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  1. Airborne hyperspectral imaging in the visible-to-mid wave infrared spectral range by fusing three spectral sensors

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    Jakovels, Dainis; Filipovs, Jevgenijs; Erinš, Gatis; Taskovs, Juris

    2014-10-01

    Airborne hyperspectral imaging is widely used for remote sensing of environment. The choice of spectral region usually depends on the availability and cost of the sensor. Visible-to-near infrared (400-1100 nm) spectral range corresponds to spectral sensitivity of relatively cheap Si detectors therefore it is the most commonly used. The implementation of shortwave infrared (1100-3000 nm) requires more expensive solutions, but can provide valuable information about the composition of the substance. Mid wave infrared (3000-8000 nm) is rarely used for civilian applications, but it provides information on the thermal emission of materials. The fusion of different sensors allows spectral analysis of a wider spectral range combining and improving already existing algorithms for the analysis of chemical content and classification. Here we introduce our Airborne Surveillance and Environmental Monitoring System (ARSENAL) that was developed by fusing seven sensors. The first test results from the fusion of three hyperspectral imaging sensors in the visible-to-mid wave infrared (365-5000 nm) are demonstrated. Principal component analysis (PCA) is applied to test correlation between principal components (PCs) and common vegetation indices.

  2. Continuous Spatial Tuning of Laser Emissions in a Full Visible Spectral Range

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    Mi-Yun Jeong

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available In order to achieve a continuous tuning of laser emission, the authors designed and fabricated three types of cholesteric liquid crystal cells with pitch gradient, a wedge cell with positive slope, a wedge cell with negative slope, and a parallel cell. The length of the cholesteric liquid crystal pitch could be elongated up to 10 nm, allowing the lasing behavior of continuous or discontinuous spatial tuning determined by the boundary conditions of the cholesteric liquid crystal cell. In the wedge cell with positive slope, the authors demonstrated a continuous spatial laser tuning in the near full visible spectral range, with a tuning resolution less than 1 nm by pumping with only a single 355 nm laser beam. This continuous tuning behavior is due to the fact that the concentration of pitch gradient matches the fixed helical pitch determined by the cell thickness. This characteristic continuous spatial laser tuning could be confirmed again by pumping with a 532 nm laser beam, over 90 nm in the visible spectral range. The scheme of the spatial laser tuning in the wedge cell bearing a pitch gradient enabled a route to designing small-sized optical devices that allow for a wide tunability of single-mode laser emissions.

  3. Broadband black phosphorus optical modulator in visible to mid-infrared spectral range

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    Zhang, Rui; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Yang, Ruinong; Yang, Bingchao; Liu, Zhongyuan; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-01-01

    Black phosphorous (BP), a two-dimensional (2D) material, has a direct bandgap, which fills up the bandgap lacuna left by graphene topological insulators and transition-metal dichalcogenides because of its dependence on the layers and applied strains. Theoretically, the direct and tunable band gap indicates the broadband applications in optoelectronics with high efficiencies in the spectral range from visible to mid-infrared. Here, a BP broadband optical modulator is experimentally constructed and the passively modulated lasers at 639 nm (red), 1.06 um (near-infrared) and 2.1 um (mid-infrared) are realized by using the BP optical modulator as the saturable absorber in bulk lasers. The obtained results provide a promising alternative for rare broadband optical modulators and broaden the application range of BP in photonics.

  4. Rare earth-transition metal compound-based MOSLM for the visible spectral range

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    We have demonstrated a magneto-optical spatial light modulator in which functionality is realized by (i) heating up to Curie temperature (Tc) magneto-optical elements (pixels) with a semiconductor laser and (ii) application of a switching magnetic field. The pixels were made of films of amorphous rare earth-transition metal compounds (TbFe films with Tc=403 K and DyFe films with Tc=343 K) having good magneto-optical responses for wavelengths from the visible spectral range. We have found that the magnetization direction of pixels can be modulated with a laser radiation density of 5 mJ/cm2 and in a switching magnetic field of 15 Oe.

  5. Detector calibration in the spectral range from vacuum-ultraviolet to visible

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    The Electrotechnical Laboratory is responsible for establishing optical units in Japan. Optical units are classified into photometric units which are weighted by human eye responsivity such as candela and radiometric units which are pure physical units such as watt. In this report, the overview of the techniques to determine the radiometric scales for detectors in the spectral region from ultraviolet to visible is described. The characteristics of semiconductor photodiodes as the primary standard detector and rare gas ionization chambers as another example of the primary standard detector are discussed. For characterizing the response of detectors, quantum efficiency or responsivity is used. The definitions of both are given. In order to realize a detector standard, the calibration with a primary standard detector the use of a primary standard radiation source and an efficiency-evaluated monochromatizing component, or the extension of spectral range of an existing detector standard by using a thermal detector is carried out. Noble gas ionization chambers as the primary standard detector in vacuum ultraviolet region, the self-calibration method, and semiconductor photodiodes as the absolute detector are described. (K.I.)

  6. Optical constants of liquid UO2 in the visible spectral range obtained from reflectivity measurements

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    The optical constants, n,k, of liquid urania were determined from reflectivity measurements with plane-polarized light. Measurements were made with an integrating-sphere laser reflectometer in the wavelength range 450-750 nm at temperatures between 3000 and 4000 K. Consistent results have been obtained for different angles of incidence. The optical constants show little variation with the wavelength and temperature. Liquid urania proves to be opaque to radiation in the whole spectral range studied. Average values of n = 1.7 and k = 0.8 are given for the temperature range 3100-3600 K. From this result it is concluded that internal thermal radiation cannot cause a significant increase in thermal conductivity urania upon melting. (orig.)

  7. Analysis of global water vapour trends from satellite measurements in the visible spectral range

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    S. Mieruch

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Global water vapour total column amounts have been retrieved from spectral data provided by the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME flying on ERS-2, which was launched in April 1995, and the SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCIAMACHY onboard ENVISAT launched in March 2002. For this purpose the Air Mass Corrected Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (AMC-DOAS approach has been used. The combination of the data from both instruments provides us with a long-term global data set spanning more than 11 years with the potential of extension up to 2020 by GOME-2 data on MetOp.

    Using linear and non-linear methods from time series analysis and standard statistics the trends of H2O columns and their errors have been calculated. In this study, factors affecting the trend such as the length of the time series, the magnitude of the variability of the noise, and the autocorrelation of the noise are investigated. Special emphasis has been placed on the calculation of the statistical significance of the observed trends, which reveal significant local changes from ?5% per year to +5% per year. These significant trends are distributed over the whole globe. Increasing trends have been calculated for Greenland, East Europe, Siberia and Oceania, whereas decreasing trends have been observed for the northwest USA, Central America, Amazonia, Central Africa and the Arabian Peninsular.

  8. Asymmetric one-dimensional photonic crystal for optical sensing in the visible spectral range

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    A gas sensor based on an asymmetric one-dimensional (1D) photonic band gap structure with one defect layer was designed and fabricated through layer-by-layer deposition of spin-coated poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) and vacuum-deposited As2S3. Initially, the thickness variations, ?d, were determined of the thin films resulting from the poly methyl methacrylate exposure to chloroform vapor in the concentration range 100 – 9000 ppm. It was found that the value of ?d depends on the gas concentration and the exposure time. A two-layer structure was prepared consisting of PMMA and vacuum-deposited As2S3. Further, the permeability of thin As2S3 films to chloroform vapors was investigated. The asymmetric photonic structure consisted of 11 alternating layers of As2S3 and PMMA. The defect PMMA layer was located before the last high-refractive-index film of chalcogenide glass. The thickness of the defect layer of PMMA was pre-calculated so that the pass band be centered at the wavelength of 550 nm. An offset was observed of the position of the pass band to the larger wavelengths after exposure to chloroform vapor. The multilayered structure proposed is promising for optical sensor applications.

  9. Asymmetric one-dimensional photonic crystal for optical sensing in the visible spectral range

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    Lalova, A.; Todorov, R.

    2014-05-01

    A gas sensor based on an asymmetric one-dimensional (1D) photonic band gap structure with one defect layer was designed and fabricated through layer-by-layer deposition of spin-coated poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) and vacuum-deposited As2S3. Initially, the thickness variations, ?d, were determined of the thin films resulting from the poly methyl methacrylate exposure to chloroform vapor in the concentration range 100 - 9000 ppm. It was found that the value of ?d depends on the gas concentration and the exposure time. A two-layer structure was prepared consisting of PMMA and vacuum-deposited As2S3. Further, the permeability of thin As2S3 films to chloroform vapors was investigated. The asymmetric photonic structure consisted of 11 alternating layers of As2S3 and PMMA. The defect PMMA layer was located before the last high-refractive-index film of chalcogenide glass. The thickness of the defect layer of PMMA was pre-calculated so that the pass band be centered at the wavelength of 550 nm. An offset was observed of the position of the pass band to the larger wavelengths after exposure to chloroform vapor. The multilayered structure proposed is promising for optical sensor applications.

  10. TiN/(Al,Sc)N metal/dielectric superlattices and multilayers as hyperbolic metamaterials in the visible spectral range

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    Saha, Bivas; Naik, Gururaj V.; Saber, Sammy; Akatay, Cem; Stach, Eric A.; Shalaev, Vladimir M.; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Sands, Timothy D.

    2014-09-01

    Hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) based on metal/dielectric multilayers have garnered attention in recent years due to their extraordinary optical properties emanating from hyperbolic dispersion of isofrequency surfaces. We have developed a new class of epitaxial metal/dielectric superlattice HMMs based on transition-metal nitrides—titanium nitride (TiN) and aluminum scandium nitride (AlxSc1-xN)—that could potentially lead to better HMM performance without requiring any traditional plasmonic materials such as gold (Au) and silver (Ag). Our results suggest that the TiN/(Al,Sc)N superlattices grown on (001) MgO substrates are nominally monocrystalline and pseudomorphic, exhibiting sharp interfaces with interface roughnesses of about one to two atomic layers. HMMs deposited on (0001) sapphire substrates grow in 111 orientation with local epitaxy inherent to individual grains, while on (001) Si substrates, the HMMs are polycrystalline. The HMM properties extracted with effective medium theory along with nonlocal field corrections indicate that the TiN/(Al,Sc)N superlattices grown on MgO substrates have both transverse negative (type-I) and transverse positive (type-II) hyperbolic dispersion of the isofrequency surfaces in the visible to near-IR spectral regions. The carrier concentration of TiN layers was varied deliberately by tuning the deposition conditions, thereby shifting the spectral range of both type-I and type-II HMM dispersions. The epitaxial thin-film-based HMMs developed here mark the beginning of a new generation of optical metamaterials with enhanced electromagnetic properties.

  11. The interaction of alcohol radicals with human hemoglobin. Pt. 1. Spectral properties of hemoglobin in the visible range

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    Aqueous deoxyhemoglobin solutions (2 mg/ml) were gamma-irradiated by a 60Co source in the presence of methanol, ethanol, 1-butanol and t-butanol under N2O or argon. The effects of the interaction of the particular alcohol radical species with hemoglobin were determined according to the detected spectral alterations in the visible range. The amounts of stable final products in the form of methemoglobin (MetHb) and the sum of hemichromes and cholehemichromes (Hemichr) were estimated in irradiated preparations. For preparations irradiated under N2O, the radiation yield for MetHb formation was three-fold lower in the presence of ethanol and 1-butanol [G(MetHb) = 0.33[ compared with preparations irradiated in the presence of t-butanol or without alcohol [G(MetHb) = 1.00[. The yield of hemichromes and cholehemichromes in preparations irradiated under N2O increased in the order: ethanol (G = 0.38), 1-butanol (B = 0.52), t-butanol (G = 0.59), and in the absence of alcohol (G 0.72). The high effectivity of t-butanol radicals for iron oxidation and Hb destruction is apparently due to their oxidative properties, compared with the other radicals. It was also shown that ethanol radicals reduce MetHb 10 times more effectively [G(Fe(II)) = 2.5[ compared with t-butanol radicals [G(Fe(II)) = 0.24[. For samples irradiated under argon all the observed changes were similar, regardless of the presence of alcohols. This effect can be attributed to reconstruction reactions of Hb molecules in the presence of both oxidizing (OH or t-but.) and reducing agents (e-aq). The following sequence of effectivities of water radiolysis products and secondary alcohol radicals for hemoglobin destruction has been identified: meth., eth. ? 1-but. ? e-aq ? t-but. ? .OH. (orig.)

  12. Emission intensity in the visible and IR spectral ranges from Si-based structures formed by direct bonding with simultaneous doping with erbium (Er) and europium (Eu)

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    Mezdrogina, M. M., E-mail: margaret.m@mail.ioffe.ru; Kostina, L. S.; Beliakova, E. I.; Kuzmin, R. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (Russian Federation)

    2013-09-15

    The photo- and electroluminescence spectra of silicon-based structures formed by direct bonding with simultaneous doping with rare-earth metals are studied. It is shown that emission in the visible and IR spectral ranges can be obtained from n-Si:Er/p-Si and n-Si:Eu/p-Si structures fabricated by the method suggested in the study. The results obtained make this method promising for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices.

  13. Optical, spectral and phase-matching properties of BIBO, BBO and LBO crystals for optical parametric oscillation in the visible and near-infrared wavelength ranges

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    The phase-matching properties of BIBO, BBO and LBO crystals for optical parametric oscillators (OPO) with wavelength tuning in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges were numerically investigated. The phase-matching configurations with a pump wavelength of 520 nm that provide the largest effective nonlinearity in each crystal were considered and compared. In addition, dispersive characteristics, including the group velocity mismatch and group velocity dispersion, which are of significant importance in femtosecond OPOs, were calculated. Finally, the attainable gain bandwidths for each crystal were estimated. (paper)

  14. Optical, spectral and phase-matching properties of BIBO, BBO and LBO crystals for optical parametric oscillation in the visible and near-infrared wavelength ranges

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    Akbari, R.; Major, A.

    2013-03-01

    The phase-matching properties of BIBO, BBO and LBO crystals for optical parametric oscillators (OPO) with wavelength tuning in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges were numerically investigated. The phase-matching configurations with a pump wavelength of 520 nm that provide the largest effective nonlinearity in each crystal were considered and compared. In addition, dispersive characteristics, including the group velocity mismatch and group velocity dispersion, which are of significant importance in femtosecond OPOs, were calculated. Finally, the attainable gain bandwidths for each crystal were estimated.

  15. Sensitivity of spectral reflectance to aerosol optical properties in UV and visible wavelength range: Preparatory study for aerosol retrieval from Geostationary Environmental Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS)

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    KIM, M.; Kim, J.; Lee, J.

    2011-12-01

    Asia, with its rapid increase in industrialization and population, has been receiving great attention as one of important source regions of pollutants including aerosols and trace gases. Since the spatio-temporal distribution of the pollutants varies rapidly, demands to monitor air quality in a geostationary satellite have increased recently. In these perspectives, the Ministry of Environment of Korea initiated a geostationary satellite mission to launch the Geostationary Environmental Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) onboard the GEO-KOMPSAT in 2017-2018 timeframe. From the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) measurements, it has been found that the low surface reflectance and strong interaction between aerosol absorption and molecular scattering in UV wavelength range can be advantageous in retrieving aerosol optical properties, such as aerosol optical thickness (AOT) and optical type (or single scattering albedo), over the source regions as well as ocean areas. In addition, GEMS is expected to have finer spatial resolution compared to OMI (13 x 24 km2 at nadir), thereby less affected by sub-pixel clouds. In this study, we present sensitivity of spectral reflectance to aerosol optical properties in ultraviolet (UV) and visible wavelength range for a purpose to retrieve aerosol optical properties from GEMS. The so called UV-VIS algorithm plans to use spectral reflectance in 350-650 nm. The algorithm retrieves AOT and aerosol type using an inversion method, which adopts pre-calculated lookup table (LUT) for a set of assumed aerosol models. For the aerosol models optimized in Asia areas, the inversion data of Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) located in the target areas are selectively used to archive aerosol optical properties. As a result, major aerosol types representing dust, polluted dust, and absorbing/non-absorbing anthropogenic aerosols are constructed and used for the LUT calculations. We analyze the effect of cloud contamination on the retrieved AOT by comparing the results from different spatial resolutions (7.5 x 7.5 km2, 5 x 5 km2, 2.5 x 7.5 km2, 1.25 x 3.75 km2). In addition, improved methodology to obtain aerosol products using hyper-spectral UV-VIS measurements is discussed.

  16. Spectral aerosol extinction (SpEx): a new instrument for in situ ambient aerosol extinction measurements across the UV/visible wavelength range

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    Jordan, C. E.; Anderson, B. E.; Beyersdorf, A. J.; Corr, C. A.; Dibb, J. E.; Greenslade, M. E.; Martin, R. F.; Moore, R. H.; Scheuer, E.; Shook, M. A.; Thornhill, K. L.; Troop, D.; Winstead, E. L.; Ziemba, L. D.

    2015-11-01

    We introduce a new instrument for the measurement of in situ ambient aerosol extinction over the 300-700 nm wavelength range, the spectral aerosol extinction (SpEx) instrument. This measurement capability is envisioned to complement existing in situ instrumentation, allowing for simultaneous measurement of the evolution of aerosol optical, chemical, and physical characteristics in the ambient environment. In this work, a detailed description of the instrument is provided along with characterization tests performed in the laboratory. Measured spectra of NO2 and polystyrene latex spheres (PSLs) agreed well with theoretical calculations. Good agreement was also found with simultaneous aerosol extinction measurements at 450, 530, and 630 nm using CAPS PMex instruments in a series of 22 tests including nonabsorbing compounds, dusts, soot, and black and brown carbon analogs. SpEx measurements are expected to help identify the presence of ambient brown carbon due to its 300 nm lower wavelength limit compared to measurements limited to longer UV and visible wavelengths. Extinction spectra obtained with SpEx contain more information than can be conveyed by a simple power law fit (typically represented by Ångström exponents). Planned future improvements aim to lower detection limits and ruggedize the instrument for mobile operation.

  17. Electromagnetic cloaking in the visible frequency range

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    Smolyaninov, I I; Davis, C C

    2007-01-01

    Electromagnetic metamaterials provide unprecedented freedom and flexibility to introduce new devices, which control electromagnetic wave propagation in very unusual ways. Very recently theoretical design of an "invisibility cloak" has been suggested, which has been realized at microwave frequencies in a two-dimensional cylindrical geometry. In this communication we report on the experimental realization of the dielectric permittivity distribution required for non-magnetic cloaking in the visible frequency range.

  18. Imaging systems for the delineation of spectral properties of geologic materials in the visible and near-infrared

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    Marsh, S. E.; Podwysocki, M. H.; Goetz, A. F. H.; Vane, G.; Slater, P. N.; Townsend, T. E.

    1983-01-01

    The current status of imaging systems for the identification of the spectral properties of geologic minerals in the visible and near infrared ranges is reviewed. The technical characteristics of the most important instruments are given, including the MSS and TM, the Airborne Imaging Spectrometer, (AIS) the Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS), and the Shuttle Imaging Spectrometer Experiment (SISEX). It is pointed out that none of the current systems have sufficient spectral resolution to identify mineralogy on the basis of absorption characteristics in the visible, near-infrared or shortwave-infrared bands. The development of new systems with higher spectral resolution is discussed.

  19. Brightness Control in Dynamic Range Constrained Visible Light OFDM Systems

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    Yu, Z; Baxley, R. J.; Zhou, G. T.

    2013-01-01

    Visible light communication (VLC) systems can provide illumination and communication simultaneously via light emitting diodes (LEDs). Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) waveforms transmitted in a VLC system will have high peak-to-average power ratios (PAPRs). Since the transmitting LED is dynamic-range limited, OFDM signal has to be scaled and biased to avoid nonlinear distortion. Brightness control is an essential feature for the illumination function. In thi...

  20. A review of visible-range Fabry-Perot microspectrometers in silicon for the industry

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    Carmo, João Paulo; Rocha, Rui Pedro; Bartek, Marian; de Graaf, Ger; Wolffenbuttel, Reinoud F.; Correia, José Higino

    2012-10-01

    This review presents microspectrometers in silicon for the industry for measuring light in the visible range, using the Fabry-Perot interferometric technique. The microspectrometers are devices able to do the analysis of the individual spectral components in a given signal and are extensively used on spectroscopy. The analysis of the interaction between the matter and the radiated energy can found huge applications in the industrial sector. The microspectrometers can be divided on three types, determined by the dispersion element or the used approach and can be found microspectrometers based on prisms, gratings interferometers. Both types of microspectrometers can be used to analyze the spectral content ranging from the ultraviolet (UV, below 390 nm), passing into the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum (VIS, 390-760 nm) up to the infrared (IR, above 760 nm). The microspectrometers in silicon are versatile microinstruments because silicon-compatible techniques can be used to assembly both the optical components with the readout and control electronics, thus resulting high-volume with high-reproducibility and low-cost batch fabrications. A compensation technique for minimizing the scattered light effects on interferometers was implemented and is also a contribution of this paper. Fabry-Perot microspectrometers for the visible range are discussed in depth for use in industrial applications.

  1. The refractive index of human hemoglobin in the visible range

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    Because the refractive index of hemoglobin in the visible range is sensitive to the hemoglobin concentration, optical investigations of hemoglobin are important for medical diagnostics and treatment. Direct measurements of the refractive index are, however, challenging; few such measurements have previously been reported, especially in a wide wavelength range. We directly measured the refractive index of human deoxygenated and oxygenated hemoglobin for nine wavelengths between 400 and 700 nm for the hemoglobin concentrations up to 140 g l-1. This paper analyzes the results and suggests a set of model functions to calculate the refractive index depending on the concentration. At all wavelengths, the measured values of the refractive index depended on the concentration linearly. Analyzing the slope of the lines, we determined the specific refraction increments, derived a set of model functions for the refractive index depending on the concentration, and compared our results with those available in the literature. Based on the model functions, we further calculated the refractive index at the physiological concentration within the erythrocytes of 320 g l-1. The results can be used to calculate the refractive index in the visible range for arbitrary concentrations provided that the refractive indices depend on the concentration linearly.

  2. Measuring black carbon spectral extinction in the visible and infrared

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    Smith, A. J. A.; Peters, D. M.; McPheat, R.; Lukanihins, S.; Grainger, R. G.

    2015-09-01

    This work presents measurements of the spectral extinction of black carbon aerosol from 400 nm to 15 ?m. The aerosol was generated using a Miniature Combustion Aerosol Standard soot generator and then allowed to circulate in an aerosol cell where its extinction was measured using a grating spectrometer in the visible and a Fourier transform spectrometer in the infrared. Size distribution, number concentration, and mass extinction cross sections have also been obtained using single-particle aerosol samplers. A mean mass extinction cross section at 550 nm of 8.3 ± 1.6 m2 g-1 is found which, assuming a reasonable single scatter albedo of 0.2, corresponds to a mass absorption cross section of 6.6 ± 1.3 m2 g-1. This compares well with previously reported literature values. Computer analysis of electron microscope images of the particles provides independent confirmation of the size distribution as well as fractal parameters of the black carbon aerosol. The aerosol properties presented in this work are representative of very fresh, uncoated black carbon aerosol. After atmospheric processing of such aerosols (which could include mixing with other constituents and structural changes), different optical properties would be expected.

  3. New fractal structures for frequencies close to the visible range

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    Malureanu, Radu; Sandru, A.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we present a new type of fractal resonator to be used in the red/NIR region of the spectra. The structure presents high-transmission band in 795-825nm range. The stop band is in the 683-731 nm range. Due to the huge difference in the spectra within such a short range, the structure can be used as an efficient sensor, both in transmission as well as in reflection. Thus, a variation of only 0.09 in the refraction index will for example change the structure’s behaviour from 90% reflection to 90% transmission. Such resonances lead to a sensitivity of 780 nm/RIU. Another advantage of this resonator is the independency of the incidence angle - in the spectral re-gion of interest; the incidence angle has very little influence over the response.

  4. Passive signatures concealed objects recorded by multispectral and hyperspectral systems in visible, infrared and terahertz range

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    Kastek, Mariusz; Kowalski, Marcin; Polakowski, Henryk; Lagueux, Philippe; Gagnon, Marc-André

    2014-06-01

    Risks to the safety of public zones (generally available for people) are related mainly to the presence of hidden dangerous objects (such as knives, guns, bombs etc.) and their usage. Modern system for the monitoring of such zones attempt to detect dangerous tools using multispectral cameras working in different spectral ranges: the visible radiation, near, medium and long range infrared and recently also in terahertz range. In order to develop methods and algorithms to detect hidden objects it is necessary to determine the thermal signatures of such objects of interest. The laboratory measurements were conducted to determine the thermal signatures of dangerous tools hidden under various clothes in different ambient conditions. Cameras used for measurements were working in spectral range 0.6-12.5 µm. An infrared imaging Fourier transform spectroradiometer was also used, working in spectral range 7.7-11.7 µm. Analysis of registered thermograms and hyperspectral datacubes has yielded the thermal signatures for: two types of guns, two types of knives and home-made explosive bombs. The determined thermal signatures will be used in the development of method and algorithms of image analysis implemented in proposed monitoring systems.

  5. Investigation into the ways of tuning parametric oscillators of visible and IR ranges

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    Different versions of optical parametric oscillator (OPO) schemes were experimentally realised and investigated, which utilise AgGaS2, LiNbO3 and HgGa2S4 single crystals as well as an Hg1-xCdxGa2S4 solid solution. The OPOs generate radiation in the 1.2-5.7-?m range and make use of different ways of output wavelength tuning, including fast wavelength tuning (in a time shorter than 0.1 ms) with the help of an acoustooptical deflector. The output spectral line was narrowed by means of an intracavity acoustooptical filter. An OPO for the visible range with an electrodynamic tuning to an arbitrary wavelength in this range in a time of 5ms was implemented employing a BBO single crystal. (invited paper)

  6. Visible and Near Infrared Fluorescence Spectral Flow Cytometry

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    Nolan, John P.; Condello, Danilo; DUGGAN, ERIKA; Naivar, Mark; Novo, David

    2012-01-01

    There is a long standing interest in measuring complete emission spectra from individual cells in flow cytometry. We have developed flow cytometry instruments and analysis approaches to enable this to be done routinely and robustly. Our spectral flow cytometers use a holographic grating to disperse light from single cells onto a CCD for high speed, wavelength-resolved detection. Customized software allows the single cell spectral data to be displayed and analyzed to produce new spectra-derive...

  7. Evaluating Potential Spectral Impacts of Various Artificial Lights on Melatonin Suppression, Photosynthesis, and Star Visibility

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    Aubé, Martin; Roby, Johanne; Kocifaj, Miroslav

    2013-01-01

    Artificial light at night can be harmful to the environment, and interferes with fauna and flora, star visibility, and human health. To estimate the relative impact of a lighting device, its radiant power, angular photometry and detailed spectral power distribution have to be considered. In this paper we focus on the spectral power distribution. While specific spectral characteristics can be considered harmful during the night, they can be considered advantageous during the day. As an example...

  8. New horizons of optics of the midinfrared spectral range

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    Mitrofanov, A. V.; Sidorov-Biryukov, D. A.; Voronin, A. A.; Pugžlys, A.; Lanin, A. A.; Fedotov, A. B.; Panchenko, V. Ya.; Baltuška, A.; Zheltikov, A. M.

    2015-10-01

    Optical physics and laser technologies are rapidly moving in the direction of exploring the midinfrared spectral range. New methods of mid-IR ultrashort pulse generation allow forming very short flashes of electromagnetic radiation with record high peak power for this range. The first experiments conducted with such systems make possible implementing new regimes of laser-matter interaction and shed light on unusual properties of the nonlinear-optical response of materials in the mid-IR spectral range.

  9. Hyper-Spectral Imager in visible and near-infrared band for lunar compositional mapping

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    A S Kiran Kumar; A Roy Chowdhury

    2005-12-01

    India ’s ?rst lunar mission,Chandrayaan-1,will have a Hyper-Spectral Imager in the visible and near-infrared spectral bands along with other instruments.The instrument will enable mineralogical mapping of the Moon ’s crust in a large number of spectral channels.The planned Hyper-Spectral Imager will be the ?rst instrument to map the lunar surface with the capability of resolving the spectral region,0.4 to 0.92 m in 64 continuous bands with a resolution of better than 15 nm and a spatial resolution of 80 m.Spectral separation will be done using a wedge ?lter and the image will be mapped onto an area detector.The detector output will be processed in the front-end processor to generate the 64-band data with 12-bit quantization.This paper gives a description of the Hyper-Spectral Imager instrument.

  10. A Wide Spectral Range Reflectance and Luminescence Imaging System

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    Tapani Hirvonen

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we introduce a wide spectral range (200–2500 nm imaging system with a 250 ?m minimum spatial resolution, which can be freely modified for a wide range of resolutions and measurement geometries. The system has been tested for reflectance and luminescence measurements, but can also be customized for transmittance measurements. This study includes the performance results of the developed system, as well as examples of spectral images. Discussion of the system relates it to existing systems and methods. The wide range spectral imaging system that has been developed is however highly customizable and has great potential in many practical applications.

  11. New fractal structures for frequencies close to the visible range

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    Malureanu, Radu; Sandru, A.; Andryieuski, Andrei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we present a new type of fractal resonator to be used in the red/NIR region of the spectra. The structure presents high-transmission band in 795-825nm range. The stop band is in the 683-731 nm range. Due to the huge difference in the spectra within such a short range, the structure can be used as an efficient sensor, both in transmission as well as in reflection. Thus, a variation of only 0.09 in the refraction index will for example change the structure’s behaviour from 90% reflec...

  12. Studies of the ECR plasma in the visible light range

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    High resolution visible light (VL) plasma photographs were taken at the ATOMKI-ECRIS by an 8 mega-pixel digital camera. Plasmas were generated from gases of He, methane, N, O, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe and from their mixtures. The analysis of the photo series gave many qualitative and numerous valuable physical information on the nature of ECR plasmas. VL photos convey information mainly on the cold electron component of the plasma. Cold electrons are confined in the central part of the plasma. It is a further challenging task to understand the colors of this special type of plasmas. The colors can be determined by the VL electron transitions of the plasma atoms and ions combined with the human eye sensitivity. There is a good visual agreement between the calculated normalized color and the real color of the plasmas. Through the examples of He and Xe we analyze the physical processes which affect the characteristic colors of these plasmas. The paper is followed by the slides of the presentation. (authors)

  13. Dual spectrally resolved interferometry to improve measurement range

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    Seo, Y. B.; Kim, B. K.; Joo, K.-N.

    2015-05-01

    In this investigation, a simple optical configuration and technique to improve the performance of spectrally-resolved interferometry (SRI) is proposed and experimentally verified. SRI has the fundamental limitation in the measurement range caused by the spectral bandwidth of an optical source and the spectral resolution of a spectrometer to detect the spectral interference density. Especially, the minimum measurable range of SRI is determined by the bandwidth of the source and this minimum measurable range becomes a dead zone in SRI. The proposed method can eliminate the dead zone without the minimum measurable distance and extend the measurable range of spectrally resolved interferometry (SRI) twice based on the bandwidth separation by a dichroic beam splitter (DBS). The benefit of this dichroic SRI is that it can be simply implemented with a DBS and another reference mirror from the typical SRI. Feasibility experiments were performed to verify the principle of the dichroic SRI and the result confirmed the effectiveness of this method as the extended measuring range.

  14. Dependence of cloud properties derived from spectrally resolved visible satellite observations on surface temperature

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Cloud climate feedback constitutes the most important uncertainty in climate modelling, and currently even its sign is still unknown. In the recently published report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC, 6 out of 20 climate models showed a positive and 14 a negative cloud radiative feedback in a doubled CO2 scenario. The radiative budget of clouds has also been investigated by experimental methods, especially by studying the relation of satellite observed broad band shortwave and longwave radiation to sea surface temperature. Here we present a new method for the investigation of the dependence of cloud properties on temperature changes, derived from spectrally resolved satellite observations in the visible spectral range. Our study differs from previous investigations in three important ways: first, we directly extract cloud properties (effective cloud fraction and effective cloud top height and relate them to surface temperature. Second, we retrieve the cloud altitude from the atmospheric O2 absorption instead from thermal IR radiation. Third, our correlation analysis is performed using 7.5 years of global monthly anomalies (with respect to the average of the same month for all years. For most parts of the globe (except the tropics we find a negative correlation of effective cloud fraction versus surface-near temperature. In contrast, for the effective cloud top height a positive correlation is found for almost the whole globe. Both findings might serve as an indicator for an overall positive cloud radiative feedback. Another peculiarity of our study is that the cloud-temperature relationships are determined for fixed locations (instead to spatial variations over selected areas and are based on the "natural" variability over several years (instead the anomaly for a strong El-Nino event. From a detailed comparison to cloud properties from the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP, in general good agreement is found. However, also systematic differences occurred indicating that our results provide independent and complementary information on cloud properties. Climate models should thus aim to reproduce our findings. Recommendations for the development of a "processor" to convert model results into the cloud sensitive quantities observed by the satellite are given.

  15. Composition, mineralogy, and porosity of multiple asteroid systems from visible and near-infrared spectral data

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    Lindsay, S. S.; Marchis, F.; Emery, J. P.; Enriquez, J. E.; Assafin, M.

    2015-02-01

    We aim to provide a taxonomic and compositional characterization of Multiple Asteroid Systems (MASs) located in the main belt (MB) using visible (0.45-0.85 ?m) and near-infrared (0.7-2.5 ?m) spectral data of 42 MB MASs. The compositional and mineralogical analysis is applied to determine meteorite analogs for the MASs, which, in turn, are applied to the MAS density measurements of Marchis et al. (Marchis et al. [2012]. Icarus 221, 1130-1161) to estimate the porosity of the systems. The macroporosities are used to evaluate the primary MAS formation hypotheses. Our spectral survey consists of visible and near-infrared spectral data. The visible observing campaign includes 25 MASs obtained using the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope with the Goodman High Throughput Spectrometer. The infrared observing campaign includes 34 MASs obtained using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) with the SpeX spectragraph. For completeness, both visible and NIR data sets are supplemented with publicly available data, and the data sets are combined where possible. The MASs are classified using the Bus-DeMeo taxonomic system. In order to determine mineralogy and meteorite analog, we perform a NIR spectral band parameter analysis using a new analysis routine, the Spectral Analysis Routine for Asteroids (SARA). The SARA routine determines band centers, areas, and depths by utilizing the diagnostic absorption features near 1- and 2-?m due to Fe2+ crystal field transitions in olivine + pyroxene and pyroxene, respectively. The band parameter analysis provides the Gaffey subtype for the S-complex MASs; the relative abundance olivine-to-pyroxene ratio; and olivine and pyroxene modal abundances for S-complex and V-type MASs. This mineralogical information is then applied to determine meteorite analogs. Through applying calibration studies, we are able to determine the H, L, and LL meteorite analogs for 15 MASs with ordinary chondrite-like (OC) mineralogies. We observe an excess (10/15) of LL-like mineralogies. Of the ten MASs with LL-like mineralogies, seven are consistent with Flora family membership, supporting the hypothesis that the Flora family is a source of LL-like NEAs and LL chondrites on Earth. Our band parameter analysis is unable to clearly distinguish between the HED subgroups for the 6 V-type MASs. Using the measured densities of the meteorite analog and the MAS densities from Marchis et al. (Marchis et al. [2012]. Icarus 221, 1130-1161), we estimate the macroporosity for 13 MASs. We find that all of the MASs with estimated macroporosities are in agreement with formation hypotheses.

  16. Composition, Mineralogy, and Porosity of Multiple Asteroid Systems from Visible and Near-infrared Spectral Data

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    Lindsay, Sean S; Emery, Joshua P; Enriquez, J Emilio; Assafin, Marcelo

    2014-01-01

    We provide a taxonomic and compositional characterization of Multiple Asteroid Systems (MASs) located in the main belt (MB) using visible and near-infrared (0.45-2.5 um) spectral data of 42 MB MASs. The mineralogical analysis is applied to determine meteorite analogs for the MASs, which, in turn, are applied to the MAS density measurements of Marchis et al. (2012) to estimate the system porosity. The macroporosities are used to evaluate the primary MAS formation hypotheses. The visible observing campaign includes 25 MASs obtained using the SOAR telescope with the Goodman High Throughput Spectrometer. The infrared observing campaign includes 34 MASs obtained using the NASA IRTF with the SpeX spectragraph. The MASs are classified using the Bus-DeMeo taxonomic system. We perform a NIR spectral band parameter analysis using a new analysis routine, the Spectral Analysis Routine for Asteroids (SARA). The SARA routine determines band centers, areas, and depths by utilizing the diagnostic absorption features near 1- ...

  17. Innovative static spectropolarimeter concept for wide spectral ranges: tolerancing study

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    Pertenais, Martin; Parès, Laurent; Petit, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    Developing an efficient and robust polarimeter for wide spectral ranges and space applications is a main issue in many projects. As part of the UVMag consortium created to develop UV facilities in space (e.g. the Arago mission proposed to ESA), we are studying an innovative concept of polarimeter that is robust, simple, and efficient on a wide spectral range. The idea, based on the article by Sparks et al. (2012), is to use polarization scramblers to create a spatial modulation of the polarization. Along the height of the wedges of the scramblers, the thickness of the birefringent material crossed by the light, and thus the retardance, vary continuously. This variation creates an intensity modulation of the light related to the entrance polarization state. Analyzing this modulation with a linear polarizer, and dispersing the light spectrally in the orthogonal spatial direction, enables the measurement of the full Stokes vector over the entire spectrum. This determination is performed with a single-shot measur...

  18. Photofragmentation of colloidal solutions of gold nanoparticles under femtosecond laser pulses in IR and visible ranges

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    Danilov, P. A.; Zayarnyi, D. A.; Ionin, A. A.; Kudryashov, S. I.; Lednev, V. N.; Makarov, S. V.; Pershin, S. M.; Rudenko, A. A.; Saraeva, I. N.; Yurovskikh, V. I.

    2015-05-01

    The specific features of photofragmentation of sols of gold nanoparticles under focused femtosecond laser pulses in IR (1030 nm) and visible (515 nm) ranges is experimentally investigated. A high photofragmentation efficiency of nanoparticles in the waist of a pulsed laser beam in the visible range (at moderate radiation scattering) is demonstrated; this efficiency is related to the excitation of plasmon resonance in nanoparticles on the blue shoulder of its spectrum, in contrast to the regime of very weak photofragmentation in an IR-laser field of comparable intensity. Possible mechanisms of femtosecond laser photofragmentation of gold nanoparticles are discussed.

  19. Generation of pulsed light in the visible spectral region based on non-linear cavity dumping

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    Johansson, Sandra; Andersen, Martin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Janousek, Jiri; Buchhave, Preben; Laurell, Fredrik

    2006-01-01

    We propose a novel generic approach for generation of pulsed light in the visible spectrum based on sum-frequency generation between the high circulating intra-cavity power of a high finesse CW laser and a single-passed pulsed laser. For demonstration, we used a CW 1342 nm laser mixed with a passively Q-switched 1064 nm laser to generate pulsed light at 593 nm. Light sources in the yellow spectral region have several applications, e.g. dermatology, laser displays and flow cytometry. Traditionall...

  20. The UV-A and visible solar irradiance spectrum: inter-comparison of absolutely calibrated, spectrally medium resolution solar irradiance spectra from balloon- and satellite-borne measurements

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    W. Gurlit; Bösch, H.; Bovensmann, H.; Burrows, J.P.; Butz, A.; Camy-Peyret, C.; Dorf, M.; Gerilowski, K.; Lindner, A; Noël, S.; Platt, U.; F. Weidner; Pfeilsticker, K.

    2005-01-01

    Within the framework of the ENVISAT/-SCIAMACHY satellite validation, solar irradiance spectra are absolutely measured at moderate resolution in the UV/visible spectral range (in the UV from 316.7–418 nm and the visible from 400–652 nm at a full width half maximum resolution of 0.55 nm and 1.48 nm, respectively) from aboard the azimuth-controlled LPMA/DOAS balloon gondola at around 32 km balloon float altitude. After accounting for the atmospheric extinction due to Rayleigh...

  1. Experimental demonstration of a broadband array of invisibility cloaks in the visible frequency range

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    Smolyaninova, V N; Ermer, H K

    2012-01-01

    Very recently Farhat et al. [1] have suggested that arrays of invisibility cloaks may find important applications in low-interference communication, noninvasive probing, sensing and communication networks, etc. We report on the first experimental realization of such an array of broadband invisibility cloaks, which operates in the visible frequency range. Wavelength and angular dependencies of the cloak array performance have been studied.

  2. Compact laser transmitter delivering a long-range infrared beam aligned with a monitoring visible beam.

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    Lee, Hong-Shik; Kim, Haeng-In; Lee, Sang-Shin

    2012-06-10

    A compact laser transmitter, which takes advantage of an optical subassembly module, was proposed and demonstrated, providing precisely aligned collinear IR and visible beams. The collimated IR beam acts as a long-range projectile for simulated combat, carrying an optical pulsed signal, whereas the visible beam plays the role of tracking the IR beam. The proposed laser transmitter utilizes IR (?(1)=905 nm) and visible (?(2)=660 nm) light sources, a fiber-optic collimator, and a beam combiner, which includes a wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) filter in conjunction with optical fiber. The device was built via the laser welding technique and then evaluated by investigating the characteristics of the generated light beams. The IR collimated beam produced had a Gaussian profile and a divergence angle of ~1.3 mrad, and the visible monitoring beam was appropriately collimated to be readily discernible in the vicinity of the transmitter. The two beams were highly aligned within an angle of 0.004 deg as anticipated. Finally, we performed a practical outdoor field test to assess the IR beam with the help of a receiver. An effective trajectory was observed ranging up to 660 m with an overall detectable beam width of ~60 cm. PMID:22695673

  3. Visible and near-infrared spectral signatures for adulteration assessment of extra virgin olive oil

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    Mignani, A. G.; Ciaccheri, L.; Ottevaere, H.; Thienpont, H.; Conte, L.; Marega, M.; Cichelli, A.; Attilio, C.; Cimato, A.

    2010-04-01

    Because of its high price, the extra virgin olive oil is frequently target for adulteration with lower quality oils. This paper presents an innovative optical technique capable of quantifying the adulteration of extra virgin olive oil caused by lowergrade olive oils. It relies on spectral fingerprinting the test liquid by means of diffuse-light absorption spectroscopy carried out by optical fiber technology in the wide 400-1700 nm spectral range. Then, a smart multivariate processing of spectroscopic data is applied for immediate prediction of adulterant concentration.

  4. Integrated visible to near infrared, short wave infrared, and long wave infrared spectral analysis for surface composition mapping near Mountain Pass, California

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    McDowell, Meryl L.; Kruse, Fred A.

    2015-05-01

    We have developed new methods for enhanced surface material identification and mapping that integrate visible to near infrared (VNIR, ~0.4 - 1 ?m), short wave infrared (SWIR, ~1 - 2.5 ?m), and long wave infrared (LWIR, ~8 - 12 ?m) multispectral and hyperspectral imagery. This approach produces a single map of surface composition derived from the full spectral range. We applied these methods to a spectrally diverse region around Mountain Pass, CA. A comparison of the integrated results with those obtained from analyzing the spectral ranges individually reveals compositional information not exhibited by the VNIR, SWIR or LWIR data alone. We also evaluate the benefit of hyperspectral rather than multispectral LWIR data for this integrated approach.

  5. Separate photosensitizers mediate degradation of the 32-kDa photosystem II reaction center protein in the visible and UV spectral regions

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    A component of the photosystem II reaction center, the 32-kDa protein, is rapidly turned over in the light. The mechanism of its light-dependent metabolism is largely unknown. We quantified the rate of 32-kDa protein degradation over a broad spectral range (UV, visible, and far red). The quantum yield for degradation was highest in the UVB (280-320 nm) region. Spectral evidence demonstrates two distinctly different photosensitizers for 32-kDa protein degradation. The data implicate the bulk photosynthetic pigments (primarily chlorophyll) in the visible and far red regions, and plastoquinone (in one or more of its redox states) in the UV region. A significant portion of 32-kDa protein degradation in sunlight is attributed to UVB irradiance

  6. Micro- and nanophotonic structures in the visible and near infrared spectral region for optical devices

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    Pham, Van Hoi; Bui, Huy; Van Nguyen, Thuy; Nguyen, The Anh; Son Pham, Thanh; Cam Hoang, Thi Hong; Ngo, Quang Minh

    2013-06-01

    In this paper we present some research results on the micro and nano-photonic structures in the visible and near infrared spectral region for optical devices that have been done within the framework of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program of Institute of Materials Science. In the first part, we report the design and fabrication of 1D photonic structure based on porous silicon layers fabricated by electrochemical etching method and some of their potential applications such as optical filters, microcavity and optical sensors for distinguishing the content of bio-gasoline. In addition, we demonstrate some results on preparation of the 2D and 3D nanophotonic structures based on silica opal layers prepared by sol-gel and self-assembled methods. In the second part, we demonstrate the results of lasing emissions of erbium ions in the visible and near infrared zone from microcavity. The observation of emission of single-mode green light at the wavelength of 537 nm from erbium ions in the microcavity is interesting for the study of atom-photon interaction phenomenon. In the last part, we will show some new results of design and fabrication of nanocomposite based on nanoscale TiO2 and/or ZnO and nanoparticles of semiconductors and metals, which are oriented to the fabrication of energy conversion and photo-reactor devices. Invited talk at the 6th International Workshop on Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology IWAMSN2012, 30 October-2 November, 2012, Ha Long, Vietnam.

  7. Micro- and nanophotonic structures in the visible and near infrared spectral region for optical devices

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    In this paper we present some research results on the micro and nano-photonic structures in the visible and near infrared spectral region for optical devices that have been done within the framework of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program of Institute of Materials Science. In the first part, we report the design and fabrication of 1D photonic structure based on porous silicon layers fabricated by electrochemical etching method and some of their potential applications such as optical filters, microcavity and optical sensors for distinguishing the content of bio-gasoline. In addition, we demonstrate some results on preparation of the 2D and 3D nanophotonic structures based on silica opal layers prepared by sol–gel and self-assembled methods. In the second part, we demonstrate the results of lasing emissions of erbium ions in the visible and near infrared zone from microcavity. The observation of emission of single-mode green light at the wavelength of 537 nm from erbium ions in the microcavity is interesting for the study of atom–photon interaction phenomenon. In the last part, we will show some new results of design and fabrication of nanocomposite based on nanoscale TiO2 and/or ZnO and nanoparticles of semiconductors and metals, which are oriented to the fabrication of energy conversion and photo-reactor devices. (review)

  8. Experimental demonstration of a broadband array of invisibility cloaks in the visible frequency range

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    Very recently Farhat et al (2011, Phys. Rev. B 84 235105) suggested that arrays of invisibility cloaks may find important applications in low-interference communication, noninvasive probing, sensing and communication networks and so on. We report on the first experimental realization of such an array of broadband invisibility cloaks that operates in the visible frequency range. The wavelength and angular dependences of the cloak array performance have been studied. (paper)

  9. A feasibility study for the retrieval of the total column precipitable water vapour from satellite observations in the blue spectral range

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    T. Wagner

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available We present a new algorithm for satellite retrievals of the atmospheric water vapour column in the blue spectral range. The water vapour absorption cross section in the blue spectral range is much weaker than in the red spectral range. Thus the detection limit and the uncertainty of individual observations are systematically larger than for retrievals at longer wavelengths. Nevertheless, water vapour retrievals in the blue spectral range have also several advantages: since the surface albedo in the blue spectral range is similar over land and ocean, water vapour retrievals are more consistent than for longer wavelengths. Compared to retrievals at longer wavelengths, the sensitivity for atmospheric layers close to the surface is higher due to the (typically 2 to 3 times higher ocean albedo in the blue. Water vapour retrievals in the blue spectral range are also possible for satellite sensors, which do not measure at longer wavelengths of the visible spectral range like the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI. We investigated details of the water vapour retrieval in the blue spectral range based on radiative transfer simulations and observations from the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment 2 (GOME-2 and OMI. It is demonstrated that it is possible to retrieve the atmospheric water vapour column density in the blue spectral range over most parts of the globe. The findings of our study are of importance also for future satellite missions (e.g. Sentinel 4 and 5.

  10. A feasibility study for the retrieval of the total column precipitable water vapor from satellite observations in the blue spectral range

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    T. Wagner

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available We present a new algorithm for satellite retrievals of the atmospheric water vapor column in the blue spectral range. The water vapor absorption cross section in the blue spectral range is much weaker than in the red spectral range. Thus the detection limit and the uncertainty of individual observations is systematically larger than for retrievals at longer wavelengths. Nevertheless, water vapor retrievals in the blue spectral range have also several advantages: since the surface albedo in the blue spectral range is similar over land and ocean, water vapor retrievals are more consistent than for longer wavelengths. Compared to retrievals at longer wavelengths, over ocean the sensitivity for atmospheric layers close to the surface is higher due to the (typically 2 to 3 times higher ocean albedo in the blue. Water vapor retrievals in the blue spectral range are also possible for satellite sensors, which do not measure at longer wavelengths of the visible spectral range like the Ozone Monitoring instrument (OMI. We investigated details of the water vapor retrieval in the blue spectral range based on radiative transfer simulations and observations from the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment 2 (GOME-2 and OMI. It is demonstrated that it is possible to retrieve the atmospheric water vapor column density in the blue spectral range over most parts of the globe. The findings of our study are of importance also for future satellite missions like e.g. Sentinel 4 and 5.

  11. Infrared Spectroscopy with Visible Light

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    Kalashnikov, Dmitry A; Kulik, Sergei P; Krivitsky, Leonid A

    2015-01-01

    Spectral measurements in the infrared (IR) optical range provide unique fingerprints of materials which are useful for material analysis, environmental sensing, and health diagnostics. Current IR spectroscopy techniques require the use of optical equipment suited for operation in the IR range, which faces challenges of inferior performance and high cost. Here we develop a spectroscopy technique, which allows spectral measurements in the IR range using visible spectral range components. The technique is based on nonlinear interference of infrared and visible photons, produced via Spontaneous Parametric Down Conversion (SPDC). The intensity interference pattern for a visible photon depends on the phase of an IR photon, which travels through the media. This allows determining properties of the media in the IR range from the measurements of visible photons. The technique can substitute and/or complement conventional IR spectroscopy techniques, as it uses well-developed optical components for the visible range.

  12. Atom Probe Tomography and Visible/Near-Infrared Spectral Analysis of Simulated Solar Wind Hydrogen Implanted Olivine

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    Kuhlman, K. R.; Poplawsky, J. D.; Hiroi, T.; Baba, K.

    2015-07-01

    We present the results of the first atom probe tomography (APT) and visible/near-infrared (VNIR) spectral study of a sample of San Carlos olivine (Fo90.1) exposed to simulated space weathering due to hydrogen at solar wind energy (~1keV/amu).

  13. Using Visible Spectral Information to Predict Long-Wave Infrared Spectral Emissivity: A Case Study over the Sokolov Area of the Czech Republic with an Airborne Hyperspectral Scanner Sensor

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    Gila Notesco

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Remote-sensing platforms are often comprised of a cluster of different spectral range detectors or sensors to benefit from the spectral identification capabilities of each range. Missing data from these platforms, caused by problematic weather conditions, such as clouds, sensor failure, low temporal coverage or a narrow field of view (FOV, is one of the problems preventing proper monitoring of the Earth. One of the possible solutions is predicting a detector or sensor’s missing data using another detector/sensor. In this paper, we propose a new method of predicting spectral emissivity in the long-wave infrared (LWIR spectral region using the visible (VIS spectral region. The proposed method is suitable for two main scenarios of missing data: sensor malfunctions and narrow FOV. We demonstrate the usefulness and limitations of this prediction scheme using the airborne hyperspectral scanner (AHS sensor, which consists of both VIS and LWIR spectral regions, in a case study over the Sokolov area, Czech Republic.

  14. Infrared Spectroscopy with Visible Light

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    Kalashnikov, Dmitry A.; Paterova, Anna V.; Kulik, Sergei P.; Krivitsky, Leonid A.

    2015-01-01

    Spectral measurements in the infrared (IR) optical range provide unique fingerprints of materials which are useful for material analysis, environmental sensing, and health diagnostics. Current IR spectroscopy techniques require the use of optical equipment suited for operation in the IR range, which faces challenges of inferior performance and high cost. Here we develop a spectroscopy technique, which allows spectral measurements in the IR range using visible spectral range ...

  15. Scientometric analyses of the international visibility of German psychology researchers and their range of specialization

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    Clemens B. Fell

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available With reference to the role of networking, accelerated by current developments within large parts of the scientific community, the assumption is examined that the range of specialization of scientists in terms of membership in professional sections of scientific societies is related to the international impact of their publications. The sample consists of 2,788 German psychologists enrolled in the German Psychological Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGPs. A log-linear model suggests that the citation pattern of DGPs members with no citations of their papers published in 2000 or 2005 respectively in the time intervals 2000-2004 or 2005-2009 generally differs from that of their colleagues across four ranges of specialization categories. Configural Frequency Analysis led to the identification of distinct subgroups of scientific specialization and international visibility, i.e., citations by others. Specifically, for those individuals who enjoy international visibility, one key to success seems to be multiple professional specializations with reference to different subdisciplines of psychology.

  16. Tunable femtosecond laser in the visible range with an intracavity frequency-doubled optical parametric oscillator

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    Zhu, Jiang-Feng; Xu, Liang; Lin, Qing-Feng; Zhong, Xin; Han, Hai-Nian; Wei, Zhi-Yi

    2013-05-01

    We demonstrated experimentally a synchronously pumped intracavity frequency-doubled femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) using a periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) as the nonlinear material in combination with a lithium triborate (LBO) as the doubling crystal. A Kerr-lens-mode-locked (KLM) Ti:sapphire oscillator at the wavelength of 790 nm was used as the pump source, which was capable of generating pulses with a duration as short as 117 fs. A tunable femtosecond laser covering the 624-672 nm range was realized by conveniently adjusting the OPO cavity length. A maximum average output power of 260 mW in the visible range was obtained at the pump power of 2.2 W, with a typical pulse duration of 205 fs assuming a sech2 pulse profile.

  17. Dose dependence of visible range diffuse reflectivity for Si+ and C+ ion implanted polymers

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    Balabanov, S.; Tsvetkova, T.; Borisova, E.; Avramov, L.; Bischoff, L.

    2008-05-01

    Detailed insight into the near-surface area of the ion beam modified polymer is supplied by the measured diffuse reflectivity spectra. The near-surface layer (50÷150 nm) of bulk polymer samples have been implanted with silicon (Si+) and carbon (C+) ions at low energies (E = 30 keV) and a wide range of ion doses (D = 5.1012-2.1017 cm+2). The polymer materials studied were: ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), poly-propylene (PP), and poly-tetra-fluor-ethylene (PTFE). The diffuse optical reflectivity spectra Rd = f(?) of the implanted samples have been measured in the visible range (? = 400÷830 nm). In this paper the dose dependences of the size and sign of the diffuse reflectivity changes ?Rd = f(D) have been analyzed.

  18. Observation of the fine structure for rovibronic spectral lines in visible part of emission spectra of $D_2$

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    Lavrov, B P; Zhukov, A S

    2011-01-01

    For the first time the fine structure of rovibronic spectral lines in visible part of emission spectra of $D_2$ molecule has been observed. Observed splitting in visible doublets is about 0.2 cm$^{-1}$ in good accordance with previous observations in the infrared part of the spectrum ($a^3\\Sigma_g^+ \\to c^3\\Pi_u$ electronic transition) by means of FTIR and laser spectroscopy. Relative intensities of the fine structure components are in agreement with our calculations of adiabatic line strengths for Hund's case "b" coupling scheme.

  19. Low-Loss Optical Waveguides for the Near Ultra-Violet and Visible Spectral Regions with Al2O3 Thin Films from Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Aslan, Mustafa M.; Webster, Nathan A.; Byard, Courtney L.; Pereira, Marcelo B.; Hayes, Colin M.; Wiederkehr, Rodrigo S.; Mendes, Sergio B.

    2010-01-01

    In this work, we report low-loss single-mode integrated optical waveguides in the near ultra-violet and visible spectral regions with aluminum oxide (Al2O3) films using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. Alumina films were deposited on glass and fused silica substrates by the ALD process at substrate/chamber temperatures of 200 °C and 300 °C. Transmission spectra and waveguide measurements were performed in our alumina films with thicknesses in the range of 210 – 380 nm for the optical...

  20. Polylogarithmic representation of radiative and thermodynamic properties of thermal radiation in a given spectral range: II. Real-body radiation

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    Fisenko, Anatoliy I

    2015-01-01

    The general analytical expressions for the thermal radiative and thermodynamic properties of a real-body are obtained in a finite range of frequencies at different temperatures. The frequency dependence of the spectral emissivity is represented as a power series. The Stefan-Boltzmann law, total energy density, number density of photons, Helmholtz free energy density, internal energy density, enthalpy density, entropy density, heat capacity at constant volume, pressure, and total emissivity are expressed in terms of the polylogarithm functions. The general expressions for the thermal radiative and thermodynamic functions are applied for the study of thermal radiation of liquid and solid zirconium carbide. These functions are calculated using experimental data for the frequency dependence of the normal spectral emissivity in the visible-near infrared range at the melting (freezing) point. The gaps between the thermal radiative and thermodynamic functions of liquid and solid zirconium carbide are observed. The g...

  1. Generation of pulsed light in the visible spectral region based on non-linear cavity dumping

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    Johansson, Sandra; Andersen, Martin

    We propose a novel generic approach for generation of pulsed light in the visible spectrum based on sum-frequency generation between the high circulating intra-cavity power of a high finesse CW laser and a single-passed pulsed laser. For demonstration, we used a CW 1342 nm laser mixed with a passively Q-switched 1064 nm laser to generate pulsed light at 593 nm. Light sources in the yellow spectral region have several applications, e.g. dermatology, laser displays and flow cytometry. Traditionally, copper-vapor lasers at 578 nm and dye lasers are used in this spectral region. These are however bulky, inefficient and contain highly toxic gasses and liquids. Different approaches to replace these are: frequency-doubled semiconductor lasers1, sum-frequency generation between solid-state lasers in both in CW2 and Q-switched3 operation and Raman lasers4. An intra-cavity 1342 nm Nd:YVO4 laser acted as the CW light source, using a folded cavity to achieve tight focussing in the non-linear crystal which was a 11 mm long PPKTP. The pulsed light source was a Nd:YVO4 laser emitting at 1064 nm using Cr:YAG as a passive saturable absorber, resulting in a pulse length of 100 ns and a repetition frequency of 215 kHz. Both lasers were pumped with 808 nm laser diodes delivering 4 W of output power. The circulating power of the 1342 nm laser was 57 W and the peak power of the 1064 nm laser reaching the PPKTP crystal was 17 W. A peak power of approximately 4 W at 593 nm was measured. Accounting for the Fresnel losses for the outcoupling mirror, this would correspond to 5.3 W of generated 593 nm power. The pulsed yellow-orange light follows exactly the 1064 nm pulses in terms of repetition frequency and pulse width. By matching the pulse length of the passively Q-switched laser to the round-trip time of the CW intra-cavity laser, the circulating power could be more efficiently depleted. Calculations give that yellow peak powers in the order of 50 W could be reached.

  2. Squared visibility estimator. Calibrating biases to reach very high dynamic range

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    Perrin, G

    2005-01-01

    In the near infrared where detectors are limited by read-out noise, most interferometers have been operated in wide band in order to benefit from larger photon rates. We analyze in this paper the biases caused by instrumental and turbulent effects to $V^2$ estimators for both narrow and wide band cases. Visibilities are estimated from samples of the interferogram using two different estimators, $V^{2}_1$ which is the classical sum of the squared modulus of Fourier components and a new estimator $V^{2}_2$ for which complex Fourier components are summed prior to taking the square. We present an approach for systematically evaluating the performance and limits of each estimator, and to optimizing observing parameters for each. We include the effects of spectral bandwidth, chromatic dispersion, scan length, and differential piston. We also establish the expression of the Signal-to-Noise Ratio of the two estimators with respect to detector and photon noise. The $V^{2}_1$ estimator is insensitive to dispersion and ...

  3. Tailoring Metallodielectric Structures for Super Resolution and Superguiding Applications in the Visible and Near IR Ranges

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    De Ceglia, D; Cappeddu, M G; Centini, M; Akozbek, N; DOrazio, A; Haus, J W; Bloemer, M J; Scalora, M

    2008-01-01

    We discuss propagation effects in realistic, transparent, metallo-dielectric photonic band gap structures in the context of negative refraction and super-resolution in the visible and near infrared ranges. In the resonance tunneling regime, we find that for transverse-magnetic incident polarization, field localization effects contribute to a waveguiding phenomenon that makes it possible for the light to remain confined within a small fraction of a wavelength, without any transverse boundaries, due to the suppression of diffraction. This effect is related to negative refraction of the Poynting vector inside each metal layer, balanced by normal refraction inside the adjacent dielectric layer: The degree of field localization and material dispersion together determine the total momentum that resides within any given layer, and thus the direction of energy flow. We find that the transport of evanescent wave vectors is mediated by the excitation of quasi-stationary, low group velocity surface waves responsible for...

  4. Photocatalysis in the visible range of sub-stoichiometric anatase films prepared by MOCVD

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    Justicia, I. [ICMAB/CSIC, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Garcia, G. [ICMAB/CSIC, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain)]. E-mail: gemma@icmab.es; Battiston, G.A. [ICIS/CNR, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova (Italy); Gerbasi, R. [ICIS/CNR, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova (Italy); Ager, F. [CNA/CSIC Parque Tecnologico Cartuja 93, Avda Thomas A, Edison, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Guerra, M. [IIQAB/CSIC Jordi Girona, 18 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Caixach, J. [IIQAB/CSIC Jordi Girona, 18 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Pardo, J.A. [ICMAB/CSIC, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Rivera, J. [IIQAB/CSIC Jordi Girona, 18 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Figueras, A. [ICMAB/CSIC, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Instituto de Fisica, UNAM, Campus UNAM Juriquilla, 76230 Queretaro (Mexico)

    2005-08-25

    Anatase phase of titanium oxide is the most promising photocatalyst material for organic pollutant degradation. However, due to its large band gap energy (3.2 eV) it is not viable to use sunlight as an energy source for the photocatalysis activation, and so, ultraviolet (UV) radiation below the wavelength of 380 nm is required. This paper focuses on the experimental demonstration of the reduction of this large band gap energy by inducing defects in the anatase structure under the form of oxygen sub-stoichiometry. TiO{sub 2} thin films were prepared in a metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) reactor. The samples stoichiometry was measured by the Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) technique. Optical characterisation was also performed and the photodegradation activity in the visible range was tested using nonylphenol, which is one of the most harmful pollutants present in waste waters.

  5. Tuning light emission of PbS nanocrystals from infrared to visible range by cation exchange

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    Binetti, Enrico; Striccoli, Marinella; Sibillano, Teresa; Giannini, Cinzia; Brescia, Rosaria; Falqui, Andrea; Comparelli, Roberto; Corricelli, Michela; Tommasi, Raffaele; Agostiano, Angela; Curri, M. Lucia

    2015-10-01

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, with intense and sharp-line emission between red and near-infrared spectral regions, are of great interest for optoelectronic and bio-imaging applications. The growth of an inorganic passivation layer on nanocrystal surfaces is a common strategy to improve their chemical and optical stability and their photoluminescence quantum yield. In particular, cation exchange is a suitable approach for shell growth at the expense of the nanocrystal core size. Here, the cation exchange process is used to promote the formation of a CdS passivation layer on the surface of very small PbS nanocrystals (2.3 nm in diameter), blue shifting their optical spectra and yielding luminescent and stable nanostructures emitting in the range of 700–850 nm. Structural, morphological and compositional investigation confirms the nanocrystal size contraction after the cation-exchange process, while the PbS rock-salt crystalline phase is retained. Absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrate the growth of a passivation layer with a decrease of the PbS core size, as inferred by the blue-shift of the excitonic peaks. The surface passivation strongly increases the photoluminescence intensity and the excited state lifetime. In addition, the nanocrystals reveal increased stability against oxidation over time. Thanks to their absorption and emission spectral range and the slow recombination dynamics, such highly luminescent nano-objects can find interesting applications in sensitized photovoltaic cells and light-emitting devices.

  6. Tuning light emission of PbS nanocrystals from infrared to visible range by cation exchange

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    Binetti, Enrico

    2015-10-27

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, with intense and sharp-line emission between red and near-infrared spectral regions, are of great interest for optoelectronic and bio-imaging applications. The growth of an inorganic passivation layer on nanocrystal surfaces is a common strategy to improve their chemical and optical stability and their photoluminescence quantum yield. In particular, cation exchange is a suitable approach for shell growth at the expense of the nanocrystal core size. Here, the cation exchange process is used to promote the formation of a CdS passivation layer on the surface of very small PbS nanocrystals (2.3 nm in diameter), blue shifting their optical spectra and yielding luminescent and stable nanostructures emitting in the range of 700–850 nm. Structural, morphological and compositional investigation confirms the nanocrystal size contraction after the cation-exchange process, while the PbS rock-salt crystalline phase is retained. Absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrate the growth of a passivation layer with a decrease of the PbS core size, as inferred by the blue-shift of the excitonic peaks. The surface passivation strongly increases the photoluminescence intensity and the excited state lifetime. In addition, the nanocrystals reveal increased stability against oxidation over time. Thanks to their absorption and emission spectral range and the slow recombination dynamics, such highly luminescent nano-objects can find interesting applications in sensitized photovoltaic cells and light-emitting devices.

