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  1. Study of the time response of a LuAG(Pr) crystal for fast timing applications

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    Fraile, L. M.; Mach, H.; Picado, E.; Vedia, V.; Udías, J. M.

    2013-06-01

    The recently developed praseodymium-doped lutetium aluminum garnet, LuAG(Pr), holds a strong potential for fast timing applications. In this study we report on the time response of LuAG(Pr) at 22Na and 60Co photon energies. The measurements were performed using a small crystal cube of 1 cm3 coupled to a Hamamatsu R5320 photomultiplier tube. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) time resolution is found to be 147±2 ps at 60Co energies, and 238±2 ps at 22Na.

  2. Study of the time response of a LuAG(Pr) crystal for fast timing applications

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    Fraile, L.M., E-mail: fraile@nuc2.fis.ucm.es [Grupo de Física Nuclear, Facultad de CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense, CEI Moncloa, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Mach, H. [Grupo de Física Nuclear, Facultad de CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense, CEI Moncloa, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Picado, E.; Vedia, V.; Udías, J.M. [Grupo de Física Nuclear, Facultad de CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense, CEI Moncloa, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2013-06-11

    The recently developed praseodymium-doped lutetium aluminum garnet, LuAG(Pr), holds a strong potential for fast timing applications. In this study we report on the time response of LuAG(Pr) at {sup 22}Na and {sup 60}Co photon energies. The measurements were performed using a small crystal cube of 1 cm{sup 3} coupled to a Hamamatsu R5320 photomultiplier tube. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) time resolution is found to be 147±2 ps at {sup 60}Co energies, and 238±2 ps at {sup 22}Na.

  3. Study of the time response of a LuAG(Pr) crystal for fast timing applications

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    The recently developed praseodymium-doped lutetium aluminum garnet, LuAG(Pr), holds a strong potential for fast timing applications. In this study we report on the time response of LuAG(Pr) at 22Na and 60Co photon energies. The measurements were performed using a small crystal cube of 1 cm3 coupled to a Hamamatsu R5320 photomultiplier tube. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) time resolution is found to be 147±2 ps at 60Co energies, and 238±2 ps at 22Na

  4. What do fast response times tell us about attentional control?

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    Leber, Andrew B; Lechak, Jennifer R; Tower-Richardi, Sarah M

    2013-01-01

    The mental experience of attention capture has attracted a great deal of intrigue among researchers seeking to explain the interactions between stimulus-driven and goal-driven attentional control. In recent years, researchers have increasingly begun to analyze cumulative response time (RT) distributions to test modern accounts of the capture phenomenon, particularly accounts claiming that there are changes in susceptibility to distraction as a function of time. In this paper, we raise a criticism of this approach, which centers on a problematic assumption. The assumption is that variability in these distributions is primarily determined by fluctuations in the observer's internal control state (e.g., readiness for the trial). However, it is also the case that faster segments of the distributions are overrepresented by trials that are objectively easy, while slower segments are overrepresented by trials that are objectively difficult. That is, incidental aspects of the trial stimuli influence task performance independently of the observer's internal control state. Here, we demonstrate empirically that contributions of incidental stimulus factors distort cumulative RT distributions in such a way that confounds proper interpretation of experimental data. The results have implications for theoretical accounts of attentional control, and they also raise caution about the assumptions that are sometimes made when analyzing cumulative RT distributions. PMID:24133295

  5. Time response of fast-gated microchannel plates used as x-ray detectors

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    We report measurements of the time response of fast-gated, micro- channel plate (MCP) detectors, using a <10 ps pulsewidth ultra-violet laser and an electronic sampling system to measure time resolutions to better than 25 ps. The results show that framing times of less than 100 ps are attainable with high gain. The data is compared to a Monte Carlo calculation, which shows good agreement. We also measured the relative sensitivity as a function of DC bias, and saturation effects for large signal inputs. In part B, we briefly describe an electrical ''time-of-flight'' technique, which we have used to measure the response time of a fast-gated microchannel plate (MCP). Thinner MCP's than previously used have been tested, and, as expected, show fast gating times and smaller electron multiplication. A preliminary design for an x-ray pinhole camera, using a thin MCP, is presented. 7 refs., 6 figs

  6. Wide dynamic range neutron flux monitor having fast time response for the Large Helical Device

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    Isobe, M., E-mail: isobe@nifs.ac.jp; Takeiri, Y. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Department of Fusion Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Ogawa, K.; Miyake, H.; Hayashi, H.; Kobuchi, T. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Nakano, Y.; Watanabe, K.; Uritani, A. [Department of Materials, Physics and Energy Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Misawa, T. [Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, Kumatori 590-0494 (Japan); Nishitani, T. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho 039-3212 (Japan); Tomitaka, M.; Kumagai, T.; Mashiyama, Y.; Ito, D.; Kono, S. [Toshiba Corporation, Fuchu 183-8511 (Japan); Yamauchi, M. [Toshiba Nuclear Engineering Services Corporation, Yokohama 235-8523 (Japan)

    2014-11-15

    A fast time response, wide dynamic range neutron flux monitor has been developed toward the LHD deuterium operation by using leading-edge signal processing technologies providing maximum counting rate up to ?5 × 10{sup 9} counts/s. Because a maximum total neutron emission rate over 1 × 10{sup 16} n/s is predicted in neutral beam-heated LHD plasmas, fast response and wide dynamic range capabilities of the system are essential. Preliminary tests have demonstrated successful performance as a wide dynamic range monitor along the design.

  7. Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory: Fast Response Space Missions for Early Time Phase of Gamma Ray Bursts

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    Park, I. H.; Ahmad, S.; Barrillon, P.; Brandt, S.; Budtz-Jørgensen, C.; Castro-Tirado, A. J.; Chen, P.; Choi, J. N.; Choi, Y. J.; Connell, P.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Eyles, C.; Grossan, B.; Huang, M.-H. A. Huang; Jung, A.; Jeong, S.; Kim, J. E.; Kim, M. B.; Kim, S.-W.; Kim, Y. W.; Krasnov, A. S.; Lee, J.; Lim, H.; Linder, E. V.; Liu, T.-C.; Min, K. W.; Na, G. W.; Nam, J. W.; Panasyuk, M. I.; Park, H. W.; Ripa, J.; Reglero, V.; Rodrigo, J. M.; Smoot, G. F.; Svertilov, S.; Vedenkin, N.; Wang, M.-Z.; Yashin, I.

    2013-07-01

    One of the unexplored domains in the study of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) is the early time phase of the optical light curve. We have proposed Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory (UFFO) to address this question through extraordinary opportunities presented by a series of small space missions. The UFFO is equipped with a fast-response Slewing Mirror Telescope that uses a rapidly moving mirror or mirror array to redirect the optical beam rather than slewing the entire spacecraft or telescope to aim the optical instrument at the GRB position. The UFFO will probe the early optical rise of GRBs with sub-second response, for the first time, opening a completely new frontier in GRB and transient studies. Its fast response measurements of the optical emission of dozens of GRB each year will provide unique probes of the burst mechanism and test the prospect of GRB as a new standard candle, potentially opening up the z > 10 universe. We describe the current limit in early photon measurements, the aspects of early photon physics, our soon-to-be-launched UFFO-pathfinder mission, and our next planned mission, the UFFO-100.

  8. Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory: Fast Response Space Missions for Early Time Phase of Gamma Ray Bursts

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    Park, I.H.; Ahmad, S.

    2013-01-01

    One of the unexplored domains in the study of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) is the early time phase of the optical light curve. We have proposed Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory (UFFO) to address this question through extraordinary opportunities presented by a series of small space missions. The UFFO is equipped with a fast-response Slewing Mirror Telescope that uses a rapidly moving mirror or mirror array to redirect the optical beam rather than slewing the entire spacecraft or telescope to aim the optical instrument at the GRB position. The UFFO will probe the early optical rise of GRBs with sub-second response, for the first time, opening a completely new frontier in GRB and transient studies. Its fast response measurements of the optical emission of dozens of GRB each year will provide unique probes of the burst mechanism and test the prospect of GRB as a new standard candle, potentially opening up the z > 10 universe. We describe the current limit in early photon measurements, the aspects of early photon physics, our soon-to-be-launched UFFO-pathfinder mission, and our next planned mission, the UFFO-100.

  9. Timing and position response of a block detector for fast neutron time-of-flight imaging

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    Laubach, M. A.; Hayward, J. P.; Zhang, X.; Cates, J. W.

    2014-11-01

    Our research effort seeks to improve the spatial and timing performance of a block detector made of a pixilated plastic scintillator (EJ-200), first demonstrated as part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Advanced Portable Neutron Imaging System. Improvement of the position and time response is necessary to achieve better resolution and contrast in the images of shielded special nuclear material. Time-of-flight is used to differentiate between gamma and different sources of neutrons (e.g., transmission and fission neutrons). Factors limiting the timing and position performance of the neutron detector have been revealed through simulations and measurements. Simulations have suggested that the degradation in the ability to resolve pixels in the neutron detector is due to those interactions occurring near the light guide. The energy deposition within the neutron detector is shown to affect position performance and imaging efficiency. This examination details how energy cuts improve the position performance and degrade the imaging efficiency. Measurements have shown the neutron detector to have a timing resolution of ?=238 ps. The majority of this timing uncertainty is from the depth-of-interaction (DOI) of the neutron which is confirmed by simulations and analytical calculations.

  10. Timing and position response of a block detector for fast neutron time-of-flight imaging

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    Our research effort seeks to improve the spatial and timing performance of a block detector made of a pixilated plastic scintillator (EJ-200), first demonstrated as part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Advanced Portable Neutron Imaging System. Improvement of the position and time response is necessary to achieve better resolution and contrast in the images of shielded special nuclear material. Time-of-flight is used to differentiate between gamma and different sources of neutrons (e.g., transmission and fission neutrons). Factors limiting the timing and position performance of the neutron detector have been revealed through simulations and measurements. Simulations have suggested that the degradation in the ability to resolve pixels in the neutron detector is due to those interactions occurring near the light guide. The energy deposition within the neutron detector is shown to affect position performance and imaging efficiency. This examination details how energy cuts improve the position performance and degrade the imaging efficiency. Measurements have shown the neutron detector to have a timing resolution of ?=238 ps. The majority of this timing uncertainty is from the depth-of-interaction (DOI) of the neutron which is confirmed by simulations and analytical calculations

  11. Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory: Fast Response Space Missions for Early Time Phase of Gamma Ray Bursts

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    Park, I.H.; Ahmad, S.; Barrillon, P.; Brandt, Søren; Budtz-Jørgensen, Carl; Castro-Tirado, A.J.; Chen, P.; Choi, J.N.; Choi, Y.J.; Connell, P.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Eyles, C.; Grossan, B.; Huang Huang, M.-H.A.; Jung, A.; Jeong, S.; Kim, J.E.; Kim, M.B.; Kim, S.-W.; Kim, Y.W.; Krasnov, A.S.; Lee, J.; Lim, H.; Linder, E.V.; Liu, T.-C.; Min, K.W.; Na, G.W.; Nam, J.W.; Panasyuk, M.I.; Park, H.W.; Ripa, J.; Reglero, V.; Rodrigo, J.M.; Smoot, G.F.; Svertilov, S.; Vedenkin, N.; Wang, M.-Z.; Yashin, I.

    2013-01-01

    equipped with a fast-response Slewing Mirror Telescope that uses a rapidly moving mirror or mirror array to redirect the optical beam rather than slewing the entire spacecraft or telescope to aim the optical instrument at the GRB position. The UFFO will probe the early optical rise of GRBs with sub...

  12. Sampling frequency, response times and embedded signal filtration in fast, high efficiency liquid chromatography: A tutorial.

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    Wahab, M Farooq; Dasgupta, Purnendu K; Kadjo, Akinde F; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2016-02-11

    With increasingly efficient columns, eluite peaks are increasingly narrower. To take full advantage of this, choice of the detector response time and the data acquisition rate a.k.a. detector sampling frequency, have become increasingly important. In this work, we revisit the concept of data sampling from the theorem variously attributed to Whittaker, Nyquist, Kotelnikov, and Shannon. Focusing on time scales relevant to the current practice of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and optical absorbance detection (the most commonly used method), even for very narrow simulated peaks Fourier transformation shows that theoretical minimum sampling frequency is still relatively low (diode source can reveal the nature of the embedded filter. We discuss time uncertainties related to the choice of sampling frequency. Finally, we suggest steps to obtain optimum results from a given system. PMID:26803000

  13. Study of bi-alkali photocathode growth on glass by X-ray techniques for fast timing response photomultipliers

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    Xie, Junqi; Demarteau, Marcel; Wagner, Robert; Ruiz-Oses, Miguel; Liang, Xue; Ben-Zvi, Ilan; Attenkofer, Klaus; Schubert, Susanne; Smedley, John; Wong, Jared; Padmore, Howard; Woll, Arthur

    2014-03-01

    Bi-alkali antimonide photocathode is an essential component in fast timing response photomultipliers. Real-time in-situ grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and post-growth x-ray reflectivity measurement were performed to study the photocathode deposition process on glass substrate. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction patterns show the formation of Sb crystalline, dissolution of crystalline phase Sb by the application of K vapor and reformation of refined crystal textures. XRR result exhibits that the film thickness increases ~ 4.5 times after K diffusion and almost have no change after Cs diffusion. Further investigation is expected to understand the photocathode growth process and provide guidelines for photocathode development.

  14. Enhanced surface anchoring energy for the photo-alignment layer with reactive mesogens for fast response time of liquid crystal displays

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    We propose a method for enhancing the surface anchoring energy in photo-alignment (PA) through a two-step ultraviolet (UV) exposure process using reactive mesogens (RM) for fast response time characteristics of liquid crystal displays. We establish the azimuthal alignment direction through the first linearly polarized UV exposure process, as the conventional PA method does. We then achieve the stable alignment and strong surface anchoring energies of our method through the second unpolarized UV exposure process, which polymerizes the RM monomers within the vertical alignment layer. As a result, the fast response time characteristics are remarkably improved, and thermal stability is obtained. (paper)

  15. Quantum tunneling effects of 2-dimensional materials and their application for fast time response of deep UV detectors

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    Feng, Peter Xianping; Aldalbahi, Ali

    2015-03-01

    We report on our approach to low substrate temperature, digital control, fast (~ 1 minute) synthesis of 2D single crystalline BNNSs. We focus our experiments on studies of various effects (temperature, tunneling, breakdown, polarization, subtract, thickness) on electrical and electronic properties, as well as on sensitivity, response and recovery times, repeatability, lifetime of BNNSs-based deep UV detectors. Raman scattering spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electrometer were used to characterize the BNNSs. SEM and TEM measurements clearly indicate that each sample/membrane consists of a large amount of ultra-thin, high-quality BNNSs with distribution over entire surfaces of substrates (3x3 cm2) . Electrical characterization reveals the effects of temperature on the electrical conductivity of transparent BNNSs highly depend on the directions of observations in the 2D case but vanished from the 3D bulk materials or thick films. This work is financially supported by Army research office/DoD grant (62826-RT-REP), as well as visiting professor program/KSU at KSA. Aldalbahi acknowledges the financial support by King Saud University

  16. response timing.

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    Andrea Hasenstaub

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Gamma frequency oscillatory activity of inhibitory sub-networks has been hypothesized to regulate information processing in the cortex as a whole. Inhibitory neurons in these sub-networks synchronize their firing and selectively innervate the perisomatic compartments of their target neurons, generating both tonic and rapidly fluctuating inhibition that is hypothesized to enforce temporal precision and coordinate the activity of their post-synaptic targets. Indeed, in vivo and in vitro recordings have demonstrated that many neurons’ firing is entrained to these oscillations, although to varying extents and at various phases. Cortical networks are composed of diverse populations of cells that differ in their chemical content, biophysical characteristics, laminar location, and connectivity. Thus, different types of neurons may vary in the amplitude and timing of the synchronized inhibition they receive, as well as in the effects of pattern of inhibitory inputs on response timing and precision. What accounts for this heterogeneity of response timing between cell types, and are these response properties fixed or flexible? To answer these questions, we use a combination of in vitro electrophysiology, dynamic clamp, and modeling to characterize the interactions between a neuron’s intrinsic properties, the degree of gamma-band synchrony among its inhibitory inputs, and its spike timing. We apply these techniques to study six distinct types of cortical neurons. We find that neuron types systematically vary in the phase and precision of their spike timing relative to the peak of gamma frequency input, and the degree to which their spike time depended on changes in inhibitory synchrony. Biophysical characterizations of real neurons suggest that the membrane time constant (Tm, afterhyperpolarization amplitude and duration, and sodium channel properties are the key features governing gamma control of response timing. We confirmed these findings both in a single compartment model, and by using dynamic clamp to alter intrinsic features of neurons’ physiology. Shortening neurons’ time constant by adding artificial leak conductance enhanced neurons’ ability to entrain their firing and phase-precess, while adding an artificial afterhyperpolarization conductance reduced neurons’ ability to phase-precess. We conclude that a neuron’s intrinsic physiology substantially affects the ability of gamma-synchronized inhibitory inputs to control its response timing, and that different excitatory and inhibitory neuron types systematically differ in this regard. These results suggest that the characteristic phase relationship of the discharges of neurons during gamma activity may be explained by differences in intrinsic properties rather than differences in connectivity. Further, we note that the relevant physiology is not static, but may be altered by contextual or neuromodulatory factors; for instance, a neuron’s time constant decreases during intense synaptic activity, while its afterhyperpolarization is altered by neuromodulators such as noradrenaline and acetylcholine. We therefore suggest that the ability of gamma oscillations to control response timing is not fixed, but may be dynamically shaped to suit the cortex’s computational requirements during attention or cognition.

  17. Fast water oil spill response

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    Of the many manuals currently available for oil spill response, few have any information on fast-water conditions even though just more than half of all oil spilled by volume in the United States between 1992 and 1997 happened in waterways with currents exceeding one knot. The Coast Guard recognized the absence of standard terminology that could be used for fast-water responses. For that reason, an initiative was undertaken to create a document that addresses only fast-water issues. Two major parts of the project were to provide information on deployment strategies and techniques to identify equipment that could improve recovery capabilities where existing systems do not work well. This paper described field demonstrations where boom deflectors and boom vanes were used. Efforts to increase the capability of booms and skimmers were also described. A field guide was developed for training and response purposes for spills in fast-water which makes it possible for on-scene commanders and area supervisors to define techniques and terminology for responders in the field. It is particularly useful for Coast Guard Marine Safety Units when working with Coast Guard operational units during an emergency response. 20 refs., 4 figs

  18. The time-walk of analog constant fraction discriminators using very fast scintillator detectors with linear and non-linear energy response

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    The electronic ?–? fast timing technique allows for direct nuclear lifetime determination down to the few picoseconds region by measuring the time difference between two coincident ?-ray transitions. Using high resolution ultra-fast LaBr3(Ce) scintillator detectors in combination with the recently developed mirror symmetric centroid difference method, nuclear lifetimes are measured with a time resolving power of around 5 ps. The essence of the method is to calibrate the energy dependent position (centroid) of the prompt response function of the setup which is obtained for simultaneously occurring events. This time-walk of the prompt response function induced by the analog constant fraction discriminator has been determined by systematic measurements using different photomultiplier tubes and timing adjustments of the constant fraction discriminator. We propose a universal calibration function which describes the time-walk or the combined ?–? time-walk characteristics, respectively, for either a linear or a non-linear amplitude versus energy dependency of the scintillator detector output pulses.

  19. The time-walk of analog constant fraction discriminators using very fast scintillator detectors with linear and non-linear energy response

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    Régis, J.-M.; Rudigier, M.; Jolie, J.; Blazhev, A.; Fransen, C.; Pascovici, G.; Warr, N.

    2012-08-01

    The electronic ?-? fast timing technique allows for direct nuclear lifetime determination down to the few picoseconds region by measuring the time difference between two coincident ?-ray transitions. Using high resolution ultra-fast LaBr3(Ce) scintillator detectors in combination with the recently developed mirror symmetric centroid difference method, nuclear lifetimes are measured with a time resolving power of around 5 ps. The essence of the method is to calibrate the energy dependent position (centroid) of the prompt response function of the setup which is obtained for simultaneously occurring events. This time-walk of the prompt response function induced by the analog constant fraction discriminator has been determined by systematic measurements using different photomultiplier tubes and timing adjustments of the constant fraction discriminator. We propose a universal calibration function which describes the time-walk or the combined ?-? time-walk characteristics, respectively, for either a linear or a non-linear amplitude versus energy dependency of the scintillator detector output pulses.

  20. Response of fast plastic scintillator detector

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    Plastic scintillator detector is widely used now a days for the time of flight measurement of high velocity charged and non charged particle in many experiment of nuclear and high energy physics. The important parameters of a plastic scintillator are its luminescence response to various types of radiation, its time response characteristics (i.e., rise time, decay time, transit time of the light), and the attenuation of the light traveling through it. We are planning to build an array of detectors for TOF measurements of high energy reaction fragments. For this purpose, various types of ultra fast plastic scintillator with different types of readout have been tested using different types of sources and cosmic muons at our SINP Laboratory. Details of the testing results on the response of these detectors to electron (137Cs), gamma (60Co) and heavy charge particle like alpha (from 241Am) will be presented in the symposium

  1. Preoperative fasting time in children.

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    Adeel, S

    2012-02-01

    The aim of preoperative fasting is to prevent regurgitation and pulmonary aspiration while limiting potential problems of thirst, dehydration and hypoglycaemia. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has suggested guidelines for preoperative fasting for children undergoing elective surgery. We did a postal survey to determine the current practice regarding these guidelines amongst all specialist registrars in anaesthesia in Ireland. A questionnaire was sent to all specialist registrars in anaesthesia (90 in total), 60 (67%) were returned and analysed. The question asked was how long children should be kept fasting before elective surgery. The results of our survey suggest that most of the respondents are following the ASA guidelines for clear fluids and solids however there were differing opinion regarding the duration of fasting for formula milk and breast milk. In conclusion, we would recommend greater awareness and collaboration between anaesthetists, nurses and surgeons to ensure that fasting instructions are consistent with the ASA guidelines and that patient and their parents understand these directives as well.

  2. Fast, Responsive Decentralised Graph Colouring

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    Checco, Alessandro; Leith, Douglas J.

    2014-01-01

    We solve, in a fully decentralised way, the classic problem of colouring a graph. We propose a novel algorithm that is automatically responsive to topology changes, and we prove that it converges to a proper colouring in $O(N\\log{N})$ time with high probability for generic graphs (and in $O(\\log{N})$ time if $\\Delta=o(N)$) when the number of available colours is greater than $\\Delta$, the maximum degree of the graph. Moreover, this algorithm is significantly simpler and ea...

  3. The high contrast ratio and fast response time of a liquid crystal display lit by a carbon nanotube field emission backlight unit

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    We report on the fabrication of a carbon nanotube field emission backlight unit (CNT-BLU) and its application for liquid crystal displays (LCD). The CNT-BLU was operated with locally controllable luminance and impulse-type scanning. The local luminance control, which is based on a very small block size of 1 cm2, consisted of local dimming and local brightening. This resulted in the contrast ratio of the LCD-TV to be as high as 300 000:1. A fast response time of ?5.7 ms was also achieved from the LCD-TV lit by CNT-BLU, originating from the impulse-type scanning. In addition, the CNT-BLU showed long-term emission stability and high luminance uniformity

  4. Reducing preoperative fasting time: A trend based on evidence

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    José Eduardo de Aguilar-Nascimento

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Preoperative fasting is mandatory before anesthesia to reduce the risk of aspiration. However, the prescribed 6-8 h of fasting is usually prolonged to 12-16 h for various reasons. Prolonged fasting triggers a metabolic response that precipitates gluconeogenesis and increases the organic response to trauma. Various randomized trials and meta-analyses have consistently shown that is safe to reduce the preoperative fasting time with a carbohydrate-rich drink up to 2 h before surgery. Benefits related to this shorter preoperative fasting include the reduction of postoperative gastrointestinal discomfort and insulin resistance. New formulas containing amino acids such as glutamine and other peptides are being studied and are promising candidates to be used to reduce preoperative fasting time.

  5. Short-Time-Response measurements of nitrogen dioxide and peroxyacetyl nitrate by fast capillary gas chromatography with luminol detection.

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    Marley, N. A.; Gaffney, J. S.; Drayton, P. J.

    2000-12-07

    The interaction of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides in sunlight to produce photochemical smog has been well studied over the years. In the past, the workhorse for the measurement of NO{sub 2}and NO was the chemiluminescent reaction with ozone. This method has detection limits of approximately 0.5 ppb in most commercial instruments, but it cannot detect NO{sub 2} directly; the instrument detects NO and uses hot catalytic surfaces to decompose all other nitrogen oxides (including NO{sub 2}) to NO for detection (l). The main problem with the method is the inherent difficulty in detecting excited NO{sub 2}, which emits over a broad region beginning at approximately 660 nm and has a maximum at 1270 nm, thus requiring a red-shifted photomultiplier for detection. The use of luminol for direct chemiluminescent detection of NO{sub 2} was demonstrated to have greater inherent sensitivity (detection limits of 5 ppt) than the indirect ozone chemiluminescence detection (2). In the luminol system, a gas-liquid reaction leads to light emission with a maximum at approximately 425 nm, at the maximum sensitivity for most photomultiplier tubes. This emission is responsible for the increased detection sensitivities. The biggest problem with this method for direct measurement of NO{sub 2} has been interference due to other soluble oxidants, particularly peroxyacyl nitrates (PANs).

  6. A new scintillation counter with very fast resolving time (1961)

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    The rare gases used as scintillators are characterized by their short time of luminescence and by the linearity of their response as a function of the total energy imparted to the gas by the incident particle. It is possible with these scintillators, when associated with a fast response photomultiplier, to solve certain problems of nuclear physics demanding a linear detector with a very fast resolving time (a few nanoseconds). Two examples of the construction of this apparatus are described. The results obtained and future possibilities are briefly outlined. (author)

  7. Ultra-fast timing with plastic scintillators

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    Hoischen, Robert [Department of Physics, Lund University, S-22100 Lund (Sweden); Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, D-64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Pietri, Stephane; Prokopowicz, Wawrzyniec; Schaffner, Henning; Gerl, Juergen; Wollersheim, Hans Juergen; Kurz, Nikolaus [Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, D-64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Rudolph, Dirk [Department of Physics, Lund University, S-22100 Lund (Sweden)

    2009-07-01

    Fast timing detectors for time-of-flight measurements are essential identification tools for isotopes studied at fragment separators at major heavy-ion research facilities. While today's standard technique of utilizing a plastic scintillator read out by few photomultiplier tubes proofs to be efficient, it does not provide the required time resolution for future key experiments at, for example, the Super-FRS at FAIR. A common present-day approach is to use diamond detectors instead. While they do provide a better time resolution compared to scintillators, they are more difficult to use and far more expensive. Results from tests using a new design approach with standard materials will be presented. This leads to a much improved performance, but remains both cost-efficient, compact, and reliable. The design goals and how to accomplish them will be exemplified by the LYCCA (Lund-York-Cologne CAlorimeter) detector aiming for fast-beam experiments at HISPEC within NUSTAR.

  8. Ultra-fast timing with plastic scintillators

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    Fast timing detectors for time-of-flight measurements are essential identification tools for isotopes studied at fragment separators at major heavy-ion research facilities. While today's standard technique of utilizing a plastic scintillator read out by few photomultiplier tubes proofs to be efficient, it does not provide the required time resolution for future key experiments at, for example, the Super-FRS at FAIR. A common present-day approach is to use diamond detectors instead. While they do provide a better time resolution compared to scintillators, they are more difficult to use and far more expensive. Results from tests using a new design approach with standard materials will be presented. This leads to a much improved performance, but remains both cost-efficient, compact, and reliable. The design goals and how to accomplish them will be exemplified by the LYCCA (Lund-York-Cologne CAlorimeter) detector aiming for fast-beam experiments at HISPEC within NUSTAR.

  9. Radiation induced synthesis of fast response stimuli responsive gels

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    EB irradiation offers a unique method of synthesizing extremely fast-response temperature sensitive gels due to heterogeneous network structure produced during irradiation. These gels can be used as very efficient recyclable absorbents for many industrial applications

  10. Fast response bolometer for high temperature plasma

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    A fast response bolometer is developed to measure the radiation loss from a high temperature plasma. Radiation from the plasma (mainly x-ray) is absorbed by a thin foil and heats it up. Change in far infrared (FIR) radiation, due to the change in temperature, emitted from the back surface of the foil is detected by an FIR detector which is contained in a shield box placed distant from a plasma generating machine to eliminate electrical noise. The FIR radiation is transmitted from the thin foil to the detector by a light pipe (metal pipe inner surface of which is polished). The foil (radiation absorber) consists of 5?m thick copper foil, both surfaces of which are coated with 1 ?m thick carbon to increase the sensitivity and to simplify the calibration procedure. Calibration is done by two methods: One is to obtain the relation between temperature of the foil and the output of the detector. The other is to measure the detector output when the foil is illuminated by a flashlight with known light energy. Latter calibration procedure is excellent in that it is reliable and can be carried out with the same arrangement as the radiation from the plasma is measured. The result of this calibration is 0.46mV/mJ. This figure can be increased by adoption of FIR light collecting system. Time response of the bolometer (conduction of heat from radiation absorbing surface to the back surface of the foil) is calculated to be 400 ns. The thickness of the foil is chosen in such a way that the radiation from the plasma with electron temperature of about 100 eV is almost completely absorbed. This bolometer is applicable to plasmas with higher temperature when the foil thickness is increased with the sacrifice of time response and sensitivity. (author)

  11. Fast rise time beam current monitor

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    Two wall current monitors were developed. One was developed to learn properties of monitor. With a knowledge of those properties, another was carefully designed. This paper describes properties between design parameters and performances; for example, nominal resistance and effective resistance, resonant frequency of the monitor and rise time, Q-factor and overshoot, core's characteristics and bandwidth. Later wall current monitor has a fast rise time of ?250 ps, an output of ?1.4 V/A (effective resistance of 1.4?), a linearity within 2.2% in the current range of 0-10A, and broad bandwidth (20kHz-2GHz). (author)

  12. Response measurement of single-crystal chemical vapor deposition diamond radiation detector for intense X-rays aiming at neutron bang-time and neutron burn-history measurement on an inertial confinement fusion with fast ignition

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    A neutron bang time and burn history monitor in inertial confinement fusion with fast ignition are necessary for plasma diagnostics. In the FIREX project, however, no detector attained those capabilities because high-intensity X-rays accompanied fast electrons used for plasma heating. To solve this problem, single-crystal CVD diamond was grown and fabricated into a radiation detector. The detector, which had excellent charge transportation property, was tested to obtain a response function for intense X-rays. The applicability for neutron bang time and burn history monitor was verified experimentally. Charge collection efficiency of 99.5% ± 0.8% and 97.1% ± 1.4% for holes and electrons were obtained using 5.486 MeV alpha particles. The drift velocity at electric field which saturates charge collection efficiency was 1.1 ± 0.4 × 107 cm/s and 1.0 ± 0.3 × 107 cm/s for holes and electrons. Fast response of several ns pulse width for intense X-ray was obtained at the GEKKO XII experiment, which is sufficiently fast for ToF measurements to obtain a neutron signal separately from X-rays. Based on these results, we confirmed that the single-crystal CVD diamond detector obtained neutron signal with good S/N under ion temperature 0.5–1 keV and neutron yield of more than 109 neutrons/shot

  13. Response measurement of single-crystal chemical vapor deposition diamond radiation detector for intense X-rays aiming at neutron bang-time and neutron burn-history measurement on an inertial confinement fusion with fast ignition

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    Shimaoka, T., E-mail: t.shimaoka@eng.hokudai.ac.jp; Kaneko, J. H.; Tsubota, M. [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Arikawa, Y.; Nagai, T.; Kojima, S.; Abe, Y.; Sakata, S.; Fujioka, S.; Nakai, M.; Shiraga, H.; Azechi, H. [Osaka University, 2-6 Yamada-Oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Isobe, M. [National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Sato, Y. [The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Chayahara, A.; Umezawa, H.; Shikata, S. [Diamond Research Laboratory, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577 (Japan)

    2015-05-15

    A neutron bang time and burn history monitor in inertial confinement fusion with fast ignition are necessary for plasma diagnostics. In the FIREX project, however, no detector attained those capabilities because high-intensity X-rays accompanied fast electrons used for plasma heating. To solve this problem, single-crystal CVD diamond was grown and fabricated into a radiation detector. The detector, which had excellent charge transportation property, was tested to obtain a response function for intense X-rays. The applicability for neutron bang time and burn history monitor was verified experimentally. Charge collection efficiency of 99.5% ± 0.8% and 97.1% ± 1.4% for holes and electrons were obtained using 5.486 MeV alpha particles. The drift velocity at electric field which saturates charge collection efficiency was 1.1 ± 0.4 × 10{sup 7} cm/s and 1.0 ± 0.3 × 10{sup 7} cm/s for holes and electrons. Fast response of several ns pulse width for intense X-ray was obtained at the GEKKO XII experiment, which is sufficiently fast for ToF measurements to obtain a neutron signal separately from X-rays. Based on these results, we confirmed that the single-crystal CVD diamond detector obtained neutron signal with good S/N under ion temperature 0.5–1 keV and neutron yield of more than 10{sup 9} neutrons/shot.

  14. Time of flight fast neutron radiography

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    Neutron radiography with fast or thermal neutrons is a standard technique for non-destructive testing (NDT). Here we report results for fast neutron radiography both as an adjunct to pulsed fast neutron analysis (PFNA) and as a stand-alone method for NDT. PFNA is a new technique for utilizing a collimated pulsed neutron beam to interrogate items and determine their elemental composition. By determining the time of flight for gamma-rays produced by (n,n' gamma X) reactions, a three dimensional image can be produced. Neutron radiography data taken with the same beam provides an important constraint for image reconstruction, and in particular is important in inferring the amount of hydrogen within the interrogated item. As a stand-alone device, the radiography measurement can be used to image items as large as cargo containers as long as their density is not too high. The use of a pulsed beam gives the further advantage of a time of flight measurement on the transmitted neutrons. By gating the radiography signal on the time of flight appropriate to the energy of the primary neutrons, most build-up from scattered neutrons can be eliminated. The pulsed beam also greatly improves the signal to background and extends the range of the neutron radiography. Simulation results will be presented which display the advantage of this constraint in particular for statistically limited data. Experimental results will be presented which show some of the limitations likely in a PFNA system utilizing neutron radiography data. Experimental and simulation results will demonstrate possible uses for this type of radiographic data in identifying contraband substances such as drugs. (orig.)

  15. Quartz Cherenkov Counters for Fast Timing: QUARTIC

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    Albrow, M G; Los, S; Ramberg, E; Ronzhin, A; Samoylenko, V; Wenzel, H; Zatserklyaniy, A

    2012-01-01

    We have developed particle detectors based on fused silica (quartz) Cherenkov radiators read out with micro-channel plate photomultipliers (MCP-PMTs) or silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) for high precision timing (Sigma(t) about 10-15 ps). One application is to measure the times of small angle protons from exclusive reactions, e.g. p + p - p + H + p, at the Large Hadron Collider, LHC. They may also be used to measure directional particle fluxes close to external or stored beams. The detectors have small areas (square cm), but need to be active very close (a few mm) to the intense LHC beam, and so must be radiation hard and nearly edgeless. We present results of tests of detectors with quartz bars inclined at the Cherenkov angle, and with bars in the form of an "L" (with a 90 degree corner). We also describe a possible design for a fast timing hodoscope with elements of a few square mm.

  16. Long-time behaviour of fast breeders

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    For studying the long-time behaviour of fast breeders, a suitable O-dimensional model of fissile (plutonium), fertile (U238) and absorbing material (structural material and coolant) is investigated. Charging, discharging and re-charging of fissile and fertile material are idealized as continuous processes. Criticality requires continuous discharge of each specific Pu-composition . The time behaviour of the isotope composition is described by a first-order-differential- equation system whose solution was determined numerically for different initial conditions. Calculating the stationary isotope composition (stationary after a long time) leads to an eigenvalue problem with the plutonium current, to be discharged as eigenvalue and the Pu-isotope concentrations as eigenvector components. Generally, this eigenvalue problem has but one physically reasonable solution with the so-called Pu? as eigenvector. The eigenvalue determines the breeding rate. The principal structure of fuel recycling is investigated. (author)

  17. Time non-variant and time variant fast random pulse generator

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    The construction and specifications of a fast random pulse generator is described. It consists of a fast LED light source, a PMT, a fast discriminator, a fast amplifier, a fast counter and a negative feedback stable circuit. The counting rate of time non-variant random pulses is near 103 cps. Time variant random pulses can vary with the shape of time variant pulse

  18. Time-resolved and time-integrated radiography of fast reactor fuel elements

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    The fast-reactor safety program has some unusual requirements in radiography. Applications may be divided into two areas: time-resolved or time-integrated radiography. The fast-neutron hodoscope has supplied all recent time-resolved cineradiographic in-pile fuel-motion data, and various x-ray and photographic techniques have been used for out-of-pile experiments. Thick containers and the large number of radioactive fuel pins involved in safety research have been responsible for some nonconventional applications of time-integrated radiography of stationary objects. Hodoscopes record fuel-motion during transient experiments at the TREAT reactor in the United States and CABRI in France. Other special techniques have been under development for out-of-pile nondestructive radiography of fuel element subassemblies, including fast-neutron and gamma-ray tomographic methods

  19. A proposal for fast neutron personal real time dosimetry in mixed n, ? fields

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    A method for fast neutron monitoring has been studied, resulting from computer simulation analysis of fast neutron and gamma interaction responses in silicon counters. A real time personal dosemeter with a response accuracy better than 30% in a mixed n, ? field for neutron energies between 0.75 and 15 MeV is proposed. (author)

  20. Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F-doped SnO2 films derived via sol–gel method

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    Sarbani Basu; Yeong-Her Wang; C Ghanshyam; Pawan Kapur

    2013-08-01

    Pure and fluorine-modified tin oxide (SnO2) thin films (250–300 nm) were uniformly deposited on corning glass substrate using sol–gel technique to fabricate SnO2-based resistive sensors for ethanol detection. The characteristic properties of the multicoatings have been investigated, including their electrical conductivity and optical transparency in visible IR range. Pure SnO2 films exhibited a visible transmission of 90% compared with Fdoped films (80% for low doping and 60% for high doping). F-doped SnO2 films exhibited lower resistivity (0.12 × 10-4 cm) compared with the pure (14.16 × 10-4 cm) one. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used to analyse the structure and surface morphology of the prepared films. Resistance change was studied at different temperatures (523–623 K) with metallic contacts of silver in air and in presence of different ethanol vapour concentrations. Comparative gas-sensing results revealed that the prepared F-doped SnO2 sensor exhibited the lowest response and recovery times of 10 and 13 s, respectively whereas that of pure SnO2 gas sensor, 32 and 65 s, respectively. The maximum sensitivities of both gas sensors were obtained at 623 K.

  1. Mutagenic response of peanut (arachis hypogaea L.) to fast neutrons

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    Dominant seeds of peanut were treated with varying doses of fast neutrons employing efficient pre- and post-irradiation techniques for determination of various plant responses useful in a long range program of mutation breeding. Mean reductions in seedling height and frequency of M1 somatic mutations increased with increasing radiation dose. No reduction in M1 seedset was obtained even in the dose above the LD50 of 1600 rads. The frequency of M2 macromutations ranged from only 3.60 - 5.65 per 100 M2 plants. The genetic basis of each of these radiation responses is briefly discussed. The high sensitivity of M1 peanut seedlings and growing plants to fast neutrons is probably due to the highly differentiated seed embryo at the time of irradiation while the radioresistance exhibited by the matured plant appears to be related to the polyploid genome of the species. (Auth.)

  2. The relationship between shock response spectrum and fast Fourier transform

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    In this paper the basic relationship between response spectrum and fast Fourier transform is laid down. Since a long time the response spectrum has been used by structural engineers in the seismic domain and nowadays it is going to be used to define transient motions. This way to define the excitation is more general and more real than the use of classical shape pulses for the reproduction of real environment. Nevertheless the response spectrum of a real excitation represents a loss of some information with respect to the Fourier transform. A useful discussion could arise from these observations. Appendix A gives the relationship between the mathematic Fourier transform and the digital Fourier transform given by computers, while Appendix B gives some examples of response spectra and Fourier transforms of simple functions. (author)

  3. A fast response temperature sensor based on fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhang, Dengpan; Wang, Jin; Wang, Yongjie; Dai, Xing

    2014-07-01

    Aimed at the requirement for a fast-response expendable ocean temperature sensor, this paper presents a new design scheme for an optic fiber sensor. Ocean temperature sensors require high sensitivity and high response speed, which must be up to milliseconds. The fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensor with high sensitivity has been declared in the last decade, but its response speed has been rarely reported. In this paper, a method is proposed which is to package an FBG with a metal tube. The response time of this sensor is 48.6?ms, which is an order of magnitude greater than that of an ordinary optical fiber temperature sensor. Temperature sensitivity is 27.6?pm/°C and the linearity is up to 0.9999. In addition, the sensor can be less than 15?mm. It offers a new way to detect ocean temperature.

  4. Fast-Response Liquid Crystal Microlens

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    Su Xu; Yan Li; Yifan Liu; Jie Sun; Hongwen Ren; Shin-Tson Wu

    2014-01-01

    Electrically tunable liquid crystal microlenses have attracted strong research attention due to their advantages of tunable focusing, voltage actuation, low power consumption, simple fabrication, compact structure, and good stability. They are expected to be essential optical devices with widespread applications. However, the slow response time of nematic liquid crystal (LC) microlenses has been a significant technical barrier to practical applications and commercialization. LC/polymer compos...

  5. Constructions of Fast-Decodable Distributed Space-Time Codes

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    Barreal, Amaro; Hollanti, Camilla; Markin, Nadya

    2015-01-01

    Fast-decodable distributed space-time codes are constructed by adapting the iterative code construction introduced in [1] to the N -relay multiple-input multiple-output channel, leading to the first fast-decodable distributed space-time codes for more than one antenna per user. Explicit constructions are provided alongside with a performance comparison to non-iterated (non-) fast-decodable codes.

  6. Stem Cells Matter in Response to Fasting

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    Badi Sri Sailaja

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The molecular processes underlying intestinal adaptation to fasting and re-feeding remain largely uncharacterized. In this issue of Cell Reports, Richmond et al. report that dormant intestinal stem cells are regulated by PTEN and nutritional status.

  7. Response time of internauts

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    Johansen, A

    2001-01-01

    A new experiment measuring the dynamical response of the Internet population to a ``point-like'' perturbation has been performed. The nature of the perturbation was that of an announcement, specifically a web-interview on stock market crashes, which contained the URL to the author's articles on the subject. It was established that the download rate obeys the relation ~ 1/t in qualitative agreement with previously reported results.

  8. Ultra-Fast Shapelets for Time Series Classification

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    Wistuba, Martin; Grabocka, Josif; Schmidt-Thieme, Lars

    2015-01-01

    Time series shapelets are discriminative subsequences and their similarity to a time series can be used for time series classification. Since the discovery of time series shapelets is costly in terms of time, the applicability on long or multivariate time series is difficult. In this work we propose Ultra-Fast Shapelets that uses a number of random shapelets. It is shown that Ultra-Fast Shapelets yield the same prediction quality as current state-of-the-art shapelet-based time series classifi...

  9. Fast Timing for High-Rate Environments with Micromegas

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    Papaevangelou, Thomas; Giomataris, Ioannis; Godinot, Cyprien; Diaz, Diego Gonzalez; Gustavsson, Thomas; Kebbiri, Mariam; Oliveri, Eraldo; Resnati, Filippo; Ropelewski, Leszek; Tsiledakis, Georgios; Veenhof, Rob; White, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    The current state of the art in fast timing resolution for existing experiments is of the order of 100 ps on the time of arrival of both charged particles and electromagnetic showers. Current R&D on charged particle timing is approaching the level of 10 ps but is not primarily directed at sustained performance at high rates and under high radiation (as would be needed for HL-LHC pileup mitigation). We demonstrate a Micromegas based solution to reach this level of performance. The Micromegas acts as a photomultiplier coupled to a Cerenkov-radiator front window, which produces sufficient UV photons to convert the ~100 ps single-photoelectron jitter into a timing response of the order of 10-20 ps per incident charged particle. A prototype has been built in order to demonstrate this performance. The first laboratory tests with a pico-second laser have shown a time resolution of the order of 27 ps for ~50 primary photoelectrons, using a bulk Micromegas readout.

  10. Quartz Cherenkov Counters for Fast Timing: QUARTIC

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    Albrow, M. G.; Kim, Heejong; Los, S.; Ramberg, E; Ronzhin, A.; Samoylenko, V.; Wenzel, H.; Zatserklyaniy, A.(University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, U.S.A)

    2012-01-01

    We have developed particle detectors based on fused silica (quartz) Cherenkov radiators read out with micro-channel plate photomultipliers (MCP-PMTs) or silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) for high precision timing (Sigma(t) about 10-15 ps). One application is to measure the times of small angle protons from exclusive reactions, e.g. p + p - p + H + p, at the Large Hadron Collider, LHC. They may also be used to measure directional particle fluxes close to external or stored bea...

  11. The Generalized Centroid Difference method for lifetime measurements via ?-? coincidences using large fast-timing arrays

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    Régis J.-M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel method for direct electronic “fast-timing” lifetime measurements of nuclear excited states via ?-? coincidences using an array equipped with N very fast high-resolution LaBr3(Ce scintillator detectors is presented. The generalized centroid difference method provides two independent “start” and “stop” time spectra obtained without any correction by a superposition of the N(N – 1/2 calibrated ?-? time difference spectra of the N detector fast-timing system. The two fast-timing array time spectra correspond to a forward and reverse gating of a specific ?-? cascade and the centroid difference as the time shift between the centroids of the two time spectra provides a picosecond-sensitive mirror-symmetric observable of the set-up. The energydependent mean prompt response difference between the start and stop events is calibrated and used as a single correction for lifetime determination. These combined fast-timing array mean ?-? zero-time responses can be determined for 40 keV < E? < 1.4 MeV with a precision better than 10 ps using a 152Eu ?-ray source. The new method is described with examples of (n,? and (n,f,? experiments performed at the intense cold-neutron beam facility PF1B of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, using 16 LaBr3(Ce detectors within the EXILL&FATIMA campaign in 2013. The results are discussed with respect to possible systematic errors induced by background contributions.

  12. Detectors for timing measurements 2. Streak cameras and fast photodiodes

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    Measuring methods of the pulse structure and its stability of the synchrotron radiation, and the method of time resolving measurement by synchronizing the external signal with the synchrotron radiation pulse are explained. The synchrotron radiation pulse width ranges from some ten to some hundred pico-seconds, and the time resolution of the detectors should be better than some pico-seconds. The streak camera is such a fast detector. Instead of the streak camera which is large-scaled and expensive, fast photo-detectors can be employed to know entire time structures. Some examples of time-synchronized measurements using the streak camera and the fast photo-detector are presented. (K.Y.)

  13. Analysis of the seismic response of a fast reactor core

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    This report deals with the methods to apply for a correct evaluation of the reactor core seismic response. Reference is made to up-to-date design data concerning the PEC core, taking into account the presence of the core-restraint plate located close to the PEC core elements top and applying the optimized iterative procedure between the vessel linear calculation and the non-linear ones limited to the core, which had been described in a previous report. It is demonstrated that the convergence of this procedure is very fast, similar to what obtained in the calculations of the cited report, carried out with preliminary data, and it is shown that the cited methods allow a reliable evaluation of the excitation time histories for the experimental tests in support of the seismic verification of the shutdown system and the core of a fast reactor, as well as relevant data for the experimental, structural and functional, verification of the core elements in the case of seismic loads

  14. Response of reverse convection to fast IMF transitions

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    Taguchi, S.; Tawara, A.; Hairston, M. R.; Slavin, J. A.; Le, G.; Matzka, J.; Stolle, C.

    2015-01-01

    The nature of the transition that high-latitude reverse convection makes in response to fast interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) changes is investigated using observations from multiple spacecraft and a ground magnetometer array. We focused on two fast IMF-transition events on 22 April 2006. Immediately after the first event, three ST5 spacecraft identified a clear change in the distribution of the polar cap field-aligned current. Coordinate observations with the Greenland magnetometer chain sho...

  15. The Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients (CRAFT) survey

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    Macquart, Jean-Pierre; Bower, G C; Bunton, J D; Chatterjee, S; Colegate, T; Cordes, J M; D'Addario, L; Deller, A; Dodson, R; Fender, R; Haines, K; Hall, P; Harris, C; Hotan, A; Johnston, S; Jones, D L; Keith, M; Koay, J Y; Lazio, T J W; Majid, W; Murphy, T; Navarro, R; Phillips, C; Quinn, P; Preston, R A; Stansby, B; Stairs, I; Stappers, B; Staveley-Smith, L; Tingay, S; Thompson, D; van Straten, W; Wagstaff, K; Warren, M; Wayth, R; Wen, L

    2010-01-01

    We are developing a purely commensal survey experiment for fast (<5s) transient radio sources. Short-timescale transients are associated with the most energetic and brightest single events in the Universe. Our objective is to cover the enormous volume of transients parameter space made available by ASKAP, with an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and field of view. Fast timescale transients open new vistas on the physics of high brightness temperature emission, extreme states of matter and the physics of strong gravitational fields. In addition, the detection of extragalactic objects affords us an entirely new and extremely sensitive probe on the huge reservoir of baryons present in the IGM. We outline here our approach to the considerable challenge involved in detecting fast transients, particularly the development of hardware fast enough to dedisperse and search the ASKAP data stream at or near real-time rates. Through CRAFT, ASKAP will provide the testbed of many of the key technologies and surve...

  16. Plastic fiber scintillator response to fast neutrons

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    Danly, C. R.; Sjue, S.; Wilde, C. H.; Merrill, F. E.; Haight, R. C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 (United States)

    2014-11-15

    The Neutron Imaging System at NIF uses an array of plastic scintillator fibers in conjunction with a time-gated imaging system to form an image of the neutron emission from the imploded capsule. By gating on neutrons that have scattered from the 14.1 MeV DT energy to lower energy ranges, an image of the dense, cold fuel around the hotspot is also obtained. An unmoderated spallation neutron beamline at the Weapons Neutron Research facility at Los Alamos was used in conjunction with a time-gated imaging system to measure the yield of a scintillating fiber array over several energy bands ranging from 1 to 15 MeV. The results and comparison to simulation are presented.

  17. Time-resolved fast neutron imaging: simulation of detector performance

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    Vartsky, D.; Mor, I; Goldberg, M. B.; Mardor, I.; Feldman, G; Bar, D.; Shor, A; Dangendorf, V.; Laczko, G.; Breskin, A.; Chechik, R.

    2004-01-01

    We have analyzed and compared the performance of two novel fast-neutron imaging methods with time-of-flight spectroscopy capability. Using MCNP and GEANT code simulations of neutron and charged-particle transport in the detectors, key parameters such as detection efficiency, the amount of energy deposited in the converter and the spatial resolution of both detector variants have been evaluated.

  18. Fast time-resolved aerosol collector: proof of concept

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    X.-Y. Yu

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Atmospheric particles can be collected in the field on substrates for subsequent laboratory analysis via chemically sensitive single particle methods such as scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray analysis. With moving substrates time resolution of seconds to minutes can be achieved. In this paper, we demonstrate how to increase the time resolution when collecting particles on a substrate to a few milliseconds to provide real-time information. Our fast time-resolved aerosol collector ("Fast-TRAC" microscopically observes the particle collection on a substrate and records an on-line video. Particle arrivals are resolved to within a single frame (4–17 ms in this setup, and the spatial locations are matched to the subsequent single particle analysis. This approach also provides in-situ information on particle size and number concentration. Applications are expected in airborne studies of cloud microstructure, pollution plumes, and surface long-term monitoring.

  19. Fast time-resolved aerosol collector: proof of concept

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    X.-Y. Yu

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Atmospheric particles can be collected in the field on substrates for subsequent laboratory analysis via chemically sensitive single particle methods such as scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray analysis. With moving substrates time resolution of seconds to minutes can be achieved. In this paper, we demonstrate how to increase the time resolution when collecting particles on a substrate to a few milliseconds to provide real-time information. Our fast time-resolved aerosol collector ("Fast-TRAC" microscopically observes the particle collection on a substrate and records an on-line video. Particle arrivals are resolved to within a single frame (4–17 ms in this setup, and the spatial locations are matched to the subsequent single particle analysis. This approach also provides in-situ information on particle size and number concentration. Applications are expected in airborne studies of cloud microstructure, pollution plumes, and surface long-term monitoring.

  20. Fast timing study of a CeBr3 crystal: Time resolution below 120 ps at 60Co energies

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    We report on the time response of a novel inorganic scintillator, CeBr3. The measurements were performed using a cylindrical crystal of 1-in. in height and 1-in. in diameter at 22Na and 60Co photon energies. The time response was measured against a fast reference BaF2 detector. Hamamatsu R9779 and Photonis XP20D0 fast photomultipliers (PMTs) were used. The PMT bias voltages and Constant Fraction Discriminator settings were optimized with respect to the timing resolution. The Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) time resolution for an individual CeBr3 crystal coupled to Hamamatsu PMT is found here to be as low as 119 ps at 60Co energies, which is comparable to the resolution of 107 ps reported for LaBr3(Ce). For 511 keV photons the measured FWHM time resolution for CeBr3 coupled to the Hamamatsu PMT is 164 ps.

  1. Fast timing study of a CeBr3 crystal: Time resolution below 120 ps at 60Co energies

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    Fraile, L. M.; Mach, H.; Vedia, V.; Olaizola, B.; Paziy, V.; Picado, E.; Udías, J. M.

    2013-02-01

    We report on the time response of a novel inorganic scintillator, CeBr3. The measurements were performed using a cylindrical crystal of 1-in. in height and 1-in. in diameter at 22Na and 60Co photon energies. The time response was measured against a fast reference BaF2 detector. Hamamatsu R9779 and Photonis XP20D0 fast photomultipliers (PMTs) were used. The PMT bias voltages and Constant Fraction Discriminator settings were optimized with respect to the timing resolution. The Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) time resolution for an individual CeBr3 crystal coupled to Hamamatsu PMT is found here to be as low as 119 ps at 60Co energies, which is comparable to the resolution of 107 ps reported for LaBr3(Ce). For 511 keV photons the measured FWHM time resolution for CeBr3 coupled to the Hamamatsu PMT is 164 ps.

  2. REAL TIME FACE RECOGNITION USING ADABOOST IMPROVED FAST PCA ALGORITHM

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    K. Susheel Kumar

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an automated system for human face recognition in a real time background world fora large homemade dataset of persons face. The task is very difficult as the real time backgroundsubtraction in an image is still a challenge. Addition to this there is a huge variation in human face imagein terms of size, pose and expression. The system proposed collapses most of this variance. To detect realtime human face AdaBoost with Haar cascade is used and a simple fast PCA and LDA is used torecognize the faces detected. The matched face is then used to mark attendance in the laboratory, in ourcase. This biometric system is a real time attendance system based on the human face recognition with asimple and fast algorithms and gaining a high accuracy rate..

  3. OFDM receiver for fast time-varying channels using block-sparse Bayesian learning

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    Barbu, Oana-Elena; Manchón, Carles Navarro; Rom, Christian; Balercia, Tommaso; Fleury, Bernard Henri

    2016-01-01

    We propose an iterative algorithm for OFDM receivers operating over fast time-varying channels. The design relies on the assumptions that the channel response can be characterized by a few non-negligible separable multipath components, and the temporal variation of each component gain can be well...

  4. Fluctuation-Response Relation and modeling in systems with fast and slow dynamics

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    G. Lacorata

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available We show how a general formulation of the Fluctuation-Response Relation is able to describe in detail the connection between response properties to external perturbations and spontaneous fluctuations in systems with fast and slow variables. The method is tested by using the 360-variable Lorenz-96 model, where slow and fast variables are coupled to one another with reciprocal feedback, and a simplified low dimensional system. In the Fluctuation-Response context, the influence of the fast dynamics on the slow dynamics relies in a non trivial behavior of a suitable quadratic response function. This has important consequences for the modeling of the slow dynamics in terms of a Langevin equation: beyond a certain intrinsic time interval even the optimal model can give just statistical prediction.

  5. Fast exponential fitting algorithm for real-time instrumental use

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    We report on a very fast fitting algorithm for single exponential functions which is based on the method of successive integration. The algorithm corrects the systematic error of trapezoidal integration. The new algorithm needs only 150 ?s for a dataset of 1536 points and is around 700 times faster than the nonlinear Levenberg-Marquardt fit provided by LABVIEW. This makes it suitable for real-time instrumental use. Beside the better time resolution, the acceleration allows more averaging, which leads to higher precision. In our experiment instrumental sensitivity was improved by a factor of 3.7

  6. Real‑time, fast neutron detection for stimulated safeguards assay

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    The advent of low‑hazard organic liquid scintillation detectors and real‑time pulse‑shape discrimination (PSD) processing has suggested a variety of modalities by which fast neutrons, as opposed to neutrons moderated prior to detection, can be used directly to benefit safeguards needs. In this paper we describe a development of a fast‑neutron based safeguards assay system designed for the assessment of 235U content in fresh fuel. The system benefits from real‑time pulse‑shape discrimination processing and auto‑calibration of the detector system parameters to ensure a rapid and effective set‑up protocol. These requirements are essential in optimising the speed and limit of detection of the fast neutron technique, whilst minimising the intervention needed to perform the assay.

  7. Directional Detection of Fast Neutrons Using a Time Projection Chamber

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    Spontaneous fission in Special Nuclear Material (SNM) such as plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) results in the emission of neutrons with energies in the MeV range (hereafter 'fast neutrons'). These fast neutrons are largely unaffected by the few centimeters of intervening high-Z material that would suffice for attenuating most emitted gamma rays, while tens of centimeters of hydrogenous materials are required to achieve substantial attenuation of neutron fluxes from SNM. Neutron detectors are therefore an important complement to gamma-ray detectors in SNM search and monitoring applications. The rate at which SNM emits fast neutrons varies from about 2 per kilogram per second for typical HEU to some 60,000 per kilogram per second for metallic weapons grade plutonium. These rates can be compared with typical sea-level (cosmogenic) neutron backgrounds of roughly 5 per second per square meter per steradian in the relevant energy range (1). The fact that the backgrounds are largely isotropic makes directional neutron detection especially attractive for SNM detection. The ability to detect, localize, and ultimately identify fast neutron sources at standoff will ultimately be limited by this background rate. Fast neutrons are particularly well suited to standoff detection and localization of SNM or other fast neutrons sources. Fast neutrons have attenuation lengths of about 60 meters in air, and retain considerable information about their source direction even after one or two scatters. Knowledge of the incoming direction of a fast neutron, from SNM or otherwise, has the potential to significantly improve signal to background in a variety of applications, since the background arriving from any one direction is a small fraction of the total background. Imaging or directional information therefore allows for source detection at a larger standoff distance or with shorter dwell times compared to nondirectional detectors, provided high detection efficiency can be maintained. Directional detection of neutrons has been previously considered for applications such as controlled fusion neutron imaging (2), nuclear fuel safety research (3), imaging of solar neutrons and SNM (4), and in nuclear science (5). The use of scintillating crystals and fibers has been proposed for directional neutron detection (6). Recently, a neutron scatter camera has been designed, constructed, and tested for imaging of fast neutrons, characteristic for SNM material fission (7). The neutron scatter camera relies on the measurement of the proton recoil angle and proton energy by time of flight between two segmented solid-state detectors. A single-measurement result from the neutron scatter camera is a ring containing the possible incident neutron direction. Here we describe the development and commissioning of a directional neutron detection system based on a time projection chamber (TPC) detector. The TPC, which has been widely used in particle and nuclear physics research for several decades, provides a convenient means of measuring the full 3D trajectory, specific ionization (i.e particle type) and energy of charged particles. For this application, we observe recoil protons produced by fast neutron scatters on protons in hydrogen or methane gas. Gas pressures of a few ATM provide reasonable neutron interaction/scattering rates

  8. Directional Detection of Fast Neutrons Using a Time Projection Chamber

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    Bowden, N; Heffner, M; Carosi, G; Carter, D; Foxe, M; Jovanovic, I

    2009-06-03

    Spontaneous fission in Special Nuclear Material (SNM) such as plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) results in the emission of neutrons with energies in the MeV range (hereafter 'fast neutrons'). These fast neutrons are largely unaffected by the few centimeters of intervening high-Z material that would suffice for attenuating most emitted gamma rays, while tens of centimeters of hydrogenous materials are required to achieve substantial attenuation of neutron fluxes from SNM. Neutron detectors are therefore an important complement to gamma-ray detectors in SNM search and monitoring applications. The rate at which SNM emits fast neutrons varies from about 2 per kilogram per second for typical HEU to some 60,000 per kilogram per second for metallic weapons grade plutonium. These rates can be compared with typical sea-level (cosmogenic) neutron backgrounds of roughly 5 per second per square meter per steradian in the relevant energy range [1]. The fact that the backgrounds are largely isotropic makes directional neutron detection especially attractive for SNM detection. The ability to detect, localize, and ultimately identify fast neutron sources at standoff will ultimately be limited by this background rate. Fast neutrons are particularly well suited to standoff detection and localization of SNM or other fast neutrons sources. Fast neutrons have attenuation lengths of about 60 meters in air, and retain considerable information about their source direction even after one or two scatters. Knowledge of the incoming direction of a fast neutron, from SNM or otherwise, has the potential to significantly improve signal to background in a variety of applications, since the background arriving from any one direction is a small fraction of the total background. Imaging or directional information therefore allows for source detection at a larger standoff distance or with shorter dwell times compared to nondirectional detectors, provided high detection efficiency can be maintained. Directional detection of neutrons has been previously considered for applications such as controlled fusion neutron imaging [2], nuclear fuel safety research [3], imaging of solar neutrons and SNM [4], and in nuclear science [5]. The use of scintillating crystals and fibers has been proposed for directional neutron detection [6]. Recently, a neutron scatter camera has been designed, constructed, and tested for imaging of fast neutrons, characteristic for SNM material fission [7]. The neutron scatter camera relies on the measurement of the proton recoil angle and proton energy by time of flight between two segmented solid-state detectors. A single-measurement result from the neutron scatter camera is a ring containing the possible incident neutron direction. Here we describe the development and commissioning of a directional neutron detection system based on a time projection chamber (TPC) detector. The TPC, which has been widely used in particle and nuclear physics research for several decades, provides a convenient means of measuring the full 3D trajectory, specific ionization (i.e particle type) and energy of charged particles. For this application, we observe recoil protons produced by fast neutron scatters on protons in hydrogen or methane gas. Gas pressures of a few ATM provide reasonable neutron interaction/scattering rates.

