absorption spectroscopy using high finesse cavities: application to the study of molecules with atmospheric interest; Cavites de haute finesse pour la spectroscopie d'absorption haute sensibilite et haute precision: application a l'etude de molecules d'interet atmospherique

    Motto-Ros, V.

    2005-12-15

    High finesse cavities are used to measure very weak absorption features. Two different methodologies are investigated and applied to the study of molecules with atmospheric interest. First, Continuous Wave - Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy (CW-CRDS) is used to study the atmospheric spectra of water vapour in the near infrared range. These measurements are performed for temperature and pressure of atmospheric relevance for DIAL applications (Differential Absorption Lidar). This study, financed by the European Space Agency (ESA), goes with the WALES mission (Water Vapour Lidar Experiment in Space). The experimental setup was conceived in order to control pressure, temperature and relative humidity conditions. A particular attention is done to characterize and describe the spectrometer. Then, measurements of red Oxygen B band are performed to demonstrate the huge performance of Optical Feedback Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy (OF-CEAS). The desired optical feedback is obtained by light injection into the high finesse cavity through a glass plate placed inside the cavity and closed to the Brewster angle. We show a measurement dynamical range of 5 orders of magnitude (10{sup -5} to 10{sup -10} /cm) and a sensitivity of 10{sup -10} /cm/{radical} Hz. Also, sampling absorption spectra by the super linear cavity frequency comb allows very precise frequency measurements. This is demonstrated by the determination of Oxygen pressure shifts with an absolute accuracy of around 5 x 10{sup -5} cm{sup -1}/atm. To our knowledge, we provide the highest accuracy ever reported for this parameter. (author)

  2. Theoretical study of finite temperature spectroscopy in van der Waals clusters. II Time-dependent absorption spectra

    Calvo, F; Wales, D J

    2002-01-01

    Using approximate partition functions and a master equation approach, we investigate the statistical relaxation toward equilibrium in selected CaAr$_n$ clusters. The Gaussian theory of absorption (previous article) is employed to calculate the average photoabsorption intensity associated with the 4s^2-> 4s^14p^1 transition of calcium as a function of time during relaxation. In CaAr_6 and CaAr_10 simple relaxation is observed with a single time scale. CaAr_13 exhibits much slower dynamics and the relaxation occurs over two distinct time scales. CaAr_37 shows much slower relaxation with multiple transients, reminiscent of glassy behavior due to competition between different low-energy structures. We interpret these results in terms of the underlying potential energy surfaces for these clusters.

  3. Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer of 2-acetylindan-1,3-dione studied by ultrafast absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy

    Pramod Kumar Verma

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We employ transient absorption from the deep-UV to the visible region and fluorescence upconversion to investigate the photoinduced excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer dynamics in a biologically relevant drug molecule, 2-acetylindan-1,3-dione. The molecule is a ß-diketone which in the electronic ground state exists as exocyclic enol with an intramolecular H-bond. Upon electronic excitation at 300 nm, the first excited state of the exocyclic enol is initially populated, followed by ultrafast proton transfer (≈160 fs to form the vibrationally hot endocyclic enol. Subsequently, solvent-induced vibrational relaxation takes place (≈10 ps followed by decay (≈390 ps to the corresponding ground state.

  4. Polarization dependent two-photon absorption spectroscopy on a naturally occurring biomarker (curcumin) in solution: A theoretical-experimental study

    Tiburcio-Moreno, Jose A.; Alvarado-Gil, J. J.; Diaz, Carlos; Echevarria, Lorenzo; Hernández, Florencio E.

    2013-09-01

    We report on the theoretical-experimental analysis of the two-photon absorption (TPA) and two-photon circular-linear dichroism (TPCLD) spectra of (1E,6E)-1,7-bis(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,6-heptadiene-3,5-dione (curcumin) in Tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution. The measurement of the full TPA spectrum of this molecule reveals a maximum TPA cross-section at 740 nm, i.e. more than 10 times larger than the maximum reported in the literature at 800 nm for the application of curcumin in bioimaging. The TPCLD spectrum exposes the symmetry of the main excited-states involved in the two-photon excitation process. TD-DFT calculations support the experimental results. These outcomes are expected to expand the application of natural-occurring dyes in bioimaging.

  5. Photo-Darkening Kinetics and Structural Anisotropic Modifications in the Chalcogenide Glass Arsenic Trisulfide: a Study of Kinetic X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Lee, Jay Min

    1990-08-01

    The purpose of the study is to investigate the mechanisms involved with photo-induced atomic structural modifications in the chalcogenide glass As_2 S_3. This glass exhibits the reversible effects of photo-darkening followed by thermal bleaching. We observed the time behavior of photo-induced properties under the influence of linearly polarized band -gap light. In a macroscopic optical investigation, we monitor optical changes in the photo-darkening process, and in a local structural probe we study kinetic (or time -resolved dispersive) x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Our observations center on kinetic phenomena and structural modifications induced by polarized excitation of lone-pair orbitals in the chalcogenide glass. Experimental results include the following observations: (i) The polarity of the optically induced anisotropy is critically dependent on the intensity and the polarization of the band-gap irradiation beam. (ii) The near edge peak height in x-ray absorption spectra shows subtle but sensitive change during the photo-darkening process. (iii) Photon intensity dependent dichroic kinetics reflect a connection between the optically probed macroscopic property and the x-ray probed local anisotropic structure. Analysis of the x-ray absorption results includes a computer simulation of the polarized absorption spectra. These results suggest that specific structural units tend to orient themselves with respect to the photon polarization. A substantial part of the analysis involves a major effort in dealing with the x-ray kinetic data manipulation and the experimental difficulties caused by a synchrotron instability problem. Based on our observations, we propose a possible mechanism for the observed photo-structural modifications. Through a model of computer relaxed photo-darkening kinetics, we support the notion that a twisting of a specific intermediate range order structure is responsible for local directional variations and global network distortions. In the

  6. Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy on a smartphone

    Hossain, Md. Arafat; Canning, John; Cook, Kevin; Ast, Sandra; Rutledge, Peter J.; Jamalipour, Abbas

    2015-07-01

    A self-powered smartphone-based field-portable "dual" spectrometer has been developed for both absorption and fluorescence measurements. The smartphone's existing flash LED has sufficient optical irradiance to undertake absorption measurements within a 3D-printed case containing a low cost nano-imprinted polymer diffraction grating. A UV (λex ~ 370 nm) and VIS (λex ~ 450 nm) LED are wired into the circuit of the flash LED to provide an excitation source for fluorescence measurements. Using a customized app on the smartphone, measurements of absorption and fluorescence spectra are demonstrated using pH-sensitive and Zn2+-responsive probes. Detection over a 300 nm span with 0.42 nm/pixel spectral resolution is demonstrated. Despite the low cost and small size of the portable spectrometer, the results compare well with bench top instruments.

  7. Photonic sensing of the atmosphere by absorption spectroscopy

    Chemically reactive atmospheric species play a crucial role in tropospheric processes which affect regional air quality and global climate change. Contrary to long-lived species such as greenhouse gases, interference-free accurate and precise concentration assessments of strongly reactive short-lived species represent a real challenge. In this paper, we report on the recent progress in spectroscopic instrumental developments for monitoring of OH, NO3, HONO and NO2 by using modern photonic sources (Quantum Cascade Laser, distributed feedback diode laser, light emitting diode) in conjunction with high-sensitivity spectroscopic measurement techniques such as multi-pass cell based long optical path length absorption spectroscopy, wavelength-modulation enhanced off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy, Faraday rotation spectroscopy, incoherent broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy. The main techniques available for routine atmospheric measurements of OH, NO3 and HONO are overviewed, in comparison with the emerging modern photonic spectroscopy techniques.

  8. Photothermal Absorption Spectroscopy of Individual Semiconductor Nanocrystals

    Berciaud, Stéphane; Cognet, Laurent; Lounis, Brahim

    2007-01-01

    Photothermal heterodyne detection is used to record the first room-temperature absorption spectra of single CdSe/ZnS semiconductor nanocrystals. These spectra are recorded in the high cw excitation regime, and the observed bands are assigned to transitions involving biexciton and trion states. Comparison with the single nanocrystals photoluminescence spectra leads to the measurement of spectral Stokes shifts free from ensemble averaging.

  9. Study of the laser-induced decomposition of energetic materials at static high-pressure by time-resolved absorption spectroscopy

    Hebert, Philippe; Saint-Amans, Charles

    2013-06-01

    A detailed description of the reaction rates and mechanisms occurring in shock-induced decomposition of condensed explosives is very important to improve the predictive capabilities of shock-to-detonation transition models. However, direct measurements of such experimental data are difficult to perform during detonation experiments. By coupling pulsed laser ignition of an explosive in a diamond anvil cell (DAC) with time-resolved streak camera recording of transmitted light, it is possible to make direct observations of deflagration phenomena at detonation pressure. We have developed an experimental set-up that allows combustion front propagation rates and time-resolved absorption spectroscopy measurements. The decomposition reactions are initiated using a nanosecond YAG laser and their kinetics is followed by time-resolved absorption spectroscopy. The results obtained for two explosives, nitromethane (NM) and HMX are presented in this paper. For NM, a change in reactivity is clearly seen around 25 GPa. Below this pressure, the reaction products are essentially carbon residues whereas at higher pressure, a transient absorption feature is first observed and is followed by the formation of a white amorphous product. For HMX, the evolution of the absorption as a function of time indicates a multi-step reaction mechanism which is found to depend on both the initial pressure and the laser fluence.

  10. Development of an x-ray beam line at the NSLS for studies in materials science using x-ray absorption spectroscopy: Annual progress report

    Although only in operation since May, 1985, the X-11 participation research team (PRT) at the NSLS has already demonstrated that it is one of the leading centers of x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). During this time, results have been obtained and programs initiated in a number of areas, for example: interfaces, including deposited metal-metal and metal-semiconductor systems, multilayers and ion implanted layers; electrochemical systems, including Pt electrode fuel cells, Ni oxide battery electrodes, conducting polymers, passivation and corrosion; catalysts, including highly-dispersed supported metal catalysts and zeolite systems; quasi-crystals, heavy fermion systems, uranium and neptunium compounds, rare gas clusters, disordered metals and semiconductors, ferroelectric transition; and, biological systems and related models, including synthetic porphyrins and a number of metalloproteins. In concert with these scientific results have been a number of developments involving the technique itself. These include implementation of unique optical systems on both the A and B lines for optical performance over their designed energy ranges, advances in experimental capability, particular in glancing angle studies, optimization of ion chambers for surface studies, the improvement of electron yield detectors, and improved software for data acquisition and analysis. This report emphasizes some of the research highlights and significant developments of our PRT which occurred during the past year. A detailed bibliography of papers and talks resulting from work done at our beamline and the progress reports for our PRT which were in the 1985 NSLS Annual Report are appended

  11. Gas in Scattering Media Absorption Spectroscopy -- Laser Spectroscopy in Unconventional Environments

    Svanberg, Sune

    2010-02-01

    An overview of the new field of Gas in Scattering Media Absorption Spectroscopy (GASMAS) is presented. The GASMAS technique combines narrow-band diode-laser spectroscopy with optical propagation in diffuse media. Whereas solids and liquids have broad absorption features, free gas in pores and cavities in the material is characterized by sharp spectral signatures. These are typically 10,000 times sharper than those of the host material. Many applications in materials science, food packaging, pharmaceutics and medicine have been demonstrated. Molecular oxygen and water vapor have been studied around 760 and 935 nm, respectively. Liquid water, an important constituent in many natural materials, such as tissue, has a low absorption at such wavelengths, allowing propagation. Polystyrene foam, wood, fruits, food-stuffs, pharmaceutical tablets, and human sinus cavities have been studied, demonstrating new possibilities for characterization and diagnostics. Transport of gas in porous media can readily be studied by first immersing the material in, e.g., pure nitrogen gas, and then observing the rate at which normal air, containing oxygen, reinvades the material. The conductance of the human sinus connective passages can be measured in this way by flushing the nasal cavity with nitrogen, while breathing normally through the mouth. A clinical study comprising 40 patients has been concluded.

