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  1. Resistor holder

    This patent describes a resistor device for use with an electrostatic particle accelerator having apertured axially spaced apart electrode plates and annular insulators, each insulator being positioned between a pair of electrode plates. It comprises an elongate tubular housing formed of electrically conductive material, fixed end cap formed of conductive material and being connected to one end of the tubular housing, movable end cap formed of conductive material spaced radially inwardly and projecting interiorly of the tubular housing at the other end of the latter, and elongate cylindrical resistor element, means engaging the resistor element and positioning the latter in inwardly spaced concentric relation within the tubular housing, resilient means in the tubular housing engaging the fixed end cap and the resistor element for permitting yieldable axial movement of the latter relative to the housing, an annular conducting element electrically connected to the other end of the tubular housing and being spaced radially outwardly of the movable cap and defining an annular spark gap with the latter, and means electrically connecting the ends of the resistor element with the movable fixed end caps

  2. Application to printed resistors

    Most of printed circuit boards are made at present by etching copper foils which are laminated on insulating composite boards of paper/phenol resin or glass nonwoven fabric/epoxy rein. This is called subtractive process, and since this is a wet process, the problem of coping with the pollution due to etching solution, plating solution and others is involved. As the method of solving this problem, attention has been paid to the dry process which forms conductor patterns by screen printing using electro-conductive paste. For such resin substrates, generally polymer thick films (PTF) using thermosetting resin as the binder are used. Also the research on the formation of resistors, condensers and other parts by printing using the technology of cermet thick films (CTF) and PTF is active, and it is partially put in practical use. The problems are the deformation and deterioration of substrates, therefore, as the countermeasures, electron beam hardening type PTF has been studied, and various pastes have been developed. In this paper, electron beam hardening type printed resistors are reported. The features, resistance paste, and a number of the experiments on printed resistors are described. (K.I.)

  3. Decision-centric adaptation appraisal for water management across Colorado’s Continental Divide

    David N. Yates; Kathleen A. Miller; Robert L. Wilby; Laurna Kaatz

    2015-01-01

    A multi-step decision support process was developed and applied to the physically and legally complex case of water diversions from the Upper Colorado River across the Continental Divide to serve cities and farms along Colorado’s Front Range. We illustrate our approach by simulating the performance of an existing drought-response measure, the Shoshone Call Relaxation Agreement (SCRA) [the adaptation measure], using the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) tool [the hydrologic cycle and water ...

  4. Investigation of plant water relations with divided root systems of soybean.

    Michel, B E; Elsharkawi, H M

    1970-11-01

    Soybean (Glycine max) was grown with root systems divided between adjacent cartons containing nutrient solution or soil. By adding polyethylene glycol (Carbowax 6000) to reduce solute potential or withholding water to reduce soil matric potential until water absorption from that side stopped, the root xylem water potential could be ascertained. Carbowax appeared to increase root resistance. An imbalance technique is described with which soil moisture contents of adjacent containers were followed individually. The patterns of water absorption obtained following repeated additions of water or addition of CaCl(2) solutions to one side indicated soil hydraulic conductivity became limiting at a soil water potential of -2 bars. A high concentration of CaCl(2) added to one side greatly reduced transpiration and produced severe plant injury. With part of the root system developing in nutrient solution, growth of roots into and water absorption from soil were slow; however, reduction of solute potential in the solution side greatly increased water absorption from the soil side. PMID:16657537

  5. Dielectrophoresis and electrohydrodynamics-mediated fluidic assembly of silicon resistors

    Lee, S. W.; Bashir, Rashid

    2003-01-01

    In this letter, we present techniques, utilizing dielectrophoresis and electrohydrodynamics, which can be used for assembling single-crystal silicon devices suspended in a solution onto a binding site on a heterogeneous substrate. Silicon resistors with gold/chromium layers located at the end of the resistors and silicon blocks without metal were fabricated on bonded and etched-backed silicon-on-insulator wafers and successfully released into deionized water. The devices were subsequently ass...

  6. Decision-centric adaptation appraisal for water management across Colorado’s Continental Divide

    David N. Yates

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A multi-step decision support process was developed and applied to the physically and legally complex case of water diversions from the Upper Colorado River across the Continental Divide to serve cities and farms along Colorado’s Front Range. We illustrate our approach by simulating the performance of an existing drought-response measure, the Shoshone Call Relaxation Agreement (SCRA [the adaptation measure], using the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP tool [the hydrologic cycle and water systems model]; and the Statistical DownScaling Model (SDSM-DC [the stochastic climate scenario generator]. Scenarios relevant to the decision community were analyzed and results indicate that this drought management measure would provide only a small storage benefit in offsetting the impacts of a shift to a warmer and drier future climate coupled with related environmental changes. The analysis demonstrates the importance of engaging water managers in the development of credible and computationally efficient decision support tools that accurately capture the physical, legal and contractual dimensions of their climate risk management problems.

  7. Resistor network for linearity check of voltage ratio meters by combinatorial calibration technique

    Hiti, M.

    2015-05-01

    This article describes a resistor network for linearity verification of voltage ratio-indicating instruments. The network is based on a resistive divider with low variation of input and output resistance. To compensate for the output resistance change due to a selection of various output ratios, a switched variable compensating resistor network is added to the output leads of the voltage divider. It limits the variation of output resistance to instruments by using a combinatorial calibration technique without the need to calibrate the resistor network. Results are shown for the linearity check of a high-precision strain gauge amplifier.

  8. Farey Sequences and Resistor Networks

    Sameen Ahmed Khan

    2012-05-01

    In this article, we employ the Farey sequence and Fibonacci numbers to establish strict upper and lower bounds for the order of the set of equivalent resistances for a circuit constructed from equal resistors combined in series and in parallel. The method is applicable for networks involving bridge and non-planar circuits.

  9. Thick Film Fail-Safe Resistors

    Wojcicka, D. L.; St. Nowak

    1983-01-01

    The investigations of low resistance thick film fail-safe resistors are presented. Particularly the shape of a resistive path; the temperature of the central part of the resistor while increasing the power up to 4 Watts; the kind of composition material for the resistive path vs. extensometer effect, and the stability of the resistor are discussed.

  10. Discrete/PWM Ballast-Resistor Controller

    King, Roger J.

    1994-01-01

    Circuit offers low switching loss and automatic compensation for failure of ballast resistor. Discrete/PWM ballast-resistor controller improved shunt voltage-regulator circuit designed to supply power from high-resistance source to low-impedance bus. Provides both coarse discrete voltage levels (by switching of ballast resistors) and continuous fine control of voltage via pulse-width modulation.

  11. Dual design resistor for high voltage conditioning and transmission lines

    Siggins, Timothy Lynn; Murray, Charles W.; Walker, Richard L.

    2007-01-23

    A dual resistor for eliminating the requirement for two different value resistors. The dual resistor includes a conditioning resistor at a high resistance value and a run resistor at a low resistance value. The run resistor can travel inside the conditioning resistor. The run resistor is capable of being advanced by a drive assembly until an electrical path is completed through the run resistor thereby shorting out the conditioning resistor and allowing the lower resistance run resistor to take over as the current carrier.

  12. Resistance contact thin-film resistor

    Spirin V. G.

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The analytical model of the calculation of the contact resistance of the thin-film resistor is Offered. The Explored dependency of the contact resistance from wedge of the pickling. The Considered influence adhesive layer on warm-up stability of the resistor. They Are Received formulas of the calculation systematic and casual inaccuracy contributed by contact resistance.

  13. Power Divider

    Chen, Yu Christine; Dhople, Sairaj

    2015-01-01

    This paper derives analytical closed-form expressions that uncover the contributions of nodal active- and reactive-power injections to the active- and reactive-power flows on transmission lines in an AC electrical network. Paying due homage to current- and voltage-divider laws that are similar in spirit, we baptize these as the power divider laws. Derived from a circuit-theoretic examination of AC power-flow expressions, the constitution of the power divider laws reflects the topology and vol...

  14. Research on voltage-divider of PMT applied to GRD

    A transistor voltage divider is designed to decrease the dead time owing to large signal, and to satisfy the requirement of GRB detection. The simulation and experiment prove that the recovery time of the PMT working in the control of the transistor voltage divider is an order of magnitude smaller than the conventional resistor-capacitor voltage divider. (authors)

  15. Infant breathing rate counter based on variable resistor for pneumonia

    Sakti, Novi Angga; Hardiyanto, Ardy Dwi; La Febry Andira R., C.; Camelya, Kesa; Widiyanti, Prihartini

    2016-03-01

    Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in new born baby in Indonesia. According to WHO in 2002, breathing rate is very important index to be the symptom of pneumonia. In the Community Health Center, the nurses count with a stopwatch for exactly one minute. Miscalculation in Community Health Center occurs because of long time concentration and focus on two object at once. This calculation errors can cause the baby who should be admitted to the hospital only be attended at home. Therefore, an accurate breathing rate counter at Community Health Center level is necessary. In this work, resistance change of variable resistor is made to be breathing rate counter. Resistance change in voltage divider can produce voltage change. If the variable resistance moves periodically, the voltage will change periodically too. The voltage change counted by software in the microcontroller. For the every mm shift at the variable resistor produce average 0.96 voltage change. The software can count the number of wave generated by shifting resistor.

  16. Software Development in the Water Sciences: a view from the divide (Invited)

    Miles, B.; Band, L. E.

    2013-12-01

    While training in statistical methods is an important part of many earth scientists' training, these scientists often learn the bulk of their software development skills in an ad hoc, just-in-time manner. Yet to carry out contemporary research scientists are spending more and more time developing software. Here I present perspectives - as an earth sciences graduate student with professional software engineering experience - on the challenges scientists face adopting software engineering practices, with an emphasis on areas of the science software development lifecycle that could benefit most from improved engineering. This work builds on experience gained as part of the NSF-funded Water Science Software Institute (WSSI) conceptualization award (NSF Award # 1216817). Throughout 2013, the WSSI team held a series of software scoping and development sprints with the goals of: (1) adding features to better model green infrastructure within the Regional Hydro-Ecological Simulation System (RHESSys); and (2) infusing test-driven agile software development practices into the processes employed by the RHESSys team. The goal of efforts such as the WSSI is to ensure that investments by current and future scientists in software engineering training will enable transformative science by improving both scientific reproducibility and researcher productivity. Experience with the WSSI indicates: (1) the potential for achieving this goal; and (2) while scientists are willing to adopt some software engineering practices, transformative science will require continued collaboration between domain scientists and cyberinfrastructure experts for the foreseeable future.

  17. Charge pulse restorer for resistor feedback preamplifiers

    A simple circuit for cancelling the main pole of traditional resistor feedback preamplifier output signals has been designed. The resultant waveform is a series of step functions equivalent to the output of a pulsed feedback preamplifier. The advantage of such a preamplifier output signal is that its quantized samples can directly be processed by certain digital signal processors. ((orig.))

  18. Multiple High Voltage Pulse Stressing of Polymer Thick Film Resistors

    Busi Rambabu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to study high voltage interactions in polymer thick film resistors, namely, polyvinyl chloride- (PVC- graphite thick film resistors, and their applications in universal trimming of these resistors. High voltages in the form of impulses for various pulse durations and with different amplitudes have been applied to polymer thick film resistors and we observed the variation of resistance of these resistors with high voltages. It has been found that the resistance of polymer thick film resistors decreases in the case of higher resistivity materials and the resistance of polymer thick film resistor increases in the case of lower resistivity materials when high voltage impulses are applied to them. It has been also found that multiple high voltage pulse (MHVP stressing can be used to trim the polymer thick film resistors either upwards or downwards.

  19. Suppressing Thermal Energy Drift In The LLNL Flash X-Ray Accelerator Using Linear Disk Resistor Stacks

    This paper addresses thermal drift in sodium thiosulfate liquid resistors and their replacement with linear disk resistors from HVR Advanced Power Components. Sodium thiosulfate resistors in the FXR induction linear accelerator application have a temperature coefficient of ∼1.8%/C. The FXR Marx banks send an 8kJ pulse through eight 524 cm3 liquid resistors at a repetition rate of up to 1 every 45 seconds. Every pulse increases the temperature of the solution by ∼0.4 C which produces a 0.7% change in resistance. The typical cooling rate is ∼0.4 C per minute which results in ∼0.1% energy drop per pulse during continuous pulsed operations. A radiographic accelerator is extraordinarily sensitive to energy variations. Changes in beam energy produce movement in beam transport, changes in spot size, and large dose variations. If self-heating were the only problem, we could predict the increase in input voltage required to compensate for the energy loss. However, there are other variables that influence the temperature of the resistors such as focus magnet heating, changes in room temperature, changes in cooling water, where the cell is located, etc. Additionally not all of the resistors have equivalent cooling rates and as many as 32 resistors are driven from a single power source. The FXR accelerator group elected to replace the sodium thiosulfate resistors with HVR Linear Disk Resistors in a stack type configuration. With data limited for these resistors when used in oil and at low resistance values, a full characterization needed to be performed. High currents (up to 15kA), high voltages (up to 400kV), and Fast Rise times (<10ns) made a resistor choice difficult. Other solid resistors have been tried and had problems at the connection points and with the fact that the resistivity changed as they absorbed oil. The selected HVR resistors have the advantage of being manufactured with the oil impregnated in to them so this characteristic is minimized while still

  20. Process for forming synapses in neural networks and resistor therefor

    Fu, Chi Y.

    1996-01-01

    Customizable neural network in which one or more resistors form each synapse. All the resistors in the synaptic array are identical, thus simplifying the processing issues. Highly doped, amorphous silicon is used as the resistor material, to create extremely high resistances occupying very small spaces. Connected in series with each resistor in the array is at least one severable conductor whose uppermost layer has a lower reflectivity of laser energy than typical metal conductors at a desired laser wavelength.

  1. Ionization monitor with improved ultra-high megohm resistor

    Burgess, Edward T.

    1988-11-05

    An ionization monitor measures extremely small currents using a resistor containing a beta emitter to generate ion-pairs which are collected as current when the device is used as a feedback resistor in an electrometer circuit. By varying the amount of beta emitter, the resistance of the resistor may be varied.

  2. Braking Resistor Scheme for Transient Stability Improvement

    Saeed Abazari

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important problems in power systems design is increasing the damping of the swing amplitude and also to increase the critical time in transient stability. One of the best techniques is to use resistor braking. However, their performance in power systems, duration of their activity and their place of installation are of great importance. In this paper by using of some of devices in power electronics and by precies modeling of the network and optimal controller is designed which leads as to our final objective. In fact resistor braking are effectively attract additive energy which is a result of disturbances and help us to improve the stability of overall system.

  3. Resistor Networks based on Symmetrical Polytopes

    Jeremy Moody

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper shows how a method developed by Van Steenwijk can be generalized to calculate the resistance between any two vertices of a symmetrical polytope all of whose edges are identical resistors. The method is applied to a number of cases that have not been studied earlier such as the Archimedean polyhedra and their duals in three dimensions, the regular polytopes in four dimensions and the hypercube in any number of dimensions.

  4. Renormalized field theory of resistor diode percolation

    Stenull, Olaf; Janssen, Hans-Karl

    2001-01-01

    We study resistor diode percolation at the transition from the non-percolating to the directed percolating phase. We derive a field theoretic Hamiltonian which describes not only geometric aspects of directed percolation clusters but also their electric transport properties. By employing renormalization group methods we determine the average two-port resistance of critical clusters, which is governed by a resistance exponent $\\phi$. We calculate $\\phi$ to two-loop order.

  5. Braking Resistor Scheme for Transient Stability Improvement

    Saeed Abazari

    2007-01-01

    One of the most important problems in power systems design is increasing the damping of the swing amplitude and also to increase the critical time in transient stability. One of the best techniques is to use resistor braking. However, their performance in power systems, duration of their activity and their place of installation are of great importance. In this paper by using of some of devices in power electronics and by precies modeling of the network and optimal controller is designed which...

  6. Shunt switched resistor regulator with diode snubber

    Ekstrand, J.

    1989-03-21

    This patent describes a shunt switched resistor regulator power supply for supplying a variable amount of power to a load comprising: a rectifier means for accepting AC input voltage and converting it to DC output voltage at a positive and a negative terminal; first, second, third, and fourth nodes wherein the first and the fourth nodes are coupled to the positive and negative terminals, respectively; a current limiting resistor coupled between the first and second nodes; a capacitor coupled between the second and fourth nodes; a resistor having parasitic inductance coupled between the second and third nodes; a switch coupled between the third and fourth nodes; and a diode having its anode coupled to the third node and having its cathode coupled to the second node; means coupled to the load terminals for sensing the power being delivered to the load and for controlling the switch to have a duty cycle which results in the desired load current flowing through and a desired voltage appearing across the load in accordance with control input signals received at a control input.

  7. Resistor network for linearity check of voltage ratio meters by combinatorial calibration technique

    This article describes a resistor network for linearity verification of voltage ratio-indicating instruments. The network is based on a resistive divider with low variation of input and output resistance. To compensate for the output resistance change due to a selection of various output ratios, a switched variable compensating resistor network is added to the output leads of the voltage divider. It limits the variation of output resistance to <5% at a ratio of 1:10 and <0.5% for ratios 1:100 or higher. The application of the circuit is shown in the example of an output voltage ratio simulation of a strain gauge bridge transducer, typical in the measurement of mechanical quantities such as force, torque, and pressure. The circuit is suitable for verifying the linearity of voltage ratio measuring instruments by using a combinatorial calibration technique without the need to calibrate the resistor network. Results are shown for the linearity check of a high-precision strain gauge amplifier. (paper)

  8. The Sponge Resistor Model — A Hydrodynamic Analog to Illustrate Ohm's Law, the Resistor Equation R =ρℓ/A, and Resistors in Series and Parallel

    Pfister, Hans

    2014-05-01

    Physics students encountering electric circuits for the first time often ask why adding more resistors to a circuit sometimes increases and sometimes decreases the resulting total resistance. It appears that these students have an inadequate understanding of current flow and resistance. Students who do not adopt a model of current, voltage, and resistance necessarily resort to memorizing formulas for calculating, e.g., the resistance of a resistor network. For these students, certain properties of electric circuits may remain mysterious or puzzling.

  9. Electrochemical Migration on Electronic Chip Resistors in Chloride Environments

    Minzari, Daniel; Jellesen, Morten Stendahl; Møller, Per;

    2009-01-01

    Electrochemical migration behavior of end terminals on ceramic chip resistors (CCRs) was studied using a novel experimental setup in varying sodium chloride concentrations from 0 to 1000 ppm. The chip resistor used for the investigation was 10-kΩ CCR size 0805 with end terminals made of 97Sn3Pb...... alloy. Anodic polarization behavior of the electrode materials was investigated using a microelectrochemical setup. Material makeup of the chip resistor was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/energy dispersive spectroscopy and focused-ion-beam SEM. Results showed that the dissolution...

  10. Experimental Research on Properties of Materials of Grounding Resistor

    He Da-Jiang

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we have a experimental research on properties of materials of grounding resistor. Experiment test of the grounding resistor in the state of analog ground fault have been done, the performance parameters on the mechanics, thermal and electrical of alloy materials with different kinds and different specification have been got. The performance and its character of alloy materials have been grasped in the state of analog ground fault by analysis and processing. The research results have an important significance on the material selection and structure design of low resistance grounding resistor.

  11. Room-temperature antiferromagnetic memory resistor

    Marti, X.; Fina, I.; Frontera, C.; Liu, Jian; Wadley, P.; He, Q.; Paull, R. J.; Clarkson, J. D.; Kudrnovský, J.; Turek, I.; Kuneš, J.; Yi, D.; Chu, J.-H.; Nelson, C. T.; You, L.; Arenholz, E.; Salahuddin, S.; Fontcuberta, J.; Jungwirth, T.; Ramesh, R.

    2014-04-01

    The bistability of ordered spin states in ferromagnets provides the basis for magnetic memory functionality. The latest generation of magnetic random access memories rely on an efficient approach in which magnetic fields are replaced by electrical means for writing and reading the information in ferromagnets. This concept may eventually reduce the sensitivity of ferromagnets to magnetic field perturbations to being a weakness for data retention and the ferromagnetic stray fields to an obstacle for high-density memory integration. Here we report a room-temperature bistable antiferromagnetic (AFM) memory that produces negligible stray fields and is insensitive to strong magnetic fields. We use a resistor made of a FeRh AFM, which orders ferromagnetically roughly 100 K above room temperature, and therefore allows us to set different collective directions for the Fe moments by applied magnetic field. On cooling to room temperature, AFM order sets in with the direction of the AFM moments predetermined by the field and moment direction in the high-temperature ferromagnetic state. For electrical reading, we use an AFM analogue of the anisotropic magnetoresistance. Our microscopic theory modelling confirms that this archetypical spintronic effect, discovered more than 150 years ago in ferromagnets, is also present in AFMs. Our work demonstrates the feasibility of fabricating room-temperature spintronic memories with AFMs, which in turn expands the base of available magnetic materials for devices with properties that cannot be achieved with ferromagnets.

  12. Irreversible entropy model for damage diagnosis in resistors

    Cuadras, Angel; Crisóstomo, Javier; Ovejas, Victoria J.; Quilez, Marcos

    2015-10-01

    We propose a method to characterize electrical resistor damage based on entropy measurements. Irreversible entropy and the rate at which it is generated are more convenient parameters than resistance for describing damage because they are essentially positive in virtue of the second law of thermodynamics, whereas resistance may increase or decrease depending on the degradation mechanism. Commercial resistors were tested in order to characterize the damage induced by power surges. Resistors were biased with constant and pulsed voltage signals, leading to power dissipation in the range of 4-8 W, which is well above the 0.25 W nominal power to initiate failure. Entropy was inferred from the added power and temperature evolution. A model is proposed to understand the relationship among resistance, entropy, and damage. The power surge dissipates into heat (Joule effect) and damages the resistor. The results show a correlation between entropy generation rate and resistor failure. We conclude that damage can be conveniently assessed from irreversible entropy generation. Our results for resistors can be easily extrapolated to other systems or machines that can be modeled based on their resistance.

  13. Irreversible entropy model for damage diagnosis in resistors

    Cuadras, Angel, E-mail: angel.cuadras@upc.edu; Crisóstomo, Javier; Ovejas, Victoria J.; Quilez, Marcos [Instrumentation, Sensor and Interfaces Group, Electronic Engineering Department, Escola d' Enginyeria de Telecomunicació i Aeronàutica de Castelldefels EETAC, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech (UPC), Castelldefels-Barcelona (Spain)

    2015-10-28

    We propose a method to characterize electrical resistor damage based on entropy measurements. Irreversible entropy and the rate at which it is generated are more convenient parameters than resistance for describing damage because they are essentially positive in virtue of the second law of thermodynamics, whereas resistance may increase or decrease depending on the degradation mechanism. Commercial resistors were tested in order to characterize the damage induced by power surges. Resistors were biased with constant and pulsed voltage signals, leading to power dissipation in the range of 4–8 W, which is well above the 0.25 W nominal power to initiate failure. Entropy was inferred from the added power and temperature evolution. A model is proposed to understand the relationship among resistance, entropy, and damage. The power surge dissipates into heat (Joule effect) and damages the resistor. The results show a correlation between entropy generation rate and resistor failure. We conclude that damage can be conveniently assessed from irreversible entropy generation. Our results for resistors can be easily extrapolated to other systems or machines that can be modeled based on their resistance.

  14. Programmable diode/resistor-like behavior of nanostructured vanadium pentoxide xerogel thin film.

    Wan, Zhenni; Darling, Robert B; Anantram, M P

    2015-11-11

    Electrical properties of a Cr/V2O5/Cr structure are investigated and switching of the device due to electrochemical reactions is observed at low bias (switched device can behave like a diode (forward sweep first) or a resistor (reverse sweep first). The switching is irreversible and persistent, lasting for more than one month. By performing environmental tests, we prove that water molecules in the atmosphere and intercalated in the xerogel film are involved in the electrochemical reactions. It is proposed that an interfacial layer with reduced oxidation state forms at the Cr/V2O5 interface, and creates a higher Schottky barrier due to rise of electron affinity. Different interfacial layer thicknesses in forward and reverse first sweeps are responsible for different I-V characteristics in subsequent sweeps. The results suggest future applications of these V2O5 thin films in low-power read-only memory devices and diode-resistor networks. PMID:26529244

  15. Continental Divide Trail

    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — This shapefile was created to show the proximity of the Continental Divide to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in New Mexico. This work was done as part...

  16. Noise characteristics of resistors buried in low-temperature co-fired ceramics

    Kolek, A; Dziedzic, A

    2003-01-01

    The comparison of noise properties of conventional thick film resistors prepared on alumina substrates and resistors embedded in low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCCs) is presented. Both types of resistors were prepared from commercially available resistive inks. Noise measurements of LTCC resistors below 1 kHz show Gaussian 1/f noise. This is concluded from the calculations of the second spectra as well as from studying the volume dependence of noise intensity. It has occurred that noise index of LTCC resistors on average is not worse than that of conventional resistors. A detailed study of co-fired surface resistors and co-fired buried resistors show that burying a resistor within LTCC substrate usually leads to (significant) enhancement of resistance but not of noise intensity. We interpret this behaviour as another argument in favour of tunnelling as the dominant conduction mechanism in LTCC resistors.

  17. Noise characteristics of resistors buried in low-temperature co-fired ceramics

    The comparison of noise properties of conventional thick film resistors prepared on alumina substrates and resistors embedded in low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCCs) is presented. Both types of resistors were prepared from commercially available resistive inks. Noise measurements of LTCC resistors below 1 kHz show Gaussian 1/f noise. This is concluded from the calculations of the second spectra as well as from studying the volume dependence of noise intensity. It has occurred that noise index of LTCC resistors on average is not worse than that of conventional resistors. A detailed study of co-fired surface resistors and co-fired buried resistors show that burying a resistor within LTCC substrate usually leads to (significant) enhancement of resistance but not of noise intensity. We interpret this behaviour as another argument in favour of tunnelling as the dominant conduction mechanism in LTCC resistors

  18. Divided by you

    Casillas Pereyra, Sara

    2015-01-01

    Open screen walls and space dividers have existed for a very long time. As for lattices, their materials can easily be found, such as bricks, tiles, concrete blocks and vitro-blocks. In terms of space dividers, furniture, curtains and sliding doors are commonly used. However, in general, lattices and space dividers lack functions and are boring. This thesis answers the following question: How can the screen walls/ furniture be improved to meet contemporary needs? The thesis is divided...

  19. The Sponge Resistor Model--A Hydrodynamic Analog to Illustrate Ohm's Law, the Resistor Equation R=?l/A, and Resistors in Series and Parallel

    Pfister, Hans

    2014-01-01

    Physics students encountering electric circuits for the first time often ask why adding more resistors to a circuit sometimes increases and sometimes decreases the resulting total resistance. It appears that these students have an inadequate understanding of current flow and resistance. Students who do not adopt a model of current, voltage, and…

  20. Electrical and Piezoresistive Properties of Thick Film Resistors (Propiedades Eléctricas y Piezorresistivas de Resistores de Película Gruesa)

    Bofelli, Daniel; Broitman, Esteban; Zimmerman, Rosa

    1997-01-01

    Thick film cermet resistors, adjusted by conventional trimming methods, undergo irreversible changes in successive deformation cycles. In this work the stability of resistors adjusted by laser irradiation is evaluated. Resistance, thermal coefficient of resistance, and strain gauge factor in resistors with and without surface treatment are studied. The irradiated surface was characterized by Auger spectroscopy.

  1. Divide and Conquer

    Posner, Eric A; Spier, Kathryn E; Vermeule, Cornelius Adrian

    2010-01-01

    The maxim “divide and conquer” (divide et impera) is invoked frequently in law, history, and politics, but often in a loose or undertheorized way. We suggest that the maxim is a placeholder for a complex of ideas related by a family resemblance, but differing in their details, mechanisms and implications. We provide an analytic taxonomy of divide and conquer mechanisms in the settings of a Stag Hunt Game and an indefinitely-repeated Prisoners' Dilemma. A number of applications are considered,...

  2. Indonesia's Rising Divide

    World Bank

    2016-01-01

    In 2015, Indonesia stands as an increasingly divided country, unequal in many ways. There is a growing income divide between the richest 10 percent and the rest of the population, and this gap is driven by many other types of inequality in Indonesia.People are divided into haves and have-nots from before birth. Some children are born healthy and grow up well in their early years; many do n...

  3. The study of countrate stability of photomultiplier tube with different types of voltage dividers

    In the recent experiments for high energy physics (HEP), luminosity of beams has been increased to achieve the precise measurement. This leads to high countrate environment for photodetectors like photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). Even under such a condition, PMTs are required to be operated stably. To do that, it's important to choose a suitable divider from several kinds of high voltage divider circuits. Countrate stability of PMTs was studied with different types of dividers, which were resistor base, booster base, transistor base (Tr. base) and Cockcroft-Walton base (CW base), to understand the effect of dividers. Booster base and Tr. base as well as CW base showed no gain deviation up to the average output current of 100 micro A. On the contrary, resistor base showed gain increase of 30% at the same condition. It was confirmed that booster base, Tr. base and CW base could be suitable dividers for high countrate environment

  4. A controllable resistor and its applications in pole-zero tracking frequency compensation methods for LDOs

    This paper presents a controllable resistor, which is formed by a MOS-resistor working in the deep triangle region and an auxiliary circuit. The auxiliary circuit can generate the gate-source voltage which is proportional to the output current of an low dropout regulator for the MOS-resistor. Thus, the equivalent output resistance of the MOS-resistor is inversely proportional to the output current, which is a suitable feature for pole-zero tracking frequency compensation methods. By switching the type of the MOS-resistor and current direction through the auxiliary circuit, the controllable resistor can be suitable for different applications. Three pole-zero tracking frequency compensation methods based on a single Miller capacitor with nulling resistor, unit-gain compensation cell and pseudo-ESR (equivalent serial resistor of load capacitor) power stage have been realized by this controllable resistor. Their advantages and limitations are discussed and verified by simulation results.

  5. TI--CR--AL--O thin film resistors

    Jankowski, Alan F.; Schmid, Anthony P.

    2000-01-01

    Thin films of Ti--Cr--Al--O are used as a resistor material. The films are rf sputter deposited from ceramic targets using a reactive working gas mixture of Ar and O.sub.2. Resistivity values from 10.sup.4 to 10.sup.10 Ohm-cm have been measured for Ti--Cr--Al--O film Ti--Cr--Al--O as a thin film resistor has been found to be thermodynamically stable, unlike other metal-oxide films. The Ti--Cr--Al--O film can be used as a vertical or lateral resistor, for example, as a layer beneath a field emission cathode in a flat panel display; or used to control surface emissivity, for example, as a coating on an insulating material such as vertical wall supports in flat panel displays.

  6. International Divider Walls

    Kruis, A.; Sneller, A.C.W.(L.)

    2013-01-01

    The subject of this teaching case is the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation at International Divider Walls, the world market leader in design, production, and sales of divider walls. The implementation in one of the divisions of this multinational company had been successful, a

  7. Ti-Cr-Al-O Thin Film Resistors

    Jankowski, A F; Hayes, J P

    2002-03-21

    Thin films of Ti-Cr-Al-O are produced for use as an electrical resistor material. The films are rf sputter deposited from ceramic targets using a reactive working gas mixture of Ar and O{sub 2}. Vertical resistivity values from 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 10} Ohm-cm are measured for Ti-Cr-Al-O films. The film resistivity can be design selected through control of the target composition and the deposition parameters. The Ti-Cr-Al-O thin film resistor is found to be thermally stable unlike other metal-oxide films.

  8. A controllable resistor and its applications in pole-zero tracking frequency compensation methods for LDOs

    Wang Yi; He Lenian; Ning Zhihua; Shao Yali

    2009-01-01

    unit-gain compensation ceil and pseudo-ESR (equivalent serial resistor of load capacitor) power stage have been realized by this controllable resistor.Their advantages and limitations are discussed and verified by simulation results.

  9. The Open Access Divide

    Jingfeng Xia

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper is an attempt to review various aspects of the open access divide regarding the difference between those academics who support free sharing of data and scholarly output and those academics who do not. It provides a structured description by adopting the Ws doctrines emphasizing such questions as who, what, when, where and why for information-gathering. Using measurable variables to define a common expression of the open access divide, this study collects aggregated data from existing open access as well as non-open access publications including journal articles and extensive reports. The definition of the open access divide is integrated into the discussion of scholarship on a larger scale.

  10. An integrated power divider implemented in GaAs technology

    A compact lumped integrated power divider with low insertion loss using 0.5 μm GaAs pHEMT technology is presented. The proposed power divider uses the π-type LC network for transmission line equivalence and a thin film resistor for isolation tuning simultaneously. The quality factor of the inductor is analyzed and synthesized for insertion-loss influence. The measured insertion loss is less than 0.5 dB when the operating frequency is within the range of 5.15–6.15 GHz. The return loss and isolation are better than 15 dB and 20 dB, respectively. The compact dimension of the power divider is as small as 0.9 × 0.85 mm2. The measured results agree well with the simulated ones. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  11. Review on surface mounting components (wire wound chip resistors) development

    Shiota, Shigeo; Nakao, Masahiro; Shimizu, Akira

    1992-08-01

    An overview of the development review on surface mounting components (wire wound chip resistors) is presented. Temperature rise tests were conducted on wire wound chip resistors installing them on substrates made of alumina, glass epoxy resin, or polyimide to determine their temperature rise characteristics, and maximum load factors were determined taking substrate heat resisting temperature and solder melting temperature into consideration. Evaluation tests were conducted on the filters' resistance to environments (thermal shock, anti hydroscopicity, thermal stability, loaded life, shock, random vibration, radiation resistance, out gassing), and the subject filters functioned satisfactory with exception of difficulty of conducting the thermal stability test at 125 C which was lower than the temperature specified in the NASDA's (National Space Development Agency of Japan's) specification due to problems of heat resistance of the molding resin material.

  12. Ultra-high-ohmic microstripline resistors for Coulomb blockade devices.

    Lotkhov, Sergey V

    2013-06-14

    In this paper, we report on the fabrication and low-temperature characterization of ultra-high-ohmic microstripline resistors made of a thin film of weakly oxidized titanium. Nearly linear voltage-current characteristics were measured at temperatures down to T ~ 20 mK for films with sheet resistivities as high as ~7 kΩ, i.e. about an order of magnitude higher than our previous findings for weakly oxidized Cr. Our analysis indicates that such an improvement can help to create an advantageous high-impedance environment for different Coulomb blockade devices. Further properties of the Ti film addressed in this work show the promise of low-noise behavior of the resistors when applied in different realizations of the quantum standard of current. PMID:23670293

  13. Functional Laser Trimming Of Thin Film Resistors On Silicon ICs

    Mueller, Michael J.; Mickanin, Wes

    1986-07-01

    Modern Laser Wafer Trimming (LWT) technology achieves exceptional analog circuit performance and precision while maintain-ing the advantages of high production throughput and yield. Microprocessor-driven instrumentation has both emphasized the role of data conversion circuits and demanded sophisticated signal conditioning functions. Advanced analog semiconductor circuits with bandwidths over 1 GHz, and high precision, trimmable, thin-film resistors meet many of todays emerging circuit requirements. Critical to meeting these requirements are optimum choices of laser characteristics, proper materials, trimming process control, accurate modeling of trimmed resistor performance, and appropriate circuit design. Once limited exclusively to hand-crafted, custom integrated circuits, designs are now available in semi-custom circuit configurations. These are similar to those provided for digital designs and supported by computer-aided design (CAD) tools. Integrated with fully automated measurement and trimming systems, these quality circuits can now be produced in quantity to meet the requirements of communications, instrumentation, and signal processing markets.

  14. Tuneable PTC effect in polymer-wax-carbon composite resistors

    Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline; Ammon, Ludivine; Ryser, Peter

    2013-01-01

    The resistivity dependence on temperature of composite resistors made of carbon fillers dispersed in an organic matrix are known to be strongly affected by the matrix thermal expansion. High positive temperature coefficient (PTC) effects, i.e. essentially switching from resistive to quasi-insulating behaviour, can be caused by phase changes in the matrix and the assorted volume expansion, a behaviour that has been previously shown with both simple organic waxes (low temperatures) and semicrys...

  15. Divided-Pulse Lasers

    Lamb, Erin S.; Wright, Logan G.; Wise, Frank W.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of coherent division and recombination of the pulse within an ultrafast laser cavity to manage the nonlinear phase accumulation and scale the output pulse energy. We implement the divided-pulse technique in an ytterbium-doped fiber laser and achieve 16-times scaling of the pulse energy, to generate 6 nJ and 1.4 ps solitons in single mode fiber. Potential extensions of this concept are discussed.

  16. Bridging the urological divide

    Roberts Robin

    2011-01-01

    Abstract The advanced disease clinical presentations, higher morbidity and mortality rates and lack of available treatment options in prostate cancer care, attest to disparities in the delivery and outcomes of urological services in Black men of African lineage in both the Developed and Developing countries. This gap in health care and services in the global management of prostate cancer denotes the urological divide. Through the experience of a Developing country urologist with a comparative...

  17. Investigation of OSL signal of resistors from mobile phones for accidental dosimetry

    Mrozik, Anna; Bilski, Pawel; Gieszczyk, Wojciech

    2014-01-01

    Resistors from mobile phones, usually located near the human body, are considered as individual dosimeters of ionizing radiation in emergency situations. The resistors contain Al2O3, which is optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) material sensitive to ionizing radiation. This work is focused on determination of dose homogeneity within a mobile phones which was carried out by OSL measurements of resistors placed in different parts inside the mobile phone. Separate, commercially available resistors, similar in the shape and size to the resistors from circuit board of the studied mobile phone, were situated in different locations inside it. The irradiations were performed in uniform 60Co and 137Cs radiation fields, with the mobile phones connected and not connected to the cellular network. The dose decrease of 9% was measured for original resistors situated between layer of copper-clad laminate and battery, in comparison to the dose at the front of the phone. The resistors showed the lower signal when the mobi...

  18. System and method of modulating electrical signals using photoconductive wide bandgap semiconductors as variable resistors

    Harris, John Richardson; Caporaso, George J; Sampayan, Stephen E

    2013-10-22

    A system and method for producing modulated electrical signals. The system uses a variable resistor having a photoconductive wide bandgap semiconductor material construction whose conduction response to changes in amplitude of incident radiation is substantially linear throughout a non-saturation region to enable operation in non-avalanche mode. The system also includes a modulated radiation source, such as a modulated laser, for producing amplitude-modulated radiation with which to direct upon the variable resistor and modulate its conduction response. A voltage source and an output port, are both operably connected to the variable resistor so that an electrical signal may be produced at the output port by way of the variable resistor, either generated by activation of the variable resistor or propagating through the variable resistor. In this manner, the electrical signal is modulated by the variable resistor so as to have a waveform substantially similar to the amplitude-modulated radiation.

  19. A dividing issue

    Gamborg, Christian; Jensen, Frank Søndergaard; Sandøe, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Why are organised shoots involving birds that are farm-reared and subsequently released a dividing issue in several countries? As a contribution to answering this question the paper reports a national survey of landowners (n = 1207), hunters (n = 1130) and the general public (n = 1001) in Denmark......, and about hunting “culture” and regulatory measures, also informed the participants’ attitudes. The regulatory framework governing shooting based on the release of farm-reared birds could reflect a wider range of concerns than those hitherto acknowledged.......Why are organised shoots involving birds that are farm-reared and subsequently released a dividing issue in several countries? As a contribution to answering this question the paper reports a national survey of landowners (n = 1207), hunters (n = 1130) and the general public (n = 1001) in Denmark....... While there was broad agreement across all three groups that recreational hunting of naturally occurring “surplus” wildlife is acceptable, the release of farm-reared game birds for shooting was a dividing issue, both within the groups and between them. The majority of participants (51%) in the survey...

  20. CROSSING THE GREAT DIVIDE

    2007-01-01

    The safety and quality standards divide is the most severe challenge facing China’s toy industry China was blamed a spate of toy recalls this year.Overseas customers and press pointed the finger at China’s toy makers who had manu- factured toys according to their con- tracts.It was later found that most of the toy problems came from design faults of brand holders,not from Chinese manufacturers. To Wei Chuangzhong,Vice Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision,Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ),the cavalcade of negative press coverage overseas has been unfair and bad for China’s manufacturers.

  1. Bridging the Digital Divide

    Frølunde, Lisbeth

    2002-01-01

    The article concerns the digital divide, meaning the social inequity in the access and the opportunities for gaining competencies with ICT (information and communication technologies). Problematic issues are highlighted in relation to experiences during visits to several Computer Clubhouses......, a network of multimedia workshops for youth in the USA. There are references to the learning philosophy Constructionism, which originates from MIT Media Lab and is the basis for the Computer Clubhouse project. Abstract : The consortium for Math and Science at Learning Lab Denmark and the Ministry...

  2. Bridging the urological divide.

    Roberts, Robin

    2011-09-23

    The advanced disease clinical presentations, higher morbidity and mortality rates and lack of available treatment options in prostate cancer care, attest to disparities in the delivery and outcomes of urological services in Black men of African lineage in both the Developed and Developing countries. This gap in health care and services in the global management of prostate cancer denotes the urological divide.Through the experience of a Developing country urologist with a comparative literature review, this presentation defines the determinants of the disparity through deficiencies in human, material and financial resources, as is most prevalent in Developing countries.Solutions to ending health care disparities must take into account the existing development phase of Third World countries and thus determine whether the Developed countries should export a total service delivery system or seek primarily to advance the competence and skills of the existing Developing country resources.Collaboration in prostate cancer research has the greatest promise and sustainability of bridging this urological divide and is of mutual benefit to both entities. PMID:21992183

  3. Monitoring the digital divide

    It is increasingly important to support the large numbers of scientists working in remote areas and having low-bandwidth access to the Internet. This will continue to be the case for years to come since there is evidence from PingER performance measurements that the, so-called, digital divide is not decreasing. In this work, we review the collaborative work of The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste - a leading organization promoting science dissemination in the developing world- and SLAC in Stanford, to monitor by PingER, Universities and Research Institutions all over the developing world following the recent 'Recommendations of Trieste' to help bridge the digital divide. As a result, PingER's deployment now covers the real-time monitoring of worldwide Internet performance and, in particular, West and Central Africa for the first time. We report on the results from the ICTP sites and quantitatively identify regions with poor performance, identify trends, discuss experiences and future work. (author)

  4. Investigation of OSL signal of resistors from mobile phones for accidental dosimetry

    Resistors from mobile phones, usually located near the human body, are considered as individual dosimeters of ionizing radiation in emergency situations. The resistors contain Al2O3, which is optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) material sensitive to ionizing radiation. This work is focused on determination of dose homogeneity within mobile phones which was carried out by OSL measurements of resistors placed in different parts inside the mobile phone. Separate, commercially available resistors, similar in the shape and size to the resistors from circuit board of the studied mobile phone, were situated in different locations inside it. The irradiations were performed in uniform 60Co and 137Cs radiation fields, with the mobile phones connected and not connected to the cellular network. The dose decrease of 9% was measured for original resistors situated between circuit board and battery, in comparison to the dose at the front of the phone. The resistors showed the lower signal when the mobile phone was connected to the cellular network, due to higher temperature inside the housing. The profile of fading was investigated within 3 month period for resistors irradiated with 1 Gy of gamma rays to estimate of the fading coefficient. - Highlights: • Impact of a mobile phone mode (switched on/off) on absorbed dose by resistors was showed. • The influence of the temperature during irradiation on absorbed dose was measured. • Dose distribution inside of a mobile phone was performed. • Fading factor of resistors was calculated

  5. Shifts that divide population

    Muneepeerakul, Rachata; Qubbaj, Murad; Aggarwal, Rimjhim; Anderies, John M.; Janssen, Marco

    2014-05-01

    How does a population of organisms in an ecosystem or of people in a society respond to rapid shifts in the environment? Answers to this question are critical to our ability to anticipate and cope with a changing ecohydrological system. We have developed a generic model of adaptation mechanisms, based on replicator dynamics, in which we derive a simple and insightful threshold condition that separates two important types of responses: 'cohesive transition' in which the whole population changes gradually together, and 'population-dividing transition' in which the population splits into two groups with one eventually dominating the other. The threshold depends on the magnitude of the shift and the shape of the fitness landscape. Division in populations can fundamentally alter the functioning of and induce subsequent feedbacks within the system; knowing the condition that gives rise to such division is thus fundamentally important.

  6. Divide and Pacify

    Vanhuysse, Pieter

    by the strategic use of welfare state programs such as pensions and unemployment benefits. Divide and Pacify explains how social policies were used to prevent massive job losses with softening labor market policies, or to split up highly aggrieved groups of workers in precarious jobs by sending some of them onto...... unemployment benefits and many others onto early retirement and disability pensions. From a narrow economic viewpoint, these policies often appeared to be immensely costly or irresponsibly populist. Yet a more inclusive social-scientific perspective can shed new light on these seemingly irrational policies......, easy access to unemployment benefits, fiscally expensive early retirement) can be argued to be optimal (or at least roughly so) when considering economics and politics together. As such, the book offers a rich political economy perspective on post-communist reforms." – Nicholas Barr, Professor...

  7. Electrical Switching of Perovskite Thin-Film Resistors

    Liu, Shangqing; Wu, Juan; Ignatiev, Alex

    2010-01-01

    Electronic devices that exploit electrical switching of physical properties of thin films of perovskite materials (especially colossal magnetoresistive materials) have been invented. Unlike some related prior devices, these devices function at room temperature and do not depend on externally applied magnetic fields. Devices of this type can be designed to function as sensors (exhibiting varying electrical resistance in response to varying temperature, magnetic field, electric field, and/or mechanical pressure) and as elements of electronic memories. The underlying principle is that the application of one or more short electrical pulse(s) can induce a reversible, irreversible, or partly reversible change in the electrical, thermal, mechanical, and magnetic properties of a thin perovskite film. The energy in the pulse must be large enough to induce the desired change but not so large as to destroy the film. Depending on the requirements of a specific application, the pulse(s) can have any of a large variety of waveforms (e.g., square, triangular, or sine) and be of positive, negative, or alternating polarity. In some applications, it could be necessary to use multiple pulses to induce successive incremental physical changes. In one class of applications, electrical pulses of suitable shapes, sizes, and polarities are applied to vary the detection sensitivities of sensors. Another class of applications arises in electronic circuits in which certain resistance values are required to be variable: Incorporating the affected resistors into devices of the present type makes it possible to control their resistances electrically over wide ranges, and the lifetimes of electrically variable resistors exceed those of conventional mechanically variable resistors. Another and potentially the most important class of applications is that of resistance-based nonvolatile-memory devices, such as a resistance random access memory (RRAM) described in the immediately following article

  8. Ultra-high-ohmic microstripline resistors for Coulomb blockade devices

    Lotkhov, Sergey V

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we report on the fabrication and the low-temperature characterization of extremely high-ohmic microstrip resistors made of a thin film of weakly oxidized titanium. Nearly linear voltage-current characteristics were measured at temperatures down to $T \\sim \\unit[20]{mK}$ for films with sheet resistivity up to as high as $\\sim \\unit[7]{k\\Omega}$, i.e. about an order of magnitude higher than our previous findings for weakly oxidized Cr. Our analysis indicates that such an improvem...

  9. Flory theory for conductivity of random resistor networks

    Family, F.; Coniglio, A.

    1985-01-01

    We develop a Flory theory for the problem of conductivity in a d-dimensional random resistor network. We find that the conductivity exponent t is related to the fractal dimensionality df according to the Alexander-Orbach conjecture t = d - 2 + df/2, where consistently with Flory theory df = (d + 2)/2 for percolation and df = 2(d + 2)/5 for lattice animals. The results are in excellent agreement with the numerical estimates of t for percolation and in fair agreement for lattice animals.