  9. Fast, Linear Time Hierarchical Clustering using the Baire Metric

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    Contreras, Pedro; Murtagh, Fionn

    2012-01-01

    The Baire metric induces an ultrametric on a dataset and is of linear computational complexity, contrasted with the standard quadratic time agglomerative hierarchical clustering algorithm. In this work we evaluate empirically this new approach to hierarchical clustering. We compare hierarchical clustering based on the Baire metric with (i) agglomerative hierarchical clustering, in terms of algorithm properties; (ii) generalized ultrametrics, in terms of definition; and (iii) fast clustering t...

  10. Fast time variations of supernova neutrino fluxes and their detectability

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    Lund, Tina; Marek, Andreas; Lunardini, Cecilia; Janka, Hans-Thomas; Raffelt, Georg

    2010-01-01

    In the delayed explosion scenario of core-collapse supernovae (SNe), the accretion phase shows pronounced convective overturns and a low-multipole hydrodynamic instability, the standing accretion shock instability (SASI). These effects imprint detectable fast time variations on the emerging neutrino flux. Among existing detectors, IceCube is best suited to this task, providing an event rate of ~1000 events per ms during the accretion phase for a fiducial SN distance of 10 kpc, comparable to what...

  11. Improved real-time holographic video display using super-fast-refresh liquid crystal films

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    Gao, Hongyue; Yu, Yingjie; Liu, Jicheng; Zeng, Chao; Liu, Pan; Yao, Qiuxiang; Zheng, Huadong; Zeng, Zhenxiang

    2015-03-01

    We have achieved real-time dynamic holographic display with holographic response time under an order of a microsecond using super-fast-response liquid crystal films. The hologram formation time and self-erasable time can both reach ~ 1 ms in this film. Holographic video display was realized using it without any cross talk between the holograms. However, the holographic display videos we obtained before need to be improved in image quality. This paper presents improvement of holographic video display of the films, and our achievement may be useful for its potential applications in a large-size, high-definition, and color holographic three-dimensional video display.

  12. A CMOS integrated timing discriminator circuit for fast scintillation counters

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    Based on a zero-crossing discriminator using a CR differentiation network for pulse shaping, a new CMOS integrated timing discriminator circuit is proposed for fast (tr ? 2 ns) scintillation counters at the cooler synchrotron COSY-Juelich. By eliminating the input signal's amplitude information by means of an analog continuous-time divider, a normalized pulse shape at the zero-crossing point is gained over a wide dynamic input amplitude range. In combination with an arming comparator and a monostable multivibrator this yields in a highly precise timing discriminator circuit, that is expected to be useful in different time measurement applications. First measurement results of a CMOS integrated logarithmic amplifier, which is part of the analog continuous-time divider, agree well with the corresponding simulations. Moreover, SPICE simulations of the integrated discriminator circuit promise a time walk well below 200 ps (FWHM) over a 40 dB input amplitude dynamic range

  13. Equipment for fast neutron time-of-flight experiments

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    A 3-MeV-pulsed Van de Graaff has been built for this laboratory by the High Voltage Engineering Corporation of Boston, United States of America. It is designed to give pulses of 1 ns duration at a repetition frequency of 1 MHz and a current in the pulse of 10 mA. This machine is to be used for fast neutron spectroscopy and a system of electronics for this purpose has been devised. The system is intended to record time intervals up to 1?s with a resolution of ?3 ns. The timing cycle is started by a start pulse from the neutron detector. The stop pulse is derived from the beam, and delayed by 1?s. The start and stop pulses are fed to a time expander which expands the time interval between the pulses by a factor of ?250. The expanded time interval is then recorded in digital form on 16-track magnetic tape. (author)

  14. Time dependent non-extinction probability for fast burst reactors

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    Gregson, Michael W.

    Sandia National Laboratories has successfully operated fast burst reactors over the past four decades. Fast burst reactors refer to a type of reactor that is able to achieve intense neutron pulses in very short periods of time using fissile material. Typically these systems are comprised of enriched metallic uranium fuel. During operation of a fast burst reactor, a phenomena known as a pre-initiation has been known to take place. A pre-initiation occurs when the neutron population exceeds some fiducial prior to achieving the final reactivity state in a pulse operation. Reactivity is determined from the physical configuration of the reactor and governs the average neutron population behavior. The purpose of this study is to examine the probability of initiation (or the pre-initiation probability) for a fast burst type of system, with emphasis on the Sandia Pulse Reactor-III (SPR-III) for physics parameters. The magnitude of the pre-initiation problem for SPR-III was examined to establish the magnitude of the phenomena. This work focuses on developing and numerically solving an equation that describes the nonextinction probability in a prompt critical assembly when the population is so low that it deviates from the average behavior. A zero dimensional (0-D) model is derived to describe the neutron non-extinction probability in a system where the reactivity is changing as a function of time. Analytical solutions to the model are provided where solutions could be found. Numerical solutions were obtained for a variety of cases applicable to fast burst reactor operation. Use of 0-D Monte Carlo techniques is also presented as a means to examine the low population stochastic behavior and for comparison to the deterministic solution. The 1-D time dependent equation for slab geometry was evaluated to highlight the importance of neutron leakage. The non-extinction probability equation was solved using a modified form of the standard fixed point iteration method. Other iteration techniques were also analyzed. Particular emphasis was extended to a linearized routine since the performance can be analyzed analytically and it allows for development of acceleration techniques. An accelerated routine was then developed and analyzed. The numerical performance between the iteration routines was thoroughly investigated. The impact of the acceleration routine on the iteration count and the associated decrease in runtime was evaluated.

  15. Fast timing detectors for high field muSR spectrometers

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    Stoykov, A., E-mail: alexey.stoykov@psi.c [Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna, Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Scheuermann, R.; Sedlak, K. [Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2009-04-15

    Observation of the muon spin precession in high magnetic fields imposes strict requirements on the time resolution of scintillation counters used for detection of incoming muons and the decay positrons. The time resolution of PMT-based detectors is limited in high magnetic fields due to an additional broadening of the light pulses in the necessary light guides. The detector systems using photodetectors that are insensitive to magnetic field, such as multipixel Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (G-APDs), do not require light guides and thus can prove to be more advantageous for such application. In this work we build prototypes of fast-timing muon and positrons counters based on G-APDs. The detectors were tested in magnetic fields up to 4.8 T and showed a time resolution better than 50 ps (sigma).

  16. Accuracy in gamma spectrometry: Pileup, dead time, and fast electornics

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    An important source of inaccuracy in neutron activation analysis is the nonlinear throughput of the counting system, especially at high counting rates. Losses, due to the finite time needed for events to happen, occur in all parts of the spectrometer system: the germanium detector crystal, preamplifier, amplifier, analog-digital converter (ADC), and MCA or computer. The slowest unbuffered units are the ADC and the amplifier, followed by the crystal. Even with modern fast electronics, losses can be important, although compensating circuits can greatly improve accuracy if they are used correctly. The ADC dead time is less of a problem than it was a decade ago. For example, a modern successive-approximation ADC in the author's laboratory takes 6 μs to digitize a gamma ray in the middle of an 8192-channel spectrum, compared with 60 μs for the Wilkinson device that it replaced. Dead-time circuits in MCAs for many years have compensated very well for this dead time. Pulse pileup is as important as ADC dead time. Random coincidence, the accidental arrival of the signal from two nonrelated gamma rays at the amplifier in a time short compared to the shaping time, results in a composite pulse that distorts the spectrum. For accurate spectrometry, each such random-sum pulse should be excluded from the spectrum (pileup rejection), and the system dead time must be adjusted to compensate for the time the system is busy analyzing this rejected event (pileup live-time correction)

  17. Resetting in time of recordings in ultra-fast cinematography

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    In ultra-fast cinematography and photography the treatment and interpretation of the data contained in the recordings demand extremely precise readjustments in time. In the case of whole-image recordings by electro-optical cameras or flash sources the problem is resolved by the use of a chronometric unit taking into account the different events. For naving slit or spectrographic recordings the problem must be detail with differently and marking devices will be used to print resetting pulses on the recording themselves. Different marking devices are described

  18. Acute metabolic response to fasted and postprandial exercise

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    de Lima, Filipe Dinato; Correia, Ana Luiza Matias; Teixeira, Denilson da Silva; da Silva Neto, Domingos Vasco; Fernandes, Ítalo Sávio Gonçalves; Viana, Mário Boratto Xavier; Petitto, Mateus; da Silva Sampaio, Rodney Antônio; Chaves, Sandro Nobre; Alves, Simone Teixeira; Dantas, Renata Aparecida Elias; Mota, Márcio Rabelo

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze the acute metabolic response to exercise in fasting and postprandial. For this, ten individuals were submitted to an incremental treadmill test, with an initial speed of 5 and 1 km/h increments every minute, with no inclination, and a body composition assessment. After this 1st day, all volunteers were submitted to two experimental procedures (fasting and postprandial), with an aerobic exercise performed for 36 minutes at 65% of maximal oxygen consumption. At postprandial procedure, all subjects ingested a breakfast containing 59.3 g of carbohydrate (76.73%), 9.97 g of protein (12.90%), 8.01 g of lipids (10.37%), with a total energy intake of 349.17 kcal. An analysis of plasma concentration of triglycerides, lactate, and glucose was performed in two stages: before and after exercise. The Shapiro–Wilk test was used to verify the normality of the data. For analysis of glucose concentration, plasma lactate, and triglycerides, we used a repeated measures analysis of variance factorial 2×2, with Bonferroni multiple comparison test. The significance level of P<0.05 was adopted. The results indicated a maintenance level of glucose at fasting and a decrease in glucose concentration at postprandial exercise. Both conditions increase plasma lactate. Triglycerides also increased in the two experimental conditions; however, after exercise fasting, the increase was significantly higher than in the postprandial exercise. These data suggest that both exercises could increase plasma lactate and triglycerides. However, exercise performed in fasting condition decreases glucose concentration and increases triglycerides, even more than postprandial exercise. PMID:26316800

  19. Acute metabolic response to fasted and postprandial exercise.

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    de Lima, Filipe Dinato; Correia, Ana Luiza Matias; Teixeira, Denilson da Silva; da Silva Neto, Domingos Vasco; Fernandes, Ítalo Sávio Gonçalves; Viana, Mário Boratto Xavier; Petitto, Mateus; da Silva Sampaio, Rodney Antônio; Chaves, Sandro Nobre; Alves, Simone Teixeira; Dantas, Renata Aparecida Elias; Mota, Márcio Rabelo

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze the acute metabolic response to exercise in fasting and postprandial. For this, ten individuals were submitted to an incremental treadmill test, with an initial speed of 5 and 1 km/h increments every minute, with no inclination, and a body composition assessment. After this 1st day, all volunteers were submitted to two experimental procedures (fasting and postprandial), with an aerobic exercise performed for 36 minutes at 65% of maximal oxygen consumption. At postprandial procedure, all subjects ingested a breakfast containing 59.3 g of carbohydrate (76.73%), 9.97 g of protein (12.90%), 8.01 g of lipids (10.37%), with a total energy intake of 349.17 kcal. An analysis of plasma concentration of triglycerides, lactate, and glucose was performed in two stages: before and after exercise. The Shapiro-Wilk test was used to verify the normality of the data. For analysis of glucose concentration, plasma lactate, and triglycerides, we used a repeated measures analysis of variance factorial 2×2, with Bonferroni multiple comparison test. The significance level of P<0.05 was adopted. The results indicated a maintenance level of glucose at fasting and a decrease in glucose concentration at postprandial exercise. Both conditions increase plasma lactate. Triglycerides also increased in the two experimental conditions; however, after exercise fasting, the increase was significantly higher than in the postprandial exercise. These data suggest that both exercises could increase plasma lactate and triglycerides. However, exercise performed in fasting condition decreases glucose concentration and increases triglycerides, even more than postprandial exercise. PMID:26316800

  20. Modeling and Analysis of the Role of Fast-Response Energy Storage in the Smart Grid

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    Su, Han-I

    2011-01-01

    The large short time-scale variability of renewable energy resources presents significant challenges to the reliable operation of power systems. This variability can be mitigated by deploying fast-ramping generators. However, these generators are costly to operate and produce environmentally harmful emissions. Fast-response energy storage devices, such as batteries and flywheels, provide an environmentally friendly alternative, but are expensive and have limited capacity. To study the environmental benefits of storage, we introduce a slotted-time dynamic residual dc power flow model with the prediction error of the difference between the generation (including renewables) and the load as input and the fast-ramping generation and the storage (charging/discharging) operation as the control variables used to ensure that the demand is satisfied (as much as possible) in each time slot. We assume the input prediction error sequence to be i.i.d. zero-mean random variables. The optimal power flow problem is then formu...

  1. Fast response neutron scintillation detector for FIRE-X

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    We have been developing fast responding neutron detectors with a view to revealing the effect of additional laser heating in FIREX-I (Fast Ignition Realization Experiment) by measuring the burn time with a time resolution under 100 ps at the relatively low neutron yield (about 106). The detector is constructed with a thin plastic-scintillaotor (BC-422), a micro-channel-plate photomultiplier tube (MCP-PMT) and a bundle optical fiber as a light-guide. The rise time of a neutron signal from the detector is measured to be 220 ps. The time-determination error for measuring burn time is estimated to be less than ± 46 ps from the data of characterization experiments measuring the transit time distribution of signals, and calculated values of Doppler broadening and the uncertainty of the scintillation time due to the thickness of the scintillator. In the future with more neutron yield, we will construct a scintillation-fiber-streak camera to detect burn history

  2. Fast time variations of supernova neutrino fluxes and their detectability

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    In the delayed explosion scenario of core-collapse supernovae, the accretion phase shows pronounced convective overturns and a low-multipole hydrodynamic instability, the standing accretion shock instability. These effects imprint detectable fast time variations on the emerging neutrino flux. Among existing detectors, IceCube is best suited to this task, providing an event rate of ?1000 ms-1 during the accretion phase for a fiducial SN distance of 10 kpc, comparable to what could be achieved with a megaton water Cherenkov detector. If the standing accretion shock instability activity lasts for several hundred ms, a Fourier component with an amplitude of 1% of the average signal clearly sticks out from the shot noise. We analyze in detail the output of axially symmetric hydrodynamical simulations that predict much larger amplitudes up to frequencies of a few hundred Hz. If these models are roughly representative for realistic SNe, fast time variations of the neutrino signal are easily detectable in IceCube or future megaton-class instruments. We also discuss the information that could be deduced from such a measurement about the physics in the SN core and the explosion mechanism of the SN.

  3. TimTrack: A matrix formalism for a fast time and track reconstruction with timing detectors

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    Garzon, Juan A., E-mail: juanantonio.garzon@usc.es [LabCAF. Lab. Carmen Fernandez, Dpto. Fisica de Particulas, Univ. Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 (Spain); Cabanelas, Pablo [LabCAF. Lab. Carmen Fernandez, Dpto. Fisica de Particulas, Univ. Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 (Spain)

    2012-01-01

    An easy and fast matrix formalism for the tracking of charged particles through timing detectors is presented. The method is based on the least squares method and works directly with the first level data, that is, positions and readout times provided by timing detectors. In one step it provides the coordinates, the slopes, the velocity and an offset time at a given reference plane. The formalism is applied to some examples.

  4. Fast response and recovery of hydrogen sensing in Pd-Pt nanoparticle-graphene composite layers

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    This study reports the fast response and recovery of hydrogen sensing in nanoparticle-graphene composite layers fabricated using chemical methods and comprising of isolated Pd alloy nanoparticles dispersed onto graphene layers. For 2% hydrogen at 40 0C and 1 atm pressure, a response time of < 2 s and a recovery time of 18 s are observed. The fast response and recovery observed during sensing are due to hydrogen-induced changes in the work function of the Pd alloy and modification in the distribution of defect states in the graphene band gap due to gas adsorption. The results of hydrogen sensing in the new class of Pd-Pt nanoparticle-graphene composite material are important for understanding the effect of gas adsorption on electronic conduction in graphene layers and for developing a new type of gas sensor based on changes in the electronic properties of the interface.

  5. Modeling the response of fast reactor fuel to accident transients

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    Deitrich, L.W.; Gruber, E.E.; Hughes, T.H.; Hofmann, J.R.; Kramer, J.M.; Meek, C.C.; Ostensen, R.W.; Billone, M.C.; Shack, W.J.; Yang, C.I.

    1976-01-01

    Progress in modeling the response of fast reactor fuel to accident transients is reported in four areas: fission gas release from grains and intragranular fuel swelling, fission gas redistribution and internal pressurization in solid fuel, fuel cracking models, and fuel plasticity modeling. Applications of models in the first two areas to assessment of the comparative dispersal potential of fuel in a CRBR hypothetical unprotected loss-of-flow accident with that in recent experiments are presented. It is concluded that the reactor case presents a greater dispersal potential.

  6. A novel fast timing micropattern gaseous detector: FTM

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    De Oliveira, Rui; Sharma, Archana

    2015-01-01

    In recent years important progress in micropattern gaseous detectors has been achieved in the use of resistive material to build compact spark-protected devices. The novel idea presented here consists of the polarisation of WELL structures using only resistive coating. This allows a new device to be built with an architecture based on a stack of several coupled layers where drift and WELL multiplication stages alternate in the structure. The signals from each multiplication stage can be read out from any external readout boards through the capacitive couplings. Each layer provides a signal with a gain of 10^4-10^5. The main advantage of this new device is the dramatic improvement of the timing provided by the competition of the ionisation processes in the different drift regions, which can be exploited for fast timing at the high luminosity accelerators (e.g. HL-LHC upgrade) as well as far applications like medical imaging.

  7. A novel fast timing micropattern gaseous detector: FTM

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    De Oliveira, Rui; Maggi, Marcello

    2015-01-01

    In recent years important progress in micropattern gaseous detectors has been achieved in the use of resistive material to build compact spark-protected devices. The novel idea presented here consists of the polarisation of WELL structures using only resistive electrodes. This allows a new device to be built with an architecture based on a stack of several coupled layers where drift and WELL multiplication stages alternate in the structure. The signals from each multiplication stage can be read out from any external readout boards through the capacitive couplings. Each layer provides a signal with a gain of 10^4 - 10^5. The main advantage of this new device is the dramatic improvement of the timing provided by the competition of the ionisation processes in the different drift regions, which can be exploited for fast timing at the high luminosity accelerators (e.g. HL-LHC upgrade) as well as applications outside particle physics.

  8. A Capacitor-Free, Fast Transient Response Linear Voltage Regulator In a 180nm CMOS

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    Deleuran, Alexander N.; Lindbjerg, Nicklas; Pedersen, Martin K.; Llimos Muntal, Pere; Jørgensen, Ivan Harald Holger

    2015-01-01

    A 1.8 V capacitor-free linear regulator with fast transient response based on a new topology with a fast and slow regulation loop is presented. The design has been laid out and simulated in a 0.18 µm CMOS process. The design has a low component count and is tailored for system-on-chip integration. A current step load from 0-50 mA with a rise time of 1 µs results in an undershoot in the output voltage of 140 mV for a period of 39 ns. The regulator sources up to 50 mA current load.

  9. Fast responsive, optical trace level ammonia sensor for environmental monitoring

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    Abel Tobias

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ammonia is a ubiquitous chemical substance which is created in technical and biological processes and harmful to many different organisms. One specific problem is the toxicity of ammonia in fish at levels of 25 ?g/l - a very common issue in today’s aqua culture. In this study we report a development of a fast responsive, optical ammonia sensor for trace concentrations. Results Different hydrogels have been investigated as host polymers for a pH based sensing mechanism based on fluorescent dyes. A porous hydrophobic fluoropolymer membrane was used as an ion barrier cover layer to achieve a good ammonia permeability. The sensor’s sensitivity towards ammonia as well as crosssensitivity towards pH-value and salinity, and the temperature dependency have been determined. Two different methods to reference fluorescence signals have been employed to eliminate intensity-based measurement drawbacks. Conclusion The presented sensor features high sensitivity and a fast response even at concentrations near 1 ppb. No cross sensitivity towards pH and salinity could be observed and temperature dependency was determined as compensateable. Both referencing approaches prove themselves to be able to provide a simple use of the sensor for in-field applications.

  10. Fast minute magnetic field coil for time-resolved nanospintronics

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    Pawliszak, ?ukasz; Zgirski, Maciej

    2014-01-01

    Nanospintronic and related research often requires the application of fast rising magnetic field pulses in the plane of the studied planar structure. We have designed and fabricated sub-milimeter-sized coils capable of delivering pulses of the magnetic field up to ~ 500 Oe in the plane of the sample with the rise time of order of 10 ns. The placement of the sample above the coil allows for an easy access to its surface with manipulators or light beams for, e.g., Kerr microscopy. We use the fabricated coil to drive magnetic domain walls in 1 ${\\mu}$ m wide permalloy wires and measure magnetic domain wall velocity as a function of the applied magnetic field.

  11. Fast, Linear Time Hierarchical Clustering using the Baire Metric

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    Contreras, Pedro

    2011-01-01

    The Baire metric induces an ultrametric on a dataset and is of linear computational complexity, contrasted with the standard quadratic time agglomerative hierarchical clustering algorithm. In this work we evaluate empirically this new approach to hierarchical clustering. We compare hierarchical clustering based on the Baire metric with (i) agglomerative hierarchical clustering, in terms of algorithm properties; (ii) generalized ultrametrics, in terms of definition; and (iii) fast clustering through k-means partititioning, in terms of quality of results. For the latter, we carry out an in depth astronomical study. We apply the Baire distance to spectrometric and photometric redshifts from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey using, in this work, about half a million astronomical objects. We want to know how well the (more costly to determine) spectrometric redshifts can predict the (more easily obtained) photometric redshifts, i.e. we seek to regress the spectrometric on the photometric redshifts, and we use clusterwi...

  12. Acute metabolic response to fasted and postprandial exercise

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    Lima FD

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Filipe Dinato de Lima,1,2 Ana Luiza Matias Correia,1 Denilson da Silva Teixeira,2 Domingos Vasco da Silva Neto,2 Ítalo Sávio Gonçalves Fernandes,2 Mário Boratto Xavier Viana,2 Mateus Petitto,2 Rodney Antônio da Silva Sampaio,2 Sandro Nobre Chaves,2 Simone Teixeira Alves,2 Renata Aparecida Elias Dantas,2 Márcio Rabelo Mota2 1University of Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil; 2Universitary Center of Brasília (UniCEUB, Brasília, DF, BrazilAbstract: The aim of this study was to analyze the acute metabolic response to exercise in fasting and postprandial. For this, ten individuals were submitted to an incremental treadmill test, with an initial speed of 5 and 1 km/h increments every minute, with no inclination, and a body composition assessment. After this 1st day, all volunteers were submitted to two experimental procedures (fasting and postprandial, with an aerobic exercise performed for 36 minutes at 65% of maximal oxygen consumption. At postprandial procedure, all subjects ingested a breakfast containing 59.3 g of carbohydrate (76.73%, 9.97 g of protein (12.90%, 8.01 g of lipids (10.37%, with a total energy intake of 349.17 kcal. An analysis of plasma concentration of triglycerides, lactate, and glucose was performed in two stages: before and after exercise. The Shapiro–Wilk test was used to verify the normality of the data. For analysis of glucose concentration, plasma lactate, and triglycerides, we used a repeated measures analysis of variance factorial 2×2, with Bonferroni multiple comparison test. The significance level of P<0.05 was adopted. The results indicated a maintenance level of glucose at fasting and a decrease in glucose concentration at postprandial exercise. Both conditions increase plasma lactate. Triglycerides also increased in the two experimental conditions; however, after exercise fasting, the increase was significantly higher than in the postprandial exercise. These data suggest that both exercises could increase plasma lactate and triglycerides. However, exercise performed in fasting condition decreases glucose concentration and increases triglycerides, even more than postprandial exercise.Keywords: aerobic exercise, energy metabolism, blood glucose, lactic acid, triglycerides

  13. FTSPlot: fast time series visualization for large datasets.

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    Riss, Michael

    2014-01-01

    The analysis of electrophysiological recordings often involves visual inspection of time series data to locate specific experiment epochs, mask artifacts, and verify the results of signal processing steps, such as filtering or spike detection. Long-term experiments with continuous data acquisition generate large amounts of data. Rapid browsing through these massive datasets poses a challenge to conventional data plotting software because the plotting time increases proportionately to the increase in the volume of data. This paper presents FTSPlot, which is a visualization concept for large-scale time series datasets using techniques from the field of high performance computer graphics, such as hierarchic level of detail and out-of-core data handling. In a preprocessing step, time series data, event, and interval annotations are converted into an optimized data format, which then permits fast, interactive visualization. The preprocessing step has a computational complexity of O(n x log(N)); the visualization itself can be done with a complexity of O(1) and is therefore independent of the amount of data. A demonstration prototype has been implemented and benchmarks show that the technology is capable of displaying large amounts of time series data, event, and interval annotations lag-free with x86_64 architecture currently up to 2(48) bytes are supported, and benchmarks have been conducted with 2(40) bytes/1 TiB or 1.3 x 10(11) double precision samples. The presented software is freely available and can be included as a Qt GUI component in future software projects, providing a standard visualization method for long-term electrophysiological experiments. PMID:24732865

  14. Bubble masks for time-encoded imaging of fast neutrons.

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    Brubaker, Erik; Brennan, James S.; Marleau, Peter; Nowack, Aaron B.; Steele, John; Sweany, Melinda; Throckmorton, Daniel J.

    2013-09-01

    Time-encoded imaging is an approach to directional radiation detection that is being developed at SNL with a focus on fast neutron directional detection. In this technique, a time modulation of a detected neutron signal is induced-typically, a moving mask that attenuates neutrons with a time structure that depends on the source position. An important challenge in time-encoded imaging is to develop high-resolution two-dimensional imaging capabilities; building a mechanically moving high-resolution mask presents challenges both theoretical and technical. We have investigated an alternative to mechanical masks that replaces the solid mask with a liquid such as mineral oil. Instead of fixed blocks of solid material that move in pre-defined patterns, the oil is contained in tubing structures, and carefully introduced air gaps-bubbles-propagate through the tubing, generating moving patterns of oil mask elements and air apertures. Compared to current moving-mask techniques, the bubble mask is simple, since mechanical motion is replaced by gravity-driven bubble propagation; it is flexible, since arbitrary bubble patterns can be generated by a software-controlled valve actuator; and it is potentially high performance, since the tubing and bubble size can be tuned for high-resolution imaging requirements. We have built and tested various single-tube mask elements, and will present results on bubble introduction and propagation as a function of tubing size and cross-sectional shape; real-time bubble position tracking; neutron source imaging tests; and reconstruction techniques demonstrated on simple test data as well as a simulated full detector system.

  15. Fasting induces a biphasic adaptive metabolic response in murine small intestine

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    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The gut is a major energy consumer, but a comprehensive overview of the adaptive response to fasting is lacking. Gene-expression profiling, pathway analysis, and immunohistochemistry were therefore carried out on mouse small intestine after 0, 12, 24, and 72 hours of fasting. Results Intestinal weight declined to 50% of control, but this loss of tissue mass was distributed proportionally among the gut's structural components, so that the microarrays' tissue base remained unaffected. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering of the microarrays revealed that the successive time points separated into distinct branches. Pathway analysis depicted a pronounced, but transient early response that peaked at 12 hours, and a late response that became progressively more pronounced with continued fasting. Early changes in gene expression were compatible with a cellular deficiency in glutamine, and metabolic adaptations directed at glutamine conservation, inhibition of pyruvate oxidation, stimulation of glutamate catabolism via aspartate and phosphoenolpyruvate to lactate, and enhanced fatty-acid oxidation and ketone-body synthesis. In addition, the expression of key genes involved in cell cycling and apoptosis was suppressed. At 24 hours of fasting, many of the early adaptive changes abated. Major changes upon continued fasting implied the production of glucose rather than lactate from carbohydrate backbones, a downregulation of fatty-acid oxidation and a very strong downregulation of the electron-transport chain. Cell cycling and apoptosis remained suppressed. Conclusion The changes in gene expression indicate that the small intestine rapidly looses mass during fasting to generate lactate or glucose and ketone bodies. Meanwhile, intestinal architecture is maintained by downregulation of cell turnover.

  16. Seismic response analysis of the PEC fast reactor building

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    In order to compute the motion induced by the design earthquakes at the vessel supporting structure, a seismic response analysis was performed for the PEC fast reactor, taking into account the effects of soil-structure interaction by use of experimentally determined soil parameters. The main aim of he analysis was to evaluate the safety margins present in the design calculations. A detailed 3D finite element model was set up for fixed base analysis; from the results of the 3D model a simplified equivalent model of the structure was then derived for soil-structure interaction analysis. The mathematical model was validated and calibrated by using the results of the experimental dynamic tests performed on the reactor building. The results have shown the adequacy of the computation methodologies, and in particular of those on the use of the equivalent model. (author)

  17. Supersensitive, Fast-Response Nanowire Sensors by Using Schottky Contacts

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    Hu, Youfan

    2010-05-31

    A Schottky barrier can be formed at the interface between a metal electrode and a semiconductor. The current passing through the metal-semiconductor contact is mainly controlled by the barrier height and barrier width. In conventional nanodevices, Schottky contacts are usually avoided in order to enhance the contribution made by the nanowires or nanotubes to the detected signal. We present a key idea of using the Schottky contact to achieve supersensitive and fast response nanowire-based nanosensors. We have illustrated this idea on several platforms: UV sensors, biosensors, and gas sensors. The gigantic enhancement in sensitivity of up to 5 orders of magnitude shows that an effective usage of the Schottky contact can be very beneficial to the sensitivity of nanosensors. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Response of CR-39 track detector to fast neutrons

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    A characteristic response of CR-39 track detector to fast neutrons has been investigated for practical application to personnel dosimetry. The CR-39 samples were exposed to quasi-monoenergetic neutrons near 146 keV, which were produced by filtering photo-neutrons from KURRI-LINAC with Si blocks. The intrinsic detection efficiency was estimated to be (2.4 ± 0.3) x 10-4 pits/n. The energy dependence of the efficiency was also calculated using both the angular differential cross sections for recoil particle production and the basic data of etching characteristics for respective charged particles from a Van de Graaff accelerator at Kobe University of Mercantile Marine. The discrepancy between the measured and calculated efficiencies was discussed. (author)

  19. Response of reverse convection to fast IMF transitions

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    Taguchi, S.; Tawara, A.

    2015-01-01

    The nature of the transition that high-latitude reverse convection makes in response to fast interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) changes is investigated using observations from multiple spacecraft and a ground magnetometer array. We focused on two fast IMF-transition events on 22 April 2006. Immediately after the first event, three ST5 spacecraft identified a clear change in the distribution of the polar cap field-aligned current. Coordinate observations with the Greenland magnetometer chain showed that the near-noon Hall current distribution, which is closely related to the polar cap field-aligned current or reverse convection, was in a transition state for about 10 min. For the second event, the Greenland magnetic perturbations also showed that a transition state occurred in the near-noon sector for 10-15 min. Three DMSP spacecraft that traversed the polar cap provided evidence showing that variations of the ground magnetic perturbations were produced by the transition from clockwise plasma circulation to the anticlockwise circulation over the polar cap. A simple calculation based on the Biot-Savart law shows that the near-noon transition state is consistent with the approach of a new convection region to the near-noon sector at the speed of 0.5-1 km s-1, which is coupled with the moving away of the old convection region at a similar speed. For the higher-latitude sunward flow region, it is found that the convection takes a transition state almost simultaneously (within 1 min) with that in the near-noon sector, i.e., quasi-instantaneous response.

  20. 28 CFR 542.18 - Response time.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 28 Judicial Administration 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Response time. 542.18 Section 542.18... REMEDY Administrative Remedy Program § 542.18 Response time. If accepted, a Request or Appeal is... later than the third calendar day after filing. If the time period for response to a Request or...

  1. A Fast Three-Dimensional Lighting Time Algorithm

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    Yao, J

    2003-06-25

    A narrow band level-set method to calculate the physical lighting time in three dimensions has been implemented with arbitrary hexahedral element systems. This method does not involve finite difference calculation of spatial derivatives. Mesh regularity, and the local topologic equivalence to a regular mesh are not required. The lighting surface is represented by a collection of curved facets contained in partially burnt cells. Level-set functions are calculated by direct measurement of distance to the lighting surface, and are carried only for nodes of a set of elements in a narrow band that covers the lighting surface. In the case of a concave boundary, the nodal distances are calculated with geodesics. A polynomial fitting of nodal level-set values across elements provides third-order spatial accuracy where the surface is sufficiently smooth. The curvature of the lighting surface is explicitly calculated. The DSD levelset equation is integrated directly in the normal direction. The new algorithm is self-initialized and allows easy boundary treatment with body fitting meshes. It can also be used as a fast, accurate solver for general surface propagation problems.

  2. Response of a fast reactor to a neutron source

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    In the multigroup approximation, a fast homogeneous bare reactor has properties which for each spatial harmonic can be summed up by a matrix A. A classification of reactors is made as a function of this structure which varies with the considered medium. The eigenvalues of A are the decay constants obtained with a pulsed neutron source. In the spectrum of these eigenvalues, is often a marked line related to a fundamental. The line is not always single. The neutron spectrum may be calculated from the eigenvectors. A neutron source, according to its spectrum, excites more or less the various energy harmonics. The detector, for its part, does not have the same response to all harmonics. Phenomena are symmetrical. Equations of this problem are written in matrix form and applied to sources which can be pulsed, modulated or controlled by the reactor flux. FORTRAN IV codes computing the behaviour of the detector response are described in the Appendix. For the computation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, some of these codes use sub-routines more accurate than the usual ones. (author)

  3. Using ferrite as a fast switch for improving rise time of IPNS extraction kicker

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    The Kicker system is used to extract beam from the Rapid Cycling Synchrotron (RCS). The Kicker consists of four identical pulse circuits, each providing over 3.8 kA to each magnet winding. The magnet length is restricted to the space between vacuum bellows attached to the ring magnets. This leaves 0.89 m for the magnet. To keep the voltage low the magnet conductor is broke up into 4, 1/4-turn magnet windings. Each pulse circuit consists of a Pulse Forming Network (PFN) that is charged to 50 KV. The PFN is discharged through a thyratron into a 6.3-ohm transmission line to one of the magnet windings. Our system has always had marginal rise time of around 100 ns. Although the thyratron switching time is much faster than this, losses in the transmission lines cause the slower response. By using ferrite to make a fast switch between the transmission lines and the magnet, the rise time in the magnet can be reduced. To make a fast ferrite switch, the saturation point must carefully be chosen. Parameters related to choosing the proper ferrite to provide fast saturation, at the correct current will be discussed.

  4. Response surface methodology to optimize novel fast disintegrating tablets using ? cyclodextrin as diluent.

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    Late, Sameer G; Banga, Ajay K

    2010-12-01

    The objective of this work was to apply response surface approach to investigate main and interaction effects of formulation parameters in optimizing novel fast disintegrating tablet formulation using ? cyclodextrin as a diluent. The variables studied were diluent (? cyclodextrin, X (1)), superdisintegrant (Croscarmellose sodium, X (2)), and direct compression aid (Spray dried lactose, X (3)). Tablets were prepared by direct compression method on B2 rotary tablet press using flat plain-face punches and characterized for weight variation, thickness, disintegration time (Y (1)), and hardness (Y (2)). Disintegration time was strongly affected by quadratic terms of ? cyclodextrin, croscarmellose sodium, and spray-dried lactose. The positive value of regression coefficient for ? cyclodextrin suggested that hardness increased with increased amount of ? cyclodextrin. In general, disintegration of tablets has been reported to slow down with increase in hardness. However in the present study, higher concentration of ? cyclodextrin was found to improve tablet hardness without increasing the disintegration time. Thus, ? cyclodextrin is proposed as a suitable diluent to achieve fast disintegrating tablets with sufficient hardness. Good correlation between the predicted values and experimental data of the optimized formulation validated prognostic ability of response surface methodology in optimizing fast disintegrating tablets using ? cyclodextrin as a diluent. PMID:21086083

  5. A measurement of the response to fast neutrons of several materials dosemeters

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    The response to fast neutrons was measured for three types of materials testing dosemeters: fast neutron dosimetry silicon diodes; beryllia, alumina and calcium fluoride TLDs; graphite walled ionisation chambers. The calibrations were made using a 3MW positive ion accelerator. The arrangement of the target, beam monitor and devices is described, and the measured fast neutron sensitivities are presented. (UK)

  6. Versatile fast response temperature sensor for use in liquid sodium

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    The requirement for, and subsequent design, construction and performance of an instrument to resolve rapid but small amplitude fluctuations in the temperature of a stream of liquid sodium are described. The sensor system consists of three mutually coupled inductive circuits: the primary and secondary are on the sensor whilst the liquid metal forms the third. The developed form of the instrument has a response time of 12 mS and is capable of detecting +- 0.50C variations in temperature up to 7000C. Prototype instruments are also described which have a response time less than 4 mS, and increased maximum operating temperature of 9000C, and which enable simultaneous flow and temperature measurements. (author)

  7. A LaBr{sub 3}: Ce fast-timing array for DESPEC at FAIR

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    Roberts, Oliver J., E-mail: O.J.Roberts@brighton.ac.uk [School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4GJ (United Kingdom); Bruce, Alison M. [School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4GJ (United Kingdom); Regan, Patrick H. [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); National Physics Laboratory, Teddington, TW11 0LW (United Kingdom); Podolyák, Zsolt; Townsley, Christopher M. [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Smith, John F.; Mulholland, Kieran F. [School of Engineering, The University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE (United Kingdom); Smith, Andrew [The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (United Kingdom)

    2014-06-01

    The design of a fast-timing ?-ray detection array aimed at measuring sub-nanosecond half-lives using LaBr{sub 3}:Ce scintillation crystals is presented. This array will complement novel and existing charged particle and neutron detector arrays at the low-energy branch of a fragment separator (Super-FRS) to be built within the NuSTAR collaboration as part of the future Facility for Anti-proton and Ion Research (FAIR). The array will be used in conjunction with the Advanced Implantation Detector Array (AIDA), to measure implant-decay correlations. Monte-Carlo simulations have been performed to determine the design of the proposed fast-timing array around a localised implantation point. In particular, simulations were used to determine the full-energy peak efficiencies for single cylindrical, conical and ‘hybrid’ detector geometries, as well as complete array configurations of ‘hybrid’ and ?1.5 in.×2 in. cylindrical crystals. Timing precision calculations were then used to determine the timing response for each configuration based on its simulated efficiency. An informed decision based on the simulated efficiencies and timing precision calculations allowed the optimum configuration for the array to be determined.

  8. A Fast-Response Atmospheric Turbulence (FRAT) Probe with Gas-Sampling Ducts Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Aeroprobe proposes to design, construct and test an air-data probe with substantially higher frequency response than currently available. This fast-response...

  9. A Fast-Response Atmospheric Turbulence (FRAT) Probe with Gas-Sampling Ducts Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The objective of this proposal is to design, construct and test a high-frequency-response air-data probe, the Fast Response Atmospheric Turbulence probe (FRAT...

  10. Conceptual Issues in Response-Time Modeling

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    van der Linden, Wim J.

    2009-01-01

    Two different traditions of response-time (RT) modeling are reviewed: the tradition of distinct models for RTs and responses, and the tradition of model integration in which RTs are incorporated in response models or the other way around. Several conceptual issues underlying both traditions are made explicit and analyzed for their consequences. We…

  11. Fast binarized time-reversed adapted-perturbation (b-TRAP) optical focusing inside scattering media

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    Ma, Cheng; Liu, Yan; Wang, Lihong V

    2015-01-01

    Light scattering inhibits high-resolution optical imaging, manipulation and therapy deep inside biological tissue by preventing focusing. To form deep foci, wavefront-shaping and time-reversal techniques that break the optical diffusion limit have been developed. For in vivo applications, such focusing must provide high gain, high speed, and a large number of spatial modes. However, none of the previous techniques meet these requirements simultaneously. Here, we overcome this challenge by rapidly measuring the perturbed optical field within a single camera exposure followed by adaptively time-reversing the phase-binarized perturbation. Consequently, a phase-conjugated wavefront is synthesized within a millisecond, two orders of magnitude shorter than the digitally achieved record. We demonstrated real-time focusing in dynamic scattering media, and extended laser speckle contrast imaging to new depths. The unprecedented combination of fast response, high gain, and large mode count makes this work a major strid...

  12. A modified fast analog technique for determining luminescence decay times of scintillators

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    The authors have modified their previous fast analog technique to determine the luminescence decay times of scintillators following an excitation with a Sr90 ?-source. In the original technique, the sample was excited with a nitrogen-pumped dye laser, and the fluorescence pulses (consisting of typically 50 to 1,000 photons) were detected by a multichannel plate photomultiplier tube (MCP-PMT). The output from the MCP-PMT was directed to a fast waveform digitizer triggered externally by the exciting laser. In the modified technique, the digitizer acquires the fluorescence decay in the internal trigger mode, as no corresponding external trigger pulse is available from the Sr90 source. For efficient light collection from scintillators, an ellipsoidal mirror assembly has been tested. The fluorescence decays are acquired as multi-photon pulses and are subsequently corrected for the temporal instrument response by using a deconvolution technique. The overall time resolution of the technique is about 100 ps. The fluorescence decay time obtained using this technique for a commercial scintillator (SCSN-81) agrees well with literature. The authors also discuss the results on new epoxy-polymer based scintillators prepared in their laboratory. The primary motivation for this work was development of new scintillators with shorter fluorescence decay times for high collision rate experiments

  13. FAST

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    Zuidmeer-Jongejan, Laurian; Fernandez-Rivas, Montserrat; Poulsen, Lars K.; Neubauer, Angela; Asturias, Juan; Blom, Lars; Boye, Joyce; Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten; Clausen, Michael Stellian; Ferrara, Rosa; Garosi, Paula; Huber, Hans; Jensen, Bettina M; Koppelman, Stef; Kowalski, Marek L; Lewandowska-Polak, Anna; Linhart, Birgit; Maillere, Bernard; Mari, Adriano; Martinez, Alberto; Mills, Clare En; Nicoletti, Claudio; Opstelten, Dirk-Jan; Papadopoulos, Nikos G; Portoles, Antonio; Rigby, Neil; Scala, Enrico; Schnoor, Heidi J; Sigursdottir, Sigurveig; Stavroulakis, Georg; Stolz, Frank; Swoboda, Ines; Valenta, Rudolf; van den Hout, Rob; Versteeg, Serge A; Witten, Marianne; van Ree, Ronald

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT: The FAST project (Food Allergy Specific Immunotherapy) aims at the development of safe and effective treatment of food allergies, targeting prevalent, persistent and severe allergy to fish and peach. Classical allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT), using subcutaneous injections with aqueous food extracts may be effective but has proven to be accompanied by too many anaphylactic side-effects. FAST aims to develop a safe alternative by replacing food extracts with hypoallergenic recombin...

  14. EGR Control for Emisson Reduction Using Fast Response Sensors - Phase 1A

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    Gravel, Roland; Conley, Jason; Kittelson, David

    2008-09-30

    The overall objective of this project was to develop exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) control strategies using fast-response Particulate Matter (PM) sensors and NOx sensors to improve the quality of particulate and gaseous emissions from diesel engines. This project initially comprised three phases: (1) Phase IA - sensor requirements to meet PM sensor specifications, NOx sensor assessment, and initial model development for EGR control; (2) Phase IB - continue development on PM and NOx sensors, integrate the sensor signals into the control simulations, and finalize model development for control strategies; and (3) Phase II - validation testing of the control strategies. Only Phase 1A was funded by DOE and executed by Honeywell. The major objectives of Phase 1A of the project included: (1) Sensor validation and operation of fast-response PM and NOx sensors; (2) Control system modeling of low-pressure EGR controls, development of control strategies, and initial evaluation of these models and strategies for EGR control in diesel engines; (3) Sensor testing to understand applicability of fast-response PM sensors in determining loading rates of the particle trap; and (4) Model validation and sensor testing under steady-state and transient operational conditions of actual engines. In particular, specific objectives included demonstration of: (1) A PM sensor response time constant (T10 - T90) of better than 100 milliseconds (msec); (2) The ability to detect PM at concentrations from 0.2 to 2 Bosch smoke number (BSN) or equivalent; (3) PM sensor accuracy to within 20% BSN over the entire range of operation; and (4) PM sensor repeatability to within 10% over the PM entire sensor range equivalent to a BSN of 0.2 to 2.

  15. Fast Mapping Across Time: Memory Processes Support Children’s Retention of Learned Words

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    Vlach, Haley A.; Sandhofer, Catherine M.

    2012-01-01

    Children’s remarkable ability to map linguistic labels to referents in the world is commonly called fast mapping. The current study examined children’s (N?=?216) and adults’ (N?=?54) retention of fast-mapped words over time (immediately, after a 1-week delay, and after a 1-month delay). The fast mapping literature often characterizes children’s retention of words as consistently high across timescales. However, the current study demonstrates that learners forget word mappings at a rapid rate....

  16. Fast Mapping Across Time: Memory Processes Support Children's Retention of Learned Words

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    HaleyVlach

    2012-01-01

    Children's remarkable ability to map linguistic labels to objects in the world is referred to as fast mapping. The current study examined children's (N = 216) and adults’ (N = 54) retention of fast-mapped words over time (immediately, after a 1 week delay, and after a 1 month delay). The fast mapping literature often characterizes children's retention of words as consistently high across timescales. However, the current study demonstrates that learners forget word mappings at a rapid rate....

  17. Picosecond time measurement using ultra fast analog memories

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    Breton, D.(Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire, IN2P3/CNRS et Université Paris-Sud 11, Centre Scientifique d’Orsay, F-91898, Orsay Cedex, France); Delagnes, E; Maalmi, J.

    2009-01-01

    The currently existing electronics dedicated to precise time measurement is mainly based on the use of constant fraction discriminators (CFD) associated with Time to Digital Converters (TDC). The constant fraction technique minimizes the time walk effect (dependency of timing on the pulse amplitude). Several attempts have been made to integrate CFD in multi-channel ASICs. But the time resolution measured on the most advanced one is of the order of 30 ps rms. Two main techniques are used for t...

  18. FAST

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    Zuidmeer-Jongejan, Laurian; Fernandez-Rivas, Montserrat; Poulsen, Lars K.; Neubauer, Angela; Asturias, Juan; Blom, Lars; Boye, Joyce; Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten; Clausen, Michael Stellian; Ferrara, Rosa; Garosi, Paula; Huber, Hans; Jensen, Bettina M; Koppelman, Stef; Kowalski, Marek L; Lewandowska-Polak, Anna; Linhart, Birgit; Maillere, Bernard; Mari, Adriano; Martinez, Alberto; Mills, Clare En; Nicoletti, Claudio; Opstelten, Dirk-Jan; Papadopoulos, Nikos G; Portoles, Antonio; Rigby, Neil; Scala, Enrico; Schnoor, Heidi J; Sigursdottir, Sigurveig; Stavroulakis, Georg; Stolz, Frank; Swoboda, Ines; Valenta, Rudolf; van den Hout, Rob; Versteeg, Serge A; Witten, Marianne; van Ree, Ronald

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT: The FAST project (Food Allergy Specific Immunotherapy) aims at the development of safe and effective treatment of food allergies, targeting prevalent, persistent and severe allergy to fish and peach. Classical allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT), using subcutaneous injections with aqu...

  19. Excessive fasting times: still an underaddressed challenge for African pediatrics and anesthesia?

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Gregor Pollach,1,2 Rose Kapenda,2 Beauty Anusa,2 Ethel Waluza,2 Felix Namboya1,21Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, 2Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi, Central AfricaBackground: Children are starved before surgery following international preoperative guidelines. Extreme fasting is still reported, but data for Africa are scarce. Starving in hot climates leads to challenges arising from dehydration, hypotension, metabolic disturbances, and complications during induction of anesthesia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the scope of the problem, identify possible reasons for this, and propose realistic solutions.Methods: We performed eleven prospective audits between 2008 and 2013 in Malawi to improve our preoperative fasting times. In total, 631 children (aged 3 days to 13 years were monitored. Training was provided, and the results were measured using a visual analog scale.Results: In 2008, the baseline audit showed a mean fasting time (MFT of 13.48 hours (31 patients. Training reduced the MFT to 8.77 hours (73 patients and 3.2 hours (35 patients in 2009. Without training, the MFT increased to 4.6 hours (35 patients in 2010 and to 10.2 hours (50 patients in 2011. A low level of training decreased the MFT to 8.13 hours (139 patients, in spring 2012. Educational activity brought the MFT down further to 7.86 hours (36 patients, in summer 2012. Lack of training in autumn 2012 increased MFT to 9.32 hours (151 patients, which then improved to 8.04 hours (27 patients as a result of renewed educational activity. In 2013, MFT increased to 9.8 hours (37 patients despite training. In June 2013, more education achieved a reduction in MFT to 6.52 hours (17 patients. The MFT across all audits (2008–2013 was 8.48 hours. Education reduces MFT, but only in the short term. Factors responsible for changes in MFT were identified.Conclusion: Excessive preoperative fasting is an underaddressed problem in Africa. Reduction is difficult, so it has to be accepted as an ongoing task.Keywords: child, infant, fluid, education, developing countries, Africa, fasting

  20. Fast to forgive, slow to retaliate: intuitive responses in the ultimatum game depend on the degree of unfairness.

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    Ferguson, Eamonn; Maltby, John; Bibby, Peter A; Lawrence, Claire

    2014-01-01

    Evolutionary accounts have difficulty explaining why people cooperate with anonymous strangers they will never meet. Recently models, focusing on emotional processing, have been proposed as a potential explanation, with attention focusing on a dual systems approach based on system 1 (fast, intuitive, automatic, effortless, and emotional) and system 2 (slow, reflective, effortful, proactive and unemotional). Evidence shows that when cooperation is salient, people are fast (system 1) to cooperate, but with longer delays (system 2) they show greed. This is interpreted within the framework of the social heuristic hypothesis (SHH), whereby people overgeneralize potentially advantageous intuitively learnt and internalization social norms to 'atypical' situations. We extend this to explore intuitive reactions to unfairness by integrating the SHH with the 'fast to forgive, slow to anger' (FFSA) heuristic. This suggests that it is advantageous to be prosocial when facing uncertainty. We propose that whether or not someone intuitively shows prosociality (cooperation) or retaliation is moderated by the degree (certainty) of unfairness. People should intuitively cooperate when facing mild levels of unfairness (fast to forgive) but when given longer to decide about another's mild level of unfairness should retaliate (slow to anger). However, when facing severe levels of unfairness, the intuitive response is always retaliation. We test this using a series of one-shot ultimatum games and manipulate level of offer unfairness (50:50 60:40, 70:30, 80:20, 90:10) and enforced time delays prior to responding (1s, 2s, 8s, 15s). We also measure decision times to make responses after the time delays. The results show that when facing mildly unfair offers (60:40) people are fast (intuitive) to cooperate but with longer delays reject these mildly unfair offers: 'fast to forgive, and slow to retaliate'. However, for severely unfair offers (90:10) the intuitive and fast response is to always reject. PMID:24820479

  1. Diminished AMPK signaling response to fasting in Thioredoxin-interacting Protein Knockout Mice

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    Andres, Allen M.; Ratliff, Eric P.; Sachithanantham, Sowbarnika; Hui, Simon T

    2011-01-01

    Thioredoxin-interacting protein (Txnip) knockout (TKO) mice exhibit impaired response to fasting. Herein, we showed that activation of AMPK and cellular AMP levels were diminished in the heart and soleus muscle but not in gastrocnemius muscle of fasting TKO mice. Similarly, glycogen content in fasted TKO mice was increased in oxidative muscles but was not different in glycolytic muscles. These data suggest Txnip deficiency has a higher impact on oxidative muscle than glycolytic muscles and pr...

  2. Geosynchronous magnetic field responses to fast solar wind dynamic pressure enhancements: MHD field model

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    T. R. Sun

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We performed global MHD simulations of the geosynchronous magnetic field in response to fast solar wind dynamic pressure (Pd enhancements. Taking three Pd enhancement events in 2000 as examples, we found that the main features of the total field B and the dominant component Bz can be efficiently predicted by the MHD model. The predicted B and Bz varies with local time, with the highest level near noon and a slightly lower level around mid-night. However, it is more challenging to accurately predict the responses of the smaller component at the geosynchronous orbit (i.e., Bx and By. In contrast, the limitations of T01 model in predicting responses to fast Pd enhancements are presented.

  3. Fast-slow coincidence systems with very high time resolution

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    The measuring of very short times has recently become increasingly important. In this paper the authors describe their studies on the various parts of a timing system in an attempt to improve its parameters. The detector system, i.e. the transit time differences of the photomultipliers, the construction of the divider network, the various types of timing discriminators, the time-to-pulse height converters and the gating system were investigated. Two types of constant fraction discriminators are introduced: one for general timing applications, the other placed inside the detector head for positron lifetime measurements. (author)

  4. Serial time-encoded amplified imaging for real-time observation of fast dynamic phenomena.

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    Goda, K; Tsia, K K; Jalali, B

    2009-04-30

    Ultrafast real-time optical imaging is an indispensable tool for studying dynamical events such as shock waves, chemical dynamics in living cells, neural activity, laser surgery and microfluidics. However, conventional CCDs (charge-coupled devices) and their complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) counterparts are incapable of capturing fast dynamical processes with high sensitivity and resolution. This is due in part to a technological limitation-it takes time to read out the data from sensor arrays. Also, there is the fundamental compromise between sensitivity and frame rate; at high frame rates, fewer photons are collected during each frame-a problem that affects nearly all optical imaging systems. Here we report an imaging method that overcomes these limitations and offers frame rates that are at least 1,000 times faster than those of conventional CCDs. Our technique maps a two-dimensional (2D) image into a serial time-domain data stream and simultaneously amplifies the image in the optical domain. We capture an entire 2D image using a single-pixel photodetector and achieve a net image amplification of 25 dB (a factor of 316). This overcomes the compromise between sensitivity and frame rate without resorting to cooling and high-intensity illumination. As a proof of concept, we perform continuous real-time imaging at a frame speed of 163 ns (a frame rate of 6.1 MHz) and a shutter speed of 440 ps. We also demonstrate real-time imaging of microfluidic flow and phase-explosion effects that occur during laser ablation. PMID:19407796

  5. A Fasting-Responsive Signaling Pathway that Extends Life Span in C. elegans

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    Masaharu Uno

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Intermittent fasting is one of the most effective dietary restriction regimens that extend life span in C. elegans and mammals. Fasting-stimulus responses are key to the longevity response; however, the mechanisms that sense and transduce the fasting stimulus remain largely unknown. Through a comprehensive transcriptome analysis in C. elegans, we find that along with the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16, AP-1 (JUN-1/FOS-1 plays a central role in fasting-induced transcriptional changes. KGB-1, one of the C. elegans JNKs, acts as an activator of AP-1 and is activated in response to fasting. KGB-1 and AP-1 are involved in intermittent fasting-induced longevity. Fasting-induced upregulation of the components of the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase complex via AP-1 and DAF-16 enhances protein ubiquitination and reduces protein carbonylation. Our results thus identify a fasting-responsive KGB-1/AP-1 signaling pathway, which, together with DAF-16, causes transcriptional changes that mediate longevity, partly through regulating proteostasis.

  6. A Capacitor-Free, Fast Transient Response Linear Voltage Regulator In a 180nm CMOS

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    Deleuran, Alexander N.; Lindbjerg, Nicklas; Pedersen, Martin K.; Llimos Muntal, Pere; Jørgensen, Ivan Harald Holger

    2015-01-01

    A 1.8 V capacitor-free linear regulator with fast transient response based on a new topology with a fast and slow regulation loop is presented. The design has been laid out and simulated in a 0.18 µm CMOS process. The design has a low component count and is tailored for system-on-chip integration...

  7. A fast response variable optical attenuator based on blue phase liquid crystal.

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    Zhu, Ge; Wei, Bing-yan; Shi, Liang-yu; Lin, Xiao-wen; Hu, Wei; Huang, Zhang-di; Lu, Yan-qing

    2013-03-11

    Blue phase liquid crystals (BPLCs) are promising candidates for next generation display thanks to their fast response and quasi-isotropic optical properties. By taking these advantages, we propose to introduce the material into fiber-optic applications. As an example, a BPLC based variable optical attenuator (VOA) is demonstrated with a polarization independent design. The device shows normally-off feature when no field is applied. Response time down to submillisecond scale is achieved in switching between two arbitrary attenuation states. The attenuation range is also measured from 1480 to 1550 nm, which cover the whole telecomm S-band and part of the C-band. The overall performances reach the requirements for practical use; while still have room for further improvement. Through this example, the applicability of BPLC in fiber-optic devices is presented, which may impel the development of many other photonic applications from infrared to even microwave regions. PMID:23482104

  8. Human response times in a graphic environment

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    Yule, A

    1972-01-01

    A summary of the results obtained from measuring the response times of the users of an interactive graphics system available on the CERN central computers is presented. These results are then used to find an optimum time to wait before rolling the user's program to disc.

  9. UCP2 Regulates the Glucagon Response to Fasting and Starvation

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    Allister, Emma M.; Robson-Doucette, Christine A.; Prentice, Kacey J.; Hardy, Alexandre B.; Sultan, Sobia; Gaisano, Herbert Y.; Kong, Dong; Gilon, Patrick; Herrera, Pedro Luis; Lowell, Bradford B.; Wheeler, Michael B.

    2013-01-01

    Glucagon is important for maintaining euglycemia during fasting/starvation, and abnormal glucagon secretion is associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes; however, the mechanisms of hypoglycemia-induced glucagon secretion are poorly understood. We previously demonstrated that global deletion of mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2(-/-)) in mice impaired glucagon secretion from isolated islets. Therefore, UCP2 may contribute to the regulation of hypoglycemia-induced glucagon secretion, whi...

  10. Fast and Furious: Rapid Response to Young Supernovae

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    Cao, Yi; Kulkarni, Shrinivas R.; Nugent, Peter E.; Kasliwal, Mansi M.

    2016-01-01

    Observations of supernovae within a few days of their explosion provide entirely diagnostics to probe the nature of supernova progenitors. Since 2013, I have used the intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF) to systematically study extraordinarily young supernovae. In this talk, I will give an overview of iPTF survey design, summarize the design and implementation of the near real-time discovery pipeline and then describe the rapid-response follow-up. The highlights from my thesis are: 1) We observed a strong declining UV emission from a low-velocity Type Ia supernova which is consistent with the expected emission from a supernova slamming into a companion star. Evidently some Type Ia supernovae arise from the so-called "single degenerate" channel. 2) We identified the first progenitor candidate of a Type Ib supernova in the pre-explosion HST images. Our multi-wavelength observations of this young Type Ib supernova constrain its progenitor to be smaller than several solar radii and with strong mass loss, consistent with our current ideas that the progenitor should be a Wolf-Rayet star. I will end my talk with prospects for this field with the upcoming Zwicky Transient Facility.