  7. Visibilidad de Alcance Limitado en Polígonos Escalera / Visibility of limited range in staircase polygons

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    Santiago, Canales Cano; Gregorio, Hernández Peñalver.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available La definición de visibilidad en el Problema de Galerías de Arte utiliza guardias o luces que pueden ver o iluminar sin limitación en el alcance. En este artículo consideramos luces que tienen un alcance limitado L . Presentamos algunos resultados sobre polígonos escalera con luces situadas en sus vé [...] rtices. En el resultado principal se demuestra que si P es un polígono escalera con n vértices, [n/4]+O(l) luces vértice de alcance L son siempre suficiente y a veces necesarias para iluminar P con L[r/2,r), donde r es el radio de P . Abstract in english The usual definition of visibility in Art Gallery Problems uses guards or light sources that can watch or illuminate with unlimited range. In this paper we consider light sources having a limited range L . We present some results about staircase polygons with light sources placed in its vertices. Th [...] e main result that we prove is that if P is a staircase polygon of n vertices, then [n/4]+O(l) vertex light sources with range L are always sufficient and sometimes necessary to illuminate P when L [r/,2r), where r is the radius of P .

  8. Quantitative analysis of the UV-visible spectral profile of hemoglobin after exposure to microwave radiation

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    Adult male albino mice were exposed to 950 MHz continuous microwave field 2 h/ day, 3 days/week for total period of two weeks. The selected power density range was 0.25 mW/ cm2 equivalent to specific absorption rate (SAR) 0.1 W/ kg body wt. The effects of microwave radiation on the conformation of the hemoglobin were investigated through analysis of the UV-visible absorption spectrum. The following parameters were calculated: maximum and total molar absorption coefficient, total absorption cross-section, dipole strength, transition dipole moment, dipole length and oscillator strength. The recorded hemoglobin spectrum of the exposed group showed significant increase in the maximum and integrated absorption coefficient of all characteristic peaks compared to the control group. The Sort and Qo bands, exhibited significant increase in all calculated parameters. The obtained results showed that the exposure to microwave fields could affect the conformation of the hemoglobin molecule through re-orientation of the molecular dipole moments

  9. Measurements of ZEFF spatial profiles from bremsstrahlung emission in the visible and near infrared spectral region

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    Orsitto, F.; Belforte, M. R.; Borra, M.; Brusadin, A.; Giovannozzi, E.

    1997-01-01

    Measurement of plasma radiation (i.e., breusstrahlung) in the infrared (IR) range (?=933, 978 nm), at six lines of sight from z=-20 cm to z=8 cm above the equatorial plane, using the detection system of the Frascati Tokamak Upgrade (FTU) Thomson scattering system (TSS) are reported. The agreement of IR with visible (?=540 nm) bremsstrahlung intensity S, [S=photons/(m2 sr nm s)] measurements is within 20%-30% and depends upon the absolute calibration of both systems. The intensity is equal S(z)=, where means average on a line of sight. For determining the Zeff the Gaunt factor(G) is needed, and analysis the Born-Elwert formula is used. The Zeff spatial profiles (i.e., Zeff(r)), are determined using the plasma temperature (Te) and density (ne) measured by the TSS and the Abel inverted intensity profiles, determined using the plasma radiation S(z) measured from six horizontal chords. Zeff(r) behavior in a variety of FTU discharges is presented.

  10. Partially Transparent Petaled Mask/Occulter for Visible-Range Spectrum

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    Shiri, Ron Shahram; Wasylkiwskyj, Wasyl

    2013-01-01

    The presence of the Poisson Spot, also known as the spot of Arago, has been known since the 18th century. This spot is the consequence of constructive interference of light diffracted by the edge of the obstacle where the central position can be determined by symmetry of the object. More recently, many NASA missions require the suppression of this spot in the visible range. For instance, the exoplanetary missions involving space telescopes require telescopes to image the planetary bodies orbiting central stars. For this purpose, the starlight needs to be suppressed by several orders of magnitude in order to image the reflected light from the orbiting planet. For the Earth-like planets, this suppression needs to be at least ten orders of magnitude. One of the common methods of suppression involves sharp binary petaled occulters envisioned to be placed many thousands of miles away from the telescope blocking the starlight. The suppression of the Poisson Spot by binary sharp petal tips can be problematic when the thickness of the tips becomes smaller than the wavelength of the incident beam. First they are difficult to manufacture and also it invalidates the laws of physical optics. The proposed partially transparent petaled masks/occulters compensate for this sharpness with transparency along the surface of the petals. Depending on the geometry of the problem, this transparency can be customized such that only a small region of the petal is transparent and the remaining of the surface is opaque. This feature allows easy fabrication of this type of occultation device either as a mask or occulter. A partially transparent petaled mask/ occulter has been designed for the visible spectrum range. The mask/occulter can suppress the intensity along the optical axis up to ten orders of magnitude. The design process can tailor the mask shape, number of petals, and transparency level to the near-field and farfield diffraction region. The mask/occulter can be used in space astronomy, ground-based telescope, and high-energy laser systems, and optical lithography to eliminate the Poisson Spot.

  11. Practical Atmospheric Correction Algorithms for a Multi-Spectral Sensor From the Visible Through the Thermal Spectral Regions

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    Borel, C.C.; Villeneuve, P.V.; Clodium, W.B.; Szymenski, J.J.; Davis, A.B.

    1999-04-04

    Deriving information about the Earth's surface requires atmospheric corrections of the measured top-of-the-atmosphere radiances. One possible path is to use atmospheric radiative transfer codes to predict how the radiance leaving the ground is affected by the scattering and attenuation. In practice the atmosphere is usually not well known and thus it is necessary to use more practical methods. The authors will describe how to find dark surfaces, estimate the atmospheric optical depth, estimate path radiance and identify thick clouds using thresholds on reflectance and NDVI and columnar water vapor. The authors describe a simple method to correct a visible channel contaminated by a thin cirrus clouds.

  12. External quantum efficiency of Pt/n-GaN Schottky diodes in the spectral range 5-500nm

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    The external quantum efficiency in the spectral wavelength range 5-500nm of a large active area Pt/n-type GaN Schottky photodiode that exhibits low reverse bias leakage current, is reported. The Schottky photodiodes were fabricated from n-/n+ epitaxial layers grown by low pressure metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy on single crystal c-plane sapphire. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of several 0.25cm2 devices are presented together with the capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics of one of these devices. A leakage current as low as 14 pA at 0.5V reverse bias is reported, for a 0.25cm2 diode. The ultraviolet quantum efficiency measurements show that the diodes can be used as radiation hard detectors for the 5-365nm spectral range without the use of visible blocking filters. A peak responsivity of 77.5mA/W at 320nm is reported for one of the fabricated devices, corresponding to a spectral detectivity, D*=1.5x1014cmHz1/2W-1. The average detectivity between 250 and 350nm, for the same device, is reported to be D-bar*=1.3x1014cmHz1/2W-1. The spatial responsivity uniformity variation was established, using H2 Lyman-? radiation, to be +/-3% across the surface of a typical 0.25cm2 diode

  13. Wide spectral range imaging acousto-optic turnable filter used in outer space probe

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    Zhang, Zehong; Wang, Liangqiu; He, Xiaoliang; Zhou, Yong

    2014-02-01

    This article introduces a wide spectral range imaging acousto-optic turnable filter made of two transducers. "Mismatch rate" was firstly put forward to represent the degree to which the impedance mismatch and a three stage matching circuit was designed for the filter to improve its spectral range and operating bandwidth. Now the spectral range is from 0.4?m to 1.1?m, the overall operating bandwidth reaches 1.14 octave, the diffraction efficiency over 60%, spectral resolution from 1.3nm to 7.5nm. To get rid of " tin pest", alloy material was used to make bonding layer material instead of pure tin, making the storage temperature of the acousto-optic turnable filter ranges from -65 °C to 85 °C, and the operating temperature from -35 °C to 70 °C.

  14. Algorithm development with visible-near-infrared spectral for detection of poultry feces and injesta

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    The USDA Agricultural Research Service has developed a method and a hyperspectral imaging system to detect feces (from duodenum, ceca and colon) and ingesta on poultry carcasses. The method first involves the use of multivariate data analysis on visible/near-infrared (Vis/NIR) reflectance spectra o...

  15. Demonstration of a spatial-spectral holographic LIDAR range-Doppler processor

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    We present a new approach to laser interferometric Doppler and ranging (LIDAR) processing using spatial-spectral holography (SSH). In this approach, broadband optical signals from a random noise or frequency-modulated laser are transmitted and reflected off remote targets. The return signals interfere spatially and spectrally with a local copy of the original transmit signal in an SSH medium, resulting in spectral gratings that have a spectral period inversely proportional to the LIDAR target's range and a position proportional to the target's Doppler (or velocity). These gratings are subsequently read out by a slowly chirped source onto a parallel detector array, and the velocity and range of the targets are inferred. We present the theoretical framework that describes the function of the LIDAR processor, as well as proof-of-concept experimental results

  16. First Experiences Using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Volcano Observation in the Visible Range

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    Buschmann, M.; Krüger, L.; Bange, J.

    2007-05-01

    Many of the most active volcanoes in the world are located in Middle and South America. While permanently installed sensors for seismicity give reliable supervision of volcanic activities, they lack the possibility to determine occurrence and extent of surface activities. Both from the point of science and civil protection, visible documentation of activities is of great interest. While satellites and manned aircraft already offer many possibilities, they also have disadvantages like delayed or poor image data availability or high costs. The Institute of Aerospace Systems of the Technical University of Braunschweig, in collaboration with the spin-off company Mavionics, developed a family of extremely small and lightweight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), with the smallest aircraft weighting only 550~g (19~ounces) at a wing span of 50 cm (20~inch). These aircraft are operating completely automatically, controlled by a highly miniaturized autopilot system. Flight mission is defined by a list of GPS waypoints using a conventional notebook. While in radio range, current position and status of the aircraft is displayed on the notebook and waypoints can easily be changed by the user. However, when radio connection is not available, the aircraft operates on its on, completing the flight mission automatically. This greatly increases the operating range of the system. Especially for the purpose of volcano observation in South America, the aircraft Carolo~P330 was developed, weighting 5~kg (11~pounds) at a wing span of 3.3~m ( 11~ft). The whole system can be easily carried by car and the electric propulsion system avoids handling of flammable liquids. The batteries can be recharged in the field. Carolo~P330 has an endurance of up to 90~minutes at a flight speed of 25~m/s, giving it a maximum range of 67 km (41~miles). It was especially designed to operate under harsh conditions. The payload is a digital still camera, which delivers aerial images with a resolution of up to 8~megapixel. On a field campaign in 2005, the performance of the system was evaluated at the two active Ecuadorian volcanoes Cotopaxi and El~Reventador. After hand-launch at Mt. Cotopaxi, the autopilot brought the aircraft up to 7,000~m above sea level (starting from a plateau on 4,500~m a.s.l.), with temperatures around the freezing point. At El~Reventador active lava flows were documented in the tropical montane rain forest. Since the position and attitude of the aircraft is recorded within the autopilot system, the single aerial images can be referenced automatically after the flight to form a mosaic of images. The whole processing chain from mission planning to image mosaic takes less than half a day. Besides the technical details of this cost-effective remote sensing system, the results of the measurement campaign in 2005 will be presented. An outlook will discuss the installation of other payload for thermal imaging or air sampling.

  17. AlGaInP quantum dots for optoelectronic applications in the visible spectral range

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    The scope of this work is the fabrication and characterization of AlGaInP quantum dots on GaP an GaAs substrates. Based on such quantum dots, semiconductor lasers have been realized, emitting between 660 nm and 730 nm at room temperature. The examination of broad-area lasers processed on these structures suggests that active layers of larger quantum dots with higher aluminium contents lead to lasers with better performance at similar emission wavelength. Additionally, quantum dots grown on GaP substrates have been characterized, that were embedded in AlGaP barriers. Since these barriers exhibit an indirect bandgap, a non-trivial band alignment within these structures is expected. In this work, numerical 3D-simulations are employed to calculate the band alignment including strain and internal fields. Also, ground state wavefunctions of charge carriers have been determined. A thorough comparison between theory and experiment connects the measured emission wavelength and luminescence intensities with calculated transition energies and wavefunction overlaps.

  18. Continuous Spatial Tuning of Laser Emissions in a Full Visible Spectral Range

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    Mi-Yun Jeong; Jeong Weon Wu

    2011-01-01

    In order to achieve a continuous tuning of laser emission, the authors designed and fabricated three types of cholesteric liquid crystal cells with pitch gradient, a wedge cell with positive slope, a wedge cell with negative slope, and a parallel cell. The length of the cholesteric liquid crystal pitch could be elongated up to 10 nm, allowing the lasing behavior of continuous or discontinuous spatial tuning determined by the boundary conditions of the cholesteric liquid crystal cell. In the w...

  19. Air-suspended TiO2-based HCG reflectors for visible spectral range

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    Hashemi, Ehsan; Bengtsson, Jörgen; Gustavsson, Johan; Carlsson, Stefan; Rossbach, Georg; Haglund, Åsa

    2015-02-01

    For GaN-based microcavity light emitters, such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and resonant cavity light emitting diodes (RCLEDs) in the blue-green wavelength regime, achieving a high reflectivity wide bandwidth feedback mirror is truly challenging. The material properties of the III-nitride alloys are hardly compatible with the conventional distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) and the newly proposed high-contrast gratings (HCGs). Alternatively, at least for the top outcoupling mirror, dielectric materials offer more suitable material combinations not only for the DBRs but also for the HCGs. HCGs may offer advantages such as transverse mode and polarization control, a broader reflectivity spectrum than epitaxially grown DBRs, and the possibility to set the resonance wavelength after epitaxial growth by the grating parameters. In this work we have realized an air-suspended TiO2 grating with the help of a SiO2 sacrificial layer. The deposition processes for the dielectric layers were fine-tuned to minimize the residual stress. To achieve an accurate control of the grating duty cycle, a newly developed lift-off process, using hydrogen silesquioxan (HSQ) and sacrificial polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) resists, was applied to deposit the hard mask, providing sub-10 nm resolution. The finally obtained TiO2/air HCGs were characterized in a micro-reflectance measurement setup. A peak power reflectivity in excess of 95% was achieved for TM polarization at the center wavelength of 435 nm, with a reflectivity stopband width of about 80 nm (FWHM). The measured HCG reflectance spectra were compared to corresponding simulations obtained from rigorous coupled-wave analysis and very good agreement was found.

  20. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy of semiconductors for optical applications beyond the visible spectral range

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    Chernikov, Alexey A.

    2011-07-01

    The work discussed in this thesis is focused on the experimental studies regarding these three steps: (1) investigation of the fundamental effects, (2) characterization of new material systems, and (3) optimization of the semiconductor devices. In all three cases, the experimental technique of choice is photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The thesis is organized as follows. Chapter 2 gives a summary of the PL properties of semiconductors relevant for this work. The first section deals with the intrinsic processes in an ideal direct band gap material, starting with a brief summary of the theoretical background followed by the overview of a typical PL scenario. In the second part of the chapter, the role of the lattice-vibrations, the internal electric fields as well as the influence of the band-structure and the dielectric environment are discussed. Finally, extrinsic PL properties are presented in the third section, focusing on defects and disorder in real materials. In chapter 3, the experimental realization of the spectroscopic studies is discussed. The time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) setup is presented, focusing on the applied excitation source, non-linear frequency mixing, and the operation of the streak camera used for the detection. In addition, linear spectroscopy setup for continous-wave (CW) PL and absorption measurements is illustrated. Chapter 4 aims at the study of the interactions between electrons and lattice-vibrations in semiconductor crystals relevant for the proper description of carrier dynamics as well as the heat-transfer processes. The presented discussion covers the experimental studies of many-body effects in phonon-assisted emission of semiconductors due to the carriercarrier Coulomb-interaction. The corresponding theoretical background is discussed in detail in chapter 2. The investigations are focused on the two main questions regarding electron-hole plasma contributions to the phonon-assisted light-matter interaction as well as the impact of Coulomb-correlations on the carrier-phonon scattering. The experiments presented in chapter 5 deal with the characterization of recently synthesizedmaterial systems: ZnO/(ZnMg)O heterostructures, GaN quantum wires (QWires), as well as (GaAs)Bi quantum wells (QWs). TRPL spectroscopy is applied to gain insight as well as a better understanding of the respective carrier relaxation and recombination processes crucial for the device operation. The aim of the studies is the systematic investigation of carrier dynamics influenced by disorder. The measurements are supported by kinetic Monte- Carlo simulations, providing a quantitative analysis of carrier localization effects. In chapter 6, optimization and characterization studies of semiconductor lasers, based on the well-studied (GaIn)As material system designed for NIR applications, are performed. The device under investigation is the so-called vertical-external-cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL). The experiments focus on the study of the thermal properties of a high-power VECSEL. The distribution and removal of the excess heat as well as the optimization of the laser for increased performance are addressed applying different heat-spreading and heat-transfer approaches. Based on these investigations, the possibility for power-scaling is evaluated and the underlying restrictions are analyzed. The latter investigations are performed applying spatially-resolved PL spectroscopy. An experimental setup is designed for monitoring the spatial distribution of heat in the semiconductor structure during laser operation.

  1. MEMS-based Tunable Optical Filter Arrays for Nano-Spectrometer in the Visible Spectral Range

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    Setyawati, Onny

    2012-01-01

    Optische Spektrometer sind bekannte Instrumente für viele Anwendungen in Life Sciences, Produktion und Technik aufgrund ihrer guten Selektivität und Sensitivität zusammen mit ihren berührungslosen Messverfahren. MEMS (engl. Micro-electro-mechanical system)-basierten Spektrometer werden als disruptive Technologie betrachtet, in der miniaturisierte Fabry-Pérot Filter als sehr attraktiv für die optische Kommunikation und 'Smart Personal Environments', einschließlich des medizinischen Anwendun...

  2. Multi range spectral feature fitting for hyperspectral imagery in extracting oilseed rape planting area

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    Pan, Zhuokun; Huang, Jingfeng; Wang, Fumin

    2013-12-01

    Spectral feature fitting (SFF) is a commonly used strategy for hyperspectral imagery analysis to discriminate ground targets. Compared to other image analysis techniques, SFF does not secure higher accuracy in extracting image information in all circumstances. Multi range spectral feature fitting (MRSFF) from ENVI software allows user to focus on those interesting spectral features to yield better performance. Thus spectral wavelength ranges and their corresponding weights must be determined. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the performance of MRSFF in oilseed rape planting area extraction. A practical method for defining the weighted values, the variance coefficient weight method, was proposed to set up criterion. Oilseed rape field canopy spectra from the whole growth stage were collected prior to investigating its phenological varieties; oilseed rape endmember spectra were extracted from the Hyperion image as identifying samples to be used in analyzing the oilseed rape field. Wavelength range divisions were determined by the difference between field-measured spectra and image spectra, and image spectral variance coefficient weights for each wavelength range were calculated corresponding to field-measured spectra from the closest date. By using MRSFF, wavelength ranges were classified to characterize the target's spectral features without compromising spectral profile's entirety. The analysis was substantially successful in extracting oilseed rape planting areas (RMSE ? 0.06), and the RMSE histogram indicated a superior result compared to a conventional SFF. Accuracy assessment was based on the mapping result compared with spectral angle mapping (SAM) and the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI). The MRSFF yielded a robust, convincible result and, therefore, may further the use of hyperspectral imagery in precision agriculture.

  3. Polylogarithmic Representation of Radiative and Thermodynamic Properties of Thermal Radiation in a Given Spectral Range: II. Real-Body Radiation

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    Fisenko, Anatoliy I.; Lemberg, Vladimir

    2015-10-01

    There are several classes of materials and space objects for which the frequency dependence of the spectral emissivity is represented as a power series. Therefore, the study of the properties of thermal radiation for these real bodies is an important task for both fundamental science and industrial applications. The general analytical expressions for the thermal radiative and thermodynamic functions of a real body are obtained in a finite range of frequencies at different temperatures. The Stefan-Boltzmann law, total energy density, number density of photons, Helmholtz free energy density, internal energy density, enthalpy density, entropy density, heat capacity at constant volume, pressure, and total emissivity are expressed in terms of the polylogarithm functions. The obtained general expressions for the thermal radiative and thermodynamic functions are applied for the study of thermal radiation of liquid and solid zirconium carbide. These functions are calculated using experimental data for the frequency dependence of the normal spectral emissivity in the visible and near-infrared range at the melting (freezing) point. The gaps between the thermal radiative and thermodynamic functions of liquid and solid zirconium carbide are observed. The general analytical expressions obtained can easily be presented in the wavenumber domain.

  4. Composite multi-lobe descriptor for cross spectral face recognition: matching active IR to visible light images

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    Cao, Zhicheng; Schmid, Natalia A.

    2015-05-01

    Matching facial images across electromagnetic spectrum presents a challenging problem in the field of biometrics and identity management. An example of this problem includes cross spectral matching of active infrared (IR) face images or thermal IR face images against a dataset of visible light images. This paper describes a new operator named Composite Multi-Lobe Descriptor (CMLD) for facial feature extraction in cross spectral matching of near-infrared (NIR) or short-wave infrared (SWIR) against visible light images. The new operator is inspired by the design of ordinal measures. The operator combines Gaussian-based multi-lobe kernel functions, Local Binary Pattern (LBP), generalized LBP (GLBP) and Weber Local Descriptor (WLD) and modifies them into multi-lobe functions with smoothed neighborhoods. The new operator encodes both the magnitude and phase responses of Gabor filters. The combining of LBP and WLD utilizes both the orientation and intensity information of edges. Introduction of multi-lobe functions with smoothed neighborhoods further makes the proposed operator robust against noise and poor image quality. Output templates are transformed into histograms and then compared by means of a symmetric Kullback-Leibler metric resulting in a matching score. The performance of the multi-lobe descriptor is compared with that of other operators such as LBP, Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG), ordinal measures, and their combinations. The experimental results show that in many cases the proposed method, CMLD, outperforms the other operators and their combinations. In addition to different infrared spectra, various standoff distances from close-up (1.5 m) to intermediate (50 m) and long (106 m) are also investigated in this paper. Performance of CMLD is evaluated for of each of the three cases of distances.

  5. Long-range 1H-15N heteronuclear shift correlation across wide F1 spectral windows.

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    Martin, Gary E; Hilton, Bruce D; Moskau, Detlef; Freytag, Nicolas; Kessler, Klemens; Colson, Kim

    2010-12-01

    Long-range (1)H-(15)N heteronuclear shift correlation experiments at natural abundance are becoming more routinely utilized in the characterization of unknown chemical structures from a diverse range of sources including natural products and pharmaceuticals. Apart from the inherent challenges of the low gyromagnetic ratio and natural abundance of (15)N, investigators are also occasionally hampered by having to deal with the wide spectral range inherent to various nitrogen functional groups, which can exceed 500 ppm. Earlier triple resonance cryoprobe designs typically provided 90° (15)N pulses in the range of 35-40 µs, which did not allow the uniform excitation of wide F(1) spectral ranges for (1)H-(15)N GHMBC spectra. We report the results obtained with a newly designed Bruker 600 MHz triple resonance TCI Micro CryoProbe™ using methyl orange as a model compound, in which the (15)N resonances are separated by >450 ppm. PMID:21072790

  6. Metasurfaces based on Gallium Nitride High Contrast Gratings at Visible Range

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    Wang, Zhenhai; He, Shumin; Liu, Qifa; Wang, Wei; Wang, Yongjin; Zhu, Hongbo; Grünberg Research Centre Team

    2015-03-01

    Metasurfaces are currently attracting global attention due to their ability to achieve full control of light propagation. However, these metasurfaces have thus far been constructed mostly from metallic materials, which greatly limit the diffraction efficiencies because of the ohmic losses. Semiconducting metasurfaces offer one potential solution to the issue of losses. Besides, the use of semiconducting materials can broaden the applicability of metasurfaces, as they enable facile integration with electronics and mechanical systems and can benefit from mature semiconductor fabrication technologies. We have proposed visible-light metasurfaces (VLMs) capable of serving as lenses and beam deflecting elements based on gallium nitride (GaN) high contrast gratings (HCGs). By precisely manipulating the wave-fronts of the transmitted light, we theoretically demonstrate an HCG focusing lens with transmissivity of 83.0% and numerical aperture of 0.77, and a VLM with beam deflection angle of 6.03° and transmissivity as high as 93.3%. The proposed metasurfaces are promising for GaN-based visible light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which would be robust and versatile for controlling the output light propagation and polarization, as well as enhancing the extraction efficiency of the LEDs.

  7. Wide spectral range measurement of modal birefringence in polarization-maintaining fibres

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    We report on a substantially improved white-light spectral interferometric technique for measurement of the group and phase modal birefringence in polarization-maintaining fibres (PMFs) over a wide wavelength range (e.g. 480–1600 nm). The technique utilizes a tandem configuration of a Michelson interferometer and a PMF placed between Glan–Taylor polarizer and analyzer. Spectral signals are recorded by VIS–NIR and NIR fibre-optic spectrometers to measure the equalization wavelength as a function of the path length difference adjusted in the interferometer, or equivalently, the wavelength dependence of the group modal birefringence in the PMF. Moreover, a new procedure is used to specify the sign of the group modal birefringence. A polynomial fit is applied to the measured data to determine also the wavelength dependence of the phase modal birefringence in the PMF over a wide spectral range

  8. Study on the Incidence of Opportunity Crime on Residential Streets Considering Traffic Volume and Visible Range

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    Chiaki MATSUNAGA

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available As a basic step, in this study we propose a model to describe the snatchincident on residential streets. This model is based on one of themethodologies of social science and the Crime Prevention ThroughEnvironmental Design’s concept. The objective variable is the feasibility ofsnatch and explanatory variables are physical factors concerning roadnetwork design and traffic regulation, like traffic volume and visible rangeon streets.As the result of the application to actual situations, the model providedreasonable predictions for distribution of point of incidence in a streetsection. It is possible to examine the influence that road network design andtraffic regulation have on snatch by extending this model to road network.

  9. Optical properties of human colon tissues in the 350 – 2500 nm spectral range

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    Bashkatov, A N; Genina, E A; Kochubey, V I; Kolesnikova, E A; Tuchin, V V [N.G. Chernyshevsky Saratov State University, Saratov (Russian Federation); Rubtsov, V S [V.I.Razumovsky Saratov State Medical University, Saratov (Russian Federation)

    2014-08-31

    We present the optical characteristics of the mucosa and submucosa of human colon tissue. The experiments are performed in vitro using a LAMBDA 950 spectrophotometer in the 350 – 2500 nm spectral range. The absorption and scattering coefficients and the scattering anisotropy factor are calculated based on the measured diffuse reflectance and total and collimated transmittance spectra using the inverse Monte Carlo method. (laser biophotonics)

  10. Dispersion properties and low infrared optical losses in epitaxial AlN on sapphire substrate in the visible and infrared range

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    Optical waveguiding properties of a thick wurtzite aluminum nitride highly [002]-textured hetero-epitaxial film on (001) basal plane of sapphire substrate are studied. The physical properties of the film are determined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, microRaman, and photocurrent spectroscopy. The refractive index and the thermo-optic coefficients are determined by m-lines spectroscopy using the classical prism coupling technique. The optical losses of this planar waveguide are also measured in the spectral range of 450–1553?nm. The lower value of optical losses is equal to 0.7 dB/cm at 1553?nm. The optical losses due to the surface scattering are simulated showing that the contribution is the most significant at near infrared wavelength range, whereas the optical losses are due to volume scattering and material absorption in the visible range. The good physical properties and the low optical losses obtained from this planar waveguide are encouraging to achieve a wide bandgap optical guiding platform from these aluminum nitride thin films

  11. Dispersion properties and low infrared optical losses in epitaxial AlN on sapphire substrate in the visible and infrared range

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    Soltani, A., E-mail: ali.soltani@iemn.univ-lille1.fr; Stolz, A.; Gerbedoen, J.-C.; Rousseau, M.; Bourzgui, N.; De Jaeger, J.-C. [Institut d' Électronique, Microélectronique et Nanotechnologie, UMR-CNRS 8520, PRES Université Lille Nord de France, Cité Scientifique, Avenue Poincaré, CS 60069, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Charrier, J. [Fonctions Optiques pour les Technologies de l' informatiON, UMR-CNRS 6082, ENSSAT 6, rue de Kerampont, CS 80518, 22305 Lannion Cedex (France); Mattalah, M. [Laboratoire de Microélectronique, Université Djilali Liabes, 22000 Sidi Bel Abbes (Algeria); Barkad, H. A. [Institut Universitaire Technologique Industriel, Université de Djibouti, Avenue Georges Clémenceau, BP 1904 Djibouti (Djibouti); Mortet, V. [Institute of Physics of Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Fyzikální ústav AV CR, v.v.i., Na Slovance 1999/2 (Czech Republic); BenMoussa, A. [Solar Terrestrial Center of Excellence, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Circular 3, B-1180 Brussels (Belgium)

    2014-04-28

    Optical waveguiding properties of a thick wurtzite aluminum nitride highly [002]-textured hetero-epitaxial film on (001) basal plane of sapphire substrate are studied. The physical properties of the film are determined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, microRaman, and photocurrent spectroscopy. The refractive index and the thermo-optic coefficients are determined by m-lines spectroscopy using the classical prism coupling technique. The optical losses of this planar waveguide are also measured in the spectral range of 450–1553?nm. The lower value of optical losses is equal to 0.7 dB/cm at 1553?nm. The optical losses due to the surface scattering are simulated showing that the contribution is the most significant at near infrared wavelength range, whereas the optical losses are due to volume scattering and material absorption in the visible range. The good physical properties and the low optical losses obtained from this planar waveguide are encouraging to achieve a wide bandgap optical guiding platform from these aluminum nitride thin films.

  12. Dispersion properties and low infrared optical losses in epitaxial AlN on sapphire substrate in the visible and infrared range

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    Soltani, A.; Stolz, A.; Charrier, J.; Mattalah, M.; Gerbedoen, J.-C.; Barkad, H. A.; Mortet, V.; Rousseau, M.; Bourzgui, N.; BenMoussa, A.; De Jaeger, J.-C.

    2014-04-01

    Optical waveguiding properties of a thick wurtzite aluminum nitride highly [002]-textured hetero-epitaxial film on (001) basal plane of sapphire substrate are studied. The physical properties of the film are determined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, microRaman, and photocurrent spectroscopy. The refractive index and the thermo-optic coefficients are determined by m-lines spectroscopy using the classical prism coupling technique. The optical losses of this planar waveguide are also measured in the spectral range of 450-1553 nm. The lower value of optical losses is equal to 0.7 dB/cm at 1553 nm. The optical losses due to the surface scattering are simulated showing that the contribution is the most significant at near infrared wavelength range, whereas the optical losses are due to volume scattering and material absorption in the visible range. The good physical properties and the low optical losses obtained from this planar waveguide are encouraging to achieve a wide bandgap optical guiding platform from these aluminum nitride thin films.

  13. Construction of broad-host-range plasmid vectors for easy visible selection and analysis of promoters.

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    Farinha, M A; Kropinski, A. M.

    1990-01-01

    We have constructed a series of broad-host-range plasmids which use "visual screens" to detect promoter activity. These plasmids contain the pMB1 and pRO1600 origins of replication and are capable of replicating in a wide range of gram-negative bacteria. The genes encoding beta-galactosidase and alkaline phosphatase from Escherichia coli and bacterial luciferase from Vibrio harveyi supply the promoterless indicator genes. The constructs were tested in E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

  14. Radiometric calibration of optical microscopy and microspectroscopy apparata over a broad spectral range using a special thin-film luminescence standard

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    J. Valenta

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Application capabilities of optical microscopes and microspectroscopes can be considerably enhanced by a proper calibration of their spectral sensitivity. We propose and demonstrate a method of relative and absolute calibration of a microspectroscope over an extraordinary broad spectral range covered by two (parallel detection branches in visible and near-infrared spectral regions. The key point of the absolute calibration of a relative spectral sensitivity is application of the standard sample formed by a thin layer of Si nanocrystals with stable and efficient photoluminescence. The spectral PL quantum yield and the PL spatial distribution of the standard sample must be characterized by separate experiments. The absolutely calibrated microspectroscope enables to characterize spectral photon emittance of a studied object or even its luminescence quantum yield (QY if additional knowledge about spatial distribution of emission and about excitance is available. Capabilities of the calibrated microspectroscope are demonstrated by measuring external QY of electroluminescence from a standard poly-Si solar-cell and of photoluminescence of Er-doped Si nanocrystals.

  15. Cytochrome c oxidase as a primary photoacceptor when laser irradiating cell culture by visible and near IR-range light

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    Studies on laser effect of visible and near IR-range light on HeLa cell culture are carried out with the purpose of proving the assumption that cytochrome c oxidase cultivated in cells in-vitro is a primary photoacceptor. It is shown that light absorption by certain chromophores in cytochrome oxidase molecule (CuA, CuB, hemes a and a3) changes the rate of their oxidation, i.e. influences oxidations velocity (and, probably its mechanism) of electrons transfer inside the molecule. It is supposed that these reactions are connected with molecular mechanism of strict laser therapy at the single cell level. 15 refs., 1 fig

  16. Eta Carinae across the 2003.5 Minimum: Analysis in the Visible and Near Infrared Spectral Region

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    Nielsen, K. E.; Kober, G. Vieira; Weis, K.; Gull, T. R.; Stahl, O.; Bomans, D. J.

    2009-01-01

    We present an analysis of the visible through near infrared spectrum of Eta Car and its ejecta obtained during the "Eta Car Campaign with the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph (UVES) at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT)". This is a part of the larger effort to present a complete Eta Car spectrum, and extends the previously presented analyses with the Hubble Space Telescope/Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (HST/STIS) in the UV (1240-3159 Angstrom) to 10,430 Angstrom. The spectrum in the mid and near UV is characterized by the ejecta absorption. At longer wavelengths, stellar wind features from the central source and narrow emission lines from the Weigelt condensations dominate the spectrum. However, narrow absorption lines from the circumstellar shells are present. This paper provides a description of the spectrum between 3060 and 10,430 Angstroms, including line identifications of the ejecta absorption spectrum, the emission spectrum from the Weigelt condensations and the P-Cygni stellar wind features. The high spectral resolving power of VLT/UVES enables equivalent width measurements of atomic and molecular absorption lines for elements with no transitions at the shorter wavelengths. However, the ground based seeing and contributions of nebular scattered radiation prevent direct comparison of measured equivalent widths in the VLT/UVES and HST/STIS spectra. Fortunately, HST/STIS and VLT/UVES have a small overlap in wavelength coverage which allows us to compare and adjust for the difference in scattered radiation entering the instruments' apertures. This paper provides a complete online VLT/UVES spectrum with line identifications and a spectral comparison between HST/STIS and VLT/UVES between 3060 and 3160 Angstroms.

  17. Spectral characteristics of precipitating electrons associated with visible aurora in the premidnight oval during periods of substorm activity

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    Three late evening passes of the DMSP/F2 satellite over the northern auroral zone have been studied using simultaneous visible emissions and measurements from a zenith-looking, 16-channel, electron spectrometer. All three orbits occurred during periods of substorm activity; the second and third passes were consecutive. The auroral oval is conveniently divided into three latitudinal segments: a most pole-ward bright arc: a region of structured inverted-V precipitation; and the diffuse auroral region. The most poleward bright arc is characterized by directional fluxes occasionally in excess of 1010 (cm2s sr)-1 carried by two populations with temperatures of approx.100 eV and approx.600 eV. These fluxes, which apparently continue well into substorm recovery, are not easily reconciled with a simple model for pressure balance in the magnetotail. Presumably they reflect not well understood dynamic processes in the distant magnetotail. In the second regions precipitating electrons had average energies in excess of 1 keV and had spectral shapes that were either quasi-thermal or monoenergetic peaks superimposed on a secondary-electron background. Beams of low-energy (10 (cm2 sr keV)-1 were found in all three cases. We interpret these electrons as part of an originally cold plasma that became detached from the plasmasphere due to time-varying convective electric fields. The electrons were subsequently heated by the Landau damping of electromagnetic ion-cyclotron waves

  18. Large dynamic range SPR measurements in the visible using a ZnSe prism

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    Canning, John; Cook, Kevin

    2015-01-01

    Large dynamic index measurement range (n = 1 to n = 1.7) using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) shifts is demonstrated with a ZnSe prism at 632.8 nm, limited by the available high index liquid hosts. In contrast to borosilicate based SPR measurements where angular limitations restrict solvent use to water and requires considerable care dealing with Fresnel reflections, the ZnSe approach allows SPR spectroscopies to be applied to a varied range of solvents An uncertainty in angular resolution between 1.5 and 6 deg, depending on the solvent and SPR angle, was estimated. The refractive index change for a given glucose concentration in water was measured to be n = (0.114 to 0.007) per precentage C6H12O6 conc. Given the transmission properties of ZnSe the processes can be readily extended into the mid infrared.

  19. Aerosol Retrieval from Multiangle Multispectral Photopolarimetric Measurements: Importance of Spectral Range and Angular Resolution

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    Wu, L.; Hasekamp, O.; Van Diedenhoven, B.; Cairns, B.

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the importance of spectral range and angular resolution for aerosol retrieval from multiangle photopolarimetric measurements over land. For this purpose, we use an extensive set of simulated measurements for different spectral ranges and angular resolutions and subsets of real measurements of the airborne Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP) carried out during the PODEX and SEAC4RS campaigns over the continental USA. Aerosol retrievals performed from RSP measurements show good agreement with ground-based AERONET measurements for aerosol optical depth (AOD), single scattering albedo (SSA) and refractive index. Furthermore, we found that inclusion of shortwave infrared bands (1590 and/or 2250 nm) significantly improves the retrieval of AOD, SSA and coarse mode microphysical properties. However, accuracies of the retrieved aerosol properties do not improve significantly when more than five viewing angles are used in the retrieval.

  20. Thin chalcogenide capillaries as efficient waveguides in the mid-IR - THz spectral range

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    Mazhorova, Anna; Markov, Andrey; Ung, Bora; Rozé, Mathieu; Gorgutsa, Stepan; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2011-01-01

    We present chalcogenide glass As2Se3 capillaries as efficient waveguides in the mid-IR and THz spectral ranges. The capillaries are fabricated using a double crucible glass drawing technique. The wall thickness of the glass capillary is properly designed and controlled during drawing, and we are able to produce capillaries with different wall thickness, starting from 12 \\mum and up to 130 \\mum. Such capillaries show low loss properties in the whole target wavelength region. ...

  1. Rotationally resolved overtone transitions of CHD3 in the visible range

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    Ben Kraiem, H.; Campargue, A.; Chenevier, M.; Stoeckel, F.

    1989-08-01

    Absorption spectra in the 14 900-18 700 cm-1 range have been recorded for gaseous CHD3 at high resolution using the intracavity laser absorption spectroscopy (ICLAS) technique. The observed transitions correspond to the N=6 and 7 overtones of the C-H chromophore. Five bands were identified and rotational constants determined for four of them. The comparison of our experimental data with the calculated band origins and rotational constants obtained by Lewerenz and Quack is discussed. Absolute band intensities are given for seven bands corresponding to the N=5, 6, and 7 polyads.

  2. Intensity modulation photonic crystal fiber based refractometer in the visible wavelength range

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    Liu, Yun; Chen, Shimeng; Zhang, Xinpu; Gong, Zhenfeng; Peng, Wei

    2014-11-01

    A novel evanescent field refractometer based on a two-core photonic crystal fiber (TWPCF) sandwiched between multimode fibers(MMFs) is demonstrated. Through splicing a short piece of TWPCF between two MMFs, a simple structure and high sensitivity RI sensor can be constructed. Instead of using wavelength information as sensor signal, we focus more on the light intensity signal different from most PCF based RI sensor. The TWPCF section functions as a tailorable bridge between the excited high order modes and the surrounding refractive index (SRI). With a light filter inserting in the front of white light, the transmission spectrum of the light through the sensing region occurs in a welldefined wavelength bands. As a result, the peak power of the transmission light is tailored with the SRI perturbation via the MMF-TWPCF-MMF structure. The experiment result shows a quadratic relation between the light intensity and samples within RI range of 1.33-1.41 while a linear response can be achieved from the 1.33-1.35 which is a most used RI range for biologically sensing.

  3. Dichroic spectrally-resolved interferometry to overcome the measuring range limit

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    Joo, Ki-Nam

    2015-09-01

    In this investigation, a simple method to eliminate the dead zone without the minimum measurable distance and extend the measurable range of spectrally resolved interferometry (SRI) twice based on the bandwidth separation by a dichroic beam splitter (DBS) is proposed. The main advantage of this dichroic SRI is that it can be simply implemented with a dichroic beam splitter and another reference mirror from the typical SRI. Feasibility experiments were performed to verify the principle of the dichroic SRI and the result confirmed the effectiveness of this method as the extended measuring range. Some practical error sources are considered and the alternative solutions are also discussed.

  4. Spectral characterisation of Sm{sup 3+} ions doped Oxy-fluoroborate glasses for visible orange luminescent applications

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    Mahamuda, Sk.; Swapna, K.; Venkateswarlu, M. [Department of Physics, KL University, Green Fields, Vaddeswaram 522502, Guntur (Dt.), AP (India); Srinivasa Rao, A., E-mail: drsrallam@gmail.com [Department of Physics, KL University, Green Fields, Vaddeswaram 522502, Guntur (Dt.), AP (India); Department of Applied Physics, Delhi Technological University, Bawana Road, New Delhi 110042 (India); Shakya, Suman; Vijaya Prakash, G. [Nanophotonics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2014-10-15

    Oxy-fluoroborate (OFB) glasses doped with different concentrations of Sm{sup 3+} ions have been prepared using conventional melt quenching technique and characterised for their lasing potentialities using spectroscopic techniques such as FTIR, optical absorption, emission and emission decay measurements. The FTIR spectrum has been recorded to determine the various functional groups present in the OFB base glass. From the absorption spectra, the bonding parameters (?) were evaluated to find the bonding nature present between Sm{sup 3+} ions with its neighbouring ligands. The Judd–Ofelt intensity (J–O) parameters (?{sub ?}, where ?=2, 4, and 6), measured from the experimental oscillator strengths of the absorption spectral futures, are used to evaluate the radiative parameters for the fluorescent transitions {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}?{sup 6}H{sub 5/2}, {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}?{sup 6}H{sub 7/2}, {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}?{sup 6}H{sub 9/2} and {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}?{sup 6}H{sub 11/2} of Sm{sup 3+} ions in OFB glasses. The asymmetric ratio has been evaluated to understand the local disorder of Sm{sup 3+} ions in the glass network. The experimental lifetimes (?{sub exp}) measured from the decay curves are coupled with radiative lifetimes (?{sub rad}) to measure quantum efficiency (?) of the prepared glasses. The experimental lifetimes (?{sub exp}) for {sup 4}G{sub 5/2} emission state decrease with increase in Sm{sup 3+} ion concentration due to energy transfer. In order to elucidate the nature of energy transfer mechanism, the non-exponential decay curves are well fitted to the Inokuti–Hirayama model for S=6, which indicates that the energy transfer mechanism is of dipole–dipole type. The branching ratio (?{sub R}), stimulated emission cross-section (?{sub se}) and quantum efficiency (?) values measured for the most intense emission transition {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}?{sup 6}H{sub 7/2} (598 nm) optimise the concentration of Sm{sup 3+} ions as 1 mol% to produce bright visible orange lasing emission from these OFB glasses. - highlights: • Sm{sup 3+} doped OFB glasses have been synthesised using melt quenching technique. • From the absorption spectra, J–O parameters have been calculated using the J–O theory. • Emission cross-sections and efficiencies are calculated for laser transitions. • CIE colour co-ordinates were evaluated using emission spectra. • OFBSm1.0 glass was found to be the best for laser action in the visible orange region.

  5. High-fidelity imaging : the computational models of the human visual system in high dynamic range video compression, visible difference prediction and image processing

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    Mantiuk, Rafal

    2006-01-01

    As new displays and cameras offer enhanced color capabilities, there is a need to extend the precision of digital content. High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging encodes images and video with higher than normal bit-depth precision, enabling representation of the complete color gamut and the full visible range of luminance. This thesis addresses three problems of HDR imaging: the measurement of visible distortions in HDR images, lossy compression for HDR video, and artifact-free image processing. To...

  6. Spectral distribution of UV range diffuse reflectivity for Si+ ion implanted polymers

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    Balabanov, S.; Tsvetkova, T.; Borisova, E.; Avramov, L.; Bischoff, L.

    2008-05-01

    The analysis of the UV range spectral characteristics can supply additional information on the formed sub-surface buried layer with implanted dopants. The near-surface layer (50÷150 nm) of bulk polymer samples have been implanted with silicon (Si+) ions at low energies (E = 30 keV) and a wide range of ion doses (D = 1.1013 ÷ 1, 2.1017 cm-2). The studied polymer materials were: ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), poly-methyl-metacrylate (PMMA) and poly-tetra-fluor-ethylene (PTFE). The diffuse optical reflectivity spectra Rd = f(?) of the ion implanted samples have been measured in the UV range (? = 220÷350 nm). In this paper the dose dependences of the size and sign of the diffuse optical reflectivity changes ?Rd = f(D) have been analysed.

  7. Photonic crystals and Bragg gratings for the mid-IR and terahertz spectral ranges

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    Usikova, A. A., E-mail: usikova@mail.ioffe.ru; Il’inskaya, N. D.; Matveev, B. A.; Shubina, T. V.; Kop’ev, P. S. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (Russian Federation)

    2013-12-15

    A method for the fabrication of 2D periodic structures by contact optical photolithography with image inversion is reported. The optical properties of photonic crystals and Bragg gratings for mid-IR and terahertz emitters are considered. The possibility of raising the integral emission intensity of light-emitting diodes for the mid-IR spectral range is demonstrated. The requirements to gratings for the output of terahertz emission generated by surface plasmons excited in layers of narrow-gap degenerate semiconductors with an accumulation layer are determined.

  8. Development of ultraviolet- and visible-light one-shot spectral domain optical coherence tomography and in situ measurements of human skin

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    Hirayama, Heijiro; Nakamura, Sohichiro

    2015-07-01

    We have developed ultraviolet (UV)- and visible-light one-shot spectral domain (SD) optical coherence tomography (OCT) that enables in situ imaging of human skin with an arbitrary wavelength in the UV-visible-light region (370-800 nm). We alleviated the computational burden for each color OCT image by physically dispersing the irradiating light with a color filter. The system consists of SD-OCT with multicylindrical lenses; thus, mechanical scanning of the mirror or stage is unnecessary to obtain an OCT image. Therefore, only a few dozens of milliseconds are necessary to obtain single-image data. We acquired OCT images of one subject's skin in vivo and of a skin excision ex vivo for red (R, 650±20 nm), green (G, 550±20 nm), blue (B, 450±20 nm), and UV (397±5 nm) light. In the visible-light spectrum, R light penetrated the skin and was reflected at a lower depth than G or B light. On the skin excision, we demonstrated that UV light reached the dermal layer. We anticipated that basic knowledge about the spectral properties of human skin in the depth direction could be acquired with this system.

  9. An Amorphous Carbon Nitride Photocatalyst with Greatly Extended Visible-Light-Responsive Range for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation.

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    Kang, Yuyang; Yang, Yongqiang; Yin, Li-Chang; Kang, Xiangdong; Liu, Gang; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2015-08-01

    Amorphous carbon nitride (ACN) with a bandgap of 1.90 eV shows an order of magnitude higher photocatalytic activity in hydrogen evolution under visible light than partially crystalline graphitic carbon nitride with a bandgap of 2.82 eV. ACN is photocatalytically active under visible light at a wavelength beyond 600 nm. PMID:26149596

  10. Spectral Decay Characteristics in High Frequency Range of Observed Records from Crustal Large Earthquakes (Part 2)

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    Tsurugi, M.; Kagawa, T.; Irikura, K.

    2012-12-01

    Spectral decay characteristics in high frequency range of observed records from crustal large earthquakes occurred in Japan is examined. It is very important to make spectral decay characteristics clear in high frequency range for strong ground motion prediction in engineering purpose. The authors examined spectral decay characteristics in high frequency range of observed records among three events, the 2003 Miyagi-Ken Hokubu earthquake (Mw 6.1), the 2005 Fukuoka-Ken Seiho-oki earthquake (Mw 6.6), and the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku earthquake (Mw 6.9) in previous study [Tsurugi et al.(2010)]. Target earthquakes in this study are two events shown below. *EQ No.1 Origin time: 2011/04/11 17:16, Location of hypocenter: East of Fukushima pref., Mj: 7.0, Mw: 6.6, Fault type: Normal fault *EQ No.2 Origin time: 2011/03/15 22:31, Location of hypocenter: East of Shizuoka pref., Mj: 6.4, Mw: 5.9, Fault type: Strike slip fault The borehole data of each event are used in the analysis. The Butterworth type high-cut filter with cut-off frequency, fmax and its power coefficient of high-frequency decay, s [Boore(1983)], are assumed to express the high-cut frequency characteristics of ground motions. The four parameters such as seismic moment, corner frequency, cut-off frequency and its power coefficient of high-frequency decay are estimated by comparing observed spectra at rock sites with theoretical spectra. The theoretical spectra are calculated based on the omega squared source characteristics convolved with propagation-path effects and high-cut filter shapes. In result, the fmax's of the records from the earthquakes are estimated 8.0Hz for EQ No.1 and 8.5Hz for EQ No.2. These values are almost same with those of other large crustal earthquakes occurred in Japan. The power coefficient, s, are estimated 0.78 for EQ No.1 and 1.65 for EQ No.2. The value for EQ No.2 is notably larger than those of other large crustal earthquakes. It is seems that the value of the power coefficient, s, became large under the effect of complex ground structure and volcanic front. The obtained results may contribute to strong ground motion prediction in high frequency range for crustal earthquakes. Acknowledgement: This study commissioned by Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization. We thank the National Research Institute for Earth Science Disaster Prevention to provide the strong-motion data. References: Hanks,T.C. : fmax, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, 72, 1867-1879, 1982. Boore,D.M. : Stochastic simulation of high-frequency ground motion based on seismological models of the radiated spectra, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, 73, 1865-1894, 1983. Tsurugi,M., Kagawa,T., and Irikura,K. : Spectral Decay Characteristics in High Frequency Range of Observed Records from Crustal Large Earthquakes, AGU Fall Meeting, 2010.

  11. Complex Refractive Index of Ammonium Nitrate in the 2-20 micron Spectral Range

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    Jarzembski, Maurice A.; Norman, Mark L.; Fuller, Kirk A.; Srivastava, Vandana; Cutten, Dean R.

    2002-01-01

    Using high resolution Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) absorbance/transmittance spectral data for ammonium sulfate (AMS), calcium carbonate (CAC) and ammonium nitrate (AMN), comparisons were made with previously published complex refractive indices data for AMS and CAC to infer experimental parameters to determine the imaginary refractive index for AMN in the infrared wavelength range from 2 to 20 microns. Kramers-Kronig mathematical relations were applied to calculate the real refractive index for the three compositions. Excellent agreement for AMS and CAC with the published values was found, validating the complex refractive indices obtained for AMN. Backscatter calculations using a lognormal size distribution for AMS, AMN, and CAC aerosols were performed to show differences in their backscattered spectra.

  12. Circuit model optimization of a nano split ring resonator dimer antenna operating in infrared spectral range

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    Gneiding, N., E-mail: Natalia.Gneiding@physik.uni-erlangen.de [Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Zhuromskyy, O.; Peschel, U. [Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Shamonina, E. [Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, OX1 3PJ Oxford (United Kingdom)

    2014-10-28

    Metamaterials are comprised of metallic structures with a strong response to incident electromagnetic radiation, like, for example, split ring resonators. The interaction of resonator ensembles with electromagnetic waves can be simulated with finite difference or finite elements algorithms, however, above a certain ensemble size simulations become inadmissibly time or memory consuming. Alternatively a circuit description of metamaterials, a well developed modelling tool at radio and microwave frequencies, allows to significantly increase the simulated ensemble size. This approach can be extended to the IR spectral range with an appropriate set of circuit element parameters accounting for physical effects such as electron inertia and finite conductivity. The model is verified by comparing the coupling coefficients with the ones obtained from the full wave numerical simulations, and used to optimize the nano-antenna design with improved radiation characteristics.

  13. A feasibility study for the retrieval of the total column precipitable water vapour from satellite observations in the blue spectral range

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    Wagner, T; Beirle, S; Sihler, H.; Mies, K.

    2013-01-01

    We present a new algorithm for satellite retrievals of the atmospheric water vapour column in the blue spectral range. The water vapour absorption cross section in the blue spectral range is much weaker than in the red spectral range. Thus the detection limit and the uncertainty of individual observations are systematically larger than for retrievals at longer wavelengths. Nevertheless, water vapour retrievals in the blue spectral range have also several advantages: since the surface albedo i...

  14. Directional visible light scattering by silicon nanoparticles

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    Fu, Yuan Hsing; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E; Yu, Ye Feng; Lukiyanchuk, Boris

    2012-01-01

    Directional light scattering by spherical silicon nanoparticles in the visible spectral range is experimentally demonstrated for the first time. These unique scattering properties arise due to simultaneous excitation and mutual interference of magnetic and electric dipole resonances inside a single nanosphere. Directivity of the far-field radiation pattern can be controlled by changing light wavelength and the nanoparticle size. Forward-to-backward scattering ratio above 6 can be experimentally obtained at visible wavelengths. These unique properties of silicon nanoparticles make them promising for design of novel low-loss visible- and telecom-range nanoantenna devices.

  15. A panoply of insertion devices at SOLEIL for a wide spectral range and flexible polarisation

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    The SOLEIL storage ring presents a very high fraction of its circumference dedicated to accommodate Insertion Devices (ID). Over the 25 presently planned insertion devices presenting a large variety of systems, 16 have been already installed and commissioned in September 2009. The UV-VUV region is covered with electromagnetic devices, offering tuneable polarisations. An electromagnet/permanent magnet undulator using copper sheets coils for fast switching of the helicity is under construction. 13 APPLE-II type undulators, with period ranging from 80 down to 36 mm, provide photons in the 0.1-10 keV region, some of them featuring tapering or quasi-periodicity. Five U20 in vacuum undulators cover typically the 3-30 keV range whereas an in vacuum wiggler, with compensation of the magnetic forces via adequate springs will cover the 10-50 keV spectral domain. R and D on cryogenic in-vacuum undulator is also under progress. A magnetic chicane using permanent magnet dipoles has also been designed in order to accommodate two canted undulators on the same straight section. A wiggler dedicated to slicing (production of femto second long pulses) is also being designed, its radiation will also serve for an X-ray beamline.

  16. Spectral modeling in the VNIR range of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko nucleus from VIRTIS-M onboard Rosetta

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    Raponi, A.; Ciarniello, M.; Capaccioni, F.; Filacchione, G.; De Sanctis, M. C.; Erard, S.; Leyrat, C.; Bockelée-Morvan, D.; Tosi, F.; Capria, M. T.; Piccioni, G.; Palomba, E.; Longobardo, A.; Drossart, P.; Quirico, E.; Beck, P.; Schmitt, B.; Barucci, A.; Arnold, G.; Blecka, M.

    2015-10-01

    Topic of this work is the analysis of the surface composition of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko using the data obtained by the VIRTIS instrument [1] onboard the Rosetta spacecraft. We have focused on the VNIR spectral range (0.4 - 2.5 ?m) which presents a nearly flat spectrum with quite uniform spectral slopes across the entire comet surface. In this work we report about the spectral modeling of CG VIS-IR spectra by means of Hapke's radiative transfer model.

  17. Investigation of the formation and analytical properties of 12-molybdogallium heteropoly complex in the near ultraviolet and visible spectral regions

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    The conditions of the formation of 12-molybdogallium heteropoly complex were investigated in order to use the absorption of this compound in the near ultraviolet and visible regions of the spectrum in gallium determination in the samples containing a high concentration of this element. The possibility of gallium determination at the concentrations of 10-3 and 10-2 M without isolation of the same amounts of aluminium, indium, and thallium was shown. 8 refs.; 4 figs

  18. Spectral conditions for strong local nondeterminism and exact Hausdorff measure of ranges of Gaussian random fields

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    Luan, Nana

    2011-01-01

    Let $X= \\{X(t), t \\in \\R^N\\}$ be a Gaussian random field with values in $\\R^d$ defined by \\[ X(t) = \\big(X_1(t),..., X_d(t)\\big),\\qquad t \\in \\R^N, \\] where $X_1, ..., X_d$ are independent copies of a real-valued, centered, anisotropic Gaussian random field $X_0$ which has stationary increments and the property of strong local nondeterminism. In this paper we determine the exact Hausdorff measure function for the range $X([0, 1]^N)$. We also provide a sufficient condition for a Gaussian random field with stationary increments to be strongly locally nondeterministic. This condition is given in terms of the spectral measures of the Gaussian random fields which may contain either an absolutely continuous or discrete part. This result strengthens and extends significantly the related theorems of Berman (1973, 1988), Pitt (1978) and Xiao (2007, 2009), and will have wider applicability beyond the scope of the present paper.

  19. Widely bandwidth-tunable silicon filter with an unlimited free-spectral range.

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    St-Yves, Jonathan; Bahrami, Hadi; Jean, Philippe; LaRochelle, Sophie; Shi, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Next-generation high-capacity optical networks require flexible allocation of spectrum resources, for which low-cost optical filters with an ultra-wide bandwidth tunability beyond 100 GHz are desired. We demonstrate an integrated band-pass filter with the bandwidth continuously tuned across 670 GHz (117-788 GHz) which, to the best of our knowledge, is the widest tuning span ever demonstrated on a silicon chip. The filter also features simultaneous wavelength tuning and an unlimited free spectral range. We measured an out-of-band contrast of up to 55 dB, low in-band ripples of less than 0.3 dB, and in-band group delay variation of less than 8 ps. This result was achieved using cascaded Bragg-grating-assisted contra-directional couplers and micro-heaters on the 220 nm silicon-on-insulator platform with a very compact footprint of less than 7000???m2. Another design with the bandwidth continuously tunable from 50 GHz to 1 THz is also presented. PMID:26625028

  20. Estudio de la respuesta espectral en el visible de películas delgadas de ZnSe / Study of the Spectral Response in the Visible Spectral Region the ZnSe thin Films

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    A, Pardo; H.G, Castro-Lora; J, Torres; L.D, López-Carreño; H. M, Martínez; N. T, Ramírez.

    2014-07-30

    Full Text Available En este trabajo es presentado el estudio de la fotoconductividad en películas delgadas de ZnSe depositadas sobre sustratos de vidrio a diferentes temperaturas, en condiciones de alto vacío usando la técnica de evaporación térmica. El efecto de la temperatura de sustrato sobre la fotoconductividad es [...] pectral y las propiedades morfológicas de las películas delgadas de ZnSe fueron estudiados. Para las medidas de fotoconductividad se depositaron contactos de cobre sobre las muestras. Se midieron las respuestas espectrales para las muestras para el rango comprendido entre 290 y 500 nm. En todas las muestras la señal presento dos contribuciones asociadas a las transiciones con valores promedio de energía de 3,35 y 2,80 eV, respectivamente. El tiempo de respuesta de las muestras está asociado a la morfología de la muestras. En las muestras preparadas a bajas temperaturas se obtuvieron tiempos de respuesta del orden de los segundos, mientras que, el tiempo disminuye en un orden de magnitud en las muestras preparadas a temperatura de sustrato de 250°C. Abstract in english In this work are presented results in the study of photoconductivity of ZnSe thin films deposited on glass substrate. The effect of substrate temperature on the spectral photoconductivity and morphological properties of ZnSe thin films were studied. The Spectral response appeared between 290 and 500 [...] nm. In the spectral responses were found two contributions associated with transitions labeled , with energy values of 3:35 and 2:80 eV, respectively. The response time of the sample is associated with the morphology of the samples. In the samples prepared at lower temperatures were obtained response times on the order of seconds, whereas the time decreases by one magnitude order in the samples prepared at the substrate temperature of 250°C.

  1. Characterization of planar Ti:LiNbO3 optical waveguides in the visible and near-infrared spectral range

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    Several Ti:LiNbO3 waveguides have been fabricated in dry and wet atmosphere, varying the diffusion time. The effect of water vapor on the diffusion process has been investigated. Effective indices and attenuation at ? = 0.6328, 1.15, and 1.52 ?m have been measured. In the dry case, the Ti in-diffusion proceeds more rapidly than in the wet case, and the two diffusion coefficients have been calculated. Also, it has been observed that the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere does not completely prevent the phenomenon of Li2O out-diffusion, while the importance of the boat and the furnace materials in this process has been verified. Attenuation measurements showed that particular care must be taken, when working with waveguides diffused for short times, for two reasons. (1) The ratio diffusion length/wavelength, i.e., the normalized frequency v, decreases, and modes approach the cutoff, becoming more lossy. Of course, this is more evident working at long wavelength. (2) The surface roughness can strongly affect the attenuation value

  2. Effect of vegetation density and vegetation conditions on the spectral backscattering in the visible and the near infrared

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    Fahsi, Ahmed; Tsegaye, Teferi D.; Rajbhandari, Narayan B.; Tadesse, Wubishet; Coleman, Tommy L.

    1999-12-01

    The work presented in this paper investigates the sensitivity of the hyperspectral remotely sensed data to the vegetation density under different soil moisture conditions. The research testbed comprised four corn plots with 4 different densities, one grass plot, and one bare soil plot. For this purpose, the hyperspectral data were recorded simultaneously as the field measurements, which included soil moisture and temperature, soil characterization (gravimetric soil moisture, bulk density, surface roughness), and vegetation measurements (biomass; plant height; leaf orientations, length, thickness; dielectric constant of stalks and leaves; stalk diameter and height). The findings of this study showed that physical and physiological aspects, as well as the structure of the vegetation, have noticeable effects on its spectral response. The results showed distinct spectral response among the different vegetation densities, thus biomass. They also showed that hyperspectral data are effective in detecting soil moisture variability and discriminating among vegetation densities and conditions. The hyperspectral data were in agreement with the ground data and discriminated among small variations in soil moisture and vegetation densities and conditions. This study also showed that the variation in the spectral variability from different vegetation densities becomes negligible when the vegetation leaves cover completely the ground surface.

  3. Third-harmonic generation with a more than 500?nm tunable spectral range in a step-index tellurite fiber

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    We demonstrate third-harmonic generation (THG) with a tunable spectral range of more than 500?nm in a step-index tellurite fiber. Third-harmonic (TH) signals with a peak wavelength from 524 to 1043?nm are obtained in a 3?cm-long fiber when the fundamental wavelength shifts from 1560 to 3100?nm. To our knowledge, the tunable spectral range covering almost one octave is the widest tunable range of THG in fibers so far. The far-field patterns of the TH signals by 1560?nm to 2100?nm pumping are recorded by a charge coupled device camera, which are close to the fundamental mode profile. The THG in such a wide tunable range is attributable to the high nonlinearity of the tellurite fiber and the high pump peak power of the pump pulse. (letters)

  4. Dispersed fluorescence spectrometry from the VIS to VUV spectral range for experiments at heavy-ion storage facilities

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    Reiß, Philipp; Schmidt, Philipp; Ozga, Christian; Knie, André; Ehresmann, Arno

    2015-11-01

    For the electronic- and charge-state specific determination of VUV–VIS fluorescence emission cross sections after collisions between heavy ions and neutral gases or electrons a fluorescence spectrometer for the VUV–VIS spectral range is planned. Tentative experiments showed that signal rates after collisions between Xe atoms and {{Xe}}54+ ions are high enough to allow efficient experiments.

  5. Fabry-Perot Based Ranging Interferometer Receiver for High Spectral Resolution Lidar Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) is pleased to present the following Phase II proposal for a Fabry-Perot Based Interferometer Receiver for the High Spectral...

  6. Development of on-line sorting system for detection of infected seed potatoes using visible near-infrared transmittance spectral technique

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    Kim, Dae Yong; Cho, Byoung Kwan [Dept. of Biosystems Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Mo, Chang Yeun [Rural Development Administration, National Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Jun Soon [Dept. of Horticultural Bioscience, Pusan National University, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-15

    In this study, an online seed potato sorting system using a visible and near infrared (40 1100 nm) transmittance spectral technique and statistical model was evaluated for the nondestructive determination of infected and sound seed potatoes. Seed potatoes that had been artificially infected with Pectobacterium atrosepticum, which is known to cause a soil borne disease infection, were prepared for the experiments. After acquiring transmittance spectra from sound and infected seed potatoes, a determination algorithm for detecting infected seed potatoes was developed using the partial least square discriminant analysis method. The coefficient of determination(R{sup 2}{sub p}) of the prediction model was 0.943, and the classification accuracy was above 99% (n = 80) for discriminating diseased seed potatoes from sound ones. This online sorting system has good potential for developing a technique to detect agricultural products that are infected and contaminated by pathogens.

  7. Development of on-line sorting system for detection of infected seed potatoes using visible near-infrared transmittance spectral technique

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    In this study, an online seed potato sorting system using a visible and near infrared (40 1100 nm) transmittance spectral technique and statistical model was evaluated for the nondestructive determination of infected and sound seed potatoes. Seed potatoes that had been artificially infected with Pectobacterium atrosepticum, which is known to cause a soil borne disease infection, were prepared for the experiments. After acquiring transmittance spectra from sound and infected seed potatoes, a determination algorithm for detecting infected seed potatoes was developed using the partial least square discriminant analysis method. The coefficient of determination(R2p) of the prediction model was 0.943, and the classification accuracy was above 99% (n = 80) for discriminating diseased seed potatoes from sound ones. This online sorting system has good potential for developing a technique to detect agricultural products that are infected and contaminated by pathogens.

  8. Spectral synthesis provides 2-D videos on a 1-D screen with 360{\\deg}-visibility and mirror-immunity

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    Grusche, Sascha

    2014-01-01

    Spatial-light-modulator (SLM)-based tunable sources have complex setups. A simpler setup, comprising an SLM-projector and a dispersive element, synthesizes light as effectively, based on a Superposition of Newtonian Spectra (SNS). As a generalization of SNS, two-dimensional (2-D) grayscale videos are spectrally encoded on a one-dimensional (1-D), translucent screen, and viewed through another dispersive element. This Projected-Image Circumlineascopy (PICS) produces semitransparent, rainbow-coloured, virtual 2-D videos that face every viewer anywhere around the 1-D screen. They are invariant under reflection of the 1-D screen in mirrors parallel to it. SNS bandwidth and PICS image geometry are calculated using geometric optics and Dispersion Diagrams.