  10. Challenging the Digital Divide

    Kembhavi, Ajit

    2006-08-01

    Vast quantities of astronomical data in the form of images, spectra and catalogues are now freely available over the internet, and tools for producing science from these resources are also becoming available, particularly through the emerging Virtual Observatories. In addition to this, most astronomical literature from research journals is available at no cost through the ADS and preprint service. This situation, in principle, provides equal opportunity to astronomers located anywhere in the world to participate in the process of discovery. The only requirement is that the astronomers have access to the internet, and a fertile imagination. But in the real world, astronomers in many countries have very limited bandwidth and computing power, and are therefore excluded from meaningful participation in astronomical research, even though they may have the ideas and experience to contribute substantially to the effort. The lack of connectivity and computing hardware also makes it difficult for astronomers in many countries from exposing adequately any data resources that they may have produced locally. This situation prevents many aspiring and experienced astronomers from reaching their creative potential, and from attracting young persons to the charms of modern astronomy; it also leads to opportunity loss to astronomy, as it loses out on the the human resources and fresh ideas and talents which astronomers from developing countries could bring to the subject. I will discuss in my talk the nature and extent of this digital divide, the ways in which it could be mitigated, and the benefits which would arise from the unification. I will base some of my discussion on my experiences in setting up a major programme to take the advantages of the internet revolution to hundreds of universities in India.

  11. An optimized resistor pattern for temperature gradient control in microfluidics

    In this paper, we demonstrate the possibility of generating high-temperature gradients with a linear temperature profile when heating is provided in situ. Thanks to improved optimization algorithms, the shape of resistors, which constitute the heating source, is optimized by applying the genetic algorithm NSGA-II (acronym for the non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm) (Deb et al 2002 IEEE Trans. Evol. Comput. 6 2). Experimental validation of the linear temperature profile within the cavity is carried out using a thermally sensitive fluorophore, called Rhodamine B (Ross et al 2001 Anal. Chem. 73 4117–23, Erickson et al 2003 Lab Chip 3 141–9). The high level of agreement obtained between experimental and numerical results serves to validate the accuracy of this method for generating highly controlled temperature profiles. In the field of actuation, such a device is of potential interest since it allows for controlling bubbles or droplets moving by means of thermocapillary effects (Baroud et al 2007 Phys. Rev. E 75 046302). Digital microfluidics is a critical area in the field of microfluidics (Dreyfus et al 2003 Phys. Rev. Lett. 90 14) as well as in the so-called lab-on-a-chip technology. Through an example, the large application potential of such a technique is demonstrated, which entails handling a single bubble driven along a cavity using simple and tunable embedded resistors

  12. Voltage divider effect for the improvement of variability and endurance of TaOx memristor

    Kyung Min Kim; J. Joshua Yang; John Paul Strachan; Emmanuelle Merced Grafals; Ning Ge; Noraica Davila Melendez; Zhiyong Li; R. Stanley Williams

    2016-01-01

    The impact of a series resistor (RS) on the variability and endurance performance of memristor was studied in the TaOx memristive system. A dynamic voltage divider between the RS and memristor during both the set and the reset switching cycles can suppress the inherent irregularity of the voltage dropped on the memristor, resulting in a greatly reduced switching variability. By selecting the proper resistance value of RS for the set and reset cycles respectively, we observed a dramatically im...

  13. 汤河水库分期汛限水位方案效益分析%Benefit Analysis on the Limiting Water Levels in Divided Flood Season in Tanghe Reservoir

    刘潇

    2012-01-01

    水库汛期的蓄水担负着城市供水、工农业供水、发电等兴利任务。科学合理地优化水库分期汛限水位,是保障水库供水量和防洪安全的有效手段。以汤河水库为研究对象,提出水库分期汛限水位优化方案,并对调整分期汛限水位后水库增容产生的效益进行分析。%Reservoir water storage in flood season plays an important role in urban water supply, industrial and rural water supply, and generating power. Scientific and rational optimization of limiting water levels in divided flood period is an effective means to ensure reservoir yield and the safety of reservoir in flood seasons. This article, taking Tanghe Reservoir as an example, puts forward optimized scheme of limiting water levels in divided flood period and makes analysis on the benefits brought about by adjusting the limiting water levels in the reservoir.

  14. Crossing the Digital Divide

    Ken Thomas

    2011-11-01

    Nuclear utilities continue to upgrade aging instrumentation and control (I&C) systems with modern digital-based systems to address reliability and obsolescence concerns. In addition, the industry has demonstrated that these systems can be successfully developed and deployed even for highly safety-significant applications, such as reactor protection. However, three factors have retarded wide-scale implementation of digital technology for plant modernization and business innovation: *Large-scale digital upgrades entail considerable risk; *The upgrades are very costly and have not led to bottom-line business improvement, financial or otherwise; *Cyber Security concerns discourage wide-scale digital integration. A new national research program is under way that has been designed to address these industry concerns about expanding the use of digital technology. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has lead responsibility for the Advanced Instrumentation, Information, and Control Systems Technologies research pathway within the Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program. The LWRS Program is a research and development (R&D) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and performed in close collaboration with industry R&D and improvement programs (as defined in INL’s FY2009–2013 Light Water Reactor Sustainability Research and Development Program Plan, INL/MIS08-14918). Its purpose is to provide the technical foundations for licensing and managing the long-term, safe, and economical operation of existing nuclear power plants. The DOE’s program focus is on longer-term and higher-risk/reward research that contributes to the national policy objectives of energy security and environmental security. The specific concern addressed by this program is that large-scale I&C obsolescence could become a life-limiting issue for the current nuclear operating fleet.

  15. A novel charge sensitive preamplifier without the feedback resistor

    A novel charge sensitive preamplifier which has no resistor in parallel with the feedback capacitor is presented. No external device or circuit is required to discharge the feedback capacitor. The detector leakage and signal current flows away through the gate of the first JFET which works with its gate to source junction slightly forward biased. The DC stabilization of the preamplifier is accomplished by an additional feedback loop, which permits to equalize the current flowing through the forward baised gate to source junction and the current coming from the detector. An equivalent noise charge of less than 20 electrons r.m.s. has been measured at room temperature by using an input JFET with a transconductance to gate capacitance ratio of 4 mS/5.4 pF

  16. Indium Tin Oxide Resistor-Based Nitric Oxide Microsensors

    Xu, Jennifer C.; Hunter, Gary W.; Gonzalez, Jose M., III; Liu, Chung-Chiun

    2012-01-01

    A sensitive resistor-based NO microsensor, with a wide detection range and a low detection limit, has been developed. Semiconductor microfabrication techniques were used to create a sensor that has a simple, robust structure with a sensing area of 1.10 0.99 mm. A Pt interdigitated structure was used for the electrodes to maximize the sensor signal output. N-type semiconductor indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film was sputter-deposited as a sensing material on the electrode surface, and between the electrode fingers. Alumina substrate (250 m in thickness) was sequentially used for sensor fabrication. The resulting sensor was tested by applying a voltage across the two electrodes and measuring the resulting current. The sensor was tested at different concentrations of NO-containing gas at a range of temperatures. Preliminary results showed that the sensor had a relatively high sensitivity to NO at 450 C and 1 V. NO concentrations from ppm to ppb ranges were detected with the low limit of near 159 ppb. Lower NO concentrations are being tested. Two sensing mechanisms were involved in the NO gas detection at ppm level: adsorption and oxidation reactions, whereas at ppb level of NO, only one sensing mechanism of adsorption was involved. The NO microsensor has the advantages of high sensitivity, small size, simple batch fabrication, high sensor yield, low cost, and low power consumption due to its microsize. The resistor-based thin-film sensor is meant for detection of low concentrations of NO gas, mainly in the ppb or lower range, and is being developed concurrently with other sensor technology for multispecies detection. This development demonstrates that ITO is a sensitive sensing material for NO detection. It also provides crucial information for future selection of nanostructured and nanosized NO sensing materials, which are expected to be more sensitive and to consume less power.

  17. Precision high voltage divider for the KATRIN experiment

    Thümmler, Th; Marx, R.; Weinheimer, Ch

    2009-10-01

    The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment aims to determine the absolute mass of the electron antineutrino from a precise measurement of the tritium β-spectrum near its endpoint at 18.6 keV with a sensitivity of 0.2 eV c-2. KATRIN uses an electrostatic retardation spectrometer of MAC-E filter type for which it is crucial to monitor high voltages of up to 35 kV with a precision and long-term stability at the ppm level. Since devices capable of this precision are not commercially available, a new high voltage divider for direct voltages of up to 35 kV has been designed, following the new concept of the standard divider for direct voltages of up to 100 kV developed at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)PTB is the German National Metrology Institute providing scientific and technical services.. The electrical and mechanical design of the divider, the screening procedure for the selection of the precision resistors, and the results of the investigation and calibration at the PTB are reported here. During the latter, uncertainties at the low ppm level have been deduced for the new divider, thus qualifying it for the precision measurements of the KATRIN experiment.

  18. Voltage divider effect for the improvement of variability and endurance of TaOx memristor

    Kim, Kyung Min; Yang, J. Joshua; Strachan, John Paul; Grafals, Emmanuelle Merced; Ge, Ning; Melendez, Noraica Davila; Li, Zhiyong; Williams, R. Stanley

    2016-02-01

    The impact of a series resistor (RS) on the variability and endurance performance of memristor was studied in the TaOx memristive system. A dynamic voltage divider between the RS and memristor during both the set and the reset switching cycles can suppress the inherent irregularity of the voltage dropped on the memristor, resulting in a greatly reduced switching variability. By selecting the proper resistance value of RS for the set and reset cycles respectively, we observed a dramatically improved endurance of the TaOx memristor. Such a voltage divider effect can thus be critical for the memristor applications that require low variability, high endurance and fast speed.

  19. Effective thermal conductivity of real two-phase systems using resistor model with ellipsoidal inclusions

    Jagjiwanram; Ramvir Singh

    2004-08-01

    A theoretical model has been developed for real two-phase system assuming linear flow of heat flux lines having ellipsoidal particles arranged in a three-dimensional cubic array. The arrangement has been divided into unit cells, each of which contains an ellipsoid. The resistor model has been applied to determine the effective thermal conductivity (ETC) of the unit cell. To take account of random packing of the phases, non-uniform shape of the particles and non-linear flow of heat flux lines in real systems, incorporating an empirical correction factor in place of physical porosity modifies an expression for ETC. An effort is made to correlate it in terms of the ratio of thermal conductivities of the constituents and the physical porosity. Theoretical expression so obtained has been tested on a large number of samples cited in the literature and found that the values predicted are quite close to the experimental results. Comparison of our model with different models cited in the literature has also been made.

  20. Research of improved sparse grid non-uniformity correction technologies for infrared resistor array

    Du, Hui-jie; Zhao, Hong-ming; Gao, Yang; Yu, Hong; Zhang, Yi

    2015-10-01

    Infrared resistor arrays perform a vital role in the hardware in the loop testing of infrared seekers. Infrared resistor arrays composed of large numbers of suspended resistor elements are commonly used to produce dynamic two-dimensional images of infrared radiation. Due to inconsistencies in the fabrication process of the resistor arrays, the temperature each resistor elements reaches for a given input voltage is variable and this leads to more significant radiance differences, these differences result in spatially-distributed radiance non-uniformity. Therefore, in order to obtain an available infrared image, non-uniformity correction (NUC) is necessary. In this paper, the non-uniformity characters of the infrared resistor arrays are analyzed base on measured data and then an improved sparse grid method for engineering are discussed and analyzed. First of all, the NUC camera has a strong influence on the effectiveness of the infrared resistor arrays NUC procedure. According to the actual fact and the laboratory condition, we presented an alternative method for collecting resistor arrays intended to reduce the influence causing by the NUC camera. Secondly, based on the measured non-uniformity data, we obtain the response characteristics of the infrared resistor arrays. In each gray level, we take two points or several points correction algorithm to calculate the gain data and the offset data, and then the linear look-up table is established. Finally, through MATLAB we develop the correction software, and we can obtain the driving output conveniently. The result shows that the image quality has a remarkable improvement after non-uniformity correction, the non-uniformity correction flow and algorithm preferably satisfies the requirement of the high confidence infrared imaging simulation.

  1. Electrical properties and conduction mechanisms of Ru-based thick-film (cermet) resistors

    This paper presents an experimental study of the electrical conduction mechanisms in thick-film (cermet) resistor. The resistors were made from one custom and three commercially formulated inks with sheet resistivities ranging from 102 to 106 Ω/D7Alembertian in decade increments. Their microstructure and composition have been examined using optical and scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis, x-ray diffraction, and various chemical analyses. This portion of our study shows that the resistors are heterogeneous mixtures of metallic metal oxide particles (approx.4 x 10-5 cm in diameter) and a lead silicate glass. The metal oxide particles are ruthenium containing pyrochlores, and are joined to form a continuous three-dimensional network of chain segments. The principal experimental work reported here is an extensive study of the electrical transport properties of the resistors. The temperature dependence of conductance has been measured from 1.2 to 400 K, and two features common to all resistors are found. There is a pronounced decrease in conductance at low temperatures and a shallow maximum at several hundred Kelvin. Within the same range of temperatures the reversible conductance as a function of electric field from 0 to 28 kV/cm has been studied. The resistors are non-Ohmic at all temperatures, but particularly at cryogenic temperatures for low fields. At higher fields the conductance shows a linear variation with electric field. The thick-film resistors are found to have a small dielectric constant and a (nearly) frequency-independent conductance from dc to 50 MHz. The magnetoresistance to 100 kG, the Hall mobility, and the Seebeck coefficient of most of the resistors have been measured and discovered to be quite small. Many of the electrical transport properties have also been determined for the metal oxide particles which were extracted from the fired resistors

  2. Investigation about decoupling capacitors of PMT voltage divider effects on neutron-gamma discrimination

    Scintillators are almost used in any nuclear laboratory. These detectors combine of scintillation materials, PMT and a voltage divider. Voltage dividers are different in resistive ladder design. But the effect of decoupling capacitors and damping resistors haven’t discussed yet. In this paper at first a good equilibrium circuit designed for PMT, and it was used for investigating about capacitors and resistors in much manner. Results show that decoupling capacitors have great effect on PMT output pulses. In this research, it was tried to investigate the effect of Capacitor’s value and places on PMT voltage divider in Neutron-Gamma discrimination capability. Therefore, the voltage divider circuit for R329-02 Hamamatsu PMT was made and Zero Cross method used for neutron-gamma discrimination. The neutron source was a 20Ci Am-Be. Anode and Dynode pulses and discrimination spectrum were saved. The results showed that the pulse height and discrimination quality change with the value and setting of capacitors

  3. Implementation of an analogue model of a memristor based on a light-dependent resistor

    In this paper, an analogue model of a memristor using a light-dependent resistor (LDR) is presented. This model can be simplified into two parts: a control circuit and a variable resistor. It can be used to easily verify theoretical presumptions about the switching properties of memristors. This LDR-based memristor model can also be used in both simulations and experiments for future research into memristor applications. The paper includes mathematical models, simulations, and experimental results

  4. Multichannel frequency dividers using MSW

    Zavislyak, I. V.; Romanyuk, V. F.; Stakhursky, L. L.

    1997-01-01

    Multichannel frequency dividers (multiplexers) are obligatory elements of many radar and communication systems. They are first of all used when signal processing in the real time is needed within the band of several GHz [1].The frequency dividers using magnetostatic waves (MSW) and resonances (MSR) are perspective devices in spite of the problems connected with low termostability of their electric characteristics. The use of the epitaxial films of yttrium-iron garnet (YIG), barium ferrite (BF...

  5. Noise properties of Pb/Cd-free thick film resistors

    Witold Stadler, Adam; Kolek, Andrzej; Zawiślak, Zbigniew; Mleczko, Krzysztof; Jakubowska, Małgorzata; Rafał Kiełbasiński, Konrad; Młożniak, Anna

    2010-07-01

    Low-frequency noise spectroscopy has been used to examine noise properties of Pb/Cd-free RuO2- and CaRuO3-based thick films screen printed on alumina substrates. Experiments were performed in the temperature range 77-300 K and the frequency range 0.5-5000 Hz with multiterminal devices. The measured noise has been recognized as resistance noise that consists of background 1/f noise and components generated by several thermally activated noise sources (TANSs) of different activation energies. The total noise has been composed of the contributions generated in the resistive layer and in the resistive/conductive layers interface. These noise sources are non-uniformly distributed in the resistor volume. Noise intensity of new-resistive layers has been described by the noise parameter Cbulk. Pb/Cd-free layers turned out to be noisier than their Pb-containing counterparts; however, the removal of Pb and Cd from resistive composition is hardly responsible for the increase in the noise. In the case of RuO2 layers noise increases most likely due to larger grain size of RuO2 powder used to prepare resistive pastes. Information on the quality of the resistive-to-conductive layers interface occurred to be stored in the values of noise parameter Cint. Pb/Cd-free RuO2-based resistive pastes form well-behaved interfaces with various Ag-based conductive pastes. In contrast, CaRuO3-based paste forms bad contacts with AgPd terminations because the density of TANSs increases in the interface area.

  6. Noise properties of Pb/Cd-free thick film resistors

    Low-frequency noise spectroscopy has been used to examine noise properties of Pb/Cd-free RuO2- and CaRuO3-based thick films screen printed on alumina substrates. Experiments were performed in the temperature range 77-300 K and the frequency range 0.5-5000 Hz with multiterminal devices. The measured noise has been recognized as resistance noise that consists of background 1/f noise and components generated by several thermally activated noise sources (TANSs) of different activation energies. The total noise has been composed of the contributions generated in the resistive layer and in the resistive/conductive layers interface. These noise sources are non-uniformly distributed in the resistor volume. Noise intensity of new-resistive layers has been described by the noise parameter Cbulk. Pb/Cd-free layers turned out to be noisier than their Pb-containing counterparts; however, the removal of Pb and Cd from resistive composition is hardly responsible for the increase in the noise. In the case of RuO2 layers noise increases most likely due to larger grain size of RuO2 powder used to prepare resistive pastes. Information on the quality of the resistive-to-conductive layers interface occurred to be stored in the values of noise parameter Cint. Pb/Cd-free RuO2-based resistive pastes form well-behaved interfaces with various Ag-based conductive pastes. In contrast, CaRuO3-based paste forms bad contacts with AgPd terminations because the density of TANSs increases in the interface area.

  7. New internal multi-range resistors for ac voltage calibration by using TVC

    Accurate calibration of ac voltages up to 1000 V by using thermal converters requires range resistors connected in series with the converter. The combination of a thermal converter and range resistor is known as the thermal voltage converter. In this paper, multi-range internal range resistors are designed and implemented in the National Institute for Standards (NIS), Egypt to cover the ac voltage ranges from 10 V to 750 V. The range resistor values are 2 kΩ, 10 kΩ, 20 kΩ, 40 kΩ, 100 kΩ, and 150 kΩ to cover the voltage ranges 10 V, 50 V, 100 V, 200 V, 500 V, and 750 V, respectively. The six range resistors are mounted in series with a single-junction thermo-element in the same box to provide a new thermal voltage converter. The required range resistor is selected by using a six-pin selector switch. Each resistor is connected to a selector pin. The new thermal voltage converter ranges are automatically calibrated against other standard thermal voltage converters at different frequencies by using a LabVIEW program to determine their ac–dc transfer difference at each range. The expanded uncertainties are estimated according to the GUM for all ranges at different frequencies. The performance of the new thermal voltage converter is also evaluated by comparing its ac–dc differences and its accuracy in measuring the ac voltage at different frequencies with a traditional thermal voltage converter. (paper)

  8. New internal multi-range resistors for ac voltage calibration by using TVC

    Ali, Rasha S. M.

    2015-10-01

    Accurate calibration of ac voltages up to 1000 V by using thermal converters requires range resistors connected in series with the converter. The combination of a thermal converter and range resistor is known as the thermal voltage converter. In this paper, multi-range internal range resistors are designed and implemented in the National Institute for Standards (NIS), Egypt to cover the ac voltage ranges from 10 V to 750 V. The range resistor values are 2 kΩ, 10 kΩ, 20 kΩ, 40 kΩ, 100 kΩ, and 150 kΩ to cover the voltage ranges 10 V, 50 V, 100 V, 200 V, 500 V, and 750 V, respectively. The six range resistors are mounted in series with a single-junction thermo-element in the same box to provide a new thermal voltage converter. The required range resistor is selected by using a six-pin selector switch. Each resistor is connected to a selector pin. The new thermal voltage converter ranges are automatically calibrated against other standard thermal voltage converters at different frequencies by using a LabVIEW program to determine their ac-dc transfer difference at each range. The expanded uncertainties are estimated according to the GUM for all ranges at different frequencies. The performance of the new thermal voltage converter is also evaluated by comparing its ac-dc differences and its accuracy in measuring the ac voltage at different frequencies with a traditional thermal voltage converter.

  9. Study and field verification of the effects of removing closing resistors from 500 kV circuit breakers

    Closing resistors in EHV circuit breakers are frequently used to reduce switching transients on lines thus preventing flashovers during line energization. Maintenance and failures of such closing resistors can be costly and reduce transmission system reliability. For these reasons, APS conducted an investigation into the technical feasibility of operating its 500 kV without closing resistors. This paper describes study results of removing closing resistors from 500 kV breakers in a system which employs older technology silicon carbide type surge arresters. The paper also describes results of field tests of the expected flashover rates calculated in the study. These field tests involve repeatedly energizing a 258 mile 500 kV line using a breaker in which the closing resistors are disabled. Transient overvoltages captured during the tests are compared with predicted overvoltages. The study concludes that closing resistors may be removed from the subject system without unacceptable consequences

  10. Effect of coordination of optimal reclosing and fuzzy controlled braking resistor on transient stability during unsuccessful reclosing

    Ali, Mohd.Hasan; Murata, Toshiaki; Tamura, Junji

    2006-01-01

    This paper analyzes the effect of the coordination of optimal reclosing and fuzzy logic-controlled braking resistor on the transient stability of a multimachine power system in case of an unsuccessful reclosing of circuit breakers. The transient stability performance of the coordinated operation of optimal reclosing and fuzzy controlled braking resistor is compared to that of the coordinated operation of conventional auto-reclosing and fuzzy controlled braking resistor. The effectiveness of t...

  11. Architecture design of resistor/FET-logic demultiplexer for hybrid CMOS/nanodevice circuit interconnect

    Hybrid nanoelectronics consisting of nanodevice crossbars on top of CMOS backplane circuits is emerging as one viable option to sustain Moore's law after the CMOS scaling limit is reached. One main design challenge in such hybrid nanoelectronics is the interface between the highly dense nanowires in nanodevice crossbars and relatively coarse microwires in the CMOS domain. Such an interface can be realized through a logic circuit called a demultiplexer (demux). In this context, all the prior work on demux design uses a single type of device, such as resistor, diode or field effect transistor (FET), to realize the demultiplexing function. However, different types of devices have their own advantages and disadvantages in terms of functionality, manufacturability, speed and power consumption. This makes none of them provide a satisfactory solution. To tackle this challenge, this work proposes to combine resistor with FET to implement the demux, leading to the hybrid resistor/FET-logic demux. Such hybrid demux architecture can make these two types of devices complement each other well to improve the overall demux design effectiveness. Furthermore, due to the inevitable fabrication process variations at the nanoscale, the effects of resistor conductance and FET threshold voltage variability are analyzed and evaluated based on computer simulations. The simulation results provide the requirement on the fabrication process to ensure a high demux reliability, and promise the hybrid resistor/FET-logic demux an improved addressability and process variance tolerance

  12. Information Societies and Digital Divides

    Sorj, Bernardo

    2008-01-01

    The book argues ICT are part of the set of goods and services that determine quality of life, social inequality and the chances for economic development. Therefore understanding the digital divide demands a broader discussion of the place of ICT within each society and in the international system. The author argues against the perspectives that either isolates ICT from other basic social goods (in particular education and employment) as well as those that argue that new technologies are luxury of a consumer society. Though the author accepts that new technologies are not a panacea for the problems of inequality, access to them become a condition of full integration of social life. Using examples mainly from Latin America, the work presents some general policy proposals on the fight against the digital divide which take in consideration other dimensions of social inequality and access to public goods. Bernardo Sorj was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is a naturalized Brazilian, living in Brazil since 1976. He ...

  13. A fully integrated, monolithic, cryogenic charge sensitive preamplifier using N-channel JFETs and polysilicon resistors

    In this paper, an integrated charge preamplifier to be used with small (10--30 mm2) Si(Li) and Ge(Li) X-ray detectors is described. The preamplifier is designed to operate at cryogenic temperatures (∼100 K to 160 K) for the best performance. An N-channel JFET process technology for integrated charge sensitive preamplifiers has been developed. The process integrates multiple pinch-off voltage JFETs fabricated in an n-type epitaxial layer on a low resistivity p-type substrate. The process also incorporates polysilicon resistors integrated on the same die as the JFETs. The optimized polysilicon resistors exhibit 1/f noise nearly as good as metal film resistors at the same current. Results for integrated amplifier are discussed

  14. AC-coupled GaAs microstrip detectors with a new type of integrated bias resistors

    Irsigler, R; Göppert, R; Hornung, M; Ludwig, J; Rogalla, M; Runge, K; Schmid, T; Söldner-Rembold, S; Webel, M; Weber, C; Schmid, Th.

    1998-01-01

    Full size single-sided GaAs microstrip detectors with integrated coupling capacitors and bias resistors have been fabricated on 3'' substrate wafers. PECVD deposited SiO_2 and SiO_2/Si_3N_4 layers were used to provide coupling capacitaces of 32.5 pF/cm and 61.6 pF/cm, respectively. The resistors are made of sputtered CERMET using simple lift of technique. The sheet resistivity of 78 kOhm/sq. and the thermal coefficient of resistance of less than 4x10^-3 / degree C satisfy the demands of small area biasing resistors, working on a wide temperature range.

  15. Break-collapse method for resistor networks-renormalization group applications

    The break-collapse method recently introduced for the q-state Potts model is adapted for resistor networks. This method greatly simplifies the calculation of the conductance of an arbitrary two-terminal d-dimensional array of conductances, obviating the use of either Kirchhoff's laws or the star-triangle or similiar transformations. Related properties are discussed as well. An illustrative real-space renormalization-group treatment of the random resistor problem on the square lattice is presented; satisfactory results are obtained. (Author)

  16. Demonstration of a silicon photomultiplier with bulk integrated quenching resistors on epitaxial silicon

    In this paper we present the experimental results of a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) with bulk integrated quenching resistors on epitaxial silicon. Compared with existing SiPM with polysilicon quenching resistors on the surface or with MRS structure, it has potential advantages of high photon detection efficiency (PDE) while retaining a large micro-cell density and the fabrication process is also simplified. The SiPM with the micro-cell density up to 104/mm2 and the PDE up to 25.6% is demonstrated. The characteristics of dark count rate, single photon detection capability, gain, optical crosstalk and PDE have been investigated and discussed.

  17. Method for the fabrication of a semiconductor resistor with implanted ions of a neutral dopant

    The semiconductor resistor consists of a single-crystal Si-body with a P-conducting resistor part that is doped with B. The P-conducting part forms a PN-transition with the Si-body. Ne-ions with an energy of 100 keV and an ion dose of 2 x 1013 to 2 x 1015 ions/cm2 are implanted in the area below the PN-transition to increase the voltage linearity. The film resistance amounts at least to 30 kOhm/square. (RW)

  18. Implementation of an analogue model of a memristor based on a light-dependent resistor

    Wang Xiao-Yuan; Andrew L. Fitch; Herbert H. C. Iu; Victor Sreeram; Qi Wei-Gui

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,an analogue model of a memristor using a light-dependent resistor (LDR) is presented.This model can be simplified into two parts:a control circuit and a variable resistor.It can be used to easily verify theoretical presumptions about the switching properties of memristors.This LDR-based memristor model can also be used in both simulations and experiments for future research into memristor applications.The paper includes mathematical models,simulations,and experimental results.

  19. The characterisation of lead-free thick-film resistors on different low temperature Co-fired ceramics substrates

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Lead free thick film resistors based on ruthenium oxide were developed. ► The compatibility of resistors with different LTCC substrates was evaluated. ► The interactions between resistors and glassy LTCC substrates were not detected. ► Electrical characteristics were comparable with commercial thick film resistors. -- Abstract: Lead-free thick-film resistors were synthesised and investigated. The thick-film resistor materials with nominal sheet resistivities from 50 ohm/sq. to 50 kohm/sq. were prepared using combinations of two lead-free glasses with reflow temperatures at 940 °C and 1240 °C, respectively, and two RuO2 powders (fine-grained and coarse-grained RuO2). The thick-film resistors were printed and fired on alumina and on low temperature co-fired ceramics substrates and fired at 850 °C and 950 °C. The fired resistors were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, by scanning electron microscopy and by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The sheet resistivities, temperature coefficients of resistivity, gauge factors and noise indices were measured.

  20. A new optimized design concept of the switching network resistors of the large ITER-FEAT tokamak

    In the large ITER-FEAT tokamak, resistors are essential electrical components to protect the super-conducting coils but also to produce the needed high voltages in some poloidal field coils during the breakdown and plasma initiation phase to start-up the plasma current. In this specific case, the resistors, called Switching Network Resistors (SNR), must dissipate a large amount of energy but should be also able to provide accurate step resistances within wide ranges of currents and voltages. The step resistances needed in the coil circuits can be precisely determined only during experimentation with the machine. Therefore, a large flexibility has to be foreseen in the design of these resistors. As several SNRs are installed in the large tokamak ITER-FEAT, this paper describes, step by step, a new optimized resistor design concept, with regard to flexibility in operation and cost optimization

  1. Processing, microstructure, and electric properties of buried resistors in low-temperature co-fired ceramics

    The electrical properties of ruthenium oxide based devitrifiable resistors embedded within low-temperature co-fired ceramics were investigated from -100oC to 100oC. Special attention was given to the processing conditions and their effects on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). Results indicate that within this temperature range the conductance for these buried resistors is limited by tunneling of charge carriers through the thin glass layer between ruthenium oxide particles. A modified version of the tunneling barrier model is proposed to account for the microstructure ripening observed during thermal processing. The model parameters determined from curve fitting show that charging energy (i.e., the energy required for a charge carrier to tunnel through the glass barrier) is strongly dependent on particle size and particle--particle separation between ruthenium oxide grains. Initial coarsening of ruthenium oxide grains was found to reduce the charging energy and lower the resistance. However, when extended ripening occurs, the increase in particle--particle separation increases the charging energy, reduces the tunneling probability and gives rise to a higher resistance. The tradeoff between these two effects results in an optimum microstructure with a minimum resistance and TCR. Furthermore, the TCR of these buried resistors has been shown to be governed by the magnitude of the charging energy. Model parameters determined by our analysis appear to provide quantitative physical interpretations to the microstructural changes in the resistor, which in turn, are controlled by the processing conditions

  2. Cosmic Ray Measurements by Scintillators with Metal Resistor Semiconductor Avalanche Photo Diodes

    Blanco, Francesco; La Rocca, Paola; Riggi, Francesco; Akindinov, Alexandre; Mal'kevich, Dmitry

    2008-01-01

    An educational set-up for cosmic ray physics experiments is described. The detector is based on scintillator tiles with a readout through metal resistor semiconductor (MRS) avalanche photo diode (APD) arrays. Typical measurements of the cosmic angular distribution at sea level and a study of the East-West asymmetry obtained by such a device are…

  3. Anomalous behavior in the resistivity of N-I-N polysilicon resistors after hydrogenation

    This paper reports on undoped 20 μm thick polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) films that were epitaxially grown on 0.5 μm thick polysilicon seed layers prepared by cycles of CVD depositions and oxidations. The resistivity of the epitaxial films was found to vary by a factor of 4, depending on the number of deposition/oxidation cycles used to prepare the initial seed layer. Exposing the films to a hydrogen plasma for as little as 5 seconds decreased the resistivity of n-i-n resistors by four orders of magnitude and changed their activation energy from 0.4 eV to 0.001 eV. Whereas, the resitivity of p-i-p resistors only decreased by a factor of two after a 2 hour hydrogenation with no change in the activation energy. The initial high resitivity value of the n-i-n resistors was restored by either removing 0.5 μm of polysilicon from the surface of the resistors or by a 15 minute anneal in argon at 550 degrees C

  4. Use of cermet thin film resistors with nitride passivated metal insulator field effect transistor

    Brown, G. A.; Harrap, V.

    1971-01-01

    Film deposition of cermet resistors on same chip with metal nitride oxide silicon field effect transistors permits protection of contamination sensitive active devices from contaminants produced in cermet deposition and definition processes. Additional advantages include lower cost, greater reliability, and space savings.

  5. Voltage divider effect for the improvement of variability and endurance of TaO(x) memristor.

    Kim, Kyung Min; Yang, J Joshua; Strachan, John Paul; Grafals, Emmanuelle Merced; Ge, Ning; Melendez, Noraica Davila; Li, Zhiyong; Williams, R Stanley

    2016-01-01

    The impact of a series resistor (R(S)) on the variability and endurance performance of memristor was studied in the TaO(x) memristive system. A dynamic voltage divider between the R(S) and memristor during both the set and the reset switching cycles can suppress the inherent irregularity of the voltage dropped on the memristor, resulting in a greatly reduced switching variability. By selecting the proper resistance value of R(S) for the set and reset cycles respectively, we observed a dramatically improved endurance of the TaO(x) memristor. Such a voltage divider effect can thus be critical for the memristor applications that require low variability, high endurance and fast speed. PMID:26830763

  6. Crossroads - Bridging the Digital Divide

    David Cobb

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available It’s so good to be in Cambridge, it feels almost like home. Let me start by stating that in the past year ITMB, a successful map publisher in British Columbia, Canada published more paper map titles than at any time in their history. Similarly, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS recently announced that they have ceased producing paper from their aerial photography archive and will only produce digital copies. I believe that both of these facts speak to the future of maps and digital data. It means there will be paper maps well into the future and there will be an increasing array of digital data - some of it reformatted, as in the USGS case, and most of it will be born digital. When asked to speak about GIS and its role in libraries I often find myself in a conundrum - am I here to slay the dragon, or to pet the dragon. The role of technology in libraries is not one that has been embraced by everyone, and often the technology itself seems to have been force-fed upon us. The library profession is not one that has historically been a proponent of change and the very nature of GIS is change. In one sense, we have been given the choice of becoming paper museums or, at the very least, making GIS technology available in our collections. Today, I would like to review the many ways that GIS is, or will, affect our collections. I will divide the presentation into a general overview of GIS in libraries, how it affects our acquisitions or collection development policies, its effect on cataloging, on reference services, staffing, and our web services. Then I will shift the focus a little and discuss the current situation at the Harvard Map Collection, the future role of legacy collections, and a look to the future.

  7. Chaos, brain and divided consciousness.

    Bob, Petr

    2007-01-01

    Modern trends in psychology and cognitive neuroscience suggest that applications of nonlinear dynamics, chaos and self-organization seem to be particularly important for research of some fundamental problems regarding mind-brain relationship. Relevant problems among others are formations of memories during alterations of mental states and nature of a barrier that divides mental states, and leads to the process called dissociation. This process is related to a formation of groups of neurons which often synchronize their firing patterns in a unique spatial maner. Central theme of this study is the relationship between level of moving and oscilating mental processes and their neurophysiological substrate. This opens a question about principles of organization of conscious experiences and how these experiences arise in the brain. Chaotic self-organization provides a unique theoretical and experimental tool for deeper understanding of dissociative phenomena and enables to study how dissociative phenomena can be linked to epileptiform discharges which are related to various forms of psychological and somatic manifestations. Organizing principles that constitute human consciousness and other mental phenomena from this point of view may be described by analysis and reconstruction of underlying dynamics of psychological or psychophysiological measures. These nonlinear methods in this study were used for analysis of characteristic changes in EEG and bilateral electrodermal activity (EDA) during reliving of dissociated traumatic and stressful memories and during psychopathological states. Analysis confirms a possible role of chaotic transitions in the processing of dissociated memory. Supportive finding for a possible chaotic process related to dissociation found in this study represent also significant relationship of dissociation, epileptiform discharges measured by typical psychopathological manifestations and characteristic laterality changes in bilateral EDA in patients

  8. A modified approach to transient stability enhancement with fast valving and braking resistor applications

    Patel, Ramnarayan [Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttaranchal (India). Department of Electrical Engineering; Bhatti, T.S.; Kothari, D.P. [Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, New Delhi (India). Centre for Energy Studies

    2006-12-15

    Fast valving and braking resistor are two important members of the family of the discrete supplementary controllers (DISCOS). Both of these are very effective and economic means of transient stability enhancement under extreme contingencies. Being stationed at the similar end of a power system the two schemes carry a very good potential of an effective coordination. Such a coordinated control is helpful not only in obtaining an improved gain in stability, but also in overcoming the limitations and avoiding excessive duty on the part of an individual controller. In this work, a detailed study has been carried out to evaluate the scope and limitations of fast valving and dynamic braking resistor controls in enhancing the transient stability of power systems. Improvements have been suggested over the conventional schemes of control so as to improve their adaptability under different conditions of fault and loading or with different types of generating units. (author)

  9. The Study of a Portable Precision Air Enclosure for Preserving Standard Resistor

    A novel portable precision air enclosure was designed in this paper. Orthogonalization of the coefficients matrix to decouple the all parts of the control system was attained in theory and heating wires were wound on the surface of the aluminum chamber evenly in construction. Foam plastic was placed between outer and aluminum chamber as thermal insulation. The inner space is 300 mmx250 mmx300 mm, where can fit one SR 102 type resistor or two Tinsley 5685 type resistors. The total weight of the enclosure is about 25kg, which is still a portable one. Its outstanding feature is the temperature difference between top and bottom was offset. Experiment result shows that the monthly inner temperature homogeneity and stability of the enclosure are within 2 mK

  10. Leaf venation, as a resistor, to optimize a switchable IR absorber.

    Alston, M E; Barber, R

    2016-01-01

    Leaf vascular patterns are the mechanisms and mechanical support for the transportation of fluidics for photosynthesis and leaf development properties. Vascular hierarchical networks in leaves have far-reaching functions in optimal transport efficiency of functional fluidics. Embedding leaf morphogenesis as a resistor network is significant in the optimization of a translucent thermally functional material. This will enable regulation through pressure equalization by diminishing flow pressure variation. This paper investigates nature's vasculature networks that exhibit hierarchical branching scaling applied to microfluidics. To enable optimum potential for pressure drop regulation by algorithm design. This code analysis of circuit conduit optimization for transport fluidic flow resistance is validated against CFD simulation, within a closed loop network. The paper will propose this self-optimization, characterization by resistance seeking targeting to determine a microfluidic network as a resistor. To advance a thermally function material as a switchable IR absorber. PMID:27554786

  11. Recursion-transform approach to compute the resistance of a resistor network with an arbitrary boundary

    We consider a profound problem of two-point resistance in the resistor network with a null resistor edge and an arbitrary boundary, which has not been solved before because the Green’s function technique and the Laplacian matrix approach are invalid in this case. Looking for the exact solutions of resistance is important but difficult in the case of the arbitrary boundary since the boundary is a wall or trap which affects the behavior of a finite network. In this paper, we give a general resistance formula that is composed of a single summation by using the recursion-transform method. Meanwhile, several interesting results are derived by the general formula. Further, the current distribution is given explicitly as a byproduct of the method. (paper)

  12. Nanoporous carbon tunable resistor/transistor and methods of production thereof

    Biener, Juergen; Baumann, Theodore F; Dasgupta, Subho; Hahn, Horst

    2014-04-22

    In one embodiment, a tunable resistor/transistor includes a porous material that is electrically coupled between a source electrode and a drain electrode, wherein the porous material acts as an active channel, an electrolyte solution saturating the active channel, the electrolyte solution being adapted for altering an electrical resistance of the active channel based on an applied electrochemical potential, wherein the active channel comprises nanoporous carbon arranged in a three-dimensional structure. In another embodiment, a method for forming the tunable resistor/transistor includes forming a source electrode, forming a drain electrode, and forming a monolithic nanoporous carbon material that acts as an active channel and selectively couples the source electrode to the drain electrode electrically. In any embodiment, the electrolyte solution saturating the nanoporous carbon active channel is adapted for altering an electrical resistance of the nanoporous carbon active channel based on an applied electrochemical potential.

  13. Random-resistor network description for hopping transport in the presence of Hubbard interaction

    On the basis of the linearized rate equations for hopping electrons in the presence of Hubbard interaction we derive a random resistor network analogue of the transport equations. In contrast to the ordinary Miller-Abraham network our network has two nodes per site. The occurrence of the second node is related to the capability of the system to propagate excitations, and thus is characteristic for the interacting situation. Our random resistor network can be used for the investigation of the transport properties in alternating electric fields and for the investigation of properties of excitations. The network analogue is applied to the calculation of the dynamical conductivity in the nearest-neighbour hopping regime for all Hubbard-interaction strength

  14. TEMPERATURE-DEPENDENT MODEL OF ION-ALLOYED RESISTORS OF SUB-MICRON BIPOLAR AIS

    A. Belous

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Results of the investigation on main characteristics library of various integral resistors (IR  within the following temperature and current ranges, respectively (–70–(+150 °С and 10–6–10–2 А  are presented in the paper. The paper contains a temperature-dependent IR-model. Its analysis permits to explain experimental dependences and develop concrete recommendations on IR calculation and application in IS. 

  15. A comprehensive study of resistor-loaded planar dipole antennas for ground penetrating radar applications

    Uduwawala, Disala

    2006-01-01

    Ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems are increasingly being used for the detection and location of buried objects within the upper regions of the earth’s surface. The antenna is the most critical component of such a system. This thesis presents a comprehensive study of resistor-loaded planar dipole antennas for GPR applications using both theory and experiments. The theoretical analysis is performed using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) technique. The analysis starts with the most ...

  16. Use of a Pre-Insertion Resistor to Minimize Zero-Missing Phenomenon and Switching Overvoltages

    Bak, Claus Leth; da Silva, Filipe Miguel Faria; Gudmundsdottir, Unnur Stella;

    2009-01-01

    which countermeasure works the best. Technically the best way to avoid zero-missing phenomenon produces very high switching overvoltages, making the operator to choose to either avoid the zero-missing phenomenon or to minimize the switching transients. This paper presents a method of determining an...... optimal value of the resistance of the pre-insertion resistor that results in minimizing both the zero-missing phenomenon and switching overvoltages simultaneously....

  17. Influence of electrical stress on printed polymer resistors filled with carbon nanomaterials

    Słoma, Marcin; Jakubowska, Małgorzata; Szałatkiewicz, Jakub

    2013-10-01

    Superior electrical properties of carbon nanotubes were utilized by the authors in the fabrication of printed resistors. In common applications such as electrodes or sensors, only basic electrical and mechanical properties are investigated, leaving aside other key parameters related to the stability and reliability of particular elements. In this paper we present experimental results on the properties of printed resistive layers. One of the most important issues is their stability under high currents creating excessive thermal stresses. In order to investigate such behavior, a high direct current stress test was performed along with the observation of temperature distribution that allowed us to gain a fundamental insight into the electrical behavior at such operating conditions. These experiments allowed us to observe parametric failure or catastrophic damage that occurred under excessive supply parameters. Electrical parameters of all investigated samples remained stable after applying currents inducing an increase in temperature up to 130 °C and 200 °C. For selected samples, catastrophic failure was observed at the current values inducing temperature above 220 °C and 300 °C but in all cases the failure was related to the damage of PET or alumina substrate. Additional experiments were carried out with short high voltage pulse stresses. Printed resistors filled with nanomaterials sustained similar voltage levels (up to 750 V) without changing their parameters, while commonly used graphite filled polymer resistors changed their resistance value.

  18. Passive Resistor Temperature Compensation for a High-Temperature Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor.

    Yao, Zong; Liang, Ting; Jia, Pinggang; Hong, Yingping; Qi, Lei; Lei, Cheng; Zhang, Bin; Li, Wangwang; Zhang, Diya; Xiong, Jijun

    2016-01-01

    The main limitation of high-temperature piezoresistive pressure sensors is the variation of output voltage with operating temperature, which seriously reduces their measurement accuracy. This paper presents a passive resistor temperature compensation technique whose parameters are calculated using differential equations. Unlike traditional experiential arithmetic, the differential equations are independent of the parameter deviation among the piezoresistors of the microelectromechanical pressure sensor and the residual stress caused by the fabrication process or a mismatch in the thermal expansion coefficients. The differential equations are solved using calibration data from uncompensated high-temperature piezoresistive pressure sensors. Tests conducted on the calibrated equipment at various temperatures and pressures show that the passive resistor temperature compensation produces a remarkable effect. Additionally, a high-temperature signal-conditioning circuit is used to improve the output sensitivity of the sensor, which can be reduced by the temperature compensation. Compared to traditional experiential arithmetic, the proposed passive resistor temperature compensation technique exhibits less temperature drift and is expected to be highly applicable for pressure measurements in harsh environments with large temperature variations. PMID:27455271

  19. Passive Resistor Temperature Compensation for a High-Temperature Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor

    Zong Yao

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The main limitation of high-temperature piezoresistive pressure sensors is the variation of output voltage with operating temperature, which seriously reduces their measurement accuracy. This paper presents a passive resistor temperature compensation technique whose parameters are calculated using differential equations. Unlike traditional experiential arithmetic, the differential equations are independent of the parameter deviation among the piezoresistors of the microelectromechanical pressure sensor and the residual stress caused by the fabrication process or a mismatch in the thermal expansion coefficients. The differential equations are solved using calibration data from uncompensated high-temperature piezoresistive pressure sensors. Tests conducted on the calibrated equipment at various temperatures and pressures show that the passive resistor temperature compensation produces a remarkable effect. Additionally, a high-temperature signal-conditioning circuit is used to improve the output sensitivity of the sensor, which can be reduced by the temperature compensation. Compared to traditional experiential arithmetic, the proposed passive resistor temperature compensation technique exhibits less temperature drift and is expected to be highly applicable for pressure measurements in harsh environments with large temperature variations.

  20. Maximum Bandwidth Enhancement of Current Mirror using Series-Resistor and Dynamic Body Bias Technique

    V. Niranjan

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a new approach for enhancing the bandwidth of a low voltage CMOS current mirror. The proposed approach is based on utilizing body effect in a MOS transistor by connecting its gate and bulk terminals together for signal input. This results in boosting the effective transconductance of MOS transistor along with reduction of the threshold voltage. The proposed approach does not affect the DC gain of the current mirror. We demonstrate that the proposed approach features compatibility with widely used series-resistor technique for enhancing the current mirror bandwidth and both techniques have been employed simultaneously for maximum bandwidth enhancement. An important consequence of using both techniques simultaneously is the reduction of the series-resistor value for achieving the same bandwidth. This reduction in value is very attractive because a smaller resistor results in smaller chip area and less noise. PSpice simulation results using 180 nm CMOS technology from TSMC are included to prove the unique results. The proposed current mirror operates at 1Volt consuming only 102 µW and maximum bandwidth extension ratio of 1.85 has been obtained using the proposed approach. Simulation results are in good agreement with analytical predictions.

  1. Passive Resistor Temperature Compensation for a High-Temperature Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor

    Yao, Zong; Liang, Ting; Jia, Pinggang; Hong, Yingping; Qi, Lei; Lei, Cheng; Zhang, Bin; Li, Wangwang; Zhang, Diya; Xiong, Jijun

    2016-01-01

    The main limitation of high-temperature piezoresistive pressure sensors is the variation of output voltage with operating temperature, which seriously reduces their measurement accuracy. This paper presents a passive resistor temperature compensation technique whose parameters are calculated using differential equations. Unlike traditional experiential arithmetic, the differential equations are independent of the parameter deviation among the piezoresistors of the microelectromechanical pressure sensor and the residual stress caused by the fabrication process or a mismatch in the thermal expansion coefficients. The differential equations are solved using calibration data from uncompensated high-temperature piezoresistive pressure sensors. Tests conducted on the calibrated equipment at various temperatures and pressures show that the passive resistor temperature compensation produces a remarkable effect. Additionally, a high-temperature signal-conditioning circuit is used to improve the output sensitivity of the sensor, which can be reduced by the temperature compensation. Compared to traditional experiential arithmetic, the proposed passive resistor temperature compensation technique exhibits less temperature drift and is expected to be highly applicable for pressure measurements in harsh environments with large temperature variations. PMID:27455271

  2. Some results on numerical divided difference formulas

    Wang; Xinghua; Wang; Heyu; Ming-Jun; Lai

    2005-01-01

    The remainder estimates of numerical divided difference formula are given for the functions of lower and higher smoothness, respectively. Then several divided difference formulas with super-convergence are derived with their remainder expressions.