  11. Modeling and dynamic characteristics analysis on a three-stage fast-response and large-flow directional valve

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    Highlights: • Presenting a valve with the fast response and high flow capacity simultaneously. • Dividing the response time into the starting delay ?t1 and opening time ?t2. • Proposing the change time ?tc and critical open value pc3cr of the control pressure. • The fast response relies on short change time ?tc and appropriate value of pc3cr. • Optimizing parameters associated with ?tc and pc3cr to improve valve response. - Abstract: The large transient power hydraulic systems, characterized by high pressure, large transient flow and high output power, have widespread industrial applications in converting powerful hydraulic energy to kinetic energy in a transient period. A conventional large flow rate directional valve is unable to be used in these applications due to the slow response. A directional control valve with fast response and high flow capacity simultaneously is presented for the large transient power hydraulic system in this paper. The valve utilizes a three-stage structure with two high-speed on/off solenoid valves as the pilot stage and two cartridge poppet valves as the secondary stage to overcome the fundamental trade off between valve response and flow capacity. A precise mathematical model of this valve considering both turbulent flow and laminar flow is developed. A test apparatus which has the ability to provide and measure transient large flow is built. The flow rate is estimated based on the pressure dynamics. The property parameters in the simulation model are optimized against measured data. According to the dynamic characteristics analysis, the valve response is split into the starting delay and opening time. The step response is rapid enough to provide a large transient flow, while the high flow capacity is not reduced due to the fast response. The main control pressure is characterized by its change time and critical open pressure and these two parameters determine the main-stage response. Some key structural factors concerning with these two parameters are discussed in detail and optimize to further reduce the response time

  12. Fast versus slow response in climate change: implications for the global hydrological cycle

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    Bala, Govindasamy [Indian Institute of Science, Divecha Center for Climate Change and Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Bangalore (India); Caldeira, K. [Carnegie Institution, Department of Global Ecology, Stanford, CA (United States); Nemani, R. [NASA Ames Research Center, Santa Clara, CA (United States)

    2010-08-15

    Recent studies have shown that changes in global mean precipitation are larger for solar forcing than for CO{sub 2} forcing of similar magnitude. In this paper, we use an atmospheric general circulation model to show that the differences originate from differing fast responses of the climate system. We estimate the adjusted radiative forcing and fast response using Hansen's ''fixed-SST forcing'' method. Total climate system response is calculated using mixed layer simulations using the same model. Our analysis shows that the fast response is almost 40% of the total response for few key variables like precipitation and evaporation. We further demonstrate that the hydrologic sensitivity, defined as the change in global mean precipitation per unit warming, is the same for the two forcings when the fast responses are excluded from the definition of hydrologic sensitivity, suggesting that the slow response (feedback) of the hydrological cycle is independent of the forcing mechanism. Based on our results, we recommend that the fast and slow response be compared separately in multi-model intercomparisons to discover and understand robust responses in hydrologic cycle. The significance of this study to geoengineering is discussed. (orig.)

  13. Fast and Flexible Multivariate Time Series Subsequence Search

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Multivariate Time-Series (MTS) are ubiquitous, and are generated in areas as disparate as sensor recordings in aerospace systems, music and video streams, medical...

  14. Fast Accelerated Failure Time Modeling for Case-Cohort Data

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    Chiou, Steven; Kang, Sangwook; Yan, Jun

    2012-01-01

    Semiparametric accelerated failure time (AFT) models directly relate the predicted failure times to covariates and are a useful alternative to models that work on the hazard function or the survival function. For case-cohort data, much less development has been done with AFT models. In addition to the missing covariates outside of the sub-cohort in controls, challenges from AFT model inferences with full cohort are retained. The regression parameter estimator is hard to comp...

  15. Time to let go of CARP? Not so fast

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    Monsod, Toby C.; Piza, Sharon A.

    2014-01-01

    The following note seeks to clarify the appreciation of data pertaining to agrarian reform as used in the discussion paper "CARP: time to let go" (henceforth Fabella (2014)). Fabella (2014) has three parts: the first part argues that "the cumulative weight of evidence suggests that the hypothesis that in economic terms CARP is a government failure has not been rejected." The second part offers possible reasons for that failure. The third part concludes, saying it is time to let go.

  16. Development of a new time-amplitude converter with tunnel diodes for improving fast neutron spectrometry by time of flight

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    New time-amplitude converter with Esaki diodes, the events being preselected before analysis, allows for realizing a fast neutron spectrometer by time-of-flight with an 1.5 * 10-9 s overall time resolution for 12C (n,n') at 14 MeV. (author)

  17. Fast ?-ray coincidence timing using a BGO detector array in a nuclear reaction experiment

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    The (7Li, 7Be) nuclear charge-exchange reaction has been investigated at E(7Li)=350 MeV. Coincidences were measured between the charged 7Be reaction products in the focal plane of a magnetic spectrometer and 430-keV Doppler-shifted ?-rays from the decay in flight of excited 7Be ejectiles. The latter were detected in a compact BGO detector array. Fast timing was used to optimize the separation between prompt and randoms events. The BGO output signals display the statistical distribution of the arrival times of individual photoelectrons from the photocathode in the photomultiplier tubes. A timing resolution of 6.5 ns relative to the accelerator RF was obtained. A simple model was successfully developed to simulate the BGO output signals with a statistical distribution of a predetermined number of photoelectrons modulated by the light output response of the scintillator and the single-photoelectron gain distribution and transit time through the photomultiplier tube. It is concluded that the timing resolution is primarily limited by the small number of photoelectrons. ((orig.))

  18. Brief Communication: Greenland's shrinking ice cover: ?fast times? but not that fast

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    P. Morin

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available A map of Greenland in the 13th edition (2011 of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World made headlines because the publisher's media release mistakenly stated that the permanent ice cover had shrunk 15 % since the previous 10th edition (1999 revision. The claimed shrinkage was immediately challenged by glaciologists, then retracted by the publisher. Here we show: (1 accurate maps of ice extent based on 1978/1987 aerial surveys and recent MODIS imaging; and (2 shrinkage at 0.019 % a?1 in ? 50 000 km2 of ice in a part of east Greenland that is shown as ice-free in the Times Atlas.

  19. Continuous data recording on fast real-time systems

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    The PCU-Project enhancement of the vertical stabilisation at JET required a new real-time control system with specifications of 2 Gops and 50 ?s cycle time. A new framework for the real-time has been developed showing to meet the requirements running on RTAI based architecture on an *86 multi-core processor technology. The new real-time multi-platform framework developed at JET has demonstrated with the new Vertical Stabilisation system to be able to reach high performance, maintaining a high level of flexibility and offering a powerful environment for debugging and testing. Linux-RTAI, on a multi-core processor, has been the optimal platform for obtaining the requested performance. Managing the high data flow has been solved via a data streaming architecture that, without compromising the real-time tasks, has shown to have reached a high transfer rate (up to 70 Mb/s). This technology can be exported to a long pulse duration environment like ITER and with minimum effort it can also be used for implementing off-line post-processing during the operation without having to wait for the end of the experiment. This document is a poster. (A.C.)

  20. Radiobiological response of fast neutrons on seedling growth of rice varieties with different amylose content

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    Many studies are reported on radiation effects and on factors modifying the biological response of radiation in rice. However, little attention was directed towards studying effects of fast neutrons on seedling growth response of rice as a function of chemical constituents (e.g. amylose content). Experiments were conducted to investigate the dependency of amylose content in 4 rice cultivars on radiosensitivity to fast neutrons. From the results obtained a clear relationship between amylose content and sensitivity to fast neutrons could be shown. (author)

  1. Time-resolved fast-neutron imaging with a pulse-counting image intensifier

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    Dangendorf, Volker

    2007-01-01

    A new imaging method that combines high-efficiency fast-neutron detection with sub-ns time resolution is presented. This is achieved by exploiting the high neutron detection efficiency of a thick scintillator and the fast timing capability and flexibility of light-pulse detection with a dedicated image intensifier. The neutron converter is a plastic scintillator slab or, alternatively, a scintillating fibre screen. The scintillator is optically coupled to a pulse counting image intensifier wh...

  2. Improved strain-wire flowmeter has fast response time

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    Dillon, R. C.; Dunbar, W. R.

    1965-01-01

    Strain-sensitive resistance wires in a Wheatstone bridge arrangement form the sensing element of a flowmeter. The change in resistance of the wires is measured as a function of stream velocity. Thus the electrical output is a measure of both rapidly varying and steady fluid-flow rates.

  3. Brief Communication: Greenland's shrinking ice cover: ?fast times? but not that fast

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    Morin, P.; G. J. Leonard; Jiskoot, H.; J. G. Cogley; Citterio, M.; Christoffersen, P.; Chen, C; J. E. Box; T. J. Benham; Bamber, J. L.; R. B. Alley; Ahlstrøm, A. P.; Kargel, J S; Scambos, T.; Sheldon, T.

    2011-01-01

    A map of Greenland in the 13th edition (2011) of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World made headlines because the publisher's media release mistakenly stated that the permanent ice cover had shrunk 15 % since the previous 10th edition (1999) revision. The claimed shrinkage was immediately challenged by glaciologists, then retracted by the publisher. Here we show: (1) accurate maps of ice extent based on 1978/1987 aerial surveys and recent MODIS imaging; and (2) shrinkage at 0.019 % ...

  4. Extremely fast recovery time receiver for pulsed NMR

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    A radio-frequency receiver--amplifier for pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance applications is described. This amplifier has a voltage gain of 2000 and a bandwidth of 5--115 MHz and consists of three identical stages having nonsaturating overload characteristics. Each individual stage recovers within a time of 1 nsec following a 20 dBm overload. The blocking effect of capacitive interstage coupling following rf pulses has been essentially eliminated using series-tuned broad bandwidth resonant circuits between stages. Measured receiver recovery times range from 250 nsec for short (400 nsec) transmitter pulses to 2.0 ?sec for long (75 ?sec) pulses. The effective receiver input noise voltage measured following phase-sensitive detection and at the output of a video amplifier having a bandwidth of 320 kHz was 1.2 ?V

  5. Fast SIFT design for real-time visual feature extraction.

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    Chiu, Liang-Chi; Chang, Tian-Sheuan; Chen, Jiun-Yen; Chang, Nelson Yen-Chung

    2013-08-01

    Visual feature extraction with scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) is widely used for object recognition. However, its real-time implementation suffers from long latency, heavy computation, and high memory storage because of its frame level computation with iterated Gaussian blur operations. Thus, this paper proposes a layer parallel SIFT (LPSIFT) with integral image, and its parallel hardware design with an on-the-fly feature extraction flow for real-time application needs. Compared with the original SIFT algorithm, the proposed approach reduces the computational amount by 90% and memory usage by 95%. The final implementation uses 580-K gate count with 90-nm CMOS technology, and offers 6000 feature points/frame for VGA images at 30 frames/s and ? 2000 feature points/frame for 1920 × 1080 images at 30 frames/s at the clock rate of 100 MHz. PMID:23743775

  6. Fast changes for tough times: employee suggestion programs.

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    Lyons, D M

    1997-06-01

    In the midst of the current marketplace's turmoil, healthcare organizations (HCOs) lack two critical commodities: time and money. Today, time and money are all that stand between many HCOs current operations and their demise at the hands of healthcare reform; therefore, healthcare administrators cannot afford to spend either frivolously. Consultants have put forth an array of employee incentive programs designed to address cost containment and market positioning goals of various institutions. Many of these programs are well packaged and can be considered "politically correct" in terms of current philosophies on employee-management relations. However, many programs focus on long-term goals and strategies and, therefore, are most appropriate for organizations not in immediate danger of demise. One long-term program espoused and implemented widely by organizations is the employee suggestion system. This article looks at employee suggestion programs. PMID:10168655

  7. Continuous data recording on fast real-time systems

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    The PCU-Project launched for the enhancement of the vertical stabilisation system at JET required the design of a new real-time control system with the challenging specifications of 2Gops and a cycle time of 50 μs. The RTAI based architecture running on an x86 multi-core processor technology demonstrated to be the best platform for meeting the high requirements. Moreover, on this architecture thanks to the smart allocation of the interrupts it was possible to demonstrate simultaneous data streaming at 50 MBs on Ethernet while handling a real-time 100 kHz interrupt source with a maximum jitter of just 3 μs. Because of the memory limitation imposed by 32 bit version Linux running in kernel mode, the RTAI-based new controller allows a maximum practical data storage of 800 MB per pulse. While this amount of data can be accepted for JET normal operation it posed some limitations in the debugging and commissioning of the system. In order to increase the capability of the data acquisition of the system we have designed a mechanism that allows continuous full bandwidth (56 MB/s) data streaming from the real-time task (running in kernel mode) to either a data collector (running in user mode) or an external data acquisition server. The exploited architecture involves a peer to peer mechanisms where the sender running in RTAI kernel mode broadcasts large chunks of data using UDP packets, implemented using the 'fcomm' RTAI extension , to a receiver that will store the data. The paper will present the results of the initial RTAI operating system tests, the design of the streaming architecture and the first experimental results.

  8. Fast and Flexible Multivariate Time Series Subsequence Search

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    Bhaduri, Kanishka; Oza, Nikunj C.; Zhu, Qiang; Srivastava, Ashok N.

    2010-01-01

    Multivariate Time-Series (MTS) are ubiquitous, and are generated in areas as disparate as sensor recordings in aerospace systems, music and video streams, medical monitoring, and financial systems. Domain experts are often interested in searching for interesting multivariate patterns from these MTS databases which often contain several gigabytes of data. Surprisingly, research on MTS search is very limited. Most of the existing work only supports queries with the same length of data, or queries on a fixed set of variables. In this paper, we propose an efficient and flexible subsequence search framework for massive MTS databases, that, for the first time, enables querying on any subset of variables with arbitrary time delays between them. We propose two algorithms to solve this problem (1) a List Based Search (LBS) algorithm which uses sorted lists for indexing, and (2) a R*-tree Based Search (RBS) which uses Minimum Bounding Rectangles (MBR) to organize the subsequences. Both algorithms guarantee that all matching patterns within the specified thresholds will be returned (no false dismissals). The very few false alarms can be removed by a post-processing step. Since our framework is also capable of Univariate Time-Series (UTS) subsequence search, we first demonstrate the efficiency of our algorithms on several UTS datasets previously used in the literature. We follow this up with experiments using two large MTS databases from the aviation domain, each containing several millions of observations. Both these tests show that our algorithms have very high prune rates (>99%) thus needing actual disk access for only less than 1% of the observations. To the best of our knowledge, MTS subsequence search has never been attempted on datasets of the size we have used in this paper.

  9. Response of sapphire thermocurrent dosimeters to fast neutrons

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    Pearson, D.W.; Moran, P.R.

    1975-01-01

    The response of sapphire (Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/) thermocurrent (TC) dosimeters to 14 MeV neutrons is about 10% of the response to cesium gamma rays on an equivalent tissue rad basis. The addition of proton radiator covers of methyl methacrylate increases this response to about 15%. The magnitude of the thermocurrent peak at 260/sup 0/ (peak 3) allows measurement of gamma ray exposures of 10 mR with a signal to noise ratio of about unity.

  10. Time Domain Response of the ARIANNA Detector

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    Barwick, S W; Besson, D Z; Hanson, J C; Klein, S R; Kleinfelder, S A; Piasecki, M; Ratzlaff, K; Reed, C; Roumi, M; Stezelberger, T; Tatar, J; Walker, J; Young, R; Zou, L

    2014-01-01

    The Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf Antenna Neutrino Array (ARIANNA) is a high-energy neutrino detector designed to record the Askaryan electric field signature of cosmogenic neutrino interactions in ice. To understand the inherent radio-frequency (RF) neutrino signature, the time-domain response of the ARIANNA RF receiver must be measured. ARIANNA uses Create CLP5130-2N log-periodic dipole arrays (LPDAs). The associated effective height operator converts incident electric fields to voltage waveforms at the LDPA terminals. The effective height versus time and incident angle was measured, along with the associated response of the ARIANNA RF amplifier. The results are verified by correlating to field measurements in air and ice, using oscilloscopes. Finally, theoretical models for the Askaryan electric field are combined with the detector response to predict the neutrino signature.

  11. A Ballistic Model of Choice Response Time

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    Brown, Scott; Heathcote, Andrew

    2005-01-01

    Almost all models of response time (RT) use a stochastic accumulation process. To account for the benchmark RT phenomena, researchers have found it necessary to include between-trial variability in the starting point and/or the rate of accumulation, both in linear (R. Ratcliff & J. N. Rouder, 1998) and nonlinear (M. Usher & J. L. McClelland, 2001)…

  12. Time to positivity of neonatal blood cultures: fast and furious?

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    Guerti, Khadija; Devos, Helena; Ieven, Margareta M; Mahieu, Ludo M

    2011-04-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the time to positivity (TTP) of neonatal blood cultures, to investigate differences between early onset versus late-onset sepsis, and non-proven versus proven sepsis, and to examine differences in TTP by organism type using a retrospective observational study at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium. The subjects were 1828 neonates with suspected sepsis who were treated with antimicrobials for at least 3 days. The TTP was recorded for all episodes of suspected sepsis in an approximately 6.5 year period. A total of 2916 blood cultures were collected, of which 437 (15%) became positive. The overall TTP was 21.33 h (Q1-Q3 13.17-32.46). The difference between the median TTP in early onset versus late-onset sepsis was 0.83 h (22.00 versus 21.17 h, P=0.75). The median TTP for Gram-negative organisms was 11.17 h (Q1-Q3 8.84-15.67), whereas the median TTP for Gram-positive organisms was 23.59 h (Q1-Q3 15.29-34.58, P<0.001). In Gram-positive isolates, the median TTP for coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) was 26.67 h (Q1-Q3 19.00-38.17), whereas the median TTP for non-CNS was 12.83 h (Q1-Q3 10.50-18.17, P<0.001). The median TTP in proven sepsis was 20.17 h (Q1-Q3 13.00-30.37), whereas it was 29.67 h (Q1-Q3 21.17-50.63, P<0.001) in non-proven sepsis. TTP of neonatal blood cultures was significantly shorter for Gram-negative organisms. We suggest shortening the total incubation time of neonatal blood cultures to a maximum of 3 days. However, blood cultures collected in infants<72 h of age might require a longer incubation time. According to our results, it may be safe to narrow the antimicrobial spectrum to solely target Gram-positive bacteria when the culture is still negative after 48 h, and to cease antimicrobial therapy when the culture is still negative after 72 h in clinically well infants. PMID:21163823

  13. Parallel Configuration For Fast Superconducting Strip Line Detectors With Very Large Area In Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometry

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    We realized a very fast and large Superconducting Strip Line Detector based on a parallel configuration of nanowires. The detector with size 200x200 ?m2 recorded a sub-nanosecond pulse width of 700 ps in FWHM (400 ps rise time and 530 ps relaxation time) for lysozyme monomers/multimers molecules accelerated at 175 keV in a Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer. This record is the best in the class of superconducting detectors and comparable with the fastest NbN superconducting single photon detector of 10x10 ?m2. We succeeded in acquiring mass spectra as the first step for a scale-up to ?mm pixel size for high throughput MS analysis, while keeping a fast response.

  14. Ultra Fast Timing Measurements at $^{78}$Ni and $^{132}$Sn

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    2002-01-01

    We propose to measure level lifetimes in the exotic nuclei of $^{81}$Ga and $^{80}$Ga in the vicinity of $^{78}$Ni and of $^{135}$Sb and $^{134}$Sb above $^{132}$Sn by the time-delayed technique. These are relatively simple nuclear systems with a few particles and/or holes outside of the doubly-magic core thus can be treated rather precisely within the shell model. The anticipated new structure information on these nuclei, and in particular the lifetime results will put constraints on the model parameters and will serve to verify their predictions. The selected nuclei are some of the most exotic ones just above $^{78}$Ni or $^{132}$Sn, where the transition rates can be studied at present. Of the strongest interest is the nucleus of $^{81}$Ga, which has only 3 valence protons outside of $^{78}$Ni with the lowest proton orbits being $p_{3/2}$ and $f_{5/2}$. The Ml transition between these states, although allowed by the selection rules, should be $\\textit{l}$-forbidden thus very slow. This should give rise to a...

  15. Effect of time of day and fasting duration on measures of glycaemia

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    Hulmán, A; Færch, K; Vistisen, D; Karsai, J; Nyári, T A; Tabák, A G; Brunner, E J; Kivimäki, M; Witte, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We aimed to study diurnal variation in glucose regulation by examining the effects of time of day and fasting duration on fasting plasma glucose (FPG), 2 h post-load plasma glucose (2hPG) and HbA(1c) levels. METHODS: We analysed data from 5,978 non-diabetic white men and women from the prospective Whitehall II Study. All studied participants fasted for at least 8 h before a clinical examination, which included an OGTT and anthropometric measurements. We fitted mixed-effects mode...

  16. Digitally Controlled Point of Load Converter with Very Fast Transient Response

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    Jakobsen, Lars Tønnes; Andersen, Michael Andreas E.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a new Digital Self-Oscillating Modulator (DiSOM) that allows the duty cycle to be changed instantly. The DiSOM modulator is shown to have variable switching that is a function of the duty cycle. Compared to a more traditional digital PWM modulator based on a counter and...... comparator the DiSOM modulator allows the sampling frequency of the output voltage control loop to be higher than the switching frequency of the power converter, typically a DC/DC converter. The features of the DiSOM modulator makes it possible to design a digitally controlled DC/DC converter with linear...... voltage mode control and very fast transient response. The DiSOM modulator is combined with a digital PID compensator algorithm is implemented in a hybrid CPLD/FPGA and is used to control a synchronous Buck converter, which is used in typical Point of Load applications. The computational time is only...

  17. Fast-response switchable lens for 3D and wearable displays.

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    Lee, Yun-Han; Peng, Fenglin; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2016-01-25

    We report a switchable lens in which a twisted nematic (TN) liquid crystal cell is utilized to control the input polarization. Different polarization state leads to different path length in the proposed optical system, which in turn results in different focal length. This type of switchable lens has advantages in fast response time, low operation voltage, and inherently lower chromatic aberration. Using a pixelated TN panel, we can create depth information to the selected pixels and thus add depth information to a 2D image. By cascading three such device structures together, we can generate 8 different focuses for 3D displays, wearable virtual/augmented reality, and other head mounted display devices. PMID:26832545

  18. A fixed-frequency fast transient response DC–DC controller for VRMs

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    A 2V-10A fast transient response DC–DC buck controller based on fixed frequency hysteresis control is presented. A carefully designed output voltage filter detects the output capacitor current change which helps the controller to respond immediately after load changes. Adaptive hysteresis control guarantees the switching frequency to be the same as the reference frequency by using a CCII-composed circuit and current mirrors. The controller is designed and fabricated in a TSMC 0.35 ?m process. Simulation and test results show that this controller achieves a 20 ?s settling time in one single switching cycle when load current changes from 1 A to the full load condition at 10 A. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  19. Simulation of response functions of fast neutron sensors and development of thin neutron silicon sensor

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    On radiation detection using silicon sensor, signals are produced from collected charges in a depletion layer; however, for high-energy particles, this depletion layer is extended due to funnelling phenomenon. The lengths of charge collection were experimentally obtained from proton peak energies in measured pulse-heights. The length is extended with increasing proton energy of up to 6 MeV, and then, is constant over 6 MeV. The response functions of fast neutron sensors were simulated for 5- and 15-MeV monoenergetic and 252Cf neutron sources using the Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended code. The simulation results agree well with the experimental ones, including the effect of funnelling phenomenon. In addition, a thin silicon sensor was developed for a new real-time personal neutron dosemeter. Photon sensitivity is vanishingly smaller than neutron one by a factor of 5x10-4. The length of the depletion layer is extended due to the effect of funnelling phenomenon. With increasing proton energy, the length of charge collection is increased; and over 6 MeV of proton energy, the length stays constant. The response functions of fast neutron sensors were simulated for 5- and 15-MeV monoenergetic and 252Cf neutron sources. The simulated results agree well with the experimental ones, considering the effect of funnelling phenomenon. Using this simulation, the response functions of >20 MeV can be obtained. The simulation for high-energy neutrons helps one to develop new personal neutron dosemeters for radiation protection of aircrew. The thin silicon sensor operates as a totally depleted silicon detector, confirmed on a basis of the constant proton peak energy with bias voltage. The thin silicon sensor can be used for new personal neutron dosemeters with negligible photon sensitivity. It was vanishingly smaller than the neutron sensitivity by a factor of 5x10-4. (authors)

  20. Wave-induced Hydroelastic response of fast monohull ships

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    Jensen, Jørgen Juncher

    1996-01-01

    of a quadratic strip theory formulated in the frequency domain. The springing response is thereby excited partly be resonance and partly by non-linear excitation. Special emphasis is given to the influence of springing on fatigue damage as the extreme responses even for very flexible ships are quite...... natural frequencies of the global hull modes can be relatively low compared to the frequency of wave encounter. In the present paper the effect of hull flexibility on the wave-induced springing vibrations is investigated in stationary stochastic seaways. The calculations are performed within the framework...

  1. Development of a fast sampling system for estimation of impulse responses of mobile radio channels

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    Melancon, Pierre

    1994-07-01

    This paper describes the features of measurement equipment developed to measure impulse response estimates of mobile radio channels in less than a ms per measurement. The development of such equipment was required to measure mobile radio channels in realistic operating scenarios, in a normal sized vehicle moving at typical speeds in different environments. Up to speeds of 70 km/hr, the measurement period is short enough to assume the equipment is measuring the same channel during the whole sampling interval. AT the transmitter end of the measurement system, a wideband signal (10 MHz) is produced by modulating a carrier frequency with a 511 bit pseudo random sequence at 5 Mb/s and transmitted through the radio channel. The received signal is down-converted to 70 MHz and demodulated by a complex demodulator. The quadrature baseband signals at the demodulator outputs are then filtered and sampled at high speed by two fast digitizers. During this process, the data are stored in large memory banks to allow a fast sampling rate during a long period of time. Data are transferred to laser disks for further processing in the laboratory. Impulse response of radio channels are estimated by performing a software correlation between a measurement system back to back reference and real time measurements. A minivan was modified to hold the receiver, digitizers, memory banks and the computer. A shaft encoder was attached to its rear left wheel to trigger measurements while moving. Features of the system are discussed along with the effects of data block length, signal to noise ratio, sampling rate, memory size and phase stability on the design of the measurement equipment. Finally, some measurement results are presented and discussed.

  2. Signal and Noise Analysis in TRION -Time-Resolved Integrative Optical Fast Neutron Detector

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    Vartsky, D.; Feldman, G; Mor, I; Goldberg, M. B.; Bar, D.; Dangendorf, V.

    2008-01-01

    TRION is a sub-mm spatial resolution fast neutron imaging detector, which employs an integrative optical time-of-flight technique. The detector was developed for fast neutron resonance radiography, a method capable of detecting a broad range of conventional and improvised explosives. In this study we have analyzed in detail, using Monte-Carlo calculations and experimentally determined parameters, all the processes that influence the signal and noise in the TRION detector. In...

  3. Triple GEM gas detectors as real time fast neutron beam monitors for spallation neutron sources

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    A fast neutron beam monitor based on a triple Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) detector was developed and tested for the ISIS spallation neutron source in U.K. The test on beam was performed at the VESUVIO beam line operating at ISIS. The 2D fast neutron beam footprint was recorded in real time with a spatial resolution of a few millimeters thanks to the patterned detector readout.

  4. Consumer attitude towards Corporate Social Responsibility within the fast fashion industry

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    Axelsson, Erica; Jahan, Natasha

    2015-01-01

    Todays’ consumer society has forced companies to work towards a sustainable society. Consumers consider a company’s work with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as necessary and expect companies to work ethically. However, fast fashion consumers’ also demand a low price and rapid changes in trends. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to understand fast fashion consumers’ attitude towards, and the importance of, companies working with CSR. By conducting a questionnaire on Cubus’ custom...

  5. Fasting induces a biphasic adaptive metabolic response in murine small intestine

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    Evelo Chris TA; Nikolsky Yuri; van Haaften Rachel IM; Gilhuijs-Pederson Lisa A; Vermeulen Jacqueline; Sokolovi? Aleksandar; Wehkamp Diederik; Sokolovi? Milka; van Kampen Antoine HC; Hakvoort Theodorus BM; Lamers Wouter H

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background The gut is a major energy consumer, but a comprehensive overview of the adaptive response to fasting is lacking. Gene-expression profiling, pathway analysis, and immunohistochemistry were therefore carried out on mouse small intestine after 0, 12, 24, and 72 hours of fasting. Results Intestinal weight declined to 50% of control, but this loss of tissue mass was distributed proportionally among the gut's structural components, so that the microarrays' tissue base remained u...

  6. The generalized centroid difference method for picosecond sensitive determination of lifetimes of nuclear excited states using large fast-timing arrays

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    Régis, J.-M., E-mail: regis@ikp.uni-koeln.de [Institut für Kernphysik der Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str. 77, 50937 Köln (Germany); Mach, H. [Departamento de Física Atómica y Nuclear, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Simpson, G.S. [Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie Grenoble, 53, rue des Martyrs, 38026 Grenoble Cedex (France); Jolie, J.; Pascovici, G.; Saed-Samii, N.; Warr, N. [Institut für Kernphysik der Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str. 77, 50937 Köln (Germany); Bruce, A. [School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brighton, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ (United Kingdom); Degenkolb, J. [Institut für Kernphysik der Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str. 77, 50937 Köln (Germany); Fraile, L.M. [Departamento de Física Atómica y Nuclear, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Fransen, C. [Institut für Kernphysik der Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str. 77, 50937 Köln (Germany); Ghita, D.G. [Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, 77125 Bucharest (Romania); and others

    2013-10-21

    A novel method for direct electronic “fast-timing” lifetime measurements of nuclear excited states via ?–? coincidences using an array equipped with N?N equally shaped very fast high-resolution LaBr{sub 3}(Ce) scintillator detectors is presented. Analogous to the mirror symmetric centroid difference method, the generalized centroid difference method provides two independent “start” and “stop” time spectra obtained by a superposition of the N(N?1)?–? time difference spectra of the N detector fast-timing system. The two fast-timing array time spectra correspond to a forward and reverse gating of a specific ?–? cascade. Provided that the energy response and the electronic time pick-off of the detectors are almost equal, a mean prompt response difference between start and stop events is calibrated and used as a single correction for lifetime determination. These combined fast-timing arrays mean ?–? time-walk characteristics can be determined for 40keVfast-timing array delivered an absolute time resolving power of 3 ps for 10 000 ?–? events per total fast timing array start and stop time spectrum. The new method is tested over the total dynamic range by the measurements of known picosecond lifetimes in standard ?-ray sources.

  7. Evolutionary responses of fast adapting populations to opposing selection pressures

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    Iranzo Sanz, Jaime

    2013-01-01

    This thesis deals with the mathematical modeling of evolutionary processes that take place in heterogeneous populations. Its leitmotif is the response of complex ensembles of replicating entities to multiple (and often opposite) selection pressures. Even though the specific problems addressed in different chapters belong to different organizational levels—genome, population, and community—all of them can be conceptualized as the evolution of a heterogeneous population—let it be...

  8. Ultra-fast timing detectors to probe exotic properties of nuclei using RIB facility

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    Datta, Ushasi; Rahaman, A

    2016-01-01

    Recently, the facilities of radioactive ion beam (RIB) combined with advanced detector systems provide us unique opportunity to probe the exotic properties of the nuclei with unusual neutron-to-proton ratio. In this article, a study of characterization of different types of ultra-fast timing detectors: a special type of gas detector (multi-strip multi-gap resistive plate chamber, MMRPC) ($\\sigma$ $<$100 ps), scintillators array ( viz., $LaBr_3:Ce$) (timing resolution ($\\sigma<$250 ps) are being presented. A brief discussion on usage of these different types of ultra-fast timing detector systems at radioactive ion beam facilities is also included.

  9. Discriminated interresponse times: role of autoshaped responses.

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    Palmer, D C; Donahoe, J W; Crowley, M.A.

    1985-01-01

    When discriminated interresponse-time (IRT) procedures have been used to assess preference relations among temporally extended operants, deviations from matching have been obtained. Using a yoked-control procedure, the present study found that key pecking in a discriminated IRT procedure has two sources of strength--that arising from the response-reinforcer contingency that is explicitly arranged, and that arising from a stimulus-reinforcer contingency that is a by-product of the explicitly a...

  10. Neural correlates of fast stimulus discrimination and response selection in top-level fencers.

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    Di Russo, Francesco; Taddei, Francesco; Apnile, Teresa; Spinelli, Donatella

    2006-11-13

    Flexible adaptation of behaviour is highly required in some sports, such as fencing. In particular, stimulus discrimination and motor response selection and inhibition processes are crucial. We investigated the neural mechanisms responsible for fencers' fast and flexible behaviour recording event-related potentials (ERPs) in discriminative reaction task (DRT, Go/No-go task) and simple reaction task (SRT) to visual stimuli. In the DRT, in addition to faster RTs measured in fencers with respect to control subjects, three main electrophysiological differences were found. First, attentional modulation of the visual processing taking place in the occipital lobes and reaching a peak at 170 ms was enhanced in the athletes group. Second, the activity in the posterior cingulate gyrus, associated with the stimulus discrimination stage, started earlier in fencers than controls (150 ms versus 200 ms) and the peak had larger amplitude. Third, the activity at the level of the prefrontal cortex (time range: 250-350 ms), associated with response selection stage and particularly with motor inhibition process, was stronger in fencers. No differences between athletes and controls were found in the SRT for both ERPs and RTs. Concluding, the fencers' ability to cope to the opponent feint switching quickly from an intended action to a new more appropriate action is likely due to a faster stimulus discrimination facilitated by higher attention and by stronger inhibition activity in prefrontal cortex. PMID:17018246

  11. Fast Time and Space Parallel Algorithms for Solution of Parabolic Partial Differential Equations

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    Fijany, Amir

    1993-01-01

    In this paper, fast time- and Space -Parallel agorithms for solution of linear parabolic PDEs are developed. It is shown that the seemingly strictly serial iterations of the time-stepping procedure for solution of the problem can be completed decoupled.

  12. Count-to-count time interval distribution analysis in a fast reactor

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    The most important kinetic parameters have been measured at the zero power fast reactor CORAL-I by means of the reactor noise analysis in the time domain, using measurements of the count-to-count time intervals. (Author) 69 refs

  13. Modulation of the time course of fast EPSCs and glutamate channel kinetics by aniracetam.

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    Tang, C M; Shi, Q Y; Katchman, A; Lynch, G

    1991-10-11

    It is generally accepted that glutamate serves as the neurotransmitter at most excitatory synapses in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). Synaptic release of glutamate may trigger a fast and a slow excitatory postsynaptic current (EPSC). The slow EPSC is mediated by N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor channels, whereas the fast EPSC is mediated by non-NMDA receptor channels. The nootropic agent aniracetam selectively and reversibly slows the desensitization kinetics of non-NMDA channels and lengthens their single-channel open times. Antiracetam also modulates the kinetics of the fast EPSC in a manner that mirrors its action on the kinetics of the non-NMDA channels. These results support the hypothesis that the properties of the non-NMDA glutamate channels rather than the rate of neurotransmitter clearance are the primary determinants of the kinetics of the fast EPSC in the mammalian CNS. PMID:1681589

  14. Fast neutron dose response of a commercial polycarbonate

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    Souto, E. B.; Campos, L. L.

    2007-09-01

    A commercial polycarbonate produced in Brazil is being studied to be used as neutron detector material using Solid State Nuclear Track Detection (SSNTD) method replacing the well-known detector materials Makrofol and CR-39. This technique is based on the damage (tracks) registration of charged particles produced by the interaction of neutrons with carbon and oxygen atoms of some dielectric materials. The IPEN dosimeter prototype is composed by 30×10×1.5 mm 3 polycarbonate piece inserted between two Polymethyl Methacralate (PMMA) plates 2 mm thick. The prototypes were irradiated placed on an ISO slab phantom using an isotropic 241AmBe source at LN/LNMRI (Neutrons Laboratory of the National Laboratory of Ionizing Radiation Metrology). To study the dose response groups of five prototypes were irradiated with Hp(10) from 0.5 to 20 mSv with normal incidence and to investigate the angular incidence effect with Hp(10) = 5 mSv with incidence angles of 15°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 85° and 90°. The detectors were revealed by chemical etching with the solution PEW-40 during 3 h. The track density of the detector surface was determined by the average of track counting of five fields ( 20×0.1 mm 2). The track response to equivalent dose Hp(10) showed a good agreement with linear fit in the studied interval. The track density strongly decreases for incidence angles higher than 45°.

  15. Fast response ZnO:Al/CuO nanowire/ZnO:Al heterostructure light sensors fabricated by dielectrophoresis

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    García Marín, A.; García Núñez, C.; Ruiz, E.; Piqueras, J.; Pau, J. L.

    2013-06-01

    Metal oxide nanowire (NW) photoconductors tend to exhibit high photoconductive gains and long recovery times mainly due to surface effects. In this work, p-type CuO NWs are synthesized by direct oxidation of copper and deposited on n-type ZnO:Al electrodes by dielectrophoresis. The heterostructure is electro-optically characterized showing recovery times in the 10 μs range, mainly limited by the resistance-capacitance product of the equivalent circuit, without signs of persistent effects. The fast response is attributed to short transit times across space charge regions built between CuO and ZnO:Al materials and fast carrier recombination at neutral regions.

  16. High temperature fast response pressure probe for use in liquid metal droplet dispensers.

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    Rollinger, B; Mansour, M; Abhari, R S

    2012-06-01

    A miniature fast response high temperature pressure probe, with demonstrated use in liquid metals up to 255 °C (528 K), has been developed. Innovative packaging technologies have been applied to integrate a conventional piezoresistive silicon pressure sensor into the probe, without the need of an auxiliary water-cooling system. In situ static calibrations are used to verify the linearity of the pressure signal and the stability of the pressure sensitivity (0.5% standard deviation over 70 min at 255 °C). Dynamic calibration, completed in an air shock tube facility, yields the probe's natural frequency. This frequency, when corrected for probe operation in liquid tin, is found to be 100 kHz. The reliability and accuracy of the probe is assessed by mounting it in a tin droplet dispenser for use in an extreme ultraviolet light source. Droplet dispensers typically include an excitation mechanism, which can be based on the generation of acoustic pressure waves to impose a desired droplet frequency. The probe accuracy is verified by the comparison of pressure measurements with laser Doppler vibrometry measurements of the pressure generating structure. A reference pressure measurement, conducted at representative conditions, shows a complex frequency response, with peaks distributed over three orders of magnitude and maximum amplitude of 440 mbar. Time variance of the excitation mechanism due to thermal transients is studied by monitoring the pressure response during operation. Finally, the linearity of the excitation system, with respect to the excitation amplitude, is verified by response measurements. In conclusion, the developed probe is capable of characterizing the excitation mechanism of a liquid metal droplet dispenser. Additionally, real-time monitoring of the performance of the excitation system during long-term operation is possible. PMID:22755655

  17. Development and validation of a two-dimensional fast-response flood estimation model

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    Judi, David R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mcpherson, Timothy N [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Burian, Steven J [UNIV OF UTAK

    2009-01-01

    A finite difference formulation of the shallow water equations using an upwind differencing method was developed maintaining computational efficiency and accuracy such that it can be used as a fast-response flood estimation tool. The model was validated using both laboratory controlled experiments and an actual dam breach. Through the laboratory experiments, the model was shown to give good estimations of depth and velocity when compared to the measured data, as well as when compared to a more complex two-dimensional model. Additionally, the model was compared to high water mark data obtained from the failure of the Taum Sauk dam. The simulated inundation extent agreed well with the observed extent, with the most notable differences resulting from the inability to model sediment transport. The results of these validation studies complex two-dimensional model. Additionally, the model was compared to high water mark data obtained from the failure of the Taum Sauk dam. The simulated inundation extent agreed well with the observed extent, with the most notable differences resulting from the inability to model sediment transport. The results of these validation studies show that a relatively numerical scheme used to solve the complete shallow water equations can be used to accurately estimate flood inundation. Future work will focus on further reducing the computation time needed to provide flood inundation estimates for fast-response analyses. This will be accomplished through the efficient use of multi-core, multi-processor computers coupled with an efficient domain-tracking algorithm, as well as an understanding of the impacts of grid resolution on model results.

  18. An assessment of prompt neutron reproduction time in a reflector dominated fast critical system: ELECTRA

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    Highlights: • Prompt neutron reproduction time of ELECTRA is evaluated. • Static and dynamic reproduction times are distinguished for ELECTRA. • Avery-Cohn’s two-region prompt neutron theory is applied. - Abstract: In this paper, an accurate method to evaluate the prompt neutron reproduction time for a reflector dominated fast critical reactor, ELECTRA, is discussed. To adequately handle the problem, explicit time dependent Monte Carlo calculations with MCNP, applying repeated time cut-off technique, are used and compared against the ??1/v time dependent absorber method, applying artificial cross-section data in the Monte Carlo code SERPENT. The results show that when a reflector plays a major role in criticality for fast neutron reactor, the two methods predict different physical parameters (?=69±2 ns and ?=83±1 ns for time cut-off and the 1/v method respectively). The reason is explained by applying Avery-Cohn’s two-region prompt neutron model

  19. FAST Mast Structural Response to Axial Loading: Modeling and Verification

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    Knight, Norman F., Jr.; Elliott, Kenny B.; Templeton, Justin D.; Song, Kyongchan; Rayburn, Jeffery T.

    2012-01-01

    The International Space Station s solar array wing mast shadowing problem is the focus of this paper. A building-block approach to modeling and analysis is pursued for the primary structural components of the solar array wing mast structure. Starting with an ANSYS (Registered Trademark) finite element model, a verified MSC.Nastran (Trademark) model is established for a single longeron. This finite element model translation requires the conversion of several modeling and analysis features for the two structural analysis tools to produce comparable results for the single-longeron configuration. The model is then reconciled using test data. The resulting MSC.Nastran (Trademark) model is then extended to a single-bay configuration and verified using single-bay test data. Conversion of the MSC. Nastran (Trademark) single-bay model to Abaqus (Trademark) is also performed to simulate the elastic-plastic longeron buckling response of the single bay prior to folding.

  20. Response of gut microbiota to fasting and hibernation in Syrian hamsters.

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    Sonoyama, Kei; Fujiwara, Reiko; Takemura, Naoki; Ogasawara, Toru; Watanabe, Jun; Ito, Hiroyuki; Morita, Tatsuya

    2009-10-01

    Although hibernating mammals wake occasionally to eat during torpor, this period represents a state of fasting. Fasting is known to alter the gut microbiota in nonhibernating mammals; therefore, hibernation may also affect the gut microbiota. However, there are few reports of gut microbiota in hibernating mammals. The present study aimed to compare the gut microbiota in hibernating torpid Syrian hamsters with that in active counterparts by using culture-independent analyses. Hamsters were allocated to either torpid, fed active, or fasted active groups. Hibernation was successfully induced by maintaining darkness at 4 degrees C. Flow cytometry analysis of cecal bacteria showed that 96-h fasting reduced the total gut bacteria. This period of fasting also reduced the concentrations of short chain fatty acids in the cecal contents. In contrast, total bacterial numbers and concentrations of short chain fatty acids were unaffected by hibernation. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene fragments indicated that fasting and hibernation modulated the cecal microbiota. Analysis of 16S rRNA clone library and species-specific real-time quantitative PCR showed that the class Clostridia predominated in both active and torpid hamsters and that populations of Akkermansia muciniphila, a mucin degrader, were increased by fasting but not by hibernation. From these results, we conclude that the gut microbiota responds differently to fasting and hibernation in Syrian hamsters. PMID:19700553

  1. Effect of short-term fasting on lipolytic responsiveness in normal and obese human subjects

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    In this study the rate of lipolysis (fatty acid and glycerol release into blood) has been quantified in both normal weight and obese volunteers after both 15 and 87 h of fasting. In each study, the basal rate and subsequent response to epinephrine infusion were determined. The rate of appearance (R/sub a/) of free fatty acids (FFA) and glycerol were quantified by infusion of [1-13C]palmitate and D-5-glycerol, respectively. Substrate flux rates per unit of body fat mass and lean body mass were calculated from total body water measurements using H218O dilution. In normal volunteers, the basal R/sub a/ FFA and R/sub a/ glycerol rose markedly with 87 h of fasting, whereas the increases were more modest in the obese subjects. However, the rate of mobilization of fat, in relation to the lean body mass, was higher in the obese subjects than in the normal subjects after 15 h of fasting, and the values were similar in both groups after 87 h of fasting. There was an increased lipolytic response to epinephrine after fasting in both groups. This increased sensitivity may have resulted from the enhancement of fatty acid-triglyceride substrate cycling that occurred after fasting

  2. TRANC - a novel fast-response converter to measure total reactive atmospheric nitrogen

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    Marx, O.; Brümmer, C.; Ammann, C.; Wolff, V.; Freibauer, A.

    2012-05-01

    The input and loss of plant available nitrogen (reactive nitrogen: Nr) from/to the atmosphere can be an important factor for the productivity of ecosystems and thus for its carbon and greenhouse gas exchange. We present a novel converter for reactive nitrogen (TRANC: Total Reactive Atmospheric Nitrogen Converter), which offers the opportunity to quantify the sum of all airborne reactive nitrogen compounds (?Nr) in high time resolution. The basic concept of the TRANC is the full conversion of all Nr to nitrogen monoxide (NO) within two reaction steps. Initially, reduced Nr compounds are being oxidised, and oxidised Nr compounds are thermally converted to lower oxidation states. Particulate Nr is being sublimated and oxidised or reduced afterwards. In a second step, remaining higher nitrogen oxides or those generated in the first step are catalytically converted to NO with carbon monoxide used as reduction gas. The converter is combined with a fast response chemiluminescence detector (CLD) for NO analysis and its performance was tested for the most relevant gaseous and particulate Nr species under both laboratory and field conditions. Recovery rates during laboratory tests for NH3 and NO2 were found to be 95 and 99%, respectively, and 97% when the two gases were combined. In-field longterm stability over an 11-month period was approved by a value of 91% for NO2. Effective conversion was also found for ammonium and nitrate containing particles. The recovery rate of total ambient Nr was tested against the sum of individual measurements of NH3, HNO3, HONO, NH4+, NO3-, and NOx using a combination of different well-established devices. The results show that the TRANC-CLD system precisely captures fluctuations in ?Nr concentrations and also matches the sum of all individual Nr compounds measured by the different single techniques. The TRANC features a specific design with very short distance between the sample air inlet and the place where the thermal and catalytic conversions to NO occur. This assures a short residence time of the sample air inside the instrument, and minimises wall sorption problems of water soluble compounds. The fast response time (e-folding times of 0.30 to 0.35 s were found during concentration step changes) and high accuracy in capturing the dominant Nr species enables the converter to be used in an eddy covariance setup. Although a source attribution of specific Nr compounds is not possible, the TRANC is a new reliable tool for permanent measurements of the net ?Nr flux between ecosystem and atmosphere at a relatively low maintenance and reasonable cost level allowing for diurnal, seasonal and annual investigations.

  3. TRANC – a novel fast-response converter to measure total reactive atmospheric nitrogen

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    V. Wolff

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The input and loss of plant available nitrogen (reactive nitrogen: Nr from/to the atmosphere can be an important factor for the productivity of ecosystems and thus for its carbon and greenhouse gas exchange. We present a novel converter for reactive nitrogen (TRANC: Total Reactive Atmospheric Nitrogen Converter, which offers the opportunity to quantify the sum of all airborne reactive nitrogen compounds (?Nr in high time resolution. The basic concept of the TRANC is the full conversion of all Nr to nitrogen monoxide (NO within two reaction steps. Initially, reduced Nr compounds are being oxidised, and oxidised Nr compounds are thermally converted to lower oxidation states. Particulate Nr is being sublimated and oxidised or reduced afterwards. In a second step, remaining higher nitrogen oxides or those generated in the first step are catalytically converted to NO with carbon monoxide used as reduction gas. The converter is combined with a fast response chemiluminescence detector (CLD for NO analysis and its performance was tested for the most relevant gaseous and particulate Nr species under both laboratory and field conditions. Recovery rates during laboratory tests for NH3 and NO2 were found to be 95 and 99%, respectively, and 97% when the two gases were combined. In-field longterm stability over an 11-month period was approved by a value of 91% for NO2. Effective conversion was also found for ammonium and nitrate containing particles. The recovery rate of total ambient Nr was tested against the sum of individual measurements of NH3, HNO3, HONO, NH4+, NO3?, and NOx using a combination of different well-established devices. The results show that the TRANC-CLD system precisely captures fluctuations in ?Nr concentrations and also matches the sum of all individual Nr compounds measured by the different single techniques. The TRANC features a specific design with very short distance between the sample air inlet and the place where the thermal and catalytic conversions to NO occur. This assures a short residence time of the sample air inside the instrument, and minimises wall sorption problems of water soluble compounds. The fast response time (e-folding times of 0.30 to 0.35 s were found during concentration step changes and high accuracy in capturing the dominant Nr species enables the converter to be used in an eddy covariance setup. Although a source attribution of specific Nr compounds is not possible, the TRANC is a new reliable tool for permanent measurements of the net ?Nr flux between ecosystem and atmosphere at a relatively low maintenance and reasonable cost level allowing for diurnal, seasonal and annual investigations.

  4. ALBA timing system - a known architecture with fast interlock system upgrade

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    Like most of the newest synchrotron facilities the ALBA Timing System works on event based architecture. Its main particularity is that integrated with the Timing system a Fast Interlock System has been implemented which allows for an automated and synchronous reaction time from any-to-any point of the machine faster than 5 μs. The list of benefits of combining both systems is large: very high flexibility, reuse of the timing actuators, direct synchronous output in different points of the machine reacting to an interlock, implementation of the Fast Interlock with very low cost increase as the timing optic fiber network is reused or the possibility of combined diagnostic tools implementation for triggers and interlocks. To enhance this last point a global time-stamp of 8 ns accuracy that could be used both for triggers and interlocks has been implemented. The system has been designed, installed and extensively used during the Storage Ring commissioning with very good results. (authors)

  5. Fast Response Systems Using Feed Forward Loop for Fuzzy Tuned PID Controllers

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The temperature during heating processes more essential in oil quantity .Many of the research effort they developed new control technique to control and regulate the steam temperature in industries. This seems to be because PID controllers is simple structure, assure acceptable performances for a wide range of industrial plants and their usage (the tuning of their parameters is well known among industrial operators. PID with FLC with combination of this we neglected the steady sate errors. PID controllers are particularly suited for pure first- or second-order processes, while industrial plants often present characteristics such as high order, time delays, nonlinearities and so on challenges during design the PID is to tune the PID parameters gain that suite to the plant. To overcome this problem, feed forward tuning PID using the fuzzy logic controller with self-tuning method is utilized to regulate the steam temperature. It gives good process dynamic characteristic which are process rise time, process settling time, percent overshoot and less steady state error. The ability to track any parameters changes and has fast recovery the output response during disturbance period.

  6. A fast-response two-colour pyrometer

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    Cutler, D.P.

    1979-01-01

    An instrument is described which was developed in order to study the rate of rise and fall of temperature of a rapidly heated surface of unknown emissivity, e.g, the striking of coal cutting machine picks on the relatively hard quartzitic roof or floor of a coal seam. A day-to-day reproducibility of within 35/sup 0/C is achieved in measurements of temperatures in the range 500 to 1700/sup 0/C with heating times, from ambient, of about 0.5 ms. The instrument is self-contained and incorporates outlet sockets to either an oscilloscope or waveform analyser, and is housed within a modified camera body. The target is sighted using the focussing system of the camera.

  7. Metabolic responses to fasting and refeeding in lean and genetically obese rats.

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    Rothwell, N J; Saville, M E; Stock, M J

    1983-05-01

    Injection of norepinephrine (NE) (25 micrograms/100 g body wt) caused a similar rise in metabolic rate in lean and obese (fa/fa) Zucker rats, but 3-day fasting suppressed the response in lean rats and enhanced the rise in obese mutants. Triiodothyronine (T3) injection (10 micrograms/100 g body wt) caused a significantly greater rise in oxygen consumption (Vo2) in obese than lean rats, but the response was attenuated by fasting in all animals. The thermic response to a single meal of either mixed composition, carbohydrate, or protein (40 kJ) was much smaller in obese rats than lean, but the response to the mixed nutrient meal was similar for all rats after a 3-day fast. Refeeding 3-day fasted lean rats with a single carbohydrate meal (40 kJ) caused a rise in plasma T3 levels after 3 h and a delayed increase in metabolic rate 24 h later. Injection of NE instead of refeeding caused a similar delayed rise in metabolic rate. Carbohydrate refeeding had no effect on plasma T3 levels or oxygen consumption in 3-day fasted obese Zuckers, but injection of NE did produce a significant increase in metabolic rate after 24 h. Refeeding 3-day fasted rats with protein (40 kJ) caused a rise in oxygen consumption 24 h later in lean animals but had no effect in obese animals. The data from lean Zucker rats confirm previous findings in Sprague-Dawley rats and suggest that the thermic response to refeeding involves a complex interaction between the sympathetic nervous system and thyroid hormones. Obese Zuckers responded normally to NE and T3, indicating that their reduced thermogenesis after food may be due to insensitivity to nutrient availability or an inability to activate the sympathetic nervous system. PMID:6846570

  8. Predicting response times for the Spotify backend

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    Yanggratoke, Rerngvit; Kreitz, Gunnar; Goldmann, Mikael; Stadler, Rolf

    2012-01-01

    We model and evaluate the performance of a distributed key-value storage system that is part of the Spotify backend. Spotify is an on-demand music streaming service, offering low-latency access to a library of over 16 million tracks and serving over 10 million users currently. We first present a simplified model of the Spotify storage architecture, in order to make its analysis feasible. We then introduce an analytical model for the distribution of the response time, a key metric in the Spoti...

  9. Fast timing study of a CeBr{sub 3} crystal: Time resolution below 120 ps at {sup 60}Co energies

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    Fraile, L.M., E-mail: fraile@nuc2.fis.ucm.es [Grupo de Física Nuclear, Facultad de CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense, CEI Moncloa, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Mach, H. [Grupo de Física Nuclear, Facultad de CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense, CEI Moncloa, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Vedia, V.; Olaizola, B.; Paziy, V.; Picado, E.; Udías, J.M. [Grupo de Física Nuclear, Facultad de CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense, CEI Moncloa, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2013-02-11

    We report on the time response of a novel inorganic scintillator, CeBr{sub 3}. The measurements were performed using a cylindrical crystal of 1-in. in height and 1-in. in diameter at {sup 22}Na and {sup 60}Co photon energies. The time response was measured against a fast reference BaF{sub 2} detector. Hamamatsu R9779 and Photonis XP20D0 fast photomultipliers (PMTs) were used. The PMT bias voltages and Constant Fraction Discriminator settings were optimized with respect to the timing resolution. The Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) time resolution for an individual CeBr{sub 3} crystal coupled to Hamamatsu PMT is found here to be as low as 119 ps at {sup 60}Co energies, which is comparable to the resolution of 107 ps reported for LaBr{sub 3}(Ce). For 511 keV photons the measured FWHM time resolution for CeBr{sub 3} coupled to the Hamamatsu PMT is 164 ps.

  10. Design, development and qualification of fast response temperature sensors for Sizewell B

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    For Sizewell B Pressurized Water Reactor, one of the important variables to be measured is reactor coolant temperature. These measurements are achieved by the provision of temperature sensors mounted in the reactor coolant loops. These sensors provide safety-grade temperature measurement signals to both the Primary Protection System and the Secondary Protection System. The temperature measurements must be of adequate range and offer a sufficiently rapid response to provide accurate and timely signals to the Reactor Protection Systems for reactor trip and engineered safeguard features actuation functions. In recent years, for Westinghouse PWR applications the reactor coolant loop temperatures have been measured by suitable designs of fast response resistance temperature detectors mounted in specially profiled thermowells penetrating into the reactor coolant loop pipework. These temperature measurements must be achieved during normal, abnormal and Design Basis Event conditions. In order to demonstrate suitability for operation in Design basis event conditions for Sizewell B, the temperature sensors have to be qualified as Category 1E safety-related equipment for operation in a harsh environment. (Author)

  11. Collecting psycholinguistic response time data using Amazon mechanical Turk.

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    Enochson, Kelly; Culbertson, Jennifer

    2015-01-01

    Researchers in linguistics and related fields have recently begun exploiting online crowd-sourcing tools, like Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), to gather behavioral data. While this method has been successfully validated for various offline measures--grammaticality judgment or other forced-choice tasks--its use for mainstream psycholinguistic research remains limited. This is because psycholinguistic effects are often dependent on relatively small differences in response times, and there remains some doubt as to whether precise timing measurements can be gathered over the web. Here we show that three classic psycholinguistic effects can in fact be replicated using AMT in combination with open-source software for gathering response times client-side. Specifically, we find reliable effects of subject definiteness, filler-gap dependency processing, and agreement attraction in self-paced reading tasks using approximately the same numbers of participants and/or trials as similar laboratory studies. Our results suggest that psycholinguists can and should be taking advantage of AMT and similar online crowd-sourcing marketplaces as a fast, low-resource alternative to traditional laboratory research. PMID:25822348

  12. Development of a fast response dispersion model for virtual urban environments

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    Singh, Balwinder

    According to a UN report, more than 50% of the total world's population resides in urban areas and this fraction is increasing. Urbanization has a wide range of potential environmental impacts, including those related to the dispersion of potentially dangerous substances emitted from activities such as combustion, industrial processing or from deliberate harmful releases. This research is primarily focused on the investigation of various factors which contribute to the dispersion of certain classes of materials in a complex urban environment and improving both of the fundamental components of a fast response dispersion modeling system---wind modeling and dispersion modeling. Specifically, new empirical parameterizations have been suggested for an existing fast response wind model for street canyon flow fields. These new parameterizations are shown to produce more favorable results when compared with the experimental data. It is also demonstrated that the use of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology can enhance the efficiency of an urban Lagrangian dispersion model and can achieve near real-time particle advection. The GPU also enables real-time visualizations which can be used for creating virtual urban environments to aid emergency responders. The dispersion model based on the GPU architecture relies on the so-called "simplified Langevin equations (SLEs)" for particle advection. The full or generalized form of the Langevin equations (GLEs) is known for its stiffness which tends to generate unstable modes in particle trajectory, where a particle may travel significant distances in a small time step. A fractional step methodology has been used to implement the GLEs into an existing Lagrangian random walk model to partially circumvent the stiffness associated with the GLEs. Dispersion estimates from the GLEs-based model have been compared with the SLEs-based model and available wind tunnel data. The GLEs-based model is more dispersive than the SLEs-based model in both the lateral and vertical directions. It is observed that for the present test case, the GLEs-based model performed relatively better than the SLEs-based model.

  13. A UV LED-based fast-pulsed photoelectron source for time-of-flight studies.

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    Valerius, K.; Beck, M.; Arlinghaus, H.; Bonn, J.; Hannen, V.M.; Hein, H.; Ostrick, B.; Streubel, S.; Weinheimer, C.; Zbo?il, Miroslav

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 11, - (2009), 063018/1-063018/16. ISSN 1367-2630 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LA318 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : fast-pulsed * high-resolution * time-of-flight Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 3.312, year: 2009

  14. Measurement of fast assembly spectra using time-of-flight method

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    Measurement of neutron spectra made in fast subcritical assemblies HUG 3 and PHUG 3 (uranium-graphite and plutonium-graphite) utilizing time-of-flight techniques are described. The matrix were excited by the pulsed neutron source from the BCMN Linac beam impinging on a target of natural uranium. Details of the experimental procedure, safety studies, detector calibration and data reduction are given

  15. Demonstration of two-dimensional time-encoded imaging of fast neutrons

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    Brennan, J.; Brubaker, E.; Gerling, M.; Marleau, P.; McMillan, K.; Nowack, A.; Galloudec, N. Renard-Le; Sweany, M.

    2015-12-01

    We present a neutron detector system based on time-encoded imaging, and demonstrate its applicability toward the spatial mapping of special nuclear material. We demonstrate that two-dimensional fast-neutron imaging with 2° resolution at 2 m stand-off is feasible with only two instrumented detectors.

  16. Hydrogel-based microactuators with remote-controlled locomotion and fast Pb2+-response for micromanipulation.

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    Liu, Ying-Mei; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Wei-Chao; Ju, Xiao-Jie; Xie, Rui; Zerrouki, Djamal; Deng, Nan-Nan; Chu, Liang-Yin

    2013-08-14

    Hydrogel-based microactuators that enable remote-controlled locomotion and fast Pb(2+)-response for micromanipulation in Pb(2+)-polluted microenvironment have been fabricated from quadruple-component double emulsions. The microactuators are Pb(2+)-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-benzo-18-crown-6-acrylamide) microgels, each with an eccentric magnetic core for magnetic manipulation and a hollow cavity for fast Pb(2+)-response. Micromanipulation of the microactuators is demonstrated by using them for preventing Pb(2+)-leakage from microchannel. The microactuators can be remotely and precisely transported to the Pb(2+)-leaking site under magnetic guide, and then clog the microchannel with Pb(2+)-responsive volume swelling to prevent flowing out of Pb(2+)-contaminated solution. The proposed microactuator structure provides a potential and novel model for developing multifunctional actuators and sensors, biomimetic soft microrobots, microelectro-mechanical systems and drug delivery systems. PMID:23865475

  17. Fast and Practical Head Tracking in Brain Imaging with Time-of-Flight Camera

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    Wilm, Jakob; Olesen, Oline Vinter; Jensen, Rasmus Ramsbøl; Højgaard, Liselotte; Larsen, Rasmus

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates the potential use of Time-of-Flight cameras (TOF) for motion correction in medical brain scans. TOF cameras have previously been used for tracking purposes, but recent progress in TOF technology has made it relevant for high speed optical tracking in high resolution medical...... scanners. Particularly in MRI and PET, the newest generation of TOF cameras could become a method of tracking small and large scale patient movement in a fast and user friendly way required in clinical environments. We present a novel methodology for fast tracking from TOF point clouds without the need of...