  12. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy of silanized silicon quantum dots

    Kuntermann, Volker; Cimpean, Carla; Brehm, Georg; Sauer, Guido; Kryschi, Carola; Wiggers, Hartmut

    2008-03-01

    Excitonic properties of colloidal silicon quantum dots (Si qdots) with mean sizes of 4nm were examined using stationary and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. Chemically stable silicon oxide shells were prepared by controlled surface oxidation and silanization of HF-etched Si qdots. The ultrafast relaxation dynamics of photogenerated excitons in Si qdot colloids were studied on the picosecond time scale from 0.3psto2.3ns using femtosecond-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. The time evolution of the transient absorption spectra of the Si qdots excited with a 150fs pump pulse at 390nm was observed to consist of decays of various absorption transitions of photoexcited electrons in the conduction band which overlap with both the photoluminescence and the photobleaching of the valence band population density. Gaussian deconvolution of the spectroscopic data allowed for disentangling various carrier relaxation processes involving electron-phonon and phonon-phonon scatterings or arising from surface-state trapping. The initial energy and momentum relaxation of hot carriers was observed to take place via scattering by optical phonons within 0.6ps . Exciton capturing by surface states forming shallow traps in the amorphous SiOx shell was found to occur with a time constant of 4ps , whereas deeper traps presumably localized in the Si-SiOx interface gave rise to exciton trapping processes with time constants of 110 and 180ps . Electron transfer from initially populated, higher-lying surface states to the conduction band of Si qdots (>2nm) was observed to take place within 400 or 700fs .

  13. Arsenic speciation in solids using X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Foster, Andrea L.; Kim, Chris S.

    2014-01-01

    Synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is an in situ, minimally-destructive, element-specific, molecular-scale structural probe that has been employed to study the chemical forms (species) of arsenic (As) in solid and aqueous phases (including rocks, soils, sediment, synthetic compounds, and numerous types of biota including humans) for more than 20 years. Although several excellent reviews of As geochemistry and As speciation in the environment have been published previously (including recent contributions in this volume), the explosion of As-XAS studies over the past decade (especially studies employing microfocused X-ray beams) warrants this new review of the literature and of data analysis methods.

  14. Atomic absorption spectroscopy with high temperature flames.

    Willis, J B

    1968-07-01

    An account is given of the history of the development of high temperature flames for the atomic absorption measurement of metals forming refractory oxides. The principles governing the design of premix burners for such flames, and the relative merits of different types of nebulizer burner systems are described. After a brief account of the structure and emission characteristics of the premixed oxygen-acetylene and nitrous oxide-acetylene flames, the scope and limitations of the latter flame in chemical analysis are discussed. PMID:20068790

  15. Differential optical absorption spectroscopy principles and applications

    Platt, Ulrich; Imboden, Dieter

    2008-01-01

    Measurement techniques form the basis of our knowledge about atmospheric composition and chemistry. Presently, important questions of atmospheric chemistry center on urban pollution, free-radical chemistry, degradation of greenhouse gases and the budgets of tropospheric and stratospheric ozone. Among the many different optical spectroscopic methods that are in use, DOAS has emerged as a universal technique to measure the concentrations of atmospheric trace gases by making use of the characteristic absorption features of gas molecules along a path of known length in the open atmosphere. This bo

  16. Case Studies of Stratospheric Nitrogen, Chlorine and Iodine Photochemistry Based on Balloon Borne UV/visible and IR Absorption Spectroscopy

    Butz, André

    2006-01-01

    Nitrogen and halogen bearing compounds play an important role in catalytic loss of stratospheric ozone. Balloon borne spectroscopic measurements of the vertical distribution of the most important nitrogen, chlorine and iodine containing species are used to estimate the quality of state-of-the-art instruments and retrieval algorithms and to gain new insights into stratospheric photochemistry. A comparison study between observations of O3 and NO2 in the UV/visible and infrared spectral ranges i...

  17. Radioimmunoassay (RIA), radioreceptorassay (RRA) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) applied to studies on animal nutrition and health

    In 1990, our group began working in the development of a sensitive method to measure the active principle (1,25 dihydroxy-vitamin D3-glycoside) of Solanum glaucophyllum, a plant that grows wild in our country causing calcinosis of breeding cattle. RIA and RRA have been applied to determine this glycoside in the aqueous extracts of the plant leaves and the free vitamin D metabolite in animal plasma samples, respectively. AAS was also used to determine calcium, together with phosphorus determined by colorimetric methods, in blood and tissues of experimental animals in order to study the relationship between the active principle kinetics and its effects. More recently, this plant has been proposed as a source of vitamin D activity (VDA) that might contribute with environment care improving calcium and phosphorus utilization by animals. Our group is by now, as a first step, studying the effects of different diet levels of calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) [covering the range between commercial recommendations and half of NRC requirements (1994)], as well as different sources of those minerals, upon productive, nutritional, skeletal and biochemical parameters, in a series of experiments covering either a part or the entire breeding cycle of broilers. We think that the high levels of vitamin D3 employed in commercial farms (4 times NRC recommendations) could enable birds fed on basal diets to enhance the synthesis of the active metabolite of the vitamin in order to overcome partially these minerals deficiency. These methods of analysis have been applied successfully in our research projects contributing to the improvement of animal health and production and our approach has been considered adequate for the study of this additive and therefore has been required by the private industry of foreign countries. (author)

  18. Superconducting to insulating transition in Nd1.2Ba1.8Cu3O7+x thin films studied by polarized X-ray absorption spectroscopy

    We report a study of the superconducting-insulator (S-I) transition in epitaxial untwinned Nd1.2Ba1.8Cu3O7+x films using Cu-L and O-K edge polarized X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The S-I transition in realized by reducing the films thickness from 9 to 6 u.c. Due to strain, thin NdBCO films are characterized by structurally identical CuO2 planes. The major differences in the XAS spectra are not associated to states within the CuO2 units in the ab-plane, but to the unoccupied 3d(3z2-r2) states of copper at the Cu(1) and Cu(2) sites hybridized with the apical 2p(z) O(4) state, and to the unoccupied 2p(z) O(4) states themselves. The experimental results show that the S-I transition induced by change of thickness in Nd1.2Ba1.8Cu3O7+x films is correlated to holes localization at the copper sites of the Cu(1)O charge reservoir layer. The results open new perspectives for the interpretation of the superconducting to insulating transition in the HTS compounds

  19. Optical technique for broadband microwave absorption spectroscopy in aqueous media

    Precise measurements of microwave absorption over a large range of frequencies in aqueous media are difficult to obtain and can result in conflicting results as a consequences of small differences in instrumentation. Traditional methods of microwave spectroscopy that make use of time-domain spectrometers or network analyzer systems provide only indirect measurement of the microwave absorption coefficient because they measure the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, ε' and ε'', separately. The absorption coefficient must then be calculated from ε' and ε'' taking into account the geometry (e.g., of the waveguide and mode) among other factors. It has been shown that direct measurement of the microwave absorption coefficient α is possible using phase fluctuation optical heterodyne spectroscopy. Taking advantage of this hybrid optical-microwave technique the authors report on a broadband spectrometer with demonstrated accurate operation from 3 to 20 GHz

  20. Absorption spectroscopy of laser excited europium vapour

    Absorption spectra of europium vapour irradiated by intense, monochromatic resonance radiation at the wavelengths of the three principal resonance lines, 4f76s2, 8S(J=7/2)→4f76s6p, y 8P(J=5/2, 7/2 and 9/2) at 466.2, 462.7 and 459.4 nm respectively, have been photographed at high resolution. Pulsed resonance radiation was obtained from a tunable, narrow-band dye laser pumped by a nitrogen laser: a broad-band dye laser pumped by the same nitrogen laser provided background radiation. Our spectra covered the ranges 380-400 nm, and 410-450 nm, each one showing transitions from a single resonance level to upper levels in the region of either the 4f76s, 7S or the 4f76s, 9S ionization limit of EuII. In the shorter wavelength range the spectra consisted of weak autoionized series converging towards the 7S limit. In the longer wavelength range the three spectra were surprisingly dissimilar. The majority of the upper levels could be arranged into five highly-perturbed series, one corresponding to each of the J values 3/2, 5/2, 7/2, 9/2 and 11/2. These series arose from excitation of the 6p electron to high lying d-orbitals. The absorption transitions to the series members are only prominent in regions where the series are strongly perturbed, indicating that most of the line strength is derived from the perturbing levels. Possible origins for the perturbing levels are discussed. Little evidence was found for a series arising from excitation of the 6p electron to high lying s-orbitals. (author)

  1. Ultrafast terahertz conductivity and transient optical absorption spectroscopy of silicon nanocrystal thin films

    Titova, Lyubov V.; Harthy, Rahma Al; Cooke, David;

    We use time-resolved THz spectroscopy and transient optical absorption spectroscopy as two complementary techniques to study ultrafast carrier dynamics in silicon nanocrystal thin films. We find that the photoconductive dynamics in these materials is dominated by interface trapping, and we observe...

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

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

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

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

    2007-09-21

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

  4. Simultaneous surface plasmon resonance and x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    Serrano, A. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio (ICV-CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Rodriguez de la Fuente, O. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Collado, V.; Rubio-Zuazo, J.; Castro, G. R. [SpLine, Spanish CRG Beamline at the ESRF, F-38043 Grenoble, Cedex 09, France and Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, (ICMM-CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Monton, C. [Department of Physics and Center for Advanced Nanoscience, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Garcia, M. A. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio (ICV-CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); IMDEA Nanociencia, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-08-15

    We present an experimental setup for the simultaneous measurement of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) on metallic thin films at a synchrotron beamline. The system allows measuring in situ and in real time the effect of x-ray irradiation on the SPR curves to explore the interaction of x-rays with matter. It is also possible to record XAS spectra while exciting SPR in order to study changes in the films induced by the excitation of surface plasmons. Combined experiments recording simultaneously SPR and XAS curves while scanning different parameters can be also carried out. The relative variations in the SPR and XAS spectra that can be detected with this setup range from 10{sup -3} to 10{sup -5}, depending on the particular experiment.

  5. Adsorption of isophorone and trimethyl-cyclohexanone on Pd(111): A combination of infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy and density functional theory studies

    Dostert, Karl-Heinz; O'Brien, Casey P.; Liu, Wei; Riedel, Wiebke; Savara, Aditya; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Schauermann, Swetlana; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2016-08-01

    Understanding the interaction of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds with late transition metals is a key prerequisite for rational design of new catalysts with desired selectivity towards C = C or C = O bond hydrogenation. The interaction of the α,β-unsaturated ketone isophorone and the saturated ketone TMCH (3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexanone) with Pd(111) was investigated in this study as a prototypical system. Infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) and density functional theory calculations including van der Waals interactions (DFT + vdWsurf) were combined to form detailed assignments of IR vibrational modes in the range from 3000 cm- 1 to 1000 cm- 1 in order to obtain information on the binding of isophorone and TMCH to Pd(111) as well as to study the effect of co-adsorbed hydrogen. IRAS measurements were performed with deuterium-labeled (d5-) isophorone, in addition to unlabeled isophorone and unlabeled TMCH. Experimentally observed IR absorption features and calculated vibrational frequencies indicate that isophorone and TMCH molecules in multilayers have a mostly unperturbed structure with random orientation. At sub-monolayer coverages, strong perturbation and preferred orientations of the adsorbates were found. At low coverage, isophorone interacts strongly with Pd(111) and adsorbs in a flat-lying geometry with the C = C and C = O bonds parallel, and a CH3 group perpendicular, to the surface. At intermediate sub-monolayer coverage, the C = C bond is strongly tilted, while the C = O bond remains flat-lying, which indicates a prominent perturbation of the conjugated π system. Pre-adsorbed hydrogen leads to significant changes in the adsorption geometry of isophorone, which suggests a weakening of its binding to Pd(111). At low coverage, the structure of the CH3 groups seems to be mostly unperturbed on the hydrogen pre-covered surface. With increasing coverage, a conservation of the in-plane geometry of the conjugated π system was observed in the

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  7. 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

  8. Developing a Transdisciplinary Teaching Implement for Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

    Drew, John

    2008-01-01

    In this article I explain why I wrote the set of teaching notes on Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) and why they look the way they do. The notes were intended as a student reference to question, highlight and write over as much as they wish during an initial practical demonstration of the threshold concept being introduced, in this case…

  9. Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy of a Lasing Material: Ruby

    Esposti, C. Degli; Bizzocchi, L.

    2007-01-01

    Ruby is a crystalline material, which comes very expensive and is of great significance, as it helped in the creation of first laser. An experiment to determine the absorption and emission spectroscopy, in addition to the determination of the room-temperature lifetime of the substance is being described.

