Sample records for argon 40 reactions

  1. Characterization of ARGON-40 + Silver-Nat Reactions: Timescales and Emission Orders

    Gelderloos, Carl James

    Studies have been made of ejectile coincidences resulting from ^{40}Ar + ^{nat}Ag reactions at bombarding energies of 17A-34A MeV. Correlations at both large and small relative angles are used to characterize the emission of light charged particles and fragments on a timescale of ~10^ {-22} s. Average delay times and emission orders between ejectiles are inferred by comparison to simulation calculations. Correlation functions in relative momentum, and spectra of the velocity differences between ejectiles emitted at small relative angles have been used to infer reaction dynamics. Trajectories of ejectile coincidences are particularly sensitive to the initial spatial and temporal relationship between the ejectiles and source. As the excitation energy of the emitter increases, the time delays between emissions decrease. The excitation energy deposited in central collisions increases from ~3 MeV per emitter nucleon at 17A MeV to nearly 6A MeV at 34A MeV. The measured delay times between ejectiles decrease steadily over this range. A simulation was developed to probe the degree of equilibration that is achieved by the composite nuclear system. It consists of a statistical model description of the emission of particles and a trajectory model calculation of the three-body interactions. Empirical lifetimes are substantially shorter than those predicted by model calculations, suggesting a regime in which partial, but not complete, equilibration is achieved. A novel method is also developed for measuring the average emission order for different ejectile pairs. The interactions between ejectiles differentiate between coincident events with different velocity relationships. At small relative angles these interactions are sufficiently strong to preferentially select events of a particular emission order. This method provides a new experimental observable with which to further constrain model descriptions. It is implemented to test for differences in average emission order

  2. Single nucleon heavy ion transfer reactions on argon isotopes

    Single nucleon transfer reactions, both pickup and stripping, on all three stable isotopes of argon - 36Ar, 38Ar and 40Ar - have been studied using a 11B projectile at a laboratory energy of 116 MeV. Using a gas target, the forward angle reaction cross-sections were measured with a telescope of silicon surface barrier detectors. The shape of the differential cross-section is discussed in terms of a semiclassical reaction analysis. An exact finite range DWBA code has been used to extract the spectroscopic factors of the strongly populated states and the spectroscopic factors are compared with those obtained using light ion transfer reactions. The excitation energies and spectroscopic factors of levels in nuclei in the mass range A=35-41 are modelled using various effective shell model interactions. Both a complete sd shell space and a space incorporating parts of the sd and fp shells have been used. The results of a phenomenological modified surface delta interaction are compared with those of interactions based on the realistic interaction matrix elements of Kuo. (author)

  3. MARLEY: Model of Argon Reaction Low Energy Yields

    Gardiner, Steven; Bilton, Kyle; Grant, Christopher; Pantic, Emilija; Svoboda, Robert


    Core-collapse supernovae are sources of tremendous numbers of neutrinos with energies of up to about 50 MeV. In recent years, there has been growing interest in building detectors that are sensitive to supernova neutrinos. Such detectors can provide information about the initial stages of stellar collapse, early warning signals for light emission from supernovae, and opportunities to study neutrino oscillation physics over astronomical distances. In an effort to enable supernova neutrino detection in next-generation experiments like DUNE, the CAPTAIN collaboration plans to make the first direct measurement of cross sections for neutrino interactions on argon in the supernova energy regime. To help predict neutrino event signatures in the CAPTAIN liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC), we have developed a first-of-its-kind Monte Carlo event generator called MARLEY (Model of Argon Reaction Low Energy Yields). This generator attempts to model the complicated nuclear structure dependence of low-energy neutrino-nucleus reactions in sufficient detail for use in LArTPC simulations. In this talk we present some preliminary results calculated using MARLEY and discuss how the current version of the generator may be improved and expanded.

  4. Argon-40: Excess in submarine pillow basalts from Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

    Brent, Dalrymple G.; Moore, J.G.


    Submarine pillow basalts from Kilauea Volcano contain excess radiogenic argon-40 and give anomalously high potassium-argon ages. Glassy rims of pillows show a systematic increase in radiogenic argon-40 with depth, and a pillow from a depth of 2590 meters shows a decrease in radiogenic argon-40 inward from the pillow rim. The data indicate that the amount of excess radiogenic argon-40 is a direct function of both hydrostatic pressure and rate of cooling, and that many submarine basalts are not suitable for potassium-argon dating.

  5. Formation of argon-boron bonds in the reactions of BFn+/2+ cations with neutral argon

    Levee, L.; Calogero, C.; Barbieri, E.; Byrne, S.; Donahue, C.; Eisenberg, M.; Hattenbach, S.; Le, J.; Capitani, J. F.; Roithová, J.; Schröder, Detlef


    Roč. 323, 1 Jun (2012), s. 2-7. ISSN 1387-3806 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/09/1223 Grant ostatní: European Research Council(XE) AdG HORIZOMS Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : argon compound * boron fluoride * dication * gas phase reactivity * mass spectrometry * neon compound Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.142, year: 2012

  6. Potassium-argon/argon-40-argon-39 geochronology of Cenozoic alkali basalts from the South China Sea

    YAN Quanshu; SHI Xuefa; YANG Yaomin; WANG Kunshan


    Based on the isotopic chronologic results of Cenozoic alkali basalts from the South China Sea,the characteristics of volcanic activi-ty of the South China Sea after spreading were studied.The potassium - argon ages of eight alkali basalt samples from the South China Sea,and the argon - argon ages of two samples among them are reported.Apparent ages of the whole rock are 3.80 to 7.91 Ma with an average value of 5.43 Ma (potassium- argon,whole rock),and there is little difference among samples at the same location,e.g.,4.76~5.78 Ma for location S04-12.The argon - argon ages for the two samples are 6.06 and 4.71 Ma,which lie within the age scope of potassium - argon method.The dating results indicate that rock-forming age is from late Miocene to Pli-ocene,which is consistent with erupting event for alkali basalts from adjacent regions of the South China Sea.Volcanic activities occur after the cessation of spreading of the South China Sea,which are controlled by lithospheric fault and the spreading center formed during the spreading period of the South China Sea.These dating results,combined with geochemical characteristics of these basalts,the published chronological data for the South China Sea and its adjacent regions,and the updated geophysical data near Hainan Island,suggest that after the cessation of spreading of the South China Sea,there occur widely distributing magmatic activities which primarily is alkali basalt,and the volcanic activity continues to Quaternary.The activity may be relative to Hainan mantle plume originated from core/mantle boundary.

  7. The Relationship between Balancing Reactions and Reaction Lifetimes: A Consideration of the Potassium-Argon Radiometric Method for Dating Minerals

    Howard, William A.


    A detailed examination of a commonly accepted practice in geology offers an example of how to stimulate critical thinking, teaches students how to read reactions, and challenges students to formulate better experiments for determining mineral ages more accurately. A demonstration of a Potassium-Argon radiometric method for dating minerals is…

  8. Effects of uranium bombardment by 20-40 KeV argon ions, Annex 2

    This paper shows the results of argon ions interaction with the polycrystal natural uranium. Thin foil of uranium about 200 μ was bombarded by 20-40 KeV argon ions. Coefficients of cathode scattering δ and secondary electrons emission γ were measured, during the process A+ →U. The foil was then studied by transmission method and method of single step replica using an electron microscope

  9. Argon 40-argon 39 chronology of lithic clasts from the Kapoeta howardite

    40Ar-39Ar age spectra has been measured on plagioclase separates from three basaltic clasts (A, B, C), a pyroxene separate from clast B, and a total sample of a fourth basaltic clast (rho) from the Kapoeta achondritic meteorite. The Ar data show that three of the four clasts crystallized >= 4.5 AE ago. Xe measurements indicate all four formed within a 0.1 AE period. Three clasts have suffered various degrees of 40Ar loss since that time. The times of 40Ar degassing do not cluster about a single time analogous to the lunar cataclysm. The survival of >= 4.5 AE ages contrasts with the general absence of ages >= 4.0 AE on the moon. The Ar retention age of clast B of >= 4.57 AE is atypically older than the RB-Sr age of 3.6 AE. The 3.5 AE Ar age of clast A is distinctly younger than the Rb-Sr age of 3.9 AE. The K-Ar and Rb-Sr systems are clearly not equivalent dating techniques in these instances. The combined evidence of Ar, Xe and Rb-Sr studies suggests the period of volcanism on the Kapoeta parent planet was restricted to the first approximately 0.2 AE of solar system history. The subsequent thermal metamorphic histories recorded in each of the four clasts after formation are distinctly different. The clasts must have existed as independent fragments at least as recently as 3.5 AE ago. The cosmic ray exposure ages of all the four clasts are similar (approximately 3 Myr), and are not significantly different from that of the bulk meteorite. The clasts spent essentially all of the time prior to the formation of Kapoeta at depths greater than a few meters. (author)

  10. First steps towards the reaction kinetics of HMDSO in an atmospheric pressure plasma jet in argon

    Loffhagen, Detlef; Becker, Markus M.; Foest, Rüdiger; Schäfer, Jan; Sigeneger, Florian


    Hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) is a silicon-organic compound which is often used as precursor for thin-film deposition by means of plasma polymerization because of its high deposition rate and low toxicity. To improve the physical understanding of the deposition processes, fundamental investigations have been performed to clarify the plasma-chemical reaction pathways of HMDSO and their effect on the composition and structure of the deposited film. The current contribution represents the main primary and secondary plasma-chemical processes and their reaction products in the effluent region of an argon plasma jet at atmospheric pressure. The importance of the different collision processes of electrons and heavy particles are discussed. Results of numerical modelling of the plasma jet and the Ar-HMDSO reaction kinetics indicate that the fragmentation of HMDSO is mainly initiated by collisions with molecular argon ions, while Penning ionization processes play a minor role for the reaction kinetics in the effluent region of the jet. The work has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under Grant LO 623/3-1.

  11. Investigation of the thermal and photochemical reactions of ozone with styrene in argon and krypton matrices

    Coleman, Bridgett E.; Ault, Bruce S.


    The matrix isolation technique, combined with infrared spectroscopy and twin jet codeposition, has been used to characterize intermediates formed during the ozonolysis of styrene. Absorptions assigned to early intermediates grew in after warming the matrix from 19 K to 68 K in the twin jet krypton matrix experiments. A number of these absorptions have been assigned to the primary ozonide, formaldehyde-O-oxide Criegee intermediate, and secondary ozonide of styrene, transient species not previously observed for this system. In contrast, the room temperature reaction of ozone with styrene led to the observation of "late," stable products of this ozonolysis reaction. These product absorptions were observed after merged jet deposition, followed by cryogenic trapping in solid argon. Irradiation with λ ⩾ 220 nm of merged and twin jet argon matrices involving ozone led to O atom production and subsequent reaction with styrene. Identification of intermediates formed during the ozonolysis of styrene was further supported by 18O isotopic labeling experiments as well as theoretical density functional calculations at the B3LYP/6-311G++(d,2p) level.

  12. Synodic and semiannual oscillations of argon-40 in the lunar exosphere

    Hodges, R. Richard; Mahaffy, Paul R.


    The neutral mass spectrometer on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft collected a trove of exospheric data, including a set of high-quality measurements of radiogenic 40Ar over a period of 142 days. Data synthesis studies, using well-established exosphere simulation tools, show that the LADEE argon data are consistent with an exosphere-regolith interaction that is dominated by adsorption and that the desorption process generates the Armand distribution of exit velocities. The synthesis work has uncovered an apparent semiannual oscillation of argon that is consistent with temporal sequestration in the seasonal cold traps created at the poles by the obliquity of the Moon. In addition, the LADEE data provide new insight into the pristine nature of lunar regolith, its spatially varying sorption properties, and the influence of sorption processes on the synodic oscillation of the argon exosphere.

  13. Ionizing reaction cross sections in the collision of argon atoms in high Rydberg states with various molecules

    Measurements of absolute ionizing reaction cross sections in collisions between argon atoms in high Rydberg states (HR) and CCl4, CCl3F, CH3I, SF6, C6F6, CF4, and CO are reported together with their dependence on the HR argon velocity (570--2100 m/sec). The identity of the positively and negatively charged reaction products has been investigated with a coincidence TOF mass spectrometer. A comparison of the present data with results of other bound and free electron experiments and theoretical predictions is given

  14. Electron scattering from oxygen-18 and argon-40

    The r.m.s. charge radius of 40A was measured by elastic scattering in the momentum transfer range 0.5-1. The result obtained using a phase shift code and assuming a Fermi distribution was 3.473 +- 0.945 F. Inelastic cross sections of 40A were measured in the range 0.3-1 for excitation energy below 4.6 MeV while 18O cross sections were measured in the range 0.5-1 for energy below 6 MeV. Nuclear form factors for observed excited states were derived from the experimental cross sections in plane wave Born approximation, after correcting the data for Coulomb distortion of the electron waves. The generalized Helm model was used to parameterize the experimental form factors. This yielded information on the spins and parities of states in the uncertain 40A spectrum. Form factors were calculated for the even spin states in 18O from the wave functions of Benson and Irvine

  15. New interpretation of the effects of argon-saturating gas toward sonochemical reactions.

    Merouani, Slimane; Ferkous, Hamza; Hamdaoui, Oualid; Rezgui, Yacine; Guemini, Miloud


    A number of literature reports showed that argon provides a more sonochemical activity than polyatomic gases because of its higher polytropic ratio; whereas several recent studies showed that polyatomic gases, such as O₂, can compensate the lower bubble temperature by the self decomposition in the bubble. In this work, we show for the first time a numerical interpretation of these controversial reported effects. Computer simulations of chemical reactions inside a collapsing acoustic bubble in water saturated by different gases (Ar, O₂, air and N₂) have been performed for different frequencies (213-1100 kHz). In all cases, OH radical is the main powerful oxidant created in the bubble. Unexpectedly, the order of saturating gases toward the production rate of OH radical was strongly frequency dependent. The rate of production decreases in the order of Ar>O₂>air>N₂ for frequencies above 515 kHz, and Ar starts to lose progressively its first order to the following gases with a gradually decreasing of frequency below 515 kHz up to a final order of O₂>air∼N₂>Ar at 213 kHz. The analysis of chemical kinetic results showed a surprising aspect: in some cases, there exists an optimum bubble temperature during collapse at which the chemical yield is much higher than that of the maximum bubble temperature achieved in the bubble. On the basis of this, we have concluded that the lower sonochemical activity induced by Ar for frequencies below 515 kHz is mainly due to the forte consumption of radicals inside a bubble prior the complete collapse being reached. PMID:25304684

  16. New argon-argon (40Ar/39Ar) radiometric age dates from selected subsurface basalt flows at the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho

    Hodges, Mary K.; Turrin, Brent D.; Champion, Duane E.; Swisher, Carl C., III


    In 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, collected samples for 12 new argon-argon radiometric ages from eastern Snake River Plain olivine tholeiite basalt flows in the subsurface at the Idaho National Laboratory. The core samples were collected from flows that had previously published paleomagnetic data. Samples were sent to Rutgers University for argon-argon radiometric dating analyses.

  17. Surface wet-ability modification of thin PECVD silicon nitride layers by 40 keV argon ion treatments

    Caridi, F.; Picciotto, A.; Vanzetti, L.; Iacob, E.; Scolaro, C.


    Measurements of wet-ability of liquid drops have been performed on a 30 nm silicon nitride (Si3N4) film deposited by a PECVD reactor on a silicon wafer and implanted by 40 keV argon ions at different doses. Surface treatments by using Ar ion beams have been employed to modify the wet-ability. The chemical composition of the first Si3N4 monolayer was investigated by means of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The surface morphology was tested by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Results put in evidence the best implantation conditions for silicon nitride to increase or to reduce the wet-ability of the biological liquid. This permits to improve the biocompatibility and functionality of Si3N4. In particular experimental results show that argon ion bombardment increases the contact angle, enhances the oxygen content and increases the surface roughness.

  18. Heavy-ion transfer reactions of argon beams on deformed and spherical targets

    Heavy-ion transfer reactions have proven to be something more than what was first thought to be a trivial extension of the work with light ions. When a complete quantum mechanical analysis of their reactions is done, heavy ions present both experimental and calculational problems which do not arise for light ions. However, because of the increased mass in the heavy-ion reactions, an analysis by classical mechanics may prove quite accurate. Further, the shorter wavelength of the heavy ions may give more detailed information on the nuclear structure of the target they are scattered from. The shape of the target nucleus, specified as the deformation from a sphere, is one kind of information which should be tested in reactions. With a simple classical argument, it is predicted that the effect of nuclear deformation will be a more gradual rise in the excitation functions for heavy-ion reactions. Besides looking for this effect, the differential cross section is compared with various theories. For the Semi-Classical Transfer Theory (SCTT), even though rather large error bars are associated with the data, it is found that this theory is unsatisfactory above the Coulomb barrier because it cannot predict the rather broad distribution of differential cross section with angle which is observed in the data

  19. Surface wet-ability modification of thin PECVD silicon nitride layers by 40 keV argon ion treatments

    Measurements of wet-ability of liquid drops have been performed on a 30 nm silicon nitride (Si3N4) film deposited by a PECVD reactor on a silicon wafer and implanted by 40 keV argon ions at different doses. Surface treatments by using Ar ion beams have been employed to modify the wet-ability. The chemical composition of the first Si3N4 monolayer was investigated by means of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The surface morphology was tested by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Results put in evidence the best implantation conditions for silicon nitride to increase or to reduce the wet-ability of the biological liquid. This permits to improve the biocompatibility and functionality of Si3N4. In particular experimental results show that argon ion bombardment increases the contact angle, enhances the oxygen content and increases the surface roughness. - Highlights: • Measurements of wet-ability of liquid drops on a 30 nm Si3N4 film were performed. • Chemical composition was investigated by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). • Surface morphology was tested by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). • Ar+ bombardment increases the contact angle, oxygen content and surface roughness

  20. A study of the 40Ar(p,γ)41K reaction

    This experiment has been undertaken to gain information on 40Ar(p,γ)41K resonances and the 41K nucleus. The targets were prepared by implanting high purity argon gas into tantalum backings. Proton beams were produced by the 2,6 MeV Van de Graaff accelerator at the Potchefstroom University for CHE. The spread in beam energy was 1 keV at 1 MeV. The excitation curve for the 40Ar(p,γ)41K reaction has been measured in the energy range 0,9 MeV 40Ar(p,γ)41K resonances. The gamma decay of these resonances have been studied utilizing a large Ge(Li) detector. The uncertain 4.03→2.32 and 4.75→1.70 keV transitions are confirmed. 9 figs., 30 refs., 5 tabs

  1. First principles transport coefficients and reaction rates of Ar2+ ions in argon for cold plasma jet modeling

    Momentum-transfer collision cross-sections and integral collision cross-sections for the collision-induced dissociation are calculated for collisions of ionized argon dimers with argon atoms using a nonadiabatic semiclassical method with the electronic Hamiltonian calculated on the fly via a diatomics-in-molecules semiempirical model as well as inverse-method modeling based on simple isotropic rigid-core potential. The collision cross-sections are then used in an optimized Monte Carlo code for evaluations of the Ar2+ mobility in argon gas, longitudinal diffusion coefficient, and collision-induced dissociation rates. A thorough comparison of various theoretical calculations as well as with available experimental data on the Ar2+ mobility and collision cross-sections is performed. Good agreement is found between both theoretical approaches and the experiment. Analysis of the role of inelastic processes in Ar2+/Ar collisions is also provided

  2. Theoretical calculation of triple differential cross sections of 3s orbital of argon in coplanar symmetric (e, 2e) reaction

    Wu Xing-Ju; Chen Xiang-Jun; Shan Xu; Chen Li-Qing; Xu Ke-Zun


    The triple differential cross section for the low-energy electron impact ionization of inner-valence 3s orbital of argon has been calculated using the modified distorted wave Born approximation in coplanar symmetric energy-sharing geometry. Satisfactory agreement between theory and experiment is achieved when the polarization and post-collisional interaction (PCI) are included in the calculations. It is shown that the polarization and PCI effects play a very important role in the case of argon at low incident energies.

  3. Theoretical calculation of the triple differential cross sections of the 2p orbital of argon in a coplanar highly asymmetric (e, 2e) reaction

    葛自明; 周雅君; 吕志伟; 王治文


    The triple differential cross sections of the 2p electron of argon in a coplanar highly asymmetric geometry have beencalculated with the modified distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA) and the target Hartree-Fock approximationmethods. The damping polarization of the semi-classical short-range potentials and the Mee factor are included in thedistorting potentials of the modified DWBA. Theoretical results are compared with a recent experiment. The dynamicmechanism of inner shell ionization in a coplanar highly asymmetric geometry (e, 2e) reaction are also discussed.

  4. Argon in hornblende, biotite and muscovite in geologic cooling - Ar-40/Ar-39-investigations

    The results of the Ar-40/Ar-39 studies are discussed under the aspect of whether the age data of the minerals indicate a cooling process. The author hopes that isotope dating of minerals with different closing temperatures will describe the temperature/time history of an area in the temperature range of 600 to 2000C. The findings are analyzed under three aspects: How much do they contribute to the initial methodological question, what do they contribute to the regional geology of the areas investigated, and in what respects do they extent the present knowledge of the geochronological analysis, i.e. its techniques and interpretation. (orig.)

  5. 40Ar/39Ar impact ages and time-temperature argon diffusion history of the Bunburra Rockhole anomalous basaltic achondrite

    Jourdan, Fred; Benedix, Gretchen; Eroglu, Ela.; Bland, Phil. A.; Bouvier, Audrey.


    The Bunburra Rockhole meteorite is a brecciated anomalous basaltic achondrite containing coarse-, medium- and fine-grained lithologies. Petrographic observations constrain the limited shock pressure to between ca. 10 GPa and 20 GPa. In this study, we carried out nine 40Ar/39Ar step-heating experiments on distinct single-grain fragments extracted from the coarse and fine lithologies. We obtained six plateau ages and three mini-plateau ages. These ages fall into two internally concordant populations with mean ages of 3640 ± 21 Ma (n = 7; P = 0.53) and 3544 ± 26 Ma (n = 2; P = 0.54), respectively. Based on these results, additional 40Ar/39Ar data of fusion crust fragments, argon diffusion modelling, and petrographic observations, we conclude that the principal components of the Bunburra Rockhole basaltic achondrite are from a melt rock formed at ∼3.64 Ga by a medium to large impact event. The data imply that this impact generated high enough energy to completely melt the basaltic target rock and reset the Ar systematics, but only partially reset the Pb-Pb age. We also conclude that a complete 40Ar∗ resetting of pyroxene and plagioclase at this time could not have been achieved at solid-state conditions. Comparison with a terrestrial analog (Lonar crater) shows that the time-temperature conditions required to melt basaltic target rocks upon impact are relatively easy to achieve. Ar data also suggest that a second medium-size impact event occurred on a neighbouring part of the same target rock at ∼3.54 Ga. Concordant low-temperature step ages of the nine aliquots suggest that, at ∼3.42 Ga, a third smaller impact excavated parts of the ∼3.64 Ga and ∼3.54 Ga melt rocks and brought the fragments together. The lack of significant impact activity after 3.5 Ga, as recorded by the Bunburra Rockhole suggests that (1) either the meteorite was ejected in a small secondary parent body where it resided untouched by large impacts, or (2) it was covered by a porous heat

  6. Infrared, Raman, and visible spectroscopic studies of Zn and Cd matrix reactions with ozone. Spectra of metal ozonides and oxides in solid argon and nitrogen

    Prochaska, Eleanor S.; Andrews, Lester


    Reactions of zinc and cadmium atoms with ozone during condensation with excess nitrogen or argon produced B+O3- ion-pairs having infrared, Raman, and optical spectra similar to the analogous alkali and alkaline earth metal species. Additional infrared and Raman evidence was found for a different B+O3- ion-pair geometry. Mercury arc photolysis reduced ozonide absorptions and produced new 810 cm-1 zinc isotopic triplets which showed the appropriate 18O shifts for ZnO, and a new 719 cm-1 band which showed the proper 18O displacement for CdO. This nitrogen matrix work provides good measures of the yet-to-be-observed gas-phase fundamentals of these high temperature oxides.

  7. Argon in action

    Corinne Pralavorio


    Over the past few days, the SPS has been accelerating argon ions, which have started to be sent to the NA61/SHINE experiment. This operating mode, using a new type of ion, required a number of modifications to the accelerator.   Picture 1: a “super-cycle” of the SPS, featuring a proton cycle for the LHC, followed by an argon ion cycle for the North Area. Today, the accelerators are once again juggling particles and even performing completely new tricks. The SPS is supplying beams of argon ions for the first time, at energies never before achieved for this type of beam. They are destined for the NA61/SHINE experiment (see box) located in the North Area, which began receiving the beams on 11 February. Argon ions have a relatively large mass, as they consist of 40 nucleons, so they can be used in a similar way to lead ions. The main difficulty in accelerating them lies in the SPS, where the variation in acceleration frequency is limited. “The SPS was designed for a...

  8. Argon-40/Argon-39 Age Spectra of Apollo 17 Highlands Breccia Samples by Laser Step Heating and the Age of the Serenitatis Basin

    Dalrymple, G. Brent; Ryder, Graham


    We have obtained high-resolution (21-63 steps) Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectra using a continuous laser system on 19 submilligram samples of melt rocks and clasts from Apollo 17 samples collected from the pre-Imbrian highlands in the easternmost part of the Serenitatis basin. The samples include poikilitic melt rocks inferred to have been formed in the Serenitatis basin-forming impact, aphanitic melt rock whose compositions vary and whose provenance is uncertain, and granulite, gabbro, and melt clasts. Three of the poikilitic melts have similar age spectrum plateau ages (72395,96, 3893 +/- 16 Ma (2sigma); 72535,7, 3887 +/- 16 Ma; 76315,150, 3900 +/- 16 Ma) with a weighted mean age of 3893 +/- 9 Ma, which we interpret as the best age for the Serenitatis basin- forming impact. Published Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectrum ages of Apollo 17 poikilitic melts are consistent with our new age but are much less precise. Two poikilitic melts did not give plateaus and the maxima in their age spectra indicate ages of greater than or equal to 3869 Ma (72558,7) and greater than or equal to 3743 Ma (77135,178). Plateau ages of two poikilitic melts and two gabbro clasts from 73155 range from 3854 +/- 16 Ma to 3937 +/- 16 Ma and have probably been affected by the ubiquitous (older?) clasts and by post- formation heating (impact) events. Plateau ages from two of the aphanitic melt 'blobs' and two granulites in sample 72255 fall in the narrow range of 3850 q 16 Ma to 3869 q 16 Ma with a weighted mean of 3862 +/- 8 Ma. Two of the aphanitic melt blobs from 72255 have ages of 3883 +/- 16 Ma and greater than or equal to 3894 Ma, whereas a poikilitic melt clast (of different composition from the 'Serenitatis' melts) has an age of 3835 +/- 16 Ma, which is the upper limit for the accretion of 72255. These data suggest that either the aphanitic melts vary in age, as is also suggested by their varying chemical compositions, or they formed in the 72255 accretionary event about 3.84-3.85 Ga and older relict

  9. Mobilities and reactions of diatomic rare-gas ions in their parent gases, helium, neon, argon and krypton

    The mobilities of He2+, Ne2+, Ar2+ and Kr2+ have been measured in their present gases as a function of E/N at 293 K (for He), 77 K (for Ne and Ar) and 295 K (for Kr). Mobility data are also presented for Ne3+ in Ne, Ar+ in Ne and Ar, and Ar3+ in Ar; in each of these cases the gas is at 77 K. The reduced zero-field mobilities were obtained by extrapolation for all these ions and are compared with previous measurements where they are available. The clustering reaction for the formation of Ar3+ has been investigated and it is demonstrated that the dissociation energy for Ar3+ is greater than that for He3+. The magnitudes of the mobilities of the diatomic inert-gas ions in their parent gases and the variation of the mobility with E/N are discussed. (author)

  10. Argon, oxygen, and boron isotopic evidence documenting 40ArE accumulation in phengite during water-rich high-pressure subduction metasomatism of continental crust

    Menold, Carrie A.; Grove, Marty; Sievers, Natalie E.; Manning, Craig E.; Yin, An; Young, Edward D.; Ziegler, Karen


    The Luliang Shan area of the North Qaidam high pressure (HP) to ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic terrane in northwestern China features thick, garnet- and phengite-rich metasomatic selvages that formed around gneiss-hosted mafic eclogite blocks during HP conditions. Here we present new 40Ar/39Ar, δ18 O, and δ11 B results from a previously studied 30 m, 18 sample traverse that extends from the host gneiss into a representative eclogite block. Previous thermobarometry and new mica-quartz oxygen isotope thermometry from the traverse reveal that the phengite-rich selvage formed at temperatures similar to those recorded by the eclogites at peak pressure. Quartz and white mica δ18 O data from the selvage cannot be explained by simple mixing of gneiss and eclogite, and indicate a fluid/rock ratio >1 during regional-scale infiltration of high δ18 O (ca. 14‰) fluids. Heavy δ18 O overgrowths of metamorphic zircon over lighter δ18 O detrital grains indicate that the gneiss was similarly affected. Starkly contrasting boron content and δ11 B compositions for the host gneiss and the selvage also cannot be explained by local-scale devolatilization of the gneiss to form the selvage. Instead, the boron systematics are best attributed to two distinct phases of fluid infiltration: (1) low-boron selvage phengite with δ11 B from -10 to -30‰ grew under HP conditions; and (2) tourmaline and boron-rich muscovite with generally positive δ11 B crystallized in the host gneiss under subsequent lower pressure epidote-amphibolite facies conditions as the Luliang Shan gneiss terrane was exhumed past shallower portions of the subduction channel. Consistent with observations made worldwide, we were able to identify uptake of excess argon (40ArE) in phengite as a high pressure phenomenon. Phengite 40Ar/39Ar ages from massive eclogite exceed the ca. 490 Ma zircon U-Pb age of eclogite metamorphism by a factor of 1.5. However, phengite ages from the more permeable schistose selvage

  11. Dating of mineral samples through activation analysis of argon

    Mass Spectrometry has been the usual method to determine Ar concentrations in mineral samples for dating them through the 40Ar/40K ratio. This technique has been replaced since 1966 by measurement of 40Ar/39Ar ratio, after artificial production of 39Ar from the 39K(n,p)39Ar reaction produced in the fast neutron flux of a nuclear reactor. This method requires the fusion of the sample by incremental heating until reaching a temperature of 1000 deg C in order to get the total release of both argon isotopes. In principle, it should be possible to determine the 40Ar/40K ratio by activation analysis in an easier, non-destructive way, but it presents the following drawbacks: manufacture of argon standards; usual low ratio peak/Compton distribution for both peaks: 1.29 Mev and 1.52 Mev (41Ar and 42K respectively), since potassium minerals are usually very rich in sodium, manganese and chlorine; reaction 41K(n,p)41Ar induced by fast neutrons present in the thermal flux; and possible contamination of the samples and standards with atmospheric 40Ar(99.6% of elementary Ar, whose proportion in the atmosphere at sea level is 0.93%). This paper describes how these problems may be solved, also determining the limits of Ar and K concentration related to Compton distribution, in our experimental conditions. (author) 5 refs.; 1 tab

  12. 40 CFR 63.10686 - What are the requirements for electric arc furnaces and argon-oxygen decarburization vessels?