  18. Fast MCMC sampling for Markov jump processes and continuous time Bayesian networks

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    Rao, Vinayak

    2012-01-01

    Markov jump processes and continuous time Bayesian networks are important classes of continuous time dynamical systems. In this paper, we tackle the problem of inferring unobserved paths in these models by introducing a fast auxiliary variable Gibbs sampler. Our approach is based on the idea of uniformization, and sets up a Markov chain over paths by sampling a finite set of virtual jump times and then running a standard hidden Markov model forward filtering-backward sampling algorithm over states at the set of extant and virtual jump times. We demonstrate significant computational benefits over a state-of-the-art Gibbs sampler on a number of continuous time Bayesian networks.

  19. Fast real-time NMR methods for characterizing short-lived molecular states

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    The characterization of both the structure and the conformational dynamics of biological macromolecules, namely proteins and nucleic acids, is required for understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying physiological function and disease. Molecular dynamics involves the transient departure from the ground-state structures to populate short-lived excited state conformations that can play important functional roles. Real time multi-dimensional NMR spectroscopy represents a unique tool for investigating dynamic molecular processes occurring on time scales of seconds or longer, providing atomic-resolution information about short-lived states. In this mini review, we discuss recent progress made in the field of fast real-time multidimensional NMR. The potential of these new methods is illustrated for several bio-molecular systems that have recently been studied by fast real-time multidimensional NMR. (authors)

  20. Development of multichannel time-of-flight neutron spectrometer for the fast ignition experiment

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    Neutron diagnostic in the fast-ignition experiment was successfully demonstrated by the multichannel time-of-flight neutron spectrometer MANDALA at Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE) in Osaka University. A large neutron collimator dramatically suppressed the serious background noise caused by photo-neutrons, and a peak yield of 2 × 106 deuterium-deuterium (DD) fusion neutrons was clearly observed. The new MANDALA system will provide measurements of the ion temperature and the areal density of the core plasma in the next fast-ignition experimental campaign in 2013. In this paper, we will present the design of the neutron collimator and the experimental results in the Fast-ignition Campaign 2012. (author)

  1. A real-time dynamic holographic material using a fast photochromic molecule

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    Ishii, Norihito; Kato, Tetsuya; Abe, Jiro

    2012-01-01

    We have developed a real-time, dynamic holographic material that exhibits rapid colouration upon irradiation with UV light and successive fast thermal bleaching within tens of milliseconds at room temperature. Photochromic polymer films were prepared by a simple solution-casting method from the benzene solution of the mixture of the photochromic molecule, poly(ethyl acrylate), and poly(phenoxyethyl acrylate). The real-time control of holographic images using the photochromic polymer film yiel...

  2. A fast rise time high voltage pulse generator for bounded-wave EMP simulator

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    A high voltage pulse generator with fast rise time is developed. The output wave of this generator is presented. The electromagnetic environment with 1.2 ns or 2.8 ns rise time and 50 ns pulse width can be produced when this generator is connected to bounded-wave EMP simulator which is used to investigate the EMP coupling effects of electrical equipment. (authors)

  3. Studies on fast timing and high precision tracking performance of Resistive Plate Chamber

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    Han, L; The ATLAS collaboration

    2013-01-01

    Resistive plate chambers (RPC), produced in large scales, are widely used as trigger detectors with O(ns) time resolution in high energy and high intensity experiments. To confront the future high experimental frontiers, such as the super-LHC, RPCs equipped with fine-pitch readout strips were tested with 180GeV/c muon at CERN SPS H8 beam line, to assess the viability of using RPCs for both fast timing and high precision tracking trigger.

  4. Ionization chamber with fast timing properties and good energy resolution for fission fragment detection

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    A twin ionization chamber for fission fragment detection is described. The chamber allows to extract both, fast timing- and energy proportional signals. A time resolution of 1.62 ns FWHM was obtained between two fission fragments detected in the two halves of the chamber. For 241Am ?-particles the chamber gave an energy resolution of 1.3 percent. As counting gas methane NTP was used

  5. Development of a 'chronotron' for time of flight fast neutron spectrometer

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    A chronotron using storage circuits of a 100 channels amplitude analyser has been developed in order to measure the time of flight of fast neutrons. A time dilatation is obtained by a distribution of 20 6BN6 tubes. The width at half maximum of prompt coincidences curve is 1,6.10-9 s for β-γ coincidences from An198 and 2.10-9 s for n-α coincidences from (d, t) reaction. (author)

  6. Fast Wave Polarization, Charge Horizons and the Time Evolution of Force-Free Magnetospheres

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    Punsly, B

    2004-01-01

    Numerical simulations of force-free, degenerate (ffde)pulsar and black hole magnetospheres are often based on 1-D characteristics. In particular, the plasma wave polarizations that can be propagated along the 1-D characteristics determine the time evolution of the entire system. There are two sets of characteristics,corresponding to the fast and Alfven modes. The fast wave is generally considered to be a transverse light wave, however recently it has been claimed that light-like fast waves can transport a longitudinal electric polarization, $E_{\\parallel}$, at the speed of light. The implication is quite profound if true, namely that the wrong information has been propagated along the fast characteristics in all previous simulations of force-free magnetospheres. It is shown in this Letter that the light-like fast waves must be transverse and previous simulations are valid. This result is demonstrated by means of a fundamental physical principle (associated with the fact that particles cannot flow faster than ...

  7. Duration of fasting but not diurnal variation affects the response to glucagon in healthy cats.

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    Gilor, C; Glock, R; Gilor, S

    2015-10-01

    The role of glucagon disturbances in diabetes is increasingly recognized. Glucagon stimulation tests (GSTs) have been described in cats previously, but information is lacking on the response of cats to glucagon under specific conditions. The aim of this study was to assess a novel protocol for GST using human-recombinant glucagon and the effect of diurnal variation and duration of fasting using this protocol in healthy cats. All intravenous doses resulted in occasional vomiting and nausea, and eventually, a 20-?g/kg intramuscular dose was chosen. Five healthy cats were then used in a repeated-measures study. Cats were free-fed regularly at 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM for 30 min. In each cat, GST was performed at 7 PM after a 25-h fast (PM25), at 9 AM after a 25-h fast (AM25), and at 9 AM after a 15-h fast (AM15). Glucose and insulin concentrations were measured at -15, 0, 15, 25, 35, 45, and 60 min after stimulation. Baseline and peak concentrations were compared using the Friedman test. Baseline glucose and insulin did not differ significantly between treatment groups. Peak glucose concentrations occurred at 15 min and were significantly higher (P = 0.0085) at AM15 (mean ± standard deviation = 185.2 ± 43.0 mg/dL) vs AM25 (144.4 ± 10.5 mg/dL) and PM25 (128.0 ± 18.4 mg/dL). Similarly, peak insulin concentrations occurred at 15 min and were significantly higher (P = 0.04) at AM15 (1,911 ± 1,153 pg/mL) vs AM25 (739 ± 52 pg/mL) or PM25 (549 ± 366 pg/mL). In conclusion, prolonged fasting significantly blunted the glycemic response to glucagon compared with shorter fasting, but diurnal variation had no significant effect on glucose or insulin responses. PMID:26201763

  8. Fast-response room temperature hydrogen gas sensors using platinum-coated spin-capable carbon nanotubes.

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    Jung, Daewoong; Han, Maeum; Lee, Gil S

    2015-02-11

    We report the properties of a hydrogen (H2) gas sensor based on platinum (Pt)-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in this paper. To fabricate the Pt-CNT composite sensor, a highly aligned CNT sheet was prepared on a glass substrate from a spin-capable CNT forest, followed by electrobeam (e-beam) deposition of Pt layers onto the CNT sheet. To investigate the effect of Pt on the response of the sensor, Pt layers of different thicknesses were deposited on the CNT sheets. A Pt thickness of 6 nm yielded the highest response for H2 detection, whereas Pt layers thinner or thicker than 6 nm led to a reduction of the surface area for gas adsorption and, consequently, decreased response. The Pt-CNT composite sensor detects H2 concentrations of 3-33% at room temperature and shows reproducible behavior with fast response and recovery times. PMID:25619413

  9. Measure the time characteristic of new high light out and fast decay LaCl3: Ce scintillator

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    LaCl3: Ce scintillator is developed newly that have the properties of high light yield and fast scintillation decay curves. The time response parameters of homemade LaCl3: Ce are measured with the picoseconds pulse laser and the nanosecond pulse ? source. At the same time, we have calculated and used the formula of pulse method gain to the decay time constant of crystal shining. The results show: The decay time constant of LaCl3: Ce is 25 ns with the picoseconds pulse laser, same to the results of references. That is 69.13 ns with the nanosecond pulse ? source. The difference between the two data is considered as scintillation mechanism and environment scattering. (authors)

  10. Effect of defence response time during lunge in foil fencing.

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    Gutiérrez-Cruz, Carmen; Rojas, F Javier; Gutiérrez-Davila, Marcos

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of stimulus change timing on reaction response time parameters, horizontal velocity of the centre of mass (CM) and precision during offensive actions in fencing. Twelve fencers from the Spanish National Foil Team were included in the study. Two 500 Hz force plates were used to register the horizontal component of the reaction force while a 3D video camera set at 250 Hz recorded the spatial position of 11 body markers and a projector connected to a programmed stopwatch projected a moving target (stimulus) on a screen. When the circle (target) appeared in the centre of the plastron, fencers had to execute a step-forward-lunge as fast as possible, trying to touch the circle with the tip of the foil. During the lunge, the position of the target could randomly shift or not to three different positions. The stimulus change was performed randomly at four different times with a progressive delay. The results show that target changes did not have any effect when they occurred at the beginning of the movement sequence. However, when the target change was delayed, reaction and movement times increased and the technical execution of the lunge changed, leading to more errors. PMID:26185981

  11. Physiological responses of juvenile rainbow trout to fasting and swimming activity: Effects on body composition and condition indices

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    Simpkins, D.G.; Hubert, W.A.; Del Rio, C.M.; Rule, D.C.

    2003-01-01

    The physiological traits that allow fish to survive periods of limited food resources are poorly understood. We assessed changes in proximate body composition, relative organ mass, blood metabolites, and relative weight (Wr) of sedentary and actively swimming (15 cm/s) juvenile rainbow trout (154-182 mm total length) over 147 d of fasting. Fasting caused measurable responses that were augmented when fish were swimming. Lipids and plasma triacylglycerides declined over time. Proteins were catabolized simultaneously with lipid reserves, but ammonia concentrations in plasma did not increase. The liver somatic index (LSI) did not change substantially over 105 d, suggesting that gluconeogenesis maintained blood glucose concentrations and hepatic glycogen reserves for a substantial period of fasting. The gut somatic index (GSI) and Wr declined linearly during fasting, but the LSI did not decline until after 105 d of fasting. Consequently, the use of different body condition indices could lead to different conclusions about the condition of juvenile rainbow trout. Swimming activity caused fish to have lower lipid and protein reserves than those of sedentary fish. No mortalities were observed among sedentary fish, but mortalities occurred among actively swimming fish after 97 d of fasting when 3.2% or less lipid remained in their bodies. Body condition indices did not account for differences in proximate body composition between sedentary and actively swimming fish and were relatively poor predictors of lipid content and risk of mortality. The probability of mortality was most accurately predicted by percent lipid content. Therefore, we suggest that fisheries scientists consider using percent lipid content when evaluating the physiological status and risk of mortality due to starvation among juvenile rainbow trout.

  12. Fast time-reversible algorithms for molecular dynamics of rigid-body systems.

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    Kajima, Yasuhiro; Hiyama, Miyabi; Ogata, Shuji; Kobayashi, Ryo; Tamura, Tomoyuki

    2012-06-21

    In this paper, we present time-reversible simulation algorithms for rigid bodies in the quaternion representation. By advancing a time-reversible algorithm [Y. Kajima, M. Hiyama, S. Ogata, and T. Tamura, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 80, 114002 (2011)] that requires iterations in calculating the angular velocity at each time step, we propose two kinds of iteration-free fast time-reversible algorithms. They are easily implemented in codes. The codes are compared with that of existing algorithms through demonstrative simulation of a nanometer-sized water droplet to find their stability of the total energy and computation speeds. PMID:22779579

  13. Study of neutronic perturbation using complementary variational principle in a fast reactor with matrix response technique

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    In the study of the fast reactor safety, we have looked for a perturbation in the reactor core, by the response matrix technique. As theoretical support, we have used the second order variational principle for the determination of the response matrix elements. We have added a contraint which consists to the respect of the neutronic balance. For the needs of this principle, we have built a trial function basis composed of space and angle harmonic polynomials. We have also computed the bounds of the response matrix elements, using the ACKROYD's complementary variational principle. The mean of the bounds lead to acceptable results. Numerical tests have been conducted to evaluate the mathematical model accuracy

  14. Decoupling and fast response current control for hydrid poloidal field coil system

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    The report focuses on the hybrid poloidal field coil system. It is a multiple-input, multiple-output, multiple-variable system. A study is carried out with the aim of achieving fast response current control of a hybrid poloidal field coil system. Its characteristics are evaluated using a digital dynamics simulation model. Current control of a coil is discussed first, focusing on discrete-time approximation, decoupling control, deadbeat control, and configuration of a coil current controller. The simulation model is constructed based on the differential equatioin for an equivalent circuit. Simulation conditions are discussed and simulation results are presented. The investigation identifies a method and mechanism for current control of a hybrid poloidal field coil system with a multiple-input, multiple-output and multiple-variable feature. This coil current control method consists of decoupling control and deadbeat control to permit high-speed control of the coil current. The proposed decoupling control system can eliminate the effect of mutual inductance between poloidal field coils. It is demonstrated that no mutual interference appears between the currentrs in coils. (N.K.)

  15. Fast-response underwater TSP investigation of subcritical instabilities of a cylinder in crossflow

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    Capone, Alessandro; Klein, Christian; Di Felice, Fabio; Beifuss, Uwe; Miozzi, Massimo

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the classic cylinder in crossflow case to test the effectiveness of a fast-response underwater temperature-sensitive paint coating (TSP) in providing highly resolved spatial and time observations of the action of a flow over a bluff body surface. The flow is investigated at Reynolds number crisis state. The obtained TSP image sequences convey an accurate description of the evolution of the main features in the fluid-cylinder interaction, like the separation line position, the pattern of the large coherent structures acting on the cylinder's surface and the small-scale intermittent streamwise arrays of vortices. Ad hoc data management and features extraction techniques are proposed which allow extraction of quantitative data, such as separation line position and vortex-shedding frequency, and results are compared to the literature. Use of TSP for water applications introduces an interesting point of view about the fluid-body interactions by focusing directly on the effect of the flow on the model surface.

  16. Fast monitoring of epileptic seizures using recurrence time statistics of electroencephalography

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    Jianbo Gao

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the brain. Currently, determination of epileptic seizures often involves tedious, time-consuming visual inspection of electroencephalography (EEG data by medical experts. To better monitor seizures and make medications more effective, we propose a recurrence time based approach to characterize brain electrical activity. Recurrence times have a number of distinguished properties that make it very effective for forwarning epileptic seizures as well as studying propagation of seizures: 1 recurrence times amount to periods of periodic signals, 2 recurrence times are closely related to information dimension, Lyapunov exponent, and Kolmogorov entropy of chaotic signals, 3 recurrence times embody Shannon and Renyi entropies of random fields, and 4 recurrence times can readily detect bifurcation-like transitions in dynamical systems. In particular, property 4 dictates that unlike many other nonlinear methods, recurrence time method does not require the EEG data be chaotic and/or stationary. Moreover, the method only contains a few parameters that are largely signal-independent, and hence, is very easy to use. The method is also very fast—it is fast enough to on-line process multi-channel EEG data with a typical PC. Therefore, it has the potential to be an excellent candidate for real-time monitoring of epileptic seizures in a clinical setting.

  17. Effect of fasting on the transit time of 144Ce in the mouse gut

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    Our work with G.I. absorption of actinide elements indicates greater absorption by fasted animals than by animals on regular diets (Weiss and Walburg, undated). Residence time of a metallic compound in the gut may be an important factor influencing G.I. absorption. Cerium-144 (III) chloride was administered by gavage to fasted mice and to mice on regular feed. The G.I. tract was excised, cut into sections, and the activity of each section determined as a function of time after dosing. Our results indicate rapid transit of 144CeCl3 along the empty mouse gut. One hour after dosing, about half the Ce is in the cecal contents; about 40% remains in stomach contents. Twelve hours after dosing, only about 2% remains in the cecum; by 16 hours, almost the entire dose has been cleared from the intestine. Transit times in mice with stomach and intestines containing food were 12 hours longer than in fasted mice. These results lead to the conclusion that factors other than G.I. residence time determine G.I. absorption of actinides in mice

  18. Accurate measurement of the rise and decay times of fast scintillators with solid state photon counters

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    In this work we present a measurement setup for the determination of scintillation pulse shapes of fast scintillators. It is based on a time-correlated single photon counting approach that utilizes the correlation between 511 keV annihilation photons to produce start and stop signals in two separate crystals. The measurement is potentially cost-effective and simple to set up while maintaining an excellent system timing resolution of 125 ps. As a proof-of-concept the scintillation photon arrival time histograms were recorded for two well-known, fast scintillators: LYSO:Ce and LaBr3:5%Ce. The scintillation pulse shapes were modeled as a linear combination of exponentially distributed charge transfer and photon emission processes. Correcting for the system timing resolution, the exponential time constants were extracted from the recorded histograms. A decay time of 43 ns and a rise time of 72 ps were determined for LYSO:Ce thus demonstrating the capability of the system to accurately measure very fast rise times. In the case of LaBr3:5%Ce two processes were observed to contribute to the rising edge of the scintillation pulse. The faster component (270 ps) contributes with 72% to the rising edge of the scintillation pulse while the second, slower component (2.0 ns) contributes with 27%. The decay of the LaBr3:5%Ce scintillation pulse was measured to be 15.4 ns with a small contribution (2%) of a component with a larger time constant (130 ns).

  19. Using a fast-gated camera for measurements of transverse beam distributions and damping times

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    Minty, M.; Brown, R.; Decker, F.J.; Emma, P.; Krejcik, P.; Limberg, T.; McCormick, D.; Ross, M.; Siemann, R.; Spence, W.

    1992-11-01

    With a fast-gated camera, synchrotron light was used for studying the transverse beam distributions and damping times in the Stanford Linear Collider (SLC) damping rings. By digitizing the image in the camera signal, the turn-by-turn time evolution of the transverse beam distribution was monitored and analyzed. The projections of the digitized image were fit with Gaussian functions to determine the moments of the distribution. Practical applications include the determination of injection matching parameters and the transverse damping times. In this report we describe a synchrotron light monitor and present experimental data obtained in the SLC damping rings.

  20. Very fast doped LaBr.sub.3 scintillators and time-of-flight PET

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    Shah, Kanai S.

    2006-10-31

    The present invention concerns very fast scintillator materials capable of resolving the position of an annihilation event within a portion of a human body cross-section. In one embodiment, the scintillator material comprises LaBr.sub.3 doped with cerium. Particular attention is drawn to LaBr.sub.3 doped with a quantity of Ce that is chosen for improving the timing properties, in particular the rise time and resultant timing resolution of the scintillator, and locational capabilities of the scintillator.

  1. Application of two-photon absorption in PWO scintillator for fast timing of interaction with ionizing radiation

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    Auffray, E.; Buganov, O.; Korjik, M.; Fedorov, A.; Nargelas, S.; Tamulaitis, G.; Tikhomirov, S.; Vaitkevi?ius, A.

    2015-12-01

    This work was aimed at searching for fast phenomena in scintillators in sub-10-ps range, a benchmark timing for the time response of radiation detectors in particle colliders. The pump-and-probe optical absorption technique with a tunable-wavelength parametric oscillator as the pump and a continuous-spectrum source as the probe beam was used to study lead tungstate PbWO4 (PWO) single crystals. It is shown that the rise time of the probe pulse absorption induced by the pump pulse is shorter than the pump pulse width of 200 fs. The approximately linear dependence of the probe absorption on the pump pulse energy density evidences that the induced absorption is caused by two-photon absorption involving one probe and one pump photon. We demonstrate that the intensity of the induced absorption at certain wavelengths is influenced by gamma irradiation, provided that an appropriate light polarization is selected. The application of the irradiation-sensitive nonlinearity for fast timing in radiation detectors is discussed.

  2. A fast readout algorithm for Cluster Counting/Timing drift chambers on a FPGA board

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    Cappelli, L. [Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale (Italy); Creti, P.; Grancagnolo, F. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Lecce (Italy); Pepino, A., E-mail: Aurora.Pepino@le.infn.it [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Lecce (Italy); Tassielli, G. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Lecce (Italy); Fermilab, Batavia, IL (United States); Università Marconi, Roma (Italy)

    2013-08-01

    A fast readout algorithm for Cluster Counting and Timing purposes has been implemented and tested on a Virtex 6 core FPGA board. The algorithm analyses and stores data coming from a Helium based drift tube instrumented by 1 GSPS fADC and represents the outcome of balancing between cluster identification efficiency and high speed performance. The algorithm can be implemented in electronics boards serving multiple fADC channels as an online preprocessing stage for drift chamber signals.

  3. Development of a fast time-to-digital converter (TDC) using a programmable gate array

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    A fast time-to-digital converter with a 5 ns step was designed and tested by utilizing a user-programmable gate array. The stabilities against temperature and supply voltage variation were measured. A module was built with this TDC, and was successfully used in the first-level trigger system of the ZEUS detector to reject proton-beam induced background events. (author)

  4. Development of a fast time-to-digital converter using a programmable gate array

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    A fast time-to-digital converter with a 5 ns step was designed and tested by utilizing a user-programmable gate array. The stabilities against temperature and supply voltage variation were measured. A module was built with this TDC, and was successfully used in the first-level trigger system of the ZEUS detector to reject proton-beam induced background events. ((orig.))

  5. Physiotherapy Exercise After Fast-Track Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Time for Reconsideration?

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    Bandholm, Thomas; Kehlet, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    Bandholm T, Kehlet H. Physiotherapy exercise after fast-track total hip and knee arthroplasty: time for reconsideration? Major surgery, including total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA), is followed by a convalescence period, during which the loss of muscle strength and function is considerable, especially early after surgery. In recent years, a combination of unimodal evidence-based perioperative care components has been demonstrated to enhance recovery, with decreased ne...

  6. In-beam fast-timing measurements in 103,105,107Cd

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    Fast-timing measurements were performed in the region of the medium-mass 103,105,107Cd isotopes, produced in fusion evaporation reactions. Results on new and reevaluated half-lives are analyzed within a systematic study of transition rates. The 7/21+ states in 103,105,107Cd are interpreted as arising from a single-particle excitation. The 9/2+ states configuration assignment is based on the observed decay branches.

  7. Time dependent solutions of the Fokker-Planck equation for fast fusion ions

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    Approximate time dependent solutions for the Fokker-Planck equation for fast fusion ions from an isotropic, monoenergetic source are presented, for the problem of D - T - He3 reactions. The equations include the effect of diffusion, which is particularly noticeable in the distribution of particles of lower energy and in the formation of a tail of particles with energy higher than that of the source. (Author)

  8. A fast readout algorithm for Cluster Counting/Timing drift chambers on a FPGA board

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    A fast readout algorithm for Cluster Counting and Timing purposes has been implemented and tested on a Virtex 6 core FPGA board. The algorithm analyses and stores data coming from a Helium based drift tube instrumented by 1 GSPS fADC and represents the outcome of balancing between cluster identification efficiency and high speed performance. The algorithm can be implemented in electronics boards serving multiple fADC channels as an online preprocessing stage for drift chamber signals

  9. Fast and Practical Head Tracking in Brain Imaging with Time-of-Flight Camera

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    Wilm, Jakob; Olesen, Oline Vinter; Jensen, Rasmus Ramsbøl; Højgaard, Liselotte; Larsen, Rasmus

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates the potential use of Time-of-Flight cameras (TOF) for motion correction in medical brain scans. TOF cameras have previously been used for tracking purposes, but recent progress in TOF technology has made it relevant for high speed optical tracking in high resolution medical scanners. Particularly in MRI and PET, the newest generation of TOF cameras could become a method of tracking small and large scale patient movement in a fast and user friendly way required in clinical...

  10. Fast Maximum-Likelihood Decoder for Quasi-Orthogonal Space-Time Block Code

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    Adel Ahmadi; Siamak Talebi

    2015-01-01

    Motivated by the decompositions of sphere and QR-based methods, in this paper we present an extremely fast maximum-likelihood (ML) detection approach for quasi-orthogonal space-time block code (QOSTBC). The proposed algorithm with a relatively simple design exploits structure of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) constellations to achieve its goal and can be extended to any arbitrary constellation. Our decoder utilizes a new decomposition technique for ML metric which divides the metric in...

  11. A fast real time time-dependent density functional theory simulation method

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    Wang, Lin-Wang; Wang, Zhi; Li, Shu-Sheng

    2015-03-01

    We have developed an efficient real-time time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) method that can increase the effective time step from MoSe2. Our simulations show a significant energy transfer from the kinetic energy of the Cl particle to the electronic energy of MoSe2, and the result of TDDFT is very different from that of BO MD simulations. This new algorithm will enable the use of real-time TD-DFT for many new simulations involving carrier dynamics and electron-phonon couplings. This work is supported by the Director, Office of Science, BES/MSED, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, through the Material Theory program in LBNL. Zhi Wang is supported by the China Scholarship Council.

  12. Study on influence of ratio between wideness and height of EMP simulator transmission line with fast rise-time to rise-time of EMP

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    The relation of rise-time inner EMP simulator with fast rise-time and ratio between wideness and height of simulator transmission line is studied through calculation of inner field of EMP simulator with fast rise-time and monadic linear regression analysis using FEKO based on MoM. The results indicate that there is close positive correlation between rise-time of EMP simulator with fast rise-time and the ratio between wideness and height. In other words, the larger the ratio of transmission line between wideness and height becomes, the longer the rise-time becomes. (authors)

  13. Observation of very fast response signals from Pb absorber coupled transition edge sensor gamma-ray microcalorimeter

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    We are developing a gamma-ray microcalorimeter for Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy. Our detector composed of a transition edge sensor (TES) thermometer and an epoxy coupled bulk Pb absorber has been reported an energy resolution of 4.7 keV FWHM at 662 keV with a tens of milliseconds long response time. To enhance the detector properties, we designed a new attachment method in the focus of improving the thermal coupling between the absorber and the TES. In the new design, we created epoxy-posts both on the TES film and on the absorber, and then they were connected together using an epoxy-dot put on the epoxy-post on the absorber. Measured current signal of this epoxy-post TES gamma-ray detector showed an ultra fast response with 80 ?s fall time.

  14. 3-D seismic response of a base-isolated fast reactor

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    This paper describes a 3-D response analysis methodology development and its application to a base-isolated fast breeder reactor (FBR) plant. At first, studies on application of a base-isolation system to an FBR plant were performed to identify a range of appropriate characteristics of the system. A response analysis method was developed based on mathematical models for the restoring force characteristics of several types of the systems. A series of shaking table tests using a small scale model was carried out to verify the analysis method. A good agreement was seen between the test and analysis results in terms of the horizontal and vertical responses. Parametric studies were then made to assess the effects of various factors which might be influential to the seismic response of the system. Moreover, the method was applied to evaluate three-dimensional response of the base-isolated FBR. (author)

  15. Fast Response to Infection Spread and Cyber Attacks on Large-Scale Networks

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    Leyffer, Sven; Safro, Ilya

    2012-01-01

    We present a strategy for designing fast methods of response to cyber attacks and infection spread on complex weighted networks. In these networks, nodes can be interpreted as primitive elements of the system, and weighted edges reflect the strength of interaction among these elements. The proposed strategy belongs to the family of multiscale methods whose goal is to approximate the system at multiple scales of coarseness and to obtain a solution of microscopic scale by comb...

  16. Different Response of Body Weight Change According to Ketonuria after Fasting in the Healthy Obese

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    Kim, Hyeon-Jeong; Joo, Nam-Seok; Kim, Kwang-Min; Lee, Duck-Joo; Kim, Sang-Man

    2012-01-01

    The relationship between obesity and ketonuria is not well-established. We conducted a retrospective observational study to evaluate whether their body weight reduction response differed by the presence of ketonuria after fasting in the healthy obese. We used the data of 42 subjects, who had medical records of initial urinalysis at routine health check-up and follow-up urinalysis in the out-patient clinic, one week later. All subjects in the initial urinalysis showed no ketonuria. However, ac...

  17. CEFRA - a computer programme for primary containment hydrodynamic response to fast reactor explosive accident

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    A computational model for determining the two-dimensional (r-z) hydrodynamical response of the primary containment to fast reactor disassembly is presented. Hydrodynamical equations are solved in Lagrange coordinates and shock waves are treated using the Von Neumann and Richtmyer pseudoviscosity method. The reactor vessels, platform and reactor plug are also comprised in the analysis. This method makes it possible to analyse primary containments with complex inner structures. (author)

  18. Response Surface Methodology to Optimize Novel Fast Disintegrating Tablets Using ? Cyclodextrin as Diluent

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    Late, Sameer G.; Ajay K. Banga

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this work was to apply response surface approach to investigate main and interaction effects of formulation parameters in optimizing novel fast disintegrating tablet formulation using ? cyclodextrin as a diluent. The variables studied were diluent (? cyclodextrin, X1), superdisintegrant (Croscarmellose sodium, X2), and direct compression aid (Spray dried lactose, X3). Tablets were prepared by direct compression method on B2 rotary tablet press using flat plain-face punches an...

  19. Response of urinary hydroxyproline to dietary protein and fasting in white-tailed deer

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    DelGiudice, G.D.; Seal, U.S.; Mech, L.D.

    1988-01-01

    The effects of dietary protein, fasting, and refeeding on urinary hydroxyproline of nine captive female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) were examined from 23 February to 3 May 1984 in northern Minnesota. In the fasted group, mean hydroxyproline:creatinine (OHP:C) was greater (P less than 0.05) at week 4 compared to baseline at week 0. Between fasted deer and deer fed high protein-high energy (HPHE) and low protein-high energy (LPHE) diets, no difference in OHP:C ratios was detected during the initial 4 wk of the study. Urinary OHP:C ratios were significantly (P less than 0.05) greater in the fasted group during refeeding, concomitant with greater feed consumption and weight gain. There was also a significant (P less than 0.02) time effect in the fasted-refed group; OHP:C ratios increased during these two phases of the study. There was no difference between the HPHE and LPHE fed deer in renal OHP excretion. However, mean OHP:C ratios in yearlings (16.8 +/- 2.2) were greater (P less than 0.001) than in the adults (7.5 +/- 1.2) of those groups, indicating a higher collagen turnover rate. Urinary OHP:C shows potential as an indicator of growth and starvation, and the data presented may serve as reference values.

  20. Corporate social responsibility approaches and implementation in selected fast food restaurants

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    Emma E. Montalbo

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This study sought to determine Corporate Social Responsibility approaches and implementation in Fast Food Restaurants in Batangas City, Philippines. The researchers employed a descriptive design and quantitative method in the analysis of data with the questionnaire as the main instrument. Five (5 restaurant- participants were purposively chosen from the total population of 15. Results showed that CSR related mission/vision is clearly not embedded in the institutional websites of fast food restaurants while personal relation/social proximity approach is highly evident. Also, factors in the implementation of corporate social responsibility in relation to philanthropic behavior, shows a significant behavioral change from the statistical result such as moderately evident. CSR approaches and implementation are highly evident that clearly proves the responsible behavior of local fast food restaurants. Institutional integration of CSR in the company’s mission/vision statements, structure, decisions, activities, communication, practices stated appears to be beneficial in light of new corporate-state-market-society relationship.

  1. Preparation and properties of fast temperature-responsive soy protein/PNIPAAm IPN hydrogels

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    Liu Yong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The interpenetrating polymer network of fast temperature-responsive hydrogels based on soy protein and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide were successfully prepared using the sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3 solutions as the reaction medium. The structure and properties of the hydrogels were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and thermal gravimetric analysis. The swelling and deswelling kinetics were also investigated in detail. The results have shown that the proposed hydrogels had high porous structure, good miscibility and thermal stability, and fast temperature responsivity. The presence of NaHCO3 had little effect on the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT of the hydrogels, and the VPTTs were at about 32°C. Compared with the traditional hydrogels, the proposed hydrogels had much faster swelling and deswelling rate. The swelling mechanism of the hydrogels was the non-Fickian diffusion. This fast temperature-responsive hydrogels may have potential applications in the field of biomedical materials.

  2. Contrasting Responses to Harvesting and Environmental Drivers of Fast and Slow Life History Species.

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    Quetglas, Antoni; Rueda, Lucía; Alvarez-Berastegui, Diego; Guijarro, Beatriz; Massutí, Enric

    2016-01-01

    According to their main life history traits, organisms can be arranged in a continuum from fast (species with small body size, short lifespan and high fecundity) to slow (species with opposite characteristics). Life history determines the responses of organisms to natural and anthropogenic factors, as slow species are expected to be more sensitive than fast species to perturbations. Owing to their contrasting traits, cephalopods and elasmobranchs are typical examples of fast and slow strategies, respectively. We investigated the responses of these two contrasting strategies to fishing exploitation and environmental conditions (temperature, productivity and depth) using generalized additive models. Our results confirmed the foreseen contrasting responses of cephalopods and elasmobranchs to natural (environment) and anthropogenic (harvesting) influences. Even though a priori foreseen, we did expect neither the clear-cut differential responses between groups nor the homogeneous sensitivity to the same factors within the two taxonomic groups. Apart from depth, which affected both groups equally, cephalopods and elasmobranchs were exclusively affected by environmental conditions and fishing exploitation, respectively. Owing to its short, annual cycle, cephalopods do not have overlapping generations and consequently lack the buffering effects conferred by different age classes observed in multi-aged species such as elasmobranchs. We suggest that cephalopods are sensitive to short-term perturbations, such as seasonal environmental changes, because they lack this buffering effect but they are in turn not influenced by continuous, long-term moderate disturbances such as fishing because of its high population growth and turnover. The contrary would apply to elasmobranchs, whose multi-aged population structure would buffer the seasonal environmental effects, but they would display strong responses to uninterrupted harvesting due to its low population resilience. Besides providing empirical evidence to the theoretically predicted contrasting responses of cephalopods and elasmobranchs to disturbances, our results are useful for the sustainable exploitation of these resources. PMID:26859577

  3. Application of Time Projection Chambers with GEMs and Pixels to WIMP Searches and Fast Neutron Detection

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    Yamaoka, Jared; Garcia-Sciveres, Maurice; Jaegle, Igal; Kadyk, John; Nguyen, Young; Rosen, Marc; Ross, Steven; Thorpe, Thomas; Vahsen, Sven

    2012-01-01

    We present work on the detection of neutral particles via nuclear recoils in gas-filled Time Projection Chambers (TPCs). We employ Gas Electron Multipliers (GEMs) to amplify the signal and silicon pixel electronics to detect the avalanche charge. These technologies allow ionization in the target gas to be detected with low noise, improved position and time resolution, and high efficiency. We review experimental results obtained in previous years, and report on ongoing simulation studies and construction of the first prototype at the University of Hawaii. We also present prospects of using such detectors to perform direction-sensitive searches for WIMP dark matter and fast neutron from fissionable material.

  4. Influence of Ramadan Fasting on Anaerobic Performance and Recovery Following Short time High Intensity Exercise

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    Umid Karli; Alpay Guvenc; Alper Aslan; Tahir Hazir; Caner Acikada

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Ramadan fasting on anaerobic power and capacity and the removal rate of lactate after short time high intensity exercise in power athletes. Ten male elite power athletes (2 wrestlers, 7 sprinters and 1 thrower, aged 20-24 yr, mean age 22.30 ± 1.25 yr) participated in this study. The subjects were tested three times [3 days before the beginning of Ramadan (Pre-RF), the last 3 days of Ramadan (End-RF) and the last 3 days of the 4th week af...

  5. Ultra-fast transistor-based detectors for precise timing of near infrared and THz signals

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    Preu, Sascha; Mittendorff, M.; Winnerl, S.; Lu, H.; Gossard, A. C.; Weber, Heiko B.

    2013-01-01

    A whole class of two-color experiments involves intense, short Terahertz radiation pulses. A fast detector that is sensitive and able to resolve both near-infrared and Terahertz pulses at the same time is highly desirable. Here we present the first detector of this kind. The detector element is a GaAs-based field effect transistor operated at room temperature. THz detection is successfully demonstrated at frequencies up to 4.9 THz. The THz detection time constant is shorter than 30 ps, the op...

  6. A fast Time-of-Flight detector also used as a tracker

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    We present a possible scheme for a fast Time-of-Flight detector which could also serve as part of the charged particle tracking system. The detector consists of scintillating fibers read out by newly developed microchannel plate photomultipliers. The performance of the detector in the experimental environment of the τ/charm factory was investigated by a detailed Monte Carlo simulation. The time and space resolutions of the detector are expected to be about 92 ps and 140 μm, respectively. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  7. A Fast Pulsed Neutron Source for Time-of-Flight Detection of Nuclear Materials and Explosives

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    AASC has built a fast pulsed neutron source based on the Dense Plasma Focus (DPF). The more current version stores only 100 J but fires at ∼10-50 Hz and emits ∼106n/pulse at a peak current of 100 kA. Both sources emit 2.45±0.1 MeV(DD) neutron pulses of ∼25-40 ns width. Such fast, quasi-monoenergetic pulses allow time-of-flight detection of characteristic emissions from nuclear materials or high explosives. A test is described in which iron targets were placed at different distances from the point neutron source. Detectors such as Stilbene and LaBr3 were used to capture inelastically induced, 847 keV gammas from the iron target. Shielding of the source and detectors eliminated most (but not all) of the source neutrons from the detectors. Gated detection, pulse shape analysis and time-of-flight discrimination enable separation of gamma and neutron signatures and localization of the target. A Monte Carlo simulation allows evaluation of the potential of such a fast pulsed source for a field-portable detection system. The high rep-rate source occupies two 200 liter drums and uses a cooled DPF Head that is 3 in volume.

  8. A Fast Pulsed Neutron Source for Time-of-Flight Detection of Nuclear Materials and Explosives

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    Krishnan, Mahadevan; Bures, Brian; James, Colt; Madden, Robert [Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation, 3077 Teagarden Street, San Leandro, CA 94577 (United States); Hennig, Wolfgang; Breus, Dimitry; Asztalos, Stephen; Sabourov, Konstantin [XIA LLC, 31057 Genstar Road, Hayward, CA 94544 (United States); Lane, Stephen [NSF Center for Biophotonics and School of Medicine, University of California Davis, Sacramento CA, 95817 (United States)

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    AASC has built a fast pulsed neutron source based on the Dense Plasma Focus (DPF). The more current version stores only 100 J but fires at {approx}10-50 Hz and emits {approx}10{sup 6}n/pulse at a peak current of 100 kA. Both sources emit 2.45{+-}0.1 MeV(DD) neutron pulses of {approx}25-40 ns width. Such fast, quasi-monoenergetic pulses allow time-of-flight detection of characteristic emissions from nuclear materials or high explosives. A test is described in which iron targets were placed at different distances from the point neutron source. Detectors such as Stilbene and LaBr3 were used to capture inelastically induced, 847 keV gammas from the iron target. Shielding of the source and detectors eliminated most (but not all) of the source neutrons from the detectors. Gated detection, pulse shape analysis and time-of-flight discrimination enable separation of gamma and neutron signatures and localization of the target. A Monte Carlo simulation allows evaluation of the potential of such a fast pulsed source for a field-portable detection system. The high rep-rate source occupies two 200 liter drums and uses a cooled DPF Head that is <500 cm{sup 3} in volume.

  9. Fast neutron measurements at the nELBE time-of-flight facility

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    Junghansa A. R.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The compact neutron-time-of-flight facility nELBE at the superconducting electron accelerator ELBE of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf has been rebuilt. A new enlarged experimental hall with a flight path of up to 10 m is available for neutron time-of-flight experiments in the fast energy range from about 50 keV to 10 MeV. nELBE is intended to deliver nuclear data of fast neutron nuclear interactions e.g. for the transmutation of nuclear waste and improvement of neutron physical simulations of innovative nuclear systems. The experimental programme consists of transmission measurements of neutron total cross sections, elastic and inelastic scattering cross section measurements, and neutron induced fission cross sections. The inelastic scattering to the first few excited states in 56Fe was investigated by measuring the gamma production cross section with an HPGe detector. The neutron induced fission of 242Pu was studied using fast ionisation chambers with large homogeneous actinide deposits.

  10. Fast neutron measurements at the nELBE time-of-flight facility

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    Junghansa, A. R.; Beyer, R.; Grosse, E.; Hannaske, R.; Kögler, T.; Massarczyk, R.; Schwengner, R.; Wagner, A.

    2015-05-01

    The compact neutron-time-of-flight facility nELBE at the superconducting electron accelerator ELBE of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf has been rebuilt. A new enlarged experimental hall with a flight path of up to 10 m is available for neutron time-of-flight experiments in the fast energy range from about 50 keV to 10 MeV. nELBE is intended to deliver nuclear data of fast neutron nuclear interactions e.g. for the transmutation of nuclear waste and improvement of neutron physical simulations of innovative nuclear systems. The experimental programme consists of transmission measurements of neutron total cross sections, elastic and inelastic scattering cross section measurements, and neutron induced fission cross sections. The inelastic scattering to the first few excited states in 56Fe was investigated by measuring the gamma production cross section with an HPGe detector. The neutron induced fission of 242Pu was studied using fast ionisation chambers with large homogeneous actinide deposits.

  11. TRANC – a novel fast-response converter to measure total reactive atmospheric nitrogen

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    O. Marx

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The input and loss of plant available nitrogen (N from/to the atmosphere can be an important factor for the productivity of ecosystems and thus for its carbon and greenhouse gas exchange. We present a novel converter for the measurement of total reactive nitrogen (TRANC: Total Reactive Atmospheric Nitrogen Converter, which offers the opportunity to quantify the sum of all airborne reactive nitrogen (Nr compounds in high time resolution. The basic concept of the TRANC is the full conversion of total Nr to nitrogen monoxide (NO within two reaction steps. Initially, reduced N compounds are being oxidised, and oxidised N compounds are thermally converted to lower oxidation states. Particulate N is being sublimated and oxidised or reduced afterwards. In a second step, remaining higher N oxides or those originated in the first step are catalytically converted to NO with carbon monoxide used as reduction gas. The converter is combined with a fast response chemiluminescence detector (CLD for NO analysis and its performance was tested for the most relevant gaseous and particulate Nr species under both laboratory and field conditions. Recovery rates during laboratory tests for NH3 and NO2 were found to be 95 and 99%, respectively, and 97% when the two gases were combined. In-field longterm stability over an 11-month period was approved by a value of 91% for NO2. Effective conversion was also found for ammonium and nitrate containing particles. The recovery rate of total ambient Nr was tested against the sum of individual measurements of NH3, HNO3, HONO, NH4+, NO3?, and NOx using a combination of different well-established devices. The results show that the TRANC-CLD system precisely captures fluctuations in Nr concentrations and also matches the sum of all Nr compounds measured by the different single techniques. The TRANC features a specific design with very short distance between the sample air inlet and the place where the thermal and catalytic conversions to NO occur. This assures a short residence time of the sample air inside the instrument, and minimises wall sorption problems of water soluble compounds. The fast response time (half-value periods of 0.30 s were found during concentration step changes and high accuracy in capturing the dominant Nr species enables the converter to be used in an eddy covariance setup. Although a source attribution of specific Nr compounds is not possible, the TRANC is a new reliable tool for permanent measurements of the net Nr flux between ecosystem and atmosphere at a relatively low maintenance and reasonable cost level allowing for diurnal, seasonal and annual investigations.

  12. Electron absorption of fast magnetosonic waves by transit time magnetic pumping in JET

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    Direct electron damping of low frequency fast magnetosonic waves has been observed in the centre of high beta hydrogenic JET plasmas where transit time magnetic pumping is a significant component in the electron-wave interaction mechanism. The electron heating power profile was peaked on axis, extended across almost half the minor radius and accounted for 22±5% of the total radiofrequency power coupled to the plasma. After passing through the plasma core, the fast wave was absorbed by hydrogen ions at the second harmonic cyclotron resonance which was placed inboard of the magnetic axis and intersected the equatorial plane at one third of the minor radius. (author). Letter-to-the-editor. 25 refs, 8 figs

  13. Test of relativistic time dilation with fast optical atomic clocks at different velocities

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    Reinhardt, Sascha; Saathoff, Guido; Buhr, Henrik; Carlson, Lars A.; Wolf, Andreas; Schwalm, Dirk; Karpuk, Sergei; Novotny, Christian; Huber, Gerhard; Zimmermann, Marcus; Holzwarth, Ronald; Udem, Thomas; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Gwinner, Gerald

    2007-12-01

    Time dilation is one of the most fascinating aspects of special relativity as it abolishes the notion of absolute time. It was first observed experimentally by Ives and Stilwell in 1938 using the Doppler effect. Here we report on a method, based on fast optical atomic clocks with large, but different Lorentz boosts, that tests relativistic time dilation with unprecedented precision. The approach combines ion storage and cooling with optical frequency counting using a frequency comb. 7Li+ ions are prepared at 6.4% and 3.0% of the speed of light in a storage ring, and their time is read with an accuracy of 2×10-10 using laser saturation spectroscopy. The comparison of the Doppler shifts yields a time dilation measurement represented by a Mansouri-Sexl parameter , consistent with special relativity. This constrains the existence of a preferred cosmological reference frame and CPT- and Lorentz-violating `new' physics beyond the standard model.

  14. INFLUENCE OF RAMADAN FASTING ON ANAEROBIC PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY FOLLOWING SHORT TIME HIGH INTENSITY EXERCISE

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Ramadan fasting on anaerobic power and capacity and the removal rate of lactate after short time high intensity exercise in power athletes. Ten male elite power athletes (2 wrestlers, 7 sprinters and 1 thrower, aged 20-24 yr, mean age 22.30 ± 1.25 yr participated in this study. The subjects were tested three times [3 days before the beginning of Ramadan (Pre-RF, the last 3 days of Ramadan (End-RF and the last 3 days of the 4th week after the end of Ramadan (After-RF]. Anaerobic power and capacity were measured by using the Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT at Pre-RF, End-RF and After- RF. Capillary blood samples for lactate analyses and heart rate recordings were taken at rest, immediately after WAnT and throughout the recovery period. Repeated measures of ANOVA indicated that there were no significant changes in body weight, body mass index, fat free mass, percentage of body fat, daily sleeping time and daily caloric intake associated with Ramadan fasting. No significant changes were found in total body water either, but urinary density measured at End-RF was significantly higher than After-RF. Similarity among peak HR and peak LA values at Pre-RF, End- RF and After-RF demonstrated that cardiovascular and metabolic stress caused by WAnT was not affected by Ramadan fasting. In addition, no influence of Ramadan fasting on anaerobic power and capacity and removal rate of LA from blood following high intensity exercise was observed. The results of this study revealed that if strength-power training is performed regularly and daily food intake, body fluid balance and daily sleeping time are maintained as before Ramadan, Ramadan fasting will not have adverse effects on body composition, anaerobic power and capacity, and LA metabolism during and after high intensity exercise in power athletes

  15. Response Time Patterns in a Stated Choice Experiment

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    Börjesson, Maria; Fosgerau, Mogens

    2015-01-01

    This paper studies how response times vary between unlabeled binary choice occasions in a stated choice (SC) experiment, with alternatives differing with respect to in-vehicle travel time and travel cost. The pattern of response times is interpreted as an indicator of the cognitive processes employed by the respondents when making their choices. We find clear signs of reference-dependence in response times in the form of a strong gain-loss asymmetry. Moreover, different patterns of response t...

  16. Fast Estimate of Rupture Process of Large Earthquakes via Real Time Hi-net Data

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    Wang, D.; Kawakatsu, H.; Mori, J. J.

    2014-12-01

    We developed a real time system based on Hi-net seismic array that can offer fast and reliable source information, for example, source extent and rupture velocity, for earthquakes that occur at distance of roughly 30°- 85°with respect to the array center. We perform continuous grid search on a Hi-net real time data stream to identify possible source locations (following Nishida, K., Kawakatsu, H., and S. Obara, 2008). Earthquakes that occurred off the bright area of the array (30°- 85°with respect to the array center) will be ignored. Once a large seismic event is identified successfully, back-projection will be implemented to trace the source propagation and energy radiation. Results from extended global GRiD-MT and real time W phase inversion will be combined for the better identification of large seismic events. The time required is mainly due to the travel time from the epicenter to the array stations, so we can get the results between 6 to 13 min depending on the epicenter distances. This system can offer fast and robust estimates of earthquake source information, which will be useful for disaster mitigation, such as tsunami evacuation, emergency rescue, and aftershock hazard evaluation.

  17. Verification of the CNGS Timing System using Ultra-Fast Diamond Detectors

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    Jansen, H; Bart Pedersen, S; Dehning, B; Dobos, D; Effinger, E; Ferrari, A; Griesmayer, E; Gschwendtner, E; Kozsar, I; Missiaen, D; Pernegger, H; Sala, P R; Serrano, J; Ward, C

    2012-01-01

    A new ultra-fast diagnostic tool was installed in the CNGS facility in 2011 following the neutrino time-of-flight results published by OPERA in September 2011. Several polycrystalline CVD diamond detectors were placed in the secondary beam line about 1200m downstream of the CNGS target in order to measure the time structure of the muons which are produced together with the muon neutrinos. This allows an accurate measurement of the GPS timing of individual secondary particle bunches crossing these detectors, and provides an independent timing measurement at CERN, which has previously been based solely on the fast beam current transformers installed in the primary proton beam line upstream of the CNGS target. Both the position of the detectors, and the time between the detection of the particles at the beam current transformer and the diamond detectors have been measured very carefully and a sound analysis of the detector signals was done. This allows comparison of the measurements between the beam current tran...

  18. Improving Adaptive Learning Technology through the Use of Response Times

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    Mettler, Everett; Massey, Christine M.; Kellman, Philip J.

    2011-01-01

    Adaptive learning techniques have typically scheduled practice using learners' accuracy and item presentation history. We describe an adaptive learning system (Adaptive Response Time Based Sequencing--ARTS) that uses both accuracy and response time (RT) as direct inputs into sequencing. Response times are used to assess learning strength and…

  19. Analyzing Response Times in Tests with Rank Correlation Approaches

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    Ranger, Jochen; Kuhn, Jorg-Tobias

    2013-01-01

    It is common practice to log-transform response times before analyzing them with standard factor analytical methods. However, sometimes the log-transformation is not capable of linearizing the relation between the response times and the latent traits. Therefore, a more general approach to response time analysis is proposed in the current…

  20. Fast self paced listening times in syntactic comprehension is aphasia -- implications for deficits

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    Jennifer Michaud

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Sixty one people with aphasia (pwa and forty one matched controls were tested for the ability to understand sentences that required the ability to assign particular syntactic structures. Participants paced themselves word-by-word through twenty examples of eleven spoken sentence types and indicated which of two pictures corresponded to the meaning of each sentence. Sentences were developed in pairs such that comprehension of the experimental version of a pair required an aspect of syntactic processing not required in the corresponding baseline sentence. The need for the syntactic operations required only in the experimental version was triggered at a “critical word” in the experimental sentence. Listening times for critical words in experimental sentences were compared to those for corresponding words in the corresponding baseline sentences. We adjusted self paced listening times for word duration by subtracting word durations from tag-to-tag self paced listening times to correct for word duration, yielding what we have previously called “corrected listening times.” Corrected listening times above ceiling (10,000 msec for sentence-final words and 5,000 msec for all other words were discarded. For controls, this led to 0.2% of data being discarded and for PWAs 2.2% were discarded. Corrected listening times that were more than 3 standard deviations above or below the mean for that sentence type for each subject were adjusted either down to the upper limit or up to the lower limit of the 3SD range (not discarded. For accurate sentences, 1.7% of the control data were adjusted and 1.8% of the aphasic data were adjusted. For inaccurate sentences, 10% of the corrected listening times were adjusted for controls and 3.3% for aphasics. Our interest is in incremental parsing and interpretation. The measure we used of this process was the residual of a regression of corrected self paced listening times for critical words in experimental sentences (the DV against corrected self paced listening times in the corresponding words in the baseline sentences (the IV in correct responses. We call the residuals of these regressions “relative corrected listening times.” Relative corrected listening times are based on listening times at points at which task-related operations are similar, and therefore factor out these effects. They also factor out differences in general speed of processing and motor functioning, which determine the intercepts of the regressions. The relative corrected listening times for each participant therefore reflect the time taken by each pwa or control participant to perform the parsing and interpretation operations needed in the experimental sentences, compared to the time taken by the other controls or pwa. We performed these regressions separately in each of the four groups of sentences. We analyzed pwa and controls separately. We analyzed groups and not individuals, because performing these regressions on an individual basis would lead to a mean residual for an experimental sentence type compared to a baseline sentence type that approximates zero in each individual (this is a property of linear regression. We analyzed controls and pwa separately to produce separate estimates of basic speed of processing, decision-making and other processes in controls and pwa. We calculated the normal range of relative corrected listening times for each sentence type group by applying the formula in Crawford and Howell (1998 to the results of the regressions in the controls. We then determined whether the relative corrected listening time for each group of sentences in each pwa was within the normal range of residuals. We focus on a finding that has not previously been reported, which is that, in some pwa, some relative corrected listening times (i.e., residuals of the regression of critical words in experimental sentences against corresponding words in baseline sentences were lower than those seen in normal individuals. In normal individuals whose comprehension is within the normal range, fast self-paced reading times and short eye fixations are taken as evidence for efficient parsing and interpretation. It is not plausible that lower-than-normal relative corrected listening times in pwa reflect parsing and interpretation that is more efficient than normal. Some other account of these low relative corrected listening times is required. A possible reason for abnormally low relative corrected listening times is that some pwa make an unusual choice between spending time in processing the current word and maintaining information in memory. The longer incremental processing continues, the longer what has been processed must remain in memory. Pwa whose relative corrected self paced listening times were lower than normal might have balanced time spent in incremental processing and memory load in ways that neurologically normal individuals do not normally do, preferring to spend less time in incremental processing with the consequence of reducing memory load. In some pwa whose relative corrected self paced listening times were lower than normal, accuracy was normal. In these pwa, the effect of spending less time at this stage was not detrimental. Four of these pwa had abnormally low relative corrected listening times in only one sentence type; all four had normal accuracy on all sentence types. Given their normal accuracy, it is hard to say that their lower-than-normal residual corrected listening times reflect a structure specific deficit. These pwa appear to have set the duration of incremental parsing low for only one structure. In most pwa whose relative corrected self paced listening times were lower than normal, accuracy was below normal or at or below chance. In these pwa, the lower-than-normal residual corrected times at critical words in experimental sentences could be due to either an intrinsic pathology of the parser/interpreter that limits the time it operates or to a choice between balancing time spent in incremental processing and memory load that leads to more errors than normal. The first of these possibilities is the counterpart of slowed syntactic processing. The second possible mechanism is related to how the control system regulates parsing and interpretation, a mechanism that has some similarity to what has been suggested in the case of lexical processing disturbances in vascular aphasia (Jefferies et al, 2008. If the locus of the disruption is in the control system, these pwa may also have abnormalities in metacognitive functions that detect errors and adjust processing to reduce them. The six pwa whose relative corrected listening times were lower than normal in one sentence type and whose accuracy was also below normal on that sentence type appear to have had structure-specific deficits, The structures in which these abnormally low relative corrected listening times and accuracy were found showed double dissociations (two cases showed this pattern for passives; three for reflexives; one for pronouns and none were found only in the most demanding sentence type (object relatives. This argues that the pathological mechanism that produced these behaviors is not resource reduction. These data therefore are consistent with structure specific deficits. It appears that a pathological truncation of parsing and interpretation, or a poor choice between processing and storage, applied when a particular structure was encountered. The fact that these six pwa had chance performance on at least one other sentence type where relative corrected listening times for critical words were normal indicates that they have other deficits that affected other structures. To our knowledge, this is the first time the possibility that different pathological mechanisms can lead to abnormally low accuracy on different sentence types within individual pwa has been suggested. We are able to draw this conclusion because on-line behaviors differed in different sentence types on which accuracy is below normal in individual pwa, being lower than normal in one sentence type with below normal accuracy and normal or higher than normal in others. It is possible to find similar effects in other on-line behaviors such as pathologically long listening or reading times or abnormal patterns of eye fixations. For instance, it is possible that self-paced listening times or eye fixations would show early interference effects in one sentence type and late interference effects in another in one pwa (this would require testing pwa on two tasks. The present results point to the need to examine on-line data to know whether a pwa has more than one deficit at the level of mechanisms. Examination of accuracy and RT to end-of-sentence responses alone cannot tell us whether this is the case.

  1. Impact of delays in plutonium use of the stationary doubling time for fast breeder reactors

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    An investigation of the breeding process is presented. Nuclear physical quantities which can describe the breeding capability of breeder reactors in general terms are discussed. Figure of merit type quantities are reviewed and their ability to describe the breeding capability of fast breeder reactors analyzed. Delays encountered in the use of bred fuel for a system of fast breeder reactors are introduced in the derivation of four general doubling time expressions. The formulas are all based on the accumulating fuel in a growing system of fast breeder reactors. The fuel growth rate, from which the doubling time is obtained, describes the accumulating fuel. Delays incorporated into the expressions include finite burnup in the core and blanket, residence time in the external fuel cycle and holdup in the use of excess bred fuel which fuels new reactors. The first expression is obtained by relating the fuel growth rate to the asymptotic exponential accumulation of fuel for a system of breeder reactors. The second expression is based on single system quantities, e.g., base reactor and its out-of-pile inventory. It is possible because all reactors in the system are defined to be identical. Precalculated coefficients determined from an integrated fuel cycle model are used in the third expression. The fuel cycle is formulated as an eigenvalue problem with the growth rate as eigenvalue and equilibrium plutonium composition as eigenvector. An expression for the doubling time is deduced. The fourth expression is based on ''isotropic breeding worth'' factors. These factors are determined from the adjoint problem to the eigenvalue problem in the third case. The worth factors are identical to the eigenvector of this adjoint problem and the growth rate is again obtained as eigenvalue. The fourth expression is compared with presently applied definitions for a LMFBR in the 1000 MWe range. Dependency investigations are also discussed and analyzed

  2. Detecting changes in coupling with Granger causality method from time series with fast transient processes

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    Sysoev, Ilya V.; Sysoeva, Marina V.

    2015-08-01

    The ability of the Granger causality method to detect directed coupling between subsystems of a complex system in a moving time window is investigated on etalon oscillators. In particular, the time series consisting of alternate stationary regimes characterised by the different amplitude and shape of oscillations with fast transient processes between these regimes are considered, with similar transitions being possible due to changes either in the coupling or in the individual properties of subsystems. Two popular approaches to surrogate times series generation are used to check the significance of the method results. Two model structures: the standard linear and the special non-linear adapted to data are implemented. The Granger causality method using the model structure adapted to data is shown to be significantly advantageous in detecting coupling directionality and the instant time of the regime change than the standard linear method, while in some cases the sensitivity and the specificity of the adapted approach are insufficient.

  3. TimepixCam: a fast optical imager with time-stamping

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    Fisher-Levine, M.; Nomerotski, A.

    2016-03-01

    We describe a novel fast optical imager, TimepixCam, based on an optimized silicon pixel sensor with a thin entrance window, read out by a Timepix ASIC. TimepixCam is able to record and time-stamp light flashes in excess of 1,000 photons with high quantum efficiency in the 400–1000nm wavelength range with 20ns timing resolution, corresponding to an effective rate of 50 Megaframes per second. The camera was used for imaging ions impinging on a microchannel plate followed by a phosphor screen. Possible applications include spatial and velocity map imaging of ions in time-of-flight mass spectroscopy; coincidence imaging of ions and electrons, and other time-resolved types of imaging spectroscopy.