  3. X-Ray Characterization of Resistor/Dielectric Material for Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic Packages

    High temperature XRD has been employed to monitor the devitrification of Dupont 951 low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) and Dupont E84005 resistor ink. The LTCC underwent devitrification to an anorthite phase in the range of 835-875 C with activation energy of 180 kJ/mol as calculated from kinetic data. The resistor paste underwent devitrification in the 835-875 C range forming monoclinic and hexagonal celcian phases plus a phase believed to be a zinc-silicate. RuO(sub 2) appeared to be stable within this devitrified resistor matrix. X-ray radiography of a co-fired circuit indicated good structural/chemical compatibility between the resistor and LTCC

  4. Tech, Teachers & Teens: Bridging the Divide

    Stuht, Amy Colcord; Colcord, Cean

    2011-01-01

    In past decades, the "digital divide" referred to the gap between those who could afford access to technology and those who could not. The divide has shifted in recent years to reflect the growing technological chasm between teachers and their students: today's schools and teenagers' worlds. The digital divide is widening and deepening…

  5. 40 CFR 1065.248 - Gas divider.

    2010-07-01

    ... testing. You may use critical-flow gas dividers, capillary-tube gas dividers, or thermal-mass-meter gas... Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS ENGINE-TESTING PROCEDURES Measurement Instruments Flow-Related Measurements § 1065.248 Gas divider. (a) Application. You...

  6. METHOD OF DETERMINING THE START TIME OF INDUCTION MOTORS IN THE CONTROL OF RESISTOR-THYRISTOR MODULES

    V.I. Lobov; Lobova, K. V.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. An electric general-purpose drive with asynchronous motor is proposed. For motor control in stator and rotor, circuits used resistors and thyristors. These elements included together in various ways. This allows to get a variety of power converter circuit with resistor-thyristor modules. Methodology. Taking into account the technical requirements for industrial machinery developed an analytical method for determining the run-up controlled induction motor. Formed starting modes by cha...

  7. Assessing the degradation mechanisms and current limitation design rules of SICR-based thin-film resistors in integrated circuits

    Li, Yuan; Donnet, David; Grzegorczyk, Andrzej; Cavelaars, Jan; Kuper, Fred

    2010-01-01

    The degradation of SiCr-based thin-film resistors under current and temperature stress and the Joule heating in the resistors are experimentally investigated to set current limitation design rules. Degradation mechanisms, the failure modes, and the impact of the stress test on Temperature Coefficient of Resistance (TCR), are studied with the use of various test structures stressed under different conditions (temperature, current density and direction), followed by optical inspections, Infra-R...

  8. Logic Gates Made of N-Channel JFETs and Epitaxial Resistors

    Krasowski, Michael J.

    2008-01-01

    Prototype logic gates made of n-channel junction field-effect transistors (JFETs) and epitaxial resistors have been demonstrated, with a view toward eventual implementation of digital logic devices and systems in silicon carbide (SiC) integrated circuits (ICs). This development is intended to exploit the inherent ability of SiC electronic devices to function at temperatures from 300 to somewhat above 500 C and withstand large doses of ionizing radiation. SiC-based digital logic devices and systems could enable operation of sensors and robots in nuclear reactors, in jet engines, near hydrothermal vents, and in other environments that are so hot or radioactive as to cause conventional silicon electronic devices to fail. At present, current needs for digital processing at high temperatures exceed SiC integrated circuit production capabilities, which do not allow for highly integrated circuits. Only single to small number component production of depletion mode n-channel JFETs and epitaxial resistors on a single substrate is possible. As a consequence, the fine matching of components is impossible, resulting in rather large direct-current parameter distributions within a group of transistors typically spanning multiples of 5 to 10. Add to this the lack of p-channel devices to complement the n-channel FETs, the lack of precise dropping diodes, and the lack of enhancement mode devices at these elevated temperatures and the use of conventional direct coupled and buffered direct coupled logic gate design techniques is impossible. The presented logic gate design is tolerant of device parameter distributions and is not hampered by the lack of complementary devices or dropping diodes. In addition to n-channel JFETs, these gates include level-shifting and load resistors (see figure). Instead of relying on precise matching of parameters among individual JFETS, these designs rely on choosing the values of these resistors and of supply potentials so as to make the circuits perform

  9. Next generation KATRIN high precision voltage divider for voltages up to 65kV

    Bauer, S; Hochschulz, F; Ortjohann, H -W; Rosendahl, S; Thümmler, T; Schmidt, M; Weinheimer, C

    2013-01-01

    The KATRIN (KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino) experiment aims to determine the mass of the electron antineutrino with a sensitivity of 200meV by precisely measuring the electron spectrum of the tritium beta decay. This will be done by the use of a retarding spectrometer of the MAC-E-Filter type. To achieve the desired sensitivity the stability of the retarding potential of -18.6kV has to be monitored with a precision of 3ppm over at least two months. Since this is not feasible with commercial devices, two ppm-class high voltage dividers were developed, following the concept of the standard divider for DC voltages of up to 100kV of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). In order to reach such high accuracies different effects have to be considered. The two most important ones are the temperature dependence of resistance and leakage currents, caused by insulators or corona discharges. For the second divider improvements were made concerning the high-precision resistors and the thermal design of the divider....

  10. Replacement divider plate performance under LOCA loading

    Huynk, H.M. [Quebec Hydro, Montreal, PQ (Canada); MClellan, G.H.; Schneider, W.G. [Babcock and Wilcox, Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    1997-07-01

    A primary divider plate in a nuclear steam generator is required to perform its partitioning function with a minimum of cross leakage, without degradation in operating performance and without loss of structural integrity resulting from normal and accident loading. The design of the replacement divider plate for normal operating conditions is discussed in some detail in reference 1 and 2. This paper describes the structural response of the replacement divider plate to the severe loading resulting from a burst primary pipe. The loads for which the divider plate structural performance must be evaluated are mild to severe differential pressure transients resulting from several postulated sizes and types of pipe break scenarios. In the unlikely event of a severe Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) the divider plate or parts thereof must not exit the steam generator nor completely block the outlet nozzle. For the milder LOCA loads, the integrity of the divider plate and seat bars must be maintained. Analysis for the milder LOCA loads was carried out employing a conservative approach which ignores the actual interaction between the structure and the primary fluid. For these load cases it was shown that the divider plate does not become disengaged from the seat bars. For the more severe pipe breaks, the thermal-hydraulic analysis was coupled iteratively with the structural analysis, thereby taking into account divider plate deformation, in order to obtain a better prediction of the behaviour of the divider plate. In this manner substantial reduction in divider plate response to the more severe LOCA loading was achieved. It has been shown that, for the case of a postulated large LOCA (100% reactor inlet header), the disengagement of the divider plate from the seat bars resulted in an opening smaller than 1% of the divider plate area. (author)

  11. Design, development and evaluation of a resistor-based multiplexing circuit for a 20×20 SiPM array

    Wang, Zhonghai; Sun, Xishan; Lou, Kai; Meier, Joseph; Zhou, Rong; Yang, Chaowen; Zhu, Xiaorong; Shao, Yiping

    2016-04-01

    One technical challenge in developing a large-size scintillator detector with multiple Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays is to read out a large number of detector output channels. To achieve this, different signal multiplexing circuits have been studied and applied with different performances and cost-effective tradeoffs. Resistor-based multiplexing circuits exhibit simplicity and signal integrity, but also present the disadvantage of timing shift among different channels. In this study, a resistor-based multiplexing circuit for a large-sized SiPM array readout was developed and evaluated by simulation and experimental studies. Similarly to a multiplexing circuit used for multi-anode PMT, grounding and branching resistors were connected to each SiPM output channel. The grounding resistor was used to simultaneously reduce the signal crosstalk among different channels and to improve timing performance. Both grounding and branching resistor values were optimized to maintain a balanced performance of the event energy, timing, and positioning. A multiplexing circuit was implemented on a compact PCB and applied for a flat-panel detector which consisted of a 32×32 LYSO scintillator crystals optically coupled to 5×5 SiPM arrays for a total 20×20 output channels. Test results showed excellent crystal identification for all 1024 LYSO crystals (each with 2×2×30 mm3 size) with 22Na flood-source irradiation. The measured peak-to-valley ratio from typical crystal map profile is around 3:1 to 6.6:1, an average single crystal energy resolution of about 17.3%, and an average single crystal timing resolution of about 2 ns. Timing shift among different crystals, as reported in some other resistor-based multiplexing circuit designs, was not observed. In summary, we have designed and implemented a practical resistor-based multiplexing circuit that can be readily applied for reading out a large SiPM array with good detector performance.

  12. Random-Resistor-Random-Temperature Kirchhoff-Law-Johnson-Noise (RRRT-KLJN Key Exchange

    Kish Laszlo B.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We introduce two new Kirchhoff-law-Johnson-noise (KLJN secure key distribution schemes which are generalizations of the original KLJN scheme. The first of these, the Random-Resistor (RR- KLJN scheme, uses random resistors with values chosen from a quasi-continuum set. It is well-known since the creation of the KLJN concept that such a system could work in cryptography, because Alice and Bob can calculate the unknown resistance value from measurements, but the RR-KLJN system has not been addressed in prior publications since it was considered impractical. The reason for discussing it now is the second scheme, the Random Resistor Random Temperature (RRRT- KLJN key exchange, inspired by a recent paper of Vadai, Mingesz and Gingl, wherein security was shown to be maintained at non-zero power flow. In the RRRT-KLJN secure key exchange scheme, both the resistances and their temperatures are continuum random variables. We prove that the security of the RRRT-KLJN scheme can prevail at a non-zero power flow, and thus the physical law guaranteeing security is not the Second Law of Thermodynamics but the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem. Alice and Bob know their own resistances and temperatures and can calculate the resistance and temperature values at the other end of the communication channel from measured voltage, current and power-flow data in the wire. However, Eve cannot determine these values because, for her, there are four unknown quantities while she can set up only three equations. The RRRT-KLJN scheme has several advantages and makes all former attacks on the KLJN scheme invalid or incomplete.

  13. Zero-point energy in the Johnson noise of resistors: Is it there?

    Kish, Laszlo B

    2015-01-01

    There is a longstanding debate about the zero-point term in the Johnson noise voltage of a resistor: Is it indeed there or is it only an experimental artifact due to the uncertainty principle for phase-sensitive amplifiers? We show that, when the zero-point term is measured by the mean energy and force in a shunting capacitor and, if these measurements confirm its existence, two types of perpetual motion machines could be constructed. Therefore an exact quantum theory of the Johnson noise must include also the measurement system used to evaluate the observed quantities. The results have implications also for phenomena in advanced nanotechnology.

  14. Transfer matrix calculation of conductivity in three-dimensional random resistor networks at percolation threshold

    Derrida, B.; Stauffer, D.; H. J. Herrmann; Vannimenus, J.

    1983-01-01

    For very long bars of size n x n x L, with L >> n, and n up to 18, we calculate the conductivity of a random network of resistors and insulators. At the percolation threshold in a simple cubic lattice our Monte Carlo data give a conductivity decreasing with bar diameter n as n-2.1 for site and bond percolation. Taking into account corrections to scaling with a correction exponent ω near unity, our best estimate for the conductivity exponent t is t/v = 2.2 ± 0.1 in both the bond and the site c...

  15. Silicon avalanche photodiodes on the base of metal-resistor-semiconductor (MRS) structures

    The development of a high quantum efficiency, fast photodetector, with internal gain amplification for the wavelength range 450-600 nm is one of the critical issues for experimental physics - registration of low-intensity light photons flux. The new structure of Silicon Avalanche Detectors with high internal amplification (105-106) has been designed, manufactured and tested for registration of visible light photons and charge particles. The main features of Metal-Resistor-Semiconductor (MRS) structures are the high charge multiplication in nonuniform electric field near the 'needle' pn-junction and negative feedback for stabilization of avalanche process due to resistive layer

  16. Generalized Kirchhoff-Law-Johnson-Noise (KLJN) secure key exchange system using arbitrary resistors

    Vadai, Gergely; Gingl, Zoltan

    2015-01-01

    The Kirchhoff-Law-Johnson-Noise (KLJN) secure key exchange system has been introduced as a simple, very low cost and efficient classical physical alternative to quantum key distribution systems. The ideal system uses only a few electronic components - identical resistor pairs, switches and interconnecting wires - to guarantee perfectly protected data transmission. We show that a generalized KLJN system can provide unconditional security even if it is used with significantly less limitations. The more universal conditions ease practical realizations considerably and support more robust protection against attacks. Our theoretical results are confirmed by numerical simulations.

  17. New Media and the Digital Divide

    Deursen, van A.J.A.M.; Dijk, van J.A.G.M.; Wright, James D.

    2015-01-01

    During the 1990s, researchers and policy makers began discussing the presence of a so-called ‘digital divide,’ a distinction of people who do and do not have access to information and communication technologies. The concept of the digital divide stems from a comparative perspective of social and inf

  18. Social Welfare Implications of the Digital Divide

    Kim, Eunjin; Lee, Byungtae; Menon, Nirup M.

    2009-01-01

    The Internet plays a critical role in informing individuals about society, politics, business, and the environment. So much so that it has been said that the digital divide makes the segment of society on the ''right side'' of the divide (the digitally endowed group) better off and that on the ''wrong side'' (the digitally challenged group) worse…

  19. Thermometry using 1/8 W carbon resistors in a temperature region around 10 mK

    The resistance-temperature characteristics of 1/8 W carbon resistors of grade ERC-18SG, manufactured by Matsushita, with the nominal values of 48, 82, 100, 220 and 330 Ω have been measured in the region 4.2 K to 25 mK and their application as thermometers in this region is confirmed. For the 82 Ω resistor, measurements were taken at temperatures below 10mK. The temperature dependence of the resistance was found to be linear on the log-log plot over a wide range below 50 mK. The sensitivity remains finite even at 6 mK, but below 10 mK rapid measurements were prevented by a considerable increase in the thermal relaxation time. Measurement of the characteristics of several 100 Ω resistors from two different sets showed that resistors from the same set separate into two groups with different characteristics. This become appreciable at temperatures below 4.2 K, so it is difficult to predict the behaviour of Matsushite resistors below 4.2 K from the characteristics at higher temperatures. (author)

  20. Active energy harvesting from microbial fuel cells at the maximum power point without using resistors.

    Wang, Heming; Park, Jae-Do; Ren, Zhiyong

    2012-05-01

    Microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology offers a sustainable approach to harvest electricity from biodegradable materials. Energy production from MFCs has been demonstrated using external resistors or charge pumps, but such methods can only dissipate energy through heat or receive electrons passively from the MFC without any controllability. This study developed a new approach and system that can actively extract energy from MFC reactors at any operating point without using any resistors, especially at the peak power point to maximize energy production. Results show that power harvesting from a recirculating-flow MFC can be well maintained by the maximum power point circuit (MPPC) at its peak power point, while a charge pump was not able to change operating point due to current limitation. Within 18-h test, the energy gained from the MPPC was 76.8 J, 76 times higher than the charge pump (1.0 J) that was commonly used in MFC studies. Both conditions resulted in similar organic removal, but the Coulombic efficiency obtained from the MPPC was 21 times higher than that of the charge pump. Different numbers of capacitors could be used in the MPPC for various energy storage requirements and power supply, and the energy conversion efficiency of the MPPC was further characterized to identify key factors for system improvement. This active energy harvesting approach provides a new perspective for energy harvesting that can maximize MFC energy generation and system controllability. PMID:22486712

  1. SiMPl-An avalanche diode array with bulk integrated quench resistors for single photon detection

    The so-called silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs, MPPCs, etc.) are already replacing photomultiplier tubes in many applications. Still the reproducibility and the cost requirements are not at the level required for the coverage of many square meters of detector area. Therefore a simple technology is desired which allows a high yield and keeps the detector costs in a reasonable range. In the existing devices the need of high ohmic polysilicon for the quench resistors is one of the most yield and cost driving technological issues. We are proposing a front-side illuminated detector structure with quench resistors integrated into the silicon bulk. In this concept other obstacles for light like metal lines or contacts can be omitted and therefore the fill factor is only limited by the gaps necessary for optical cross-talk suppression. Within the array the entire surface area remains non-structured and can be easily coated with an anti-reflective layer. Compared to existing devices the proposed detector has the potential of higher photon detection efficiency especially in the blue and the UV range, an improved hardness against ionizing radiation and a much simpler processing resulting in a higher production yield and lower costs. The quenching mechanism has been demonstrated in a proof-of-principle production performed in house. The second prototype fabrication on silicon on isolator substrates has been done and allows testing of the device performance. The results from the first measurements are presented.

  2. Silicon photomultipliers with bulk-integrated quenching resistor: first results of characterization

    For future experiments in high energy physics detectors with high photon detection efficiencies (PDE) and ability to work in high magnetic fields are in the focus of research. Silicon photomultipliers (SiPM), arrays of Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes, tend to replace conventional photomultiplier tubes in many applications. Conventional SiPMs use high-ohmic polysilicon as quenching resistor, which forms a barrier for incident light, thus decreasing the PDE. Furthermore it's also one of the cost driving technological issues in fabrication. By integrating the quenching resistor into the silicon bulk obstacles for light within the active area can be omitted and the fill factor of the device is only limited by the gaps necessary for optical crosstalk suppression. So this device is a promising candidate to achieve maximum PDE of up to 70%. In addition the absence of lateral high field regions on surface should improve the radiation hardness of the device. Results of the characterization of the in-house prototype production are presented.

  3. Compact chromium oxide thin film resistors for use in nanoscale quantum circuits

    Nash, C. R.; Fenton, J. C.; Constantino, N. G. N.; Warburton, P. A. [London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, 17–19 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH (United Kingdom)

    2014-12-14

    We report on the electrical characterisation of a series of thin amorphous chromium oxide (CrO{sub x}) films, grown by dc sputtering, to evaluate their suitability for use as on-chip resistors in nanoelectronics. By increasing the level of oxygen doping, the room-temperature sheet resistance of the CrO{sub x} films was varied from 28 Ω/◻ to 32.6 kΩ/◻. The variation in resistance with cooling to 4.2 K in liquid helium was investigated; the sheet resistance at 4.2 K varied with composition from 65 Ω/◻ to above 20 GΩ/◻. All of the films measured displayed linear current–voltage characteristics at all measured temperatures. For on-chip devices for quantum phase-slip measurements using niobium–silicon nanowires, interfaces between niobium–silicon and chromium oxide are required. We also characterised the contact resistance for one CrO{sub x} composition at an interface with niobium–silicon. We found that a gold intermediate layer is favourable: the specific contact resistivity of chromium-oxide-to-gold interfaces was 0.14 mΩcm{sup 2}, much lower than the value for direct CrO{sub x} to niobium–silicon contact. We conclude that these chromium oxide films are suitable for use in nanoscale circuits as high-value resistors, with resistivity tunable by oxygen content.

  4. Comprehensive behavioral model of dual-gate high voltage JFET and pinch resistor

    Banáš, Stanislav; Paňko, Václav; Dobeš, Josef; Hanyš, Petr; Divín, Jan

    2016-09-01

    Many analog technologies operate in large voltage range and therefore include at least one or more high voltage devices built from low doped layers. Such devices exhibit effects not covered by standard compact models, namely pinching (depletion) effects, in high voltage FETs often called quasisaturation. For example, the conventional compact JFET model is insufficient and oversimplified. Its scalability is controlled by the area factor, which only multiplies currents and capacitances but does not take into account existing 3-D effects. Also the optional second independent gate is missing. Therefore, the customized four terminal (4T) model written in Verilog-A (FitzPatrick and Miller, 2007; Sagdeo, 2007) was developed. It converges very well, its simulation speed is comparable with conventional compact models, and contains all required phenomena, including parasitic effects as, for example, impact ionization. This model has universal usage for many types of devices in various high voltage technologies such as stand-alone voltage dependent resistor, pinch resistor, drift area of power FET, part of special high side or start-up devices, and dual-gate JFET.

  5. Pushing beyond resistors and constipators: implementation considerations for infection prevention best practices.

    Bearman, Gonzalo; Stevens, Michael P

    2014-01-01

    Despite increased knowledge in the science of infection prevention, the implementation of evidence-based best practices remains a challenge. The dissemination of infection prevention risk reduction best practices should be approached with flexibility and a collaborative perspective. High-quality evidence and cost assessments to support interventions are important initial considerations. An implementation framework should be contextually appropriate, take into account an organization's culture, and be mindful of an approach that minimizes complexity. Trialing an intervention within a specific unit may later lead to increased uptake organization wide. Highly functional collaborations with effective leaders are needed for successful implementation. Leadership for infection prevention initiatives may include upper level management; however, hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionists often play this role. Although published data fail to identify a single best integrative strategy for infection prevention practice change, success has been associated with education initiatives and seminars, audit and feedback, distribution of educational materials, marketing, mass media, positive deviance, and the employment of champions, facilitators, role models, and opinion leaders. Local personnel, such as organizational resistors and constipators, can be barriers to idea dissemination and implementation. In addition to a thoughtfully conceived implementation strategy, dealing with infection prevention resistors and constipators includes getting their buy-in early in the dissemination process, working around them, or terminating their employment. More data are needed to best define which infection prevention dissemination strategies are most effective. PMID:24407546

  6. New metal resistor bolometer for measuring vacuum ultraviolet and soft x radiation

    A new metal resistor bolometer has been developed by applying thin-film technology. It is composed of three layers, a 4-μm-thick radiation absorber made of gold, a 7.5-μm-thick kapton dielectric, and a 0.1-μm-thick 5-kΩ gold resistor. This detector with the appropriate electronics shows a linear response to radiation power, including both neutral-particle emission and electromagnetic radiation from the soft x-ray part of the spectrum to the infrared. The bolometer has a very high operating reliability and sufficient suppression of ambient interference under extreme environmental conditions, such as high neutron and gamma radiation fluxes, high temperatures, mechanical vibrations, and strong electromagnetic fields. In plasma discharges in the ASDEX tokamak a radiation detection limit of 100 μW/cm2 was obtained at a time resolution of 10 ms. The bolometers of an array can be calibrated in situ; the calibration data are reproducible and stable in time within +- 10%. Measurements in ASDEX which demonstrate the capability of the method are discussed

  7. Accurate SPICE Modeling of Poly-silicon Resistor in 40nm CMOS Technology Process for Analog Circuit Simulation

    Sun Lijie

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the SPICE model of poly resistor is accurately developed based on silicon data. To describe the non-linear R-V trend, the new correlation in temperature and voltage is found in non-silicide poly-silicon resistor. A scalable model is developed on the temperature-dependent characteristics (TDC and the temperature-dependent voltage characteristics (TDVC from the R-V data. Besides, the parasitic capacitance between poly and substrate are extracted from real silicon structure in replacing conventional simulation data. The capacitance data are tested through using on-wafer charge-induced-injection error-free charge-based capacitance measurement (CIEF-CBCM technique which is driven by non-overlapping clock generation circuit. All modeling test structures are designed and fabricated through using 40nm CMOS technology process. The new SPICE model of poly-silicon resistor is more accurate to silicon for analog circuit simulation.

  8. Energy conserving effects of dividing wall column☆

    Jing Fang; Hanmei Zhao; Jianchao Qi; Chunli Li; Junjie Qi; Jiajia Guo

    2015-01-01

    The energy-conserving performance of dividing wal column (DWC) is discussed in this paper. The heat transfer through the dividing wall is considered and the results are compared with that of common heat insulation dividing wall column (HIDWC). Based on the thermodynamic analysis of heat transfer dividing wall column (HTDWC) and HIDWC, both computer simulation and experiments are employed to analyze the energy-conserving situation. Mixtures of n-hexane, n-heptane and n-octane are chosen as the example for separation. The results show that the energy consumption of HTDWC is 50.3%less than that of conventional distillation column, while it is 46.4% less than that of HIDWC. It indicates that DWC is efficient on separating three-component mixtures and HTDWC can save more energy than HIDWC. Thus it is necessary to consider the heat transfer while applying DWC to industry.

  9. The Digital Divide: It's the Content Stupid

    Guadamuz, Andres

    2005-01-01

    The article examines the notion of the digital divide, not purely from physical access to the Internet, but from availability to online content. It focusses particularly on concerns held by developing countries, and of intellectual property and copyright.

  10. Water Homeostasis: Evolutionary Medicine

    Zeidel, Mark L.

    2012-01-01

    As a major component of homeostasis, all organisms regulate the water composition of various compartments. Through the selective use of barrier membranes and surface glycoproteins, as well as aquaporin water channels, organisms ranging from Archaebacteria to humans can vary water permeabilities across their cell membranes by 4 to 5 orders of magnitude. In barrier epithelia the outer, or exofacial, leaflet acts as the main resistor to water flow; this leaflet restricts water flow by minimizing...

  11. Generational Divide, Music Consumption and Lifestyle Correlates

    Filimon, Nela; Lopez-Sintas,Jordi

    2011-01-01

    This paper offers a social interpretation of the generational divide emerging from Spaniards' patterns of accessing music and their socioeconomic correlates. The three robust music consumer segments (inactive, buyer and downloader), determined with latent class models, suggest a digital generational divide in the music consumption behaviour: young-students are the main actors in the digital space, preferring to freely download the music consumed, while the adult buyers satisfy their musical p...

  12. Dependence of the Sheet Resistivity and Current Noise Behaviour of the Grain Size and Volume Fraction of Conducting Material in Thick-Film Resistors Experiments

    Wolf, M.; F. Müller

    1988-01-01

    Experimental results concerning the dependence of the sheet resistivity and the noise coefficient on the grain size and the volume fraction, respectively, of the metallic-like component in Bi2Ru2O7-based thick-film resistors are presented. The results are compared with current models for the electrical conduction mechanism in these resistors.

  13. Wideband unbalanced waveguide power dividers and combiners

    Halligan, Matthew; McDonald, Jacob Jeremiah; Strassner, II, Bernd H.

    2016-05-17

    The various technologies presented herein relate to waveguide dividers and waveguide combiners for application in radar systems, wireless communications, etc. Waveguide dividers-combiners can be manufactured in accordance with custom dimensions, as well as in accordance with waveguide standards such that the input and output ports are of a defined dimension and have a common impedance. Various embodiments are presented which can incorporate one or more septum(s), one or more pairs of septums, an iris, an input matching region, a notch located on the input waveguide arm, waveguide arms having stepped transformer regions, etc. The various divider configurations presented herein can be utilized in high fractional bandwidth applications, e.g., a fractional bandwidth of about 30%, and RF applications in the Ka frequency band (e.g., 26.5-40 GHz).

  14. Technical-economic evaluation of the utilization of closing resistor in CEMIG extra-high voltage circuit breakers

    Rocha, Angelica C.O.; Pinto, Roberto del Giudice R.; Teixeira, Jose Cleber; Fonseca, Rodrigo Assuncao; F. Junior, Sebastiao V. [Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (CEMIG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    1994-12-31

    This paper presents the technical and economic studies performed by CEMIG, Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais, Brazil, concerning the use of closing resistor in its extra-high voltage (EHV) breakers. The analysis emphasizes the advantages which could be achieved with the elimination of the resistor as far as costs and reliability are concerned. This evaluation was motivated by two 500 kV breaker failures resulting from the breakdown of the closing resistor operation mechanism. These occurrences resulted in operative restriction for CEMIG EHV system. The analysis demanded a review of the capability criteria of silicon carbide (Si C) gap arresters, which are still greatly used in CEMIG EHV System, and of the procedures to be applied when carrying out the transient studies. The investigation resulted in the prompt removal of closing resistors from circuit breakers in CEMIG extra-high voltage system generating an economy of approximately U$ 840,00 and an improvement in safety and system reliability. (author) 13 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Design note of a 10,000 amp 2 MJoules dump resistor for the magnet test facility

    This report contains the design notes of a 2 MJoules 10,000A, 1000V, dump resistor, with taps from 25 mOhms to 300 mOhms maximum. The resistor is forced air-cooled and can handle continuously one 2 MJ dump every 5 minutes at all taps. The resistor is made from 304 stainless steel bars and is mounted in a 90 in.H x 24 in.W x 20 in.D steel enclosure, with easy access to taps. The upper resistance sections are made lighter to save material cost and weight. The total weight of the resistance element is 427 lbs. The resistor is used to absorb the stored energy from cryogenic magnets during tests at the magnet test facility. Interlocks are provided for remote tap readout, dc over current and over temperature. A build-in current sensor and timing relay switch forced air-cooling on for 5 minutes, after a dump. 12 figs., 3 tabs

  16. METHOD OF DETERMINING THE START TIME OF INDUCTION MOTORS IN THE CONTROL OF RESISTOR-THYRISTOR MODULES

    V.I. Lobov

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. An electric general-purpose drive with asynchronous motor is proposed. For motor control in stator and rotor, circuits used resistors and thyristors. These elements included together in various ways. This allows to get a variety of power converter circuit with resistor-thyristor modules. Methodology. Taking into account the technical requirements for industrial machinery developed an analytical method for determining the run-up controlled induction motor. Formed starting modes by changing the value of the equivalent resistor-thyristor modules. Using logic synthesis and function of thyristors switching to determine the equivalent value of resistor-thyristor modules. Scientific novelty. It lies in the fact that the proposed method of calculation to determine the run-up in the limited amount of transient current and torque of the motor. The total moment of inertia and the static moment of the drive do not have a significant impact on the maximum value of the transient electromagnetic torque. Most of these options affect the transition process, the oscillation frequency of the electromagnetic torque and the motor speed. Practical value. The method used for calculating allows to select the simplest laws of launch control actuator and apply open-loop control system without increasing the cost of the power converter, so it is of practical importance.

  17. Using an expiratory resistor, arterial pulse pressure variations predict fluid responsiveness during spontaneous breathing: an experimental porcine study

    Dahl, Michael K.; Vistisen, Simon T; Koefoed-Nielsen, Jacob; Larsson, Anders

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Fluid responsiveness prediction is difficult in spontaneously breathing patients. Because the swings in intrathoracic pressure are minor during spontaneous breathing, dynamic parameters like pulse pressure variation (PPV) and systolic pressure variation (SPV) are usually small. We hypothesized that during spontaneous breathing, inspiratory and/or expiratory resistors could induce high arterial pressure variations at hypovolemia and low variations at normovolemia and hypervolemia....

  18. FLOOD ROUTING MODELS IN CONFLUENT AND DIVIDING CHANNELS

    范平; 李家春; 刘青泉

    2004-01-01

    By introducing a water depth connecting formula, the hydraulic equations in the dividing channel system were coupled and the relation of discharge distribution between the branches of the dividing channels can be yielded. In this manner, a numerical model for the confluent channels was established to study the variation of backwater effects with the parameters in the channel junction. The meeting of flood peaks in the mainstream and tributary can be analyzed with this model. The flood peak meeting is found to be a major factor for the extremely high water level in the mainstream during the 1998 Yangtze River flood. Subsequently the variations of discharge distribution and water level with channel parameters between each branch in this system were studied as well. As a result, flood evolution caused by Jingjiang River shortcut and sediment deposition in the entrance of dividing channels of the Yangtze River may be qualitatively elucidated. It is suggested to be an effective measure for flood mitigation to enhance regulation capability of reservoirs available upstream of the tributaries and harness branch entrance channels.

  19. Crossing Divides: The Legacy of Graham Nuthall

    Davis, Alan

    2006-01-01

    Graham Nuthall's work cuts across methodological and conceptual divides that have worked against the development of a theory of learning and teaching that is at once predictive and practical. The micro-genetic approach to research on learning in classrooms that he developed with Adrienne Alton-Lee successfully transcends the unhelpful dichotomy…

  20. Digital divide research, achievements and shortcomings

    Dijk, van Jan A.G.M.

    2006-01-01

    From the end of the 1990s onwards the digital divide, commonly defined as the gap between those who have and do not have access to computers and the Internet, has been a central issue on the scholarly and political agenda of new media development. This article makes an inventory of 5 years of digita

  1. Divide and Multiply: Baptist Diversity in Appalachia.

    Dorgan, Howard

    1996-01-01

    Baptists' propensity for splitting apart arises from the faith's avowed love of theological argument. Gives an overview of Baptist denominations, and identifies the main issues that divide them: atonement, predestination, the nature and origins of good and evil, worship practices, church governance, gender issues, and other social and cultural…

  2. Bridging the Digital Divide in Higher Education.

    Treviranus, Jutta; Coombs, Norman

    The emergence of the digital campus, and the rapid convergence of previously disparate methods of communicating information, presents both a risk and an opportunity for people with disabilities. The imminent risk is that non-inclusive design of the digital campus will irreparably widen the digital divide within higher education, to the detriment…

  3. Young People's Internet Use: Divided or Diversified?

    Boonaert, Tom; Vettenburg, Nicole

    2011-01-01

    This article critically analyses research on young people's internet use. Based on a literature analysis, it examines which young people do what on the internet. These results invite a reflection on the dominant discourse on the digital divide. Within this discourse, there is a strong focus on the use of the internet for information purposes only,…

  4. Bridging the digital divide with mobile services

    Yelton, Andromeda

    2013-01-01

    In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Andromeda Yelton shows how libraries can build on the breadth of this population to help bridge the digital divide and provide even greater access to information. Yelton breaks down the demographics of mobile internet users, provides examples of how different libraries are reaching out to these populations, and suggests what the future may hold for this trend.

  5. Conquering the digital divide: Botswana and South Korea digital divide status and interventions

    Nonofo C. Sedimo

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Botswana is putting in place initiatives towards establishing itself as a knowledgebased economy. Transformation from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy is partly hinged on innovation, research and development capability, knowledge channels, and the funding of research and development activities.Objectives: Bridging the digital divide and narrowing the intra-national divide brings about global information and communication technology (ICT usage that translates into changing work patterns and eventually transformed economies. This article outlines the different interventions implemented in Botswana to bridge the divide. The South Korean experience in bridging the divide is discussed so as to serve as lessons on how to effectively bridge the divide to Botswana’s initiatives.Method: Using a mix of exploratory and empirical study, this article presents the findings on the status of ICT uptake in Botswana and investigates the level of the digital divide in the country.Results: The results of the study show that the digital divide is much more evident in Botswana than in South Korea. South Korea has put in place robust strategic initiatives towards reducing the digital divide and this has largely transcended into its transformation into a full-fledged knowledge society.Conclusion: This article is timely as it unearths the different pointers that may be utilised in policy formation and what interventions need to be taken at both the individual and national level to bridge the digital divide.

  6. Measurement of small ion beams by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry using new 10¹³ Ohm resistors

    Koornneef, J.M., E-mail: j.m.koornneef@vu.nl [Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, de Boelelaan 1085, 1081HV Amsterdam (Netherlands); Bouman, C.; Schwieters, J.B. [Thermo Fisher Scientific, Hanna-Kunath-Str. 11, Bremen, 28199 (Germany); Davies, G.R. [Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, de Boelelaan 1085, 1081HV Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • First data are presented using 10¹³ Ohm resistors connected to Faraday collectors. • 5 prototype 10¹³ Ohm resistors were installed in a TRITON-Plus TIMS. • Performance was tested by measuring Sr and Nd isotope ratios on <100 pg samples. • 10¹³ Ohm resistors perform better than ion counting and 10¹¹ Ohm resistors. • Fourth decimal variability can be resolved for Nd isotope ratios on 10 pg samples. Abstract: We tested 5 newly manufactured – prototype – 10¹³ Ohm resistors in the feedback loop of Faraday cup amplifiers to measure small ion beams by Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (TIMS). The high Ohmic resistors installed in the TRITON Plus at the VU University Amsterdam theoretically have 10 times lower noise levels relative to the default 10¹¹ Ohm resistors. To investigate the precision and accuracy of analyses using these new amplifiers we measured Sr and Nd isotopes of reference standards at a range of ion currents (3.2 × 10⁻¹⁶ to 1 × 10⁻¹² A, corresponding to intensities of 32 μV to 100 mV on a default 10¹¹ Ohm amplifier) and on small amounts of material (100 and 10 pg). Internal precision and external reproducibility for Sr and Nd isotope ratios are both better when collected on 10¹³ compared 10¹² Ohm resistors and to the default 10¹¹ Ohm resistors. At an ⁸⁷Sr ion current of 3 × 10⁻¹⁴ A (3 mV on a 10¹¹ Ohm amplifier) the internal precision (2 SE) of ⁸⁷Sr/⁸⁶Sr is 5 times better for 10¹³ Ohm resistors compared to 10¹¹ Ohm resistors. The external reproducibility (2 SD) at this beam intensity is 9 times better. Multiple 100 and 10 pg Sr standards, ran to exhaustion, yielded low ⁸⁷Sr/⁸⁶Sr compared to the long term average (e.g. 10 pg average = 0.710083 ± 164 (n = 11) instead of 0.710244 ± 12, n = 73). The average off-set for 10 pg standards can be explained by a loading blank contribution of 1.3 pg. In contrast, Nd data on 100 pg and 10 pg samples are accurate suggesting

  7. REGENERATIVE GAS TURBINES WITH DIVIDED EXPANSION

    Elmegaard, Brian; Qvale, Einar Bjørn

    2004-01-01

    Recuperated gas turbines are currently drawing an increased attention due to the recent commercialization of micro gas turbines with recuperation. This system may reach a high efficiency even for the small units of less than 100 kW. In order to improve the economics of the plants, ways to improve...... their efficiency are always of interest. Recently, two independent studies have proposed recuperated gas turbines to be configured with the turbine expansion divided, in order to obtain higher efficiency. The idea is to operate the system with a gas generator and a power turbine, and use the gas from...... the proposed divided expansion can be advantageous under certain circumstances. But, in order for todays micro gas turbines to be competitive, the thermodynamic efficiencies will have to be rather high. This requires that all component efficiencies including the recuperator effectiveness will have to...

  8. The Digital Divide: A Global View

    Ntoko, Alexander

    2011-04-01

    Huge progress was made in bridging the digital divide in first decade of 21^st century. This was largely due to the explosive growth of mobile, which saw numbers rise from under 500 million to over five billion mobile cellular subscriptions in just ten years. With household mobile penetration rates of over 50% even in rural areas of developing countries, we have achieved the dream of bringing all the world's people within reach of communications technology. We must now, however, replicate the mobile miracle for the Internet, and especially broadband, if we are to avoid creating a new broadband breach to replace the digital divide. Three things need to happen for this to be achieved: firstly, broadband needs to be brought to the top of the development agenda; secondly, broadband needs to become much more affordable and thirdly, security needs to be part of the strategy.

  9. REGENERATIVE GAS TURBINES WITH DIVIDED EXPANSION

    Elmegaard, Brian; Qvale, Einar Bjørn

    2004-01-01

    their efficiency are always of interest. Recently, two independent studies have proposed recuperated gas turbines to be configured with the turbine expansion divided, in order to obtain higher efficiency. The idea is to operate the system with a gas generator and a power turbine, and use the gas from...... the gas generator part for recuperation ahead of the expansion in the power turbine. The present study is more complete than the predecessors in that the ranges of the parameters have been extended and the mathematical model is more realistic using an extensive simulation program. It is confirmed that...... the proposed divided expansion can be advantageous under certain circumstances. But, in order for todays micro gas turbines to be competitive, the thermodynamic efficiencies will have to be rather high. This requires that all component efficiencies including the recuperator effectiveness will have to...

  10. Low phase noise digital frequency divider

    Lutes, G. F., Jr. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    A low phase noise frequency divider composed of a grating arrangement is disclosed. The grating arrangement supplies selected portions of an input reference signal to be divided to a tuned circuit without any phase noise due to the grating action. The arrangement which in one embodiment consists of an FET is connected to the tuned circuit input to short out the input except when the input reference signal amplitude crosses ground level in a positive direction and a gate enabling signal is present at the gate electrode of the FET. The gate enabling signal alone does not decouple the tuned circuit input from ground, therefore phase noise, due to the leading and trailing edges of each gate-enabling signal, is substantially eliminated.

  11. Bridging the Divide between Science and Journalism

    Marincola Francesco M; Van Eperen Laura; Strohm Jennifer

    2010-01-01

    Abstract There are countless reasons nearly every scientist should learn how to communicate effectively with the media, including increased understanding of critical research findings to attract or sustain funding and build new professional partnerships that will further propel forward research. But where do scientists begin? Bridging the Divide between Science and Journalism offers practical tips for any scientist looking to work with the media. Given the traditional and internet-based sourc...

  12. Crossing the phantom divide without phantom matter

    Chimento, L.; Lazkoz, R.; Maartens, Roy; Quiros, I.

    2006-01-01

    A class of braneworld models can lead to phantom-like acceleration of the late universe, but without the need for any phantom matter. In the simplest models, the universe contains only cold dark matter and a cosmological constant. We generalize these models by introducing a quintessence field. The new feature in our models is that quintessence leads to a crossing of the phantom divide, $w=-1$. This is a purely gravitational effect, and there is no phantom instability. Furthermore, the Hubble ...

  13. Opinion Formation in the Digital Divide

    Dongwon Lim; Hwansoo Lee; Hangjung Zo; Andrew Ciganek

    2014-01-01

    The Internet is a public environment where people increasingly share information and exchange opinions. Not everyone can afford the costs of using the Internet, causing online opinions to be distorted in favor of certain social groups. This study examines the effect of the digital divide on opinion formation using the agent-based modeling (ABM) method. It extends the bounded confidence model to incorporate an online context and introduces accessibility and connectivity as new parameters. The ...

  14. Power divider of the MP 10

    The operation of the MP 10 power divider and resistances (600 megaohms, metal oxide resistances, in the column and in the tube of the MP 10), are investigated. The whole system is used in Vivitron accelerator (Strasbourg, France). The aim of the study is a better understanding of the machine's electrical operation. The resistances are tested under sulphur hexafluoride pressure and under high voltage. The results allowed the characterization of those resistances for use under operating conditions

  15. Self-organization of divided hierarchy

    Odagaki, Takashi; Kitada, Keigo; Omizo, Kenta; Fujie, Ryo

    2015-03-01

    There are two types of extreme form of hierarchy, one is the plutonomy where small fraction of winners and losers and many people in the middle class appear and the other a divided hierarchy where half of population become winners and the remaining half become losers. We study the emergence of the divided hierarchy in a model society which consists of bellicose individuals who always try to fight and fight with the strongest neighbor and pacific individuals who always try not to fight and when necessary fight with the weakest neighbor. In our model society, (1) individuals make random walk on a square lattice, (2) when two individuals encounter they fight each other and (3) the winner deprives wealth from the loser. By a Monte Carlo simulation, we show that there are two transitions when the population density is increased; one is a transition from the egalitarian society to a hierarchical society I where winners, losers and middle classes coexist and the other is a transition from the hierarchical society I to a hierarchical society II where winners and losers exist but no middle classes exist, that is the divided hierarchy. We also show that clusters consisting mostly of bellicose individuals appear in the hierarchical society I.

  16. 电容分压型电子电压互感器的特性研究%Characteristics of electronic voltage transformers based on capacitive voltage divider

    杨玲君; 周冬旭; 徐志超

    2012-01-01

    The transfer function model of EVT(Electronic Voltage Transformer based on capacitive voltage divider) is analyzed and deduced. Its frequency characteristics and the transient characteristics of its trapped charge are analyzed. The transient mathematical model of trapped charge is deduced and the parameters which have influences on frequency characteristics and transient characteristics are analyzed mathematically. Simulative results show that,the capacitors of voltage divider and the parameters of integrator have great effects on the frequency characteristics and transient characteristics of EVT. Reducing the integral capacitor or integral feedback resistor may reduce its bandwidth. Reducing the sampling resistor or high-voltage capacitor may increase its bandwidth. Reducing the low-voltage capacitor or sampling resistor may shorten the transient process caused by the trapped charge and then reduce the transient error.%分析和建立电容分压型电子电压互感器(EVT)的传递函数模型,重点分析了EVT的频率特性和滞留电荷的暂态特性,建立了滞留电荷暂态数学模型,对影响频率特性和暂态特性的参数进行了数学分析.仿真分析表明EVT的频率特性和暂态响应过程与高、低压电容和积分器参数有关.可知:减小积分电容或减小积分反馈电阻时可减小频带宽度;减小采样电阻或高压臂电容可增加频带宽度;减小低压电容或采样电阻可缩短滞留电荷造成的暂态过程,减小暂态误差.

  17. The SiPM with bulk quenching resistor: progress at NDL and applications in Raman spectroscopy

    The SiPMs with quenching resistors integrated into bulk epitaxial silicon have been investigated at the Novel Device Laboratory (NDL), Beijing Normal University, China. The aim is to alleviate the conflict between the high photon detection efficiency (PDE) and high APD cell density or dynamic range encountered by conventional SiPM so that this promising detector can be applied where both large dynamic range and high PDE are required simultaneously. We report herein the latest progresses on the SiPM with 104/mm2 micro-cell density and 0.5 mm×0.5 mm, 1 mm×1 mm as well as 20 μm×1.8 mm effective area, which have been designed and fabricated at NDL. Application of the strip SiPM with a gated photon counting technique on the measurement of TNT Raman spectroscopy is demonstrated, and the feasibility for extending SiPMs in conjunction with Nuclear Instrumentation Modules (NIM) based electronics to the field of ultra-weak spectroscopy is verified.

  18. Current oscillations during the electrochemical oxidation of sulfide in the presence of an external resistor

    2008-01-01

    The electrochemical oxidation of sulfide on a polycrystalline platinum electrode was studied under potentiostatic condition when an external resistor is in series with the working electrode. Only two os- cillatory regions can be obtained in the absence of the external resistance, but four oscillatory regions, including two new current oscillations, were found in this system by controlling the external resistance. It is demonstrated that three oscillatory regimes, which arise on the positive branch of current-potential curve, can be classified as HN-NDR (Hidden N-shaped Negative Differential Resistance) oscillators. For the first oscillatory region, various transient complex phenomena, which result from the change of the electrode/electrolyte interface by accumulation of adsorbed element sulfur on the electrode, have been observed. The dynamic behavior of NDR (Negative Differential Resistance) oscillations, appearing along with negative branch of polarization curve, can transform from oscillations into bistability with a sufficient large external resistance in series. Two oscillatory regions in high-potential region classified as HN-NDR type oscillations are separated by a saddle-loop bifurcation. They displayed a sequence of bursting oscillations and irregular oscillations, respectively. The electrochemical oxidation of sulfide provides a model system for studying complex dynamics and possible application in sulfur removal.

  19. Enhancement of transient stability using fault current limiter and braking resistor

    Yagami, M.; Hiratsuka, Y. [Hokkaido Inst. of Technology, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan); Tamura, J. [Kitami Inst. of Technology, Kitami, Hokkaido (Japan)

    2006-07-01

    Replacement of aging substation equipment is needed in order to maintain the stability of electric power systems which are becoming increasingly interconnected. This paper addressed the issue of using fault current limiters (FCLs) as a means of limiting fault currents and enhancing the transient stability of a power system. FCL limits the fault current by generating an impedance when a fault occurs. The limiting impedance helps to increase generator output degraded by a fault, thus providing stabilization. However, FCLs installed in series with transmission lines can only be operated during the period from the fault occurrence to the fault clearing. Therefore, they cannot control the generator disturbances after the clearing of a fault. However, in the event of power failures, thyristor controlled braking resistors (TCBRs) can quickly control generator disturbances. Therefore, the authors proposed the use of both FCL and TCBR devices to enhance transient stability and damp the turbine shaft torsional oscillations. The effectiveness of both devices on suppression of the turbine shaft torsional oscillations was illustrated through simulations performed in EMTP/ATP considering three-lines-to-ground fault. It was shown that if both devices operate at the same bus, the stabilization control scheme can be carried out continuously and with flexibility from the fault occurrence instance, thereby effectively improving transient stability. 7 refs., 2 tabs., 10 figs.

  20. Circular resistor networks for electrical impedance tomography with partial boundary measurements

    We introduce an algorithm for the numerical solution of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) in two dimensions, with partial boundary measurements. The algorithm is an extension of the one in Borcea et al (2008 Inverse Problems 24 035013 (31pp)) and Vasquez (2006 PhD Thesis Rice University, Houston, TX, USA) for EIT with full boundary measurements. It is based on resistor networks that arise in finite volume discretizations of the elliptic partial differential equation for the potential on so-called optimal grids that are computed as part of the problem. The grids are adaptively refined near the boundary, where we measure and expect better resolution of the images. They can be used very efficiently in inversion, by defining a reconstruction mapping that is an approximate inverse of the forward map, and acts therefore as a preconditioner in any iterative scheme that solves the inverse problem via optimization. The main result in this paper is the construction of optimal grids for EIT with partial measurements by extremal quasiconformal (Teichmüller) transformations of the optimal grids for EIT with full boundary measurements. We present the algorithm for computing the reconstruction mapping on such grids, and we illustrate its performance with numerical simulations. The results show an interesting trade-off between the resolution of the reconstruction in the domain of the solution and distortions due to artificial anisotropy induced by the distribution of the measurement points on the accessible boundary

  1. A High-Swing OTA with wide Linearity for design of self-tunable linear resistor

    Nikhil Raj

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Low power consumption, long battery life and portability are essential requirements of modern health monitoring products. Operational Trans-conductance Amplifier (OTA operating in sub threshold region is an basic building block for low power health monitoring products design. An modified design of OTA which incorporates better linearity and increased output impedance has been discussed in this paper. The proposed OTA uses High-swing improved-Wilson current mirror for low power and low-frequency applications. The achieved linearity is about ± 1.9 volt and unity gain bandwidth (UGB of 342.30 KHz at power supply of 0.9 volt which makes OTA to consume power in range of nanowatts. The proposed lowvoltage OTA implementation in design of self- tunable linear resistor has been presented in this paper. The circuit implementation has been done using standard 0.18 micron technology provided by TSMC on BSIM3v3 level-53 model parameter and verified results through use of ELDO Simulator.