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  13. Penning and associative ionisations of argon atoms by collisions with metastable helium atoms He(21S) and He(23S) of thermal energies 0.03-0.40eV

    This work, devoted to the 21S and 23S metastable states of the helium atom, is mainly experimental. It centres on observation of the non-bound states Ar+ and bound states HeAr+ created during collisions of these metastable atoms with argon atoms in the ground state. The Penning and associative ionisation cross-sections corresponding to these two processes were obtained as a function of the relative speed of approach of the He*+Ar particles in the thermal region 1200-4500m/s (0.3-0.40eV). The experimental time of flight method used in this experiment is original in its application to the measurement of reaction products such as Ar+ and HeAr+ ions. The results obtained testify to the efficiency of this method since the variations in the Penning ionisation cross-section sigmasub(IP)(v) and associative ionisation cross-section sigmasub(IA)(v) against speed have not been observed in other laboratories. They are given here for the couples He(23S)+Ar and He(21S) + Ar. The theoretical interpretation attempted for the cross-sections sigmasub(IP)(v) and sigmasub(IA)(v) is based on a very recent model due to the American school of Miller and the Japanese school of Nakamura. This model, common to all interpretations, can lead to different results according to whether quantum effects are taken into account

  14. Hydrothermal fluids, argon isotopes and mineralization ages of the Fankou Pb-Zn deposit in south China: Insights from sphalerite 40Ar/39Ar progressive crushing

    Jiang, Ying-De; Qiu, Hua-Ning; Xu, Yi-Gang


    Hydrothermal fluid geochemistry and mineralization timing are two important factors in the genesis of a hydrothermal deposit. 40Ar/39Ar analyses of fluid inclusions not only provide time constraints for the mineralization but also help to clarify the K-Ca-Cl-Ar characteristics for the ore-forming fluids. In this study, six sphalerite samples collected from the Fankou lead-zinc sulfide deposit are investigated by 40Ar/39Ar in vacuo crushing. Gases liberated from the early and late crushing steps exhibit distinct Ar isotopic compositions and 40Ar/39Ar apparent ages. Argon released in the early steps has much higher 40Ar and 38ArCl and lower 37ArCa contents than those in the late steps. The significant excess Ar (40ArE) extracted in the early crushing steps shows a strong correlation with 38ArCl with very high 40ArE/38ArCl ratios. In contrast, those of the late steps mainly consist of atmospheric Ar and K-correlated radiogenic Ar with a constant 40ArR/39ArK ratio and the atmospheric initial 40Ar/36Ar ratio. As a result, all samples yield similar declining age spectra: the fore segments with anomalously old apparent ages decline quickly in the early crushing steps and the rear ones are flat with concordant apparent ages in the late crushing steps. The data points of the early steps define linear correlations in plots of 40ArNA/39ArK vs. 38ArCl/39ArK and 38ArCl/40ArNA vs. 39ArK/40ArNA (NA for non-atmospheric) and most yield ages of 240-230 Ma. On the other hand, the data of the late steps always construct well-defined isochrons in the plots of 36ArA/40ArNA vs. 39ArK/40ArNA with consistent ages of ˜300 Ma. We interpret that gases released in the early steps were from the secondary fluid inclusions (SFIs) due to their distribution characteristics along cracks leading to be easily extracted, and those released in the later steps represented the contribution of the primary fluid inclusions (PFIs). The initial 40Ar/36Ar ratios of SFIs, much higher than the modern

  15. C-Cl activation by group IV metal oxides in solid argon matrixes: matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy and theoretical investigations of the reactions of MOx (M = Ti, Zr; x = 1, 2) with CH3Cl.

    Zhao, Yanying


    Reactions of the ground-state titanium and zirconium monoxide and dioxide molecules with monochloromethane in excess argon matrixes have been investigated in solid argon by infrared absorption spectroscopy and density functional theoretical calculations. The results show that the ground-state MOx (M = Ti, Zr; x = 1, 2) molecules react with CH3Cl to first form the weakly bound MO(CH3Cl) and MO2(CH3Cl) complexes. The MO(CH3Cl) complexes can rearrange to the CH3M(O)Cl isomers with the Cl atom of CH3Cl coordination to the metal center of MO upon UV light irradiation (λ MO + CH3Cl reaction to the more stable CH3M(O)Cl molecules via the MO(CH3Cl) complexes traversing their corresponding transition states. The MO2(CH3Cl) complexes can isomerize to the more stable CH3OM(O)Cl molecules with the addition of the C-Cl bond of CH3Cl to one of the O═M bonds of MO2 upon annealing after broad-band light irradiation. The C-Cl activation by the MOx mechanism was interpreted by the calculated potential energy profiles. PMID:23763350

  16. Argon plasma coagulation

    Zenker, Matthias


    Full Text Available Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC is an application of gas discharges in argon in electrosurgery, which is increasingly used especially in endoscopy. The major application fields are haemostasis, tissue devitalization and tissue reduction.This review describes the physics and technology of electrosurgery and APC. Some characteristics of the argon discharge are shown and discussed, and thermal effects in biological tissue are described. Subsequently, examples of medical applications are given.

  17. Comparative testing of transmission Si detectors with an 40Ar beam (33 MeV/A)

    Seven available current fabrication detectors, which are 300 μm thick, have been tested in the reaction chamber ''Cyrano'', the detected particles are Argon 40 ions (33 MeV/A), elastically scattered on a natural lead target

  18. Argon-39 Background in DUNE Photon Detectors

    Sinev, Gleb; DUNE Collaboration


    The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a 40-kt liquid argon detector that will be constructed 5000 ft underground in the Sanford Underground Research Facility in order to study neutrino and proton decay physics. Instrumenting liquid argon with photon detectors to record scintillation in addition to the ionization signal can significantly improve time and energy resolution of the experiment. Argon produces light with wavelength of 128 nm. The reference design for the photon detectors includes acrylic bars covered in wavelength shifter, where the scintillation light can be captured and reemitted with longer wavelengths, then detected using silicon photomultipliers. Radiological backgrounds may noticeably deteriorate the photon detection system performance, especially for low-energy interactions. A particularly important background comes from argon-39 decays, because argon-39 is present in natural argon that will be used in DUNE and the background rate increases with the size of the experiment. The effect of the argon-39 background has been studied and is presented in this talk.

  19. Argon activation analysis, application to dating by the potassium-argon method

    Activation analysis using radiogenic argon-40 has been applied to rock-dating by the K-Ar method. The argon is extracted from the sample, purified, activated to saturation in a flux of 2 X 1013 neutrons/cm2 sec-1 and measured by gamma spectroscopy. The sensitivity obtained is such that it is possible to measure amounts of argon corresponding to age of a few thousand years only. However since it has not been possible to measure the amount of pollution of radiogenic argon by atmospheric argon with any accuracy, the measurable age limit is in fact of the order of MY. The method has been applied to basalts from the Mont-Dore region. The results obtained are in fairly good agreement with geological, stratigraphic and paleomagnetic data. (author)

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  1. Microwave Argon Plasma Torch

    Felizardo, Edgar; Pencheva, Mariana; Benova, Evgenia; Dias, Fransisco; Tatarova, Elena


    A theoretical and experimental investigation of a microwave (2.45 GHz) Argon plasma torch driven by a surface wave is presented. The theoretical model couples in a self-consistent way the wave electrodynamics and the electron and heavy particle kinetics. The set of coupled equations includes: Maxwell's equations, the electron Boltzmann equation, including electron-electron collisions, and the particle balance equations for electrons, excited atoms (4s, 4p, 3d, 5s, 5p, 4d, 6s), and atomic (Ar^+) and molecular ions (Ar2^+). The input parameters of the model are: gas pressure (760 Torr), plasma radius (R = 0.75 cm), dielectric permittivity (ɛd = 4.0) and tube thickness (d = 0.15 cm) as well as the measured axial profile of the gas temperature (3500 K - 1500 K). The latter was determined from measurements of the rotational temperature of the OH molecular band in the range 306 - 315 nm. Phase and amplitude sensitive recording provides the data for the axial wavenumber and wave attenuation coefficient. The wavenumber decreases along the generated plasma torch. The electron density (Ne) axial profile as determined from measurements of Hβ Stark broadening is in agreement with the theoretical one.

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  3. Lunar exospheric argon modeling

    Grava, Cesare; Chaufray, J.-Y.; Retherford, K. D.; Gladstone, G. R.; Greathouse, T. K.; Hurley, D. M.; Hodges, R. R.; Bayless, A. J.; Cook, J. C.; Stern, S. A.


    Argon is one of the few known constituents of the lunar exosphere. The surface-based mass spectrometer Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE) deployed during the Apollo 17 mission first detected argon, and its study is among the subjects of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) and Lunar Atmospheric and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission investigations. We performed a detailed Monte Carlo simulation of neutral atomic argon that we use to better understand its transport and storage across the lunar surface. We took into account several loss processes: ionization by solar photons, charge-exchange with solar protons, and cold trapping as computed by recent LRO/Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) mapping of Permanently Shaded Regions (PSRs). Recycling of photo-ions and solar radiation acceleration are also considered. We report that (i) contrary to previous assumptions, charge exchange is a loss process as efficient as photo-ionization, (ii) the PSR cold-trapping flux is comparable to the ionization flux (photo-ionization and charge-exchange), and (iii) solar radiation pressure has negligible effect on the argon density, as expected. We determine that the release of 2.6 × 1028 atoms on top of a pre-existing argon exosphere is required to explain the maximum amount of argon measured by LACE. The total number of atoms (1.0 × 1029) corresponds to ∼6700 kg of argon, 30% of which (∼1900 kg) may be stored in the cold traps after 120 days in the absence of space weathering processes. The required population is consistent with the amount of argon that can be released during a High Frequency Teleseismic (HFT) Event, i.e. a big, rare and localized moonquake, although we show that LACE could not distinguish between a localized and a global event. The density of argon measured at the time of LACE appears to have originated from no less than four such episodic events. Finally, we show that the extent of the PSRs that trap

  4. Depleted Argon from Underground Sources

    Argon is a strong scintillator and an ideal target for Dark Matter detection; however 39Ar contamination in atmospheric argon from cosmic ray interactions limits the size of liquid argon dark matter detectors due to pile-up. Argon from deep underground is depleted in 39Ar due to the cosmic ray shielding of the earth. In Cortez, Colorado, a CO2 well has been discovered to contain approximately 600 ppm of argon as a contamination in the CO2. We first concentrate the argon locally to 3% in an Ar, N2, and He mixture, from the CO2 through chromatographic gas separation, and then the N2 and He will be removed by continuous distillation to purify the argon. We have collected 26 kg of argon from the CO2 facility and a cryogenic distillation column is under construction at Fermilab to further purify the argon.

  5. Disturbed 40Ar 39Ar systematics in hydrothermal biotite and hornblende at the Scotia gold mine, Western Australia: Evidence for argon loss associated with post-mineralisation fluid movement

    Kent, Adam J. R.; Campbell McCuaig, T.


    Homblende and biotite that formed during gold mineralisation at the Scotia mine, Western Australia, have erratic 40Ar 39Ar release spectra and total gas ages that are ˜200-900 million year younger than the ca. 2600-2620 Ma minimum age of gold mineralisation, as given by 40Ar 39Ar plateau (muscovite) ages of crosscutting pegmatite dykes. Analysed hornblendes are dominated by magnesio hornblende but also contain small domains of ferro-actinolitic hornblende, actinolitic hornblende, and actinolite. Biotite also appears to be substantially altered to chlorite along cleavage planes. Relatively young apparent ages and high K/Ca ratios of argon released from hornblendes at temperatures less than ˜1000°C are interpreted to be the result of degassing of contaminant biotite. However, this cannot totally explain the young ages of hornblendes. Gas fractions released at furnace temperatures above 1000 C, where the effect of biotite degassing is demonstrably negligible, still have apparent ages that are ˜200-900 million years younger than the age of muscovite from post-gold pegmatite dykes. The close proximity of disturbed hydrothermal hornblende samples to apparently undisturbed pegmatite muscovite samples (less than a few metres in some cases) is difficult to reconcile with argon loss in hydrothermal hornblende being the product of thermally-driven volume diffusion. Given a suitable thermal history, argon loss could occur preferentially in hornblendes if (1) the closure (for slow cooling) and blocking (for reheating) temperatures of hydrothermal hornblendes were lower than published estimates, as has been observed in structurally complex metamorphic hornblendes and/or (2) the closure and blocking temperature of pegmatite muscovite were higher than commonly estimated. However, neither of these interpretations can easily explain the large variation in hornblende ages. It is instead suggested that argon loss occurred during mineral-fluid interaction during movement of a

  6. A radiation-hard dual channel 4-bit pipeline for a 12-bit 40 MS/s ADC prototype with extended dynamic range for the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeter readout electronics upgrade at the CERN LHC

    The design of a radiation-hard dual-channel 12-bit 40 MS/s pipeline ADC with extended dynamic range is presented, for use in the readout electronics upgrade for the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeters at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The design consists of two pipeline A/D channels with four Multiplying Digital-to-Analog Converters with nominal 12-bit resolution each. The design, fabricated in the IBM 130 nm CMOS process, shows a performance of 68 dB SNDR at 18 MHz for a single channel at 40 MS/s while consuming 55 mW/channel from a 2.5 V supply, and exhibits no performance degradation after irradiation. Various gain selection algorithms to achieve the extended dynamic range are implemented and tested

  7. Thermophysical properties of argon

    Jaques, A.


    The entire report consists of tables of thermodynamic properties (including sound velocity, thermal conductivity and diffusivity, Prandtl number, density) of argon at 86 to 400/degree/K, in the form of isobars over 0.9 to 100 bars. (DLC)

  8. 40Ca(p,d)39Ca reaction in 50-800 MeV region

    Spectra of 40Ca(p,d)39Ca reactions at several tens MeV to 800 MeV are compared and the possibility of the classical nuclear spectroscopy with transfer reactions in intermediate energy region is discussed. (author)

  9. Fusion and nonfusion phenomena in the 6Li+40Ca reaction at 156 MeV

    Reaction products from 6Li-induced reactions on 40Ca at 156 MeV have been studied using the dE x E identification as well as the inclusive γ-ray method. The complete fusion cross-section has been found to be σsub(f)=(77 +- 11)mb. The Z distribution of fusion evaporation residues is compared with statistical model predictions. The Z spectrum of reaction products shows a maximum at 156Li break-up. (author)

  10. N/Z effects on 40,48Ca+40,48Ca reactions at 25 MeV/nucleon

    Cardella G.


    Full Text Available Effects related to the neutron to proton ratio (N/Z degree of freedom in 40,48Ca+40,48Ca reactions at 25 MeV/nucleon have been investigated. Isotopic effect and even-odd staggering characterize the emission of light fragments at forward angles. The study of isobaric ratio 7Li/7Be for quasi-projectile source in semi-peripheral event of reactions allows moreover to investigate isospin diffusion effects in heavy ion collisions.

  11. Cross section measurements for 40Ca(n,α)37Ar reaction

    A new type DGIC (double-gridded ionization chamber) with a multi-parameter data acquisition and processing system is established for study of fast neutron induced (n,p), (n, α) reactions. The system is applied for the measurement of angular distribution at neutron energy of 4 MeV for 40Ca(n, α)37Ar and differential cross section and integral cross section at neutron energy of 5 MeV for 40Ca(n,α)37Ar. The measured results show that the reaction below the neutron energy of 5 MeV is mainly compound nucleus reaction mechanism

  12. Practical reactor production of {sup 41}Ar from argon clathrate

    Mercer, J.R. E-mail:; Duke, M.J.M.; McQuarrie, S.A


    The radionuclide {sup 41}Ar has many ideal properties as a gas flow tracer. However, the modest cross-section of {sup 40}Ar for thermal neutron activation makes preparation of suitable activities of {sup 41}Ar technically difficult particularly for low flux reactors. Argon can however be trapped in a molecular complex called a clathrate that can then be irradiated. We prepared argon clathrate and explored its irradiation and stability characteristics. Argon clathrate can be used to provide gigabecquerel quantities of {sup 41}Ar even with low power reactors.

  13. Revised analysis of $^{40}$Ca+$^{96}$Zr fusion reactions

    Esbensen, H; Stefanini, A M


    Fusion data for $^{40}$Ca+$^{96}$Zr are analyzed by coupled-channels calculations that are based on a standard Woods-Saxon potential and include couplings to multiphonon excitations and transfer channels. The couplings to multiphonon excitations are the same as used in a previous work. The transfer couplings are calibrated to reproduce the measured neutron transfer data. This type of calculation gives a poor fit to the fusion data. However, by multiplying the transfer couplings with a $\\sqrt{2}$ one obtains an excellent fit. The scaling of the transfer strengths is supposed to simulate the combined effect of neutron and proton transfer, and the calculated one- and two-nucleon transfer cross sections are indeed in reasonable agreement with the measured cross sections.

  14. Potassium-argon (argon-argon), structural fabrics

    Cosca, Michael A.


    Definition: 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of structural fabrics: The application of 40Ar/39Ar methods to date development of structural fabrics in geologic samples. Introduction: Structural fabrics develop during rock deformation at variable pressures (P), temperatures (T), fluid compositions (X), and time (t). Structural fabrics are represented in rocks by features such as foliations and shear zones developed at the mm to km scale. In ideal cases, the P-T-X history of a given structural fabric can be constrained using stable isotope, cation exchange, and/or mineral equilibria thermobarometry (Essene 1989). The timing of structural fabric development can be assessed qualitatively using geologic field observations or quantitatively using isotope-based geochronology. High-precision geochronology of the thermal and fluid flow histories associated with structural fabric development can answer fundamental geologic questions including (1) when hydrothermal fluids transported and deposited ore minerals, ...

  15. Microscopic study of $^{40}$Ca+$^{58,64}$Ni fusion reactions

    Bourgin, D; Courtin, S; Haas, F


    Background: Heavy-ion fusion reactions at energies near the Coulomb barrier are influenced by couplings between the relative motion and nuclear intrinsic degrees of freedom of the colliding nuclei. The time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) theory, incorporating the couplings at the mean-field level, as well as the coupled-channels (CC) method are standard approaches to describe low energy nuclear reactions. Purpose: To investigate the effect of couplings to inelastic and transfer channels on the fusion cross sections for the reactions $^{40}$Ca+$^{58}$Ni and $^{40}$Ca+$^{64}$Ni. Methods: Fusion cross sections around and below the Coulomb barrier have been obtained from coupled-channels (CC) calculations, using the bare nucleus-nucleus potential calculated with the frozen Hartree-Fock method and coupling parameters taken from known nuclear structure data. The fusion thresholds and neutron transfer probabilities have been calculated with the TDHF method. Results: For $^{40}$Ca+$^{58}$Ni, the TDHF fusion threshold ...

  16. The Argon Geochronology Experiment (AGE)

    Swindle, T. D.; Bode, R.; Fennema, A.; Chutjian, A.; MacAskill, J. A.; Darrach, M. R.; Clegg, S. M.; Wiens, R. C.; Cremers, D.


    This viewgraph presentation reviews the Argon Geochronology Experiment (AGE). Potassium-Argon dating is shown along with cosmic ray dating exposure. The contents include a flow diagram of the Argon Geochronology Experiment, and schematic diagrams of the mass spectrometer vacuum system, sample manipulation mechanism, mineral heater oven, and the quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. The Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Operation with elemental abundances is also described.

  17. Liquid argon neutrino detectors

    Battistoni, G


    The liquid argon imaging technique, as proposed for the ICARUS detector, offers the possibility to perform complementary and simultaneous measurements of neutrinos, as those of CERN to Gran Sasso beam (CNGS) and those from cosmic ray events. For the currently allowed values of the Super-Kamiokande results, the combination of both CNGS and atmospheric data will provide a precise determination of the oscillation parameters. Since one can observe and unambiguously identify nu /sub e/, nu /sub mu / and nu /sub tau / components, this technology allows to explore the full (3*3) mixing matrix. The same class of detector can be proposed for high precision measurements at a neutrino factory. (3 refs).

  18. Reaction mechanisms and production of exotic nuclei using 200 MeV/n 40Ar

    Experiments using the fragmentation of 40Ar at 200 MeV/n have proved to be a powerful new tool for the investigation of both the dynamics of nuclear interactions at high energies and the limits of nuclear stability. In order to study the reaction mechanism, C and Th targets were bombarded by 213 MeV/n 40Ar. Energy spectra were measured at lab angles from 00 to 40 in a telescope. Isotope production cross sections were obtained by integrating the energy spectra and angular distributions. (orig./AH)

  19. Evidence of electric breakdown induced by bubbles in liquid argon

    Bay, F; Murphy, S; Resnati, F; Rubbia, A; Sergiampietri, F; Wu, S


    We report on the results of a high voltage test in liquid argon in order to measure its dielectric rigidity. Under stable conditions and below the boiling point, liquid argon was found to sustain a uniform electric field of 100 kV/cm, applied in a region of 20 cm$^2$ area across 1 cm thick gap. When the liquid is boiling, breakdowns may occur at electric fields as low as 40 kV/cm. This test is one of the R&D efforts towards the Giant Liquid Argon Charge Imaging ExpeRiment (GLACIER) as proposed Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LAr TPC) for the LBNO observatory for neutrino physics, astrophysics and nucleon decay searches.

  20. Argon Welding Inside A Workpiece

    Morgan, Gene E.


    Canopies convert large hollow workpiece into inert-gas welding chamber. Large manifold serves welding chamber for attachment of liner parts in argon atmosphere. Every crevice, opening and passageway provided with argon-rich environment. Weld defects and oxidation dramatically reduced; also welding time reduced.

  1. Evolution of Martian atmospheric argon: Implications for sources of volatiles

    Hutchins, Kevin S.; Jakosky, Bruce M.

    We have examined processes affecting isotopes of argon (36Ar, 38Ar, 40Ar) in order to determine important atmospheric sources and sinks. Our simple model for argon evolution incorporates production of radiogenic argon in the mantle, outgassing of all argon species by extrusive and intrusive volcanism, and loss to space by knock-on sputtering above the exobase. Sputtering has been shown previously to be an important loss process for atmospheric species, especially isotopes of noble gases, which have few other mechanisms of escape. The integrated evolution of argon (36Ar, 38Ar, and 40Ar, respectively) is modeled in terms of these variables: (1) the planetary concentration of potassium, (2) the fraction of juvenile argon released catastrophically during the first 600 Myr., (3) potential variation in the time-history of sputtering loss from that suggested by Luhmann et al. [1992], and (4) the volume of total outgassing to the surface as compared to outgassing contributed by volcanic release. Our results indicate that Mars has lost between 85-95% of 36Ar and 70-88% of outgassed 40Ar. Due to this substantial loss, the planet must have outgassed the equivalent of between 10 and 100 times the total volume of gases released by extrusive and intrusive volcanics. This indicates that volcanic outgassing, alone, is insufficient to explain the present-day abundances of 36Ar and 40Ar in the Martian atmosphere. Similar calculations for 20Ne suggest outgassed volumes of between 100 and 1800 times in excess of that due to volcanism. This results in a distinct Ne/Ar elemental fractionation, with a preference for outgassing argon, of the order of 10 to 17. Although the results must be evaluated within the model uncertainties, the results are compelling in that they unequivocally show the existence of additional sources of atmospheric volatiles and helps define a means to identify them.

  2. 40Ar-39Ar and U-Pb ages of metadiorite from the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt: Evidence for Early-Paleozoic magmatic zone and excess argon in amphibole minerals


    Single-grain zircon U-Pb and amphibole 40Ar-39Ar dating have beenconducted on a deformed and metamorphosed diorite in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, which intruded into the middle Proterozoic Kuhai Group exposed in the south of Xiangride region, Dulan County, NW Qinghai Province. The zircon gives a concordant U-Pb age of (446.5±9.1) Ma. The amphibole yields Ar plateau age of (488.0±1.2) Ma and an isochronal age of (488.9±5.6) Ma. Age results of both stepwise released Ar and conventional K-Ar analysis are remarkably higher than that of zircon U-Pb, suggesting that the amphibole contains excess argon and the amphibole plateau age cannot be taken as the timing of metamorphism or deformation. The zircon age is interpreted to be crystallization age of the diorite pluton, which suggests that an Early-Paleozoic magmatic zone indeed existed in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt stretching along the region south to the Golmud, Normuhong and Xiangride.

  3. 40 CFR 721.9400 - Reaction product of phenolic pentaerythritol tetraesters with fatty acid esters and oils, and...


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  4. Study of 40Ca(3He,t)40Sc and 9Be(3He,t)9B reactions

    The objective of this research thesis is to perform additional experiments for a better definition of the interaction occurring during the (3He,t) charge exchange reaction, notably in the case of transitions between different layers, and in the case of a target nucleus with a non null spin. In this respect, this thesis addresses the study of 40Ca and 9Be nuclei. After a description of experimental devices and of the obtained performance, the author reports the development of microscopic calculation model within the framework of the DWBA (Distorted Wave Born Approximation). Experimental results are then presented, analysed and discussed

  5. Argon isotope fractionation induced by stepwise heating

    Trieloff, Mario; Falter, Martina; Buikin, Alexei I.; Korochantseva, Ekaterina V.; Jessberger, Elmar K.; Altherr, Rainer


    Noble gas isotopes are widely used to elucidate the history of the rocks in which they have been trapped, either from distinct reservoirs or by accumulation following radioactive decay. To extract noble gases from their host rocks, stepwise heating is the most commonly used technique to deconvolve isotopically different components, e.g., atmospheric, in situ radiogenic, or excess radiogenic from mantle or crustal reservoirs. The accurate determination of the isotopic composition of these different components is of crucial importance, e.g., for ages obtained by 40Ar- 39Ar stepheating plateaus. However, diffusion theory-based model calculations predict that the stepwise thermal extraction process from mineral phases induces isotope fractionation and, hence, adulterates the original composition. Such effects are largely unconsidered, as they are small and a compelling experimental observation is lacking. We report the first unequivocal evidence for significant mass fractionation of argon isotopes during thermal extraction, observed on shungite, a carbon-rich Precambrian sedimentary rock. The degree of fractionation, as monitored by 38Ar/ 36Ar and 40Ar/ 36Ar ratios, very well agrees with theoretical predictions assuming an inverse square root dependence of diffusion coefficient and atomic mass, resulting in easier extraction of lighter isotopes. Hence, subatmospheric 40Ar/ 36Ar ratios obtained for argon extracted at low temperatures may not represent paleoatmospheric argon. Shungite argon resembles modern atmospheric composition, but constraints on the timing of trapping appear difficult to obtain, as shungites are multicomponent systems. In 40Ar- 39Ar stepwise heating, the isotope fractionation effect could cause systematic underestimations of plateau ages, between 0.15 and 0.4% depending on age, or considerably higher if samples contain appreciable atmospheric Ar. The magnitude of this effect is similar to the presently achieved uncertainties of this increasingly

  6. Argon behaviour in an inverted Barrovian sequence, Sikkim Himalaya: The consequences of temperature and timescale on 40Ar/39Ar mica geochronology

    Mottram, Catherine M.; Warren, Clare J.; Halton, Alison M.; Kelley, Simon P.; Harris, Nigel B. W.