  4. Measurement of heating laser injection time in a fast-ignition experiment

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    The ability to measure the injection time of a heating laser synchronized to the imploded core plasma is very important in fast-ignition experiments. In this research, we demonstrate the successful measurement of the injection time using a new x-ray framing camera design. Thermal x-rays for imploded core measurement and hard x-rays for measurement of the heating laser injection time were discriminated using x-ray reflectors made of platinum. The measured hard x-ray signal was evaluated with numerical calculations and found to agree well with the calculated values. We have established a technique for estimating the heating laser injection time from the position of the peak intensity of the hard x-ray signal. (paper)

  5. Development of a LaBr3(Ce) Fast-timing Array for FAIR

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    A γ-ray spectrometer with fast-timing capabilities, constructed of LaBr3(Ce:5%) detectors, is under development for use at the future Facility for Anti-proton and Ion Research (FAIR). The physics aims of this device are to measure the half-lives of excited states in the region of ∼50 ps to several ns, in exotic nuclei. Monte-Carlo simulations using the GEANT4 software package have determined the final design of this fast-timing array by calculating the full-energy peak efficiencies of several different detector geometries. The results of the simulated efficiencies for each configuration were used to calculate the timing precision. Consequently, an array of thirty six, section 3.8 x 5.1 cm cylindrical crystals was found to be the optimum configuration. The detectors were purchased and subsequently characterised, with each detector found to have intrinsic energy and timing resolutions of ∼ 2.8 % (FWHM) and ∼ 210 ps (FWHM) for the 1173 and 1332 keV decays from 60Co. (authors)

  6. Fast adaptive responses in the oral jaw of Lake Victoria cichlids.

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    van Rijssel, Jacco C; Hoogwater, Ellen S; Kishe-Machumu, Mary A; van Reenen, Elize; Spits, Kevin V; van der Stelt, Ronald C; Wanink, Jan H; Witte, Frans

    2015-01-01

    Rapid morphological changes in response to fluctuating natural environments are a common phenomenon in species that undergo adaptive radiation. The dramatic ecological changes in Lake Victoria provide a unique opportunity to study environmental effects on cichlid morphology. This study shows how four haplochromine cichlids adapted their premaxilla to a changed diet over the past 30 years. Directly after the diet change toward larger and faster prey in the late 1980s, the premaxilla (upper jaw) changed in a way that is in agreement with a more food manipulating feeding style. During the 2000s, two zooplanktivorous species showed a reversal of morphological changes after returning to their original diet, whereas two other species showed no reversal of diet and morphology. These rapid changes indicate a potential for extremely fast adaptive responses to environmental fluctuations, which are likely inflicted by competition release and increase, and might have a bearing on the ability of haplochromines to cope with environmental changes. These responses could be due to rapid genetic change or phenotypic plasticity, for which there is ample evidence in cichlid fish structures associated with food capture and processing. These versatile adaptive responses are likely to have contributed to the fast adaptive radiation of haplochromines. PMID:25403383

  7. Smart and hyper-fast responsive polyprodrug nanoplatform for targeted cancer therapy.

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    Xu, Xiao-Ding; Cheng, Yin-Jia; Wu, Jun; Cheng, Hong; Cheng, Si-Xue; Zhuo, Ren-Xi; Zhang, Xian-Zheng

    2016-01-01

    The rapid development and clinical trials of biodegradable nanoparticles (NPs) are heavily hindered by many factors, including poor drug loading, low drug concentration at disease sites, lack of active targeting function, etc. Herein, we developed a new smart and hype-responsive polyprodrug platform with five key elements (i.e. chemically incorporated drug molecules in backbone, stimuli-responsive bond, hyper-fast chain-breakage ability, hydrophilic segment and targeting ligand). Using 10-hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT) as model drug, we designed and prepared an exemplified redox-responsive amphiphilic polyprodrug via polycondensation and "click" chemistry. This polymer is composed of a hydrophobic HCPT-based polyprodrug, a hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEG) chain and a tumor-targeting RGD tail. Employing nanoprecipitation technique, small-sized NPs (36 wt.%), 2) excellent tumor-targeting performance, 3) hyper-fast redox-responsive drug release (around 70% accumulative release within 2 h), 4) long blood circulation and 5) significant inhibition of tumor growth without side effects. PMID:26546916

  8. Lifetime, turnover time, and fast magnetic field regeneration in random flows

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    The fast dynamo is thought to be relevant in the regeneration of magnetic fields in astrophysics where the value of the magnetic Reynolds number (Rm) is immense. The fast dynamo picture is one in which chaotic flows provide a mechanism for the stretching of magnetic field lines. Furthermore, a cascade of energy down to small scales results in intermittent regions of a small-scale, intense magnetic field. Given this scenario it is natural to invoke the use of kinematic random flows in order to understand field regeneration mechanisms better. Here a family of random flows is used to study the effects that L, the lifetime of the cell, and ?, the turnover time of the cell, may have on magnetic field regeneration. Defining the parameter ?=L/?, it has been varied according to ?>1, ?<1, ??O(1). In the kinematic regime, dynamo growth rates and Lyapunov exponents are examined at varying values of Rm. The possibility of fast dynamo action is considered. In the nonlinear regime, magnetic and kinetic energies are examined. Results indicate that there does appear to be a relationship between ? and dynamo efficiency. In particular, the most efficient dynamos seem to operate at lower values of ?

  9. Down-regulation of urinary AQP2 and unaffected response to hypertonic saline after 24 hours of fasting in humans

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    Starklint, Jørn; Bech, Jesper Nørgaard; Pedersen, Erling Bjerregaard

    2005-01-01

    In rats, 24 hours of fasting impairs urinary concentrating ability by down-regulation of aquaporin-2 (AQP2). We tested the hypothesis that 24 hours of fasting in humans reduces the capability to form AQP2 and impairs the antidiuretic response to hypertonic saline infusion....

  10. Proposed fast-response oxygen monitoring and control system for the Langley 8-foot high-temperature tunnel

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    Singh, J. J.; Davis, W. T.; Puster, R. L.

    1983-01-01

    A fast-response oxygen monitoring and control system, based on a Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 sensor, was developed and tested in the laboratory. The system is capable of maintaining oxygen concentration in the CH4-O2-air combustion product gases at 20.9 + or - 1.0 percent. If the oxygen concentration in the exhaust stream differs from that in normal air by 25 percent or more, an alarm signal is provided for automatic tunnel shutdown. The overall prototype system response time was reduced from about 1 sec in the original configuration to about 0.2 sec. The basis of operation and the results of laboratory tests of the system are described.

  11. Fast-Response Calmodulin-Based Fluorescent Indicators Reveal Rapid Intracellular Calcium Dynamics.

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    Helassa, Nordine; Zhang, Xiao-Hua; Conte, Ianina; Scaringi, John; Esposito, Elric; Bradley, Jonathan; Carter, Thomas; Ogden, David; Morad, Martin; Török, Katalin

    2015-01-01

    Faithful reporting of temporal patterns of intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics requires the working range of indicators to match the signals. Current genetically encoded calmodulin-based fluorescent indicators are likely to distort fast Ca(2+) signals by apparent saturation and integration due to their limiting fluorescence rise and decay kinetics. A series of probes was engineered with a range of Ca(2+) affinities and accelerated kinetics by weakening the Ca(2+)-calmodulin-peptide interactions. At 37?°C, the GCaMP3-derived probe termed GCaMP3fast is 40-fold faster than GCaMP3 with Ca(2+) decay and rise times, t1/2, of 3.3?ms and 0.9?ms, respectively, making it the fastest to-date. GCaMP3fast revealed discreet transients with significantly faster Ca(2+) dynamics in neonatal cardiac myocytes than GCaMP6f. With 5-fold increased two-photon fluorescence cross-section for Ca(2+) at 940?nm, GCaMP3fast is suitable for deep tissue studies. The green fluorescent protein serves as a reporter providing important novel insights into the kinetic mechanism of target recognition by calmodulin. Our strategy to match the probe to the signal by tuning the affinity and hence the Ca(2+) kinetics of the indicator is applicable to the emerging new generations of calmodulin-based probes. PMID:26527405

  12. Fast time resolution measurements of high concentrations of iodine above a Laminaria Digitata seaweed bed

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    Ball, Stephen; Adams, Thomas; Leblanc, Catherine; Potin, Philippe

    2013-04-01

    We report observations of extremely large concentrations of molecular iodine (I2) measured in situ above a seaweed bed composed of laminaria digitata (90%) and laminaria hyperborea (10%) growing in its natural habitat. Measurements were made off the coast of Roscoff in Brittany, France, during day-time low tides on several days in September and November 2012 with the greatest tidal amplitudes. Iodine was quantified using a portable, battery-powered broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectrometer (BBCEAS) deployed from the in-shore research vessel "Aurelia" operated by the Station Biologique de Roscoff. For the 5 second integration times used here, the BBCEAS instrument has a detection limit for iodine of 12 pptv (parts per trillion by volume). The boat was anchored above the seaweed bed before it was exposed to air by the ebbing tide; the boat was grounded on the seaweed bed around the tidal minimum, and then refloated as the incoming tide covered the seaweed. I2 concentrations were strongly anti-correlated with water depth. Initially little I2 was seen above background levels whilst the blades of the seaweed plants were floating on the water surface. However several hundred pptv of I2 was observed within a few minutes of the plants' stipes breaking the surface and first blades coming to rest on rocks out of the water. Iodine concentrations increased further as the tide ebbed, typically peaking around 1500 pptv around the tidal minimum (by which time the seaweed had been exposed for 45 minutes). I2 concentrations decreased rapidly back to background levels as the returning tide submerged the seaweeds. The concentration profiles showed a lot of high frequency structure, with I2 concentrations commonly varying by a factor 2 (or more) within 60 seconds. Additionally the profiles of I2 emitted from the seaweeds immediately below the instrument's inlet typically sat on a smoothly-varying background of approximately 100 pptv, which we attribute to I2 from other more-distant seaweeds whose emissions are better-mixed into the atmosphere. The peak I2 concentrations observed here are three to five times greater than the maximum amounts recorded above/closeby laminaria beds in previous studies: 350 pptv max in O Grove, Galicia, Spain (Mahajan et al., ACP, 11, 2545, 2011), and 302 and 547 pptv max at Mweenish Bay, near Mace Head, County Galway, Ireland (Huang et al., GRL, 37, L03803, 2010; ACPD, 12, 25915, 2012). In part, the larger peak concentrations seen here are a consequence of deploying a fast response instrument very close to the source, enabling the emission's high temporal variability to be captured with fewer averaging effects. Nevertheless, the I2 concentrations averaged over the 30 minute period around the tidal minimum were still typically 750 pptv, suggesting laminaria beds are even stronger emitters of I2 into coastal atmospheres than previously thought. Some implications for such high concentrations of iodine for the local atmospheric chemistry are considered. We acknowledge support from the European Community FP7 project "ASSEMBLE", grant 227799.

  13. Organic scintillators response function modeling for Monte Carlo simulation of Time-of-Flight measurements

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    In neutron Time-of-Flight (TOF) measurements performed with fast organic scintillation detectors, both pulse arrival time and amplitude are relevant. Monte Carlo simulation can be used to calculate the time–energy dependant neutron flux at the detector position. To convert the flux into a pulse height spectrum, one must calculate the detector response function for mono-energetic neutrons. MCNP can be used to design TOF systems, but standard MCNP versions cannot reliably calculate the energy deposited by fast neutrons in the detector since multiple scattering effects must be taken into account in an analog way, the individual recoil particles energy deposit being summed with the appropriate scintillation efficiency. In this paper, the energy response function of 2″×2″ and 5″×5″ liquid scintillation BC-501 A (Bicron) detectors to fast neutrons ranging from 20 keV to 5.0 MeV is computed with GEANT4 to be coupled with MCNPX through the “MCNP Output Data Analysis” software developed under ROOT (). - Highlights: ► GEANT4 has been used to model organic scintillators response to neutrons up to 5 MeV. ► The response of 2″×2″ and 5″×5″ BC501A detectors has been parameterized with simple functions. ► Parameterization will allow the modeling of neutron Time of Flight measurements with MCNP using tools based on CERN's ROOT.

  14. Physiotherapy Exercise After Fast-Track Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Time for Reconsideration?

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    Bandholm, Thomas; Kehlet, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    Bandholm T, Kehlet H. Physiotherapy exercise after fast-track total hip and knee arthroplasty: time for reconsideration? Major surgery, including total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA), is followed by a convalescence period, during which the loss of muscle strength and...... meta-analyses on the effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise after THA and TKA generally conclude that physiotherapy exercise after THA and TKA either does not work or is not very effective. The reason for this may be that the "pill" of physiotherapy exercise typically offered after THA and TKA does...

  15. In-beam fast-timing measurements in 103,105,107Cd

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    Kisyov, S; Lalkovski, S.; Marginean, N.; Bucurescu, D.; Atanasova, L.; Balabanski, D.L.; Cata-Danil, Gh.; Cata-Danil, I.; Daugas, J. -M; Deleanu, D.; Detistov, P; Filipescu, D.; Georgiev, G.; Ghita, D; Glodariu, T

    2011-01-01

    Fast-timing measurements were performed recently in the region of the medium-mass 103,105,107Cd isotopes, produced in fusion evaporation reactions. Emitted gamma-rays were detected by eight HPGe and five LaBr3:Ce detectors working in coincidence. Results on new and re-evaluated half-lives are discussed within a systematic of transition rates. The $7/2_1^+$ states in 103,105,107Cd are interpreted as arising from a single-particle excitation. The half-life analysis of the $11/...

  16. Fast Tracker: a hardware real time track finder for the ATLAS trigger system

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    The Fast Tracker (FTK) is an integral part of the trigger upgrade program of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). As the LHC luminosity approaches its design level of 1034 cm?2s?1, the combinatorial problem posed by charged particle tracking becomes increasingly difficult due to the swelling of multiple interactions per bunch crossing. The FTK is a highly-parallel hardware system intended to provide high-quality tracks with transverse momentum above 1 GeV in real time for online trigger system. The FTK system's design, based on a mixture of advanced technologies, and the expected physics performance will be presented

  17. Fast elaboration of diagnostic data for real time control in FTU tokamak

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    Nowak S.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The automatic controller developed for MHD instability control on FTU via the real time (RT EC launcher [1, 2] is based on the a-priori estimate of the instabilities location and on the fast elaboration of the stream of diagnostic data. A fast data acquisition system, based on existing standard FTU diagnostics, collects thermal and magnetic signals by a 12-channels ECE polychromator [3] and by a set of 22 Mirnov coils respectively. Moreover, the EC time waveform from directional couplers along the transmission line is acquired as well. This set of signals is processed in a timescale significantly shorter than the typical time step of the controller (1ms. RT elaboration algorithms aim at supplying the controller [4] with reliable information about the existence and the spatial location of the instability and about the actual ECRH deposition layer in plasma. The main algorithms blocks are ECE-ECE, ECE-Mirnov and ECE-ECRH cross-correlation, and SVD (Singular Value Decomposition of Mirnov signals. The capabilities of effective detection, false positive resilience, and mode discrimination will be discussed through the application to actual plasma data.

  18. FAST: a three-dimensional time-dependent FEL simulation code

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    In this report we briefly describe the three-dimensional, time-dependent FEL simulation code FAST. The equations of motion of the particles and Maxwell's equations are solved simultaneously taking into account the slippage effect. Radiation fields are calculated using an integral solution of Maxwell's equations. A special technique has been developed for fast calculations of the radiation field, drastically reducing the required CPU time. As a result, the developed code allows one to use a personal computer for time-dependent simulations. The code allows one to simulate the radiation from the electron bunch of any transverse and longitudinal bunch shape; to simulate simultaneously an external seed with superimposed noise in the electron beam; to take into account energy spread in the electron beam and the space charge fields; and to simulate a high-gain, high-efficiency FEL amplifier with a tapered undulator. It is important to note that there are no significant memory limitations in the developed code and an electron bunch of any length can be simulated

  19. Orthographic influences on phoneme deletion response times.

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    Tyler, Michael D; Burnham, Denis K

    2006-11-01

    The aim of this paper is to provide further evidence that orthography plays a central role in phonemic awareness, by demonstrating an orthographic congruency effect in phoneme deletion. In four initial phoneme deletion experiments, adult participants produced the correct response more slowly with orthographically mismatched stimulus-response pairs (e.g., worth-earth) than with matched pairs (e.g., wage-age). This orthographic effect occurred with or without specific instructions to ignore spelling and when stimuli were presented with or without the to-be-deleted sound. In a final experiment, participants made more errors on complex than simple onset items, but there was no interaction with orthographic mismatch. The repeated observation of this robust orthographic effect suggests that participants are at least aware of orthography during phonemic awareness tasks, and it supports the view that phonemic awareness is directly subserved by orthography. PMID:16987786

  20. Table-top Femtosecond Ultra Fast Time Resolvable ARPES Facility at LANL

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    Li, Yinwan; Dakovski, Georgi; Durakiewicz, Tomasz; Rodriguez, George; Graham, Kevin

    2010-03-01

    A table-top ultra fast time resolved ARPES facility with time resolution of tens of femtoseconds is being constructed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The system enables pump-probe scheme measurement with pump photon beam at low energy laser pulses and high energy probe photon beam obtained by higher harmonic generation (HHG). The pump-probe scheme enables the extension of the ARPES technique to measure the unoccupied states. The tunability of time-difference between probe pulse and pump pulse can be used in the dynamics study of the solids by measuring the decay of the excited states. In this presentation, I will introduce the principle of the technique and the current stage of the system at LANL.

  1. Using Graphs for Fast Error Term Approximation of Time-varying Datasets

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    Nuber, C; LaMar, E C; Pascucci, V; Hamann, B; Joy, K I

    2003-02-27

    We present a method for the efficient computation and storage of approximations of error tables used for error estimation of a region between different time steps in time-varying datasets. The error between two time steps is defined as the distance between the data of these time steps. Error tables are used to look up the error between different time steps of a time-varying dataset, especially when run time error computation is expensive. However, even the generation of error tables itself can be expensive. For n time steps, the exact error look-up table (which stores the error values for all pairs of time steps in a matrix) has a memory complexity and pre-processing time complexity of O(n2), and O(1) for error retrieval. Our approximate error look-up table approach uses trees, where the leaf nodes represent original time steps, and interior nodes contain an average (or best-representative) of the children nodes. The error computed on an edge of a tree describes the distance between the two nodes on that edge. Evaluating the error between two different time steps requires traversing a path between the two leaf nodes, and accumulating the errors on the traversed edges. For n time steps, this scheme has a memory complexity and pre-processing time complexity of O(nlog(n)), a significant improvement over the exact scheme; the error retrieval complexity is O(log(n)). As we do not need to calculate all possible n2 error terms, our approach is a fast way to generate the approximation.

  2. An Ultralow Power Fast-Response Nano-TCD CH4 sensor for UAV Airborne Measurements Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In this project, KWJ proposes to develop a low power, fast response, lightweight miniature CH4 measurement system based on KWJ nano-TCD sensor for airborne...

  3. The ITER Fast Plant System Controller ATCA prototype Real-Time Software Architecture

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    Carvalho, B.B., E-mail: bernardo@ipfn.ist.utl.pt [Associacao EURATOM/IST Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, P-1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Santos, B.; Carvalho, P.F.; Neto, A. [Associacao EURATOM/IST Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, P-1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Boncagni, L. [Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, Frascati Research Centre, Division of Fusion Physics, Frascati, Rome (Italy); Batista, A.J.N.; Correia, M.; Sousa, J.; Gonçalves, B. [Associacao EURATOM/IST Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, P-1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: ? High performance ATCA systems for fast control and data acquisition. ? IEEE1588 timing system and synchronization. ? Plasma control algorithms. ? Real-time control software frameworks. ? Targeted for nuclear fusion experiments with long duration discharges. -- Abstract: IPFN is developing a prototype Fast Plant System Controller (FPSC) based in ATCA embedded technologies dedicated to ITER CODAC data acquisition and control tasks in the sub-millisecond range. The main goal is to demonstrate the usability of the ATCA standard and its enhanced specifications for the high speed, very high density parallel data acquisition needs of the most demanding ITER tokamak plasma Instrumentation and Control (I and C) systems. This effort included the in-house development of a new family of high performance ATCA I/O and timing boards. The standard ITER software system CODAC Core System (CCS) v3.1, with the control based in the EPICS system does not cover yet the real-time requirements fulfilled by this hardware, so a new set of software components was developed for this specific platform, attempting to integrate and leverage the new features in CSS, for example the Multithreaded Application Real Time executor (MARTe) software framework, the new Data Archiving Network (DAN) solution, an ATCA IEEE-1588-2008 timing interface, and the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) for system monitoring and remote management. This paper presents the overall software architecture for the ATCA FPSC, as well a discussion on the ITER constrains and design choices and finally a detailed description of the software components already developed.

  4. The ITER Fast Plant System Controller ATCA prototype Real-Time Software Architecture

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    Highlights: ? High performance ATCA systems for fast control and data acquisition. ? IEEE1588 timing system and synchronization. ? Plasma control algorithms. ? Real-time control software frameworks. ? Targeted for nuclear fusion experiments with long duration discharges. -- Abstract: IPFN is developing a prototype Fast Plant System Controller (FPSC) based in ATCA embedded technologies dedicated to ITER CODAC data acquisition and control tasks in the sub-millisecond range. The main goal is to demonstrate the usability of the ATCA standard and its enhanced specifications for the high speed, very high density parallel data acquisition needs of the most demanding ITER tokamak plasma Instrumentation and Control (I and C) systems. This effort included the in-house development of a new family of high performance ATCA I/O and timing boards. The standard ITER software system CODAC Core System (CCS) v3.1, with the control based in the EPICS system does not cover yet the real-time requirements fulfilled by this hardware, so a new set of software components was developed for this specific platform, attempting to integrate and leverage the new features in CSS, for example the Multithreaded Application Real Time executor (MARTe) software framework, the new Data Archiving Network (DAN) solution, an ATCA IEEE-1588-2008 timing interface, and the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) for system monitoring and remote management. This paper presents the overall software architecture for the ATCA FPSC, as well a discussion on the ITER constrains and design choices and finally a detailed description of the software components already developed

  5. High-ampacity conductive polymer microfibers as fast response wearable heaters and electromechanical actuators

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    Zhou, Jian

    2016-01-04

    Conductive fibers with enhanced physical properties and functionalities are needed for a diversity of electronic devices. Here, we report very high performance in the thermal and mechanical response of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS) microfibers when subjected to an electrical current. These fibers were made by combining the hot-drawing assisted wetspinning process with ethylene glycol doping/de-doping that can work at a current density as high as 1.8 × 104 A cm−2, which is comparable to that of carbon nanotube fibers. Their electrothermal response was investigated using optical sensors and verified to be as fast as 63 °C s−1 and is comparable with that of metallic heating elements (20–50 °C s−1). We investigated the electromechanical actuation resulted from the reversible sorption/desorption of moisture controlled by electro-induced heating. The results revealed an improvement of several orders of magnitudes compared to other linear conductive polymer-based actuators in air. Specifically, the fibers we designed here have a rapid stress generation rate (>40 MPa s−1) and a wide operating frequency range (up to 40 Hz). These fibers have several characteristics including fast response, low-driven voltage, good repeatability, long cycle life and high energy efficiency, favoring their use as heating elements on wearable textiles and as artificial muscles for robotics.

  6. Design and evaluation of a device for fast multispectral time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging

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    The application of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) to in vivo tissue diagnosis requires a method for fast acquisition of fluorescence decay profiles in multiple spectral bands. This study focusses on development of a clinically compatible fiber-optic based multispectral TRFS (ms-TRFS) system together with validation of its accuracy and precision for fluorescence lifetime measurements. It also presents the expansion of this technique into an imaging spectroscopy method. A tandem array of dichroic beamsplitters and filters was used to record TRFS decay profiles at four distinct spectral bands where biological tissue typically presents fluorescence emission maxima, namely, 390, 452, 542, and 629 nm. Each emission channel was temporally separated by using transmission delays through 200 ?m diameter multimode optical fibers of 1, 10, 19, and 28 m lengths. A Laguerre-expansion deconvolution algorithm was used to compensate for modal dispersion inherent to large diameter optical fibers and the finite bandwidth of detectors and digitizers. The system was found to be highly efficient and fast requiring a few nano-Joule of laser pulse energy and <1 ms per point measurement, respectively, for the detection of tissue autofluorescent components. Organic and biological chromophores with lifetimes that spanned a 0.8–7 ns range were used for system validation, and the measured lifetimes from the organic fluorophores deviated by less than 10% from values reported in the literature. Multi-spectral lifetime images of organic dye solutions contained in glass capillary tubes were recorded by raster scanning the single fiber probe in a 2D plane to validate the system as an imaging tool. The lifetime measurement variability was measured indicating that the system provides reproducible results with a standard deviation smaller than 50 ps. The ms-TRFS is a compact apparatus that makes possible the fast, accurate, and precise multispectral time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurements of low quantum efficiency sub-nanosecond fluorophores

  7. Design and evaluation of a device for fast multispectral time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging

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    Yankelevich, Diego R.; Ma, Dinglong; Liu, Jing; Sun, Yang; Sun, Yinghua; Bec, Julien; Elson, Daniel S.; Marcu, Laura

    2014-03-01

    The application of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) to in vivo tissue diagnosis requires a method for fast acquisition of fluorescence decay profiles in multiple spectral bands. This study focusses on development of a clinically compatible fiber-optic based multispectral TRFS (ms-TRFS) system together with validation of its accuracy and precision for fluorescence lifetime measurements. It also presents the expansion of this technique into an imaging spectroscopy method. A tandem array of dichroic beamsplitters and filters was used to record TRFS decay profiles at four distinct spectral bands where biological tissue typically presents fluorescence emission maxima, namely, 390, 452, 542, and 629 nm. Each emission channel was temporally separated by using transmission delays through 200 ?m diameter multimode optical fibers of 1, 10, 19, and 28 m lengths. A Laguerre-expansion deconvolution algorithm was used to compensate for modal dispersion inherent to large diameter optical fibers and the finite bandwidth of detectors and digitizers. The system was found to be highly efficient and fast requiring a few nano-Joule of laser pulse energy and tissue autofluorescent components. Organic and biological chromophores with lifetimes that spanned a 0.8-7 ns range were used for system validation, and the measured lifetimes from the organic fluorophores deviated by less than 10% from values reported in the literature. Multi-spectral lifetime images of organic dye solutions contained in glass capillary tubes were recorded by raster scanning the single fiber probe in a 2D plane to validate the system as an imaging tool. The lifetime measurement variability was measured indicating that the system provides reproducible results with a standard deviation smaller than 50 ps. The ms-TRFS is a compact apparatus that makes possible the fast, accurate, and precise multispectral time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurements of low quantum efficiency sub-nanosecond fluorophores.

  8. Design and evaluation of a device for fast multispectral time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging

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    Yankelevich, Diego R. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, 3101 Kemper Hall, Davis, California 95616 (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, 451 Health Sciences Drive, Davis, California 95616 (United States); Ma, Dinglong; Liu, Jing; Sun, Yang; Sun, Yinghua; Bec, Julien; Marcu, Laura, E-mail: lmarcu@ucdavis.edu [Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, 451 Health Sciences Drive, Davis, California 95616 (United States); Elson, Daniel S. [Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2014-03-15

    The application of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) to in vivo tissue diagnosis requires a method for fast acquisition of fluorescence decay profiles in multiple spectral bands. This study focusses on development of a clinically compatible fiber-optic based multispectral TRFS (ms-TRFS) system together with validation of its accuracy and precision for fluorescence lifetime measurements. It also presents the expansion of this technique into an imaging spectroscopy method. A tandem array of dichroic beamsplitters and filters was used to record TRFS decay profiles at four distinct spectral bands where biological tissue typically presents fluorescence emission maxima, namely, 390, 452, 542, and 629 nm. Each emission channel was temporally separated by using transmission delays through 200 ?m diameter multimode optical fibers of 1, 10, 19, and 28 m lengths. A Laguerre-expansion deconvolution algorithm was used to compensate for modal dispersion inherent to large diameter optical fibers and the finite bandwidth of detectors and digitizers. The system was found to be highly efficient and fast requiring a few nano-Joule of laser pulse energy and <1 ms per point measurement, respectively, for the detection of tissue autofluorescent components. Organic and biological chromophores with lifetimes that spanned a 0.8–7 ns range were used for system validation, and the measured lifetimes from the organic fluorophores deviated by less than 10% from values reported in the literature. Multi-spectral lifetime images of organic dye solutions contained in glass capillary tubes were recorded by raster scanning the single fiber probe in a 2D plane to validate the system as an imaging tool. The lifetime measurement variability was measured indicating that the system provides reproducible results with a standard deviation smaller than 50 ps. The ms-TRFS is a compact apparatus that makes possible the fast, accurate, and precise multispectral time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurements of low quantum efficiency sub-nanosecond fluorophores.

  9. Physiotherapy Exercise After Fast-Track Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Time for Reconsideration?

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    Bandholm, Thomas; Kehlet, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    Bandholm T, Kehlet H. Physiotherapy exercise after fast-track total hip and knee arthroplasty: time for reconsideration? Major surgery, including total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA), is followed by a convalescence period, during which the loss of muscle strength and function is considerable, especially early after surgery. In recent years, a combination of unimodal evidence-based perioperative care components has been demonstrated to enhance recovery, with decreased need for hospitalization, convalescence, and risk of medical complications after major surgery-the fast-track methodology or enhanced recovery programs. It is the nature of this methodology to systematically and scientifically optimize all perioperative care components, with the overall goal of enhancing recovery. This is also the case for the care component "physiotherapy exercise" after THA and TKA. The 2 latest meta-analyses on the effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise after THA and TKA generally conclude that physiotherapy exercise after THA and TKA either does not work or is not very effective. The reason for this may be that the "pill" of physiotherapy exercise typically offered after THA and TKA does not contain the right active ingredients (too little intensity) or is offered at the wrong time (too late after surgery). We propose changing the focus to earlier initiated and more intensive physiotherapy exercise after THA and TKA (fast-track physiotherapy exercise), to reduce the early loss of muscle strength and function after surgery. Ideally, the physiotherapy exercise interventions after THA and TKA should be simple, using few and well-chosen exercises that are described in detail, adhering to basic exercise physiology principles, if possible.

  10. Nonparametric Bayesian time-series modeling and clustering of time-domain ground penetrating radar landmine responses

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    Morton, Kenneth D., Jr.; Torrione, Peter A.; Collins, Leslie

    2010-04-01

    Time domain ground penetrating radar (GPR) has been shown to be a powerful sensing phenomenology for detecting buried objects such as landmines. Landmine detection with GPR data typically utilizes a feature-based pattern classification algorithm to discriminate buried landmines from other sub-surface objects. In high-fidelity GPR, the time-frequency characteristics of a landmine response should be indicative of the physical construction and material composition of the landmine and could therefore be useful for discrimination from other non-threatening sub-surface objects. In this research we propose modeling landmine time-domain responses with a nonparametric Bayesian time-series model and we perform clustering of these time-series models with a hierarchical nonparametric Bayesian model. Each time-series is modeled as a hidden Markov model (HMM) with autoregressive (AR) state densities. The proposed nonparametric Bayesian prior allows for automated learning of the number of states in the HMM as well as the AR order within each state density. This creates a flexible time-series model with complexity determined by the data. Furthermore, a hierarchical non-parametric Bayesian prior is used to group landmine responses with similar HMM model parameters, thus learning the number of distinct landmine response models within a data set. Model inference is accomplished using a fast variational mean field approximation that can be implemented for on-line learning.

  11. Direct calculation of floor response spectra from the Fourier transform of ground movement - application to the SUPERPHENIX fast reactor project

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    This paper describes a method for the direct calculation of floor response spectra from ground response spectra. The procedure utilized the Fourier transform of the ground movement. The mathematical derivations are given in detail, and the method is applied to the calculation of the floor response spectra for a structure which is a simplified model of the SUPERPHENIX fast breeder reactor power plant. (Auth.)

  12. Response of multiferroic composites inferred from a fast-Fourier-transform-based numerical scheme

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    The effective response and the local fields within periodic magneto-electric multiferroic composites are investigated by means of a numerical scheme based on fast Fourier transforms. This computational framework relies on the iterative resolution of coupled series expansions for the magnetic, electric and strain fields. By using an augmented Lagrangian formulation, a simple and robust procedure which makes use of the uncoupled Green operators for the elastic, electrostatics and magnetostatics problems is proposed. Its accuracy is assessed in the cases of laminated and fibrous two-phase composites for which analytical solutions exist

  13. Effect of training in the fasted state on metabolic responses during exercise with carbohydrate intake

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    De Bock, K; Derave, W; Eijnde, B O; Hesselink, M K; Koninckx, E; Rose, Adam John; Schrauwen, P; Bonen, A; Richter, Erik A.; Hespel, P

    2008-01-01

    Skeletal muscle gene response to exercise depends on nutritional status during and after exercise, but it is unknown whether muscle adaptations to endurance training are affected by nutritional status during training sessions. Therefore, this study investigated the effect of an endurance training program (6 wk, 3 day/wk, 1-2 h, 75% of peak Vo(2)) in moderately active males. They trained in the fasted (F; n = 10) or carbohydrate-fed state (CHO; n = 10) while receiving a standardized diet [65 perc...

  14. Response Time Measurements of the NIF DANTE XRD-31 X-Ray Diodes (Pre-print)

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    The XRD-31 is a fast, windowless X-ray vacuum photodiode developed by EG and G. It is currently the primary fast X-ray detector used to diagnose the X-rays on NIF and OMEGA on the multichannel DANTE spectrometer. The XRD-31 has a dynamic range of less than 1e-12 amps to more than 10 amps. A technique is described to measure the impulse response of the diodes to a 150 fs pulse of 200 nm laser light and a method to calculate the 'risetime' for a square pulse and compare it with the computed electron transit time from the photocathode to the anode. Measured response time for 5 XRD-31s assembled in early 2004 was 149.7 ps +-2.75 ps

  15. Vlasov-Fokker-Planck simulations of fast-electron transport with hydrodynamic plasma response

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    We report on kinetic simulations of the transport of laser-produced relativistic electron beams (REB) through solid-density plasma, including the hydrodynamic response of the plasma. We consider REBs with parameters relevant to fast-ignition of compressed inertial confinement fusion capsules. We show that over the 10-20ps timescales required for fast-ignition, thermal pressure (from Ohmic heating) can significantly modify the density which in turn strongly affects the propagation of injected fast-electrons; it allows them to re-collimate into a narrow, intense beam under conditions where they initially undergo beam-hollowing. Similar static-density calculations do not show re-collimation. The re-collimation effect is attributed to PdV cooling in the pressure-induced density-channel, which in turn suppresses defocusing magnetic fields generated by resistivity gradients. These simulations have been carried out using the new 2D-3V Vlasov-Fokker-Planck (VFP) code FIDO running in hybrid mode.

  16. Vlasov-Fokker-Planck simulations of fast-electron transport with hydrodynamic plasma response

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    Kingham, R J; Sherlock, M; Ridgers, C P; Evans, R G, E-mail: rj.kingham@imperial.ac.u [Plasma Physics Group, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2010-08-01

    We report on kinetic simulations of the transport of laser-produced relativistic electron beams (REB) through solid-density plasma, including the hydrodynamic response of the plasma. We consider REBs with parameters relevant to fast-ignition of compressed inertial confinement fusion capsules. We show that over the 10-20ps timescales required for fast-ignition, thermal pressure (from Ohmic heating) can significantly modify the density which in turn strongly affects the propagation of injected fast-electrons; it allows them to re-collimate into a narrow, intense beam under conditions where they initially undergo beam-hollowing. Similar static-density calculations do not show re-collimation. The re-collimation effect is attributed to PdV cooling in the pressure-induced density-channel, which in turn suppresses defocusing magnetic fields generated by resistivity gradients. These simulations have been carried out using the new 2D-3V Vlasov-Fokker-Planck (VFP) code FIDO running in hybrid mode.

  17. A CFD-based wind solver for a fast response transport and dispersion model

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    Gowardhan, Akshay A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Brown, Michael J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Pardyjak, Eric R [UNIV OF UTAH; Senocak, Inanc [BOISE STATE UNIV

    2010-01-01

    In many cities, ambient air quality is deteriorating leading to concerns about the health of city inhabitants. In urban areas with narrow streets surrounded by clusters of tall buildings, called street canyons, air pollution from traffic emissions and other sources is difficult to disperse and may accumulate resulting in high pollutant concentrations. For various situations, including the evacuation of populated areas in the event of an accidental or deliberate release of chemical, biological and radiological agents, it is important that models should be developed that produce urban flow fields quickly. For these reasons it has become important to predict the flow field in urban street canyons. Various computational techniques have been used to calculate these flow fields, but these techniques are often computationally intensive. Most fast response models currently in use are at a disadvantage in these cases as they are unable to correlate highly heterogeneous urban structures with the diagnostic parameterizations on which they are based. In this paper, a fast and reasonably accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique that solves the Navier-Stokes equations for complex urban areas has been developed called QUIC-CFD (Q-CFD). This technique represents an intermediate balance between fast (on the order of minutes for a several block problem) and reasonably accurate solutions. The paper details the solution procedure and validates this model for various simple and complex urban geometries.

  18. Efficient allocation of heterogeneous response times in information spreading process

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    Cui, Ai-Xiang; Tang, Ming; Fu, Yan; Liang, Xiaoming; Do, Younghae

    2014-01-01

    Recently, the impacts of spatiotemporal heterogeneities of human activities on spreading dynamics have attracted extensive attention. In this paper, to study heterogeneous response times on information spreading, we focus on the susceptible-infected spreading dynamics with adjustable power-law response time distribution based on uncorrelated scale-free networks. We find that the stronger the heterogeneity of response times is, the faster the information spreading is in the early and middle stages. Following a given heterogeneity, the procedure of reducing the correlation between the response times and degrees of individuals can also accelerate the spreading dynamics in the early and middle stages. However, the dynamics in the late stage is slightly more complicated, and there is an optimal value of the full prevalence time changing with the heterogeneity of response times and the response time-degree correlation, respectively. The optimal phenomena results from the efficient allocation of heterogeneous respon...

  19. Effects of fractionated doses of fast neutrons or photons on the canine brain: evaluation by computerized tomography and evoked response recording

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    The use of fast neutrons in the treatment of cancer necessitates a knowledge of the normal tissue responses. This study was designed to compare the late effects of fractionated doses of fast neutrons with fractionated doses of photons on canine brains by evoked response recording and viewing computerized tomograms (CT). A relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of 4 was obtained for normal brain tissue assessed by mortality and onset of neurologic symptoms. Every three months post-irradiation, visual and sensory evoked responses were recorded. Changes over time appeared to be minimal; however, computerized tomographs showed marked brain shrinkage. A method of quantitating cerebrospinal fluid and parenchymal volumes from scans is described and future use of these CT ratios to generate dose response curves and RBE values is postulated

  20. Sources of uncertainty in eddy covariance ozone flux measurements made by dry chemiluminescence fast response analysers

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    J. B. A. Muller

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Eddy covariance ozone flux measurements are the most direct way to estimate ozone removal near the surface. Over vegetated surfaces, high quality ozone fluxes are required to probe the underlying processes for which it is necessary to separate the flux into the components of stomatal and non-stomatal deposition. Detailed knowledge of the processes that control non-stomatal deposition is limited and more accurate ozone flux measurements are needed to quantify this component of the deposited flux. We present a systematic intercomparison study of eddy covariance ozone flux measurements made using two fast response dry chemiluminescence analysers. Ozone deposition was measured over a well characterised managed grassland near Edinburgh, Scotland, during August 2007. A data quality control procedure specific to these analysers is introduced. Absolute ozone fluxes were calculated based on the relative signals of the dry chemiluminescence analysers using three different calibration methods and the results are compared for both analysers. It is shown that the error in the fitted parameters required for the flux calculations provides a substantial source of uncertainty in the fluxes. The choice of the calculation method itself can also constitute an uncertainty in the flux as the calculated fluxes by the three methods do not agree within error at all times. This finding highlights the need for a consistent and rigorous approach for comparable data-sets, such as e.g. in flux networks. Ozone fluxes calculated by one of the methods were then used to compare the two analysers in more detail. This systematic analyser comparison reveals half-hourly flux values differing by up to a factor of two at times with the difference in mean hourly flux ranging from 0 to 23% with an error in the mean daily flux of ±12%. The comparison of analysers shows that the agreement in fluxes is excellent for some days but that there is an underlying uncertainty as a result of variable analyser performance and/or non-linear behaviour of disc sensitivity.

  1. Time-Space Decoupled Explicit Method for Fast Numerical Simulation of Tsunami Propagation

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    Guo, Anxin; Xiao, Shengchao; Li, Hui

    2015-02-01

    This study presents a novel explicit numerical scheme for simulating tsunami propagation using the exact solution of the wave equations. The objective of this study is to develop a fast and stable numerical scheme by decoupling the wave equation in both the time and space domains. First, the finite difference scheme of the shallow-water equations for tsunami simulation are briefly introduced. The time-space decoupled explicit method based on the exact solution of the wave equation is given for the simulation of tsunami propagation without including frequency dispersive effects. Then, to consider wave dispersion, the second-order accurate numerical scheme to solve the shallow-water equations, which mimics the physical frequency dispersion with numerical dispersion, is derived. Lastly, the computation efficiency and the accuracy of the two types of numerical schemes are investigated by the 2004 Indonesia tsunami and the solution of the Boussinesq equation for a tsunami with Gaussian hump over both uniform and varying water depths. The simulation results indicate that the proposed numerical scheme can achieve a fast and stable tsunami propagation simulation while maintaining computation accuracy.

  2. Time-resolved Fast Neutron Radiography of Air-water Two-phase Flows

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    Zboray, Robert; Dangendorf, Volker; Mor, Ilan; Tittelmeier, Kai; Bromberger, Benjamin; Prasser, Horst-Michael

    Neutron imaging, in general, is a useful technique for visualizing low-Z materials (such as water or plastics) obscured by high-Z materials. However, when significant amounts of both materials are present and full-bodied samples have to be examined, cold and thermal neutrons rapidly reach their applicability limit as the samples become opaque. In such cases one can benefit from the high penetrating power of fast neutrons. In this work we demonstrate the feasibility of time-resolved, fast neutron radiography of generic air-water two-phase flows in a 1.5 cm thick flow channel with Aluminum walls and rectangular cross section. The experiments have been carried out at the high-intensity, white-beam facility of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany. Exposure times down to 3.33 ms have been achieved at reasonable image quality and acceptable motion artifacts. Different two-phase flow regimes such as bubbly slug and churn flows have been examined. Two-phase flow parameters like the volumetric gas fraction, bubble size and bubble velocities have been measured.

  3. Time and space resolved interferometry for laser-generated fast electron measurements

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    Antici, P. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Via E. Fermi, Frascati 40-00044 (Italy); ILE-Ecole Polytechnique-CNRS-ENSTA-Iogs-UP Sud, Batterie de l' Yvette, Palaiseau 91761 (France) and Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l' Ingegneria, Sapienza-Universita di Roma, Via A. Scarpa 14, Roma 00161 (Italy); LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, Palaiseau 91128 (France); Chen, S. N. [Livermore National Laboratory, L-209, P.O. Box 808, Livermore, California 94550 (United States); Gremillet, L. [CEA, DAM, DIF, Arpajon, F-91297 (France); Grismayer, T.; Mora, P. [Centre de Physique Theorique, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau 91128 (France); Audebert, P.; Fuchs, J. [LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, Palaiseau 91128 (France)

    2010-11-15

    A technique developed to measure in time and space the dynamics of the electron populations resulting from the irradiation of thin solids by ultraintense lasers is presented. It is a phase reflectometry technique that uses an optical probe beam reflecting off the target rear surface. The phase of the probe beam is sensitive to both laser-produced fast electrons of low-density streaming into vacuum and warm solid density electrons that are heated by the fast electrons. A time and space resolved interferometer allows to recover the phase of the probe beam sampling the target. The entire diagnostic is computationally modeled by calculating the probe beam phase when propagating through plasma density profiles originating from numerical calculations of plasma expansion. Matching the modeling to the experimental measurements allows retrieving the initial electron density and temperature of both populations locally at the target surface with very high temporal and spatial resolution ({approx}4 ps,6 {mu}m). Limitations and approximations of the diagnostic are discussed and analyzed.

  4. Time and space resolved interferometry for laser-generated fast electron measurements

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    A technique developed to measure in time and space the dynamics of the electron populations resulting from the irradiation of thin solids by ultraintense lasers is presented. It is a phase reflectometry technique that uses an optical probe beam reflecting off the target rear surface. The phase of the probe beam is sensitive to both laser-produced fast electrons of low-density streaming into vacuum and warm solid density electrons that are heated by the fast electrons. A time and space resolved interferometer allows to recover the phase of the probe beam sampling the target. The entire diagnostic is computationally modeled by calculating the probe beam phase when propagating through plasma density profiles originating from numerical calculations of plasma expansion. Matching the modeling to the experimental measurements allows retrieving the initial electron density and temperature of both populations locally at the target surface with very high temporal and spatial resolution (?4 ps,6 ?m). Limitations and approximations of the diagnostic are discussed and analyzed.

  5. Transcriptomic and metabolomic profiling of chicken adipose tissue in response to insulin neutralization and fasting

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    Ji Bo

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Domestic broiler chickens rapidly accumulate adipose tissue due to intensive genetic selection for rapid growth and are naturally hyperglycemic and insulin resistant, making them an attractive addition to the suite of rodent models used for studies of obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. Furthermore, chicken adipose tissue is considered as poorly sensitive to insulin and lipolysis is under glucagon control. Excessive fat accumulation is also an economic and environmental concern for the broiler industry due to the loss of feed efficiency and excessive nitrogen wasting, as well as a negative trait for consumers who are increasingly conscious of dietary fat intake. Understanding the control of avian adipose tissue metabolism would both enhance the utility of chicken as a model organism for human obesity and insulin resistance and highlight new approaches to reduce fat deposition in commercial chickens. Results We combined transcriptomics and metabolomics to characterize the response of chicken adipose tissue to two energy manipulations, fasting and insulin deprivation in the fed state. Sixteen to 17 day-old commercial broiler chickens (ISA915 were fed ad libitum, fasted for five hours, or fed but deprived of insulin by injections of anti-insulin serum. Pair-wise contrasts of expression data identified a total of 2016 genes that were differentially expressed after correction for multiple testing, with the vast majority of differences due to fasting (1780 genes. Gene Ontology and KEGG pathway analyses indicated that a short term fast impacted expression of genes in a broad selection of pathways related to metabolism, signaling and adipogenesis. The effects of insulin neutralization largely overlapped with the response to fasting, but with more modest effects on adipose tissue metabolism. Tissue metabolomics indicated unique effects of insulin on amino acid metabolism. Conclusions Collectively, these data provide a foundation for further study into the molecular basis for adipose expansion in commercial poultry and identify potential pathways through which fat accretion may be attenuated in the future through genetic selection or management practices. They also highlight chicken as a useful model organism in which to study the dynamic relationship between food intake, metabolism, and adipose tissue biology.

  6. FAST INVERSION METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF PLANETARY PARAMETERS FROM TRANSIT TIMING VARIATIONS

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    The transit timing variation (TTV) method relies on monitoring changes in timing of transits of known exoplanets. Non-transiting planets in the system can be inferred from TTVs by their gravitational interaction with the transiting planet. The TTV method is sensitive to low-mass planets that cannot be detected by other means. Here we describe a fast algorithm that can be used to determine the mass and orbit of the non-transiting planets from the TTV data. We apply our code, ttvim.f, to a wide variety of planetary systems to test the uniqueness of the TTV inversion problem and its dependence on the precision of TTV observations. We find that planetary parameters, including the mass and mutual orbital inclination of planets, can be determined from the TTV data sets that should become available in near future. Unlike the radial velocity technique, the TTV method can therefore be used to characterize the inclination distribution of multi-planet systems.

  7. Fast Inversion Method for Determination of Planetary Parameters from Transit Timing Variations

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    Nesvorny, David

    2009-01-01

    The Transit Timing Variation (TTV) method relies on monitoring changes in timing of transits of known exoplanets. Non-transiting planets in the system can be inferred from TTVs by their gravitational interaction with the transiting planet. The TTV method is sensitive to low-mass planets that cannot be detected by other means. Here we describe a fast algorithm that can be used to determine the mass and orbit of the non-transiting planets from the TTV data. We apply our code, ttvim.f, to a wide variety of planetary systems to test the uniqueness of the TTV inversion problem and its dependence on the precision of TTV observations. We find that planetary parameters, including the mass and mutual orbital inclination of planets, can be determined from the TTV datasets that should become available in near future. Unlike the radial velocity technique, the TTV method can therefore be used to characterize the inclination distribution of multi-planet systems.

  8. Finite Time Extinction for Stochastic Sign Fast Diffusion and Self-Organized Criticality

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    Gess, Benjamin

    2015-04-01

    We prove finite time extinction for stochastic sign fast diffusion equations driven by linear multiplicative space-time noise, corresponding to the Bak-Tang-Wiesenfeld model for self-organized criticality. This solves a problem posed and left open in several works: (Barbu, Methods Appl Sci 36:1726-1733, 2013; Röckner and Wang, J Lond Math Soc (2) 87:545-560, 2013; Barbu et al. J Math Anal Appl 389:147-164, 2012; Barbu and Röckner, Comm Math Phys 311:539-555, 2012; Barbu et al., Comm Math Phys 285:901-923, 2009, C R Math Acad Sci Paris 347(1-2):81-84, 2009). The highly singular-degenerate nature of the drift in interplay with the stochastic perturbation causes the need for new methods in the analysis of mass diffusion, and several new estimates and techniques are introduced.

  9. The synthetic scattering function and application to the design of cold moderators for pulsed neutron sources: a fast response methane based array

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    The Synthetic Scattering Function (SSF) allows a simple description of the incoherent interaction of slow neutrons with hydrogenous materials. The main advantages of this model reside in the analytical expressions that it produces for double-differential cross sections, energy-transfer kernels, and total cross sections, which in turn permit the fast evaluation of neutron scattering and transport properties. In this work we briefly discuss basic features of the SSF, review some previous applications to a number of moderating materials, and present new Monte Carlo results for a fast time-response moderator concept based on methane at low temperatures. (auth)

  10. The Importance of Responsibility in Times of Crisis

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    Jacob Dahl Rendtorff

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I would like to show the importance of the concept of responsibility as the foundation of ethics in times of crisis in particular in the fields of politics and economics in the modern civilisation marked by globalization and technological progres. I consider the concept of responsibility as the key notion in order to understand the ethical duty in a modern technological civilisation. We can indeed observe a moralization of the concept of responsibility going beyond a strict legal definition in terms of imputability. The paper begins by discussing the humanistic foundations of such a concept of responsibility. It treats the historical origins of responsibility and it relates this concept to the concept of accountability. On the basis of this historical determination of the concept I would like to present the definition of the concept of responsibility as fundamental ethical principle that has increasing importance as the foundation of the principles of governance in modern welfare states. In this context the paper discusses the extension of the concept of responsibility towards institutional or corporate responsibility where responsibility does not only concerns the responsibility of individuals but also deals with the responsibility of institutional collectivities. In this way the paper is based on the following structure : 1 The ethical foundation of the concept of responsibility 2 Responsibility in technological civilisation 3 Political responsibility for good governance in the welfare state 4 Social responsibility of business corporations in times of globalization 5 Conclusion and discussion : changed conditions of responsibility in modern times.

  11. [Ecologic ethics: a response for our times].

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    Trejo, C

    1991-11-01

    To understand the ethics of our present time (macrocosmos), the patient-physician relationship (microcosmos complex) and its changes through history are analyzed. The patient-physician relationship is no longer between two individuals, it is plural and technified. An individualistic forms of ethic cannot answer the questions that arise from contemporary society. The power (political) of medical science has placed us at the threshold of a qualitative change, new that the human genome can be known and the very nature of the species can be modified. Man's destiny will depend on the way (ethic) he uses his knowledge. An ecological ethic could be the answer. PMID:9723085

  12. Observations of plasma response to RMP using fast movable magnetic probe on TEXTOR

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    Plasma response to resonant magnetic perturbation fields (RMPs) is important for understanding the physical mechanism of instability control using RMP fields in the next generation of fusion devices, i.e. ITER. Such an investigation has been carried out in TEXTOR under different dynamic ergodic divertor (DED) configurations. The perturbed magnetic field is measured by the Fast Movable Magnetic Probe (FMMP) installed at the outer equatorial plane (low-field side). Preliminary results show that the perturbed plasma edge magnetic topology is different from the case simulated with a vacuum assumption. Plasma response to RMP depends strongly on both the location of the resonant rational flux surface and the frequency difference between the drift of the rational surface in the plasma and the external perturbation.

  13. Observations of plasma response to RMP using fast movable magnetic probe on TEXTOR

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    Yang, Yao; Liang, Yunfeng; Sun, Youwen; Zhang, Tao; Assmann, Jochen; Bertschinger, Guenter; Jaegers, Hubert; Koslowski, Hans Rudolf; Pearson, Jonathan; Schweer, Bernd; Wiegmann, Christopher; Xu, Yuhong [Institute of Energy and Climate Research/Plasma Physics, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Association EURATOM-FZJ, Juelich (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Plasma response to resonant magnetic perturbation fields (RMPs) is important for understanding the physical mechanism of instability control using RMP fields in the next generation of fusion devices, i.e. ITER. Such an investigation has been carried out in TEXTOR under different dynamic ergodic divertor (DED) configurations. The perturbed magnetic field is measured by the Fast Movable Magnetic Probe (FMMP) installed at the outer equatorial plane (low-field side). Preliminary results show that the perturbed plasma edge magnetic topology is different from the case simulated with a vacuum assumption. Plasma response to RMP depends strongly on both the location of the resonant rational flux surface and the frequency difference between the drift of the rational surface in the plasma and the external perturbation.

  14. Response times of operators in a control room

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    A statistical analysis was made of operator response times recorded in the control room of a research reactor during the years 1972-1974. A homogeneity test revealed that the data consist of a mixture of populations. A small but statistically significant difference is found between day and night response times. Lognormal distributions are found to provide the best fit of the day and the night response times. (author)

  15. Response Times of Operators in a Control Room

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    Platz, O.; Rasmussen, J.; Skanborg, Preben Zacho

    1982-01-01

    A statistical analysis was made of operator response times recorded in the control room of a research reactor during the years 1972-1974. A homogeneity test revealed that the data consist of a mixture of populations. A small but statistically significant difference is found between day and night response times. Lognormal distributions are found to provide the best fit of the day and the night response times.

  16. Fast neutron response of 6Li-depleted CLYC detectors up to 20 MeV

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    The response of 6Li-depleted Cs2LiYCl6 (CLYC) to high-energy neutrons has been investigated using a pair of 1 in.×1 in. crystals. These are the first two detectors of their kind, which will comprise a 16-element array for studies in fast neutron spectroscopy. Their thermal neutron response has been compared with standard CLYC crystals with a 6Li enrichment of 95%, demonstrating excellent suppression of the overwhelming thermal neutron background. The response to mono-energetic neutrons over a range of 0.5 to 20 MeV was tested. From this, the response function, energy resolution, and pulse-shape discrimination up to 20 MeV were characterized. Detailed Monte Carlo investigations with MCNPX have been used to show that the dominant reaction mechanisms contributing to the observed response are 35Cl(n,p) and 35Cl(n,?). Preliminary investigations have also demonstrated the possibility for separating events from these two reactions

  17. Dynamic Response of a fast near infra-red Mueller matrix ellipsometer

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    Aas, Lars Martin Sandvik; Kildemo, Morten; Lindgren, Mikael

    2010-01-01

    The dynamic response of a near infrared Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal based Mueller matrix ellipsometer (NIR FLC-MME) is presented. A time dependent simulation model, using the measured time response of the individual FLCs, is used to describe the measured temporal response. Furthermore, the impulse response of the detector and the pre-amplifier is characterized and included in the simulation model. The measured time-dependent intensity response of the MME is reproduced in simulations, and it is concluded that the switching time of the FLCs is the limiting factor for the Mueller matrix measurement time of the FLC-based MME. Based on measurements and simulations our FLC based NIR-MME system is estimated to operate at the maximum speed of approximately 16 ms per Mueller matrix measurement. The FLC-MME may be operated several times faster, since the switching time of the crystals depends on the individual crystal being switched, and to what state it is switched. As a demonstration, the measured temporal response ...

  18. Temporal Gillespie Algorithm: Fast Simulation of Contagion Processes on Time-Varying Networks

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    Vestergaard, Christian L.; Génois, Mathieu

    2015-01-01

    Stochastic simulations are one of the cornerstones of the analysis of dynamical processes on complex networks, and are often the only accessible way to explore their behavior. The development of fast algorithms is paramount to allow large-scale simulations. The Gillespie algorithm can be used for fast simulation of stochastic processes, and variants of it have been applied to simulate dynamical processes on static networks. However, its adaptation to temporal networks remains non-trivial. We here present a temporal Gillespie algorithm that solves this problem. Our method is applicable to general Poisson (constant-rate) processes on temporal networks, stochastically exact, and up to multiple orders of magnitude faster than traditional simulation schemes based on rejection sampling. We also show how it can be extended to simulate non-Markovian processes. The algorithm is easily applicable in practice, and as an illustration we detail how to simulate both Poissonian and non-Markovian models of epidemic spreading. Namely, we provide pseudocode and its implementation in C++ for simulating the paradigmatic Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible and Susceptible-Infected-Recovered models and a Susceptible-Infected-Recovered model with non-constant recovery rates. For empirical networks, the temporal Gillespie algorithm is here typically from 10 to 100 times faster than rejection sampling. PMID:26517860

  19. Reduced fasting time improves comfort and satisfaction of elderly patients undergoing anesthesia for hip fracture

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patient's satisfaction is a standard indicator of care quality. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a preoperative oral ingestion of 200 mL of a carbohydrate drink can improve comfort and satisfaction with anesthesia in elderly patients with hip fracture. METHOD: Prospective randomized clinical trial conducted in a Brazilian public hospital, with patients ASA I-III undergoing surgery for hip fracture. The control group (NPO received nothing by mouth after 9:00 p.m. the night before, while patients in the experimental group (CHO received 200 mL of a carbohydrate drink 2-4 h before the operation. Patients' characteristics, subjective perceptions, thirst and hunger and satisfaction were determined in four steps. Mann-Whitney U-test and Fisher exact test were used for comparison of control and experimental groups. A p-value <0.05 was considered significant. RESULTS: A total of 100 patients were included in one of the two regimens of preoperative fasting. Fasting time decreased significantly in the study group. Patients drank 200 mL 2:59 h before surgery and showed no hunger (p < 0.00 and thirst on arrival to OR (p < 0.00, resulting in increased satisfaction with the perioperative anesthesia care (p < 0.00. CONCLUSIONS: The satisfaction questionnaire for surgical patient could become a useful tool in assessing the quality of care. In conclusion, CHO significantly reduces preoperative discomfort and increases satisfaction with anesthesia care.

  20. Temporal Gillespie Algorithm: Fast Simulation of Contagion Processes on Time-Varying Networks.

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    Vestergaard, Christian L; Génois, Mathieu

    2015-10-01

    Stochastic simulations are one of the cornerstones of the analysis of dynamical processes on complex networks, and are often the only accessible way to explore their behavior. The development of fast algorithms is paramount to allow large-scale simulations. The Gillespie algorithm can be used for fast simulation of stochastic processes, and variants of it have been applied to simulate dynamical processes on static networks. However, its adaptation to temporal networks remains non-trivial. We here present a temporal Gillespie algorithm that solves this problem. Our method is applicable to general Poisson (constant-rate) processes on temporal networks, stochastically exact, and up to multiple orders of magnitude faster than traditional simulation schemes based on rejection sampling. We also show how it can be extended to simulate non-Markovian processes. The algorithm is easily applicable in practice, and as an illustration we detail how to simulate both Poissonian and non-Markovian models of epidemic spreading. Namely, we provide pseudocode and its implementation in C++ for simulating the paradigmatic Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible and Susceptible-Infected-Recovered models and a Susceptible-Infected-Recovered model with non-constant recovery rates. For empirical networks, the temporal Gillespie algorithm is here typically from 10 to 100 times faster than rejection sampling. PMID:26517860

  1. Signal and Noise Analysis in TRION -Time-Resolved Integrative Optical Fast Neutron Detector

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    Vartsky, D; Mor, I; Goldberg, M B; Bar, D; Dangendorf, V

    2009-01-01

    TRION is a sub-mm spatial resolution fast neutron imaging detector, which employs an integrative optical time-of-flight technique. The detector was developed for fast neutron resonance radiography, a method capable of detecting a broad range of conventional and improvised explosives. In this study we have analyzed in detail, using Monte-Carlo calculations and experimentally determined parameters, all the processes that influence the signal and noise in the TRION detector. In contrast to event-counting detectors where the signal-to-noise ratio is dependent only on the number of detected events (quantum noise), in an energy-integrating detector additional factors, such as the fluctuations in imparted energy, number of photoelectrons, system gain and other factors will contribute to the noise. The excess noise factor (over the quantum noise) due to these processes was 4.3, 2.7, 2.1, 1.9 and 1.9 for incident neutron energies of 2, 4, 7.5, 10 and 14 MeV, respectively. It is shown that, even under ideal light colle...