  2. Current oscillations during the electrochemical oxidation of sulfide in the presence of an external resistor

    FENG JiaMin; GAO QingYu; LI Jun; LIU Li; MAO ShanCheng

    2008-01-01

    The electrochemical oxidation of sulfide on a polycrystalline platinum electrode was studied under potenUostatic condition when an external resistor is in series with the working electrode. Only two os-cillatory regions can be obtained in the absence of the external resistance, but four oscillatory regions, including two new current oscillations, were found in this system by controlling the external resistance. It is demonstrated that three oscillatory regimes, which arise on the positive branch of current-potential curve, can be classified as HN-NDR (Hidden N-shaped Negative Differential Resistance) oscillators. For the first oscillatory region, various transient complex phenomena, which result from the change of the electrode/electrolyte interface by accumulation of adsorbed element sulfur on the electrode, have been observed. The dynamic behavior of NDR (Negative Differential Resistance) oscillations, appearing along with negative branch of polarization curve, can transform from oscillations into bistability with a sufficient large external resistance in series. Two oscillatory regions in high-potential region classified as HN-NDR type oscillations are separated by a saddle-loop bifurcation. They displayed a sequence of bursting oscillations and irregular oscillations, respectively. The electrochemical oxidation of sulfide provides a model system for studying complex dynamics and possible application in sulfur removal.

  3. Resistor mesh model of a spherical head: part 1: applications to scalp potential interpolation.

    Chauveau, N; Morucci, J P; Franceries, X; Celsis, P; Rigaud, B

    2005-11-01

    A resistor mesh model (RMM) has been implemented to describe the electrical properties of the head and the configuration of the intracerebral current sources by simulation of forward and inverse problems in electroencephalogram/event related potential (EEG/ERP) studies. For this study, the RMM representing the three basic tissues of the human head (brain, skull and scalp) was superimposed on a spherical volume mimicking the head volume: it included 43 102 resistances and 14 123 nodes. The validation was performed with reference to the analytical model by consideration of a set of four dipoles close to the cortex. Using the RMM and the chosen dipoles, four distinct families of interpolation technique (nearest neighbour, polynomial, splines and lead fields) were tested and compared so that the scalp potentials could be recovered from the electrode potentials. The 3D spline interpolation and the inverse forward technique (IFT) gave the best results. The IFT is very easy to use when the lead-field matrix between scalp electrodes and cortex nodes has been calculated. By simple application of the Moore-Penrose pseudo inverse matrix to the electrode cap potentials, a set of current sources on the cortex is obtained. Then, the forward problem using these cortex sources renders all the scalp potentials. PMID:16594294

  4. Doped nanocrystalline ZnO powders for non-linear resistor applications by spray pyrolysis method.

    Hembram, Kaliyan; Vijay, R; Rao, Y S; Rao, T N

    2009-07-01

    Homogeneous and doped nanocrystalline ZnO powders (30-200 nm) were synthesized by spray pyrolysis technique. The spray pyrolysed powders were calcined in the temperature range of 500-750 degrees C. Formation of insulating pyrochlore phase started from 700 degrees C during the calcination itself. The calcined powders were compacted and sintered at different temperatures ranging from 900-1200 degrees C for 0.5-4 h. The densification behavior was found to be dependent on calcination temperature of the nanopowder. The resulting discs were found to have density (5.34-5.62 g/cc) in the range of 96-99% of theoretical density. The breakdown voltage value obtained for the nanopowder based non-linear resistor is 10.3 kV/cm with low leakage current density of 0.7 microA/cm2 and coefficient of nonlinearity as high as 193. The activation energy for grain growth of the doped ZnO nanopowder powders is 449.4 +/- 15 kJ/mol. PMID:19916460

  5. Force Sensing Resistor and Evaluation of Technology for Wearable Body Pressure Sensing

    Davide Giovanelli

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Wearable technologies are gaining momentum and widespread diffusion. Thanks to devices such as activity trackers, in form of bracelets, watches, or anklets, the end-users are becoming more and more aware of their daily activity routine, posture, and training and can modify their motor-behavior. Activity trackers are prevalently based on inertial sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. Loads we bear with us and the interface pressure they put on our body also affect posture. A contact interface pressure sensing wearable would be beneficial to complement inertial activity trackers. What is precluding force sensing resistors (FSR to be the next best seller wearable? In this paper, we provide elements to answer this question. We build an FSR based on resistive material (Velostat and printed conductive ink electrodes on polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrate; we test its response to pressure in the range 0–2.7 kPa. We present a state-of-the-art review, filtered by the need to identify technologies adequate for wearables. We conclude that the repeatability is the major issue yet unsolved.

  6. Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles Capped with Quaterthiophene for Transistor and Resistor Memory Devices

    Mai Ha Hoang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, the fabrication of nonvolatile memory devices based on gold nanoparticles has been intensively investigated. In this work, we report on the design and synthesis of new semiconducting quaterthiophene incorporating hexyl thiol group (4TT. Gold nanoparticles capped with 4TT (4TTG were prepared in a two-phase liquid-liquid system. These nanoparticles have diameters in the range 2–6 nm and are well dispersed in the poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT host matrix. The intermolecular interaction between 4TT and P3HT could enhance the charge-transport between gold nanoparticles and P3HT. Transfer curve of transistor memory device made of 4TTG/P3HT hybrid film exhibited significant current hysteresis, probably arising from the energy level barrier at 4TTG/P3HT interface. Additionally, the polymer memory resistor structure with an active layer consisting of 4TTG and P3HT displayed a remarkable electrical bistable behavior.

  7. The effect of biomechanical variables on force sensitive resistor error: Implications for calibration and improved accuracy.

    Schofield, Jonathon S; Evans, Katherine R; Hebert, Jacqueline S; Marasco, Paul D; Carey, Jason P

    2016-03-21

    Force Sensitive Resistors (FSRs) are commercially available thin film polymer sensors commonly employed in a multitude of biomechanical measurement environments. Reasons for such wide spread usage lie in the versatility, small profile, and low cost of these sensors. Yet FSRs have limitations. It is commonly accepted that temperature, curvature and biological tissue compliance may impact sensor conductance and resulting force readings. The effect of these variables and degree to which they interact has yet to be comprehensively investigated and quantified. This work systematically assesses varying levels of temperature, sensor curvature and surface compliance using a full factorial design-of-experiments approach. Three models of Interlink FSRs were evaluated. Calibration equations under 12 unique combinations of temperature, curvature and compliance were determined for each sensor. Root mean squared error, mean absolute error, and maximum error were quantified as measures of the impact these thermo/mechanical factors have on sensor performance. It was found that all three variables have the potential to affect FSR calibration curves. The FSR model and corresponding sensor geometry are sensitive to these three mechanical factors at varying levels. Experimental results suggest that reducing sensor error requires calibration of each sensor in an environment as close to its intended use as possible and if multiple FSRs are used in a system, they must be calibrated independently. PMID:26903413

  8. Voltage-Mode All-Pass Filters Using Universal Voltage Conveyor and MOSFET-Based Electronic Resistors

    N. Herencsar

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents two novel realizations of voltage-mode first-order all-pass filters. Both circuits use single universal voltage conveyor (UVC, single capacitor, and two grounded resistors. Using the two NMOS transistors-based realizations of the electronic resistor with two symmetrical power supplies, presented all-pass filter circuits can be easily made electronically tunable. Proposed filter structures provide both inverting and non-inverting outputs at the same configuration simultaneously and they have high-input and low-output impedances that are desired for easy cascading in voltage-mode operations. The nonidealities of the proposed circuits are also analyzed and compared. The theoretical results of both circuits are verified by SPICE simulations using TSMC 0.35 μm CMOS process parameters. Based on the evaluation, the behavior of one of the circuits featuring better performance was also experimentally measured using the UVC-N1C 0520 integrated circuit.

  9. The private – public law divide

    Gyldenløve Jeppesen-de Boer, Christina; Kronborg, Annette; Svendsen, Idamarie Leth

    particular societal institution. Marriage as an institution has been individualized and the goodness of the family has to relate to the well-being of the individuals instead. This article shows that within this historical development the private-public law divide has not been seriously challenged. The...... historical development neccessitates a re-thinking of the distinction between child welfare law and family law. It shows how the distinction is nationally and institutionally embedded. Further, that the distinction has only been superficially adressed by the CRC Committee....

  10. New style of photomultiplier tube voltage divider

    An adjustable voltage divider chain has been developed for use with five-inch PM tubes in a neutron time-of-flight detector array. Best time response and pulse shape discrimination are obtained by maintaining high fixed gradients from the cathode to third dynode. Best saturation characteristics are obtained by maintaining high fixed gradient for the last several dynodes and the anode. Gain adjustments are made by reducing the voltage gradients in the non-critical central dynodes while simultaneously reducing the total tube voltage such that all tubes in the array can be powered by a common supply. (orig.)

  11. Noise-induced breakdown of stochastic resonant behavior of van der Pol oscillators coupled by time-varying resistor

    Uwate, Y; Nishio, Y.; Stoop, R.

    2009-01-01

    We explore the behavior of two van der Pol oscillators coupled by a stochastically time-varying resistor. We observe switching between in-phase and anti-phase synchronization and analyze the statistics of the switching, with and without additional noise. We find stochastic resonant behavior of synchronization in both regimes. Correlating the two noise sources quickly destroys the stochastic resonance phenomenon in the anti-phase synchronization regime. In the in-phase regime, noise correlatio...

  12. Development and characterisation of silicon photomultipliers with bulk-integrated quench resistors for future applications in particle and astroparticle physics

    Jendrysik, Christian

    2014-01-01

    This thesis deals with the development and characterisation of a novel silicon photomultiplier concept with bulk-integrated quench resistors. The approach allows the realisation of a free entrance window and high fill factors, which leads to an improvement of the detection efficiency. With first prototype productions a proof of concept was possible. A full characterisation provided promising results, in particular with respect to the photon detection efficiency. By customising the simulation ...

  13. Media Literacy in Times of Media Divides

    Kaja Žuran

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available We live in a post-modern society, an information society, a society based around knowledge and participation, and above all in a media society. In a media culture where media holds a dominant position, we cannot overlook the emerging idea of a ‘media divide’ within the frame of media education, media literate individuals and the expansion of the traditional concept of media literacy. Firstly, we are in an era of technological revolution, and it is time to consider the meaning and function of media and how we experience it in our everyday life. Secondly, as a society we are subject to intense media invasion and we all need to learn how to use it to our benefit and apply a critical and autonomous perspective towards selecting media content. Otherwise the media divide between the media literate and illiterate will widen; but is there even a chance to overcome the supposed divide between those who are formally media educated and those who are not?

  14. Development of high voltage surge limiting resistor for protection of HV multiplier of 3 MeV DC accelerator

    A 3MeV, 10mA DC electron beam accelerator is in commissioning stages at EBC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The accelerating potential of -3MV is generated by a Parallel Coupled Voltage Multiplier (PCVM) scheme using 74 stages of HV rectifier stacks in the 6 kg/cm2 SF6 gas environment. The HV surges of order of 600kV, 42kA, 10ns is estimated across the rectifier stacks during sparking in the multiplier column. To limit the surge current and protect the rectifier diodes, a non inductive thick film surge limiting resistor (SLR) and protective spark gap is designed and developed. The rectifier stacks with surge limiting resistors at both the ends and protective spark gap in parallel has been successfully tested in simulated surge condition at an impulse voltage of 212kVp, 150ns FWHM and surge energy of 200J, 10ms, 20kV at 6kg/cm2 SF6 gas environment and found satisfactorily. Subsequently the HV multiplier was installed with this surge protection scheme and is being tested at 1.2 MeV level. This paper describes the design features and test results of the non-inductive surge limiting resistor. (author)

  15. Biomolecular Structure Determination with Divide and Concur

    Kallus, Yoav; Elser, Veit

    2009-03-01

    Divide and concur (D-C) is a general computational approach, designed for the solution of highly frustrated problems. Recently applied to the problems of disk packing, the kissing number problem, and 3-SAT, it was competitive or outperformed special-purpose methods.ootnotetextS. Gravel and V. Elser, Phys. Rev. E 78, 036706 (2008) We present a method for applying the D-C framework to the problem of biomolecular structure determination. From a list of geometric constraints on groups of atoms in the molecule, we construct a deterministic iterative map that efficiently searches for structures simultaneously satisfying all constraints. As our method eschews an energy function and its minimization to focus on geometric constraints, it can very naturally integrate with the geometric constraints due to chemistry and physics, experimental constraints due to NMR data or many other experimental or biological hints. We present some results of our method.

  16. European IPTV and the digital divide

    Mira Moshe

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available By the end of 2011, 34.3m households took a pay IPTV subscription as their primary TV service. Estimates are that these figures will more than double over the next five years, reaching 76.5mn by the end of 2016. Revenues are expected to increase from 6.2bn U.S. dollars in 2011 to 11.9bn U.S. dollars in 2016. However, penetration will remain relatively low, with only 5% of the world’s TV households expected to subscribe to IPTV platforms by 2016. This study deals with the digital divide in Europe in terms of a adopting service providers – IPTV inequality between regarding service providers; b households subscribers – IPTV inequality between regarding households subscribers; and c inequality between EU countries and other European countries with regard to consumer expenditures.

  17. DIGITAL DIVIDE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

    Radu HERMAN

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to demonstrate that income, education and infrastructure play a critical role in shaping the divide. The global challenge for the new millennium is to build a society where everyone can access and shareinformation. A fully integrated digital world has become a reality, and all segments of society must embrace it in order to be contributing partners to future success in the EU. As they are fast becoming an essential tool for economic activity, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT became a vital engine of economic performance. The problem, however, is that in many countries technological diffusion is obstructed by the limited capacity of networks to carry large amounts of knowledge swiftly and the limited access of individuals even to networks in which knowledge products are minimal.

  18. Bridging the divide between science and journalism.

    Van Eperen, Laura; Marincola, Francesco M; Strohm, Jennifer

    2010-01-01

    There are countless reasons nearly every scientist should learn how to communicate effectively with the media, including increased understanding of critical research findings to attract or sustain funding and build new professional partnerships that will further propel forward research. But where do scientists begin? Bridging the Divide between Science and Journalism offers practical tips for any scientist looking to work with the media.Given the traditional and internet-based sources for medical research and healthcare-related news now available, it is imperative that scientists know how to communicate their latest findings through the appropriate channels. The credible media channels are managed by working journalists, so learning how to package vast, technical research in a form that is appetizing and "bite-sized" in order to get their attention, is an art. Reducing years of research into a headline can be extremely difficult and certainly doesn't come naturally to every scientist, so this article provides suggestions on how to work with the media to communicate your findings. PMID:20219123

  19. Bridging the Divide between Science and Journalism

    Marincola Francesco M

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract There are countless reasons nearly every scientist should learn how to communicate effectively with the media, including increased understanding of critical research findings to attract or sustain funding and build new professional partnerships that will further propel forward research. But where do scientists begin? Bridging the Divide between Science and Journalism offers practical tips for any scientist looking to work with the media. Given the traditional and internet-based sources for medical research and healthcare-related news now available, it is imperative that scientists know how to communicate their latest findings through the appropriate channels. The credible media channels are managed by working journalists, so learning how to package vast, technical research in a form that is appetizing and "bite-sized" in order to get their attention, is an art. Reducing years of research into a headline can be extremely difficult and certainly doesn't come naturally to every scientist, so this article provides suggestions on how to work with the media to communicate your findings.

  20. Vegetation baseline report : Connacher great divide project

    NONE

    2005-08-01

    This baseline report supported an application by Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) and Alberta Environment (AENV) for the Great Divide Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Project. The goal of the report was to document the distribution and occurrence of ecosite phases and wetland classes in the project footprint as well as to document the distribution of rare plants; rare plant communities: and intrusive species and old growth communities, including species of management concern. A methodology of the baseline report was presented, including details of mapping and field surveys. Six vegetation types in addition to the disturbed land unit were identified in the project footprint and associated buffer. It was noted that all vegetation types are common for the boreal forest natural regions. Several species of management concern were identified during the spring rare plant survey, including rare bryophytes and non-native or invasive species. Mitigation was identified through a slight shift of the footprint, transplant of appropriate bryophyte species and implementation of a weed management plan. It was noted that results of future surveys for rare plants will be submitted upon completion. It was concluded that the effects of the project on existing vegetation is expected to be low because of the small footprint, prior disturbance history, available mitigation measures and conservation and reclamation planning. 27 refs., 5 tabs., 4 figs.

  1. Implementation of cost-effective diffuse light source mechanism to reduce specular reflection and halo effects for resistor-image processing

    Chen, Yung-Sheng; Wang, Jeng-Yau

    2015-09-01

    Light source plays a significant role to acquire a qualified image from objects for facilitating the image processing and pattern recognition. For objects possessing specular surface, the phenomena of reflection and halo appearing in the acquired image will increase the difficulty of information processing. Such a situation may be improved by the assistance of valuable diffuse light source. Consider reading resistor via computer vision, due to the resistor's specular reflective surface it will face with a severe non-uniform luminous intensity on image yielding a higher error rate in recognition without a well-controlled light source. A measurement system including mainly a digital microscope embedded in a replaceable diffuse cover, a ring-type LED embedded onto a small pad carrying a resistor for evaluation, and Arduino microcontrollers connected with PC, is presented in this paper. Several replaceable cost-effective diffuse covers made by paper bowl, cup and box inside pasted with white paper are presented for reducing specular reflection and halo effects and compared with a commercial diffuse some. The ring-type LED can be flexibly configured to be a full or partial lighting based on the application. For each self-made diffuse cover, a set of resistors with 4 or 5 color bands are captured via digital microscope for experiments. The signal-to-noise ratio from the segmented resistor-image is used for performance evaluation. The detected principal axis of resistor body is used for the partial LED configuration to further improve the lighting condition. Experimental results confirm that the proposed mechanism can not only evaluate the cost-effective diffuse light source but also be extended as an automatic recognition system for resistor reading.

  2. Calculating electronic tunnel currents in networks of disordered irregularly shaped nanoparticles by mapping networks to arrays of parallel nonlinear resistors

    We have shown both theoretically and experimentally that tunnel currents in networks of disordered irregularly shaped nanoparticles (NPs) can be calculated by considering the networks as arrays of parallel nonlinear resistors. Each resistor is described by a one-dimensional or a two-dimensional array of equal size nanoparticles that the tunnel junction gaps between nanoparticles in each resistor is assumed to be equal. The number of tunnel junctions between two contact electrodes and the tunnel junction gaps between nanoparticles are found to be functions of Coulomb blockade energies. In addition, the tunnel barriers between nanoparticles were considered to be tilted at high voltages. Furthermore, the role of thermal expansion coefficient of the tunnel junction gaps on the tunnel current is taken into account. The model calculations fit very well to the experimental data of a network of disordered gold nanoparticles, a forest of multi-wall carbon nanotubes, and a network of few-layer graphene nanoplates over a wide temperature range (5-300 K) at low and high DC bias voltages (0.001 mV–50 V). Our investigations indicate, although electron cotunneling in networks of disordered irregularly shaped NPs may occur, non-Arrhenius behavior at low temperatures cannot be described by the cotunneling model due to size distribution in the networks and irregular shape of nanoparticles. Non-Arrhenius behavior of the samples at zero bias voltage limit was attributed to the disorder in the samples. Unlike the electron cotunneling model, we found that the crossover from Arrhenius to non-Arrhenius behavior occurs at two temperatures, one at a high temperature and the other at a low temperature.

  3. About the Influence of SiO2 on the Temperature Behaviour of Ruthenate Based Thick Film Resistors

    Wolf, M.; Storbeck, I.

    1987-01-01

    Substituting glass by SiO2 in thick film resistors results in a small increase of R□, a decrease of dR□/dT and an increase of d2R□/dT2 (at room temperature). From these experimental results it follows that substituting glass by SiO2 leads to an increase in the resistance of the tunnel barrier, determining the resistivity of the TFRs. The other microscopic quantities, like charging energy and HTCρ of ruthenate, are estimated using the model of Pike and Seager, the generalization of Which (nece...

  4. Development and characterisation of silicon photomultipliers with bulk-integrated quench resistors for future applications in particle and astroparticle physics

    This thesis deals with the development and characterisation of a novel silicon photomultiplier concept with bulk-integrated quench resistors. The approach allows the realisation of a free entrance window and high fill factors, which leads to an improvement of the detection efficiency. With first prototype productions a proof of concept was possible. A full characterisation provided promising results, in particular with respect to the photon detection efficiency. By customising the simulation tools, a reliable description of the devices was achieved. In addition, conceptual studies of the next device generation demonstrated the possibility of single cell readout, expanding the application range of those detectors to particle tracking.

  5. Purely Mechanical Memristors: Perfect Massless Memory Resistors, the Missing Perfect Mass-Involving Memristor, and Massive Memristive Systems

    Vongehr, Sascha

    2015-01-01

    We define a mechanical analog to the electrical basic circuit element M = d{\\phi}/dQ, namely the ideal mechanical memristance M = dp/dx; p is momentum. We then introduce a mechanical memory resistor which has M(x) independent of velocity v, so it is a perfect (= not-just-memristive) memristor, although its memristance does not crucially involve inert mass. It is practically realizable with a 1cm radius hollow sphere in heavy fuel oil with a temperature gradient. It has a pinched hysteretic lo...

  6. Influences of Resistor-Type Superconducting Fault Current Limiter on Power System Transient Stability with Asymmetrical Short-Circuit Faults

    Xue-Ping Gu; Zhi-Long Yang

    2008-01-01

    The transient stability of a single machine to infinite-busbar power system with resistor- type superconducting fault current limiters (SFCL) is analyzed under asymmetrical short-circuit fault conditions. The SFCL is considered to introduce a resistance into the three-phase circuits when faults occur. Based on the power-angle curves for different short-circuit conditions of the single-line to ground, double-line to ground and line to line short-circuit faults, the influences of the SFCLs on transient stability are analyzed in detail. The time-domain simulation of transient stability is carried out to verify the analytical results.

  7. "Enlivening and - Dividing": An Aporia of Illumination

    Hans Christian Hönes

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Verdana;} In 1798, Karl August Böttiger paid a nocturnal visit to the Gallery of Antiques in Dresden, illuminating the statues with a torch. At first glance, this seems to be yet another example of a popular practice for visiting galleries c.1800. Illuminating the sculptures by torchlight was a popular means of enlivening the objects, set in motion by the light flickering on their surfaces. The collections were thus meant to become a place where cold, white stone comes to life, and where the beholder becomes part of a revived antiquity.This was precisely what Böttiger intended, too. But to him, the effect of the torchlight appeared to be, as he wrote, “enlivening and – dividing!” The torchlight highlighted not only the beauty of the sculptures but also their modern restorations. Böttiger apparently failed to experience the living presence of the antique celebrated by many of his contemporaries (e.g. Goethe, Moritz.This essay focuses on the consequence of such a perception of sculptures as historically multi-layered objects. Böttiger’s experience resulted in a problematic situation. In trying to view the sculptures as contemporaries, he hoped to become ancient himself. But this operation failed in the moment when the sculptures themselves appeared to be anachronistic, impure palimpsests. In consequence, galleries may not only be the place were art history as chronological Stilgeschichte was born. They may also be the site where this perception changed into the experience of a more chaotic shape of time.

  8. Digital Divide and Social Media: Connectivity Doesn’t End the Digital Divide, Skills Do

    Radovanovic, Danica

    2011-01-01

    Whether we like it or not, we live in a very unequal and stratified world. We live in societies in which inequality is ignored in education, science, and in the social media. As Internet technologies are rapidly evolving and new digital divides on the Internet emerge, we must move beyond, at some point, a singular concern over Internet access and technological infrastructure issues. We must tackle socio-cultural differences, we must focus on Internet skills, literacies and social media usage.

  9. Versatile tunable current-mode universal biquadratic filter using MO-DVCCs and MOSFET-based electronic resistors.

    Chen, Hua-Pin

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a versatile tunable current-mode universal biquadratic filter with four-input and three-output employing only two multioutput differential voltage current conveyors (MO-DVCCs), two grounded capacitors, and a well-known method for replacement of three grounded resistors by MOSFET-based electronic resistors. The proposed configuration exhibits high-output impedance which is important for easy cascading in the current-mode operations. The proposed circuit can be used as either a two-input three-output circuit or a three-input single-output circuit. In the operation of two-input three-output circuit, the bandpass, highpass, and bandreject filtering responses can be realized simultaneously while the allpass filtering response can be easily obtained by connecting appropriated output current directly without using additional stages. In the operation of three-input single-output circuit, all five generic filtering functions can be easily realized by selecting different three-input current signals. The filter permits orthogonal controllability of the quality factor and resonance angular frequency, and no inverting-type input current signals are imposed. All the passive and active sensitivities are low. Postlayout simulations were carried out to verify the functionality of the design. PMID:24982963

  10. Versatile Tunable Current-Mode Universal Biquadratic Filter Using MO-DVCCs and MOSFET-Based Electronic Resistors

    Hua-Pin Chen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a versatile tunable current-mode universal biquadratic filter with four-input and three-output employing only two multioutput differential voltage current conveyors (MO-DVCCs, two grounded capacitors, and a well-known method for replacement of three grounded resistors by MOSFET-based electronic resistors. The proposed configuration exhibits high-output impedance which is important for easy cascading in the current-mode operations. The proposed circuit can be used as either a two-input three-output circuit or a three-input single-output circuit. In the operation of two-input three-output circuit, the bandpass, highpass, and bandreject filtering responses can be realized simultaneously while the allpass filtering response can be easily obtained by connecting appropriated output current directly without using additional stages. In the operation of three-input single-output circuit, all five generic filtering functions can be easily realized by selecting different three-input current signals. The filter permits orthogonal controllability of the quality factor and resonance angular frequency, and no inverting-type input current signals are imposed. All the passive and active sensitivities are low. Postlayout simulations were carried out to verify the functionality of the design.

  11. OSL and TL of Resistors of Mobile Phones for Retrospective Accident Dosimetry

    and in the public rather than actual health hazard due to radiation exposure. Therefore, a quick demonstration of measurement of doses following the accident is needed to reassure those receiving insignificant or low level of exposures that they are quite safe and need no treatment. This confidence building also becomes an important aspect of dosimetry. As the ranges of doses which could be encountered in such situations may vary from the background level to significantly high doses depending on the type of accident / incident and the location of personnel, it becomes important that the techniques used in retrospective dosimetry should be very sensitive and should be able to measure doses in a wide range from background level to several Gy. More recently, with the increasing apprehensions of nuclear terrorism / dirty bomb, research and developments in retrospective dosimetry has gained a new momentum the world over. Among the TL and OSL sensitive materials, the extraction and the processing of the materials from bricks and roof tiles is a very time consuming process and gives indirect estimate of individual doses. On the other hand, TL and OSL properties of components of electronic devices mobile phones, i-pods, black-berries, mp3 players and USB sticks containing ceramics with luminescence properties (e.g resistors, capacitors, resonators, antenna switches, transistors etc.) and chip cards containing silica epoxy (e.g. credit cards, bank cards, social security card, telephone card, SIM cards, ID cards e.g) are being considered very attractive and being evaluated. In this study, the TL and OSL properties of the electronic components of mobile phones are investigated and dose recovery potential is evaluated with a presumption that a mobile phone has become a part of body belongings masses of almost ages

  12. A Concede-and-Divide Rule for Bankruptcy Problems

    Quant, M.; Borm, P.E.M.; Maaten, R.

    2005-01-01

    The concede-and-divide rule is a basic solution for bankruptcy problems with two claimants.An extension of the concede-and-divide rule to bankruptcy problems with more than two claimants is provided.This extension not only uses the concede-and-divide principle in its procedural definition, but also preserves the main properties of the concede-and-divide rule.

  13. The digital divide as a complex and dynamic phenomenon

    Dijk, van Jan; Hacker, Kenneth

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to propose a fruitful analytical framework for data supposedly related to the concept of the socalled “digital divide.” The extent and the nature of this divide depend on the kind of access defined. Considering the possession of hardware, growing divides among differen

  14. Digital divide in education : a shift to ethical usage

    Lau, Kai-kwong, Gervas; 劉啟光

    2014-01-01

    Under the trend of ICT implementation in education, students’ learning becomes highly reliant on ICT. A student will thus suffer in his / her learning process if he / she lacks the chance of using ICT at home. This is what a divide in student’s learning is. As the occurrence of this divide is due to digital ICT devices and its effect is focussed on students’ academic performance, such divide is termed as digital divide in education (DDE). To bridge this divide, most governments around the wor...

  15. Avaliação de modelo de extração da água do solo por sistemas radiculares divididos entre camadas de solo com propriedades hidráulicas distintas Evaluation of a root-soil water extraction model by root systems divided over soil layers with distinct hydraulic properties

    Marlon Gomes da Rocha

    2010-08-01

    solo mais frequentemente do que ela ocorreu no experimento. Esse fato pode indicar que a resistência interna do sistema radicular, não contabilizada pelo modelo, pode ter papel importante nas relações hídricas na rizosfera.Evaluating plant root capacity in extrating water from the soil is important for transpiration modeling and to understand crop growth and yield and soil water and nutrient balance. Aiming to test a macroscopic root water extraction model based on the microscopic process description, an experiment was described in which the root system of plants penetrated different soil layers with contrasting hydraulic properties. Four lysimeters containing two physically divided compartments were built and filled with material of two soils with different texture (a medium textured soil - AR and a clayey soil - AG. During a month and a half a water regime was imposed alternating the irrigation among the compartments. The soil water content in the compartments was measured with TDR and tensiometers. Soil hydraulic properties - retention and conductivity - were analyzed by standard methods. Root density was determined by weighing at the end of the experiment, resulting in values twice as high in AR than in AG soil. It was observed that water extraction occurred preferentially from the lysimeter compartments with the highest matric flux potential. Occasionally, water transfer from the compartment with higher matric flux potential to the lower one was observed, releasing water from root to soil (hydraulic lift. To compensate for the effect of heterogeneity of root distribution and root activity and soil-root contact, an empirical factor f was added to the model. Its value was determined by a numerical fitting procedure aiming at the highest correlation between model and observation in the four lysimeters. The model described 80% of the observations satisfactorily by using these f values, which were 0.01506 and 0.003713, respectively, for AR and AG. Model

  16. Mechanisms of Low-Temperature Nitridation Technology on a TaN Thin Film Resistor for Temperature Sensor Applications

    Chen, Huey-Ru; Chen, Ying-Chung; Chang, Ting-Chang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Chu, Tian-Jian; Shih, Chih-Cheng; Chuang, Nai-Chuan; Wang, Kao-Yuan

    2016-06-01

    In this letter, we propose a novel low-temperature nitridation technology on a tantalum nitride (TaN) thin film resistor (TFR) through supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) treatment for temperature sensor applications. We also found that the sensitivity of temperature of the TaN TFR was improved about 10.2 %, which can be demonstrated from measurement of temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). In order to understand the mechanism of SCCO2 nitridation on the TaN TFR, the carrier conduction mechanism of the device was analyzed through current fitting. The current conduction mechanism of the TaN TFR changes from hopping to a Schottky emission after the low-temperature SCCO2 nitridation treatment. A model of vacancy passivation in TaN grains with nitrogen and by SCCO2 nitridation treatment is eventually proposed to increase the isolation ability in TaN TFR, which causes the transfer of current conduction mechanisms.

  17. Study of the selective effect on cells induced by nanosecond pulsed electric field with the resistor-capacitor circuit model

    Xu Fei; Xiao Dengming; Li Zhaozhi

    2009-01-01

    A resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit model is proposed to study the effect of nanosecond pulsed electric field on cells according to the structure and electrical parameters of cells. After a nanosecond step field has been applied, the variation of voltages across cytomembrane and mitochondria membrane both in normal and in malignant cells are studied with this model. The time for selectively targeting the mitochondria membrane and malignant cell can be evaluated much easily with curves that show the variation of voltage across each membrane with time. Ramp field is the typical field applied in electrobiology. The voltages across each membrane induced by ramp field are analyzed with this model. To selectively target the mitochondria membrane, proper range of ramp slope is needed. It is relatively difficult to decide the range of a slope to selectively affect the malignant cell. Under some conditions, such a range even does not exist.

  18. Integrated one diode-one resistor architecture in nanopillar SiOx resistive switching memory by nanosphere lithography.

    Ji, Li; Chang, Yao-Feng; Fowler, Burt; Chen, Ying-Chen; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Chen, Min-Chen; Chang, Ting-Chang; Sze, Simon M; Yu, Edward T; Lee, Jack C

    2014-02-12

    We report on a highly compact, one diode-one resistor (1D-1R) nanopillar device architecture for SiOx-based ReRAM fabricated using nanosphere lithography (NSL). The intrinsic SiOx-based resistive switching element and Si diode are self-aligned on an epitaxial silicon wafer using NSL and a deep-Si-etch process without conventional photolithography. AC-pulse response in 50 ns regime, multibit operation, and good reliability are demonstrated. The NSL process provides a fast and economical approach to large-scale patterning of high-density 1D-1R ReRAM with good potential for use in future applications. PMID:24369783

  19. Characterization of the first prototypes of Silicon Photomultipliers with bulk-integrated quench resistor fabricated at MPI semiconductor laboratory

    In this paper new results of the characterization of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) with bulk-integrated quench resistor will be presented. The novel detector concept was developed at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) semiconductor laboratory and allows a metal and polysilicon free entrance window which offers an improvement in photon detection efficiency (PDE). For electrical separation and suppression of optical cross talk (OCT) an insensitive area (gap) between neighboring cells is required. Based on simulations the first prototypes with devices of different combinations of cell size and gap were fabricated, providing the opportunity to study the influence of these parameters on the detector performance. First PDE measurements of the new detector are presented together with results of the influence of geometrical variations. Also an outlook on possible future developments of the concept with single cell read-out is given

  20. Mechanisms of Low-Temperature Nitridation Technology on a TaN Thin Film Resistor for Temperature Sensor Applications.

    Chen, Huey-Ru; Chen, Ying-Chung; Chang, Ting-Chang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Chu, Tian-Jian; Shih, Chih-Cheng; Chuang, Nai-Chuan; Wang, Kao-Yuan

    2016-12-01

    In this letter, we propose a novel low-temperature nitridation technology on a tantalum nitride (TaN) thin film resistor (TFR) through supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) treatment for temperature sensor applications. We also found that the sensitivity of temperature of the TaN TFR was improved about 10.2 %, which can be demonstrated from measurement of temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). In order to understand the mechanism of SCCO2 nitridation on the TaN TFR, the carrier conduction mechanism of the device was analyzed through current fitting. The current conduction mechanism of the TaN TFR changes from hopping to a Schottky emission after the low-temperature SCCO2 nitridation treatment. A model of vacancy passivation in TaN grains with nitrogen and by SCCO2 nitridation treatment is eventually proposed to increase the isolation ability in TaN TFR, which causes the transfer of current conduction mechanisms. PMID:27251325

  1. Understanding the digital divide: A literature survey and ways forward

    Srinuan, Chalita; Bohlin, Erik

    2011-01-01

    The term digital divide was introduced in the mid-1990s and defined as the gap separating those who have access to new forms of information technology from those who do not. The digital divide remains an important public policy debate that encompasses social, economic and political issues. This paper presents a literature review and classification scheme for digital divide research. The review covers journal articles published between 2001 and 2010 in three types of journals: (1) Information ...

  2. $f(T)$ models with phantom divide line crossing

    Wu, Puxun; Yu, Hongwei

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we propose two new models in $f(T)$ gravity to realize the crossing of the phantom divide line for the effective equation of state, and we then study the observational constraints on the model parameters. The best fit results suggest that the observations favor a crossing of the phantom divide line.

  3. The Digital Divide in Health Education: Myth or Reality?

    Stellefson, Michael; Chaney, Beth; Chaney, Don

    2008-01-01

    Although e-health interventions provide new opportunities for health education, there has been cause for concern regarding the purported information technology gap between those who have access to digital applications and those who do not--termed the "digital divide." The literature suggests, however, that this divide may now be illusory, driven…

  4. Three-dimensional multiway power dividers based on transformation optics

    Wu, Yong-Le; Zhuang, Zheng; Deng, Li; Liu, Yuan-An

    2016-04-01

    The two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) multiway power dividers based on transformation optical theory are proposed in this paper. It comprises of several nonisotropic mediums and one isotropic medium without any lumped and distributed elements. By using finite embedded coordinate transformations, the incident beam can be split and bent arbitrarily in order to achieve effective power division and transmission. In addition, the location of the split point can be employed to obtain unequal power dividers. Finally, several typical examples of the generalized power divider without limitation in 3D space are performed, which shows that the proposed power divider can implement required functions with arbitrary power division and arbitrary transmission paths. The excellent simulated results verify the novel design method for power dividers.

  5. Social Support Quality in Internet Based Information and Communication: From "Digital Divide" to "Voice Divide"

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available National and international studies demonstrate that the number of teenagers using the inter-net increases. But even though they actually do have access from different places to the in-formation and communication pool of the internet, there is evidence that the ways in which teenagers use the net - regarding the scope and frequency in which services are used as well as the preferences for different contents of these services - differ significantly in relation to socio-economic status, education, and gender. The results of the regarding empirical studies may be summarised as such: teenager with low (formal education especially use internet services embracing 'entertainment, play and fun' while higher educated teenagers (also prefer intellectually more demanding and particularly services supplying a greater variety of communicative and informative activities. More generally, pedagogical and sociological studies investigating "digital divide" in a dif-ferentiated and sophisticated way - i.e. not only in terms of differences between those who do have access to the Internet and those who do not - suggest that the internet is no space beyond 'social reality' (e.g. DiMaggio & Hargittai 2001, 2003; Vogelgesang, 2002; Welling, 2003. Different modes of utilisation, that structure the internet as a social space are primarily a specific contextualisation of the latter - and thus, the opportunities and constraints in virtual world of the internet are not less than those in the 'real world' related to unequal distribu-tions of material, social and cultural resources as well as social embeddings of the actors involved. This fact of inequality is also true regarding the outcomes of using the internet. Empirical and theoretical results concerning forms and processes of networking and commu-nity building - i.e. sociability in the internet, as well as the social embeddings of the users which are mediated through the internet - suggest that net based communication

  6. Water

    ... www.girlshealth.gov/ Home Nutrition Nutrition basics Water Water Did you know that water makes up more ... to drink more water Other drinks How much water do you need? top Water is very important, ...

  7. Dividing Attention Lowers Children's but Increases Adults' False Memories

    Otgaar, H.; Peters, M.; Howe, M. L.

    2012-01-01

    The present study examined the impact of divided attention on children’s and adults’ neutral and negative true and false memories in a standard DRM paradigm. Children (7- and 11-year-olds; n = 126) and adults (n = 52) received 5 neutral and 5 negative DRM word lists where half of each group received a divided attention task. The results showed that divided attention affected children’s and adults’ false memory levels differently, but did not alter true memory differently. Specifically, our re...

  8. Pulse swallowing frequency divider with low power and compact structure

    Gao Haijun; Sun Lingling; Cai Chaobo; Zhan Haiting

    2012-01-01

    A pulse swallowing frequency divider with low power and compact structure is presented.One of the DFFs in the divided by 2/3 prescaler is controlled by the modulus control signal,and automatically powered off when it has no contribution to the operation of the prescaler.The DFFs in the program counter and the swallow counter are shared to compose a compact structure,which reduces the power consumption further.The proposed multi-modulus frequency divider was implemented in a standard 65 nm CMOS process with an area of 28 ×22 μm2.The power consumption of the divider is 0.6 mW under 1.2 V supply voltage when operating at 988 MHz.

  9. Pulse swallowing frequency divider with low power and compact structure

    Haijun, Gao; Lingling, Sun; Chaobo, Cai; Haiting, Zhan

    2012-11-01

    A pulse swallowing frequency divider with low power and compact structure is presented. One of the DFFs in the divided by 2/3 prescaler is controlled by the modulus control signal, and automatically powered off when it has no contribution to the operation of the prescaler. The DFFs in the program counter and the swallow counter are shared to compose a compact structure, which reduces the power consumption further. The proposed multi-modulus frequency divider was implemented in a standard 65 nm CMOS process with an area of 28 × 22 μm2. The power consumption of the divider is 0.6 mW under 1.2 V supply voltage when operating at 988 MHz.

  10. Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of Electronic Cigarettes

    ... page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_160650.html Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of Electronic Cigarettes When ... safety and using e-cigarettes to stop smoking, doctors' advice differs To use the sharing features on ...

  11. Continental Divide of the United States - Direct Download

    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This map layer portrays the Continental Divide of the United States. The map layer was created by extracting Hydrologic Unit Boundary line features from an existing...

  12. Annan warns of 'content divide' between rich and poor

    Dickson, D

    2003-01-01

    "The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, warned today (10 December) that a "content divide" is threatening to deprive developing countries of the full benefits offered by information and communications technologies (ICTs)" (1 page)

  13. A noble technique a using force-sensing resistor for immobilization-device quality assurance: A feasibility study

    Cho, Min-Seok; Kim, Tae-Ho; Kang, Seong-Hee; Kim, Dong-Su; Kim, Kyeong-Hyeon; Shin, Dong-Seok; Noh, Yu-Yun; Koo, Hyun-Jae; Cheon, Geum Seong; Suh, Tae Suk; Kim, Siyong

    2016-03-01

    Many studies have reported that a patient can move even when an immobilization device is used. Researchers have developed an immobilization-device quality-assurance (QA) system that evaluates the validity of immobilization devices. The QA system consists of force-sensing-resistor (FSR) sensor units, an electric circuit, a signal conditioning device, and a control personal computer (PC) with in-house software. The QA system is designed to measure the force between an immobilization device and a patient's skin by using the FSR sensor unit. This preliminary study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of using the QA system in radiation-exposure situations. When the FSR sensor unit was irradiated with a computed tomography (CT) beam and a treatment beam from a linear accelerator (LINAC), the stability of the output signal, the image artifact on the CT image, and changing the variation on the patient's dose were tested. The results of this study demonstrate that this system is promising in that it performed within the error range (signal variation on CT beam CT images according to presence or absence of the FSR sensor unit < 15 HU, signal variation on the treatment beam < 0.15 kPa, and dose difference between the presence and the absence of the FSR sensor unit < 0.02%). Based on the obtained results, we will volunteer tests to investigate the clinical feasibility of the QA system.

  14. Thermosetting polyimide resin matrix composites with interpenetrating polymer networks for precision foil resistor chips based on special mechanical performance requirements

    Wang, X. Y.; Ma, J. X.; Li, C. G.; Wang, H. X.

    2014-04-01

    Based on interpenetrating networks (IPNs) different macromolecular materials such as epoxy, phenolic, and silicone resin were chosen to modify thermosetting polyimide (TSPI) resin to solve the lack of performance when used for protecting precision foil resistor chips. Copolymerization modification, controlled at curing stage, was used to prepare TSPI composites considering both performance and process requirements. The mechanical properties related to trimming process were mainly studied due to the special requirements of the regularity of scratch edges caused by a tungsten needle. The analysis on scratch edges reveals that the generation and propagation of microcracks caused by scratching together with crack closure effect may lead to regular scratch traces. Experiments show that the elongation at break of TSPI composites is the main reason that determines the special mechanical properties. The desired candidate materials should have proper hardness and toughness, and the specific mechanical data are that the mean elongation at break and tensile strength of polymer materials are in the range of 9.2-10.4% and 100-107 MPa, respectively. Possible reasons for the effect of the modifiers chosen on TSPI polymers, the reaction mechanisms on modified TSPI resin and the IPN structure in TSPI composite polymers were discussed based on IR and TG analysis.

  15. On the extraction of the external drain and source resistors and effective channel length in Si-MOSFET

    Joodaki, M.

    2015-09-01

    This paper focuses on the extraction of drain/source resistance and effective channel length (Leff) of the silicon MOSFET in the linear drain current region. Leff is expressed as a function of drain/source resistance, drain current, threshold voltage, drain voltage, and body-effect coefficient. Using this definition, an additional component of drain/source resistance in the linear drain current region, inversion charge reduction resistance (RΔQ), is introduced which results from the influence of drain/source resistors, internal source/body voltage and drain voltage on the total inversion charge. Finally, a new method for extraction of the drain/source resistance is developed. In this method several parameters that have impact on device behavior are considered. The parameters include gate voltage dependency, short channel effects, and poly gate length dependency. The results presented here are not only very useful for accurate device modeling and characterization, but are also vital to better understanding of the device physics. Furthermore, they can describe shortcomings of the other methods which use devices of different gate lengths. The extracted linear model provides less than 1.07% and 3.3% average absolute error and maximum error, respectively, for all seven devices under test over the gate voltage range of 0.75-2 V.

  16. Switching characteristics of TaO x -based one diode-one resistor for crossbar memory application

    Jin, Y. J.; Xu, Z.; Yoon, S. F.; Chia, C. K.; Wang, S. J.; Chi, D. Z.

    2016-05-01

    One diode-one resistor (1D1R) memory array consisting of Pt/TaO x /Al memory element and GaAs selection diode was firstly demonstrated. The resistive switching behavior of the memory devices with variety of active areas from 5 μm to 50 μm has been investigated. It was found that the forming voltage decreases with the memory element being scaled and the voltage value was in a range of 3 - 11.5 V. The reset current was in range of 3.6 - 11 mA range. The resistance ratio between the high-resistance state (HRS) and low-resistance state (LRS) fluctuates between 102 - 106. The data retention performance in 1×105 s was evaluated for maintaining resistance ratio between HRS and LRS. For a 10% readout margin in an N × N crossbar array, the maximum array size for the 1D1R with diameter of 5 μm in each single cell was estimated to ˜4.5 × 103 and it could be further expanded with improved forward-to-reverse resistance ratio (RLRS_R/RLRS_F). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  17. Trigonometrical sums connected with the chiral Potts model, Verlinde dimension formula, two-dimensional resistor network, and number theory

    We have recently developed methods for obtaining exact two-point resistance of the complete graph minus N edges. We use these methods to obtain closed formulas of certain trigonometrical sums that arise in connection with one-dimensional lattice, in proving Scott’s conjecture on permanent of Cauchy matrix, and in the perturbative chiral Potts model. The generalized trigonometrical sums of the chiral Potts model are shown to satisfy recursion formulas that are transparent and direct, and differ from those of Gervois and Mehta. By making a change of variables in these recursion formulas, the dimension of the space of conformal blocks of SU(2) and SO(3) WZW models may be computed recursively. Our methods are then extended to compute the corner-to-corner resistance, and the Kirchhoff index of the first non-trivial two-dimensional resistor network, 2×N. Finally, we obtain new closed formulas for variant of trigonometrical sums, some of which appear in connection with number theory. -- Highlights: • Alternative derivation of certain trigonometrical sums of the chiral Potts model are given. • Generalization of these trigonometrical sums satisfy recursion formulas. • The dimension of the space of conformal blocks may be computed from these recursions. • Exact corner-to-corner resistance, the Kirchhoff index of 2×N are given

  18. Crossing the Phantom Divide: Dark Energy Internal Degrees of Freedom

    Hu, Wayne

    2004-01-01

    Dark energy constraints have forced viable alternatives that differ substantially from a cosmological constant Lambda to have an equation of state w that evolves across the phantom divide set by Lambda. Naively, crossing this divide makes the dark energy gravitationally unstable, a problem that is typically finessed by unphysically ignoring the perturbations. While this procedure does not affect constraints near the favored cosmological constant model it can artificially enhance the confidenc...

