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  1. An Injector for the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket

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    Glover, T. W.; Chang-Diaz, F. R.; Squire, J. P.; Chan, A. A.

    1997-11-01

    We present a summary of progress on the development of a plasma injector for NASA's VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) engine. The plasma rocket constrains a flowing plasma in an asymmetric magnetic bottle and exhausts it through a magnetic nozzle to produce thrust. The injector is a plasma source located on the axis of symmetry, forward of the series of coils forming the constraining magnetic field. The injector is intended to produce a well-collimated jet of highly ionized plasma which will enter the central cell of the machine through its forward mirror. The prototype design is based on that of a Lorentz Force Accelerator developed as a thruster by the electric propulsion research group at Princeton. Our investigation focuses on the effects of the rocket's magnetic field on the operation of the injector, the effect of a local magnetic field on the discharge behavior, and the effectiveness of discharge initiation by glow discharge versus initiation by ECRH. We evaluate the performance of this prototype injector by comparing the characteristics of the plasma it inserts into the central cell of the engine with the characteristics called for in the design of the plasma rocket.

  2. Monte-Carlo particle dynamics in a variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket

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    Ilin, A.V. [Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems and Services, Houston, TX (United States); Diaz, F.R.C.; Squire, J.P. [JSC/NASA, Houston, TX (United States). Advanced Space Propulsion Lab.; Carter, M.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1999-01-01

    The self-consistent mathematical model in a Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) is examined. Of particular importance is the effect of a magnetic nozzle in enhancing the axial momentum of the exhaust. Also, different geometries and rocket symmetries are considered. The magnetic configuration is modeled with an adaptable mesh, which increases accuracy without compromising the speed of the simulation. The single particle trajectories are integrated with an adaptive time-scheme, which can quickly solve extensive Monte-Carlo simulations for systems of hundred thousands of particles in a reasonable time (1--2 hours) and without the need for a powerful supercomputer.

  3. Experimental evidence of parametric decay processes in the variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket (VASIMR) helicon plasma source

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    Decay waves have been observed in the megahertz range in the helium plasma generated by the variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket magnetoplasma thruster. They are measured using one of the tips of a triple probe connected to a 50 ? input of a spectrum analyzer via a dc block (a small capacitor). The maximum amplitude of all waves is in the center of the plasma and does not appear correlated to the radial electron density or temperature profiles. The waves seem to be generated close to the helicon antenna that was 91 cm 'upstream' from the measuring Langmuir probe. A possible explanation is parametric decay of the large amplitude helicon wave that also generates the plasma

  4. Specific Impulse Definition for Ablative Laser Propulsion

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    Herren, Kenneth A.; Gregory, Don A.

    2004-01-01

    The term "specific impulse" is so ingrained in the field of rocket propulsion that it is unlikely that any fundamental argument would be taken seriously for its removal. It is not an ideal measure but it does give an indication of the amount of mass flow (mass loss/time), as in fuel rate, required to produce a measured thrust over some time period This investigation explores the implications of being able to accurately measure the ablation rate and how the language used to describe the specific impulse results may have to change slightly, and recasts the specific impulse as something that is not a time average. It is not currently possible to measure the ablation rate accurately in real time so it is generally just assumed that a constant amount of material will be removed for each laser pulse delivered The specific impulse dependence on the ablation rate is determined here as a correction to the classical textbook definition.

  5. Ultrahigh Specific Impulse Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Anne Charmeau; Brandon Cunningham; Samim Anghaie

    2009-02-09

    Research on nuclear thermal propulsion systems (NTP) have been in forefront of the space nuclear power and propulsion due to their design simplicity and their promise for providing very high thrust at reasonably high specific impulse. During NERVA-ROVER program in late 1950's till early 1970's, the United States developed and ground tested about 18 NTP systems without ever deploying them into space. The NERVA-ROVER program included development and testing of NTP systems with very high thrust (~250,000 lbf) and relatively high specific impulse (~850 s). High thrust to weight ratio in NTP systems is an indicator of high acceleration that could be achieved with these systems. The specific impulse in the lowest mass propellant, hydrogen, is a function of square root of absolute temperature in the NTP thrust chamber. Therefor optimizing design performance of NTP systems would require achieving the highest possible hydrogen temperature at reasonably high thrust to weight ratio. High hydrogen exit temperature produces high specific impulse that is a diret measure of propellant usage efficiency.

  6. 20mN, Variable Specific Impulse Colloid Thruster Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Colloid thrusters have long been known for their exceptional thrust efficiency and ability to operate over a range of specific impulse due to easily variable...

  7. Impulsivity.

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    Hollander, E; Rosen, J

    2000-01-01

    Disorders characterized by impulsivity include disorders of impulse control (intermittent explosive disorder, pyromania, kleptomania, pathological gambling and trichotillomania), paraphilias, sexual impulsions and sexual addictions and impulsive aggression personality disorders (borderline, antisocial, histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders). Impulsivity has a substantial impact on both individuals and society. Impulse control disorders may be conceptualized as a subset of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. In this article, we examine the genetic and neurobiological aetiology of these disorders and possible treatment options. The link between serotonergic dysfunction and the pathophysiology of impulsivity is discussed, and studies that examine the efficacy of various selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other alternatives in the treatment of impulsive disorders such as pathological gambling, sexual addictions and borderline personality disorder are presented. PMID:10888030

  8. Coaxial plasma thrusters for high specific impulse propulsion

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    Schoenberg, Kurt F.; Gerwin, Richard A.; Barnes, Cris W.; Henins, Ivars; Mayo, Robert; Moses, Ronald, Jr.; Scarberry, Richard; Wurden, Glen

    1991-01-01

    A fundamental basis for coaxial plasma thruster performance is presented and the steady-state, ideal MHD properties of a coaxial thruster using an annular magnetic nozzle are discussed. Formulas for power usage, thrust, mass flow rate, and specific impulse are acquired and employed to assess thruster performance. The performance estimates are compared with the observed properties of an unoptimized coaxial plasma gun. These comparisons support the hypothesis that ideal MHD has an important role in coaxial plasma thruster dynamics.

  9. Chaos in Magnetoplasmas

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    B. Buti

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available A nonlinear wave, in general, is equivalent to a nonlinear dynamical system, which exhibits the phenomena of chaos. By means of techniques of nonlinear dynamical systems, we have investigated the conditions under which nonlinear Alfvén waves and lower-hybrid waves can become chaotic. The role of heavy ions, in controlling the chaos in magnetoplasmas, is examined. Chaotic routes to Alfvénic turbulence, with k-1 spectra, are observed in case of externally driven nonlinear Alfvén waves. Anomalous heating and particle acceleration resulting from chaotic fields, generated by lower-hybrid waves, are briefly outlined.

  10. Liquid Engine Design: Effect of Chamber Dimensions on Specific Impulse

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    Hoggard, Lindsay; Leahy, Joe

    2009-01-01

    Which assumption of combustion chemistry - frozen or equilibrium - should be used in the prediction of liquid rocket engine performance calculations? Can a correlation be developed for this? A literature search using the LaSSe tool, an online repository of old rocket data and reports, was completed. Test results of NTO/Aerozine-50 and Lox/LH2 subscale and full-scale injector and combustion chamber test results were found and studied for this task. NASA code, Chemical Equilibrium with Applications (CEA) was used to predict engine performance using both chemistry assumptions, defined here. Frozen- composition remains frozen during expansion through the nozzle. Equilibrium- instantaneous chemical equilibrium during nozzle expansion. Chamber parameters were varied to understand what dimensions drive chamber C* and Isp. Contraction Ratio is the ratio of the nozzle throat area to the area of the chamber. L is the length of the chamber. Characteristic chamber length, L*, is the length that the chamber would be if it were a straight tube and had no converging nozzle. Goal: Develop a qualitative and quantitative correlation for performance parameters - Specific Impulse (Isp) and Characteristic Velocity (C*) - as a function of one or more chamber dimensions - Contraction Ratio (CR), Chamber Length (L ) and/or Characteristic Chamber Length (L*). Determine if chamber dimensions can be correlated to frozen or equilibrium chemistry.

  11. Mission maps for use in the choice of specific impulse for manned Mars missions

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    Madsen, W.W.; Neuman, J.E.; Olson, T.S.; Siahpush, A.S.

    1991-01-01

    The choice of engine concept for the initial manned missions to Mars should be driven by what can be feasibly built and flight qualified in the near term, and by the level of engine performance that is required for these missions. This paper addresses how mission requirements affect the choice of specific impulse, and consequently what values of the specific impulse best serve these missions. Broad mission surveys and sensitivity studies were performed to determine the specific impulse values that allow for fast transfer times and wide launch windows. We find that a specific impulse of around 1000 to 1200 sec is sufficient. Choosing an engine concept that has a higher specific impulse value is not justified for these missions because the modest reduction in propellant requirements and further widening of the launch windows does not compensate for the substantially greater technical risk. 3 refs., 8 figs.

  12. HTS Magnets for Advanced Magnetoplasma Space Propulsion Applications

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    Carte, M.D.; Chang-Diaz, F.R. Squire, J.P.; Schwenterly, S.W.

    1999-07-12

    Plasma rockets are being considered for both Earth-orbit and interplanetary missions because their extremely high exhaust velocity and ability to modulate thrust allow very efficient use of propellant mass. In such rockets, a hydrogen or helium plasma is RF-heated and confined by axial magnetic fields produced by coils around the plasma chamber. HTS coils cooled by the propellant are desirable to increase the energy efficiency of the system. We describe a set of prototype high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coils that are being considered for the VASIMR ( Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) thruster proposed for testing on the Radiation Technology Demonstration (RTD) satellite. Since this satellite will be launched by the Space Shuttle, for safety reasons liquid helium will be used as propellant and coolant. The coils must be designed to operate in the space environment at field levels of 1 T. This generates a unique set of requirements. Details of the overall winding geometry and current density, as well as the challenging thermal control aspects associated with a compact, minimum weight design will be discussed.

  13. Laser propulsion with a high specific impulse using a thin film propellant

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    A new laser propulsion scheme with a high specific impulse is proposed in this paper. An extremely thin polyimide film is used as the propellant to eliminate thermal diffusion and sputter from the target material. It is found that a high specific impulse of 1520 s can be achieved at 1011-W/cm2 laser intensity because of economic use of the propellant. The influences of the laser intensity and the ablation area on the specific impulse are also studied in the experiment. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  14. Measurements of Laser Intensity Dependence of High Specific Impulse for Laser Ablative Propulsion

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    One of the advantages of laser propulsion is the possibility of controlling exhaust velocity namely specific impulse and optimization of energy and propellant usage. Characteristics of laser plasma interaction with the incident laser intensities of 107?1010W/cm2 have been investigated using multiple plasma diagnostics such as ion collector. Electron temperatures will be discussed

  15. Dynamics of specific heat and other relaxation processes in supercooled liquids by impulsive stimulated scattering

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    Laser based impulsive stimulated scattering or transient grating excitation in a heterodyne diffraction scheme is a powerful method to extract information about different relaxing properties from different signal contributions. Longitudinal acoustic waves are detected simultaneously with thermal expansion and thermal diffusion. Careful fitting of the time-domain density response at different temperatures makes it possible to obtain the various relaxing physical parameters, and to construct Arrhenius plots for the respective relaxation processes. In this work we focus on the influence of the specific heat capacity C on the slower part of the density response function S?(t), and, inversely, on the possibility to extract from experimental S?(t) data the relaxation behaviour C(?). The specific heat capacity is relevant for both the initially rising part of the impulsive stimulated scattering signal (together with the time and frequency dependent thermal expansion ?(t)), and for the thermal diffusion dominated decrease of the signal at later times after the excitation. By simulating S?(t) data in different scenarios, we address the feasibility of unravelling the impulse response functions C(t) and ?(t) (and via Fourier transform also C(?) and ?(?)) by careful fitting of the signal. This approach offers a unique possibility to extend the 100 kHz bandwidth of current dynamic calorimetric techniques determining C(?) (photopyroelectric spectroscopy) to the sub-GHz range.

  16. Resonance interaction of surface magnetoplasma polaritons in semiconductor layer

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    Magnetoplasma polaritons in semiconductor layer with asymmetric dielectric surroundings are studied. Resonance interaction of surface magnetoplasma polaritons propagating on the opposite boundaries of the semiconductor layer is investigated. Quantitative criteria for the effect existence are determined

  17. Liquid-fueled, Laser-powered, N-class thrust Space Engine with Variable Specific Impulse

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    Phipps, Claude R.; Luke, James R.; Helgeson, Wesley

    2008-04-01

    We discuss the requirements for developing a lightweight laser-powered space engine with specific impulse range 200glycidyl azide polymer and an IR-dye laser absorber. The second problem is optics clouding from ablated material. This can be handled actively by a flowing gas system. The final problem is mass: we will present an engine design which fits within a 10-kg "dry mass" budget. The engine, 80 kg mass with fuel, is designed to fit within a 180-kg spacecraft, and use up 3 kW of prime power to deliver a ?v of 17.5 km/s to the spacecraft in sixteen months.

  18. The Effect of High Concentration Guanidinium Azo-Tetrazolate on Thrust and Specific Impulse of a Hybrid Rocket

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    Tilahun, Dagim; Wright, A.; Foley, P.; Reason, M.

    2001-04-01

    A thrust and impulse study of the hybrid rocket fuel additive, Guanidinium Azo-Tetrazolate (GAT), was conducted at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Hybrid Rocket Facility. GAT is an organic salt with a high percentage of nitrogen. GAT was mixed with the standard hybrid rocket fuel, Hydroxyl-Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB), in concentrations of 15% and 25%, by mass. The fuel grains with the GAT additive were fired for 4 second runs with oxygen flows of 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.10 lbm/sec. For each run, average thrust, standard deviation of thrust, total impulse, and specific impulse were measured. Average thrust, standard deviation of thrust, specific impulse and total impulse vs. oxygen flow were plotted. Similar data was collected for plain HTPB/PAPI fuels for comparison. GAT is found to increase the thrust output when added to the standard hybrid rocket fuel, HTPB. 25% GAT fuel produced approximately the same thrust as the 15% GAT fuel. Specific impulse was slightly lower with both 15% and 25% GAT fuels. Standard Deviation of thrust was used as a crude measure of amplitude of oscillations during combustion. GAT-added fuels showed a limited decrease in thrust oscillation amplitude.

  19. Investigation of an Evaluation Method on the Improvement of Thrust and Specific Impulse by Nozzle Heating

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    Naganuma, Tetsushi; Iwaki, Yuuki; Sato, Shunya; Totani, Tsuyoshi; Wakita, Masashi; Nagata, Harunori

    A numerical analysis program is created to research effect of heat transfer for propellant flow in Laval nozzle and estimate improvements of thrust and specific impulse. Several types of gases are assumed as propellant. The energy ratio is defined as ratio of energy supplied to propellant by convective heat transfer to enthalpy of propellant at the inlet of nozzle. The energy ratio increases with elongating length of divergent nozzle, and finally becomes maximum value that depends on Prandtl number, propellant temperature and wall temperature at the inlet of nozzle. The conversion efficiency is defined as ratio of energy conversion to kinetic energy with nozzle to energy supplied to propellant. The conversion efficiency increases with elongating of divergent nozzle, and depends on profile of supplied heat.

  20. Single stage to orbit mass budgets derived from propellant density and specific impulse

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    Whitehead, J.C.

    1996-06-06

    The trade between specific impulse (Isp) and density is examined in view of Single Stage To Orbit (SSTO) requirements. Mass allocations for vehicle hardware are derived from these two properties, for several propellant combinations and a dual-fuel case. This comparative analysis, based on flight-proven hardware, indicates that the higher density of several alternative propellants compensates for reduced Isp, when compared with cryogenic oxygen and hydrogen. Approximately half the orbiting mass of a rocket- propelled SSTO vehicle must be allocated to propulsion hardware and residuals. Using hydrogen as the only fuel requires a slightly greater fraction of orbiting mass for propulsion, because hydrogen engines and tanks are heavier than those for denser fuels. The advantage of burning both a dense fuel and hydrogen in succession depends strongly on tripropellant engine weight. The implications of the calculations for SSTO vehicle design are discussed, especially with regard to the necessity to minimize non-tankage structure.

  1. Liquid-fueled, Laser-powered, N-class thrust Space Engine with Variable Specific Impulse

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    We discuss the requirements for developing a lightweight laser-powered space engine with specific impulse range 200spsp. We have shown that Isp = 680 seconds can be achieved by a viscous fuel based on glycidyl azide polymer and an IR-dye laser absorber. The second problem is optics clouding from ablated material. This can be handled actively by a flowing gas system. The final problem is mass: we will present an engine design which fits within a 10-kg 'dry mass' budget.The engine, 80 kg mass with fuel, is designed to fit within a 180-kg spacecraft, and use up 3 kW of prime power to deliver a ?v of 17.5 km/s to the spacecraft in sixteen months

  2. Angular distributions of plasma edge velocity and integrated intensity: Update on specific impulse for Ablative Laser Propulsion

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    This work concludes our discussion of the image processing technique developed earlier for determination of specific impulse (Isp) for Ablative Laser Propulsion (ALP). The plasma plumes are recorded with a time-resolved intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) camera. The plasma was formed in vacuum (? 3x10-3 Torr) by focusing output pulses of a laser system (100-ps pulsewidth at 532 nm wavelength and ?35 mJ energy) on surfaces of C (graphite), Al, Si, Fe, Cu, Zn, Sn, and Pb elements. Angular profiles for integrated intensity and plasma expansion velocity were determined for the tested elements. Such profiles were used further for assessment of specific impulse. Specific impulses derived from angular distributions of plasma expansion velocity and integral intensity appeared in excellent agreement with the data derived earlier from force measurements

  3. Laser-powered multi-newton thrust space engine with variable specific impulse

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    Phipps, Claude R.; Luke, James R.; Helgeson, Wesley

    2008-05-01

    Recently we became interested in applying previous work with liquid fueled laser powered minithrusters for spacecraft orientation to the conceptual design of a multi-newton thruster based on the same principles. Solid-fuel configurations (such as the fuel tapes used in the Photonic Associates microthruster) are not amenable to the range of mass delivery rates (g/s to g/s) necessary for such an engine. We will discuss problems for this design which have been solved, including identifying a practical method of delivering liquid fuel to the laser focus, avoiding splashing of liquid fuels under pulsed laser illumination, and avoiding optics clouding due to ablation backstreaming on optical surfaces from the laser-fuel interaction region. We have already shown that Isp = 680 seconds can be achieved by a viscous liquid fuel based on glycidyl azide polymer and an IR-dye laser absorber. The final problem is mass: we will discuss a notional engine design which fits within a 10-kg "dry mass" budget. This engine, 80kg mass with fuel, is designed to fit within a 180-kg spacecraft, and use 3kW of prime power to deliver a ?v of 17.5 km/s to the spacecraft in sixteen months. Its specific impulse will be adjustable over the range 200specific impulse for each mission segment. We see no reason why Isp = 10,000 seconds cannot be achieved with liquid fuels.

  4. Stationary Double Layers in a Collisionless Magnetoplasma

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    Noriyoshi, Sato; Mieno, Tetsu; Hatakeyama, Rikizo; Iizuka, Satoru; Saeki, Koichi; Juul Rasmussen, Jens; Michelsen, Poul; Schrittwieser, Roman

    1983-01-01

    Stationary double layers are generated in a magnetoplasma by applying potential differences between two heated plates on which the plasma is produced by surface ionization. By measuring the double-layer formation process, a localized potential drop is found to be formed initially in front of the plate on the low-potential side, being accompanied with current limitation. This localized potential drop moves along the plasma column, but finally stops and results in the formation of the stationary d...

  5. Overlapping and disease specific aspects of impulsivity in children and adolescents with schizophrenia spectrum disorders or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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    Jepsen, Jens Richardt Møllegaard; Rydkjær, Jacob; Fagerlund, Birgitte; Pagsberg, Anne Katrine; Oranje, Bob; Glenthøj, Birte Yding

    Objectives: To identify disease specific and overlapping aspects of impulsivity in children and adolescents with early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders or ADHD. Methods: Motor impulsivity (Stop Signal Task), reflection impulsivity (Information Sampling Task), and trait impulsivity (Barratt...... Impulsiveness Scale) are compared between three groups of children and adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age: patients with early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders (N=29), patients with ADHD (N=29), and healthy controls (N=45). Results: Preliminary results: Reflection impulsivity is significantly...... increased in patients with ADHD but not in early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorder patients who perform non-significantly different from the healthy controls in the decreased win condition. Discussion: Reduced information sampling in children and adolescents with ADHD may reflect an inability to delay...

  6. Nonlinear wave interactions in quantum magnetoplasmas

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    Nonlinear interactions involving electrostatic upper-hybrid (UH), ion-cyclotron (IC), lower-hybrid (LH), and Alfven waves in quantum magnetoplasmas are considered. For this purpose, the quantum hydrodynamical equations are used to derive the governing equations for nonlinearly coupled UH, IC, LH, and Alfven waves. The equations are then Fourier analyzed to obtain nonlinear dispersion relations, which admit both decay and modulational instabilities of the UH waves at quantum scales. The growth rates of the instabilities are presented. They can be useful in applications of our work to diagnostics in laboratory and astrophysical settings

  7. Jeans stability in collisional quantum dusty magnetoplasmas

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    Jamil, M.; Asif, M. [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Mir, Zahid [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Superior University, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Salimullah, M. [Department of Physics, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka 1342 (Bangladesh)

    2014-09-15

    Jeans instability is examined in detail in uniform dusty magnetoplasmas taking care of collisional and non-zero finite thermal effects in addition to the quantum characteristics arising through the Bohm potential and the Fermi degenerate pressure using the quantum hydrodynamic model of plasmas. It is found that the presence of the dust-lower-hybrid wave, collisional effects of plasma species, thermal effects of electrons, and the quantum mechanical effects of electrons have significance over the Jeans instability. Here, we have pointed out a new class of dissipative instability in quantum plasma regime.

  8. Radiation pattern from a cold magnetoplasma antenna

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    In this paper a theoretical study of the radiation pattern of an antenna build up from a confined magnetoplasma is made. Assuming that the electron gas is in the linear regime, we derived expressions for the conductivity tensor of the plasma and the radiated electromagnetic field under the influence of both dc magnetic and ac electric externally applied fields. It is found that the radiation patterns are dependent on the relative orientations of the applied fields and in the frequency of the applied electric field.

  9. Europa Sample Return Mission Utilizing High Specific Impulse Propulsion Refueled with Indigenous Resources

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    Paniagua, J.; Powell, J. R.; Maise, G.

    2002-01-01

    We have conducted studies of a revolutionary new concept for conducting a Europa Sample Return Mission. Robotic spacecraft exploration of the Solar System has been severely constrained by the large energy requirements of interplanetary trajectories and the inherent delta V limitations of chemical rockets. Current missions use gravitational assists from intermediate planets to achieve these high-energy trajectories restricting payload size and increasing flight times. We propose a 6-year Europa Sample Return mission with very modest launch requirements enabled by MITEE. A new nuclear thermal propulsion engine design, termed MITEE (MIniature reacTor EnginE), has over twice the delta V capability of H2/O2 rockets (and much greater when refueled with H2 propellant from indigenous extraterrestrial resources) enabling unique missions that are not feasible with chemical propulsion. The MITEE engine is a compact, ultra-lightweight, thermal nuclear rocket that uses hydrogen as the propellant. MITEE, with its small size (50 cm O.D.), low mass (200 kg), and high specific impulse (~1000 sec), can provide a quantum leap in the capability for space science and exploration missions. The Robotic Europa Explorer (REE) spacecraft has a two-year outbound direct trajectory and lands on the satellite surface for an approximate 9 month stay. During this time, the vehicle is refueled with H2 propellant derived from Europa ice by the Autonomous Propellant Producer (APP), while collecting samples and searching for life. A small nuclear-heated submarine probe, the Autonomous Submarine Vehicle (ASV), based on MITEE technology, would melt through the ice and explore the undersea realm. The spacecraft has approximately a three year return to Earth after departure from Europa with samples onboard. Spacecraft payload is 430 kg at the start of the mission and can be launched with a single, conventional medium-sized Delta III booster. The spacecraft can bring back 25 kg of samples from Europa. Europa, in the Jovian system, is a high priority target for an outer Solar System exploration mission. More than a decade ago the Voyager spacecraft revealed Europa as a world swathed in ice and geologically young. NASA's Galileo spacecraft passed approximately 500 miles above the surface and provided detailed images of Europa's terrain marked by a dynamic topology that appeared to be remnants of ice volcanoes or geysers. The surface temperature averages a chilly -200° C. The pictures appear to show a relatively young surface of ice, possibly only 1 km thick in some places. Internal heating of Europa from Jupiter's tidal pull could form an ocean of liquid water beneath the surface. More recently, Ganymede and Callisto are believed to be ocean-bearing Jovian moons based on magnetometer measurements from the Galileo spacecraft. If liquid water exists, life may also. NASA plans to send an orbiting spacecraft to Europa to measure the thickness of the ice and to detect if an underlying liquid ocean exists. This mission would precede the proposed Europa Sample Return mission, which includes dispatching an autonomous submarine-like vehicle that could melt through the ice and explore the undersea realm. Because of the large energy requirements typical of these ambitious solar system science missions, use of chemical rockets results in interplanetary spacecraft that are prohibitive in terms of Initial Mass in Low- Earth Orbit (IMLEO) and cost. For example, using chemical rockets to return samples from Europa appears to be technically impractical, as it would require large delta V and launch vehicle capabilities. On the other hand, use of nuclear thermal rockets will significantly reduce IMLEO and, subsequently, costs. Moreover, nuclear thermal rockets can utilize extraterrestrial resources as propellants, an option not practical with chemical rockets. This "refueling" capability would enable nuclear rockets to carry out very high-energy missions, such as the return of large amounts of extraterrestrial material to Earth. The Europa missions considered in this pro

  10. Potential coherent structures in nonuniform streaming dusty magnetoplasma

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    Vranjes, Jovo [Inst. of Physics, Belgrade (Yugoslavia); Shukla, Padma Kant [Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Institut fuer Theoretische Physik IV, Bochum (Germany)

    2001-07-01

    In this paper we study linear and nonlinear behaviour of modified convective cells and vortices in nonuniform dusty magnetoplasmas with perpendicular and parallel to the magnetic field plasma flows, and in basically two different physical systems, with stationary (corresponding to the case of ShuklaVarma mode) and nonstationary (i.e. taking part in perturbations) dust particles. For the case of stationary dust, by choosing some specific profiles for the sheared plasma flow and the dust density, we analyze the eigenvalue equation in order to deduce the growth rate. A threshold is also obtained for the wavenumber separating spatially damped and convective modes (growing in space) due to its interaction with the sheared plasma flow. In the nonlinear regime, for both stationary and nonstationary dust particles, and in the presence of various plasma flows perpendicular and parallel to the magnetic field lines, a variety of possible nonlinear solutions, driven by the nonuniform shear flow and dust density is presented, i.e., single and double vortex chains accompanied with zonal flows, and tripolar and global vortices. (author)

  11. Overlapping and disease specific aspects of impulsivity in children and adolescents with schizophrenia spectrum disorders or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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    Jepsen, Jens Richardt MØllegaard; Rydkjær, Jacob

    Objectives: To identify disease specific and overlapping aspects of impulsivity in children and adolescents with early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders or ADHD. Methods: Motor impulsivity (Stop Signal Task), reflection impulsivity (Information Sampling Task), and trait impulsivity (Barratt Impulsiveness Scale) are compared between three groups of children and adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age: patients with early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders (N=29), patients with ADHD (N=29), and healthy controls (N=45). Results: Preliminary results: Reflection impulsivity is significantly increased in patients with ADHD but not in early-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorder patients who perform non-significantly different from the healthy controls in the decreased win condition. Discussion: Reduced information sampling in children and adolescents with ADHD may reflect an inability to delay their decision making to gather more information in a condition with a conflict between reward and certainty. The reduced information sampling may also reflect an increased conviction in the decision at a point of relative uncertainty.

  12. Mach cones in space and laboratory dusty magnetoplasmas

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    We present a rigorous theoretical investigation on the possibility for the formation of Mach cones in both space and laboratory dusty magnetoplasmas. We find the parametric regimes for which different types of Mach cones, such as dust acoustic Mach cones, dust magneto-acoustic Mach cones, oscillonic Mach cones, etc. are formed in space and laboratory dusty magnetoplasmas. We also identify the basic features of such different classes of Mach cones (viz. dust- acoustic, dust magneto-acoustic, oscillonic Mach cones, etc.), and clearly explain how they are relevant to space and laboratory dusty manetoplasmas. (author)

  13. Instantaneous Impulses.

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    Erlichson, Herman

    2000-01-01

    Describes an experiment that extends Newton's instantaneous-impulse method of orbital analysis to a graphical method of orbit determination. Discusses the experiment's usefulness for teaching both horizontal projectile motion and instantaneous impulse. (WRM)

  14. Whistler waves guided by density depletion ducts in a magnetoplasma

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    Bakharev, P. V.; Zaboronkova, T. M.; Kudrin, A. V.; Krafft, C.

    2010-11-01

    The guided propagation of whistler waves along cylindrical density depletion ducts in a magneto-plasma is studied. It is shown that, under certain conditions, such ducts can support volume and surface eigenmodes. The dispersion properties and field structure of whistler modes guided by density depletion ducts are analyzed. The effect of collisional losses in the plasma on the properties of modes is discussed.

  15. Enhancement of D-T reaction rate in nonuniform magnetoplasma

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    The rate of D-T reaction is calculated in nonuniform magnetoplasmas where the characteristic length of the spatial inhomogeneity perpendicular to the magnetic field is of the order of gyroradius. The probability of head-on collisions increases, when the guiding centers of the reactants are separated by the distance of the sum of the gyroradii. (author)

  16. Parametric excitation of acoustic waves in piezoelectric solid state magnetoplasma

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    Absolute instability of the acoustic wave (excited parametrically) has been explored on the basis of the Bers and Briggs criterion in the presence of a large transverse static magnetic field. In the magnetoplasma threshold the electric field decreases to about 0.4 times the value at zero magnetic field. (Auth.)

  17. Recent Results From Internal and Very-Near-Field Plasma Diagnostics of a High Specific Impulse Hall Thruster

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    Hofer, Richard R.; Gallimore, Alec D.; Jacobson, David (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    Floating potential and ion current density measurements were taken on the laboratory model NASA-173Mv2 in order to improve understanding of the physical processes affecting Hall thruster performance at high specific impulse. Floating potential was measured on discharge chamber centerline over axial positions spanning 10 mm from the anode to 100 mm downstream of the exit plane. Ion current density was mapped radially up to 300 mm from thruster centerline over axial positions in the very-near-field (10 to 250 mm from the exit plane). All data were collected using a planar probe in conjunction with a high-speed translation stage to minimize probe-induced thruster perturbations. Measurements of floating potential at a xenon flow rate of 10 mg/s have shown that the acceleration layer moved upstream 3 1 mm when the voltage increased from 300 to 600 V. The length of the acceleration layer was 14 2 mm and was approximately constant with voltage and magnetic field. Ion current density measurements indicated the annular ion beam crossed the thruster centerline 163 mm downstream of the exit plane. Radial integration of the ion current density at the cathode plane provided an estimate of the ion current fraction. At 500 V and 5 mg/s, the ion current fraction was calculated as 0.77.

  18. Another Look at Impulsivity: A Meta- Analytic Review Comparing Specific Dispositions to Rash Action in their Relationship to Bulimic Symptoms

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    Fischer, Sarah; Smith, Gregory T.; Cyders, Melissa A

    2008-01-01

    Recent advances in personality theory indicate that there are distinct constructs that dispose individuals to rash action and risky behavior, as opposed to one broad trait of impulsivity. Two are emotion based, two represent deficits in conscientiousness, and one is sensation seeking. Previous studies of impulsivity and its relationship to bulimia nervosa have yielded mixed findings. The authors applied this advance in personality theory to the study of bulimia nervosa (BN) to test the hypoth...

  19. Impulsive action: emotional impulses and their control.

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    Frijda, Nico H; Ridderinkhof, K Richard; Rietveld, Erik

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a novel theoretical view on impulsive action, integrating thus far separate perspectives on non-reflective action, motivation, emotion regulation, and impulse control. We frame impulsive action in terms of directedness of the individual organism toward, away, or against other givens - toward future states and away from one's present state. First, appraisal of a perceived or thought-of event or object on occasion, rapidly and without premonition or conscious deliberation, triggers a motive to modify one's relation to that event or object. Situational specifics of the event as perceived and appraised motivate and guide selection of readiness for a particular kind of purposive action. Second, perception of complex situations can give rise to multiple appraisals, multiple motives, and multiple simultaneous changes in action readiness. Multiple states of action readiness may interact in generating action, by reinforcing or attenuating each other, thereby yielding impulse control. We show how emotion control can itself result from a motive state or state of action readiness. Our view links impulsive action mechanistically to states of action readiness, which is the central feature of what distinguishes one kind of emotion from another. It thus provides a novel theoretical perspective to the somewhat fragmented literature on impulsive action. PMID:24917835

  20. Impedance of a large circular loop antenna in a magnetoplasma

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    The input impedance of a large circular loop antenna with arbitrary orientation in a cold magnetoplasma is calculated by using a transmission line theory. New impedance resonances for antennas of finite size in a magnetoplasma in the frequency region below and near the electron cyclotron frequency are indicated theoretically. The resonance peak of the impedance at the lower hybrid resonance frequency is also predicted to exist for arbitrarily oriented antennas of finite size. The experiments on the impedance of a large circular loop antenna are carried out for the cases of normal and parallel orientation of the magnetic field with respect to the plane of the loop immersed in a radio frequency-generated laboratory plasma. The newly predicted impedance resonances for the antenna of finite size are observed. It is also shown that the measured impedances agree fairly well with the calculated ones

  1. Ultrastrong Stationary Double Layers in a Nondischarge Magnetoplasma

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    Sato, N.; Hatakeyama, R.; Iizuka, S.; Mieno, T.; Saeki, K.; Juul Rasmussen, Jens; Michelsen, Poul

    1981-01-01

    Ultrastrong stationary double layers are generated in a magnetoplasma by simply applying potential differences between two plasma sources. The potential drop ?D of the double layer is increased up to e?D/Te?2×103 (Te is the electron temperature in eV) with no difficulties caused by gas discharge. There are always large spiky fluctuations on the low-potential tail of the double layers.

  2. Specific dimensions of impulsivity are differentially associated with daily and non-daily cigarette smoking in young adults.

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    Lee, Dustin C; Peters, Jessica R; Adams, Zachary W; Milich, Richard; Lynam, Donald R

    2015-07-01

    Young adults are at risk for initiation of tobacco use and progression to tobacco dependence. Not every person who smokes cigarettes becomes tobacco dependent, however, and non-daily smoking is becoming more prevalent among those who use tobacco. It is likely that individual differences in psychosocial and behavioral factors influence risk for engaging in non-daily and daily cigarette smoking. The objective of this study was to investigate the associations between impulsivity and smoking status in young adults who vary in frequency of cigarette smoking. Young adult first-year college students between the ages of 18-24 (512) were classified to one of three groups: non-smokers, non-daily smokers, or daily smokers, and impulsivity was assessed using the UPPS-P (negative and positive urgency, lack of premeditation, lack of perseverance, sensation seeking). When all impulsivity dimensions were used simultaneously to predict smoking status, negative urgency predicted increased risk of membership in the daily smoking group and lack of premeditation predicted increased risk of membership in the non-daily smoking group. These results suggest that dimensions of impulsivity may contribute differentially to forms of smoking behavior in young adults. PMID:25827335

  3. Experimental investigation of magnetoplasma acceleration of dielectric projectiles in a rail gun

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    The authors present results of experimental investigations of the process of a nondestructive electrodynamic acceleration of dielectric projectiles in a magnetoplasma accelerator of rail gun type upon discharge of the electrical energy of the capacitor bank. They describe the phenomenon of decay of the plasma driving piston. They describe the causes of this phenomenon and the practical steps to avoid it. In a specific facility regimes have been achieved with electrodynamic acceleration of projectiles without plasma piston decay at working currents of up to 0.7 MA. In acceleration of projectiles of mass ? 1 g a speed of 6 km/sec has been attained and reproduced. The facility constructed can be used efficiently in experiments to investigate the thermophysical properties of substances using dynamic methods as a means of creating intense kinetic energy pulses

  4. Antiphased Cyclotron-Magnetoplasma Mode in a Quantum Hall System

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    Kulik, L. V.; Dickmann, S.; Drozdov, I. K.; Zhuravlev, I. S.; Kirpichev, V. E.; Kukushkin, I. V.; Schmult, S.; Dietsche, W.

    2008-01-01

    An antiphased magnetoplasma (MP) mode in a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) has been studied by means of inelastic light scattering (ILS) spectroscopy. Unlike the cophased MP mode it is purely quantum excitation which has no classic plasma analogue. It is found that zero momentum degeneracy for the antiphased and cophased modes predicted by the first-order perturbation approach in terms of the {\\it e-e} interaction is lifted. The zero momentum energy gap is determined by a negative correla...

  5. Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire data on alcoholic violent offenders: specific connections to severe impulsive cluster B personality disorders and violent criminality

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    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The validity of traditional categorical personality disorder diagnoses is currently re-evaluated from a continuous perspective, and the evolving DSM-V classification may describe personality disorders dimensionally. The utility of dimensional personality assessment, however, is unclear in violent offenders with severe personality pathology. Methods The temperament structure of 114 alcoholic violent offenders with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD was compared to 84 offenders without ASPD, and 170 healthy controls. Inclusion occurred during a court-ordered mental examination preceded by homicide, assault, battery, rape or arson. Participants underwent assessment of temperament with the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ and were diagnosed with DSM-III-R criteria. Results The typical temperament profile in violent offender having ASPD comprised high novelty seeking, high harm avoidance, and low reward dependence. A 21% minority scored low in trait harm avoidance. Results, including the polarized harm avoidance dimension, are in accordance with Cloninger's hypothesis of dimensional description of ASPD. The low harm avoidance offenders committed less impulsive violence than high harm avoidance offenders. High harm avoidance was associated with comorbid antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. Conclusion Results indicate that the DSM based ASPD diagnosis in alcoholic violent offenders associates with impulsiveness and high novelty seeking but comprises two different types of ASPD associated with distinct second-order traits that possibly explain differences in type of violent criminality. Low harm avoidance offenders have many traits in common with high scorers on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R. Results link high harm avoidance with broad personality pathology and argue for the usefulness of self-report questionnaires in clinical praxis.

  6. Electric field variability and classifications of Titan's magnetoplasma environment

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    Arridge, Chris; Guio, Patrick

    2011-01-01

    The atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon Titan is driven by photochemistry, charged particle precipitation from Saturn's upstream magnetosphere, and presumably by the diffusion of the magnetospheric field into the outer ionosphere, amongst other processes. Ion pickup, controlled by the upstream convection electric field, plays a role in the loss of this atmosphere. The interaction of Titan with Saturn's magnetosphere results in the formation of a flow-induced magnetosphere. The upstream magnetoplasma environment of Titan is a complex and highly variable system and significant quasi-periodic modulations of the plasma in this region of Saturn's magnetosphere have been reported. In this paper we quantitatively investigate the effect of these quasi-periodic modulations on the convection electric field at Titan. We show that the electric field can be significantly perturbed away from the nominal radial orientation inferred from Voyager 1 observations, and demonstrate that upstream categorisation schemes must be use...

  7. Compression zone formation in magnetoplasma compressor operating with heavy gases

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    Present work is devoted to experimental investigations of the plasma compression zone dynamics and its influence on radiation characteristics. The construction of magneto-plasma compressor (MPC) of compact geometry with conical copper electrodes is described. Comprehensive information about dynamics of compression zone formation, it position, plasma parameters and geometric dimensions was obtained using spectral diagnostics. Plasma stream density ? 1018cm-3 was measured by Stark broadening of Xe spectral lines. Electron temperature 5...7 eV was estimated using the ratio of Xe lines intensities. EUV radiation intensity was detected by registration system consisting on absolutely calibrated AXUV diodes with integrated thin-films filter for different wavelength ranges and multi-layered MoSi mirrors. Spatial distributions of electrical currents has been performed also.

  8. Thermal Management of Superconducting Electromagnets in VASIMR Thrusters Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine currently being developed at NASA Johnson is an attractive technology for minimizing transit time...

  9. Inductively coupled TI-MPD spacecraft electric propulsion. [thermionic magnetoplasma dynamic thruster design

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    Britt, E. J.; Clark, K. E.; Pawlik, E. V.

    1976-01-01

    A nuclear electric propulsion concept using a thermionic reactor inductively coupled to a magnetoplasma-dynamic (MPD) accelerator is described and the results of preliminary analyses are presented. In this system, the thermionic generating unit operates continuously at a power level of approximately 0.4 MW, while the MPD thruster operates intermittently at higher voltages and power levels. Energy storage is provided by building up a large current in an inductor. Periodically, the charging current is interrupted and the energy stored in the magnetic field of the inductor is utilized for a short duration thrust pulse. A typical thrust pulse is characterized by a power level of 1 to 4 MWe, a duration of 1 msec, and a duty cycle of approximately 20%. Results of the preliminary analysis show that approximately 85 to 90% of the power available from the thermionic converter array can be delivered to the MPD thruster for a nominal 400 kWe system with an inductive unit suitable for a flight vehicle. Optimized values of the total specific mass of the system including the thermionic reactor, the inductor, and the MPD thruster are estimated in the range of 23 to 24 kg/kWe.

  10. Magnetospheric substorm: Loss of the magnetoplasma equilibrium as a nonlinear dynamical bifurcation

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    Kropotkin, A. P.

    2012-04-01

    The fast onset of a substorm—a substorm "explosion"—is usually associated with the moment of stability loss of the magnetoplasma equilibrium in the geomagnetic tail. The origination of such a process either from the near-Earth part of the plasma sheet or from its remote part, which is highly stretched into the tail, is now being studied theoretically and verified experimentally (at the present time, in the THEMIS project). In the first case, the resulting disturbance must have the form of a ballooning mode; in the second case, of tearing perturbation. However, in both cases, this stability loss, i.e., a quick breakdown in the balance, replacing the slow quasi-static evolution of configuration, can only occur as a nonlinear process. Taking into account the specific properties of the configuration and possible disturbances in it, we indicate why such a process cannot be the previously proposed "substorm detonation." It is shown that a suitable mathematical model is a nonlinear dynamical bifurcation occurring on a small time scale, with a delay relative to the moment of passing the marginally stable state.

  11. Bifurcation and Quasiperiodic Behaviors of Ion Acoustic Waves in Magnetoplasmas with Nonthermal Electrons Featuring Tsallis Distribution

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    Saha, Asit; Pal, Nikhil; Chatterjee, Prasanta

    2015-06-01

    Bifurcation and quasiperiodic behaviors of ion acoustic waves in electron-ion magnetoplasmas with nonthermal electrons featuring Cairns-Tsallis distribution have been investigated on the frameworks of non-perturbed and perturbed Kadomtsev-Petviashvili (KP) equations, respectively. Employing the reductive perturbation technique (RPT), we have derived the KP equation in electron-ion magnetoplasmas with nonthermal electrons featuring Cairns-Tsallis distribution. Bifurcations of ion acoustic traveling waves of the KP equation have been presented. Using the bifurcation theory of planar dynamical systems, the existence of solitary wave solutions and periodic traveling wave solutions has been established. Three analytical solutions of these waves have been derived depending on the system parameters. Considering an external periodic perturbation, we have presented the quasiperiodic behavior of ion acoustic waves in electron-ion magnetoplasmas.

  12. Laser pulse propagation in inhomogeneous magnetoplasma channels and wakefield acceleration

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    Wakefield excitation in a preformed inhomogeneous parabolic plasma channel by an intense relativistic (?1019?W/cm2) circularly polarized Gaussian laser pulse is investigated analytically and numerically in the presence of an external longitudinal magnetic field. A three dimensional envelope equation for the evolution of the laser pulse is derived, which includes the effect of the nonparaxial and applied external magnetic field. A relation for the channel radius with the laser spot size is derived and examines numerically to see the external magnetic field effect. It is observed that the channel radius depends on the applied external magnetic field. An analytical expression for the wakefield is derived and validated with the help of a two dimensional particle in cell (2D PIC) simulation code. It is shown that the electromagnetic nature of the wakes in an inhomogeneous plasma channel makes their excitation nonlocal, which results in change of fields with time and external magnetic field due to phase mixing of the plasma oscillations with spatially varying frequencies. The magnetic field effect on perturbation of the plasma density and decreasing length is also analyzed numerically. In addition, it has been shown that the electron energy gain in the inhomogeneous parabolic magnetoplasma channel can be increased significantly compared with the homogeneous plasma channel

  13. Laser pulse propagation in inhomogeneous magnetoplasma channels and wakefield acceleration

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    Sharma, B. S., E-mail: bs-phy@yahoo.com; Jain, Archana [Government College Kota, Kota 324001 (India); Jaiman, N. K. [Department of Pure and Applied Physics, University of Kota, Kota 324010 (India); Gupta, D. N. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Jang, D. G.; Suk, H. [Department of Physics and Photon Science, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Kulagin, V. V. [Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation)

    2014-02-15

    Wakefield excitation in a preformed inhomogeneous parabolic plasma channel by an intense relativistic (?10{sup 19}?W/cm{sup 2}) circularly polarized Gaussian laser pulse is investigated analytically and numerically in the presence of an external longitudinal magnetic field. A three dimensional envelope equation for the evolution of the laser pulse is derived, which includes the effect of the nonparaxial and applied external magnetic field. A relation for the channel radius with the laser spot size is derived and examines numerically to see the external magnetic field effect. It is observed that the channel radius depends on the applied external magnetic field. An analytical expression for the wakefield is derived and validated with the help of a two dimensional particle in cell (2D PIC) simulation code. It is shown that the electromagnetic nature of the wakes in an inhomogeneous plasma channel makes their excitation nonlocal, which results in change of fields with time and external magnetic field due to phase mixing of the plasma oscillations with spatially varying frequencies. The magnetic field effect on perturbation of the plasma density and decreasing length is also analyzed numerically. In addition, it has been shown that the electron energy gain in the inhomogeneous parabolic magnetoplasma channel can be increased significantly compared with the homogeneous plasma channel.

  14. Excitation of electromagnetic waves by a pulsed loop antenna in a magnetoplasma

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    Kudrin, Alexander V.; Shmeleva, Natalya M. [Department of Radiophysics, University of Nizhny Novgorod, 23 Gagarin Ave., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Ferencz, Orsolya E. [Department of Geophysics and Space Sciences, Space Research Group, Eoetvoes University, Pazmany P. s. I./A., Budapest H-1117 (Hungary); Zaboronkova, Tatyana M. [Department of Nuclear Physics, Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod, 24 Minin St., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation)

    2012-06-15

    A study is made of the radiation from a pulsed loop antenna immersed in a cold collisionless magnetoplasma. Using a rigorous solution for the total field of such an antenna, the energy characteristics of its radiation are determined. The radiated energy and its distribution over the spatial and frequency spectra of the excited waves are analyzed as functions of the antenna and plasma parameters. Numerical results referring to the case where the frequency spectrum of the antenna current is concentrated in the whistler frequency range are reported. The results obtained can be useful in understanding the basic features of wave excitation by pulsed sources in a magnetoplasma.

  15. Ion Acoustic Waves in an Alkali Magneto-Plasma

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    By a series of experiments on ion wave propagation in a magneto-plasma of caesium ionized by surface ionization, the authors studied the effects due to collisions between ions and neutral particles, the mean plasma velocity, the ratio ? = Te/Ti of electron and ion temperatures and the non-linear behaviour of a collisionless plasma. In a machine called OPS using direct injection of caesium illuminating one emitter the effect of collisions between neutrals and ions has been studied. The ratio ? = Te/Ti of the electron and ion temperatures which is an important parameter for the propagation and damping of the ion waves can be easily modified by injection of helium into the machine. The variations of phase velocity and damping as functions of the frequency for different pressures of injected neutral gas show a change in the ion temperature, the mean plasma velocity and a continuous transition from the Landau damping to the collisionnal damping. A separation of the two zones, the first one where the ions are cooled and the other where the wave is propagating, allows the study of the Landau damping and the measurement of the ratio ?. A non-linear damping of the ion wave has been observed and studied. The classical Landau damping is found for the lower frequency range but as the distance of propagation is of the order of or larger than half a wavelength, the measured damping becomes less than the Landau damping rate, and amplitude modulation is observed. The pseudo-wavelength and the modulation rate are bound by the period and amplitude of the wave as is foreseen by a non-linear theory. We observed that the wave behaviour is similar to the effect obtained in mixing the ion wave and a fast wave which has been found in the experiments. (author)

  16. Universal formula for the quasistatic second-order density perturbation by a cold magnetoplasma wave

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    Using the general expression for the ponderomotive Hamiltonian, the quasi-static quasi-neutral density change caused by the ponderomotive force of a cold magnetoplasma wave of arbitrary frequency and polarization is obtained. This formula agrees with and extends previous results for unmagnetized and magnetized plasma

  17. Nonlinear generation of zonal flows by ion-acoustic waves in a uniform magnetoplasma

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    Shukla, Nitin [Department of Physics, Umea University, SE-90187 Umea (Sweden); Institut fuer Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultaet fuer Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, D-44780 Bochum (Germany); Shukla, P.K., E-mail: ps@tp4.ruhr-uni-bochum.d [Department of Physics, Umea University, SE-90187 Umea (Sweden); Institut fuer Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultaet fuer Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, D-44780 Bochum (Germany)

    2010-01-11

    It is shown that large-scale zonal flows (ZFs) can be excited by Reynolds stress of nonlinearly interacting random phase ion-acoustic waves (EIAWs) in a uniform magnetoplasma. Since ZFs are associated with poloidal sheared flows, they can tear apart short scale EIAW turbulence eddies, and hence contribute to the reduction of the cross-field turbulent transport in a magnetized plasma.

  18. Modulationally stable envelope solitons in astrophysical magnetoplasmas with degenerate relativistic electrons

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    Irfan, M.; Ali, S.; Mirza, Arshad M.; Wang, Yunliang

    2015-12-01

    > and the quantum parameter significantly modify the profiles of the envelope magnetoacoustic solitons. The present results are important to understanding of the nonlinear dynamics of magnetoacoustic solitons in astrophysical dense magnetoplasmas (viz., white dwarfs, magnetars, neutron stars, etc.), where the relativistic degeneracy effects play a vital role in collective interactions.

  19. Anatomy of a SAR impulse response.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter

    2007-08-01

    A principal measure of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image quality is the manifestation in the SAR image of a spatial impulse, that is, the SAR's Impulse Response (IPR). IPR requirements direct certain design decisions in a SAR. Anomalies in the IPR can point to specific anomalous behavior in the radar's hardware and/or software.

  20. A Twin Study of ADHD Symptoms in Early Adolescence: Hyperactivity-Impulsivity and Inattentiveness Show Substantial Genetic Overlap but Also Genetic Specificity

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    Greven, Corina U.; Rijsdijk, Fruhling V.; Plomin, Robert

    2011-01-01

    A previous paper in this journal revealed substantial genetic overlap between the ADHD dimensions of hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattentiveness in a sample of 8-year old twins drawn from a UK-representative population sample. Four years later, when the twins were 12 years old, more than 5,500 pairs drawn from the same sample were rated again on…

  1. Dependence of the specific features of two PAPVD methods: Impulse Plasma Deposition (IPD) and Pulsed Magnetron Sputtering (PMS) on the structure of Fe–Cu alloy layers

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    This paper describes the study of the structural properties of the alloy layers prepared by two different, impulsively working PAPVD methods: the Pulsed Magnetron Sputtering (PMS) and the Impulse Plasma Deposition (IPD). The Fe–Cu alloy layers were synthesized. The results of our investigation revealed a nanocrystalline structure of the layers. The differences in the phase composition of the Fe–Cu alloy layers produced by these two methods were observed. The synthesis of the Fe–Cu layers by using the Pulsed Magnetron Sputtering method resulted in obtaining the two-phase, polycrystalline structures (fcc-Cu and bcc-Fe). In this case the clear evidence of mixing between the iron and copper atoms was not observed. The Fe–Cu layers deposited by the Impulse Plasma Deposition method were characterized by the non-equilibrium phase composition – the presence of one-phase supersaturated solid solution (fcc-Cu(Fe) or bcc-Fe(Cu)) was formed in immiscible systems. These results suggest a short-distance diffusion between the neighboring nanoparticles of the two metals (Cu and Fe) occurring during the IPD layers growth.

  2. Splitting of surface polariton dispersion curves due to resonance with magnetoplasma transition layer

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    Kushwaha, M. S.; Halevi, P.

    1987-12-01

    We study magnetoplasma polaritons of a thin semiconductor film on a polar-semiconductor substrate. In the vicinity of the hybrid cyclotron-plasmon frequency the surface-phonon polariton dispersion curve exhibits a splitting. The repulsion between the upper and lower branches depends on the intensity of the applied magnetic field. We have considered propagation in directions that are parallel or perpendicular to the magnetic field (itself parallel to the thin film) and find a strong directional effect.

  3. Growth of laser ripple in a collisional magnetoplasma and its effect on plasma wave excitation

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    Growth of a radially symmetrical ripple, superimposed on a Gaussian laser beam in collisional magnetoplasma is investigated. The effect of the magnetic field and the intensity of the laser on the growth of ripple is presented. Furthermore, the effect of the growing ripple on the excitation of an electron plasma wave has also been studied. The combined effect of increased intensity and magnetic field is observed to suppress the growth of ripple as well as the excitation of the plasma wave. (author)

  4. Theoretical analysis of the resonance cone in an inhomogeneous magnetoplasma column

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    The three dimensional behaviour of the high frequency resonance cone is investigated using an inhomogeneous slab magnetoplasma model under the quasistatic approximation and neglecting ion motion. The effects of finite k sub(y) and electron thermal motion are considered numerically, revealing that the cone angle is shifted to a slightly smaller angle and the reflection point also shifts toward the high density region compared with the results under the cold plasma approximation. (author)

  5. Dispersion of Volume Relativistic Magnetoplasma Excitation in a Gated Two-Dimensional Electron System

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    Gusikhin, P. A.; Muravev, V. M.; Kukushkin, I. V.

    2015-01-01

    The dispersion of the volume relativistic magnetoplasma mode in a gated GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well is measured using a coupled resonators detection technique. The weakly damped relativistic mode exhibits an unusual zigzag-shaped magnetodispersion dependence dictated by the diagonal component of the resistivity tensor $\\rho_{xx}$. The plasma excitation easily hybridizes with photon modes due to a large spatial delocalization of its electromagnetic field. The effects of electron density and struc...

  6. A Neurogenetic Approach to Impulsivity

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    Congdon, Eliza; Canli, Turhan

    2008-01-01

    Impulsivity is a complex and multidimensional trait that is of interest to both personality psychologists and to clinicians. For investigators seeking the biological basis of personality traits, the use of neuroimaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revolutionized personality psychology in less than a decade. Now, another revolution is under way, and it originates from molecular biology. Specifically, new findings in mole...