  2. The first synchrotron infrared beamlines at the Advanced Light Source: Spectromicroscopy and fast timing

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    Two recently commissioned infrared beamlines on the 1.4 bending magnet port at the Advanced Light Source, LBNL, are described. Using a synchrotron as an IR source provides three primary advantages: increased brightness, very fast light pulses, and enhanced far-IR flux. The considerable brightness advantage manifests itself most beneficially when performing spectroscopy on a microscopic length scale. Beamline (BL) 1.4.3 is a dedicated FTIR spectromicroscopy beamline, where a diffraction-limited spot size using the synchrotron source is utilized. BL 1.4.2 consists of a vacuum FTIR bench with a wide spectral range and step-scan capability. This BL makes use of the pulsed nature of the synchrotron light as well as the far-IR flux. Fast timing is demonstrated by observing the pulses from the electron bunch storage pattern at the ALS. Results from several experiments from both IR beamlines will be presented as an overview of the IR research currently being done at the ALS

  3. Improving Item Response Theory Model Calibration by Considering Response Times in Psychological Tests

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    Ranger, Jochen; Kuhn, Jorg-Tobias

    2012-01-01

    Research findings indicate that response times in personality scales are related to the trait level according to the so-called speed-distance hypothesis. Against this background, Ferrando and Lorenzo-Seva proposed a latent trait model for the responses and response times in a test. The model consists of two components, a standard item response…

  4. Time-resolved fast-neutron pinhole camera for studying thermonuclear plasmas

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    A fast-neutron pinhole camera with high detection efficiency and nanosecond time-resolution has been developed and applied to the investigation of the spatial and temporal distributions of DD- and DT-neutrons produced by thermonuclear plasmas. The pinhole consists of a specially designed 1.15 m long copper collimator with an effective aperture of 1 mm diameter. Several different types of spatial resolution detectors have been used at the image plane: (1) a multi-element, scintillation-photomultiplier system used for time-resolved measurements consisting of sixty-one individual detectors, (2) a scintillation-fiber-chamber coupled to a gated image-intensifier tube used for direct photographing of the neutron image, and (3) a propane bubble chamber used for time-integrated recording with a capability to distinguish DD- from DT-neutrons. Pulsed neutron sources with typical dimensions of 1 cm emitting of the order of 1012 neutrons over a time period of 10-100 nsec have been investigated. A spatial resolution of 1 mm and a time resolution of approximately 10 nsec was achieved in the investigations of dense plasma compression phenomena

  5. Fault Diagnosis of Ball Bearing using Time Domain Analysis and Fast Fourier Transformation

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    Pravesh Durkhure*1

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study Fault diagnosis of Ball bearings is done by statistical analysis under various time domain parameters. The objective of this study is to investigate the correlation between time domain and frequency domain analysis of vibration signature to judge and find the fault in bearing. This is achieved by vibration analysis and investigating different time domain parameter like Kurtosis, Skewness, Crest factor, RMS Value. For this purpose the bearing is coupled to the motor and observation were taken at 810 rpm. Vibration of the bearing are converted in voltage signal (milivolt using an accelerometer/piezoelectric transducer. The bearing is taken under two different conditions viz Healthy (normal bearing and Faulty (defected outer race bearing with the aim of fault detection. Vibration data of healthy bearing are used as a standard for the analysis of vibration spectra of faulty bearing. Vibration signals are analyzed through different operations performed in MATLAB software. The result shows that the statistical analysis through different time domain parameters and its fast Fourier transformation provides efficient representation of fault detection in rolling element bearings. So as an initial stage if we find kurtosis and skewness values it can predict a fault. And if we get higher values of time domain parameters then only it needs to go for its frequency domain analysis. In this paper we also get exact fault position for defective bearing by its frequency domain analysis.

  6. A fast density-based clustering algorithm for real-time Internet of Things stream.

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    Amini, Amineh; Saboohi, Hadi; Wah, Teh Ying; Herawan, Tutut

    2014-01-01

    Data streams are continuously generated over time from Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The faster all of this data is analyzed, its hidden trends and patterns discovered, and new strategies created, the faster action can be taken, creating greater value for organizations. Density-based method is a prominent class in clustering data streams. It has the ability to detect arbitrary shape clusters, to handle outlier, and it does not need the number of clusters in advance. Therefore, density-based clustering algorithm is a proper choice for clustering IoT streams. Recently, several density-based algorithms have been proposed for clustering data streams. However, density-based clustering in limited time is still a challenging issue. In this paper, we propose a density-based clustering algorithm for IoT streams. The method has fast processing time to be applicable in real-time application of IoT devices. Experimental results show that the proposed approach obtains high quality results with low computation time on real and synthetic datasets. PMID:25110753

  7. Fast maximum likelihood estimation using continuous-time neural point process models.

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    Lepage, Kyle Q; MacDonald, Christopher J

    2015-06-01

    A recent report estimates that the number of simultaneously recorded neurons is growing exponentially. A commonly employed statistical paradigm using discrete-time point process models of neural activity involves the computation of a maximum-likelihood estimate. The time to computate this estimate, per neuron, is proportional to the number of bins in a finely spaced discretization of time. By using continuous-time models of neural activity and the optimally efficient Gaussian quadrature, memory requirements and computation times are dramatically decreased in the commonly encountered situation where the number of parameters p is much less than the number of time-bins n. In this regime, with q equal to the quadrature order, memory requirements are decreased from O(np) to O(qp), and the number of floating-point operations are decreased from O(np(2)) to O(qp(2)). Accuracy of the proposed estimates is assessed based upon physiological consideration, error bounds, and mathematical results describing the relation between numerical integration error and numerical error affecting both parameter estimates and the observed Fisher information. A check is provided which is used to adapt the order of numerical integration. The procedure is verified in simulation and for hippocampal recordings. It is found that in 95 % of hippocampal recordings a q of 60 yields numerical error negligible with respect to parameter estimate standard error. Statistical inference using the proposed methodology is a fast and convenient alternative to statistical inference performed using a discrete-time point process model of neural activity. It enables the employment of the statistical methodology available with discrete-time inference, but is faster, uses less memory, and avoids any error due to discretization. PMID:25788412

  8. Diamonds as fast timing detectors for MIPS: The HADES proton-beam monitor/start detector

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    Position sensitive mono-crystalline diamond detectors were used successfully as start/beam-monitoring detectors for proton beams (1.2 GeV-3.5 GeV) at rates of up to 3.106/s/10 mm2. Two different detector sizes of 3.5 x 3.5 mm2 (4 segments) and 4.7 x 4.7 mm2 (8 segments) were used with thicknesses of 300 ?m and 500 ?m, respectively. Utilizing dedicated fast amplifiers directly attached to the diamond segments, a time resolution of about 100 ps could be achieved with a signal base width of about 8-10 ns and ?95% detection efficiency. The signal/RMS-noise ratio amounted to 22 (300 ?m) and 26 (500 ?m) at rise times of 1.2 ns and 1.3 ns, respectively. The measured time resolution is about a factor of two worse than expected from the signal/noise ratio. A significant variation of rise times was observed which most likely results from rather inhomogeneous intrinsic fields (upcharging effects due to charge trapping). Furthermore, at high rates unreasonably large leakage currents appeared for some detectors which eventually resulted in sudden discharges, tripping the detector bias. These effects seem to depend strongly on the metallization procedure. An optimization of this procedure is currently investigated.

  9. Fast Tracker: A Hardware Real Time Track Finder for the ATLAS Trigger System

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    Kimura, N; The ATLAS collaboration

    2014-01-01

    The Fast Tracker (FTK) is an integral part of the trigger upgrade program for the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). As the LHC luminosity approaches its design level of 10^34cm^?2s^?1, the combinatorial problem posed by charged particle tracking becomes increasingly difficult due to the swelling of multiple interactions per bunch crossing (pile-up). The FTK is a highly-parallel hardware system intended to provide high-quality tracks with transverse momentum above 1 GeV/c in real time for online trigger system. The FTK system’s design, based on a mixture of advanced technologies, and expected physics performance will be presented.

  10. The first synchrotron infrared beamlines at the Advanced Light Source: Microspectroscopy and fast timing

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    Martin, M.C.; McKinney, W.R.

    1998-05-01

    A set of new infrared (IR) beamlines on the 1.4 bending magnet port at the Advanced Light Source, LBNL, are described. Using a synchrotron as an IR source provides considerable brightness advantages, which manifests itself most beneficially when performing spectroscopy on a microscopic length scale. Beamline (BL) 1.4.3 is a dedicated microspectroscopy beamline, where the much smaller focused spot size using the synchrotron source is utilized. This enables an entirely new set of experiments to be performed where spectroscopy on a truly microscopic scale is now possible. BL 1.4.2 consists of a vacuum FTIR bench with a wide spectral range and step-scan capabilities. The fast timing is demonstrated by observing the synchrotron electron storage pattern at the ALS.

  11. Simulation of Fast Neutron Radiography with a Time-of-Flight System

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    Chen, D.; Bao, J.; Zhang, Q.; Han, S.; Ren, J.; Nie, Y.; Ruan, X.; Hou, L.

    A novel fast neutron imaging method with Time-of-Flight was analyzed, which can provide a way to improve ratio of signal to noise for discrimination of scattered particles from the background, especially for bulky sample examination. For the same system spatial resolution, the length of each unit in scintillator detector array can be increased to improve detection efficiency, which is higher than for the traditional neutron image plate obviously. Key parameters such as detection efficiency and spatial resolution have been simulated by means of a Monte-Carlo method, and the ratio of signal to noise effect was estimated from MC and experimental results. Spatial resolution and contrast of compound sample have been calculated.

  12. Program for the analysis of time series. [by means of fast Fourier transform algorithm

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    Brown, T. J.; Brown, C. G.; Hardin, J. C.

    1974-01-01

    A digital computer program for the Fourier analysis of discrete time data is described. The program was designed to handle multiple channels of digitized data on general purpose computer systems. It is written, primarily, in a version of FORTRAN 2 currently in use on CDC 6000 series computers. Some small portions are written in CDC COMPASS, an assembler level code. However, functional descriptions of these portions are provided so that the program may be adapted for use on any facility possessing a FORTRAN compiler and random-access capability. Properly formatted digital data are windowed and analyzed by means of a fast Fourier transform algorithm to generate the following functions: (1) auto and/or cross power spectra, (2) autocorrelations and/or cross correlations, (3) Fourier coefficients, (4) coherence functions, (5) transfer functions, and (6) histograms.

  13. The first synchrotron infrared beamlines at the Advanced Light Source: Microspectroscopy and fast timing

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    A set of new infrared (IR) beamlines on the 1.4 bending magnet port at the Advanced Light Source, LBNL, are described. Using a synchrotron as an IR source provides considerable brightness advantages, which manifests itself most beneficially when performing spectroscopy on a microscopic length scale. Beamline (BL) 1.4.3 is a dedicated microspectroscopy beamline, where the much smaller focused spot size using the synchrotron source is utilized. This enables an entirely new set of experiments to be performed where spectroscopy on a truly microscopic scale is now possible. BL 1.4.2 consists of a vacuum FTIR bench with a wide spectral range and step-scan capabilities. The fast timing is demonstrated by observing the synchrotron electron storage pattern at the ALS

  14. A 3 A sink/source current fast transient response low-dropout Gm driven linear regulator

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    A 3 A sink/source Gm-driven CMOS low-dropout regulator (LDO), specially designed for low input voltage and low cost, is presented by utilizing the structure of a current mirror Gm (transconductance) driving technique, which provides high stability as well as a fast load transient response. The proposed LDO was fabricated by a 0.5 ?m standard CMOS process, and the die size is as small as 1.0 mm2. The proposed LDO dissipates 220 ?A of quiescent current in no-load conditions and is able to deliver up to 3 A of load current. The measured results show that the output voltage can be resumed within 2 ?s with a less than 1 mV overshoot and undershoot in the output current step from -1.8 to 1.8 A with a 0.1 ?s rising and falling time at three 10 ?F ceramic capacitors. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  15. Cell fasting: Cellular response and application of serum starvation (ahead of publication

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    Masoomeh Aghababazadeh

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Humans suffer transient or persistent starvation due to a lack of food intake, either because of fasting, voluntary dieting, or due to the scarcity of available food. At the cellular level it is possible to possess pathological starvation during ischemia and solid tumors. Blood provides many nutrients to our cells, and researchers provide these nutrients to cells in culture in the form of enriched culture medium plus serum from animal sources. In response to starvation, animals use hormonal cues to mobilize stored resources to provide nutrients to individual cells. Besides whole-body responses to nutrient deprivation, individual cells sense and react to lack of nutrients. At the cellular level, starvation triggers different responses such as cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Stop cycling for proliferating cells is the primary response to nutrient deprivation. Under certain conditions, the cell reacts to nutrient deprivation by engaging the mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis. Thus, serum starvation is regarded as a procedure to prepare cells for an experiment in serum-free conditions such as induction cell cycle synchronization. Several researchers have used serum starvation as a tool to study molecular mechanisms involved in different cellular process, metabolic researches and evaluation of a drug effect.

  16. The usefulness of time-dependent reactor accident consequence modelling for emergency response planning

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    After major releases of radionuclides into the atmosphere fast reaction of authorities will be necessary to inform the public of potential consequences and to consider and optimize mitigating actions. These activities require availability of well designed computer models, adequate and fast measurements and prior training of responsible persons. The quantitative assessment models should be capable of taking into account of actual atmospheric dispersion conditions, actual deposition situation (dry, rain, snow, fog), seasonal status of the agriculture, food processing and distribution pathways, etc. In this paper the usefulness of such models will be discussed, their limitations, the relative importance of exposure pathways and a selection of important methods to decrease the activity in food products after an accident. Real-time reactor accident consequence models should be considered as a condition sine qua non for responsible use of nuclear power for electricity production

  17. Artificial diamonds as radiation-hard detectors for ultra-fast fission-fragment timing

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    Oberstedt, S., E-mail: stephan.oberstedt@ec.europa.eu [European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (IRMM), B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Borcea, R.; Bry?, T.; Gamboni, Th.; Geerts, W.; Hambsch, F.-J. [European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (IRMM), B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Oberstedt, A. [Fundamental Fysik, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, S-41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Akademin för Naturvetenskap och Technik, Örebro Universitet, S-70182 Örebro (Sweden); Vidali, M. [European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (IRMM), B-2440 Geel (Belgium)

    2013-06-21

    In the framework of the construction of the double time-of-flight spectrometer VERDI, where we aim at measuring pre- and post-neutron masses directly and simultaneously, ultra-fast time pick-up detectors based on artificial diamond material were investigated for the first time with fission fragments from {sup 252}Cf (0.5MeV/utiming resolution of a 100?m thick polycrystalline CVD diamond detector with a size of 1×1 cm{sup 2} was determined to ?{sub int}=(283±41)ps by comparison with Monte-Carlo simulations. Using broadband pre-amplifiers, 4-fold segmented detectors of same total size and with a thickness of 180?m show an intrinsic timing resolution of ?{sub int}=(106±21)ps. This is highly competitive with the best micro-channel plate detectors. Due to the limited and batch-dependent charge collection efficiency of poly-crystalline diamond material, the detection efficiency for fission fragments may be smaller than 100%. -- Highlights: ? First use of chemical vapor deposited diamond for heavy ions with kinetic energies below 2 MeV per nucleon. ? Fission-fragment time-of-flight measurements with a timing resolution better than 150 ps. ? Radiation-hard fission event trigger to be used in an intense neutron field.

  18. Artificial diamonds as radiation-hard detectors for ultra-fast fission-fragment timing

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    In the framework of the construction of the double time-of-flight spectrometer VERDI, where we aim at measuring pre- and post-neutron masses directly and simultaneously, ultra-fast time pick-up detectors based on artificial diamond material were investigated for the first time with fission fragments from 252Cf (0.5MeV/u9 fission-fragments/cm2 together with more than 3.5×109 neutrons/cm2 and 3×1010?-particles/cm2. This fluence is characteristic for fission experiments. The pre-requisite for the observed signal stability is the application of priming of the diamond material with a strong ?-source for about 48 h. The intrinsic timing resolution of a 100?m thick polycrystalline CVD diamond detector with a size of 1×1 cm2 was determined to ?int=(283±41)ps by comparison with Monte-Carlo simulations. Using broadband pre-amplifiers, 4-fold segmented detectors of same total size and with a thickness of 180?m show an intrinsic timing resolution of ?int=(106±21)ps. This is highly competitive with the best micro-channel plate detectors. Due to the limited and batch-dependent charge collection efficiency of poly-crystalline diamond material, the detection efficiency for fission fragments may be smaller than 100%. -- Highlights: ? First use of chemical vapor deposited diamond for heavy ions with kinetic energies below 2 MeV per nucleon. ? Fission-fragment time-of-flight measurements with a timing resolution better than 150 ps. ? Radiation-hard fission event trigger to be used in an intense neutron field

  19. Glutamate is involved in mediating the fast activation of hippocampal interneurons in response to median raphe stimulation

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    Viktor Varga

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Hippocampal information processing is heavily influenced by the serotonergic input from the median raphe nucleus (MR. Recent discovery of a novel type of vesicular glutamate transporter in serotonergic neurons have raised the possibility that glutamate may be involved in signaling by the serotonergic system. Here, we tested the possibility that fast activation of hippocampal neurons in response to the stimulation of the MR is partly mediated by glutamate. In urethane anesthetized rats we electrically stimulated the MR at 1 Hz and recorded the response of hippocampal neurons combined with the microiontophoresis of an AMPA-type glutamate receptor antagonist (NBQX. In some experiments the 5-HT3-receptor (5-HT3r blocker ondansetron was intraperitoneally delivered as well. Neuronal responses were analyzed by constructing peri-stimulus time histograms. Sixteen non-principal cells with diverse firing pattern types (theta OFF, regular spiking, theta-activated, theta rhythmic showed fast activation with a latency of 9.11 ? 3.02 ms (median ? interquartile range, duration of 6.97 ? 4.25 ms and success rate (stimulus – spike coupling: SR of 65.22 ? 38.1%. Systemic 5-HT3r-blocker increased SR in 2 neurons and reduced in 4 cells. NBQX significantly attenuated activation in all neurons tested (n = 6, median of maximal reduction: 50.9%. NBQX-effect was repeatable and depended on ejection current intensity (-40 nA vs. -80 nA and duration (3 min vs. 6 min. We have described a novel excitatory component of the raphe-hippocampal pathway partly operating with glutamate. This connection may be capable of rapidly and efficiently recruiting a subset of hippocampal interneurons.

  20. Response time patterns in a stated choice experiment

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    Börjesson, Maria; Fosgerau, Mogens

    2015-01-01

    This paper studies how response times vary between unlabelled binary choice occasions in a stated choice (SC) experiment, with alternatives differing with respect to in-vehicle travel time and travel cost. The pattern of response times is interpreted as an indicator of the cognitive processes employed by the respondents when making their choices. We find clear signs of reference-dependence in response times in the form of a strong gain–loss asymmetry. Moreover, different patterns of response times for travel time and travel cost indicate that these attributes are processed in different ways by respondents. This may be of particular relevance for choice experiments in the transportation field, where the travel time attribute is central.

  1. Hierarchical Diffusion Models for Two-Choice Response Times

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    Vandekerckhove, Joachim; Tuerlinckx, Francis; Lee, Michael D.

    2011-01-01

    Two-choice response times are a common type of data, and much research has been devoted to the development of process models for such data. However, the practical application of these models is notoriously complicated, and flexible methods are largely nonexistent. We combine a popular model for choice response times--the Wiener diffusion…

  2. Development of a generalized model to analyze time and frequency responses for SAW sensors

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    Most of the research on applications of wireless surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors has focused on the fabrication process. No detailed theoretical models have been developed to illustrate the time and frequency domain characteristics of SAW devices. In this paper, the generalized model of the wireless SAW sensor is established by using the coupling-of-modes (COM) model together with the wave equations. The generalized model is developed to analyze four main applications, which include tag-ID design, the bio-reaction process, tension measurement and temperature sensing. Both the time response and frequency response are investigated to determine the appropriate signal processing for different applications. It is found that for the time response using the inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) is more suitable for tag-ID and the phase shift is better for bio-sensing, tension and temperature sensing. Furthermore, the developed model can be utilized to expedite the design process for wireless sensing devices

  3. Development of a generalized model to analyze time and frequency responses for SAW sensors

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    Tsai, Meng-Shiun; Jeng, Jie-Ting

    2011-02-01

    Most of the research on applications of wireless surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors has focused on the fabrication process. No detailed theoretical models have been developed to illustrate the time and frequency domain characteristics of SAW devices. In this paper, the generalized model of the wireless SAW sensor is established by using the coupling-of-modes (COM) model together with the wave equations. The generalized model is developed to analyze four main applications, which include tag-ID design, the bio-reaction process, tension measurement and temperature sensing. Both the time response and frequency response are investigated to determine the appropriate signal processing for different applications. It is found that for the time response using the inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) is more suitable for tag-ID and the phase shift is better for bio-sensing, tension and temperature sensing. Furthermore, the developed model can be utilized to expedite the design process for wireless sensing devices.

  4. Changes in energy metabolism in response to 48 h of overfeeding and fasting in Caucasians and Pima Indians

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    Weyer, C; Vozarova, B; Ravussin, E; Tataranni, P A; de Courten, Barbora

    2001-01-01

    Differences in the metabolic response to overfeeding and starvation may confer susceptibility or resistance to obesity in humans. To further examine this hypothesis, we assessed the changes in 24 h energy metabolism in response to short-term overfeeding and fasting in Caucasians (C) and Pima...

  5. Changes in energy metabolism in response to 48 h of overfeeding and fasting in Caucasians and Pima Indians

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    Weyer, C; Vozarova, B; Ravussin, E; Tataranni, P A; de Courten, Barbora

    2001-01-01

    Differences in the metabolic response to overfeeding and starvation may confer susceptibility or resistance to obesity in humans. To further examine this hypothesis, we assessed the changes in 24 h energy metabolism in response to short-term overfeeding and fasting in Caucasians (C) and Pima Indians (I), a population with a very high propensity for obesity.

  6. Fast nonlinear optical response from proton-bombarded multiple quantum well structures

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    Proton bombardment is shown to shorten the recovery time of the excitonic absorption in GaAs/GaAlAs multiple quantum well saturable absorbers. The response time can be reduced from 30 ns to 150 ps without affecting the absorption characteristics or the saturation energy

  7. Organic scintillators response function modeling for Monte Carlo simulation of Time-of-Flight measurements.

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    Carasco, C

    2012-07-01

    In neutron Time-of-Flight (TOF) measurements performed with fast organic scintillation detectors, both pulse arrival time and amplitude are relevant. Monte Carlo simulation can be used to calculate the time-energy dependant neutron flux at the detector position. To convert the flux into a pulse height spectrum, one must calculate the detector response function for mono-energetic neutrons. MCNP can be used to design TOF systems, but standard MCNP versions cannot reliably calculate the energy deposited by fast neutrons in the detector since multiple scattering effects must be taken into account in an analog way, the individual recoil particles energy deposit being summed with the appropriate scintillation efficiency. In this paper, the energy response function of 2?×2? and 5?×5? liquid scintillation BC-501 A (Bicron) detectors to fast neutrons ranging from 20 keV to 5.0 MeV is computed with GEANT4 to be coupled with MCNPX through the "MCNP Output Data Analysis" software developed under ROOT (Carasco, 2010). PMID:22100378

  8. Metabolic response to a glucagon challenge varies with adiposity and life-history stage in fasting northern elephant seals.

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    Crocker, Daniel E; Fowler, Melinda A; Champagne, Cory D; Vanderlugt, Anna L; Houser, Dorian S

    2014-01-01

    Metabolic adaptations for extended fasting in wildlife prioritize beta-oxidation of lipids and reduced glucose utilization to support energy metabolism. The pancreatic hormone glucagon plays key roles in regulating glycemia and lipid metabolism during fasting in model species but its function in wildlife species adapted for extended fasting is not well understood. Northern elephant seals (NES) undergo natural fasts of 1-3months while under constraints of high nutrient demands including lactation and development. We performed a glucagon challenge on lactating, molting and developing NES, early and late in their natural fasts, to examine the impact of this important regulatory hormone on metabolism. Glucagon caused increases in plasma glucose, insulin, fatty acids, ketones and urea, but the magnitude of these effects varied widely with adiposity and life-history stage. The strong impact of adiposity on glucose and insulin responses suggest a potential role for adipose derived factors in regulating hepatic metabolism and pancreatic sensitivity. Elevations in plasma glucose in response to glucagon were strongly associated with increases in protein catabolism, suggesting negative impacts of elevated glucagon on protein sparing. Glucagon promoted rapid ketone accumulation suggesting that low ketoacid levels in NES reflect low rates of production. These results demonstrate strong metabolic impacts of glucagon and support the idea that glucagon levels are downregulated in the context of metabolic adaptation to extended fasting. These results suggest that the regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in NES changes with adiposity, fasting duration and under various constraints of nutrient demands. PMID:24239794

  9. Multi-purpose fast neutron spectrum analyzer with real-time signal processing

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    Sulyaev, Yu.S., E-mail: sulyaev@inp.nsk.su [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Puryga, E.A.; Khilchenko, A.D. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Technical University, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Kvashnin, A.N. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Polosatkin, S.V. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Rovenskikh, A.F. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Burdakov, A.V.; Grishnyaev, E.V. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Technical University, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2013-08-21

    Diagnostics of hot ion component of plasma on the products of fusion reactions is widely used on thermonuclear facilities. In case of employment of neutron spectrometers, based on organics scintillators, there is advanced technique developed to eliminate neutron pulses from gamma background—digital pulse shape discrimination. For every DPSD application it is necessary to use the fast (2–5 ns) and precise (12 bit) transient ADC unit with large amount of onboard memory for storing every digitized scintillation pulses during shot time. At present time the duration of hot thermonuclear plasma burning in large tokamaks approximate to 1 min, and this requires very high onboard memory capacity (?100 GB). This paper describes a neutron spectrum analyzer with real-time DPSD algorithm, implemented to ADC unit. This approach saves about two orders of onboard memory capacity, gives the possibility of instant use of outcome to feedback systems. This analyzer was tested and calibrated with help of {sup 60}Co and {sup 252}Cf radiation sources, and deuterium neutron generator.

  10. Fast Response to Infection Spread and Cyber Attacks on Large-Scale Networks

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    Leyffer, Sven

    2012-01-01

    We present a strategy for designing fast methods of response to cyber attacks and infection spread on complex weighted networks. In these networks, nodes can be interpreted as primitive elements of the system, and weighted edges reflect the strength of interaction among these elements. The proposed strategy belongs to the family of multiscale methods whose goal is to approximate the system at multiple scales of coarseness and to obtain a solution of microscopic scale by combining the information from coarse scales. In recent years these methods have demonstrated their potential for solving optimization and analysis problems on large-scale networks. We consider an optimization problem that is based on the SIS epidemiological model. The objective is to detect the network nodes that have to be immunized in order to keep a low level of infection in the system.

  11. Response of a fast neutron criticality monitor to prompt critical bursts

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    A neutron-sensitive criticality monitor has been developed at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. The monitor's response characteristics to a nuclear criticality accident and to high ambient gamma and neutron radiation fields has been determined by exposure to actual prompt critical bursts using the Super Kukla fast burst reactor at the Nevada Test Site. The monitor head is composed of an (n,p) recoil plastic scintillator, photomultiplier tube, operational amplifier, power supply, calibration light and tantalum shield. The monitor detects most efficiently neutrons of about 10 MeV. Below 3 MeV, the detection efficiency decreases sharply. The detection efficiency for gamma radiation is low and can be further decreased by adding more tantalum around the detector. Results of the burst tests show that the smallest credible criticality accident will readily initiate an alarm. The monitor has been in use for about 2 years without false alarms. (author)

  12. Fast response neutron emission monitor for fusion reactor using stilbene scintillator and Flash-ADC.

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    Itoga, T; Ishikawa, M; Baba, M; Okuji, T; Oishi, T; Nakhostin, M; Nishitani, T

    2007-01-01

    The stilbene neutron detector which has been used for neutron emission profile monitoring in JT-60U has been improved, to respond to the requirement to observe the high-frequency phenomena in megahertz region such as toroidicity-induced Alfvén Eigen mode in burning plasma as well as the spatial profile and the energy spectrum. This high-frequency phenomenon is of great interest and one of the key issues in plasma physics in recent years. To achieve a fast response in the stilbene detector, a Flash-ADC is applied and the wave form of the anode signal stored directly, and neutron/gamma discrimination was carried out via software with a new scheme for data acquisition mode to extend the count rate limit to MHz region from 1.3 x 10(5) neutron/s in the past, and confirmed the adequacy of the method. PMID:17517674

  13. A fast response hydrogen sensor with Pd metallic grating onto a fiber's end-face

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    Yan, Haitao; Zhao, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Chao; Li, Qiu-Ze; Cao, Jingxiao; Han, Dao-Fu; Hao, Hui; Wang, Ming

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated an integrated hydrogen sensor with Pd metallic grating fabricated on a fiber end-face. The grating consists of three thin metal layers in stacks, Au, WO3 and Pd. The WO3 is used as a waveguide layer between the Pd and Au layer. The Pd layer is etched by using a focused ion beam (FIB) method, forming a Pd metallic grating with period of 450 nm. The sensor is experimentally exposed to hydrogen gas environment. Changing the concentration from 0% to 4% which is the low explosive limit (LEL), the resonant wavelength measured from the reflection experienced 28.10 nm spectral changes in the visible range. The results demonstrated that the sensor is sensitive for hydrogen detection and it has fast response and low temperature effect.

  14. Fast-response liquid commutating device with an inductive dynamic drive

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    A description is given of a fast-response multiple-operation commutating device with an induction-dynamic drive designed for commutation of high currents in the high-voltage circuits of energy inductive storages. A high-speed flow of a liquid dielectrics, produced when the drive armature is being accelerated, is used for displacing a movable contact and influencing the electric arc. The device ensures commutation of 2 kA direct current in a circuit with a voltage of up to 100 kV during about 1 ms. Experimental studies of the device operation have shown that when breaking a circuit with a current of 100 A a voltage drop across the arc constitutes 1.6 kV, which is sufficient to fire a glow discharge in the gas-discharge current interrupter. With the current increase the voltage drop across the arc also increases

  15. Response of liquid metal fast breeder reactor containment to a hypothetical core meltdown accident

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    This paper presents an analysis of the response of the containment building of a 2500-MWt liquid metal fast breeder reactor to a hypothetical reactor core meltdown. Although not mechanistically justifiable, this type of event is chosen for analysis as a basis for risk assessments. Containment space atmosphere compositions, temperatures, pressures, and structural temperatures are calculated, based on decay energy release and chemical reactions associated with the incident. The CACECO containment analysis code, which was used to make the calculations, is described in detail. Results of the study show that by utilizing the passive heat absorption capability of structures normally present in containment design, reactor plant containment integrity can be maintained for more than a day, even for extreme hypothetical events. (Auth.)

  16. Dynamic response and time-frequency analysis for gear tooth crack detection

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    Mohammed, Omar D.; Rantatalo, Matti

    2016-01-01

    Vibration health monitoring is a non-destructive technique which can be applied to detect cracks propagating in gear teeth. This paper studies gear tooth crack detection by investigating the natural frequencies and by performing time-frequency analysis of a 6 DOF dynamic gear model. The gear mesh stiffness used in the model was calculated analytically for different cases of crack sizes. The frequency response functions (FRFs) of the model were derived for healthy and faulty cases and dynamic simulation was performed to obtain the time signal responses. A new approach involving a short-time Fourier transform (STFT) was applied where a fast Fourier transform (FFT) was calculated for successive blocks with different sizes corresponding to the time segments of the varying gear mesh stiffness. The relationship between the different crack sizes and the mesh-stiffness-dependent eigenfrequencies was studied in order to detect the tooth crack and to estimate its size.

  17. Increasing time to operation is associated with decreased survival in patients with a positive FAST exam requiring emergent laparotomy

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    Barbosa, Ronald R.; Rowell, Susan E.; Fox, Erin E.; Holcomb, John B.; Bulger, Eileen M.; Phelan, Herbert A; Alarcon, Louis H.; Myers, John G.; Brasel, Karen J.; Muskat, Peter C.; del Junco, Deborah J.; Cotton, Bryan A.; Wade, Charles E.; Rahbar, Mohammad H.; Cohen, Mitchell J.; Schreiber, Martin A.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) is commonly used to facilitate the timely diagnosis of life threatening hemorrhage in injured patients. Most patients with positive findings on FAST require laparotomy. Though it is assumed that an increasing time to operation leads to higher mortality, this relationship has not been quantified. This study sought to determine the impact of time to operation (T-OR) on survival in patients with a positive FAST that required emergent laparotomy. Methods We retrospectively analyzed patients from the Prospective Observational Multicenter Major Trauma Transfusion (PROMMTT) study that underwent laparotomy within 90 minutes of presentation and had a FAST performed. Cox proportional hazards models including Injury Severity Score (ISS), age, base deficit and hospital site were created to examine the impact of increasing T-OR on in-hospital survival at 24 hours and 30 days. The impact of time from the performance of the FAST exam to operation (TFAST-OR) on in-hospital mortality was also examined using the same model. Results One hundred and fifteen patients met study criteria and had complete data. Increasing T-OR was associated with increased in-hospital mortality at 24 hours (hazard ratio [HR] 1.50 for each 10 minute increase in T-OR, confidence interval [CI] 1.14-1.97, p = 0.003) and 30 days (HR 1.41, CI 1.18-2.10, p = 0.002). Increasing TFAST-OR was also associated with higher in-hospital mortality at 24 hours (HR 1.34, CI 1.03-1.72, p = 0.03) and 30 days (HR 1.40, CI 1.06-1.84, p = 0.02). Conclusion In patients with a positive FAST who required emergent laparotomy, delay in operation was associated with increased early and late in-hospital mortality. Delays in time to operation in trauma patients with a positive FAST should be minimized. PMID:23778511

  18. Timing and Fast Control and Readout Electronics Aspects of the LHCb Upgrade

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    Alessio, F; Jacobsson, R

    2008-01-01

    LHCb is considering an upgrade towards a full 40 MHz readout [1], possibly in several stages implying that a rudimentary rate control will still be needed. The rate control could be achieved by either maintaining the current L0 trigger infrastructure since it is already operating at 40MHz, or implementing simple local trigger decisions units in the new Readout Boards and control the rate via an 'intelligent' throttle mechanism. In this paper we make a first investigation of the possibilities for a new Timing and Fast Control (TFC) system based on completely new technologies, and the consequences for the readout electronics. We examine the current TFC, define the requirements for a new TFC, and propose a TFC architecture based on a single new Readout Supervisor 'Super-ODIN' instantiating several TFC masters to allow partitioning, and based on a shared high-speed optical link network for both the distribution of timing and synchronous control information, as well as trigger/throttle communication. The TFC inter...

  19. Time-efficient fast spin echo imaging at 4.7 T with low refocusing angles.

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    Lebel, R Marc; Wilman, Alan H

    2009-07-01

    An implementation of fast spin echo at 4.7 T designed for versatile and time-efficient T(2)-weighted imaging of the human brain is presented. Reduced refocusing angles (alpha incidental magnetization transfer effects were investigated at reduced refocusing angles. We found that intraslice signal variations are minimized with refocusing angles near 180 degrees, but apparent gray/white matter contrast is independent of refocusing angle. Incidental magnetization transfer effects from multislice acquisitions were shown to attenuate white matter intensity by 25% and gray matter intensity by 15% at 180 degrees; less than 5% attenuation was seen in all tissues at flip angles below 60 degrees. We present multislice images acquired without excess delay time for SAR mitigation using a variety of protocols. Subsecond half Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin echo (HASTE) images were obtained with a novel variable refocusing angle echo train (20 degrees < alpha < 58 degrees) and high-resolution scans with a voxel volume of 0.18 mm(3) were acquired in 6.5 min with refocusing angles of 100 degrees. PMID:19319901

  20. Fast Time-Domain Edge-Diffraction Calculations for Interactive Acoustic Simulations

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    Svensson U Peter

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The inclusion of edge diffraction has long been recognized as an improvement to geometrical-acoustics (GA modeling techniques, particularly for acoustic simulations of complex environments that are represented as collections of finite-sized planar surfaces. One particular benefit of combining edge diffraction with GA components is that the resulting total sound field is continuous when an acoustic source or receiver crosses a specular-zone or shadow-zone boundary, despite the discontinuity experienced by the associated GA component. In interactive acoustic simulations which include only GA components, such discontinuities may be heard as clicks or other undesirable audible artifacts, and thus diffraction calculations are important for high perceptual quality as well as physical realism. While exact diffraction calculations are difficult to compute at interactive rates, approximate calculations are possible and sufficient for situations in which the ultimate goal is a perceptually plausible simulation rather than a numerically exact one. In this paper, we describe an edge-subdivision strategy that allows for fast time-domain edge-diffraction calculations with relatively low error when compared with results from a more numerically accurate solution. The tradeoff between computation time and accuracy can be controlled with a number of parameters, allowing the user to choose the speed that is necessary and the error that is tolerable for a specific modeling scenario.

  1. Fault tolerant distributed real time computer systems for I and C of prototype fast breeder reactor

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    Highlights: • Architecture of distributed real time computer system (DRTCS) used in I and C of PFBR is explained. • Fault tolerant (hot standby) architecture, fault detection and switch over are detailed. • Scaled down model was used to study functional and performance requirements of DRTCS. • Quality of service parameters for scaled down model was critically studied. - Abstract: Prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) is in the advanced stage of construction at Kalpakkam, India. Three-tier architecture is adopted for instrumentation and control (I and C) of PFBR wherein bottom tier consists of real time computer (RTC) systems, middle tier consists of process computers and top tier constitutes of display stations. These RTC systems are geographically distributed and networked together with process computers and display stations. Hot standby architecture comprising of dual redundant RTC systems with switch over logic system is deployed in order to achieve fault tolerance. Fault tolerant dual redundant network connectivity is provided in each RTC system and TCP/IP protocol is selected for network communication. In order to assess the performance of distributed RTC systems, scaled down model was developed with 9 representative systems and nearly 15% of I and C signals of PFBR were connected and monitored. Functional and performance testing were carried out for each RTC system and the fault tolerant characteristics were studied by creating various faults into the system and observed the performance. Various quality of service parameters like connection establishment delay, priority parameter, transit delay, throughput, residual error ratio, etc., are critically studied for the network

  2. High-Voltage Power Supply With Fast Rise and Fall Times

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    Bearden, Douglas B.; Acker, Richard M.; Kapuslka, Robert E.

    2007-01-01

    A special-purpose high-voltage power supply can be electronically switched on and off with fast rise and fall times, respectively. The output potential is programmable from 20 to 1,250 V. An output current of 50 A can be sustained at 1,250 V. The power supply was designed specifically for electronically shuttering a microchannel plate in an x-ray detector that must operate with exposure times as short as 1 ms. The basic design of the power supply is also adaptable to other applications in which there are requirements for rapid slewing of high voltages. The power-supply circuitry (see figure) includes a preregulator, which is used to program the output at 1/30 of the desired output potential. After the desired voltage has been set, the outputs of a pulse width modulator (PWM) are enabled and used to amplify the preregulator output potential by 30. The amplification is achieved by use of two voltage doublers with a transformer that has two primary and two secondary windings. A resistor is used to limit the current by controlling the drive voltage of two field-effect transistors (FETs) during turn-on of the PWM. A pulse transformer is used to turn on four FETs to short-circuit four output capacitors when the outputs of the PWM have been disabled. The most notable aspects of the performance of the power supply are a rise time of only 80 s and a fall time of only 60 s at a load current of 50 A or less. Another notable aspect is that the application of a 0-to-5-V square wave to a shutdown pin of the PWM causes the production of a 0-to-1,250-V square wave at the output terminals.

  3. Response time testing of pressure transmitters in nuclear power plants

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    This paper presents a review of the response time testing practice in the nuclear power industry for the safety-related pressure, level, and flow transmitters. Two methods which have been developed and recently validated for response time testing of these transmitters are described. The advantage of the new methods is that they permit remote testing of installed transmitters from the control room while the plant is operating. Also presented in this paper are experimental data on the contribution of sensing lines to the overall response time of pressure sensing systems, and the delays that can result from blockages or air entrapped in the sensing lines

  4. Planck 2013 results. VII. HFI time response and beams

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    Planck Collaboration,; Ade, P. A. R.; Aghanim, N.; Armitage-Caplan, C.; Arnaud, M.; Ashdown, M.; Atrio-Barandela, F.; Aumont, J.; Baccigalupi, C.; Banday, A. J.; Barreiro, R. B.; Battaner, E.; Benabed, K.; Benoît, A.; Benoit-Lévy, A.; Bernard, J. -P.; Bersanelli, M.; Bielewicz, P.; Bobin, J.; Bock, Jacob; Bond, J. R.; Borrill, J.; Bouchet, F. R.; Bowyer, J. W.; Bridges, M.; Bucher, M.; Burigana, C.; Cardoso, J. -F.; Catalano, A.; Challinor, A.; Chamballu, A.; Chary, R. -R.; Chiang, Lung-Yih; Chiang, H. C.; Christensen, P. R.; Church, S.; Clements, D. L.; Colombi, S.; Colombo, L. P. L.; Couchot, F.; Coulais, A.; Crill, B. P.; Curto, A.; Cuttaia, F.; Danese, L.; Davies, R. D.; de Bernardis, P.; de Rosa, A.; de Zotti, G.; Delabrouille, J.; Delouis, J. -M.; Désert, F. -X.; Diego, J. M.; Dole, H.; Donzelli, S.; Doré, O.; Douspis, M.; Dunkley, J.; Dupac, X.; Efstathiou, G.; Enßlin, T. A.; Eriksen, H. K.; Finelli, F.; Forni, O.; Frailis, M.; Fraisse, A. A.; Franceschi, E.; Galeotta, S.; Ganga, K.; Giard, M.; Giraud-Héraud, Y.; González-Nuevo, J.; Górski, K. M.; Gratton, S.; Gregorio, A.; Gruppuso, A.; Gudmundsson, J. E.; Haissinski, J.; Hansen, F. K.; Hanson, D.; Harrison, D.; Henrot-Versillé, S.; Hernández-Monteagudo, C.; Herranz, D.; Hildebrandt, Steen; Hivon, E.; Hobson, M.; Holmes, W. A.; Hornstrup, Allan; Hou, Z.; Hovest, W.; Huffenberger, K. M.; Jaffe, T. R.; Jaffe, A. H.; Jones, W. C.; Juvela, M.; Keihänen, E.; Keskitalo, R.; Kisner, T. S.; Kneissl, R.; Knoche, J.; Knox, L.; Kunz, M.; Kurki-Suonio, H.; Lagache, G.; Lamarre, J. -M.; Lasenby, A.; Laureijs, R. J.; Lawrence, C. R.; Leonardi, R.; Leroy, C.; Lesgourgues, J.; Liguori, M.; Lilje, P. B.; Linden-Vørnle, Michael; López-Caniego, M.; Lubin, P. M.; Macías-Pérez, J. F.; MacTavish, C. J.; Maffei, B.; Mandolesi, N.; Maris, M.; Marshall, D. J.; Martin, P. G.; Martínez-González, E.; Masi, S.; Matarrese, S.; Matsumura, T.; Matthai, F.; Mazzotta, P.; McGehee, P.; Melchiorri, A.; Mendes, L.; Mennella, A.; Migliaccio, M.; Mitra, S.; Miville-Deschênes, M. -A.; Moneti, A.; Montier, L.; Morgante, G.; Mortlock, D.; Munshi, D.; Murphy, Jonathan; Naselsky, P.; Nati, F.; Natoli, P.; Netterfield, C. B.; Nørgaard-Nielsen, Hans Ulrik; Noviello, F.; Novikov, D.; Novikov, Igor Dmitrievich; Osborne, S.; Oxborrow, Carol Anne; Paci, F.; Pagano, L.; Pajot, F.; Paoletti, D.; Pasian, F.; Patanchon, G.; Perdereau, O.; Perotto, L.; Perrotta, F.; Piacentini, F.; Piat, M.; Pierpaoli, E.; Pietrobon, D.; Plaszczynski, S.; Pointecouteau, E.; Polegre, A. M.; Polenta, G.; Ponthieu, N.; Popa, L.; Poutanen, T.; Pratt, G. W.; Prézeau, G.; Prunet, S.; Puget, J. -L.; Rachen, J. P.; Reinecke, M.; Remazeilles, M.; Renault, C.; Ricciardi, S.; Riller, T.; Ristorcelli, I.; Rocha, G.; Rosset, C.; Roudier, G.; Rowan-Robinson, M.; Rusholme, B.; Sandri, M.; Santos, D.; Sauvé, A.; Savini, G.; Shellard, E. P. S.; Spencer, L. D.; Starck, J. -L.; Stolyarov, V.; Stompor, R.; Sudiwala, R.; Sureau, F.; Sutton, D.; Suur-Uski, A. -S.; Sygnet, J. -F.; Tauber, J. A.; Tavagnacco, D.; Terenzi, L.; Tomasi, M.; Tristram, M.; Tucci, M.; Umana, G.; Valenziano, L.; Valiviita, J.; Van Tent, B.; Vielva, P.; Villa, Frank; Vittorio, N.; Wade, L. A.; Wandelt, B. D.; Yvon, D.; Zacchei, A.; Zonca, A.

    2013-01-01

    telescope and feeds, the processing of the time-ordered data and deconvolution of the bolometric and electronic time response, and the merging of several surveys to produce maps. The time response transfer functions are measured with observations of Jupiter and Saturn and by minimizing survey difference...... residuals. The scanning beam is the post-deconvolution angular response of the instrument, and is characterized with observations of Mars. The main beam solid angles are determined to better than 0.5% at each HFI frequency band. Observations of Jupiter and Saturn limit near sidelobes to ~0.1% of the total...

  5. Performance of a fast response miniature Adiabatic Demagnetisation Refrigerator using a single crystal tungsten magnetoresistive heat switch

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    Bartlett, J.; Hardy, G.; Hepburn, I. D.

    2015-12-01

    The performance of a fast thermal response miniature Adiabatic Demagnetisation Refrigerator (ADR) is presented. The miniature ADR is comprised of a fast thermal response Chromium Potassium Alum (CPA) salt pill, two superconducting magnets and unconventionally, a single crystal tungsten magnetoresistive (MR) heat switch. The development of this ADR is a result of the ongoing development of a continuously operating millikelvin cryocooler (mKCC), which will use only magnetoresistive heat switches. The design and performance of the MR heat switch developed for the mKCC and used in the miniature ADR is presented in this paper; the heat switch has a measured Residual Resistivity Ratio of 32,000 ± 3000 and an estimated switching ratio (on thermal conductivity divided by the off thermal conductivity) of 15,200 at 3.6 K and 38,800 at 0.2 K when using a 3 T magnetic field. The performance of the miniature ADR operating from a 3.6 K bath is presented, demonstrating that a complete cycle (magnetisation, cooling to the bath and demagnetisation) can be accomplished in 82 s. A magnet current step test, conducted when the ADR is cold and fully demagnetised, has shown the thermal response of the ADR to be sub-second. The measured hold times of the ADR with just parasitic heat load are given, ranging from 3 min at 0.2 K with 13.14 ?W of parasitics, to 924 min at 3 K with 4.55 ?W of parasitics. The cooling power has been measured for operating temperatures in the range 0.25-3 K by applying an additional heat load to the ADR via a heater, in order to reduce the hold time to 3 min (i.e. approximately double the recycle time); the maximum cooling power of the miniature ADR (in addition to parasitic load) when operating at 250 mK is 20 ?W, which increases to 45 ?W at 300 mK and continues to increase linearly to nearly 1.1 mW at 3 K. To conclude, the predicted performance of a tandem continuous ADR utilising two of the miniature ADRs is presented.

  6. Temporal response and real time measurements with 5GHz photocell-oscilloscope system at low light levels

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    Experiments were carried out to investigate by means of picosecond mode-locked laser pulses the performance of fast vacuum photoelectric cells associated with a high sensitivity and high speed cathode-ray tube provided with a channel plate electron multiplier. With an amplitude sensitivity of 140mV/cm an overall time of response of less than 100 ps was measured

  7. A FAST AND EFFICIENT VISION BASED APPROACH FOR DETECTION OF FIRE IN REAL TIME SCENARIO

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    Battise Priyanka Y.; Prof.B.S.Agarkar

    2015-01-01

    F ire is a huge serious disruption which leads to economic and environmental losses . So it is necessary to detect occurrence of fire at early stage . Alarm is not issued unless particles reach the senso rs to activate them and requires large response time. Also, infrared and ultraviolet sensors which are commonly used produce many false alarms. With the help of computer vision techniques, it is possib...

  8. Combined, Time-Resolved γ-Ray and Fast Neutron Radiography for Contraband Detection

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    Soreq NRC and PTB are developing dual-probe (gamma-ray and fast neutron) high-spatial-resolution radiography for detection of explosives and special nuclear materials (SNM). The explosives are detected by Fast Neutron Resonance Radiography (FNRR), that exploits the specific energy-dependent cross-section characteristics of several low-Z elements in the neutron energy-range En=1-10 MeV. The neutrons are produced in 1-2 ns bursts using a pulsed beam of 12 MeV deuterons impinging on a thick Be target. Neutron spectroscopy is performed by means of a novel, integral-mode variant of the time of flight (TOF) technique. This method holds promise for detecting a broad range of conventional and improvised explosives, by determining the identity and density distribution of light elements such as C, N and O within an inspected object. It is expected that the high spatial resolution and the capability of operating at very high counting rates particular to this method will ultimately permit a significant improvement in baggage screening capabilities at airports, in terms of enhanced throughput and operator-independent detection of sheet explosives. In addition to neutrons, the d-Be reaction also yields prompt gamma-rays in the 0.5-6 MeV range. These gamma-rays are readily distinguished from neutrons by TOF. By taking the attenuation ratio of neutrons to gamma-rays through the inspected object it is possible to distinguish materials according to their atomic number. For example, the ratio for tungsten is higher by a factor of 4.2 and 2.3 than that of water and iron, respectively. The method produces high resolution images and also has the potential to detect small quantities of SNM. In this paper we shall describe the time-resolved neutron-gamma ray imaging detector and present studies of various detector parameters, such as spatial and energy resolution, imaging and material discrimination capabilities. (author)

  9. Neutron-proton asymmetry and fast fission: two extreme time evolution in dissipative heavy ion reactions

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    We review two different phenomena occuring in dissipative heavy ion collisions: neutron-proton asymmetry and fast fission. The first one is very fast and exhibits quantum fluctuations. The second one is very slow and dominated by statistical fluctuations. A dynamical model treating both these processes is also described

  10. Real-time 3D medical structure segmentation using fast evolving active contours

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    Wang, Xiaotao; Wang, Qiang; Hao, Zhihui; Xu, Kuanhong; Guo, Ping; Ren, Haibing; Jang, Wooyoung; Kim, Jung-bae

    2014-03-01

    Segmentation of 3D medical structures in real-time is an important as well as intractable problem for clinical applications due to the high computation and memory cost. We propose a novel fast evolving active contour model in this paper to reduce the requirements of computation and memory. The basic idea is to evolve the brief represented dynamic contour interface as far as possible per iteration. Our method encodes zero level set via a single unordered list, and evolves the list recursively by adding activated adjacent neighbors to its end, resulting in active parts of the zero level set moves far enough per iteration along with list scanning. To guarantee the robustness of this process, a new approximation of curvature for integer valued level set is proposed as the internal force to penalize the list smoothness and restrain the list continual growth. Besides, list scanning times are also used as an upper hard constraint to control the list growing. Together with the internal force, efficient regional and constrained external forces, whose computations are only performed along the unordered list, are also provided to attract the list toward object boundaries. Specially, our model calculates regional force only in a narrowband outside the zero level set and can efficiently segment multiple regions simultaneously as well as handle the background with multiple components. Compared with state-of-the-art algorithms, our algorithm is one-order of magnitude faster with similar segmentation accuracy and can achieve real-time performance for the segmentation of 3D medical structures on a standard PC.

  11. Limits on fast radio bursts at 145 MHz with ARTEMIS, a real-time software backend

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    Karastergiou, A.; Chennamangalam, J.; Armour, W.; Williams, C.; Mort, B.; Dulwich, F.; Salvini, S.; Magro, A.; Roberts, S.; Serylak, M.; Doo, A.; Bilous, A. V.; Breton, R. P.; Falcke, H.; Grießmeier, J.-M.; Hessels, J. W. T.; Keane, E. F.; Kondratiev, V. I.; Kramer, M.; van Leeuwen, J.; Noutsos, A.; Os?owski, S.; Sobey, C.; Stappers, B. W.; Weltevrede, P.

    2015-09-01

    Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are millisecond radio signals that exhibit dispersion larger than what the Galactic electron density can account for. We have conducted a 1446 h survey for FRBs at 145 MHz, covering a total of 4193 deg2 on the sky. We used the UK station of the low frequency array (LOFAR) radio telescope - the Rawlings Array - accompanied for a majority of the time by the LOFAR station at Nançay, observing the same fields at the same frequency. Our real-time search backend, Advanced Radio Transient Event Monitor and Identification System - ARTEMIS, utilizes graphics processing units to search for pulses with dispersion measures up to 320 cm-3 pc. Previous derived FRB rates from surveys around 1.4 GHz, and favoured FRB interpretations, motivated this survey, despite all previous detections occurring at higher dispersion measures. We detected no new FRBs above a signal-to-noise threshold of 10, leading to the most stringent upper limit yet on the FRB event rate at these frequencies: 29 sky-1 d-1 for five ms-duration pulses above 62 Jy. The non-detection could be due to scatter-broadening, limitations on the volume and time searched, or the shape of FRB flux density spectra. Assuming the latter and that FRBs are standard candles, the non-detection is compatible with the published FRB sky rate, if their spectra follow a power law with frequency (? ??), with ? ? +0.1, demonstrating a marked difference from pulsar spectra. Our results suggest that surveys at higher frequencies, including the low frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array, will have better chances to detect, estimate rates and understand the origin and properties of FRBs.

  12. Heart rate response during sleep in elderly patients after fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty

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    Krenk, Lene; Sørensen, Gertrud Laura; Kehlet, Henrik; Jennum, Poul

    2015-01-01

    Variability in heart rate response (HRR) can be used as a measure for autonomic nervous system function, which may influence sleep disturbances and the recovery phase after major surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate autonomic function by assessment of HRR during sleep arousals in the po...... major arthroplasty surgery in elderly patients may reflect a functional change in sympathetic nervous system potentially relevant for postoperative sleep changes, fatigue and cognitive function.......Variability in heart rate response (HRR) can be used as a measure for autonomic nervous system function, which may influence sleep disturbances and the recovery phase after major surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate autonomic function by assessment of HRR during sleep arousals in the...... postoperative period after fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty. Determination of autonomic function was gained from polysomnographic evaluation of 10 patients >60 years undergoing either hip or knee arthroplasty (mean age 69.9 years) evaluating HRR during the different sleep phases. Sleep monitoring took place...

  13. Breaking cover: neural responses to slow and fast camouflage-breaking motion.

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    Yin, Jiapeng; Gong, Hongliang; An, Xu; Chen, Zheyuan; Lu, Yiliang; Andolina, Ian M; McLoughlin, Niall; Wang, Wei

    2015-08-22

    Primates need to detect and recognize camouflaged animals in natural environments. Camouflage-breaking movements are often the only visual cue available to accomplish this. Specifically, sudden movements are often detected before full recognition of the camouflaged animal is made, suggesting that initial processing of motion precedes the recognition of motion-defined contours or shapes. What are the neuronal mechanisms underlying this initial processing of camouflaged motion in the primate visual brain? We investigated this question using intrinsic-signal optical imaging of macaque V1, V2 and V4, along with computer simulations of the neural population responses. We found that camouflaged motion at low speed was processed as a direction signal by both direction- and orientation-selective neurons, whereas at high-speed camouflaged motion was encoded as a motion-streak signal primarily by orientation-selective neurons. No population responses were found to be invariant to the camouflage contours. These results suggest that the initial processing of camouflaged motion at low and high speeds is encoded as direction and motion-streak signals in primate early visual cortices. These processes are consistent with a spatio-temporal filter mechanism that provides for fast processing of motion signals, prior to full recognition of camouflage-breaking animals. PMID:26269500

  14. The Importance of Responsibility in Times of Crisis

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    Jacob Dahl Rendtorff

    2014-01-01

    In this paper I would like to show the importance of the concept of responsibility as the foundation of ethics in times of crisis in particular in the fields of politics and economics in the modern civilisation marked by globalization and technological progres. I consider the concept of responsibility as the key notion in order to understand the ethical duty in a modern technological civilisation. We can indeed observe a moralization of the concept of responsibility going beyond a strict lega...

  15. Model for Predicting End User Web Page Response Time

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    Nagarajan, Sathya Narayanan; Ravikumar, Srijith

    2012-01-01

    Perceived responsiveness of a web page is one of the most important and least understood metrics of web page design, and is critical for attracting and maintaining a large audience. Web pages can be designed to meet performance SLAs early in the product lifecycle if there is a way to predict the apparent responsiveness of a particular page layout. Response time of a web page is largely influenced by page layout and various network characteristics. Since the network character...

  16. Fast response electromagnetic follow-ups from low latency GW triggers

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    Howell, E J; Rowlinson, A; Gao, H; Zhang, B; Tingay, S J; Boer, M; Wen, L

    2016-01-01

    We investigate joint low-latency gravitational wave (GW) detection and prompt electromagnetic (EM) follow-up observations of coalescing binary neutron stars (BNSs). Assuming that BNS mergers are associated with short duration gamma ray bursts (SGRBs), we evaluate if rapid EM follow-ups can capture the prompt emission, early engine activity or reveal any potential by-products such as magnetars or fast radio bursts. To examine the expected performance of extreme low-latency search pipelines, we simulate a population of coalescing BNSs and use these to estimate the detectability and localisation efficiency at different times before merger. Using observational SGRB flux data corrected to the range of the advanced GW interferometric detectors, we determine what EM observations could be achieved from low-frequency radio up to high energy $\\gamma$-ray. We show that while challenging, breakthrough multi-messenger science is possible through low latency pipelines.

  17. Time domain modeling of tunable response of graphene

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    Prokopeva, Ludmila; Emani, Naresh K.; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Kildishev, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    We present a causal numerical model for time domain simulations of the optical response of graphene. The dielectric function is approximated with a conductivity term, a Drude term and a number of the critical points terms.

  18. Time domain modeling of tunable response of graphene

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    Prokopeva, Ludmila; Emani, Naresh K.; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Kildishev, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    We present a causal numerical model for time domain simulations of the optical response of graphene. The dielectric function is approximated with a conductivity term, a Drude term and a number of the critical points terms....

  19. Elements for Response Time Statistics in ERP Transaction Systems

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    Mielke, A

    2004-01-01

    We present some measurements and ideas for response time statistics in ERP systems. It is shown that the response time distribution of a given transaction in a given system is generically a log-normal distribution or, in some situations, a sum of two or more log-normal distributions. We present some arguments for this form of the distribution based on heuristic rules for response times, and we show data from performance measurements in actual systems to support the log-normal form. Deviations of the log-normal form can often be traced back to performance problems in the system. Consequences for the interpretation of response time data and for service level agreements are discussed.

  20. Fracture response of several metals to fast heating of samples by intensive X-ray radiation

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    Golubev, Vladimir

    2015-06-01

    Results on studying the fracture response of metals samples in the form of thin disks to fast heating by the intensive pulse of X-ray radiation of a complete spectrum are presented in the paper. The samples of such metals as iron, copper, AMg6 aluminum, VT14 titanium, molybdenum, tungsten, cadmium, lead and zinc were tested. The samples were fixed in the special cartridges that were placed at such distances from the X-ray irradiator where the energy fluxes were 1.38, 0.90 and 0.29 kJ/cm2. The irradiating X-ray pulse was about 2 ns in duration. After testing, the depth of material ablation from a sample front surface and the degree and character of its spall damage were determined. The method of metallographic analysis was used for these purposes. The spectrum data were used for the calculations of samples heating. Numerical calculations of thermomechanical and shock wave loading conditions were made with the use of the equation of state taking into account the process of evaporation. The calculated value of maximum negative pressure in the sample at the coordinate corresponding to the depth of ablation and formation of spallation zones or spall cracks was conventionally accepted as the material resistance to spall fracture in such conditions. The comparison of obtained results with the data on the fracture of examined materials in the conditions of fast heating by the X-ray pulse with a hard spectrum and by the high-current electron beam of an electron pulse generator was conducted.

  1. Proposal for a fast, zero suppressing circuit for the digitization of analog pulses over long memory times

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    This report describes the design principles of a fast (100 MHz) time and pulse height digitizer that can record up to 15 analog pulses over 10-80 ?s memory times. Unlike other triggered circuits prepulse samples are recorded without the help of an analog delay line. The low power requirements of the circuit as well as its fast read-out characteristics make it very attractive for detectors with many digitizing channels. Conventional circuits are described as a reference for the evaluation of this new design. An ECL 10 K implementation of the circuit is presented in the third section. (orig.)

  2. Femtosecond response time measurements of a Cs2Te photocathode

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    Aryshev, A.; Shevelev, M.; Honda, Y.; Terunuma, N; Urakawa, J.

    2015-01-01

    We present the response time measurements of a Cs2Te photocathode illuminated with two 100 fs duration, variable time separation laser pulses at 266 nm wavelength. The response time was confirmed in dispersive region downstream of a 12-cell standing wave S-band acceleration structure using a well-known RF zero-crossing technique. At the same time it was also measured by changing mechanical path-length difference between two micro-bunches. Both methods agree that Cs2Te photoc...

