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  1. Dynamics of ordering processes in annealed dilute systems: Island formation, vacancies at domain boundaries, and compactification

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    Shah, Peter Jivan; Mouritsen, Ole G.

    1990-01-01

    The dynamics of the ordering processes in two-dimensional lattice models with annealed vacancies and nonconserved order parameter is studied as a function of temperature and vacancy concentration by means of Monte Carlo temperature-quenching simulations. The models are Ising antiferromagnets with...... ordering in thin films of Cu3Au alloys with extra Cu.......The dynamics of the ordering processes in two-dimensional lattice models with annealed vacancies and nonconserved order parameter is studied as a function of temperature and vacancy concentration by means of Monte Carlo temperature-quenching simulations. The models are Ising antiferromagnets with...... compactification via coalescence. The domain-size distribution function, which is approximately log-normal, is shown to obey dynamical scaling over a substantial time range for both types of ordering. The growth for the pure systems is found to be described by a power law with the classical growth exponent n=1...

  2. Simulated Annealing of Two Electron Density Solution Systems

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    Neto, Mario de Oliveira; Alonso, Ronaldo Luiz; Leite, Fabio Lima; Jr, Osvaldo N. Oliveira; Polikarpov, Igor; Mascarenhas, Yvonne Primerano

    2008-01-01

    Many structural studies have been performed with a combination of SAXS and simulated annealing to reconstruct three dimensional models. Simulated annealing is suitable for the study of monodisperse, diluted and two-electron densities systems. In this chapter we showed how the simulated annealing procedure can be used to minimize the discrepancy between two functions: the simulated intensity and the experimental one-dimensional SAXS curve. The goal was to find the most probable form for a prot...

  3. Reactor vessel annealing system

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    Miller, Phillip E.; Katz, Leonoard R.; Nath, Raymond J.; Blaushild, Ronald M.; Tatch, Michael D.; Kordalski, Frank J.; Wykstra, Donald T.; Kavalkovich, William M.

    1991-01-01

    A system for annealing a vessel (14) in situ by heating the vessel (14) to a defined temperature, composed of: an electrically operated heater assembly (10) insertable into the vessel (14) for heating the vessel (14) to the defined temperature; temperature monitoring components positioned relative to the heater assembly (10) for monitoring the temperature of the vessel (14); a controllable electric power supply unit (32-60) for supplying electric power required by the heater assembly (10); a control unit (80-86) for controlling the power supplied by the power supply unit (32-60); a first vehicle (2) containing the power supply unit (32-60); a second vehicle (4) containing the control unit (80-86); power conductors (18,22) connectable between the power supply unit (32-60) and the heater unit (10) for delivering the power supplied by the power supply unit (32-60) to the heater assembly (10); signal conductors (20,24) connectable between the temperature monitoring components and the control unit (80-86) for delivering temperature indicating signals from the temperature monitoring components to the control unit (80-86); and control conductors (8) connectable between the control unit (80-86) and the power supply unit (32-60) for delivering to the power supply unit (32-60) control signals for controlling the level of power supplied by the power supply unit (32-60) to the heater assembly (10).

  4. Ensemble annealing of complex physical systems

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    Habeck, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Algorithms for simulating complex physical systems or solving difficult optimization problems often resort to an annealing process. Rather than simulating the system at the temperature of interest, an annealing algorithm starts at a temperature that is high enough to ensure ergodicity and gradually decreases it until the destination temperature is reached. This idea is used in popular algorithms such as parallel tempering and simulated annealing. A general problem with annealing methods is th...

  5. Ensemble annealing of complex physical systems

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    Habeck, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Algorithms for simulating complex physical systems or solving difficult optimization problems often resort to an annealing process. Rather than simulating the system at the temperature of interest, an annealing algorithm starts at a temperature that is high enough to ensure ergodicity and gradually decreases it until the destination temperature is reached. This idea is used in popular algorithms such as parallel tempering and simulated annealing. A general problem with annealing methods is that they require a temperature schedule. Choosing well-balanced temperature schedules can be tedious and time-consuming. Imbalanced schedules can have a negative impact on the convergence, runtime and success of annealing algorithms. This article outlines a unifying framework, ensemble annealing, that combines ideas from simulated annealing, histogram reweighting and nested sampling with concepts in thermodynamic control. Ensemble annealing simultaneously simulates a physical system and estimates its density of states. The...

  6. Computer automation of a dilution cryogenic system

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    This study has been realized in the framework of studies on developing new technic for low temperature detectors for neutrinos and dark matter. The principles of low temperature physics and helium 4 and dilution cryostats, are first reviewed. The cryogenic system used and the technic for low temperature thermometry and regulation systems are then described. The computer automation of the dilution cryogenic system involves: numerical measurement of the parameter set (pressure, temperature, flow rate); computer assisted operating of the cryostat and the pump bench; numerical regulation of pressure and temperature; operation sequence full automation allowing the system to evolve from a state to another (temperature descent for example)

  7. Luminescence properties of dilute bismide systems

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    Breddermann, B., E-mail: benjamin.breddermann@physik.uni-marburg.de [Faculty of Physics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 35032 Marburg (Germany); Bäumner, A.; Koch, S.W.; Ludewig, P.; Stolz, W.; Volz, K. [Faculty of Physics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 35032 Marburg (Germany); Hader, J.; Moloney, J.V. [Nonlinear Control Strategies Inc, 3542 N. Geronimo Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 (United States); Broderick, C.A.; O' Reilly, E.P. [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, Cork (Ireland); Department of Physics, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland)

    2014-10-15

    Systematic photoluminescence measurements on a series of GaBi{sub x}As{sub 1−x} samples are analyzed theoretically using a fully microscopic approach. Based on sp{sup 3}s{sup ⁎} tight-binding calculations, an effective k·p model is set up and used to compute the band structure and dipole matrix elements for the experimentally investigated samples. With this input, the photoluminescence spectra are calculated using a systematic microscopic approach based on the semiconductor luminescence equations. The detailed theory-experiment comparison allows us to quantitatively characterize the experimental structures and to extract important sample parameters. - Highlights: • Measurement of photoluminescence spectra of a home grown series of dilute bismides. • Fully microscopic calculation of luminescence spectra from detailed band structure. • Quantitative experiment-theory comparison of luminescence spectra. • Thorough understanding of optoelectronic properties of dilute bismide material system. • Promising perspectives for the development of new device applications.

  8. Performance of the TCDQ diluter system

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    Presland, A

    2005-01-01

    A single sided mobile graphite diluter block TCDQ, in combination with a two-sided secondary collimator TCS and an iron shield TCDQM, will be installed in front of the superconducting quadrupole Q4 magnets in IR6, in order to protect it and other downstream LHC machine elements from destruction in the event of a beam dump that is not synchronised with the abort gap. The TCDQ and associated elements should also intercept spurious particles in the beam abort gap to prevent quenches from occurring during regular beam aborts, and must also intercept the particles from the secondary halo during low beam lifetime without provoking quenches. In this note the conceptual design of the TCDQ system is briefly presented, with the load conditions and performance criteria. The FLUKA energy deposition simulations are described, and the results discussed in the context of the expected performance levels for LHC operation, in particular for the problems associated with quenching the downstream superconducting Q4 magnet. Optio...

  9. Isochronal annealing of electron-irradiated dilute Fe alloys modelled by an ab initio based AKMC method: Influence of solute-interstitial cluster properties

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    The evolution of the microstructure of dilute Fe alloys under irradiation has been modelled using a multiscale approach based on ab initio and atomistic kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. In these simulations, both self interstitials and vacancies, isolated or in clusters, are considered. Isochronal annealing after electron irradiation experiments have been simulated in pure Fe, Fe-Cu and Fe-Mn dilute alloys, focusing on recovery stages I and II. The parameters regarding the self interstitial - solute atom interactions are based on ab initio predictions and some of these interactions have been slightly adjusted, without modifying the interaction character, on isochronal annealing experimental data. The different recovery peaks are globally well reproduced. These simulations allow interpreting the different recovery peaks as well as the effect of varying solute concentration. For some peaks, these simulations have allowed to revisit and re-interpret the experimental data. In Fe-Cu, the trapping of self interstitials by Cu atoms allows experimental results to be reproduced, although no mixed dumbbells are formed, contrary to the former interpretations. Whereas, in Fe-Mn, the favorable formation of mixed dumbbell plays an important role in the Mn effect.

  10. Development of Digital Boron Dilution Alarm System (DBDAS)

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    It is imperative that a reactor which has been shutdown remain subcritical and not inadvertently return to power. Such an event could occur for instance through failure of a component in the complex control system or inadvertent action taken by the operator. In any case, during such an event the reactor approaches criticality exponentially with respect to time thus making it more difficult for the operator to detect the event and take appropriate action before the reactor goes to criticality [Ref. 1]. This paper is prepared for the development of the Digital Boron Dilution Alarm System (DBDAS) to improve the sub-criticality monitoring of Advanced Power Reactor 1400 Standard Nuclear Power Plant (APR1400). This system is designed to provide operators with useful information about an inadvertent boron dilution event occurring with the plant in Modes 3, 4, 5, and 6 before the reactor coolant system is diluted sufficiently to result in a total loss of shutdown margin. The acceptance criteria of APR1400 for an unplanned boron (moderator) dilution specify at least 30 minutes in all operational modes. The main features of DBAS are the use of digital information from the startup neutron monitoring channels and a boronometer

  11. Development of Digital Boron Dilution Alarm System (DBDAS)

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    Shin, Ho Cheol; Lee, Hwan Soo; Moon, Chan Kook [Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    It is imperative that a reactor which has been shutdown remain subcritical and not inadvertently return to power. Such an event could occur for instance through failure of a component in the complex control system or inadvertent action taken by the operator. In any case, during such an event the reactor approaches criticality exponentially with respect to time thus making it more difficult for the operator to detect the event and take appropriate action before the reactor goes to criticality [Ref. 1]. This paper is prepared for the development of the Digital Boron Dilution Alarm System (DBDAS) to improve the sub-criticality monitoring of Advanced Power Reactor 1400 Standard Nuclear Power Plant (APR1400). This system is designed to provide operators with useful information about an inadvertent boron dilution event occurring with the plant in Modes 3, 4, 5, and 6 before the reactor coolant system is diluted sufficiently to result in a total loss of shutdown margin. The acceptance criteria of APR1400 for an unplanned boron (moderator) dilution specify at least 30 minutes in all operational modes. The main features of DBAS are the use of digital information from the startup neutron monitoring channels and a boronometer

  12. Effects of annealing atmosphere on structure, optical and magnetic properties of Zn0.95Cu0.02Cr0.03O diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Zn0.95Cu0.02Cr0.03O nanoparticles were successfully prepared by sol–gel method under different atmospheres (air and argon). X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer were used to investigate the effect of annealing atmospheres on the structure, optical and magnetic properties of Zn0.95Cu0.02Cr0.03O diluted magnetic semiconductors. The results showed that the Zn0.95Cu0.02Cr0.03O nanoparticles with 16.5 nm and 17.2 nm sintered in different atmospheres had a hexagonal wurtzite structure without any secondary phases. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated that the Cr ions were the +3 and the Cu exhibits different valence state in the Zn0.95Cu0.02Cr0.03O samples annealed in different atmosphere. The annealing atmosphere was found to have effect on the optical and magnetic properties of the Zn0.95Cu0.02Cr0.03O samples

  13. Kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of nanostructural evolution under post-irradiation annealing in dilute FeMnNi

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    Chiapetto, M. [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Mol (Belgium); Unite Materiaux et Transformations (UMET), UMR 8207, Universite de Lille 1, ENSCL, Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Becquart, C.S. [Unite Materiaux et Transformations (UMET), UMR 8207, Universite de Lille 1, ENSCL, Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Laboratoire commun EDF-CNRS, Etude et Modelisation des Microstructures pour le Vieillissement des Materiaux (EM2VM) (France); Domain, C. [EDF R and D, Departement Materiaux et Mecanique des Composants, Les Renardieres, Moret sur Loing (France); Laboratoire commun EDF-CNRS, Etude et Modelisation des Microstructures pour le Vieillissement des Materiaux (EM2VM) (France); Malerba, L. [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Mol (Belgium)

    2015-01-01

    Post-irradiation annealing experiments are often used to obtain clearer information on the nature of defects produced by irradiation. However, their interpretation is not always straightforward without the support of physical models. We apply here a physically-based set of parameters for object kinetic Monte Carlo (OKMC) simulations of the nanostructural evolution of FeMnNi alloys under irradiation to the simulation of their post-irradiation isochronal annealing, from 290 to 600 C. The model adopts a ''grey alloy'' scheme, i.e. the solute atoms are not introduced explicitly, only their effect on the properties of point-defect clusters is. Namely, it is assumed that both vacancy and SIA clusters are significantly slowed down by the solutes. The slowing down increases with size until the clusters become immobile. Specifically, the slowing down of SIA clusters by Mn and Ni can be justified in terms of the interaction between these atoms and crowdions in Fe. The results of the model compare quantitatively well with post-irradiation isochronal annealing experimental data, providing clear insight into the mechanisms that determine the disappearance or re-arrangement of defects as functions of annealing time and temperature. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of nanostructural evolution under post-irradiation annealing in dilute FeMnNi

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    Post-irradiation annealing experiments are often used to obtain clearer information on the nature of defects produced by irradiation. However, their interpretation is not always straightforward without the support of physical models. We apply here a physically-based set of parameters for object kinetic Monte Carlo (OKMC) simulations of the nanostructural evolution of FeMnNi alloys under irradiation to the simulation of their post-irradiation isochronal annealing, from 290 to 600 C. The model adopts a ''grey alloy'' scheme, i.e. the solute atoms are not introduced explicitly, only their effect on the properties of point-defect clusters is. Namely, it is assumed that both vacancy and SIA clusters are significantly slowed down by the solutes. The slowing down increases with size until the clusters become immobile. Specifically, the slowing down of SIA clusters by Mn and Ni can be justified in terms of the interaction between these atoms and crowdions in Fe. The results of the model compare quantitatively well with post-irradiation isochronal annealing experimental data, providing clear insight into the mechanisms that determine the disappearance or re-arrangement of defects as functions of annealing time and temperature. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Effects of high-temperature diluted-H2 annealing on effective mobility of 4H-SiC MOSFETs with thermally-grown SiO2

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    Hirai, Hirohisa; Kita, Koji

    2016-04-01

    The impact of post-oxidation annealing (POA) in diluted-H2 ambient on a 4H-SiC/SiO2 interface was investigated with a cold wall furnace. Effective mobility (μeff) was extracted from lateral metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) by applying the split capacitance-voltage (C-V) technique to the determination of charge density and a calibration technique using two MOSFETs with different gate lengths to minimize the contribution of parasitic components. POA at 1150 °C in diluted-H2 ambient resulted in an enhancement of μeff compared with that for POA in N2 ambient. It was indicated that the effects of POA in diluted H2 should be attributed to the reduction in the density of near interface traps, which disturb the electron transportation in the inversion channel, from the measurement temperature dependence of μeff as well as from the C-V curves of MOS capacitors fabricated on n-type SiC.

  16. Quantum Annealing and Quantum Fluctuation Effect in Frustrated Ising Systems

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    Tanaka, Shu; Tamura, Ryo

    2012-01-01

    Quantum annealing method has been widely attracted attention in statistical physics and information science since it is expected to be a powerful method to obtain the best solution of optimization problem as well as simulated annealing. The quantum annealing method was incubated in quantum statistical physics. This is an alternative method of the simulated annealing which is well-adopted for many optimization problems. In the simulated annealing, we obtain a solution of optimization problem b...

  17. Microscopic Properties of Quantum Annealing -- Application to Fully Frustrated Ising Systems

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    Tanaka, Shu

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we show quantum fluctuation effect of fully frustrated Ising spin systems. Quantum annealing has been expected to be an efficient method to find ground state of optimization problems. However it is not clear when to use the quantum annealing. In order to clarify when the quantum annealing works well, we have to study microscopic properties of quantum annealing. In fully frustrated Ising spin systems, there are macroscopically degenerated ground states. When we apply quantum anne...

  18. Quantum Annealing Effect on Entropic Slowing Down in Frustrated Decorated Bond System

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    Tanaka, Shu; Miyashita, Seiji

    2006-01-01

    We propose that the importance of the quantum annealing procedure to find the ground state of frustrated decorated bond systems where 'entropic slowing down' happens due to peculiar density of states. Here, we use the time dependent Schr\\"odinger equation to analyze the real time dynamics of the process. It is found that the quantum annealing is very efficient comparing to the thermal annealing for searching the ground state of the systems. We analyze the mechanism of quantum annealing from a...

  19. Time series forecasting using a TSK fuzzy system tuned with simulated annealing

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    Almaraashi, Majid; John, Robert; Coupland, Simon; Hopgood, Adrian

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a combination of a Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy system (TSK) and simulated annealing is used to predict well known time series by searching for the best configuration of the fuzzy system. Simulated annealing is used to optimise the parameters of the antecedent and the consequent parts of the fuzzy system rules. The results of the proposed method are encouraging indicating that simulated annealing and fuzzy logic are able to combine well in time series prediction.

  20. Complex Critical Exponents in Diluted Systems of Quantum Rotors

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    Fernandes, Rafael; Schmalian, Jörg

    2011-03-01

    In this work, we investigate the effects of the Berry phase 2 πρ on the critical properties of XY quantum-rotors that undergo a percolation transition. This model describes a variety of randomly-diluted quantum systems, such as interacting bosons coupled to a particle reservoir, quantum planar antiferromagnets under a perpendicular magnetic field, and Josephson-junction arrays with an external bias-voltage. Focusing on the quantum critical point at the percolation threshold, we find that, for rational ρ , one recovers the power-law behavior with the same critical exponents as in the case with no Berry phase. However, for irrational ρ , the low-energy excitations change completely and are given by emergent spinless fermions with fractal spectrum. As a result, critical properties that cannot be described by the usual Ginzburg-Landau-Wilson theory of phase transitions emerge, such as complex critical exponents, log-periodic oscillations, and dynamically-broken scale invariance. Research supported by the U.S. DOE, Office of BES, Materials Science and Engineering Division.

  1. Differential evolution and simulated annealing algorithms for mechanical systems design

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    H. Saruhan

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, nature inspired algorithms – the Differential Evolution (DE and the Simulated Annealing (SA – are utilized to seek a global optimum solution for ball bearings link system assembly weight with constraints and mixed design variables. The Genetic Algorithm (GA and the Evolution Strategy (ES will be a reference for the examination and validation of the DE and the SA. The main purpose is to minimize the weight of an assembly system composed of a shaft and two ball bearings. Ball bearings link system is used extensively in many machinery applications. Among mechanical systems, designers pay great attention to the ball bearings link system because of its significant industrial importance. The problem is complex and a time consuming process due to mixed design variables and inequality constraints imposed on the objective function. The results showed that the DE and the SA performed and obtained convergence reliability on the global optimum solution. So the contribution of the DE and the SA application to the mechanical system design can be very useful in many real-world mechanical system design problems. Beside, the comparison confirms the effectiveness and the superiority of the DE over the others algorithms – the SA, the GA, and the ES – in terms of solution quality. The ball bearings link system assembly weight of 634,099 gr was obtained using the DE while 671,616 gr, 728213.8 gr, and 729445.5 gr were obtained using the SA, the ES, and the GA respectively.

  2. Annealing effect on current perpendicular to plane systems modeled by giant magnetoresistance simulation

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    Jonkers, PAE

    2001-01-01

    A simulation single-electron model is presented to describe the effect of annealing current perpendicular to plane-giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) systems. Progressive annealing is represented by a progressively increasing number of impurities occurring at the interfaces of adjacent layers constit

  3. ACTIVITY-BASED COSTING DAN SIMULATED ANNEALING UNTUK PENCARIAN RUTE PADA FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

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    Gregorius Satia Budhi

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS is a manufacturing system that is formed from several Numerical Controlled Machines combine with material handling system, so that different jobs can be worked by different machines sequences. FMS combine the high productivity and flexibility of Transfer Line and Job Shop manufacturing system. In this reasearch, Activity-Based Costing(ABC approach was used as the weight to search the operation route in the proper machine, so that the total production cost can be optimized. The search method that was used in this experiment is Simulated Annealling, a variant form Hill Climbing Search method. An ideal operation time to proses a part was used as the annealling schedule. From the empirical test, it could be proved that the use of ABC approach and Simulated Annealing to search the route (routing process can optimize the Total Production Cost. In the other hand, the use of ideal operation time to process a part as annealing schedule can control the processing time well. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS adalah sistem manufaktur yang tersusun dari mesin-mesin Numerical Control (NC yang dikombinasi dengan Sistem Penanganan Material, sehingga job-job berbeda dikerjakan oleh mesin-mesin dengan alur yang berlainan. FMS menggabungkan produktifitas dan fleksibilitas yang tinggi dari Sistem Manufaktur Transfer Line dan Job Shop. Pada riset ini pendekatan Activity-Based Costing (ABC digunakan sebagai bobot / weight dalam pencarian rute operasi pada mesin yang tepat, untuk lebih mengoptimasi biaya produksi secara keseluruhan. Adapun metode Searching yang digunakan adalah Simulated Annealing yang merupakan varian dari metode searching Hill Climbing. Waktu operasi ideal untuk memproses sebuah part digunakan sebagai Annealing Schedulenya. Dari hasil pengujian empiris dapat dibuktikan bahwa penggunaan pendekatan ABC dan Simulated Annealing untuk proses pencarian rute (routing dapat lebih

  4. Effect of annealing on phase sequence and their composition in the Pt-coated Mo system

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    Highlights: • Platinum coatings were prepared using electron beam evaporator. • The phase analysis revealed the presence of the MoPt2 and MoPt. • At low annealing time, the MoPt2 phase appeared to have more Pt content. • The MoPt2 phase disappeared as the annealing time increases. • It is believed that the MoPt phase was growing at the expense of the MoPt2. - Abstract: The phase formation sequence and the composition of phases induced by thermal annealing in a platinum (Pt) coated molybdenum (Mo) system were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The X-ray diffraction study of a 0.2 μm thick platinum layer deposited on a Mo substrate and annealed at temperatures between 800 °C and 900 °C for different periods of time shows the formation of MoPt2 and MoPt phases. It was also found that these phases nucleate sequentially and the MoPt2 phase becomes unstable at 900 °C after a longer annealing time of 8 h. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy showed that the coating thickness approximately doubled after thermal annealing, from 0.22 μm to 0.46 μm, due to the formation of the Pt–Mo phases

  5. Open-System Quantum Annealing in Mean-Field Models with Exponential Degeneracy*

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    Kechedzhi, Kostyantyn; Smelyanskiy, Vadim N.

    2016-04-01

    Real-life quantum computers are inevitably affected by intrinsic noise resulting in dissipative nonunitary dynamics realized by these devices. We consider an open-system quantum annealing algorithm optimized for such a realistic analog quantum device which takes advantage of noise-induced thermalization and relies on incoherent quantum tunneling at finite temperature. We theoretically analyze the performance of this algorithm considering a p -spin model that allows for a mean-field quasiclassical solution and, at the same time, demonstrates the first-order phase transition and exponential degeneracy of states, typical characteristics of spin glasses. We demonstrate that finite-temperature effects introduced by the noise are particularly important for the dynamics in the presence of the exponential degeneracy of metastable states. We determine the optimal regime of the open-system quantum annealing algorithm for this model and find that it can outperform simulated annealing in a range of parameters. Large-scale multiqubit quantum tunneling is instrumental for the quantum speedup in this model, which is possible because of the unusual nonmonotonous temperature dependence of the quantum-tunneling action in this model, where the most efficient transition rate corresponds to zero temperature. This model calculation is the first analytically tractable example where open-system quantum annealing algorithm outperforms simulated annealing, which can, in principle, be realized using an analog quantum computer.

  6. Reorganization Law and Dilution Threats in Different Financial Systems

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    Hege, U.; Mella-Barral, P.

    2000-01-01

    In a market-based financial system, credit is held by dispersed creditors, and out-of-court renegotiation of debt is more likely to fail because of hold-out problems; in a bank-based system, out-of-court renegotiation stands good chances to succeed. Since out-of-court renegotiation is a substitute f

  7. Dielectric relaxation in weakly ergodic dilute dipole systems.

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    Lerner, Shimon E; Mierzwa, Michal; Paluch, Marian; Feldman, Yuri; Ishai, Paul Ben

    2013-05-28

    We introduce a method for calculating dipole correlations in systems containing hopping processes exhibiting weak ergodicity breaking. Modeled after the original Kirkwood-Fröhlich theory, the new method provides a bridge extending Fröhlich's insights from the realm of rigid dipoles into weakly non-ergodic fluctuating virtual dipolar entities. Relevant for the investigation of any system containing transport processes, it provides a testable parameter derived primarily from the static dielectric parameters. Three examples of systems including porous silicon, porous glass, and ferroelectric crystals are brought to demonstrate the model's versatility, including direct confirmation of Fröhlich's original idea. PMID:23742487

  8. Limit theorems for dilute quantum systems leading to quantum poisson processes

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    Alicki, Robert; Rudnicki, Sławomir; Sadowski, Sławomir

    1993-12-01

    The limit theorems for sums of independent or correlated operators representing observables of dilute quantum systems and leading to quantum Poisson processes are proved. Examples of systems of unstable particles and a Fermi lattice gas are discussed. For the latter, relations between low density limit and central limit are given.

  9. Surface tension of liquid dilute solutions of lead-cesium and bismuth-cesium systems

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    Method of the maximal pressure in a drop was used to measure the surface tension of 15 liquid dilute solutions of lead-cesium system in 0-0.214 at% concentration range and of 12 diluted solutions of bismuth-cesium system in 0-0.160 at.% cesium range from solidification temperature up to 500 dec C. It was found that cesium was characterized as surfactant in lead and bismuth melts. It was established that the temperature coefficient of surface tension changes sufficiently in maximally diluted solutions of alkali metals in bismuth and lead melts. Effect of sodium, potassium, rubidum and cesium on the value of surface tension of lead and bismuth was systematized. Growth of activity in sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium series was noted

  10. Atomic diffusion in annealed CU/SiO2/Si (100) system prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Cu thin films are deposited on p-type Si (100) substrates by magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The interface reaction and atomic diffusion of Cu/SiO2/Si (100) systems are studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Some significant results can be obtained. The onset temperature of interdiffusion for Cu/SiO2/Si(100) is 350 °C. With the annealing temperature increasing, the interdiffusion becomes more apparent. The calculated diffusion activation energy is about 0.91 eV. For the CU/SiO2/Si (100) systems copper silicides are not formed below an annealing temperature of 350 °C. The formation of the copper silicides phase is observed when the annealing temperature arrives at 450 °C. (condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties)

  11. Long-range interactions in dilute granular systems

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    Müller, Micha-Klaus

    2008-01-01

    In this thesis, on purpose, we focussed on the most challenging, longest ranging potentials. We analyzed granular media of low densities obeying 1/r long-range interaction potentials between the granules. Such systems are termed granular gases and differ in their behavior from ordinary gases by diss

  12. Multivariable Optimization: Quantum Annealing & Computation

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    Mukherjee, Sudip; Chakrabarti, Bikas K.

    2014-01-01

    Recent developments in quantum annealing techniques have been indicating potential advantage of quantum annealing for solving NP-hard optimization problems. In this article we briefly indicate and discuss the beneficial features of quantum annealing techniques and compare them with those of simulated annealing techniques. We then briefly discuss the quantum annealing studies of some model spin glass and kinetically constrained systems.

  13. MOBILE SYSTEMS FOR DILUTION OF HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM AND URANIUM CONTAINING COMPONENTS

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    Adams, T

    2007-05-02

    A mobile melt-dilute (MMD) module for the treatment of aluminum research reactor spent fuel is being developed. The process utilizes a closed system approach to retain fission products/gases inside a sealed canister after treatment. The MMD process melts and dilutes spent fuel with depleted uranium to obtain a fissile fraction of less than 0.2. The final ingot is solidified inside the sealed canister and can be stored safely either wet or dry until final disposition or reprocessing. The MMD module can be staged at or near the research reactor fuel storage sites to facilitate the melt-dilute treatment of the spent fuel into a stable non-proliferable form.

  14. Effect of annealing on superconductivity in Fe1+y(Te1-xSx) system

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    2010-01-01

    We have synthesized polycrystalline samples of Fe1.11(Te1-xSx) and single crystals of Fe1+y(Te0.88S0.12),and characterized their properties.Our results show that the solid solution of S in the Fe1.11Te tetragonal lattice is limited,~10%.We observed superconductivity at ~8 K in both polycrystalline samples and single crystals.Magnetization measurements reveal that the volume fraction is small for this superconducting phase in both polycrystalline samples as-synthesized and single crystals as-grown.It is found that annealing in air enhances the superconducting fraction;the maximum fraction is almost 100% in the single crystals annealed in air at 300°C.We discuss the effect of annealing on superconductivity and transport properties at the normal state in the Fe1+y(Te1-xSx) system in terms of decrease of the excess Fe.

  15. Biodiesel Impact on Engine Lubricant Dilution During Active Regeneration of Aftertreatment Systems

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    He, X.; Williams, A.; Christensen, E.; Burton, J.; McCormick, R.

    2011-12-01

    Experiments were conducted with ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and 20% biodiesel blends (B20) to compare lube oil dilution levels and lubricant properties for systems using late in-cylinder fuel injection for aftertreatment regeneration. Lube oil dilution was measured by gas chromatography (GC) following ASTM method D3524 to measure diesel content, by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry following a modified ASTM method D7371 to measure biodiesel content, and by a newly developed back-flush GC method that simultaneously measures both diesel and biodiesel. Heavy-duty (HD) engine testing was conducted on a 2008 6.7L Cummins ISB equipped with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particle filter (DPF). Stage one of engine testing consisted of 10 consecutive repeats of a forced DPF regeneration event. This continuous operation with late in-cylinder fuel injection served as a method to accelerate lube-oil dilution. Stage two consisted of 16 hours of normal engine operation over a transient test cycle, which created an opportunity for any accumulated fuel in the oil sump to evaporate. Light duty (LD) vehicle testing was conducted on a 2010 VW Jetta equipped with DOC, DPF and a NOx storage catalyst (NSC). Vehicle testing comprised approximately 4,000 miles of operation on a mileage-accumulation dynamometer (MAD) using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Highway Fuel Economy Cycle because of the relatively low engine oil and exhaust temperatures, and high DPF regeneration frequency of this cycle relative to other cycles examined. Comparison of the lube oil dilution analysis methods suggests that D3524 does not measure dilution by biodiesel. The new back-flush GC method provided analysis for both diesel and biodiesel, in a shorter time and with lower detection limit. Thus all lube oil dilution results in this paper are based on this method. Analysis of the HD lube-oil samples showed only 1.5% to 1.6% fuel dilution for both fuels during

  16. Dynamical scaling and crossover from algebraic to logarithmic growth in dilute systems

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    Mouritsen, Ole G.; Shah, Peter Jivan

    1989-01-01

    The ordering dynamics of the two-dimensional Ising antiferromagnet with mobile vacancies and nonconserved order parameter is studied by Monte Carlo temperature-quenching experiments. The domain-size distribution function is shown to obey dynamical scaling. A crossover is found from an algebraic g...... growth law for the pure system to effectively logarithmic growth behavior in the dilute system, in accordance with recent experiments on ordering kinetics in impure chemisorbed overlayers and off-stoichiometric alloys....

  17. Bayesian parameter inference and model selection by population annealing in systems biology.

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    Murakami, Yohei

    2014-01-01

    Parameter inference and model selection are very important for mathematical modeling in systems biology. Bayesian statistics can be used to conduct both parameter inference and model selection. Especially, the framework named approximate Bayesian computation is often used for parameter inference and model selection in systems biology. However, Monte Carlo methods needs to be used to compute Bayesian posterior distributions. In addition, the posterior distributions of parameters are sometimes almost uniform or very similar to their prior distributions. In such cases, it is difficult to choose one specific value of parameter with high credibility as the representative value of the distribution. To overcome the problems, we introduced one of the population Monte Carlo algorithms, population annealing. Although population annealing is usually used in statistical mechanics, we showed that population annealing can be used to compute Bayesian posterior distributions in the approximate Bayesian computation framework. To deal with un-identifiability of the representative values of parameters, we proposed to run the simulations with the parameter ensemble sampled from the posterior distribution, named "posterior parameter ensemble". We showed that population annealing is an efficient and convenient algorithm to generate posterior parameter ensemble. We also showed that the simulations with the posterior parameter ensemble can, not only reproduce the data used for parameter inference, but also capture and predict the data which was not used for parameter inference. Lastly, we introduced the marginal likelihood in the approximate Bayesian computation framework for Bayesian model selection. We showed that population annealing enables us to compute the marginal likelihood in the approximate Bayesian computation framework and conduct model selection depending on the Bayes factor.

  18. The Parameters Optimization of MCR-WPT System Based on the Improved Genetic Simulated Annealing Algorithm

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    Sheng Lu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To solve the problem of parameter selection during the design of magnetically coupled resonant wireless power transmission system (MCR-WPT, this paper proposed an improved genetic simulated annealing algorithm. Firstly, the equivalent circuit of the system is analysis in this study and a nonlinear programming mathematical model is built. Secondly, in place of the penalty function method in the genetic algorithm, the selection strategy based on the distance between individuals is adopted to select individual. In this way, it reduces the excess empirical parameters. Meanwhile, it can improve the convergence rate and the searching ability by calculating crossover probability and mutation probability according to the variance of population’s fitness. At last, the simulated annealing operator is added to increase local search ability of the method. The simulation shows that the improved method can break the limit of the local optimum solution and get the global optimum solution faster. The optimized system can achieve the practical requirements.

