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  1. On-chip fabrication of alkali-metal vapor cells utilizing an alkali-metal source tablet

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    We describe a novel on-chip microfabrication technique for the alkali-metal vapor cell of an optically pumped atomic magnetometer (OPAM), utilizing an alkali-metal source tablet (AMST). The newly proposed AMST is a millimeter-sized piece of porous alumina whose considerable surface area holds deposited alkali-metal chloride (KCl) and barium azide (BaN6), source materials that effectively produce alkali-metal vapor at less than 400 °C. Our experiments indicated that the most effective pore size of the AMST is between 60 and 170 µm. The thickness of an insulating glass spacer holding the AMST was designed to confine generated alkali metal to the interior of the vapor cell during its production, and an integrated silicon heater was designed to seal the device using a glass frit, melted at an optimum temperature range of 460–490 °C that was determined by finite element method thermal simulation. The proposed design and AMST were used to successfully fabricate a K cell that was then operated as an OPAM with a measured sensitivity of 50 pT. These results demonstrate that the proposed concept for on-chip microfabrication of alkali-metal vapor cells may lead to effective replacement of conventional glassworking approaches. (paper)

  2. Magnetometry with millimeter-scale anti-relaxation-coated alkali-metal vapor cells

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    Balabas, M V; Kitching, J; Schwindt, P D D; Stalnaker, J E

    2005-01-01

    Dynamic nonlinear magneto-optical-rotation signals with frequency- and amplitude-modulated laser light have been observed and investigated with a spherical glass cell of 3-mm diameter containing Cs metal with inner walls coated with paraffin. Intrinsic Zeeman relaxation rates of $\\gamma/(2\\pi)\\approx 20 $Hz and lower have been observed. Favorable prospects of using millimeter-scale coated cells in portable magnetometers and secondary frequency references are discussed.

  3. Influence of alkali metals (Na, Li, Rb) on the performance of electrostatic spray-assisted vapor deposited Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells

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    Altamura, Giovanni; Wang, Mingqing; Choy, Kwang-Leong

    2016-02-01

    Electrostatic Spray-Assisted Vapor Deposition (ESAVD) is a non-vacuum and cost-effective method to deposit metal oxide, various sulphide and chalcogenide at large scale. In this work, ESAVD was used to deposit Cu2ZnSn(S1-xSex)4 (CZTSSe) absorber. Different alkali metals like Na, Li and Rb were incorporated in CZTSSe compounds to further improve the photovoltaic performances of related devices. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, no experimental study has been carried out to test the effect of Li and Rb incorporation in CZTSSe solar cells. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and glow discharge spectroscopy have been used to characterize the phase purity, morphology and composition of as-deposited CZTSSe thin films. Photovoltaic properties of the resulting devices were determined by completing the solar cells as follows: Mo/CZTSSe/CdS/i-ZnO/Al:ZnO/Ni/Al. The results showed that Li, Na and Rb incorporation can increase power conversion efficiency of CZTS devices up to 5.5%. The introduction of a thiourea treatment, has improved the quality of the absorber|buffer interface, pushed the device efficiency up to 6.3% which is at the moment the best reported result for ESAVD deposited CZTSSe solar cells.

  4. Influence of alkali metals (Na, Li, Rb) on the performance of electrostatic spray-assisted vapor deposited Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells.

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    Altamura, Giovanni; Wang, Mingqing; Choy, Kwang-Leong

    2016-01-01

    Electrostatic Spray-Assisted Vapor Deposition (ESAVD) is a non-vacuum and cost-effective method to deposit metal oxide, various sulphide and chalcogenide at large scale. In this work, ESAVD was used to deposit Cu2ZnSn(S1-xSex)4 (CZTSSe) absorber. Different alkali metals like Na, Li and Rb were incorporated in CZTSSe compounds to further improve the photovoltaic performances of related devices. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, no experimental study has been carried out to test the effect of Li and Rb incorporation in CZTSSe solar cells. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and glow discharge spectroscopy have been used to characterize the phase purity, morphology and composition of as-deposited CZTSSe thin films. Photovoltaic properties of the resulting devices were determined by completing the solar cells as follows: Mo/CZTSSe/CdS/i-ZnO/Al:ZnO/Ni/Al. The results showed that Li, Na and Rb incorporation can increase power conversion efficiency of CZTS devices up to 5.5%. The introduction of a thiourea treatment, has improved the quality of the absorber(|)buffer interface, pushed the device efficiency up to 6.3% which is at the moment the best reported result for ESAVD deposited CZTSSe solar cells. PMID:26916212

  5. Saturated vapor pressure above the amalgam of alkali metals in discharge lamps

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    Gavrish, S. V.

    2011-12-01

    A theoretical and numerical analysis of the evaporation process of two-component compounds in vapors of alkali metals in discharge lamps is presented. Based on the developed mathematical model of calculation of saturated vapor pressure of the metal above the amalgam, dependences of mass fractions of the components in the discharge volume on design parameters and thermophysical characteristics of the lamp are obtained.

  6. Saturated vapor pressure over molten mixtures of GaCl3 and alkali metal chlorides

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    Volatilities of GaCl3 and alkali metal chlorides over diluted (up to 3 mol %) solutions of GaCl3 in LiCl, NaCl, KCl, RbCl, and CsCl were measured at 1100 K by dynamic and indirect static methods. Chemical composition of saturated vapor over the mixed melts was determined. Partial pressures of the components were calculated. Their values depend essentially on specific alkali metal cation and on concentration of GaCl3; their variation permits altering parameters of GaCl3 distillation from the salt melt in a wide range

  7. Effect of radiation trapping on the polarization of an optically pumped alkali-metal vapor

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    Calculations are presented of the limitations imposed by radiation trapping on the electron spin polarization produced in an alkali-metal vapor by optical pumping in a large magnetic field. It is found that electron spin polarizations of 90% are possible with Na densities up to 1019 atoms/m3 and ground-level relaxation times of 150 μs in a large magnetic field using a cylindrical geometry of radius 7.5 x 10-3 m

  8. Alkali metal ionization detector

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    Bauerle, James E.; Reed, William H.; Berkey, Edgar

    1978-01-01

    Variations in the conventional filament and collector electrodes of an alkali metal ionization detector, including the substitution of helical electrode configurations for either the conventional wire filament or flat plate collector; or, the substitution of a plurality of discrete filament electrodes providing an in situ capability for transferring from an operationally defective filament electrode to a previously unused filament electrode without removing the alkali metal ionization detector from the monitored environment. In particular, the helical collector arrangement which is coaxially disposed about the filament electrode, i.e. the thermal ionizer, provides an improved collection of positive ions developed by the filament electrode. The helical filament design, on the other hand, provides the advantage of an increased surface area for ionization of alkali metal-bearing species in a monitored gas environment as well as providing a relatively strong electric field for collecting the ions at the collector electrode about which the helical filament electrode is coaxially positioned. Alternatively, both the filament and collector electrodes can be helical. Furthermore, the operation of the conventional alkali metal ionization detector as a leak detector can be simplified as to cost and complexity, by operating the detector at a reduced collector potential while maintaining the sensitivity of the alkali metal ionization detector adequate for the relatively low concentration of alkali vapor and aerosol typically encountered in leak detection applications.

  9. Thermal characterization of an AMTEC recirculating test cell. [Alkali Metal ThermoElectric Converter

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    Underwood, M. L.; O'Connor, D.; Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M. A.; Bankston, C. P.

    1990-01-01

    An alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) recirculating test cell has been operated in order to determine the magnitudes of the primary heat losses of the cell and the value of the emissivity of the condenser surface. The energy balance included radiation losses, conductive losses, and losses due to the flow of sodium into the cell. The radiative heat flux dominated the heat loss mechanism of the cell at open circuit, and the condenser emissivity was calculated to be about 0.1. It is shown that, if this emissivity can be reduced to 0.02, then parasitic losses in an AMTEC recirculating test cell operating near peak power would be less than 40 percent of the heat required by the cell. The condenser emissivity decreases with elapsed time, resulting in improved thermal performance of the cell.

  10. Alkali metal sources for OLED devices

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    Cattaneo, Lorena; Longoni, Giorgio; Bonucci, Antonio; Tominetti, Stefano

    2005-07-01

    In OLED organic layers electron injection is improved by using alkali metals as cathodes, to lower work function or, as dopants of organic layer at cathode interface. The creation of an alkali metal layer can be accomplished through conventional physical vapor deposition from a heated dispenser. However alkali metals are very reactive and must be handled in inert atmosphere all through the entire process. If a contamination takes place, it reduces the lithium deposition rate and also the lithium total yield in a not controlled way. An innovative alkali metal dispensing technology has been developed to overcome these problems and ensure OLED alkali metal cathode reliability. The alkali Metal dispenser, called Alkamax, will be able to release up to a few grams of alkali metals (in particular Li and Cs) throughout the adoption of a very stable form of the alkali metal. Lithium, for example, can be evaporated "on demand": the evaporation could be stopped and re-activated without losing alkali metal yield because the metal not yet consumed remains in its stable form. A full characterization of dispensing material, dispenser configuration and dispensing process has been carried out in order to optimize the evaporation and deposition dynamics of alkali metals layers. The study has been performed applying also inside developed simulations tools.

  11. Methods of recovering alkali metals

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    Krumhansl, James L; Rigali, Mark J

    2014-03-04

    Approaches for alkali metal extraction, sequestration and recovery are described. For example, a method of recovering alkali metals includes providing a CST or CST-like (e.g., small pore zeolite) material. The alkali metal species is scavenged from the liquid mixture by the CST or CST-like material. The alkali metal species is extracted from the CST or CST-like material.

  12. Hydrothermal alkali metal recovery process

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    Wolfs, Denise Y.; Clavenna, Le Roy R.; Eakman, James M.; Kalina, Theodore

    1980-01-01

    In a coal gasification operation or similar conversion process carried out in the presence of an alkali metal-containing catalyst wherein solid particles containing alkali metal residues are produced, alkali metal constituents are recovered from the particles by treating them with a calcium or magnesium-containing compound in the presence of water at a temperature between about 250.degree. F. and about 700.degree. F. and in the presence of an added base to establish a pH during the treatment step that is higher than would otherwise be possible without the addition of the base. During the treating process the relatively high pH facilitates the conversion of water-insoluble alkali metal compounds in the alkali metal residues into water-soluble alkali metal constituents. The resultant aqueous solution containing water-soluble alkali metal constituents is then separated from the residue solids, which consist of the treated particles and any insoluble materials formed during the treatment step, and recycled to the gasification process where the alkali metal constituents serve as at least a portion of the alkali metal constituents which comprise the alkali metal-containing catalyst. Preferably, the base that is added during the treatment step is an alkali metal hydroxide obtained by water washing the residue solids produced during the treatment step.

  13. Developments in alkali-metal atomic magnetometry

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    Seltzer, Scott Jeffrey

    Alkali-metal magnetometers use the coherent precession of polarized atomic spins to detect and measure magnetic fields. Recent advances have enabled magnetometers to become competitive with SQUIDs as the most sensitive magnetic field detectors, and they now find use in a variety of areas ranging from medicine and NMR to explosives detection and fundamental physics research. In this thesis we discuss several developments in alkali-metal atomic magnetometry for both practical and fundamental applications. We present a new method of polarizing the alkali atoms by modulating the optical pumping rate at both the linear and quadratic Zeeman resonance frequencies. We demonstrate experimentally that this method enhances the sensitivity of a potassium magnetometer operating in the Earth's field by a factor of 4, and we calculate that it can reduce the orientation-dependent heading error to less than 0.1 nT. We discuss a radio-frequency magnetometer for detection of oscillating magnetic fields with sensitivity better than 0.2 fT/ Hz , which we apply to the observation of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals from polarized water, as well as nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) signals from ammonium nitrate. We demonstrate that a spin-exchange relaxation-free (SERF) magnetometer can measure all three vector components of the magnetic field in an unshielded environment with comparable sensitivity to other devices. We find that octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) acts as an anti-relaxation coating for alkali atoms at temperatures below 170°C, allowing them to collide with a glass surface up to 2,000 times before depolarizing, and we present the first demonstration of high-temperature magnetometry with a coated cell. We also describe a reusable alkali vapor cell intended for the study of interactions between alkali atoms and surface coatings. Finally, we explore the use of a cesium-xenon SERF comagnetometer for a proposed measurement of the permanent electric dipole moments (EDMs

  14. Upgrading platform using alkali metals

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    Gordon, John Howard

    2014-09-09

    A process for removing sulfur, nitrogen or metals from an oil feedstock (such as heavy oil, bitumen, shale oil, etc.) The method involves reacting the oil feedstock with an alkali metal and a radical capping substance. The alkali metal reacts with the metal, sulfur or nitrogen content to form one or more inorganic products and the radical capping substance reacts with the carbon and hydrogen content to form a hydrocarbon phase. The inorganic products may then be separated out from the hydrocarbon phase.

  15. Corrosion by the Alkali Metals

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    This is a review of the state of the art of corrosion testing of materials by the alkali metals, the models proposed to explain the observed corrosion results, and the status of materials selection for application in alkali metal-cooled systems. Corrosion of structural and fuel cladding materials by liquid Na and NaK has been studied intensively, but intermittently for the last 18 years. These studies and the liquid-metal-cooled reactors in operation demonstrate that stainless steels can be considered for structural and cladding applications below 650°C. Above this temperature increased corrosion and radiation-induced embrittlement make them unsatisfactory. Corrosion models are reviewed and their inability to explain all the experimental observations discussed. An alternate model is proposed which qualitatively is in agreement with experimental observations. In this model, the rate-controlling step is either the surface reaction of Fe with ''available oxygen'' (dissolved Na2O) to form an Fe-O-Na complex or the rate at which ''available oxygen'' can reach the surface to form the complex; which process is rate controlling depends on the temperature, Na velocity and oxygen concentration in the Na. The solution chemistry of oxygen, carbon and alkali metal-oxygen-transition metal complexes dissolved in the alkali metals is reviewed. ''Molecular'' complexes appear unlikely to exist in solution in the alkali metals, although the thermodynamic tendencies for them to form suggest that stable bonds exist in solution between oxygen, the transition and the alkali metals. The insolubility of carbon in ''oxygen-free'' sodium indicates that carbon transfer may be associated with oxygen in sodium down to very low oxygen levels, although experimental data do not generally confirm this postulate. Corrosion of refractory metals by boiling alkali metals at temperatures above 1000°C is markedly affected by impurities in either the liquid or refractory metal; the addition of Ti, Zr or

  16. Alkali-metal intercalation in carbon nanotubes

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    Béguin, F.; Duclaux, L.; Méténier, K.; Frackowiak, E.; Salvetat, J. P.; Conard, J.; Bonnamy, S.; Lauginie, P.

    1999-09-01

    We report on successful intercalation of multiwall (MWNT) and single wall (SWNT) carbon nanotubes with alkali metals by electrochemical and vapor phase reactions. A LiC10 compound was produced by full electrochemical reduction of MWNT. KC8 and CsC8-MWNT first stage derivatives were synthesized in conditions of alkali vapor saturation. Their identity periods and the 2×2 R 0° alkali superlattice are comparable to their parent graphite compounds. The dysonian shape of KC8 EPR line and the temperature-independent Pauli susceptibility are both characteristic of a metallic behavior, which was confirmed by 13C NMR anisotropic shifts. Exposure of SWNT bundles to alkali vapor led to an increase of the pristine triangular lattice from 1.67 nm to 1.85 nm and 1.87 nm for potassium and rubidium, respectively.

  17. Cathode architectures for alkali metal / oxygen batteries

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    Visco, Steven J; Nimon, Vitaliy; De Jonghe, Lutgard C; Volfkovich, Yury; Bograchev, Daniil

    2015-01-13

    Electrochemical energy storage devices, such as alkali metal-oxygen battery cells (e.g., non-aqueous lithium-air cells), have a cathode architecture with a porous structure and pore composition that is tailored to improve cell performance, especially as it pertains to one or more of the discharge/charge rate, cycle life, and delivered ampere-hour capacity. A porous cathode architecture having a pore volume that is derived from pores of varying radii wherein the pore size distribution is tailored as a function of the architecture thickness is one way to achieve one or more of the aforementioned cell performance improvements.

  18. Superconductivity in the alkali metal intercalates of molybdenum disulphide

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    Somoano, R. B.; Hadek, V.; Rembaum, A.

    1972-01-01

    The complete series of alkali metals, lithium through cesium, have been intercalated into molybdenum disulphide, using both the liquid ammonia and vapor techniques. All the intercalates with the exception of lithium yielded full superconducting transitions with onset temperatures of 6 K for AxMoS2(Ax=K,Rb,Cs) and 4 K for BxMoS2(Bx=Li,Na). The superconducting transition for lithium was incomplete down to 1.5 K. Stoichiometries and unit cell parameters have been determined for the intercalation compounds. Both rhombohedral and hexagonal polymorphs of MoS2 have been intercalated and found to exhibit the same superconductivity behavior. The nature of the extraneous superconducting transition of some intercalated samples on exposure to air was elucidated.

  19. The development of a potassium-sulfide glass fiber cell and studies on impurities in alkali metal-sulfur cells

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    Tsang, F. Y.

    1977-01-01

    Potassium sulfur rechargeable cells, having as the electrolyte the thin walls of hollow glass fibers made from permeable glass, were developed. The cells had short lives, probably due to the construction materials and impurities in the potassium. The effect of the impurities in the analogous NA-S system was studied. Calcium, potassium, and NaOH/oxide impurities caused increased resistance or corrosion of the glass fibers. For long lived cell operation, the Na must contain less than 1 ppm Ca and less than a few ppm of hydroxide/oxide. Up to 150 ppm K can be tolerated. After purification of the Na anolyte, cell lifetimes in excess of 1000 deep charge-discharge cycles or over 8 months on continuous cycling at 10-30 percent depth of discharge were obtained.

  20. Study on alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) utilizing the sodium ion conducting β''-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) is a device to convert heat energy to electric energy directly. It is characterized by high conversion efficiencies (20-40%), high power densities (1 W/cm2), no moving parts, low maintenance requirements, high durability, and efficiency independent of size. Because of these merits, AMTEC is one of the most promising candidate for dispersed small scale power station, remote power station and aerospace power systems. In this paper, the theoretical and experimental studies on the thin film electrodes characteristics, power generating characteristics, cell efficiency, integral electrode with large current lead, porous metal current lead, series connected cells power generation, potassium AMTEC, wick return AMTEC and system analysis for space and grand use are reported. (J.P.N.) 79 refs

  1. Structural models for alkali-metal complexes of polyacetylene

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    Murthy, N. S.; Shacklette, L. W.; Baughman, R. H.

    1990-02-01

    Structural models for a stage-2 complex are proposed for polyacetylene doped with less than about 0.1 potassium or rubidium atoms per carbon. These structures utilize as a basic motif an alkali-metal column surrounded by four planar-zig-zag polyacetylene chains, a structure found at the highest dopant levels. In the new stage-2 structures, each polyacetylene chain neighbors only one alkali-metal column, so the phase contains four polymer chains per alkali-metal column. Basic structural aspects for stage-1 and stage-2 structures are now established for both potassium- and rubidium-doped polyacetylene. X-ray-diffraction and electrochemical data show that undoped and doped phases coexist at low dopant concentrations (<0.06 K atom per C). X-ray-diffraction data, down to a Bragg spacing of 1.3 Å, for polyacetylene heavily doped with potassium (0.125-0.167 K atom per C) is fully consistent with our previously proposed stage-1 tetragonal unit cell containing two polyacetylene chains per alkali-metal column. There is no evidence for our samples requiring a distortion to a monoclinic unit cell as reported by others for heavily doped samples. The nature of structural transformations and the relationship between structure and electronic properties are discussed for potassium-doped polyacetylene.

  2. Fundamental study on alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) utilizing the sodium ion conducting β''-alumina is a device to convert heat energy to electric energy directly. In this paper, the results of theoretical and experimental studies on AMTEC power generating characteristics, internal electrical resistances of single cell, and system analysis of AMTEC power generating systems are reported. This paper consists of 5 chapters, which are summarized as follows: In chapter 1, a theoretical explanation of AMTEC, a brief survey of the research and development history of AMTEC and a purpose of this paper are reported. In chapter 2, the properties of β''-alumina, preparations of thin film electrodes, and special attention points to be paid in handling of β''-alumina and film electrodes are reported. The AMTEC power generating characteristics of the tubular cells are also reported. In chapter 3, the experimental results of the disk type cells and the theoretical considerations about internal resistances are reported. The causes of electrode erosion are also reported. In chapter 4, the system analysis on AMTEC steam-turbine combined cycle for a dispersed power station and AMTEC power system for a aerospace power are reported. Chapter 5 summarizes major results achieved in the preceding four chapters as a concluding remark. (J.P.N.) 62 refs

  3. The structure of metallic complexes of polyacetylene with alkali metals

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    Baughman, R. H.; Murthy, N. S.; Miller, G. G.

    1983-07-01

    The crystal structures of sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium doped polyacetylene have been determined using crystal packing and x-ray diffraction analyses. Each of these metallic complexes is tetragonal, with the polyacetylene chains forming a host lattice in which the alkali metal ions are present in channels. Lithium appears to be too small to stabilize the channel structure and an amorphous structure is observed. Predicted unit cell parameters and x-ray diffraction intensities are in agreement with observed values. Similarities with the alkali metal doped graphite suggest that hybridization between carbon pz orbitals and metal s orbitals occurs. Such hybridization is expected to result in a high conductivity component normal to the chain direction. On the other hand, direct overlap between polymer chains appears small, since alkali metal columns separate polymer chains. Compositions calculated for the channel structures (from meridional diffraction spacings, the intensity of equatorial diffraction lines, measured volume expansion, and distances in model complexes) all range from y=0.12 to 0.18 for (CHMy)x, where M is sodium, potassium, rubidium, or cesium.

  4. Recovery of alkali metal constituents from catalytic coal conversion residues

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    Soung, W.Y.

    In a coal gasification operation (32) or similar conversion process carried out in the presence of an alkali metal-containing catalyst wherein particles containing alkali metal residues are produced, alkali metal constituents are recovered from the particles by contacting them with water or an aqueous solution to remove water-soluble alkali metal constituents and produce an aqueous solution enriched in said constituents. The aqueous solution thus produced is then contacted with carbon dioxide to precipitate silicon constituents, the pH of the resultant solution is increased, preferably to a value in the range between about 12.5 and about 15.0, and the solution of increased pH is evaporated to increase the alkali metal concentration. The concentrated aqueous solution is then recycled to the conversion process where the alkali metal constituents serve as at least a portion of the alkali metal constituents which comprise the alkali metal-containing catalyst.

  5. Alkali metals in fungi of forest soil

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    The high affinity of forest soil fungi for alkali metals such as potassium, rubidium, caesium as well as radiocaesium is shown and discussed. Good positive correlation was found between K: Rb concentration ratios in soil and in fungi, when correlation between K: Cs concentration ratios was less pronounced. (LN)

  6. Spin-polarized lithium diffusion in a glass hot-vapor cell

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    Ishikawa, Kiyoshi

    2016-08-01

    We report diffusion coefficients of optically pumped lithium atoms in helium buffer gas. The free-induction decay and the spin-echo signals of ground-state atoms were optically detected in an external magnetic field with the addition of field gradient. Lithium hot vapor was produced in a borosilicate-glass cell at a temperature between 290 and 360°C. The simple setup using the glass cells enabled lithium atomic spectroscopy in a similar way to other alkali-metal atoms and study of the collisional properties of lithium atoms in a hot-vapor phase.

  7. Hydration number of alkali metal ions determined by insertion in a conducting polymer

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    Skaarup, Steen

    2008-01-01

    In aqueous solutions, the alkali metals ions are associated with a number of H2O molecules. A distinction is made between a primary solvent shell, (or inner solvation shell), consisting of H2O molecules directly coordinated to the metal ion, and a secondary (or outer) solvation shell, consisting of...... all other water molecules whose properties are still influenced significantly by the cation. Knowing the hydration number is important when considering, for instance, the transport of Na+ and K+ in biological cell membranes, since their different behavior may depend on the details of ion hydration....... The solvation of alkali metal ions has been discussed for many years without a clear consensus. This work presents a systematic study of the hydration numbers of the 5 alkali metal ions, using the electrochemical insertion of the ions in a conducting polymer (polypyrrole containing the large immobile...

  8. Coprecipitation of alkali metal ions with calcium carbonate

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    The coprecipitation of alkali metal ions Li+, Na+, K+ and Rb+ with calcium carbonate has been studied experimentally and the following results have been obtained: (1) Alkali metal ions are more easily coprecipitated with aragonite than with calcite. (2) The relationship between the amounts of alkali metal ions coprecipitated with aragonite and their ionic radii shows a parabolic curve with a peak located at Na+ which has approximately the same ionic radius as Ca2+. (3) However, the amounts of alkali metal ions coprecipitated with calcite decrease with increasing ionic radius of alkali metals. (4) Our results support the hypothesis that (a) alkali metals are in interstitial positions in the crystal structure of calcite and do not substitute for Ca2+ in the lattice, but (b) in aragonite, alkali metals substitute for Ca2+ in the crystal structure. (5) Magnesium ions in the parent solution increase the amounts of alkali metal ions (Li+, Na+, K+ and Rb+) coprecipitated with calcite but decrease those with aragonite. (6) Sodium-bearing aragonite decreases the incorporation of other alkali metal ions (Li+, K+ and Rb+) into the aragonite. (author)

  9. Superconductivity in alkali metal intercalated iron selenides.

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    Krzton-Maziopa, A; Svitlyk, V; Pomjakushina, E; Puzniak, R; Conder, K

    2016-07-27

    Alkali metal intercalated iron selenide superconductors A x Fe2-y Se2 (where A  =  K, Rb, Cs, Tl/K, and Tl/Rb) are characterized by several unique properties, which were not revealed in other superconducting materials. The compounds crystallize in overall simple layered structure with FeSe layers intercalated with alkali metal. The structure turned out to be pretty complex as the existing Fe-vacancies order below ~550 K, which further leads to an antiferromagnetic ordering with Néel temperature fairly above room temperature. At even lower temperatures a phase separation is observed. While one of these phases stays magnetic down to the lowest temperatures the second is becoming superconducting below ~30 K. All these effects give rise to complex relationships between the structure, magnetism and superconductivity. In particular the iron vacancy ordering, linked with a long-range magnetic order and a mesoscopic phase separation, is assumed to be an intrinsic property of the system. Since the discovery of superconductivity in those compounds in 2010 they were investigated very extensively. Results of the studies conducted using a variety of experimental techniques and performed during the last five years were published in hundreds of reports. The present paper reviews scientific work concerning methods of synthesis and crystal growth, structural and superconducting properties as well as pressure investigations. PMID:27248118

  10. Superconductivity in alkali metal intercalated iron selenides

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    Krzton-Maziopa, A.; Svitlyk, V.; Pomjakushina, E.; Puzniak, R.; Conder, K.

    2016-07-01

    Alkali metal intercalated iron selenide superconductors A x Fe2‑y Se2 (where A  =  K, Rb, Cs, Tl/K, and Tl/Rb) are characterized by several unique properties, which were not revealed in other superconducting materials. The compounds crystallize in overall simple layered structure with FeSe layers intercalated with alkali metal. The structure turned out to be pretty complex as the existing Fe-vacancies order below ~550 K, which further leads to an antiferromagnetic ordering with Néel temperature fairly above room temperature. At even lower temperatures a phase separation is observed. While one of these phases stays magnetic down to the lowest temperatures the second is becoming superconducting below ~30 K. All these effects give rise to complex relationships between the structure, magnetism and superconductivity. In particular the iron vacancy ordering, linked with a long-range magnetic order and a mesoscopic phase separation, is assumed to be an intrinsic property of the system. Since the discovery of superconductivity in those compounds in 2010 they were investigated very extensively. Results of the studies conducted using a variety of experimental techniques and performed during the last five years were published in hundreds of reports. The present paper reviews scientific work concerning methods of synthesis and crystal growth, structural and superconducting properties as well as pressure investigations.

  11. High-Order Dispersion Coefficients for Alkali-metal Atoms

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    KANG Shuai; DING Chi-Kun; CHEN Chang-Yong; WU Xue-Qing

    2013-01-01

    High-order dispersion coefficients C9,C11,C12,and C13 for the ground-state alkali-metals were calculated by combining the l-dependent model potential of alkali-metal atoms and linear variation method based on B-spline basis functions.The results were compared.

  12. Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Alkali Metal Ions.

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    Kim, Youngsam; Nguyen, Thuy-Tien T; Churchill, David G

    2016-01-01

    The common Group 1 alkali metals are indeed ubiquitous on earth, in the oceans and in biological systems. In this introductory chapter, concepts involving aqueous chemistry and aspects of general coordination chemistry and oxygen atom donor chemistry are introduced. Also, there are nuclear isotopes of importance. A general discussion of Group 1 begins from the prevalence of the ions, and from a comparison of their ionic radii and ionization energies. While oxygen and water molecule binding have the most relevance to biology and in forming a detailed understanding between the elements, there is a wide range of basic chemistry that is potentially important, especially with respect to biological chelation and synthetic multi-dentate ligand design. The elements are widely distributed in life forms, in the terrestrial environment and in the oceans. The details about the workings in animal, as well as plant life are presented in this volume. Important biometallic aspects of human health and medicine are introduced as well. Seeing as the elements are widely present in biology, various particular endogenous molecules and enzymatic systems can be studied. Sodium and potassium are by far the most important and central elements for consideration. Aspects of lithium, rubidium, cesium and francium chemistry are also included; they help in making important comparisons related to the coordination chemistry of Na(+) and K(+). Physical methods are also introduced. PMID:26860297

  13. The 4843 Alkali Metal Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    The 4843 AMSF has been used primarily to provide a centralized building to receive and store dangerous and mixed alkali metal waste, including sodium and lithium, which has been generated at the Fast Flux Test Facility and at various other Hanford Site operations that used alkali metals. Most of the dangerous and mixed alkali metal waste received consists of retired equipment from liquid sodium processes. The unit continues to store material. In general, only solid alkali metal waste that is water reactive is stored at the 4843 AMSF. The 4843 AMSF will be closed in a manner consistent with Ecology guidelines and regulations (WAC 173-303-610). The general closure procedure is detailed as follows

  14. The Alkali Metal Interactions with MgO Nanotubes

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    Beheshtian, Javad [Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Peyghan, Ali Ahmadi; Bagheri, Zargham [Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr Branch, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kamfiroozi, M. [Islamic Azad University, Shiraz Branch, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-06-15

    Adsorption of alkali metals (Li, Na, and K) on the surface of magnesium oxide nanotubes (MgONTs) with different diameters was investigated using density functional theory. According to the obtained results, the most stable adsorption site was found to be atop the oxygen atom of the tube surface with adsorption energies in the range of .0.25 to .0.74 eV. HOMO-LUMO gap (E{sub g}) of the tubes dramatically decreases upon the adsorption of the alkali metals, resulting in enhancement of their electrical conductivity enhancement. The order of E{sub g} decrement caused by the metal adsorption is as follows: K > Na > Li. The results suggest that the MgONTs were transformed from semi-insulator to semiconductor upon the alkali metal adsorption. Increasing the tube diameter, the HOMO/LUMO gap of the pristine tube is enhanced and adsorption energies of the alkali metals are decreased

  15. Hall Determination of Atomic Radii of Alkali Metals

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    Houari, Ahmed

    2008-01-01

    I will propose here an alternative method for determining atomic radii of alkali metals based on the Hall measurements of their free electron densities and the knowledge of their crystal structure. (Contains 2 figures.)

  16. Alkali metal carbon dioxide electrochemical system for energy storage and/or conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen

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    Hagedorn, Norman H. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    An alkali metal, such as lithium, is the anodic reactant; carbon dioxide or a mixture of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide is the cathodic reactant; and carbonate of the alkali metal is the electrolyte in an electrochemical cell for the storage and delivery of electrical energy. Additionally, alkali metal-carbon dioxide battery systems include a plurality of such electrochemical cells. Gold is a preferred catalyst for reducing the carbon dioxide at the cathode. The fuel cell of the invention produces electrochemical energy through the use of an anodic reactant which is extremely energetic and light, and a cathodic reactant which can be extracted from its environment and therefore exacts no transportation penalty. The invention is, therefore, especially useful in extraterrestrial environments.

  17. An Aqueous Redox Flow Battery Based on Neutral Alkali Metal Ferri/ferrocyanide and Polysulfide Electrolytes

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    Wei, Xiaoliang; Xia, Gordon; Kirby, Brent W.; Thomsen, Edwin C.; Li, Bin; Nie, Zimin; Graff, Gordon L.; Liu, Jun; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Wang, Wei

    2015-11-13

    Aiming to explore low-cost redox flow battery systems, a novel iron-polysulfide (Fe/S) flow battery has been demonstrated in a laboratory cell. This system employs alkali metal ferri/ferrocyanide and alkali metal polysulfides as the redox electrolytes. When proper electrodes, such as pretreated graphite felts, are used, 78% energy efficiency and 99% columbic efficiency are achieved. The remarkable advantages of this system over current state-of-the-art redox flow batteries include: 1) less corrosive and relatively environmentally benign redox solutions used; 2) excellent energy and utilization efficiencies; 3) low cost for redox electrolytes and cell components. These attributes can lead to significantly reduced capital cost and make the Fe/S flow battery system a promising low-cost energy storage technology. The major drawbacks of the present cell design are relatively low power density and possible sulfur species crossover. Further work is underway to address these concerns.

  18. Phonon Dispersion Relations in Alkali Metals

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    It has been shown in this paper that the phonon dispersion curves of sodium in the [100], [110] and [111] symmetry directions can be explained well on the basis of a simple model, where one has to consider only central force constants between nearest and next nearest neighbours. The tangential force constant between the nearest neighbours is very much smaller as compared to the radial force constant, while for the next nearest neighbours the radial and tangential force constants are comparable. The calculation is carried out on the basis of the model suggested by de Launay, where it is shown that the conduction electrons exert a volume force for longitudinal modes. The stiffness constant of the electron gas is its bulk modulus which in de Launay's model is equal to the Cauchy discrepancy (C12-C14) for the cubic crystals. The three force constants α1, α2 and α1' can be determined from the measured elastic constants and the secular equation can be solved to give the dispersion curves. The dispersion curves have also been obtained using the calculated values of the bulk modulus of the electron gas after considering not only the exchange and correlation energies but also the Fermi kinetic energy. These also agree fairly well with experiment. The measured elastic constants as well as calculated bulk modulus of the electron gas indicate that the Cauchy relation C12 = C44 holds good approximately in alkali metals. This result is rather surprising as it requires that the interaction between the atoms be central in nature in spite of the metallic binding. A justification for this has been given by Cochran. A model with four force constants is being worked out. They can be determined from the three elastic constants and calculated bulk modulus of the electron gas. (author)

  19. A study on optical properties of poly (ethylene oxide) based polymer electrolyte with different alkali metal iodides

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    Rao, B. Narasimha; Suvarna, R. Padma

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes were prepared by adding poly (ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether (PEGDME), TiO2 (nano filler), different alkali metal iodide salts RI (R+=Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+) and I2 into Acetonitrile gelated with Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO). Optical properties of poly (ethylene oxide) based polymer electrolytes were studied by FTIR, UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques. FTIR spectrum reveals that the alkali metal cations were coordinated to ether oxygen of PEO. The optical absorption studies were made in the wavelength range 200-800 nm. It is observed that the optical absorption increases with increase in the radius of alkali metal cation. The optical band gap for allowed direct transitions was evaluated using Urbach-edges method. The optical properties such as optical band gap, refractive index and extinction coefficient were determined. The studied polymer materials are useful for solar cells, super capacitors, fuel cells, gas sensors etc.

  20. Characterization of the conduction properties of alkali metal ion conducting solid electrolytes using thermoelectric measurements

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    Gautam, Devendraprakash

    2006-01-01

    Under certain circumstances the electronic conductivity of the solid electrolyte may play a pivotal role for the behaviour of a solid state galvanic cell. Quantitatively, the extent of the electronic conductivity is expressed by the electronic conduction parameters, a and a, that denote the alkali metal activities at which the n and p-type electronic conductivities, respectively, of the electrolyte are equal to its ionic conductivity. Previous findings demonstrated the existen...

  1. Surface tension of molten alkali metal halides as a function of ion sizes

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    The analysis of the experimental data on the surface tension of the liquid/vapor interphase boundary of the molten alkali metal halides MX (M Li-Cs, X = F-I) near the melting temperature, accounting for the cation and anion dimensional differences, is presented. The main attention is focused at the manifestation of the effects of the interphase boundary of the effects of the interphase boundary thickness and twofold electric layer. It is shown, that the experimental data on the whole MX series may be represented in the form of the electrocapillary curve on the graph of the surface tension dependence on the degree of the halides dimensional asymmetry

  2. X-ray Compton scattering experiments for fluid alkali metals at high temperatures and pressures

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    Matsuda, K., E-mail: kazuhiro-matsuda@scphys.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Fukumaru, T.; Kimura, K.; Yao, M. [Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Tamura, K. [Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Katoh, M. [A.L.M.T. Corp., Iwasekoshi-Machi 2, Toyama 931-8543 (Japan); Kajihara, Y.; Inui, M. [Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8521 (Japan); Itou, M.; Sakurai, Y. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, SPring-8, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)

    2015-08-17

    We have developed a high-pressure vessel and a cell for x-ray Compton scattering measurements of fluid alkali metals. Measurements have been successfully carried out for alkali metal rubidium at elevated temperatures and pressures using synchrotron radiation at SPring-8. The width of Compton profiles (CPs) of fluid rubidium becomes narrow with decreasing fluid density, which indicates that the CPs sensitively detect the effect of reduction in the valence electron density. At the request of all authors of the paper, and with the agreement of the Proceedings Editor, an updated version of this article was published on 10 September 2015. The original article supplied to AIP Publishing was not the final version and contained PDF conversion errors in Formulas (1) and (2). The errors have been corrected in the updated and re-published article.

  3. Enrichment of hydrogen isotopes while decomposition of alkali metal amalgams (Preprint No. CA-11)

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    Sodium amalgam was prepared by electrolyzing caustic soda solution in a cell with flowing mercury as cathode. On decomposition of amalgam with aqueous sodium hydroxide solution in a denuder column packed with graphite pieces, the resultant hydrogen gas was depleted in deuterium. The alkali solution was enriched in deuterium content. The separation of the isotopes of some amalgam forming metals while decomposition of the amalgam of these metals with water has already been described. The separation is due to differential reaction rates of alkali metal amalgams with water containing light and heavy isotopes of hydrogen. However in the present investigation, the separation factor obtained is considerably higher than earlier reported due to possible chemical exchange between resultant hydrogen and the alkali metal hydroxide in presence of graphite surface and/or exchange of water with nascent hydrogen catalysed by OH- ions. (author). 18 refs., 3 tabs., 1 fig

  4. Determination of membrane hydration numbers of alkali metal ions by insertion in a conducting polymer

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    Skaarup, Steen; Junaid Mohamed Jafeen, Mohamed; Careem, M.A.

    2010-01-01

    In aqueous solutions, the alkali metals ions, Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+ and Cs+ are known to be associated with a number of H2O molecules. Traditionally, a distinction is made between a primary solvent shell, (or inner solvation shell), consisting of H2O molecules directly coordinated to the metal ion, and...... a secondary (or outer) solvation shell, consisting of all other water molecules whose properties are still influenced significantly by the cation. Knowing the hydration number is important when considering, for instance, the transport of Na+ and K+ in biological cell membranes, since their different...... necessarily define the same hydration shell. This work presents a systematic study of one special variant of the hydration numbers of the 5 alkali metal ions, using the electrochemical insertion of the ions in a conducting polymer (polypyrrole containing the large immobile anion DBS-). The technique of...

  5. X-ray Compton scattering experiments for fluid alkali metals at high temperatures and pressures

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    We have developed a high-pressure vessel and a cell for x-ray Compton scattering measurements of fluid alkali metals. Measurements have been successfully carried out for alkali metal rubidium at elevated temperatures and pressures using synchrotron radiation at SPring-8. The width of Compton profiles (CPs) of fluid rubidium becomes narrow with decreasing fluid density, which indicates that the CPs sensitively detect the effect of reduction in the valence electron density. At the request of all authors of the paper, and with the agreement of the Proceedings Editor, an updated version of this article was published on 10 September 2015. The original article supplied to AIP Publishing was not the final version and contained PDF conversion errors in Formulas (1) and (2). The errors have been corrected in the updated and re-published article

  6. Study on the electrode characteristics of alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter utilizing the sodium ion conducting β''-alumina is a device to convert directly heat energy to electric energy. It is characterized by high conversion efficiencies, high power densities, no moving parts and low maintenance requirements. Because of these merits, AMTEC is one of the most promising candidate for aerospace power systems, remote power station and dispersed small scale power station. In this paper, the experimental results of the disk type cell and the theoretical considerations about internal resistances have been reported. The film electrode was made with a magnetron sputtering system. The open voltage of 0.98 V and the maximum power density of 0.38 W/cm2 at the sodium temperature of 1,073 K have been obtained. It became clear after the theoretical investigation on the internal resistance that the most largest internal resistance was the resistance of β''-alumina. And so, it is necessary to reduce the thickness of β''-alumina to improve the generating power densities. It was also clarified that the sodium gas flow in the small holes of molybdenum thin film electrode was a free molecular flow and the experimental results became agree well with the theoretical results considering the pressure rise due to this sodium free molecular flow. It was also necessary to develop the more porous and lower resistivity thin film electrodes because this pressure rise were fairly large. (author)

  7. Heat transfer characteristics of alkali metals flowing across tube banks

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    For the purpose of getting heat transfer coefficients of alkali metals flowing across tube banks at an acceptable level, we propose to use an inviscid-irrotational flow model, which is based on our flow visualization experiment. We show that the heat transfer coefficients obtained for the condition where only the test rod is heated in tube banks considerably differ from those obtained for the condition where all the rods are heated, because of interference between thick thermal boundary layers of alkali metals. We also confirm that the analytical values obtained by this flow model are in a reasonable agreement with experimental values. (author)

  8. Electron Mean-Free Paths in the Alkali Metals

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    Wertheim, G.K.; Riffe, D. Mark; Smith, N.V.; Citrin, P. H.

    1992-01-01

    Photoemission data in which the signal from the first atomic layer is well resolved from that of the bulk are used to determine accurately the kinetic-energy dependence of the inelastic-electron mean free path in the alkali metals. At the higher kinetic energies, the data are in very good agreement with the theory of Penn. Below about 10 eV, the mean free path in the heavier alkali metals drops markedly below the theoretical values. This is attributed to electron decay processes involvi...

  9. Dimensional Reduction in Bose-Condensed Alkali-Metal Vapors

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    Salasnich, L.; Parola, A.; Reatto, L.

    2004-01-01

    We investigate the effects of dimensional reduction in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) induced by a strong harmonic confinement in the cylindric radial direction or in the cylindric axial direction. The former case corresponds to a transition from 3D to 1D in cigar-shaped BECs, while the latter case corresponds to a transition from 3D to 2D in disc-shaped BECs. We analyze the first sound velocity in axially-homogeneous cigar-shaped BECs and in radially-homogeneous disc-shaped BECs. We...

  10. Aqueous alkali metal hydroxide insoluble cellulose ether membrane

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    Hoyt, H. E.; Pfluger, H. L. (Inventor)

    1969-01-01

    A membrane that is insoluble in an aqueous alkali metal hydroxide medium is described. The membrane is a resin which is a water-soluble C2-C4 hydroxyalkyl cellulose ether polymer and an insolubilizing agent for controlled water sorption, a dialytic and electrodialytic membrane. It is particularly useful as a separator between electrodes or plates in an alkaline storage battery.

  11. Characterization of Alkali Metal Dispensers and Non-Evaporable Getter Pumps in Ultra-High Vacuum Systems for Cold Atomic Sensors

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    Scherer, David R.; Fenner, David B.; Hensley, Joel M.

    2012-01-01

    A glass ultrahigh vacuum chamber with rubidium alkali metal dispensers and non-evaporable getter pumps has been developed and used to create a cold atomic sample in a chamber that operates with only passive vacuum pumps. The ion-mass spectrum of evaporated gases from the alkali metal dispenser has been recorded as a function of dispenser current. The efficacy of the non-evaporable getter pumps in promoting and maintaining vacuum has been characterized by observation of the Rb vapor optical ab...

  12. Alkali Metal Backup Cooling for Stirling Systems - Experimental Results

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    Schwendeman, Carl; Tarau, Calin; Anderson, William G.; Cornell, Peggy A.

    2013-01-01

    In a Stirling Radioisotope Power System (RPS), heat must be continuously removed from the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules to maintain the modules and surrounding insulation at acceptable temperatures. The Stirling convertor normally provides this cooling. If the Stirling convertor stops in the current system, the insulation is designed to spoil, preventing damage to the GPHS at the cost of an early termination of the mission. An alkali-metal Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) can be used to passively allow multiple stops and restarts of the Stirling convertor. In a previous NASA SBIR Program, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) developed a series of sodium VCHPs as backup cooling systems for Stirling RPS. The operation of these VCHPs was demonstrated using Stirling heater head simulators and GPHS simulators. In the most recent effort, a sodium VCHP with a stainless steel envelope was designed, fabricated and tested at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) with a Stirling convertor for two concepts; one for the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) back up cooling system and one for the Long-lived Venus Lander thermal management system. The VCHP is designed to activate and remove heat from the stopped convertor at a 19 degC temperature increase from the nominal vapor temperature. The 19 degC temperature increase from nominal is low enough to avoid risking standard ASRG operation and spoiling of the Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI). In addition, the same backup cooling system can be applied to the Stirling convertor used for the refrigeration system of the Long-lived Venus Lander. The VCHP will allow the refrigeration system to: 1) rest during transit at a lower temperature than nominal; 2) pre-cool the modules to an even lower temperature before the entry in Venus atmosphere; 3) work at nominal temperature on Venus surface; 4) briefly stop multiple times on the Venus surface to allow scientific measurements. This paper presents the experimental

  13. Cycle analysis of an alkali metal thermo-electric converter for small capillary type

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    This paper describes the design of a small size Alkali Metal Thermal to Electric Converter (AMTEC) which employs a capillary structure for recirculating sodium working fluid. The cycle is based on the simple and small capillary type β-alumina and wick tube element. The proposed cell consists of the 37 conversion elements with capillary tube of 50μm in diameter and the sealed cylindrical vessel of 22mm in outer diameter. Results on the cycle analysis of sodium flow and heat transfer in the cell showed that the expected power output was 4.65 W and the conversion efficiency was 19% for the source temperature of 900 K

  14. Intercalation of heavy alkali metals (K, Rb and Cs) in the bundles of single wall nanotubes

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    Duclaux, L.; Méténier, K.; Lauginie, P.; Salvetat, J. P.; Bonnamy, S.; Beguin, F.

    2000-11-01

    The electric-arc discharge carbon deposits (collaret) containing Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs) were heat treated at 1600 °C during 2 days under N2 flow in order to eliminate the Ni catalyst by sublimation, without modifications of the SWNTs ropes. Sorting this deposit by gravity enabled to obtain in the coarsest particles higher amount of SWNTs ropes than in other particle sizes. The coarser particles of the carbon deposits were reacted with the alkali metals vapor giving intercalated samples with a MC8 composition. The intercalation led to an expansion of the 2D lattice of the SWNTs so that the alkali metals were intercalated in between the tubes within the bundles. Disordered lattices were observed after intercalation of Rb and Cs. The simulations of the X-ray diffractograms of SWNTs reacted with K, gave the best fit for three K ions occupying the inter-tubes triangular cavities. The investigations by EPR, and 13C NMR, showed that doped carbon deposits are metallic.

  15. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Alkali Metal Guanidinates

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    LUO,Yun-Jie; YAO,Ying-Ming; ZHANG,Yong; SHEN,Qi

    2007-01-01

    Reactions of 1,3-diisopropylcarbodiimide with alkali metal amides,MN(SiMe3)2(M=Li or Na)in hexane or THF produced the alkali metal guanidinates{(j-PrN)2C[N(SiMe3)2]Li}2(1)and{(i-PrN)2C[N(SiMe3)2]Na(THF)}2(2)in nearly quantitative yields.Both complexes 1 and 2 were well characterized by elemental analysis,IR spectra,1H and 13C NMR spectra,and X-ray diffraction.It was found that the guanidinates adopt different coordination modes in these complexes.

  16. Density functional study of ferromagnetism in alkali metal thin films

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    Prasenjit Sen

    2010-04-01

    Electronic and magnetic structures of (1 0 0) films of K and Cs, having thicknesses of one to seven layers, are calculated within the plane-wave projector augmented wave (PAW) formalism of the density functional theory (DFT), using both local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the PW91 generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Only a six-layer Cs film is found to have a ferromagnetic (FM) state which is degenerate with a paramagnetic (PM) state within the accuracy of these calculations. These results are compared with those obtained from calculations on a finite-thickness uniform jellium model (UJM), and it is argued that within LSDA or GGA, alkali metal thin films cannot be claimed to have an FM ground state. Relevance of these results to the experiments on transition metal-doped alkali metal thin films and bulk hosts are also discussed.

  17. Polarizabilities and hyperpolarizabilities of the alkali metal atoms

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    Fuentealba, P. (Chile Univ., Santiago (Chile). Departamento de Fisica and Centro de Mecanica Cuantica Aplicada (CMCA)); Reyes, O. (Chile Univ., Santiago (Chile). Dept. de Fisica)

    1993-08-14

    The electric static dipole polarizability [alpha], quadrupole polarizability C, dipole-quadrupole polarizability B, and the second dipole hyperpolarizability [gamma] have been calculated for the alkali metal atoms in the ground state. The results are based on a pseudopotential which is able to incorporate the very important core-valence correlation effect through a core polarization potential, and, in an empirical way, the main relativistic effects. The calculated properties compare very well with more elaborated calculations for the Li atom, excepting the second hyperpolarizability [gamma]. For the other atoms, there is neither theoretical nor experimental information about most of the higher polarizabilities. Hence, the results of this paper should be seen as a first attempt to give a complete account of the series expansion of the interaction energy of an alkali metal atom and a static electric field. (author).

  18. Inner-shell excitation of alkali-metal atoms

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    Inner-shell excitation of alkali-metal atoms, which leads to auto-ionization, is reviewed. The validity of quantum mechanical approximation is analyzed and the importance of exchange and correlation is demonstrated. Basic difficulties in making accurate calculations for inner-shell excitation process are discussed. Suggestions are made for further study of inner-shell process in atoms and ions. (author). 26 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  19. Apparatus for use in a liquid alkali metal environment

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    Apparatus is described for use in a liquid alkali metal environment consisting of components having complementary bearing surfaces in which one of the components has a bearing surface of stainless steel and another of the components has an aluminised complementary bearing surface. Examples are given of the use of the invention in heat exchange apparatus in liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors; one example is in connection with the fuel subassembly in such a reactor. (U.K.)

  20. Alkali Metal Coolants. Proceedings of the Symposium on Alkali Metal Coolants - Corrosion Studies and System Operating Experience

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    Proceedings of a Symposium organized by the IAEA and held in Vienna, 28 November - 2 December 1966. The meeting was attended by 107 participants from 16 countries and two international organizations. Contents: Review papers (2 papers); Corrosion of steels and metal alloys (6 papers); Mass transfer in alkali metal systems, behaviour of carbon (5 papers); Effects of sodium environment on mechanical properties of materials (3 papers); Effect of water leakage into sodium systems (2 papers); Design-and operation of testing apparatus (6 papers); Control, measurements and removal of impurities (13 papers); Corrosion by other alkali metals: NaK, K, Li, Cs (6 papers); Behaviour of fission products (3 papers). Each paper is in its original language (32 English, 6 French and 8 Russian) and is preceded by an abstract in English and one in the original language if this is not English. Discussions are in English. (author)

  1. Chemical compatibility of structural materials in alkali metals

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    The objectives of this task are to (a) evaluate the chemical compatibility of structural alloys such as V-5 wt.%Cr-5 wt.%Ti alloy and Type 316 stainless steel for application in liquid alkali metals such as lithium and sodium-78 wt.% potassium (NaK) at temperatures in the range that are of interest for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER); (b) evaluate the transfer of nonmetallic elements such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and hydrogen between structural materials and liquid metals; and (c) evaluate the effects of such transfers on the mechanical and microstructural characteristics of the materials for long-term service in liquid-metal-environments

  2. Chemical compatibility of structural materials in alkali metals

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    Natesan, K.; Rink, D.L.; Haglund, R. [Argonne National Lab., Chicago, IL (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    The objectives of this task are to (a) evaluate the chemical compatibility of structural alloys such as V-5 wt.%Cr-5 wt.%Ti alloy and Type 316 stainless steel for application in liquid alkali metals such as lithium and sodium-78 wt.% potassium (NaK) at temperatures in the range that are of interest for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER); (b) evaluate the transfer of nonmetallic elements such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and hydrogen between structural materials and liquid metals; and (c) evaluate the effects of such transfers on the mechanical and microstructural characteristics of the materials for long-term service in liquid-metal-environments.

  3. Optical response of alkali metal atoms confined in nanoporous glass

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    We study the influence of optical radiation on adsorption and desorption processes of alkali metal atoms confined in nanoporous glass matrices. Exposure of the sample to near-IR or visible light changes the atomic distribution inside the glass nanopores, forcing the entire system to evolve towards a different state. This effect, due to both atomic photodesorption and confinement, causes the growth and evaporation of metastable nanoparticles. It is shown that, by a proper choice of light characteristics and pore size, these processes can be controlled and tailored, thus opening new perspectives for fabrication of nanostructured surfaces. (nanoobjects)

  4. Alkali metal and alkali earth metal gadolinium halide scintillators

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    Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Derenzo, Stephen E.; Parms, Shameka; Porter-Chapman, Yetta D.; Wiggins, Latoria K.

    2016-08-02

    The present invention provides for a composition comprising an inorganic scintillator comprising a gadolinium halide, optionally cerium-doped, having the formula A.sub.nGdX.sub.m:Ce; wherein A is nothing, an alkali metal, such as Li or Na, or an alkali earth metal, such as Ba; X is F, Br, Cl, or I; n is an integer from 1 to 2; m is an integer from 4 to 7; and the molar percent of cerium is 0% to 100%. The gadolinium halides or alkali earth metal gadolinium halides are scintillators and produce a bright luminescence upon irradiation by a suitable radiation.

  5. Quasiparticle electronic band structure of the alkali metal chalcogenides

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    S.V. Syrotyuk

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The electronic energy band spectra of the alkali metal chalcogenides M2A (M: Li, Na, K, Rb; A: O, S, Se, Te have been evaluated within the projector augmented waves (PAW approach by means of the ABINIT code. The Kohn-Sham single-particle states have been found in the GGA framework. Further, on the basis of these results the quasiparticle energies of electrons as well as the dielectric constants were obtained in the approximation GW. The calculations based on the Green's function have been originally done for all the considered M2A crystals, except Li2O.

  6. Work function of alkali metal-adsorbed molybdenium dichalcogenides

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    Kim, Sol; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    2015-03-01

    The lowest work function of materials, reported so far over the last few decades, is an order of 1eV experimentally and theoretically. Designing materials that has work-function less than 1eV is essential in the thermionic energy conversion. To explore new low work function materials, we study MoX2(X =S, Se, Te) adsorbed with alkali metals (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs), and investigate the charge transfer, the formation of surface dipole, and the change in work function using first-principles calculations. It is found that the charge transfer from alkali metals to MoX2substrates decreases as the atomic number of adsorbates increases. Regardless of the amount of the charge transfer, K on MoTe2 exhibits the biggest surface dipole moment, which consequently makes the surface work function the lowest. We show that the formation of the surface dipole is a key in changing the work function. We find the trimerization of Mo atoms in the substrate with the lowest work-function, which may contribute to enhancement of the surface dipole.

  7. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    The Hanford Site, located northwest of the city of Richland, Washington, houses reactors, chemical-separation systems, and related facilities used for the production of special nuclear materials, as well as for activities associated with nuclear energy development. The 300 Area of the Hanford Site contains reactor fuel manufacturing facilities and several research and development laboratories. The 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility (3718-F Facility), located in the 300 Area, was used to store and treat alkali metal wastes. Therefore, it is subject to the regulatory requirements for the storage and treatment of dangerous wastes. Closure will be conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-610 (Ecology 1989) and 40 CFR 270.1. Closure also will satisfy the thermal treatment facility closure requirements of 40 CFR 265.381. This closure plan presents a description of the 3718-F Facility, the history of wastes managed, and the approach that will be followed to close the facility. Only hazardous constituents derived from 3718-F Facility operations will be addressed

  8. An experimental study of charge exchange process in the energy range 1-30 keV during the passage of alkali metal ions and atoms through cesium and potassium vapour

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    An experimental study is presented of the charge exchange processes in the energy range of about 1-30 keV during the passage of positive alkali ions and alkali atoms through potassium and cesium vapour. The experimental set-up designed for this experiment includes a thermionic source for positive alkali ions with an acceleration stage, a first charge exchange cell to produce fast alkali atoms, a second charge exchange cell with a surface ionisation detector to determine the alkali metal vapor target thickness and a detection system with electrostatic bending of the charged secondary species. The maximum negative ion yield has been determined for the collision systems Li+ + K, Na+ + K, K+ + K, and Rb+ + K, and for another eleven systems the charge transfer cross-sections have been measured too. (orig./GG)

  9. 50 years of superbases made from organolithium compounds and heavier alkali metal alkoxides

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    Lochmann, Lubomír; Janata, Miroslav

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 12, č. 5 (2014), s. 537-548. ISSN 1895-1066 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/12/0844 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : superbases * heavier alkali metal compounds * lithium -heavier alkali metal interchange Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.329, year: 2013

  10. 40 CFR 721.4663 - Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts.

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.4663 Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts. (a) Chemical... fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts (PMNs P-95-979/980/981) are subject to reporting under...

  11. Synthesis, structure peculiarities and electric conductivity of alkali metal-rare earth silicates (germanates)

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    The process of obtaining of rare earth-alkali metal silicates (germanates) is studied. The analysis of possibilities of structural disordering of alkaline cations in these structures is given. The interaction of the structure of different by the composition alkali alkali metal - rare earth silicates with electric conductivity values is shown

  12. Alkali Metal Complexes: Mixed Ligand Complexes of Some Alkali Metal Salts of Some Organic Acids with Isonitroso-PMethylace to phenone

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A number of mixed ligand complexes of alkali metal salts of o-nitrophenol,2,4-dinitrophenol, 2,4,6,- trinitrophenol, 1-nitroso-2- naphthol and 8- hydroxyquinoline with Insoniroso–p methylacetopheone have been synthesized in absolute ethanol & characterized by elemental analysis and I .B. spectral data. Their I.R spectral data indicate the presence of hydrogen bonding in them, which many be one of the dominant factors of their stability. Further appreciable shift in 1650 cm-1 band (possibly vC=O and 1600 cm-1 band (possibly vC=NSuggests their coordination behavior in these mixed ligand complexes The reactions that take place in natural systems are highly specific and selective. Alkali metal ions actively participate in most of the reaction occurring in the biological systems, which are dominated by mixed ligand complexes. Studies of such mixed ligand complexes of alkali metals can threw light in understanding the role and mechanism of selective absorption of alkali metals ions by plants Coordinating ability of alkali metal with isonitrosoacetophenone1-2 and transition metals with isonitrosoacetophenone3 and isonitroso-p-methylacetophenone4 have been reported earlier. In the present paper we report the mixed ligand complexes of alkali metal salts having the general formula ML.HL, ‘ where M=Li, Na & K and L=deprotonated o- nitrophenol, 2,4 dinitrophenol, 2, 4, 6- trinitrophenol, 1-nitroso-2-naphthol or 8- hydroxquinoline; HL’= p -MeHINAP (isonitroso-p-methylacetophenone.

  13. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    Since 1987, Westinghouse Hanford Company has been a major contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy-Richland Operations Office and has served as co-operator of the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility, the waste management unit addressed in this closure plan. The closure plan consists of a Part A Dangerous waste Permit Application and a RCRA Closure Plan. An explanation of the Part A Revision (Revision 1) submitted with this document is provided at the beginning of the Part A section. The closure plan consists of 9 chapters and 5 appendices. The chapters cover: introduction; facility description; process information; waste characteristics; groundwater; closure strategy and performance standards; closure activities; postclosure; and references.