  10. Mechanism of Selenite Removal by a Mixed Adsorbent Based on Fe–Mn Hydrous Oxides Studied Using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    Chubar, Natalia

    2014-11-18

    © 2014 American Chemical Society. Selenium cycling in the environment is greatly controlled by various minerals, including Mn and Fe hydrous oxides. At the same time, such hydrous oxides are the main inorganic ion exchangers suitable (on the basis of their chemical nature) to sorb (toxic) anions, separating them from water solutions. The mechanism of selenite adsorption by the new mixed adsorbent composed of a few (amorphous and crystalline) phases [maghemite, MnCO3, and X-ray amorphous Fe(III) and Mn(III) hydrous oxides] was studied by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy [supported by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) data]. The complexity of the porous adsorbent, especially the presence of the amorphous phases of Fe(III) and Mn(III) hydrous oxides, is the main reason for its high selenite removal performance demonstrated by batch and column adsorption studies shown in the previous work. Selenite was bound to the material via inner-sphere complexation (via oxygen) to the adsorption sites of the amorphous Fe(III) and Mn(III) oxides. This anion was attracted via bidentate binuclear corner-sharing coordination between SeO3 2- trigonal pyramids and both FeO6 and MnO6 octahedra; however, the adsorption sites of Fe(III) hydrous oxides played a leading role in selenite removal. The contribution of the adsorption sites of Mn(III) oxide increased as the pH decreased from 8 to 6. Because most minerals have a complex structure (they are seldom based on individual substances) of various crystallinity, this work is equally relevant to environmental science and environmental technology because it shows how various solid phases control cycling of chemical elements in the environment.

  11. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of parent misfit-layered cobalt oxide [Sr2O2]qCoO2

    Here we present a comprehensive X-ray absorption spectroscopy study carried out at Co-L2,3, Co-K, O-K and Sr-K edges for the parent misfit-layered cobalt oxide phase [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2; comparison is made to another misfit-layered oxide [CoCa2O3]0.62CoO2 and the perovskite oxide LaCoO3. A high-quality sample of [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2 was obtained through ultra-high-pressure synthesis using Sr3Co2O6 and Sr(OH)2∙8H2O as starting materials. Different dosages of KClO3 were mixed with the raw materials as an oxygen source and tested, but it was found that the window for the redox control of [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2 is rather narrow. From Co-K and Co-L2,3 spectra a mixed III/IV valence state is revealed for cobalt in [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2, but the average valence value is a little lower than in [CoCa2O3]0.62CoO2. Then, Sr-K spectrum indicates that the [Sr2O2] double-layer block in [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2 clearly deviates from the cubic SrO rock-salt structure, suggesting a more complicated coordination environment for strontium. This together with a somewhat low Co-valence value and the fact that the phase formation of [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2 required the presence of Sr(OH)2∙8H2O in the high-pressure synthesis suggest that the [Sr2O2] block contains ---OH groups, i.e. [Sr2(O,OH)2]0.52CoO2. - Graphical abstract: [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2 obtained through high-pressure synthesis is a parent of misfit-layered cobalt oxides, such as [CoCa2O3]0.62CoO2 or [MmA2O2+m]qCoO2 in general. Our comprehensive X-ray absorption spectroscopy study shows that both [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2 and [CoCa2O3]0.62CoO2 possess mixed III/IV valence cobalt, but the average Co-valence is a little lower in the former. This is tentatively believed to be due to OH--- groups replacing part of O2− ions in the [Sr2O2] layer block. - Highlights: • [Sr2O2]0.52CoO2 is a parent of misfit-layered cobalt oxides. • It is obtained by ultra-high-pressure synthesis from Sr3Co2O6, Sr(OH)2∙6H2O and KClO3. • Co-K and Co---L XANES spectra reveal lower than expected

  12. Spectroscopy

    Hellman, Hal

    1968-01-01

    This booklet discusses spectroscopy, the study of absorption of radiation by matter, including X-ray, gamma-ray, microwave, mass spectroscopy, as well as others. Spectroscopy has produced more fundamental information to the study of the detailed structure of matter than any other tools.

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

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

  14. Communication: XUV transient absorption spectroscopy of iodomethane and iodobenzene photodissociation

    Drescher, L.; Galbraith, M. C. E.; Reitsma, G.; Dura, J.; Zhavoronkov, N.; Patchkovskii, S.; Vrakking, M. J. J.; Mikosch, J.

    2016-07-01

    Time-resolved extreme ultraviolet (XUV) transient absorption spectroscopy of iodomethane and iodobenzene photodissociation at the iodine pre-N4,5 edge is presented, using femtosecond UV pump pulses and XUV probe pulses from high harmonic generation. For both molecules the molecular core-to-valence absorption lines fade immediately, within the pump-probe time-resolution. Absorption lines converging to the atomic iodine product emerge promptly in CH3I but are time-delayed in C6H5I. We attribute this delay to the initial π → σ* excitation in iodobenzene, which is distant from the iodine reporter atom. We measure a continuous shift in energy of the emerging atomic absorption lines in CH3I, attributed to relaxation of the excited valence shell. An independent particle model is used to rationalize the observed experimental findings.

  15. Estimation of molar absorptivities and pigment sizes for eumelanin and pheomelanin using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy

    Piletic, Ivan R.; Matthews, Thomas E.; Warren, Warren S.

    2009-11-01

    Fundamental optical and structural properties of melanins are not well understood due to their poor solubility characteristics and the chemical disorder present during biomolecular synthesis. We apply nonlinear transient absorption spectroscopy to quantify molar absorptivities for eumelanin and pheomelanin and thereby get an estimate for their average pigment sizes. We determine that pheomelanin exhibits a larger molar absorptivity at near IR wavelengths (750nm), which may be extended to shorter wavelengths. Using the molar absorptivities, we estimate that melanin pigments contain ˜46 and 28 monomer units for eumelanin and pheomelanin, respectively. This is considerably larger than the oligomeric species that have been recently proposed to account for the absorption spectrum of eumelanin and illustrates that larger pigments comprise a significant fraction of the pigment distribution.

  16. An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of the inversion degree in zinc ferrite nanocrystals dispersed on a highly porous silica aerogel matrix.

    Carta, D; Marras, C; Loche, D; Mountjoy, G; Ahmed, S I; Corrias, A

    2013-02-01

    The structural properties of zinc ferrite nanoparticles with spinel structure dispersed in a highly porous SiO(2) aerogel matrix were compared with a bulk zinc ferrite sample. In particular, the details of the cation distribution between the octahedral (B) and tetrahedral (A) sites of the spinel structure were determined using X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The analysis of both the X-ray absorption near edge structure and the extended X-ray absorption fine structure indicates that the degree of inversion of the zinc ferrite spinel structures varies with particle size. In particular, in the bulk microcrystalline sample, Zn(2+) ions are at the tetrahedral sites and trivalent Fe(3+) ions occupy octahedral sites (normal spinel). When particle size decreases, Zn(2+) ions are transferred to octahedral sites and the degree of inversion is found to increase as the nanoparticle size decreases. This is the first time that a variation of the degree of inversion with particle size is observed in ferrite nanoparticles grown within an aerogel matrix. PMID:23406136

  17. Light-induced changes in subband absorption in a-Si:H using photoluminescence absorption spectroscopy

    Gu, S. Q.; Taylor, P. C.; Nitta, S.

    1991-08-01

    We have used the photoluminescence (PL) generated in a thin-film sample of a-Si:H to probe low absorption levels by measuring the absorption of the PL as it travels down the length of the film in a waveguide mode. This technique, which we have called PL absorption spectroscopy of PLAS, allows the measurement of values of the absorption coefficient α down to about 0.1 cm-1. Because this technique probes the top and bottom surfaces of the a-Si:H sample, it is important to separate surface from bulk absorption mechanisms. An improved sample geometry has been employed to facilitate this separation. One sample consisted of an a-Si1-xNix:H/a-Si:H/ a-Si1-xNx:H/NiCr layered structure where the silicon nitride layers served as the cladding layers for the waveguide. In a second sample the a-Si:H layer was interrupted near the middle for two separate, thin (100 Å) layers of a-Si1-xNx:H in order to check for the importance of the absorption at the silicon/silicon nitride interfaces in these PLAS measurements. Changes in the below-gap absorption on light soaking were examined using irradiation from an Ar+ laser (5145 Å, ˜200 mW/cm2 for 5.5 hours at 300 K). The silicon/silicon nitride interface is responsible for an absorption which has a shoulder near 1.2 eV while the bulk a-Si:H absorption exhibits no such shoulder. The metastable, optically-induced increase in the below gap absorption appears to come entirely from the bulk of the a-Si:H. These low temperature PLAS measurements are compared with those obtained at 300 K by photothermal deflection spectroscopy.

  18. Transient x-ray absorption spectroscopy of hydrated halogen atom

    Elles, Christopher G; Crowell, Robert A; Arms, Dohn A; Landahl, Eric C

    2007-01-01

    Time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy monitors the transient species generated by one-photon detachment of an electron from aqueous bromide. Hydrated bromine atoms with a lifetime of ca. 17 ns were observed, nearly half of which react with excess Br- to form Br2-. The K-edge spectra of the Br atom and Br2- anion exhibit distinctive resonant transitions that are absent for the Br- precursor. The absorption spectra indicate that the solvent shell around a Br0 atom is defined primarily by hydrophobic interactions, in agreement with a Monte Carlo simulation of the solvent structure.

  19. Influence of interstitial solutions (H, N) on cerium electronic state in Ce-Fe intermetallic compounds: X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) study

    It is presented an x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) investigation performed at the L-edges of the rare-earth and at the K-edge of iron in the R-Fe intermetallic compounds (La, Ce)2Fe14BHχand Ce2Fe17(H,N)χ, to elucidate the role of the interstitial doping into the electronic and magnetic properties of these systems. Comparison with x-ray circular magnetic dichroism (XCMD) experiments has been carried out to clarify the localization of 4f magnetic moment at the Ce sites upon hydriding. Both XAS and XCMD results evidence the interplay between the structural and magnetic changes, that are associated to the modification of the hybridization between the Fe(3d) and Ce(5d) bands

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

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

  1. CO2 Spectroscopy Evaluation Using Atmospheric Solar Absorption Spectra

    Sen, Bhaswar; Brown, Linda R.; Miller, Charles E.; Toon, Geoffrey C.; Toth, Robert A.; Washenfelder, Rebecca A.; Wennberg, Paul O

    2006-01-01

    We evaluated the improvements in successive versions (1996 - 2004) of HITRAN (1) and other molecular line parameter data set (2) to correctly simulate infrared (IR) and near-infrared (NIR) CO 2 transmittance spectra. Understanding the global sources and sinks of CO 2 requires highly accurate measurements (ó 0.3%) and makes extreme de- mands on the spectroscopy. We evaluated the line parameter data sets by fitting solar absorption spectra measured by the JPL MkIV FTIR spectrometer (3) and the ...

  2. Multi axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS)

    Hönninger, G.; Von Friedeburg, C.; U. Platt

    2004-01-01

    Multi Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) in the atmosphere is a novel measurement technique that represents a significant advance on the well-established zenith scattered sunlight DOAS instruments which are mainly sensitive to stratospheric absorbers. MAX-DOAS utilizes scattered sunlight received from multiple viewing directions. The spatial distribution of various trace gases close to the instrument can be derived by combining several viewing directions. Ground...

  3. Multi axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS)

    Hönninger, G.; Friedeburg, C.; U. Platt

    2004-01-01

    Multi Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) in the atmosphere is a novel measurement technique that represents a significant advance on the well-established zenith scattered sunlight DOAS instruments which are mainly sensitive to stratospheric absorbers. MAX-DOAS utilizes scattered sunlight received from multiple viewing directions. The spatial distribution of various trace gases close to the instrument can be derived by combining sev...

  4. Pharmaceutical evaluation of carbamazepine modifications: comparative study for photostability of carbamazepine polymorphs by using Fourier-transformed reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy and colorimetric measurement.