  19. Prediction of two-dimensional diluted magnetic semiconductors: Doped monolayer MoS2 systems

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    Cheng, Yingchun

    2013-03-05

    Using first-principles calculations, we propose a two-dimensional diluted magnetic semiconductor: monolayer MoS2 doped by transition metals. Doping of transition metal atoms from the IIIB to VIB groups results in nonmagnetic states, since the number of valence electrons is smaller or equal to that of Mo. Doping of atoms from the VIIB to IIB groups becomes energetically less and less favorable. Magnetism is observed for Mn, Fe, Co, Zn, Cd, and Hg doping, while for the other dopants from these groups it is suppressed by Jahn-Teller distortions. Analysis of the binding energies and magnetic properties indicates that (Mo,X)S2 (X=Mn, Fe, Co, and Zn) are promising systems to explore two-dimensional diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  20. Parameter estimation for chaotic systems using a hybrid adaptive cuckoo search with simulated annealing algorithm

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    Sheng, Zheng; Wang, Jun; Zhou, Shudao; Zhou, Bihua

    2014-03-01

    This paper introduces a novel hybrid optimization algorithm to establish the parameters of chaotic systems. In order to deal with the weaknesses of the traditional cuckoo search algorithm, the proposed adaptive cuckoo search with simulated annealing algorithm is presented, which incorporates the adaptive parameters adjusting operation and the simulated annealing operation in the cuckoo search algorithm. Normally, the parameters of the cuckoo search algorithm are kept constant that may result in decreasing the efficiency of the algorithm. For the purpose of balancing and enhancing the accuracy and convergence rate of the cuckoo search algorithm, the adaptive operation is presented to tune the parameters properly. Besides, the local search capability of cuckoo search algorithm is relatively weak that may decrease the quality of optimization. So the simulated annealing operation is merged into the cuckoo search algorithm to enhance the local search ability and improve the accuracy and reliability of the results. The functionality of the proposed hybrid algorithm is investigated through the Lorenz chaotic system under the noiseless and noise condition, respectively. The numerical results demonstrate that the method can estimate parameters efficiently and accurately in the noiseless and noise condition. Finally, the results are compared with the traditional cuckoo search algorithm, genetic algorithm, and particle swarm optimization algorithm. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness and superior performance of the proposed algorithm.

  1. Parameter estimation for chaotic systems using a hybrid adaptive cuckoo search with simulated annealing algorithm

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    Sheng, Zheng, E-mail: 19994035@sina.com [College of Meteorology and Oceanography, PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 211101 (China); Wang, Jun; Zhou, Bihua [National Defense Key Laboratory on Lightning Protection and Electromagnetic Camouflage, PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China); Zhou, Shudao [College of Meteorology and Oceanography, PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 211101 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China)

    2014-03-15

    This paper introduces a novel hybrid optimization algorithm to establish the parameters of chaotic systems. In order to deal with the weaknesses of the traditional cuckoo search algorithm, the proposed adaptive cuckoo search with simulated annealing algorithm is presented, which incorporates the adaptive parameters adjusting operation and the simulated annealing operation in the cuckoo search algorithm. Normally, the parameters of the cuckoo search algorithm are kept constant that may result in decreasing the efficiency of the algorithm. For the purpose of balancing and enhancing the accuracy and convergence rate of the cuckoo search algorithm, the adaptive operation is presented to tune the parameters properly. Besides, the local search capability of cuckoo search algorithm is relatively weak that may decrease the quality of optimization. So the simulated annealing operation is merged into the cuckoo search algorithm to enhance the local search ability and improve the accuracy and reliability of the results. The functionality of the proposed hybrid algorithm is investigated through the Lorenz chaotic system under the noiseless and noise condition, respectively. The numerical results demonstrate that the method can estimate parameters efficiently and accurately in the noiseless and noise condition. Finally, the results are compared with the traditional cuckoo search algorithm, genetic algorithm, and particle swarm optimization algorithm. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness and superior performance of the proposed algorithm.

  2. Cyclic Heating-Annealing and Boltzmann Distribution of Free Energies in a Spin-Glass System

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    ZHOU Hai-Jun

    2007-01-01

    Ergodicity of a spin-glass is broken at low temperatures; the system is trapped in one of many ergodic configurational domains. Transitions between different ergodic domains are achievable through a heating-annealing procedure. If this experiment is repeated infinite times, all ergodic configurational domains will be visited with frequences that decreasing exponentially with their free energies. The mean free energy density of a spin-glass system on a random graph is calculated based on this free energy Boltzmann distribution in the present work, by means of the cavity approach.

  3. Quantum annealing

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    Ruiz, Alfonso de la Fuente

    2014-01-01

    Brief description on the state of the art of some local optimization methods: Quantum annealing Quantum annealing (also known as alloy, crystallization or tempering) is analogous to simulated annealing but in substitution of thermal activation by quantum tunneling. The class of algorithmic methods for quantum annealing (dubbed: 'QA'), sometimes referred by the italian school as Quantum Stochastic Optimization ('QSO'), is a promising metaheuristic tool for solving local search problems in mult...

  4. Insertable system for fast turnaround time microwave experiments in a dilution refrigerator.

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    Ong, Florian R; Orgiazzi, Jean-Luc; de Waard, Arlette; Frossati, Giorgio; Lupascu, Adrian

    2012-09-01

    Microwave experiments in dilution refrigerators are a central tool in the field of superconducting quantum circuits and other research areas. This type of experiments relied so far on attaching a device to the mixing chamber of a dilution refrigerator. The minimum turnaround time in this case is a few days as required by cooling down and warming up the entire refrigerator. We developed a new approach, in which a suitable sample holder is attached to a cold-insertable probe and brought in contact with transmission lines permanently mounted inside the cryostat. The total turnaround time is 8 h if the target temperature is 80 mK. The lowest attainable temperature is 30 mK. Our system can accommodate up to six transmission lines, with a measurement bandwidth tested from zero frequency to 12 GHz. This bandwidth is limited by low-pass components in the setup; we expect the intrinsic bandwidth to be at least 18 GHz. We present our setup, discuss the experimental procedure, and give examples of experiments enabled by this system. This new measurement method will have a major impact on systematic ultra-low temperature studies using microwave signals, including those requiring quantum coherence. PMID:23020391

  5. Beam Halo on the LHC TCDQ Diluter System and Thermal Load on the Downstream Superconducting Magnets

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    Goddard, B; Presland, A; Redaelli, S; Robert-Démolaize, G; Sarchiapone, L; Weiler, T; Weterings, W

    2006-01-01

    The moveable single-jawed graphite TCDQ diluter must be positioned very close to the circulating LHC beam in order to prevent damage to downstream components in the event of an unsynchronised beam abort. A two-jawed graphite TCS.IR6 collimator forms part of the TCDQ system. The requirement to place the jaws close to the beam means that the system can intercept a substantial beam halo load. Initial investigations indicated a worryingly high heat load on the Q4 coils. This paper presents the updated load cases, shielding and simulation geometry, and the results of simulations of the energy deposition in the TCDQ system and in the downstream superconducting Q4 magnet. The implications for the operation of the LHC are discussed.

  6. Electrode patterning and annealing processes of aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films using a UV laser system

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    Hsiao, Wen-Tse; Tseng, Shih-Feng; Huang, Kuo-Cheng; Chiang, Donyau

    2013-01-01

    This study presents the hybrid processing (patterning and annealing) of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films in a one-step process using a diode-pumped-solid-state (DPSS) ultraviolet (UV) laser system. The focused laser beam had a diameter of 30 μm and the positive defocused laser beam had a diameter of 1 mm. Both beams were adjusted using a UV laser-processing system. AZO films were deposited on Corning Eagle 2000® optical glass sheets with a thickness of 0.7 mm using a sputtering method. The deposited films were approximately 200 nm. The optoelectronic properties of machined (patterning and annealing) AZO films depend on the laser pulse frequency and galvanometer scanning speed. The surface morphology, roughness, optical transmittance, and resistivity of the films after the laser patterning and annealing processes were measured using a three-dimensional confocal laser scanning microscope, a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), a spectrophotometer, and a four-point probe instrument, respectively. Experimental results indicate that the ablation depth increased as the pulse repetition frequency increased. The ablation depth also decreased as the galvanometric scanning speed increased. The transmittance spectra of the film changes slightly after laser annealing, and the average transmittance in the visible region is approximately 83%. All resistivity values of laser-patterned and annealed AZO films decreased significantly. The structural properties grain size was calculated firm the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra using the Scherrer equation that increased from 7.4 nm to 12 nm as the annealing scanning speed decreased from 800 mm/s to 400 mm/s. The root mean square (RMS) values of annealed AZO films treated with a laser scanning speed of 500 mm/s with a pulse repetition frequency of 40 kHz, 55 kHz, and 70 kHz were 1.1 nm, 1.2 nm, and 1.8 nm, respectively.

  7. User's manual for the ARMLID (Argonne metallic lithium/isotopic dilution) tritium assay system

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    The Argonne Metallic Lithium - Isotopic Dilution (ARMLID) system described in this report, originally developed at ANL for other purposes, was recently redeployed to measure the tritium production rate (TPR) in a series of US/Japanese collaborative fusion blanket integral experiments, involving large assemblies of fusion breeder blanket materials that were irradiated with a fusion neutron source at FNS/JAERI, Japan. Whereas previous uses of the ARMUD scheme involved just a few samples, its application infusion blanket TPR mapping called for large sample numbers per experiment, implying a commensurate scale of sample fabrication and encapsulation, on one hand, and tritium extraction and counting on the other hand. To shorten the time required for these various tasks, yet still yield reliable and accurate results, both the sample fabrication - encapsulation facility and the tritium extraction system had to be extensively revised from original versions that were designed for accuracy, but not necessarily for speed. The present report describes overall revisions in sufficient detail to serve as a User's Manual for this facility, and/or suggest how a new system might be put together. Either possibility may develop in the near future, in support of ITER design studies. Preliminary and partial descriptions of various aspects and features of the system were presented orally, in the course of annual ANL/JAERI/UCLA ''workshops'', over the last 34 years, as well as elsewhere

  8. Response to parallel magnetic field of a dilute two-dimensional electron system across the metal-insulator transition

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    The response to a parallel magnetic field of the very dilute insulating two-dimensional system of electrons in silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors is dramatic and similar to that found on the conducting side of the metal-insulator transition: there is a large initial increase in resistivity with increasing field, followed by saturation to a value that is approximately constant above a characteristic magnetic field of about 1 T. This is unexpected behavior in an insulator that exhibits Efros-Shklovskii variable-range hopping in zero field, and appears to be a general feature of very dilute electron systems. copyright 1999 The American Physical Society

  9. Phase diagram of Er-Sn-Te system for diluted magnetic semiconductor developments

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    张广华; 湛永钟; 李春流

    2013-01-01

    Phase diagrams of the RE (rare earth)-IV-VI systems are very important for the design of rare earth doped diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMSs), but related information is very limited. In this work, the phase equilibria of the Er-Sn-Te system in whole compositional range at room temperature were investigated mainly by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The existences of 9 binary compounds, i.e., SnTe, ErTe3, Er2Te3, ErTe, Er5Sn3, Er11Sn10, ErSn2, Er3Sn7 and Er2Sn5 were confirmed. The phase diagram consisted of 12 single-phase regions, 21 binary phase regions and 10 ternary phase re-gions. The maximum solid solubility of Er in SnTe was determined to be about 7.5 at.%, none of the other phases in this system re-vealed a remarkable homogeneity range at room temperature. No ternary compound was found in this work.

  10. An interactive system for creating object models from range data based on simulated annealing

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    In hazardous applications such as remediation of buried waste and dismantlement of radioactive facilities, robots are an attractive solution. Sensing to recognize and locate objects is a critical need for robotic operations in unstructured environments. An accurate 3-D model of objects in the scene is necessary for efficient high level control of robots. Drawing upon concepts from supervisory control, the authors have developed an interactive system for creating object models from range data, based on simulated annealing. Site modeling is a task that is typically performed using purely manual or autonomous techniques, each of which has inherent strengths and weaknesses. However, an interactive modeling system combines the advantages of both manual and autonomous methods, to create a system that has high operator productivity as well as high flexibility and robustness. The system is unique in that it can work with very sparse range data, tolerate occlusions, and tolerate cluttered scenes. The authors have performed an informal evaluation with four operators on 16 different scenes, and have shown that the interactive system is superior to either manual or automatic methods in terms of task time and accuracy

  11. IMPULSE PHOTON ANNEALING EFFECT ON STRUCTURE AND PHASE COMPOSITION OF THIN FILM SYSTEMS ON BASIS OF SILICON AND TRANSITION METALS

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    M. Markevich

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper investigates element composition,  regularities of structural and phase transformations in Si–Fe–Si and TiN–Ti–Si thin film systems in the process of impulse photon annealing depending on radiation energy density while applying such methods as transmission  electron microscopy, electron  diffraction analysis and energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis. Optimum characteristics of impulse photon annealing for formation FeSi2 thin films of β-modification on silicon and TiSi2 films in C54 modification have been determined in the paper.

  12. Dilution of Position Calculation for MS Location Improvement in Wireless Communication Systems

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    Chien-Sheng Chen

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Geometric dilution of precision (GDOP represents the geometric effect of base stations (BSs and mobile station (MS on the relationship between measurement error and positioning determination error. When the measurement variances are equal to each other, GDOP could be the most appropriate selection criterion of location measurement units. GDOP expression has simpler form if all the measurements are with the same variance. For time of arrival (TOA schemes, the maximum volume method of GDOP calculation doesn’t guarantee the optimal selection of the four measurement units. The conventional method for calculating GDOP is to use matrix inversion to all subsets. GDOP was originally used as a criterion for selecting the right 3D geometric configuration of satellites in global positioning systems (GPS. In this paper, we employ GDOP using the matrix inversion method to select appropriate BSs in cellular communication systems. The proposed BS selection criterion performs better than using the random subsets of four or five BSs chosen from all seven BSs. After BS selection, the proposed distance-weighted method and threshold method for TOA schemes can yield superior MS location estimation accuracy. For time difference of arrival (TDOA schemes, the proposed BS selection criterion provides better MS location estimation. From simulation results, the performances of MS location strongly depend on the relative position of the MS and BSs. Therefore, it is very important to select a subset with the most appropriate BSs rapidly and reasonably for positioning.

  13. DEM/CFD modelling of the deposition of dilute granular systems in a vertical container

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    YU Shen; GUO Yu; WU ChuanYu

    2009-01-01

    Deposition of granular materials into a container is a general industrial packing process. In this study, the deposition behaviour of dilute granular mixtures consisting of two types of particles that were of the same particle size but different particle densities in the presence of air was numerically analyzed using a coupled discrete element method (DEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Bilayer gra-nular mixtures with light particles at bottom and heavy particles at top were first simulated. It was found that the presence of air significantly affected the flow behaviour of the bilayer mixtures. For the system with a relatively low initial void fraction, the air entrapped inside the container escaped through the dilated zones induced due to the friction between the powder bed and wall surfaces. The escaping air streams entrained light particles that were originally located at the bottom of the granular system. Consequently, these light particles were migrated to the top of the granular bed at the end of deposition process. More light particles were migrated when the deposition distance was increased. For the sys-tem with a high initial void fraction, some light particles penetrated into the top layer of heavy particles and created a mixing zone. Deposition of random mixtures with different initial void fractions was also investigated and the influence of initial void fraction on the segregation behaviour was explored as well. It was found that the increase of void fraction promoted segregation during the deposition in air. It was demonstrated that, for granular mixtures consisting of particles of different air sensitivities, the pres-ence of air had a significant impact on the mixing and segregation behaviour during the deposition.

  14. Control parameter optimal tuning method based on annealing-genetic algorithm for complex electromechanical system

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    贺建军; 喻寿益; 钟掘

    2003-01-01

    A new searching algorithm named the annealing-genetic algorithm(AGA) was proposed by skillfully merging GA with SAA. It draws on merits of both GA and SAA ,and offsets their shortcomings. The difference from GA is that AGA takes objective function as adaptability function directly, so it cuts down some unnecessary time expense because of float-point calculation of function conversion. The difference from SAA is that AGA need not execute a very long Markov chain iteration at each point of temperature, so it speeds up the convergence of solution and makes no assumption on the search space,so it is simple and easy to be implemented. It can be applied to a wide class of problems. The optimizing principle and the implementing steps of AGA were expounded. The example of the parameter optimization of a typical complex electromechanical system named temper mill shows that AGA is effective and superior to the conventional GA and SAA. The control system of temper mill optimized by AGA has the optimal performance in the adjustable ranges of its parameters.

  15. Electron spectroscopy of dilute nitrides

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    The application of electron spectroscopies in dilute nitride semiconductor research for both chemical analysis and the determination of electronic and lattice vibrational properties is described. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the nitrogen bonding configurations in dilute InNxSb1-x and InNxAs1-x alloys is presented. High resolution electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (HREELS) of the plasmon excitations in InNxSb1-x is shown to provide information on the electronic properties of the material, before and after annealing. HREELS is also used to investigate the GaN-like phonon modes in GaNxAs1-x alloys

  16. Insertable system for fast turnaround time microwave experiments in a dilution refrigerator

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    Ong, Florian R.; Orgiazzi, Jean-Luc; de Waard, Arlette; Frossati, Giorgio; Lupascu, Adrian

    2012-01-01

    Microwave experiments in dilution refrigerators are a central tool in the field of superconducting quantum circuits and other research areas. This type of experiments relied so far on attaching a device to the mixing chamber of a dilution refrigerator. The minimum turnaround time in this case is a few days as required by cooling down and warming up the entire refrigerator. We developed a new approach, in which a suitable sample holder is attached to a cold-insertable probe and brought in cont...

  17. An archived multi-objective simulated annealing for a dynamic cellular manufacturing system

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    Shirazi, Hossein; Kia, Reza; Javadian, Nikbakhsh; Tavakkoli-Moghaddam, Reza

    2014-05-01

    To design a group layout of a cellular manufacturing system (CMS) in a dynamic environment, a multi-objective mixed-integer non-linear programming model is developed. The model integrates cell formation, group layout and production planning (PP) as three interrelated decisions involved in the design of a CMS. This paper provides an extensive coverage of important manufacturing features used in the design of CMSs and enhances the flexibility of an existing model in handling the fluctuations of part demands more economically by adding machine depot and PP decisions. Two conflicting objectives to be minimized are the total costs and the imbalance of workload among cells. As the considered objectives in this model are in conflict with each other, an archived multi-objective simulated annealing (AMOSA) algorithm is designed to find Pareto-optimal solutions. Matrix-based solution representation, a heuristic procedure generating an initial and feasible solution and efficient mutation operators are the advantages of the designed AMOSA. To demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed algorithm, the performance of AMOSA is compared with an exact algorithm (i.e., ∈-constraint method) solved by the GAMS software and a well-known evolutionary algorithm, namely NSGA-II for some randomly generated problems based on some comparison metrics. The obtained results show that the designed AMOSA can obtain satisfactory solutions for the multi-objective model.

  18. Development of GM cryocooler separate type liquid-helium-free 3He-4He dilution refrigerator system

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    Yamanaka, Y.; Ito, T.; Umeno, T.; Suzuki, Y.; Yoshida, S.; Kamioka, Y.; Maehata, K.

    2009-02-01

    We developed the new liquid-helium-free dilution refrigerator system, in which the Gifford-McMahon (GM) cycle cryocooler and dilution refrigerator (DR) unit are separated. We obtained the base temperature below 50 mK in this DR system. In usual liquid-helium-free DR systems, the DR unit directly couples with GM-cryocooler in the same vacuum chamber. Therefore the mechanical vibration of GM-cryocooler is hardly removed from DR unit. In order to eliminate the vibration problem, the separated vacuum chamber contacting the GM-cryocooler is connected with the DR unit chamber by the flexible hose with length of about 1 meter. Thin flexible tubes used for circulation of the refrigerant gas and radiation shield are installed in the connection hose. The 4He gas, cooled in the GM-cryocooler unit, transfers to the DR unit throw the thin flexible tubes. After cooling the DR unit, the gas returns to GM-cryocooler unit with cooling of the radiation shield. We expect that our separate-type dilution refrigerator becomes a useful piece of apparatus for the low temperature experiments.

  19. Development of GM cryocooler separate type liquid-helium-free {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He dilution refrigerator system

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    Yamanaka, Y; Ito, T; Umeno, T; Suzuki, Y; Yoshida, S; Kamioka, Y [Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, 10 Okubo, Tsukuba-shi, 300-2611 (Japan); Maehata, K [Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka-shi, 819-0395 (Japan)], E-mail: Yoshihiro.Yamanaka@tn-sanso.co.jp

    2009-02-01

    We developed the new liquid-helium-free dilution refrigerator system, in which the Gifford-McMahon (GM) cycle cryocooler and dilution refrigerator (DR) unit are separated. We obtained the base temperature below 50 mK in this DR system. In usual liquid-helium-free DR systems, the DR unit directly couples with GM-cryocooler in the same vacuum chamber. Therefore the mechanical vibration of GM-cryocooler is hardly removed from DR unit. In order to eliminate the vibration problem, the separated vacuum chamber contacting the GM-cryocooler is connected with the DR unit chamber by the flexible hose with length of about 1 meter. Thin flexible tubes used for circulation of the refrigerant gas and radiation shield are installed in the connection hose. The {sup 4}He gas, cooled in the GM-cryocooler unit, transfers to the DR unit throw the thin flexible tubes. After cooling the DR unit, the gas returns to GM-cryocooler unit with cooling of the radiation shield. We expect that our separate-type dilution refrigerator becomes a useful piece of apparatus for the low temperature experiments.

  20. Biological effects and toxicity of diluted bitumen and its constituents in freshwater systems.

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    Dew, William A; Hontela, Alice; Rood, Stewart B; Pyle, Greg G

    2015-11-01

    Approximately 50 billion cubic meters of bitumen resides within the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada. To facilitate the transport of bitumen from where it is extracted to where it is processed, the bitumen is diluted with natural gas condensate ('dilbit'), synthetic crude from hydrocracking bitumen ('synbit'), or a mixture of both ('dilsynbit'). A primary consideration for the effects of diluted bitumen products on freshwater organisms and ecosystems is whether it will float on the water surface or sink and interact with the stream or lake sediments. Evidence from a spill near Kalamazoo, MI, in 2010 and laboratory testing demonstrate that the nature of the spill and weathering of the dilbit, synbit or dilsynbit prior to and during contact with water will dictate whether the product floats or sinks. Subsequent toxicological data on the effects of dilbit and other diluted bitumen products on freshwater organisms and ecosystems are scarce. However, the current literature indicates that dilbit or bitumen can have significant effects on a wide variety of toxicological endpoints. This review synthesizes the currently available literature concerning the fate and effects of dilbit and synbit spilled into freshwater, and the effects of bitumen and bitumen products on aquatic organisms and ecosystems. Dilbit is likely to provide ecological impacts that are similar to and extend from those that follow from exposure to lighter crude oil, but the prospect of bitumen settling after binding to suspended sediments elevates the risk for benthic impacts in streams and lakes. PMID:26153036

  1. High dilutions of Sulphur and relationship with the onion thrips, downy mildew incidence and yield of onion in organic system

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    Paulo Antonio de Souza Gonçalves

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to evaluate high dilutions of Sulphur on the incidence of onion thrips, downy mildew, chlorophyll content and yield of onion under organic production system. The study was carried out at Ituporanga Experiment Station of Epagri, Santa Catarina State, Brazil, from August to December of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Treatments were foliar sprays of 0.5% Sulphur at high dilutions 6, 12 and 30 CH (CH, hahnemannian centesimal scale and untreated plot as control check. The experimental design was a randomized block design with four replications. The incidence and damage of onion thrips, reduction of the severity of downy mildew, chlorophyll index, total and commercial yield, bulb weight, postharvest conservation were not influenced by the treatments.

  2. Crystallization on a sphere using the simulated annealing algorithm implemented on H.P.C. systems

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    J.M. Voogd; P.M.A. Sloot

    1993-01-01

    The research presented here is a comparison of the scalability of the simulated annealing algorithm on a vector super computer (CRAY Y-MP) with the scalability of a parallel implementation on a massively parallel transputer surface (Parsytec GCel with 512 nodes of typeT805). Some results of the anne

  3. Extraction Behaviour of Hexavalent Plutonium in the System of Dilute TBP/Kerosene

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    2001-01-01

    On the basis of the preparation and stabilization of Pu(Ⅵ), the distribution of it between dilute TBP/kerosene and aqueous phase is studied. The influences of the concentration of TBP, HNO3, A1(NO3)3, TBP and UO2(NO3)2 on the extraction of Pu(Ⅵ) by 5%TBP/kerosene are investigated at 28 ℃. The extraction reaction equation, the corresponding apparent equilibrium constant and the free energy change of it at temperature of 28 ℃ are obtained as follows:

  4. Energy efficient reconcentration of diluted human urine using ion exchange membranes in bioelectrochemical systems.

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    Tice, Ryan C; Kim, Younggy

    2014-11-01

    Nutrients can be recovered from source separated human urine; however, nutrient reconcentration (i.e., volume reduction of collected urine) requires energy-intensive treatment processes, making it practically difficult to utilize human urine. In this study, energy-efficient nutrient reconcentration was demonstrated using ion exchange membranes (IEMs) in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) where substrate oxidation at the MEC anode provides energy for the separation of nutrient ions (e.g., NH4(+), HPO4(2-)). The rate of nutrient separation was magnified with increasing number of IEM pairs and electric voltage application (Eap). Ammonia and phosphate were reconcentrated from diluted human urine by a factor of up to 4.5 and 3.0, respectively (Eap = 1.2 V; 3-IEM pairs). The concentrating factor increased with increasing degrees of volume reduction, but it remained stationary when the volume ratio between the diluate (urine solution that is diluted in the IEM stack) and concentrate (urine solution that is reconcentrated) was 6 or greater. The energy requirement normalized by the mass of nutrient reconcentrated was 6.48 MJ/kg-N (1.80 kWh/kg-N) and 117.6 MJ/kg-P (32.7 kWh/kg-P). In addition to nutrient separation, the examined MEC reactor with three IEM pairs showed 54% removal of COD (chemical oxygen demand) in 47-hr batch operation. The high sulfate concentration in human urine resulted in substantial growth of both of acetate-oxidizing and H2-oxidizing sulfate reducing bacteria, greatly diminishing the energy recovery and Coulombic efficiency. However, the high microbial activity of sulfate reducing bacteria hardly affected the rate of nutrient reconcentration. With the capability to reconcentrate nutrients at a minimal energy consumption and simultaneous COD removal, the examined bioelectrochemical treatment method with an IEM application has a potential for practical nutrient recovery and sustainable treatment of source-separated human urine.

  5. Faster annealing schedules for quantum annealing

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    Morita, Satoshi

    2007-01-01

    New annealing schedules for quantum annealing are proposed based on the adiabatic theorem. These schedules exhibit faster decrease of the excitation probability than a linear schedule. To derive this conclusion, the asymptotic form of the excitation probability for quantum annealing is explicitly obtained in the limit of long annealing time. Its first-order term, which is inversely proportional to the square of the annealing time, is shown to be determined only by the information at the initi...

  6. A quantum annealing approach for fault detection and diagnosis of graph-based systems

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    Perdomo-Ortiz, A.; Fluegemann, J.; Narasimhan, S.; Biswas, R.; Smelyanskiy, V. N.

    2015-02-01

    Diagnosing the minimal set of faults capable of explaining a set of given observations, e.g., from sensor readouts, is a hard combinatorial optimization problem usually tackled with artificial intelligence techniques. We present the mapping of this combinatorial problem to quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO), and the experimental results of instances embedded onto a quantum annealing device with 509 quantum bits. Besides being the first time a quantum approach has been proposed for problems in the advanced diagnostics community, to the best of our knowledge this work is also the first research utilizing the route Problem → QUBO → Direct embedding into quantum hardware, where we are able to implement and tackle problem instances with sizes that go beyond previously reported toy-model proof-of-principle quantum annealing implementations; this is a significant leap in the solution of problems via direct-embedding adiabatic quantum optimization. We discuss some of the programmability challenges in the current generation of the quantum device as well as a few possible ways to extend this work to more complex arbitrary network graphs.

  7. Interatomic interactions and thermodynamic parameters in dilute solid solutions of the Ag-Au system

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    Bogdanov, V. I.; Bol'shov, L. A.; Korneichuk, E. A.; Popov, V. A.; Korneichuk, S. K.; Badanin, D. A.

    2015-07-01

    The thermodynamic parameters of interaction and the enthalpy parameters are of fundamental importance in the theory of solutions, i.e., the coefficients of the expansion of partial excess thermodynamic functions into series in terms of the concentrations of the dissolved components. In the approximation of pairwise interactions between the impurity atoms in the solution, the above parameters can be computed using the methods of the density-functional theory in the electron theory of alloys. As an example, the substitutional solid solutions of Au in Ag have been chosen, which are formed by atoms of the components with close chemical properties, in which the deformation interactions should be small, and in which there is no need to take into account the complex magnetic contributions to the pair potentials. The total energy of the dilute solution of Au in Ag and the contributions from the chemical and strain-induced interactions to the potentials of pairwise interactions are calculated up to the seventh coordination shell. Quite satisfactory agreement with the thermodynamic parameters obtained from the experimental data has been obtained.

  8. Optical Design of Dilute Nitride Quantum Wells Vertical Cavity Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers for Communication Systems

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    Faten A. Chaqmaqchee

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available III-V semiconductors components such as Gallium Arsenic (GaAs, Indium Antimony (InSb, Aluminum Arsenic (AlAs and Indium Arsenic (InAs have high carrier mobilities and direct energy gaps. This is making them indispensable for today’s optoelectronic devices such as semiconductor lasers and optical amplifiers at 1.3 μm wavelength operation. In fact, these elements are led to the invention of the Gallium Indium Nitride Arsenic (GaInNAs, where the lattice is matched to GaAs for such applications. This article is aimed to design dilute nitride GaInNAs quantum wells (QWs enclosed between top and bottom of Aluminum (Gallium Arsenic Al(GaAs distributed bragg mirrors (DBRs using MATLAB® program. Vertical cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers (VCSOAs structures are based on Fabry Perot (FP method to design optical gain and bandwidth gain to be operated in reflection and transmission modes. The optical model gives access to the contact layer of epitaxial structure and the reflectivity for successive radiative modes, their lasing thresholds, emission wavelengths and optical field distributions in the laser cavity.

  9. Non-Hermitian Quantum Annealing and Superradiance

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    Nesterov, Alexander I; de la Cruz, Fermín Aceves; Zepeda, Juan Carlos Beas

    2015-01-01

    We consider the non-Hermitian quantum annealing for the one-dimentional Ising spin chain, and for a large number of qubits. We show that the annealing time is significanly reduced for the non-Hermitian algorithm in comparison with the Hermitian one. We also demonstrtate the relation of the non-Hermitian quantum annealing with the superadiance transition in this system.

  10. Residual Energies after Slow Quantum Annealing

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    Suzuki, Sei; Okada, Masato

    2005-01-01

    Features of the residual energy after the quantum annealing are investigated. The quantum annealing method exploits quantum fluctuations to search the ground state of classical disordered Hamiltonian. If the quantum fluctuation is reduced sufficiently slowly and linearly by the time, the residual energy after the quantum annealing falls as the inverse square of the annealing time. We show this feature of the residual energy by numerical calculations for small-sized systems and derive it on th...

  11. Theory of Quantum Annealing of an Ising Spin Glass

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    Santoro, Giuseppe E.; Martonak, Roman; Tosatti, Erio; Car, Roberto

    2002-01-01

    Probing the lowest energy configuration of a complex system by quantum annealing was recently found to be more effective than its classical, thermal counterpart. Comparing classical and quantum Monte Carlo annealing protocols on the random two-dimensional Ising model we confirm the superiority of quantum annealing relative to classical annealing. We also propose a theory of quantum annealing, based on a cascade of Landau-Zener tunneling events. For both classical and quantum annealing, the re...

  12. Effect of annealing on the microstructures and Vickers hardness at room temperature of intermetallics in Mo-Si system

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    YANG Haibo; LI Wei; SHAN Aidang; WU Jiansheng

    2004-01-01

    The microstructures and Vickers hardness at room temperature of arc-melting processed intermetallics of Mo5Si3-MoSi2 hypoeutectic alloy and hypereutectic alloy annealed at 1200℃ for different time were investigated. Lamellar structure consisted of Mo5Si3 (D8m) phase and MoSi2 (C11b) phase was observed in all the alloys. For Mo5Si3-MoSi2 hypoeutectic alloy, the lamellar structure was found only after annealing and developed well with fine spacing on the order of hundred nanometers after annealing at 1200℃ for 48 h. But when the annealing time was up to 96 h, the well-developed lamellar structure was destroyed. For Mo5Si3-MoSi2 hypereutectic alloy, the lamellar structure was found both before and after annealing. However the volume fraction and spacing of the lamellar structure did not change significantly before and after annealing. The effects of the formation, development and destruction of lamellar structure on Vickers hardness of alloys were also investigated. When Mo5Si3-MoSi2 hypoeutectic alloy annealed at 1200℃ for 48 h, the Vickers hardness was improved about 19% compared with that without annealing and formation of lamellar structure. The highest Vickers hardness of Mo5Si3-MoSi2 hypereutectic was increasing about 18% when annealing at 1200℃ for 48 h.

  13. Evaluation of annealing and double ion beam irradiation by a laser-induced and laser-detected surface acoustic wave diagnostic system

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    Kitazawa, Sin-iti; Wakai, Eiichi; Aoto, Kazumi

    2016-10-01

    The effects of annealing and double ion irradiation on nuclear structural materials were investigated using a novel, non-destructive, non-contact diagnostic method. A laser-induced and laser-detected surface acoustic wave (SAW) was adopted as a diagnostic system. The SAWs propagation velocity and the SAWs vibration velocity along the normal direction of the surface were measured to investigate mechanical properties of the substrates. Change of the shear modulus was detected in the annealed substrates. Non-linear effect on amplitude of the excited SAW was observed on the double ion irradiated materials. The potential of the SAW diagnostic system for assessing nuclear structural materials was demonstrated.

  14. 40 CFR 91.421 - Dilute gaseous exhaust sampling and analytical system description.

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    2010-07-01

    ... measurement of total fuel mass consumed over a cycle may be substituted for the exhaust measurement of CO2... the test cycle. (v) The heated probe must be located in the sampling system far enough downstream of.... (iv) The overflow gases must enter the sample line as close as practical to the outside surface of...

  15. 40 CFR 90.421 - Dilute gaseous exhaust sampling and analytical system description.

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    2010-07-01

    ... total fuel mass consumed over a cycle may be substituted for the exhaust measurement of CO2. General... continuously over the test cycle. (v) The heated probe must be located in the sampling system far enough.... (iv) The overflow gases must enter the sample line as close as practical to the outside surface of...

  16. 40 CFR 89.419 - Dilute gaseous exhaust sampling and analytical system description.

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    2010-07-01

    ... requires: (i) Bag sampling (see 40 CFR part 1065) and analytical capabilities (see 40 CFR part 1065), as... engines. This system utilizes the CVS concept (described in 40 CFR part 1065, subparts A and B) of...-CVS shall conform to all of the requirements listed for the exhaust gas PDP-CVS in 40 CFR part...