  3. SeaMon-HC Buoy. A specific real-time-lightweight-moored platform as a tool for fast hydrocarbon detection

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    Barrera, C.; Rueda, M. J.; Moran, R.; Llerandi, C.; Llinas, O.

    2009-04-01

    The present paper-work describes the design, last development stages and the derived results from a specific buoy platform for fast hydrocarbon detection in seawater. Under the name of SeaMon-HC, (Patent No. P200302219/8) the buoy represents a very chief tool for coastal monitoring, mainly surrounding areas with a high oil-spill risk level, like harbours, off-shore fish farming, beaches and so on. Nowadays, the Macaronesian area has nine units working in real-time, under the frame of the Red ACOMAR Network. The main innovative aspect from this buoy is the detection system. It's based in polymer technology, working as a resistance, who increase its value when the pollutant on water surface is detected. The response time from the sensor is a direct function of the hydrocarbon volatility level. For hydrocarbons with high volatility levels (like petrol), the sensor needs less time (around 3 minutes) than others with less volatility such as oils. SeaMon-HC is an autonomous, modular, reusable and a very low-cost development integrated by four subsystems (SS): SS-Flotation (different materials and shapes available); SS-Sensors (hydrocarbon detector and additional sensors -up to 15-, to solve specific sensor configuration requirements); SS-Power Supply (equipped in its basic configuration with a couple of solar modules and two 12V batteries) and the SS-Communication (based on a RF or GSM/GPRS modem technology, with a selectable communication frequency). All SeaMon-HC units, as well the rest of the ODAS buoys who joint together the Red ACOMAR Network, works in real-time, sending the collected information to the control centre that manages the communications, providing data, in a useful form (as a web site), to diverse socio-economic important sectors which make an exhaustive use of the littoral in the Macaronesian region. The access to the information by the users is done through a specific GIS software application.

  4. Time evolution of fast ion distributions in MHD-active tokamak plasmas based on HAGIS/Fokker-Planck code coupling

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    A coupling of two numerical codes has been developed and implemented, which enables the simulation of long-time behaviour of fast ion distributions in MHD-active tokamak plasmas. In the coupled system the codes FIDIT (Fast Ion Distributions In Tokamaks) and HAGIS (Hamiltonian Guiding Centre System) are used iteratively. FIDIT is a Fokker-Planck code capable of calculating the evolution of a population of energetic ions accounting for Coulomb collisions and ripple induced transport effects. The code HAGIS simulates the time evolution of an ensemble of waves driven by fast ions and the redistribution of the fast ion population caused by these waves. Since the characteristic times of collisional and wave-induced changes of the fast ion distribution are well separated, the iterative approach is justified. The switch between the codes is based on a criterion determining the (in-)stability of toroidicity induced Alfénic eigenmodes (TAEs). FIDIT/HAGIS has been successfully applied for modelling experiments conducted at the Joint European Torus (JET) and for predictive simulations of fusion alpha particles in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). In the ITER simulations a synergetic transport effect has been identified, which emerges from the co-action of collisional convective/diffusive transport and wave-induced transport. (author)

  5. Improved time response for large area microchannel plate photomultiplier tubes in fusion diagnostics

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    Milnes, J. S., E-mail: james.milnes@photek.co.uk; Conneely, T. M.; Howorth, J. [Photek Ltd, 26 Castleham Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9NS (United Kingdom); Horsfield, C. J. [AWE, Aldermaston, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4PR (United Kingdom)

    2014-11-15

    Fusion diagnostics that utilise high speed scintillators often need to capture a large area of light with a high degree of time accuracy. Microchannel plate (MCP) photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) are recognised as the leading device for capturing fast optical signals. However, when manufactured in their traditional proximity focused construction, the time response performance is reduced as the active area increases. This is due to two main factors: the capacitance of a large anode and the difficulty of obtaining small pore MCPs with a large area. Collaboration between Photek and AWE has produced prototype devices that combine the excellent time response of small area MCP-PMTs with a large active area by replacing the traditional proximity-gap front section with an electro-optically focused photocathode to MCP. We present results from both single and double MCP devices with a 40 mm diameter active area and show simulations for the 100 mm device being built this year.

  6. Improved time response for large area microchannel plate photomultiplier tubes in fusion diagnostics

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    Fusion diagnostics that utilise high speed scintillators often need to capture a large area of light with a high degree of time accuracy. Microchannel plate (MCP) photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) are recognised as the leading device for capturing fast optical signals. However, when manufactured in their traditional proximity focused construction, the time response performance is reduced as the active area increases. This is due to two main factors: the capacitance of a large anode and the difficulty of obtaining small pore MCPs with a large area. Collaboration between Photek and AWE has produced prototype devices that combine the excellent time response of small area MCP-PMTs with a large active area by replacing the traditional proximity-gap front section with an electro-optically focused photocathode to MCP. We present results from both single and double MCP devices with a 40 mm diameter active area and show simulations for the 100 mm device being built this year

  7. Overview of the SPS/LEP fast broadcast message timing system

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    A fast broadcast message system, also referred to as the general machine timing system, has recently been installed at CERN's Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS). It is used to control the SPS in its roles as a multi-cycling, multi-user service accelerator. The messages are centrally generated by an IBM compatible PC/AT card and broadcast to all users of the system. At the receiving end the frames are decoded and presented to the user in the form of either an interrupt to his intelligent equipment, a hardware pulse or a short message. They are used to synchronise the SPS when used as a 450 GeV fixed target machine, a 315 GeV p-pbar collider, a 100/450 GeV pulsing-coasting machine and also as an injector for the Large Electron Positron (LEP) machine. In the future it will also be used for LEP control. Implementation details and constraints are described, as are experience to date and foreseen expansions

  8. Fast time domain reflectometry (TDR) measurement approach for investigating the liquefaction of soils

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    Time domain reflectometry (TDR) was used for the spatial observation of transient density changes in a laboratory shake-box apparatus. Shake-box experiments are conducted to investigate the liquefaction of soils due to seismic excitation. As a sensor, a flat ribbon cable was placed within a water saturated sand column two metres in height. In the experiment, the soil column was excited at its base with a sinusoidal signal with low frequencies and moderate amplitudes. During the tests, TDR measurements were conducted with a repetition rate of 30 s?1. Temporal density changes during the liquefaction and reconsolidation process of the quartz sand along the sensor could be shown through signal analysis. The mean porosities calculated from the relative dielectric permittivity using a soil-specific calibration function could be determined with an RMSD-value of 0.02 compared to the porosities determined from the height of the sample. With the metrological set-up for the TDR measurements being used, fast temporal changes in the density profile could be qualitatively visualized indicating the movement of the reconsolidation front during the liquefaction

  9. Real Time Computer for Plugging Indicator Control of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is in the advanced stage of construction at Kalpakkam, India. Liquid sodium is used as coolant to transfer the heat produced in the reactor core to steam water circuit. Impurities present in the sodium are removed using purification circuit. Plugging indicator is a device used to measure the purity of the sodium. Versa Module Europa bus based Real Time Computer (RTC) system is used for plugging indicator control. Hot standby architecture consisting of dual redundant RTC system with switch over logic system is the configuration adopted to achieve fault tolerance. Plugging indicator can be controlled in two modes namely continuous and discontinuous mode. Software based Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) algorithms are developed for plugging indicator control wherein the set point changes dynamically for every scan interval of the RTC system. Set points and PID constants are kept as configurable in runtime in order to control the process in very efficient manner, which calls for reliable communication between RTC system and control station, hence TCP/IP protocol is adopted. Performance of the RTC system for plugging indicator control was thoroughly studied in the laboratory by simulating the inputs and monitored the control outputs. The control outputs were also monitored for different PID constants. Continuous and discontinuous mode plots were generated. (authors)

  10. Fast-neutron Induced Reactions at the nELBE Time-of-flight Facility

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    Junghans, A. R.; Beyer, R.; Elekes, Z.; Grosse, E.; Hannaske, R.; Kögler, T.; Massarczyk, R.; Schwengner, R.; Wagner, A.

    2014-05-01

    The compact neutron-time-of-flight facility nELBE at the superconducting electron accelerator ELBE of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf is being rebuilt and extended with a low-background experimental hall. The neutron radiator consists of a liquid lead circuit without additional neutron moderators. The useful neutron spectrum extends from some tens of keV to about 10 MeV. nELBE is intended to deliver cross section data of fast-neutron nuclear interactions e.g. for the transmutation of nuclear waste and improvement of neutron physical simulations of innovative nuclear systems. Before the extension of the facility, the photon production cross section of 56Fe was measured with an HPGe detector and the inelastic neutron scattering cross section to the first few excited states in 56Fe was determined. The neutron total cross sections of Au and Ta were determined in the energy from 200 keV to 7 MeV in a transmission experiment.

  11. Femtosecond response time measurements of a Cs2Te photocathode

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    Aryshev, A; Honda, Y; Terunuma, N; Urakawa, J

    2015-01-01

    We present the response time measurements of a Cs2Te photocathode illuminated with two 100 fs duration, variable time separation laser pulses at 266 nm wavelength. The response time was confirmed in dispersive region downstream of a 12-cell standing wave S-band acceleration structure using a well-known RF zero-crossing technique. At the same time it was also measured by changing mechanical path-length difference between two micro-bunches. Both methods agree that Cs2Te photocathode time response is of the order of 250 fs and thereby it is possible to generate and control a THz sequence of relativistic electron bunches by a conventional S-band RF gun. This result further opens a possibility to construct wide-range tunable THz FEL.

  12. A fast least-squares arrival time estimator for scintillation pulses

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    The true weighted least-squares (WLS) arrival time estimator for scintillation pulse detection was previously found to out-perform conventional arrival time estimators such as leading-edge and constant-fraction timers, but has limited applications because of its complexity. A new diagonalized version of the weighted least-squares (DWLS) estimator has been developed which, like the true WLS, incorporates the statistical properties of the scintillation detector. The new DWLS reduces estimator complexity at the expense of fundamental timing resolution. The advantage of the DWLS implementation is that only scalar multiplications and additions are needed instead of the matrix operations used in the true WLS. It also preserves the true WLS's ability to effectively separate piled-up pulses. The DWLS estimator has been applied to pulses which approximate the response of BGO and NaI(Tl) scintillation detectors. The timing resolution obtained with the DWLS estimator is then compared to conventional analog timers along with the Cramer-Rao lower bound on achievable timing error. The DWLS out-performs the conventional arrival time estimators but does not provide optimal performance compared to the lower bound; however, it is more robust than the true WLS estimator

  13. ZnO(N)-Spiro-MeOTAD hybrid photodiode: an efficient self-powered fast-response UV (visible) photosensor

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    Game, Onkar; Singh, Upendra; Kumari, Tanya; Banpurkar, Arun; Ogale, Satishchandra

    2013-12-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid photo-detectors with a self-sufficient mode of operation represent a research area of great current interest. In most efficient photodetectors and optoelectronic devices compound semiconductors containing toxic elements such as Cd, As, Te, S, Se etc. are used and these are also expensive. Hence there is also a rapidly growing interest in replacing these with environmentally friendly and earth-abundant materials. Herein, we report a facile solution-processed fabrication of a self-powered organic-inorganic hybrid photodetector using n-type oriented ZnO nanorods and p-type Spiro-MeOTAD semiconductor. ZnO is eco-friendly and earth-abundant, and Spiro-MeOTAD is non-hazardous. We show that the latter has far less toxicity than the toxic elements stated above. This visible blind UV photodetector shows high sensitivity (102) and a UV/visible rejection ratio of 300. It also exhibits fast response times of ?rise ~ 200 ?s and ?fall ~ 950 ?s. Importantly, with a small modification of nitrogen incorporation in ZnO one can also realize a highly-sensitive self-powered visible light photodetector with at least 1000% (or higher) improvements in quality factors (photocurrent/sensitivity/response time) as compared to previously reported organic-inorganic hybrid photo-detectors based on metal-chalcogenides (CdS-PANI or CuInSe2-P3HT). Interestingly, the broadband sensitivity of such N:ZnO-Spiro-MeOTAD photodiode enables sensing of low intensity (~28 ?W cm-2) ambient white light with a high photocurrent density of 120 nA cm-2 making it an efficient ambient white light detector.Organic-inorganic hybrid photo-detectors with a self-sufficient mode of operation represent a research area of great current interest. In most efficient photodetectors and optoelectronic devices compound semiconductors containing toxic elements such as Cd, As, Te, S, Se etc. are used and these are also expensive. Hence there is also a rapidly growing interest in replacing these with environmentally friendly and earth-abundant materials. Herein, we report a facile solution-processed fabrication of a self-powered organic-inorganic hybrid photodetector using n-type oriented ZnO nanorods and p-type Spiro-MeOTAD semiconductor. ZnO is eco-friendly and earth-abundant, and Spiro-MeOTAD is non-hazardous. We show that the latter has far less toxicity than the toxic elements stated above. This visible blind UV photodetector shows high sensitivity (102) and a UV/visible rejection ratio of 300. It also exhibits fast response times of ?rise ~ 200 ?s and ?fall ~ 950 ?s. Importantly, with a small modification of nitrogen incorporation in ZnO one can also realize a highly-sensitive self-powered visible light photodetector with at least 1000% (or higher) improvements in quality factors (photocurrent/sensitivity/response time) as compared to previously reported organic-inorganic hybrid photo-detectors based on metal-chalcogenides (CdS-PANI or CuInSe2-P3HT). Interestingly, the broadband sensitivity of such N:ZnO-Spiro-MeOTAD photodiode enables sensing of low intensity (~28 ?W cm-2) ambient white light with a high photocurrent density of 120 nA cm-2 making it an efficient ambient white light detector. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SI-1: response time measurements of self powered hybrid ZnO-SPD under nanosecond pulsed UV laser, SI-2: Raman analysis of N:ZnO and ZnO SI-3: cytotoxicity study on Spiro-MeOTAD SI-4: electrochemical Mott-Schottky plots of ZnO and N:ZnO. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04727j

  14. Acetobacter aceti fast identification by Real Time PCR in spoiled wine samples

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    Attila Kántor

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Wine is a beverage that made from grape berries. However, without beneficial bacteria, we would not produce good wine. But very often wines contain acetic acid bacteria, which are undesirable in winemaking process. Acetic acid bacteria as known as a vinegar bacteria are Gram-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped and ubiquitous bacteria. This study was focused on species of acetic acid bacteria, specifically Acetobacter aceti that make spoilage in wine.The aim of our study was the identification of Acetobacter aceti in spoiled red wine samples, with plate dilution method on agar plates and using sensitive Real-time PCR (qPCR method. We cultivated Acetobacter aceti on GYC agar at 30°C, 48h. The one of main objective in the present work was the test fast, sensitive and reliable technique such as quantitative Real-time PCR and detecting the presence of Acetobacter aceti in wine samples with positive Acetobacteraceti control on amplification plot and melting curve. The next objective before  qPCR analysis was DNA extraction from wine samples incubated for one week at 28°C aerobically. We used five different red wine samples for this experiment: Alibernet 2013, Blaufränkisch 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Dunaj 2012 and Saint-Laurent 2012. Next we extracted DNA from wine samples and from pure Acetobacter aceti CCM 3620T strain purchased from Czech collection of microorganisms in Brno. Susceptibility ofAcetobacter aceti was varied in different isolates from 102 to 107 CFU.mL-1. The number of Acetobacter cells on GYC medium ranged from 4.05 to 4.83log CFU.mL-1 in differentwine samples.The higher number of Acetobacter cells (4.83 log CFU.mL-1 was found in Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 wine.

  15. Time response of temperature sensors using neural networks

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    Primary coolant RTDs (Resistance Temperature Detector) typically feed the plant's control and safety systems and must, therefore, be very accurate and have good dynamic performance. The response time of RTDs has been characterized by a single parameter called the time constant defined as the time it takes for the sensor output to achieve 63.2 percent of its final value after a step change in temperature. This step change is typically achieved by suddenly immersing the sensor in a rotating tank of water, called Plunge Test. In nuclear reactors, however, plunge testing is inconvenient because nuclear reactor service conditions are difficult to reproduce in the laboratory. An in-situ test method called LCSR - Loop Current Step Response test was developed to measure remotely the response time of RTDs. In the LCSR method, the response time of the sensor is identified by means of the LCSR transformation that involves the dynamic response modal time constants determination using a nodal heat-transfer model. For this reason, this calculation is not simple and requires specialized personnel. This work combines the two methodologies, Plunge test and LCSR test, using neural networks. With the use of neural networks it will not be necessary to use the LCSR transformation to determine sensor's time constant and this leads to more robust results. (author)

  16. Time response of temperature sensors using neural networks

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    In a PWR nuclear power plant, the primary coolant temperature and feedwater temperature are measured using RTDs (Resistance Temperature Detectors). These RTDs typically feed the plant's control and safety systems and must, therefore, be very accurate and have good dynamic performance. The response time of RTDs is characterized by a single parameter called the Plunge Time Constant defined as the time it takes the sensor output to achieve 63.2 percent of its final value after a step change in temperature. Nuclear reactor service conditions are difficult to reproduce in the laboratory, and an in-situ test method called LCSR (Loop Current Step Response) test was developed to measure remotely the response time of RTDs. >From this test, the time constant of the sensor is identified by means of the LCSR transformation that involves the dynamic response modal time constants determination using a nodal heat-transfer model. This calculation is not simple and requires specialized personnel. For this reason an Artificial Neural Network has been developed to predict the time constant of RTD from LCSR test transient. It eliminates the transformations involved in the LCSR application. A series of LCSR tests on RTDs generates the response transients of the sensors, the input data of the networks. Plunge tests are used to determine the time constants of the RTDs, the desired output of the ANN, trained using these sets of input/output data. This methodology was firstly applied to theoretical data simulating 10 RTDs with different time constant values, resulting in an average error of about 0.74 %. Experimental data from three different RTDs was used to predict time constant resulting in a maximum error of 3,34 %. The time constants values predicted from ANN were compared with those obtained from traditional way resulting in an average error of about 18 % and that shows the network is able to predict accurately the sensor time constant. (author)

  17. High performance organic-inorganic perovskite-optocoupler based on low-voltage and fast response perovskite compound photodetector

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    Li, Dong; Dong, Guifang; Li, Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid photodetectors attract considerable attention because they can combine the advantages of both organic and inorganic systems. Here, a perovskite compound with a broad absorption spectrum and high power conversion efficiency is used as a photosensitive layer in an organic/inorganic hybrid heterojunction photodetector with a high and fast response. The high sensitivity exceeding 104 is obtained at bias of 0-4 V. Using a tandem organic light-emitting diode (OLED) as the light source, we fabricated an optocoupler device. The optocoupler achieved a maximum photoresponsivity of 1.0 A W-1 at 341.3 ?Wcm-2 at an input voltage of 6 V. The device also exhibits rapid response times of ?rise ~ 20 ?s and ?fall ~ 17 ?s as well as a high current transfer ratio (CTR) of 28.2%. After applying an amplification circuit, the CTR of the optocoupler increases to 263.3%, which is comparable with that of commercial inorganic optocouplers. The developed hybrid optocoupler thus shows great promise for use in photonics.

  18. High performance organic-inorganic perovskite-optocoupler based on low-voltage and fast response perovskite compound photodetector

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    Li, Dong; Dong, Guifang; Li, Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid photodetectors attract considerable attention because they can combine the advantages of both organic and inorganic systems. Here, a perovskite compound with a broad absorption spectrum and high power conversion efficiency is used as a photosensitive layer in an organic/inorganic hybrid heterojunction photodetector with a high and fast response. The high sensitivity exceeding 104 is obtained at bias of 0–4?V. Using a tandem organic light-emitting diode (OLED) as the light source, we fabricated an optocoupler device. The optocoupler achieved a maximum photoresponsivity of 1.0?A W?1 at 341.3??Wcm?2 at an input voltage of 6?V. The device also exhibits rapid response times of ?rise ~ 20??s and ?fall ~ 17??s; as well as a high current transfer ratio (CTR) of 28.2%. After applying an amplification circuit, the CTR of the optocoupler increases to 263.3%, which is comparable with that of commercial inorganic optocouplers. The developed hybrid optocoupler thus shows great promise for use in photonics. PMID:25600830

  19. Fiber-optic fast response pH sensor in fiber Bragg gating using intelligent hydrogel coatings

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    Lin, Yu; Chen, Shun'er; Wang, Mulan; Liu, Weiping

    2015-05-01

    In order to widen the measurement range of pH values, a pH sensor based on the deposition of intelligent hydrogel on the cladding of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is developed. The key material, i.e., intelligent hydrogel, which is mainly made from N-isopropylacrylamide and sodium alginate, can respond to pH changes within the range from 0 to 14. By means of a spiral coating under the condition of ultraviolet light, an uninterruptible spiral-coating-layer structure is constructed. This new craft creates a more sensitive hydrogel layer with an optimal overlay thickness. In addition, with the addition of poly ethylene glycols (PEGs) in the hydrogel, half the response time can be saved compared with the pH sensor without PEG. Experimental results have confirmed that the FBG-based pH sensor can realize the successful measurement of the entire range of pH values, showing fast response and high sensitivity.

  20. Electro-mechanical response times and muscle strength after sleep deprivation.

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    Symons, J D; Bell, D G; Pope, J; VanHelder, T; Myles, W S

    1988-12-01

    This study examined the effect of 60 h of sleep deprivation (SD) on electromechanical response times (EMRT), maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVC), rate of force development (RFD), and times required to reach various percentages of MVC, during a maximal voluntary isometric contraction of both the forearm flexors and leg extensors. Eleven male subjects were either sleep deprived for 60 h (E) or performed similar daily activities and slept 7 h per night (C). Performance variables were evaluated at the same time intervals during both conditions. No significant differences were observed between the E and C conditions for EMRT (pre-motor time, electro-mechanical delay, total reaction time) or muscular performance (MVC, RFD). The results suggest that subjects who have undergone 60 h of SD can react as fast, and with as much force, as those who have had 7 h of sleep per night. PMID:3219670

  1. Calibration of the time response functions of a quenched plastic scintillator for neutron time of flight

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    Chen, J B; Peng, H S; Tang, C H; Zhang, B H; Ding, Y K; Chen, M; Chen, H S; Li, C G; Wen, T S; Yu, R Z

    2002-01-01

    The time response functions of an ultrafast quenched plastic scintillation detector used to measure neutron time of flight spectra were calibrated by utilizing cosmic rays and implosion neutrons from DT-filled capsules at the Shenguang II laser facility. These sources could be regarded as delta function pulses due to their much narrower time widths than those of the time response functions of the detection system. The results showed that the detector responses to DT neutrons and to cosmic rays were 1.18 and 0.96 ns FWHM, respectively.

  2. Fluctuation-Response Relations for Multi-Time Correlations

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    Eyink, G L

    1999-01-01

    We show that time-correlation functions of arbitrary order for any random variable in a statistical dynamical system can be calculated as higher-order response functions of the mean history of the variable. The response is to a ``control term'' added as a modification to the master equation for statistical distributions. The proof of the relations is based upon a variational characterization of the generating functional of the time-correlations. The same fluctuation-response relations are preserved within moment-closures for the statistical dynamical system, when these are constructed via the variational Rayleigh-Ritz procedure. For the 2-time correlations of the moment-variables themselves, the fluctuation-response relation is equivalent to an ``Onsager regression hypothesis'' for the small fluctuations. For correlations of higher-order, there is a new effect in addition to such linear propagation of fluctuations present instantaneously: the dynamical generation of correlations by nonlinear interaction of fl...

  3. Uniqueness of system response time for transient condensing flows

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    Wedekind, G.L.; Bhatt, B.L. (Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI (United States)); Beck, B.T. (Kansas State Univ., Manhattan (United States)); Roslund, G.L. (General Motors Corp., Detroit, MI (United States))

    1989-11-01

    The unique characteristics under consideration in this paper are encountered in condensing flows, and have to do with a system's response time for various degrees of outlet flow quality. Specifically, the system response time for condensing flows appears to increase monotonically with decreasing outlet flow quality, reaching a maximum for systems having an outlet flow quality of between 10 and 20%. The system response time then decreases for outlet flow qualities that are less than that value. These unique characteristics are predicted theoretically by system mean void fraction model. The purpose of this paper is to develop analytically the characteristics, explain the physics of the phenomena responsible, and discuss the experimental verification efforts that have thus far been carried out.

  4. Research on a Fast Delivery Production System: Just-in-time production system

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we analyzed calling the age to product or service for consumer demand living in the word. We come to a conclusion that speed or time is the key factors for enterpriser for competing intensely. So, the paper proposes JIT system achieve the tasks. Later, we address thoroughly the meaning of Just-in-time production system from speed and time angles and present two goals ultimate goal and the supporting goals implementation successfully. According to goal, this paper analyzed that implementing JIT should be achieved requires and carry out approaches. At last, this paper provided that JIT contribute benefits and causes to problem. Nonetheless, JIT is a robust production system for manufacturer and consumer. Moreover, I believe that it advent and it will be a main stream of a fluid production system for the future.
    Key words: just-in-time production system; fast delivery; continue quality improvement; manufacturing cells
    Résumé: Dans cette mémoire, nous analysons la vocation de l’âge à produire ou à servir pour la vie de la demande consommatrice dans le monde. Nous venons à une conclusion que la vitesse ou le temps est les facteurs clés en faveur de l’entrepreneur dans le but de rivaliser profondément. Donc, la mémoire propose le système JIT accomplit les tâches. Ensuite, nous adressons à fond le sens du système producteur JIT de la vitesse et les angles de temps et présentons deux buts, but ultime et l’implémentation des buts soutenant successivement. D’après le but, cette mémoire analyse que l’implémentation JIT doit être accomplie les demandes et exécuter les propositions. Enfin, cette mémoire fournit que le JIT contribue les avantages et les causes au problème. Malgré tout, JIT est un système robuste producteur pour les fabricants et les consommateurs. En plus, je crois qu’il se réalisera et sera un torrent d’un système producteur fluide pour l’avenir.
    Mots-Clés: Système producteur JIT ; livraison rapide ; amélioration qualitative continuelle; cellule fabricante

  5. Fast data readout and coding system for the processors in the real time regime

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    A fast system designed to record and prepare data for event selection processor sistems is described. Representation of numbers and quantity of operated channels are realized in the binary code. The codes are transmitted along a fast highway to a special storage at a rate of 400 Mbit/s. Flowsheets are presented of the data read-out system, the coding module and of the module for converting data from the fast highway into parallel one. Main technical characteristics of the system are considered. It is underlined that the system can be used as a fast buffer to align the data flow prior to recording them into the memory unit. From the storage the data can be transmitted to the CAMAC highway

  6. Fast Direct Injection Mass-Spectrometric Characterization of Stimuli for Insect Electrophysiology by Proton Transfer Reaction-Time of Flight Mass-Spectrometry (PTR-ToF-MS

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    Franco Biasioli

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Electrophysiological techniques are used in insect neuroscience to measure the response of olfactory neurons to volatile odour stimuli. Widely used systems to deliver an olfactory stimulus to a test insect include airstream guided flow through glass cartridges loaded with a given volatile compound on a sorbent support. Precise measurement of the quantity of compound reaching the sensory organ of the test organism is an urgent task in insect electrophysiology. In this study we evaluated the performances of the recent realised proton transfer reaction-time of flight mass-spectrometry (PTR-ToF-MS as a fast and selective gas sensor. In particular, we characterised the gas emission from cartridges loaded with a set of volatile compounds belonging to different chemical classes and commonly used in electrophysiological experiments. PTR-ToF-MS allowed a fast monitoring of all investigated compounds with sufficient sensitivity and time resolution. The detection and the quantification of air contaminants and solvent or synthetic standards impurities allowed a precise quantification of the stimulus exiting the cartridge. The outcome of this study was twofold: on one hand we showed that PTR-ToF-MS allows monitoring fast processes with high sensitivity by real time detection of a broad number of compounds; on the other hand we provided a tool to solve an important issue in insect electrophysiology.

  7. Conceptual Question Response Times in Peer Instruction Classrooms

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    Miller, Kelly; Lasry, Nathaniel; Lukoff, Brian; Schell, Julie; Mazur, Eric

    2014-01-01

    Classroom response systems are widely used in interactive teaching environments as a way to engage students by asking them questions. Previous research on the time taken by students to respond to conceptual questions has yielded insights on how students think and change conceptions. We measure the amount of time students take to respond to…

  8. Staging of malignant lymphoma with three-station black-blood fast short-inversion time inversion recovery (STIR)

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    The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of three-station black-blood fast short-inversion time inversion recovery (STIR) imaging in detecting and staging malignant lymphoma. Seventeen patients with malignant lymphoma were examined with a 1.5T imager. The findings and stagings determined with three-station black-blood fast STIR imaging were compared with reference standards (e.g., computed tomography [CT] findings and clinical stagings). Three-station black-blood fast STIR imaging provided a fat-suppressed T2-weighted imaging contrast with fewer flow artifacts and revealed nodal involvement as well as bone marrow and spleen involvement to an extent comparable with CT. Especially notable was the excellent specificity (94%) of this imaging technique. Regarding disease staging, significant agreement was observed between clinical staging (k=0.60) and staging as evaluated by three-station black-blood fast STIR, although the detection of lymphadenopathy in the thorax was relatively poor. The average time required for this imaging was approximately 30 min. Three-station black-blood fast STIR MR imaging may be useful as a staging tool for malignant lymphoma because this imaging technique reveals lymphoma lesions, which determine the staging, without radiation exposure or the use of contrast agents. (author)

  9. Dose Ramadan Fasting Affects Inflammatory Responses: Evidences for Modulatory Roles of This Unique Nutritional Status via Chemokine Network

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    Akrami Mohajeri, Fateme; Ahmadi, Zahra; HASSANSHAHI, Gholamhossein; Akrami Mohajeri, Elham; Ravari, Ali; Ghalebi, Seyed Razi

    2013-01-01

    Objective(s): The impact of fasting in Ramadan as a unique type of nutritional regimen on biochemical and hematological parameters is still an issue of debate. Almost very little is known regarding the regulatory role(s) of this nutritional status on immune responses or inflammation.

  10. Analysis of Shiraz Solar Thermal Power Plant Response Time

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    K. Azizian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Shiraz pilot solar thermal power plant is the first Iranian solar power plant constructed near the city of Shiraz, Iran. The main purpose of constructing this pilot plant was to acquire the technology of developing parabolic trough solar thermal power plants for future energy production from solar energy. This plant consists of 48 parabolic trough collectors; each one has 25m long and 3.4 m wide. The plant consists of two cycles, oil heat absorbing cycle and steam production cycle. The plant performance and transition period to reach steady state condition or damping some disturbances as well as oil cycle heating and steam generation rate depends on several factors such as oil cycle response time. Response time is a parameter that can be used for efficient control of solar power plant. To study response time, field experimental measurements have been made during the years 2009 to 2010 based on the standard procedure and plant simulation. The experiments include: plant start up, evaluation of oil temperature increase in the field of collectors, solar radiation measurements, temperature and pressure changes in the heat exchangers, weather temperature changes and wind speed and the effect of above changes on the system response time are determined. Two modeling methods (based on the recommended standards of finding response time are employed. Results show that response time of the oil cycle varies from 150 seconds to 400 seconds by measurements, while by modeling simulation it is about 400-500 seconds. Response time is strongly depends on the environmental conditions such as oil temperture, wind and ambient temperature and specially the oil mass flow rate.

  11. Determinants of Children's Use of and Time Spent in Fast-Food and Full-Service Restaurants

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    McIntosh, Alex; Kubena, Karen S.; Tolle, Glen; Dean, Wesley; Kim, Mi-Jeong; Jan, Jie-Sheng; Anding, Jenna

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Identify parental and children's determinants of children's use of and time spent in fast-food (FF) and full-service (FS) restaurants. Design: Analysis of cross-sectional data. Setting: Parents were interviewed by phone; children were interviewed in their homes. Participants: Parents and children ages 9-11 or 13-15 from 312 families…

  12. A Fast Topological Trigger for Real Time Analysis of Nanosecond Phenomena; Opening the Gamma Ray Window to Our Universe

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    Krennrich, Frank [Iowa State University

    2013-09-24

    This work was to enable the development of a proof-of-principle nanosecond trigger system that is designed to perform a real time analysis of fast Cherenkov light flashes from air showers. The basic building blocks of the trigger system have been designed and constructed, and a real world system is now operating in the VERITAS experiment.

  13. Room temperature formaldehyde sensors with enhanced performance, fast response and recovery based on zinc oxide quantum dots/graphene nanocomposites

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    Huang, Qingwu; Zeng, Dawen; Li, Huayao; Xie, Changsheng

    2012-08-01

    Novel zinc oxide quantum dots (ZnO QDs) decorated graphene nanocomposites were fabricated by a facile solution-processed method. ZnO QDs with a size ca. 5 nm are nucleated and grown on the surface of the graphene template, and its distribution density can be easily controlled by the reaction time and precursor concentration. The ZnO QDs/graphene nanocomposite materials enhance formaldehyde sensing properties by 4 times compared to pure graphene at room temperature. Moreover, the sensors based on the nanocomposites have fast response (ca. 30 seconds) and recovery (ca. 40 seconds) behavior, excellent room temperature selectivity and stability. The gas sensing enhancement is attributed to the synergistic effect of graphene and ZnO QDs. The electron transfer between the ZnO QDs and the graphene is due to oxidation process of the analyzed gas on the ZnO QDs' surface. This proposed gas sensing mechanism is experimentally proved by DRIFT spectra results. The ZnO QDs/graphene nanocomposites sensors have potential applications for monitoring air pollution, especially for harmful and toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

  14. Fast response air-to-fuel ratio measurements using a novel device based on a wide band lambda sensor

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    A crucial parameter influencing the formation of pollutant gases in internal combustion engines is the air-to-fuel ratio (AFR). During transients on gasoline and diesel engines, significant AFR excursions from target values can occur, but cycle-by-cycle AFR resolution, which is helpful in understanding the origin of deviations, is difficult to achieve with existing hardware. This is because current electrochemical devices such as universal exhaust gas oxygen (UEGO) sensors have a time constant of 50–100 ms, depending on the engine running conditions. This paper describes the development of a fast reacting device based on a wide band lambda sensor which has a maximum time constant of ?20 ms and enables cyclic AFR measurements for engine speeds of up to ?4000 rpm. The design incorporates a controlled sensor environment which results in insensitivity to sample temperature and pressure. In order to guide the development process, a computational model was developed to predict the effect of pressure and temperature on the diffusion mechanism. Investigations regarding the sensor output and response were carried out, and sensitivities to temperature and pressure are examined. Finally, engine measurements are presented

  15. Speed-Accuracy Response Models: Scoring Rules Based on Response Time and Accuracy

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    Maris, Gunter; van der Maas, Han

    2012-01-01

    Starting from an explicit scoring rule for time limit tasks incorporating both response time and accuracy, and a definite trade-off between speed and accuracy, a response model is derived. Since the scoring rule is interpreted as a sufficient statistic, the model belongs to the exponential family. The various marginal and conditional distributions…

  16. Time dependent density functional calculation of plasmon response in clusters

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    Wang, Feng; Zhang, Feng-Shou; Eric, Suraud

    2003-02-01

    We have introduced a theoretical scheme for the efficient description of the optical response of a cluster based on the time-dependent density functional theory. The practical implementation is done by means of the fully fledged time-dependent local density approximation scheme, which is solved directly in the time domain without any linearization. As an example we consider the simple Na2 cluster and compute its surface plasmon photoabsorption cross section, which is in good agreement with the experiments.

  17. Containment response to postulated core meltdown accidents in the fast flux test facility

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    An assessment is made of the containment margin available in the Fast Flux Test Facility to mitigate the consequences of a postulated failure of in-vessel post-accident heat removal following a hypothetical core disruptive accident. The consequences of a number of assumed meltdown configurations (both in-vessel and ex-vessel) are assessed using the CACECO (CAvty, CEll, COntainment) containment analysis computer code together with currently available melt front penetration models. The sensitivity of the accident scenarios to a number of crucial assumptions is established by scoping studies. It is concluded from both the in-vessel and exvessel analyses that sodium vapor combustion is a major source of reactor containment building (RCB) pressurization. The conditions (a combination of sodium-concrete reaction, pool size, and decay heat level) that most rapidly bring the sodium to boiling, together with those that enhance mass transfer of sodium vapor to the RCB, are the ones that most significantly affect the pressure response

  18. Identification of the resonant modes in supersonic impinging jets using fast response pressure sensitive paint

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    Davis, Timothy; Edstrand, Adam; Alvi, Farrukh; Cattafesta, Louis; Yorita, Daisuke; Asai, Keisuke

    2013-11-01

    High speed impinging jets have been the focus of several studies owing to their practical application and resonance dominated flow-field. The current study utilizes fast-response pressure sensitive paint (PSP) to examine the jet instability modes of a Mach 1.5 normally impinging jet. These modes are associated with high amplitude, discrete peaks in the power spectra and can be identified as having either axisymmetric or azimuthal modes. Phase-averaged images are acquired at various nozzle to plate spacings and at frequencies of several kHz. Using an unsteady pressure transducer on the impingement surface as a reference signal, a high speed LED with a wavelength of 460 nm is used to illuminate the PSP. The paint fluorescence is then recorded with a CCD camera. The average pressure distribution is removed from the acquired images, resulting in the phase-averaged unsteady pressure distribution. The processed images reveal axisymmetric modes for all nozzle to plate spacings tested except at 4 jet diameters. At this spacing, three distinct resonant modes are identified.

  19. A fast dynamic response dc-dc converter for high voltage applications

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    This paper present a fast dynamic response de-de converter for high voltage application such as medical use X-ray generator. In the proposed de-de converter a zero-current switching series resonant inverter is used to drive input terminals of voltage multiplier circuit. The zero-current switching series resonant inverter operates at fixed frequency and duly ratio. A control circuit is used at the lower arm of the inverter, to control the effective input voltage across the inverter. At the turn on the inverter is supplied with maximum effective input voltage, which results in quick rise-up of the output voltage. As the output voltage approaches to 80% of it target voltage, the effective input voltage is reduced to a value which corresponds to the target output voltage, as a result the rise rate of the output voltage becomes slow and overshoot is avoided. The effectiveness of the proposed control scheme has been confirmed experimentally with a laboratory scale- down prototype. (author)

  20. Fast-response fiber-optic anemometer with temperature self-compensation.

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    Liu, Guigen; Hou, Weilin; Qiao, Wei; Han, Ming

    2015-05-18

    We report a novel fiber-optic anemometer with self-temperature compensation capability based on a Fabry-Pérot interferometer (FPI) formed by a thin silicon film attached to the end face of a single-mode fiber. Guided in the fiber are a visible laser beam from a 635 nm diode laser used to heat the FPI and a white-light in the infrared wavelength range as the signal light to interrogate the optical length of the FPI. Cooling effects on the heated sensor head by wind is converted to a wavelength blueshift of the reflection spectral fringes of the FPI. Self-temperature-compensated measurement of wind speed is achieved by recording the difference in fringe wavelengths when the heating laser is turned on and then off. Large thermal-optic coefficient and thermal expansion coefficient of silicon render a high sensitivity that can also be easily tuned by altering the heating laser power. Furthermore, the large thermal diffusivity and the small mass of the thin silicon film endow a fast sensor response. PMID:26074604

  1. Planck 2013 results. VII. HFI time response and beams

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    Planck Collaboration,, no-firstname; Ade, P. A. R.

    2013-01-01

    This paper characterizes the effective beams, the effective beam window functions (EBWF) and the associated errors for the Planck High Frequency Instrument (HFI) detectors. The effective beam is the angular response including the effect of the optics, detectors, data processing and the scan strategy. The EBWF is the representation of this beam in the harmonic domain that is required to recover an unbiased measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) angular power spectrum. The HFI is a scanning instrument and its effective beams are the convolution of the optical response of the telescope and feeds, the processing of the time-ordered data and deconvolution of the bolometric and electronic time response, and the merging of several surveys to produce maps. The time response transfer functions are measured with observations of Jupiter and Saturn and by minimizing survey difference residuals. The scanning beam is the post-deconvolution angular response of the instrument, and is characterized with observations of Mars. The main beam solid angles are determined to better than 0.5% at each HFI frequency band. Observations of Jupiter and Saturn limit near sidelobes to ~0.1% of the total solid angle. Time response residuals remain as long tails in the scanning beams, but contribute

  2. Destruction of hazardous air pollutants using a fast rise time pulsed corona reactor

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    Korzekwa, R.A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico87545-1663 (United States); Grothaus, M.G. [Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas78228-0510 (United States); Hutcherson, R.K. [OSRAM Sylvania, Inc., 71 Cherry Hill Drive, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915 (United States); Roush, R.A. [Federal Bureau of Investigation, Engineering Research Facility, MS EST-5, Building 27958-A, Quantico, Virginia22135 (United States); Brown, R. [Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Virginia22448-5100 (United States)

    1998-04-01

    Increasingly stringent environmental regulation imposed on both the military and civilian sectors has created a growing demand for alternative abatement methods for a variety of hazardous compounds. One alternative, the nonthermal plasma, shows promise of providing an efficient means for the destruction of dilute concentrations of hazardous air pollutants. The Dahlgren Laboratory of the Naval Surface Warfare Center has extensively investigated one type of nonthermal plasma discharge, the pulsed corona reactor, for the destruction of volatile organic compounds and chemical warfare agents. In this reactor, a fast rise time ({approximately}10ns), short duration ({lt}100ns), high-voltage pulse is repetitively delivered to a wire-cylinder electrode geometry, thereby producing a multitude of streamer discharges along its length. The resulting nonthermal plasma contains highly reactive chemical radicals which can interact with and destroy the hazardous molecules entrained in the ambient atmosphere flowing through the reactor volume. Increased electrical efficiency was obtained using a combination of high efficiency constant-current capacitor-charging, high repetition-rate spark gap switching, and resonant energy transfer to the reactor. Promising results have been obtained for toluene, methylene chloride, and dichlorodifluoromethane in air at concentrations of a few hundred parts per million. The device has been operated at voltages up to 30 kV, pulse repetition rates up to 1.4 kHz, and flow rates up to 60 scr(l)/min. Detailed electrical measurements have been made to properly characterize the electrical properties of the pulsed corona reactor and to validate subsequent improvements in the reactor energy efficiency. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Modeling the viscoplastic micromechanical response of two-phase materials using fast Fourier transforms

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    Lebensohn, Ricardo A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lee, Sukbin [CMU; Rollett, Anthony D [CMU

    2009-01-01

    A viscoplastic approach using the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) method for obtaining local mechanical response is utilized to study microstructure-property relationships in composite materials. Specifically, three-dimensional, two-phase digital materials containing isotropically coarsened particles surrounded by a matrix phase, generated through a Kinetic Monte Carlo Potts model for Ostwald ripening, are used as instantiations in order to calculate the stress and strain rate fields under uniaxial tension. The effects of the morphology of the matrix phase, the volume fraction and the contiguity of particles, and the polycrystallinity of matrix phase, on the stress and strain rate fields under uniaxial tension are examined. It is found that the first moments of the stress and strain rate fields have a different dependence on the particle volume fraction and the particle contiguity from their second moments. The average stresses and average strain rates of both phases and of the overall composite have rather simple relationships with the particle volume fraction whereas their standard deviations vary strongly, especially when the particle volume fraction is high, and the contiguity of particles has a noticeable effect on the mechanical response. It is also found that the shape of stress distribution in the BCC hard particle phase evolves as the volume fraction of particles in the composite varies, such that it agrees with the stress field in the BCC polycrystal as the volume of particles approaches unity. Finally, it is observed that the stress and strain rate fields in the microstructures with a polycrystalline matrix are less sensitive to changes in volume fraction and contiguity of particles.

  4. Fast-response optical and near-infrared GRB science with RATIR and RIMAS

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    Capone, John; RIMAS Collaboration, RATIR project Team

    2016-01-01

    As the Universe's most luminous transient events, long gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are observed at cosmological distances. The afterglow emission generated by the burst's interaction with the surrounding medium presents the opportunity to study the local environment, as well as intervening systems. The transient nature of these events requires observations starting within minutes of the GRB to maximize the scientific opportunities.This dissertation work comprises efforts to advance the field with a new instrument, the Rapid Infrared Imager and Spectrograph (RIMAS). The optical design is complicated by the broad band coverage (0.97 to 2.39 microns) and the necessity of transmissive optics due to space and weight limitations on the telescope. Additionally, the entire optical system must be cooled to cryogenic temperatures to decrease the background from thermal emission. The completed instrument will be permanently installed on Lowell Observatory's new 4.3 meter Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) located in Happy Jack, Arizona. The fast slew time of the telescope, combined with the instrument's ability to image in two bands simultaneously and switch to spectroscopic configurations in under a minute will allow observers to obtain photometric data within minutes and spectra within ~ ten minutes.In addition to instrumentation work on RIMAS's optics, early time photometric light curves have been studied primarily using data from the Reionization and Transients Infrared/Optical Project (RATIR). Early time photometric data in six optical and near-infrared (NIR) bands has allowed a study of color evolution in the early to late time SEDs. This study probes possible impacts of the GRB on the local medium as well as intrinsic changes in the afterglow emission.This work is made possible by the RATIR and RIMAS collaborations as well as financial support by the NSF.

  5. Reduced computational cost in the calculation of worst case response time for real time systems

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    Urriza, José M.; Schorb, Lucas; Orozco, Javier D.; Cayssials, Ricardo

    2009-01-01

    Modern Real Time Operating Systems require reducing computational costs even though the microprocessors become more powerful each day. It is usual that Real Time Operating Systems for embedded systems have advance features to administrate the resources of the applications that they support. In order to guarantee either the schedulability of the system or the schedulability of a new task in a dynamic Real Time System, it is necessary to know the Worst Case Response Time of the Real Time tasks ...

  6. Conceptual question response times in Peer Instruction classrooms

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    Miller, Kelly; Lasry, Nathaniel; Lukoff, Brian; Schell, Julie; Mazur, Eric

    2014-12-01

    Classroom response systems are widely used in interactive teaching environments as a way to engage students by asking them questions. Previous research on the time taken by students to respond to conceptual questions has yielded insights on how students think and change conceptions. We measure the amount of time students take to respond to in-class, conceptual questions [ConcepTests (CTs)] in two introductory physics courses taught using Peer Instruction and use item response theory to determine the difficulty of the CTs. We examine response time differences between correct and incorrect answers both before and after the peer discussion for CTs of varying difficulty. We also determine the relationship between response time and student performance on a standardized test of incoming physics knowledge, precourse self-efficacy, and gender. Our data reveal three results of interest. First, response time for correct answers is significantly faster than for incorrect answers, both before and after peer discussion, especially for easy CTs. Second, students with greater incoming physics knowledge and higher self-efficacy respond faster in both rounds. Third, there is no gender difference in response rate after controlling for incoming physics knowledge scores, although males register significantly more attempts before committing to a final answer than do female students. These results provide insight into effective CT pacing during Peer Instruction. In particular, in order to maintain a pace that keeps everyone engaged, students should not be given too much time to respond. When around 80% of the answers are in, the ratio of correct to incorrect responses rapidly approaches levels indicating random guessing and instructors should close the poll.

  7. Time-resolved observation of fast domain-walls driven by vertical spin currents in short tracks

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    Sampaio, Joao; Lequeux, Steven; Chanthbouala, Andre; Cros, Vincent; Grollier, Julie [Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales and Université Paris-Sud 11, 1 Ave. A. Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau (France); Metaxas, Peter J. [Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales and Université Paris-Sud 11, 1 Ave. A. Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau (France); School of Physics, M013, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 (Australia); Matsumoto, Rie; Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Fukushima, Akio; Yuasa, Shinji [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Nishimura, Kazumasa; Nagamine, Yoshinori; Maehara, Hiroki; Tsunekawa, Koji [Process Development Center, Canon ANELVA Corporation, Kurigi 2-5-1, Asao, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-8550 (Japan)

    2013-12-09

    We present time-resolved measurements of the displacement of magnetic domain-walls (DWs) driven by vertical spin-polarized currents in track-shaped magnetic tunnel junctions. In these structures, we observe very high DW velocities (600?m/s) at current densities below 10{sup 7}?A/cm{sup 2}. We show that the efficient spin-transfer torque combined with a short propagation distance allows avoiding the Walker breakdown process and achieving deterministic, reversible, and fast (?1?ns) DW-mediated switching of magnetic tunnel junction elements, which is of great interest for the implementation of fast DW-based spintronic devices.

  8. Time-resolved observation of fast domain-walls driven by vertical spin currents in short tracks

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    We present time-resolved measurements of the displacement of magnetic domain-walls (DWs) driven by vertical spin-polarized currents in track-shaped magnetic tunnel junctions. In these structures, we observe very high DW velocities (600?m/s) at current densities below 107?A/cm2. We show that the efficient spin-transfer torque combined with a short propagation distance allows avoiding the Walker breakdown process and achieving deterministic, reversible, and fast (?1?ns) DW-mediated switching of magnetic tunnel junction elements, which is of great interest for the implementation of fast DW-based spintronic devices

  9. Metabolic response to 36 hours of fasting in young men born small vs appropriate for gestational age

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    JØrgensen, Sine W; BrØns, Charlotte

    2015-01-01

    AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Being born small for gestational age (SGA) is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in an affluent society, but could confer an improved chance of survival during sparse living conditions. We studied whether insulin action and other metabolic responses to prolonged fasting differed between 21 young adults born SGA and 18 matched controls born appropriate for gestational age (AGA). METHODS: A frequently sampled IVGTT and indirect calorimetry measurements were performed after a 36 h fast. Endogenous glucose production, insulin sensitivity (SI), first-phase insulin secretion and glucose effectiveness were estimated by stable isotope tracer techniques and minimal modelling. Muscle and fat biopsies were obtained after 35 h of fasting. RESULTS: During fasting, SGA individuals experienced a more pronounced decrease in serum insulin and lower plasma triacylglycerol levels compared with AGA individuals. In addition, energy expenditure decreased in SGA but increased in AGA individuals.After fasting, SGA individuals displayed lower fat oxidation than AGA individuals. SG was reduced in SGA compared with AGA individuals, whereas hepatic or whole body insulin action (SI) did not differ between groups. SGA individuals had increased muscle PPARGC1A DNA methylation. We found no differences in adipose tissue PPARGC1A DNA methylation, muscle and adipose tissue PPARGC1A mRNA expression, or muscle glycogen levels between the groups. CONCLUSION: Compared with AGA individuals, SGA individuals displayed a more energy-conserving and energy-conserving cardiometabolic response to 36 h fasting. The role of increased muscle PPARGC1A DNA methylation in mediating this response requires further study.

  10. Metabolic response to 36 hours of fasting in young men born small vs appropriate for gestational age

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    JØrgensen, Sine W; BrØns, Charlotte

    2015-01-01

    AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Being born small for gestational age (SGA) is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in an affluent society, but could confer an improved chance of survival during sparse living conditions. We studied whether insulin action and other metabolic responses to prolonged fasting differed between 21 young adults born SGA and 18 matched controls born appropriate for gestational age (AGA). METHODS: A frequently sampled IVGTT and indirect calorimetry measurements were performed after a 36 h fast. Endogenous glucose production, insulin sensitivity (SI), first-phase insulin secretion and glucose effectiveness were estimated by stable isotope tracer techniques and minimal modelling. Muscle and fat biopsies were obtained after 35 h of fasting. RESULTS: During fasting, SGA individuals experienced a more pronounced decrease in serum insulin and lower plasma triacylglycerol levels compared with AGA individuals. In addition, energy expenditure decreased in SGA but increased in AGA individuals. After fasting, SGA individuals displayed lower fat oxidation than AGA individuals. SG was reduced in SGA compared with AGA individuals, whereas hepatic or whole body insulin action (SI) did not differ between groups. SGA individuals had increased muscle PPARGC1A DNA methylation. We found no differences in adipose tissue PPARGC1A DNA methylation, muscle and adipose tissue PPARGC1A mRNA expression, or muscle glycogen levels between the groups. CONCLUSION: Compared with AGA individuals, SGA individuals displayed a more energy-conserving and energy-conserving cardiometabolic response to 36 h fasting. The role of increased muscle PPARGC1A DNA methylation in mediating this response requires further study.

  11. Synthesis of fast response crosslinked PVA-g-NIPAAm nanohydrogels by very low radiation dose in dilute aqueous solution

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    Nanohydrogels of poly(vinyl alcohol)-g-N-isopropylacrylamide (PVA-g-NIPAAm) are synthesized by PVA and NIPAAm dilute aqueous solution using much less radiation dose of 1–20 Gy via intramolecular crosslinking at ambient temperature. The radiation synthesis of nanohydrogels is performed in the presence of tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium chloride (THPC) due to its rapid oxygen scavenging abilities and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as a source of hydroxyl radicals. The effect of radiation dose, feed composition ratio of PVA and H2O2 is investigated on swelling properties such as temperature and pH dependence of equilibrium swelling ratio as well as deswelling kinetics. Experimental data exhibit high equilibrium swelling ratio and fast response time for the synthesized nanohydrogels. The average molecular weight between crosslinks (Mc) and crosslinking density (?x) of the obtained nanohydrogels are calculated from swelling data as a function of radiation dose, H2O2 and PVA amount. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), elemental analysis of nitrogen content and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) are used to confirm the grafting reaction. Lower critical solution temperature (LCST) is measured around 33 °C by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for PVA-g-NIPAAm nanohydrogels. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) data demonstrate that the increase of radiation dose leads to the decreasing in dimension of nanohydrogels. Also, rheological studies are confirmed an improvement in the mechanical properties of the nanohydrogels with increasing the radiation dose. A cytotoxicity study exhibits a good biocompatibility for the obtained nanohydrogels. The prepared nanohydrogels show fast swelling/deswelling behavior, high swelling ratio, dual sensitivity and good cytocompatibility, which may find potential applications as biomaterial. - Highlights: ? A new radiation polymerization method is offered in dilute aqueous solution.? This method provides PVA-g-NIPAAm nanohydrogels by radiation dose of 1–20 Gy. ? Using THPC and H2O2 leads to the polymerization with much less radiation dose. ? The obtained nanohydrogels exhibit fast swelling/deswelling rate. ? Nanohydrogels indicate good rheological properties and biocompatibility

  12. Intercomparison of fast response commercial gas analysers for nitrous oxide flux measurements under field conditions

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    Ü Rannik; S. Haapanala; Shurpali, N. J.; Mammarella, I; Lind, S.; N. Hyvönen; Peltola, O.; M. Zahniser; Martikainen, P. J.; Vesala, T.

    2014-01-01

    Four gas analysers capable of measuring nitrous oxide (N2O) concentration at a response time necessary for eddy covariance flux measurements were operated from spring till winter 2011 over a field cultivated with reed canary grass (RCG, Phalaris arundinaceae, L.), a perennial bioenergy crop in Eastern Finland. The instruments were TGA100A (Campbell Scientific Inc.), CW-TILDAS-CS (Aerodyne Research Inc.), N2O/CO-23d (Los Gatos Research Inc.) and QC-TILDAS-...

  13. Time-dependent calculations of transfer ionization by fast proton-helium collision in one-dimensional kinematics

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    Serov, Vladislav V.; Kheifets, A. S.

    2014-01-01

    We analyze a transfer ionization (TI) reaction in the fast proton-helium collision $\\rm H^+ + He \\to H^0 + He^{2+} + e^-$ by solving a time-dependent Schr\\"odinger equation (TDSE) under the classical projectile motion approximation in one-dimensional kinematics. In addition, we construct various time independent analogues of our model using lowest order perturbation theory in the form of the Born series. By comparing various aspects of the TDSE and the Born series calculations, we conclude th...

  14. Real-Time Quantitative PCR and Fast QPCR Have Similar Sensitivity and Accuracy with HIV cDNA Late Reverse Transcripts and 2-LTR Circles

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    Yoder, Kristine E.; Fishel, Richard

    2008-01-01

    Real time fluorescent quantitative PCR (universal QPCR) methods are used routinely in both academic and clinical research to measure HIV cDNA. Fast QPCR allows for faster ramping times between cycles and smaller reaction volumes, but may lose sensitivity and accuracy. We demonstrate that primer sets for HIV late reverse transcripts and 2-LTR circles have similar sensitivity and accuracy with either universal or fast QPCR methods. However, both cost and time are reduced with fast QPCR.

  15. Reaction-time response of a large commercial aircraft

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    The reaction-time response of a large commercial aircraft is defined. The aircraft is examined as a thin-walled tubular missile. The impact is assumed soft, and the target's effect on the reaction-time response is neglected. The reaction-time response is defined assuming a normal impact on a rigid wall. The reaction-time response is defined with the analytical Riera method and with the numerical explicit finite element method. The Riera force history is solved with the finite difference method. For the finite element method, two codes are used: Abaqus/Explicit and LS-DYNA. Focus is on the sensitivity study of the used methods. The outer shell of the aircraft is modeled, and an approximation for the mass-distribution is made. Sensitivity to modeling assumptions is studied in order to get information on the adequacy of modeling. The results indicate relatively small sensitivity to modeling assumptions. The wings should be modeled more accurately in order to obtain the dominant frequency response in global structural analysis. (author)

  16. A fast time-amplitude converter for low-energy physics measurements

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    This converter permits the measurement of neutron times of flight up to 150 ns. The saw-tooth generator employs a 6BN6 tube fed at low voltage. There are two main points to be noted. The first relates to the tube itself: the influence of the inter-electrode capacitances increases with the speed of the signals, so that it was necessary to provide efficient neutrodyning of the No. 3 grid anode capacitance, which disturbed the conversion. The other point is that the exactness of the time definition is limited owing to the amplitude spectrum of the signals from the photomultiplier which makes it difficult to determine the instant that corresponds to a pulse. To reduce this difficulty, the authors took a selection of measurements. The performance of the equipment was checked under simulated normal working conditions: the two instants are defined by two distinct detection channels, each having a photomultiplier and a scintillator. The half-height width of a peak corresponding to a fixed delay gives the time definition; values were obtained from 0.8 to 1.3 ns for the half-height width of the peak, depending on the setting, and the drift for 15 hours of operation remained less than 0.3 % of the range. The linearity of the response curve as measured by accident coincidence is better than ± 0.3 % between 5 and 95 % of the measured area. (author)

  17. Sensors Response Time validation using Dimensionality Reduction Techniques

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The temperature and Pressure sensors play a vital role in Nuclear Power Plants (NPP. The Rosemount temperature sensor helps to produce the exact temperature and pressure measurement of the nuclear power plant. The sensors that supply real data must respond quickly to the safety systems of NPP. In this paper, first the Dimensionality of the Original dataset is reduced by using Principal Component Analysis (PCA, Independent Component Analysis (ICA and Singular Value Decomposition (SVD. Finally the sensors Response Time is computed and compared with original response time.

  18. Gender influence on response time to sensory stimuli.

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    Spierer, David K; Petersen, Rebecca A; Duffy, Kevin; Corcoran, Bradley M; Rawls-Martin, Tracye

    2010-04-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to examine the effect of auditory stimuli (AS) and visual stimuli (VS) on response time, speed, and distance in male and female college athletes. Thirty-five healthy National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men's soccer and women's lacrosse athletes (mean age 20.7 +/- 2.3 years) participated in the study. This experiment was conducted in a laboratory environment, using a Cybex "Reactor" a 14-sensor force plate device used to detect response times, speed, and distance. Subjects stood on the "start" sensor and were instructed at the prompt (auditory: a prerecorded "go" command, visual: an illuminated circle on a television monitor) to run through the "end" sensor without braking. Three trials of each condition were performed by each subject. Movement time, speed, and distance were recorded for each trial. General linear model repeated measure analyses and post hoc 1-way analysis of variance were conducted on all dependent variables (p men compared with women under AS (p = 0.008) and VS (p men in the AS condition (p = 0.072), but transit time was faster in men in the VS condition (p men in response to AS (p < 0.05) and VS (p < 0.001). Male athletes respond faster as compared with female athletes, and cover greater distance when presented with VSs as compared to ASs. Data suggest that performance in male athletes related to response times, speed, and distance may be enhanced with the use of visual cueing or VSs. PMID:20300032

  19. Fast response double series resonant high-voltage DC-DC converter

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    In this paper, a novel double series resonant high-voltage dc-dc converter with dual-mode pulse frequency modulation (PFM) control scheme is proposed. The proposed topology consists of two series resonant tanks and hence two resonant currents flow in each switching period. Moreover, it consists of two high-voltage transformer with the leakage inductances are absorbed as resonant inductor in the series resonant tanks. The secondary output of both transformers are rectified and mixed before supplying to load. In the resonant mode operation, the series resonant tanks are energized alternately by controlling two Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) switches with pulse frequency modulation (PFM). This topology operates in discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) with all IGBT switches operating in zero current switching (ZCS) condition and hence no switching loss occurs. To achieve fast rise in output voltage, a dual-mode PFM control during start-up of the converter is proposed. In this operation, the inverter is started at a high switching frequency and as the output voltage reaches 90% of the target value, the switching frequency is reduced to a value which corresponds to the target output voltage. This can effectively reduce the rise time of the output voltage and prevent overshoot. Experimental results collected from a 100-W laboratory prototype are presented to verify the effectiveness of the proposed system.