  9. Surface compositional mapping by spectral ratioing of ERTS-1 MSS data in the Wind River Basin and Range, Wyoming

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    Vincent, R. K. (principal investigator); Salmon, B. C.; Pillars, W. W.; Harris, J. E.

    1975-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. ERTS data collected in August and October 1972 were processed on digital and special purpose analog recognition computers using ratio enhancement and pattern recognition. Ratios of band-averaged laboratory reflectances of some minerals and rock types known to be in the scene compared favorably with ratios derived from the data by ratio normalization procedures. A single ratio display and density slice of the visible channels of ERTS MSS data, Channel 5/Channel 4 (R5,4), separated the Triassic Chugwater formation (redbeds) from other formations present and may have enhanced iron oxide minerals present at the surface in abundance. Comparison of data sets collected over the same area at two different times of the year by digital processing indicated that spectral variation due to environmental factors was reduced by ratio processing.

  10. The spectral opacity of triatomic carbon measured in a graphite tube furnace over the 280 to 600 nm wavelength range

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    Snow, W. L.; Wells, W. L.

    1980-01-01

    The paper presents the measurements of linear triatomic carbon opacity (C3) made in a graphite tube furnace to extend the wavelength range of Brewer and Engelke (1962) to the 280-600 nm range. An electrooptical method was used to determine C3 absorption in argon at 2720 to 3060 K; a quartic polynomial regression expression was derived to provide a complete temperature profile from pyrometer measurements. The C3 spectra were plotted for several opacity levels. It was concluded that the extension of the spectral range to the near u.v. levels made it easier to identify C3 particles.

  11. A Tape Method for Fast Characterization and Identification of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the 2-18 THz Spectral Range

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    Kissi, Eric Ofosu; Bawuah, Prince; Silfsten, Pertti; Peiponen, Kai-Erik

    2015-03-01

    In order to find counterfeit drugs quickly and reliably, we have developed `tape method' a transmission spectroscopic terahertz (THz) measurement technique and compared it with a standard attenuated total reflection (ATR) THz spectroscopic measurement. We used well-known training samples, which include commercial paracetamol and aspirin tablets to check the validity of these two measurement techniques. In this study, the spectral features of some active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), such as aspirin and paracetamol are characterized for identification purpose. This work covers a wide THz spectral range namely, 2-18 THz. This proposed simple but novel technique, the tape method, was used for characterizing API and identifying their presence in their dosage forms. By comparing the spectra of the APIs to their dosage forms (powder samples), all distinct fingerprints present in the APIs are also present in their respective dosage forms. The positions of the spectral features obtained with the ATR techniques were akin to that obtained from the tape method. The ATR and the tape method therefore, complement each other. The presence of distinct fingerprints in this spectral range has highlighted the possibility of developing fast THz sensors for the screening of pharmaceuticals. It is worth noting that, the ATR method is applicable to flat faced tablets whereas the tape method is suitable for powders in general (e.g. curved surface tablets that require milling before measurement). Finally, we have demonstrated that ATR techniques can be used to screen counterfeit antimalarial tablets.

  12. Visible Light Induces Melanogenesis in Human Skin through a Photoadaptive Response

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    Randhawa, Manpreet; Seo, InSeok; Liebel, Frank; Southall, Michael D.; Kollias, Nikiforos; Ruvolo, Eduardo

    2015-01-01

    Visible light (400–700 nm) lies outside of the spectral range of what photobiologists define as deleterious radiation and as a result few studies have studied the effects of visible light range of wavelengths on skin. This oversight is important considering that during outdoors activities skin is exposed to the full solar spectrum, including visible light, and to multiple exposures at different times and doses. Although the contribution of the UV component of sunlight to skin damage has been ...

  13. Using the electron synchrotron radiation for the calibration of the spectral density in UV and long-wave vacuum UV range (160 nm to 340 nm)

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    Electron synchrotron radiation was investigated with a view to the development of methods for the calibration of the spectral density in the UV and long-wave vacuum UV spectral regions. The relative spectral radiation flow of a synchrotron can be calculated over a wide spectral region. In order to determine the absolute radiation flow in the vaccum UV, the synchrotron radiation in the visible region is compared with a reference source (calibrated tungsten filament lamp). Between 160 nm and 340 nm, the spectral beam density calibration with the synchrotron radiation is uncertain by about +- 5%. Between 280 nm and 340 nm, calibrations of deuterium lamps at the synchrotron and at a cavity radiator vary by less than 10%. (orig./WL)

  14. INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY OF GAS-PHASE POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBON CATIONS IN THE 10–50 ?m SPECTRAL RANGE

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    The gas-phase infrared spectra of four polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) cations have been recorded in the 10-50 ?m (or 1000-200 cm–1) spectral range via IR multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy. Ionized PAHs are formed by UV laser ionization in an effusive beam and subsequently irradiated with a single pulse of narrowband tunable infrared light produced by the Free-Electron Laser for IntraCavity Experiments FELICE. The ion population is then analyzed in a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Upon resonance, dissociation is induced so that IR spectra can be recorded by monitoring either the depleted parent ion intensity or the appearance of fragment ions as a function of the wavelength. The intracavity IR fluence enables the recording of IRMPD spectra of strongly bound PAH cations in the hitherto inaccessible far-IR spectral range. Experimental spectra are presented for the radical cations of anthracene, tetracene, pentacene, and coronene. Spectra calculated with density functional theory at the B3LYP/6-311g(2df,2pd) level reproduce IR frequencies reasonably accurately in this spectral range when a uniform scaling factor of 0.94 over the complete 10-50 ?m spectral range is employed. We show that even vibrational modes with a calculated IR intensity lower than 1 km mol–1 can be observed. For the catacondensed PAH cations we find CH out-of-plane bending vibrations involving four adjacent CH groups within a few wavenumbers of 733 cm–1, closely matching the 13.6 ?m UIR band. For the larger systems, pentacene and coronene, we observe a continuous structureless background absorption above 400 cm–1 which is attributed to the high density of IR dipole allowed combination modes for these systems.

  15. Spectral optical properties of long-range transport Asian dust and pollution aerosols over Northeast Asia in 2007 and 2008

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    Jung, J; Kim, Y. J.; Lee, K. Y.; M. G. -Cayetano; T. Batmunkh; J.-H. Koo; Kim, J.

    2010-01-01

    As a part of the IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry) Mega-cities program, aerosol physical and optical properties were continuously measured from March 2007 to March 2008 at an urban site (37.57° N, 126.94° E) in Seoul, Korea. Spectral optical properties of long-range transported Asian dust and pollution aerosols have been investigated based on the year long measurement data. Optically measured black carbon/thermally measured elemental carbon (BC/EC) ratio ...

  16. Three and four wave parametric interactions for ultrashort pulse generation in the ultraviolet, near and mid-infrared spectral range

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    Darginavi?ius, Julius

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis we investigated and developed three- and four-wave interaction-based frequency conversion methods for ultrashort pulse generation in the ultraviolet (UV), near and mid-infrared (IR) spectral ranges. In particular, efficient generation of Nd:glass laser harmonics was demonstrated experimentally, through noncollinear four-wave difference-frequency mixing in isotropic media. Also, broadband optical parametric amplification in the UV was investigated theoretically and achieved expe...

  17. Broad spectral range measurements and modelling of birefringence dispersion in two-mode elliptical-core fibres

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    We present the results of measurement and modelling of the birefringence dispersion in elliptical-core fibres (ECFs). The measurement is performed over a broad wavelength range (e.g. 450–1450 nm) by two spectral interferometric techniques. First, a technique employing a tandem configuration of a Michelson interferometer and an ECF under test is used for a broad spectral range measurement of the group modal birefringence for two spatial modes supported by the fibre. Second, a method with a lateral point-like force acting on the fibre and based on spectral interferometry is used for measuring the phase modal birefringence at one wavelength for the fundamental mode only. The measured value is combined with the dispersion of the group modal birefringence to obtain the phase modal birefringence over a broad wavelength range. We also modelled the dispersion characteristics taking into account contributions of both the elliptical shape of the core and the residual thermal stress. The dispersion characteristics measured for the three ECFs show very good agreement with the results of numerical modelling

  18. Photometric calibration of soft x-ray and p-terphenyl coated visible photodiodes in the 180--1500 eV range for fusion plasma spectroscopy

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    The efficiencies of x-ray ultraviolet silicon, and p-terphenyl coated visible photodiodes have been measured in the 180--1500 eV range using a K radiation-Manson source. It is found that the quantum efficiency (electrons/photon) of the silicon diode varies between 25 and 400 in the above-mentioned range; the p-terphenyl coated diode is by two orders of magnitude less performing at the high-energy end of the range considered, but approaches the efficiency of the silicon diode at 100 A. Such diodes with built-in amplifiers, coated with scintillator and thin layers of metal films, can be efficiently used in spectroscopic diagnostics of magnetically confined plasmas

  19. Wide spectral range multiple orders and half-wave achromatic phase retarders fabricated from two lithium tantalite single crystal plates

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    Emam-Ismail, M.

    2015-11-01

    In a broad spectral range (300-2500 nm), we report the use of channeled spectra formed from the interference of polarized white light to extract the dispersion of the phase birefringence ?np(?) of the x- and y-cuts of lithium tantalite (LiTaO3:LT) plates. A new method named as wavenumber difference method is used to extract the spectral behavior of the phase birefringence of the x- and y- cuts of LT plates. The correctness of the obtained birefringence data is confirmed by using Jones vector method through recalculating the plates thicknesses. The spectral variation of the phase birefringence ?np(?) of the x- and y-cuts of LT plates is fitted to Cauchy dispersion function with relative error for both x- and y-cuts of order 2.4×10-4. The group birefringence dispersion ?ng (?) of the x- and y-cuts of LT plates is also calculated and fitted to Ghosh dispersion function with relative error for both x- and y-cuts of order 2.83×10-4. Furthermore, the phase retardation introduced by the x- and y-cuts of LT plates is also calculated. It is found that the amount of phase retardation confirms that the x- and y-cuts of LT plates can act as a multiple order half- and quarter-wave plates working at many different wavelengths through the spectral range 300-2500 nm. For the x- and y-cuts of LT plates, a large difference between group and phase birefringence is observed at a short wavelength (?=300 nm); while such difference progressively diminished at longer wavelength (?=2000 nm). In the near infrared region (NIR) region (700-2500 nm), a broad spectral full width at half maximum (FWHM) is observed for either x- or y-cut of LT plate which can act as if it is working as a zero order wave plate. Finally, an achromatic half-wave plate working at 598 nm and covering a wide spectral range (300-900 nm) is demonstrated experimentally by combining both x- and y-cuts of LT plates.

  20. TESIS experiment on study of solar corona in EUV spectral range (CORONAS-PHOTON project)

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    A new orbital station, namely: the CORONAS-PHOTON one (to be launched in 2006) equipped with systems to explore Sun at the intensification period of the solar activity 24-th cycle and at its peak is being designed within the framework of the CORONAS National Sun Space Exploration Program. The station equipment consists of systems to observe Sun within the spectral soft X-ray and vacuum ultraviolet bands. Paper lists and describes the TESIS experiment tools designed for the CORONAS-PHOTON Project to ensure the Sun atmospheric research within short-wave band

  1. Spectral Unmixing of Forest Crown Components at Close Range, Airborne and Simulated Sentinel-2 and EnMAP Spectral Imaging Scale

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Forest biochemical and biophysical variables and their spatial and temporal distribution are essential inputs to process-orientated ecosystem models. To provide this information, imaging spectroscopy appears to be a promising tool. In this context, the present study investigates the potential of spectral unmixing to derive sub-pixel crown component fractions in a temperate deciduous forest ecosystem. However, the high proportion of foliage in this complex vegetation structure leads to the problem of saturation effects, when applying broadband vegetation indices. This study illustrates that multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis (MESMA can contribute to overcoming this challenge. Reference fractional abundances, as well as spectral measurements of the canopy components, could be precisely determined from a crane measurement platform situated in a deciduous forest in North-East Germany. In contrast to most other studies, which only use leaf and soil endmembers, this experimental setup allowed for the inclusion of a bark endmember for the unmixing of components within the canopy. This study demonstrates that the inclusion of additional endmembers markedly improves the accuracy. A mean absolute error of 7.9% could be achieved for the fractional occurrence of the leaf endmember and 5.9% for the bark endmember. In order to evaluate the results of this field-based study for airborne and satellite-based remote sensing applications, a transfer to Airborne Imaging Spectrometer for Applications (AISA and simulated Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP and Sentinel-2 imagery was carried out. All sensors were capable of unmixing crown components with a mean absolute error ranging between 3% and 21%.

  2. FTIR laboratory measurement of Ne i Rydberg states in 1.43-14.3 ?m spectral range

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    Kubelík, P.; Civiš, S.; Pastorek, A.; Zanozina, E. M.; Chernov, V. E.; Juha, L.; Voronina, A. A.

    2015-10-01

    Context. The Ne i spectrum in the 800-1800 cm-1 (5.55-14.3 ?m) domain has not been previously investigated. Aims: To address this spectral gap, we performed high-resolution laboratory measurements of the Ne i emission spectrum over the 800-7000 cm-1 (1.43-14.3 ?m) range. Methods: The Ne i laboratory spectra were obtained from a pulsed discharge plasma and recorded using time-resolved Fourier transform spectroscopy. The identification of the spectral lines was performed according to the transition probability values calculated using the quantum defect method. Results: Based on these measurements, we report the wavenumbers of 151 Ne i lines and energy values for 14 Ne i levels that are not listed in the available databases.

  3. Spectral properties of a lateral p-n homojunction-structured visible silicon light-emitting diode fabricated by dressed-photon-phonon-assisted annealing

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    Yamaguchi, M.; Kawazoe, T.; Yatsui, T.; Ohtsu, M.

    2015-08-01

    We developed a visible silicon light-emitting diode (Si-LED) with a lateral p-n homojunction using dressed-photon-phonon (DPP)-assisted annealing. The lateral p-n homojunction was fabricated in order to decrease the absorption loss inherent in light emission with a photon energy higher than the band-gap energy of the material. The fabricated Si-LED emitted light in the entire visible range, including the three primary colors. The light extraction efficiency of the Si-LED was estimated to be 7.8 times higher than that of a conventional LED structure with a vertical p-n homojunction. Owing to the efficient light extraction, we clearly observed two novel features in the electroluminescence (EL) spectrum: a nonlinear increase in the EL intensity with the injected forward current, and an emission peak at 2.7 eV, at which there is no singular point in the electronic structure. From these features, we concluded that the EL from the Si-LED originated from the phonon-assisted radiative recombination of carriers with much higher energy than that of the bottom of the conduction band, via DPPs.

  4. Calculation of spectral shifts in UV–visible region and photoresponsive behaviour of fluorinated liquid crystals: Effect of solvent and substituent

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    The photoresponsive behaviour of fluorinated liquid crystals p-phenylene-4-methoxy benzoate-4-trifluoromethylbenzoate (FLUORO1), and 4-propyloxyphenyl-4-(4-trifluoromethylbenzoyloxy) benzoate (FLUORO2) has been systematically investigated using the CNDO/S + CI and INDO/S + CI methods. These methods have been employed to calculate/analyze the spectral shifts, and absorbance measurements in UV–visible region of the systems. The electronic transitions, absorption wavelength, HOMO (highest occupied molecular orbital), and LUMO (lowest unoccupied molecular orbital) energies have been calculated. Further, ultraviolet (UV) stability of the molecules has been discussed in the light of absorption wavelength and electronic transition oscillator strength (f). The effect of different solvent media and substituents on transition energies, oscillator strength, and other absorption parameters have also been reported. The present article provides valuable information regarding enhancing the UV stability of molecules by marinating their conductivity. Highlights: ? The strongest bands of FLUORO molecules can be assigned as ? ? ?? transitions. ? A small red-shift indicates a weak exciton coupling of chromophores. ? No n ? ?? transition occurs due to the rigidity of the ring system of the molecules. ? The HOMO, LUMO, and Eg values have been found to be independent of solvent effect.

  5. An SPR-based sensor with an extremely large dynamic range of refractive index measurements in the visible region

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    Mishra, Akhilesh K.; Mishra, Satyendra K.; Verma, Rajneesh K.

    2015-11-01

    A promising GaP prism-based surface plasmon resonance sensor in the Kretschmann configuration with an extremely large dynamic range of refractive index detection is proposed. The prism base is coated with a gold layer and then a thin layer of silicon. The sensor is studied theoretically in terms of sensitivity and detection accuracy. The proposed sensor shows the potential of sensing media with a refractive index varying from gaseous to very dense liquid with appreciably high sensitivity.

  6. Infrared normal spectral emissivity of Ti-6Al-4V alloy in the 500-1150 K temperature range

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    Gonzalez-Fernandez, L. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Barrio Sarriena s/n, 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia (Spain); Industria de Turbo Propulsores, S.A., Planta de Zamudio, Edificio 300, 48170 Zamudio, Bizkaia (Spain); Risueno, E. [CIC Energigune, Parque Tecnologico, Albert Einstein 48, 01510 Minano, Alava, Spain. (Spain); Perez-Saez, R.B., E-mail: raul.perez@ehu.es [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Barrio Sarriena s/n, 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia (Spain); Instituto de Sintesis y Estudio de Materiales, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Apdo. 644,48080 Bilbao, Spain. (Spain); Tello, M.J. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Barrio Sarriena s/n, 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia (Spain); Instituto de Sintesis y Estudio de Materiales, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Apdo. 644,48080 Bilbao, Spain. (Spain)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer First heating cycle acts as a annealing, relieving the surface stresses. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stress relieving occurs mainly above 900 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Emissivity decreases between 0.35 and 0.10 in the 2.5-22 {mu}m spectral range. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Emissivity increases linearly with temperature, with the same slope for {lambda} > 10 {mu}m. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good agreement between resistivity and emissivity by means of Hagen-Rubens relation. - Abstract: Thermal radiative emissivity is related to the optical and electrical properties of materials, and it is a key parameter required in a large number of industrial applications. In the case of Ti-6Al-4V, spectral emissivity experimental data are not available for the range of temperatures between 400 and 1200 K, where almost all industrial applications take place. The experimental results in this paper show that the normal spectral emissivity decreases with wavelength from a value of about 0.35 at 2.5 {mu}m to about 0.10 at 22 {mu}m. At the same time, the spectral emissivity shows a slight linear increase with temperature between 500 and 1150 K, with approximately the same slope for all wavelengths. Additionally, the influence of the samples thermal history on the emissivity is studied. A strong decrease in the emissivity values appears due to the effect of surface stress relaxation processes. This means that the radiative properties of this alloy strongly depend on the surface stress state. A thermal treatment to relieve the surface stress should be carried out to achieve a steady state of the radiative properties. In addition, a good qualitative agreement is found between the temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity obtained using conventional measurements and the one obtained from the emissivity experimental results by using the Hagen-Rubens equation.

  7. Spectral optical properties of long-range transport Asian dust and pollution aerosols over Northeast Asia in 2007 and 2008

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available As a part of the IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Mega-cities program, aerosol physical and optical properties were continuously measured from March 2007 to March 2008 at an urban site (37.57° N, 126.94° E in Seoul, Korea. Spectral optical properties of long-range transported Asian dust and pollution aerosols have been investigated based on the year long measurement data. Optically measured black carbon/thermally measured elemental carbon (BC/EC ratio showed clear monthly variation with high values in summer and low values in winter mainly due to the enhancement of light attenuation by the internal mixing of EC. Novel approach has been suggested to retrieve the spectral light absorption coefficient (babs from Aethalometer raw data by using BC/EC ratio. Mass absorption efficiency, ?abs (=babs/EC at 550 nm was determined to be 9.0±1.3, 8.9±1.5, 9.5±2.0, and 10.3±1.7 m2 g?1 in spring, summer, fall, and winter, respectively with an annual mean of 9.4±1.8 m2 g?1. Threshold values to classify severe haze events were suggested in this study. Increasing trend of aerosol single scattering albedo (SSA with wavelength was observed during Asian dust events while little spectral dependence of SSA was observed during long-range transport pollution (LTP events. Satellite aerosol optical thickness (AOT and Hysplit air mass backward trajectory analyses as well as chemical analysis were performed to characterize the dependence of spectral optical properties on aerosol type. Results from this study can provide useful information for studies on regional air quality and aerosol's effects on climate change.

  8. Spectral optical properties of long-range transport Asian dust and pollution aerosols over Northeast Asia in 2007 and 2008

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    J. Jung

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available As a part of the IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Mega-cities program, aerosol physical and optical properties were continuously measured from March 2007 to March 2008 at an urban site (37.57° N, 126.94° E in Seoul, Korea. Spectral optical properties of long-range transported Asian dust and pollution aerosols have been investigated based on the year long measurement data. Optically measured black carbon/thermally measured elemental carbon (BC/EC ratio showed clear monthly variation with high values in summer and low values in winter mainly due to the enhancement of light attenuation by the internal mixing of EC. Novel approach has been suggested to retrieve the spectral light absorption coefficient (babs from Aethalometer raw data by using BC/EC ratio. Mass absorption efficiency, ?abs(=babs/EC at 550 nm at the measurement site was determined to be 9.0±1.3, 8.9±1.5, 9.5±2.0, and 10.3±1.7 m2 g?1 in spring, summer, fall, and winter, respectively with an annual mean of 9.4±1.8 m2 g?1. Threshold values to classify severe haze events were suggested in this study. Increasing trend of aerosol single scattering albedo (SSA with wavelength was observed during Asian dust events while little spectral dependence of SSA was observed during long-range transport pollution (LTP events. Satellite aerosol optical thickness (AOT and Hysplit air mass backward trajectory analyses as well as chemical analysis were performed to characterize the dependence of spectral optical properties on aerosol type. Results from this study can provide useful information for studies on regional air quality and aerosol's effects on climate change.

  9. Infrared normal spectral emissivity of Ti–6Al–4V alloy in the 500–1150 K temperature range

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    Highlights: ? First heating cycle acts as a annealing, relieving the surface stresses. ? Stress relieving occurs mainly above 900 K. ? Emissivity decreases between 0.35 and 0.10 in the 2.5–22 ?m spectral range. ? Emissivity increases linearly with temperature, with the same slope for ? > 10 ?m. ? Good agreement between resistivity and emissivity by means of Hagen–Rubens relation. - Abstract: Thermal radiative emissivity is related to the optical and electrical properties of materials, and it is a key parameter required in a large number of industrial applications. In the case of Ti–6Al–4V, spectral emissivity experimental data are not available for the range of temperatures between 400 and 1200 K, where almost all industrial applications take place. The experimental results in this paper show that the normal spectral emissivity decreases with wavelength from a value of about 0.35 at 2.5 ?m to about 0.10 at 22 ?m. At the same time, the spectral emissivity shows a slight linear increase with temperature between 500 and 1150 K, with approximately the same slope for all wavelengths. Additionally, the influence of the samples thermal history on the emissivity is studied. A strong decrease in the emissivity values appears due to the effect of surface stress relaxation processes. This means that the radiative properties of this alloy strongly depend on the surface stress state. A thermal treatment to relieve the surface stress should be carried out to achieve a steady state of the radiative properties. In addition, a good qualitative agreement is found between the temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity obtained using conventional measurements and the one obtained from the emissivity experimental results by using the Hagen–Rubens equation.

  10. Ultra-wide-range measurements of thin-film filter optical density over the visible and near-infrared spectrum.

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    Lequime, Michel; Liukaityte, Simona; Zerrad, Myriam; Amra, Claude

    2015-10-01

    We present the improved structure and operating principle of a spectrophotometric mean that allows us for the recording of the transmittance of a thin-film filter over an ultra-wide range of optical densities (from 0 to 11) between 400 and 1000 nm. The operation of this apparatus is based on the combined use of a high power supercontinuum laser source, a tunable volume hologram filter, a standard monochromator and a scientific grade CCD camera. The experimentally recorded noise floor is in good accordance with the optical density values given by the theoretical approach. A demonstration of the sensitivity gain provided by this new set-up with respect to standard spectrophotometric means is performed via the characterization of various types of filters (band-pass, long-pass, short-pass, and notch). PMID:26480197

  11. A new undulator for the extension of the spectral range of the CLIO FEL

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    Marcouille, O.; Berset, J.M.; Glotin, F. [LURE, Orsay (France)] [and others

    1995-12-31

    We built a new undulator in order to extend the lasing range of the CLIO infrared FEL. Presently, CLIO operates in the wavelength range 2 - 17 {mu}m. Beyond 14 {mu}m, the power decreases rapidly, because of the diffraction losses of the vacuum chamber (7 mm height and 2 m long). Thus, lasing at higher wavelengths implies installing a chamber with a height approximately twice. Then the minimum gap is increased and the maximum deflection parameter, K, is reduced from 2 to 1 : the laser tunability is greatly reduced. This is why a new undulator has been built.

  12. A new undulator for the extension of the spectral range of the CLIO FEL

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    We built a new undulator in order to extend the lasing range of the CLIO infrared FEL. Presently, CLIO operates in the wavelength range 2 - 17 ?m. Beyond 14 ?m, the power decreases rapidly, because of the diffraction losses of the vacuum chamber (7 mm height and 2 m long). Thus, lasing at higher wavelengths implies installing a chamber with a height approximately twice. Then the minimum gap is increased and the maximum deflection parameter, K, is reduced from 2 to 1 : the laser tunability is greatly reduced. This is why a new undulator has been built

  13. Influence of temperature on Pr:YAlO3 laser operation in the orange and near-infrared spectral range

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    Continuous wave Pr:YAlO3 laser behavior in the orange (622 nm) and near-infrared (747 nm) spectral range down to cryogenic temperature is reported. To minimize resonator losses, dielectric films were deposited on the crystal facets to form a microchip geometry. More than 300 mW of output power at 747 nm wavelength with a slope efficiency close to the quantum limit is demonstrated. Furthermore, the first diode-pumped Pr:YAlO3 orange laser is described, as we believe. (letter)

  14. Phototransformation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene: Sensitized by riboflavin under different irradiation spectral range

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    Yang Xin [Department of Biology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217 (United States); Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Beijing 100850 (China); Zhao Xueheng [Department of Biology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217 (United States); Hwang, H.-M. [Department of Biology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217 (United States)]. E-mail: hwang@jsums.edu

    2007-05-08

    Riboflavin-sensitized phototransformation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) under natural sunlight was investigated with reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The effect of different spectral region of sunlight on TNT phototransformation in the absence or presence of riboflavin was also investigated by using optical filters with cut-off at 400 or 455 nm. The concentration of riboflavin in the phototransformation of TNT was optimized. Concentration of riboflavin and TNT was 1.0 and 50 {mu}M, respectively. The rates of phototransformation of TNT under natural sunlight in the presence or absence of riboflavin were conformed to initial pseudo-first-order rate equation. The photolysis half life of TNT in the presence of riboflavin was 21.87 min, compared to 39 min in the absence of riboflavin under natural sunlight. Two major phototransformation products of TNT, 3,5-dinitroaniline (3,5-DNA) and 1,3,5-trinitrobenzene (1,3,5-TNB), were detected in the samples in the presence of riboflavin receiving irradiation at full wavelength or wavelength >400 nm. The results indicate that riboflavin mediates TNT sensitized-phototransfomation under natural sunlight or near-UV-vis light.

  15. Microbolometer-based infrared camera for the 3-5 ?m spectral range

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    Budzier, Helmut; Krause, Volker; Gerlach, Gerald; Wassiliew, Dimitar

    2005-10-01

    Until now Microbolometer cameras have been operated only in the long-wave infrared range (LWIR). Since microbolometers are now available with broadband windows and acceptable absorption in the mid-wave infrared range (MWIR), they are becoming more and more interesting for the MWIR range. Primarily for industrial applications, this wavelength range offers many advantages, e.g., for the measuring of glass temperatures or for supervision of furnace rooms. To achieve a sufficiently high measuring accuracy, such crucial MWIR peculiarities like carbon dioxide absorption lines and water-vapor absorption must be known. Such problems can be avoided by usage of narrowband filters. Usually, they have to be adjusted to the particular measurement task. The newly developed camera system is based on a 320 x 240 pixels LWIR microbolometer camera system. The optical channel had to be adapted to the microbolometer. In addition, special correction and calibrating procedures were implemented for the MWIR. The camera system is suitable for stationary use in harsh industrial environments. The robust housing may be completed by integrating water-cooling and air purge for the lens system. The camera is equipped with two trigger inputs for the synchronization with the process to be measured.

  16. Tuning of resonance spacing over whole free spectral range based on Autler-Townes splitting in a single microring resonator.

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    Gao, Ge; Li, Danping; Zhang, Yong; Yuan, Shuai; Armghan, Ammar; Huang, Qingzhong; Wang, Yi; Yu, Jinzhong; Xia, Jinsong

    2015-10-19

    In this paper, a single microring resonator structure formed by incorporating a reflectivity-tunable loop mirror is demonstrated for the tuning of resonance spacing. Autler-Townes splitting in the resonator is utilized to tune the spacing between two adjacent resonances by controlling the strength of coupling between the two counter-propagating degenerate modes in the microring resonator. A theoretical model based on the transfer matrix method is built to analyze the device. The theoretical analysis indicates that the resonance spacing can be tuned from zero to one free spectral range (FSR). In experiment, by integrating metallic microheater, the tuning of resonance spacing in the range of the whole FSR (1.17 nm) is achieved within 9.82 mW heating power dissipation. The device has potential for applications in reconfigurable optical filtering and microwave photonics. PMID:26480351

  17. Measurement of the luminescence decay times of PbS quantum dots in the near-IR spectral range

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    Parfenov, P. S.; Litvin, A. P.; Baranov, A. V.; Ushakova, E. V.; Fedorov, A. V.; Prudnikov, A. V.; Artemyev, M. V.

    2012-06-01

    Methods for recording luminescence decay times of semiconductor PbS quantum dots (QDs) with optical transitions in the near-IR spectral range have been analyzed. A measuring complex for spectral and kinetic analysis in the near-IR range (0.8-2.0 ?m) in the time interval from several tens of nanoseconds to several tens of microseconds is described. In this complex, a semiconductor picosecond laser is used as an excitation source; luminescence decay times are recorded by a fast InGaAs photodiode, a high-speed amplifier, and a high-frequency oscilloscope; and the measurement results are multiply averaged (up to a million times) by a program. The technical features of this method are discussed and compared with the characteristics of techniques based on photon counting or application of more powerful radiation sources, and the limitations on sensitivity are analyzed. The results of measuring the luminescence decay kinetics of PbS QDs 2.7-7.6 nm in size prepared in the form of solutions and incorporated into matrices are reported.

  18. Temperature-dependent dielectric function of germanium in the UV–vis spectral range: A first-principles study

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    The study of temperature dependence of thermophysical parameter dielectric function is key to understanding thermal radiative transfer in high-temperature environments. Limited by self-radiation and thermal oxidation, however, it is difficult to directly measure the high-temperature dielectric function of solids with present experimental technologies. In this work, we implement two first-principles methods, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) and density functional perturbation theory (DFPT), to study the temperature dependence of dielectric function of germanium (Ge) in the UV–vis spectral range in order to provide data of high-temperature dielectric function for radiative transfer study in high-temperature environments. Both the two methods successfully predict the temperature dependence of dielectric function of Ge. Moreover, the good agreement between the calculated results of the AIMD approach and experimental data at 825 K enables us to predict the high-temperature dielectric function of Ge with the AIMD method in the UV–vis spectral range. - Highlights: • The temperature dependence of dielectric function of germanium (Ge) is investigated with two first-principles methods. • The temperature effect on dielectric function of Ge is discussed. • The high-temperature dielectric function of Ge is predicted

  19. Chlorine detection in cement with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in the infrared and ultraviolet spectral range

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    A significant parameter to monitor the status of concrete buildings like bridges or parking garages is the determination of the depth profile of the chlorine concentration below the exposed concrete surface. This information is required to define the needed volume of restoration for a construction. Conventional methods like wet chemical analysis are time- and cost-intensive so an alternative method is developed using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). The idea is to deploy LIBS to analyze drill cores by scanning the sample surface with laser pulses. Chlorine spectral lines in the infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV)-range were studied for chlorine detection in hydrated cement samples. The excitation energies of these spectral lines are above 9.2 eV. Hence high plasma temperatures and pulse energies in the range of some hundred millijoules are needed to induce sufficient line intensity levels at the required working distance. To further increase the line intensity and to lower the detection limit (LOD) of chlorine a measuring chamber is used where different ambient pressures and gases can be chosen for the measurements. The influences on the line intensity for pressures between 5 mbar and 400 mbar using helium as process gas and the influence of different laser burst modi like single and collinear double pulses are investigated. For the first time a LOD according to DIN 32 645 of 0.1 mass% was achieved for chlorine in hydrated cement using the UV line 134.72 nm.

  20. Feroxyhyte nanoflakes coupled to up-converting carbon nanodots: a highly active, magnetically recoverable, Fenton-like photocatalyst in the visible-NIR range.

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    Ortega-Liebana, M C; Hueso, J L; Larrea, A; Sebastian, V; Santamaria, J

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate the enhanced photocatalytic response of a novel Fenton-like heterogeneous catalyst obtained through the assembly of superparamagnetic feroxyhyte nanoflakes synthesized by continuous gas-slug microfluidics and carbon nanodots obtained by pyrolysis from a natural organic source. The novel nanohybrids enable the utilization of the visible and near-infrared ranges due to the active role of the carbon nanodots as up-converting photo-sensitizers. This novel photocatalyst is magnetically recoverable and maintains an excellent response after multiple reutilization cycles. In addition, its synthesis is based on inexpensive and abundant raw materials and its photocatalytic response is evaluated in the presence of energy efficient, affordable light-emitting diodes (LEDs), thereby providing a promising and feasible alternative to the homogeneous Fenton process. PMID:26421733

  1. The relationship between professional operatic soprano voice and high range spectral energy

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    Barnes, Jennifer J.; Davis, Pamela; Oates, Jennifer; Chapman, Janice

    2004-07-01

    Operatic sopranos need to be audible over an orchestra yet they are not considered to possess a singer's formant. As in other voice types, some singers are more successful than others at being heard and so this work investigated the frequency range of the singer's formant between 2000 and 4000 Hz to consider the question of extra energy in this range. Such energy would give an advantage over an orchestra, so the aims were to ascertain what levels of excess energy there might be and look at any relationship between extra energy levels and performance level. The voices of six operatic sopranos (national and international standard) were recorded performing vowel and song tasks and subsequently analyzed acoustically. Measures taken from vowel data were compared with song task data to assess the consistency of the approaches. Comparisons were also made with regard to two conditions of intended projection (maximal and comfortable), two song tasks (anthem and aria), two recording environments (studio and anechoic room), and between subjects. Ranking the singers from highest energy result to lowest showed the consistency of the results from both vowel and song methods and correlated reasonably well with the performance level of the subjects. The use of formant tuning is considered and examined.

  2. Development and testing of a fast Fourier transform high dynamic-range spectral diagnostics for millimeter wave characterization

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    A fast Fourier transform (FFT) based wide range millimeter wave diagnostics for spectral characterization of scattered millimeter waves in plasmas has been successfully brought into operation. The scattered millimeter waves are heterodyne downconverted and directly digitized using a fast analog-digital converter and a compact peripheral component interconnect computer. Frequency spectra are obtained by FFT in the time domain of the intermediate frequency signal. The scattered millimeter waves are generated during high power electron cyclotron resonance heating experiments on the TEXTOR tokamak and demonstrate the performance of the diagnostics and, in particular, the usability of direct digitizing and Fourier transformation of millimeter wave signals. The diagnostics is able to acquire 4 GHz wide spectra of signals in the range of 136-140 GHz. The rate of spectra is tunable and has been tested between 200 000 spectra/s with a frequency resolution of 100 MHz and 120 spectra/s with a frequency resolution of 25 kHz. The respective dynamic ranges are 52 and 88 dB. Major benefits of the new diagnostics are a tunable time and frequency resolution due to postdetection, near-real time processing of the acquired data. This diagnostics has a wider application in astrophysics, earth observation, plasma physics, and molecular spectroscopy for the detection and analysis of millimeter wave radiation, providing high-resolution spectra at high temporal resolution and large dynamic range.

  3. Novel SO2 spectral evaluation scheme using the 360–390 nm wavelength range

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    T. Wagner

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS is a well established spectroscopic method to determine trace gases in the atmosphere. During the last decade, passive DOAS, which uses solar radiation scattered in the atmosphere as a light source, has become a standard tool to determine SO2 column densities and emission fluxes from volcanoes and other large sources by ground based as well as satellite measurements. For the determination of SO2 column densities, the structured absorption of the molecule in the 300–330 nm region (due to the A1B1?X1A1 transition is used. However, there are several problems limiting the accuracy of the technique in this particular application. Here we propose to use an alternative wavelength region (360–390 nm due to the spin-forbidden a3B2?X1A1 transition for the DOAS evaluation of SO2 in conditions where high SO2 column densities prevail. We show this range to have considerable advantages in such cases, in particular when the particle content of the plume is high and when measurements are performed at large distances from the area of interest.

  4. An in-vacuum wiggler for SOLEIL Hard X-rays spectral range

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    The production of Hard X-rays has become a tricky problem on medium energy storage rings. It requires Insertion Devices (IDs) with high magnetic field and a large number of periods. To cover the 20-50 keV photon energy range at SOLEIL (2.75 GeV), an in-vacuum wiggler (WSV50) has been preferred to a superconducting ID. The wiggler is composed of 38 periods of 50 mm producing a 2.1 T field at a minimum magnetic gap of 5.5 mm. To minimize the magnetic forces acting between magnet arrays (8.5 tons), a compensation system composed of non magnetic springs has been mounted apart from the magnet system to reduce the mechanical deformations. The wiggler has been assembled step by step by means of a genetic algorithm which minimizes the magnetic errors measured with a flipping coil. This paper presents the mechanical and magnetic design of the wiggler as well as the construction and the magnetic measurements.

  5. Electron storage ring BESSY as a radiometric source of calculable spectral radiant power between 0.5 and 1000 nm

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    The spectral radiant power of the electron storage ring BESSY was measured absolutely in the infrared and visible, and its angular distribution in the infrared, visible, and soft-x-ray ranges. The results prove BESSY to be a standard of calculable spectral radiant power, at least for wavelengths from 0.5 to 1000 nm

  6. Spectral shift by half free-spectral-range for microring resonator employing the phase jump phenomenon in coupled-waveguide and application on all-microring wavelength interleaver.

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    Shih, Chih T'sung; Chao, Shiuh

    2009-05-11

    Using coupled-mode theory, we have shown that there is a pi phase jump between the input and the through/drop fields of a codirectional coupler when the gap width between the coupled-waveguides reaches certain values such that the length of the coupler equals to the odd integer (for through field) or even integer (for drop field) times of the Transfer Distance. We introduced an efficient numerical method based on combining the scattering matrix method and FDTD method for analyzing a microring that has material loss. By applying this method, we found that the phase jump phenomenon also occurs in a half-ring coupler when the gap width between the coupled half-ring waveguides reaches a critical value. We showed that, for a given operating bandwidth, it is important that the gap width between the rings has to be larger than a certain value in order to avoid the phase jump, or smaller in order to take advantage of the phase jump. Based on the phase jump phenomenon, we found that the through and the drop spectra of the single-arm and the double-arm microring can be manipulated to shift about one half free spectral range by selecting appropriate gap widths. A novel all-microring wavelength interleaver, based on the phase jump phenomenon, is proposed and numerically demonstrated. PMID:19434107

  7. New methods of highly efficient controlled generation of radiation by liquid crystal nanostructures in a wide spectral range

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    We report the recent results of research focused on a new kind of soft matter-the liquid-crystal nanocomposites with controllable mechanical and nonlinear optical properties. These are promising media for implementation of ultra-compact photonic devices and efficient sources of coherent radiation in a wide spectral range. We overview the technology of preparation of nematic-liquid-crystal media saturated with disclination defects. The defects were formed in different ways: by embedding nanoparticles and molecular objects, by exposure to alpha-particle flux. The defect locations were controlled by applying an electric field. We also present and discuss the recently discovered features of nematic-liquid-crystal media: a thermal orientation effect leading to the fifth-order optical nonlinearity, enormous second-order susceptibility revealed by measurements, and structural changes upon exposure to laser radiation. We report on efficient generation of harmonics, sum and difference optical frequencies in nematic-liquid-crystal media. In addition, transformation of laser radiation spectra to spectral supercontinua, and filamentation of laser beams were also observed in nematic-liquid-crystal media. We conclude that most nonlinear optical effects result from changes of the orientational order in the examined nematic liquid crystals. These changes lead to the symmetry breaking and disclination appearances.

  8. Fully automated dual-frequency three-pulse-echo 2DIR spectrometer accessing spectral range from 800 to 4000 wavenumbers

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    Leger, Joel D.; Nyby, Clara M.; Varner, Clyde; Tang, Jianan; Rubtsova, Natalia I.; Yue, Yuankai; Kireev, Victor V.; Burtsev, Viacheslav D.; Qasim, Layla N.; Rubtsov, Igor V., E-mail: irubtsov@tulane.edu [Department of Chemistry, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 (United States); Rubtsov, Grigory I. [Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 117312 (Russian Federation)

    2014-08-15

    A novel dual-frequency two-dimensional infrared instrument is designed and built that permits three-pulse heterodyned echo measurements of any cross-peak within a spectral range from 800 to 4000 cm{sup ?1} to be performed in a fully automated fashion. The superior sensitivity of the instrument is achieved by a combination of spectral interferometry, phase cycling, and closed-loop phase stabilization accurate to ?70 as. The anharmonicity of smaller than 10{sup ?4} cm{sup ?1} was recorded for strong carbonyl stretching modes using 800 laser shot accumulations. The novel design of the phase stabilization scheme permits tuning polarizations of the mid-infrared (m-IR) pulses, thus supporting measurements of the angles between vibrational transition dipoles. The automatic frequency tuning is achieved by implementing beam direction stabilization schemes for each m-IR beam, providing better than 50 ?rad beam stability, and novel scheme for setting the phase-matching geometry for the m-IR beams at the sample. The errors in the cross-peak amplitudes associated with imperfect phase matching conditions and alignment are found to be at the level of 20%. The instrument can be used by non-specialists in ultrafast spectroscopy.

  9. Satellite monitoring of different vegetation types by differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS in the red spectral range

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    T. Wagner

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method for the satellite remote sensing of different types of vegetation and ocean colour is presented. In contrast to existing algorithms relying on the strong change of the reflectivity in the red and near infrared spectral region, our method analyses weak narrow-band (few nm reflectance structures (i.e. "fingerprint" structures of vegetation in the red spectral range. It is based on differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS, which is usually applied for the analysis of atmospheric trace gas absorptions. Since the spectra of atmospheric absorption and vegetation reflectance are simultaneously included in the analysis, the effects of atmospheric absorptions are automatically corrected (in contrast to other algorithms. The inclusion of the vegetation spectra also significantly improves the results of the trace gas retrieval. The global maps of the results illustrate the seasonal cycles of different vegetation types. In addition to the vegetation distribution on land, they also show patterns of biological activity in the oceans. Our results indicate that improved sets of vegetation spectra might lead to more accurate and more specific identification of vegetation type in the future.

  10. ZnO/a-Si Distributed Bragg Reflectors for Light Trapping in Thin Film Solar Cells from Visible to Infrared Range

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    Chen, Aqing; Zhu, Kaigui

    2015-01-01

    Distributed bragg reflectors (DBRs) consisting of ZnO and amorphous silicon (a-Si) were prepared by magnetron sputtering method for selective light trapping. The quarter-wavelength ZnO/a-Si DBRs with only 6 periods exhibit a peak reflectance of above 99% and have a full width at half maximum that is greater than 347 nm in the range of visible to infrared. The 6-pair reversed quarter-wavelength ZnO/a-Si DBRs also have a peak reflectance of 98%. Combination of the two ZnO/a-Si DBRs leads to a broader stopband from 686 nm to 1354 nm. Using the ZnO/a-Si DBRs as the rear reflector of a-Si thin film solar cells significantly increases the photocurrent in the spectrum range of 400 nm to 1000 nm, in comparison with that of the cells with Al reflector. The obtained results suggest that ZnO/a-Si DBRs are promising reflectors of a-Si thin-film solar cells for light trapping.

  11. Ultra-wide free spectral range, enhanced sensitivity, and removed mode splitting SOI optical ring resonator with dispersive metal nanodisks.

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    Urbonas, Darius; Bal?ytis, Armandas; Gabalis, Martynas; Vaškevi?ius, Konstantinas; Naujokait?, Greta; Juodkazis, Saulius; Petruškevi?ius, Raimondas

    2015-07-01

    A refractive index sensor with a free spectral range that is unlimited by neighboring mode spacing (10 fold increase with respect to 20 nm of an unmodified ring), based on an optical silicon-on-insulator microring resonator patterned with periodically arranged set of gold nanodisks, is presented and numerically verified. It is shown that the particular periodic arrangement of nanodisks selects a single resonance from a wide set of ring resonator modes and removes mode splitting. Extraction of the waveguided electromagnetic energy into evanescent plasmonic modes enhances light-analyte interaction and increases device sensitivity to variation of refractive index up to 176??nm/RIU (about 2-fold increase compared to the unmodified ring), which is useful for sensor applications. Proof of the concept is presented by finite-difference time-domain simulations of a design readily practicable by means of modern nanotechnology. PMID:26125346

  12. Spectral line lists of a nitrogen gas discharge for wavelength calibration in the range $4500-11000$cm$^{-1}$

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    Boesch, A

    2015-01-01

    A discharge of nitrogen gas, as created in a microwave-induced plasma, exhibits a very dense molecular emission line spectrum. Emission spectra of this kind could serve as wavelength calibrators for high-resolution astrophysical spectrographs in the near-infrared, where only very few calibration sources are currently available. The compilation of a spectral line list and the characterization of line intensities and line density belong to the initial steps when investigating the feasibility of potential wavelength calibration sources. Although the molecular nitrogen spectrum was extensively studied in the past, to our knowledge, no line list exists that covers a continuous range of several thousand wavenumbers in the near-infrared. We recorded three high-resolution ($\\Delta \\tilde{\

  13. Turbulent spectra and spectral kinks in the transition range from MHD to kinetic Alfv\\'en turbulence

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    Voitenko, Yuriy

    2011-01-01

    A weakly dispersive sub-range (WDR) of kinetic Alfv\\'en turbulence is distinguished and investigated for the first time in the context of MHD/kinetic turbulence transition. We found perpendicular wavenumber spectra ~ k^{-3} and ~ k^{-4} formed in WDR by strong and weak turbulence of kinetic Alfv\\'en waves (KAWs), respectively. These steep WDR spectra connect shallower spectra in the MHD and strongly dispersive KAW sub-ranges, which results in a specific double-kink (2-k) pattern often seen in observed turbulent spectra. The first kink occurs where MHD turbulence transforms into weakly dispersive KAW turbulence; the second one is between weakly and strongly dispersive KAW sub-ranges. Our analysis suggests that the partial turbulence dissipation due to amplitude-dependent super-adiabatic ion heating may occur in the vicinity of the first spectral kink. A threshold-like nature of this process results in a conditional selective dissipation affecting only largest over-threshold amplitudes and decreasing intermitte...

  14. Evidence for Alteration in Chemical and Physical Properties of Water and Modulation of its Biological Functions by Sunlight Transmitted through Color Ranges of the Visible Spectrum-A Novel Study

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    M. Rajeswara Rao; Angel, Michael F.; Das, Suman K.; Koelle, Margot S.; Don Obenhuber; William L. Reno; Asit Panja; Hari H. P. Cohly

    2005-01-01

    We investigated the changes in the properties of water when exposed to sunlight for 40 days. We hypothesize and prove that solar irradiation to water entraps electromagnetic radiation as potential energy, which becomes kinetic energy in various systems. It is postulated that photochemically-induced energy transfers, associated with individual spectral emission of visible spectrum of solar light, exert diverse influences on biological systems. Bottles of distilled water, individually wrapped i...

  15. Spectral counting assessment of protein dynamic range in cerebrospinal fluid following depletion with plasma-designed immunoaffinity columns

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    Borg Jacques

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, which is a rich source of biomarkers for neurological diseases, identification of biomarkers requires methods that allow reproducible detection of low abundance proteins. It is therefore crucial to decrease dynamic range and improve assessment of protein abundance. Results We applied LC-MS/MS to compare the performance of two CSF enrichment techniques that immunodeplete either albumin alone (IgYHSA or 14 high-abundance proteins (IgY14. In order to estimate dynamic range of proteins identified, we measured protein abundance with APEX spectral counting method. Both immunodepletion methods improved the number of low-abundance proteins detected (3-fold for IgYHSA, 4-fold for IgY14. The 10 most abundant proteins following immunodepletion accounted for 41% (IgY14 and 46% (IgYHSA of CSF protein content, whereas they accounted for 64% in non-depleted samples, thus demonstrating significant enrichment of low-abundance proteins. Defined proteomics experiment metrics showed overall good reproducibility of the two immunodepletion methods and MS analysis. Moreover, offline peptide fractionation in IgYHSA sample allowed a 4-fold increase of proteins identified (520 vs. 131 without fractionation, without hindering reproducibility. Conclusions The novelty of this study was to show the advantages and drawbacks of these methods side-to-side. Taking into account the improved detection and potential loss of non-target proteins following extensive immunodepletion, it is concluded that both depletion methods combined with spectral counting may be of interest before further fractionation, when searching for CSF biomarkers. According to the reliable identification and quantitation obtained with APEX algorithm, it may be considered as a cheap and quick alternative to study sample proteomic content.

  16. Uranium plasma emission coefficient in the visible and near UV.

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    Mack, J. M., Jr.; Usher, J. L.; Schneider, R. T.; Campbell, H. D.

    1971-01-01

    Measurements of the specific emission coefficient in the near ultra-violet and visible region of a uranium arc plasma are reported. Spatial unfolding of the intensity profile is used to determine the emission coefficient in the spectral range of 2000 A to 6000 A. The uranium partial pressure is estimated to range between .001 and .01 atmosphere, and the corresponding temperature range is 5000 - 10,000 K.

  17. Band gap engineering in PbS nanostructured thin films from near-infrared down to visible range by in situ Cd-doping

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    In this paper, we report on the modification of optical band gap of PbS nanostructured films over a wide spectral range (?475-1000 nm) due to in situ Cd-doping and size confinement. The films investigated in this study are grown by chemical bath deposition (CBD) at different temperatures and the doping was conducted for a fixed impurity concentration. The PbS films grown under optimal deposition conditions are found to crystallize in face centered cubic (fcc) structure with an average crystallite size in the range of 22-27 nm. The estimated optical band gap was in the range of 1.22-1.42 eV, for films grown at different temperatures. Doping was found to influence the film growth and results in a reduction of crystallite size (down to 9 nm). Consequently, quantum size effect becomes pronounced in the Cd-doped PbS films, which lead to a significant enhancement in the optical band gap (up to 2.61 eV). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirms the substitutional doping of Cd into PbS lattice. Band gap modification due to quantum confinement and formation of ternary PbCdS are addressed.

  18. Valid ranges for using the cross-power spectral density phase angle for moderator temperature coefficient sign determination

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    The value of the moderator temperature coefficient (MTC) of reactivity is contained in correlations between fluctuations of the neutron flux and core-exit coolant temperature. The absolute magnitude of the MTC is obtained from noise analysis by using the root-mean-square method and the frequency response function technique. Both approaches are used in conjunction with the phase angle method, which determines the MTC sign, to obtain complete information about the MTC. Analytical expressions that are derived show that a limitation exists on the range of MTC values for which the cross-power spectral density phase angle can be used to establish the MTC sign. This research shows that small positive values of the MTC (an unstable condition) can result in a -180-deg phase angle shift, contrary to earlier studies that indicated a stable reactor. The range of sign determinate MTC values is dependent on the driving noise source. Simulated noise data are generated for different MTC values and analyzed to verify the theoretical work. A comparison of the indeterminate regions to allowable MTC values for an operating pressurized water reactor is also presented

  19. Observing ice clouds in the submillimeter spectral range: the CloudIce mission proposal for ESA's Earth Explorer 8

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    S. A. Buehler

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Passive submillimeter-wave sensors are a way to obtain urgently needed global data on ice clouds, particularly on the so far poorly characterized "essential climate variable" ice water path (IWP and on ice particle size. CloudIce was a mission proposal to the European Space Agency ESA in response to the call for Earth Explorer 8 (EE8, which ran in 2009/2010. It proposed a passive submillimeter-wave sensor with channels ranging from 183 GHz to 664 GHz. The article describes the CloudIce mission proposal, with particular emphasis on describing the algorithms for the data-analysis of submillimeter-wave cloud ice data (retrieval algorithms and demonstrating their maturity. It is shown that we have a robust understanding of the radiative properties of cloud ice in the millimeter/submillimeter spectral range, and that we have a proven toolbox of retrieval algorithms to work with these data. Although the mission was not selected for EE8, the concept will be useful as a reference for other future mission proposals.

  20. A new facility for the synchrotron radiation-based calibration of transfer radiation sources in the ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet spectral range

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    Thornagel, Reiner; Fliegauf, Rolf; Klein, Roman, E-mail: roman.klein@ptb.de; Kroth, Simone; Paustian, Wolfgang; Richter, Mathias [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Berlin (Germany)

    2015-01-15

    The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has a long tradition in the calibration of radiation sources in the ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet spectral range, with traceability to calculable synchrotron radiation. Within this context, new instrumentation in the PTB laboratory at the Metrology Light Source (MLS) has been put into operation that opens up extended and improved calibration possibilities. A new facility for radiation source calibrations has been set up in the spectral range from 7 nm to 400 nm based on a combined normal incidence-grazing incidence monochromator. The facility can be used for the calibration of transfer sources in terms of spectral radiant intensity or mean spectral radiance, with traceability to the MLS primary source standard. We describe the design and performance of the experimental station and give examples of some commissioning results.

  1. A new facility for the synchrotron radiation-based calibration of transfer radiation sources in the ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet spectral range

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    Thornagel, Reiner; Fliegauf, Rolf; Klein, Roman; Kroth, Simone; Paustian, Wolfgang; Richter, Mathias

    2015-01-01

    The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has a long tradition in the calibration of radiation sources in the ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet spectral range, with traceability to calculable synchrotron radiation. Within this context, new instrumentation in the PTB laboratory at the Metrology Light Source (MLS) has been put into operation that opens up extended and improved calibration possibilities. A new facility for radiation source calibrations has been set up in the spectral range from 7 nm to 400 nm based on a combined normal incidence-grazing incidence monochromator. The facility can be used for the calibration of transfer sources in terms of spectral radiant intensity or mean spectral radiance, with traceability to the MLS primary source standard. We describe the design and performance of the experimental station and give examples of some commissioning results.

  2. GaInN/GaN quantum well laser structures emitting in the blue-green spectral range

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    Presently, GaN-based laser diodes are limited to the violet-blue region of the spectrum. Our aim is to obtain laser emission in the blue-green spectral range. In order to study GaInN-based laser structures, low pressure MOVPE was used to grow such structures on a variety of substrates (freestanding GaN, GaN templates, and SiC). This allows investigations of the influence of the substrate related dislocation densities on gain, losses and carrier recombination. Our samples were investigated by optical gain spectroscopy using the variable stripe length method. In order to reach wavelengths longer than 450 nm an increase of the indium concentration to more than 25 % is needed. Such high In content requires careful optimization of the growth conditions in order to avoid damaging of the quantum wells by thermal stress. Combining the results of the gain measurement with a theoretical calculation of the gain spectra we determine the threshold power, carrier density and the carrier recombination times of the sample. On bulk GaN substrates we find threshold power levels as low as 20 kW/cm2. Up to now we obtain optical gain up to a peak wavelength of 465 nm with losses of about 30 cm-1. Our next targets are a wavelength of 480 nm as well as a further reduction of the threshold power

  3. Reflectance measurements of leaves for detecting visible and non-visible ozon damage to crops

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    Spring wheat (Triticum aestivum cv. Turbo), white clover (Trifolium repens cv. Karina) and maize (Zea mays cv. Bonny) plants were exposed for 20–30 days in open top chambers to charcoal-filtered air (CF, control) and CF air supplied with O3 for 8–12 h/per day in the concentration range of 180–240 ?g O3/m3 (8–12 h/day treatment mean). At the end of the O3 treatment spectral reflectance measurements were made on single leaves of all 3 species and on canopies of wheat and clover using a CCD (Charged Coupled Device) camera and wavelength filters with 11 wavelength bands ranging from 450 nm to 950 nm. Different vegetation indices such as the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and the ?main inflection point? (MIP) were calculated. Based on these results it was shown that visible O3 damages were correlated to the spectral reflectance changes: Both leaves and canopies showed an increased reflectance of visible light after ozone treatment. While clover and maize leaves as well as clover and wheat canopies showed a decreased near infrared (NIR) reflectance, the NIR reflectance of wheat leaves did not change, even if the leaves had visible symptoms. A decreased infrared reflectance was detectable for all clover leaves after O3 treatment although for part of the leaves no visible foliar damage symptoms could be observed

  4. Radiometric measurements in the spectral range of far ultraviolet radiation for diagnostics of fusion and electron cyclotron resonance plasmas

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    The radiation losses from 18 prominent spectral lines of carbon and oxygen in the range of 150-1200 A emitted from the tokamak ASDEX have been measured absolutely using VUV-spectrometers calibrated with a radiometric standard based on electron impact induced line emission from gases. These lines represent a power loss PVUV=131.5 kW which has to be compared with the bolometrically determined radiation loss PRAD=150 kW and the total ohmic input power POH=440 kW. About one third of the radiation loss was found in the O VI2s2S-2p2P-doublet at 1032 A and 1037.6 A. Moreover the measurements enabled us to determine the density of Be-like C III and O V ions in the metastable triplet system relative to the ground state density. About one half of these Be-like ions was found in the metastable 2s2p3P state. In the plasma model used at ASDEX the density and temperature profiles were improved, especially the steep gradients at the plasma edge. The rate coefficients for electron impact ionisation and excitation were examined and with improved excitation rate coefficients the number of calculable line intensities was extended. A comparison of experimental line intensity ratios with model calculations was used as a test for the reliability of the plasma model in the important plasma edge region. Impurity concentrations and fluxes were determined. Finally we have investigated selected line intensity ratios emitted from an Electron Cyclotron Resonance Ion Source and made an attempt to determine the electron density as a function of the neutral gas pressure in the second stage of the ECR. (orig.)

  5. Composite films prepared by plasma ion-assisted deposition (IAD) for design and fabrication of antireflection coatings in visible and near-infrared spectral regions

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    Tsai, Rung-Ywan; Ho, Fang C.

    1994-11-01

    Ion-assisted deposition (IAD) processes configured with a well-controlled plasma source at the center base of a vacuum chamber, which accommodates two independent e-gun sources, is used to deposition TiO2MgF2 and TiO2-SiO2 composite films of selected component ratios. Films prepared by this technology are found durable, uniform, and nonabsorbing in visible and near-IR regions. Single- and multilayer antireflection coatings with refractive index from 1.38 to 2.36 at (lambda) equals 550 nm are presented. Methods of enhancement in optical performance of these coatings are studied. The advantages of AR coatings formed by TiO2-MgF2 composite films over those similar systems consisting of TiO2-SiO2 composite films in both visible and near-IR regions are also presented.

  6. Validation of HITEMP-2010 for carbon dioxide and water vapour at high temperatures and atmospheric pressures in 450-7600cm-1 spectral range

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    Alberti, Michael; Weber, Roman; Mancini, Marco; Fateev, Alexander; Clausen, Sønnik

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the work is validation of HITEMP-2010 at atmospheric pressures and temperatures reaching 1770K. To this end, spectral transmissivities at 1cm-1 resolution and excellent signal-to-noise-ratio have been measured for 22 CO2/H2O/N2 mixtures. In this paper we consider the 450cm-1-7600cm-1 spectral range. The LbL calculations and their comparison with the measured spectra have clearly shown that HITEMP-2010 is an excellent database (superior to previous versions) for calculating emiss...

  7. Design of a sun tracker for the automatic measurement of spectral irradiance and construction of an irradiance database in the 330-1100 nm range

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    Canada, J.; Maj, A. [Departamento de Termodinamica Aplicada, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera, s/n. 46022 Valencia (Spain); Utrillas, M.P.; Martinez-Lozano, J.A.; Pedros, R.; Gomez-Amo, J.L. [Departamento de Fisica de la Tierra y Termodinamica, Facultat de Fisica, Universitat de Valencia, 46100 Burjassot (Valencia) (Spain)

    2007-10-15

    An automatic global and direct solar spectral irradiance system has been designed based on two LICOR spectro radiometers equipped with fibre optics and remote cosine sensors. To measure direct irradiance a sun tracker based on step motors has been developed. The whole system is autonomous and works continuously. From the measurements provided by this system a spectral irradiance database in the 330-1100 nm range has been created. This database contains normal direct and global horizontal irradiances as well as diffuse irradiance on a horizontal plane, together with total atmospheric optical thickness and aerosol optical depth. (author)

  8. Validation of HITEMP-2010 for carbon dioxide and water vapour at high temperatures and atmospheric pressures in 450-7600cm-1 spectral range

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    Alberti, Michael; Weber, Roman

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the work is validation of HITEMP-2010 at atmospheric pressures and temperatures reaching 1770K. To this end, spectral transmissivities at 1cm-1 resolution and excellent signal-to-noise-ratio have been measured for 22 CO2/H2O/N2 mixtures. In this paper we consider the 450cm-1-7600cm-1 spectral range. The LbL calculations and their comparison with the measured spectra have clearly shown that HITEMP-2010 is an excellent database (superior to previous versions) for calculating emissivities and absorption coefficients for CO2 and H2O molecules in the 500-1770K range. Several absorption lines listed in HITEMP-2010 have not been observed in the measured spectra and/or are wrongly scaled with temperature. The complete (there are no missing bands) spectra spanning the 450-7600cm-1 range are appended as Supplementary Material.

  9. Influence of the number of atomic levels on the spectral opacity of low temperature nickel and iron in the spectral range 50–300 eV

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Opacity is a fundamental ingredient for the secular evolution of stars. The calculation of the stellar plasma absorption coefficients is complex due to the composition of these plasmas, generally an H /He dominated mixture with a low concentration of partially ionized heavy ions (the iron group. The international collaboration OPAC recently presented extensive comparisons of spectral opacities of iron and nickel for temperatures between 15 and 40 eV and for densities of ? 3 mg/cm3, relevant to the stellar envelope conditions [1, 2]. The role of Configuration Interaction (CI and the influence of the number of atomic levels on the opacity using the recently improved version of HULLAC atomic code [3, 4] are illustrated in this article. Comparisons with theoretical predictions already presented in [1] are discussed.

  10. Searching for the spectral features of minerals on the surface and in the dust of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in NIR spectral range of VIRTIS-M data

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    B??cka, M. I.; Capaccioni, F.; Filacchione, G.; Raponi, A.; Ciarniello, M.; Arnold, G.; De Sanctis, M. C.; Erard, S.; Bockelée-Morvan, D. D.; Tosi, F.; Capria, M. T.; Piccioni, G.; Palomba, E.; Fonti, S.; Longobardo, A.; Drossart, P.; Schmitt, B.; Quirico, E.; Rinaldi, G.; Wawrzaszek, A.

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    The main subject of the paper is constraining the composition of the surface and possibly of the dust on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by means of comparison between the data from the VIRTIS instrument [1] onboard Rosetta and adopted model of the surface of asteroids [9]. As a first step we have taken into account the spectral range 2.0 - 4.0 ?m. For our calculations Mie and Hapke's models have been considered.

  11. Human Contrast Threshold and Astronomical Visibility

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    2014-01-01

    The standard visibility model in light pollution studies is the formula of Hecht (1947), as used e.g. by Schaefer (1990). However it is applicable only to point sources and is shown to be of limited accuracy. A new visibility model is presented for uniform achromatic targets of any size against background luminances ranging from zero to full daylight, produced by a systematic procedure applicable to any appropriate data set (e.g Blackwell (1946)), and based on a simple but previously unrecognized empirical relation between contrast threshold and adaptation luminance. The scotopic luminance correction for variable spectral radiance (colour index) is calculated. For point sources the model is more accurate than Hecht's formula and is verified using telescopic data collected at Mount Wilson by Bowen (1947), enabling the sky brightness at that time to be determined. The result is darker than the calculation by Garstang (2004), implying that light pollution grew more rapidly in subsequent decades than has been sup...

  12. UV—visible spectral characterization and density functional theory simulation analysis on laser-induced crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films

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    The effect of laser energy density on the crystallization of hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films was studied both theoretically and experimentally. The thin films were irritated by a frequency-doubled (? = 532 nm) Nd:YAG pulsed nanosecond laser. An effective density functional theory model was built to reveal the variation of bandgap energy influenced by thermal stress after laser irradiation. Experimental results establish correlation between the thermal stress and the shift of transverse optical peak in Raman spectroscopy and suggest that the relatively greater shift of the transverse optical (TO) peak can produce higher stress. The highest crystalline fraction (84.5%) is obtained in the optimized laser energy density (1000 mJ/cm2) with a considerable stress release. The absorption edge energy measured by the UV-visible spectra is in fairly good agreement with the bandgap energy in the density functional theory (DFT) simulation

  13. Experimental and theoretical investigation of silver-coated ZnO nanorod arrays as antennas for the visible and near-IR spectral range

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    Kaidashev, E. M.; Lyanguzov, N. V.; Lerer, A. M.; Raspopova, E. A.

    2014-04-01

    A new design of optical antennas consisting of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods covered by a thin metal film is proposed. Arrays of highly oriented ZnO nanorods perpendicular to a substrate and covered by a thin silver film have been obtained using methods of carbothermal synthesis and magnetron sputtering. The problems of electromagnetic wave diffraction on a single metal/dielectric nanovibrator (situated at the interface of dielectrics) and on a two-dimensional periodic array of these nanovibrators have been solved. The results of calculations of the electrodynamic characteristics of optical antennas with various lengths have been compared to experimental data.