    40Ar/39Ar dating of metamorphic rocks sometimes yields complicated datasets which are difficult to interpret in terms of timescales of the metamorphic cycle. Single-grain fusion and step-heating data were obtained for rocks sampled through a major thrust-sense shear zone (the Main Central Thrust) and the associated inverted metamorphic zone in the Sikkim region of the eastern Himalaya. This transect provides a natural laboratory to explore factors influencing apparent 40Ar/39Ar ages in similar lithologies at a variety of metamorphic pressure and temperature (P-T) conditions. The 40Ar/39Ar dataset records progressively younger apparent age populations and a decrease in within-sample dispersion with increasing temperature through the sequence. The white mica populations span ~ 2-9 Ma within each sample in the structurally lower levels (garnet grade) but only ~ 0-3 Ma at structurally higher levels (kyanite-sillimanite grade). Mean white mica single-grain fusion population ages vary from 16.2 ± 3.9 Ma (2σ) to 13.2 ± 1.3 Ma (2σ) from lowest to highest levels. White mica step-heating data from the same samples yields plateau ages from 14.27 ± 0.13 Ma to 12.96 ± 0.05 Ma. Biotite yield older apparent age populations with mean single-grain fusion dates varying from 74.7 ± 11.8 Ma (2σ) at the lowest structural levels to 18.6 ± 4.7 Ma (2σ) at the highest structural levels; the step-heating plateaux are commonly disturbed. Temperatures > 600 °C at pressures of 0.4-0.8 GPa sustained over > 5 Ma, appear to be required for white mica and biotite ages to be consistent with diffusive, open-system cooling. At lower temperatures, and/or over shorter metamorphic timescales, more 40Ar is retained than results from simple diffusion models suggest. Diffusion modelling of Ar in white mica from the highest structural levels suggests that the high-temperature rocks cooled at a rate of ~ 50-80 °C Ma- 1, consistent with rapid thrusting, extrusion and exhumation along the Main

  7. Development of the Neck in Fusion Reactions 40Ca+90,96Zr

    王宁; 吴锡真; 李祝霞


    The neck dynamics and nucleon transfer through the neck in fusion reactions 40 Ca +90,96Zr are studied by applying the improved quantum molecular dynamics model. A special attention is paid to the dynamic behaviour of the neck development at touching point and to the contribution of excess neutrons in a neutron-rich target (or projectile) to neck formation and nucleon transfer.

  8. The effects of retrograde reactions and of diffusion on 39Ar-40Ar ages of micas

    Allaz, Julien; Engi, Martin; Berger, Alfons;


    Effects of metamorphic reactions occurring during decompression were explored to understand their influence on 39Ar-40Ar ages of micas. Monometamorphic metasediments from the Lepontine Alps (Switzerland) were studied. Collected samples reached lower amphibolite facies during the Barrovian...... retrograde chlorite formation. We conclude that even very minor chloritisation of biotite is apparently a more effective parameter than temperature in resetting the Ar clock, as is the formation of plagioclase from paragonite decomposition. Multi-equilibrium thermobarometry is necessary to ensure that...

  9. The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator

    Adamowski, M.; Carls, B.; Dvorak, E.; Hahn, A.; Jaskierny, W.; Johnson, C.; Jostlein, H.; Kendziora, C.; Lockwitz, S.; Pahlka, B.; Plunkett, R.; Pordes, S.; Rebel, B.; Schmitt, R.; Stancari, M.; Tope, T.; Voirin, E.; Yang, T.


    The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator was an R&D test stand designed to determine if electron drift lifetimes adequate for large neutrino detectors could be achieved without first evacuating the cryostat. We describe here the cryogenic system, its operations, and the apparatus used to determine the contaminant levels in the argon and to measure the electron drift lifetime. The liquid purity obtained by this system was facilitated by a gaseous argon purge. Additionally, gaseous impurities from the ullage were prevented from entering the liquid at the gas-liquid interface by condensing the gas and filtering the resulting liquid before returning to the cryostat. The measured electron drift lifetime in this test was greater than 6 ms, sustained over several periods of many weeks. Measurements of the temperature profile in the argon, to assess convective flow and boiling, were also made and are compared to simulation.

  10. Electrical conductivity of compressed argon

    Bauer, R. [Univ. Regensburg (Germany); Windl, W.; Collins, L.; Kress, J.; Kwon, I. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)


    The authors report calculations of the electrical conductivity of solid argon as a function of compression within the density functional local density approximation formulation for a norm-conserving pseudopotential using both electron-phonon coupling and molecular dynamics techniques.

  11. Testing a liquid Argon calorimeter


    Physicists from Karlsruhe test a liquid argon calorimeter in the neutral beam b16 at the PS. The calorimeter was meant to supply some neutral particles identification at the Split-Field Magnet Facility for R416.

  12. The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator

    Adamowski, M; Dvorak, E; Hahn, A; Jaskierny, W; Johnson, C; Jostlein, H; Kendziora, C; Lockwitz, S; Pahlka, B; Plunkett, R; Pordes, S; Rebel, B; Schmitt, R; Stancari, M; Tope, T; Voirin, E; Yang, T


    The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator was an R&D test stand designed to determine if electron drift lifetimes adequate for large neutrino detectors could be achieved without first evacuating the cryostat. We describe here the cryogenic system, its operations, and the apparatus used to determine the contaminant levels in the argon and to measure the electron drift lifetime. The liquid purity obtained by this system was facilitated by a gaseous argon purge. Additionally, gaseous impurities from the ullage were prevented from entering the liquid at the gas-liquid interface by condensing the gas and filtering the resulting liquid before returning to the cryostat. The measured electron drift lifetime in this test was greater than 6 ms, sustained over several periods of many weeks. Measurements of the temperature profile in the argon, to assess convective flow and boiling, were also made and are compared to simulation.

  13. Oxygen removal from tantalum and niobium in an argon atmosphere

    The rate of oxygen removal from tantalum and niobium has been determined as a function of argon pressure (0-760 Torr) at temperatures from 1900 to 24000C. The reduction of the reaction rate v depends only on the argon pressure and can be given by a factor α = v/v0. The following formulae are obtained for α: Ta: α = (1 + 0.15psub(Ar)sup(0.9))-1, Nb: α = (1 + 0.5psub(Ar)sup(0.9))-1.

  14. Effect of argon addition on plasma parameters and dust charging in hydrogen plasma

    Experimental results on effect of adding argon gas to hydrogen plasma in a multi-cusp dusty plasma device are reported. Addition of argon modifies plasma density, electron temperature, degree of hydrogen dissociation, dust current as well as dust charge. From the dust charging profile, it is observed that the dust current and dust charge decrease significantly up to 40% addition of argon flow rate in hydrogen plasma. But beyond 40% of argon flow rate, the changes in dust current and dust charge are insignificant. Results show that the addition of argon to hydrogen plasma in a dusty plasma device can be used as a tool to control the dust charging in a low pressure dusty plasma.

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  17. 40 CFR 721.3830 - Formaldehyde, reaction products with an alkylated phenol and an aliphatic amine (generic).


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  18. Angular distribution and cross section measurements for the reaction 40Ca(n,α)37Ar using gridded ionization chamber

    A new-type double gridded ionization chamber (GIC) with a multi-parameters data acquisition and processing system has been established for the study of fast-neutron-induced (n,p) and (n,α) reactions. The system has been applied to measurements of angular distribution, energy spectra and differential cross section of the 40Ca(n,α)37Ar reaction

  19. Fano factor in pure argon

    The Fano factor for 5.3 MeV alpha particles in pure argon has been measured with a gridded ionization chamber and estimated to be 0.20 (+0.01-0.02). The obtained value is consistent with the theoretical value if the contribution of elastic nuclear collisions to the Fano factor is taken into the consideration. There is no appreciable difference between the values for pure argon and for a gas mixture of Ar (10%)CH4 obtained in the previous measurement. (orig.)

  20. The production of regular pyramids on argon ion bombarded surfaces of copper crystals

    Argon ion bombardment of poly-crystalline copper is shown to produce pyramid covered surfaces on grains having orientation in particular high index direction. Single crystals cut in similar direction also show pyramid covered surfaces when bombarded with 40 keV argon ions. Evidence is presented to show that the dominant parameter contributing to pyramid production is crystallographic, rather than impurity-induced as proposed in earlier works. The pyramids are of such regular size, shape and spacing that light is selectively absorbed and for 40 keV argon ion bombardment, only light of red colour is reflected from an initially plane surface. (Auth.)

  1. Study of the N=28 shell closure by one neutron transfer reaction: astrophysical application and {beta}-{gamma} spectroscopy of neutron rich nuclei around N=32/34 and N=40; Etude de la fermeture de couche N=28 autour du noyau {sub 18}{sup 46}Ar{sub 28} par reaction de transfert d'un neutron: application a l'astrophysique et Spectroscopie {beta}-{gamma} de noyaux riches en neutrons de N=32/34 et N=40

    Gaudefroy, L


    The study of the N=28 shell closure has been presented as well as its astrophysical implications. Moreover the structure of neutron rich nuclei around N=32/34 and 40 was studied. The N=28 shell closure has been studied trough the one neutron transfer reaction on {sup 44,46}Ar nuclei. Excitation energies of states in {sup 45,47}Ar nuclei have been obtained, as well as their angular momenta and spectroscopic factors. These results were used to show that N=28 is still a good magic number in the argon isotopic chain. We interpreted the evolution of the spin-orbit partner gaps in terms of the tensor monopolar proton-neutron interaction. Thanks to this latter, we showed it is not necessary to summon up a reduction of the intensity of the spin-orbit force in order to explain this evolution in N=29 isotopes from calcium to argon chains. The neutron capture rates on {sup 44,46}Ar have been determined thanks to the results of the transfer reaction. Their influence on the nucleosynthesis of {sup 46,48}Ca was studied. We proposed stellar conditions to account for the abnormal isotopic ratio observed in the Allende meteorite concerning {sup 46,48}Ca isotopes. The beta decay and gamma spectroscopy of neutron rich nuclei in the scandium to cobalt region has been studied. We showed that beta decay process is dominated by the {nu}f{sub 5/2} {yields} {pi}f{sub 7/2} Gamow-Teller transition. Moreover, we demonstrated that the {nu}g{sub 9/2} hinders this process in the studied nuclei, and influences their structure, by implying the existence of isomers. Our results show that N=34 is not a magic number in the titanium chain and the superior ones. (author)

  2. Structural characteristics of copper/hydrogenated amorphous carbon composite films prepared by microwave plasma-assisted deposition processes from methane-argon and acetylene-argon gas mixtures

    Copper/hydrogenated amorphous carbon (Cu/a-C:H) composite films have been deposited on silicon substrates by a hybrid technique combining microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition and sputter-deposition from methane-argon and acetylene-argon gas mixtures. The major objective of this work was to investigate the effect of the carbon gas precursor on the structural characteristics of Cu/a-C:H composite films deposited at ambient temperature. The major characteristics of CH4-argon and C2H2-argon plasmas were analyzed by Langmuir probe measurements. The composition of films was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, energy recoil detection analyses and nuclear reaction analyses. The carbon content in the films was observed to vary in the range 20-77 at.% and 7.5-99 at.% as the CH4 and C2H2 concentrations in the gas phase increased from 10 to 100%, respectively. The atom number ratio H/C in the films was scattered approximately 0.4 whatever the carbon gas precursor used. The crystallographic structure and the size of copper crystallites incorporated in the a-C were determined by X-ray diffraction techniques. The copper crystallite size decreased from 20 nm in pure copper films to less than 5 nm in Cu/a-C:H films containing more than 40 at.% of carbon. Grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering measurements were performed to investigate the size distribution and distance of copper crystallites as functions of the deposition parameters. The structural characteristics of copper crystallites were dependent on the hydrocarbon gas precursor used. The crystallite size and the width of the size distribution were homogeneous in films deposited from CH4. Copper crystallites with an anisotropic shape were found in films deposited from C2H2. The major radicals formed in the plasma and condensed on the surface of growing films, namely CH and C2H radicals for films produced from CH4 and C2H2, respectively, play probably a crucial role in the growth

  3. Peripheral collisions in the reaction 40Ar + 93Nb at 27.5 MeV/nucleon

    This thesis describes an experimental study of the reaction 40Ar + 93Nb at 27.5 MeV/nucleon carried out at the GANIL accelerator. Reaction products were detected in a large position sensitive localization ionization chamber. The experimental data were used to obtain information concerning the reaction mechanism especially for peripheral collisions. A model using the properties of random works were applied successfully to the interpretation of the data. The importance of the deflection produced by the ion-ion potential as well as of the emission of alpha particles in the reaction is stressed

  4. Neutron Inelastic Scattering Study of Liquid Argon

    The inelastic scattering functions for liquid argon have been measured at 85.2 K. The coherent scattering function was obtained from a measurement on pure A-36 and the incoherent function was derived from the result obtained from the A-36 sample and the result obtained from a mixture of A-36 and A-40 for which the scattering is predominantly incoherent. The data, which are presented as smooth scattering functions at constant values of the wave vector transfer in the range 10 - 44/nm, are corrected for multiple scattering contributions and for resolution effects. Such corrections are shown to be essential in the derivation of reliable scattering functions from neutron scattering data. The incoherent data are compared to recent molecular dynamics results and the mean square displacement as a function of time is derived. The coherent data are compared to molecular dynamics results and also, briefly, to some recent theoretical models

  5. Limit to incomplete fusion in the 40Ar + 68Zn reaction

    The present work shows that IF occurs in the 40Ar + 68Zn reaction performed between 15 and 35 Mev/nucleon. It vanishes at an energy slightly higher than 35 MeV/nucleon either because of an excitation energy limit to ∼ CN formation or because of an excessive loss of nucleons by the projectile. When compared to other results, the present data show that LMT depends on the energy and the mass of the projectile and on the asymmetry of the system. The numbers of prompt light fragments emitted by systems leading to equal LMT at similar Vrel are different and depend on the projectile and the relative velocity of the lighter partner (VL)

  6. Isotopic fractionation of argon during stepwise release from shungite

    In previous attempts to determine the 40Ar/36Ar ratio in the ancient atmosphere, the only direct measurement yielding a value below the atmospheric value of today is for argon released at low temperatures from a pre-Cambrian shungite, an amorphous carbon mineral The present work confirms a low value for 40Ar/36Ar in gas released from a type I shungite at low temperatures. But quantitative scrutiny of the accompanying 38AR/36Ar ratios and the enhanced ratio of 40Ar/36Ar for the fractions released at high temperatures shows convincingly that the effect seen here is an artifact of the stepwise heating and the argon diffusion mobilized thereby. The low 40Ar/36Ar previously obtained is very likely from the same cause rather than reflecting the isotopic composition of the pre-Cambrian atmosphere. The vitreous character of and the sharp, conchoidal fractures seen in the specimens of type I shungite suggest that the substance may exhibit simple volume diffusion over macroscopic dimensions as glasses do. If so, the diffusion parameters (D infinitely = 3 x 10-4 cm2/s and E = 11 kcal/mole) obtained from the data imply rapid exchange with the atmosphere for any argon initially trapped in centimenter-thick veins of the material. (orig.)

  7. Isotopic fractionation of argon during stepwise release from shungite

    Rison, W.


    It is noted that in previous attempts to determine the Ar-40/Ar-36 ratio in the ancient atmosphere, the only direct measurement yielding a value below the atmospheric value of today is for argon released at low temperatures from a pre-Cambrian shungite. In the present work, a low value for Ar-40/Ar-36 in gas released from a type I shungite at low temperatures is confirmed. Attention is given to a study of the accompanying Ar-38/Ar-36 ratios and the enhanced ratio of Ar-40/Ar-36 for the fractions released at high temperatures which shows that the effect observed is a result of the stepwise heating and the argon diffusion mobilized thereby. It is suggested that the low Ar-40/Ar-36 obtained in the past is from the same source rather than reflecting the isotropic composition of the pre-Cambrian atmosphere, and that the type I shungite may exhibit simple volume diffusion over macroscopic dimensions as glasses do. It is concluded that if this is so, the diffusion parameters obtained from the data would imply rapid exchange with the atmosphere for any argon initially trapped in the veins of the material.

  8. Nucleon removal reactions from 16O and 40Ca within nuclear correlation methods

    The one-nucleon overlap functions corresponding to bound states of the (A - 1)-particle system are calculated using their relationship with the one-body density matrix for the ground state of the A-particle system. The calculations of the overlap functions and the spectroscopic factors are performed within various correlation methods, such as: 1) the Jastrow correlation method (JCM); 2) the Correlated Basis Function Theory (CBF); 2) the Green Function Method (GFM) and, 4) the approach to the Generator Coordinate Method (GCM). The overlap functions from these methods are used for consistent calculations of cross sections of the (p,d), (e, e'p), (e, e'n) and (γ,p) reactions on 16O.The cross sections of these reactions on 40 Ca are also evaluated using overlap functions obtained within the JCM and GCM. The work presents a test for the extent to which different types of nucleon-nucleon (NN) correlations are included in the theoretical methods considered. (author)

  9. Binocular indirect argon laser photocoagulator.

    Mizuno, K


    The binocular indirect argon laser photocoagulator was newly designed to enable visualisation of the entire fundus during panretinal laser photocoagulation and to treat retinal tears immediately after buckling procedures of the sclera. The lamp housing of the binocular ophthalmoscope was remodelled and adjusted so that the laser beam and illuminating light are coaxial after leaving the ophthalmoscope. The blocking filter was permanently fixed in the eye-pieces to lighten the weight of the oph...

  10. Argon gas concentration effects on nanostructured molybdenum nitride layer growth using 100 Hz pulsed dc glow discharge

    Ikhlaq, U.; Ahmad, R.; Saleem, S.; Shah, M. S.; Umm-i-Kalsoom; Khan, N.; Khalid, N.


    The effect of argon concentration (10%-40%) on the surface properties of molybdenum is studied in nitrogen-argon mixture using 100 Hz pulsed dc glow discharge. The analysis is carried out by using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Vickers microhardness tester to investigate surface properties of the nitrided samples. XRD results exhibit the formation of molybdenum nitrides. Crystallite size analysis and SEM morphology confirm the growth of nanostructured molybdenum nitride layers. Moreover, significant increase in surface hardness (by a factor of about two times) is found when the sample is treated for 30% argon in nitrogen-argon mixed plasma.

  11. Liquid Argon Barrel Cryostat Arrived

    Pailler, P

    Last week the first of three cryostats for the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter arrived at CERN. It had travelled for 46 days over several thousand kilometers from Japan to CERN. During three years it has been fabricated by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. at Harima, close to Kobe, under contract from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) of the U.S.. This cryostat consists of two concentric cylinders made of aluminium: the outer vacuum vessel with a diameter of 5.5 m and a length of 7 m, and the inner cold vessel which will contain the electromagnetic barrel calorimeter immersed in liquid argon. The total weight will be 270 tons including the detectors and the liquid argon. The cryostat is now located in building 180 where it will be equipped with 64 feed-throughs which serve for the passage of 122,880 electrical lines which will carry the signals of the calorimeter. After integration of the calorimeter, the solenoidal magnet of ATLAS will be integrated in the vacuum vessel. A final cold test of the cryostat inc...

  12. Excitation functions for (d,x) reactions on (133)Cs up to Ed=40MeV.

    Tárkányi, F; Ditrói, F; Takács, S; Hermanne, A; Baba, M; Ignatyuk, A V


    In the frame of a systematic study of excitation functions of deuteron induced reactions the excitation functions of the (133)Cs(d,x)(133m,133mg,131mg)Ba,(134,)(132)Cs and (12)(9m)Xe nuclear reactions were measured up to 40MeV deuteron energies by using the stacked foil irradiation technique and γ-ray spectroscopy of activated samples. The results were compared with calculations performed with the theoretical nuclear reaction codes ALICE-IPPE-D, EMPIRE II-D and TALYS calculation listed in the TENDL-2014 library. A moderate agreement was obtained. Based on the integral yields deduced from our measured cross sections, production of (131)Cs via the (133)Cs(d,4n)(131)Ba→(131)Cs reaction and (133)Ba via (133)Cs(d,2n) reactions is discussed in comparison with other charged particle production routes. PMID:26773822

  13. Study of the reaction mechanisms leading to projectile fragmentation in 40 Ar + Ag nat reactions at 30 MeV and 60 MeV per nucleon

    This work is devoted to a study of the reaction mechanisms leading to projectile fragmentation in heavy ion collisions at intermediate energy (less than 100 MeV per nucleon). In contradiction with some theoretical calculations, inclusive measurements of projectile fragments as well as correlation measurements between projectile and target fragments in the reaction 40Ar + natAg at 30 MeV and 60 MeV per nucleon do not show any evidence for a change in the reaction mechanism in this energy range. Angular, mass and velocity correlations between projectile and target fragments enable us to reject mass transfer from projectile to target as a leading mechanism in projectile fragmentations. However, a coherent description of the data can be given either in the framework of an abrasion-ablation model in which the primary fragments of the projectile and of the target are produced with very low excitation energies, or assuming a two-body reaction, reminiscent of the first steps of deeply inelastic collisions, in which the dissipated energy is shared about equally between strongly excited projectile and target. The high excitation energies deduced from the two-body analysis bring in question our description of the fragmentation process. Thus, the excitation energy of the primary fragment is a key parameter which may be used in future experiments to distinguish between different reaction mechanisms

  14. The scintillation of liquid argon

    Heindl, T; Hofmann, M; Krücken, R; Oberauer, L; Potzel, W; Wieser, J; Ulrich, A


    A spectroscopic study of liquid argon from the vacuum ultraviolet at 110 nm to 1000 nm is presented. Excitation was performed using continuous and pulsed 12 keV electron beams. The emission is dominated by the analogue of the so called 2nd excimer continuum. Various additional emission features were found. The time structure of the light emission has been measured for a set of well defined wavelength positions. The results help to interpret literature data in the context of liquid rare gas detectors in which the wavelength information is lost due to the use of wavelength shifters.

  15. Isospin transport and reaction mechanism in nuclear reactions in the range 20–40 MeV/n

    Barlini, S., E-mail:; Piantelli, S.; Casini, G.; Olmi, A.; Bini, M.; Pasquali, G.; Poggi, G.; Stefanini, A. A.; Valdré, S.; Pastore, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia dell’Università and INFN Sezione di Firenze, Firenze (Italy); Bougault, R.; Lopez, O.; Le Neindre, N.; Parlog, M.; Vient, E. [LPC, IN2P3-CNRS, ENSICAEN et Université de Caen, F-14050 Caen-Cedex (France); Bonnet, E.; Chibhi, A.; Frankland, J. D. [GANIL, CEA/DSM-CNRS/IN2P3, B.P.5027, F-14076 Caen cedex (France); Borderie, B.; Rivet, M. F. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Sud 11, F-91406 Orsay cedex (France); and others


    In recent years, many efforts have been devoted to the investigation of the isospin degree of freedom in nuclear reactions. Comparing systems involving partners with different N/Z, it has been possible to investigate the isospin transport process and its influence on the final products population. This can be then related to the symmetry energy term of the nuclear EOS. From the experimental point of view, this task requires detectors able to measure both charge and mass of the emitted products, in the widest possible range of energy and size of the fragments. With this objective, the FAZIA and GARFIELD+RCo apparatus have been used with success in some recent experiments.

  16. Evaporation and condensation at a liquid surface. I. Argon

    Yasuoka, Kenji; Matsumoto, Mitsuhiro; Kataoka, Yosuke


    Molecular dynamics computer simulations were carried out to investigate the dynamics of evaporation and condensation for argon at the temperature of 80 and 100 K. From the decrease of the survival probability of vapor molecules, the ratio of self reflection to collision is estimated to be 12%-15%, only weakly dependent on the temperature. This suggests that argon vapor molecules are in the condition of almost complete capture, and the condensation is considered to be a barrierless process. The total ratio of reflection which is evaluated with the flux correlation of condensation and evaporation is 20% at both temperature. The difference between these two ratios of reflection is ascribed to a phenomenon that vapor molecules colliding with the surface drive out other liquid molecules. This molecule exchange at the surface is as important as the self-reflection, and the conventional picture of condensation as a unimolecular chemical reaction is not appropriate.

  17. Formation and characterization of magnesium bisozonide and carbonyl complexes in solid argon.

    Wang, Guanjun; Gong, Yu; Zhang, Qingqing; Zhou, Mingfei


    The reactions of magnesium atoms with dioxygen and dioxygen/carbon monoxide mixture have been investigated by matrix isolation infrared absorption spectroscopy. Magnesium atoms react with dioxygen in solid argon to form the inserted MgO(2) molecules under UV excitation, which were previously characterized. Annealing allows the dioxygen molecules to diffuse and to react with MgO(2) and form the magnesium bisozonide complex, Mg(O(3))(2), which is proposed to be coordinated by two argon atoms in solid argon matrix. The Mg(O(3))(2)(Ar)(2) complex is characterized to have two equivalent side-on bonded ozonide ligands with a D(2h) symmetry. The coordinated argon atoms can be replaced by carbon monoxide to give the magnesium bisozonide dicarbonyl complex, Mg(O(3))(2)(CO)(2), a neutral magnesium carbonyl complex with CO binding to the Mg(2+) center. PMID:20857987

  18. Gamma ray spectroscopy following the 20Ne + 40Ca reaction at 150 MeV

    Deeply inelastic transfer reactions in heavy-ion collisions, uniquely combine the two apparently opposite nuclear processes: direct reaction and compound nucleus decay. Detailed cross-section measurements for such processes have been the focus of several recent investigations

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  20. Response function of the magnetic spectrometer PRISMA for the multinucleon transfer reaction {sup 40}Ar+{sup 208}Pb

    Mijatovic, T.; Szilner, S.; Corradi, L.; Courtin, S.; Farnea, E.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Goasduff, A.; Haas, F.; Jelavic-Malenica, D.; Lunardi, S.; Mengoni, D.; Montagnoli, G.; Montanari, D.; Pollarolo, G.; Recchia, F.; Sahin, E.; Scarlassara, F.; Soic, N.; Stefanini, A. M. [Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb (Croatia); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); IPHC, CNRS-IN2P3, Universite de Strasbourg, Strasbourg (France); and others


    Multinucleon transfer reaction {sup 40}Ar+{sup 208}Pb has been investigated with the PRISMA-CLARA experimental setup in LNL, INFN, Italy. The experimental differential cross sections have been obtained for different transfer channels by measuring more than {Delta}{theta}{sub lab} = 20 Degree-Sign covered by three angular settings of PRISMA. Results have been compared with the semiclassical calculation GRAZING. Since the understanding of the reaction mechanism depends strongly on the determination of absolute cross section, effect of transport of ions through PRISMA has been studied via a Monte Carlo simulation code.

  1. Transition probabilities for argon I

    Transition probabilities for ArI lines have been calculated on the basis of the (j,k)-coupling scheme for more than 16000 spectral lines belonging to the transition arrays 4s-np (n=4 to n=9), 5s-np (n=5 to n=9), 6s-np (n=6 to n=9), 7s-np (n=8 to n=9), 4p-ns (n=5 to n=10), 5p-ns (n=6 to n=9), 6p-ns (n=7 to n=8), 4p-nd (n=3 to n=9), 5p-nd (n=4 to n=9), 3d-np (n=5 to n=9), 4d-np (n=6 to n=9), 5d-np (n=7 to n=9), 3d-nf (n=4 to n=9), 4d-nf (n=4 to n=9), 5d-nf (n=5 to n=9), 4f-nd (n=5 to n=9) 5f-nd (n=6 to n=9), 4f-ng (n=5 to n=9), 5f-ng (n=6 to n=9). Inso far as values by other authors exist, comparison is made with these values. It turns out that the results obtained in (j,k)-coupling are close to those obtained in intermediate coupling except for intercombination lines. For high principal and/or orbital quantum numbers the transition probabilities for a multiplet approach those of the corresponding transitions in atomic hydrogen. The calculated values are applied to construct a simplified argon-atom model, which reflects the real transition properties and which allows simplified but realistic non-equilibrium calculations for argon plasmas which deviate from local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE)

  2. Argon Analyses of Lherzolic Shergottites Y984028 and Y000097

    Park, J.; Nyquist, L. E.; Bogard, D. D.; Garrison, D. H.; Shih, C.-Y.; Mikouchi, T.; Misawa, K.