  7. Risk Factors and Impulsivity in Obesity

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In addition to genetic tendency, social, cultural, emotional and diet-related factors play important role in the development of obesity. Impulsivity is the possible predictor of relapse in obesity treatment. Impulsivity is also considered as a predicting factor among patients who quit the treatment. Research has shown that obese people are more impulsive than other people. Impulsive features are especially found to be higher with those who have binge eating disorder. Impulsive people appears to have no control over their behaviors on eating and they have more interest towards food with higher calories. Another issue that strengthens the assocaition between obesity and impulsivity is the obesity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dopaminergic deficiency in the reward centre of the brain can be a common pathway for both attention deficit and obesity. Several approaches have been searched and put forward to sustain the patients’ lost weights after diet. Specific cognitive behavioral approaches developed for the treatment of impulsive behavior could contribute much into obesity treatment . Obesity is a chronic disease that requires long term treatment and follow up.

  8. Multidimensional examination of impulsivity in relation to disordered gambling.

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    Mackillop, James; Miller, Joshua D; Fortune, Erica; Maples, Jessica; Lance, Charles E; Campbell, W Keith; Goodie, Adam S

    2014-04-01

    Impulsivity has been consistently associated with pathological gambling (PG), but the diversity of definitions and measures of impulsivity has led to ambiguity with regard to which indices are independently relevant. Toward clarifying this relationship, the current study examined indices from an array of commonly used impulsivity measures in relation to PG severity in an adult community sample of frequent gamblers (N = 353). These included both survey assessments and behavioral tasks. Using a factor analytic approach, 4 latent factors were identified among 19 indices and were designated reward sensitivity, punishment sensitivity, delay discounting, and cognitive impulsivity. All 4 latent variables were positively and independently related to PG severity, albeit at a trend level for cognitive impulsivity in a combined model. These findings reveal 4 generally independent domains of impulsivity that are related to PG severity, clarify which assessment measures aggregate in each domain, and illustrate the importance of measurement specificity in studying impulsivity in relation to PG and other psychiatric disorders. PMID:24708148

  9. An impulsive bathtub vortex

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    Tyvand, Peder A.; Haugen, Kjetil B.

    2005-06-01

    The impulsive free-surface flow due to a point sink at the bottom of a container with rotating inviscid fluid is investigated analytically by a small-time expansion. Before the sink is turned on impulsively, there is a steady rigid-body rotation with large Rossby number (small angular velocity). The theory is developed to first order in the inverse Rossby number. The evolution of the free-surface vorticity is investigated. The azimuthal surface velocity is a cubic function of time. It is shown that the influence of the rotation of the earth on an impulsive bathtub vortex is negligible.

  10. Laboratory modeling of the interaction of electron beams with a magnetoplasma

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    Starodubtsev, M. V.; Krafft, C.

    2010-12-01

    We present the results of laboratory experiments in which the mechanisms of interaction of electron beams with whistler waves in a magnetoplasma are studied. Different mechanisms of whistler generation during the injection of a modulated electron beam in the plasma are studied, and the mechanism of conversion of the beam kinetic energy to radiation is demonstrated. The processes of whistler wave generation by the modulated beam at the ? Cerenkov and Doppler resonances are analyzed in detail. The excitation of whistler waves by means of a nonresonant mechanism of the transition radiation is studied.

  11. Properties of solitary ion acoustic waves in a quantized degenerate magnetoplasma with trapped electrons

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    Tsintsadze, N. L.; Tagviashvili, M. N. [Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Andronikashvili Institute of Physics, Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi 0128, Georgia (United States); Shah, H. A. [Department of Physics, Forman Christian College, Ferozepur Road, Lahore 54600 (Pakistan); Qureshi, M. N. S. [Department of Physics, GC University, Katchery Road, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan)

    2015-02-15

    We have undertaken the investigation of ion acoustic solitary waves in both weakly and strongly quantized degenerate magnetoplasmas. It is seen that a singular point clearly demarcates the regions of weak and strong quantization due to the ambient magnetic field. The effect of the magnetic field is taken into account via the parameter ??{sub 0}=??{sub ce}/?{sub Fe} and the Mach number, and their effect on the formation of solitary structures is investigated in both cases and some results are presented graphically.

  12. Ion-acoustic solitons in warm magnetoplasmas with super-thermal electrons

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    Choudhury, B; Das, G C; Bora, M P

    2012-01-01

    In this work, the phenomenon of formation of localised electrostatic waves (ESW) or soliton is considered in a warm magnetoplasma with the possibility of non-thermal electron distribution. The parameter regime considered here is relevant in case of magnetospheric plasmas. We show that deviation from a usual relaxed Maxwellian distribution of the electron population has a significant bearing in the allowed parameter regime, where these ESWs can be found. We further consider the presence of more than one electron temperature, which is inspired by recent space-based observations[key-2].

  13. Magnetoplasma excitations of two-dimensional anisotropic heavy fermions in AlAs quantum wells

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    Muravev, V. M.; Khisameeva, A. R.; Belyanin, V. N.; Kukushkin, I. V.; Tiemann, L; Reichl, C.; Dietsche, W.; Wegscheider, W

    2015-01-01

    The spectra of plasma and magnetoplasma excitations in a two-dimensional system of anisotropic heavy fermions were investigated for the first time. The spectrum of microwave absorption by disk-like samples of stressed AlAs quantum wells at low electron densities showed two plasma resonances separated by a frequency gap. These two plasma resonances correspond to electron mass principle values of $(1.10 \\pm 0.05) m_0$ and $(0.20 \\pm 0.01) m_0$. The observed results correspond to the case of a s...

  14. Symmetry analysis and similarity electrostatic waves in a nonuniform dusty magnetoplasma

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    We apply the group theory to a (3+1)-dimensional nonlinear system relevant for the low-frequency electrostatic waves in a nonuniform dusty magnetoplasma. In correspondence with the generators of the symmetry group allowed by the system, new types of similarity reductions are performed. Some new exact solutions are obtained, which can be in the form of solitary waves, shock waves and periodic waves. Especially, our solutions indicate that the system may have time-dependent nonlinear shears. Some explicit similarity electrostatic wave solutions with time periodic nonlinear shears are displayed graphically

  15. Three dimensional electrostatic solitary waves in a dense magnetoplasma with relativistically degenerate electrons

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    In this paper, small but finite amplitude electrostatic solitary waves in a relativistic degenerate magnetoplasma, consisting of relativistically degenerate electrons and non-degenerate cold ions, are investigated. The Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation is derived employing the reductive perturbation technique and its solitary wave solution is analyzed. It is shown that only compressive electrostatic solitary structures can propagate in such a degenerate plasma system. The effects of plasma number density, ion cyclotron frequency, and direction cosines on the profiles of ion acoustic solitary waves are investigated and discussed at length. The relevance of the present investigation vis-a-vis pulsating white dwarfs is also pointed out

  16. Three dimensional electrostatic solitary waves in a dense magnetoplasma with relativistically degenerate electrons

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    Ata-ur-Rahman; Masood, W.; Eliasson, B.; Qamar, A.

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, small but finite amplitude electrostatic solitary waves in a relativistic degenerate magnetoplasma, consisting of relativistically degenerate electrons and non-degenerate cold ions, are investigated. The Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation is derived employing the reductive perturbation technique and its solitary wave solution is analyzed. It is shown that only compressive electrostatic solitary structures can propagate in such a degenerate plasma system. The effects of plasma number density, ion cyclotron frequency, and direction cosines on the profiles of ion acoustic solitary waves are investigated and discussed at length. The relevance of the present investigation vis-a-vis pulsating white dwarfs is also pointed out.

  17. Optically measured explosive impulse

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    Biss, Matthew M.; McNesby, Kevin L.

    2014-06-01

    An experimental technique is investigated to optically measure the explosive impulse produced by laboratory-scale spherical charges detonated in air. Explosive impulse has historically been calculated from temporal pressure measurements obtained via piezoelectric transducers. The presented technique instead combines schlieren flow visualization and high-speed digital imaging to optically measure explosive impulse. Prior to an explosive event, schlieren system calibration is performed using known light-ray refractions and resulting digital image intensities. Explosive charges are detonated in the test section of a schlieren system and imaged by a high-speed digital camera in pseudo-streak mode. Spatiotemporal schlieren intensity maps are converted using an Abel deconvolution, Rankine-Hugoniot jump equations, ideal gas law, triangular temperature decay profile, and Schardin's standard photometric technique to yield spatiotemporal pressure maps. Temporal integration of individual pixel pressure profiles over the positive pressure duration of the shock wave yields the explosive impulse generated for a given radial standoff. Calculated explosive impulses are shown to exhibit good agreement between optically derived values and pencil gage pressure transducers.

  18. On transverse electric (TE) wave propagation in a warm moving magnetoplasma with sinusoidal electron-density distribution

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    It has been shown, using the first three moment equations in conjunction with Maxwell's equations, that the wave equation for the TE mode in a warm moving stratified magnetoplasma transforms, for an assumed sinusoidal distribution of the electron density, to the standard form of the Hill's differential equation. (Auth.)

  19. Evaluating Eve: visceral states influence the evaluation of impulsive behavior.

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    Nordgren, Loran F; van der Pligt, Joop; van Harreveld, Frenk

    2007-07-01

    Impulsive behavior is a common source of stigma. The authors argue that people often stigmatize impulsive behavior because they fail to appreciate the influence visceral impulses have on behavior. Because people tend to underestimate the motivational force of cravings for sex, drugs, food, and so forth, they are prone to stigmatize those who act on these impulses. In line with this reasoning, in 4 studies, the authors found that participants who were in a cold state (e.g., not hungry) made less favorable evaluations of a related impulsive behavior (impulsive eating) than did participants who were in a hot state (e.g., hungry). This empathy gap effect was tested with 3 different visceral states--fatigue, hunger, and sexual arousal--and was found both when participants evaluated others' impulsive behavior (Studies 1 & 2) and when participants evaluated their own impulsive behavior (Study 3). Study 3 also demonstrated that the empathy gap effect is due to different perceptions of the strength of the visceral state itself. Finally, Study 4 revealed that this effect is state specific: Hungry people, for example, evaluated only hunger-driven impulses, and not other forms of impulse, more favorably. PMID:17605590

  20. Modulation of drift-wave envelopes in a nonuniform quantum magnetoplasma

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    Misra, A. P., E-mail: apmisra@visva-bharati.ac.in, E-mail: apmisra@gmail.com [Department of Mathematics, Siksha Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan-731 235, West Bengal (India)

    2014-04-15

    We study the amplitude modulation of low-frequency, long-wavelength electrostatic drift-wave envelopes in a nonuniform quantum magnetoplasma consisting of cold ions and degenerate electrons. The effects of tunneling associated with the quantum Bohm potential and the Fermi pressure for nonrelativistic degenerate electrons, as well as the equilibrium density and magnetic field inhomogeneities are taken into account. Starting from a set of quantum magnetohydrodynamic equations, we derive a nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) that governs the dynamics of the modulated quantum drift-wave packets. The NLSE is used to study the modulational instability (MI) of a Stoke's wave train to a small plane wave perturbation. It is shown that the quantum tunneling effect as well as the scale length of inhomogeneity plays crucial roles for the MI of the drift-wave packets. Thus, the latter can propagate in the form of bright and dark envelope solitons or as drift-wave rogons in degenerate dense magnetoplasmas.

  1. Ballistic impulse gauge

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    Ault, Stanley K. (Antioch, CA)

    1993-01-01

    A gauge for detecting the impulse generated in sample materials by X-rays or other impulse producing mechanisms utilizes a pair of flat annular springs to support a plunger relative to a housing which may itself be supported by a pair of flat annular springs in a second housing. The plunger has a mounting plate mounted on one end and at the other, a position or velocity transducer is mounted. The annular springs consist of an outer ring and an inner ring with at least three arcuate members connecting the outer ring with the inner ring.

  2. Relativistic impulse dynamics.

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    Swanson, Stanley M

    2011-08-01

    Classical electrodynamics has some annoying rough edges. The self-energy of charges is infinite without a cutoff. The calculation of relativistic trajectories is difficult because of retardation and an average radiation reaction term. By reconceptuallizing electrodynamics in terms of exchanges of impulses rather than describing it by forces and potentials, we eliminate these problems. A fully relativistic theory using photonlike null impulses is developed. Numerical calculations for a two-body, one-impulse-in-transit model are discussed. A simple relationship between center-of-mass scattering angle and angular momentum was found. It reproduces the Rutherford cross section at low velocities and agrees with the leading term of relativistic distinguishable-particle quantum cross sections (Møller, Mott) when the distance of closest approach is larger than the Compton wavelength of the particle. Magnetism emerges as a consequence of viewing retarded and advanced interactions from the vantage point of an instantaneous radius vector. Radiation reaction becomes the local conservation of energy-momentum between the radiating particle and the emitted impulse. A net action is defined that could be used in developing quantum dynamics without potentials. A reinterpretation of Newton's laws extends them to relativistic motion. PMID:21929132

  3. Electron acoustic wave driven vortices with non-Maxwellian hot electrons in magnetoplasmas

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    Haque, Q. [Theoretical Physics Division, PINSTECH, P. O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); National Center for Physics Shahdrah Valley Road, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Mirza, Arshad M. [Theoretical Plasma Physics Group, Department of Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Zakir, U. [Institute of Physics and Electronics, University of Peshawar, and Khyber Pakhtun Khwa 25000 (Pakistan); Department of Physics, University of Malakand Chakdara Dir(L), Khyber Pakhtun Khwa 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan)

    2014-07-15

    Linear dispersion characteristics of the Electron Acoustic Wave (EAW) and the corresponding vortex structures are investigated in a magnetoplasma in the presence of non-Maxwellian hot electrons. In this regard, kappa and Cairns distributed hot electrons are considered. It is noticed that the nonthermal distributions affect the phase velocity of the EAW. Further, it is found that the phase velocity of EAW increases for Cairns and decreases for kappa distributed hot electrons. Nonlinear solutions in the form of dipolar vortices are also obtained for both stationary and non-stationary ions in the presence of kappa distributed hot electrons and dynamic cold electrons. It is found that the amplitude of the nonlinear vortex structures also reduces with kappa factor like the electron acoustic solitons.

  4. Electric dipole radiation at VLF in a uniform warm magneto-plasma.

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    Wang, T. N. C.; Bell, T. F.

    1972-01-01

    Use of a linear full electromagnetic wave theory to calculate the input impedance of an electric antenna embedded in a uniform, lossless, unbounded warm magnetoplasma, which is assumed to consist of warm electrons and cold ions. In calculating the dipole radiation resistance for the thermal modes and the thermally modified whistler mode the analysis includes the finite temperature only for the electrons. In deriving the formal solution of the warm plasma dipole input impedance a full-wave analysis is used and two antenna orientations are considered, parallel and perpendicular to the static magnetic field. A general dispersion equation governing the modes of propagation is derived and a detailed analysis is made of the propagation characteristics of these modes.

  5. Propagation of nonlinear coherent structures in a collisional magnetoplasma with nonthermal electrons and finite ion temperature

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    Nonlinear electrostatic waves in dissipative magnetized electron-ion (e-i) plasmas are investigated employing the two fluid model. In this regard, Zakharov Kuznetsov Burgers (ZKB) equation is derived using the small amplitude perturbation expansion method. It is observed that the nonthermal electron population, obliqueness, ion thermal effects, and kinematic viscosity significantly alter the structure of obliquely propagating nonlinear ion acoustic shock waves in dissipative e-i magnetoplasmas. It is observed that the system can admit both compressive and rarefactive shocks. The condition for the formation of both types of shocks is also given. The present study may be useful to understand the nonlinear propagation characteristics of electrostatic shock structures in space environments where the nonthermal electrons have been observed by various satellite missions such as Voyager and Freja.

  6. Bifurcations of nonlinear ion-acoustic travelling waves in a multicomponent magnetoplasma with superthermal electrons

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    Selim, M. M.; El-Depsy, A.; El-Shamy, E. F.

    2015-12-01

    Properties of nonlinear ion-acoustic travelling waves propagating in a three-dimensional multicomponent magnetoplasma system composed of positive ions, negative ions and superthermal electrons are considered. Using the reductive perturbation technique (RPT), the Zkharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equation is derived. The bifurcation theory of planar dynamical systems is applied to investigate the existence of the solitary wave solutions and the periodic travelling wave solutions of the resulting ZK equation. It is found that both compressive and rarefactive nonlinear ion-acoustic travelling waves strongly depend on the external magnetic field, the unperturbed positive-to-negative ions density ratio, the direction cosine of the wave propagation vector with the Cartesian coordinates, as well as the superthermal electron parameter. The present model may be useful for describing the formation of nonlinear ion-acoustic travelling wave in certain astrophysical scenarios, such as the D and F-regions of the Earth's ionosphere.

  7. Fully nonlinear ion-sound waves in a dense Fermi magnetoplasma

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    The nonlinear propagation of ion-sound waves in a collisionless dense electron-ion magnetoplasma is investigated. The inertialess electrons are assumed to follow a non-Boltzmann distribution due to the pressure for the Fermi plasma and the ions are described by the hydrodynamic (HD) equations. An energy balance-like equation involving a new Sagdeev-type pseudo-potential is derived in the presence of the quantum statistical effects. Numerical calculations reveal that the profiles of the Sagdeev-like potential and the ion-sound density excitations are significantly affected by the wave direction cosine and the Mach number. The present studies might be helpful to understand the excitation of nonlinear ion-sound waves in dense plasmas such as those in superdense white dwarfs and neutron stars as well as in intense laser-solid density plasma experiments

  8. Micropower impulse radar imaging

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    Hall, M.S.

    1995-11-01

    From designs developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in radar and imaging technologies, there exists the potential for a variety of applications in both public and private sectors. Presently tests are being conducted for the detection of buried mines and the analysis of civil structures. These new systems use a patented ultra-wide band (impulse) radar technology known as Micropower Impulse Radar (GPR) imaging systems. LLNL has also developed signal processing software capable of producing 2-D and 3-D images of objects embedded in materials such as soil, wood and concrete. My assignment while at LLNL has focused on the testing of different radar configurations and applications, as well as assisting in the creation of computer algorithms which enable the radar to scan target areas of different geometeries.

  9. Phase matching for third-harmonic generation in collisional magnetoplasmas

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    This paper presents a derivation of the phase-matching conditions for generation of the third-harmonic (3?1) and combination frequencies (?1+2?2), by two fundamental electromagnetic waves of frequencies ?1 and ?2, propagating in the extraordinary mode along a magnetic field in a collisional plasma. Expressions for the corresponding optimum distance of propagation for maximum output and the associated values of the phase functions have been derived. In the case of the third-harmonic generation phase matching occurs when the gyrofrequency of the electrons is twice the wave frequency (for all values of plasma frequency). In the case of the combination frequencies, the phase-matching condition is represented by an expression for plasma frequency ?p in terms of the wave frequencies ?1, ?2 and the gyrofrequency ?c of electrons. Furthermore, it is seen that in the (?c/?1)-(?2/?1) plane, phase matching occurs in a narrow region; for every point in this region, there is a corresponding value of (?p/?1). The dependence of optimum distance of propagation and the corresponding value of the phase function on electron collision frequency ?av/?1 have been graphically illustrated for a specific case. An estimate of the maximum value of the third-harmonic conversion efficiency has also been made

  10. Multi-dimensional instability of obliquely propagating ion acoustic solitary waves in electron-positron-ion superthermal magnetoplasmas

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    EL-Shamy, E. F., E-mail: emadel-shamy@hotmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Damietta University, New Damietta 34517, Egypt and Department of Physics, College of Science, King Khalid University, Abha P.O. 9004 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-08-15

    The solitary structures of multi–dimensional ion-acoustic solitary waves (IASWs) have been considered in magnetoplasmas consisting of electron-positron-ion with high-energy (superthermal) electrons and positrons are investigated. Using a reductive perturbation method, a nonlinear Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation is derived. The multi-dimensional instability of obliquely propagating (with respect to the external magnetic field) IASWs has been studied by the small-k (long wavelength plane wave) expansion perturbation method. The instability condition and the growth rate of the instability have been derived. It is shown that the instability criterion and their growth rate depend on the parameter measuring the superthermality, the ion gyrofrequency, the unperturbed positrons-to-ions density ratio, the direction cosine, and the ion-to-electron temperature ratio. Clearly, the study of our model under consideration is helpful for explaining the propagation and the instability of IASWs in space observations of magnetoplasmas with superthermal electrons and positrons.

  11. Reflection and transmission of light waves from the air-magnetoplasma interface: Spatial and angular Imbert-Fedorov shifts

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    Borhanian, Jafar, E-mail: borhanian@uma.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, P. O. Box 179, Ardabil (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    We have investigated the reflection and transmission of an electromagnetic wave from the air-magnetoplasma interface. The reflection and transmission coefficients are obtained for an arbitrary polarized incident wave. The spatial and angular Imbert-Fedorov (IF) shifts are discussed. The numerical results are presented to study the dependence of the reflection and transmission coefficients and IF shifts on relevant parameters of the system. The plasma and wave parameters can be used to control the reflection coefficients and IF shifts.

  12. Physical Principles of Operation of a Two-Stage Light Gas Magnetoplasma Launcher for High-Vacuum Ballistic Tests

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    Khramtsov, P. P.; Penyazkov, O. G.; Vasetskii, V. A.; Grishchenko, V. M.; Makhnach, A. I.; Shikh, I. A.

    2015-09-01

    The results of experimental and theoretical investigations of the operation and a two-stage light gas magnetoplasma launcher are presented. An optical method for measuring the velocity of small bodies (2-10 mm) has been developed and used in testing a combined gas discharger for micro- and macroparticle acceleration. The experimental results are in good agreement with the mathematical model of the two-stage light gas gun in the approximation of constancy of the accelerating pressure behind the striker.

  13. Specific Mass Estimates for A Vapor Core Reactor With MHD

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    This study investigated the development of a system concept for space power generation and nuclear electric propulsion based on a vapor core reactor (VCR) with magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) power conversion system, coupled to a magnetoplasma-dynamic (MPD) thruster. The VCR is a liquid-vapor core reactor concept operating with metallic uranium or uranium tetrafluoride (UF4) vapor as the fissioning fuel and alkali metals or their fluorides as working fluid in a closed Rankine cycle with MHD energy conversion. Gaseous and liquid-vapor core reactors can potentially provide the highest reactor and cycle temperature among all existing or proposed fission reactor designs. This unique feature makes this reactor concept a very natural and attractive candidate for very high power (10 to 1000 MWe) and low specific mass (0.4 to 5 kg/kWe) nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) applications since the MHD output could be coupled with minimal power conditioning to MPD thrusters or other types of thruster for producing thrust at very high specific impulse (Isp 1500 to 10,000 s). The exceptional specific mass performance of an optimized VCRMHD- NEP system could lead to a dramatic reduction in the cost and duration of manned or robotic interplanetary as well as interstellar missions. The VCR-MHD-NEP system could enable very efficient Mars cargo transfers or short (<8 month) Mars round trips with less initial mass in low Earth orbit (IMLEO). The system could also enable highly efficient lunar cargo transfer and rapid missions to other destinations throughout the solar system. (authors)

  14. Dynamic behavior of ion acoustic waves in electron-positron-ion magnetoplasmas with superthermal electrons and positrons

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    Saha, Asit, E-mail: asit-saha123@rediffmail.com, E-mail: prasantachatterjee1@rediffmail.com [Department of Mathematics, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Majitar, Rangpo, East-Sikkim 737136 (India); Department of Mathematics, Siksha Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan-731235 (India); Pal, Nikhil; Chatterjee, Prasanta, E-mail: asit-saha123@rediffmail.com, E-mail: prasantachatterjee1@rediffmail.com [Department of Mathematics, Siksha Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan-731235 (India)

    2014-10-15

    The dynamic behavior of ion acoustic waves in electron-positron-ion magnetoplasmas with superthermal electrons and positrons has been investigated in the framework of perturbed and non-perturbed Kadomtsev-Petviashili (KP) equations. Applying the reductive perturbation technique, we have derived the KP equation in electron-positron-ion magnetoplasma with kappa distributed electrons and positrons. Bifurcations of ion acoustic traveling waves of the KP equation are presented. Using the bifurcation theory of planar dynamical systems, the existence of the solitary wave solutions and the periodic traveling wave solutions has been established. Two exact solutions of these waves have been derived depending on the system parameters. Then, using the Hirota's direct method, we have obtained two-soliton and three-soliton solutions of the KP equation. The effect of the spectral index ? on propagations of the two-soliton and the three-soliton has been shown. Considering an external periodic perturbation, we have presented the quasi periodic behavior of ion acoustic waves in electron-positron-ion magnetoplasmas.

  15. Are Self-Injurers Impulsive?

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    Janis, Irene Belle; Nock, Matthew K

    2009-01-01

    Common clinical wisdom suggests that people who engage in self-injury are impulsive. However, virtually all prior work in this area has relied on individuals’ self-report of impulsiveness, despite evidence that people are limited in their ability to accurately report on cognitive processes that occur outside awareness. To address this knowledge gap, we used performance-based measures of several dimensions of impulsiveness to assess whether people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) ...

  16. Impulse control in developing brain

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    Lau, Miu-ching, Adelina.; 劉妙貞.

    2012-01-01

    Impulsivity is a complex, multifaceted domain with cognitive (level of attention), affective (emotion regulation) and behavioural (reward responsiveness) manifestations. No study had been done so far on trajectory of impulse control, attention and reward responsiveness in child development. The aim of the present study is to compare the level of impulsivity, attention and reward responsiveness among children at different stages of development. Forty Chines...

  17. Baseline impulsive choice predicts the effects of nicotine and nicotine withdrawal on impulsivity in rats

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    Kayir, Hakan; Semenova, Svetlana; Markou, Athina

    2013-01-01

    Impulsive choice, a form of impulsivity, is associated with tobacco smoking in humans. Trait impulsivity may be a vulnerability factor for smoking, or smoking may lead to impulsive behaviors. We investigated the effects of 14-day nicotine exposure (6.32 mg/kg/day base, subcutaneous minipumps) and spontaneous nicotine withdrawal on impulsive choice in low impulsive (LI) and high impulsive (HI) rats. Impulsive choice was measured in the delayed reward task in which rats choose between a small i...

  18. Impulsivity Parameter for Solar Flares

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    Fajardo-Mendieta, W. G.; Martínez-Oliveros, J. C.; Alvarado-Gómez, J. D.; Calvo-Mozo, B.

    2016-02-01

    Three phases are typically observed during solar flares: the preflare, impulsive, and decay phases. During the impulsive phase, it is believed that the electrons and other particles are accelerated after the stored energy in the magnetic field is released by reconnection. The impulsivity of a solar flare is a quantifiable property that shows how quickly this initial energy release occurs. It is measured via the impulsivity parameter, which we define as the inverse of the overall duration of the impulsive phase. We take the latter as the raw width of the most prominent nonthermal emission of the flare. We computed this observable over a work sample of 48 M-class events that occurred during the current Solar Cycle 24 by using three different methods. The first method takes into account all of the nonthermal flare emission and gives very accurate results, while the other two just cover fixed energy intervals (30–40 keV and 25–50 keV) and are useful for fast calculations. We propose an alternative way to classify solar flares according to their impulsivity parameter values, defining three different types of impulsivity, namely, high, medium, and low. This system of classification is independent of the manner used to calculated the impulsivity parameter. Lastly, we show the relevance of this tool as a discriminator of different HXR generation processes.

  19. Facets of impulsivity interactively predict body fat and binge eating in young women.

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    Meule, Adrian; Platte, Petra

    2015-04-01

    Impulsivity has been positively linked to overeating and obesity, but findings are inconsistent. Studies using the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS) show that measures of overeating appear to be most consistently associated with scores on the subscale attentional impulsivity in both non-clinical and clinical samples. Additionally, individuals with binge-eating behaviors may have elevated scores on the subscale motor impulsivity. In the current study, young women (N?=?133) completed the short form of the BIS (BIS-15), the Eating Disorder Examination - Questionnaire, and height, weight and body composition were measured. Regression analyses showed that attentional and motor impulsivity positively predicted binge eating and general eating pathology, while non-planning impulsivity negatively predicted these variables. Moreover, attentional and motor impulsivity interactively predicted percent body fat, and the number of subjective and objective binge episodes. Results show that only specific aspects of trait impulsivity (attentional and motor impulsivity) are positively associated with body mass and binge eating. Non-planning impulsivity appears to be unrelated or even inversely related to those variables, at least in female students. Elevated levels of attentional impulsivity in conjunction with high motor impulsivity may be a risk factor for overweight and clinically relevant binge eating. PMID:25582417

  20. Alexithymia, emotion dysregulation, impulsivity and aggression: A multiple mediation model.

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    Velotti, Patrizia; Garofalo, Carlo; Petrocchi, Chiara; Cavallo, Francesca; Popolo, Raffaele; Dimaggio, Giancarlo

    2016-03-30

    There is a need to better understand the antecedent of aggressive behaviors in order to tailor treatments and reduce the associated damage to the others and the self. Possible mechanisms underlying aggression are poor emotional awareness and emotion dysregulation, as well as impulsivity. Here, we examined the relationships among alexithymia, emotion dysregulation, impulsivity and aggression, comparing a mixed psychiatric sample (N=257) and a community sample (N=617). The clinical sample reported greater levels of alexithymia, emotion dysregulation, trait impulsivity and aggression, than the community sample. Furthermore, in the community sample, emotion dysregulation and impulsivity mediated the relationship (i.e., accounted for the shared variance) between alexithymia and aggression. In the clinical sample, only emotion dysregulation explained the alexithymia-aggression link. In particular, specific dimensions of the emotion dysregulation (i.e., Negative Urgency) and impulsivity constructs (i.e., cognitive and motor impulsivity) played a unique role in explaining these associations. Finally, controlling for depressive symptoms reduced some of the findings involving impulsivity to nonsignificant results. Overall, our findings add to the extant literature attesting to the relevance of alexithymia and emotion dysregulation for understanding aggression, and providing concrete recommendation for the treatment and prevention of aggressive tendencies. PMID:26803364

  1. Dust acoustic solitary and shock excitations in a Thomas-Fermi magnetoplasma

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    The linear and nonlinear properties of dust-acoustic waves are investigated in a collisionless Thomas-Fermi magnetoplasma, whose constituents are electrons, ions, and negatively charged dust particles. At dust time scale, the electron and ion number densities follow the Thomas-Fermi distribution, whereas the dust component is described by the classical fluid equations. A linear dispersion relation is analyzed to show that the wave frequencies associated with the upper and lower modes are enhanced with the variation of dust concentration. The effect of the latter is seen more strongly on the upper mode as compared to the lower mode. For nonlinear analysis, we obtain magnetized Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) and Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equations involving the dust-acoustic solitary waves in the framework of reductive perturbation technique. Furthermore, the shock wave excitations are also studied by allowing dissipation effects in the model, leading to the Korteweg-de Vries-Burgers (KdVB) and ZKB equations. The analysis reveals that the dust-acoustic solitary and shock excitations in a Thomas-Fermi plasma are strongly influenced by the plasma parameters, e.g., dust concentration, dust temperature, obliqueness, magnetic field strength, and dust fluid viscosity. The present results should be important for understanding the solitary and shock excitations in the environments of white dwarfs or supernova, where dust particles can exist

  2. Whistler wave excitation by a loop antenna in a bounded collisional magnetoplasma

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    Kudrin, A V; Es' kin, V A [Department of Radiophysics, University of Nizhny Novgorod, 23 Gagarin Avenue, Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Krafft, C [Laboratoire de Physique et Technologie des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Zaboronkova, T M [Department of Applied Physics, Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod, 24 Minin Street, Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation)], E-mail: kud@rf.unn.ru

    2008-05-15

    Excitation of electromagnetic waves by spatially bounded given electric currents in the presence of an axially magnetized cylindrical plasma column surrounded by free space is studied. A rigorous solution for the total field comprising both the discrete and continuous parts of the spatial spectrum of the excited waves is found. Using the obtained field representation, an expression for the impedance of a loop antenna is derived and the contributions of guided and unguided modes of the column to the antenna impedance are determined for the whistler frequency range. Conditions have been revealed under which the real part of the antenna impedance is dominated by the contribution of guided waves. It is shown that when allowance for relatively small collisional losses in the plasma results in division of the guided whistler waves into weakly and strongly damped modes with significantly different field structures, appreciable redistribution of the antenna-launched power among the excited modes takes place. The results obtained are useful for clarification of the power-absorption mechanisms of whistler-range waves in a cylindrical magnetoplasma.

  3. Formation of the compression zone in a plasma flow generated by a magnetoplasma compressor

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    Solyakov, D. G., E-mail: solyakov@ipp.kharkov.ua; Petrov, Yu. V.; Garkusha, I. E.; Chebotarev, V. V.; Ladygina, M. S.; Cherednichenko, T. N.; Morgal’, Ya. I.; Kulik, N. V.; Stal’tsov, V. V.; Eliseev, D. V. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Plasma Physics, National Science Center Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology (Ukraine)

    2013-12-15

    Processes occurring in a plasma flow generated by a magnetoplasma compressor (MPC) during the formation of the compression zone are discussed. The paper presents results of measurements of the spatial distribution of the electric current in the plasma flow, the temporal and spatial (along the flow) distributions of the plasma density, and the profiles of the velocity of individual flow layers along the system axis. The spatial distribution of the electromagnetic force in the flow is analyzed. It is shown that the plasma flow is decelerated when approaching the compression zone and reaccelerated after passing it. In this case, the plasma flow velocity decreases from ? = (2–3) × 10{sup 7} cm/s at the MPC output to ? < 10{sup 6} cm/s in the region of maximum compression and then again increases to 10{sup 7} cm/s at a distance of 15–17 cm from the MPC output. In some MPC operating modes, a displacement of the magnetic field from the compression zone and the formation of toroidal electric current vortices in the plasma flow after passing the compression zone were detected.

  4. Electric field variability and classifications of Titan's magnetoplasma environment

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon Titan is driven by photochemistry, charged particle precipitation from Saturn's upstream magnetosphere, and presumably by the diffusion of the magnetospheric field into the outer ionosphere, amongst other processes. Ion pickup, controlled by the upstream convection electric field, plays a role in the loss of this atmosphere. The interaction of Titan with Saturn's magnetosphere results in the formation of a flow-induced magnetosphere. The upstream magnetoplasma environment of Titan is a complex and highly variable system and significant quasi-periodic modulations of the plasma in this region of Saturn's magnetosphere have been reported. In this paper we quantitatively investigate the effect of these quasi-periodic modulations on the convection electric field at Titan. We show that the electric field can be significantly perturbed away from the nominal radial orientation inferred from Voyager 1 observations, and demonstrate that upstream categorisation schemes must be used with care when undertaking quantitative studies of Titan's magnetospheric interaction, particularly where assumptions regarding the orientation of the convection electric field are made.

  5. Diffusion and transport phenomena in a collisional magnetoplasma having both streaming and temperature anisotropy: Collisional kinetics

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    J N Mohanty; K C Baral; G Nath

    2007-03-01

    Boltzmann-transport equation is analytically solved for two-component magnetoplasma using Chapman-Enskog analysis to include collisional diffusion transport having anisotropies in both streaming velocity and temperature components. The modified collisional integrals are analytically solved with flux integrals and perturbed kinetic equation to arrive at drift diffusion velocity and resulting transport coefficients which are markedly affected by both streaming and temperature anisotropy. The early isotropic results are recovered in the limit $V_{0} = 0$ and $T_{\\|} = T_{\\bot}$ which reduce to eqs (11.30) and (11.31) of [1] and eqs (2.7) and (2.13) of [2]. The electrical resistivity (n_{\\bot}) diminishes sharply in fusion temperature limit $kT_{\\bot} = 1$ keV. The shape of the curves for both electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity is rectangular hyperbolic. However, for low thermal ratio $(T_{\\|}/T_{\\bot} < 1)$, the curves are raised up and for high thermal ratio $(T_{\\|}/T_{\\bot} > 1)$, they are lowered down the isotropic case $(T_{\\|}/T_{\\bot} > 1)$, showing comparatively diminished magnitudes of the quantities.

  6. Self-focusing and cross-focusing of Gaussian electromagnetic beams in fully ionized collisional magnetoplasmas

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    This paper presents an analysis and subsequent discussion of the phenomena of self-focusing of single electromagnetic Gaussian beams and cross-focusing of multiple coaxial beams in fully ionized magnetoplasma, taking into account the Ohmic heating of the electrons by the beams and loss of energy by electrons due to collision with the ions and electronic thermal conduction; the energy gained by ions in collision with the electrons has been equated to the energy lost on account of ionic thermal conduction. It is seen that the inclusion of the ionic thermal conduction reduces self/cross-focusing for high values of the magnetic field (?ec) and enhances the same for low values of the magnetic field (?e>>?c); here ?e is the electron collision frequency and ?c,?c are the cyclotron frequencies of electrons and ions, respectively. The wave frequency is assumed to be much higher than the cyclotron frequency of the electrons. The results lead to the conclusion that considerable error occurs by neglecting ionic thermal conduction in a collisional plasma

  7. Solitons and shocks in dense astrophysical magnetoplasmas with relativistic degenerate electrons and positrons

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    Ali, S. [National Centre for Physics at QAU Campus, Shahdra Valley Road, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Ata-ur-Rahman [National Centre for Physics at QAU Campus, Shahdra Valley Road, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Institute of Physics and Electronics, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25000 (Pakistan)

    2014-04-15

    The linear and nonlinear properties of the ion-acoustic (IA) waves are investigated in a relativistically degenerate magnetoplasma, whose constituents are the electrons, positrons, and ions. The electrons and positrons are assumed to obey the Fermi-Dirac statistics, whereas the cold ions are taken to be inertial and magnetized. In linear analysis, various limiting cases are discussed both analytically and numerically. However, for nonlinear studies, the well-known reductive perturbation technique is employed to derive the Zakharov-Kuznetsov and Zakharov-Kuznetsov Burgers equations in the presence of relativistically degenerate electrons and positrons. Furthermore, with the use of hyperbolic tangent method, the equations are simplified to admit the soliton and shock wave solutions. Numerically, it is shown that the amplitude, width, and phase speed associated with the localized IA solitons and shocks are significantly influenced by the various intrinsic plasma parameters relevant to our model. The present analysis can be useful for understanding the collective processes in dense astrophysical environments like neutron stars, where the electrons and positrons are expected to be relativistic and degenerate.

  8. Dynamic behavior of the quantum Zakharov-Kuznetsov equations in dense quantum magnetoplasmas

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    Zhen, Hui-Ling; Tian, Bo; Wang, Yu-Feng; Zhong, Hui; Sun, Wen-Rong

    2014-01-01

    Quantum Zakharov-Kuznetsov (qZK) equation is found in a dense quantum magnetoplasma. Via the spectral analysis, we investigate the Hamiltonian and periodicity of the qZK equation. Using the Hirota method, we obtain the bilinear forms and N-soliton solutions. Asymptotic analysis on the two-soliton solutions shows that the soliton interaction is elastic. Figures are plotted to reveal the propagation characteristics and interaction between the two solitons. We find that the one soliton has a single peak and its amplitude is positively related to He, while the two solitons are parallel when He < 2, otherwise, the one soliton has two peaks and the two solitons interact with each other. Hereby, He is proportional to the ratio of the strength of magnetic field to the electronic Fermi temperature. External periodic force on the qZK equation yields the chaotic motions. Through some phase projections, the process from a sequence of the quasi-period doubling to chaos can be observed. The chaotic behavior is observed since the power spectra are calculated, and the quasi-period doubling states of perturbed qZK equation are given. The final chaotic state of the perturbed qZK is obtained.

  9. Dust acoustic solitary and shock excitations in a Thomas-Fermi magnetoplasma

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    Rahim, Z.; Qamar, A. [Institute of Physics and Electronics, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25000 (Pakistan); National Center for Physics (NCP) at QAU Campus, Shahdra Valley Road, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Ali, S. [National Center for Physics (NCP) at QAU Campus, Shahdra Valley Road, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan)

    2014-07-15

    The linear and nonlinear properties of dust-acoustic waves are investigated in a collisionless Thomas-Fermi magnetoplasma, whose constituents are electrons, ions, and negatively charged dust particles. At dust time scale, the electron and ion number densities follow the Thomas-Fermi distribution, whereas the dust component is described by the classical fluid equations. A linear dispersion relation is analyzed to show that the wave frequencies associated with the upper and lower modes are enhanced with the variation of dust concentration. The effect of the latter is seen more strongly on the upper mode as compared to the lower mode. For nonlinear analysis, we obtain magnetized Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) and Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equations involving the dust-acoustic solitary waves in the framework of reductive perturbation technique. Furthermore, the shock wave excitations are also studied by allowing dissipation effects in the model, leading to the Korteweg-de Vries-Burgers (KdVB) and ZKB equations. The analysis reveals that the dust-acoustic solitary and shock excitations in a Thomas-Fermi plasma are strongly influenced by the plasma parameters, e.g., dust concentration, dust temperature, obliqueness, magnetic field strength, and dust fluid viscosity. The present results should be important for understanding the solitary and shock excitations in the environments of white dwarfs or supernova, where dust particles can exist.

  10. Dynamic behavior of the quantum Zakharov-Kuznetsov equations in dense quantum magnetoplasmas

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    Quantum Zakharov-Kuznetsov (qZK) equation is found in a dense quantum magnetoplasma. Via the spectral analysis, we investigate the Hamiltonian and periodicity of the qZK equation. Using the Hirota method, we obtain the bilinear forms and N-soliton solutions. Asymptotic analysis on the two-soliton solutions shows that the soliton interaction is elastic. Figures are plotted to reveal the propagation characteristics and interaction between the two solitons. We find that the one soliton has a single peak and its amplitude is positively related to He, while the two solitons are parallel when He?e is proportional to the ratio of the strength of magnetic field to the electronic Fermi temperature. External periodic force on the qZK equation yields the chaotic motions. Through some phase projections, the process from a sequence of the quasi-period doubling to chaos can be observed. The chaotic behavior is observed since the power spectra are calculated, and the quasi-period doubling states of perturbed qZK equation are given. The final chaotic state of the perturbed qZK is obtained

  11. Dynamic behavior of the quantum Zakharov-Kuznetsov equations in dense quantum magnetoplasmas

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    Zhen, Hui-Ling; Tian, Bo, E-mail: tian-bupt@163.com; Wang, Yu-Feng; Zhong, Hui; Sun, Wen-Rong [State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, and School of Science, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876 (China)

    2014-01-15

    Quantum Zakharov-Kuznetsov (qZK) equation is found in a dense quantum magnetoplasma. Via the spectral analysis, we investigate the Hamiltonian and periodicity of the qZK equation. Using the Hirota method, we obtain the bilinear forms and N-soliton solutions. Asymptotic analysis on the two-soliton solutions shows that the soliton interaction is elastic. Figures are plotted to reveal the propagation characteristics and interaction between the two solitons. We find that the one soliton has a single peak and its amplitude is positively related to H{sub e}, while the two solitons are parallel when H{sub e}?

  12. Determination of carrier mobility and density in semiconductors by the contactless magnetoplasma methods

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    Considered are new contactless electromagnetic magnetoplasma methods for investigating conductivity parameters in semiconductors in the region of classically weak (BB approximately 1) magnetic fields. A semiconductor is placed into a constant magnetic field but, unlike the Hall measurements where determined are electric field components in a semiconductor with current, measurements according to the new methods include the contactless determination of the components of a variable magnetic field excited in the semiconductor. The case of an isotropic semiconductor was considered. It is shown that the new methods permit to determine the Hall mobility and charge carrier concentration in the region of weak magnetic fields. In the region of intermediate fields the factor ?1, included as a multiplier in expressions for experimentally measured nondiagonal component of conductivity tensor, has a simpler dependence on the magnetic field as compared with the Hall factor. This permit to determine drift mobility and exact concentration. Experimental measurements of electron mobility and density in InSb and Ge are given

  13. Impulsivity, gender, and the platelet serotonin transporter in healthy subjects

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Donatella Marazziti, Stefano Baroni, Irene Masala, Francesca Golia, Giorgio Consoli, Gabriele Massimetti, Michela Picchetti, Mario Catena Dell’Osso, Gino Giannaccini, Laura Betti, Antonio Lucacchini, Antonio CiapparelliDipartimento di Psichiatria, Neurobiologia, Farmacologia e Biotecnologie, University of Pisa, Pisa, ItalyAbstract: The present study explored the possible relationships between impulsivity, gender, and a peripheral serotonergic marker, the platelet serotonin (5-HT transporter (SERT, in a group of 32 healthy subjects. The impulsivity was measured by means of the Barratt Impulsivity Scale, version 11 (BIS-11, a widely used self-report questionnaire, and the platelet SERT was evaluated by means of the specific binding of 3H-paroxetine (3H-Par to platelet membranes, according to standardized protocols. The results showed that women had a higher BIS-11 total score than men, and also higher scores of two factors of the same scale: the motor impulsivity and the cognitive complexity. The analysis of the correlations revealed that the density of the SERT proteins, as measured by the maximum binding capacity (Bmax of 3H-Par, was significantly and positively related to the cognitive complexity factor, but only in men. Men showed also a significant and negative correlation with the dissociation constant, Kd, of (3H-Par binding, and the motor impulsivity factor. These findings suggest that women are generally more impulsive than men, but that the 5-HT system is more involved in the impulsivity of men than in that of women.Keywords: impulsivity, gender, serotonin transporter, Barratt Impulsivity Scale, platelets, 3H-paroxetine

  14. Neurobiological mechanisms for impulsive-aggression: the role of MAOA.

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    Dorfman, Hayley M; Meyer-Lindenberg, Andreas; Buckholtz, Joshua W

    2014-01-01

    Aggression may be present across a large part of the spectrum of psychopathology, and underlies costly criminal antisocial behaviors. Human aggression is a complex and underspecified construct, confounding scientific discovery. Nevertheless, some biologically tractable subtypes are apparent, and one in particular-impulsive (reactive) aggression-appears to account for many facets of aggression-related dysfunction in psychiatric illness. Impulsive-aggression is significantly heritable, suggesting genetic transmission. However, the specific neurobiological mechanisms that mediate genetic risk for impulsive-aggression remain unclear. Here, we review extant data on the genetics and neurobiology of individual differences in impulsive-aggression, with particular attention to the role of genetic variation in Monoamine Oxidase A (MAOA) and its impact on serotonergic signaling within corticolimbic circuitry. PMID:24470068

  15. Exact impulsive gravitational waves in spacetimes of constant curvature

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    2002-01-01

    Exact solutions exist which describe impulsive gravitational waves propagating in Minkowski, de Sitter, or anti-de Sitter universes. These may be either nonexpanding or expanding. Both cases in each background are reviewed here from a unified point of view. All the main methods for their construction are described systematically: the Penrose "cut and paste" method, explicit construction of continuous coordinates, distributional limits of sandwich waves, embedding from higher dimensions, and boosts of sources or limits of infinite accelerations. Attention is concentrated on the most interesting specific solutions. In particular, the nonexpanding impulsive waves that are generated by null multipole particles are described. These generalize the well-known Aichelburg-Sexl and Hotta-Tanaka monopole solutions. Also described are the expanding spherical impulses that are generated by snapping and colliding strings. Geodesics and some other properties of impulsive wave spacetimes are also summarized.

  16. Impulsive Light-Like Signals

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    Barrabès, C.; Hogan, P. A.

    A general characterisation of an impulsive light-like signal was given1,2. The signal may consist of a shell of null matter and/or an impulsive gravitational wave. Both parts of the signal can be unambiguously identified3,4. The signals can be used to model bursts of gravitational radiation and light- like matter accompanying cataclysmic events such as supernovae and neutron star collisions. Also in high speed collisions of compact objects such as black-holes or neutron stars the gravitational fields of these objects resemble those of impulsive light-like signals when the objects are boosted to the speed of light. Several examples of impulsive light-like signals were presented, in particular those produced by recoil effects5 and by the Aichelburg-Sexl boost of an isolated gravitating multipole source6. The detection of these signals was also discussed7.

  17. Impulsivity, risk taking, and timing.

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    Baumann, Ana A; Odum, Amy L

    2012-07-01

    This study examined the relations among measures of impulsivity and timing. Impulsivity was assessed using delay and probability discounting, and self-report impulsivity (as measured by the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale; BIS-11). Timing was assessed using temporal perception as measured on a temporal bisection task and time perspective (as measured by the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory). One hundred and forty three college students completed these measures in a computer laboratory. The degree of delay discounting was positively correlated with the mean and range of the temporal bisection procedure. The degree of delay and probability discounting were also positively correlated. Self-reported motor impulsiveness on the BIS-11 was positively correlated with present hedonism and negatively correlated with future orientation on the ZTPI. Self-reported non-planning on the BIS-11 was positively correlated with fatalism on the ZTPI. These results show that people who overestimate the passage of time (perceive time as passing more quickly) hold less value in delayed rewards. They also confirm previous results regarding the relation between delay and probability discounting, as well as highlight similarities in self-report measures of impulsivity and time perspective. PMID:22542458

  18. Non-linear diffusion of charged particles in a turbulent magnetoplasma

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    A unified theory is presented which describes non-linear effects on relative and absolute diffusion of charged particles in a magnetoplasma, in analogy with analogous methods used for diffusion studies of pollutants in the environment. Explicit results are obtained for non-linear diffusion of test particles represented by their guiding centers in a turbulent energy spectrum in K-1 and K-3, which corresponds to recent measurements in the T.F.R. Tokamak. As expected, a BOHM scaling of the absolute diffusion coefficient is obtained for frozen turbulence. The growth of an initially small cloud of particles in an arbitrary turbulent medium corresponds to the process of relative diffusion. It is described by a generalization of the Brownian motion, including a first stage of very slow initial relative diffusion, followed by a stage of rapid expansion of the cloud up to the final stage in which particles become uncorrelated, and Brownian diffusion is reached asymptotically. The stage of exponential growth, observed in fluid turbulence corresponds to the clump effect in plasma turbulence. It is entirely due to the effect of trajectory correlations. The LJAPUNOV exponent of this exponential separation is obtained analytically. Numerical solutions of the diffusion equation are presented for the effective radius of the cloud as function of time in the case of a model spectrum of drift-wave turbulence. When compared with classical Brownian diffusion of uncorrelated particles, the effective ''diffusion coefficient'' for correlated particles is found to be reduced by orders of magnitude for rather long times. Practical implications for experimental situations are also discussed (Barium clouds released in the ionosphere, pellet injection in e.g. Tokamaks)

  19. Self-organization of local magnetoplasma structures in the upper layers of the solar convection zone

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    Self-organization and evolution of magnetoplasma structures in the upper layers of the solar convection zone are discussed as a process of diffuse aggregation of magnetic flux tubes. Equations describing the tube motion under the action of magnetic interaction forces, hydrodynamic forces, and random forces are written explicitly. The process of aggregation of magnetic flux tubes into magnetic flux clusters of different shapes and dimensions is simulated numerically. The obtained structures are compared with the observed morphological types of sunspot groups. The quantitative comparison with the observational data was performed by comparing the fractal dimensions of the photospheric magnetic structures observed in solar active regions with those of structures obtained in the numerical experiment. The model has the following free parameters: the numbers of magnetic flux tubes with opposite polarities on the considered area element (Nn and Ns), the average radius of the cross section of the magnetic flux tube (a), its effective length (l), the twist factor of the tube field (k), and the absolute value of the average velocity of chaotic tube displacements (d). Variations in these parameters in physically reasonable limits leads to the formation of structures (tube clusters of different morphological types) having different fractal dimensions. Using the NOAA 10488 active region, which appeared and developed into a complicated configuration near the central meridian, as an example, it is shown that good quantitative agreement between the fractal dimensions is achieved at the following parameters of the model: Nn = Ns = 250 ± 50; a = 150 ± 50 km; l ? 5000 km, and d = 80 ± 10 m/s. These results do not contradict the observational data and theoretical estimates obtained in the framework of the Parker “spaghetti” model and provide new information on the physical processes resulting in the origin and evolution of local magnetic plasma structures in the near-photospheric layers of the solar convection zone

  20. Dense Z-pinch plasma as a dynamical percolating network: from laboratory plasmas to a magnetoplasma universe.

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    Kukushkin, A. B.; Rantsev-Kartinov, V. A.

    The results of a high-resolution processing, based on techniques of fractal dimension analysis, of experimental data from earlier experiments on the linear Z-pinches are presented, which prove the electric current-carrying plasmas to be a random fractal medium. The basic building block of this medium is identified to be an almost-closed helical filamentary magnetoplasma configuration (called heteromac). The heteromacs are coupled together through long-range self-sustained filamentation and, thus, form a dynamical percolating network with dissipation. The results (i) extend recently identified phenomenon of the 3D large-scale (up to several centimeter size) helical filamentary plasma structures (Kukushkin et al. 1994, 1995, 1997) in plasma focus gaseous discharges to the case of Z-pinch gaseous discharges and (ii) provide a novel view into the dynamics of Z-pinch's necks, plasma spikes, and magnetic bubbles as well as into generic features of electric current-carrying plasmas varying from low-electric current laboratory plasmas to cosmic plasmas. This covers about 30 orders of magnitude of length scale and suggests unprecedented opportunities for interpolating between and extrapolating from well-understood phenomena. A magnetoplasma universe model is suggested.

  1. Formation of solitary structures in uniform and nonuniform magnetoplasmas with superthermal electrons: a non-reductive perturbative approach

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    Masood, W.; Hassan, Sunia; Batool, N.; Siddiq, M.

    2013-11-01

    Electrostatic solitary structures are studied in uniform and nonuniform magnetoplasmas with superthermal electrons. In the linear analysis, the differences in the acoustic frequencies for Maxwellian, Cairns, and Kappa distributed electrons for both homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas are highlighted and discussed. It is shown that using the linear dispersion relation, nonlinear Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equation can be derived both for the homogeneous and inhomogeneous magnetoplasmas. The solution of the ZK equation is presented using the tangent hyperbolic method. It is found that the increasing magnetic field and the angle of propagation enhances the amplitude whereas the increasing number density mitigates the amplitude of the acoustic drift solitary wave. Furthermore, it is observed that the amplitude of the solitary structure is maximum for Cairns, intermediate for Maxwellian, and minimum for the Kappa distributed electrons. The results presented in this paper may be beneficial to understand the formation of electrostatic drift solitary waves in planetary environments where the nonthermal population of electrons are observed by various satellite missions.

  2. DIMENSIONS OF IMPULSIVITY AMONG HEAVY DRINKERS, SMOKERS, AND HEAVY DRINKING SMOKERS: SINGULAR AND COMBINED EFFECTS

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    Moallem, Nathasha R.; Ray, Lara A

    2012-01-01

    Alcohol use and cigarette smoking commonly co-occur. The role impulsivity may play as a common underlying mechanism in alcohol use and cigarette smoking is of particular interest due to emerging evidence of it being a critical component across multiple forms of addiction. Impulsivity can be examined through several constructs including, risky decision-making, response inhibition, and delay reward discounting. Impulsivity and each of these specific constructs play significant roles in the init...

  3. Impulsivity Parameter for Solar Flares

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    Fajardo-Mendieta, W G; Alvarado-Gómez, J D; Calvo-Mozo, B

    2016-01-01

    Three phases are typically observed during solar flares: the preflare, impulsive, and decay phases. During the impulsive phase, it is believed that the electrons and other particles are accelerated after the stored energy in the magnetic field is released by reconnection. The impulsivity of a solar flare is a quantifiable property that shows how quickly this initial energy release occurs. It is measured via the impulsivity parameter, which we define as the inverse of the overall duration of the impulsive phase. We take the latter as the raw width of the most prominent nonthermal emission of the flare. We computed this observable over a work sample of 48 M-class events that occurred during the current Solar Cycle 24 by using three different methods. The first method takes into account all of the nonthermal flare emission and gives very accurate results, while the other two just cover fixed energy intervals (30-40 keV and 25-50 keV) and are useful for fast calculations. We propose an alternative way to classify...