  14. AlGaInP quantum dots for optoelectronic applications in the visible spectral range; AlGaInP-Quantenpunkte fuer optoelektronische Anwendungen im sichtbaren Spektralbereich

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    Gerhard, Sven

    2013-01-10

    The scope of this work is the fabrication and characterization of AlGaInP quantum dots on GaP an GaAs substrates. Based on such quantum dots, semiconductor lasers have been realized, emitting between 660 nm and 730 nm at room temperature. The examination of broad-area lasers processed on these structures suggests that active layers of larger quantum dots with higher aluminium contents lead to lasers with better performance at similar emission wavelength. Additionally, quantum dots grown on GaP substrates have been characterized, that were embedded in AlGaP barriers. Since these barriers exhibit an indirect bandgap, a non-trivial band alignment within these structures is expected. In this work, numerical 3D-simulations are employed to calculate the band alignment including strain and internal fields. Also, ground state wavefunctions of charge carriers have been determined. A thorough comparison between theory and experiment connects the measured emission wavelength and luminescence intensities with calculated transition energies and wavefunction overlaps.

  15. Final report on the key comparison CCPR-K2.c-2003: Spectral responsivity in the range of 200 nm to 400 nm

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    Werner, Lutz

    2014-01-01

    The CCPR K2.c key comparison of spectral power responsivity of detectors in the ultraviolet spectral range from 200 nm to 400 nm was carried out in the framework of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement by 14 participating national metrology institutes. The key comparison was piloted by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). The comparison was carried out through the calibration of sets of transfer detectors. Three types of transfer detectors based on two types of photodiodes have been used to handle probable changes of the spectral responsivity of the detectors in the ultraviolet spectral range. The results of the key comparison in the wavelength range from 200 nm to 240 nm are based on single-element windowless PtSi/n-Si Schottky photodiodes while in the range from 250 nm to 400 nm the results are based on single-element photodiode detectors and three-element reflection trap detectors, both made up of windowless Si pn junction photodiodes. The comparison was organized in a star pattern and conducted in three groups of participants. The report describes the measurements made by the pilot laboratory, summarizes the reports submitted by the participants and describes the data analysis carried out to determine the key comparison reference values and degrees of equivalence. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCPR, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  16. Visible spectroscopy on ASDEX

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    In this report visible spectroscopy and impurity investigations on ASDEX are reviewed and several sets of visible spectra are presented. As a basis for identification of metallic impurity lines during plasma discharges spectra from a stainless steel - Cu arc have been recorded. In a next step a spectrum overview of ASDEX discharges is shown which reveals the dominating role of lines from light impurities like carbon and oxygen throughout the UV and visible range (2000 A ? ? ? 8000 A). Metallic impurity lines of neutrals or single ionized atoms are observed near localized surfaces. The dramatic effect of impurity reduction by boronization of the vessel walls is demonstrated in a few examples. In extension to some ivesti-gations already published, further diagnostic applications of visible spectroscopy are presented. Finally, the hardware and software system used on ASDEX are described in detail. (orig.)

  17. Spectrometry of minor planets. Spectral curve of the 3 Juno asteroid in the 0.44-0.56 ?m range

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    The absorption band near 0.5 ?m has been found in the 3 Juno spectrum obtained with ? 25 A resolution. This band is caused by d-electrons transitions of Fe2+ ion in pyroxene. Taking into account the location of the asteroid on the spectral parameters diagrams for light stony meteorites it is concluded that in the surface material of the 3 Juno olivine abundance is much less than pyroxene one and the metallic phase is probably present

  18. Gallium Phosphide as a material for visible and infrared optics

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    Václavík J.; Vápenka D.

    2013-01-01

    Gallium phosphide is interesting material for optical system working in both visible and MWIR or LWIR spectral ranges. Number of a material available for these applications is limited. They are typically salts, fluorides or sulphides and usually exhibit unfavorable properties like brittleness; softness; solubility in water and small chemical resistance. Although GaP has do not offer best optical parameters excels over most other material in mechanical and chemical resistance. The article...

  19. Third-harmonic generation in silicon and photonic crystals of macroporous silicon in the spectral intermediate-IR range; Erzeugung der Dritten Harmonischen in Silizium und Photonischen Kristallen aus makroporoesem Silizium im spektralen mittleren IR-Bereich

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    Mitzschke, Kerstin

    2007-11-01

    Nonlinear optical spectroscopy is a powerful method to study surface or bulk properties of condensed matter. In centrosymmetric materials like silicon even order nonlinear optical processes are forbidden. Besides self-focussing or self phase modulation third-harmonic-generation (THG) is the simplest process that can be studied. This work demonstrates that THG is a adapted non-contact and non-invasive optical method to get information about bulk structures of silicon and Photonic crystals (PC), consisting of silicon. Until now most studies are done in the visible spectral range being limited by the linear absorption losses. So the extension of THG to the IR spectral range is extremely useful. This will allow the investigation of Photonic Crystals, where frequencies near a photonic bandgap are of special interest. 2D- photonic structures under investigation were fabricated via photoelectrochemical etching of the Si (100) wafer (thickness 500 {mu}m) receiving square and hexagonal arranged pores. The typical periodicity of the structures used is 2 {mu}m and the length of the pores reached to 400 {mu}m. Because of stability the photonic structures were superimposed on silicon substrate. The experimental set-up used for the THG experiments generates tuneable picosecond IR pulses (tuning range 1500-4000 cm{sup -1}). The IR-pulse hit the sample either perpendicular to the sample surface or under an angle {theta}. The sample can be rotated (f) around the surface normal. The generated third harmonic is analysed by a polarizer, spectrally filtered by a polychromator and registered by a CCD camera. The setup can be used either in transmission or in reflection mode. Optical transmission and reflection spectra of the Si bulk correspond well with the theoretical description, a 4-fold and a 8-fold dependencies of the azimuth angle resulting in the structure of the x{sup (3)}-tensor of (100)-Si. The situation changes dramatically if the PC with hexagonal structure is investigated. In reflection mode a six fold symmetry is observed. This can only be explained by the symmetry of the Photonic Crystal. Changing the transmission mode the result depends on the mount of the PC - fundamental entering from the structure side or fundamental entering from the bulk side. Common to both results are there six maxima. To explain the difference between the transmission and reflection results one has to recognise, that the effective interaction length is limited: so in the reflection geometry of generated TH is from the structured region, whereas in the transmission cases a combination of the structure and the bulk has to be taken into account. This work gives a first theoretical description of this effects. (orig.)

  20. Evidence for Alteration in Chemical and Physical Properties of Water and Modulation of its Biological Functions by Sunlight Transmitted through Color Ranges of the Visible Spectrum-A Novel Study

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    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the changes in the properties of water when exposed to sunlight for 40 days. We hypothesize and prove that solar irradiation to water entraps electromagnetic radiation as potential energy, which becomes kinetic energy in various systems. It is postulated that photochemically-induced energy transfers, associated with individual spectral emission of visible spectrum of solar light, exert diverse influences on biological systems. Bottles of distilled water, individually wrapped in spectral-colored cellophane were exposed to sunlight and compared to an unwrapped bottle to determine chemical and physical changes as well as modifications of biological properties. Each bottle of water was named according to the color of cellophane paper with letter E (stands for exposed as a prefix with (E-violet, E-indigo, E-blue, E-green, E-yellow, E-orange, and Ered. E-control (without wrap was exposed to polychromatic sunlight. This study addresses two main issues viz., the chemical and physical changes in E-water and its effect on biological activities. Chemical and physical composition analysis using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry; physical conductance by a Wheatstone Bridge type conductivity meter; osmolarity by a vapor pressure osmometer; and, salt solubility profile of 10% sodium bicarbonate were determined. Furthermore, testing the effect of E-waters on human lymphocyte proliferation, mosquito larvae hatching and seed germination determined the functional role of solar radiation through specific spectrum/s of visible light on various biological processes. We found that water exposed to visible spectral emissions of sunlight had an altered elemental composition, electrical conductance, osmolarity and salt-solubility, as well as differences in bio-modulatory effects. A gradual increase in leaching of Boron from Eviolet to E-red was noted. E-indigo showed maximal increase in electrical conductance and maximal salt solubility of sodium bicarbonate. E-blue inhibited phyto-hemagglutinin-induced immune cell proliferation and mosquito larvae hatching. E-orange stimulated root elongation in seed germination. We conclude that 40-day exposure of water to specific solar spectrum changes chemical and physical properties and influences on biological activity.

  1. A Novel Smart Pan/Tilt/Zoom Visible/Infrared Sensor for UAV On-Board Video Surveillance of Launch Range Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA has a pressing need for increasing the efficiency of launch range surveillance during mission launch operations. Difficulty in verifying a cleared range causes...

  2. General approach to high power, coherent visible and ultraviolet light sources

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    Andersen, Martin Thalbitzer

    2009-01-01

    The main goal of this project is to develop a generic approach to synthesise any wavelength in the visible and UV spectral region based on sum frequency generation. The approach is based on a hybrid system combining solid state and semiconductor technology. The generation of light in the UV spectral region require nonlinear materials with a transparency range extending into the ultraviolet, the ability to sustain high photon energies and with the ability to obtain phasematching for the desired n...

  3. General approach to high power, coherent visible and ultraviolet light sources

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    Andersen, Martin Thalbitzer

    2010-01-01

    The main goal of this project is to develop a generic approach to synthesise any wavelength in the visible and UV spectral region based on sum frequency generation. The approach is based on a hybrid system combining solid state and semiconductor technology. The generation of light in the UV spectral region require nonlinear materials with a transparency range extending into the ultraviolet, the ability to sustain high photon energies and with the ability to obtain phasematch...

  4. The Swift-UVOT ultraviolet and visible grism calibration

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    Kuin, N P M; Breeveld, A A; Page, M J; James, C; Lamoureux, H; Mehdipour, M; Still, M; Yershov, V; Brown, P J; Carter, M; Mason, K O; Kennedy, T; Marshall, F; Roming, P W A; Siegel, M; Oates, S; Smith, P J; De Pasquale, M

    2015-01-01

    We present the calibration of the Swift UVOT grisms, of which there are two, providing low-resolution field spectroscopy in the ultraviolet and optical bands respectively. The UV grism covers the range 1700-5000 Angstrom with a spectral resolution of 75 at 2600 Angstrom for source magnitudes of u=10-16 mag, while the visible grism covers the range 2850-6600 Angstrom with a spectral resolution of 100 at 4000 Angstrom for source magnitudes of b=12-17 mag. This calibration extends over all detector positions, for all modes used during operations. The wavelength accuracy (1-sigma) is 9 Angstrom in the UV grism clocked mode, 17 Angstrom in the UV grism nominal mode and 22 Angstrom in the visible grism. The range below 2740 Angstrom in the UV grism and 5200 Angstrom in the visible grism never suffers from overlapping by higher spectral orders. The flux calibration of the grisms includes a correction we developed for coincidence loss in the detector. The error in the coincidence loss correction is less than 20%. The...

  5. Construction of TSL lector equipment with spectral resolution for the determination of thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) properties of NaCl: Tl+ induced by UV-visible radiation

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    A revision of physical models of thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) in crystals induced by both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation is presented. Particular emphasis is given to the connection of TSL with other thermally stimulated processes and physico-chemical phenomena because basic information on physical mechanics for TSL can be obtained through them. Glow curves of TSL induced by UV-visible radiation in NaCl: Tl+ were measured. Additionally, the following spectrums were obtained for the same samples: optical absorption, excitation, fluorescent emission, and TSL emission. An optical absorption peak was correlated with the Thallium ion concentration. With respect to the TSL emission spectrums, some peaks associated to Thallium dimmers were at 298 and at 480 nm; others which were attributed to NaCl intrinsic properties were at 365, 430, 450 and 525 nm. Also TSL glow curves were studied as a function of the Thallium ion concentration (0.8 ppm to 14.8 ppm). They were de convoluted so as to calculate the activation energy, the frequency factor and the kinetic order for each separate TSL peak. Anomalous values were observed for some frequency factors. A method and TSL lector equipment to obtain TSL emission spectra were developed. (Author)

  6. Spectrally adjustable quasi-monochromatic radiance source based on LEDs and its application for measuring spectral responsivity of a luminance meter

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    A spectrally adjustable radiance source based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been constructed for spectral responsivity measurements of radiance and luminance meters. A 300 mm integrating sphere source with adjustable output port is illuminated using 30 thermally stabilized narrow-band LEDs covering the visible wavelength range of 380–780 nm. The functionality of the measurement setup is demonstrated by measuring the relative spectral responsivities of a luminance meter and a photometer head with cosine-corrected input optics. (paper)

  7. Simulation of a surface plasmon resonance-based fiber-optic sensor for gas sensing in visible range using films of nanocomposites

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    A surface plasmon resonance-based fiber-optic sensor coated with nanocomposite film for sensing small concentrations of gases in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum has been analyzed. The nanocomposites considered are nanoparticles of Ag, Au and indium tin oxide (ITO) with their varying fraction dispersed in the host dielectric matrix of WO3, SnO2 and TiO2. For analysis, the effective indices of nanocomposites are calculated by adopting the Maxwell–Garnett model for nanoparticles of dimensions much smaller than the wavelength of radiation used for investigation. The effects of the volume fraction of nanoparticles in different nanocomposites and the thickness of the nanocomposite layer on the sensitivity of the sensor have been studied. It has been found that the sensor with the ITO–TiO2 coated nanocomposite with a small volume fraction and optimized film thickness possesses higher sensitivity

  8. UVMag: Space UV and visible spectropolarimetry

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    Pertenais, Martin; Pares, Laurent; Petit, Pascal; Snik, Frans; van harten, Gerard

    2014-01-01

    UVMag is a project of a space mission equipped with a high-resolution spectropolarimeter working in the UV and visible range. This M-size mission will be proposed to ESA at its M4 call. The main goal of UVMag is to measure the magnetic fields, winds and environment of all types of stars to reach a better understanding of stellar formation and evolution and of the impact of stellar environment on the surrounding planets. The groundbreaking combination of UV and visible spectropolarimetric observations will allow the scientists to study the stellar surface and its environment simultaneously. The instrumental challenge for this mission is to design a high-resolution space spectropolarimeter measuring the full-Stokes vector of the observed star in a huge spectral domain from 117 nm to 870 nm. This spectral range is the main difficulty because of the dispersion of the optical elements and of birefringence issues in the FUV. As the instrument will be launched into space, the polarimetric module has to be robust and...

  9. Visible Light Induces Melanogenesis in Human Skin through a Photoadaptive Response.

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    Randhawa, Manpreet; Seo, InSeok; Liebel, Frank; Southall, Michael D; Kollias, Nikiforos; Ruvolo, Eduardo

    2015-01-01

    Visible light (400-700 nm) lies outside of the spectral range of what photobiologists define as deleterious radiation and as a result few studies have studied the effects of visible light range of wavelengths on skin. This oversight is important considering that during outdoors activities skin is exposed to the full solar spectrum, including visible light, and to multiple exposures at different times and doses. Although the contribution of the UV component of sunlight to skin damage has been established, few studies have examined the effects of non-UV solar radiation on skin physiology in terms of inflammation, and limited information is available regarding the role of visible light on pigmentation. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of visible light on the pro-pigmentation pathways and melanin formation in skin. Exposure to visible light in ex-vivo and clinical studies demonstrated an induction of pigmentation in skin by visible light. Results showed that a single exposure to visible light induced very little pigmentation whereas multiple exposures with visible light resulted in darker and sustained pigmentation. These findings have potential implications on the management of photo-aggravated pigmentary disorders, the proper use of sunscreens, and the treatment of depigmented lesions. PMID:26121474

  10. Transmittance and optical constants of Lu films in the 3-1800 eV spectral range

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    García-Cortés, S.; Rodríguez-de Marcos, L.; Larruquert, Juan Ignacio; Aznárez, José Antonio; Méndez, José Antonio; L. Poletto; Frassetto, F.; Malvezzi, A.M.; Giglia, A.; Mahne, N.; Nannarone, S.

    2010-01-01

    The optical constants n and k of lutetium (Lu) films were obtained in the 3-1800 eV range from transmittance measurements performed at room temperature. These are the first experimental optical constant data of Lu in the whole range. Thin films of Lu with various thicknesses were deposited by evaporation in ultrahigh vacuum conditions and their transmittance was measured in situ. Lu films were deposited onto grids coated with a thin, C support film. Transmittance measurements were used to obt...

  11. Annual Variation of Local Photon Emissions’ Spectral Power within the mHz Range Overlaps with Seismic-Atmospheric Acoustic Oscillations

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    Persinger, Michael A.

    2012-01-01

    Spheroidal modes of seismic and acoustic oscillations in the atmosphere occur within the 2 to 7 mHz range with peak-to-peak variations in the order of 10–12 to 10–11 m·s–2. Previous research indicated the amplitudes for 230 s and 270 s periods peak during the summer months. In the present study the amplitudes of a reliably apparent 3 mHz increment from spectral analyses of minute-to-minute measurements of background photon e...

  12. Adjustment of a goniometer for X-rays optics calibration in the spectral range 1.5-20 KeV

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    The aim of this memoir is the adjustment of a (?, 2?) goniometer coupled to X-rays source to calibrate mirrors (single layers like C, Ni, Au, etc... and multilayers like C/W, Si/W, etc...) in the spectral range 1.5 - 20 keV. For each kind of tested optics the adjustment of the goniometer include the procedure alignment of the different components (X-ray source, collimation slits, optics, detectors) and the first reflectivity measurements. Those measurements are compared those realized at LURE, using synchrotron radiation provided by SUPER ACO storage ring, and to a theoretical simulation

  13. Monolithic integration of InGaN segments emitting in the blue, green, and red spectral range in single ordered nanocolumns

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    Albert, S.; Bengoechea-Encabo, A.; Sanchez-Garcia, M. A.; Calleja, E. [ISOM and Dept. Ingenieria Electronica, ETSI Telecomunicacion, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Kong, X.; Trampert, A. [Paul-Drude-Institut fuer Festkoeperelektronik, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, 10117 Berlin (Germany)

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    This work reports on the selective area growth by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy and characterization of InGaN/GaN nanocolumnar heterostructures. The optimization of the In/Ga and total III/V ratios, as well as the growth temperature, provides control on the emission wavelength, either in the blue, green, or red spectral range. An adequate structure tailoring and monolithic integration in a single nanocolumnar heterostructure of three InGaN portions emitting in the red-green-blue colors lead to white light emission.

  14. Study of wave chaos in a randomly-inhomogeneous oceanic acoustic waveguide: spectral analysis of the finite-range evolution operator

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    Makarov, D V; Uleysky, M Yu; Petrov, P S

    2012-01-01

    The proplem of sound propagation in an oceanic waveguide is considered. Scattering on random inhomogeneity of the waveguide leads to wave chaos. Chaos reveals itself in spectral properties of the finite-range evolution operator (FREO). FREO describes transformation of a wavefield in course of propagation along a finite segment of a waveguide. We study transition to chaos by tracking variations in spectral statistics with increasing length of the segment. Analysis of the FREO is accompanied with ray calculations using the one-step Poincar\\'e map which is the classical counterpart of the FREO. Underwater sound channel in the Sea of Japan is taken for an example. Several methods of spectral analysis are utilized. In particular, we approximate level spacing statistics by means of the Berry-Robnik and Brody distributions, explore the spectrum using the procedure elaborated by A. Relano with coworkers (Relano et al, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2002; Relano, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2008), and analyze modal expansions of the eigenfu...

  15. A cylindrical guarded capacitor for spectral permittivity measurements of hard rock samples in the MHz-range

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    Schmidt, V.; Wilting, W.; Gruse, M.; Wagner, N.

    2015-10-01

    A shielded and guarded capacitor for non-destructive measurement of the complex permittivity of cylindrical rock samples has been developed. In combination with a vector network analyzer, the measurement system allows for rapid determination of spectral permittivity. The geometrical construction of the capacitor allows for scanning the properties of cylindrical samples, such as drill cores, and determination of anisotropy. The complex permittivity is calculated from the scattering parameters, which are determined using a network analyzer. The calculation is based on a ?-network model for the cell and takes stray capacitances and capacitances related to the guard electrode into account. Using this method, good measurement accuracy is achieved between 10?MHz and 200?MHz. The validity of this method was proven by finite element modeling of the field distributions in the cell based on 3D electromagnetic simulation. The influence of typical geometrical imperfections of drill cores, such as varying diameter, finite length and heterogeneities has been studied and quantified by extensive measurements of test samples. These tests confirmed that due to the short shielded electrode, spatial variations in permittivity can be resolved on a sub-centimeter scale.

  16. Polarizers for a spectral range centered at 121.6 nm operating by reflectance or by transmittance

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    Larruquert, Juan I.; Malvezzi, A. Marco; Giglia, Angelo; Aznárez, José A.; Rodríguez-de Marcos, Luis; Méndez, José A.; Miotti, Paolo; Frassetto, Fabio; Massone, Giuseppe; Capobianco, Gerardo; Fineschi, Silvano; Nannarone, Stefano

    2015-05-01

    Polarimetry is a powerful tool to interpret how the coronal plasma is involved in the energy transfer processes from the Sun's inner parts to the outer space. Space polarimetry in the far ultraviolet (FUV) provides essential information of processes governed by the Doppler and Hanle resonant electron scattering effects. Among the key FUV spectral lines to observe these processes, H I Lyman ? (121.6 nm) is the most intense. Some developing or proposed solar physics missions, such as CLASP, SolmeX, and COMPASS, plan to perform polarimetry at 121.6 nm. Classical solutions, such as a parallel plate of a transparent material, either MgF2 or LiF, result in a modest efficiency of the passing polarization component. The development of more efficient linear polarizers at this wavelength will benefit future space instruments. A research has been conducted to develop polarizers based on (Al/MgF2)n multilayer coatings in a band containing 121.6 nm, to obtain a significant efficiency increase over plates. Coatings operating by reflectance resulted in a high efficiency after approximately one year of storage under nitrogen. In parallel, coating polarizers operating by transmittance have been prepared for the first time. Transmissive polarizers have the advantage that they involve no deviation of the beam. As a further benefit, the developed transmittance polarizers additionally incorporate filtering properties to help reject wavelengths both shortwards and longwards of a band containing 121.6 nm. Hence a polarizer combined with a filter is obtained with a single device. The combined polarizer-filter could enable a higher performance polarimeter for solar physics if the use of a separate filter to isolate Lyman ? turns unnecessary.

  17. Transmittance and optical constants of Ho films in the 3-1340 eV spectral range

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    Fernández Perea, Mónica; Larruquert, Juan Ignacio; Aznárez, José Antonio; Méndez, José Antonio; L. Poletto; Frassetto, F.; Malvezzi, A.M.; Bajoni, D.; Giglia, A.; Mahne, N.; Nannarone, S.

    2011-01-01

    The optical constants n and k of holmium (Ho) films were obtained in the 3-1340-eV range from transmittance measurements performed at room temperature. Thin films of Ho with various thicknesses were deposited by evaporation in ultra high vacuum conditions and their transmittance was measured in situ. Ho films were deposited onto thin C-film substrates supported on high transmittance grids. Transmittance measurements were used to obtain the extinction coefficient k of Ho films. The refractive ...

  18. Spectral evolution of star clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud: I. Blue concentrated clusters in the age range 40-300 Myr

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    Santos, J F C; Ahumada, A V; Bica, E; Piatti, A E; Parisi, M C

    2005-01-01

    Integrated spectroscopy of a sample of 17 blue concentrated Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) clusters is presented and its spectral evolution studied. The spectra span the range ~3600-6800A with a resolution of ~14A FWHM, being used to determine cluster ages and, in connection with their spatial distribution, to explore the LMC structure and cluster formation history. Cluster reddening values were estimated by interpolation, using the available extinction maps. We used two methods to derive cluster ages: (i) template matching, in which line strengths and continuum distribution of the cluster spectra were compared and matched to those of template clusters with known astrophysical properties, and (ii) equivalent width (EW) method, in which new age/metallicity calibrations were used together with diagnostic diagrams involving the sum of EWs of selected spectral lines (KCaII, G band (CH), MgI, Hdelta, Hgamma and Hbeta). The derived cluster ages range from 40Myr (NGC2130 and SL237) to 300Myr (NGC1932 and SL709), a goo...

  19. Transmittance and optical constants of erbium films in the 3:25 - 1580 eV spectral range

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    Larruquert, Juan Ignacio; Frassetto, F.; García-Cortés, S.; Vidal-Dasilva, M.; Fernández Perea, Mónica; Aznárez, José Antonio; Méndez, José Antonio; Nannarone, S.

    2011-01-01

    The optical constants of erbium (Er) films were obtained in the 3:25-1580 eV range from transmittance measurements performed at room temperature. Thin films of Er were deposited by evaporation in ultra high vacuum conditions and their transmittance was measured in situ. Substrates consisted of a thin C film supported on a grid. Transmittance measurements were used to obtain the extinction coefficient k of the Er films. The refractive index n of Er was calculated using the Kramers-Krönig analy...

  20. Spectral Response of Indium Oxynitride Thin Films

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    Sparvoli M.; Onmori R.K.; Chubaci J.F.D.

    2013-01-01

    In this work we study the electrical properties as spectral response, resistivity and quantum efficiency of nanostructured indium oxynitride deposited by reactive RF magnetron sputtering. This material shows multi-functionality in electrical and photonic applications. It shows transparency in visible range, wide band gap, high resistivity, low linkage current and response for light. The deposition processes were performed in a home build magnetron sputtering system, using a four-i...

  1. Gold nanoparticles as a saturable absorber for visible 635 nm Q-switched pulse generation.

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    Wu, Duanduan; Peng, Jian; Cai, Zhiping; Weng, Jian; Luo, Zhengqian; Chen, Nan; Xu, Huiying

    2015-09-01

    Gold nanoparticle (GNP) possesses saturable absorption bands in the visible region induced by surface plasmon resonance (SPR). We firstly applied the GNP as a visible saturable absorber (SA) for the red Q-switched pulse generation. The GNPs were embedded in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) for film-forming and inserted into a praseodymium (Pr3+)-doped fiber laser cavity to achieve 635 nm passive Q-switching. The visible 635 nm Q-switched fiber laser has a wide range of pulse-repetition-rate from 285.7 to 546.4 kHz, and a narrow pulse width of 235 ns as well as the maximum output power of 11.1 mW. The results indicate that the GNPs-based SA is available for pulsed operation in the visible spectral range. PMID:26368498

  2. Transmittance and optical constants of erbium films in the 3.25-1580 eV spectral range.

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    Larruquert, Juan I; Frassetto, Fabio; García-Cortés, Sergio; Vidal-Dasilva, Manuela; Fernández-Perea, Mónica; Aznárez, José A; Méndez, José A; Poletto, Luca; Malvezzi, A Marco; Giglia, Angelo; Nannarone, Stefano

    2011-05-20

    The optical constants of erbium (Er) films were obtained in the 3.25-1580 eV range from transmittance measurements performed at room temperature. Thin films of Er were deposited by evaporation in ultra high vacuum conditions and their transmittance was measured in situ. Substrates consisted of a thin C film supported on a grid. Transmittance measurements were used to obtain the extinction coefficient k of the Er films. The refractive index n of Er was calculated using the Kramers-Krönig analysis. k data were extrapolated both on the high- and low-energy parts of the spectrum by using experimental data and calculated k values available in the literature. Er, similar to other lanthanides, has a low-absorption band below the O(2,3) edge onset; the smallest absorption was measured at ~22.5 eV. Therefore, Er is a promising material for filters and multilayer coatings in the energy range below the O(2,3) edge, in which materials typically have an absorption stronger than at other energies. Good consistency of the data resulted from the application of f and inertial sum rules. PMID:21614114

  3. Modification of modulated plasma plumes for the quasi-phase-matching of high-order harmonics in different spectral ranges

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    We demonstrate the technique allowing the fine tuning of the distance between the laser-produced plasma plumes on the surfaces of different materials, as well as the variation of the sizes of these plumes. The modification of plasma formations is based on the tilting of the multi-slit mask placed between the heating laser beam and target surface, as well as the positioning of this mask in the telescope placed on the path of heating radiation. The modulated plasma plumes with the sizes of single plume ranging between 0.1 and 1?mm were produced on the manganese and silver targets. Modification of the geometrical parameters of plasma plumes proved to be useful for the fine tuning of the quasi-phase-matched high-order harmonics generated in such structures during propagation of the ultrashort laser pulses. We show the enhancement of some groups of harmonics along the plateau range and the tuning of maximally enhanced harmonic by variable modulation of the plasma

  4. Sensitivity Gains, Linearity, and Spectral Reproducibility in Nonuniformly Sampled Multidimensional MAS NMR Spectra of High Dynamic Range.

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    Suiter, Christopher L.; Paramasivam, Sivakumar; Hou, Guangjin; Sun, Shangjin; Rice, David M.; Hoch, Jeffrey C.; Rovnyak, David S.; Polenova, Tatyana E.

    2014-04-22

    Recently, we have demonstrated that considerable inherent sensitivity gains are attained in MAS NMR spectra acquired by nonuniform sampling (NUS) and introduced maximum entropy interpolation (MINT) processing that assures the linearity of transformation between the time and frequency domains. In this report, we examine the utility of the NUS/MINT approach in multidimensional datasets possessing high dynamic range, such as homonuclear 13C–13C correlation spectra. We demonstrate on model compounds and on 1–73-(U-13C,15N)/74–108-(U-15N) E. coli thioredoxin reassembly, that with appropriately constructed 50 % NUS schedules inherent sensitivity gains of 1.7–2.1-fold are readily reached in such datasets. We show that both linearity and line width are retained under these experimental conditions throughout the entire dynamic range of the signals. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the reproducibility of the peak intensities is excellent in the NUS/MINT approach when experiments are repeated multiple times and identical experimental and processing conditions are employed. Finally, we discuss the principles for design and implementation of random exponentially biased NUS sampling schedules for homonuclear 13C–13C MAS correlation experiments that yield high quality artifact-free datasets.

  5. A new method to extract gas concentrations in the ultraviolet and visible wavelength ranges, based on differential optical absorption technique and Fourier transform

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    By combining differential optical absorption technique with Fourier transformation we obtain a measuring method exhibiting high sensitivity, good accuracy and good robustness against wavelength displacements in the spectrum obtained. The method also separates different gases in the absorption spectrum from each other in an effective way. The above mentioned features make this method attractive. The ability to separate gases is especially rewarding; it means that we need not know which gases are present when we start to measure. The only prerequisite is that the gases involved absorb in the wavelength range that is to be measured. The method appears to be well suited for the detection of atmospheric pollutions

  6. Polylogarithmic representation of radiative and thermodynamic properties of thermal radiation in a given spectral range: I. Blackbody radiation

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    Fisenko, Anatoliy I

    2014-01-01

    Using polylogarithm functions the exact analytical expressions for the radiative and thermodynamic properties of blackbody radiation, such as the Wien displacement law, Stefan-Boltzmann law, total energy density, number density of photons, Helmholtz free energy density, internal energy density, enthalpy density, entropy density, heat capacity at constant volume, and pressure in the finite range of frequencies are constructed. The obtained expressions allow us to tabulate these functions in various finite frequency bands at different temperatures for practical applications. As an example, the radiative and thermodynamic functions using experimental data for the monopole spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation measured by the COBE FIRAS instrument in the 60 - 600 GHz frequency interval at the temperature T = 2.725 K are calculated. The expressions obtained for the radiative and thermodynamic functions can be easily presented in wavelength and wavenumber domains.

  7. Specific features of diffuse reflection of human face skin for laser and non-laser sources of visible and near-IR light

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    The specific features of diffuse reflection from different areas of human face skin for laser and non-laser sources of visible and near-IR light have been investigated to localise the closed-eye (eyelid) region. In the visible spectral range the reflection from the eyelid skin surface can be differentiated by measuring the slope of the spectral dependence of the effective optical density of skin in the wavelength range from 650 to 700nm. In the near-IR spectral range the reflectances of the skin surface at certain wavelengths, normalised to the forehead skin reflectance, can be used as a criterion for differentiating the eyelid skin. In this case, a maximum discrimination is obtained when measuring the skin reflectances at laser wavelengths of 1310 and 1470nm, which correspond to the spectral ranges of maximum and minimum water absorption. (optical technologies in biophysics and medicine)

  8. The potential for extending the spectral range accessible to the european X-ray free electron laser in the direction of longer wavelengths

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    Saldin, E L; Yurkov, M V

    2004-01-01

    The baseline specifications of European XFEL give a range of wavelengths between 0.1 nm and 2 nm. This wavelength range at fixed electron beam energy 17.5 GeV can be covered by operating the SASE FEL with three undulators which have different period and tunable gap. A study of the potential for the extending the spectral range accessible to the XFEL in the direction of longer wavelengths is presented. The extension of the wavelength range to 6 nm would be cover the water window in the VUV region, opening the facility to a new class of experiments. There are at least two possible sources of VUV radiation associated with the X-ray FEL; the "low (2.5 GeV) energy electron beam dedicated" and the " 17.5 GeV spent beam parasitic" (or "after-burner") source modes. The second alternative, "after-burner undulator" is the one we regard as most favorable. It is possible to place an undulator as long as 80 meters after 2 nm undulator. Ultimately, VUV undulator would be able to deliver output power approaching 100 GW. A b...

  9. Regularities of color and brightness variations of R Coronae Borealis-type variable stars during the active state according to observational data in the visible range

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    Color and brightness variations of RCrB star during three brightness minima with different depth, that is: 1982, 1983-1984 and 1985 - are considered. Variations of color indices are shown to depend on minimum depth: color indices decreases in minimal brightness phase during deep minimum, while in 1982 minimum they increase as compared to brightness maximum of variable. Occurrence of additional radiation during brightness decrease the intensity of which is maximal one in shortwave range represents common feature for three minima of RCrB star. It is stressed, that high amplitude brightness pulsations at reduced brightness of these stars may be considered as brightness secondary minima. On the basis of photoelectric observations it is assumed, that distortions of brightness monotonous variation for RCrB type stars in weakened state (flanges, abrupt variations of brightness reduction velocity) results from overlap of brightness secondary weakenings on brightness curves during minima

  10. Correlation of Spectral Solar Irradiance with solar activity as measured by VIRGO

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    2013-01-01

    Context. The variability of Solar Spectral Irradiance over the rotational period and its trend over the solar activity cycle are important for understanding the Sun-Earth connection as well as for observational constraints for solar models. Recently the SIM experiment on SORCE has published an unexpected negative correlation with Total Solar Irradiance of the visible spectral range. It is compensated by a strong and positive variability of the near UV range. Aims. We aim to ...

  11. Salinity and spectral reflectance of soils

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    Szilagyi, A.; Baumgardner, M. F.

    1991-01-01

    The basic spectral response related to the salt content of soils in the visible and reflective IR wavelengths is analyzed in order to explore remote sensing applications for monitoring processes of the earth system. The bidirectional reflectance factor (BRF) was determined at 10 nm of increments over the 520-2320-nm spectral range. The effect of salts on reflectance was analyzed on the basis of 162 spectral measurements. MSS and TM bands were simulated within the measured spectral region. A strong relationship was found in variations of reflectance and soil characteristics pertaining to salinization and desalinization. Although the individual MSS bands had high R-squared values and 75-79 percent of soil/treatment combinations were separable, there was a large number of soil/treatment combinations not distinguished by any of the four highly correlated MSS bands under consideration.

  12. The Herschel/HIFI spectral survey of OMC-2 FIR 4 (CHESS): An overview of the 480 to 1902 GHz range

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    Kama, M; Dominik, C; Ceccarelli, C; Fuente, A; Caux, E; Higgins, R; Tielens, A G G M; Alonso-Albi, T

    2013-01-01

    Broadband spectral surveys of protostars offer a rich view of the physical, chemical and dynamical structure and evolution of star-forming regions. The Herschel Space Observatory opened up the terahertz regime to such surveys, giving access to the fundamental transitions of many hydrides and to the high-energy transitions of many other species. A comparative analysis of the chemical inventories and physical processes and properties of protostars of various masses and evolutionary states is the goal of the Herschel CHEmical Surveys of Star forming regions (CHESS) key program. This paper focusses on the intermediate-mass protostar, OMC-2 FIR 4. We obtained a spectrum of OMC-2 FIR 4 in the 480 to 1902 GHz range with the HIFI spectrometer onboard Herschel and carried out the reduction, line identification, and a broad analysis of the line profile components, excitation, and cooling. We detect 719 spectral lines from 40 species and isotopologs. The line flux is dominated by CO, H2O, and CH3OH. The line profiles ar...

  13. Light-Emitting-Diodes based on ordered InGaN nanocolumns emitting in the blue, green and yellow spectral range

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    The growth of ordered arrays of InGaN/GaN nanocolumnar light emitting diodes by molecular beam epitaxy, emitting in the blue (441 nm), green (502 nm), and yellow (568 nm) spectral range is reported. The device active region, consisting of a nanocolumnar InGaN section of nominally constant composition and 250 to 500 nm length, is free of extended defects, which is in strong contrast to InGaN (planar) layers of similar composition and thickness. Electroluminescence spectra show a very small blue shift with increasing current (almost negligible in the yellow device) and line widths slightly broader than those of state-of-the-art InGaN quantum wells. (paper)

  14. Depolarization effect in rare-earth doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films in blue and UV spectral range

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    Gasimov, Naghi; Mammadov, Eldar; Babayev, Sardar; Mamedova, Irada; Mamedov, Nazim [Department of Ellipsometry, Institute of Physics, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, H. Javid ave. 33, Baku-1143 (Azerbaijan); Joudrier, Anne L.; Andriamiadamanana, Christian; Naghavi, Negar; Guillemoles, Jean F. [Institute for Research and Development of Photovoltaic Energy, 6 Quai Watier, 78401 Chatou, Paris (France)

    2015-06-15

    The 200 to 300 nm thick, Er and Er,Yb doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films deposited onto silicon substrate by spin coating have been studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry over the 192-1680 nm spectral range at room temperature. All samples have been found to be strongly depolarizing in the blue and UV part of the spectrum. Complimentary examination of the sample surfaces, using confocal photoluminescence microscopy has disclosed the non-uniform distribution of the rare-earth dopants. The depolarization effects have then been modeled and found to be best reproduced by taking the thickness non-uniformity as the main source of depolarization. The optical constants of the studied films have been determined after four-step modeling with sequential decrease of the mean square error. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Visible Light Communication

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    Rajan Sagotra, Reena Aggarwal

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Visible light communication (VLC is becoming an alternative choice for next-generation wireless technology by offering low cost, unregulated bandwidth and ubiquitous infrastructures support. This technology is envisioned to be used in a wide range of applications both indoor as well as outdoor. Visible Light Communication (VLC uses light emitting diodes (LEDs, for the dual role of illumination and data transmission. With this leading edge technology, data including video and audio, internet traffic etc can be transmitted at high speeds using LED light. Using LEDs is helping to drive this technology in the form of Visible Light Communication (VLC. In this paper, a visible light communications system is proposed that employs wavelength division multiplexing, to transmit multiple data streams from different data sources simultaneously andtransmission of audio song and also an image was demonstrated by using LED light. Not limit to this, multiple source signals simultaneously in different frequency bands were transmitted through the LED circuitry, and the signals were recovered successfully. This demonstrates the feasibility studies of our design in signals broadcasting

  16. Visibility: science and regulation.

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    Watson, John G

    2002-06-01

    The 1999 Regional Haze Rule provides a context for this review of visibility, the science that describes it, and the use of that science in regulatory guidance. The scientific basis for the 1999 regulation is adequate. The deciview metric that tracks progress is an imperfect but objective measure of what people see near the prevailing visual range. The definition of natural visibility conditions is adequate for current planning, but it will need to be refined as visibility improves. Emissions from other countries will set achievable levels above those produced by natural sources. Some natural events, notably dust storms and wildfires, are episodic and cannot be represented by annual average background values or emission estimates. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission reductions correspond with lower sulfate (SO4(2-)) concentrations and visibility improvements in the regions where these have occurred. Non-road emissions have been growing more rapidly than emissions from other sources, which have remained stable or decreased since 1970. Simpler models representing transport, limiting precursor pollutants, and gas-to-particle equilibrium should be used to understand where and when emission reductions will be effective, rather than large complex models that have insufficient input and validation measurements. Examples of model-based source attribution show large differences among estimates from various modeling systems and with ambient measurements. PMID:12074426

  17. Influence of different spectral ranges of light and Ca2+ -channel blockers on Ca2+ and K+ levels in Phaseolus coccineus L. pulvini

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    Jan Bia?czyk

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The effect of different spectral ranges of light on the modification of transport processes in isolated parts of Phaseolus coccineus pulvini was analysed in a bath medium by determining the Ca2+ and K+ contents. After 1 h incubation of separated fragments of the extensor and flexor in solutions containing deionized water, medium, or medium with verapamil or nifedipine, the investigated material was irradiated with monochromatic light of different wavelengths. The concentration of Ca2+, K+ and the pH value were determined in the medium. The obtained results suggest the occurrence of a specific coupling between the concentration of Ca2+ and K+ dependend on the wavelength of the applied light and part of the pulvinus. Certain spectral ranges of light brought about opposite effects on ion transport in opposite parts of the pulvinus. Changes in the pH of mediums containing isolated parts of the pulvini part to different effects of blue, red, and far-red light on the activity of H+-pumps located in the motor cells. The use of verapamil and nifedipine, specific Ca2+-channel blockers, made it possible to demonstrate the significant effect of Ca2+ on the activity and functioning of K+ -channels. The two types of inhibitors decreased the influx of Ca2+ and K+ to motor cells of the pulvini, however they did not limit the efflux of ions to the medium. The obtained results suggest that Ca2+ ions take part in transduction of the light signal. It seems probable that the action of blue light is also mediated by part of the Ca2+ ions.

  18. Nonlinear spectral imaging of biological tissues

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    Palero, J. A.

    2007-07-01

    The work presented in this thesis demonstrates live high resolution 3D imaging of tissue in its native state and environment. The nonlinear interaction between focussed femtosecond light pulses and the biological tissue results in the emission of natural autofluorescence and second-harmonic signal. Because biological intrinsic emission is generally very weak and extends from the ultraviolet to the visible spectral range, a broad-spectral range and high sensitivity 3D spectral imaging system is developed. Imaging the spectral characteristics of the biological intrinsic emission reveals the structure and biochemistry of the cells and extra-cellular components. By using different methods in visualizing the spectral images, discrimination between different tissue structures is achieved without the use of any stain or fluorescent label. For instance, RGB real color spectral images of the intrinsic emission of mouse skin tissues show blue cells, green hair follicles, and purple collagen fibers. The color signature of each tissue component is directly related to its characteristic emission spectrum. The results of this study show that skin tissue nonlinear intrinsic emission is mainly due to the autofluorescence of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate), flavins, keratin, melanin, phospholipids, elastin and collagen and nonlinear Raman scattering and second-harmonic generation in Type I collagen. In vivo time-lapse spectral imaging is implemented to study metabolic changes in epidermal cells in tissues. Optical scattering in tissues, a key factor in determining the maximum achievable imaging depth, is also investigated in this work.

  19. Resonant Visible Light Modulation with Graphene

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    Yu, Renwen; de Abajo, F Javier Garcia

    2015-01-01

    Fast modulation and switching of light at visible and near-infrared (vis-NIR) frequencies is of utmost importance for optical signal processing and sensing technologies. No fundamental limit appears to prevent us from designing wavelength-sized devices capable of controlling the light phase and intensity at gigaherts (and even terahertz) speeds in those spectral ranges. However, this problem remains largely unsolved, despite recent advances in the use of quantum wells and phase-change materials for that purpose. Here, we explore an alternative solution based upon the remarkable electro-optical properties of graphene. In particular, we predict unity-order changes in the transmission and absorption of vis-NIR light produced upon electrical doping of graphene sheets coupled to realistically engineered optical cavities. The light intensity is enhanced at the graphene plane, and so is its absorption, which can be switched and modulated via Pauli blocking through varying the level of doping. Specifically, we explor...

  20. Determination of Seed Soundness in Conifers Cryptomeria japonica and Chamaecyparis obtusa Using Narrow-Multiband Spectral Imaging in the Short-Wavelength Infrared Range.

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    Matsuda, Osamu; Hara, Masashi; Tobita, Hiroyuki; Yazaki, Kenichi; Nakagawa, Toshinori; Shimizu, Kuniyoshi; Uemura, Akira; Utsugi, Hajime

    2015-01-01

    Regeneration of planted forests of Cryptomeria japonica (sugi) and Chamaecyparis obtuse (hinoki) is the pressing importance to the forest administration in Japan. Low seed germination rate of these species, however, has hampered low-cost production of their seedlings for reforestation. The primary cause of the low germinability has been attributed to highly frequent formation of anatomically unsound seeds, which are indistinguishable from sound germinable seeds by visible observation and other common criteria such as size and weight. To establish a method for sound seed selection in these species, hyperspectral imaging technique was used to identify a wavelength range where reflectance spectra differ clearly between sound and unsound seeds. In sound seeds of both species, reflectance in a narrow waveband centered at 1,730 nm, corresponding to a lipid absorption band in the short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) range, was greatly depressed relative to that in adjacent wavebands on either side. Such depression was absent or less prominent in unsound seeds. Based on these observations, a reflectance index SQI, abbreviated for seed quality index, was formulated using reflectance at three narrow SWIR wavebands so that it represents the extent of the depression. SQI calculated from seed area-averaged reflectance spectra and spatial distribution patterns of pixelwise SQI within each seed area were both proven as reliable criteria for sound seed selection. Enrichment of sound seeds was accompanied by an increase in germination rate of the seed lot. Thus, the methods described are readily applicable toward low-cost seedling production in combination with single seed sowing technology. PMID:26083366

  1. Spectral Tagging

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    This research examines the feasibility of spectral tagging, which involves modifying the spectral signature of a target, e.g. by mixing an additive with the target's paint. The target is unchanged to the human eye, but the tag is revealed when viewed with a spectrometer. This project investigates a layer of security that is not obvious, and therefore easy to conceal. The result is a tagging mechanism that is difficult to counterfeit. Uniquely tagging an item is an area of need in safeguards and security and non-proliferation. The powdered forms of the minerals lapis lazuli and olivine were selected as the initial test tags due to their availability and uniqueness in the visible to near-infrared spectral region. They were mixed with paints and applied to steel. In order to verify the presence of the tags quantitatively, the data from the spectrometer was input into unmixing models and signal detection algorithms. The mixture with the best results was blue paint mixed with lapis lazuli and olivine. The tag had a 0% probability of false alarm and a 100% probability of detection. The research proved that spectral tagging is feasible, although certain tag/paint mixtures are more detectable than others

  2. Tethys - Geological and Spectral Properties

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    Stephan, Katrin; Jaumann, Ralf; Wagner, Roland; Clark, Roger N.; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Dalle Ore, Cristina; Brown, Robert H.; Giese, Bernd; Roatsch, Thomas; Matson, Dennis; Baines, Kevin H.; Filacchione, Gianrico; Capaccione, Fabrizio; Burratti, Bonnie J.; Nicholson, Phil D.; Rodriguez, Sebastian

    2015-04-01

    Despite the spectral dominance of H2O ice on Tethys' surface, distinct spectral variations derived by the Cassini VIMS instrument could be detected. The ice infrared absorption strengths are very different from what was expected from the visible albedo derived from Voyager and Cassini camera data. Although on Tethys, the major ice absorptions at 1.5 and 2µm are general stronger on the leading hemisphere of the satellite similar to that seen on the neighboring satellites Dione and Rhea, the detailed mapping shows a more complex pattern. Two relatively narrow N/S trending bands enriched in H2O ice of relatively large particle size separate the Saturn-facing and the anti-Saturnian hemisphere. The largest impact crater Odysseus (33°N/129°W) is included in the N/S trending band of deeper H2O absorptions on the leading hemisphere, whereas the geologically older and fourth largest impact crater Penelope (11°S/249°W) is excluded from the 'icy' band on the trailing hemisphere - supporting an exogenic origin of these bands. The oval shaped dark albedo unit observed by Voyager in the equatorial region of Tethys' leading hemisphere, which could be related to magnetospheric 'dust' impacting the surface, exhibits slightly surpressed H2O ice absorptions compared to their surrounding regions. Variations in the spectral slope from the visible to the ultra-violet wavelength range are similar to the variations observed by Cassini ISS. The spectral slope is steepest (i.e. the effect of an ultra-violet absorber other than H2O ice is strongest) on the leading as well on the trailing hemisphere. No spectral properties could be exclusively associated with Tethys' extended graben system Ithaca Chasma. Local variations, i.e. local deepening of H2O ice absorptions, are mostly related to several probably fresh impact craters and to locations where topographic slope is high like crater walls. However, only a few such fresh impact craters could be observed.

  3. Machine vision beyond visible spectrum

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    Hammoud, Riad I; McMillan, Robert W

    2011-01-01

    The material of this book encompasses many disciplines, including visible, infrared, far infrared, millimeter wave, microwave, radar, synthetic aperture radar, and electro-optical sensors as well as the very dynamic topics of image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition. This book is composed of six parts: advanced background modeling for surveillance; advances in Tracking in Infrared imagery; methods for Pose estimation in Ultrasound and LWIR imagery; recognition in multi-spectral and synthetic aperture radar; fusion of disparate sensors; and smart Sensors.

  4. Gallium Phosphide as a material for visible and infrared optics

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    Václavík J.

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Gallium phosphide is interesting material for optical system working in both visible and MWIR or LWIR spectral ranges. Number of a material available for these applications is limited. They are typically salts, fluorides or sulphides and usually exhibit unfavorable properties like brittleness; softness; solubility in water and small chemical resistance. Although GaP has do not offer best optical parameters excels over most other material in mechanical and chemical resistance. The article describes its most important characteristics and outlines some applications where GaP should prove useful.

  5. A Fourier transform Raman spectrometer with visible laser excitation

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    Dzsaber, S; Bernáth, B; Gyüre, B; Fehér, T; Kramberger, C; Pichler, T; Simon, F

    2014-01-01

    We present the development and performance of a Fourier transformation (FT) based Raman spectrometer working with visible laser (532 nm) excitation. It is generally thought that FT-Raman spectrometers are not viable in the visible range where shot-noise limits the detector performance and therein they are outperformed by grating based, dispersive ones. We show that contrary to this common belief, the recent advances of high-performance interference filters makes the FT-Raman design a valid alternative to dispersive Raman spectrometers for samples which do not luminesce. We critically compare the performance of our spectrometer to two dispersive ones: a home-built single channel and a state-of-the-art CCD based instruments. We demonstrate a similar or even better sensitivity than the CCD based dispersive spectrometer particularly when the laser power density is considered. The instrument possesses all the known advantages of the FT principle of spectral accuracy, high throughput, and economic design. We also d...

  6. Visible Light Emission from Atomic Scale Patterns Fabricated by the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Thirstrup, C.; Sakurai, M; Stokbro, Kurt; Aono, M

    1999-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) induced light emission from artificial atomic scale structures comprising silicon dangling bonds on hydrogen-terminated Si(001) surfaces has been mapped spatially and analyzed spectroscopically in the visible spectral range. The light emission is based on a novel mechanism involving optical transitions between a tip state and localized states on the sample surface. The wavelength of the photons can be changed by the bias voltage of the STM. The spatial reso...

  7. Fabrication of multiple heterojunctions with tunable visible-light-active photocatalytic reactivity in BiOBr-BiOI full-range composites based on microstructure modulation and band structures.

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    Huang, Hongwei; Han, Xu; Li, Xiaowei; Wang, Shichao; Chu, Paul K; Zhang, Yihe

    2015-01-14

    The fabrication of multiple heterojunctions with tunable photocatalytic reactivity in full-range BiOBr-BiOI composites based on microstructure modulation and band structures is demonstrated. The multiple heterojunctions are constructed by precipitation at room temperature and characterized systematically. Photocatalytic experiments indicate that there are two types of heterostructures with distinct photocatalytic mechanisms, both of which can greatly enhance the visible-light photocatalytic performance for the decomposition of organic pollutants and generation of photocurrent. The large separation and inhibited recombination of electron-hole pairs rendered by the heterostructures are confirmed by electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and photoluminescence (PL). Reactive species trapping, nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT, detection agent of (•)O2(-)) transformation, and terephthalic acid photoluminescence (TA-PL) experiments verify the charge-transfer mechanism derived from the two types of heterostructures, as well as different enhancements of the photocatalytic activity. This article provides insights into heterostructure photocatalysis and describes a novel way to design and fabricate high-performance semiconductor composites. PMID:25525911

  8. Glasses for seeing beyond visible.

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    Zhang, XiangHua; Bureau, Bruno; Lucas, Pierre; Boussard-Pledel, Catherine; Lucas, Jacques

    2008-01-01

    Conventional glasses based on oxides have a transparency limited by phonon absorption in the near IR region and have a limited interest for analyzing information located far beyond the visible. The IR spectral domain is nevertheless of prime interest, since it covers fundamental wavelength ranges used for thermal imaging as well as molecular vibrational signatures. Besides spectacular advances in the field of IR detectors, the main significant progresses are related to the development of IR glass optics, such as lenses or IR optical fibres. The field of IR glasses is almost totally dominated by glasses formed from heavy atoms such as the chalcogens S, Se and Te. Their transparency extends up to 12, 16 and 28 microm for sulfide-, selenide- and the new generation of telluride-based glasses, respectively. They cover the atmospheric transparency domains, 3-5 and 8-13 microm, respectively, at which the IR radiation can propagate allowing thermal imaging and night-vision operations through thick layers of atmosphere. The development of new glass compositions will be discussed on the basis of structural consideration with the objective of moulding low-cost lenses for IR cameras used, for instance, in car-driving assistance. Additionally, multimode, single-index, optical fibres operating in the 3 to 12 microm window developed for in situ remote evanescent-wave IR spectroscopy will also be mentioned. The detection of molecular IR signatures is applied to environmental monitoring for investigating the pollution of underground water with toxic molecules. The extension of this technique to the investigation of biomolecules in three different studies devoted to liver tissues analysis, bio-film formation, and cell metabolism will also be discussed. Finally we will mention the developments in the field of single-mode fibres operating around 10 mum for the Darwin space mission, which is aiming at discovering, signs of biological life in telluric earth-like exoplanets throughout the universe. PMID:18067106

  9. Morphology of the spectral resonance structure of the electromagnetic background noise in the range of 0.1–4 Hz at L = 5.2

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    Full Text Available Continuous observations of fluctuations of the geomagnetic field at Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (L = 5.2 were used for a comprehensive morphological study of the spectral resonance structure (SRS seen in the background electromagnetic noise in the frequency range of 0.1–4.0 Hz. It is shown that the occurrence rate of SRS is higher in the nighttime than in the daytime. The occurrence rate is higher in winter than in summer. The SRS frequencies and the difference between neighbouring eigenfrequencies (the frequency scale increase towards nighttime and decrease towards daytime. Both frequency scale and occurrence rate exhibit a clear tendency to decrease from minimum to maximum of the solar activity cycle. It is found that the occurrence rate of SRS decreases when geomagnetic activity increases. The SRS is believed to be a consequence of a resonator for Alfvén waves, which is suggested to exist in the upper ionosphere. According to the theory of the ionospheric Alfvén resonator (IAR, characteristics of SRS crucially depend on electron density in the F-layer maximum, as well as on the altitudinal scale of the density decay above the maximum.We compared the SRS morphological properties with predictions of the IAR theory. The ionospheric parameters needed for calculation were obtained from the ionosphere model (IRI-95, as well as from measurements made with the ionosonde in Sodankylä. We conclude that, indeed, the main morphological properties of SRS are explained on the basis of the IAR theory. The measured parameters of SRS can be used for improving the ionospheric models.Key words. Ionosphere (auroral ionosphere; wave propagation – Radio Science (electromagnetic noise and interference

  10. Feature Point Descriptors: Infrared and Visible Spectra

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    Pablo Ricaurte; Carmen Chilán; Cristhian A. Aguilera-Carrasco; Boris X. Vintimilla; Sappa, Angel D.

    2014-01-01

    This manuscript evaluates the behavior of classical feature point descriptors when they are used in images from long-wave infrared spectral band and compare them with the results obtained in the visible spectrum. Robustness to changes in rotation, scaling, blur, and additive noise are analyzed using a state of the art framework. Experimental results using a cross-spectral outdoor image data set are presented and conclusions from these experiments are given.

  11. Visible photon multiplication in Ce3+–Tb3+ doped borate glasses for enhanced solar cells

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    Visible photon multiplication is exposed in the Ce3+–Tb3+ doped alkaline-earth borate (LKZBSB) glass system. Efficient green and blue fluorescences originate from Tb3+ and Ce3+ emitting centres, respectively. Evaluation of absolute spectral parameters reveals that the quantum yield of Tb3+ single doped LKZBSB glasses is ?8% under UVA radiation. Furthermore, with the introduction of Ce3+ into the Tb3+ doping system, the effective excitation wavelength range and the emission intensity of Tb3+ in LKZBSB glasses are remarkably expanded and improved by a maximum sensitization factor of ?52 in the UVB spectral region. These results demonstrate that the Ce3+–Tb3+ doped LKZBSB glass system has promising potential as an efficient UV ? Visible radiation conversion layer for the enhancement of solar cell efficiency, including cells employed in outer space. (paper)

  12. Spectral mixture analysis of multispectral thermal infrared images

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    Remote spectral measurements of light reflected or emitted from terrestrial scenes is commonly integrated over areas sufficiently large that the surface comprises more than one component. Techniques have been developed to analyze multispectral or imaging spectrometer data in terms of a wide range of mixtures of a limited number of components. Spectral mixture analysis has been used primarily for visible and near-infrared images, but it may also be applied to thermal infrared data. Two approaches are reviewed: binary mixing and a more general treatment for isothermal mixtures of a greater number of components

  13. Ultraviolet, Visible, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    Penner, Michael H.

    Spectroscopy in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) range is one of the most commonly encountered laboratory techniques in food analysis. Diverse examples, such as the quantification of macrocomponents (total carbohydrate by the phenol-sulfuric acid method), quantification of microcomponents, (thiamin by the thiochrome fluorometric procedure), estimates of rancidity (lipid oxidation status by the thiobarbituric acid test), and surveillance testing (enzyme-linked immunoassays), are presented in this text. In each of these cases, the analytical signal for which the assay is based is either the emission or absorption of radiation in the UV-Vis range. This signal may be inherent in the analyte, such as the absorbance of radiation in the visible range by pigments, or a result of a chemical reaction involving the analyte, such as the colorimetric copper-based Lowry method for the analysis of soluble protein.

  14. A Visible, Spatially-Modulated Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (SMIFTS) for Astronomical Applications

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    Rafert, J. B.; Holbert, E. T.; Rusk, E. T.; Durham, S. E.; Caudill, E.; Keating, D.; Newby, H.

    1992-12-01

    We have constructed several visible, Spatially-Modulated Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometers (SMIFTS) for spatially resolved spectral imaging in the visible wavelength region based on work by several authors including Yoshihara and Kitade (1967), Okamoto et al. (1984), Barnes (1985) and Smith and Schempp (1991). Our spectrometers require no moving parts, are compact and enjoy a number of advantages over the other spectral data collection technologies. The unique combination of characteristics define an important niche for astronomical, remote sensing, and reconnaissance spectral data acquisition. Our SMIFTS simultaneously acquires hundreds or thousands of spectral bands for hundreds or thousands of spectral channesl. This type of sensor has been called a "hyperspectral" sensor to emphasize the major quantitative difference between this type of sensor and multispectral imagers which collect only a few spectral bands. The SMIFTS consists of input optics (a telescope), a field limiting aperture, a beamsplitter which divides the input beam into two paths, two mirrors which redirect the split beams through the same path, a collimating lens which forms the interferogram of the input aperture on the detector plane, and a cylindrical imaging lens. Thus on the detector array one axis contains spatial information and the other axis contains the spectral information for each point of the spatial axis. The result of this arrangement is that each row of the detector array contains the interferogram of the corresponding point on the aperture or slit. This slit can be fixed upon the target, or the slit can be scanned across the target to build up a second axis of spatial information resulting in a data set with four dimensions: two spatial, one spectral, and one temporal. We present sample data for both astronomical and remote sensing applications taken with the Malabar SMIFTS. Barnes, T.H. "Photodiode Array Fourier Transform Spectrometer with Improved Dynamic Range", Appl. Opt, 24, 3702, (1985)

  15. Validation of line and continuum spectroscopic parameters with measurements of atmospheric emitted spectral radiance from far to mid infrared wave number range

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    The latest release of a high-resolution transmission molecular absorption database along with two improved models of water vapor continuum absorption are used to check their impact on the improvement of state-of-art radiative transfer. Radiative transfer performance has been assessed using high mountains atmospheric emitted spectral downwelling radiance observations in the 360-1200 cm-1 spectral regions. These high mountains observations are particularly suited to check the behavior and performance in the water vapor rotation band. In addition, they also have allowed us to gain insight into understanding the quality of recent new compilation of lines and related treatment for the ?2 CO2 band and the O3 band at 9.6?m. Comparisons are made between forward calculations of atmospheric transmission spectra and spectral radiances measured using two ground-based Fourier transform instruments. The results demonstrate that water vapor absorption largely benefits from the recent improvement in the related continuum (both self and foreign). In addition, ozone absorption is very accurately reproduced and, although to a less extent, this is also the case of CO2 absorption in the long wave ?2 band.

  16. Validation of H2O continuum absorption models in the wave number range 180-600 cm(-1) with atmospheric emitted spectral radiance measured at the Antarctica Dome-C site.

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    Liuzzi, Giuliano; Masiello, Guido; Serio, Carmine; Palchetti, Luca; Bianchini, Giovanni

    2014-07-14

    This work presents the results concerning the analysis of a set of atmospheric emitted (down welling) spectral radiance observations in the spectral range 180 to 1100 cm(-1) acquired at the Dome-C site in Antarctica during an extensive field campaign in 2011-2012. The work has been mainly focused on retrieving and validating the coefficients of the foreign contribution to the water vapour continuum absorption, within a spectral range overlapping the water vapour rotational band. Retrievals have been performed by using a simultaneous physical retrieval procedure for atmospheric and spectroscopic parameters. Both day (summer) and night (winter) spectra have been used in our analysis. This new set of observations in the far infrared range has allowed us to extend validation and verification of state-of-art water vapour continuum absorption models down to 180 cm(-1). Results show that discrepancies between measurements and models are less than 10% in the interval 350-590 cm(-1), while they are slightly larger at wave numbers below 350 cm(-1). On overall, our study shows a good consistency between observations and state-of-art models and provides evidence toward needing to adjust absorptive line strengths. Finally, it has been found that there is a good agreement between the coefficients retrieved using either summer or winter spectra, which are acquired in far different meteorological conditions. PMID:25090497

  17. Visibly Pushdown Automata

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    Srba, Jiri

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the possibility of (bi)simulation-like preorder/equivalence checking on the class of visibly pushdown automata and its natural subclasses visibly BPA (Basic Process Algebra) and visibly one-counter automata. We describe generic methods for proving complexity upper and lower bounds for a number of studied preorders and equivalences like simulation, completed simulation, ready simulation, 2-nested simulation preorders/equivalences and bisimulation equivalence. Our main results are t...

  18. Spectral filtering for plant production

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    Young, Roy E.; Mcmahon, Margaret J.; Rajapakse, Nihal C.; Decoteau, Dennis R.

    1994-01-01

    Both plants and animals have one general commonality in their perception of light. They both are sensitive primarily to the 400 to 700 nm wavelength portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is referred to as the visible spectrum for animals and as the photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) spectrum for plants. Within this portion of the spectrum, animals perceive colors. Relatively recently it has been learned that within this same spectral range plants also demonstrate varying responses at different wavelengths, somewhat analogous to the definition of various colors at specific wavelengths. Although invisible to the human eye, portions of the electromagnetic spectrum on either side of the visible range are relatively inactive photosynthetically but have been found to influence important biological functions. These portions include the ultraviolet (UV approximately equal to 280-400 nm) and the far-red (FR approximately equal to 700-800 nm). The basic photoreceptor of plants for photosynthesis is chlorophyll. It serves to capture radiant energy which combined with carbon dioxide and water produces oxygen and assimulated carbon, used for the synthesis of cell wall polysaccarides, proteins, membrane lipids and other cellular constituents. The energy and carbon building blocks of photosynthesis sustain growth of plants. On the other hand, however, there are other photoreceptors, or pigments, that function as signal transducers to provide information that controls many physiological and morphological responses of how a plant grows. Known photomorphogenic receptors include phytochrome (the red/far-red sensor in the narrow bands of 655-665 nm and 725-735 nm ranges, respectively) and 'cryptochrome' (the hypothetical UV-B sensor in the 280-320 nm range). Since the USDA team of W. L. Butler, S. B. Hendricks, H. A. Borthwick, H. A. Siegleman and K. Norris in Beltsville, MD detected by spectroscopy, extracted and identified phytochrome as a protein in the 1950's, many other investigators have found evidence of its control functions in plants. Considerably less, however, is known about the yet non-isolated cryptochrome. The information-transferring roles of photoreceptors in plants at specific spectral ranges quite naturally stimulated plant scientists and engineers to consider physically manipulating light to achieve desired physiological and morphological characteristics. One way to manipulate light is to filter it through materials that selectively transmit portions of the sun's spectrum in and near the PAR range.

  19. Dynamic range and mass accuracy of wide-scan direct infusion nanoelectrospray fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry-based metabolomics increased by the spectral stitching method

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    Southam, Andrew D; Payne, Tristan G; Cooper, Helen J.; Arvanitis, Theodoros N.; Viant, Mark R.

    2007-01-01

    Direct infusion nanoelectrospray Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (DI nESI FT-ICR MS)offers high mass accuracy and resolution for analyzing complex metabolite mixtures. High dynamic range across a wide mass range, however, can only be achieved at the expense of mass accuracy, since the large numbers of ions entering the ICR detector induce adverse spacecharge effects. Here we report an optimized strategy for wide-scan DI nESI FT-ICR MS that increases dynamic range b...