    Antarctic Martian meteorites Yamato (Y) 984028 and Y000027/47/97 have similar textures, mineralogy, chemistry, and isotopic composition and are possibly paired. We analyzed the argon isotopic composition of Y984028 whole rock (WR) and pyroxene mineral separates (Px) in order to evaluate their trapped Ar components and compare with Y000097 Ar data. WR and Px yield an apparent Ar-39-Ar-40 age spectra of roughly 2 Ga, much older than the crystallization age determined by other isotopic techniques. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr ages for Y984028 are approximately 170 Ma. This discrepancy is likely the byproduct of several coexisting Ar components, such as radiogenic 40Ar*, cosmogenic Ar, and trapped Ar from the multiple minerals, as well as multiple source origins. Similarly, the reported Ar-39-Ar-40 age of Y000097 is approximately 260 Ma with a Rb-Sr age of 147+/- 28 Ma and a Sm-Nd age of 152 +/- 13 Ma [4]. Apparently Ar-Ar ages of both Y984028 and Y000097 show trapped Ar components. Stepwise temperature extractions of Ar from Y984028 Px show several Arcomponents released at different temperatures. For example, intermediate temperature data (800-1100 C) are nominally consistent with the Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr radiometric ages (approximately 170 Ma) with an approximately Martian atmosphere trapped Ar composition with a Ar-40-Ar-36 ratio of approximately 1800. Based on K/Ca distribution, we know that Ar-39 at both lower and intermediate temperatures is primarily derived from plagioclase and olivine. Argon released during higher temperature extractions (1200-1500 C), however, differs significantly. The thermal profile of argon released from Martian meteorites is complicated by multiple sources, such as Martian atmosphere, Martian mantle, inherited Ar, terrestrial atmosphere, cosmogenic Ar. Obviously, Ar release at higher temperatures from Px should contain little terrestrial atmospheric component. Likewise, Xe-129/Xe-132 from high temperature extractions (1200-1800 C) gives a value above that

  3. Emissive spectra of shock-heated argon

    To study the radiant properties of argon under weak shock compression, an aluminum target filled with gaseous argon at ambient states was impacted by a tungsten alloy projectile which was launched from a two-stage light gun to 2.00 km/s. The radiant signals of single shock-compressed argon were recorded by a six-channel pyrometer and oscilloscopes, which varied with time linearly for the five channels from 405 nm to 700 nm and exponentially for the channel 800 nm, and the corresponding velocity of shock wave was determined to be 4.10 ± 0.09 km/s. By the present experiment, it has been shown that the absorbability of the shock-heated argon is low for visual light and the optical depths of argon gas turn from thin to thick as wavelengths gradually increase. The time-resolved spectra in the rising-front of the radiant signal in the re-shocked argon were recorded by means of an OMA, and strong emissive spectrum bands near 450 nm light-wave length but no linear spectrum were found. The emissive spectrum properties of shock-compression argon were qualitatively explained by the state parameters and ionization degree

  4. Effect of Argon Laser on Enamel Demineralization around Orthodontic Brackets: An In Vitro Study

    Miresmaeili, Amirfarhang; Etrati Khosroshahi, Mohammad; Motahary, Pouya; Rezaei-Soufi, Loghman; Mahjub, Hossein; Dadashi, Maryam; Farhadian, Nasrin


    Objective This study was designed to evaluate the effect of argon laser irradiation on development and progress of enamel demineralization around orthodontic brackets. Materials and Methods: Fifty caries-free, intact human premolars were randomly assigned to one of the following five equal groups: Groups 1 (control) and 2: The brackets were bonded using conventional halogen light for 40s and argon laser for 10s, respectively. Teeth in group 3 were lased with argon laser for 10s before bracket bonding with halogen light. Group 4 was the same as group 3 except that brackets were also bonded with argon laser. In group 5 samples were bonded conventionally, immersed in an artificial caries solution for two days and then irradiated for 10s with argon laser. All samples were subjected to demineralization by artificial caries solution for 10 days. After bracket removal, samples were buccolingually sectioned and evaluated by polarized light microscopy. Decalcified lesion depth in each section was measured by a trained examiner in a blind fashion. Data were analyzed in SPSS 14 using one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s HSD post hoc test. Results: The control group showed the greatest mean lesion depth while group 5 revealed the lowest. The laser-treated groups had significantly lower mean lesion depth compared with the control group (P<0.05) except for group 4 (P=0.192). Conclusion: Argon laser irradiation for 10s before or during bracket bonding can increase caries resistance of intact and demineralized enamel. PMID:25584052

  5. Activation cross-sections of deuteron induced reaction of natural Ni up to 40 MeV

    Production cross-sections of natNi(d,x)56,57Ni, 55,56,57,58Co, 52,54Mn, and 51Cr nuclear reactions were measured up to 40 MeV by using the stacked foil technique. The results were compared with the literature values, TALYS 1.4 and TENDL-2012. Spline fits were made on the selected data, from which physical yields were calculated and compared with the literature and our directly measured thick target yield values. natNi(d,x)56,57,58Co reactions were analyzed for beam monitoring and thin layer activation (TLA). Rate of production of 55Co was compared between proton and deuteron induced reactions. - Highlights: • Comparison of experimental results with theoretical code TALYS 1.4 and TENDL-2012 libraries. • Calculation, new measurements and comparison of physical yields. • Set of recommended values of natNi(d,x)56,57,58Co reactions for beam monitoring. • Thin layer activation (TLA) curves for 56,57,58Co for industrial applications. • Proton induced reactions give higher rate of production of 55Co than deuteron

  6. Performance of the TGT liquid argon calorimeter and trigger system

    A novel concept of a liquid argon calorimeter, the 'Thin Gap Turbine' (TGT) calorimeter, is presented. A TGT test module, equipped with specially developed cold front-end electronics in radiation hard GaAs technology, has been operated in a particle beam. Results on its performance are given. A 40 MHz FADC system with a 'circular data store' and standalone readout and playback capability has been developed to test the properties of the TGT detector for trigger purposes. Results on trigger efficiency, response and energy resolution are given. 12 refs., 21 figs., 6 tabs

  7. Argon plasma irradiation of polypropylene

    Polypropylene samples were exposed to argon plasma discharge and the changes of the PP surface properties were studied by different methods. Surface wettability was derived from contact angle measured by standard goniometry and chemical structure of the plasma modified PP was studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), surface morphology and roughness of samples using AFM. Zeta potential of pristine and modified PP was determined with the SurPASS. The presence of incorporated oxygen in the PP surface layer, about 60 nm thick, was observed in RBS spectra. Oxygen concentration is a decreasing function of the depth. With progressing aging time the oxygen concentration on the PP surface decreases. Plasma treatment results in a rapid decrease of the contact angle, which increases again with increasing aging time. In XPS measurement the oxygen containing structures, created by the plasma treatment, were found on the very surface of the modified PP and the zeta potential being changed too. The significant difference in zeta potential between pristine and plasma treated PP clearly indicates that the plasma treatment leads to a more hydrophilic PP surface.

  8. Status and perspecitves of liquid argon calorimeters

    The status of liquid argon calorimeters is reviewed, and experience obtained with these devices is described. Future perspectives of the liquid ionization chamber technique in calorimetry are also discussed. (orig.)

  9. Clinical periodontics with the argon laser

    Finkbeiner, R. L.


    The argon laser has proven to be a valuable tool for the thermodynamic debridement of the periodontal lesion, incisions and tissue fusion. Illustrations of clinical applications and discussion of laser parameters will be provided.

  10. Liquid argon neutrals detector (LAND) for PEP

    The physical effects limiting the gamma energy resolution of a liquid argon calorimeter without passive converter plates is discussed. An example of such a detector based on the General User's Magnet designed at this Summer Study is given

  11. Opacity of Shock-Generated Argon Plasmas

    王藩侯; 陈敬平; 周显明; 李西军; 经福谦; 孟续军; 孙永盛


    Argon plasmas with uniform density and temperature are generated by a planar shock wave through argon gas. The opacities of argon plasma, covering the thermodynamic states at temperatures of 1.4-2.2eV and in densities of 0.0083- 0.015 g/cm3, are investigated by measuring the emitted radiance versus time at several visible wavelengths. Comparison of the measured opacities with those calculated demonstrates that the average atom model can be used well to describe the essential transport behaviour of photons in argon plasma under the abovementioned thermodynamic condition. A simplified and self-consistent method to deduce the reflectivity R(λ) at the baseplate surface is applied. It demonstrates that the values of R(λ) are all around 0.4 in the experiments, which are basically in agreement with those given by Erskine previously (1994 J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat.Transfer 51 97).

  12. 21 CFR 868.1075 - Argon gas analyzer.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Argon gas analyzer. 868.1075 Section 868.1075 Food... DEVICES ANESTHESIOLOGY DEVICES Diagnostic Devices § 868.1075 Argon gas analyzer. (a) Identification. An argon gas analyzer is a device intended to measure the concentration of argon in a gas mixture to aid...

  13. Incomplete fusion and preequilibrium emission in the reactions 40Ar + 45Sc, 40Ar + 24Mg, 40Ar + 13C at 27.5 MeV by nucleon

    The evaporation residues were detected by means of a heavy ion time of flight system. As an attempt to examine in detail incomplete fusion for medium and light mass systems we have studied the reactions with experimental conditions allowing a complete separation and identification of the final products. We have analysed the velocity of the evaporation residues. The preequilibrium particles appear to be governed by two different regimes. The results show clearly that various compound nuclei are formed in the incomplete fusion process. The 40Ar + 13C reaction appears to be a special case. In the 40Ar+24Mg reaction, the study of preequilibrium particles in coincidence with evaporation residues confirms the results suggested for the heavy fragments

  14. Negative corona current pulses in argon and in mixture argon with SF6

    Waveforms of the first negative current pulses in a short negative point-to plane gap in pure argon and argon with SF6 admixture have been investigated with a nanosecond time resolution at a gas pressure 50 kPa as a function of applied gap voltage and content of SF6 in the mixture. We have made an attempt to explain the differences in the discharge development in pure argon and in argon with admixture of SF6 based on the observed changes of the pulse shape. The experimental results obtained will be discussed in context with existing computer simulation models (Authors)

  15. Measurements on scintillation light from liquid argon

    It is shown that an argon calorimeter can operate as a scintillation detector, provided that xenon is added. With the addition of 170 ppm xenon a light yield of 70% has been obtained. In addition the light yield is determined under influence of an electric field, from differently ionising particles and by the use of aluminium mirrors acting as light guides. Finally first measurements with a photomultiplier working at liquid argon temperatures are reported. (orig.)

  16. Analysis of the normal optical, Michel and molecular potentials on the $^{40}$Ca($^6$Li, d)$^{44}$ Ti reaction



    Full finite-range (FFR) distorted-wave Born approximation (DWBA) method has been applied to analyse the angular distributions of cross-sections of the $^{40}$Ca($^{6}$Li, d)$^{44}$Ti reaction at 28 MeV incident energy for the 22 transitions involving both the bound and unbound states of $^{44}$Ti byusing the normal optical, Michel and molecular potentials. The extracted spectroscopic factors for the three optical potentials are compared with those of some previous studies of zero-range (ZR) calculations of the$^{40}$Ca($^{6}$Li, d)$^{44}$Ti reaction using the normal optical potential. The $\\chi^{2}$ values of all the levels are obtained for the three optical potentials to estimate the quality of the fits. Molecular and Michel potentials have been used for the first time to analyse the four-nucleon transfer reaction and it seems that the molecular potential fits the experimental data more satisfactorily for some of the states than the normal optical and Michel potentials.

  17. Activation cross-sections of deuteron induced nuclear reactions on rhenium up to 40 MeV

    Highlights: ► Excitation function measurement of deuteron induced reactions on rhenium up to 40 MeV. ► Model code calculations with EMPIRE-D, ALICE-D and TALYS (TENDL-2011). ► Integral production yield calculation. ► Thin layer activation (TLA) curves; 185Os and 186Re. -- Abstract: As a part of a thorough work of excitation functions on deuteron induced reactions, experimental cross-sections of 185,183m,183g,182Os and 188,186,184m,184g,183Re activation products on natRe were measured up to 40 MeV for the first time with the activation method using a stacked foil irradiation technique and high resolution γ-spectrometry. Comparison with the former results of other laboratories and with the predictions of the ALICE-IPPE and EMPIRE-3 model codes, modified for improved calculations for deuteron reactions, and with data in the TENDL-2011 library are also presented. Thick target yields were given deduced from our experimental cross-sections and compared with the few literature values. For practical applications (thin layer activation) also activity versus depth distributions were calculated for selected isotopes

  18. Inhaled 45–50% argon augments hypothermic brain protection in a piglet model of perinatal asphyxia

    Broad, Kevin D.; Fierens, Igor; Fleiss, Bobbi; Rocha-Ferreira, Eridan; Ezzati, Mojgan; Hassell, Jane; Alonso-Alconada, Daniel; Bainbridge, Alan; Kawano, Go; Ma, Daqing; Tachtsidis, Ilias; Gressens, Pierre; Golay, Xavier; Sanders, Robert D.; Robertson, Nicola J.


    Cooling to 33.5 °C in babies with neonatal encephalopathy significantly reduces death and disability, however additional therapies are needed to maximize brain protection. Following hypoxia–ischemia we assessed whether inhaled 45–50% Argon from 2–26 h augmented hypothermia neuroprotection in a neonatal piglet model, using MRS and aEEG, which predict outcome in babies with neonatal encephalopathy, and immunohistochemistry. Following cerebral hypoxia–ischemia, 20 Newborn male Large White piglets < 40 h were randomized to: (i) Cooling (33 °C) from 2–26 h (n = 10); or (ii) Cooling and inhaled 45–50% Argon (Cooling + Argon) from 2–26 h (n = 8). Whole-brain phosphorus-31 and regional proton MRS were acquired at baseline, 24 and 48 h after hypoxia–ischemia. EEG was monitored. At 48 h after hypoxia–ischemia, cell death (TUNEL) was evaluated over 7 brain regions. There were no differences in body weight, duration of hypoxia–ischemia or insult severity; throughout the study there were no differences in heart rate, arterial blood pressure, blood biochemistry and inotrope support. Two piglets in the Cooling + Argon group were excluded. Comparing Cooling + Argon with Cooling there was preservation of whole-brain MRS ATP and PCr/Pi at 48 h after hypoxia–ischemia (p < 0.001 for both) and lower 1H MRS lactate/N acetyl aspartate in white (p = 0.03 and 0.04) but not gray matter at 24 and 48 h. EEG background recovery was faster (p < 0.01) with Cooling + Argon. An overall difference between average cell-death of Cooling versus Cooling + Argon was observed (p < 0.01); estimated cells per mm2 were 23.9 points lower (95% C.I. 7.3–40.5) for the Cooling + Argon versus Cooling. Inhaled 45–50% Argon from 2–26 h augmented hypothermic protection at 48 h after hypoxia–ischemia shown by improved brain energy metabolism on MRS, faster EEG recovery and reduced cell death on TUNEL. Argon may provide a cheap and practical therapy

  19. Measurements of the ratio between the transverse diffusion coefficient and the mobility for argon ions in argon

    The ratio DT/μ between the transverse diffusion coefficient and the mobility for 40Ar+ ions in argon has been determined from directly measured transverse current density distribution profiles of mass-analysed ions, as a function of the ratio E/n0 between the electric field and the gas number density in the interval 50≤E/n0≤4000 Td, at gas temperature T=294 K using a variable-length drift tube mass spectrometer. The error (two standard deviations) in the results is believed to be less than ±4% for E/n0o-values. (author)

  20. Time-dependent Hartree-Fock calculations for multinucleon transfer processes in $^{40, 48}$Ca+$^{124}$Sn, $^{40}$Ca+$^{208}$Pb, and $^{58}$Ni+$^{208}$Pb reactions

    Sekizawa, Kazuyuki


    Multinucleon transfer processes in heavy-ion reactions at energies slightly above the Coulomb barrier are investigated in a fully microscopic framework of the time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) theory. Transfer probabilities are calculated from the TDHF wave function after collision using the projection operator method which has recently been proposed by Simenel (C. Simenel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 192701 (2010)). We show results of the TDHF calculations for transfer cross sections of the reactions of $^{40,48}$Ca+$^{124}$Sn at $E_{lab}=$ 170, 174 MeV, $^{40}$Ca+$^{208}$Pb at $E_{lab}=$ 235, 249 MeV, and $^{58}$Ni+$^{208}$Pb at $E_{lab}=$ 328.4 MeV, for which measurements are available. We find the transfer processes show different behaviors depending on the $N/Z$ ratios of the projectile and the target, and the product of the charge numbers, $Z_P Z_T$. When the projectile and the target have different $N/Z$ ratios, fast transfer processes of a few nucleons towards the charge equilibrium of the initial system o...

  1. Argon Collection And Purification For Proliferation Detection

    Achey, R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hunter, D. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    In order to determine whether a seismic event was a declared/undeclared underground nuclear weapon test, environmental samples must be taken and analyzed for signatures that are unique to a nuclear explosion. These signatures are either particles or gases. Particle samples are routinely taken and analyzed under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) verification regime as well as by individual countries. Gas samples are analyzed for signature gases, especially radioactive xenon. Underground nuclear tests also produce radioactive argon, but that signature is not well monitored. A radioactive argon signature, along with other signatures, can more conclusively determine whether an event was a nuclear test. This project has developed capabilities for collecting and purifying argon samples for ultra-low-background proportional counting. SRNL has developed a continuous gas enrichment system that produces an output stream containing 97% argon from whole air using adsorbent separation technology (the flow diagram for the system is shown in the figure). The vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) enrichment system is easily scalable to produce ten liters or more of 97% argon within twelve hours. A gas chromatographic separation using a column of modified hydrogen mordenite molecular sieve has been developed that can further purify the sample to better than 99% purity after separation from the helium carrier gas. The combination of these concentration and purification systems has the capability of being used for a field-deployable system for collecting argon samples suitable for ultra-low-background proportional counting for detecting nuclear detonations under the On-Site Inspection program of the CTBTO verification regime. The technology also has applications for the bulk argon separation from air for industrial purposes such as the semi-conductor industry.

  2. Kinetic and experimental study of argon and argon--nitrogen mixtures excited by fission fragments

    Optical emission from argon and argon-nitrogen mixtures excited by fission fragments are studied in an effort to better understand the fission fragment energy deposition into the gas. A model of the energy flow in the gas is developed and compared with the experimental results

  3. Research of On-line Analytical Method of Trace Oxygen and Water in Argon


    Metal sodium has an active chemical quality. When it is used as a coolant in a fast neutron reactor, it must be protected by a cover gas argon for safety operation of the reactor. But oxygen and water in argon can produce chemical reaction with sodium. Then sodium hydroxide, sodium oxide and hydrogen can be produced. This will be harmful to the safety operation of reactor. The purpose of controlling a level of impurity in the cover gas is for controlling a level of impurity in sodium. The research is to find an on-line determining method and a sampling system to monitor

  4. 40 CFR 721.524 - Alcohols, C6-12, ethoxylated, reaction product with maleic anhydride.


    ... product with maleic anhydride. 721.524 Section 721.524 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION... with maleic anhydride. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as alcohols, C6-12, ethoxylated, reaction product with...

  5. Performance of the Electronic Readout of the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeters

    Abreu, H; Aleksa, M; Aperio Bella, L; Archambault, JP; Arfaoui, S; Arnaez, O; Auge, E; Aurousseau, M; Bahinipati, S; Ban, J; Banfi, D; Barajas, A; Barillari, T; Bazan, A; Bellachia, F; Beloborodova, O; Benchekroun, D; Benslama, K; Berger, N; Berghaus, F; Bernat, P; Bernier, R; Besson, N; Binet, S; Blanchard, JB; Blondel, A; Bobrovnikov, V; Bohner, O; Boonekamp, M; Bordoni, S; Bouchel, M; Bourdarios, C; Bozzone, A; Braun, HM; Breton, D; Brettel, H; Brooijmans, G; Caputo, R; Carli, T; Carminati, L; Caughron, S; Cavalleri, P; Cavalli, D; Chareyre, E; Chase, RL; Chekulaev, SV; Chen, H; Cheplakov, A; Chiche, R; Citterio, M; Cojocaru, C; Colas, J; Collard, C; Collot, J; Consonni, M; Cooke, M; Copic, K; Costa, GC; Courneyea, L; Cuisy, D; Cwienk, WD; Damazio, D; Dannheim, D; De Cecco, S; De La Broise, X; De La Taille, C; de Vivie, JB; Debennerot, B; Delagnes, E; Delmastro, M; Derue, F; Dhaliwal, S; Di Ciaccio, L; Doan, O; Dudziak, F; Duflot, L; Dumont-Dayot, N; Dzahini, D; Elles, S; Ertel, E; Escalier, M; Etienvre, AI; Falleau, I; Fanti, M; Farooque, T; Favre, P; Fayard, Louis; Fent, J; Ferencei, J; Fischer, A; Fournier, D; Fournier, L; Fras, M; Froeschl, R; Gadfort, T; Gallin-Martel, ML; Gibson, A; Gillberg, D; Gingrich, DM; Göpfert, T; Goodson, J; Gouighri, M; Goy, C; Grassi, V; Gray, J; Guillemin, T; Guo, B; Habring, J; Handel, C; Heelan, L; Heintz, H; Helary, L; Henrot-Versille, S; Hervas, L; Hobbs, J; Hoffman, J; Hostachy, JY; Hoummada, A; Hrivnac, J; Hrynova, T; Hubaut, F; Huber, J; Iconomidou-Fayard, L; Iengo, P; Imbert, P; Ishmukhametov, R; Jantsch, A; Javadov, N; Jezequel, S; Jimenez Belenguer, M; Ju, XY; Kado, M; Kalinowski, A; Kar, D; Karev, A; Katsanos, I; Kazarinov, M; Kerschen, N; Kierstead, J; Kim, MS; Kiryunin, A; Kladiva, E; Knecht, N; Kobel, M; Koletsou, I; König, S; Krieger, P; Kukhtin, V; Kuna, M; Kurchaninov, L; Labbe, J; Lacour, D; Ladygin, E; Lafaye, R; Laforge, B; Lamarra, D; Lampl, W; Lanni, F; Laplace, S; Laskus, H; Le Coguie, A; Le Dortz, O; Le Maner, C; Lechowski, M; Lee, SC; Lefebvre, M; Leonhardt, K; Lethiec, L; Leveque, J; Liang, Z; Liu, C; Liu, T; Liu, Y; Loch, P; Lu, J; Ma, H; Mader, W; Majewski, S; Makovec, N; Makowiecki, D; Mandelli, L; Mangeard, PS; Mansoulie, B; Marchand, JF; Marchiori, G; Martin, D; Martin-Chassard, G; Martin dit Latour, B; Marzin, A; Maslennikov, A; Massol, N; Matricon, P; Maximov, D; Mazzanti, M; McCarthy, T; McPherson, R; Menke, S; Meyer, JP; Ming, Y; Monnier, E; Mooshofer, P; Neganov, A; Niedercorn, F; Nikolic-Audit, I; Nugent, IM; Oakham, G; Oberlack, H; Ocariz, J; Odier, J; Oram, CJ; Orlov, I; Orr, R; Parsons, JA; Peleganchuk, S; Penson, A; Perini, L; Perrodo, P; Perrot, G; Perus, A; Petit, E; Pisarev, I; Plamondon, M; Poffenberger, P; Poggioli, L; Pospelov, G; Pralavorio, P; Prast, J; Prudent, X; Przysiezniak, H; Puzo, P; Quentin, M; Radeka, V; Rajagopalan, S; Rauter, E; Reimann, O; Rescia, S; Resende, B; Richer, JP; Ridel, M; Rios, R; Roos, L; Rosenbaum, G; Rosenzweig, H; Rossetto, O; Roudil, W; Rousseau, D; Ruan, X; Rudert, A; Rusakovich, N; Rusquart, P; Rutherfoord, J; Sauvage, G; Savine, A; Schaarschmidt, J; Schacht, P; Schaffer, A; Schram, M; Schwemling, P; Seguin Moreau, N; Seifert, F; Serin, L; Seuster, R; Shalyugin, A; Shupe, M; Simion, S; Sinervo, P; Sippach, W; Skovpen, K; Sliwa, R; Soukharev, A; Spano, F; Stavina, P; Straessner, A; Strizenec, P; Stroynowski, R; Talyshev, A; Tapprogge, S; Tarrade, F; Tartarelli, GF; Teuscher, R; Tikhonov, Yu; Tocut, V; Tompkins, D; Thompson, P; Tisserant, S; Todorov, T; Tomasz, F; Trincaz-Duvoid, S; Trinh, Thi N; Trochet, S; Trocme, B; Tschann-Grimm, K; Tsionou, D; Ueno, R; Unal, G; Urbaniec, D; Usov, Y; Voss, K; Veillet, JJ; Vincter, M; Vogt, S; Weng, Z; Whalen, K; Wicek, F; Wilkens, H; Wingerter-Seez, I; Wulf, E; Yang, Z; Ye, J; Yuan, L; Yurkewicz, A; Zarzhitsky, P; Zerwas, D; Zhang, H; Zhang, L; Zhou, N; Zimmer, J; Zitoun, R; Zivkovic, L


    The ATLAS detector has been designed for operation at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. ATLAS includes electromagnetic and hadronic liquid argon calorimeters, with almost 200,000 channels of data that must be sampled at the LHC bunch crossing frequency of 40 MHz. The calorimeter electronics calibration and readout are performed by custom electronics developed specifically for these purposes. This paper describes the system performance of the ATLAS liquid argon calibration and readout electronics, including noise, energy and time resolution, and long term stability, with data taken mainly from full-system calibration runs performed after installation of the system in the ATLAS detector hall at CERN.

  6. The Discovery of Argon in Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)

    Stern, S A; Festou, M C; Parker, J W; A'Hearn, M F; Wilkinson, E; Gladstone, G R


    On 30.14 March 1997 we observed the EUV spectrum of the bright comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) at the time of its perihelion, using our EUVS sounding rocket telescope/spectrometer. The spectra reveal the presence H Ly beta, O+, and, most notably, Argon. Modelling of the retrieved Ar production rates indicates that comet Hale-Bopp is enriched in Ar relative to cosmogonic expectations. This in turn indicates that Hale-Bopp's deep interior has never been exposed to the 35-40 K temperatures necessary to deplete the comet's primordial argon supply.

  7. Attenuation of vacuum ultraviolet light in liquid argon

    Neumeier, A; Oberauer, L; Potzel, W; Schönert, S; Dandl, T; Heindl, T; Ulrich, A; Wieser, J


    The transmission of liquid argon has been measured, wavelength resolved, for a wavelength interval from 118 to 250 nm. The wavelength dependent attenuation length is presented for pure argon. It is shown that no universal wavelength independent attenuation length can be assigned to liquid argon for its own fluorescence light due to the interplay between the wavelength dependent emission and absorption. A decreasing transmission is observed below 130 nm in both chemically cleaned and distilled liquid argon and assigned to absorption by the analogue of the first argon excimer continuum. For not perfectly cleaned argon a strong influence of impurities on the transmission is observed. Two strong absorption bands at 126.5 and 141.0 nm with approximately 2 and 4 nm width, respectively, are assigned to traces of xenon in argon. A broad absorption region below 180 nm is found for unpurified argon and tentatively attributed to the presence of water in the argon sample.