  17. Isotopic dilution kinetics of phosphate and potassium ions in soil-solution system: its use in long term trials

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    The method of isotopic dilution analysis is explained. The experimental procedure developped for PO4 and K ions in a stirred soil-solution system is described. The most important modifications used concern the separation of the soil solution from stirred soil-solution system with millipore filters (0,2 or 0,01 micron pore size). The following 3 kinetic parameters of isotopically exchangeable phosphate of soil are measured: r' /R, r' is the radioactivity remaining in the solution after one minute of isotopic exchange and R the total radioactivity injected in the system, n the slope of the straightline which, in logarithmic coordinates, gives the decrease of the radioactivity remaining in the solution versus time, and c the phosphate-ions concentration in the solution. Results obtained on soil samples taken up in 1938 and 1972 from a long term trial field situated a Grignon (France) are given. It can be measured that the decrease of the organic carbon between 1938 and 1972 in all treatments on all plots (farm-yard manure, N P K, N K, NP, P K and without fertilizer) increases the absorbing capacity of soil for phosphate and potassium ions. It is concluded that the actual techniques of cultivation, which cause a decrease in the organic matter level of soil, induce a decrease of the effect of phosphoric and potassium fertilizers

  18. Thermodynamic characteristics of the heparin-leucine-CaCl2 system in a diluted physiological solution

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    Nikolaeva, L. S.; Belov, G. V.; Rulev, Yu. A.; Semenov, A. N.

    2013-03-01

    Chemical equilibria in aqueous solutions of high-molecular weight heparin (Na4hep) and leucine (HLeu) are calculated through the mathematical modeling of chemical equilibria based on representative experimental pH titration data. In addition, chemical equilibria in the CaCl2-Na4hep-HLeu-H2O-NaCl system in the presence of 0.154M NaCl background electrolyte at a temperature of 37°C in the range of 2.30 ≤ pH ≤ 10.50 and initial concentrations of basic components n × 10-3 M ( n ≤ 4).

  19. L-Edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Dilute Systems Relevant to Metalloproteins Using an X-ray Free-Electron Laser

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    Mitzner, Rolf; Rehanek, Jens; Kern, Jan; Gul, Sheraz; Hattne, Johan; Taguchi, Taketo; Alonso-Mori, Roberto; Tran, Rosalie; Weniger, Christian; Schroeder, Henning; Quevedo, Wilson; Laksmono, Hartawan; Sierra, Raymond G.; Han, Guangye; Lassalle-Kaiser, Benedikt; Koroidov, Sergey; Kubicek, Katharina; Schreck, Simon; Kunnus, Kristjan; Brzhezinskaya, Maria; Firsov, Alexander; Minitti, Michael P.; Turner, Joshua J.; Moeller, Stefan; Sauter, Nicholas K.; Bogan, Michael J.; Nordlund, Dennis; Schlotter, William F.; Messinger, Johannes; Borovik, Andrew; Techert, Simone; de Groot, Frank M. F.; Foehlisch, Alexander; Erko, Alexei; Bergmann, Uwe; Yachandra, Vittal K.; Wernet, Philippe; Yano, Junko

    2013-01-01

    L-edge spectroscopy of 3d transition metals provides important electronic structure information and has been used in many fields. However, the use of this method for studying dilute aqueous systems, such as metalloenzymes, has not been prevalent because of severe radiation damage and the lack of sui

  20. ACTIVITY-BASED COSTING DAN SIMULATED ANNEALING UNTUK PENCARIAN RUTE PADA FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

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    Gregorius Satia Budhi

    2003-01-01

    Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) is a manufacturing system that is formed from several Numerical Controlled Machines combine with material handling system, so that different jobs can be worked by different machines sequences. FMS combine the high productivity and flexibility of Transfer Line and Job Shop manufacturing system. In this reasearch, Activity-Based Costing(ABC) approach was used as the weight to search the operation route in the proper machine, so that the total production cost ...

  1. Investigation of the a-Si:H films by using thermal and light-induced annealing treatment in atomic hydrogen atmosphere in H-W-ECR CVD system

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    Hu Yue-Hui; Deng Jin-Xiang; Zhu Xiu-Hong; Chen Guang-Hua; Rong Yan-Dong; Li Ying; Song Xue-Mei; Zhou Huai-En; Gao Zhuo; Ma Zhan-Jie

    2005-01-01

    To Investigate the stability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films, the thermal and light-induced annealing treatment in an atomic hydrogen atmosphere (TLAH) is carried out by using a new hot-wire-assisted microwave electron-cyclotron-resonance chemical vapour deposition system (H-W-ECR CVD) modified from a conventional microwave electronic cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition system (MWECR CVD). In order to compare with the TLAH method, the experiments of thermal annealing, and thermal and light-induced annealing are also performed.Meanwhile, for the purpose of analysing the photoconductivity degradation quantitative, the photoconductivity degradation is assumed to obey the extended exponential law: 1/σph=1/σs-(1/σs-1/σ0)exp[-(t/τ)β], where the extended exponentialβ and the time constant τ are gained by the slope and the intercept of the line according to the linear relationship between In (-ln(σs-1-σ-1ph/σs-1-σ-10)) and Int, deduced from the extended exponential law; the photoconductivity saturation value σs can be obtained by Gaussian fitting according to the relationship between photoconductivity and light-soaking time in the logarithmic coordinate system. The experimental results show that the TLAH can improve the stability, microstructure and opto-electronic properties of the annealed a-Si:H films, obviously decrease their optical band gaps, and remarkably move their photoluminescence spectrum (PL) peaks toward low energies.

  2. Effect of the dilution factor on {sup 18}FDG and Na{sup 18}F samples for bacterial endotoxin test using PTS (portable test system)

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    Silveira, Marina B.; Costa, Flavia M.; Ferreira, Soraya Z., E-mail: mbs@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Unidade de Pesquisa e Producao de Radiofarmacos

    2011-07-01

    {sup 18}FDG and Na{sup 18}F are radiopharmaceuticals produced as sterile solutions suitable for intravenous administration, which must contain no more than 175 EV/V. The most commonly used approach to detect endotoxins is the gelclot technique that requires 60 minutes for results. For radiopharmaceuticals containing short-life radionuclides, such as {sup 18}F, there is an increasing interest for faster quality control methods. FDA licensed the Endosafe, PTS, a kinetic chromogenic endotoxin detection system that takes about 15 minutes for results. As other techniques, PTS test is susceptible to interferences which can be solved by product dilution. The aim of this study was to establish the best dilution of {sup 18}FDG and Na{sup 18}F for PTS analysis. Two different dilution factors for {sup 18}FDG and 1:10 for Na{sup 18}F were essayed: 1:10 and 1:100. {sup 18}FDG and Na{sup 18} solutions were prepared by the addition of LAL reagent water. Considering the assay acceptance criteria, the best dilution factor was 1:100 for {sup 18}FDG and 1:10 for Na{sup 18}F. The recovery of the product positive control was 98-12% for {sup 18}FDG 1:100 and 104-120% for Na{sup 18}F 1:10, which were, in both cases, within the specification (50-200%) and very close to 100%. Results obtained with these dilution studies were important to establish the most appropriate and non-interfering dilution factor for {sup 18}FDG and Na{sup 18}F routine endotoxin test. (author)

  3. Effect of the dilution factor on 18FDG and Na18F samples for bacterial endotoxin test using PTS (portable test system)

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    18FDG and Na18F are radiopharmaceuticals produced as sterile solutions suitable for intravenous administration, which must contain no more than 175 EV/V. The most commonly used approach to detect endotoxins is the gelclot technique that requires 60 minutes for results. For radiopharmaceuticals containing short-life radionuclides, such as 18F, there is an increasing interest for faster quality control methods. FDA licensed the Endosafe, PTS, a kinetic chromogenic endotoxin detection system that takes about 15 minutes for results. As other techniques, PTS test is susceptible to interferences which can be solved by product dilution. The aim of this study was to establish the best dilution of 18FDG and Na18F for PTS analysis. Two different dilution factors for 18FDG and 1:10 for Na18F were essayed: 1:10 and 1:100. 18FDG and Na18 solutions were prepared by the addition of LAL reagent water. Considering the assay acceptance criteria, the best dilution factor was 1:100 for 18FDG and 1:10 for Na18F. The recovery of the product positive control was 98-12% for 18FDG 1:100 and 104-120% for Na18F 1:10, which were, in both cases, within the specification (50-200%) and very close to 100%. Results obtained with these dilution studies were important to establish the most appropriate and non-interfering dilution factor for 18FDG and Na18F routine endotoxin test. (author)

  4. Dynamic cellular manufacturing system design considering alternative routing and part operation tradeoff using simulated annealing based genetic algorithm

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    KAMAL DEEP; PARDEEP K SINGH

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, an integrated mathematical model of multi-period cell formation and part operation tradeoff in a dynamic cellular manufacturing system is proposed in consideration with multiple part process route. This paper puts emphasize on the production flexibility (production/subcontracting part operation) to satisfy the product demand requirement in different period segments of planning horizon considering production capacity shortage and/or sudden machine breakdown. The proposed model simultaneously generates machine cells and part families and selects the optimum process route instead of the user specifying predetermined routes. Conventional optimization method for the optimal cell formation problem requires substantial amount of time and memory space. Hence a simulated annealing based genetic algorithm is proposed to explore the solution regions efficiently and to expedite the solution search space. To evaluate the computability of the proposed algorithm, different problem scenarios are adopted from literature. The results approve the effectiveness of theproposed approach in designing the manufacturing cell and minimization of the overall cost, considering various manufacturing aspects such as production volume, multiple process route, production capacity, machine duplication, system reconfiguration, material handling and subcontracting part operation.

  5. Development and characterization of dilutable self-microemulsifying premicroemulsion systems (SMEPMS as templates for preparation of nanosized particulates

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Shen-Fu Lin,1 Ying-Chen Chen,2 Hsiu-O Ho,2 Wei-Yu Huang,2 Ming-Thau Sheu,2,3 Der-Zen Liu1,4 1Graduate Institute of Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, College of Oral Medicine, 2School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 3Clinical Research Center and Traditional Herbal Medicine Research Center, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 4Center for General Education, Hsuan Chuang University, Hsinchu, Taiwan Abstract: The utilization of self-microemulsifying premicroemulsion systems (SMEPMS as templates for preparing poorly water-soluble compounds in the nanosized range represents a promising strategy. Fenofibrate was formulated with n-butyl L-lactate, Tween 80, and a number of cosurfactants (ethanol, 1-propanol, and PEG 600, diluted with the water phase (either water or saccharide solution and then subjected to a freeze-drying (FD process to obtain SMEPMS nanosized particulates. Results demonstrated that the particle size after resuspension of these FD SMEPMS nanosized particulates in water was too large, so the addition of saccharide solutions (lactose, mannitol, glucose, sucrose, and trehalose as the solid carrier to prevent particles from aggregating seemed to be necessary and workable due to steric hindrance and repulsion. However, instability of these resuspended FD nanosized particulates after 30–90 minutes still occurred, and the addition of 0.5% sodium lauryl sulfate in the resuspending medium was able to retard the aggregation and maintain the particle size within the nano-range. Evaluation by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction also confirmed the results. It was concluded that using an SMEPMS formulation with PEG 600 as the cosurfactant, and in the presence of a suitable saccharide as an anticaking agent and FD process were able to produce fenofibrate nanoparticles. Keywords: fenofibrate, saccharides, freeze-drying, nanoparticles

  6. 40 CFR 1065.240 - Dilution air and diluted exhaust flow meters.

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    2010-07-01

    ...) AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS ENGINE-TESTING PROCEDURES Measurement Instruments Flow-Related Measurements... dilution system, you may use a laminar flow element, an ultrasonic flow meter, a subsonic venturi, a... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Dilution air and diluted exhaust...

  7. Quantum Annealing for Clustering

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    Kurihara, Kenichi; Tanaka, Shu; Miyashita, Seiji

    2014-01-01

    This paper studies quantum annealing (QA) for clustering, which can be seen as an extension of simulated annealing (SA). We derive a QA algorithm for clustering and propose an annealing schedule, which is crucial in practice. Experiments show the proposed QA algorithm finds better clustering assignments than SA. Furthermore, QA is as easy as SA to implement.

  8. Genetic Algorithm Based Simulated Annealing Method for Solving Unit Commitment Problem in Utility System

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    Rajan, C. Christober Asir

    2010-10-01

    The objective of this paper is to find the generation scheduling such that the total operating cost can be minimized, when subjected to a variety of constraints. This also means that it is desirable to find the optimal generating unit commitment in the power system for the next H hours. Genetic Algorithms (GA's) are general-purpose optimization techniques based on principles inspired from the biological evolution using metaphors of mechanisms such as neural section, genetic recombination and survival of the fittest. In this, the unit commitment schedule is coded as a string of symbols. An initial population of parent solutions is generated at random. Here, each schedule is formed by committing all the units according to their initial status ("flat start"). Here the parents are obtained from a pre-defined set of solution's i.e. each and every solution is adjusted to meet the requirements. Then, a random recommitment is carried out with respect to the unit's minimum down times. And SA improves the status. A 66-bus utility power system with twelve generating units in India demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed approach. Numerical results are shown comparing the cost solutions and computation time obtained by using the Genetic Algorithm method and other conventional methods.

  9. Enhancement of the electrical characteristics of MOS capacitors by reducing the organic content of H{sub 2}O-diluted Spin-On-Glass based oxides

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    Molina, Joel, E-mail: jmolina@inaoep.mx [National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Electronics Department, Luis Enrique Erro 1, PO BOX 51 and 216, Tonantzintla, Puebla 72000 (Mexico); Munoz, Ana; Torres, Alfonso; Landa, Mauro; Alarcon, Pablo; Escobar, Manuel [National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Electronics Department, Luis Enrique Erro 1, PO BOX 51 and 216, Tonantzintla, Puebla 72000 (Mexico)

    2011-10-25

    In this work, the physical, chemical and electrical properties of Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) capacitors with Spin-On-Glass (SOG)-based thin films as gate dielectric have been investigated. Experiments of SOG diluted with two different solvents (2-propanol and deionized water) were done in order to reduce the viscosity of the SOG solution so that thinner films (down to {approx}20 nm) could be obtained and their general characteristics compared. Thin films of SOG were deposited on silicon by the sol-gel technique and they were thermally annealed using conventional oxidation furnace and Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) systems within N{sub 2} ambient after deposition. SOG dilution using non-organic solvents like deionized water and further annealing (at relatively high temperatures {>=}450 deg. C) are important processes intended to reduce the organic content of the films. Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy results have shown that water-diluted SOG films have a significant reduction in their organic content after increasing annealing temperature and/or dilution percentage when compared to those of undiluted SOG films. Both current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements show better electrical characteristics for SOG-films diluted in deionized water compared to those diluted in 2-propanol (which is an organic solvent). The electrical characteristics of H{sub 2}O-diluted SOG thin films are very similar to those obtained from high quality thermal oxides so that their application as gate dielectrics in MOS devices is promising. Finally, it has been demonstrated that by reducing the organic content of SOG-based thin films, it is possible to obtain MOS devices with better electrical properties.

  10. Classical Simulated Annealing Using Quantum Analogues

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    La Cour, Brian R.; Troupe, James E.; Mark, Hans M.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we consider the use of certain classical analogues to quantum tunneling behavior to improve the performance of simulated annealing on a discrete spin system of the general Ising form. Specifically, we consider the use of multiple simultaneous spin flips at each annealing step as an analogue to quantum spin coherence as well as modifications of the Boltzmann acceptance probability to mimic quantum tunneling. We find that the use of multiple spin flips can indeed be advantageous under certain annealing schedules, but only for long anneal times.

  11. Classical Simulated Annealing Using Quantum Analogues

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    La Cour, Brian R.; Troupe, James E.; Mark, Hans M.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we consider the use of certain classical analogues to quantum tunneling behavior to improve the performance of simulated annealing on a discrete spin system of the general Ising form. Specifically, we consider the use of multiple simultaneous spin flips at each annealing step as an analogue to quantum spin coherence as well as modifications of the Boltzmann acceptance probability to mimic quantum tunneling. We find that the use of multiple spin flips can indeed be advantageous under certain annealing schedules, but only for long anneal times.

  12. Annealing behavior of ultrathin Mo layer located at interface or on surface of Ti-Si system

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    2001-01-01

    Annealing behavior, at different annealing temperatures, of an ultrathin Mo layer located between a Ti film and Si substrate or deposited on the top of sur face of a Ti film was investigated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). In a Ti/Mo/Si structure, partially reacted film with layer struc ture of Ti-rich silicide/TiSi2/(Mo, Ti)Si2 on a Si substrate was formed after 550℃ annealing for 30 min. The ratio of Mo to Ti in (Mo, Ti)Si2 layer decreases from near Si substrate upwards and becomes zero at about 20 nm away. In a Mo/Ti/Si structure, the surface Mo layer enhances the Si diffusion from the substrate during annealing. Mo bearing Ti rich silicide exists on the surface until 600℃ and then converts to (Mo, Ti)Si2 after 650℃ annealing, and the atomic ratio of Mo to Ti decreases from the top surface into Ti silicide film, and becomes zero at about 30 nm away from the surface. In both cases of interface Mo and surface Mo layer, the atomic ratio of Mo to Ti in the region of (Mo, Ti)Si2 was found to be very low, with an average value of less than 0.2. Low content of Mo in Mo containing ternary silicide leads easily to the formation of the stable phase of C54 (Mo, Ti)Si2, which acts as a template for the formation of C54 TiSi2 beneath when Mo is deposited on the surface.

  13. Use of an “electronic tongue” in the assessment of highly diluted systems

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    Antônio Riul Jr

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: “Eletronic tongue” is a device commonly used in the analysis of tastants, heavy metal ions, fruit juice, wines and also in the development of biosensors [1-3]. Briefly, the e-tongue is constituted by sensing units formed by ultrathin films of distinct materials deposited on gold interdigitated electrodes, which are immersed in liquid samples, followed by impedance spectroscopy measurements [1]. The e-tongue sensor is based on the global selectivity concept, i.e., the materials forming the sensing units are not selective to any substance in the samples, therefore, it allows the grouping of information into distinct patterns of response, enabling the distinction of complex liquid systems [1]. Aim: Our aim was to use e-tongue system for the assessment the homeopathic medicine Belladonna at different degrees of dilution, in attempt to differentiate highly diluted systems. Methods: Ultrathin films forming the sensing units were prepared by the layer-by-layer technique [4], using conventional polyelectrolytes such as poly(sodium styene sulfonate (PSS and poly(allylamine hydrochloride (PAH, chitosan and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT. Homeopathic medicines (Belladonna 1cH, 6cH, 12cH and 30cH were prepared by dilution and agitation according to Hahnemann´s method [5], using ethanol at 30% (w/w as vehicle. Experimental data acquisition was conducted by blind tests measurements involving Belladonna samples and the vehicle used in the dilutions. Five independent and consecutive measurements were taken for each solution at 1 kHz, which were further analysed by Principal Component Analysis (PCA, a statistical method largely employed to reduce the dimensionality of the original data without losing information in the correlation of the samples [3]. Results: Figure 1 shows that the five independent measurements are grouped quite closed each other for each solution analysed, with a clear

  14. Generalized Simulated Annealing

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    Tsallis, Constantino; Stariolo, Daniel A.

    1995-01-01

    We propose a new stochastic algorithm (generalized simulated annealing) for computationally finding the global minimum of a given (not necessarily convex) energy/cost function defined in a continuous D-dimensional space. This algorithm recovers, as particular cases, the so called classical ("Boltzmann machine") and fast ("Cauchy machine") simulated annealings, and can be quicker than both. Key-words: simulated annealing; nonconvex optimization; gradient descent; generalized statistical mechan...

  15. Competitive diffusion of gold and copper in Cu/Au/Si and Au/Cu/Si annealed systems

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    Full text.Thermal evaporation is used to deposit Au/Cu and Cu/Au bilayers on monocrystallin silicon substrates. The layers composition and surface morphology are performed as function of annealing temperature in the temperature range between 200 and 400 degre celsius using X-Ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Independantly to the sequence of copper and gold deposition, Cu3Si and Cu4Si copper silicides result to the interdiffusion and reaction at the different interfaces. The 1000 A and 1200 A thicknesses of gold and copper diffusion barriers are insufficient to prevent the diffusion of copper and gold atoms respectively after an annealing of only 200 degre celsius

  16. Simulated Quantum Annealing Can Be Exponentially Faster than Classical Simulated Annealing

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    Crosson, Elizabeth; Harrow, Aram W.

    2016-01-01

    Simulated Quantum Annealing (SQA) is a Markov Chain Monte-Carlo algorithm that samples the equilibrium thermal state of a Quantum Annealing (QA) Hamiltonian. In addition to simulating quantum systems, SQA has also been proposed as another physics-inspired classical algorithm for combinatorial optimization, alongside classical simulated annealing. However, in many cases it remains an open challenge to determine the performance of both QA and SQA. One piece of evidence for the strength of Q...

  17. A Novel Low-Power, High-Performance, Zero-Maintenance Closed-Path Trace Gas Eddy Covariance System with No Water Vapor Dilution or Spectroscopic Corrections

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    Sargent, S.; Somers, J. M.

    2015-12-01

    Trace-gas eddy covariance flux measurement can be made with open-path or closed-path analyzers. Traditional closed-path trace-gas analyzers use multipass absorption cells that behave as mixing volumes, requiring high sample flow rates to achieve useful frequency response. The high sample flow rate and the need to keep the multipass cell extremely clean dictates the use of a fine-pore filter that may clog quickly. A large-capacity filter cannot be used because it would degrade the EC system frequency response. The high flow rate also requires a powerful vacuum pump, which will typically consume on the order of 1000 W. The analyzer must measure water vapor for spectroscopic and dilution corrections. Open-path analyzers are available for methane, but not for nitrous oxide. The currently available methane analyzers have low power consumption, but are very large. Their large size degrades frequency response and disturbs the air flow near the sonic anemometer. They require significant maintenance to keep the exposed multipass optical surfaces clean. Water vapor measurements for dilution and spectroscopic corrections require a separate water vapor analyzer. A new closed-path eddy covariance system for measuring nitrous oxide or methane fluxes provides an elegant solution. The analyzer (TGA200A, Campbell Scientific, Inc.) uses a thermoelectrically-cooled interband cascade laser. Its small sample-cell volume and unique sample-cell configuration (200 ml, 1.5 m single pass) provide excellent frequency response with a low-power scroll pump (240 W). A new single-tube Nafion® dryer removes most of the water vapor, and attenuates fluctuations in the residual water vapor. Finally, a vortex intake assembly eliminates the need for an intake filter without adding volume that would degrade system frequency response. Laboratory testing shows the system attenuates the water vapor dilution term by more than 99% and achieves a half-power band width of 3.5 Hz.

  18. Effects of Bio-sludge Concentration and Dilution Rate on the Efficiency of Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR System for Textile Wastewater Treatment

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The color removal efficiency of a sequencing batch reactor (SBR system with synthetic textile wastewater (STWW containing 80 mg/L disperse dye increased with the increase of mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS or solids retention time (SRT. The color removal efficiency was over 98% at an MLSS of 4,000 mg/L and SRT of over 25 days. Also, the color removal efficiency decreased with the increase of dye concentration. Both disperse blue 60 and disperse red 60 repressed the growths and activities of both heterotrophic and denitrifying bacteria, but they did not show any effect on nitrifying bacteria. However, the SBR system did not show any change in color removal efficiency of both disperse red 60 and disperse blue 60. The SBR system showed quite low color, COD and BOD5 removal efficiencies with raw textile wastewater (TWW. But, the system removal efficiencies could be increased by dilution of the TWW and supplementation with glucose. The color removal efficiency of the system with four times diluted-TWW containing 1.875 g/L glucose was 69.6±4.0%. Moreover, contaminated-NaCl in STWW could depress color adsorption yields of living as well as dead bio-sludge.

  19. On lumped models for thermodynamic properties of simulated annealing problems

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    Andresen, Bjarne; Hoffmann, Karl Heinz; Mosegaard, Klaus; Nulton, Jim; Pedersen, Jacob Mørch; Salamon, Peter

    1988-01-01

    The paper describes a new method for the estimation of thermodynamic properties for simulated annealing problems using data obtained during a simulated annealing run. The method works by estimating energy-to-energy transition probabilities and is well adapted to simulations such as simulated annealing, in which the system is never in equilibrium.

  20. Isotope dilution mass spectrometry

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    Heumann, Klaus G.

    1992-09-01

    In the past isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) has usually been applied using the formation of positive thermal ions of metals. Especially in calibrating other analytical methods and for the certification of standard reference materials this type of IDMS became a routine method. Today, the progress in this field lies in the determination of ultra trace amounts of elements, e.g. of heavy metals in Antarctic ice and in aerosols in remote areas down to the sub-pg g-1 and sub-pg m-3 levels respectively, in the analysis of uranium and thorium at concentrations of a few pg g-1 in sputter targets for the production of micro- electronic devices or in the determination of sub-picogram amounts of230Th in corals for geochemical age determinations and of226Ra in rock samples. During the last few years negative thermal ionization IDMS has become a frequently used method. The determination of very small amounts of selenium and technetium as well as of other transition metals such as vanadium, chromium, molybdenum and tungsten are important examples in this field. Also the measurement of silicon in connection with a re-determination of Avogadro's number and osmium analyses for geological age determinations by the Re/Os method are of special interest. Inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry is increasingly being used for multi-element analyses by the isotope dilution technique. Determinations of heavy metals in samples of marine origin are representative examples for this type of multi-element analysis by IDMS. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry systems have also been successfully applied after chelation of metals (for example Pt determination in clinical samples) or for the determination of volatile element species in the environment, e.g. dimethyl sulfide. However, IDMS--specially at low concentration levels in the environment--seems likely to be one of the most powerful analytical methods for speciation in the future. This has been shown, up to now, for species of

  1. Investigation on the strain of SiGe/Si heteroepitaxial system during high temperature annealing by RBS/Channeling

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    2001-01-01

    The influence of the high temperature processing on the strain stored in SiGe hetero epilayer was studied by means of RBS/Channeling. Channeling angularscan along the < 110 > axial direction in the (100) plane was used to characterize the tetragonal distortion in the SiGe strained layer. The strained crystal structure parameters were acquired by combining the determination of strain with the elasticity theory. It is shown that the strain stored in the SiGe epilayer has significantly change (relaxation factor from 0.023 to 0.84) after high temperature annealing. The potential strain relaxation mechanisms were discussed.

  2. General Simulated Annealing

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    姚新; 李国杰

    1991-01-01

    Simulated annealing is a new kind of random search methods developed in recent years.It can also be considered as an extension to the classical hill-climbing method in AI--probabilistic hill-cimbing.One of its most important features is its global convergence.The convergence of simulated annealing algorithm is determined by state generating probability,state accepting probability,and temperature decreasing rate,This paper gives a generalized simulated annealing algorithm with dynamic generating and accepting probabilities.The paper also shows that the generating and accepting probabilities can adopt many different kinds of distributions while the global convergence is guaranteed.

  3. Growth mechanism of a gas clathrate hydrate from a dilute aqueous gas solution: a molecular dynamics simulation of a three-phase system.

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    Nada, Hiroki

    2006-08-24

    A molecular dynamics simulation of a three-phase system including a gas clathrate, liquid water, and a gas was carried out at 298 K and high pressure in order to investigate the growth mechanism of the clathrate from a dilute aqueous gas solution. The simulation indicated that the clathrate grew on interfaces between the clathrate and the liquid water, after transfer of the gas molecules from the gas phase to the interfaces. The results suggest a two-step process for growth: first, gas molecules are arranged at cage sites, and second, H(2)O molecules are ordered near the gas molecules. The results also suggest that only the H(2)O molecules, which are surrounded or sandwiched by the gas molecules, form the stable polygons that constitute the cages of the clathrate. In addition, the growth of the clathrate from a concentrated aqueous gas solution was also simulated, and the results suggested a growth mechanism in which many H(2)O and gas molecules correctively form the structure of the clathrate. The clathrate grown from the concentrated solution contained some empty cages, whereas the formation of empty cages was not observed during the growth from the dilute solution. The results obtained by both simulations are compared with the results of an experimental study, and the growth mechanism of the clathrate in a real system is discussed.

  4. Electronic bandstructure and optical gain of lattice matched III-V dilute nitride bismide quantum wells for 1.55 μm optical communication systems

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    Fan, W. J.; Bose, Sumanta; Zhang, D. H.

    2016-09-01

    Dilute nitride bismide GaNBiAs is a potential semiconductor alloy for near- and mid-infrared applications, particularly in 1.55 μm optical communication systems. Incorporating dilute amounts of bismuth (Bi) into GaAs reduces the effective bandgap rapidly, while significantly increasing the spin-orbit-splitting energy. Additional incorporation of dilute amounts of nitrogen (N) helps to attain lattice matching with GaAs, while providing a route for flexible bandgap tuning. Here we present a study of the electronic bandstructure and optical gain of the lattice matched GaNxBiy As1 -x -y /GaAs quaternary alloy quantum well (QW) based on the 16-band k .p model. We have taken into consideration the interactions between the N and Bi impurity states with the host material based on the band anticrossing and valence band anticrossing model. The optical gain calculation is based on the density matrix theory. We have considered different lattice matched GaNBiAs QW cases and studied their energy dispersion curves, optical gain spectrum, maximum optical gain, and differential gain and compared their performances based on these factors. The thickness and composition of these QWs were varied in order to keep the emission peak fixed at 1.55 μm. The well thickness has an effect on the spectral width of the gain curves. On the other hand, a variation in the injection carrier density has different effects on the maximum gain and differential gain of QWs of varying thicknesses. Among the cases studied, we found that the 6.3 nm thick GaN3 Bi5.17 As91.83 lattice matched QW was most suited for 1.55 μm (0.8 eV) GaAs-based photonic applications.

  5. Polysaccharide-based polyanion--polycation--polyanion ternary systems. A preliminary analysis of interpolyelectrolyte interactions in dilute solutions.

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    Donati, Ivan; Feresini, Massimo; Travan, Andrea; Marsich, Eleonora; Lapasin, Romano; Paoletti, Sergio

    2011-11-14

    The present contribution deals with the preparation and characterization of ternary mixtures of polysaccharides with potential applications in the field of tissue engineering. Two natural polyanions, i.e., alginate and hyaluronic acid, and a polycation, a lactose-modified chitosan (chitlac), were mixed in dilute conditions. The miscibility between the three components was explored in the presence of different amounts of supporting simple salt. These analyses allowed to identify the experimental conditions avoiding polymer phase separation and leading to either solution of independent polymers or soluble nonstoichiometric interpolyelectrolyte complexes. The characterization of the interpolyelectrolyte complexes was tackled by means of viscometry, light scattering, fluorescence quenching, and energy transfer. The electrostatic interactions taking place among the different polyelectrolytes led to synergistic effects on the viscosity of the polymer mixtures which strongly depend on the ionic strength. It has been found that, starting from binary soluble complexes of alginate and chitlac, the addition of hyaluronan led to the dissolution of the complexes. At variance, the addition of alginate to a phase-separated binary mixture of hyaluronan and chitlac led to the formation of soluble complexes composed of all three polysaccharides and, eventually, to their dissolution. In addition, the results showed that at low ionic strength the overall properties of the ternary mixtures depend on their order of mixing. PMID:21995461

  6. Specific heat of the dilute antiferromagnetic system Fe{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}F{sub 2}

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    Sousa, L L L; Araujo, L R S; Machado, F L A; Montenegro, F C; Rezende, S M, E-mail: flam@df.ufpe.b [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Cidade Universitaria, 50670-901, Recife, Pernambuco (Brazil)

    2010-01-01

    The specific heat (c{sub p}) of the dilute antiferromagnet Fe{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}F{sub 2} has been measured in absence of external magnetic fields for x = 0, 0.26, 0.31, 0.34, 0.36, 0.38, 0.41, 0.45, 0.56, 0.88, 0.97, and 1.0. For x > 0.45, a sharp peak associated to the antiferromagnetic (AF) phase transition at T{sub N}(x) is the only observed feature. For 0.31 {<=} x {<=} 0.41, this peak becomes smaller with decreasing x and a rounded bump appears at higher temperatures T. Closer to the percolation concentration (x{sub p} = 0.24), the peak characteristic of the AF phase transition disappears and the rounded bump becomes the only observed feature. The low-T c{sub p} behavior confirms a crossover from AF long range order at large x to a spin glass behavior close to x{sub p}. At intermediate x, the low-T joint signature of both phenomena indicates a coexistence of AF order and a cluster-glass phase. The x-dependence of the Neel temperature was accounted for using a simple phenomenological model.

  7. Nested Quantum Annealing Correction

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    Vinci, Walter; Albash, Tameem; Lidar, Daniel A.

    2015-01-01

    We present a general error-correcting scheme for quantum annealing that allows for the encoding of a logical qubit into an arbitrarily large number of physical qubits. Given any Ising model optimization problem, the encoding replaces each logical qubit by a complete graph of degree $C$, representing the distance of the error-correcting code. A subsequent minor-embedding step then implements the encoding on the underlying hardware graph of the quantum annealer. We demonstrate experimentally th...

  8. 基于PLC的退火机控制系统的设计%Design of Control System of Annealing Machine Based on PLC

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    钟剑贞; 李文勇; 胡勇; 张稀琦

    2014-01-01

    针对传统的退火机控制系统操作方式复杂、生产效率低的问题,提出了一种基于PLC (可编程逻辑控制器)、人机界面和伺服控制技术的控制系统。分析了伺服控制技术在退火机的控制系统的应用并进行了控制系统硬件、软件的设计。该控制系统程序主要由复位程序、手动控制程序、自动控制程序和故障报警程序组成。并对系统进行了实际运行测试,结果表明:系统操作简便、运行稳定,自动化程度高,效率高等优点。%Aimed at the problems of complex operations and low productivity of traditional control system of annealing machine, a control system based on Programmable Logic Controller (PLC),Man-Machine Interface (MMI)and servo controlled technology was present. Application of the servo control technology in the system of annealing machine was analyzed,and software and hardware of the control system were designed. The program of control system was mainly consisted of home return program,manual control program, automatic control program and fault alarm program. Moreover practical operation of the system was tested,and the results have shown that the system has advantages of simplicity of operator,running stable,high automated level and high productivity.

  9. Annealing of Solar Cells and Other Thin Film Devices

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    Escobar, Hector; Kuhlman, Franz; Dils, D. W.; Lush, G. B.; Mackey, Willie R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Annealing is a key step in most semiconductor fabrication processes, especially for thin films where annealing enhances performance by healing defects and increasing grain sizes. We have employed a new annealing oven for the annealing of CdTe-based solar cells and have been using this system in an attempt to grow US on top of CdTe by annealing in the presence of H2S gas. Preliminary results of this process on CdTe solar cells and other thin-film devices will be presented.