  14. Ion-exchange behavior of alkali metals on treated carbons

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    The ion-exchange behavior of trace quantities of the alkali-metal ions sodium and cesium, on activated carbon impregnated with zirconium phosphate (referred to here as ZrP), was studied. Impregnated carbon had twice as much ion-exchange activity as unimpregnated, oxidized carbon, and 10 times as much as commercial activated carbons. The distribution coefficient of sodium increased with increasing pH; the distribution coefficient of cesium decreased with increasing pH. Sodium and cesium were separated with an electrolytic solution of 0.1 M HCl. Preliminary studies indicated that 0.2 M potassium and cesium can also be separated. Distribution coefficients of the supported ZrP were determined by the elution technique and agreed within 20% of the values for pure ZrP calculated from the literature

  15. Density dependence of the diffusion coefficient of alkali metals

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    The effect of density on transport coefficients of liquid Li, Na and K at high temperatures using the method of Molecular Dynamics simulation has been studied. Simulation of these liquid alkali metals were carried out with 800 particles in simulation boxes with periodic boundary conditions imposed. In order to test the reliability of the interatomic potential used in the calculations, experimental data on the structural properties were compared with calculated results. The calculations showed a linear relationship between the density and the diffusion coefficient in all the systems investigated except in lithium, where, due to the small size of the atom, standard molecular dynamics simulation method may not be appropriate for calculating the properties of interest. (author)

  16. Momentum densities and Compton profiles of alkali-metal atoms

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    It is assumed that the dynamics of valence electrons of alkali-metal atoms can be well accounted for by a quantum-defect theoretic model while the core electrons may be supposed to move in a self-consistent field. This model is used to study the momentum properties of atoms from 3Li to 37Rb. The numerical results obtained for the momentum density, moments of momentum density and Compton profile are found to be in good agreement with the results of more detailed configuration-interaction calculations for the atom 3Li. Similar results for 11Na, 19K and 37Rb are compared with the corresponding Hartree-Fock-Roothan values only, for want of data from other realistic calculations. (author)

  17. Alkali metal thermoelectric conversion (AMTEC) technology status review

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    The Alkali Metal Thermoelectric Converter (AMTEC) or sodium heat engine has been the subject of experimental and systems investigations to assess its potential and feasibility for several space and terrestrial power applications. AMTEC is a thermally regenerative electrochemical system operating between a high temperature reservoir at 900-1400K and a sodium condenser at 400-BOOK. Its operation is based on the sodium ion conductor beta-alumina solid electrolyte(BASE), where thermal to electric conversion efficiencies of 20-40% have been predicted for practical systems. Other AMTEC characteristics that make it attractive for space applications are compactness, light weight, no moving parts, modularity and long lifetime potential. This paper reviews AMTEC operating principles and technical challenges, reports on recent electrode research results, and summarizes the status of AMTEC device experiments at JPL and elsewhere. Also, updated projections for AMTEC space nuclear power system characteristics is presented

  18. Relativistic optimized effective potential method-application to alkali metals.

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    Ködderitzsch, D; Ebert, H; Akai, H; Engel, E

    2009-02-11

    We present a relativistic formulation of the optimized effective potential method (ROEP) and its implementation within the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker multiple scattering formalism. The scheme is an all-electron approach, treating core and band states formally on the same footing. We use exact exchange (EXX) as an approximation to the exchange correlation functional. Numerical four-component wavefunctions for the description of core and valence electrons and the corresponding ingredients of the ROEP integral equation are employed. The exact exchange expression for the valence states is reformulated in terms of the electronic Green's function that in turn is evaluated by making use of multiple scattering formalism. We present and discuss the application of the formalism to non-magnetic alkali metals. PMID:21715911

  19. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    Since 1987, Westinghouse Hanford Company has been a major contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy-Richland Operations Office and has served as co-operator of the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility, the waste management unit addressed in this closure plan. The closure plan consists of a Part A Dangerous waste Permit Application and a RCRA Closure Plan. An explanation of the Part A Revision (Revision 1) submitted with this document is provided at the beginning of the Part A section. The closure plan consists of 9 chapters and 5 appendices. The chapters cover: introduction; facility description; process information; waste characteristics; groundwater; closure strategy and performance standards; closure activities; postclosure; and references

  20. Freezing of liquid alkali metals as screened ionic plasmas

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    The relationship between Wigner crystallization of the classical ionic plasma and the liquid-solid transition of alkali metals is examined within the density wave theory of freezing. Freezing of the classical plasma on a rigid neutralizing background into the bcc structure is first re-evaluated, in view of recent progress in the determination of its thermodynamic functions by simulation and of the known difficulties of the theory relating to the order parameter at the (200) star of reciprocal lattice vectors. Freezing into the fcc structure is also considered in this context and found to be unfavoured. On allowing for long-wavelength deformability of the background, the ensuing appearance of a volume change on freezing into the bcc structure is accompanied by reduced stability of the fluid phase and by an increase in the entropy of melting. Freezing of alkali metals into the bcc structure is next evaluated, taking their ionic pair structure as that of an ionic plasma reference fluid screened by conduction electrons and asking that the correct ionic coupling strength at liquid-solid coexistence should be approximately reproduced. The ensuring values of the volume and entropy changes across the phase transition, as estimated from the theory by two alternative routes, are in reasonable agreement with experiment. The order parameters of the phase transition, excepting the (200) one, conform rather closely to a Gaussian behaviour and yield a Lindemann ratio in reasonable agreement with the empirical value for melting of bcc crystals. It is suggested that ionic ordering at the (200) star in the metal may be (i) assisted by medium range ordering in the conduction electrons, as indicated by differences in X-ray and neutron diffraction intensities from the liquid, and/or (ii) quite small in the hot bcc solid. Such a possible premelting behaviour of bcc metals should be worth testing experimentally by diffraction. (author). 48 refs, 1 fig., 1 tab

  1. Field emission properties of capped carbon nanotubes doped by alkali metals:a theoretical investigation

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    Jin Lei; Fu Hong-Gang; Xie Ying; Yu Hai-Tao

    2012-01-01

    The electronic structures and field emission properties of capped CNT55 systems with or without alkali metal atom adsorption were systematically investigated by density functional theory calculation.The results indicate that the adsorption of alkali metal on the center site of a CNT tip is energetically favorable.In addition,the adsorption energies increase with the introduction of the electric field.The excessive negative charges on CNT tips make electron emittance much easier and result in a decrease in work function.Furthermore,the inducing effect by positively charged alkali metal atoms can be reasonably considered as the dominant reason for the improvement in field emission properties.

  2. Synthesis and properties of alkali metal intercalated fullerene-like MS2 (M=W,Mo) nanoparticles

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    Layered metal disulfides - MoS2 and WS2 in the form of fullerene-like (IF) nanoparticles and in the form of platelets (crystallites of the 2H polytype) have been intercalated by exposure to alkali metal (potassium and sodium) vapor using a two-zone transport method. The composition of the intercalated systems was established using X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the samples, which were not exposed to the ambient atmosphere, showed that they suffered little change in their lattice parameters. On the other hand, after exposure to ambient atmosphere, substantial increase in the interplanar spacing (3-5 Aa) was observed for the intercalated phases. Insertion of one to two water molecules per intercalated metal atom was suggested as a possible explanation for this large expansion along the c-axis. The modifications in magnetic and transport properties of the intercalated materials were investigated, and are believed to occur via charge transfer from the alkali metal to the conduction band of the host lattice. Restacking of the MS2 layers after prolonged exposure to the atmosphere and recovery of the pristine compound properties were observed as a result of deintercalation of the metal atoms

  3. Structural properties of low-density liquid alkali metals

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    A Akande; G A Adebayo; O Akinlade

    2005-12-01

    The static structure factors of liquid alkali metals have been modelled at temperatures close to their melting points and a few higher temperatures using the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) method. The positions of 5000 atoms in a box, with full periodicity, were altered until the experimental diffraction data of the structure factor agrees with the associated model structure factor within the errors. The model generated is then analysed. The position of the first peak of the pair distribution function () does not show any significant temperature dependence and the mean bond lengths can be approximated within an interval of 3.6–5.3 Å, 4.5–6.6 Å, 4.8–6.7 Å and 5.1–7.3 Å for Na, K, Rb and Cs respectively. The cosine bond distributions show similar trend with the flattening up of the first peak with increase in temperature. In addition, the coordination numbers of these liquid metals are high due to the presence of non-covalent bonding between them. On the average, we surmise that the coordination number decreases with increase in temperature.

  4. Superconductivity of graphite intercalation compounds with alkali-metal amalgams

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    Superconductivity of the alkali-metal amalgam graphite intercalation compounds of stage 1 (C4KHg, C4RbHg) and stage 2 (C8KHg, C8RbHg) has been studied as well as that of the pristine amalgams (KHg, RbHg). The transition temperatures are 0.73, 0.99, 1.90, and 1.40 K for C4KHg, C4RbHg, C8KHg, and C8RbHg, respectively. The critical-field anisotropy ratio H/sup parallel//sub c/2/H/sup perpendicular//sub c/2 is about 10 for the stage 1 and about 15 to 40 for the stage 2. It is argued that electrons in the intercalant bands rather than the graphitic bands play the main role in the superconductivity. An interesting feature is that the stage-2 compound, which has a lower density of states at the Fermi level, has a higher transition temperature than the corresponding state-1 compound

  5. Corrosion in alkali metal/molybdenum heat pipes

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    Molybdenum/sodium (Mo/Na) and molybdenum/lithium (Mo/Li) heat pipes have been operated for long periods of time in a study of their resistance to failure by alkali metal corrosion. Some Mo/Na heat pipes have operated over 20,600 h at 1400 K without failure, while at least one similar heat pipe failed in less than 14 hours at 1435 K. Detailed post-mortem analyses which have been performed on three failed Mo/Na heat pipes all indicated impurity controlled corrosion of their evaporators. Impurities observed to be transported included carbon, oxygen, and silicon. A Mo/Li heat pipe that failed after 25,216 h of operation at 1700 K was also examined in detail. This failure was due to nickel impurities being transported to the evaporator resulting in perforation of the container tube by the formation of a low melting Mo-Ni alloy. Theoretical thermochemical calculations were conducted for these systems with the objective of corroborating the corrosion mechanisms in both types of heat pipes. The results of these calculations are in general agreement with the observed corrosion a phenomena

  6. Second virial coefficients and viscosity property of monatomic alkali-metal gases

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    In this work, we have calculated the second virial coefficients B2 of monatomic lithium, sodium, and potassium gases by using the most recent 1Σg+ and 3Σu+ Rydberg-Klein-Rees interatomic potentials. We have also determined the viscosity η and thermal conductivity λ coefficients of the alkali-metal vapors as a function of the temperature T. The results we have found of the collision integrals and of the coefficients η and λ agree quite well with some available experimental data. Besides, we have investigated the variation law with temperature T of the above thermophysical quantities. For temperatures ranging from 100 K to 3,000 K, the results can be reproduced by simple formulas η(T)=ATα and λ(T)=BTα, where for T in Kelvin, η in micropoise, and λ in 10-3 W·m-1·K-1, for lithium Li:A=0.314, B=0.1398, and α=0.863; for sodium Na:A=0.624, B=0.0846, and α=0.827; for potassium K:A=0.400, B=0.0320, and α=0.883. (author)

  7. Modification of alkali metals on silicon-based nanoclusters: An enhanced nonlinear optical response

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    Li, Xiaojun; Han, Quan; Yang, Xiaohui; Song, Ruijuan; Song, Limei

    2016-08-01

    Structures, chemical stabilities and nonlinear optical properties of alkali metals-adsorbed niobium-doped silicon (M@SinNb+) clusters are investigated using the DFT methods. The alkali metals prefer energetically to be attached as bridged bond rather than M-Si single bond in most of optimized structures. Adsorption of alkali metals on doped silicon clusters gradually enhances their chemical stabilities with increasing cluster size. Noteworthily, the first hyperpolarizabilities (βtot) of the M@SinNb+ clusters, obtained by using the long-range corrected CAM-B3LYP functional, are large enough to establish their strong nonlinear optical behavior, especially for M@Si9Nb+ (M = Li, Na, and K), and the enhanced βtot ordering by alkali metals is Na > K > Li.

  8. Method and composition for testing for the presence of an alkali metal

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    A method and composition for detecting the presence of an alkali metal on the surface of a body such as a metal plate, tank, pipe or the like is provided. The method comprises contacting the surface with a thin film of a liquid composition comprising a light-colored pigment, an acid-base indicator, and a nonionic wetting agent dispersed in a liquid carrier comprising a minor amount of water and a major amount of an organic solvent selected from the group consisting of the lower aliphatic alcohols, ketones and ethers. Any alkali metal present on the surface in elemental form or as an alkali metal hydroxide or alkali metal carbonate will react with the acid-base indicator to produce a contrasting color change in the thin film, which is readily discernible by visual observation or automatic techniques

  9. Measuring the spin polarization of alkali-metal atoms using nuclear magnetic resonance frequency shifts of noble gases

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    We report a novel method of measuring the spin polarization of alkali-metal atoms by detecting the NMR frequency shifts of noble gases. We calculated the profile of 87Rb D1 line absorption cross sections. We then measured the absorption profile of the sample cell, from which we calculated the 87Rb number densities at different temperatures. Then we measured the frequency shifts resulted from the spin polarization of the 87Rb atoms and calculated its polarization degrees at different temperatures. The behavior of frequency shifts versus temperature in experiment was consistent with theoretical calculation, which may be used as compensative signal for the NMRG closed-loop control system

  10. The effect of the alkali metal cation on the electrocatalytic oxidation of formate on platinum

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    Previdello, B.; E. Machado; Varela, H.

    2014-01-01

    Non-covalent interactions between hydrated alkali metal cations and adsorbed oxygenated species on platinum might considerably inhibit some electrocatalytic reactions. We report in this communication the effect exerted by electrolyte alkali metal cations on the electro-oxidation of formate ions on platinum. The system was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry in the presence of an electrolyte containing Li+, Na+, or K+. As already observed for other systems, the ge...

  11. Charge oscillations and structure for alkali-metal-doped polyacetylene

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    Baughman, R. H.; Murthy, N. S.; Eckhardt, H.; Kertesz, M.

    1992-11-01

    predictions for oligomers, and good agreement is obtained between calculated and observed x-ray photoelectron spectra for sodium-doped polyacetylene. Emphasis is placed on the results of crystallographic studies of alkali-metal-doped polyacetylene and on the relationship between the experimentally derived symmetry breaking in interchain packing and the molecular symmetry breaking predicted by theory. Since presently available experimental data are insufficient for complete determination of structure, the present theoretical results can be useful for refinements in the interpretation of these data, as well as for refined crystal-packing calculations.

  12. Ionic conduction in alkali metal doped ZnFe/sub 2/O/sub 4/ compound

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    Zinc ferric oxide (ZnFe/sub 2/O/sub 4/) has been synthesized by liquid phase chemical reaction from aqueous mixture of zinc chloride and ferric chloride in sodium hydroxide (4N) solution and effect of alkali metal on electrical characteristics was explored. The well characterized powder was pressed into pellets and dried at 80 degree C. Samples with alkali metal concentrations 10-100 ppm have been investigated to I-V measurements. The conductivity of pure compound (10-/sub 2/omega-cm)/sup-1/) lies in the semiconductor range but due to alkali metal doping the compound shows ionic conduction at room temperature. The ionic conduction is found to be increased as the dopant concentration increases.(author)

  13. On-sun test results from second-generation and advanced-concepts alkali-metal pool-boiler receivers

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    Moreno, J.B.; Andraka, C.E.; Moss, T.A.; Cordeiro, P.G.; Dudley, V.E.; Rawlinson, K.S.

    1994-05-01

    Two 75-kW{sub t} alkali-metal pool-boiler solar receivers have been successfully tested at Sandia National Laboratories` National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The first one, Sandia`s `` second-generation pool-boiler receiver,`` was designed to address commercialization issues identified during post-test assessment of Sandia`s first-generation pool-boiler receiver. It was constructed from Haynes alloy 230 and contained the alkali-metal alloy NaK-78. The absorber`s wetted side had a brazed-on powder-metal coating to stabilize boiling. This receiver was evaluated for boiling stability, hot- and warm-restart behavior, and thermal efficiency. Boiling was stable under all conditions. All of the hot restarts were successful. Mild transient hot spots observed during some hot restarts were eliminated by the addition of 1/3 torr of xenon to the vapor space. All of the warm restarts were also successful. The heat-transfer crisis that damaged the first receiver did not recur. Thermal efficiency was 92.3% at 750{degrees}C with 69.6 kW{sub t} solar input. The second receiver tested, Sandia`s ``advanced-concepts receiver,`` was a replica of the first-generation receiver except that the cavities, which were electric-discharge-machined in the absorber for boiling stability, were eliminated. This step was motivated by bench-scale test results that showed that boiling stability improved with increased heated-surface area, tilt of the heated surface from vertical, and added xenon. The bench-scale results suggested that stable boiling might be possible without heated-surface modification in a 75-kW{sub t} receiver. Boiling in the advanced-concepts receiver with 1/3 torr of xenon added has been stable under all conditions, confirming the bench-scale tests.

  14. Development of operationally stable inverted organic light-emitting diode prepared without using alkali metals (Presentation Recording)

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    Fukagawa, Hirohiko; Morii, Katsuyuki; Hasegawa, Munehiro; Gouda, Shun; Tsuzuki, Toshimitsu; Shimizu, Takahisa; Yamamoto, Toshihiro

    2015-10-01

    The OLED is one of the key devices for realizing future flexible displays and lightings. One of the biggest challenges left for the OLED fabricated on a flexible substrate is the improvement of its resistance to oxygen and moisture. A high barrier layer [a water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of about 10-6 g/m2/day] is proposed to be necessary for the encapsulation of conventional OLEDs. Some flexible high barrier layers have recently been demonstrated; however, such high barrier layers require a complex process, which makes flexible OLEDs expensive. If an OLED is prepared without using air-sensitive materials such as alkali metals, no stringent encapsulation is necessary for such an OLED. In this presentation, we will discuss our continuing efforts to develop an inverted OLED (iOLED) prepared without using alkali metals. iOLEDs with a bottom cathode are considered to be effective for realizing air-stable OLEDs since the electron injection layer (EIL) can be prepared by fabrication processes that might damage the organic layers, resulting in the enhanced range of materials suitable for EILs. We have demonstrated that a highly efficient and relatively air-stable iOLED can be realized by employing poly(ethyleneimine) as an EIL. Dark spot formation was not observed after 250 days in the poly(ethyleneimine)-based iOLED encapsulated by a barrier film with a WVTR of 10-4 g/m2/day. In addition, we have demonstrated the fabrication of a highly operational stable iOLED utilizing a newly developed EIL. The iOLED exhibits an expected half-lifetime of over 10,000 h from an initial luminance of 1,000 cd/m2.

  15. Thermochemistry of complex oxides of uranium(6), arsenic and alkali metals

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    Standard reaction enthalpies for stoichiometric mixtures of mono-potassium orthoarsenate, uranium(6) and alkali metal nitrate oxides as well as mixtures of complex oxides of the M1AsUO6 (M1 = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) general formulas and potassium nitrate with hydrofluoric acid are determined in adiabatic calorimeter at the temperature of 298.15 K. Standard enthalpies for formation of complex oxides of uranium(6), arsenic and alkali metals at the temperature of 298.15 K are calculated by the obtained results. 8 refs., 1 tab

  16. Method for preparation of melts of alkali metal chlorides with highly volatile polyvalent metal chlorides

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    A method for production of alkali metal (Cs, Rb, K) chloride melts with highly volatile polyvalent metal chlorides is suggested. The method consists, in saturation of alkali metal chlorides, preheated to the melting point, by volatile component vapours (titanium tetrachloride, molybdenum or tantalum pentachloride) in proportion, corresponding to the composition reguired. The saturation is realized in an evacuated vessel with two heating areas for 1-1.5 h. After gradual levelling of temperature in both areas the product is rapidly cooled. 1 fig.; 1 tab

  17. Theoretical investigation of the interaction of cytosine and its tautomers with alkali metals

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    Quantum-chemical calculations have been applied in order to explore the interaction of alkali metals (M=Li-Cs) with cytosine and its tautomers. The optimized geometries, harmonic vibrational frequencies, and the energies of cytosine, metallated cytosine, and its tautomers have been calculated. The calculations show that metallated cytosine is more stable than non metallated one. The stability of metallated cytosine decreases with the growth of atomic number of alkali metals. Estimated charge on the metals demonstrates that there is some covalency in the metal-ligand interaction, especially in the Li+ system

  18. Structural and Magnetic Diversity in Alkali-Metal Manganate Chemistry: Evaluating Donor and Alkali-Metal Effects in Co-complexation Processes.

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    Uzelac, Marina; Borilovic, Ivana; Amores, Marco; Cadenbach, Thomas; Kennedy, Alan R; Aromí, Guillem; Hevia, Eva

    2016-03-24

    By exploring co-complexation reactions between the manganese alkyl Mn(CH2 SiMe3 )2 and the heavier alkali-metal alkyls M(CH2 SiMe3 ) (M=Na, K) in a benzene/hexane solvent mixture and in some cases adding Lewis donors (bidentate TMEDA, 1,4-dioxane, and 1,4-diazabicyclo[2,2,2] octane (DABCO)) has produced a new family of alkali-metal tris(alkyl) manganates. The influences that the alkali metal and the donor solvent impose on the structures and magnetic properties of these ates have been assessed by a combination of X-ray, SQUID magnetization measurements, and EPR spectroscopy. These studies uncover a diverse structural chemistry ranging from discrete monomers [(TMEDA)2 MMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 ] (M=Na, 3; M=K, 4) to dimers [{KMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 ⋅C6 H6 }2 ] (2) and [{NaMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 }2 (dioxane)7 ] (5); and to more complex supramolecular networks [{NaMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 }∞ ] (1) and [{Na2 Mn2 (CH2 SiMe3 )6 (DABCO)2 }∞ ] (7)). Interestingly, the identity of the alkali metal exerts a significant effect in the reactions of 1 and 2 with 1,4-dioxane, as 1 produces coordination adduct 5, while 2 forms heteroleptic [{(dioxane)6 K2 Mn2 (CH2 SiMe3 )4 (O(CH2 )2 OCH=CH2 )2 }∞ ] (6) containing two alkoxide-vinyl anions resulting from α-metalation and ring opening of dioxane. Compounds 6 and 7, containing two spin carriers, exhibit antiferromagnetic coupling of their S=5/2 moments with varying intensity depending on the nature of the exchange pathways. PMID:26916525

  19. Phonon dispersion in alkali metals and their equiatomic sodium-based binary alloys

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    Aditya M. VORA

    2008-01-01

    In the present article, the theoretical calcula-tions of the phonon dispersion curves (PDCs) of five alkali metals viz. Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs and their four equia-tomic sodium-based binary alloys viz. Na0.5Li0.5,Na0.5K0.5, Na0.5Rb0.5 and Na0.5Cs0.5 to second order in a local model potential is discussed in terms of the real-space sum of the Born yon Karman central force con-stants. Instead of the concentration average of the force constants of pure alkali metals, the pseudo-alloy-atom (PAA) is adopted to directly compute the force constants of the four equiatomic sodium based binary alloys and was successfully applied. The exchange and correlation functions due to the Hartree (H) and Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU) are used to investigate the influence of the screening effects. The phonon frequencies of alkali metals and their four equiatomic sodium-based binary alloys in the longit-udinal branch are more sensitive to the exchange and cor-relation effects in comparison with the transverse branches. The PDCs of pure alkali metals are found in qualitative agreement with the available experimental data. The frequencies in the longitudinal branch are sup-pressed rather due to IU-screening function than those due to static H-screening function.

  20. Sorption selectivity of alkali metal ions in polymer inclusion ion exchange membranes

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    Sorption selectivity of different alkali metal ions in polymer inclusion cation exchange membranes has been studied. The concentration of the metal ions were measured using neutron activation analysis. The results show the selectivity of polymer inclusion membranes for metal ions in the order Na++++. The trend have been explained in terms of the radius of the hydrated metal ion. (author)

  1. Modified PVA-CA blend ultrafiltration membrane by alkali metal chloride

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    张启修; 邱运仁

    2003-01-01

    The modified PVA-CA blend ultrafiltration membranes were prepared by phase inversion from the casting solutions consisting of polyvinyl alcohol(PVA), cellulose acetate(CA), acetic acid, alkali metal chloride and water. The effects of different concentration of alkali metal chloride on the properties of membranes were investigated. The results show that when the mass fraction of the salt in the casting solution is not greater than 1%, the property of rejection of the alkali metal salt modified ultrafiltration PVA-CA blend membrane has little change compared with that of the unmodified PVA-CA blend membrane, but the permeation flux is much greater than that of the unmodified membrane under the same operation condition. When the mass fraction of the salt is greater than 1.5%, the permeate flux increases much greater than that of the unmodified membrane, but the property of rejection of the modified ultrafiltration membrane decreases greatly. The results also show that the contact angle of the salt modified PVA-CA blend UF membrane decreases but the swelling in water increases with the increment of the mass fraction of alkali metal salts. Furthermore, the NaCl modified PVA-CA blend membrane has a slightly lower swelling and a little smaller contact angle of water than the KCl modified PVA-CA blend membrane does when the mass fraction of salts is the same.

  2. Low-polarity electrolytes on the base of crown ether complexes with alkali metal ions

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    New low-polar electrolytes on the basis of 15-crown-5 complexes with alkali metal (lithium, sodium) ions in solvent characterized by low dielectrical permittivity: benzene, toluene, ethylene glycol dimethyl ether, tetrahydrofuran and methylene chloride, characterized by specific electrical permittivity equal to 10-5-10-2 Ohm-1·cm-1, are suggested and studied. 15 refs., 2 figs.,

  3. Alkali metal ion binding to glutamine and glutamine derivatives investigated by infrared action spectroscopy and theory

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    Bush, M. F.; Oomens, J.; Saykally, R. J.; Williams, E. R.

    2008-01-01

    The gas-phase structures of alkali-metal cationized glutamine are investigated by using both infrared multiple photon dissociation (TRMPD) action spectroscopy, utilizing light generated by a free electron laser, and theory. The IRMPD spectra contain many similarities that are most consistent with gl

  4. Unidirectional thermal expansion in KZnB3O6: role of alkali metals.

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    Lou, Yanfang; Li, Dandan; Li, Zhilin; Zhang, Han; Jin, Shifeng; Chen, Xiaolong

    2015-12-14

    The driving force of the unidirectional thermal expansion in KZnB3O6 has been studied experimentally and theoretically. Our results show that the low-energy vibrational modes of alkali metals play a crucial role in this unusual thermal behavior. PMID:26515521

  5. Long-range interactions between excited helium and alkali-metal atoms

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    Zhang, J.-Y.

    2012-12-03

    The dispersion coefficients for the long-range interaction of the first four excited states of He, i.e., He(2 1,3S) and He(2 1,3P), with the low-lying states of the alkali-metal atoms Li, Na, K, and Rb are calculated by summing over the reduced matrix elements of the multipole transition operators. For the interaction between He and Li the uncertainty of the calculations is 0.1–0.5%. For interactions with other alkali-metal atoms the uncertainty is 1–3% in the coefficient C5, 1–5% in the coefficient C6, and 1–10% in the coefficients C8 and C10. The dispersion coefficients Cn for the interaction of He(2 1,3S) and He(2 1,3P) with the ground-state alkali-metal atoms and for the interaction of He(2 1,3S) with the alkali-metal atoms in their first 2P states are presented in this Brief Report. The coefficients for other pairs of atomic states are listed in the Supplemental Material.

  6. Mechanism of alkali metal insertion into TiO2 polymorphs

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    Zukalová, Markéta; Lásková, Barbora; Kavan, Ladislav

    Toulouse: Phantoms Foundation, 2015. s. 139-139. [TNT2015. Trends in Nanotechnology /16./. 07.09.2015-11.09.2015, Toulouse] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-07724S; GA ČR(CZ) GA15-06511S Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : TiO2 * alkali metal insertion Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  7. Alkali metal insertion into TiO2 polymorphs for battery applications

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    Zukalová, Markéta; Pitňa Lásková, Barbora; Kavan, Ladislav

    Dubai: EMN Dubai, 2016. s. 13-14. [EMN Dubai Meeting. Energy Materials Nanotechnology . 01.04.2016-04.04.2016, Dubai] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-06511S Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : TiO2 polymorphs * alkali metal insertion * LTO Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  8. Alkali Metal Variation and Twisting of the FeNNFe Core in Bridging Diiron Dinitrogen Complexes.

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    McWilliams, Sean F; Rodgers, Kenton R; Lukat-Rodgers, Gudrun; Mercado, Brandon Q; Grubel, Katarzyna; Holland, Patrick L

    2016-03-21

    Alkali metal cations can interact with Fe-N2 complexes, potentially enhancing back-bonding or influencing the geometry of the iron atom. These influences are relevant to large-scale N2 reduction by iron, such as in the FeMoco of nitrogenase and the alkali-promoted Haber-Bosch process. However, to our knowledge there have been no systematic studies of a large range of alkali metals regarding their influence on transition metal-dinitrogen complexes. In this work, we varied the alkali metal in [alkali cation]2[LFeNNFeL] complexes (L = bulky β-diketiminate ligand) through the size range from Na(+) to K(+), Rb(+), and Cs(+). The FeNNFe cores have similar Fe-N and N-N distances and N-N stretching frequencies despite the drastic change in alkali metal cation size. The two diketiminates twist relative to one another, with larger dihedral angles accommodating the larger cations. In order to explain why the twisting has so little influence on the core, we performed density functional theory calculations on a simplified LFeNNFeL model, which show that the two metals surprisingly do not compete for back-bonding to the same π* orbital of N2, even when the ligand planes are parallel. This diiron system can tolerate distortion of the ligand planes through compensating orbital energy changes, and thus, a range of ligand orientations can give very similar energies. PMID:26925968

  9. Elucidation of transport mechanism and enhanced alkali ion transference numbers in mixed alkali metal-organic ionic molten salts.

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    Chen, Fangfang; Forsyth, Maria

    2016-07-28

    Mixed salts of Ionic Liquids (ILs) and alkali metal salts, developed as electrolytes for lithium and sodium batteries, have shown a remarkable ability to facilitate high rate capability for lithium and sodium electrochemical cycling. It has been suggested that this may be due to a high alkali metal ion transference number at concentrations approaching 50 mol% Li(+) or Na(+), relative to lower concentrations. Computational investigations for two IL systems illustrate the formation of extended alkali-anion aggregates as the alkali metal ion concentration increases. This tends to favor the diffusion of alkali metal ions compared with other ionic species in electrolyte solutions; behavior that has recently been reported for Li(+) in a phosphonium ionic liquid, thus an increasing alkali transference number. The mechanism of alkali metal ion diffusion via this extended coordination environment present at high concentrations is explained and compared to the dynamics at lower concentrations. Heterogeneous alkali metal ion dynamics are also evident and, somewhat counter-intuitively, it appears that the faster ions are those that are generally found clustered with the anions. Furthermore these fast alkali metal ions appear to correlate with fastest ionic liquid solvent ions. PMID:27375042

  10. Hydrogen generation using silicon nanoparticles and their mixtures with alkali metal hydrides

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    Patki, Gauri Dilip

    mole of Si. We compare our silicon nanoparticles (˜10nm diameter) with commercial silicon nanopowder (Metal hydrides are also promising hydrogen storage materials. The optimum metal hydride would possess high hydrogen storage density at moderate temperature and pressure, release hydrogen safely and controllably, and be stable in air. Alkali metal hydrides have high hydrogen storage density, but exhibit high uncontrollable reactivity with water. In an attempt to control this explosive nature while maintaining high storage capacity, we mixed our silicon nanoparticles with the hydrides. This has dual benefits: (1) the hydride- water reaction produces the alkali hydroxide needed for base-catalyzed silicon oxidation, and (2) dilution with 10nm coating by, the silicon may temper the reactivity of the hydride, making the process more controllable. Initially, we analyzed hydrolysis of pure alkali metal hydrides and alkaline earth metal hydrides. Lithium hydride has particularly high hydrogen gravimetric density, along with faster reaction kinetics than sodium hydride or magnesium hydride. On analysis of hydrogen production we found higher hydrogen yield from the silicon nanoparticle—metal hydride mixture than from pure hydride hydrolysis. The silicon-hydride mixtures using our 10nm silicon nanoparticles produced high hydrogen yield, exceeding the theoretical yield. Some evidence of slowing of the hydride reaction rate upon addition of silicon nanoparticles was observed.

  11. Vanadium oxide based cpd. useful as a cathode active material - is used in lithium or alkali metal batteries to prolong life cycles

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    1997-01-01

    A mixt. of metallic iron particles and vanadium pentoxide contg. V in its pentavalent state in a liq. is reacted to convert at least some of the pentavalent V to its tetravalent state and form a gel. The liq. phase is then sepd. from the oxide based gel to obtain a solid material(I) comprising Fe......, V and oxygen where at least some of the V is in the tetravalent state. USE-(I) is a cathode active material in electric current producing storage cells. ADVANTAGE-Use of (I) in Li or alkali metal batteries gives prolonged life cycles.Storage cells using (I) have improved capacity during charge and...

  12. Reactions between cold methyl halide molecules and alkali-metal atoms

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    Lutz, Jesse J

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the potential energy surfaces and activation energies for reactions between methyl halide molecules CH$_{3}X$ ($X$ = F, Cl, Br, I) and alkali-metal atoms $A$ ($A$ = Li, Na, K, Rb) using high-level {\\it ab initio} calculations. We examine the anisotropy of each intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) and the mechanism and energetics of the only available exothermic reaction pathway, ${\\rm CH}_{3}X+A\\rightarrow{\\rm CH}_{3}+AX$. The region of the transition state is explored using two-dimensional PES cuts and estimates of the activation energies are inferred. Nearly all combinations of methyl halide and alkali-metal atom have positive barrier heights, indicating that reactions at low temperatures will be slow.

  13. Reactions between cold methyl halide molecules and alkali-metal atoms

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    We investigate the potential energy surfaces and activation energies for reactions between methyl halide molecules CH3X (X = F, Cl, Br, I) and alkali-metal atoms A (A = Li, Na, K, Rb) using high-level ab initio calculations. We examine the anisotropy of each intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) and the mechanism and energetics of the only available exothermic reaction pathway, CH3X + A → CH3 + AX. The region of the transition state is explored using two-dimensional PES cuts and estimates of the activation energies are inferred. Nearly all combinations of methyl halide and alkali-metal atom have positive barrier heights, indicating that reactions at low temperatures will be slow

  14. Equation of state for thermodynamic properties of pure and mixtures liquid alkali metals

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    Mousazadeh, M.H., E-mail: mmousazadeh@aeoi.org.ir [Department of Chemistry, Nuclear Science Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), End of North-Karegar Str., 11365-3486 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faramarzi, E. [Department of Physical Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Maleki, Z. [Department of Chemistry, Nuclear Science Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), End of North-Karegar Str., 11365-3486 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-11-20

    We developed an equation of state based on statistical-mechanical perturbation theory for pure and mixtures alkali metals. Thermodynamic properties were calculated by the equation of state, based on the perturbed-chain statistical associating fluid theory (PC-SAFT). The model uses two parameters for a monatomic system, segment size, {sigma}, and segment energy, {epsilon}. In this work, we calculate the saturation and compressed liquid density, heat capacity at constant pressure and constant volume, isobaric expansion coefficient, for which accurate experimental data exist in the literatures. Results on the density of binary and ternary alkali metal alloys of Cs-K, Na-K, Na-K-Cs, at temperatures from the freezing point up to several hundred degrees above the boiling point are presented. The calculated results are in good agreement with experimental data.

  15. The 3-Dimensional q-Deformed Harmonic Oscillator and Magic Numbers of Alkali Metal Clusters

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    Bonatsos, Dennis; Raychev, P P; Roussev, R P; Terziev, P A; Bonatsos, Dennis

    1999-01-01

    Magic numbers predicted by a 3-dimensional q-deformed harmonic oscillator with Uq(3) > SOq(3) symmetry are compared to experimental data for alkali metal clusters, as well as to theoretical predictions of jellium models, Woods--Saxon and wine bottle potentials, and to the classification scheme using the 3n+l pseudo quantum number. The 3-dimensional q-deformed harmonic oscillator correctly predicts all experimentally observed magic numbers up to 1500 (which is the expected limit of validity for theories based on the filling of electronic shells), thus indicating that Uq(3), which is a nonlinear extension of the U(3) symmetry of the spherical (3-dimensional isotropic) harmonic oscillator, is a good candidate for being the symmetry of systems of alkali metal clusters.

  16. Conductometric determination of dissociation constants of alkali metal monopyrocatechinborates in alcohols

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    Dissociation constants of alkali metal monopyrocatechinborates of Me[(C6H4O2)B(OH)2]xnH2O (Me = Na+, Li+) composition are determined using conductometric method based on equivalent electric conductivity values, in methanol and ethanol at 25 deg C. Dissociation constants of weak electrolytes are calculated by the Fuoss-Kraus method. Conditions of Valden raw action are determined which connects concentrations with permittivity of medium

  17. Ab initio GW quasiparticle calculation of small alkali-metal clusters

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    Quasiparticle energies of small alkali-metal clusters are evaluated from first principles by means of the GW approximation with the generalized plasmon-pole model. An all-electron mixed-basis approach, in which wave function is represented as a linear combination of both plane waves and atomic orbitals, is adopted in the calculation. Obtained quasiparticle energies (ionization potential and electron affinity) are in good agreement with experimental data

  18. Lattice-gas model for alkali-metal fullerides: face-centered-cubic structure

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    Udvardi, Laszlo; Szabo, Gyorgy

    1995-01-01

    A lattice-gas model is suggested for describing the ordering phenomena in alkali-metal fullerides of face-centered-cubic structure assuming the electric charge of alkali ions residing in either octahedral or tetrahedral interstitial sites is completely screened by the first-neighbor C_60 molecules. This approximation allows us to derive an effective ion-ion interaction. The van der Waals interaction between the ion and C_60 molecule is characterized by introducing an additional energy at the ...

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Ternary and Quaternary Alkali Metal Thiophosphates

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    Alahmary, Fatimah S.

    2014-05-01

    The ongoing development of nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals such as coherent mid-IR sources focuses on various classes of materials such as ternary and quaternary metal chalcophosphates. In case of thiophosphates, the connection between PS4-tetrahedral building blocks and metals gives rise to a broad structural variety where approximately one third of all known ternary (A/P/S) and quaternary (A/M/P/S) (A = alkali metal, M = metal) structures are acentric and potential nonlinear optical materials. The molten alkali metal polychalcophosphate fluxes are a well-established method for the synthesis of new ternary and quaternary thiophosphate and selenophosphate compounds. It has been a wide field of study and investigation through the last two decades. Here, the flux method is used for the synthesis of new quaternary phases containing Rb, Ag, P and S. Four new alkali metal thiophosphates, Rb4P2S10, RbAg5(PS4), Rb2AgPS4 and Rb3Ag9(PS4)4, have been synthesized successfully from high purity elements and binary starting materials. The new compounds were characterized by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS), Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). These compounds show interesting structural variety and physical properties. The crystal structures feature 3D anionic framework built up of PS4 tetrahedral units and charge balanced by Ag and alkali metal cations. All prepared compounds are semiconductors with band gap between 2.3 eV to 2.6 eV and most of them are thermally stable up to 600ºC.

  20. Alkali Metal Modification of Silica Gel-Based Stationary Phase in Gas Chromatography

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    Ashraf Yehia El-Naggar

    2013-01-01

    Modification of the precipitated silica gel was done by treatment with alkali metal (NaCl) before and after calcination. The silica surfaces before and after modification were confirmed by infrared spectroscopy in order to observe the strength and abundance of the acidic surface OH group bands which play an important role in the adsorption properties of polar and nonpolar solutes. The surface-modified silica gels were tested as GC solid stationary phases in terms of the separation efficiency ...

  1. Electrohydrodynamic emission of positive and negative ions from alkali-metal halide melts

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    The characteristics of electrohydrodynamic (EHD) emission of positive and negative ions from melts of alkali-metal metals are presented. The angular current density is 3-4 μA/sr with emission currents of 0.1-0.5 μA. The salt EHD sources which have been developed yield stable currents of K+, Rb+, Cs+, F-, Cl-, and I- ions for several tens of hours. 10 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  2. Ab initio GW quasiparticle calculation of small alkali-metal clusters

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    Ishii, S; Louie, S G; Ohno, K

    2001-01-01

    Quasiparticle energies of small alkali-metal clusters are evaluated from first principles by means of the GW approximation with the generalized plasmon-pole model. An all-electron mixed-basis approach, in which wave function is represented as a linear combination of both plane waves and atomic orbitals, is adopted in the calculation. Obtained quasiparticle energies (ionization potential and electron affinity) are in good agreement with experimental data.

  3. Active-alkali metal promoted reductive desulfurization of dibenzothiophene and its hindered analogues

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    Pittalis, Mario; Azzena, Ugo Gavino; Carraro, Massimo; Pisano, Luisa

    2013-01-01

    Reductive desulfurisation of organic compounds is of importance both in organic synthesis and in industry. Benzo- and dibenzothiophenes are between the most abundant sulphur containing impurities in crude oils, and their desulfurization is a mandatory issue in the production of non polluting fuels. Following our interest in the development of efficient alkali metal-mediated synthetic procedures and alternative protocols for the chemical transformation of widespread environmental contaminants ...

  4. A simple alkali-metal and noble gas ion source for SIMS equipments with mass separation of the primary ions

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    An alkali-metal ion source working without a store of alkali-metals is described. The alkali-metal ions are produced by evaporation of alkali salts and ionization in a low-voltage arc discharge stabilized with a noble gas plasma or in the case of small alkali-metal ion currents on the base of the well known thermic ionization at a hot tungsten wire. The source is very simple in construction and produces a stable ion current of 0.3 μA for more than 100 h. It is possible to change the ion species in a short time. This source is applicable to all SIMS equipments using mass separation for primary ions. (author)

  5. Design of low work function materials using alkali metal-doped transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Kim, Sol; Lee, Man Young; Lee, Seong; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    Engineering the work function is a key issue in surface science. Particularly, discovering the materials that have work functions less than 1eV is essential for efficient thermionic energy conversion. The lowest work function of materials, reported so far, is in a range of about 1eV. To design low work function materials, we chose MX2 (M =Mo and W; X =S, Se and Te) as substrates and alkali metals (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs) as dopants, and studied their electronic structures, charge transfer, induced surface dipole moment, and work function using first-principles calculations. We found that the charge transfer from alkali metals to MX2 substrates decreases as the atomic radius of alkali metals increases. Regardless of the amount of the charge transfer, K on WTe2 exhibits the biggest surface dipole moment, which consequently makes the surface work function the lowest. Also, we found a correlation between the binding distance and the work function.

  6. A hexagonal structure for alkali-metal doped poly (p-phenylene)

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    Murthy, N. S.; Baughman, R. H.; Shacklette, L. W.; Fark, H.; Fink, J.

    1991-05-01

    An hexagonal structure (space group p overline62m, a = 8.6 Å) is proposed for sodium-doped poly(p-phenylene), PPP. The diffraction pattern calculated using only one freely adjustable parameter (the distance between the alkali-metal column and the polymer backbone) is in good agreement with the observed electron diffraction patterns. A similar structure ( a = 9.2 Å) is also suggested by diffraction data for potassium-doped PPP. This hexagonal structure is analogous to that reported for sodium-doped poly(p-phenylene vinylene), lithium-doped polyacetylene, and sodium-doped polyacetylene. The three chain per column arrangement provides a fundamental structural motif which maximizes the coordination of the negatively charged carbon atoms with both the alkali metal ions and the hydrogens, and maximizes interchain, intercolumn, and hydrogen to alkali-metal separations. The size of the dopant-ion relative to the cross-sectional dimensions of the host polymer determines whether the dopant-ion columns are formed in triangular (three chain per column) or tetragonal (four chain per column) channels.

  7. Structure and properties of alizarin complex formed with alkali metal hydroxides in methanol solution.

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    Jeliński, Tomasz; Cysewski, Piotr

    2016-06-01

    Quantum chemical computations were used for prediction of the structure and color of alizarin complex with alkali metal hydroxides in methanolic solutions. The color prediction relying on the single Gaussian-like band once again proved the usefulness of the PBE0 density functional due to the observed smallest color difference between computed and experimentally derived values. It was found that the alkali metal hydroxide molecules can bind to the two oxygen atoms of both hydroxyl groups of alizarin or to one of these atoms and the oxygen atom from the keto group in a complex with three methanol molecules. This means that two electronic transitions need to be taken into account when considering the spectra of the studied complexes. The resulting bond lengths and angles are correlated with the properties of the alkali metal atoms. The molar mass, the atomic radius, and the Pauling electronegativity of studied metals are quite accurate predictors of the geometric properties of hydroxide complexes with alizarin in methanol solution. Graphical abstract The spectra of the neutral and monoanionic form of alizarin together with color changes resulting from addition of different metal hydroxides and represented in CIE color space. PMID:27178415

  8. Equation of state for solid rare gases and alkali metals under pressure

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    Bonnet, Pierre

    2016-07-01

    This investigation is based on an atomic equation of state which takes into account the excluded volume of the atom being considered. Study of solid rare gases allows following the packing factor of the solid in equilibrium with the gas at different temperatures and of the solid and the liquid in the case of solid-liquid equilibria. The application of a pressure to the solid up to 9800 MPa allows determining the decrease in atomic volume and thus the compressibility. Such a study leads to proposing a new expression through dividing the pressure derivative (as a function of the excluded volume) by the pressure. This new coefficient is a pressure-independent constant but varies with the atom considered. Multiplied by the initial atomic volume, this coefficient has a unique value for all the rare gases. Furthermore, this is also true for the series of alkali metals with however a lower value of the coefficient. The atomic configurations of the two series are very different with one free electron for the alkali metals but closed shells for the rare gases. The alkali metals are therefore more complex than the rare gases. It is worthwhile to note that study of the equilibrium has not required the use of the principles of thermodynamics.

  9. Theoretical study on the adsorption of carbon dioxide on individual and alkali-metal doped MOF-5s

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    Ha, Nguyen Thi Thu; Lefedova, O. V.; Ha, Nguyen Ngoc

    2016-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to investigate the adsorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) on metal-organic framework (MOF-5) and alkali-metal (Li, K, Na) doped MOF-5s. The adsorption energy calculation showed that metal atom adsorption is exothermic in MOF-5 system. Moreover, alkali-metal doping can significantly improve the adsorption ability of carbon dioxide on MOF-5. The best influence is observed for Li-doping.

  10. Structural study and properties of the alkali metal, nitrosyl, and ammonium hepta- and octafluorouranates(VI)

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    The thermal decomposition of the heptafluorouranates(VI) of the alkali metals is shown to take place in two steps. The first step gives the octafluorouranates(VI) and UF6, and the decomposition rate is noticeable at temperatures above 100, 130, 150, and 2100C for the Na, K, Rb, and Cs salts, respectively. The second step for Na2UF8 yields pure NaF and UF6 above 3000C, whereas the decomposition temperatures for the K, Rb, and Cs salts are above 300, 350, and 4000C, respectively. Depending on the decomposition conditions, F2 and M2UF7(M = K, Rb, Cs) or F2, UF6, and M3UF8 are formed. The heptafluorouranates(VI) of all the cations studied, except for ammonium, were shown to exhibit dimorphism. The parameters of their cubic form were obtained and are as follows: KUF7; a = 5.22 A; RbUF7; a = 5.385 A; CsUF7; a = 5.517 A; NOUF7; a = 5.334 A; NH4UF7; a = 5.393 A; NaUF7(fccub), a = 8.511 A, Z = 4. The x-ray pattern of the low-symmetry form of CsUF7 just below the solid transition temperature (15 +- 10C) was indexed with a tetragonal cell where a = 5.50 A and c = 5.37 A. The x-ray diagrams of the low symmetry form of the other MUF7 salts were not indexed, whereas those of the octafluorouranates were indexed with orthorhombic cells. The vibrational spectra of the hepta- and octafluorouranates were found to be very dependent on the temperature, and for the same temperature on the cation size. Some trends observed in this study, like the thermal decomposition temperatures or the relative symmetries, are thought to arise from the differences in the cation--anion interaction. This interaction is stronger with smaller cations, which results in more distorted anions, less ionic U--F bonds, and paradoxically less stable complexes

  11. Interactions of alkali metals and electrolyte with cathode carbons

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    Naas, Tyke

    1997-12-31

    The Hall-Heroult process for electrolytic reduction of alumina has been the only commercial process for production of primary aluminium. The process runs at high temperature and it is important to minimize the energy consumption. To save energy it is desirable to reduce the operating temperature. This can be achieved by adding suitable additives such as LiF or KF to the cryolitic electrolyte. This may conflict with the objective of extending the lifetime of the cathode linings of the cell as much as possible. The thesis investigates this possibility and the nature of the interactions involved. It supports the hypothesis that LiF-additions to the Hall-Heroult cell electrolyte is beneficial to the carbon cathode performance because the diminished sodium activity reduces the sodium induced stresses during the initial period of electrolysis. The use of KF as an additive is more dangerous, but the results indicate that additions up to 5% KF may be tolerated in acidic melts with semigraphitic or graphitic cathodes with little risk of cathode problems. 153 refs., 94 figs., 30 tabs.

  12. A heated vapor cell unit for dichroic atomic vapor laser lock in atomic rubidium.

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    McCarron, Daniel J; Hughes, Ifan G; Tierney, Patrick; Cornish, Simon L

    2007-09-01

    The design and performance of a compact heated vapor cell unit for realizing a dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) for the D(2) transitions in atomic rubidium is described. A 5 cm long vapor cell is placed in a double-solenoid arrangement to produce the required magnetic field; the heat from the solenoid is used to increase the vapor pressure and correspondingly the DAVLL signal. We have characterized experimentally the dependence of important features of the DAVLL signal on magnetic field and cell temperature. For the weaker transitions both the amplitude and gradient of the signal are increased by an order of magnitude. PMID:17902946

  13. A heated vapor cell unit for dichroic atomic vapor laser lock in atomic rubidium

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    The design and performance of a compact heated vapor cell unit for realizing a dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) for the D2 transitions in atomic rubidium is described. A 5 cm long vapor cell is placed in a double-solenoid arrangement to produce the required magnetic field; the heat from the solenoid is used to increase the vapor pressure and correspondingly the DAVLL signal. We have characterized experimentally the dependence of important features of the DAVLL signal on magnetic field and cell temperature. For the weaker transitions both the amplitude and gradient of the signal are increased by an order of magnitude

  14. Platinum-tungsten electrodes for the alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    Co-sputtered platinum-tungsten AMTEC electrodes have shown high power densities (--0.5 X/cm/sup 2/) after operation at --1180 K for periods up to 93 hours. After a brief period (--20 hours) of power density decline from initial values as high as 0.7 W/cm/sup 2/, power is constant or increases slowly with time. Electrodes before and after AMTEC operation have low porosity, suggesting that mass transport does not depend solely on gas-phase diffusion. Model system studies have included synthesis of a platinum-sodium compound, Pt/sub x/Na; determination of the temperature dependence of the open circuit potential of a test cell Na/sub iota//sodium beta''-alumina/Pt/sub x/Na, Pt; and study of the properties of pure platinum electrodes. These studies show that Pt/sub x/Na is thermodynamically stable up to high temperatures (>900K), but is not generally stable at the low sodium activities calculated for AMTEC electrodes under typical operating conditions. Surface diffusion enhanced transport is suggested by these results

  15. Gaussian-basis LDA and GGA calculations for alkali-metal equations of state

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    Recently there has been renewed interest in implementations of density-functional theory for solids using various types of localized basis sets, including atom-centered Gaussian-type functions. While such methods are clearly well adapted to most insulating and semiconducting systems, one might expect them to give a less-than-optimal description of metals relative to plane-wave-type methods. Nevertheless, several successful applications of local-basis methods to metals have recently been reported. Here, we report an application of our Gaussian linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) code to some extremely free-electron-like metals, namely, the alkali metals Li, Na, and K. In agreement with other calculations (both local and plane wave) we find that the local-density approximation (LDA) lattice constants are relatively poor (∼-3% from experiment for the alkali metals versus ±1% for many other solids) and that the LDA bulk moduli are ∼30% too high. We find that the Perdew-Burke-Enzerhof (PBE) version of the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) corrects most of this error, in agreement with earlier calculations using similar GGA functionals. The Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr GGA functional gives similar results for the alkali-metal equations of state but is found to overcorrect the errors of the LDA for the cohesive energies, for which the PBE functional is in better agreement with experiment. Our results indicate that the Gaussian-LCAO method should be able to give accurate results for nearly any crystalline solid, since it succeeds even where it would be expected to have the most difficulty. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  16. Van der Waals coefficients for alkali metal clusters and their size dependence

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    Arup Banerjee; Manoj K Harbola

    2006-02-01

    In this paper we employ the hydrodynamic formulation of time-dependent density functional theory to obtain the van der Waals coefficients 6 and 8 of alkali metal clusters of various sizes including very large clusters. Such calculations become computationally very demanding in the orbital-based Kohn-Sham formalism, but are quite simple in the hydrodynamic approach. We show that for interactions between the clusters of the same sizes, 6 and 8 scale as the sixth and the eighth power of the cluster radius, respectively, and approach their classically predicted values for the large size clusters.

  17. Conductimetric determination of dissociation constants of alkali metal (bis)pyrocatechol borates in alcohols

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    Dissociation constants of dipyrocatechinborates of the alkali metals of the Me[C6H4O2)2B] composition, where M - Na, K, Rb, Cs in the methanol and ethanol medium at 25 deg C, are determined through conductometric method on the basis of values of equiva lent electroconductivities. The dissociation constants of low power electrolytes are calculated through the Fuoss-Kraus method. The performance conditions of the Valden rule, binding the substances concentrations with dielectric permittivity of the medium, are identified

  18. Behavior of Alkali Metals and Ash in a Low-Temperature Circulating Fluidized Bed (LTCFB) Gasifier

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    Narayan, Vikas; Jensen, Peter Arendt; Henriksen, Ulrik Birk;

    2016-01-01

    W and a 6 MW LTCFBgasifier. Of the total fuel ash entering the system, the largest fraction (40−50%) was retained in the secondary cyclone bottoms,while a lower amount (8−10%) was released as dust in the exit gas. Most of the alkali and alkaline earth metals were retained inthe solid ash, along with Si......, the low reactor temperature ensures that high-alkali biomass fuels canbe used without risk of bed defluidization. This paper presents the first investigation of the fate of alkali metals and ash in lowtemperaturegasifiers. Measurements on bed material and product gas dust samples were made on a 100 k...

  19. Alkali Metal Control over N–N Cleavage in Iron Complexes

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    Grubel, Katarzyna; Brennessel, William W.; Mercado, Brandon Q.; Holland, Patrick L.

    2014-01-01

    Though N2 cleavage on K-promoted Fe surfaces is important in the large-scale Haber–Bosch process, there is still ambiguity about the number of Fe atoms involved during the N–N cleaving step and the interactions responsible for the promoting ability of K. This work explores a molecular Fe system for N2 reduction, particularly focusing on the differences in the results obtained using different alkali metals as reductants (Na, K, Rb, Cs). The products of these reactions feature new types of Fe–N...

  20. Half metallic ferromagnetism in alkali metal nitrides MN (M = Rb, Cs): A first principles study

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    Murugan, A., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com; Santhosh, M., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com; Sudhapriyanga, G., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com [Department of Physics, N.M.S.S.V.N College, Madurai, Tamilnadu-625019 (India); Kanagaprabha, S. [Department of Physics, Kamaraj College, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu-628003 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of two alkali metal nitrides (MN: M= Rb, Cs) are investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory using the Vienna ab-initio simulation package. At ambient pressure the two nitrides are stable in ferromagnetic state with CsCl structure. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The electronic structure reveals that these materials are half metallic in nature. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from CsCl to ZB phase is observed in RbN and CsN.

  1. Near-infrared luminescence enhancing by introducing alkali metal ions in Sr2CeO4:Yb3+

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    NIR luminescence phosphors Sr2CeO4:Yb3+, M+ (M+=Li+, Na+, K+) were synthesized by conventional solid-state method in the present paper. The prepared phosphors are characterized by XRD and fluorescence spectrometer. Under UV light excitation, the NIR emission intensity of Yb3+:2F5/2→2F7/2 around 1 μm of Sr2CeO4:Yb3+ is strengthened significantly by introducing appropriate alkali metal cations dopants (Li+, Na+, K+) into the crystalline lattice. The relevant mechanisms have been discussed in detail. The peculiar optical properties make Sr2CeO4:Yb3+, M+ (M+=Li+, Na+, K+) promising for potential application in the high efficiency silicon-based solar cells. -- Highlights: • Pure orthorhombic Sr2CeO4:Yb3+, M+ (M+=Li+, Na+, K+) were successfully synthesized. • The structural and photoluminescence of these samples were characterized by XRD and fluorescence spectrometer. • The effect of Li+/Na+/K+ on the properties of samples had been researched and the relevant mechanisms have been discussed in detail. • These NIR materials could have potential application in the high efficiency silicon-based solar cells

  2. Evaluation of Ce3+ and alkali metal ions Co-doped LiSrAlF6 crystalline scintillators

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    High scintillation efficiency of Eu-doped LiSrAlF6 (LiSAF) and LiCaAlF6 (LiCAF) codoped with alkali metal ions has been reported in our recent studies. Thus in this paper, we demonstrated the scintillation properties of 1% Ce-doped LiSAF crystals with 1% alkali metal ions co-doping to increase the light yield and understand the scintillation mechanism. The crystals showed intense emission band corresponding to the 5d-4f transition of Ce3+, and their light yields under thermal neutron excitation were higher than that of the Ce only doped crystal. Especially, the light yield of Ce–Na co-doped crystal exceeded about two times that of Ce only doped one. -- Highlights: ► Ce-doped and alkali metal co-doped LiSAF crystals were grown by μ-PD method. ► Alkali metal co-doped crystals showed higher light yield than Ce only doped crystal. ► Decay time of alkali metal co-doped LiSAF were longer than that of Ce only doped one

  3. Higher-order Cn dispersion coefficients for the alkali-metal atoms

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    The van der Waals coefficients, from C11 through to C16 resulting from second-, third-, and fourth-order perturbation theory are estimated for the alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, and Rb) atoms. The dispersion coefficients are also computed for all possible combinations of the alkali-metal atoms and hydrogen. The parameters are determined from sum rules after diagonalizing a semiempirical fixed core Hamiltonian in a large basis. Comparisons of the radial dependence of the Cn/rn potentials give guidance as to the radial regions in which the various higher-order terms can be neglected. It is seen that including terms up to C10/r10 results in a dispersion interaction that is accurate to better than 1% whenever the inter-nuclear spacing is larger than 20a0. This level of accuracy is mainly achieved due to the fortuitous cancellation between the repulsive (C11,C13,C15) and attractive (C12,C14,C16) dispersion forces

  4. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan. Revision 1

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    The Hanford Site, located northwest of the city of Richland, Washington, houses reactors, chemical-separation systems, and related facilities used for the production of special nuclear materials, as well as for activities associated with nuclear energy development. The 300 Area of the Hanford Site contains reactor fuel manufacturing facilities and several research and development laboratories. The 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility (3718-F Facility), located in the 300 Area, was used to store and treat alkali metal wastes. Therefore, it is subject to the regulatory requirements for the storage and treatment of dangerous wastes. Closure will be conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-610 (Ecology 1989) and 40 CFR 270.1. Closure also will satisfy the thermal treatment facility closure requirements of 40 CFR 265.381. This closure plan presents a description of the 3718-F Facility, the history of wastes managed, and the approach that will be followed to close the facility. Only hazardous constituents derived from 3718-F Facility operations will be addressed.

  5. Enthalpic Interaction for α-Amino Acid with Alkali Metal Halides in Water

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    LU,Yan(卢雁)

    2004-01-01

    The studies of the enthalpic interaction parameters, hxy, hxyy and hxxv, of alkali metal halides with glycine,α-alanine and α-aminobutyric acid were published. Synthetic considering of the results of the studies, some interesting behaviors of the interaction between alkali metal halides and the α-amino acids have been found. The values of hxy will increase with the increase of the number of carbon atoms in alkyl side chain of amino acid molecules and decrease with the increase of the radius of the ions. The increasing of the salt's effect on the hydrophobic hydration structure as the radii of anion is more obvious than as that of cation. The value of hxxy will regularly decrease with the increase of the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain of amino acids and linear increase with the increase of the radius. But the relation of hxxy with the radius of cations is not evident. The value of hxyy will increase with the increase of the radii of the ions. As the increase of the number of carbon atoms of amino acids, hxyy is decreas for the ions which have lager size and there is a maximum value at α-alanine for the ions which have small size. The behaviors of the interaction mentioned above were further discussed in view of electrostatic and structural interactions.