  20. All-fiber femtosecond Cherenkov laser at visible wavelengths

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    Liu, Xiaomin; Lægsgaard, Jesper

    2013-01-01

    Fiber-optic Cherenkov radiation (CR), also known as dispersive wave generation or non-solitonic radiation, is produced in small-core photonic crystal fibers (PCF) when a soliton perturbed by fiber higher-order dispersion co-propagates with a dispersive wave fulfilling a certain phase-matching condition [1]. The resonant ultrafast wave conversion via the fiber-optic CR mechanism is instrumental for applications in biophotonics such as bio-imaging and microscopy [2]. In this work, we demonstrate a highly-stable all-fiber, fully monolithic CR system based on an Yb-fiber femtosecond laser, producing electrically tunable femtosecond CR output in the visible (VIS) spectral range of 580-630 nm, with the 3 dB spectral bandwidth not exceeding 36 nm, with average power in the milliwatt range. Relative intensity noise (RIN) of this laser, affecting the sensitivity of bio-imaging and microscopy systems, is found to be as low as -103 dBc/Hz. This is 2 orders of magnitudes lower noise as compared to spectrally-sliced supercontinuum, which is the current standard of ultrafast fiber-optic generation at visible wavelength. The layout of the laser system is shown in Fig. 1(a). The system consists of two parts: an all-fiber selfstabilized Yb-doped femtosecond laser [3,4] operating at 1035 nm central wavelength and 26.7 MHz repetition rate used as the pump source; and a spliced-on small-core nonlinear PCF NL-3.0-850 (NKT Photonics A/S) with zero-dispersion wavelength around 850 nm, used for Cherenkov wave conversion [5]. Bridge fibers are used in the CR link to enhance the conversion efficiency. Fig. 1(b) shows the far-field saturated visible images of the CR emitted from the laser system, generated as the pump power increases in the range 150 mW - 300 mW. The emitted CR spectra corresponding to different average output powers are shown in Fig. 1(c). When the average emitted CR power is increasing from 0.46 mW to 4.2 mW, the central wavelength is shifting from 630 nm to 580 nm, and the 3 dB bandwidth of the spectrum increases from14 nm to 36 nm. The physical mechanism of wavelength tunability with changing the pump power is related to different linear and nonlinear compression conditions for weaker and stronger pump laser pulses in the hollow-core pulse compressor and CR stages of the laser (Fig. 1(a)). Fig. 1 (d) shows the autocorrelation (AC) of the CR with the output power of 1.7 mW. The FWHM of the AC trace for the generated CR pulse is 160 fs. The FWHM of the AC of the input pump pulse at 1035 nm is 832 fs. The CR pulse is more than 5 times shorter than the pump pulse, as a result of the nonlinear pump pulse compression in the CR fiber link. We are currently working on achieving an even broader electrical tunability of the CR output, ideally covering the significant part of the visible spectral range.

  1. Spectral calibration for deriving surface mineralogy of Asteroid (25143) Itokawa from Hayabusa Near-Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS) Data

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    Bhatt, Megha; Corre, Lucille Le; Sanchez, Juan A; Dunn, Tasha; Izawa, Matthew R M; Li, Jian-Yang; Becker, Kris J; Weller, Lynn

    2015-01-01

    We present spectral calibration equations for determining mafic silicate composition of near-Earth asteroid (25143) Itokawa from visible/near-infrared spectra measured using the Near Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS), on board the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft. Itokawa was the target of the Hayabusa sample return mission and has a surface composition similar to LL-type ordinary chondrites. Existing laboratory spectral calibrations use a spectral wavelength range that is wider (0.75-2.5 microns) than that of the NIRS instrument (0.85-2.1 microns) making them unfit for interpreting the Hayabusa spectral data currently archived in the Planetary Data System. We used laboratory measured near-infrared reflectance spectra of ordinary (H, L and LL) chondrites from the study of Dunn et al. (2010), which we resampled to the NIRS wavelength range. Using spectral parameters extracted from these resampled spectra we established a relationship between band parameters and their mafic silicate composition (olivine and low-Ca pyrox...

  2. Visible and UV emission spectroscopy

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    Visible and ultra-violet emission spectroscopy is a well established plasma diagnostic technique extensively used in contemporary fusion experiments. Theoretical plasma models are required to derive the relevant physical parameters. These models are reviewed in the first part of this paper. They allow spectral line intensities and radiative power losses to be calculated from the knowledge of the detailed atomic physics processes occurring in the plasma. In tokamak plasma experiments, impurity contamination and transport are important concerns. Basic spectroscopic methods used in their understanding are described. They include the determination of impurity concentrations either by line emission modelling (through the use of an impurity transport code), or by direct charge-exchange recombination measurement. They also include the evaluation of neutral particle fluxes at the plasma periphery. Finally, the experimental techniques used in the derivation of impurity transport coefficients are reported

  3. USGS Digital Spectral Library splib06a

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    Clark, Roger N.; Swayze, Gregg A.; Wise, Richard A.; Livo, K. Eric; Hoefen, Todd M.; Kokaly, Raymond F.; Sutley, Stephen J.

    2007-01-01

    Introduction We have assembled a digital reflectance spectral library that covers the wavelength range from the ultraviolet to far infrared along with sample documentation. The library includes samples of minerals, rocks, soils, physically constructed as well as mathematically computed mixtures, plants, vegetation communities, microorganisms, and man-made materials. The samples and spectra collected were assembled for the purpose of using spectral features for the remote detection of these and similar materials. Analysis of spectroscopic data from laboratory, aircraft, and spacecraft instrumentation requires a knowledge base. The spectral library discussed here forms a knowledge base for the spectroscopy of minerals and related materials of importance to a variety of research programs being conducted at the U.S. Geological Survey. Much of this library grew out of the need for spectra to support imaging spectroscopy studies of the Earth and planets. Imaging spectrometers, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Airborne Visible/Infra Red Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) or the NASA Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) which is currently orbiting Saturn, have narrow bandwidths in many contiguous spectral channels that permit accurate definition of absorption features in spectra from a variety of materials. Identification of materials from such data requires a comprehensive spectral library of minerals, vegetation, man-made materials, and other subjects in the scene. Our research involves the use of the spectral library to identify the components in a spectrum of an unknown. Therefore, the quality of the library must be very good. However, the quality required in a spectral library to successfully perform an investigation depends on the scientific questions to be answered and the type of algorithms to be used. For example, to map a mineral using imaging spectroscopy and the mapping algorithm of Clark and others (1990a, 2003b), one simply needs a diagnostic absorption band. The mapping system uses continuum-removed reference spectral features fitted to features in observed spectra. Spectral features for such algorithms can be obtained from a spectrum of a sample containing large amounts of contaminants, including those that add other spectral features, as long as the shape of the diagnostic feature of interest is not modified. If, however, the data are needed for radiative transfer models to derive mineral abundances from reflectance spectra, then completely uncontaminated spectra are required. This library contains spectra that span a range of quality, with purity indicators to flag spectra for (or against) particular uses. Acquiring spectral measurements and performing sample characterizations for this library has taken about 15 person-years of effort. Software to manage the library and provide scientific analysis capability is provided (Clark, 1980, 1993). A personal computer (PC) reader for the library is also available (Livo and others, 1993). The program reads specpr binary files (Clark, 1980, 1993) and plots spectra. Another program that reads the specpr format is written in IDL (Kokaly, 2005). In our view, an ideal spectral library consists of samples covering a very wide range of materials, has large wavelength range with very high precision, and has enough sample analyses and documentation to establish the quality of the spectra. Time and available resources limit what can be achieved. Ideally, for each mineral, the sample analysis would include X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe (EM) or X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and petrographic microscopic analyses. For some minerals, such as iron oxides, additional analyses such as Mossbauer would be helpful. We have found that to make the basic spectral measurements, provide XRD, EM or XRF analyses, and microscopic analyses, document the results, and complete an entry of one spectral library sample, all takes about

  4. Generation of high-power femtosecond supercontinua in the near-IR spectral range using broadband parametric frequency conversion in LBO and DCDA crystals pumped at ? = 620 nm

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    Podshivalov, A. A.; Potemkin, F. V.; Sidorov-Biryukov, D. A.

    2014-09-01

    The pump wavelength of parametric amplifiers based on CLBO, DCDA and LBO crystals and pumped by the second harmonic of a femtosecond Cr : forsterite laser (620 nm) is close to optimal for broadband amplification because of the proximity of group velocities of interacting pulses. Injection of a broadband continuum into the range of the signal-wave gain in LBO and DCDA parametric amplifiers, pumped at ? = 620 nm, leads to generation of broadband femtosecond pulses with a spectrum ranging from 1050 to 1600 nm and peak powers up to 20 MW.

  5. Generation of high-power femtosecond supercontinua in the near-IR spectral range using broadband parametric frequency conversion in LBO and DCDA crystals pumped at ? = 620 nm

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    The pump wavelength of parametric amplifiers based on CLBO, DCDA and LBO crystals and pumped by the second harmonic of a femtosecond Cr : forsterite laser (620 nm) is close to optimal for broadband amplification because of the proximity of group velocities of interacting pulses. Injection of a broadband continuum into the range of the signal-wave gain in LBO and DCDA parametric amplifiers, pumped at ? = 620 nm, leads to generation of broadband femtosecond pulses with a spectrum ranging from 1050 to 1600 nm and peak powers up to 20 MW. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  6. Generation of high-power femtosecond supercontinua in the near-IR spectral range using broadband parametric frequency conversion in LBO and DCDA crystals pumped at ? = 620 nm

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    Podshivalov, A A; Sidorov-Biryukov, D A [International Laser Center, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation); Potemkin, F V [Department of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian Federation)

    2014-09-30

    The pump wavelength of parametric amplifiers based on CLBO, DCDA and LBO crystals and pumped by the second harmonic of a femtosecond Cr : forsterite laser (620 nm) is close to optimal for broadband amplification because of the proximity of group velocities of interacting pulses. Injection of a broadband continuum into the range of the signal-wave gain in LBO and DCDA parametric amplifiers, pumped at ? = 620 nm, leads to generation of broadband femtosecond pulses with a spectrum ranging from 1050 to 1600 nm and peak powers up to 20 MW. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  7. First INTEGRAL observations of V404 Cygni during the 2015 outburst : spectral behavior in the 20 - 650 keV energy range

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    Roques, Jean-Pierre; Bazzano, Angela; Fiocchi, Mariateresa; Natalucci, Lorenzo; Ubertini, Pietro

    2015-01-01

    In June 2015, the source V404 Cygni (= GS2023+38) underwent an extraordinary outburst. We present the results obtained during the first revolution dedicated to this target by the INTEGRAL mission, and focus on the spectral behavior in the hard X-ray domain, using both SPI and IBIS instruments. The source exhibits extreme variability, and reaches fluxes of several tens of Crab. However, the emission between 20 and 650 keV can be understood in terms of two main components, varying on all the observable timescales, similar to what is observed in the persistent black hole system Cyg X-1. The low energy component (up to ~ 200 keV) presents a rather unusual shape, probably due to the intrinsic source variability. Nonetheless, a satisfactory description is obtained with a Comptonization model, if an unusually hot population of seed photons ($kT_0$ ~ 7 keV) is introduced. Above this first component, a clear excess extending up to 400-600 keV leads us to investigate a scenario where an additional (cutoff) power law co...

  8. Ultraviolet and visible imaging and spectrographic imaging (UVISI) experiment

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    The Ultraviolet and Visible Imaging and Spectrographic Imaging (UVISI) experiment consists of five spectrographic imagers and four imagers. These nine sensors provide spectrographic and imaging capabilities from ?110 nm to ?900 nm. The spectrographic imagers (SPIMs) share an off-axis parabolic design in which selectable slits (1.00 degree x0.10 degree or 1.00 degree x0.05 degree) provide spectral resolutions between ?0.5 nm and ?4.0 nm. SPIM image planes have programmable spectral dimensions with 68, 136 or 272 pixels and programmable spatial dimensions with 5, 10, 20, or 40 pixels. A scan mirror sweeps the slit through a second spatial dimension and generates a spectrographic image once every 5, 10, or 20 seconds. The four imagers provide narrow-field (1.3 degree x1.6 degree) and wide-field (13.1 degree x10.5 degree) viewing. Each imager has a six-position filter wheel that selects various spectral regimes and neutral densities. Each of the nine sensors use intensified CCD detectors that have an intrascene dynamic range of ?103 and an interscene dynamic range of ?105; neutral density filters provide and additional dynamic range of ?102-3. An automatic gain control adjusts the intensifiers to scenes of varying intensity. UVISI also includes an image processing system that uses the raw data from any single imager to acquire and track targets of various sizes, shapes, and brightnesses. The image processor relays its results to a master tracking system that uses the UVISI data (as well as other data) to point the satellite in real-time. UVISI will be launched on the MSX satellite in late 1994 and will investigate a multitude of celestial, atmospheric, and point sources during its planned five-year lifetime

  9. Visible Human Project®

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Visible Human Project® is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies....

  10. First INTEGRAL Observations of V404 Cygni during the 2015 Outburst: Spectral Behavior in the 20–650 keV Energy Range

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    Roques, Jean-Pierre; Jourdain, Elisabeth; Bazzano, Angela; Fiocchi, Mariateresa; Natalucci, Lorenzo; Ubertini, Pietro

    2015-11-01

    In 2015 June, the source V404 Cygni (= GS2023+38) underwent an extraordinary outburst. We present the results obtained during the first revolution dedicated to this target by the INTEGRAL mission and focus on the spectral behavior in the hard X-ray domain, using both SPI and IBIS instruments. The source exhibits extreme variability and reaches fluxes of several tens of Crab. However, the emission between 20 and 650 keV can be understood in terms of two main components, varying on all the observable timescales, similar to what is observed in the persistent black hole system Cyg X-1. The low-energy component (up to ?200 keV) presents a rather unusual shape, probably due to the intrinsic source variability. Nonetheless, a satisfactory description is obtained with a Comptonization model, if an unusually hot population of seed photons (kT0 ? 7 keV) is introduced. Above this first component, a clear excess extending up to 400–600 keV leads us to investigate a scenario where an additional (cutoff) power law could correspond to the contribution of the jet synchrotron emission, as proposed in Cyg X-1. A search for an annihilation feature did not provide any firm detection, with an upper limit of 2 × 10?4 ph cm?2 s?1 (2?) for a narrow line centered at 511 keV, on the averaged obtained spectrum. Based on observations with INTEGRAL, an ESA project with instruments and science data center funded by ESA member states (especially the PI countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland), Czech Republic, and Poland with the participation of Russia and USA.

  11. Visible photoluminescence of nanopowder of silicon, produced by silicon evaporation by powerful electron beam

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    The silicon nanopowders, formed by the silicon massive sample evaporation by the electron beam in the argon atmosphere, are studied through the methods of the photoluminescence (PL) and combination light scattering (CS). The PL peak is identified at the room temperature in the visible spectral range of the powders, consisting of the silicon nanocrystals. The PL peak strong short-wave shift may be explained as the effect of the electrons and holes dimensional quantization in the silicon small-size (about 2 nm) nanocrystals. The silicon nanocrystals dimensions are determined through the analytical data on the CS photoluminescence and they coincided with the evaluations based on the photoluminescence data

  12. Spectral reflectance of hydrophytes

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    Best, R. G.; Wehde, M. E.; Linder, R. L.

    1981-01-01

    Identification of hydrophytes will improve the delineation and classification of wetlands on remotely sensed imagery. Spectral reflectance measurements of 10 species of hydrophytes were made with an Exotech radiometer during three phenological stages, flowering and early seed, senescent, and early emergent. Reflectance data were analyzed to determine significant (P not greater than 0.5) differences between species in each of four spectral regions during each phenological stage. Eight species had significantly (P not greater than 0.05) different reflectances during the flower and early seed stage. Among the ten species only one could not be spectrally isolated during at least 1 phenological stage. The results indicate that films sensitive to both visible and infrared spectra (e.g., Ektachrome infrared) should enable recognition of different species of hydrophytes.

  13. Temporal and spectral characteristics of the active galactic nucleus Mkn 501 during a phase of high activity in the TeV range.

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    Kranich, Daniel

    2007-01-01

    In 1997 the active galactic nuclei Mkn 501 showed an exceptionally high ?-ray activity in the keV and TeV energy range.During that time Mkn 501 was observed by all Cherenkov telescopes of the HEGRA collaboration und by the RXTE x-ray satellite. The data allowed a precise measurement of the lightcurve (march - oktober) and the energy spectrum. A significant flux of ?-ray photons up to an energy of 14 TeV was found. A Fourier analysis of the keV and TeV lightcurve of Mkn 501 gave strong evidenc...

  14. Strong Ionic Hydrogen Bonding Causes a Spectral Isotope Effect in Photoactive Yellow Protein

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    Kaledhonkar, Sandip; Hara, Miwa; Stalcup, T. Page; Xie, Aihua; Hoff, Wouter D.

    2013-01-01

    Standard hydrogen bonds are of great importance for protein structure and function. Ionic hydrogen bonds often are significantly stronger than standard hydrogen bonds and exhibit unique properties, but their role in proteins is not well understood. We report that hydrogen/deuterium exchange causes a redshift in the visible absorbance spectrum of photoactive yellow protein (PYP). We expand the range of interpretable isotope effects by assigning this spectral isotope effect (SIE) to a functiona...

  15. Recoupled long-range C-H dipolar dephasing in solid-state NMR, and its use for spectral selection of fused aromatic rings.

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    Mao, J-D; Schmidt-Rohr, K

    2003-05-01

    This work introduces a simple new solid-state 13C NMR method for distinguishing various types of aromatic residues, e.g. those of lignin from fused rings of charcoal. It is based on long-range dipolar dephasing, which is achieved by recoupling of long-range C-H dipolar interactions, using two 1H 180 degrees pulses per rotation period. This speeds up dephasing of unprotonated carbon signals approximately threefold compared to standard dipolar dephasing without recoupling and thus provides much more efficient differential dephasing. It also reduces the effects of spinning-speed dependent effective proton-proton dipolar couplings on the heteronuclear dephasing. Signals of unprotonated carbons with two or more protons at a two-bond distance dephase to dephasing among different unprotonated carbons is demonstrated in a substituted anthraquinone and 3-methoxy benzamide. The data yield a calibration curve for converting the dephasing rates into estimated distances from the carbon to the nearest protons. This can be used for peak assignment in heavily substituted or fused aromatic molecules. Compared to lignin, slow dephasing is observed for the aromatic carbons in wood charcoal, and even slower for inorganic carbonate. Direct 13C polarization is used on these structurally complex samples to prevent loss of the signals of interest, which by design originate from carbons that are distant from protons and therefore crosspolarize poorly. In natural organic matter such as humic acids, this combination of recoupled dipolar dephasing and direct polarization at 7-kHz MAS enables selective observation of signals from fused rings that are characteristic of charcoal. PMID:12762998

  16. Solar Synthesis: Prospects in Visible Light Photocatalysis

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    Schultz, Danielle M.; Yoon, Tehshik P.

    2015-01-01

    Chemists have long aspired to synthesize molecules the way that plants do — using sunlight to facilitate the construction of complex molecular architectures. Nevertheless, the use of visible light in photochemical synthesis is fundamentally challenging because organic molecules tend not to interact with the wavelengths of visible light that are most strongly emitted in the solar spectrum. Recent research has begun to leverage the ability of visible light absorbing transition metal complexes to catalyze a broad range of synthetically valuable reactions. In this review, we highlight how an understanding of the mechanisms of photocatalytic activation available to these transition metal complexes, and of the general reactivity patterns of the intermediates accessible via visible light photocatalysis, has accelerated the development of this diverse suite of reactions. PMID:24578578

  17. Spectral imager based on Fabry-Perot interferometer for Aalto-1 nanosatellite

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    Mannila, Rami; Näsilä, Antti; Viherkanto, Kai; Holmlund, Christer; Näkki, Ismo; Saari, Heikki

    2013-09-01

    The Aalto-1 is a 3U-cubesat project coordinated by Aalto University. The satellite, Aalto-1, will be mainly built by students as project assignments and thesis works. The Aalto-1 is planned to launch on 2014. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing the main Earth observation payload, a miniaturized spectral imager unit, for the satellite. The spectral imager unit contains a spectral imager, a visible RGB-camera and control electronics of the cameras. Detailed design of the spectral imager unit has been completed and assembly of the spectral imager unit will be done in the autumn 2013. The spectral imager is based on a tunable Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) accompanied by an RGB CMOS image sensor. The FPI consists of two highly reflective surfaces separated by a tunable air gap and it is based on a piezo-actuated structure. The piezo-actuated FPI uses three piezo-actuators and is controlled in a closed capacitive feedback loop. The spectral resolution of the imager will be 8-15 nm at full width at half maximum and it will operate in the wavelength range 500-900 nm. Imaging resolution of the spectral imager is 1024x1024 pixels and the focal length of the optics is 32 mm and F-number is 3.4. Mass of the spectral imager unit is approximately 600 grams, and dimensions are 97 mm x 97 mm x 48 mm.

  18. Visible Epiglottis in Children

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    Jamaluddin Ahmed, Farooque; Shinohara, Andrá Luis; Bonifécio da Silva, Salete Moura; ANDREO, Jesus Carlos; RODRIGUES, Antonio de Castro

    2014-01-01

    Visible epiglottis is a rare anatomical variant which is usually asymptomatic without the need of any medical or surgical intervention. It is most commonly seen in children but there are some reports of its prevalence in adults too. Cases of visible epiglottis seem to be unfamiliar among dental professionals. In this report, we have attempted to present this anatomical variant of epiglottis in the feld of dentistry by describing a case of an 8-year-old girl who presented to the department of ...

  19. Spectral Characteristics of Selected Hermatypic Corals from Gulf of Kachchh, India

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    Chaudhury, N. Ray

    2012-07-01

    Hermatypic, scleractinian corals are the most important benthic substrates in a coral reef ecosystem. The existing, high (spatial) resolution, broad-band, multi-spectral, space-borne sensors have limited capability to spatially detect and spectrally discriminate coral substrates. In situ hyperspectral signatures of eight coral targets were collected with the help of Analytical Spectral Devices FieldSpec spectroradiometer from Paga and Laku Point reefs of Gulf of Kachchh, India to study the spectral behaviour of corals. The eight coral targets consisted of seven live corals representing four distinct colony morphologies and one bleached coral target. The coral spectra were studied over a continuous range of 350 to 1350 nm. The corals strongly reflected in the NIR and MIR regions with regional central maximas located at 820 and 1070 nm respectively. In the visible region the live coral spectra conformed to "brown mode" of coral reflectance with triple-peaked pattern at 575, 600 and 650 nm. All coral spectra are characterized with two distinct absorption features: chlorophyll absorption at 675 nm and water absorption at 975 nm. The live and the bleached corals get distinguished in the visible region over 400 to 600 nm region. Water column over the targets modifies the spectral shape and magnitude. First and second-order derivatives help in identifying spectral windows to distinguish live and bleached corals.

  20. SPECTRAL CHARACTERISTICS OF SELECTED HERMATYPIC CORALS FROM GULF OF KACHCHH, INDIA

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    N. Ray Chaudhury

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Hermatypic, scleractinian corals are the most important benthic substrates in a coral reef ecosystem. The existing, high (spatial resolution, broad-band, multi-spectral, space-borne sensors have limited capability to spatially detect and spectrally discriminate coral substrates. In situ hyperspectral signatures of eight coral targets were collected with the help of Analytical Spectral Devices FieldSpec spectroradiometer from Paga and Laku Point reefs of Gulf of Kachchh, India to study the spectral behaviour of corals. The eight coral targets consisted of seven live corals representing four distinct colony morphologies and one bleached coral target. The coral spectra were studied over a continuous range of 350 to 1350 nm. The corals strongly reflected in the NIR and MIR regions with regional central maximas located at 820 and 1070 nm respectively. In the visible region the live coral spectra conformed to "brown mode" of coral reflectance with triple-peaked pattern at 575, 600 and 650 nm. All coral spectra are characterized with two distinct absorption features: chlorophyll absorption at 675 nm and water absorption at 975 nm. The live and the bleached corals get distinguished in the visible region over 400 to 600 nm region. Water column over the targets modifies the spectral shape and magnitude. First and second-order derivatives help in identifying spectral windows to distinguish live and bleached corals.

  1. Spectral curves of surface reflectance in some Antarctic regions

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    Four surface reflectance models of solar radiation were determined by examining several sets of field measurements taken for clear-sky conditions at various sites in Antarctica. Each model consists of the mean spectral curve of surface reflectance in the 0.25-2.7 ?m wavelength range and of the dependence curve of total abedo on the solar elevation angle h, within the range from 50 to 550. The TNB (Terra Nova Bay) model refers to a rocky terrain where granites are predominant; the NIS (Nansen Ice Sheet) model to a glacier surface made uneven by sastrugi and streaked by irregular fractures; the HAP (High Altitude Plateau) model to a flat ice surface covered by fresh snow and scored by light sastrugi; and the RIS (Ross Ice Shelf) model to an area covered by the sea ice pack presenting many discontinuities in the reflectance features, due to melt water lakes, puddles, refrozen ice and snow pots. The reflectance curve obtained for the TNB model presents gradually increasing values as wavelength increases through the visible spectral range and almost constant values at infrared wavelengths, giving a total albedo value equal to 0.264 at = 300, which increases by about 80% through the lower range of h and decreases by 12% through the upper range. The reflectance curves of the NIS, HAP and RIS models are all peaked at visible wavelengths and exhibit decreasing values throughout the infrared spectral range, giving values of total albedo equal to 0.464, 0.738 and 0.426 at h 300, respectively. These values were estimated to increase by 8-14% as h decreases from 300 to 50 and to decrease by 2-4% only as h increases from 300 to 550

  2. Photochemical investigation of a photochromic diarylethene compound that can be used as a wide range actinometer

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    Ribeiro Santos, André; Ballardini, Roberto; Belser, Peter; Gandolfi, Maria Teresa; Mahadevan Iyer, Vijay; Moggi, Luca

    2010-01-01

    The photochromic diarylethene derivative 1,2-bis(5-(4-ethynylphenyl)-2-methylthiophen-3-yl)perfluorocyclopentene (1) was submitted to photochemical, thermal stability and fatigue resistance studies in acetonitrile, also to evaluate its possible application as a new actinometer. This photochromic system covers a wide spectral absorption range, with intense bands in the UV and visible regions for the open-ring and closed-ring isomers, respectively. Very high ring-closure quantum yield values we...

  3. [Design of full-polarized and multi-spectral imaging system based on LCVR].

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    Zhang, Ying; Zhao, Hui-jie; Cheng, Xuan; Xiong, Sheng-jun

    2011-05-01

    A new full-polarized multi-spectral imaging system is described, which uses electronically controlled LCVR (liquid crystal variable retarder) to modulate the full-polarized state of light in the visible to IR range. The system consisted of optical lenses, LCVRs, filters and CCD. Firstly, the system structure, working theory and optical design are introduced in the present paper. A polarization calibration method is provided and the calibration system was set up, which realized high-precision polarization calibration using a small polarized source. Then, a field experiment with the imaging system was carried out. Polarized spectral images with higher spectral and spatial resolution were collected. Finally, the data acquired were rough processed to get polarization degree image of the targets. It is concluded that the experiment has proved that the imaging system is effective in obtaining full-polarized and multi- spectral data. The image captured by the system can be applied to object identification and object classification. PMID:21800604

  4. Terrain visibility with multiple viewpoints

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    Hurtado Díaz, Fernando Alfredo; Löffler, Maarten; Matos, Inés P.; Sacristán Adinolfi, Vera; Saumell, Maria; Silveira, Rodrigo Ignacio; Staals, Frank

    2013-01-01

    We study the problem of visibility in polyhedral terrains in the presence of multiple viewpoints. We consider a triangulated terrain with $m>1$ viewpoints (or guards) located on the terrain surface. A point on the terrain is considered \\emph{visible} if it has an unobstructed line of sight to at least one viewpoint. We study several natural and fundamental visibility structures: (1) the visibility map, which is a partition of the terrain into visible and invisible regions; (...

  5. Making Invisible Histories Visible

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    Hanssen, Ana Maria

    2012-01-01

    This article features Omaha Public Schools' "Making Invisible Histories Visible" program, or MIHV. Omaha's schools have a low failure rate among 8th graders but a high one among high school freshmen. MIHV was created to help at-risk students "adjust to the increased demands of high school." By working alongside teachers and mentors, the program's…

  6. Multimodal visible embolisation particles

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    Bartling, Sönke H.; Budjan, Johannes; Sadick, Maliha; Aviv, Hagit; Margel, Shlomo; Reis, Christian; Diehl, Steffen

    2011-01-01

    Embolisation - the blocking of vessels - is a key procedure in Interventional Radiology. It plays a steadily growing role in the treatment of various tumour lesions, with hepatic cellular carcinoma and uterine fibroids the main focus. We produced multimodal visible embolization particles, which can be visualized in X-ray based fluoroscopy and computer tomography (CT) as well as radiation free magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  7. Miniaturized spectral imager for Aalto-1 nanosatellite

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    Mannila, Rami; Näsilä, Antti; Praks, Jaan; Saari, Heikki; Antila, Jarkko

    2011-11-01

    The Aalto-1 is a 3U-cubesat project coordinated by Aalto University. The satellite, Aalto-1, will be mainly built by students as project assignments and thesis works. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will develop the main Earth observation payload, a miniaturized spectral imager, for the satellite. It is a novel highly miniaturized tunable filter type spectral imager. Mass of the spectral imager will be less than 400 grams, and dimensions will be approximately 80 mm x 80 mm x 45 mm. The spectral imager is based on a tunable Fabry-Pérot interferometer (FPI) accompanied by an RGB CMOS image sensor. The FPI consists of two highly reflective surfaces separated by a tunable air gap and it is based either on a microelectromechanical (MEMS) or piezo-actuated structure. The MEMS FPI is a monolithic device, i.e. it is made entirely on one substrate in a batch process, without assembling separate pieces together. The gap is adjusted by moving the upper mirror with electrostatic force. Benefits of the MEMS FPI are low mass and small size. However, large aperture (2-10 mm) MEMS FPIs are currently under development, thus it is not yet known if their performance is adequate. The piezo-actuated FPI uses three piezo-actuators and is controlled in a closed capacitive feedback loop. The drawback of the piezo-actuated FPI is its higher mass. However, it has a large aperture which enables a shorter exposure times. Selection of the FPI type will be done after thorough evaluation. Depending on the selected FPI type, the spectral resolution of the imager will be 5 - 10 nm at full width at half maximum and it will operate in the visible and/or near infrared range.

  8. Dielectric function in the spectral range (0.5–8.5)eV of an (Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film with continuous composition spread

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    Schmidt-Grund, R., E-mail: Schmidt-Grund@physik.uni-leipzig.de; Kranert, C.; Wenckstern, H. von; Zviagin, V.; Lorenz, M.; Grundmann, M. [Fakultät für Physik und Geowissenschaften, Institut für Experimentelle Physik II, Universität Leipzig, Linnéstr. 5, D-04103 Leipzig (Germany)

    2015-04-28

    We determined the dielectric function of the alloy system (Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} by spectroscopic ellipsometry in the wide spectral range from 0.5?eV to 8.5?eV and for Al contents ranging from x?=?0.11 to x?=?0.55. For the composition range x?

  9. Spectral characterisation and discrimination of burnt areas

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    Pereira, José; Sá, Ana; Sousa, Adélia; Santos, Teresa; Carreiras, João

    1999-01-01

    Spectral properties of recent burns charaterised, in the visible, near infrared, mid-infrared, thermal infrared, and microwave spectral domains. Fire-induced reflectance changes are also compared for varios ecosystems and biomes, and discussed in terms of the cological effects of phytomass combustion. The spectral signaturess of combustion products and of burnt areas are compared with those of various plant material and land cover types, in order to graphically represent relevant aspects of b...

  10. Infrared and visible cooperative vehicle identification markings

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    O'Keefe, Eoin S.; Raven, Peter N.

    2006-05-01

    Airborne surveillance helicopters and aeroplanes used by security and defence forces around the world increasingly rely on their visible band and thermal infrared cameras to prosecute operations such as the co-ordination of police vehicles during the apprehension of a stolen car, or direction of all emergency services at a serious rail crash. To perform their function effectively, it is necessary for the airborne officers to unambiguously identify police and the other emergency service vehicles. In the visible band, identification is achieved by placing high contrast symbols and characters on the vehicle roof. However, at the wavelengths at which thermal imagers operate, the dark and light coloured materials have similar low reflectivity and the visible markings cannot be discerned. Hence there is a requirement for a method of passively and unobtrusively marking vehicles concurrently in the visible and thermal infrared, over a large range of viewing angles. In this paper we discuss the design, detailed angle-dependent spectroscopic characterisation and operation of novel visible and infrared vehicle marking materials, and present airborne IR and visible imagery of materials in use.

  11. Comportamento espectral de folhas de Eucalyptus globulus (Labill.) atacadas por Mycosphaerella spp. nas regiões do visível e do infravermelho próximo do espectro eletromagnético / Spectral behavior of Eucalyptus globulus (Labill.) leaves attacked by Mycosphaerella spp. in regions of visible and infrared near the electromagnetic spectrum

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    Diogo Belmonte, Lippert; Ana Caroline Paim, Benedetti; Marlove Fatima Brião, Muniz; Rudiney Soares, Pereira; Carlos Alberto, Biernaski Junior; Elder, Finkenauer; Elias Fernando, Berra.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho tem como objetivo analisar o comportamento espectral de folhas de Eucalyptus globulus atacadas em quatro diferentes níveis de severidade pelo fungo Mycosphaerella spp. em diferentes posições na copa da árvore, nas quatro estações climáticas, considerando duas regiões do espectro eletromag [...] nético: visível e infravermelho próximo. Foram realizadas coletas de material vegetativo em todas as estações climáticas, em diferentes posições na árvore (base, meio e extrato superior da copa). Em laboratório, as folhas foram classificadas em quatro níveis de severidade (sadio, pouco, medianamente e muito atacado) e posteriormente efetuadas as medidas de reflectância espectral com auxílio de um espectrorradiômetro. O comportamento espectral das folhas de Eucalyptus globulus é característico de acordo com o nível de severidade da doença, diferindo dos demais principalmente em altos níveis de infecção por Mycosphaerella spp. e diferenciam-se principalmente de folhas sadias e de folhas pouco atacadas, em ambas as regiões do espectro eletromagnético, esse comportamento ocorre para as diferentes posições da copa e estações climáticas variando a quantidade de energia refletida. Conclui-se que a reflectância das folhas de Eucalyptus globulus atacadas por Mycosphaerella spp. difere de acordo com a posição na copa da árvore e a estação climática em que foram coletadas e níveis avançados da severidade da doença. Abstract in english The study aims to analyze the spectral behavior of leaves of Eucalyptus globulus attacked in four different severity levels by Mycosphaerella spp. in different positions in the canopy of the tree in the four seasons, considering two regions of the electromagnetic spectrum: visible and near infrared. [...] The plant material was collected in all seasons, in different positions in the tree (base, middle and top of the canopy extract). In the laboratory, leaves were classified into four levels of severity (healthy, little, medium and heavy fire) and then made ??measurements of spectral reflectance measured with a spectroradiometer. The spectral behavior of Eucalyptus globules leaves is characteristic according to the severity degree of the disease, differing primarily in the other high levels of infection by Mycosphaerella spp. and differ mainly of healthy leaves and leaves which are little attacked, in both regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, this behavior occurs for different treetop positions and climate seasons, varying the amount of reflected energy. It is concluded that the reflectance of the Eucalyptus globules leaves attacked by Mycosphaerella spp. differs according to the position in the tree crown and the weather station when they were collected and to the advanced levels of disease severity.

  12. [VISIBLE LIGHT AND HUMAN SKIN (REVIEW)].

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    Tsibadze, A; Chikvaidze, E; Katsitadze, A; Kvachadze, I; Tskhvediani, N; Chikviladze, A

    2015-09-01

    Biological effect of a visible light depends on extend of its property to penetrate into the tissues: the greater is a wavelength the more is an effect of a radiation. An impact of a visible light on the skin is evident by wave and quantum effects. Quanta of a visible radiation carry more energy than infrared radiation, although an influence of such radiation on the skin is produced by the light spectrum on the boarder of the ultraviolet and the infrared rays and is manifested by thermal and chemical effects. It is determined that large doses of a visible light (405-436 nm) can cause skin erythema. At this time, the ratio of generation of free radicals in the skin during an exposure to the ultraviolet and the visible light range from 67-33% respectively. Visible rays of 400-500 nm length of wave cause an increase of the concentration of oxygen's active form and mutation of DNA and proteins in the skin. The urticaria in 4-18% of young people induced by photodermatosis is described. As a result of a direct exposure to sunlight photosensitive eczema is more common in elderly. Special place holds a hereditary disease - porphyria, caused by a visible light. In recent years, dermatologists widely use phototherapy. The method uses polychromatic, non-coherent (wavelength of 515-1200 nm) pulsating beam. During phototherapy/light treatment a patient is being exposed to sunlight or bright artificial light. Sources of visible light are lasers, LEDs and fluorescent lamps which have the full range of a visible light. Phototherapy is used in the treatment of acne vulgaris, seasonal affective disorders, depression, psoriasis, eczema and neurodermities. LED of the red and near infrared range also is characterized by the therapeutic effect. They have an ability to influence cromatophores and enhance ATP synthesis in mitochondria. To speed up the healing of wounds and stimulate hair growth light sources of a weak intensity are used. The light of blue-green spectrum is widely used for the treatment of neonatal hyperbilirubinemy. A photodynamic therapy takes a special place. The third generation of the blue (410 nm), yellow (595 nm) and red photosensitors are used. Photodynamic therapy is used in the treatment of cancer as well. PMID:26355315

  13. Spatial and spectral performance of a chromotomosynthetic hyperspectral imaging system.

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    Bostick, Randall L; Perram, Glen P

    2012-03-01

    The spatial and spectral resolutions achievable by a prototype rotating prism chromotomosynthetic imaging (CTI) system operating in the visible spectrum are described. The instrument creates hyperspectral imagery by collecting a set of 2D images with each spectrally projected at a different rotation angle of the prism. Mathematical reconstruction techniques that have been well tested in the field of medical physics are used to reconstruct the data to produce the 3D hyperspectral image. The instrument operates with a 100 mm focusing lens in the spectral range of 400-900 nm with a field of view of 71.6 mrad and angular resolution of 0.8-1.6 ?rad. The spectral resolution is 0.6 nm at the shortest wavelengths, degrading to over 10 nm at the longest wavelengths. Measurements using a point-like target show that performance is limited by chromatic aberration. The system model is slightly inaccurate due to poor estimation of detector spatial resolution, this is corrected based on results improving model performance. As with traditional dispersion technology, calibration of the transformed wavelength axis is required, though with this technology calibration improves both spectral and spatial resolution. While this prototype does not operate at high speeds, components exist which will allow for CTI systems to generate hyperspectral video imagery at rates greater than 100 Hz. PMID:22462909

  14. Visibility graph motifs

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    Iacovacci, Jacopo

    2015-01-01

    Visibility algorithms transform time series into graphs and encode dynamical information in their topology, paving the way for graph-theoretical time series analysis as well as building a bridge between nonlinear dynamics and network science. In this work we introduce and study the concept of visibility graph motifs, smaller substructures that appear with characteristic frequencies. We develop a theory to compute in an exact way the motif profiles associated to general classes of deterministic and stochastic dynamics. We find that this simple property is indeed a highly informative and computationally efficient feature capable to distinguish among different dynamics and robust against noise contamination. We finally confirm that it can be used in practice to perform unsupervised learning, by extracting motif profiles from experimental heart-rate series and being able, accordingly, to disentangle meditative from other relaxation states. Applications of this general theory include the automatic classification a...

  15. Making Invisible Forces Visible

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    Ratner, Helene; Pors, Justine Grønbæk

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates managerial tactics of visualisation when a need to know and manage employees' values and attitudes is expressed. Using the Danish public school as a case study, we explore how school managers use teachers' emotions to render visible presumably invisible information about their 'true' attitudes and values. The paper draws on theories of affect as well as actor-network theory to analyse three incidents where managers turn their interpretations of teachers' emotions into suc...

  16. Spitzer Makes 'Invisible' Visible

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    2004-01-01

    Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21, which is giving birth to some of the most massive stars in our galaxy. Visible light images reveal no trace of this interstellar cauldron because of heavy dust obscuration. In fact, visible light is attenuated in DR21 by a factor of more than 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (ten thousand trillion heptillion). New images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope allow us to peek behind the cosmic veil and pinpoint one of the most massive natal stars yet seen in our Milky Way galaxy. The never-before-seen star is 100,000 times as bright as the Sun. Also revealed for the first time is a powerful outflow of hot gas emanating from this star and bursting through a giant molecular cloud. The colorful image is a large-scale composite mosaic assembled from data collected at a variety of different wavelengths. Views at visible wavelengths appear blue, near-infrared light is depicted as green, and mid-infrared data from the InfraRed Array Camera (IRAC) aboard NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is portrayed as red. The result is a contrast between structures seen in visible light (blue) and those observed in the infrared (yellow and red). A quick glance shows that most of the action in this image is revealed to the unique eyes of Spitzer. The image covers an area about two times that of a full moon.

  17. Can we match ultraviolet face images against their visible counterparts?

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    Narang, Neeru; Bourlai, Thirimachos; Hornak, Lawrence A.

    2015-05-01

    In law enforcement and security applications, the acquisition of face images is critical in producing key trace evidence for the successful identification of potential threats. However, face recognition (FR) for face images captured using different camera sensors, and under variable illumination conditions, and expressions is very challenging. In this paper, we investigate the advantages and limitations of the heterogeneous problem of matching ultra violet (from 100 nm to 400 nm in wavelength) or UV, face images against their visible (VIS) counterparts, when all face images are captured under controlled conditions. The contributions of our work are three-fold; (i) We used a camera sensor designed with the capability to acquire UV images at short-ranges, and generated a dual-band (VIS and UV) database that is composed of multiple, full frontal, face images of 50 subjects. Two sessions were collected that span over the period of 2 months. (ii) For each dataset, we determined which set of face image pre-processing algorithms are more suitable for face matching, and, finally, (iii) we determined which FR algorithm better matches cross-band face images, resulting in high rank-1 identification rates. Experimental results show that our cross spectral matching (the heterogeneous problem, where gallery and probe sets consist of face images acquired in different spectral bands) algorithms achieve sufficient identification performance. However, we also conclude that the problem under study, is very challenging, and it requires further investigation to address real-world law enforcement or military applications. To the best of our knowledge, this is first time in the open literature the problem of cross-spectral matching of UV against VIS band face images is being investigated.

  18. Design and fabrication of multiple airgap-based visible filters

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    Ghaderi, M.; Wolffenbuttel, R. F.

    2014-05-01

    The efficiency of a Bragg reflector design for implementation in optical resonators is highly dependent on the ratio between the high-index material and the low-index material used for the quarter-wavelength (QWOT) layers. A higher contrast implies that fewer layers are required to achieve a specified spectral selectivity over a wider spectral band. In turn, the reduced total thickness of the filter stack reduces the effect of optical absorption in the layers. The research presented here focuses on implementation of filters on top of silicon detectors that are already fabricated in a CMOS process. This implies that the constraints of process compatibility, such as the materials to be used, process temperature and cleanroom reentrance related to contamination, need to be considered. Silicon-dioxide is often used in CMOS-compatible designs, which has an index of refraction n~1.5, thus limiting nHi/nLo to about 2. This value can be improved by 50% when using air-films as the low-n material. Surface micromachining is used for the fabrication of such mirrors. Multiple layers of Si and SiO2 were alternatingly deposited, and subsequently the Si layers are selectively removed in a sacrificial etch. The width of the ?/4 air-gaps is about 100 nm, which is narrower as compared to the typical layer thickness that is used in surface micromachining for conventional MEMS applications. Moreover, a demanding optical design requires more layers than typically used in a conventional MEMS device. Since the number of stacked layers is significantly higher as compared to the conventional MEMS, fabricating such filters is a challenge. However, unlike a conventional MEMS, electrical contacting to the structural layers is not required in optical filter application, which, eases the fabrication of such filters. This paper presents the design of several 4-layer structures for use in the visible spectral range, along with the fabrication sequence and preliminary measurement results.

  19. Cytochrome c oxidase acts as a primary photoacceptor in cell cultures subjected to visible and near IR laser irradiation

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    Low-power laser radiation of visible and near IR spectral ranges is widely used in clinical practice to treat wounds and ulcers of various etiologies. However, there are only a few works devoted to photobiological studies of the effect of light of these spectral ranges on the metabolism of nonphotosynthesizing cells. Our results suggested that the light absorbance by certain chromophores of cytochrome c oxidase alters the extent of oxidation of these chromophores, i.e., affects the rate (and, probably, the mechanism) of electron transfer within the molecule. Based on previous results and the data obtained, we suggest that these reactions are related to the molecular mechanism of the low-power laser therapy at the level of a single cell. 15 refs., 1 fig

  20. Spectral Methods

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    Shen, Jie; Wang, Li-Lian

    2011-01-01

    Along with finite differences and finite elements, spectral methods are one of the three main methodologies for solving partial differential equations on computers. This book provides a detailed presentation of basic spectral algorithms, as well as a systematical presentation of basic convergence theory and error analysis for spectral methods. Readers of this book will be exposed to a unified framework for designing and analyzing spectral algorithms for a variety of problems, including in particular high-order differential equations and problems in unbounded domains. The book contains a large

  1. Thioxanthone based 9-[2-(methyl-phenyl-amino)-acetyl]-thia-naphthacene-12-one as a visible photoinitiator

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    Do?ruyol, Sevnur Keskin [Department of Chemistry, Y?ld?z Technical University, Davutpasa Campus, Esenler, 34220 Istanbul (Turkey); Do?ruyol, Zekeriya [Department of Engineering Science, Istanbul University, 34850, Avc?lar, Istanbul (Turkey); Arsu, Nergis, E-mail: narsu@yildiz.edu.tr [Department of Chemistry, Y?ld?z Technical University, Davutpasa Campus, Esenler, 34220 Istanbul (Turkey)

    2013-06-15

    Photoinitiators that operate in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum have widespread applications. Thioxanthone based 9-[2-(methyl-phenyl-amino)-acetyl]-thia-naphthacene-12-one (TX-MPA) was synthesized and the characterization of this initiator was confirmed by spectral analysis methods. TX-MPA has excellent absorption properties in the visible range (?{sub 480} {sub nm}=3576 L/mol.cm). Photophysical studies; fluorescence quantum yield (?{sub f}=0.22, DPA), phosphorescence lifetime (?{sub p}=115 ms) and triplet lifetime (?=190 ns) were explored. To explore the initiation mechanism of TX-MPA, besides the photophysical and photochemical studies, the polymer (PMMA) obtained from the photopolymerization studies was subjected to a phosphorescence study and ?{sub p} was found to be 105 ms compared to 115 ms for the initiator TX-MPA which proved attachment of the initiator to the polymer. Possibly both intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen abstraction, occur during the initiation stage depending on the concentration of the initiator. Highlights: ? Synthesis and photophysical properties of a visible photoinitiator (TX-MPA) are proposed. ? TX-MPA has high molar absorption values in the visible region. ? TX-MPA can initiate photopolymerization of methylmethacrylate monomer under UV and sunlight. ? Inter or intramolecular hydrogen abstraction mechanisms occur depending on initiator concentration.

  2. Thioxanthone based 9-[2-(methyl-phenyl-amino)-acetyl]-thia-naphthacene-12-one as a visible photoinitiator

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    Photoinitiators that operate in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum have widespread applications. Thioxanthone based 9-[2-(methyl-phenyl-amino)-acetyl]-thia-naphthacene-12-one (TX-MPA) was synthesized and the characterization of this initiator was confirmed by spectral analysis methods. TX-MPA has excellent absorption properties in the visible range (?480nm=3576 L/mol.cm). Photophysical studies; fluorescence quantum yield (?f=0.22, DPA), phosphorescence lifetime (?p=115 ms) and triplet lifetime (?=190 ns) were explored. To explore the initiation mechanism of TX-MPA, besides the photophysical and photochemical studies, the polymer (PMMA) obtained from the photopolymerization studies was subjected to a phosphorescence study and ?p was found to be 105 ms compared to 115 ms for the initiator TX-MPA which proved attachment of the initiator to the polymer. Possibly both intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen abstraction, occur during the initiation stage depending on the concentration of the initiator. Highlights: ? Synthesis and photophysical properties of a visible photoinitiator (TX-MPA) are proposed. ? TX-MPA has high molar absorption values in the visible region. ? TX-MPA can initiate photopolymerization of methylmethacrylate monomer under UV and sunlight. ? Inter or intramolecular hydrogen abstraction mechanisms occur depending on initiator concentration

  3. Modelling rotational and cyclical spectral solar irradiance variations

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    Unruh, Yvonne

    Solar irradiance changes are highly wavelength dependent: solar-cycle variations in the UV can be on the order of tens of percent, while changes in the visible are typically only of the order of one or two permille. With the launch of a number of instruments to measure spectral solar irradiance, we are now for a first time in a good position to explore the changing solar irradiance over a large range of wavelengths and to test our irradiance models as well as some of their underlying assumptions. I will introduce some of the current modelling approaches and present model-data comparisons, using the SATIRE irradiance model and SORCE/SIM measurements as an example. I will conclude by highlighting a number of outstanding questions regarding the modelling of spectral irradiance and current approaches to address these.

  4. Non-Euclidean Visibility Problems

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    Fernando Chamizo

    2006-05-01

    We consider the analog of visibility problems in hyperbolic plane (represented by Poincaré half-plane model $\\mathbb{H}$), replacing the standard lattice $\\mathbb{Z} \\times \\mathbb{Z}$ by the orbit $z = i$ under the full modular group $SL_2(\\mathbb{Z})$. We prove a visibility criterion and study orchard problem and the cardinality of visible points in large circles.

  5. Spectral networks

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    Gaiotto, Davide; Neitzke, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    We introduce new geometric objects called spectral networks. Spectral networks are networks of trajectories on Riemann surfaces obeying certain local rules. Spectral networks arise naturally in four-dimensional N=2 theories coupled to surface defects, particularly the theories of class S. In these theories spectral networks provide a useful tool for the computation of BPS degeneracies: the network directly determines the degeneracies of solitons living on the surface defect, which in turn determine the degeneracies for particles living in the 4d bulk. Spectral networks also lead to a new map between flat GL(K,C) connections on a two-dimensional surface C and flat abelian connections on an appropriate branched cover Sigma of C. This construction produces natural coordinate systems on moduli spaces of flat GL(K,C) connections on C, which we conjecture are cluster coordinate systems.

  6. Efficient generation of 3.9 W of diffraction-limited green light with spectrally combined tapered diode lasers

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    Müller, André; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin

    We propose an efficient concept increasing the power of diode laser systems in the visible spectral range. In comparison with second harmonic generation of single emitters, spectral beam combining with subsequent sum-frequency generation enhances the available power significantly. Combining two 1060 nm tapered diode lasers, we achieve a 2.5-3.2 fold increase of green light with a maximum power of 3.9 Watts in a diffraction-limited beam. At this level, diode lasers have a high application potential, for example, within the biomedical field. In order to enhance the power even further, our concept can be expanded combining multiple diode lasers.

  7. Filterless narrowband visible photodetectors

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    Lin, Qianqian; Armin, Ardalan; Burn, Paul L.; Meredith, Paul

    2015-10-01

    Wavelength-selective light detection is crucial for many applications, including imaging and machine vision. Narrowband spectral responses are required for colour discrimination, and current systems use broadband photodiodes combined with optical filters. This approach increases the architectural complexity and limits the quality of colour sensing. Here we report a method for tuning the spectral response to give filterless, narrowband red, green and blue photodiodes. The devices have simple planar junction architectures with the photoactive layer being a solution-processed mixture of either an organohalide perovskite or lead halide semiconductor and an organic (macro)molecule. The organic (macro)molecules modify the optical and electrical properties of the photodiode and facilitate charge collection narrowing of the device's external quantum efficiency. These red, green and blue photodiodes all possess full-width at half-maxima of <100?nm and performance metrics suitable for many imaging applications.

  8. Electrically tunable selective reflection of light from ultraviolet to visible and infrared by heliconical cholesterics

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    Xiang, Jie; Li, Quan; Paterson, Daniel A; Storey, John M D; Imrie, Corrie T; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2015-01-01

    Cholesteric liquid crystals with helicoidal molecular architecture are known for their ability to selectively reflect light with the wavelength that is determined by the periodicity of molecular orientations. Here we demonstrate that by using a cholesteric with oblique helicoidal(heliconical) structure, as opposed to the classic right-angle helicoid, one can vary the wavelength of selectively reflected light in a broad spectral range, from ultraviolet to visible and infrared (360-1520 nm for the same chemical composition) by simply adjusting the electric field applied parallel to the helicoidal axis. The effect exists in a wide temperature range (including the room temperatures) and thus can enable many applications that require dynamically controlled transmission and reflection of electromagnetic waves, from energy-saving smart windows to tunable organic lasers, reflective color display, and transparent see-through displays.

  9. Tuning the effective plasma frequency of nanorod metamaterials from visible to telecom wavelengths

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    Nasir, M. E.; Peruch, S.; Vasilantonakis, N.; Wardley, W. P.; Dickson, W.; Wurtz, G. A.; Zayats, A. V.

    2015-09-01

    Hyperbolic plasmonic metamaterials are important for designing sensing, nonlinear, and emission functionalities, which are, to a large extent, determined by the epsilon-near-zero behaviour observed close to an effective plasma frequency of the metamaterial. Here, we describe a method for tuning the effective plasma frequency of a gold nanorod-based metamaterial throughout the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges. These metamaterials, fabricated by two-step anodization in selenic acid and chemical post-processing, consist of nanorods with diameters of around 10 nm and interrod distances of around 100 nm and have a low effective plasma frequency down to a wavelength range below 1200 nm. Such metamaterials open up new possibilities for a variety of applications in the fields of bio- and chemical sensing, nonlinearity enhancement, and fluorescence control in the infrared.

  10. Ion irradiation of the Murchison meteorite: Visible to mid-infrared spectroscopic results

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    Lantz, C.; Brunetto, R.; Barucci, M. A.; Dartois, E.; Duprat, J.; Engrand, C.; Godard, M.; Ledu, D.; Quirico, E.

    2015-05-01

    Aims: The goal of this study is to simulate space weathering processes on primitive bodies. We use ion implantation as a simulation of solar wind irradiation, which has been suggested by several authors to be the major component of space weathering on main belt asteroids. The laboratory analogs we irradiate and analyze are carbonaceous chondrites; we started the study with the Allende CV meteorite and in this companion paper we present results on the Murchison CM meteorite. Methods: We performed irradiations on pressed pellets of Murchison with 40 keV He+ and Ar+ ions using fluences up to 3 × 1016 ions/cm2. Reflectance spectra were acquired ex situ before and after irradiation in the visible to mid-infrared range (0.4-16 ?m). A Raman analysis was also performed to investigate the modifications of the aromatic carbonaceous component. Results: Our results indicate that spectral variations after irradiation within the visible range are smaller than spectral variations due to sample grain size or viewing geometry of the Murchison meteorite. The aqueous alteration band profile near 3 ?m changes after irradiation, as adsorbed water is removed, and phyllosilicates are affected. Raman spectroscopy highlights the insoluble organic matter (IOM) modification under irradiation. We observe a shift of the silicates band at 9.9 ?m, probably due to a preferential loss of Mg (compared to Fe, the lighter Mg is more easily sputtered backward) and/or amorphization of Mg-rich materials. We compare our results to previous experiments on organic-rich materials (like asphaltite or carbonaceous chondrites), and on ordinary chondrites and olivine grains. We find that the reddening/darkening trend observed on silicate-rich surfaces is not valid for all carbonaceous chondrites, and that the spectral modifications after irradiation are a function of the initial albedo.

  11. Inactivation of viruses by coherent excitations with a low power visible femtosecond laser

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    Wu T-C

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Resonant microwave absorption has been proposed in the literature to excite the vibrational states of microorganisms in an attempt to destroy them. But it is extremely difficult to transfer microwave excitation energy to the vibrational energy of microorganisms due to severe absorption of water in this spectral range. We demonstrate for the first time that, by using a visible femtosecond laser, it is effective to inactivate viruses such as bacteriophage M13 through impulsive stimulated Raman scattering. Results and discussion By using a very low power (as low as 0.5 nj/pulse visible femtosecond laser having a wavelength of 425 nm and a pulse width of 100 fs, we show that M13 phages were inactivated when the laser power density was greater than or equal to 50 MW/cm2. The inactivation of M13 phages was determined by plaque counts and had been found to depend on the pulse width as well as power density of the excitation laser. Conclusion Our experimental findings lay down the foundation for an innovative new strategy of using a very low power visible femtosecond laser to selectively inactivate viruses and other microorganisms while leaving sensitive materials unharmed by manipulating and controlling with the femtosecond laser system.

  12. Effects of Dopant Concentrations on Thin Films with Coherent Formulation at Visible Wavelengths

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    M. Omidpanah

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor materials with coatings have a wide range of applications in MEMS and NEMS. This work uses transfer-matrix method for calculating the radiative properties. Dopped silicon is used and the coherent formulation is applied. The Drude model for the optical constants of doped silicon is employed. Results showed that for the visible wavelengths, more emittance occurs in high concentrations and the reflectance decreases as the concentration increases. In these wavelengths, transmittance is negligible. Donars and acceptors act similar in visible wavelengths. The effect of wave interference can be understood by plotting the spectral properties such as reflectance or transmittance of a thin dielectric film versus the film thickness and analyzing the oscillations of properties due to constructive and destructive interferences. But this effect has not been shown at visible wavelengths. At room temperature, the scattering process is dominated by lattice scattering for lightly doped silicon, and the impurity scattering becomes important for heavily doped silicon when the dopant concentration exceeds 1018cm-3.

  13. Understanding Visible Perception

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    2003-01-01

    One concern about human adaptation to space is how returning from the microgravity of orbit to Earth can affect an astronaut's ability to fly safely. There are monitors and infrared video cameras to measure eye movements without having to affect the crew member. A computer screen provides moving images which the eye tracks while the brain determines what it is seeing. A video camera records movement of the subject's eyes. Researchers can then correlate perception and response. Test subjects perceive different images when a moving object is covered by a mask that is visible or invisible (above). Early results challenge the accepted theory that smooth pursuit -- the fluid eye movement that humans and primates have -- does not involve the higher brain. NASA results show that: Eye movement can predict human perceptual performance, smooth pursuit and saccadic (quick or ballistic) movement share some signal pathways, and common factors can make both smooth pursuit and visual perception produce errors in motor responses.

  14. Point-focus spectral splitting solar concentrator for multiple cells concentrating photovoltaic system

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    Maragliano, Carlo; Stefancich, Marco

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present and experimentally validate a low-cost design of a spectral splitting concentrator for the efficient conversion of solar energy. The optical device consists of a dispersive prismatic lens made of polycarbonate designed to simultaneously concentrate the solar light and split it into its spectral components. With respect to our previous implementation, this device concentrates the light along two axes and generates a light pattern compatible with the dimensions of a set of concentrating photovoltaic cells while providing a higher concentration ratio. The mathematical framework and the constructive approach used for the design are presented and the device performance is simulated using ray-tracing software. We obtain spectral separation in the visible range within a 3x1 cm2 area and a maximum concentration of 210x for a single wavelength. The device is fabricated by injection molding and its performance is experimentally investigated. We measure an optical transmissivity above 90% in the...

  15. Hard X-Ray Imaging of Individual Spectral Components in Solar Flares

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    Caspi, Amir; McTiernan, James M; Krucker, Säm

    2015-01-01

    We present a new analytical technique, combining Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic observations, to visualize solar flare emission as a function of spectral component (e.g., isothermal temperature) rather than energy. This computationally inexpensive technique is applicable to all spatially-invariant spectral forms and is useful for visualizing spectroscopically-determined individual sources and placing them in context, e.g., comparing multiple isothermal sources with nonthermal emission locations. For example, while extreme ultraviolet images can usually be closely identified with narrow temperature ranges, due to the emission being primarily from spectral lines of specific ion species, X-ray images are dominated by continuum emission and therefore have a broad temperature response, making it difficult to identify sources of specific temperatures regardless of the energy band of the image. We combine RHESSI calibrated X-ray visibilities wi...

  16. Spectral imaging for contamination detection in food

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    Carstensen, Jens Michael Technical University of Denmark,

    Spectral imaging is a technique with a big potential for surface chemistry mapping of heterogeneous samples. It works by making a spectrum in every pixel of an image, and this spectrum may under the right circumstances be transformed into abundance maps for chemical components. One important application of the technique is finding anomalies I supposedly homogeneous matter or homogeneous mixtures. This application occurs frequently in the food industry when different types of contamination are to be detected. Contaminants could be e.g. foreign matter, process-induced toxins, and microbiological spoilage. Many of these contaminants may be detected in the wavelength range visible to normal silicium-based camera sensors i.e. 350-1050 nm with proper care during sample preparation, sample presentation, image acquisition and analysis. This presentation will give an introduction to the techniques behind the VideometerLab instrument, that implements the thoughts above, and show examples including fusarium detection inbarley, measuring microbial meat spoilage, and making humidity maps. It will also illustrate methodology for spectral image analysis.

  17. Improved low visibility forecasts at Amsterdam Airport

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    Wijngaard, J.; Vogelezang, D.; Maat, N.; van Bruggen, H.

    2009-09-01

    Accurate, reliable and unambiguous information concerning the actual and expected (low) visibility conditions at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is very important for the available operational flow capacity. Therefore visibility forecast errors can have a negative impact on safety and operational expenses. KNMI has performed an update of the visibility forecast system in close collaboration with the main users of the forecasts (Air Traffic Control, the airport authorities and KLM airlines). This automatic forecasting system consists of a Numerical Weather Prediction Model (Hirlam) with a statistical post processing module on top of it. Output of both components is supplied to a human forecaster who issues a special probabilistic forecast bulletin. This bulletin is tailored to the specific requirements of the airport community. The improvements made to the forecast system are twofold: 1) In addition to the Meteorological Optical Range (MOR) values, RVR (Runway Visual Range) is forecasted. Since RVR depends on both MOR and the local Background Luminance, a (deterministic) statistical forecast for the latter has been developed. 2) Another improvement was achieved by calculating joint probabilities for specific combinations of visibility and cloud base height for thresholds which have direct impact on the flow capacity at the airport. The development of this new visibility forecast will be presented briefly. Also a few verification results will be shown to demonstrate the improvements made. Finally, the importance of explaining the user the use of the forecast information, in relation to their decision making process, will be discussed. For that reason, a simple guideline model to make a cost-optimal choice will be introduced.

  18. Fast calculations of the spectral diffuse-to-global ratios for approximating spectral irradiance at the street canyon level

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    Carrasco-Hernandez, Roberto; Smedley, Andrew R. D.; Webb, Ann R.

    2015-05-01

    Two radiative transfer models are presented that simplify calculations of street canyon spectral irradiances with minimum data input requirements, allowing better assessment of urban exposures than can be provided by standard unobstructed radiation measurements alone. Fast calculations improve the computational performance of radiation models, when numerous repetitions are required in time and location. The core of the models is the calculation of the spectral diffuse-to-global ratios (DGR) from an unobstructed global spectral measurement. The models are based on, and have been tested against, outcomes of the SMARTS2 algorithm (i.e. Simple Model of the Atmospheric Radiative Transfer of Sunshine). The modelled DGRs can then be used to partition global spectral irradiance values into their direct and diffuse components for different solar zenith angles. Finally, the effects of canyon obstructions can be evaluated independently on the direct and diffuse components, which are then recombined to give the total canyon irradiance. The first model allows ozone and aerosol inputs, while the second provides a further simplification, restricted to average ozone and aerosol contents but specifically designed for faster calculations. To assess the effect of obstructions and validate the calculations, a set of experiments with simulated obstructions (simulated canyons) were performed. The greatest source of uncertainty in the simplified calculations is in the treatment of diffuse radiation. The measurement-model agreement is therefore dependent on the region of the sky obscured and ranges from <5 % at all wavelengths to 20-40 % (wavelength dependent) when diffuse sky only is visible from the canyon.

  19. Ultrahigh Resolution Spectroscopy Across the Visible to Infrared Spectrum Using Multi-Mode Interference in a Compact Tapered Fiber

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    Wan, Noel H; Shiue, Ren-Jye; Chen, Edward H; Schröder, Tim; Englund, Dirk

    2014-01-01

    Optical spectroscopy is a fundamental tool in numerous areas of science and technology. Much effort has focused on miniaturizing spectrometers, but thus far at the cost of high spectral resolution and broad operating range. Here, we describe a compact spectrometer without this trade-off. The device relies on imaging multi-mode interference from leaky modes along a highly multimode tapered optical fiber, resulting in spectrally distinguishable images that form a basis for reconstructing an incident light spectrum. This tapered fiber multimode interference spectrometer enables the acquisition of broadband spectra in a single camera exposure with a measured resolution of 40 pm in the visible spectrum and 10 pm in the infrared spectrum, which are comparable to the performance of grating spectrometers. Spectroscopy from 500 nm to 1600 nm is demonstrated, though operation across the entire transparency window of silica fibers is possible. Multimode interference spectroscopy of leaky modes is suitable in a variety o...

  20. Using Visible/Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to Identify Cryptotephra Layers

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    McCanta, M. C.; Thomson, B. J.; Fisher, E.