  10. Moessbauer-spectroscopic study of structure and magnetism of the exchange-coupled layer systems Fe/FeSn2, and Fe/FeSi/Si and the ion-implanted diluted magnetic semiconductor SiC(Fe)

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    In line with this work the strucural and magnetic properties of the exchange coupled layered systems Fe/FeSn2 and Fe/FeSi/Si and of the Fe ion implanted diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) SiC(Fe) were investigated. The main measuring method was the isotope selective 57Fe conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS), mostly in connection with the 57Fe tracer layer technique, in a temperature range from 4.2 K to 340 K. Further measurement techniques were X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron diffraction (LEED, RHEED), SQUID magnetometry and FMR (Ferromagnetic Resonance). In the first part of this work the properties of thin AF FeSn2(001) films and of the exchange-bias system Fe/FeSn2(001) on InSb(001) were investigated. With the application of 57Fe-tracer layers and CEMS both the Fe-spin structure and the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field (Bhf) of FeSn2 could be examined. The evaporation of Fe films on the FeSn2 films produced in the latter ones a high perpendicular spin component at the Fe/FeSn2 interface. In some distance from the interface the Fe spins rotate back into the sample plane. Furthermore 57Fe-CEMS provided a correlation between the absolute value of the exchange field vertical stroke He vertical stroke and the amount of magnetic defects within the FeSn2. Temperature dependent CEMS-measurements yielded informations about the spin dynamics within the AF. The transition temperatures TB*, which were interpreted as superparamagnetic blocking temperatures, obtain higher values compared to the temperatures TB of the exchange-bias effect, obtained with magnetometry measurements. The second part of this work deals with the indirect exchange coupling within Fe/FeSi/Si/FeSi/Fe multilayers and FeSi diffusion barriers. The goal was to achieve Fe free Si interlayers. The CEMS results show that starting from a thickness of tFeSi=10-12 A of the ''lower'' FeSi layers the interdiffusion of Fe is inhibited. For thicker FeSi layers (tFeSi ∼ 20 A

  11. Temperature control during annealing

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    Temperature control at a weld between a tube and tube plate having heat input from an inductive heating probe to effect annealing of the weld is performed with the aid of a signal generating receptor coil coupled with the probe. The signal from the coil experiences a characteristic change when the temperature of the weld reaches the required annealing temperature and this signal is used to control the heat input to the weld. The receptor coil can be inside the tube, outside the tube, embracing a number of similar tubes, or may be inside an adjacent tube. At the required anneal temperature, the materials of the tube and weld reach their Curie point which brings about a permeability change. (author)

  12. Measures of Fault Tolerance in Distributed Simulated Annealing

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    Prakash, Aaditya

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we examine the different measures of Fault Tolerance in a Distributed Simulated Annealing process. Optimization by Simulated Annealing on a distributed system is prone to various sources of failure. We analyse simulated annealing algorithm, its architecture in distributed platform and potential sources of failures. We examine the behaviour of tolerant distributed system for optimization task. We present possible methods to overcome the failures and achieve fault tolerance for t...

  13. A Compact Safe Cold-Start (CS2) System for Scramjets using Dilute Triethylaluminum Fuel Mixtures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This proposal leverages a highly successful Phase 1 feasibility effort to further develop a system that satisfies the cold-start requirements of scramjet engines....

  14. A Compact Safe Cold-Start (CS2) System for Scramjets using Dilute Triethylaluminum Fuel Mixtures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This proposal addresses the cold-start requirements of scramjet engines by developing a safe, energy-dense, and low volume hydrocarbon fuel conditioning system...

  15. The Trademark Dilution and Anti-dilution Protection

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    张欣月

    2015-01-01

    This paper, starting from the definition and expression of well-known trademark dilution, in developed countries for reference, on the basis of the trademark anti-dilution legislation, analyzes the problems existing in the trademark anti-dilution protection in China, and puts forward relevant legal suggestions.

  16. Multi-Channel Auto-Dilution System for Remote Continuous Monitoring of High Soil-CO2 Fluxes

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    Amonette, James E.; Barr, Jonathan L.

    2009-04-23

    Geological sequestration has the potential capacity and longevity to significantly decrease the amount of anthropogenic CO2 introduced into the atmosphere by combustion of fossil fuels such as coal. Effective sequestration, however, requires the ability to verify the integrity of the reservoir and ensure that potential leakage rates are kept to a minimum. Moreover, understanding the pathways by which CO2 migrates to the surface is critical to assessing the risks and developing remediation approaches. Field experiments, such as those conducted at the Zero Emissions Research and Technology (ZERT) project test site in Bozeman, Montana, require a flexible CO2 monitoring system that can accurately and continuously measure soil-surface CO2 fluxes for multiple sampling points at concentrations ranging from background levels to several tens of percent. To meet this need, PNNL is developing a multi-port battery-operated system capable of both spatial and temporal monitoring of CO2 at concentrations from ambient to at least 150,000 ppmv. This report describes the system components (sampling chambers, measurement and control system, and power supply) and the results of a field test at the ZERT site during the late summer and fall of 2008. While the system performed well overall during the field test, several improvements to the system are suggested for implementation in FY2009.

  17. Effect of Solution Annealing Temperature on Pitting Behavior of Duplex Stainless Steel 2204 in Chloride Solutions

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    Liang HE; Yan-jun GUO; Xia-yu WU; Yi-ming JIANG; Jin LI

    2016-01-01

    The effect of solution annealing temperature ranging from 950 to 1 200 ℃ on the microstructure and corro-sion performance of duplex stainless steel (DSS)2204 were investigated.The proportion of the ferrite phase in-creased while the austenite phase decreased and the ferrite stabilizing elements diluted in the ferrite phase with the in-crease of annealing temperature.The critical pitting temperature (CPT)of specimens annealed at 1 000 ℃ was higher than those annealed at 950 ℃,whereas further increasing the annealing temperature to 1 200 ℃ decreased the CPT. The pitting initiation sites were observed in the austenite phase,at the boundary of ferrite/austenite phase and inside the ferrite phase for specimens annealed at 950,1 000 ℃ and exceeding 1 100 ℃,respectively.The evolution trend of the CPT and the pit initiation site were analyzed by the pitting resistance equivalent number.

  18. Morphology of interior interfaces in dilute nitride III/V material systems; Morphologie innerer Grenzflaechen in verduennt stickstoffhaltigen III/V-Materialsystemen

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    Oberhoff, S.

    2007-12-03

    This study aims to clarify structure formation processes in dilute N-containing III/V-based material systems, using highly selective etching methods and subsequent atomic force microscopy (AFM) to expose and analyse interior interfaces. In the first part of this study it was directly proved for the first time that adding Sb during growth interruption inhibits the GI-induced structural phase transition and reduces the diffusivity on GaAs and (GaIn)(NAs) surfaces. However, applying Sb during GI does not affect the driving force of the structural phase transition. Therefore a fundamental analysis about the incorporation of Sb into GaAs, Ga(NAs) and (GaIn)(NAs) was carried out in the second part of the study. Using a combination of high resolution X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and SIMS measurements, it was verified that incorporating Sb into (GaIn)(NAs) causes an increase of the In content and a decrease of the N content. In the third part of the study, novel etching methods for the GaP-based material system Ga(NAsP) are introduced which provide the opportunity to analyse structure formation processes on interior interfaces in this material system by AFM. (orig.)

  19. Conversion of organic solid waste to hydrogen and methane by two-stage fermentation system with reuse of methane fermenter effluent as diluting water in hydrogen fermentation.

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    Jung, Kyung-Won; Moon, Chungman; Cho, Si-Kyung; Kim, Sang-Hyoun; Shin, Hang-Sik; Kim, Dong-Hoon

    2013-07-01

    In this study, a two-stage system converting organic solid waste (food waste+sewage sludge) to H2 and CH4 was operated. In the first stage of dark fermentative hydrogen production (DFHP), a recently proposed method that does not require external inoculum, was applied. In the second stage, anaerobic sequencing batch reactor (ASBR) and an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASBr) were followed to treat H2 fermenter effluent. (H2+CH4-ASBR) system showed better performance in terms of total biogas conversion (78.6%), while higher biogas production rate (2.03 L H2/Lsystem/d, 1.96 L CH4/Lsystem/d) was achieved in (H2+CH4-UASBr) system. To reduce the alkali addition requirement in DFHP process, CH4 fermenter effluent was tested as a diluting water. Both the ASBR and UASBr effluent was effective to keep the pH above 6 without CH4 production. In case of using ASBR effluent, H2 production dropped by 15%, but alkali addition requirement was reduced by 50%.

  20. Conversion of organic solid waste to hydrogen and methane by two-stage fermentation system with reuse of methane fermenter effluent as diluting water in hydrogen fermentation.

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    Jung, Kyung-Won; Moon, Chungman; Cho, Si-Kyung; Kim, Sang-Hyoun; Shin, Hang-Sik; Kim, Dong-Hoon

    2013-07-01

    In this study, a two-stage system converting organic solid waste (food waste+sewage sludge) to H2 and CH4 was operated. In the first stage of dark fermentative hydrogen production (DFHP), a recently proposed method that does not require external inoculum, was applied. In the second stage, anaerobic sequencing batch reactor (ASBR) and an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASBr) were followed to treat H2 fermenter effluent. (H2+CH4-ASBR) system showed better performance in terms of total biogas conversion (78.6%), while higher biogas production rate (2.03 L H2/Lsystem/d, 1.96 L CH4/Lsystem/d) was achieved in (H2+CH4-UASBr) system. To reduce the alkali addition requirement in DFHP process, CH4 fermenter effluent was tested as a diluting water. Both the ASBR and UASBr effluent was effective to keep the pH above 6 without CH4 production. In case of using ASBR effluent, H2 production dropped by 15%, but alkali addition requirement was reduced by 50%. PMID:23648761

  1. Is Dilution The Solution To Pollution? Municipal Sewerage Systems In Late Nineteenth Century San Francisco And London

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    Smith, Brooke Ray

    2007-01-01

    This article explores the historical development of wastewater management planning in two cities: San Francisco and London. Both cities constructed their municipal sewerage networks in the late 1800s, and both cities designed these networks as combined systems, which carry storm water and sewer water in the same pipes. Due to differences in political and public attitudes towards sewage management and to the relative status of engineers versus scientists, London and San Francisco followed diff...

  2. A robust hybrid fuzzy-simulated annealing-intelligent water drops approach for tuning a distribution static compensator nonlinear controller in a distribution system

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    Bagheri Tolabi, Hajar; Hosseini, Rahil; Shakarami, Mahmoud Reza

    2016-06-01

    This article presents a novel hybrid optimization approach for a nonlinear controller of a distribution static compensator (DSTATCOM). The DSTATCOM is connected to a distribution system with the distributed generation units. The nonlinear control is based on partial feedback linearization. Two proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers regulate the voltage and track the output in this control system. In the conventional scheme, the trial-and-error method is used to determine the PID controller coefficients. This article uses a combination of a fuzzy system, simulated annealing (SA) and intelligent water drops (IWD) algorithms to optimize the parameters of the controllers. The obtained results reveal that the response of the optimized controlled system is effectively improved by finding a high-quality solution. The results confirm that using the tuning method based on the fuzzy-SA-IWD can significantly decrease the settling and rising times, the maximum overshoot and the steady-state error of the voltage step response of the DSTATCOM. The proposed hybrid tuning method for the partial feedback linearizing (PFL) controller achieved better regulation of the direct current voltage for the capacitor within the DSTATCOM. Furthermore, in the event of a fault the proposed controller tuned by the fuzzy-SA-IWD method showed better performance than the conventional controller or the PFL controller without optimization by the fuzzy-SA-IWD method with regard to both fault duration and clearing times.

  3. A dry 3He-4He dilution refrigerator for a transition edge sensor microcalorimeter spectrometer system mounted on a transmission electron microscope

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    Maehata, K.; Hara, T.; Ito, T.; Yamanaka, Y.; Tanaka, K.; Mitsuda, K.; Yamasaki, N. Y.

    2014-05-01

    A dry 3He-4He dilution refrigerator (DR) was developed for a superconducting transition edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter installed on a transmission electron microscope. This system could be used for energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with an excellent energy resolution. A Gifford-McMahon (GM)-type mechanical cryocooler was used as a pre-cooler for the DR to ensure liquid helium was not consumed during operation. To reduce sound and vibrations generated by the GM cryocooler, the DR was separated from the GM cryocooler in a split system. The TES microcalorimeter was glued onto the top of a copper rod referred to as the snout, which was attached to the mixing chamber of the DR. The cooling power in the mixing chamber was 30 μW at 105 mK. The lowest temperature in the mixing chamber was 74 mK, and that at top of the snout was 86 mK. An energy resolution of 7.6 eV full width at half maximum for Si Kα X-rays of 1.74 keV was obtained by TES microcalorimeter EDS performed with the transmission electron microscope.

  4. Transfer of phosphorus in soil-plant and soil-solution systems using isotopic labeling and dilution methods

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    A mechanistically-based characterization of plant-available soil P was obtained by labelling the isotopically exchangeable P and comparing, after similar periods, either the isotopic composition of P taken up by plants or the isotopic composition of P ions in soil suspensions (1 g:10 mL). The isotopic composition data did not differ significantly for different soil-solution-plant-fertilizer systems. As a consequence, plant-available soil P can be identified with the isotopically exchangeable P, i.e. soil P that has the same isotopic composition as P in solution. As a consequence, a deterministic modelling of P-ion transfer between soil and solution was developed using isotopic methods in soil suspensions for samples collected from a long-term field experiment conducted on P fertilization. The model, which is a kinetic Freundlich equation, accurately accounts for changes in the P concentration in solution and the periods of transfer. A laboratory procedure is proposed to quickly and easily determine the three-parameter estimates of the kinetic Freundlich equation. In this procedure, the range of P concentrations due to long-term P fertilization is mimicked by applying increasing rates of water-soluble P and by equilibrating these P-enriched soil suspensions before analyzing for P released to solution. The three-parameter estimates describing the soil-to-solution transfer of P ions were similar for all rates of laboratory-applied P. The modelling of the P-ion transfer is, therefore, independent of initial P concentration in solution. As a result, the time and soil-solution P dependence of the soil-to-solution transfer of P ions can be assessed by a simple and rapid laboratory procedure. (author)

  5. Influence of annealing on spin state of cobalt ions inLa1-xSrxCoO3 (0≤x≤0.5) system

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    JIANG Lizhen; XU Zhuan

    2009-01-01

    Perovskite oxide La1-xSrxCoO3 (0≤x≤0.5) series were prepared and effect of oxygen annealing on crystal structure and magnetic susceptibility were studied. High-temperature susceptibility could be well fitted by Curie-Weiss law for all Sr-doped samples. Weiss constant and effective magnetic moment were determined, and their variations with Sr doping and oxygen annealing condition were obtained. The result suggested that by assuming that the Co3+ ions were in the intermediate-spin (IS) state, most of the Co4+ ions in the as-prepared samples might be in the high-spin (HS) state, but both the Co3+ and Co4+ ions might be in the IS state after oxygen annealing, which indicated that annealing in flowing oxygen could cause transition of the spin state of Co4+ ions from the HS state to IS state.

  6. Determination of mercury in SRM crude oils and refined products by isotope dilution cold vapor ICP-MS using closed-system combustion.

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    Kelly, W Robert; Long, Stephen E; Mann, Jacqueline L

    2003-07-01

    Mercury was determined by isotope dilution cold-vapor inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ID-CV-ICP-MS) in four different liquid petroleum SRMs. Samples of approximately 0.3 g were spiked with stable (201)Hg and wet ashed in a closed system (Carius tube) using 6 g of high-purity nitric acid. Three different types of commercial oils were measured: two Texas crude oils, SRM 2721 (41.7+/-5.7 pg g(-1)) and SRM 2722 (129+/-13 pg g(-1)), a low-sulfur diesel fuel, SRM 2724b (34+/-26 pg g(-1)), and a low-sulfur residual fuel oil, SRM 1619b (3.5+/-0.74 ng g(-1)) (mean value and 95% CI). The Hg values for the crude oils and the diesel fuel are the lowest values ever reported for these matrices. The method detection limit, which is ultimately limited by method blank uncertainty, is approximately 10 pg g(-1) for a 0.3 g sample. Accurate Hg measurements in petroleum products are needed to assess the contribution to the global Hg cycle and may be needed in the near future to comply with reporting regulations for toxic elements. PMID:12802572

  7. The effect of spin dilution on magnetism of the linear chain system -Cu2−ZnV2O7

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    S N Bhatia; Niharika Mohapatra; R Nirmala; S K Malik

    2010-05-01

    We have measured the magnetic susceptibility () and heat capacity (p) of -Cu2−ZnV2O7 ( = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3, 2) in the temperature range 2–300 K. A one-dimensional alternating exchange Heisenberg antiferromagnetism (HAF) is observed in all compositions with chains of infinite length. The intra-chain exchange remains uniform and decreases marginally with dilution of the magnetic state. A cooperative ordering is seen in the magnetic chains for all Zn concentrations ( ≤ 0.3). The temperature of occurrence of this transition decreases with increasing Zn concentration. Though the conventional spin-wave theory has been used here to describe the properties of the ordered phase, the presence of some contributions like the lattice heat capacity in p and the Curie–Weiss term in susceptibility introduces some uncertainties in the estimation of the proportions contributed by the spin system. Therefore, the nature of the ordered phase could not be ascertained unambiguously.

  8. Reactor pressure vessel thermal annealing

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    The steel plates and/or forgings and welds in the beltline region of a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) are subject to embrittlement from neutron irradiation. This embrittlement causes the fracture toughness of the beltline materials to be less than the fracture toughness of the unirradiated material. Material properties of RPVs that have been irradiated and embrittled are recoverable through thermal annealing of the vessel. The amount of recovery primarily depends on the level of the irradiation embrittlement, the chemical composition of the steel, and the annealing temperature and time. Since annealing is an option for extending the service lives of RPVs or establishing less restrictive pressure-temperature (P-T) limits; the industry, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have assisted in efforts to determine the viability of thermal annealing for embrittlement recovery. General guidance for in-service annealing is provided in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E 509-86. In addition, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code Case N-557 addresses annealing conditions (temperature and duration), temperature monitoring, evaluation of loadings, and non-destructive examination techniques. The NRC thermal annealing rule (10 CFR 50.66) was approved by the Commission and published in the Federal Register on December 19, 1995. The Regulatory Guide on thermal annealing (RG 1.162) was processed in parallel with the rule package and was published on February 15, 1996. RG 1.162 contains a listing of issues that need to be addressed for thermal annealing of an RPV. The RG also provides alternatives for predicting re-embrittlement trends after the thermal anneal has been completed. This paper gives an overview of methodology and recent technical references that are associated with thermal annealing. Results from the DOE annealing prototype demonstration project, as well as NRC activities related to the

  9. Burst annealing of high temperature GaAs solar cells

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    Brothers, P. R.; Horne, W. E.

    1991-01-01

    One of the major limitations of solar cells in space power systems is their vulnerability to radiation damage. One solution to this problem is to periodically heat the cells to anneal the radiation damage. Annealing was demonstrated with silicon cells. The obstacle to annealing of GaAs cells was their susceptibility to thermal damage at the temperatures required to completely anneal the radiation damage. GaAs cells with high temperature contacts and encapsulation were developed. The cells tested are designed for concentrator use at 30 suns AMO. The circular active area is 2.5 mm in diameter for an area of 0.05 sq cm. Typical one sun AMO efficiency of these cells is over 18 percent. The cells were demonstrated to be resistant to damage after thermal excursions in excess of 600 C. This high temperature tolerance should allow these cells to survive the annealing of radiation damage. A limited set of experiments were devised to investigate the feasibility of annealing these high temperature cells. The effect of repeated cycles of electron and proton irradiation was tested. The damage mechanisms were analyzed. Limitations in annealing recovery suggested improvements in cell design for more complete recovery. These preliminary experiments also indicate the need for further study to isolate damage mechanisms. The primary objective of the experiments was to demonstrate and quantify the annealing behavior of high temperature GaAs cells. Secondary objectives were to measure the radiation degradation and to determine the effect of repeated irradiation and anneal cycles.

  10. Declining ecosystem health and the dilution effect.

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    Khalil, Hussein; Ecke, Frauke; Evander, Magnus; Magnusson, Magnus; Hörnfeldt, Birger

    2016-01-01

    The "dilution effect" implies that where species vary in susceptibility to infection by a pathogen, higher diversity often leads to lower infection prevalence in hosts. For directly transmitted pathogens, non-host species may "dilute" infection directly (1) and indirectly (2). Competitors and predators may (1) alter host behavior to reduce pathogen transmission or (2) reduce host density. In a well-studied system, we tested the dilution of the zoonotic Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) in bank voles (Myodes glareolus) by two competitors and a predator. Our study was based on long-term PUUV infection data (2003-2013) in northern Sweden. The field vole (Microtus agrestis) and the common shrew (Sorex araneus) are bank vole competitors and Tengmalm's owl (Aegolius funereus) is a main predator of bank voles. Infection probability in bank voles decreased when common shrew density increased, suggesting that common shrews reduced PUUV transmission. Field voles suppressed bank vole density in meadows and clear-cuts and indirectly diluted PUUV infection. Further, Tengmalm's owl decline in 1980-2013 may have contributed to higher PUUV infection rates in bank voles in 2003-2013 compared to 1979-1986. Our study provides further evidence for dilution effect and suggests that owls may have an important role in reducing disease risk. PMID:27499001

  11. The Trademark Dilution and Anti-dilution Protection

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    张欣月

    2015-01-01

    This paper,starting from the definition and expression of well-known trademark dilution,in developed countries for reference,on the basis of the trademark anti-dilution legislation,analyzes the problems existing in the trademark antidilution protection in China,and puts forward relevant legal suggestions.

  12. Study of the Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te (M = Fe, Co, Ni) diluted magnetic semiconductor system by first principles approach

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    Mahmood, Q. [Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590 (Pakistan); Javed, A., E-mail: athar.physics@pu.edu.pk [Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590 (Pakistan); Murtaza, G. [Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics, GC University, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Alay-e-Abbas, S.M. [Department of Physics, GC University, Faisalabad (Pakistan)

    2015-07-15

    Structure, mechanical and electronic properties of ternary Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te (M = Fe, Co and Ni) diluted magnetic semiconductor system has been studied by first principles approach. Theoretical results revealed that the structure of all three alloys was stable in ferromagnetic phase. The enthalpies of formation were negative which also confirmed the structural stability of all three alloys in ferromagnetic phase. For Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te (M = Fe, Co, Ni) alloys, the equilibrium lattice constants decreased from Fe to Ni. The band structure calculations showed that the Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te (M = Fe, Co, Ni) alloys exhibit ferromagnetic semiconductor behavior. The energy band gap (E{sub g}) increased from 2.19 eV to 2.33 eV with the addition of 25%M (M = Fe, Co, Ni) in Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te alloys. For Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te (M = Fe, Co, Ni) alloys, the magnetic moments of magnetic ions (Fe, Co, Ni) decreased from Fe to Ni, whereas small local magnetic moments were also found to appear at the non-magnetic (Zn and Te) atomic sites due to p-d hybridization. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Ab initio calculations has been performed for Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te (M = Fe, Co, Ni) alloys. • Equilibrium lattice constants were calculated for all three alloys. • All three alloys exhibit stable structure in ferromagnetic phase. • Band gap of Zn{sub 0.75}M{sub 0.25}Te (M = Fe, Co, Ni) alloys increased from Fe to Ni. • Mechanical and magnetic behavior was studied for all three alloys.

  13. Buffer erosion in dilute groundwater

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    One scenario of interest for repository safety assessment involves the loss of bentonite buffer material in contact with dilute groundwater flowing through a transmissive fracture interface. In order to examine the extrusion/erosion behavior of bentonite buffer material under such circumstances, a series of experiments were performed in a flow-through, 1 mm aperture, artificial fracture system. These experiments covered a range of solution chemistry (salt concentration and composition), material composition (sodium montmorillonite and admixtures with calcium montmorillonite), and flow velocity conditions. No erosion was observed for sodium montmorillonite against solution compositions from 0.5 g/L to 10 g/L NaCl. No erosion was observed for 50/50 calcium/sodium montmorillonite against 0.5 g/L NaCl. Erosion was observed for both sodium montmorillonite and 50/50 calcium/sodium montmorillonite against solution compositions ≤ 0.25 g/L NaCl. The calculated erosion rates for the tests with the highest levels of measured erosion, i.e., the tests run under the most dilute conditions (ionic strength (IS) < ∼1 mM), were well-correlated to flow velocity, whereas the calculated erosion rates for the tests with lower levels of measured erosion, i.e., the tests run under somewhat less dilute conditions (∼1 mM < IS < ∼4 mM), were not similarly correlated indicating that material and solution composition can significantly affect erosion rates. In every experiment, both erosive and non-erosive, emplaced buffer material extruded into the fracture and was observed to be impermeable to water flowing in the fracture effectively forming an extended diffusive barrier around the intersecting fracture/buffer interface. Additionally, a model which was developed previously to predict the rate of erosion of bentonite buffer material in low ionic strength water in rock fracture environments was applied to three different cases: sodium montmorillonite expansion in a vertical tube, a

  14. Analyses of beyond design basis accident homogeneous boron dilution scenarios

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    Kereszturi, Andras; Hegyi, Gyoergy; Maraczy, Csaba; Trosztel, Istvan; Tota, Adam [Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Energy Research, Budapest (Hungary); Karsa, Zoltan [NUBIKI Nuclear Safety Research Institute, Ltd., Budapest (Hungary)

    2015-09-15

    Homogeneous boron dilution scenarios in a VVER-440 reactor were analyzed using the coupled KIKO3D-ATHLET code. The scenarios are named ''homogeneous'' because of the very slow dilution caused by a rupture in the heat exchanger of the makeup system. Without the presented analyses, a significant contribution of the homogeneous boron dilution to the Core Damage Frequency (CDF) had to be assumed in the Probabilistic Safety Analyses (PSA). According to the combined results of the presented deterministic and probabilistic analyses, the final conclusion is that boron dilution transients don't give significant contribution to the CDF for the investigated VVER-440 NPP.

  15. multicast utilizando Simulated Annealing

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    Yezid Donoso

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta un método de optimización multiobjetivo para la solución del problema de balanceo de carga en redes de transmisión multicast, apoyándose en la aplicación de la meta-heurística de Simulated Annealing (Recocido Simulado. El método minimiza cuatro parámetros básicos para garantizar la calidad de servicio en transmisiones multicast: retardo origen destino, máxima utilización de enlaces, ancho de banda consumido y número de saltos. Los resultados devueltos por la heurística serán comparados con los resultados arrojados por el modelo matemático propuesto en investigaciones anteriores.

  16. Quantum Annealing of Hard Problems

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    Jorg, Thomas; Krzakala, Florent; Kurchan, Jorge; Maggs, A C

    2009-01-01

    Quantum annealing is analogous to simulated annealing with a tunneling mechanism substituting for thermal activation. Its performance has been tested in numerical simulation with mixed conclusions. There is a class of optimization problems for which the efficiency can be studied analytically using techniques based on the statistical mechanics of spin glasses.

  17. Radiation annealing in cuprous oxide

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    Vajda, P.

    1966-01-01

    Experimental results from high-intensity gamma-irradiation of cuprous oxide are used to investigate the annealing of defects with increasing radiation dose. The results are analysed on the basis of the Balarin and Hauser (1965) statistical model of radiation annealing, giving a square...

  18. Parameters Optimization of Low Carbon Low Alloy Steel Annealing Process

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    Maoyu ZHAO; Qianwang CHEN

    2013-01-01

    A suitable match of annealing process parameters is critical for obtaining the fine microstructure of material.Low carbon low alloy steel (20CrMnTi) was heated for various durations near Ac temperature to obtain fine pearlite and ferrite grains.Annealing temperature and time were used as independent variables,and material property data were acquired by orthogonal experiment design under intercritical process followed by subcritical annealing process (IPSAP).The weights of plasticity (hardness,yield strength,section shrinkage and elongation) of annealed material were calculated by analytic hierarchy process,and then the process parameters were optimized by the grey theory system.The results observed by SEM images show that microstructure of optimization annealing material are consisted of smaller lamellar pearlites (ferrite-cementite)and refining ferrites which distribute uniformly.Morphologies on tension fracture surface of optimized annealing material indicate that the numbers of dimple fracture show more finer toughness obviously comparing with other annealing materials.Moreover,the yield strength value of optimization annealing material decreases apparently by tensile test.Thus,the new optimized strategy is accurate and feasible.

  19. Defect annealing in Mn/Fe-implanted TiO2(rutile)

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    Gunnlaugsson, H P; Masenda, H; Mølholt, T E; Johnston, K; Bharuth-Ram, K; Gislason, H; Langouche, G; Naidoo, D; Ólafsson, S; Svane, A; Weyer, G

    2014-01-01

    A study of the annealing processes and charge state of dilute Fe in rutile TiO2 single crystals was performed in the temperature range 143-662 K, utilizing online 57Fe emission Mossbauer spectroscopy following low concentrations ( 350 K.

  20. Shock, Post-Shock Annealing, and Post-Annealing Shock in Ureilites

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    2006-01-01

    The thermal and shock histories of ureilites can be divided into four periods: 1) formation, 2) initial shock, 3) post-shock annealing, and 4) post-annealing shock. Period 1 occurred approx.4.55 Ga ago when ureilites formed by melting chondritic material. Impact events during period 2 caused silicate darkening, undulose to mosaic extinction in olivines, and the formation of diamond, lonsdaleite, and chaoite from indigenous carbonaceous material. Alkali-rich fine-grained silicates may have been introduced by impact injection into ureilites during this period. About 57% of the ureilites were unchanged after period 2. During period 3 events, impact-induced annealing caused previously mosaicized olivine grains to become aggregates of small unstrained crystals. Some ureilites experienced reduction as FeO at the edges of olivine grains reacted with C from the matrix. Annealing may also be responsible for coarsening of graphite in a few ureilites, forming euhedral-appearing, idioblastic crystals. Orthopyroxene in Meteorite Hills (MET) 78008 may have formed from pigeonite by annealing during this period. The Rb-Sr internal isochron age of approx.4.0 Ga for MET 78008 probably dates the annealing event. At this late date, impacts are the only viable heat source. About 36% of ureilites experienced period 3 events, but remained unchanged afterwards. During period 4, approx.7% of the ureilites were shocked again, as is evident in the polymict breccia, Elephant Moraine (EET) 83309. This rock contains annealed mosaicized olivine aggregates composed of small individual olivine crystals that exhibit undulose extinction. Ureilites may have formed by impact-melting chondritic material on a primitive body with heterogeneous O isotopes. Plagioclase was preferentially lost from the system due to its low impedance to shock compression. Brief melting and rapid burial minimized the escape of planetary-type noble gases from the ureilitic melts. Incomplete separation of metal from silicates

  1. Quantum annealing speedup over simulated annealing on random Ising chains

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    Zanca, Tommaso

    2015-01-01

    We show clear evidence of a speedup of a quantum annealing (QA) Schr\\"odinger dynamics over a Glauber master-equation simulated annealing (SA) for a random Ising model in one dimension. Annealings are tackled on equal footing, by a deterministic dynamics of the resulting Jordan-Wigner fermionic problems. We find that disorder, without frustration, makes both SA and real-time QA logarithmically slow in the annealing time $\\tau$, but QA shows a quadratic speedup with respect to SA. We also find that an imaginary-time Schr\\"odinger QA dynamics provides a further exponential speedup, with an asymptotic residual error compatible with a power-law $\\tau^{-\\mu}$.

  2. Quantum wavefunction annealing of spin glasses

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    Rodríguez-Laguna, J

    2007-01-01

    A technique inspired on quantum annealing is proposed in order to obtain the classical ground state of a spin-glass by tracking the full wavefunction of a given system within the subspace of matrix product states (MPS), using the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG). The technique is exemplified within the problem of obtention of the classical ground state of an Ising spin glass on ladder geometries. Its performance is evaluated and related to the entanglement entropy.

  3. Stochastic Annealing for Variational Inference

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    Gultekin, San; Zhang, Aonan; Paisley, John

    2015-01-01

    We empirically evaluate a stochastic annealing strategy for Bayesian posterior optimization with variational inference. Variational inference is a deterministic approach to approximate posterior inference in Bayesian models in which a typically non-convex objective function is locally optimized over the parameters of the approximating distribution. We investigate an annealing method for optimizing this objective with the aim of finding a better local optimal solution and compare with determin...

  4. Nonsmooth trajectory optimization - An approach using continuous simulated annealing

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    Lu, Ping; Khan, M. A.

    1993-01-01

    An account is given of the properties of a continuous simulated annealing algorithm that can function as a global optimization tool for nonsmooth dynamic systems, as shown in the case of a trajectory-optimization program implementation. The approach is shown to successfully solve the problem of nonsmooth trajectory optimization for a high performance rigid-body aircraft. The results obtained demonstrate the superiority of the simulated annealing algorithm over widely used algorithms.

  5. Influence of annealing temperature on the magnetic properties of Cr+ implanted AlN thin films

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    Diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) AlN:Cr films were produced by implanting various doses Cr+ ions into AlN thin films at room temperature followed by a thermal annealing process. The structural and magnetic characteristics of the samples were investigated as a function of annealing temperature by means of Rutherford backscattering and channeling spectrometry (RBS/C), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and SQUID. Structural analyzes demonstrate that implantation damages gradually decrease with the increasing of annealing temperature. Moreover, better recrystallization in the implanted part of the samples was observed for the sample annealed at 950 °C. Both XRD and Raman pattern illustrate that no secondary phase or metal related-peaks were appear in all the samples. Magnetic analysis reveals that annealed Cr+-implanted samples exhibit ferromagnetism at room temperature, however, the sample annealed at 950 °C shows improved magnetic characteristics. The saturation magnetization is estimated to be 9.0×10−5 emu/g and the coercive field (Hc) is approximately 200 Oe for the samples annealed 950 °C. In SQUID analysis, FC/ZFC measurements indicate that the Curie temperature (TC) is well above room temperature

  6. Quantum annealing speedup over simulated annealing on random Ising chains

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    Zanca, Tommaso; Santoro, Giuseppe E.

    2016-06-01

    We show clear evidence of a quadratic speedup of a quantum annealing (QA) Schrödinger dynamics over a Glauber master equation simulated annealing (SA) for a random Ising model in one dimension, via an equal-footing exact deterministic dynamics of the Jordan-Wigner fermionized problems. This is remarkable, in view of the arguments of H. G. Katzgraber et al. [Phys. Rev. X 4, 021008 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.021008], since SA does not encounter any phase transition, while QA does. We also find a second remarkable result: that a "quantum-inspired" imaginary-time Schrödinger QA provides a further exponential speedup, i.e., an asymptotic residual error decreasing as a power law τ-μ of the annealing time τ .