  6. Thermodynamics and structure of liquid alkali metals from the charged-hard-sphere reference fluid

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    The evaluation of thermodynamic properties of liquid alkali metals is re-examined in the approach based on the Gibbs-Bogoliubov inequality and using the fluid of charged hard spheres in the mean spherical approximation as reference system, with a view to achieving consistency with the liquid structure factor. The perturbative variational calculation of the Helmholtz free energy is based on an ab initio and highly reliable nonlocal pseudopotential. Only limited improvement is found in the calculated thermodynamic functions, even when full advantage is taken of the two variational parameters inherent in this approach. The role of thermodynamic self-consistency between the equations of state of the reference fluid derived from the routes of the internal energy and of the virial theorem is then discussed, using previous results by Hoye and Stell. An approximate evaluation of the corresponding contribution to the free energy of liquid alkali metals yields appreciable improvements in both the thermodynamic functions and the liquid structure factor. It thus appears that an accurate treatment of thermodynamic self-consistency in the charged-hard-sphere system may help to resolve some of the difficulties that are commonly met in the evaluation of thermodynamic and structural properties of liquid metals. (author). 55 refs, 4 figs, 4 tabs

  7. Alkali metal control over N-N cleavage in iron complexes.

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    Grubel, Katarzyna; Brennessel, William W; Mercado, Brandon Q; Holland, Patrick L

    2014-12-01

    Though N2 cleavage on K-promoted Fe surfaces is important in the large-scale Haber-Bosch process, there is still ambiguity about the number of Fe atoms involved during the N-N cleaving step and the interactions responsible for the promoting ability of K. This work explores a molecular Fe system for N2 reduction, particularly focusing on the differences in the results obtained using different alkali metals as reductants (Na, K, Rb, Cs). The products of these reactions feature new types of Fe-N2 and Fe-nitride cores. Surprisingly, adding more equivalents of reductant to the system gives a product in which the N-N bond is not cleaved, indicating that the reducing power is not the most important factor that determines the extent of N2 activation. On the other hand, the results suggest that the size of the alkali metal cation can control the number of Fe atoms that can approach N2, which in turn controls the ability to achieve N2 cleavage. The accumulated results indicate that cleaving the triple N-N bond to nitrides is facilitated by simultaneous approach of least three low-valent Fe atoms to a single molecule of N2. PMID:25412468

  8. Effect of particle size on thermal decomposition of alkali metal picrates

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    Liu, Rui; Zhang, Tonglai, E-mail: ztlbit@bit.edu.cn; Yang, Li; Zhou, Zunning

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: The smaller-sized picrate has greater gas emission than do its larger counterpart. The small size effect reduces the thermal decomposition activation energy, accelerates the reaction rate, and promotes the reaction activity. - Highlights: • Picrates were prepared into three micron sizes by microemulsion synthesis. • Thermal decomposition kinetics and thermodynamics were studied by DPTA and DSC. • Smaller-sized picrate has higher activity and faster reaction rate. • Particle size effect on thermal decomposition kinetics and thermodynamics was revealed. - Abstract: Three alkali metal picrates, KPA, RbPA and CsPA, were prepared into three micron sizes by microemulsion synthesis, and their thermal decomposition behaviors were investigated by DPTA at different temperatures and by DSC at different heating rates. The smaller-sized picrate has greater gas emission and smaller kinetic and thermodynamic parameters than do its larger counterpart. It can be attributed to the decreasing particle size which leads to the high surface energy, the fast mass and heat transfer, and the increasing active sites on the reaction interface. The small size effect and surface effect cause the autocatalysis which reduces the activation energy and promotes the reaction activity. The particle size does not affect the reaction mechanism. However, the picrates with different central alkali metals exhibit different reaction mechanisms even though they are of the same size. This is because the central metal determines the bond energy and consequently affects the stability of picrate.

  9. New bonding configuration on Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces induced by the adsorption of alkali metals

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    Lottermoser, L.; Landemark, E.; Smilgies, D.M.; Nielsen, M.; Feidenhans'l, R. Falkenberg; Johnson, R.L.; Gierer, M.; Seitsonen, A.P.; Kleine, H.; Bludau, H.; Over, H.; Kim, S.K.; Jona, F.

    1998-01-01

    The structure of the (3×1) reconstructions of the Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces induced by adsorption of alkali metals has been determined on the basis of surface x-ray diffraction and low-energy electron diffraction measurements and density functional theory. The (3×1) surface results primarily f...... from the substrate reconstruction and shows a new bonding configuration consisting of consecutive fivefold and sixfold Si (Ge) rings in 〈11̅ 0〉 projection separated by channels containing the alkali metal atoms. © 1998 The American Physical Society......The structure of the (3×1) reconstructions of the Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces induced by adsorption of alkali metals has been determined on the basis of surface x-ray diffraction and low-energy electron diffraction measurements and density functional theory. The (3×1) surface results primarily...

  10. The influence of chlorine on the fate and activity of alkali metals during the gasification of wood

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    Struis, R.; Scala, C. von; Schuler, A.; Stucki, S. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1999-08-01

    Chlorine clearly inhibits the CO{sub 2}-gasification reaction of charcoal at 800{sup o}C. From this and other observations the picture emerges that the reduction in the gasification reactivity of the charcoal is intimately related to the deactivation of the catalytically active alkali metals residing in the wood due to the formation of the chloride salt. It is argued that the heavy metal chlorides will likely transfer the chlorine to the indigenous alkali metals during the pyrolysis stage of the wood. The fate of the thus formed alkali metal chlorides can then be either their removal from the sample (evaporation), or, when present at the gasification stage, re-activation (i.e., de-chlorination) under our gasification conditions. (author) 3 figs., 4 refs.

  11. Modulation of the work function of fullerenes C60 and C70 by alkali-metal adsorption: A theoretical study

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    The impact of alkali-metal (Li/Na/Cs) adsorption on work function of fullerenes C60 and C70 was investigated by first-principles calculations. After adsorption, the work functions of fullerenes C60 and C70 decrease distinctly and vary linearly with the electronegativity of the alkali metal elements, and the positions where the alkali atoms are adsorbed considerably influence the work functions. On the contrary, a vacancy defect elevates the work functions of the fullerenes C60 and C70. The variation in the work functions rests with variation in Fermi level (which are attributed to charge transfer) and variation in vacuum levels (which are attributed to the induced dipole moments). Moreover, alkali-metal adsorption can also improve the electric conductivity of a fullerene mixture of C60 and C70.

  12. A numerical study of spin-dependent organization of alkali-metal atomic clusters using density-functional method

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    We calculate the different geometric isomers of spin clusters composed of a small number of alkali-metal atoms using the UB3LYP density-functional method. The electron density distribution of clusters changes according to the value of total spin. Steric structures as well as planar structures arise when the number of atoms increases. The lowest spin state is the most stable and Lin, Nan, Kn, Rbn, and Csn with n = 2–8 can be formed in higher spin states. In the highest spin state, the preparation of clusters depends on the kind and the number of constituent atoms. The interaction energy between alkali-metal atoms and rare-gas atoms is smaller than the binding energy of spin clusters. Consequently, it is possible to self-organize the alkali-metal-atom clusters on a non-wetting substrate coated with rare-gas atoms.

  13. A heated vapor cell unit for DAVLL in atomic rubidium

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    McCarron, Daniel J; Tierney, Patrick; Cornish, Simon L

    2007-01-01

    The design and performance of a compact heated vapor cell unit for realizing a dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) for the D2 transitions in atomic rubidium is described. A 5 cm-long vapor cell is placed in a double-solenoid arrangement to produce the required magnetic field; the heat from the solenoid is used to increase the vapor pressure and correspondingly the DAVLL signal. We have characterized experimentally the dependence of important features of the DAVLL signal on magnetic field and cell temperature. For the weaker transitions both the amplitude and gradient of the signal are increased by an order of magnitude.

  14. Ab initio interaction potentials and scattering lengths for ultracold mixtures of metastable helium and alkali-metal atoms

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    Kedziera, Dariusz; Mentel, Łukasz; Żuchowski, Piotr S.; Knoop, Steven

    2015-06-01

    We have obtained accurate ab initio +4Σ quartet potentials for the diatomic metastable triplet helium+alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, Rb) systems, using all-electron restricted open-shell coupled cluster singles and doubles with noniterative triples corrections CCSD(T) calculations and accurate calculations of the long-range C6 coefficients. These potentials provide accurate ab initio quartet scattering lengths, which for these many-electron systems is possible, because of the small reduced masses and shallow potentials that result in a small amount of bound states. Our results are relevant for ultracold metastable triplet helium+alkali-metal mixture experiments.

  15. Diffusion of alkali metals in the first stage graphite intercalation compounds by vdW-DFT calculations

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    Wang, Zhaohui; Ratvik, Arne Petter; Grande, Tor; Selbach, Sverre Magnus

    2015-01-01

    Diffusion of alkali metal cations in the first stage graphite intercalation compounds (GIC) LiC6, NaC6, NaC8 and KC8 has been investigated with density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the optPBE-vdW van der Waals functional. The formation energies of alkali vacancies, interstitials and Frenkel defects were calculated and vacancies were found to be the dominating point defects. The diffusion coefficients of the alkali metals in GIC were evaluated by a hopping model of point defects ...

  16. Prospects for sympathetic cooling of polar molecules: NH with alkali-metal and alkaline-earth atoms - a new hope

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    Soldán, Pavel; Hutson, Jeremy M

    2009-01-01

    We explore the potential energy surfaces for NH molecules interacting with alkali-metal and alkaline-earth atoms using highly correlated ab-initio electronic structure calculations. The surfaces for interaction with alkali-metal atoms have deep wells dominated by covalent forces. The resulting strong anisotropies will produce strongly inelastic collisions. The surfaces for interaction with alkaline-earth atoms have shallower wells that are dominated by induction and dispersion forces. For Be and Mg the anisotropy is small compared to the rotational constant of NH, so that collisions will be relatively weakly inelastic. Be and Mg are thus promising coolants for sympathetic cooling of NH to the ultracold regime.

  17. A heated vapor cell unit for DAVLL in atomic rubidium

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    McCarron, Daniel J.; Hughes, Ifan G; Tierney, Patrick; Cornish, Simon L.

    2007-01-01

    The design and performance of a compact heated vapor cell unit for realizing a dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) for the D2 transitions in atomic rubidium is described. A 5 cm-long vapor cell is placed in a double-solenoid arrangement to produce the required magnetic field; the heat from the solenoid is used to increase the vapor pressure and correspondingly the DAVLL signal. We have characterized experimentally the dependence of important features of the DAVLL signal on magnetic field...

  18. Momentum densities and Compton profiles of alkali-metal atoms

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    Pranab Sarkar; Anupam Sarkar; S N Roy; B Talukdar

    2003-03-01

    It is assumed that the dynamics of valence electrons of alkali-metal atoms can be well accounted for by a quantum-defect theoretic model while the core electrons may be supposed to move in a self-consistent field. This model is used to study the momentum properties of atoms from 3Li to 37Rb. The numerical results obtained for the momentum density, moments of momentum density and Compton profile are found to be in good agreement with the results of more detailed configuration-interaction calculations for the atom 3Li. Similar results for 11Na, 19K and 37Rb are compared with the corresponding Hartree–Fock–Roothaan values only, for want of data from other realistic calculations.

  19. Separation of hafnium from zirconium in their tetrachloride solution in molten alkali metal chlorides

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    Salyulev, A.B.; Kudyakov, V.Ya.; Smirnov, M.V.; Moskalenko, N.I. (AN SSSR, Sverdlovsk. Inst. Ehlektrokhimii)

    1984-08-01

    The coefficient of HfCl/sub 4/ and ZrCl/sub 4/ separation in the process of vapour sublimation from their solutions in molten NaCl, KCl, CsCl, NaCl-KCl and NaCl-CsCl equimolar mixtures is found to vary in the series from approximately 1.10 to approximately 1.22 and practically not to depend on the temperature (in the 600-910 deg) range and concentration (2-25 mol.% ZrCl/sub 4/+HfCl/sub 4/). HfCl/sub 4/ and ZrCl/sub 4/ are shown to form almost perfect solutions with each other, which in their turn form imperfect solutions with molten alkali metal chlorides, with the strength of hafnium complex chloride anions increasing higher than that of zirconium in the series from NaCl to CsCl.

  20. Separation of hafnium from zirconium in their tetrachloride solution in molten alkali metal chlorides

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    The coefficient of HfCl4 and ZrCl4 separation in the process of vapour sublimation from their solutions in molten NaCl, KCl, CsCl, NaCl-KCl and NaCl-CsCl equimolar mixtures is found to vary in the series from approximately 1.10 to approximately 1.22 and practically not to depend on the temperature (in the 600-910 deg) range and concentration (2-25 mol.% ZrCl4+HfCl4). HfCl4 and ZrCl4 are shown to form almost perfect solutions with each other, which in their turn form imperfect solutions with molten alkali metal chlorides, with the strength of hafnium complex chloride anions increasing higher than that of zirconium in the series from NaCl to CsCl

  1. Secondary transformation mechanism of paramagnetic centers in irradiated alkali metal perchlorates

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    The EPR method has been used to study thermal transformations of paramagnetic centres (PC) in X-ray irradiated potassium, rubidium and cesium perchlorates. Experimental data make it possible to suppose that diffusion coefficient of O- ion a rather high and this ion is freely diffused already at 262 K. Colliding with [MeClO4]+ centres it is transformed in a molecule of oxygen. Another part of O- is transformed in stable ozonide-ion at 300 K. About room temperature hole centres dissociate with formation of ClO2 radical. It is supposed that part of electron and hole centres is not stabilized but at 77 K it is transformed in stable radiolysis products. This process most effective proceeds in dislocations and on the surface of microcrystals. The suggested model of thermal transformations of primary PC in irradiated perchlorates of alkali metals explains formation of all the finite ion and paramagnetic radiolysis products

  2. The alkali metal thermoelectric converter /AMTEC/ - A new direct energy conversion technology for aerospace power

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    Bankston, C. P.; Cole, T.; Jones, R.; Ewell, R.

    1982-01-01

    A thermally regenerative electrochemical device for the direct conversion of heat to electrical energy, the alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC), is characterized by potential efficiencies on the order of 15-40% and possesses no moving parts, making it a candidate for space power system applications. Device conversion efficiency is projected on the basis of experimental voltage vs current curves exhibiting power densities of 0.7 W/sq cm and measured electrode efficiencies of up to 40%. Preliminary radiative heat transfer measurements presented may be used in an investigation of methods for the reduction of AMTEC parasitic radiation losses. AMTEC assumes heat input and rejection temperatures of 900-1300 K and 400-800 K, respectively. The working fluid is liquid sodium, and the porous electrode employed is of molybdenum.

  3. Liquid metal cooled reactor - alkali metal thermoelectric space power system concept for multi megawatt applications

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    A number of Strategic Defense Initiative missions require space power systems with lifetime on the order of 7 to 10 years and systems with reliabilities greater than 0.95. In addition, power source system mass must be as low as possible, consistent with existing and projected launch capabilities. For steady state power sources greater than tens of kilowatts, nuclear reactor systems would yield the lowest system mass. Among potential power conversion systems, Alkali Metal Thermoelectric (AMTEC) is highly attractive from a number of standpoints: it has the highest conversion efficiencies among the different types of static energy conversion systems at moderate operating temperatures that are reasonably high so that waste heat rejection can be carried out with relatively low system mass

  4. Structural systematic and crystal chemistry of novel borates with REE, Pb, Sr, and alkali metals

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    Crystal structures of novel borates with REE, Pb, Sr and alkali metals were analyzed using classical fundamental buildings blocks approach. It is demonstrated that hexa-, penta-, tetra-, tri- and diborates subdivisions in systematic are real families of structures with the common peculiarities. According to the symmetrical way and the degree of FBB condensation structural-generic rows exist in every of subdivisions. Mega- or polyborates subdivision is valid for the structures with the different types of simplest FBB. In all new complex borates it is possible to separate FBB of equal or different types which are presented in isolated form or are connected into chains, layers or frameworks, and to find unexpected correlation between structures. The possibility to recognize and to visualize in this approach the polarity or non-polarity of the structural units and correspondingly the polarity or nonpolarity of the structures in the whole is very important for the conclusion on structure-properties relation. (orig.)

  5. Reasons for different solubility of alkali metal chlorides in cadmium nitrate solutions

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    Maximum solubility of MCl salts (M=Li, Na, K, Cs) in solutions of cadmium nitrate and perchlorate of different concentration was measured in detail for studying the reason for different solubility of alkali metal chlorides in aqueous solutions of cadmium nitrate with concentration of 0.9 and 4.1 mol/l. It is shown that in the framework of phenomenological model of the solutions concentrated solutions of salts forming several crystallohydrates can be considered as a system of mixed solvents. In this case, preferable interaction of LiCl and CsCl with the Cd(NO3)2·9H2O type solvent, while NaCl and KCl - with the Cd(NO3)2·4H2O type solvent can be mentioned

  6. The role of alkali metal cations in the stabilization of guanine quadruplexes: why K(+) is the best.

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    Zaccaria, F; Paragi, G; Fonseca Guerra, C

    2016-08-21

    The alkali metal ion affinity of guanine quadruplexes has been studied using dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D). We have done computational investigations in aqueous solution that mimics artificial supramolecular conditions where guanine bases assemble into stacked quartets as well as biological environments in which telomeric quadruplexes are formed. In both cases, an alkali metal cation is needed to assist self-assembly. Our quantum chemical computations on these supramolecular systems are able to reproduce the experimental order of affinity of the guanine quadruplexes for the cations Li(+), Na(+), K(+), Rb(+), and Cs(+). The strongest binding is computed between the potassium cation and the quadruplex as it occurs in nature. The desolvation and the size of alkali metal cations are thought to be responsible for the order of affinity. Until now, the relative importance of these two factors has remained unclear and debated. By assessing the quantum chemical 'size' of the cation, determining the amount of deformation of the quadruplex needed to accommodate the cation and through the energy decomposition analysis (EDA) of the interaction energy between the cation and the guanines, we reveal that the desolvation and size of the alkali metal cation are both almost equally responsible for the order of affinity. PMID:27185388

  7. Electric dipole polarizabilities at imaginary frequencies for the alkali-metal, alkaline-earth, and inert gas atoms

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    Derevianko, Andrei; Babb, James F

    2009-01-01

    The electric dipole polarizabilities evaluated at imaginary frequencies for hydrogen, the alkali-metal atoms, the alkaline earth atoms, and the inert gases are tabulated along with the resulting values of the atomic static polarizabilities, the atom-surface interaction constants, and the dispersion (or van der Waals) constants for the homonuclear and the heteronuclear diatomic combinations of the atoms.

  8. Experience in the Design and Operation of High-Temperature Alkali Metal Systems

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    Our experience with the alkali metals began in 1942, when it became necessary to manufacture potassium as an intermediate step in producing potassium superoxide and oxygen generator chemicals for use in rebreather safety equipment evaluation. Study of the alkali metals has continued to the present with measurement of the physical properties, high temperature heat transfer properties, followed by the development of liquid metal instruments and the design and reliable manufacture of components. The present operation (up to 1200°F) of two sodium systems to study the instream mechanical properties of materials for long periods of time reveals the satisfactory operation of many components and the trouble to be experienced when operation is attempted with impurities added to the sodium. Cold-trap purification of 1200°F sodium systems is sufficient for low-corrosion operation over a 2-yr period in an AISI, Type 316 stainless-steel system. The adding of new specimens always raises the oxygen level, requiring repurification of the sodium. Some carbon was removed by the cold trap when high carbon-sodium conditions prevailed, but removal is not complete enough for satisfactory operation; therefore great care should be taken in preventing the carbon contamination. Plugging indicators were a good tool for normal operation. Under high carbon conditions the initial break in the plugging indicator curve can be related to the carburization potential of the sodium. Inert gas lines in sodium systems need to be heated above the melting point of sodium to prevent plugging. However, under high oxygen-sodium conditions, solids deposit in the cover gas regions under ambient temperatures above the melting point of sodium. It is observed that the main difficulty incurred in running with high oxygen - sodium systems is the oxide plugging of small lines. In high carbon sodium systems, the failure of valve bellows by carburization causes operational difficulties. Stability of magnetic flow

  9. Synergistic solvent extraction of crown ether complexes with alkali metal picrates by neutral donor solvents

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    Takeda, Y.

    1983-09-01

    The solvent extraction of rubidium and cesium picrates has been studied at 25/sup 0/C with mixtures of crown ether and tributyl phosphate (TBP) or trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) in benzene, and the adduct-formation constants in the benzene solution have been calculated. The crown ethers used in this work were 12-crown-4 (12C4), 15-crown-5 (15C5), and benzo-15-crown-5 (B15C5). The stoichiometric composition of any extracted complex under the present experimental conditions is alkali metal ion : crown ether : TBP or TOPO : picrate ion = 1 : 1 : 1 : 1. The TOPO complex is more extractable than the corresponding TBP complex. The extractability of the Rb/sup +/ complex is larger than that of the corresponding Cs/sup +/ complex. For both TBP and TOPO, the adduct-formation constant value sequences of Rb/sup +/ and Cs/sup +/ are B15C5 > 12C4 > 15C5 and 12C4 > B15C5 > 15C5, respectively. 2 figures, 1 table.

  10. Alkali metal cation doping of metal-organic framework for enhancing carbon dioxide adsorption capacity

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    Yan Cao; Yunxia Zhao; Fujiao Song; Qin Zhong

    2014-01-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted much attention as adsorbents for the separation of CO2 from flue gas or natural gas. Here, a typical metal-organic framework HKUST-1(also named Cu-BTC or MOF-199) was chemically reduced by doping it with alkali metals (Li, Na and K) and they were further used to investigate their CO2 adsorption capacities. The structural information, surface chemistry and thermal behavior of the prepared adsorbent samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm analysis. The results showed that the CO2 storage capacity of HKUST-1 doped with moderate quantities of Li+, Na+ and K+, individually, was greater than that of unmodified HKUST-1. The highest CO2 adsorption uptake of 8.64 mmol/g was obtained with 1K-HKUST-1, and it was ca. 11%increase in adsorption capacity at 298 K and 18 bar as compared with HKUST-1. Moreover, adsorption tests showed that HKUST-1 and 1K-HKUST-1 displayed much higher adsorption capacities of CO2 than those of N2. Finally, the adsorption/desorption cycle experiment revealed that the adsorption performance of 1K-HKUST-1 was fairly stable, without obvious deterioration in the adsorption capacity of CO2 after 10 cycles.

  11. Interaction of alkali metals with perylene-3,4,9,10- tetracarboxylic-dianhydride thin films

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    n doping of the molecular organic semiconductor perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) is often achieved by use of alkali metals as dopants. This doping process is commonly performed in two steps. In the first the dopant is evaporated onto the surface of the PTCDA film. As it has been believed that the dopant shows an inhomogeneous diffusion profile through the layer with most of the dopant accumulated in the first few layers, a subsequent annealing step has been performed in order to reach a homogeneous distribution of the dopant in the whole layer. In this paper experimental results concerning chemical composition ((angle resolved) X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), electronic structure (ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, inverse photoemission spectroscopy), as well as electrical properties (conductivity, Seebeck coefficient) are shown before and after doping and before and after annealing. These results suggest that the deposited dopant is redistributed and partially removed during the annealing step. A model for the dopant distribution is suggested

  12. Atomic many-body effects and Lamb shifts in alkali metals

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    Ginges, J. S. M.; Berengut, J. C.

    2016-05-01

    We present a detailed study of the radiative potential method [V. V. Flambaum and J. S. M. Ginges, Phys. Rev. A 72, 052115 (2005), 10.1103/PhysRevA.72.052115], which enables the accurate inclusion of quantum electrodynamics (QED) radiative corrections in a simple manner in atoms and ions over the range 10 ≤Z ≤120 , where Z is the nuclear charge. Calculations are performed for binding energy shifts to the lowest valence s , p , and d waves over the series of alkali-metal atoms Na to E119. The high accuracy of the radiative potential method is demonstrated by comparison with rigorous QED calculations in frozen atomic potentials, with deviations on the level of 1%. The many-body effects of core relaxation and second- and higher-order perturbation theory on the interaction of the valence electron with the core are calculated. The inclusion of many-body effects tends to increase the size of the shifts, with the enhancement particularly significant for d waves; for K to E119, the self-energy shifts for d waves are only an order of magnitude smaller than the s -wave shifts. It is shown that taking into account many-body effects is essential for an accurate description of the Lamb shift.

  13. Elucidating the magnetic and superconducting phases in the alkali metal intercalated iron chalcogenides

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    Wang, Meng; Yi, Ming; Tian, Wei; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Birgeneau, Robert J.

    2016-02-01

    The complex interdigitated phases have greatly frustrated attempts to document the basic features of the superconductivity in the alkali metal intercalated iron chalcogenides. Here, using elastic neutron scattering, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and resistivity measurements, we elucidate the relations of these phases in RbxFeySe2 -zSz . We find (i) the iron content is crucial in stabilizing the stripe antiferromagnetic (AF) phase with rhombic iron vacancy order (y ≈1.5 ) , the block AF phase with √{5 }×√{5 } iron vacancy order (y ≈1.6 ) , and the iron vacancy-free phase (y ≈2 ) ; and (ii) the iron vacancy-free superconducting phase (z =0 ) evolves into an iron vacancy-free metallic phase with sulfur substitution (z >1.5 ) due to the progressive decrease of the electronic correlation strength. Both the stripe AF phase and the block AF phase are Mott insulators. The iron-rich compounds (y >1.6 ) undergo a first order transition from an iron vacancy disordered phase at high temperatures into the √{5 }×√{5 } iron vacancy ordered phase and the iron vacancy-free phase below Ts. Our data demonstrate that there are miscibility gaps between these three phases. The existence of the miscibility gaps in the iron content is a key to understanding the relationship between these complicated phases.

  14. Study of complex amalgams containing alkali metals by method of broken thermometric titration

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    Complex potassium-cadmium and sodium-cadmium amalgams containing different amounts of the alkali metal nad cadmium have been studied by thermometric titration with mercury. The experiments have been carried out in argon atmosphere at 25 deg C. As evidenced by the titration of sodium-cadmium amalgams, in the range of concentrations studied (Csub(Na)=0.71-2.95, Csub(Cd)=4.38-6.45 g-at/lHg) no solid phase is formed in them. Potassium-cadmium amalgams where the metals content is no higher than their individual solubility in mercury, display, when being mercury-titrated, negative heat effects due to solid phase formation. An estimation is made of the solid phase composition, its solubility in mercury and the heat of dissolution. The solid phase appearing in complex K-Cd amalgams is likely to contain K and Cd in a ratio 1:1 its conventional solubility product is 5.4 g-at/l Hg, and the heat of dissolution in mercury at 25 deg is -21 +-4 kJ/g-at

  15. Luminescence properties of alkali metal ions sensitized CaFCl:Tb3+ nanophosphors

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    林林; 林慧; 王哲哲; 郑标; 谌基兴; 徐森元; 冯卓宏; 郑志强

    2015-01-01

    A series of CaFCl:Tb3+ and CaFCl:Tb3+,A+ (A=Li, Na and K) nanophosphors were synthesized by the one-step sol-gel method, which were reported for the first time. The sample consisted of monodisperse particles, the average size of which was 37 nm. The emissions of Tb3+ ions and oxygen defects OF? were demonstrated in the CaFCl:Tb3+ samples. The former was made up of sev-eral peaks at 488, 545, 587 and 623 nm, ascribed to5D4→7FJ (J=6–3) transitions of Tb3+ ions. The latter was shown as a broad band peaked at about 450 nm. Alkali metal ions A+(A=Li, Na and K) were introduced asthe charge compensators to improve the lumines-cence of samples. The influence of charge compensators on the emissions of Tb3+ ions and oxygen defects OF? was investigated by the measurement of fluorescence spectra and luminescence decay curves. The results indicated that all the charge compensators weakened the defects emission. Furthermore, Li+ ion was the best charge compensator, because it not only reduced the defects emis-sion but also increased the emission intensity of Tb3+ significantly. Our results suggested that this nanophosphor sensitized by the charge compensator might broaden potential applications of rare-earth doped CaFCl.

  16. Stability of alkali-metal hydrides: effects of n-type doping

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    Olea Amezcua, Monica Araceli; de La Peña Seaman, Omar; Rivas Silva, Juan Francisco; Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter

    Metal hydrides could be considered ideal solid-state hydrogen storage systems, they have light weight and high hydrogen volumetric densities, but the hydrogen desorption process requires excessively high temperatures due to their high stability. Efforts have been performed to improve their dehydrogenation properties, based on the introduction of defects, impurities and doping. We present a systematic study of the n-type (electronic) doping effects on the stability of two alkali-metal hydrides: Na1-xMgxH and Li1-xBexH. These systems have been studied within the framework of density functional perturbation theory, using a mixed-basis pseudopotential method and the self-consistent version of the virtual crystal approximation to model the doping. The full-phonon dispersions are analyzed for several doping content, paying special attention to the crystal stability. It is found a doping content threshold for each system, where they are close to dynamical instabilities, which are related to charge redistribution in interstitial zones. Applying the quasiharmonic approximation, the vibrational free energy, the linear thermal expansion and heat capacities are obtained for both hydrides systems and are analyzed as a function of the doping content. This work is partially supported by the VIEP-BUAP 2016 and CONACYT-México (No.221807) projects.

  17. H- and D- production by backscattering from alkali-metal targets

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    Measurements have been made of the total backscattered D- and H- yields from thick, clean targets of Cs, Rb, K, Na, and Li, bombarded with H+2, H+3, D+2, D+3 with incident energies from 0.15 to 4.0 keV/nucleus. All of the measurements were made at background pressures less than 10-9 Torr, and the alkali-metal targets were evaporated onto a cold substrate (Tapprox.77 K) in situ to assure thick, uncontaminated targets. For each target, the H- and D- yields exhibited maxima (as high as 0.08 per incident proton or deuteron) at incident energies between 0.3 and 1.4 keV/nucleus. For both hydrogen and deuterium incident at any energy, the negative-ion yield decreases in going form Cs to Li in the order given above. Also, a definite isotope effect was observed for every target used, with the H- yield peaking at a lower incident energy than the D- yield and in most cases, the maximum H- yield was higher than the maximum D- yield. Measurements of the D- yield as a function of Cs coverage were also made for D3/sup ts+/ bombarding a Ni substrate. The D- yield maximized at or near the coverage at which the surface work function reached a minimum

  18. Study of Spectral Character of Alkali Metals Using Microwave Plasma Torch Simultaneous Spectrometer

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    2006-01-01

    A microwave plasma torch(MPT) simultaneous spectrometer was used to study the spectral character and the matrix effect on alkali metal ions in solution. The main parameters were optimized. The microwave forward power was 100 W. The argon flow rate that was used to sustain the Ar-MPT included the flow rate of carrier gas and the flow rate of support gas, which were 0.8 and 1.0 L/min, respectively. The HCl concentration in the solution was 0.02 mol/L. The observation height was 9.0 mm. The detection limits of Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs were 0.0003, 0.0004, 0.009, 0.07 and2.4 mg/L, respectively, and the results obtained by the Ar-MPT were compared with those obtained by argon inductively coupled plasma(Ar-ICP) and argon microwave induced plasma(Ar-MIP). The interference effects of several matrix elements were also studied.

  19. Alkali metal pool boiler life tests for a 25 kWe advanced Stirling conversion system

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    Anderson, W. G.; Rosenfeld, J. H.; Noble, J.

    The overall operating temperature and efficiency of solar-powered Stirling engines can be improved by adding an alkali metal pool boiler heat transport system to supply heat more uniformly to the heater head tubes. One issue with liquid metal pool boilers is unstable boiling. Stable boiling is obtained with an enhanced boiling surface containing nucleation sites that promote continuous boiling. Over longer time periods, it is possible that the boiling behavior of the system will change. An 800-h life test was conducted to verify that pool boiling with the chosen fluid/surface combination remains stable as the system ages. The apparatus uses NaK boiling on a - 100 + 140 stainless steel sintered porous layer, with the addition of a small amount of xenon. Pool boiling remained stable to the end of life test. The pool boiler life test included a total of 82 cold starts, to simulate startup each morning, and 60 warm restarts, to simulate cloud cover transients. The behavior of the cold and warm starts showed no significant changes during the life test. In the experiments, the fluid/surface combination provided stable, high-performance boiling at the operating temperature of 700 C. Based on these experiments, a pool boiler was designed for a full-scale 25-kWe Stirling system.

  20. Structure of the Alkali-metal-atom-Strontium molecular ions: towards photoassociation and formation of cold molecular ions

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    Aymar, Mireille; Guérout, Romain; Dulieu, Olivier

    2011-01-01

    The potential energy curves, permanent and transition dipole moments, and the static dipolar polarizability, of molecular ions composed of one alkali-metal atom and a Strontium ion are determined with a quantum chemistry approach. The molecular ions are treated as effective two-electron systems and are treated using effective core potentials including core polarization, large gaussian basis sets, and full configuration interaction. In the perspective of upcoming experiments aiming at merging ...

  1. Research Investigation Directed Toward Extending the Useful Range of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. [atomic spectra and electronic structure of alkali metals

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    Hartmann, S. R.; Happer, W.

    1974-01-01

    The report discusses completed and proposed research in atomic and molecular physics conducted at the Columbia Radiation Laboratory from July 1972 to June 1973. Central topics described include the atomic spectra and electronic structure of alkali metals and helium, molecular microwave spectroscopy, the resonance physics of photon echoes in some solid state systems (including Raman echoes, superradiance, and two photon absorption), and liquid helium superfluidity.

  2. Efficient destruction of CF4 through in situ generation of alkali metals from heated alkali halide reducing mixtures.

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    Lee, Myung Churl; Choi, Wonyong

    2002-03-15

    Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) are the most potent green house gases that are very recalcitrant at destruction. An effective way of converting PFCs using hot solid reagents into safe products has been recently introduced. By investigating the thermal reductive destruction of tetrafluoromethane (CF4) we provided new insight and more physicochemical consideration on this novel process. The complete destruction of CF4was successfully achieved by flowing the gas through a heated reagent bed (400-950 degrees C) that contained powder mixtures of alkali halides, CaO, and Si. The silicon acted as a reducing agent of alkali halides for the in-situ production of alkali metals, and the calcium oxide played the role of a halide ion acceptor. The absence of any single component in this ternary mixture drastically reduced the destruction efficiency of CF4. The CF4 destruction efficiencies with the solid reagent containing the alkali halide, MX, increased in the order of Li approximately Na < K < Cs for alkali cations and I < Br < Cl < F for halide anions. This trend agreed with the endothermicity of the alkali metal generation reaction: the higher the endothermicity, the lower the destruction efficiency. Alkali metal generation was indirectly detected by monitoring H2 production from its reaction with water. The production of alkali metals increased with NaF, KF, and CsF in this order. The CsF/CaO/Si system exhibited the complete destruction of CF4 at as low as 600 degrees C. The solid product analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed the formation of CaF2 and the depletion of Si with black carbon particles formed in the solid reagent residue. No CO/CO2 and toxic HF and SiF4 formation were detected in the exhaust gas. PMID:11944694

  3. Alkali Metal Ion Complexes with Phosphates, Nucleotides, Amino Acids, and Related Ligands of Biological Relevance. Their Properties in Solution.

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    Crea, Francesco; De Stefano, Concetta; Foti, Claudia; Lando, Gabriele; Milea, Demetrio; Sammartano, Silvio

    2016-01-01

    Alkali metal ions play very important roles in all biological systems, some of them are essential for life. Their concentration depends on several physiological factors and is very variable. For example, sodium concentrations in human fluids vary from quite low (e.g., 8.2 mmol dm(-3) in mature maternal milk) to high values (0.14 mol dm(-3) in blood plasma). While many data on the concentration of Na(+) and K(+) in various fluids are available, the information on other alkali metal cations is scarce. Since many vital functions depend on the network of interactions occurring in various biofluids, this chapter reviews their complex formation with phosphates, nucleotides, amino acids, and related ligands of biological relevance. Literature data on this topic are quite rare if compared to other cations. Generally, the stability of alkali metal ion complexes of organic and inorganic ligands is rather low (usually log K  Na(+) > K(+) > Rb(+) > Cs(+). For example, for citrate it is: log K ML = 0.88, 0.80, 0.48, 0.38, and 0.13 at 25 °C and infinite dilution. Some considerations are made on the main aspects related to the difficulties in the determination of weak complexes. The importance of the alkali metal ion complexes was also studied in the light of modelling natural fluids and in the use of these cations as probes for different processes. Some empirical relationships are proposed for the dependence of the stability constants of Na(+) complexes on the ligand charge, as well as for correlations among log K values of NaL, KL or LiL species (L = generic ligand). PMID:26860301

  4. Optical detection of sodium salts of fluoride, acetate and phosphate by a diacylhydrazine ligand by the formation of a colour alkali metal complex

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    Purnandhu Bose; Ranjan Dutta; I Ravikumar; Pradyut Ghosh

    2011-11-01

    A solution of N, N'-diacylhydrazine ligand in organic solvent is potential for colourimetric detection of F−/AcO−/PO$^{3−}_{4}$ via -NH deprotonation, tautomerization and its stabilization as a colour alkali metal complex.

  5. Properties of alkali metal atoms deposited on a MgO surface: a systematic experimental and theoretical study.

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    Finazzi, Emanuele; Di Valentin, Cristiana; Pacchioni, Gianfranco; Chiesa, Mario; Giamello, Elio; Gao, Hongjun; Lian, Jichun; Risse, Thomas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2008-01-01

    The adsorption of small amounts of alkali metal atoms (Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs) on the surface of MgO powders and thin films has been studied by means of EPR spectroscopy and DFT calculations. From a comparison of the measured and computed g values and hyperfine coupling constants (hfccs), a tentative assignment of the preferred adsorption sites is proposed. All atoms bind preferentially to surface oxide anions, but the location of these anions differs as a function of the deposition temperature and alkali metal. Lithium forms relatively strong bonds with MgO and can be stabilized at low temperatures on terrace sites. Potassium interacts very weakly with MgO and is stabilized only at specific sites, such as at reverse corners where it can interact simultaneously with three surface oxygen atoms (rubidium and cesium presumably behave in the same way). Sodium forms bonds of intermediate strength and could, in principle, populate more than a single site when deposited at room temperature. In all cases, large deviations of the hfccs from the gas-phase values are observed. These reductions in the hfccs are due to polarization effects and are not connected to ionization of the alkali metal, which would lead to the formation of an adsorbed cation and a trapped electron. In this respect, hydrogen atoms behave completely differently. Under similar conditions, they form (H(+))(e(-)) pairs. The reasons for this different behavior are discussed. PMID:18381711

  6. Nano-baskets of Calix[4]-1,3-crown in Emulsion Membranes for Selective Extraction of Alkali Metal Cations

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    Bahram Mokhtari; Kobra Pourabdollah

    2013-01-01

    Nano-assisted inclusion separation of alkali metals from basic solutions was reported by inclu-sion-facilitated emulsion liquid membrane process. The novelty of this study is application of nano-baskets of calixcrown in the selective and efficient separation of alkali metals as both the carrier and the surfactant. For this aim, four derivatives of diacid calix[4]-1,3-crowns-4,5 were synthesized, and their inclusion-extraction parameters were optimized including the calixcrown scaffold (4.4%, by mass) as the carrier/demulsifier, the commercial kero-sene as diluent in membrane, sulphonic acid (0.2 mol·L-1) and ammonium carbonate (0.4 mol·L-1) as the strip and the feed phases, the phase and the treat ratios of 0.8 and 0.3, mixing speed (300 r·min-1), and initial solute concen-tration (100 mg·L-1). The selectivity of membrane over more than ten interfering cations was examined and the re-sults reveled that under the optimized operating condition, the degree of inclusion-extraction of alkali metals was as high as 98%-99%.

  7. Development of an optically pumped atomic magnetometer using a K-Rb hybrid cell and its application to magnetocardiography

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    Yosuke Ito

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available We have developed an optically pumped atomic magnetometer using a hybrid cell of K and Rb. The hybrid optical pumping technique can apply dense alkali-metal vapor to the sensor head and leads to high signal intensity. We use dense Rb vapor as probed atoms, and achieve a sensitivity of approximately 100 fTrms/Hz1/2 around 10 Hz. In this case, the sensitivity is limited by the system noise, and the magnetic linewidth is narrower than that for direct Rb optical pumping. We demonstrated magnetocardiography using the magnetometer and obtained clear human magnetocardiograms.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of an electrically contacted vapor cell.

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    Daschner, R; Ritter, R; Kübler, H; Frühauf, N; Kurz, E; Löw, R; Pfau, T

    2012-06-15

    We demonstrate the use of electrically contacted vapor cells to switch the transmission of a probe laser. The excitation scheme makes use of electromagnetically induced transparency involving a Rydberg state. The cell fabrication technique involves thin-film-based electric feedthroughs, which are well suited for scaling this concept to many addressable pixels like in flat panel displays. PMID:22739878

  9. Design and Test of Advanced Thermal Simulators for an Alkali Metal-Cooled Reactor Simulator

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    Garber, Anne E.; Dickens, Ricky E.

    2011-01-01

    The Early Flight Fission Test Facility (EFF-TF) at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has as one of its primary missions the development and testing of fission reactor simulators for space applications. A key component in these simulated reactors is the thermal simulator, designed to closely mimic the form and function of a nuclear fuel pin using electric heating. Continuing effort has been made to design simple, robust, inexpensive thermal simulators that closely match the steady-state and transient performance of a nuclear fuel pin. A series of these simulators have been designed, developed, fabricated and tested individually and in a number of simulated reactor systems at the EFF-TF. The purpose of the thermal simulators developed under the Fission Surface Power (FSP) task is to ensure that non-nuclear testing can be performed at sufficiently high fidelity to allow a cost-effective qualification and acceptance strategy to be used. Prototype thermal simulator design is founded on the baseline Fission Surface Power reactor design. Recent efforts have been focused on the design, fabrication and test of a prototype thermal simulator appropriate for use in the Technology Demonstration Unit (TDU). While designing the thermal simulators described in this paper, effort were made to improve the axial power profile matching of the thermal simulators. Simultaneously, a search was conducted for graphite materials with higher resistivities than had been employed in the past. The combination of these two efforts resulted in the creation of thermal simulators with power capacities of 2300-3300 W per unit. Six of these elements were installed in a simulated core and tested in the alkali metal-cooled Fission Surface Power Primary Test Circuit (FSP-PTC) at a variety of liquid metal flow rates and temperatures. This paper documents the design of the thermal simulators, test program, and test results.

  10. Rapid and efficient synthesis of alkali metal-C[sub 60] compounds in liquid ammonia

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    Buffinger, D.R.; Ziebarth, R.P.; Stenger, V.A.; Recchia, C.; Pennington, C.H. (Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States))

    1993-10-06

    The reaction of stoichiometric amounts of alkali metals with C[sub 60] in liquid ammonia provides a rapid and quantitative route to M[sub x]C[sub 60] superconductors (M[sub x] = K[sub 3]/, Rb[sub 3]/, CsRb[sub 2], RbCs[sub 2], KRbCs). Annealing of the samples for 24-48 h at 375[degrees]C is required to obtain large superconducting fractions. [sup 13]C and [sup 87]Rb NMR line shapes are reported for Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60]. The [sup 13]C line shapes show the degree of rotational motion of the C[sub 60] ions varies considerably from sample to sample and is dependent on the method of preparation and subsequent heat treatment. A correlation between the degree of rotational motion and the superconducting fraction is noted and attributed to the amount of disorder in the sample. [sup 87]Rb NMR shows three peaks indicating that Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60] actually contains three different cation sites, rather than the two suggested by X-ray powder diffraction data. The third site is occupied by approximately 15% of the Rb ions in Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60] and is shown to be a subset of the tetrahedral sites in the cubic close-packed C[sub 60] lattice. Although the exact nature of the distortion required to produce the third site is unknown, it appears to be unrelated to the orientations of the C[sub 60] ions creating the site. 18 refs., 2 figs.

  11. N-alkyl pyrrolidone ether podands as versatile alkali metal ion chelants.

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    Perrin, Andrea; Myers, Dominic; Fucke, Katharina; Musa, Osama M; Steed, Jonathan W

    2014-02-28

    This work explores the coordination chemistry of a bis(pyrrolidone) ether ligand. Pyrrolidones are commercially important functional groups because of the high polarity and hence high hydrophilicity and surface affinity. An array of alkali metal ion complexes of a podand bearing two pendant pyrrolidone functionalities, namely 1-{2-[2-(2-oxo-pyrrolid-1-yl)-ethoxy]-ethyl}-pyrrolid-2-one (1) are reported. Reaction of this ligand with sodium hexafluorophosphate gives two discrete species of formulae [Na(1)2]PF6 (3) and [Na3(H2O)2(μ-1)2](PF6)3 (4), and a coordination polymer {[Na3(μ3-1)3(μ2-1)](PF6)3}n (5). The same reaction in methanol gives a 1 : 1 complex, namely [Na2(μ-1)2(MeOH)2](PF6)2 (6). Use of tetraphenyl borate as a less coordinating counter ion gives [Na2(1)2(H2O)4](BPh4)2 (7) and [Na2(1)4](BPh4)2 (8). Two potassium complexes have also been isolated, a monomer [K(1)2]PF6 (9) and a cyclic tetramer [K4(μ4-H2O)2(μ-1)4](PF6)4 (10). The structures illustrate the highly polar nature of the amide carbonyl moiety within bis(pyrrolidone) ethers with longer interactions to the ether oxygen atom. The zinc complex is also reported and {[ZnCl2(μ-1)]}n (11) exhibits bonding only to the carbonyl moieties. The ether oxygen atom is not necessary for Na(+) complexation as exemplified by the structure of the sodium complex of the analogue 1,3-bis(pyrrolid-2-on-1-yl)butane (2). Reaction of compound 1 with lithium salts results in isolation of the protonated ligand. PMID:24336897

  12. Methane coupling reaction in an oxy-steam stream through an OH radical pathway by using supported alkali metal catalysts

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    Liang, Yin

    2014-03-24

    A universal reaction mechanism involved in the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) is demonstrated under oxy-steam conditions using alkali-metal-based catalysts. Rigorous kinetic measurements indicated a reaction mechanism that is consistent with OH radical formation from a H 2O-O2 reaction followed by C-H activation in CH 4 with an OH radical. Thus, the presence of water enhances both the CH4 conversion rate and the C2 selectivity. This OH radical pathway that is selective for the OCM was observed for the catalyst without Mn, which suggests clearly that Mn is not the essential component in a selective OCM catalyst. The experiments with different catalyst compositions revealed that the OH.-mediated pathway proceeded in the presence of catalysts with different alkali metals (Na, K) and different oxo anions (W, Mo). This difference in catalytic activity for OH radical generation accounts for the different OCM selectivities. As a result, a high C2 yield is achievable by using Na2WO4/SiO2, which catalyzes the OH.-mediated pathway selectively. Make it methane: A universal reaction mechanism involved in the oxidative coupling of methane is demonstrated under oxy-stream conditions by using alkali-metal-based catalysts. Rigorous kinetic measurements indicated a reaction mechanism that is consistent with OH radical formation from an H2O-O2 reaction, followed by C-H activation in CH4 with an OH radical. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Alkali-Metal-Ion-Functionalized Graphene Oxide as a Superior Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wan, Fang; Li, Yu-Han; Liu, Dai-Huo; Guo, Jin-Zhi; Sun, Hai-Zhu; Zhang, Jing-Ping; Wu, Xing-Long

    2016-06-01

    Although graphene oxide (GO) has large interlayer spacing, it is still inappropriate to use it as an anode for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) because of the existence of H-bonding between the layers and ultralow electrical conductivity which impedes the Na(+) and e(-) transformation. To solve these issues, chemical, thermal, and electrochemical procedures are traditionally employed to reduce GO nanosheets. However, these strategies are still unscalable, consume high amounts of energy, and are expensive for practical application. Here, for the first time, we describe the superior Na storage of unreduced GO by a simple and scalable alkali-metal-ion (Li(+) , Na(+) , K(+) )-functionalized process. The various alkali metals ions, connecting with the oxygen on GO, have played different effects on morphology, porosity, degree of disorder, and electrical conductivity, which are crucial for Na-storage capabilities. Electrochemical tests demonstrated that sodium-ion-functionalized GO (GNa) has shown outstanding Na-storage performance in terms of excellent rate capability and long-term cycle life (110 mAh g(-1) after 600 cycles at 1 A g(-1) ) owing to its high BET area, appropriate mesopore, high degree of disorder, and improved electrical conductivity. Theoretical calculations were performed using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to further study the Na-storage capabilities of functionalized GO. These calculations have indicated that the Na-O bond has the lowest binding energy, which is beneficial to insertion/extraction of the sodium ion, hence the GNa has shown the best Na-storage properties among all comparatives functionalized by other alkali metal ions. PMID:27136376

  14. Similarities and differences of alkali metal chlorides applied in organic light-emitting diodes

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    Lue, Zhaoyue [Department of Physics, School of Science, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Deng, Zhenbo [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Hou, Ying [Department of Physics, School of Science, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Xu, Haisheng, E-mail: hsxu@ecust.edu.cn [Department of Physics, School of Science, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Kunshan Hisense Electronics, Co., Ltd., Kunshan, Jiangsu 215300 (China)

    2012-12-15

    The similarities and differences of alkali metal chlorides (sodium chloride (NaCl), potassium chloride (KCl), rubidium chloride (RbCl) and cesium chloride (CsCl)) applied in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are investigated. The behavior is similar for the OLEDs with these four chlorides as electron injection layer (EIL). Their maximum luminance and efficiency at 100 mA/cm{sup 2} are within the ranges of 18 550 {+-} 600 (cd/m{sup 2}) with an error of 3.23% and 4.09 {+-} 0.15 (cd/A) within an error of 3.67%, respectively. The similar performance is due to almost identical electron injection barrier for NaCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl as EIL. Interestingly, the properties are different for devices with chlorides inserted inside tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum at the position of 20 nm away from aluminum cathode, labeled as NaCl-, KCl-, RbCl- and CsCl- devices. The relation of luminance is CsCl- > RbCl- = KCl- > NaCl-, where '>' and '=' mean 'better than' and 'the same as', respectively. And the device efficiencies are decreased from CsCl to NaCl. That is, the sort order of the efficiencies is CsCl- > RbCl- > KCl- > NaCl-. The mechanism is explained by tunneling model in terms of various energy gaps estimated by optical electronegativity of NaCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effects of NaCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl in organic light-emitting diodes are compared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The similar performance is due to almost identical electron injection barrier. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The different behavior of chlorides inside Alq{sub 3} is explained by tunneling model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The different behavior is attributed to various energy gaps of different chlorides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The efficiency of device with chlorides inside Alq{sub 3} is decreased from CsCl to NaCl.

  15. Cooper minima in the transitions from low-excited and Rydberg states of alkali-metal atoms

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    Beterov, I. I.; Mansell, C. W.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; MacCormick, C.; Piotrowicz, M. J.; Kowalczyk, A.; S. Bergamini

    2012-01-01

    The structure of the Cooper minima in the transition probabilities and photoionization cross-sections for low-excited and Rydberg nS, nP, nD and nF states of alkali-metal atoms has been studied using a Coulomb approximation and a quasiclassical model. The range of applicability of the quasiclassical model has been defined from comparison with available experimental and theoretical data on dipole moments, oscillator strengths, and photoionization cross-sections. A new Cooper minimum for transi...

  16. Cooper minima in the transitions from low-excited and Rydberg states of alkali-metal atoms

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    Beterov, I I; Yakshina, E A; Ryabtsev, I I; Tretyakov, D B; Entin, V M; MacCormick, C; Piotrowicz, M J; Kowalczyk, A; Bergamini, S

    2012-01-01

    The structure of the Cooper minima in the transition probabilities and photoionization cross-sections for low-excited and Rydberg nS, nP, nD and nF states of alkali-metal atoms has been studied using a Coulomb approximation and a quasiclassical model. The range of applicability of the quasiclassical model has been defined from comparison with available experimental and theoretical data on dipole moments, oscillator strengths, and photoionization cross-sections. A new Cooper minimum for transitions between rubidium Rydberg states has been found.

  17. Solid State Structures of Alkali Metal Ion Complexes Formed by Low-Molecular-Weight Ligands of Biological Relevance.

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    Aoki, Katsuyuki; Murayama, Kazutaka; Hu, Ning-Hai

    2016-01-01

    This chapter provides structural data, mainly metal binding sites/modes, observed in crystal structures of alkali metal ion complexes containing low-molecular-weight ligands of biological relevance, mostly obtained from the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD version 5.35 updated to February 2014). These ligands include (i) amino acids and small peptides, (ii) nucleic acid constituents (excluding quadruplexes and other oligonucleotides), (iii) simple carbohydrates, and (iv) naturally occurring antibiotic ionophores. For some representative complexes of these ligands, some details on the environment of the metal coordination and structural characteristics are described. PMID:26860299

  18. Crown-Ether Derived Graphene Hybrid Composite for Membrane-Free Potentiometric Sensing of Alkali Metal Ions

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    Olsen, Gunnar; Ulstrup, Jens; Chi, Qijin

    2016-01-01

    surface coverage is achieved by the introduction of a flexible linking molecule. The resulting hybrid composite is highly stable and is capable of detecting potassium ions down to micromolar ranges with a selectivity over other cations (including Ca2+, Li+, Na+, NH4+) at concentrations up to 25 mM. This......We report the design and synthesis of newly functionalized graphene hybrid material that can be used for selective membrane-free potentiometric detection of alkali metal ions, represented by potassium ions. Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) functionalized covalently by 18-crown[6] ether with a dense...

  19. Thermal Decomposition of Anhydrous Alkali Metal Dodecaborates M2B12H12 (M = Li, Na, K)

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    Liqing He; Hai-Wen Li; Etsuo Akiba

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    Metal dodecaborates M2/nB12H12 are regarded as the dehydrogenation intermediates of metal borohydrides M(BH4)n that are expected to be high density hydrogen storage materials. In this work, thermal decomposition processes of anhydrous alkali metal dodecaborates M2B12H12 (M = Li, Na, K) synthesized by sintering of MBH4 (M = Li, Na, K) and B10H14 have been systematically investigated in order to understand its role in the dehydrogenation of M(BH4)n. Thermal decomposition of M2B12H12 indicates m...

  20. Metal-mediated aminocatalysis provides mild conditions: Enantioselective Michael addition mediated by primary amino catalysts and alkali-metal ions

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Four catalysts based on new amides of chiral 1,2-diamines and 2-sulfobenzoic acid have been developed. The alkali-metal salts of these betaine-like amides are able to form imines with enones, which are activated by Lewis acid interaction for nucleophilic attack by 4-hydroxycoumarin. The addition of 4-hydroxycoumarin to enones gives ee’s up to 83% and almost quantitative yields in many cases. This novel type of catalysis provides an effective alternative to conventional primary amino catalysis were strong acid additives are essential components.

  1. Elimination technique for alkali metal ion adducts from an electrospray ionization process using an on-line ion suppressor

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    NOZAKI, Kazuyoshi; TARUI, Akira; OSAKA, Issey; Kawasaki, Hideya; ARAKAWA, Ryuichi; 荒川, 隆一

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    The effects of an on-line ion suppressor device on alkali metal ion adduct formations of the model compound tacrolimus were investigated. The base peak ion in the positive ion ESI-MS spectrum of tacrolimus was a sodium ion adduct, [M+Na]+. On the other hand, an ammonium ion adduct, [M+NH4]+, was the base peak ion in the full-scan mass spectrum of tacrolimus with a cation-exchange suppressor resin, and both [M+Na]+ and [M+K]+ were eliminated. These results indicate that the combination of an o...

  2. Thermophysical properties of alkali metal vapours. Part II - assessment of experimental data on thermal conductivity and viscosity

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    Fialho, Paulo; Ramires, Maria de Lurdes V.; Nieto de Castro, Carlos A.; João M. N. A. Fareleira; Mardolcar, Umesh V.

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    Copyright © 1994 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Article first published online: 8 MAY 2010. An analysis of the available data on the viscosity and thermal conductivity coefficients of the alkali metal vapours is presented. The analysis is based upon theoretical calculations of the properties of the monatomic systems, described in the preceding parts I and I.A of the present paper, and making use of the kinetic theory of a binary gas reacting mixture. A summary of the measur...

  3. Collimated, single-pass atom source from a pulsed alkali metal dispenser for laser-cooling experiments

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    We have developed an improved scheme for loading atoms into a magneto-optical trap (MOT) from a directed rubidium alkali metal dispenser in -10 Torr ultrahigh vacuum conditions. A current-driven dispenser was surrounded with a cold absorbing 'shroud' held at ≤0 deg. C, pumping rubidium atoms not directed into the MOT. This nearly eliminates background atoms and reduces the detrimental rise in pressure normally associated with these devices. The system can be well-described as a current-controlled, rapidly switched, two-temperature thermal beam, and was used to load a MOT with 3x108 atoms

  4. Sensitive determination of the spin polarization of optically pumped alkali-metal atoms using near-resonant light.

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    Ding, Zhichao; Long, Xingwu; Yuan, Jie; Fan, Zhenfang; Luo, Hui

    2016-01-01

    A new method to measure the spin polarization of optically pumped alkali-metal atoms is demonstrated. Unlike the conventional method using far-detuned probe light, the near-resonant light with two specific frequencies was chosen. Because the Faraday rotation angle of this approach can be two orders of magnitude greater than that with the conventional method, this approach is more sensitive to the spin polarization. Based on the results of the experimental scheme, the spin polarization measurements are found to be in good agreement with the theoretical predictions, thereby demonstrating the feasibility of this approach. PMID:27595707

  5. Preparation, characterization and applications of novel iminodiacetic polyurethane foam (IDA-PUF) for determination and removal of some alkali metal ions from water

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    The new type of ion chelating resin (IDA-PUF) has iminodiacetic group that was prepared from polyurethane foam (PUF) by the reaction between primary amine of PUF and monochloro-acetic acid. The IDA-PUF was characterized using infrared spectra, elemental and thermal analysis. The exchange properties and chromatographic behaviour of the new chelating resin were investigated for removal of some alkali metal ions (lithium, sodium and potassium) using batch and column processes. The maximum distribution coefficient (KD) of trace alkali metal ions was in the pH range of 8-10. The kinetics of sorption of the alkali metal ions was found to be fast with average values of half-life of sorption (t1/2) of 4.93 min. The values of ΔG, ΔS and ΔH were -3.86 kJ mol-1, 57.73 J mol-1 K-1 and 14.41 kJ mol-1, respectively, which reflects the spontaneous and endothermic nature of ion exchanger process. The average sorption capacity of IDA-PUF is 4.8 mmol/g for alkali metal ions, enrichment factors ∼40 and the recovery 95-100% were also achieved with average value of RSD% = 1.67. The proposed method has been successfully applied to preconcentrate, determinate and remove the alkali metal ions from different samples of water

  6. Phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulphone) and poly(ethylene oxide)/alkali-metal salt complex blends: a thermal analysis study

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    The phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulfone) (PES) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/alkali-metal salt complex blends were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and modulated DSC (MDSC). Experimental results show that the blend systems remain miscible after incorporating various alkali-metal salts: CF3SO3Li, CF3SO3Na and CF3SO3K. The cloud point temperature strongly depended on the Li (Na or K)/O ratio in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends. With increasing the Li+ (Na+ or K+)/O ratio, the phase diagram of the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends tended to be symmetrical. When Li+/O = 0.02, the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PES-PEO/CF3SO3Li complex blends was located at the 30/70 PES/PEO composition. The mixing enthalpy decreased in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends with increasing Li+ (Na+ or K+)/O ratio. The radius of ion has significant influence on the phase behaviour of PES/PEO blends. MDSC results showed that the change of heat capacity at the temperature of the binodal phase separation is similar to that of a melt transition in semi-crystalline polymers, which confirms the mechanism of binodal phase separation: nucleation and growth

  7. XPS studies and photocurrent applications of alkali-metals-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible illumination conditions

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    Saáedi, Abdolhossein; Yousefi, Ramin; Jamali-Sheini, Farid; Zak, Ali Khorsand; Cheraghizade, Mohsen; Mahmoudian, M. R.; Baghchesara, Mohammad Amin; Dezaki, Abbas Shirmardi

    2016-05-01

    The present work is a study about a relationship between X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) results and photocurrent intensity of alkali-metals-elements doped ZnO nanoparticles, which is carried out under visible illumination conditions. The nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple sol-gel method. Structure and morphology studies of the NPs were carried out by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effect of doping on the optical band-gap was investigated by using UV-visible spectrometer. The absorption peak of the doped ZnO NPs was red-shifted with respect to that of the undoped ZnO NPs. After that, the photocurrent application of the products was examined under a white light source at 2 V bias. The photocurrent results showed that, the current intensity of the ZnO NPs was increased by doping materials. However, K-doped ZnO NPs showed the highest photocurrent intensity. Finally, a discussion was carried out about the obtained photocurrent results by the O-1s spectra of the XPS of the samples. Our results suggest that the alkali-metals-doped ZnO NPs exhibit considerable promise for highly sensitive visible-light photodetectors.

  8. Structural and electronic engineering of 3DOM WO3 by alkali metal doping for improved NO2 sensing performance.

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    Wang, Zhihua; Fan, Xiaoxiao; Han, Dongmei; Gu, Fubo

    2016-05-19

    Novel alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 materials were prepared using a simple colloidal crystal template method. Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, PL, Hall and UV-Vis techniques were used to characterize the structural and electronic properties of all the products, while the corresponding sensing performances targeting ppb level NO2 were determined at different working temperatures. For the overall goal of structural and electronic engineering, the co-effect of structural and electronic properties on the improved NO2 sensing performance of alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 was studied. The test results showed that the gas sensing properties of 3DOM WO3/Li improved the most, with the fast response-recovery time and excellent selectivity. More importantly, the response of 3DOM WO3/Li to 500 ppb NO2 was up to 55 at room temperature (25 °C). The especially high response to ppb level NO2 at room temperature (25 °C) in this work has a very important practical significance. The best sensing performance of 3DOM WO3/Li could be ascribed to the most structure defects and the highest carrier mobility. And the possible gas sensing mechanism based on the model of the depletion layer was proposed to demonstrate that both structural and electronic properties are responsible for the NO2 sensing behavior. PMID:27109698

  9. Molecular origin of high free energy barriers for alkali metal ion transfer through ionic liquid-graphene electrode interfaces.