  8. Nuclear reactions induced by 12C and 40Ar on targets of average and heavy mass at intermediate energies

    Cross sections mean recoil ranges, isomeric ratios an angular distributions of radioactive α emitters produced in 12C and 40Ar induced reactions on thick medium to heavy targets are presented. Experiments were made on the CERN Synchro Cyclotron (12C at 86 MeV/u), SARA (20 and 30 MeV/u 12C beam) and GANIL (40Ar at 44 MeV/u) facilities. The experimental set up is based on the electrostatic collection in gases, in conjunction with a gas transport system. Experimental results confirm the ''residue corridor'' concept. At 20 and 30 MeV/u of 12C, incomplete fusion and preequilibrium emission are typical features of the reaction. Therefore we developed such an incomplete fusion model, coupled to a preequilibrium and statistical evaporation code which reproduces quite well the cross-section distributions. For the higher incident energies, comparisons between calculations made according to a pure abrasion-ablation model, intranuclear cascade codes and the incomplete fusion picture and experiments are presented

  9. Surface modification of poly (vinyl chloride) by long-distance and direct argon RF plasma


    This paper reports the effects of long- distance and direct argon radio frequency (RF) plasma surface treatment on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) films in terms of changes in surface wettability and surface chemistry. The surface properties are characterized by the water contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The mechanism is further analyzed and the role of all kinds of active species, e.g. electrons, ions and free radicals involved in plasma surface modification is further evaluated. Results show that the long-distance and direct RF plasma treatments modify the PVC surface in morphology and composition, and both modifications cause surface oxidation of PVC films, in the forming of functional groups enhancing polymer wettability. The effect of the long-distance argon RF plasma is more notable. This suggests that long-distance argon RF plasma could restrain the ion and electron eroding effect and enhance free radical reaction.

  10. The proton spectral function of 40Ca and 48Ca studied with the (e,e'p) reaction

    This thesis presents the results of an experimental study into the occupation of the orbitals around the Fermi level for 40Ca and 48Ca with quasi-elastic proton knock-out (e,e'p). Experiments have been carried out with the 500 MeV electron beam of the linear accelerator MEA at NIKHEF, Amsterdam. For 40Ca the mechanism of the (e,e'p) reaction has been studied by comparing the measured momentum distributions of some strong transitions to discrete states in 39K, with various theoretical calculations. From this it has been concluded that uncertainties caused by deviations of the impulse approximation can be minimized if the measurements are carried out under parallel kinematical conditions. The spectroscopic strengths of the shell-model orbitals in states just below the Fermi level, for 40Ca the 1d3/2, 1d5/2 and 2s1/2 orbitals, turned out to amount 50 to 70% of the IPSM limit. A small part of the missing strength has been found in the 1f7/2 and 2p3/2 orbitals which are just above the Fermi level (resp. 11 and 2% of the 2j+1 limit), which is an indication for ground state correlations. The spectroscopic strengths for the 1d3/2, 2s1/2 and 1d3/2 orbitals of 48Ca turned out to be the same as for 40Ca within the actual measuring accuracy. Above the Fermi level only strength in the 1f7/2 orbital has been found (1% of the 2j+1 limit). The spectroscopic strengths determined with (e,e'p) experiments are about a factor two smaller than those obtained from (d,3He) experiments. This discrepancy has been studied by reviewing the model dependency of the DWBA analysis for the (d,3He) reaction with special emphasis on the sensitivities of the spectroscopic factors to the various approximations made in this theory. It is also investigated which part of the bound state wave function is probed by the (e,e'p) and the (d,3He) reactions in order to understand the model sensitivities arising from the exact shape of the bound state wave function. (H.W.).97 refs.; 48 figs.; 22 tabs

  11. Fragmentation and direct transfer reactions for 40Ar incident beam on 27Al target at 1760 MeV

    Peripheral collision studies performed with 40Ar projectiles at 44 MeV/A and 27Al target show that both fragmentation and transfer reactions can be discerned in this type of interaction. The experimental observation of fragments with masses charges and velocities close to those of the incident beam are the signature of transfer reactions and a detailed analysis of the energy spectra of such fragments has been carried out and interpreted in terms of a direct diffraction transfer model. On the other hand, for large mass transfer reactions, abrasion is the suitable mechanism. Inclusive fragment measurement together with the appropriate residual nuclei-fragment coincidence results then provides experimental data in good agreement with the theoretical predictions obtained from a participant spectator model. These investigations also indicate that the separation energies of the participant from the spectator nucleus, at least within the framework of the above model, can be interpreted in terms of a friction force which becomes more efficient as the projectile energy decreases. (author)

  12. Molecular dynamics simulation of an argon cluster filled inside carbon nanotubes

    The effects of the diameters of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) (7.83 Å to 27.40 Å) and temperature (20 K–45 K) on the equilibrium structure of an argon cluster are systematically studied by molecular dynamics simulation with consideration of the SWCNTs to be fixed. Since the diameters of SWCNTs with different chiralities increase when temperature is fixed at 20 K, the equilibrium structures of the argon cluster transform from monoatomic chains to helical and then to multishell coaxial cylinders. Chirality has almost no noticeable influence on these cylindrosymmetric structures. The effects of temperature and a non-equilibrium sudden heating process on the structures of argon clusters in SWCNTs are also studied by molecular dynamics simulation. (condensed matter: structural, mechanical, and thermal properties)

  13. Structural Evolution under Reaction Conditions of Supported (NH43HPMo11VO40 Catalysts for the Selective Oxidation of Isobutane

    Fangli Jing


    Full Text Available When using heteropolycompounds in the selective oxidation of isobutane to methacrolein and methacrylic acid, both the keeping of the primary structure (Keggin units and the presence of acidic sites are necessary to obtain the desired products. The structural evolution of supported (NH43HPMo11VO40 (APMV catalysts under preliminary thermal oxidizing and reducing treatments was investigated. Various techniques, such as TGA/DTG (Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis/Derivative Thermo-Gravimetry, H2-TPR (Temperature Programed Reduction, in situ XRD (X-Ray Diffraction and XPS (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, were applied. It was clearly evidenced that the thermal stability and the reducibility of the Keggin units are improved by supporting 40% APMV active phase on Cs3PMo12O40 (CPM. The partial degradation of APMV takes place depending on temperature and reaction conditions. The decomposition of ammonium cations (releasing NH3 leads to the formation of vacancies favoring cationic exchanges between vanadium coming from the active phase and cesium coming from the support. In addition, the vanadium expelled from the Keggin structure is further reduced to V4+, species, which contributes (with Mo5+ to activate isobutane. The increase in reducibility of the supported catalyst is assumed to improve the catalytic performance in comparison with those of unsupported APMV.

  14. Scintillation efficiency of liquid argon in low energy neutron-argon scattering

    Experiments searching for weak interacting massive particles with noble gases such as liquid argon require very low detection thresholds for nuclear recoils. A determination of the scintillation efficiency is crucial to quantify the response of the detector at low energy. We report the results obtained with a small liquid argon cell using a monoenergetic neutron beam produced by a deuterium-deuterium fusion source. The light yield relative to electrons was measured for six argon recoil energies between 11 and 120 keV at zero electric drift field

  15. Contraction ionization waves in the argon contracted discharge

    An investigation of ionization waves in the argon contracted discharge and a definition of their arising propagation mechanism accounting for the specificity of elementary pocesses characteristic of argon are presented. (author)

  16. Argon laser trabeculoplasty as primary therapy in open angle glaucoma

    To determine the effect of Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT) as a primary mode of therapy in reducing the intraocular Pressure (IOP) of patients diagnosed with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG). A total of 35 eyes of 35 patients with the gender distribution of 27 men and 8 women who were newly diagnosed with POAG, were included in this study. Mean age of the patients was 55.2 years with the range of 32 to 76 years. All of them were treated with argon laser trabeculoplasty as a primary mode of therapy. Intra ocular pressure was measured objectively using Goldman applanation tonometer, pre-and-post laser therapy. The pre-laser mean IOP was 27.63 mmHg (range 21-40 mmHg). The post-laser mean IOP measured at 6 months follow up was 15.5 mmHg (range 11 - 33 mmHg) with mean decrease of 12.1 mmHg. The decrease in IOP was seen in 32 eyes (95%) with no change observed in 3 (5%) eyes. The result shows a marked decline in IOP in patients with POAG who underwent ALT as a primary mode of treatment. Further studies with large sample size and longer follow-up will help in making future recommendations. (author)

  17. Thermal decomposition of barium valerate in argon

    Torres, P.; Norby, Poul; Grivel, Jean-Claude


    The thermal decomposition of barium valerate (Ba(C4H9CO2)(2)/Ba-pentanoate) was studied in argon by means of thermogravimetry, differential thermal analysis, IR-spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and hot-stage optical microscopy. Melting takes place in two different steps, at 200 degrees C and 280...

  18. Antiapoptotic activity of argon and xenon.

    Spaggiari, Sabrina; Kepp, Oliver; Rello-Varona, Santiago; Chaba, Kariman; Adjemian, Sandy; Pype, Jan; Galluzzi, Lorenzo; Lemaire, Marc; Kroemer, Guido


    Although chemically non-reactive, inert noble gases may influence multiple physiological and pathological processes via hitherto uncharacterized physical effects. Here we report a cell-based detection system for assessing the effects of pre-defined gas mixtures on the induction of apoptotic cell death. In this setting, the conventional atmosphere for cell culture was substituted with gas combinations, including the same amount of oxygen (20%) and carbon dioxide (5%) but 75% helium, neon, argon, krypton, or xenon instead of nitrogen. The replacement of nitrogen with noble gases per se had no effects on the viability of cultured human osteosarcoma cells in vitro. Conversely, argon and xenon (but not helium, neon, and krypton) significantly limited cell loss induced by the broad-spectrum tyrosine kinase inhibitor staurosporine, the DNA-damaging agent mitoxantrone and several mitochondrial toxins. Such cytoprotective effects were coupled to the maintenance of mitochondrial integrity, as demonstrated by means of a mitochondrial transmembrane potential-sensitive dye and by assessing the release of cytochrome c into the cytosol. In line with this notion, argon and xenon inhibited the apoptotic activation of caspase-3, as determined by immunofluorescence microscopy coupled to automated image analysis. The antiapoptotic activity of argon and xenon may explain their clinically relevant cytoprotective effects. PMID:23907115

  19. Argon-ion contamination of the plasmasphere

    This paper applies present observational and analytic knowledge on effects of plasma beam interaction wth the magnetosphere to the plasmasphere contamination problem of the argon ion engine exhaust expected to be deposited in the magnetosphere during the construction phase of the Satellite Power System. Effects of plasmasphere, ionosphere, and radiation belt modifications are discussed

  20. Near-infrared scintillation of liquid argon

    Alexander, T.; Escobar, C. O.; Lippincott, W. H.; Rubinov, P.


    Since the 1970s it has been known that noble gases scintillate in the near infrared (NIR) region of the spectrum (0.7 μm motivation for using the NIR scintillation in liquid argon detectors, then briefly review early as well as more recent efforts and finally show encouraging preliminary results of a test performed at Fermilab.

  1. Silicon compounds of neon and argon

    Roithová, J.; Schröder, Detlef

    -, č. 46 (2009), s. 8788-8790. ISSN 1433-7851 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/09/1223 Grant ostatní: ERC(XE) Adg HORIZOMS Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : argon * bond formation * dications * neon Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 11.829, year: 2009

  2. Effects of Symmetry Energy in the Reaction 40Ca+124Sn at 140 MeV/nucleon

    Zhang, Fang; Yong, Gao-Chan; Zuo, Wei


    The density-dependent symmetry energy is a hot topic in nuclear physics. Many laboratories over the world are planning to perform related experiments to probe the symmetry energy. Based on the semiclassical Boltzmann-Uehling-Uhlenbeck (BUU) transport model, we study the effects of nuclear symmetry energy in the central reaction 40Ca+124Sn at 140MeV/nucleon in the laboratory system. It is found that the rapidity distribution of free nucleon's neutron-to-proton ratio is sensitive to the symmetry energy, especially at large rapidities. The free neutron-to-proton ratios at small or large rapidities may reflect high or low density behavior of nuclear symmetry energy. To probe the density dependence of nuclear symmetry energy, it is better to give the kinetic distribution and the rapidity distribution of emitted nucleons at the same time.

  3. Mouse skin reactions to 40 MeV helium ion irradiation

    The change of mouse skin was recorded periodically. Mice are periodically sacrificed to obtain irradiated skin specimens. The specimens are made into microscopic study preparations. 4He ion radiation dose applied to the skin ranges from 2,000 rads to 12,000 rads. 40MeV 4He ion beam is fairly stable. The study was repeated four times in total. When the beam position is in the center of scattering foil, Cobalt-60 gamma ray calibrateb one rad corresponded to 20-23 scattering 4He ion count detected by a solid state detector placed in the direction of 40 degree to the axis of down stream beam. One rad also corresponded to 0.52-0.55 nano-Ampere Farady cnp current placed in the center axis 80 centi-meter apart from the target foil. Monitoring with Farady cup current is more consistent, in which beam deviation from the center can not be detected. Hence the dose was monitored with the current with scattering helium count recorded. Depth dose was measured with TLD and 50% depth dose of plateau is approximately 0.08 g/cm. The skin was irradiated from 2,000 rads to 12,000 rads. In one week epilation starts. In two week complete epilation in all groups and in high dose groups (above 4,000 rads) at the same time erosions occur. In four weeks erosions heal. Higher dose group takes a little longer. In five weeks all erosins heal any way. Even the skin irradiated with 12,000 rads heals. Skin hypertrophy follows. The higher dose induces the more hypertrophy. Cell number in a hair follicle decreases with increased dose. Hair follicle itself decreases its number. (J.P.N.)

  4. Argon Laser Treatment of Strawberry Hemangioma in Infancy

    Achauer, Bruce M.; Vander Kam, Victoria M.


    Argon laser therapy is effective for removing port-wine stains and for reducing cutaneous vascular and pigmented lesions. Strawberry hemangiomas, being much thicker lesions than port-wine stains, were considered not appropriate for argon laser treatment. Using argon laser therapy in 13 cases of strawberry hemangioma, we achieved poor to dramatic results.

  5. Energy relaxation and mass transfer occuring in the reactions 14N+27Al and 40Ar+27Al

    The different mechanisms occuring in the two reactions 14N(100 MeV) + 27Al and 40Ar(340 MeV) + 27Al have been investigated. The experiments were performed on the isochronous cyclotron of Grenoble and the Alice facility of the IPN Orsay Laboratory respectively and in the first case both light and heavy products were detected, using a solid state detectors telescope and a ΔE ionisation chamber telescope. The fusion process has been first investigated. The experimental fusion cross sections have been compared with theoretical values and the data have been then analysed with a multidimensional potential calculation, taking into account the following three parameters the neck parameters, and the mass assymmetry of the entrance channel. Such a study stresses the great part of the cross section taken by peripheral interactions. In a second part energy dissipation has been analysed by looking at the correlation with the variance of the charge distributions. The different steps of the reaction have been studied in the frame of a diffusion mode. Considerable energy damping has been found to occur in the approach phase, which can not be explained by a simple Fokker Planck diffusion calculation. Indeed such a behaviour can be interpreted as a local equilibration phase followed by diffusive phenomena. Theoretical improvements in that direction give in that respect a better agreement

  6. Decay of excited nuclei produced in 78,82Kr+40Ca reactions at 5.5 AMeV

    In this work we study the decay modes of excited nuclei formed in 78,82Kr+40Ca reactions at 5.5 AMeV. The 4π INDRA array was used to measure light charged particles, evaporation residues and fragments with atomic number 3≤Z≤28. In both reactions, fragment characteristics are compatible with a fission like phenomenon. Persistence of structure effects is evidenced from a strong odd-even staggering of the light-fragment (6≤Z≤11) yields. The magnitude of the staggering does not significantly depend on the neutron content of the system. Light particle-fragment coincidences suggest that those fragments are excited below the particle emission thresholds. For the neutron-poor system, the evaporation residue cross-section is slightly higher and the fission-like component is larger by ∼ 25%. These features were confronted to the predictions of statistical and dynamical models. For both reactions, the transition-state formalism reasonably reproduces the Z-distribution around the symmetry but strongly overestimates the light-fragment cross-sections and failed to explain the staggering of their yields. The Z-distribution shape and the staggering of the light-fragment yields are satisfactorily reproduced within the dinuclear system framework which associates the heavy fragments to quasi-fission while light fragments are predominantly populated by fusion. However, none of the models are able to reproduce the characteristics of the kinetic energy spectra. This would indicate the need to improve the description of large deformation experienced by the system at the separation phase. (author)

  7. Cross-section measurement for the 10B(n, alpha)7Li reaction at 4.0 and 5.0 MeV.

    Zhang, Guohui; Guo, Li'an; Cao, Rongtai; Zhang, Jiaguo; Chen, Jinxiang


    Cross-sections of the (10)B(n, alpha)(7)Li reaction were measured at En=4.0 and 5.0 MeV. A gridded ionization chamber (GIC) was used as charged particle detector. Neutrons were produced through the D(d, n)(3)He reaction with a deuterium gas target. Experiments were performed at the 4.5 MV Van de Graaff accelerator of Peking University. Cross-section data of the (238)U(n, f) reaction were employed as standard. The measured cross-sections of the (10)B(n, alpha)(7)Li reaction at 4.0 and 5.0 MeV are 211+/-17 and 169+/-14 mb, respectively, and they are compared with existing results of measurements and evaluations. PMID:18387305

  8. Photodegradation Mechanisms of Tetraphenyl Butadiene Coatings for Liquid Argon Detectors

    Jones, B J P; Conrad, J M; Pla-Dalmau, A


    We report on studies of degradation mechanisms of tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) coatings of the type used in neutrino and dark matter liquid argon experiments. Using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry we have detected the ultraviolet-blocking impurity benzophenone (BP). We monitored the drop in performance and increase of benzophenone concentration in TPB plates with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, and demonstrate the correlation between these two variables. Based on the presence and initially exponential increase in the concentration of benzophenone observed, we propose that TPB degradation is a free radical-mediated photooxidation reaction, which is subsequently confirmed by displaying delayed degradation using a free radical inhibitor. Finally we show that the performance of wavelength-shifting coatings of the type envisioned for the LBNE experiment can be improved by 10-20%, with significantly delayed UV degradation, by using a 20% admixture of 4-tert-Butylcatechol.

  9. Photodegradation mechanisms of tetraphenyl butadiene coatings for liquid argon detectors

    Jones, B. J. P.; VanGemert, J. K.; Conrad, J. M.; Pla-Dalmau, A.


    We report on studies of degradation mechanisms of tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) coatings of the type used in neutrino and dark matter liquid argon experiments. Using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry we have detected the ultraviolet-blocking impurity benzophenone. We monitored the drop in performance and increase of benzophenone concentration in TPB plates with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, and demonstrate the correlation between these two variables. Based on the presence and initially exponential increase in the concentration of benzophenone observed, we propose that TPB degradation is a free radical-mediated photooxidation reaction, which is subsequently confirmed by displaying delayed degradation using a free radical inhibitor. Finally we show that the performance of wavelength-shifting coatings of the type envisioned for the LBNE experiment can be improved by 10-20%, with significantly delayed UV degradation, by using a 20% admixture of 4-tert-Butylcatechol.

  10. Photodegradation mechanisms of tetraphenyl butadiene coatings for liquid argon detectors

    We report on studies of degradation mechanisms of tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) coatings of the type used in neutrino and dark matter liquid argon experiments. Using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry we have detected the ultraviolet-blocking impurity benzophenone. We monitored the drop in performance and increase of benzophenone concentration in TPB plates with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, and demonstrate the correlation between these two variables. Based on the presence and initially exponential increase in the concentration of benzophenone observed, we propose that TPB degradation is a free radical-mediated photooxidation reaction, which is subsequently confirmed by displaying delayed degradation using a free radical inhibitor. Finally we show that the performance of wavelength-shifting coatings of the type envisioned for the LBNE experiment can be improved by 10-20%, with significantly delayed UV degradation, by using a 20% admixture of 4-tert-Butylcatechol.

  11. Production of heavy nuclei in 40Ar-induced fusion reactions

    At the velocity filter SHIP of the GSI in Darmstadt evaporation residual nuclei were detected which were produced by fusion of 40Ar projectiles in the energy range between 4.1 and 5.1 MeV/u with the target nuclei 165Ho, 169Tm, 171Yb, 174Yb, 175Lu, 176Hf, 177Hf, 178Hf, 179Hf, 180Hf, and 181Ta. For the determination of cross sections for residual nuclei after evaporation of neutrons, protons, and α-particles the transmission of SHIP was experimentally calibrated. In the theoretical calculation of the cross section for evaporation residual nuclei besides the fusion cross section above all the fission barriers according to the droplet model, the empirically determinable ground-state shell effects, and the level densities enter. The droplet model fission barriers were determined by an empirical extrapolation into the here interesting region of proton-rich nuclei. If in the evaporation calculations conventional level densities according to the one-particle model are used then the calculated cross sections exceed in measured data in the region of the spherical N=126 shell partly about several orders of magnitude. A possible explanation of this discrepancy is the contribution of collective states to the level density at low excitation energies as it was proposed by Bjoernholm at al. (1974). In the present thesis it is shown that this modification of the level density can lead to a with increasing excitation energy increasing deformation of an in the ground state spherical compound nucleus which causes a very fast evaporation of spherical shells with the excitation energy. (orig./HSI)

  12. Production of doubly magic nucleus 100Sn in 72,74,76Kr+40Ca, 72,74,76Kr+40Ar and 72,74,76Kr+32S reactions at 4-6 MeV/nucleon

    The mechanism of production of evaporation residues in low energy fusion reactions is investigated within the dinuclear system model. The model predictions for the production cross sections of exotic nuclei are compared with the available experimental data and the agreement is satisfactory. The possibilities of production of doubly magic nucleus 100Sn via particle evaporation channels and 12C emission channel in the reactions 72;74;76Kr+40Ca, 72;74;76Kr+40Ar and 72;74;76Kr+32S are investigated at bombarding energies 4-6 MeV/nucleon. The maximal yield for 100Sn corresponds to the reaction 72Kr+40Ca at 4,8 MeV/nucleon, which is as high as 500 nb

  13. Production of doubly magic nucleus 100Sn in 72,74,76Kr+40Ca, 72,74,76Kr+40Ar and 72,74,76Kr+32S reactions at 4 − 6 MeV/nucleon

    Antonenko N.V.


    Full Text Available The mechanism of production of evaporation residues in low energy fusion reactions is investigated within the dinuclear system model. The model predictions for the production cross sections of exotic nuclei are compared with the available experimental data. The possibilities of production of doubly magic nucleus 100Sn via particle evaporation channels and 12C emission channel in the reactions 72,74,76Kr+40Ca, 72,74,76Kr+40Ar and 72,74,76Kr+32S are investigated at bombarding energies 4 − 6 MeV/nucleon.

  14. Argon laser irradiation of the otolithic organ

    Okuno, T.; Nomura, Y.; Young, Y.H.; Hara, M. (Univ. of Tokyo (Japan))


    An argon laser was used to irradiate the otolithic organs of guinea pigs and cynomolgus monkeys. After stapedectomy, the argon laser (1.5 W x 0.5 sec/shot) irradiated the utricle or saccule without touching the sensory organs. The stapes was replaced over the oval window after irradiation. The animals used for acute observation were killed immediately for morphologic studies; those used for long-term observation were kept alive for 2, 4, or 10 weeks. Acute observation revealed that sensory and supporting cells were elevated from the basement membrane only in the irradiated area. No rupture of the membranous labyrinth was observed. Long-term observation revealed that the otolith of the macula utriculi had disappeared in 2-week specimens. The entire macula utricili had disappeared in 10-week specimens. No morphologic changes were observed in cochlea, semicircular canals, or membranous labyrinth. The saccule showed similar changes.

  15. Explanation of the memory effect in argon

    Marković Vidosav


    Full Text Available Memory effect - the long time variation of the electrical breakdown time delay on the relaxation time td (τ was observed in argon 24 hours after relaxation times and explained by the long-lived metastable states remaining from the preceding glow. However, the quenching processes reducing the effective lifetime of metastable states several orders of magnitude below that relevant for the time scale of observation were neglected. By applying approximate gas phase models it was found that the early afterglow kinetics up to hundreds of milliseconds is dominated by the decay of molecular argon ions Ar2+ and the approximate value of their ambipolar diffusion coefficient is determined. After that, nitrogen atoms present as impurities and recombined on the cathode surface and/or field emission determine the breakdown time delay down to the cosmic rays and natural radioactivity level.

  16. Flow Parameters of Argon plasma Discharge

    Owing to the viscosity, the plasma will be adhering to the inner surface of the outer electrode and outer surface of the inner one. As result that the discharge will be eroding the walls of coaxial system. The thickness of the boundary layer near the walls has been estimated at different positions from the breech of coaxial plasma gun. It is found that the thickness of layer 0.008 cm at the end of inner electrode (17 cm). A coaxial plasma gun device is operated in argon gas at ambient pressure 0.6 Torr and discharge voltage about 10 KV. The electron temperature of argon discharge has been determined by using spectroscopic technique. It is found that kTe=3.4 eV. By knowing the thickness of the boundary layer, the density can be determined. The Reynolds number R=105 and Mach number M=5 i.e. the flow is compressible and hypersonic

  17. ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter back end electronics

    Bán, J; Bellachia, F; Blondel, A; Böttcher, S; Clark, A; Colas, Jacques; Díaz-Gómez, M; Dinkespiler, B; Efthymiopoulos, I; Escalier, M; Fayard, Lo; Gara, A; He, Y; Henry-Coüannier, F; Hubaut, F; Ionescu, G; Karev, A; Kurchaninov, L; Lafaye, R; Laforge, B; La Marra, D; Laplace, S; Le Dortz, O; Léger, A; Liu, T; Martin, D; Matricon, P; Moneta, L; Monnier, E; Oberlack, H; Parsons, J A; Pernecker, S; Perrot, G; Poggioli, L; Prast, J; Przysiezniak, H; Repetti, B; Rosselet, L; Riu, I; Schwemling, P; Simion, S; Sippach, W; Strässner, A; Stroynowski, R; Tisserant, S; Unal, G; Wilkens, H; Wingerter-Seez, I; Xiang, A; Yang, J; Ye, J


    The Liquid Argon calorimeters play a central role in the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) experiment. The environment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) imposes strong constraints on the detectors readout systems. In order to achieve very high precision measurements, the detector signals are processed at various stages before reaching the Data Acquisition system (DAQ). Signals from the calorimeter cells are received by on-detector Front End Boards (FEB), which sample the incoming pulse every 25ns and digitize it at a trigger rate of up to 75~kHz. Off-detector Read Out Driver (ROD) boards further process the data and send reconstructed quantities to the DAQ while also monitoring the data quality. In this paper, the ATLAS Liquid Argon electronics chain is described first, followed by a detailed description of the off-detector readout system. Finally, the tests performed on the system are summarized.

  18. Current and future liquid argon neutrino experiments

    The liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC) detector technology provides an opportunity for precision neutrino oscillation measurements, neutrino cross section measurements, and searches for rare processes, such as SuperNova neutrino detection. These proceedings review current and future LArTPC neutrino experiments. Particular focus is paid to the ICARUS, MicroBooNE, LAr1, 2-LArTPC at CERN-SPS, LBNE, and 100 kton at Okinoshima experiments

  19. Liquid argon imaging a novel detection technology

    Rubbia, Carlo


    Ionisation electrons may drift over large distances (meters) in a volume of highly purified liquid argon (O2 equivalent less than 0.1 ppb!) under the action of an electric field. With an appropriate readout system (i.e. a set of fine pitch wire grids) we have realised a massive, continuously sensitive 'bubble chamber' with multiple readouts of the same, small charge (a minimum ionising track segment, 2 mm long, yields • 10000 electrons). We have developed this technology since 1987, initially with small laboratory devices and later with progressively larger and more sophisticated detectors, the latest being the T600 module (740 ton of liquid Argon), which has been operated in Pavia, as a step toward the ICARUS programme in the Gran Sasso Laboratory (LNGS). With cloning of T600 we aim at a 3000 ton detector by 2005. Argon is a medium with density 1.4 g/cm3, similar in characteristics to the heavy freon used in the famous Gargamelle. With wire pitches of 2-3 mm, it provides an extremely high spatial re...

  20. Distribution and Abundance of Mars' Atmospheric Argon

    Sprague, A. L.; Boynton, W. V.; Kerry, K. E.; Nelli, Steven; Murphy, Jim; Reedy, R. C.; Metzger, A. E.; Hunten, D. M.; Janes, K. D.; Crombie, M. K.


    One and one half Mars years (MY 26 and 27) of atmospheric Argon measurements are described and studied in the context of understanding how Argon, a minor constituent of Mars atmosphere that does not condense at Mars temperatures, can be used to study martian circulation and dynamics. Argon data are from the 2001 Mars Odyssey Gamma Subsystem (GS) of the suite of three instruments comprising the Gamma Ray Spectrometer (GRS). A comprehensive data analysis including gamma-ray production and attenuation by the atmosphere is included. Of particular interest is the enhanced abundance of Ar over the observed Ar abundance at lower latitudes at south (up to a factor of 10) and north (up to a factor of 4) polar regions during winter. Calibration of the measurements to actual Ar abundance is possible because GS measurements cover the same latitude and season as measurements made by the gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS) on Viking Landers 1 and 2 (VL1 and VL2). [2].