    Matsuda, Y; Akazawa, R; Teraoka, R; Otsuka, M

    1994-03-01

    The tablet surface was evaluated without physical damage by means of Fourier-transform infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (FT-IR-RAS) and colorimetric measurement (colour difference, delta E) of the carbamazepine polymorphs I, II and III, after photodegradation at two irradiation intensities (3.0 and 12.0 J cm-2s-1) under a near-UV fluorescent lamp. The surface of sample pellets of all crystalline forms turned gradually from white to yellow-orange upon exposure to light, and the discoloration rate of form II was faster than that of forms I and III, indicating that form II was the most unstable of the three. The major photoproducts were identified by HPLC, NMR and MS analyses. The carbamazepine content on the surface of the tablet was determined based on the absorption at 1685 cm-1 attributable to C=O stretch vibration in the FT-IR-RAS spectra before and after irradiation by a near-UV fluorescent lamp. The semilogarithmic plots of the photodegradation profiles of the various polymorphs were straight lines, including the induction period, indicating that degradation of the drug on the surface followed first-order kinetics. The induction periods of all forms were not significantly different. However, the degradation rate constant of form II at 12.0 J cm-2s-1 was 5.1 and 1.5 times larger than those of forms I and III, respectively. PMID:8027920

  5. X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction study of cementitious materials derived from coal combustion by-products

    Cementitious materials derived from coal combustion by-products have been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and S and Ca K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy. The XRD analysis revealed that these materials are a complex mixture of a small amount of quartz [SiO2] and three calcium-bearing compounds: hannebachite [CaSO3·1/2H2O], gypsum [CaSO4·2H2O] and ettringite [(Ca6(Al(OH)6)2(SO4)3·26H2O)]. Analysis of the S XAFS data focused on deconvolution of the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) regions of the spectra. This analysis established that sulfate and sulfite are the two major sulfur forms, with a minor thiophenic component contained in unburned carbon in the fly ash. Increasing sulfate and decreasing sulfite correlated well with increasing gypsum and ettringite and decreasing hannebachite content in the samples. Different calcium compounds were identified primarily through simple comparison of the Ca K-edge XANES and radial structure functions (RSFs) of the cementitious samples with those of reference compounds. Because of the complex coordination chemistry of calcium in these materials, it was difficult to obtain detailed local atomic environment information around calcium beyond the first Ca-O peak. Analysis of the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and the RSF gave average Ca-O distances in the range 2.44-2.5 A, with each calcium atom surrounded roughly by eight oxygen atoms. In certain samples, the average Ca-O distances were close to that in ettringite (2.51 A), suggesting that these samples have higher ettringite content. The results of S and Ca K-edges XAFS and the XRD data were in reasonable agreement

  6. Development of an x-ray beam line at the NSLS for studies in materials science using x-ray absorption spectroscopy: Annual progress report

    The research programs reported span virtually the entire range of condensed matter studies involving the fields of solid state physics, chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science and biochemistry. Results are discussed for various groups. Topics reported include work on amorphous chalcogenide semiconductors, particularly photostructural changes, kinetics of structural changes and rapid quenching, bond strengths, force constants and phonons. Also reported are temperature dependent EXAFS studies of bonding in high temperature alloys, amorphous systems, disordered alloys and studies of resolve electronic structure, EXAFS and XANES studies of permanent magnet systems based on Nd2Fe14B, glancing angle EXAFS study of Nb/Al and Nb/Si interfacial systems, x-ray absorption of krypton-implanted solids and high dose implants into silicon, and x-ray absorption and EXAFS studies of superconducting oxide compounds of Cu and related magnetic systems. Work is also reported on XAFS measurements on the icosahedral phase

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

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

  8. Multi axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS

    G. Hönninger

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Multi Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS in the atmosphere is a novel measurement technique that represents a significant advance on the well-established zenith scattered sunlight DOAS instruments which are mainly sensitive to stratospheric absorbers. MAX-DOAS utilizes scattered sunlight received from multiple viewing directions. The spatial distribution of various trace gases close to the instrument can be derived by combining several viewing directions. Ground based MAX-DOAS is highly sensitive to absorbers in the lowest few kilometres of the atmosphere and vertical profile information can be retrieved by combining the measurements with Radiative Transfer Model (RTM calculations. The potential of the technique for a wide variety of studies of tropospheric trace species and its (few limitations are discussed. A Monte Carlo RTM is applied to calculate Airmass Factors (AMF for the various viewing geometries of MAX-DOAS. Airmass Factors can be used to quantify the light path length within the absorber layers. The airmass factor dependencies on the viewing direction and the influence of several parameters (trace gas profile, ground albedo, aerosol profile and type, solar zenith and azimuth angles are investigated. In addition we give a brief description of the instrumental MAX-DOAS systems realised and deployed so far. The results of the RTM studies are compared to several examples of recent MAX-DOAS field experiments and an outlook for future possible applications is given.

  9. 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...

  10. APPLICATION OF ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY TO ACTINIDE PROCESS ANALYSIS AND MONITORING

    Lascola, R.; Sharma, V.

    2010-06-03

    The characteristic strong colors of aqueous actinide solutions form the basis of analytical techniques for actinides based on absorption spectroscopy. Colorimetric measurements of samples from processing activities have been used for at least half a century. This seemingly mature technology has been recently revitalized by developments in chemometric data analysis. Where reliable measurements could formerly only be obtained under well-defined conditions, modern methods are robust with respect to variations in acidity, concentration of complexants and spectral interferents, and temperature. This paper describes two examples of the use of process absorption spectroscopy for Pu analysis at the Savannah River Site, in Aiken, SC. In one example, custom optical filters allow accurate colorimetric measurements of Pu in a stream with rapid nitric acid variation. The second example demonstrates simultaneous measurement of Pu and U by chemometric treatment of absorption spectra. The paper concludes with a description of the use of these analyzers to supplement existing technologies in nuclear materials monitoring in processing, reprocessing, and storage facilities.

  11. Electrochemical, atomic force microscopy and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy studies of pre-formed mussel adhesive protein films on carbon steel for corrosion protection

    Zhang, Fan, E-mail: fanzhang@kth.se [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Div. of Surface and Corrosion Science, Drottning Kristinas vaeg.51, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Pan, Jinshan [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Div. of Surface and Corrosion Science, Drottning Kristinas vaeg.51, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Claesson, Per Martin [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Div. of Surface and Corrosion Science, Drottning Kristinas vaeg.51, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Institute for Surface Chemistry, P.O. Box 5607, SE-114 86 Stockholm (Sweden); Brinck, Tore [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Physical Chemistry, Division of Physical Chemistry, Teknikringen 36, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2012-10-01

    Electrochemical measurements, in situ and ex situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) experiments and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) analysis were performed to investigate the formation and stability as well as corrosion protection properties of mussel adhesive protein (Mefp-1) films on carbon steel, and the influence of cross-linking by NaIO{sub 4} oxidation. The in situ AFM measurements show flake-like adsorbed protein aggregates in the film formed at pH 9. The ex situ AFM images indicate multilayer-like films and that the film becomes more compact and stable in NaCl solution after the cross-linking. The IRAS results reveal the absorption bands of Mefp-1 on carbon steel before and after NaIO{sub 4} induced oxidation of the pre-adsorbed protein. Within a short exposure time, a certain corrosion protection effect was noted for the pre-formed Mefp-1 film in 0.1 M NaCl solution. Cross-linking the pre-adsorbed film by NaIO{sub 4} oxidation significantly enhanced the protection efficiency by up to 80%. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mussel protein was tested as 'green' corrosion protection strategy for steel. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At pH 9, the protein adsorbs on carbon steel and forms a multilayer-like film. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NaIO{sub 4} leads to structural changes and cross-linking of the protein film. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cross-linking results in a dense and compact film with increased stability. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cross-linking of preformed film significantly enhances the corrosion protection.

  12. Electrochemical, atomic force microscopy and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy studies of pre-formed mussel adhesive protein films on carbon steel for corrosion protection

    Electrochemical measurements, in situ and ex situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) experiments and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) analysis were performed to investigate the formation and stability as well as corrosion protection properties of mussel adhesive protein (Mefp-1) films on carbon steel, and the influence of cross-linking by NaIO4 oxidation. The in situ AFM measurements show flake-like adsorbed protein aggregates in the film formed at pH 9. The ex situ AFM images indicate multilayer-like films and that the film becomes more compact and stable in NaCl solution after the cross-linking. The IRAS results reveal the absorption bands of Mefp-1 on carbon steel before and after NaIO4 induced oxidation of the pre-adsorbed protein. Within a short exposure time, a certain corrosion protection effect was noted for the pre-formed Mefp-1 film in 0.1 M NaCl solution. Cross-linking the pre-adsorbed film by NaIO4 oxidation significantly enhanced the protection efficiency by up to 80%. - Highlights: ► Mussel protein was tested as “green” corrosion protection strategy for steel. ► At pH 9, the protein adsorbs on carbon steel and forms a multilayer-like film. ► NaIO4 leads to structural changes and cross-linking of the protein film. ► Cross-linking results in a dense and compact film with increased stability. ► Cross-linking of preformed film significantly enhances the corrosion protection.

  13. Two-wavelength absorption modulation spectroscopy of bandtail absorption in GaAs quantum wells

    We have discovered that below-band-gap photoexcitation produces large bleaching of the exciton absorption in GaAs quantum well heterostructures. We have used this effect to perform the first investigation of room-temperature bandtail absorption in these structures. We find that the below-band-gap absorption follows a spectral Urbach's rule. In addition, proton-bombarded samples show an Urbach energy correlated with bombardment-induced defects. This sensitive technique has enabled us to study samples as thin as 1 μm at energies where the absorption coefficient is approx.10 cm-1

  14. Shape effects along the Z=82 line: study of the $\\beta$- decay of $^{188,190,192}$Pb using total absorption spectroscopy

    Caballero ontanaya, L; Garcia borge, M J; Malbrunot, S

    2002-01-01

    This proposal is aimed at the study of the $\\beta$- decay of the neutron-deficient $^{188,190,192}$Pb nuclei. The main motivation of the proposed experiment is to determine the Gamow-Teller strength distribution in the daughter nuclei using the Total Absorption Spectrometer "Lucrecia". Recent theoretical results show that from this measurement the shapes of the ground states of the decaying Pb nuclei can be inferred. This study offers an independent way to study the phenomenon of shape co-existence in a region of particular interest.

  15. Diagnostic potential of cosmic-neutrino absorption spectroscopy

    Annihilation of extremely energetic cosmic neutrinos on the relic-neutrino background can give rise to absorption lines at energies corresponding to formation of the electroweak gauge boson Z0. The positions of the absorption dips are set by the masses of the relic neutrinos. Suitably intense sources of extremely energetic (1021-1025-eV) cosmic neutrinos might therefore enable the determination of the absolute neutrino masses and the flavor composition of the mass eigenstates. Several factors--other than neutrino mass and composition--distort the absorption lines, however. We analyze the influence of the time evolution of the relic-neutrino density and the consequences of neutrino decay. We consider the sensitivity of the line shape to the age and character of extremely energetic neutrino sources, and to the thermal history of the Universe, reflected in the expansion rate. We take into account Fermi motion arising from the thermal distribution of the relic-neutrino gas. We also note the implications of Dirac vs. Majorana relics, and briefly consider unconventional neutrino histories. We ask what kinds of external information would enhance the potential of cosmic-neutrino absorption spectroscopy, and estimate the sensitivity required to make the technique a reality

  16. Diagnostic potential of cosmic-neutrino absorption spectroscopy

    Barenboim, Gabriela; /Valencia U.; Mena Requejo, Olga; Quigg, Chris; /Fermilab

    2004-12-01

    Annihilation of extremely energetic cosmic neutrinos on the relic-neutrino background can give rise to absorption lines at energies corresponding to formation of the electroweak gauge boson Z{sup 0}. The positions of the absorption dips are set by the masses of the relic neutrinos. Suitably intense sources of extremely energetic (10{sup 21} - 10{sup 25}-eV) cosmic neutrinos might therefore enable the determination of the absolute neutrino masses and the flavor composition of the mass eigenstates. Several factors--other than neutrino mass and composition--distort the absorption lines, however. We analyze the influence of the time-evolution of the relic-neutrino density and the consequences of neutrino decay. We consider the sensitivity of the lineshape to the age and character of extremely energetic neutrino sources, and to the thermal history of the Universe, reflected in the expansion rate. We take into account Fermi motion arising from the thermal distribution of the relic-neutrino gas. We also note the implications of Dirac vs. Majorana relics, and briefly consider unconventional neutrino histories. We ask what kinds of external information would enhance the potential of cosmic-neutrino absorption spectroscopy, and estimate the sensitivity required to make the technique a reality.

  17. Operando X-ray absorption and infrared fuel cell spectroscopy

    Lewis, Emily A.; Kendrick, Ian; Jia, Qingying; Grice, Corey; Segre, Carlo U.; Smotkin, Eugene S. (NuVant); (IIT); (NEU)

    2011-11-17

    A polymer electrolyte fuel cell enables operando X-ray absorption and infrared spectroscopy of the membrane electrode assembly catalytic layer with flowing fuel and air streams at controlled temperature. Time-dependent X-ray absorption near edge structure spectra of the Pt and Ni edge of Pt based catalysts of an air-breathing cathode show that catalyst restructuring, after a potential step, has time constants from minutes to hours. The infrared Stark tuning plots of CO adsorbed on Pt at 100, 200, 300 and 400 mV vs. hydrogen reference electrode were obtained. The Stark tuning plots of CO adsorbed at 400 mV exhibit a precipitous drop in frequency coincident with the adsorption potential. The turn-down potential decreases relative to the adsorption potential and is approximately constant after 300 mV. These Stark tuning characteristics are attributed to potential dependent adsorption site selection by CO and competitive adsorption processes.