  4. Impulse control disorders and depression.

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    Lejoyeux, Michel; Arbaretaz, Marie; McLoughlin, Mary; Adès, Jean

    2002-05-01

    This study assessed the frequency of impulse control disorders (ICDs) and their association with bulimia, compulsive buying, and suicide attempts in a population of depressed inpatients. We investigated ICDs using the Minnesota Impulsive Disorders Interview. Patients answered the Zuckerman Sensation-Seeking Scale and the Barratt Impulsivity Rating Scale. Among the 31 depressed patients who met criteria for ICD (ICD+ group), we found 18 cases of intermittent explosive disorder, three cases of pathological gambling, four cases of kleptomania, three cases of pyromania, and three cases of trichotillomania. Patients with co-occurring ICDs were significantly younger (mean age = 37.7 versus 42.8 years). Patients with kleptomania had a higher number of previous depressive episodes (5.7 versus 1.3), and patients with pyromania had a higher number of previous depressions (3.3 versus 1.3, p =.01). Bipolar disorders were more frequent in the ICD+ group than in the ICD- group (19% versus 1.3%, p =.002), whereas antisocial personality was not (3% versus 1%, p = ns). Bulimia (42% versus 10.5%, p =.005) and compulsive buying (51% versus 22%, p =.006) were significantly more frequent in the ICD+ group. Patients from the ICD+ group had higher scores of motor impulsivity assessed with the Barratt Impulsivity rating scale (p =.01). PMID:12011611

  5. Impulsivity, impulsive and reflective processes and the development of alcohol use and misuse in adolescents and young adults

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper contrasts dual-process and personality approaches in the prediction of addictive behaviors and related risk behaviors. In dual-process models, behavior is described as the joint outcome of qualitatively different “impulsive” (or associative and “reflective” processes. There are important individual differences regarding both types of processes, and the relative strength of both in a specific situation is influenced by prior behavior and state variables (e.g., fatigue, alcohol use. From this perspective, a specific behavior (e.g., alcohol misuse can be predicted by the combined indices of the behavior-related impulsive processes (e.g., associations with alcohol, and reflective processes, including the ability to refrain from a motivationally salient action. Personality approaches have reported that general traits such as impulsivity predict addictive behaviors. Here we contrast these two approaches, with supplementary analyses on four datasets. We hypothesized that trait impulsivity can predict specific risky behaviors, but that its predictive power disappears once specific behavior-related associations, indicators of executive functioning, and their interaction are entered into the equation. In all four studies the observed interaction between specific associations and Executive Control (EC was robust: trait impulsivity did not diminish the prediction of alcohol use by the interaction. Trait impulsivity was not always related to alcohol use, and when it was, the predictive power disappeared after entering the interaction between behavior-specific associations and EC in one study, but not in the other. These findings are interpreted in relation to the validity of the measurements used, which leads to a more refined hypothesis.

  6. The role of affective instability and UPPS impulsivity in borderline personality disorder features.

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    Tragesser, Sarah L; Robinson, R Joe

    2009-08-01

    Current theories of borderline personality disorder (BPD) suggest that extreme levels of affective instability/emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, or a combination of these traits account for the symptoms of BPD. The present study tested the extent to which personality measures of affective instability and impulsivity could account for BPD features in a nonclinical sample. One hundred forty-one undergraduates completed the Affective Lability Scale, the UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale, and the Personality Assessment Inventory for Borderlines. Both affective instability and impulsivity were uniquely associated with BPD features. Shifts between euthymia and anger, and between anxiety and depression, were associated with BPD features, as were the urgency and (lack of) premeditation scales. Results indicated that specific BPD features may be differentially accounted for by affective instability vs. impulsivity, consistent with perspectives on BPD emphasizing combinations of affective instability and impulsivity as underlying dimensions of the disorder. PMID:19663657

  7. Periodic Motion of the van der Pol Equation with Impulsive Effect

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    Zheng, Shasha; Fu, Xilin

    In this paper, we investigate the dynamics of the periodic motion for switched van der Pol equation with impulsive effect, utilizing the theory of mapping dynamics in switching systems. For the optimized problem, we consider such impulsive dynamical model as switched system and analyze its features from a discontinuous point of view. Then, conceptions of switching sets as well as discrete mappings are briefly reviewed. By constructing generic mappings, we analyze the flow's periodic behaviors from the perspective of mapping structures. Finally, we apply our analysis and criterion to a specific impulsive model at fixed points and the periodic motions with impulse to the boundary are illustrated.

  8. Impulsivity: four ways five factors are not basic to addiction.

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    Gullo, Matthew J; Loxton, Natalie J; Dawe, Sharon

    2014-11-01

    Several impulsivity-related models have been applied to understanding the vulnerability to addiction. While there is a growing consensus that impulsivity is multifaceted, debate continues as to the precise number of facets and, more critically, which are most relevant to explaining the addiction-risk profile. In many ways, the current debate mirrors that which took place in the personality literature in the early 1990s (e.g., Eysenck's 'Big Three' versus Costa and McCrae's 'Big Five'). Indeed, many elements of this debate are relevant to the current discussion of the role of impulsivity in addictive behavior. Specifically, 1) the use of factor analysis as an atheoretical 'truth-grinding machine'; 2) whether additional facets add explanatory power over fewer; 3) the delineation of specific neurocognitive pathways from each facet to addictive behaviors, and; 4) the relative merit of 'top-down' versus 'bottom-up' approaches to the understanding of impulsivity. Ultimately, the utility of any model of impulsivity and addiction lies in its heuristic value and ability to integrate evidence from different levels of analysis. Here, we make the case that theoretically-driven, bottom-up models proposing two factors deliver the optimal balance of explanatory power, parsimony, and integration of evidence. PMID:24576666

  9. Impulse-Excited Energy Harvester based on Potassium-Ion- Electret

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    Ashizawa, H.; Mitsuya, H.; Ishibashi, K.; Ishikawa, T.; Fujita, H.; Hashiguchi, G.; Toshiyoshi, H.

    2015-12-01

    We have developed an energy harvester that is specifically desired for impulse acceleration of infrastructure vibrations such as sudden motion at railway bridges. The energy harvester based on potassium-ion-electret on the sidewalls of 1.8- ?m-gap comb electrodes generated a 64 ?Ap-p current during low impulse acceleration, which was large enough to light a green LED.

  10. Impulse formalism for atom-molecule collisions: Inadequacy of the peaking approximation

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    Expressions for differential and total cross sections for atom-diatom scattering are derived using the impulse formalism without any approximations. Results for the rotational-vibrational scattering are obtained without using the peaking approximation (PA). For the specific case of a hard-core potential, it is shown that, except for elastic scattering, PA results are substantially different from the true impulse results

  11. Commentary on Hyperkinetic Impulse Disorder

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    Barkley, Russell A.

    2011-01-01

    Dr. Goldstein continues the laudable practice of reprinting articles of historical significance in the history of ADHD with this selective reprinting of material from the original article by Maurice Laufer, Eric Denhoff, and Gerald Solomons on hyperkinetic impulsive disorder (HID) in children. This article on HID is among the first articles to…

  12. Impulse sales cooler. Final report

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    Pedersen, Per Henrik (DTI, Taastrup (Denmark))

    2010-11-15

    In the past years, the use of impulse coolers has increased considerably and it is estimated that at least 30.000 are installed in shops in Denmark. In addition, there are many small barrel-shaped can coolers. Most impulse coolers are open, which results in a large consumption of energy, and the refrigeration systems are often quite inefficient. A typical impulse cooler uses app. 5 - 8 kWh/day corresponding to a consumption of energy in the magnitude of 60 GWh/year. For several years, the Danish company Vestfrost A/S has produced an impulse sales cooler in the high-efficiency end and the energy consumption of the cooler is measured to be 4.15 kWh/day. The POS72 cooler formed the baseline of this project. At the start-up meeting in 2008, several ideas were discussed with the objective to reduce energy consumption and to use natural refrigerants. Among the ideas were better air curtains, removable lids, better condensers, use of R600a refrigeration system and better insulation. Three generations of prototypes were built and tested in a climate chamber at Danish Technological Institute and the third generation showed very good performance: the energy consumption was measured to 2.215 kWh/day, which is a 47% reduction compared to the baseline. That was achieved by: 1) Improving the cold air cycling system including the air curtain. 2) Using the natural refrigerant R600a (isobutane) and the Danfoss NLE9KTK compressor, which has better efficiency compared to the compressor in the baseline product. 3) Using a box type condenser without fins (preventing dust build-up) and with a relatively high surface area. 4) Improving the insulation value of the plastic cabinet by reducing turbulence in the air gap between the plastic walls and improving the insulation value of the EPS moulded insulation surrounding the refrigeration system at the bottom of the cooler. 5) Preventing short-circuit of warm air around the condenser. 6) The improvements are cost efficient and will not add much to the cost of the cooler. The development project has resulted in a unique impulse sales cooler using natural refrigerant and a refrigeration system, which consumes about half the amount of energy compared to the previous Vestfrost impulse cooler and less than half of the energy compared to other types of impulse sales coolers. (LN)

  13. Online Impulse Buying and Product Involvement

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    Tsai Chen

    2008-01-01

    Do consumers behavior different on the Internet from other marketing channels? This study investigates impulse buying behaviors in both traditional store and online shopping contexts. The results show that impulsive buying tendency and involvement with clothing products is positively associated with impulse buying behavior of clothing in traditional store shopping, but not online. For computer peripherals, on the other hand, higher impulsive buying tendency and higher product involvement are ...

  14. Nonparaxial theory of laser-driven plasma waves phase velocity in partially stripped magneto-plasma channels and wakefield acceleration

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    A nonlinear theory of nonparaxial propagation of ultraintense and ultrashort circularly polarized Gaussian laser pulses through an inhomogeneous partially stripped underdense magneto-plasma channel with a parabolic radial density profile is examined analytically and by one-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. The direction of magnetic field is considered along the direction of propagation of the pulse. An analytical expression for the wakefield is derived. It is observed that wakefield structures depend on the applied external magnetic field and inhomogeneity of a plasma. Further, equations for the plasma waves phase velocity and the laser pulse group velocity are derived and examined numerically. It is observed that the group velocity of a laser pulse is significantly greater than the plasma waves phase velocity. These velocities depend on the applied magnetic field and the polarization state of the electric field of the laser pulse. (paper)

  15. Effects of inhomogeneity on the Shukla-Nambu-Salimullah and wake potentials in a streaming dusty magnetoplasma

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    Detailed properties of the electrostatic Shukla-Nambu-Salimullah and the dynamical oscillatory wake potentials in an inhomogeneous dusty magnetoplasma in the presence of ion streaming, as in a laboratory discharge plasma, have been examined analytically. The potentials become sensitive functions of the external static magnetic field, the scale-length of inhomogeneity, and the deviation from the linear ion streaming velocity. For a decreasing ion density gradient, there is a limit of existence of the static modified shielding potential. For a strongly inhomogeneous dusty plasma, the effective length of the oscillatory wake potential increases with increasing deviation of the ion streaming velocity (ui0y), but it does not depend on the external magnetic field. (author)

  16. Nonlinear dispersion and transverse profile of intense electromagnetic waves, propagating through electron-positron-ion hot magnetoplasma

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    Javan, N. Sepehri; Homami, S. H. H.

    2015-02-01

    Self-guided nonlinear propagation of intense circularly-polarized electromagnetic waves in a hot electron-positron-ion magnetoplasma is studied. Using a relativistic fluid model, a nonlinear equation is derived, which describes the interaction of the electromagnetic wave with the plasma in the quasi-neutral approximation. Transverse Eigen modes, the nonlinear dispersion relation and the group velocity are obtained. Results show that the transverse profile in the case of magnetized plasma with cylindrical symmetry has a radially damping oscillatory form. Effect of applying external magnetic fields, existence of the electron-positron pairs, changing the amplitude of the electromagnetic wave, and its polarization on the nonlinear dispersion relation and Eigen modes are studied.

  17. Impulsivity, Frontal Lobes and Risk for Addiction

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    Crews, Fulton Timm; Boettiger, Charlotte Ann

    2009-01-01

    Alcohol and substance abuse disorders involve continued use of substances despite negative consequences, i.e. loss of behavioral control of drug use. The frontal cortical areas of brain oversee behavioral control through executive functions. Executive functions include abstract thinking, motivation, planning, attention to tasks and inhibition of impulsive responses. Impulsiveness generally refers to premature, unduly risky, poorly conceived actions. Dysfunctional impulsivity includes deficits...

  18. Full averaging of fuzzy impulsive differential inclusions

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    Natalia V. Skripnik

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the substantiation of the method of full averaging for fuzzy impulsive differential inclusions is studied. We extend the similar results for impulsive differential inclusions with Hukuhara derivative (Skripnik, 2007, for fuzzy impulsive differential equations (Plotnikov and Skripnik, 2009, and for fuzzy differential inclusions (Skripnik, 2009.

  19. Impulse noise estimation and removal for OFDM systems

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    Al-Naffouri, Tareq Y.

    2014-03-01

    Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) is a modulation scheme that is widely used in wired and wireless communication systems. While OFDM is ideally suited to deal with frequency selective channels and AWGN, its performance may be dramatically impacted by the presence of impulse noise. In fact, very strong noise impulses in the time domain might result in the erasure of whole OFDM blocks of symbols at the receiver. Impulse noise can be mitigated by considering it as a sparse signal in time, and using recently developed algorithms for sparse signal reconstruction. We propose an algorithm that utilizes the guard band subcarriers for the impulse noise estimation and cancellation. Instead of relying on ℓ1 minimization as done in some popular general-purpose compressive sensing schemes, the proposed method jointly exploits the specific structure of this problem and the available a priori information for sparse signal recovery. The computational complexity of the proposed algorithm is very competitive with respect to sparse signal reconstruction schemes based on ℓ1 minimization. The proposed method is compared with respect to other state-of-the-art methods in terms of achievable rates for an OFDM system with impulse noise and AWGN. © 2014 IEEE.

  20. Neuroanatomical and Neurochemical Basis of Impulsivity

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    Kemal Yazici

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The term ‘impulsivity’ encompasses a multitude of behaviours that are poorly conceived, premature, inappropriate, and that frequently result in unwanted or deleterious outcomes. Impulsivity manifests as impatience carelessness, risk-taking, sensation-seeking and pleasure-seeking, an underestimated sense of harm, and extroversion. Impulsivity is a core symptom of a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Through focusing on different aspects of impulsive behavior, it has proved possible to devise a variety of behavioral paradigms to measure impulsivity in both human and non-human subjects. These can be broadly divided into two categories: those measuring impulsive action or motoric impulsivity, and those measuring impulsive choice or impulsive decision-making. Impulsive action can be broadly defined as the inability to withhold from making a response. Within the framework of behavioral neuroscience and cognitive psychology, impulse control has been described as an active inhibitory mechanism which modulates the internally or externally driven pre-potent desire for primary reinforcers such as food, sex or other highly desirable rewards. This inhibitory control mechanism may provide the substrate by which rapid conditioned responses and reflexes are transiently suppressed, so that slower cognitive mechanisms can guide behavior. This process is referred to as response inhibition. Two of the most common tests used to study inhibitory processes are the go/no-go and stop-signal reaction time tasks. Impulsivity is also evident in the making of impulsive decisions or choices as well as in impulsive actions. Here, there is no “pre-potent” response that is primed and then forcibly inhibited, but a decision-making processes. Impulsive decision making or impulsive choice is defined as initiating actions without adequately considering other possible choices or consequences. Impulsive choice is typically measured in the delay discounting paradigm. In tis paradigm, the tendency to prefer small immediate rewards over larger, more delayed reinforcers is measured. ?mpulsive choice is defined by a greater tendency to value or choose smaller, more immediate reinforcers. Impulsivity is a multi-faceted behaviour. This behaviour may be studied by subdividing it into different processes neuroanatomically and neurochemically. Neuroanatomical data support the suggestion that behavioral disinhibition (impulsive action / motoric impulsivity and delay-discounting (impulsive choice / decision making differ in the degree to which various components of frontostriatal loops are implicated in their regulation. The dorsal prefrontal cortex does not appear to be involved in mediating impulsive choice, yet does have some role in regulating inhibitory processes. In contrast, there appears to be a pronounced role for the orbitofrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala in controlling impulsive choice. Other structures, however, such as the nucleus accumbens and subthalamic nucleus may be common to both circuits. From the neurochemical perspective, dopamine system and dopamine- 2 (D2 receptors in particular, seems to be closely involved in making impulsive choice. When the noradrenaline system does not function optimally, it might contribute to increased impulsivity. Serotonin might act upon prefrontal cortex to decrease impulsive choices. Interactions between the serotonin and the dopamine systems are important in the regulation of impulsive behaviour. It is possible that various receptor subtypes of the serotonin system may exert differing and even contrasting effects on impulsive behaviour. Although it is very informative to study neurotransmitter systems separately, it should be kept in mind that there are very intimate interactions between the neurotransmitter systems mentioned above. Based on the fact that impulsivity is regulated through multiple neurotransmitters and even more receptors, one may suggest that pharmacotherapy of impulsivity requires a drug acting on more than one receptor. In addition, when considering improving

  1. On Risk-Sensitive Ergodic Impulsive Control of Markov Processes

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    Impulsive control of continuous-time Markov processes with risk- sensitive long-run average cost is considered. The most general impulsive control problem is studied under the restriction that impulses are in dyadic moments only. In a particular case of additive cost for impulses, the impulsive control problem is solved without restrictions on the moments of impulses

  2. High-intensity drying processes: Impulse drying. Progress report on furnish evaluations for impulse drying commercialization demonstration

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    Orloff, D.I.; Phelan, P.M.; Rudman, I.

    1995-02-01

    Laboratory and pilot scale experiments were performed to identify potential furnishes and operating parameters for upcoming high-speed pilot scale trials and commercial demonstration of impulse drying of heavy weight grades of paper. Results indicate that hydrodynamic specific surface is highly dependent on sheet formation and prehandling. Mill refined pulp and machine paper were comparable to laboratory prepared samples in regards to permeability and impulse drying. Process variables such as platen surface coating, felt type, felt moisture, and presteaming temperature profiles were investigated. Substantial improvements in sheet smoothness were achieved.

  3. Online Impulse Buying and Product Involvement

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    Tsai Chen

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Do consumers behavior different on the Internet from other marketing channels? This study investigates impulse buying behaviors in both traditional store and online shopping contexts. The results show that impulsive buying tendency and involvement with clothing products is positively associated with impulse buying behavior of clothing in traditional store shopping, but not online. For computer peripherals, on the other hand, higher impulsive buying tendency and higher product involvement are positively associated with higher impulse buying online, but not in-store shopping.

  4. Neurophysiological markers of multiple facets of impulsivity.

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    Neal, Lauren B; Gable, Philip A

    2016-03-01

    Human behavior is influenced by three core personality systems: approach, avoidance, and supervisory control. The supervisory control system is inversely related to impulsivity. Although past research has related some aspects of impulsivity to frontal hemispheric asymmetry, impulsivity as a multi-faceted construct has not been studied in relation with frontal asymmetry. In addition, past work has potentially confounded impulsivity with approach-motivation. In the current study, greater relative left frontal activity was related to multiple facets of impulsivity: negative urgency, lack of premeditation, lack of perseverance, and positive urgency. Regressing both positive and negative urgency on frontal asymmetry revealed that approach-related positive urgency related to greater left frontal activity, but withdrawal-related negative urgency marginally related to greater right frontal activity. These results suggest that impulsivity, independent of affective valence, relates to greater left frontal activity. When controlling for trait approach motivation, the relationship between impulsivity and left frontal activity is unchanged. PMID:26808340

  5. Impulsivity and Concussion in Juvenile Rats: Examining Molecular and Structural Aspects of the Frontostriatal Pathway.

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    Hehar, Harleen; Yeates, Keith; Kolb, Bryan; Esser, Michael J; Mychasiuk, Richelle

    2015-01-01

    Impulsivity and poor executive control have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Similarly, concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) have been associated with increased risk for neuropsychiatric disorders and the development of impulsivity and inattention. Researchers and epidemiologists have therefore considered whether or not concussions induce symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or merely unmask impulsive tendencies that were already present. The purpose of this study was to determine if a single concussion in adolescence could induce ADHD-like impulsivity and impaired response inhibition, and subsequently determine if inherent impulsivity prior to a pediatric mTBI would exacerbate post-concussion symptomology with a specific emphasis on impulsive and inattentive behaviours. As these behaviours are believed to be associated with the frontostriatal circuit involving the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the expression patterns of 8 genes (Comt, Drd2, Drd3, Drd4, Maoa, Sert, Tph1, and Tph2) from these two regions were examined. In addition, Golgi-Cox staining of medium spiny neurons in the NAc provided a neuroanatomical examination of mTBI-induced structural changes. The study found that a single early brain injury could induce impulsivity and impairments in response inhibition that were more pronounced in males. Interestingly, when animals with inherent impulsivity experienced mTBI, injury-related deficits were exacerbated in female animals. The single concussion increased dendritic branching, but reduced synaptic density in the NAc, and these changes were likely associated with the increase in impulsivity. Finally, mTBI-induced impulsivity was associated with modifications to gene expression that differed dramatically from the gene expression pattern associated with inherent impulsivity, despite very similar behavioural phenotypes. Our findings suggest the need to tailor treatment strategies for mTBI in light of an individual's premorbid characteristics, given significant differences in molecular profiles of the frontostriatal circuits that depend upon sex and the etiology of the behavioural phenotype. PMID:26448536

  6. A compressed sensing based method with support refinement for impulse noise cancelation in DSL

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    Quadeer, Ahmed Abdul

    2013-06-01

    This paper presents a compressed sensing based method to suppress impulse noise in digital subscriber line (DSL). The proposed algorithm exploits the sparse nature of the impulse noise and utilizes the carriers, already available in all practical DSL systems, for its estimation and cancelation. Specifically, compressed sensing is used for a coarse estimate of the impulse position, an a priori information based maximum aposteriori probability (MAP) metric for its refinement, followed by least squares (LS) or minimum mean square error (MMSE) estimation for estimating the impulse amplitudes. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme achieves higher rate as compared to other known sparse estimation algorithms in literature. The paper also demonstrates the superior performance of the proposed scheme compared to the ITU-T G992.3 standard that utilizes RS-coding for impulse noise refinement in DSL signals. © 2013 IEEE.

  7. Epidemiologic and clinical updates on impulse control disorders: a critical review

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    Dell’Osso, Bernardo; Altamura, A Carlo; Allen, Andrea; Marazziti, Donatella; Hollander, Eric

    2006-01-01

    The article reviews the current knowledge about the impulse control disorders (ICDs) with specific emphasis on epidemiological and pharmacological advances. In addition to the traditional ICDs present in the DSM-IV—pathological gambling, trichotillomania, kleptomania, pyromania and intermittent explosive disorder—a brief description of the new proposed ICDs—compulsive–impulsive (C–I) Internet usage disorder, C–I sexual behaviors, C–I skin picking and C–I shopping—is provided. Specifically, th...

  8. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder's Underlying Dimensions and Their Relation With Impulsivity Facets.

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    Contractor, Ateka A; Armour, Cherie; Forbes, David; Elhai, Jon D

    2016-01-01

    Research indicates a significant relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and impulsivity (Kotler, Julian, Efront, and Amir, J Nerv Ment Dis 189:162-167, 2001; Ledgerwood and Petry, J Trauma Stress 19:411-416, 2006). The present study assessed relations between PTSD symptom clusters and impulsivity subscales in an effort to assess the specific impulsivity component most related to PTSD's alterations in arousal/reactivity and alterations in mood/cognitions symptoms. In the current study, the PTSD Checklist for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, and the UPPS Impulsivity Scale were administered to a sample of 412 nonclinical subjects with a trauma history. Results indicated that PTSD's alterations in arousal/reactivity and mood/cognition factors were most related to impulsivity's sensation-seeking tendency compared with other impulsivity components. Results highlight the importance of assessing and addressing (1) sensation-seeking tendencies and (2) urges to act impulsively when experiencing negative affect in trauma treatment. Furthermore, it is possible that sensation-seeking tendencies are primarily driving the comorbidity between PTSD and certain impulsive behaviors. PMID:26558499

  9. On a SIS model with impulsive effects

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    De la sen, M.; A. Ibeas; S. Alonso-Quesada

    2011-01-01

    This paper is concerned with a SIS (susceptible, infected and susceptible populations) propagation disease model with a nonlinear incidence rate and eventual impulsive (non- necessarily being simultaneous) culling of both populations. The disease transmission does not necessarily take into account the total population as a normalizing effect. In this sense, the considered model is a mixed pseudo-mass. The positivity, stability of both the impulse- free and impulsive under pu...

  10. Impulsiveness without discounting: the ecological rationality hypothesis.

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    Stephens, David W.; Kerr, Benjamin; Fernández-Juricic, Esteban

    2004-01-01

    Observed animal impulsiveness challenges ideas from foraging theory about the fitness value of food rewards, and may play a role in important behavioural phenomena such as cooperation and addiction. Behavioural ecologists usually invoke temporal discounting to explain the evolution of animal impulsiveness. According to the discounting hypothesis, delay reduces the fitness value of the delayed food. We develop an alternative model for the evolution of impulsiveness that does not require discou...

  11. Impulse response matching estimators for DSGE models

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    Guerron-Quintana, Pablo; Inoue, Atsushi; Kilian, Lutz

    2014-01-01

    One of the leading methods of estimating the structural parameters of DSGE mod- els is the VAR-based impulse response matching estimator. The existing asympotic theory for this estimator does not cover situations in which the number of impulse response parameters exceeds the number of VAR model parameters. Situations in which this order condition is violated arise routinely in applied work. We establish the consistency of the impulse response matching estimator in this situation, we derive it...

  12. A Review of Impulse Buying Behavior

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    G. Muruganantham; Ravi Shankar Bhakat

    2013-01-01

    Researchers and Practitioners have been interested in the field of impulse buying for the past sixty years (Clover,1950; Stern, 1962; Rook, 1987; Peck and Childers, 2006; Chang et.al, 2011). The purpose of this paper is toprovide a detailed account of the impulse buying behavior by compiling the various research works literature inthe field of Retailing and Consumer Behavior. It gives a broad overview of the impulse buying construct and thevarious behavior related aspects. A wide range of jou...

  13. Impulsive differential inclusions a fixed point approach

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    Ouahab, Abdelghani; Henderson, Johnny

    2013-01-01

    Impulsive differential equations have been developed in modeling impulsive problems in physics, population dynamics, ecology, biotechnology, industrial robotics, pharmacokinetics, optimal control, etc. The questions of existence and stability of solutions for different classes of initial values problems for impulsive differential equations and inclusions with fixed and variable moments are considered in detail. Attention is also given to boundary value problems and relative questions concerning differential equations. This monograph addresses a variety of side issues that arise from its simple

  14. Saturation of Richtmyer's impulsive model

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    In this Brief Communication, we use results from two-dimensional simulations to calculate for what product of perturbation wave number (k) and initial amplitude (a0) the Richtmyer impulsive model will fail in its prediction of shock wave driven instability growth as a function of initial shock Mach number. For ''large'' ka0, we suggest a formula which bounds the maximum value of the ratio of the amplitude growth rate over the interface speed by one minus the ratio of the interface speed and the transmitted shock speed. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics

  15. Theory of impulsive differential equations

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    Lakshmikantham, V; Simeonov, Pavel S

    1989-01-01

    Many evolution processes are characterized by the fact that at certain moments of time they experience a change of state abruptly. These processes are subject to short-term perturbations whose duration is negligible in comparison with the duration of the process. Consequently, it is natural to assume that these perturbations act instantaneously, that is, in the form of impulses. It is known, for example, that many biological phenomena involving thresholds, bursting rhythm models in medicine and biology, optimal control models in economics, pharmacokinetics and frequency modulated systems, do e

  16. Prueba de impulso cefálico Head impulse test

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Dentro del estudio de la función del equilibrio, la prueba de impulso cefálico representa una herramienta rápida, sencilla y de fácil interpretación, que explora la indemnidad del reflejo óculo-vestibular. Este examen ha cobrado relevancia reciente como complemento a la prueba calórica en diversos contextos y no ha sido explorado en nuestro país. Objetivo: Explorar sensibilidad y especificidad de esta prueba en nuestro contexto local, junto con contribuir a la difusión de una herramienta de creciente relevancia en otoneurología. Material y método: Estudio prospectivo, ciego, de evaluación de test diagnóstico. En una muestra de pacientes consultando por vértigo agudo se realizó prueba de impulso cefálico al momento de la consulta inicial, y al momento de realizar prueba funcional de VIII par. Resultados: Se evaluaron 52 pacientes, 44% de ellos con disfunción vestibular según prueba calórica clásica como patrón de oro. La sensibilidad de la prueba de impulso cefálico fue de 47,6% y su especificidad de 83,9%, con un valor predictivo positivo y negativo de 66,7% y 70,3%. El acuerdo del examen entre dos evaluadores independientes fue alto (Kappa = 0,84. Discusiones: A pesar de una baja sensibilidad por sí sola, la prueba de impulso cuenta con una alta especificidad y un valor predictivo positivo razonable. Es además altamente reproducible, realizable en menos de un minuto y no genera náuseas u otros síntomas en el paciente. Consideramos este examen como un complemento al estudio de la función vestibular, con implicaciones prácticas en el inicio precoz de terapia y con importantes potencialidades en diversos ámbitos de la otoneurología.Introduction: In balance function evaluation, head impulse test is a fast, simple and easy to interpret test, which explores the vestibulo-ocular reflex. Having gained in the last decade growing importance as a complement to traditional caloric test, this test hasn't been explored in our context yet. Aim: To assess sensitivity and specificity of this test in our context, along with contributing to the spread of an increasingly important tool in otoneurology Material and method: A prospective, blinded, diagnostic test assessment. In a sample of patients consulting for acute vertigo, head impulse test was performed at the time of initial consultation, and at the time of VIII nerve functional testing. Results: We evaluated 52 patients, 44% with vestibular dysfunction as shown in caloric test results as gold standard. Sensitivity of the head impulse test was 47.6%, its specificity 83.9%, with positive and negative predictive value of 66.7% and 70.3% respectively. Agreement between two independent examiners was high (Kappa = 0.84. Discussion: Despite its low sensitivity, impulse test showed a high specificity and a reasonable positive predictive value. It was also highly reproductible, and generates no nausea or other symptoms in the patient. We consider this test as a complement to vestibular function evaluation, with clinical applicationssupportingearly onset of therapy. We believe this test to withhold significant potential in various otoneurological developing applications.

  17. Prueba de impulso cefálico / Head impulse test

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    Hayo A, Breinbauer K; José Luis, Anabalón B.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Dentro del estudio de la función del equilibrio, la prueba de impulso cefálico representa una herramienta rápida, sencilla y de fácil interpretación, que explora la indemnidad del reflejo óculo-vestibular. Este examen ha cobrado relevancia reciente como complemento a la prueba calórica [...] en diversos contextos y no ha sido explorado en nuestro país. Objetivo: Explorar sensibilidad y especificidad de esta prueba en nuestro contexto local, junto con contribuir a la difusión de una herramienta de creciente relevancia en otoneurología. Material y método: Estudio prospectivo, ciego, de evaluación de test diagnóstico. En una muestra de pacientes consultando por vértigo agudo se realizó prueba de impulso cefálico al momento de la consulta inicial, y al momento de realizar prueba funcional de VIII par. Resultados: Se evaluaron 52 pacientes, 44% de ellos con disfunción vestibular según prueba calórica clásica como patrón de oro. La sensibilidad de la prueba de impulso cefálico fue de 47,6% y su especificidad de 83,9%, con un valor predictivo positivo y negativo de 66,7% y 70,3%. El acuerdo del examen entre dos evaluadores independientes fue alto (Kappa = 0,84). Discusiones: A pesar de una baja sensibilidad por sí sola, la prueba de impulso cuenta con una alta especificidad y un valor predictivo positivo razonable. Es además altamente reproducible, realizable en menos de un minuto y no genera náuseas u otros síntomas en el paciente. Consideramos este examen como un complemento al estudio de la función vestibular, con implicaciones prácticas en el inicio precoz de terapia y con importantes potencialidades en diversos ámbitos de la otoneurología. Abstract in english Introduction: In balance function evaluation, head impulse test is a fast, simple and easy to interpret test, which explores the vestibulo-ocular reflex. Having gained in the last decade growing importance as a complement to traditional caloric test, this test hasn't been explored in our context yet [...] . Aim: To assess sensitivity and specificity of this test in our context, along with contributing to the spread of an increasingly important tool in otoneurology Material and method: A prospective, blinded, diagnostic test assessment. In a sample of patients consulting for acute vertigo, head impulse test was performed at the time of initial consultation, and at the time of VIII nerve functional testing. Results: We evaluated 52 patients, 44% with vestibular dysfunction as shown in caloric test results as gold standard. Sensitivity of the head impulse test was 47.6%, its specificity 83.9%, with positive and negative predictive value of 66.7% and 70.3% respectively. Agreement between two independent examiners was high (Kappa = 0.84). Discussion: Despite its low sensitivity, impulse test showed a high specificity and a reasonable positive predictive value. It was also highly reproductible, and generates no nausea or other symptoms in the patient. We consider this test as a complement to vestibular function evaluation, with clinical applicationssupportingearly onset of therapy. We believe this test to withhold significant potential in various otoneurological developing applications.

  18. Impulsive synchronization of networked nonlinear dynamical systems

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    In this Letter, we investigate the problem of impulsive synchronization of networked multi-agent systems, where each agent can be modeled as an identical nonlinear dynamical system. Firstly, an impulsive control protocol is designed for network with fixed topology based on the local information of agents. Then sufficient conditions are given to guarantee the synchronization of the networked nonlinear dynamical system by using algebraic graph theory and impulsive control theory. Furthermore, how to select the discrete instants and impulsive constants is discussed. The case that the topologies of the networks are switching is also considered. Numerical simulations show the effectiveness of our theoretical results.

  19. Simplified calculation of detonation induced impulse

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    Simplified methods of estimating the impulse generated by detonations propagating through gaseous fuel-oxidizer mixtures are developed. First the ground and dynamic impulse are defined. Self similar solutions are used to derive expressions for the ground and dynamic impulse of detonations confined clouds with plane, cylindrical, and spherical symmetry in terms of universal impulse functions which are independent of the detonation properties. A similar analysis is developed for clouds bounded by an inert gas which results in side relief. In this case the results are found to be in good agreement with experiment and with hydrocode calculations

  20. Impulse in a Double Ball Bounce

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    Daniel Y. Nielsen

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A steel ball was dropped onto a handball which was resting on top of a horizontal Vernier force-plate. The relationship between the impact momentum of the steel ball and the impulse on the force-plate was investigated. The measured impulse was found to be proportional to the impact momentum of the falling ball, with the impulse being 2.3 times greater than the momentum. The impact of the metal ball caused the handball to compress and then bounce up following the steel ball’s bounce. This contributed to the measured impulse being greater than twice the impact momentum.

  1. Impulsivity, gambling cognitions, and the gambler's fallacy in university students.

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    Marmurek, Harvey H C; Switzer, Jessica; D'Alvise, Joshua

    2015-03-01

    The present study explored the associations among impulsivity, gambling cognitions, and behavioral adherence to the gambler's fallacy in university students (N = 142). Both impulsivity and gambling cognitions were significant predictors of non-problem and problem gambler categories as defined the Problem Gambling Severity Index. A logistic regression analysis showed that the independent contribution of cognition was statistically significant but that the contribution of impulsivity was not. A behavioral measure of gambling was obtained by asking participants to play an online game of roulette for a maximum of 15 min. Only outside bets were permitted whereby participants were to bet on the color of the winning number. Adherence to the gambler's fallacy was indexed by the likelihood of betting on an alternation in the color of the winning number as the number of consecutive outcomes of the other color increased. Gambling cognitions and gender, but not impulsivity, were associated with adherence to the gambler's fallacy. Tracing the sources of specific influences on gambling behavior may benefit from a framework that distinguishes between "hot" (emotional) and "cold" (non-emotional) mechanisms that promote problem gambling. PMID:24293013

  2. Differential associations between obesity and behavioral measures of impulsivity.

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    Lawyer, Steven R; Boomhower, Steven R; Rasmussen, Erin B

    2015-12-01

    A growing literature indicates that impulsivity is a fundamental behavioral process that underlies obesity. However, impulsivity is a multidimensional construct, which comprises independent patterns of decision-making that could be uniquely associated with obesity. No research to date has clarified whether obesity is differentially associated with specific behavioral aspects of impulsivity. This study examined whether obesity was differentially associated with patterns of decision-making associated with impulsivity-delay discounting, probability discounting, and response inhibition. Young adults (n = 296; 44.3% male) age 18-30 were recruited from the community with media advertisements. Participants completed a series of standard self-report measures of health outcomes and behavioral measures of delay discounting, probability discounting, and response inhibition individually in a laboratory. Associations between body mass index (BMI) and behavioral outcomes in the whole sample indicated that BMI was associated with age, delay discounting, and probability discounting, but not response inhibition. A logistic regression that included age, sex, and substance use as covariates found that delay discounting, but neither probability discounting nor response inhibition, was associated with obesity status. Sensitivity to delay, rather than response inhibition and sensitivity to uncertainty, may be the best correlate of obesity status in adults. These findings are relevant to our understanding of the fundamental behavioral processes associated with obesity. PMID:26235925

  3. Impulsivity and the Sexes: Measurement and Structural Invariance of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale

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    Cyders, Melissa A.

    2013-01-01

    Before it is possible to test whether men and women differ in impulsivity, it is necessary to evaluate whether impulsivity measures are invariant across sex. The UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale (negative urgency, lack of premeditation, lack of perseverance, and sensation seeking, with added subscale of positive urgency) is one measure of five…

  4. Effects of sleep deprivation on impulsive behaviors in men and women.

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    Acheson, Ashley; Richards, Jerry B; de Wit, Harriet

    2007-08-15

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of sleep deprivation on impulsive behavior. Patients with impulse control disorders often report sleep problems, and sleep deprivation even in healthy individuals impairs cognition, decision-making, and perhaps impulse control. To characterize the effects of sleep loss on specific forms of impulsive behavior, we tested the effects of overnight, monitored sleep deprivation on measures of impulsivity and cognition in healthy volunteers. Ten men and ten women completed two 24 h sessions in random order, in which they were either allowed to sleep normally or remained awake all night. At 8:30 am and 6:15 pm on the day after sleep or no sleep, participants were tested on the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART), the Experiential Discounting Task, the Adjusting Amount Delay and Probability Discounting Task, and the Stop Task. Participants also completed mood questionnaires and the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Matrix (ANAM) throughout the course of the day. Sleep deprivation did not affect most of the measures of impulsive behavior. However, on the BART, sleep deprivation decreased risk taking in women, but not men. Sleep deprivation produced expected increases in subjective fatigue, and impaired performance on measures of attention and cognitive efficiency on the ANAM. The results indicate that sleep deprivation does not specifically increase impulsive behaviors but may differentially affect risk taking in men and women. PMID:17477941

  5. The role of neural impulse control mechanisms for dietary success in obesity.

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    Weygandt, Martin; Mai, Knut; Dommes, Esther; Leupelt, Verena; Hackmack, Kerstin; Kahnt, Thorsten; Rothemund, Yvonne; Spranger, Joachim; Haynes, John-Dylan

    2013-12-01

    Deficits in impulse control are discussed as key mechanisms for major worldwide health problems such as drug addiction and obesity. For example, obese subjects have difficulty controlling their impulses to overeat when faced with food items. Here, we investigated the role of neural impulse control mechanisms for dietary success in middle-aged obese subjects. Specifically, we used a food-specific delayed gratification paradigm and functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure eating-related impulse-control in middle-aged obese subjects just before they underwent a twelve-week low calorie diet. As expected, we found that subjects with higher behavioral impulse control subsequently lost more weight. Furthermore, brain activity before the diet in VMPFC and DLPFC correlates with subsequent weight loss. Additionally, a connectivity analysis revealed that stronger functional connectivity between these regions is associated with better dietary success and impulse control. Thus, the degree to which subjects can control their eating impulses might depend on the interplay between control regions (DLPFC) and regions signaling the reward of food (VMPFC). This could potentially constitute a general mechanism that also extends to other disorders such as drug addiction or alcohol abuse. PMID:23867558

  6. Inductance and near fields of a loop antenna in a cold magnetoplasma in the whistler frequency band

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    Gushchin, M. E.; Zaboronkova, T. M.; Krafft, C.; Korobkov, S. V.; Kostrov, A. V.

    2012-09-01

    The influence of a magnetoplasma on the inductance of a circular loop antenna oriented perpendicular to the ambient static magnetic field and operated in the whistler frequency band is studied. Based on a strict electrodynamic approach, the analytical treatment of the antenna reactance is performed for a uniform rf current distribution along the antenna wire. Calculations are made for plasma parameters and operating frequencies typical for active ionospheric experiments and laboratory rf (helicon) sources of dense magnetized plasmas. It is shown that the plasma influence on the inductance of the loop antenna remains relatively weak, even for antennas with dimensions close to half of the longitudinal whistler wavelength, when the rf field distribution in the antenna near zone is strongly different from that in vacuum. The theoretical predictions are confirmed by measurements performed on the large KROT plasma device. The results obtained are of crucial importance for the preparation of active ionospheric experiments and for the matching of loop antennas used in laboratory rf sources of dense magnetized plasmas.

  7. Inductance and near fields of a loop antenna in a cold magnetoplasma in the whistler frequency band

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    Gushchin, M. E.; Korobkov, S. V.; Kostrov, A. V. [Institute of Applied Physics, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation); Zaboronkova, T. M. [Department of Applied Physics, Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation); Krafft, C. [Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex, Univ. Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay Cedex (France)

    2012-09-15

    The influence of a magnetoplasma on the inductance of a circular loop antenna oriented perpendicular to the ambient static magnetic field and operated in the whistler frequency band is studied. Based on a strict electrodynamic approach, the analytical treatment of the antenna reactance is performed for a uniform rf current distribution along the antenna wire. Calculations are made for plasma parameters and operating frequencies typical for active ionospheric experiments and laboratory rf (helicon) sources of dense magnetized plasmas. It is shown that the plasma influence on the inductance of the loop antenna remains relatively weak, even for antennas with dimensions close to half of the longitudinal whistler wavelength, when the rf field distribution in the antenna near zone is strongly different from that in vacuum. The theoretical predictions are confirmed by measurements performed on the large KROT plasma device. The results obtained are of crucial importance for the preparation of active ionospheric experiments and for the matching of loop antennas used in laboratory rf sources of dense magnetized plasmas.

  8. Development and implementation of a new ultrafast imaging diagnostic for laboratory magnetoplasma: application in the plasma radial transport characterization

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    Non intrusive diagnostics have been developed in order to increase the precision in the data obtained from plasmas in a turbulent state. This thesis was carried on the development and the implementation of a new diagnostic for laboratory plasmas, i.e. an ultra-fast imaging system recording the spontaneous light emission, applied in turbulent plasmas of a magnetoplasma. The low resolution camera is composed of an array of photodetectors, their sensibility is centered on the main wavelength of the studied plasmas. Moreover, records can be longer than fifty milliseconds, even with a 100.000 frames per second recording frequency. This camera allows a precise study of both the spatial evolution of a phenomena and a statistical analysis of the recorded turbulent signal. Our prototype has been used to record different instable regimes of the laboratory magnetized plasma device. The main goal of this thesis was on the development and on the validation of this new diagnostic. Further studies will be devoted to the identification of the instabilities and underlying mechanisms. (author)

  9. Modified Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation for a non-uniform electron-positron-ion magnetoplasma with kappa-distributed electrons

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    Ahmad, Ali; Masood, W.

    2015-10-01

    > We investigate the low-frequency (by comparison with the ion Larmor frequency) electrostatic solitary structures in a spatially non-uniform electron-positron-ion (e-p-i) magnetoplasma with non-Maxwellian electrons. A linear dispersion relation for the obliquely propagating ion acoustic drift wave is derived and it is shown that the non-Maxwellian electron population modifies the dispersion characteristics of the wave under consideration. We also carry out a nonlinear analysis and derive the modified Zakharov-Kuznetsov (MZK) equation for the coupled drift acoustic wave in a non-uniform magnetized plasma. We highlight the differences between the MZK equation and its homogeneous counterpart. We also find the solution of the MZK equation using the tangent hyperbolic method. It is observed that the electron spectral index , positron concentration, and propagation angle alter the structure of the ion acoustic drift solitary waves. The results obtained in this paper may be beneficial to understanding the propagation characteristics of electrostatic drift solitary structures in the interstellar medium and in laboratory experiments where electron-positron plasmas have recently been created by impinging ultra-intense laser pulses on a solid density target at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

  10. On Some New Impulsive Integral Inequalities

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    Jianli Li

    2008-01-01

    We establish some new impulsive integral inequalities related to certain integral inequalities arising in the theory of differential equalities. The inequalities obtained here can be used as handy tools in the theory of some classes of impulsive differential and integral equations.

  11. Hyperkinetic Impulse Disorder in Children's Behavior Problems

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    Laufer, Maurice W.; Denhoff, Eric; Solomons, Gerald

    2011-01-01

    A very common cause of children's behavior disorder disturbance is an entity described as the hyperkinetic impulse disorder. This is characterized by hyperactivity, short attention span and poor powers of concentration, irritability, impulsiveness, variability, and poor schoolwork. The existence of this complexity may lead to many psychological…

  12. Hyperkinetic Impulse Disorder in Children's Behavior Problems

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    Laufer, Maurice W.; Denhoff, Eric; Solomons, Gerald

    2011-01-01

    A very common cause of children's behavior disorder disturbance is an entity described as the hyperkinetic impulse disorder. This is characterized by hyperactivity, short attention span and poor powers of concentration, irritability, impulsiveness, variability, and poor schoolwork. The existence of this complexity may lead to many psychological…

  13. Robust dissipativity for uncertain impulsive dynamical systems

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    Liu Bin

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available We discuss the robust dissipativity with respect to the quadratic supply rate for uncertain impulsive dynamical systems. By employing the Hamilton-Jacobi inequality approach, some sufficient conditions of robust dissipativity for this kind of system are established. Finally, we specialize the obtained results to the case of uncertain linear impulsive dynamical systems.

  14. Robust dissipativity for uncertain impulsive dynamical systems

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    Liu Bin; Liu Xinzhi; Liao Xiaoxin

    2003-01-01

    We discuss the robust dissipativity with respect to the quadratic supply rate for uncertain impulsive dynamical systems. By employing the Hamilton-Jacobi inequality approach, some sufficient conditions of robust dissipativity for this kind of system are established. Finally, we specialize the obtained results to the case of uncertain linear impulsive dynamical systems.

  15. Temporal Preparation, Response Inhibition and Impulsivity

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    Correa, Angel; Trivino, Monica; Perez-Duenas, Carolina; Acosta, Alberto; Lupianez, Juan

    2010-01-01

    Temporal preparation and impulsivity involve overlapping neural structures (prefrontal cortex) and cognitive functions (response inhibition and time perception), however, their interrelations had not been investigated. We studied such interrelations by comparing the performance of groups with low vs. high non-clinical trait impulsivity during a…

  16. Impulse Regulation in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa: Some Formulations

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    Staffan Sohlberg

    1991-01-01

    Empirical observations imply that impulsivity is specifically associated with poor prognosis in eating disorders. The present paper cites studies suggesting that this factor is predominantly associated with the bulimic pattern of eating disturbance, while “restriction” may be associated rather with hypercontrol of behaviour. Further evidence is cited suggesting that the relationship between hyper- and hypocontrol is actually very intimate, both on a behavioural and biochemical level. Rather t...

  17. Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging for Differentiation of Thyroid Nodules

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    Bojunga, Joerg; Dauth, Nina; Berner, Christian; Meyer, Gesine; Holzer, Katharina; Voelkl, Lisa; Herrmann, Eva; Schroeter, Hartmut; Zeuzem, Stefan; Friedrich-Rust, Mireen

    2012-01-01

    Background: Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI)-imaging is an ultrasound-based elastography method enabling quantitative measurement of tissue stiffness. The aim of the present study was to evaluate sensitivity and specificity of ARFI-imaging for differentiation of thyroid nodules and to compare it to the well evaluated qualitative real-time elastography (RTE). Methods: ARFI-imaging involves the mechanical excitation of tissue using acoustic pulses to generate localized displacements ...

  18. Successful restrained eating and trait impulsiveness.

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    van Koningsbruggen, Guido M; Stroebe, Wolfgang; Aarts, Henk

    2013-01-01

    Restrained eaters with high scores on the Perceived Self-Regulatory Success in Dieting Scale (PSRS) are more successful than low scorers in regulating their food intake. According to the theory of temptation-elicited goal activation (Fishbach, Friedman, & Kruglanski, 2003), they have become successful because, due to earlier repeated instances of successful self-control, they formed an associative link between temptations and thoughts of dieting. It is unclear, however, why they should have been more successful in earlier attempts at self-control than their unsuccessful counterparts. We examined whether trait impulsiveness plays a role by investigating the associations between dietary restraint, trait impulsiveness, and PSRS. Results showed that the interaction between dietary restraint and impulsiveness predicted dieting success: A lower level of impulsiveness was associated with greater dieting success among restrained eaters. These results suggest that restrained eaters who are less impulsive are more likely to become successful restrained eaters as identified with the PSRS. PMID:23017465

  19. Recreational drug use and impulsivity in a population of Canadian undergraduate drinkers

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    IrisMBalodis

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The consumption of drugs during young adulthood may be particularly detrimental given important neurodevelopmental changes occurring during this period. As impulsivity may lead to substance use and substance use to the commission of seemingly impulsive acts, an improved understanding of the relationship between alcohol use, other substance use and impulsivity in young adults is important. We gathered information on self-reported impulsivity, recreational drug use, and drinking habits of 205 (105 female undergraduate students. Results showed that 64% of the students reported using marijuana at least once and these individuals were more likely to report binge drinking. Polydrug use, defined as using marijuana and at least one other illicit substance, was reported by 20% of students. These individuals reported more drinking occasions per month and had higher levels of trait impulsivity. Rates of recreational drug use were similar to those reported in recent national surveys, suggesting an increase in experimentation with specific illicit drugs. Given that a majority of undergraduate drinkers reported marijuana use and its association with binge drinking, future research should clarify the relationship between marijuana use and binge consumption of alcohol and prevention efforts should consider the conjoint targeting of marijuana and binge drinking. The associations between polydrug use, binge-level alcohol consumption and elevated self-reported impulsivity suggests that perceived trait impulsivity across multiple domains may predispose to excessive use of multiple substances. Longitudinal studies should examine the contribution of impulsivity to the initiation and experimentation with illicit drugs and the influence of specific substances on impulsivity.

  20. Conversion of Impulse Voltage Generator Into Steep Wave Impulse Test-Equipment

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    Khan, Mohammed Zaid; Tanwar, Surender Singh; Dayama, Ravindra; Choudhary, Rahul Raj; Mangal, Ravindra

    This paper demonstrates the alternative measures to generate the Steep wave impulse by using Impulse Voltage Generator (IVG) for high voltage testing of porcelain insulators. The modification of IVG by incorporating compensation of resistor, inductor, and capacitor has been achieved and further performance of the modified system has been analyzed by applying the generated lightning impulse and analyzing the electrical characteristics of impulse waves under standard lightning and fast rise multiple lightning waveform to determine the effect to improve rise time. The advantageous results have been received and being reported such as increase in overshoot compensation, increase in capacitive and inductive load ranges. Such further reduces the duration of oscillations of standard impulse voltages. The reduction in oscillation duration of steep front impulse voltages may be utilized in up gradation of Impulse Voltage Generator System. Stray capacitance could further be added in order to get the minimized difference of measurement between simulation and the field establishment.

  1. A Thrust and Impulse Study of Guanidinium Azo-Tetrazolate as an Additive for Hybrid Rocket Fuel

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    Patton, J.; Wright, A. M.; Dunn, L.; Alford, B.

    2000-03-01

    A thrust and impulse study of the hybrid rocket fuel additive Guanidinium Azo-Tetrazolate (GAT) was conducted at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Hybrid Rocket Facility. GAT is an organic salt with a high percentage of nitrogen. GAT was mixed with the standard hybrid rocket fuel, Hydroxyl-Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB), in the concentration of 15%, by mass. The fuel grains with the GAT additive were fired for 4 second runs with the oxygen flows of 0.05, 0.07, 0.09, and 0.12 lbm/sec. For each run average thrust, total impulse, and specific impulse were measured. Average thrust, specific impulse, and total impulse vs. oxygen flow were plotted. Similar data was collected for plain HTPB/PAPI fuels for comparison. GAT was found to increase the thrust output when it was added to the standard hybrid rocket fuel, HTPB. GAT also increased the total impulse during the run. The thrust and total impulse were increased at all flows, but especially at the lower oxygen flow rates. Specific impulse only increased during the lower oxygen flow runs, and decreased slightly for the higher oxygen flow runs.

  2. Impulsivity and emotion dysregulation as predictors of food addiction.

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    Pivarunas, Bernadette; Conner, Bradley T

    2015-12-01

    Food addiction is the clinical occurrence in which individuals develop physical and psychological dependencies on high fat, high sugar, and highly palatable foods. Past research has demonstrated a number of similarities between food addiction and drug use disorders including the activation of specific brain regions and neurotransmitters, disrupted neuronal circuitry, and behavioral indicators of addiction such as continued use despite negative consequences. The present study examined the role of impulsivity and emotion dysregulation in food addiction as both play salient roles in drug use disorders. Poisson regression analyses using data from 878 undergraduate students revealed negative urgency, the tendency to act impulsively when under distress, and emotion dysregulation positively predicted symptom count on the Yale Food Addiction Scale (Gearhardt, Corbin, & Brownell, 2009) whereas a lack of premeditation negatively predicted symptom count (all psaddiction, elucidate causal mechanisms, and support an explanatory model of food addiction. PMID:26164390

  3. Impulse in a Double Ball Bounce

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    Daniel Y. Nielsen

    2010-01-01

    A steel ball was dropped onto a handball which was resting on top of a horizontal Vernier force-plate. The relationship between the impact momentum of the steel ball and the impulse on the force-plate was investigated. The measured impulse was found to be proportional to the impact momentum of the falling ball, with the impulse being 2.3 times greater than the momentum. The impact of the metal ball caused the handball to compress and then bounce up following the steel ball’s bounce. This cont...