  19. A Novel Nanometric Reversible Signed Divider with Overflow Checking Capability

    Faraz Dastan; Majid Haghparast

    2012-01-01

    One of the best approaches for designing future computers is that we use reversible logic. Reversible logic circuits have lower power consumption than the common circuits, used in computers nowadays. In this study we propose a new reversible division circuit. This reversible division circuit is signed divider and has an overflow checking capability. Among the designed and proposed reversible division circuits, our proposed division circuit is the first reversible signed divider with overflow ...

  20. The Role of Infrastructure in the Rural - Urban Digital Divide

    Whitacre, Brian E.; Mills, Bradford F.

    2005-01-01

    A significant gap exists in the percentage of rural and urban households that connect to the Internet. Furthermore, this "digital divide" has been increasing with respect to high-speed connections. The primary course of action to address this emerging high-speed digital divide has been to subsidize digital communications technology (DCT) infrastructure. This paper explores the diffusion of DCT infrastructure in both rural and urban areas over the period 2000 - 2003, and estimates its contribu...

  1. Effective use: A community informatics strategy beyond the Digital Divide

    Gurstein, Michael

    2003-01-01

    A huge industry has been created responding to the perceived social malady, the "Digital Divide". This paper examines the concepts and strategies underlying the notion of the Digital Divide and concludes that it is little more than a marketing campaign for Internet service providers. The paper goes on to present an alternative approach - that of "effective use" - drawn from community informatics theory which recognizes that the Internet is not simply a source of information, but also a fundam...

  2. Divided they participate? : Social Inequalities in Online Participation

    Lutz, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    Although today almost all households in Western countries have Internet access , substantial divides in Internet skills and uses exist. Previous research has shown that age, gender and socio-economic status affect individuals' access to the Internet as well as their digital literacy and their amount and variety of uses. More recently, the focus has shifted to social media and partipatory uses, where users not only consume but also produce online content. The notion of a partipation divide has...

  3. Hybrid functional IrO2-TiO2 thin film resistor prepared by atomic layer deposition for thermal inkjet printheads

    Won-Sub KWACK; Hyoung-Seok MOON; Seong-Jun JEONG; Qi-min WANG; Se-Hun KWON

    2011-01-01

    IrO2-TiO2 thin films were prepared by atomic layer deposition using Ir(EtCp)(COD) and titanium isopropoxide (TTIP).in the IrO2-TiO2 thin films. The low temperature coefficient of resistance(TCR) values can be obtained by adopting IrO2-TiO2 composite thin films. Moreover, the change in the resistivity of lrO2-TiO2 thin films was below 10% even after O2 annealing process at 600 ℃. The step stress test results show that IrO2-TiO2 films have better characteristics than conventional TaN08 heater resistor.Therefore, IrO2-TiO2 composite thin films can be used as a heater resistor material in thermal inkjet printhead.

  4. Humidity sensing properties of WO3 thick film resistor prepared by screen printing technique

    Highlights: • Polycrystalline WO3 Thick films are fabricated by screen printing technique. • Monoclinic phases were the majority in formation of films. • The peak at 1643 cm−1 shows stretching vibrations attributed to W-OH of adsorbed H2O. • Absorption peaks in the range 879–650 cm−1 are attributed to the stretching W-O-W bonds. • Increase in resistance with decrease in RH when exposed to 20–100% RH. - Abstract: Thick films of tungsten oxide based were prepared using standard screen printing technique. To study the effect of temperature on the thick films were fired at different temperature for 30 min in air atmosphere. The WO3 thick films were characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and EDAX for elemental analysis. The formation of mixed phases of the film together with majority of monoclinic phase was observed. IR spectra confirm the peak at 1643 cm−1 clearly shows stretching vibrations attributed to the W-OH bending vibration mode of the adsorbed water molecules. The absorption peaks in the range 879–650 cm−1 are attributed to the stretching W-O-W bonds (i.e. ν [W-Ointer-W]). The peak located at 983 cm−1 belong to W=O terminal of cluster boundaries. A change in the resistance was observed with respect to the relative humidity when the WO3 thick films were exposed to a wide humidity range of 20–100%. An increasing firing temperature of WO3 film increases with the sensitivity. The parameters such as sensitivity and hysteresis of the WO3 film sensors have been evaluated

  5. Romania's Digital Divide and the Failures of E-Government

    Sorin Dan ŞANDOR

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper tries to measure the level of the digital divide existing in Romania and also to verify its relationship with e-government. At the country level, Romania is one of the least digitally developed countries in Europe, but it has shown a sharp increase in recent years. At the social level, based on data from public opinion surveys, digital divide is analyzed at two levels: lack of access and lack of knowledge. The results are similar to those in other countries: digital divide appears along the same dimensions: rural/urban, age, education, wealth and, to a lesser extent, gender. E-government services, while presumed to be at an adequate level, are used only by a very small number of citizens, thus having no impact upon the digital divide. Confronted with a serious divide, and with great possibility of its increasing, Romania needs to promote policies designed to increase access and knowledge. Also, e-government is not possible, unless administrative culture and procedures change.

  6. Is there a second level divide in students Internet skills?

    Dau, Susanne; Purushothaman, Aparna

    2015-01-01

    The concept of digital divide have moved beyond physical disparities in usage and also encompasses issues impending access like human (skills) social, cultural, and psychological barriers that affect the usage of existing available technologies apart from ownership. This paper focuses on the insu......The concept of digital divide have moved beyond physical disparities in usage and also encompasses issues impending access like human (skills) social, cultural, and psychological barriers that affect the usage of existing available technologies apart from ownership. This paper focuses...... on the insufficient level of skills which students have in making the best use of available Internet technology. Varying online skills of the students in higher education from two countrywide scenarios - Denmark and India are discussed. The paper emphasizes on the reflective and conceptual issues which the students...... face to take information from the Internet that brings a second level of divide. Through a cross-national comparison the paper hopes to contribute to the literature to learn from each other´s experiences and giving insights to researchers on digital divide. The digital divide in Internet skills...

  7. Bridging the Divide: Translating Landsat Research Into Usable Science

    Rocchio, L. E.; Davis, A. L.

    2006-12-01

    Science has long served humankind. Breakthroughs in medicine have increased longevity and advances in technology have made modern-day conveniences possible. Yet, social benefits begotten by the environmental sciences, although critical for the survival of humanity, have not always been as widely recognized or used. To benefit today's rapidly growing population, the divides between environmental research, applied environmental science, and use of this information by decision makers must be bridged. Lessons about the translation from research to usable science can be learned from the four decades of Landsat history, and these lessons can serve as useful models for bridging the gaps between new technology, scientific research, and the use of that research and technology in real-world problem solving. In 1965, William Pecora, then-director of the U.S. Geological Survey, proposed the idea of a remote sensing satellite program to gather facts about natural resources of Earth. For the next seven years, an intense campaign showing the depth and diversity of satellite imagery applications was waged. This led to the 1972 launch of the first civilian land-observing satellite, Landsat 1. By 1975, successful application research based on Landsat 1 imagery prompted then-NASA Administrator Dr. James Fletcher to proclaim that if one space age development would save the world, it would be Landsat and its successor satellites. Thirty-four years of continual Landsat imaging and related-research has lead to the implementation of many socially beneficial applications, such as improved water management techniques, crop insurance fraud reduction, illicit crop inventories, natural disaster relief planning, continent-scale carbon estimates, and extensive cartographic advances. Despite these successes, the challenge of translating Landsat research into realized social benefits remains. Even in this geospatially-savvy era, the utility of Landsat largely escapes policymakers. Here, in an

  8. Decision support system to divide a large network into suitable District Metered Areas.

    Gomes, Ricardo; Marques, Alfeu Sá; Sousa, Joaquim

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a new approach to divide large Water Distribution Networks (WDN) into suitable District Metered Areas (DMAs). It uses a hydraulic simulator and two operational models to identify the optimal number of DMAs, their entry points and boundary valves, and the network reinforcement/replacement needs throughout the project plan. The first model divides the WDN into suitable DMAs based on graph theory concepts and some user-defined criteria. The second model uses a simulated annealing algorithm to identify the optimal number and location of entry points and boundary valves, and the pipes reinforcement/replacement, necessary to meet the velocity and pressure requirements. The objective function is the difference between the economic benefits in terms of water loss reduction (arising from the average pressure reduction) and the cost of implementing the DMAs. To illustrate the proposed methodology, the results from a hypothetical case study are presented and discussed. PMID:22508131

  9. Thermosetting polyimide resin matrix composites with interpenetrating polymer networks for precision foil resistor chips based on special mechanical performance requirements

    Highlights: • Macromolecular materials were chosen to modify thermosetting polyimide (TSPI). • The formation of IPN structure in TSPI composite polymers was discussed. • The special mechanical properties required were the main study object. • The desired candidate materials should have proper hardness and toughness. • The specific mechanical data are quantitatively determined by experiments. - Abstract: Based on interpenetrating networks (IPNs) different macromolecular materials such as epoxy, phenolic, and silicone resin were chosen to modify thermosetting polyimide (TSPI) resin to solve the lack of performance when used for protecting precision foil resistor chips. Copolymerization modification, controlled at curing stage, was used to prepare TSPI composites considering both performance and process requirements. The mechanical properties related to trimming process were mainly studied due to the special requirements of the regularity of scratch edges caused by a tungsten needle. The analysis on scratch edges reveals that the generation and propagation of microcracks caused by scratching together with crack closure effect may lead to regular scratch traces. Experiments show that the elongation at break of TSPI composites is the main reason that determines the special mechanical properties. The desired candidate materials should have proper hardness and toughness, and the specific mechanical data are that the mean elongation at break and tensile strength of polymer materials are in the range of 9.2–10.4% and 100–107 MPa, respectively. Possible reasons for the effect of the modifiers chosen on TSPI polymers, the reaction mechanisms on modified TSPI resin and the IPN structure in TSPI composite polymers were discussed based on IR and TG analysis

  10. Transformer-based design techniques for oscillators and frequency dividers

    Luong, Howard Cam

    2016-01-01

    This book provides in-depth coverage of transformer-based design techniques that enable CMOS oscillators and frequency dividers to achieve state-of-the-art performance.  Design, optimization, and measured performance of oscillators and frequency dividers for different applications are discussed in detail, focusing on not only ultra-low supply voltage but also ultra-wide frequency tuning range and locking range.  This book will be an invaluable reference for anyone working or interested in CMOS radio-frequency or mm-Wave integrated circuits and systems.

  11. Google and the digital divide the bias of online knowledge

    Segev, Elad

    2010-01-01

    Beneficial to scholars and students in the fields of media and communication, politics and technology, this book outlines the significant role of search engines in general and Google in particular in widening the digital divide between individuals, organisations and states. It uses innovative methods and research approaches to assess and illustrate the digital divide by comparing the popular search queries in Google and Yahoo in different countries as well as analysing the various biases in Google News and Google Earth. The different studies developed and presented in this book provide various

  12. Histological findings of divided muscle after peroral endoscopic myotomy.

    Shiwaku, Hironari; Inoue, Haruhiro; Nimura, Satoshi; Yamashita, Kanefumi; Ohmiya, Toshihiro; Takeno, Shinsuke; Sasaki, Takamitsu; Yamashita, Yuichi

    2016-01-01

    Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a revolutionary therapy for achalasia and related disorders. POEM utilizes almost the same myotomy procedure as the Heller myotomy; thus, it would be expected to have the same or greater duration of therapeutic effect. However, to date, there have been no reports to prove the basis for this procedure in achalasia. In this case, we were able to histologically show the divided muscle after POEM since the patient had an esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Histology showed that the muscle tissue divided by the POEM procedure was completely replaced by fibrosis. These findings may indirectly show the permanence of the POEM procedure. PMID:26752956

  13. Bruce NGS A Unit 4 preheater divider plate failure

    On May 19, 1995, without any prior operational indications, Bruce A discovered preheater divider plate damage in Unit 4 that had the potential to have a major impact on the continued safe operation of the station. Further investigations indicated that Unit 4 may have been operating with this damage for as long as ten years. In the two months following the discovery, Bruce A has procured and replaced the 4 divider plates, located most of the missing pieces, retrieved pieces from the PHT system, investigated historical operational information, performed detailed analytical investigations, investigated root cause, performed in-situ and mock-up testing, updated operational procedures and installed DP monitoring equipment

  14. Development of a new lower hybrid antenna module using a poloidal power divider

    The antenna using poloidal power divider is an effective method for simplification of Lower Hybrid Current Drive (LHCD) antenna system. This method should allow to reduce the power density in the antenna while maintaining a good flexibility of Nparallel spectrum of waves. For this purpose, three types of poloidal power divider which split the power in three, and the 3 x 6 multi-junction module were developed. r.f. properties and outgassing of these components were evaluated using the CEA Cadarache RF Test Facility. A good power dividing ratio of 33 ± 4% was obtained for each of these poloidal dividers, and the reflection coefficient was lower value than 1.5%. For the 3 x 6 multi-junction, reflection coefficient was less than 1.3% and r.f. losses lower than 1.0% were measured. On the other hand, it was found in the scattering matrix analysis that reflection coefficient at plasma has to be less than a few % in order to operate these components under available conditions. In combination with two poloidal power dividers connected to the 3 x 6 multi-junction module, quasi stationary operation for r.f. injection time of 1000 sec at 300 kW was demonstrated under water cooling. In this case, it was found that the outgassing rate is in the lower range of 10-7Pam3s-1m-2 within the maximum module temperature of ∼100degC. This report describes the experimental and analytical results of a new lower hybrid (LH) antenna module using the poloidal power divider. (author)

  15. Digital Divide among Youth: Socio-Cultural Factors and Implications

    Parycek, Peter; Sachs, Michael; Schossbock, Judith

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to examine socio-cultural differences in internet use (Digital Divide) among 14-year-old Austrian pupils, in particular usage scenarios and research competences. It is based on a paper presented at the International Association for the Development of the Information Society e-Society conference, 10-13 March 2011, Spain…

  16. Work and Person: Places of Labour as a Divided Territory

    P. CAUSARANO

    2012-01-01

    The workplace is a culturally constructed area of human action. But it is a divided territory, where cooperation and competition coexist together with solidarity and conflict. This fact is very evident in the field of education. The historical approach can illuminate a reflection on the pedagogy of work.

  17. The Digital Divide and Its Impact on Academic Performance

    Sun, Jerry Chih-Yuan; Metros, Susan E.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to explore issues of the digital divide and its impact on academic performance. Research shows that proper use of technology by students increases their academic performance outcomes. In the literature review section, the authors review articles and theories based on Bennett's (2001) societal equity framework. The…

  18. A House Divided? The Psychology of Red and Blue America

    Seyle, D. Conor; Newman, Matthew L.

    2006-01-01

    Recently it has become commonplace in America for commentators and the public to use the terms "red" and "blue" to refer to perceived cultural differences in America and American politics. Although a political divide may exist in America today, these particular terms are inaccurate and reductive. This article presents research from social…

  19. Leadership Analysis in K-12 Case Study: "Divided Loyalties"

    Alsubaie, Merfat Ayesh

    2016-01-01

    This report mainly aims to provide a critical and in-depth analysis of the K-12 Case, "Divided Loyalty" by Holy and Tartar (2004). The case recounts how the manifestation of inadequate leadership skills in a school setting could affect negatively the performance of students.

  20. Dividing Attention Lowers Children's but Increases Adults' False Memories

    Otgaar, Henry; Peters, Maarten; Howe, Mark L.

    2012-01-01

    The present study examined the impact of divided attention on children's and adults' neutral and negative true and false memories in a standard Deese/Roediger-McDermott paradigm. Children (7- and 11-year-olds; n = 126) and adults (n = 52) received 5 neutral and 5 negative Deese/Roediger-McDermott word lists; half of each group also received a…

  1. Plasma Sprayed Resistors

    Anderson, J. C.; Smith, D. P. H.

    1980-01-01

    A range of films of mixed composition, prepared by arc plasma spraying, has been investigated. Both free powder and powder in a plastic binder forming a rod have been used in the spray process. A variety of mixtures of insulators, metals and semiconductors has been examined and it is shown that resistivity/temperature curves for the specimens produced have in general two points of inflection, the temperatures of which vary with composition. This allows prediction of a composition giving low T...

  2. Integrated power divider/combiner at hybrid orthogonal junctions

    El Sherif, Mohamed H.; Ahmed, Osman S.; Bakr, Mohamed H.

    2014-03-01

    We propose an integrated power divider/combiner at the interface between silicon nanowire and plasmonic slot waveguide (PSW). The proposed configuration facilitates light access and manipulation in planar nano-plasmonic circuits. The light is incident from a standard silicon nanowire to be accessed by a nano-plasmonic circuit providing subwavelength confinement. The structure overcomes the losses associated with long distance light propagation in nanoplasmonic splitters as coupling and splitting are performed at the same interface with minimal losses. Two PSWs placed orthogonally to the silicon nanowire forming hybrid junctions are exploited for the power dividing/combining functionality. The power splitter has been analyzed using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) numerical method. The ultra-compact proposed device provides wide-band power splitting functionality. A splitting of 34.7%, over most of the wavelength spectrum from 0.8 μm - 2.5 μm, is demonstrated.

  3. The cultural divide: exploring communication barriers between scientists and clinicians.

    Restifo, Linda L; Phelan, Gerald R

    2011-07-01

    Despite remarkable advances in basic biomedical science that have led to improved patient care, there is a wide and persistent gap in the abilities of researchers and clinicians to understand and appreciate each other. In this Editorial, the authors, a scientist and a clinician, discuss the rift between practitioners of laboratory research and clinical medicine. Using their first-hand experience and numerous interviews throughout the United States, they explore the causes of this 'cultural divide'. Members of both professions use advanced problem-solving skills and typically embark on their career paths with a deeply felt sense of purpose. Nonetheless, differences in classroom education, professional training environments, reward mechanisms and sources of drive contribute to obstacles that inhibit communication, mutual respect and productive collaboration. More than a sociological curiosity, the cultural divide is a significant barrier to the bench-to-bedside goals of translational medicine. Understanding its roots is the first step towards bridging the gap. PMID:21708897

  4. Hybrid songbirds employ intermediate routes in a migratory divide.

    Delmore, Kira E; Irwin, Darren E

    2014-10-01

    Migratory divides are contact zones between populations that use different routes to navigate around unsuitable areas on seasonal migration. Hybrids in divides have been predicted to employ intermediate and potentially inferior routes. We provide the first direct test of this hypothesis, using light-level geolocators to track birds breeding in a hybrid zone between Swainson's thrushes in western Canada. Compared to parental forms, hybrids exhibited increased variability in their migratory routes, with some using intermediate routes that crossed arid and mountainous regions, and some using the same routes as one parental group on fall migration and the other on spring migration. Hybrids also tended to use geographically intermediate wintering sites. Analysis of genetic variation across the hybrid zone suggests moderately strong selection against hybrids. These results indicate that seasonal migratory behaviour might be a source of selection against hybrids, supporting a possible role for migration in speciation. PMID:25040456

  5. SIW based multilayer transition and power divider in LTCC technology

    Abuzaid, Hattan

    2013-06-01

    A multilayer transition and balanced power divider are presented for millimeter-wave system-on-package (SoP). These two components operate at Ka-band and exploit the substrate integrate waveguide (SIW) technology with its shielding characteristics and the Low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) technology for its high density integration. A coupling slot has been used to perform vertical integration, which can be easily optimized through its length. The measured input return loss within the bandwidth of interest (32 GHz-38 GHz) is less than -15 dB and -18 dB for the multilayer transition and the power divider, respectively. The lateral dimensions of a multilayer system, such as a feed network of an array, can be greatly reduced by employing these 3D slot-coupled components. © 2013 IEEE.

  6. Ecuador, the Digital Divide and Small Tourism Enterprises

    Stan Karanasios

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This article explores the digital divide from the perspective of Ecuadorian small tourism enterprises. Ecuador’s ICT environment has been described as underdeveloped, obsolete, and expensive to use. There is also a serious shortage of ICT related human capital. Given these stumbling blocks, this article seeks to identify how small tourism operators have managed to adopt the Internet. Adopting a qualitative approach, field interviews were conducted with tourism enterprises across rural, semi-rural, and metropolitan areas of Ecuador. This article adds to our understanding of the digital divide, especially from the point of view of small tourism enterprises, and serves as an example to other small tourism enterprises in developing countries seeking to adopt the Internet.

  7. Dividing the Traffic Matrix to Approach Optimal Traffic Engineering

    Balon, Simon; Leduc, Guy

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we propose a new method to approach optimal Traffic Engineering routing. The method consists of dividing the traffic matrix into $N$ sub-matrices, called strata, and route each of these independently. We propose two different implementations of our method in routers. Our method can also be used to compute a very precise approximation of the optimal value of a given objective function for comparison to heuristic Traffic Engineering algorithms. For this application, our algorithm ...

  8. Some notes on applying computational divided differencing in optimization

    Vavasis, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    We consider the problem of accurate computation of the finite difference $f(\\x+\\s)-f(\\x)$ when $\\Vert\\s\\Vert$ is very small. Direct evaluation of this difference in floating point arithmetic succumbs to cancellation error and yields 0 when $\\s$ is sufficiently small. Nonetheless, accurate computation of this finite difference is required by many optimization algorithms for a "sufficient decrease" test. Reps and Rall proposed a programmatic transformation called "computational divided differen...

  9. Reduction of Database Independence to Dividing in Atomless Boolean Algebras

    Hyttinen, Tapani; Paolini, Gianluca

    2014-01-01

    We prove that the form of conditional independence at play in database theory and independence logic is reducible to the first-order dividing calculus in the theory of atomless Boolean algebras. This establishes interesting connections between independence in database theory and stochastic independence. As indeed, in light of the aforementioned reduction and recent work of Ben-Yaacov [4], the former case of independence can be seen as the discrete version of the latter.

  10. Bridging the Rural - Urban Digital Divide in Residential Internet Access

    Whitacre, Brian E.

    2005-01-01

    This dissertation explores the persistent gap between rural and urban areas in the percentage of households that access the Internet at home (a discrepancy commonly known as the "digital divide"). The theoretical framework underlying a household's Internet adoption decision is examined, with emphasis on the roles that household characteristics, network externalities, and digital communication technology (DCT) infrastructure potentially play. This framework is transferred into a statistical ...

  11. Open Access - Ein Wundermittel? Wissenschaft, Gesellschaft, Demokratie, Digital Divide

    Herb, Ulrich

    2007-01-01

    Claims for Open Access are mostly underpinned with a)science-related (Open Access accelerates scientific communication) b) financial (Open Access alleviates the serials crisis), c) social (Open Access reduces the Digital Divide), d) democracy-related (Open Access facilitates participation) and socio-political (Open Access levels disparities) arguments. Using sociological concepts and notions this contribution analyses some of the presumptions mentioned. Naiveties as the assu...

  12. Sharp van der Corput estimates and minimal divided differences

    Rogers, Keith

    2003-01-01

    We find the nodes that minimise divided differences and use them to find the sharp constant in a sublevel set estimate. We also find the sharp constant in the first instance of the van der Corput Lemma using a complex mean value theorem for integrals. With these sharp bounds we improve the constant in the general van der Corput Lemma, so that it is asymptotically sharp.

  13. The Digital Divide in Romania – A Statistical Analysis

    Daniela BORISOV; Elena ŞERBAN

    2012-01-01

    The digital divide is a subject of major importance in the current economic circumstances in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are seen as a significant determinant of increasing the domestic competitiveness and contribute to better life quality. Latest international reports regarding various aspects of ICT usage in modern society reveal a decrease of overall digital disparity towards the average trends of the worldwide ITC’s sector – this relates to latest advances of mo...

  14. Simplicial Differential Calculus, Divided Differences, and Construction of Weil Functors

    Bertram, Wolfgang

    2011-01-01

    We define a simplicial differential calculus by generalizing divided differences from the case of curves to the case of general maps, defined on general topological vector spaces, or even on modules over a topological ring K. This calculus has the advantage that the number of evaluation points growths linearly with the degree, and not exponentially as in the classical, ``cubic'' approach. In particular, it is better adapted to the case of positive characteristic, where it permits to define We...

  15. Bridging the Digital Divide through Educational Initiatives: Problems and Solutions

    Tom Butler

    2002-01-01

    Being on the wrong side of the digital divide limits the life chances of the socially excluded, who have had neither the wherewithal nor the opportunity to obtain highly paid, skilled positions in IT. Irish policy makers see education as the solution to this problem. However, provid-ing institutional support for the socially disadvantaged who wish to avail of third level education in IT poses significant challenges. This paper describes these problems and explains how they were overcome in im...

  16. Security industry convergence – bridging the knowledge divide

    Weaver, Benjamin

    2007-01-01

    Convergence in the electronic security industry entails the meeting of two very different business cultures, which is currently manifesting itself in the form a knowledge gap. In view of this, the crucial strategic resources needed to succeed in the converged electronic security market of tomorrow will be a combination of competences, ca- pabilities and skills sets – or knowledge, in short – drawn from both the security and IT industries. This knowl- edge can be divided into three main catego...

  17. Is the digital divide between young and elderly people increasing?

    Paul, Gerd; Stegbauer, Christian

    2005-01-01

    Elderly people still play a minor role in research on information needs and usage patterns of Internet users. Online research and advocacy groups look optimistically at the (economic and social) potential of the active and technology–skilled elderly; other approaches dealing with the social appropriation of technology see obstacles and stress the dangers of an increasing digital divide between generations. Our objective is to refer to taken for granted normative assumptions of the digital div...

  18. Divided Difference Kalman Filter for Indoor Mobile Localization

    Benkouider, Yasmine Khaira; Keche, Mokhtar; Abed-Meraim, Karim

    2013-01-01

    Knowledge of the positions of sensor nodes is crucial for numerous applications in wireless sensors network. In this paper, we propose to use the Divided Difference Kalman Filter (DDKF) as a solution for locating and tracking a mobile node. This approach is an alternative variant of the nonlinear Kalman filtering already used in this type of applications. The advantage of this approach is that it does not require calculation of the Jacobian as for the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) and it does ...

  19. Dividing Streamline Formation Channel Confluences by Physical Modeling

    Minarni Nur Trilita

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Confluence channels are often found in open channel network system and is the most important element. The incoming flow from the branch channel to the main cause various forms and cause vortex flow. Phenomenon can cause erosion of the side wall of the channel, the bed channel scour and sedimentation in the downstream confluence channel. To control these problems needed research into the current width of the branch channel. The incoming flow from the branch channel to the main channel flow bounded by a line distributors (dividing streamline. In this paper, the wide dividing streamline observed in the laboratory using a physical model of two open channels, a square that formed an angle of 30º. Observations were made with a variety of flow coming from each channel. The results obtained in the laboratory observation that the width of dividing streamline flow is influenced by the discharge ratio between the channel branch with the main channel. While the results of a comparison with previous studies showing that the observation in the laboratory is smaller than the results of previous research.

  20. Corrigendum to "High-ohmic resistors fabricated by PureB layer for silicon drift detectors applications" [Solid State Electron. 105 (2015) 6-11

    Golshani, Negin; Derakhshandeh, Jaber; Beenakker, C. I. M.; Ishihara, R.

    2016-05-01

    In a journal publication "High-ohmic resistors fabricated by PureB layer for silicon drift detectors applications" by Negin Golshani; Jaber Derakhshandeh; C.I.M. Beenakker; R. Ishihara; published in Solid State Electronics, vol. 105, pp. 6-11, in 2015, an error occurred in the references by omitting the paper published by N. Golshani, et al., in the Proceedings of European Solid-State Device Research Conference (ESSDERC) in 2013 [1]. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We also apologize for not properly acknowledging the contributions of Drs. L.K. Nanver, V. Mohammadi, and S. Ramesh to the first part of this research.

  1. Implementation of Dividing Cubes Algorithm Based on CUDA%基于 CUDA 的 Dividing Cubes 算法实现

    张文波; 曹耀钦; 孙伟; 李海龙

    2013-01-01

    In traditional Dividing Cubes algorithm ,voxels are divided into many small elements in one time which bring a large number of calculations .Therefore ,a progressive subdivision is proposed to reduce calculations .In the meanwhile ,the algorithm is transplanted into GPU , and implemented based on CUDA . The kernel , thread organization and memory allocation is also designed .Experimental results show that almost 10 times speedup is reached by using GPU′s parallel acceleration capacity .%针对传统Dividing Cubes算法中一次性将体元剖分为较小体元而带来大量计算的问题,提出递进式的体元剖分方式,以减少剖分过程中的计算量。同时,将算法移植到图形处理器(GPU )上执行,在统一计算设备架构(CUDA )下对其进行实现,并分别对 kernel函数、线程结构和存储空间进行了设计和分配。实验结果表明,利用GPU的并行加速能力可以达到将近10倍的加速比,有效地提升了等值面的绘制速度。

  2. Surface Tension and Adsorption without a Dividing Surface.

    Marmur, Abraham

    2015-11-24

    The ingenious concept of a dividing surface of zero thickness that was introduced by Gibbs is the basis of the theory of surface tension and adsorption. However, some fundamental questions, mainly those related to the location of the dividing surface and the proper definition of relative adsorption, have remained open over the years. To avoid these questions, the present paper proposes to analyze an interfacial phase by defining a thermodynamic system of constant, but nonzero thickness. The interfacial phase is analyzed as it really is, namely a nonuniform three-dimensional entity. The current analysis redevelops the equation for calculating surface tension, though with different assumptions. However, the main point in the proposed model is that the thermodynamic interfacial system, due to its fixed thickness, conforms to the requirement of first-order homogeneity of the internal energy. This property is the key that allows using the Gibbs adsorption isotherm. It is also characteristic of the Gibbs dividing surface model, but has not always been discussed with regard to subsequent models. The resulting equation leads to a simple, "natural" expression for the relative adsorption. This expression may be compared with simulations and sophisticated surface concentration measurements, and from which the dependence of interfacial tension on the solution composition can be derived. Finally, it is important to point out that in order to calculate the interfacial tension as well as the relative adsorption from data on the properties of the interfacial phase, there is no need to know its exact thickness, as long as it is bigger than the actual thickness but sufficiently small. PMID:26523466

  3. Transition duct with divided upstream and downstream portions

    McMahan, Kevin Weston; LeBegue, Jeffrey Scott; Maldonado, Jaime Javier; Dillard, Daniel Jackson; Flanagan, James Scott

    2015-07-14

    Turbine systems are provided. In one embodiment, a turbine system includes a transition duct comprising an inlet, an outlet, and a duct passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of the transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The duct passage includes an upstream portion extending from the inlet and a downstream portion extending from the outlet. The turbine system further includes a rib extending from an outer surface of the duct passage, the rib dividing the upstream portion and the downstream portion.

  4. North and South addressing the English health divide.

    Bambra, C; Barr, B.; Milne, E.

    2014-01-01

    The North South divide in England has been a popular trope from the mid-19th century novels of Charles Dickens (Hard Times, 1854) and Elizabeth Gaskell (North and South, 1855) through to TV and radio documentaries of 2014.1,2 These often focus on culture and the economy, but it is also well known that there are large and longstanding geographical inequalities in health in England.3 Between 2009 and 2011 people in Manchester were more than twice as likely to die early (455 deaths per 100 000) ...

  5. Digital Television, Convergence, and the Public: Another Digital Divide?

    Jason Smith

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available While 85 percent of Americans pay to receive television signals through satellite or cable companies, 15 percent still receive their television using over-the-air signals. With the elminination of analog television signals, the 15 percent of households have had to make significant changes in their viewing technology. These households tend to be elderly, poor, minority and rural. Signal coverage areas will be cut back, since government assumed a viewer would have an antenna on a 30 foot pole. Few do, and governmental programs delibertely hid this engineering fact. It is argued that digitalism has neglected the public use of the airways and created yet one more digital divide.

  6. Traffic Prediction Based on SVM Training Sample Divided by Time

    Lingli Li

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the volume of traffic is rapidly increasing. When vehicles running through the tunnel are more intensive or move slowly, the tunnel environment occurs deteriorated sharply, which affects the normal operation of the vehicle in the tunnel. This paper uses the result of previous mining association rules to select feature items and to establish four training samples divided by time. Then the training samples are utilized to create the SVM classification model. Finally the trained SVM model is used to prediction the tunnel traffic situation. Through traffic situation prediction, effective decisions can be made before traffic jams, and ensure that the tunnel traffic is normal.  

  7. Affinity and Hostility in Divided Communities: a Mathematical Model

    Thron, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    We propose, develop, and analyze a mathematical model of intergroup attitudes in a community that is divided between two distinct social groups (which may be distinguished by religion, ethnicity, or some other socially distinguishing factor). The model is based on very simple premises that are both intuitive and justified by sociological research. We investigate the behavior of the model in various special cases, for various model configurations. We discuss the stability of the model, and the continuous or discontinuous dependence of model behavior on various parameters. Finally, we discuss possible implications for strategies to improve intergroup affinity, and to defuse tension and prevent deterioration of intergroup relationships.

  8. BRIDGING THE KNOWLEDGE DIVIDE Educational Technology for Development

    Reviewed by Ozlem OZAN,

    2009-01-01

    BRIDGING THE KNOWLEDGE DIVIDEEducational Technology for DevelopmentMarshall,S., Kinuthia, W. & Wallace Taylor., Ed.D.; Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, SBN: 978-1-60752-109-9, p.433, 2009Reviewed by Ozlem OZANFaculty of EducationEskişehir Osmangazi UniversityEskisehir, TURKEYThe concept of a knowledge divide is used to describe the gap in living conditions between those who can find, manage and process information or knowledge, and those who are impaired in this, for one reason or a...

  9. Pump tank divider plate for sump suction sodium pumps

    A circular plate extends across the diameter of a sump suction pump, with a close clearance between the edge of the plate and the wall of the pump tank. The plate is located above the pump impeller, inlet and outlet flow nozzles but below the sodium free surface and effectively divides the pump tank into two separate chambers. On change of pump speed, the close fitting flow restriction plate limits the rate of flow into or out of the upper chamber, thereby minimizing the rate of level change in the tank and permitting time for the pump cover gas pressure to be varied to maintain an essentially constant level. 4 claims, 3 figures

  10. Divided-pulse amplification to the joule level.

    Webb, Benjamin; Azim, Ahmad; Bodnar, Nathan; Chini, Michael; Shah, Lawrence; Richardson, Martin

    2016-07-01

    Divided-pulse amplification (DPA) has proven to be a valuable tool in scaling the peak power of diode-pumped ytterbium-doped amplifiers to beyond the single-pulse threshold for parasitic nonlinear effects. DPA enables the amplification of picosecond pulses in solid-state amplifiers with limited bandwidth beyond the single-pulse damage threshold. In this Letter, we demonstrate DPA of picosecond pulses in a flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG amplifier for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, yielding a combined pulse energy of 167 mJ. PMID:27367113

  11. Observations favor the crossing of phantom divide lines

    2010-01-01

    Using three different parameterized dark energy models, we reconstruct the properties of dark energy from the latest 397 Sne Ia, CMB and BAO with the present matter density, Ωm0, given prior. We find that, when Ωm0 is not small, for example, Ωm0 = 0.28 or 0.32, an evolving dark energy with a crossing of phantom divide line is favored and this conclusion seems to be model independent. We also find that the evolving properties of dark energy become more and more evident with the increase of Ωm0 given prior.

  12. Water

    An up-date overview of the situation of the Austrian waters is given by analyzing the status of the water quality (groundwater, surface waters) and water protection measures. Maps containing information of nitrate and atrazine in groundwaters (analyses at monitoring stations), nitrate contents and biological water quality of running waters are included. Finally, pollutants (nitrate, orthophosphate, ammonium, nitrite, atrazine etc.) trends in annual mean values and median values for the whole country for the years 1992-1999 are presented in tables. Figs. 5. (nevyjel)

  13. Stratified Flow Past a Hill: Dividing Streamline Concept Revisited

    Leo, Laura S.; Thompson, Michael Y.; Di Sabatino, Silvana; Fernando, Harindra J. S.

    2016-06-01

    The Sheppard formula (Q J R Meteorol Soc 82:528-529, 1956) for the dividing streamline height H_s assumes a uniform velocity U_∞ and a constant buoyancy frequency N for the approach flow towards a mountain of height h, and takes the form H_s/h=( {1-F} ) , where F=U_{∞}/Nh. We extend this solution to a logarithmic approach-velocity profile with constant N. An analytical solution is obtained for H_s/h in terms of Lambert-W functions, which also suggests alternative scaling for H_s/h. A `modified' logarithmic velocity profile is proposed for stably stratified atmospheric boundary-layer flows. A field experiment designed to observe H_s is described, which utilized instrumentation from the spring field campaign of the Mountain Terrain Atmospheric Modeling and Observations (MATERHORN) Program. Multiple releases of smoke at F≈ 0.3-0.4 support the new formulation, notwithstanding the limited success of experiments due to logistical constraints. No dividing streamline is discerned for F≈ 10, since, if present, it is too close to the foothill. Flow separation and vortex shedding is observed in this case. The proposed modified logarithmic profile is in reasonable agreement with experimental observations.

  14. Future oscillations around phantom divide in f(R) gravity

    It is known that scalar-tensor theory of gravity admits regular crossing of the phantom divide line wDE = −1 for dark energy, and existing viable models of present dark energy for its particular case — f(R) gravity — possess one such crossing in the recent past, after the end of the matter dominated stage. It was recently noted that during the future evolution of these models the dark energy equation of state wDE may oscillate with an arbitrary number of phantom divide crossings. In this paper we prove that the number of crossings can be infinite, present an analytical condition for the existence of this effect and investigate it numerically. With the increase of the present mass of the scalaron (a scalar particle appearing in f(R) gravity) beyond the boundary of the appearance of such oscillations, their amplitude is shown to decrease very fast. As a result, the effect quickly becomes small and its beginning is shifted to the remote future

  15. On a nonlinear Kalman filter with simplified divided difference approximation

    Luo, Xiaodong

    2012-03-01

    We present a new ensemble-based approach that handles nonlinearity based on a simplified divided difference approximation through Stirling\\'s interpolation formula, which is hence called the simplified divided difference filter (sDDF). The sDDF uses Stirling\\'s interpolation formula to evaluate the statistics of the background ensemble during the prediction step, while at the filtering step the sDDF employs the formulae in an ensemble square root filter (EnSRF) to update the background to the analysis. In this sense, the sDDF is a hybrid of Stirling\\'s interpolation formula and the EnSRF method, while the computational cost of the sDDF is less than that of the EnSRF. Numerical comparison between the sDDF and the EnSRF, with the ensemble transform Kalman filter (ETKF) as the representative, is conducted. The experiment results suggest that the sDDF outperforms the ETKF with a relatively large ensemble size, and thus is a good candidate for data assimilation in systems with moderate dimensions. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Digital Divide between Teachers and Students in Urban Bangladesh

    Khalid, Md. Saifuddin

    2011-01-01

    Bangladesh. Male respondents were 53% and female 43%, remaining are missing. Responses collected using paper-based questionnaires were put on a learning management system’s (LMS) questionnaire survey module. Irrespective of type of ICT device higher percentage of English medium students ‘own’ and know ‘how...... data available on them in Bangladesh context. A study was conducted to study the digital divide and ICT usage pattern among the urban students and teachers of schools and colleges in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. About 75 students enrolled in probability and statistics course of Independent...... University, Bangladesh (IUB) in autumn 2009 participated in conducting survey activities. Total 33 academic institutes were south for approval and 11 could be surveyed before the Christmas and annual recess. Responses from 6 other academics institutes were collected from the personal networks of students. A...

  17. Bridging the divide : understanding and managing local opposition

    Timm, D. [AIM PowerGen Corp., Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2009-07-01

    Anti-wind activists and concerned citizens are becoming increasingly organized, sophisticated and well-backed, yet opinion polls on public attitudes towards wind energy development consistently demonstrate strong support for wind power. This presentation discussed the need to understand and manage local opposition to wind power. This presentation included background information on this opposition and explained how to assess opponents potential. In order to bridge the divide, it was noted that it is important to understand the political climate of the area and local attitudes before going public with a project. Meeting with the opponents and timing are both critical. Methods to bridge the gap in knowledge and understanding include building support, motivating support, negotiating and educating, organizing tours to existing wind farms, and holding community events. Lastly, support and advocacy groups can also mobilize members to attend and provide testimony at public hearings, to contact local media, and to make presentations before other community organizations.

  18. Divided-pulse nonlinear amplification and simultaneous compression

    We report on a fiber laser system delivering 122 fs pulse duration and 600 mW average power at 1560 nm by the interplay between divided pulse amplification and nonlinear pulse compression. A small-core double-clad erbium-doped fiber with anomalous dispersion carries out the pulse amplification and simultaneously compresses the laser pulses such that a separate compressor is no longer necessary. A numeric simulation reveals the existence of an optimum fiber length for producing transform-limited pulses. Furthermore, frequency doubling to 780 nm with 240 mW average power and 98 fs pulse duration is achieved by using a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal at room temperature

  19. Bifurcation in asymmetric plasma divided by a magnetic filter

    A magnetic filter (MF) reflecting electrons from both sides can separate a low-temperature and low-density subplasma from a high-temperature and high-density main plasma. The one-dimensional numerical simulation by the particle-in-cell code revealed that, depending on the asymmetry, the plasma divided by the MF behaves dynamically or statically [K. Ohi et al., Physics of Plasmas 8, 23 (2001)]. The transition between the two bifurcated states is discontinuous. In the dynamic state, the autonomous potential oscillation in the subplasma is synchronized with the passage of the shock wave structure generated by the modulated ion beam from the main plasma. The stationary phase of the dynamic state appears after the amplitude of the potential oscillation in the subplasma grows exponentially from the thermal noise. In the static state, the system is stable to the growth of the potential oscillation in the subplasma. (author)

  20. The cultural divide: exploring communication barriers between scientists and clinicians

    Linda L. Restifo

    2011-07-01

    Despite remarkable advances in basic biomedical science that have led to improved patient care, there is a wide and persistent gap in the abilities of researchers and clinicians to understand and appreciate each other. In this Editorial, the authors, a scientist and a clinician, discuss the rift between practitioners of laboratory research and clinical medicine. Using their first-hand experience and numerous interviews throughout the United States, they explore the causes of this ‘cultural divide’. Members of both professions use advanced problem-solving skills and typically embark on their career paths with a deeply felt sense of purpose. Nonetheless, differences in classroom education, professional training environments, reward mechanisms and sources of drive contribute to obstacles that inhibit communication, mutual respect and productive collaboration. More than a sociological curiosity, the cultural divide is a significant barrier to the bench-to-bedside goals of translational medicine. Understanding its roots is the first step towards bridging the gap.

  1. Nationality Divides and Shared Leadership in Multinational Teams

    Paunova, Minna

    2015-01-01

    How shared leadership is enacted in teams that are nationally diverse is currently under- researched, despite the increasing presence of multinational teams in the workplace. To better understand the phenomenon of shared leadership in multinational team contexts, we propose two ways in which...... nationality-based characteristics of members may divide teams and affect leadership. We argue that the national belonging of members may result in both identity subgroups and status ranks. However, the configurational properties of identity subgroups and status ranks will have distinct effects on team...... dynamics, shared leadership within the team, and team performance. We conduct two empirical studies, and find that the number and balance of identity subgroups have important implications for multinational team functioning, in line with social identity approaches. Interestingly, the number and balance of...

  2. Spectral statistics of a system with sharply divided phase space

    We construct a family of non-Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser (non-KAM) piecewise-linear continuous 2D area-preserving maps which have sharply divided phase space with regions of regular elliptic and chaotic hyperbolic motion. For such systems the shape of the islands of regular motion is either a solid ellipse or a solid polygon, depending on the (ir)rationality of the frequency, and thus the total area of the regular region of phase space can be computed analytically or at least rigorously estimated from below. We analyse the spectral statistics for a few examples of the quantization of our maps, and show that they provide a convenient 'playground' for testing and confirming the key assumptions required for the validity of Berry-Robnik formulae. (author)

  3. Bridging the Digital Divide through Educational Initiatives: Problems and Solutions

    Tom Butler

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Being on the wrong side of the digital divide limits the life chances of the socially excluded, who have had neither the wherewithal nor the opportunity to obtain highly paid, skilled positions in IT. Irish policy makers see education as the solution to this problem. However, provid-ing institutional support for the socially disadvantaged who wish to avail of third level education in IT poses significant challenges. This paper describes these problems and explains how they were overcome in implementing an undergraduate university programme called the Diploma in Applied Business Computing. This targeted initiative was an unqualified success in that it achieved its primary objectives--academic and social. However, what made it so was the commitment of concerned stakeholders, from members of the executive steering committee who developed and implemented the course, to the lecturers who delivered it, the companies who supported it, and the students who participated in it.

  4. Dividing the Janus vasculitis? Pathophysiology of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis.

    Chaigne, Benjamin; Terrier, Benjamin; Thieblemont, Nathalie; Witko-Sarsat, Véronique; Mouthon, Luc

    2016-02-01

    Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis (EGPA) is a rare small- and medium-sized vessel vasculitis belonging to the group of anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV). It is commonly divided into two phenotypes depending on the presence of ANCAs targeting myeloperoxidase (MPO). MPO-ANCAs are present in 31% to 38% of patients and are associated with a vasculitis phenotype of the disease, whereas patients without MPO-ANCA are at risk of cardiac involvement. Despite significant advances in understanding the overall pathogenesis of the disease, the explanation for this dichotomy is still unclear. In this review, we synthesize our knowledge of the pathogenesis of EGPA and attempt to i) distinguish EGPA from other diseases including other AAVs, asthma, allergy and hypereosinophilic-associated conditions and ii) speculate about the preponderant mechanisms, which could explain the two disease phenotypes. PMID:26506114

  5. Universal Service in a Broader Perspective: The European Digital Divide

    Maria Concepcion GARCIA-JIMENEZ

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Ensuring universal service is a top objective in many countries in order that all the citizens can have access basic communications services. Although the ICT equipment in households and its usage by individuals are essential prerequisites for benefiting from ICTs, the situation in the European Union is far from uniform. This article provides a description of the European information society development scenario using the values reached by the member states in a set of indicators selected for measuring said progress in households. Two tools are used for providing a broader perspective of the digital divide: a composite index and the cluster analysis. Below, a study is provided on what variables are relevant for interpreting the situation that is presented.

  6. Spike sorting for polytrodes: a divide and conquer approach

    Nicholas V. Swindale

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In order to determine patterns of neural activity, spike signals recorded by extracellular electrodes have to be clustered (sorted with the aim of ensuring that each cluster represents all the spikes generated by an individual neuron. Many methods for spike sorting have been proposed but few are easily applicable to recordings from polytrodes which may have 16 or more recording sites. As with tetrodes, these are spaced sufficiently closely that signals from single neurons will usually be recorded on several adjacent sites. Although this offers a better chance of distinguishing neurons with similarly shaped spikes, sorting is difficult in such cases because of the high dimensionality of the space in which the signals must be classified. This report details a method for spike sorting based on a divide and conquer approach. Clusters are initially formed by assigning each event to the channel on which it is largest. Each channel-based cluster is then sub-divided into as many distinct clusters as possible. These are then recombined on the basis of pairwise tests into a final set of clusters. Pairwise tests are also performed to establish how distinct each cluster is from the others. A modified gradient ascent clustering (GAC algorithm is used to do the clustering. The method can sort spikes with minimal user input in times comparable to real time for recordings lasting up to 45 minutes. Our results illustrate some of the difficulties inherent in spike sorting, including changes in spike shape over time. We show that some physiologically distinct units may have very similar spike shapes. We show that RMS measures of spike shape similarity are not sensitive enough to discriminate clusters that can otherwise be separated by principal components analysis. Hence spike sorting based on least-squares matching to templates may be unreliable. Our methods should be applicable to tetrodes and scaleable to larger multi-electrode arrays (MEAs.