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    Ivaništšev, Vladislav; Méndez-Morales, Trinidad; Lynden-Bell, Ruth M; Cabeza, Oscar; Gallego, Luis J; Varela, Luis M; Fedorov, Maxim V

    2016-01-14

    In this work we study mechanisms of solvent-mediated ion interactions with charged surfaces in ionic liquids by molecular dynamics simulations, in an attempt to reveal the main trends that determine ion-electrode interactions in ionic liquids. We compare the interfacial behaviour of Li(+) and K(+) at a charged graphene sheet in a room temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, and its mixtures with lithium and potassium tetrafluoroborate salts. Our results show that there are dense interfacial solvation structures in these electrolytes that lead to the formation of high free energy barriers for these alkali metal cations between the bulk and direct contact with the negatively charged surface. We show that the stronger solvation of Li(+) in the ionic liquid leads to the formation of significantly higher interfacial free energy barriers for Li(+) than for K(+). The high free energy barriers observed in our simulations can explain the generally high interfacial resistance in electrochemical storage devices that use ionic liquid-based electrolytes. Overcoming these barriers is the rate-limiting step in the interfacial transport of alkali metal ions and, hence, appears to be a major drawback for a generalised application of ionic liquids in electrochemistry. Some plausible strategies for future theoretical and experimental work for tuning them are suggested. PMID:26661060

  10. Study of complexation between two 1,3-alternate calix[4]crown derivatives and alkali metal ions by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and density functional theory calculations

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Allahyari, Leila; Fasihi, Javad; Taherpour, Avat (Arman); Asfari, Zuhair; Valinejad, Azizollah

    2016-03-01

    Complexation of two 1,3-alternate calix[4]crown ligands with alkali metals (K+, Rb+ and Cs+) has been investigated by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and density functional theory calculations. The binding selectivities of the ligands and the binding constants of their complexes in solution have been determined using the obtained mass spectra. Also the percentage of each formed complex species in the mixture of each ligand and alkali metal has been experimentally evaluated. For both calix[4]crown-5 and calix[4]crown-6 ligands the experimental and theoretical selectivity of their alkali metal complexes found to follow the trend K+ > Rb+ > Cs+. The structures of ligands were optimized by DFT-B3LYP/6-31G method and the structures of complexes were obtained by QM-SCF-MO/PM6 method and discussed in the text.

  11. Radio-frequency-modulated Rydberg states in a vapor cell

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    Miller, Stephanie A; Raithel, Georg

    2016-01-01

    We measure strong radio-frequency (RF) electric fields using rubidium Rydberg atoms prepared in a room-temperature vapor cell as field sensors. Electromagnetically induced transparency is employed as an optical readout. We RF-modulate the 60$S_{1/2}$ and 58$D_{5/2}$ Rydberg states with 50~MHz and 100~MHz fields, respectively. For weak to moderate RF fields, the Rydberg levels become Stark-shifted, and sidebands appear at even multiples of the driving frequency. In high fields, the adjacent hydrogenic manifold begins to intersect the shifted levels, providing rich spectroscopic structure suitable for precision field measurements. A quantitative description of strong-field level modulation and mixing of $S$ and $D$ states with hydrogenic states is provided by Floquet theory. Additionally, we estimate the shielding of DC electric fields in the interior of the glass vapor cell.

  12. High resolution field imaging with atomic vapor cells

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    2015-01-01

    In this thesis, I report on the development of imaging techniques in atomic vapor cells. This is a relatively unexplored area, despite the ubiquitous use of imaging in experiments with ultracold atoms. Our main focus is in high resolution imaging of microwave near fields, for which there is currently no satisfactory established technique. We detect microwave fields through Rabi oscillations driven by the microwave on atomic hyperfine transitions. The technique can be easily modified to also i...

  13. On metal oxide solubilities in some molten alkali metal bromides at T = 973 K

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    Highlights: • Solubility products of MeO oxides in KBr–NaBr and KBr–LiBr eutectics are presented. • Correlation between radius of cation entering in oxide and its solubility is found. • Melt acidity increases in CsBr − KBr → KBr − NaBr → KBr − LiBr sequence. • The common oxoacidity scale of alkali metal chlorides and bromides is constructed. - Abstract: Reactions of Me2+ cations with O2− in molten (KBr + NaBr) (0.5:0.5) and (KBr + LiBr) (0.4:0.6) mixtures at T = 973 K were studied by potentiometric titration method using Pt(O2)|ZrO2(Y2O3) indicator electrode. In the former melt, the set of cations available for investigation was wide enough (Me = Sr, Ca, Mn, Co, Ni and Pb) and the corresponding solubility product indices (pKs,MeO, molalities) were found to be (3.81 ± 0.3) (SrO), (5.00 ± 0.3) (CaO), (7.85 ± 0.3) (MnO), (8.80 ± 0.1) (CoO), (9.72 ± 0.04) (NiO) and (5.20 ± 0.3) (PbO). A correlation between pKs,MeO and the polarisation action of the metal cation by Goldschmidt (ZerMe2+-2) was obtained. The oxide solubilities on the mole fraction scale were shown to be close to those obtained in molten (KCl + NaCl) equimolar mixture. On the basis of the solubility data the oxobasicity index (primary medium effect for oxide ion) for the (KBr + NaBr) melt was estimated as pI{KBr–LiBr} = −0.24. Due to considerable oxoacidic properties of Li+ cation in the molten (KBr + LiBr) eutectic, it was possible to study only three from the above cations (Me = Mn, Co and Ni) and their pKs,MeO values were (4.36 ± 0.2), (5.19 ± 0.05) and (6.25 ± 0.03), respectively. Comparison with the corresponding data for (KBr + NaBr) equimolar mixture showed that the Li+-based melt dissolved all the studied oxides in more extent. On the basis of the data obtained, the oxobasicity index value pI{KBr−LiBr} was estimated as (3.01 ± 0.5), that was close to the similar parameter of the chloride analogue (KCl + LiCl) (3.36). The change of the constituent anion of the

  14. Semiempirical calculation of van der Waals coefficients for alkali-metal and alkaline-earth-metal atoms

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    The van der Waals coefficients, C6, C8, and C10 for the alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, and Rb) and alkaline-earth-metal (Be, Mg, Ca, and Sr) atoms are estimated by a combination of ab initio and semiempirical methods. Polarizabilities and atom-wall coefficients are given as a diagnostic check, and the lowest order nonadiabatic dispersion coefficient, D8 and the three-body coefficient, C9 are also presented. The dispersion coefficients are in agreement with the available relativistic many-body perturbation theory calculations. The contribution from the core was included by using constrained sum rules involving the core polarizability and Hartree-Fock expectation values to estimate the f-value distribution

  15. Dispersion coefficients for H and He interactions with alkali-metal and alkaline-earth-metal atoms

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    The van der Waals coefficients C6, C8, and C10 for H and He interactions with the alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, and Rb) and alkaline-earth-metal (Be, Mg, Ca, and Sr) atoms are determined from oscillator strength sum rules. The oscillator strengths were computed using a combination of ab initio and semiempirical methods. The dispersion parameters generally agree with close to exact variational calculations for Li-H and Li-He at the 0.1% level of accuracy. For larger systems, there is agreement with relativistic many-body perturbation theory estimates of C6 at the 1% level. These validations for selected systems attest to the reliability of the present dispersion parameters. About half the present parameters lie within the recommended bounds of the Standard and Certain compilation [J. Chem. Phys. 83, 3002 (1985)

  16. Structural and electronic engineering of 3DOM WO3 by alkali metal doping for improved NO2 sensing performance

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    Wang, Zhihua; Fan, Xiaoxiao; Han, Dongmei; Gu, Fubo

    2016-05-01

    Novel alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 materials were prepared using a simple colloidal crystal template method. Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, PL, Hall and UV-Vis techniques were used to characterize the structural and electronic properties of all the products, while the corresponding sensing performances targeting ppb level NO2 were determined at different working temperatures. For the overall goal of structural and electronic engineering, the co-effect of structural and electronic properties on the improved NO2 sensing performance of alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 was studied. The test results showed that the gas sensing properties of 3DOM WO3/Li improved the most, with the fast response-recovery time and excellent selectivity. More importantly, the response of 3DOM WO3/Li to 500 ppb NO2 was up to 55 at room temperature (25 °C). The especially high response to ppb level NO2 at room temperature (25 °C) in this work has a very important practical significance. The best sensing performance of 3DOM WO3/Li could be ascribed to the most structure defects and the highest carrier mobility. And the possible gas sensing mechanism based on the model of the depletion layer was proposed to demonstrate that both structural and electronic properties are responsible for the NO2 sensing behavior.Novel alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 materials were prepared using a simple colloidal crystal template method. Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, PL, Hall and UV-Vis techniques were used to characterize the structural and electronic properties of all the products, while the corresponding sensing performances targeting ppb level NO2 were determined at different working temperatures. For the overall goal of structural and electronic engineering, the co-effect of structural and electronic properties on the improved NO2 sensing performance of alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 was studied. The test results showed that the gas sensing properties of 3DOM WO3/Li improved the most, with the fast response-recovery time and

  17. Third order nonlinear optical properties and optical limiting behavior of alkali metal complexes of p-nitrophenol

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    Thangaraj, M.; Vinitha, G.; Sabari Girisun, T. C.; Anandan, P.; Ravi, G.

    2015-10-01

    Optical nonlinearity of metal complexes of p-nitrophenolate (M=Li, Na and K) in ethanol is studied by using a continuous wave (cw) diode pumped Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 50 mW). The predominant mechanism of observed nonlinearity is thermal in origin. The nonlinear refractive index and the nonlinear absorption coefficient of the samples were found to be in the order of 10-8 cm2/W and 10-3 cm/W respectively. Magnitude of third-order optical parameters varies according to the choice of alkali metal chosen for metal complex formation of p-nitrophenolate. The third-order nonlinear susceptibility was found to be in the order of 10-6 esu. The observed saturable absorption and the self-defocusing effect were used to demonstrate the optical limiting action at 532 nm by using the same cw laser beam.

  18. Heavy main-group iodometallates hybridized by alkali metal via 1,10-Phenanthroline-5,6-dione

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    Mengfan Yin; Gengxing Cai; Peng Wang; Xihui Chao; Jibo Liu; Haohong Li; Zhirong Chen

    2015-09-01

    Alkali metals were introduced into heavy main-group iodometallates to get two new IA/IVAheterometallic frameworks [PbI3K(pdon)(H2O)2] (1) and {[Pb3I9K2(pdon)2(H3O)]·H2O} (2) (pdon=1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-dione), which were obtained as single phases by hydrothermal method at different pH values. Compounds 1 and 2 are three-dimensional heterometallic frameworks constructed from the linkage of pdon ligand between iodometallate chains and potassium oxides/iodide clusters. Specially, these two heterometallic frameworks exhibit broadened absorption bands at 700 and 750 nm compared with those of bulk PbI2 and pdon ligand. The band gap of 2 is wider than that of 1, which is due to the absence of · · · interaction in 2. Their thermal stabilities are also discussed.

  19. A stochastic optimization method based technique for finding out reaction paths in noble gas clusters perturbed by alkali metal ions

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    Graphical abstract: The structure of a minimum in Ar19K+ cluster. Abstract: In this paper we explore the possibility of using stochastic optimizers, namely simulated annealing (SA) in locating critical points (global minima, local minima and first order saddle points) in Argon noble gas clusters perturbed by alkali metal ions namely sodium and potassium. The atomic interaction potential is the Lennard Jones potential. We also try to see if a continuous transformation in geometry during the search process can lead to a realization of a kind of minimum energy path (MEP) for transformation from one minimum geometry to another through a transition state (first order saddle point). We try our recipe for three sizes of clusters, namely (Ar)16M+, (Ar)19M+ and (Ar)24M+, where M+ is Na+ and K+.

  20. Hydrogen production coupled to nuclear waste treatment: the safe treatment of alkali metals through a well-demonstrated process

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    In 1992, the United Nations emphasised the urgent need to act against the perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, the worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy and the continuing deterioration of ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. In this framework, taking into account the preservation of both worldwide energy resources and ecosystems, the use of nuclear energy to produce clean energy carriers, such as hydrogen, is undoubtedly advisable. However, coping fully with the Agenda 21 statements requires defining adequate treatment processes for nuclear wastes. This paper discusses the possible use of a well-demonstrated process to convert radioactively contaminated alkali metals into sodium hydroxide while producing hydrogen. We conclude that a synergy between Chlor-Alkali specialists and nuclear specialists may help find an acceptable solution for radioactively contaminated sodium waste. (author)

  1. Thermally stimulated luminescence and lattice defects in crystals of alkali metal borate LiB3O5 (LBO)

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    The recombination processes and lattice defects in crystals of alkali metal borate LiB3O5 (LBO) were studied by the means of the thermally stimulated luminescence (TL) and electron spin resonance (ESR) techniques. The glow curves, the spectra of the LBO recombination luminescence, and the angular variations of ESR-spectra of the O- center in three different planes were measured in the temperature range from 80 to 400 K. The luminescence bands were assigned to the electron (Em=4.0 eV) and hole (Em=4.2 eV) recombination processes. The model of the trapped hole center O- was proposed. The processes responsible for the formation of localised electronic excitations in LBO were discussed and compared with those taking place in other wide-gap oxides

  2. Alkali metal salts of rutin - Synthesis, spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-VIS), antioxidant and antimicrobial studies.

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    Samsonowicz, M; Kamińska, I; Kalinowska, M; Lewandowski, W

    2015-12-01

    In this work several metal salts of rutin with lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium were synthesized. Their molecular structures were discussed on the basis of spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-VIS) studies. Optimized geometrical structure of rutin was calculated by B3LYP/6-311++G(∗∗) method and sodium salt of rutin were calculated by B3LYP/LanL2DZ method. Metal chelation change the biological properties of ligand therefore the antioxidant (FRAP and DPPH) and antimicrobial activities (toward Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecium, Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) of alkali metal salts were evaluated and compared with the biological properties of rutin. PMID:26184478

  3. Synthesis and X-ray Characterization of Alkali Metal 2-Acyl-1,1,3,3-tetracyanopropenides.

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    Karpov, Sergey V; Grigor'ev, Arthur A; Kayukov, Yakov S; Karpova, Irina V; Nasakin, Oleg E; Tafeenko, Victor A

    2016-08-01

    A novel route for synthesis of 2-acyl-1,1,3,3-tetracyanopropenides (ATCN) salts in high yields and excellent purities starting from readily available methyl ketones, malononitrile, bromine, and alkali metal acetates is reported. The starting aryl(heteroaryl) methyl ketones were oxidized to the corresponding α-ketoaldehydes by new a DMSO-NaBr-H2SO4 oxidation system in yields up to 90% within a short reaction time of 8-10 min. The subsequent stages of ATCN preparation are realized in aqueous media without use of any toxic solvents, in accordance with principle 5 of "green chemistry". Lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium 2-benzoyl-1,1,3,3-tetracyanopropenides were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. These salts show a good potential for synthesis of five- and six-membered heterocycles and may serve as potentially useful ligands in coordination and supramolecular chemistry. PMID:27384963

  4. Viscometric and thermodynamic studies of interactions in ternary solutions containing sucrose and aqueous alkali metal halides at 293.15, 303.15 and 313.15 K

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    Reena Gupta; Mukhtar Singh

    2005-05-01

    Viscosities and densities of sucrose in aqueous alkali metal halide solutions of different concentrations in the temperature range 293.15 to 313.15 K have been measured. Partial molar volumes at infinite dilution ($V_{2}^{0}$) of sucrose determined from apparent molar volume ($\\phi_v$) have been utilized to estimate partial molar volumes of transfer ($V^{0}_{2,tr}$) for sucrose from water to alkali metal halide solutions. The viscosity data of alkali metal halides in purely aqueous solutions and in the presence of sucrose at different temperatures (293.15, 303.15 and 313.5 K) have been analysed by the Jones-Dole equation. The nature and magnitude of solute-solvent and solute-solute interactions have been discussed in terms of the values of limiting apparent molar volume ($\\phi^{0}_{v}$), slope ($S_{v}$) and coefficients of the Jones-Dole equation. The structuremaking and structure-breaking capacities of alkali metal halides in pure aqueous solutions and in the presence of sucrose have been ascertained from temperature dependence of $\\phi^{0}_{v}$.

  5. A new route to the syntheses of alkali metal bis(fluorosulfuryl)imides: Crystal structure of LiN(SO2F)2

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    Beran, Martin; Příhoda, J.; Žák, Z.; Černík, M.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 25, č. 6 (2006), s. 1292-1298. ISSN 0277-5387 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40310501 Keywords : imido-bis( sulfuric acid ) difluoride * lithium bis(fluorosulfuryl)imide * alkali metal bis(fluorosulfuryl)imides Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 1.843, year: 2006

  6. A series of new phases in the alkali metal-Nb(V)/Ta(V)-Se(IV)/Te(IV)-O systems.

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    Gu, Qian-Hua; Hu, Chun-Li; Zhang, Jian-Han; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2011-03-21

    Six new phases in the alkali metal-Nb(V)/Ta(V)-Se(IV)/Te(IV)-O systems have been prepared by solid-state reactions at high-temperatures. Their structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. AM(3)O(6)(QO(3))(2) (A = K, Rb, M = Nb, Ta, Q = Te; A = K, M = Nb, Q = Se) are isomorphous and their structures feature a 3D network with 1D 4- and 6-MRs tunnels along the a-axis which is composed of 2D layers of corner-sharing MO(6) octahedra bridged by QO(3) groups. The alkali metal ions are located at the above 1D tunnels of 6-MRs. The structure of Cs(3)Nb(9)O(18)(TeO(3))(2)(TeO(4))(2) features a thick Nb-Te-O layer built of corner-sharing NbO(6) octahedra, TeO(3) and TeO(4) groups. The 2D layer of the NbO(6) octahedra with 1D tunnels of 6-MRs along the c-axis are formed by 1D chains of NbO(6) chains along the c-axis and linear Nb(4)O(21) tetramers by corner-sharing. The TeO(3) and TeO(4) groups are grafted on both sides of the niobium-oxide layer via Nb-O-Te or/and Te-O-Te bridges. The caesium(i) ions are located at the above 1D tunnels of 6-MRs. TGA, UV-vis and infrared spectral measurements as well as electronic structure calculations have also been performed. PMID:21293821

  7. Diffusion of Rb atoms in paraffin - coated resonant vapor cells

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    Atutov, S N; Plekhanov, A I; Sorokin, V A; Yakovlev, A V

    2016-01-01

    We present the results of a study of the diffusion of Rb atoms in paraffin - coated resonant vapor cells. We have modeled the Rb diffusion both in the cell and in the coating, assuming that the main loss of Rb atoms is due to the physical absorption of the atoms by the glass substrate. It is demonstrated that the equilibrium atomic density in the cell is a monotonic function of the thickness of the paraffin coating: the density increases with an increase in the thickness of the coating. The diffusion coefficient for rubidium in paraffin thin films has been determined to be equal to 4,7*10^-7 cm^2/s. The results of the experiment might be useful for a better understanding of the details involved in the processes of the interaction of alkali atoms with a paraffin coating.

  8. Phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulphone) and poly(ethylene oxide)/alkali-metal salt complex blends: a thermal analysis study

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    Jin, J. [Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE113TU (United Kingdom); Song, M. [Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE113TU (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: m.song@lboro.ac.uk

    2005-02-01

    The phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulfone) (PES) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/alkali-metal salt complex blends were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and modulated DSC (MDSC). Experimental results show that the blend systems remain miscible after incorporating various alkali-metal salts: CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}Li, CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}Na and CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}K. The cloud point temperature strongly depended on the Li (Na or K)/O ratio in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends. With increasing the Li{sup +} (Na{sup +} or K{sup +})/O ratio, the phase diagram of the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends tended to be symmetrical. When Li{sup +}/O = 0.02, the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PES-PEO/CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}Li complex blends was located at the 30/70 PES/PEO composition. The mixing enthalpy decreased in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends with increasing Li{sup +} (Na{sup +} or K{sup +})/O ratio. The radius of ion has significant influence on the phase behaviour of PES/PEO blends. MDSC results showed that the change of heat capacity at the temperature of the binodal phase separation is similar to that of a melt transition in semi-crystalline polymers, which confirms the mechanism of binodal phase separation: nucleation and growth.

  9. Release and transformation of alkali metals during co-combustion of coal and sulfur-rich wheat straw

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    Highlights: • Wheat straw rich in sulfur compared to coal was chosen as biomass material. • The behavior of alkali metal species during co-combustion was investigated. • The amount of KCl(g) and NaCl(g) was decreased by adding coal to wheat straw. • Most of fuel K was retained in the bottom ash as K2SO4, KAlSiO4 and KAlSiO6. • The amount of K2SO4 in the bottom ash decreased with temperature increase. - Abstract: Co-combustion of coal and biomass is a low-cost, large-scale, and efficient way to utilize biomass energy, which has a wide range of potential applications. However, biomass, especially herbaceous fuels, contains high levels of volatile K, Na, and Cl, the use of which may result in ash-related operational problems, such as corrosion, fouling, and slagging during thermal utilization. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of wheat straw and temperature on the release and transformation of alkali metal species during co-combustion of coal and S-rich wheat straw. Results indicate that the amounts of K and Na released during co-combustion could be reduced by the effects of Fe, Ti, S, Si, and Al from blended fuels. At lower wheat straw shares, the release of K decreased due to reactions of KCl with Fe species, and Ti species, forming K2Fe2O4 and K2TiO3. At high wheat straw shares, the release of K could be mainly captured in the form of K2SO4; small amounts of KAlSiO4 were also observed in the bottom ash. When the wheat straw share was 80 wt.%, increasing temperatures enhanced the release of KCl(g) and NaCl(g) at 600–800 °C. By contrast, in the range of 800–1000 °C, the amounts of these gases released exhibited no apparent association with temperature. Compared with the release of K, fuel K was mainly retained in the bottom ash. The K2SO4 content in the bottom ash decreased with increasing temperature in the range of 600–1000 °C, whereas the fraction of K in the form of KAlSiO4 and KAlSiO6 increased with increasing temperature

  10. FP-APW+lo calculations of the electronic and optical properties of alkali metal sulfides under pressure

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    Khachai, H; Haddou, A; Rached, D; Soudini, B [Applied Materials Laboratory (AML), Electronics Department, University of Sidi-bel-Abbes, Sidi-bel-Abbes 22000 (Algeria); Khenata, R; Amrani, B [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modelisation Mathematique (LPQ3M), Departement de Technologie, Universite de Mascara, Mascara 29000 (Algeria); Bouhemadou, A [Laboratory for Developing New Materials and their Characterization, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Setif, Setif 19000 (Algeria); Reshak, Ali H [Institute of Physical Biology, South Bohemia University, Nove Hrady 373 33 (Czech Republic)], E-mail: khenata_rabah@yahoo.fr, E-mail: a_bouhemadou@yahoo.fr

    2009-03-04

    The electronic and optical properties of M{sub 2}S (M = Li, Na, K and Rb) compounds in the cubic antifluorite structure have been calculated, using a full relativistic version of the full-potential augmented plane-wave plus local orbitals method based on density functional theory, within both the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Moreover, the Engel-Vosko GGA formalism (EV-GGA) is applied so as to optimize the corresponding potential for band structure calculations. The calculated equilibrium lattices and bulk moduli are in good agreement with the available data. Band structure, density of states, electron charge density and pressure coefficients of energy gaps are given. Results obtained for band structure using EV-GGA are larger than those with LDA and GGA. It is found that the spin-orbit coupling lifts the triple degeneracy at the {gamma} point and the double degeneracy at the X point. The analysis of the electron charge density shows that the M-S bonds have a significant ionic character. The complex dielectric functions {epsilon}{sub 2}({omega}) for alkali metal sulfides were calculated for radiation up to 30 eV and the assignment of the critical points to the band structure energy differences at various points of the Brillouin zone was made. The pressure and volume dependence of the static dielectric constant and the refractive index are calculated.

  11. The electronic properties of bare and alkali metal adsorbed two-dimensional GeSi alloy sheet

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    Qiu, Wenhao; Ye, Han; Yu, Zhongyuan; Liu, Yumin

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, the structural and electronic properties of both bare and alkali metal (AM) atoms adsorbed two-dimensional GeSi alloy sheet (GeSiAS) are investigated by means of first-principles calculations. The band gaps of bare GeSiAS are shown slightly opened at Dirac point with the energy dispersion remain linear due to the spin-orbit coupling effect at all concentrations of Ge atoms. For metal adsorption, AM atoms (including Li, Na and K) prefer to occupy the hexagonal hollow site of GeSiAS and the primary chemical bond between AM adatom and GeSiAS is ionic. The adsorption energy has an increase tendency with the increase of the Ge concentration in supercell. Besides, single-side adsorption of AM atoms introduces band gap at Dirac point, which can be tuned by the Ge concentration and the species of AM atoms. The strong relation between the band gaps and the distribution of Si and Ge atoms inside GeSiAS are also demonstrated. The opened band gaps of AM covered GeSiAS range from 14.8 to 269.1 meV along with the effective masses of electrons ranging from 0.013 to 0.109 me, indicating the high tunability of band gap as well as high mobility of carriers. These results provide a development in two-dimensional alloys and show potential applications in novel micro/nano-electronic devices.

  12. Equilibrium electrode U(4)-U and redox U(4)-U(3) potentials in molten alkali metal chlorides medium

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    Conditional standard electrode potentials of uranium are determined for diluted solutions of its tetrachloride in alkali metal chloride melts (LiCl, NaCl, NaCl-KCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl) when using U(4) ion activity coefficient values experimentally found by the tensimetric method. These potentials shift to the electronegative side at the temperature decrease and alkali cation radius increase rsub(Msup(+)) according to the empiric ratio E*U(4)-U= -3.06+6.87x10-4 T-(1.67-10-4T-0.44) 1/rsub(Msup(+)) +-0.01. The temperature dependences of formal conditional redox potentials of the U(4)-U(3) system for above melted chlorides are estimated. The E*U(4)-U(3) value also becomes more electronegative in the series LiCl, NaCl, NaCl-KCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl. This alternation is satisfactorily described by the empiric expression E*U(4)-U(3)= -1.74+1.74x10-4T-(0.71x10-4T-0.20) 1rsub(Msup(+)) +-0.05. The calculated values Eu*(4)-U(3) are compared with those directly measured for the NaCl-KCl equimolar mixture and 3LiCl-2KCl eutectic mixture. A satisfactory confirmity has been observed

  13. Solubility of some phenolic compounds in aqueous alkali metal nitrate solutions from (293.15 to 318.15) K

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    This paper is continuation of the study concerning the solubility-temperature dependence data for some phenolic compounds (PhC), contained in olive mill wastewater (OMWW), in two nitrate salts (KNO3 and NaNO3) aqueous solutions. The solubilities of PhC were determined in the temperature ranging from (293.15 to 318.15) K. It has been observed that the solubility, in aqueous nitrate solutions, increases with increasing temperature. Results showed that alkali metal nitrate has a salting-out effect on the solubility of PhC. The effect of the anion of the electrolyte on the solubility of PhC is observed by comparing these results with values reported in the previous papers for the effect of LiCl, NaCl and KCl. For each cation, the solubilites of the phenolic compounds are higher with nitrate anion than with chloride anion. Results were interpreted in terms of the salt hydration shells and the ability of the solute to form hydrogen-bond with water. The solubility data were accurately correlated by a semi empirical equation. The standard molar Gibbs free energies of transfer of PhC (ΔtrG0) from pure water to aqueous solutions of the nitrate salts have been calculated from the solubility data. The decrease in solubility is correlated to the positive ΔtrG0 value which is mainly of enthalpic origin

  14. Hartree-Fock ground-state properties for the group 1 alkali metals and the group 11 noble metals

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    In order to use wavefunction-based correlation methods in solids it is necessary to have reliable Hartree-Fock results for the infinite system of interest. Therefore we performed Hartree-Fock calculations for the group 1 alkali metals (Li to Cs) and group 11 noble metals (Cu, Ag and Au). We optimized a basis set of valence-double-ζ quality for the periodic system. For the lighter atoms all-electron basis sets are applied, whereas for the heavier atoms small-core pseudopotentials with the corresponding basis sets were used to deal with the scalar-relativistic effects. We determine the cohesive energy, the lattice constant and the bulk modulus of the systems at the Hartree-Fock level. We use the counterpoise correction for the free atom to minimize the basis set superposition error occurring for finite basis sets. The effects due to the counterpoise correction not only for the cohesive energy but also for the lattice structure and bulk modulus are discussed in detail

  15. Evidence for alkali metal induced intermolecular acetylenic hydrogen atom transfer between hydrogen-bonded alkyne complexes in solid argon

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    Condensation of acetylene, propyne, and 2-butyne/acetylene mixtures with heavy alkali metal atoms (Na, K, Cs) in an argon matrix at 15 K has led to the appearance of infrared absorptions due to ethylene, propylene, and trans-2-butene, respectively. These results stand in sharp contrast with the products obtained with lithium. Isotopic studies have shown that ethylene formation involved three different acetylene molecules and evidenced a difference in the product yield with hydrogen vs. deuterium as well as a preference for trans- vs. cis-C2H2D2 formation, which is discussed and rationalized by differences in the zero point energies for the different mixed deuterium isotopes of the intermediate vinyl radical. This trend is amplified by methyl substitution. Spectroscopic evidence was found in these experiments for cesium acetylide (Cs+C2H-) and a cesium-acetylene π complex, which are involved in the intermolecular acetylenic hydrogen atom transfer process. 26 references, 3 figures, 2 tables

  16. Hydration to the poly(oxyethylene) derivative complexes of alkali metal ions and barium ion in 1,2-dichloroethane

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    A series of poly(oxyethylene) derivatives (POE compound) complexes of alkali metal and barium ions were extracted into 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCE) by forming ion-pairs with picrate ion. Water molecules were coextracted into 1,2-DCE with the ion-pairs. The mean number of water molecules bound to the POE compound, XH2O,S, and its complex, XH2O,comp, in water saturated with 1,2-DCE was determined by means of aquametry. The XH2O,S value increases with the increase in the number of the oxyethylene units (EO unit) of the POE compound. The XH2O,comp value decreases in the order Li+>Na+>K+≅Rb+≅Cs+ in any POE compound systems, and increases with the number of EO units of the POE compounds for a given metal ion. These results are interpreted by the hypothesis that the water molecules bound to the complex are those hydrated to the central metal ion, and the hydrated metal ion is surrounded by the EO chain with a helical conformation in the complex. The large number of water molecules are coordinating to the lithium ion complexes and bring about a serious distortion in the helical structure of the complexes. Because of the ion-pair formation with two picrate ions, the XH2O,comp values of barium ion complexes are smaller than those of potassium ion complexes. (author)

  17. FP-APW+lo calculations of the electronic and optical properties of alkali metal sulfides under pressure

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    The electronic and optical properties of M2S (M = Li, Na, K and Rb) compounds in the cubic antifluorite structure have been calculated, using a full relativistic version of the full-potential augmented plane-wave plus local orbitals method based on density functional theory, within both the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Moreover, the Engel-Vosko GGA formalism (EV-GGA) is applied so as to optimize the corresponding potential for band structure calculations. The calculated equilibrium lattices and bulk moduli are in good agreement with the available data. Band structure, density of states, electron charge density and pressure coefficients of energy gaps are given. Results obtained for band structure using EV-GGA are larger than those with LDA and GGA. It is found that the spin-orbit coupling lifts the triple degeneracy at the Γ point and the double degeneracy at the X point. The analysis of the electron charge density shows that the M-S bonds have a significant ionic character. The complex dielectric functions ε2(ω) for alkali metal sulfides were calculated for radiation up to 30 eV and the assignment of the critical points to the band structure energy differences at various points of the Brillouin zone was made. The pressure and volume dependence of the static dielectric constant and the refractive index are calculated.

  18. Molecular-orbital theory for the stopping power of atoms in the low velocity regime:the case of helium in alkali metals

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    Dorado, Jose J.; Flores, F.

    1993-01-01

    A free-parameter linear-combination-of-atomic-orbitals approach is presented for analyzing the stopping power of slow ions moving in a metal. The method is applied to the case of He moving in alkali metals. Mean stopping powers for He present a good agreement with local-density-approximation calculations. Our results show important variations in the stopping power of channeled atoms with respect to their mean values.

  19. Enhanced brightness of organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode using alkali metal chlorides as an electron injection layer

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    Different thicknesses of cesium chloride (CsCl) and various alkali metal chlorides were inserted into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as electron injection layers (EILs). The basic structure of OLED is indium tin oxide (ITO)/N,N′-diphenyl-N,N′-bis(1-napthyl-phenyl)-1.1′-biphenyl-4.4′-diamine (NPB)/tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3)/Mg:Ag/Ag. The electroluminescent (EL) performance curves show that both the brightness and efficiency of the OLEDs can be obviously enhanced by using a thin alkali metal chloride layer as an EIL. The electron injection barrier height between the Alq3 layer and Mg:Ag cathode is reduced by inserting a thin alkali metal chloride as an EIL, which results in enhanced electron injection and electron current. Therefore, a better balance of hole and electron currents at the emissive interface is achieved and consequently the brightness and efficiency of OLEDs are improved. - Highlights: ► Alkaline metal chlorides were used as electron injection layers in organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode. ► Brightness and efficiency of OLEDs with alkaline metal chlorides as electron injection layers were all greatly enhanced. ► The Improved OLED performance was attributed to the possible interfacial chemical reaction. ► Electron-only devices are fabricated to demonstrate the electron injection enhancement.

  20. Quantum Chemical and FTIR Spectroscopic Studies on the Linkage Isomerism of Carbon Monoxide in Alkali-Metal-Exchanged Zeolites: A Review of Current Research

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    E. Garrone

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: When adsorbed (at a low temperature on alkali-metal-exchanged zeolites, CO forms both M(CO+ and M(OC+ carbonyl species with the extra-framework alkali-metal cation of the zeolite. Both quantum chemical and experimental results show that C-bondend adducts are characterized by a C−O stretching IR band at a frequency higher than that of 2143 cm-1 for free CO, while for O-bonded adducts this IR band appears below 2143 cm-1. The cation-CO interaction energy is higher for M(CO+ than for M(OC+ carbonyls, although the corresponding difference decreases substantially when going from Li+ to Cs+. By means of variable-temperature FTIR spectroscopy, this energy difference was determined for several alkali-metal cations, and the existence of a thermal equilibrium between M(CO+ and M(OC+ species was established. The current state of research in this field is reviewed here, with a view to gain more insight into the thermal isomerization process.

  1. Enhanced brightness of organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode using alkali metal chlorides as an electron injection layer

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    Zou Ye [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Deng Zhenbo, E-mail: zbdeng@bjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Xu Denghui [Department of Mathematics and Physics, Beijing Technology and Business University, Beijing 100037 (China); Lue Zhaoyue; Yin Yuehong; Du Hailiang; Chen Zheng; Wang Yongsheng [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China)

    2012-02-15

    Different thicknesses of cesium chloride (CsCl) and various alkali metal chlorides were inserted into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as electron injection layers (EILs). The basic structure of OLED is indium tin oxide (ITO)/N,N Prime -diphenyl-N,N Prime -bis(1-napthyl-phenyl)-1.1 Prime -biphenyl-4.4 Prime -diamine (NPB)/tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq{sub 3})/Mg:Ag/Ag. The electroluminescent (EL) performance curves show that both the brightness and efficiency of the OLEDs can be obviously enhanced by using a thin alkali metal chloride layer as an EIL. The electron injection barrier height between the Alq{sub 3} layer and Mg:Ag cathode is reduced by inserting a thin alkali metal chloride as an EIL, which results in enhanced electron injection and electron current. Therefore, a better balance of hole and electron currents at the emissive interface is achieved and consequently the brightness and efficiency of OLEDs are improved. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alkaline metal chlorides were used as electron injection layers in organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Brightness and efficiency of OLEDs with alkaline metal chlorides as electron injection layers were all greatly enhanced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Improved OLED performance was attributed to the possible interfacial chemical reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron-only devices are fabricated to demonstrate the electron injection enhancement.

  2. Synthesis and luminescence of high-brightness Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces and the enhanced luminescence by alkali metal ions co-doping

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    Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces were synthesized by a combined approach of electrospinning and calcination at 1000 °C in mixed gas of sulfur dioxide and air. The nanopieces excited by a 230 nm light showed excellent green luminescence with the strongest emission peak at 545 nm due to the 5D4→7F5 transition of Tb3+. Interestingly, the intensity of emission peak at 545 nm of Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces exhibited about two times stronger than that of the bulk Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ at the same doping concentrations of Tb3+. Besides, the effects of alkali metal ions doping on the luminescence of the nanopieces have been examined. The emission intensities were further enhanced by alkali metal ions doping, especially for Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+/Li+. The optimal doping concentration of Li+ was 7%. -- Highlights: •Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces were prepared via electrospinning followed by calcination. •A comparison between the nanopieces and the bulk was conducted. •The effects of alkali metal ions on the luminescence of nanopieces are examined. •The content of co-dopant in nanopieces is optimized. •The potential applications of the nanopieces and the facile method are suggested

  3. Release and sorption of alkali metals in coal fired combined cycle power systems; Freisetzung und Einbindung von Alkalimetallverbindungen in kohlebefeuerten Kombikraftwerken

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    Mueller, Michael

    2009-07-01

    Coal fired combined cycle power systems will be a sufficient way to increase the efficiency of coal combustion. However, combined cycle power systems require a reliable hot gas cleanup. Especially alkali metals, such as sodium and potassium, can lead to hot corrosion of the gas turbine blading if they condensate as sulphates. The actual work deals with the release and sorption of alkali metals in coal fired combined cycle power systems. The influence of coal composition, temperature and pressure on the release of alkali species in coal combustion was investigated and the relevant release mechanisms identified. Alumosilicate sorbents have been found that reduce the alkali concentration in the hot flue gas of the Circulating Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustion 2{sup nd} Generation (CPFBC 2{sup nd} Gen.) at 750 C to values sufficient for use in a gas turbine. Accordingly, alumosilicate sorbents working at 1400 C have been found for the Pressurized Pulverized Coal Combustion (PPCC). The sorption mechanisms have been identified. Thermodynamic calculations were performed to upscale the results of the laboratory experiments to conditions prevailing in power systems. According to these calculations, there is no risk of hot corrosion in both processes. Furthermore, thermodynamic calculations were performed to investigate the behaviour of alkali metals in an IGCC with integrated hot gas cleanup and H{sub 2} membrane for CO{sub 2} sequestration. (orig.)

  4. Study of Rb - vapor coated cell; atomic diffusion and cell curing process

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    Atutov, S N; Plekhanov, A I; Sorokin, V A

    2015-01-01

    We present the results of the study of an optical resonant cell filled by a vapor of the Rb atoms and coated with a non-stick polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer. We show that it is possible to define correctly the diffusion coefficient of the atoms in the coating, using geometric parameters of the cell and the vapor density in the cell volume only. The dependence of the diffusion coefficient on the cell curing time is presented. It is shown that the mysterious cell curing process can be explained in terms of the polymerization of the polymer coating by alkali atoms. Anomalous long dwell time of the Rb atoms on the PDMS coating is discussed as well.

  5. Soil sampling and analysis plan for the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility closure activities

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    Amendment V.13.B.b to the approved closure plan (DOE-RL 1995a) requires that a soil sampling and analysis plan be prepared and submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) for review and approval. Amendment V.13.B.c requires that a diagram of the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility unit (the treatment, storage, and disposal [TSD] unit) boundary that is to be closed, including the maximum extent of operation, be prepared and submitted as part is of the soil sampling and analysis plan. This document describes the sampling and analysis that is to be performed in response to these requirements and amends the closure plan. Specifically, this document supersedes Section 6.2, lines 43--46, and Section 7.3.6 of the closure plan. Results from the analysis will be compared to cleanup levels identified in the closure plan. These cleanup levels will be established using residential exposure assumptions in accordance with the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Cleanup Regulation (Washington Administrative Code [WAC] 173-340) as required in Amendment V.13.B.I. Results of all sampling, including the raw analytical data, a summary of analytical results, a data validation package, and a narrative summary with conclusions will be provided to Ecology as specified in Amendment V.13.B.e. The results and process used to collect and analyze the soil samples will be certified by a licensed professional engineer. These results and a certificate of closure for the balance of the TSD unit, as outlined in Chapter 7.0 of the approved closure plan (storage shed, concrete pad, burn building, scrubber, and reaction tanks), will provide the basis for a closure determination

  6. Alkali metal Rankine cycle boiler technology challenges and some potential solutions for space nuclear power and propulsion applications

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    Stone, J.R.

    1994-07-01

    Alkali metal boilers are of interest for application to future space Rankine cycle power conversion systems. Significant progress on such boilers was accomplished in the 1960's and early 1970's, but development was not continued to operational systems since NASA's plans for future space missions were drastically curtailed in the early 1970's. In particular, piloted Mars missions were indefinitely deferred. With the announcement of the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) in July 1989 by President Bush, interest was rekindled in challenging space missions and, consequently in space nuclear power and propulsion. Nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) and nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) were proposed for interplanetary space vehicles, particularly for Mars missions. The potassium Rankine power conversion cycle became of interest to provide electric power for NEP vehicles and for 'dual-mode' NTP vehicles, where the same reactor could be used directly for propulsion and (with an additional coolant loop) for power. Although the boiler is not a major contributor to system mass, it is of critical importance because of its interaction with the rest of the power conversion system; it can cause problems for other components such as excess liquid droplets entering the turbine, thereby reducing its life, or more critically, it can drive instabilities-some severe enough to cause system failure. Funding for the SEI and its associated technology program from 1990 to 1993 was not sufficient to support significant new work on Rankine cycle boilers for space applications. In Fiscal Year 1994, funding for these challenging missions and technologies has again been curtailed, and planning for the future is very uncertain. The purpose of this paper is to review the technologies developed in the 1960's and 1970's in the light of the recent SEI applications. In this way, future Rankine cycle boiler programs may be conducted most efficiently.

  7. Experimental and theoretical determinations of the absolute ionization cross section of alkali metals by electron impact in the energy range from 100 to 2000 eV

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    The absolute electron impact ionization cross sections for the alkali metals in the energy range between 100 eV and 2000 eV were measured by the non-modulated crossed beam technique. The neutral beam of alkali atoms is produced by a Knudsen cell and crossed at right angles with the electron beam. The ions formed are collected on a plate and their intensity determined with a D.C. amplifier. The neutral beam is condensed on a cold trap cooled with liquid nitrogen, this temperature being much lower than that required to obtain total condensation. The amount of metal deposited is measured by the isotopic dilution technique and by atomic absorption, and the density of the atoms in the neutral beam is calculated. The total absolute ionization cross sections can then be determined. All possible errors have been carefully analyzed and their magnitudes estimated. The absolute ionization cross section for Li at an energy of 500 eV is: QLi = 0,358 x 10-16 cm2. This value is half of that obtained by Mac Farland and Kinney. The partial ionization cross sections for the singly and multiply charged ions is determined with a mass spectrometer attached to this apparatus. For the singly charged ions, the variation of the cross section with the energy of the ionizing electrons is in agreement with the optically allowed transition law: Q = A log BE/E. From the variation of Q with E, the squared matrix elements of the transition moment (|Mi|)2 are determined for all the elements studied. New calculations of the ionization cross section of Li and Na were performed in the framework of the Born-Bethe approximation as modified by Gaudin and Botter to take into account collisions with large momentum variation of the incident electron. Hartree-Fock type wave functions for the ground state atom (tabulated by Clementi) were used. The calculated values are in good agreement with our experimental results and with the former theoretical results calculated by various methods. This work also

  8. High-temperature, high-pressure hydrothermal synthesis, characterization, and structural relationships of mixed-alkali metals uranyl silicates

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    Chen, Yi-Hsin; Liu, Hsin-Kuan; Chang, Wen-Jung; Tzou, Der-Lii; Lii, Kwang-Hwa

    2016-04-01

    Three mixed-alkali metals uranyl silicates, Na3K3[(UO2)3(Si2O7)2]·2H2O (1), Na3Rb3[(UO2)3(Si2O7)2] (2), and Na6Rb4[(UO2)4Si12O33] (3), have been synthesized by high-temperature, high-pressure hydrothermal reactions at 550 °C and 1440 bar, and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and thermogravimetric analysis. Compound 1 and 2 are isostructural and contain layers of uranyl disilicate. The smaller cation, Na+, is located in the intralayer channels, whereas the larger cations, K+ and Rb+, and water molecule are located in the interlayer region. The absence of lattice water in 2 can be understood according to the valence-matching principle. The structure is related to that of a previously reported mixed-valence uranium(V,VI) silicate. Compound 3 adopts a 3D framework structure and contains a unique unbranched dreier fourfold silicate chain with the structural formula {uB,41∞}[3Si12O33] formed of Q2, Q3, and Q4 Si. The connectivity of the Si atoms in the Si12O3318- anion can be interpreted on the basis of Zintl-Klemm concept. Crystal data for compound 1: triclinic, P-1, a=5.7981(2) Å, b=7.5875(3) Å, c=12.8068(5) Å, α=103.593(2)°, β=102.879(2)°, γ=90.064(2)°, V=533.00(3) Å3, Z=1, R1=0.0278; compound 2: triclinic, P-1, a=5.7993(3) Å, b=7.5745(3) Å, c=12.9369(6) Å, α=78.265(2)°, β=79.137(2)°, γ=89.936(2)°, V=546.02(4) Å3, Z=1, R1=0.0287; compound 3: monoclinic, C2/m, a=23.748(1) Å, b=7.3301(3) Å, c=15.2556(7) Å, β=129.116(2)°, V=2060.4(2) Å3, Z=2, R1=0.0304.

  9. CO2 Extraction from Ambient Air Using Alkali-Metal Hydroxide Solutions Derived from Concrete Waste and Steel Slag

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    Stolaroff, J. K.; Lowry, G. V.; Keith, D. W.

    2003-12-01

    To mitigate global climate change, deep reductions in CO2 emissions are required in the coming decades. Carbon sequestration will play a crucial role in this reduction. Early adoption of carbon sequestration in low-cost niche markets will help develop the technology and experience required for large-scale deployment. One such niche may be the use of alkali metals from industrial waste streams to form carbonate minerals, a safe and stable means of sequestering carbon. In this research, the potential of using two industrial waste streams---concrete and steel slag---for sequestering carbon is assessed. The scheme is outlined as follows: Ca and Mg are leached with water from a finely ground bed of steel slag or concrete. The resulting solution is sprayed through air, capturing CO2 and forming solid carbonates, and collected. The feasibility of this scheme is explored with a combination of experiments, theoretical calculations, cost accounting, and literature review. The dissolution kinetics of steel slag and concrete as a function of particle size and pH is examined. In stirred batch reactors, the majority of Ca which dissolved did so within the first hour, yielding between 50 and 250 (mg; Ca)/(g; slag) and between 10 and 30 (mg; Ca)/(g; concrete). The kinetics of dissolution are thus taken to be sufficiently fast to support the type of scheme described above. As proof-of-concept, further experiments were performed where water was dripped slowly through a stagnant column of slag or concrete and collected at the bottom. Leachate Ca concentrations in the range of 15 mM were achieved --- sufficient to support the scheme. Using basic physical principles and numerical methods, the quantity of CO2 captured by falling droplets is estimated. Proportion of water loss and required pumping energy is similarly estimated. The results indicate that sprays are capable of capturing CO2 from the air and that the water and energy requirements are tractable. An example system for

  10. Advances in Studies of Electrode Kinetics and Mass Transport in AMTEC Cells (abstract)

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    Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M. A.; Underwood, M. L.; Kisor, A.; O'Connor, D.; Kikkert, S.

    1993-01-01

    Previous work reported from JPL has included characterization of electrode kinetics and alkali atom transport from electrodes including Mo, W, WRh(sub x), WPt(sub x)(Mn), in sodium AMTEC cells and vapor exposure cells, and Mo in potassium vapor exposure cells. These studies were generally performed in cells with small area electrodes (about 1 to 5 cm(sup 2)), and device geometry had little effect on transport. Alkali diffusion coefficients through these electrodes have been characterized, and approximate surface diffusion coefficients derived in cases of activated transport. A basic model of electrode kinetic at the alkali metal vapor/porous metal electrode/alkali beta'-alumina solid electrolyte three phase boundary has been proposed which accounts for electrochemical reaction rates with a collision frequency near the three phase boundary and tunneling from the porous electrode partially covered with adsorbed alkali metal atoms. The small electrode effect in AMTEC cells has been discussed in several papers, but quantitative investigations have described only the overall effect and the important contribution of electrolyte resistance. The quantitative characterization of transport losses in cells with large area electrodes has been limited to simulations of large area electrode effects, or characterization of transport losses from large area electrodes with significant longitudinal temperature gradients. This paper describes new investigations of electrochemical kinetics and transport, particularily with WPt(sub 3.5) electrodes, including the influence of electrode size on the mass transport loss in the AMTEC cell. These electrodes possess excellent sodium transport properties making verification of device limitations on transport much more readily attained.

  11. Calculation of van der Walls coefficients of alkali metal clusters by hydrodynamic approach to time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Banerjee, A; Banerjee, Arup; Harbola, Manoj K.

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we employ the hydrodynamic formulation of time-dependent density functional theory to obtain the van der Waal coefficients $C_{6}$ and $C_{8}$ of alkali-metal clusters of various sizes including very large clusters. Such calculation becomes computationally very demanding in the orbital-based Kohn-Sham formalism, but quite simple in the hydrodynamic approach. We show that for interactions between the clusters of same sizes, $C_{6}$ and $C_{8}$ sale as the sixth and the eighth power of the cluster radius rsepectively, and approach the respective classically predicted values for the large size clusters.

  12. Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal atoms on the (0001) surface of the topological insulator Bi2Se3

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    Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal adatoms on the (0001) step surface of the topological insulator Bi2Se3 has been performed for the case of low coverage. The calculations of the activation energies of diffusion of adatoms on the surface and in van der Waals gaps near steps, as well as the estimate of diffusion lengths, have shown that efficient intercalation through steps is possible only for Li and Na. Data obtained for K, Rb, and Cs atoms indicate that their thermal desorption at high temperatures can occur before intercalation. The results have been discussed in the context of existing experimental data

  13. Directed reflectivity, long life AMTEC condenser (DRC). Final report of Phase II SBIR program[Alkali Metal ThermoElectric Converter

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    Hunt, Thomas K.

    2001-09-10

    The Alkali Metal Thermal to Electric Converter (AMTEC) is a static energy conversion device that operates at high thermal to electric conversion efficiencies that are essentially independent of size, have reached 19% and are expected to reach 25% to 30% in 1997. AMTEC systems have been chosen by NASA and DOE for spacecraft applications and have considerable promise for a wide variety of terrestrial applications. Reduction of parasitic heat losses in AMTEC systems related to radiative heat transfer from the hot side to the condenser can make a substantial contribution to system efficiency. Through design, analysis and the fabrication and testing of cells and systems, the proposed program to develop a Directed Reflectivity Condenser (DRC) has investigated the feasibility of an improved AMTEC condenser component. Phase 1 work showed the potential for adding from 4% to 7% to overall system efficiency for identical operating conditions using the concept. A detailed thermal analysis of several DRC capped cell designs was carried out and some of the conditions under which a DRC, used as the condenser at an end cap of a cylindrical converter, can reduce thermal radiation related losses were determined. A model experimental converter was built and tested to compare DRC and planar condenser surfaces. The results of both analysis and experiment indicate that for moderate aspect ratios of a cylindrical, end condensed converter, the DRC can reduce overall thermal losses by up to 4%. The initial effort in Phase 2 extended the analysis to a novel 150 watt radial AMTEC cell design. This analysis indicated that for the effective aspect ratio of this new converter design, the system performance at the 100+ watt level was not significantly improved by use of a DRC type condenser surface. Further analyses however showed that for cylindrical, end-condensed converters, optimized for use with internal radiation shields, the use of DRC surfaces on the side walls of the converter could be

  14. GHz Rabi flopping to Rydberg states in hot atomic vapor cells

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    Huber, B; Schlagmüller, M; Kölle, A; Kübler, H; Löw, R; Pfau, T

    2011-01-01

    We report on the observation of Rabi oscillations to a Rydberg state on a timescale below one nanosecond in thermal rubidium vapor. We use a bandwidth-limited pulsed excitation and observe up to 6 full Rabi cycles within a pulse duration of ~ 4 ns. We find good agreement between the experiment and numerical simulations based on a surprisingly simple model. This result shows that fully coherent dynamics with Rydberg states can be achieved even in thermal atomic vapor thus suggesting small vapor cells as a platform for room temperature quantum devices. Furthermore the result implies that previous coherent dynamics in single atom Rydberg gates can be accelerated by three orders of magnitude.

  15. Crystal growth and evaluation of scintillation properties of Eu and alkali-metal co-doped LiSrAlF6 single crystals for thermal neutron detector

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    In recent work, Na co-doping have found to improve the light output of Eu doped LiCaAlF6 (Eu:LiCAF) for thermal neutron scintillator. We grew Eu 2% and alkali metal 1% co-doped LiSAF crystals by Micro-Pulling down method to understand the effect of alkali metal co-doping on scintillation properties and mechanism compared with LiCAF. In photo- and α-ray induced radio-luminescence spectra of the all grown crystals, the emissions from d-f transition of Eu2+ were observed. Without relation to excitation source, decay times of co-doped LiSAF were longer than Eu only doped one. The light yield of Na, K and Cs co-doped LiSAF under 252Cf neutron excitation were improved. Especially, K co-doped Eu:LiSAF reached 33200 ph/n, which outperformed Eu only doped one by approximately 20% (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Three Alkali-Metal-Gold-Gallium Systems. Ternary Tunnel Structures and Some Problems with Poorly Ordered Cations

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Miller, Gordon J.; Corbett, John D.

    2012-06-27

    Six new intermetallic compounds have been characterized in the alkali metal (A = Na, Rb, Cs)–gold–gallium systems. Three isostructural compounds with the general composition A0.55Au2Ga2, two others of AAu3Ga2 (A = Rb, Cs), and the related Na13Au41.2Ga30.3 were synthesized via typical high-temperature reactions and their crystal structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis: Na0.56(9)Au2Ga2 (I, I4/mcm, a = 8.718(1) Å, c = 4.857(1) Å, Z = 4), Rb0.56(1)Au2Ga2 (II, I4/mcm, a = 8.950(1) Å, c = 4.829(1) Å, Z = 4), Cs0.54(2)Au2Ga2 (III, I4/mcm, a = 9.077(1) Å, c = 4.815(1) Å, Z = 4), RbAu3Ga2 (IV, Pnma, a = 13.384(3) Å, b = 5.577(1) Å, c = 7.017(1) Å, Z = 4), CsAu3Ga2 (V, Pnma, a = 13.511(3) Å, b = 5.614(2) Å, c = 7.146(1) Å, Z = 4), Na13Au41.2(1)Ga30.3(1) (VI, P6 mmm, a = 19.550(3) Å, c = 8.990(2) Å, Z = 2). The first three compounds (I–III) are isostructural with tetragonal K0.55Au2Ga2 and likewise contain planar eight-member Au/Ga rings that stack along c to generate tunnels and that contain varying degrees of disordered Na–Cs cations. The cation dispositions are much more clearly and reasonably defined by electron density mapping than through least-squares refinements with conventional anisotropic ellipsoids. Orthorhombic AAu3Ga2 (IV, V) are ordered ternary Rb and Cs derivatives of the SrZn5 type structure, demonstrating structural variability within the AAu3Ga2 family. All attempts to prepare an isotypic “NaAu3Ga2” were not successful, but yielded only a similar composition Na13Au41.2Ga30.3 (NaAu3.17Ga2.33) (VI) in a very different structure with two types of cation sites. Crystal orbital Hamilton population (COHP) analysis obtained from tight-binding electronic structure calculations for idealized I–IV via linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods emphasized the major contributions of heteroatomic Au–Ga bonding to the structural stability of these compounds. The relative minima (pseudogaps) in the DOS curves for IV

  17. Properties of Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition Barrier Coatings and Encapsulated Polymer Solar Cells

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    In this paper, we report silicon oxide coatings deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technology (PECVD) on 125 μm polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) surfaces for the purpose of the shelf lifetime extension of sealed polymer solar cells. After optimization of the processing parameters, we achieved a water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ca. 10−3 g/m2/day with the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) less than 0.05 cc/m2/day, and succeeded in extending the shelf lifetime to about 400 h in encapsulated solar cells. And then the chemical structure of coatings related to the properties of encapsulated cell was investigated in detail. (plasma technology)

  18. Review on utilization of the pervaporation membrane for passive vapor feed direct methanol fuel cell

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    The Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) is a promising portable power source for mobile electronic devices because of its advantages including easy fuel storage, high energy density, low temperature operation and compact structure. In DMFC, methanol is used as a fuel source where it can be fed in liquid or vapor phase. However, the vapor feed DMFC has an advantage over the liquid feed system as it has the potential to have a higher operating temperature to increase the reaction rates and power outputs, to enhance the mass transfers, to reduce methanol crossover, reliable for high methanol concentration and it can increase the fuel cell performance. Methanol vapor can be delivered to the anode by using a pervaporation membrane, heating the liquid methanol or another method that compatible. Therefore, this paper is a review on vapor feed DMFC as a better energy source than liquid feed DMFC, the pervaporation membrane used to vaporize methanol feed from the reservoir and its applications in vapor feed DMFC

  19. Yarrowia lipolytica possesses two plasma membrane alkali metal cation/H+ antiporters with different functions in cell physiology

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    Papoušková, Klára; Sychrová, Hana

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 580, č. 8 (2006), s. 1971-1976. ISSN 0014-5793 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GD204/03/H066; GA ČR(CZ) GA206/05/0035; GA MŠk(CZ) LC531 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50110509 Keywords : yeast * heterologous expression * Na+/H+ antiporter Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 3.372, year: 2006

  20. Novel solid-phase epitaxy for multi-component materials with extremely high vapor pressure elements: An application to KFe2As2

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    Hatakeyama, Taisuke; Sato, Hikaru; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-05-01

    We propose a novel solid-phase epitaxy technique applicable to high annealing temperatures up to 1000 °C without re-vaporization of alkali metal elements with high vapor pressures. This technique is demonstrated through the successful growth of high-quality KFe2As2 epitaxial films. The key factors are employing a custom-designed alumina vessel/cover and sealing it in a stainless tube with a large amount of atmospheric KFe2As2 powder in tightly closed sample spaces. This technique can also be effective for other materials composed of elements with very high vapor pressures, such as alkali metals, and can lead to the realization of spintronics devices in the future using KFe2As2.

  1. Dispersive radio frequency electrometry using Rydberg atoms in a prism-shaped atomic vapor cell

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    Fan, H. Q.; Kumar, S.; Kübler, H.; Shaffer, J. P.

    2016-05-01

    We introduce a method to measure radio frequency (RF) electric fields (E-fields) using atoms contained in a prism-shaped vapor cell. The method utilizes the concept of electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms. The RF E-field induces changes in the index of refraction of the vapor resulting in deflection of the probe laser beam as it passes through the prism-shaped vapor cell. We measured a minimum RF E-field of 8.25 μ {{Vcm}}-1 with a sensitivity of ∼ 46.5 μ {{Vcm}}-1 {{Hz}}-1/2. The experimental results agree with a numerical model that includes dephasing effects. We discuss possible improvements to obtain higher sensitivity for RF E-field measurements.

  2. Coherent population trapping in small- and chip-scale 87Rb vapor cells with buffer gas

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    Ermak, S. V.; Semenov, V. V.; Petrenko, M. V.; Pyatyshev, E. N.

    2016-03-01

    The characteristics of coherent population trapping (CPT) signal were investigated in small-size glass vapor cells containing 87Rb and Ne buffer gas with narrow line-width laser pumping on D2 line. The parameters of CPT signals were measured using small-size vapor cells with Ne buffer gas pressure in the range of 200-400 Torr, cell temperature in the range of 65-120 ∘C and the values of laser pumping power of 30-400 μW/cm2. Optimal conditions, under which the minimal value of short-term instability of resonance line is achieved, were obtained in experiments. Orientation frequency shifts of CPT resonance using glass 87Rb vapor cells containing buffer gas and anti-relaxation coating were compared. CPT signals using vapor cells based on integrated technologies containing 87Rb in atmosphere of Ne were also investigated. The CPT signals with typical line widths of 2-3 kHz and signal-to-noise ratio of 1500 in 1 Hz bandwidth are observed, which allows one to provide relative frequency instability of 10-11 at 100 s.

  3. Improved thermoelectric performance in polycrystalline p-type Bi2Te3 via an alkali metal salt hydrothermal nanocoating treatment approach

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    Ji, Xiaohua; He, Jian; Su, Zhe; Gothard, Nick; Tritt, Terry M.