  7. Biodiversity inhibits parasites: Broad evidence for the dilution effect.

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    Civitello, David J; Cohen, Jeremy; Fatima, Hiba; Halstead, Neal T; Liriano, Josue; McMahon, Taegan A; Ortega, C Nicole; Sauer, Erin Louise; Sehgal, Tanya; Young, Suzanne; Rohr, Jason R

    2015-07-14

    Infectious diseases of humans, wildlife, and domesticated species are increasing worldwide, driving the need to understand the mechanisms that shape outbreaks. Simultaneously, human activities are drastically reducing biodiversity. These concurrent patterns have prompted repeated suggestions that biodiversity and disease are linked. For example, the dilution effect hypothesis posits that these patterns are causally related; diverse host communities inhibit the spread of parasites via several mechanisms, such as by regulating populations of susceptible hosts or interfering with parasite transmission. However, the generality of the dilution effect hypothesis remains controversial, especially for zoonotic diseases of humans. Here we provide broad evidence that host diversity inhibits parasite abundance using a meta-analysis of 202 effect sizes on 61 parasite species. The magnitude of these effects was independent of host density, study design, and type and specialization of parasites, indicating that dilution was robust across all ecological contexts examined. However, the magnitude of dilution was more closely related to the frequency, rather than density, of focal host species. Importantly, observational studies overwhelmingly documented dilution effects, and there was also significant evidence for dilution effects of zoonotic parasites of humans. Thus, dilution effects occur commonly in nature, and they may modulate human disease risk. A second analysis identified similar effects of diversity in plant-herbivore systems. Thus, although there can be exceptions, our results indicate that biodiversity generally decreases parasitism and herbivory. Consequently, anthropogenic declines in biodiversity could increase human and wildlife diseases and decrease crop and forest production.

  8. Thermal Annealing of Exfoliated Graphene

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    Wang Xueshen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Monolayer graphene is obtained by mechanical exfoliation using scotch tapes. The effects of thermal annealing on the tape residues and edges of graphene are researched. Atomic force microscope images showed that almost all the residues could be removed in N2/H2 at 400°C but only agglomerated in vacuum. Raman spectra of the annealed graphene show both the 2D peak and G peak blueshift. The full width at half maximum (FWHM of the 2D peak becomes larger and the intensity ratio of the 2D peak to G peak decreases. The edges of graphene are completely attached to the surface of the substrate after annealing.

  9. 热处理对不同溶剂制备的共混体系太阳电池性能影响%Annealing treatment effects on the performances of solar cells based on different solvent blend systems

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    於黄忠; 周晓明; 邓俊裕

    2011-01-01

    The solar cells based on different solvent blends of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6 ]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as acceptors are fabricated. Annealing treatment effects on the performances of solar cells based on different solvent blend systems are analyzed by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The results show that high boiling point solvent leads to an enhanced P3HT ordering in the P3HT:PCBM blend system, and causes an increased incident light absorption and PL spectrum, which contributes to the enhancement of device performance. After 130 ~C thermal annealing, The UV-Vis absorption, PL spectrum and the performance of the device are further enhanced. The performance of the device prepared with low boiling point chloroform solvent increases obviously after thermal annealing. The solar cell prepared with chlorobenzene solvent after 130 ~C thermal annealing achieves an open circuit voltage(Voo) of O. 57 V, short circuit current density (Iso) of 8.74 mA/cm2 , fill factor (FF) of 59.2% and power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.95% under 100 mW/cm2 air-mass 1.5 solar simulator illumination.%本文以poly(3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT)为电子给体材料,[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester(PCBM)为电子受体材料,制备出不同溶剂形成的共混体系太阳电池.从薄膜的紫外一可见吸收光谱(uV—vis)、光致发光谱(PL)、原子力表面图形(AFM)等方面,分析了热处理对不同溶剂制备的共混体系太阳电池性能的影响.结果表明较高沸点的溶剂有利于P3HT:PCBM共混体系中P3HT的有序化排列,薄膜的紫外一可见吸收和光致发光增强,太阳电池的能量转

  10. The effects of hydrogen dilution on Voc in a-Si:H pin solar cells

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    Wang, Q.; Crandall, R.S.; Han, D.

    1997-07-01

    The authors study the effects of hydrogen dilution on the open circuit voltage of a-Si:H pin solar cells fabricated by rf glow discharge growth. They keep the p and n layers the same and only vary the i-layer properties. A normal a-Si:H i-layer, an H-diluted i-layer, and a thin H-diluted layer inserted between p and normal i layer are selected for this study. They measure the JV characteristics and the internal electric field distribution using a transient-null-current technique both in annealed and light soaked states. They find that hydrogen dilution does stabilize the Voc either in a bulk H-diluted i layer or in a thin layer between p and normal i layer after 100 hours Am1 sun light soaking. From dark IV measurement, both H-diluted cells show little change in current at voltage near Voc before and after light soaking; while the normal a-Si:H cell does show a noticeable change. Also the internal field measurements find a stronger electric field starting from p and i interface for both H-diluted cells compared to the normal a-Si:H cell. Furthermore, there are no measurable changes in the field profiles after 100 hour AM1 light-soaking for both H-diluted and normal a-Si cells. All these suggest that hydrogen dilution increases the field strength near p and i interface, which is the key that leads to a more stable Voc of H-diluted cells.

  11. Point defect annealing near voids

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    Kinetic calculations were carried out for the annealing of vacancies and interstitials at voids under irradiation conditions. The case in which there is a small energy barrier between a defect and a void (such as might arise from strain effects or solute segregation at void surfaces) has been investigated in detail. With irradiation conditions which yield void swelling, it is found that a small barrier produces a significant bias parameter for preferential annealing. The bias parameter is relatively insensitive to temperature and irradiation rate, but varies with void radius, decreasing as the void size increases

  12. 基于量子退火算法的DPA防御系统优化%The Optimization of DPA Defense System Based on Quantum Annealing Algorithm

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    仲明; 贾徽徽; 姜丽莹; 王潮

    2016-01-01

    At present, in ECC side channel attacks and various anti attack measures, the most research is power consumption attack. For attackers, due to the simple power analysis (SPA) referring to the implementation algorithm of cryptographic devices, it makes more dififcult to attack the key. However, differential power analysis (DPA) can recover the correct key via the statistical analysis of multiple power consumption trajectories, and it is less dififcult. Currently, the more use of the counter measures is the power balance. In this paper, we use the quantum annealing algorithm to optimize the anti power consumption attacks based on WDDL and reduce unnecessary additional units. Compared with ExCCel optimization algorithm based on the traditional simulated annealing algorithm, quantum annealing algorithm can obtain the optimal solution with a higher probability. The analysis shows that the method can save the circuit area and power consumption to a large extent, and improves the system’s ability to resist differential power consumption.%在ECC侧信道攻击以及各种抗攻击方法中,目前研究最多的为功耗攻击。一方面,对于攻击者而言,因为简单能量分析(SPA)方法与密码实现算法有较大关联,使其攻击密码的难度较高;另一方面,对于差分功耗分析(DPA),通过多条功率消耗轨迹的分析即可破解得到相应的密钥,难度较低。当前,功耗平衡方法是应用较多的对抗手段。文章利用量子退火算法对基于WDDL的抗功耗攻击方法进行优化,减少不必要的附加单元,相对于基于传统模拟退火算法的ExCCel优化算法,量子退火算法可以以更高的概率更快获得最优解。该方法可在很大程度上节省电路面积和能耗,同时提高系统的抗差分功耗攻击能力。

  13. Design and application of hood dilution sampling system for measuring biomass burning sources%生物质燃烧源排放烟尘罩稀释采样系统设计与应用

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    张宜升; 栾胜基; 邵敏; 曾立武; 林云; 曾立民; 何凌燕; 黄晓锋

    2014-01-01

    为研究生物质燃烧源颗粒物与气态污染物的排放特征,设计了可用于生物质燃烧排放实验室模拟研究的烟尘罩稀释采样系统。该系统可模拟生物质燃烧释放的高温高浓烟气排放到大气中的冷却、稀释、生长等理化过程,捕集燃烧排放的细颗粒物和多种痕量气态污染物。通过更换不同内径采样嘴等方法,系统稀释倍数可在10~70倍之间调节。详细介绍了系统的设计原理及结构,并对系统可靠性进行了检验。整个采样系统通过了气密性测试,分级采样系统平行性良好,细颗粒物损失在可接受范围,对燃烧状态扰动低,燃烧状态可实时评估。应用该系统测定了我国南方地区典型生物质燃烧源含碳污染物种的排放特征,结果表明其适于模拟各种类型的生物质燃烧。%A hood dilution stack sampling system was designed to measure particulate matter and trace gas emissions from biomass burning sources. The cooling, dilution and ageing process were simulated in the system after the hot flue gases were collected by the hood. A series of isokinetic nozzles were used to adjust dilution ratios ranged from 10 to 70. The design principles and the structure of the sampling system were described in detail. The reliability of the system was verified by performance tests. The system passed hermetic tests with acceptable fine particle loss, and negligible impacts on burning status. Real-time display of burning conditions was achieved by self-designed software. The system was utilized to characterize major carbonaceous species emissions from typical biomass burning sources in South China. Results indicated that the system was suitable of simulating various types of biomass burning activities.

  14. Groundwater dilution and residence times, and constraints on chloride source, in the Mokai geothermal system, New Zealand, from chemical, stable isotope, tritium, and 36Cl data

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    The maximum measured temperature of the production wells is near 323C at 2500 m depth, whereas temperatures in two wells on the northern margin of the upflow are 36Cl/Cl ratio of 2.6 x 10-15 and a 36Cl concentration of 106 atoms per 10-6 kg. This fluid has a lower ration (by a factor of 90) and a higher absolute concentration (by a factor of 7) than present-day stream water. However, the marginal wells have been diluted by groundwater with at least 500 36Cl atoms per 10-6 kg, 30 times richer in 36Cl than present-day stream waters. This spike is most likely due to circulation of precipitation formed during thermonuclear testing to depths of 1,000 m. The amount of 36Cl in the deep fluid at Mokai is 5-10 times less than that predicted from a calculation of the neutron fluxes in the silicic reservoir and underlying greywacke basement rocks. This indicates that the fluids have interacted with more primitive rocks below the drilled depths of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, with the chloride possibly derived from a magmatic brine

  15. An Introduction to Simulated Annealing

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    Albright, Brian

    2007-01-01

    An attempt to model the physical process of annealing lead to the development of a type of combinatorial optimization algorithm that takes on the problem of getting trapped in a local minimum. The author presents a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that illustrates how this works.

  16. Annealing properties of rice starch.

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    Thermal properties of starch can be modified by annealing, i.e., a pre-treatment in excessive amounts of water at temperatures below the gelatinization temperatures. This treatment is known to improve the crystalline properties, and is a useful tool to gain a better control of the functional proper...

  17. Annealing relaxation of ultrasmall gold nanostructures

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    Chaban, Vitaly

    2015-01-01

    Except serving as an excellent gift on proper occasions, gold finds applications in life sciences, particularly in diagnostics and therapeutics. These applications were made possible by gold nanoparticles, which differ drastically from macroscopic gold. Versatile surface chemistry of gold nanoparticles allows coating with small molecules, polymers, biological recognition molecules. Theoretical investigation of nanoscale gold is not trivial, because of numerous metastable states in these systems. Unlike elsewhere, this work obtains equilibrium structures using annealing simulations within the recently introduced PM7-MD method. Geometries of the ultrasmall gold nanostructures with chalcogen coverage are described at finite temperature, for the first time.

  18. Hybrid Quantum Annealing for Clustering Problems

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    Tanaka, Shu; Tamura, Ryo; Sato, Issei; Kurihara, Kenichi

    2011-01-01

    We develop a hybrid type of quantum annealing in which we control temperature and quantum field simultaneously. We study the efficiency of proposed quantum annealing and find a good schedule of changing thermal fluctuation and quantum fluctuation. In this paper, we focus on clustering problems which are important topics in information science and engineering. We obtain the better solution of the clustering problem than the standard simulated annealing by proposed quantum annealing.

  19. Quantum annealing: An introduction and new developments

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    Ohzeki, Masayuki; Nishimori, Hidetoshi

    2010-01-01

    Quantum annealing is a generic algorithm using quantum-mechanical fluctuations to search for the solution of an optimization problem. The present paper first reviews the fundamentals of quantum annealing and then reports on preliminary results for an alternative method. The review part includes the relationship of quantum annealing with classical simulated annealing. We next propose a novel quantum algorithm which might be available for hard optimization problems by using a classical-quantum ...

  20. Quantum Annealing for Variational Bayes Inference

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    Sato, Issei; Kurihara, Kenichi; Tanaka, Shu; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Miyashita, Seiji

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents studies on a deterministic annealing algorithm based on quantum annealing for variational Bayes (QAVB) inference, which can be seen as an extension of the simulated annealing for variational Bayes (SAVB) inference. QAVB is as easy as SAVB to implement. Experiments revealed QAVB finds a better local optimum than SAVB in terms of the variational free energy in latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA).

  1. Analysis of Trivium by a Simulated Annealing variant

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    Borghoff, Julia; Knudsen, Lars Ramkilde; Matusiewicz, Krystian

    2010-01-01

    . A characteristic of equation systems that may be efficiently solvable by the means of such algorithms is provided. As an example, we investigate equation systems induced by the problem of recovering the internal state of the stream cipher Trivium. We propose an improved variant of the simulated annealing method...

  2. Feasibility of Simulated Annealing Tomography

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    Vo, Nghia T; Moser, Herbert O

    2014-01-01

    Simulated annealing tomography (SAT) is a simple iterative image reconstruction technique which can yield a superior reconstruction compared with filtered back-projection (FBP). However, the very high computational cost of iteratively calculating discrete Radon transform (DRT) has limited the feasibility of this technique. In this paper, we propose an approach based on the pre-calculated intersection lengths array (PILA) which helps to remove the step of computing DRT in the simulated annealing procedure and speed up SAT by over 300 times. The enhancement of convergence speed of the reconstruction process using the best of multiple-estimate (BoME) strategy is introduced. The performance of SAT under different conditions and in comparison with other methods is demonstrated by numerical experiments.

  3. Rapid thermal annealing and crystallization mechanisms study of silicon nanocrystal in silicon carbide matrix

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    Wan Zhenyu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper, a positive effect of rapid thermal annealing (RTA technique has been researched and compared with conventional furnace annealing for Si nanocrystalline in silicon carbide (SiC matrix system. Amorphous Si-rich SiC layer has been deposited by co-sputtering in different Si concentrations (50 to approximately 80 v%. Si nanocrystals (Si-NC containing different grain sizes have been fabricated within the SiC matrix under two different annealing conditions: furnace annealing and RTA both at 1,100°C. HRTEM image clearly reveals both Si and SiC-NC formed in the films. Much better "degree of crystallization" of Si-NC can be achieved in RTA than furnace annealing from the research of GIXRD and Raman analysis, especially in high-Si-concentration situation. Differences from the two annealing procedures and the crystallization mechanism have been discussed based on the experimental results.

  4. Very Fast Simulated Re-Annealing

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    Ingber, Lester

    1989-01-01

    Draft An algorithm is developed to statistically find the best global fit of a nonlinear non-convex cost-function over a D-dimensional space. It is argued that this algorithm permits an annealing schedule for ‘‘temperature’’ T decreasing exponentially in annealing-time k, T = T0 exp(−ck1/D). The introduction of re-annealing also permits adaptation to changing sensitivities in the multidimensional parameter-space. This annealing schedule is faster than fast Cauchy annealing, ...

  5. Computational algorithm for molybdenite concentrate annealing

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    Computational algorithm is presented for annealing of molybdenite concentrate with granulated return dust and that of granulated molybdenite concentrate. The algorithm differs from the known analogies for sulphide raw material annealing by including the calculation of return dust mass in stationary annealing; the latter quantity varies form the return dust mass value obtained in the first iteration step. Masses of solid products are determined by distribution of concentrate annealing products, including return dust and benthonite. The algorithm is applied to computations for annealing of other sulphide materials. 3 refs

  6. Recursive simulation of quantum annealing

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    Sowa, A P; Samson, J H; Savel'ev, S E; Zagoskin, A M; Heidel, S; Zúñiga-Anaya, J C

    2015-01-01

    The evaluation of the performance of adiabatic annealers is hindered by lack of efficient algorithms for simulating their behaviour. We exploit the analyticity of the standard model for the adiabatic quantum process to develop an efficient recursive method for its numerical simulation in case of both unitary and non-unitary evolution. Numerical simulations show distinctly different distributions for the most important figure of merit of adiabatic quantum computing --- the success probability --- in these two cases.

  7. Quantum Annealing for Constrained Optimization

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    Hen, Itay; Spedalieri, Federico M.

    2016-03-01

    Recent advances in quantum technology have led to the development and manufacturing of experimental programmable quantum annealers that promise to solve certain combinatorial optimization problems of practical relevance faster than their classical analogues. The applicability of such devices for many theoretical and real-world optimization problems, which are often constrained, is severely limited by the sparse, rigid layout of the devices' quantum bits. Traditionally, constraints are addressed by the addition of penalty terms to the Hamiltonian of the problem, which, in turn, requires prohibitively increasing physical resources while also restricting the dynamical range of the interactions. Here, we propose a method for encoding constrained optimization problems on quantum annealers that eliminates the need for penalty terms and thereby reduces the number of required couplers and removes the need for minor embedding, greatly reducing the number of required physical qubits. We argue the advantages of the proposed technique and illustrate its effectiveness. We conclude by discussing the experimental feasibility of the suggested method as well as its potential to appreciably reduce the resource requirements for implementing optimization problems on quantum annealers and its significance in the field of quantum computing.

  8. Annealing of ion implanted silicon

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    The newer uses of ion implantation require a higher dose rate. This has led to the introduction of high beam current implanters; the wafers move in front of a stationary beam to give a scanning effect. This can lead to non-uniform heating of the wafer. Variations in the sheet resistance of the layers can be very non-uniform following thermal annealing. Non-uniformity in the effective doping both over a single wafer and from one wafer to another, can affect the usefulness of ion implantation in high dose rate applications. Experiments to determine the extent of non-uniformity in sheet resistance, and to see if it is correlated to the annealing scheme have been carried out. Details of the implantation parameters are given. It was found that best results were obtained when layers were annealed at the maximum possible temperature. For arsenic, phosphorus and antimony layers, improvements were observed up to 12000C and boron up to 9500C. Usually, it is best to heat the layer directly to the maximum temperature to produce the most uniform layer; with phosphorus layers however it is better to pre-heat to 10500C. (U.K.)

  9. Annealing study of poly(etheretherketone)

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    Cebe, Peggy

    1988-01-01

    Annealing of PEEK has been studied for two materials cold-crystallized from the rubbery amorphous state. The first material is a low molecular weight PEEK; the second is commercially available neat resin. Differential scanning calorimetry was used to monitor the melting behavior of annealed samples. The effect of thermal history on melting behavior is very complex and depends upon annealing temperature, residence time at the annealing temperature, and subsequent scanning rate. Thermal stability of both materials is improved by annealing, and for an annealing temperature near the melting point, the polymer can be stabilized against reorganization during the scan. Variations of density, degree of crystallinity, and X-ray long period were studied as a function of annealing temperature for the commercial material.

  10. A New Approach to Determine the Total Airborne N Input into the Soil/Plant System Using 15N Isotope Dilution (ITNI: Results for Agricultural Areas in Central Germany

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    Rolf W.B. Russow

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The atmospheric deposition of nitrogen (N in the environment is of great concern due to its impact on natural ecosystems including affecting vegetation, reducing biodiversity, increasing tree growth in forests, and the eutrophication of aquatic systems. Taking into account the average annual N emission into the atmosphere in Germany of about 2 million t N (ammonia/ammonium, NOx, and assuming homogeneous distribution throughout Germany, an average N deposition of 45 kg/ha x year can be calculated. Such high atmospheric N deposition could be confirmed by N balances from long-term field experiments in Central Germany (e.g., the Static Fertilization Experiment in Bad Lauchstädt. By contrast, estimates by standard methods indicate a deposition of only about 30 kg N/ha x year. This is because the standard methods are using wet-only or bulk collectors, which fail to take into account gaseous deposition and the direct uptake of atmospheric N by aerial plant parts. Therefore, a new system was developed using 15N isotope dilution methodology to measure the actual total atmospheric N input into a soil/plant system (Integrated Total Nitrogen Input, ITNI. A soil/plant system is labeled with [15N]ammonium-[15N]nitrate and the total input of airborne N is calculated from the dilution of this tracer by N from the atmosphere. An average annual deposition of 64 ± 11 kg/ha x year from 1994–2000 was measured with the ITNI system at the Bad Lauchst?dt research farm in the dry belt of Central Germany. Measurements in 1999/2000 at three other sites in Central Germany produced deposition rates of about 60 kg/ha x year. These data clearly show that the total atmospheric N deposition into the soil/plant system determined by the newly developed ITNI system significantly exceeds that obtained from standard wet-only and bulk collectors. The higher atmospheric N depositions found closely match those postulated from the N balances of long-term agricultural field

  11. Recursive Branching Simulated Annealing Algorithm

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    Bolcar, Matthew; Smith, J. Scott; Aronstein, David

    2012-01-01

    This innovation is a variation of a simulated-annealing optimization algorithm that uses a recursive-branching structure to parallelize the search of a parameter space for the globally optimal solution to an objective. The algorithm has been demonstrated to be more effective at searching a parameter space than traditional simulated-annealing methods for a particular problem of interest, and it can readily be applied to a wide variety of optimization problems, including those with a parameter space having both discrete-value parameters (combinatorial) and continuous-variable parameters. It can take the place of a conventional simulated- annealing, Monte-Carlo, or random- walk algorithm. In a conventional simulated-annealing (SA) algorithm, a starting configuration is randomly selected within the parameter space. The algorithm randomly selects another configuration from the parameter space and evaluates the objective function for that configuration. If the objective function value is better than the previous value, the new configuration is adopted as the new point of interest in the parameter space. If the objective function value is worse than the previous value, the new configuration may be adopted, with a probability determined by a temperature parameter, used in analogy to annealing in metals. As the optimization continues, the region of the parameter space from which new configurations can be selected shrinks, and in conjunction with lowering the annealing temperature (and thus lowering the probability for adopting configurations in parameter space with worse objective functions), the algorithm can converge on the globally optimal configuration. The Recursive Branching Simulated Annealing (RBSA) algorithm shares some features with the SA algorithm, notably including the basic principles that a starting configuration is randomly selected from within the parameter space, the algorithm tests other configurations with the goal of finding the globally optimal

  12. Non-conventional Superconductors and diluted Ising Model

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    Ni, Xuan Zhong

    2016-01-01

    This paper demonstrates that the results of a Monte Carlo simulation of a diluted 2D Ising antiferromagnetic system corresponds with the phase diagram for non conventional superconductors. An energy gap of this system is defined. We also find a strange phenomenon that when the lattice size of simulation increased the crystal structure becomes more like quasi crystal at the low temperature.

  13. Computer registration of radioactive indicator-dilution curves.

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    Shepherd, A P; Perry, M A; Alexander, G M; Granger, D N; Riedel, G L; Kvietys, P R; Franke, C P

    1983-12-01

    A system is described for recording indicator-dilution curves produced by gamma radiation-emitting tracers. The system consists of a flow-through cuvette in a well counter, appropriate commercially available gamma radiation-detecting equipment, an Apple II computer, and a two-channel pulse-counting interface of our own design. With the counting interface and the software described here, an investigator can simultaneously record two indicator-dilution curves produced by gamma emitters. Instead of having to wait hours or days for results, the investigator can watch the data being recorded and display the results in graphic form almost immediately after each injection.

  14. Strong white photoluminescence from annealed zeolites

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    Bai, Zhenhua, E-mail: baizh46@gmail.com [School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637457 (Singapore); Fujii, Minoru; Imakita, Kenji; Hayashi, Shinji [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan)

    2014-01-15

    The optical properties of zeolites annealed at various temperatures are investigated for the first time. The annealed zeolites exhibit strong white photoluminescence (PL) under ultraviolet light excitation. With increasing annealing temperature, the emission intensity of annealed zeolites first increases and then decreases. At the same time, the PL peak red-shifts from 495 nm to 530 nm, and then returns to 500 nm. The strongest emission appears when the annealing temperature is 500 °C. The quantum yield of the sample is measured to be ∼10%. The PL lifetime monotonously increases from 223 μs to 251 μs with increasing annealing temperature. The origin of white PL is ascribed to oxygen vacancies formed during the annealing process. -- Highlights: • The optical properties of zeolites annealed at various temperatures are investigated. • The annealed zeolites exhibit strong white photoluminescence. • The maximum PL enhancement reaches as large as 62 times. • The lifetime shows little dependence on annealing temperature. • The origin of white emission is ascribed to the oxygen vacancies.

  15. Solving the Optimal Trading Trajectory Problem Using a Quantum Annealer

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    Rosenberg, Gili; Haghnegahdar, Poya; Goddard, Phil; Carr, Peter; Wu, Kesheng; de Prado, Marcos Lopez

    2016-09-01

    We solve a multi-period portfolio optimization problem using D-Wave Systems' quantum annealer. We derive a formulation of the problem, discuss several possible integer encoding schemes, and present numerical examples that show high success rates. The formulation incorporates transaction costs (including permanent and temporary market impact), and, significantly, the solution does not require the inversion of a covariance matrix. The discrete multi-period portfolio optimization problem we solve is significantly harder than the continuous variable problem. We present insight into how results may be improved using suitable software enhancements, and why current quantum annealing technology limits the size of problem that can be successfully solved today. The formulation presented is specifically designed to be scalable, with the expectation that as quantum annealing technology improves, larger problems will be solvable using the same techniques.

  16. Coordination Hydrothermal Interconnection Java-Bali Using Simulated Annealing

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    Wicaksono, B.; Abdullah, A. G.; Saputra, W. S.

    2016-04-01

    Hydrothermal power plant coordination aims to minimize the total cost of operating system that is represented by fuel costand constraints during optimization. To perform the optimization, there are several methods that can be used. Simulated Annealing (SA) is a method that can be used to solve the optimization problems. This method was inspired by annealing or cooling process in the manufacture of materials composed of crystals. The basic principle of hydrothermal power plant coordination includes the use of hydro power plants to support basic load while thermal power plants were used to support the remaining load. This study used two hydro power plant units and six thermal power plant units with 25 buses by calculating transmission losses and considering power limits in each power plant unit aided by MATLAB software during the process. Hydrothermal power plant coordination using simulated annealing plants showed that a total cost of generation for 24 hours is 13,288,508.01.

  17. Effect of Annealing on Rare Earth Based Hydrogen Storage Alloys

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    2004-01-01

    Rare earth-based hydrogen storage alloy used as negative electrode materials for nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries are used commercially.The effect of annealing treatment with different annealing temperature and time on the MLNi3.68 Co0.78 Mn0.35 Al0.27 and MMNi3.55 Co0.75 Mn0.40 Al0.30 alloys were investigated.The crystal microstructure,pressure-composition-isotherms (p-C-T) and electrochemical properties of alloys were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), automatic PCI monitoring system and electrical performance testing instruments.The optimum annealing treatment conditions of two kinds of alloys were determined.

  18. Rapid Thermal annealing of silicon layers amorphized by ion implantation

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    The recrystallization behavior and the supression mechanisms of the residual defects of silicon layers amorphized by ion implantation, were investigated. The samples were annealed with the aid of a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) system at temperature range from 850 to 12000C, and annealing time up to 120 s. Random and aligned Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy were used to analyse the samples. Similarities in the recrystallization behavior for layers implanted with ions of the same chemical groups such as As or Sb; Ge, Sn or Pb, In or Ga, are observed. The results show that the effective supression of resisual defects of the recrystallired layers is vinculated to the redistribution of impurities via thermal diffusion. (author)

  19. Adiabatic quantum computation and quantum annealing theory and practice

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    McGeoch, Catherine C

    2014-01-01

    Adiabatic quantum computation (AQC) is an alternative to the better-known gate model of quantum computation. The two models are polynomially equivalent, but otherwise quite dissimilar: one property that distinguishes AQC from the gate model is its analog nature. Quantum annealing (QA) describes a type of heuristic search algorithm that can be implemented to run in the ``native instruction set'''' of an AQC platform. D-Wave Systems Inc. manufactures {quantum annealing processor chips} that exploit quantum properties to realize QA computations in hardware. The chips form the centerpiece of a nov

  20. Simulated Annealing Clustering for Optimum GPS Satellite Selection

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper utilizes a clustering approach based on Simulated Annealing (SA method to select optimum satellite subsets from the visible satellites. Geometric Dilution of Precision (GDOP is used as criteria of optimality. The lower the values of the GDOP number, the better the geometric strength, and vice versa. Not needing to calculate the inverse matrix, which is time-consuming process, is a dramatically important advantage of using this method, so a great reduction in computational cost is achieved. SA is a powerful technique to obtain a close approximation to the global optimum for a given problem. The evaluation of the performance of the proposed method is done by validation measures. The external validation measures, entropy and purity, are used to measure the extent to which cluster labels affirm with the externally given class labels. The overall purity and entropy is 0.9015 and 0.3993, respectively which is an excellent result.

  1. Characterization of the Dilute Ising Antiferromagnet

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    Wiener, T.

    2000-09-12

    A spin glass is a magnetic ground state in which ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions compete, thereby creating frustration and a multidegenerate state with no long range order. An Ising system is a system where the spins are constrained to lie parallel or antiparallel to a primary axis. There has been much theoretical interest in the past ten years in the effects of applying a magnetic field transverse to the primary axis in an Ising spin glass at low temperatures and thus study phase transitions at the T=0 limit. The focus of this study is to search for and characterize a new Ising spin glass system. This is accomplished by site diluting yttrium for terbium in the crystalline material TbNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}. The first part of this work gives a brief overview of the physics of rare earth magnetism and an overview of experimental characteristics of spin glasses. This is followed by the methodology used to manufacture the large single crystals used in this study, as well as the measurement techniques used. Next, a summary of the results of magnetic measurements on across the dilution series from pure terbium to pure yttrium is presented. This is followed by detailed measurements on particular dilutions which demonstrate spin glass behavior. Pure TbNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} is an Ising antiferromagnet with a several distinct metamagnetic states below 17 K. As the terbium is alloyed with yttrium, these magnetic states are weakened in a consistent manner, as is seen in measurements of the transition temperatures and analysis of Curie-Weiss behavior at high temperature. At low concentrations of terbium, below 35%, long range order is no longer present and a spin-glass-like state emerges. This state is studied through various measurements, dc and ac susceptibility, resistivity, and specific heat. This magnetic behavior was then compared to that of other well characterized spin glasses. It is concluded that there is a region of concentration s for which a spin

  2. Annealing Polymer Nanocomposite Fibers and Films Via Photothermal Heating: Effects On Overall Crystallinity and Morphology

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    Viswanath, Vidya

    Metal nanoparticles embedded within polymeric systems can act as localized heat sources, facilitating in situ polymer processing. When irradiated with light resonant with the nanoparticle's surface plasmon resonance (SPR), a non-equilibrium electron distribution is generated which rapidly transfers energy into the surrounding medium, resulting in a temperature increase in the immediate region around the particle. This work compares the utility of such photothermal heating versus traditional heating in two different polymeric media i.e. gold nanospheres/poly (ethylene oxide) (AuNP:PEO) nanocomposite films and electrospun nanofibers. Subsequently, a brief study on the usage of gold nanorods (AuNR) to anneal polymeric nanofibers and films has also been presented. Effect of annealing by conventional and photothermal methods has been studied for AuNP:PEO films crystallized from solution and the melt, which have been annealed at average sample temperatures above the glass transition and below the melting point. For all temperatures, photothermally annealed samples reached maximum crystallinity and maximum spherulite size at shorter annealing times. Percentage crystallinity change under conventional annealing was analyzed using time-temperature superposition (TTS). Comparison of the TTS data with results from photothermal experiments enabled determination of an "effective dynamic temperature" achieved under photothermal heating which is significantly higher than the average sample temperature. Thus, the heterogeneous temperature distribution created when annealing with the plasmon-mediated photothermal effect represents a unique tool to achieve processing outcomes that are not accessible via traditional annealing. In addition, the effect of annealing AuNP:PEO electrospun nanofibrous composites via conventional and photothermal annealing has also been studied. From the studies, it was observed that not only is the maximum crystallinity achieved more quickly when the

  3. Loviisa Unit One: Annealing - healing

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    Kohopaeae, J.; Virsu, R. [ed.; Henriksson, A. [ed.

    1997-11-01

    Unit 1 of the Loviisa nuclear powerplant was annealed in connection with the refuelling outage in the summer of 1996. This type of heat treatment restored the toughness properties of the pressure vessel weld, which had been embrittled be neutron radiation, so that it is almost equivalent to a new weld. The treatment itself was an ordinary metallurgical procedure that took only a few days. But the material studies that preceded it began over fifteen years ago and have put IVO at the forefront of world-wide expertise in the area of radiation embrittlement

  4. Dilution Robustness for Mean Field Ferromagnets

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    Barra, Adriano; Contucci, Pierluigi

    2008-01-01

    In this work we compare two different random dilution of a mean field ferromagnet: the first model is built on a Bernoulli-diluted network while the second lives on a Poisson-diluted network. While it is known that the two models have in the thermodynamic limit the same free energy we investigate on the structural constraints that the two models must fulfill. We rigorously derive for each model the set of identities for the multi-overlaps distribution using different methods for the two dilutions: constraints in the former model are obtained by studying the consequences of the self-averaging of the internal energy density, while in the latter are obtained by a stochastic-stability technique. Finally we prove that the identities emerging in the two models are the same, showing "robustness" of the ferromagnetic properties of diluted networks with respect to the details of dilution.

  5. Influence of annealing temperature on the magnetic properties of Cr{sup +} implanted AlN thin films

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    Shah, A., E-mail: attaullah77@yahoo.com [National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Mahmood, Arshad; Ali, Zahid; Ashraf, T. [National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ahmed, Ishaq [Experimental Physics Lab, National Center for Physics (NCP), Islamabad (Pakistan); Mehmood, Mazhar [DMME, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS), PO Nilore, Islamabad Pakistan (Pakistan); Rashid, Rashad [National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran, E-mail: shakir@skku.edu [Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) center building No 3, Room 1c23, College of Engineering, King Saud University, PO-BOX 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-04-01

    Diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) AlN:Cr films were produced by implanting various doses Cr{sup +} ions into AlN thin films at room temperature followed by a thermal annealing process. The structural and magnetic characteristics of the samples were investigated as a function of annealing temperature by means of Rutherford backscattering and channeling spectrometry (RBS/C), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and SQUID. Structural analyzes demonstrate that implantation damages gradually decrease with the increasing of annealing temperature. Moreover, better recrystallization in the implanted part of the samples was observed for the sample annealed at 950 °C. Both XRD and Raman pattern illustrate that no secondary phase or metal related-peaks were appear in all the samples. Magnetic analysis reveals that annealed Cr{sup +}-implanted samples exhibit ferromagnetism at room temperature, however, the sample annealed at 950 °C shows improved magnetic characteristics. The saturation magnetization is estimated to be 9.0×10{sup −5} emu/g and the coercive field (H{sub c}) is approximately 200 Oe for the samples annealed 950 °C. In SQUID analysis, FC/ZFC measurements indicate that the Curie temperature (T{sub C}) is well above room temperature.