  7. Politeness: Is There an East-West Divide?

    Geoffrey Leech

    2005-01-01

    The theory of politeness of Brown and Levinson (1978, 1987) has remained the most seminal and influential starting point for cross-cultural and cross-linguistic contrastive pragmatics. Yet is has also provoked countervailing arguments from Ide (1989, 1993), Matsumoto (1989), Gu (1990), Mao (1994) and others, pointing out a Western bias in Brown and Levinson's theory, particularly in their individualistic and egalitarian motivations, as opposed to the more group-centred hierarchy-based ethos of Eastern societies. This leads to the question in thetitle of this article: Is there an East-West divide in politeness?The following argument will be presented. There is an overarching framework for studying linguistic politeness phenomena in communication: a common principle of politeness (Leech, 1983,2002) and a Grand Strategy of Politeness (GSP), which is evident in common linguistic behaviour patterns in the performance of polite speech acts such as requests, offers, compliments, apologies,thanks, and responses to these. The GSP says simply: In order to be polite, a speaker communicates meanings which (a) place a high value on what relates to the other person (typically the addressee),(MAJOR CONSTRAINT) and (b) place a low value on what relates to the speaker. (MINOR CONSTRAINT). It is clear from many observations that constraint (a) is more powerful than constraint (b). The following hypothesis will be put forward, and supported by very limited evidence: that the GSP provides a very general explanation for communicative politeness phenomena in Eastern languages such as Chinese,Japanese and Korean, as well as in Western languages such as English. This is not to deny the importance of quantitative and qualitative differences in the settings of social parameters and linguistic parameters of politeness in such languages. A framework such as the GSP provides the parameters of variation within which such differences can be studied.Hence this article argues in favour of the

  8. Study and achievement of a digital-analog-divider

    This apparatus is designed to give directly, in digital form, the value of the ratio Vt1/V2 two analog voltages. It consists essentially of an analog-digital coder operating by successive weighing; the comparison voltage is made proportional to the divider V2 in the coder. The input dynamics are such that the voltages Vi and V2 are all in the range -50 mV to -5 V. Each of the circuits has an input impedance of about 10 KΩ. As for the quotient, it is a binary number given in series and parallel form; it is made up of 8 bits, this giving a change of 1/16 to 16 per jump of 1/16 in the zone where the accuracy is highest (V2 ≥ 800 mV). The time required for a division is, at best, 15 μsec. During the time of calculation, the voltages V1 and V2 should not vary by more than 1 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively. The theory of the system and the investigation of a synoptic diagram, the study of the circuits and the actual construction are presented. (author)

  9. Informaticiens Sans Frontieres: Helping to bridge the Digital Divide

    CERN. Geneva

    2009-01-01

    ISF was formed as a CERN club during the World Summit for the Information Society, in Geneva, in 2003. Today we are involved in a number of international projects aimed to helping Africa bridge the Digital Divide, as well as using computing power (BOINCs) in the research against Malaria, or creating GRIDs that could allow African universities to join us in scientific research projects such as the LHC. Our latest project, named MANGO Net, is aimed at capacity building, by creating a network of computer assembly schools across the continent, which would form hardware and software technicians, create assembly centres, and lay the foundation for a future IT industry. ISF est né comme un club du CERN, en 2003, pendant le Sommet Mondiale de la Société de l'information à Genève. Aujourd'hui nous participons à plusieurs projets avec le but d'aider l'Afrique à reduire la Fracture Numérique, ou de fournir de la puissance de calcul (BOINC) à la recherche contre le Paludisme, ou en créant des GRIDs qui pourra...

  10. Universal logic gates via liquid-electronic hybrid divider

    Zhou, Bingpu

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrated two-input microdroplet-based universal logic gates using a liquid-electronic hybrid divider. All 16 Boolean logic functions have been realized by manipulating the applied voltages. The novel platform consists of a microfluidic chip with integrated microdroplet detectors and external electronic components. The microdroplet detectors act as the communication media for fluidic and electronic information exchange. The presence or absence of microdroplets at the detector translates into the binary signal 1 or 0. The embedded micro-mechanical pneumatically actuated valve (PAV), fabricated using the well-developed multilayer soft lithography technique, offers biocompatibility, flexibility and accuracy for the on-chip realization of different logic functions. The microfluidic chip can be scaled up to construct large-scale microfluidic logic computation. On the other hand, the microfluidic chip with a specific logic function can be applied to droplet-based chemical reactions for on-demand bio or chemical analysis. Our experimental results have presented an autonomously driven, precision-controlled microfluidic chip for chemical reactions based on the IF logic function. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  11. The Digital Divide in Romania – A Statistical Analysis

    Daniela BORISOV

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The digital divide is a subject of major importance in the current economic circumstances in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICT are seen as a significant determinant of increasing the domestic competitiveness and contribute to better life quality. Latest international reports regarding various aspects of ICT usage in modern society reveal a decrease of overall digital disparity towards the average trends of the worldwide ITC’s sector – this relates to latest advances of mobile and computer penetration rates, both for personal use and for households/ business. In Romania, the low starting point in the development of economy and society in the ICT direction was, in some extent, compensated by the rapid annual growth of the last decade. Even with these dynamic developments, the statistical data still indicate poor positions in European Union hierarchy; in this respect, the prospects of a rapid recovery of the low performance of the Romanian ICT endowment and usage and the issue continue to be regarded as a challenge for progress in economic and societal terms. The paper presents several methods for assessing the current state of ICT related aspects in terms of Internet usage based on the latest data provided by international databases. The current position of Romanian economy is judged according to several economy using statistical methods based on variability measurements: the descriptive statistics indicators, static measures of disparities and distance metrics.

  12. Network color management system using a cluster dividing method

    Nichogi, Mutsuko; Kanamori, Katsuhiro

    2001-12-01

    Recently the color reproduction of the real objects is becoming more and more important in the field of telemedicine and internet shopping. To reproduce the object's color under the various conditions, the surface spectral reflectance has to be estimated. In this paper we present the novel way to estimate it using conventional 3- band digital camera. Usually the precise estimation of the spectra from the 3-band image is very difficult, as it has metameric black and the simple camera model is not suitable. To improve the estimation accuracy, we propose dividing color space in to clusters and estimating spectra using different model parameters at each cluster. Clusters are set corresponding to the major objects in camera images. Next the estimated spectral image is reproduced on the monitor. When luminance and color temperature of the specified viewing illuminant and the monitor are different, the subject hardly perceives the object's real color. Therefore the image is converted using CIECAM97s. This paper shows the results of simulation using the image of enlarged human's mouth assuming remote consulting with dental clinic. In this system, a dentist can perceive the real color of patient's gums and teeth on the monitor.

  13. Movement Synchrony Forges Social Bonds across Group Divides

    Tunçgenç, Bahar; Cohen, Emma

    2016-01-01

    Group dynamics play an important role in the social interactions of both children and adults. A large amount of research has shown that merely being allocated to arbitrarily defined groups can evoke disproportionately positive attitudes toward one's in-group and negative attitudes toward out-groups, and that these biases emerge in early childhood. This prompts important empirical questions with far-reaching theoretical and applied significance. How robust are these inter-group biases? Can biases be mitigated by behaviors known to bond individuals and groups together? How can bonds be forged across existing group divides? To explore these questions, we examined the bonding effects of interpersonal synchrony on minimally constructed groups in a controlled experiment. In-group and out-group bonding were assessed using questionnaires administered before and after a task in which groups performed movements either synchronously or non-synchronously in a between-participants design. We also developed an implicit behavioral measure, the Island Game, in which physical proximity was used as an indirect measure of interpersonal closeness. Self-report and behavioral measures showed increased bonding between groups after synchronous movement. Bonding with the out-group was significantly higher in the condition in which movements were performed synchronously than when movements were performed non-synchronously between groups. The findings are discussed in terms of their importance for the developmental social psychology of group dynamics as well as their implications for applied intervention programs. PMID:27303341

  14. “Identity Monarchy”: Interrogating Heritage for a Divided Malaysia

    Anthony Milner

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Malaysia, it has been observed, is currently experiencing a “revival” of “Malay kingship” with the growing importance of “proactive and participating constitutional rulers.” In fact, modern Malaysia has since independence been characterized by monarchy—by a multiplicity of Rulers and elaborate royal ceremony and hierarchy—as well as by its “plural society.” But the modern monarchs—though they have never become quite “constitutional Rulers”—cannot be seen as merely “traditional,”because the institution of monarchy was transformed in a fundamental way during the British colonial period. Monarchy continues to be an underexamined feature of the Malaysian polity, and when it is discussed there is a tendency to focus on issues of power and to neglect its sociocultural role. One pre-colonial dimension of monarchy that continues to be significant today—though in a manner less psychologically profound than before—is its identity-giving role. The principal concern of this article is to determine—through a process of hermeneutic retrieval—if this role is merely relevant to the Malay community, or does it possess more inclusive possibilities? Are the Rulers of Malaysia essentially “Malay Rulers” or has the institution a nation-building potential that has so far not been fully utilized? The question is important for a country that many see as becoming increasingly divided.

  15. Self-compliance Pt/HfO2/Ti/Si one-diode-one-resistor resistive random access memory device and its low temperature characteristics

    Lu, Chao; Yu, Jue; Chi, Xiao-Wei; Lin, Guang-Yang; Lan, Xiao-Ling; Huang, Wei; Wang, Jian-Yuan; Xu, Jian-Fang; Wang, Chen; Li, Cheng; Chen, Song-Yan; Liu, Chunli; Lai, Hong-Kai

    2016-04-01

    A bipolar one-diode-one-resistor (1D1R) device with a Pt/HfO2/Ti/n-Si(001) structure was demonstrated. The 1D1R resistive random access memory (RRAM) device consists of a Ti/n-Si(001) diode and a Pt/HfO2/Ti resistive switching cell. By using the Ti layer as the shared electrode for both the diode and the resistive switching cell, the 1D1R device exhibits the property of stable self-compliance and the characteristic of robust resistive switching with high uniformity. The high/low resistance ratio reaches 103. The electrical RESET/SET curve does not deteriorate after 68 loops. Low-temperature studies show that the 1D1R RRAM device has a critical working temperature of 250 K, and at temperatures below 250 K, the device fails to switch its resistances.

  16. Microstructure and temperature coefficient of resistance of thin cermet resistor films deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by S-gun magnetron

    Technological solutions for producing nanoscale cermet resistor films with sheet resistances above 1000 Ω/□ and low temperature coefficients of resistance (TCR) have been investigated. 2-40 nm thick cermet films were sputter deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by a dual cathode dc S-gun magnetron. In addition to studying film resistance versus temperature, the nanofilm structural features and composition were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. This study has revealed that all cermet resistor films deposited at ambient and elevated temperatures were amorphous. The atomic ratio of Si to Cr in these films was about 2 to 1. The film TCR displayed a significant increase when the deposited film thickness was reduced below 2.5 nm. An optimized sputter process consisting of wafer degassing, cermet film deposition at elevated temperature with rf substrate bias, and a double annealing in vacuum, consisting of in situ annealing following the film sputtering and an additional annealing following the exposure of the wafers to air, has been found to be very effective for the film thermal stabilization and for fine tuning the film TCR. Cermet films with thicknesses in the range of 2.5-4 nm deposited using this technique had sheet resistances ranging from 1800 to 1200 Ω/□ and TCR values from -50 ppm/ deg. C to near zero, respectively. A possible mechanism responsible for the high efficiency of annealing the cermet films in vacuum (after preliminary exposure to air), resulting in resistance stabilization and TCR reduction, is also discussed.

  17. Analysis of Interference Signal of Sampling Resistor of Electronic Beam Current%电子束流取样电阻干扰信号分析及消除措施

    李小燕; 叶汉民

    2001-01-01

    通过理论分析和试验研究分析了电子束焊机用高压电源电子束流取样电阻干扰信号产生的原因,认为:减小对地电容量和降低取样电阻值能降低干扰信号的幅值,高压变压器采用双屏蔽结构是消除干扰信号的有效措施。多台设备的运行证明了上述结论。%This paper describes the reason why the interference signal across the sampling resistor exists in the high voltage source for electronic beam welder (EBW). As static induce, the current flows through the sampling resistor, rectifying bridge and the capacitance between high voltage coil of transformer and the earth. According to the results of experiments and theory analysis, decreasing the capacitance to ground and the resistance of sampling resistor can reduce the interference signal level across the resistor and adopting the high voltage transformer with double shield coil will remove interfering signal. The machine’s operation shows the measure adopted in the paper can remove interference signal.

  18. BRIDGING THE KNOWLEDGE DIVIDE Educational Technology for Development

    Reviewed by Ozlem OZAN,

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available BRIDGING THE KNOWLEDGE DIVIDEEducational Technology for DevelopmentMarshall,S., Kinuthia, W. & Wallace Taylor., Ed.D.; Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, SBN: 978-1-60752-109-9, p.433, 2009Reviewed by Ozlem OZANFaculty of EducationEskişehir Osmangazi UniversityEskisehir, TURKEYThe concept of a knowledge divide is used to describe the gap in living conditions between those who can find, manage and process information or knowledge, and those who are impaired in this, for one reason or another. In the 21st century, the emergence of the knowledge society becomes pervasive hence the information and ICT systems that support knowledge are very important.This book discusses how educational technology can be used to transform education and assist developing communities to close the knowledge divide. Its broader audience is anyone who is interested in educational technology for development. In the book you can find best practices and case studies especially from countries in Africa.The book is edited by Stewart Marshall, Wanjira Kinuthia, Wallace Taylor. Professor Stewart Marshall, PhD, is the director of the Academic Division of the University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC and holds the UNESCO Chair in Educational Technologies.Dr. Wanjira Kinuthia is assistant professor of Learning Technologies at Georgia State University. She works as an instructional designer in higher education and business and industry for several years. Professor Wallace Taylor, PhD, is a founding director of The Information Society Institute (TISI, a non-profit academic, research, and policy development organization based in South Africa.The book is consisted of 433 pages (+xxxv covering 24 articles divided into four sections and provides information about flexible learning for empowerment, managing and communicating knowledge, flexible delivery in higher education and preparing teacher using flexible approaches.Topics covered in the book are as follows

  19. Bridging the transatlantic climate divide. Final project paper. Appendices

    International climate change policy is presently dominated by the different visions of two major blocks, the USA and EU. It is not always realized that a part of these differences is more fundamental than one may expect in view of the historical connections between the populations of the two continents. Socio-cultural aspects like the role of government, the value of individual liberty and the consequences of population density are different in both regions and play an important role in determining what is acceptable policy-wise. Despite the apparent stalemate in formal positions, signs have been detected that indicate that the 'transatlantic divide' on this issue is (slowly) closing. One cause is that bottom-up momentum is building up in the USA, which can eventually push the federal level to initiate a more active policy. Another cause is the finding in the EU that it turns out to be difficult to reach the Kyoto-targets, which results in the development of policy instruments that could be attractive for the USA to endorse or even participate in. Such instruments could have similarities with the Kyoto Protocol. To obtain more insight in the driving forces behind such changes and why they lead to higher or lower acceptability of certain policy instruments, it makes sense to identify attitudinal indicators that signify such changes. By regularly monitoring these attitudinal indicators, e.g., concrete behavior of companies, proportional media attention, formal political statements, and relating the value of these indicators to a corresponding set of policy instruments, policy makers at both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have an extra tool at their disposal to frame the issue and identify joint solutions in a way that is acceptable to the other party. This project makes a first attempt to design such a method (dynamic analytic model). It holds promises, and it is recommended to develop this model further in order to support the effectiveness of the climate negotiations

  20. Bridging the transatlantic climate divide. Final project paper

    International climate change policy is presently dominated by the different visions of two major blocks, the USA and EU. It is not always realized that a part of these differences is more fundamental than one may expect in view of the historical connections between the populations of the two continents. Socio-cultural aspects like the role of government, the value of individual liberty and the consequences of population density are different in both regions and play an important role in determining what is acceptable policy-wise. Despite the apparent stalemate in formal positions, signs have been detected that indicate that the 'transatlantic divide' on this issue is (slowly) closing. One cause is that bottom-up momentum is building up in the USA, which can eventually push the federal level to initiate a more active policy. Another cause is the finding in the EU that it turns out to be difficult to reach the Kyoto-targets, which results in the development of policy instruments that could be attractive for the USA to endorse or even participate in. Such instruments could have similarities with the Kyoto Protocol. To obtain more insight in the driving forces behind such changes and why they lead to higher or lower acceptability of certain policy instruments, it makes sense to identify attitudinal indicators that signify such changes. By regularly monitoring these attitudinal indicators, e.g., concrete behavior of companies, proportional media attention, formal political statements, and relating the value of these indicators to a corresponding set of policy instruments, policy makers at both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have an extra tool at their disposal to frame the issue and identify joint solutions in a way that is acceptable to the other party. This project makes a first attempt to design such a method (dynamic analytic model). It holds promises, and it is recommended to develop this model further in order to support the effectiveness of the climate negotiations

  1. HIV-1 latency in actively dividing human T cell lines

    Berkhout Ben

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Eradication of HIV-1 from an infected individual cannot be achieved by current drug regimens. Viral reservoirs established early during the infection remain unaffected by anti-retroviral therapy and are able to replenish systemic infection upon interruption of the treatment. Therapeutic targeting of viral latency will require a better understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying the establishment and long-term maintenance of HIV-1 in resting memory CD4 T cells, the most prominent reservoir of transcriptional silent provirus. However, the molecular mechanisms that permit long-term transcriptional control of proviral gene expression in these cells are still not well understood. Exploring the molecular details of viral latency will provide new insights for eventual future therapeutics that aim at viral eradication. Results We set out to develop a new in vitro HIV-1 latency model system using the doxycycline (dox-inducible HIV-rtTA variant. Stable cell clones were generated with a silent HIV-1 provirus, which can subsequently be activated by dox-addition. Surprisingly, only a minority of the cells was able to induce viral gene expression and a spreading infection, eventhough these experiments were performed with the actively dividing SupT1 T cell line. These latent proviruses are responsive to TNFα treatment and alteration of the DNA methylation status with 5-Azacytidine or genistein, but not responsive to the regular T cell activators PMA and IL2. Follow-up experiments in several T cell lines and with wild-type HIV-1 support these findings. Conclusion We describe the development of a new in vitro model for HIV-1 latency and discuss the advantages of this system. The data suggest that HIV-1 proviral latency is not restricted to resting T cells, but rather an intrinsic property of the virus.

  2. Bridging the divide between genomic science and indigenous peoples.

    Jacobs, Bette; Roffenbender, Jason; Collmann, Jeff; Cherry, Kate; Bitsói, LeManuel Lee; Bassett, Kim; Evans, Charles H

    2010-01-01

    definition of "rigorous scientific research," one that includes both community development and scientific progress as legitimate objectives of genomic research. Innovative translational research is needed to develop practical, mutually acceptable methods for crossing the divide between genomic researchers and indigenous communities. This may mean the difference between success and failure in genomic science, and in improving health for all peoples. PMID:20880250

  3. Analysis of divided-wall column for extractive distillation; Suichoku bunkatsugata chushutsu joryuto ni kansuru kaiseki

    Midori, S.; Zheng, S.N.; Yamada, I. [Kyowa Yuka Co., Ltd., Mie (Japan). Yokkaichi Factory

    2000-09-10

    The divided-wall column (hereinafter called DWC) has received widespread attention in terms of its compact structure and high thermal efficiency, which offers savings in capital and energy costs, since it was originally reported by Wright and Elizabeth i 1949. Some DWCs, have already been commercialized successfully including that of the authors in 1996. However, with the existing DWC construction, they cannot be applied to the separation of azeotropic systems or close boiling component systems, and the application has been limited to ordinary ternary systems, i. e. the separation of light, middle, and heavy fractions. In this paper, a new extractive distillation column that the concept of DWC can be applied to is shown, and a comparison with the conventional two-column sequence has been presented in terms of process compactness and heat integration. The devised column here is called DWC-E, and it has the following features: (1) DWC-E is divided from the column top to the midportion between the feed plate and the bottom by a vertical wall (splitting plate), and (2) DWC-E is compact-type process with only two top condensers and one reboiler. Moreover, a simulation of acetone-methanol-water extractive distillation is carried out to examine the validity of DWC-E. The result shows that DWC-E can save a maximum of 36 % energy consumption compared to the conventional two-column sequence. (author)

  4. Natural convection in undivided and partially divided rectangular enclosures

    Heat transfer by natural convection in a two-dimensional rectangular enclosure fitted with partial vertical divisions in investigated experimentally. The horizontal walls of the enclosure are adiabatic while the vertical walls are maintained at different temperatures. The experiments are carried out with water, Prapprox. =3.5, for Rayleigh numbers in the range, 2.3 x 101011, and an aspect ratio, A = H/L = 1/2. The effect of the partial vertical divisions on the fluid flow and temperature fields is investigated by dye-injection flow visualization and by thermocouple probes, respectively. The effect of the partitions on heat transfer across the enclosure is also studied and correlations for the Nusselt number as a function of Ra/sub L/ and partition length are generated for both conducting and non-conducting partition materials. Partial divisions are found to have a significant effect on the heat transfer; especially when the divisions are adiabatic. The results also indicate that the partial divisions may have a stabilizing effect on the laminar-transitional flow on the heated vertical walls of the enclosure

  5. Development of a new lower hybrid antenna module using a poloidal power divider

    A realistic antenna module using a poloidal divider for lower hybrid current drive (LHCD) experiment, is modelled and fabricated. In this antenna module test II, three types of poloidal dividers, which split the power in 3, are tested. (author)

  6. Comparison study of timing-type and gain-type voltage divider system of photomultiplier

    It is introduced that the principle of voltage divider of photomultiplier. The relations between the voltage divider and the output signal (gain, linearity and time response etc) are discussed. The voltage dividers are designed on the base of these principles and RIBLL2 system requirements. The experiment and analyzed results are presented as well. (authors)

  7. 77 FR 73049 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Continental Divide...

    2012-12-07

    ... Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Development Project, Wyoming AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management... Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Development Project, and... be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Continental Divide-Creston Natural...

  8. Amplifying Earth history: Zircon U-Pb geochronology by ID-TIMS at the 0.1 ‰ level using new 1013 ohm resistors

    Wotzlaw, Jörn-Frederik; von Quadt, Albrecht

    2016-04-01

    Precise and accurate radiometric dating of volcanic ash beds in sedimentary successions is the backbone of the numerical calibration of Earth history. Uranium-lead geochronology by isotope dilution thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) is the most precise and accurate dating technique and is applicable to most of Earth history from the Hadean to the Pleistocene. The accessory mineral zircon is the prime target material due to its commonly high U concentration, virtually no initial Pb and high daughter-product retentivity. However, complex crystallization histories as well as magmatic and sedimentary recycling of zircons require the analysis of single crystals resulting in small amounts of radiogenic Pb (Pb* usually dates with uncertainties <0.2 ‰ for high-Pb* zircons and weighted mean ages for populations of closed system zircons with uncertainties <0.1 ‰ . This level of temporal resolution will allow to better quantify the timing and durations of critical intervals in Earth history, evaluate causalities between different events such as flood basalt eruptions and mass extinctions, quantify rates of changes in biodiversity and assess the origin of cyclic patterns in the sedimentary records. [1] von Quadt, A., Wotzlaw, J.F., Buret, Y., Large, S., Peytcheva, I., Trinquier, A., 2016, High-precision zircon U/Pb geochronology by ID-TIMS using new 1013 ohm resistors. J. Anal. At. Spectrom., DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00457H

  9. Material insights of HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor resistive random access memory devices processed by batch atomic layer deposition

    Niu, Gang; Kim, Hee-Dong; Roelofs, Robin; Perez, Eduardo; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Zaumseil, Peter; Costina, Ioan; Wenger, Christian

    2016-01-01

    With the continuous scaling of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, in-depth understanding of the physical mechanism and the material issues, particularly by directly studying integrated cells, become more and more important to further improve the device performances. In this work, HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor (1T1R) RRAM devices were processed in a standard 0.25 μm complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process line, using a batch atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool, which is particularly designed for mass production. We demonstrate a systematic study on TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN/Si RRAM devices to correlate key material factors (nano-crystallites and carbon impurities) with the filament type resistive switching (RS) behaviours. The augmentation of the nano-crystallites density in the film increases the forming voltage of devices and its variation. Carbon residues in HfO2 films turn out to be an even more significant factor strongly impacting the RS behaviour. A relatively higher deposition temperature of 300 °C dramatically reduces the residual carbon concentration, thus leading to enhanced RS performances of devices, including lower power consumption, better endurance and higher reliability. Such thorough understanding on physical mechanism of RS and the correlation between material and device performances will facilitate the realization of high density and reliable embedded RRAM devices with low power consumption. PMID:27312225

  10. Material insights of HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor resistive random access memory devices processed by batch atomic layer deposition.

    Niu, Gang; Kim, Hee-Dong; Roelofs, Robin; Perez, Eduardo; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Zaumseil, Peter; Costina, Ioan; Wenger, Christian

    2016-01-01

    With the continuous scaling of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, in-depth understanding of the physical mechanism and the material issues, particularly by directly studying integrated cells, become more and more important to further improve the device performances. In this work, HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor (1T1R) RRAM devices were processed in a standard 0.25 μm complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process line, using a batch atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool, which is particularly designed for mass production. We demonstrate a systematic study on TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN/Si RRAM devices to correlate key material factors (nano-crystallites and carbon impurities) with the filament type resistive switching (RS) behaviours. The augmentation of the nano-crystallites density in the film increases the forming voltage of devices and its variation. Carbon residues in HfO2 films turn out to be an even more significant factor strongly impacting the RS behaviour. A relatively higher deposition temperature of 300 °C dramatically reduces the residual carbon concentration, thus leading to enhanced RS performances of devices, including lower power consumption, better endurance and higher reliability. Such thorough understanding on physical mechanism of RS and the correlation between material and device performances will facilitate the realization of high density and reliable embedded RRAM devices with low power consumption. PMID:27312225

  11. A divide-conquer-recombine algorithmic paradigm for large spatiotemporal quantum molecular dynamics simulations

    We introduce an extension of the divide-and-conquer (DC) algorithmic paradigm called divide-conquer-recombine (DCR) to perform large quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations on massively parallel supercomputers, in which interatomic forces are computed quantum mechanically in the framework of density functional theory (DFT). In DCR, the DC phase constructs globally informed, overlapping local-domain solutions, which in the recombine phase are synthesized into a global solution encompassing large spatiotemporal scales. For the DC phase, we design a lean divide-and-conquer (LDC) DFT algorithm, which significantly reduces the prefactor of the O(N) computational cost for N electrons by applying a density-adaptive boundary condition at the peripheries of the DC domains. Our globally scalable and locally efficient solver is based on a hybrid real-reciprocal space approach that combines: (1) a highly scalable real-space multigrid to represent the global charge density; and (2) a numerically efficient plane-wave basis for local electronic wave functions and charge density within each domain. Hybrid space-band decomposition is used to implement the LDC-DFT algorithm on parallel computers. A benchmark test on an IBM Blue Gene/Q computer exhibits an isogranular parallel efficiency of 0.984 on 786 432 cores for a 50.3 × 106-atom SiC system. As a test of production runs, LDC-DFT-based QMD simulation involving 16 661 atoms is performed on the Blue Gene/Q to study on-demand production of hydrogen gas from water using LiAl alloy particles. As an example of the recombine phase, LDC-DFT electronic structures are used as a basis set to describe global photoexcitation dynamics with nonadiabatic QMD (NAQMD) and kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) methods. The NAQMD simulations are based on the linear response time-dependent density functional theory to describe electronic excited states and a surface-hopping approach to describe transitions between the excited states. A series of

  12. A divide-conquer-recombine algorithmic paradigm for large spatiotemporal quantum molecular dynamics simulations

    Shimojo, Fuyuki; Hattori, Shinnosuke; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Kunaseth, Manaschai; Mou, Weiwei; Nakano, Aiichiro; Nomura, Ken-ichi; Ohmura, Satoshi; Rajak, Pankaj; Shimamura, Kohei; Vashishta, Priya

    2014-05-01

    We introduce an extension of the divide-and-conquer (DC) algorithmic paradigm called divide-conquer-recombine (DCR) to perform large quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations on massively parallel supercomputers, in which interatomic forces are computed quantum mechanically in the framework of density functional theory (DFT). In DCR, the DC phase constructs globally informed, overlapping local-domain solutions, which in the recombine phase are synthesized into a global solution encompassing large spatiotemporal scales. For the DC phase, we design a lean divide-and-conquer (LDC) DFT algorithm, which significantly reduces the prefactor of the O(N) computational cost for N electrons by applying a density-adaptive boundary condition at the peripheries of the DC domains. Our globally scalable and locally efficient solver is based on a hybrid real-reciprocal space approach that combines: (1) a highly scalable real-space multigrid to represent the global charge density; and (2) a numerically efficient plane-wave basis for local electronic wave functions and charge density within each domain. Hybrid space-band decomposition is used to implement the LDC-DFT algorithm on parallel computers. A benchmark test on an IBM Blue Gene/Q computer exhibits an isogranular parallel efficiency of 0.984 on 786 432 cores for a 50.3 × 106-atom SiC system. As a test of production runs, LDC-DFT-based QMD simulation involving 16 661 atoms is performed on the Blue Gene/Q to study on-demand production of hydrogen gas from water using LiAl alloy particles. As an example of the recombine phase, LDC-DFT electronic structures are used as a basis set to describe global photoexcitation dynamics with nonadiabatic QMD (NAQMD) and kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) methods. The NAQMD simulations are based on the linear response time-dependent density functional theory to describe electronic excited states and a surface-hopping approach to describe transitions between the excited states. A series of techniques

  13. Biological pretreatment sewages water

    Veselý, Václav

    2009-01-01

    Bachelor's thesis deals with waste water purification at the stage of pre-inflow of water into the biological waste water treatment plants. It is divided into two parts, a theoretical and calculation. The theoretical part deals about sewage water and the method of biological treatment. Design proposal is part of the activation tank for quantity EO.

  14. Dividing Discipline

    Kristensen, Peter Marcus

    2012-01-01

    than 20,000 articles published in 59 IR journals to construct a network among IR journals and finds a discipline with a center consisting of pedigreed IR journals, albeit closely related to political science. Divisions are identifiable as specialty areas that form clusters of specialized journals along......International Relations (IR) has cultivated an image as a discipline with strong divisions along paradigmatic, methodological, metatheoretical, geographical, and other lines. This article questions that image analyzing the latent structures of communication in IR. It uses citation data from more...

  15. Final Divide

    2006-01-01

    Montenegro's independence deals a death blow to the glory of the former Yugoslavia On May 21, Montenegro held a referendum to decide its statehood. According to results announced by the referendum commission, of the 86.5 percent of registered citizens who participated in the voting, a total of 55.5 percent were for independence. With

  16. Divided Uncertainty

    Frederiksen, Morten

    institutions. This conceptual stretching takes place at the expense of accuracy and clarity clouding our understanding of the multiple levels involved in trusting. This chapter seeks to clarify this issue conceptually by comparing and developing Niklas Luhmann’s system theoretical investigation of trust and...... confidence with Knud E. Løgstrup’s phenomenology of trust. The main argument presented here is that while Luhmann’s analysis of trust and confidence remains one of the most powerful and persuasive it is only when combining it with Løgstrup’s phenomenology of trusting as situated process that the linkages...... between trust and confidence – the interpersonal and the institutional – emerges....

  17. A single dividing cell population with imbalanced fate drives oesophageal tumour growth.

    Frede, Julia; Greulich, Philip; Nagy, Tibor; Simons, Benjamin D; Jones, Philip H

    2016-09-01

    Understanding the cellular mechanisms of tumour growth is key for designing rational anticancer treatment. Here we used genetic lineage tracing to quantify cell behaviour during neoplastic transformation in a model of oesophageal carcinogenesis. We found that cell behaviour was convergent across premalignant tumours, which contained a single proliferating cell population. The rate of cell division was not significantly different in the lesions and the surrounding epithelium. However, dividing tumour cells had a uniform, small bias in cell fate so that, on average, slightly more dividing than non-dividing daughter cells were generated at each round of cell division. In invasive cancers induced by Kras(G12D) expression, dividing cell fate became more strongly biased towards producing dividing over non-dividing cells in a subset of clones. These observations argue that agents that restore the balance of cell fate may prove effective in checking tumour growth, whereas those targeting cycling cells may show little selectivity. PMID:27548914

  18. Digital divide and digital opportunity: Comparison, analysis and strategies for sustainable development in developing nations

    The world is witnessing a new digital economic order which may be quantified by the diffusion of information technology and globalization process. The current information technology gap (digital divide) between developed countries and developing countries is huge. Improvements in information technology (measured by the digital opportunity index) usually open up an opportunity for national/regional growth and development. There is a need for scientific investigation on the digital divide, digital opportunity index and their consequences. This paper presents a critical analysis of existing digital divide and its trends, it also investigates the relationship between the digital divide and the digital opportunity index. A mathematical model based on analysis of the growing digital divide is presented as a possible tool for combating and eradicate the digital divide gap which is only possible if developing and poor nations take advantage of the digital opportunities that can transform them into global competitive partners in digital knowledge economy. (author)

  19. The effect of divided attention on false memory depends on how memory is tested.

    Dewhurst, Stephen A; Barry, Christopher; Swannell, Ellen R.; Holmes, Selina J.; Bathurst, Gemma J.

    2007-01-01

    In three experiments, we investigated the effects of divided attention on false memory, using the Deese/Roediger-McDermott (DRM) paradigm. In Experiments 1 and 2, participants studied six DRM lists with full attention and six in one of two divided-attention conditions (random number generation or digit monitoring). Both divided-attention conditions increased false recall of related words (Experiment 1) but reduced false recognition (Experiment 2). These results were confirmed in Experiment 3,...

  20. Digital Divide amongst Urban Youths in Malaysia – Myth or Reality?

    Patrick C-H Soh; Yap Liang Yan; Tze San Ong; Boon Heng Teh

    2012-01-01

    The Digital Divide is an important issue with serious consequences, both for the individuals affected and society. With 90% of youths in urban areas using the Internet, there is a myth that the Digital Divide no longer exists amongst urban youths. Based on a random survey of 1639 youths, this study analyses the possibility of a digital divide along ethnic lines in Malaysia.. Findings indicate there are significant ethnic-based differences in home PC ownership and Internet connection. There ar...

  1. A Novel Microwave Tunable Band-Pass Filter Integrated Power Divider Based on Liquid Crystal

    Yupeng Liu; Di Jiang; Lei Xia; Ruimin Xu

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel microwave continuous adjustable band-pass filter integrated power divider based on nematic liquid crystals (LCs). The proposed power divider uses liquid crystal (LC) as the dielectric material. It can realize phase shift by changing the dielectric anisotropy, when biasing the high anisotropy nematic liquid crystal. It is mainly used in microwave frequencies. It has a large number of advantages compared to conventional filter integrated power divider, such as low lo...

  2. A low-power digital frequency divider for system-on-a-chip applications

    Omran, Hesham

    2011-08-01

    In this paper, an idea for a new frequency divider architecture is proposed. The divider is based on a coarse-fine architecture. The coarse block operates at a low frequency to save power consumption and it selectively enables the fine block which operates at the high input frequency. The proposed divider has the advantages of synchronous divider, but with lower power consumption and higher operation speed. The design can achieve a wide division range with a minor effect on power consumption and speed. The architecture was implemented on a complex programmable logic device (CPLD) to verify its operation. Experimental measurements validate system operation with power reduction greater than 40%. © 2011 IEEE.

  3. A Wide-Band Injection-Locked Frequency Divider in 0.18um CMOS

    Acar, M.; Leenaerts, D. M. W.; Nauta, Bram

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we propose a novel inductorless Injection-Locked Frequency Divider (ILFD) that can make divisions with ratios 2,4,6 and 8 with wide locking ranges. Fabricated in a digital 0.18μm CMOS process the divider can operate up to 15 GHz. The measured locking ranges of the divider for division ratios 4 and 6 are 1.6 GHz and 1.1 GHz wide respectively. The current consumption of the divider is 3.8 mA operating at 1.8V supply. The active area of the chip is 100x67μm2.

  4. Healing the Physical/Spiritual Divide through a Holistic and Hermeneutic Approach to Education

    Webster, R. Scott

    2013-01-01

    In this special edition of the journal, attention is being given to the two dimensions of spirituality and physicality. In this particular paper I argue that there is an unhelpful divide that is often assumed to exist between these two dimensions and that this divide can be transcended or "healed" through a holistic and hermeneutic approach to…

  5. The Divide between Diversity Training and Diversity Education: Integrating Best Practices

    King, Eden B.; Gulick, Lisa M. V.; Avery, Derek R.

    2010-01-01

    The fields of diversity training and diversity education have developed in a disconnected manner. This divide ensures that each field advances slowly and with narrow focus. The authors argue here that the divide should be bridged with attention to the best practices that diversity training and diversity education offer. By integrating the best…

  6. Methodical Approaches to Creation of Dividing Automation at Industrial Enterprises with Generating Power Plants

    E. V. Kalentionok

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers a problem pertaining to creation of dividing automation at industrial enterprises which have their own generating plants. Algorithms for action of dividing automation that permit to ensure minimum possible power non-balance while using generating plants for autonomous operation and possible parameters for its response are proposed in the paper.

  7. A Wideband Microwave Power Divider/Combiner with Multiple-Port Double-Ladder Structure

    Sanada, Atsushi; Fukui, Kiyoshi; Nogi, Shigeji

    1992-01-01

    We propose a new microwave power divider/combiner with multiple-port doubleladder structure for use in high power solid-state power amplifiers. Numerical and experimental analysis were carried out at X-band, and the results of the divider/combiner indicated low insertion loss and wide band characteristics in good accordance with the theory.

  8. Behavior of $F(R)$ gravity around a crossing of the phantom divide

    Bamba, Kazuharu

    2009-01-01

    We study a model of $F(R)$ gravity in which a crossing of the phantom divide can be realized. In particular, we demonstrate the behavior of $F(R)$ gravity around a crossing of the phantom divide by taking into account the presence of cold dark matter.

  9. Combination N-Way Power Divider/Combiner and Noninvasive Reflected Power Detection

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — An N-way RF/microwave power divider/combiner utilizes one input and N outputs, or conversely N inputs and one output to divide (or combine) RF/microwave power while...

  10. Economia da cibercultura: A exclusão digital (Digital Divide)

    Andrade, Pedro José de Oliveira

    2015-01-01

    Exclusão Digital (Digital Divide): Estatísticas da desigualdade; The Global Digital Divide; The Exploding Internet 2008; Uso da Internet em 2013. Nuvem semântica dos Media Sociais. Natureza qualitativa da exclusão. Exclusão de poder. Economia política da cibercultura. Classes e ciberpoder. Conetados e não-conetados.

  11. A Study to Examine the Digital Divide Factors: Jammu and Kashmir Perspective

    Preeti Dubey

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Digital divide refers to a substantial asymmetry between twoor more populations in the distribution and effective use ofinformation and communication resources. Despite the boomin the availability of access to communication resources sincethe beginning of the 1990s, the divide is deepening and thedifferences in the usage of communication resources betweencountries and regions intensifying. Even though the ruralareas have benefitted to some extent from the boom in accessto communication resources, the regional divide is morepronounced within the developing countries. Factorsinfluencing digital divide vary from region to region. In anattempt to find the factors responsible for the digital divide inJammu and Kashmir region, a pilot survey was conducted.This paper reports on the results of this pilot study. The studywas conducted by floating questionnaires and by interviewingpeople of rural as well as urban areas. Questions were relatedto internet access, its usage, problems faced in its use etc. Onanalysis of data, many other observations other than thedigital divide factors have been reported. It was found duringthe study that the government is providing facilities forinternet access but awareness of these initiatives is stilllacking. People residing in rural areas are hesitant to useinternet due to lack of English language proficiency. Thispaper is a result of the pilot survey to examine the factorsresponsible for the regional digital divide and will help insuggesting methods to bridge this divide.

  12. All-Metal-Waveguide Power Divider with High Power-Combining Efficiency

    Zhang, Fan; Song, Kaijun; Fan, Maoyu; Fan, Yong

    2016-03-01

    A four-way all-metal-waveguide power divider has been presented and analyzed in this paper. A metal matching cylinder and a transition waveguide are applied to implement wide impedance matching from the input port to the four output ports. A simple equivalent-circuit model for this power-dividing structure has been developed. Moreover, the theoretical power-handling capability of the presented power-dividing structure has also been investigated. To verify the validity of the proposed structure, a four-way power divider at W-band has been fabricated with conventional machining. The measured return loss is greater than 14.5 dB from 82 GHz to 107 GHz. The measured insertion loss of the four-way all-metal-waveguide power divider is about 6.5 dB, which corresponds to a power-combining efficiency of 89 %.

  13. Retroviral infection of non-dividing cells: Old and new perspectives

    The dependence of retroviral replication on cell proliferation was described as early as 1958, although different classes of retroviruses are able to infect non-dividing cells with different efficiencies. For example, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other lentiviruses infect most non-dividing cells nearly as well as dividing cells, while the gammaretroviruses such as the murine leukemia virus (MLV) cannot infect non-dividing cells, and other retroviruses have intermediate phenotypes. One exception to the ability of HIV to infect non-dividing cells involves resting CD4+ T cells in vitro where there are multiple restrictions. However, recent data show that there is massive infection of non-activated CD4+ T cell during acute infection which suggests that the situation is different in vivo. Finally, much work trying to explain the difference between HIV and MLV in non-dividing cells has focused on describing the ability of HIV to enter the nucleus during interphase. However, we suggest that events in the viral lifecycle other than nuclear import may be more important in determining the ability of a given retrovirus to infect non-dividing cells

  14. The research of the lithography process of MEMS using dry film photo-resistor%用于微电子机械系统的干膜光刻工艺研究

    朱昊枢; 胡进; 朱新生

    2011-01-01

    dry film photo-resistor;depth profiling;quasi-LIGA%干膜光阻的光刻工艺因简单廉价,正在逐渐替代传统的光刻工艺.本文针对干膜光刻的贴膜、曝光和显影等工艺参数进行优化,并将其应用于深槽刻蚀.试验结果表明:整套工艺过程简单可靠,几何尺寸控制良好,产品质量高.

  15. Defining and dividing the greater Caribbean: insights from the biogeography of shorefishes.

    D Ross Robertson

    Full Text Available The Greater Caribbean biogeographic region is the high-diversity heart of the Tropical West Atlantic, one of four global centers of tropical marine biodiversity. The traditional view of the Greater Caribbean is that it is limited to the Caribbean, West Indies, southwest Gulf of Mexico and tip of Florida, and that, due to its faunal homogeneity, lacks major provincial subdivisions. In this scenario the northern 2/3 of the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern USA represent a separate temperate, "Carolinian" biogeographic region. We completed a comprehensive re-assessment of the biogeography of the Greater Caribbean by comparing the distributions of 1,559 shorefish species within 45 sections of shelf waters of the Greater Caribbean and adjacent areas. This analysis shows that that the Greater Caribbean occupies a much larger area than usually thought, extending south to at least Guyana, and north to encompass the entire Carolinian area. Rather than being homogenous, the Greater Caribbean is divided into three major provinces, each with a distinctive, primarily tropical fauna: (1 a central, tropical province comprising the West Indies, Bermuda and Central America; (2 a southern, upwelling-affected province spanning the entire continental shelf of northern South America; and (iii a northern, subtropical province that includes all of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and southeastern USA. This three-province pattern holds for both reef- and soft bottom fishes, indicating a general response by demersal fishes to major variation in provincial shelf environments. Such environmental differences include latitudinal variation in sea temperature, availability of major habitats (coral reefs, soft bottom shorelines, and mangroves, and nutrient additions from upwelling areas and large rivers. The three-province arrangement of the Greater Caribbean broadly resembles and has a similar environmental basis to the provincial arrangement of its sister biogeographic region, the

  16. A Novel Microwave Tunable Band-Pass Filter Integrated Power Divider Based on Liquid Crystal

    Yupeng Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a novel microwave continuous adjustable band-pass filter integrated power divider based on nematic liquid crystals (LCs. The proposed power divider uses liquid crystal (LC as the dielectric material. It can realize phase shift by changing the dielectric anisotropy, when biasing the high anisotropy nematic liquid crystal. It is mainly used in microwave frequencies. It has a large number of advantages compared to conventional filter integrated power divider, such as low loss, multifunction integration, continuous adjustable, miniaturization, low processing costs, low operating voltage, high phase shift, and convenient manufacture. Therefore, it has shown great potential for application.

  17. Crossing the Phantom Divide in Extended Dvali-Gabadadze-Porrati Gravity

    Hirano, Koichi; Komiya, Zen

    2009-01-01

    We propose a phantom crossing Dvali--Gabadadze--Porrati (DGP) model. In our model, the effective equation of state of the DGP gravity crosses the phantom divide line. We demonstrate crossing of the phantom divide does not occur within the framework of the original DGP model or the DGP model developed by Dvali and Turner. By extending their model, we construct a model that realizes crossing of the phantom divide. We find that the smaller the value of the new introduced parameter $\\beta$ is, th...

  18. A study on determining the location of groundwater divide using a mathematical morphology method

    PAN; Yun; GONG; Huili; DUAN; Fuzhou; HU; Zhuowei

    2006-01-01

    Placement of a groundwater divide indicates sink areas and spatial distribution, knowledge of which helps in the mapping of regional aquifer properties and the management of groundwater resources. By applying mathematical morphology to a conceptual model of a watershed and characteristic erosion and dilation operations, this paper proposes a structuring element with which to extract the shape and location of groundwater divide. With due consideration to watershed linearity, a structuring element with three origins is designed to connect watershed points. After erosion, closing, and dilation operations, the groundwater divide is determined; the results indicate this method's feasibility and accuracy.

  19. Transition State Theory for solvated reactions beyond recrossing-free dividing surfaces

    Revuelta, F; Garcia-Muller, P L; Hernandez, Rigoberto; Benito, R M; Borondo, F

    2016-01-01

    The accuracy of rate constants calculated using transition state theory depends crucially on the correct identification of a recrossing--free dividing surface. We show here that it is possible to define such optimal dividing surface in systems with non--Markovian friction. However, a more direct approach to rate calculation is based on invariant manifolds and avoids the use of a dividing surface altogether, Using that method we obtain an explicit expression for the rate of crossing an anharmonic potential barrier. The excellent performance of our method is illustrated with an application to a realistic model for LiNC$\\rightleftharpoons$LiCN isomerization.

  20. Poor need knowledge not only technology to bridge digital divide: experts

    2003-01-01

    "Developing countries need to gain knowledge rather than technology to latch onto the booming information society, experts said Monday ahead of a major conference on bridging the digital divide between rich and poor" (1/2 page).

  1. Digital Divide amongst Urban Youths in Malaysia – Myth or Reality?

    Patrick C-H Soh

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The Digital Divide is an important issue with serious consequences, both for the individuals affected and society. With 90% of youths in urban areas using the Internet, there is a myth that the Digital Divide no longer exists amongst urban youths. Based on a random survey of 1639 youths, this study analyses the possibility of a digital divide along ethnic lines in Malaysia.. Findings indicate there are significant ethnic-based differences in home PC ownership and Internet connection. There are further concerns that the digital divide is further widening because of the quantity and quality of access. Multivariate analysis reveals that Chinese youths are online for twice the duration of Malays and Indians. However, higher Internet usage may be a two-edged sword as higher Internet use are intertwined with higher risks and negative activities such as violent games, pornography, and gambling. The article also discusses various means to mitigate the risks of Internet usage.

  2. Variable-geometry turbocharger with asymmetric divided volute for engine exhaust gas pulse optimization

    Serres, Nicolas

    2010-11-09

    A turbine assembly for a variable-geometry turbocharger includes a turbine housing defining a divided volute having first and second scrolls, wherein the first scroll has a substantially smaller volume than the second scroll. The first scroll feeds exhaust gas to a first portion of a turbine wheel upstream of the throat of the wheel, while the second scroll feeds gas to a second portion of the wheel at least part of which is downstream of the throat. Flow from the second scroll is regulated by a sliding piston. The first scroll can be optimized for low-flow conditions such that the turbocharger can operate effectively like a small fixed-geometry turbocharger when the piston is closed. The turbine housing defines an inlet that is divided by a dividing wall into two portions respectively feeding gas to the two scrolls, a leading edge of the dividing wall being downstream of the inlet mouth.

  3. "Is There a Second Level Divide in Student’s Internet Skills?

    Purushothaman, Aparna; Dau, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    The concept of a digital divide has moved beyond only physical disparities in technology usage and now also encompasses issues impeding access such as human social, cultural, and psychological barriers that affect the usage of existing available technologies. This paper focuses on students......’ insufficient skill levels in making the best use of available Internet technology, discussing students in higher education in scenarios in Denmark and India. The paper emphasizes the reflective and conceptual issues which the students face in retrieving information from the Internet, which result in a second......-level divide. Through a cross-national comparison, the paper hopes to contribute to the literature through experiences of students in the two countries, providing researchers with insights into the digital divide. This divide in Internet skills is illuminated from different perspectives in the context of two...