    2008-08-01

    We report herein a proof-of-principle study of grain boundary engineering in the polycrystalline p-type Bi2Te3 system. Utilizing the recently developed hydrothermal nanocoating treatment technique, we fabricated an alkali-metal(s)-containing surface layer on the p-Bi2Te3 bulk grain, which in turn became part of the grain boundary upon hot pressing densification. Compared to the untreated bulk reference, the dimensionless figure of merit ZT has been improved by ˜30% in the Na-treated sample chiefly due to the reduced thermal conductivity, and ˜38% in the Rb-treated sample mainly owing to the improved power factor. The grain boundary phase provides a new avenue by which one can potentially decouple the otherwise inter-related electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity within one thermoelectric material.

  4. The effects of correlation, relativity, exchange, channels coupling and polarization in scattering of electrons by alkali-metal atoms and alkali-like ions

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    The present review briefly presents the growing experimental as well as theoretical interest in recent years in the effects of correlation, relativity, exchange, channels coupling and polarization on the high precision scattering of electron by alkali-metal atoms and alkali-like ions. Many high precision experiments have been performed which need very high accurate theoretical prediction for correct interpretation and identification of different physical effects involved. Several sophisticated theoretical techniques have been developed for inclusion of the above mentioned effects which play an extremely important role in order to obtain results of high accuracy for understanding experimental observation of high precision. At present, we do not have a comprehensive and practical atomic scattering theory which accounts for all these effects on an equal footing. Future challenges and directions, in reliable electron-atom scattering calculations, have been discussed and suggested. (author). 136 refs, 16 figs

  5. Dispersion coefficients for the interactions of the alkali-metal and alkaline-earth-metal ions and inert-gas atoms with a graphene layer

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    Kaur, Kiranpreet; Arora, Bindiya; Sahoo, B. K.

    2015-09-01

    Largely motivated by a number of applications, the van der Waals dispersion coefficients C3 of the alkali-metal ions Li+,Na+,K+, and Rb+, the alkaline-earth-metal ions Ca+,Sr+,Ba+, and Ra+, and the inert-gas atoms He, Ne, Ar, and Kr with a graphene layer are determined precisely within the framework of the Dirac model. For these calculations, we evaluate the dynamic polarizabilities of the above atomic systems very accurately by evaluating the transition matrix elements employing relativistic many-body methods and using the experimental values of the excitation energies. The dispersion coefficients are given as functions of the separation distance of an atomic system from the graphene layer and the ambiance temperature during the interactions. For easy extraction of these coefficients, we give a logistic fit to the functional forms of the dispersion coefficients in terms of the separation distances at room temperature.

  6. "XA6" octahedra influencing the arrangement of anionic groups and optical properties in inverse-perovskite [B6O10]XA3 (X = Cl, Br; A = alkali metal).

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    Yang, Zhihua; Lei, Bing-Hua; Yang, Bin; Pan, Shilie

    2016-06-01

    Exploring the effect of microscopic units, which set up the perovsikte framework, is of importance for material design. In this study, a series of borate halides with inverse-perovskite structures [B6O10]XA3 (X = Cl, Br; A = alkali metal) have been studied. It was revealed that the distortion and volume of XA6 octahedra influence the arrangement of anionic groups, which leads to the flexibility of the perovskite-related framework and differences in optical properties. Under the structural control scheme, the structure of Rb3B6O10Cl was predicted. The stability of the predicted structure was confirmed by an ab initio density functional theory-based method. The calculation shows Rb3B6O10Cl has a short UV cutoff edge of less than 200 nm, a moderate birefringence and a large second harmonic generation response. PMID:27211304

  7. Atomic arrangement and electron band structure of Si(1 1 1)-ß-√3 x √3-Bi reconstruction modified by alkali-metal adsorption: ab initio study.

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    Eremeev, S V; Chukurov, E N; Gruznev, D V; Zotov, A V; Saranin, A A

    2015-08-01

    Using ab initio calculations, atomic structure and electronic properties of Si(1 1 1)[Formula: see text]-Bi surface modified by adsorption of 1/3 monolayer of alkali metals, Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs, have been explored. Upon adsorption of all metals, a similar atomic structure develops at the surface where twisted chained Bi trimers are arranged into a honeycomb network and alkali metal atoms occupy the [Formula: see text] sites in the center of each honeycomb unit. Among other structural characteristics, the greatest variation concerns the relative heights at which alkali metals reside with respect to Bi-trimer layer. Except for Li, the other metals reside higher than Bi layer and their heights increase with atomic number. All adsorbed surface structures display similar electron band structures of which the most essential feature is metallic surface-state band with a giant spin splitting. This electronic property allows one to consider the Si(1 1 1)[Formula: see text]-Bi surfaces modified by alkali metal adsorption as a set of material systems showing promise for spintronic applications. PMID:26151642

  8. Alkali metal ion-proton exchange equilibria and water sorption studies on nafon 117 membrane and dowex 50 W exchange resins: effect of long storage or aging

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    Alkali metal ion -H+ exchanges on Nafion 117 membrane treated differently, Dowex 50 W x 4 and Dowex 50 W x 8 resins have been studied at a total ionic strength of 0.1 mol dm-3. The water sorption isotherms of these exchangers in different ionic forms generated over the entire range of water activity, have been analysed by the D'Arcy and Watt equation (DWE). Water sorption studies have shown that the physical structure of the exchangers have changed due to long -storage or aging, resulting in poorer water sorption and even formation of pores in the case of Dowex 50 W x 8 resin. As a result, the counter ions in the exchangers are not hydrated and the water is present in a free form, albeit structured, in the resin phase. The selectivity sequence for the alkali metal ions with reference to the H+ (Li+++) for the exchangers used in the present study is in accordance with that reported in the literature for the ionomers having sulphonic acid as the functional group. In view of the absence of hydration of the cations in the resin phase, the driving force for the selectivity of the cation, namely, the net gain in entropy, is expected to come from the loss of structured water during the exchange process. Pre treating the Nafion 117 membrane with boiling acid solution activates the clustered region of the membrane in the H+ form, while pretreatment with boiling water expands the non-ionic domain (the region connecting the clusters). These modifications influence the state of water present in the Nafion 117 membrane and the ion exchange equilibria. As a result of long storage or aging, the ion exchangers lose their elasticity or swelling characteristics. The results obtained in the present study indicate that in aged materials, the ionogenic groups are existing as isolated ion -pairs rather than in a clustered morphology. (author)

  9. Design study of a 200 MW(e) alkali metal/steam binary power plant using a coal-fired fluidized bed furnace

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    Samuels, G.; Graves, R. L.; Lackey, M. E.; Tudor, J. J.; Zimmerman, G. P.

    1978-04-01

    The results of a study of 200 MW(e) alkali metal/steam binary power plant using a coal-fired fluidized bed furnace are described. Both cesium and potassium were evaluated for the topping cycle working fluid and cesium was selected. The fuel used was Illinois No. 6 coal, and limestone was used as the bed sorbent material. For the reference design, the furnace operated at atmospheric pressure and the cycle conditions for the power conversion system were 1500/sup 0/F to 900/sup 0/F for the topping cycle and 2400 psi 1000/sup 0/F to 1/sup 1///sub 2/ in. Hg for the steam system. Several variations of the plant were briefly evaluated. These variations included using a supercritical steam system and using a pressurized furnace. The principal conclusions of the study are as follows: a satisfactory design of an atmospheric pressure fluidized bed furnace binary power plant was evolved which uses a variation of the conventional binary cycle which permits utilizing the full potential of the alkali metal topping cycle; the net plant efficiency (coal to busbar) of the reference system was 44.6%; the net plant efficiency of a larger system with a 3500 psi 1000/sup 0/F steam system was 46.8%; an intermediate pressure turbocharged system with a furnace pressure of 4 atm (0.4 MPa) would have many advantages in comparison to the atmospheric pressure system, including a plant efficiency about one percentage point higher than the reference design, reduced limestone requirement and potential capital cost saving; and although cost estimates were not a part of the design study, a comparison of the design of this study to that of the Energy Conversion Alternative Study (ECAS) indicates plant costs 20 to 25% less than that of the final ECAS design.

  10. Light shift averaging in paraffin-coated alkali vapor cells

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    Zhivun, Elena; Sudyka, Julia; Pustelny, Szymon; Patton, Brian; Budker, Dmitry

    2015-01-01

    Light shifts are an important source of noise and systematics in optically pumped magnetometers. We demonstrate that the long spin coherence time in paraffin-coated cells leads to spatial averaging of the light shifts over the entire cell volume. This renders the averaged light shift independent, under certain approximations, of the light-intensity distribution within the sensor cell. These results and the underlying mechanism can be extended to other spatially varying phenomena in anti-relaxation-coated cells with long coherence times.

  11. High Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Films and Solar Cells.

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    He, Rongrui; Day, Todd D; Sparks, Justin R; Sullivan, Nichole F; Badding, John V

    2016-07-01

    Thin films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon can be produced at MPa pressures from silane without the use of plasma at temperatures as low as 345 °C. High pressure chemical vapor deposition may open a new way to low cost deposition of amorphous silicon solar cells and other thin film structures over very large areas in very compact, simple reactors. PMID:27174318

  12. Laser pulse propagation in a meter scale rubidium vapor/plasma cell in AWAKE experiment

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    Joulaei, A.; Moody, J.; Berti, N.; Kasparian, J.; Mirzanejhad, S.; Muggli, P.

    2016-09-01

    We present the results of numerical studies of laser pulse propagating in a 3.5 cm Rb vapor cell in the linear dispersion regime by using a 1D model and a 2D code that has been modified for our special case. The 2D simulation finally aimed at finding laser beam parameters suitable to make the Rb vapor fully ionized to obtain a uniform, 10 m-long, at least 1 mm in radius plasma in the next step for the AWAKE experiment.

  13. Laser pulse propagation in a meter scale rubidium vapor/plasma cell in AWAKE experiment

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    Joulaei, Atefeh; Berti, Nicolas; Kasparian, Jerome; Mirzanejhad, Saeed; Muggli, Patric

    2015-01-01

    We present the results of numerical studies of laser pulse propagating in a 3.5 cm Rb vapor cell in the linear dispersion regime by using a 1D model and a 2D code that has been modified for our special case. The 2D simulation finally aimed at finding laser beam parameters suitable to make the Rb vapor fully ionized to obtain a uniform, 10 m-long, at least 1 mm in radius plasma in the next step for the AWAKE experiment.

  14. Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition of Neutral Hole Transporting Polymer for Enhanced Solar Cell Efficiency and Lifetime.

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    Jo, Won Jun; Nelson, Justin T; Chang, Sehoon; Bulović, Vladimir; Gradečak, Silvija; Strano, Michael S; Gleason, Karen K

    2016-08-01

    The concept of a neutral hole-transporting polymer is realized for the first time, by integrating patterned Cl(-) -doped poly(3,4-dimethoxythiophene) thin films into organic solar cells through a vacuum-based polymer vapor printing technique. Due to this novel polymer's neutrality, high transparency, good conductivity, and appropriate energy levels, the solar-cell efficiency and lifetime are significantly enhanced. PMID:27167214

  15. GHz Rabi Flopping to Rydberg States in Hot Atomic Vapor Cells

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    We report on the observation of Rabi oscillations to a Rydberg state on a time scale below 1 ns in thermal rubidium vapor. We use a bandwidth-limited pulsed excitation and observe up to 6 full Rabi cycles within a pulse duration of ∼4 ns. We find good agreement between the experiment and numerical simulations based on a surprisingly simple model. This result shows that fully coherent dynamics with Rydberg states can be achieved even in thermal atomic vapor, thus suggesting small vapor cells as a platform for room-temperature quantum devices. Furthermore, the result implies that previous coherent dynamics in single-atom Rydberg gates can be accelerated by 3 orders of magnitude.

  16. A vapor feed methanol microfluidic fuel cell with high fuel and energy efficiency

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    Highlights: • A microfluidic fuel cell with a vapor feed anode is investigated. • Its advantages include simpler design, direct usage of methanol and better performance. • The prototype achieves a peak power density of 55.4 mW cm−2 under room temperature. • The energy efficiency of 9.4% is much higher than its liquid feed counterpart. - Abstract: In this paper, a prototype of methanol microfluidic fuel cell with vapor feed anode configuration is proposed to improve the fuel and energy efficiency of the conventional liquid feed methanol microfluidic fuel cells. Peak power density of 55.4 mW cm−2 can be achieved with this prototype under room temperature, which is 30% higher than its conventional liquid feed counterpart. Moreover, an energy efficiency of 9.4% is achieved, which is 27.5 times higher than its liquid feed counterpart. This superiority on both cell performance and energy efficiency is directly benefitted from its vapor feed anode configuration, which alleviates the fuel crossover, eliminates the fuel depletion boundary layer, and avoids the bulk anolyte wastage. The tradeoff between cell performance and fuel utilization for conventional liquid feed microfluidic fuel cells is also evaded

  17. Experimental study of vapor-cell magneto-optical traps for efficient trapping of radioactive atoms

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    We have studied magneto-optical traps (MOTs) for efficient on-line trapping of radioactive atoms. After discussing a model of the trapping process in a vapor cell and its efficiency, we present the results of detailed experimental studies on Rb MOTs. Three spherical cells of different sizes were used. These cells can be easily replaced, while keeping the rest of the apparatus unchanged: atomic sources, vacuum conditions, magnetic field gradients, sizes and power of the laser beams, detection system. By direct comparison, we find that the trapping efficiency only weakly depends on the MOT cell size. It is also found that the trapping efficiency of the MOT with the smallest cell, whose diameter is equal to the diameter of the trapping beams, is about 40% smaller than the efficiency of larger cells. Furthermore, we also demonstrate the importance of two factors: a long coated tube at the entrance of the MOT cell, used instead of a diaphragm; and the passivation with an alkali vapor of the coating on the cell walls, in order to minimize the losses of trappable atoms. These results guided us in the construction of an efficient large-diameter cell, which has been successfully employed for on-line trapping of Fr isotopes at INFN's national laboratories in Legnaro, Italy. (authors)

  18. Imaging Microwave and DC Magnetic Fields in a Vapor-Cell Rb Atomic Clock

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    Affolderbach, Christoph; Bandi, Thejesh; Horsley, Andrew; Treutlein, Philipp; Mileti, Gaetano

    2015-01-01

    We report on the experimental measurement of the DC and microwave magnetic field distributions inside a recently-developed compact magnetron-type microwave cavity, mounted inside the physics package of a high-performance vapor-cell atomic frequency standard. Images of the microwave field distribution with sub-100 $\\mu$m lateral spatial resolution are obtained by pulsed optical-microwave Rabi measurements, using the Rb atoms inside the cell as field probes and detecting with a CCD camera. Asymmetries observed in the microwave field images can be attributed to the precise practical realization of the cavity and the Rb vapor cell. Similar spatially-resolved images of the DC magnetic field distribution are obtained by Ramsey-type measurements. The T2 relaxation time in the Rb vapor cell is found to be position dependent, and correlates with the gradient of the DC magnetic field. The presented method is highly useful for experimental in-situ characterization of DC magnetic fields and resonant microwave structures,...

  19. The thermal stability of sodium beta'-Alumina solid electrolyte ceramic in AMTEC cells

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    A critical component of alkali metal thermal-to electric converter (AMTEC) devices for long duration space missions is the beta'-alumina solid electrolyte ceramic (BASE), for which there exists no substitute. The temperature and environmental conditions under which BASE remains stable control operational parameters of AMTEC devices. We have used mass loss experiments in vacuum to 1573K to characterize the kinetics of BASE decomposition, and conductivity and exchange current measurements in sodium vapor filled exposure cells to 1223K to investigate changes in the BASE which affect its ionic conductivity. There is no clear evidence of direct thermal decomposition of BASE below 1273K, although limited soda loss may occur. Reactive metals such as Mn or Cr can react with BASE at temperatures at least as low as 1223K

  20. Measurement of background gas in paraffin-coated alkali vapor cells

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    Sekiguchi, Naota

    2015-01-01

    We measured the rate of velocity-changing collisions (VCCs) between alkali atoms and background gas in buffer-gas-free anti-spin-relaxation-coated cells. The average VCC rate in paraffin-coated rubidium vapor cells prepared in this work was $1 \\times 10^{6}$ s$^{-1}$, which corresponds to $\\sim$1 mm in the mean free path of rubidium atoms. This short mean free path indicates that alkali atoms do not travel freely between the cell walls. In addition, we found that a heating process known as "ripening" increases the VCC rate, and also confirmed that ripening improves the anti-relaxation performance of the coatings.

  1. Structural changes of polyacids initiated by their neutralization with various alkali metal hydroxides. Diffusion studies in poly(acrylic acid)s.

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    Masiak, Michal; Hyk, Wojciech; Stojek, Zbigniew; Ciszkowska, Malgorzata

    2007-09-27

    The changes in the three-dimensional structure of the poly(acrylic acid), PAA, induced by incorporation of various alkali-metal counterions have been evaluated by studying diffusion of an uncharged probe (1,1'-ferrocenedimethanol) in the polymeric media. The studies are supported by the measurements of conductivity and viscosity of the polymeric media. Solutions of linear PAA of four different sizes (molecular weights: 450,000, 750,000, 1,250,000, 4,000,000) were neutralized with hydroxides of alkali metals of group 1 of the periodic table (Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) to the desired neutralization degree. The transport properties of the obtained polyacrylates were monitored by measuring the changes in the probe diffusion coefficient during the titration of the polyacids. The probe diffusivity was determined from the steady-state current of the probe voltammetric oxidation at disk microelectrodes. Diffusivity of the probe increases with the increase in the degree of neutralization and with the increase in viscosity. It reaches the maximum value at about 60-80% of the polyacid neutralization. The way the probe diffusion coefficients change is similar in all polyacid solutions and gels. The increase in the size of a metal cation causes, in general, an enhancement in the transport of probe molecules. The biggest differences in the probe diffusivities are between lithium and cesium polyacrylates. The differences between the results obtained for cesium and rubidium are not statistically significant due to lack of good precision of the voltammetric measurements. The measurements of the electric conductivity of polyacrylates and the theoretical predictions supplemented the picture of electrostatic interactions between the polyanionic chains and the metal cations of increasing size. In all instances of the PAAs, the viscosity of the solutions rapidly increases in the 0-60% range of neutralization and then becomes constant in the 60-100% region. With the exception of the shortest

  2. Dual-axis vapor cell for simultaneous laser frequency stabilization on disparate optical transitions

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    We have developed a dual-axis ytterbium (Yb) vapor cell and used it to simultaneously address the two laser cooling transitions in Yb at wavelengths 399 nm and 556 nm, featuring the disparate linewidths of 2π × 29 MHz and 2π × 182 KHz, respectively. By utilizing different optical paths for the two wavelengths, we simultaneously obtain comparable optical densities suitable for saturated absorption spectroscopy for both the transitions and keep both the lasers frequency stabilized over several hours. We demonstrate that by appropriate control of the cell temperature profile, two atomic transitions differing in relative strength across a large range of over three orders of magnitude can be simultaneously addressed, making the device adaptable to a variety of spectroscopic needs. We also show that our observations can be understood with a simple theoretical model of the Yb vapor

  3. Dual-axis vapor cell for simultaneous laser frequency stabilization on disparate optical transitions

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    Jayakumar, Anupriya; Plotkin-Swing, Benjamin; Jamison, Alan O.; Gupta, Subhadeep

    2015-07-01

    We have developed a dual-axis ytterbium (Yb) vapor cell and used it to simultaneously address the two laser cooling transitions in Yb at wavelengths 399 nm and 556 nm, featuring the disparate linewidths of 2π × 29 MHz and 2π × 182 KHz, respectively. By utilizing different optical paths for the two wavelengths, we simultaneously obtain comparable optical densities suitable for saturated absorption spectroscopy for both the transitions and keep both the lasers frequency stabilized over several hours. We demonstrate that by appropriate control of the cell temperature profile, two atomic transitions differing in relative strength across a large range of over three orders of magnitude can be simultaneously addressed, making the device adaptable to a variety of spectroscopic needs. We also show that our observations can be understood with a simple theoretical model of the Yb vapor.

  4. Radio-frequency Electrometry Using Rydberg Atoms in Vapor Cells: Towards the Shot Noise Limit

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    Kumar, Santosh; Fan, Haoquan; Jahangiri, Akbar; Kuebler, Harald; Shaffer, James P.; 5. Physikalisches Institut, Universitat Stuttgart, Germany Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    Rydberg atoms are a promising candidate for radio frequency (RF) electric field sensing. Our method uses electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms in vapor cells to read out the effect that the RF electric field has on the Rydberg atoms. The method has the potential for high sensitivity (pV cm-1 Hz- 1 / 2) and can be self-calibrated. Some of the main factors limiting the sensitivity of RF electric field sensing from reaching the shot noise limit are the residual Doppler effect and the sensitivity of the optical read-out using the probe laser. We present progress on overcoming the residual Doppler effect by using a new multi-photon scheme and reaching the shot noise detection limit using frequency modulated spectroscopy. Our experiments also show promise for studying quantum optical effects such as superradiance in vapor cells using Rydberg atoms. This work is supported by DARPA, ARO, and NRO.

  5. Fabrication of efficient planar perovskite solar cells using a one-step chemical vapor deposition method

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    Mohammad Mahdi Tavakoli; Leilei Gu; Yuan Gao; Claas Reckmeier; Jin He; Rogach, Andrey L; Yan Yao; Zhiyong Fan

    2015-01-01

    Organometallic trihalide perovskites are promising materials for photovoltaic applications, which have demonstrated a rapid rise in photovoltaic performance in a short period of time. We report a facile one-step method to fabricate planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), with a solar power conversion efficiency of up to 11.1%. We performed a systematic optimization of CVD parameters such as temperature and growth time to obtain high quality films of CH...

  6. Crystal-structural study of zirconium chelates with alkali metals of composition A2[Zr(Nta)2]·xH2O (A=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs or CH3H6)

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    Some zirconium complexes with nitrile triacetate and with alkali metal in the external sphere were studied crystalostructurally. Packing of complexes and extra-sphere cations was studied. Plane or slightly corrugated anion layers of two essentially different types arranged according to the principle of trigonal and square grids represent the standard element of crystal structure. Water molecules are located both in anion and cation layers. CN and coordination polyhedron of cations are different even in case of stereotype nature of reasons of their location in the interlayer space. In Cs-, Rb- and K- compounds polyhedrons of alkali metal form specific doubled chains. These compounds are not isomorphous ones and are characterized by a specific way of water molecule location. Structure of sodium compound differs fundamentally from other ones. Ionic conductivity may be expected in crystals. 4 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs

  7. Diode laser spectroscopy of NaD, KD, RbD, and CsD: determination of the mass independent parameters and mass scaling coefficients of the alkali metal hydrides

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    The infrared spectrum of the monodeuterides of the alkali metals, sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium have been measured with a nominal accuracy of ±0.001 cm-1 using a diode laser spectrometer. Spectral lines of both the fundamental and the first hot band were observed for all the deuterides except RbD where only the fundamental was measured. The accuracy of previously published data on KH was also improved. Combination of these new data with similar results obtained previously for the equivalent monohydrides allowed the determination of a set of mass-independent parameters and mass-scaling coefficients for the hydrides of all of the alkali metals. This has allowed the relative magnitudes of the parameters to be compared for the first time. The results indicate that non-adiabatic effects are most prevalent in CsH. (orig.)

  8. Phosphorus-containing podands. 9. Synthesis of oligoethylene glycol bis(diphenylphospinylethyl) esters and their complexing properties with respect to alkali metal cations in a low-polarity solvent

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    The complexing ability of phosphoryl-containing monopodands with the general formula Ph2P(O)CH2CH2O(CH2CH2O)nCH2CH2P(O)Ph2 (n = 0-5, 6.4, 8.7, 13.2) with respect to alkali metal cations was investigated conductometrically in tetrahydrofuran:chloroform mixed solvent (4:1, vol.) at 25 degrees C. It was found that ligands of this type are efficient complexing agents relative to all alkali metal cations, and the monopodand with n = 0 also exhibits elevated Li/Na and Li/K selectivity. The effect of the structure, particularly the rigidity of the terminal fragments of the monopodands, on their complexing capacity was discussed. The method of synthesis of this type of ligand was described. 12 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs

  9. Efficiency enhancement of organic light-emitting diodes with an oxygen-plasma-treated ITO substrate and an electron-injection layer of alkali-metal carbonates

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    The efficiency enhancement of organic light-emitting diodes with an oxygen-plasma-treated substrate and an electron-injection layer of alkali-metal carbonates (Li2CO3 and Cs2CO3) was studied. The Li2CO3 and the Cs2CO3 carbonates were thermally evaporated to a thickness of 1 nm. For the device with a Li2CO3 layer, the luminance at 9.25 V of the device with the plasma-treated ITO substrate was found to be improved by approximately 10% compared to that of the device with the plasma-untreated ITO substrate, and the maximum luminance driving voltage was lowered by 1.0 V. For the device with a Cs2CO3 layer, the luminance at 11.25 V of the device with the oxygen plasma-treated ITO substrate was found to be improved by approximately 42.3% compared to that of the device with plasma-untreated ITO substrate, and the maximum luminance driving voltage was lowered by 1.25 V. Especially, the luminous efficiencies of the devices with the Li2CO3 and the Cs2CO3 layers were confirmed to have been increased by 50.0% and 78.1%, respectively, when the oxygen-plasma-treated ITO substrate was used.

  10. Theoretical study on the ground state of the polar alkali-metal-barium molecules: Potential energy curve and permanent dipole moment

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    In this paper, we systematically investigate the electronic structure for the 2Σ+ ground state of the polar alkali-metal-alkaline-earth-metal molecules BaAlk (Alk = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs). Potential energy curves and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are determined using power quantum chemistry complete active space self-consistent field and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basic spectroscopic constants are derived from ro-vibrational bound state calculation. From the calculations, it is shown that BaK, BaRb, and BaCs molecules have moderate values of PDM at the equilibrium bond distance (BaK:1.62 D, BaRb:3.32 D, and BaCs:4.02 D). Besides, the equilibrium bond length (4.93 Å and 5.19 Å) and dissociation energy (0.1825 eV and 0.1817 eV) for the BaRb and BaCs are also obtained

  11. Lifetime studies of high power rhodium/tungsten and molybdenum electrodes for application to AMTEC (alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter)

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) is a passive, direct energy conversion device potentially capable of near-Carnot efficiencies and demonstrated to perform to 19% efficiency and up to 1.0 W/cm2 power densities. It utilizes a high sodium activity gradient across a beta alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) and the properties of the porous metal electrode (PME) on the low pressure side of the electrolyte is critical to device performance. Sintering of the electrode, reaction between its constituents and BASE at their common interface, and metal migration within the electrode structure are all potential routes to long term degradation of electrode performance. Evaluation of these processes, which often may be measured at levels far below those affecting overall electrode performance, is necessary to construction of a valid lifetime performance model for AMTEC electrodes. Results of modeling with the limited available data indicate that thin Mo electrodes may show significant performance degradation for extended operation (>10,000 hrs) at higher operating temperatures (>1150K), while W/Rh and W/Pt electrodes are expected to show adequate performance at 1200K for lifetimes >10,000 hrs

  12. Theoretical study on the ground state of the polar alkali-metal-barium molecules: potential energy curve and permanent dipole moment.

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    Gou, Dezhi; Kuang, Xiaoyu; Gao, Yufeng; Huo, Dongming

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, we systematically investigate the electronic structure for the (2)Σ(+) ground state of the polar alkali-metal-alkaline-earth-metal molecules BaAlk (Alk = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs). Potential energy curves and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are determined using power quantum chemistry complete active space self-consistent field and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basic spectroscopic constants are derived from ro-vibrational bound state calculation. From the calculations, it is shown that BaK, BaRb, and BaCs molecules have moderate values of PDM at the equilibrium bond distance (BaK:1.62 D, BaRb:3.32 D, and BaCs:4.02 D). Besides, the equilibrium bond length (4.93 Å and 5.19 Å) and dissociation energy (0.1825 eV and 0.1817 eV) for the BaRb and BaCs are also obtained. PMID:25612710

  13. Theoretical study on the ground state of the polar alkali-metal-barium molecules: Potential energy curve and permanent dipole moment

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    Gou, Dezhi; Kuang, Xiaoyu, E-mail: scu-kuang@163.com; Gao, Yufeng; Huo, Dongming [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China)

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, we systematically investigate the electronic structure for the {sup 2}Σ{sup +} ground state of the polar alkali-metal-alkaline-earth-metal molecules BaAlk (Alk = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs). Potential energy curves and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are determined using power quantum chemistry complete active space self-consistent field and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basic spectroscopic constants are derived from ro-vibrational bound state calculation. From the calculations, it is shown that BaK, BaRb, and BaCs molecules have moderate values of PDM at the equilibrium bond distance (BaK:1.62 D, BaRb:3.32 D, and BaCs:4.02 D). Besides, the equilibrium bond length (4.93 Å and 5.19 Å) and dissociation energy (0.1825 eV and 0.1817 eV) for the BaRb and BaCs are also obtained.

  14. Structural phase stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of alkali metal hydrides AMH4 (A=Li, Na; M=B, AL)

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    Santhosh, M.; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.

    2016-01-01

    The structural stability of Alkali metal hydrides AMH4 (A=Li, Na; M=B, Al) is analyzed among the various crystal structures, namely hexagonal (P63mc), tetragonal (P42/nmc), tetragonal (P-421c), tetragonal (I41/a), orthorhombic (Pnma) and monoclinic (P21/c). It is observed that, orthorhombic (Pnma) phase is the most stable structure for LiBH4, monoclinic (P21/c) for LiAlH4, tetragonal (P42/nmc) for NaBH4 and tetragonal (I41/a) for NaAlH4 at normal pressure. Pressure induced structural phase transitions are observed in LiBH4, LiAlH4, NaBH4 and NaAlH4 at the pressures of 4 GPa, 36.1 GPa, 26.5 GPa and 46 GPa respectively. The electronic structure reveals that these metal hydrides are wide band gap insulators. The calculated elastic constants indicate that these metal hydrides are mechanically stable at normal pressure.

  15. Dipole Polarizability of Alkali-Metal (Na, K, Rb) - Alkaline-Earth-Metal (Ca,Sr) Polar molecules - Prospects of Alignment

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    Gopakumar, Geetha; Hada, Masahiko; Kajita, Masatoshi

    2014-01-01

    Electronic open-shell ground-state properties of selected alkali-metal (AM) - alkaline-earth-metal (AEM) polar molecules are investigated. We determine potential energy curves of the 2{\\Sigma}+ ground state at the coupled-cluster singles and doubles with partial triples (CCSD(T)) level of electron correlation. Calculated spectroscopic constants for the isotopes (23Na, 39K, 85Rb) - (40Ca, 88Sr) are compared with available theoretical and experimental results. The variation of the permanent dipole moment (PDM), average dipole polarizability, and polarizability anisotropy with internuclear distance is determined using finite-field perturbation theory at the CCSD(T) level. Owing to moderate PDM (KCa: 1.67 D, RbCa: 1.75 D, KSr: 1.27 D, RbSr: 1.41 D) and large polarizability anisotropy (KCa: 566 a.u., RbCa: 604 a.u., KSr: 574 a.u., RbSr: 615 a.u.), KCa, RbCa, KSr, and RbSr are potential candidates for alignment and orientation in combined intense laser and external static electric fields.

  16. Ab initio properties of the ground-state polar and paramagnetic europium-alkali-metal-atom and europium-alkaline-earth-metal-atom molecules

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    2014-01-01

    The properties of the electronic ground state of the polar and paramagnetic europium-$S$-state-atom molecules have been investigated. Ab initio techniques have been applied to compute the potential energy curves for the europium-alkali-metal-atom, Eu$X$ ($X$=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs), europium-alkaline-earth-metal-atom, Eu$Y$ ($Y$=Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba), and europium-ytterbium, EuYb, molecules in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation for the high-spin electronic ground state. The spin restricted open-shell coupled cluster method restricted to single, double, and noniterative triple excitations, RCCSD(T), was employed and the scalar relativistic effects within the small-core energy-consistent pseudopotentials were included. The permanent electric dipole moments and static electric dipole polarizabilities were computed. The leading long-range coefficients describing the dispersion interaction between atoms at large internuclear distances $C_6$ are also reported. The EuK, EuRb, and EuCs molecules are examples of species poss...

  17. Coordination polymers based on diiron tetrakis(dithiolato) bridged by alkali metals, electrical bistability around room temperature, and strong antiferromagnetic coupling.

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    Benmansour, Samia; Delgado, Esther; Gómez-García, Carlos J; Hernández, Diego; Hernández, Elisa; Martin, Avelino; Perles, Josefina; Zamora, Félix

    2015-03-01

    Coordination polymer chains have been formed by the direct reaction between HSC6H2Cl2SH and FeCl3·6H2O in the presence of an aqueous solution of the corresponding alkali-metal hydroxide (M = Li, Na, and K) or carbonate (M = Rb and Cs). The structures consist of dimeric [Fe2(SC6H2Cl2S)4](2-) entities bridged by [M2(THF)4] [M = K (1), Rb (2), and Cs (3); THF = tetrahydrofuran] or {[Na2(μ-H2O)2(THF)2] (5 and 5') units. The smaller size of the lithium atom yields an anion/cation ion-pair molecule, [Li(THF)4]2[Fe2(SC6H2Cl2S)4] (4), in which the dianionic moieties are held together by Cl···Cl interactions. Electrical characterization of these compounds shows a general semiconductor behavior in which the conductivity and activation energies are mainly determined by the M-Cl and M-S bond distances. Compounds 1 and 5' are interesting examples of bistability showing reversible transitions centered at ca. 350 and 290 K with very large hysteresis of ca. 60 and 35 K, respectively. All of these compounds exhibit intradimer strong antiferromagnetic Fe···Fe interactions. PMID:25667965

  18. Characterization of Cs vapor cell coated with octadecyltrichlorosilane using coherent population trapping spectroscopy

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    Hafiz, Moustafa Abdel; Maurice, Vincent; Chutani, Ravinder; Passilly, Nicolas; Gorecki, Christophe; Boudot, Rodolphe [FEMTO-ST, CNRS, UFC, 26 Chemin de l' Epitaphe, 25030 Besançon Cedex (France); Guérandel, Stéphane; Clercq, Emeric de [LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, UPMC, 61 avenue de l' Observatoire, 75014 Paris (France)

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    We report the realization and characterization using coherent population trapping (CPT) spectroscopy of an octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS)-coated centimeter-scale Cs vapor cell. The dual-structure of the resonance lineshape, with presence of a narrow structure line at the top of a Doppler-broadened structure, is clearly observed. The linewidth of the narrow resonance is compared to the linewidth of an evacuated Cs cell and of a buffer gas Cs cell of similar size. The Cs-OTS adsorption energy is measured to be (0.42 ± 0.03) eV, leading to a clock frequency shift rate of 2.7 × 10{sup −9}/K in fractional unit. A hyperfine population lifetime, T{sub 1}, and a microwave coherence lifetime, T{sub 2}, of 1.6 and 0.5 ms are reported, corresponding to about 37 and 12 useful bounces, respectively. Atomic-motion induced Ramsey narrowing of dark resonances is observed in Cs-OTS cells by reducing the optical beam diameter. Ramsey CPT fringes are detected using a pulsed CPT interrogation scheme. Potential applications of the Cs-OTS cell to the development of a vapor cell atomic clock are discussed.

  19. The Effect of Mercury Vapor and the Role of Green Tea Extract on Brain Cells

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    Full Text Available Mercury is a wellknown toxic metal that is capable to induce free radical-induced oxidative stress. It can cause human disease including brain disorders. Objective: To identify the effect of mercury vapor inhalation on brain cells and the role of green tea extract (Camellia sinensis as antioxidant on the brain cells exposed to mercury. Methods: Fourty-eight male Mus musculus were divided into 8 groups, which were given treatment for 3 and 6 weeks. Group A did not receive any treatment and served as a negative control. Group B was a positive control exposed to Mercury. Group C was exposed to Mercury and treated with 26μg/g green tea extract. Group D was exposed to mercury and treated with 52μg/g green tea extract. All animals in the Group B, C, D were exposed to mercury through inhalation for 4 hours daily. The effect of mercury on the brain cells were examined histopathologically. Results: The numbers of necrotic cells counted in the green tea-treated mice group were significantly lower than those untreated group (p<0,05. Conclusion: Mercury vapor inhalation may cause necrosis on brain cells. Administration of green tea extract as an antioxidant reduced the amount of mercury-induced necrotic brain cells in mice.DOI: 10.14693/jdi.v20i2.151

  20. The Effect of Mercury Vapor and the Role of Green Tea Extract on Brain Cells

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    2013-01-01

    Mercury is a wellknown toxic metal that is capable to induce free radical-induced oxidative stress. It can cause human disease including brain disorders. Objective: To identify the effect of mercury vapor inhalation on brain cells and the role of green tea extract (Camellia sinensis) as antioxidant on the brain cells exposed to mercury. Methods: Fourty-eight male Mus musculus were divided into 8 groups, which were given treatment for 3 and 6 weeks. Group A did not receive any treatment and se...

  1. Integration of polymer electrolytes in dye sensitized solar cells by initiated chemical vapor deposition

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    The mesoporous titanium dioxide electrode of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) has been successfully filled with polymer electrolyte to replace the conventional liquid electrolyte. Polymer electrolyte was directly synthesized and deposited using the initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) process, and an iodide-triiodide redox couple in different redox solvents was then incorporated into the polymer. We have investigated different candidate polymer electrolytes, including poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA). The open circuit voltage of cells fabricated with iCVD PHEMA was found to be higher when compared with a liquid electrolyte that is attributed to a lower rate of electron recombination.

  2. Analysis on Alkali Metal Migration Law in Process of Eucalyptus Branches Direct Combustion%桉树枝直燃利用过程中碱金属迁移规律分析

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    韦威; 廖艳芬; 陈拓; 马晓茜; 杨云金; 余勇强

    2014-01-01

    For knowing alkali metal migration law in eucalyptus branches burned in some biomass power plant,this paper studies it by combustion experiment.The experimental sample is eucalyptus branch particle with grain size of 1 80μm which is used for repeat combustion experiment in pipe burner in order to get residual samples under different temperatures and with different combustion time.By proximate analysis on residual samples,it is able to get combustion laws of volatiles and fixed carbon.The experimental result shows that volatility of alkali metal in eucalyptus branches is very strong and there is 87%potassium released into gas phase in process of high temperature burning.Meanwhile,precipitation of alkali metal is speeding up with increase of temperature and precipitation volume dose is increasing with temperature and stop time.In addition,tak-ing kaolin as additive,it conducts quantitative analysis on its impact on retention rate of alkali metal in ash.The analysis re-sult indicates that kaolin has very good retention role for alkali metal in eucalyptus branches and retention effect of 5% kao-lin is the best.%为了解某生物质电厂燃用的桉树枝的碱金属迁移规律,对其进行了燃烧实验研究。实验样品为粒径180μm的桉树枝颗粒,在管式燃烧器中进行燃烧重复实验,获得不同温度和燃烧时间下的残留物样品,然后对残留物进行工业分析,获得挥发分、固定碳的燃烧规律;实验结果表明桉树枝碱金属挥发性很强,高温燃尽时有87%的钾释放进入气相,碱金属的析出随温度的增高而加快,析出总量也随温度和停留时间而增加。另外,以高岭土作为添加剂,定量分析了其对桉树枝碱金属在灰渣中的固留率的影响,分析结果表明高岭土对桉树枝的碱金属有很好固留作用,5%的高岭土添加量固留效果最佳。

  3. Bifacial solar cell with SnS absorber by vapor transport deposition

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    The SnS absorber layer in solar cell devices was produced by vapor transport deposition (VTD), which is a low-cost manufacturing method for solar modules. The performance of solar cells consisting of Si/Mo/SnS/ZnO/indium tin oxide (ITO) was limited by the SnS layer's surface texture and field-dependent carrier collection. For improved performance, a fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate was used in place of the Mo to smooth the topography of the VTD SnS and to make bifacial solar cells, which are potentially useful for multijunction applications. A bifacial SnS solar cell consisting of glass/FTO/SnS/CdS/ZnO/ITO demonstrated front- and back-side power conversion efficiencies of 1.2% and 0.2%, respectively.

  4. Bifacial solar cell with SnS absorber by vapor transport deposition

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    Wangperawong, Artit [Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Hsu, Po-Chun; Yee, Yesheng; Herron, Steven M.; Clemens, Bruce M.; Cui, Yi; Bent, Stacey F., E-mail: sbent@stanford.edu [Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)

    2014-10-27

    The SnS absorber layer in solar cell devices was produced by vapor transport deposition (VTD), which is a low-cost manufacturing method for solar modules. The performance of solar cells consisting of Si/Mo/SnS/ZnO/indium tin oxide (ITO) was limited by the SnS layer's surface texture and field-dependent carrier collection. For improved performance, a fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate was used in place of the Mo to smooth the topography of the VTD SnS and to make bifacial solar cells, which are potentially useful for multijunction applications. A bifacial SnS solar cell consisting of glass/FTO/SnS/CdS/ZnO/ITO demonstrated front- and back-side power conversion efficiencies of 1.2% and 0.2%, respectively.

  5. Bifacial solar cell with SnS absorber by vapor transport deposition

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    Wangperawong, Artit; Hsu, Po-Chun; Yee, Yesheng; Herron, Steven M.; Clemens, Bruce M.; Cui, Yi; Bent, Stacey F.

    2014-10-01

    The SnS absorber layer in solar cell devices was produced by vapor transport deposition (VTD), which is a low-cost manufacturing method for solar modules. The performance of solar cells consisting of Si/Mo/SnS/ZnO/indium tin oxide (ITO) was limited by the SnS layer's surface texture and field-dependent carrier collection. For improved performance, a fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate was used in place of the Mo to smooth the topography of the VTD SnS and to make bifacial solar cells, which are potentially useful for multijunction applications. A bifacial SnS solar cell consisting of glass/FTO/SnS/CdS/ZnO/ITO demonstrated front- and back-side power conversion efficiencies of 1.2% and 0.2%, respectively.

  6. Vapor of volatile oils from Litsea cubeba seed induces apoptosis and causes cell cycle arrest in lung cancer cells.

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    Full Text Available Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC is a major killer in cancer related human death. Its therapeutic intervention requires superior efficient molecule(s as it often becomes resistant to present chemotherapy options. Here we report that vapor of volatile oil compounds obtained from Litsea cubeba seeds killed human NSCLC cells, A549, through the induction of apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. Vapor generated from the combined oils (VCO deactivated Akt, a key player in cancer cell survival and proliferation. Interestingly VCO dephosphorylated Akt at both Ser(473 and Thr(308; through the suppression of mTOR and pPDK1 respectively. As a consequence of this, diminished phosphorylation of Bad occurred along with the decreased Bcl-xL expression. This subsequently enhanced Bax levels permitting the release of mitochondrial cytochrome c into the cytosol which concomitantly activated caspase 9 and caspase 3 resulting apoptotic cell death. Impairment of Akt activation by VCO also deactivated Mdm2 that effected overexpression of p53 which in turn upregulated p21 expression. This causes enhanced p21 binding to cyclin D1 that halted G1 to S phase progression. Taken together, VCO produces two prong effects on lung cancer cells, it induces apoptosis and blocked cancer cell proliferation, both occurred due to the deactivation of Akt. In addition, it has another crucial advantage: VCO could be directly delivered to lung cancer tissue through inhalation.

  7. Investigating the Effect of Pyridine Vapor Treatment on Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Ong, Alison [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-08-20

    Perovskite photovoltaics have recently come to prominence as a viable alternative to crystalline silicon based solar cells. In an effort to create consistent and high-quality films, we studied the effect of various annealing conditions as well as the effect of pyridine vapor treatment on mixed halide methylammonium lead perovskite films. Of six conditions tested, we found that annealing at 100°C for 90 minutes followed by 120°C for 15 minutes resulted in the purest perovskite. Perovskite films made using that condition were treated with pyridine for various amounts of time, and the effects on perovskite microstructure were studied using x-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and time-resolved photoluminescence lifetime analysis (TRPL). A previous study found that pyridine vapor caused perovskite films to have higher photoluminescence intensity and become more homogenous. In this study we found that the effects of pyridine are more complex: while films appeared to become more homogenous, a decrease in bulk photoluminescence lifetime was observed. In addition, the perovskite bandgap appeared to decrease with increased pyridine treatment time. Finally, X-ray diffraction showed that pyridine vapor treatment increased the perovskite (110) peak intensity but also often gave rise to new unidentified peaks, suggesting the formation of a foreign species. It was observed that the intensity of this unknown species had an inverse correlation with the increase in perovskite peak intensity, and also seemed to be correlated with the decrease in TRPL lifetime.

  8. Investigating the Effect of Pyridine Vapor Treatment on Perovskite Solar Cells - Oral Presentation

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    Ong, Alison J. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-08-25

    Perovskite photovoltaics have recently come to prominence as a viable alternative to crystalline silicon based solar cells. In an effort to create consistent and high-quality films, we studied the effect of various annealing conditions as well as the effect of pyridine vapor treatment on mixed halide methylammonium lead perovskite films. Of six conditions tested, we found that annealing at 100 degree Celsius for 90 minutes followed by 120 degree Celsius for 15 minutes resulted in the purest perovskite. Perovskite films made using that condition were treated with pyridine for various amounts of time, and the effects on perovskite microstructure were studied using x-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and time-resolved photoluminescence lifetime analysis (TRPL). A previous study found that pyridine vapor caused perovskite films to have higher photoluminescence intensity and become more homogenous. In this study we found that the effects of pyridine are more complex: while films appeared to become more homogenous, a decrease in bulkphotoluminescence lifetime was observed. In addition, the perovskite bandgap appeared to decrease with increased pyridine treatment time. Finally, X-ray diffraction showed that pyridine vapor treatment increased the perovskite (110) peak intensity but also often gave rise to new unidentified peaks, suggesting the formation of a foreign species. It was observed that the intensity of this unknown species had an inverse correlation with the increase in perovskite peak intensity, and also seemed to be correlated with the decrease in TRPL lifetime.

  9. Corrosion testing of zirconia, beryllia and magnesia ceramics in molten alkali metal carbonates at 900 °C

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    Kaplan, Valery; Bendikov, Tatyana; Feldman, Yishay; Gartsman, Konstantin; Wachtel, Ellen; Lubomirsky, Igor

    2016-01-01

    An electrochemical cell containing molten Li2CO3-Li2O at 900 °C has been proposed for the conversion of the greenhouse gas CO2 to CO for chemical energy storage. In the current work, we have examined the corrosion resistance of zirconia, beryllia and magnesia ceramics at 900 °C in the Li2CO3-Li2O and Li-Na-K carbonate eutectic mixtures to identify suitable electrically insulating materials. Conclusions regarding material stability were based on elemental analysis of the melt, primarily via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, a particularly sensitive technique. It was found that magnesia is completely stable for at least 33 h in a Li2CO3-Li2O melt, while a combined lithium titanate/lithium zirconate layer forms on the zirconia ceramic as detected by XRD. Under the same melt conditions, beryllia shows considerable leaching into solution. In a Li-Na-K carbonate eutectic mixture containing 10.2 mol% oxide at 900 °C under standard atmospheric conditions, magnesia showed no signs of degradation. Stabilization of the zirconia content of the eutectic mixture at 0.01-0.02 at% after 2 h is explained by the formation of a lithium zirconate coating on the ceramic. On the basis of these results, we conclude that only magnesia can be satisfactorily used as an insulating material in electrolysis cells containing Li2CO3-Li2O melts.

  10. Thermodynamic properties of two mixed alkali metal borates with NLO behaviour: Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14

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    Highlights: • Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14 have been synthesized and characterized. • The enthalpies of solution of title two borates were measured. • The enthalpies of solution of LiCl·H2O(s) were measured. • ΔfHmo for title two borates were obtained by the thermochemical cycles. -- Abstract: Two pure mixed alkali metal borates with Non-Linear Optical (NLO) properties, Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14, have been synthesized by a high-temperature solid state reaction, and characterized by XRD, FT-IR, DTA-TG techniques and chemical analysis. The molar enthalpies of solution of Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14 in 1 mol · dm−3 HCl (aq), and of LiCl·H2O(s) in (1 mol · dm−3 HCl + H3BO3 + RbCl/CsCl) (aq) have been determined by microcalorimeter at T = 298.15 K, respectively. From these data and with the incorporation of the previously determined enthalpy of solution of H3BO3(s) in 1 mol · dm−3 HCl (aq), together with the use of the standard molar enthalpies of formation for LiCl·H2O(s), RbCl(s)/CsCl(s), H3BO3(s), HCl(aq) and H2O(l), the standard molar enthalpies of formation of −(11173.1 ± 9.5) kJ · mol−1 for Li6Rb5B11O22 and −(7145.1 ± 5.9) kJ · mol−1 for Li4Cs3B7O14 were obtained on the basis of the appropriate thermochemical cycles

  11. Alkali metal ions transfer across a water/1,2-dichloroethane interface facilitated by a novel monoaza-B15C5 derivative

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    Zhan Dongping; Yuan Yi; Xiao Yanjing; Wu Bingliang; Shao Yuanhua

    2002-10-30

    In this paper, a novel monoaza-B15C5 derivative, N-(2-tosylamino)-isopentyl-monoaza-15-crown-5 (L), is used as an ionophore to facilitate alkali metal cations transfer across a water/1,2-dichloroethane (W/DCE) interface. Well-defined voltammetric behaviors are observed at the polarized W/DCE interfaces supported at micro- and nano-pipets except Cs{sup +}. The diffusion coefficient of this ionophore in the DCE phase is calculated to be equal to (3.3{+-}0.2)x10{sup -6} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}. The experimental results indicate that a 1:1 (metal:ionophore) complex is formed at the interface with a TIC/TID mechanism. The selectivity of this ionophore towards alkali ions follows the sequence Na{sup +}>Li{sup +}>K{sup +}>Rb{sup +}>Cs{sup +}. The logarithm of the association constants (log {beta}{sub 1}{sup o}) of the LiL{sup +}, NaL{sup +}, KL{sup +} and RbL{sup +} complexes in the DCE phase are calculated to be 10.6, 11.6, 9.0 and 7.1, respectively. The kinetic parameters are determined by steady-state voltammograms using nanopipets. The standard rate constants (k{sup 0}) for Li{sup +}, Na{sup +}, K{sup +} and Rb{sup +} transfers facilitated by L are 0.54{+-}0.05, 0.63{+-}0.09, 0.51{+-}0.04 and 0.46{+-}0.06 cm s{sup -1}, respectively. The pH values of aqueous solution have little effect on the electrochemical behaviors of these facilitated processes. The results predicate that this new type of ionophore might be useful to fabricate electrochemical sensor of sodium ion.

  12. Electromagnetically-induced transparency in Cs and Rb in the same vapor cell

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    Simons, Matt; Gordon, Joshua; Holloway, Christopher

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate simultaneous electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT) in both cesium and rubidium in the same vapor cell with coincident optical fields. Each atomic system can detect radio frequency (RF) field strengths through modification of the EIT signal. We show that these two systems can detect the same RF field strength simultaneously. This allows us to perform the same measurement in two effective ``laboratories,'' providing an immediate independent reference, which will lead to an SI-traceable RF E-field measurement. We examine the impact of coincident, simultaneous EIT on RF field metrology and the EIT signal.

  13. Thin film cadmium telluride solar cells by two chemical vapor deposition techniques

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    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) has long been recognized as a promising thin film photovoltaic material. In this work, polycrystalline p-CdTe films have been deposited by two chemical vapor deposition techniques, namely the combination of vapors of elements (CVE) and close-spaced sublimation (CSS). The CVE technique is more flexible in controlling the composition of deposited films while the CSS technique can provide very high deposition rates. The resistivity of p-CdTe films deposited by the CVE and CSS techniques can be controlled by intrinsic (cadmium vacancies) or extrinsic (arsenic or antimony) doping, and the lowest resistivity obtainable is about 200 ..cap omega.. cm. Both front-wall (CdTe/TCS/glass) and back-wall (TCS/CdTe/substrate) cells have been prepared. The back-wall cells are less efficient because of the high and irreproducible p-CdTe-substrate interface resistance. The CSS technique is superior to the CVE technique because of its simplicity and high deposition rates; however, the cleaning of the substrate in situ is more difficult. The interface cleanliness is an important factor determining the electrical and photovoltaic characteristics of the heterojunction. Heterojunction CdS/CdTe solar cells of area 1 cm/sup 2/ with conversion efficiencies higher than 10% have been prepared and junction properties characterized.

  14. Widefield Microwave Imaging in Alkali Vapor Cells with sub-100 um Resolution

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    Horsley, Andrew; Treutlein, Philipp

    2015-01-01

    We report on widefield microwave vector field imaging with sub um resolution using a microfabricated alkali vapor cell. The setup can additionally image dc magnetic fields, and can be configured to image microwave electric fields. Our camera-based widefield imaging system records 2D images with a 6x6 mm2 field of view at a rate of 10 Hz. It provides up to 50 um spatial resolution, and allows imaging of fields as close as 150 um above structures, through the use of thin external cell walls. This is crucial in allowing us to take practical advantage of the high spatial resolution, as feature sizes in near-fields are on the order of the distance from their source, and represents an order of magnitude improvement in surface-feature resolution compared to previous vapor cell experiments. We present microwave and dc magnetic field images above a selection of devices, demonstrating a microwave sensitivity of 1.4 uT/sqrt-Hz per 50x50x140 um3 voxel, at present limited by the speed of our camera system. Since we image ...

  15. Investigating the effects of methanol-water vapor mixture on a PBI-based high temperature PEM fuel cell

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    Araya, Samuel Simon; Andreasen, Søren Juhl; Nielsen, Heidi Venstrup;

    2012-01-01

    This paper investigates the effects of methanol and water vapor on the performance of a high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (HT-PEMFC). A H3PO4-doped polybenzimidazole (PBI) membrane electrode assembly (MEA), Celtec P2100 of 45 cm2 of active surface area from BASF was employed. A...... long-term durability test of around 1250 h was performed, in which the concentrations of methanol-water vapor mixture in the anode feed gas were varied. The fuel cell showed a continuous performance decay in the presence of vapor mixtures of methanol and water of 5% and 8% by volume in anode feed....... Impedance measurements followed by equivalent circuit fitting revealed that the effects were most significant for intermediate-high frequency resistances, implying that charge transfer losses were the most significant losses. Vapor mixture of 3% in feed, however, when introduced after operation at 8...

  16. Homojunction GaAs solar cells grown by close space vapor transport

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    Boucher, Jason W. [University of Oregon; Ritenour, Andrew J. [University of Oregon; Greenaway, Ann L. [University of Oregon; Aloni, Shaul [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Boettcher, Shannon W. [University of Oregon

    2014-06-08

    We report on the first pn junction solar cells grown by homoepitaxy of GaAs using close space vapor transport (CSVT). Cells were grown both on commercial wafer substrates and on a CSVT absorber film, and had efficiencies reaching 8.1%, open circuit voltages reaching 909 mV, and internal quantum efficiency of 90%. The performance of these cells is partly limited by the electron diffusion lengths in the wafer substrates, as evidenced by the improved peak internal quantum efficiency in devices fabricated on a CSVT absorber film. Unoptimized highly-doped n-type emitters also limit the photocurrent, indicating that thinner emitters with reduced doping, and ultimately wider band gap window or surface passivation layers, are required to increase the efficiency.

  17. Selectivity of externally facing ion-binding sites in the Na/K pump to alkali metals and organic cations.

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    Ratheal, Ian M; Virgin, Gail K; Yu, Haibo; Roux, Benoît; Gatto, Craig; Artigas, Pablo

    2010-10-26

    The Na/K pump is a P-type ATPase that exchanges three intracellular Na(+) ions for two extracellular K(+) ions through the plasmalemma of nearly all animal cells. The mechanisms involved in cation selection by the pump's ion-binding sites (site I and site II bind either Na(+) or K(+); site III binds only Na(+)) are poorly understood. We studied cation selectivity by outward-facing sites (high K(+) affinity) of Na/K pumps expressed in Xenopus oocytes, under voltage clamp. Guanidinium(+), methylguanidinium(+), and aminoguanidinium(+) produced two phenomena possibly reflecting actions at site III: (i) voltage-dependent inhibition (VDI) of outwardly directed pump current at saturating K(+), and (ii) induction of pump-mediated, guanidinium-derivative-carried inward current at negative potentials without Na(+) and K(+). In contrast, formamidinium(+) and acetamidinium(+) induced K(+)-like outward currents. Measurement of ouabain-sensitive ATPase activity and radiolabeled cation uptake confirmed that these cations are external K(+) congeners. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that bound organic cations induce minor distortion of the binding sites. Among tested metals, only Li(+) induced Na(+)-like VDI, whereas all metals tested except Na(+) induced K(+)-like outward currents. Pump-mediated K(+)-like organic cation transport challenges the concept of rigid structural models in which ion specificity at site I and site II arises from a precise and unique arrangement of coordinating ligands. Furthermore, actions by guanidinium(+) derivatives suggest that Na(+) binds to site III in a hydrated form and that the inward current observed without external Na(+) and K(+) represents cation transport when normal occlusion at sites I and II is impaired. These results provide insights on external ion selectivity at the three binding sites. PMID:20937860

  18. Characteristics of the Na/beta-alumina/Na cell as a sodium vapor pressure sensor

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    The EMF and voltage-current characteristics for a galvanic cell with the configuration Na vapor (P1)/sodium beta-alumina/Na vapor (P2) were studied. It was verified that the EMF followed the Nernst relation over a wide pressure range. For example, when P1 = 2 x 10-2 mm Hg and beta-alumina temperature = 3400C, the measured EMF agreed with the calculated value in P2 range from 10-5 to 10-2 mm Hg. At lower pressure range, the measured EMF showed a negative deviation. Coexisting argon gas did not influence the cell EMF characteristic. In an atmosphere containing oxygen, the measured EMF was very high at first. Then it decreased and finally approached a value which agreed with the Nernst equation after several hours. At low beta-alumina temperatures, current saturation was observed in the voltage versus current relation with the anode on the P2 side. Although the sodium pressure could be determined from saturating current measurement, the measurable pressure range was narrower than that for EMF measurement. At high beta-alumina temperature, current saturation was not clear. Values of 6 x 10-6 (Ω cm)-1 for the electron conductivity and 6 x 10-10 (Ω cm)-1 for the hole conductivity at 3400C were obtained for beta-alumina from the voltage-current characteristics at low sodium pressure. (Auth.)

  19. Fabrication of CdTe solar cells by laser-driven physical vapor deposition

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    Compaan, A.; Bhat, A.; Tabory, C.; Liu, S.; Nguyen, M.; Aydinli, A.; Tsien, L.H.; Bohn, R.G. (Toledo Univ., OH (USA). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy)

    1991-05-01

    Polycrystalline cadmium sulfide-cadmium telluride heterojunction solar cells were fabricated for the first time using a laser-driven physical vapor deposition method. An XeCl excimer laser was used to deposit both of the II-VI semiconductor layers in a single vacuum chamber from pressed powder targets. Results are presented from optical absorption. Raman scattering, X-ray diffraction, and electrical characterization of the films. Solar cells were fabricated by deposition onto SnO{sub 2}-coated glass with top contacts produced by gold evaporation. Device performance was evaluated from the spectral quantum efficiency and current-voltage measurements in the dark and with air mass 1.5 solar illumination. (orig.).

  20. Optical measurements of strong microwave fields with Rydberg atoms in a vapor cell

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    Anderson, David A; Gordon, Joshua A; Butler, Miranda L; Holloway, Christopher L; Raithel, Georg

    2016-01-01

    We present a spectral analysis of Rydberg atoms in strong microwave fields using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) as an all-optical readout. The measured spectroscopic response enables optical, atom-based electric field measurements of high-power microwaves. In our experiments, microwaves are irradiated into a room-temperature rubidium vapor cell. The microwaves are tuned near the two-photon 65D-66D Rydberg transition and reach an electric field strength of 230V/m, about 20% of the microwave ionization threshold of these atoms. A Floquet treatment is used to model the Rydberg level energies and their excitation rates. We arrive at an empirical model for the field-strength distribution inside the spectroscopic cell that yields excellent overall agreement between the measured and calculated Rydberg EIT-Floquet spectra. Using spectral features in the Floquet maps we achieve an absolute strong-field measurement precision of 6%.

  1. Optical Measurements of Strong Microwave Fields with Rydberg Atoms in a Vapor Cell

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    Anderson, D. A.; Miller, S. A.; Raithel, G.; Gordon, J. A.; Butler, M. L.; Holloway, C. L.

    2016-03-01

    We present a spectral analysis of Rydberg atoms in strong microwave fields using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) as an all-optical readout. The measured spectroscopic response enables optical, atom-based electric-field measurements of high-power microwaves. In our experiments, microwaves are irradiated into a room-temperature rubidium vapor cell. The microwaves are tuned near the two-photon 65 D -66 D Rydberg transition and reach an electric-field strength of 230 V /m , about 20% of the microwave-ionization threshold of these atoms. A Floquet treatment is used to model the Rydberg-level energies and their excitation rates. We arrive at an empirical model for the field-strength distribution inside the spectroscopic cell that yields excellent overall agreement between the measured and calculated Rydberg EIT-Floquet spectra. Using spectral features in the Floquet maps, we achieve an absolute strong-field measurement precision of 6%.