  18. Raman and X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of chromium–phosphorus interactions in high-bismuth high-level waste glasses

    High-level waste (HLW) glasses containing bismuth, phosphorus, and chromium were investigated using Raman and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The novel and practically important occurrence of foaming on cooling of these melts is associated with P and Cr from the HLW. In response, glasses were synthesized where Bi2O3 and P2O5 contents were varied independently. Relationships between P and Cr were found, where as P2O5-content increases, chromate Cr–O stretch Raman modes diminish intensity, while Cr XAS shows that Cr reduces, from 50% Cr6+ + 50% Cr3+ to nearly 20% Cr6+ + 80% Cr3+, explaining the chromate mode behavior. In the most P2O5-rich glass, the chromate Cr–O distance increases by approximately 0.10 Å, which may indicate bonding between CrO4 and PO4 tetrahedra, similar to that in chromo-phosphates. The presence of chromo-phosphate domains in HLW melts can be linked to oxygen generation as a source of the foaming

  19. On the formation of new reverse micelles: a comparative study of benzene/surfactants/ionic liquids systems using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering.

    Falcone, R Darío; Correa, N Mariano; Silber, Juana J

    2009-09-15

    The microenvironment of the polar core generated in different ionic liquid reverse micelle (IL RM) systems were investigated using the solvatochromic behavior of 1-methyl-8-oxyquinolinium betaine (QB) as an absorption probe and dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique. The novel RM systems consist of two different ILs--1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (bmimTf2N)--sequestrated by two different surfactants--Triton X-100 (TX-100) and benzyl-n-hexadecyldimethylammonium chloride (BHDC)--in order to make IL/surfactant/benzene RMs. The effect of the variation of Ws (Ws=[IL]/[surfactant]) on the QB spectroscopy was used to characterize these nonaqueous RMs. DLS results confirm the formation of these IL RM systems because increasing Ws increases the droplet sizes. Moreover it is demonstrated that the structure of the sequestrated ILs depends strongly on the type of surfactant use to create the RMs. PMID:19678620

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

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

    2013-10-01

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

  1. Mechanistic study of electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid at platinum in acidic solution by time-resolved surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy.

    Samjeské, Gabor; Miki, Atsushi; Ye, Shen; Osawa, Masatoshi

    2006-08-24

    Surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (SEIRAS) combined with cyclic voltammetry or chronoamperometry has been utilized to examine kinetic and mechanistic aspects of the electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid on a polycrystalline Pt surface at the molecular scale. Formate is adsorbed on the electrode in a bridge configuration in parallel to the adsorption of linear and bridge CO produced by dehydration of formic acid. A solution-exchange experiment using isotope-labeled formic acids (H(12)COOH and H(13)COOH) reveals that formic acid is oxidized to CO(2) via adsorbed formate and the decomposition (oxidation) of formate to CO(2) is the rate-determining step of the reaction. The adsorption/oxidation of CO and the oxidation/reduction of the electrode surface strongly affect the formic acid oxidation by blocking active sites for formate adsorption and also by retarding the decomposition of adsorbed formate. The interplay of the involved processes also affects the kinetics and complicates the cyclic voltammograms of formic acid oxidation. The complex voltammetric behavior is comprehensively explained at the molecular scale by taking all these effects into account. PMID:16913790

  2. Fingerprints of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in infrared absorption spectroscopy

    Tommasini, Matteo; Lucotti, Andrea; Alfè, Michela; Ciajolo, Anna; Zerbi, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    We have analyzed a set of 51 PAHs whose structures have been hypothesized from mass spectrometry data collected on samples extracted from carbon particles of combustion origin. We have obtained relationships between infrared absorption signals in the fingerprint region (mid-IR) and the chemical structures of PAHs, thus proving the potential of IR spectroscopy for the characterization of the molecular structure of aromatic combustion products. The results obtained here for the spectroscopic characterization of PAHs can be also of interest in Materials Science and Astrophysics.

  3. High Resolution Spectroscopy on an X-ray Absorption Beamline

    Hazemann, Jean-Louis; Proux, Olivier; Nassif, Vivian; Palancher, Hervé; Lahera, Eric; Da Silva, Cécile; Braillard, Aurélien; Testemale, Denis; Diot, Marie-Ange; Alliot, Isabelle; Delnet, William; Manceau, A.; Gélébart, Frédéric; Morand, Marc; Dermigny, Quentin

    2008-01-01

    Abstract A bent crystal spectrometer based on the Rowland circle geometry has been tested on the BM30b/FAME beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The energy resolution of the spectrometer (1.3eV at the Cu K1 energy, i.e. 8047.78eV) allows to perform different kinds of measurements, including X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering and X-ray Raman Scattering experiments. The simplicity of the experimental device makes it easily implemented on a cl...

  4. Determination of atmospheric corrosion of coated steel surfaces by in situ infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS)

    Full text: Infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) is a sensitive technique for measuring thin layers on metallic surfaces. The principal goal of this IRRAS study was the development of a reproducible and reliable in situ measurement procedure for the determination of corrosion of coated steel surfaces. (author)

  5. Nocturnal Measurements of HONO by Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy

    Wojtal, P.; McLaren, R.

    2011-12-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) was used to quantify the concentration of HONO, NO2 and SO2 in the nocturnal urban atmosphere at York University over a period of one year. These measurements form a comprehensive HONO data set, including a large range of temperatures, relative humidity, surface conditions (snow, water, dry, etc.) and NO2 concentrations. Laboratory studies and observations within the nocturnal boundary layer reported in the literature suggest heterogeneous conversion of NO2 on surface adsorbed water as the major nighttime source of HONO. HONO formation and photolysis is believed to represent a major source term in the hydroxyl radical budget in polluted continental regions. Currently, most air quality models tend to significantly underpredict HONO, caused by the lack of understanding of HONO formation processes and the parameters that affect its concentration. Recently, we reported nocturnal pseudo steady states (PSS) of HONO in an aqueous marine environment and a conceptual model for HONO formation on aqueous surfaces was proposed. The data set collected at York University is being analyzed with a view towards further understanding the nighttime HONO formation mechanism and testing several hypotheses: 1) A HONO PSS can exist during certain times at night in an urban area in which the HONO concentration is independent of NO2, given the surface contains sufficient water coverage and is saturated with nitrogen containing precursors; 2) The concentration of HONO is positively correlated with temperature during periods where a PSS exists; 3) Different conversion efficiencies of NO2 to HONO exist on dry, wet and snow surfaces; 4) HONO formation has a NO2 order dependence between 0 and 2nd order, dependant on NO2 concentration, relative humidity, etc. The data set will be presented along with statistical analysis that sheds new light on the source of HONO in urban areas at night.

  6. Mid-infrared absorption spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers

    Haibach, Fred; Erlich, Adam; Deutsch, Erik

    2011-06-01

    Block Engineering has developed an absorption spectroscopy system based on widely tunable Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL). The QCL spectrometer rapidly cycles through a user-selected range in the mid-infrared spectrum, between 6 to 12 μm (1667 to 833 cm-1), to detect and identify substances on surfaces based on their absorption characteristics from a standoff distance of up to 2 feet with an eye-safe laser. It can also analyze vapors and liquids in a single device. For military applications, the QCL spectrometer has demonstrated trace explosive, chemical warfare agent (CWA), and toxic industrial chemical (TIC) detection and analysis. The QCL's higher power density enables measurements from diffuse and highly absorbing materials and substrates. Other advantages over Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy include portability, ruggedness, rapid analysis, and the ability to function from a distance through free space or a fiber optic probe. This paper will discuss the basic technology behind the system and the empirical data on various safety and security applications.

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

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

  8. X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of phase transformations and amorphicity in nanotitania powder and silica-titania core-shell photocatalysts

    Lim, S.H.; Phonthammachai, N.; Liu, T.; White, T.J. [Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore (Singapore). School of Mateials Science and Engineering

    2008-12-15

    The local environment of titanium in nanocrystalline sol-gel synthesized titania, cobaltiferous titania and silica-titania core-shell photocatalysts was investigated using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Anatase reconstructively transforms to rutile via a persistent amorphous phase that is retained, in part, up to 1273 K. In nanotitania, temperature-dependent trends in Ti order correlation observed by XAS parallel the development of amorphous content extracted from powder X-ray diffraction patterns, such that amorphicity shows a transient maximum at {proportional_to}873 K with the onset of rutile crystallization. Cobaltiferous and core-shell materials behaved similarly, but with anatase retained to 973 and 1273 K, respectively. In the former, cobalt redox reactions may stabilize anatase to higher temperatures by ready charge-balancing during the loss of hydroxyl and the formation of oxygen vacancies. In the core-shell architecture, higher Ti coordination and interatomic distance variance in the first- and second-nearestneighbour shells are maintained to 1273 K by interaction of a substantially aperiodic TiO{sub 6} network with the glassy silica substrate, which inhibits crystallization of rutile from the amorphous intermediate. Comparisons are also drawn with the commercial P25 catalyst. The overall transformation mechanism can be summarized as gel {yields} non-stoichiometric anatase{yields}amorphous titania{yields}rutile. Smaller anatase crystals and a higher average Ti-Ti coordination environment in the core-shell structure may enhance photocatalytic activity directly, by creating larger specific surface areas and hosting reactive defects, or indirectly, by inhibiting exciton annihilation in aperiodic titania and delaying the crystallization of less photoactive rutile. (orig.)

  9. Evidence for polynuclear aggregates of ferric daunomycin. A Mössbauer, EPR, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility study.

    Matzanke, B F; Bill, E; Butzlaff, C; Trautwein, A X; Winkler, H; Hermes, C; Nolting, H F; Barbieri, R; Russo, U

    1992-07-15

    The interaction of the antitumor agent daunomycin (DN) with ferric iron has been analysed by Mössbauer spectroscopy, EPR, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), and magnetic susceptibility measurements. In contrast to literature data, at millimolar iron and anthracycline concentrations no solitary Fe(DN)3 complexes are formed in appreciable amounts. The Mössbauer spectroscopic analysis revealed severe dependencies on temperature, on the preparation procedure, the time allowed for equilibration, and on the metal/ligand ratio. The Mössbauer spectra exhibit two components: a broad magnetic sextet and a quadrupole doublet at an Fe/DN molar ratio of 1:3 and exclusively a doublet at a molar ratio of 1:20, indicating an equilibrium of these two spectral components. The EPR spectra are dominated by a signal at g(eff) = 2. Double integration of the EPR signals enabled the determination of their spin density and a correlation between EPR and Mössbauer spectra. The Mössbauer sextet species is EPR invisible and corresponds to magnetically ordered polynuclear aggregates with high magnetic anisotropy. EXAFS and susceptibility measurements provide additional evidence for the formation of polynuclear aggregates of ferric daunomycin. The quadrupole doublet species in the Mössbauer spectra correlates with the g = 2 signal in EPR. This species is also related to a magnetically ordered system, exhibiting, however, superparamagnetic behavior due to less magnetic anisotropy. Since daunomycin forms dimers in aqueous solution at millimolar concentrations, we conclude that the cooperative phenomena observed in EPR and Mössbauer spectra are a consequence of its stacking effects. PMID:1321721

  10. [Retrieval of monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with differential optical absorption spectroscopy].