    2014-12-01

    Continually accumulating marine sediments incorporate tephra layers within their depositional record that can be linked to individual explosive volcanic events. These layers can range from several meters in thickness, to discrete layers invisible to the naked eye (cryptotephra). Identification of cryptotephra layers is paramount for complete characterization of the eruptive record of a volcanic center, not just the largest eruptive events. However, cryptotephra recognition is hampered by their small volume in most drill cores. A non-destructive method to distinguish tephra layers, particularly those of a high silica nature which may not be readily detectable with magnetic methods, is visible/near-infrared (Vis/NIR) spectroscopy. The Vis/NIR region of the light spectrum contains strong absorption features due to charge-transfer absorptions in transition metals (dominated by iron) and vibration and overtone bands due to hydroxyl and water (including near 1.4 ?m, 1.9 ?m, and 2.2-2.5 ?m). The exact position and nature of these bands provide a means to identify various carbonate-, hydroxyl-, iron-, phyllosilicate-, sulfate-, and water-bearing minerals (e.g., Pieters and Englert, 1993). We produced a series of mixtures of hemipelagic sediment and tephra which were used to identify band positions and features which strongly correlate with the presence of tephra (see figure). The addition of ~15-20 wt.% tephra to a sediment results in recognizable spectral changes. The mixture data was used to create a MATLAB program to run unknown sample analyses through. We then used an ASD FieldSpec to collect Vis/NIR data (0.39-2.5 ?m) on the upper 10 m of core collected during IODP 340 (U1396C) off the coast of Montserrat at 0.5 cm resolution and applied our tephra recognition program to this data. We identified 29 potential cryptotephra layers in the 10 m analyzed. Dissolution techniques are being completed to corroborate the spectral data.

  1. Mechanism of yeast cell photoinactivation by visible light

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    The nature of inactivation of visible light without sensitizers added to the cells has been investigated. In particular, the problem on the nature of intracellular sensitizers has been studied. Visible light is shown to inactivate the cells only in the presence of oxygen, that gives evidence that the process of photoinactivation is carried out according a photodynamic mechanism with participation of the endogenic sensitizer. The pigment - sensitizer is identified as the protoporphyrin on the basis of comparison of data obtained for the absorption spectrum structure and pigment fluorescence with the literature data on the spectral properties of porphyrin compounds

  2. Spectral analysis by correlation

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    The spectral density of a signal, which represents its power distribution along the frequency axis, is a function which is of great importance, finding many uses in all fields concerned with the processing of the signal (process identification, vibrational analysis, etc...). Amongst all the possible methods for calculating this function, the correlation method (correlation function calculation + Fourier transformation) is the most promising, mainly because of its simplicity and of the results it yields. The study carried out here will lead to the construction of an apparatus which, coupled with a correlator, will constitute a set of equipment for spectral analysis in real time covering the frequency range 0 to 5 MHz. (author)

  3. Validation of UV-visible aerosol optical thickness retrieved from spectroradiometer measurements

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Global and diffuse UV-visible solar irradiances are routinely measured since 2003 with a spectroradiometer operated by the Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique (LOA located in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. The analysis of the direct irradiance derived by cloudless conditions enables retrieving the aerosol optical thickness (AOT spectrum in the 330–450 nm range. The site hosts also sunphotometers from the AERONET/PHOTONS network performing routinely measurements of the AOT at several wavelengths. On one hand, comparisons between the spectroradiometer and the sunphotometer AOT at 440 nm as well as, when available, at 340 and 380 nm, show good agreement. On the other hand, the AOT's spectral variations have been compared using the Angström exponents derived from AOT data at 340 and 440 nm for both instruments. The comparisons show that this parameter is difficult to retrieve accurately due to the small wavelength range and due to the weak AOT values. Thus, AOT derived at wavelengths outside the spectroradiometer range by means of an extrapolation using the Angström parameter would be of poor value, whereas, spectroradiometer's spectral AOT could be used for direct validation of other AOT, such as those provided by satellite instruments.

  4. Spectral response data for development of cool coloured tile coverings

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    Libbra, Antonio; Tarozzi, Luca; Muscio, Alberto; Corticelli, Mauro A.

    2011-03-01

    Most ancient or traditional buildings in Italy show steep-slope roofs covered by red clay tiles. As the rooms immediately below the roof are often inhabited in historical or densely urbanized centres, the combination of low solar reflectance of tile coverings and low thermal inertia of either wooden roof structures or sub-tile insulation panels makes summer overheating a major problem. The problem can be mitigated by using tiles coated with cool colours, that is colours with the same spectral response of clay tiles in the visible, but highly reflecting in the near infrared range, which includes more than half of solar radiation. Cool colours can yield the same visible aspect of common building surfaces, but higher solar reflectance. Studies aimed at developing cool colour tile coverings for traditional Italian buildings have been started. A few coating solutions with the typical red terracotta colour have been produced and tested in the laboratory, using easily available materials. The spectral response and the solar reflectance have been measured and compared with that of standard tiles.

  5. Preliminary design of the full-Stokes UV and visible spectropolarimeter for UVMag/Arago

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    Pertenais, Martin; Neiner, Coralie; Parès, Laurent; Petit, Pascal; Snik, Frans; van Harten, Gerard

    2015-10-01

    The UVMag consortium proposed the space mission project Arago to ESA at its M4 call. Arago is dedicated to the study of the dynamic 3D environment of stars and planets. This space mission will be equipped with a high-resolution spectropolarimeter working from 119 to 888 nm. A preliminary optical design of the whole instrument has been prepared and is presented here. The design consists of the telescope, the instrument itself, and the focusing optics. Considering not only the scientific requirements, but also the cost and size constraints to fit an M-size mission, the telescope has a 1.3 m diameter primary mirror and is a classical Cassegrain-type telescope that allows a polarization-free focus. The polarimeter is placed at this Cassegrain focus. This is the key element of the mission and the most challenging one to be designed. The main challenge lies in the huge spectral range offered by the instrument; the polarimeter has to deliver the full Stokes vector with a high precision from the FUV (119 nm) to the NIR (888 nm). The polarimeter module is then followed by a high-resolution echelle-spectrometer achieving a resolution of 35000 in the visible range and 25000 in the UV. The two channels are separated after the echelle grating, allowing specific cross-dispersion and focusing optics for the UV and the visible ranges. Considering the large field of view and the high numerical aperture, the focusing optics for both the UV and the visible channels is a Three-Mirror-Anastigmatic (TMA) telescope, needed to focus the various wavelengths and many orders onto the detectors.

  6. Spectral Ranking

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    Vigna, Sebastiano

    2009-01-01

    This note tries to attempt a sketch of the history of spectral ranking, a general umbrella name for techniques that apply the theory of linear maps (in particular, eigenvalues and eigenvectors) to matrices that do not represent geometric transformations, but rather some kind of relationship between entities. Albeit recently made famous by the ample press coverage of Google's PageRank algorithm, spectral ranking was devised more than fifty years ago, almost exactly in the same terms, and has been studied in psychology and social sciences. I will try to describe it in precise and modern mathematical terms, highlighting along the way the contributions given by previous scholars.

  7. The visible spectrum of Pluto: secular and longitudinal variation

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    Lorenzi, Vania; Pinilla-Alonso, Noemí; Emery, Joshua P.; Licandro, Javier; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Grundy, Will; Binzel, Richard P.

    2015-11-01

    Continuous near-infrared spectroscopic observations during the last 30 years enabled the characterization of the Pluto's surface and the study of its variability. Nevertheless, only few data are available in the visible range, where the nature of the complex-organics can be studied.For this reason, we started an observational campaign to obtain the Pluto's relative reflectance in the visible range, with the aim of characterizing the different components of its surface, and providing ground based observations in support of the New Horizons mission. We observed Pluto on six nights in 2014, with the imager/spectrograph ACAM@WHT (La Palma, Spain). We obtained six spectra in the 0.40 – 0.93 µm range, that covered a whole Pluto's rotational period (6.4 days).To study longitudinal variations, we computed for all the spectra the spectral slope, and the position and the depth of the methane ice absorption bands. Also, to search for secular or seasonal variations we compared our data with previously published results.All the spectra present a red slope, indicating the presence of complex organics on Pluto's surface, and show the methane ice absorption bands between 0.73 and 0.90 ?m. We also report the detection of the CH4 absorption band at 0.62 ?m, already detected in the spectra of Makemake and Eris. The measurement of the band depth at 0.62 ?m in the new spectra of Pluto, and in the spectra of Makemake and Eris, permits us to estimate the Lambert coefficient, not measured yet at this wavelength, at a temperature of 30 K and 40 K.We find that all the CH4 bands present a blue shift. This shift is minimum at the Charon-facing hemisphere, where the CH4 is also more abundant, indicating a higher degree of saturation of CH4 in the CH4:N2 dilution at this hemisphere.Comparing with data in the literature, we found that the longitudinal and secular variations of the parameters measured in our spectra are in accordance with previous results and with the distribution of the dark and bright material as showed by the Pluto's albedo maps from New Horizons.In 2015, new observations were run quasi-simultaneously with the New Horizons flyby at 10 different Pluto longitudes (July 3 to 14) . The data are currently being reduced.

  8. Feasibility of radiation dosimetry with phosphorus-doped optical fibers in the ultraviolet and visible domain

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    We investigated the feasibility of using phosphorus-doped optical fibers to monitor the levels of deposited dose during an irradiation. For this, we characterized their spectral and time dependence of the steady state 10 keV X-ray radiation-induced attenuation in the ultraviolet and visible range of wavelengths (200 nm-900 nm). Their radiation sensitivity is very high with losses exceeding 10 dB m-1 for doses larger than 10 Gy and wavelengths shorter than 550 nm. Our results reveal a sub linear dose dependence of the induced losses that also depends on the dose rate (1 Gy s-1 Gy s-1) between 350 nm and 900 nm. For this spectral domain, excess of attenuation is due to the phosphorus oxygen-hole centers. P2 defects are responsible for the induced losses around 300 nm that linearly increase with the dose at least until 1 kGy and without dose rate effect. We measured no noticeable influence of the temperature (5 degrees C - 50 degrees C) on the radiation-induced attenuation in the studied spectral domain. Our study shows that dosimetry with phosphorus-doped fibers seems possible in the ultraviolet (around 300 nm) with a sensitivity enhanced by a factor ? 100 compared to the one observed in the infrared region (? 900 nm). (authors)

  9. Spectral Experiments+

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    Rivin, Igor

    2014-01-01

    We describe extensive computational experiments on spectral properties of random objects - random cubic graphs, random planar triangulations, and Voronoi and Delaunay diagrams of random (uniformly distributed) point sets on the sphere). We look at bulk eigenvalue distribution, eigenvalue spacings, and locality properties of eigenvectors. In all cases we discover completely new (at least to this author) phenomena.

  10. A single-layer wide-angle negative-index metamaterial at visible frequencies.

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    Burgos, Stanley P; de Waele, Rene; Polman, Albert; Atwater, Harry A

    2010-05-01

    Metamaterials are materials with artificial electromagnetic properties defined by their sub-wavelength structure rather than their chemical composition. Negative-index materials (NIMs) are a special class of metamaterials characterized by an effective negative index that gives rise to such unusual wave behaviour as backwards phase propagation and negative refraction. These extraordinary properties lead to many interesting functions such as sub-diffraction imaging and invisibility cloaking. So far, NIMs have been realized through layering of resonant structures, such as split-ring resonators, and have been demonstrated at microwave to infrared frequencies over a narrow range of angles-of-incidence and polarization. However, resonant-element NIM designs suffer from the limitations of not being scalable to operate at visible frequencies because of intrinsic fabrication limitations, require multiple functional layers to achieve strong scattering and have refractive indices that are highly dependent on angle of incidence and polarization. Here we report a metamaterial composed of a single layer of coupled plasmonic coaxial waveguides that exhibits an effective refractive index of -2 in the blue spectral region with a figure-of-merit larger than 8. The resulting NIM refractive index is insensitive to both polarization and angle-of-incidence over a +/-50 degree angular range, yielding a wide-angle NIM at visible frequencies. PMID:20400955

  11. A single-layer wide-angle negative-index metamaterial at visible freque

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    Burgos, Stanley P. [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); de Waele, Rene [FOM Inst. AMOLF, Amersterdam (Netherlands); Polman, Albert [FOM Inst. AMOLF, Amersterdam (Netherlands); Atwater, Harry A. [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)

    2010-04-18

    Metamaterials are materials with artificial electromagnetic properties defined by their sub-wavelength structure rather than their chemical composition. Negative-index materials (NIMs) are a special class of metamaterials characterized by an effective negative index that gives rise to such unusual wave behaviour as backwards phase propagation and negative refraction. These extraordinary properties lead to many interesting functions such as sub-diffraction imaging and invisibility cloaking. So far, NIMs have been realized through layering of resonant structures, such as split-ring resonators, and have been demonstrated at microwave to infrared frequencies over a narrow range of angles-of-incidence and polarization. However, resonant-element NIM designs suffer from the limitations of not being scalable to operate at visible frequencies because of intrinsic fabrication limitations, require multiple functional layers to achieve strong scattering and have refractive indices that are highly dependent on angle of incidence and polarization. Here we report a metamaterial composed of a single layer of coupled plasmonic coaxial waveguides that exhibits an effective refractive index of -2 in the blue spectral region with a figure-of-merit larger than 8. The resulting NIM refractive index is insensitive to both polarization and angle-of-incidence over a ±50° angular range, yielding a wide-angle NIM at visible frequencies.

  12. A single-layer wide-angle negative-index metamaterial at visible frequencies

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    Burgos, Stanley P.; de Waele, Rene; Polman, Albert; Atwater, Harry A.

    2010-05-01

    Metamaterials are materials with artificial electromagnetic properties defined by their sub-wavelength structure rather than their chemical composition. Negative-index materials (NIMs) are a special class of metamaterials characterized by an effective negative index that gives rise to such unusual wave behaviour as backwards phase propagation and negative refraction. These extraordinary properties lead to many interesting functions such as sub-diffraction imaging and invisibility cloaking. So far, NIMs have been realized through layering of resonant structures, such as split-ring resonators, and have been demonstrated at microwave to infrared frequencies over a narrow range of angles-of-incidence and polarization. However, resonant-element NIM designs suffer from the limitations of not being scalable to operate at visible frequencies because of intrinsic fabrication limitations, require multiple functional layers to achieve strong scattering and have refractive indices that are highly dependent on angle of incidence and polarization. Here we report a metamaterial composed of a single layer of coupled plasmonic coaxial waveguides that exhibits an effective refractive index of -2 in the blue spectral region with a figure-of-merit larger than 8. The resulting NIM refractive index is insensitive to both polarization and angle-of-incidence over a +/-50? angular range, yielding a wide-angle NIM at visible frequencies.

  13. High-power fiber-coupled 100W visible spectrum diode lasers for display applications

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    Unger, Andreas; Küster, Matthias; Köhler, Bernd; Biesenbach, Jens

    2013-02-01

    Diode lasers in the blue and red spectral range are the most promising light sources for upcoming high-brightness digital projectors in cinemas and large venue displays. They combine improved efficiency, longer lifetime and a greatly improved color space compared to traditional xenon light sources. In this paper we report on high-power visible diode laser sources to serve the demands of this emerging market. A unique electro-optical platform enables scalable fiber coupled sources at 638 nm with an output power of up to 100 W from a 400 ?m NA0.22 fiber. For the blue diode laser we demonstrate scalable sources from 5 W to 100 W from a 400 ?m NA0.22 fiber.

  14. Experimental realization of a polarization-independent ultraviolet/visible coaxial plasmonic metamaterial.

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    van de Haar, M A; Maas, R; Schokker, H; Polman, A

    2014-11-12

    We report the experimental realization of an optical metamaterial composed of a hexagonal array of coaxial plasmonic metal/insulator/metal waveguides that shows strong polarization-independent optical mode index dispersion in the ultraviolet/blue. The metamaterial is composed of silicon coaxes with a well-defined diameter in the range of 150-168 nm with extremely thin sidewalls (13-15 nm), embedded in a silver film, fabricated using a combination of electron beam lithography, physical vapor deposition, reactive ion etching, and focused ion beam polishing. Using a Mach-Zehnder interferometer the phase advance is measured on several metamaterial samples with different dimensions in the UV/visible part of the spectrum. For all geometries the spectral features as well as the geometry dependence of the data correspond well with numerical finite-difference time domain simulations and the calculated waveguide dispersion diagram, showing a negative mode index between 440 and 500 nm. PMID:25310377

  15. Visible Light Emission from Atomic Scale Patterns Fabricated by the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Thirstrup, C.; Sakurai, M.

    1999-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) induced light emission from artificial atomic scale structures comprising silicon dangling bonds on hydrogen-terminated Si(001) surfaces has been mapped spatially and analyzed spectroscopically in the visible spectral range. The light emission is based on a novel mechanism involving optical transitions between a tip state and localized states on the sample surface. The wavelength of the photons can be changed by the bias voltage of the STM. The spatial resolution of the photon maps is as good as that of STM topographic images and the photons are emitted from a quasipoint source with a spatial extension similar to the size of a dangling bond. [S0031-9007(98)08376-8].

  16. Visibility regimes in mediatized publicness

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    Samuel Mateus

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Considering the relationship between politics, media and publicness, this paper ponders the consequences of visibility in the political field. Identifying some of its existing regimes, it will posit that today visibility plays an ambivalent function to politics: it can simultaneously operate as a synoptic monitoring and control of politicians; and at the same time it may stand as an opportunity to build a charismatic leadership. In fact, political visibilities are now negotiated between the boundaries of private and public realms, and they can take the form of a risk, or an opportunity to build on a charismatic leadership.

  17. Spider signals: are web decorations visible to birds and bees?

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    Bruce, Matthew J; Heiling, Astrid M; Herberstein, Marie E.

    2005-01-01

    We are becoming increasingly aware of animal communication outside the range of human sensitivity. Web decorations are silk structures used by orb-web spiders to deceive prey and predators. However, despite the level of interest in these structures, their visibility to prey and predators has never, to our knowledge, been objectively assessed. Here, we use spectrophotometric analyses to show that the decorations of all five tested spider species are visible to honey bees and birds over short a...

  18. Visible light communication for advanced driver assistant systems

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    Kumar, Navin; Nero, Luis Alves; Rui L. Aguiar

    2009-01-01

    VIsible light communication for advanced Driver Assistant Systems (VIDAS) is an outdoor application using the visible spectrum of light emitting diodes (LED). A simple traffic light set up based on LED traffic lights for traffic information transmission has been analyzed in this paper. Various important design parameters have been optimized through intensive investigation based on gain variation over 100 m of transmission range. This process is expected to simplify the front-end receiver desi...

  19. Visible Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer: Design and Calibration

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    Wishnow, E H; Wurtz, R; Blais-Ouellette, S; Cook, K H; Carr, D; Lewis, I; Grandmont, F; Stubbs, C W

    2002-09-19

    We present details of the design, operation and calibration of an astronomical visible-band imaging Fourier transform spectrometer (IFTS). This type of instrument produces a spectrum for every pixel in the field of view where the spectral resolution is flexible. The instrument is a dual-input/dual-output Michelson interferometer coupled to the 3.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory. Imaging performance and interferograms and spectra from calibration sources and standard stars are discussed.

  20. Using Delta-Sigma Modulators in Visible Light OFDM Systems

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    Yu, Zhenhua; Redfern, Arthur J.; Zhou, G. Tong

    2014-01-01

    Visible light communications (VLC) are motivated by the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum crunch and fast-growing solid-state lighting technology. VLC relies on white light emitting diodes (LEDs) to provide communication and illumination simultaneously. Simple two-level on-off keying (OOK) and pulse-position modulation (PPM) are supported in IEEE standard due to their compatibility with existing constant current LED drivers, but their low spectral efficiency have limited the ach...

  1. Spectral Predictors

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    Ibarria, L; Lindstrom, P; Rossignac, J

    2006-11-17

    Many scientific, imaging, and geospatial applications produce large high-precision scalar fields sampled on a regular grid. Lossless compression of such data is commonly done using predictive coding, in which weighted combinations of previously coded samples known to both encoder and decoder are used to predict subsequent nearby samples. In hierarchical, incremental, or selective transmission, the spatial pattern of the known neighbors is often irregular and varies from one sample to the next, which precludes prediction based on a single stencil and fixed set of weights. To handle such situations and make the best use of available neighboring samples, we propose a local spectral predictor that offers optimal prediction by tailoring the weights to each configuration of known nearby samples. These weights may be precomputed and stored in a small lookup table. We show that predictive coding using our spectral predictor improves compression for various sources of high-precision data.

  2. Effect of the surface roughness on the spectral distribution of photoemission current at the silver/solution contact

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    Kostecki, R.; Augustynski, J.

    1995-05-01

    The experimental evidence gathered pointed at the optically excited surface plasmons as the origin of the exceptionally strong electron emission from silver in the CO2 containing aqueous solutions. The reported measurements verified in particular that electrochemical roughening of the Ag surface, identical to that normally used before recording surface enhancement of Raman scattering (SERS) spectra, causes the strong enhancement of the photoemission current in the near-UV and, particularly, in the visible range. Moreover, roughening procedure was observed to extend the spectral range of optical excitations of surface plasmons on Ag into the wavelengths most often employed in SERS experiments.

  3. Spectral Experiments+

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    Rivin, Igor

    2014-01-01

    We describe extensive computational experiments on spectral properties of random objects - random cubic graphs, random planar triangulations, and Voronoi and Delaunay diagrams of random (uniformly distributed) point sets on the sphere). We look at bulk eigenvalue distribution, eigenvalue spacings, and locality properties of eigenvectors. We also look at the statistics of \\emph{nodal domains} of eigenvectors on these graphs. In all cases we discover completely new (at least t...

  4. Visibility reduction and accompanying aerosol evolution downwind of St. Louis

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    Under the auspices of Project METROMEX, studies of visibility deterioration downwind of St. Louis were conducted during August 1976. Estimates of horizontal visibility and aerosol measurements were acquired upwind, over and downwind of the St. Louis metropolitan area, by means of airborne transects and standard meteorological data.Reductions amounting to 50% of regional upwind visibilities have been observed; during a weekend study when light, urban vehicular and industrial activity was observed, visibilities within the anomaly were reduced by only 20%. The anomalies were situated between distances corresponding to 2--4 h travel time downwind for an air parcel moving with the mean transport wind. Several case studies noted improvement in the visual range after 4--5 h downwind.The regions of minimum visibility do not coincide with locations of Aitken nucleus concentrations at 2--4 h downwind. Aerosol surface volume distributions indicate a general growth in the accumulation mode (0.1--1.0 ?m) with maximum values in a much narrower size range within the mode of 0.2--0.3 ?m diameter. These increases in the accumulation mode correspond to the size range in which particles are optically significant. Collaborative evidence from current literature suggests gas-to-particle reactions and/or gravitational sedimentation and coagulation as cause of the aerosol growth.The ramifications of visibility deteroration near large metropolitan areas are demonstrated by a conceptual model

  5. The visible and near infrared (VNIR) spectrometer of EChO

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    Adriani, Alberto; Oliva, Ernesto; Piccioni, Giuseppe; Pace, Emanuele; Focardi, Mauro; Di Turi, Canio; Filacchione, Gianrico; Pancrazzi, Maurizio; Tozzi, Andrea; Ferruzzi, Debora; Del Vecchio, Ciro; Capaccioni, Fabrizio; Micela, Giusi

    2012-09-01

    The Visible and Near Infrared (VNIR) spectrometer of the EChO will cover the spectral range between 0.55 and 2.50 ?m. It has to be designed to assure a high efficiency over whole spectral range. It has to be able to observe stars with an apparent magnitude Mv= 9÷12 and able to see contrasts of the order of 10-4÷10-5 in order to measure characteristics of the exoplanets under investigation. VNIR would be a spectrometer in a cross-dispersed configuration by using a combination of a diffraction grating and a prism to spread the light in different wavelengths and in a useful number of orders of diffraction. It will use a Mercury Cadmium Telluride detector to satisfy the requirements of low thermal noise and the EChO system to operate at the working temperature of 40-45K. The instrument will be interfaced to the telescope optics by optical fibers to assure an easier coupling and an easier colocation of the instrument inside the EChO optical bench. The preliminary design of the instrument foresees a resolving power of about 330 with an entrance aperture of 2 arcsec.

  6. Determination of geographical origin of alcoholic beverages using ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectroscopy: A review

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    Urí?ková, Veronika; Sádecká, Jana

    2015-09-01

    The identification of the geographical origin of beverages is one of the most important issues in food chemistry. Spectroscopic methods provide a relative rapid and low cost alternative to traditional chemical composition or sensory analyses. This paper reviews the current state of development of ultraviolet (UV), visible (Vis), near infrared (NIR) and mid infrared (MIR) spectroscopic techniques combined with pattern recognition methods for determining geographical origin of both wines and distilled drinks. UV, Vis, and NIR spectra contain broad band(s) with weak spectral features limiting their discrimination ability. Despite this expected shortcoming, each of the three spectroscopic ranges (NIR, Vis/NIR and UV/Vis/NIR) provides average correct classification higher than 82%. Although average correct classification is similar for NIR and MIR regions, in some instances MIR data processing improves prediction. Advantage of using MIR is that MIR peaks are better defined and more easily assigned than NIR bands. In general, success in a classification depends on both spectral range and pattern recognition methods. The main problem still remains the construction of databanks needed for all of these methods.

  7. Retrieval of spheroid particle size distribution from spectral extinction data in the independent mode using PCA approach

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    An improved anomalous diffraction approximation (ADA) method is presented for calculating the extinction efficiency of spheroids firstly. In this approach, the extinction efficiency of spheroid particles can be calculated with good accuracy and high efficiency in a wider size range by combining the Latimer method and the ADA theory, and this method can present a more general expression for calculating the extinction efficiency of spheroid particles with various complex refractive indices and aspect ratios. Meanwhile, the visible spectral extinction with varied spheroid particle size distributions and complex refractive indices is surveyed. Furthermore, a selection principle about the spectral extinction data is developed based on PCA (principle component analysis) of first derivative spectral extinction. By calculating the contribution rate of first derivative spectral extinction, the spectral extinction with more significant features can be selected as the input data, and those with less features is removed from the inversion data. In addition, we propose an improved Tikhonov iteration method to retrieve the spheroid particle size distributions in the independent mode. Simulation experiments indicate that the spheroid particle size distributions obtained with the proposed method coincide fairly well with the given distributions, and this inversion method provides a simple, reliable and efficient method to retrieve the spheroid particle size distributions from the spectral extinction data. -- Highlights: ? Improved ADA is presented for calculating the extinction efficiency of spheroids. ? Selection principle about spectral extinction data is developed based on PCA. ? Improved Tikhonov iteration method is proposed to retrieve the spheroid PSD.

  8. Incremental Visualizer for Visible Objects

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    Bukauskas, Linas; Bøhlen, Michael Hanspeter

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the integration of database back-end and visualizer front-end into a one tightly coupled system. The main aim which we achieve is to reduce the data pipeline from database to visualization by using incremental data extraction of visible objects in a fly-through scenarios. We also argue that passing only relevant data from the database will substantially reduce the overall load of the visualization system. We propose the system Incremental Visualizer for Visible Objects (IVVO...

  9. No-visible-scar cholecystectomy

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    Tadeusz M. Wróblewski

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS is a laparoscopic method providing a good cosmetic effect,but requiring the application of special ports and instruments enabling the surgeon to perform the procedure.We report three-ports cholecystectomy through umbilical and suprapubic incisions performed with typical laparos -copic instruments which calls no-visible-scar cholecystectomy (NVSC.Material and methods: Twenty patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis were qualified for NVSC. Typical CO2 pneumoperitoneumwas done after umbilical skin incision. Two ports of 5 mm were inserted in the maximum externaledges of this incision. After cystic duct and cystic artery dissection the right one was exchanged for a port of 11 mm.The second incision for the 11-mm trocar for the laparoscope was done in the suprapubic median line within the hairarea.Results: Cholecystectomies were performed without any conversion to classical laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LCHor open surgery. They were not technically identical due to the gradual improvement in the access and manipulationof instruments. The time of the intervention ranged from 2 hours during the introduction of the new method to 50 minfor the last procedures. No postoperative complications were observed and all patients were discharged not later thanafter conventional LCH.Conclusions: NVSC is a three-port laparoscopic intervention performed with typical laparoscopic instruments. It ismore convenient for the surgeon than single incision LCH, because the placement of the optic in the suprapubic regiongives more space for the instruments. It also provides a very good cosmetic effect of the intervention. The describedprocedure is easy to learn and in case of technical problems additional ports can be applied (as in typical LCH.

  10. Hybridization of optical plasmonics with terahertz metamaterials to create multi-spectral filters

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    McCrindle, I.J.H.; Grant, J.; Drysdale, T.D.; D. R. S. Cumming

    2013-01-01

    Multi-spectral imaging systems typically require the cumbersome integration of disparate filtering materials in order to work simultaneously in multiple spectral regions. We show for the first time how a single nano-patterned metal film can be used to filter multi-spectral content from the visible, near infrared and terahertz bands by hybridizing plasmonics and metamaterials. Plasmonic structures are well-suited to the visible band owing to the resonant dielectric properties of metals, wherea...

  11. Search for Olivine Spectral Signatures on the Surface of Vesta

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    Palomba, E.; De Sanctis, M. C.; Ammannito, E.; Capaccioni, F.; Capria, M. T.; Farina, M.; Frigeri, A.; Longobardo, A.; Tosi, F.; Zambon, F.; McSween, H. Y.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Russell, C. T.; Raymond, C. A.; Sunshine, J.; McCord, T. B.

    2012-01-01

    The occurrence of olivines on Vesta were first postulated from traditional petrogenetic models which suggest the formation of olivine as lower crustal cumulates. An indirect confirmation is given by their presence as a minor component in some samples of diogenite meteorites, the harzburgitic diogenites and the dunitic diogenites, and as olivine mineral clasts in howardites. Another indication for this mineral was given by interpretations of groundbased and Hubble Space Telescope observations that suggested the presence of local olivine-bearing units on the surface of Vesta. The VIR instrument onboard the DAWN mission has been mapping Vesta since July 2011. VIR acquired hyperspectral images of Vesta s surface in the wavelength range from 0.25 to 5.1 m during Approach, Survey and High Altitude Mapping (HAMO) orbits that allowed a 2/3 of the entire asteroid surface to be mapped. The VIR operative spectral interval, resolution and coverage is suitable for the detection and mapping of any olivine rich regions that may occur on the Vesta surface. The abundance of olivine in diogenites is typically lower than 10% but some samples richer in olivine are known. However, we do not expect to have extensive exposures of olivine-rich material on Vesta. Moreover, the partial overlap of olivine and pyroxene spectral signatures will make olivine difficult to detect. Different spectral parameters have been used to map olivine on extraterrestrial bodies, and here we discuss the different approaches used, and develop new ones specifically for Vesta. Our new methods are based on combinations of the spectral parameters relative to the 1 and 2 micron bands (the most prominent spectral features of Vesta surface in the visible and the infrared), such as band center locations, band depths, band areas, band area ratios. Before the direct application to the VIR data, the efficiency of each approach is evaluated by means of analysis of laboratory spectra of HED meteorites, pyroxenes, olivines and their mixtures.

  12. Spectrally-Based Assessment of Crop Seasonal Performance and Yield

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    Kancheva, Rumiana; Borisova, Denitsa; Georgiev, Georgy

    The rapid advances of space technologies concern almost all scientific areas from aeronautics to medicine, and a wide range of application fields from communications to crop yield predictions. Agricultural monitoring is among the priorities of remote sensing observations for getting timely information on crop development. Monitoring agricultural fields during the growing season plays an important role in crop health assessment and stress detection provided that reliable data is obtained. Successfully spreading is the implementation of hyperspectral data to precision farming associated with plant growth and phenology monitoring, physiological state assessment, and yield prediction. In this paper, we investigated various spectral-biophysical relationships derived from in-situ reflectance measurements. The performance of spectral data for the assessment of agricultural crops condition and yield prediction was examined. The approach comprisesd development of regression models between plant spectral and state-indicative variables such as biomass, vegetation cover fraction, leaf area index, etc., and development of yield forecasting models from single-date (growth stage) and multitemporal (seasonal) reflectance data. Verification of spectral predictions was performed through comparison with estimations from biophysical relationships between crop growth variables. The study was carried out for spring barley and winter wheat. Visible and near-infrared reflectance data was acquired through the whole growing season accompanied by detailed datasets on plant phenology and canopy structural and biochemical attributes. Empirical relationships were derived relating crop agronomic variables and yield to various spectral predictors. The study findings were tested using airborne remote sensing inputs. A good correspondence was found between predicted and actual (ground-truth) estimates

  13. Innovative monolithic detector for tri-spectral (THz, IR, Vis) imaging

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    Pocas, S.; Perenzoni, M.; Massari, N.; Simoens, F.; Meilhan, J.; Rabaud, W.; Martin, S.; Delplanque, B.; Imperinetti, P.; Goudon, V.; Vialle, C.; Arnaud, A.

    2012-10-01

    Fusion of multispectral images has been explored for many years for security and used in a number of commercial products. CEA-Leti and FBK have developed an innovative sensor technology that gathers monolithically on a unique focal plane arrays, pixels sensitive to radiation in three spectral ranges that are terahertz (THz), infrared (IR) and visible. This technology benefits of many assets for volume market: compactness, full CMOS compatibility on 200mm wafers, advanced functions of the CMOS read-out integrated circuit (ROIC), and operation at room temperature. The ROIC houses visible APS diodes while IR and THz detections are carried out by microbolometers collectively processed above the CMOS substrate. Standard IR bolometric microbridges (160x160 pixels) are surrounding antenna-coupled bolometers (32X32 pixels) built on a resonant cavity customized to THz sensing. This paper presents the different technological challenges achieved in this development and first electrical and sensitivity experimental tests.

  14. Spectral CT of carotid atherosclerotic plaque: comparison with histology

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    Zainon, R.; Doesburg, R.M. [University of Canterbury, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Christchurch (New Zealand); Ronaldson, J.P.; Gieseg, S.P. [University of Otago, Centre for Bioengineering, Christchurch (New Zealand); Janmale, T. [University of Canterbury, Free Radical Biochemistry Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, Christchurch (New Zealand); Scott, N.J. [University of Otago, Department of Medicine, Christchurch (New Zealand); Buckenham, T.M. [University of Otago, Department of Academic Radiology, Christchurch (New Zealand); Butler, A.P.H. [University of Otago, Centre for Bioengineering, Christchurch (New Zealand); University of Otago, Department of Academic Radiology, Christchurch (New Zealand); University of Canterbury, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Christchurch (New Zealand); European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland); Butler, P.H. [University of Canterbury, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Christchurch (New Zealand); European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland); Roake, J.A. [Christchurch Hospital, Department of Vascular, Endovascular and Transplant Surgery, Christchurch (New Zealand); Anderson, N.G. [University of Otago, Centre for Bioengineering, Christchurch (New Zealand); University of Otago, Department of Academic Radiology, Christchurch (New Zealand); University of Otago, Christchurch, Department of Radiology, PO Box 4345, Christchurch (New Zealand)

    2012-12-15

    To distinguish components of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque by imaging their energy response using spectral CT and comparing images with histology. After spectroscopic calibration using phantoms of plaque surrogates, excised human carotid atherosclerotic plaques were imaged using MARS CT using a photon-processing detector with a silicon sensor layer and microfocus X-ray tube (50 kVp, 0.5 mA) at 38-{mu}m voxel size. The plaques were imaged, sectioned and re-imaged using four threshold energies: 10, 16, 22 and 28 keV; then sequentially stained with modified Von Kossa, Perl's Prussian blue and Oil-Red O, and photographed. Relative Hounsfield units across the energies were entered into a linear algebraic material decomposition model to identify the unknown plaque components. Lipid, calcium, iron and water-like components of plaque have distinguishable energy responses to X-ray, visible on spectral CT images. CT images of the plaque surface correlated very well with histological photographs. Calcium deposits (>1,000 {mu}m) in plaque are larger than iron deposits (<100 {mu}m), but could not be distinguished from each other within the same voxel using the energy range available. Spectral CT displays energy information in image form at high spatial resolution, enhancing the intrinsic contrast of lipid, calcium and iron within atheroma. (orig.)

  15. Quantitative study on appearance of microvessels in spectral endoscopic imaging

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    Yamaguchi, Hiroshi; Saito, Takaaki; Shiraishi, Yasushi; Arai, Fumihito; Morimoto, Yoshinori; Yuasa, Atsuko

    2015-03-01

    Increase in abnormal microvessels in the superficial mucosa is often relevant to diagnostic findings of neoplasia in digestive endoscopy; hence, observation of superficial vasculature is crucial for cancer diagnosis. To enhance the appearance of such vessels, several spectral endoscopic imaging techniques have been developed, such as narrow-band imaging and blue laser imaging. Both techniques exploit narrow-band blue light for the enhancement. The emergence of such spectral imaging techniques has increased the importance of understanding the relation of the light wavelength to the appearance of superficial vasculature, and thus a new method is desired for quantitative analysis of vessel visibility in relation to the actual structure in the tissue. Here, we developed microvessel-simulating phantoms that allowed quantitative evaluation of the appearance of 15-?m-thick vessels. We investigated the relation between the vascular contrast and light wavelength by the phantom measurements and also verified it in experiments with swine, where the endoscopically observed vascular contrast was investigated together with its real vascular depth and diameter obtained by microscopic observation of fluorescence-labeled vessels. Our study indicates that changing the spectral property even in the wavelength range of blue light may allow selective enhancement of the vascular depth for clinical use.

  16. Preliminary Geologic/spectral Analysis of LANDSAT-4 Thematic Mapper Data, Wind River/bighorn Basin Area, Wyoming

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    Lang, H. R.; Conel, J. E.; Paylor, E. D.

    1984-01-01

    A LIDQA evaluation for geologic applications of a LANDSAT TM scene covering the Wind River/Bighorn Basin area, Wyoming, is examined. This involves a quantitative assessment of data quality including spatial and spectral characteristics. Analysis is concentrated on the 6 visible, near infrared, and short wavelength infrared bands. Preliminary analysis demonstrates that: (1) principal component images derived from the correlation matrix provide the most useful geologic information. To extract surface spectral reflectance, the TM radiance data must be calibrated. Scatterplots demonstrate that TM data can be calibrated and sensor response is essentially linear. Low instrumental offset and gain settings result in spectral data that do not utilize the full dynamic range of the TM system.

  17. On the Visibility of Prominence Fine Structures at Radio Millimeter Wavelengths

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    Heinzel, P.; Berlicki, A.; Bárta, M.; Karlický, M.; Rudawy, P.

    2015-07-01

    Prominence temperatures have so far mainly been determined by analyzing spectral line shapes, which is difficult when the spectral lines are optically thick. The radio spectra in the millimeter range offer a unique possibility to measure the kinetic temperature. However, studies in the past used data with insufficient spatial resolution to resolve the prominence fine structures. The aim of this article is to predict the visibility of prominence fine structures in the submillimeter/millimeter (SMM) domain, to estimate their brightness temperatures at various wavelengths, and to demonstrate the feasibility and usefulness of future high-resolution radio observations of solar prominences with ALMA ( Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array). Our novel approach is the conversion of H coronagraphic images into microwave spectral images. We show that the spatial variations of the prominence brightness both in the H line and in the SMM domain predominantly depend on the line-of-sight emission measure of the cool plasma, which we derive from the integrated intensities of the observed H line. This relation also offers a new possibility to determine the SMM optical thickness from simultaneous H observations with high resolution. We also describe how we determine the prominence kinetic temperature from SMM spectral images. Finally, we apply the ALMA image-processing software Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) to our simulated images to assess what ALMA would detect at a resolution level that is similar to the coronagraphic H images used in this study. Our results can thus help in preparations of first ALMA prominence observations in the frame of science and technical verification tests.

  18. Two-dimensional solar spectropolarimetry with the KIS/IAA Visible Imaging Polarimeter

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    Beck, C.; Bellot Rubio, L. R.; Kentischer, T. J.; Tritschler, A.; Del Toro Iniesta, J. C.

    2010-09-01

    Context. Spectropolarimetry at high spatial and spectral resolution is a basic tool to characterize the magnetic properties of the solar atmosphere. Aims: We introduce the KIS/IAA Visible Imaging Polarimeter (VIP), a new post-focus instrument that upgrades the TESOS spectrometer at the German Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) into a full vector polarimeter. VIP is a collaboration between the Kiepenheuer Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC). Methods: We describe the optical setup of VIP, the data acquisition procedure, and the calibration of the spectropolarimetric measurements. We show examples of data taken between 2005 and 2008 to illustrate the potential of the instrument. Results: VIP is capable of measuring the four Stokes profiles of spectral lines in the range from 420 to 700 nm with a spatial resolution better than 0farcs5. Lines can be sampled at 40 wavelength positions in 60 s, achieving a noise level of about 2 × 10-3 with exposure times of 300 ms and pixel sizes of 0farcs17 × 0farcs17 (2 × 2 binning). The polarization modulation is stable over periods of a few days, ensuring high polarimetric accuracy. The excellent spectral resolution of TESOS allows the use of sophisticated data analysis techniques such as Stokes inversions. One of the first scientific results of VIP presented here is that the ribbon-like magnetic structures of the network are associated with a distinct pattern of net circular polarization away from disk center. Conclusions: VIP performs spectropolarimetric measurements of solar magnetic fields at a spatial resolution that is only slightly worse than that of the Hinode spectropolarimeter, while providing a 2D field field of view and the possibility to observe up to four spectral regions sequentially with high cadence. VIP can be used as a stand-alone instrument or in combination with other spectropolarimeters and imaging systems of the VTT for extended wavelength coverage.

  19. Visible light scatter as quantitative information source on milk constituents

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    Melentieva, Anastasiya; Kucheryavskiy, Sergey

    2012-01-01

    VISIBLE LIGHT SCATTER AS A QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION SOURCE ON MILK CONSTITUENTS A. Melenteva 1, S. Kucheryavski 2, A. Bogomolov 1,31Samara State Technical University, Molodogvardeyskaya Street 244, 443100 Samara, Russia. 2Aalborg University, campus Esbjerg, Niels Bohrs vej 8, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark. 3J&M Analytik AG, Willy-Messerschmitt-Strasse 8, 73457 Essingen, Germany. bogomolov@j-m.de Fat and protein are two major milk nutrients that are routinely analyzed in the dairy industry. Growing food quality requirements promote the dissemination of spectroscopic analysis, enabling real-time monitoring of processes and products. Optical analysis is generally performed in near and middle infrared (NIR and MIR) regions and relies on the component absorbance and Beer’s Law. The light scatter effect is therefore considered as a disturbance to be avoided during the measurement or eliminated at the data analysis stage. The region of visible (Vis) light (400-800 nm) is economically attractive, because it offers a range of inexpensive light sources, optics and detectors. At present, however, it is commonly considered useless, because of the light scatter by fat globules (1-10 ?m) and protein micelles (80-200 ?m) that strongly dominates; therefore, making the classical absorbance analysis hardly applicable. At the same time, diffused light by itself delivers information on the milk composition, specifically, fat content as illustrated in Fig. 1, and can potentially be used for the quantitative analysis. The main task here is to extract individual quantitative information on milk fat and total protein content from spectral data. This is particularly challenging problem in the case of raw natural milk, where the fat globule sizes may essentially differ depending on source. Fig. 1. Spots of light transmitted through homogenized milk samples with different fat content. The preceding research [1] has shown that individual scatter patterns of fat and protein in non-homogenized milk can be distinguished, thus, enabling their quantitative multivariate analysis. In the present study, a representative designed set of raw milk samples with simultaneously varying fat, total protein and particle size distribution has been analyzed in the Vis spectral region. The feasibility of raw milk analysis by PLS regression on spectral data has been proved. The root mean-square errors below 0.10% and 0.04% for fat and protein, respectively, have been obtained. PLS components were interpreted in terms of captured information. The results obtained provide a basis for the replacement of traditional spectroscopy by custom optical analyzers, optimized for the purpose of milk analysis. Preliminary achievements in this new research area are presented and discussed. References: [1] A. Bogomolov, S. Dietrich, B. Boldrini, R.W. Kessler, Food Chemistry (2012), doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.02.077.

  20. A versatile femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy setup with tunable pulses in the visible to near infrared

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    Zhu, Liangdong [Department of Physics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331 (United States); Liu, Weimin [Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331 (United States); Fang, Chong, E-mail: Chong.Fang@oregonstate.edu [Department of Physics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331 (United States)

    2014-07-28

    We demonstrate a versatile and efficient setup to perform femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS). Technical innovations are implemented to achieve the wavelength tunability for both the picosecond narrowband Raman pump pulse and femtosecond broadband Raman probe pulse. Using a simplified one-grating scheme in a home-built second harmonic bandwidth compressor followed by a two-stage noncollinear optical parametric amplifier, we tune the Raman pump pulse from ca. 480 to 750?nm. To generate the suitable Raman probe pulse in tandem, we rely on our recently demonstrated broadband up-converted multicolor array technique that readily provides tunable broadband laser sidebands across the visible to near-infrared range. This unique setup has unparalleled flexibility for conducting FSRS. We measure the ground-state Raman spectra of a cyclohexane standard using tunable pump-probe pairs at various wavelengths across the visible region. The best spectral resolution is ?12?cm{sup ?1}. By tuning the pump wavelength closer to the electronic absorption band of a photoacid pyranine in water, we observe the pre-resonantly enhanced Raman signal. The stimulated Raman gain of the 1627?cm{sup ?1} mode is increased by over 15 times.

  1. Generation of tunable few optical-cycle pulses by visible-to-infrared frequency conversion

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    Darginavi?ius, J.; Tamošauskas, G.; Piskarskas, A.; Valiulis, G.; Dubietis, A.

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrate a simple method for infrared few optical-cycle pulse generation, which is based on collinear visible-to-infrared frequency conversion and involves difference-frequency generation and subsequent two-step optical parametric amplification. The numerical simulations and experiments using BBO crystals show an efficient frequency down conversion of visible ˜20 fs pulses from a commercial blue-pumped noncollinear optical parametric amplifier yielding 1.2-2.4 ?m tunable sub-100 ?J pulses with duration of 3 to 5 optical-cycles. The proposed method could be readily extended to generate few optical-cycle pulses in the mid-infrared spectral range (up to 5.5 ?m) using, e.g., LiIO3 and LiNbO3 crystals, as demonstrated by the numerical simulations. In these crystals, even shorter, two-optical-cycle mid-infrared pulses could be obtained at particular wavelengths where group velocity matching between the signal and idler waves is achieved.

  2. Aqueous alteration on main belt primitive asteroids: results from visible spectroscopy

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    Fornasier, S; Barucci, M A; Lazzarin, M

    2014-01-01

    This work focuses on the study of the aqueous alteration process which acted in the main belt and produced hydrated minerals on the altered asteroids. The aqueous alteration is particularly important for unraveling the processes occurring during the earliest times of the Solar System history, as it can give information both on the asteroids thermal evolution and on the localization of water sources in the asteroid belt. We present new spectral observations in the visible region of 80 asteroids belonging to the primitive classes C, G, F, B and P. We combine the present observations with the visible spectra of asteroids available in the literature for a total of 600 primitive main belt asteroids. Our analysis shows that the aqueous alteration sequence starts from the P-type objects, practically unaltered, and increases through the F, B, C, and G asteroids. Around 50% of the observed C-type asteroids show absorption features in the vis. range due to hydrated silicates, implying that more than 70% of them will ha...

  3. Multi-spectral materials: hybridisation of optical plasmonic filters and a terahertz metamaterial absorber

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    McCrindle, Iain J.H.; Grant, James; Drysdale, Timothy D.; Cumming, David R.S.

    2014-01-01

    Multi-spectral materials, using hybridised plasmonic and metamaterial structures, can simultaneously exhibit unique resonant phenomena over several decades of wavelengths. A multi-spectral material that combines a plasmonic colour filter array and a terahertz metamaterial absorber into a single material is a promising prospect for a coaxial multi-spectral imager operating in the visible, near IR, and terahertz wavebands.

  4. Methods for measuring the spectral reflectivity of advanced materials at high temperature

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    For investigation in the domain of advanced materials as well as for new technologies there is an urgent need for knowledge of the spectral reflectivity of the materials specially at high temperatures. However the methods available are mostly intended for measuring the model materials with specular or diffuse reflection surface. This is not quite correct since advanced materials have mixed specular diffuse reflection surfaces. New methods for reflectivity measurements of materials in the visible, near and middle infrared range at high temperature, regardless of surface texture, have been developed. The advantages of the methods proposed are as flows: (a) the facility of performing the reflectivity measurements for materials with mixed specular diffuse reflectance; (b) wide spectral range 0,38-8 micro m; (c) wide temperature range 300-3000 K; (d) high accuracy and rapid measurements. The methods are based on the following principals (i) Diffuse irradiation of the sample surface and the use of Helkholtz reciprocity principle to determine the directional hemispherical reflectivity ii) Pulse polychromatic probing of the sample by additional light source. The first principle excludes the influence of the angular reflection distribution of sample surface on data obtained. The second principle gives the possibility of simultaneous measurements of the reflectivity. The second principle gives the possibility of simultaneous measurements of the reflectivity in wide spectral range. On the basis of these principles for high temperature reflectometers have been developed and discussed here. (author)

  5. General approach to high power, coherent visible and ultraviolet light sources

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    Andersen, Martin Thalbitzer

    2009-01-01

    The main goal of this project is to develop a generic approach to synthesise any wavelength in the visible and UV spectral region based on sum frequency generation. The approach is based on a hybrid system combining solid state and semiconductor technology. The generation of light in the UV spectral region require nonlinear materials with a transparency range extending into the ultraviolet, the ability to sustain high photon energies and with the ability to obtain phasematching for the desired nonlinear conversion process. In this project experiments are conducted using three differently co-doped GdCOB crystals. The crystals are optimized for noncritical phasematching in the blue-UV spectral region through co-doping with Lu and Sc, a nonlinear coefficient for these crystals of 0.78, 0.81 and 0.89 pm/V are measured, which is comparable to LBO. The ability to adjust the noncritical phasematching by co-doping of these crystals makes them promising candidates for generation of light in the blue-UV region. A novelmethod for cavity dumping based on nonlinear frequency conversion is investigated. A high finesse laser is constructed with an intracavity nonlinear material inserted in a beam waist. The nonlinear material is phasematched to support sum frequency generation between the 1342nm circulating field in the cavity and a single pass passively Q-Switched 1064nm laser, effectively converting the circulating power whenever a single pass pulse is present. Furthermore the Q-Switched laser can easily be frequency doubled in a single pass configuration, therefore the nonlinear cavity dumping approach is suggested for the generation of 340nm UV light, using 532nm pulses to cavity dump a 946nm Nd:YAG laser. Furthermore experiments are conducted tripling a Q-switched 1064nm laser to 355nm by cascaded second harmonic and sum frequency generation using periodically poled KTP and BBO for the SHG and SFG process, respectively. The 355nm light is used to promote different photo induced reactions. The main limitation of reaching any desired wavelength in the visible spectrum using sum frequency generation is the limited laser lines available from efficient solid state lasers. One fundamental way to overcome this limitation is to use semiconductor lasers to provide one of the fundamental fields. The problem of using semiconductor lasers for nonlinear frequency conversion has previously been the lag of coherence of these devices. This problem can, however, to a large extent be solved using external cavity tapered diode lasers, which allows for the generation of coherent radiation at the watt power level. Using differently doped semiconductor materials these devices can potentially cover the wavelength range from the red and into the infrared spectral range. These devices are very efficient, however, the available devices in the visible region are still very inefficient, therefore a generic approach using high finesse solid state lasers with intracavity nonlinear materials and single pass tapered diode was sought to cover the shorter wavelength range. In this project more then 300mW of 488nm power is generated by direct sum frequency mixing of a solid state laser and a single pass external cavity tapered diode laser. The performance of the device is compared to systems where the output of the tapered diode laser is spatially filtered and to an all solid state laser system based on mixing with a single frequency Ti:Sapphire laser. Finally experiments with a semiconductor disk laser used as the high finesse cavity laser and sum frequency mixing with a single pass solid state laser is coniv ducted. These experiments show that it is possible to design systems exploiting the benefits of semiconductor based lasers and nonlinear sum frequency generation to cover large parts of the optical spectrum, which has previously been difficult to access due to the lag of efficient, coherent light sources

  6. Point-focus spectral splitting solar concentrator for multiple cells concentrating photovoltaic system

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    Maragliano, Carlo; Chiesa, Matteo; Stefancich, Marco

    2015-10-01

    In this paper we present and experimentally validate a low-cost design of a spectral splitting concentrator for the efficient conversion of solar energy. The optical device consists of a dispersive prismatic lens made of polycarbonate designed to simultaneously concentrate solar light and split it into its spectral components. With respect to our previous implementation, this device concentrates light along two axes and generates a light pattern compatible with the dimensions of a set of concentrating photovoltaic cells, while providing a higher concentration ratio. The mathematical framework and the constructive approach used for the design are presented and the device performance is simulated using ray-tracing software. We obtain spectral separation in the visible range within a 3 × 1 cm2 area and a maximum concentration of 210× for a single wavelength. The device is fabricated by injection molding and its performance is experimentally investigated. We measure an optical transmissivity above 90% in the range 400-800 nm and we observe a spectral distribution in good accordance with simulations. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of the device for cost effective high efficiency concentrated photovoltaic systems.

  7. Polarized spectral features of human breast tissues through wavelet transform and principal component analysis

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    Anita Gharekhan; Ashok N Oza; M B Sureshkumar; Asima Pradhan; Prasanta K Panigrahi

    2010-12-01

    Fluorescence characteristics of human breast tissues are investigated through wavelet transform and principal component analysis (PCA). Wavelet transform of polarized fluorescence spectra of human breast tissues is found to localize spectral features that can reliably differentiate different tissue types. The emission range in the visible wavelength regime of 500–700 nm is analysed, with the excitation wavelength at 488 nm using laser as an excitation source, where flavin and porphyrin are some of the active fluorophores. A number of global and local parameters from principal component analysis of both high- and low-pass coefficients extracted in the wavelet domain, capturing spectral variations and subtle changes in the diseased tissues are clearly identifiable.

  8. Recent variability of the solar spectral irradiance and its impact on climate modelling

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    Ermolli, I; de Wit, T Dudok; Krivova, N A; Tourpali, K; Weber, M; Unruh, Y C; Gray, L; Langematz, U; Pilewskie, P; Rozanov, E; Schmutz, W; Shapiro, A; Solanki, S K; Woods, T N

    2013-01-01

    The lack of long and reliable time series of solar spectral irradiance (SSI) measurements makes an accurate quantification of solar contributions to recent climate change difficult. Whereas earlier SSI observations and models provided a qualitatively consistent picture of the SSI variability, recent measurements by the SORCE satellite suggest a significantly stronger variability in the ultraviolet (UV) spectral range and changes in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) bands in anti-phase with the solar cycle. A number of recent chemistry-climate model (CCM) simulations have shown that this might have significant implications on the Earth's atmosphere. Motivated by these results, we summarize here our current knowledge of SSI variability and its impact on Earth's climate. We present a detailed overview of existing SSI measurements and provide thorough comparison of models available to date. SSI changes influence the Earth's atmosphere, both directly, through changes in shortwave (SW) heating and therefore, temp...

  9. Bright visible light emission from graphene

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    Kim, Young Duck; Kim, Hakseong; Cho, Yujin; Ryoo, Ji Hoon; Park, Cheol-Hwan; Kim, Pilkwang; Kim, Yong Seung; Lee, Sunwoo; Li, Yilei; Park, Seung-Nam; Shim Yoo, Yong; Yoon, Duhee; Dorgan, Vincent E.; Pop, Eric; Heinz, Tony F.; Hone, James; Chun, Seung-Hyun; Cheong, Hyeonsik; Lee, Sang Wook; Bae, Myung-Ho; Park, Yun Daniel

    2015-08-01

    Graphene and related two-dimensional materials are promising candidates for atomically thin, flexible and transparent optoelectronics. In particular, the strong light-matter interaction in graphene has allowed for the development of state-of-the-art photodetectors, optical modulators and plasmonic devices. In addition, electrically biased graphene on SiO2 substrates can be used as a low-efficiency emitter in the mid-infrared range. However, emission in the visible range has remained elusive. Here, we report the observation of bright visible light emission from electrically biased suspended graphene devices. In these devices, heat transport is greatly reduced. Hot electrons (˜2,800?K) therefore become spatially localized at the centre of the graphene layer, resulting in a 1,000-fold enhancement in thermal radiation efficiency. Moreover, strong optical interference between the suspended graphene and substrate can be used to tune the emission spectrum. We also demonstrate the scalability of this technique by realizing arrays of chemical-vapour-deposited graphene light emitters. These results pave the way towards the realization of commercially viable large-scale, atomically thin, flexible and transparent light emitters and displays with low operation voltage and graphene-based on-chip ultrafast optical communications.

  10. Selective spectral detection of continuum terahertz radiation

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    Kaufmann, P.; Marcon, R.; Marun, A.; Kudaka, A. S.; Bortolucci, E.; Zakia, M. B.; Diniz, J. A.; Cassiano, M. M.; Pereyra, P.; Godoy, R.; Timofeevsky, A. V.; Nikolaev, V. A.; Pereira Alves da Silva, A. M.; Fernandes, L. O. T.

    2010-07-01

    The knowledge of THz continuum spectra is essential to investigate the emission mechanisms by high energy particle acceleration processes. Technical challenges appear for obtaining selective spectral sensing in the far infrared range to diagnose radiation produced by solar flare burst emissions measured from space as well as radiation produced by high energy electrons in laboratory accelerators. Efforts are been carried out intended for the development of solar flare high cadence radiometers at two THz frequencies to operate outside the terrestrial atmosphere (i.e. at 3 and 7 THz). One essential requirement is the efficient suppression of radiation in the visible and near infrared. Experimental setups have been assembled for testing (a) THz transmission of "low-pass" filters: rough surface mirrors; membranes Zitex G110G and TydexBlack; (b) a fabricated 2.4 THz resonant grid band-pass filter transmission response for polarization and angle of incidence; (c) radiation response from distinct detectors: adapted commercial microbolometer array using HRFZ-Si window, pyroelectric module and Golay cell; qualitative detection of solar radiation at a sub-THz frequency has been tested with a microbolometer array placed at the focus of the 1.5 m reflector for submillimeter waves (SST) at El Leoncito, Argentina Andes.

  11. Validation of GOMOS vertical profiles using the stratospheric balloon-borne AMON and SALOMON UV-Visible spectrometers

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    Renard, J. B.; Chartier, M.; Berthet, G.; Robert, C.; Lemaire, T.; Pepe, F.; George, M.; Pirre, M.

    2003-04-01

    The stratospheric balloon-borne UV-visible spectrometers AMON and SALOMON, which uses stars and Moon as light source, respectively, were involved in the validation of the UV-visible spectrometer GOMOS onboard ENVISAT, which uses also stars as light source. A low spectral resolution UV-visible spectrometer, AMON-RA, is also implanted in the AMON gondola, for the validation of the GOMOS algorithm dedicated to the correction of the chromatic scintillation effect. A flight of SALOMON occurred in September 19, 2002, at mid latitude from Aire sur l’Adour, France. The night-time SALOMON and GOMOS measurements were conducted at the same time (around 21h30 TU) and with a spatial coincidence less than 250 km. Comparison of vertical profiles was done for an altitude in the 15-40 km range. While the global shape of the GOMOS and SALOMON ozone profiles are quite in agreement, the GOMOS NO2 and NO3 profiles are unrealistic when compared to SALOMON profiles. A reanalysis of the GOMOS transmission using algorithms already developed for SALOMON shows that accurate NO2 and NO3 profiles can be retrieved if DOAS technique and dedicated spectral windows are used. An AMON (and AMON-RA) flight and a new SALOMON flight should occurred at high latitude from Kiruna (northern Sweden) in January and March 2003, respectively. The same analyses as for the September 2002 flight will be conducted, including this time the OClO and aerosols extinction coefficient retrievals. Taking into account the effect of the chromatic scintillation on the transmission spectra, recommendations will be proposed in order to improve the GOMOS retrievals.

  12. Multi-Spectral Solar Telescope Array

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    Walker, Arthur B. C., Jr.; Lindblom, Joakim F.; O'Neal, Ray H.; Allen, Maxwell J.; Barbee, Troy W., Jr.; Hoover, Richard B.

    1990-01-01

    This paper descibes the design and the characteristics of the Multispectral Solar Telescope Array (MSSTA), a new rocket spectroheliograph to be launched in August 1990. The MSSTA includes five multilayer Ritchey-Chretien telescopes covering the spectral range 150-300 A and eight multilayer Herschelian telescopes covering the spectral range 40-1550 A, making it possible to obtain spectrohelipgrams over the soft X-ray/extreme UV/FUV spectral range. The MSSTA is expected to obtain information regarding the structure and dynamics of the solar atmosphere in the temperature range 10 to the 4th-10 to the 7th K.

  13. Two-dimensional solar spectropolarimetry with the KIS/IAA Visible Imaging Polarimeter

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    Beck, C; Kentischer, T J; Tritschler, A; Iniesta, J C del Toro

    2010-01-01

    Spectropolarimetry at high spatial and spectral resolution is a basic tool to characterize the magnetic properties of the solar atmosphere. We introduce the KIS/IAA Visible Imaging Polarimeter (VIP), a new post-focus instrument that upgrades the TESOS spectrometer at the German VTT into a full vector polarimeter. VIP is a collaboration between the KIS and the IAA. We describe the optical setup of VIP, the data acquisition procedure, and the calibration of the spectropolarimetric measurements. We show examples of data taken between 2005 and 2008 to illustrate the potential of the instrument. VIP is capable of measuring the four Stokes profiles of spectral lines in the range from 420 to 700 nm with a spatial resolution better than 0.5". Lines can be sampled at 40 wavelength positions in 60 s, achieving a noise level of about 2 x 10E-3 with exposure times of 300 ms and pixel sizes of 0.17" x 0.17" (2 x 2 binning). The polarization modulation is stable over periods of a few days, ensuring high polarimetric accura...

  14. Altered rock spectra in the visible and near infrared. [western Nevada

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    Hunt, G. R.; Ashley, R. P. (principal investigators)

    1979-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Visible and near-infrared (0.35 to 2.5 micron m) bidirectional reflection spectra recorded for a suite of well-characterized hydrothermally altered rock samples typically display well defined bands caused by both electronic and vibrational processes in the individual mineral constituents. Electronic transitions in the iron-bearing constituent minerals produce diagnostic minima near 0.43, 0.65, 0.85, and 0.93 micron m. Vibrational transitions in clay and water-bearing mineral constituents produce characteristic single or multiple features over limited spectral ranges near 1.4, 1.75, 1.9, 2.2, and 2.35 micron m. The most abundant feature-producing minerals present in these rocks are hematite, goethite, and alunite. Others frequently present are jarosite, kaolinite, potassium micas, pyrophyllite, montmorillonite, diaspore, and gypsum. The spectral region near 2.2 micron m is particularly important for detecting altered rocks by remote sensing.

  15. Vesta and the HED Meteorites: Comparison of Spectral Properties

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    Ammannito, E.; De Sanctis, M. C.; Fonte, S.; Magni, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Tosi, F.; Capria, M. T.; Blewett, D.; Combe, J. P.; Farina, M.; McCoord, T. B.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Palomba, E.; McSween, H.; Pieters, C.; Sunshine, J.; Titus, T. N.; Toplis, M.; Russell, C. T.; Raymond, C. A.

    2012-01-01

    We present the main results obtained comparing the visible-near infrared (VIS-NIR) spectra Vesta s surface with howardites, eucrites, diogenites (HEDs). HEDs are commonly associated with Vesta based on spectral similarities. Because of such association, much effort is being made to merge the information from HEDs as well as Vestoids with that from Vesta to characterize the lithologic diversity of the surface of this asteroid and to infer clues regarding its thermal history. The Dawn spacecraft, orbiting around Vesta since July 2011, is performing detailed observations of this body and thus improving our knowledge of its properties. Dawn s scientific payload includes an imaging spectrometer, VIR-MS, sensitive to the VIS-NIR spectral range. VIR-MS began acquiring spectra during the approach phase that started in May 2011 and will continue its observations through July 2012 when the spacecraft will depart Vesta to travel to Ceres. The observations are uniformly distributed in latitude and longitude, allowing a global view of Vesta s crustal spectral properties. Using the information provided by VIR spectra, we studied the distribution of the spectral heterogeneities on the surface and used our findings to perform a comparison with HED spectra in the VIS-NIR spectral range searching for analogies and/or incompatibilities. In our analysis, we utilized a method to compare the results obtained at microscopic scale on HED samples and the one obtained at macroscopic scale on the surface of Vesta. The intent of this study is to improve our understanding of the connection between Vesta and the HEDs, which is one of the primary Dawn scientific objectives. Dawn VIR spectra are characterized by pyroxene absorptions and most of the surface materials exhibit howardite-like spectra. However, some large areas can be interpreted to be material richer in diogenite (based on pyroxenes band depths and band centers) and some others like eucrite-rich howardite terrains. In particular, VIR data strongly indicate in the south polar region (Rheasilvia) the presence of Mg-pyroxene-rich terrains. The hypothesis that Vesta is the HED parent body is consistent with, and strengthened by, the geologic and spectral context for pyroxene distribution provided by VIR on Dawn.

  16. Asteroids - Spectral reflectance and color characteristics

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    Mccord, T. B.; Chapman, C. R.

    1975-01-01

    We present visible and near-infrared spectral reflectance curves for 35 asteroids, making a total sample of 67 including our previous work. Several previously unknown spectral types have been discovered. Absorption bands and other features, from which information about the surface composition of the asteroids can be derived, continue to appear. Sampling statistics suggest we have observed about half of the significantly different mineralogical assemblages present in the asteroid belt. There is a general, but imperfect, correlation between spectral type and semimajor axis, which is consistent with the hypothesis that meteorites are derived from the asteroid belt. The color-frequency histogram for the 67 objects is bimodal, probably associated with 'stony' objects and 'carbonaceous' objects. Hirayama family pairs usually show disparate spectral types. 19 Fortuna may show strikingly different photometric properties on opposite sides.

  17. [Research on the progress in the light-emitting mechanism of ZnO in the visible region].