  4. The robotics divide a new frontier in the 21st century?

    López Peláez, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Analyzes how robotics will shape our societies in the twenty-first century; a time when industrial and service robotics, particularly for military and aerospace purposes, will become an essential technology Examines an emerging divide: the "robotics divide"; a phenomenon linked to the model to integrate advanced robotics in economic, social and military spheres Focuses on the main technological trends in the field of robotics, and the impact that robotics will have on different facets of social life

  5. The Effect of Divided Attention on Emotion-Induced Memory Narrowing

    Steinmetz, Katherine R. Mickley; Waring, Jill D.; Kensinger, Elizabeth A.

    2013-01-01

    Individuals are more likely to remember emotional than neutral information, but this benefit does not always extend to the surrounding background information. This memory narrowing is theorized to be linked to the availability of attentional resources at encoding. In contrast to the predictions of this theoretical account, altering participants’ attentional resources at encoding, by dividing attention, did not affect the emotion-induced memory narrowing. Attention was divided using three sepa...

  6. Divided Government, Legislative Productivity, and Policy Change in the USA and France

    Baumgartner , Frank; Brouard, Sylvain; Grossman, Emiliano; Lazardeux, Sébastien; Moody, Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    The concept of "divided government" is more complicated than scholars have allowed. In the USA, truly unified government, where the president enjoys a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate as well as a majority in the House, is rare. In France, truly unified government has been more common, but divided government has also occurred several times. Democratic governance requires that parties address important issues and they do so regardless of the patterns of institutional control. Neverthele...

  7. Using Photobleaching to Measure Spindle Microtubule Dynamics in Primary Cultures of Dividing Drosophila Meiotic Spermatocytes

    Savoian, Matthew S.

    2015-01-01

    In dividing animal cells, a microtubule (MT)-based bipolar spindle governs chromosome movement. Current models propose that the spindle facilitates and/or generates translocating forces by regionally depolymerizing the kinetochore fibers (k-fibers) that bind each chromosome. It is unclear how conserved these sites and the resultant chromosome-moving mechanisms are between different dividing cell types because of the technical challenges of quantitatively studying MTs in many specimens. In par...

  8. Development of four kinds of waveguide power divider for S band

    He, Xiang; Zhang, Jing-Ru; Chi, Yun-Long

    2016-01-01

    Four kinds of waveguide power dividers with different structures working at 2.856 GHz are developed. By comparing the simulation performances of these four structures, the power divider with matching rod in the middle of its structure has got the best performance and finally be chosen for fabrication. The prototype has got qualified microwave measurement results as well as the high vacuum performance. It also works stable during the whole progress of microwave commissioning.

  9. How to Overcome the Digital Divide? The Determinants of Internet Diffusion

    Shchetinin, Oleg; Baptiste, Massenot

    2008-01-01

    We document the existence and the persistence of the digital divide and investigate the determinants of the Internet diffusion in both developing and developed countries. Our study innovates on the following: i) we use a data set that covers more countries and years than the earlier studies ii) We use the GMM estimator which requires milder assumptions to be consistent than the traditionally used panel data estimators in technology diffusion studies. We find that i) the digital divide is ...

  10. Effective use: A community informatics strategy beyond the Digital Divide (originally published in December 2003)

    Gurstein, Michael

    2007-01-01

    A huge industry has been created responding to the perceived social malady, the "Digital Divide". This paper examines the concepts and strategies underlying the notion of the Digital Divide and concludes that it is little more than a marketing campaign for Internet service providers. The paper goes on to present an alternative approach - that of "effective use" - drawn from community informatics theory which recognizes that the Internet is not simply a source of information, but also a fundam...

  11. Are egalitarians really vulnerable to the Levelling-Down Objection and the Divided World Example?

    Subramanian, S.

    2011-01-01

    This essay is a quick critique of one aspect of Derek Parfit’s criticism of Egalitarianism in his larger consideration of the claims of, and distinction between, Prioritarianism and Egalitarianism. It reviews issues relating to the ‘Levelling Down Objection’ and the ‘Divided World Example’. More specifically, it is argued that the Levelling Down Objection is a serious problem only for Pure Telic Egalitarianism, not for Pluralist Telic Egalitarianism; and that even in a Divided World, one can ...

  12. Probabilistic divide-and-conquer: a new exact simulation method, with integer partitions as an example

    Arratia, Richard; DeSalvo, Stephen

    2011-01-01

    We propose a new method, probabilistic divide-and-conquer, for improving the success probability in rejection sampling. For the example of integer partitions, there is an ideal recursive scheme which improves the rejection cost from asymptotically order $n^{3/4}$ to a constant. We show other examples for which a non--recursive, one--time application of probabilistic divide-and-conquer removes a substantial fraction of the rejection sampling cost. We also present a variation of probabilistic d...

  13. Content creation on the Internet : A social cognitive perspective on the participation divide

    Hoffmann, Christian Pieter; Lutz, Christoph; Meckel, Miriam

    2015-01-01

    Sociodemographic variables are held to impact Internet users' willingness and ability to productively use online media. This effect can create a ‘participation divide' between distinct user groups. Recently, studies have enhanced our understanding of the participation divide by differentiating types of online content creation. They found that sociodemographics may only affect specific forms of online participation. We suggest that social cognitive theory (SCT) helps explain why and how sociod...

  14. 22.8 GHz Substrate Integrated Waveguide Analog Frequency Divide-by-3 Circuit

    Georgiadis, Apostolos; Collado, Ana; Niotaki, Kyriaki

    2015-01-01

    A 22.8 GHz analog frequency divide-by-3 circuit is presented based on an injection locked oscillator. Substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) technology is used to implement the input and output sections of the frequency divider circuit. The input SIW section at the gate of the active device permits the introduction of the injection signal at the third harmonic frequency of the oscillator, while the output section is designed to maximize the DC-RF conversion efficiency of the oscillator circuit....

  15. Creative and analytical thinking in connection to focused sustained and divided attention

    Primož Žagavec

    2005-01-01

    In our research we examined the relation between creative and analytical thinking. We also tried to determine the relation of both types of thinking with divided and sustained attention. Some authors believe that creative and analytical thinking are in contradiction with each other. There is also a question of connection of both types of thinking with attention. Analytical thinking is supposed to be connected with focused attention, while creative thinking is suppose to connect with divided a...

  16. Modulation of early cortical processing during divided attention to non-contiguous locations.

    Frey, Hans-Peter; Schmid, Anita M; Murphy, Jeremy W; Molholm, Sophie; Lalor, Edmund C; Foxe, John J

    2014-05-01

    We often face the challenge of simultaneously attending to multiple non-contiguous regions of space. There is ongoing debate as to how spatial attention is divided under these situations. Whereas, for several years, the predominant view was that humans could divide the attentional spotlight, several recent studies argue in favor of a unitary spotlight that rhythmically samples relevant locations. Here, this issue was addressed by the use of high-density electrophysiology in concert with the multifocal m-sequence technique to examine visual evoked responses to multiple simultaneous streams of stimulation. Concurrently, we assayed the topographic distribution of alpha-band oscillatory mechanisms, a measure of attentional suppression. Participants performed a difficult detection task that required simultaneous attention to two stimuli in contiguous (undivided) or non-contiguous parts of space. In the undivided condition, the classic pattern of attentional modulation was observed, with increased amplitude of the early visual evoked response and increased alpha amplitude ipsilateral to the attended hemifield. For the divided condition, early visual responses to attended stimuli were also enhanced, and the observed multifocal topographic distribution of alpha suppression was in line with the divided attention hypothesis. These results support the existence of divided attentional spotlights, providing evidence that the corresponding modulation occurs during initial sensory processing time-frames in hierarchically early visual regions, and that suppressive mechanisms of visual attention selectively target distracter locations during divided spatial attention. PMID:24606564

  17. Knowledge Reduction Based on Divide and Conquer Method in Rough Set Theory

    Feng Hu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The divide and conquer method is a typical granular computing method using multiple levels of abstraction and granulations. So far, although some achievements based on divided and conquer method in the rough set theory have been acquired, the systematic methods for knowledge reduction based on divide and conquer method are still absent. In this paper, the knowledge reduction approaches based on divide and conquer method, under equivalence relation and under tolerance relation, are presented, respectively. After that, a systematic approach, named as the abstract process for knowledge reduction based on divide and conquer method in rough set theory, is proposed. Based on the presented approach, two algorithms for knowledge reduction, including an algorithm for attribute reduction and an algorithm for attribute value reduction, are presented. Some experimental evaluations are done to test the methods on uci data sets and KDDCUP99 data sets. The experimental results illustrate that the proposed approaches are efficient to process large data sets with good recognition rate, compared with KNN, SVM, C4.5, Naive Bayes, and CART.

  18. Particle-in-cell simulations of electron beam control using an inductive current divider

    Swanekamp, S. B.; Angus, J. R.; Cooperstein, G.; Ottinger, P. F.; Richardson, A. S.; Schumer, J. W.; Weber, B. V.

    2015-11-01

    Kinetic, time-dependent, electromagnetic, particle-in-cell simulations of the inductive current divider are presented. The inductive current divider is a passive method for controlling the trajectory of an intense, hollow electron beam using a vacuum structure that inductively splits the beam's return current. The current divider concept was proposed and studied theoretically in a previous publication [Swanekamp et al., Phys. Plasmas 22, 023107 (2015)]. A central post carries a portion of the return current (I1), while the outer conductor carries the remainder (I2) with the injected beam current given by Ib = I1 + I2. The simulations are in agreement with the theory which predicts that the total force on the beam trajectory is proportional to (I2-I1) and the force on the beam envelope is proportional to Ib. Independent control over both the current density and the beam angle at the target is possible by choosing the appropriate current-divider geometry. The root-mean-square (RMS) beam emittance (ɛRMS) varies as the beam propagates through the current divider to the target. For applications where control of the beam trajectory is desired and the current density at the target is similar to the current density at the entrance foil, there is a modest 20% increase in ɛRMS at the target. For other applications where the beam is pinched to a current density ˜5 times larger at the target, ɛRMS is 2-3 times larger at the target.

  19. Brain activity during divided and selective attention to auditory and visual sentence comprehension tasks

    Mona eMoisala

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we measured brain activity of human participants while they performed a sentence congruence judgment task in either the visual or auditory modality separately, or in both modalities simultaneously. Significant performance decrements were observed when attention was divided between the two modalities compared with when one modality was selectively attended. Compared with selective attention (i.e., single tasking, divided attention (i.e., dual-tasking did not recruit additional cortical regions, but resulted in increased activity in medial and lateral frontal regions which were also activated by the component tasks when performed separately. Areas involved in semantic language processing were revealed predominantly in the left lateral prefrontal cortex by contrasting incongruent with congruent sentences. These areas also showed significant activity increases during divided attention in relation to selective attention. In the sensory cortices, no crossmodal inhibition was observed during divided attention when compared with selective attention to one modality. Our results suggest that the observed performance decrements during dual-tasking are due to interference of the two tasks because they utilize the same part of the cortex. Moreover, semantic dual-tasking did not appear to recruit additional brain areas in comparison with single tasking, and no crossmodal inhibition was observed during intermodal divided attention.

  20. Large-scale atomistic simulations of nanostructured materials based on divide-and-conquer density functional theory

    Shimojo, F.; Ohmura, S.; Nakano, A.; Kalia, R. K.; Vashishta, P.

    2011-05-01

    A linear-scaling algorithm based on a divide-and-conquer (DC) scheme is designed to perform large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations, in which interatomic forces are computed quantum mechanically in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT). This scheme is applied to the thermite reaction at an Al/Fe2O3 interface. It is found that mass diffusion and reaction rate at the interface are enhanced by a concerted metal-oxygen flip mechanism. Preliminary simulations are carried out for an aluminum particle in water based on the conventional DFT, as a target system for large-scale DC-DFT simulations. A pair of Lewis acid and base sites on the aluminum surface preferentially catalyzes hydrogen production in a low activation-barrier mechanism found in the simulations

  1. Large-scale atomistic simulations of nanostructured materials based on divide-and-conquer density functional theory

    Vashishta P.

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available A linear-scaling algorithm based on a divide-and-conquer (DC scheme is designed to perform large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations, in which interatomic forces are computed quantum mechanically in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT. This scheme is applied to the thermite reaction at an Al/Fe2O3 interface. It is found that mass diffusion and reaction rate at the interface are enhanced by a concerted metal-oxygen flip mechanism. Preliminary simulations are carried out for an aluminum particle in water based on the conventional DFT, as a target system for large-scale DC-DFT simulations. A pair of Lewis acid and base sites on the aluminum surface preferentially catalyzes hydrogen production in a low activation-barrier mechanism found in the simulations

  2. Are egalitarians really vulnerable to the Levelling-Down Objection and the Divided World Example?

    S. Subramanian

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available This essay is a quick critique of one aspect of Derek Parfit’s criticism of Egalitarianism in his larger consideration of the claims of, and distinction between, Prioritarianism and Egalitarianism. It reviews issues relating to the ‘Levelling Down Objection’ and the ‘Divided World Example’. More specifically, it is argued that the Levelling Down Objection is a serious problem only for Pure Telic Egalitarianism, not for Pluralist Telic Egalitarianism; and thateven in a Divided World, one can have an egalitarian justification forpreferring an equal distribution of a smaller sum of wellbeing to an unequal distribution of a larger sum. By these means, it is contended that Parfit’s claim of the vulnerability of Egalitarianism to the Levelling Down Objection and the Divided World Example is not sustainable

  3. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF MUSCLE SPLITTING VERSUS MUSCLE DIVIDING INCISION IN OPEN CHOLECYSTECTOMY

    Sanjeev

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Many incision have been advocated and used for open cholecystectomy. It is the muscle division which is supposed to be responsible for postoperative pain and the resultant local and systemic effects. This study was undertaken at BPSGMC for woman at Khanpurkalan to know whether muscle splitting technique for open cholecystectomy affects postoperative pain, discomfort and encourages early mobilization with reduction in hospital stay compared with traditional rectus muscle dividing open cholecystectomy. About one hundred female patients were randomly divided into two groups and observations were noted. Pain measurement was done by simple pain, sedation and nausea scoring system as given by Dr. Ann Coleman. The day on which patient became mobile and were fit for discharge were noted in both groups. It was found in this study that the muscle splitting incision is superior to muscle dividing incision in term of less pain, early mobility, less physiological alteration, decreased morbidity and hospital stay.

  4. Application of Adaptive Divided Difference Filter on GPS/IMU Integrated Navigation System

    ZHAO Pei-pei; LI Shi-xin; XIAO Zhi-tao

    2009-01-01

    The efficient and accurate approximate nonlinear filters have been widely used in the estimation of states and parameters of dynamical systems.In this paper,an adaptive divided difference filter is designed for precise estimation of states and parameters of mieromechanical gyro navigation system.Based on the investigation of nonlinear divided difference filter the adaptive divided difference filter(ADDF)was designed,which takes account of the incorrect time-varying noise statistics of dynamical systems and compensation of the nonlinearity effects neglected by linearization.And its performance is superior to that of DDF and extended Kalman filter (EKF). Simulation results indicate that the advantages of the proposed nonlinear filters make them attractive alternatives to the extended Kalman filter.

  5. Kinematic Identification of Parallel Mechanisms by a Divide and Conquer Strategy

    Durango, Sebastian; Restrepo, David; Ruiz, Oscar; Restrepo-Giraldo, John Dairo; Achiche, Sofiane

    using the inverse calibration method. The identification poses are selected optimizing the observability of the kinematic parameters from a Jacobian identification matrix. With respect to traditional identification methods the main advantages of the proposed Divide and Conquer kinematic identification...... strategy are: (i) reduction of the kinematic identification computational costs, (ii) improvement of the numerical efficiency of the kinematic identification algorithm and, (iii) improvement of the kinematic identification results. The contributions of the paper are: (i) The formalization of the inverse...... calibration method as the Divide and Conquer strategy for the kinematic identification of parallel symmetrical mechanisms and, (ii) a new kinematic identification protocol based on the Divide and Conquer strategy. As an application of the proposed kinematic identification protocol the identification of a...

  6. Reducing the Digital Divide among Children Who Received Desktop or Hybrid Computers for the Home

    Gila Cohen Zilka

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Researchers and policy makers have been exploring ways to reduce the digital divide. Parameters commonly used to examine the digital divide worldwide, as well as in this study, are: (a the digital divide in the accessibility and mobility of the ICT infrastructure and of the content infrastructure (e.g., sites used in school; and (b the digital divide in literacy skills. In the present study we examined the degree of effectiveness of receiving a desktop or hybrid computer for the home in reducing the digital divide among children of low socio-economic status aged 8-12 from various localities across Israel. The sample consisted of 1,248 respondents assessed in two measurements. As part of the mixed-method study, 128 children were also interviewed. Findings indicate that after the children received desktop or hybrid computers, changes occurred in their frequency of access, mobility, and computer literacy. Differences were found between the groups: hybrid computers reduce disparities and promote work with the computer and surfing the Internet more than do desktop computers. Narrowing the digital divide for this age group has many implications for the acquisition of skills and study habits, and consequently, for the realization of individual potential. The children spoke about self improvement as a result of exposure to the digital environment, about a sense of empowerment and of improvement in their advantage in the social fabric. Many children expressed a desire to continue their education and expand their knowledge of computer applications, the use of software, of games, and more. Therefore, if there is no computer in the home and it is necessary to decide between a desktop and a hybrid computer, a hybrid computer is preferable.

  7. E-LEARNING AND THE GLOBAL DIVIDE: The Challenges Facing Distance Education in Africa

    Bamidele A. OJO

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the question of distance education and its pivotal role in promoting social change and development in Africa. It also discussed within the context of the global digital divide and the ongoing need for collaborative effort at global education, the limitation imposed by the socio-economic and political environment on the continent. The paper in its findings conclude that the crisis within African societies constitutes a serious challenge to the implementation of and the effectiveness of distance education in Africa and therefore contributes to the widening of the digital divide rather than reducing it.

  8. Application of multi-singlechip based on radioactive reagent diluting and dividing system

    The radioactive reagent diluting and dividing system exchanges information with human by using LCD screen and keyboard. Five high precision step-motors are used to make the mechanical arm with two injectors moving to three-dimensional location, and control the inhalation volume of the two injectors. There are six singlechips in this system. All of the singlechips are united to a cooperative system by serial-bus. This system can be used to divide and dilute the radioactive reagent with high precision and no contamination. (authors)

  9. Design of Microstrip Power Divider%微带功分器的设计

    杨峥峥

    2012-01-01

    This paper introduces the design method of wideband microstrip power divider,designs a microstrip power divider with operating band 6~18 GHz,uses the advanced design system(ADS) software of Agilent Co.to perform simulation,fetches the ideal result.%介绍了宽带微带功分器的设计方法,设计工作频带在6~18GHz的微带功分器,使用Agilent公司的高级设计系统(ADS)软件进行仿真,得到了理想的结果。

  10. MRI enterography with divided dose oral preparation: Effect on bowel distension and diagnostic quality

    Rakesh Sinha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To assess the impact of an extended oral preparation magnetic resonance (MR enterography protocol on bowel distension, timing of imaging, and the quality of diagnostic images. Materials and Methods: An analysis of 52 patients who underwent divided oral preparation and 39 patients who underwent standard preparation for MR enterography examination was done. Distension was assessed by measuring the transverse diameters of the jejunum, ileum, and the ileocecal region. Diagnostic quality of the examination was assessed subjectively by two radiologists and graded as poor, diagnostic, and excellent (Grades 1-3. Correlation between bowel diameter and diagnostic quality was assessed using regression analysis. Results: The mean diameters of the jejunum, ileum, and colon in patients who underwent divided preparation were 1.90 ± 0.47, 2.14 ± 0.41, and 4.27 ± 0.96 cm, respectively, and the mean diameters in patients who underwent standard preparation were 1.46 ± 0.47, 2.02 ± 0.47, and 4.45 ± 0.90 cm, respectively. A total of 96.6% of patients on divided dose had diagnostic distension of the bowel (Grades 2 and 3. A total of 87.9% of the patients on standard dose had diagnostic distension of the bowel (Grades 2 and 3. A greater number of patients who underwent divided preparation had diagnostic quality examinations compared to those given standard preparation (96.6% vs. 87.9%. A greater number of patients who underwent divided preparation had Grade 3 quality examinations compared to those on standard preparation (75.5% vs. 68.5%. There was significant difference between diagnostic (Grades 2 and 3 and optimal grades (Grade 3 of the jejunal diameters in patients having divided or standard preparation (89.7% vs. 66.6%, P < 0.05; 40.8% vs. 25%, P < 0.05, respectively. Linear regression showed a positive correlation between increasing bowel diameter and diagnostic grade of the examination (ρ = 0.76. Conclusion: Using an extended oral preparation with

  11. Design and development of a low-cost divided bar apparatus

    McGuinness, Turlough; Hemmingway, Phil; Long, Michael

    2014-01-01

    A divided bar apparatus is deemed to be the most accurate method of measuring the thermal conductivity, λ, (W/mK) of intact rock cores in the laboratory. The divided bar is a steady-state comparative method in which the temperature drop across a disk of rock is compared with that across a disk of standard material of known conductivity. Thermal conductivity test results obtained from rock cores can be used in software programs to determine the design requirements for any medium to large-scale...

  12. Soul and Role Dialogues in Higher Education: Healing the Divided Self

    Michalec, Paul; Brower, Gary

    2012-01-01

    A group of faculty and staff gather in a conference room in the student union to share experiences with the soul-role divide at work and in the classroom. The meeting begins with a reminder of the group's conversational norms that invite deep reflection and a safe place for the soul. The purpose of the meeting is exploring the deep heartfelt and…

  13. Transcending the Divide: Where College and Secondary Reading and Study Research Coincide

    Flippo, Rona F.

    2011-01-01

    Those who teach literacy usually accept the idea that reading, writing, and study strategies are developmental. Youngsters develop their literacy from birth on, and, to some teachers, dividing literacy education into steadfast designations such as early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, and college learning (which may have pragmatic value)…

  14. Bridging the Theory/Practice Divide in Education: Seeing Reading as Research and Research as Reading

    Boody, Robert M.

    2010-01-01

    For decades there has been a divide between educational research and practice. Sometimes the blame is placed on teachers for not following research-based strategies or not being trained well enough to read the literature. Just as frequently the blame is placed on researchers for not (a) studying topics important to teachers, (b) writing them so…

  15. Step Up & Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides

    Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2015

    2015-01-01

    "Step Up & Lead Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides" makes the case that America's persistent gaps in education, income, and wealth are widening, with the fastest growing segments of our population the least likely to have the opportunities they need to succeed. It argues that, to effectively educate…

  16. A HISTOCHEMICAL OBSERVATION ON THE DIVIDING SEGMENT OF HEAD AND BODY OF MOUSE EPIDIDYMIS

    JIATai-He; etal

    1989-01-01

    Enzymatic activities of acid phosphatasc, alkaline phosphatase, ATPase, SDHase,LDHase and PAS stain in the head-body part of mouse epididymis were investigated. The head-body part was divided into seven segments. Segment I was composed of ductuli of

  17. Closing the Digital Divide: Education Telecommunications Systems and Possibilities in Western Australia

    Trinidad, Sue

    2007-01-01

    The research reported in this paper considers the current telecommunications network for the three education systems of state, independent and catholic schools in Western Australia as well as drawing on the personal experiences of teachers in these systems as the government attempts to close the digital divide with its Networking the Nation…

  18. Digital divide across borders: A cross-national study of adolescents use of digital technologies

    Notten, N.J.W.R.; Peter, J.; Kraaykamp, G.L.M.; Valkenburg, P.M.

    2009-01-01

    In this study, we analyse digital divides in terms of social inequality in digital access and use patterns from a hierarchical perspective. Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003 in 30 nations, we focus on social cleavages in mid-adolescents access and use of

  19. The leisure divide: Can the 'Third World' come out to play?

    P.A. Arora (Payal)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractAs billions of dollars are invested in mitigating the digital divide, stakes are raised to gain validity for these cost-intensive endeavors, focusing more on online activities that have clear socio-economic outcomes. Hence, farmers in rural India are watched closely to see how they acces

  20. Digital divide across borders : A cross-national study of adolescents’ use of digital technologies

    Notten, N.; Peter, J.; Kraaykamp, G.; Valkenburg, P.M.

    2009-01-01

    In this study, we analyse digital divides in terms of social inequality in digital access and use patterns from a hierarchical perspective. Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003 in 30 nations, we focus on social cleavages in mid-adolescents’ access and use of

  1. The Digital Divide across All Citizens of the World: A New Concept

    James, Jeffrey

    2008-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the requirements for and implications of, moving from the confines of the conventional concept of the digital divide to one that reflects a world distribution of Internet users with different income levels, with particular reference to those users living in poverty. The first part of the note provides a simple,…

  2. 21 CFR 610.63 - Divided manufacturing responsibility to be shown.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 7 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Divided manufacturing responsibility to be shown. 610.63 Section 610.63 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN... manufacturing responsibility to be shown. If two or more licensed manufacturers participate in the...

  3. The use of the Internet in Morocco: Test for measuring the second digital divide

    Samira Oukarfi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This article proposes to prove economically the existence of a second level digital divide in Morocco. We have well designed and administered a questionnaire to approach 1030 persons living in the two largest cities of the Kingdom: Rabat and Casablanca. It seemed to us at the appropriate time to get down working in these big cities where normally there should not be any digital divide, at least the one of first degree, in order to detect inequalities in the use of the Internet. By the present field work we seek to determine far beyond Internet access, a kind of persons being behind the second degree digital divide. Our results lead us to say that the use of the Internet in the cities is influenced by socioeconomic position and the living conditions of individuals. The second degree digital divide is omnipresent. These results are enough to put into perspective the effectiveness of policies to ensure a wide coverage of the country by the ICT expected to create the added value and improve the living standards and social wellbeing of citizens.

  4. The Electoral College Exacerbates the Red-Blue Divide and Disenfranchises Ethnic Minorities

    Webster, Gregory D.

    2007-01-01

    Comments on the article by Seyle and Newman "A house divided? The psychology of red and blue America,". Seyle and Newman argued that perceiving the American political landscape in terms of red and blue (to describe conservative and liberal perspectives, respectively) might unnecessarily pigeonhole people's dynamic social identities into one of two…

  5. How To Manage the Emerging Generational Divide in the Contemporary Knowledge-Rich Workplace.

    Novicevic, Milorad M.; Buckley, M. Ronald

    2001-01-01

    Addresses the manager's dilemmas and options in resolving emerging latent intergenerational conflict in the contemporary knowledge-rich workplace. Topics include a theoretical framework for generational divide management; the polarization in task requirements; social and environmental factors; differences in employee needs and expectations; and…

  6. An Internal ALD-Based High Voltage Divider and Signal Circuit for MCP-based Photodetectors

    Adams, Bernhard W.; Elagin, Andrey; Elam, Jeffrey W.; Frisch, Henry J.; Genat, Jean-Francois; Gregar, Joseph S.; Mane, Anil U.; Minot, Michael J.; Northrup, Richard; Obaid, Razib; Oberla, Eric; Alexander, Vostrikov; Wetstein, Matthew

    2015-04-21

    We describe a pin-less design for the high voltage (HV) resistive divider of the all-glass LAPPD (TM) 8 in,square thin photodetector module. The divider, which distributes high voltage applied to the photocathode to the two micro-channel plates (MCPs) that constitute the amplification stage, is comprised of the two MCPs and three glass mechanical spacers, each of which is coated with a resistive layer using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The three glass grid spacers and the two MCPs form a continuous resistive path between cathode and anode, with the voltages across the MCPs and the spacers determined by the resistance of each. High voltage is applied on an external tab on the top glass window that connects to the photocathode through the metal seal. The DC ground is supplied by microstrips on the bottom glass plate that form the high-bandwidth anode. The microstrips exit the package through the glass-frit seal of the anode base-plate and the package sidewall. The divider is thus completely internal, with no HV pins penetrating the low-profile flat glass package. Measurements of the performance of the divider are presented for the 8 in.-square MCP and spacer package in a custom test fixture and for an assembled externally pumped LAPPD (TM) prototype with an aluminum photocathode. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. An internal ALD-based high voltage divider and signal circuit for MCP-based photodetectors

    Adams, Bernhard W. [Argonne National Laboratory (United States); Elagin, Andrey [Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (United States); Elam, Jeffrey W. [Argonne National Laboratory (United States); Frisch, Henry J., E-mail: frisch@hep.uchicago.edu [Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (United States); Genat, Jean-Francois [Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (United States); Gregar, Joseph S.; Mane, Anil U. [Argonne National Laboratory (United States); Minot, Michael J. [Minotech Engineering, Inc and Incom, Inc (United States); Northrop, Richard; Obaid, Razib; Oberla, Eric; Vostrikov, Alexander; Wetstein, Matthew [Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (United States)

    2015-04-21

    We describe a pin-less design for the high voltage (HV) resistive divider of the all-glass LAPPD{sup TM} 8 in.-square thin photodetector module. The divider, which distributes high voltage applied to the photocathode to the two micro-channel plates (MCPs) that constitute the amplification stage, is comprised of the two MCPs and three glass mechanical spacers, each of which is coated with a resistive layer using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The three glass grid spacers and the two MCPs form a continuous resistive path between cathode and anode, with the voltages across the MCPs and the spacers determined by the resistance of each. High voltage is applied on an external tab on the top glass window that connects to the photocathode through the metal seal. The DC ground is supplied by microstrips on the bottom glass plate that form the high-bandwidth anode. The microstrips exit the package through the glass-frit seal of the anode base-plate and the package sidewall. The divider is thus completely internal, with no HV pins penetrating the low-profile flat glass package. Measurements of the performance of the divider are presented for the 8 in.-square MCP and spacer package in a custom test fixture and for an assembled externally pumped LAPPD{sup TM} prototype with an aluminum photocathode.

  8. Reassessing the Racial Divide in Support for Capital Punishment: The Continuing Significance of Race

    Unnever, James D.; Cullen, Francis T.

    2007-01-01

    This project investigates the racial divide in support for capital punishment. The authors examine whether race has a direct effect on support for capital punishment and test whether the influence of race varies across class, being a native southerner, confidence in government officials, political orientation, and religious affiliation. Using data…

  9. The Racial Divide in Support for the Death Penalty: Does White Racism Matter?

    Unnever, James D.; Cullen, Francis T.

    2007-01-01

    Using data from the 2000 National Election Study, this research investigates the sources of the racial divide in support for capital punishment with a specific focus on white racism. After delineating a measure of white racism, we explore whether it can account for why a majority of African Americans oppose the death penalty while most whites…

  10. Public attitudes on the gay marriage debate are divided along party lines

    Clements, Ben

    2012-01-01

    The Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller, made a statement to Parliament yesterday about gay marriage. Following this Ben Clements analyses the attitudes towards gay marriage among party supporters and finds that party affiliation is a clear dividing line in public opinion on this issue.

  11. Reducing the Digital Divide through ICT Adoption: Factors, Barriers, and How ICT in Schools Can Help

    Tengtrakul, Pitikorn

    2013-01-01

    Through econometric analysis of data from multiple surveys, this study explores factors that affect ICT adoption and evaluates the extent to which ICT in schools affect the ICT adoption of surrounding communities, in order to provide a perspective that can help narrow the gap of digital divide. Understanding factors affecting ICT adoption may…

  12. Self-calibration of divided circles on the basis of a prime factor algorithm

    A new method for the self-calibration of divided circles is presented which is based on a known prime factor algorithm for the discrete Fourier transform (DFT). The method, called prime factor division (PFD) calibration, is of interest in angle metrology specially for self-calibrating angle encoders, and generally for a significant shortening of the cross-calibration between two divided circles. It requires that the circular division number N can be expressed as a product N = R × S, whereby the factors R and S are relatively prime integer numbers. For the self-calibration of a divided circle, N difference measurements between R angle positions in a regular distribution and one reference angle position determined by S are evaluated by a two-dimensional DFT, yielding the N absolute division errors. The factor R is preferably chosen small, down to a minimum of R = 2, whereas the factor S may be as large as appropriate for the division number N of interest. In the case of a cross-calibration between two divided circles, the PFD method reduces the number of measurements necessary from N2 to (R + 1) × N. Experimental results are demonstrated for the calibrations of an optical polygon with 24 faces (prime factor product 3 × 8) and a gearwheel with 44 teeth (prime factor product 4 × 11)

  13. An improved fully integrated, high-speed, dual-modulus divider

    A fully integrated 2n/2n+1 dual-modulus divider in GHz frequency range is presented. The improved structure can make all separated logic gates embed into correlative D flip—flops completely. In this way, the complex logic functions can be performed with a minimum number of devices and with maximum speed, so that lower power consumption and faster speed are obtained. In addition, the low-voltage bandgap reference needed by the frequency divider is specifically designed to provide a 1.0 V output. According to the design demand, the circuit is fabricated in 0.18 μm standard CMOS process, and the measured results show that its operating frequency range is 1.1–2.5 GHz. The dual-modulus divider dissipates 1.1 mA from a 1.8 V power supply. The temperature coefficient of the reference voltage circuit is 8.3 ppm/°C when the temperature varies from −40 to +125 °C. By comparison, the dual-modulus divide designed in this paper can possess better performance and flexibility. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  14. Near-Earth Asteorid Lightcurve Analysis at CS3-Palmer Divide Station: 2016 January-April

    Warner, Brian D.

    2016-07-01

    Lightcurves for 38 near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) were obtained at the Center for Solar System Studies-Palmer Divide Station (CS3-PDS) from 2016 January-April. Also reported are 4 lightcurves obtained from 2014-2015 that were not previously published.

  15. Characterization of polyester with fiberglass materials as reinforcement in interior dividing walls

    Santos, Tiago; Velosa, J. C.; Ramos, Luís F.; Fangueiro, Raúl; Mendonça, Paulo

    2012-01-01

    Some synthetic fibers present better mechanical performance compared with the natural fibers. Therefor research works were carried out to focus the characterization of polyester and glass fibers to be used as reinforcements in the internal dividing walls. Results from polyester fabrics made of compression with or without fiberglass were obtained.

  16. 76 FR 55643 - Helena National Forest; Montana; Divide Travel Plan EIS

    2011-09-08

    ... for wheeled and over-snow motorized vehicles. Consistent with Forest Service travel planning... Forest Service Helena National Forest; Montana; Divide Travel Plan EIS AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA... Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the effects of proposed changes...

  17. Great Divide Resource Area Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan

    United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

    1990-01-01

    This document records the decision made by the Bureau of Land Management for managing approximately 4 million acres of public land surface and 5 million acres of federal mineral estate administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Great Divide Resource Area.

  18. An internal ALD-based high voltage divider and signal circuit for MCP-based photodetectors

    We describe a pin-less design for the high voltage (HV) resistive divider of the all-glass LAPPDTM 8 in.-square thin photodetector module. The divider, which distributes high voltage applied to the photocathode to the two micro-channel plates (MCPs) that constitute the amplification stage, is comprised of the two MCPs and three glass mechanical spacers, each of which is coated with a resistive layer using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The three glass grid spacers and the two MCPs form a continuous resistive path between cathode and anode, with the voltages across the MCPs and the spacers determined by the resistance of each. High voltage is applied on an external tab on the top glass window that connects to the photocathode through the metal seal. The DC ground is supplied by microstrips on the bottom glass plate that form the high-bandwidth anode. The microstrips exit the package through the glass-frit seal of the anode base-plate and the package sidewall. The divider is thus completely internal, with no HV pins penetrating the low-profile flat glass package. Measurements of the performance of the divider are presented for the 8 in.-square MCP and spacer package in a custom test fixture and for an assembled externally pumped LAPPDTM prototype with an aluminum photocathode

  19. Quantifying and Mapping the Digital Divide from an Internet Point of View

    Cottrell, R.Les; /SLAC; Khan, Shahryar; /NUST, Rawalpindi; Williams, Jerrod; /SLAC; Mehdi, Akbar; Kalim, Umar; Ali, Arshad; /NUST, Rawalpindi

    2008-09-18

    Quantitative knowledge of the magnitude, extent and trends of the Digital Divide are critical to understand and identify the regions most in need of help, to make rational decisions on how to address the problems and to make cases for executives, funding agencies and politicians. We report on a project (PingER) to measure the Digital Divide from the point of view of Internet performance. The PingER project has been measuring Internet performance since 1995 and with the increased emphasis on measuring and tracking the Digital Divide, it now covers over 700 hosts in over 150 countries that between them contain over 99% of the world's Internet connected population. In this paper we will describe the how PingER works, it deployment, the data analysis, and presentation. We also introduce a new PingER visualization tool (ViPER) that provides a more appealing interactive visualization of the PingER data and also works on mobile PDAs. We will also show results from PingER that illustrate the magnitude, extent and trends for the Digital Divide, and also compare PingER results with some human development and technology indices.

  20. Toward a Multifaceted Model of Internet Access for Understanding Digital Divides: An Empirical Investigation

    Deursen, van Alexander J.A.M.; Dijk, van Jan A.G.M.

    2015-01-01

    In this investigation, a multifaceted model of Internet appropriation that encompasses four types of access—motivational, material, skills, and usage—is tested with a representative sample of the Dutch population. The analysis indicates that while the digital divide policies' focus has moved to skil

  1. Particle-in-cell simulations of electron beam control using an inductive current divider

    Swanekamp, S. B.; Angus, J. R.; Cooperstein, G.; Ottinger, P. F.; Richardson, A. S.; Schumer, J. W.; Weber, B. V. [Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, District of Columbia 20375 (United States)

    2015-11-15

    Kinetic, time-dependent, electromagnetic, particle-in-cell simulations of the inductive current divider are presented. The inductive current divider is a passive method for controlling the trajectory of an intense, hollow electron beam using a vacuum structure that inductively splits the beam's return current. The current divider concept was proposed and studied theoretically in a previous publication [Swanekamp et al., Phys. Plasmas 22, 023107 (2015)]. A central post carries a portion of the return current (I{sub 1}), while the outer conductor carries the remainder (I{sub 2}) with the injected beam current given by I{sub b} = I{sub 1} + I{sub 2}. The simulations are in agreement with the theory which predicts that the total force on the beam trajectory is proportional to (I{sub 2}−I{sub 1}) and the force on the beam envelope is proportional to I{sub b}. Independent control over both the current density and the beam angle at the target is possible by choosing the appropriate current-divider geometry. The root-mean-square (RMS) beam emittance (ε{sub RMS}) varies as the beam propagates through the current divider to the target. For applications where control of the beam trajectory is desired and the current density at the target is similar to the current density at the entrance foil, there is a modest 20% increase in ε{sub RMS} at the target. For other applications where the beam is pinched to a current density ∼5 times larger at the target, ε{sub RMS} is 2–3 times larger at the target.

  2. Effects of nonlinear rheology, temperature and anisotropy on the relationship between age and depth at ice divides

    Martín, C.; Gudmundsson, G. H.

    2012-01-01

    Ice flow in divide areas is strongly anisotropic. The evolution of ice fabric, from the onset of divide flow towards steady state with a fully developed fabric, has been shown to profoundly affect both the stratigraphy and surface topography of ice divides. Here, we investigate the effects of ice flow on the age-versus-depth relationship at ice divides by using a full Stokes thermomechanical model with a non-linear anisotropic constitutive relation between ...

  3. The quantum divide why Schrödinger's cat is either dead or alive

    Gerry, Christopher C

    2013-01-01

    Using a selection of key experiments performed over the past 30 years or so, we present a discussion of the strikingly counter-intuitive phenomena of the quantum world that defy explanation in terms of everyday "common sense" reasoning, and we provide the corresponding quantum mechanical explanations with a very elementary use of associated formalism. Most, but certainly not all, of the experiments we describe are optical experiments involving a very small number of photons (particles of light). We begin with experiments on the wave-particle duality of electrons, proceed to experiments on the particle nature of light and single photon interference, delayed choice experiments and interaction-free detection, then go on to experiments involving the interference of two photons, quantum entanglement and Bell's Theorem, quantum teleportation, large-scale quantum effects and the divide between the classical and quantum worlds, addressing the question as to whether or not there is such a divide.

  4. Quality of health care and the role of relationships: bridging the medico-legal divide.

    Mor, Sagit; Einy, Orna Rabinovich

    2012-01-01

    This Article focuses on an often overlooked barrier to efforts to enhance the quality of health care: the relationship crisis that currently exists between physicians and patients. This state of affairs has resulted from the divide between the medical and legal worlds. The medical arena has understandably tended to view the doctor-patient relationship as a purely medical issue, ignoring the law's impact in generating and sustaining problematic relationship patterns. The legal world has yet to fully recognize this state of affairs, and the law's role in its evolution and persistence. We offer a relational approach to health-care law as a means of bridging the divide between the two disciplines. In the malpractice context, this would entail adopting a no-fault compensation scheme, which is committed to strengthening collaborative doctor-patient relations, enhancing patient safety and systemic learning, while providing adequate compensation. PMID:22616544

  5. Divide and rule: A qualitative analysis of the debriefing process in elite team sports.

    Macquet, A-C; Ferrand, C; Stanton, N A

    2015-11-01

    This article aimed to gain an understanding of the process of debriefing during major competitions in elite team sports. Debrief interviews were conducted with 9 head coaches. The interview data were used to identify how head coaches divided up the tasks given to staff and team members prior to, and during the post-match debriefing. Results showed that debriefing consisted of two steps: preparation and presentation. Preparation referred to four successive tasks. Presentation to the team of players consisted of eight tasks relating to transformational and transactional styles of leadership. Coaches were shown to divide the labor within the staff and team. The data tend to support the view that in elite team sports, coaches are both transformational and transactional leaders, adapting their style of leadership to the situation, athletes and time available. This study provides insights into the task-work and team-work underlying team functioning and division of labor. PMID:26154201

  6. Photoreactivation of ultraviolet irradiated non-dividing populations of ICR 2A frog cells

    Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of non-dividing populations of ICR 2A frog cells led to their detachment from the surface of the culture dish and eventual lysis. Exposure of the cells to photoreactivating light after UV irradiation prevented cell killing and was accompanied by a loss of endonuclease sensitive sites from DNA. This photoreversal did not take place when the cells were exposed at 40C to photoreactivating light indicating that the reversal was the result of photoenzymatic repair. As the action of photoreactivating enzyme is specific for the repair of pyrimidine dimers in DNA, the results suggest that pyrimidine dimers in DNA are the critical lesions leading to the death of non-dividing populations of UV irradiated cells. (author)

  7. The household energy gap: examining the divide between habitual- and purchase-related conservation behaviours

    This paper examines the conceptual divide between energy saving behaviours in the home, relating to purchase-oriented behaviours and habitual action to conserve energy. Considerable empirical research indicates that this divide is of utility when characterising energy saving behaviour. However, little attention has been focused around the association between energy saving behaviours and other environmental actions. Accordingly, this paper examines the structural bases of energy conservation behaviours in the wider context of environmental behaviour. These findings are then used to examine the characteristics of energy savers as they relate to other environmental actions. Using cluster analysis, the paper defines a range of behavioural characteristics that transcend energy saving and other environmental actions. The use of such an approach to policy makers seeking to encourage energy conservation practices is discussed at the end of the paper

  8. Effect of Layers Position on Fracture Toughness of Functionally Graded Steels in Crack Divider Configuration

    Ali Nazari; Jamshid Aghazadeh Mohandesi; Shadi Riahi

    2011-01-01

    In the present study, fracture toughness of functionally graded steels in crack divider configuration has been modeled. By utilizing plain carbon and austenitic stainless steels slices with various thicknesses and arrangements as electroslag remelting electrodes, functionally graded steels were produced. The fracture toughness of the functionally graded steels in crack divider configuration has been found to depend on the composites' type together with the volume fraction and the position of the containing phases. According to the area under stress-strain curve of each layer in the functionally graded steels, a mathematical model has been presented for predicting fracture toughness of composites by using the rule of mixtures. The fracture toughness of each layer has been modified according to the position of that layer where for the edge layers, net plane stress condition was supposed and for the central layers, net plane strain condition was presumed. There is a good agreement between experimental results and those acquired from the analytical model.

  9. Constructing Two-Dimensional Voronoi Diagrams via Divide-and-Conquer of Envelopes in Space

    Setter, Ophir

    2009-05-01

    We present a general framework for computing two-dimensional Voronoi diagrams of different classes of sites under various distance functions. The framework is sufficiently general to support diagrams embedded on a family of two-dimensional parametric surfaces in $R^3$. The computation of the diagrams is carried out through the construction of envelopes of surfaces in 3-space provided by CGAL (the Computational Geometry Algorithm Library). The construction of the envelopes follows a divide-and-conquer approach. A straightforward application of the divide-and-conquer approach for computing Voronoi diagrams yields algorithms that are inefficient in the worst case. We prove that through randomization the expected running time becomes near-optimal in the worst case. We show how to employ our framework to realize various types of Voronoi diagrams with different properties by providing implementations for a vast collection of commonly used Voronoi diagrams. We also show how to apply the new framework and other exist...

  10. IUE and Einstein survey of late-type giant and supergiant stars and the dividing line

    Haisch, Bernhard M.; Bookbinder, Jay A.; Maggio, A.; Vaiana, G. S.; Bennett, Jeffrey O.

    1990-01-01

    Results are presented on an IUE UV survey of 255 late-type G, K, and M stars, complementing the Maggio et al. (1990) Einstein X-ray survey of 380 late-type stars. The large data sample of X-ray and UV detections make it possible to examine the activity relationship between the X-ray and the UV emissions. The results confirm previous finding of a trend involving a steeply-dropping upper envelope of the transition region line fluxes, f(line)/f(V), as the dividing line is approached. This suggests that a sharp decrease in maximum activity accompanies the advancing spectral type, with the dividing line corresponding to this steep gradient region. The results confirm the rotation-activity connection for stars in this region of the H-R diagram.

  11. Maintenance management of Holke milling machine's universal dividing head

    Management in general can be interpreted as a rule for controlling the number of people to achieve the goals desired. Management of maintenance activities can be developed from the above definition by describing the activities of the universal dividing head treatment at Holke milling machine. The equipment is a major tool in the milling machine used to manufacture a wide range of very precise grooves, the hole and diameter should have the same distance, and the even and uneven distribution. The tool was damaged and cannot be functioned. The bearing of fulcrum axle was crushed and the screw shaft was worn out due to aging. Therefore, maintenance activity was carried out by replacing of bearing. Function test was then made, and the result shows that the universal dividing head can function well. (author)

  12. Optical frequency divider with division uncertainty at the 10^(-21) level

    Yao, Yuan; Yu, Hongfu; Bi, Zhiyi; Ma, Longsheng

    2016-01-01

    Optical clocks with unprecedented accuracy of 10^(-18) will lead to innovations in many research areas. All the applications of optical clocks rely on the ability of precisely converting the frequency from one optical clock to another, or particularly to the frequencies in the fiber telecom band for long-distance transmission. Here, we report a low-noise, high precision optical frequency divider. It can realize accurate optical frequency conversion as well as enable precise measurement of optical frequency ratios. By comparing against the frequency ratio between the fundamental and the second harmonic of a 1064 nm laser rather than a second similar system, the optical frequency divider is demonstrated to have a frequency division instability of 6e-19 at 1 s and a fractional frequency division uncertainty of 1.4e-21, nearly three orders of magnitude better than the most accurate optical clocks. It allows optical clocks to be accessible to many precision measurement applications.

  13. A dialectical take on artifact ecologies and the physical - digital divide

    Bødker, Susanne; Klokmose, Clemens Nylandsted

    In this position paper, we will present and discuss our understanding of artifact ecologies as we have developed it, rooted in activity theoretical HCI and dialectical thinking . Our basis is in the Human-Artifact Model, as well as well as cases where we have worked with artifact ecologies in...... analysis and design of computer mediated activity. The paper concludes with a positioning of our perspective vis-a-vis the notions of natural and blended interaction and the physical-digital divide...

  14. The Collaborative Divide: Crafting Architectural Identity, Authority, and Authorship in the Twentieth Century

    Doctors, Steven I.