    Xie, Pin-Hua; Fu, Qiang; Liu, Jian-Guo; Liu, Wen-Qing; Qin, Min; Li, Ang; Liu, Shi-Sheng; Wei, Qing-Nong

    2006-09-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) technique has been used to measure trace gases in the atmosphere by their strongly structured absorption of radiation in the UV and visible spectral range, e. g. SO2, NO2, O3 etc. However, unlike the absorption spectra of SO2 and NO2, the analysis of aromatic compounds is difficult and strongly suffers from the cross interference of other absorbers (Herzberg bands of oxygen, ozone and sulfur dioxide), especially with relatively low concentrations of aromatic compounds in the atmosphere. In the present paper, the DOAS evaluation of aromatic compounds was performed by nonlinear least square fit with two interpolated oxygen optical density spectra at different path lengths and reference spectra of ozone at different temperature and SO2 cross section to correct the interference from absorbers of O2, O3 and SO2. The measurement of toluene, benzene, (m, p, o) xylene and phenol with a DOAS system showed that DOAS method is suitable for monocyclic aromatic compounds monitoring in the atmosphere. PMID:17112022

  11. Optical re-injection in cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

    Leen, J. Brian, E-mail: b.leen@lgrinc.com; O’Keefe, Anthony [Los Gatos Research, 67 E. Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3, Mountain View, California 94041 (United States)

    2014-09-15

    Non-mode-matched cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometry (e.g., cavity ringdown spectroscopy and integrated cavity output spectroscopy) is commonly used for the ultrasensitive detection of trace gases. These techniques are attractive for their simplicity and robustness, but their performance may be limited by the reflection of light from the front mirror and the resulting low optical transmission. Although this low transmitted power can sometimes be overcome with higher power lasers and lower noise detectors (e.g., in the near-infrared), many regimes exist where the available light intensity or photodetector sensitivity limits instrument performance (e.g., in the mid-infrared). In this article, we describe a method of repeatedly re-injecting light reflected off the front mirror of the optical cavity to boost the cavity's circulating power and deliver more light to the photodetector and thus increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the absorption measurement. We model and experimentally demonstrate the method's performance using off-axis cavity ringdown spectroscopy (OA-CRDS) with a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser. The power coupled through the cavity to the detector is increased by a factor of 22.5. The cavity loss is measured with a precision of 2 × 10{sup −10} cm{sup −1}/√(Hz;) an increase of 12 times over the standard off-axis configuration without reinjection and comparable to the best reported sensitivities in the mid-infrared. Finally, the re-injected CRDS system is used to measure the spectrum of several volatile organic compounds, demonstrating the improved ability to resolve weakly absorbing spectroscopic features.

  12. Optical re-injection in cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

    Leen, J. Brian; O’Keefe, Anthony

    2014-01-01

    Non-mode-matched cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometry (e.g., cavity ringdown spectroscopy and integrated cavity output spectroscopy) is commonly used for the ultrasensitive detection of trace gases. These techniques are attractive for their simplicity and robustness, but their performance may be limited by the reflection of light from the front mirror and the resulting low optical transmission. Although this low transmitted power can sometimes be overcome with higher power lasers and lower noise detectors (e.g., in the near-infrared), many regimes exist where the available light intensity or photodetector sensitivity limits instrument performance (e.g., in the mid-infrared). In this article, we describe a method of repeatedly re-injecting light reflected off the front mirror of the optical cavity to boost the cavity's circulating power and deliver more light to the photodetector and thus increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the absorption measurement. We model and experimentally demonstrate the method's performance using off-axis cavity ringdown spectroscopy (OA-CRDS) with a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser. The power coupled through the cavity to the detector is increased by a factor of 22.5. The cavity loss is measured with a precision of 2 × 10−10 cm−1/\\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \\usepackage{amsmath} \\usepackage{wasysym} \\usepackage{amsfonts} \\usepackage{amssymb} \\usepackage{amsbsy} \\usepackage{upgreek} \\usepackage{mathrsfs} \\setlength{\\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \\begin{document} }{}$\\sqrt {{\\rm Hz;}}$\\end{document} Hz ; an increase of 12 times over the standard off-axis configuration without reinjection and comparable to the best reported sensitivities in the mid-infrared. Finally, the re-injected CRDS system is used to measure the spectrum of several volatile organic compounds, demonstrating the improved ability to resolve weakly absorbing spectroscopic features. PMID:25273701

  13. Development of an x-ray beam line at the NSLS for studies in materials science using x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    At the time of the submission of the original proposal more than 7 years ago, the X-11 PRT had set as a goal to develop one of the leading and most comprehensive x-ray absorption beam lines in the world. By any measure we have been successful. As is well documented in previous annual progress report and in the NSLS annual reports, our PRT has been extremely productive in a wide range of topics in materials science, solid state physics, chemistry and biology. Well over 100 papers have been published acknowledging the support of this contract and this continues at a rate of about 30 papers per year and about 20 invited presentations per year. Significant in this report are major studies in high Tc compounds, advances in interface studies, new results in premelting phenomena, several pioneering studies in application of XAS to electrochemistry and significant progress in our understanding of the structure of amorphous chalcogenide systems and their photostructural changes

  14. Silicon oxide particle formation in RF plasmas investigated by infrared absorption spectroscopy and mass spectrometry

    In situ Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy has been used to study the composition of particles formed and suspended in radio-frequency discharges of silane-oxygen-argon gas mixtures. The silane gas consumption was observed by infrared absorption. The stoichiometry of the produced particles depends on the silane flow rate and was compared with commercial colloidal silica. A small proportion of silane gas produces nanometric stoichiometric particles whereas a large proportion produces larger under-stoichiometric particles. Absorption spectroscopy was sufficiently sensitive to reveal particles too small to be visually observed by laser light scattering. Post-oxidation of hydrogenated silicon particles trapped in an argon plasma by adding oxygen was demonstrated. Mass spectrometry of negative and positive ions showed an extensive range of ionic clusters which may be at the origin of particle formation. A model based on an iterative reaction sequence gives a good agreement with the measured positive ion mass spectrum. (author) 7 figs., 1 tab., 34 refs

  15. Synchrotron X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Self-Assembled Nanoparticles Synthesized from Fe(acac)3 and Pt(acac)2

    Chokprasombat, K.; Sirisathitkul, C; Harding, P.; S. Chandarak; R. Yimnirun

    2012-01-01

    The synchrotron X-ray absorption technique was used to complement electron microscopy in the investigation of nanoparticles synthesized from the coreduction of iron acetylacetonate, Fe(acac)3 and platinum acetylacetonate, Pt(acac)2. A much higher Pt composition than Fe leads to an extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectrum for the sample that differs from that of fcc FePt nanoparticles. Most importantly, X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra clearly indicate the ...

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  17. [The Diagnostics of Detonation Flow External Field Based on Multispectral Absorption Spectroscopy Technology].

    Lü, Xiao-jing; Li, Ning; Weng, Chun-sheng

    2016-03-01

    Compared with traditional sampling-based sensing method, absorption spectroscopy technology is well suitable for detonation flow diagnostics, since it can provide with us fast response, nonintrusive, sensitive solution for situ measurements of multiple flow-field parameters. The temperature and concentration test results are the average values along the laser path with traditional absorption spectroscopy technology, while the boundary of detonation flow external field is unknown and it changes all the time during the detonation engine works, traditional absorption spectroscopy technology is no longer suitable for detonation diagnostics. The trend of line strength with temperature varies with different absorption lines. By increasing the number of absorption lines in the test path, more information of the non-uniform flow field can be obtained. In this paper, based on multispectral absorption technology, the reconstructed model of detonation flow external field distribution was established according to the simulation results of space-time conservation element and solution element method, and a diagnostic method of detonation flow external field was given. The model deviation and calculation error of the least squares method adopted were studied by simulation, and the maximum concentration and temperature calculation error was 20.1% and 3.2%, respectively. Four absorption lines of H2O were chosen and detonation flow was scanned at the same time. The detonation external flow testing system was set up for the valveless gas-liquid continuous pulse detonation engine with the diameter of 80 mm. Through scanning H2O absorption lines with a high frequency of 10 kHz, the on-line detection of detonation external flow was realized by direct absorption method combined with time-division multiplexing technology, and the reconstruction of dynamic temperature distribution was realized as well for the first time, both verifying the feasibility of the test method. The test results

  18. Mercury pollution surveys in Riga by Zeeman atomic absorption spectroscopy

    Practical sessions of mercury pollution measurements in Riga (Latvia) have been performed in several districts using an RA-915+ Zeeman atomic absorption spectrometer coupled with a global positioning system (GPS). The measurements were taken from a driving car and in different days at one particular location (the Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy) for monitoring the changes in atmospheric mercury concentration. GPS was used to relate the measurement results to particular places, which made it possible to create a digitalized database of pollution for different geographic coordinates in different time spans. The measurements have shown that the background level of mercury concentration in Riga does not exceed 5 ng/m3, although there are several areas of elevated mercury pollution that need particular attention. (Authors)

  19. Investigating Actinide Molecular Adducts From Absorption Edge Spectroscopy

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

    2006-10-27

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

  20. Integrating cavity ring-down spectroscopy (ICRDS) and the direct measurement of absorption coefficients

    Fry, Edward S.; Mason, John D.

    2016-04-01

    Absorption of light at various wavelengths (i.e. absorption spectroscopy) is a powerful tool for identifying the presence of chemical compounds or specific substances in a sample. Cavity ring down spectroscopy (CRDS) is a well-known technique for very high sensitivity absorption spectroscopy. Another technique, integrating cavity spectroscopy has the additional unique feature of providing accurate absorption data even in the presence of severe scattering. This paper describes a combination of these two techniques that has led to an extremely powerful and useful new technology—integrating CRDS.

  1. High Dispersion Absorption-line Spectroscopy of AE Aqr

    Echevarria, J; Costero, R; Zharikov, S; Michel, R

    2008-01-01

    High-dispersion time-resolved spectroscopy of the unique magnetic cataclysmic variable AE Aqr is presented. A radial velocity analysis of the absorption lines yields K_2 = 168.7+/- 1 km/s. Substantial deviations of the radial velocity curve from a sinusoid are interpreted in terms of intensity variations over the secondary star's surface. A complex rotational velocity curve as a function of orbital phase is detected which has a modulation frequency of twice the orbital frequency, leading to an estimate of the binary inclination angle that is close to 70^o. The minimum and maximum rotational velocities are used to indirectly derive a mass ratio of q= 0.6 and a radial velocity semi-amplitude of the white dwarf of K_1 = 101+/-3 km/s. We present an atmospheric temperature indicator, based on the absorption line ratio of Fe I and Cr I lines, whose variation indicates that the secondary star varies from K0 to K4 as a function of orbital phase. The ephemeris of the system has been revised, using more than one thousa...

  2. Quartz crystal microbalance and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy characterization of bisphenol A absorption in the poly(acrylate) thin films.

    Li, Guifeng; Morita, Shigeaki; Ye, Shen; Tanaka, Masaru; Osawa, Masatoshi

    2004-02-01

    The absorption process of bisphenol A (BPA) in a number of poly(acrylate) thin films, such as poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (PMEA), poly(ethyl acrylate) (PEA), poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PBMA), and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), has been investigated by quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) measurements. Both QCM and IRRAS measurements show that the BPA molecules absorb in PMEA, PEA, and PBMA thin films but not in PMMA thin film. The differences in the BPA absorption behavior are mainly attributed to the difference in the glass transition temperature (T(g)) between these polymers. This absorption behavior also depends on the BPA concentration and polymer film thickness. Furthermore, IRRAS characterization demonstrates that the hydrogen bonding is formed between the hydroxyl group in BPA and the carbonyl group in the poly(acrylate) thin films. BPA molecule absorbed in these polymer thin films can be removed by ethanol rinse treatment. By optimizing experimental conditions for the QCM electrode modified by PMEA thin film, detection limitation of approximately 1 ppb for BPA can be realized by the in situ QCM measurement. This method is expected to be a sensitive in situ detection way for trace BPA in the environmental study. PMID:14750877

  3. Application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulation to study the atomistic solvation structure of tetraglyme:KSCN electrolytes

    The atomistic solvation structure of tetraglyme:KSCN (TET:KSCN) electrolytes with various K+:ether oxygen (M:O) ratio were studied by a combination of molecular dynamic (MD) simulation and Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) called “MD-EXAFS” method. This method gives useful information at the atomistic scale including the average distance between atom pair around the probed ion (R0) and Coordination Number (N). MD simulation results suggest that K+ ions are mostly coordinated to ether oxygen and the conformation around C–C bond prefer the gauche state and TET becomes more compact shape. K+ ions are also coordinated to thiocyanate (SCN−) anion at both nitrogen and sulfur atoms due to strong electron delocalization over three atoms in SCN− (S, C and N). A comparison between MD-EXAFS with the experimental spectra gives an overall good agreement for both frequency and amplitude of the oscillations. - Graphical abstract: A snapshot from MD simulation of TET:KSCN complex that represent the solvation structure of K+ ion by TET oxygens and SCN− anion. The most probable case is the solvation by 1 TET chain with 3 oxygen atoms and 2 SCN− anion. - Highlights: • This work combines MD simulation and XAS to study polymer electrolytes. • Doping KSCN can slightly induce the conformational change of TET chain. • Both polymer and anions are included in first solvation shell of cation

  4. Effect of Biogeochemical Redox Processes on the Fate and Transport of As and U at an Abandoned Uranium Mine Site: an X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study

    Troyer, Lyndsay D.; Stone, James J.; Borch, Thomas

    2014-01-28

    Although As can occur in U ore at concentrations up to 10 wt-%, the fate and transport of both U and As at U mine tailings have not been previously investigated at a watershed scale. The major objective of this study was to determine primary chemical and physical processes contributing to transport of both U and As to a down gradient watershed at an abandoned U mine site in South Dakota. Uranium is primarily transported by erosion at the site, based on decreasing concentrations in sediment with distance from the tailings. equential extractions and U X-ray absorption near-edge fine structure (XANES) fitting indicate that U is immobilised in a near-source sedimentation pond both by prevention of sediment transport and by reduction of UVI to UIV. In contrast to U, subsequent release of As to the watershed takes place from the pond partially due to reductive dissolution of Fe oxy(hydr)oxides. However, As is immobilised by adsorption to clays and Fe oxy(hydr)oxides in oxic zones and by formation of As–sulfide mineral phases in anoxic zones down gradient, indicated by sequential extractions and As XANES fitting. This study indicates that As should be considered during restoration of uranium mine sites in order to prevent transport.