  4. Impulsively generated fast coronal pulsations

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    Rapid oscillations in the corona are discussed from a theoretical standpoint, developing some previous work on ducted, fast magnetoacoustic waves in an inhomogeneous medium. In the theory, impulsively (e.g., flare) generated mhd (magnetohydrodynamic) waves are ducted by regions of low Alfven speed (high density) such as coronal loops. Wave propagation in such ducts is strongly dispersive and closely akin to the behavior of Love waves in seismology, Pekeris waves in oceanography and guided waves in fiber optics. Such flare-generated magnetoacoustic waves possess distinctive temporal signatures consisting of periodic, quasi-periodic and decay phases. The quasi-periodic phase possesses the strongest amplitudes and the shortest time scales. Time scales are typically of the order of a second for inhomogeneities (coronal loop width) of 1000 km and Alfven speeds of 1000/kms, and pulse duration times are of tens of seconds. Quasi-periodic signatures have been observed in radio wavelengths for over a decade and more recently by SMM. It is hoped that the theoretical ideas outlined may be successfully related to these observations and thus aid the interpretation of oscillatory signatures recorded by SMM. Such signatures may also provide a diagnostic of coronal conditions. New aspects of the ducted mhd waves, for example their behavior in smoothly varying as opposed to tube-like inhomogeneities, are currently under investigation. The theory is not restricted to loops but applied equally to open field regions

  5. AGGRESSION AND IMPULSIVITY WITH IMPULSIVE BEHAVIOURS IN PATIENTS WITH PURGATIVE ANOREXIA AND BULIMIA NERVOSA

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    Zalar, Bojan; Weber, Urška; Sernec, Karin

    2011-01-01

    Background: The study aimed to compare purgative anorexia and bulimia nervosa patients in regard of their level of aggression and impulsivity traits, as well as dynamics of selected impulsive behaviours over time-course of eating disorder treatment. Subjects and methods: 30 females with purgative anorexia nervosa, 33 females with purgative bulimia nervosa and 31 controls were included. Impulsive behaviours were assessed upon hospital admission, discharge, and three and six months aft...

  6. Active noise cancellation algorithms for impulsive noise.

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    Li, Peng; Yu, Xun

    2013-04-01

    Impulsive noise is an important challenge for the practical implementation of active noise control (ANC) systems. The advantages and disadvantages of popular filtered-X least mean square (FXLMS) ANC algorithm and nonlinear filtered-X least mean M-estimate (FXLMM) algorithm are discussed in this paper. A new modified FXLMM algorithm is also proposed to achieve better performance in controlling impulsive noise. Computer simulations and experiments are carried out for all three algorithms and the results are presented and analyzed. The results show that the FXLMM and modified FXLMM algorithms are more robust in suppressing the adverse effect of sudden large amplitude impulses than FXLMS algorithm, and in particular, the proposed modified FXLMM algorithm can achieve better stability without sacrificing the performance of residual noise when encountering impulses. PMID:24363493

  7. Detecting Impulses in Mechanical Signals by Wavelets

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    Yang W-X

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The presence of periodical or nonperiodical impulses in vibration signals often indicates the occurrence of machine faults. This knowledge is applied to the fault diagnosis of such machines as engines, gearboxes, rolling element bearings, and so on. The development of an effective impulse detection technique is necessary and significant for evaluating the working condition of these machines, diagnosing their malfunctions, and keeping them running normally over prolong periods. With the aid of wavelet transforms, a wavelet-based envelope analysis method is proposed. In order to suppress any undesired information and highlight the features of interest, an improved soft threshold method has been designed so that the inspected signal is analyzed in a more exact way. Furthermore, an impulse detection technique is developed based on the aforementioned methods. The effectiveness of the proposed technique on the extraction of impulsive features of mechanical signals has been proved by both simulated and practical experiments.

  8. Active noise cancellation algorithms for impulsive noise

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    Li, Peng; Yu, Xun

    2012-01-01

    Impulsive noise is an important challenge for the practical implementation of active noise control (ANC) systems. The advantages and disadvantages of popular filtered-X least mean square (FXLMS) ANC algorithm and nonlinear filtered-X least mean M-estimate (FXLMM) algorithm are discussed in this paper. A new modified FXLMM algorithm is also proposed to achieve better performance in controlling impulsive noise. Computer simulations and experiments are carried out for all three algorithms and th...

  9. Anger and Impulsivity in Adolescents Attempting Suicide

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    AKIN, Elif; Meral BERKEM

    2012-01-01

    Objective: We aimed to evaluate anger and impulsivity in adolescent suicide attempters between the ages of 12 and 18, compared with control group; investigate the relation between hostility, impulsivity and suicide intent.Patients and Methods: Thirty-six adolescent patients between the ages of 12 and 18 referred to the Marmara University Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Policlinic because of attempted suicide between June 2009 and May 2010, were included in the study. Thirty-four hea...

  10. Forensic Psychiatric Aspects of Impulse Control Disorders

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    Huseyin Soysal

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Impulse control disorders is an important psychiatric disorder group which draws attention in recent years. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other classical disorders like pyromania, kleptomania, intermittent explosive disorder and compulsive buying could be evasuated under this topic. The aim of this article is to review forensic psychiatric aspects of impulse control disorders and evaluate the disorders in terms of their legal status. [Psikiyatride Guncel Yaklasimlar - Current Approaches in Psychiatry 2015; 7(1: 16-29

  11. Leupeptin reduces impulse noise induced hearing loss

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    Gavriel Haim; Shulman Abraham; Stracher Alfred; Sohmer Haim

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Exposure to continuous and impulse noise can induce a hearing loss. Leupeptin is an inhibitor of the calpains, a family of calcium-activated proteases which promote cell death. The objective of this study is to assess whether Leupeptin could reduce the hearing loss resulting from rifle impulse noise. Methods A polyethelene tube was implanted into middle ear cavities of eight fat sand rats (16 ears). Following determination of auditory nerve brainstem evoked response (ABR) ...

  12. Anger and Impulsivity in Adolescents Attempting Suicide

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    Elif AKIN

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to evaluate anger and impulsivity in adolescent suicide attempters between the ages of 12 and 18, compared with control group; investigate the relation between hostility, impulsivity and suicide intent.Patients and Methods: Thirty-six adolescent patients between the ages of 12 and 18 referred to the Marmara University Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Policlinic because of attempted suicide between June 2009 and May 2010, were included in the study. Thirty-four healthy subjects were selected as control group. Clinical assessment of participants was made with the Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia Present and Life Time Version. Adolescents were also evaluated with the Spielberg State Trait Anger Expression Inventory and Barratt's Impulsivity Scale. The seriousness of attempted suicide in adolescents was determined with the Suicide Intent Scale.Results: Average total and subscores (except anger control subscore of anger and impulsivity scales were found higher in adolescents attempting suicide than in control group (p0.05.Conclusion: Anger and impulsivity merit attention in adolescent attempted suicides. Additionally, our results reinforce the need for further studies investigating the relation between personality traits, psychiatric, familial and social factors for better understanding of the effect of anger and impulsivity in adolescent suicide behavior. (Marmara Medical Journal 2012;25:148-52

  13. Narcissism predicts impulsive buying: phenotypic and genetic evidence

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    Cai, Huajian; Shi, Yuanyuan; Fang, Xiang; Luo, Yu L. L.

    2015-01-01

    Impulsive buying makes billions of dollars for retail businesses every year, particularly in an era of thriving e-commerce. Narcissism, characterized by impulsivity and materialism, may serve as a potential antecedent to impulsive buying. To test this hypothesis, two studies examined the relationship between narcissism and impulsive buying. In Study 1, we surveyed an online sample and found that while adaptive narcissism was not correlated with impulsive buying, maladaptive narcissism was sig...

  14. The effects of depression and impulsivity on obesity and binge eating disorder

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of study was to evaluate depression and impulsivity in obese people with binge eating disorder (BED. Method: The study included 149 obese study participants who were compared to 151 non-obese healthy controls. They were assessed with the Structured Clinical Interview (SCID-I, Eating Attitudes Test (EAT, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI, and Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11 (BIS-11. Results: The prevalence of BED was 47.6% in the obese study participants. Obesity with BED was more common in female participants. Depressive disorder was detected in 41.2% of the obese subjects. There was no significant difference between BED (+ and BED (- groups with respect to depressive disorder (p>0.05. The cognitive impulsivity and non-planning activity scores of the depressive group were significantly higher than for the participants without depression (p<0.05. The cognitive impulsivity scores of depressive obese participants were significantly higher than for obese participants without depression (p<0.05. Conclusion: Obesity appears to be associated with depression rather than impulsivity. Impulsivity was found in obese people with binge-eating specifically. This study suggests that depression and/or binge eating may be mediating factors for the outcome of obesity.

  15. Approbation of the Russian-language version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11

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    Full Text Available The results of approbation of the Russian-language version of the questionnaire measure of impulsivity "Scale of the Barratt Impulsivity" (BIS-11. Demonstrated reliability and validity obtained the Russian version of the questionnaire. The study involved 200 people (among them 50 patients of the hospital. Assessment of validity was conducted by comparing the results with the results of the following methods: questionnaire of the I7 – Impulsiveness, (7-I version. A. Eysenck, S. Eysenck. Adaptation of the T. V. Kornilova, A. A. Dolnikova, 16 LF (Cattell. Correlation analysis of the scale of the Questionnaire with specific scales overall personality Questionnaire 16 PF and Kettell special I7 Impulsiveness Questionnaire Eysenck showed that the construct validity of the Questionnaire BIS-11 overall confirmed. It is shown that people with personality disorders (mainly psychopathy, Impulsivity Scale the Barratt have the level of impulsivity is significantly higher than the group norms. The results of the study allow to recommend the Russian version of the questionnaire BIS-11 for use in clinical diagnostics, in the field of training and education to determine proficiency.

  16. BMI predicts emotion-driven impulsivity and cognitive inflexibility in adolescents with excess weight.

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    Delgado-Rico, Elena; Río-Valle, Jacqueline S; González-Jiménez, Emilio; Campoy, Cristina; Verdejo-García, Antonio

    2012-08-01

    Adolescent obesity is increasingly viewed as a brain-related dysfunction, whereby reward-driven urges for pleasurable foods "hijack" response selection systems, such that behavioral control progressively shifts from impulsivity to compulsivity. In this study, we aimed to examine the link between personality factors (sensitivity to reward (SR) and punishment (SP), BMI, and outcome measures of impulsivity vs. flexibility in--otherwise healthy--excessive weight adolescents. Sixty-three adolescents (aged 12-17) classified as obese (n = 26), overweight (n = 16), or normal weight (n = 21) participated in the study. We used psychometric assessments of the SR and SP motivational systems, impulsivity (using the UPPS-P scale), and neurocognitive measures with discriminant validity to dissociate inhibition vs. flexibility deficits (using the process-approach version of the Stroop test). We tested the relative contribution of age, SR/SP, and BMI on estimates of impulsivity and inhibition vs. switching performance using multistep hierarchical regression models. BMI significantly predicted elevations in emotion-driven impulsivity (positive and negative urgency) and inferior flexibility performance in adolescents with excess weight--exceeding the predictive capacity of SR and SP. SR was the main predictor of elevations in sensation seeking and lack of premeditation. These findings demonstrate that increases in BMI are specifically associated with elevations in emotion-driven impulsivity and cognitive inflexibility, supporting a dimensional path in which adolescents with excess weight increase their proneness to overindulge when under strong affective states, and their difficulties to switch or reverse habitual behavioral patterns. PMID:22421897

  17. BDNF concentration and impulsiveness level in post-traumatic stress disorder.

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    Martinotti, Giovanni; Sepede, Gianna; Brunetti, Marcella; Ricci, Valerio; Gambi, Francesco; Chillemi, Eleonora; Vellante, Federica; Signorelli, Maria; Pettorruso, Mauro; De Risio, Luisa; Aguglia, Eugenio; Angelucci, Francesco; Caltagirone, Carlo; Di Giannantonio, Massimo

    2015-10-30

    Among the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), impulsiveness has been observed in patients with high levels of hyperarousal. Recent literature reveals the importance of investigating the role of neurotrophins, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), in several psychiatric disorders. Specifically, contrasting findings have been reported on the levels of serum BDNF in subjects with PTSD. The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between BDNF serum levels and impulsiveness in PTSD. To this end, we measured BDNF serum levels in 23 PTSD patients and a control group of 19 trauma-exposed non-PTSD subjects. Results indicate a positive correlation in the PTSD group; that is, the higher the BDNF levels the higher the impulsiveness score, as measured by the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11), suggesting that impulsiveness could be associated with greater BDNF production. Alternatively, it is also possible that high impulsiveness acts as a psychological mechanism that counteracts the negative effects exerted by the traumatic experience and the associated obsessive thoughts. The present paper discusses both hypotheses. PMID:26277035

  18. Neural substrates of time perception and impulsivity.

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    Wittmann, Marc; Simmons, Alan N; Flagan, Taru; Lane, Scott D; Wackermann, Ji?í; Paulus, Martin P

    2011-08-11

    Several studies provide empirical evidence for the association between impulsivity and time perception. However, little is known about the neural substrates underlying this function. This investigation examined the influence of impulsivity on neural activation patterns during the encoding and reproduction of intervals with durations of 3, 9 and 18s using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Twenty-seven subjects participated in this study, including 15 high impulsive subjects that were classified based on their self-rating. FMRI activation during the duration reproduction task was correlated with measures of two self-report questionnaires related to the concept of impulsivity (Barratt Impulsiveness Scale, BIS; Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory, ZTPI). Behaviorally, those individuals who under-reproduced temporal intervals also showed lower scores on the ZTPI future perspective subscale and higher scores on the BIS. FMRI activation revealed an accumulating pattern of neural activity peaking at the end of the 9- and 18-s intervals within right posterior insula. Activations of brain regions during the reproduction phase of the timing task, such as those related to motor execution as well as to the 'core control network' - encompassing the inferior frontal and medial frontal cortices, the anterior insula as well as the inferior parietal cortex - were significantly correlated with reproduced duration, as well as with BIS and ZTPI subscales. In particular, the greater activation in these regions the shorter were the reproduced intervals, the more impulsive was an individual and the less pronounced the future perspective. Activation in the core control network, thus, may form a biological marker for cognitive time management and for impulsiveness. PMID:21763642

  19. [Impulsivity and compulsivity in cocaine dependent individuals].

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    Fernández-Serrano, María José; Cesar Peraleslópez, José; Moreno-López, Laura; Santos-Ruiz, Ana; Pérez-García, Miguel; Verdejogarcía, Antonio

    2012-01-01

    A recent theoretical approach describes addiction as a dynamic behavioural change process on the impulsivity-compulsivity axis. However, on the basis of current evidence, it is still difficult to establish a selective association between the course of addiction and individual transition along this axis. The aim of this study is to categorize each of the individuals in a sample of cocaine-dependent patients (CDI) as mainly impulsive or mainly compulsive, on the basis of their performance in neuropsychological inhibition and perseveration tests, and to test the association between the assigned category and their scores in trait impulsivity, and severity of cocaine addiction (measured by means of self-report assessment tools). A total of 42 CDI and 65 healthy control individuals (HCI) were assessed using the UPPS-P Scale (to explore trait impulsivity), the Stroop and Go/No Go (to assess response inhibition), and Revised-Strategy Application and Probabilistic Reversal tests (to assess response perseveration). Forty-five per cent of the CDIs were classified as compulsive, and this subgroup scored significantly higher than the impulsive group on the UPPS-P dimensions of lack of perseverance and lack of premeditation. A substantial proportion of CDIs can be classified as compulsive. No differences between compulsive and impulsive CDIs were found with regard to severity of exposure to cocaine; however, patients classified as compulsive by means of neuropsychological tasks are less perseverative in the pursuit of long-term objectives and more prone to make under-meditated decisions, as shown by trait impulsivity assessment questionnaires. PMID:22648313

  20. Integral manifolds for uncertain impulsive differential–difference equations with variable impulsive perturbations

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    In the present paper sufficient conditions for the existence of integral manifolds of uncertain impulsive differential–difference equations with variable impulsive perturbations are obtained. The investigations are carried out by means the concepts of uniformly positive definite matrix functions, Hamilton–Jacobi–Riccati inequalities and piecewise continuous Lyapunov’s functions

  1. Impulsive corporal punishment by mothers and antisocial behavior and impulsiveness of children.

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    Straus, M A; Mouradian, V E

    1998-01-01

    This study tested the hypothesis that corporal punishment (CP), such as spanking or slapping a child for purposes of correcting misbehavior, is associated with antisocial behavior (ASB) and impulsiveness by the child. The data were obtained through interviews with a probability sample of 933 mothers of children age 2-14 in two small American cities. Analyses of variance found that the more CP experienced by the child, the greater the tendency for the child to engage in ASB and to act impulsively. These relationships hold even after controlling for family socioeconomic status, the age and sex of the child, nurturance by the mother, and the level of noncorporal interventions by the mother. There were also significant interaction effects of CP with impulsiveness by the mother. When CP was carried out impulsively, it was most strongly related to child impulsiveness and ASB; when CP was done when the mother was under control, the relationship to child behavior problems was reduced but still present. In view of the fact that there is a high risk of losing control when engaged in CP, even by parents who are not usually impulsive, and the fact that impulsive CP is so strongly associated with child behavior problems, the results of this study suggest that CP is an important risk factor for children developing a pattern of impulsive and antisocial behavior which, in turn, may contribute to the level of violence and other crime in society. PMID:9768466

  2. Impulse-control disorders in alcoholics are related to sensation seeking and not to impulsivity.

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    Lejoyeux, M; Feuché, N; Loi, S; Solomon, J; Adès, J

    1998-11-16

    Impulse-control disorders (ICD) include intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, trichotillomania, pyromania and pathological gambling. Several studies have suggested that the incidence of pathological gambling and impulsive violent behavior is substantially higher in alcohol-dependent patients than in the general population. The association between ICD and alcoholism, as well as personality characteristics such as sensation seeking and impulsivity, has never been systematically studied. The present study compared the levels of impulsivity and sensation seeking in age- and sex-matched groups of alcohol-dependent patients with concomitant ICD (ICD+, n = 30), alcohol-dependent patients without ICD (ICD-; n = 30) and control subjects (n = 30). All the alcohol-dependent patients (ICD+ and ICD-) were hospitalized for alcohol detoxification. Diagnoses of ICD were based on DSM-IV criteria and the Minnesota Impulsive Disorders Interview. All patients completed the Zuckerman Sensation-Seeking Scale (SSS) and the Barratt Impulsiveness Rating Scale (BIS). Mean scores on the SSS general factor, the SSS disinhibition subscale, and the SSS experience-seeking scale were significantly higher in ICD+ patients than in either ICD- patients or control subjects. By contrast, total scores and subscale scores on the BIS showed no significant differences among the three groups. Thus, it appears that measures of sensation seeking, rather than impulsivity, are relevant in distinguishing between alcohol-dependent patients with and without concomitant impulse control disorders. PMID:9858032

  3. Characterization of impulse noise and hazard analysis of impulse noise induced hearing loss using AHAAH modeling

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    Wu, Qing

    Millions of people across the world are suffering from noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), especially under working conditions of either continuous Gaussian or non-Gaussian noise that might affect human's hearing function. Impulse noise is a typical non-Gaussian noise exposure in military and industry, and generates severe hearing loss problem. This study mainly focuses on characterization of impulse noise using digital signal analysis method and prediction of the auditory hazard of impulse noise induced hearing loss by the Auditory Hazard Assessment Algorithm for Humans (AHAAH) modeling. A digital noise exposure system has been developed to produce impulse noises with peak sound pressure level (SPL) up to 160 dB. The characterization of impulse noise generated by the system has been investigated and analyzed in both time and frequency domains. Furthermore, the effects of key parameters of impulse noise on auditory risk unit (ARU) are investigated using both simulated and experimental measured impulse noise signals in the AHAAH model. The results showed that the ARUs increased monotonically with the peak pressure (both P+ and P-) increasing. With increasing of the time duration, the ARUs increased first and then decreased, and the peak of ARUs appeared at about t = 0.2 ms (for both t+ and t-). In addition, the auditory hazard of experimental measured impulse noises signals demonstrated a monotonically increasing relationship between ARUs and system voltages.

  4. Impulsivity and Concussion in Juvenile Rats: Examining Molecular and Structural Aspects of the Frontostriatal Pathway

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    Hehar, Harleen; Yeates, Keith; Kolb, Bryan; Esser, Michael J.; Mychasiuk, Richelle

    2015-01-01

    Impulsivity and poor executive control have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Similarly, concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) have been associated with increased risk for neuropsychiatric disorders and the development of impulsivity and inattention. Researchers and epidemiologists have therefore considered whether or not concussions induce symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or merely unmask impulsive tendencies that were already present. The purpose of this study was to determine if a single concussion in adolescence could induce ADHD-like impulsivity and impaired response inhibition, and subsequently determine if inherent impulsivity prior to a pediatric mTBI would exacerbate post-concussion symptomology with a specific emphasis on impulsive and inattentive behaviours. As these behaviours are believed to be associated with the frontostriatal circuit involving the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the expression patterns of 8 genes (Comt, Drd2, Drd3, Drd4, Maoa, Sert, Tph1, and Tph2) from these two regions were examined. In addition, Golgi-Cox staining of medium spiny neurons in the NAc provided a neuroanatomical examination of mTBI-induced structural changes. The study found that a single early brain injury could induce impulsivity and impairments in response inhibition that were more pronounced in males. Interestingly, when animals with inherent impulsivity experienced mTBI, injury-related deficits were exacerbated in female animals. The single concussion increased dendritic branching, but reduced synaptic density in the NAc, and these changes were likely associated with the increase in impulsivity. Finally, mTBI-induced impulsivity was associated with modifications to gene expression that differed dramatically from the gene expression pattern associated with inherent impulsivity, despite very similar behavioural phenotypes. Our findings suggest the need to tailor treatment strategies for mTBI in light of an individual’s premorbid characteristics, given significant differences in molecular profiles of the frontostriatal circuits that depend upon sex and the etiology of the behavioural phenotype. PMID:26448536

  5. Conception et caracterisation d'un magnetoplasma produit par une onde de surface pour la pulverisation d'echantillons solides

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    Masse, Louis Philippe

    Suite a l'extraordinaire explosion de l'informatique de la derniere decennie, la science et la technologie des materiaux ont pris un essor extraordinaire. Par exemple, il est devenu crucial de concevoir des materiaux a haut degre de purete. Ce besoin a fortement motive le developpement de methodes d'analyse de solides. Traditionnellement, la methode adoptee est l'analyse par torche ICP, mais pour de nombreuses raisons, dont la lenteur de cette methode, la communaute scientifique oeuvrant en chimie analytique recherche des techniques d'analyse de solides directes, rapides et plus sensibles. Parmi les voies possibles, on trouve les methodes basees sur la pulverisation par plasma. Dans ce contexte, nous avons etudie la possibilite et la pertinence d'utiliser un magnetoplasma entretenu par une onde de surface pour pulveriser des solides dans le but de les analyser. Nos travaux portent principalement sur l'etude du comportement du plasma lors de la pulverisation. Nous avons montre que la pulverisation affecte la decharge de diverses facons. En premier lieu, la concentration d'especes provenant du materiau pulverise dans le plasma augmente avec la tension de polarisation. De plus, la concentration d'especes pulverisees diminue lorsque la pression croit, possiblement a cause du redepot. Nous avons aussi montre qu'il etait possible de pulveriser des solides isolants en exploitant le phenomene d'autopolarisation du a l'application d'une tension RF. Nous avons aussi etudie l'effet de la pulverisation sur la temperature et la densite electronique. Ainsi, lors de la pulverisation de metaux tels que le cuivre, la temperature electronique diminue lorsque la tension de polarisation augmente. Ceci est attribuable a l'augmentation de la densite d'especes metalliques neutres facilement ionisables par impact electronique. Nous avons aussi note que la densite electronique augmente avec la concentration d'especes metalliques dans le plasma, ce qui resulte d'un meilleur bilan de puissance. Une etude des caracteristiques du plasma seul a revele que le champ magnetique confine si bien le plasma que le maximum de densite electronique se trouve hors axe, plus exactement a la position radiale correspondant au rayon du cylindre dielectrique servant a former l'interface dielectrique-plasma dans la zone source du reacteur. Ce phenomene indique une tres nette superiorite du coefficient de diffusion axial par rapport au coefficient de diffusion radial. Notre reacteur a un potentiel interessant pour l'analyse elementaire de materiaux solides puisque le taux de pulverisation y est eleve et que les especes pulverisees sont aisement excitees et ionisees par le plasma.

  6. 20mN, Variable Specific Impulse Colloid Thruster Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — During Phase I, Busek designed and manufactured an electrospray emitter capable of generating 20 mN in a 7" x 7" x 1.7" package. The thruster consists of nine...

  7. Plasma properties in high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Lundin, Daniel

    2008-01-01

    The work presented in this thesis involves experimental and theoretical studies related to plasma properties in high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS), and more specifically plasma transport. HiPIMS is an ionized PVD method based on conventional direct current magnetron sputtering (dcMS). In dcMS very little of the sputtered material is ionized since the plasma power density is not high enough. This is not the case for HiPIMS, where a substantial part is ionized, and thus presents m...

  8. Measurement of impulse response of force transducers

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    Fujii, Yusaku

    2001-07-01

    Impulse responses of force transducers are measured. An object levitated with sufficiently small friction using a pneumatic linear bearing is made to collide with a force transducer under test. The inertial force acting on the object is measured as the product of the mass and the acceleration. The acceleration of the object is measured using an optical interferometer. The output signal of the force transducer and the inertial force acting on the levitated object are then compared. Impulses with a maximum value of approximately 80-90 N with a half value width of approximately 5-19 ms have been applied to two different types of force transducers. The inertial force is measured with standard uncertainty of approximately 0.9 N, which corresponds to approximately 1% of the maximum applied impulse.

  9. Almost periodic solutions of impulsive differential equations

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    Stamov, Gani T

    2012-01-01

    Impulsive differential equations are suitable for the mathematical simulation of evolutionary processes in which the parameters undergo relatively long periods of smooth variation followed by short-term rapid changes (that is, jumps) in their values. Processes of this type are often investigated in various fields of science and technology. The question of the existence and uniqueness of almost periodic solutions of differential equations is an age-old problem of great importance. The qualitative theory of impulsive differential equations is currently undergoing rapid development in relation to the investigation of various processes which are subject to impacts during their evolution, and many findings on the existence and uniqueness of almost periodic solutions of these equations are being made. This book systematically presents findings related to almost periodic solutions of impulsive differential equations and illustrates their potential applications.

  10. Impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Impulse control disorders (ICDs in Parkinson's disease (PD are common with a frequency of 13.61% , which are associated with impaired functioning and with depressive, anxiety and obsessive symptoms, novelty seeking and impulsivity. These behaviors have a bad influence on PD patients in the quality of life. Different behavioral subtypes suggest pathophysiological differences. Recent large scale studies and converging findings are beginning to provide an understanding of mechanisms underlying ICDs in PD which can guide the prevention of these behaviors and optimize therapeutic approaches. This paper will take a review on the recent advances in the epidemiology, risk factors, pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of ICDs in PD.

  11. [Arson--a disorder of impulse control?].

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    Hollweg, M

    1994-06-01

    Reviewing the literature the current knowledge about the motivational basis of arson is discussed. Fire-setters form a heterogenous group; they seem to commit their crimes for different reasons. Some of them are imbecile, some suicidal, and other showed autoaggressive behaviour in the past; sometimes a connection with sexual excitement can be observed. The criteria for the diagnosis "pyromania" used in the classification manuals DSM-III-R and ICD-10 are strict, in order to facilitate an operationalised diagnosis. Most of the fire-settings cannot be classified under this subcategory of "disorders of impulse control". However, impairments of impulse control are typical characteristics in most cases of arson. PMID:8061462

  12. Does drinking refusal self-efficacy mediate the impulsivity-problematic alcohol use relation?

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    Stevens, Angela K; Littlefield, Andrew K; Blanchard, Brittany E; Talley, Amelia E; Brown, Jennifer L

    2016-02-01

    There is consistent evidence that impulsivity-like traits relate to problematic alcohol involvement; however, identifying mechanisms that account for this relation remains an important area of research. Drinking refusal self-efficacy (or a person's ability to resist alcohol; DRSE) has been shown to predict alcohol use among college students and may be a relevant mediator of the impulsivity-alcohol relation. The current study examined the indirect effect of various constructs related to impulsivity (i.e., urgency, sensation seeking, and deficits in conscientiousness) via several facets of DRSE (i.e., social pressure, opportunistic, and emotional relief) on alcohol-related problems among a large sample of college students (N=891). Overall, results indicated that certain DRSE facets were significant mediators of the relation between impulsivity-related constructs and alcohol problems. More specifically, emotional-relief DRSE was a mediator for the respective relations between urgency and deficits in conscientiousness and alcohol problems, whereas social-DRSE was a significant mediator of the respective relations between urgency and sensation seeking with alcohol problems. Results from this study suggest particular types of DRSE are important mediators of the relations between specific impulsivity constructs and alcohol-related problems. These findings support prevention and intervention efforts that seek to enhance drinking refusal self-efficacy skills of college students, particularly those high in certain personality features, in order to reduce alcohol-related problems among this population. PMID:26547044

  13. Asymptotical p-Moment Stability of Stochastic Impulsive Differential Equations and Its Application in Impulsive Control

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    In this paper, the asymptotical p-moment stability of stochastic impulsive differential equations is studied, and a comparison theory to ensure the asymptotical p-moment stability for trivial solution of this system is established, from which we can find out whether a stochastic impulsive differential system is stable just from a deterministic comparison system. As an application of this theory, we control the chaos of stochastic Chen system using impulsive method, and a stable region is deduced too. Finally, numerical simulations verify the feasibility of our method. (general)

  14. The Hydraulic Ram (Or Impulse) Pump

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    Mills, Allan

    2014-01-01

    The hydraulic impulse pump utilizes a fraction of the momentum of a flowing stream to lift a small portion of that water to a higher level. There it may be accumulated in an elevated cistern to provide sufficient water for several families, for the pump works 24 h a day with no additional source of energy. The operation of the pump is described,…

  15. Impulse noise trauma during army weapon firing

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    Munjal, K. R.; Singh, V.P.

    1997-01-01

    A 100 infanty personnel firing modern weapons such as the Anti Tank Guided Missile, 106mm Recoiless Gun (RCL), 84mm Rocket Launcher (RL) and 81mm Mortar were studied for the effect of impulse noise on the ear and the evolution of the Temporary Threshold Shift (TTS), Recovery Time (RT) and Permanent Threshold Shift (PTS) was traced.

  16. Dopamine, Time, and Impulsivity in Humans

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    Pine, Alex; Shiner, Tamara; Seymour, Ben; Dolan, Raymond J.

    2010-01-01

    Disordered dopamine neurotransmission is implicated in mediating impulsiveness across a range of behaviors and disorders including addiction, compulsive gambling, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and dopamine dysregulation syndrome. Whereas existing theories of dopamine function highlight mechanisms based on aberrant reward learning or behavioral disinhibition, they do not offer an adequate account of the pathological hypersensitivity to temporal delay that forms a crucial behavioral...

  17. Reflectiveness/Impulsiveness and Mathematics Achievement

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    Cathcart, W. George; Liedtke, Werner

    1969-01-01

    Report of research to test the hypothesis that reflective students would be higher achievers in mathematics than impulsive pupils. An achievement test was developed to measure understanding of mathematical concepts and applications, ability to solve verbal problems and recall basic facts. Data suggest that reflective students obtain better…

  18. How Many Impulsivities? A Discounting Perspective

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    Green, Leonard; Myerson, Joel

    2013-01-01

    People discount the value of delayed and uncertain outcomes, and how steeply individuals discount is thought to reflect how impulsive they are. From this perspective, steep discounting of delayed outcomes (which fails to maximize long-term welfare) and shallow discounting of probabilistic outcomes (which fails to adequately take risk into account)…

  19. Impulse Control of Multidimensional Jump Diffusions

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    Mark H A Davis; Guo, Xin; Wu, Guoliang

    2009-01-01

    This paper studies regularity property of the value function for an infinite-horizon discounted cost impulse control problem, where the underlying controlled process is a multidimensional jump diffusion with possibly `infinite-activity' jumps. Surprisingly, despite these jumps, we obtain the same degree of regularity as for the diffusion case, at least when the jump satisfies certain integrability conditions.

  20. Impulse Plasma In Surface Engineering - a review

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    The article describes the view of the plasma surface engineering, assuming the role of non-thermal energy effects in the synthesis of materials and coatings deposition. In the following study it was underlined that the vapor excitation through the application of an electric field during coatings deposition gives new possibilities for coatings formation. As an example the IPD method was chosen. During the IPD (Impulse Plasma Deposition) the impulse plasma is generated in the coaxial accelerator by strong periodic electrical pulses. The impulse plasma is distributed in the form of energetic plasma pockets. Due to the almost completely ionization of gas, the nucleation of new phases takes place on ions directly in the plasma itself. As a result the coatings of metastable materials with nano-amorphous structure and excellent adhesion to the non-heated intentionally substrates could be deposited. Recently the novel way of impulse plasma generation during the coatings deposition was proposed and developed by our group. An efficient tool for plasma process control, the plasma forming gas injection to the interelectrode space was used. Periodic changing the gas pressure results in increasing both the degree of dispersion and the dynamics of the plasma pulses. The advantage of the new technique in deposition of coatings with exceptionally good properties has been demonstrated in the industrial scale not only in the case of the IPD method but also in the case of very well known magnetron sputtering method

  1. A model-based analysis of impulsivity using a slot-machine gambling paradigm.

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    Paliwal, Saee; Petzschner, Frederike H; Schmitz, Anna Katharina; Tittgemeyer, Marc; Stephan, Klaas E

    2014-01-01

    Impulsivity plays a key role in decision-making under uncertainty. It is a significant contributor to problem and pathological gambling (PG). Standard assessments of impulsivity by questionnaires, however, have various limitations, partly because impulsivity is a broad, multi-faceted concept. What remains unclear is which of these facets contribute to shaping gambling behavior. In the present study, we investigated impulsivity as expressed in a gambling setting by applying computational modeling to data from 47 healthy male volunteers who played a realistic, virtual slot-machine gambling task. Behaviorally, we found that impulsivity, as measured independently by the 11th revision of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11), correlated significantly with an aggregate read-out of the following gambling responses: bet increases (BIs), machines switches (MS), casino switches (CS), and double-ups (DUs). Using model comparison, we compared a set of hierarchical Bayesian belief-updating models, i.e., the Hierarchical Gaussian Filter (HGF) and Rescorla-Wagner reinforcement learning (RL) models, with regard to how well they explained different aspects of the behavioral data. We then examined the construct validity of our winning models with multiple regression, relating subject-specific model parameter estimates to the individual BIS-11 total scores. In the most predictive model (a three-level HGF), the two free parameters encoded uncertainty-dependent mechanisms of belief updates and significantly explained BIS-11 variance across subjects. Furthermore, in this model, decision noise was a function of trial-wise uncertainty about winning probability. Collectively, our results provide a proof of concept that hierarchical Bayesian models can characterize the decision-making mechanisms linked to the impulsive traits of an individual. These novel indices of gambling mechanisms unmasked during actual play may be useful for online prevention measures for at-risk players and future assessments of PG. PMID:25071497

  2. Objects, decision considerations and self-image in men's and women's impulse purchases.

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    Dittmar, H; Beattie, J; Friese, S

    1996-09-01

    Current theories in economics, marketing, and psychology fail to explain underlying reasons for impulse buying and, crucially, why certain goods (e.g., clothes) are bought impulsively more than others (e.g., basic kitchen equipment). We propose and examine a social psychological model, which predicts that people impulse buy to acquire material symbols of personal and social identity. We predict that consumers will differ systematically in the goods they buy on impulse, and in their reasons for doing so, depending on their attitudes towards shopping, and also along important social categories, such as gender. Specifically, our theoretical model-drawing on a social constructionist model of material possessions (e.g., Dittmar, 1992) and symbolic self-completion theory (e.g. Wicklund and Gollwitzer, 1982)-leads to three sets of hypotheses: (i) some consumer durables are more likely to be bought on impulse than others, and there may be gender differences in object choices, (ii) differences will emerge in the buying considerations (e.g., functional, emotional, symbolic) that are used for impulse and planned buying, and (iii) magnitude of self-discrepancies will predict relative impulse buying frequency and the buying considerations used, if the individual uses consumption as a self-completion strategy. These predictions were expected to hold particularly strongly for individuals high in compulsive shopping tendencies. We test our model in a questionnaire study with a sample of British consumers (n = 61). The results lend support to all three sets of hypotheses. The implications of these findings are discussed with respect to economic and consumer theory, and the treatment offered to the increasing number of 'addicted' shoppers. PMID:8826795

  3. Impulsivity and Aggression in Female BPD and ADHD Patients: Association with ACC Glutamate and GABA Concentrations.

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    Ende, Gabriele; Cackowski, Sylvia; Van Eijk, Julia; Sack, Markus; Demirakca, Traute; Kleindienst, Nikolaus; Bohus, Martin; Sobanski, Esther; Krause-Utz, Annegret; Schmahl, Christian

    2016-01-01

    Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are both characterized by high impulsivity and difficulties in controlling anger and aggression. In BPD, comorbid ADHD may further increase impulsivity. For both disorders, altered MR spectroscopy levels of the neurotransmitters glutamate and GABA as well as some correlations with impulsivity were previously reported. The objective of this study was to investigate the neurotransmitters glutamate and GABA in relation to impulsivity and aggression as expressed in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in groups of female patients with BPD and ADHD, respectively. Associations of glutamate and GABA levels with further BPD (symptom severity) and ADHD aspects (hyperactivity and inattention) were exploratively evaluated. 1H MR spectra were acquired at 3T to determine glutamate to total creatine ratios (Glu/tCr) and GABA levels from the ACC in a BPD group (n=26), an ADHD group (n=22), and a healthy control (HC) group (n=30); all participants were females. Both patient groups showed higher scores on self-reported impulsivity, anger, and aggression compared with HCs. ACC GABA levels were significantly lower in ADHD than HC. Although measures of impulsivity were positively related to glutamate and negatively to GABA, for aggression only a negative correlation with GABA could be demonstrated. These data provide human in vivo evidence for the role of ACC Glu/tCr and GABA in impulsivity and aggression. If distinct associations of Glu/tCr and GABA for BPD and ADHD can be confirmed in future studies, this might yield implications for more specific pharmacological treatments. PMID:26040503

  4. A Model-based Analysis of Impulsivity Using a Slot-Machine Gambling Paradigm

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    Saee Paliwal

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Impulsivity plays a key role in decision-making under uncertainty. It is a significant contributor to problem and pathological gambling. Standard assessments of impulsivity by questionnaires, however, have various limitations, partly because impulsivity is a broad, multi-faceted concept. What remains unclear is which of these facets contribute to shaping gambling behavior. In the present study, we investigated impulsivity as expressed in a gambling setting by applying computational modeling to data from 47 healthy male volunteers who played a realistic, virtual slot-machine gambling task. Behaviorally, we found that impulsivity, as measured independently by the 11th revision of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11, correlated significantly with an aggregate read-out of the following gambling responses: bet increases, machines switches, casino switches and double-ups. Using model comparison, we compared a set of hierarchical Bayesian belief-updating models, i.e. the Hierarchical Gaussian Filter (HGF and Rescorla-Wagner reinforcement learning models, with regard to how well they explained different aspects of the behavioral data. We then examined the construct validity of our winning models with multiple regression, relating subject-specific model parameter estimates to the individual BIS-11 total scores. In the most predictive model (a three-level HGF, the two free parameters encoded uncertainty-dependent mechanisms of belief updates and significantly explained BIS-11 variance across subjects. Furthermore, in this model, decision noise was a function of trial-wise uncertainty about winning probability. Collectively, our results provide a proof of concept that hierarchical Bayesian models can characterize the decision-making mechanisms linked to impulsivity. These novel indices of gambling mechanisms unmasked during actual play may be useful for online prevention measures for at-risk players and future assessments of pathological gambling.

  5. Video Game Therapy for Emotional Regulation and Impulsivity Control in a Series of Treated Cases with Bulimia Nervosa

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    Konstantas, Dimitri; Ben Moussa, Maher; Fagundo, Ana Beatriz; Santamaría, Juan José; Forcano, Laura; Giner-Bartolomé, Cristina; Jiménez-Murcia, Susana; Sánchez, Isabel; Granero, Roser; Magnenat-Thalmann, Nadia; Lam, Tony; Lucas, Mikkel; Nielsen, Jeppe; Bults, Richard; Tarrega, Salomé

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    Although standard psychological treatments have been successful in treating several core features in eating disorders (ED), other characteristics such as emotional regulation or impulsivity appear to be more resistant to change. There is a growing body of evidence to support the efficacy of cognitive remediation for cognitive and emotional difficulties in ED. Playmancer/ Islands is a video game (VG) designed to specifically treat mental disorders, characterized by problems in impulse control....

  6. Stability of Impulsive Differential Equation with any Time Delay

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    Srivastava, Sanjay K.; Kanwalpreet Kaur

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, the stability of general impulsive retarded functional differential equations with any time delay has been considered. Many evolution processes are characterized by the fact that at certain moments of time they experience a change of state abruptly. Consequently, it is natural to assume that these perturbations act instantaneously, that is, in the form of impulses. Impulsive differential equations, that is, differential equations involving impulse effects, are a natural descrip...

  7. Impulsivity, risky behaviors and accidents in alcohol-dependent patients

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    Jakubczyk, Andrzej; Klimkiewicz, Anna; Wnorowska, Anna; Mika, Katarzyna; Bugaj, Marcin; Podgórska, Anna; Barry, Kristen; Blow, Frederic C.; Brower, Kirk J.; Wojnar, Marcin

    2012-01-01

    Impulsivity and alcohol drinking are both considered as important predictors of unintentional as well as intentional injuries. However, relationships of impulsivity with risky behaviors and a history of accidents have not been investigated in alcohol dependence. The aim of this study was to analyze relationships between the frequency of risky behaviors and level of behavioral as well as cognitive impulsivity in alcohol-dependent patients. By means of Barratt’s Impulsiveness Scale (BIS) and st...

  8. Impulsivity and Personality Variables in Adolescents with Eating Disorders

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    Boisseau, Christina L.; Thompson-Brenner, Heather; Eddy, Kamryn T; Satir, Dana A.

    2009-01-01

    Impulsivity among individuals with eating disorders (EDs) is associated with severe co-morbidities and poor treatment outcome. However, research investigating the construct of impulsivity in EDs is limited. The objectives of the present study were to characterize multiple dimensions of impulsivity in adolescents with eating disorders (EDs); determine if differences in impulsivity were associated with ED diagnosis and/or broader personality traits; and explore the relationship between impulsiv...

  9. Impulsivity and Risk Taking in Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

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    Reddy, L Felice; Lee, Junghee; Davis, Michael C; Altshuler, Lori; Glahn, David C; Miklowitz, David J; Green, Michael F.

    2013-01-01

    Impulsive risk taking contributes to deleterious outcomes among clinical populations. Indeed, pathological impulsivity and risk taking are common in patients with serious mental illness, and have severe clinical repercussions including novelty seeking, response disinhibition, aggression, and substance abuse. Thus, the current study seeks to examine self-reported impulsivity (Barratt Impulsivity Scale) and performance-based behavioral risk taking (Balloon Analogue Risk Task) in bipolar disorde...

  10. ADHD-hyperactive/impulsive subtype in adults

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    Stephen V. Faraone

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This is the first study to evaluate ADHD-hyperactive/impulsive subtype in a large clinical sample of adults with ADHD. The Quality of Life, Effectiveness, Safety and Tolerability (QuEST study included 725 adults who received clinician diagnoses of any ADHD subtype. Cross-sectional baseline data from 691 patients diagnosed with the hyperactive/impulsive (HI, inattentive (IA and combined subtypes were used to compare the groups on the clinician administered ADHD-RS, clinical features and health-related quality of life. A consistent pattern of differences was found between the ADHD-I and combined subtypes, with the combined subtype being more likely to be diagnosed in childhood, more severe symptom severity and lower HRQL. Twenty-three patients out of the total sample of 691 patients (3% received a clinician diagnosis of ADHD - hyperactive/impulsive subtype. Review of the ratings on the ADHD-RS-IV demonstrated, however, that this group had ratings of inattention comparable to the inattentive group. There were no significant differences found between the ADHD-HI and the other subtypes in symptom severity, functioning or quality of life. The hyperactive/impulsive subtype group identified by clinicians in this study was not significantly different from the rest of the sample. By contrast, significant differences were found between the inattentive and combined types. This suggests that in adults, hyperactivity declines and inattention remains significant, making the hyperactive/impulsive subtype as defined by childhood criteria a very rare condition and raising questions as to the validity of the HI subtype in adults.

  11. Why So Impulsive? White Matter Alterations Are Associated With Impulsivity in Chronic Marijuana Smokers

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    Gruber, Staci A; Silveri, Marisa M; Dahlgren, Mary Kathryn; Yurgelun-Todd, Deborah

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    Difficulty monitoring and inhibiting impulsive behaviors has been reported in marijuana (MJ) smokers; neuroimaging studies, which examined frontal systems in chronic MJ smokers, have reported alterations during inhibitory tasks. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) provides a quantitative estimate of white matter integrity at the microstructural level. We applied DTI, clinical ratings, and impulsivity measures to explore the hypotheses that chronic, heavy MJ smokers would demonstrate alterations in...

  12. Instability of solutions of impulsive systems of differential equations

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    Bainov, D.D. [Academy of Medicine, Sofia (Bulgaria); Kulev, G.K. [Plovdiv Univ. (Bulgaria); Stamova, I.M. [Technical Univ., Sliven (Bulgaria)

    1996-08-01

    We consider instability of the zero solution of impulsive systems of differential equations with unfixed moments of the impulse effect. Piecewise continuous auxiliary functions are used which are analogues of the classical Lyapunov functions. An analogue of Chetaev`s theorem for systems of differential equations without impulses is proved and some corollaries are deduced.

  13. Adaptive-impulsive synchronization of uncertain complex dynamical networks

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    This Letter studies adaptive-impulsive synchronization of uncertain complex dynamical networks. Based on the stability analysis of impulsive system, several network synchronization criteria for local and global adaptive-impulsive synchronization are established. Numerical example is also given to illustrate the results

  14. Borderline personality disorder, impulsivity, and the orbitofrontal cortex.

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    Berlin, HA; Rolls, ET; Iversen, SD

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Orbitofrontal cortex lesions produce disinhibited or socially inappropriate behavior and emotional irregularities. Characteristics of borderline personality disorder include impulsivity and affective instability. The authors investigated whether aspects of borderline personality disorder, in particular impulsivity, are associated with orbitofrontal cortex dysfunction. METHOD: Measures of personality, emotion, impulsivity, time perception, sensitivity to reinforcers, and spatial wor...

  15. On some impulsive fractional differential equations in Banach spaces

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with some impulsive fractional differential equations in Banach spaces. Utilizing the Leray-Schauder fixed point theorem and the impulsive nonlinear singular version of the Gronwall inequality, the existence of \\(PC\\-mild solutions for some fractional differential equations with impulses are obtained under some easily checked conditions. At last, an example is given for demonstration.

  16. Extreme Geoelectric Fields Induced By Magnetic Storm Sudden Impulses

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    Love, J. J.; Rigler, E. J.; Swidinsky, A.

    2014-12-01

    Large magnetic storms, as quantified by the Dst index, can produce geoelectric fields that are hazardous for the operation of electric power grids. The great storm of March 1989, for example, had the highest -Dst value of the 20th century. During the main phase of this storm, rapid magnetic variation induced geoelectric fields in the Earth's lithosphere that caused the complete collapse of the Canadian Hydro-Québec electric-power grid. In this study, we focus specifically on how sudden impulses in geomagnetic activity, those that occur during large storms, can induce geoelectric fields. These impulses can be seen during storm main phases, but they are most usually recognized as storm sudden commencements corresponding to the arrival, at Earth, of coronal mass ejections. We use a newly developed algorithm for estimating induced geoelectric fields from magnetic field variation recorded at ground-based observatories. We train the algorithm on 1-sec geomagnetic and geoelectric field data collected at Japanese observatories during the October 2003 Halloween storm. We then postdict geoelectric fields that would have been realized (but not directly measured at 1-sec resolution) in Japan during the 1989 Québec storm and during another intense storm that occurred in March 1991. The later storm is noteworthy, not because of its intense main phase, but because it commenced with a sudden impulse of enormous magnitude. For the first half minute of the 1991 storm, induced geoelectric fields far exceeded those realized during the 1989 storm. Recognizing the potential hazard, we also analyze a scenario geomagnetic time series of an extreme event sudden commencement, and we calculate the geoelectric fields that this scenario event might plausibly induce. Results show that substantial geoelectric field induction, possibly hazardous for electric power grids, can occur briefly but very abruptly as soon as a magnetic storm commences.

  17. Unique Contributions of Impulsivity and Inhibition to Prereading Skills in Preschoolers at Head Start

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    Fuhs, Mary Wagner; Wyant, Autumn B.; Day, Jeanne D.

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this study was to explore the relationship between temperament (specifically impulsivity and inhibition) and prereading skills (letter knowledge and print concepts) in preschool children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The participants in the study were 111 preschool children with a mean age of 58.09 months (SD = 5.80) attending Head…

  18. Hyperactive-Impulsive Symptoms Associated with Self-Reported Sleep Quality in Nonmedicated Adults with ADHD

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    Mahajan, Neha; Hong, Nuong; Wigal, Timothy L.; Gehricke, Jean-G.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Individuals with ADHD often report sleep problems. Though most studies on ADHD and sleep examined children or nonclinically diagnosed adults, the present study specifically examines nonmedicated adults with ADHD to determine whether inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms are associated with sleep problems. Method: A total of 22…

  19. Losing control : Assaultive behavior as a predictor of impulse control disorders in young adults

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    Leppink, Eric; Odlaug, Brian Lawrence

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Assaultive behaviors are common among young people and have been associated with a range of other unhealthy, impulsive behaviors such as substance use and problem gambling. This study sought to determine the predictive ability of single assaultive incidents for impulse control disorders, an association that has yet to be examined, especially in young adults. METHODS: The authors conducted a university-wide email survey in the spring of 2011 on 6000 university students. The survey examined assaultive behavior and associated mental health variables (using a clinically validated screening instrument, the Minnesota Impulsive Disorders Interview), stress and mood states, and psychosocial functioning. RESULTS: The rate of response was 35.1% (n=2108). 109 (5.9%) participants reported that they had assaulted another person or destroyed property at some time in their lives. Compared with respondents without lifetime assaultive behavior, those with a history of assaultive or destructive behavior reported more depressive symptoms, more stress, and higher rates of a range of impulse control disorders (intermittent explosive disorder, compulsive sexual behavior, compulsive buying, and skin picking disorder). CONCLUSIONS: Assaultive behavior appears fairly common among college students and is associated with symptoms of depression and impulse control disorders. Significant distress and diminished behavioral control suggest that assaultive behaviors may often be associated with significant morbidity. Additional research is needed to develop specific prevention and treatment strategies for young adults attending college who report problems with assaultive behaviors.

  20. Sex differences in neurophysiological responses are modulated by attentional aspects of impulse control.

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    Omura, Kazufumi; Kusumoto, Kenji

    2015-11-01

    The amplitudes of the N2 and P3 components of event-related potentials (ERPs) may be influenced by personality traits such as impulsivity, and male/female differences may also have an effect. However, few studies have assessed the interaction between personality traits and the sex of the subject in these components. Therefore, in this study we evaluated sex differences in the amplitudes of the N2 and P3 ERP components during a continuous performance task, and their relation to impulse control. Twenty-seven healthy participants were asked to perform an AX-type continuous performance task, also known as a Go/Nogo task, during electroencephalographic recording. Participants then completed the Barratt impulsiveness scale (version 11; BIS-11), and the effortful control (EC) scale to self-report personality measures related to impulse control. We found that in the Nogo condition, males showed significantly larger N2 amplitudes than females in the frontal area. Interestingly, Nogo-N2 amplitudes were positively correlated with BIS-attentional subscale scores, but were negatively correlated with EC-attentional subscale scores, and both correlations were observed only in males. These results suggest that attentional aspects of impulse control modulate Nogo-N2 amplitude only in males. This modulatory effect may be related to a sex-specific inhibitory control mechanism acting during early stimulus evaluation. PMID:26473554

  1. Attending at a Low Intensity Increases Impulsivity in an Auditory Sustained Attention to Response Task.

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    Roebuck, Hettie; Guo, Kun; Bourke, Patrick

    2015-12-01

    Why attention lapses during prolonged tasks is debated, specifically whether errors are a consequence of under-arousal or exerted effort. To explore this, we investigated whether increased impulsivity is associated with effortful processing by modifying the demand of a task by presenting it at a quiet intensity. Here, we consider whether attending at low but detectable levels affects impulsivity in a population with intact hearing. A modification of the Sustained Attention to Response Task was used with auditory stimuli at two levels: the participants' personal "lowest detectable" level and a "normal speaking" level. At the quiet intensity, we found that more impulsive responses were made compared with listening at a normal speaking level. These errors were not due to a failure in discrimination. The findings suggest an increase in processing time for auditory stimuli at low levels that exceeds the time needed to interrupt a planned habitual motor response. This leads to a more impulsive and erroneous response style. These findings have important implications for understanding the nature of impulsivity in relation to effortful processing. They may explain why a high proportion of individuals with hearing loss are also diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. PMID:26562860

  2. Self-reported impulsivity, but not behavioral choice or response impulsivity, partially mediates the effect of stress on drinking behavior

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    Hamilton, Kristen R.; Ansell, Emily B; Reynolds, Brady; POTENZA, MARC N.; Sinha, Rajita

    2012-01-01

    Stress and impulsivity contribute to alcohol use, and stress may also act via impulsivity to increase drinking behavior. Impulsivity represents a multi-faceted construct and self-report and behavioral assessments may effectively capture distinct clinically relevant factors. The present research investigated whether aspects of impulsivity mediate the effect of stress on alcohol use. A community-based sample of 192 men and women was assessed on measures of cumulative stress, alcohol use, self-r...

  3. Non-smooth Approach for Contact Dynamics and Impulse-based Control of Frictional Furuta Pendulum

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    Zhang, Hantian

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, a non-penetrated and physically consistent non-smooth numerical approach has been proposed, by employing the Prox formulation and Moreau's mid-point time-stepping rule, for the contact dynamics with coupled and decoupled constraints. Under this circumstance, the robust impulse-based control has been successfully implemented and validated on the motion system of controlled frictional oscillator. Further improvement has been achieved by utilizing shooting method in the impulse estimating process instead of robust estimation. This non-smooth numerical technique has been applied to the under-actuated friction-coupled mulit-body system, by means of an implementation on the controlled frictional Furuta pendulum. The specifically designed impulse-based controller has successfully solved the problem of stabilization of the inverted frictional Furuta pendulum, which is suffered from the stiction effect of friction.