  2. Investigating the Effect of Water Vapor and Residual Methanol on the Anode of High Temperature PEM Fuel Cell

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    Thomas, Sobi; Araya, Samuel Simon; Kær, Søren Knudsen;

    The objective is to understand the effect of methanol and water vapor separately on a high temperature PEM fuel cell. An investigation was performed with different anode fuel compositions and results in terms of performance and impedance analyzed. During the initial 1000 h, cell was tested with......, which suggest an improvement of total cell resistance also supported by the impedance comparison. There is no or minimal variation in performance with the introduction of 1 % methanol along with water vapor in the anode feed at 0.2 A cm-2 and 0.6A cm-2 ....... pure hydrogen under varying current densities of 0.2 A cm-2 and 0.6 A cm-2, followed by hydrogen mixed with 15 % water vapor and then with 1 % methanol. The degradation rates at two current densities 0.2 A cm-2 and 0.6 A cm-2 were analyzed and discussed. The degradation at higher current density is...

  3. Evaluation of E-Cigarette Liquid Vapor and Mainstream Cigarette Smoke after Direct Exposure of Primary Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells

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    Stefanie Scheffler

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available E-cigarettes are emerging products, often described as “reduced-risk” nicotine products or alternatives to combustible cigarettes. Many smokers switch to e-cigarettes to quit or significantly reduce smoking. However, no regulations for e-cigarettes are currently into force, so that the quality and safety of e-liquids is not necessarily guaranteed. We exposed primary human bronchial epithelial cells of two different donors to vapor of e-cigarette liquid with or without nicotine, vapor of the carrier substances propylene glycol and glycerol as well as to mainstream smoke of K3R4F research cigarettes. The exposure was done in a CULTEX® RFS compact  module, allowing the exposure of the cells at the air-liquid interface. 24 h post-exposure, cell viability and oxidative stress levels in the cells were analyzed. We found toxicological effects of e-cigarette vapor and the pure carrier substances, whereas the nicotine concentration did not have an effect on the cell viability. The viability of mainstream smoke cigarette exposed cells was 4.5–8 times lower and the oxidative stress levels 4.5–5 times higher than those of e-cigarette vapor exposed cells, depending on the donor. Our experimental setup delivered reproducible data and thus provides the opportunity for routine testing of e-cigarette liquids to ensure safety and quality for the user.

  4. Syntheses and characterization of one-dimensional alkali metal antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs)

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    Yohannan, Jinu P.; Vidyasagar, Kanamaluru, E-mail: kvsagar@iitm.ac.in

    2015-01-15

    Three new isostructural quaternary antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs) have been synthesized by using alkali metal thiosulfate flux and structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction. Their structures contain A{sup +} ions around the [Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10}]{sup 2−} chains, which are built from SbS{sub 3} pyramids, SnS{sub 6} octahedra and SnS{sub 4} tetrahedra. Raman and Mössbauer spectroscopic measurements corroborate the oxidation states and coordination environments of Sb(III) and Sn(IV). All three compounds are wide band gap semiconductors. Potassium compound undergoes partial exchange with strontium, cadmium and lead ions. - Graphical abstract: Syntheses, crystal structure, spectroscopic and partial ion-exchange studies of new one-dimensional alkali metal antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs) are described. - Highlights: • Syntheses of new alkali metal antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs). • Wide band gap semiconductors with one-dimensional structure. • Topotactic partial exchange of K{sup +} ions of K{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} with Sr{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+} and Pb{sup 2+} ions.

  5. New hypodiphosphates of the alkali metals: Synthesis, crystal structure and vibrational spectra of the hypodiphosphates(IV) M{sub 2}[(H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})(H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})] (M=Rb and Cs)

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    Wu, Peng [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie der TU Clausthal, Paul-Ernst-Strasse 4, D-38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany); Wiegand, Thomas; Eckert, Hellmut [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie and Graduate School of Chemistry, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Corrensstr. 28/30, D-48149 Muenster (Germany); Gjikaj, Mimoza, E-mail: mimoza.gjikaj@tu-clausthal.de [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie der TU Clausthal, Paul-Ernst-Strasse 4, D-38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    The new hypodiphosphates(IV) Rb{sub 2}[(H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})(H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})] (1) and Cs{sub 2}[(H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})(H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})] (2) were synthesized by soft chemistry reactions from aqueous solutions of hypophosphoric acid and the corresponding heavy alkali-metal carbonates. Their crystal structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Both compounds crystallize isotypic in the triclinic space group P-1 with one formula unit in the unit cell. The structures are built up by discrete (H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}){sup 2-} and (H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}) units in staggered conformation for the P{sub 2}O{sub 6} skeleton and the corresponding alkali-metal cations. In the (H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}){sup 2-} ion the hydrogen atoms are in a 'trans-trans' conformation. O{center_dot}H-O hydrogen bonds between the (H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}){sup 2-} and (H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}) groups consolidate the structures into a three-dimensional network. The FT-Raman and {sup 31}P and {sup 1}H and MAS NMR spectra of the title compounds have been recorded and interpreted, especially with respect to their assignment to the (H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}){sup 2-} and (H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}) groups. Thermogravimetric data of 2 have been interpreted in terms of a thermal decomposition model. - Graphical Abstract: The layered compounds Rb{sub 2}[(H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})(H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})] and Cs{sub 2}[(H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})(H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})] have been synthesized and investigated. Both crystallize isotypic. The structures are built up by discrete (H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}){sup 2-} and (H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6}) units and the corresponding alkali-metal cations. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis and single-crystal structure of new alkali hypodiphosphates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structures are characterized by [(H{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})(H{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 6})]{sup 2-} units and M

  6. Evidence of Production of Neutral Cl35 Atoms by the Cl35 (n, p)S35 Process in Alkali Metal Chlorides

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    A number of investigations reported in the literature have shown that S35 produced by the Cl35 (n, p)S35 process in neutron-irradiated alkali metal halides may be separated as S= , SO=3 and SO=4 after the irradiated crystals are dissolved in aqueous solutions of the appropriate carriers. The relative amounts of the three chemical forms depend on the purity of the sample and the conditions of irradiation and analysis. Attempts to identify neutral S35 atoms among the products of the neutron irradiation have been limited by the fact that elemental sulphur is too insoluble to use as a carrier in aqueous solution and by the exchange and adsorption processes which interfere when heterogeneous extraction processes are used. However, we have observed chemical evidence for an S35 species with properties which might be expected for neutral monatomic sulphur. When vacuum-sublimed, neutron-irradiated KCl is dissolved in degassed 0.3N aqueous NaOH containing S=, SO=3 and SO=4 , analysis for the three species typically shows 90% of the S35 activity as S=, 7% as SO=3 and 3% as SO=4 . When an identical experiment is done in which the carriers are added to the 0.3N NaOH solution after adding the KCl the typical S35 yields are 30% S=, 30% SO3 and 40% SO=4. Thus some 60% of the S35 species found in the S=3 fraction when the KCl is dissolved in the presence of carriers is found as SO=4 and SO=3 when the carriers are added after dissolution of the KCl. Since monatomic sulphur is thermodynamically unstable in H2O with respect to oxidation (ΔF = -5900 kcal/mole for S + 4H2O → 3H2O → 3H2 + H2SO4), and since it would also be expected to exchange readily with S= carrier these results suggest that some 60% of the S35 may be present in the irradiated KCl crystals as neutral monatomic S. Similar evidence for neutral S35 atoms has been obtained from neutron-irradiated crystals of NaCl, RbCl and CsCl. The effects of S= carrier concentration at the time of dissolution and of gamma

  7. Investigation of metalorganic chemical vapor deposition grown CdTe/CdS solar cells

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    Sudharsanan, R.; Rohatgi, A. (Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta (USA). School of Electrical Engineering)

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    Polycrystalline CdTe films were grown on CdS/SnO{sub 2}/glass substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for solar cell applications. Cells fabricated on these films showed efficiency of 9.7% which is the highest efficiency reported so far for MOCVD grown CdTe solar cells. The bias-dependent spectral response of the 9.7% efficient cell showed an external quantum efficiency greater than 0.85 at zero bias but a significant wavelength-independent reduction in spectral response at higher voltages. The interface recombination model was used to calculate the interface collection function term to quantify the open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) and fill factor losses in the high efficiency cell. It was found that the interface recombination reduces the V{sub oc} and fill factor by 60 mV and 0.1 respectively. It was estimated that efficiency as high as 13.5% can be achieved by improving CdTe/CdS interface quality. (orig.).

  8. Chromium vaporization from mechanically deformed pre-coated interconnects in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Falk-Windisch, Hannes; Sattari, Mohammad; Svensson, Jan-Erik; Froitzheim, Jan

    2015-11-01

    Cathode poisoning, associated with Cr evaporation from interconnect material, is one of the most important degradation mechanisms in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells when Cr2O3-forming steels are used as the interconnect material. Coating these steels with a thin Co layer has proven to decrease Cr vaporization. To reduce production costs, it is suggested that thin metallic PVD coatings be applied to each steel strip before pressing the material into interconnect shape. This process would enable high volume production without the need for an extra post-coating step. However, when the pre-coated material is mechanically deformed, cracks may form and lower the quality of the coating. In the present study, Chromium volatilization is measured in an air-3% H2O environment at 850 °C for 336 h. Three materials coated with 600 nm Co are investigated and compared to an uncoated material. The effect of deformation is investigated on real interconnects. Microscopy observations reveal the presence of cracks in the order of several μm on the deformed pre-coated steel. However, upon exposure, the cracks can heal and form a continuous surface oxide rich in Co and Mn. As an effect of the rapid healing, no increase in Cr vaporization is measured for the pre-coated material.

  9. Transcriptome sequencing reveals e-cigarette vapor and mainstream-smoke from tobacco cigarettes activate different gene expression profiles in human bronchial epithelial cells.

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    Shen, Yifei; Wolkowicz, Michael J; Kotova, Tatyana; Fan, Lonjiang; Timko, Michael P

    2016-01-01

    Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) generate an aerosol vapor (e-vapor) thought to represent a less risky alternative to main stream smoke (MSS) of conventional tobacco cigarettes. RNA-seq analysis was used to examine the transcriptomes of differentiated human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells exposed to air, MSS from 1R5F tobacco reference cigarettes, and e-vapor with and without added nicotine in an in vitro air-liquid interface model for cellular exposure. Our results indicate that while e-vapor does not elicit many of the cell toxicity responses observed in MSS-exposed HBE cells, e-vapor exposure is not benign, but elicits discrete transcriptomic signatures with and without added nicotine. Among the cellular pathways with the most significantly enriched gene expression following e-vapor exposure are the phospholipid and fatty acid triacylglycerol metabolism pathways. Our data suggest that alterations in cellular glycerophopholipid biosynthesis are an important consequences of e-vapor exposure. Moreover, the presence of nicotine in e-vapor elicits a cellular response distinct from e-vapor alone including alterations of cytochrome P450 function, retinoid metabolism, and nicotine catabolism. These studies establish a baseline for future analysis of e-vapor and e-vapor additives that will better inform the FDA and other governmental bodies in discussions of the risks and future regulation of these products. PMID:27041137

  10. Solvent Vapor Treatment Effects on Poly(3-hexylthiophene Thin Films and its Application for Interpenetrating Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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    Masanori Ozaki

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The solvent vapor treatment (SVT for poly(3-hexylthiophene (PAT6 films and its application to interpenetrating heterojunction organic solar cells have been studied. It was found that SVT could improve the crystallinity and electrical characteristics of the PAT6 films. We fabricated organic solar cells with an interpenetrating structure of PAT6 and fullerenes utilizing the SVT process, and discuss the improved performance of the solar cells by taking the film crystallinity, optical properties, and morphology into consideration.

  11. Characterization of Cs vapor cell coated with octadecyltrichlorosilane using coherent population trapping spectroscopy

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    Hafiz, Moustafa Abdel; Chutani, Ravinder; Passilly, Nicolas; Gorecki, Christophe; Guérandel, Stéphane; de Clercq, Emeric; Boudot, Rodolphe

    2015-01-01

    We report the realization and characterization using coherent population trapping (CPT) spectroscopy of an octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS)-coated centimeter-scale Cs vapor cell. The dual-structure of the resonance lineshape, with presence of a narrow structure line at the top of a Doppler-broadened structure, is clearly observed. The linewidth of the narrow resonance is compared to the linewidth of an evacuated Cs cell and of a buffer gas Cs cell of similar size. The Cs-OTS adsorption energy is measured to be (0.42 $\\pm$ 0.03) eV, leading to a clock frequency shift rate of $2.7\\times10^{-9}/$K in fractional unit. A hyperfine population lifetime, $T_1$, and a microwave coherence lifetime, $T_2$, of 1.6 and 0.5 ms are reported, corresponding to about 37 and 12 useful bounces, respectively. Atomic-motion induced Ramsey narrowing of dark resonances is observed in Cs-OTS cells by reducing the optical beam diameter. Ramsey CPT fringes are detected using a pulsed CPT interrogation scheme. Potential applications of th...

  12. Frequency-Tunable Microwave Field Detection in an Atomic Vapor Cell

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    Horsley, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    We use an atomic vapor cell as a frequency tunable microwave field detector operating at frequencies from GHz to tens of GHz. We detect microwave magnetic fields from 2.3 GHz to 26.4 GHz, and measure the amplitude of the sigma+ component of an 18 GHz microwave field. Our proof-of-principle demonstration represents a four orders of magnitude extension of the frequency tunable range of atomic magnetometers from their previous dc to several MHz range. When integrated with a high resolution microwave imaging system, this will allow for the complete reconstruction of the vector components of a microwave magnetic field and the relative phase between them. Potential applications include near-field characterisation of microwave circuitry and devices, and medical microwave sensing and imaging.

  13. Characterizing passive coherent population trapping resonance in a cesium vapor cell filled with neon buffer gas

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    We present a pair of phase-locked lasers with a 9.2-GHz frequency difference through the injection locking of a master laser to the RF-modulation sideband of a slave diode laser. Using this laser system, a coherent population trapping (CPT) signal with a typical linewidth of ∼ 182 Hz is obtained in a cesium vapor cell filled with 30 Torr (4 kPa) of neon as the buffer gas. We investigate the influence of the partial pressure of the neon buffer gas on the CPT linewidth, amplitude, and frequency shift. The results may offer some references for CPT atomic clocks and CPT atomic magnetometers. (atomic and molecular physics)

  14. 40 CFR Table 5 to Subpart IIIii of... - Required Elements of Floor-Level Mercury Vapor Measurement and Cell Room Monitoring Plans

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    2010-07-01

    ... Mercury Vapor Measurement and Cell Room Monitoring Plans 5 Table 5 to Subpart IIIII of Part 63 Protection... Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mercury Emissions From Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants Pt. 63, Subpt. IIIII, Table 5 Table 5 to Subpart IIIII of Part 63—Required Elements of Floor-Level Mercury Vapor...

  15. Efficiency of photodesorption of Rb atoms collected on polymer organic film in vapor-cell

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    Atutov, Sergey N; Chubakov, Pavel A; Plekhanov, Alexander I

    2010-01-01

    The efficiency of photodesorption of Rb atoms previously collected on polymer organic film has been studied in detail. This study was carried out in a glass cell of which the inner surface was covered with (poly)dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film and illuminated by a photographic flash lamp. The desorption dynamic of the Rb atoms density in the cell caused by the illumination was studied using an Rb resonance lamp as a source of probing light. It was determined that about 25 percent of the total Rb atoms embedded on the cell walls can be desorbed by single flash from the lamp and almost 50 percent are desorbed by a sequence of several light pulses. Our result might help to construct an efficient light-driven source of atoms for a new type magneto optical trap for atoms in extremely low vapor density or very weak atomic flux of such artificial alkaline atoms as Francium. We believe that the collection and photodesorption of particles could be used for the development of sensors for the trace detection of various ele...

  16. Sub-picotesla Scalar Atomic Magnetometer with a Microfabricated Vapor Cell

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    Zhang, Rui; Mhaskar, Rahul

    2016-05-01

    We explore the sensitivity limits of scalar atomic magnetometry with a micro-fabricated Cs vapor cell. The millimeter-scale cell is fabricated using silicon Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. The atomic spin procession is driven by an amplitude-modulated circularly polarized pump laser resonant with the D1 transition in Cs atoms. The precession is detected by an off-resonant linearly polarized probe laser using a balanced polarimeter setup. The probe light is spatially split into two beams to perform a gradiometer measurement. In a magnetic field of magnitude within the range of the earth magnetic field, we measure a sensitivity of less than 150 fT/ √Hz in the gradiometer mode, which shows that the magnetometer by itself can achieve sub-100 fT/ √Hz sensitivitiy. In addition to its high sensitivity, the magnetometer has a bandwidth of nearly 1 kHz due to the broad magnetic resonance inside the small cell. Our experiment suggests the feasibility of a portable, low-power and high-performance magnetometer, which can be operated in the earth's magnetic field. Such a device will greatly expand the range of applications for atomic magnetometers, such as the detection of nuclear magnetic resonance in an unshielded environment.

  17. Effect of atomic noise on optical squeezing via polarization self-rotation in a thermal vapor cell

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    Hsu, M.T.L.; Hetet, G.; Peng, A.; Harb, C.C.; Bachor, H.-A.; Johnsson, M.T.; Hope, J.J.; Lam, P.K.; Dantan, Aurelien Romain; Cviklinski, J.; Bramati, A.; Pinard, M.

    2006-01-01

    show results of the characterization of PSR in isotopically enhanced rubidium-87 cells, performed in two independent laboratories. We observed that, contrary to earlier work, the presence of atomic noise in the thermal vapor overwhelms the observation of squeezing. We present a theory that contains...... atomic noise terms and show that a null result in squeezing is consistent with this theory....

  18. Vapor Delivery Systems for the Study of the Effects of Reformate Gas Impurities in HT-PEM Fuel Cells

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    Araya, Samuel Simon; Kær, Søren Knudsen; Andreasen, Søren Juhl

    2011-01-01

    on a pump and electrically heated evaporator was found to be more suitable for the typical flow rates involved in the anode feed of an H3PO4/PBI based HT-PEMFC unit cell assembly. Test stations composed of vapor delivery systems and mass flow controllers for testing the effects of methanol slip...

  19. Crystal growth and evaluation of scintillation properties of Eu and alkali-metal co-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} single crystals for thermal neutron detector

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    Wakahara, Shingo; Yokota, Yuui; Yamaji, Akihiro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Sugiyama, Makoto; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yanagida, Takayuki [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Pejchal, Jan [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, Prague 16253 (Czech Republic); Kawaguchi, Noriaki [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Tokuyama, Co. Ltd., Shibuya 3-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Fukuda, Kentaro [Tokuyama, Co. Ltd., Shibuya 3-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    In recent work, Na co-doping have found to improve the light output of Eu doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} (Eu:LiCAF) for thermal neutron scintillator. We grew Eu 2% and alkali metal 1% co-doped LiSAF crystals by Micro-Pulling down method to understand the effect of alkali metal co-doping on scintillation properties and mechanism compared with LiCAF. In photo- and {alpha}-ray induced radio-luminescence spectra of the all grown crystals, the emissions from d-f transition of Eu{sup 2+} were observed. Without relation to excitation source, decay times of co-doped LiSAF were longer than Eu only doped one. The light yield of Na, K and Cs co-doped LiSAF under {sup 252}Cf neutron excitation were improved. Especially, K co-doped Eu:LiSAF reached 33200 ph/n, which outperformed Eu only doped one by approximately 20% (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Study of solid oxide fuel cell interconnects, protective coatings and advanced physical vapor deposition techniques

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    Gannon, Paul Edward

    High energy conversion efficiency, decreased environmentally-sensitive emissions and fuel flexibility have attracted increasing attention toward solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems for stationary, transportation and portable power generation. Critical durability and cost issues, however, continue to impede wide-spread deployment. Many intermediate temperature (600-800°C) planar SOFC systems employ metallic alloy interconnect components, which physically connect individual fuel cells into electric series, facilitate gas distribution to appropriate SOFC electrode chambers (fuel/anode and oxidant[air]/cathode) and provide SOFC stack mechanical support. These demanding multifunctional requirements challenge commercially-available and inexpensive metallic alloys due to corrosion and related effects. Many ongoing investigations are aimed at enabling inexpensive metallic alloys (via bulk and/or surface modifications) as SOFC interconnects (SOFC(IC)s). In this study, two advanced physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques: large area filtered vacuum arc deposition (LAFAD), and filtered arc plasma-assisted electron beam PVD (FA-EBPVD) were used to deposit a wide-variety of protective nanocomposite (amorphous/nanocrystalline) ceramic thin-film (1,000 hours); and, dramatically reduced Cr volatility (>30-fold). Analyses and discussions of SOFC(IC) corrosion, advanced PVD processes and protective coating behavior are intended to advance understanding and accelerate the development of durable and commercially-viable SOFC systems.

  1. Influence of the alkali metal cation on the fragmentation of monensin in ESI-MS/MS Influência de cátions de metais alcalinos sobre a fragmentação de monensina em ESI-MS/MS

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    Norberto Peporine Lopes; Filipe Alexandre Almeida-Paz; Paul Jonathan Gates

    2006-01-01

    The MS/MS fragmentation of the alkali metal complexes of monensin A are studied. The increase in alkali metal ionic radii decreases the ability of the Grob-Wharton fragmentation mechanism to occur and reduces the overall degree of fragmentation. Conversely, the electronegativity of the metal cation is related to the number of fragment ions observed.O presente trabalho relata os estudos de fragmentação por espectrometria de massas seqüencial de complexos formados pela monensina A e uma série d...

  2. Simultaneous Synthesis of Dimethyl Carbonate and Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Using Alkali Metals as Catalysts%碱金属化合物催化同时合成碳酸二甲酯和聚对苯二甲酸乙二醇酯

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    张丹; 王庆印; 姚洁; 王越; 曾毅; 王公应

    2007-01-01

    Dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) was simultaneously synthesized by the transesterification of ethylene carbonate (EC) with dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) in this paper. This reaction is an excellent green chemical process without poisonous substance. Various alkali metals were used as the catalysts. The results showed alkali metals had catalytic activity in a certain extent. The effect of reaction condition was also studied. When the reaction was carried out under the following conditions: the reaction temperature 250℃, molar ratio of EC to DMT 3: 1, reaction time 3h, and catalyst amount 0.004 (molar ratio to DMT), the yield of DMC was 68.9%.

  3. A High Temperature Calcium Vapor Cell for Spectroscopy on the 4s^2 1S0 to 4s4p 3P1 Intercombination Line

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    Erickson, Christopher J.; Neyenhuis, Brian; Durfee, Dallin S.

    2005-01-01

    We have demonstrated a high temperature vapor cell for absorption spectroscopy on the Ca intercombination line. The cell uses a dual chamber design to achieve the high temperatures necessary for an optically dense vapor while avoiding the necessity of high temperature vacuum valves and glass-to-metal seals. We have observed over 50 percent absorption in a single pass through the cell. Although pressure broadening in the cell prevented us from performing saturated-absorption spectroscopy, the ...

  4. Contained fissionly vaporized imploded fission explosive breeder reactor

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    Disclosed is a nuclear reactor system which produces useful thermal power and breeds fissile isotopes wherein large spherical complex slugs containing fissile and fertile isotopes as well as vaporizing and tamping materials are exploded seriatim in a large containing chamber having walls protected from the effects of the explosion by about two thousand tons of slurry of fissile and fertile isotopes in molten alkali metal. The slug which is slightly sub-critical prior to its entry into the centroid portion of the chamber, then becomes slightly more than prompt-critical because of the near proximity of neutron-reflecting atoms and of fissioning atoms within the slurry. The slurry is heated by explosion of the slugs and serves as a working fluid for extraction of heat energy from the reactor. Explosive debris is precipitated from the slurry and used for the fabrication of new slugs

  5. Steep dispersion and coherent control of Faraday rotation in a potassium vapor cell

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    Lampis, Andreas; Megyeri, Balázs; Goldwin, Jon

    2015-01-01

    Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) was studied in a heated vapor cell of potassium without buffer gas or anti-relaxation coating. Transparency windows 60 times narrower than the natural line width and group indices exceeding 6000 were generated using a simple optical setup with a single free-running laser and an acousto-optic modulator. A longitudinal magnetic field was used to split the EIT feature into three components for either lin-perp-lin or lin-par-lin polarizations of probe and coupling beams. Measurements of polarization rotation revealed that only the lin-par-lin configuration leads to circular birefringence, an effect which we attribute to quantum interference between the multiple \\Lambda-type subsystems contributing to the signal. The Verdet constant of the EIT medium was measured to be (2.33+/-0.10)x10^5 rad/T/m, and a novel measurement of group index based on birefringence was demonstrated. For larger fields, where the individual peaks were well resolved, resonant polarization rotati...

  6. A study of vapor CdCl{sub 2} treatment by CSS in CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Rios-Flores, A.; Pena, J.L.; Castro-Pena, V.; Ares, O.; Castro-Rodriguez, R. [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Merida, C.P. 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Bosio, A. [University of Parma, Department of Physics, v.le G.P. Usberti 7/A, 43100 Parma (Italy)

    2010-06-15

    We report the effect of CdCl{sub 2} vapor treatment on the photovoltaic parameters of CdS/CdTe solar cells. Vapor treatment allows combining CdCl{sub 2} exposure time and annealing in one step. In this alternative treatment, the CdS/CdTe substrates were treated with CdCl{sub 2} vapor in a close spaced sublimation (CSS) configuration. The substrate temperature and CdCl{sub 2} powder source temperature were 400 C. The treatment was done by varying the treatment time (t) from 15 to 90 min. Such solar cells are examined by measuring their current density versus voltage (J-V) characteristics. The open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}), short circuit current density (J{sub sc}) and fill factor (FF) of our best cell, fabricated and normalized to the area of 1 cm{sup 2}, were V{sub oc} = 663 mV, J{sub sc} = 18.5 mA/cm{sup 2} and FF = 40%, respectively, corresponding to a total area conversion efficiency of {eta} = 5%. In cells of minor area (0.1 cm{sup 2}) efficiencies of 8% have been obtained. (author)

  7. Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal atoms on the (0001) surface of the topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}

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    Ryabishchenkova, A. G., E-mail: ryaange@gmail.com; Otrokov, M. M.; Kuznetsov, V. M.; Chulkov, E. V. [Tomsk State University (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal adatoms on the (0001) step surface of the topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} has been performed for the case of low coverage. The calculations of the activation energies of diffusion of adatoms on the surface and in van der Waals gaps near steps, as well as the estimate of diffusion lengths, have shown that efficient intercalation through steps is possible only for Li and Na. Data obtained for K, Rb, and Cs atoms indicate that their thermal desorption at high temperatures can occur before intercalation. The results have been discussed in the context of existing experimental data.

  8. Flexible Electronics: High Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Films and Solar Cells (Adv. Mater. 28/2016).

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    He, Rongrui; Day, Todd D; Sparks, Justin R; Sullivan, Nichole F; Badding, John V

    2016-07-01

    On page 5939, J. V. Badding and co-workers describe the unrolling of a flexible hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cell, deposited by high-pressure chemical vapor deposition. The high-pressure deposition process is represented by the molecules of silane infiltrating the small voids between the rolled up substrate, facilitating plasma-free deposition over a very large area. The high-pressure approach is expected to also find application for 3D nanoarchitectures. PMID:27442970

  9. Theoretical assessment of the electro-optical features of the group III nitrides (B12N12, Al12N12 and Ga12N12) and group IV carbides (C24, Si12C12 and Ge12C12) nanoclusters encapsulated with alkali metals (Li, Na and K)

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    Tahmasebi, Elham; Shakerzadeh, Ehsan; Biglari, Zeinab

    2016-02-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out to study the influence of alkali metals (Li, Na and K) encapsulation within the group III nitrides (B12N12, Al12N12 and Ga12N12) and the group IV carbides (C24, Si12C12and Ge12C12) nanoclusters. The encapsulation of Li, Na and K atoms is found to narrow the HOMO-LUMO gaps of the considered clusters. The electronic properties of these clusters, especially the group III nitrides nanoclusters, are strongly sensitive to interaction with the alkali metals. Moreover it is observed that the encapsulation of alkali metals enhances the first hyperpolarizabilities of B12N12 nanocluster. Surprisingly, due to the alkali metals encapsulation within B12N12 nanocluster, the first hyperpolarizability values are remarkably increased to 8505.49 and 122,503.76 a.u. for Na@B12N12 and K@B12N12, respectively. Also the TD-DFT calculations at both CAM-B3LYP/6-311+G(d) and PBE0/6-311+G(d) levels of theory are also performed to investigate the origin of first hyperpolarizabilities.

  10. Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition Of Polycrystalline Silicon : From Gas Molecule To Solar Cell

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    van Veenendaal, P. A. T. T.

    2002-10-01

    Although the effort to investigate the use of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, has increased, their contribution to the total energy consumption remains insignificant. The conversion of solar energy into electricity through solar cells is one of the most promising techniques, but the use of these cells is limited by the high cost of electricity. The major contributions to these costs are the material and manufacturing costs. Over the past decades, the development of silicon based thin film solar cells has received much attention, because the fabrication costs are low. A promising material for use in thin film solar cells is polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si:H). A relatively new technique to deposit poly-Si:H is Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (Hot-Wire CVD), in which the reactant gases are catalytically decomposed at the surface of a hot filament, mainly tungsten and tantalum. The main advantages of Hot-Wire CVD over PE-CVD are absence of ion bombardment, high deposition rate, low equipment cost and high gas utilization. This thesis deals with the full spectrum of deposition, characterization and application of poly-Si:H thin films, i.e. from gas molecule to solar cell. Studies on the decomposition of silane on the filament showed that the process is catalytic of nature and that silane is decomposed into Si and 4H. The dominant gas phase reaction is the reaction of Si and H with silane, resulting in SiH3, Si2H6, Si3H6 and H2SiSiH2. The film growth precursors are Si, SiH3 and Si2H4. Also, XPS results on used tantalum and tungsten filaments are discussed. The position dependent measurements show larger silicon contents at the ends of the tungsten filament, as compared to the middle, due to a lower filament temperature. This effect is insignificant for a tantalum filament. Deposition time dependent measurements show an increase in silicon content of the tungsten filament with time, while the silicon content on the tantalum filament saturates

  11. Apparatus for determination of vapor pressures at ambient temperatures employing a Knudsen effusion cell and quartz crystal microbalance

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    We describe an apparatus for the measurement of vapor pressures of solids or liquids at ambient temperatures (260 K −2–10−6 Torr (1–10−4 Pa), but capable of being extended to lower pressures by at least an order of magnitude. It employs a Knudsen cell to produce an effusive molecular beam, only a small fraction of which is deposited on a cooled (225 K) quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). Vapor pressure values are derived from the mass gain rate determined by the QCM, Knudsen cell temperature, and fixed geometric factors. The accuracy and precision of the measurements are improved by locating the apparatus within an ultrahigh vacuum chamber (base pressure −9 Torr) with high pumping speed (2000 l s−1). A beam flag is used to interrupt the beam and allow for the subtraction of signal caused by the deposition of background molecules. The temperatures of both the microbalance and Knudsen cell are controlled to ±0.2 K using thermoelectric heaters/coolers. Measurements of the vapor pressure of benzoic acid, used as a primary reference material, agreed with literature reports over the entire temperature range to within the expected experimental uncertainty. In addition, the vapor pressure curves as a function of temperature (∼270–340 K) were determined for four isomers of dinitrotoluene (DNT). These curves can be readily expressed using the Clausius–Clapeyron relationship: log 10 P(Torr) = a - b/T(K), where a and b coefficients are listed below. Also listed is the heat of sublimation derived from these data. (Uncertainties are quoted as 2σ.)

  12. Yeast 14-3-3 proteins participate in the regulation of cell cation homeostasis via interaction with Nha1 alkali-metal-cation/proton antiporter

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    Zahrádka, Jaromír; Van Heusden, G.P.H.; Sychrová, Hana

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 1820, č. 7 (2012), s. 849-858. ISSN 0304-4165 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC531; GA MŠk(CZ) OC10012; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA500110801 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50110509 Institutional support: RVO:67985823 Keywords : yeast * 14-3-3 proteins * ion homeostasis * Nha1 antiporter Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.848, year: 2012

  13. Measuring Spatial Variability of Vapor Flux to Characterize Vadose-zone VOC Sources: Flow-cell Experiments

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    Mainhagu, Jon; Morrison, C.; Truex, Michael J.; Oostrom, Martinus; Brusseau, Mark

    2014-10-20

    A method termed vapor-phase tomography has recently been proposed to characterize the distribution of volatile organic contaminant mass in vadose-zone source areas, and to measure associated three-dimensional distributions of local contaminant mass discharge. The method is based on measuring the spatial variability of vapor flux, and thus inherent to its effectiveness is the premise that the magnitudes and temporal variability of vapor concentrations measured at different monitoring points within the interrogated area will be a function of the geospatial positions of the points relative to the source location. A series of flow-cell experiments was conducted to evaluate this premise. A well-defined source zone was created by injection and extraction of a non-reactive gas (SF6). Spatial and temporal concentration distributions obtained from the tests were compared to simulations produced with a mathematical model describing advective and diffusive transport. Tests were conducted to characterize both areal and vertical components of the application. Decreases in concentration over time were observed for monitoring points located on the opposite side of the source zone from the local–extraction point, whereas increases were observed for monitoring points located between the local–extraction point and the source zone. The results illustrate that comparison of temporal concentration profiles obtained at various monitoring points gives a general indication of the source location with respect to the extraction and monitoring points.

  14. Vaporization of materials in the operation of high temperature fuel cells (SOFCs); Verdampfung von Werkstoffen beim Betrieb von Hochtemperaturbrennstoffzellen (SOFCs)

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    One of the main problems concerning the development of state of the art planar SOFCs are the occurrence of ageing effects in long term application. To a great deal these effects are caused by the release of volatile Cr-species from metallic interconnects which leads to an inhibition of the electrochemical processes at the cathode resulting in a rapid degradation of the cell performance. A goal in further development of SOFC-systems is the reduction of the operation temperature of the cell from currently 800 C to 700 C and below. For this purpose alternative electrolyte materials with higher oxygen ion conductivities have to be developed. Doped lanthanum gallates have been identified as promising materials. However for these materials a depletion of Ga by vaporization has been observed under anodic conditions which may lead to a destruction of their electrolyte properties. The aim of this work is the study of the vaporization processes leading to the mentioned degradation effects. For this purpose an experimental setup according to the transpiration method has been developed. Concerning the vaporization of chromium the Cr release rates of the main ferritic interconnect alloys, namely Crofer 22 APU, ZMG 232, E-Brite, IT-10, IT-11, IT-14 and Ducrolloy as well as a variety of Ni- and Co-base superalloys and stainless steels with different contents of Al, Si, Ti, Mn, W, Ni and Co were measured at 800 C in air and compared to each other. The alloys that form an upper layer of Cr-Mn-spinel on top of the grown chromia scale showed a reduction of the Cr release by 61-75 % compared to pure chromia scales whereas alloys with an outer Co3O4(s) scale had a by more than 90 % reduced Cr release. For the former alloys a significant vaporization of Mn under anodic conditions could be detected. Concerning the vaporization of doped lanthanum gallates the vaporization rates of the elements Ga, Mg, Sr and La were measured as function time, temperature, gas flow rate and stoichiometry

  15. High-efficiency CdTe thin-film solar cells using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition techniques

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    Nouhi, A.; Stirn, R. J.; Meyers, P. V.; Liu, C. H.

    1989-06-01

    Energy conversion efficiency of metalorganic chemical vapor deposited CdTe as an intrinsic active layer in n-i-p solar cell structures is reported. Small-area devices with efficiencies over 9 percent have been demonstrated. I-V characteristics, photospectral response, and the results of Auger profiling of structural composition for typical devices will be presented. Also presented are preliminary results on similar photovoltaic devices having Cd(0.85)Mn(0.15)Te in place of CdTe as an i layer.

  16. High-efficiency CdTe thin-film solar cells using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition techniques

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    Nouhi, A.; Stirn, R.J.; Meyers, P.V.; Liu, C.H.

    1989-05-01

    Energy conversion efficiency of metalorganic chemical vapor deposited CdTe as an intrinsic active layer in n-i-p solar cell structures is reported. Small-area devices with efficiencies over 9% have been demonstrated. I--V characteristics, photospectral response, and the results of Auger profiling of structural composition for typical devices will be presented. Also presented are preliminary results on similar photovoltaic devices having Cd/sub 0.85/Mn/sub 0.15/Te in place of CdTe as an i layer.

  17. High-efficiency CdTe thin-film solar cells using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition techniques

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    Nouhi, A.; Stirn, R. J.; Meyers, P. V.; Liu, C. H.

    1989-01-01

    Energy conversion efficiency of metalorganic chemical vapor deposited CdTe as an intrinsic active layer in n-i-p solar cell structures is reported. Small-area devices with efficiencies over 9 percent have been demonstrated. I-V characteristics, photospectral response, and the results of Auger profiling of structural composition for typical devices will be presented. Also presented are preliminary results on similar photovoltaic devices having Cd(0.85)Mn(0.15)Te in place of CdTe as an i layer.

  18. Transcriptome sequencing reveals e-cigarette vapor and mainstream-smoke from tobacco cigarettes activate different gene expression profiles in human bronchial epithelial cells

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    Yifei Shen; Michael J. Wolkowicz; Tatyana Kotova; Lonjiang Fan; Timko, Michael P.

    2016-01-01

    Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) generate an aerosol vapor (e-vapor) thought to represent a less risky alternative to main stream smoke (MSS) of conventional tobacco cigarettes. RNA-seq analysis was used to examine the transcriptomes of differentiated human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells exposed to air, MSS from 1R5F tobacco reference cigarettes, and e-vapor with and without added nicotine in an in vitro air-liquid interface model for cellular exposure. Our results indicate that while e...

  19. VLE measurements using a static cell vapor phase manual sampling method accompanied with an empirical data consistency test

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    Highlights: • We use a new, simple static cell vapor phase manual sampling method (SCVMS) for VLE (x, y, T) measurement. • The method is applied to non-azeotropic, asymmetric and two-liquid phase forming azeotropic binaries. • The method is approved by a data consistency test, i.e., a plot of the polarity exclusion factor vs. pressure. • The consistency test reveals that with the new SCVMS method accurate VLE near ambient temperature can be measured. • Moreover, the consistency test approves that the effect of air in the SCVMS system is negligible. - Abstract: A new static cell vapor phase manual sampling (SCVMS) method is used for the simple measurement of constant temperature x, y (vapor + liquid) equilibria (VLE). The method was applied to the VLE measurements of the (methanol + water) binary at T/K = (283.2, 298.2, 308.2 and 322.9), asymmetric (acetone + 1-butanol) binary at T/K = (283.2, 295.2, 308.2 and 324.2) and two-liquid phase forming azeotropic (water + 1-butanol) binary at T/K = (283.2 and 298.2). The accuracy of the experimental data was approved by a data consistency test, that is, an empirical plot of the polarity exclusion factor, β, vs. the system pressure, P. The SCVMS data are accurate, because the VLE data converge to the same lnβ vs. lnP straight line determined from conventional distillation-still method and a headspace gas chromatography method

  20. Selective adhesion of intestinal epithelial cells on patterned films with amine functionalities formed by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Control of cell adhesion to surfaces is important to develop analytical tools in the areas of biomedical engineering. To control cell adhesiveness of the surface, we constructed a variety of plasma polymerized hexamethyldisiloxane (PPHMDSO) thin films deposited at the plasma power range of 10-100 W by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The PPHMDSO film that was formed at 10 W was revealed to be resistant to cell adhesion. The resistance to cell adhesion is closely related to physicochemical properties of the film. Atomic force microscopic data show an increase in surface roughness from 0.52 nm to 0.74 nm with increasing plasma power. From Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) absorption spectroscopy data, it was also determined that the methyl (-CH3) peak intensity increases with increasing plasma power, whereas the hydroxyl (-OH) peak decreases. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data reveal an increase in C-O bonding with increasing plasma power. These results suggest that C-O bonding and hydroxyl (-OH) and methyl (-CH3) functional groups play a critical part in cell adhesion. Furthermore, to enhance a diversity of film surface, we accumulated the patterned plasma polymerized ethylenediamine (PPEDA) thin film on the top of the PPHMDSO thin film. The PPEDA film is established to be strongly cell-adherent. This patterned two-layer film stacking method can be used to form the selectively limited cell-adhesive PPEDA spots over the adhesion-resistant surface.

  1. Influence of the alkali metal cation on the fragmentation of monensin in ESI-MS/MS Influência de cátions de metais alcalinos sobre a fragmentação de monensina em ESI-MS/MS

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    Norberto Peporine Lopes

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The MS/MS fragmentation of the alkali metal complexes of monensin A are studied. The increase in alkali metal ionic radii decreases the ability of the Grob-Wharton fragmentation mechanism to occur and reduces the overall degree of fragmentation. Conversely, the electronegativity of the metal cation is related to the number of fragment ions observed.O presente trabalho relata os estudos de fragmentação por espectrometria de massas seqüencial de complexos formados pela monensina A e uma série de metais alcalinos. Foi observado que o aumento do raio iônico do metal alcalino levou a uma diminuição do mecanismo de fragmentação do tipo Grob-Wharton e ao grau de fragmentação. Por outro lado, a maior eletronegatividade mostrou estar relacionada ao número de fragmentos observados.

  2. Attaching an alkali metal atom to an alkaline earth metal oxide (BeO, MgO, or CaO) yields a triatomic metal oxide with reduced ionization potential and redirected polarity.

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    Nowiak, Grzegorz; Skurski, Piotr; Anusiewicz, Iwona

    2016-04-01

    The existence of a series of neutral triatomic metal oxides MON and their corresponding cations MON (+) (M = Be, Mg, Ca; N = Li, Na, K) was postulated and verified theoretically using ab initio methods at the CCSD(T)/6-311+G(3df)//MP2/6-311+G(3df) level of theory. The calculations revealed that the vertical ionization potentials (IPs) of the MON radicals (calculated using the outer-valence Green's function technique (OVGF) with the 6-311+G(3df) basis set) were ca. 2-3 eV smaller than the IPs of the corresponding MO and NO systems or that of the isolated M atom. Population analysis of the neutral triatomic MON molecules and their corresponding MO counterparts indicated that the attachment of an alkali metal atom to any oxide MO (BeO, MgO, CaO) reverses its polarity, which manifests itself as the redirection of the dipole moment vector. PMID:26994021

  3. Collapse and revival of a Dicke-type coherent narrowing in potassium vapor confined in a nanometric thin cell

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    Sargsyan, Armen; Pashayan-Leroy, Yevgenya; Leroy, Claude; Sarkisyan, David

    2016-04-01

    A nanometer-thin cell (in the direction of laser beam propagation) has been elaborated with the thickness of the atomic vapor column varying smoothly in the range of L=50-1500 {nm}. The cell allows one to study the behavior of the resonance absorption over the D 1 line of potassium atoms by varying the laser intensity and the cell thickness (from L=λ /2 to L=2λ with the step λ /2 where λ =770 {nm} is the resonant wavelength of the laser). It is shown that despite the huge Doppler broadening (\\gt 0.9 {GHz} at the cell temperature 170{}\\circ {{C}}), at low laser intensities a narrowing of the resonance absorption spectrum is observed for L=λ /2 (∼ 120 {MHz} at FWHM) and L=3/2λ , whereas for L=λ and L=2λ the spectrum broadens. At moderate laser intensities narrowband velocity selective optical pumping (VSOP) resonances appear at L=λ and L=2λ with the linewidth close to the natural one. A comparison with saturated absorption spectra obtained in a 1.4 cm-sized K cell is presented. The developed theoretical model well describes the experiment.

  4. Position-Controlled III–V Compound Semiconductor Nanowire Solar Cells by Selective-Area Metal–Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    Fukui, Takashi; Yoshimura, Masatoshi; Nakai, Eiji; Tomioka, Katsuhiro

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate position-controlled III–V semiconductor nanowires (NWs) by using selective-area metal–organic vapor phase epitaxy and their application to solar cells. Efficiency of 4.23% is achieved for InP core–shell NW solar cells. We form a ‘flexible NW array’ without a substrate, which has the advantage of saving natural resources over conventional thin film photovoltaic devices. Four junction NW solar cells with over 50% efficiency are proposed and discussed.

  5. Collapse and revival of a Dicke-type coherent narrowing in potassium vapor confined in a nanometric-thin cell

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    Sargsyan, A; Leroy, C; Sarkisyan, D

    2015-01-01

    A nanometer-thin-cell (in the direction of laser beam propagation) has been elaborated with the thickness of the atomic vapor column varying smoothly in the range of $L = \\unit[50-1500]{nm}$. The cell allows one to study the behavior of the resonance absorption over the $D_1$ line of potassium atoms by varying the laser intensity and the cell thickness from $L = \\lambda / 2$ to $L = 2 \\lambda$ with the step $\\lambda/2$ ($\\lambda =\\unit[770]{nm}$ is the resonant wavelength of the laser). It is shown that despite the huge Doppler broadening ($>\\unit[0.9]{GHz}$ at the cell temperature $\\unit[170]{^{\\circ}C}$), at low laser intensities a narrowing of the resonance absorption spectrum is observed for $L = \\lambda/2$ ($\\sim \\unit[120]{ MHz}$ at FWHM) and $L = 3/2 \\lambda$, whereas for $L = \\lambda$ and $L =2\\lambda$ the spectrum broadens. At moderate laser intensities narrowband velocity selective optical pumping (VSOP) resonances appear at $L = \\lambda$ and $L=2\\lambda $ with the linewidth close to the natural one...

  6. Resolving the nanostructure of plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited nanocrystalline SiOx layers for application in solar cells

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    Klingsporn, M.; Kirner, S.; Villringer, C.; Abou-Ras, D.; Costina, I.; Lehmann, M.; Stannowski, B.

    2016-06-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon suboxides (nc-SiOx) have attracted attention during the past years for the use in thin-film silicon solar cells. We investigated the relationships between the nanostructure as well as the chemical, electrical, and optical properties of phosphorous, doped, nc-SiO0.8:H fabricated by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The nanostructure was varied through the sample series by changing the deposition pressure from 533 to 1067 Pa. The samples were then characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, Raman spectroscopy, aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffraction, and a specialized plasmon imaging method. We found that the material changed with increasing pressure from predominantly amorphous silicon monoxide to silicon dioxide containing nanocrystalline silicon. The nanostructure changed from amorphous silicon filaments to nanocrystalline silicon filaments, which were found to cause anisotropic electron transport.

  7. ZnO/Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 solar cells prepared by vapor phase Zn doping

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    Ramanathan, Kannan; Hasoon, Falah S.; Asher, Sarah E.; Dolan, James; Keane, James C.

    2007-02-20

    A process for making a thin film ZnO/Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 solar cell without depositing a buffer layer and by Zn doping from a vapor phase, comprising: depositing Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 layer on a metal back contact deposited on a glass substrate; heating the Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 layer on the metal back contact on the glass substrate to a temperature range between about 100.degree. C. to about 250.degree. C.; subjecting the heated layer of Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 to an evaporant species from a Zn compound; and sputter depositing ZnO on the Zn compound evaporant species treated layer of Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2.

  8. In-situ vapor small angle neutron scattering of sulfonated polyarylenethioethersulfone random copolymer (SPTES 70) fuel cells membrane

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    Highly sulfonated polyarylenethioethersulfone copolymer (SPTES 70) with excellent thermal stability, high proton conductivity and good mechanical properties is an excellent candidate as high temperature fuel cells membrane. The morphology of the SPTES 70 was examined with in situ vapor small angle neutron scattering (iVSANS), and transmission electron microscopy. An experimental neutron contrast match point was obtained with swelling SPTES 70 in a series of D2O/H2O ratios and compared with the calculated scattering contrast. The calculated scattering length density of SPTES 70 was in excellent agreement with the experiment scattering length density. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) data of the magnesium, calcium, and silver exchanged hydrated SPTES 70 membranes exhibited nanostructured morphology which was compared with the reported nanostructure of D2O hydrated SPTES 70. SANS data showed that the average ionic domain size changes with the size and valence of the counter ion. (paper)

  9. Low-Temperature Process for Atomic Layer Chemical Vapor Deposition of an Al2O3 Passivation Layer for Organic Photovoltaic Cells.

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    Kim, Hoonbae; Lee, Jihye; Sohn, Sunyoung; Jung, Donggeun

    2016-05-01

    Flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells have drawn extensive attention due to their light weight, cost efficiency, portability, and so on. However, OPV cells degrade quickly due to organic damage by water vapor or oxygen penetration when the devices are driven in the atmosphere without a passivation layer. In order to prevent damage due to water vapor or oxygen permeation into the devices, passivation layers have been introduced through methods such as sputtering, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, and atomic layer chemical vapor deposition (ALCVD). In this work, the structural and chemical properties of Al2O3 films, deposited via ALCVD at relatively low temperatures of 109 degrees C, 200 degrees C, and 300 degrees C, are analyzed. In our experiment, trimethylaluminum (TMA) and H2O were used as precursors for Al2O3 film deposition via ALCVD. All of the Al2O3 films showed very smooth, featureless surfaces without notable defects. However, we found that the plastic flexible substrate of an OPV device passivated with 300 degrees C deposition temperature was partially bended and melted, indicating that passivation layers for OPV cells on plastic flexible substrates need to be formed at temperatures lower than 300 degrees C. The OPV cells on plastic flexible substrates were passivated by the Al2O3 film deposited at the temperature of 109 degrees C. Thereafter, the photovoltaic properties of passivated OPV cells were investigated as a function of exposure time under the atmosphere. PMID:27483916

  10. The first pseudo-ternary thiocyanate containing two alkali metals. Synthesis and single-crystal structure of LiK{sub 2}[SCN]{sub 3}

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    Reckeweg, Olaf; DiSalvo, Francis J. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Baker Lab.

    2016-04-01

    A procedure was empirically developed to prepare the compound LiK{sub 2}[SCN]{sub 3}, which forms colorless, transparent, very fragile, and extremely hygroscopic thin rectangular plates. Its unique crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. LiK{sub 2}[SCN]{sub 3} adopts the orthorhombic space group Pna2{sub 1} (no. 33, Z = 4) with the cell parameters a = 1209.32(9), b = 950.85(9), and c = 849.95(6) pm.

  11. Gas cell based on optical contacting for fundamental spectroscopy studies with initial reference absorption spectrum of H2O vapor at 1723 K and 0.0235 bar

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    Melin, Scott T.; Sanders, Scott T.

    2016-09-01

    A gas cell, using optically contacted sapphire windows to form a hot vapor seal, has been created for high temperature fundamental spectroscopy studies. It is designed to operate at temperatures from 280-2273 K and pressures from vacuum to 1.3 bar. Using the cell in conjunction with an external cavity diode laser spectrometer, a reference H2O vapor absorption spectrum at P=0.0235±0.0036 bar and T=1723±6 K was measured with 0.0001 cm-1 resolution over the 7326-7598 cm-1 range. Comparison of the measured spectrum to simulations reveals errors in both the HITEMP and BT2 databases. This work establishes heated static cell capabilities at temperatures well above the typical limit of approximately 1300 K set by quartz material properties. This paper addresses the design of the cell as well as the cell's limitations.

  12. Vector light shift averaging in paraffin-coated alkali vapor cells

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    Zhivun, Elena; Wickenbrock, Arne; Sudyka, Julia; Patton, Brian; Pustelny, Szymon; Budker, Dmitry

    2016-05-01

    Light shifts are an important source of noise and systematics in optically pumped magnetometers. We demonstrate that the long spin coherence time in paraffin-coated cells leads to spatial averaging of the light shifts over the entire cell volume. This renders the averaged light shift independent, under certain approximations, of the light-intensity distribution within the sensor cell. These results and the underlying mechanism can be extended to other spatially varying phenomena in anti-relaxation-coated cells with long coherence times.

  13. Development of High-Bandgap AlGaInP Solar Cells Grown by Organometallic Vapor-Phase Epitaxy

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    Perl, Emmett E.; Simon, John; Geisz, John F.; Olavarria, Waldo; Young, Michelle; Duda, Anna; Friedman, Daniel J.; Steiner, Myles A.

    2016-05-01

    AlGaInP solar cells with bandgaps between 1.9 and 2.2 eV are investigated for use in next-generation multijunction photovoltaic devices. This quaternary alloy is of great importance to the development of III-V solar cells with five or more junctions and for cells optimized for operation at elevated temperatures because of the high bandgaps required in these designs. In this work, we explore the conditions for the organometallic vapor-phase epitaxy growth of AlGaInP and study their effects on cell performance. Initial efforts focused on developing -2.0-eV AlGaInP solar cells with a nominal aluminum composition of 12%. Under the direct spectrum at 1000 W/m2 (AM1.5D), the best of these samples had an open-circuit voltage of 1.59 V, a bandgap-voltage offset of 440 mV, a fill factor of 88.0%, and an efficiency of 14.8%. We then varied the aluminum composition of the alloy from 0% to 24% and were able to tune the bandgap of the AlGaInP layers from -1.9 to -2.2 eV. While the samples with a higher aluminum composition exhibited a reduced quantum efficiency and increased bandgap-voltage offset, the bandgap-voltage offset remained at 500 mV or less, up to a bandgap of -2.1 eV.

  14. Thin-film solar cells from sputtered and vapor-deposited amorphous silicon

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    Mueller, W.; Ruebel, H.; Iselborn, S.; Arenas, G.; Wagner, C.; Schroeder, B.; Geiger, J.

    1984-01-01

    The properties of sputtered and evaporated a-Si:H, and the application of this material for the preparation of solar cells were investigated. Correlations are found between the photoelectrical properties of the films and the amount and bonding configuration of the hydrogen incorporated, both influencing the film structure. Optimally passivated sputtered material containing 10 at % hydrogen is deposited for preparation of Schottky and pin-type solar cells. Conversion efficiencies 2% are measured. A possible efficiency of 5% is calculated taking the best values obtained for cell parameters. Progress in the defect passivation of reactively evaporated a-Si:H films is reported. (ESA)

  15. Novel platinum nanoparticles/vapor grown carbon fibers composite counter electrodes for high performance dye sensitized solar cells

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    Highlights: • The Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs) are highly dispersed on vapor grown carbon fibers (VGCFs). • The power conversion efficiency of DSSCs depends substantially on the relative content of VGCFs to PtNPs. • Electrocatalytic activities of PtNPs/VGCFs are examined using impedance, cyclic voltammetry, and Tafel polarization techniques. • Moderate combination of PtNPs and VGCFs exhibits higher power conversion efficiency of DSSCs than that of PtNPs or VGCFs alone. - Abstract: A composite film composed of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) and vapor grown carbon fibers (VGCFs) was coated on FTO glass acted as a counter electrode (CE) for high performance dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) via a facially thermal approach. The PtNP/VGCF hybrid film was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetry (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, and X-ray photoelectroscopy (XPS). In addition, cyclic voltammetry (CV), Tafel polarization, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were measured to correlate electrocatalytic activity to photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on these PtNP/VGCF hybrid counter electrodes (CEs). Results indicated that PtNPs can enhance the thermal stability of VGCFs and were uniformly distributed over VGCFs with high porosity to provide large exposed surface area for redox reactions occurring within the films. VGCFs were found to benefit Pt reduction during annealing at 450 °C. A DSSC comprising the hybrid CE with a weight ratio of PtNPs to VGCFs of 3:7 (PV37) illustrated a higher solar-to-electricity efficiency of 7.77% in comparison to 7.31% for a conventional Pt CE or 3.79% for a pure VGCF CE. Electrochemical analyses demonstrated that PV37 CE featured the strongest electrocatalytic ability for the reduction of I3− to I− and the lowest Nernst diffusion resistance, confirming the highest power conversion efficiency among the samples evaluated

  16. A High Temperature Calcium Vapor Cell for Spectroscopy on the 4s^2 1S0 to 4s4p 3P1 Intercombination Line

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    Erickson, C J; Durfee, D S; Erickson, Christopher J.; Neyenhuis, Brian; Durfee, Dallin S.

    2005-01-01

    We have demonstrated a high temperature vapor cell for absorption spectroscopy on the Ca intercombination line. The cell uses a dual chamber design to achieve the high temperatures necessary for an optically dense vapor while avoiding the necessity of high temperature vacuum valves and glass-to-metal seals. We have observed over 50 percent absorption in a single pass through the cell. Although pressure broadening in the cell prevented us from performing saturated-absorption spectroscopy, the broadening resulted in higher signal-to-noise ratios by allowing us to probe the atoms with intensities much greater than the 0.2 uW/cm^2 saturation intensity of the unbroadened transition.

  17. CdTe-based solar cells prepared by physical vapor deposition and close-spaced sublimation methods

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    Full text : In the photovoltaic material family, cadmium telluride is regarded as one of the most promising material for fabrication of high efficiency polycrystalline CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells because of its near-optimum band gap of about 1.46 eV and high optical absorption coefficient in visible range. The maximum efficiency of about 16.5 percent of the laboratory samples of polycrystalline CdTe based thin film solar cells was achieved by using nanostructured CdS:O window layer and the modified device structure. In spite of the large lattice mismatch between cubic CdTe and hexagonal CdS (nearly 9.7 percent) the CdTe/CdS solar cells are characterized by essentially high efficiencies caused by interdiffusion at the junction interface removing the lattice mismatch. To identify the structural mechanisms leading to the solar cell efficiency increase we have studied the effect of CdCl2 treatment on the output parameters of CdS/CdTe-based solar cells and crystal structure of the base layers deposited on glass substrates by different ways. In the first way both of CdS and CdTe layers were deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) method meanwhile in the second way the chemical bath deposition (CBD) and close-spaced sublimation (CSS) methods were used for CdS and CdTe films deposition, respectively. For the PVD structures. The average grain size of the film increases from 1 μm to 4 μm due to the lattice strain caused by macrodeformations and stacking faults. The maximum efficiency (ηA=10.3 percent) of solar cells on the basis of cadmium telluride layers deposited by PVD method corresponds to 0,35 μm CdRl2 thickness at CdCl2 treatment. CBD/CSS samples were exposed to CdCl2 vapor at 400 degrees Celsium for 5-7 min in vacuum chamber in the presence of 100 torr oxygen and 400 torr helium. As-grown CdTe films were characterized by clearly faceted surface morphology and an average grain size of about 3-4 μm. Unlike the thermally evaporated CdTe films, no

  18. Growth of Cu2ZnSnSe4 Film under Controllable Se Vapor Composition and Impact of Low Cu Content on Solar Cell Efficiency.

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    Li, Jianjun; Wang, Hongxia; Wu, Li; Chen, Cheng; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Liu, Fangfang; Sun, Yun; Han, Junbo; Zhang, Yi

    2016-04-27

    It is a challenge to fabricate high quality Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) film with low Cu content (Cu/(Zn + Sn) CZTSe films under different Se vapor composition are investigated by DC-sputtering and a postselenization approach. The composition of Se vapor has important influence on the compactability of the films and the diffusion of elements in the CZTSe films. By adjusting the composition of Se vapor during the selenization process, an optimized two step selenization process is proposed and highly crystallized CZTSe film with low Cu content (Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.75) is obtained. Further study of the effect of Cu content on the morphology and photovoltaic performance of the corresponding CZTSe solar cells has shown that the roughness of the CZTSe absorber film increases when Cu content decreases. As a consequence, the reflection loss of CZTSe solar cells reduces dramatically and the short circuit current density of the cells improve from 34.7 mA/cm(2) for Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.88 to 38.5 mA/cm(2) for Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.75. In addition, the CZTSe solar cells with low Cu content show longer minority carrier lifetime and higher open circuit voltage than the high Cu content devices. A champion performance CZTSe solar cell with 10.4% efficiency is fabricated with Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.75 in the CZTSe film without antireflection coating. PMID:27058738

  19. Transport properties of alkali metal doped fullerides

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    We have studied the intercage interactions between the adjacent C60 cages and expansion of lattice due to the intercalation of alkali atoms based on the spring model to estimate phonon frequencies from the dynamical matrix for the intermolecular alkali-C60 phonons. We considered a two-peak model for the phonon density of states to investigate the nature of electron pairing mechanism for superconducting state in fullerides. Coulomb repulsive parameter and the electron phonon coupling strength are obtained within the random phase approximation. Transition temperature, Tc, is obtained in a situation when the free electrons in lowest molecular orbital are coupled with alkali-C60 phonons as 5 K, which is much lower as compared to reported Tc (20 K). The superconducting pairing is mainly driven by the high frequency intramolecular phonons and their effects enhance it to 22 K. The importance of the present study, the pressure effect and normal state transport properties are calculated within the same model leading superconductivity

  20. Transport properties of alkali metal doped fullerides

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    Yadav, Daluram, E-mail: daluramyadav@gmail.com; Yadav, Nishchhal, E-mail: somyadav@gmail.com [School of studies in Physics, Vikram University, Ujjain (M.P) India (India)

    2015-07-31

    We have studied the intercage interactions between the adjacent C{sub 60} cages and expansion of lattice due to the intercalation of alkali atoms based on the spring model to estimate phonon frequencies from the dynamical matrix for the intermolecular alkali-C{sub 60} phonons. We considered a two-peak model for the phonon density of states to investigate the nature of electron pairing mechanism for superconducting state in fullerides. Coulomb repulsive parameter and the electron phonon coupling strength are obtained within the random phase approximation. Transition temperature, T{sub c}, is obtained in a situation when the free electrons in lowest molecular orbital are coupled with alkali-C{sub 60} phonons as 5 K, which is much lower as compared to reported T{sub c} (20 K). The superconducting pairing is mainly driven by the high frequency intramolecular phonons and their effects enhance it to 22 K. The importance of the present study, the pressure effect and normal state transport properties are calculated within the same model leading superconductivity.