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    Wang, Ji-hong; Xu, Chang-shan; Xue, Xiang-xin; Zhao, Bing

    2014-12-01

    In the past few years we have witnessed a revival of, and subsequent rapid expansion in, the research on zinc oxide (ZnO). We present a review of current research on the optical properties of ZnO. The wide range of useful properties displayed by ZnO has been recognized for a long time. The high electron mobility, high thermal conductivity, wide and direct band gap and large exciton binding energy make ZnO suitable for a wide range of devices, including two light-emitting tubes, transparent thin-film transistors, laser diodes that operate in the blue and ultraviolet region of the spectrum, and ultraviolet detector. Optically pumped lasing has been reported in ZnO platelets, ZnO thin films, and clusters consisting of ZnO nanocrystals and ZnO nanowires. Up to now, a number of synthetic methods including electrospinning, hydrothermal, sol-hydrothermal, chemical vapor deposition, spin coating and electrochemical deposition have been used to prepare ZnO nanomaterials such as nanofibers, nanowires, nanorods and so on. The growth and properties of ZnO nanostructures have been extensively studied, but the photoluminescence mechanism in the visible range has seldom been summarized. The photoluminescence spectra can reflect some important information such as surface defects and oxygen vacancies, surface states, photo-induced charge carrier separation and recombination processes in nano-sized semiconductor materials. The optical emission of ZnO is equally complex, with a variety of defect emission states whose structural origins remain controversial. A detailed discussion of photoluminescence, in the visible spectral range, is provided. In this review, we provided a detailed overview on the luminescence mechanism of ZnO nanostructures in the visible range. The review detail exhibits the following four mechanisms of the optical properties of ZnO in the visible range: the influence of the quantum confinement effect, the band edge modulation that has effect of photoluminescence, the influence of surface modification, and the control of defects' concentration. PMID:25881409

  18. Spectral Variability of FSRQs

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    Minfeng Gu; Y. L. Ai

    2011-03-01

    The optical variability of 29 flat spectrum radio quasars in SDSS Stripe 82 region are investigated by using DR7 released multi-epoch data. All FSRQs show variations with overall amplitude ranging from 0.24 mag to 3.46 mag in different sources. About half of FSRQs show a bluer-when-brighter trend, which is commonly observed for blazars. However, only one source shows a redder-when-brighter trend, which implies it is rare in FSRQs. In this source, the thermal emission may be responsible for the spectral behaviour.

  19. Infrared Spectra and Visibilities as Probes of the Outer Atmospheres of Red Supergiant Stars

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    Tsuji, Takashi

    2006-01-01

    In the light of the recent results of the stellar interferometry, we examine the nature of the extra molecular layer outside the photosphere of red super- giant stars, so far studied mostly with the use of the infrared spectra. Although the visibility data are more direct probes of the spatial structure of the outer atmosphere, it is essential that they are analyzed in combination with the spectral data of a wide spectral coverage. In the case of the M2 supergiant mu Cephei,...

  20. Visible spectroscopy in the DIII-D divertor

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    Spectroscopy measurements in the DIII-D divertor have been carried out with a survey spectrometer which provides simultaneous registration of the visible spectrum over the region 400--900 nm with a resolution of 0.2 nm. Broad spectral coverage is achieved through use of a fiberoptic transformer assembly to map the curved focal plane of a fast (f/3) Rowland spectrograph into a rastered format on the rectangular sensor area of a two-dimensional CCD camera. Vertical grouping of pixels during CCD readout integrates the signal intensity over the height of each spectral segment in the rastered image, minimizing readout time. For the full visible spectrum, readout time is 50 ms. Faster response time (< 10 ms) may be obtained by selecting for readout just a small number of the twenty spectral segments in the image on the CCD. Simultaneous recording of low charge states of carbon, oxygen and injected impurities has yielded information about gas recycling and impurity behavior at the divertor strike points. Transport of lithium to the divertor region during lithium pellet injection has been studied, as well as cumulative deposition of lithium on the divertor targets from pellet injection over many successive discharges

  1. Visible spectroscopy in the DIII-D divertor

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    Brooks, N.H. [General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States); Fehling, D.; Hillis, D.L.; Klepper, C.C. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Naumenko, N. [Inst. of Physics, Minsk (Belarus); Tugarinov, S. [TRINITI Lab., Troitsk (Russian Federation); Whyte, D.G. [INRS-Energie et Materiaux, Varennes, Quebec (Canada)

    1996-06-01

    Spectroscopy measurements in the DIII-D divertor have been carried out with a survey spectrometer which provides simultaneous registration of the visible spectrum over the region 400--900 nm with a resolution of 0.2 nm. Broad spectral coverage is achieved through use of a fiberoptic transformer assembly to map the curved focal plane of a fast (f/3) Rowland-circle spectrograph into a rastered format on the rectangular sensor area of a two-dimensional CCD camera. Vertical grouping of pixels during CCD readout integrates the signal intensity over the height of each spectral segment in the rastered image, minimizing readout time. For the full visible spectrum, readout time is 50 ms. Faster response time (< 10 ms) may be obtained by selecting for readout just a small number of the twenty spectral segments in the image on the CCD. Simultaneous recording of low charge states of carbon, oxygen and injected impurities has yielded information about gas recycling and impurity behavior at the divertor strike points. Transport of lithium to the divertor region during lithium pellet injection has been studied, as well as cumulative deposition of lithium on the divertor targets from pellet injection over many successive discharges.

  2. Visible and Near-Infrared Multispectral Analysis of Rocks at Meridiani Planum, Mars, by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity

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    Knoll, Andrew; Yen, Albert S.; Watters, Wesley A.; Thompson, Shane D.; Soderblom, Jason; Morris, Richard V.; Grotzinger, John P; Squyres, Steven W.; Scott M. McLennan; Jolliff, Bradley L.; Johnson, Jeffrey R; Bell, James F. III; Farrand, William H.

    2007-01-01

    [1] Multispectral measurements in the visible and near infrared of rocks at Meridiani Planum by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's Pancam are described. The Pancam multispectral data show that the outcrops of the Burns formation consist of two main spectral units which in stretched 673, 535, 432 nm color composites appear buff- and purple-colored. These units are referred to as the HFS and LFS spectral units based on higher and lower values of 482 to 535 nm slope. Spectral characteristi...

  3. A titanium nitride based metamaterial for applications in the visible

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    Naik, Gururaj V.; Saha, Bivas; Liu, Jing; Saber, Sammy M.; Stach, Eric A.; Irudayaraj, Joseph MK; Sands, Timothy D.; Shalaev, Vladimir M.; Boltasseva, Alexandra

    2013-01-01

    Epitaxially grown TiN/Al0.6Sc0.4N superlattice behaves as a hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM) in the visible range. Since HMMs enhance photonic-density-of-states and reduce lifetime of an emitter, we observed nine times decrease in lifetime of a dye molecule placed close to this HMM. © 2013 The Optical Society.

  4. Validation of UV-visible aerosol optical thickness retrieved from spectroradiometer measurements

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    C. Brogniez

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Global and diffuse UV-visible solar irradiances are routinely measured since 2003 with a spectroradiometer operated by the Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique (LOA located in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. The analysis of the direct irradiance derived by cloudless conditions enables retrieving the aerosol optical thickness (AOT spectrum in the 330–450 nm range. The site hosts also sunphotometers from the AERONET/PHOTONS network performing routinely measurements of the AOT at several wavelengths. On one hand, comparisons between the spectroradiometer and the sunphotometer AOT at 440 nm as well as, when available, at 340 and 380 nm, show good agreement: in 2003–2005 at 440 nm the correlation coefficient, the slope and the intercept of the regression line are [0.97, 0.95, 0.025], and in 2006 at 440, 380 and 340 nm they are [0.97, 1.00, ?0.013], [0.97, 0.98, ?0.007], and [0.98, 0.98, ?0.002] respectively. On the other hand, the AOT's spectral variations have been compared using the Angström exponents derived from AOT data at 340 and 440 nm for both instruments. The comparisons show that this parameter is difficult to retrieve accurately due to the small wavelength range and due to the weak AOT values. Thus, AOT derived at wavelengths outside the spectroradiometer range by means of an extrapolation using the Angström parameter would have large uncertainties, whereas spectroradiometer's spectral AOT could be used for direct validation of other AOT, such as those provided by satellite instruments.

  5. UV/visible camera for the Clementine mission

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    Kordas, J.F.; Lewis, I.T.; Priest, R.E. [and others

    1995-04-01

    This article describes the Clementine UV/Visible (UV/Vis) multispectral camera, discusses design goals and preliminary estimates of on-orbit performance, and summarizes lessons learned in building and using the sensor. While the primary objective of the Clementine Program was to qualify a suite of 6 light-weight, low power imagers for future Department of Defense flights, the mission also has provided the first systematic mapping of the complete lunar surface in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions. The 410 g, 4.65 W UV/Vis camera uses a 384 x 288 frame-transfer silicon CCD FPA and operates at 6 user-selectable wavelength bands between 0.4 and 1.1 {micro}m. It has yielded lunar imagery and mineralogy data with up to 120 in spatial resolution (band dependent) at 400 km periselene along a 39 km cross-track swath.

  6. Visible and infrared spectroscopy to evaluate soil quality in degraded sites: an applicative study in southern Italy

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    Ancona, Valeria; Matarrese, Raffaella; Salvatori, Rosamaria; Salzano, Roberto; Regano, Simona; Calabrese, Angelantonio; Campanale, Claudia; Felice Uricchio, Vito

    2014-05-01

    Land degradation processes like organic matter impoverishment and contamination are growing increasingly all over the world due to a non-rational and often sustainable spread of human activities on the territory. Consequently the need to characterize and monitor degraded sites is becoming very important, with the aim to hinder such main threats, which could compromise drastically, soil quality. Visible and infrared spectroscopy is a well-known technique/tool to study soil properties. Vis-NIR spectral reflectance, in fact, can be used to characterize spatial and temporal variation in soil constituents (Brown et al., 2006; Viscarra Rossel et al., 2006), and potentially its surface structure (Chappell et al., 2006, 2007). It is a rapid, non-destructive, reproducible and cost-effective analytical method to analyse soil properties and therefore, it can be a useful method to study land degradation phenomena. In this work, we present the results of proximal sensing investigations of three degraded sites (one affected by organic and inorganic contamination and two affected by soil organic matter decline) situated southern Italy close to Taranto city (in Apulia Region). A portable spectroradiometer (ASD-FieldSpec) was used to measure the reflectance properties in the spectral range between 350-2500 nm of the soil, in the selected sites, before and after a recovery treatment by using compost (organic fertilizer). For each measurement point the soil was sampled in order to perform chemical analyses to evaluate soil quality status. Three in-situ campaigns have been carried out (September 2012, June 2013, and September 2013), collecting about 20 soil samples for each site and for each campaign. Chemical and spectral analyses have been focused on investigating soil organic carbon, carbonate content, texture and, in the case of polluted site, heavy metals and organic toxic compounds. Statistical analyses have been carried out to test a prediction model of different soil quality indicators based on the spectral signatures behaviour of each sample ranging.

  7. : A Diaspora Coming to Visibility

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    Ragaru, Nadège; Dymi, Amilda

    2004-01-01

    The Albanian-American community in the United States became visible at the time of the NATO intervention in Kosovo in the Spring of 1999. The US government had promised to shelter 20,000 Kosovars expelled from their homeland by Serb-dominated Yugoslav forces (Michael Kranish and Mary Leonard, 1999). As refugees hit American soil, stories of family reunion and community solidarity were told in the local and national press. True, there had been earlier rallies in Washington organized by Albania...

  8. No-visible-scar cholecystectomy

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    Tadeusz M. Wróblewski; Sebastian Piotrowicz; Marcin Kotulski; Piotr Gierej; Bogna Ziarkiewicz-Wróblewska

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a laparoscopic method providing a good cosmetic effect,but requiring the application of special ports and instruments enabling the surgeon to perform the procedure.We report three-ports cholecystectomy through umbilical and suprapubic incisions performed with typical laparos -copic instruments which calls no-visible-scar cholecystectomy (NVSC).Material and methods: Twenty patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis were qualified for N...

  9. Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) on SOI for near-infrared range

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    Trojan, Philipp; Il' in, Konstantin; Henrich, Dagmar; Hofherr, Matthias; Doerner, Steffen; Siegel, Michael [Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme (IMS), Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT) (Germany); Semenov, Alexey [Institut fuer Planetenforschung, DLR, Berlin-Adlershof (Germany); Huebers, Heinz-Wilhelm [Institut fuer Planetenforschung, DLR, Berlin-Adlershof (Germany); Institut fuer Optik und Atomare Physik, Technische Universitaet Berlin (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors are promising devices for photon detectors with high count rates, low dark count rates and low dead times. At wavelengths beyond the visible range, the detection efficiency of today's SNSPDs drops significantly. Moreover, the low absorption in ultra-thin detector films is a limiting factor over the entire spectral range. Solving this problem requires approaches for an enhancement of the absorption range in feeding the light to the detector element. A possibility to obtain a better absorption is the use of multilayer substrate materials for photonic waveguide structures. We present results on development of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors made from niobium nitride on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) multilayer substrates. Optical and superconducting properties of SNSPDs on SOI will be discussed and compared with the characteristics of detectors on common substrates.

  10. Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening Detection Using Visible, Near Infrared and Thermal Imaging Techniques

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    Reza Ehsani

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This study demonstrates the applicability of visible-near infrared and thermal imaging for detection of Huanglongbing (HLB disease in citrus trees. Visible-near infrared (440–900 nm and thermal infrared spectral reflectance data were collected from individual healthy and HLB-infected trees. Data analysis revealed that the average reflectance values of the healthy trees in the visible region were lower than those in the near infrared region, while the opposite was the case for HLB-infected trees. Moreover, 560 nm, 710 nm, and thermal band showed maximum class separability between healthy and HLB-infected groups among the evaluated visible-infrared bands. Similarly, analysis of several vegetation indices indicated that the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI, Vogelmann red-edge index (VOG and modified red-edge simple ratio (mSR demonstrated good class separability between the two groups. Classification studies using average spectral reflectance values from the visible, near infrared, and thermal bands (13 spectral features as input features indicated that an average overall classification accuracy of about 87%, with 89% specificity and 85% sensitivity could be achieved with classification models such as support vector machine for trees with symptomatic leaves.

  11. Hard X-Ray Imaging of Individual Spectral Components in Solar Flares

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    Caspi, Amir; Shih, Albert Y.; McTiernan, James M.; Krucker, Säm

    2015-09-01

    We present a new analytical technique, combining Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic observations, to visualize solar flare emission as a function of spectral component (e.g., isothermal temperature) rather than energy. This computationally inexpensive technique is applicable to all spatially invariant spectral forms and is useful for visualizing spectroscopically determined individual sources and placing them in context, e.g., comparing multiple isothermal sources with nonthermal emission locations. For example, while extreme ultraviolet images can usually be closely identified with narrow temperature ranges, due to the emission being primarily from spectral lines of specific ion species, X-ray images are dominated by continuum emission and therefore have a broad temperature response, making it difficult to identify sources of specific temperatures regardless of the energy band of the image. We combine RHESSI calibrated X-ray visibilities with spatially integrated spectral models including multiple isothermal components to effectively isolate the individual thermal sources from the combined emission and image them separately. We apply this technique to the 2002 July 23 X4.8 event studied in prior works, and image for the first time the super-hot and cooler thermal sources independently. The super-hot source is farther from the footpoints and more elongated throughout the impulsive phase, consistent with an in situ heating mechanism for the super-hot plasma.

  12. Recent developments in laser and spectral instrumentation at IOS

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    Femtogram heavy metal detection limits (fg) at analysis of environment samples have been obtained with a modified laser excited atomic fluorescence spectrometer. A resonant multistep ionization spectrometer with selective laser ionization in capillary of atoms with radioactive nuclei is used as a chemically selective laser ion source in experiments in CERN for detecting exotic nuclei and obtaining isobarless isotope beams applied in new material research, astrophysics and nuclear physics problems. A laser femtosecond photoelectron projection spectromicroscope is developed for detection of single absorbing centers and nano structures on a surface with an atomic-molecular (nm) spatial resolution, its capability is considered for scientific researches and information technologies. A number of portable spectral instruments including based on new principles has been developed as well for using in these unique laser and spectral installations and for other applications: tunable high precision wavelength-controlled lasers; 10 modifications of CCD multichannel optical spectra registrators; emission spectrometers for express detecting more than 20 elements in metallic alloys, for analysis of soils, minerals and medicine diagnostics; new conception wide-application Fourier transform spectrometers for 400-12000 cm-1 range; a wide set of compact medium resolution spectrographs for visible and UV with high sensitive registration systems; a portable spectromicroscope for investigation of minerals; a compact intracavity millimeter-wave spectrometer based on an orotron for investigation of molecules and molecular complexes; a DNA biosensing dichrometer for high sensitive determination of biologically active components and compounds. (author)

  13. New observation strategies for the solar UV spectral irradiance

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    Kretzschmar Matthieu

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Many applications in space weather and in space situational awareness require continuous solar spectral irradiance measurements in the UV, and to a lesser degree in the visible band. Most space-borne solar radiometers are made out of two different parts: (i a front filter that selects the passband and (ii a detector that is usually based on silicon technology. Both are prone to degradation, which may be caused either by the degradation of the filter coating due to local deposition or to structural changes, or by the degradation of the silicon detector by solar radiative and energetic particle fluxes. In this study, we provide a theoretical analysis of the filter degradation that is caused by structural changes such as pinholes; contamination-induced degradation will not be considered. We then propose a new instrumental concept, which is expected to overcome, at least partially, these problems. We show how most of the solar UV spectrum can be reconstructed from the measurement of only five spectral bands. This instrumental concept outperforms present spectrometers in terms of degradation. This new concept in addition overcomes the need for silicon-based detectors, which are replaced by wide band gap material detectors. Front filters, which can contribute to in-flight degradation, therefore are not required, except for the extreme-UV (EUV range. With a small weight and a low telemetry, this concept may also have applications in solar physics, in astrophysics and in planetology.

  14. [Wavebands selection for rice information extraction based on spectral bands inter-correlation].

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    Wang, Fu-Min; Huang, Jing-Feng; Xu, Jun-Feng; Wang, Xiu-Zhen

    2008-05-01

    The hyperspectral remote sensing data usually involve hundreds or even thousands of narrow bands, which may be crucial for providing additional information with significant improvements over broad bands in quantifying biophysical and biochemical variables of agricultural crop. However, the huge data generated by hyperspectral systems, and the problems this presents for storage and analysis, have far prevented the routine use of such data. The objective of the present research was to identify the spectral bands in the visible and near-infrared range that were suitable for the study of rice. The hyperspectral reflectance of canopy in different development stages was measured in experimental field using a 1 nm-wide spectroradiometer but was aggregated to 10 nm-wide bandwidths to match the first spaceborne hyperspectral sensor, Hyperion. The correlation coefficients(r) between all the combinations of spectral bands were computed, and then they were converted to R2 , which constituted R2 matrices. The matrices were plotted against wavebands. The criterion of band selection is that the lower the R2 value, the less the redundancy between two wavebands while the higher R2 indicates that there is redundant information between two wavebands. According to the criterion, the wavebands corresponding to the first 100 minimum R2 values were selected from all canopy spectra collected on different dates. And then these bands were analyzed. The results indicate that the visible and infrared (NIR and SWIR) themselves contain redundant information. The wavebands containing abundant information of rice are located in specific bands in the longer wavelength portion of the visible region, with secondary clusters in red edge region, in strongly reflective near-infrared region with relatively higher reflectance, in one particular section of short wave near-infrared (SWIR) (1 530 nm) and in the second maximum reflectance region of SWIR (2 215 nm). Compared with the selected bands with other vegetation, rice seems to have three spectral regions of 400-410 nm, 630-650 nm and 1 520-1 540 nm, which exclusively depict the characteristics of rice. Moreover, this research identified 17 spectral bands in the visible and near-infrared region, which were 405, 565, 585, 605, 620, 640, 660, 680, 695, 705, 720, 740, 865, 910, 1 085, 1 530 and 2 215 nm. These bands contain the majority of the rice information content. A reduction in band number without significant information loss is important because it makes it possible to achieve fine spatial resolution without sacrificing the ability to characterize rice status. PMID:18720809

  15. Optical amplification of Pr3+ -doped ZBLA channel waveguides for visible Laser emission.

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    Olivier, M; Doualan, J-L; Camy, P; Lhermite, H; Pirasteh, P; Coulon, J N; Braud, A; Adam, J-L; Nazabal, V

    2012-10-22

    We report on the first observation of optical signal amplification in the visible range into praseodymium doped ZBLA glass channel waveguides obtained by ion exchange. Up to 30% signal amplification was obtained at 639 nm. This result shows the potential of rare earth doped fluoride glasses in the form of channel waveguides for integrated solid state visible laser sources. PMID:23187272

  16. Enhancing optical absorption of metal–organic frameworks for improved visible light photocatalysis:

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    Nasalevich, M.A.; Goesten, M.G.; Savenije, T.J.; Kapteijn, F (Freek); Gascon, J.

    2013-01-01

    NH2-MIL-125(Ti) has been post-synthetically functionalized with dye-like molecular fragments. The new material (methyl red-MIL- 125(Ti)) exhibits improved light absorption over a wide range of the visible spectrum, and shows enhanced photocatalytic oxidation activity under visible light illumination. The consequences of functionalization and the bottlenecks in MOF photochemistry are studied in detail.

  17. Visible-Light-Promoted Photoredox Syntheses of ?,?-Epoxy Ketones from Styrenes and Benzaldehydes under Alkaline Conditions.

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    Li, Jing; Wang, David Zhigang

    2015-11-01

    A range of styrenes and benzaldehydes were smoothly combined to form ?,?-epoxy ketones under the synergistic actions of photocatalyst Ru(bpy)3Cl2, tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BuOOH), cesium carbonate (Cs2CO3), and visible light irradiation. The process likely proceeds through visible-light-enabled photocatalytic generations of acyl radicals as key intermediates. PMID:26491880

  18. Visible minorities` educational choices in Canada

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    Bolbocean, Corneliu

    2009-01-01

    Paper investigates educational choices of visible minorities in Canada, educational attainment and choices over fields of study. Using 2001 Canada Census data and multinomial logistic regression, research finds that choices over level of education and field of study significantly differ among visible minorities. The choices of visible minorities’ males and females differentiate substantially; insights into visible minorities` culture and role of education might explain those differences. Math...

  19. Determination of sucrose content in sugar beet by portable visible and near-infrared spectroscopy

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    The feasibility of visible and near-infrared spectroscopy for measurement of the sucrose content of sugar beet was investigated with two portable spectrometers that cover the spectral regions of 400-1,100 nm and 900-1,600 nm, respectively. Spectra in interactance mode were collected first from 398 i...

  20. Gigabit polarization division multiplexing in visible light communication.

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    Wang, Yuanquan; Yang, Chao; Wang, Yiguang; Chi, Nan

    2014-04-01

    In this Letter, polarization division multiplexing is proposed and experimentally demonstrated for the first time that we know of, in visible light communication systems based on incoherent light emitting diodes and two orthogonal groups of linear polarizers. Spectrally efficient 16-ary quadrature amplitude modulation Nyquist single carrier frequency domain equalization is employed to obtain a maximum spectral efficiency. We achieve an aggregate data rate of 1??Gb/s, with bit error rate results for two polarization directions both below the 7% pre-forward-error-correction threshold of 3.8×10(-3) after 80 cm free-space transmission. Moreover, the cross talk between x and y polarization is also discussed and analyzed. PMID:24686614

  1. Controlled inert gas environment for enhanced chlorine and fluorine detection in the visible and near-infrared by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Efficient quantitative detection for halogens is necessary in a wide range of applications, ranging from pharmaceutical products to air polluting hazardous gases or organic compounds used as chemical weapons. Detection of the non-metallic elements such as fluorine (F) and chlorine (Cl) presents particular difficulty, because strong emission lines originating from their resonance states lie in the VUV spectral range (110-190 nm). In the present work we detect F and Cl in the upper visible and in the near IR (650-850 nm) under controlled inert gas ambient atmosphere. Investigation of the controlled atmosphere effects suggests that there exists an optimum pressure range that optimizes signal strength and quality. Ablation and ionization were achieved with a UV laser at 355 nm, and a gated GaAs photocathode-based detector was used for detection with quantum efficiency in the range of 20% in the wavelengths of interest. Our results indicate that our approach provides quantitative detection with linearity over at least two orders of magnitude that is achieved without the need for Internal Standardization Method, and improved limits of detection. In particular, fluorine has been detected for concentration values down to 0.03 wt.% Definite spectral assignment revealing all major emission lines centered around 837 nm for F and 687 nm for Cl has been obtained for the first time in Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy application

  2. A sampling approach for predicting the eating quality of apples using visible–near infrared spectroscopy

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    Vega, Mabel V Martínez; Sharifzadeh, Sara

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Visible–near infrared spectroscopy remains a method of increasing interest as a fast alternative for the evaluation of fruit quality. The success of the method is assumed to be achieved by using large sets of samples to produce robust calibration models. In this study we used representative samples of an early and a late season apple cultivar to evaluate model robustness (in terms of prediction ability and error) on the soluble solids content (SSC) and acidity prediction, in the wavelength range 400–1100?nm. RESULTS A total of 196 middle–early season and 219 late season apples (Malus domestica Borkh.) cvs ‘Aroma’ and ‘Holsteiner Cox’ samples were used to construct spectral models for SSC and acidity. Partial least squares (PLS), ridge regression (RR) and elastic net (EN) models were used to build prediction models. Furthermore, we compared three sub-sample arrangements for forming training and test sets (‘smooth fractionator’, by date of measurement after harvest and random). Using the ‘smoothfractionator’ sampling method, fewer spectral bands (26) and elastic net resulted in improved performance for SSC models of ‘Aroma’ apples, with a coefficient of variation CVSSC = 13%. The model showed consistently low errors and bias (PLS/EN: R2cal?=?0.60/0.60; SEC = 0.88/0.88°Brix; Biascal?=?0.00/0.00; R2val?=?0.33/0.44; SEP = 1.14/1.03; Biasval?=?0.04/0.03). However, the prediction acidity and for SSC (CV = 5%) of the late cultivar ‘Holsteiner Cox’ produced inferior results as compared with ‘Aroma’. CONCLUSION It was possible to construct local SSC and acidity calibration models for early season apple cultivars with CVs of SSC and acidity around 10%. The overall model performance of these data sets also depend on the proper selection of training and test sets. The ‘smooth fractionator’ protocol provided an objective method for obtaining training and test sets that capture the existing variability of the fruit samples for construction of visible–NIR prediction models. The implication is that by using such ‘efficient’ sampling methods for obtaining an initial sample of fruit that represents the variability of the population and for sub-sampling to form training and test sets it should be possible to use relatively small sample sizes to develop spectral predictions of fruit quality. Using feature selection and elastic net appears to improve the SSC model performance in terms of R2, RMSECV and RMSEP for ‘Aroma’ apples. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry

  3. A sampling approach for predicting the eating quality of apples using visible - near infrared spectroscopy

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    Martinez Vega, Mabel Virginia; Sharifzadeh, Sara

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Visible–near infrared spectroscopy remains a method of increasing interest as a fast alternative for the evaluation of fruit quality. The success of the method is assumed to be achieved by using large sets of samples to produce robust calibration models. In this study we used representative samples of an early and a late season apple cultivar to evaluate model robustness (in terms of prediction ability and error) on the soluble solids content (SSC) and acidity prediction, in the wavelength range 400–1100?nm. RESULTS A total of 196 middle–early season and 219 late season apples (Malus domestica Borkh.) cvs ‘Aroma’ and ‘Holsteiner Cox’ samples were used to construct spectral models for SSC and acidity. Partial least squares (PLS), ridge regression (RR) and elastic net (EN) models were used to build prediction models. Furthermore, we compared three sub-sample arrangements for forming training and test sets (‘smooth fractionator’, by date of measurement after harvest and random). Using the ‘smooth fractionator’ sampling method, fewer spectral bands (26) and elastic net resulted in improved performance for SSC models of ‘Aroma’ apples, with a coefficient of variation CVSSC = 13%. The model showed consistently low errors and bias (PLS/EN: R2cal?=?0.60/0.60; SEC = 0.88/0.88°Brix; Biascal?=?0.00/0.00; R2val?=?0.33/0.44; SEP = 1.14/1.03; Biasval?=?0.04/0.03). However, the prediction acidity and for SSC (CV = 5%) of the late cultivar ‘Holsteiner Cox’ produced inferior results as compared with ‘Aroma’. CONCLUSION It was possible to construct local SSC and acidity calibration models for early season apple cultivars with CVs of SSC and acidity around 10%. The overall model performance of these data sets also depend on the proper selection of training and test sets. The ‘smooth fractionator’ protocol provided an objective method for obtaining training and test sets that capture the existing variability of the fruit samples for construction of visible–NIR prediction models. The implication is that by using such ‘efficient’ sampling methods for obtaining an initial sample of fruit that represents the variability of the population and for sub-sampling to form training and test sets it should be possible to use relatively small sample sizes to develop spectral predictions of fruit quality. Using feature selection and elastic net appears to improve the SSC model performance in terms of R2, RMSECV and RMSEP for ‘Aroma’ apples. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry

  4. Study on the visibility of an electroluminescent display for automobiles; Jidoshayo EL display no shininsei

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    Matsumoto, N.; Harada, M.; Idogaki, T. [Denso Corp., Aichi (Japan)

    1997-10-01

    This report explores the visibility of an Electroluminescent (EL) display for automotive use. Displays for automobiles are exposed to the direct rays of the sun and forced to operate in wide temperature range. Therefore, luminous flux density by the lighting on EL display panel and operating environment temperature must be considered for the visibility evaluation. Sensory evaluation on the visibility and physical measurements such as contrast, chromaticity difference in accordance with the viewing angle change indicate that the visibility of the EL display for automobiles is advantageous over other displays. 6 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Spectral reflectance and discrimination of plutonic rocks in the 0.45- to 2.45-micron region

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    Blom, R. G.; Abrams, M. J.; Adams, H. G.

    1980-01-01

    Visible and near-infrared field spectral reflectance measurements of plutonic rocks were acquired in the 0.45- to 2.45-micron region with a portable field reflectance spectrometer. These spectra were used to determine spectral signatures for the various rock types and to evaluate the separability of these rocks based on their spectral characteristics. A total of 135 samples were divided into 11 groups based on their mineralogy. These 11 groups approximately correspond to traditional rock classifications and include five granitic groups, three gabbroic groups, and three ultramafic groups. The positions, intensity, and presence of iron, CO3(-2), and Al-OH and Mg-OH absorption bands varied among the 11 groups. Each rock group also had a range of albedos characteristic of the group. Stepwise linear discriminant analysis was performed on the spectral data to determine the separability of the 11 groups. Classification accuracy for 30 equally spaced wavelength bands between 0.45 and 2.45 microns was 78% with 10% serious misclassifications. The same analysis was repeated, limiting the spectral data to the wavelength regions corresponding to the proposed Landsat D thematic mapper scanner.

  6. Understanding and Approaching Muslim Visibilities

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    Schmidt, Garbi

    2011-01-01

    Within Western nation-states such as Denmark, Islamic identities are often seen as inherently and divergently visible, an aspect that some argue is detrimental to the secular nation-state. From a research perspective, one way to nuance this position is by focusing on groups of 'invisible' Muslims. Another path, which I pursue here, is to situate the activism of Muslims in the historical fabric of the neighbourhood(s) in which they live, in this case the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Nrrebro. Given...

  7. Visibility of sutures of the orbit and periorbital region using multidetector computed tomography

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    Gufler, Hubert; Preis, Markus; Koesling, Sabrina [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Germany)

    2014-12-15

    Knowledge of cranial suture morphology is crucial in emergency medicine, forensic medicine, and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. This study assessed the visibility of sutures of the orbit and periorbital region on multidetector computed tomography. Multidetector computed tomography scans of 200 patients (127 males, 73 females; mean age 51.3 years; range, 6-92 years) were evaluated retrospectively. The slice thicknesses varied from 0.5 to 1 mm, and the tube current from 25 to 370 mAs, depending on the CT indication. The visibility of sutures was estimated according to a 4-point scale from 'not visible to well visible' The chi-squared test was used to test the association of the visibility of sutures with the slice thickness, tube current, and age of patients. Statistical significance was assumed at p < 0.05. Overall, best visibility was found for the sutura frontozygomatica (98%), sutura frontonasalis (88.5%), and sutura sphenozygomatica (71.5%), followed by the sutura zygomaticomaxillaris (65.8%), sutura temporozygomatica (41.8%), sutura frontomaxillaris (44.5%), and sutura sphenofrontalis (31%). Poor visibility was found for the sutura frontolacrimalis (16.8%) and sutura frontoethmoidalis (1.3%). The sutura ethmoidomaxillaris, sutura lacrimomaxillaris, and sutura ethmoidolacrimalis were not visible. Although the sutures of the superior, lateral, and inferior orbit are well visible, those of the medial orbit are poorly visible on CT scans.

  8. Adaptive Spectral Doppler Estimation

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    Gran, Fredrik; Jakobsson, Andreas; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, 2 adaptive spectral estimation techniques are analyzed for spectral Doppler ultrasound. The purpose is to minimize the observation window needed to estimate the spectrogram to provide a better temporal resolution and gain more flexibility when designing the data acquisition sequence. The methods can also provide better quality of the estimated power spectral density (PSD) of the blood signal. Adaptive spectral estimation techniques are known to pro- vide good spectral resolution a...

  9. White-light spectral interferometric technique used to measure the dispersion of the group birefringence of a uniaxial crystal

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    Hlubina, Petr

    2005-06-01

    A new spectral-domain interferometric technique employing a simple experimental setup is used to measure the group birefringence of a uniaxial crystal of known thickness over the wavelength range of the visible spectrum. The experimental setup comprising a white-light source, a Michelson interferometer, a polarizer, a uniaxial crystal, an analyzer, and a low-resolution spectrometer is utilized to record a series of spectral interferograms for different optical path differences (OPDs) adjusted in the Michelson interferometer. The spectral interferograms include interference fringes resolved only in a narrow spectral range around the so-called equalization wavelength at which the overall group OPD between interfering beams is zero. We measure the equalization wavelength as a function of the OPD in the Michelson interferometer to obtain directly the wavelength dependence of the group birefringence of a calcite crystal. Using the calcite crystal of two different thicknesses, we confirm that the measured dispersion of the group birefringence agrees well with the theoretical one. The thicknesses of the calcite crystal are also determined precisely from the slopes of linear dependences of the measured OPDs on the theoretical group birefringences.

  10. Power-scalable tunable UV, visible, and NIR generation from an ultrafast fiber OPA based on four wave mixing in PCF

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    Yarrow, Michael J.; Wadsworth, William J.; Lavoute, Laure; Clowes, John R.; Grudinin, Anatoly B.

    2012-02-01

    An ultrafast fiber MOPA was developed which delivered high average power and rapid and continuous tunability over the range 1035 - 1070 nm. Through FWM in a single PCF, this source generated greater than 30% conversion efficiency to a narrow linewidth signal with tunability from 720 to 880 nm and a corresponding idler tunable from 1370 to 1880 nm. Generation of tunable signal SHG, signal-pump SFG, pump SHG and pump-idler SFG were demonstrated in a single angle tuned BBO crystal. The combined system enabled tunability over large portions of the UV, visible and NIR spectral range from 370 - 1900 nm with a very simple setup. There is scope for power scaling of the source and extending the wavelength coverage.

  11. Optical Spectral Variability of Blazars

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    Haritma Gaur

    2014-09-01

    It is well established that blazars show flux variations in the complete electromagnetic (EM) spectrum on all possible time scales ranging from a few tens of minutes to several years. Here, we report the review of optical flux and spectral variability properties of different classes of blazars on IDV and STV time-scales. Our analysis show HSPs are less variable in optical bands as compared to LSPs. Also, we investigated the spectral slope variability and found that the average spectral slopes of LSPs showed a good agreement with the synchrotron self-Compton loss-dominated model. However, spectra of the HSPs and FSRQs have significant additional emission components. In general, spectra of BL Lacs get flatter when they become brighter, while for FSRQs the opposite trend appears to hold.

  12. Visible Nulling Coronagraphy Testbed Development for Exoplanet Detection

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    Lyon, Richard G.; Clampin, Mark; Woodruff, Robert A.; Vasudevan, Gopal; Thompson, Patrick; Chen, Andrew; Petrone, Peter; Booth, Andrew; Madison, Timothy; Bolcar, Matthew; Noecker, M. Charley; Kendrick, Stephen; Melnick, Gary; Tolls, Volker

    2010-01-01

    Three of the recently completed NASA Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept (ASMC) studies addressed the feasibility of using a Visible Nulling Coronagraph (VNC) as the prime instrument for exoplanet science. The VNC approach is one of the few approaches that works with filled, segmented and sparse or diluted aperture telescope systems and thus spans the space of potential ASMC exoplanet missions. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has a well-established effort to develop VNC technologies and has developed an incremental sequence of VNC testbeds to advance the this approach and the technologies associated with it. Herein we report on the continued development of the vacuum Visible Nulling Coronagraph testbed (VNT). The VNT is an ultra-stable vibration isolated testbed that operates under high bandwidth closed-loop control within a vacuum chamber. It will be used to achieve an incremental sequence of three visible light nulling milestones of sequentially higher contrasts of 10(exp 8) , 10(exp 9) and 10(exp 10) at an inner working angle of 2*lambda/D and ultimately culminate in spectrally broadband (>20%) high contrast imaging. Each of the milestones, one per year, is traceable to one or more of the ASMC studies. The VNT uses a modified Mach-Zehnder nulling interferometer, modified with a modified "W" configuration to accommodate a hex-packed MEMS based deformable mirror, a coherent fiber bundle and achromatic phase shifters. Discussed will be the optical configuration laboratory results, critical technologies and the null sensing and control approach.

  13. Spectral Classification Beyond M

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    Leggett, S K; Burgasser, A J; Jones, H R A; Marley, M S; Tsuji, T

    2004-01-01

    Significant populations of field L and T dwarfs are now known, and we anticipate the discovery of even cooler dwarfs by Spitzer and ground-based infrared surveys. However, as the number of known L and T dwarfs increases so does the range in their observational properties, and difficulties have arisen in interpreting the observations. Although modellers have made significant advances, the complexity of the very low temperature, high pressure, photospheres means that problems remain such as the treatment of grain condensation as well as incomplete and non-equilibrium molecular chemistry. Also, there are several parameters which control the observed spectral energy distribution - effective temperature, grain sedimentation efficiency, metallicity and gravity - and their effects are not well understood. In this paper, based on a splinter session, we discuss classification schemes for L and T dwarfs, their dependency on wavelength, and the effects of the parameters T_eff, f_sed, [m/H] and log g on optical and infra...

  14. Visible Light Communications towards 5G

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available 5G networks have to offer extremely high capacity for novel streaming applications. One of the most promising approaches is to embed large numbers of co-operating small cells into the macro-cell coverage area. Alternatively, optical wireless based technologies can be adopted as an alternative physical layer offering higher data rates. Visible light communications (VLC is an emerging technology for future high capacity communication links (it has been accepted to 5GPP in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum (~370–780 nm utilizing light-emitting diodes (LEDs simultaneously provide data transmission and room illumination. A major challenge in VLC is the LED modulation bandwidths, which are limited to a few MHz. However, myriad gigabit speed transmission links have already been demonstrated. Non line-of-sight (NLOS optical wireless is resistant to blocking by people and obstacles and is capable of adapting its’ throughput according to the current channel state information. Concurrently, organic polymer LEDs (PLEDs have become the focus of enormous attention for solid-state lighting applications due to their advantages over conventional white LEDs such as ultra-low costs, low heating temperature, mechanical flexibility and large photoactive areas when produced with wet processing methods. This paper discusses development of such VLC links with a view to implementing ubiquitous broadcasting networks featuring advanced modulation formats such as orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM or carrier-less amplitude and phase modulation (CAP in conjunction with equalization techniques. Finally, this paper will also summarize the results of the European project ICT COST IC1101 OPTICWISE (Optical Wireless Communications - An Emerging Technology dealing VLC and OLEDs towards 5G networks.

  15. Visible/near-infrared spectra of experimentally shocked plagioclase feldspars

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    Johnson, J.R.; Horz, F.

    2003-01-01

    High shock pressures cause structural changes in plagioclase feldspars such as mechanical fracturing and disaggregation of the crystal lattice at submicron scales, the formation of diaplectic glass (maskelynite), and genuine melting. Past studies of visible/ near-infrared spectra of shocked feldspars demonstrated few spectral variations with pressure except for a decrease in the depth of the absorption feature near 1250-1300 nm and an overall decrease in reflectance. New visible/near-infrared spectra (400-2500 nm) of experimentally shocked (17-56 GPa) albite- and anorthite-rich rock powders demonstrate similar trends, including the loss of minor hydrated mineral bands near 1410, 1930, 2250, and 2350 nm. However, the most interesting new observations are increases in reflectance at intermediate pressures, followed by subsequent decreases in reflectance at higher pressures. The amount of internal scattering and overall sample reflectance is controlled by the relative proportions of micro-fractures, submicron grains, diaplectic glass, and melts formed during shock metamorphism. We interpret the observed reflectance increases at intermediate pressures to result from progressively larger proportions of submicron feldspar grains and diaplectic glass. The ensuing decreases in reflectance occur after diaplectic glass formation is complete and the proportion of genuine melt inclusions increases. The pressure regimes over which these reflectance variations occur differ between albite and anorthite, consistent with thermal infrared spectra of these samples and previous studies of shocked feldspars. These types of spectral variations associated with different peak shock pressures should be considered during interpretation and modeling of visible/near-infrared remotely sensed spectra of planetary and asteroidal surfaces.

  16. Near-infrared interferometry of ? Carinae with spectral resolutions of 1 500 and 12 000 using AMBER/VLTI

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    Weigelt, G.; Kraus, S.; Driebe, T.; Petrov, R. G.; Hofmann, K.-H.; Millour, F.; Chesneau, O.; Schertl, D.; Malbet, F.; Hillier, J. D.; Gull, T.; Davidson, K.; Domiciano de Souza, A.; Antonelli, P.; Beckmann, U.; Bresson, Y.; Chelli, A.; Dugué, M.; Duvert, G.; Gennari, S.; Glück, L.; Kern, P.; Lagarde, S.; Le Coarer, E.; Lisi, F.; Perraut, K.; Puget, P.; Rantakyrö, F.; Robbe-Dubois, S.; Roussel, A.; Tatulli, E.; Zins, G.; Accardo, M.; Acke, B.; Agabi, K.; Altariba, E.; Arezki, B.; Aristidi, E.; Baffa, C.; Behrend, J.; Blöcker, T.; Bonhomme, S.; Busoni, S.; Cassaing, F.; Clausse, J.-M.; Colin, J.; Connot, C.; Delboulbé, A.; Feautrier, P.; Ferruzzi, D.; Forveille, T.; Fossat, E.; Foy, R.; Fraix-Burnet, D.; Gallardo, A.; Giani, E.; Gil, C.; Glentzlin, A.; Heiden, M.; Heininger, M.; Hernandez Utrera, O.; Kamm, D.; Kiekebusch, M.; Le Contel, D.; Le Contel, J.-M.; Lesourd, T.; Lopez, B.; Lopez, M.; Magnard, Y.; Marconi, A.; Mars, G.; Martinot-Lagarde, G.; Mathias, P.; Mège, P.; Monin, J.-L.; Mouillet, D.; Mourard, D.; Nussbaum, E.; Ohnaka, K.; Pacheco, J.; Perrier, C.; Rabbia, Y.; Rebattu, S.; Reynaud, F.; Richichi, A.; Robini, A.; Sacchettini, M.; Schöller, M.; Solscheid, W.; Spang, A.; Stee, P.; Stefanini, P.; Tallon, M.; Tallon-Bosc, I.; Tasso, D.; Testi, L.; Vakili, F.; von der Lühe, O.; Valtier, J.-C.; Vannier, M.; Ventura, N.; Weis, K.; Wittkowski, M.

    2007-03-01

    Aims: We present the first NIR spectro-interferometry of the LBV ? Carinae. The observations were performed with the AMBER instrument of the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) using baselines from 42 to 89 m. The aim of this work is to study the wavelength dependence of ? Car's optically thick wind region with a high spatial resolution of 5 mas (11 AU) and high spectral resolution. Methods: The observations were carried out with three 8.2 m Unit Telescopes in the K-band. The raw data are spectrally dispersed interferograms obtained with spectral resolutions of 1500 (MR-K mode) and 12 000 (HR-K mode). The MR-K observations were performed in the wavelength range around both the He I 2.059 ?m and the Br? 2.166 ?m emission lines, the HR-K observations only in the Br? line region. Results: The spectrally dispersed AMBER interferograms allow the investigation of the wavelength dependence of the visibility, differential phase, and closure phase of ? Car. In the K-band continuum, a diameter of 4.0±0.2 mas (Gaussian FWHM, fit range 28-89 m baseline length) was measured for ? Car's optically thick wind region. If we fit Hillier et al. (2001, ApJ, 553, 837) model visibilities to the observed AMBER visibilities, we obtain 50% encircled-energy diameters of 4.2, 6.5 and 9.6 mas in the 2.17 ?m continuum, the He I, and the Br? emission lines, respectively. In the continuum near the Br? line, an elongation along a position angle of 120°±15° was found, consistent with previous VINCI/VLTI measurements by van Boekel et al. (2003, A&A, 410, L37). We compare the measured visibilities with predictions of the radiative transfer model of Hillier et al. (2001), finding good agreement. Furthermore, we discuss the detectability of the hypothetical hot binary companion. For the interpretation of the non-zero differential and closure phases measured within the Br? line, we present a simple geometric model of an inclined, latitude-dependent wind zone. Our observations support theoretical models of anisotropic winds from fast-rotating, luminous hot stars with enhanced high-velocity mass loss near the polar regions. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile, within the AMBER guaranteed time programme 074.A-9025 and the VLTI science demonstration programme 074.A-9024.

  17. A Femtosecond Visible/Visible and Visible/Mid-Infrared Transient Absorption Study of the Light Harvesting Complex II

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    Stahl, Andreas D.; Di Donato, Mariangela; Van Stokkum, Ivo; Grondelle, Rienk van; Groot, Marie Louise

    2009-01-01

    Light harvesting complex II (LHCII) is the most abundant protein in the thylakoid membrane of higher plants and green algae. LHCII acts to collect solar radiation, transferring this energy mainly toward photosystem II, with a smaller amount going to photosystem I; it is then converted into a chemical, storable form. We performed time-resolved femtosecond visible pump/mid-infrared probe and visible pump/visible probe absorption difference spectroscopy on purified LHCII to gain insight into the...

  18. Catadioptric lenses in Visible Light Communications

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    Garcia-Marquez, J.; Valencia, J. C.; Perez, H.; Topsu, S.

    2015-04-01

    Since few years ago, visible light communications (VLC) have experience an accelerated interest from a research point of view. The beginning of this decade has seen many improvements in VLC at an electronic level. High rates of transmission at low bit error ratios (BER) have been reported. A few numbers of start-ups have initiated activities to offer a variety of applications ranging from indoor geo-localization to internet, but in spite of these advancements, some other problems arise. Long-range transmissions mean a high BER which reduce the number of applications. In this sense, new redesigned optical collectors or in some cases, optical reflectors must be considered to ensure a low BER at higher distance transmissions. Here we also expose a preliminary design of a catadioptric and monolithical lens for a LI-FI receiver with two rotationally symmetrical main piecewise surfaces za and zb. These surfaces are represented in a system of cylindrical coordinates with an anterior surface za with a central and refractive sector surrounded by a peripheral reflective sector and a back piecewise surface zb with a central refractive sector and a reflective sector, both characterized as ideal for capturing light within large acceptance angles.

  19. Pancharatnam-Berry phase optical elements for wavefront shaping in the visible domain: switchable helical modes generation

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    Marrucci, L.; Manzo, C.; PAPARO, D.

    2007-01-01

    We report the realization of a Pancharatnam-Berry phase optical element [Z. Bomzon, G. Biener, V. Kleiner, and E. Hasman, Opt. Lett. \\textbf{27}, 1141 (2002)] for wavefront shaping working in the visible spectral domain, based on patterned liquid crystal technology. This device generates helical modes of visible light with the possibility of electro-optically switching between opposite helicities by controlling the handedness of the input circular polarization. By cascading ...

  20. Retrieval of spectral aerosol optical thickness over land using ocean color sensors MERIS and SeaWiFS

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available For the determination of aerosol optical thickness (AOT Bremen AErosol Retrieval (BAER has been developed. Method and main influences on the aerosol retrieval are described together with validation and results. The retrieval separates the spectral aerosol reflectance from surface and Rayleigh path reflectance for the shortwave range of the measured spectrum of top-of-atmosphere reflectance less than 0.670 ?m. The advantage of MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer on ENVISAT and SeaWiFS (Sea viewing Wide Fiels Sensor on OrbView-2 observations are the existence of several spectral channels in the blue and visible range enabling the spectral determination of AOT in 7 (or 6 channels (0.412–0.670 ?m and additionally channels in the NIR, which can be used to characterize the surface properties. A dynamical spectral surface reflectance model for different surface types is used to obtain the spectral surface reflectance for this separation. Normalized differential vegetation index (NDVI, taken from the satellite observations, is the model input. Further surface BRDF is considered by the Raman-Pinty-Verstraete (RPV model. Spectral AOT is obtained from aerosol reflectance using look-up-tables, obtained from radiative transfer calculations with given aerosol phase functions and single scattering albedos either from aerosol models, given by OPAC or from experimental campaigns. Validations of the obtained AOT retrieval results with AERONET data over Europe gave a preference for experimental phase functions derived from almucantar measurements. Finally long-term observations of SeaWiFS have been investigated for trends in AOT.

  1. Retrieval of spectral aerosol optical thickness over land using ocean color sensors MERIS and SeaWiFS

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    W. von Hoyningen-Huene

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available For the determination of aerosol optical thickness (AOT Bremen AErosol Retrieval (BAER has been developed. Method and main features on the aerosol retrieval are described together with validation and results. The retrieval separates the spectral aerosol reflectance from surface and Rayleigh path reflectance for the shortwave range of the measured spectrum of top-of-atmosphere reflectance for wavelength less than 0.670 ?m. The advantage of MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer on the Environmental Satellite – ENVISAT – of the European Space Agency – ESA and SeaWiFS (Sea viewing Wide Field Sensor on OrbView-2 spacecraft observations is the availability of several spectral channels in the blue and visible range enabling the spectral determination of AOT in 7 (or 6 channels (0.412–0.670 ?m and additionally channels in the NIR, which can be used to characterize the surface properties. A dynamical spectral surface reflectance model for different surface types is used to obtain the spectral surface reflectance for this separation. The normalized differential vegetation index (NDVI, taken from the satellite observations, is the model input. Further surface bi-directional reflectance distribution function (BRDF is considered by the Raman-Pinty-Verstraete (RPV model. Spectral AOT is obtained from aerosol reflectance using look-up-tables, obtained from radiative transfer calculations with given aerosol phase functions and single scattering albedos either from aerosol models, given by model package "optical properties of aerosol components" (OPAC or from experimental campaigns. Validations of the obtained AOT retrieval results with data of Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET over Europe gave a preference for experimental phase functions derived from almucantar measurements. Finally long-term observations of SeaWiFS have been investigated for 11 year trends in AOT. Western European regions have negative trends with decreasing AOT with time. For the investigated Asian region increasing AOT have been found.

  2. Hyperspectral visible-near infrared imaging for the detection of waxed rice

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    Zhao, Mantong

    2014-11-01

    Presently, unscrupulous traders in the market use the industrial wax to wax the rice. The industrial wax is a particularly hazardous substance. Visible-near infrared hyperspectral images (400-1,000 nm) can be used for the detection of the waxed rice and the non-waxed rice. This study was carried out to find effective testing methods based on the visible-near infrared imaging spectrometry to detect whether the rice was waxed or not. An imaging spectroscopy system was assembled to acquire hyperspectral images from 80 grains of waxed rice and 80 grains of non-waxed rice over visible and near infrared spectral region. Spectra of 100 grains of rice were analyzed by principal component analysis (PCA) to extract the information of hyperspectral images. PCA provides an effective compressed representation of the spectral signal of each pixel in the spectral domain. We used PCA to acquire the effective wavelengths from the spectra. Based on the effective wavelengths, the predict models were set up by using partial least squares (PLS) analysis and linear discriminant analysis (LDA). Also, compared with the PLS of 80% for the waxed rice and 86.7% for the non-waxed rice detection rate, LDA gives 93.3% and 96.7% detection rate. The results demonstrated that the LDA could detect the waxed rice better, while illustrating the hyperspectral imaging technique with the visible-near infrared region could be a reliable method for the waxed rice detection.

  3. Development of tunable Fabry-Perot spectral camera and light source for medical applications

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    Kaarre, M.; Kivi, S.; Panouillot, P. E.; Saari, H.; Mäkynen, J.; Sorri, I.; Juuti, M.

    2013-05-01

    VTT has developed a fast, tunable Fabry-Perot (FP) filter component and applied it in making small, lightweight spectral cameras and light sources. One application field where this novel technology is now tested is medical field. A demonstrator has been made to test the applicability of FP based spectral filtering in the imaging of retina in visible light wavelength area.

  4. On Functionality of Visibly Pushdown Transducers

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    Filiot, Emmanuel; Raskin, Jean-François; Reynier, Pierre-Alain; Servais, Frédéric; Talbot, Jean-Marc

    2010-01-01

    Visibly pushdown transducers form a subclass of pushdown transducers that (strictly) extends finite state transducers with a stack. Like visibly pushdown automata, the input symbols determine the stack operations. In this paper, we prove that functionality is decidable in PSpace for visibly pushdown transducers. The proof is done via a pumping argument: if a word with two outputs has a sufficiently large nesting depth, there exists a nested word with two outputs whose nestin...

  5. Beyond Language Equivalence on Visibly Pushdown Automata

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    Srba, Jiri

    2009-01-01

    We study (bi)simulation-like preorder/equivalence checking on the class of visibly pushdown automata and its natural subclasses visibly BPA (Basic Process Algebra) and visibly one-counter automata. We describe generic methods for proving complexity upper and lower bounds for a number of studied preorders and equivalences like simulation, completed simulation, ready simulation, 2-nested simulation preorders/equivalences and bisimulation equivalence. Our main results are that all the mentioned equ...

  6. The Value of User-Visible Internet Cryptography

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    Brooke, Phillip J.; Richard F. Paige

    2013-01-01

    Cryptographic mechanisms are used in a wide range of applications, including email clients, web browsers, document and asset management systems, where typical users are not cryptography experts. A number of empirical studies have demonstrated that explicit, user-visible cryptographic mechanisms are not widely used by non-expert users, and as a result arguments have been made that cryptographic mechanisms need to be better hidden or embedded in end-user processes and tools. O...

  7. Indoor Positioning in High Speed OFDM Visible Light Communications

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    Aminikashani, Mohammadreza; Gu, Wenjun; Kavehrad, Mohsen

    2015-01-01

    Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology using light emitting diodes (LEDs) has been gaining increasing attention in recent years as it is appealing for a wide range of applications such as indoor positioning. Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) has been applied to indoor wireless optical communications in order to mitigate the effect of multipath distortion of the optical channel as well as increasing data rate. In this paper, we investigate the indoor pos...

  8. Spectral analysis of signals the missing data case

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    Wang, Yanwei

    2006-01-01

    Spectral estimation is important in many fields including astronomy, meteorology, seismology, communications, economics, speech analysis, medical imaging, radar, sonar, and underwater acoustics. Most existing spectral estimation algorithms are devised for uniformly sampled complete-data sequences. However, the spectral estimation for data sequences with missing samples is also important in many applications ranging from astronomical time series analysis to synthetic aperture radar imaging with angular diversity. For spectral estimation in the missing-data case, the challenge is how to extend t

  9. Eye safe laser range finders

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    During the 1970's, Ruby (Q switched) laser based range finders with a wavelength of 694nm were first used. These lasers operated in a pulse mode within the visible light range and produced a risk for the eye retina. The laser beam striking the macula could damage the eye and might cause blindness. Over the years, Nd:YAG (Q switched) lasers were developed (operating at 1064nm) for range finding and designation uses. The wavelength of these lasers, operating in the near Infra-Red range (invisible), is also focused tightly on the retina. The human eye does not respond to the invisible light so there is no natural protection (eye blink reflex) as in the visible light. The operation of these lasers worldwide, especially when the laser beam is exposed, causes occasional eye accidents. Another risk is stemming from the use of observation systems with a high optical gain, in the laser operation areas, which enlarge the range of risk quite significantly. Therefore, research and development efforts were invested in order to introduce eye safe lasers. One of the solutions for this problem is presented in following document

  10. The spectral imaging facility: Setup characterization

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    De Angelis, Simone; Ammannito, Eleonora; Di Iorio, Tatiana; De Sanctis, Maria Cristina; Manzari, Paola Olga; Liberati, Fabrizio; Tarchi, Fabio; Dami, Michele; Olivieri, Monica; Pompei, Carlo; Mugnuolo, Raffaele

    2015-09-01

    The SPectral IMager (SPIM) facility is a laboratory visible infrared spectrometer developed to support space borne observations of rocky bodies of the solar system. Currently, this laboratory setup is used to support the DAWN mission, which is in its journey towards the asteroid 1-Ceres, and to support the 2018 Exo-Mars mission in the spectral investigation of the Martian subsurface. The main part of this setup is an imaging spectrometer that is a spare of the DAWN visible infrared spectrometer. The spectrometer has been assembled and calibrated at Selex ES and then installed in the facility developed at the INAF-IAPS laboratory in Rome. The goal of SPIM is to collect data to build spectral libraries for the interpretation of the space borne and in situ hyperspectral measurements of planetary materials. Given its very high spatial resolution combined with the imaging capability, this instrument can also help in the detailed study of minerals and rocks. In this paper, the instrument setup is first described, and then a series of test measurements, aimed to the characterization of the main subsystems, are reported. In particular, laboratory tests have been performed concerning (i) the radiation sources, (ii) the reference targets, and (iii) linearity of detector response; the instrumental imaging artifacts have also been investigated.

  11. Long baseline interferometry in the visible: the FRIEND project

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    Berio, P.; Bresson, Y.; Clausse, J. M.; Mourard, D.; Dejonghe, J.; Duthu, A.; Lagarde, S.; Meilland, A.; Perraut, K.; Tallon-Bosc, Isabelle; Nardetto, N.; Spang, A.; Bailet, C.; Marcotto, A.; Chesneau, O.; Stee, P.; Feautrier, P.; Balard, P.; Gach, J. L.

    2014-07-01

    In the next 2 or 3 years, the two major interferometric arrays, VLTI and CHARA, will equip their telescopes of 1.8m and 1m respectively with Adaptive Optics (AO hereafter) systems. This improvement will permit to apply with a reasonable e_ciency in the visible domain, the principle of spatial filtering with single mode fibers demonstrated in the near-infrared. It will clearly open new astrophysical fields by taking benefit of an improved sensitivity and state-of-the-art precision and accuracy on interferometric observables. To prepare this future possibility, we started the development of a demonstrator called FRIEND (Fibered and spectrally Resolved Interferometric Experiment - New Design). FRIEND combines the beams coming from 3 telescopes after injection in single mode optical fibers and provides some spectral capabilities for characterization purposes as well as photometric channels. It operates in the R spectral band (from 600nm to 750nm) and uses the world's fastest and more sensitive analogic detector OCAM2. Tests on sky at the focus of the CHARA interferometer are scheduled for December 2014. In this paper, we present the first interferometric tests of the OCAM2 detector performed on CHARA in November 2012 and the concept, the expected performance and the opto-mechanical design of FRIEND.

  12. Spectral reflectance measurements in the genus Sphagnum

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    Vogelmann, J.E.; Moss, D.M. (Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States). Complex Systems/Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space)

    1993-09-01

    High-spectral resolution reflectance data were acquired in the laboratory for four species of Sphagnum (peat moss): S. cuspidatum, S. papillosum, S. fallax, and S. capillifolium. All four species had different spectral reflectance properties. Species differences were noted especially in the visible portion of the spectrum from 0.45 [mu]m to 0.70 [mu]m; some major spectral differences were also noted in the near infrared. Samples analyzed had much lower reflectance than typical green vegetation in the midinfrared region of the spectrum from 1.30 [mu]m to 2.40 [mu]m. In addition, Sphagnum had very pronounced water-related absorption features at about 1.00m [mu] and 1.20 [mu]m, unlike typical green vegetation. Spectral data acquired as samples were dried indicated large spectral increases with increasing dryness, especially in the midinfrared. Simulated Landsat Thematic Mapper 5/4 band ratio data were linearly related to the log of wet weight/dry weight. Reflectance from vegetation in the midinfrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum is strongly modified by water content. Peatlands are major sources of global methane and it has been found that methane evolution within these peatlands is related to water status within these peatlands is related to water status within the wetland. It may be possible to indirectly estimate methane flux using remote sensing data.

  13. Visible photocatalytic properties of vanadium doped zinc oxide aerogel nanopowder

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    Vanadium-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized by sol-gel method. In our approach the water for hydrolysis used in the synthesis of nanopowder was slowly released followed by a thermal drying in ethyl alcohol at 250 deg. C. The obtained nanopowder was characterized by various techniques such as particle size analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). In the as-prepared state, the powder with an average particle size of 25 nm presents a strong luminescence band in the visible range. From photoluminescence excitation (PLE) the energy position of the obtained PL band depends on the excitation wavelength and this PL band can be also observed under visible excitations. This result is very promising for visible photo catalysis applications, which was confirmed by methylene blue photo-degradation using visible lamp as a light source. - Research Highlights: ? We explore the impact of plot size on estimation of a small watershed outputs. ? Different lengths and fixed width plots were installed on two slope aspects. ? The performance of two similar sets of experimental plots was examined. ? The optimal lengths for estimation of sediment and runoff were finally found.

  14. Monitoring wheat canopies with a high spectral resolution radiometer

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    The evolution of reflectance factors of 16 wheat plots (four different cultivars with four different planting dates) was monitored during the growing cycle using a high spectral resolution radiometer (1024 spectral bands between 468 and 1064 nm). The position of the inflexion point on the red edge of the reflectance curves of plants (between 670 and 760 nm) and the “red slope” (between 580 and 660 nm) give specific information on the leaf area state and percent ground coverage. Results also show that a spectral resolution of 5 nm is adequate to observe the described phenomena. Spectra have also been used to simulate and interrelate different broad spectral bands. The possibility of estimating the reflected photosynthetic active radiation, from SPOT visible channels, is discussed. We conclude that high spectral resolution gives additional information compared with classical measurement performed with broad band radiometers. (author)

  15. The effects of non-standard conditions on visibility measurement

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    Allard, Douglas; Tombach, Ivar

    The effects of non-standard visibility observation conditions upon computed visual range (meteorological range) were investigated using data from an eastern U.S. visibility study sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute. Data collected by multi-wavelength telephotometry was specially marked in the field when non-standard conditions were observed. The non-standard conditions explored were those which violate the assumptions implicit in routine visual range calculations. These conditions include bright and dark clouds behind the target, bright haze, shadowed targets, and snow-covered targets. The errors caused by non-standard conditions were evaluated by comparing derived visual ranges and observed luminances along affected and non-affected viewing paths. The factors introducing error into visual range calculations during bright haze and bright cloud conditions were found to depend strongly on the relative degrees of light scattering in front of and behind the target. Large errors were noted in visual ranges derived for snow-covered targets if an intrinsic contrast of - 1.0 was assumed; a method for approximating intrinsic sky/target contrast was applied to correct these errors. Recommendations are provided for recognition of non-standard conditions and field flagging of data.

  16. Canopy spectral invariants, Part 2: Application to classification of forest types from hyperspectral data

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    Many studies have been conducted to demonstrate the ability of hyperspectral data to discriminate plant dominant species. Most of them have employed the use of empirically based techniques, which are site specific, requires some initial training based on characteristics of known leaf and/or canopy spectra and therefore may not be extendable to operational use or adapted to changing or unknown land cover. In this paper we propose a physically based approach for separation of dominant forest type using hyperspectral data. The radiative transfer theory of canopy spectral invariants underlies the approach, which facilitates parameterization of the canopy reflectance in terms of the leaf spectral scattering and two spectrally invariant and structurally varying variables-recollision and directional escape probabilities. The methodology is based on the idea of retrieving spectrally invariant parameters from hyperspectral data first, and then relating their values to structural characteristics of three-dimensional canopy structure. Theoretical and empirical analyses of ground and airborne data acquired by Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) over two sites in New England, USA, suggest that the canopy spectral invariants convey information about canopy structure at both the macro- and micro-scales. The total escape probability (one minus recollision probability) varies as a power function with the exponent related to the number of nested hierarchical levels present in the pixel. Its base is a geometrical mean of the local total escape probabilities and accounts for the cumulative effect of canopy structure over a wide range of scales. The ratio of the directional to the total escape probability becomes independent of the number of hierarchical levels and is a function of the canopy structure at the macro-scale such as tree spatial distribution, crown shape and size, within-crown foliage density and ground cover. These properties allow for the natural separation of dominant forest classes based on the location of points on the total escape probability vs the ratio log-log plane.

  17. Canopy Spectral Invariants. Part 2; Application to Classification of Forest Types from Hyperspectral Data

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    Schull, M. A.; Knyazikhin, Y.; Xu, L.; Samanta, A.; Carmona, P. L.; Lepine, L.; Jenkins, J. P.; Ganguly, S.; Myneni, R. B.

    2011-01-01

    Many studies have been conducted to demonstrate the ability of hyperspectral data to discriminate plant dominant species. Most of them have employed the use of empirically based techniques, which are site specific, requires some initial training based on characteristics of known leaf and/or canopy spectra and therefore may not be extendable to operational use or adapted to changing or unknown land cover. In this paper we propose a physically based approach for separation of dominant forest type using hyperspectral data. The radiative transfer theory of canopy spectral invariants underlies the approach, which facilitates parameterization of the canopy reflectance in terms of the leaf spectral scattering and two spectrally invariant and structurally varying variables - recollision and directional escape probabilities. The methodology is based on the idea of retrieving spectrally invariant parameters from hyperspectral data first, and then relating their values to structural characteristics of three-dimensional canopy structure. Theoretical and empirical analyses of ground and airborne data acquired by Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) over two sites in New England, USA, suggest that the canopy spectral invariants convey information about canopy structure at both the macro- and micro-scales. The total escape probability (one minus recollision probability) varies as a power function with the exponent related to the number of nested hierarchical levels present in the pixel. Its base is a geometrical mean of the local total escape probabilities and accounts for the cumulative effect of canopy structure over a wide range of scales. The ratio of the directional to the total escape probability becomes independent of the number of hierarchical levels and is a function of the canopy structure at the macro-scale such as tree spatial distribution, crown shape and size, within-crown foliage density and ground cover. These properties allow for the natural separation of dominant forest classes based on the location of points on the total escape probability vs the ratio log-log plane.