  4. The Stomach-Derived Hormone Ghrelin Increases Impulsive Behavior.

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    Anderberg, Rozita H; Hansson, Caroline; Fenander, Maya; Richard, Jennifer E; Dickson, Suzanne L; Nissbrandt, Hans; Bergquist, Filip; Skibicka, Karolina P

    2016-04-01

    Impulsivity, defined as impaired decision making, is associated with many psychiatric and behavioral disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder as well as eating disorders. Recent data indicate that there is a strong positive correlation between food reward behavior and impulsivity, but the mechanisms behind this relationship remain unknown. Here we hypothesize that ghrelin, an orexigenic hormone produced by the stomach and known to increase food reward behavior, also increases impulsivity. In order to assess the impact of ghrelin on impulsivity, rats were trained in three complementary tests of impulsive behavior and choice: differential reinforcement of low rate (DRL), go/no-go, and delay discounting. Ghrelin injection into the lateral ventricle increased impulsive behavior, as indicated by reduced efficiency of performance in the DRL test, and increased lever pressing during the no-go periods of the go/no-go test. Central ghrelin stimulation also increased impulsive choice, as evidenced by the reduced choice for large rewards when delivered with a delay in the delay discounting test. In order to determine whether signaling at the central ghrelin receptors is necessary for maintenance of normal levels of impulsive behavior, DRL performance was assessed following ghrelin receptor blockade with central infusion of a ghrelin receptor antagonist. Central ghrelin receptor blockade reduced impulsive behavior, as reflected by increased efficiency of performance in the DRL task. To further investigate the neurobiological substrate underlying the impulsivity effect of ghrelin, we microinjected ghrelin into the ventral tegmental area, an area harboring dopaminergic cell bodies. Ghrelin receptor stimulation within the VTA was sufficient to increase impulsive behavior. We further evaluated the impact of ghrelin on dopamine-related gene expression and dopamine turnover in brain areas key in impulsive behavior control. This study provides the first demonstration that the stomach-produced hormone ghrelin increases impulsivity and also indicates that ghrelin can change two major components of impulsivity-motor and choice impulsivity. PMID:26424164

  5. Impulsive Aggression as a Comorbidity of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents

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    Amann, Birgit H.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Objective: This article examines the characteristics of impulsive aggression (IA) as a comorbidity in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), focusing on its incidence, impact on ADHD outcomes, need for timely intervention, and limitations of current treatment practices. Methods: Relevant literature was retrieved with electronic searches in PubMed and PsycINFO using the search strategy of “ADHD OR attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” AND “impulsive aggression OR reactive aggression OR hostile aggression OR overt aggression” AND “pediatric OR childhood OR children OR pre-adolescent OR adolescent” with separate searches using review OR clinical trial as search limits. Key articles published before the 2007 Expert Consensus Report on IA were identified using citation analysis. Results: More than 50% of preadolescents with ADHD combined subtype reportedly display clinically significant aggression, with impulsive aggression being the predominant subtype. Impulsive aggression is strongly predictive of a highly unfavorable developmental trajectory characterized by the potential for persistent ADHD, increasing psychosocial burden, accumulating comorbidities, serious lifelong functional deficits across a broad range of domains, delinquency/criminality, and adult antisocial behavior. Impulsive aggression, which triggers peer rejection and a vicious cycle of escalating dysfunction, may be a key factor in unfavorable psychosocial outcomes attributed to ADHD. Because severe aggressive behavior does not remit in many children when treated with primary ADHD therapy (i.e., stimulants and behavioral therapy), a common practice is to add medication of a different class to specifically target aggressive behavior. Conclusions: Impulsive aggression in children and adolescents with ADHD is a serious clinical and public health problem. Although adjunctive therapy with an aggression-targeted agent is widely recommended when aggressive behaviors do not remit with primary ADHD therapy, empirical evidence does not currently support the use of any specific agent. Randomized controlled trials are needed to identify aggression-targeted agents with favorable benefit–risk profiles. PMID:26744906

  6. Stability and Stabilization of Impulsive Stochastic Delay Difference Equations

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available When an impulsive control is adopted for a stochastic delay difference system (SDDS, there are at least two situations that should be contemplated. If the SDDS is stable, then what kind of impulse can the original system tolerate to keep stable? If the SDDS is unstable, then what kind of impulsive strategy should be taken to make the system stable? Using the Lyapunov-Razumikhin technique, we establish criteria for the stability of impulsive stochastic delay difference equations and these criteria answer those questions. As for applications, we consider a kind of impulsive stochastic delay difference equation and present some corollaries to our main results.

  7. High impulsivity predicting vulnerability to cocaine addiction in rats

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    Molander, Anna C; Mar, Adam; Norbury, Agnes; Steventon, Sarah; Moreno, Margarita; Caprioli, Daniele; Theobald, David E H; Belin, David; Everitt, Barry J; Robbins, Trevor W; Dalley, Jeffrey W

    2011-01-01

    RATIONALE: Impulsivity is a vulnerability marker for drug addiction in which other behavioural traits such as anxiety and novelty seeking ('sensation seeking') are also widely present. However, inter-relationships between impulsivity, novelty seeking and anxiety traits are poorly understood...... increasing or decreasing impulsivity in SHI and SLI rats, did reduce the contrast in impulsivity between these two groups of animals. CONCLUSIONS: This investigation indicates that behavioural impulsivity in rats on the 5-CSRTT, which predicts vulnerability for cocaine addiction, is distinct from anxiety......, novelty reactivity and novelty-induced stress responses, and thus has relevance for the aetiology of drug addiction....

  8. Alexithymia as a Mediator Between Childhood Maltreatment and Impulsivity.

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    Gaher, Raluca M; Arens, Ashley M; Shishido, Hanako

    2015-10-01

    Impulsivity, specifically negative urgency, is associated with diverse health risk behaviours, yet relatively little research has examined factors contributing to negative urgency. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between childhood maltreatment, alexithymia and negative urgency. The sample was comprised of 410 undergraduate students who completed measures online. A series of regression analyses tested whether alexithymia mediated the association between childhood maltreatment and negative urgency. Results supported the hypothesized mediation model. Subsequent analyses examined effects of specific subtypes of maltreatment and alexithymia subscales. These analyses indicated that growing up in a punishing environment (e.g. being hit or beat; expected to follow a strict code of behaviour) was indirectly associated with negative urgency via difficulty identifying feelings, suggesting that excessive use of punishment during childhood may reduce the development of the ability to identify and label feeling states. This difficulty in emotional processing may in turn lead to acting rashly when emotionally aroused. PMID:26468625

  9. Magneto-plasma waveguide

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    Hur, Min Sup; Wurtele, Jonathan

    2003-10-01

    A new method of guiding electromagnetic radiation with plasmas is presented. The concept uses a homogeneous plasma and an inhomogeneous external magnetic field to make a guiding channel for electromagnetic (EM) radiation. The basic idea is to use the external magnetic field to create a transverse variation in the refractive index. This is possible since the refractive index of the magnetized plasma is dependent on the external magnetic field as well as the plasma density. Particle in cell simulations with XOOPIC show that the idea works as expected. In the simulations, a right-hand-polarized microwave pulse was launched into a uniform density plasma with an axial applied magnetic field whose intensity varied transversly. The results agreed well with an analysis based on an envelope equation for the transverse spot size of the wave. Owing to the resonance in the dispersion relation, the index of refraction exhibits much sharper gradients then the applied magnetic field. Using this fact, a simple theory based on specifying the boundary condition at a magnetic wall (defined by the radius where the cut-off is reached) yields a dispersion relation which agrees well with simulation results. A magnetic wiggler, which satisfies the Ampere's law with zero current (curl B=0), was also used. The wave intensity is well-conserved in the periodic focusing and defocusing channel created by a superposition of the wiggler and a uniform axial field. Possible applications of this magnetic guiding scheme are discussed.

  10. Impulsive action and impulsive choice across substance and behavioral addictions: cause or consequence?

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    Grant, Jon E; Chamberlain, Samuel R

    2014-11-01

    Substance use disorders are prevalent and debilitating. Certain behavioral syndromes ('behavioral addictions') characterized by repetitive habits, such as gambling disorder, stealing, shopping, and compulsive internet use, may share clinical, co-morbid, and neurobiological parallels with substance addictions. This review considers overlap between substance and behavioral addictions with a particular focus on impulsive action (inability to inhibit motor responses), and impulsive choice (preference for immediate smaller rewards to the detriment of long-term outcomes). We find that acute consumption of drugs with abuse potential is capable of modulating impulsive choice and action, although magnitude and direction of effect appear contingent on baseline function. Many lines of evidence, including findings from meta-analyses, show an association between chronic drug use and elevated impulsive choice and action. In some instances, elevated impulsive choice and action have been found to predate the development of substance use disorders, perhaps signifying their candidacy as objective vulnerability markers. Research in behavioral addictions is preliminary, and has mostly focused on impulsive action, finding this to be elevated versus controls, similar to that seen in chronic substance use disorders. Only a handful of imaging studies has explored the neural correlates of impulsive action and choice across these disorders. Key areas for future research are highlighted along with potential implications in terms of neurobiological models and treatment. In particular, future work should further explore whether the cognitive deficits identified are state or trait in nature: i.e. are evident before addiction perhaps signaling risk; or are a consequence of repetitive engagement in habitual behavior; and effects of novel agents known to modulate these cognitive abilities on various addictive disorders. PMID:24864028

  11. Narcissism predicts impulsive buying: phenotypic and genetic evidence

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    Cai, Huajian; Shi, Yuanyuan; Fang, Xiang; Luo, Yu L. L.

    2015-01-01

    Impulsive buying makes billions of dollars for retail businesses every year, particularly in an era of thriving e-commerce. Narcissism, characterized by impulsivity and materialism, may serve as a potential antecedent to impulsive buying. To test this hypothesis, two studies examined the relationship between narcissism and impulsive buying. In Study 1, we surveyed an online sample and found that while adaptive narcissism was not correlated with impulsive buying, maladaptive narcissism was significantly predictive of the impulsive buying tendency. By investigating 304 twin pairs, Study 2 showed that global narcissism and its two components, adaptive and maladaptive narcissism, as well as the impulsive buying tendency were heritable. The study found, moreover, that the connections between global narcissism and impulsive buying, and between maladaptive narcissism and impulsive buying were genetically based. These findings not only establish a link between narcissism and impulsive buying but also help to identify the origins of the link. The present studies deepen our understanding of narcissism, impulsive buying, and their interrelationship. PMID:26217251

  12. Narcissism predicts impulsive buying: phenotypic and genetic evidence.

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    Cai, Huajian; Shi, Yuanyuan; Fang, Xiang; Luo, Yu L L

    2015-01-01

    Impulsive buying makes billions of dollars for retail businesses every year, particularly in an era of thriving e-commerce. Narcissism, characterized by impulsivity and materialism, may serve as a potential antecedent to impulsive buying. To test this hypothesis, two studies examined the relationship between narcissism and impulsive buying. In Study 1, we surveyed an online sample and found that while adaptive narcissism was not correlated with impulsive buying, maladaptive narcissism was significantly predictive of the impulsive buying tendency. By investigating 304 twin pairs, Study 2 showed that global narcissism and its two components, adaptive and maladaptive narcissism, as well as the impulsive buying tendency were heritable. The study found, moreover, that the connections between global narcissism and impulsive buying, and between maladaptive narcissism and impulsive buying were genetically based. These findings not only establish a link between narcissism and impulsive buying but also help to identify the origins of the link. The present studies deepen our understanding of narcissism, impulsive buying, and their interrelationship. PMID:26217251

  13. Single-photon emission tomography imaging of monoamine transporters in impulsive violent behaviour

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    Several studies have shown that impulsive violent and suicidal behaviour is associated with a central serotonin deficit, but until now it has not been possible to use laboratory tests with high sensitivity and specificity to study this kind of deficit or to localize the sites of serotonergic abnormalities in the living human brain. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that monoamine transporter density in brain is decreased in subjects with impulsive violent behaviour. We studied serotonin (5-HT) and dopamine (DA) transporter specific binding in 52 subjects (21 impulsive violent offenders, 21 age- and sex-matched healthy controls, and ten non-violent alcoholic controls) with single-photon emission tomography (SPET) using iodine-123-labelled 2β-carbomethoxy-3β(4-iodophenyl)tropane ([123I]β-CIT) as the tracer. The blind quantitative analysis revealed that the 5-HT specific binding of [123I]β-CIT in the midbrain of violent offenders was lower than that in the healthy control subjects (P<0.005; t test) or the non-violent alcoholics (P<0.05). The results imply that habitual impulsive aggressive behaviour in man is associated with a decrease in the 5-HT transporter density. (orig.)

  14. [Anti-impulsivity drugs and their mechanisms of action].

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    Ohmura, Yu; Tsutsui-Kimura, Iku; Yoshioka, Mitsuhiro

    2014-04-01

    Higher impulsivity could be a risk factor for drug addiction, criminal involvement, and suicide. Moreover, poor inhibitory control is observed in several psychiatric disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Thus it is preferred that clinical drugs have anti-impulsive effects in addition to the therapeutic effects on the primary disease. At least it is better to use clinical drugs that do not increase impulsivity. We have developed a 3-choice serial reaction time task and examined the effects of clinical drugs on impulsivity in rats using the task. We have found several anti-impulsive drugs (lithium, tandospirone, and milnacipran) and elucidated the mechanism of action in some of these drugs. For example, we demonstrated that milnacipran enhanced the control of impulsive action by activating D1-like receptors in the infralimbic cortex. In this review, we introduce recent advances in this field and suggest future directions to develop anti-impulsive drugs. PMID:25080806

  15. A Delayed Impulse Control Strategy for Spacecraft Formations

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    Mok, Sung-Hoon; Choi, Yoonhyuk; Bang, Hyochoong; Leeghim, Henzeh

    2015-10-01

    An impulsive control strategy for spacecraft formation flying is suggested considering secular drift between satellites. The drift motion caused by orbital period difference affects impulsive correction. Preventing the drift has been treated as a natural effort in most of formation flying researches. However, this study proposes preserving the drift behavior by delaying the period-matching maneuver. The paper shows that the impulse delay could be effective under some conditions by reducing the required delta-v. Two impulsive control methods are designed by harnessing the drift in pure Keplerian orbits. By using a linear approximation, the proposed methods avoid iterative steps for obtaining the required impulse, so the new strategy can be implemented with less computational burden compared to numerical optimal solutions. Impulse magnitudes between an existing method and the proposed strategy are compared mathematically and the numerical simulation verifies that the impulse reduction could be achieved with the suggested methods.

  16. Design and construction of an impulse turbine

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    Impulse turbine has been constructed to be used in the program of Hydraulic Machines, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, sede Bucaramanga. For construction of the impulse turbine (Pelton) detailed plans were drawn up taking into account the design and implementation of the fundamental equations of hydraulic turbomachinery. From the experimental data found maximum mechanical efficiency of 0.6 ± 0.03 for a water flow of 2.1 l/s. The maximum overall efficiency was 0.23 ± 0.02 for a water flow of 0.83 l/s. The design parameter used was a power of 1 kW, as flow regulator built a needle type regulator, which performed well, the model of the bucket or vane is built on a machine type CNC (Computer Numerical Control). For the construction of the impeller and blades was used aluminium because of chemical and physical characteristics and the casing was manufactured in acrylic

  17. Coherent Jitter in Impulse Radio Tomography

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    Shipilov, S. É.; Yakubov, V. P.; Satarov, R. N.

    2016-01-01

    A new method of increasing resolution of radio images due to nonlinear ultra-wideband data processing without any modification of the employed hardware is presented. The approach is applicable for stroboscopic filling of ultrashort impulses in which the error of triggering of a sensing impulse generator - a jitter - detected as noise in the gated data - is always presented. The nonlinear operation of selection of the coherent noise component in combination with the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) method provides a higher contrast of the radio image in comparison with operation of jitter smoothing. As a result, the physical effect of jitter occurrence that is typically negative yields a positive result. Examples of experimental data processing confirm this conclusion.

  18. Pinning impulsive control algorithms for complex network

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    In this paper, we further investigate the synchronization of complex dynamical network via pinning control in which a selection of nodes are controlled at discrete times. Different from most existing work, the pinning control algorithms utilize only the impulsive signals at discrete time instants, which may greatly improve the communication channel efficiency and reduce control cost. Two classes of algorithms are designed, one for strongly connected complex network and another for non-strongly connected complex network. It is suggested that in the strongly connected network with suitable coupling strength, a single controller at any one of the network's nodes can always pin the network to its homogeneous solution. In the non-strongly connected case, the location and minimum number of nodes needed to pin the network are determined by the Frobenius normal form of the coupling matrix. In addition, the coupling matrix is not necessarily symmetric or irreducible. Illustrative examples are then given to validate the proposed pinning impulsive control algorithms

  19. Impact of Impulse Stops on Pedestrian Flow

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    Kwak, Jaeyoung; Luttinen, Tapio; Kosonen, Iisakki

    2015-01-01

    We numerically study the impact of impulse stops on pedestrian flow for a straight corridor with multiple attractions. The impulse stop is simulated by the switching behavior model, a function of the social influence strength and the number of attendees near the attraction. When the pedestrian influx is low, one can observe a stable flow where attendees make a complete stop at an attraction and then leave the attraction after a certain amount of time. When the pedestrian influx is high, an unstable flow is observed for strong social influence. In the unstable flow, attendees near the attraction are crowded out from the clusters by others due to the interpersonal repulsion. The expelled pedestrians impede the pedestrian traffic between the left and right boundaries of the corridor. These collective patterns of pedestrian flow are summarized in a schematic phase diagram.

  20. Modeling High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering Discharges

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    Huo, Chunqing

    2012-01-01

    HiPIMS, high power impulse magnetron sputtering, is a promising technology that has attracted a lot of attention ever since its appearance. A time-dependent plasma discharge model has been developed for the ionization region in HiPIMS discharges. As a flexible modeling tool, it can be used to explore the temporal variations of the ionized fractions of the working gas and the sputtered vapor, the electron density and temperature, and the gas rarefaction and refill processes. The model developm...

  1. Fundamentals of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering

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    Böhlmark, Johan

    2006-01-01

    In plasma assisted thin film growth, control over the energy and direction of the incoming species is desired. If the growth species are ionized this can be achieved by the use of a substrate bias or a magnetic field. Ions may be accelerated by an applied potential, whereas neutral particles may not. Thin films grown by ionized physical vapor deposition (I-PVD) have lately shown promising results regarding film structure and adhesion. High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) is a rela...

  2. Cigarette cravings, impulsivity and the brain

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    Stéphane Potvin

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Craving is a core feature of tobacco use disorder as well as a significant predictor of smoking relapse. Studies have shown that appetitive smoking-related stimuli (e.g. someone smoking trigger significant cravings in smokers which impedes their self-control capacities and promotes drug seeking behavior. In this review, we begin by an overview of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI studies investigating the neural correlates of smokers to appetitive smoking cues. The literature reveals a complex and vastly distributed neuronal network underlying smokers’ craving response that recruits regions involved in self-referential processing, panning/regulatory processes, emotional responding, attentional biases, and automatic conducts. We then selectively review important factors contributing to the heterogeneity of results that significantly limit the implications of these findings, namely between- (abstinence, smoking expectancies and self-regulation and within-studies factors (severity of smoking dependence, sex-differences, motivation to quit and genetic factors. Remarkably, we found that little to no attention has been devoted to examine the influence of personality traits on the neural correlates of cigarette cravings in fMRI studies. Impulsivity has been linked with craving and relapse in substance and tobacco use, which prompted our research team to examine the influence of impulsivity on cigarette cravings in an fMRI study. We found that the influence of impulsivity on cigarette cravings was mediated by fronto-cingular mechanisms. Given the high prevalence of cigarette smoking in several psychiatric disorders that are characterized by significant levels of impulsivity, we conclude by identifying psychiatric patients as a target population whose tobacco smoking habits deserve further behavioral and neuro-imaging investigation.

  3. Acoustic radiation force impulse imaging for aneurysms

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    Tierney, Áine P.; Dumont, Douglas; Callanan, Anthony; McGloughlin, Timothy M

    2009-01-01

    A method for reliable, noninvasive estimation of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) wall mechanics may be a useful clinical tool for rupture prediction. An in vitro AAA model was developed from an excised porcine aorta, with elastase treatment. The AAA model behaviour was analysed using Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) imaging techniques to generate displacements in both aneurysmal and normal aortic tissue. The incremental modulus of the arteries was indicative of ...

  4. Acoustic radiation force impulse of the liver

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    Mirko D’Onofrio; Stefano Crosara; Riccardo De Robertis; Stefano Canestrini; Emanuele Demozzi; Anna Gallotti; Roberto Pozzi Mucelli

    2013-01-01

    Acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging is a new and promising ultrasound-based diagnostic technique that, evaluating the wave propagation speed, allows the assessment of the tissue stiffness. ARFI is implemented in the ultrasound scanner. By short-duration acoustic radiation forces (less than 1 ms), localized displacements are generated in a selected region of interest not requiring any external compression so reducing the operator dependency. The generated wave scan provides qualita...

  5. Impulsivity, Peer Influence, and Adolescent Substance Use

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    Stautz, Kaidy

    2013-01-01

    Individuals in Western societies commonly begin to experiment with alcohol and/or cannabis during their adolescent years. Many experience negative consequences from the use of these substances and a minority develop pathological problems such as abuse and dependence. Previous research has identified myriad individual and environmental variables that precede and predict problematic substance use. Two such risk factors are the personality trait impulsivity and the influence of substance-using p...

  6. The Hydraulic Ram (Or Impulse) Pump

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    Mills, Allan

    2014-01-01

    The hydraulic impulse pump utilizes a fraction of the momentum of a flowing stream to lift a small portion of that water to a higher level. There it may be accumulated in an elevated cistern to provide sufficient water for several families, for the pump works 24 h a day with no additional source of energy. The operation of the pump is described,…

  7. Cigarette Cravings, Impulsivity, and the Brain.

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    Potvin, Stéphane; Tikàsz, Andràs; Dinh-Williams, Laurence Lê-Anh; Bourque, Josiane; Mendrek, Adrianna

    2015-01-01

    Craving is a core feature of tobacco use disorder as well as a significant predictor of smoking relapse. Studies have shown that appetitive smoking-related stimuli (e.g., someone smoking) trigger significant cravings in smokers impede their self-control capacities and promote drug seeking behavior. In this review, we begin by an overview of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies investigating the neural correlates of smokers to appetitive smoking cues. The literature reveals a complex and vastly distributed neuronal network underlying smokers' craving response that recruits regions involved in self-referential processing, planning/regulatory processes, emotional responding, attentional biases, and automatic conducts. We then selectively review important factors contributing to the heterogeneity of results that significantly limit the implications of these findings, namely between- (abstinence, smoking expectancies, and self-regulation) and within-studies factors (severity of smoking dependence, sex-differences, motivation to quit, and genetic factors). Remarkably, we found that little to no attention has been devoted to examine the influence of personality traits on the neural correlates of cigarette cravings in fMRI studies. Impulsivity has been linked with craving and relapse in substance and tobacco use, which prompted our research team to examine the influence of impulsivity on cigarette cravings in an fMRI study. We found that the influence of impulsivity on cigarette cravings was mediated by fronto-cingulate mechanisms. Given the high prevalence of cigarette smoking in several psychiatric disorders that are characterized by significant levels of impulsivity, we conclude by identifying psychiatric patients as a target population whose tobacco-smoking habits deserve further behavioral and neuro-imaging investigation. PMID:26441686

  8. FEM Analysis of Turgo Impulse Turbine Blade

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    Sourabh KHURANA; Goel, Varun; Kumar, Anoop

    2013-01-01

    The present research work describes the development of Turgo turbine blades on the Solidworks software. Finite element simulation (Ansys V14) has been used for analysis of stress and total deformation produced inside the Turgo impulse turbine. Finite element simulation is effective when it is used to analyze the strain and stress distribution. It has been observed during analysis that the maximum stress occurs at the root of blade suction side.

  9. FEM Analysis of Turgo Impulse Turbine Blade

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    Sourabh KHURANA

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The present research work describes the development of Turgo turbine blades on the Solidworks software. Finite element simulation (Ansys V14 has been used for analysis of stress and total deformation produced inside the Turgo impulse turbine. Finite element simulation is effective when it is used to analyze the strain and stress distribution. It has been observed during analysis that the maximum stress occurs at the root of blade suction side.

  10. Theory of 'crotchet' impulse component generation

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    It is known that increasing of the electromagnetic emissions flux during the solar flares is accompanied by sudden disturbance of the geomagnetic field, which manifests itself on the ground magnetograms as a 'crotchet'. This disturbance can be understood as a geomagnetic field response to a current intensification in the global ionosphere system due to the conductivity growing. Investigations for the past few years have showed that a temporal structure of the 'crotchet' at solar flares, characterized by harder spectra (presence of a gamma rays), is more complicated and, in reality, is the mixture of the two components: a classic or gradual component and an impulse one. It has been suggested that such impulse disturbance be called 'crotchet' impulse component (CIC). The possible generation mechanism of CIC is the main concern of this paper. According to the mechanism to be discussed, CIC is a geomagnetic field reaction to the changes in the global atmosphere-ionosphere current system related to the stratosphere absorption of solar flare gamma rays (0.1-10 MeV). In this energy band, the most important role the gamma rays absorption plays is the Compton scattering, providing favourable conditions for the vertical transfer of the Compton electrons being produced. The presence of this vertical electric current changes the parameters of the global ionosphere current system and causes the suitable geomagnetic field effect - the CIC event. The theoretical estimates demonstrate good agreement with the characteristics of the CIC event observed on the ground magnetograms. (author)

  11. Development of the relativistic impulse approximation

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    This talk contains three parts. Part I reviews the developments which led to the relativistic impulse approximation for proton-nucleus scattering. In Part II, problems with the impulse approximation in its original form - principally the low energy problem - are discussed and traced to pionic contributions. Use of pseudovector covariants in place of pseudoscalar ones in the NN amplitude provides more satisfactory low energy results, however, the difference between pseudovector and pseudoscalar results is ambiguous in the sense that it is not controlled by NN data. Only with further theoretical input can the ambiguity be removed. Part III of the talk presents a new development of the relativistic impulse approximation which is the result of work done in the past year and a half in collaboration with J.A. Tjon. A complete NN amplitude representation is developed and a complete set of Lorentz invariant amplitudes are calculated based on a one-meson exchange model and appropriate integral equations. A meson theoretical basis for the important pair contributions to proton-nucleus scattering is established by the new developments. 28 references

  12. A preliminary case study of androgen receptor gene polymorphism association with impulsivity in women with alcoholism

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    Mettman DJ

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Daniel J Mettman, Merlin G Butler, Albert B Poje, Elizabeth C Penick, Ann M Manzardo Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, MS 4015, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA Objective: The androgen receptor (AR gene, located on the X chromosome, contains a common polymorphism involving cytosine-adenine-guanine (CAG repeats, which impacts disease and could contribute to the unequal sex ratio in alcoholism. CAG repeats in the AR gene are known to correlate with impulsivity in males. We report the first preliminary study examining the association between the number of CAG repeats and measures of impulsivity in females with chronic alcoholism. Methods: A total of 35 women and 85 men with chronic alcoholism were previously recruited for a nutritional clinical trial, and 26 well-characterized females (19 African–American and seven Caucasian with alcoholism agreed to participate for genetic testing. Genomic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA was isolated from peripheral blood and CAG repeats determined by analyzing polymerase chain reaction (PCR-amplified products, using the polymorphic AR gene assay. CAG repeat length was correlated with raw scores from the Barratt Impulsivity Scale, version 11 and the Alcoholism Severity Scale. Results: CAG repeat lengths were significantly longer in Caucasian alcoholic women compared with African–Americans, and the average number of CAG repeats were significantly, positively correlated (P<0.05 with impulsivity scores. Women with average CAG repeat length (CAGave ?18, representing the upper quartile of the repeat range, showed significantly greater mean raw impulsivity scores. CAG repeat length appeared to have less effect in African–American compared with Caucasian women, possibly due to a shorter average repeat length. Conclusion: We found an association between the number of CAG repeats and impulsivity in females with chronic alcoholism, specifically in women with CAGave ?18, seen more commonly in Caucasian compared with African–American women. Keywords: AR gene, CAG repeat, African-American, Caucasian, behavior

  13. Effect of Management of Patients with Anorexia and Bulimia nervosa on Symptoms and Impulsive Behavior

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    Sernec, Karin; Tomori, Martina; Zalar, Bojan

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the study was to provide further and up to date information on the evaluation of the management of Anorexia and Bulimia nervosa at the Eating Disorders Unit (EDU) of the Ljubljana Psychiatric Clinic, based upon detailed assessment of the eating disorders specific and non specific symptoms of impulsive behaviors, highly correlated with these entities. 34 female patients with anorexia (restrictive or purgative type) and 38 female patients with Bulimia nervosa (purgative or non-purgat...

  14. Initial experience of acoustic radiation force impulse ultrasound imaging of cervical lymph nodes

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate acoustic radiation force impulse imaging for cervical lymphadenopathy in routine clinical practice and to correlate the acoustic radiation force impulse values with the morphological signs and the pathological results, which were used as the reference standard. The virtual touch tissue quantification values were analyzed in 123 patients (mean age 40.8 years, range 1–81 years) with 181 cervical lymph nodes (87 benign, 94 malignant). The diagnostic performance of acoustic radiation force impulse values were evaluated with respect to sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve using a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. The mean virtual touch tissue quantification values of the benign lesions (2.01 ± 0.95 m/s) differed from that of the malignant lesions (4.61 ± 2.56 m/s; P < 0.001). The cutoff level for virtual touch tissue quantification value for malignancy was estimated to be 2.595 m/s. Using the receiver operating characteristic curve curves with the cutoff value, the virtual touch tissue quantification value predicted malignancy with a sensitivity of 82.9%, specificity of 93.1% and gave an areas under the curve of 0.906 (95% CI 0.857–0.954). Acoustic radiation force impulse is feasible for cervical lymph nodes and provides quantitative elasticity measurements, which may complement B-mode ultrasound and potentially improve the characterization of cervical lymph nodes

  15. Principles and Applications of Broadband Impulsive Vibrational Spectroscopy.

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    Liebel, M; Schnedermann, C; Wende, T; Kukura, P

    2015-09-10

    We present an experimental setup for recording vibrational coherences and thereby Raman spectra of molecules in their ground and excited electronic states over the 50-3000 cm(-1) spectral range using broadband impulsive vibrational spectroscopy. Our approach relies on the combination of a light continuum probe, which drastically reduces experimental complexity compared to frequency domain based techniques. We discuss the parameters determining vibrational coherence amplitudes, outline how to optimize the experimental setup including approaches aimed at conclusively assigning vibrational coherences to specific electronic states, and provide a clear comparison with existing techniques. To demonstrate the applicability of our spectroscopic approach we conclude with several examples revealing the evolution of vibrational coherence in rhodopsin and ?-carotene. PMID:26262557

  16. Synthesis of Room Impulse Responses for Variable Source Characteristics

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    M. Kunkemoeller

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Every acoustic source, e.g. a speaker, a musical instrument or a loudspeaker, generally has a frequency dependent characteristic radiation pattern, which is preeminent at higher frequencies. Room acoustic measurements nowadays only account for omnidirectional source characteristics. This motivates a measurement method that is capable of obtaining room impulse responses for these specific radiation patterns by using a superposition approach of several measurements with technically well-defined sound sources. We propose a method based on measurements with a 12-channel independentlydriven dodecahedron loudspeaker array rotated by an automatically controlled turntable.Radiation patterns can be efficiently described with the use of spherical harmonics representation. We propose a method that uses this representation for the spherical loudspeaker array used for the measurements and the target radiation pattern to be used for the synthesis.We show validating results for a deterministic test sound source inside in a small lecture hall.

  17. Study of impulse control disorders among women presenting nicotine dependence.

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    Lejoyeux, Michel; Kerner, Laurent; Thauvin, Isabelle; Loi, Sabrina

    2006-01-01

    Objective. Impulse control disorders (ICDs) include intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, trichotillomania, pyromania and pathological gambling. Several studies have showed an association between ICDs and alcohol use disorders. The rate of co-occurrence ICDs and nicotine dependence has never been investigated. We thus assessed the frequency of all ICDs in a population of nicotine-dependent women compared to non-smoking women. We also checked criteria of two other impulsive behaviours, compulsive buying and bulimia. Methods. Five hundred consecutive patients were assessed by a general practitioner in Paris (France). One hundred and twenty-seven women presenting the DSM-IV-R criteria for nicotine dependence were included. They were compared to 127 women consulting the same practitioner but who did not smoke. Diagnosis of ICD (pyromania, kleptomania, trichotillomania, intermittent explosive disorder, pathological gambling) and of bulimia was based on DSM-IV criteria and a modified version of the Minnesota Impulsive Disorders Interview (MIDI). Diagnosis of compulsive buying was made with the McElroy et al. criteria and a specific questionnaire. Cigarette smoking was studied using the Fagerström questionnaire and the DSM-IV-R criteria for nicotine dependence. Alcohol use disorders were assessed with the DSM-IV-R criteria for dependence and the CAGE and the MAST questionnaires. Results. Thirteen patients presented trichotillomania, 22 explosive intermittent disorder and 12 pathological gambling. All these diagnoses were equally frequent in the nicotine-positive and nicotine-negative groups. We found no case of pyromania. Compulsive buying was the most frequent impulse control disorder. It was significantly more frequent in the nicotine-positive group than in the nicotine-negative group (58 vs. 39 cases, P=0.01). Scores of the compulsive buying scale were higher in the nicotine-positive group (4.07 vs. 2.9, P=0.01). None of the patients presented an association of two or more ICDs. Patients from the nicotine-positive group drunk higher quantities of alcohol each day, consumed alcohol more frequently each week and were more often intoxicated each week with alcohol. Their mean MAST scores of alcohol abuse disorders were higher. Conclusion. A total of 45.6% of the nicotine-dependent women presented compulsive buying and 23.6% bulimia. Compulsive buying was significantly more frequent among nicotine-dependent subjects than controls. Other impulse control disorders were as frequent among nicotine-dependent women as in controls. A total of 8.6% presented explosive intermittent disorder, 4.7% pathological gambling and 5% trichotillomania. Nicotine dependence in women was also associated with a higher level of alcohol consumption. These results indicate the possible need to systematically screen nicotine-dependent women, regardless of their motivation for consultation, for alcohol dependence, bulimia and compulsive buying. PMID:24941141

  18. State-dependent impulses boundary value problems on compact interval

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    Rach?nková, Irena

    2015-01-01

    This book offers the reader a new approach to the solvability of boundary value problems with state-dependent impulses and provides recently obtained existence results for state dependent impulsive problems with general linear boundary conditions. It covers fixed-time impulsive boundary value problems both regular and singular and deals with higher order differential equations or with systems that are subject to general linear boundary conditions. We treat state-dependent impulsive boundary value problems, including a new approach giving effective conditions for the solvability of the Dirichlet problem with one state-dependent impulse condition and we show that the depicted approach can be extended to problems with a finite number of state-dependent impulses. We investigate the Sturm–Liouville boundary value problem for a more general right-hand side of a differential equation. Finally, we offer generalizations to higher order differential equations or differential systems subject to general linear boundary...

  19. Energetic electrons in impulsive solar flares

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    A new analysis was made of a thermal flare model proposed by Brown, Melrose, and Spicer (1979) and Smith and Lilliequist (1979). They assumed the source of impulsive hard X-rays to be a plasma at a temperature of order 10 to the 8th power K, initially located at the apex of a coronal arch, and confined by ion-acoustic turbulence in a collisionless conduction front. Such a source would expand at approximately the ion-sound speed, C sub S square root of (k T sub e/m sub i), until it filled the arch. Brown, Melrose, and Spicer and Smith and Brown (1980) argued that the source assumed in this model would not explain the simultaneous impulsive microwave emission. In contrast, the new results presented herein suggest that this model leads to the development of a quasi-Maxwellian distribution of electrons that explains both the hard X-ray and microwave emissions. This implies that the source sizes can be determined from observations of the optically-thick portions of microwave spectra and the temperatures obtained from associated hard X-ray observations. In this model, the burst emission would rise to a maximum in a time, t sub r, approximately equal to L/c sub s, where L is the half-length of the arch. New observations of these impulsive flare emissions were analyzed herein to test this prediction of the model. Observations made with the Solar Maximum Mission spacecraft and the Bern Radio Observatory are in good agreement with the model

  20. Electron acceleration in impulsive solar flares

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    Simultaneous observations of the hard X-ray, microwave, and type III and DCIM (decimetric)radio bursts associated with the 1978 December 4 solar flare have been used to study the physical parameters relevant to the acceleration and propagation of energetic electrons during the impulsive phase of a solar flare. The hard X-ray observations were made with the X-ray spectrometer aboard the ISEE 3 spacecraft. The radio spectra in metric and decimetric bands were recorded with the radiospectrograph located at Durnten, near Zurich, Switzerland. The microwave observations were made at the Sagamore Hill and Bern observatories. The three metric type III bursts coincided with the three most prominent hard X-ray peaks. This is the fist time a clear one-to-one association between single type III bursts and hard X-ray peaks has been established. The average delay of the type III bursts with respect to the X-ray peaks was 0.5 s. The harder the X-ray spectrum, the higher was the drift rate of the associated type III burst. The characteristic electron energies inferred from the drift rate are of the order of 70 keV. The observed increase in the high-frequency cutoff of the metric type III bursts during the impulsive phase has been examined in terms of the decreasing altitude of the electron acceleration/injection region, the increasing hardness of the electron spectrum, and the decreasing acceleration time. A pulsating decimetric continuum (DCIM) was also found to be present during and before the impulsive phase. The DCIM source seems to coincide spatially with the electron acceleration region and the (projected) origin of the associated type II shock.ction region

  1. Prediction of BMI by impulsivity, eating behavior and activity level

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    Jiang Xiaxia; Hong Yanping

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Discuss the relationship between the impulsivity, eating behavior and activity level and the body mass index (BMI). Method: Test 147 female college students with the impulsivity questionnaire (BIS-11 and BIS/BAS), Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (DBEQ), Sitting Time Scale (STS) and Exercising Time Scale (ETS). Results: (1) The correlation analysis indicates that BMI and impulsivity (r = 0.43 and 0.52) have a significant positive correlation with the sitting time (r = 0.61) and ...

  2. Virtual Shopping and Impulse Purchasing Strengths and Weaknesses in Pakistan

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    Muhammad Ali Hussain; Muhammad Zeeshan Anwar; Humna Mehboob; Ayesha Majeed; Tanzila Samin

    2011-01-01

    This research analyzed the perceptive of consumers doing online shopping and impulse purchasing. This study examined the behavior of thirty consumers who were asked to fill the questionnaire based on some close ended questions. The focus of this investigation was to discuss the strengths and Weaknesses of online shopping and impulse purchasing in developing country like Pakistan. Today consumers choose and buy things while sitting at home through internet and buy things impulsively. Do consum...

  3. Lyapunov Control of Quantum Systems with Impulsive Control Fields

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    Wei Yang; Jitao Sun

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the Lyapunov control of finite-dimensional quantum systems with impulsive control fields, where the studied quantum systems are governed by the Schrödinger equation. By three different Lyapunov functions and the invariant principle of impulsive systems, we study the convergence of quantum systems with impulsive control fields and propose new results for the mentioned quantum systems in the form of sufficient conditions. Two numerical simulations are presented to illustrate the ...

  4. Multidimensional Examination of Impulsivity in Relation to Disordered Gambling

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    MacKillop, James; Miller, Joshua D; Fortune, Erica; Maples, Jessica; Lance, Charles E.; Campbell, W. Keith; Adam S. Goodie

    2014-01-01

    Impulsivity has been consistently associated with pathological gambling (PG), but the diversity of definitions and measures of impulsivity has led to ambiguity with regard to which indices are independently relevant. Toward clarifying this relationship, the current study examined indices from an array of commonly-used impulsivity measures in relation to PG severity in an adult community sample of frequent gamblers (N = 353). These included both survey assessments and behavioral tasks. Using a...

  5. Personality and Alcohol Use: The Role of Impulsivity

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    Shin, Sunny Hyucksun; Hong, Hyokyoung Grace; Jeon, Sae-Mi

    2011-01-01

    Research has shown that personality traits associated with impulsivity influence alcohol use during emerging adulthood, yet relatively few studies have examined how distinct facets of impulsivity are associated with alcohol use and abuse. We examine the influence of impulsivity traits on four patterns of alcohol use including frequency of alcohol use, alcohol-related problems, binge drinking, and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in a community sample of young individuals (N = 190). In multivariat...

  6. Impulsive consumption and reflexive thought: Nudging ethical consumer behavior

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    Lades, Leonhard K.

    2012-01-01

    The paper deals with impulsive consumption and highlights the roles that cognitive and motivational aspects of reflexive thought (namely self-control and self-image motives, respectively) play in intertemporal decisions. While self-control inhibits individuals from consuming impulsively, self-image motives can induce impulsive consumption. Based on recent neuroscientific findings about 'wanting'-'liking' dissociations, the paper presents a potential motivational mechanism underlying such impu...

  7. Neural circuitry of impulsivity in a cigarette craving paradigm

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    StephanePotvin; JosianeBourque; AdriannaMendrek

    2013-01-01

    Impulsivity has been shown to play a pivotal role in the onset, pattern of consumption, relapse and, most notably, craving of illicit and licit drugs such as cigarette smoking. The goal of this study was to examine the neurobiological influence of trait impulsivity during cue-induced cigarette craving. Thirty-one chronic smokers passively viewed appetitive smoking-related and neutral images while being scanned and reported their feelings of craving. They completed the Barratt Impulsiveness Sc...

  8. Cigarette smoking and measures of impulsivity in a college sample

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    Balevich, Emily C.; Wein, Naftali D.; Flory, Janine D.

    2013-01-01

    An association between impulsivity and smoking has been consistently reported in the literature, but few studies have examined how distinct dimensions of impulsivity may relate differentially to smoking initiation versus persistent smoking. The aim of the current study was to examine the relationship between self-report and behavioral measures of impulsivity and smoking status in college students. Participants (n=243) completed a self-report history of tobacco use, two self-report measures of...

  9. Neural Circuitry of Impulsivity in a Cigarette Craving Paradigm

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    Bourque, Josiane; Mendrek, Adrianna; Dinh-Williams, Laurence; Potvin, Stéphane

    2013-01-01

    Impulsivity has been shown to play a pivotal role in the onset, pattern of consumption, relapse and, most notably, craving of illicit and licit drugs such as cigarette smoking. The goal of this study was to examine the neurobiological influence of trait impulsivity during cue-induced cigarette craving. Thirty-one chronic smokers passively viewed appetitive smoking-related and neutral images while being scanned and reported their feelings of craving. They completed the Barratt Impulsiveness Sc...

  10. Boundary conditions of the exact impulse wave function

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    The behavior of the exact impulse wave function is investigated at intermediate and high impact energies. Numerical details of the wave function and its perturbative potential are reported. We conclude that the impulse wave function does not tend to the proper Coulomb asymptotic limit. For electron capture, however, it is shown that the impulse wave function produces reliable probabilities even for intermediate velocities and symmetric collision systems. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  11. Numerical Analysis of Impulse Turbine for Isolated Pilot OWC System

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    Zhen Liu(Pittsburgh Particle physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, 3941 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15260, U.S.A.); Jiyuan Jin; Ying Cui; Haiwen Fan

    2013-01-01

    Oscillating water column (OWC) is the most widely used wave energy converting technology in the world. The impulse turbine is recently been employed as the radial turbine in OWC facilities to convert bidirectional mechanical air power into electricity power. 3D numerical model for the impulse turbine is established in this paper to investigate its operating performance of the designed impulse turbine for the pilot OWC system which is under the construction on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. T...

  12. The genetic correlation between procrastination and impulsivity.

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    Loehlin, John C; Martin, Nicholas G

    2014-12-01

    The reported genetic correlation of 1.0 between the traits of procrastination and impulsivity (Gustavson, D. E., Miyake, A., Hewitt, J. K., & Friedman, N. P. (2014). Psychological Science), which was held to support an evolutionary origin of the relationship between the two traits, was tested in data from two large samples of twins from Australia. A genetic correlation of 0.299 was obtained. It was concluded that, although the presence of a genetic correlation between the two traits was supported, the modest magnitude of the correlation was such as to be consistent with many possible hypotheses, evolutionary and otherwise, about causal relationships between the traits in question. PMID:25431285

  13. Dynamical mechanical systems under random impulses

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    Iwankiewicz, R

    1995-01-01

    The book presents the methods of analysis of dynamical mechanical systems subjected to stochastic excitations in form of random trains of impulses. This particular class of excitations is adequately characterized by stochastic point processes and behaviour of dynamical systems is governed by stochastic differential equations driven by point processes. Based on the methods of point processes the analytical techniques are devised to characterize the response of linear and nonlinear mechanical systems as the solutions of underlying stochastic differential equations. A number of example problems o

  14. High power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.; Brenning, N; Lundin, Daniel; Helmersson, Ulf

    2012-01-01

    The high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge is a recent addition to plasma based sputtering technology. In HiPIMS, high power is applied to the magnetron target in unipolar pulses at low duty cycle and low repetition frequency while keeping the average power about 2 orders of magnitude lower than the peak power. This results in a high plasma density, and high ionization fraction of the sputtered vapor, which allows better control of the film growth by controlling the energy...

  15. The electromagnetic impulse pendulum and momentum conservation

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    Largely quantitative experiments by Pappas have indicated that the momentum imparted to an electrodynamic impulse pendulum was not balanced by an equal and opposite momentum change of field energy as required by the special theory of relativity. The authors repeated Pappas' experiment using discharge currents from a capacitor bank which contained a known amount of stored energy. It turned out that, for momentum conservation, the magnetic-field energy required would have been 1000 to 2000 times as large as the energy that was actually stored in the capacitors. In the second part of the paper the pendulum experiments are interpreted in terms of Ampere's force law

  16. Impulse Noise removal in Digital Images

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    M.JayaManmadhaRao,

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we introduce a new class of filter, the modified spatial median filter (MSMF for the removal of impulse noise in digital images. The proposed filter is compared with four different filtering algorithms based on their ability to reconstruct noise-affected images. In-order to better appraise the noise cancellation behavior of our filter from the point of view of human perception, we perform edge detection using canny filter. Experimental results show that the filtering performance of the proposed approach is very satisfactory.

  17. Transient Impulsive Giant Electronic Raman Redistribution

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    Miyabe, S

    2014-01-01

    Resonant Raman excitation by ultrafast vacuum ultraviolet laser pulses is a powerful means to study electron dynamics in molecules, but experiments must contend with linear background ionization: frequencies high enough to reach resonant core-valence transitions will usually ionize all occupied orbitals as well, and the ionization cross sections are usually dominant. Here we show that attosecond pulses can induce a new process, transient impulsive stimulated Raman scattering, which can overwhelm valence ionization. Calculations are performed for atomic sodium, but the principal is valid for many molecular systems. This approach opens the path for high fidelity multidimensional spectroscopy with attosecond pulses.

  18. Whistler observations during a magnetospheric sudden impulse

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    Whistlers recorded at Siple, Antarctica (76degreeS, 84degreeW), show sudden changes in nose frequency (f/subn/) in response to a magnetospheric sudden impulse (si) on June 9, 1973. These changes are partly due to changes in local magnetic field strength and partly due to the motion of the duct under the influence of induced electric field. This example is used to illustrate how ground-based VLF radio techniques can be used to monitor the dynamic response of the magnetosphere to shocks and discontinuities in the solar wind

  19. [Impulse control disorders and Parkinson's disease].

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    Burkhard, P R; Catalano-Chiuvé, S; Gronchi-Perrin, A; Berney, A; Vingerhoets, F J G; Lüscher, C

    2008-05-01

    A variety of behavioral disorders occurring abruptly in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) has been recently published and attracted considerable attention in the press. Taking the form of pathological gambling, compulsive shopping, addiction to Internet and to other recreational activities, hypersexuality or bulimia, impulse control disorders (ICD) related to PD are probably more frequent than previously appreciated and may have consequences as spectacular as disastrous for the involved patients. ICD are currently viewed as particular adverse reactions to antiparkinsonian medications, notably to dopamine agonists, and, accordingly, tend to improve or disappear when PD therapy is appropriately adjusted. PMID:18630168

  20. Génération et application des impulsions Attosecondes

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    Diveki, Zsolt

    2011-01-01

    En vue de la capture de réearrangements électroniques au sein d’une molécule ou au cours de réactions chimiques il est indispensable de développer un dispositif dont la résolution temporelle est attoseconde (as 1 as = 10?18 s). La voie naturelle est de rechercher des impulsions lumineuses dans cette gamme de durée. Leur fréquence centrale doit alors être dans la gamme UVX et couvrir plusieurs dizaines d’eVs. De plus, ses composantes fréquencielles doivent être synchronisées. Le processus de g...

  1. Génération et application des impulsions Attosecondes

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    Diveki, Zsolt

    2011-01-01

    En vue de la capture de réearrangements électroniques au sein d'une molécule ou au cours de réactions chimiques il est indispensable de développer un dispositif dont la résolution temporelle est attoseconde (as 1 as = 10?18 s). La voie naturelle est de rechercher des impulsions lumineuses dans cette gamme de durée. Leur fréquence centrale doit alors être dans la gamme UVX et couvrir plusieurs dizaines d'eVs. De plus, ses composantes fréquencielles doivent être synchronisées. Le processus de g...

  2. Effects of multiple scatter on the propagation and absorption of electromagnetic waves in a field-aligned-striated cold magneto-plasma: implications for ionospheric modification experiments

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    T. R. Robinson

    Full Text Available A new theory of the propagation of low power electromagnetic test waves through the upper-hybrid resonance layer in the presence of magnetic field-aligned plasma density striations, which includes the effects of multiple scatter, is presented. The case of sinusoidal striations in a cold magnetoplasma is treated rigorously and then extended, in an approximate manner, to the broad-band striation spectrum and warm plasma cases. In contrast to previous, single scatter theories, it is found that the interaction layer is much broader than the wavelength of the test wave. This is due to the combined electric fields of the scattered waves becoming localised on the contour of a fixed plasma density, which corresponds to a constant value for the local upper-hybrid resonance frequency over the whole interaction region. The results are applied to the calculation of the refractive index of an ordinary mode test wave during modification experiments in the ionospheric F-region. Although strong anomalous absorption arises, no new cutoffs occur at the upper-hybrid resonance, so that in contrast to the predictions of previous single scatter theories, no additional reflections occur there. These results are consistent with observations made during ionospheric modification experiments at Tromsø, Norway.

    Key words. Ionosphere (active experiments; ionospheric irregularities Radio science (ionospheric propagation

  3. CHECK AND CONTROL ELECTRONIC SYSTEM IN MAGNETIC-IMPULSE SETUP WITH MULTIPLE REPEATING OF DISCHARGE IMPULSES

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    G. Kaljanov

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The modern microprocessor system controling the complex of electromagnetic flattening of vehicles is created in this work. Microprocessor system for control and check of magnetic-impulse setup meets the formulated conditions for the conversion on the other level of modern electro technical devices.

  4. Sleep and Impulsivity in Parkinson’s Disease

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    Scullin, Michael K.; Sollinger, Ann B.; Land, Julia; Wood-Siverio, Cathy; Zanders, Lavezza; Lee, Raven; Freeman, Alan; Goldstein, Felicia C.; Bliwise, Donald L.; Factor, Stewart A.

    2013-01-01

    Background Impulsive behavior and poor sleep are important non-motor features of Parkinson’s disease (PD) that negatively impact the quality of life of patients and their families. Previous research suggests a higher level of sleep complaints in PD patients who demonstrate impulsive behaviors, but the nature of the sleep disturbances has yet to be comprehensively tested. Methods Consecutive idiopathic PD patients (N=143) completed the Minnesota Impulse Disorder Interview and a sleep questionnaire that assessed sleep efficiency, excessive daytime sleepiness, restless legs symptoms, snoring, dreams/nightmares, and nocturia. Patients were also given a Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale motor examination and they completed cognitive testing. Results Impulsive PD patients endorsed more sleep complaints than non-impulsive PD patients. The group difference was primarily attributable to poor sleep efficiency (e.g., greater nocturnal awakenings), p < .01, and greater daytime sleepiness, p < .01, in the impulsive PD patients. Interestingly, restless legs symptoms were also greater in the impulsive PD patients, p < .05. The results could not be explained by medications or disease severity. Conclusions Poor sleep efficiency, restless legs symptoms, and increased daytime sleepiness are associated with impulsivity in PD. Longitudinal studies are needed to determine whether sleep disturbances precede impulsivity in PD. PMID:23880026

  5. Diagnostics and Impulse Performance of Laser-Ablative Propulsion

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    Pressure time variations and associated flows induced by pulsed laser ablation were experimentally studied using the Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR) and framing Schlieren visualization. The combination of either aluminum or polyacetal target and TEA CO2 laser pulse were examined. The VISAR measurement resolved that the pressure modulated from the laser power variation in the impulse generation processes. Integrated impulse induced by repetative CO2 laser pulses was measured using a torsion-type impulse balance. The effect of the ambient pressure was significant. The measured impulse characteristics were closely associated with target surface morphology and fluid dynamics

  6. Modified impulsive synchronization of fractional order hyperchaotic systems

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    In this paper, a modified impulsive control scheme is proposed to realize the complete synchronization of fractional order hyperchaotic systems. By constructing a suitable response system, an integral order synchronization error system is obtained. Based on the theory of Lyapunov stability and the impulsive differential equations, some effective sufficient conditions are derived to guarantee the asymptotical stability of the synchronization error system. In particular, some simpler and more convenient conditions are derived by taking the fixed impulsive distances and control gains. Compared with the existing results, the main results in this paper are practical and rigorous. Simulation results show the effectiveness and the feasibility of the proposed impulsive control method. (general)

  7. Influence of demographic and individual difference factors on impulse buying

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    Mirela Mihi?

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of the paper is to determine the correlation of consumers’ demographic or socioeconomic characteristics and individual difference factors on the impulse buying behavior with respect to a number of single impulsivity indicators and one collective indicator. The paper consists of theoretical and research aspects. The first part encompasses theoretical insights into the secondary research regarding impulse buying while the practical part presents the methodology and primary research results. With respect to the subject matter, research goals as well as previous findings and primary research results, corresponding hypotheses were set and mainly confirmed. The results showed that demographic factors, such as the age and working status, are related to most impulse buying indicators and to the impulsivity collective indicator. However, household income produced opposite results. Household income proved to have no major influence on the majority of impulse buying indicators but to be related noticeably to the collective impulsivity indicator, indicating that this result should be regarded with caution. Research results also pointed to the fact that the majority of individual indicators (innovativeness, tendency to the fashionable and shopping enjoyment are positively and negatively related to the impulse buying behavior and that individual difference factors have a greater influence on impulse buying than do demographic characteristics. The paper also summarizes research limitations as well as the work contribution and future research guidelines.