  1. An equation of state for alkali metals

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    Arafin, Sayyadul; Singh, Ram N.

    2016-04-01

    Semi-empirical equations of state based on Lindemann's law have been developed to determine the pressure (P) dependence of the melting temperature (Tm) of Li, K, Rb and Cs. The basic inputs are Grüneisen parameter and the bulk modulus. Tm-P variations exhibit maximum melting temperature with concave downwards. The maximum in Tm for Cs is found to occur at pressure of 2.2 GPa whereas for Li, K and Rb it falls in the range of 7-9.5 GPa. The predicted values of Tm as a function of pressure, based on the present empirical relation, fit quite well with the available experimental data. The empirical relation can also be used to extrapolate Tm at higher pressure from the values available at lower pressures.

  2. A low phase noise microwave frequency synthesis for a high-performance cesium vapor cell atomic clock

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    We report the development, absolute phase noise, and residual phase noise characterization of a 9.192 GHz microwave frequency synthesis chain devoted to be used as a local oscillator in a high-performance cesium vapor cell atomic clock based on coherent population trapping (CPT). It is based on frequency multiplication of an ultra-low phase noise 100 MHz oven-controlled quartz crystal oscillator using a nonlinear transmission line-based chain. Absolute phase noise performances of the 9.192 GHz output signal are measured to be −42, −100, −117 dB rad2/Hz and −129 dB rad2/Hz at 1 Hz, 100 Hz, 1 kHz, and 10 kHz offset frequencies, respectively. Compared to current results obtained in a state-of-the-art CPT-based frequency standard developed at LNE-SYRTE, this represents an improvement of 8 dB and 10 dB at f = 166 Hz and f = 10 kHz, respectively. With such performances, the expected Dick effect contribution to the atomic clock short term frequency stability is reported at a level of 6.2 × 10−14 at 1 s integration time, that is a factor 3 higher than the atomic clock shot noise limit. Main limitations are pointed out

  3. Vapor and healing treatment for CH3NH3PbI3-xClx films toward large-area perovskite solar cells

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    Gouda, Laxman; Gottesman, Ronen; Tirosh, Shay; Haltzi, Eynav; Hu, Jiangang; Ginsburg, Adam; Keller, David A.; Bouhadana, Yaniv; Zaban, Arie

    2016-03-01

    Hybrid methyl-ammonium lead trihalide perovskites are promising low-cost materials for use in solar cells and other optoelectronic applications. With a certified photovoltaic conversion efficiency record of 20.1%, scale-up for commercial purposes is already underway. However, preparation of large-area perovskite films remains a challenge, and films of perovskites on large electrodes suffer from non-uniform performance. Thus, production and characterization of the lateral uniformity of large-area films is a crucial step towards scale-up of devices. In this paper, we present a reproducible method for improving the lateral uniformity and performance of large-area perovskite solar cells (32 cm2). The method is based on methyl-ammonium iodide (MAI) vapor treatment as a new step in the sequential deposition of perovskite films. Following the MAI vapor treatment, we used high throughput techniques to map the photovoltaic performance throughout the large-area device. The lateral uniformity and performance of all photovoltaic parameters (Voc, Jsc, Fill Factor, Photo-conversion efficiency) increased, with an overall improved photo-conversion efficiency of ~100% following a vapor treatment at 140 °C. Based on XRD and photoluminescence measurements, We propose that the MAI treatment promotes a ``healing effect'' to the perovskite film which increases the lateral uniformity across the large-area solar cell. Thus, the straightforward MAI vapor treatment is highly beneficial for large scale commercialization of perovskite solar cells, regardless of the specific deposition method.Hybrid methyl-ammonium lead trihalide perovskites are promising low-cost materials for use in solar cells and other optoelectronic applications. With a certified photovoltaic conversion efficiency record of 20.1%, scale-up for commercial purposes is already underway. However, preparation of large-area perovskite films remains a challenge, and films of perovskites on large electrodes suffer from non

  4. Physical vapor deposition of CdTe thin films at low temperature for solar cell applications

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    Cadmium telluride is successfully utilized as an absorber material for thin film solar cells. Industrial production makes use of high substrate temperatures for the deposition of CdTe absorber layers. However, in order to exploit flexible substrates and to simplify the manufacturing process, lower deposition temperatures are beneficial. Based on the phase diagram of CdTe, predictions on the stoichiometry of CdTe thin films grown at low substrate temperatures are made in this work. These predictions were verified experimentally using additional sources of Cd and Te during the deposition of the CdTe thin films at different substrate temperatures. The deposited layers were analyzed with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. In case of CdTe layers which were deposited at substrate temperatures lower than 200 C without usage of additional sources we found a non-stoichiometric growth of the CdTe layers. The application of the additional sources leads to a stoichiometric growth for substrate temperatures down to 100 C which is a significant reduction of the substrate temperature during deposition.

  5. Membrane electrolytic cell for minimizing hypochlorite and chlorate formation

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    An electrolytic cell for the electrolysis of an alkali metal chloride brine is comprised of an anode compartment and a cathode compartment separated by a cation exchange membrane. The anode is comprised of an unflattened expanded structure of a valve metal selected from the group consisting of titanium, tantalum, niobium, and alloys thereof. At least one side of the anode has as the electrochemically active surface an electrodeposited layer of a valve metal oxide. A plurality of cracks traverse the electrodeposited layer and a coating of a platinum metal group oxide covers the electrodeposited layer and substantially fills the cracks. The cationic exchange membrane is comprised of a laminated structure having a first surface adapted to contact an anolyte in which the ion exchange groups are predominately sulfonic acid groups. The first surface is also in contact with the electrochemically active surface of the anode. A second surface of the cation exchange membrane, adapted to contact a catholyte, has ion exchange groups which are predominately carboxylic acid groups. The cathode positioned in the cathode compartment is spaced apart from the cation exchange membrane. The cell operates with both a low chlorine overvoltage and a low oxygen overvoltage. During electrolysis of alkali metal chloride brines, the formation of hypochlorite and chlorate ions is minimized and the alkali metal hydroxides produced have low chlorate concentrations and are suitable for use without further treatment in chlorate-sensitive applications. Spent brine treatment is simplified and at reduced costs

  6. Fabrication of solid state dye sensitized solar cells utilizing vapor phase polymerized poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) hole conducting layer

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    Skorenko, Kenneth H.

    There is a need for sustainable and renewable energy sources that can be used in both grid and off-grid structured systems. Photovoltaic devices have been used to generate electrical energy by capturing and converting photons from the sun. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have gained attention due to their consistent energy generation during indirect sunlight. Furthermore, DSSC can be applied as a flexible device and gain benefits from the low cost roll to roll manufacturing. With this in mind, we have taken steps toward optimizing a DSSC device for use as a solid state solar cell using conducting polymers. Typically DSSC use a liquid electrolyte as a hole conducting layer used to direct the separation of electron -- hole pairs. This liquid electrolyte comes with problems that can be subverted using conducting polymers. Poly(3,4 -- ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT), is a conducting thiophene that is tailored to have enhanced conductivity. We show that a vapor phase polymerization (VPP) of PEDOT can be used as a hole conducting layer in a solid state DSSC device. To this end we have investigated the electrical properties of the VPP PEDOT films in order to understand how the morphology and conductive domains relate to a polymers conductivity. Using 4 point probe we have measure the sheet resistance of the film, as well as how the films resistance is altered during stress tests. Scanning electron microscopy has been utilized to compare morphologies of different PEDOT films and see how surface morphology impacts the conductance measured. Using conductive atomic force microscopy we can look at the conductive domains between VPP PEDOT and PEDOT:PSS films. We saw that conductive domains of the VPP PEDOT are not only more conductive but also much larger in size and widespread throughout the film. We show that there is formation of PEDOT through optical spectroscopy and structural characterization such as UV/Vis and Raman spectroscopy as well as X-ray diffraction. When

  7. Vapor extractor

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    Bronder, G.A.; Bronder, L.R.

    1924-10-21

    A vapor extractor is described comprising a conveyer having compartments open at their top and bottom sides for a material to be conveyed, a plate forming a support for the conveyer and its compartments, means to move the conveyer over the plate with the material in the compartments, the movements of the conveyer forming ridges in the material that project above the walls of the compartments and means to remove the peaks of the ridges and thereby distribute the material composing the ridges into the bottom portion of the conveyer.

  8. 气相中碱金属离子与丝氨酸、亮氨酸和赖氨酸五肽复合物的裂解反应%Fragmentation Reactions of Complexes of Alkali Metal Ions with Pentaserine, Pentaleucine and Pentalysine in Gas Phase

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    魏王慧; 王青; 储艳秋; 汪日志; 丁传凡

    2014-01-01

    为了探索金属离子对含有不同侧链的多肽气相解离的影响,采用质谱法研究了碱金属离子Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+和Cs+分别与丝氨酸、亮氨酸和赖氨酸五肽(分别简写为S5, L5和K5)形成的复合物的裂解反应.质谱定性结果表明,5种碱金属离子均可以在气相中与丝氨酸、亮氨酸和赖氨酸五肽形成配合比为1:1和2:1的非共价复合物;竞争反应结果表明,随着碱金属离子半径的增加,它们与3种五肽的结合能力逐渐减弱.质谱定量结果表明, K+与丝氨酸、亮氨酸和赖氨酸五肽复合物的结合常数分别为8.94×104,2.83×104和2.50×103 L/mol,表明K+与五肽复合物的结合强度按照丝氨酸、亮氨酸和赖氨酸的顺序依次减小.含不同侧链碱金属离子-五肽复合物的碰撞诱导解离结果表明,复合物的碎裂主要发生在骨架上,丝氨酸五肽复合物最易碎裂,亮氨酸五肽复合物其次,赖氨酸五肽复合物则较难碎裂,且3种复合物的侧链断裂情况也呈现明显差异.此外,研究了Na+与亮氨酸五肽复合物所产生的碎片离子,分析了不同离子之间的来源关系,并以Dunbar的复合物理论模型为依据,推测在碎裂过程中,碱金属离子可能向五肽的碳端或氮端偏移.质谱碎片分析结果表明,在2:1的非共价复合物中,第一个碱金属离子与五肽上4个酰胺键的羰基结合,第二个碱金属离子与五肽的羧基氧原子结合.%For exploring the effects of alkali metal ions on the dissociations of peptides with different side chains in the gas phase, the complexes of Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+ and Cs+ with pentapeptides, Ser-Ser-Ser-Ser-Ser( S5 ) , Leu-Leu-Leu-Leu-Leu ( L5 ) and Lys-Lys-Lys-Lys-Lys ( K5 ) , were chosen to investigate the frag-mentation reaction pathways by mass spectrometry. The experimental results indicated that alkali metal ions and S5, L5, K5 can form 1:1 and 2:1 non-covalent complexes in the gas phase, and the binding

  9. New alkali-metal bidentate borate–malate NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 and CsB(DL-C4H4O5)2⋅H2O: Effect of cations on the framework structures and macroscopic centricities

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    Graphical abstract: Two novel semiorganic borates NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 and CsB(DL-C4H4O5)2·H2O display different framework geometries attributable to the size of the alkali-metal cations. NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 exhibits SHG intensity as high as two times that of KDP. Highlights: • New borate–malate crystals NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 and CsB(DL-C4H4O5)2⋅H2O have been grown. • They display diverse framework geometries attributable to the size of the cations. • NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric monoclinic space group P2. • Both crystals have absorption edges about 220 nm in the UV region. • NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 exhibits a NLO efficiency of 2 times that of KDP (KH2PO4) standard. -- Abstract: Two new alkali-metal bidenate borate–malate NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 and CsB(DL-C4H4O5)2⋅H2O have been grown by the facile slow evaporation method through the introduction of acetone as solvent. The crystal structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The stoichiometrically equivalent materials crystallize in three-dimensional framework structures and have the same structural unit [B(C4H4O5)2]−. However, both crystals exhibit very diverse framework geometries attributable to the size of the alkali-metal cations, which also leads to the different space groups and macroscopic centricities as proven by SHG test. The noncentrosymmetric NaB(DL-C4H4O5)2 was found to exhibit phase-matchable NLO intensity as high as two times that of KDP standard and a short-wavelength absorption onset at 220 nm. Moreover, both crystals have also been characterized by Infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis

  10. Multimegawatt nuclear electric propulsion with gaseous and vapor core reactors with MHD

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    Knight, Travis; Anghaie, Samim; Smith, Blair; Houts, Michael

    2001-02-01

    This study investigated the development of a system concept for space power generation and nuclear electric propulsion based on a fissioning plasma core reactor (FPCR) with magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) power conversion system, coupled to a magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster. The FPCR is a liquid-vapor core reactor concept operating with metallic uranium or uranium tetrafluoride (UF4) vapor as the fissioning fuel and alkali metals or their fluorides as working fluid in a closed Rankine cycle with MHD energy conversion. Candidate working fluids include K, Li, Na, KF, LiF, NaF, etc. The system features core outlet temperatures of 3000 to 4000 K at pressures of about 1 to 10 MPa, MHD temperatures of 2000 to 3000 K, and radiator temperatures of 1200 to 2000 K. This combination of parameters offers the potential for low total system specific mass in the range of 0.4 to 0.6 kg/kWe. The MHD output could be coupled with minimal power conditioning to the variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket (VASIMR), MPD thrusters or other types of thruster for producing thrust at very high specific impulse (Isp=1500 to 10,000 s). .

  11. Water vapor diffusion membranes, 2

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    Holland, F. F.; Klein, E.; Smith, J. K.; Eyer, C.

    1976-01-01

    Transport mechanisms were investigated for the three different types of water vapor diffusion membranes. Membranes representing porous wetting and porous nonwetting structures as well as dense diffusive membrane structures were investigated for water permeation rate as a function of: (1) temperature, (2) solids composition in solution, and (3) such hydrodynamic parameters as sweep gas flow rate, solution flow rate and cell geometry. These properties were measured using nitrogen sweep gas to collect the effluent. In addition, the chemical stability to chromic acid-stabilized urine was measured for several of each type of membrane. A technology based on the mechanism of vapor transport was developed, whereby the vapor diffusion rates and relative susceptibility of membranes to fouling and failure could be projected for long-term vapor recovery trials using natural chromic acid-stabilized urine.

  12. Electric and magnetic dipole allowed transitions of atoms for three-dimensionally isotropic left handedness in a mixed atomic vapor

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    Shen, Jian Qi

    2014-03-01

    Since previous negative-index atomic media based on quantum optical approaches are highly lossy, a proposal for realizing a three-dimensionally isotropic left-handed atomic vapor medium is suggested based on a mechanism of incoherent gain assisted atomic transitions. Two three-level atomic systems are utilized for producing simultaneously negative permittivity and negative permeability, respectively, in the same frequency band. We suggest that fine and hyperfine level transitions of atoms (e.g., a hyperfine level transition in a hydrogen atomic system and a fine level transition in an alkali-metal atomic system) would be applicable to realization of such a negatively refracting atomic vapor. The attractive features of the present scenario include: i) three-dimensionally isotropic negative indices; ii) incoherent gain wave amplification in the negative-index atomic vapor; iii) tunable negative indices depending upon external fields. Such a left-handed quantum optical medium can serve as a supporting substrate for lossy negative-index materials for loss compensation. It can also be used in designing new quantum optical and photonic devices (e.g., a subwavelength focusing system and a negative-index superlens for perfect imaging) because of its attractive properties of three-dimensional isotropy and high-gain wave amplification.

  13. Precise measurements of 203 Tl and 205 Tl excited state hyperfine splittings and isotope shifts using two-step vapor cell spectroscopy

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    Majumder, P. K.; Cheng, Sau Man; Rupasinghe, P. M.

    2016-05-01

    We have undertaken a series of high-precision atomic structure measurement in thallium to test ongoing ab initio atomic structure calculations of relevance to symmetry violation tests in this element. We are currently completing two-step spectroscopy measurements of the 8P1 / 2 and 8P3 / 2 hyperfine structure and isotope shift using a heated thallium vapor cell and two external cavity semiconductor diode lasers. One laser, locked to the thallium 6P1 / 2 --> 7S1 / 2 378 nm transition excites one or both naturally-occurring isotopes to an intermediate state. A second red laser overlaps the UV beam within the thallium vapor cell in both a co-propagating and counter-propagating configuration. Analysis of subsequent Doppler-free absorption spectra of the 7S1 / 2 --> 8P1 / 2 , 3 / 2 visible transitions allows us to extract both hyperfine and isotope shift information for these excited states with uncertainties below 1 MHz. Frequency modulation of the red laser provides convenient in situ frequency calibration. Recent measurements in our group have shown significant discrepancies from older hyperfine structure measurements in thallium excited states. Current results will be presented. Work supported by NSF Grant # 1404206.

  14. Gasoline vapor biofiltration

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    Paca, J.; Halecky, M. [Institute of Chemical Technology, Department of Fermentation Chemistry and Bioengineering, Prague (Czech Republic); Maryska, M. [Institute of Chemical Technology, Department of Glass and Ceramics, Prague (Czech Republic); Jones, K. [South Texas Environmental Institute, Texas A and M University-Kingsville, Kingsville (United States)

    2007-10-15

    While gasoline vapor emissions are common sources of air pollution, very few results have been published on the biofilter biodegradation of gasoline vapors in flowing waste gases. This investigation reports on a bench-scale biofilter of an ID of 50 mm and a bed height of 850 mm with an inexpensive fire clay chip medium as a packing material. The biofilter was inoculated with a concentrate of a mixed culture of the common microflora. After an acclimatization period of three weeks, loading tests were carried out at increasing gasoline inlet concentrations at a constant Empty Bed Retention Time (EBRT) of 16 min. Evaluating the removal rate and efficiency of aliphatic and aromatic fractions of the gasoline vapor, it was found that in a range of overall organic loading (OL{sub TPH}) up to 33.6 g/m{sup 3} h the removal efficiency of aromatic hydrocarbons decreased from 90 to 70 %, while that of the aliphatic components decreased much more significantly from 60 to 10 % after six months of operation. The removal rate and efficiency achieved for total petroleum hydrocarbons were 13 g/m{sup 3} h and 45 %, respectively. The microbial strains and genera of culturable cells in the inoculum and in the biofilm after six months of gasoline degradation were evaluated. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  15. Effects of Yamase climatic condition during the pollen mother cell developmental stage on concentrations of Cs and Sr in brown rice

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    Effects of the Yamase climatic condition on the concentration of alkali metals and alkaline earth metals in brown rice were examined in relation to the soil-to-plant transfer factors of 137Cs and 90Sr. Rice plants (Oryza sativa L cv. Yumeakari) were cultivated in an artificial climate chamber, and exposed to a simulated Yamase condition for 3 or 7 d during the pollen mother cell developmental stage. In these simulated treatments, temperature and light intensity were set to 5degC lower and 50% lower than the respective control values. Fog was generated with visibility of 70±30 m. Concentrations of alkali metals, alkaline earth metals and the other minor elements in brown rice samples were analyzed. Measured Cs and Sr concentrations were found to be unaffected by the Yamase treatments, while concentrations of Fe, Cu, Zn and Mo were increased. (author)

  16. Characterization of electrochemical photovoltaic cells using polycrystalline CdSe and CdTe electrodes grown by a liquid metal-vapor reaction

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    Polycrystalline CdSe and CdTe layers were fabricated by putting liquid Cd in contact with Se or Te vapors under constant Ar flow. The crystalline structure, surface properties, and semiconducting properties of these materials have been determined. Both materials were found to be n-type semiconductors. The results show that, under the proper experimental conditions, the liquid metal-vapor reaction enables the synthesis of polycrystalline CdSe photoelectrodes with a 6.9% energy conversion efficiency when used in an electrochemical photovoltaic cell under 80 mW/cm2 of white light illumination. This efficiency rates amongst the highest ones measured under similar conditions using polycrystalline CdSe. These CdSe layers have a majority charge carrier density of ND=2.6x1017 cm-3 and possess a highly textured surface which is assumed to be mainly responsible for the high photovoltaic efficiency. The highly textured CdTe samples obtained by this process, however, show a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of only 0.2%, and this is seen to be mainly due to their high majority charge carrier density of ND=7.8x1019 cm-3

  17. Characterization of electrochemical photovoltaic cells using polycrystalline CdSe and CdTe electrodes grown by a liquid metal-vapor reaction

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    Deng, Z.; Cinquino, M.; Lawrence, M.F. (Laboratories for Inorganic Materials, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Bld. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8 (CA))

    1991-06-01

    Polycrystalline CdSe and CdTe layers were fabricated by putting liquid Cd in contact with Se or Te vapors under constant Ar flow. The crystalline structure, surface properties, and semiconducting properties of these materials have been determined. Both materials were found to be {ital n}-type semiconductors. The results show that, under the proper experimental conditions, the liquid metal-vapor reaction enables the synthesis of polycrystalline CdSe photoelectrodes with a 6.9% energy conversion efficiency when used in an electrochemical photovoltaic cell under 80 mW/cm{sup 2} of white light illumination. This efficiency rates amongst the highest ones measured under similar conditions using polycrystalline CdSe. These CdSe layers have a majority charge carrier density of {ital N}{sub {ital D}}=2.6{times}10{sup 17} cm{sup {minus}3} and possess a highly textured surface which is assumed to be mainly responsible for the high photovoltaic efficiency. The highly textured CdTe samples obtained by this process, however, show a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of only 0.2%, and this is seen to be mainly due to their high majority charge carrier density of {ital N}{sub {ital D}}=7.8{times}10{sup 19} cm{sup {minus}3}.

  18. Improved efficiency of a large-area Cu(In,Ga)Se₂ solar cell by a nontoxic hydrogen-assisted solid Se vapor selenization process.

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    Wu, Tsung-Ta; Hu, Fan; Huang, Jyun-Hong; Chang, Chia-ho; Lai, Chih-chung; Yen, Yu-Ting; Huang, Hou-Ying; Hong, Hwen-Fen; Wang, Zhiming M; Shen, Chang-Hong; Shieh, Jia-Min; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2014-04-01

    A nontoxic hydrogen-assisted solid Se vapor selenization process (HASVS) technique to achieve a large-area (40 × 30 cm(2)) Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar panel with enhanced efficiencies from 7.1 to 10.8% (12.0% for active area) was demonstrated. The remarkable improvement of efficiency and fill factor comes from improved open circuit voltage (Voc) and reduced dark current due to (1) decreased interface recombination raised from the formation of a widened buried homojunction with n-type Cd(Cu) participation and (2) enhanced separation of electron and hole carriers resulting from the accumulation of Na atoms on the surface of the CIGS film. The effects of microstructural, compositional, and electrical characteristics with hydrogen-assisted Se vapor selenization, including interdiffusion of atoms and formation of buried homojunction, were examined in detail. This methodology can be also applied to CIS (CuInSe2) thin film solar cells with enhanced efficiencies from 5.3% to 8.5% (9.4% for active area) and provides a facile approach to improve quality of CIGS and stimulate the nontoxic progress in the large scale CIGS PV industry. PMID:24571825

  19. Simple-design ultra-low phase noise microwave frequency synthesizers for high-performing Cs and Rb vapor-cell atomic clocks

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    François, B.; Calosso, C. E.; Abdel Hafiz, M.; Micalizio, S.; Boudot, R.

    2015-09-01

    We report on the development and characterization of novel 4.596 GHz and 6.834 GHz microwave frequency synthesizers devoted to be used as local oscillators in high-performance Cs and Rb vapor-cell atomic clocks. The key element of the synthesizers is a custom module that integrates a high spectral purity 100 MHz oven controlled quartz crystal oscillator frequency-multiplied to 1.6 GHz with minor excess noise. Frequency multiplication, division, and mixing stages are then implemented to generate the exact output atomic resonance frequencies. Absolute phase noise performances of the output 4.596 GHz signal are measured to be -109 and -141 dB rad2/Hz at 100 Hz and 10 kHz Fourier frequencies, respectively. The phase noise of the 6.834 GHz signal is -105 and -138 dB rad2/Hz at 100 Hz and 10 kHz offset frequencies, respectively. The performances of the synthesis chains contribute to the atomic clock short term fractional frequency stability at a level of 3.1 × 10-14 for the Cs cell clock and 2 × 10-14 for the Rb clock at 1 s averaging time. This value is comparable with the clock shot noise limit. We describe the residual phase noise measurements of key components and stages to identify the main limitations of the synthesis chains. The residual frequency stability of synthesis chains is measured to be at the 10-15 level for 1 s integration time. Relevant advantages of the synthesis design, using only commercially available components, are to combine excellent phase noise performances, simple-architecture, low-cost, and to be easily customized for signal output generation at 4.596 GHz or 6.834 GHz for applications to Cs or Rb vapor-cell frequency standards.

  20. Simple-design ultra-low phase noise microwave frequency synthesizers for high-performing Cs and Rb vapor-cell atomic clocks

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    François, B. [FEMTO-ST, CNRS, Université de Franche-Comté, 26 chemin de l’Epitaphe, 25030 Besançon (France); INRIM, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy); Calosso, C. E.; Micalizio, S. [INRIM, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy); Abdel Hafiz, M.; Boudot, R. [FEMTO-ST, CNRS, Université de Franche-Comté, 26 chemin de l’Epitaphe, 25030 Besançon (France)

    2015-09-15

    We report on the development and characterization of novel 4.596 GHz and 6.834 GHz microwave frequency synthesizers devoted to be used as local oscillators in high-performance Cs and Rb vapor-cell atomic clocks. The key element of the synthesizers is a custom module that integrates a high spectral purity 100 MHz oven controlled quartz crystal oscillator frequency-multiplied to 1.6 GHz with minor excess noise. Frequency multiplication, division, and mixing stages are then implemented to generate the exact output atomic resonance frequencies. Absolute phase noise performances of the output 4.596 GHz signal are measured to be −109 and −141 dB rad{sup 2}/Hz at 100 Hz and 10 kHz Fourier frequencies, respectively. The phase noise of the 6.834 GHz signal is −105 and −138 dB rad{sup 2}/Hz at 100 Hz and 10 kHz offset frequencies, respectively. The performances of the synthesis chains contribute to the atomic clock short term fractional frequency stability at a level of 3.1 × 10{sup −14} for the Cs cell clock and 2 × 10{sup −14} for the Rb clock at 1 s averaging time. This value is comparable with the clock shot noise limit. We describe the residual phase noise measurements of key components and stages to identify the main limitations of the synthesis chains. The residual frequency stability of synthesis chains is measured to be at the 10{sup −15} level for 1 s integration time. Relevant advantages of the synthesis design, using only commercially available components, are to combine excellent phase noise performances, simple-architecture, low-cost, and to be easily customized for signal output generation at 4.596 GHz or 6.834 GHz for applications to Cs or Rb vapor-cell frequency standards.

  1. Simple-design ultra-low phase noise microwave frequency synthesizers for high-performing Cs and Rb vapor-cell atomic clocks

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    We report on the development and characterization of novel 4.596 GHz and 6.834 GHz microwave frequency synthesizers devoted to be used as local oscillators in high-performance Cs and Rb vapor-cell atomic clocks. The key element of the synthesizers is a custom module that integrates a high spectral purity 100 MHz oven controlled quartz crystal oscillator frequency-multiplied to 1.6 GHz with minor excess noise. Frequency multiplication, division, and mixing stages are then implemented to generate the exact output atomic resonance frequencies. Absolute phase noise performances of the output 4.596 GHz signal are measured to be −109 and −141 dB rad2/Hz at 100 Hz and 10 kHz Fourier frequencies, respectively. The phase noise of the 6.834 GHz signal is −105 and −138 dB rad2/Hz at 100 Hz and 10 kHz offset frequencies, respectively. The performances of the synthesis chains contribute to the atomic clock short term fractional frequency stability at a level of 3.1 × 10−14 for the Cs cell clock and 2 × 10−14 for the Rb clock at 1 s averaging time. This value is comparable with the clock shot noise limit. We describe the residual phase noise measurements of key components and stages to identify the main limitations of the synthesis chains. The residual frequency stability of synthesis chains is measured to be at the 10−15 level for 1 s integration time. Relevant advantages of the synthesis design, using only commercially available components, are to combine excellent phase noise performances, simple-architecture, low-cost, and to be easily customized for signal output generation at 4.596 GHz or 6.834 GHz for applications to Cs or Rb vapor-cell frequency standards

  2. Self-generating magnetometer with laser pumping employment in “end resonance” wall coated vapor cell atomic clocks

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    Baranov, A. A.; Ermak, S. V.; Smolin, R. V.; Semenov, V. V.

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents the results of two double resonance signals correlation investigation. These signals were observed synchronously in optically oriented Rb87 vapors with laser pumping in a dual scheme: low frequency Mx-magnetometer and microwave frequency discriminator. Analytical studies of the scalar and vector light shift components contribution to the frequency instability of the end resonance microwave transitions are presented. An experimental demonstration of the light shift components mutual compensation in optically pumped Rb87 atoms was provided. The results were processed in terms of Allan variance, which demonstrated an effect of decreasing frequency variation at averaging times more than 100 s for a joint scheme of the end resonance microwave transition and selfgenerating (Mx) magnetometer.

  3. Vapors produced by electronic cigarettes and e-juices with flavorings induce toxicity, oxidative stress, and inflammatory response in lung epithelial cells and in mouse lung.

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    Full Text Available Oxidative stress and inflammatory response are the key events in the pathogenesis of chronic airway diseases. The consumption of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs with a variety of e-liquids/e-juices is alarmingly increasing without the unrealized potential harmful health effects. We hypothesized that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/e-cigs pose health concerns due to oxidative toxicity and inflammatory response in lung cells exposed to their aerosols. The aerosols produced by vaporizing ENDS e-liquids exhibit oxidant reactivity suggesting oxidants or reactive oxygen species (OX/ROS may be inhaled directly into the lung during a "vaping" session. These OX/ROS are generated through activation of the heating element which is affected by heating element status (new versus used, and occurs during the process of e-liquid vaporization. Unvaporized e-liquids were oxidative in a manner dependent on flavor additives, while flavors containing sweet or fruit flavors were stronger oxidizers than tobacco flavors. In light of OX/ROS generated in ENDS e-liquids and aerosols, the effects of ENDS aerosols on tissues and cells of the lung were measured. Exposure of human airway epithelial cells (H292 in an air-liquid interface to ENDS aerosols from a popular device resulted in increased secretion of inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6 and IL-8. Furthermore, human lung fibroblasts exhibited stress and morphological change in response to treatment with ENDS/e-liquids. These cells also secrete increased IL-8 in response to a cinnamon flavored e-liquid and are susceptible to loss of cell viability by ENDS e-liquids. Finally, exposure of wild type C57BL/6J mice to aerosols produced from a popular e-cig increase pro-inflammatory cytokines and diminished lung glutathione levels which are critical in maintaining cellular redox balance. Thus, exposure to e-cig aerosols/juices incurs measurable oxidative and inflammatory responses in lung cells and tissues that

  4. Vapors produced by electronic cigarettes and e-juices with flavorings induce toxicity, oxidative stress, and inflammatory response in lung epithelial cells and in mouse lung.

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    Lerner, Chad A; Sundar, Isaac K; Yao, Hongwei; Gerloff, Janice; Ossip, Deborah J; McIntosh, Scott; Robinson, Risa; Rahman, Irfan

    2015-01-01

    Oxidative stress and inflammatory response are the key events in the pathogenesis of chronic airway diseases. The consumption of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) with a variety of e-liquids/e-juices is alarmingly increasing without the unrealized potential harmful health effects. We hypothesized that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)/e-cigs pose health concerns due to oxidative toxicity and inflammatory response in lung cells exposed to their aerosols. The aerosols produced by vaporizing ENDS e-liquids exhibit oxidant reactivity suggesting oxidants or reactive oxygen species (OX/ROS) may be inhaled directly into the lung during a "vaping" session. These OX/ROS are generated through activation of the heating element which is affected by heating element status (new versus used), and occurs during the process of e-liquid vaporization. Unvaporized e-liquids were oxidative in a manner dependent on flavor additives, while flavors containing sweet or fruit flavors were stronger oxidizers than tobacco flavors. In light of OX/ROS generated in ENDS e-liquids and aerosols, the effects of ENDS aerosols on tissues and cells of the lung were measured. Exposure of human airway epithelial cells (H292) in an air-liquid interface to ENDS aerosols from a popular device resulted in increased secretion of inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6 and IL-8. Furthermore, human lung fibroblasts exhibited stress and morphological change in response to treatment with ENDS/e-liquids. These cells also secrete increased IL-8 in response to a cinnamon flavored e-liquid and are susceptible to loss of cell viability by ENDS e-liquids. Finally, exposure of wild type C57BL/6J mice to aerosols produced from a popular e-cig increase pro-inflammatory cytokines and diminished lung glutathione levels which are critical in maintaining cellular redox balance. Thus, exposure to e-cig aerosols/juices incurs measurable oxidative and inflammatory responses in lung cells and tissues that could lead to

  5. Ecofriendly and Nonvacuum Electrostatic Spray-Assisted Vapor Deposition of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 Thin Film Solar Cells.

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    Hossain, Md Anower; Wang, Mingqing; Choy, Kwang-Leong

    2015-10-14

    Chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGSSe) thin films have been deposited by a novel, nonvacuum, and cost-effective electrostatic spray-assisted vapor deposition (ESAVD) method. The generation of a fine aerosol of precursor solution, and their controlled deposition onto a molybdenum substrate, results in adherent, dense, and uniform Cu(In,Ga)S2 (CIGS) films. This is an essential tool to keep the interfacial area of thin film solar cells to a minimum value for efficient charge separation as it helps to achieve the desired surface smoothness uniformity for subsequent cadmium sulfide and window layer deposition. This nonvacuum aerosol based approach for making the CIGSSe film uses environmentally benign precursor solution, and it is cheaper for producing solar cells than that of the vacuum-based thin film solar technology. An optimized CIGSSe thin film solar cell with a device configuration of molybdenum-coated soda-lime glass substrate/CIGSSe/CdS/i-ZnO/AZO shows the photovoltaic (j-V) characteristics of Voc=0.518 V, jsc=28.79 mA cm(-2), fill factor=64.02%, and a promising power conversion efficiency of η=9.55% under simulated AM 1.5 100 mW cm(-2) illuminations, without the use of an antireflection layer. This demonstrates the potential of ESAVD deposition as a promising alternative approach for making thin film CIGSSe solar cells at a lower cost. PMID:26390182

  6. Alternate methods of applying diffusants to silicon solar cells. [screen printing of thick-film paste materials and vapor phase transport from solid sources

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    Brock, T. W.; Field, M. B.

    1979-01-01

    Low-melting phosphate and borate glasses were screen printed on silicon wafers and heated to form n and p junctions. Data on surface appearance, sheet resistance and junction depth are presented. Similar data are reported for vapor phase transport from sintered aluminum metaphosphate and boron-containing glass-ceramic solid sources. Simultaneous diffusion of an N(+) layer with screen-printed glass and a p(+) layer with screen-printed Al alloy paste was attempted. No p(+) back surface field formation was achieved. Some good cells were produced but the heating in an endless-belt furnace caused a large scatter in sheet resistance and junction depth for three separate lots of wafers.

  7. A CPT-based Cs vapor cell atomic clock with a short-term fractional frequency stability of 3 x 10-13 τ-1/2

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    Abdel Hafiz, Moustafa; Liu, Xiaochi; Guérandel, Stéphane; De Clercq, Emeric; Boudot, Rodolphe

    2016-06-01

    This article reports on the development and short-term fractional frequency stability of a continuous-regime (CW) Cs vapor cell atomic clock based on coherent population trapping (CPT). The push-pull optical pumping technique is used to increase the number of atoms that participate to the clock transition, yielding a typical CPT resonance contrast of 25% for a CPT linewidth of about 450 Hz. The clock short-term fractional frequency stability is measured to be 3 x 10-13 τ-1/2 up to 100 seconds averaging time, in correct agreement with the signal-to-noise ratio limit. The mid-term frequency stability results are currently mainly limited by laser power effects. The detection of high-contrast narrow Raman-Ramsey fringes is demonstrated with this setup by making the atoms interact with a light pulse sequence.

  8. Microscopically controlled surgical excision combined with ultrapulse CO2 vaporization in the management of a patient with the nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome.

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    Krunic, A L; Viehman, G E; Madani, S; Clark, R E

    1998-01-01

    Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome is an autosomal dominant condition characterized by multiple basal cell carcinomas, skeletal abnormalities and sometimes mental retardation. The large number of tumors, which are often disfiguring, presents extreme difficulties in the treatment of these patients. Microscopically controlled excision, compared to other modalities (radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy, intralesional interferon alpha-2b) offers the highest cure rate. However, because of the large size and involvement of wide areas of the skin, this approach is sometimes impractical. The ultrapulse CO2 laser with high energy and short pulses achieves char-free ablation of the tumors, bloodless surgical field, minimal nonspecific thermal damage, rapid healing and diminished postoperative pain. Also, a number of lesions can be removed in a single session. We present a 48-year-old man with a 6.5 x 4.5 cm large basal cell carcinoma involving the anterior abdomen and navel area. The central thick portion of the tumor was resected by microscopically controlled excision with 3 stages, and wide thinner peripheral crescentic plaque vaporized with ultrapulse CO2 laser. The laser settings were 300 mJ energy/pulse and 100 W average power, which corresponds to the fluence of 7.5 J/cm2. Computerized pattern generator (ultrascan handpiece) was adjusted to patterns of 3 (circle) and 1 (square) with sizes varying from 5 to 7, and density of 9 (60% overlapping). The tumor was vaporized with 6 passes, all the way to deep reticular dermis. A fifteen month-follow up disclosed no recurrent disease. Subsequent biopsies revealed only a scar with postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. Our experience indicates that combined treatment with microscopically controlled excision and ultrapulse CO2 laser ablation is a suitable modality for the large tumor plaques involving concave and convex areas of the skin respectively. Microscopically controlled excision of thicker, concave portions of basal

  9. Thermodynamics Study of Effects of Alkali Metals on Mercury Transformation During Co-combustion of Biomass With Coal%生物质与煤混燃过程中碱金属对汞氧化影响的热力学研究

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    余婉璇; 刁永发; 沈恒

    2012-01-01

    针对生物质中C1和碱金属含量高的特点,研究生物质与煤混燃过程中Hg的氧化机制.使用化学热力学软件Chemical Equilibrium with Applications(CEA)建立C/H/O/N/S/C1/K/Na模型,分析碱金属元素K、Na与非金属元素Cl和S的反应,发现1 100K以下Cl仍然主要以HCl形式存在,SO2的含量逐渐减少,碱金属主要以碱金属硫酸盐(A2SO4)的形式存在,这对Hg的氧化反应变得更为有利,同时随着生物质的添加,这种趋势更为明显.同时使用动力学软件Chemkin4.1构建了Hg/C/H/O/N/S/C1/K/Na的化学和气相平衡模型,进一步研究了生物质与煤混燃过程中对Hg氧化的影响.计算结果表明,生物质与煤之比越高,对Hg的氧化越有利,生物质中高含量的C1是促进Hg氧化最主要的因素,而K、Na的存在对Hg的氧化有进一步的促进作用,这进一步证实了热力学计算结果.%The oxidation mechanism of mercury during co-combustion biomass with coal was studied because of the high content of Cl and alkali metal of the biomass. C/H/O/N/S/ Cl/K/Na model was established with chemical thermodynamics software CEA, and the interaction between alkali metals and chlorine or sulfur were analyzed. It is founded that below 1 100K, Cl is still mainly in the form of HC1, the content of SO2 decreases, and the alkali metals exist in the form of alkali sulfate (A2SO4), which will contribute to the oxidation of Hg. And with the addition of biomass, this trend becomes more apparent. Hg/C/H/O/N/S/Cl/Hg/K/Na chemical and phase equilibrium model was established based on previous studies with CHEMKIN 4.1, and the effect of biomass co-firing with coal on Hg oxidation was further studied. Chemical and phase equilibrium calculations results show that the more the ratio of biomass and coal is, the better the oxidation of Hg. The high content of Cl in the biomass is the most important factor to promote Hg oxidation, and the presence of K and Na will further promote Hg oxidation

  10. Detection of slow atoms confined in a Cesium vapor cell by spatially separated pump and probe laser beams

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    Todorov, Petko; Maurin, Isabelle; Saltiel, Solomon; Bloch, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    The velocity distribution of atoms in a thermal gas is usually described through a Maxwell-Boltzman distribution of energy, and assumes isotropy. As a consequence, the probability for an atom to leave the surface under an azimuth angle {\\theta} should evolve as cos {\\theta}, in spite of the fact that there is no microscopic basis to justify such a law. The contribution of atoms moving at a grazing incidence towards or from the surface, i.e. atoms with a small normal velocity, here called "slow" atoms, reveals essential in the development of spectroscopic methods probing a dilute atomic vapor in the vicinity of a surface, enabling a sub-Doppler resolution under a normal incidence irradiation. The probability for such "slow" atoms may be reduced by surface roughness and atom-surface interaction. Here, we describe a method to observe and to count these slow atoms relying on a mechanical discrimination, through spatially separated pump and probe beams. We also report on our experimental progresses toward such a g...

  11. Performance Improvement of Microcrystalline p-SiC/i-Si/n-Si Thin Film Solar Cells by Using Laser-Assisted Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The microcrystalline p-SiC/i-Si/n-Si thin film solar cells treated with hydrogen plasma were fabricated at low temperature using a CO2 laser-assisted plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (LAPECVD system. According to the micro-Raman results, the i-Si films shifted from 482 cm−1 to 512 cm−1 as the assisting laser power increased from 0 W to 80 W, which indicated a gradual transformation from amorphous to crystalline Si. From X-ray diffraction (XRD results, the microcrystalline i-Si films with (111, (220, and (311 diffraction were obtained. Compared with the Si-based thin film solar cells deposited without laser assistance, the short-circuit current density and the power conversion efficiency of the solar cells with assisting laser power of 80 W were improved from 14.38 mA/cm2 to 18.16 mA/cm2 and from 6.89% to 8.58%, respectively.

  12. Amorphous silicon carbonitride diaphragm for environmental-cell transmission electron microscope fabricated by low-energy ion beam induced chemical vapor deposition

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    Matsutani, Takaomi; Yamasaki, Kayo; Imaeda, Norihiro; Kawasaki, Tadahiro

    2015-12-01

    An amorphous silicon carbonitride (a-SiCN) diaphragm for an environmental-cell transmission electron microscope (E-TEM) was fabricated by low-energy ion beam induced chemical vapor deposition (LEIBICVD) with hexamethyldisilazane (HMDSN). The films were prepared by using gaseous HMDSN and N2+ ions with energies ranging from 300 to 600 eV. The diaphragms were applied to Si (1 0 0) and a Cu grid with 100-μm-diameter holes. With increasing ion energy, these diaphragms became perfectly smooth surfaces (RMS = 0.43 nm at 600 eV), as confirmed by atomic force microscopy and TEM. The diaphragms were amorphous and transparent to 200 kV electrons, and no charge-up was observed. Fourier transform infrared spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectra revealed that the elimination of organic compounds and formation of Si-N and C-N bonds can be promoted in diaphragms by increasing the ion impact energy. The resistance to electron beams and reaction gases in the E-cell was improved when the diaphragm was formed with high ion energy.

  13. The Growth of InGaAsN for High Efficiency Solar Cells by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    InGaAsN alloys are a promising material for increasing the efficiency of multi-junction solar cells now used for satellite power systems. However, the growth of these dilute N containing alloys has been challenging with further improvements in material quality needed before the solar cell higher efficiencies are realized. Nitrogen/V ratios exceeding 0.981 resulted in lower N incorporation and poor surface morphologies. The growth rate was found to depend on not only the total group III transport for a fixed N/V ratio but also on the N/V ratio. Carbon tetrachloride and dimethylzinc were effective for p-type doping. Disilane was not an effective n-type dopant while SiCl4 did result in n-type material but only a narrow range of electron concentrations (2-5e17cm(sup -3)) were achieved

  14. Improving low pressure chemical vapor deposited zinc oxide contacts for thin film silicon solar cells by using rough glass substrates

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    Steinhauser, J., E-mail: jerome.steinhauser@oerlikon.com; Boucher, J.-F.; Omnes, E.; Borrello, D.; Vallat-Sauvain, E.; Monteduro, G.; Marmelo, M.; Orhan, J.-B.; Wolf, B.; Bailat, J.; Benagli, S.; Meier, J.; Kroll, U.

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    Compared to zinc oxide grown (ZnO) on flat glass, rough etched glass substrates decrease the sheet resistance (R{sub sq}) of zinc oxide layers grown on it. We explain this R{sub sq} reduction from a higher thickness and an improved electron mobility for ZnO layers deposited on rough etched glass substrates. When using this etched glass substrate, we also obtain a large variety of surface texture by changing the thickness of the ZnO layer grown on it. This new combination of etched glass and ZnO layer shows improved light trapping potential compared to ZnO films grown on flat glass. With this new approach, Micromorph thin film silicon tandem solar cells with high total current densities (sum of the top and bottom cell current density) of up to 26.8 mA cm{sup -2} were fabricated.

  15. The large-area CdTe thin film for CdS/CdTe solar cell prepared by physical vapor deposition in medium pressure

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    Luo, Run; Liu, Bo; Yang, Xiaoyan; Bao, Zheng; Li, Bing; Zhang, Jingquan; Li, Wei; Wu, Lili; Feng, Lianghuan

    2016-01-01

    The Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film has been prepared by physical vapor deposition (PVD), the Ar + O2 pressure is about 0.9 kPa. This method is a newer technique to deposit CdTe thin film in large area, and the size of the film is 30 × 40 cm2. This method is much different from the close-spaced sublimation (CSS), as the relevance between the source temperature and the substrate temperature is weak, and the gas phase of CdTe is transferred to the substrate by Ar + O2 flow. Through this method, the compact and uniform CdTe film (30 × 40 cm2) has been achieved, and the performances of the CdTe thin film have been determined by transmission spectrum, SEM and XRD. The film is observed to be compact with a good crystallinity, the CdTe is polycrystalline with a cubic structure and a strongly preferred (1 1 1) orientation. Using the CdTe thin film (3 × 5 cm2) which is taken from the deposited large-area film, the 14.6% efficiency CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell has been prepared successfully. The structure of the cell is glass/FTO/CdS/CdTe/graphite slurry/Au, short circuit current density (Jsc) of the cell is 26.9 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage (Voc) is 823 mV, and filling factor (FF) is 66.05%. This technique can be a quite promising method to apply in the industrial production, as it has great prospects in the fabricating of large-area CdTe film.

  16. Development of Earth-Abundant Tin(II) Sulfide Thin-Film Solar Cells by Vapor Deposition

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    Sinsermsuksakul, Prasert

    2013-01-01

    To sustain future civilization, the development of alternative clean-energy technologies to replace fossil fuels has become one of the most crucial and challenging problems of the last few decades. The thin film solar cell is one of the major photovoltaic technologies that is promising for renewable energy. The current commercial thin film PV technologies are based on \\(Cu(In,Ga)Se_2\\) and CdTe. Despite their success in reducing the module cost below $1/Wp, these absorber materials face limit...

  17. Stratospheric water vapor feedback

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    Dessler, A. E.; Schoeberl, M. R.; Wang, T.; Davis, S M; K. H. Rosenlof

    2013-01-01

    We show observational evidence for a stratospheric water vapor feedback—a warmer climate increases stratospheric water vapor, and because stratospheric water vapor is itself a greenhouse gas, this leads to further warming. An estimate of its magnitude from a climate model yields a value of +0.3 W/(m2⋅K), suggesting that this feedback plays an important role in our climate system.

  18. Series of Multifluorine Substituted Oligomers for Organic Solar Cells with Efficiency over 9% and Fill Factor of 0.77 by Combination Thermal and Solvent Vapor Annealing.

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    Wang, Jin-Liang; Liu, Kai-Kai; Yan, Jun; Wu, Zhuo; Liu, Feng; Xiao, Fei; Chang, Zheng-Feng; Wu, Hong-Bin; Cao, Yong; Russell, Thomas P

    2016-06-22

    We report the synthesis of a family of multifluorine substituted oligomers and the corresponding polymer that have the same backbones but different conjugation lengths and amounts of fluorine atoms on the backbone. The physical properties and photovoltaic performances of these materials were systematically investigated using optical absorption, charge mobility, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, resonant soft X-ray scattering methods, and photovoltaic devices. The power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) based on oligomers were much higher than that in the polymer. Moreover, the devices based on BIT6F and BIT10F, which have an axisymmetric electron-deficient difluorobenzothiadiazole as the central unit, gave slightly higher PCEs than those with centrosymmetric electron-rich indacenodithiophene (IDT) as the central unit (BIT4F or BIT8F). Using proper solvent vapor annealing (SVA), particularly using thermal annealing (TA) followed by SVA, the device performance could be significantly improved. Notably, the best PCE of 9.1% with a very high FF of 0.76 was achieved using the medium-sized oligomer BIT6F with the optimized film morphology. This efficiency is the highest value reported for organic solar cells from small-molecules without rhodanine terminal group. More excitingly, devices from the shortest oligomer BIT4F showed an impressively high FF of 0.77 (the highest FF value reported for solution-processed small-molecule organic solar cells). These results indicate that photovoltaic performances of oligomers can be modulated through successive change in chain-length and fluorine atoms, alternating spatial symmetric core, and combined post-treatments. PMID:27225322

  19. Petroleum Vapor - Field Technical

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    The screening approach being developed by EPA OUST to evaluate petroleum vapor intrusion (PVI) requires information that has not be routinely collected in the past at vapor intrusion sites. What is the best way to collect this data? What are the relevant data quality issues and ...

  20. Water vapor pressure calculation.

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    Hall, J R; Brouillard, R G

    1985-06-01

    Accurate calculation of water vapor pressure for systems saturated with water vapor can be performed using the Goff-Gratch equation. A form of the equation that can be adapted for computer programming and for use in electronic databases is provided. PMID:4008425

  1. Bioeffects due to acoustic droplet vaporization

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    Bull, Joseph

    2015-11-01

    Encapsulated micro- and nano-droplets can be vaporized via ultrasound, a process termed acoustic droplet vaporization. Our interest is primarily motivated by a developmental gas embolotherapy technique for cancer treatment. In this methodology, infarction of tumors is induced by selectively formed vascular gas bubbles that arise from the acoustic vaporization of vascular microdroplets. Additionally, the microdroplets may be used as vehicles for localized drug delivery, with or without flow occlusion. In this talk, we examine the dynamics of acoustic droplet vaporization through experiments and theoretical/computational fluid mechanics models, and investigate the bioeffects of acoustic droplet vaporization on endothelial cells and in vivo. Early timescale vaporization events, including phase change, are directly visualized using ultra-high speed imaging, and the influence of acoustic parameters on droplet/bubble dynamics is discussed. Acoustic and fluid mechanics parameters affecting the severity of endothelial cell bioeffects are explored. These findings suggest parameter spaces for which bioeffects may be reduced or enhanced, depending on the objective of the therapy. This work was supported by NIH grant R01EB006476.

  2. Analytical investigation of the feasibility of sacrificial microchannel sealing for Chip-Scale Atomic Magnetometers

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    Tsujimoto, Kazuya; Hirai, Yoshikazu; Sugano, Koji; Tsuchiya, Toshiyuki; TABATA, Osamu

    2014-01-01

    An alkali metal vapor cell is a crucial component of the highly sensitive Chip Scale Atomic Magnetometers (CSAMs) that are increasingly deployed in a variety of electronic devices. Herein, we propose a novel microfabrication technique utilizing an array of microchannels at a bonded interface, to enable gas feedthrough for evacuation of unwanted gases from a vapor cell and subsequent introduction of an inert gas, followed by permanent sealing of the microchannels by reflow of a glass frit. The...

  3. Second Vapor-Level Sensor For Vapor Degreaser

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    Painter, Nance M.; Burley, Richard K.

    1990-01-01

    Second vapor-level sensor installed at lower level in vapor degreaser makes possible to maintain top of vapor at that lower level. Evaporation reduced during idle periods. Provides substantial benefit, without major capital cost of building new vapor degreaser with greater freeboard height.

  4. R-22 vapor explosions

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    Previous experimental and theoretical studies of R-22 vapor explosions are reviewed. Results from two experimental investigations of vapor explosions in a medium scale R-22/water system are reported. Measurements following the drop of an unrestrained mass of R-22 into a water tank demonstrated the existence of two types of interaction behavior. Release of a constrained mass of R-22 beneath the surface of a water tank improved the visual resolution of the system thus allowing identification of two interaction mechansims: at low water temperatures, R-22/water contact would produce immediate violent boiling; at high water temperatures a vapor film formed around its R-22 as it was released, explosions were generated by a surface wave which initiated at a single location and propagated along the vapor film as a shock wave. A new vapor explosion model is proposed, it suggests explosions are the result of a sequence of three independent steps: an initial mixing phase, a trigger and growth phase, and a mature phase where a propagating shock wave accelerates the two liquids into a collapsing vapor layer causing a high velocity impact which finely fragments and intermixes the two liquids

  5. Alkali metals in combustion of biomass with coal

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    Glazer, M.P.

    2007-01-01

    Growing demand for energy in the world, depletion of fossil fuels and green house effect require from us to utilize alternative, renewable sources of power. Biomass gained in the last few years more and more attention especially in Europe. Many research programs focused on the various forms of thermal biomass utilization have been launched and successfully accomplished expanding our knowledge and contributing to the, so-called, sustainable development. Utilization of straw, biomass present in...

  6. Ultracold chemistry with alkali-metal-rare-earth molecules

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    Makrides, C; Pradhan, G B; Petrov, A; Kendrick, B K; González-Lezana, T; Balakrishnan, N; Kotochigova, S

    2014-01-01

    A first principles study of the dynamics of $^6$Li($^{2}$S) + $^6$Li$^{174}$Yb($^2\\Sigma^+$)$ \\to ^6$Li$_2(^1\\Sigma^+$) + $^{174}$Yb($^1$S) reaction is presented at cold and ultracold temperatures. The computations involve determination and analytic fitting of a three-dimensional potential energy surface for the Li$_2$Yb system and quantum dynamics calculations of varying complexities, ranging from exact quantum dynamics within the close-coupling scheme, to statistical quantum treatment, and universal models. It is demonstrated that the two simplified methods yield zero-temperature limiting reaction rate coefficients in reasonable agreement with the full close-coupling calculations. The effect of the three-body term in the interaction potential is explored by comparing quantum dynamics results from a pairwise potential that neglects the three-body term to that derived from the full interaction potential. Inclusion of the three-body term in the close-coupling calculations was found to reduce the limiting rate ...

  7. Nanoconfined Alkali-metal borohydrides for Reversible Hydrogen Storage

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    Ngene, P.

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogen has been identified as a promising energy carrier. Its combustion is not associated with pollution when generated from renewable energy sources like solar and wind. The large-scale use of hydrogen for intermittent energy storage and as a fuel for cars can contribute to the realization of a

  8. Near-threshold photodetachment of heavy alkali-metal anions

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    We calculate near-threshold photodetachment cross sections for Rb-, Cs-, and Fr- using the Pauli equation method with a model potential describing the effective electron-atom interaction. Parameters of the model potential are fitted to reproduce ab initio scattering phase shifts obtained from Dirac R-matrix calculations. Special care is taken to formulate the boundary conditions near the atomic nucleus for solving the Pauli equation, based on the analytic solution of the Dirac equation for a Coulomb potential. We find a 3P1o resonance contribution to the photodetachment cross section of Rb-, Cs-, and Fr- ions. Our calculated total photodetachment cross sections for Cs agree with experiments after tuning the resonance position by 2.4 meV. For Rb- and Fr- the resonance contribution is much smaller than for Cs. We therefore also provide angle-differential cross sections and asymmetry parameters which are much more sensitive to the resonant contribution than total cross sections

  9. Kinetics of electrochemical scandium reduction in molten alkali metal chlorides

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    The mechanism has been studied and kinetic parameters ascertained for Sc3+ ions reduction in eutectic melt of NaCl-KCl-CsCl at temperatures from 817 to 928 K using the methods of cyclic voltametry, chronopotentiometry and chronoamperometry. Temperature dependence of diffusion factor, equilibrium constant and dissociation rate constant of the complexes have been determined

  10. Interpretation of X-ray diffraction from liquid alkali metals

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    It is known that, near freezing, the peaks in the liquid structure factors of Na and K reflect the ordering of a body-centred cubic lattice. Therefore, we have considered the modifications introduced into the electron distribution of a body-centred cubic, nearly-free electron, metal by destruction of the long-range order. Use of the Wannier representation, as has been pointed out by Matthai et al. leads naturally in a metal to bond charges at the centres of near-neighbour, next-near neighbour, etc. bonds. Because of the absence of long-range order in the nuclei of liquid Na and K, it is argued that only near-neighbour and perhaps next-near neighbour bond charges remain meaningful. Thus, whereas in crystalline Na and K, the totality of the bond charge distributions, including however many longer and longer bonds, adds up to an almost constant electron density of the valence electrons, in the liquid the local angularity of the electron density is significant. We find then that a model which can explain the observed reflections, which are characteristic of a face-centred-cubic lattice, can be built up by: (a) using local sp3 type bonding charges, with Pauling resonance invoked between occupied and unoccupied bonds; (b) assuming, once local electron co-ordination characteristic of such bonds is formed, Wigner-type lattice ordering can propagate the face-centred lattice over distances of 30 to 40 A. The differences to be expected between nearly-free electron metals and tight-binding metals in the liquid state are finally stressed. (author)

  11. ELECTROHYDRAULIC LEACHING OF ALKALI METALS FROM ZINNWALDITE MICA

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    Faltus, M.; Babický, Václav; Botula, J.; Hong Vu, N.; Člupek, Martin

    Bratislava: Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia); Society for Plasma Research and Applications in cooperation with Library and Publishing Centre CU, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2015 - (Papp, P.; Országh, J.; Moravský, L.; Ribar, A.; Matejčík, Š.), s. 234-239 ISBN 978-80-8147-027-1. [Symposium on Application of Plasma Processes COST TD1208 Workshop on Application of Gaseous Plasma with Liquids: SAPP XX /20./. Tatranská Lomnica (SK), 17.01.2015-22.01.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LD14080 Grant ostatní: European Cooperation in Science and Technology(XE) COST TD1208 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : electrical discharge in liquid * leaching of metals Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics http://is.muni.cz/repo/1219429/SAPP_XX_2015.pdf

  12. Alkali metals in combustion of biomass with coal

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    Glazer, M.P.

    2007-01-01

    Growing demand for energy in the world, depletion of fossil fuels and green house effect require from us to utilize alternative, renewable sources of power. Biomass gained in the last few years more and more attention especially in Europe. Many research programs focused on the various forms of therm

  13. Vapor pressures and enthalpies of vaporization of azides

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    Verevkin, Sergey P., E-mail: sergey.verevkin@uni-rostock.de [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Rostock, Dr-Lorenz-Weg 1, D-18059 Rostock (Germany); Emel' yanenko, Vladimir N. [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Rostock, Dr-Lorenz-Weg 1, D-18059 Rostock (Germany); Algarra, Manuel [Centro de Geologia do Porto, Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Manuel Lopez-Romero, J. [Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Malaga. Campus de Teatinos s/n, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Aguiar, Fabio; Enrique Rodriguez-Borges, J.; Esteves da Silva, Joaquim C.G. [Centro de Investigacao em Quimica (CIQ-UP), Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: > We prepared and measured vapor pressures and vaporization enthalpies of 7 azides. > We examined consistency of new and available in the literature data. > Data for geminal azides and azido-alkanes selected for thermochemical calculations. - Abstract: Vapor pressures of some azides have been determined by the transpiration method. The molar enthalpies of vaporization {Delta}{sub l}{sup g}H{sub m} of these compounds were derived from the temperature dependencies of vapor pressures. The measured data sets were successfully checked for internal consistency by comparison with vaporization enthalpies of similarly structured compounds.

  14. Electrolytic systems and methods for making metal halides and refining metals

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    Holland, Justin M.; Cecala, David M.