  6. Reverse annealing of boron doped polycrystalline silicon

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    Thermal activation was carried out using polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) produced through sequential-lateral-solidification or excimer-laser-crystallization (ELC) after B+ ion shower doping. The activation efficiency of the ELC samples was found to be higher than that of the SLS ones. In this regard, grain boundaries seemed to play a critical role in terms of the activation of dopants in poly-Si at low temperatures. Reverse annealing, in which a continuous loss of charge carriers occurs, was found in this study at temperatures ranging between 400 oC and 650 oC. The samples treated by rapid thermal annealing showed a lower sheet resistance than those treated by furnace annealing. Rapid thermal annealing was found to exhibit a higher activation efficiency than furnace annealing. Reverse annealing is believed to play an important role in terms of activation efficiency

  7. Reverse annealing of boron doped polycrystalline silicon

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    Jin, Beop-Jong; Hong, Won-Eui [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hongik University, Seoul, 121-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Deok Hoi; Uemoto, Tstomu; Kim, Chi Woo [LTPS Team, AMLCD Business, Samsung Electronics, Yongin-City, Gyeonggi-Do, 449-711 (Korea, Republic of); Ro, Jae-Sang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hongik University, Seoul, 121-791 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: jsang@wow.hongik.ac.kr

    2008-07-31

    Thermal activation was carried out using polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) produced through sequential-lateral-solidification or excimer-laser-crystallization (ELC) after B{sup +} ion shower doping. The activation efficiency of the ELC samples was found to be higher than that of the SLS ones. In this regard, grain boundaries seemed to play a critical role in terms of the activation of dopants in poly-Si at low temperatures. Reverse annealing, in which a continuous loss of charge carriers occurs, was found in this study at temperatures ranging between 400 {sup o}C and 650 {sup o}C. The samples treated by rapid thermal annealing showed a lower sheet resistance than those treated by furnace annealing. Rapid thermal annealing was found to exhibit a higher activation efficiency than furnace annealing. Reverse annealing is believed to play an important role in terms of activation efficiency.

  8. Keystream Generator Based On Simulated Annealing

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    Ayad A. Abdulsalam

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Advances in the design of keystream generator using heuristic techniques are reported. A simulated annealing algorithm for generating random keystream with large complexity is presented. Simulated annealing technique is adapted to locate these requirements. The definitions for some cryptographic properties are generalized, providing a measure suitable for use as an objective function in a simulated annealing algorithm, seeking randomness that satisfy both correlation immunity and the large linear complexity. Results are presented demonstrating the effectiveness of the method.

  9. Simulated Annealing using Hybrid Monte Carlo

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    Salazar, Rafael; Toral, Raúl

    1997-01-01

    We propose a variant of the simulated annealing method for optimization in the multivariate analysis of differentiable functions. The method uses global actualizations via the hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm in their generalized version for the proposal of new configurations. We show how this choice can improve upon the performance of simulated annealing methods (mainly when the number of variables is large) by allowing a more effective searching scheme and a faster annealing schedule.

  10. NEW SIMULATED ANNEALING ALGORITHMS FOR CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION

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    LINET ÖZDAMAR; CHANDRA SEKHAR PEDAMALLU

    2010-01-01

    We propose a Population based dual-sequence Non-Penalty Annealing algorithm (PNPA) for solving the general nonlinear constrained optimization problem. The PNPA maintains a population of solutions that are intermixed by crossover to supply a new starting solution for simulated annealing throughout the search. Every time the search gets stuck at a local optimum, this crossover procedure is triggered and simulated annealing search re-starts from a new subspace. In both the crossover and simulate...

  11. Disorder Problem In Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors

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    Nelson, Ryky; Ekuma, Chinedu; Terletska, Hanna; Sudhindra, Vidhyadhiraja; Moreno, Juana; Jarrell, Mark

    2015-03-01

    Motivated by experimental studies addressing the role of impurity disorder in diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS), we investigate the effects of disorder using a simple tight-binding Hamiltonian with random impurity potential and spin-fermion exchange which is self-consistently solved using the typical medium theory. Adopting the typical density of states (TDoS) as the order parameter, we find that the TDoS vanishes below a critical concentration of the impurity, which indicates an Anderson localization transition in the system. Our results qualitatively explain why at concentrations lower than a critical value DMS are insulating and paramagnetic, while at larger concentrations are ferromagnetic. We also compare several simple models to explore the interplay between ferromagnetic order and disorder induced insulating behavior, and the role of the spin-orbit interaction on this competition. We apply our findings to (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)N to compare and contrast their phase diagrams.

  12. Effects of Bio-sludge Concentration and Dilution Rate on the Efficiency of Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) System for Textile Wastewater Treatment

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    Suntud Sirianuntapiboon; Sarun Maneewon

    2012-01-01

    The color removal efficiency of a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) system with synthetic textile wastewater (STWW) containing 80 mg/L disperse dye increased with the increase of mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS) or solids retention time (SRT). The color removal efficiency was over 98% at an MLSS of 4,000 mg/L and SRT of over 25 days. Also, the color removal efficiency decreased with the increase of dye concentration. Both disperse blue 60 and disperse red 60 repressed the growths and activit...

  13. Rapid Annealing Of Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon

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    Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Pouch, John J.; Warner, Joseph D.

    1989-01-01

    Report describes experiments to determine effects of rapid annealing on films of amorphous hydrogenated carbon. Study represents first efforts to provide information for applications of a-C:H films where rapid thermal processing required. Major finding, annealing causes abrupt increase in absorption and concomitant decrease in optical band gap. Most of change occurs during first 20 s, continues during longer annealing times. Extend of change increases with annealing temperature. Researchers hypothesize abrupt initial change caused by loss of hydrogen, while gradual subsequent change due to polymerization of remaining carbon into crystallites or sheets of graphite. Optical band gaps of unannealed specimens on silicon substrates lower than those of specimens on quartz substrates.

  14. Production and distribution of dilute species in semiconducting materials

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    James, Ralph B.; Camarda, Giuseppe; Bolotnikov, Aleksey E.; Hossain, Anwar; Yang, Ge; Kim, Kihyun

    2016-09-06

    Technologies are described effective to implement systems and methods of producing a material. The methods comprise receiving a tertiary semiconductor sample with a dilute species. The sample has two ends. The first end of the sample includes a first concentration of the dilute species lower than a second concentration of the dilute species in the second end of the sample. The method further comprises heating the sample in a chamber. The chamber has a first zone and a second zone. The first zone having a first temperature higher than a second temperature in the second zone. The sample is orientated such that the first end is in the first zone and the second end is in the second zone.

  15. Application of Cryocoolers to a Vintage Dilution Refrigerator

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    Schmitt, Richard; Smith, Gary; Ruschman, Mark; /Fermilab; Beaty, Jim; /Minnesota U.

    2011-06-06

    A dilution refrigerator is required for 50mK detector operation of CDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search). Besides shielding the dilution refrigerator itself, the liquid nitrogen shield and liquid helium bath in the refrigerator cool the detector cryostat heat shields and cool electronics, resulting in significant external heat loads at 80K and at 4K. An Oxford Instruments Kelvinox 400 has served this role for ten years but required daily transfers of liquid nitrogen and liquid helium. Complicating the cryogen supply is the location 800 meters below ground in an RF shielded, class 10000 clean room at Soudan, MN. Nitrogen and helium re-liquefiers using cryocoolers were installed outside the clean room and continuously condense room temperature gas and return the liquids to the dilution refrigerator through a transfer line. This paper will describe the design, installation, controls and performance of liquefaction systems.

  16. Application of cryocoolers to a vintage dilution refrigerator

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    Schmitt, Richard L.; Smith, Gary; Ruschman, Mark; Beaty, Jim

    2012-06-01

    A dilution refrigerator is required for 50 mK detector operation of CDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search). Besides shielding the dilution refrigerator itself, the liquid nitrogen shield and liquid helium bath in the refrigerator cool the detector cryostat heat shields and cool electronics, resulting in significant external heat loads at 80 K and at 4 K. An Oxford Instruments Kelvinox 400 has served this role for ten years but required daily transfers of liquid nitrogen and liquid helium. Complicating the cryogen supply is the location 800 meters below ground in an RF shielded, class 10000 clean room at Soudan, MN. Nitrogen and helium re-liquefiers using cryocoolers were installed outside the clean room and continuously condense room temperature gas and return the liquids to the dilution refrigerator through a transfer line. This paper will describe the design, installation, controls and performance of liquefaction systems.

  17. Thermal diffusion in dilute nanofluids investigated by photothermal interferometry

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    Philip, J.; Nisha, M. R.

    2010-03-01

    We have carried out a theoretical analysis of the dependence of the particle mass fraction on the thermal diffusivity of dilute suspensions of nanoparticles in liquids (dilute nanofluids). The analysis takes in to account adsorption of an ordered layer of solvent molecules around the nanoparticles. It is found that thermal diffusivity decreases with mass fraction for sufficiently small particle sizes. Beyond a critical particle size thermal diffusivity begins to increase with mass fraction for the same system. The results have been verified experimentally by measuring the thermal diffusivity of dilute suspensions of TiO2 nanoparticles dispersed in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) medium. The effect is attributed to Kapitza resistance of thermal waves in the medium.

  18. Thermal diffusion in dilute nanofluids investigated by photothermal interferometry

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    Philip, J; Nisha, M R, E-mail: jp@cusat.ac.i [Department of Instrumentation and STIC, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682 022 (India)

    2010-03-01

    We have carried out a theoretical analysis of the dependence of the particle mass fraction on the thermal diffusivity of dilute suspensions of nanoparticles in liquids (dilute nanofluids). The analysis takes in to account adsorption of an ordered layer of solvent molecules around the nanoparticles. It is found that thermal diffusivity decreases with mass fraction for sufficiently small particle sizes. Beyond a critical particle size thermal diffusivity begins to increase with mass fraction for the same system. The results have been verified experimentally by measuring the thermal diffusivity of dilute suspensions of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles dispersed in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) medium. The effect is attributed to Kapitza resistance of thermal waves in the medium.

  19. Exactly soluble diluted random one-dimensional lattices

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    Nieuwenhuizen, Th.M.

    1984-01-01

    Exact solutions for the characteristic function, which determines the density of states and inverse localization length, and one-particle Green function are presented for a class of lattice models with diluted randomness. (Examples are: harmonic, electronic, relaxation and X-Y spin systems.) With pr

  20. An autonomous dilution micro refrigerator

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    In the dilution refrigerator3He circulates due to its condensation in a vessel with the temperature of 0.35-0.4K. The latter is cooled by the pumping of 3He from another bath by means of a sorption pump. A temperature 12 hours. The sample holder is placed in an upper part of the refrigerator and is connected with a mixer by a copper heat conductor. They are surrounded by screens at temperatures 0.4, 4.2 and ∼100K. The low temperature part is tied to the 0.4 K screen and centered by a polymer threads. A heat flux from the 0.4 K screen to the mixer is less than 0.1 μW. Inner volumes are filled with 0.2 mol of 4He, 0.1 mol of 3He and 0.05 mol of a mixture 40%3He+60%4He respectively. These gases remain all time inside the apparatus. The refrigerator is working when inserted in a 35 l transport cryostat with a liquid helium and operate during 5-6 days. The refrigerator is designed to cool down low temperature detectors or samples in experiments that do not require a high refrigerating capacity.

  1. Turbulence of Dilute Polymer Solution

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    Xi, Heng-Dong; Xu, Haitao

    2013-01-01

    In fully developed three dimensional fluid turbulence the fluctuating energy is supplied at large scales, cascades through intermediate scales, and dissipates at small scales. It is the hallmark of turbulence that for intermediate scales, in the so called inertial range, the average energy flux is constant and independent of viscosity [1-3]. One very important question is how this range is altered, when an additional agent that can also transport energy is added to the fluid. Long-chain polymers dissolved at very small concentrations in the fluid are such an agent [4,5]. Based on prior work by de Gennes and Tabor [6,7] we introduce a theory that balances the energy flux through the turbulent cascade with that of the energy flux into the elastic degrees of freedom of the dilute long-chain polymer solution. We propose a refined elastic length scale, $r_\\varepsilon$, which describes the effect of polymer elasticity on the turbulence energy cascade. Our experimental results agree excellently with this new energy ...

  2. DOE`s annealing prototype demonstration projects

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    Warren, J.; Nakos, J.; Rochau, G.

    1997-02-01

    One of the challenges U.S. utilities face in addressing technical issues associated with the aging of nuclear power plants is the long-term effect of plant operation on reactor pressure vessels (RPVs). As a nuclear plant operates, its RPV is exposed to neutrons. For certain plants, this neutron exposure can cause embrittlement of some of the RPV welds which can shorten the useful life of the RPV. This RPV embrittlement issue has the potential to affect the continued operation of a number of operating U.S. pressurized water reactor (PWR) plants. However, RPV material properties affected by long-term irradiation are recoverable through a thermal annealing treatment of the RPV. Although a dozen Russian-designed RPVs and several U.S. military vessels have been successfully annealed, U.S. utilities have stated that a successful annealing demonstration of a U.S. RPV is a prerequisite for annealing a licensed U.S. nuclear power plant. In May 1995, the Department of Energy`s Sandia National Laboratories awarded two cost-shared contracts to evaluate the feasibility of annealing U.S. licensed plants by conducting an anneal of an installed RPV using two different heating technologies. The contracts were awarded to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Center for Research and Technology Development (CRTD) and MPR Associates (MPR). The ASME team completed its annealing prototype demonstration in July 1996, using an indirect gas furnace at the uncompleted Public Service of Indiana`s Marble Hill nuclear power plant. The MPR team`s annealing prototype demonstration was scheduled to be completed in early 1997, using a direct heat electrical furnace at the uncompleted Consumers Power Company`s nuclear power plant at Midland, Michigan. This paper describes the Department`s annealing prototype demonstration goals and objectives; the tasks, deliverables, and results to date for each annealing prototype demonstration; and the remaining annealing technology challenges.

  3. Cost effectiveness of dilute chemical decontamination

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    The basic principles of dilute chemical decontamination are described, as well as the method of application. Methods of computing savings in radiation dose and costs are presented, with results from actual experience and illustrative examples. It is concluded that dilute chemical decontamination is beneficial in many cases. It reduces radiation exposure of workers, saves money, and simplifies maintenance work

  4. Thermodynamics of a dilute XX chain in a field

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    Timonin, P. N.

    2016-06-01

    Gapless phases in ground states of low-dimensional quantum spin systems are rather ubiquitous. Their peculiarity is a remarkable sensitivity to external perturbations due to permanent criticality of such phases manifested by a slow (power-low) decay of pair correlations and the divergence of the corresponding susceptibility. A strong influence of various defects on the properties of the system in such a phase can then be expected. Here, we consider the influence of vacancies on the thermodynamics of the simplest quantum model with a gapless phase, the isotropic spin-1/2 XX chain. The existence of the exact solution of this model gives a unique opportunity to describe in detail the dramatic effect of dilution on the gapless phase—the appearance of an infinite series of quantum phase transitions resulting from level crossing under the variation of a longitudinal magnetic field. We calculate the jumps in the field dependences of the ground-state longitudinal magnetization, susceptibility, entropy, and specific heat appearing at these transitions and show that they result in a highly nonlinear temperature dependence of these parameters at low T. Also, the effect of enhancement of the magnetization and longitudinal correlations in the dilute chain is established. The changes of the pair spin correlators under dilution are also analyzed. The universality of the mechanism of the quantum transition generation suggests that similar effects of dilution can also be expected in gapless phases of other low-dimensional quantum spin systems.

  5. Dilute Oxygen Combustion Phase 3 Final Report

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    Riley, M.F.; Ryan, H.M.

    2000-05-31

    Dilute Oxygen Combustion (DOC) burners have been successfully installed and operated in the reheat furnace at Auburn Steel Co., Inc., Auburn, NY, under Phase 3 of the Dilute Oxygen Combustion project. Two new preheat zones were created employing a total of eight 6.5 MMBtu/hr capacity burners. The preheat zones provide a 30 percent increase in maximum furnace production rate, from 75 tph to 100 tph. The fuel rate is essentially unchanged, with the fuel savings expected from oxy-fuel combustion being offset by higher flue gas temperatures. When allowance is made for the high nitrogen level and high gas phase temperature in the furnace, measured NOx emissions are in line with laboratory data on DOC burners developed in Phase 1 of the project. Burner performance has been good and there have been no operating or maintenance problems. The DOC system continues to be used as part of Auburn Steel?s standard reheat furnace practice. High gas phase temperature is a result of the high firing density needed to achieve high production rates, and little opportunity exists for improvement in that area. However, fuel and NOx performance can be improved by further conversion of furnace zones to DOC burners, which will lower furnace nitrogen levels. Major obstacles are cost and concern about increased formation of oxide scale on the steel. Oxide scale formation may be enhanced by exposure of the steel to higher concentrations of oxidizing gas components (primarily products of combustion) in the higher temperature zones of the furnace. Phase 4 of the DOC project will examine the rate of oxide scale formation in these higher temperature zones and develop countermeasures that will allow DOC burners to be used successfully in these furnace zones.

  6. Dilute Oxygen Combustion - Phase 3 Report

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    Riley, Michael F.

    2000-05-31

    Dilute Oxygen Combustion (DOC) burners have been successfully installed and operated in the reheat furnace at Auburn Steel Co., Inc., Auburn, NY, under Phase 3 of the Dilute Oxygen Combustion project. Two new preheat zones were created employing a total of eight 6.5 MMBtu/hr capacity burners. The preheat zones provide a 30 percent increase in maximum furnace production rate, from 75 tph to 100 tph. The fuel rate is essentially unchanged, with the fuel savings expected from oxy-fuel combustion being offset by higher flue gas temperatures. When allowance is made for the high nitrogen level and high gas phase temperature in the furnace, measured NOx emissions are in line with laboratory data on DOC burners developed in Phase 1 of the project. Burner performance has been good, and there have been no operating or maintenance problems. The DOC system continues to be used as part of Auburn Steel's standard reheat furnace practice. High gas phase temperature is a result of the high firing density needed to achieve high production rates, and little opportunity exists for improvement in that area. However, fuel and NOx performance can be improved by further conversion on furnace zones to DOC burners, which will lower furnace nitrogen levels. Major obstacles are cost and concern about increased formation of oxide scale on the steel. Oxide scale formation may be enhanced by exposure of the steel to higher concentrations of oxidizing gas components (primarily products of combustion) in the higher temperature zones of the furnace. Phase 4 of the DOC project will examine the rate of oxide scale formation in these higher temperature zones and develop countermeasures that will allow DOC burners to be used successfully in these furnace zones.

  7. Annealing Reduces Free Volumes In Thermoplastics

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    Singh, Jag J.; St. Clair, Terry L.

    1988-01-01

    Investigation conducted to determine free volumes and water-absorption characteristics of two types of thermoplastic polymide as functions of annealing histories. Reductions reach asymptotic values after several annealing cycles. High-temperature thermoplastics excellent candidates for use in aerospace applications. Graphite-fiber composites containing thermoplastic matrices have wide applicability.

  8. Ground-state statistics from annealing algorithms: Quantum vs classical approaches

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    Matsuda, Yoshiki; Nishimori, Hidetoshi; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    2008-01-01

    We study the performance of quantum annealing for systems with ground-state degeneracy by directly solving the Schr\\"odinger equation for small systems and quantum Monte Carlo simulations for larger systems. The results indicate that naive quantum annealing using a transverse field may not be well suited to identify all degenerate ground-state configurations, although the value of the ground-state energy is often efficiently estimated. An introduction of quantum transitions to all states with...

  9. Dilution of molybdenum on aluminum during laser surface alloying

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    Vora, Hitesh D.; Rajamure, Ravi Shanker [Laboratory of Laser Material Processing and Synthesis, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle 305310, Denton, TX 76203-5017 (United States); Soundarapandian, Santhanakrishnan [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Srinivasan, S.G. [Laboratory of Laser Material Processing and Synthesis, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle 305310, Denton, TX 76203-5017 (United States); Dahotre, Narendra B., E-mail: Narendra.Dahotre@unt.edu [Laboratory of Laser Material Processing and Synthesis, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle 305310, Denton, TX 76203-5017 (United States)

    2013-09-05

    Highlights: •Laser surface alloying significantly increased the solubility of transition metal. •Laser surface alloying produced dense coating with good metallurgical bonding. •Laser process parameters greatly influenced the evolution of various intermetallics. •Computationally predicted results closely matched with experimental findings. •Ability to generalize present model to other metal-transition metal systems. -- Abstract: A multiphysics based computational model was developed to predict the dilution of molybdenum (Mo) on an aluminum (Al) substrate during the laser surface alloying process. The influence of laser surface alloying processing parameters such as input energy, scanning speed, and overlapping ratio on dilution of Mo in Al was explored via computational model. The computational model, closely predicts the melt pool geometry (width and depth) that subsequently helps in estimating dilution. It was observed that the dilution increases with the increase in laser power, while it decreases with the increase in scanning speed. The phase and microstructural analyses revealed the existence of Al{sub 5}Mo intermetallic for most of the laser surface alloying processing conditions. However, at higher (3.18 × 10{sup 7} J/m{sup 2}) and lower (1.91 × 10{sup 7} J/m{sup 2}) laser energy densities, the Al{sub 8}Mo{sub 3} intermetallic was also evolved. These experimental observations validate the model’s predictions and points to its reliability in predicting the expected intermetallics in Al–Mo system for various laser surfacing alloying processing conditions.

  10. Effective Field Theory for Dilute Fermi Systems

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    Hammer, H. -W.; Furnstahl, R. J.

    2000-01-01

    The virtues of an effective field theory (EFT) approach to many-body problems are illustrated by deriving the expansion for the energy of an homogeneous, interacting Fermi gas at low density and zero temperature. A renormalization scheme based on dimensional regularization with minimal subtraction leads to a more transparent power-counting procedure and diagrammatic expansion than conventional many-body approaches. Coefficients of terms in the expansion with logarithms of the Fermi momentum a...

  11. Simulation of defect evolution in electron-irradiated dilute FeCr alloys

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    Ortiz, Christophe J., E-mail: christophe.ortiz@ciemat.es [Laboratorio Nacional de Fusion por Confinamiento Magnetico - CIEMAT, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Terentyev, Dmitry, E-mail: dterenty@sckcen.be [Institute of Nuclear Materials Science, SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Olsson, Paer, E-mail: par.olsson@edf.fr [Department of Materials and Mechanics of Components, EDF R and D, F-77250 Moret-sur-Loing (France); Vila, Rafael, E-mail: rafael.vila@ciemat.es [Laboratorio Nacional de Fusion por Confinamiento Magnetico - CIEMAT, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Malerba, Lorenzo, E-mail: lmalerba@sckcen.be [Institute of Nuclear Materials Science, SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium)

    2011-10-01

    A rate theory model based on ab initio data was used to predict defect evolution in electron-irradiated dilute FeCr alloys during isochronal annealing. A good correlation was found between the prediction of the model and existing isochronal resistivity recovery measurements. In agreement with experimental results, our model predicts a shift of stage I{sub E} towards lower temperature with increasing Cr concentration. According to our model, stage II is found to be not only due to the recombination of I{sub 2} clusters with vacancies but also due to the annihilation of ICr and I{sub 2}Cr complexes at vacancies.

  12. Optimization of a water resource system expansion using the Genetic Algorithm and Simulated Annealing methods; Optimizacion de la expansion de un sistema de recursos hidricos utilizados las metodologias del algoritmo genetico y el recocido simulado

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    Sanchez Camacho, Enrique; Andreu Alvarez, Joaquin [Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain)

    2001-06-01

    Two numerical procedures, based on the Genetic Algorithm (GA) and the Simulated Annealing (SA), are developed to solve the problem of the expansion of capacity of a water resource system. The problem was divided into two subproblems: capital availability and operation policy. Both are optimisation-simulation models, the first one is solved by means of the GA and SA, in each case, while the second one is solved using the Out-of-kilter algorithm (OKA), in both models. The objective function considers the usual benefits and costs in this kind of systems, such as irrigation and hydropower benefits, costs of dam construction and system maintenance. The strength and weakness of both models are evaluated by comparing their results with those obtained with the branch and bound technique, which was classically used to solve this kind of problems. [Spanish] Un par de metodos numericos fundamentados en dos tecnicas de busqueda globales. Algoritmos Genetico (AG) y Recocido Simulado (RS), son desarrollados para resolver el problema de expansion de capacidad de un sistema de recursos hidricos. La estrategia ha sido dividir al problema en dos subproblemas: el de disponibilidad de capital y el de la politica de operacion. Ambos modelos son de optimizacion-simulacion, el primero se realiza mediante los algoritmos del RS y el AG en cada caso, en tanto que el segundo lleva a cabo a traves del algoritmo del Out-of-kilter (AOK) en los dos modelos. La funcion objetivo con que se trabaja considera los beneficios y costos mas comunes en este tipo de sistema, tales como beneficios por riego, por hidroelectricidad y costos de construccion de los embalses y mantenimiento del sistema. La potencia y debilidades delos dos modelos se evaluan mediante la comparacion con los resultados obtenidos a traves de una de las tecnicas mas usadas en este tipo de problemas: la de ramificacion y acotacion.

  13. Small angles X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer characterization of annealed Tb/Fe multilayer

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    O M Lemine

    2011-02-01

    The effect of thermal annealing on the structure and magnetic properties of crystalline Tb/Fe multilayers has been studied using conversion electron Mössbauer spectrometry and small-angle X-ray diffraction. The growth of Tb–Fe amorphous alloy from the interface is observed with increasing annealing temperature. After annealing at 873 K, a clear total mixing of the multilayers by interdiffusion has been evidenced. The results are compared with the effect of ion irradiation in the same system.

  14. Cylinder packing by simulated annealing

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    M. Helena Correia

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper is motivated by the problem of loading identical items of circular base (tubes, rolls, ... into a rectangular base (the pallet. For practical reasons, all the loaded items are considered to have the same height. The resolution of this problem consists in determining the positioning pattern of the circular bases of the items on the rectangular pallet, while maximizing the number of items. This pattern will be repeated for each layer stacked on the pallet. Two algorithms based on the meta-heuristic Simulated Annealing have been developed and implemented. The tuning of these algorithms parameters implied running intensive tests in order to improve its efficiency. The algorithms developed were easily extended to the case of non-identical circles.Este artigo aborda o problema de posicionamento de objetos de base circular (tubos, rolos, ... sobre uma base retangular de maiores dimensões. Por razões práticas, considera-se que todos os objetos a carregar apresentam a mesma altura. A resolução do problema consiste na determinação do padrão de posicionamento das bases circulares dos referidos objetos sobre a base de forma retangular, tendo como objetivo a maximização do número de objetos estritamente posicionados no interior dessa base. Este padrão de posicionamento será repetido em cada uma das camadas a carregar sobre a base retangular. Apresentam-se dois algoritmos para a resolução do problema. Estes algoritmos baseiam-se numa meta-heurística, Simulated Annealling, cuja afinação de parâmetros requereu a execução de testes intensivos com o objetivo de atingir um elevado grau de eficiência no seu desempenho. As características dos algoritmos implementados permitiram que a sua extensão à consideração de círculos com raios diferentes fosse facilmente conseguida.

  15. Precision Laser Annealing of Focal Plane Arrays

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    Bender, Daniel A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); DeRose, Christopher [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Starbuck, Andrew Lea [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Verley, Jason C. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Jenkins, Mark W. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    We present results from laser annealing experiments in Si using a passively Q-switched Nd:YAG microlaser. Exposure with laser at fluence values above the damage threshold of commercially available photodiodes results in electrical damage (as measured by an increase in photodiode dark current). We show that increasing the laser fluence to values in excess of the damage threshold can result in annealing of a damage site and a reduction in detector dark current by as much as 100x in some cases. A still further increase in fluence results in irreparable damage. Thus we demonstrate the presence of a laser annealing window over which performance of damaged detectors can be at least partially reconstituted. Moreover dark current reduction is observed over the entire operating range of the diode indicating that device performance has been improved for all values of reverse bias voltage. Additionally, we will present results of laser annealing in Si waveguides. By exposing a small (<10 um) length of a Si waveguide to an annealing laser pulse, the longitudinal phase of light acquired in propagating through the waveguide can be modified with high precision, <15 milliradian per laser pulse. Phase tuning by 180 degrees is exhibited with multiple exposures to one arm of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer at fluence values below the morphological damage threshold of an etched Si waveguide. No reduction in optical transmission at 1550 nm was found after 220 annealing laser shots. Modeling results for laser annealing in Si are also presented.

  16. Homeopathic and high dilution preparations for pest management to tomato crop under organic production system Manejo fitossanitário do tomateiro com uso de preparados homeopáticos e altas diluições sob sistema orgânico de produção

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    Tatiani A Modolon; Pedro Boff; Mari Inês C. Boff; David José Miquelluti

    2012-01-01

    Tomato crops (Solanum lycopersicum) under conventional production system are constantly treated against pest and diseases, with organic synthetic pesticides that are used may cause serious disturbance to environment and human health. This research was carried out in order to study the effect of homeopathic and high dilution preparations on pests and diseases management of tomato crop under organic production system. Two experiments were conducted under field conditions and one in greenhouse. ...

  17. Therapeutic possibilities of Bothrops jararaca in high dilution

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    Eduardo Costa Gaia Nazareth

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The knowledge and use of the venom of Bothrops jararaca in high dilutions is still quite limited. One of the important properties is the use of one of its components, bradykinin, for the development of antihypertensive medication known as captopril. Other situations, such as clinical, local and systemic should receive more depth to the composition of Materia Medica related to various medical actions on the man and mammals in general. The systemic action of the bite of this snake, includes hemostasis disorders, culminating as bleeding gums, in addition to sweating, hypertension, and hypothermia. The action includes local pain and swelling with bruising, bleeding and often blistering and tissue necrosis. The action on the immune system, through action on the complement C3 and other complement components may show its possible use in cases of bacterial infections, including mycobacteria, as presented in the study of 1970 Vanessa Birdsey, "Interactions of poisons toxic with the addition, "the journal of Immunology 1971. Today, this poison has a toxicology published by Anibal Melgarejo, "Venomous Animals of Brazil", 2003, which subsidizes the development of study for its use in high dilutions, and a comprehensive study of the biology of the animal itself. Published studies on biomolecular analysis add more details about the relations of the poison and mammals. All these characteristics suggest the use of poison as a homeopathic remedy. Objective: To investigate the therapeutic possibilities in high dilutions of the venom of the snake Bothrops jararaca, expanding its clinical use. Methodology: Methodological description of this poison in contemporary bases including: Origin, physical description chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology and medicine in preparation of high dilution, general action, specific actions on systems or organs, sensations, modalities, concomitants, etiological indications relations main clinics. Results: Defining

  18. Monte Carlo Methods for Rough Free Energy Landscapes: Population Annealing and Parallel Tempering

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    Machta, Jon; Ellis, Richard S.

    2011-01-01

    Parallel tempering and population annealing are both effective methods for simulating equilibrium systems with rough free energy landscapes. Parallel tempering, also known as replica exchange Monte Carlo, is a Markov chain Monte Carlo method while population annealing is a sequential Monte Carlo method. Both methods overcome the exponential slowing associated with high free energy barriers. The convergence properties and efficiency of the two methods are compared. For large systems, populatio...

  19. Isotopic dilution of 233U with depleted uranium for criticality safety in processing and disposal

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    The disposal of excess 233U as waste is being considered. Because 233U is a fissile material, a key requirement for processing 233U to a final waste form and disposing of it is the avoidance of nuclear criticality. For many processing and disposal options, isotopic dilution is the most feasible and preferred option to avoid nuclear criticality. Isotopic dilution is dilution of fissile 233U with nonfissile 238U. The use of isotopic dilution removes any need to control nuclear criticality in process or disposal facilities through geometry or chemical composition. Isotopic dilution allows the use of existing waste management facilities that are not designed for significant quantities of fissile materials to be used for processing and disposing of 233U. The amount of isotopic dilution required to reduce criticality concerns to reasonable levels was determined in this study to be approximately 0.53 wt % 233U. The numerical calculations used to define this limit consisted of a homogeneous system of silicon dioxide (SiO2), water (H2O), 233U and depleted uranium (DU) in which the ratio of each component was varied to learn the conditions of maximum nuclear reactivity. About 188 parts of DU (0.2 wt % 235U) are required to dilute 1 part of 233U to this limit in a water-moderated system with no SiO2 present. Thus for the U.S. inventory of 233U, several hundred metric tons of DU would be required for isotopic dilution

  20. Phase boundary detection for dilution refrigerators

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    Haar, E

    2004-01-01

    We describe a device to conveniently measure the positions of the phase boundaries in a dilution refrigerator. We show how a simple modification of a standard capacitive level gauge (segmentation of one of the electrodes) permits a direct calibration of the capacitance versus phase boundary position. We compare this direct calibration with the indirect procedure that must be adopted for a conventional capacitive level gauge. The device facilitates the correct adjustment of the 3He/4He fraction in the dilution refrigerator.

  1. Flux balance analysis accounting for metabolite dilution.

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    Benyamini, Tomer; Folger, Ori; Ruppin, Eytan; Shlomi, Tomer

    2010-01-01

    Flux balance analysis is a common method for predicting steady-state flux distributions within metabolic networks, accounting for the growth demand for the synthesis of a predefined set of essential biomass precursors. Ignoring the growth demand for the synthesis of intermediate metabolites required for balancing their dilution leads flux balance analysis to false predictions in some cases. Here, we present metabolite dilution flux balance analysis, which addresses this problem, resulting in improved metabolic phenotype predictions.

  2. Effect of Anneal on the Release Behaviour of LY12-Al Alloy

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    HU Jian-Bo; YU Yu-Ying; TAN Hua; DAI Cheng-Da

    2006-01-01

    @@ The sound velocities along the release path of annealed LY12-Al are measured by using a velocity interferometer system for any reflector (VISAR) technique. The shear modulus and yield strength are then obtained. Comparison of the experimental results with those of unannealed LY12-Al shows that anneal has little influence on sound velocities and shear modulus though it weakens the yield strength considerably, and changes the dependence of yield strength upon shock stress. The ratio of shear modulus to yield strength of unannealed LY12-Al increases with shock stress monotonically while that of annealed LY12-Al exhibits much more complicated behaviour.