  18. Six years of Venus winds at the upper cloud level from UV, visible and near infrared observations from VIRTIS on Venus Express

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    Hueso, R.; Peralta, J.; Garate-Lopez, I.; Bandos, T. V.; Sánchez-Lavega, A.

    2015-08-01

    The Venus Express mission has provided a long-term monitoring of Venus atmosphere including the morphology and motions of its upper clouds. Several works have focused on the dynamics of the upper cloud visible on the day-side in ultraviolet images sensitive to the 65-70 km altitude and in the lower cloud level (50 km height) observable in the night-side of the planet in the 1.74 ?m spectral window. Here we use VIRTIS-M spectral images in nearby wavelengths to study the upper cloud layer in three channels: ultraviolet (360-400 nm), visible (570-680 nm) and near infrared (900-955 nm) extending in time the previous analysis of VIRTIS-M data. The ultraviolet images show relatively well contrasted cloud features at the cloud top. Cloud features in the visible and near infrared images lie a few kilometers below the upper cloud top, have very low contrast and are distinct to the features observed in the ultraviolet. Wind measurements were obtained on 118 orbits covering the Southern hemisphere over a six-year period and using a semi-automatic cloud correlation algorithm. Results for the upper cloud from VIRTIS-M ultraviolet data confirm previous analysis based on images obtained by the Venus Monitoring Camera (Khatuntsev et al. (2013)). At the cloud top the mean zonal and meridional winds vary with local time accelerating towards the local afternoon. The upper branch of the Hadley cell circulation reaches maximum velocities at 45° latitude and local times of 14-16 h. The mean zonal winds in the ultraviolet cloud layer accelerated in the course of the 2006-2012 period at least 15 m s-1. The near infrared and visible images show a more constant circulation without significant time variability or longitudinal variations. The meridional circulation is absent or slightly reversed in near infrared and visible images indicating that, either the Hadley-cell circulation in Venus atmosphere is shallow, or the returning branch of the meridional circulation extends to levels below the cloud level sensed in near infrared images. At subpolar to polar latitudes the three wavelength ranges show similar features and motions which is a signature of small vertical wind shear and may be affected by vertical convergence of both layers. At the clod top level observed in UV images there are signatures of a long-term acceleration of the zonal winds at afternoon hours when comparing zonal winds from the first years of Venus Express observations (2006-2008) to later dates (2009-2012) with a mean acceleration of zonal winds of 17±6 m s-1 between both time periods.

  19. Numerical study of extinction of visible and infrared radiation transformed by preferentially oriented plate crystals

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    Extinction properties of an ensemble of semi-transparent plate crystals in preferred orientation are studied at wavelengths of visible and infrared ranges using the physical optics method. The work illustrates some calculations of the differential scattering coefficient in the near-forward and the exact forward directions. The features of energy and polarization characteristics of directly transmitted radiation through a set of particles are discussed, as depended on parameters of medium and the incident radiation. It is shown that the effect of polarization on extinction by large plates at certain combination of microphysical parameters of medium and the wavelength can be pronounced even for clean ice. By increasing the real part of complex refractive index, the polarized effect can be increased a few times. It is illustrated as an influence of flutter of plates on the considered characteristics. -- Highlights: ? At coherent sum of diffracted and refracted fields, physical optics method is used. ? Pronounced spectral behavior of extinction of optical radiation is analyzed. ? Polarized features of extinction are investigated for set of oriented plates. ? Peculiarities of scattering near the forward direction are shown

  20. Multidimensional spectral load balancing

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    Hendrickson, B.; Leland, R.

    1993-01-01

    We describe an algorithm for the static load balancing of scientific computations that generalizes and improves upon spectral bisection. Through a novel use of multiple eigenvectors, our new spectral algorithm can divide a computation into 4 or 8 pieces at once. These multidimensional spectral partitioning algorithms generate balanced partitions that have lower communication overhead and are less expensive to compute than those produced by spectral bisection. In addition, they automatically work to minimize message contention on a hypercube or mesh architecture. These spectral partitions are further improved by a multidimensional generalization of the Kernighan-Lin graph partitioning algorithm. Results on several computational grids are given and compared with other popular methods.

  1. Zeta Spectral Action

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    Kurkov, Maxim A; Sakellariadou, Mairi; Watcharangkool, Apimook

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we propose a novel definition of the bosonic spectral action using zeta function regularization, in order to address the issues of renormalizability, ultraviolet completeness and spectral dimensions. We compare the zeta spectral action with the usual (cutoff based) spectral action and discuss its purely spectral origin, predictive power, stressing the importance of the issue of the three dimensionful fundamental constants, namely the cosmological constant, the Higgs vacuum expectation value, and the gravitational constant. We emphasize the fundamental role of the neutrino Majorana mass term for the structure of the bosonic action.

  2. Multicolor, visible-light nanolithography

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    Fourkas, John T.; Tomova, Zuleykhan

    2015-03-01

    Traditional approaches to improving photolithographic resolution rely on using shorter and shorter wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. This approach faces ever greater challenges each time the operating wavelength is decreased. Recently, alternative approaches to nanoscale photolithography have been introduced that employ photoresists that are sensitive to multiple colors of visible light. One or more colors of light activate the photoresist, and one or more colors of light can subsequently deactivate it. By controlling the spatial patterns of the colors, it is possible to create features with sizes that are far below the diffraction limit. This approach has been demonstrated for laboratory-based fabrication using multiphoton-absorption-based fabrication, but with improvements in materials it shows great promise for semiconductor lithography as well. A number of approaches to two-color photolithography have been demonstrated. A next generation of schemes that involve a third color of light has the potential to improve the performance of multicolor lithography substantially. The basic premises of both two-color and three-color lithography are discussed, and experimental examples of each type of approach are presented.

  3. Mapping the spectral variability in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic vegetation, soils, and shade using AVIRIS

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    Roberts, Dar A.; Smith, Milton O.; Sabol, Donald E.; Adams, John B.; Ustin, Susan L.

    1992-01-01

    The primary objective of this research was to map as many spectrally distinct types of green vegetation (GV), non-photosynthetic vegetation (NPV), shade, and soil (endmembers) in an Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) scene as is warranted by the spectral variability of the data. Once determined, a secondary objective was to interpret these endmembers and their abundances spatially and spectrally in an ecological context.

  4. Spectral characterization in deep UV of an improved imaging KDP acousto-optic tunable filter

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    Gupta, Neelam; Voloshinov, Vitaly

    2014-03-01

    Recently, we developed a number of high quality noncollinear acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) cells in different birefringent materials with UV imaging capability. Cells based on a single crystal of KDP (potassium dihydrophosphate) had the best transmission efficiency and the optical throughput needed to acquire high quality spectral images at wavelengths above 220 nm. One of the main limitations of these imaging filters was their small angular aperture in air, limited to about 1.0°. In this paper, we describe an improved imaging KDP AOTF operating from the deep UV to the visible region of the spectrum. The linear and angular apertures of the new filter are 10 × 10 mm2 and 1.8°, respectively. The spectral tuning range is 205-430 nm with a 60 cm-1 spectral resolution. We describe the filter and present experimental results on imaging using both a broadband source and a number of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in the UV, and include the measured spectra of these LEDs obtained with a collinear SiO2 filter-based spectrometer operating above 255 nm.

  5. Spectral characterization in deep UV of an improved imaging KDP acousto-optic tunable filter

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    Recently, we developed a number of high quality noncollinear acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) cells in different birefringent materials with UV imaging capability. Cells based on a single crystal of KDP (potassium dihydrophosphate) had the best transmission efficiency and the optical throughput needed to acquire high quality spectral images at wavelengths above 220 nm. One of the main limitations of these imaging filters was their small angular aperture in air, limited to about 1.0°. In this paper, we describe an improved imaging KDP AOTF operating from the deep UV to the visible region of the spectrum. The linear and angular apertures of the new filter are 10 × 10 mm2 and 1.8°, respectively. The spectral tuning range is 205–430 nm with a 60 cm?1 spectral resolution. We describe the filter and present experimental results on imaging using both a broadband source and a number of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in the UV, and include the measured spectra of these LEDs obtained with a collinear SiO2 filter-based spectrometer operating above 255 nm. (paper)

  6. Temporal and spectral characterization of femtosecond deep-UV chirped pulses

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    In contrast to the case of pulses in the infrared (IR) and visible range, the temporal characterization of deep-UV femtosecond pulses in combination with their spectral features is still a challenge, essentially due to the lack of suitable nonlinear crystals for second harmonic autocorrelation. Here we report on the characterization of 260?nm, nearly 200?fs pulses, based on two photon absorption in fused silica. 260?nm pulses are obtained as the fourth harmonic component of a near-IR fundamental which is frequency up-converted into a double beta barium borate-based harmonic generator stage. By comparing the obtained pulse duration with its Fourier limit, estimated by measuring pulse spectra, a consistent pulse chirp is retrieved. This chirp is mostly attributed to the considerable group-velocity dispersion occurring in the last doubling stage which converts the green into UV radiation. Additionally, the spectral width of the probe pulse through the fused silica window turns out to be modulated as a function of the time delay between pump and probe in the two-photon absorption setup. The observed modulation is attributed to the interplay between spectrally selective absorption, due to the chirp of the pulses, and moderate self-phase modulation just occurring at the top of the temporal autocorrelation between pump and probe. (letter)

  7. Comparison of UV-RSS spectral measurements and TUV model runs for clear skies for the May 2003 ARM aerosol intensive observation period

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    J. J. Michalsky

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available The first successful deployment of the fully-operational ultraviolet rotating shadow-band spectroradiometer occurred during the May 2003 U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program's Aerosol Intensive Observation Period. The aerosol properties in the visible range were characterized using redundant measurements with several instruments to determine the column aerosol optical depth, the single scattering albedo, and the asymmetry parameter needed as input for radiative transfer calculations of the downwelling direct normal and diffuse horizontal solar irradiance in clear-sky conditions. The Tropospheric Ultraviolet and Visible (TUV radiative transfer model developed by Madronich and his colleagues at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research was used for the calculations of the spectral irradiance between 300–360 nm. Since there are few ultraviolet measurements of aerosol properties, most of the input aerosol data for the radiative transfer model are based on the assumption that UV input parameters can be extrapolated from the visible portion of the spectrum. Disagreements between available extraterrestrial spectra, which are discussed briefly, suggested that instead of comparing irradiances that measured and modeled spectral transmittances between 300–360 nm should be compared for the seven cases studied. These cases included low to moderate aerosol loads and low to high solar-zenith angles. A procedure for retrieving single scattering albedo in the ultraviolet based on the comparisons of direct and diffuse transmittance is outlined.

  8. Linearisation of RGB Camera Responses for Quantitative Image Analysis of Visible and UV Photography: A Comparison of Two Techniques

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    Jair E. Garcia; Dyer, Adrian G.; Greentree, Andrew D.; Spring, Gale; Wilksch, Philip A.

    2013-01-01

    Linear camera responses are required for recovering the total amount of incident irradiance, quantitative image analysis, spectral reconstruction from camera responses and characterisation of spectral sensitivity curves. Two commercially-available digital cameras equipped with Bayer filter arrays and sensitive to visible and near-UV radiation were characterised using biexponential and Bézier curves. Both methods successfully fitted the entire characteristic curve of the tested devices, allowi...

  9. Rendering Visible: Painting and Sexuate Subjectivity

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    Daley, Linda

    2015-01-01

    In this essay, I examine Luce Irigaray's aesthetic of sexual difference, which she develops by extrapolating from Paul Klee's idea that the role of painting is to render the non-visible rather than represent the visible. This idea is the premise of her analyses of phenomenology and psychoanalysis and their respective contributions to understanding…

  10. Impaired visibility: the air pollution people see

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    Hyslop, Nicole Pauly

    Almost every home and office contains a portrayal of a scenic landscape whether on a calendar, postcard, photograph, or painting. The most sought after locations boast a scenic landscape right outside their window. No matter what the scene - mountains, skyscrapers, clouds, or pastureland - clarity and vividness are essential to the image. Air pollution can degrade scenic vistas, and in extreme cases, completely obscure them. Particulate matter suspended in the air is the main cause of visibility degradation. Particulate matter affects visibility in multiple ways: obscures distant objects, drains the contrast from a scene, and discolors the sky. Visibility is an environmental quality that is valued for aesthetic reasons that are difficult to express or quantify. Human psychology and physiology are sensitive to visual input. Visibility has been monitored throughout the world but there are few places where it is a protected resource. Existing health-based regulations are weak in terms of visibility protection. Various techniques, including human observation, light transmission measurements, digital photography, and satellite imaging, are used to monitor visibility. As with air pollution, trends in visibility vary spatially and temporally. Emissions from the developing world and large scale events such as dust storms and wildfires affect visibility around much of the globe.

  11. THE FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT OF VISIBLE LIGHT

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    Evenson, K.; Jennings, D.; Petersen, F.

    1981-01-01

    A discussion of the extension of absolute frequency measurements to the visible will be given along with some new measurements of visible frequency differences using the MIM diode. Future frequency measurements and the redefinition of the meter will also be discussed.

  12. ALIS: An efficient method to compute high spectral resolution polarized solar radiances using the Monte Carlo approach

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    An efficient method to compute accurate polarized solar radiance spectra using the (3D) Monte Carlo model MYSTIC has been developed. Such high resolution spectra are measured by various satellite instruments for remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases. ALIS (Absorption Lines Importance Sampling) allows the calculation of spectra by tracing photons at only one wavelength. In order to take into account the spectral dependence of the absorption coefficient a spectral absorption weight is calculated for each photon path. At each scattering event the local estimate method is combined with an importance sampling method to take into account the spectral dependence of the scattering coefficient. Since each wavelength grid point is computed based on the same set of random photon paths, the statistical error is almost same for all wavelengths and hence the simulated spectrum is not noisy. The statistical error mainly results in a small relative deviation which is independent of wavelength and can be neglected for those remote sensing applications, where differential absorption features are of interest. Two example applications are presented: The simulation of shortwave-infrared polarized spectra as measured by GOSAT from which CO2 is retrieved, and the simulation of the differential optical thickness in the visible spectral range which is derived from SCIAMACHY measurements to retrieve NO2. The computational speed of ALIS (for 1D or 3D atmospheres) is of the order of or even faster than that of one-dimensional discrete ordinate methods, in particular when polarization is considered.

  13. Comparisons between direct and inverse approaches in problems of recovering the true profile of a spectral line

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    Mijovic, S

    2003-01-01

    Computer-supported techniques are introduced in the evaluation of experimental data and obtaining the real profile of spectral lines. The direct and inverse approaches were used. The MINUIT program from the packets of CERN's library was used to solve direct problems. Tikhonov's regularization method was also applied to solve the same problems in an inverse manner. Model functions were introduced to check the applicability limitation of these methods and make a comparison between them as well. The advantages and disadvantages of these approaches were shown. The procedures were applied to the measured profiles of He II's spectral lines in a pulsed low-pressure arc. The chosen lines are He II Paschen-alpha (468.6 nm) in the visible region and Balmer-beta (121.5 nm) in the VUV spectral region. The range of experimental errors was determined where both approaches have given reliable results. It was found that we can obtain the real profile of He II 468.6 nm and He II 121.5 nm spectral lines, using the regularizati...

  14. Rotationally Resolved Spectroscopy of Asteroid Pairs: No Spectral Variation Suggests Fission is followed by Settling of Dust

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    Polishook, David; DeMeo, Francesca; Binzel, Richard P

    2014-01-01

    We examine the spectral properties of asteroid pairs that were disrupted in the last 2 Myrs to examine whether the site of the fission can be revealed. We studied the possibility that the sub-surface material, perhaps on one hemisphere, has spectral characteristics differing from the original weathered surface, by performing rotationally-resolved spectroscopic observations to look for local variations as the asteroid rotates. We observed 11 asteroids in pairs in the near-IR and visible range. Photometry was also conducted to determine the rotational phases of a spectrum on the asteroid lightcurves. We do not detect any rotational spectral variations within the signal-to-noise, which allow us to constrain the extent of any existing surface heterogeneity. For each observed spectrum of a longitudinal segment of an asteroid, we estimate the maximal size of an un-detected "spot" with a spectral signature different than the average. For 5 asteroids the maximal diameter of such a spot is smaller by a factor of two t...

  15. Assessment of MODIS-Derived Visible and Near-IR Aerosol Optical Properties and their Spatial Variability in the Presence of Mineral Dust

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    Redemann, J.; Zhang, Q.; Schmid, B.; Russell, P. B.; Livingston, J. M.; Jonsson, H.; Remer, L. A.

    2006-01-01

    Mineral dust aerosol is among the most difficult aerosol species to measure quantitatively from space. In this paper, we evaluate MODIS retrievals of spectral aerosol optical depth (AOD) from the visible to the near-IR off the US West Coast using measurements taken by the NASA Ames Airborne Tracking Sunphotometer, AATS-14, during the EVE (Extended-MODIS-lambda Validation Experiment, 2004) campaign in April of 2004. In EVE, a total of 35 and 49 coincident over-ocean suborbital measurements at the nominal level-2 retrieval scale of 10 km x 10 km were collected for Terra and Aqua, respectively. For MODIS-Terra about 80% of the AOD retrievals are within the estimated uncertainty, DELTA tau = plus or minus 0.03 plus or minus 0.05 tau; this is true for both the visible (here defined to include 466-855 nm) and near-IR (here defined to include 1243-2119 nm) retrievals. For MODIS-Aqua about 45% of the AOD retrievals are within DELTA tau = plus or minus 0.03 plus or minus 0.05 tau; the fraction of near-IR retrievals that fall within this uncertainty range is about 27%. We found an rms difference of 0.71 between the sunphotometer snd MODIS-Aqua estimates of the visible (553-855 nm) Angstrom exponent, while the MODIS-Terra visible Angstrom exponents show an rms difference of only 0.29 when compared to AATS. The cause of the differences in performance between MODIS-Terra and MODIS-Aqua could be instrument calibration and needs to be explored further. The spatial variability of AOD between retrieval boxes as derived by MODIS is generally larger than that indicated by the sunphotometer data.

  16. CCN Spectral Measurements

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    Hudson, James G.

    2009-02-27

    Detailed aircraft measurements were made of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) spectra associated with extensive cloud systems off the central California coast in the July 2005 MASE project. These measurements include the wide supersaturation (S) range (2-0.01%) that is important for these polluted stratus clouds. Concentrations were usually characteristic of continental/anthropogenic air masses. The most notable feature was the consistently higher concentrations above the clouds than below. CCN measurements are so important because they provide a link between atmospheric chemistry and cloud-climate effects, which are the largest climate uncertainty. Extensive comparisons throughout the eleven flights between two CCN spectrometers operated at different but overlapping S ranges displayed the precision and accuracy of these difficult spectral determinations. There are enough channels of resolution in these instruments to provide differential spectra, which produce more rigorous and precise comparisons than traditional cumulative presentations of CCN concentrations. Differential spectra are also more revealing than cumulative spectra. Only one of the eleven flights exhibited typical maritime concentrations. Average below cloud concentrations over the two hours furthest from the coast for the 8 flights with low polluted stratus was 614?233 at 1% S, 149?60 at 0.1% S and 57?33 at 0.04% S cm-3. Immediately above cloud average concentrations were respectively 74%, 55%, and 18% higher. Concentration variability among those 8 flights was a factor of two. Variability within each flight excluding distances close to the coast ranged from 15-56% at 1% S. However, CN and probably CCN concentrations sometimes varied by less than 1% over distances of more than a km. Volatility and size-critical S measurements indicated that the air masses were very polluted throughout MASE. The aerosol above the clouds was more polluted than the below cloud aerosol. These high CCN concentrations from polluted air masses were affecting the clouds both from the air below and above the clouds.

  17. Development of visible/infrared/microwave agriculture classification and biomass estimation algorithms

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    Rosenthal, W. D.; Blanchard, B. J.; Blanchard, A. J.

    1983-01-01

    This paper describes the results of a study to determine if crop acreage and biomass estimates could be improved by using visible IR and microwave data. The objectives were to (1) develop and test agricultural crop classification models using two or more spectral regions (visible through microwave), and (2) estimate biomass by including microwave with visible and infrared data. Aircraft multispectral data collected during the study included visible and infrared data (multiband data from 0.5 m - 12 m), and active microwave data K band (2 cm), C band (6 cm), L band (20 cm), and P band (75 cm) HH and HV polarizations. Ground truth data from each field consisted of soil moisture and biomass measurements. Results indicated that C, L, and P band active microwave data combined with visible and infrared data improved crop discrimination and biomass estimates compared to results using only visible and infrared data. The active microwave frequencies were sensitive to different biomass levels; K and C being sensitive to differences at low biomass levels, while P band was sensitive to differences at high biomass levels.

  18. An integrated model of soil-canopy spectral radiance observations, photosynthesis, fluorescence, temperature and energy balance

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    C. van der Tol

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the model SCOPE (Soil Canopy Observation, Photochemistry and Energy fluxes, which is a vertical (1-D integrated radiative transfer and energy balance model. It calculates the radiation and the energy balance of a vegetated land surface at the level of single leaves as well as at canopy level, and the spectrum of the outgoing radiation in the viewing direction, at a high spectral resolution over the range from 0.4 to 50 ?m, thus including the visible, near and shortwave infrared, as well as the thermal domain. A special routine is dedicated to the calculation of chlorophyll fluorescence. The calculation of radiative transfer and the energy balance is fully integrated, allowing for feedback between surface temperatures, leaf chlorophyll fluorescence and radiative fluxes. Model simulations were evaluated against observations reported in the literature. The model may serve as a theoretical ground truth to derive relationships between observed spectra and physical processes at the land surface.

  19. Light distribution system comprising spectral conversion means

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    System (200, 300) for the distribution of white light, having a supply side (201, 301, 401) and a delivery side (202, 302, 402), the system being configured for guiding light with a multitude of visible wavelengths in a propagation direction P from the supply side to the distribution side, the system comprising a transport fibre (210, 310, 330, 410, 410a-d) and a spectral conversion fibre (220, 320, 420ad, 500, 600, 700), the transport fibre having a length extending from a first end (211, 311, ...

  20. Line Intensity Radial Profiles Evolution in VUV & XUV Spectral Range.

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    Piffl, Vojt?ch; Weinzettl, Vladimír; Burdakov, A.; Polosatkin, S.

    Vol. 27A. St. Petersburg : European Physical Society, 2003 - (Koch, R.; Lebedev, S.), s. P-1.61 - (EPS.. 27A). [EPS Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics/30th./. St. Petersburg (RU), 07.07.2003-11.07.2003] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA202/03/0786 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : UV diagnostics, spectroscopy, plasma impurities Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  1. Extension of the spectral range of the CLIO FEL

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    Marcouille, O.; Boyer, J.C.; Corlier, M. [LURE, Orsay (France)] [and others

    1995-12-31

    The CLIO FEL has been designed to lase between 2 and 20 {mu}m. The electrons are produced by a 32/50 MeV RF linear accelerator. The injector is a 100 keV thermoionic gun, followed by a subharmonic prebuncher at 0.5 GHz and a buncher at 3 GHz. The electron beam is then accelerated in a 4.5 m long travelling wave accelerating section, to the nominal energy. The undulator consisted of 48 periods of 40 mm and the optical cavity is 4.8 m long which corresponds to a 1.2 m Rayleigh length. The peak power extracted by a ZnSe Brewster plate is 10 MW at 10 {mu}. But, beyond 11{mu}m, the laser power decreases rapidely and no laser oscillation appears above 17 {mu}m. In order to lase at farther wavelengths, few changes have been made: First of all, the power limit is due to the diffraction losses of the undulator vaccuum chamber (7 mm height and 2 m long). Numerical calculations have been made and show that cavity losses reach 55 % at 15 {mu}m whereas the measured gain is 60 %. Consequently, the undulator vaccuum chamber have been replaced by a approximately twice bigger one. Then, the minimum gap is increased and the maximum deflection parameter K is reduced by a factor 2: laser tunability is greatly reduced. This why a new undulator has been built. The main characteristics are summarized.

  2. Spectral and parametric averaging for integrable systems

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    Ma, Tao; Serota, R. A.

    2015-05-01

    We analyze two theoretical approaches to ensemble averaging for integrable systems in quantum chaos, spectral averaging (SA) and parametric averaging (PA). For SA, we introduce a new procedure, namely, rescaled spectral averaging (RSA). Unlike traditional SA, it can describe the correlation function of spectral staircase (CFSS) and produce persistent oscillations of the interval level number variance (IV). PA while not as accurate as RSA for the CFSS and IV, can also produce persistent oscillations of the global level number variance (GV) and better describes saturation level rigidity as a function of the running energy. Overall, it is the most reliable method for a wide range of statistics.

  3. Spectral Analysis on Damek-Ricci Space

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    Abouelaz, A; Abouelaz, Ahmed; Fourchi, Omar El

    2002-01-01

    We define and study the spectral projection operator for compactly supported distributions on Damek-Ricci space NA. The Paley-Wiener-Schwartz theorem and the range of S^{p}(NA)^{#}(0spectral projection operator are established. The L^{2}-estimation for this operator is also given. In order to do the Paley-Wiener theorem for the non necessary radial function, the spectral projection operator can be uniquely characterized by analyticity and growth condition in lambda of Paley-Wiener theorem type on the unit disk of the complex plane as an example of Damek-Ricci space.

  4. Spectral Print Reproduction:Modeling and Feasibility

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    Marijanovic, Kristina

    2012-01-01

    Towards the goal of spectral print reproduction a few obstacles can be found comparing to reproduction of colorimetric match. Human visual system is able to sense wide spectrum of colors and placing that range on substrate, weather paper or any other, requires skills. Traditional printing reproduction is built on metamerism phenomena and now the new challenge to overcome that constraint is set. To create the communication with print mechanism is very important and for that reason spectral pri...

  5. Spectral Analysis for Physical Applications

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    Percival, Donald B.; Walden, Andrew T.

    1993-06-01

    Glossary of symbols; 1. Introduction to spectral analysis; 2. Stationary stochastic processes; 3. Deterministic spectral analysis; 4. Foundations for stochastic spectral theory; 5. Linear time-invariant filters; 6. Non-parametric spectral estimation; 7. Multiple taper spectral estimation; 8. Calculation of discrete prolate spheroidal sequences; 9. Parametric spectral estimation; 10. Harmonic analysis; References; Appendix: data and code via e-mail; Index.

  6. Atomic-layer molybdenum sulfide optical modulator for visible coherent light

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    Zhang, Yuxia; Wang, Shuxian; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Chen, Yanxue; Mei, Liangmo; di Lieto, Alberto; Tonelli, Mauro; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-06-01

    Coherent light sources in the visible range are playing important roles in our daily life and modern technology, since about 50% of the capability of the our human brains is devoted to processing visual information. Visible lasers can be achieved by nonlinear optical process of infrared lasers and direct lasing of gain materials, and the latter has advantages in the aspects of compactness, efficiency, simplicity, etc. However, due to lack of visible optical modulators, the directly generated visible lasers with only a gain material are constrained in continuous-wave operation. Here, we demonstrated the fabrication of a visible optical modulator and pulsed visible lasers based on atomic-layer molybdenum sulfide (MoS2), a ultrathin two-dimensional material with about 9–10 layers. By employing the nonlinear absorption of the modulator, the pulsed orange, red and deep red lasers were directly generated. Besides, the present atomic-layer MoS2 optical modulator has broadband modulating properties and advantages in the simple preparation process. The present results experimentally verify the theoretical prediction for the low-dimensional optoelectronic modulating devices in the visible wavelength region and may open an attractive avenue for removing a stumbling block for the further development of pulsed visible lasers.

  7. Visible-near infrared spectra of hydrous carbonates, with implications for the detection of carbonates in hyperspectral data of Mars

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    Harner, Patrick L.; Gilmore, Martha S.

    2015-04-01

    We present visible-near infrared (VNIR, 0.35-5 ?m) spectra for a suite of hydrous carbonates that may be relevant to the surface of Mars. This includes VNIR spectra for ikaite, nesquehonite, synthetic monohydrocalcite and lansfordite over the 0.35-2.5 ?m range that are new to the literature. The spectral features of the hydrous carbonates are dominated by absorptions at ?1.0, 1.2, 1.4-1.5, 1.9 and 2.8 ?m that are due to overtones and combinations of fundamental water and hydroxyl vibrations. Absorptions due to (CO3)2-, Mg-OH, Fe-OH, and/or water are seen at ?2.3-2.5, 3.4, and 3.9 ?m in hydrous Mg and Mg-Fe3+ carbonates containing hydroxyl groups, but are weaker than in the common anhydrous carbonates. When present in the hydrous carbonates, the positions of the centers of the 2.3 ?m and/or 2.5 ?m absorptions are often shifted relative to the anhydrous carbonates, which may be diagnostic. Some or all of the (CO3)2- absorptions typical of anhydrous carbonates are weak to absent in the hydrous carbonates, and thus this group may be difficult to distinguish from other hydrous minerals like sulfates, phyllosilicates or chlorides in Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) data using standard spectral search parameters for anhydrous carbonates. We present strategies for recognizing hydrous carbonates in CRISM data using combinations of spectral parameters that measure the intensity and shape of the water-related absorptions in these minerals.

  8. Quantitative Prediction of Beef Quality Using Visible and NIR Spectroscopy with Large Data Samples Under Industry Conditions

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    Qiao, T.; Ren, J.; Craigie, C.; Zabalza, J.; Maltin, Ch.; Marshall, S.

    2015-03-01

    It is well known that the eating quality of beef has a significant influence on the repurchase behavior of consumers. There are several key factors that affect the perception of quality, including color, tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. To support consumer repurchase choices, there is a need for an objective measurement of quality that could be applied to meat prior to its sale. Objective approaches such as offered by spectral technologies may be useful, but the analytical algorithms used remain to be optimized. For visible and near infrared (VISNIR) spectroscopy, Partial Least Squares Regression (PLSR) is a widely used technique for meat related quality modeling and prediction. In this paper, a Support Vector Machine (SVM) based machine learning approach is presented to predict beef eating quality traits. Although SVM has been successfully used in various disciplines, it has not been applied extensively to the analysis of meat quality parameters. To this end, the performance of PLSR and SVM as tools for the analysis of meat tenderness is evaluated, using a large dataset acquired under industrial conditions. The spectral dataset was collected using VISNIR spectroscopy with the wavelength ranging from 350 to 1800 nm on 234 beef M. longissimus thoracis steaks from heifers, steers, and young bulls. As the dimensionality with the VISNIR data is very high (over 1600 spectral bands), the Principal Component Analysis (PCA) technique was applied for feature extraction and data reduction. The extracted principal components (less than 100) were then used for data modeling and prediction. The prediction results showed that SVM has a greater potential to predict beef eating quality than PLSR, especially for the prediction of tenderness. The infl uence of animal gender on beef quality prediction was also investigated, and it was found that beef quality traits were predicted most accurately in beef from young bulls.

  9. Visible and VUV optical absorption studies of Mg-colloids and colour centres in MgF 2 crystals implanted by 100 keV Mg-ions

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    Amolo, G. O.; Comins, J. D.; Davidson, A. T.; Kozakiewicz, A. G.; Derry, T. E.; McLachlan, D. S.

    2004-06-01

    100 keV Mg ions have been implanted into MgF 2 crystals with a fluence of 10 17 ions/cm 2 at liquid nitrogen temperature. After warming to room temperature optical absorption measurements over the range 2.0-11.5 eV revealed F-type centres in the visible spectral region and bands at 7.8 eV and near 6.5 eV in the vacuum ultraviolet region. Analysis of defect annealing at elevated temperatures showed a mutual decay of the latter bands with the F-type centres and thereby their association with complementary fluorine interstitial defects. The growth and decay of a Mg colloid band near 4.43 eV was studied. At the highest annealing temperatures an XPS analysis shows that oxygen diffuses into the crystal forming MgO near the implanted surface, thus substantially modifying the optical absorption spectrum.

  10. Visible and VUV optical absorption studies of Mg-colloids and colour centres in MgF2 crystals implanted by 100 keV Mg-ions

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    100 keV Mg ions have been implanted into MgF2 crystals with a fluence of 1017 ions/cm2 at liquid nitrogen temperature. After warming to room temperature optical absorption measurements over the range 2.0-11.5 eV revealed F-type centres in the visible spectral region and bands at 7.8 eV and near 6.5 eV in the vacuum ultraviolet region. Analysis of defect annealing at elevated temperatures showed a mutual decay of the latter bands with the F-type centres and thereby their association with complementary fluorine interstitial defects. The growth and decay of a Mg colloid band near 4.43 eV was studied. At the highest annealing temperatures an XPS analysis shows that oxygen diffuses into the crystal forming MgO near the implanted surface, thus substantially modifying the optical absorption spectrum

  11. Visible-wavelength two-photon excitation microscopy for fluorescent protein imaging.

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    Yamanaka, Masahito; Saito, Kenta; Smith, Nicholas I; Arai, Yoshiyuki; Uegaki, Kumiko; Yonemaru, Yasuo; Mochizuki, Kentaro; Kawata, Satoshi; Nagai, Takeharu; Fujita, Katsumasa

    2015-10-01

    The simultaneous observation of multiple fluorescent proteins (FPs) by optical microscopy is revealing mechanisms by which proteins and organelles control a variety of cellular functions. Here we show the use of visible-light based two-photon excitation for simultaneously imaging multiple FPs. We demonstrated that multiple fluorescent targets can be concurrently excited by the absorption of two photons from the visible wavelength range and can be applied in multicolor fluorescence imaging. The technique also allows simultaneous single-photon excitation to offer simultaneous excitation of FPs across the entire range of visible wavelengths from a single excitation source. The calculation of point spread functions shows that the visible-wavelength two-photon excitation provides the fundamental improvement of spatial resolution compared to conventional confocal microscopy. PMID:26238663

  12. Visible Light Photocatalysis: The Development of Photocatalytic Radical Ion Cycloadditions

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    Yoon, Tehshik P.

    2013-01-01

    Photochemistry has the potential to significantly impact multiple aspects of chemical synthesis, in part because photoinduced reactions can be used to construct molecular architectures that would otherwise be difficult to produce. Nevertheless, organic chemists have been slow to embrace photochemical synthesis because of technical complications associated with the use of ultraviolet light. Our laboratory has been part of an effort to design synthetically useful reactions that utilize visible light. This strategy enables the synthesis of a diverse range of organic structures by generation of a variety of reactive intermediates under exceptionally mild conditions. This Perspective article describes the reasoning that led to the conception of our first experiments in this area, the features of our reaction design that have been most powerful in the discovery of new processes, and a few of the possible future areas in which visible light photocatalysis might have a large impact. PMID:23691491

  13. Colored visible light metamaterials based on random dendritic cells

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    Song, K; Liu, B Q; Zhao, X P

    2011-01-01

    Optical metamaterials(OMs) at visible wavelengths have been extensively developed. OMs reported presently are all composed of periodic structure, and fabricated by top-down approaches. Here, the colored visible light frequencies metamaterials composed of double layer array disordered and geometrical variational dendritic cells are demonstrated, fabricating by a novel bottom-up approach. The experiment demonstrated that the OMs composed of random silver dendritic cells caused the appearance of multiple transmission passbands at red and yellow light frequencies. The slab focusing experiment reveals a clear point image in the range of half-wavelength with an intensity of 5% higher than that of the light source. Proposed colored OMs will open a new way to prepare the cloak and the perfect lens suitable for optical frequency.

  14. [Observations of spectral data and characteristics analysis of snow-bare soil mixed pixel generated by micro-simulation].

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    Liu, Yan; Li, Yang

    2014-07-01

    To explore the differences of mixed-pixel in spectral mixing mechanism at micro-and macro -scale, the micro- simulation of snow-bare soil mixed pixel was taken as the object of study in an artificial test environment. Reflectance spectra of mixed pixel and snow, bare soil endmember with different area ratio were collected by full-band spectrometer with fixed probe distance. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of original reflectance spectra was done, and reflectance spectra form 350 to 2 500 nm and normalized reflectance spectral data of 350 to 1 815 nm excluding noise were normalized. At the same time, we collected EOS/MODIS and Environment and Disaster Monitoring Satellites data of the same period over the same area and analyzed the correlation of channels in visible, near-infrared and shortwave infrared wavelength range at different resolution scales and the relationship between spectrum of mixed snow-soil and endmember pixel in MODIS image was analyzed. The results showed that, (1) At the micro scale, non-linear relationship existed between mixed pixel and endmember within the scope of the full-wave and linear relationship existed in sub-band wavelength range; (2) At the macro scale, linear relationship existed between mixed pixel and endmember. (3) In statistics of spectral values, the correlation between snow-soil mixture and endmember is positive for snow-soil mixture and snow endmember, and is negative for snow-soil mixture and soil endmember. PMID:25269305

  15. Spectral Identification of Lighting Type and Character

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    Christopher D. Elvidge

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the optimal spectral bands for the identification of lighting types and the estimation of four major indices used to measure the efficiency or character of lighting. To accomplish these objectives we collected high-resolution emission spectra (350 to 2,500 nm for forty-three different lamps, encompassing nine of the major types of lamps used worldwide. The narrow band emission spectra were used to simulate radiances in eight spectral bands including the human eye photoreceptor bands (photopic, scotopic, and “meltopic” plus five spectral bands in the visible and near-infrared modeled on bands flown on the Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM. The high-resolution continuous spectra are superior to the broad band combinations for the identification of lighting type and are the standard for calculation of Luminous Efficacy of Radiation (LER, Correlated Color Temperature (CCT and Color Rendering Index (CRI. Given the high cost that would be associated with building and flying a hyperspectral sensor with detection limits low enough to observe nighttime lights we conclude that it would be more feasible to fly an instrument with a limited number of broad spectral bands in the visible to near infrared. The best set of broad spectral bands among those tested is blue, green, red and NIR bands modeled on the band set flown on the Landsat Thematic Mapper. This set provides low errors on the identification of lighting types and reasonable estimates of LER and CCT when compared to the other broad band set tested. None of the broad band sets tested could make reasonable estimates of Luminous Efficacy (LE or CRI. The photopic band proved useful for the estimation of LER. However, the three photoreceptor bands performed poorly in the identification of lighting types when compared to the bands modeled on the Landsat Thematic Mapper. Our conclusion is that it is feasible to identify lighting type and make reasonable estimates of LER and CCT using four or more spectral bands with minimal spectral overlap spanning the 0.4 to 1.0 um region.

  16. The challenge of improving visibility in Beijing

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    Q. Zhang

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The "Blue Sky Project" was proposed in 1998 to investigate by how much emissions should be reduced to increase blue sky frequency in Beijing, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008. This paper focuses on the temporal variation of visibility and its dependence on meteorological conditions and suspended particles at Beijing using the hourly observed visibility data in Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA from 1999 to 2007. It has been found that about 47.8% (24.2% of the hours in Beijing are "bad" ("good" hours with visibility below 10 km (equal or higher than 20 km between 1999 and 2007. Due to the high Relative Humidity (RH, summer is the season with the lowest mean visibility in a year. Although PM10 index was reported in a decreasing trend, the increase of RH has resulted in a decreasing trend of visibility over BCIA in the summer from 1999 to 2007. To ensure blue sky ("good" visibility for Olympics 2008, daily mean PM10 index should be reduced to 44 from 86.5. This requires that not only vehicle emissions, but also other emissions should be limited. Observations during Olympics 2008 verify that blue-sky-hour rate has been increased significantly after mean PM10 index was reduced to 56, however, the visibility during the same period of 2009 has returned to the mean standard before 2008.

  17. Study on Phase Transition Property of Tungsten-doped Vanadium Dioxide Thin Film at Terahertz Range

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    MAO Mao, HUANG Wan-Xia, ZHANG Ya-Xin, YAN Jia-Zhen, LUO Yi, SHI Qi-Wu, CAI Jing-Han

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Vanadium dioxide and tungsten-doped (W-doped vanadium dioxide thin films deposited by aqueous Sol-Gel method were characterized with several different techniques (i.e. X-ray photoelectron spectroscope, atomic force microscope, X-ray diffraction, to determine their morphology and microstructure. Their metal-to-insulator (MIT phase transition behavior in infrared spectral region (?=4 ?m and terahertz (THz spectral region (0.3–1.0 THz were observed respectivele. The results demonstrate that the transmittance of W-doped VO2 film at room temperature is visibly lower than that of undoped VO2 film in both infrared and terahertz spectral region. The transition temperature of W-doped VO2 film is also lower than that of undoped VO2 film in the THz range. The MIT and structural phase transition (SPT are observed during the phase transition of VO2 and W-doped VO2, and an obvious change of peak position occurs in W-doped VO2 film.

  18. Performance Enhancement of Data Communication through Visible Light Communication Using On Off Keying

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    visible light, white LED, On Off Keying.

    2013-01-01

    Visible Light Communication (VLC) refers to short-range optical wireless communication using visible light spectrum from 380 to 780nm and it has many advantages such as it can offer speeds up to 10GB/S. The other advancement is that the bandwidth available for visible light communication is 300THz whereas it is below 6GHz on RF communication. VLC transmits data by the intensity modulating optical source, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) because of its energy efficiency and recent advancem...

  19. Electroluminescence from an isolated single InGaN QD up to 150 K in the green spectral region

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    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are known to be favourable for solid state single photon sources. As state-of-the-art detectors have their efficiency maximum in the green spectral region, InGaN QDs are particularly suitable to realize such devices, providing emission in the visible spectral range. However, only few reports exist on the electroluminescence (EL) of nitride QDs. We present EL from a p-i-n diode containing InGaN QDs as active layer. The onset bias is 3.15 V at room temperature (RT), which is raised to 8.8 V at 4 K mainly due to carrier freeze-out effects. The intensity at RT remains at 28% of the intensity at 4 K. Further, slope variation or shift of the ensemble EL are shown to be negligible at RT for driving currents from 10 mA to 150 mA. This demonstrates the excellent stability of the EL. At 4 K and for a constant driving current of 19 mA, sharp emission lines are detectable nearly background-free at the lower energy tail of the emission band. EL from an isolated single InGaN QD emitting at 527 nm is obtained from 4-90 K. From 100 K onwards, the distinct QD emission is still visible may be traced up to 150 K as a shoulder on a raising background. These results hold much promise for future electrically driven single photon emission at room temperature.

  20. Remote Sensing Study of the Influence of Different Herbicides on the Leaf Spectral Reflectance and Fluorescence of Pea Plants (Pisum sativum L.)

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    Krezhova, Dora; Yanev, Tony; Iliev, Ilko; Alexieva, Vera; Tsaneva, Mariana

    The effective use of airborne and satellite-based remote sensor systems in resource management, agriculture, mineral exploration and environmental monitoring requires an understanding of the nature and limitations of the high-resolution remote sensing data and of various strategies for processing and interpreting it. In developing the necessary knowledge base, ground-based measurements are the expedient source of information. In this study, remote sensing techniques were applied in laboratory for detection of the influence of herbicides 2.4-D, glyphosate, fluridone and acifluorfen on the leaf spectral reflectance and fluorescence of pea plants (Pisum sativum L.). According to the classification of the Herbicide Resistance Action Committee with reference to their mode of action they belong to different groups: synthetic auxins - O (2.4-D), inhibition of EPSP synthase - G (glyphosate), photobleaching - F1 (fluridone), and inhibition of PPO - E (acifluorfen). During the last 40 years, these herbicides are among the ones used most widely in agriculture worldwide. The plants studied were grown hydroponically in a growth chamber in a nutritious medium to which every herbicide was added at two low concentrations (1 µM, 0.1 µM) with respect to the field dose applied in the agricultural practice. High-resolution spectral data for leaf spectral reflectance and fluorescence were collected from freshly detached leaves using three multichannel spectrometers. Spectral reflectance characteristics were obtained from the leaf reflectance referenced against a standard (white diffuse screen) in the visible and near infrared ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum (450÷850 nm). Fluorescence spectra were taken in the spectral range 650-850 nm. To assess the changes arising in leaf spectral reflectance under the herbicide action we developed and applied an analytical approach based on discriminant analysis and other statistical methods. The spectral characteristics were analyzed in four specific for the green vegetation spectral intervals: 520÷580 nm (maximal reflectivity region), 640-680 nm (maximal leaf absorption region), 690÷720 nm (red edge region) and 730÷770 nm (near infrared region). Statistically significant differences were found between the spectral reflectance characteristics of leaves of control and treated with herbicides plants at a significance level p¡0.05 for all concentrations of every herbicide except for the low acifluorfen concentration. The differences in the fluorescence spectra were assessed by several indices. A comparative analysis of the influence of the applied herbicides on the spectral reflectance characteristics and the fluorescence was performed. The results render the possibility to clarify the sensitivity of spectral features as a tool to assess the physiological responses and adaptation of plants to changes in environment.

  1. Monitoring of Laser Material Welding Process Using UV-Visible Spectrometer

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    Genc, B.; Kacar, E.; Akman, E.; Demir, A.

    2007-04-01

    UV-Visible spectrometer is used to record emission from magnesium and titanium metal plates during laser welding processing. Geometrically corrected Czerny-Turner configurations nearly eliminate defocusing problem. The Optikwerks software is used to find the optimum Czerny-Turner configuration and to choose optical elements such as grating types, mirrors focal length and diameter, and slit width. The design parameters of the uv-visible spectrometer in the wavelength range 200-1100 nm for monitoring laser material welding processing.

  2. Monitoring of Laser Material Welding Process Using UV-Visible Spectrometer

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    UV-Visible spectrometer is used to record emission from magnesium and titanium metal plates during laser welding processing. Geometrically corrected Czerny-Turner configurations nearly eliminate defocusing problem. The Optikwerks software is used to find the optimum Czerny-Turner configuration and to choose optical elements such as grating types, mirrors focal length and diameter, and slit width. The design parameters of the uv-visible spectrometer in the wavelength range 200-1100 nm for monitoring laser material welding processing

  3. Aberrations of the Human Eye in Visible and Near Infrared Illumination

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    Llorente, Lourdes; Díaz-Santana, Luis; Lara-Saucedo, David; Marcos, Susana

    2003-01-01

    [Purpose] In most current aberrometers, near infrared light is used to measure ocular aberrations, whereas in some applications, optical aberration data in the visible range are required. We compared optical aberration measurements using infrared (787 nm) and visible light (543 nm) in a heterogeneous group of subjects to assess whether aberrations are similar in both wavelengths and to estimate experimentally the ocular chromatic focus shift.

  4. The other spectral flow

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    Gato-Rivera, Beatriz; Gato-Rivera, Beatriz; Rosado, Jose Ignacio

    1995-01-01

    Recently we showed that the spectral flow acting on the N=2 twisted topological theories gives rise to a topological algebra automorphism. Here we point out that the untwisting of that automorphism leads to a spectral flow on the untwisted N=2 superconformal algebra which is different from the usual one. This "other" spectral flow does not interpolate between the chiral ring and the antichiral ring. In particular, it maps the chiral ring into the chiral ring and the antichiral ring into the antichiral ring. We discuss the similarities and differences between both spectral flows. We also analyze their action on null states.

  5. Changes in spectral reflectance of wheat leaves in response to specific macronutrient deficiency

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    Ayala-Silva, Tomas; Beyl, Caula A.

    In wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) plants, deficiency of an essential element may drastically affect growth, appearance, and most importantly yield. Wheat, the focus of this study, is one of the crops studied in the CELSS program. Information about nutrient deficiencies in crops grown in controlled environment is essential to optimize food productivity. The main objective of this study was to determine whether deficiency of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca) and Magnesium (M) alters spectral reflectance properties of wheat leaves. Plants were grown in the greenhouse and growth chamber, in a modified Hoagland’s nutrient solution. Spectral reflectance of fully expanded wheat leaves from 280 to 1100 nm, nutrient concentrations (N, P, K, and Ca) and chlorophyll (Chl) were determined when deficiency symptoms were first evident (?6 7 weeks). Chlorophyll content and fresh and dry weight, were used to assess the severity of the nutrient stress. All nutrient deficiencies affected chlorophyll content and generally increased reflectance in the visible (VIS) 400 700 nm and infrared (IR) 700 1100 nm ranges. Magnesium and nitrogen deficiencies had the most pronounced effect on chlorophyll concentration height, and reflectance. All macronutrient deficiencies tested reduced chlorophyll concentration, increase reflectance in the visible range and caused a shift in the position of the red edge (the point of maximum slope on the reflectance spectrum of vegetation between red and near-infrared wavelengths) toward shorter or longer wavelengths; depending upon the element. In the greenhouse, N and Mg induced the greatest increase in reflectance of 33% and 25% in the VI range and 86% and 53% in the IR range, respectively. However, in the growth chamber, an increase of 97% and 25% occurred in the VI range, and 20% and 33% in the IR range, respectively. In the IR range in the growth chamber, P, K, and Ca deficiency caused a reduction in reflectance (412 770 nm). This research indicates that mineral deficiencies and reflectance are not specific to one environment and could have important implications for the design of CELSS in space, and perhaps the future of terrestrial agriculture.

  6. High-visibility nonclassical interference between pure heralded single photons and weak coherent photons

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    Jin, Rui-Bo; Zhang, Jun; Shimizu, Ryosuke; Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Mitsumori, Yasuyoshi; Kosaka, Hideo; Edamatsu, Keiichi

    2010-01-01

    We present an experiment of nonclassical interference between a pure heralded single-photon state and a weak coherent state. Our experiment is the first to demonstrate that spectrally pure single photons can have high interference visibility, 89.4 \\pm 0.5%, with weak coherent photons. Our scheme lays the groundwork for future experiments requiring quantum interference between photons in nonclassical states and those in coherent states.

  7. Two-dimensional solar spectropolarimetry with the KIS/IAA Visible Imaging Polarimeter

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    Beck, C; Rubio, L. R. Bellot; Kentischer, T J; Tritschler, A.; Iniesta, J. C. Del Toro

    2010-01-01

    Spectropolarimetry at high spatial and spectral resolution is a basic tool to characterize the magnetic properties of the solar atmosphere. We introduce the KIS/IAA Visible Imaging Polarimeter (VIP), a new post-focus instrument that upgrades the TESOS spectrometer at the German VTT into a full vector polarimeter. VIP is a collaboration between the KIS and the IAA. We describe the optical setup of VIP, the data acquisition procedure, and the calibration of the spectropolarime...

  8. Coded Index Modulation for Non-DC-Biased OFDM in Multiple LED Visible Light Communication

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    Alaka, S. P.; Narasimhan, T. Lakshmi; Chockalingam, A

    2015-01-01

    Use of multiple light emitting diodes (LED) is an attractive way to increase spectral efficiency in visible light communications (VLC). A non-DC-biased OFDM (NDC OFDM) scheme that uses two LEDs has been proposed in the literature recently. NDC OFDM has been shown to perform better than other OFDM schemes for VLC like DC-biased OFDM (DCO OFDM) and asymmetrically clipped OFDM (ACO OFDM) in multiple LEDs settings. In this paper, we propose an efficient multiple LED OFDM scheme ...

  9. Direct Fusion of Geostationary Meteorological Satellite Visible and Infrared Images Based on Thermal Physical Properties

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    Han, Lei; Wulie, Buzha; Yang, Yiling; Wang, Hongqing

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated a novel method of fusing visible (VIS) and infrared (IR) images with the major objective of obtaining higher-resolution IR images. Most existing image fusion methods focus only on visual performance and many fail to consider the thermal physical properties of the IR images, leading to spectral distortion in the fused image. In this study, we use the IR thermal physical property to correct the VIS image directly. Specifically, the Stefan-Boltzmann Law is used as a stron...

  10. SIMULTANEOUS ESTIMATION OF MULTICOMPONENT FORMULATIONS BY UV-VISIBLE SPECTROSCOPY: AN OVERVIEW

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    Jasmine Chaudhary; Akash Jain(Dept. of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, Bhopal, India); Vipin saini

    2011-01-01

    UV-visible spectroscopy, a simple, rapid, precise and highly accurate method for quantitative estimation is in great use now a day. The basic principle behind this technique is that the amount of light absorbed is proportional to the concentration of analyte. Simultaneous equation is applicable for the estimation of those drugs where the spectra of drugs overlap properly whereas multi-component analysis can be applied on any degree of spectral overlap provided that two or more spectra are not...

  11. Advanced spectral imaging for noninvasive microanalysis of cultural heritage materials: review of application to documents in the U.S. Library of Congress.

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    France, Fenella G

    2011-06-01

    Hyperspectral imaging was originally developed for remote sensing and astronomical applications, but adaptations of this technology have been of great benefit to the preservation of cultural heritage. Developments in noninvasive analytical techniques have advanced the preservation of cultural heritage materials by enabling the identification and analysis of a range of materials, utilizing their unique spectral response to nondestructively determine chemical composition, and determining states of deterioration and change due to environmental conditions. When used as a tool for noninvasive characterization of cultural heritage, these spectral imaging systems allow the collection of chemical identification information about materials without sampling, which is a critical factor for cultural heritage materials. The United States Library of Congress has been developing the application of hyperspectral imaging to the preservation and analysis of cultural heritage materials as a powerful noncontact technique. It allows noninvasive characterization of materials, by identifying and characterizing colorants, inks, and substrates with narrow-band illumination to protect the object while also monitoring deterioration or changes due to exhibit and other environmental conditions. Contiguous illumination from the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectral regions allows the capture of lost, obscured, and deteriorated information. The resulting image cube allows greater capabilities for mapping and coordinating a range of complementary chemical and spectral analyses. The capabilities of this technique are illustrated by a review of results from analysis of the Waldseemüller World Map, the L'Enfant plan for Washington, D.C., and the first draft of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. PMID:21639977

  12. Large-aperture MOEMS Fabry-Perot interferometer for miniaturized spectral imagers

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    Rissanen, Anna; Langner, Andreas; Viherkanto, Kai; Mannila, Rami

    2015-02-01

    VTT's optical MEMS Fabry-Perot interferometers (FPIs) are tunable optical filters, which enable miniaturization of spectral imagers into small, mass producible hand-held sensors with versatile optical measurement capabilities. FPI technology has also created a basis for various hyperspectral imaging instruments, ranging from nanosatellites, environmental sensing and precision agriculture with UAVs to instruments for skin cancer detection. Until now, these application demonstrations have been mostly realized with piezo-actuated FPIs fabricated by non-monolithical assembly method, suitable for achieving very large optical apertures and with capacity to small-to-medium volumes; however large-volume production of MEMS manufacturing supports the potential for emerging spectral imaging applications also in large-volume applications, such as in consumer/mobile products. Previously reported optical apertures of MEMS FPIs in the visible range have been up to 2 mm in size; this paper presents the design, successful fabrication and characterization of MEMS FPIs for central wavelengths of ? = 500 nm and ? = 650 nm with optical apertures up to 4 mm in diameter. The mirror membranes of the FPI structures consist of ALD (atomic layer deposited) TiO2-Al2O3 ?/4- thin film Bragg reflectors, with the air gap formed by sacrificial polymer etching in O2 plasma. The entire fabrication process is conducted below 150 °C, which makes it possible to monolithically integrate the filter structures on other ICdevices such as detectors. The realized MEMS devices are aimed for nanosatellite space application as breadboard hyperspectral imager demonstrators.

  13. Magnetic Fields and Directional Spectral Emissivity in Sunspots and Faculae: Complimentary Evidence of Metallic Behavior on the Surface of the Sun

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    Robitaille P.-M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sunspots and faculae are related phenomena and constitute regions of elevated magnetic ?eld intensity on the surface of the Sun. These structures have been extensively studied in the visible range. In this regard, it has been recognized that the intensity contrast of faculae, relative to the photosphere, increases considerably as the line of observation moves from the center to the limb of the Sun. Such center to limb variation (CLV suggests that the directional spectral emissivity of the faculae increases at the same time that photospheric directional emissivity decreases. Since the directional spectral emissivity of faculae increases towards the limb, these structures, along with sunspots, provide strong evidence for metallic behavior at the level of the solar surface. This further strengthens claims that the body of the Sun is not gaseous, but rather, comprised of condensed matter

  14. Spectralradiometry and caribou range classification

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    Thomas C. Meredith

    1986-01-01

    The utility of Landsat in caribou range studies has been limited by problems of heterogeneity in cover type at the scale of pixies and by logistic barriers to ground truthing. Spectralradiometry provides an economical way of collecting ground truth data that are precisely comparable with Landsat data and which could provide a basis for hierarchic key classification rather than classification based on prinicipal components analysis. Spectral curves are presented for six common cover types and ...

  15. HiRes camera and LIDAR ranging system for the Clementine mission

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    Ledebuhr, A.G.; Kordas, J.F.; Lewis, I.T. [and others

    1995-04-01

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory developed a space-qualified High Resolution (HiRes) imaging LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) system for use on the DoD Clementine mission. The Clementine mission provided more than 1.7 million images of the moon, earth, and stars, including the first ever complete systematic surface mapping of the moon from the ultra-violet to near-infrared spectral regions. This article describes the Clementine HiRes/LIDAR system, discusses design goals and preliminary estimates of on-orbit performance, and summarizes lessons learned in building and using the sensor. The LIDAR receiver system consists of a High Resolution (HiRes) imaging channel which incorporates an intensified multi-spectral visible camera combined with a Laser ranging channel which uses an avalanche photo-diode for laser pulse detection and timing. The receiver was bore sighted to a light-weight McDonnell-Douglas diode-pumped ND:YAG laser transmitter that emmitted 1.06 {micro}m wavelength pulses of 200 mJ/pulse and 10 ns pulse-width, The LIDAR receiver uses a common F/9.5 Cassegrain telescope assembly. The optical path of the telescope is split using a color-separating beamsplitter. The imaging channel incorporates a filter wheel assembly which spectrally selects the light which is imaged onto a custom 12 mm gated image intensifier fiber-optically-coupled into a 384 x 276 pixel frame transfer CCD FPA. The image intensifier was spectrally sensitive over the 0.4 to 0.8 {micro}m wavelength region. The six-position filter wheel contained 4 narrow spectral filters, one broadband and one blocking filter. At periselene (400 km) the HiRes/LIDAR imaged a 2.8 km swath width at 20-meter resolution. The LIDAR function detected differential signal return with a 40-meter range accuracy, with a maximum range capability of 640 km, limited by the bit counter in the range return counting clock.

  16. Visible and near infrared spectroscopy for predicting texture in forest soil: an application in southern Italy

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    Conforti M

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Texture is a primary variable affecting the total amount of carbon stock in the soil. The standard methods for determining soil texture, however, are still conducted manually and are largely time-consuming. Reflectance spectroscopy in the visible, near infrared (Vis-NIR, 350-2500 nm spectral region could be an alternative to standard laboratory methods. The aim of this paper was to develop calibration models based on laboratory Vis-NIR spectroscopy and PLSR analysis to estimate the texture (sand: 2-0.05 mm; silt: 0.05-0.002 mm; clay: <0.002 mm in a forest area of southern Italy. An additional objective was to produce continuous maps of sand, silt and clay through a geostatistical approach. Soil samples were collected at 235 locations in the study area, and then dried, sieved at 2 mm and analyzed in laboratory for soil texture and Vis-NIR spectroscopic measurements. Spectra showed that soil samples could be spectrally separable on the basis of classes of texture. To establish the relationships between spectral reflectance and soil texture (sand, silt and clay partial least squared regression (PLSR analysis was applied to 175 soil samples, while the remaining 60 samples were used to validate the models. The optimum number of factors to be retained in the calibration models was determined by leave-one-out cross-validation. Results of cross validation of calibration models indicated that the models fitted quite well and the values of R2 ranged between a minimum value of 0.74% for silt and a maximum value of 0.84 for sand content. Results for validation were satisfactory for sand content (R2=0.81 and clay content (R2=0.80 and less satisfactory for silt content (R2=0.70. Geostatistics coupled with Vis-NIR reflectance spectroscopy allowed us to produce continuous maps of sand, silt and clay, which are of critical importance for understanding and managing forest soils.

  17. Visible and near-infrared observations of asteroid 2012 DA14 during its closest approach of February 15, 2013

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    de León, J.; Ortiz, J. L.; Pinilla-Alonso, N.; Cabrera-Lavers, A.; Alvarez-Candal, A.; Morales, N.; Duffard, R.; Santos-Sanz, P.; Licandro, J.; Pérez-Romero, A.; Lorenzi, V.; Cikota, S.

    2013-07-01

    Context. Near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 made its closest approach on February 15, 2013, when it passed at a distance of 27 700 km from the Earth's surface. It was the first time an asteroid of moderate size was predicted to approach that close to the Earth, becoming bright enough to permit a detailed study from ground-based telescopes. Aims: Asteroid 2012 DA14 was poorly characterized before its closest approach. The main objective of this work was to obtain new and valuable data to better understand its physical properties, and to evaluate the effects of such a close approach on the object. Methods: We acquired data using several telescopes on four Spanish observatories: the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) and the 3.6 m Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), both in the El Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM, La Palma); the 2.2 m CAHA telescope, in the Calar Alto Observatory (Almería); the f/3 0.77 m telescope in the La Hita Observatory (Toledo); and the f/8 1.5 m telescope in the Sierra Nevada Observatory (OSN, Granada). We obtained visible and near-infrared color photometry, visible spectra and time-series photometry. Results: Visible spectra together with visible and near-infrared color photometry of 2012 DA14 show that the object can be classified as an L-type asteroid, a rare spectral type among the asteroid population, with a composition similar to that of carbonaceous chondrites. The time-series photometry provides a rotational period of 8.95 ± 0.08 h after the closest approach, and there are indications that the object suffered a spin-up during this event. The large amplitude of the light curve suggests that the object is very elongated and irregular, with an equivalent diameter of around 18 m. We obtain an absolute magnitude of HR = 24.5 ± 0.2, corresponding to HV = 25.0 ± 0.2 in V. The GTC photometry also gives HV = 25.29 ± 0.14. Both values agree with the value listed at the Minor Planet Center (MPC) shortly after discovery, although HV is very sensitive to the slope parameter G used to correct for phase angle. From the absolute photometry, together with some constraints on size and shape, we compute a geometric albedo of pV = 0.44 ± 0.20, which is slightly above the range of albedos known for L-type asteroids (0.082-0.405). Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  18. The spectral appearance of solar-type collapsing protostellar clouds

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    In this paper, we review the spectral properties of collapsing protostellar clouds, based on radiative transfer computations in hydrodynamic protostar models. In the first section, the basic results of protostar evolution computations in spherically symmetric and axially symmetry geometries, as they pertain to the appearance of protostars, are briefly reviewed. In the second section, we discuss the continuum appearance of spherically symmetric protostars with various masses. Also, we present recent results for the continuum appearance of an axially symmetric protostellar cloud. The third section deals with the line formation problem and describes preliminary results for a OH molecule in an axially symmetric collapsing cloud. Then we review recent theoretical and observational results obtained for the last evolutionary phase of protostars, known as the YY Orionis phase, when the stellar core first becomes visible in the optical range. Some of the new results and conclusions presented here can be summarized as follows: Rotating collapsing clouds are in general less luminous and cooler than corresponding non-rotating clouds - due to the longer evolutionary time scale. Nevertheless, high resolution studies (resolution <= 1 arc sec) at infrared wavelengths (lambda approximately 10?) are sufficient to reveal some details of possible disk-like condensations. Furthermore, it was found that extreme caution must be exercized when interpreting line widths in order to derive maximum cloud infall velocities. (orig.)

  19. Spectral and multispectral imaging studies of lunar mantled mare deposits

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    Blewett, D. T.; Hawke, B. R.; Lucey, P. G.; Bell, J. F., III; Jaumann, R.; Hiesinger, H.; Neukum, G.; Spudis, P. D.

    1993-01-01

    Near-IR reflectance spectra (0.6-2.5 microns) and CCD images in the extended visible range (0.4-1.0 microns) obtained with Earth-based telescopes have been used to investigate the composition and origin of formations in the Schiller-Schickard region of the Moon. Of particular interest are the Schickard light plains, which represent an area of mantled mare basalt, or cryptomare. Here local pre-existing mare basalts were eroded and incorporated into a highlands-rich deposit by eject a from the Orientale Basin. Spectra observations of mature and immature highland and mare surfaces, as well as dark-halo crater materials provide information on the mafic mineralogy of features in the area. Analyses of the '1 micron' absorption band and spectral mixing models indicate that selected spots in the light plains contain on the order of 50 percent mare basalt. CCD image cubes can be used to map the amount of basalt in the light plains and evaluate changes with radial distance from Orientale.

  20. The EXCEDE spectral artificial auroral experiment: An overview

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    This chapter investigates the detailed production and loss processes of various excited electronic and vibrational states that result in optical and infrared emissions as energetic primary electrons and their secondaries and all subsequent generation electrons are stopped in the atmosphere. The dosing conditions (primary electron energy, beam power, deposition volume, deposition altitude, and dose duration) in the examined artificial auroral experiment are well controlled and monitored. EXCEDE is a Defense Nuclear Agency and Air Force Geophysics Laboratory program designed to study atmospheric radiative processes resulting from the controlled deposition of energetic electrons from rocketborne electron accelerators. The EXCEDE SPECTRAL payload, launched in 1979, contained a 60 kilowatt (3 kV) electron accelerator, an array of ultraviolet, visible, and cryogenic infrared spectrometers, photometers, and photographic film and video cameras. The extensive set of spectra measured in this experiment will be analyzed to determine production mechanisms for each excited state, to determine electron-induced luminous efficiencies and to determine collisional deactivation rate coefficients in the 72 to 128 km altitude range