  20. FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR TURNOVER IN A FAST FOOD COMPANY OF SANTA MARIA – RS

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    Marian dos Santos Rosa

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In the current scene of the organizations, each time more, the collaborator comes conquering excellent space, where the good course of the functional activities depends on the motivation of each one of these members. Inside of this context, the present objective study to analyze the organizational climate, focusing in the motivation and the rotation of the collaborators of a great company of Fast Food of the city of Saint Maria- RS, known world-wide in this sort. Study of cases was carried through, using the Survey method, being the characterized research as exploratory, quantitative and descriptive, where 57 collaborators had answered to a questionnaire of 65 questions having aimed at to answer the problematic one of the study. The gotten results disclose that the collaborators correctly are trained and as consequence the quality is seen as a positive factor, however one has left of these collaborators if it showed not motivated, influenced for the half organizational not to be very healthful, had to the environment of extreme pressure that is part of the routine of this organization, beyond a sufficiently young team of collaborators, main factors of an index of turnover considerable, identified in this company.

  1. Fast response double series resonant high-voltage DC-DC converter

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    Lee, S. S.; Iqbal, S.; Kamarol, M.

    2012-10-01

    In this paper, a novel double series resonant high-voltage dc-dc converter with dual-mode pulse frequency modulation (PFM) control scheme is proposed. The proposed topology consists of two series resonant tanks and hence two resonant currents flow in each switching period. Moreover, it consists of two high-voltage transformer with the leakage inductances are absorbed as resonant inductor in the series resonant tanks. The secondary output of both transformers are rectified and mixed before supplying to load. In the resonant mode operation, the series resonant tanks are energized alternately by controlling two Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) switches with pulse frequency modulation (PFM). This topology operates in discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) with all IGBT switches operating in zero current switching (ZCS) condition and hence no switching loss occurs. To achieve fast rise in output voltage, a dual-mode PFM control during start-up of the converter is proposed. In this operation, the inverter is started at a high switching frequency and as the output voltage reaches 90% of the target value, the switching frequency is reduced to a value which corresponds to the target output voltage. This can effectively reduce the rise time of the output voltage and prevent overshoot. Experimental results collected from a 100-W laboratory prototype are presented to verify the effectiveness of the proposed system.

  2. Giving is a question of time: Response times and contributions to a real world public good

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    Lohse, Johannes; Goeschl, Timo; Diederich , Johannes

    2014-01-01

    Recent experimental research has examined whether contributions to public goods can be traced back to intuitive or deliberative decision-making, using response times in public good games in order to identify the specific decision process at work. In light of conflicting results, this paper reports on an analysis of response time data from an online experiment in which over 3400 subjects from the general population decided whether to contribute to a real world public good. The between-subjects...

  3. Ultimate response time of high electron mobility transistors

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    Rudin, Sergey; Rupper, Greg; Shur, Michael

    2015-05-01

    We present theoretical studies of the response time of the two-dimensional gated electron gas to femtosecond pulses. Our hydrodynamic simulations show that the device response to a short pulse or a step-function signal is either smooth or oscillating time-decay at low and high mobility, ?, values, respectively. At small gate voltage swings, U0 = Ug - Uth, where Ug is the gate voltage and Uth is the threshold voltage, such that ?U0/L transport signature in collision-dominated devices, which becomes important during very short time periods. In the high mobility devices, the period of the decaying oscillations is on the order of the plasma wave velocity transit time. Our analysis shows that short channel field effect transistors operating in the plasmonic regime can meet the requirements for applications as terahertz detectors, mixers, delay lines, and phase shifters in ultra high-speed wireless communication circuits.

  4. Timing criteria for supplemental BWR emergency response equipment

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    The Great Tohuku Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami represented a double failure event which destroyed offsite power connections to Fukushima-Daiichi site and then destroyed on-site electrical systems needed to run decay heat removal systems. The accident could have been mitigated had there been supplemental portable battery chargers, supplemental pumps, and in-place piping connections to provide alternate decay heat removal. In response to this event in the USA, two national response centers, one in Memphis, Tennessee, and another in Phoenix, Arizona, will begin operation. They will be able to dispatch supplemental emergency response equipment to any nuclear plant in the U.S. within 24 hours. In order to define requirements for supplemental nuclear power plant emergency response equipment maintained onsite vs. in a regional support center it is necessary to confirm: (a) the earliest time such equipment might be needed depending on the specific scenario, (b) the nominal time to move the equipment from a storage location either on-site or within the region of a nuclear power plant, and (c) the time required to connect in the supplemental equipment to use it. This paper describes an evaluation process for a BWR-4 with a Mark I Containment starting with: (a) severe accident simulation to define best estimate times available for recovery based on the specific scenario, (b) identify the key supplemental response equipment needed at specific times to accomplish recovery of key safety functions, and (c) evaluate what types of equipment should be warehoused on-site vs. in regional response centers. (authors)

  5. SOA Does Not Reveal the Absolute Time Course of Cognitive Processing in Fast Priming Experiments

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    Tzur, Boaz; Frost, Ram

    2007-01-01

    Applying Bloch's law to visual word recognition research, both exposure duration of the prime and its luminance determine the prime's overall energy, and consequently determine the size of the priming effect. Nevertheless, experimenters using fast-priming paradigms traditionally focus only on the SOA between prime and target to reflect the…

  6. Assessing the Value of Regulation Resources Based on Their Time Response Characteristics

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    Makarov, Yuri V.; Lu, Shuai; Ma, Jian; Nguyen, Tony B.

    2008-06-01

    Fast responsive regulation resources are potentially more valuable as a power system regulation resource (more efficient) because they allow applying controls at the exact moment and in the exact amount as needed. Faster control is desirable because it facilitates more reliable compliance with the NERC Control Performance Standards at relatively lesser regulation capacity procurements. The current California ISO practices and markets do not provide a differentiation among the regulation resources based on their speed of response (with the exception of some minimum ramping capabilities). Some demand response technologies, including some generation and energy storage resources, can provide quicker control actions. California ISO practices and markets could be updated to welcome more fast regulation resources into the California ISO service area. The project work reported in this work was pursuing the following objectives: • Develop methodology to assess the relative value of generation resources used for regulation and load following California ISO functions • This assessment should be done based on physical characteristics including the ability to quickly change their output following California ISO signals • Evaluate what power is worth on different time scales • Analyze the benefits of new regulation resources to provide effective compliance with the mandatory NERC Control Performance Standards • Evaluate impacts of the newly proposed BAAL and FRR standards on the potential value of fast regulation and distributed regulation resources • Develop a scope for the follow-up projects to pave a road for the new efficient types of balancing resources in California. The work included the following studies: • Analysis of California ISO regulating units characteristics • California ISO automatic generation system (AGC) analysis • California ISO regulation procurement and market analysis • Fast regulation efficiency analysis • Projection of the California ISO load following and regulation requirements into the future • Value of fast responsive resources depending on their ramping capability • Potential impacts of the balancing authority area control error limit (BAAL), which is a part of the newly proposed NERC standard “Balancing Resources and Demand” • Potential impacts of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) frequency responsive reserve (FRR) standard • Recommendations for the next phase of the project. The following main conclusions and suggestions for the future have been made: • The analysis of regulation ramping requirements shows that the regulation system should be able to provide ramps of at least 40-60 MW per minute for a period up to 6 minutes. • Evaluate if changes are needed in the California ISO AGC system to effectively accommodate new types of fast regulation resources and minimize the California ISO regulation procurement. • California ISO may consider creating better market opportunities for and incentives for fast responsive resources. • An additional study of low probability high ramp events can be recommended to the California ISO. • The California ISO may be willing to consider establishing a more relaxed target CPS2 compliance level. • A BAAL-related study can be recommended for the California ISO as soon as more clarity is achieved concerning the actual enforcement of the BAAL standard and its numerical values for the California ISO. The study may involve an assessment of advantages of the distributed frequency-based control for the California ISO system. The market-related issues that arise in this connection can be also investigated. • A FRR-related study can be recommended for the California ISO as soon as more clarity is achieved concerning the actual enforcement of the FRR standard and its numerical values for the California ISO.

  7. Extending food deprivation reverses the short-term lipolytic response to fasting: role of the triacylglycerol/fatty acid cycle.

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    Weber, Jean-Michel; Reidy, Shannon P

    2012-05-01

    The effects of short-term food deprivation on lipid metabolism are well documented, but little is known about prolonged fasting. This study monitored the kinetics of glycerol (rate of appearance, R(a) glycerol) and non-esterified fatty acids (R(a) NEFA) in fasting rabbits. Our goals were to determine whether lipolysis is stimulated beyond values seen for short-term fasting, and to characterize the roles of primary (intracellular) and secondary (with transit through the circulation) triacylglycerol/fatty acid cycling (TAG/FA cycling) in regulating fatty acid allocation to oxidation or re-esterification. R(a) glycerol (9.62±0.72 to 15.29±0.96 ?mol kg(-1) min(-1)) and R(a) NEFA (18.05±2.55 to 31.25±1.93 ?mol kg(-1) min(-1)) were stimulated during the first 2 days of fasting, but returned to baseline after 4 days. An initial increase in TAG/FA cycling was followed by a reduction below baseline after 6 days without food, with primary and secondary cycling contributing to these responses. We conclude that the classic activation of lipolysis caused by short-term fasting is abolished when food deprivation is prolonged. High rates of re-esterification may become impossible to sustain, and TAG/FA cycling could decrease to reduce its cost to 3% of total energy expenditure. Throughout prolonged fasting, fatty acid metabolism gradually shifts towards increased oxidation and reduced re-esterification. Survival is achieved by pressing fuel selection towards the fatty acid dominance of energy metabolism and by slowing substrate cycles to assist metabolic suppression. However, TAG/FA cycling remains active even after prolonged fasting, suggesting that re-esterification is a crucial mechanism that cannot be stopped without harmful consequences. PMID:22496284

  8. Specificity of Inferior Olive Response to Stimulus Timing

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    liu, T; Xu, D.(Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China); Ashe, J; Bushara, K.

    2008-01-01

    The inferior olive is the sole source of the climbing fiber system, one of the two major afferent systems of the cerebellum; however, its exact role remains unknown. A longstanding hypothesis is that the inferior olive with its unique intrinsic rhythmic firing properties mediates motor timing. However, direct evidence linking the inferior olive to timing behavior has been difficult to demonstrate in animal or human studies likely due to the inhibition of inferior olive responses by self-produ...

  9. Highly sensitive fast-response UV photodetectors based on epitaxial TiO{sub 2} films

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    Xing Jie; Wei Huiyun [School of Materials Sciences and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Guo Erjia; Yang Fang, E-mail: jxing2011@gmail.com [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2011-09-21

    Epitaxial TiO{sub 2} thin films were fabricated on LaAlO{sub 3} single crystal substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. Ag electrodes were then evaporated on the TiO{sub 2} thin films to form metal-semiconductor-metal photoconductive detectors. The TiO{sub 2} photodetector exhibited a maximum photoresponse of 3.63 A W{sup -1} at 310 nm with a sharp cutoff wavelength at 380 nm. The ultraviolet (UV)-visible response rejection ratio (R310 nm/R390 nm) was about three orders of magnitude. The photocurrent response of the detectors scaled linearly with the applied bias and the incident light intensity. The dark current was only 0.14 nA at 10 V bias. A transient photovoltage with a rise time of {approx}8 ns and a full-width at half-maximum of {approx}90 ns was observed when the photodetector was under the irradiation of a 308 nm XeCl laser with 25 ns duration. The excellent performances of high responsivity and ultrahigh response speed suggest that the presented TiO{sub 2} detectors have promising potential in UV photodetection.

  10. Study of toroidal current penetration during current ramp in JIPP T-IIU with fast response Zeeman polarimeter

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    The toroidal current penetration is studied in current ramp experiments of the JIPP T-IIU tokamak. The poloidal magnetic field profile in the peripheral region of a plasma (0.5 ? ? ? 1.0) has been measured directly with a newly developed fast response Zeeman polarimeter. The experimental results indicate that an obvious skin effect of toroidal current density is clearly observed during both the current ramp-up and ramp-down experiments. The experimentally obtained toroidal current density profiles are well described by the profiles calculated on the assumption of the neoclassical electrical conductivity. Quasi-linear ?'-analysis of tearing modes for the measured current density profile is consistent with time behaviour of coherent MHD modes such as m=4/n=1 or m=3/n=1 (m: poloidal mode number, n: toroidal mode number) often observed during the current ramp-up phase. The effect of these MHD modes on current penetration during the current ramp-up discharges is studied. (author)

  11. A 3 A sink/source current fast transient response low-dropout G{sub m} driven linear regulator

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    Chu Xiuqin; Li Qingwei; Lai Xinquan; Yuan Bing [Institute of Electronic CAD, Xidian University, Xi' an 710071 (China); Li Yanming [School of Electronic and Control Engineering, Chang' an University, Xi' an 710064 (China); Zhao Yongrui, E-mail: liqw309@163.com, E-mail: xqchu@mail.xidian.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of High-Speed Circuit Design and EMC, Ministry of Education, Xidian University, Xi' an 710071 (China)

    2011-06-15

    A 3 A sink/source G{sub m}-driven CMOS low-dropout regulator (LDO), specially designed for low input voltage and low cost, is presented by utilizing the structure of a current mirror G{sub m} (transconductance) driving technique, which provides high stability as well as a fast load transient response. The proposed LDO was fabricated by a 0.5 {mu}m standard CMOS process, and the die size is as small as 1.0 mm{sup 2}. The proposed LDO dissipates 220 {mu}A of quiescent current in no-load conditions and is able to deliver up to 3 A of load current. The measured results show that the output voltage can be resumed within 2 {mu}s with a less than 1 mV overshoot and undershoot in the output current step from -1.8 to 1.8 A with a 0.1 {mu}s rising and falling time at three 10 {mu}F ceramic capacitors. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  12. Study of toroidal current penetration during current ramp in JIPP T-IIU with fast response Zeeman polarimeter

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    Kuramoto, H.; Hiraki, N. [Kyushu Inst. of Tech., Kitakyushu, Fukuoka (Japan); Toi, K. [and others

    1997-01-01

    The toroidal current penetration is studied in current ramp experiments of the JIPP T-IIU tokamak. The poloidal magnetic field profile in the peripheral region of a plasma (0.5 {<=} {rho} {<=} 1.0) has been measured directly with a newly developed fast response Zeeman polarimeter. The experimental results indicate that an obvious skin effect of toroidal current density is clearly observed during both the current ramp-up and ramp-down experiments. The experimentally obtained toroidal current density profiles are well described by the profiles calculated on the assumption of the neoclassical electrical conductivity. Quasi-linear {Delta}`-analysis of tearing modes for the measured current density profile is consistent with time behaviour of coherent MHD modes such as m=4/n=1 or m=3/n=1 (m: poloidal mode number, n: toroidal mode number) often observed during the current ramp-up phase. The effect of these MHD modes on current penetration during the current ramp-up discharges is studied. (author)

  13. Planck 2013 results. VII. HFI time response and beams

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    This paper characterizes the effective beams,the effective beam window functions and the associated errors for the Planck HFI detectors. The effective beam is the angular response including the effect of the optics,detectors,data processing and the scan strategy. The window function is the representation of this beam in the harmonic domain which is required to recover an unbiased measurement of the CMB angular power spectrum. The HFI is a scanning instrument and its effective beams are the convolution of: (a) the optical response of the telescope and feeds;(b)the processing of the time-ordered data and deconvolution of the bolometric and electronic time response; and (c) the merging of several surveys to produce maps. The time response functions are measured using observations of Jupiter and Saturn and by minimizing survey difference residuals. The scanning beam is the post-deconvolution angular response of the instrument, and is characterized with observations of Mars. The main beam solid angles are determin...

  14. In-situ response time testing of thermocouples

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    Hashemian, H. M.; Petersen, K. M.; Hashemian, M.; Beverly, D. D.; Miller, L. F.

    The Loop Current Step Response (LCSR) method has been developed for in situ response time testing of thermocouples and resistance thermometers. A means for measuring the sensor response for actual operating conditions and installation details is provided. This technology is ready to be assembled into an instrument for use in aerospace, nuclear, chemical and other industries where transient temperature measurements are important. The method provides time constant results within better than about 20 percent of value obtained from plunge tests. These results are based on tests performed in water at low flow rates (1M/sec) and in air flow rates ranging from a few meters per second to over a hundred kilometers per hour.

  15. In situ response time measurements of RTD temperature sensors

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    The loop-current-step-response test provides a mean for determining the time constant of resistence thermometers. The test consist in heating the sensor a few degrees above ambient temperature by causing a step pertubation in the electric current that flows through the sensor leads. The developed mathematical transformation permits to use data collected during the internal heating transient to predict the sensor response to perturbations in fluid temperature. Experimental data obtained show that the time constant determined by method is within 15 percent of true value. The loop-current-step-response test is a remote in situ test, which can be performed with the sensor installed in the process. Consequently it takes account the local heat transfer conditions, and appropriated for nuclear power plants, where sensors are installed in points of difficult access. (author)

  16. Linear-response thermal time-dependent density functional theory

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    Pribram-Jones, Aurora; Burke, Kieron

    2015-01-01

    The van Leeuwen proof of linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is generalized to thermal ensembles. This allows generalization to finite temperatures of the Gross-Kohn relation, the exchange-correlation kernel of TDDFT, and fluctuation dissipation theorem for DFT. This produces a natural method for generating new thermal exchange-correlation (XC) approximations.

  17. Fast and sensitive detection of mycotoxins in wheat using microfluidics based Real-time Electrochemical Profiling.

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    Olcer, Zehra; Esen, Elif; Muhammad, Turghun; Ersoy, Aylin; Budak, Sinan; Uludag, Y?ld?z

    2014-12-15

    The objective of the study has been the development of a new sensing platform, called Real-time Electrochemical Profiling (REP) that relies on real-time electrochemical immunoassay detection. The proposed REP platform consists of new electrode arrays that are easy to fabricate, has a small imprint allowing microfluidic system integration, enables multiplexed amperometric measurements and performs well in terms of electrochemical immunoassay detection as shown through the deoxynivalenol detection assays. The deoxynivalenol detection has been conducted according to an optimised REP assay protocol using deoxynivalenol standards at varying concentrations and a standard curve was obtained (y=-20.33ln(x)+124.06; R(2)=0.97) with a limit of detection of 6.25 ng/ml. As both ELISA and REP detection methods use horse radish peroxidase as the label and 3.3',5.5'-Tetramethylbenzidine as the substrate, the performance of the REP platform as an ELISA reader has also been investigated and a perfect correlation between the deoxynivalenol concentration and the current response was obtained (y=-14.56ln(x)+101.02; R(2)=0.99). The calibration curves of both assays have been compared to conventional ELISA tests for confirmation. After assay optimisation using toxin spiked buffer, the deoxynivalenol detection assay has also been performed to detect toxins in wheat grain. PMID:24998314

  18. Fast but not intuitive, slow but not reflective: Decision conflict drives reaction times in social dilemmas.

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    Evans, Anthony M; Dillon, Kyle D; Rand, David G

    2015-10-01

    When people have the chance to help others at a cost to themselves, are cooperative decisions driven by intuition or reflection? To answer this question, recent studies have tested the relationship between reaction times (RTs) and cooperation, reporting both positive and negative correlations. To reconcile this apparent contradiction, we argue that decision conflict (rather than the use of intuition vs. reflection) drives response times, leading to an inverted-U shaped relationship between RT and cooperation. Studies 1 through 3 show that intermediate decisions take longer than both extremely selfish and extremely cooperative decisions. Studies 4 and 5 find that the conflict between self-interested and cooperative motives explains individual differences in RTs. Manipulating conflictedness causes longer RTs and more intermediate decisions, and RTs mediate the relationship between conflict and intermediate decisions. Finally, Studies 6 and 7 demonstrate that conflict is distinct from reflection by manipulating the use of intuition (vs. reflection). Experimentally promoting reliance on intuition increases cooperation, but has no effects on decision extremity or feelings of conflictedness. In sum, we provide evidence that RTs should not be interpreted as a direct proxy for the use of intuitive or reflective processes, and dissociate the effects of conflict and reflection in social decision making. PMID:26413891

  19. Response of Gut Microbiota to Fasting and Hibernation in Syrian Hamsters? †

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    Sonoyama, Kei; Fujiwara, Reiko; Takemura, Naoki; Ogasawara, Toru; WATANABE, JUN; Ito, Hiroyuki; MORITA, Tatsuya

    2009-01-01

    Although hibernating mammals wake occasionally to eat during torpor, this period represents a state of fasting. Fasting is known to alter the gut microbiota in nonhibernating mammals; therefore, hibernation may also affect the gut microbiota. However, there are few reports of gut microbiota in hibernating mammals. The present study aimed to compare the gut microbiota in hibernating torpid Syrian hamsters with that in active counterparts by using culture-independent analyses. Hamsters were all...

  20. Timing and causality in the generation of learned eyelid responses

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The cerebellum-red nucleus-facial motoneuron (Mn pathway has been reported as being involved in the proper timing of classically conditioned eyelid responses. This special type of associative learning serves as a model of event timing for studying the role of the cerebellum in dynamic motor control. Here, we have re-analyzed the firing activities of cerebellar posterior interpositus (IP neurons and orbicularis oculi (OO Mns in alert behaving cats during classical eyeblink conditioning, using a delay paradigm. The aim was to revisit the hypothesis that the IP neurons can be considered a neuronal phase-modulating device supporting OO Mns firing with an emergent timing mechanism and an explicit correlation code during learned eyelid movements. Optimized experimental and computational tools allowed us to determine the different causal relationships (temporal order and correlation code during and between trials. These intra- and inter-trial timing strategies expanding from sub-second range (millisecond timing to longer-lasting ranges (interval timing expanded the functional domain of cerebellar timing beyond motor control. Interestingly, the results supported the above-mentioned hypothesis. The causal inferences were influenced by the precise motor and premotor spike-timing in the cause-effect interval, and, in addition, the timing of the learned responses depended on cerebellar-Mn network causality. Furthermore, the timing of CRs depended upon the probability of simulated causal conditions in the cause-effect interval and not the mere duration of the inter-stimulus interval. In this work, the close relation between timing and causality was verified. It could thus be concluded that the firing activities of IP neurons may be related more to the proper performance of ongoing CRs (i.e., the proper timing as a consequence of the pertinent causality than to their generation and/or initiation.

  1. Comparison of LMFBR piping response obtained using response spectrum and time history methods

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    The dynamic response to a seismic event is calculated for a piping system using a response spectrum analysis method and two time history analysis methods. The results from the analytical methods are compared to identify causes for the differences between the sets of analytical results. Comparative methods are also presented which help to gain confidence in the accuracy of the analytical methods in predicting piping system structure response during seismic events

  2. Time response of protection in event of vacuum failure based on Nude ionization gauge controller

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    Gao, Hui; Wang, Qiuping; Wang, Weibin; Wu, Qinglin; Chen, Wentong; Sheng, Liusi; Zhang, Yunwu

    2001-10-01

    This article describes the design and application of fast-response vacuum protection sensor module, based on the Nude ionization gauge and a homemade controller named GH07X. A simulative test indicated that the controller's response time was less than 200 ?s when 1 atm air rushed into the vacuum system through a pulsed valve with 0.8 mm orifice nozzle and the emitting current of the Nude gauge was 4 mA. The experiment result showed that the response time mainly depended on the gas density as well as the electron emitting current of the Nude gauge filament. Compared with the vacuum protection sensors based on sputter ion pump and cold-cathode gauge, GH07X is faster and reliable besides, GH07X can be used as an ultrahigh-vacuum slow valve interlock controller with response time of 100 ms, which is faster than other gauge controllers. The widely used field-bus interface CAN and common serial interface RS232/RS485 are embedded in GH07X controller system.

  3. The Time Course Effect of Moderate Intensity Exercise on Response Execution and Response Inhibition

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    Joyce, Jennifer; Graydon, Jan; McMorris, Terry; Davranche, Karen

    2009-01-01

    This research aimed to investigate the time course effect of a moderate steady-state exercise session on response execution and response inhibition using a stop-task paradigm. Ten participants performed a stop-signal task whilst cycling at a carefully controlled workload intensity (40% of maximal aerobic power), immediately following exercise and…

  4. Unsaturated-zone fast-path flow calculations for Yucca Mountain groundwater travel time analyses (GWTT-94)

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    Evaluation of groundwater travel time (GWTT) is required as part of the investigation of the suitability of Yucca Mountain as a potential high-level nuclear-waste repository site. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's GWTT regulation is considered to be a measure of the intrinsic ability of the site to contain radionuclide releases from the repository. The work reported here is the first step in a program to provide an estimate of GWTT at the Yucca Mountain site in support of the DOE's Technical Site Suitability and as a component of a license application. Preliminary estimation of the GWTT distribution in the unsaturated zone was accomplished using a numerical model of the physical processes of groundwater flow in the fractured, porous medium of the bedrock. Based on prior investigations of groundwater flow at the site, fractures are thought to provide the fastest paths for groundwater flow; conditions that lead to flow in fractures were investigated and simulated. Uncertainty in the geologic interpretation of Yucca Mountain was incorporated through the use of geostatistical simulations, while variability of hydrogeologic parameters within each unit was accounted for by the random sampling of parameter probability density functions. The composite-porosity formulation of groundwater flow was employed to simulate flow in both the matrix and fracture domains. In this conceptualization, the occurrence of locally saturated conditions within the unsaturated zone is responsible for the initiation of fast-path flow through fractures. The results of the GWTT-94 study show that heterogeneity in the hydraulic properties of the model domain is an important factor in simulating local regions of high groundwater saturation. Capillary-pressure conditions at the surface boundary influence the extent of the local saturation simulated

  5. Fast-response airborne in situ measurements of HNO3 during the Texas 2000 Air Quality Study

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    Neuman, J. A.; Huey, L. G.; Dissly, R. W.; Fehsenfeld, F. C.; Flocke, F.; Holecek, J. C.; Holloway, J. S.; Hübler, G.; Jakoubek, R.; Nicks, D. K.; Parrish, D. D.; Ryerson, T. B.; Sueper, D. T.; Weinheimer, A. J.

    2002-10-01

    Nitric acid (HNO3) was measured from an aircraft in the planetary boundary layer and free troposphere up to 7 km on 14 flights during the Texas Air Quality Study in August and September 2000. HNO3 mixing ratios were measured at 1 Hz using a fast-response chemical ionization mass spectrometer with SiF5- reagent ions. HNO3 measurement using this highly selective ion chemistry is insensitive to water vapor and is not degraded by interferences from other species. Rapid time response (1 s) was achieved using a heated Teflon inlet. In-flight standard addition calibrations from a HNO3 permeation source were used to determine the instrument sensitivity of 1.1 ± 0.1 ion counts pptv-1 s-1 over the duration of the study. Contributions to the HNO3 signal from instrument artifacts were accounted for by regularly performing in-flight instrument background checks, where HNO3 was removed from the ambient air sample by diverting the sampled air though a nylon wool scrubber. Measurement inaccuracy, which is determined from uncertainties in the standard addition calibrations, was ±10%. Measurement precision at low HNO3 levels was ±25 pptv (1?) for the 1 Hz data and ±9 pptv for 10 s averages of the 1 s measurements. Coincident in situ measurements of other reactive nitrogen species are used to examine NOy partitioning and HNO3 formation during this month long measurement campaign. The sum of the individually measured reactive nitrogen species is shown to be in agreement with the measured NOy. HNO3 formation in plumes from electric utility power plants, urban areas, and petrochemical facilities was studied. The observed differences in the fractional contribution of HNO3 to NOy in plumes from different anthropogenic source types are discussed.

  6. EVALUATION OF A FAST-RESPONSE URBAN WIND MODEL - COMPARISON TO SINGLE-BUILDING WIND TUNNEL DATA

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    Prediction of the 3-dimensional flow field around buildings and other obstacles is important for a number of applications, including urban air quality studies, the tracking of plumes from accidental releases of toxic air contaminants, indoor/outdoor air pollution problems, and thermal comfort assessments. Various types of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models have been used for determining the flow fields around buildings (e.g., Reisner et al., 1998; Eichhorn et al., 1988). Comparisons to measurements show that these models work reasonably well for the most part (e.g., Ehrhard et al., 2 ; Johnson and Hunter, 1998; Murakami, 1997). However, CFD models are computationally intensive and for some applications turn-around time is of the essence. For example, planning and assessment studies in which hundreds of cases must be analyzed or emergency response scenarios in which plume transport must be computed quickly. Several fast-response dispersion models of varying levels of fidelity have been developed to explicitly account for the effects of a single building or groups of buildings (e.g., UDM - Hall et al. (2000), NRC-Ramsdell and Fosmire (1995), CBP-3 - Yamartino and Wiegand (1986), APRAC - Daerdt et al. (1973)). Although a few of these models include the Hotchkiss and Harlow (1973) analytical solution for potential flow in a notch to describe the velocity field within an urban canyon, in general, these models do not explicitly compute the velocity field around groups of buildings. The EPA PRIME model (Schulman et al., 2000) has been empirically derived to provide streamlines around a single isolated building

  7. Optimization of the Time Response of LaBr3(Ce) Detectors, and Its Dependence on Ce Concentration

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    Vedia, V.; Mach, H.; Fraile, L. M.; Lalkovski, S.; Udías, J. M.

    Fast inorganic scintillators that exhibit good spectroscopy performance, like LaBr3(Ce), are the crystals of choice for many applications; they play a crucial role in the Ultra Fast Timing technique by virtue of their good energy resolution and fast response [1]. This method, which is very sensitive to the LaBr3(Ce) time resolution, allows measurements of nuclear level lifetimes down to few ps range. There are indications that the nominal Ce concentration does strongly influence on the timing properties as well as it varies the photon yield and the energy resolution [2]. In this work we have searched for the best settings in order to optimize the time resolution of three cylindrical LaBr3(Ce) detectors equipped with crystals identical in volume and shape but with different Ce dopant concentration. The time resolution of every detector depends on the proper selection of the fast photomultiplier tube and the set up parameters that can be further optimized by fine-tuning of the Constant Fraction Discrimination (CFD) and the PMT bias voltage. Very good time resolution can be obtained with the ORTEC 935 CFD for very short time-delays. Timing properties of the three crystals were studied by delayed coincidence measurements against a reference BaF2 detector, whose time response is well known. The LaBr3(Ce) detector and the reference unit were placed in a close geometry with the radioactive source in between. We report timing results measured at the 60Co and 22Na energies.

  8. A Novel of Hybrid Magnet Engine Valve Actuator Using Shorted Turn for Fast Initial Response

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A variable valve timing (VVT can improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emission and increase torque output. To achieve VVT in internal combustion engine, new devices such as mechanical, hydraulic, motor-driven and electromagnetic actuator have been developed in past years to replace the conventional camshaft valve train system used currently. Among these, the electromagnetic actuator using solenoids is the most advance system to provide the most flexibility to valve timing, but it has critical drawback of high power consumption. This paper presents a novel design of Hybrid Magnet Engine Valve Actuator (HMEVA using shorted turn. A shorted turn is placed into existing design in order to reduce the inductance of coil and improve the initial response. Dynamic finite element analysis using commercial electromagnetic solver “MAXWEL” is performed to simulate the improvement of dynamic characteristic of model.

  9. A Novel of Hybrid Magnet Engine Valve Actuator Using Shorted Turn for Fast Initial Response

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    Duc Thuan Vu

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available A variable valve timing (VVT can improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emission and increase torque output. To achieve VVT in internal combustion engine, new devices such as mechanical, hydraulic, motor-driven and electromagnetic actuator have been developed in past years to replace the conventional camshaft valve train system used currently. Among these, the electromagnetic actuator using solenoids is the most advance system to provide the most flexibility to valve timing, but it has critical drawback of high power consumption. This paper presents a novel design of Hybrid Magnet Engine Valve Actuator (HMEVA using shorted turn. A shorted turn is placed into existing design in order to reduce the inductance of coil and improve the initial response. Dynamic finite element analysis using commercial electromagnetic solver “MAXWEL” is performed to simulate the improvement of dynamic characteristic of model.

  10. A novel 4D fast track finding system using precise space and time information of the hit

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    Neri, Nicola

    2015-01-01

    We propose a novel fast track finding system capable of reconstructing four dimensional particle trajectories in real time using precise space and time information of the hits. Recent developments in silicon pixel detectors achieved 150 ps time resolution and intense R&D is in progress to improve the timing performance, aiming at 10 ps. The use of the precise space and time information allows the suppression of background hits not compatible with the time of passage of the particle and the determination of its time evolution. The fast track finding device that we are proposing is based on a massively parallel algorithm implemented in commercial field-programmable gate array using a pipelined architecture. We describe the algorithm and its implementation for a tracking system prototype based on 8 planes of silicon sensors used as a case study. According to simulations the suppression of noise hits is effective in reducing fake track combinations and improving real-time track reconstruction in presence of b...

  11. Temporal Gillespie algorithm: Fast simulation of contagion processes on time-varying networks

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    Vestergaard, Christian L

    2015-01-01

    Stochastic simulations are one of the cornerstones of the analysis of dynamical processes on complex networks, and are often the only accessible way to explore their behavior. The development of fast algorithms is paramount to allow large-scale simulations. The Gillespie algorithm can be used for fast simulation of stochastic processes, and variants of it have been applied to simulate dynamical processes on static networks. However, its adaptation to temporal networks remains non-trivial. We here present a temporal Gillespie algorithm that solves this problem. Our method is applicable to general Poisson (constant-rate) processes on temporal networks, stochastically exact, and up to orders of magnitude faster than traditional simulation schemes based on rejection sampling. We also show how it can be extended to simulate non-Markovian processes. The algorithm is easily applicable in practice, and as an illustration we detail how to simulate both Poissonian and non-Markovian models of epidemic spreading. Namely,...

  12. A GPU-based real time high performance computing service in a fast plant system controller prototype for ITER

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    Highlights: ? Implementation of fast plant system controller (FPSC) for ITER CODAC. ? GPU-based real time high performance computing service. ? Performance evaluation with respect to other solutions based in multi-core processors. - Abstract: EURATOM/CIEMAT and the Technical University of Madrid UPM are involved in the development of a FPSC (fast plant system control) prototype for ITER based on PXIe form factor. The FPSC architecture includes a GPU-based real time high performance computing service which has been integrated under EPICS (experimental physics and industrial control system). In this work we present the design of this service and its performance evaluation with respect to other solutions based in multi-core processors. Plasma pre-processing algorithms, illustrative of the type of tasks that could be required for both control and diagnostics, are used during the performance evaluation.

  13. A GPU-based real time high performance computing service in a fast plant system controller prototype for ITER

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    Nieto, J., E-mail: jnieto@sec.upm.es [Grupo de Investigacion en Instrumentacion y Acustica Aplicada. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Crta. Valencia Km-7, Madrid 28031 Spain (Spain); Arcas, G. de; Ruiz, M. [Grupo de Investigacion en Instrumentacion y Acustica Aplicada. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Crta. Valencia Km-7, Madrid 28031 Spain (Spain); Vega, J. [Asociacion EURATOM/CIEMAT para Fusion, Madrid (Spain); Lopez, J.M.; Barrera, E. [Grupo de Investigacion en Instrumentacion y Acustica Aplicada. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Crta. Valencia Km-7, Madrid 28031 Spain (Spain); Castro, R. [Asociacion EURATOM/CIEMAT para Fusion, Madrid (Spain); Sanz, D. [Grupo de Investigacion en Instrumentacion y Acustica Aplicada. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Crta. Valencia Km-7, Madrid 28031 Spain (Spain); Utzel, N.; Makijarvi, P.; Zabeo, L. [ITER Organization, CS 90 046, 13067 St. Paul lez Durance Cedex (France)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Implementation of fast plant system controller (FPSC) for ITER CODAC. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer GPU-based real time high performance computing service. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Performance evaluation with respect to other solutions based in multi-core processors. - Abstract: EURATOM/CIEMAT and the Technical University of Madrid UPM are involved in the development of a FPSC (fast plant system control) prototype for ITER based on PXIe form factor. The FPSC architecture includes a GPU-based real time high performance computing service which has been integrated under EPICS (experimental physics and industrial control system). In this work we present the design of this service and its performance evaluation with respect to other solutions based in multi-core processors. Plasma pre-processing algorithms, illustrative of the type of tasks that could be required for both control and diagnostics, are used during the performance evaluation.

  14. Detectors for Time-of-Flight Fast-Neutron Radiography: 1. Neutron Counting Gas Detector

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    Dangendorf, V; Chechik, R; Goldberg, M; Laczko, G; Mor, I; Reginatto, M; Vartsky, D

    2004-01-01

    One of our two methods for fast-neutron imaging with spectrometric capability is presented here. It is a neutron-counting technique based on a hydrogenous neutron converter coupled to Gaseous Electron Multipliers (GEM). The principles of the detection techniques and the optimization of the converter, electron amplification and the readout are described. Evaluation of the properties are derived from a experiment in a pulsed neutron beam of spectral distribution between 2 and 10 MeV

  15. Detectors for Time-of-Flight Fast-Neutron Radiography: 1. Neutron Counting Gas Detector

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    Dangendorf, V.; Breskin, A.; Chechik, R.; Goldberg, M.; Laczko, G.; Mor, I; Reginatto, M.; Vartsky, D.

    2004-01-01

    One of our two methods for fast-neutron imaging with spectrometric capability is presented here. It is a neutron-counting technique based on a hydrogenous neutron converter coupled to Gaseous Electron Multipliers (GEM). The principles of the detection techniques and the optimization of the converter, electron amplification and the readout are described. Evaluation of the properties are derived from a experiment in a pulsed neutron beam of spectral distribution between 2 and ...

  16. Predicting aquifer response time for application in catchment modeling.

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    Walker, Glen R; Gilfedder, Mat; Dawes, Warrick R; Rassam, David W

    2015-01-01

    It is well established that changes in catchment land use can lead to significant impacts on water resources. Where land-use changes increase evapotranspiration there is a resultant decrease in groundwater recharge, which in turn decreases groundwater discharge to streams. The response time of changes in groundwater discharge to a change in recharge is a key aspect of predicting impacts of land-use change on catchment water yield. Predicting these impacts across the large catchments relevant to water resource planning can require the estimation of groundwater response times from hundreds of aquifers. At this scale, detailed site-specific measured data are often absent, and available spatial data are limited. While numerical models can be applied, there is little advantage if there are no detailed data to parameterize them. Simple analytical methods are useful in this situation, as they allow the variability in groundwater response to be incorporated into catchment hydrological models, with minimal modeling overhead. This paper describes an analytical model which has been developed to capture some of the features of real, sloping aquifer systems. The derived groundwater response timescale can be used to parameterize a groundwater discharge function, allowing groundwater response to be predicted in relation to different broad catchment characteristics at a level of complexity which matches the available data. The results from the analytical model are compared to published field data and numerical model results, and provide an approach with broad application to inform water resource planning in other large, data-scarce catchments. PMID:24842053

  17. Soft real-time EPICS extensions for fast control: A case study applied to a TCV equilibrium algorithm

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    Highlights: • Implementation of a soft real-time control system based on EPICS technology. • High data throughput system control implementation. • GPU technology applied to fast control. • EPICS fast control based solution. • Fast control and data acquisition in Linux. - Abstract: For new control systems development, ITER distributes CODAC Core System that is a software package based on Linux RedHat, and includes EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) as software control system solution. EPICS technology is being widely used for implementing control systems in research experiments and it is a very well tested technology, but presents important lacks to meet fast control requirements. To manage and process massive amounts of acquired data, EPICS requires additional functions such as: data block oriented transmissions, links with speed-optimized data buffers and synchronization mechanisms not based on system interruptions. This EPICS limitation turned out clearly during the development of the Fast Plant System Controller Prototype for ITER based on PXIe platform. In this work, we present a solution that, on the one hand, is completely compatible and based on EPCIS technology, and on the other hand, extends EPICS technology for implementing high performance fast control systems with soft-real time characteristics. This development includes components such as: data acquisition, processing, monitoring, data archiving, and data streaming (via network and shared memory). Additionally, it is important to remark that this system is compatible with multiple Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and is able to integrate MatLab code through MatLab engine connections. It preserves EPICS modularity, enabling system modification or extension with a simple change of configuration, and finally it enables parallelization based on data distribution to different processing components. With the objective of illustrating the presented solution in an actual tokamak application, we have implemented fundamental tokamak equilibrium quantities such as plasma position, Shafranov shift or internal inductance. The algorithms have been parallelized and implemented for its execution on CPU, GPUs and Matlab, and have been tested using actual magnetic data from the TCV tokamak fast control system

  18. FF-MAC : Fast Forward IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Protocol for Real-Time Data Transmission

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    El Gholami, Khalid; Najib ELKAMOUN; Kun Mean HOU

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a Fast Forward MAC layer designed for hard real-time applications in wireless sensor networks. This protocol is an enhancement to the IEEE 802.15.4 standard MAC layer proposed for Low-Rate Personal Area Network. The energy conservation mechanism proposed by the current standard is quite efficient and very flexible. This flexibility comes from the ability to configure different duty cycles to meet specific application’s requirements. However, this mechanism has a con...

  19. A novel Fast Gas Chromatography based technique for higher time resolution measurements of speciated monoterpenes in air

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    Jones, C E; Kato, S.; Y. Nakashima; Y. Kajii

    2013-01-01

    Biogenic emissions supply the largest fraction of non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the biosphere to the atmospheric boundary layer, and typically comprise a complex mixture of reactive terpenes. Due to this chemical complexity, achieving comprehensive measurements of biogenic VOC (BVOC) in air within a satisfactory time resolution is analytically challenging. To address this, we have developed a novel, fully automated Fast Gas Chromatography...

  20. Equilibrium and response properties of the integrate-and-fire neuron in discrete time

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The integrate-and-fire neuron with exponential postsynaptic potentials is a frequently employed model to study neural networks. Simulations in discrete time still have highest performance at moderate numerical errors, which makes them first choice for long-term simulations of plastic networks. Here we extend the population density approach to investigate how the equilibrium and response properties of the leaky integrate-and-fire neuron are affected by time discretization. We present a novel analytical treatment of the boundary condition at threshold, taking both discretization of time and finite synaptic weights into account. We uncover an increased membrane potential density just below threshold as the decisive property that explains the deviations found between simulations and the classical diffusion approximation. Temporal discretization and finite synaptic weights both contribute to this effect. Our treatment improves the standard formula to calculate the neuron’s equilibrium firing rate. Direct solution of the Markov process describing the evolution of the membrane potential density confirms our analysis and yields a method to calculate the firing rate exactly. Knowing the shape of the membrane potential distribution near threshold enables us to devise the transient response properties of the neuron model to synaptic input. We find a pronounced non-linear fast response component that has not been described by the prevailing continuous time theory for Gaussian white noise input.

  1. V2ic Control: A Novel Control Technique with Very Fast Response under Load and Voltage Steps

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    Viejo de Frutos, Miriam del; Alou Cervera, Pedro; Oliver Ramírez, Jesús Angel; García Suárez, Oscar; Cobos Márquez, José Antonio

    2011-01-01

    High switching frequencies (several MHz) allow the integration of low power DC/DC converters. Although, in theory, a high switching frequency would make possible to implement a conventional voltage mode control with very high bandwidth, in practice, parasitic effects and robustness make very complex to achieve bandwidths higher than 1MHz. This paper proposes a fast control technique to optimize the dynamic response of high switching frequency DC/DC converters. The proposed control is based on...

  2. High performance organic-inorganic perovskite-optocoupler based on low-voltage and fast response perovskite compound photodetector

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    li, Dong; Dong, Guifang; Li,Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid photodetectors attract considerable attention because they can combine the advantages of both organic and inorganic systems. Here, a perovskite compound with a broad absorption spectrum and high power conversion efficiency is used as a photosensitive layer in an organic/inorganic hybrid heterojunction photodetector with a high and fast response. The high sensitivity exceeding 104 is obtained at bias of 0–4?V. Using a tandem organic light-emitting diode (OLED) as the l...

  3. Surface Response-based Behavioral Modeling of Accurate Digitizers a Case Study on a Fast Digital Integrator at CERN

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    Arpaia, P; Spiezia, G; Tiso, S

    2007-01-01

    A statistical approach to behavioral modeling for assessing dynamic metrological performance during the concept design of accurate digitizers is proposed. A surface-response approach based on statistical experiment design is exploited for avoiding unrealistic hypothesis of linearity, optimizing simulation, exploring operating conditions systematically, as well as verifying identification and validation uncertainty. An actual case study on the dynamic metrological characterization of a Fast Digital Integrator for high-performance magnetic measurements at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is presented.

  4. Influence of sensitive layer structure of surface-barrier Si-detector on response function of fast neutron spectrometer

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    Paper presents the results of the efforts to calculate and to measure the response function of a fast neutron spectrometer as to recoil protons on the basis of a surface barrier Si-detector equipped with 0.2-2.4 mm thickness hydrogen containing converter for ?14 MeV neutron energy. One studied the key factors affecting the formation of the measured amplitude spectra and determined contribution of recoil proton scattering by nuclei in a converter and in a filter

  5. Fast non-blind deconvolution based on 2D point spread function database for real-time ultrasound imaging

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    Kang, Jooyoung; Park, Sung-Chan; Kim, Kyuhong; Kim, Jung-Ho

    2013-02-01

    In the ultrasound medical imaging system, blurring which occurs after passing through ultrasound scanner system, represents Point Spread Function (PSF) that describes the response of the ultrasound imaging system to a point source distribution. So, de-blurring can be achieved by de-convolving the images with an estimated of PSF. However, it is hard to attain an accurate estimation of PSF due to the unknown properties of the tissues of the human body through the ultrasound signal propagates. In addition to, the complexity is very high in order to estimate point spread function and de-convolve the ultrasound image with estimated PSF for real-time implementation of ultrasound imaging. Therefore, conventional methods of ultrasound image restoration are based on a simple 1D PSF estimation [8] that axial direction only by restoring the performance improvement is not in the direction of Lateral. And, in case of 2D PSF estimation, PSF estimation and restoration of the high complexity is not being widely used. In this paper, we proposed new method for selection of the 2D PSF (estimated PSF of the average speed sound and depth) simultaneously with performing fast non-blind 2D de-convolution in the ultrasound imaging system. Our algorithm works on the beam-formed uncompressed radio-frequency data, with pre-measured and estimated 2D PSFs database from actual probe used. In the 2d PSF database, there are pre-measured and estimated 2D PSFs that classified the each different depth (about 5 different depths) and speed of sound (about 1450 or 1540m/s). Using a minimum variance and simple Weiner filter method, we present a novel way to select the optimal 2D PSF in pre-measured and estimated 2D PSFs database that acquired from the actual transducer being used. For de-convolution part with the chosen PSF, we focused on the low complexity issue. So, we are using the Weiner Filter and fast de-convolution technique using hyper-Laplacian priors [11], [12] which is several orders of magnitude faster than existing techniques that use hyper-Laplacian priors. Then, in order to prevent discontinuities between the differently restored each depth image regions, we use the piecewise linear interpolation on overlapping regions. We have tested our algorithm with vera-sonic system and commercial ultrasound scanner (Philips C4-2), in known speed of sound phantoms and unknown speeds in vivo scans. We have applied a non-blind de-convolution with 2D PSFs database for ultrasound imaging system. Using the real PSF from actual transducer being used, our algorithm produces a better restoration of ultrasound image than de-convolution by simulated PSF, and has low complexity for real-time ultrasound imaging. This method is robust and easy to implement. This method may be a realistic candidate for real-time implementation.

  6. Ultimate response time of high electron mobility transistors

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    Rudin, Sergey; Rupper, Greg [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Maryland 20783 (United States); Shur, Michael [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180 (United States)

    2015-05-07

    We present theoretical studies of the response time of the two-dimensional gated electron gas to femtosecond pulses. Our hydrodynamic simulations show that the device response to a short pulse or a step-function signal is either smooth or oscillating time-decay at low and high mobility, μ, values, respectively. At small gate voltage swings, U{sub 0} = U{sub g} − U{sub th}, where U{sub g} is the gate voltage and U{sub th} is the threshold voltage, such that μU{sub 0}/L < v{sub s}, where L is the channel length and v{sub s} is the effective electron saturation velocity, the decay time in the low mobility samples is on the order of L{sup 2}/(μU{sub 0}), in agreement with the analytical drift model. However, the decay is preceded by a delay time on the order of L/s, where s is the plasma wave velocity. This delay is the ballistic transport signature in collision-dominated devices, which becomes important during very short time periods. In the high mobility devices, the period of the decaying oscillations is on the order of the plasma wave velocity transit time. Our analysis shows that short channel field effect transistors operating in the plasmonic regime can meet the requirements for applications as terahertz detectors, mixers, delay lines, and phase shifters in ultra high-speed wireless communication circuits.

  7. Development of a very fast spectral response measurement system for analysis of hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells and modules

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    Highlights: ? Spectral response equipment for measuring a-Si:H solar cells in a few seconds. ? Equipment based on 16 LEDs with simultaneous illumination of the solar cell. ? The current generated by each LED is analyzed by a Fast Fourier Transform. ? Cheap equipment without lock-in technology for the current measurement. ? Measurement error vs. conventional measurement less than 1% in Jsc. - Abstract: An important requirement for a very fast spectral response measurement system is the simultaneous illumination of the solar cell at multiple well defined wavelengths. Nowadays this can be done by means of light emitting diodes (LEDs) available for a multitude of wavelengths. For the purpose to measure the spectral response (SR) of amorphous silicon solar cells a detailed characterization of LEDs emitting in the wavelength range from 300 nm to 800 nm was performed. In the here developed equipment the LED illumination is modulated in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 200 Hz and the current generated by each LED is analyzed by a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) to determine the current component corresponding to each wavelength. The equipment provides a signal to noise ratio of 2–4 orders of magnitude for individual wavelengths resulting in a precise measurement of the SR over the whole wavelength range. The difference of the short circuit current determined from the SR is less than 1% in comparison to a conventional system with monochromator.

  8. Quantifying Fast and Slow Responses of Terrestrial Carbon Exchange across a Water Availability Gradient in North American Flux Sites

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    Biederman, J. A.; Scott, R. L.; Goulden, M.

    2014-12-01

    Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and severity of water limitation, altering terrestrial ecosystems and their carbon exchange with the atmosphere. Here we compare site-level temporal sensitivity of annual carbon fluxes to interannual variations in water availability against cross-site spatial patterns over a network of 19 eddy covariance flux sites. This network represents one order of magnitude in mean annual productivity and includes western North American desert shrublands and grasslands, savannahs, woodlands, and forests with continuous records of 4 to 12 years. Our analysis reveals site-specific patterns not identifiable in prior syntheses that pooled sites. We interpret temporal variability as an indicator of ecosystem response to annual water availability due to fast-changing factors such as leaf stomatal response and microbial activity, while cross-site spatial patterns are used to infer ecosystem adjustment to climatic water availability through slow-changing factors such as plant community and organic carbon pools. Using variance decomposition, we directly quantify how terrestrial carbon balance depends on slow- and fast-changing components of gross ecosystem production (GEP) and total ecosystem respiration (TER). Slow factors explain the majority of variance in annual net ecosystem production (NEP) across the dataset, and their relative importance is greater at wetter, forest sites than desert ecosystems. Site-specific offsets from spatial patterns of GEP and TER explain one third of NEP variance, likely due to slow-changing factors not directly linked to water, such as disturbance. TER and GEP are correlated across sites as previously shown, but our site-level analysis reveals surprisingly consistent linear relationships between these fluxes in deserts and savannahs, indicating fast coupling of TER and GEP in more arid ecosystems. Based on the uncertainty associated with slow and fast factors, we suggest a framework for improved prediction of terrestrial carbon balance. We will also present results of ongoing work to quantify fast and slow contributions to the relationship between evapotranspiration and precipitation across a precipitation gradient.

  9. Development of time-of-flight neutron detector with fast-decay and low-afterglow scintillator for fast ignition experiment

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    Nagai T; Arikawa Y.; Hosoda H.; Ioka Y.; Hasegawa A; Wada K.; Takaoku S.; Takata M; Noritake K.; Minami Y.; Watanabe K.; Yamanoi K.; Nakamura H; Watari T.; Cadatal-Raduban M.

    2013-01-01

    A fast-decay and low-afterglow liquid scintillator was developed for the fast ignition experiment at the Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE). The liquid scintillator was coupled to a gated photomultiplier (PMT), and the gating performance under high-intensity γ-rays was experimentally checked. In 2010, a detector with a high detection efficiency of 10−4 was developed and installed in this experiment. The neutron yield in the fast heating experiment was successfully measured using this detect...

  10. A GEANT4 study on the time resolution of a fast plastic scintillator read out by a G-APD

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    Sedlak, K., E-mail: kamil.sedlak@psi.ch [Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Stoykov, A.; Scheuermann, R. [Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2012-12-22

    The time resolution of a fast scintillation counter, consisting of a plastic scintillator read out by a Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode, is studied over a wide range of the number of detected photons (primary photoelectrons) using the GEANT4 simulation toolkit. Different timing definitions such as first photon detection, leading edge and constant fraction discrimination are considered. In the latter case the predictions are compared with the existing experimental data. We also show that due to the finite scintillation rise time, finite scintillator dimensions and also due to the finite single photon time resolution in G-APD cells, the time resolution for the first detected photon in real detectors substantially deviates from the {sigma}{approx}1/N{sub phe} dependence, theoretically predicted for a scintillator with zero rise time.

  11. Consumer responses to time varying prices for electricity

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    We report new experimental evidence of the household response to weekday differentials in peak and off-peak electricity prices. The data come from Auckland, New Zealand, where peak residential electricity consumption occurs in winter for heating. Peak/off-peak price differentials ranged over four randomly selected groups from 1.0 to 3.5. On average, there was no response except in winter. In winter, participant households reduced electricity consumption by at least 10%, took advantage of lower off-peak prices but did not respond to the peak price differentials. Response varied with house and household size, time spent away from home, and whether water was heated with electricity. - Highlights: ? Seasonal effects in winter. ? High conservation effect from information. ? Higher peak prices no effect on peak use. ? Low off-peak prices encourage less conservation off-peak.

  12. Processes in current sheets responsible for fast energy conversion in the magnetospheric collisionless plasma

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    Kropotkin, Alexey

    2013-01-01

    Dynamics of the magnetospheric plasma configuration intrinsically features intermittent slow and fast phases. The fast transition is a nonlinear process, loss of equilibrium which ends up the slow quasi-static evolution. The process is analysed as a dynamical bifurcation. It appears when marginal stability state is reached in the course of that evolution, either for tearing mode or for ballooning mode disturbances. The resulting force imbalance leads to spontaneous formation of nonlinear kinetic thin current structures. Those are either a pair of slow collisionless shocks or a specific anisotropic thin current sheet embedded in a thicker plasma sheet structure. Both are the sites of intense energy conversion, and they implement fast magnetic reconnection in the magnetospheric collisionless plasma.

  13. Response of several neutron measuring devices under the fractional change of thermal and fast neutrons

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    Several neutron measuring devices were tested experimentally under the neutron fields characterized with two distinct kinds of thermal and fast neutron spectra. These neutron fields were constructed by the mixing of both thermal neutron calibration fields and fast neutron fields of AmBe source. Thermal neutron calibration fields were constructed using a graphite pile with the dimensions of 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 m3 and eight AmBe neutron sources. In order to make the fraction of fast neutron fluence vary in each neutron fields, a 111 GBq of AmBe neutron source was placed additionally in thermal neutron fields from 50 to 200 cm at the reference position. These neutron spectra were measured by using a KAERI Bonner Sphere system and dosimetric quantity delivered to neutron dosemeters such as survey meters and a Thermo Luminescence Dosimeter (TLD) was determined from these measurement results.

  14. Time-delayed model of immune response in plants.

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    Neofytou, G; Kyrychko, Y N; Blyuss, K B

    2016-01-21

    In the studies of plant infections, the plant immune response is known to play an essential role. In this paper we derive and analyse a new mathematical model of plant immune response with particular account for post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS). Besides biologically accurate representation of the PTGS dynamics, the model explicitly includes two time delays to represent the maturation time of the growing plant tissue and the non-instantaneous nature of the PTGS. Through analytical and numerical analysis of stability of the steady states of the model we identify parameter regions associated with recovery and resistant phenotypes, as well as possible chronic infections. Dynamics of the system in these regimes is illustrated by numerical simulations of the model. PMID:26551159

  15. Optimal scan timing of hepatic arterial-phase imaging of hypervascular hepatocellular carcinoma determined by multiphasic fast CT imaging technique

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    Background: A new multiphasic fast imaging technique, known as volume helical shuttle technique, is a breakthrough for liver imaging that offers new clinical opportunities in dynamic blood flow studies. This technique enables virtually real-time hemodynamics assessment by shuttling the patient cradle back and forth during serial scanning. Purpose: To determine optimal scan timing of hepatic arterial-phase imaging for detecting hypervascular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with maximum tumor-to-liver contrast by volume helical shuttle technique. Material and Methods: One hundred and one hypervascular HCCs in 50 patients were prospectively studied by 64-channel multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) with multiphasic fast imaging technique. Contrast medium containing 600 mg iodine per kg body weight was intravenously injected for 30 s. Six seconds after the contrast arrival in the abdominal aorta detected with bolus tracking, serial 12-phase imaging of the whole liver was performed during 24-s breath-holding with multiphasic fast imaging technique during arterial phase. By placing regions of interest in the abdominal aorta, portal vein, liver parenchyma, and hypervascular HCCs on the multiphase images, time-density curves of anatomical regions and HCCs were composed. Timing of maximum tumor-to-liver contrast after the contrast arrival in the abdominal aorta was determined. Results: For the detection of hypervascular HCC at arterial phase, mean time and value of maximum tumor-to-liver contrast after the contrast arrival were 21 s and 38.0 HU, respectively. Conclusion: Optimal delay time for the hepatic arterial-phase imaging maximizing the contrast enhancement of hypervascular HCCs was 21 s after arrival of contrast medium in the abdominal aorta

  16. Specificity of inferior olive response to stimulus timing.

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    Liu, T; Xu, D; Ashe, J; Bushara, K

    2008-09-01

    The inferior olive is the sole source of the climbing fiber system, one of the two major afferent systems of the cerebellum; however, its exact role remains unknown. A longstanding hypothesis is that the inferior olive with its unique intrinsic rhythmic firing properties mediates motor timing. However, direct evidence linking the inferior olive to timing behavior has been difficult to demonstrate in animal or human studies likely due to the inhibition of inferior olive responses by self-produced movement. Here we used event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a perceptual task that dissociates the temporal from nontemporal attributes of sensory input. Subjects were asked to attend to rhythmically occurring identical visual stimuli and to detect a change in their timing, spatial orientation, or color. Inferior olive activation was seen only when perceiving a change in stimulus timing. These results are consistent with animal studies demonstrating that the inferior olive is especially sensitive to "unexpected" sensory events and further provide evidence supporting the specificity of the inferior olive response to stimulus timing. The results are consistent with the view that the inferior olive and the climbing fiber system mediate the encoding of temporal information required for both motor and nonmotor cognitive processes. PMID:18632890

  17. Traffic model by braking capability and response time

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    Lee, Hyun Keun; Kim, Jeenu; Kim, Youngho; Lee, Choong-Ki

    2015-06-01

    We propose a microscopic traffic model where the update velocity is determined by the deceleration capacity and response time. It is found that there is a class of collisions that cannot be distinguished by simply comparing the stop positions. The model generates the safe, comfortable, and efficient traffic flow in numerical simulations with a reasonable values of the parameters, and this is analytically supported. Our approach provides a new perspective in modeling traffic-flow safety and worrying situations like lane changing.

  18. Real-time information support for managing plant emergency responses

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    The Three Mile Island Unit 2 accident highlighted the need to develop a systematic approach to managing plant emergency responses, to identify a better decision-making process, and to implement real-time information support for decision-making. The overall process management function is described and general information requirements for management of plant emergencies are identified. Basic information systems are being incorporated and future extensions and problem areas are discussed. (U.K.)

  19. Thickness dependence of curvature, strain, and response time in ionic electroactive polymer actuators fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly

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    Montazami, Reza; Liu, Sheng; Liu, Yang; Wang, Dong; Zhang, Qiming; James R. Heflin

    2011-01-01

    Ionic electroactive polymer (IEAP) actuators containing porous conductive network composites (CNCs) and ionic liquids can result in high strain and fast response times. Incorporation of spherical gold nanoparticles in the CNC enhances conductivity and porosity, while maintaining relatively small thickness. This leads to improved mechanical strain and bending curvature of the actuators. We have employed the layer-by-layer self-assembly technique to fabricate a CNC with enhanced curvature (0.43...

  20. An expert system for real-time diagnostics of a fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant

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    To provide on-line operator support for surveillance and diagnostics of a remotely operated fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant, where process parameters are evaluated from indirect instrumental measurements, a modular prototype expert system OASIS (Operator Assistant) is being developed at our laboratory. Design of this expert system is based on several new concepts. Unlike other available expert systems, it is not based on commercial shells. Instead it has a custom designed knowledge engineering architecture which is user-friendly to a high degree. (author). 7 refs., 2 figs