  3. Enthalpy relaxation and annealing effect in polystyrene.

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    Sakatsuji, Waki; Konishi, Takashi; Miyamoto, Yoshihisa

    2013-07-01

    The effects of thermal history on the enthalpy relaxation in polystyrene are studied by differential scanning calorimetry. The temperature dependence of the specific heat in the liquid and the glassy states, that of relaxation time, and the exponent of the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts function are determined by measurements of the thermal response against sinusoidal temperature variation. A phenomenological model equation previously proposed to interpret the memory effect in the frozen state is applied to the enthalpy relaxation and the evolution of entropy under a given thermal history is calculated. The annealing below the glass transition temperature produces two effects on enthalpy relaxation: the decay of excess entropy with annealing time in the early stage of annealing and the increase in relaxation time due to physical aging in the later stage. The crossover of these effects is reflected in the variation of temperature of the maximum specific heat observed in the heating process after annealing and cooling.

  4. Solving geometric constraints with genetic simulated annealing algorithm

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    刘生礼; 唐敏; 董金祥

    2003-01-01

    This paper applies genetic simulated annealing algorithm (SAGA) to solving geometric constraint problems. This method makes full use of the advantages of SAGA and can handle under-/over- constraint problems naturally. It has advantages (due to its not being sensitive to the initial values) over the Newton-Raphson method, and its yielding of multiple solutions, is an advantage over other optimal methods for multi-solution constraint system. Our experiments have proved the robustness and efficiency of this method.

  5. Adaptive Simulated Annealing Based Protein Loop Modeling of Neurotoxins

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    陈杰; 黄丽娜; 彭志红

    2003-01-01

    A loop modeling method, adaptive simulated annealing, for ab initio prediction of protein loop structures, as an optimization problem of searching the global minimum of a given energy function, is proposed. An interface-friendly toolbox-LoopModeller in Windows and Linux systems, VC++ and OpenGL environments is developed for analysis and visualization. Simulation results of three short-chain neurotoxins modeled by LoopModeller show that the method proposed is fast and efficient.

  6. Measurement of N2 fixation in Sesbania aculeata pers. and Sorghum bicolor L. grown in intercropping system, using sup 1 sup 5 N isotopic dilution technique. 1: Field evaluation under non-saline conditions

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    A field experiment on Sesbania aculeata and Sorghum bicolor grown in mono cropping and in inter cropping systems was conducted under non-saline conditions (soil EC sub e 0.16, water EC sub w 1 ds/m/m) to evaluate dry matter production, total N yield, soil N uptake and N sub 2 -fixation using sup 1 sup 5 N isotope dilution method. Three different row ratios of sesbania (ses) and sorghum (sor) were subjected in the inter cropping system (2 ses: 1 sor; 1 ses: 1 sor and 1 ses: 2 sor row ratio). Dry matter yield of sole sorghum was higher than that of sole sesbania, and it was similar to that produced by the inter cropping treatments. However, total N yield of sole sorghum was significantly the lowest, with no differences being obtained between sole sesbania and inter cropping treatments. The LERs of total N yield were, in all cases, higher than 1, reflecting a greater advantage of inter cropping system in terms of land use efficiency. Percentages of N sub 2 fixation in the inter cropped sesbania were considerably enhanced compared with the pure stand of sesbania. This was mainly attributed to the depletion of soil N resulting from the greater apparent competitiveness of sorghum for soil N, and consequently, a greater dependence of sesbania on N sub 2 fixation. However, the degree of the intraspecific competition for soil N uptake was affected by the proportion of crops in the mixture, and it was considerably reduced in the 2 ses: 1 sor row ratio. This was demonstrated when an equal depletion of soil and fertilizer N uptake occurred for both crops. We excluded in all-inter cropping treatments the possibility of N transfer from sesbania to sorghum. Row inter cropping, with crops grown in alternation of two rows of sesbania with one row of sorghum, seemed to be the most adequate row ratio in terms of total N yield, LER, N sub 2 -fixation and soil N uptake balance of the component crops. (author)

  7. Quantum Annealing of a Disordered Magnet

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    Brooke, J.; Bitko, D.; Rosenbaum, T. F.; Aeppli, G.

    2001-01-01

    Traditional simulated annealing utilizes thermal fluctuations for convergence in optimization problems. Quantum tunneling provides a different mechanism for moving between states, with the potential for reduced time scales. We compare thermal and quantum annealing in a model disordered Ising magnet, Li\\sub{Ho}{0.44}\\sub{Y}{0.56}\\sub{F}{4}, where the effects of quantum mechanics can be tuned in the laboratory by varying a magnetic field applied transverse to the Ising axis. Our results indicat...

  8. Adaptive simulated annealing (ASA): Lessons learned

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    Ingber, L.

    2000-01-01

    Adaptive simulated annealing (ASA) is a global optimization algorithm based on an associated proof that the parameter space can be sampled much more efficiently than by using other previous simulated annealing algorithms. The author's ASA code has been publicly available for over two years. During this time the author has volunteered to help people via e-mail, and the feedback obtained has been used to further develop the code. Some lessons learned, in particular some which are relevant to ot...

  9. Irradiation embrittlement and optimisation of annealing

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    This conference is composed of 30 papers grouped in 6 sessions related to the following themes: neutron irradiation effects in pressure vessel steels and weldments used in PWR, WWER and BWR nuclear plants; results from surveillance programmes (irradiation induced damage and annealing processes); studies on the influence of variations in irradiation conditions and mechanisms, and modelling; mitigation of irradiation effects, especially through thermal annealing; mechanical test procedures and specimen size effects

  10. Influence of alloying and secondary annealing on anneal hardening effect at sintered copper alloys

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    Svetlana Nestorovic

    2005-08-01

    This paper reports results of investigation carried out on sintered copper alloys (Cu, 8 at%; Zn, Ni, Al and Cu–Au with 4 at%Au). The alloys were subjected to cold rolling (30, 50 and 70%) and annealed isochronally up to recrystallization temperature. Changes in hardness and electrical conductivity were followed in order to investigate the anneal hardening effect. This effect was observed after secondary annealing also. Au and Al have been found to be more effective in inducing anneal hardening effect.

  11. Nanocrystalline magnetic materials obtained by flash annealing

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    R.K. Murakami

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to produce enhanced-remanence nanocrystalline magnetic material by crystallizing amorphous or partially amorphous Pr4.5Fe77B18.5 alloys by the flash annealing process, also known as the dc-Joule heating process, and to determine the optimal conditions for obtaining good magnetic coupling between the magnetic phases present in this material. Ribbons of Pr4.5Fe77B18.5 were produced by melt spinning and then annealed for 10-30 s at temperatures 500 - 640 °C by passing current through the sample to develop the enhanced-remanence nanocrystalline magnetic material. These materials were studied by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and magnetic measurements. Coercivity increases of up to 15% were systematically observed in relation to furnace-annealed material. Two different samples were carefully examined: (i a sample annealed at 600 °C which showed the highest coercive field Hc and remanence ratio Mr/Ms and (ii a sample annealed at 520 °C which showed phase separation in the second quadrant demagnetization curve. Our results are in agreement with other studies which show that flash annealing improves the magnetic properties of some amorphous ferromagnetic ribbons.

  12. Influence of annealing temperature on ZnO thin films grown by dual ion beam sputtering

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    Sushil Kumar Pandey; Saurabh Kumar Pandey; Vishnu Awasthi; Ashish Kumar; Uday P Deshpande; Mukul Gupta; Shaibal Mukherjee

    2014-08-01

    We have investigated the influence of in situ annealing on the optical, electrical, structural and morphological properties of ZnO thin films prepared on -type Si(100) substrates by dual ion beam sputtering deposition (DIBSD) system. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements showed that all ZnO films have (002) preferred orientation. Full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of XRD from the (002) crystal plane was observed to reach to a minimum value of 0.139° from ZnO film, annealed at 600 °C. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements demonstrated sharp near-band-edge emission (NBE) at ∼ 380 nm along with broad deep level emissions (DLEs) at room temperature. Moreover, when the annealing temperature was increased from 400 to 600 °C, the ratio of NBE peak intensity to DLE peak intensity initially increased, however, it reduced at further increase in annealing temperature. In electrical characterization as well, when annealing temperature was increased from 400 to 600 °C, room temperature electron mobility enhanced from 6.534 to 13.326 cm2/V s, and then reduced with subsequent increase in temperature. Therefore, 600 °C annealing temperature produced good-quality ZnO film, suitable for optoelectronic devices fabrication. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study revealed the presence of oxygen interstitials and vacancies point defects in ZnO film annealed at 400 °C.

  13. Microstructural evolution and pitting resistance of annealed lean duplex stainless steel UNS S32304

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    Zhang Ziying [Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Key Laboratory of Ecophysics, Department of Physics, Shihezi University, Shihezi 832003 (China); Xinjiang Laboratory of Phase Transitions and Microstructures in Condensed Matters, Yili Normal University, Yining 835000 (China); Han Dong; Jiang Yiming; Shi Chong [Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Li Jin, E-mail: jinli@fudan.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relationship between pitting corrosion resistance and annealing temperature for UNS S32304 was systemically studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The specimens annealed at 1080 Degree-Sign C for 1 h, quenched in water exhibit the best pitting corrosion resistance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relationship between microstructural evolution and pitting resistance of annealed UNS S32304 was discussed in detail. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The pitting corrosion resistance is consistent with pitting resistance equivalent number of weaker phase for UNS S32304 alloy. - Abstract: The effect of annealing temperature in the range from 1000 to 1200 Degree-Sign C on the pitting corrosion behavior of duplex stainless steel UNS S32304 was investigated by the potentiodynamic polarization and potentiostatic critical pitting temperature techniques. The microstructural evolution and pit morphologies were studied using a scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results demonstrated that the nucleation of metastable pits transformed from austenite phase to ferrite phase with the increasing annealing temperature. As the annealing temperature increased, the pitting corrosion resistance firstly increased and then decreased. The highest pitting corrosion resistance was obtained at 1080 Degree-Sign C with the highest critical pitting temperature value and pitting nucleation resistance. The results could be well explained by the microstructural evolution of ferrite and austenite phases induced by annealing treatment.

  14. PERBANDINGAN KINERJA ALGORITMA GENETIKA DAN SIMULATED ANNEALING UNTUK MASALAH MULTIPLE OBJECTIVE PADA PENJADWALAN FLOWSHOP

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    I Gede Agus Widyadana

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The research is focused on comparing Genetics algorithm and Simulated Annealing in the term of performa and processing time. The main purpose is to find out performance both of the algorithm to solve minimizing makespan and total flowtime in a particular flowshop system. Performances of the algorithms are found by simulating problems with variation of jobs and machines combination. The result show the Simulated Annealing is much better than the Genetics up to 90%. The Genetics, however, only had score in processing time, but the trend that plotted suggest that in problems with lots of jobs and lots of machines, the Simulated Annealing will run much faster than the Genetics. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Penelitian ini difokuskan pada pembandingan algoritma Genetika dan Simulated Annealing ditinjau dari aspek performa dan waktu proses. Tujuannya adalah untuk melihat kemampuan dua algoritma tersebut untuk menyelesaikan problem-problem penjadwalan flow shop dengan kriteria minimasi makespan dan total flowtime. Kemampuan kedua algoritma tersebut dilihat dengan melakukan simulasi yang dilakukan pada kombinasi-kombinasi job dan mesin yang berbeda-beda. Hasil simulasi menunjukan algoritma Simulated Annealing lebih unggul dari algoritma Genetika hingga 90%, algoritma Genetika hanya unggul pada waktu proses saja, namun dengan tren waktu proses yang terbentuk, diyakini pada problem dengan kombinasi job dan mesin yang banyak, algoritma Simulated Annealing dapat lebih cepat daripada algoritma Genetika. Kata kunci: Algoritma Genetika, Simulated Annealing, flow shop, makespan, total flowtime.

  15. High-Throughput ab-initio Dilute Solute Diffusion Database

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    Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighte...

  16. Ab-initio calculations for dilute magnetic semiconductors

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    Belhadji, Brahim

    2008-01-01

    This thesis focusses on ab-initio calculations for the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). In particular we aim at the understanding of the complex exchange interactions in these systems. Our calculations are based on density functional theory, being ideally suited for a description of the material specific properties of the considered DMS. Moreover we use the KKR Green function method in connection with the coherent potential approximatio...

  17. Cortical attractor network dynamics with diluted connectivity.

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    Rolls, Edmund T; Webb, Tristan J

    2012-01-24

    The connectivity of the cerebral cortex is diluted, with the probability of excitatory connections between even nearby pyramidal cells rarely more than 0.1, and in the hippocampus 0.04. To investigate the extent to which this diluted connectivity affects the dynamics of attractor networks in the cerebral cortex, we simulated an integrate-and-fire attractor network taking decisions between competing inputs with diluted connectivity of 0.25 or 0.1, and with the same number of synaptic connections per neuron for the recurrent collateral synapses within an attractor population as for full connectivity. The results indicated that there was less spiking-related noise with the diluted connectivity in that the stability of the network when in the spontaneous state of firing increased, and the accuracy of the correct decisions increased. The decision times were a little slower with diluted than with complete connectivity. Given that the capacity of the network is set by the number of recurrent collateral synaptic connections per neuron, on which there is a biological limit, the findings indicate that the stability of cortical networks, and the accuracy of their correct decisions or memory recall operations, can be increased by utilizing diluted connectivity and correspondingly increasing the number of neurons in the network, with little impact on the speed of processing of the cortex. Thus diluted connectivity can decrease cortical spiking-related noise. In addition, we show that the Fano factor for the trial-to-trial variability of the neuronal firing decreases from the spontaneous firing state value when the attractor network makes a decision. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Neural Coding". PMID:21875702

  18. Unidirectional self-assembly of soft templated mesoporous carbons by zone annealing

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    Xue, Jiachen; Singh, Gurpreet; Qiang, Zhe; Karim, Alamgir; Vogt, Bryan D.

    2013-08-01

    Surfactant or block copolymer-templated mesoporous films have been extensively explored, but achieving mesostructure coherence and unidirectional orientation over macroscopic dimensions has remained quite challenging for these self-assembled systems. Here, we extend the concepts associated with zone refinement of crystalline materials to soft templated mesoporous carbon films based on the cooperative assembly of commercial non-ionic surfactants (block copolymers) and phenolic resin oligomers (resol) to provide macroscopic alignment of both cubic (FDU-16) and hexagonal (FDU-15) mesostructures. The average orientation of these mesophases is determined from rotation grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) measurements. For FDU-15 templated by Pluronic P123, the orientation factor for the zone-annealed film is 0.98 based on the average of the second Legendre polynomial, but this orientation deteriorates significantly during carbonization. Notably, a thermal stabilization step following zone annealing preserves the orientation of the mesostructure during carbonization. The orientation factor for an isotropic cubic structure (FDU-16 templated by Pluronic F127) is only 0.48 (based on the 111 reflection with incident angle 0.15°) for the same zone annealing protocol, but this illustrates the versatility of zone annealing to different mesostructures. Unexpectedly, zone annealing of FDU-15 templated by Pluronic F127 leads to stabilization of the mesostructure through carbonization, whereas this structure collapses fully during carbonization even after extended oven annealing; despite no clear macroscopic orientation of the cylindrical mesostructure from zone annealing. Thermal zone annealing provides a simple methodology to produce highly ordered and macroscopically oriented stable mesoporous carbon films, but the efficacy is strongly tied to the mobility of the template during the zone annealing.Surfactant or block copolymer-templated mesoporous films have

  19. Impacts of hydrogen dilution on growth and optical properties of a-SiC:H films

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    HU; Zhihua; LIAO; Xianbo; DIAO; Hongwei; KONG; Guanglin; Z

    2004-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon-carbon (a-SiC:H) films were deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) with a fixed methane to silane ratio ([CH4]/[SiH4]) of 1.2 and a wide range of hydrogen dilution (RH=[H2]/[SiH4 + CH4]) values of 12, 22, 33, 102 and 135. The impacts of RH on the structural and optical properties of the films were investigated by using UV-VIS transmission, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption, Raman scattering and photoluminescence (PL) measur- ements. The effects of high temperature annealing on the films were also probed. It is found that with increasing hydrogen dilution, the optical band gap increases, and the PL peak blueshifts from ~1.43 to 1.62 Ev. In annealed state, the room temperature PL peak for the low RH samples disappears, while the PL peak for the high RH samples appears at ~2.08 Ev, which is attributed to nanocrystalline Si particles confined by Si-C and Si-O bonds.

  20. Water in oil microemulsions : criteria for dilution at constant droplet size

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    Cazabat, A.M.

    1983-01-01

    The validity of the customary method for diluting water in oil (w/o) microemulsions is discussed. In concentrated systems and in the vicinity of critical consolute points, the method has deficiencies.

  1. Impacts of Biodiesel Fuel Blends Oil Dilution on Light-Duty Diesel Engine Operation

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    Thornton, M. J.; Alleman, T. L.; Luecke, J.; McCormick, R. L.

    2009-08-01

    Assesses oil dilution impacts on a diesel engine operating with a diesel particle filter, NOx storage, a selective catalytic reduction emission control system, and a soy-based 20% biodiesel fuel blend.

  2. Temperature-dependent permittivity of annealed and unannealed gold films

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    Shen, Po-Ting; Lin, Cheng-Wei; Liu, Hsiang-Lin; Chang, Chih-Wei; Chu, Shi-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Due to local field enhancement and subwavelength confinements, nano-plasmonics provide numerous novel applications. Simultaneously, as an efficient nanoscale heat generator from inherent absorption, thermo-plasmonics is emerging as an important branch. However, although significant temperature increase is involved in applications, detailed characterization of metal permittivity at different temperatures is lacking. In this work, we extract the permittivity of gold film from 300K to the annealing temperature of 570K. By comparing annealed and unannealed films, more than one-order difference in thermo-derivative of permittivity is revealed, resulting in unexpectedly large variation of plasmonic properties. Our result is valuable not only for characterizing extensively used unannealed nanoparticles, but also for designing future thermo-nano-plasmonic systems.

  3. Study of annealing effects in Al–Sb bilayer thin films

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    R K Mangal; B Tripathi; M Singh; Y K Vijay

    2007-02-01

    In this paper, we present preparation and characterization of Al–Sb bilayer thin films. Thin films of thicknesses, 3000/1000 Å and 3000/1500 Å, were obtained by the thermal evaporation (resistive heating) method. Vacuum annealing and rapid thermal annealing methods were used to mix bilayer thin film structure. Results obtained from optical band gap data and Rutherford back scattering spectrometry showed mixing of Al–Sb bilayer system.

  4. Reactor controller design using genetic algorithms with simulated annealing

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    This chapter presents a digital control system for ITU TRIGA Mark-II reactor using genetic algorithms with simulated annealing. The basic principles of genetic algorithms for problem solving are inspired by the mechanism of natural selection. Natural selection is a biological process in which stronger individuals are likely to be winners in a competing environment. Genetic algorithms use a direct analogy of natural evolution. Genetic algorithms are global search techniques for optimisation but they are poor at hill-climbing. Simulated annealing has the ability of probabilistic hill-climbing. Thus, the two techniques are combined here to get a fine-tuned algorithm that yields a faster convergence and a more accurate search by introducing a new mutation operator like simulated annealing or an adaptive cooling schedule. In control system design, there are currently no systematic approaches to choose the controller parameters to obtain the desired performance. The controller parameters are usually determined by test and error with simulation and experimental analysis. Genetic algorithm is used automatically and efficiently searching for a set of controller parameters for better performance. (orig.)

  5. Low Temperature, Rapid Thermal Cycle Annealing of HgCdTe Grown on CdTe/Si

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    Simingalam, Sina; Brill, Gregory; Wijewarnasuriya, Priyalal; Rao, Mulpuri V.

    2015-05-01

    The HgCdTe(MCT) grown on CdTe/Si substrate has a high dislocation density due to lattice mismatch. Thermal cycle annealing (TCA) is effective in reducing the dislocation density. The TCA at high temperatures results in inter-diffusion of the constituent elements across the MCT/CdTe interface. In this study, we observed a reduction in dislocation density with good surface morphology due to proper design of the TCA system, low annealing temperature, and large number of annealing cycles. The ampoule containing the samples is placed in direct contact with the graphite heating tube which helps in increasing the heating and cooling rates of the annealing cycle. To maintain Hg overpressure, Hg is placed in the sample holder, instead of in the ampoule to avoid Hg condensation. The best results were obtained by cycling the annealing temperature between 290°C and 350°C. Anneals were performed by using 32, 64, 128 and 256 cycles. We obtained an etch pit density (EPD) as low as 1 × 106 cm-2. Lower EPD was not achieved either by increasing annealing temperature or number of annealing cycles. Through secondary ion mass spectroscopy analysis, we observed very little inter-diffusion of Cd across the MCT/CdTe interface for the 128 cycle annealing. These results show promise in bridging the gap in the device performance between the MCT material grown on CdTe/Si and CdZnTe substrates.

  6. Investigation of the impact of annealing on global molecular mobility in glasses: optimization for stabilization of amorphous pharmaceuticals.

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    Luthra, Suman A; Hodge, Ian M; Pikal, Michael J

    2008-09-01

    The purpose of this research was to investigate the effect of annealing on the molecular mobility in lyophilized glasses using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and isothermal microcalorimetry (IMC) techniques. A second objective that emerged was a systematic study of the unusual pre-T(g) thermal events that were observed during DSC warming scans after annealing. Aspartame lyophilized with three different excipients; sucrose, trehalose and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) was studied. The aim of this work was to quantify the decrease in mobility in amorphous lyophilized aspartame formulations upon systematic postlyophilization annealing. DSC scans of aspartame:sucrose formulation (T(g) = 73 degrees C) showed the presence of a pre-T(g) endotherm which disappeared upon annealing. Aspartame:trehalose (T(g) = 112 degrees C) and aspartame:PVP (T(g) = 100 degrees C) showed a broad exotherm before T(g) and annealing caused appearance of endothermic peaks before T(g). This work also employed IMC to measure the global molecular mobility represented by structural relaxation time (tau(beta)) in both un-annealed and annealed formulations. The effect of annealing on the enthalpy relaxation of lyophilized glasses, as measured by DSC and IMC, was consistent with the behavior predicted using the Tool-Narayanaswamy-Moynihan (TNM) phenomenology (Luthra et al., 2007, in press). The results show that the systems annealed at T(g) -15 degrees C to T(g) -20 degrees C have the lowest molecular mobility. PMID:18200533

  7. 基于模拟退火算法的智能试题产生系统研究%The research on intelligent question generation systems based on the using simulated annealing algorithm

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    路鹏; 丛晓; 周东岱

    2013-01-01

    With the application of artificial intelligence techniques in the field of educational evalua-tion, the computerized adaptive testing gradually becomes one of the most important educational evaluation methods.In such test, the computer can dynamically update the ability level of the learn-er and select tailored questions from the examination questions bank .It is required that the system has a relatively high efficiency of the implementation in order to meet the needs of the test .To solve this problem , the intelligent questions system based on simulated annealing algorithm is proposed . The experimental results show that while the method can ensure the selection of nearly optimal ques -tions from the examination questions bank for learners , it also greatly improve the efficiency of choo-sing questions from the system .%随着人工智能技术在教育评价领域中的应用,计算机自适应测试逐渐成为一种重要的教育评价方式。采用这种测试形式,计算机实时的对学习者的能力水平进行动态更新并从题库中为其选择量身定制的试题,这就要求系统具有比较高的执行效率,才能满足实际应用的需要。为了解决这个问题,提出了基于模拟退火算法来构建智能试题产生系统的方法。实验结果表明,该方法在保证从题库中为学习者选择接近最优试题的同时,也极大提高了系统的选题效率。

  8. Origin of reverse annealing effect in hydrogen-implanted silicon

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    Di, Zengfeng [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Nastasi, Michael A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wang, Yongqiang [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    In contradiction to conventional damage annealing, thermally annealed H-implanted Si exhibits an increase in damage or reverse annealing behavior, whose mechanism has remained elusive. On the basis of quantitative high resolution transmission electron microscopy combined with channeling Rutherford backscattering analysis, we conclusively elucidate that the reverse annealing effect is due to the nucleation and growth of hydrogen-induce platelets. Platelets are responsible for an increase in the height and width the channeling damage peak following increased isochronal anneals.

  9. Moessbauer-spectroscopic study of structure and magnetism of the exchange-coupled layer systems Fe/FeSn{sub 2}, and Fe/FeSi/Si and the ion-implanted diluted magnetic semiconductor SiC(Fe); Moessbauerspektroskopische Untersuchung von Struktur und Magnetismus der austauschgekoppelten Schichtsysteme Fe/FeSn{sub 2} und Fe/FeSi/Si und des ionenimplantierten verduennten magnetischen Halbleiters SiC(Fe)

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    Stromberg, Frank

    2009-07-07

    In line with this work the structural and magnetic properties of the exchange coupled layered systems Fe/FeSn{sub 2} and Fe/FeSi/Si and of the Fe ion implanted diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) SiC(Fe) were investigated. The main measuring method was the isotope selective {sup 57}Fe conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS), mostly in connection with the {sup 57}Fe tracer layer technique, in a temperature range from 4.2 K to 340 K. Further measurement techniques were X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron diffraction (LEED, RHEED), SQUID magnetometry and FMR (Ferromagnetic Resonance). In the first part of this work the properties of thin AF FeSn{sub 2}(001) films and of the exchange-bias system Fe/FeSn{sub 2}(001) on InSb(001) were investigated. With the application of {sup 57}Fe-tracer layers and CEMS both the Fe-spin structure and the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field (B{sub hf}) of FeSn{sub 2} could be examined. The evaporation of Fe films on the FeSn{sub 2} films produced in the latter ones a high perpendicular spin component at the Fe/FeSn{sub 2} interface. In some distance from the interface the Fe spins rotate back into the sample plane. Furthermore {sup 57}Fe-CEMS provided a correlation between the absolute value of the exchange field vertical stroke He vertical stroke and the amount of magnetic defects within the FeSn{sub 2}. Temperature dependent CEMS-measurements yielded informations about the spin dynamics within the AF. The transition temperatures T{sub B}{sup *}, which were interpreted as superparamagnetic blocking temperatures, obtain higher values compared to the temperatures T{sub B} of the exchange-bias effect, obtained with magnetometry measurements. The second part of this work deals with the indirect exchange coupling within Fe/FeSi/Si/FeSi/Fe multilayers and FeSi diffusion barriers. The goal was to achieve Fe free Si interlayers. The CEMS results show that starting from a thickness of t{sub FeSi}=10-12 A of the

  10. Order Parameters of the Dilute A Models

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    Warnaar, S O; Seaton, K A; Nienhuis, B

    1993-01-01

    The free energy and local height probabilities of the dilute A models with broken $\\Integer_2$ symmetry are calculated analytically using inversion and corner transfer matrix methods. These models possess four critical branches. The first two branches provide new realisations of the unitary minimal series and the other two branches give a direct product of this series with an Ising model. We identify the integrable perturbations which move the dilute A models away from the critical limit. Generalised order parameters are defined and their critical exponents extracted. The associated conformal weights are found to occur on the diagonal of the relevant Kac table. In an appropriate regime the dilute A$_3$ model lies in the universality class of the Ising model in a magnetic field. In this case we obtain the magnetic exponent $\\delta=15$ directly, without the use of scaling relations.

  11. Isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    The potential of isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was evaluated for the determination of trace amounts of uranium and thorium in silicate rocks. Compared with conventional isotope dilution methods using thermal ionization mass spectrometers, the major benefit is a large increase in sample through-put without a significant decrease in precision and accuracy. This results from direct liquid sampling at atmospheric pressure and from the capability of measuring isotope ratios on raw solutions, without chemical separation of the analytes from the matrix elements. Isotope dilution ICP-MS alleviates the need for matrix-matched standards. Further, it is insensitive to possible causes of intensity drift (e.g., clogging of the plasma/mass spectrometer interface and defocusing of the ion beam) and to chemical effects (e.g. oxide formulation). Results obtained on some international rock standards are in good agreement with recommended values. (author). 26 refs.; 1 fig., tabs

  12. U-Mo Plate Blister Anneal Interim Report

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    Francine J. Rice; Daniel M. Wachs; Adam B. Robinson; Dennis D. Keiser Jr.; Jan-Fong Jue; Danielle M. Perez; Ross Finlay

    2010-10-01

    Blister thresholds in fuel elements have been a longstanding performance parameter for fuel elements of all types. This behavior has yet to be fully defined for the RERTR U-Mo fuel types. Blister anneal studies that began in 2007 have been expanded to include plates from more recent RERTR experiments. Preliminary data presented in this report encompasses the early generations of the U-Mo fuel systems and the most recent but still developing fuel system. Included is an overview of relevant dispersion fuel systems for the purposes of comparison.

  13. Exchange bias in diluted-antiferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers

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    The hysteresis-loop properties of a diluted-antiferromagnetic (DAF) layer exchange coupling to an antiferromagnetic (AF) layer are investigated by means of numerical simulations. Remarkable loop shift and coercivity enhancement are observed in such DAF/AF bilayers, while they are absent in the uncoupled DAF single layer. The influences of pinned domains, dilution, cooling field and DAF layer thickness on the loop shift are investigated systematically. The result unambiguously confirms an exchange bias (EB) effect in the DAF/AF bilayers. It also reveals that the EB effect originates from the pinned AF domains within the DAF layer. In contrast to conventional EB systems, frozen uncompensated spins are not found at the interface of the AF pinning layer. (paper)

  14. Mössbauer Studies of dilute Magnetic Semiconductors

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    Gislason, H P; Debernardi, A; Dlamini, W B

    2002-01-01

    The recent discovery of (dilute) magnetic semiconductors with wide band gaps, e.g. GaN, ZnO and other oxides, having Curie temperatures, T$_{\\textrm{c}}$, well above room temperature, has prompted extraordinary experimental and theoretical efforts to understand, control and exploit this unexpected finding not least in view of the obvious potential of such materials for the fabrication of "spin-(elec)tronic" or magneto-optic devices. Ferromagnetism (FM) was achieved mostly by doping with dilute 3d transition metal impurities, notably Mn, Fe, and Co (in \\% concentrations), during growth or by subsequent ion implantation. However, it is fair to state that experimentally the conditions for the occurrence of ferro-, antiferro- or paramagnetism with these impurities are not yet controlled as generally at least two conflicting forms of magnetism or none have been reported for each system - albeit often produced by different techniques. Theory is challenged as "conventional" models seem to fail and no generally accep...

  15. Characterizing storm water dispersion and dilution from small coastal streams

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    Romero, Leonel; Siegel, David A.; McWilliams, James C.; Uchiyama, Yusuke; Jones, Charles

    2016-06-01

    Characterizing the dispersion and dilution of storm water from small coastal creeks is important for understanding the importance of land-derived subsidies to nearby ecosystems and the management of anthropogenic pollutants. In Southern California, creek runoff is episodic, intense, and short-lived while the plumes are buoyant, all of which make the field sampling of freshwater plumes challenging. Numerical modeling offers a viable way to characterize these systems. The dilution and dispersion of freshwater from two creeks that discharge into the Santa Barbara Channel, California is investigated using Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) simulations with a horizontal resolution of 100 m. Tight coupling is found among precipitation, hydrologic discharge, wind forcing, and submesoscale flow structures which all contribute to plume evolution. During flooding, plumes are narrow and attached to the coast, due to downwelling/onshore wind forcing and intense vorticity filaments lying parallel to the shelf. As the storm passes, the winds typically shift to offshore/upwelling favorable conditions and the plume is advected offshore which enhances its dilution. Plumes reach the bottom nearshore while they form thin layers a few meters thick offshore. Dilution field of passive tracers released with the runoff is strongly anisotropic with stronger cross-shelf gradients than along-shelf. Dispersion analysis of statistical moments of the passive tracer distribution results in scale-dependent diffusivities consistent with the particle-pair analysis of Romero et al. Model validation, the roles of submesoscale processes, and wind forcing on plume evolution and application to ecological issues and marine resource management are discussed.

  16. Standard Guide for In-Service Annealing of Light-Water Moderated Nuclear Reactor Vessels

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    2003-01-01

    1.1 This guide covers the general procedures to be considered for conducting an in-service thermal anneal of a light-water moderated nuclear reactor vessel and demonstrating the effectiveness of the procedure. The purpose of this in-service annealing (heat treatment) is to improve the mechanical properties, especially fracture toughness, of the reactor vessel materials previously degraded by neutron embrittlement. The improvement in mechanical properties generally is assessed using Charpy V-notch impact test results, or alternatively, fracture toughness test results or inferred toughness property changes from tensile, hardness, indentation, or other miniature specimen testing (1). 1.2 This guide is designed to accommodate the variable response of reactor-vessel materials in post-irradiation annealing at various temperatures and different time periods. Certain inherent limiting factors must be considered in developing an annealing procedure. These factors include system-design limitations; physical constrain...

  17. Nuclear techniques of analysis in diamond synthesis and annealing

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    Jamieson, D. N.; Prawer, S.; Gonon, P.; Walker, R.; Dooley, S.; Bettiol, A.; Pearce, J. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics

    1996-12-31

    Nuclear techniques of analysis have played an important role in the study of synthetic and laser annealed diamond. These measurements have mainly used ion beam analysis with a focused MeV ion beam in a nuclear microprobe system. A variety of techniques have been employed. One of the most important is nuclear elastic scattering, sometimes called non-Rutherford scattering, which has been used to accurately characterise diamond films for thickness and composition. This is possible by the use of a database of measured scattering cross sections. Recently, this work has been extended and nuclear elastic scattering cross sections for both natural boron isotopes have been measured. For radiation damaged diamond, a focused laser annealing scheme has been developed which produces near complete regrowth of MeV phosphorus implanted diamonds. In the laser annealed regions, proton induced x-ray emission has been used to show that 50 % of the P atoms occupy lattice sites. This opens the way to produce n-type diamond for microelectronic device applications. All these analytical applications utilize a focused MeV microbeam which is ideally suited for diamond analysis. This presentation reviews these applications, as well as the technology of nuclear techniques of analysis for diamond with a focused beam. 9 refs., 6 figs.