  1. Experimental study of electric breakdowns in liquid argon at centimeter scale

    Blatter, A; Hsu, C -C; Janos, S; Kreslo, I; Luethi, M; von Rohr, C Rudolf; Schenk, M; Strauss, T; Weber, M S; Zeller, M


    In this paper we present results on measurements of the dielectric strength of liquid argon near its boiling point and cathode-anode distances in the range of 0.1 mm to 40 mm with spherical cathode and plane anode. We show that at such distances the applied electric field at which breakdowns occur is as low as 40 kV/cm. Flash-overs across the ribbed dielectric of the high voltage feed-through are observed for a length of 300 mm starting from a voltage of 55 kV. These results contribute to set reference for the breakdown-free design of ionization detectors, such as Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers (LAr TPC).

  2. Mass and velocity of fragments from the reaction 17-115 MeV/u 40Ar + Cu, Ag and Au

    Measurements are reported for fragment masses and velocities from the reactions 17-115 MeV/u 40Ar + Cu, Ag and Au. High momentum and energy deposition are reported for selected events, even for higher incident energy. Further study is needed to understand their origin. (authors)

  3. Reaction cross sections for protons on {sup 12}C, {sup 40}Ca, {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb at energies between 80 and 180 MeV

    Auce, A.; Ingemarsson, A.; Johansson, R. [and others


    Results of reaction cross section measurements on {sup 12}C, {sup 40}Ca, {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb at incident proton energies between 80 and 180 MeV and for {sup 58}Ni at 81 MeV are presented. The experimental procedure is described and the results are compared with earlier measurements and predictions using macroscopic and microscopic models.

  4. Binary and Non-binary Aspects of 158Tb(40Ar, PLF) Reaction at Energies Close to 10 MeV/nucleon

    Results of a complex analysis of 40Ar + 159Tb collision data obtained from inclusive and coincidence measurements are presented. The experimental results support the binary nature of projectile like fragments close in Z to the projectile. Indirect evidences for primary projectile and projectile like fragment breakup following transfer reaction and/or inelastic scattering were found. (author)

  5. Analysis of the KSKS-system from reaction π-p→KSKSn at energy 40 GeV

    By a new method the amplitude analysis was fulfilled in a wide range of the transferred momenta for 40 553 events of reaction π-p → KSKSn obtained at 40 GeV with 6-m spectrometer ITEP. Result for |t| > 0.1 GeV2 was received for the first time. Particularly in D+ wave two resonances were discovered with mass 1700 and 1900 MeV and width 120 MeV absent for |t| 2. In S-wave structure was discovered in the region 1370 MeV. Resonances M = 1234 ± 6 MeV, Γ = 47 ± 33 MeV and M = 1478 ± 6 MeV, Γ = 119 ± 10 MeV were presented in A. Etkin et al., Phys. Rev. D 25, 2446 (1982) and O.N. Baloshin et at., Yad. Fiz. 43,1487 (1986) and M = 1389 ± 9 MeV, Γ = 30 ±24 MeV observed by us. For |t| > 0.1 GeV2 we observe in S wave the following resonances: M=1323 ± 8 MeV, Γ = 237 ± 20 MeV; M = 1440 ± 6 MeV, Γ = 121 ± 15 MeV and M=1776 ± 15 MeV, Γ = 250 ± 30 MeV. In D0 wave besides known resonances f2, α2, f'2, resonances with M = 2005 ± 12 MeV, Γ = 209 ± 32 MeV and M = 2270 ± 12 MeV, Γ = 90 ± 29 MeV were discovered for small |t| and M = 1659 ± 6 MeV, Γ = 152 ± 18 MeV, M = 2200 ± 13 MeV, Γ = 91 ± 62 MeV for larger |t|

  6. Evolution of the reaction 40Ar + Ag from E/A = 7 to 34 MeV

    The 4π charged-particle multidetector AMPHORA has been used to study the reaction 40Ar + natAg from 270 - 1,356 MeV. Charged-particle multiplicity distributions show a low-multiplicity group associated with peripheral collisions and a high multiplicity group associated with central collisions. Average multiplicities for central collisions increase with increasing projectile energy, indicating ever-increasing collision violence. Angular distributions of emitted protons are essentially isotorpic for θ ≥ 80 degree in a reference frame characterized by the empirical systematics of linear momentum transfer (i.e. ∼ 100% to ∼ 70% from 7-34 MeV/nucleon). Spectra of these protons at side angles are evaporation-like in shape and indicate relative effective temperatures of 3, 6, 8, and 12 MeV for beam energies of 7, 17, 27 and 34 MeV respectively. Azimuthal angular correlations between various pairs are consistent with spin-driven emission from emitter sources of reasonable spin values. In short, these results support a classical picture of extensively thermalized emitter nuclei even for initial excitation energies of ∼ 5 MeV per system nucleon and spins of ≥ 100ℎ

  7. Asymmetric Fission in the 78Kr+40Ca reactions at 5.5 MeV/nucleon

    Roy R.


    Full Text Available The cross section, kinetic energy distribution and angular distribution of fragments with atomic number 3 ≤ Z ≤ 28 emitted in the reaction 78Kr + 40Ca at the bombarding energy of 5.5 MeV/nucleon and coincidence between light charged particles and fragments were measured by means of the 4π-INDRA array to study the decay mechanism of medium mass excited nucleus. Global features indicate a high degree of relaxation and are compatible with a binary fission from compound nucleus. The mean value of the kinetic energy distributions of fragments indicates dominance of Coulomb interaction, while the width of the distribution signals large fluctuations. Inclusive cross-section distributions of fragments with charge 3 ≤ Z ≤ 28 are bell-shaped and a strong even-odd-staggering (o-es is observed for 3 ≤ Z ≤ 12. Coincidence measurements suggest that the light partners in very asymmetric fission are emitted at excitation energies below the particle emission thresholds. Data were confronted to the predictions of statistical model describing the decay of compound nuclei by emission of light particles and fragments. Calculations assuming spherical fission fragments and finite-range liquid drop fission barriers are not able to explain the experimental features. Attempts have been made to improve the agreement with experimental data. The analysis indicates the strong influence of the shape parameterization of the potential energy surface in describing the fission process of intermediate mass compound nuclei.

  8. Development of a Laser Probe for Argon Isotope Studies.

    McConville, Paul

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. The first objective of this study was to develop a laser outgassing facility for argon isotope studies. Apart from the laser and construction of the laser sample port, existing vacuum and mass spectrometer systems were used. Laser performance and optimum operating conditions were investigated. The second objective was test and evaluate the laser extraction technique by studies of simple geological samples. Previous laser ^{40} Ar-^{39}Ar dating studies by other workers had not systematically established the basis or characteristics of the method. Results from laser and complementary stepped heating studies of the ^{40}Ar-^ {39}Ar dating standard hornblende, hb3gr; a phlogopite sample from the Palabora (Phalaborwa) Complex; and biotites in a thin section of the Hamlet Bjerg granite from East Greenland, verified that: (1) Laser extraction reproduced within experimental error the stepped heating ^{40}Ar-^ {39}Ar and K-Ar ages of simple samples. (2) The precision of the technique i.e. the amount of sample required to give reliable ages, was limited in the present experiments largely by the level of the blanks and backgrounds to 10-100 ug samples. (3) Sample outgassing appeared to be limited to the order of 10 um outside the physical size of the laser pit, consistent with other estimates of the spatial definition in the literature. This could be understood by thermal diffusion and the length of the laser pulse. (4) The efficiency of the laser pulse in melting and outgassing mineral samples was shown to be dependent on silicate latent heats and mineral absorption at the laser wavelength. In addition, the ^{40} Ar-^{39}Ar age of the geologically significant Palabora Complex was determined as (2053 +/- 5) Ma. Excess argon led to a discrepancy between the laser and stepped heating ages of biotite and muscovite, (405 +/- 5) Ma, and laser ages of feldspars (510 +/- 20) Ma in the Hamlet Bjerg granite. This illustrated

  9. Geological Dating by 40 Ar - 39 Ar method

    The isotope 40 K is radioactive, it decays to 40 Ar stable. The number of 40 Ar atoms produced from 40 K, permits to calculate the date of rocks and minerals. This dating technique is named 'Conventional K-Ar Dating Method'. The 40 Ar - 39 Ar dating method permits to calculate the age of rocks and minerals eliminating the limitation of the K-Ar method by calculating potassium and argon concentrations in a single measurement of the ratio of argon isotopes. In this work, the irradiation of the sample with fast neutrons in the nuclear reactor was established. 39 Ar is obtained from the induced reaction 39 K (n,p) 39 Ar. Thus the ration of 40 Ar -39 Ar allows to obtain the date of rocks and minerals. This ratio was measured in a mass spectrometer. If the measurement of argon concentration in the sample is carried out at different increasing temperature values, it is possible to get information of paleotemperatures. The number of atoms 39 Ar is a function of the number 39 K atoms, irradiation time, neutrons flux, its energy E and the capture cross section σ of 39 K. These parameters are calculate indirectly by obtaining the so called 'J value ' by using a standard mineral with known age (HD-BI y Biot-133), this mineral is irradiated together with the unknown age sample. The values of 'J' obtained are in the interval of 2.85 a 3.03 (x 10-3)J/h. Rocks from 'Tres Virgenes' were dated by the method described in this work, showing an agreement with previous values of different authors. The age of this rocks are from Cenozoico era, mainly in the miocene period. (Author)

  10. Development of a low-cost inductively coupled argon plasma

    The aim of this investigation is to drastically reduce running costs of an inductively coupled plasma. This is done by reducing the argon consumption from 20 l/min to about 1 l/min. First, a sample introduction system operating on 0.1 l/min of carrier argon is described. This system ensures a high ratio of plasma argon and carrier argon even at the low total argon consumptions intended. Next, the developed low consumption plasma is presented. In the proposed design, air is blown perpendicularly against the outside of the torch. A different coil has been developed to make air-cooling efficient. Preliminary data on coupling efficiency for the air-cooled plasma are presented. A similarly low argon consumption has been achieved with water as an external coolant medium. It is concluded that a cheaper alternative to the current ICP has become available. (Auth.)

  11. Direct WIMP Detection Using Scintillation Time Discrimination in Liquid Argon

    Boulay, M. G.; Hime, A.


    Discrimination between electron and nuclear recoil events in a liquid argon scintillation detector has been demonstrated with simulations by using the differences in the scintillation photon time distribution between these classes of events. A discrimination power greater than 10^{8} is predicted for a liquid argon experiment with a 10 keV threshold, which would mitigate electron and gamma-ray backgrounds, including beta decays of 39-Ar and 42-Ar in atmospheric argon. A dark matter search usi...

  12. Effects of Nitrogen contamination in liquid Argon

    Acciarri, R.; Antonello, M.; Baibussinov, B.; Baldo-Ceolin, M.; Benetti, P.; Calaprice, F.; Calligarich, E.; Cambiaghi, M.; Canci, N.; Carbonara, F.; Cavanna, F.; Centro, S.; Cocco, A. G.; Di Pompeo, F.; Fiorillo, G.; Galbiati, C.; Gallo, V.; Grandi, L.; Meng, G.; Modena, I.; Montanari, C.; Palamara, O.; Pandola, L.; Piano Mortari, G. B.; Pietropaolo, F.; Raselli, G. L.; Roncadelli, M.; Rossella, M.; Rubbia, C.; Segreto, E.; Szelc, A. M.; Ventura, S.; Vignoli, C.


    A dedicated test of the effects of Nitrogen contamination in liquid Argon has been performed at the INFN-Gran Sasso Laboratory (LNGS, Italy) within the WArP R&D program. A detector has been designed and assembled for this specific task and connected to a system for the injection of controlled amounts of gaseous Nitrogen into the liquid Argon. The purpose of the test is to detect the reduction of the Ar scintillation light emission as a function of the amount of the Nitrogen contaminant injected in the Argon volume. A wide concentration range, spanning from ~ 10-1 ppm up to ~ 103 ppm, has been explored. Measurements have been done with electrons in the energy range of minimum ionizing particles (γ-conversion from radioactive sources). Source spectra at different Nitrogen contaminations are analyzed, showing sensitive reduction of the scintillation yield at increasing concentrations. Direct PMT signal acquisition exploiting high time resolution by fast waveform recording allowed high precision extraction of the main characteristics of the scintillation light emission in contaminated LAr. In particular, the decreasing behavior in lifetime and relative amplitude of the slow component is found to be appreciable starting from Script O(1 ppm) of Nitrogen concentrations. The rate constant of the quenching process induced by Nitrogen in liquid Ar has been found to be kQ(N2) = 0.11 ± 0.01 μs-1ppm-1, consistent with a previous measurement of this quantity but with significant improvement in precision. On the other hand, no evidence for absorption by N2 impurities has been found up to the higher concentrations here explored.

  13. Cross Sections of the (HI, αn) Channel in the Cold-Fusion-Type Reactions 209 Bi + 40 Ar and 208 Pb + 37 Cl

    By using an off-line radiochemistry technique, production cross sections of 240 Cm(T1/2 = 27 d) in the 209 Bi + 40 Ar and 208 Pb + 37 Cl reactions at the bombarding energy Elab ≤ 230 MeV were determined to be 0,5 ± 0,2 and 0,6 ± 0,3 n b, respectively. The production of 240 Cm was attributed to the 1 n-deexcitation channel of the composite systems 249 Md and 245 Es. The measured 240 Cm production cross sections represent upper cross section limits for the (HI, αn) channel of the reactions under study, which limits are about 100 times lower than the section values reported by Nomura et al. for the (40 Ar, αx n) channels with x = 1,2 of the 209 Bi + 40 Ar reaction at Elab208 MeV. In this connection, presented and discussed is an up-to-date summary of the available data on cross sections of the (HI, αx n) channels in the cold-fusion-type reactions induced by projectiles 37 Cl to 50 Ti on targets of 203,205 Tl, 208 Pb and 209 Bi. Appreciable E C(β+)-delayed fission effects were detected in the 209 Bi + 40 Ar and 206,208 Pb + 37 Cl reactions. In particular, our data reveal the occurrence of E C(β+)-delayed fission in the decay chains 242 Es(E C, ∼7 s) 242 Cf and 238 Bk(E C, ∼2 m) 238 Cm. 28 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs

  14. On the dependence of structural and sensing properties of sputtered MoO3 thin films on argon gas flow

    Highlights: • MoO3 thin films are sputter coated and their structure are analyzed. • Effect of argon gas flow on the structural and some properties is studied. • CO sensing ability of MoO3 increases with argon gas flow. • MoO3 nano-strain decreases with argon gas flow. - Abstract: Nitrogen and carbon oxides (CO, NO and NO2), released from combustion facilities and automobiles, are known to be extremely harmful to the human body and also are the main cause of air pollution. Therefore, effective methods to monitor and suppress the carbon and nitrogen oxides have been highly demanded for atmospheric environmental measurements and controls. It is known that molybdenum oxide (MoO3) can be a good semiconductor material for use as a gas sensor in monitoring CO, NO and NO2. In this paper we report the structural characteristics and sensing properties of the sputtered MoO3 thin films as a function of argon gas flow. MoO3 thin films were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering technique on glass substrates at different argon gas flows in the range of 5–20 sccm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was used for studying crystallographic structure. XRD results showed that all of our films were of polycrystalline structure and of α-MoO3 stable orthorhombic phase. Results also showed that crystallite size increases while compressive nano-strain in the structure of the films decreases with increasing the argon gas flow. Atomic force microscope and the field emission scanning electron microscope studies showed granular structures for all samples, which increased in size consistent with the XRD results, with argon gas flow, while the surface roughness of the films also increased with argon gas flow. Chemical composition study showed optimum reaction between oxygen and molybdenum atoms for films produced at 15 sccm flow of argon gas. The electrical response of samples was measured in the vacuum and the CO environments in the temperature range of 150–350 K. All samples

  15. HARP: high pressure argon readout for calorimeters

    Steel tubes of approximately 8 mm O.D., filled with Argon gas to approx.200 bar, are considered as the active element for a charge collecting sampling calorimeter readout system. The tubes are permanently sealed and operated in the ion chamber mode, with the charge collection on a one-millimeter concentric anode. We present the motivation for such a device, including Monte Carlo predictions of performance. The method of construction and signal collection are discussed, with initial results on leakage and ageing of the filling gas. A prototype electromagnetic calorimeter is described

  16. Near-infrared scintillation of liquid argon

    Alexander, T. [Fermilab; Escobar, C. O. [Campinas State U.; Lippincott, W. H. [Fermilab; Rubinov, P. [Fermilab


    Since the 1970s it has been known that noble gases scintillate in the near infrared (NIR) region of the spectrum (0.7 $\\mu$m < $\\lambda$; < 1.5$\\mu$m). More controversial has been the question of the NIR light yield for condensed noble gases. We first present the motivation for using the NIR scintillation in liquid argon detectors, then briefly review early as well as more recent efforts and finally show encouraging preliminary results of a test performed at Fermilab.

  17. Near-infrared scintillation of liquid argon

    Alexander, T; Lippincott, W H; Rubinov, P


    Since the 1970s it has been known that noble gases scintillate in the near infrared (NIR) region of the spectrum (0.7 $\\mu$m < $\\lambda$; < 1.5$\\mu$m). More controversial has been the question of the NIR light yield for condensed noble gases. We first present the motivation for using the NIR scintillation in liquid argon detectors, then briefly review early as well as more recent efforts and finally show encouraging preliminary results of a test performed at Fermilab.

  18. Attosecond Time-Resolved Autoionization of Argon

    Autoionization of argon atoms was studied experimentally by transient absorption spectroscopy with isolated attosecond pulses. The peak position, intensity, linewidth, and shape of the 3s3p6np 1P Fano resonance series (26.6-29.2 eV) were modified by intense few-cycle near infrared laser pulses, while the delay between the attosecond pulse and the laser pulse was changed by a few femtoseconds. Numerical simulations revealed that the experimentally observed splitting of the 3s3p64p 1P line is caused by the coupling between two short-lived highly excited states in the strong laser field.

  19. ArgonCube: a novel, fully-modular approach for the realization of large-mass liquid argon TPC neutrino detectors

    Amsler, C; Asaadi, J; Auger, M; Barbato, F; Bay, F; Bishai, M; Bleiner, D; Borgschulte, A; Bremer, J; Cavus, E; Chen, H; De Geronimo, G; Ereditato, A; Fleming, B; Goldi, D; Hanni, R; Kose, U; Kreslo, I; La Mattina, F; Lanni, F; Lissauer, D; Luthi, M; Lutz, P; Marchionni, A; Mladenov, D; Nessi, M; Noto, F; Palamara, O; Raaf, J L; Radeka, V; Rudolph Von Rohr, Ch; Smargianaki, D; Soderberg, M; Strauss, Th; Weber, M; Yu, B; Zeller, G P; Zeyrek, M; CERN. Geneva. SPS and PS Experiments Committee; SPSC


    The Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber is a prime candidate detector for future neutrino oscillation physics experiments, underground neutrino observatories and proton decay searches. A large international project based on this technology is currently being considered at the future LBNF facility in the United States on the very large mass scale of 40 kton. In this document, following the long standing R&D work conducted over the last years in several laboratories in Europe and in the United States, we intend to propose a novel Liquid Argon TPC approach based on a fully-modular, innovative design, the ArgonCube. The related R&D work will proceed along two main directions; one aimed at on the assessment of the proposed modular detector design, the other on the exploitation of new signal readout methods. Such a strategy will provide high performance while being cost-effective and robust at the same time. According to our plans, we will firstly realize a detector prototype hosted in a cryostat that is a...

  20. Cryogenic separation of oxygen-argon mixture in natural air samples for isotopic and molecular ratios

    Habeeb Rahman, Keedakkadan; Abe, Osamu


    The discovery of mass independent isotope fractionation in oxygen during the formation of ozone in the stratosphere has initiated a wide application in isotope geochemistry field. Separation of oxygen-argon mixture has become the foundation of high precision analysis of Δ17O and δ(O2/Ar) for geochemical applications. Here we present precise and simplified cryogenic separation of argon oxygen mixture from the atmospheric and dissolved air using 30/60 mesh 5A molecular sieve zeolite. A pioneer study of this method was conducted by Thiemens and Meagher in 1984. The column which is made of glass tube contains about 1.1 grams of molecular sieve zeolite and both ends of column was filled with glass wools. The experimental set up was tested for different combination of molecular sieves and slurry temperatures. We found the most efficient condition for the separation was at a column temperature of -103°C. For complete transfer of O2 and Ar mixture usually takes in 15-20 minutes time. The isotopic ratios of oxygen were analyzed using mass spectrometer (Thermo Fischer Delta Plus) relative to reference oxygen-argon mixture at 3V of m/z 32 for both sample and reference side. The signals of m/z 28, 32, and 40 were measured by dynamically to determine oxygen -argon ratio and to check nitrogen contamination. Repeated measurements of atmospheric air yielded a reproducibility (SE n=80) of 0.006, 0.004 and 0.19‰ for δ17O, δ18O and δO2/Ar respectively. The isotopic and molecular fractionation of argon- oxygen mixture during gas adsorption and desorption while using molecular sieve under liquid nitrogen temperature was studied. We have established a linear relationship governing the effect of 13X and 5A molecular sieves on molecular fractionation. And suggested the use of single 1/8" pellet 13X molecular sieve provided a negligible fractionation.

  1. Argon Purification Studies and a Novel Liquid Argon Re-circulation System

    Mavrokoridis, K; Coleman, J; Lightfoot, P K; McCauley, N; McCormick, K J; Touramanis, C


    Future giant liquid argon (LAr) time projection chambers (TPCs) require a purity of better than 0.1 parts per billion (ppb) to allow the ionised electrons to drift without significant capture by any electronegative impurities. We present a comprehensive study of the effects of electronegative impurity on gaseous and liquid argon scintillation light, an analysis of the efficacy of various purification chemicals, as well as the Liverpool LAr setup, which utilises a novel re-circulation purification system. Of the impurities tested - Air, O_2, H_2O, N_2 and CO_2 in the range of between 0.01 ppm to 1000 ppm - H_2O was found to have the most profound effect on gaseous argon scintillation light, and N_2 was found to have the least. Additionally, a correlation between the slow component decay time and the total energy deposited with 0.01 ppm - 100 ppm O_2 contamination levels in liquid argon has been established. The superiority of molecular sieves over anhydrous complexes at absorbing Ar gas, N_2 gas and H_2O vapou...

  2. Cross Section Measurement for the 95Mo(n,alpha)92Zr Reaction at 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 MeV

    Zhang, Guohui [Peking University; Wu, Hao [Peking University; Zhang, Jiaguo [Peking University; Liu, Jiaming [Peking University; Yin, Yuxiang [Peking University; Chen, Jinxiang [Peking University; Gledenov, Youri Mikhailovich [ORNL; Sedysheva, M. V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia; Khuukhenkhuu, G [National University of Mongolia; Koehler, Paul Edward [ORNL; Szalanski, P. [University of Lodz


    Measurements of cross sections of the {sup 95}Mo(n, {alpha}){sup 92}Zr reaction at E{sub n} = 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 MeV were carried out at the 4.5 MV Van de Graaff of Peking University, China. A twin gridded ionization chamber and two large-area {sup 95}Mo samples were adopted. Fast neutrons were produced through the D(d, n){sup 3}He reaction by using a deuterium gas target. A small {sup 238}U fission chamber was employed for absolute neutron flux determination. Present data are compared with existing evaluations and measurement.

  3. Cross section measurement for the (95)Mo(n, alpha)(92)Zr reaction at 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0MeV.

    Zhang, Guohui; Wu, Hao; Zhang, Jiaguo; Liu, Jiaming; Yin, Yuxiang; Chen, Jinxiang; Gledenov, Yu M; Sedysheva, M V; Khuukhenkhuu, G; Koehler, P E; Szalanski, P J


    Measurements of cross sections of the (95)Mo(n, alpha)(92)Zr reaction at E(n)=4.0, 5.0 and 6.0MeV were carried out at the 4.5MV Van de Graaff of Peking University, China. A twin gridded ionization chamber and two large-area (95)Mo samples were adopted. Fast neutrons were produced through the D(d, n)(3)He reaction by using a deuterium gas target. A small (238)U fission chamber was employed for absolute neutron flux determination. Present data are compared with existing evaluations and measurement. PMID:19811925

  4. Dynamical Dipole mode in the 40,48 Ca +152,144Sm fusion reactions at 11 MeV/nucleon

    Parascandolo C.


    Full Text Available The excitation of the dynamical dipole mode along the fusion path was investigated in the formation of a heavy compound nucleus in the A=190 mass region. To form the compound nucleus, the 40Ca + 152Sm and 48Ca + 144Sm reactions were employed at Elab=11 and 10.1 MeV/nucleon, respectively. Both fusion–evaporation and fission events were studied simultaneously for the first time. Our results for evaporation and fission events (preliminary show that the dynamical dipole mode survives in reactions involving heavier nuclei than those studied previously.

  5. Quasifission and fusion-fission processes in the reactions 78Kr+40Ca and 86Kr+48Ca at 10 MeV/nucleon bombarding energy

    Kalandarov, Sh. A.; Lacroix, D.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Wieleczko, J. P.; Pirrone, S.; Politi, G.


    Within the dinuclear system model the charge, mass, and isotopic distributions of the products in the reactions 78Kr+40Ca and 86Kr+48Ca are predicted at bombarding energy 10 MeV/nucleon. The heavy-ion phase-space exploration code is applied to take into consideration the pre-equilibrium emission of light particles. The competition is treated between complete fusion followed by the decay of compound nucleus and quasifission channels. The possible explanation of the odd-even staggering in the yield of the final reaction products at high excitation energies is discussed.

  6. Tensor polarization of 6Li*(2.186 MeV, 3+) in the 9Be(p,α)6Li reaction at 40 MeV

    Tensor moments tkq have been determined for the 6Li*(2.186 MeV, 3+) state produced in the 9Be(p,α1)6Li reaction at 40 MeV. Angular correlation measurements were made between α1 and the α-particle or deuteron fragment from the breakup of 6Li*. Comparison of the tkq are made with the predictions of a model that includes direct and exchange processes. Angular distributions of the differential cross sections for the 9Be(p,α)6Li reaction for the g.s. and first two excited states are presented. (orig.)

  7. The effect of argon laser irradiation on demineralization resistance of human enamel adjacent to orthodontic brackets: an in vitro study.

    Noel, Lloyd; Rebellato, Joe; Sheats, Rose D


    Argon lasers, because of their significant timesavings over conventional curing lights, have been investigated for use in bonding orthodontic brackets. They are also being investigated for their ability to confer demineralization resistance on enamel, which is of great interest in orthodontics. A two-part in vitro study on 86 human posterior teeth was conducted to determine the effects of a five-second argon laser exposure on shear bond strength and to evaluate the effects of a five- and 10-second argon laser exposure (250 mW) on demineralization of enamel surrounding orthodontic brackets after exposure to an artificial caries bath. Brackets cured with the argon laser for five seconds yielded mean bond strengths similar to those attained with a 40-second conventional light-cured control (n = 13 per group, 20.4 vs 17.8 MPa). Brackets cured with the argon laser for 10 seconds resulted in significantly lower mean lesion depth when compared with a visible light control (n = 20 per group, 107.8 vs 137.2 microm, P = .038). There were no statistically significant differences in lesion depth between the five-second argon laser and the visible light control groups. Overall, there was a 15% and 22% reduction in lesion depths for the five- and 10-second group, respectively. Poor correlations were found between the clinical appearance of decalcifications and their lesion depth. Argon lasers used for bonding orthodontic brackets would save a significant amount of chair time while possibly conferring demineralization resistance upon the enamel. PMID:12828433


    Lesteven-Vaisse, I.; Chantepie, M.; Folkmann, F.; Lecler, D.; Ben Sitel, A.


    Electron capture phenomena in recoil ion V.U.V. spectroscopy are tested through the evolution of the observed argon spectrum by introduction of helium in addition to argon in the collision chamber. Taking into account these mixed gas data by the time-differential method and using decay time analysis, an improved analysis of argon recoil ion V.U.V. radiation is presented.

  9. Elements from chlorine to calcium nuclear reactions

    Kunz, Wunibald


    Nuclear Tables: Part II Nuclear Reactions, Volume 3: The Elements from Chlorine to Calcium contains tabulations of the nuclear reaction values of elements chlorine, argon, potassium, and calcium. These tabulations provide the calculated Q-values of the elements and their isotopes. This book will be of value to general chemistry researchers.