  5. NO2 measurements in Hong Kong using LED based long path differential optical absorption spectroscopy

    Chan, K. L.; Pöhler, D.; G. Kuhlmann; Hartl, A.; Platt, U.; M. O. Wenig

    2012-01-01

    In this study we present the first long term measurements of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO2) using a LED based Long Path Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (LP-DOAS) instrument. This instrument is measuring continuously in Hong Kong since December 2009, first in a setup with a 550 m absorption path and then with a 3820 m path at about 30 m to 50 m above street level. The instrument is using a high power blue light LED with peak intensity at 450 nm coupled into t...

  6. Characterization of Metalloproteins and Biomaterials by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction

    Frankær, Christian Grundahl

    and R6) were solved by single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) to 1.40 Å, 1.30 Å and 1.80 Å resolution, respectively. The zinc coordination in each conformation was studied by XAS including both extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and X-ray absorption near edge structure...... the zinc coordination in the T3-sites, in particular. Furthermore, XANES spectra for the zinc sites in T6 and R6 insulin were successfully calculated using finite difference methods, and the bond distances and angles were optimized from a quantitative XANES analysis. T6 insulin was furthermore...

  7. Study of the electronic properties of Zn{sub 0.8–4x}Ho{sub x}O{sub y} (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.09) by X-ray absorption and photoemission spectroscopy

    Ekicibil, A. [Physic Department, University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana (Turkey); Ozkendir, O.M. [Tarsus Technology Faculty, Mersin University, 33400 Tarsus (Turkey); Farha, A.H. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529 (United States); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo 11566 (Egypt); Ufuktepe, Y., E-mail: ufuk@cu.edu.tr [Physic Department, University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana (Turkey)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • The electronic structure of Ho doped ZnO was investigated by XANES and XPS. • The electronic structure was directly influenced by the Ho concentration in the ZnO. • The crystal structure showed little/no correlation to the substitution of Ho. • The substitution of Ho causes a weaker antiferromagnetic interaction. • The blue shift in band gap is observed and discussed. - Abstract: The electronic structure of Zn{sub 0.8–4x}Ho{sub x}O{sub y} (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.09) was investigated using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Samples were prepared by the solid state reaction method. Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, the investigation of M{sub 4,5} absorption edge of Ho revealed that the electronic structure was directly influenced by the Ho concentration in the Zn{sub 0.8–4x}Ho{sub x}O{sub y} sample whereas the crystal structure properties showed little/no correlation to the substitution of Ho. The electronic structure differs substantially from those of the reference ZnO. The O K-edge spectra suggest that the combination of the Ho with ZnO enhances the effective charge of the O ions. A systematic study on the composition from lower to higher value of Ho dopant showed the blue shift in band gaps and is discussed in the view of the electronic structure of the Zn{sub 0.8–4x}Ho{sub x}O{sub y} samples. The inverse susceptibility (1/χ) against temperature curves is plotted to identify the magnetic contribution. Those curves indicate that the substitution of Ho into the ZnO compound causes a weaker antiferromagnetic (AFM) interaction.

  8. Study of the electronic properties of Zn0.8–4xHoxOy (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.09) by X-ray absorption and photoemission spectroscopy

    Highlights: • The electronic structure of Ho doped ZnO was investigated by XANES and XPS. • The electronic structure was directly influenced by the Ho concentration in the ZnO. • The crystal structure showed little/no correlation to the substitution of Ho. • The substitution of Ho causes a weaker antiferromagnetic interaction. • The blue shift in band gap is observed and discussed. - Abstract: The electronic structure of Zn0.8–4xHoxOy (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.09) was investigated using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Samples were prepared by the solid state reaction method. Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, the investigation of M4,5 absorption edge of Ho revealed that the electronic structure was directly influenced by the Ho concentration in the Zn0.8–4xHoxOy sample whereas the crystal structure properties showed little/no correlation to the substitution of Ho. The electronic structure differs substantially from those of the reference ZnO. The O K-edge spectra suggest that the combination of the Ho with ZnO enhances the effective charge of the O ions. A systematic study on the composition from lower to higher value of Ho dopant showed the blue shift in band gaps and is discussed in the view of the electronic structure of the Zn0.8–4xHoxOy samples. The inverse susceptibility (1/χ) against temperature curves is plotted to identify the magnetic contribution. Those curves indicate that the substitution of Ho into the ZnO compound causes a weaker antiferromagnetic (AFM) interaction

  9. Study of electronic and magnetic properties and related x-ray absorption spectroscopy of ultrathin Co films on BaTiO3

    We present a first-principles study of electronic and magnetic properties of thin Co films on a BaTiO3(0 0 1) single crystal. The crystalline structure of 1–3 monolayer thick Co films was determined and served as input for calculations of the electronic and magnetic properties of the films. The estimation of exchange constants indicates that the Co films are ferromagnetic with a high critical temperature, which depends on the film thickness and the interface geometry. In addition, we calculated x-ray absorption spectra, related magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and linear dichroism (XLD) of the Co L 2, 3 edges as a function of Co film thickness and ferroelectric polarization of BaTiO3. We found characteristic features, which depend strongly on the magnetic properties and the structure of the film. While there is only a weak dependence of XMCD spectra on the ferroelectric polarization, the XLD of the films is much more sensitive to the polarization switching, which could possibly be observed experimentally. (paper)

  10. Infrared-laser spectroscopy using a long-pathlength absorption cell

    The absorption measurements in an ordinary cell may require typically a few torr pressure of sample gas. At these pressures the absorption lines are usually pressure-broadened and, therefore, closely spaced transitions are poorly resolved even at diode-laser resolution. This situation is greatly improved in Doppler-limited spectroscopy at extremely low sample pressures. Two very long-pathlength absorption cells were developed 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, improving the analytical capability of measuring particle densities to the order of 1 x 10'' molecules/cm3. This paper presents 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

  11. Application of FTIR Absorption Spectroscopy to Characterize Waste and Biofuels for Pyrolysis and Gasification

    KALISZ Sylwester; Svoboda, Karel; ROBAK Zbigniew; Baxter, David; Andersen, Lars

    2008-01-01

    The paper discusses the various applications of FTIR absorption spectroscopy as a tool for characterizing waste biofuels for pyrolysis and gasification. The FTIR spectrometer used in the study allows for analysis of solid and liquid waste and biofuel samples. Further, an attached dedicated gas cell is used in the characterization of gases evolving during pyrolysis in a versatile pyrolyser/gasifier attached to the FTIR. The pyrolyser operates in a batch mode and generates large quantities o...

  12. Energy-dispersive X-ray absorption spectroscopy at LNLS: investigation on strongly correlated metal oxides

    Cezar, Julio C.; Souza-Neto, Narcizo,; Piamonteze, Cınthia; Tamura, Edilson; Garcia, Flavio; Carvalho, Edson J.; Neueschwander, Régis T.; Ramos, Aline Y.; Tolentino, Hélio; Caneiro, Alberto; Massa, Nestor E.; Jesus Martinez-Lope, Maria; Antonio Alonso, Jose; Itié, Jean-Paul

    2010-01-01

    An energy-dispersive X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamline mainly dedicated to X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and material science under extreme conditions has been implemented in a bending-magnet port at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory. Here the beamline technical characteristics are described, including the most important aspects of the mechanics, optical elements and detection set-up. The beamline performance is then illustrated through two case studies on strongly co...

  13. Third order nonlinear optical susceptibility of fluorescein-containing polymers determined by electro-absorption spectroscopy

    Gomez-Sosa, Gustavo; Beristain, Miriam F.; Ortega, Alejandra; Martínez-Viramontes, Jaquelin; Ogawa, Takeshi; Fernández-Hernández, Roberto C.; Tamayo-Rivera, Lis; Reyes-Esqueda, Jorge-Alejandro; Isoshima, Takashi; Hara, Masahiko

    2012-03-01

    Novel polymers containing xanthene groups with high dye concentrations were prepared, and their third order nonlinear optical properties were studied by electroabsorption spectroscopy technique. The polymers were amorphous with refractive indices above 1.6 in the non-resonant region. The UV-Visible absorption spectra indicate the fluoresceins molecules in the polymers are H-aggregated. They showed third order nonlinear susceptibility, χ(3) (-ω:ω, 0, 0), of 2.5-3.5 × 10-12 esu.

  14. Self-absorption influence on the optical spectroscopy of zinc oxide laser produced plasma

    De Posada, E; Arronte, M A; Ponce, L; Rodriguez, E; Flores, T [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y TecnologIa Avanzada-Unidad Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Lunney, J G, E-mail: edeposada@ipn.mx [School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

    2011-01-01

    Optical spectroscopy is used to study the laser ablation process of ZnO targets. It is demonstrated that even if Partial Local Thermal Equilibrium is present, self absorption process leads to a decrease of recorded lines emission intensities and have to be taken into account to obtain correct values of such parameters. It is presented a method that combines results of both Langmuir probe technique and Anisimov model to obtain correct values of plasma parameters.

  15. Self-absorption influence on the optical spectroscopy of zinc oxide laser produced plasma

    Optical spectroscopy is used to study the laser ablation process of ZnO targets. It is demonstrated that even if Partial Local Thermal Equilibrium is present, self absorption process leads to a decrease of recorded lines emission intensities and have to be taken into account to obtain correct values of such parameters. It is presented a method that combines results of both Langmuir probe technique and Anisimov model to obtain correct values of plasma parameters.

  16. Coelectrodeposition of Ternary Mn-Oxide/Polypyrrole Composites for ORR Electrocatalysts: A Study Based on Micro-X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and X-ray Fluorescence Mapping

    Benedetto Bozzini

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Low energy X-ray fluorescence (XRF and soft X-ray absorption (XAS microspectroscopies at high space-resolution are employed for the investigation of the coelectrodeposition of composites consisting of a polypyrrole(PPy-matrix and Mn-based ternary dispersoids, that have been proposed as promising electrocatalysts for oxygen-reduction electrodes. Specifically, we studied Mn–Co–Cu/PP, Mn–Co–Mg/PPy and Mn–Ni–Mg/PPy co-electrodeposits. The Mn–Co–Cu system features the best ORR electrocatalytic activity in terms of electron transfer number, onset potential, half-wave potential and current density. XRF maps and micro-XAS spectra yield compositional and chemical state distributions, contributing unique molecular-level information on the pulse-plating processes. Mn, Ni, Co and Mg exhibit a bimodal distribution consisting of mesoscopic aggregates of micrometric globuli, separated by polymer-rich ridges. Within this common qualitative scenario, the individual systems exhibit quantitatively different chemical distribution patterns, resulting from specific electrokinetic and electrosorption properties of the single components. The electrodeposits consist of Mn3+,4+-oxide particles, accompanied by combinations of Co0/Co2+, Ni0/Ni2+ and Cu0,+/Cu2+ resulting from the alternance of cathodic and anodic pulses. The formation of highly electroactive Mn3+,4+ in the as-fabricated material is a specific feature of the ternary systems, deriving from synergistic stabilisation brought about by two types of bivalent dopants as well as by galvanic contact to elemental metal; this result represents a considerable improvement in material quality with respect to previously studied Mn/PPy and Mn-based/PPy binaries.

  17. Photochemistry of Wild-Type and N378D Mutant E. coli DNA Photolyase with Oxidized FAD Cofactor Studied by Transient Absorption Spectroscopy.