  8. Impulsive and reflective processes related to alcohol use in young adolescents

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    SaraPieters

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dual process models suggest that the development of addictive behaviors is the result of interplay between impulsive and reflective processes, modulated by boundary conditions such as individual or situational factors. Empirical support for this model has been repeatedly demonstrated in adult samples (for a meta-analysis see Rooke, Hine, & Thorsteinsson, 2008. The purpose of this study was to test these processes as they relate to emerging alcohol use in adolescents. Specifically, the interactive effects of several measures of impulsive and reflective processes and working memory capacity are examined as predictors of changes in alcohol use among adolescents. It was expected that measures of reflective processes would better predict changes in alcohol use than measures of impulsive processes. Moreover, it was anticipated that working memory capacity would moderate the relation between alcohol-specific impulsive and reflective processes and changes in adolescent alcohol use. Methods: The sample consisted of 427 adolescents (47.7% male between 12 and 16 years of age (M = 13.96, SD = .78 who reported drinking alcohol at least once. Four measures of impulsive processes were included. Attentional bias for alcohol was assessed with a Visual Probe Test; approach bias toward alcohol was assessed with a Stimulus Response Compatibility Test (SRC; and memory associations with alcohol were assessed with an Implicit Association Test (IAT and a Word Association Test (WAT. Two measures of reflective measures were included: positive and negative expectancies. Working memory capacity was measured using a Self-Ordered Pointing Task (SOPT. Results: Results showed that positive expectancies predicted changes in alcohol use, but this effect was qualified by an interaction with IAT scores. Moreover, SRC scores predicted changes in alcohol use only when negative expectancies were low. Attentional bias and word association scores did not predict changes in alcohol us

  9. Correlations between the disintegration of melt and the measured impulses in steam explosions

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    To find our correlations in steam explosions (melt water interactions) between the measured impulses and the disintegration of the melt, experiments were performed in three configurations i.e. stratified, entrapment and jet experiments. Linear correlations were detected between the impulse and the total surface of the fragments. Theoretical considerations point out that a linear correlation assumes superheating of a water layer around the fragments of a constant thickness during the fragmentation process to a constant temperature (here the homogeneous nucleation temperature of water was assumed) and a constant expansion velocity of the steam in the main expansion time. The correlation constant does not depend on melt temperature and trigger pressure, but it depends on the configuration of the experiment or of a scenario of an accident. Further research is required concerning the correlation constant. For analysing steam explosion accidents the explosivity is introduced. The explosivity is a mass specific impulse. The explosivity is linear correlated with the degree of fragmentation. Knowing the degree of fragmentation with proper correlation constant the explosivity can be calculated and from the explosivity combined with the total mass of fragments the impulse is obtained which can be used to an estimation of the maximum force

  10. Correlations between the disintegration of melt and the measured impulses in steam explosions

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    Froehlich, G.; Linca, A.; Schindler, M. [Univ. of Stuttgart (Germany)

    1995-09-01

    To find our correlations in steam explosions (melt water interactions) between the measured impulses and the disintegration of the melt, experiments were performed in three configurations i.e. stratified, entrapment and jet experiments. Linear correlations were detected between the impulse and the total surface of the fragments. Theoretical considerations point out that a linear correlation assumes superheating of a water layer around the fragments of a constant thickness during the fragmentation process to a constant temperature (here the homogeneous nucleation temperature of water was assumed) and a constant expansion velocity of the steam in the main expansion time. The correlation constant does not depend on melt temperature and trigger pressure, but it depends on the configuration of the experiment or of a scenario of an accident. Further research is required concerning the correlation constant. For analysing steam explosion accidents the explosivity is introduced. The explosivity is a mass specific impulse. The explosivity is linear correlated with the degree of fragmentation. Knowing the degree of fragmentation with proper correlation constant the explosivity can be calculated and from the explosivity combined with the total mass of fragments the impulse is obtained which can be used to an estimation of the maximum force.

  11. Design and construction of an impulse turbine

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    Hernández, E.

    2013-11-01

    Impulse turbine has been constructed to be used in the program of Hydraulic Machines, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, sede Bucaramanga. For construction of the impulse turbine (Pelton) detailed plans were drawn up taking into account the design and implementation of the fundamental equations of hydraulic turbomachinery. From the experimental data found maximum mechanical efficiency of 0.6 ± 0.03 for a water flow of 2.1 l/s. The maximum overall efficiency was 0.23 ± 0.02 for a water flow of 0.83 l/s. The design parameter used was a power of 1 kW, as flow regulator built a needle type regulator, which performed well, the model of the bucket or vane is built on a machine type CNC (Computer Numerical Control). For the construction of the impeller and blades was used aluminium because of chemical and physical characteristics and the casing was manufactured in acrylic.

  12. Low cost impulse compatible wideband antenna

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    Rosenbury, Erwin T. (Livermore, CA); Burke, Gerald J. (Livermore, CA); Nelson, Scott D. (Tracy, CA); Stever, Robert D. (Lathrop, CA); Governo, George K. (Livermore, CA); Mullenhoff, Donald J. (Livermore, CA)

    2002-01-01

    An antenna apparatus and method for building the antenna is disclosed. Impulse signals travel through a feed point of the antenna with respect to a ground plane. A geometric fin structure is connected to the feed point, and through a termination resistance to the ground plane. A geometric ridge structure connected to the ground is positioned with respect to the fin in order to receive and radiate electromagnetic energy from the impulse signal at a predetermined impedance and over a predetermined set of frequencies. The fin and ridge can be either a wire or a planar surface. The fin and ridge may be disposed within a radiation cavity such as a horn. The radiation cavity is constructed of stamped and etched metal sheets bent and then soldered together. The fin and ridge are also formed from metal sheets or wires. The fin is attached to the feed point and then to the cavity through a termination resistance. The ridge is attached to the cavity and disposed with respect to the fin in order to achieve a particular set of antenna characteristics.

  13. Concrete structures under impact and impulsive loading

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    This book contains papers contributed to the RILEM/CEB/IABSE/IASS-Interassociation Symposium on 'Concrete Structures under Impact and Impulsive Loading'. The essential aim of this symposium is to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on existing and current research relating to impact problems as well as to identify areas to which further research activities should be directed. The subject of the symposium is far ranging. Fifty five papers were proposed and arranged in six technical sessions, a task which sometimes posed difficulties for the Organization Committee and the Advisory Group, because some of the papers touched several topics and were difficult to integrate. However, we are confident that these minor difficulties were solved to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Each session of the symposium is devoted to a major subject area and introduced by a distinguished Introductory Reporter. The large international attendance, some 21 countries are represented, and the large number of excellent papers will certainly produce a lively discussion after each session and thus help to further close the gaps in our knowledge about the behaviour of structures and materials under impact and impulsive loading. (orig./RW)

  14. Epidemiologic and clinical updates on impulse control disorders: a critical review.

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    Dell'Osso, Bernardo; Altamura, A Carlo; Allen, Andrea; Marazziti, Donatella; Hollander, Eric

    2006-12-01

    The article reviews the current knowledge about the impulse control disorders (ICDs) with specific emphasis on epidemiological and pharmacological advances. In addition to the traditional ICDs present in the DSM-IV-pathological gambling, trichotillomania, kleptomania, pyromania and intermittent explosive disorder-a brief description of the new proposed ICDs-compulsive-impulsive (C-I) Internet usage disorder, C-I sexual behaviors, C-I skin picking and C-I shopping-is provided. Specifically, the article summarizes the phenomenology, epidemiology and comorbidity of the ICDs. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between ICDs and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Finally, current pharmacological options for treating ICDs are presented and discussed. PMID:16960655

  15. Sex Differences in Impulsivity: A Meta-Analysis

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    Cross, Catharine P.; Copping, Lee T.; Campbell, Anne

    2011-01-01

    Men are overrepresented in socially problematic behaviors, such as aggression and criminal behavior, which have been linked to impulsivity. Our review of impulsivity is organized around the tripartite theoretical distinction between reward hypersensitivity, punishment hyposensitivity, and inadequate effortful control. Drawing on evolutionary,…

  16. Effects of Strategies Marketing of Collective Buying about Impulsive Behavior

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Brazil has the second largest e-commerce market in the world. One model used in this sector is "collective buying", a feature of which is impulse sales. Consumer behavior can be influenced by several factors, two of which are addressed in this article: the individual impulsivity of consumers and strategies of mix marketing. Impulsive buying is characterized by an unplanned purchase, i.e. the need to acquire the product arises just before the purchase. Consumers respond differently to mixed strategies depending on their degree of impulsivity. Thus, this article aims to analyze the efficacy of different marketing mix strategies for impulsive and non-impulsive consumer purchasing behavior. 137 participants were given a questionnaire containing the Buying Impulsiveness scale from Rook and Fisher (1995, and statements about the marketing strategies used by collective buying sites. Through a regression analysis, three strategies were found to relate more to impulsivity: search for products from well-known brands, search for deals with big discounts and confidence in receiving the product. For e-commerce and researchers, this study elucidates which strategies, from the consumer's perspective, effectively persuade purchasing behavior.

  17. Individual Differences in Impulsive Choice and Timing in Rats

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    Galtress, Tiffany; Garcia, Ana; Kirkpatrick, Kimberly

    2012-01-01

    Individual differences in impulsive choice behavior have been linked to a variety of behavioral problems including substance abuse, smoking, gambling, and poor financial decision-making. Given the potential importance of individual differences in impulsive choice as a predictor of behavioral problems, the present study sought to measure the extent…

  18. Impulsive Control for Fractional-Order Chaotic Systems

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    We propose an impulsive control scheme for fractional-order chaotic systems. Based on the Takagi–Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy model and linear matrix inequalities (LMIs), some sufficient conditions are given to stabilize the fractional-order chaotic system via impulsive control. Numerical simulation shows the effectiveness of this approach. (general)

  19. Maximum Atmospheric Entry Angle for Specified Retrofire Impulse

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    T. N. Srivastava

    1969-07-01

    Full Text Available Maximum atmospheric entry angles for vehicles initially moving in elliptic orbits are investigated and it is shown that tangential retrofire impulse at the apogee results in the maximum entry angle. Equivalence of maximizing the entry angle and minimizing the retrofire impulse is also established.

  20. A new approach to calculating spatial impulse responses

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    Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    approach can also be used for finding analytic solutions to the spatial impulse response for new geometries of, for example, ellipsoidal shape. The approach also makes it easy to incorporate any apodization function and the effect from different transducers baffle mountings. Examples of spatial impulse...

  1. Estimation of Impulsive Wave-induced Loads on a FPSO

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    Jensen, Jørgen Juncher; Mansour, Alaa E.

    The effect of impulsive loads like slamming and green water on deck on the wave-induced bending moment is estimated by a semi-analytical approach. The impulse loads leading to transient vibrations are described in terms of magnitude, phase lag relative to the wave-induced peak and decay rate. The...

  2. Impulsive integral equations in Banach spaces and applications

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    Dajun Guo

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    Full Text Available In this paper, we first use the fixed point theory to prove two existence theorems of positive solutions for the impulsive Fredholm integral Equations in Banach spaces. And then, we offer some applications to the two-point boundary value problems for the second order impulsive differential equations in Banach spaces.

  3. Neutronics analysis of an open-cycle high-impulse gas core reactor concept

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    Whitmarsh, C. L., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    A procedure was developed to calculate the critical fuel mass, including the effects of propellant pressure, for coaxial-flow gas-core reactors operating at 196,600 newtons thrust and 4400 seconds specific impulse. Data were generated for a range of cavity diameter, reflector-moderator thickness, and quantity of structural material. Also presented are such core characteristics as upper limits on cavity pressure, spectral hardening in very-high-temperature hydrogen, and reactivity coefficients.

  4. Evaluation of behavioral impulsivity and aggression tasks as endophenotypes for borderline personality disorder

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    McCloskey, Michael S; Antonia S. New; Siever, Larry J.; Goodman, Marianne; Koenigsberg, Harold W; Flory, Janine D.; Coccaro, Emil F

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    Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is marked by aggression and impulsive, often self-destructive behavior. Despite the severe risks associated with BPD, relatively little is known about the disorder’s etiology. Identification of genetic correlates (endophenotypes) of BPD would improve the prospects of targeted interventions for more homogeneous subsets of borderline patients characterized by specific genetic vulnerabilities. The current study evaluated behavioral measures of aggression and...

  5. Playmancer project: a serious videogame as additional therapy tool for eating and impulse control disorders

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    Dimitri Konstantas; Todor Ganchev; Tony Lam; Santamaría, Juan J.; Christian Breiteneder; Costas Davarakis

    2009-01-01

    Reviews and few non-controlled studies showed the effectiveness of several specific designed computer video-games as additional form of treatment in several areas. However, there is a lack in the literature of specially designed serious-games for treating mental disorders. Playmancer (ICT European initiative) aims to develop and assess a serious videogame that may help to treat underlying processes (e.g. lack of self-control strategies) in Eating and Impulse control disorders. Preliminary dat...

  6. High impulsivity predicting vulnerability to cocaine addiction in rats

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    Molander, Anna C; Mar, Adam; Norbury, Agnes; Steventon, Sarah; Moreno, Margarita; Caprioli, Daniele; Theobald, David E H; Belin, David; Everitt, Barry J; Robbins, Trevor W; Dalley, Jeffrey W

    2011-01-01

    RATIONALE: Impulsivity is a vulnerability marker for drug addiction in which other behavioural traits such as anxiety and novelty seeking ('sensation seeking') are also widely present. However, inter-relationships between impulsivity, novelty seeking and anxiety traits are poorly understood....... OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper was to investigate the contribution of novelty seeking and anxiety traits to the expression of behavioural impulsivity in rats. METHODS: Rats were screened on the five-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT) for spontaneously high impulsivity (SHI) and low...... impulsivity (SLI) and subsequently tested for novelty reactivity and preference, assessed by open-field locomotor activity (OF), novelty place preference (NPP), and novel object recognition (OR). Anxiety was assessed on the elevated plus maze (EPM) both prior to and following the administration of the...

  7. A Systematic Review of Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson's Disease

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    Callesen, Mette Buhl; Scheel-Krüger, JØrgen

    2013-01-01

    Throughout the past decade it has been recognized that dopaminergic medication administered to remedy motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease is associated with an enhanced risk for impulse control disorders and related compulsive behaviors such as hobbyism, punding, and the dopamine dysregulation syndrome. These complications are relatively frequent, affecting 6-15.5% of patients, and they most often appear, or worsen, after initiation of dopaminergic therapy or dosage increase. Recently, impulse control disorders have also been associated with subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation. Here we present a systematic overview of literature published between 2000 and January 2013 reporting impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease. We consider prevalence rates and discuss the functional neuroanatomy, the impact of dopamine-serotonin interactions, and the cognitive symptomatology associated with impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease. Finally, perspectives for future research and management of impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease are discussed.

  8. Effect of nicotine on negative affect among more impulsive smokers.

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    Doran, Neal; McChargue, Dennis; Spring, Bonnie; VanderVeen, Joe; Cook, Jessica Werth; Richmond, Malia

    2006-08-01

    In the present study, the authors tested the hypothesis that nicotine would provide greater relief from negative affect for more impulsive smokers than for less impulsive smokers. Euthymic adult smokers (N=70) participated in 2 laboratory sessions, during which they underwent a negative mood induction (music + autobiographical memory), then smoked either a nicotinized or de-nicotinized cigarette. Mixed-effects regression yielded a significant Impulsivity x Condition (nicotinized vs. de-nicotinized) x Time interaction. Simple effects analyses showed that heightened impulsivity predicted greater negative affect relief after smoking a nicotinized cigarette but not after smoking a de-nicotinized cigarette. These data suggest that nicotine may be a disproportionately powerful negative reinforcer for highly impulsive smokers, promoting higher levels of nicotine dependence and inhibiting smoking cessation. PMID:16893271

  9. Virtual Shopping and Impulse Purchasing Strengths and Weaknesses in Pakistan

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    Muhammad Ali Hussain

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available This research analyzed the perceptive of consumers doing online shopping and impulse purchasing. This study examined the behavior of thirty consumers who were asked to fill the questionnaire based on some close ended questions. The focus of this investigation was to discuss the strengths and Weaknesses of online shopping and impulse purchasing in developing country like Pakistan. Today consumers choose and buy things while sitting at home through internet and buy things impulsively. Do consumer in Pakistan are using Internet for shopping online? Do they make more impulse purchase on the Internet? Does online shopping save time? Do online shopping is more attractive or consumer feels lack of trust? Impacts of advertising are also discussed. We covered the virtual shopping weakness and strengths in our VSIPSWP (Virtual Shopping and Impulse Purchasing Strengths and Weaknesses in Pakistan Models.

  10. Chaotic attitude control of satellite using impulsive control

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    Nowadays, attitude control systems of satellites demand better performance, resulting in the application of new advanced nonlinear control theory. In this paper, impulsive control is applied to a six-dimensional system which describes the attitude dynamics of a satellite subjected to deterministic external perturbations which induce chaotic motion when no control is affected. Several theorems on the stability of impulsive control systems are presented. These theorems are then used to find the conditions under which the chaotic systems can be asymptotically controlled to the origin by using impulsive control. Given the parameters of the chaotic system and the impulsive control law, an estimation of the upper bound of the impulse interval is given. Finally, we give some simulations results to visualize the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed method.

  11. Chaotic attitude control of satellite using impulsive control

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    Kemih, Karim [LAMEL Laboratory, Electrical Department, Jijel University, BP 98, 18000 Jijel (Algeria)], E-mail: K_kemih@yahoo.fr; Kemiha, Adel [Electronics Department, Jijel University, BP 98, 18000 Jijel (Algeria); Ghanes, Malek [ENSEA 06 Avenue du Ponceau, 95014 Cergy-pontoise Cedex (France)

    2009-10-30

    Nowadays, attitude control systems of satellites demand better performance, resulting in the application of new advanced nonlinear control theory. In this paper, impulsive control is applied to a six-dimensional system which describes the attitude dynamics of a satellite subjected to deterministic external perturbations which induce chaotic motion when no control is affected. Several theorems on the stability of impulsive control systems are presented. These theorems are then used to find the conditions under which the chaotic systems can be asymptotically controlled to the origin by using impulsive control. Given the parameters of the chaotic system and the impulsive control law, an estimation of the upper bound of the impulse interval is given. Finally, we give some simulations results to visualize the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed method.

  12. The functional anatomy of impulse control disorders.

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    Probst, Catharina C; van Eimeren, Thilo

    2013-10-01

    Impulsive-compulsive disorders such as pathological gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive eating, and shopping are side effects of the dopaminergic therapy for Parkinson's disease. With a lower prevalence, these disorders also appear in the general population. Research in the last few years has discovered that these pathological behaviors share features similar to those of substance use disorders (SUD), which has led to the term "behavioral addictions". As in SUDs, the behaviors are marked by a compulsive drive toward and impaired control over the behavior. Furthermore, animal and medication studies, research in the Parkinson's disease population, and neuroimaging findings indicate a common neurobiology of addictive behaviors. Changes associated with addictions are mainly seen in the dopaminergic system of a mesocorticolimbic circuit, the so-called reward system. Here we outline neurobiological findings regarding behavioral addictions with a focus on dopaminergic systems, relate them to SUD theories, and try to build a tentative concept integrating genetics, neuroimaging, and behavioral results. PMID:23963609

  13. Bright 30 THz Impulsive Solar Bursts

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    Kaufmann, P; Marcon, R; Kudaka, A S; Cabezas, D P; Cassiano, M M; Francile, C; Fernandes, L O T; Ramirez, R F Hidalgo; Luoni, M; Marun, A; Pereyra, P; de Souza, R V

    2015-01-01

    Impulsive 30 THz continuum bursts have been recently observed in solar flares, utilizing small telescopes with a unique and relatively simple optical setup concept. The most intense burst was observed together with a GOES X2 class event on October 27, 2014, also detected at two sub-THz frequencies, RHESSI X-rays and SDO/HMI and EUV. It exhibits strikingly good correlation in time and in space with white light flare emission. It is likely that this association may prove to be very common. All three 30 THz events recently observed exhibited intense fluxes in the range of 104 solar flux units, considerably larger than those measured for the same events at microwave and sub-mm wavelengths. The 30 THz burst emission might be part of the same spectral burst component found at sub-THz frequencies. The 30 THz solar bursts open a promising new window for the study of flares at their origin

  14. Magnetospheric plasma drift during a sudden impulse

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    An interplanetary shock front (monitored by the ISEE 1/2 satellite pair)= hit the earth's magnetosphere on October 17, 1978, around 0430 UT. The changes in magnetospheric plasma drift and magnetic field associated with this sudden impulse (SI) were measured by GEOS 2 in the equatorial plane near the dawn meridian. After the SI the plasma drift first increased (in an inward direction), followed by an exponential decay. The magnetic field changes were purely compressional with an amplitude increase which also exponentially decayed. These features can be explained by adiabatic (quasi-static) compression of the magnetopause due to the increased solar wind pressure behind the shock front. In addition, both data sets exhibit also the excitation of a highly damped compressional hydromagnetic oscillation by the SI, thus hinting of a second, wavelike component in the compression of the magnetosphere

  15. Complex dynamics in a linear impulsive system

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    The dynamical behavior of a linear impulsive system is discussed by means of both theoretical and numerical ways. This paper investigates the existence and stability of the equilibrium and period-one solution, the discontinuous jumps of eigenvalues, and the conditions for system possessing infinite period-two, period-three, and period-six solutions. By using discrete maps, the conditions of existence for Neimark-Sacker bifurcation are derived. In particular, chaotic behavior in the sense of Marotto's definition of chaos is rigorously proven. Moreover, some detailed numerical results of the phase portraits, the periodic solutions, the bifurcation diagram, and the chaotic attractors, which are illustrated by some interesting examples, are in good agreement with the theoretical analysis.

  16. Optimal Stochastic Impulse Control with Delayed Reaction

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    We study impulse control problems of jump diffusions with delayed reaction. This means that there is a delay ?>0 between the time when a decision for intervention is taken and the time when the intervention is actually carried out. We show that under certain conditions this problem can be transformed into a sequence of iterated no-delay optimal stopping problems and there is an explicit relation between the solutions of these two problems. The results are illustrated by an example where the problem is to find the optimal times to increase the production capacity of a firm, assuming that there are transaction costs with each new order and the increase takes place ? time units after the (irreversible) order has been placed

  17. Impulsivity components measured by the Brazilian version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11

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    Alina Gomide Vasconcelos

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of this study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11. Content item analysis was conducted by seven doctoral students. A convenience sample of 897 students was submitted to BIS-11 and they also filled self-reports about Minor Mental Disorder and ADHD symptoms, alcohol use and cigarette smoking. Mean age was 27.32 (SD=8.69 years, 56% were female and 52% had incomplete college degree. Content and factorial analyses revealed that impulsivity was best represented by two latent factors labeled non-planning and inhibition behaviors. Test retest agreement tended to produce similar score patterns seven months after the first evaluation. Additionally, BIS-11 scores discriminated subjects in terms of cigarette smoking and psychopathological symptoms, which indicated evidences regarding criterion-related validity. The theoretical discussion was present based on the neuropsychological model of hot and cool aspects of executive function.

  18. Ionospheric current contribution to the main impulse of a negative sudden impulse

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    Vichare, Geeta; Rawat, Rahul; Bhaskar, Ankush; Pathan, Bashir M.

    2014-12-01

    The geomagnetic field response to a moderate-amplitude negative sudden impulse (SI-) that occurred on 14 May 2009 at 10:30 UT was examined at 97 geomagnetic observatories situated all over the globe. The response signature contains a contribution from magnetospheric as well as ionospheric currents. The main impulse (MI) is defined as the maximum depression in the observed geomagnetic field. It is observed that for low-to-high latitudes, the amplitude of the MI is larger in the afternoon to post-dusk sector than in the dawn-noon sector, indicating asymmetry in the MI amplitude. We estimated the contribution at various observatories due to the Chapman-Ferraro magnetopause currents using the Tsyganenko model (T01) and subtracted this from the observed MI amplitude to obtain the contribution due to ionospheric currents. It is found that the ionospheric currents contribute significantly to the MI amplitude of moderate SI- even at low-to-mid latitudes and that the contribution is in the same direction as that from the magnetopause currents near dusk and in the opposite direction near dawn. The equivalent current vectors reveal a clockwise (anticlockwise) ionospheric current loop in the afternoon (morning) sector during the MI of the negative pressure impulse. This evidences an ionospheric twin-cell-vortex current system (DP2) due to field-aligned currents (FACs) associated with the dusk-to-dawn convection electric field during the MI of an SI-. We also estimated the magnetic field variation due to prompt penetration electric fields, which is found to be very small at low latitudes in the present case. The studied SI- is not associated with shock, and hence no preliminary reverse impulse was evident. In addition, the summer hemisphere reveals larger MI amplitudes than the winter hemisphere, indicating once again the role of ionospheric currents.

  19. Dynamics of Dense Magnetized Plasma Streams and their Interaction with Material Surfaces: Comparative Studies with Magnetoplasma Compressor (MPC) and Quasi-Steady-State Plasma Accelerator QSPA Kh-50

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    The quasi-steady-state plasma accelerator QSPA Kh-50 and short-pulsed magnetoplasma compressor (MPC) have been used for comparative studies of plasma-surface interaction and materials erosion issues, development of recommendations for fusion reactor materials and in numerical models for validation of predictive codes. The main advantage of QSPA in simulation experiments is possibility of generation of long magnetized pulse plasma streams with the pulse duration of 0.2-0.3 ms, the ion impact energy of 0.9 keV, the heat loads up to 20 MJ/m2, and the plasma parameter betta up to 0.3, which combination is not achievable in other types of plasma sources. Using within the framework of one problem both short- (?1-3 ?s) and long pulsed (300 ?s) plasma devices permitted to investigate the plasma effects on materials surfaces in a wide range of plasma pulse duration with varied energy and particle loads to the exposed surfaces. Crack patterns (major- and micro-type) in tungsten targets and cracking thresholds (both threshold energy load for the cracking onset and threshold target temperature related to ductile-to-brittle transition) as well as residual stresses after repetitive plasma pulses have been studied for different tungsten grades and, in particular, for a deformed W material, which is considered as the ITER-reference grade. The thickness of major- and micro-cracks, the network distance as well as the penetration of cracks into the material depth are analyzed. Comparisons of the cracking failure of deformed tungsten with behaviour of sintered W samples are performed. Results of QSPA plasma exposures are compared with short pulse PSI experiments with pulsed plasma gun and dense plasma-focus facilities, aiming at features of surface damage and tungsten impurities behavior in near-surface plasma in front of the target. (author)

  20. Dynamic behaviors of the periodic Lotka-Volterra competing system with impulsive perturbations

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    In this paper, we investigate a classical periodic Lotka-Volterra competing system with impulsive perturbations. The conditions for the linear stability of trivial periodic solution and semi-trivial periodic solutions are given by applying Floquet theory of linear periodic impulsive equation, and we also give the conditions for the global stability of these solutions as a consequence of some abstract monotone iterative schemes introduced in this paper, which will be also used to get some sufficient conditions for persistence. By using the method of coincidence degree, the conditions for the existence of at least one strictly positive (componentwise) periodic solution are derived. The theoretical results are confirmed by a specific example and numerical simulations. It shows that the dynamic behaviors of the system we consider are quite different from the corresponding system without pulses

  1. Differences and similarities between impulse buying and variety seeking: A personality-based perspective

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    Olsen, Svein Ottar; Tudoran, Ana Alina

    2015-01-01

    Although personality is a key determinant of consumer purchasing decision making, the role of personality traits on impulse buying and variety seeking is not conclusive. This research uses a personality perspective to determine the unique associations between impulse buying tendency (IBT), variety seeking tendency (VST), and the Big Five personality traits within one integrated framework. Based on data from a nationally representative sample of 1,644 Norwegian adults, the results show that while IBT and VST might be correlated, they differ significantly with respect to two major personality aspects: Neuroticism and Openness to Experience. Specifically, the present study indicates that Neuroticism predicted IBT positively and VST negatively, while Openness was a strong predictor of VST and unrelated to IBT.

  2. The definition of electro impulses used in weed control

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    Judaev I.V.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In modern agriculture the use of chemicals and machines in weed control is not environmental and soil friendly. The use of electro impulses is offered to traditional ways of weed control. The researches done on technical characteristics of such operation and influence of these results on ecology gave picture that the use of electro impulses in weed control is harmless for environment and that is very effective. The basis for the technical project at designing of the electro impulse installation used with standard wheel tractor obtained data about values of electric energy doses that can make damage in various kinds of weeds.

  3. Assortment of optimal conditions for running the impulse diode thermometer

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    Iskrenovic, P. S.; Mitic, D. B.

    1994-02-01

    In the algorithm for iterative evaluation of temperature measured by the p-n junction in the impulse regime two voltages appear as parameters. Their values are limited only by the operating characteristics of the impulse diode thermometer, i.e., both values must fall within the interval determined by the hardware normal operating conditions. The choice of these values within the allowed interval seems to be arbitrary; however, analysis of the expression for relative measurement errors leads to the criterion for the optimal choice of these parameters that allow the impulse diode thermometer to operate with the maximal resolution and minimal error.

  4. Synchronization of impulsively coupled complex systems with delay.

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    Sun, Wen; Austin, Francis; Lü, Jinhu; Chen, Shihua

    2011-09-01

    This paper investigates the synchronization of complex systems with delay that are impulsively coupled at discrete instants only. Based on the comparison theorem of impulsive differential system, a distributed impulsive control scheme is proposed to achieve the synchronization for systems with delay. In the control strategy, the influence of all nodes to network synchronization relies on its weight. The proposed control scheme is applied to the chaotic delayed Hopfield neural networks and numerical simulations are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed scheme. PMID:21974658

  5. Correlation Between Steady State and Impulse Earth Resistance Values

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    N. M. Nor

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presented experimental results of earthing systems under low-magnitude currents and under high impulse currents. The details of the measuring circuit involved for both types of testing were described. Three field sites were selected. At each site, three earth electrodes configurations were used. This makes up to nine earthing systems. From both low magnitude and impulse tests, the correlation between the steady state earth resistance value and the earth resistance under fast impulse currents can be observed. The relation between the calculated and measured steady state earth resistance is also shown in this study.

  6. Transient Positive Horizontal Head Impulse Test in Pregabalin Intoxication.

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    Jeong, Seong-Hae; Kim, Yong Soo; Lee, Ju-Hoen; Jo, Hyunjin; Lee, Ae Young; Kim, Jae-Moon

    2015-12-01

    Head impulse test (HIT) is helpful to understanding high-frequency vestibulo-ocular reflex in patients with dizziness and imbalance. There are some reports on abnormal HITs in cerebellar disorder. To our knowledge, there was no report of transient bilateral positive head impulse related to antiepileptic drugs. A 65-year-old woman developed dizziness and imbalance after treatment with pregabalin for pain control of radiation cystitis. Neurological examination exhibited positive bilateral HIT results, in addition to ataxia and gaze-evoked rebound nystagmus. Pregabalin intoxication can evoke transient positive horizontal head impulse test as another indicator of cerebellar dysfunction. PMID:26819943

  7. CO2 laser with long impulsions of high energy

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    Though they are similar in principle as the short impulsion laser, the CO2 long pulsation are less sophisticated and expensive. So they can be used by middle class laboratories where the matter-laser interaction is studied. The obtain long impulsions, it is necessary to limit the value of the current density in the electron gun which is realized in locating a grid connected to the ground by an ohmic resistance between the cathode and the anode of this gun. The two long impulsion lasers (6 and 10 ?s) of the Institut of Mecanique des Fluides, Universite d'Aix-Marseille I are described and the characteristics of their working are presented

  8. Impulse control in Kalman-like filtering problems

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    Michael V. Basin

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper develops the impulse control approach to the observation process in Kalman-like filtering problems, which is based on impulsive modeling of the transition matrix in an observation equation. The impulse control generates the jumps of the estimate variance from its current position down to zero and, as a result, enables us to obtain the filtering equations for the Kalman estimate with zero variance for all post-jump time moments. The filtering equations for the estimates with zero variances are obtained in the conventional linear filtering problem and in the case of scalar nonlinear state and nonlinear observation equations.

  9. A Serious Videogame as an Additional Therapy Tool for Training Emotional Regulation and Impulsivity Control in Severe Gambling Disorder

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    Tárrega, Salomé; Castro-Carreras, Laia; Fernández-Aranda, Fernando; Granero, Roser; Giner-Bartolomé, Cristina; Aymamí, Neus; Gómez-Peña, Mónica; Santamaría, Juan J.; Forcano, Laura; Steward, Trevor; Menchón, José M.; Jiménez-Murcia, Susana

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    Background: Gambling disorder (GD) is characterized by a significant lack of self-control and is associated with impulsivity-related personality traits. It is also linked to deficits in emotional regulation and frequently co-occurs with anxiety and depression symptoms. There is also evidence that emotional dysregulation may play a mediatory role between GD and psychopathological symptomatology. Few studies have reported the outcomes of psychological interventions that specifically address these underlying processes. Objectives: To assess the utility of the Playmancer platform, a serious video game, as an additional therapy tool in a CBT intervention for GD, and to estimate pre-post changes in measures of impulsivity, anger expression and psychopathological symptomatology. Method: The sample comprised a single group of 16 male treatment-seeking individuals with severe GD diagnosis. Therapy intervention consisted of 16 group weekly CBT sessions and, concurrently, 10 additional weekly sessions of a serious video game. Pre-post treatment scores on South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11), I7 Impulsiveness Questionnaire (I7), State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory 2 (STAXI-2), Symptom Checklist-Revised (SCL-90-R), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-S-T), and Novelty Seeking from the Temperament and Character Inventory-Revised (TCI-R) were compared. Results: After the intervention, significant changes were observed in several measures of impulsivity, anger expression and other psychopathological symptoms. Dropout and relapse rates during treatment were similar to those described in the literature for CBT. Conclusion: Complementing CBT interventions for GD with a specific therapy approach like a serious video game might be helpful in addressing certain underlying factors which are usually difficult to change, including impulsivity and anger expression. PMID:26617550

  10. A musculoskeletal model of human locomotion driven by a low dimensional set of impulsive excitation primitives

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    Massimo Sartori

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Human locomotion has been described as being generated by an impulsive (burst-like excitation of groups of musculotendon units, with timing dependent on the biomechanical goal of the task. Despite this view is supported by many experimental observations on specific locomotion tasks, it is still unknown if the same impulsive controller (i.e. a low-dimensional set of time-delayed excitation primitives can be used as input drive for large musculoskeletal models across different human locomotor tasks. For this purpose, we extracted, with non-negative matrix factorization, five non-negative factors from a large sample of muscle EMG signals in two healthy subjects during four motor tasks including walking, running, sidestepping, and crossover cutting maneuvers. The extracted non-negative factors were then averaged and parameterized to obtain task-generic Gaussian-shaped impulsive excitation curves or primitives. These were used to drive a subject-specific musculoskeletal model of the human lower extremity. Results showed that the same set of five impulsive excitation primitives could be used to predict the dynamics of 34 musculotendon units and the resulting hip, knee and ankle joint moments (i.e. NRMSE = 0.18±0.08, and R2 = 0.73±0.22 across all tasks and subjects without substantial loss of accuracy with respect to using experimental EMG recordings (i.e. NRMSE = 0.16±0.07, and R2 = 0.78±0.18 across all tasks and subjects. Results support the hypothesis that dynamically different motor tasks might share similar neuromuscular control strategies. This might have implications in neurorehabilitation technologies such as human-machine interfaces for the torque-driven, proportional control of powered prostheses and orthoses. In this, device control commands (i.e. predicted joint torque could be derived without direct experimental data but relying on simple parameterized Gaussian-shaped curves, thus decreasing the input drive complexity and the number of needed sensors.

  11. The influence of impulsiveness on binge eating and problem gambling: A prospective study of gender differences in Canadian adults.

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    Farstad, Sarah M; von Ranson, Kristin M; Hodgins, David C; El-Guebaly, Nady; Casey, David M; Schopflocher, Don P

    2015-09-01

    This study investigated the degree to which facets of impulsiveness predicted future binge eating and problem gambling, 2 theorized forms of behavioral addiction. Participants were 596 women and 406 men from 4 age cohorts randomly recruited from a Canadian province. Participants completed self-report measures of 3 facets of impulsiveness (negative urgency, sensation seeking, lack of persistence), binge-eating frequency, and problem-gambling symptoms. Impulsiveness was assessed at baseline, and assessments of binge eating and problem gambling were followed up after 3 years. Weighted data were analyzed using zero-inflated negative binomial and Poisson regression models. We found evidence of transdiagnostic and disorder-specific predictors of binge eating and problem gambling. Negative urgency emerged as a common predictor of binge eating and problem gambling among women and men. There were disorder-specific personality traits identified among men only: High lack-of-persistence scores predicted binge eating and high sensation-seeking scores predicted problem gambling. Among women, younger age predicted binge eating and older age predicted problem gambling. Thus, there are gender differences in facets of impulsiveness that longitudinally predict binge eating and problem gambling, suggesting that treatments for these behaviors should consider gender-specific personality and demographic traits in addition to the common personality trait of negative urgency. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:25961146

  12. Impulse control disorders in psychiatric inpatients.

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    Müller, Astrid; Rein, Katharina; Kollei, Ines; Jacobi, Andrea; Rotter, Andrea; Schütz, Patricia; Hillemacher, Thomas; de Zwaan, Martina

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    The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) in a European psychiatric inpatient sample. Two hundred thirty four consecutive psychiatric inpatients (62% female) were examined using a module of the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition (DSM-IV) that has been developed for ICDs (SCID-ICD). In addition to intermittent explosive disorder, pyromania, kleptomania, pathological gambling, and trichotillomania, the proposed ICDs not otherwise specified were assessed, including compulsive buying, nonparaphilic compulsive sexual behavior, pathological internet use, and pathological skin picking. Based on the SCID-ICD, a lifetime ICD rate of 23.5% and a current ICD rate of 18.8% were found. The most frequent ICDs were pathological skin picking (lifetime 7.3%, current 6.8%), compulsive buying (lifetime 6.8%, current 6.0%), and intermittent explosive disorder (lifetime 5.6%, current 3.4%). In contrast, referring to admission diagnoses taken from patients' charts only 3.8% of the inpatients were diagnosed with any current ICD. Individuals with comorbid ICD were significantly younger and had more admission diagnoses other than ICD. The results suggest high rates of ICDs among psychiatric inpatients that remain to be under-diagnosed in clinical routine. PMID:21546096

  13. High power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.; Brenning, N.; Lundin, D.; Helmersson, U. [University of Michigan--Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dong Chuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China) and Science Institute, University of Iceland, Dunhaga 3, IS-107 Reykjavik (Iceland); Division of Space and Plasma Physics, School of Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44, Stockholm (Sweden); Plasma and Coatings Division, IFM-Materials Physics, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83, Linkoeping (Sweden)

    2012-05-15

    The high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge is a recent addition to plasma based sputtering technology. In HiPIMS, high power is applied to the magnetron target in unipolar pulses at low duty cycle and low repetition frequency while keeping the average power about 2 orders of magnitude lower than the peak power. This results in a high plasma density, and high ionization fraction of the sputtered vapor, which allows better control of the film growth by controlling the energy and direction of the deposition species. This is a significant advantage over conventional dc magnetron sputtering where the sputtered vapor consists mainly of neutral species. The HiPIMS discharge is now an established ionized physical vapor deposition technique, which is easily scalable and has been successfully introduced into various industrial applications. The authors give an overview of the development of the HiPIMS discharge, and the underlying mechanisms that dictate the discharge properties. First, an introduction to the magnetron sputtering discharge and its various configurations and modifications is given. Then the development and properties of the high power pulsed power supply are discussed, followed by an overview of the measured plasma parameters in the HiPIMS discharge, the electron energy and density, the ion energy, ion flux and plasma composition, and a discussion on the deposition rate. Finally, some of the models that have been developed to gain understanding of the discharge processes are reviewed, including the phenomenological material pathway model, and the ionization region model.

  14. Reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.; Magnus, F.; Tryggvason, T. K.; Sveinsson, O. B.; Olafsson, S.

    2012-10-01

    Here we discuss reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering sputtering (HiPIMS) [1] of Ti target in an Ar/N2 and Ar/O2 atmosphere. The discharge current waveform is highly dependent on both the pulse repetition frequency and discharge voltage. The discharge current increases with decreasing frequency or voltage. This we attribute to an increase in the secondary electron emission yield during the self-sputtering phase of the pulse, as nitride [2] or oxide [3] forms on the target. We also discuss the growth of TiN films on SiO2 at temperatures of 22-600 ^oC. The HiPIMS process produces denser films at lower growth temperature and the surface is much smoother and have a significantly lower resistivity than dc magnetron sputtered films on SiO2 at all growth temperatures due to reduced grain boundary scattering [4].[4pt] [1] J. T. Gudmundsson, N. Brenning, D. Lundin and U. Helmersson, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A, 30 030801 (2012)[0pt] [2] F. Magnus, O. B. Sveinsson, S. Olafsson and J. T. Gudmundsson, J. Appl. Phys., 110 083306 (2011)[0pt] [3] F. Magnus, T. K. Tryggvason, S. Olafsson and J. T. Gudmundsson, J. Vac. Sci. Technol., submitted 2012[0pt] [4] F. Magnus, A. S. Ingason, S. Olafsson and J. T. Gudmundsson, IEEE Elec. Dev. Lett., accepted 2012

  15. High power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    The high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge is a recent addition to plasma based sputtering technology. In HiPIMS, high power is applied to the magnetron target in unipolar pulses at low duty cycle and low repetition frequency while keeping the average power about 2 orders of magnitude lower than the peak power. This results in a high plasma density, and high ionization fraction of the sputtered vapor, which allows better control of the film growth by controlling the energy and direction of the deposition species. This is a significant advantage over conventional dc magnetron sputtering where the sputtered vapor consists mainly of neutral species. The HiPIMS discharge is now an established ionized physical vapor deposition technique, which is easily scalable and has been successfully introduced into various industrial applications. The authors give an overview of the development of the HiPIMS discharge, and the underlying mechanisms that dictate the discharge properties. First, an introduction to the magnetron sputtering discharge and its various configurations and modifications is given. Then the development and properties of the high power pulsed power supply are discussed, followed by an overview of the measured plasma parameters in the HiPIMS discharge, the electron energy and density, the ion energy, ion flux and plasma composition, and a discussion on the deposition rate. Finally, some of the models that have been developed to gain understanding of the discharge processes are reviewed, including the phenomenological material pathway model, and the ionization region model.

  16. On reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.

    2016-01-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) is an ionized physical vapor deposition (IPVD) technique that is particularly promising for reactive sputtering applications. However, there are few issues that have to be resolved before the full potential of this technique can be realized. Here we give an overview of the key experimental findings for the reactive HiPIMS discharge. An increase in the discharge current is commonly observed with increased partial pressure of the reactive gas or decreased repetition pulse frequency. There are somewhat conflicting claims regarding the hysteresis effect in the reactive HiPIMS discharge as some report reduction or elimination of the hysteresis effect while others claim a feedback control is essential. The ion energy distribution of the metal ion and the atomic ion of the reactive gas are similar and extend to very high energies while the ion energy distribution of the working gas and the molecular ion of the reactive gas are similar and are much less energetic.

  17. Impulse formalism for atom-diatom collisions

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    An exact formulation of the impulse approach (IA), or quantum-mechanical spectator model, is applied to atom-diatom collisions. Results are compared with previous work on the IA, which has always involved the peaking approximation (PA). The PA is seen to overestimate (underestimate) differential cross sections for processes involving projectile atom energy loss (gain). The internal consistency of the IA is explored by subjecting it to semidetailed balancing. For small scattering angles the IA is seen to be an inadequate theory, probably due to the neglect of double- and higher-collision terms in the multiple-collision expansion of the three-body T matrix. For large scattering angles, where the IA does appear to describe the scattering process accurately, the exact calculation is shown to give the same results as when only the energy-conserving on-the-energy-shell two-body processes are considered. An accurate approximation method is also developed for rapid computation of inelastic differential cross sections. Finally, the calculated results are compared with the experimental measurements, and the need to explore two-body potentials more complicated than the hard-core potential is pointed out

  18. Impulsive dynamic equations on a time scale

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    Youssef N. Raffoul

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Let $mathbb{T}$ be a time scale such that $0, t_i, T in mathbb{T}$, $i = 1, 2, dots, n$, and $0 < t_i < t_{i+1}$. Assume each $t_i$ is dense. Using a fixed point theorem due to Krasnosel'skii, we show that the impulsive dynamic equation $$displaylines{ y^{Delta}(t = -a(ty^{sigma}(t+ f ( t, y(t ,quad t in (0, T],cr y(0 = 0,cr y(t_i^+ = y(t_i^- + I (t_i, y(t_i , quad i = 1, 2, dots, n, }$$ where $y(t_i^pm = lim_{t o t_i^pm} y(t$, and $y^Delta$ is the $Delta$-derivative on $mathbb{T}$, has a solution. Under a slightly more stringent inequality we show that the solution is unique using the contraction mapping principle. Finally, with the aid of the contraction mapping principle we study the stability of the zero solution on an unbounded time scale.

  19. Bright 30 THz impulsive solar bursts

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    Kaufmann, P.; White, S. M.; Marcon, R.; Kudaka, A. S.; Cabezas, D. P.; Cassiano, M. M.; Francile, C.; Fernandes, L. O. T.; Hidalgo Ramirez, R. F.; Luoni, M.; Marun, A.; Pereyra, P.; Souza, R. V.

    2015-06-01

    Impulsive 30 THz continuum bursts have been recently observed in solar flares, utilizing small telescopes with a unique and relatively simple optical setup concept. The most intense burst was observed together with a GOES X2 class event on 27 October 2014, also detected at two subterahertz (sub-THz) frequencies, Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager X-rays and Solar Dynamics Observatory/Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager and EUV. It exhibits strikingly good correlation in time and in space with white-light flare emission. It is likely that this association may prove to be very common. All three 30 THz events recently observed exhibited intense fluxes in the range of 104 solar flux units, considerably larger than those measured for the same events at microwave and submillimeter wavelengths. The 30 THz burst emission might be part of the same spectral burst component found at sub-THz frequencies. The 30 THz solar bursts open a promising new window for the study of flares at their origin.

  20. Generalized impulse response analysis: General or Extreme?

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    Hyeongwoo, Kim.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Esta nota analiza la limitación de utilizar la función generalizada de impulso-respuesta (FGIR) de los modelos autoregresivos VAR (Pesaran y Shin, 1998). El FGIR es invariante al orden del rezago de las variables asociadas al modelo VAR . De hecho, el FGIR produce un conjunto de funciones respuestas [...] con base a supuestos de identificación extremos que se contradicen entre ellos, a menos que la matriz de covarianza sea diagonal. Con la ayuda de ejemplos empíricos, la presente nota demuestra que el FGIR puede generar inferencias incorrectas. Abstract in english This note discusses a pitfall of using the generalized impulse response function (GIRF) in vector autoregressive (VAR) models (Pesaran and Shin, 1998). The GIRF is general because it is invariant to the ordering of the variables in the VAR. The GIRF, in fact, is extreme because it yields a set of re [...] sponse functions that are based on extreme identifying assumptions that contradict each other, unless the covariance matrix is diagonal. With a help of empirical examples, the present note demonstrates that the GIRF may yield quite misleading economic inferences.

  1. Minimum Impulse Thruster Valve Design and Development

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    Huftalen, R.; Parker, J. P.; Platt, A.; Yankura, G.

    2004-10-01

    The design and development of a minimum impulse thruster valve was conducted, by Moog, under contract by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, for deep space propulsion systems. The effort was focused on applying known solenoid design techniques scaled to provide a 1-millisecond response capability for monopropellant, hydrazine ACS thruster applications. The valve has an extended operating temperature range of 20o F to +350o F with a total mass of less than 25 grams and nominal power draw of 7 watts. The design solution resulted in providing a solenoid valve that is one-tenth the scale of the standard product line. The valve has the capability of providing a mass flow rate of 0.0009 pounds per second hydrazine. The design life of 1,000,000 cycles was demonstrated both dry and wet. Not all design factors scaled as expected and proved to be the focus of the final development effort. These included the surface interactions, hydrodynamics and driver electronics. The resulting solution applied matured design approaches to minimize the program risk with innovative methods to address the impacts of scale.

  2. Neurobiologia dos transtornos do controle dos impulsos / The neurobiology of impulse control disorders

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    Wendol A, Williams; Marc N, Potenza.

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Revisar os artigos sobre substratos neurobiológicos dos transtornos do controle dos impulsos. O jogo patológico é o foco central desta revisão na medida em que a maioria dos estudos biológicos dos formalmente classificados como transtornos do controle dos impulsos examinou este transtorno. [...] MÉTODO: Foi feita uma busca no banco de dados Medline de artigos publicados de 1966 até o presente para identificar aqueles relevantes para serem revisados neste artigo. DESFECHOS: Estudos pré-clínicos sugerem que a neuromodulação das monoaminas cerebrais está associada à tomada de decisões impulsivas e aos comportamentos de risco. Os estudos clínicos implicam diversos sistemas de neurotransmissores (serotoninérgico, dopaminérgico, adrenérgico e opióide) na fisiopatologia do jogo patológico e de outros transtornos do controle dos impulsos. Estudos de neuroimagem preliminares têm indicado o córtex pré-frontal ventromedial e o estriato ventral como atuantes na fisiopatologia do jogo patológico e de outros transtornos do controle dos impulsos. As contribuições genéticas para o jogo patológico parecem substanciais e os estudos iniciais têm relacionado esse transtorno a polimorfismos alélicos específicos, ainda que os achados de varredura genômica ainda tenham que ser publicados. CONCLUSÃO: Mesmo que tenham sido logrados avanços significativos em nossa compreensão sobre os transtornos do controle dos impulsos, mais pesquisas são necessárias para ampliar o conhecimento existente e traduzir esses achados em avanços clínicos. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To review the neurobiological substrates of impulse control disorders. Pathological gambling is a main focus of the review in that most biological studies of the formal impulse control disorders have examined this disorder. METHOD: The medical database Medline from 1966 to present was sea [...] rched to identify relevant articles that were subsequently reviewed to generate this manuscript. RESULTS: Preclinical studies suggest that differential brain monoamine neuromodulation is associated with impulsive decision-making and risk-taking behaviors. Clinical studies implicate multiple neurotransmitter systems (serotonergic, dopaminergic, adrenergic, and opioidergic) in the pathophysiology of pathological gambling and other impulse control disorders. Initial neuroimaging studies have implicated the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and ventral striatum in the pathophysiology of pathological gambling and other impulse control disorders. Genetic contributions to pathological gambling seem substantial and initial studies have implicated specific allelic polymorphisms, although genome-wide analyses have yet to be published. CONCLUSION: Although significant advances have been made in our understanding of the neurobiology of impulse control disorders, more research is needed to extend existing knowledge and translate these findings into clinical advances.

  3. Neurobiologia dos transtornos do controle dos impulsos The neurobiology of impulse control disorders

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    Wendol A Williams

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Revisar os artigos sobre substratos neurobiológicos dos transtornos do controle dos impulsos. O jogo patológico é o foco central desta revisão na medida em que a maioria dos estudos biológicos dos formalmente classificados como transtornos do controle dos impulsos examinou este transtorno. MÉTODO: Foi feita uma busca no banco de dados Medline de artigos publicados de 1966 até o presente para identificar aqueles relevantes para serem revisados neste artigo. DESFECHOS: Estudos pré-clínicos sugerem que a neuromodulação das monoaminas cerebrais está associada à tomada de decisões impulsivas e aos comportamentos de risco. Os estudos clínicos implicam diversos sistemas de neurotransmissores (serotoninérgico, dopaminérgico, adrenérgico e opióide na fisiopatologia do jogo patológico e de outros transtornos do controle dos impulsos. Estudos de neuroimagem preliminares têm indicado o córtex pré-frontal ventromedial e o estriato ventral como atuantes na fisiopatologia do jogo patológico e de outros transtornos do controle dos impulsos. As contribuições genéticas para o jogo patológico parecem substanciais e os estudos iniciais têm relacionado esse transtorno a polimorfismos alélicos específicos, ainda que os achados de varredura genômica ainda tenham que ser publicados. CONCLUSÃO: Mesmo que tenham sido logrados avanços significativos em nossa compreensão sobre os transtornos do controle dos impulsos, mais pesquisas são necessárias para ampliar o conhecimento existente e traduzir esses achados em avanços clínicos.OBJECTIVE: To review the neurobiological substrates of impulse control disorders. Pathological gambling is a main focus of the review in that most biological studies of the formal impulse control disorders have examined this disorder. METHOD: The medical database Medline from 1966 to present was searched to identify relevant articles that were subsequently reviewed to generate this manuscript. RESULTS: Preclinical studies suggest that differential brain monoamine neuromodulation is associated with impulsive decision-making and risk-taking behaviors. Clinical studies implicate multiple neurotransmitter systems (serotonergic, dopaminergic, adrenergic, and opioidergic in the pathophysiology of pathological gambling and other impulse control disorders. Initial neuroimaging studies have implicated the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and ventral striatum in the pathophysiology of pathological gambling and other impulse control disorders. Genetic contributions to pathological gambling seem substantial and initial studies have implicated specific allelic polymorphisms, although genome-wide analyses have yet to be published. CONCLUSION: Although significant advances have been made in our understanding of the neurobiology of impulse control disorders, more research is needed to extend existing knowledge and translate these findings into clinical advances.

  4. Existence and uniqueness of solutions to impulsive fractional differential equations

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    Boualem Attou Slimani; Mouffak Benchohra

    2009-01-01

    In this article, we establish sufficient conditions for the existence of solutions for a class of initial value problem for impulsive fractional differential equations involving the Caputo fractional derivative.

  5. Pinning impulsive synchronization of complex-variable dynamical network

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    Wu, Zhaoyan; Liu, Danfeng; Ye, Qingling

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, pinning combining with impulsive control scheme is adopted to investigate the synchronization of complex-variable dynamical network. Based on the Lyapunov function method and mathematical analysis technique, sufficient conditions for achieving synchronization is first analytically derived. This result extends the condition derived for real-variable dynamical network to complex-variable network. Further, adaptive strategy is adopted to relax the restrictions on the impulsive intervals and reduce the control cost. Noticeably, the proposed adaptive pinning impulsive control scheme is universal for different dynamical networks to some extent. The impulsive instants are chosen by solving a series of maximum problems subject to the derived conditions. Several numerical simulations are performed to illustrate the effectiveness and correctness of the derived theoretical results.

  6. Relationship between Impulsivity, Social Media Usage and Loneliness

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    Mustafa Savci

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between impulsivity, social media usage, and loneliness and to test the structural hypothetical model developed based on the literature. The study was conducted on 307 (164 female, 143 male university students. Data collection instruments of the study were the Barratt Impulsivity Scale Short Form (BIS-11-SF, Social Media Usage Scale (SMUS, and UCLA Loneliness Scale Short Form (ULS-8. The measurement models of the latent variables were tested initially and it was observed that the scales of the latent variables were efficient enough to be included in the structural equation model. In addition, the suggested hypothetical model was tested. According to the analysis, it was observed that impulsivity directly, positively and significantly predicts social media usage, that social media usage directly, positively and significantly predicts loneliness, and that impulsivity indirectly, positively and significantly predicts loneliness.

  7. Personality and alcohol use: the role of impulsivity.

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    Shin, Sunny Hyucksun; Hong, Hyokyoung Grace; Jeon, Sae-Mi

    2012-01-01

    Research has shown that personality traits associated with impulsivity influence alcohol use during emerging adulthood, yet relatively few studies have examined how distinct facets of impulsivity are associated with alcohol use and abuse. We examine the influence of impulsivity traits on four patterns of alcohol use including frequency of alcohol use, alcohol-related problems, binge drinking, and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in a community sample of young individuals (N=190). In multivariate regression analyses that controlled for peer and parental alcohol use, psychological distress, and developmental correlates (i.e., college, marriage, employment) in emerging adulthood, we found that urgency and sensation seeking were consistently related to all four constructs of alcohol use. The present study suggests that distinct impulsivity traits may play different roles in escalation of alcohol use and development of AUDs during emerging adulthood. PMID:21955874

  8. Self-Control and Impulsiveness Involving Aversive Events

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    Deluty, Marvin Z.

    1978-01-01

    A quantitative model is presented for understanding self-control and impulsiveness involving aversive events. Four experiments were conducted to test the model's adequacy in predicting how delay until punishment and duration of punishment affect choice. (Editor)

  9. Impulse Buying Behaviour of Young Males in an Airport Environment

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    Vänniä, Eeva

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to conclude different areas and factors of impulse buying behaviours at the airport environment. The most important factors and research papers are researched on to find out how the topic has been regarded in the past. Impulse buying behaviour is a topic that has not been researched much on factors such as temporal factors and the effect of different environments. Air travelling is constantly increasing in popularity thus it was an interesting research topic for the a...

  10. MAC protocol design for impulse radio UWB based WPANs:

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    Shi, N; Yang, Y.; Niemegeers, I.G.