  10. Effects of metastable species in helium and argon atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) on inactivation of periodontopathogenic bacteria

    Yoon, Sung-Young; Kim, Kyoung-Hwa; Seol, Yang-Jo; Kim, Su-Jeong; Bae, Byeongjun; Huh, Sung-Ryul; Kim, Gon-Ho


    The helium and argon have been widely used as discharge gases in atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) for bacteria inactivation. The APPJs show apparent different in bullet propagation speed and bacteria inactivation rate apparently vary with discharge gas species. This work shows that these two distinctive features of APPJs can be linked through one factor, the metastable energy level. The effects of helium and argon metastable species on APPJ discharge mechanism for reactive oxygen nitrogen species (RONS) generation in APPJs are investigated by experiments and numerical estimation. The discharge mechanism is investigated by using the bullet velocity from the electric field which is obtained with laser induced fluorescence (LIF) measurement. The measured electric field also applied on the estimation of RONS generation, as electron energy source term in numerical particle reaction. The estimated RONS number is verified by comparing NO and OH densities to the inactivation rate of periodontitis bacteria. The characteristic time for bacteria inactivation of the helium-APPJ was found to be 1.63 min., which is significantly less than that of the argon-APPJ, 12.1 min. In argon-APPJ, the argon metastable preserve the energy due to the lack of the Penning ionization. Thus the surface temperature increase is significantly higher than helium-APPJ case. It implies that the metastable energy plays important role in both of APPJ bullet propagation and bacteria inactivation mechanism.

  11. Chemical non-equilibrium modelling of an argon-oxygen supersonic ICP

    In this paper, a non-equilibrium mathematical model for an argon-oxygen inductively coupled plasma (ICP) torch with a supersonic nozzle is developed without making chemical equilibrium assumptions. Reaction rates of dissociation and recombination of diatomic gas and ionization are taken into account. Higher-order approximations of the Chapman-Enskog method are used to obtain better accuracy for transport properties, taking advantage of the most recent sets of collision integrals available in the literature. In order to validate the developed model, results are compared qualitatively and quantitatively with existing experimental data. The calculated results for the axial temperature profile for pure argon less than 10 mm above the substrate are in good agreement with spectroscopic measurements.

  12. Argon laser-welded arteriovenous anastomoses.

    White, R A; Kopchok, G; Donayre, C; White, G; Lyons, R; Fujitani, R; Klein, S R; Uitto, J


    This study compared the healing of laser-welded and sutured canine femoral arteriovenous anastomoses. Arteriovenous fistulas 2 cm in length were created bilaterally in the femoral vessels of 10 dogs and were studied at 1 (n = 2), 2 (n = 2), 4 (n = 3), and 8 (n = 3) weeks. In each animal, one anastomosis (control) was closed with running 6-0 polypropylene sutures, and the contralateral anastomosis (experimental) was sealed with an argon laser (0.5 watt, 4 minutes of exposure, 1830 J/cm2/1 cm length of anastomosis). At removal all experimental anastomoses were patent without hematomas, aneurysms, or luminal narrowing. Histologic examination at 4 weeks revealed that laser-welded anastomoses had less inflammatory response and almost normal collagen and elastin reorientation. At 8 weeks sutured anastomoses had significant intimal hyperplasia whereas laser repairs had normal luminal architecture. Tensile strength and collagen production, measured by the synthesis of hydroxyproline and the steady-state levels of type I and type III procollagen messenger ribonucleic acids, at the anastomoses and in adjacent vein and artery specimens were similar in sutured and laser-welded repairs at 2, 4, and 8 weeks. We conclude that argon laser welding of anastomoses is an acceptable alternative to suture techniques, with the advantage of improved healing without foreign body response and possible diminished intimal hyperplasia at the anastomotic line. PMID:3312648

  13. Electron scattering and transport in liquid argon

    The transport of excess electrons in liquid argon driven out of equilibrium by an applied electric field is revisited using a multi-term solution of Boltzmann’s equation together with ab initio liquid phase cross-sections calculated using the Dirac-Fock scattering equations. The calculation of liquid phase cross-sections extends previous treatments to consider multipole polarisabilities and a non-local treatment of exchange, while the accuracy of the electron-argon potential is validated through comparison of the calculated gas phase cross-sections with experiment. The results presented highlight the inadequacy of local treatments of exchange that are commonly used in liquid and cluster phase cross-section calculations. The multi-term Boltzmann equation framework accounting for coherent scattering enables the inclusion of the full anisotropy in the differential cross-section arising from the interaction and the structure factor, without an a priori assumption of quasi-isotropy in the velocity distribution function. The model, which contains no free parameters and accounts for both coherent scattering and liquid phase screening effects, was found to reproduce well the experimental drift velocities and characteristic energies

  14. Pollution of liquid argon after neutron irradiation

    Andrieux, M L; Collot, J; de Saintignon, P; Ferrari, A; Hostachy, J Y; Hoummada, A; Martin, P; Merkel, B; Puzo, P; Sauvage, D; Wielers, M


    The purpose of the neutron facility installed at SARA is to investigate the behavior of various materials to be used in the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter, when submitted to fast neutron radiation. The samples are placed in a liquid argon cryostat a few cm away from the neutron source. Various pieces of the electromagnetic calorimeter have been tested in order to evaluate the rate of pollution of the liquid and consequently the possible signal loss in energy measurements. The average fluence was equivalent to the maximum expected in the calorimeter in about 10 years. The most striking feature of the results is that the pollution is not due to oxygen, at least for most of it. Using a particular value of the absorption length derived from these data, a simulation was carried out and the energy signal loss in the calorimeter could be predicted. Within the limits of our present knowledge, the conclusion is that damages due to this pollution will not be a problem. (17 refs).

  15. Pollution of liquid argon after neutron irradiation

    The purpose of the neutron facility installed at SARA is to investigate the behavior of various materials to be used in the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter, when submitted to fast neutron radiation. The samples are placed in a liquid argon cryostat a few cm away from the neutron source. Various pieces of the electromagnetic calorimeter have been tested in order to evaluate the rate of pollution of the liquid and consequently the possible signal loss in energy measurements. The average fluence was equivalent to the maximum expected in the calorimeter in about 10 years. The most striking feature of the results is that the pollution is not due to oxygen, at least for most of it. Using a particular value of the absorption length derived from these data, a simulation was carried out and the energy signal loss in the calorimeter could be predicted. Within the limits of our present knowledge, the conclusion is that damages due to this pollution will not be a problem

  16. Ion-beam excitation of liquid argon

    Hofmann, M; Heindl, T; Neumeier, A; Oberauer, L; Potzel, W; Roth, S; Schönert, S; Wieser, J; Ulrich, A


    The scintillation light of liquid argon has been recorded wavelength and time resolved with very good statistics in a wavelength interval ranging from 118 nm through 970 nm. Three different ion beams, protons, sulfur ions and gold ions, were used to excite liquid argon. Only minor differences were observed in the wavelength-spectra obtained with the different incident particles. Light emission in the wavelength range of the third excimer continuum was found to be strongly suppressed in the liquid phase. In time-resolved measurements, the time structure of the scintillation light can be directly attributed to wavelength in our studies, as no wavelength shifter has been used. These measurements confirm that the singlet-to-triplet intensity ratio in the second excimer continuum range is a useful parameter for particle discrimination, which can also be employed in wavelength-integrated measurements as long as the sensitivity of the detector system does not rise steeply for wavelengths longer than 190 nm. Using ou...

  17. Differential and angle-integrated cross sections for the {sup 40}Ca(n, α){sup 37}Ar reaction from 4.0 to 6.5 MeV

    Han, Jinhua; Liu, Jiaming; Liu, Xiang; Fan, Xiao; Wang, Zhimin; Chen, Jinxiang; Zhang, Guohui [Peking University, State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Beijing (China); Gledenov, Yu.M.; Sedysheva, M.V.; Krupa, L. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Khuukhenkhuu, G. [National University of Mongolia, Nuclear Research Centre, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia); Szalanski, P.J. [Institute of Physics, University of Lodz (Poland)


    Differential cross sections for the {sup 40}Ca(n, α{sub 0}), (n, α{sub 1,2}) and (n, α{sub 3,4,5}) reactions are measured at neutron energies of 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5MeV using a double-section gridded ionization chamber and two CaF{sub 2} samples. Monoenergetic neutrons were produced through the {sup 2}H(d, n){sup 3}He reaction with a deuterium gas target. A BF{sub 3} neutron counter was utilized to normalize the neutron flux among different measurements. The absolute value of neutron flux was calibrated using a {sup 238}U sample. Angle-integrated cross sections for the {sup 40}Ca(n, α{sub 0}), (n, α{sub 1,2}) and (n, α{sub 3,4,5}) reactions are obtained from the integration of the differential data. Model calculations are performed using the TALYS-1.6 code and general agreement is achieved between measurements and calculations. Then the total {sup 40}Ca(n, α){sup 37}Ar cross sections are derived from the angle-integrated cross sections combined with the code calculations. Present results are compared with existing measurements and evaluations. (orig.)

  18. Alpha-spectroscopic factors from (d,6Li) and (3He,7Be) reactions on 12C,24Mg,40Ca and 58Ni

    An attempt has been made to compare the alpha-spectroscopic factors (Ssub(α)) resulting from (d,6Li) and (3He,7Be) reactions on 12C,24Mg,40Ca and 58Ni employing potentials characterizing the same potential family for the deuteron and for the 3He-channels and another set of potentials characterizing a particular potential family for 6Li and 7Be-channels respectively. It is found that the extracted spectroscopic factors for 12C,24Mg and 40Ca agree well, while that for the target 58Ni differs by an order of magnitude from the other two reactions. A possible reason has been discussed. (author)

  19. Investigation of capacitively coupled argon plasma driven at various frequencies and validation of surface waves excitation

    Abdel-Fattah, E., E-mail: [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig 44519 (Egypt); Physics Department, College of Science, Salman bin AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, P.O. 83, Al-Kharj 11942 (Saudi Arabia)


    The influence of excitation frequency (13.56–96 MHz) on the characteristics of capacitively coupled argon plasma is investigated by means of Langmuir probe and a high-voltage probe. Measurements are performed in argon pressure of 40 and 60 mTorr at a fixed discharge voltage V{sub pp}=200 V. The measured electron energy distribution function EEPFs are a bi-Maxwellian type irrespective of the driving frequency and gas pressure. The electron density and temperatures show peak over frequency range of 54–72 MHz, beyond which it decreases. The non-monotonic dependences of plasma parameters with driving frequency were interpreted in terms of excited surface wave excited at the powered electrode.

  20. Formation mechanism of graphite hexagonal pyramids by argon plasma etching of graphite substrates

    Glad, X.; de Poucques, L.; Bougdira, J.


    A new graphite crystal morphology has been recently reported, namely the graphite hexagonal pyramids (GHPs). They are hexagonally-shaped crystals with diameters ranging from 50 to 800 nm and a constant apex angle of 40°. These nanostructures are formed from graphite substrates (flexible graphite and highly ordered pyrolytic graphite) in low pressure helicon coupling radiofrequency argon plasma at 25 eV ion energy and, purportedly, due to a physical etching process. In this paper, the occurrence of peculiar crystals is shown, presenting two hexagonal orientations obtained on both types of samples, which confirms such a formation mechanism. Moreover, by applying a pretreatment step with different time durations of inductive coupling radiofrequency argon plasma, for which the incident ion energy decreases at 12 eV, uniform coverage of the surface can be achieved with an influence on the density and size of the GHPs.

  1. Argon thermochronology of mineral deposits; a review of analytical methods, formulations, and selected applications

    Snee, Lawrence W.


    40Ar/39Ar geochronology is an experimentally robust and versatile method for constraining time and temperature in geologic processes. The argon method is the most broadly applied in mineral-deposit studies. Standard analytical methods and formulations exist, making the fundamentals of the method well defined. A variety of graphical representations exist for evaluating argon data. A broad range of minerals found in mineral deposits, alteration zones, and host rocks commonly is analyzed to provide age, temporal duration, and thermal conditions for mineralization events and processes. All are discussed in this report. The usefulness of and evolution of the applicability of the method are demonstrated in studies of the Panasqueira, Portugal, tin-tungsten deposit; the Cornubian batholith and associated mineral deposits, southwest England; the Red Mountain intrusive system and associated Urad-Henderson molybdenum deposits; and the Eastern Goldfields Province, Western Australia.

  2. Decay of excited nuclei produced in $^{78,82}$Kr + $^{40}$Ca reactions at 5.5 MeV/nucleon

    Ademard, G; Del Campo, J Gomez; La Commara, M; Bonnet, E; Vigilante, M; Chbihi, A; Frankland, J D; Rosato, E; Spadaccini, G; Kalandarov, Sh A; Beck, C; Barlini, S; Borderie, B; Bougault, R; Dayras, R; De Angelis, G; De Sanctis, J; Kravchuk, V L; Lautesse, P; Neindre, N Le; Moisan, J; D'onofrio, A; Parlog, M; Pierroutsakou, D; Rivet, M F; Romoli, M; Roy, R; Adamian, G G; Antonenko, N V


    Decay modes of excited nuclei are investigated in $^{78,82}$Kr + $^{40}$Ca reactions at 5.5 MeV/nucleon. Charged products were measured by means of the $4\\pi$ INDRA array. Kinetic-energy spectra and angular distributions of fragments with atomic number 3 $\\le Z \\le$ 28 indicate a high degree of relaxation and are compatible with a fission-like phenomenon. Persistence of structure effects is evidenced from elemental cross-sections ($\\sigma_{Z}$) as well as a strong odd-even-staggering (o-e-s) of the light-fragment yields. The magnitude of the staggering does not significantly depend on the neutron content of the emitting system. Fragment-particle coincidences suggest that the light partners in very asymmetric fission are emitted either cold or at excitation energies below the particle emission thresholds. The evaporation residue cross-section of the $^{78}$Kr + $^{40}$Ca reaction is slightly higher than the one measured in $^{82}$Kr + $^{40}$Ca reaction. The fission-like component is larger by $\\sim$ 25% for t...

  3. Theoretical study of fusion reactions $^{32}$S + $^{94,96}$Zr and $^{40}$Ca + $^{94,96}$Zr and quadrupole deformation of $^{94}$Zr

    Wang, Bing; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui


    The dynamic coupling effects on fusion cross sections for reactions $^{32}$S + $^{94,96}$Zr and $^{40}$Ca + $^{94,96}$Zr are studied with the universal fusion function formalism and an empirical coupled channel (ECC) model. An examination of the reduced fusion functions shows that the total effect of couplings to inelastic excitations and neutron transfer channels on fusion in $^{32}$S + $^{94}$Zr ($^{40}$Ca + $^{94}$Zr) is almost the same as that in $^{32}$S + $^{96}$Zr ($^{40}$Ca + $^{96}$Zr). The enhancements of the fusion cross section at sub-barrier energies due to inelastic channel coupling and neutron transfer channel coupling are evaluated separately by using the ECC model. The results show that effect of couplings to inelastic excitations channels in the reactions with $^{94}$Zr as target should be similar as that in the reactions with $^{96}$Zr as target. This implies that the quadrupole deformation parameters $\\beta_2$ of $^{94}$Zr and $^{96}$Zr should be similar to each other. However, $\\beta_2$'s...

  4. An experimental study of premixed laminar methane/oxygen/argon flames doped with hydrogen at low pressure with synchrotron photoionization

    WANG JinHua; HU ErJiang; HUANG ZuoHua; MA ZhiHao; TIAN ZhenYu; WANG Jing; LI YuYang


    Laminar premixed stoichiometric methane/hydrogen/oxygen/argon flames were investigated with tun-able synchrotron vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization and molecular-beam sampling mass spec-trometry techniques. The methane/hydrogen fuel blends with hydrogen volumetric fraction of 0, 20%, 40%, 60% and 80% were studied. All observed flame species, including stable intermediates and radi-cals in the flames, were detected by measuring photoionization mass spectra and photoionization effi-ciency (PIE) spectra. Mole fraction profiles of major species and intermediates were derived by scan-ning burner at some selected photon energies near ionization thresholds. The influence of hydrogen addition on mole fraction of major species and intermediates was analyzed. The results show that the major species mole fraction of CO, CO2 and CH4 decreases with the increase of hydrogen fraction. The mole fraction of intermediates measured in this experiment decreases remarkably with the increase of hydrogen fraction. This would be due to the increase of H and OH radicals by hydrogen addition and the high diffusivity and activity of H radical promoting the chemical reaction. In addition, the increase of H/C ratio with the increase of hydrogen fraction also leads to the decrease of the mole fraction of car-bon-related intermediates and contributes to the decrease of unburned and incomplete combustion products.

  5. Nitrogen Removal from Molten Steel under Argon DC Glow Plasma

    SUN Ming-shan; DING Wei-zhong; LU Xiong-gang


    Under argon DC glow plasma, the nitrogen removal from molten steel was studied. The experimental result showed that nitrogen mass percent could be reduced to 0.000 8%. The change of polarity had no impact on nitrogen removal when the nitrogen mass percent was low. The mechanism of denitrogenation of molten steel under argon DC glow plasma was discussed.

  6. WARP: a double phase argon programme for dark matter detection

    WARP (Wimp ARgon Programme) is a double phase Argon detector for Dark Matter search under construction at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. We present recent results obtained operating a prototype with a sensitive mass of 2.3 litres deep underground

  7. Stopping Power of Solid Argon for Helium Ions

    Besenbacher, F.; Bøttiger, Jørgen; Grauersen, O.;


    By means of the Rutherford-backscattering method, the stopping cross section of solid argon has been measured for 0.5–3 MeV helium ions to an accuracy of not, vert, similar3%. The results agree within the experimental accuracies with our earlier measurements for gaseous argon over the energy region...

  8. Strength of the $E_{\\text{p}}$=1.842 MeV resonance in the $^{40}$Ca(p,$\\gamma$)$^{41}$Sc reaction revisited

    Schmidt, Konrad; Anders, Michael; Bemmerer, Daniel; Caciolli, Antonio; Dietz, Mirco; Elekes, Zoltán; Junghans, Arnd R; Menzel, Marie-Luise; Schwengner, Ronald; Wagner, Andreas; Zuber, Kai


    The strength of the $E_{\\rm p} = 1.842$ MeV resonance in the $^{40}$Ca(p,$\\gamma$)$^{41}$Sc reaction is determined with two different methods: First, by an absolute strength measurement using calcium hydroxide targets, and second, relative to the well-determined strength of the resonance triplet at $E_\\alpha$ = 4.5 MeV in the $^{40}$Ca($\\alpha$,$\\gamma$)$^{44}$Ti reaction. The present new value of $\\omega\\gamma=(0.192\\pm0.017)$ eV is 37% (equivalent to $3.5\\sigma$) higher than the evaluated literature value. In addition, the ratio of the strengths of the 1.842 MeV $^{40}$Ca(p,$\\gamma$)$^{41}$Sc and 4.5 MeV $^{40}$Ca($\\alpha$,$\\gamma$)$^{44}$Ti resonances has been determined to be $0.0229\\pm0.0018$. The newly corrected strength of the 1.842-MeV resonance can be used in the future as a normalization point for experiments with calcium targets.

  9. Exploring the influence of transfer channels on fusion reactions: The case of 40 Ca + 58,64 Ni

    Fusion cross sections have been measured in the 40Ca + 58Ni and 40Ca + 64Ni systems at beam energies ranging from Elab = 104.75 MeV to 153.5 MeV using the Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro electrostatic deflector. Distributions of barriers have been extracted from the experimental data. Preliminary coupled channel calculations were performed and hints of effects of neutron transfers on the fusion below the barrier in the 40Ca + 64Ni are discussed

  10. Commissioning of the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeters

    Rezaie, Erfan

    ATLAS, a multi-purpose detector built at the LHC at CERN, requires an extensive commissioning campaign to be ready for proton-proton collisions. In this work, we focus on the commissioning of the liquid Argon (LAr) calorimeters, with emphasis on commissioning with cosmic rays. First we outline one phase of the commissioning work, which involves testing of the front-end electronics of the two endcap calorimeters. We then describe two cosmic ray generators as input to a Monte-Carlo simulation of cosmic rays in ATLAS, and compare their results. Finally, we explain a technique developed for this work which uses information from the Tile calorimeters to predict the timing of cosmic rays within the LAr calorimeters, because cosmic rays occur randomly in time whereas the electronics are clocked at [Special characters omitted.] . The results from this analysis tool are compared to default tools, using both simulated and real cosmic ray data in the calorimeters.

  11. Large vessel sealing with the argon laser.

    White, R A; Kopchok, G; Donayre, C; Lyons, R; White, G; Klein, S R; Pizzurro, D; Abergel, R P; Dwyer, R M; Uitto, J


    This study compared the histology, biochemistry, and tensile strength of laser-welded and sutured canine venotomies, arteriotomies, and arteriovenous fistulas. Twelve animals had bilateral femoral vessels studied, with one repair (control) closed with interrupted 6-0 polypropylene sutures, and the contralateral repair (experimental) welded with the argon laser. Specimens were examined at weekly intervals from 1 to 4 weeks (four animals for each type of repair), and were evaluated histologically by hematoxylin and eosin, elastin, and trichrome stains; biochemically by the formation of [3H]hydroxyproline as an index of collagen synthesis; and mechanically by tensile strength determinations. At removal, all experimental closures were patent without hematomas, aneurysms, or luminal dilatation. Histologic and biochemical examination and tensile strength determinations suggest that laser welding may be an alternative to sutures for repair of large-diameter venotomies, arteriotomies, and arteriovenous fistulas, as healing is comparable to that seen with suture repairs up to 4 weeks postoperatively. PMID:3306233

  12. Vascular Welding Using The Argon Laser

    White, Rodney A.; Donayre, Carlos; Kopchok, George; White, Geoffrey; Abergel, R. Patrick; Lyons, Richard; Klein, Stanley; Dwyer, Richard; Uitto, Jouni


    This study compared the histology, biochemistry, and tensile strength of laser welded and sutured canine venotomies, arteriotomies and arteriovenous fistulas. Bilateral femoral, carotid or jugular vessels were studied with one repair (control) closed with interrupted 6-0 polypropylene sutures, and the contralatral repair (experimental) welded with the argon laser. Specimens were examined at weekly intervals from 1 to 4 weeks for each type of repair and evaluated histologically by hematoxylineosin, elastin and trichrome stains, biochemically by the formation of [3H] hyaroxyproline as an index of collagen synthesis, ana mechanically by tensile strength determinations. At removal, all experimental closures were patent without hematomas, aneurysms or luminal dilatation. Histologic and biochemical examination and tensile strength determinations suggest that laser welaing may be an alternative to sutures for repair of large diameter venotomies, arteriotomies and arteriovenous fistulas, as they heal comparable to suture repairs up to 4 weeks postoperatively.

  13. Ideas for future liquid Argon detectors

    We outline a strategy for future experiments on neutrino and astroparticle physics based on the use, at different detector mass scales (100 ton and 100 kton), of the liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LAr TPC) technique. The LAr TPC technology has great potentials for both cases with large degree of interplay between the two applications and a strong synergy. The ICARUS R and D programme has demonstrated that the technology is mature and that one can built a large (∼ 1 kton) LAr TPC. We believe that one can conceive and design a very large mass LAr TPC with a mass of 100 kton by employing a monolithic technology based on the use of industrial, large volume cryogenic tankers developed by the petro-chemical industry. We show a potential implementation of a large LAr TPC detector. Such a detector would be an ideal match for a Superbeam[New J. Phys. 4 (2002) 88 [arXiv:hep-ph/0208047

  14. Dechlorinating reaction of organic chlorides

    Dechlorination has been examined by the reaction between iron, aluminum powder or CaO and organic chlorides such as C2HCl3 and CH2Cl2. Progress of the reaction was analyzed with mass spectrometer. The reaction between iron and organic chloride was rapidly occurred at the temperature between 350 and 440degC in an atmosphere of argon. Above 380degC, more than 99.5% of C2HCl3 was decomposed within approximately 100 minutes. At 440degC, approximately 60% of C2HCl3 was decomposed by the reaction with aluminium powder within approximately 100 minutes. At 440degC, reaction between C2HCl3 and CaO powder were occurred rapidly in an atmosphere of argon to form CaCl2 and free carbon. Also in an atmosphere of air, nearly the same result was obtained. In this reaction, CaCl2, CO and CO2 were formed. CH2Cl2 was also decomposed by the reaction with iron at the temperature between 380 and 440degC. In the reaction, FeCl2, carbon and hydrogen were formed. CH3+ and CH4 were observed during the dechlorinating reaction of CH2Cl2. Variation in particle size of iron powder such as 100, 150 and 250 mesh did not affect the reaction rate. (author)

  15. Liquid-argon cylindrical pulsed ionization chamber

    A liquid-argon cylindrical ionization chamber with a working volume of 200 cm2 is described. The chamber anode is made of stainless steel in the form of a hollow cylinder 30 mm in diameter and 140 mm in length. A beryllium bronze wire in diameter of 0.1 mm and at a spacing of 1 mm is used for winding the chamber screen grid. The chamber cathode is a brass thin-walled cylinder having an internal diameter of 56 mm and a height of 156 mm. The cathode-grid gap is 10 mm, the cathode-case gap is 2 mm. A 0.5 l cooling bath filled with liquid nitrogen is used to refrigirate the chamber. The chamber is evacuated to about 10-5 mm Hg. The total concentration of electronegative impurities in argon does not exceed 6x10-9. Dependences of the chamber counting and amplitude responses, on the cathode voltage under irradiation with γ-quanta at energies of 0.898 MeV and 1.836 MeV are given. The value of the energy resolution was evaluated by differentiating the high-energy edge of the Compton spectrum. The total width at a peak half-height constitutes 5% for an electron energy of 1.612 MeV. To achieve better resolution of the chamber it is necessary to reduce preamplifier noises by three times, to increase the working gap of the chamber and decrease the grid-anode gap

  16. Methane from benzene in argon dielectric barrier discharge

    Highlights: ► Efficient on-line conversion of benzene to methane at room temperature. ► Absence of other H-atom donor suggests new type of chemistry. ► For parent loss > 90%, methane yield was ∼40% of limit due to H-atom availability. ► Surface moisture contributed ·OH radical for trace phenolic products’ formation. ► This method may emerge as an exploitable tactic for pollutants’ usable alterations. -- Abstract: A first-time account of direct, on-line, instantaneous and efficient chemical conversion of gas phase benzene to methane in argon Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) is presented. In the absence of another overt hydrogen-donating source, potency of analogous parents toward methane generation is found to follow the order: benzene > toluene > p-xylene. Simultaneous production of trace amounts of phenolic surface deposits suggest (a) prompt decomposition of the parent molecules, including a large fraction yielding atomic transients (H-atom), (b) continuous and appropriate recombination of such parts, and (c) trace moisture in parent contributing ·OH radicals and additional H-atoms, which suitably react with the unreacted fraction of the parent, and also other intermediates. Results highlight Ar DBD to be a simple and exploitable technology for transforming undesirable hazardous aromatics to usable/useful low molecular weight open-chain products following the principles of green chemistry and engineering

  17. Reactions of oxidation of plutonium metal

    The investigation into preparation of the powdery plutonium oxides under the reaction of metal plutonium with moist (5 % H2O) air and moist (5 % H2O) argon was carried out. The kinetic dependences in the 250 - 400 Deg C range are demonstrated. The vicissitude of the oxidation is shown, the activation energy is calculated for every stage. The mechanism of the metal plutonium oxidation is proposed. The obtained plutonium oxides were shown to have a high reaction ability at 300 - 400 Deg C in the moist air and moist argon media, and to be feasible for the further chemical treatment - dissolving in nitric acid, fluorination and chlorination

  18. Argon laser phototherapy of human malignancies using rhodamine-123 as a new laser dye: The intracellular role of oxygen

    Castro, D.J.; Saxton, R.E.; Markley, J.; Foote, C.S.; Fetterman, H.R.; Castro, D.J.; Ward, P.H. (Univ. of California, Los Angeles (USA))


    Recent studies demonstrated that the cationic, mitochondrial-specific dye Rhodamine-123 (Rh-123), is an efficient tumor photosensitizer for Argon laser treatment of human cancer cells both in vitro and in tumors grown as xenografts in athymic mice. To demonstrate the photodynamic mechanism of action of this reaction, the intracellular role of oxygen and temperature changes in treated cells have to be defined. In the current study, a large panel of human tumor cell lines of diverse histologic origin were tested for in vitro sensitivity to Rh-123 and the Argon laser (514.5 nm) in oxygen, deuterium oxide (D2O), and nitrogen (N2) environment. Tumor cells in suspension were first sensitized to Rh-123 (1 or 20 micrograms/ml for 1 hour), cooled on ice to 4 degrees C, and then exposed to the Argon laser (delta T = 14 +/- 1 degree C). Cell proliferation measured by (3H)-thymidine uptake 24 hours after sensitization with Rh-123 and laser treatment was significantly decreased in tumor cells kept in oxygen and D2O atmospheres. No decrease in DNA synthesis was seen in Rh-123 and laser treated cells kept in an N2 environment. Control tumor cells treated with Rh-123 or the Argon laser separately did not show any decreased (3H)-thymidine uptake in oxygen, D2O or N2 environment. These results provide evidence of a photodynamic process since Rh-123 sensitization and Argon laser activation occur at nonthermal levels of energy and are oxygen dependent. The high effectiveness of this technique of photodynamic therapy with the Argon laser, and low toxicity of Rh-123 could make its clinical use very attractive for the treatment of superficial malignancies.