    Müller, Pavel; Brettel, Klaus; Grama, Laszlo; Nyitrai, Miklos; Lukacs, Andras

    2016-05-01

    DNA photolyases (PLs) and evolutionarily related cryptochrome (CRY) blue-light receptors form a widespread superfamily of flavoproteins involved in DNA photorepair and signaling functions. They share a flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) cofactor and an electron-transfer (ET) chain composed typically of three tryptophan residues that connect the flavin to the protein surface. Four redox states of FAD are relevant for the various functions of PLs and CRYs: fully reduced FADH(-) (required for DNA photorepair), fully oxidized FADox (blue-light-absorbing dark state of CRYs), and the two semireduced radical states FAD(.-) and FADH(.) formed in ET reactions. The PL of Escherichia coli (EcPL) has been studied for a long time and is often used as a reference system; however, EcPL containing FADox has so far not been investigated on all relevant timescales. Herein, a detailed transient absorption study of EcPL on timescales from nanoseconds to seconds after excitation of FADox is presented. Wild-type EcPL and its N378D mutant, in which the asparagine facing the N5 of the FAD isoalloxazine is replaced by aspartic acid, known to protonate FAD(.-) (formed by ET from the tryptophan chain) in plant CRYs in about 1.5 μs, are characterized. Surprisingly, the mutant protein does not show this protonation. Instead, FAD(.-) is converted in 3.3 μs into a state with spectral features that are different from both FADH(.) and FAD(.-) . Such a conversion does not occur in wild-type EcPL. The chemical nature and formation mechanism of the atypical FAD radical in N378D mutant EcPL are discussed. PMID:26852903

  18. Usage of X-ray absorption spectroscopy and extractive fractionation in studies of the Cu (II and Zn (II ions in soils

    Dina Nevidomskaya

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available XANES spectroscopy is an effective method for the study of bonds between metals and soil components. The study of structural organization in different soil samples and soil phases saturated with Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions by using XANES allowed determining the mechanism of their interaction with soil phases and all the chemical bindings taken place in the course of this process. Changes in the structure of the metal ion, in particular breakdown of the symmetry of electron orbits of atoms, take place due to interaction with soil components. Application of this method demonstrated that the state of copper and zinc introduced in chernozem as oxides did not change after one year of incubation. Copper is absorbed after being introduced as soluble salts, and copper ions are incorporated in the octahedral and tetrahedral sites of minerals and bonded with humic materials at the expense of covalent bond and the formation of coordination humate copper complexes. Zinc included into octahedric structures of layered minerals and hydro(oxides can be inner-and outer-sphere adsorbed. It is shown that the action of the metal bound to soil components becomes weakened in case of increasing the Cu and Zn load (from 2000 to 10000 mg/kg especially applied in the form of soluble salts. Extractive fractionation of metal compounds in chernozem samples, artificially contaminated with copper and zinc salts serves as evidence of absorbing the applied Cu2+ ions by the soil organic matter and Zn2+ ions – by silicates, carbonates, and Fe-Mn oxides.

  19. Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy for Human Breath Analysis

    Wojtas, J.; Tittel, F. K.; Stacewicz, T.; Bielecki, Z.; Lewicki, R.; Mikolajczyk, J.; Nowakowski, M.; Szabra, D.; Stefanski, P.; Tarka, J.

    2014-12-01

    This paper describes two different optoelectronic detection techniques: cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy and photoacoustic spectroscopy. These techniques are designed to perform a sensitive analysis of trace gas species in exhaled human breath for medical applications. With such systems, the detection of pathogenic changes at the molecular level can be achieved. The presence of certain gases (biomarkers), at increased concentration levels, indicates numerous human diseases. Diagnosis of a disease in its early stage would significantly increase chances for effective therapy. Non-invasive, real-time measurements, and high sensitivity and selectivity, capable of minimum discomfort for patients, are the main advantages of human breath analysis. At present, monitoring of volatile biomarkers in breath is commonly useful for diagnostic screening, treatment for specific conditions, therapy monitoring, control of exogenous gases (such as bacterial and poisonous emissions), as well as for analysis of metabolic gases.

  20. 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

  1. Decay Heat Measurements Using Total Absorption Gamma-ray Spectroscopy

    Rice, S.; Valencia, E.; Algora, A.; Taín, J. L.; Regan, P. H.; Podolyák, Z.; Agramunt, J.; Gelletly, W.; Nichols, A. L.

    2012-09-01

    A knowledge of the decay heat emitted by thermal neutron-irradiated nuclear fuel is an important factor in ensuring safe reactor design and operation, spent fuel removal from the core, and subsequent storage prior to and after reprocessing, and waste disposal. Decay heat can be readily calculated from the nuclear decay properties of the fission products, actinides and their decay products as generated within the irradiated fuel. Much of the information comes from experiments performed with HPGe detectors, which often underestimate the beta feeding to states at high excitation energies. This inability to detect high-energy gamma emissions effectively results in the derivation of decay schemes that suffer from the pandemonium effect, although such a serious problem can be avoided through application of total absorption γ-ray spectroscopy (TAS). The beta decay of key radionuclei produced as a consequence of the neutron-induced fission of 235U and 239Pu are being re-assessed by means of this spectroscopic technique. A brief synopsis is given of the Valencia-Surrey (BaF2) TAS detector, and their method of operation, calibration and spectral analysis.

  2. Undistorted X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Using s-Core-Orbital Emissions.

    Golnak, Ronny; Xiao, Jie; Atak, Kaan; Unger, Isaak; Seidel, Robert; Winter, Bernd; Aziz, Emad F

    2016-05-12

    Detection of secondary emissions, fluorescence yield (FY), or electron yield (EY), originating from the relaxation processes upon X-ray resonant absorption has been widely adopted for X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements when the primary absorption process cannot be probed directly in transmission mode. Various spectral distortion effects inherent in the relaxation processes and in the subsequent transportation of emitted particles (electron or photon) through the sample, however, undermine the proportionality of the emission signals to the X-ray absorption coefficient. In the present study, multiple radiative (FY) and nonradiative (EY) decay channels have been experimentally investigated on a model system, FeCl3 aqueous solution, at the excitation energy of the Fe L-edge. The systematic comparisons between the experimental spectra taken from various decay channels, as well as the comparison with the theoretically simulated Fe L-edge XA spectrum that involves only the absorption process, indicate that the detection of the Fe 3s → 2p partial fluorescence yield (PFY) gives rise to the true Fe L-edge XA spectrum. The two key characteristics generalized from this particular decay channel-zero orbital angular momentum (i.e., s orbital) and core-level emission-set a guideline for obtaining undistorted X-ray absorption spectra in the future. PMID:27101344

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    Anspoks, A.; Timoshenko, J.; Bocharov, D.; Purans, J.; Rocca, F.; Sarakovskis, A.; Trepakov, Vladimír; Dejneka, Alexandr; Itoh, M.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 485, č. 1 (2015), s. 42-52. ISSN 0015-0193 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/12/1941 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : strontium titanate * quantum paraelectric * isotopic effect * X-ray absorption spectroscopy * local atomic structure * phase transitions Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.469, year: 2014

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    Zhang, Jian-Yong; Zhang, Na; Zhang, Linjuan; Fang, Yongzheng; Deng, Wei; Yu, Ming; Wang, Ziqiang; Li, Lina; Liu, Xiyan; Li, Jingye

    2015-09-01

    By a facile coordination-based post-synthetic strategy, the high surface area MIL-101(Cr) nanoparticles was functionallized by grafting amine group of ethylenediamine (ED) on coordinatively unsaturated Cr(III) centers, yielding a series of ED-MIL-101(Cr)-based adsorbents and their application for adsorption of U(VI) from aqueous solution were also studied. The obtained ED-functionallized samples with different ED contents were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), FTIR, elemental analysis (EA) and N2 adsorption and desorption isothermal. Compared with the pristine MIL-101(Cr) sorbents, the ED-functionallized MIL-101(Cr) exhibits significantly higher adsorption capacity for U(VI) ions from water with maximum adsorption capacities as high as 200 mg/g (corresponding to 100% extraction rate) at pH of 4.5 with ED/Cr ratio of 0.68 and the sorbed U(VI) ions can easily be desorbed at lower pH (pH ≤ 2.0). The adsorption mode of U(VI) ions and effects of grafted ED on the MIL-101(Cr) frameworks were also been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). We believe that this work establishes a simple and energy efficient route to a novel type of functional materials for U(VI) ions extraction from solution via the post-synthetic modification (PSM) strategy.

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    The results of magnetic circular x-ray dichroism (MCXD) measurements and extended x-ray absorption fine structure measurements (EXAFS) of the Fe K-edges of textured Fe(110)/Pd(111) multilayers are reported. The EXAFS results indicates that the iron in the system goes from bcc to a more densely packed system as the thickness of the iron layer is decreased. The magnetic properties were measured by SQUID magnetometry from 5-350 K. For all the samples, the saturation magnetization was significantly enhanced over the bulk values indicating the interface Pd atoms are polarized by the Fe layer. The enhancement corresponds to a moment of ∼2.5μB per interface Pd atom

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    Villain, Olivier; Calas, Georges; Galoisy, Laurence; Cormier, Laurent; Hazemann, Jean-Louis

    2007-01-01

    The oxidation state of chromium in glasses melted in an air atmosphere with and without refining agents was investigated by Cr K-edge X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES) and optical absorption spectroscopy. A good agreement in the relative proportion of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) is obtained between both methods. We show that the chemical dependence of the absorption coefficient of Cr(III) is less important in XANES than in optical absorption spectroscopy. The comparison of glasses melted un...

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  9. Medieval glass from the Cathedral in Paderborn: a comparative study using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, and inductively coupled laser ablation mass spectrometry

    We have investigated four stained glass samples recovered from an archaeological excavation at the Cathedral in Paderborn (Germany) between 1978 and 1980. On two of the samples there are parts of paintings. Concentrations of major elements were determined using two independent techniques: LA-ICP-MS (a UV laser ablation microsampler combined with an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer) and synchrotron radiation X-ray excited X-ray fluorescence (SR-XRF). The SR-XRF data were quantified by using the program package PyMCA developed by the software group of the ESRF in Grenoble. Significant differences were found between the concentrations determined by the two techniques that can be explained by concentration gradients near the surface of the glasses caused, for example, by corrosion/leaching processes and the different surface sensitivities of the applied techniques. For several of the elements that were detected in the glass and in the colour pigments used for the paintings X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra were recorded in order to determine the chemical speciation of the elements of interest. As was expected, most elements in the glass were found as oxides in their most stable form. Two notable exceptions were observed: titanium was not found as rutile - the most stable form of TiO2 - but in the form of anatase, and lead was not found in one defined chemical state but as a complex mixture of oxide, sulphate, and other compounds. (orig.)

  10. Medieval glass from the Cathedral in Paderborn: a comparative study using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, and inductively coupled laser ablation mass spectrometry

    Hormes, J. [University of Saskatchewan, Canadian Light Source Inc., Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Louisiana State University, CAMD, Baton Rouge, LA (United States); Roy, A.; Bovenkamp, G.L. [Louisiana State University, CAMD, Baton Rouge, LA (United States); Simon, K. [University of Goettingen, Geochemistry, Centre for Geosciences, Goettingen (Germany); Kim, C.Y. [University of Saskatchewan, Canadian Light Source Inc., Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Boerste, N. [Faculty for Theology Paderborn, Paderborn (Germany); Gai, S. [LWL - Archaeologie fuer Westfalen, Muenster (Germany)

    2013-04-15

    We have investigated four stained glass samples recovered from an archaeological excavation at the Cathedral in Paderborn (Germany) between 1978 and 1980. On two of the samples there are parts of paintings. Concentrations of major elements were determined using two independent techniques: LA-ICP-MS (a UV laser ablation microsampler combined with an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer) and synchrotron radiation X-ray excited X-ray fluorescence (SR-XRF). The SR-XRF data were quantified by using the program package PyMCA developed by the software group of the ESRF in Grenoble. Significant differences were found between the concentrations determined by the two techniques that can be explained by concentration gradients near the surface of the glasses caused, for example, by corrosion/leaching processes and the different surface sensitivities of the applied techniques. For several of the elements that were detected in the glass and in the colour pigments used for the paintings X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra were recorded in order to determine the chemical speciation of the elements of interest. As was expected, most elements in the glass were found as oxides in their most stable form. Two notable exceptions were observed: titanium was not found as rutile - the most stable form of TiO{sub 2} - but in the form of anatase, and lead was not found in one defined chemical state but as a complex mixture of oxide, sulphate, and other compounds. (orig.)