    2007-01-01

    Ultra Wide Band (UWB) has recently gained great interest for high data rate short-range WPANs. Designing a MAC protocol for UWB WPANs must take into account the physical layer characteristics. Due to large bandwidth and spreading spectrum, a time hopping impulse radio UWB (IR-UWB) system can accomplish multiple access by using code division multiplexing. Unlike most existing MAC protocols relying on contention access to limit transmissions, the MAC design for impulse radio intends to accommod...

  11. Partial Equalization of Non-Minimum-Phase Impulse Responses

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    Daoud Berkani; Kale Izzet; Krukowski Artur; Maamar Ahfir

    2006-01-01

    We propose a modified version of the standard homomorphic method to design a minimum-phase inverse filter for non-minimum-phase impulse responses equalization. In the proposed approach some of the dominant poles of the filter transfer function are replaced by new ones before carrying out the inverse DFT. This method is useful when partial magnitude equalization is intended. Results for an impulse response measured in the car interior show that by using the modified version we can control the...

  12. Internal ellipsoidal estimates of reachable set of impulsive control systems

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    Matviychuk, Oksana G. [Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 16 S. Kovalevskaya str., Ekaterinburg, 620990, Russia and Ural Federal University, 19 Mira str., Ekaterinburg, 620002 (Russian Federation)

    2014-11-18

    A problem of estimating reachable sets of linear impulsive control system with uncertainty in initial data is considered. The impulsive controls in the dynamical system belong to the intersection of a special cone with a generalized ellipsoid both taken in the space of functions of bounded variation. Assume that an ellipsoidal state constraints are imposed. The algorithms for constructing internal ellipsoidal estimates of reachable sets for such control systems and numerical simulation results are given.

  13. Impulsivity-like traits and smoking behavior in college students

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    Spillane, Nichea S.; Smith, Gregory T.; Kahler, Christopher W.

    2010-01-01

    Recent research has deconstructed the concept of impulsivity by identifying five different traits that influence engagement in impulsive behaviors: positive urgency (tendency to act rashly in response to a positive mood), negative urgency (tendency to act rashly in response to a negative mood), sensation seeking, lack of planning, and lack of perseverance. The traits are only moderately related to each other. The aim of this study was to apply this advance to the study of smoking. We tested a...

  14. A Step towards Distinction between Supervisory Impulsive and Strategic Abuse

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    Khan, Shahid N

    2014-01-01

    In this article, the researcher proposed a theoretical frame work of supervisory impulsive and strategic abuse. Sofor majority of the literature had focused on the supervisory impulsive abuse and its effects on employee’spersonal and/or professional life while the supervisory strategic abuse have enormously been ignored in theliterature. The theoretical frame work offered in this paper will help to identify the boundary line between thesetwo sub-types of abusive supervision. The researcher tr...

  15. Social influences of competition on impulsive choices in domestic chicks

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    Amita, Hidetoshi; Kawamori, Ai; Matsushima, Toshiya

    2009-01-01

    Social factors involved in the control of impulsiveness were examined in domestic chicks. In binary choices between a large/long-delay option (LL) and a small/short-delay alternative (SS), chicks that had been competitively trained in groups of three individuals showed fewer choices of LL than did those trained in isolation (experiment 1), suggesting that competition causes impulsive choice. In experiment 2, in order to identify the critical factor involved, we tested the effects of perceived...

  16. Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) Imaging: a Review

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    Nightingale, Kathy

    2011-01-01

    Acoustic radiation force based elasticity imaging methods are under investigation by many groups. These methods differ from traditional ultrasonic elasticity imaging methods in that they do not require compression of the transducer, and are thus expected to be less operator dependent. Methods have been developed that utilize impulsive (i.e. < 1 ms), harmonic (pulsed), and steady state radiation force excitations. The work discussed herein utilizes impulsive methods, for which two imaging appr...

  17. Impulsive Choice Predicts Poor Working Memory in Male Rats

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    Renda, C. Renee; Stein, Jeffrey S; Madden, Gregory J.

    2014-01-01

    A number of maladaptive behaviors and poor health outcomes (e.g., substance abuse, obesity) correlate with impulsive choice, which describes the tendency to prefer smaller, immediate rewards in lieu of larger, delayed rewards. Working memory deficits are often reported in those diagnosed with the same maladaptive behaviors. Human studies suggest that impulsive choice is associated with working memory ability but, to date, only one study has explored the association between working memory and ...

  18. Interactive effects of drinking history and impulsivity on college drinking

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    Adams, Zachary W.; Milich, Richard; Lynam, Donald R.; Charnigo, Richard J.

    2013-01-01

    The transition from adolescence into emerging adulthood is a critical developmental period for changes in alcohol use and drinking related problems. Prior research has identified a number of distinct developmental alcohol use trajectories, which appear to be differentially related to young adult drinking outcomes. Another correlate of alcohol use in early adulthood is impulsivity. The primary aim of this study was to examine the moderating role of impulsivity in the relation between patterns ...

  19. Cue-Elicited Negative Affect in Impulsive Smokers

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    Doran, Neal; Cook, Jessica; McChargue, Dennis; Myers, Mark; Spring, Bonnie

    2008-01-01

    Impulsivity is associated with cigarette smoking, but the nature of this relationship and the mechanisms that maintain it are relatively unknown. The relationship has often been thought to reflect appetitive processes, but research suggests that an affective pathway exists as well. The present study tested the effect of impulsivity on affective responses to an environmental smoking cue. Adult smokers (N = 62) were exposed to a neutral cue and a smoking cue in separate experimental sessions in...

  20. Impulsive and Compulsive Behaviors in Parkinson’s Disease

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    Zhang, Guoxin; Zhang, Zhentao(School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China); Liu, Ling; Yang, Jiaolong; Huang, Jinsha; Xiong, Nian; Wang, Tao

    2014-01-01

    Background: Impulsive and compulsive behaviors (ICBs) are a heterogeneous group of conditions that may be caused by long-term dopaminergic replacement therapy (DRT) of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The spectrum of ICBs includes dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS), punding, and impulse control disorders (ICDs). Contents: We made a detailed review regarding the epidemiology, pathology, clinical characteristics, risk factors, diagnosis as well as treatment of ICBs. Results: The prevalence of...

  1. Impulsive and Compulsive Behaviors in Parkinson’s Disease

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    Guoxin Zhang; Zhentao Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Background: Impulsive and compulsive behaviors (ICBs) are a heterogeneous group of conditions that may be caused by long-term dopaminergic replacement therapy (DRT) of Parkinson's disease (PD). The spectrum of ICBs includes dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS), punding and impulsive control disorders (ICDs). Contents: We made a detailed review regarding the epidemiology, pathology, clinical characteristics, risk factors, diagnosis as well as treatment of ICBs. Results: The prevalence o...

  2. Gigabit impulse radio UWB signal generation and fiber transmission

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    Rodes Lopez, Roberto; Gibbon, Timothy Braidwood; Yu, Xianbin; Guerrero Gonzalez, Neil; Jensen, Jesper Bevensee; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso

    We demonstrate 3.125 Gb/s photonic impulse radio UWB generation using an uncooled distributed feedback laser. After 50km fiber transmission the signal is recovered without errors using a digital signal processing receiver.......We demonstrate 3.125 Gb/s photonic impulse radio UWB generation using an uncooled distributed feedback laser. After 50km fiber transmission the signal is recovered without errors using a digital signal processing receiver....

  3. Dynamic Systems Driven by Non-Poissonian Impulses

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    Nielsen, Søren R.K.; Iwankiewicz, R.

    1997-01-01

    Dynamic systems under random trains of impulses driven by renewal point processes are studied. Then the system state variables no longer form a Markov vector as it is in the case of Poisson impulses. A general format is given for the replacing an ordinary renewal process by an equivalent Poisson process at the expense of the introduction of auxiliary state variables. A technique is devised for truncating the hierarchy of stochastic equations governing the auxiliary state variables. For the gener...

  4. IMPULSE NOISE REMOVAL FROM MAMMOGRAM IMAGES USING COMBINER APPROACH

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    I. Laurence Aroquiaraj

    2010-01-01

    Median filter is quite effective in recovering the images confounded by salt and pepper noise. It discards outliers (impulses) effectively, but it fails to provide adequate moothing for images corrupted with non-impulse noise. In this paper, two nonlinear techniques for image filtering, namely, New Filter I and New Filter II are proposed based on a nonlinear high-pass filter algorithm. New Filter I is constructed using a median filter, a highpass filter and a combiner. It suppresses uniform n...

  5. Reflection impulsivity in binge drinking: behavioural and volumetric correlates.

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    Banca, Paula; Lange, Iris; Worbe, Yulia; Howell, Nicholas A; Irvine, Michael; Harrison, Neil A; Moutoussis, Michael; Voon, Valerie

    2016-03-01

    The degree to which an individual accumulates evidence prior to making a decision, also known as reflection impulsivity, can be affected in psychiatric disorders. Here, we study decisional impulsivity in binge drinkers, a group at elevated risk for developing alcohol use disorders, comparing two tasks assessing reflection impulsivity and a delay discounting task, hypothesizing impairments in both subtypes of impulsivity. We also assess volumetric correlates of reflection impulsivity focusing on regions previously implicated in functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. Sixty binge drinkers and healthy volunteers were tested using two different information-gathering paradigms: the beads task and the Information Sampling Task (IST). The beads task was analysed using a behavioural approach and a Bayesian model of decision making. Delay discounting was assessed using the Monetary Choice Questionnaire. Regression analyses of primary outcomes were conducted with voxel-based morphometry analyses. Binge drinkers sought less evidence prior to decision in the beads task compared with healthy volunteers in both the behavioural and computational modelling analysis. There were no group differences in the IST or delay discounting task. Greater impulsivity as indexed by lower evidence accumulation in the beads task was associated with smaller dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and inferior parietal volumes. In contrast, greater impulsivity as indexed by lower evidence accumulation in the IST was associated with greater dorsal cingulate and precuneus volumes. Binge drinking is characterized by impaired reflection impulsivity suggesting a deficit in deciding on the basis of future outcomes that are more difficult to represent. These findings emphasize the role of possible therapeutic interventions targeting decision-making deficits. PMID:25678093

  6. A Systematic Review of Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson's Disease

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    Callesen, Mette Buhl; Scheel-Krüger, Jørgen; Kringelbach, Morten L.; Møller, Arne

    2013-01-01

    Throughout the past decade it has been recognized that dopaminergic medication administered to remedy motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease is associated with an enhanced risk for impulse control disorders and related compulsive behaviors such as hobbyism, punding, and the dopamine dysregulation syndrome. These complications are relatively frequent, affecting 6-15.5% of patients, and they most often appear, or worsen, after initiation of dopaminergic therapy or dosage increase. Recently, impulse...

  7. Periodicity-based kurtogram for random impulse resistance

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    Xu, Xiaoqiang; Zhao, Ming; Lin, Jing; Lei, Yaguo

    2015-08-01

    The kurtogram developed from spectral kurtosis has been proven as an efficient tool for extracting the fault impulses in the diagnosis of rolling element bearings and gearboxes. Although the optimal narrowband chosen for demodulation by kurtogram is accurate and effective in experimental environment, this approach is very sensitive to large random impulses that are frequently encountered in industrial applications. The narrowband with maximum kurtosis is always associated with large interferential impulses, rather than the bearing fault. To overcome this limitation, the periodic component to aperiodic component ratio (PAR) is utilized in this article to differentiate the two types of impulses. The novel method named the PAR-based kurtogram focuses on finding the significant frequency band with periodic impulses. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified by simulations, a test rig of locomotive rolling element bearings, and bearing data from the Case Western Reserve University. The results show that the PAR-based kurtogram improves the robustness to interference from aperiodic impulses significantly, which is very useful for bearing faults diagnosis.

  8. Determination of acoustical transfer functions using an impulse method

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    MacPherson, J.

    1985-02-01

    The Transfer Function of a system may be defined as the relationship of the output response to the input of a system. Whilst recent advances in digital processing systems have enabled Impulse Transfer Functions to be determined by computation of the Fast Fourier Transform, there has been little work done in applying these techniques to room acoustics. Acoustical Transfer Functions have been determined for auditoria, using an impulse method. The technique is based on the computation of the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of a non-ideal impulsive source, both at the source and at the receiver point. The Impulse Transfer Function (ITF) is obtained by dividing the FFT at the receiver position by the FFT of the source. This quantity is presented both as linear frequency scale plots and also as synthesized one-third octave band data. The technique enables a considerable quantity of data to be obtained from a small number of impulsive signals recorded in the field, thereby minimizing the time and effort required on site. As the characteristics of the source are taken into account in the calculation, the choice of impulsive source is non-critical. The digital analysis equipment required for the analysis is readily available commercially.

  9. Two clusters of child molesters based on impulsiveness

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    Danilo A., Baltieri; Douglas P., Boer.

    Full Text Available Objective: High impulsiveness is a general problem that affects most criminal offenders and is associated with greater recidivism risk. A cluster analysis of impulsiveness measured by the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale - Version 11 (BIS-11) was performed on a sample of hands-on child molesters. Method [...] s: The sample consisted of 208 child molesters enrolled in two different sectional studies carried out in São Paulo, Brazil. Using three factors from the BIS-11, a k-means cluster analysis was performed using the average silhouette width to determine cluster number. Direct logistic regression was performed to analyze the association of criminological and clinical features with the resulting clusters. Results: Two clusters were delineated. The cluster characterized by higher impulsiveness showed higher scores on the Sexual Screening for Pedophilic Interests (SSPI), Static-99, and Sexual Addiction Screening Test. Conclusions: Given that child molesters are an extremely heterogeneous population, the “number of victims” item of the SSPI should call attention to those offenders with the highest motor, attentional, and non-planning impulsiveness. Our findings could have implications in terms of differences in therapeutic management for these two groups, with the most impulsive cluster benefitting from psychosocial strategies combined with pharmacological interventions.

  10. Two clusters of child molesters based on impulsiveness

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    Danilo A., Baltieri; Douglas P., Boer.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: High impulsiveness is a general problem that affects most criminal offenders and is associated with greater recidivism risk. A cluster analysis of impulsiveness measured by the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale - Version 11 (BIS-11) was performed on a sample of hands-on child molesters. Method [...] s: The sample consisted of 208 child molesters enrolled in two different sectional studies carried out in São Paulo, Brazil. Using three factors from the BIS-11, a k-means cluster analysis was performed using the average silhouette width to determine cluster number. Direct logistic regression was performed to analyze the association of criminological and clinical features with the resulting clusters. Results: Two clusters were delineated. The cluster characterized by higher impulsiveness showed higher scores on the Sexual Screening for Pedophilic Interests (SSPI), Static-99, and Sexual Addiction Screening Test. Conclusions: Given that child molesters are an extremely heterogeneous population, the “number of victims” item of the SSPI should call attention to those offenders with the highest motor, attentional, and non-planning impulsiveness. Our findings could have implications in terms of differences in therapeutic management for these two groups, with the most impulsive cluster benefitting from psychosocial strategies combined with pharmacological interventions.

  11. Two clusters of child molesters based on impulsiveness

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    Danilo A. Baltieri

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective:High impulsiveness is a general problem that affects most criminal offenders and is associated with greater recidivism risk. A cluster analysis of impulsiveness measured by the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale - Version 11 (BIS-11 was performed on a sample of hands-on child molesters.Methods:The sample consisted of 208 child molesters enrolled in two different sectional studies carried out in São Paulo, Brazil. Using three factors from the BIS-11, a k-means cluster analysis was performed using the average silhouette width to determine cluster number. Direct logistic regression was performed to analyze the association of criminological and clinical features with the resulting clusters.Results:Two clusters were delineated. The cluster characterized by higher impulsiveness showed higher scores on the Sexual Screening for Pedophilic Interests (SSPI, Static-99, and Sexual Addiction Screening Test.Conclusions:Given that child molesters are an extremely heterogeneous population, the “number of victims” item of the SSPI should call attention to those offenders with the highest motor, attentional, and non-planning impulsiveness. Our findings could have implications in terms of differences in therapeutic management for these two groups, with the most impulsive cluster benefitting from psychosocial strategies combined with pharmacological interventions.

  12. Impulse pressuring diffusion bonding of titanium alloy to stainless steel

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    Impulse pressuring diffusion bonding between a titanium alloy TA17 and an austenitic stainless steel 0Cr18Ni9Ti has been carried out in vacuum. Relationships between the bonding parameters and the tensile strength of the joints were investigated, and the optimum bond parameters were obtained: bonding temperature T = 825 deg. C, maximum impulse pressure Pmax = 50 MPa, minimum impulse pressure Pmin = 8 MPa, number of impulses N = 30, impulse frequency f = 0.5 Hz. The maximum tensile strength of the joint was 321 MPa and the effective bonding time was only 180 s. The reaction products and the interface structure of the joints were investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The study revealed the existence of FeTi, Fe2Ti, ? phase and ?-Ti in the reaction zone. Brittle Fe-Ti intermetallic phases lower the strength and ductility of the impulse pressuring diffusion bonded couples significantly. This technique provides a reliable and efficient bonding method of titanium alloy and stainless steel

  13. Acoustic radiation force impulse of the liver

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    Mirko D’Onofrio

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI imaging is a new and promising ultrasound-based diagnostic technique that, evaluating the wave propagation speed, allows the assessment of the tissue stiffness. ARFI is implemented in the ultrasound scanner. By short-duration acoustic radiation forces (less than 1 ms, localized displacements are generated in a selected region of interest not requiring any external compression so reducing the operator dependency. The generated wave scan provides qualitative or quantitative (wave velocity values responses. Several non-invasive methods for assessing the staging of fibrosis are used, in order to avoid liver biopsy. Liver function tests and transient elastography are non-invasive, sensitive and accurate tools for the assessment of liver fibrosis and for the discrimination between cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic liver. Many published studies analyse ARFI performance and feasibility in studying diffuse liver diseases and compare them to other diagnostic imaging modalities such as conventional ultrasonography and transient elastography. Solid focal liver lesions, both benign and malignant, are common findings during abdominal examinations. The accurate characterization and differential diagnosis are important aims of all the imaging modalities available today. Only few papers describe the application of ARFI technology in the study of solid focal liver lesions, with different results. In the present study, the existing literature, to the best of our knowledge, about ARFI application on diffuse and focal liver pathology has been evaluated and results and statistical analyses have been compared, bringing to the conclusion that ARFI can be used in the study of the liver with similar accuracy as transient elastography in diagnosing significant fibrosis or cirrhosis and has got some advantages in respect to transient elastography since it does not require separate equipment, better displays anatomical structures and measurements can be successfully carried out almost in every patient.

  14. Occurrence statistics of magnetic impulsive events

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    T. Moretto

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we perform a statistical investigation of magnetic impulse events identified in the Greenland magnetometer stations through the years 1995–2001. We focus on occurrence statistics that can be determined reliably with an automatic event identification procedure. Durin the first two years we observed almost 40% more events than in the following years. Season is not a significant factor in event occurrence. Event occurrence peaks near 12:00 UT, corresponding to approximately 10:00 magnetic local time (MLT at the west coast of Greenland. More events occur prior to local noon than after. Event days are not distributed evenly. Large amplitude events, particularly, tend to appear on consecutive days. Events are observed at lower latitudes at earlier local times in a way consistent with the projection of the outer magnetospheric boundary into the ionosphere. Event latitude depends on dipole tilt angle in a manner similar to that reported for the cusp. Events occur during intervals of enhanced Kp. The main reason for this is that the events themselves contribute to the Kp index. Events exhibit a preference for high solar wind velocity. In particular, the large amplitude events occur during high-speed streams. A slight preference for lower density and more radial interplanetary magnetic fields, as compared to the nominal solar wind distribution, is also observed. However, both the nominal solar wind and event distribution exhibit large differences from year to year, indicating that events occur under a broad range of conditions.

    Key words. Ionosphere (ionospheric disturbances Magnetospheric physics (magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions; solar wind-magnetosphere interactions

  15. Impulsivity and compulsive buying are associated in a non-clinical sample: an evidence for the compulsivity-impulsivity continuum?

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    de Paula, Jonas J.; Danielle S. Costa; Flavianne Oliveira; Joana O. Alves; Lídia R. Passos; Malloy-Diniz, Leandro F.

    2015-01-01

    Objective:Compulsive buying is controversial in clinical psychiatry. Although it is defined as an obsessive-compulsive disorder, other personality aspects besides compulsivity are related to compulsive buying. Recent studies suggest that compulsivity and impulsivity might represent a continuum, with several psychiatric disorders lying between these two extremes. In this sense, and following the perspective of dimensional psychiatry, symptoms of impulsivity and compulsivity should correlate ev...

  16. Impulsivity and Reasons for Living Among African American Youth: A Risk-Protection Framework of Suicidal Ideation

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    Temilola K. Salami

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to explore the impact of specific facets of impulsivity as measured by the UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale (UPPS, as well as reasons for living in predicting suicidal ideation among African American college-aged students. The incremental validity of each facet of the UPPS interacting with reasons for living, a construct meant to buffer against risk for suicide, was explored in a sample of African American students (N = 130; ages 18–24. Results revealed significant interactions between reasons for living and two factors of impulsivity, (lack of premeditation and sensation seeking. Higher levels of sensation seeking and lack of premeditation in conjunction with lower reasons for living was associated with increased suicidal ideation. Neither urgency nor (lack of perseverance significantly interacted with reasons for living in association with suicidal ideation. These results suggest including elements of impulsivity, specifically sensation seeking and (lack of premeditation, when screening for suicidal ideation among African American youth. Future investigations should continue to integrate factors of both risk and protection when determining risk for suicide.

  17. Impulsivity and compulsive buying are associated in a non-clinical sample: an evidence for the compulsivity-impulsivity continuum?

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    Jonas J. de Paula

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:Compulsive buying is controversial in clinical psychiatry. Although it is defined as an obsessive-compulsive disorder, other personality aspects besides compulsivity are related to compulsive buying. Recent studies suggest that compulsivity and impulsivity might represent a continuum, with several psychiatric disorders lying between these two extremes. In this sense, and following the perspective of dimensional psychiatry, symptoms of impulsivity and compulsivity should correlate even in a non-clinical sample. The present study aims to investigate whether these two traits are associated in a healthy adult sample.Methods:We evaluated 100 adults, with no self-reported psychiatric disorders, using the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11 and two scales of compulsive buying.Results:Using multiple linear regressions, we found that impulsivity accounted for about 15% of variance in the compulsive-buying measure.Conclusions:Our results suggest that an association between impulsivity and compulsive buying occurs even in non-clinical samples, evidence that compulsivity and impulsivity might form a continuum and that compulsive buying might be an intermediate condition between these two personality traits.

  18. Impulsivity and Emotional Factors in Obesity: A Preliminary Study

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    Fatma Özlem Orhan

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of obesity with impulsivity and emotional factors. Met­hods: Forty-eight obese participants included in the study were compared with 48 normal-weight controls. The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I, Eating Attitudes Test (EAT, Beck Depression Scale (BDS, and the Barrat Impulsiveness Scale-11 (BIS-11 were administered to all participants. Re­sults: Forty-eight obese participants were split into two groups: with regard to presence of binge eating disorder - binge eating group (22 subjects - 19 females and 3 males and non-binge eating group (26 subjects - 25 females and 1 males. No difference was detected between the groups in terms of impulsivity scores (p>0.05. Twenty-five of the 48 subjects with obesity were diagnosed with depressive disorder according to the DSM-IV criteria. Eight of the 48 control subjects had depressive disorder. Eating Attitudes Test and Beck Depression Scale scores were statistically significantly higher in the obese group than in the control group (p<0.05. We also compared the impulsivity scores between the depression and non-depression groups where impulsivity scores were found to be significantly higher in the depression group than in the non-depression group (p<0.05. Similarly, in the obese group, impulsivity scores of subjects with more elevated depression scores were significantly higher than those with lower depression scores (p<0.05. Conc­lu­si­on: The foremost finding of this study was determination of a stronger relationship between obesity and emotional traits than the relationship between obesity and impulsivity traits. In the current study, we also observed high impulsivity scores in the depression group. This result was associated more with the relationship between depression and impulsivity than with the relationship between obesity and impulsivity. Further studies with larger samples are required. (Arc­hi­ves of Neu­ropsy­chi­atry 2012; 49: 14-9

  19. Neural circuitry of impulsivity in a cigarette craving paradigm

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    StephanePotvin

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    Full Text Available Impulsivity has been shown to play a pivotal role in the onset, pattern of consumption, relapse and, most notably, craving of illicit and licit drugs such as cigarette smoking. The goal of this study was to examine the neurobiological influence of trait impulsivity during cue-induced cigarette craving. Thirty-one chronic smokers passively viewed appetitive smoking-related and neutral images while being scanned and reported their feelings of craving. They completed the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale, a measure of trait impulsivity. We conducted functional connectivity analyses using the psycho-physiological interaction method. During the processing of smoking stimuli, participants presented increased activations in the cingulate and prefrontal cortices, as well as in the limbic system. We observed a significant positive relationship between impulsivity scores and reported craving. A negative correlation was observed between the impulsivity score and activity in the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC. The insula, dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC as well as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC presented a negative connectivity with the PCC. Consistent with the view that the PCC is related to the ability to resist cigarette craving, our results suggest that high impulsive smokers have greater difficulty in controlling their cravings, and that this weakness may be mediated by lower PCC activity. Moreover, we argue that the less PCC activity, the greater the probability of a stronger emotional, physiological and biased attentional response to smoking cues mediated by insula, dACC and DLPFC activity. This is the first study on this topic, and so, results will need to be replicated in both licit and illicit drug abusers. Our findings also highlight a need for more emphasis on the PCC in drug addiction research, as it is one of the most consistently activated regions in fMRI studies examining the neural correlates of cue-induced alcohol, drug and tobacco cravings.

  20. [Heredity and role of serotonin in aggressive impulsive behavior].

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    Staner, L; Mendlewicz, J

    1998-01-01

    The idea that heredity could influence behaviour, including personality is very old. Until the early 1980s, the evidence for genetic influences on personality derived almost exclusively from twin studies. More recently, studies comparing twins raised together with those raised in different environment confirmed that about 40% of the observed personality variance can be attributable to genetic factors. Since complex behaviours, such as those underlying personality functioning, are likely to be influenced by many genes, a continuum of genetic risk underlying behavioural dimensions that extend from normal to abnormal behaviour has been hypothesized. Behaviours related to aggressive impulses regulation could delineate a biologically anchored model of dispositions to both normal and pathological functioning: these behaviours are identified in animal species where they are genetically transmitted, and a growing body of evidence suggests that disturbances in the regulation of aggressive impulses could belong to a behavioural dimension (disturbances of impulse control) linked to serotonin. Theorists involved in modelling personality according to psychobiologic basis agree with the idea of an inhibitory function of serotonin on impulsive behaviour and recognise that the way individuals control their impulses could underlie a basic psychobiological personality dimension. According to genotypes and to environmental factors, these serotonin mediated behaviours may be diversely expressed varying from minor personality peculiarities (characterised by impulsivity, hostility, irritability, psychopathic deviance, excessive violence or by more clear-cut personality dysfunctioning such as antisocial, borderline, narcissistic and histrionic personality traits or disorders) to major psychiatric disturbances (suicidal behaviour, overt aggressive behaviour, intermittent explosive disorder, pathological gambling, pyromania, bulimia and some type of substance or alcohol abuse). Finally, recent molecular genetic studies have demonstrated that genes encoding some key proteins involved in serotonin transmission could present some polymorphism in relation with impulsive-aggressive behaviours. PMID:9809241

  1. Impulse Volt-Time Characteristics of Oil and OIP Insulation

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    S. Venkatesan

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Estimation of insulation strength of transformer oil and Oil Impregnated Paper (OIP insulation, which constitutes major portion of insulation in power transformer, is an important task. Also, it is often necessary to evaluate the breakdown strength of oil and OIP under non-standard impulse voltages, since the oil and OIP insulation is subjected to non-standard waveshapes between inter-disc and inter-turn insulation. This necessitates for a generalized model to estimate the insulation strength of it. In this study impulse strength of transformer oil and OIP insulation have been extensively analysed for very small electrode gap distances ranging from 0.1 to 2.5 mm, which represents the inter-turn and inter-disc thickness of the insulation. The statistical mean volt-time characteristics for uniform and highly non-uniform electrode configurations are obtained experimentally for few gap distances. A Hyperbolic model is developed based on the Disruptive Effect (DE model parameters, namely onset voltage (Uo and Critical Disruptive Effect Area (DE * to predict the volt-time characteristics. The DE parameters are also utilised to predict the impulse breakdown characteristics of oil and OIP under non-standard impulse voltages of standard and unidirectional oscillatory impulse waveshapes for all the gap distances and the errors are found to be less than 10%.

  2. Prediction of BMI by impulsivity, eating behavior and activity level

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    Jiang Xiaxia

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Discuss the relationship between the impulsivity, eating behavior and activity level and the body mass index (BMI. Method: Test 147 female college students with the impulsivity questionnaire (BIS-11 and BIS/BAS, Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (DBEQ, Sitting Time Scale (STS and Exercising Time Scale (ETS. Results: (1 The correlation analysis indicates that BMI and impulsivity (r = 0.43 and 0.52 have a significant positive correlation with the sitting time (r = 0.61 and a significant negative correlation with the activity level (r= ?0.49. (2 The path analysis indicates that the reward sensitivity directly affects BMI and indirectly affects BMI through the activity level as well; the eating behavior has an insignificantly direct impact on BMI, because its impact is generated by the intermediary role of induced diet. Conclusion: (1 The impulsivity, eating behavior and activity level are closely related to BMI; (2 the activity level, sitting time and induced diet play an intermediary role between the impulsivity and BMI.

  3. Characteristic Risk Factors Associated with Planned versus Impulsive Suicide Attempters

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    Kim, Jaeha; Lee, Kang-Sook; Kim, Dai Jin; Hong, Seung-Chul; Choi, Kyoung Ho; Oh, Youngmin; Wang, Sheng-Min; Lee, Hae-Kook; Kweon, Yong-Sil; Lee, Chung Tai; Lee, Kyoung-Uk

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    Objective The present study aimed to investigate predictors for planned suicide attempters. Methods This study included 1,003 patients who attempted suicide and visited emergency department. They were divided into two groups, planned suicide attempters (SAs; n=133 [13.3%]) and impulsive SAs (n=870, [86.7%]), and the demographic variables, clinical characteristics, factors related to suicide, and psychiatric resources of the groups were compared. Results Major depressive disorder and substance use disorders were more common among planned SAs than among impulsive SAs. Additionally, the planned SAs were older, more likely to be divorced, separated or widowed, and more likely to have comorbid medical illnesses, severe depression, higher suicidality, and self-blaming tendencies than the impulsive SAs. Financial problems and physical illnesses were more common in planned SAs but interpersonal conflicts were more frequent in impulsive SAs. Planned SAs had fewer previous suicide attempts but these were more serious suicide attempts. The presence of the hope to die, a written will, and suicidal ideation of a repetitive, intense, and continuous nature were predictive of planned SAs. Conclusion The present findings demonstrated that planned SAs had more severe psychopathology and medical illnesses than impulsive SAs. Therefore, screening for depression, substance use disorders, and suicidal plans among old and medically ill patients may be important for preventing suicide attempts. PMID:26598591

  4. Modulating presence and impulsiveness by external stimulation of the brain

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    Baumgartner Thomas

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background "The feeling of being there" is one possible way to describe the phenomenon of feeling present in a virtual environment and to act as if this environment is real. One brain area, which is hypothesized to be critically involved in modulating this feeling (also called presence is the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC, an area also associated with the control of impulsive behavior. Methods In our experiment we applied transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS to the right dlPFC in order to modulate the experience of presence while watching a virtual roller coaster ride. During the ride we also registered electro-dermal activity. Subjects also performed a test measuring impulsiveness and answered a questionnaire about their presence feeling while they were exposed to the virtual roller coaster scenario. Results Application of cathodal tDCS to the right dlPFC while subjects were exposed to a virtual roller coaster scenario modulates the electrodermal response to the virtual reality stimulus. In addition, measures reflecting impulsiveness were also modulated by application of cathodal tDCS to the right dlPFC. Conclusion Modulating the activation with the right dlPFC results in substantial changes in responses of the vegetative nervous system and changed impulsiveness. The effects can be explained by theories discussing the top-down influence of the right dlPFC on the "impulsive system".

  5. Solar flare impulsive phase emission observed with SDO/EVE

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    Kennedy, Michael B.; Milligan, Ryan O.; Mathioudakis, Mihalis; Keenan, Francis P., E-mail: mkennedy29@qub.ac.uk [Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen' s University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom)

    2013-12-10

    Differential emission measures (DEMs) during the impulsive phase of solar flares were constructed using observations from the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) and the Markov-Chain Monte Carlo method. Emission lines from ions formed over the temperature range log T{sub e} = 5.8-7.2 allow the evolution of the DEM to be studied over a wide temperature range at 10 s cadence. The technique was applied to several M- and X-class flares, where impulsive phase EUV emission is observable in the disk-integrated EVE spectra from emission lines formed up to 3-4 MK and we use spatially unresolved EVE observations to infer the thermal structure of the emitting region. For the nine events studied, the DEMs exhibited a two-component distribution during the impulsive phase, a low-temperature component with peak temperature of 1-2 MK, and a broad high-temperature component from 7 to 30 MK. A bimodal high-temperature component is also found for several events, with peaks at 8 and 25 MK during the impulsive phase. The origin of the emission was verified using Atmospheric Imaging Assembly images to be the flare ribbons and footpoints, indicating that the constructed DEMs represent the spatially average thermal structure of the chromospheric flare emission during the impulsive phase.

  6. Solar flare impulsive phase emission observed with SDO/EVE

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    Differential emission measures (DEMs) during the impulsive phase of solar flares were constructed using observations from the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) and the Markov-Chain Monte Carlo method. Emission lines from ions formed over the temperature range log Te = 5.8-7.2 allow the evolution of the DEM to be studied over a wide temperature range at 10 s cadence. The technique was applied to several M- and X-class flares, where impulsive phase EUV emission is observable in the disk-integrated EVE spectra from emission lines formed up to 3-4 MK and we use spatially unresolved EVE observations to infer the thermal structure of the emitting region. For the nine events studied, the DEMs exhibited a two-component distribution during the impulsive phase, a low-temperature component with peak temperature of 1-2 MK, and a broad high-temperature component from 7 to 30 MK. A bimodal high-temperature component is also found for several events, with peaks at 8 and 25 MK during the impulsive phase. The origin of the emission was verified using Atmospheric Imaging Assembly images to be the flare ribbons and footpoints, indicating that the constructed DEMs represent the spatially average thermal structure of the chromospheric flare emission during the impulsive phase.

  7. Solar Flare Impulsive Phase Emission Observed with SDO/EVE

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    Kennedy, Michael B.; Milligan, Ryan O.; Mathioudakis, Mihalis; Keenan, Francis P.

    2013-12-01

    Differential emission measures (DEMs) during the impulsive phase of solar flares were constructed using observations from the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) and the Markov-Chain Monte Carlo method. Emission lines from ions formed over the temperature range log Te = 5.8-7.2 allow the evolution of the DEM to be studied over a wide temperature range at 10 s cadence. The technique was applied to several M- and X-class flares, where impulsive phase EUV emission is observable in the disk-integrated EVE spectra from emission lines formed up to 3-4 MK and we use spatially unresolved EVE observations to infer the thermal structure of the emitting region. For the nine events studied, the DEMs exhibited a two-component distribution during the impulsive phase, a low-temperature component with peak temperature of 1-2 MK, and a broad high-temperature component from 7 to 30 MK. A bimodal high-temperature component is also found for several events, with peaks at 8 and 25 MK during the impulsive phase. The origin of the emission was verified using Atmospheric Imaging Assembly images to be the flare ribbons and footpoints, indicating that the constructed DEMs represent the spatially average thermal structure of the chromospheric flare emission during the impulsive phase.

  8. The Impact of Visual Merchandising on Consumer Impulse Buying Behavior

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    Khurram L. Bhatti

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In present Post-Modern Era, the competitive situation in the business is characterized by a cut throat competition, which subsequently results in companies and retailers to pay almost anything for undifferentiated merchandising. This merchandising tool is being used by today’s retailer to distinguish him from other competitors, to be prominent in the market and become a source of attraction for the customers. A few researchers contribute in this field by exploring the reasons which causes the customers impulsive buying, but still there is more to be determined. Purpose of this study is to identify the relation between the consumer impulsive buying and visual merchandising on buying behavior of customers. This study was based on primary data in the form of a questioner. A total of 350 questioners were floated in different consumer outlets (super marts and self-service stores of Rawalpindi, Pakistan out of which 344 questioners were completed and received. Defined four hypotheses were window display, forum display, floor merchandising and shop brand name. These hypotheses were tested for regression analysis by using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS software. It was found that window display, forum display, floor merchandising and shop brand name (independent variables are significantly associated to consumer impulse buying behavior (dependent variable. Hence, forum display is negatively related to consumer impulse buying and window display; however, floor merchandising and shop brand name are positively related to consumer impulse buying behavior.

  9. Impulsive control of single-mode laser chaotic system

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    Xu, Honglei

    2005-01-01

    In nonlinear optics, single mode laser is a typical example occurring self-organization phenomenon of bistability, oscillation and chaos. Stability analysis and stabilization problem in nonlinear optical systems are problems of great interest. With the development of control theory, impulsive control becomes more and more attractive. Impulsive control can describe some control process which can be used to control the population of a kind of insects by leaving its natural enemies at some proper instant and control the process of reaction by adding chemicals which instantaneously change state variables in a chemical reactor and so on. This paper studies the stabilization problem of single mode laser chaotic system via impulsive control. By using the method of Lyapunov functions, we derive some sufficient conditions for impulsive stabilization. These results are then applied to the single mode laser chaotic system. It is shown that by employing impulsive control method, all the solutions of this kind of chaotic system will converge to an equilibrium point. Finally, some numerical simulation is given to illustrate the efficiency of the obtained results.

  10. Detection and Estimation of Arrivals in Room Impulse Responses by Greedy Sparse Approximation

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    Sturm, Bob L.; Defrance, Guillaume

    We investigate the use of greedy sparse approximation for facilitating the time-domain analysis of room impulse responses (RIRs), specifically locating the times and amplitudes of arrivals to not long after the upper bound of the ``mixing time,'' i.e., the time after which there exists in theory ...... the performance of each estimator using dynamic time warping to optimally pair estimated and true arrivals. We find OMP significantly outperforms MP in estimating both the arrival times and amplitudes, and having fewer erroneous and duplicated arrivals....

  11. IMPULSES FOR THE POLICY OF EDUCATION TOWARDS THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY

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    Antalová Mária

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Shaping the knowledge society has become a priority for all the educational policies in member countries of the European Union. Within it, it is a specific quality of life based on people's ability to create value intangible nature, which may take the form of ideas, inventions or solutions of socio-economic character. A knowledge worker becomes the core workforce of the company. This worker works in a team, cooperates with individual members as well as with the group, develops ideas and actively shares knowledge. The way he works considerably varies as well as tools he uses at work. Our purpose is to identify the future competency model for new qualified workforce, which could be applicable for the educational policy, concretely for innovation of the educational and job standards In this paper we apply the theoretical analysis aimed at identifying the knowledge worker specifying the set of professional competencies in frame of 4 partial models, which are: personal competence, individual competence, social competence and societal competence. Through primary analysis we obtained information about preferences of his abilities, needed for changes in the educational system. The aim of this paper is to identify the basic characteristics of the knowledge worker and propose the competency model focusing on the personal, individual, social, and societal competence with its verification and proposal for improving the education standard. The result or our paper present suggest of the competency model of the knowledge worker, which would allow his definition on macro and micro level as well as identification new impulses for the educational policy. Fulfilment of the objective relates to the demanding requirements for qualified workforce in the knowledge society, from which is expected to more specialized knowledge, skills and work habits that would facilitate and promote mobility on the national and international level.

  12. Four factors of impulsivity differentiate antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

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    DeShong, Hilary L; Kurtz, John E

    2013-04-01

    Impulsivity is a shared criterion for the diagnosis of antisocial and borderline personality disorders, and this link may account for the high comorbidity rates between the two disorders. The current study aimed to differentiate between borderline and antisocial personality disorders using the four factors of impulsivity identified by Whiteside and Lynam (2001). Five hundred thirty-six undergraduate participants completed the personality assessment inventory (PAI; Morey, 1991) to assess borderline and antisocial personality features and the NEO personality inventory, third edition (NEO-PI-3; McCrae & Costa, 2010) to assess the four factors of impulsivity. Results indicate that negative urgency and lack of perseverance were significantly and uniquely related to borderline features, while sensation seeking and lack of premeditation were significantly and uniquely related to antisocial features. The implications of these results for improved differential diagnosis are discussed. PMID:23514180

  13. Dynamic Behaviour of Tension Leg Platform under Impulsive Loading

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    N. A. Siddiqui

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available In the literature on dynamics of tension leg platforms (TLPs, the effect offrequently occurring environmental forces, such as those arising due to wave, wind, current, tide, etc. has given the due consideration. However, less probable forces, such as that arising due to collision ofship with iceberg or any huge sea creature, etc., have not been considered in the study. Such small duration impact forces, usually termed as impulsive forces, may take four possible shapes: (i rectangular, (ii sinusoidal, (iii triangular, and (iv half-triangular. In the present study, response ofTLP has been obtained for all these four shaped impulsive forces. The result ofthe analyses shows that there is a dramatic change in surge, heave, and yaw responses of TLP due to such forces. In addition, a comparative study to find the most influencing impulsive force out of these four has also been conducted.

  14. Research of Two Different Impulsive Faults of Rolling Element Bearing

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    Fans and pumps are key machines in process industries such as petrochemical and petroleum industries. Their faults can be catastrophic and result in costly downtime. Bearing fault is almost the most common fault of fans and pumps as rolling element bearings are widely used in these machines. Hence, condition monitoring and diagnosis of bearings are important. Two different impulsive faults of bearings have been observed and studied in previous research. The first fault presents very clear impulsive symptom in envelope spectrum, but the bearing can work for a long time. The other fault shows relatively indistinct symptom, but the bearing will break down in a short time. To overcome the problems of inaccurate diagnosis, a combinational approach based on an impulsive energy indicator and traditional enveloping analysis is proposed in this paper. This approach discriminate these two faults well and can support the maintenance decision for the machines with rolling element bearings.

  15. IMPULSE NOISE REMOVAL FROM MEDICAL IMAGES USING FUZZY GENETIC ALGORITHM

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    Anisha K K

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Medical images are analyzed for diagnosis of various diseases. But, they are susceptible to impulse noise. Noise removal can be done much more efficiently by a combination of image filters or a composite filter, than by a single image filter. Determining the appropriate filter combination is a difficult task. In this paper, we propose a technique that uses Fuzzy Genetic Algorithm to find the optimal composite filters for removing all types of impulse noise from medical images. Here, a Fuzzy Rule Base is used to adaptively change the crossover probability of the Genetic Algorithm used to determine the optimal composite filters.The results of simulations performed on a set of standard test images for a wide range of noise corruption levels shows that the proposed method outperforms standard procedures for impulse noise removal both visually and in terms of performance measures such as PSNR, IQI and Tenengrad values.

  16. Impulse Noise Removal from Medical Images Using Fuzzy Genetic Algorithm

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    Anisha K K

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Medical images are analyzed for diagnosis of various diseases. But, they are susceptible to impulse noise. Noise removal can be done much more efficiently by a combination of image filters or a composite filter,than by a single image filter. Determining the appropriate filter combination is a difficult task. In this paper, we propose a technique that uses Fuzzy Genetic Algorithm to find the optimal composite filters for removing all types of impulse noise from medical images. Here, a Fuzzy Rule Base is used to adaptively change the crossover probability of the Genetic Algorithm used to determine the optimal composite filters.The results of simulations performed on a set of standard test images for a wide range of noise corruption levels shows that the proposed method outperforms standard procedures for impulse noise removal bothvisually and in terms of performance measures such as PSNR, IQI and Tenengrad values.

  17. Changes in metal properties after thermal and electric impulse processing

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    Shaburova, N. A.

    2015-04-01

    The results of the experiments on processing metal melts by powerful electromagnetic impulses are given. The generator used in the experiments has the following characteristics: pulse height - 10KV, duration - 1ns, leading edge - 0.1ns, repetition rate - 1KHz, the output - 100KWt. The duration of the processing is 10-15min. The comparative analysis of the processed and unprocessed samples results in the changes of structure, increase of density, solidity, plasticity and resilience of cast metal. The result analysis of different external physical processing methods on alloys shows full agreement with the results of the ultrasonic processing of metals. The hypothesis of ultrasonic shock wave formation at the pulse front was adopted as the main mechanism of the electromagnetic impulse impact on alloys. The theoretical part of the research describes the transformation process of electromagnetic impulses into acoustic ones.

  18. Impulse-excited pulsations during the July 29, 1977 event

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    The propagation of a geomagnetic sudden impulse (si) and the magnetic field pulsations excited by it in the magnetosphere is traced from the bow shock in the solar wind, through the magnetosphere, to the ground. Within the magnetosphere the impulse appears as a compressive magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) impulse that travels rapidly (approx.1500 km/s) tailward. A resonant oscillation observed both in space and on the ground is excited near geostationary orbit. The effect of the si is enhanced by a factor of at least 5 on the ground near the geomagnetic equator. We suggest that discontinuities in the solar wind may be a more important source of exciting dayside pulsations than has been commonly assumed

  19. Deconvolution of impulse response by the truncated singular value decomposition

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    Cha, Hao; Dai, Mingzhen

    1992-12-01

    The impulse response of the target plays a very important part in the target identification. However, the impulse response of an electromagnetic system can be obtained through solving the convolution problem. In this paper, the ill-posed problem is solved directly in the time domain by the truncated singular value decomposition (TSVD) method. The less singular values which cause the problem to be ill-posed are discarded, so that the deconvolution problem is changed into a well-posed problem. The impulse response of a sphere is used to make simulations. The results show that the TSVD algorithm can improve the result of the deconvolution by about 10 dB (SNR) compared with the conventional conjugated gradient method.

  20. Application of E^p-Stability to Impulsive Financial Model

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    Sam Olatunji Ale

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we consider an impulsive stochastic model for an investment with production and saving profiles. The conditions for financial growth for the investment are investigated under impulsive action and results are obtained using the quantitative and Ep stability methods. The impulsive stochastic differential equation considered is assumed to be driven by a process with jump and non-linear gestation properties. One of the results established shows that, in the long run, it is impossible for a financial investment to grow or dominates the prescribed average financial investment but has a threshold value for which the investment cannot grow beyond. It is also established that an $E^{p}-$ stable investment vector can be found which allows financial growth but this vector must be constrained to be in a given invariant set:It is advisable for the saving and depreciation to satisfy certain growth rates for proper income and investment growths.

  1. Can an "impulse response" really be defined for a photoreceiver?

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    Fraile-Pelaez, F Javier

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we examine the validity of the concept of impulse response employed to characterize the time response and the signal-to-noise ratio of p-i-n and similar photodetecting devices. We analyze critically the way in which the formalism of analog linear systems has been extrapolated, by employing results from macroscopic electromagnetic theory such as the Shockley--Ramo theorem or any equivalent approach, to the extreme case of a single-photon detection. We argue that the concept of "response to an optical impulse" is ill-defined in the customary terms it is envisioned in the literature, this is, as an output current pulse having a certain predictable, calculated temporal shape, in response to the detection of an optical "Dirac delta" impulse, conceived in turn as the absorption of a single photon.

  2. An approach to remove impulse noise from a corrupted image

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    In this paper, we propose an efficient approach for detecting the impulse noise from corrupted images. This method is based on the principle that the feature of the digital image is usually local correlation and the feature of the impulse noise is usually located near one of the two ends of the image’s maximum and minimum gray values. After the noisy pixel has been detected by the proposed detector, a modified version of the mean filter is proposed to remove the detected impulse noise. Experimental results show that the implementation of the proposed method is simple, and it has better performance than comparison filters with regard to effective noise suppression and preservation of detail, especially when the noise ratio is very high. (paper)

  3. [Age-related factors of psychopathology of impulse control disorders].

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    Shiurkute, A

    1999-01-01

    15 children and adolescents with impulse control disorders (mean age 12.9 years) were examined. These disorders were presented as dromomania, kleptomania, aggressive-sadistic actions, tricholillomania, pyromania; a combination of different types was observed in some cases. Schizophrenia was diagnosed in 7 cases, affective disorders--in 8 patients. Independently of the nosologic unity of the disease, development of the impulse control disorders took place in affective disorders which manifested either by monopolar course (depression) (11 cases), or by bypolar attacks with unclear outlines of the phases (4 patients). Psychopathology of impulse control disorders in children and juveniles was analogous to that of the adults, however, their structure wasn't so complex and development of the phases wasn't so clear. PMID:11530454

  4. Transthoracic Cardiac Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging

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    Bradway, David Pierson

    This dissertation investigates the feasibility of a real-time transthoracic Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) imaging system to measure myocardial function non-invasively in clinical setting. Heart failure is an important cardiovascular disease and contributes to the leading cause of death for developed countries. Patients exhibiting heart failure with a low left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) can often be identified by clinicians, but patients with preserved LVEF might be undetected if they do not exhibit other signs and symptoms of heart failure. These cases motivate development of transthoracic ARFI imaging to aid the early diagnosis of the structural and functional heart abnormalities leading to heart failure. M-Mode ARFI imaging utilizes ultrasonic radiation force to displace tissue several micrometers in the direction of wave propagation. Conventional ultrasound tracks the response of the tissue to the force. This measurement is repeated rapidly at a location through the cardiac cycle, measuring timing and relative changes in myocardial stiffness. ARFI imaging was previously shown capable of measuring myocardial properties and function via invasive open-chest and intracardiac approaches. The prototype imaging system described in this dissertation is capable of rapid acquisition, processing, and display of ARFI images and shear wave elasticity imaging (SWEI) movies. Also presented is a rigorous safety analysis, including finite element method (FEM) simulations of tissue heating, hydrophone intensity and mechanical index (MI) measurements, and thermocouple transducer face heating measurements. For the pulse sequences used in later animal and clinical studies, results from the safety analysis indicates that transthoracic ARFI imaging can be safely applied at rates and levels realizable on the prototype ARFI imaging system. Preliminary data are presented from in vivo trials studying changes in myocardial stiffness occurring under normal and abnormal heart function. Presented is the first use of transthoracic ARFI imaging in a serial study of heart failure in a porcine model. Results demonstrate the ability of transthoracic ARFI to image cyclically-varying stiffness changes in healthy and infarcted myocardium under good B-mode imaging conditions at depths in the range of 3-5 cm. Challenging imaging scenarios such as deep regions of interest, vigorous lateral motion and stable, reverberant clutter are analyzed and discussed. Results are then presented from the first study of clinical feasibility of transthoracic cardiac ARFI imaging. At the Duke University Medical Center, healthy volunteers and patients having magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed apical infarcts were enrolled for the study. The number of patients who met the inclusion criteria in this preliminary clinical trial was low, but results showed that the limitations seen in animal studies were not overcome by allowing transmit power levels to exceed the FDA mechanical index (MI) limit. The results suggested the primary source of image degradation was clutter rather than lack of radiation force. Additionally, the transthoracic method applied in its present form was not shown capable of tracking propagating ARFI-induced shear waves in the myocardium. Under current instrumentation and processing methods, results of these studies support feasibility for transthoracic ARFI in high-quality B-Mode imaging conditions. Transthoracic ARFI was not shown sensitive to infarct or to tracking heart failure in the presence of clutter and signal decorrelation. This work does provide evidence that transthoracic ARFI imaging is a safe non-invasive tool, but clinical efficacy as a diagnostic tool will need to be addressed by further development to overcome current challenges and increase robustness to sources of image degradation.

  5. Impulsivity trait in the early symptomatic BACHD transgenic rat model of Huntington disease.

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    Manfré, Giuseppe; Doyère, Valérie; Bossi, Simon; Riess, Olaf; Nguyen, Huu Phuc; El Massioui, Nicole

    2016-02-15

    Impulsivity trait was characterized in 3-5 months old BACHD rats, a transgenic model of Huntington disease, using (1) the delay discounting task to assess cognitive/choice impulsivity, and (2) the Differential Reinforcement of Low Rate of Responding task to evaluate motor/action impulsivity. Transgenic animals showed a high level of choice impulsivity and, to a lesser extent, action impulsivity. Our results provide the first evidence that the transgenic BACHD rat (TG5 line) displays impulsivity disorder as early as 3 months old, as described in early symptomatic HD patients, thus adding to the face validity of the rat model. PMID:26592164

  6. Impulsive stabilization of a class of nonlinear system with bounded gain error

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    Considering mechanical limitation or device restriction in practical application, this paper investigates impulsive stabilization of nonlinear systems with impulsive gain error. Compared with the existing impulsive analytical approaches, the proposed impulsive control method is more practically applicable, which includes control gain error with an acceptable boundary. A sufficient criterion for global exponential stability of an impulsive control system is derived, which relaxes the condition for precise impulsive gain efficiently. The effectiveness of the proposed method is confirmed by theoretical analysis and numerical simulation based on Chua's circuit. (general)

  7. Impulsivity in Decision-Making: An Event-Related Potential Investigation

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    Martin, Laura E; Potts, Geoffrey F.

    2009-01-01

    Impulsive individuals make risky choices, motivated more by immediate reward than potential long-term negative consequences. We used event-related potentials to study the impact of reward and punishment sensitivity in impulsivity on risky decision-making in a two-card choice task in groups of 14 high and 14 low impulsive undergraduates formed by a median split on the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale score. The high impulsives had a larger P3 and the low impulsives a smaller P3 to the cards when ma...

  8. Impulse Electrotherapy in Reduction Treatment of the Tuboperitoneal Sterility

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    Belousova T.E.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim of investigation is assessment of the impulse electrotherapy clinical effectiveness in a complex treatment of patients with the tuboperitoneal sterility. Materials and Methods. A complex clinicolaboratory examination of 114 patients with the tuboperitoneal sterility (TPS is made. All the females were divided into 3 groups. The females underwent a laparoscopic operation and ultrasonic therapy in the impulse mode to a suprapubic zone in the early postoperative period (10—15 procedures in the 1st control group (n=30. The females underwent a laparoscopic operation and a course of impulse electrotherapy with the ?SCANAR-1-HT? apparatus with a use of vaginal electrode (10—15 procedures in the 2nd group (n=42. A course of impulse electrotherapy was conducted without a vaginal electrode use (10—15 procedures in the 3d group (n=42. Two parameters were considered at assessment of the female reproductive function reduction: a conservation of the uterine tube permeability after laparoscopy and a spontaneous pregnancy beginning. A hysterosalpingography was made in all the patients in 2—3 months after a reduction treatment. Results. An impulse electrotherapy used in the early reduction period after a laparoscopic operation in patients with the tuboperitoneal sterility improves the uterine tube permeability conservation values by 28%, the fertility values — by 20% compared to a group, where an ultrasonic therapy in the impulse mode was used in the early reduction period. The proposed method normally effects the lipid peroxidation and antioxidant system state, a homeostasis, leads to a hemodynamics normalization in the small pelvis organs, a decrease of the organism regulatory mechanism tension degree, a decrease of a sympathetic nervous system influence and increase of a parasympathetic nervous system tonus, has an expressed psychocorrugating effect.