    2015-05-26

    Disclosed are electrochemical cells and methods for producing a halide of a non-alkali metal and for electrorefining the halide. The systems typically involve an electrochemical cell having a cathode structure configured for dissolving a hydrogen halide that forms the halide into a molten salt of the halogen and an alkali metal. Typically a direct current voltage is applied across the cathode and an anode that is fabricated with the non-alkali metal such that the halide of the non-alkali metal is formed adjacent the anode. Electrorefining cells and methods involve applying a direct current voltage across the anode where the halide of the non-alkali metal is formed and the cathode where the non-alkali metal is electro-deposited. In a representative embodiment the halogen is chlorine, the alkali metal is lithium and the non-alkali metal is uranium.

  15. Passive Vaporizing Heat Sink

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    Knowles, TImothy R.; Ashford, Victor A.; Carpenter, Michael G.; Bier, Thomas M.

    2011-01-01

    A passive vaporizing heat sink has been developed as a relatively lightweight, compact alternative to related prior heat sinks based, variously, on evaporation of sprayed liquids or on sublimation of solids. This heat sink is designed for short-term dissipation of a large amount of heat and was originally intended for use in regulating the temperature of spacecraft equipment during launch or re-entry. It could also be useful in a terrestrial setting in which there is a requirement for a lightweight, compact means of short-term cooling. This heat sink includes a hermetic package closed with a pressure-relief valve and containing an expendable and rechargeable coolant liquid (e.g., water) and a conductive carbon-fiber wick. The vapor of the liquid escapes when the temperature exceeds the boiling point corresponding to the vapor pressure determined by the setting of the pressure-relief valve. The great advantage of this heat sink over a melting-paraffin or similar phase-change heat sink of equal capacity is that by virtue of the =10x greater latent heat of vaporization, a coolant-liquid volume equal to =1/10 of the paraffin volume can suffice.

  16. Vapor liquid fraction determination

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    This invention describes a method of measuring liquid and vapor fractions in a non-homogeneous fluid flowing through an elongate conduit, such as may be required with boiling water, non-boiling turbulent flows, fluidized bed experiments, water-gas mixing analysis, and nuclear plant cooling. (UK)

  17. Muonium formation in vapors

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    The fractions of positive muons thermalizing in vapors as either the muonium atom (fsub(M)) or in diamagnetic environments (fsub(D)) have been measured in water, methanol, hexane, c-hexane, the chlorinated methanes and in TMS, in the pressure range from approximately 0.1 to approximately 2.5 atm. There is a marked difference in every case in comparison with the corresponding fractions (Psub(M),Psub(D)) measured in condensed media, with approximately 80 percent of incident muons forming muonium in the vapor phase compared to approximately 20 percent in the corresponding condensed phases. CClsub(4) appears somewhat anomalous in that it shows an unusually small muonium fraction in the vapor (fsub(D) approximately fsub(M)=0.5) and an unusually large diamagnetic fraction in the liquid (Psub(D)=1.0); these results can be attributed to large hot atom cross sections extending to the thermal regime, manifest as a relatively fast thermal rate constant for Mu + CClsub(4) (ksub(MU)=(2.9+-0.8) x 10sup(8) Msup(-1) ssup(-1)). The vapor phase results can be understood in terms of a charge exchange/hot atom (ion) model, providing also a likely explanation for observed pressure dependent fsub(D)'s in hexane, c-hexane and TMS at low (<0.5 atm) pressures in terms of termolecular processes, in analogy with some hot tritium studies. In the condensed phase, however, the present vapor phase results indicate that hot atom reactions cannot account for more than about 30 percent of the much larger diamagnetic fractions seen, strongly suggesting therefore that radiation induced spur effects play a dominant role in determining thermal muon fractions in condensed media

  18. Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Silicate Vaporization

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Costa, Gustavo C. C.

    2015-01-01

    Silicates are a common class of materials that are often exposed to high temperatures. The behavior of these materials needs to be understood for applications as high temperature coatings in material science as well as the constituents of lava for geological considerations. The vaporization behavior of these materials is an important aspect of their high temperature behavior and it also provides fundamental thermodynamic data. The application of Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry (KEMS) to silicates is discussed. There are several special considerations for silicates. The first is selection of an appropriate cell material, which is either nearly inert or has well-understood interactions with the silicate. The second consideration is proper measurement of the low vapor pressures. This can be circumvented by using a reducing agent to boost the vapor pressure without changing the solid composition or by working at very high temperatures. The third consideration deals with kinetic barriers to vaporization. The measurement of these barriers, as encompassed in a vaporization coefficient, is discussed. Current measured data of rare earth silicates for high temperature coating applications are discussed. In addition, data on magnesium-iron-silicates (olivine) are presented and discussed.

  19. Vapor CdCl2—optimization and screening experiments for an all dry chloride treatment of CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Mahathongdy, Yoxa; Albin, David S.; Wolden, Colin A.; Baldwin, Robert M.

    1999-03-01

    A dry vapor treatment of CdCl2 is being developed as an alternative approach to the conventional solution CdCl2 treatment of CdS/CdTe devices. In this alternative process, the CdS/CdTe substrates are vapor treated in a close-spaced sublimation configuration. A 16-run Plackett-Burman screening experiment identified source temperature, substrate temperature, and treatment time as being the most significant parameters in the process. Subsequently, a 20-run Central Composite Design showed that a source temperature of 380-390 °C, a temperature gradient (ΔT) of 5 °C, and a time of 10 minutes provides the most process tolerant combination, yielding a total-area efficiency of 12.6%. A strong interaction between ΔT and treatment time was also identified. The model indicated that for a small ΔT, device performance improved with decreasing time, whereas at larger values of ΔT, performance increased with increasing time.

  20. New alkali metal diphosphates how materials to preserve the security of the environment: CsNaCu(P2O7), Rb2Cu(P2O7) and CsNaCo(P2O7) synthesis and crystal structure determination

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    Chernyatieva, Anastasiya; Filatova, Alyona; Spiridonova, Dariya; Krivovichev, Sergey

    2013-04-01

    In this work we describe preliminary results of the synthesis and of a crystal-chemical study of synthetic phosphates with transition metals. Due to the increasing requirements for environmental safety specialists from various industries, we are searching for sustainable forms of immobilization of hazardous waste during storage. We are also developing a component-based waste for new materials. In our continued exploratory synthesis of compounds containing transition-metals, we were able to produce the new diphosphate phases CsNaCu(P2O7), Rb2Cu(P2O7) and CsNaCo(P2O7). A crystal chemical study has allowed us to identify new phosphates. Crystals of CsNaCu(P2O7) (Phase 1) is orthorhombic, crystallizes in space group Pmn21, with a = 5.147(8), b = 15.126(2), c = 9.717(2) Å, V = 756.20 Å3, R1 = 0.066 and Rb2Cu(P2O7) (Phase 2) is orthorhombic as well, crystallizes in space group Pmcn, with a = 5.183(8), b = 10.096(1), c = 15.146(3) Å, V = 793.55 Å3, R1 = 0.063, they have been obtained by high-temperature reaction of RbNO3, CsNO3, Cu(NO3)2, NaOH and (NH4)4P2O7. Synthetic crystals of the phosphate of copper and rubidium were studied in detail by us on the structures of Rb2Cu(P2O7) and Rb2Cu3(P2O7)2 - new alkali metal copper diphosphates (CHERNYATIEVA et al., 2008). Here we report the synthesis, the structure and the properties of the title compounds and we compare these phases with the previously discovered K2CuP2O7 (ELMAADI et al., 1995) and CsNaMnP2O7 (HUANG et al., 1998). These structures crystallize in other space groups, although their structures are also based on 2-D layers, formed by P2O7 groups combined with polyhedra of the transition metals (CHERNYATIEVA et al., 2012). A crystal chemical study has allowed us to identify even new diphosphates CsNaCu(P2O7) (Phase 3). Crystals of CsNaCoP2O7 is monoclinic, space group P 21/n, with a = 7,424(2), b = 7,648(1), c = 12,931(3)Å, β = 90,71(2)° , V = 734.2(3) Å3 and R1 = 0.060. The structure is based framework of Co

  1. Stratified vapor generator

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    Bharathan, Desikan (Lakewood, CO); Hassani, Vahab (Golden, CO)

    2008-05-20

    A stratified vapor generator (110) comprises a first heating section (H.sub.1) and a second heating section (H.sub.2). The first and second heating sections (H.sub.1, H.sub.2) are arranged so that the inlet of the second heating section (H.sub.2) is operatively associated with the outlet of the first heating section (H.sub.1). A moisture separator (126) having a vapor outlet (164) and a liquid outlet (144) is operatively associated with the outlet (124) of the second heating section (H.sub.2). A cooling section (C.sub.1) is operatively associated with the liquid outlet (144) of the moisture separator (126) and includes an outlet that is operatively associated with the inlet of the second heating section (H.sub.2).

  2. VAPOR PRESSURES AND HEATS OF VAPORIZATION OF PRIMARY COAL TARS

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    Eric M. Suuberg; Vahur Oja

    1997-07-01

    This project had as its main focus the determination of vapor pressures of coal pyrolysis tars. It involved performing measurements of these vapor pressures and from them, developing vapor pressure correlations suitable for use in advanced pyrolysis models (those models which explicitly account for mass transport limitations). This report is divided into five main chapters. Each chapter is a relatively stand-alone section. Chapter A reviews the general nature of coal tars and gives a summary of existing vapor pressure correlations for coal tars and model compounds. Chapter B summarizes the main experimental approaches for coal tar preparation and characterization which have been used throughout the project. Chapter C is concerned with the selection of the model compounds for coal pyrolysis tars and reviews the data available to us on the vapor pressures of high boiling point aromatic compounds. This chapter also deals with the question of identifying factors that govern the vapor pressures of coal tar model materials and their mixtures. Chapter D covers the vapor pressures and heats of vaporization of primary cellulose tars. Chapter E discusses the results of the main focus of this study. In summary, this work provides improved understanding of the volatility of coal and cellulose pyrolysis tars. It has resulted in new experimentally verified vapor pressure correlations for use in pyrolysis models. Further research on this topic should aim at developing general vapor pressure correlations for all coal tars, based on their molecular weight together with certain specific chemical characteristics i.e. hydroxyl group content.

  3. High-resolution Resonance Bragg-scattering spectroscopy of an atomic transition from a population difference grating in a vapor cell

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    Wang*, Hai; Li, Shujing; Zhang, Chunhong; Xie, Changde; Peng, Kunchi

    2009-01-01

    The laser spectroscopy with a narrow linewidth and high signal to noise ratio (S/N) is very important in the precise measurement of optical frequencies. Here, we present a novel high-resolution backward resonance Bragg-scattering (RBS) spectroscopy from a population difference grating (PDG). The PDG is formed by a standing-wave (SW) pump field in thermal 87Rb vapor, which periodically modulates the space population distribution of two levels in the 87Rb D1 line. A probe beam, having the identical frequency and the orthogonal polarization with the SW pump field, is Bragg-scattered by the PDG. Such Bragg-scattered light becomes stronger at an atomic resonance transition, which forms the RBS spectrum with a high S/N and sub-natural linewidth. Using the scheme of the coherent superposition of the individual Rayleigh-scattered light emitted from the atomic dipole oscillators on the PDG, the experimentally observed RBS spectroscopy is theoretically explained.

  4. Electrical properties of carbon nanotubes in flowing vapor

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    XIAO Peng; WANG Xin-qiang; ZHANG Yun-huai

    2006-01-01

    Electric potentials were generated from carbon nanotubes immersed in flowing vapors.The nanomaterials used in this study were multiwall carbon nanotubes(MWCNTs) and silver nanopowders.These nanomaterials were dispersed and densely packed on a substrate and immersed in flowing vapors generated from solution such as water,ethanol and KCl.The potentials generated from these samples were measured by a voltmeter.Experimental results showed that the electric potentials were produced at the surface of the MWCNT samlpes,and strongly dependent on the pretreatment of MWCNT and properties of the flowing vapors.The mechanism of vapor-flow induced potentials may be ascribed to ions in the flowing vapors.This property of MWCNTs can advantage their application to nanoscale sensors,detectors and power cells.

  5. Ca-Rich Carbonate Melts: A Regular-Solution Model, with Applications to Carbonatite Magma + Vapor Equilibria and Carbonate Lavas on Venus

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    Treiman, Allan H.

    1995-01-01

    A thermochemical model of the activities of species in carbonate-rich melts would be useful in quantifying chemical equilibria between carbonatite magmas and vapors and in extrapolating liquidus equilibria to unexplored PTX. A regular-solution model of Ca-rich carbonate melts is developed here, using the fact that they are ionic liquids, and can be treated (to a first approximation) as interpenetrating regular solutions of cations and of anions. Thermochemical data on systems of alkali metal cations with carbonate and other anions are drawn from the literature; data on systems with alkaline earth (and other) cations and carbonate (and other) anions are derived here from liquidus phase equilibria. The model is validated in that all available data (at 1 kbar) are consistent with single values for the melting temperature and heat of fusion for calcite, and all liquidi are consistent with the liquids acting as regular solutions. At 1 kbar, the metastable congruent melting temperature of calcite (CaCO3) is inferred to be 1596 K, with (Delta)bar-H(sub fus)(calcite) = 31.5 +/- 1 kJ/mol. Regular solution interaction parameters (W) for Ca(2+) and alkali metal cations are in the range -3 to -12 kJ/sq mol; W for Ca(2+)-Ba(2+) is approximately -11 kJ/sq mol; W for Ca(2+)-Mg(2+) is approximately -40 kJ/sq mol, and W for Ca(2+)-La(3+) is approximately +85 kJ/sq mol. Solutions of carbonate and most anions (including OH(-), F(-), and SO4(2-)) are nearly ideal, with W between 0(ideal) and -2.5 kJ/sq mol. The interaction of carbonate and phosphate ions is strongly nonideal, which is consistent with the suggestion of carbonate-phosphate liquid immiscibility. Interaction of carbonate and sulfide ions is also nonideal and suggestive of carbonate-sulfide liquid immiscibility. Solution of H2O, for all but the most H2O-rich compositions, can be modeled as a disproportionation to hydronium (H3O(+)) and hydroxyl (OH(-)) ions with W for Ca(2+)-H3O(+) (approximately) equals 33 kJ/sq mol. The

  6. Stability of Materials in High Temperature Water Vapor: SOFC Applications

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    Opila, E. J.; Jacobson, N. S.

    2010-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell material systems require long term stability in environments containing high-temperature water vapor. Many materials in fuel cell systems react with high-temperature water vapor to form volatile hydroxides which can degrade cell performance. In this paper, experimental methods to characterize these volatility reactions including the transpiration technique, thermogravimetric analysis, and high pressure mass spectrometry are reviewed. Experimentally determined data for chromia, silica, and alumina volatility are presented. In addition, data from the literature for the stability of other materials important in fuel cell systems are reviewed. Finally, methods for predicting material recession due to volatilization reactions are described.

  7. Performance improvement of inverted organic solar cells by adding ultrathin Al2O3 as an electron selective layer and a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of SiOx encapsulating layer

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    In this paper, we report the performance improvement of inverted organic solar cells by adding an ultrathin electron selective layer of Al2O3 prepared between the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode and the active transport layer through atomic layer deposition (ALD). We evaluated the cell shelf-life after encapsulating with SiOx-coated polyethylene terephthalate, where the SiOx layer was made by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). It was found that the devices with ALD Al2O3 have a higher open circuit voltage than those without the ALD Al2O3 layer. Al2O3 deposited on an ITO electrode decreased the work function of ITO. Furthermore, based on the current density–voltage curves of the initial devices showing a pronounced S-shape, we soaked the cells with the ultraviolet (UV) light process. Then we obtained a higher efficiency in these ALD Al2O3 treated devices. With a careful analysis by atomic force microscopic and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we believe that the UV light soaking process affected both ITO and Al2O3. Further, after the encapsulation by PECVD SiOx, our devices achieved a shelf-life of over 500 h for 50% retained cell efficiency. - Highlights: • Atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 improved the property of inverted organic solar cells. • Ultraviolet light soaking affected electrode work function and Al2O3 conductivity. • SiOx coating enveloped cells can achieve a 500 h shelf-life

  8. The control of mercury vapor using biotrickling filters.

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    Philip, Ligy; Deshusses, Marc A

    2008-01-01

    The feasibility of using biotrickling filters for the removal of mercury vapor from simulated flue gases was evaluated. The experiments were carried out in laboratory-scale biotrickling filters with various mixed cultures naturally attached on a polyurethane foam packing. Sulfur oxidizing bacteria, toluene degraders and denitrifiers were used and compared for their ability to remove Hg 0 vapor. In particular, the biotrickling filters with sulfur oxidizing bacteria were able to remove 100% of mercury vapor, with an inlet concentration of 300-650 microg m(-3), at a gas contact time as low as six seconds. 87-92% of the removed mercury was fixed in or onto the microbial cells while the remaining left the system with the trickling liquid. The removal of mercury vapors in a biotrickling filter with dead cells was almost equivalent to this in biotrickling filters with live cells, indicating that significant abiotic removal mechanisms existed. Sulfur oxidizing bacteria biotrickling filters were the most effective in controlling mercury vapors, suggesting that sulfur played a key role. Identification of the location of metal deposition and of the form of metal was conducted using TEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) and mercury elution analyses. The results suggested that mercury removal was through a series of complex mechanisms, probably both biotic and abiotic, including sorption in and onto cellular material and possible biotransformations. Overall, the study demonstrates that biotrickling filters appear to be a promising alternative for mercury vapor removal from flue gases. PMID:17692357

  9. In situ chemical vapor deposition growth of carbon nanotubes on hollow CoFe2O4 as an efficient and low cost counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yuan, Hong; Jiao, Qingze; Zhang, Shenli; Zhao, Yun; Wu, Qin; Li, Hansheng

    2016-09-01

    The composites of hollow CoFe2O4 and carbon nanotubes (h-CoFe2O4@CNTs) are successfully prepared by using a simple hydrothermal process coupling with the in-situ chemical vapor deposition (CVD) as electrocatalytic materials for counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells. The CNTs are uniformly grown on the surface of hollow CoFe2O4 particles verified by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) measurements. The electrochemical performances of hollow CoFe2O4@CNTs composites are evaluated by the EIS, Tafel polarization and CV measurements, and exhibiting high electrocatalytic performance for the reduction of triiodide. The presence of conductive polypyrrole nanoparticles could further improve the conductivity and catalytic performance of the resultant composites. Controlling the thickness of composites film, the optimum photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 6.55% is obtained, which is comparable to that of the cells fabricated with Pt counter electrode (6.61%). In addition, the composites exhibit a good long-term electrochemical stability in I3-/I- electrolyte.

  10. An exposure system for measuring nasal and lung uptake of vapors in rats

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    Dahl, A.R.; Brookins, L.K.; Gerde, P. [National Inst. for Working Life, Solna (Sweden)

    1995-12-01

    Inhaled gases and vapors often produce biological damage in the nasal cavity and lower respiratory tract. The specific site within the respirator tract at which a gas or vapor is absorbed strongly influences the tissues at risk to potential toxic effects; to predict or to explain tissue or cell specific toxicity of inhaled gases or vapors, the sites at which they are absorbed must be known. The purpose of the work reported here was to develop a system for determining nose and lung absorption of vapors in rats, an animal commonly used in inhalation toxicity studies. In summary, the exposure system described allows us to measure in the rate: (1) nasal absorption and desorption of vapors; (2) net lung uptake of vapors; and (3) the effects of changed breathing parameters on vapor uptake.

  11. Water Vapor-Mediated Volatilization of High-Temperature Materials

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    Meschter, Peter J.; Opila, Elizabeth J.; Jacobson, Nathan S.

    2013-07-01

    Volatilization in water vapor-containing atmospheres is an important and often unexpected mechanism of degradation of high-temperature materials during processing and in service. Thermodynamic properties data sets for key (oxy)hydroxide vapor product species that are responsible for material transport and damage are often uncertain or unavailable. Estimation, quantum chemistry calculation, and measurement methods for thermodynamic properties of these species are reviewed, and data judged to be reliable are tabulated and referenced. Applications of water vapor-mediated volatilization include component and coating recession in turbine engines, oxidation/volatilization of ferritic steels in steam boilers, chromium poisoning in solid-oxide fuel cells, vanadium transport in hot corrosion and degradation of hydrocracking catalysts, Na loss from Na β"-Al2O3 tubes, and environmental release of radioactive isotopes in a nuclear reactor accident or waste incineration. The significance of water vapor-mediated volatilization in these applications is described.

  12. Passive vapor extraction feasibility study

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    Demonstration of a passive vapor extraction remediation system is planned for sites in the 200 West Area used in the past for the disposal of waste liquids containing carbon tetrachloride. The passive vapor extraction units will consist of a 4-in.-diameter pipe, a check valve, a canister filled with granular activated carbon, and a wind turbine. The check valve will prevent inflow of air that otherwise would dilute the soil gas and make its subsequent extraction less efficient. The granular activated carbon is used to adsorb the carbon tetrachloride from the air. The wind turbine enhances extraction rates on windy days. Passive vapor extraction units will be designed and operated to meet all applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements. Based on a cost analysis, passive vapor extraction was found to be a cost-effective method for remediation of soils containing lower concentrations of volatile contaminants. Passive vapor extraction used on wells that average 10-stdft3/min air flow rates was found to be more cost effective than active vapor extraction for concentrations below 500 parts per million by volume (ppm) of carbon tetrachloride. For wells that average 5-stdft3/min air flow rates, passive vapor extraction is more cost effective below 100 ppm

  13. Archimedes Mass Filter Vaporizer

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    Putvinski, S.; Agnew, A. F.; Cluggish, B. P.; Ohkawa, T.; Sevier, L.; Umstadter, K. R.; Dresvin, S. V.; Kuteev, B. V.; Feygenson, O. N.; Ivanov, D. V.; Zverev, S. G.; Miroshnikov, I. V.; Egorov, S. M.; Kiesewetter, D. V.; Maliugin, V. I.

    2001-10-01

    Archimedes Technology Group, Inc., is developing a plasma mass separator called the Archimedes Filter that separates waste oxide mixtures ion by ion into two mass groups: light and heavy. Since high-level waste at Hanford has 99.9its radioactivity associated with heavy elements, the Archimedes Filter can effectively decontaminate over three-quarters of that waste. The Filter process involves some preprocessing followed by volatilization and separation by the magnetic and electric fields of the main plasma. This presentation describes the approach to volatilization of the waste oxy-hydroxide mixture by means of a very high heat flux (q > 10 MW/m2). Such a high heat flux is required to ensure congruent evaporation of the complex oxy-hydroxide mixture and is achieved by injection of small droplets of molten waste into an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) torch. This presentation further addresses different issues related to evaporation of the waste including modeling of droplet evaporation, estimates of parameters of plasma torch, and 2D modeling of the plasma. The experimental test bed for oxide vaporization and results of the initial experiments on oxide evaporation in 60 kW ICP torch will also be described.

  14. Observation of prolonged coherence time of the collective spin wave of an atomic ensemble in a paraffin-coated 87Rb vapor cell

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    We report a prolonged coherence time of the collective spin wave of a thermal 87Rb atomic ensemble in a paraffin-coated cell. The spin wave is prepared through a stimulated Raman process. The long coherence time is achieved by prolonging the lifetime of the spins with paraffin coating and minimize dephasing with optimal experimental configuration. The observation of the long-time-delayed-stimulated Stokes signal in the writing process suggests the prolonged lifetime of the prepared spins; a direct measurement of the decay of anti-Stokes signal in the reading process shows the coherence time is up to 300 μs after minimizing dephasing. This is 100 times longer than the reported coherence time in the similar experiments in thermal atomic ensembles based on the Duan-Lukin-Cirac-Zoller and its improved protocols. This prolonged coherence time sets the upper limit of the memory time in quantum repeaters based on such protocols, which is crucial for the realization of long-distance quantum communication. The previous reported fluorescence background in the writing process due to collision in a sample cell with buffer gas is also reduced in a cell without buffer gas.

  15. Effects of Mo surface oxidation on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells fabricated by three-stage process with KF postdeposition treatment

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    Kamikawa, Yukiko; Nishinaga, Jiro; Ishizuka, Shogo; Shibata, Hajime; Niki, Shigeru

    2016-02-01

    The surface oxidation condition of the Mo back contact on a soda lime glass (SLG) substrate was varied by air annealing and chemical etching. Then, the evolution of a photovoltaic property was studied for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells grown by a three stage process with KF postdeposition treatment. Upon the removal of the oxidized layer from the Mo surface by chemical etching, the c-axis orientation of MoSe2 tended to be random, whereas the c-axis was perpendicular when the Mo surface was oxidized. An enhancement of the diffusion of Na and K from SLG to CIGS was observed upon removing the molybdenum oxide, which functions as a barrier to alkali-metal diffusion. The varied orientation of MoSe2 can also affect the alkali-metal diffusion kinetics. The open-circuit voltage (VOC) markedly increased after removing the oxidized layer from the Mo surface, mainly as a result of an increase in carrier density in CIGS.

  16. High temperature vapor pressure of pure plutonium

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    High temperature vapor pressure measurements have been made on pure plutonium metal by the Knudsen effusion technique. The reported experimental results extend into the transition region between molecular and viscous or hydrodynamic flow. Under the conditions used, linearity was observed up to temperatures in excess of 2200 K where pressures approaching 100 Pa were measured. The results over the temperature range 1724--2219 K yield log10P/sub Pu/(Pa) = (9.735 +- 0.105) -17066 +- 208/T and the enthalpy and entropy of vaporization and the standard deviations therein are ΔH0/sub v/(Pu,1975 K) =326.78 +- 3.97 kJ mol-1, ΔS0/sub v/(Pu,1975 K) =90.54 +- 2.01 J K-1 mol-1. Based on the most recently available free energy functions for plutonium liquid and gas, the values of the standard enthalpy of vaporization calculated via second- and third-law methods are ΔH0/sub v/(II, Pu,298 K) =344.14 +- 3.97 kJ mol-1, ΔH0/sub v/(III, Pu,298 K) =341.67 +- 1.26 kJ mol-1. Single crystal tungsten containers were used to hold the charge of plutonium and proved to be very satisfactory in alleviating problems of liquid metal creep and liquid/cell interactions normally encountered with actinides held at high temperatures for long periods

  17. Realisation and characterization of organic photovoltaic cells obtained by physical vapor deposition; Realisation et caracterisation de cellules photovoltaiques organiques obtenues par depot physique

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    Brousse, B.

    2004-12-01

    This work deals with the synthesis and the characterization of low cost organic solar cells, contributing to the development of renewable energies, and able to feed devices as portable telephone...In particular, we have contributed to the development of an experimentation bench for the obtention of different structures (bilayers, interpenetrated and multilayers) of solar cells from different donor-acceptor couples of small molecules. After having presented a retrospective of the physical phenomena and of the mechanisms involved, as well as those of the photovoltaic principle in the organic materials, we describe the technological steps allowing to carry out the solar cells. The materials (organic and metallic) are deposited on thin films (of 30 to 100 nm) spin-coating (PEDOT-PSS) or by vacuum evaporation (small molecules and metallization of the cathode) on a glass substrate covered by a conducting and a semi-transparent ITO layer constituting the anode. The structures carried out have been characterized in air in obscurity and under illumination by curves I(V), by capacitive measurements and IPCE spectra (photocurrent spectra). Different donor-acceptor couples (phthalocyanine/C60, oligomer of thiophene/C60 and phthalocyanine/perylene derivative) have been tested by various configurations: p-n heterojunctions distributed or not in the volume. The obtained results are better for the bilayers structures on account of the granularity of the C60. This characteristics have allowed us to carry out an efficient multilayer structure (CuPc/C60). In order to resolve the problem of the deposit of the C60, we have tested another acceptor molecule: a derived compound of the perylene (PPTC). Complementary studies have been carried out by the ionic implantation of the active layers, allowing both a densification and a doping of these ones; the encapsulation of the compounds by polyimide VDP (gaseous phase polymerization) have been evaluated. With this technique, we have developed

  18. Tubing For Sampling Hydrazine Vapor

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    Travis, Josh; Taffe, Patricia S.; Rose-Pehrsson, Susan L.; Wyatt, Jeffrey R.

    1993-01-01

    Report evaluates flexible tubing used for transporting such hypergolic vapors as those of hydrazines for quantitative analysis. Describes experiments in which variety of tubing materials, chosen for their known compatibility with hydrazine, flexibility, and resistance to heat.

  19. Portable vapor diffusion coefficient meter

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    Ho, Clifford K.

    2007-06-12

    An apparatus for measuring the effective vapor diffusion coefficient of a test vapor diffusing through a sample of porous media contained within a test chamber. A chemical sensor measures the time-varying concentration of vapor that has diffused a known distance through the porous media. A data processor contained within the apparatus compares the measured sensor data with analytical predictions of the response curve based on the transient diffusion equation using Fick's Law, iterating on the choice of an effective vapor diffusion coefficient until the difference between the predicted and measured curves is minimized. Optionally, a purge fluid can forced through the porous media, permitting the apparatus to also measure a gas-phase permeability. The apparatus can be made lightweight, self-powered, and portable for use in the field.

  20. Hydrazine vapor detonations

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    Pedley, M. D.; Bishop, C. V.; Benz, F. J.; Bennett, C. A.; Mcclenagan, R. D.

    1988-01-01

    The detonation velocity and cell widths for hydrazine decomposition were measured over a wide range of temperatures and pressures. The detonation velocity in pure hydrazine was within 5 percent of the calculated C-J velocity. The detonation cell width measurements were interpreted using the Zeldovich-Doering-von Neumann model with a detailed reaction mechanism for hydrazine decomposition. Excellent agreement with experimental data for pure hydrazine was obtained using the empirical relation that detonation cell width was equal to 29 times the kinetically calculated reaction zone length.

  1. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with TiO2 blocking layers and Pt counter electrodes prepared by physical vapor deposition (PVD)

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    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films as block layers are prepared by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and TEM-(SAED) analyses of the films reveal that they are polycrystalline in nature and have tetragonal structure with preferred orientation along the (101) direction. The surface morphological studies by FESEM and AFM reveal the uniform surface coverage of the grains on the surface of the films. An optical transmittance value of 80% in the visible light region with the optical band gap value of 3.2 eV is measured. This sputtered TiO2 thin film is used as a blocking layer over which a thick layer of TiO2 of about 10 μm was prepared using TiO2 paste and this stack is used as the photoanode of a DSSC cell. Electron beam evaporated platinum thin film on FTO coated glass substrate is used as counter electrode. The performance of the cell with a Voc of 0.698 V, a Jsc of 6.8 mAcm−2 and an efficiency of 4.2% was achieved

  2. Vapor deposition of hardened niobium

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    Blocher, Jr., John M.; Veigel, Neil D.; Landrigan, Richard B.

    1983-04-19

    A method of coating ceramic nuclear fuel particles containing a major amount of an actinide ceramic in which the particles are placed in a fluidized bed maintained at ca. 800.degree. to ca. 900.degree. C., and niobium pentachloride vapor and carbon tetrachloride vapor are led into the bed, whereby niobium metal is deposited on the particles and carbon is deposited interstitially within the niobium. Coating apparatus used in the method is also disclosed.

  3. Focusing Light Beams To Improve Atomic-Vapor Optical Buffers

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    Strekalov, Dmitry; Matsko, Andrey; Savchenkov, Anatoliy

    2010-01-01

    Specially designed focusing of light beams has been proposed as a means of improving the performances of optical buffers based on cells containing hot atomic vapors (e.g., rubidium vapor). There is also a companion proposal to improve performance by use of incoherent optical pumping under suitable conditions. Regarding the proposal to use focusing: The utility of atomic-vapor optical buffers as optical storage and processing devices has been severely limited by nonuniform spatial distributions of intensity in optical beams, arising from absorption of the beams as they propagate in atomic-vapor cells. Such nonuniformity makes it impossible to optimize the physical conditions throughout a cell, thereby making it impossible to optimize the performance of the cell as an optical buffer. In practical terms simplified for the sake of brevity, "to optimize" as used here means to design the cell so as to maximize the group delay of an optical pulse while keeping the absorption and distortion of the pulse reasonably small. Regarding the proposal to use incoherent optical pumping: For reasons too complex to describe here, residual absorption of light is one of the main impediments to achievement of desirably long group delays in hot atomic vapors. The present proposal is directed toward suppressing residual absorption of light. The idea of improving the performance of slow-light optical buffers by use of incoherent pumping overlaps somewhat with the basic idea of Raman-based slow-light systems. However, prior studies of those systems did not quantitatively answer the question of whether the performance of an atomic vapor or other medium that exhibits electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) with Raman gain is superior to that of a medium that exhibits EIT without Raman gain.

  4. Electrochemical photovoltaic cell with 6.9% efficiency using polycrystalline CdSe grown by a simple liquid metal-vapor reaction

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    Research on II-VI semiconducting compounds during the last two decades hasbeen motivated by possible device applications such as thin film transistors photodetectors and solar energy converters. In particular, the direct gap n-type energy converters. In particular, the direct gap n-type semiconductor CdSe, has remained the subject of studies aimed at developing efficient photovoltaic and of studies aimed at developing efficient photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells. For the low-cost production of polycrystalline CdSe layers, many noteworthy methods have been employed, such as: vacuum deposition, spray pyrolysis, chemical bath deposition and electrodeposition. The best reported performances of photoelectrochemical cells using CdSe films obtained by these methods, in contact with an aqueous polysulfide electrolyte and under solar or simulated solar radiation, have varied between 5 and 7%. More recently, studies concerning the direct synthesis of epitaxial II-VI films on single crystal metal substrates, have led to the development of another promising technique for the low-cost production of polycrystalline CdSe layers. This method, referred to in the past as the tarnishing reaction or as the gas-solid process, involves the reaction of the chalcogen vapour (Se) with the surface of the heated metal substrate (Cd), under a constant argon flow. The results presented here show that, under the proper experimental conditions, the liquid metal-vapour reaction enables the synthesis of polycrystalline CdSe semiconductor layers with a 6.9% conversion efficiency when in contact with a 1 M polysulfide electrolyte and under 80 mW cm-2 of white light illumination

  5. Laser-induced transport effect and laser induced-line narrowing mechanism for laser excitation in 87Rb atomic vapors in a finite-size buffer-less cell

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    Full text: Coherent population trapping (CPT) and double radio-optical resonance (DROR) are quantum nonlinear effects. Both these effects are the base for the creation of high precision magnetometers and atomic frequency standards. We study the influence of the laser induced transport (LIT) and the laser induced line narrowing (LILN) effects on the DROR and CPT resonance line shape for excitation in 87Rb atomic vapors in wall-coated and uncoated cell. We take into account both hyperfine and Zeeman structures of the ground and the excited states of 87Rb atoms as well as the probabilities of spontaneous transitions. We investigate the dependence of the resonance shape on the length of the cell, on the type of boundary conditions, on the polarization and intensity of laser and microwave fields, and on the laser line width ('narrow-band' and 'broad-band'). Laser induced transport in DROR: the first the LIT was predicted for three-level model. We show that the LIT takes place in buffer-less cell with real 87Rb atoms. The physical essence of the LIT effect is the caused by the Doppler effect velocity-selectivity of the interaction of 'narrow-band' laser field with atoms, resulting in Bennett dips and peaks in the velocity distribution of atoms in the ground state sublevels. Asymmetry of the two velocity distributions gives rise to the opposite-directed (along the laser propagation direction) fluxes of the atoms in the ground state sublevels. Therefore, a flux of the population inversion (or, equivalently, of the longitudinal magnetization) arises. This behavior one experimentally can obverse as the transmission peak in the centre of the DROR signal. LIT effect is most pronounced for 'narrow-band' laser pumping. Laser induced line narrowing in CPT resonance: the LILN of the CPT resonance realizes only in the case of excitation by 'narrow-band' laser. We established that for the LILN mechanism the parameters (the amplitude and width) of the CPT resonance excited on

  6. Combined effect of carbon dioxide and sulfur on vapor-liquid partitioning of metals in hydrothermal systems

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    Kokh, Maria A.; Lopez, Mathieu; Gisquet, Pascal; Lanzanova, Aurélie; Candaudap, Frédéric; Besson, Philippe; Pokrovski, Gleb S.

    2016-08-01

    .5-2.0, those of alkali metals are similar to the S-free system, and the partitioning of none of the studied metals is influenced by the presence of CO2 (up to 50 wt% in the vapor). Our data thus confirm the large enhancement of volatility in the presence of reduced sulfur (H2S) due to formation of sulfide complexes for chalcophile metals such as Au, Pt, Mo and, to a lesser extent, Cu and Fe, as reported in previous studies of CO2-free water-salt systems. The negligible effect of CO2 on vapor-liquid partitioning of the studied metals in S-bearing systems is due to the lack of hydration of metal sulfide species making them little sensitive to changes in water activity and solvation power of CO2-H2O vapor. Our findings, combined with existing data over a wide range of temperature on vapor-liquid partitioning of metals in H2O-dominated systems, suggest that CO2 exerts mostly an indirect impact on metal fractionation, by extending vapor-liquid immiscibility to higher temperatures and pressures or depth compared to a CO2-free H2O-S-salt system. The deeper vapor-liquid separation, in particular in S-bearing systems, is expected to cause more significant partitioning of precious metals and molybdenum (Au, Pt, Mo) into the vapor phase while base metals (Fe, Zn, Cu) remain concentrated in the salt-rich (NaCl, KCl) liquid phase. In addition, irrespective of the presence of sulfur, an expansion of the immiscibility domain to higher temperature and pressure conditions in the presence of CO2 will also increase the depth of ore deposition and affect the vertical metal zonation in hydrothermal systems.

  7. Benzene vapor recovery and processing

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    The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAPs, have provided a powerful motivation for interest in, and attention to, benzene vapor emissions in recent times. Benzene and its related aromatics are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which marks them for surveillance as potential contributors to air pollution. In addition, benzene is a suspected carcinogen, which applies a special urgency to its control. The regulations governing the control of benzene emissions were issued as Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61, subpart Y (Storage Vessels); subpart BB (Transfer Operations); and subpart FF (Waste Operations). These regulations specify very particular emission reduction guidelines for various generating sources. The problem in the hydrocarbon processing industry is to identify significant sources of benzene vapors in plants, and then to collect and process these vapors in an environmentally acceptable manner. This paper discusses various methods for collecting benzene fumes in these facilities

  8. Vaporization heat of niobium pentafluoride

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    Literary data on vapor composition above niobium pentafluoride are analyzed and incorrectness of the value of vaporization heat of NbF5 monomeric molecules, given in the Glushko reference book, is shown. Heat capacities of NbF5 gas for monomeric, two-dimensional, three-dimensional and four-dimensional NbF5 molecules are estimated and the vaporization heats of monomeric and polymeric forms at the melting temperature (in kJ/mol): 79.3(5.0)-NbF5, 71.0(6.7)-(NbF5)2, 53.9(4.6)-(NbF5)3, 44.5(6.7)-(NbF5)4, are calculated

  9. Waste Tank Vapor Project: Tank vapor database development

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    The objective of the Tank Vapor Database (TVD) Development task in FY 1994 was to create a database to store, retrieve, and analyze data collected from the vapor phase of Hanford waste tanks. The data needed to be accessible over the Hanford Local Area Network to users at both Westinghouse Hanford Company (WHC) and Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL). The data were restricted to results published in cleared reports from the laboratories analyzing vapor samples. Emphasis was placed on ease of access and flexibility of data formatting and reporting mechanisms. Because of time and budget constraints, a Rapid Application Development strategy was adopted by the database development team. An extensive data modeling exercise was conducted to determine the scope of information contained in the database. a A SUN Sparcstation 1000 was procured as the database file server. A multi-user relational database management system, Sybase reg-sign, was chosen to provide the basic data storage and retrieval capabilities. Two packages were chosen for the user interface to the database: DataPrism reg-sign and Business Objects trademark. A prototype database was constructed to provide the Waste Tank Vapor Project's Toxicology task with summarized and detailed information presented at Vapor Conference 4 by WHC, PNL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Oregon Graduate Institute. The prototype was used to develop a list of reported compounds, and the range of values for compounds reported by the analytical laboratories using different sample containers and analysis methodologies. The prototype allowed a panel of toxicology experts to identify carcinogens and compounds whose concentrations were within the reach of regulatory limits. The database and user documentation was made available for general access in September 1994

  10. Vapor compression distiller and membrane technology for water revitalization

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    Ashida, A.; Mitani, K.; Ebara, K.; Kurokawa, H.; Sawada, I.; Kashiwagi, H.; Tsuji, T.; Hayashi, S.; Otsubo, K.; Nitta, K.

    1987-01-01

    Water revitalization for a space station can consist of membrane filtration processes and a distillation process. Water recycling equipment using membrane filtration processes was manufactured for ground testing. It was assembled using commercially available components. Two systems for the distillation are studied: one is absorption type thermopervaporation cell and the other is a vapor compression distiller. Absorption type thermopervaporation, able to easily produce condensed water under zero gravity, was investigated experimentally and through simulated calculation. The vapor compression distiller was studied experimentally and it offers significant energy savings for evaporation of water.

  11. Vaporization of Deforming Droplets

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    Wang, Yanxing; Chen, Xiaodong; Ma, Dongjun; Yang, Vigor

    2012-11-01

    Droplet deformation is one of the most important factors influencing the evaporation rate. In the present study, high-fidelity numerical simulations of single evaporating droplets with deformation are carried out over a wide range of the Reynolds and Weber numbers. The formulation is based on a complete set of conservation equations for both the liquid and surrounding gas phases. A modified volume-of-fluid (VOF) technique that takes into account heat and mass transfer is used to track the behavior of the liquid/gas interface. Special attention is given to the property conservation, which can be realized by using an iterative algorithm that enforces a divergence constraint in cells containing the interface. The effect of the ambient flow on droplet dynamics and evaporation are investigated systematically. Various underlying mechanisms dictating the droplet characteristics in different deformation regimes are identified. Correlations for the droplet evaporation rate are established in terms of the Reynolds and Weber numbers.

  12. Vapor pressure of germanium precursors

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    Pangrác, Jiří; Fulem, Michal; Hulicius, Eduard; Melichar, Karel; Šimeček, Tomislav; Růžička, K.; Morávek, Pavel; Růžička, V.; Rushworth, S. A.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 310, č. 23 (2008), s. 4720-4723. ISSN 0022-0248 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/08/0217 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : characterization * phase equilibria * metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy * germanium compounds Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.757, year: 2008

  13. Simple Chemical Vapor Deposition Experiment

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    Pedersen, Henrik

    2014-01-01

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a process commonly used for the synthesis of thin films for several important technological applications, for example, microelectronics, hard coatings, and smart windows. Unfortunately, the complexity and prohibitive cost of CVD equipment makes it seldom available for undergraduate chemistry students. Here, a…

  14. HEDL sodium vapor deposit experience

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    Sodium vapor deposits can affect reactor component operation and maintenance. Recorded cases include plugged cover gas lines and cementation of rotating components or sliding surfaces. Deposits found on plant scale components after testing in sodium were measured. Laboratory tests show the effect of Na pool temperature and condenser geometry on deposit accumulation rates and viewport fogging

  15. Hydrazine vapor inactivates Bacillus spores

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    Schubert, Wayne W.; Engler, Diane L.; Beaudet, Robert A.

    2016-05-01

    NASA policy restricts the total number of bacterial spores that can remain on a spacecraft traveling to any planetary body which might harbor life or have evidence of past life. Hydrazine, N2H4, is commonly used as a propellant on spacecraft. Hydrazine as a liquid is known to inactivate bacterial spores. We have now verified that hydrazine vapor also inactivates bacterial spores. After Bacillus atrophaeus ATCC 9372 spores deposited on stainless steel coupons were exposed to saturated hydrazine vapor in closed containers, the spores were recovered from the coupons, serially diluted, pour plated and the surviving bacterial colonies were counted. The exposure times required to reduce the spore population by a factor of ten, known as the D-value, were 4.70 ± 0.50 h at 25 °C and 2.85 ± 0.13 h at 35 °C. These inactivation rates are short enough to ensure that the bioburden of the surfaces and volumes would be negligible after prolonged exposure to hydrazine vapor. Thus, all the propellant tubing and internal tank surfaces exposed to hydrazine vapor do not contribute to the total spore count.

  16. Enhanced Haze Ratio on Glass by Novel Vapor Texturing Method.

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    Lee, Seunghwan; Balaji, Nagarajan; Ju, Minkyu; Park, Cheolmin; Kim, Jungmo; Chung, Sungyoun; Lee, Youn-Jung

    2016-05-01

    State-of-the-art optical trapping designs are required to enhance the light trapping capabilities of tandem thin film silicon solar cells. The wet etch process is used to texture the glass surface by dipping in diluted acidic solutions such as HNO3 (nitric acid) and HF (hydrofluoric acid). For vapor texturing, the vapor was generated by adding silicon to HF:HNO3 acidic solution. The anisotropic etching of vapor textured wafers resulted in an etching depth of about 2.78 μm with reduced reflectance of 5%. We achieved a high haze value of 74.6% at a 540 nm wavelength by increasing the etching time and HF concentration. PMID:27483862

  17. Low temperature operated copper vapor laser

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    Experimental studies on newly developed copper vapor laser operated in hydrogen bromide gas under low temperature were successfully achieved using a conventional high temperature operated copper vapor laser tube. We present remarkable difference against conventional copper vapor laser in terms of the spatial and temporal features. This type of copper vapor laser is expected to have higher efficiency at high pulse repetition frequency and advantage in the features of laser pulse. (author)

  18. Remote sensing of water vapor features

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    Fuelberg, Henry E.

    1991-01-01

    The three major objectives of the project are outlined: (1) to describe atmospheric water vapor features as functions of space and time; (2) to evaluate remotely sensed measurements of water vapor content; and (3) to study relations between fine-scale water vapor fields and convective activity. Data from several remote sensors were used. The studies used the GOES/VAS, HIS, and MAMS instruments have provided a progressively finer scale view of water vapor features.

  19. Shock wave induced vaporization of porous solids

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    Shen, Andy H.; Ahrens, Thomas J.; O'Keefe, John D.

    2003-01-01

    Strong shock waves generated by hypervelocity impact can induce vaporization in solid materials. To pursue knowledge of the chemical species in the shock-induced vapors, one needs to design experiments that will drive the system to such thermodynamic states that sufficient vapor can be generated for investigation. It is common to use porous media to reach high entropy, vaporized states in impact experiments. We extended calculations by Ahrens [J. Appl. Phys. 43, 2443 (1972)] and Ahrens and O'...

  20. Hanford soil partitioning and vapor extraction study

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    This report describes the testing and results of laboratory experiments conducted to assist the carbon tetrachloride soil vapor extraction project operating in the 200 West Area of the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington. Vapor-phase adsorption and desorption testing was performed using carbon tetrachloride and Hanford Site soils to estimate vapor-soil partitioning and reasonably achievable carbon tetrachloride soil concentrations during active vapor extractions efforts at the 200 West Area. (CCl4 is used in Pu recovery from aqueous streams.)

  1. Light-induced atomic desorption and related phenomena

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    We review some recent studies on light-induced atomic desorption (LIAD) from dielectric surfaces. Alkali-metal atoms adsorbed either on organic films or on porous glass are released into the vapor phase under illumination. The measurements were performed in Pyrex resonance cells either coated with siloxane films or containing a porous glass sample. In both cases, the experimental results show that LIAD can be used to produce atomic densities suitable for most atomic physics experiments. Moreover, we find that photoinduced effects, correlated with LIAD, produce reversible formation and evaporation of alkali-metal clusters in porous glass. These processes depend on the light frequency, making the porous glass transmittance controllable by light.

  2. Vapor Pressure Plus: An Experiment for Studying Phase Equilibria in Water, with Observation of Supercooling, Spontaneous Freezing, and the Triple Point

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    Tellinghuisen, Joel

    2010-01-01

    Liquid-vapor, solid-vapor, and solid-liquid-vapor equilibria are studied for the pure substance water, using modern equipment that includes specially fabricated glass cells. Samples are evaporatively frozen initially, during which they typically supercool to -5 to -10 [degrees]C before spontaneously freezing. Vacuum pumping lowers the temperature…

  3. 40 CFR 796.1950 - Vapor pressure.

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    2010-07-01

    ... very low vapor pressures and sorbent loadings, adsorption of the chemical on the glass wool separating... of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 3:664-670 (1969). (3) Spencer, W.F. and Cliath, M.M. “Vapor Density and Apparent Vapor Pressure of Lindane,” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,...

  4. High temperature vapors science and technology

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    2012-01-01

    High Temperature Vapors: Science and Technology focuses on the relationship of the basic science of high-temperature vapors to some areas of discernible practical importance in modern science and technology. The major high-temperature problem areas selected for discussion include chemical vapor transport and deposition; the vapor phase aspects of corrosion, combustion, and energy systems; and extraterrestrial high-temperature species. This book is comprised of seven chapters and begins with an introduction to the nature of the high-temperature vapor state, the scope and literature of high-temp

  5. Vapor fraction distribution within pipelines and channels

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    Three-dimensional distribution of vapor volumetric fractions in subcooled boiling is analyzed for circular tubes and rectangular channels. The model is based on three major assumptions: 1) vapor bubble mation is controlled by diffusion due to flow turbulence; 2) the diffusion coefficient and bubble velocity are constant within the channel cross-section as well as the coolant temperature; 3) the vapor bubble generation and condensation rates are calculated according to one-dimensional models. The vapor void distribution is obtained from an analytical solution of the vapor bubble diffusion equation with a simplified approximation of subcooling profile. A method of boundary conditions formulation for the diffusin equation is also presented

  6. Vapor deposition of tantalum and tantalum compounds

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    Tantalum, and many of its compounds, can be deposited as coatings with techniques ranging from pure, thermal chemical vapor deposition to pure physical vapor deposition. This review concentrates on chemical vapor deposition techniques. The paper takes a historical approach. The authors review classical, metal halide-based techniques and current techniques for tantalum chemical vapor deposition. The advantages and limitations of the techniques will be compared. The need for new lower temperature processes and hence new precursor chemicals will be examined and explained. In the last section, they add some speculation as to possible new, low-temperature precursors for tantalum chemical vapor deposition

  7. Equilibrium solubilities of iodine vapor in water

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    Equilibrium solubilities of iodine vapor in water were measured by introducing iodine vapor, in equilibrium with solid iodine, into water and by circulating it in a closed system, and Henry's law constants were determined. Equilibrium distributions of iodine vapor between a gas phase and an aqueous phase were also measured by another method, and partition coefficients were determined. The solubilities of iodine vapor in water estimated from both the Henry's law constants and the partition coefficients are compared with those of solid iodine reported in the literature. Thermodynamic parameters for the hydration of iodine vapor are evaluated experimentally. (author)

  8. Water vapor diffusion membrane development

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    Tan, M. K.

    1977-01-01

    An application of the water vapor diffusion technique is examined whereby the permeated water vapor is vented to space vacuum to alleviate on-board waste storage and provide supplemental cooling. The work reported herein deals primarily with the vapor diffusion-heat rejection (VD-HR) as it applies to the Space Shuttle. A stack configuration was selected, designed and fabricated. An asymmetric cellulose acetate membrane, used in reverse osmosis application was selected and a special spacer was designed to enhance mixing and promote mass transfer. A skid-mount unit was assembled from components used in the bench unit although no attempt was made to render it flight-suitable. The operating conditions of the VD-HR were examined and defined and a 60-day continuous test was carried out. The membranes performed very well throughout the test; no membrane rupture and no unusual flux decay was observed. In addition, a tentative design for a flight-suitable VD-HR unit was made.

  9. Vaporization of In2Te3(s)

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    The vaporization chemistry of In2Te3(s) was studied by the computerautomated simultaneous Knudsen-effusion and torsion-effusion method, by high-temperature mass spectrometry, and by ancillary methods. The first absolute measurements of the vapor pressure of In2Te3 are reported. In2Te3(s) vaporized incongruently in the temperatue range 701-889 K and produced Te2(g) and a solid-solution, (Xsub(In)=0.42 and Xsub(Te)=0.58). The standard enthalpy of the reaction at 298 K, ΔH0 (298 K) by the third-law method was 136.0 +- 0.3 kJ/mol of vapor. The above solid solution vaporized incongruently and produced in InTe(s) and a vapor which consisted of Te2(g) and In2Te(g). InTe(s) vaporized congruently in the range 701-887 K and produded Te2(g) and In2Te(g); the third-law ΔH0sub(ν) (298 K) was 201.5 +- 1.0 kJ/mol. These results were at variance with the literature on vaporization of In2Te3(s) where both congruent vaporization and incongruent vaporization to give InTe(s) are separately reported. Further, InTe(s) was reported to vaporize incongruently. These differences are discussed. (Author)

  10. Dichroic atomic vapor laser lock with multi-gigahertz stabilization range

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    Pustelny, S; Sholtes, T; Budker, D

    2015-01-01

    A dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) system exploiting buffer-gas-filled millimeter-scale vapor cells is presented. This system offers similar stability as achievable with bulk vapor cells, but has several important advantages. In addition to its compactness, it may provide continuous stabilization in a multi-gigahertz range around the optical transition. This range may be controlled either by changing the temperature of the vapor or by application of a buffer gas under an appropriate pressure. In particular, we show that the DAVLL system with a buffer-gas cell enables locking the laser frequency between two hyperfine components of the $^{85}$Rb ground state or as far as 16 GHz away from the closest optical transition.

  11. Triggered vaporization of gold nanodroplets for enhanced photothermal therapy

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    Liu, Shu-Wei; Liu, Wei-Wen; Li, Pai-Chi

    2015-03-01

    Acoustic droplet vaporization has been proposed for sonoporation. In this study, we hypothesize that, by using gold nanodroplets (AuNDs), vaporization can be triggered with external application of laser irradiation. In addition, the vaporization assisted sonoporation can enhance delivery of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) into the cells, thus potentially enhancing effects of plasmonic photothermal therapy. To test our hypothesis, in vitro studies were conducted. The delivery efficiency of AuNDs was also compared to that of AuNPs encapsulated in ultrasound microbubbles (AuMBs). The inertial cavitation dose (ICD), and optical density (OD) value of AuNPs were all measured under the applications of ultrasound only, laser only, and both ultrasound and laser. Results show that the cavitational effects and microbubble destruction were the highest with both ultrasound and laser being applied. In addition, destruction ratio of AuNDs was around 43%, compared to 35% microbubble destruction of AuMBs. Likewise, the OD value of AuNDs is 1.3 times higher than that of AuMBs under the same conditions, indicating that cavitation resulting from microbubble destruction did have the capability to assist the delivery of AuNPs into the cells. After the delivery, laser heating resulted in cell death. The cell viability with AuNDs was 45% left in the in vitro studies. Synergistic effects were also evident when combing laser with ultrasound.

  12. Carbon dioxide and water vapor high temperature electrolysis

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    Isenberg, Arnold O.; Verostko, Charles E.

    1989-01-01

    The design, fabrication, breadboard testing, and the data base obtained for solid oxide electrolysis systems that have applications for planetary manned missions and habitats are reviewed. The breadboard tested contains sixteen tubular cells in a closely packed bundle for the electrolysis of carbon dioxide and water vapor. The discussion covers energy requirements, volume, weight, and operational characteristics related to the measurement of the reactant and product gas compositions, temperature distribution along the electrolyzer tubular cells and through the bundle, and thermal energy losses. The reliability of individual cell performance in the bundle configuration is assessed.

  13. Illustrative applicaton of AMTEC cell and analysis with overpotential correction, and predicted cell performance for a wide range of design and operating parameters

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    In previous papers, the present authors described a coupled thermal, electrical, and fluid flow analysis of a multitube AMTEC (Alkali Metal Thermal-to-Electrical Conversion) cell. But those papers were over-optimistic in that they did not account for the effect of overpotential (interfacial impedance) at the cell's cathode surface. The present paper presents a detailed description of the coupled analyses with the previously omitted overpotential correction, and of their application to an illustrative cell design. The results indicate that -- for the same cell design, heat input, and voltage output -- the correction leads to significant reduction of the cell's power output and efficiency, and to a substantial increase in the cell's evaporator and hot-end temperatures. The paper also presents revised analytical results showing the effect of a wide range of heat inputs and voltage outputs on the cell's power output, efficiency, evaporator temperature, and hot-end temperature, for both superalloy and refractory cells. The revised analyses indicate that present performance goals require evaporator and hot-end temperatures that are much too high for stable, long-term operation of superalloy cells. This led to the current effort to develop cells with refractory hot components

  14. Thermogravimetric measurements of liquid vapor pressure

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    Highlights: ► Rapid determination of vapor pressure by TGA. ► Demonstration of limitations of currently available approaches in literature. ► New model for vapor pressure assessment of small size samples in TGA. ► New model accounts for vapor diffusion and sample geometry and measures vapor pressure normally within 10%. - Abstract: A method was developed using thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) to determine the vapor pressure of volatile liquids. This is achieved by measuring the rate of evaporation (mass loss) of a pure liquid contained within a cylindrical pan. The influence of factors like sample geometry and vapor diffusion on evaporation rate are discussed. The measurement can be performed across a wide range of temperature yielding reasonable results up to 10 kPa. This approach may be useful as a rapid and automatable method for measuring the volatility of flavor and fragrance raw materials.

  15. 40 CFR Table 6 to Subpart IIIii of... - Examples of Techniques for Equipment Problem Identification, Leak Detection and Mercury Vapor

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    2010-07-01

    ... Problem Identification, Leak Detection and Mercury Vapor 6 Table 6 to Subpart IIIII of Part 63 Protection... Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mercury Emissions From Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants Pt. 63, Subpt. IIIII..., Leak Detection and Mercury Vapor As stated in Tables 1 and 2 of Subpart IIIII, examples of...

  16. Chemiluminescence detection of hydrazine vapor.

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    Collins, G E; Latturner, S; Rose-Pehrsson, S L

    1995-04-01

    An efficient, real-time chemiluminescence detector for hydrazine vapor, N(2)H(4)(g), is described, capable of monitoring sub part-per-billion levels of hydrazine in air. The catalytic oxidation of hydrazine by colloidal platinum forms an intermediate, oxidizing agent (e.g. OH or OOH) which subsequently oxidizes luminol, generating a chemiluminescence signal that is proportional to the hydrazine concentration. Major components of the instrument include a photomultiplier tube (PMT), a short length of glass tubing coiled directly in front of the PMT cathode surface, a vacuum pump for sampling the air, and a peristaltic pump for circulating the liquid reagent. The liquid reagent, a basic solution (pH 13) of luminol and colloidal platinum, is continuously recycled. The detection sequence is initiated by pumping the hydrazine vapor through a short length of teflon tubing that is concurrently transporting the liquid reagent. The liquid is separated from the gas stream in an impinger and quickly pumped to the PMT. We have evaluated the effect of solution pH, luminol and platinum concentrations, and air and liquid flow rates on the analytical characteristics of this system. A linear, dynamic detection range for hydrazine has been obtained from 1 to 2000 ppb in air, with an instrument response that is fully reversible and achieves plateau response in less than 2 min. PMID:18966262

  17. Dichroic atomic vapor laser lock with multi-gigahertz stabilization range

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    Pustelny, S.; Schultze, V.; Scholtes, T.; Budker, D.

    2016-06-01

    A dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) system exploiting buffer-gas-filled millimeter-scale vapor cells is presented. This system offers similar stability as achievable with conventional DAVLL system using bulk vapor cells, but has several important advantages. In addition to its compactness, it may provide continuous stabilization in a multi-gigahertz range around the optical transition. This range may be controlled either by changing the temperature of the vapor or by application of a buffer gas under an appropriate pressure. In particular, we experimentally demonstrate the ability of the system to lock the laser frequency between two hyperfine components of the 85Rb ground state or as far as 16 GHz away from the closest optical transition.

  18. Vaporization of the Ar+Ni system

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    Using the 4π multidetector INDRA, collisions between 36Ar and 58Ni have been investigated over a broad bombarding energy range, from 32 to 95 AMeV. The onset for complete vaporization of the system into neutrons, H and He isotopes as well as the evolution with energy of the isotopic composition of the vaporization events were determined. Binary dissipative collisions are found to be the dominant mechanism producing the vaporization events. A statistical sequential decay of the two partners is a possible explanation for the vaporization events observed. (author) 18 refs.; 3 figs

  19. Influence of Soil Moisture on Soil Gas Vapor Concentration for Vapor Intrusion

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    Shen, Rui; Pennell, Kelly G.; Suuberg, Eric M.

    2013-01-01

    Mathematical models have been widely used in analyzing the effects of various environmental factors in the vapor intrusion process. Soil moisture content is one of the key factors determining the subsurface vapor concentration profile. This manuscript considers the effects of soil moisture profiles on the soil gas vapor concentration away from any surface capping by buildings or pavement. The “open field” soil gas vapor concentration profile is observed to be sensitive to the soil moisture di...

  20. Investigations on atomic-vapor-filter high-spectral-resolution lidar for temperature measurements

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    Voss, E.; Weitkamp, C.

    1992-01-01

    The temperature measurement by the analysis of Rayleigh scattered laser radiation with atomic vapor filters is investigated in both theory and laboratory experiments. Synthetic air is irradiated with a cw dye laser at 283 nano-meters, and the backscattered spectrum is analyzed with two lead vapor cells in one oven. Temperature measurements are carried out, and the effect of different parameters on the accuracy is investigated. Important aspects for the realization of a lidar are given.