    2010-01-01

    ABSTRACTThe Collaborative Divide:Crafting Architectural Identity, Authority, and Authorship in the Twentieth CenturybySteven I. DoctorsDoctor of Philosophy in ArchitectureUniversity of California, BerkeleyProfessor C. Greig Crysler The object of study in this dissertation is a discourse promulgated by architects for much of the twentieth century that assigned transformative attributes to collaboration relative to the purpose and potentiality of the profession. Underpinning these aspirations ...

  15. Design of injection locked frequency divider in 65nm CMOS technology for mmW applications

    Brandano, Davide; González Jiménez, José Luis

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, an Injection Locking Frequency Divider (ILFD) in 65 nm RF CMOS Technology for applications in millimeter-wave (mm-W) band is presented. The proposed circuit achieves 12.69% of locking range without any tuning mechanism and it can cover the entire mm-W band in presence of Process, Voltage and Temperature (PVT) variations by changing the Injection Locking Oscillator (ILO) voltage control. A design methodology flow is proposed for ILFD design and an overvie...

  16. Research on the Dividing Method for Present-Day Regional Active Block

    Zhang Xiaoliang; Jiang Zaisen; Chen Bing; Wang Qi; Zhang Xi

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, a new idea that combines Quasi-Accurate Detection of gross errors (QUAD) with discontinuous deformation positive analysis, is brought forward to divide the regional active blocks. The method can improve the demarcation of active blocks for areas lacking with observation data and offer a new train of through for the complete study of the regional deformation of active blocks. In addition, using the Sichuan-Yunnan area as example, the practice process of the method is introduced briefly.

  17. What is New in the Digital Divide? Understanding Internet Use by Teenagers from Different Social Backgrounds

    Micheli, M.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose In recent times the relationship between social stratification and internet use has become more complex. In order to understand the new configuration of the digital divide, this paper examines the relationship between socioeconomic background and digital engagement among youths. Methodology/approach This study explores digital inequalities among Italian teenagers from a holistic perspective. It draws on primary data obtained with a triangulation of methods: a survey on a repr...

  18. Program-Controlled High Voltage Module in Active Voltage Dividers(AVD) for MPGD

    Ginting, Muhammad Fadhil

    2016-01-01

    Micro Pattern Gas Detectors (MPGD) applications are rapidly developing and became an important part of upgrades for the LHC detectors. RD51/CERN have worked on Active Voltage Divider (AVD) technology for multistage MPGDs, One of the next developments for the AVD is to design and integrate high voltage module in a single box. The Program-Controlled High Voltage Module, part of one AIDA2020 project, has been successfully designed and developed, and can be integrated in AVD design.

  19. The leisure divide: Can the 'Third World' come out to play?

    Arora, Payal

    2012-01-01

    textabstractAs billions of dollars are invested in mitigating the digital divide, stakes are raised to gain validity for these cost-intensive endeavors, focusing more on online activities that have clear socio-economic outcomes. Hence, farmers in rural India are watched closely to see how they access crop prices online, while their Orkuting gets sidelined as anecdotal. This paper argues that this is a fundamental problem as it treats users in emerging markets as somehow inherently different f...

  20. DESIGN OF V-BAND SUBSTRATE INTEGRATED WAVEGUIDE POWER DIVIDER, CIRCULATOR AND COUPLER

    Bouchra Rahali; Mohammed Feham

    2013-01-01

    Recently there is growing interest in a new technology, substrate integrated waveguide (SIW), it has been applied successfully to the conception of planar compact components for the microwave and millimeter waves applications. In this study, a V-band substrate integrated waveguide power divider, circulator and coupler are conceived and optimized by Ansoft HFSS code. Thus, through this modeling, design considerations and results are discussed and presented. Attractive features i...

  1. Substrate integrated waveguide power divider, circulator and coupler in [10-15] GHz band

    Feham, Bouchra Rahali Mohammed

    2014-01-01

    The Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW) technology is an attractive approach for the design of high performance microwave and millimeter wave components, as it combines the advantages of planar technology, such as low fabrication costs, with the low loss inherent to the waveguide solution. In this study, a substrate integrated waveguide power divider, circulator and coupler are conceived and optimized in [10-15] GHz band by Ansoft HFSS code. Thus, results of this modeling are presented, disc...

  2. Characteristics of Optimal Function for Ontology Similarity Measure via Multi-dividing

    Wei Gao; Tianwei Xu

    2012-01-01

    As a powerful tool, ontology has been widely applied in social science, medicine science and computer science. In computer networks, especially, ontology is used for search extension, thus boost the quality of information retrieval. Ontology concept similarity calculation is an essential problem in these applications. A new method to get similarity between vertices on ontology graph is by machine learning, and multi-dividing algorithm is suitable for ontology problem. It is usually get an ont...

  3. Household computer and Internet access: The digital divide in a pediatric clinic population

    Carroll, Aaron E.; Rivara, Frederick P; Ebel, Beth; Zimmerman, Frederick J.; Christakis, Dimitri A.

    2005-01-01

    Past studies have noted a digital divide, or inequality in computer and Internet access related to socioeconomic class. This study sought to measure how many households in a pediatric primary care outpatient clinic had household access to computers and the Internet, and whether this access differed by socio-economic status or other demographic information. We conducted a phone survey of a population-based sample of parents with children ages 0 to 11 years old. Analyses asses...

  4. Understanding the divide between the theory and practice of organisational change

    Julien Pollack

    2015-01-01

    This paper reviews the different ways that academics and practitioners write about and discuss change management, to develop an understanding of whether there is a divide between the theory and practice of change management. This research used scientometric research techniques to compare three corpora: one based on the most cited research in the general management literature on change management; one based on the most cited research in specialist change management journals; and one based on i...

  5. The mobile internet: access, use, opportunities and divides among European children

    Mascheroni, Giovanna; Ólafsson, Kjartan

    2015-01-01

    Based on data collected through the Net Children Go Mobile survey of approximately 3500 respondents aged 9–16 years in seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom), this article examines the diffusion of smartphones among children and contributes to existing research on mobile digital divides by investigating what influences the adoption of smartphones among children and whether going online from a smartphone is associated with specific...

  6. Sociological implications of scientific publishing: Open access, science, society, democracy and the digital divide

    Herb, Ulrich

    2010-01-01

    Claims for Open Access are mostly underpinned with a) science-related arguments (Open Access accelerates scientific communication) b) financial arguments (Open Access relieves the serials crisis), c) social arguments (Open Access reduces the Digital Divide), d) democracy-related arguments (Open Access facilitates participation) e) and socio-political arguments (Open Access levels disparities). Using sociological concepts and notions, this article analyses some of the ass...

  7. Book review: divided we stand: the strategy and psychology of Ireland’s dissident terrorists

    O’Branski, Meg

    2013-01-01

    Drawing on one of the largest open-source militant databases ever assembled, Divided We Stand aims to describe the activities, histories, motivations, psychology, and strategy of the small, dynamic, and rapidly evolving splinter groups that continue to erode peace, stability, and normalization in Northern Ireland. Meg O’Branski finds that this is an excellent choice for anyone interested in the study of political violence, particularly those concerned with the conflict in Northern Ireland, an...

  8. What Belgium Can Teach Bosnia: The Uses of Autonomy in 'Divided House' States

    Sherrill Stroschein

    2003-01-01

    Belgium and Bosnia can be understood as 'divided house' states, which contain proportionally similar groups with opposing views regarding whether the states should be more unitary or more decentralized. The Belgian example demonstrates that even where groups disagree on state structure, a mixture of various forms of group autonomy may facilitate stability and compromise within the state. Belgium addresses this dilemma in two ways: 1) non-territorial autonomous unites in the form of linguistic...

  9. Bring Your Own Devices Classroom: Issues of Digital Divides in Teaching and Learning Contexts

    Adhikari, Janak; Mathrani, Anuradha; Parsons, David

    2016-01-01

    Technology mediated learning provide potentially valuable resources for learners' academic and social development. However, according to recent researches, as the adoption stages of ICTs advance there arise further levels of digital divides in terms of equity of information literacy and learning outcomes. For the last three years we have been working with the first secondary school in New Zealand to introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Our research has included a number of methods...

  10. Mobile Phones Bridging the Digital Divide for Teens in the US?

    Katie Brown; Campbell, Scott W.; Rich Ling

    2011-01-01

    In 2009, just 27% of American teens with mobile phones reported using their devices to access the internet. However, teens from lower income families and minority teens were significantly more likely to use their phones to go online. Together, these surprising trends suggest a potential narrowing of the digital divide, offering internet access to those without other means of going online. This is an important move, as, in today’s society, internet access is central to active citizenship in ge...

  11. Decision Record for the Designation of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

    United States, Department of the Interior, National Park Service

    1999-01-01

    Based on the analysis of potential environmental impacts contained in the Environmental Assessment for the Designation of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, WY-050-EA9-008, dated 1/25/99, we have determined that impacts are not expected to be significant and an environmental impact statement is not required. The decisions contained in this document are in compliance with the applicable land use plans covering the BLM-administered public lands to be designated as the Continental Di...

  12. Floods of May-July 1975 Along the Continental Divide in Montana

    Johnson, M.V.; Omang, R.J.

    1976-01-01

    Extensive flooding occurred along both sides of the Continental Divide in Montana from May through July 1975. Runoff from above average snowpack at low altitudes combined with runoff from rainfall to cause floods in May. Snowmelt from high altitudes and above average rain in June caused flooding and sustained high flows into July. Federal and State agencies estimated flood damage at about $53,000,000. Peak stages, flow rates, and estimated frequencies were determined for 124 sites.

  13. A NOVEL DESIGN OF CURRENT MODE MULTIPLIER/DIVIDER CIRCUITS FOR ANALOG SIGNAL PROCESSING

    M.MOHANKUMAR; R.GOWRIMANOHARI; M.ISHWARYA NIRANJANA; E.ARUN KUMAR

    2014-01-01

    In analog signal processing, current is used as input variables. In this design current mode multiplier /divider circuits is implemented in two modes. Thus implementing the circuit with proposed concept has very small linearity errors. In addition, high linearity is achieved because high accuracy current mirrors are adopted and the output current is insensitive to the temperature. The proposed computational structures are designed for implementing in 0.18-μm CMOS technology, with ...

  14. Socio-Economic Characteristics of Immigrants in Western Greece Region: Urban – Rural Continuum or Divide?

    Theodoros Iosifides; Thanasis Kizos; Elektra Petracou; Ekaterini Malliotaki; Konstantina Katsimantou; Elena Sarri

    2006-01-01

    This paper aims at an investigation of factors of differentiation of basic social and economic characteristics of foreign immigrants in the Region of Western Greece. The paper explores whether the thesis of urban-rural divide is relevant for the differentiation of immigrants’ socio-economic characteristics in a typical Region of Greece, where there is a strong interplay between major urban centers and large rural areas. Findings show that spatial factors play a very limited role in the differ...

  15. HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE PUBLIC/PRIVATE DIVIDE IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

    Radačić, Ivana

    2007-01-01

    Summary: Women’s human rights have long been marginalised in international human rights law. The public/private divide on which international human rights law rests has been constructed in a manner that obscures the experiences of women and fails to challenge women’s disadvantage. In this paper, I discuss the problem of the marginalisation of women’s rights in international human rights law and propose reforms to fully incorporate women’s experiences of human rights abuse. T...

  16. MRI enterography with divided dose oral preparation: Effect on bowel distension and diagnostic quality

    Rakesh Sinha; Sudarshan Rawat

    2013-01-01

    Aim: To assess the impact of an extended oral preparation magnetic resonance (MR) enterography protocol on bowel distension, timing of imaging, and the quality of diagnostic images. Materials and Methods: An analysis of 52 patients who underwent divided oral preparation and 39 patients who underwent standard preparation for MR enterography examination was done. Distension was assessed by measuring the transverse diameters of the jejunum, ileum, and the ileocecal region. Diagnostic quality of ...

  17. A Control Strategy for Reactive and Extractive Dividing-wall Columns

    Rodriguez Hernandez, Manuel; Li, Ping Zhou; Diaz Moreno, Francisco Ismael

    2015-01-01

    Dividing-wall Columns (DWC) are being an important breakthrough in distillation technology due to the energy consumption and capital cost reduction they provide. There is an incresing amount of research papers devoted to DWCs although most of them present different applications and DWC setups like extractive DWC, azeotropic DWC or reactive DWC. These units have strong interactions in their operation and to achieve a good control is of great importance to guarantee a smooth and stable perfo...

  18. Identification of dividing, determined sensory neuron precursors in the mammalian neural crest

    Greenwood, Amy L.; Turner, Eric E.; Anderson, David J.

    1999-01-01

    Sensory and autonomic neurons of the vertebrate peripheral nervous system are derived from the neural crest. Here we use the expression of lineage-specific transcription factors as a means to identify neuronal subtypes that develop in rat neural crest cultures grown in a defined medium. Sensory neurons, identified by expression of the POU-domain transcription factor Brn-3.0, develop from dividing precursors that differentiate within 2 days following emigration from the neural tube. Most of th...

  19. High Power Combiner/Divider Design for Dual Band RF Power Amplifiers

    Flattery, Kyle; Amin, Shoaib; Rönnow, Daniel; Mahamat, Yaya; Eroglu, Abdullah

    2015-01-01

    Design of low loss with an enhanced thermal profile power divider/combiner for high power dual-band Radio Frequency (RF) power amplifier applications is given. The practical implementation, low loss and substrate characteristics make this type of combiner ideal for high power microwave applications.  The combiner operational frequencies are chosen to operate at 900 MHz and 2.14 GHz, which are common frequencies for concurrent dual band RF power amplifiers. The analytical results are verified ...

  20. A continuum, not a divide: The relationship between representations of nonhuman animals and prejudice towards immigrants

    Petersen, Shandi

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to examine whether representations of nonhuman animals could affect prejudice toward immigrants. Previous research has indicated that belief in a large divide between humans and other animals may underlie dehumanization and prejudice, whereas a belief in the continuity between humans and nonhuman animals can decrease dehumanization and prejudice. Based on Costello and Hodson’s (2010) study, an experimental framework was designed with two conditions, the anima...

  1. Holocene accumulation and ice flow near the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide ice core site

    Koutnik, Michelle R.; Fudge, T. J.; Conway, Howard; Waddington, Edwin D.; Neumann, Thomas A.; Cuffey, Kurt M.; Buizert, Christo; Taylor, Kendrick C.

    2016-05-01

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Core (WDC) provided a high-resolution climate record from near the Ross-Amundsen Divide in Central West Antarctica. In addition, radar-detected internal layers in the vicinity of the WDC site have been dated directly from the ice core to provide spatial variations in the age structure of the region. Using these two data sets together, we first infer a high-resolution Holocene accumulation-rate history from 9.2 kyr of the ice-core timescale and then confirm that this climate history is consistent with internal layers upstream of the core site. Even though the WDC was drilled only 24 km from the modern ice divide, advection of ice from upstream must be taken into account. We evaluate histories of accumulation rate by using a flowband model to generate internal layers that we compare to observed layers. Results show that the centennially averaged accumulation rate was over 20% lower than modern at 9.2 kyr before present (B.P.), increased by 40% from 9.2 to 2.3 kyr B.P., and decreased by at least 10% over the past 2 kyr B.P. to the modern values; these Holocene accumulation-rate changes in Central West Antarctica are larger than changes inferred from East Antarctic ice-core records. Despite significant changes in accumulation rate, throughout the Holocene the regional accumulation pattern has likely remained similar to today, and the ice-divide position has likely remained on average within 5 km of its modern position. Continent-scale ice-sheet models used for reconstructions of West Antarctic ice volume should incorporate this accumulation history.

  2. Effect of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Non-Industrial Countries-Digital Divide Model

    Mahmoud Z. Iskandarani

    2008-01-01

    The influence of information and communication technology on the collective activities and interests of a broad range of people was discussed and analyzed. The important consequence of ICT called digital divide was mathematically modeled and the results analyzed. The closed loop feedback model proved the need for a society to be educationally, culturally, economically and politically ready to integrate and implement new technologies into its infrastructure.

  3. Impact of the digital divide on information literacy training in a higher education context

    Segarani Naidoo; Jaya Raju

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports on a master’s study undertaken to investigate the impact of the digital divide on information literacy(IL) training of Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Since1994 the demographics of higher education institutions in South Africa have changed. Today these institutions compriseheterogeneous groups of students, by race, economic background, digital background, etc. and consequently with differentlevels of literacy, infor...

  4. Rich Communication, Social Motivations, and Coordinated Resistance against Divide-and-Conquer: A Laboratory Investigation

    Timothy N. Cason; Vai-Lam Mui

    2015-01-01

    Effective deterrence of leader transgression is necessary for economic development, and coordinated resistance by citizens is key to deter leader transgression. Leaders, however, often employ a divide-and-conquer strategy to prevent successful coordinated resistance. This paper presents a laboratory experiment to investigate how social motivations and free-form communication (Rich Communication) can facilitate coordinated resistance. In our experiment, a leader first decides whether to extrac...

  5. Effects of dividing attention on memory for declarative and procedural aspects of tool use.

    Roy, Shumita; Park, Norman W

    2016-07-01

    Tool-related knowledge and skills are supported by a complex set of memory processes that are not well understood. Some aspects of tools are mediated by either declarative or procedural memory, while other aspects may rely on an interaction of both systems. Although motor skill learning is believed to be primarily supported by procedural memory, there is debate in the current literature regarding the role of declarative memory. Growing evidence suggests that declarative memory may be involved during early stages of motor skill learning, although findings have been mixed. In the current experiment, healthy, younger adults were trained to use a set of novel complex tools and were tested on their memory for various aspects of the tools. Declarative memory encoding was interrupted by dividing attention during training. Findings showed that dividing attention during training was detrimental for subsequent memory for tool attributes as well as accurate demonstration of tool use and tool grasping. However, dividing attention did not interfere with motor skill learning, suggesting that declarative memory is not essential for skill learning associated with tools. PMID:26951117

  6. The cross-section dividing method and a stochastic interpretation of the moliere expansion

    Properties of Moliere scattering process are investigated through the cross-section dividing method. We divide the single-scattering at an adequate angle into the moderate scattering and the large-angle scattering. We have found the expansion parameter or the shape parameter B of Moliere, which corresponds to the splitting angle of the single scattering at eB/2 times the screening angle, acts as the probability parameter to receive the large-angle scattering. A mathematical formulation to derive the angular distribution through the cross-section dividing method is proposed. Small distortions from the gaussian distribution were found in the central distribution produced by the moderate scattering of Moliere, due to the higher Fourier components. Smaller splitting angles than Moliere, e.g. the one-scattering angle χC, will be effective for rapid sampling sequences of Moliere angular distribution, giving almost gaussian central distributions as the product of moderate scattering and low-frequent single-scatterings as the product of large-angle scatterings. (author)

  7. The Political Divide Over Same-Sex Marriage: Mating Strategies in Conflict?

    Pinsof, David; Haselton, Martie

    2016-04-01

    Although support for same-sex marriage has grown dramatically over the past decade, public opinion remains markedly divided. Here, we propose that the political divide over same-sex marriage represents a deeper divide between conflicting mating strategies. Specifically, we propose that opposition to same-sex marriage can be explained in terms of (a) individual differences in short-term mating orientation and (b) mental associations between homosexuality and sexual promiscuity. We created a novel Implicit Association Test to measure mental associations between homosexuality and promiscuity. We found that mental associations between homosexuality and promiscuity, at both the implicit and the explicit levels, interacted with short-term mating orientation to predict opposition to same-sex marriage. Our model accounted for 42.3% of the variation in attitudes toward same-sex marriage, and all predictors remained robust when we controlled for potential confounds. Our results reveal the centrality of mating psychology in attitudes toward same-sex marriage. PMID:26921411

  8. A Ka-band wide locking range frequency divider with high injection sensitivity

    This paper proposes a direct injection-locked frequency divider (ILFD) with a wide locking range in the Ka-band. A complementary cross-coupled architecture is used to enhance the overdriving voltage of the switch transistor so that the divider locking range is extended efficiently. New insights into the locking range and output power are proposed. A new method to analyze and optimize the injection sensitivity is presented and a layout technique to reduce the parasitics of the cross-coupled transistors is applied to decrease the frequency shift and the locking range degradation. The circuit is designed in a standard 90-nm CMOS process. The total locking range of the ILFD is 43.8% at 34.5 GHz with an incident power of −3.5 dBm. The divider IC consumes 3.6 mW of power at the supply voltage of 1.2 V The chip area including the pads is 0.5 × 0.5 mm2. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  9. Water watch

    This issue of open-quotes Water Watchclose quotes focuses on summer streamflow. In addition, a summary of streamflow, soil moisture, and water supply conditions through the end of May is presented. In addition, short-term streamflow forecasts are given. Forecasts are based on the National Weather Service US Climate Analysis Center's 90-day outlook. Temperature and precipitation probability estimates given in the outlook are based primarily on the average of monthly forecasts since 1974 and seasonal forecasts since 1959 at 100 US weather reporting stations. Regional analyses are based on reports and data provided by the National Weather Service Office of Hydrology and River Forecast Centers, the US Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Soil Conservation Service, the California Department of Water Resources, and the US Geological Survey. For purposes of reporting, the US is divided into six regions. The data presented can be used to observe how weather conditions affect hydro generation in April

  10. Water cooled nuclear reactor

    The description is given of a water cooled nuclear reactor comprising a core, cooling water that rises through the core, vertical guide tubes located inside the core and control rods vertically mobile in the guide tubes. In this reactor the cooling water is divided into a first part introduced at the bottom end of the core and rising through it and a second part introduced at the top end of the guide tubes so as to drop in them

  11. Disruptive selection without genome-wide evolution across a migratory divide.

    von Rönn, Jan A C; Shafer, Aaron B A; Wolf, Jochen B W

    2016-06-01

    Transcontinental migration is a fascinating example of how animals can respond to climatic oscillation. Yet, quantitative data on fitness components are scarce, and the resulting population genetic consequences are poorly understood. Migratory divides, hybrid zones with a transition in migratory behaviour, provide a natural setting to investigate the micro-evolutionary dynamics induced by migration under sympatric conditions. Here, we studied the effects of migratory programme on survival, trait evolution and genome-wide patterns of population differentiation in a migratory divide of European barn swallows. We sampled a total of 824 individuals from both allopatric European populations wintering in central and southern Africa, respectively, along with two mixed populations from within the migratory divide. While most morphological characters varied by latitude consistent with Bergmann's rule, wing length co-varied with distance to wintering grounds. Survival data collected during a 5-year period provided strong evidence that this covariance is repeatedly generated by disruptive selection against intermediate phenotypes. Yet, selection-induced divergence did not translate into genome-wide genetic differentiation as assessed by microsatellites, mtDNA and >20 000 genome-wide SNP markers; nor did we find evidence of local genomic selection between migratory types. Among breeding populations, a single outlier locus mapped to the BUB1 gene with a role in mitotic and meiotic organization. Overall, this study provides evidence for an adaptive response to variation in migration behaviour continuously eroded by gene flow under current conditions of nonassortative mating. It supports the theoretical prediction that population differentiation is difficult to achieve under conditions of gene flow despite measurable disruptive selection. PMID:26749140

  12. Gold mineralisation near the Main Divide, upper Wilberforce valley, Southern Alps, New Zealand

    Veins up to 8 m wide fill extensional fractures in Torlesse Terrane metasediments near the Main Divide in the upper Wilberforce valley, Canterbury, New Zealand. The upper Wilberforce veins are part of a prominent 40 km long, NNE-trending swarm of gold-bearing veins formed across the Main Divide during the Late Cenozoic rise of the Southern Alps. The veins occur within, and near, a prominent set of faults which constitute the Main Divide Fault Zone. The veins are irregular in shape due to contrasting host rock properties, and have been only weakly sheared and deformed. Veins cut across greywacke beds and follow irregularly along argillite beds, on the 1-10 m scale. Quartz dominates vein mineralogy, but albite forms up to 45% of some veins, and minor chlorite, pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, and gold occur sporadically, especially in breccias near vein margins. Fluid inclusions in vein quartz homogenise at 180-253 degrees C, and arsenopyrite composition (28.3-30.8 at.% As) suggest formation temperatures of 250-350 degrees C. Elevated arsenic levels (up to 200 ppm above a background of 10 ppm) in some host greywackes and argellites suggest that hydrothermal activity pervaded host rocks as well as forming veins, but there is no textural evidence for this fluid flow. Late-stage carbonates in faults adjacent to the quartz veins, but which postdate the quartz veins, have δ18O ranging from 11.1 to 25.6 per thousand, and δ13C ranging from -12.5 to -1.1 per thousand. These carbonates were deposited by a mixture of meteoric and crustally isotopically exchanged fluid as a shallow-level manifestation of the same hydrothermal system which deposited the quartz veins. The upper Wilberforce veins structurally and mineralogically resemble some Late Cenozoic gold-bearing vein systems in the Mt Cook area, 100 km to the southwest along the Southern Alps. (author). 52 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs

  13. ODL and the Impact of Digital Divide on Information Access in Botswana

    Olugbade Oladokun

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Open and distance learning (ODL has created room for the emergence of virtual education. Not only are students found everywhere and anywhere undertaking their studies and earning their degrees, but geographical boundaries between nations no longer appear to have much relevance. As the new education paradigm irretrievably alters the way teaching and learning is conducted, the application of modern educational ICTs has a major role to play.With students of transnational or cross-border education dispersed into various nooks and crannies of Botswana, many others enlist for the “home-baked” distance learning programmes from their diverse locations. Like the face-to-face conventional students, distance learners also have information needs which have to be met. But blocking the distance learners’ realization of their information needs is the digital divide, which further marginalizes the underclass of “info-poor.”The survey method was used, and a questionnaire administered to 519 students of four tertiary level distance teaching institutions that met the criteria set for the study yielded a 70.1% response rate. The results showed that while the Government of Botswana has made considerable effort to ensure country-wide access to ICT, which now constitutes an effective instrument for meeting information needs, a number of problems still exist. The factors impeding easy access are unearthed. The findings of an empirical study portraying some learners as information-rich and others as information-poor, and the consequence of distance learners studying on both sides of the digital divide, are discussed. Suggestions on bridging the digital divide are offered.

  14. Ecological assessment of divided attention: What about the current tools and the relevancy of virtual reality.

    Lopez Maïté, C; Gaétane, D; Axel, C

    2016-01-01

    The ability to perform two tasks simultaneously has become increasingly important as attention-demanding technologies have become more common in daily life. This type of attentional resources allocation is commonly called "divided attention". Because of the importance of divided attention in natural world settings, substantial efforts have been made recently so as to promote an integrated, realistic assessment of functional abilities in dual-task paradigms. In this context, virtual reality methods appear to be a good solution. However to date, there has been little discussion on validity of such methods. Here, we offer a comparative review of conventional tools used to assess divided attention and of the first virtual reality studies (mostly from the field of road and pedestrian safety). The ecological character of virtual environments leads to a better understanding of the influence of dual-task settings and also makes it possible to clarify issues such as the utility of hands-free phones. After discussing the theoretical and clinical contributions of these studies, we discuss the limits of virtual reality assessment, focusing in particular: (i) on the challenges associated with lack of familiarity with new technological devices; (ii) on the validity of the ecological character of virtual environments; and (iii) on the question of whether the results obtained in a specific context can be generalized to all dual-task situations typical of daily life. To overcome the limitations associated with virtual reality, we propose: (i) to include a standardized familiarization phase in assessment protocols so as to limit the interference caused by the use of new technologies; (ii) to systematically compare virtual reality performance with conventional tests or real-life tests; and (iii) to design dual-task scenarios that are independent from the patient's expertise on one of the two tasks. We conclude that virtual reality appears to constitute a useful tool when used in

  15. Connectivity in Later Life: The Declining Age Divide in Mobile Cell Phone Ownership

    Chris Gilleard; Ian Jones; Paul Higgs

    2015-01-01

    In recent decades changes in social connectivity have become key features in the changing contexts of later life. Communities of propinquity no longer seem to be as determining of social relationships as they once were. Mobile cell phone technology and the Internet have redefined what it means to ‘keep in touch’. Some authors have argued that these new forms of connectivity have created a ‘digital divide’ between those who have become active adopters of these technologies and those wh...

  16. Divide by 4 the emissions: the Negatep scenario; Diviser par 4 nos rejets: le scenario Negatep

    Acket, C.; Bacher, P

    2007-01-15

    The Negatep scenario is proposed in the framework of the french energy policy, aiming to divide by 4 the CO{sub 2} emissions for 2050. After an evaluation of the today situation concerning the energy consumption and needs, the scenario proposes some ways of energy conservation in different sectors, other energy sources in place of the fossil fuels, the energy needs by sectors. The last part of the document provides the main consumption posts, the CO{sub 2} releases and the approach. (A.L.B.)

  17. Able but not willing?:Exploring divides in Digital versus Physical payment use in China

    Lloyd, Ashley; Antonioletti, Mario; Sloan, Terence

    2016-01-01

    Purpose– China is the world’s largest user market for digital technologies and experiencing unprecedented rates of rural-urban migration set to create the world’s first “urban billion”. This is an important context for studying nuanced adoption behaviours that define a digital divide. Large-scale studies are required to determine what behaviours exist in such populations, but can offer limited ability to draw inferences about why. The purpose of this paper is to report a large-scale study ins...

  18. Divide and Merge Classification for High Dimensional Multi-Class Datasets

    Sejong Oh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available If a dataset has multiple classes and huge features like microarray data, classification accuracy may be low, even though feature selections are applied to reduce the dimensions of the dataset. Improvement of classification accuracy for the dataset is a challenging task. We propose an efficient classification method based on the "Divide-and-Merge" approach for high dimensional multi-class datasets. In the proposed method, we extracted different feature subsets for each class in an original dataset and generate new datasets. Unknown sample Si is classified into the new datasets and the results are merged for a final decision of the class label.

  19. Crossing the rural-urban divide in twentieth-century China

    Brown, Jeremy

    2008-01-01

    This is a study of the historical process by which an individual's identity as a rural or urban person became one of the most important sites of social difference in twentieth-century China. I focus on interaction between city and countryside to understand how the gap between the two realms grew, especially during the first three decades of the People's Republic of China (1949-1979). Attempts to cross the rural-urban divide reified difference. During the Mao Zedong era, the more city people a...

  20. eGY-Africa: addressing the digital divide for science in Africa

    Baki, Paul; Nguno, Anna; Barton, Charles; Amaeshi, Larry; Tenthani, Chifundo; Petitdidier, Monique; Cottrell, Les

    2013-04-01

    Adoption of information and communication technologies and access to the Internet is expanding in Africa, but because of the rapid growth elsewhere, a Digital Divide between Africa and the rest of the world exists. In many sub-Saharan African countries, education and research sector suffers some of the worst deficiencies in access to the Internet, despite progress in the development of NRENs - National Research and Education (cyber) Networks. By contrast, it is widely acknowledged in policy statements from the African Union, the UN, and others that strength in this very sector provides the key to meeting and sustaining Millennium Development Goals. Developed countries with effective cyber-capabilities proclaim the benefits to rich and poor alike arising from the Information Revolution. This is still a dream for many scientists in African institutions. As the world of science becomes increasingly Internet-dependent, so they become increasingly isolated. eGY-Africa is a bottom-up initiative by African scientists and their collaborators to try to reduce this digital divide by a campaign of advocacy for better institutional facilities. Four approaches are being taken. The present status of Internet services, problems, and plans are being mapped via a combination of direct measurement of Internet performance (the PingER Project) and a questionnaire-based survey. Information is being gathered on policy statements and initiatives aimed at reducing the digital divide, which can be used for arguing the case for better Internet facilities. Groups of concerned scientists are being formed at the national, regional levels in Africa, building on existing networks as much as possible. Opinion in the international science community is being mobilized. Finally, and perhaps most important of all, eGY-Africa is seeking to engage with the many other programs, initiatives, and bodies that share the goal of reducing the digital divide - either as a direct policy objective, or indirectly

  1. Using a Divided Bar Apparatus to Measure Thermal Conductivity of Samples of Odd Sizes and Shapes

    Crowell, J. "; Gosnold, W. D.

    2012-12-01

    Standard procedure for measuring thermal conductivity using a divided bar apparatus requires a sample that has the same surface dimensions as the heat sink/source surface in the divided bar. Heat flow is assumed to be constant throughout the column and thermal conductivity (K) is determined by measuring temperatures (T) across the sample and across standard layers and using the basic relationship Ksample=(Kstandard*(ΔT1+ΔT2)/2)/(ΔTsample). Sometimes samples are not large enough or of correct proportions to match the surface of the heat sink/source, however using the equations presented here the thermal conductivity of these samples can still be measured with a divided bar. Measurements were done on the UND Geothermal Laboratories stationary divided bar apparatus (SDB). This SDB has been designed to mimic many in-situ conditions, with a temperature range of -20C to 150C and a pressure range of 0 to 10,000 psi for samples with parallel surfaces and 0 to 3000 psi for samples with non-parallel surfaces. The heat sink/source surfaces are copper disks and have a surface area of 1,772 mm2 (2.74 in2). Layers of polycarbonate 6 mm thick with the same surface area as the copper disks are located in the heat sink and in the heat source as standards. For this study, all samples were prepared from a single piece of 4 inch limestone core. Thermal conductivities were measured for each sample as it was cut successively smaller. The above equation was adjusted to include the thicknesses (Th) of the samples and the standards and the surface areas (A) of the heat sink/source and of the sample Ksample=(Kstandard*Astandard*Thsample*(ΔT1+ΔT3))/(ΔTsample*Asample*2*Thstandard). Measuring the thermal conductivity of samples of multiple sizes, shapes, and thicknesses gave consistent values for samples with surfaces as small as 50% of the heat sink/source surface, regardless of the shape of the sample. Measuring samples with surfaces smaller than 50% of the heat sink/source surface

  2. Informaticiens Sans Frontières. Helping to bridge the Digital Divide

    Josiane Uwantege

    2009-01-01

    SF was formed as a CERN club during the World Summit for the Information Society, in Geneva, in 2003. Today we are involved in a number of international projects aimed to helping Africa bridge the Digital Divide, as well as using computing power (BOINCs) in the research against Malaria, or creating GRIDs that could allow African universities to join us in scientific research projects such as the LHC. Our latest project, named MANGO Net, is aimed at capacity building, by creating a network of computer assembly schools across the continent, which would form hardware and software technicians, create assembly centres, and lay the foundation for a future IT industry.

  3. Hierarchical robot control structure and Newton's divided difference approach to robot path planning

    2001-01-01

    A hierarchical robot control is proposed for robot soccer system. The Newton' s divided difference is utilized in robot path planning. This paper describes the problems encoutered, software design considerations, vision algorithm and controls of individual robots. The solutions.to the problems implemented are simple and di rect. It is observed that many of the ideas and solutions can be evolved based on simple theories and concepts. This paper focuses on software structure of multi-agent controls, vision algorithm and simple path planning method.

  4. Asteroid lightcurve analysis at the Palmer Divide Observatory - late 2005 and early 2006

    Warner, Brian D.

    2006-09-01

    Lightcurves for 23 of 24 asteroids were obtained at the Palmer Divide Observatory from November 2005 through early February 2006: 224 Oceana, 332 Siri, 494 Virtus, 549 Jessonda, 573 Recha, 596 Scheila, 773 Irmintraud, 840 Zenobia, 1207 Ostenia, 1238 Predappia, 1613 Smiley, 1694 Kaiser, 2839 Annette, 2856 Roeser, 3511 Tsvetaeva, 3635 Kreutz, 3873 Roddy, 4283 Stoffler, 4547 Massachusetts, (5877) 1990 FP, (18582) 1997 XK9, and (21056) 1991 CA1. In addition, a revised period for 1582 Martir based on data obtained in 2000 is presented.

  5. Arnol'd tongues for a resonant injection-locked frequency divider: analytical and numerical results

    Bartuccelli, Michele; Deane, Jonathan H.B.; Gentile, Guido;

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we consider a resonant injection-locked frequency divider which is of interest in electronics, and we investigate the frequency locking phenomenon when varying the amplitude and frequency of the injected signal. We study both analytically and numerically the structure of the Arnol......’d tongues in the frequency–amplitude plane. In particular, we provide exact analytical formulae for the widths of the tongues, which correspond to the plateaux of the devil’s staircase picture. The results account for numerical and experimental findings presented in the literature for special driving terms...... and, additionally, extend the analysis to a more general setting....

  6. DESIGN OF V-BAND SUBSTRATE INTEGRATED WAVEGUIDE POWER DIVIDER, CIRCULATOR AND COUPLER

    Bouchra Rahali

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Recently there is growing interest in a new technology, substrate integrated waveguide (SIW, it has been applied successfully to the conception of planar compact components for the microwave and millimeter waves applications. In this study, a V-band substrate integrated waveguide power divider, circulator and coupler are conceived and optimized by Ansoft HFSS code. Thus, through this modeling, design considerations and results are discussed and presented. Attractive features including compact size and planar form make these devices structure easily integrated in planar circuits.

  7. Review Article: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Western World

    Arran Gare

    2012-01-01

    This is a review Iain McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Western World, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010, ix + 534 pp. ISBN: 978-0-300-16892-1 pb, £11.99, $25.00. It argues that through his work in neuroscience, McGilchrist has provided us with the means to comprehend the nihilistic tendencies of Western civilization, how these tendencies emerged and where they are taking us. He shows it to be the consequence of malfunctiong brains. At the sam...

  8. Application of Divide and Conquer Extended Genetic Algorithm to Tertiary Protein Structure of Chymotrypsin Inhibitor-2

    A. Alfaro

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Determining the method by which a protein thermodynamically folds and unfolds in three-dimension is one of the most complex and least understood problems in modern biochemistry. Misfolded proteins have been recently linked to diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. Because of the large number of parameters involved in defining the tertiary structure of proteins, based on free energy global minimisation, we have developed a new Divide and Conquer (DAC Extended Genetic Algorithm. The approach was applied to explore and verify the energy landscape of protein chymotrypsin inhibitor-2.

  9. A fast and accurate sampling of moliere distribution by dividing the scattering cross section

    A sampling method for multiple Coulomb scattering is presented. The method is constructed by dividing the scattering cross section and exploiting the central limit theorem. If we use the screened Rutherford cross section with the small angle approximation, our method yields Moliere distribution, however, it can be implemented a simple as, and as fast as Gaussian approximation method. It is found that a simple correction make the method applicable to the case where particle pathlength is very small, that is, the expected total number of deflections is down to about five. A correction for taking constant energy loss into account is also presented. (author)

  10. CMOS DESIGN OF A MULTI_INPUT ANALOG MULTIPLIER AND DIVIDER CIRCUIT

    SAATLO, Ali NADERI

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes a CMOS current-mode multi_input analog multiplier and divider circuit based on a new method. Exponential and logarithmic functions are employed to realize the circuit which is used in neural network and fuzzy integrated systems. The major advantages of this multiplier are ability of having multi_input signals, and low Total Harmonic Distortion (THD). The circuit is designed and simulated using MATLAB software and HSPICE simulator by level 49 parameters (BSIM3v3) in 0.35μm ...

  11. Method of Simple Subnet Dividing%简单的子网划分方法

    刘乐

    2011-01-01

    Abstract: In order to make full use of the IP address, subnet concept was born. The subnet mask indicates subnet address and the host address, the subnet mask is successfully divided the subnet.%为了充分利用IP地址,诞生了子网概念。子网掩码标明了子网的网络地址和主机地址,有了子网掩码就成功划分了子网。

  12. eGY-Africa: Addressing the Digital Divide for Science in Africa

    Barton, C.E.; /Australian Natl. U., Canberra; Amory-Mazaudier, C.; /Lab.Phys.Plasmas, Saint Maur des Fosses; Barry, B.; /Assoc.African Univ., Accra; Chukwuma; /Olabisi Onabanjo U.; Cottrell, R.L.; /SLAC; Kalim, U.; /Pakistan Natl. U.; Mebrahtu, A.; /Mekelle U.; Petitdidier, M.; /Lab. d' Atmos., Velizy; Rabiu, B.; /Federal Tech. U., Akure; Reeves, C.; /Earthworks bv, Delft

    2010-06-16

    Adoption of information and communication technologies and access to the Internet is expanding in Africa, but because of the rapid growth elsewhere, a Digital Divide between Africa and the rest of the world exists, and the gap is growing. In many sub-Saharan African countries, education and research sector suffers some of the worst deficiencies in access to the Internet, despite progress in development of NRENs - National Research and Education (cyber) Networks. By contrast, it is widely acknowledged in policy statements from the African Union, the UN, and others that strength in this very sector provides the key to meeting and sustaining Millennium Development Goals. Developed countries with effective cyber-capabilities proclaim the benefits to rich and poor alike arising from the Information Revolution. This is but a dream for many scientists in African institutions. As the world of science becomes increasingly Internet-dependent, so they become increasingly isolated. eGY-Africa is a bottom-up initiative by African scientists and their collaborators to try to reduce this Digital Divide by a campaign of advocacy for better institutional facilities. Four approaches are being taken. The present status of Internet services, problems, and plans are being mapped via a combination of direct measurement of Internet performance (the PingER Project) and a questionnaire-based survey. Information is being gathered on policy statements and initiatives aimed at reducing the Digital Divide, which can be used for arguing the case for better Internet facilities. Groups of concerned scientists are being formed at the national, regional levels in Africa, building on existing networks as much as possible. Opinion in the international science community is being mobilized. Finally, and perhaps most important of all, eGY-Africa is seeking to engage with the many other programs, initiatives, and bodies that share the goal of reducing the Digital Divide - either as a direct policy

  13. Mobile Phones Bridging the Digital Divide for Teens in the US?

    Brown, Katie; Campbell, Scott; Ling, Richard

    2011-01-01

    In 2009, just 27% of American teens with mobile phones reported using their devices to access the internet. However, teens from lower income families and minority teens were significantly more likely to use their phones to go online. Together, these surprising trends suggest a potential narrowing...... of the digital divide, offering internet access to those without other means of going online. This is an important move, as, in today’s society, internet access is central to active citizenship in general and teen citizenship in particular. Yet the cost of this move toward equal access is absorbed by those who...... as non-use) of the internet through mobile phones....

  14. Participatory budgeting at scale and bridging the rural-urban divide in Chengdu

    Cabannes, Y.; Ming, Z.

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes the development of the participatory budgeting (PB) process in the rural villages and communities of the city of Chengdu in China between 2009 and 2012. During this period, more than 40,000 PB-funded projects were implemented in more than 2,300 communities. These projects addressed the growing divide between urban and rural development and increased security of land use rights, resulting in large improvements in the day-to-day lives of millions of villagers. But PB in Che...

  15. Matrix Analysis of the Digital Divide in eHealth Services Using Awareness, Want, and Adoption Gap

    Liang, Te-Hsin

    2012-01-01

    Background The digital divide usually refers to access or usage, but some studies have identified two other divides: awareness and demand (want). Given that the hierarchical stages of the innovation adoption process of a customer are interrelated, it is necessary and meaningful to analyze the digital divide in eHealth services through three main stages, namely, awareness, want, and adoption. Objective By following the three main integrated stages of the innovation diffusion theory, from the c...

  16. Effects of nonlinear rheology, temperature and anisotropy on the relationship between age and depth at ice divides

    Martín, C.; Gudmundsson, G. H.

    2012-01-01

    Ice flow in divide areas is strongly anisotropic. The evolution of ice fabric, from the onset of divide flow towards steady-state with a fully-developed fabric, has been shown to profoundly affect both the stratigraphy and surface topography of ice divides. Here, we investigate the effects of ice flow on the age-versus-depth relationship at ice divides by using a full Stokes thermomechanical model with a non-linear anisotropic constitutive relation between stress and strain rates. We c...

  17. On the Dividing Streamline Concept for Stratified Flow Past Three-Dimensional Axisymmetric Topography: Theoretical Advancements and Unsolved Questions

    Sharma, A.; Leo, L. S.; Thompson, M. Y.; Di Sabatino, S.; Fernando, H. J.; Zhong, Q.; Wang, H.

    2015-12-01

    It is well known that, when a stably stratified flow with approach velocity U and buoyancy frequency N flows over an obstacle of height h, the low-level flow goes around the object while the rest flows over it for low F = U / N h. The streamline that separates the two types of flow is the dividing streamline, and the prediction of its height Hs is of great practical interest. Sheppard (1956) provided the analytical solution Hs = h (1 - F) and, because of its practical utility, the formula continues to be largely employed, notwithstanding the criticism it has attracted because of certain underlying assumptions, viz., 1) the crude approximation of constant N and uniform approach velocity U, which is unrealistic for atmospheric flows; 2) the incorrect assumption of a complete balance between kinetic and potential energy at the mountain summit, which neglects the energy contributions of the perturbation pressure field as well as viscous dissipation adjacent to the hill surface. In this study, the first limitation is addressed by considering a logarithmic approach velocity profile but with constant N. A modified logarithmic velocity profile for stably stratified flows is proposed, and an analytical solution is obtained for Hs in terms of Lambert-W functions. Results are tested against smoke visualization experiments and related field measurements made during the Mountain Terrain Atmospheric Modeling and Observations (MATERHORN) Program. Some of the assumptions and perceived violations of them are tested using laboratory experiments conducted in a stratified water channel.

  18. Action spectra for killing non-dividing normal human and Xeroderma pigmentosum cells

    Non-dividing human cells degenerate and eventually detach from a culture vessel surface when exposed to UV light. Action spectra for this kind of cell inactivation were determined using eight monochromatic wavelengths from 240 to 313 nm and both a normal DNA excision-repair-proficient strain and repair-deficient Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP12BE) strain. The action spectra for both strains have similar shapes with a broad peak between 254 and 280 nm followed by a steep decline at wavelengths greater than 280 nm. The relative action spectra are similar to those for inactivation of reproductive capacity and pyrimidine dimer formation in rodent cells suggesting that the critical target and critical damage for inactivation of non-dividing human cells is DNA and damage to DNA, respectively. Normal repair-proficient cells are 5-7 times more resistant at all wavelengths, based on a comparison of Dsub(o) values, than repair-deficient XP12BE cells, supporting the conclusion that the inactivating damage at all wavelengths is to DNA. (author)

  19. A high linearity current mode multiplier/divider with a wide dynamic range

    Liao Pengfei; Luo Ping; Zhang Bo; Li Zhaoji

    2012-01-01

    A high linearity current mode multiplier/divider (CMM/D) with a wide dynamic range is presented.The proposed CMM/D is based on the voltage-current characteristic of the diode,thus wide dynamic range is achieved.In addition,high linearity is achieved because high accuracy current mirrors are adopted and the output current is insensitive to the temperature and device parameters of the fabrication process.Furthermore,no extra bias current for all input signals is required and thus power saving is realized.With proper selection of establishing the input terminal,the proposed circuit can perform as a multifunction circuit to be operated as a multiplier/divider,without changing its topology.The proposed circuit is implemented in a 0.25 μm BCD process and the chip area is 0.26 ×0.24 mm2.The simulation and measurement results show that the maximum static linearity error is + 1.8% and the total harmonic distortion is 0.4% while the input current ranges from 0 to 200 μA.

  20. Using Photobleaching to Measure Spindle Microtubule Dynamics in Primary Cultures of Dividing Drosophila Meiotic Spermatocytes.

    Savoian, Matthew S

    2015-07-01

    In dividing animal cells, a microtubule (MT)-based bipolar spindle governs chromosome movement. Current models propose that the spindle facilitates and/or generates translocating forces by regionally depolymerizing the kinetochore fibers (k-fibers) that bind each chromosome. It is unclear how conserved these sites and the resultant chromosome-moving mechanisms are between different dividing cell types because of the technical challenges of quantitatively studying MTs in many specimens. In particular, our knowledge of MT kinetics during the sperm-producing male meiotic divisions remains in its infancy. In this study, I use an easy-to-implement photobleaching-based assay for measuring spindle MT dynamics in primary cultures of meiotic spermatocytes isolated from the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. By use of standard scanning confocal microscopy features, fiducial marks were photobleached on fluorescent protein (FP)-tagged MTs. These were followed by time-lapse imaging during different division stages, and their displacement rates were calculated using public domain software. I find that k-fibers continually shorten at their poles during metaphase and anaphase A through the process of MT flux. Anaphase chromosome movement is complemented by Pac-Man, the shortening of the k-fiber at its chromosomal interface. Thus, Drosophila spermatocytes share the sites of spindle dynamism and mechanisms of chromosome movement with mitotic cells. The data reveal the applicability of the photobleaching assay for measuring MT dynamics in primary cultures. This approach can be readily applied to other systems. PMID:25802491