  9. Partial Equalization of Non-Minimum-Phase Impulse Responses

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    Daoud Berkani

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available We propose a modified version of the standard homomorphic method to design a minimum-phase inverse filter for non-minimum-phase impulse responses equalization. In the proposed approach some of the dominant poles of the filter transfer function are replaced by new ones before carrying out the inverse DFT. This method is useful when partial magnitude equalization is intended. Results for an impulse response measured in the car interior show that by using the modified version we can control the sound quality more precisely than when using the standard method.

  10. Reduced rank adaptive filtering in impulsive noise environments

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    Soury, Hamza

    2014-11-01

    An impulsive noise environment is considered in this paper. A new aspect of signal truncation is deployed to reduce the harmful effect of the impulsive noise to the signal. A full rank direct solution is derived followed by an iterative solution. The reduced rank adaptive filter is presented in this environment by using two methods for rank reduction, while the minimized objective function is defined using the Lp norm. The results are presented and the efficiency of each method is discussed. © 2014 IEEE.

  11. Spatial impulse response of a rectangular double curved transducer

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    Bæk, David; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt; Willatzen, Morten

    2012-01-01

    Calculation of the pressure field from transducers having both a convex and a concave surface geometry is a complicated assignment that often is accomplished by subdividing the transducer surface into smaller flat elements of which the spatial impulse response is known. This method is often seen...... applied to curved transducers because an analytical solution is un-known. In this work a semi-analytical algorithm for the exact solution to a first order in diffraction effect of the spatial impulse response of rectangular shaped double curved transducers is presented. The algorithm and an approximation...

  12. Single-impulse magnetic focusing of launched cold atoms

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    Pritchard, M J; Smith, D A; Hughes, I G; Pritchard, Matthew J; Arnold, Aidan S; Smith, David A; Hughes, Ifan G

    2004-01-01

    We have theoretically investigated the focusing of a launched cloud of cold atoms. Time-dependent spatially-varying magnetic fields are used to impart impulses leading to a three-dimensional focus of the launched cloud. We discuss possible coil arrangements for a new focusing regime: isotropic 3D focusing of atoms with a single-impulse magnetic lens. We investigate focusing aberrations and find that, for typical experimental parameters, the widely used assumption of a purely harmonic lens is often inaccurate. The baseball lens offers the best possibility for isotropically focusing a cloud of weak-field-seeking atoms in 3D.

  13. Impulsive and hybrid dynamical systems stability, dissipativity, and control

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    Haddad, Wassim M; Nersesov, Sergey G

    2014-01-01

    This book develops a general analysis and synthesis framework for impulsive and hybrid dynamical systems. Such a framework is imperative for modern complex engineering systems that involve interacting continuous-time and discrete-time dynamics with multiple modes of operation that place stringent demands on controller design and require implementation of increasing complexity--whether advanced high-performance tactical fighter aircraft and space vehicles, variable-cycle gas turbine engines, or air and ground transportation systems. Impulsive and Hybrid Dynamical Systems goes beyond similar

  14. Mouthguard BITES (behavior, impulsivity, theory evaluation study): what drives mouthguard use among high school basketball and baseball/softball athletes.

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    Collins, Christy L; McKenzie, Lara B; Roberts, Kristin J; Fields, Sarah K; Comstock, R Dawn

    2015-10-01

    Although mouthguards are effective, inexpensive, easy to use, and readily available, this form of protective equipment has been underutilized. "Impulsive delay discounting" (an index of impulsive behavior) among high school athletes may help explain their decision making regarding use of protective equipment such as mouthguards. We investigated the relationship between high school baseball, softball, and basketball players' mouthguard use, impulsive delay discounting, and the precaution adoption process model (a behavior change theory). A convenience sample of boys' and girls' basketball and baseball/softball players at 21 high schools in the Greater Columbus, Ohio, metro area completed a self-administered survey that captured their demographic information, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding mouthguard use, impulsive delay discounting, and precaution adoption process model stage. We surveyed a total of 1636 students (55.9 % male, 43.8 % female, 0.3 % unknown). Only 12.3 % reported using a mouthguard either every time or sometimes during practice or competition. The primary reasons reported for not wearing mouthguards were they were not required to (65.3 %) and that the athletes could not breathe or talk while wearing one (61.5 %). These reasons were consistent across sex and sport. Most athletes reported that their coaches (87.3 %) and parents (64.5 %) had never talked to them about wearing a mouthguard. Lower precaution adoption process model stage was significantly associated with higher impulsivity (p softball remains low despite the risk of dental injury in these sports. Effective, evidence-based, targeted, and tailored interventions to improve adolescent athletes' use of mouthguards to prevent sports-related dental injuries should be based on the specific behavioral and social factors influencing each athlete's decision making regarding use of mouthguards. PMID:26391156

  15. The restraint bias: how the illusion of self-restraint promotes impulsive behavior.

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    Nordgren, Loran F; van Harreveld, Frenk; van der Pligt, Joop

    2009-12-01

    Four studies examined how impulse-control beliefs--beliefs regarding one's ability to regulate visceral impulses, such as hunger, drug craving, and sexual arousal-influence the self-control process. The findings provide evidence for a restraint bias: a tendency for people to overestimate their capacity for impulse control. This biased perception of restraint had important consequences for people's self-control strategies. Inflated impulse-control beliefs led people to overexpose themselves to temptation, thereby promoting impulsive behavior. In Study 4, for example, the impulse-control beliefs of recovering smokers predicted their exposure to situations in which they would be tempted to smoke. Recovering smokers with more inflated impulse-control beliefs exposed themselves to more temptation, which led to higher rates of relapse 4 months later. The restraint bias offers unique insight into how erroneous beliefs about self-restraint promote impulsive behavior. PMID:19883487

  16. Sufficient Conditions for the Lp-Equivalence Between two Nonlinear Impulse Differential Equations

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    Georgieva, A

    2008-01-01

    Sufficient conditions for the Lp-equivalence between two nonlinear impulse differential equations with unbounded linear parts and possibly unbounded nonlinearity parts are given. An example of two nonlinear impulse differential parabolic equations is considered.

  17. What is Impulse Buying? An analytical network processing framework for prioritizing factors affecting impulse buying

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important issues affecting profitability is to determine the impact of different factors influencing purchasing activities. In this paper, we perform an extensive literature survey to detect different purchasing factors influencing customers' behavior. The factors are categorized in three different groups and they are ranked using analytical network process. The results of our survey indicate that three factors of personal, product and situational play important roles in purchasing impulse. The personal item includes different factors where demographic characteristic factors receive the highest ranking (35% followed by other factors are feelings, excitement and fun, self identify, education and novelty. There are also three sub-factors associated with demographic characteristics including gender, age and race and the weights are 0.46748, 0.42668 and 0.10584, respectively, which means gender is the most important factor followed by age and race. Finally, the other factor is associated with situational factors' group, which includes presence of others, culture, design of store, time available, local market condition, sales staff and self service with the relative importance of 0.04296, 0.08733, 0.12130, 0.22217, 0.05643, 0.15346 and 0.31635, respectively.

  18. Impulsive, Agitated Behaviors May Be Warning Signs for Suicide

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    Impulsive, Agitated Behaviors May Be Warning Signs for Suicide New study of more than 2,800 people with depression might give clearer clues to state of mind, ... HealthDay . All rights reserved. More Health News on: Depression Mental Health Suicide Recent Health News

  19. Existence of solutions to singular fractional differential systems with impulses

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available By constructing a weighted Banach space and a completely continuous operator, we establish the existence of solutions for singular fractional differential systems with impulses. Our results are proved using the Leray-Schauder nonlinear alternative, and are illustrated with examples.

  20. Developmental role of acetylcholinesterase in impulse control in zebrafish

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    Parker, Matthew O.; Brock, Alistair J.; Sudwarts, Ari; Teh, Muy-Teck; Combe, Fraser J.; Brennan, Caroline H.

    2015-01-01

    Cellular and molecular processes that mediate individual variability in impulsivity, a key behavioral component of many neuropsychiatric disorders, are poorly understood. Zebrafish heterozygous for a nonsense mutation in ache (achesb55/+) showed lower levels of impulsivity in a 5-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT) than wild type and ache+?+. Assessment of expression of cholinergic (nAChR), serotonergic (5-HT), and dopamine (DR) receptor mRNA in both adult and larval (9 dpf) achesb55/+ revealed significant downregulation of chrna2, chrna5, and drd2 mRNA in achesb55/+ larvae, but no differences in adults. Acute exposure to cholinergic agonist/antagonists had no effect on impulsivity, supporting the hypothesis that behavioral effects observed in adults were due to lasting impact of developmental alterations in cholinergic and dopaminergic signaling. This shows the cross-species role of cholinergic signaling during brain development in impulsivity, and suggests zebrafish may be a useful model for the role of cholinergic pathways as a target for therapeutic advances in addiction medicine. PMID:26528153

  1. Periodic components of hand acceleration/deceleration impulses during telemanipulation

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    Responsiveness is the ability of a telemanipulator to recreate user trajectories and impedance in time and space. For trajectory production, a key determinant of responsiveness is the ability of the system to accept user inputs, which are forces on the master handle generated by user hand acceleration/deceleration (a/d) impulses, and translate them into slave arm acceleration/deceleration. This paper presents observations of master controller a/d impulses during completion of a simple target acquisition task. Power spectral density functions (PSDF's) calculated from hand controller a/d impulses were used to assess impulse waveform. The relative contributions of frequency intervals ranging up to 25 Hz for three spatially different versions of the task were used to determine which frequencies were most important. The highest relative power was observed in frequencies between 1 Hz and 6 Hz. The key frequencies related to task difficulty were in the range from 2 Hz to 8 Hz. the results provide clues to the source of the performance inhibition

  2. The Impact of Television on Preschoolers' Perseverance, Impulsivity and Restlessness.

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    Collins, Patricia A.

    This study tested the claim that television viewing reduces preschoolers' perseverance, increases their impulsivity, and induces restlessness. In the first of two laboratory visits with a parent, 328 5-year-olds were given the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test. During the second visit, the parent completed the Parent Temperament Questionnaire and…

  3. New examples of sandwich gravitational waves and their impulsive limit

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    Podolsky, J.; Vesely, K.

    1998-01-01

    Non-standard sandwich gravitational waves are constructed from the homogeneous pp vacuum solution and the motions of free test particles in the space-times are calculated explicitly. They demonstrate the caustic property of sandwich waves. By performing limits to impulsive gravitational wave it is demonstrated that the resulting particle motions are identical regardless of the ''initial'' sandwich.

  4. Laboratory paradigms of impulsivity and alcohol dependence: a review.

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    Aragues, M; Jurado, R; Quinto, R; Rubio, G

    2011-01-01

    Impulsivity can be defined as choosing a smaller, immediate reward over a larger, delayed reward. From this perspective, addictive behaviors such as substance abuse and pathological gambling reflect a series of impulsive choices. However, impulsivity is not a homogeneous construct. Laboratory measures of impulsivity reflect two types of processes. The first is related to behavioral inhibition and refers to an individual's ability to appropriately inhibit thoughts or actions. The second is the delay of reward dimension, namely the degree to which immediate (rewarding) consequences have more control over an individual's behavior than consequences that are delayed. In this review, we describe how alcohol is associated with significant impairments in these paradigms. We also suggest that they may have a role in the development of alcohol dependence. These results are in agreement with a model in which delay of gratification might be a marker for early use and/or abuse of alcohol, whereas impairment in behavioral inhibition might be a marker for maintained use in time and, therefore, for progression towards alcohol dependence. PMID:21150205

  5. Dimensions of impulsive behavior and treatment outcomes for adolescent smokers.

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    Harris, Millie; Penfold, Robert B; Hawkins, Ariane; Maccombs, Jared; Wallace, Bryan; Reynolds, Brady

    2014-02-01

    Adolescent cigarette smoking rates remain a significant public health concern, and as a result there is a continued need to understand factors that contribute to an adolescent's ability to reduce or quit smoking. Previous research suggests that impulsive behavior may be associated with treatment outcomes for smoking. The current research (N = 81) explored 3 dimensions of impulsive behavior as predictors of treatment response from a social-cognitive type program for adolescent smokers (i.e., Not On Tobacco; N-O-T). Measures included laboratory assessments of delay discounting, sustained attention, and behavioral disinhibition. A self-report measure of impulsivity was also included. Adolescent smokers who had better sustained attention were more likely to reduce or quit smoking by the end of treatment. No other measures of impulsivity were significantly associated with treatment response. From these findings, an adolescent smoker's ability to sustain attention appears to be an important behavioral attribute to consider when implementing smoking cessation programs such as N-O-T. PMID:24417209

  6. Impaired goal-directed behavioural control in human impulsivity

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    Hogarth, Lee; Chase, Henry W.; Baess, Kathleen

    2010-01-01

    Two dissociable learning processes underlie instrumental behaviour. Whereas goal-directed behaviour is controlled by knowledge of the consequences, habitual behaviour is elicited directly by antecedent Pavlovian stimuli without knowledge of the consequences. Predominance of habitual control is thought to underlie psychopathological conditions associated with corticostriatal abnormalities, such as impulsivity and drug dependence. To explore this claim, smokers were assessed for nicotine depend...

  7. Solar Flare Impulsive Phase Emission Observed with SDO/EVE

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    Kennedy, Michael B; Mathioudakis, Mihalis; Keenan, Francis P

    2013-01-01

    Differential emission measures (DEMs) during the impulsive phase of solar flares were constructed using observations from the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) and the Markov-Chain Monte Carlo method. Emission lines from ions formed over the temperature range log T = 5.8 - 7.2 allow the evolution of the DEM to be studied over a wide temperature range at 10s cadence. The technique was applied to several M- and X-class flares, where impulsive phase EUV emission is observable in the disk-integrated EVE spectra from emission lines formed up to 3 - 4 MK, and we use spatially-unresolved EVE observations to infer the thermal structure of the emitting region. For the nine events studied the DEMs exhibited a two component distribution during the impulsive phase, a low temperature component with peak temperature of 1 - 2 MK, and a broad high temperature one from 7 - 30 MK. A bimodal high temperature component is also found for several events, with peaks at 8 and 25 MK during the impulsive phase. The origin of the emissi...

  8. Cone-valued impulsive differential and integrodifferential inequalities

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    Sam Olatunji Ale

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present impulsive analogues of the Gronwall-Bellman inequalities. Conditions for the existence of maximal solutions of some integrodifferential equations are obtained by finding upper bounds for these inequalities. Using monotone iterative techniques and a fixed point theorem, we obtained a priori estimates for the inequalities.

  9. Model Predictive Control based on Finite Impulse Response Models

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    Prasath, Guru; Jørgensen, John Bagterp

    2008-01-01

    We develop a regularized l2 finite impulse response (FIR) predictive controller with input and input-rate constraints. Feedback is based on a simple constant output disturbance filter. The performance of the predictive controller in the face of plant-model mismatch is investigated by simulations ...

  10. The Chaotification of Discrete Hopfield Neural Networks via Impulsive Control

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    The chaotification of discrete Hopfield neural networks is studied with impulsive control techniques. No matter whether the original systems are stable or not, chaotification theorems for discrete Hopfield neural networks are derived, respectively. Finally, the effectiveness of the theoretical results is illustrated by some numerical examples. (general)

  11. Impulse response measurements with an off-line cross correlator

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    The impulse responses of simulated systems have been computed by off-line cross-correlation of the system input and output signals. The input test signal consisted of a discrete interval binary code whose autocorrelation was a triangular pulse at zero lag. The main object of the experiments was to study the inaccuracies introduced in ideal, noise free systems by determining the impulse response digitally from sampled versions of the system input and output signals. A second object was to determine the error introduced by adding controlled amounts of uncorrelated noise at the system outputs. The experimental results showed that for signal to noise ratios greater than 10:1 in the mean square sense, the impulse responses may be determined with reasonable accuracy using only one cycle of the binary code. The method lends itself to on-line computation of system impulse responses. The latter could be used to monitor the stability of the system or to determine control parameters in an adaptive control system. (author)

  12. An update on impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease

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    V. VOON; Mehta, AR

    2012-01-01

    The impulse control disorders associated with dopaminergic medication in Parkinson's disease provide a clear and unequivocal demonstration of the biological basis of behavioural addiction. These behaviours can be dramatic, resulting in significant financial and social consequences, with functional impairments, and include pathological gambling, compulsive shopping, hypersexuality, binge eating, punding (complex prolonged, purposeless, and stereotyped behaviour) and compulsive medication use. ...

  13. Periodic components of hand acceleration/deceleration impulses during telemanipulation

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    Draper, J.V. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Handel, S. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Psychology

    1994-01-01

    Responsiveness is the ability of a telemanipulator to recreate user trajectories and impedance in time and space. For trajectory production, a key determinant of responsiveness is the ability of the system to accept user inputs, which are forces on the master handle generated by user hand acceleration/deceleration (a/d) impulses, and translate them into slave arm acceleration/deceleration. This paper presents observations of master controller a/d impulses during completion of a simple target acquisition task. Power spectral density functions (PSDF`s) calculated from hand controller a/d impulses were used to assess impulse waveform. The relative contributions of frequency intervals ranging up to 25 Hz for three spatially different versions of the task were used to determine which frequencies were most important. The highest relative power was observed in frequencies between 1 Hz and 6 Hz. The key frequencies related to task difficulty were in the range from 2 Hz to 8 Hz. the results provide clues to the source of the performance inhibition.

  14. Minimum impulse trajectories for Mars round trip missions

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    Horvat, Glen M.; Alexander, Stephen W.

    1992-01-01

    Data are presented for minimum-impulse earth-Mars round-trip trajectories for the 2010 to 2027 Mars launch opportunities. Round-trip mission times from 120 to 600 days, including a 30-day rendezvous at Mars, for direct trajectories and trajectories utilizing a Venus gravitational assist are considered. Optimal planetary launch and arrival dates and total impulse requirements are based on all maneuvers being performed propulsively with no finite burn or other losses. Direct trajectories have the lowest impulse requirements for shorter mission times and Venus gravitational assist trajectories have the lowest impulse requirements for longer mission times. It is shown that one can depart on trajectories to Mars, beginning with lower energy trajectories to the moon. The fuel savings varies, depending on the final energy level required and on the swingby procedure used. Procedures discussed include single lunar swingbys, double-powered or unpowered lunar swingbys, third lunar flybys a year later, and gravity assists by Venus and earth after the final lunar swingby.

  15. Recreational drug use and impulsivity in a population of Canadian undergraduate drinkers

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    IrisMBalodis; MarcNPotenza

    2010-01-01

    The consumption of drugs during young adulthood may be particularly detrimental given important neurodevelopmental changes occurring during this period. As impulsivity may lead to substance use and substance use to the commission of seemingly impulsive acts, an improved understanding of the relationship between alcohol use, other substance use and impulsivity in young adults is important. We gathered information on self-reported impulsivity, recreational drug use, and drinking habits of 205 (...

  16. Recreational Drug Use and Impulsivity in a Population of Canadian Undergraduate Drinkers

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    Balodis, Iris M.; POTENZA, MARC N.; Olmstead, Mary C.

    2010-01-01

    The consumption of drugs during young adulthood may be particularly detrimental given important neurodevelopmental changes occurring during this period. As impulsivity may lead to substance use and substance use to the commission of seemingly impulsive acts, an improved understanding of the relationship between alcohol use, other substance use and impulsivity in young adults is important. We gathered information on self-reported impulsivity, recreational drug use, and drinking habits of 205 (...

  17. A model-based analysis of impulsivity using a slot-machine gambling paradigm

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    Paliwal, Saee; Petzschner, Frederike H; Schmitz, Anna Katharina; Tittgemeyer, Marc; Stephan, Klaas E.

    2014-01-01

    Impulsivity plays a key role in decision-making under uncertainty. It is a significant contributor to problem and pathological gambling (PG). Standard assessments of impulsivity by questionnaires, however, have various limitations, partly because impulsivity is a broad, multi-faceted concept. What remains unclear is which of these facets contribute to shaping gambling behavior. In the present study, we investigated impulsivity as expressed in a gambling setting by applying computational model...

  18. A Model-based Analysis of Impulsivity Using a Slot-Machine Gambling Paradigm

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    Saee Paliwal; Anna Katharina Schmitz; Klaas Enno Stephan

    2014-01-01

    Impulsivity plays a key role in decision-making under uncertainty. It is a significant contributor to problem and pathological gambling. Standard assessments of impulsivity by questionnaires, however, have various limitations, partly because impulsivity is a broad, multi-faceted concept. What remains unclear is which of these facets contribute to shaping gambling behavior. In the present study, we investigated impulsivity as expressed in a gambling setting by applying computational modeling t...

  19. Impulse control and its application in portfolio and hedging with both fixed and proportional transaction costs

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    A. Delavarkhalafi; Karbaschi, M.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we will state impulse control and its application in portfolio selection. For this purpose, we first introduce Quasi Variational Inequalities. Introducing impulse control, in stochastic stopping times we have jumps with stochastic size. Then by using approximative Markov chain, the optimal impulse control is obtained in portfolio, including European option. Finally, considering default parameters, the numerical results in optimal impulse control is obtained.

  20. Complexity of an SIR epidemic dynamics model with impulsive vaccination control

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    This paper considered an IR epidemic model with impulsive vaccination, which may inherently oscillate. We studied the impulsive control and get the conditions on which epidemic-elimination solution is globally asymptotically and the conditions of boundedness of system. On the other hand if the epidemic is turn out to be endemic, we studied numerically the influences of impulsive vaccination on the periodic oscillation of the system which is without impulsion and found phenomenon of chaos in this case

  1. The influence of culture on students' impulsive buying behaviour in the Vaal Triangle area / Luzaan Hamilton

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    Hamilton, Luzaan

    2011-01-01

    Impulse buying or unplanned purchases by consumers constitute a major proportion of purchases in certain product categories. Studies in the United States widely reported that impulse consumer buying behaviour accounts for up to 80% of all purchases in certain product categories, and it has been suggested that purchases of new products result more from impulse purchasing than from prior planning. South Africa is a nation of shoppers with increasing numbers defined as impulse buyers who respond...

  2. Isolating the delay component of impulsive choice in adolescent rats

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    Full Text Available Impulsive choice — the preference for small immediate rewards over larger delayed rewards — has been linked to various psychological conditions ranging from behavioral disorders to addiction. These links highlight the critical need to dissect the various components of this multifaceted behavioral trait. Delay discounting tasks allow researchers to study an important factor of this behavior: how the subjective value of a rewards changes over a delay period. However, existing methods of delay discounting include a confound of modifying reward sizes during the procedure. Here we present a new approach of using a single constant reward size to assess delay discounting. A complementary approach could hold delay constant and assess the utility of changing quantities of a reward. Isolating these behavioral components can advance our ability to explore the behavioral complexity of impulsive choice. We present the methods for isolating delay in detail, and further capitalize on this method by pairing it with a standard peak interval task to test whether individual variation in delay discounting can be explained by differences in perception of time in male and female adolescent rats. We find that rats that were more precise in discriminating time intervals were also less impulsive in their choice. Our data suggest that differences in timing and delay discounting are not causally related, but instead are more likely influenced by a common factor. Further, the mean-level change in our measure between postnatal day 28 and 42 suggests this test may be capturing a developmental change in this factor. In summary, this new method of isolating individual components of impulsive choice (delay or quantity can be efficiently applied in either adolescent or adult animal models and may help elucidate the mechanisms underlying impulsivity and its links to psychological disorders.

  3. Impulsive synchronization of two nonidentical chaotic systems with time-varying delay

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    This Letter investigates synchronization of two nonidentical Lur'e systems with time-varying delay and parameter mismatches via impulsive control. Based on the theory of impulsive functional differential equations, sufficient conditions for impulsive synchronization with a bound on the synchronization error are derived. An illustrative example is provided to validate the proposed method.

  4. The Neurobiology and Genetics of Impulse Control Disorders: Relationships to Drug Addictions

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    Brewer, Judson A.; Potenza, Marc N.

    2007-01-01

    Impulse control disorders (ICDs), including pathological gambling, trichotillomania, kleptomania and others, have been conceptualized to lie along an impulsive-compulsive spectrum. Recent data have suggested that these disorders may be considered addictions. Here we review the genetic and neuropathological bases of the impulse control disorders and consider the disorders within these non-mutually exclusive frameworks.

  5. Dimensions of Impulsivity and Aggression Associated with Suicide Attempts Among Bipolar Patients: A Preliminary Study

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    Michaelis, Benjamin H.; Goldberg, Joseph F.; Davis, Glen P.; Singer, Tara M.; Garno, Jessica L.; Wenze, Susan J.

    2004-01-01

    Impulsivity and hostility are often thought to be interrelated among depressed patients with suicidal behavior, but few studies have examined this relationship empirically. In this study, we assessed trait impulsivity and hostility among 52 DSM-IV bipolar subjects with and without histories of suicide attempts. Impulsivity and hostility were…

  6. Carrion crows cannot overcome impulsive choice in a quantitative exchange task

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The ability to control an immediate impulse for a future, more preferred outcome has long been thought to be a uniquely human feature. However, studies on non-human primates revealed that some monkeys and apes are capable of enduring delays to get a more preferred food and/or more food of the same kind. Recently two corvid species, the common raven (Corvus corax and carrion crow (Corvus corone corone, exchanged food for a better quality reward, whereas they seemed to have difficulties to do so for a higher quantity. In the present study we specifically investigated carrion crows’ ability to overcome an impulsive choice in a quantitative exchange task. After a short delay, individuals were asked to give back an initial reward (cheese to the human experimenter in order to receive a higher amount of the same reward (2, 4 or 8 pieces. We successfully tested six captive crows. Three individuals never exchanged one piece of cheese against a higher quantity; the other three birds did exchange at very low rates. In order to rule out, that crows’ poor performance is due to the fact that they cannot discriminate between different quantities or that they do not attribute a higher value to higher quantities, we performed a preference test between one and more pieces of cheese. All birds chose the higher quantities significantly more often, indicating that they can discriminate between quantities and that higher quantities actually have a value for them. Taken together, these results suggest that, although crows may possess the cognitive abilities to judge quantities and to overcome an impulsive choice, they do so only in order to optimize the qualitative but not quantitative output in the exchange paradigm.

  7. Impulsive Driving: Definition and Measurement Using the I-Driving Scale (IDS).

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    Pérez-Moreno, Elisa; Hernández-Lloreda, María José; Gallego-Largo, Trinidad Ruiz; Castellanos, Miguel Ángel

    2015-01-01

    Impulsivity has been widely studied in the context of traffic. The trait is believed to be the root of some accidents, along with other variables like aggression and anger. The present research objective is to develop a new scale - the I-Driving Scale (IDS) - to evaluate and measure the construct of impulsivity in specific driving situations. To that end, two studies were conducted, with 162 and 107 participants, respectively. In both studies, participants were recruited via their social networks, and answered anonymously. In addition to the IDS, they completed the Use the Vehicle to Express Anger subscale of the Driving Anger Expression Inventory (DAX), the Driving Anger Scale (DAS), and the Barratt Impulsivity Scale (BIS11), and also provided demographic information. The final scale had 11 items falling into two factors: impatience, and aggressiveness/abruptness. The results show a high consistency (?T = .81, ?I = .70, and ?A = .85 in the first study; ?T = .83, ?I = .80, and ?A = .88 in the second study). Statistical results of Exploratory Factor Analysis in the first sample indicated goodness of fit to a two-factor model (RMSR = .057, GFI = .98). The second study confirmed that factorial structure (?2/df = 80.50/43 = 1.87, RMSEA = .088, CFI = .94, TLI = .92). Correlations with other measures indicated the Impatience subscale is associated with different expressions of anger behind the wheel, and directly correlated with the loss of driver's license points. Furthermore, the Aggressiveness or Abruptness subscale was associated with more mechanical aspects, and correlated inversely with age. PMID:26610847

  8. Impulse control in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex counteracts post-diet weight regain in obesity.

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    Weygandt, Martin; Mai, Knut; Dommes, Esther; Ritter, Kerstin; Leupelt, Verena; Spranger, Joachim; Haynes, John-Dylan

    2015-04-01

    A variety of studies suggest that efficient treatments to induce short-term dietary success in obesity exist. However, sustained maintenance of reduced weight is rare as a large proportion of patients start to regain weight when treatment is discontinued. Thus, from a clinical perspective, it would be desirable to identify factors that counteract post-diet weight regain across longer time-scales. To address this question, we extended our previous work on neural impulse control mechanisms of short-term dietary success in obesity and now investigated the mechanisms counteracting long-term weight regain after a diet. Specifically, we measured neural impulse control during a delay discounting task with fMRI at two time points, i.e. the beginning ('T0') and the end ('T12') of a one-year follow-up interval after a 12-week diet. Then, we tested whether activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) at T0 and whether activity changes across the follow-up period (T0-T12) are linked to success in weight maintenance. The analyses conducted show that control-related DLPFC activity at T0 was coupled to the degree of success in weight maintenance. Consistently, also behavioral measures of control were linked to the degree of success in maintenance. A direct comparison of neural and behavioral control parameters for prognostic weight change modeling revealed that neural signals were more informative. Taken together, neural impulse control in the DLPFC measured with fMRI directly after a diet predicts real-world diet success in obese patients across extended time periods. PMID:25576647

  9. Excessive Eating and Compulsive Buying Behaviours in Women: An Empirical Pilot Study Examining Reward Sensitivity, Anxiety, Impulsivity, Self-Esteem and Social Desirability

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    Davenport, Kate; Houston, James E.; Griffiths, Mark D.

    2012-01-01

    "Mall disorders" such as excessive eating and compulsive buying appear to be increasing, particularly among women. A battery of questionnaires was used in an attempt to determine this association between specific personality traits (i.e., reward sensitivity, impulsivity, cognitive and somatic anxiety, self-esteem, and social desirability) and…

  10. Definition of Impulsivity and Related Terms Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review of the Different Concepts and Measures Used to Assess Impulsivity, Disinhibition and other Related Concepts

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    Kocka, Andrea; Gagnon, Jean

    2014-01-01

    Impulsivity is a common and debilitating sequela following traumatic brain injury (TBI), but there is no consensual definition or measure to assess this construct. The following review aims to elucidate the differences and resemblances between impulsivity, disinhibition and other related terms following brain injury and the instruments that are commonly used to measure these constructs. To do so, a search through different databases was conducted in order to find articles that mention and define impulsivity, disinhibition, impulse control, regulation deficits, dyscontrol and risky behavior. The concepts that stand out from the literature, the measures used, the similarities, the differences between these concepts are observed. The fit with the UPPS model of impulsivity, according to which impulsivity is a multidimensional concept composed of four distinct dimensions (urgency, perseverance, premeditation and sensation-seeking) is discussed. PMID:25431442

  11. Definition of Impulsivity and Related Terms Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review of the Different Concepts and Measures Used to Assess Impulsivity, Disinhibition and other Related Concepts

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    Andrea Kocka

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Impulsivity is a common and debilitating sequela following traumatic brain injury (TBI, but there is no consensual definition or measure to assess this construct. The following review aims to elucidate the differences and resemblances between impulsivity, disinhibition and other related terms following brain injury and the instruments that are commonly used to measure these constructs. To do so, a search through different databases was conducted in order to find articles that mention and define impulsivity, disinhibition, impulse control, regulation deficits, dyscontrol and risky behavior. The concepts that stand out from the literature, the measures used, the similarities, the differences between these concepts are observed. The fit with the UPPS model of impulsivity, according to which impulsivity is a multidimensional concept composed of four distinct dimensions (urgency, perseverance, premeditation and sensation-seeking is discussed.

  12. Impulse Control and Callous-Unemotional Traits Distinguish Patterns of Delinquency and Substance Use in Justice Involved Adolescents: Examining the Moderating Role of Neighborhood Context.

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    Ray, James V; Thornton, Laura C; Frick, Paul J; Steinberg, Laurence; Cauffman, Elizabeth

    2016-04-01

    Both callous-unemotional (CU) traits and impulse control are known risk factors associated with delinquency and substance use. However, research is limited in how contextual factors such as neighborhood conditions influence the associations between these two dispositional factors and these two externalizing behaviors. The current study utilized latent class analysis (LCA) to identify unique classes of delinquency and substance use within an ethnically diverse sample (n = 1216) of justice-involved adolescents (ages 13 to 17) from three different sites. Neighborhood disorder, CU traits, and impulse control were all independently associated with membership in classes with more extensive histories of delinquency and substance use. The effects of CU traits and impulse control in distinguishing delinquent classes was invariant across levels of neighborhood disorder, whereas neighborhood disorder moderated the association between impulse control and substance use. Specifically, the probability of being in more severe substance using classes for those low in impulse control was stronger in neighborhoods with fewer indicators of social and physical disorder. PMID:26201308

  13. Selective excitation of spin resonance in orthoferrite PrFeO3 with impulsive polarized terahertz radiation

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    Single cycle terahertz (THz) pulses were employed to excite coherent spin waves in (110)-oriented PrFeO3 single crystal. The free induction decay radiations at frequency of 0.34?THz (quasi-ferromagnetic mode, FM mode) and 0.41 THz (quasi-antiferromagnetic mode, AFM mode) were observed arising from the coupling of magnetic moment with the impulsive magnetic field of polarized terahertz radiation. These two spin modes in PrFeO3 can be excited and modulated by the magnetic field of THz pulse with a specific polarization with respect to the crystal axis. The extracted complex dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability dispersion in THz range suggest a higher efficiency of energy transfer from the impulsive THz pulse into the AFM than the FM spin system

  14. Global asymptotic stability analysis of bidirectional associative memory neural networks with distributed delays and impulse

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    Many systems existing in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and information science can be characterized by impulsive dynamics caused by abrupt jumps at certain instants during the process. These complex dynamical behaviors can be model by impulsive differential system or impulsive neural networks. This paper formulates and studies a new model of impulsive bidirectional associative memory (BAM) networks with finite distributed delays. Several fundamental issues, such as global asymptotic stability and existence and uniqueness of such BAM neural networks with impulse and distributed delays, are established

  15. Robust stability of stochastic fuzzy delayed neural networks with impulsive time window.

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    Wang, Xin; Yu, Junzhi; Li, Chuandong; Wang, Hui; Huang, Tingwen; Huang, Junjian

    2015-07-01

    The urgent problem of impulsive moments which cannot be determined in advance brings new challenges beyond the conventional impulsive systems theory. In order to solve this problem, the novel concept of impulsive time window is proposed in this paper. And the stability problem of stochastic fuzzy uncertain delayed neural networks with impulsive time window is investigated. By combining the discretized Lyapunov function approach with mathematical induction method, several novel and easy-to-check sufficient conditions concerning the impulsive time window are derived to ensure that the model considered here is exponentially stable in mean square. Numerical simulations are presented to further demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed stability criterion. PMID:25897509

  16. Direct measurement of the impulse in a magnetic thrust chamber system for laser fusion rocket

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    Maeno, Akihiro; Yamamoto, Naoji; Nakashima, Hideki [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Science, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-kouen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Fujioka, Shinsuke; Johzaki, Tomoyuki [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-087 (Japan); Mori, Yoshitaka [Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-1202 (Japan); Sunahara, Atsushi [Institute for Laser Technology, Suita, Osaka 565-087 (Japan)

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    An experiment is conducted to measure an impulse for demonstrating a magnetic thrust chamber system for laser fusion rocket. The impulse is produced by the interaction between plasma and magnetic field. In the experiment, the system consists of plasma and neodymium permanent magnets. The plasma is created by a single-beam laser aiming at a polystyrene spherical target. The impulse is 1.5 to 2.2 {mu}Ns by means of a pendulum thrust stand, when the laser energy is 0.7 J. Without magnetic field, the measured impulse is found to be zero. These results indicate that the system for generating impulse is working.

  17. Simulation Platform for Wireless Sensor Networks Based on Impulse Radio Ultra Wide Band

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    Berthe, Abdoulaye; Dragomirescu, Daniela; Plana, Robert

    2010-01-01

    Impulse Radio Ultra Wide Band (IR-UWB) is a promising technology to address Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) constraints. However, existing network simulation tools do not provide a complete WSN simulation architecture, with the IR-UWB specificities at the PHYsical (PHY) and the Medium Access Control (MAC) layers. In this paper, we propose a WSN simulation architecture based on the IR-UWB technique. At the PHY layer, we take into account the pulse collision by dealing with the pulse propagation delay. We also modelled MAC protocols specific to IRUWB, for WSN applications. To completely fit the WSN simulation requirements, we propose a generic and reusable sensor and sensing channel model. Most of the WSN application performances can be evaluated thanks to the proposed simulation architecture. The proposed models are implemented on a scalable and well known network simulator: Global Mobile Information System Simulator (GloMoSim). However, they can be reused for all other packet based simulation platforms.

  18. Usage of measured reverberation tail in a binaural room impulse response synthesis

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    Markovic, Milos; Olesen, Søren Krarup; Madsen, Esben; Hoffmann, Pablo F.; Hammershøi, Dorte

    utilizing correct acoustical properties of the specific environments. Binaural room impulse response (BRIR) synthesis represents one of the main tasks in the binaural auralization. When the BRIRs are simulated, high order reflections (reverberation tail) are usually modeled statistically because of the high...... case and measured late reverberation from the first one. All three cases are evaluated and compared objectively based on the obtained room acoustic parameters as well as subjectively by listening tests....... density of reflections. That can lead to metallic and unnatural sound. Also, room-specific sound envelopment feeling is lost. This paper investigates the possibility of using measured reverberation tail instead of the modeled one in BRIRs synthesis. Three cases are observed. In the first one, BRIRs...

  19. Impulsivity components measured by the Brazilian version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) / Componentes da impulsividade avaliados pela versão brasileira da Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11)

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    Alina Gomide, Vasconcelos; Maycoln Leôni Martins, Teodoro; Leandro, Malloy-Diniz; Humberto, Correa.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo principal desse estudo foi investigar as características psicométricas da Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11). A análise do conteúdo dos itens foi realizada por sete doutorandos. A amostra foi composta por 897 estudantes submetidos a BIS-11 e a medidas de autorrelato sobre a presença de [...] sintomas de Transtorno Mental Comum e TDAH, uso de álcool e tabagismo. A idade média foi de 27,32 (DP=8,69) anos, 56% eram mulheres e 52% tinham educação superior incompleta. Análises de conteúdo e fatorial indicaram que a impulsividade é representada mais adequadamente por dois fatores denominados dificuldade de planejamento e controle inibitório. Concordância teste-reteste indicou que os escores se mantiveram estáveis após sete meses. Adicionalmente, os escores da BIS-11 discriminaram os indivíduos em termos de tabagismo e sintomas psicopatológicos, indicando evidências de validade de critério. A discussão dos resultados foi baseada no modelo neuropsicológico dos componentes quentes e frios das funções executivas. Abstract in english The main purpose of this study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11). Content item analysis was conducted by seven doctoral students. A convenience sample of 897 students was submitted to BIS-11 and they also filled self-reports about Minor Mental [...] Disorder and ADHD symptoms, alcohol use and cigarette smoking. Mean age was 27.32 (SD=8.69) years, 56% were female and 52% had incomplete college degree. Content and factorial analyses revealed that impulsivity was best represented by two latent factors labeled non-planning and inhibition behaviors. Test retest agreement tended to produce similar score patterns seven months after the first evaluation. Additionally, BIS-11 scores discriminated subjects in terms of cigarette smoking and psychopathological symptoms, which indicated evidences regarding criterion-related validity. The theoretical discussion was present based on the neuropsychological model of hot and cool aspects of executive function.

  20. A risk and maintenance model for bulimia nervosa: From impulsive action to compulsive behavior.

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    Pearson, Carolyn M; Wonderlich, Stephen A; Smith, Gregory T

    2015-07-01

    This article offers a new model for bulimia nervosa (BN) that explains both the initial impulsive nature of binge eating and purging, as well as the compulsive quality of the fully developed disorder. The model is based on a review of advances in research on BN and advances in relevant basic psychological science. It integrates transdiagnostic personality risk, eating-disorder-specific risk, reinforcement theory, cognitive neuroscience, and theory drawn from the drug addiction literature. We identify both a state-based and a trait-based risk pathway, and we then propose possible state-by-trait interaction risk processes. The state-based pathway emphasizes depletion of self-control. The trait-based pathway emphasizes transactions between the trait of negative urgency (the tendency to act rashly when distressed) and high-risk psychosocial learning. We then describe a process by which initially impulsive BN behaviors become compulsive over time, and we consider the clinical implications of our model. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:25961467

  1. ACOUSTIC RADIATION FORCE IMPULSE IS EQUIVALENT TO LIVER BIOPSY TO EVALUATE LIVER FIBROSIS IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEPATITIS C AND NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundLiver biopsy is recommended as the gold standard method for assessing the stage of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease. However, it is invasive, with potential risks and complications. Elastography is an ultrasound technique that provides information of changes in the liver tissue, evaluating tissue elasticity and acoustic radiation force impulse is one of the available techniques.ObjectiveThe main objective of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of acoustic radiation force impulse comparing to liver biopsy to evaluate fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.MethodsTwenty four patients were included, everyone underwent liver biopsy and acoustic radiation force impulse, and the results were compared with values described in the literature by several authors.ResultsIn the population of patients with chronic hepatitis C, our data were better correlated with data published by Carmen Fierbinteanu-Braticevici et al., with an accuracy of 82.4%, sensitivity of 71.4% and specificity of 90%. For nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, our data were better correlated with data published by Masato Yoneda et al., with an accuracy of 85.7%, sensitivity 80% and specificity of 100%.ConclusionAcoustic radiation force impulse is a method with good accuracy to distinguish initial fibrosis from advanced fibrosis in hepatitis C virus and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and can replace biopsy in most cases.

  2. The impact of craving and impulsivity on aggression in detoxified cocaine-dependent patients.

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    Roozen, Hendrik G; van der Kroft, Petra; van Marle, Hjalmar J; Franken, Ingmar H A

    2011-06-01

    Patients with substance use disorders are frequently associated with impulsivity that may underlie elevated levels life-threatening types of behavior, including aggression. In addition, craving is a prominent feature of addiction and appears to be closely related to impulsivity. This study assessed the unique contribution of cocaine craving and impulsivity in predicting aggression by means of correlational and mediational analyses. Forty inpatient detoxified cocaine-dependent patients and 40 matched healthy controls were enrolled. These participants filled out the Obsessive Compulsive Drug Use Scale, the Dickman Impulsivity Inventory, and the Aggression Questionnaire. The patient group showed elevated levels of impulsivity and aggression as compared with the control group. Although cocaine craving is positively correlated with both impulsivity and aggression, craving did not mediate the relationship between both constructs. It is concluded that craving does not have an impact on the relationship between impulsivity and trait aggression in this patient sample. PMID:21315541

  3. Hybrid optimization for multiple-impulse reconfiguration trajectories of satellite formation flying

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    Kim, Dong-Yoon; Woo, Byoungsam; Park, Sang-Young; Choi, Kyu-Hong

    2009-12-01

    A hybrid optimization method is developed for fuel-optimal reconfigurations of a group of satellites flying in formation. The genetic algorithm performs a global search to find two-impulse trajectories, and primer vector analysis finds multiple-impulsive local optimal trajectories with the two-impulse trajectories as initial guesses. Hybrid optimization finds globally optimal trajectories for formation reconfigurations, including formation resizing, reassignment and reorientation maneuvers. Multiple-impulse trajectories reduce the fuel consumption from the two-impulse trajectories by up to 4.4% for those maneuvers. In real missions, satellites can follow two-impulse trajectories to gain the advantage of a smaller number of impulses, with the cost of slightly more propellant. The qualitative characteristics of the optimal trajectories are analyzed from the number of optimal trajectories found by hybrid optimization.

  4. Recovery of distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) after impulse vs. continuous equal-energy exposures

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    de Toro, Miguel Angel Aranda; Ordoñez, Rodrigo Pizarro; Reuter, Karen; Hammershøi, Dorte

    2008-01-01

    The correct assessment of impulse noise from occupational environments for hearing-conservation purposes is still a controversial issue. Currently, no universally accepted standard defines impulse noise accurately nor does a standard method exist to measure impulses. Moreover, current impulse......-damage risk-criteria suffer from lack of empirical data needed to quantify impulse noise exposures and assess potential damage. In this experiment human subjects are exposed to binaural recordings of noises from industrial environments. Stimuli consist of impulse noise, continuous noise, and combinations of...... impulse and continuous noise. Noise exposures are normalized to have the same energy (LAeq,8h= 80dB). The effects in the hearing of the subjects are monitored by measuring the recovery of the distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) with high-time resolution. The results can be used to investigate...

  5. Propagation of Impulse-Like Waveforms Through the Ionosphere Modeled by Cold Plasma

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    Giri, D. V.; Dvorak, S. L.

    In this chapter, we have studied the propagation of short, impulse-like pulses propagating through the ionosphere. The ionosphere is modeled by simple, cold plasma. The impulse response of such a plasma model is known to consist of two terms. The first term is the impulse itself and the second term contains a Bessel function of first order. This means that the impulse propagates as an impulse followed by a long, oscillatory tail. The numerical example studied here is that of the prototype impulse radiating antenna (IRA). Closed-form expressions are developed for the prototype IRA waveform propagation through the cold-plasma model of the ionosphere. The results are cross-checked with numerical evaluation via a convolution process that uses the known impulse response.

  6. Review of Impulse Noise Removal from Digital Video

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    RAVINDRA LUHACH

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available With the advancement in communication and information technology, legacy system are replaced by high speed computer as a result of this the world is shifting from analog to digital systems. Now, it is possible to transmit the digital videos over a communication channel and vice versa. Color video processing systems are used for a variety of purposes ranging from capturing scenes, processing of frames for feature extraction etc. Digital videos are generally contaminated by noise. Impulse noise is one such noise which may corrupt the frames of a digital video during acquisition, transmission over a noisy channel or in storage etc. This paper discussed in details about the color video processing and various schemes for removal of impulse noise for digital video.

  7. Simulation Analysis and Design for the Pressure Impulse Test

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    Yuan Zhaohui

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The pressure impulse test system is a complex nonlinear system; its control methods are very different from the traditional linear systems. The difficulty of its analysis focused on the physical realization of the entire system and mathematical model on complex pipeline system. We analyze the composition and principles of the entire test system, detailed study the basic equation of unsteady flow and do the static design which provides parameters for the dynamic simulation. Method of characteristics is used to establish the mathematical model. Then we analyze the transient process of the test system with the model, main analyze the affecting factors of water hammer wave-shaped through simulation. Finally, verify the correctness of simulation analysis model and ensure the impulse test can be successfully completed through the test of our main specimen -retractable actuator of landing gear with different combinations of key parameters.

  8. Global Search Capabilities of Indirect Methods for Impulsive Transfers

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    Shen, Hong-Xin; Casalino, Lorenzo; Luo, Ya-Zhong

    2015-10-01

    An optimization method which combines an indirect method with homotopic approach is proposed and applied to impulsive trajectories. Minimum-fuel, multiple-impulse solutions, with either fixed or open time are obtained. The homotopic approach at hand is relatively straightforward to implement and does not require an initial guess of adjoints, unlike previous adjoints estimation methods. A multiple-revolution Lambert solver is used to find multiple starting solutions for the homotopic procedure; this approach can guarantee to obtain multiple local solutions without relying on the user's intuition, thus efficiently exploring the solution space to find the global optimum. The indirect/homotopic approach proves to be quite effective and efficient in finding optimal solutions, and outperforms the joint use of evolutionary algorithms and deterministic methods in the test cases.

  9. Idiopathic Basal Ganglia Calcification Presented with Impulse Control Disorder

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    Sahin, Cem; Levent, Mustafa; Akbaba, Gulhan; Kara, Bilge; Yeniceri, Emine Nese; Inanc, Betul Battaloglu

    2015-01-01

    Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), also referred to as Idiopathic Basal Ganglia Calcification (IBGC) or “Fahr's disease,” is a clinical condition characterized by symmetric and bilateral calcification of globus pallidus and also basal ganglions, cerebellar nuclei, and other deep cortical structures. It could be accompanied by parathyroid disorder and other metabolic disturbances. The clinical features are dysfunction of the calcified anatomic localization. IBGC most commonly presents with mental damage, convulsion, parkinson-like clinical picture, and neuropsychiatric behavior disorders; however, presentation with impulse control disorder is not a frequent presentation. In the current report, a 43-year-old male patient who has been admitted to psychiatry policlinic with the complaints of aggressive behavior episodes and who has been diagnosed with impulse control disorder and IBGC was evaluated in the light of the literature. PMID:26246920

  10. An impulse radar array for detecting land mines

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    Gavel, D.T.; Mast, J.E.; Warhus, J.; Azevedo, S.G.

    1995-04-03

    The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has developed radar and imaging technologies with potential application in demining efforts. A patented wideband (impulse) radar that is very compact, very low cost, and very low power, has been demonstrated in test fields to be able to detect and image nonmetallic land mines buried in 2-10 cm of soil. The scheme takes advantage of the very short radar impulses and the ability to form a large synthetic aperture with many small individual units, to generate high resolution 2-D or 3-D tomographic images of the mine and surrounding ground. Radar range calculations predict that a vehicle-mounted or man-carried system is quite feasible using this technology. This paper presents the results of field tests using a prototype unit and describes practical mine detection system concepts. Predicted capabilities in terms of stand-off range and radiated power requirements are discussed.

  11. Fuzzy Impulsive Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

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    The permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) may experience chaotic behaviours with systemic parameters falling into a certain area or under certain working conditions, which threaten the secure and stable operation of motor-driven. Hence, it is important to study the methods of controlling or suppressing chaos in PMSMs. In this work, the Takagi–Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy impulsive control model for PMSMs is established via the T-S modelling methodology and impulsive technology. Based on the new model, the control conditions of asymptotical stability and exponential stability for PMSMs have been derived by the Lyapunov method. Finally, an illustrated example is also given to show the effectiveness of the obtained results

  12. Idiopathic Basal Ganglia Calcification Presented with Impulse Control Disorder.

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    Sahin, Cem; Levent, Mustafa; Akbaba, Gulhan; Kara, Bilge; Yeniceri, Emine Nese; Inanc, Betul Battaloglu

    2015-01-01

    Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), also referred to as Idiopathic Basal Ganglia Calcification (IBGC) or "Fahr's disease," is a clinical condition characterized by symmetric and bilateral calcification of globus pallidus and also basal ganglions, cerebellar nuclei, and other deep cortical structures. It could be accompanied by parathyroid disorder and other metabolic disturbances. The clinical features are dysfunction of the calcified anatomic localization. IBGC most commonly presents with mental damage, convulsion, parkinson-like clinical picture, and neuropsychiatric behavior disorders; however, presentation with impulse control disorder is not a frequent presentation. In the current report, a 43-year-old male patient who has been admitted to psychiatry policlinic with the complaints of aggressive behavior episodes and who has been diagnosed with impulse control disorder and IBGC was evaluated in the light of the literature. PMID:26246920

  13. Impulsive Spot Heating and Thermal Explosion of Interstellar Grains Revisited

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    Ivlev, A V; Vasyunin, A; Caselli, P

    2015-01-01

    The problem of impulsive heating of dust grains in cold, dense interstellar clouds is revisited theoretically, with the aim to better understand leading mechanisms of the explosive desorption of icy mantles. It is rigorously shown that if the heating of a reactive medium occurs within a sufficiently localized spot (e.g., heating of mantles by cosmic rays), then the subsequent thermal evolution is characterized by a single dimensionless number $\\lambda$. This number identifies a bifurcation between two distinct regimes: When $\\lambda$ exceeds a critical value (threshold), the heat equation exhibits the explosive solution, i.e., the thermal (chemical) explosion is triggered. Otherwise, thermal diffusion causes the deposited heat to spread over the entire grain -- this regime is commonly known as the whole-grain heating. The theory allows us to find a critical combination of the physical parameters that govern the explosion of icy mantles due to impulsive spot heating. In particular, the calculations suggest tha...

  14. Robust Consensus in the Presence of Impulsive Channel Noise

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    Dasarathan, Sivaraman; Tepedelenlioglu, Cihan; Banavar, Mahesh; Spanias, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    A distributed average consensus algorithm robust to a wide range of impulsive channel noise distributions is proposed. This work is the first of its kind in the literature to propose a consensus algorithm which relaxes the requirement of finite moments on the communication noise. It is shown that the nodes reach consensus asymptotically to a finite random variable whose expectation is the desired sample average of the initial observations with a variance that depends on the ...

  15. Morphological Filtering Algorithm for Restoring Images Contaminated by Impulse Noise

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    Jorge Domingo Mendiola-Santibañez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a methodology to restore gray scale images with pixels polluted by random impulsive noise is presented. Noise is discovered using a criterion based on the white top-hat by reconstruction. Pixels detected as corrupted are restored using an iterative morphological algorithm built with extensive and antiex- tensive morphological transformations. The proposal is compared with the rank ordered mean filter (ROM and other morphological transformations reported in the current literature.

  16. Impulse Backscattering in Granular Beds: Introducing a Toy Model

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    Mohan, T. R. Krishna; Sen, Surajit

    2003-01-01

    Impulses efficiently propagate into nominally dry granular beds and backscatter from buried inclusions in such beds may be potentially exploited to image shallow buried objects (SBOs). However, reliable imaging of SBOs requires ``cleaning up'' of surface vibrations, and, in addition to 3D particle dynamics simulations, a phenomenological model to parameterize the bed surface may be useful for field applications. We introduce a 1D mean-field-like toy model with two parameters that allows one t...

  17. The Temporal Impulse Response Function in Infantile Nystagmus

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    Bedell, Harold E.; Ramamurthy, Mahalakshmi; Patel, Saumil S; Subramaniam, Shobana; Vu-Yu, Lan-Phuong; Tong, Jianliang

    2008-01-01

    Despite rapid to-and-fro motion of the retinal image that results from their incessant involuntary eye movements, persons with infantile nystagmus (IN) rarely report the perception of motion smear. We performed two experiments to determine if the reduction of perceived motion smear in persons with IN is associated with an increase in the speed of the temporal impulse response. In Experiment 1, increment thresholds were determined for pairs of successively presented flashes of a long horizonta...

  18. Subtyping pathological gamblers based on impulsivity, depression and anxiety

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    Ledgerwood, David M; Petry, Nancy M.

    2010-01-01

    This study examined putative subtypes of pathological gamblers (PGs) based on the Pathways Model, and it also evaluated whether the subtypes would benefit differentially from treatment. Treatment-seeking PGs (N = 229) were categorized into Pathways subtypes based on scores from questionnaires assessing anxiety, depression and impulsivity. The Addiction Severity Index Gambling assessed severity of gambling problems at baseline, post-treatment and 12-month follow-up. Compared with Behaviorally ...

  19. Internal current measurements in high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Lundin, Daniel; Al Sahab, Seham; Brenning, Nils; Huo, Chunqing; Helmersson, Ulf

    2011-01-01

    The transport of charged particles in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge is of great interest when optimizing this promising deposition technique with respect to deposition rate and control of the ion acceleration. In this study the internal current densities Jϕ (azimuthal direction) and JD⊥ (axial direction) have therefore been spatially and temporally resolved in the bulk plasma region above a cylindrical magnetron using Rogowski coils. From the measurements a phen...

  20. Hysteresis-free reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Wallin, Erik; Helmersson, Ulf

    2008-01-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) of an Al target in Ar/O2 mixtures has been studied. The use of HIPIMS is shown to drastically influence the process characteristics compared to conventional sputtering. Under suitable conditions, oxide formation on the target as the reactive gas flow is increased is suppressed, and the hysteresis effect commonly observed as the gas flow is varied during conventional sputtering can be reduced, or even completely eliminated, using HIPIMS. Consequ...