  19. Argon laser phototherapy of human malignancies using rhodamine-123 as a new laser dye: The intracellular role of oxygen

    Recent studies demonstrated that the cationic, mitochondrial-specific dye Rhodamine-123 (Rh-123), is an efficient tumor photosensitizer for Argon laser treatment of human cancer cells both in vitro and in tumors grown as xenografts in athymic mice. To demonstrate the photodynamic mechanism of action of this reaction, the intracellular role of oxygen and temperature changes in treated cells have to be defined. In the current study, a large panel of human tumor cell lines of diverse histologic origin were tested for in vitro sensitivity to Rh-123 and the Argon laser (514.5 nm) in oxygen, deuterium oxide (D2O), and nitrogen (N2) environment. Tumor cells in suspension were first sensitized to Rh-123 (1 or 20 micrograms/ml for 1 hour), cooled on ice to 4 degrees C, and then exposed to the Argon laser (delta T = 14 +/- 1 degree C). Cell proliferation measured by [3H]-thymidine uptake 24 hours after sensitization with Rh-123 and laser treatment was significantly decreased in tumor cells kept in oxygen and D2O atmospheres. No decrease in DNA synthesis was seen in Rh-123 and laser treated cells kept in an N2 environment. Control tumor cells treated with Rh-123 or the Argon laser separately did not show any decreased [3H]-thymidine uptake in oxygen, D2O or N2 environment. These results provide evidence of a photodynamic process since Rh-123 sensitization and Argon laser activation occur at nonthermal levels of energy and are oxygen dependent. The high effectiveness of this technique of photodynamic therapy with the Argon laser, and low toxicity of Rh-123 could make its clinical use very attractive for the treatment of superficial malignancies

  20. Argon laser induced changes to the carbonate content of enamel

    Ziglo, M.J. [Orthodontic Graduate Program, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Private Practice, Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada); Nelson, A.E., E-mail: [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta (Canada); Heo, G.; Major, P.W. [Orthodontic Graduate Program, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta (Canada)


    Argon laser irradiation can be used to cure orthodontic brackets onto teeth in significantly less time than conventional curing lights. In addition, it has been shown that the argon laser seems to impart a demineralization resistance to the enamel. The purpose of this study was to use surface science techniques to ascertain if this demineralization resistance is possibly a result of a decrease in the carbonate content of enamel. Eleven mandibular third molars previously scheduled for extraction were collected and used in the present study. The teeth were sectioned in two and randomly assigned to either the argon laser (457-502 nm; 250 mW cm{sup -2}) or the control (no treatment) group. The sections assigned to the argon laser group were cured for 10 s and analyzed. To exaggerate any potential changes the experimental sections were then exposed to a further 110 s of argon laser irradiation. Surface analysis was performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The results showed no statistically significant change in the carbonate content of enamel after argon laser irradiation (p > 0.05). Thus, it is suggested that any demineralization resistance imparted to the enamel surface by argon laser irradiation is not due to alterations in carbonate content.

  1. Argon laser induced changes to the carbonate content of enamel

    Argon laser irradiation can be used to cure orthodontic brackets onto teeth in significantly less time than conventional curing lights. In addition, it has been shown that the argon laser seems to impart a demineralization resistance to the enamel. The purpose of this study was to use surface science techniques to ascertain if this demineralization resistance is possibly a result of a decrease in the carbonate content of enamel. Eleven mandibular third molars previously scheduled for extraction were collected and used in the present study. The teeth were sectioned in two and randomly assigned to either the argon laser (457-502 nm; 250 mW cm-2) or the control (no treatment) group. The sections assigned to the argon laser group were cured for 10 s and analyzed. To exaggerate any potential changes the experimental sections were then exposed to a further 110 s of argon laser irradiation. Surface analysis was performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The results showed no statistically significant change in the carbonate content of enamel after argon laser irradiation (p > 0.05). Thus, it is suggested that any demineralization resistance imparted to the enamel surface by argon laser irradiation is not due to alterations in carbonate content.

  2. The resonance triplet at E_alpha = 4.5 MeV in the 40Ca(alpha,gamma)44Ti reaction

    Schmidt, Konrad; Anders, Michael; Bemmerer, Daniel; Boretzky, Konstanze; Caciolli, Antonio; Degering, Detlev; Dietz, Mirco; Dressler, Rugard; Elekes, Zoltán; Fülöp, Zsolt; Gyürky, György; Hannaske, Roland; Junghans, Arnd R; Marta, Michele; Menzel, Marie-Luise; Munnik, Frans; Schumann, Dorothea; Schwengner, Ronald; Szücs, Tamás; Wagner, Andreas; Yakorev, Dmitry; Zuber, Kai


    The 40Ca(alpha,gamma)44Ti reaction is believed to be the main production channel for the radioactive nuclide 44Ti in core-collapse supernovae. Radiation from decaying 44Ti has been observed so far for two supernova remnants, and a precise knowledge of the 44Ti production rate may help improve supernova models. The 40Ca(alpha,gamma)44Ti astrophysical reaction rate is determined by a number of narrow resonances. Here, the resonance triplet at E_alpha = 4497, 4510, and 4523 keV is studied both by activation, using an underground laboratory for the gamma counting, and by in-beam gamma spectrometry. The target properties are determined by elastic recoil detection analysis and by nuclear reactions. The strengths of the three resonances are determined to omega gamma = (0.92+-0.20), (6.2+-0.5), and (1.32+-0.24) eV, respectively, a factor of two more precise than before. The strengths of this resonance triplet may be used in future works as a point of reference. In addition, the present new data directly affect the as...

  3. Agreement of skin test with IL-4 production and CD40L expression by T cells upon immunotherapy of subjects with systemic reactions to Hymenoptera stings.

    Urra, José M; Cabrera, Carmen M; Alfaya, Teresa; Feo-Brito, Francisco


    Venom immunotherapy is the only curative intervention for subjects with Hymenoptera venom allergy who suffering systemic reactions upon bee or wasp stings. Venom immunotherapy can restore normal immunity against venom allergens, as well as providing to allergic subjects a lifetime tolerance against venoms. Nevertheless, it is necessary using safety assays to monitoring the development of tolerance in the VIT protocols to avoid fatal anaphylactic reactions. The purpose of this study was to assess the modifications in several markers of tolerance induction in subjects with Hymenoptera venom allergy undergoing immunotherapy. The studies were performed at baseline time and after six month of VIT. Intradermal skin tests, basophil activation tests, specific IgE levels; and the T-cell markers (IL-4 and IFN-γ producing cells; and expression of the surface activation markers CD40L and CTLA-4) were assayed. At six month of immunotherapy all parameters studied had significant alterations. All decreased, except the IFN-γ producing cells. In addition, modifications in intradermal skin test showed a significant correlation with both, CD40L expression on CD4 T lymphocytes (p=0.043) and IL-4 producing T lymphocytes (p=0.012). Neither basophil activation test nor serum levels of sIgE demonstrated any correlation with the immunological parameters studied nor among them. These results suggest that both IL-4 production and CD40L expression could be two good indicators of the beneficial effects of venom immunotherapy which translate into skin tests. PMID:26774053

  4. LArGe - A liquid argon scintillation veto for GERDA

    Heisel, M.(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany)


    LArGe is a Gerda low-background test facility to study novel background suppression methods in a low-background environment, for possible applications in the Gerda experiment. Gerda searches for the neutrinoless double-beta decay in 76Ge, by operating naked germanium detectors submersed into 65 m3 of liquid argon. Similarly, LArGe runs Ge-detectors in 1 m3 (1.4 tons) of liquid argon, which in addition is instrumented with photomultipliers to detect argon scintillation light. The light is used...

  5. Membrane separation processes for argon plasma gas recovery

    Harlacher, Thomas


    A mixture of argon and hydrogen is used as plasma gas in a thermal plasma synthesis for the production of silicon carbide. Next to argon and hydrogen, the exhaust gas of the ceramic synthesis contains carbon monoxide. Since argon is an expensive gas, the plasma gas needs to be recycled. For this purpose, the carbon monoxide has to be removed from the exhaust gas. The applicability of a membrane based gas separation process for this separation task was investigated in this study. A process rou...

  6. Stopping Power of Solid Argon for Helium Ions

    Besenbacher, F.; Bøttiger, Jørgen; Grauersen, O.; Hansen, Jens Leonhart; Sørensen, H.


    By means of the Rutherford-backscattering method, the stopping cross section of solid argon has been measured for 0.5–3 MeV helium ions to an accuracy of not, vert, similar3%. The results agree within the experimental accuracies with our earlier measurements for gaseous argon over the energy region...... studied. This proves that the gas/solid difference for argon predicted in recent stopping-power tabulations is significantly overestimated. With high-order Z1 correction terms included in the theoretical description, calculated shell corrections based on the Lindhard-Scharff model are in good agreement...

  7. Nitrogen/argon diluted acetylene and ethylene blue flames under infrared CO2 laser irradiation

    Peter V. Pikhitsa


    Full Text Available We investigated changes in emission spectra from nitrogen/argon diluted laminar diffusion acetylene and ethylene blue flames irradiated by a powerful cw infrared CO2 laser. The changes in the radical emission bands can be interpreted as an indication of laser-induced decomposition of ethylene (for laser absorbing C2H4 fuel and of laser-absorbing intermediates (for non-absorbing C2H2 fuel. The results indicate that released active hydrogen plays an important role in addition/abstraction reactions without any participation of oxygen.

  8. A study of proton breakup from exotic nuclei through various reaction mechanisms in 40 A - 80 AMeV energy range

    We have studied the single proton breakup from weakly bound exotic nuclei due to several reaction mechanisms separately and their total and the interference effects, in order to clarify quantitatively which mechanism would dominate the measured observables. We have considered: first, the recoil effect of the core-target Coulomb potential which we distinguish from the direct proton-target Coulomb potential, and secondly the nuclear breakup, which consists of stripping and diffraction. Thus, we have calculated the absolute values of breakup cross sections and parallel momentum distributions (LMD) for 8B and 17F projectiles on a light and a heavy target in a range of intermediate incident energies (40 A-80 A MeV) for each reaction mechanism. Furthermore the interference among the two Coulomb effects and nuclear diffraction has been studied in detail. The calculation of the direct and recoil Coulomb effects separately and of their interference is the new and most relevant aspect of this work. (authors)


    Hartono Yudo


    Full Text Available Material aluminum 5083 banyak digunakan dalam industri perkapalan khususnya sebagai material konstruksi kapal aluminium. Jika dilakukan pengelasan untuk penyambungan material aluminum 5083 akan terdapat kekurangsempurnaan hasil  pengelasanya ditinjau dari kekuatanya. Penelitian ini bertujuan mengetahui kekuatan tarik hasil las material aluminum 5083 dengan menggunakan dua jenis gas pelindung yang berbeda yakni argon grade A dan argon grade C. Pada perancangan percobaan ini menggunakan material kapal aluminium crew boat KM. Pan Maitime dengan LOA (length over all 35 m, yaitu material aluminium 5083 dengan ketebalan 6 mm dengan Elektrode ER 5356 sesuai rekomdeasi ANSI/ AWS spesification A 5 10/ A 5 10 M dengan  proses pengelasan MIG (metal inert gas. Hasil penelitian menunjukan  bahwa penggunaan gas pelindung argon grade C sebagai gas pelindung pengelasan material aluminum 5083 memiliki kekuatan tarik yang lebih besar 57,89 %  untuk spesimen sambungan las dan 19,85 %  untuk spesimen logam las (weld metal daripada gas pelindung argon grade A. Dimana kekuatan tarik (s rata-rata spesimen sambungan las menggunakan argon grade C adalah 202.5 N/mm2, dan spesimen sambungan las menggunakan argon grade A adalah 128.25 N/mm2, sedangkan untuk kekuatan tarik (s rata-rata spesimen logam las menggunakan argon grade C adalah 299,01 N/mm2, dan spesimen logam las menggunakan argon grade A adalah  249,47 N/mm2. Selain pengujian juga dilakukan analisa menggunakan software Nastran 4.5  dengan hasil tegangan spesimen 111,40 N/mm2 untuk beban tarik 7700 N yang terjadi pada sambungan las.

  10. Light charged particles emitted in coincidence with deeply inelastic collisions in the 280MeV 40Ar+58Ni reaction

    A detailed study of the light charged particles (mainly protons and alpha particles) has been undertaken in coincidence with the main fragments from DIC in the reaction 280 MeV 40Ar + 58Ni. This study is divided in three sections. The first one is a quick survey of the preexisting data on the 40Ar + 58Ni that are relevant to this particular experiment. The second one deals mainly with the origin of the light charged particles as it can be deduced from the p, α-fragments coincidence experiment. Finally, the third section is devoted to the tangential friction aspects. The results of the out-of-plane distributions of the α-particles are presented and they are discussed in term of the extreme sticking limit

  11. A study of 0 transverse polarization transfer in (p, n) reactions from 12C, 13C and 40Ca at 80 and 50 MeV

    Transverse-polarization-transfer coefficients DNN for the (p, n) reaction at θ=0 have been measured on 12C, 13C and 40Ca targets at Ep=80 MeV and the 12C and 13C targets at Ep=50 MeV. As for the 12C and 13C(p, n) reactions, DNN for the transitions corresponding to the Gamow-Teller type and the Fermi and Gamow-Teller mixed type are compared to distorted-wave Born-approximation calculations. Observed DNN values are reproduced reasonably well by the calculations employing either the effective interactions M3Y or the M3Ym in which VTτ and Vστ are modified. A value for R2=[σGT(0 )/σF(0 )][B(F)/B(GT)] is deduced by using only the DNN data from the 13C(p, n) reaction, and is roughly consistent with R=[1]/[55]Ep, empirically determined from the cross-section data at 0 . As for the 40Ca(p, n) reaction, the observed value for the giant-dipole-resonance region is DNN=0.23±0.05, indicating that the spinflip and non-spinflip resonances are unresolved. Utilizing information from higher-energy DNN data, the transition-strength ratio f of non-spinflip to spinflip and DNN(SF) pertinent to spinflip transitions have been deduced empirically for the giant-dipole-resonance region. Obtained f and DNN(SF) values are 1.4±0.4 and -0.25±0.10, respectively, and are roughly consistent with the RPA calculations. ((orig.))

  12. Light charged particles emitted in coincidence with deeply inelastic collisions in the 280 MeV 40Ar + 58Ni reaction

    A detailed study was made of the light charged particles (mainly protons and alpha particles) in coincidence with the main fragments from deep inelastic collisions in the reaction 280 MeV 40Ar + 58Ni. A survey of relevant data is followed by a discussion of the origin of the light charged particles as it can be deduced from the p, α-fragment coincidence experiment. The results of out-of-plane distributions of the α-particles are presented and they are discussed in terms of the extreme sticking limit

  13. Correlations between projectile-like and target-like fragments in the reaction 40Ar+natAg at 60 MeV/nucleon

    Velocity, mass and angular correlations between projectile-like and target-like fragments have been measured in the 40Ar+Ag reaction at 60 MeV/u. With respect to similar data taken at 30 MeV/u, important deviation are observed in the mass correlation. A calculation assuming a binary process in which, before decaying, the projectile and the target are excited by stochastic exchange of nucleons seems to give a better agreement with the data than predictions based on the partipant-spectator model

  14. Nuclear recoil correction to the g factor of boron-like argon

    The nuclear recoil effect to the g factor of boron-like ions is investigated. The one-photon-exchange correction to the nuclear recoil effect is calculated in the nonrelativistic approximation for the nuclear recoil operator and in the Breit approximation for the interelectronic-interaction operator. The screening potential is employed to estimate the higher-order contributions. The updated g-factor values are presented for the ground 2P1/2 and first excited 2P3/2 states of B-like argon 40Ar13+, which are presently being measured by the ARTEMIS group at GSI

  15. Determination of atomic steps at argon ion bombarded Ge(100) surfaces

    The step atom density has been determined quantitatively on argon ion bombarded Ge(100) surfaces. The density has been derived from half width of LEED spots at characteristic energies. Ar+ bombardment produces random oriented step arrays with various terrace widths on Ge(100) surfaces with an edge atom density up to 40% which decreases on heat treatment. Only the non primitive lattice occurs on Ge(100) faces even after various heat treatments. The measuring and evaluation technique may be used for all kinds of surfaces on single crystals. (Auth.)

  16. Nuclear recoil correction to the g factor of boron-like argon

    Shchepetnov, Arseniy A; Volotka, Andrey V; Shabaev, Vladimir M; Tupitsyn, Ilya I; Plunien, Guenter


    The nuclear recoil effect to the g factor of boron-like ions is investigated. The one-photon-exchange correction to the nuclear recoil effect is calculated in the non-relativistic approximation for the nuclear recoil operator and in the Breit approximation for the interelectronic-interaction operator. The screening potential is employed to estimate the higher-order contributions. The updated g-factor values are presented for the ground 2P_1/2 and first excited 2P_3/2 states of B-like argon 40^Ar^13+, which are presently being measured by the ARTEMIS group at GSI.

  17. A linear low power remote preamplifier for the atlas liquid argon em calorimeter

    In a previous paper, it was shown that, for shaping times of the order of the transmission line delay, a remote, external Preamplifier could perform as well as one connected directly to a liquid argon calorimeter. Here we describe an improved circuit configuration where, by attributing the functions of low noise and high dynamic range to two different transistors, the linearity can be improved and the noise can be decreased while reducing the power dissipation by a factor of three (to about 40 mW). The gain (i.e., the transresistance) and the input impedance can be chosen independently without changing the power supply voltages and power dissipation

  18. Development of ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeter Read-out Electronics for the HL-LHC

    Newcomer, Mitchel; The ATLAS collaboration


    The high-luminosity phase of the Large Hadron Collider will provide a 5-7 times greater instantaneous and total luminosities than assumed in the original design of the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeters and their read-out system. An improved trigger system with higher acceptance rate and longer latency and a better radiation tolerance require an upgrade of the read-out electronics. Concepts for the future read-out of the 183.000 calorimeter channels at 40-80 MHz and 16 bit dynamic range, and the development of radiation tolerant, low noise, low power and high-bandwidth electronic components will be presented.

  19. Proton scattering on unstable nuclei: study of 40S(p,p') and 43Ar(p,p') reactions, development of detection system MUST

    We measured for the first time the elastic and inelastic proton scattering on the 40S unstable nucleus. The experiment was performed in inverse kinematics at the NSCL AT Michigan State University with a 40S secondary beam bombarding a CH2 target at 30 MeV/A. We obtained the elastic scattering angular distribution and two points of the inelastic distribution to the first 2+ excited state found to be located at 860±90 KeV. With a coupled channel analysis, the β2 quadrupolar deformation parameter is found to be equal to 0.35±0.05. This value can be compared to 0.28±0.02 obtained by coulomb excitation. A macroscopic analysis allowed us to extract the neutron and proton transition matrix element ratio Mn/Mp which is equal to 1.88±0.38. This value, greater than N/Z, could indicate an isovector effect in the first 2+ state excitation which could be due to a difference between the neutron and proton vibrations. The microscopic analysis gives the possibility to test the densities and the transition densities to the first 2+ state. The calculated densities for the 40S nucleus show a neutron skin. However the microscopic analysis yields a Mn/Mp ratio of 1.40±0.20. A similar elastic and inelastic proton scattering experiment allowed us to get a deformation parameter of 0.25±0.03 for the 43Ar nucleus. To develop the study of direct reactions induced by radioactive beams at GANIL, we have developed and built, in collaboration with the CEA-Saclay and the CEA-Bruyeres, the new detector MUST.It is based on the silicon strip technology, and is dedicated to the measurement of recoiling light particles emitted in these reactions. The results obtained with a 40Ar beam at 77 Me V/A, have shown the good performances of the detector for the particle identification as well as for the resolutions, and allow us to consider now a large experimental programme concerning these direct reactions induced by radioactive beams. These tests allowed us to establish a reference procedure to

  20. Argon laser treatment of urethral stricture and vesical neck contracture.

    Adkins, W C


    The physical characteristics of the argon laser wavelength allow a precise incision with excellent hemostasis and negligible heating of adjacent tissues resulting in less scarring. These qualities are used to advantage in the treatment of strictures. The argon laser was used to perform 13 internal urethrotomies and ten vesical neck incisions. The operative method used is similar to optical internal urethrotomy. The argon probe incises hemostatically, reducing the need for extensive fulguration of tissues at the operative site and thereby reducing the tendency for more scar tissue to form and compromise the operation. The same hemostasis reduces the need for postoperative indwelling urethral catheterization. Utility of the argon device in most instances allows treatment to be conducted on an outpatient basis without general anesthesia and without use of postoperative urethral catheters, yielding an effective, cost-saving therapy. PMID:3210887

  1. Excitation temperatures of atmospheric argon in dielectric barrier discharges

    Zhang Yu; Wen Xiaohui; Yang Weihong [CAS Key Laboratory of Basic Plasma Physics and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)


    A method for the determination of excitation temperatures based on optical emission spectroscopy and Fermi-Dirac distribution was set up and experiments were performed on atmospheric argon dielectric barrier discharges. Local thermodynamic equilibrium was proved to exist in the discharge and the validity of Boltzmann distribution is discussed. The main aim of this paper is to obtain the temperatures of atmospheric Ar II as a function of the discharge voltage, discharge frequency, argon flow rate and the argon fraction. It was found that the excitation temperatures are in the range 3800-4950 K. Besides, an increase in the argon flow rate resulting in a slight growth of the temperature and the add-in of air leading to the decrease in temperature was observed.

  2. The Effects of Dissolved Methane upon Liquid Argon Scintillation Light

    Jones, B J P; Back, H O; Collin, G; Conrad, J M; Greene, A; Katori, T; Pordes, S; Toups, M


    In this paper we report on measurements of the effects of dissolved methane upon argon scintillation light. We monitor the light yield from an alpha source held 20 cm from a cryogenic photomultiplier tube (PMT) assembly as methane is injected into a high-purity liquid argon volume. We observe significant suppression of the scintillation light yield by dissolved methane at the 10 part per billion (ppb) level. By examining the late scintillation light time constant, we determine that this loss is caused by an absorption process and also see some evidence of methane-induced scintillation quenching at higher concentrations (50-100 ppb). Using a second PMT assembly we look for visible re-emission features from the dissolved methane which have been reported in gas-phase argon methane mixtures, and we find no evidence of visible re-emission from liquid-phase argon methane mixtures at concentrations between 10 ppb and 0.1%.

  3. The ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeter Construction, Integration, Commissioning

    Aleksa, Martin


    The ATLAS liquid argon (LAr) calorimeter system consists of an electromagnetic barrel calorimeter and two end caps with electromagnetic, hadronic and forward calorimeters. The liquid argon sampling technique, with an accordion geometry was chosen for the barrel electromagnetic calorimeter (EMB) and adapted to the end cap (EMEC). The hadronic end cap calorimeter (HEC) uses a copper-liquid argon sampling technique with flat plate geometry and is subdivided in depth in two wheels per end-cap. Finally, the forward calorimeter (FCAL) is composed of three modules employing cylindrical electrodes with thin liquid argon gaps. The construction of the full calorimeter system is complete since mid-2004. Production modules constructed in the home institutes were integrated into wheels at CERN in 2003-2004, and inserted into the three cryostats. They passed their first complete cold test before the lowering into the ATLAS cavern. Results of quality checks (e.g. electrical, mechanical, ...) performed on all the 190304 read...

  4. In vitro comparative study of share bond of light cured composite resins with halogen light and argon laser, using stainless steel brackets on human premolars

    The aim of this study in vitro was to compare the share bond strength of the light-cured composite resins Transbond XT (Unitek), with halogen light and argon laser. The Adhesive Remmant Index (ARI) was also investigated. The brackets Dyna lock (3M-UNITEK) were bonded to 75 human premolars, divided into 5 groups (15 each) according to time and the polymerization: Group H20, 15 brackets bonded with halogen light for 20s (10s both sides); Group H40, 15 brackets bonded with halogen light for 40s (20s both sides); Group A40, 15 brackets bonded with argon laser for 40s (20s both sides); Group A20, 15 brackets bonded with argon laser for 20s (10s both sides); Group A10, 15 brackets bonded with argon laser for 10s (5s both sides). The pulpal temperature changes were determined during a polymerization, not exceeding 3,5 deg C. After bonding, the teeth were submitted to a thermo cycled of 700 cycles between 5 deg C and 55 deg C, to simulate the consuming that the light cured composite resin would have in a short space of time. The specimens were then placed in PVC ring and embedded in acrylic resin (Aero-Jet). The tensile bond strength test was performed on an Universal Machine set at a crosshead speed of 1,5 mm/min, and for each rupture we registered a graphic and the best load required in Newtons, was converted to MPa and kgf. The share bond strength showed bigger values for the exposure time of 20 seconds, for the Group bonded for halogen light (H20), 7,45 kgf (7,64 MPa) and for argon laser 7,50 kgf (7,69 MPa); lesser values for the exposure time of 40s for the Group with halogen light (H40), 6,15 kgf (6,30 MPa) and argon laser Group (A40), 6,20 kgf (6,35 MPa) 0; and A10, 4,85 kgf (4,97 MPa). In the ARI Index, only A40 Group showed the 1 Index, with statistical results. In this Group, less than half of the remainder adhesive stayed on the surface of the enamel, conferring specimens failed at the enamel-adhesive interface. The results of the in vitro study demonstrate that

  5. Size Determination of Argon Clusters from a Rayleigh Scattering Experiment

    LEI An-Le; ZHAI Hua-Jin; LIU Bing-Chen; LI Zhong; NI Guo-Yuan; XU Zhi-Zhan


    Argon clusters are produced in the process of adiabatic expansion of a high backing pressure gas into vacuum through a nozzle. The cluster size is determined by a Rayleigh scattering measurement. The scattered signal measured is proportional to the 2.78th power of gas stagnation pressure. The average cluster sizes vary from 100 to more than 12000 atoms/cluster with the argon gas backing pressures ranging between 3 to 45 atm.

  6. A purity monitoring system for liquid argon calorimeters

    For liquid argon calorimeters electronegative impurities dissolved in the medium degrade the detector response and deteriorate the energy resolution, especially at high energies. A concept for a purity monitoring system for liquid argon calorimeters has been developed and is presented here. Special combined monitors of 241Am- and 207Bi-cells are used to monitor the concentration of impurities. The working principle as well as results from test measurements are discussed

  7. Studies of Electron Avalanche Behavior in Liquid Argon

    Kim, J.G.; Dardin, S. M.; Jackson, K.H.; Kadel, R. W.(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, 94720, Berkeley, California, USA); Kadyk, J. A.; Peskov, V.; Wenzel, W. A.


    Electron avalanching in liquid argon is being studied as a function of voltage, pressure, radiation intensity, and the concentrations of certain additives, especially xenon. The avalanches produced in an intense electric field at the tip of a tungsten needle are initiated by ionization from a moveable americium (241Am) gamma ray source. Photons from xenon excimers are detected as photomultiplier signals in coincidence with the current pulse from the needle. In pure liquid argon the avalanche ...

  8. Pulse shape discrimination studies in a liquid Argon scintillation detector

    Pollmann, T.


    Liquid rare gases have been gaining popularity as detector media in rare event searches, especially dark matter experiments, and one factor driving their adoption is the possibility to recognise different types of ionizing radiation by the pulse shapes they evoke. This work on pulse shape discrimination in a liquid argon scintillation detector was done in the framework of the GERDA experiment, where liquid argon scintillation signals may be used for background suppression purposes. Liquid arg...




    The radio frequency (RF) argon plasma induced surface modification of paper revealed novel surface characteristics and substantially changed surface topography. It was found that RF-argon glow discharge affects surface properties resulting in photo-degradation and chain-scission mechanism on paper network structure. High-power and extended treatment time caused increasing elemental carbon, while decreasing the oxygen concentration on paper surface. However, increased hydroxyls and the creatio...

  10. 40 CFR 721.9220 - Reaction products of secondary alkyl amines with a substituted benzenesulfonic acid and sulfuric...


    ... amines with a substituted benzenesulfonic acid and sulfuric acid (generic name). 721.9220 Section 721... Reaction products of secondary alkyl amines with a substituted benzenesulfonic acid and sulfuric acid... benzenesulfonic acid and sulfuric acid (PMNs P-89-703, P-89-755, and P-89-756) are subject to reporting under...