  18. Improved AMOLED with aligned poly-Si thin-film transistors by laser annealing and chemical solution treatments

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    Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFT) were prepared for the active-matrix organic light-emitting displays (AMOLED). The excimer laser annealing (ELA) recrystallization technique was employed with a chemical solution treatment process to improve the TFT characteristic uniformity and the AMOLED display image quality. The characteristics of the poly-Si array thin films were influenced by XeCl ELA optic module design, TFT device channel direction, and laser irradiation overlap ratio. The ELA system module provided aligned poly-Si grain size of 0.3 μm by the homogenization lens design. The chemical solution treatment process included a dilute HF solution (DHF), ozone (O3) water, and buffer oxide etching solution (BOE). The PMOS TFT showed better field effect mobility of 87.6 cm2/V s, and the threshold voltage was -1.35 V. The off current (Ioff) was 1.25x10-11 A, and the on/off current ratio was 6.27x106. In addition, the image quality of the AMOLED display was highly improved using the 2T1C structure design without any compensation circuit.

  19. Improved AMOLED with aligned poly-Si thin-film transistors by laser annealing and chemical solution treatments

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    Wu, G. M.; Chen, C. N.; Feng, W. S.; Lu, H. C.

    2009-12-01

    Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFT) were prepared for the active-matrix organic light-emitting displays (AMOLED). The excimer laser annealing (ELA) recrystallization technique was employed with a chemical solution treatment process to improve the TFT characteristic uniformity and the AMOLED display image quality. The characteristics of the poly-Si array thin films were influenced by XeCl ELA optic module design, TFT device channel direction, and laser irradiation overlap ratio. The ELA system module provided aligned poly-Si grain size of 0.3 μm by the homogenization lens design. The chemical solution treatment process included a dilute HF solution (DHF), ozone (O 3) water, and buffer oxide etching solution (BOE). The PMOS TFT showed better field effect mobility of 87.6 cm 2/V s, and the threshold voltage was -1.35 V. The off current ( Ioff) was 1.25×10 -11 A, and the on/off current ratio was 6.27×10 6. In addition, the image quality of the AMOLED display was highly improved using the 2T1C structure design without any compensation circuit.

  20. Improved AMOLED with aligned poly-Si thin-film transistors by laser annealing and chemical solution treatments

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    Wu, G.M., E-mail: wu@mail.cgu.edu.t [Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, C.N.; Feng, W.S.; Lu, H.C. [Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China)

    2009-12-15

    Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFT) were prepared for the active-matrix organic light-emitting displays (AMOLED). The excimer laser annealing (ELA) recrystallization technique was employed with a chemical solution treatment process to improve the TFT characteristic uniformity and the AMOLED display image quality. The characteristics of the poly-Si array thin films were influenced by XeCl ELA optic module design, TFT device channel direction, and laser irradiation overlap ratio. The ELA system module provided aligned poly-Si grain size of 0.3 mum by the homogenization lens design. The chemical solution treatment process included a dilute HF solution (DHF), ozone (O{sub 3}) water, and buffer oxide etching solution (BOE). The PMOS TFT showed better field effect mobility of 87.6 cm{sup 2}/V s, and the threshold voltage was -1.35 V. The off current (I{sub off}) was 1.25x10{sup -11} A, and the on/off current ratio was 6.27x10{sup 6}. In addition, the image quality of the AMOLED display was highly improved using the 2T1C structure design without any compensation circuit.

  1. 基于启发式退火拓扑择优机制的稀疏联想记忆实现%Sparsely Connected Associative Memory Based on the Preferential Mechanism of Heuristic Annealed Topology

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    杨静; 孔斌; 王斌

    2013-01-01

    A novel sparsely connected associative memory based on the preferential mechanism of heuristic annealed topology was proposed in this paper.Aimed at overcoming the disadvantage of quenched dilution as random synapses disconnection of the existing methods,this model,taking the ideology of annealed dilution of statistical physics into account,investigates the optimal synaptic dilution strategy under the constraints of limited metabolic energy,namely limited amount of neurons and connections.Based on explicit theoretical analysis,this model constructs a learning task-dependent network topology in a heuristic annealed way which is much closer to biological genuine system as possessing flexible adaptive topology.It can achieve better performance than the existing counterparts of the same class.The effectiveness and robustness of the proposed model is validated by a great number of experiments.%借鉴统计物理学中的“退火”概念,针对已有稀疏互联联想记忆模型中只考虑网络连接随机稀疏方式,缺乏面向特定模式存储任务的确定性操作,使用非平衡态统计分析方法,讨论了有限代谢能量资源约束下的网络结构最优稀疏原则,给出了相应的理论推导.在此基础上,研究了面向特定学习任务的网络稀疏结构自适应方法,构建了基于启发式退火拓扑择优机制的稀疏联想记忆模型.实验表明,该模型既具有一定的生物学基础,维持了网络结构广泛稀疏互联的特性,又能在网络资源受限条件下达到最优联想记忆性能,符合神经生物系统本身自组织、自学习的特点.

  2. Hydrogen Annealing Of Single-Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Schaeffer, John C.; Murphy, Wendy

    1995-01-01

    Annealing at temperature equal to or greater than 2,200 degrees F in atmosphere of hydrogen found to increase ability of single-crystal superalloys to resist oxidation when subsequently exposed to oxidizing atmospheres at temperatures almost as high. Supperalloys in question are principal constituents of hot-stage airfoils (blades) in aircraft and ground-based turbine engines; also used in other high-temperature applications like chemical-processing plants, coal-gasification plants, petrochemical refineries, and boilers. Hydrogen anneal provides resistance to oxidation without decreasing fatigue strength and without need for coating or reactive sulfur-gettering constituents. In comparison with coating, hydrogen annealing costs less. Benefits extend to stainless steels, nickel/chromium, and nickel-base alloys, subject to same scale-adhesion and oxidation-resistance considerations, except that scale is chromia instead of alumina.

  3. Stochastic annealing simulation of cascades in metals

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    Heinisch, H.L.

    1996-04-01

    The stochastic annealing simulation code ALSOME is used to investigate quantitatively the differential production of mobile vacancy and SIA defects as a function of temperature for isolated 25 KeV cascades in copper generated by MD simulations. The ALSOME code and cascade annealing simulations are described. The annealing simulations indicate that the above Stage V, where the cascade vacancy clusters are unstable,m nearly 80% of the post-quench vacancies escape the cascade volume, while about half of the post-quench SIAs remain in clusters. The results are sensitive to the relative fractions of SIAs that occur in small, highly mobile clusters and large stable clusters, respectively, which may be dependent on the cascade energy.

  4. Simulation of Storm Occurrences Using Simulated Annealing.

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    Lokupitiya, Ravindra S.; Borgman, Leon E.; Anderson-Sprecher, Richard

    2005-11-01

    Modeling storm occurrences has become a vital part of hurricane prediction. In this paper, a method for simulating event occurrences using a simulated annealing algorithm is described. The method is illustrated using annual counts of hurricanes and of tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Simulations closely match distributional properties, including possible correlations, in the historical data. For hurricanes, traditionally used Poisson and negative binomial processes also predict univariate properties well, but for tropical storms parametric methods are less successful. The authors determined that simulated annealing replicates properties of both series. Simulated annealing can be designed so that simulations mimic historical distributional properties to whatever degree is desired, including occurrence of extreme events and temporal patterning.

  5. Dilute oxygen combustion. Phase I report

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    1997-10-01

    A novel burner, in which fuel (natural gas) and oxidant (oxygen or air) are separately injected into a furnace, shows promise for achieving very low nitrogen oxide(s) (NO{sub x}) emissions for commercial furnace applications. The dilute oxygen combustion (DOC) burner achieves very low NO{sub x} through in-furnace dilution of the oxidant stream prior to combustion, resulting in low flame temperatures, thus inhibiting thermal NO{sub x} production. The results of a fundamental and applied research effort on the development of the DOC burner are presented. In addition, the results of a market survey detailing the potential commercial impact of the DOC system are disclosed. The fundamental aspects of the burner development project involved examining the flame characteristics of a natural gas turbulent jet in a high-temperature ({approximately}1366 K) oxidant (7-27% O{sub 2} vol. wet). Specifically, the mass entrainment rate, the flame lift-off height, the velocity field and major species field of the jet were evaluated as a function of surrounding-gas temperature and composition. The measured entrainment rate of the fuel jet decreased with increasing oxygen content in the surrounding high-temperature oxidant, and was well represented by the d{sup +} scaling correlation found in the literature. The measured flame lift-off height decreased with increasing oxygen content and increasing temperature of the surrounding gas. An increase in surrounding-gas oxygen content and/or temperature inhibited the velocity decay within the jet periphery as a function of axial distance as compared to isothermal turbulent jets. However, the velocity measurements were only broadly represented by the d{sup +} scaling correlation. Several DOC burner configurations were tested in a laboratory-scale furnace at a nominal firing rate of 185 kW ({approximately}0.63 MMBtu/h). The flue gas composition was recorded as a function of furnace nitrogen content, furnace temperature, burner geometric

  6. Dilute Oxygen Combustion Phase I Final Report

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    Ryan, H.M.; Riley, M.F.; Kobayashi, H.

    1997-10-31

    A novel burner, in which fuel (natural gas) and oxidant (oxygen or air) are separately injected into a furnace, shows promise for achieving very low nitrogen oxide(s) (NOx) emissions for commercial furnace applications. The dilute oxygen combustion (DOC) burner achieves very low NOx through in-furnace dilution of the oxidant stream prior to combustion, resulting in low flame temperatures, thus inhibiting thermal NOx production. The results of a fundamental and applied research effort on the development of the DOC burner are presented. In addition, the results of a market survey detailing the potential commercial impact of the DOC system are disclosed. The fundamental aspects of the burner development project involved examining the flame characteristics of a natural gas turbulent jet in a high-temperature (~1366 K) oxidant (7-27% O2 vol. wet). Specifically, the mass entrainment rate, the flame lift-off height, the velocity field and major species field of the jet were evaluated as a function of surrounding-gas temperature and composition. The measured entrainment rate of the fuel jet decreased with increasing oxygen content in the surrounding high-temperature oxidant, and was well represented by the d+ scaling correlation found in the literature. The measured flame lift-off height decreased with increasing oxygen content and increasing temperature of the surrounding gas. An increase in surrounding-gas oxygen content and/or temperature inhibited the velocity decay within the jet periphery as a function of axial distance as compared to isothermal turbulent jets. However, the velocity measurements were only broadly represented by the d+ scaling correlation. Several DOC burner configurations were tested in a laboratory-scale furnace at a nominal firing rate of 185 kW (~0.63 MMBtu/h). The flue gas composition was recorded as a function of furnace nitrogen content, furnace temperature, burner geometric arrangement, firing rate, and fuel injection velocity. NOx emissions

  7. Dilute Oxygen Combustion Phase 2 Final Report

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    Ryan, H.M.; Riley, M.F.; Kobayashi, H.

    2005-09-30

    A novel burner, in which fuel (natural gas) and oxidant (oxygen or air) are separately injected into a furnace, shows promise for achieving very low nitrogen oxide(s) (NOx) emissions for commercial furnace applications. The dilute oxygen combustion (DOC) burner achieves very low NOx through in-furnace dilution of the oxidant stream prior to combustion, resulting in low flame temperatures, thus inhibiting thermal NOx production. The results of a fundamental and applied research effort on the development of the DOC burner are presented. In addition, the results of a market survey detailing the potential commercial impact of the DOC system are disclosed. The fundamental aspects of the burner development project involved examining the flame characteristics of a natural gas turbulent jet in a high-temperature (~1366 K) oxidant (7-27% O2 vol. wet). Specifically, the mass entrainment rate, the flame lift-off height, the velocity field and major species field of the jet were evaluated as a function of surrounding-gas temperature and composition. The measured entrainment rate of the fuel jet decreased with increasing oxygen content in the surrounding high-temperature oxidant, and was well represented by the d+ scaling correlation found in the literature. The measured flame lift-off height decreased with increasing oxygen content and increasing temperature of the surrounding gas. An increase in surrounding-gas oxygen content and/or temperature inhibited the velocity decay within the jet periphery as a function of axial distance as compared to isothermal turbulent jets. However, the velocity measurements were only broadly represented by the d+ scaling correlation. Several DOC burner configurations were tested in a laboratory-scale furnace at a nominal firing rate of 185 kW (~0.63 MMBtu/h). The flue gas composition was recorded as a function of furnace nitrogen content, furnace temperature, burner geometric arrangement, firing rate, and fuel injection velocity. NOx emissions

  8. Quantum annealing correction with minor embedding

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    Vinci, Walter; Albash, Tameem; Paz-Silva, Gerardo; Hen, Itay; Lidar, Daniel A.

    2015-10-01

    Quantum annealing provides a promising route for the development of quantum optimization devices, but the usefulness of such devices will be limited in part by the range of implementable problems as dictated by hardware constraints. To overcome constraints imposed by restricted connectivity between qubits, a larger set of interactions can be approximated using minor embedding techniques whereby several physical qubits are used to represent a single logical qubit. However, minor embedding introduces new types of errors due to its approximate nature. We introduce and study quantum annealing correction schemes designed to improve the performance of quantum annealers in conjunction with minor embedding, thus leading to a hybrid scheme defined over an encoded graph. We argue that this scheme can be efficiently decoded using an energy minimization technique provided the density of errors does not exceed the per-site percolation threshold of the encoded graph. We test the hybrid scheme using a D-Wave Two processor on problems for which the encoded graph is a two-level grid and the Ising model is known to be NP-hard. The problems we consider are frustrated Ising model problem instances with "planted" (a priori known) solutions. Applied in conjunction with optimized energy penalties and decoding techniques, we find that this approach enables the quantum annealer to solve minor embedded instances with significantly higher success probability than it would without error correction. Our work demonstrates that quantum annealing correction can and should be used to improve the robustness of quantum annealing not only for natively embeddable problems but also when minor embedding is used to extend the connectivity of physical devices.

  9. Dry Dilution Refrigerator with High Cooling Power

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    Uhlig, K.

    2008-03-01

    We present the construction concept and cooling capacity measurements of a 3,4He dilution refrigerator (DR), which was pre-cooled by a commercial pulse tube refrigerator (PTR). No cryogens are needed for the operation of this type of cryostat. The condensation of the helium mash was done in an integrated Joule-Thomson circuit, which was part of the dilution unit. The composition of the dilution unit was standard, but its components (still, heat exchangers, mixing chamber) were designed for high 3He flow. For thermometry, calibrated RuO chip resistance thermometers were available. In order to condense the mixture before an experiment, the fridge was operated like a Joule-Thomson liquefier with a relatively high inlet pressure (4 bar), where the liquid fraction of the circulating 3,4He mixture was accumulated in the dilution unit. The condensation took about 2 hours, and after 2 more hours of running, the temperature of the mixing chamber approached its minimum temperature of 10 mK. The maximum flow rate of the fridge was 1 mmol/s, and the refrigeration capacity of the mixing chamber was 700 μW at 100 mK. High cooling capacity, ease of operation and reliability distinguish this type of milli-Kelvin cooler.

  10. Diluted magnetic III-V semiconductors

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    Munekata, H.; Ohno, H.; von Molnar, S.; Segmüller, Armin; Chang, L. L.; Esaki, L.

    1989-10-01

    A new diluted magnetic III-V semiconductor of In1-xMnxAs (xMnAs clusters. Films grown 200 °C, however, are predominantly paramagnetic, and the lattice constant decreases with increasing Mn composition; both are indicative of the formation of a homogeneous alloy. These films have n-type conductivity and reduced band gaps.

  11. LAKE RESTORATION BY DILUTION: MOSES LAKE, WASHINGTON

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    Dilution water, low in macronutrients, was added to Moses Lake on three occasions in 1977 and once in 1978 during the spring-summer period. The addition resulted in reducing the annual average inflow concentration of phosphorus from about 130-140 micrograms/l to 100 micrograms/l....

  12. Steadiness in Dilute Pyroclastic Density Currents

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    Andrews, B. J.

    2015-12-01

    Pyroclastic density currents (PDCs) are often unsteady, as evidenced by direct observations of dilute lobes or jets emerging from the fronts of larger currents and by deposits that indicate transient transport and depositional regimes. We used scaled experiments to investigate unsteadiness in dilute PDCs. The experimental currents were run in an 8.5x6.1x2.6 m tank and comprised heated or ambient temperature 20-μm talc powder turbulently suspended in air. Experiments were scaled such that densimetric and thermal Richardson numbers, Froude number, and particle Stokes and settling numbers were dynamically similar to natural dilute PDCs. Although the experiment Reynolds numbers are substantially lower than those of natural PDCs, the experiments are fully turbulent. Experiments were observed with video and high-speed cameras and high-frequency thermocouples. Currents were generated with total eruption durations of 100 s. Unsteadiness in source conditions was produced by interrupting supply for intervals, t, with durations of 1, 2.5, 5, and 10 s in the experimental runs at 35 and 70 s. When t3t>τ, unsteadiness decays such that at a distance of ~4Ut, the currents are again steady. Applied to natural dilute PDCs, our results suggest that currents and their resulting deposits, will only show evidence of unsteadiness if they are disrupted for many seconds and those breaks may "heal" over distances of 100s of meters.

  13. The Effect of SF6 dilution in an Argon plasma

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    Koirala, Sudip; Gordon, Matt

    2010-02-01

    Plasma etching is widely used in semiconductor industries. There have been extensive studies in the dilution of rare gases; however, limited studies are found in the dilution of electronegative gases. In this work, SF6 content is varied from 5% to 60% in an Ar plasma in a deep reactive ion etching system. A Langmuir probe is used to measure electron temperature (Te), electron density (ne), and electron energy distribution function (eedf). Te decreases monotonically with increasing SF6 at first, and then increases for SF6 content greater than 20%. This increase is attributed to the loss of low energy electrons in attachment and high energy electrons in excitation and ionization. As the content of SF6 is increased above 20%, the dissociation of SF6 increases and most of the low energy electrons are lost in attachment and hence the average electron temperature increases. ne decreases by an order of magnitude as the SF6 dilution is increased from 5% to 60%. eedf shows that the distribution shifts towards high energy with the increase of SF6 content, which is because of the depletion of low energy electrons. )

  14. Annealing Increases Stability Of Iridium Thermocouples

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    Germain, Edward F.; Daryabeigi, Kamran; Alderfer, David W.; Wright, Robert E.; Ahmed, Shaffiq

    1989-01-01

    Metallurgical studies carried out on samples of iridium versus iridium/40-percent rhodium thermocouples in condition received from manufacturer. Metallurgical studies included x-ray, macroscopic, resistance, and metallographic studies. Revealed large amount of internal stress caused by cold-working during manufacturing, and large number of segregations and inhomogeneities. Samples annealed in furnace at temperatures from 1,000 to 2,000 degree C for intervals up to 1 h to study effects of heat treatment. Wire annealed by this procedure found to be ductile.

  15. Thermal annealing of tilted fiber Bragg gratings

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    González-Vila, Á.; Rodríguez-Cobo, L.; Mégret, P.; Caucheteur, C.; López-Higuera, J. M.

    2016-05-01

    We report a practical study of the thermal decay of cladding mode resonances in tilted fiber Bragg gratings, establishing an analogy with the "power law" evolution previously observed on uniform gratings. We examine how this process contributes to a great thermal stability, even improving it by means of a second cycle slightly increasing the annealing temperature. In addition, we show an improvement of the grating spectrum after annealing, with respect to the one just after inscription, which suggests the application of this method to be employed to improve saturation issues during the photo-inscription process.

  16. Thermal annealing in neutron-irradiated tribromobenzenes

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    Siekierska, K.E.; Halpern, A.; Maddock, A. G.

    1968-01-01

    The distribution of 82Br among various products in neutron-irradiated isomers of tribromobenzene has been investigated, and the effect of thermal annealing examined. Reversed-phase partition chromatography was employed for the determination of radioactive organic products, and atomic bromine...... in the crystals was estimated by means of the 1,2-dibromoethylene exchange technique. The results suggest that, as a consequence of nuclear events, quite a number of different reactions occur whereas the principal annealing reaction is a recombination of atomic bromine with a dibromophenyl radical....

  17. Direct observation of small cluster mobility and ripening. [during annealing of metal films on amorphous substrates

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    Heinemann, K.; Poppa, H.

    1975-01-01

    Direct evidence is reported for the simultaneous occurrence of Ostwald ripening and short-distance cluster mobility during annealing of discontinuous metal films on clean amorphous substrates. The annealing characteristics of very thin particulate deposits of silver on amorphized clean surfaces of single crystalline thin graphite substrates were studied by in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) under controlled environmental conditions (residual gas pressure of 10 to the minus 9th power torr) in the temperature range from 25 to 450 C. Sputter cleaning of the substrate surface, metal deposition, and annealing were monitored by TEM observation. Pseudostereographic presentation of micrographs in different annealing stages, the observation of the annealing behavior at cast shadow edges, and measurements with an electronic image analyzing system were employed to aid the visual perception and the analysis of changes in deposit structure recorded during annealing. Slow Ostwald ripening was found to occur in the entire temperature range, but the overriding surface transport mechanism was short-distance cluster mobility.

  18. Simultaneous high crystallinity and sub-bandgap optical absorptance in hyperdoped black silicon using nanosecond laser annealing

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    Franta, Benjamin, E-mail: bafranta@gmail.com; Pastor, David; Gandhi, Hemi H.; Aziz, Michael J.; Mazur, Eric [School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Rekemeyer, Paul H.; Gradečak, Silvija [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)

    2015-12-14

    Hyperdoped black silicon fabricated with femtosecond laser irradiation has attracted interest for applications in infrared photodetectors and intermediate band photovoltaics due to its sub-bandgap optical absorptance and light-trapping surface. However, hyperdoped black silicon typically has an amorphous and polyphasic polycrystalline surface that can interfere with carrier transport, electrical rectification, and intermediate band formation. Past studies have used thermal annealing to obtain high crystallinity in hyperdoped black silicon, but thermal annealing causes a deactivation of the sub-bandgap optical absorptance. In this study, nanosecond laser annealing is used to obtain high crystallinity and remove pressure-induced phases in hyperdoped black silicon while maintaining high sub-bandgap optical absorptance and a light-trapping surface morphology. Furthermore, it is shown that nanosecond laser annealing reactivates the sub-bandgap optical absorptance of hyperdoped black silicon after deactivation by thermal annealing. Thermal annealing and nanosecond laser annealing can be combined in sequence to fabricate hyperdoped black silicon that simultaneously shows high crystallinity, high above-bandgap and sub-bandgap absorptance, and a rectifying electrical homojunction. Such nanosecond laser annealing could potentially be applied to non-equilibrium material systems beyond hyperdoped black silicon.

  19. Simultaneous high crystallinity and sub-bandgap optical absorptance in hyperdoped black silicon using nanosecond laser annealing

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    Hyperdoped black silicon fabricated with femtosecond laser irradiation has attracted interest for applications in infrared photodetectors and intermediate band photovoltaics due to its sub-bandgap optical absorptance and light-trapping surface. However, hyperdoped black silicon typically has an amorphous and polyphasic polycrystalline surface that can interfere with carrier transport, electrical rectification, and intermediate band formation. Past studies have used thermal annealing to obtain high crystallinity in hyperdoped black silicon, but thermal annealing causes a deactivation of the sub-bandgap optical absorptance. In this study, nanosecond laser annealing is used to obtain high crystallinity and remove pressure-induced phases in hyperdoped black silicon while maintaining high sub-bandgap optical absorptance and a light-trapping surface morphology. Furthermore, it is shown that nanosecond laser annealing reactivates the sub-bandgap optical absorptance of hyperdoped black silicon after deactivation by thermal annealing. Thermal annealing and nanosecond laser annealing can be combined in sequence to fabricate hyperdoped black silicon that simultaneously shows high crystallinity, high above-bandgap and sub-bandgap absorptance, and a rectifying electrical homojunction. Such nanosecond laser annealing could potentially be applied to non-equilibrium material systems beyond hyperdoped black silicon

  20. Positron prevacancy effects in pure annealed metals

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    The low-temperature prevacancy effects sometimes observed with positrons in well-annealed high-purity metals are discussed. It is shown that these effects are not experimental artifacts, but are due to trapping of the positrons. It is suggested that dislocations are responsible for these trapping effects. 46 references, 5 figures

  1. Structural relaxation in annealed hyperquenched basaltic glasses

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    Guo, Xiaoju; Mauro, John C.; Potuzak, M.;

    2012-01-01

    The enthalpy relaxation behavior of hyperquenched (HQ) and annealed hyperquenched (AHQ) basaltic glass is investigated through calorimetric measurements. The results reveal a common onset temperature of the glass transition for all the HQ and AHQ glasses under study, indicating that the primary...

  2. Annealing Ni nanocrystalline on WC-Co

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    The effects of annealing temperature on nanocrystalline sputter-deposited Ni thin films (500 nm) deposited on WC-Co (4 wt.%) were investigated. Special attention was focused on quantitative evaluation of residual stress and Ni diffusion into the WC-Co, after heat treatment, from 873 to 1273 K. The estimated level of residual stress, as measured by X-ray diffraction, is around -1.3 ± 0.1 GPa for the as-deposited film, whereas after annealing at 1273 K it decreases significantly. Atomic force microscopy shows that high annealing temperature results into an exponential increase of the roughness. An intermixing between the nanocrystalline Ni and the Co from WC substrate occurs, as it is revealed by quantitative depth-resolved Rutherford backscattering spectrometry analysis and also supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We ascribe a significant stress relief with the increasing annealing temperature to the diffusion process. The understanding of this process is particularly important in WC-Co parts with the surface treated with Ni in order to improve the maximum surface service temperature.

  3. Annealing Ni nanocrystalline on WC-Co

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    Fernandes, C.M.; Guisbiers, G.; Pereira, S. [CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Barradas, N.P.; Alves, E. [Nuclear and Technological Institute, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Senos, A.M.R., E-mail: anamor@ua.p [CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Vieira, M.T. [Mechanical Engineering Department, ICEMS, Polo II, 3030-201 Coimbra (Portugal)

    2009-08-12

    The effects of annealing temperature on nanocrystalline sputter-deposited Ni thin films (500 nm) deposited on WC-Co (4 wt.%) were investigated. Special attention was focused on quantitative evaluation of residual stress and Ni diffusion into the WC-Co, after heat treatment, from 873 to 1273 K. The estimated level of residual stress, as measured by X-ray diffraction, is around -1.3 +- 0.1 GPa for the as-deposited film, whereas after annealing at 1273 K it decreases significantly. Atomic force microscopy shows that high annealing temperature results into an exponential increase of the roughness. An intermixing between the nanocrystalline Ni and the Co from WC substrate occurs, as it is revealed by quantitative depth-resolved Rutherford backscattering spectrometry analysis and also supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We ascribe a significant stress relief with the increasing annealing temperature to the diffusion process. The understanding of this process is particularly important in WC-Co parts with the surface treated with Ni in order to improve the maximum surface service temperature.

  4. Interference Alignment Using Variational Mean Field Annealing

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    Badiu, Mihai Alin; Guillaud, Maxime; Fleury, Bernard Henri

    2014-01-01

    We study the problem of interference alignment in the multiple-input multiple- output interference channel. Aiming at minimizing the interference leakage power relative to the receiver noise level, we use the deterministic annealing approach to solve the optimization problem. In the corresponding...

  5. Effect of Annealing Ambience on the Chemical Stability of Zr-Si-N Diffusion Barrier

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    SONGZhong-xiao; WANGYuan; XUKe-wei; LIUChun-liang

    2004-01-01

    Zr-Si-N films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering (MS) technique. A Cu film on the top of Zr-Si-N films was prepared by DC pulsed magnetron sputtering. The Cu/Zr-Si-N systems were annealed in vacuum and N2/H2 gasmixture at 800℃, respectively. The structure of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and four-point probe method. The sheet resistances of the Cu/Zr-Si-N/Si contact systems annealed in N2/H2 gas mixture were lower than those of the specimens annealed in vacuum at 800℃. The residual oxygen contamination from vacuum annealing ambience influences the sheet resistances of the Cu/Zr-Si-N/Si contact systems due to residual oxygen contamination and/or voids in Cu films. Though thermal stabilities of the Cu/Zr-Si-N/Si systems were maintained up to 800℃ when annealed in vacuum and N2/H2 gas mixture, the changes of thermal stability of specimens were noticeable. The vacuum can accelerate the oxidation and decomposition of Zr-Si-N barrier. On the contrary, N2/H2 gas mixture prevent from the Zr-Si-N barrier oxidation and decomposition.

  6. Effect of Annealing Ambience on the Chemical Stability of Zr-Si-N Diffusion Barrier

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    SONG Zhong-xiao; WANG Yuan; XU Ke-wei; LIU Chun-liang

    2004-01-01

    Zr-Si-N films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering (MS) technique. A Cu film on the top of Zr-Si-N films was prepared by DC pulsed magnetron sputtering. The Cu/Zr-Si-N systems were annealed in vacuum and N2/H2 gas mixture at 800℃, respectively. The structure of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and four-point probe method. The sheet resistances of the Cu/Zr-Si-N/Si contact systems annealed in N2/H2 gas mixture were lower than those of the specimens annealed in vacuum at 800℃. The residual oxygen contamination from vacuum annealing ambience influences the sheet resistances of the Cu/Zr-Si-N/Si contact systems due to residual oxygen contamination and/or voids in Cu films. Though thermal stabilities of the Cu/Zr-Si-N/Si systems were maintained up to 800℃ when annealed in vacuum and N2/H2 gas mixture, the changes of thermal stability of specimens were noticeable. The vacuum can accelerate the oxidation and decomposition of Zr-Si-N barrier. On the contrary, N2/H2 gas mixture prevent from the Zr-Si-N barrier oxidation and decomposition.

  7. 3-D Surface Visualization of pH Titration "Topos": Equivalence Point Cliffs, Dilution Ramps, and Buffer Plateaus

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    Smith, Garon C.; Hossain, Md Mainul; MacCarthy, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    3-D topographic surfaces ("topos") can be generated to visualize how pH behaves during titration and dilution procedures. The surfaces are constructed by plotting computed pH values above a composition grid with volume of base added in one direction and overall system dilution on the other. What emerge are surface features that…

  8. Laser annealing of amorphous silicon core optical fibers

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    Healy, N; Mailis, S.; Day, T. D.; Sazio, P.J.A.; Badding, J. V.; A.C. Peacock

    2012-01-01

    Laser annealing of an optical fiber with an amorphous silicon core is demonstrated. The annealing process produces a fiber that has a highly crystalline core, whilst reducing the optical transmission losses by ~3 orders of magnitude.

  9. Hypocoercivity in metastable settings and kinetic simulated annealing

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    Monmarché, Pierre

    2015-01-01

    Classical analysis of the simulated annealing algorithm is combined with the more recent hypocoercive method of distorted entropy to prove the convergence for large time of the kinetic Langevin annealing with logarithmic cooling schedule.

  10. Copper ion implanted aluminum nitride dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS) prepared by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Shah, A., E-mail: attaullah77@yahoo.com [National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); DMME, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ahmad, Jamil [DMME, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ahmad, Ishaq [Experimental Physics Lab, National Center for Physics (NCP), Islamabad (Pakistan); Mehmood, Mazhar [DMME, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Mahmood, Arshad [National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Rasheed, Muhammad Asim [DMME, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS), PO Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • AlN:Cu dilute magnetic semiconductors were successfully prepared by molecular beam epitaxy followed by Cu{sup +} implantation. • Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed after annealing the samples at appropriate temperature. • XRD and Raman spectrometry excluded the possibility of formation of any secondary phases. • By doping intrinsically nonmagnetic dopants (Cu), it has been proved experimentally that their precipitates do not contribute to ferromagnetism. • The reason for ferromagnetism in Cu-doped AlN as observed was explained on the basis of p–d hybridization mechanism (Wu et al.). - Abstract: Diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) AlN:Cu films were fabricated by implanting Cu{sup +} ions into AlN thin films at various ion fluxes. AlN films were deposited on c-plane sapphire by molecular beam epitaxy followed by Cu{sup +} ion implantation. The structural and magnetic characterization of the samples was performed through Rutherford backscattering and channeling spectrometry (RBS/C), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and SQUID. Incorporation of copper into the AlN lattice was confirmed by RBS, while XRD revealed that no new phase was formed as a result of ion implantation. RBS also indicated formation of defects as a result of implantation process and the depth and degree of damage increased with an increase in ion fluence. Raman spectra showed only E{sub 2} (high) and A{sub 1} (LO) modes of wurtzite AlN crystal structure and confirmed that no secondary phases were formed. It was found that both Raman modes shift with Cu{sup +} fluences, indicating that Cu ion may go to interstitial or substitutional sites resulting in distortion or damage of lattice. Although as implanted samples showed no magnetization, annealing of the samples resulted in appearance of room temperature ferromagnetism. The saturation magnetization increased with both the annealing temperature as well as with ion

  11. A century of indicator dilution technique

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    Henriksen, Jens H; Jensen, Gorm B; Larsson, Henrik B W

    2014-01-01

    This review imparts the history and the present status of the indicator dilution technique with quantitative bolus injection. The first report on flow measurement with this technique appeared 100 years ago. In 1928, the use of intravascular dyes made possible a widespread application in animals...... and human during the next decades. Multiple indicators, radioactive tracers, inlet-outlet detection and residue detection were introduced in the 1950s and 1960s, and refined along with the development of indicator kinetics. From the 1970s, a wide clinical use in the study of heart, brain, lungs, liver...... and kidneys developed, and powerful computers in the 1980s and 1990s accorded the technique a new dimension. Today, the indicator dilution technique, on one hand, is applied in the same way as 100 years ago, on the other hand it forms the basis of quantitative SPECT, positron emission tomography, and dynamic...

  12. Dilute chemical decontamination program. Final report

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    An evaluation of dilute chemical decontamination technology for Boiling Water Reactor (BWRs) was completed under the Dilute Chemical Decontamination Program. An integrated process was developed and demonstrated under simulated BWR decontamination chemical conditions using a 76 cm long section of 15 cm piping removed from an operating BWR. Reasonable process conditions are: 0.012 M oxalic acid and 0.005 M citric acid at pH 3.0 and 900C with a controlled dissolved oxygen concentration of 0.75 ppM. A novel reagent regeneration process using anion-exchange resin preloaded with oxalate and citrate anions was developed to remove the dissolved corrosion products, including Fe(III), from solution during the decontamination. A limited corrosion testing program was completed and no severe adverse effects were identified

  13. Cauchy Annealing Schedule: An Annealing Schedule for Boltzmann Selection Scheme in Evolutionary Algorithms

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    Dukkipati, Ambedkar; Murty, Narasimha M; Bhatnagar, Shalabh

    2004-01-01

    Boltzmann selection is an important selection mechanism in evolutionary algorithms as it has theoretical properties which help in theoretical analysis. However, Boltzmann selection is not used in practice because a good annealing schedule for the `inverse temperature' parameter is lacking. In this paper we propose a Cauchy annealing schedule for Boltzmann selection scheme based on a hypothesis that selection-strength should increase as evolutionary process goes on and distance between two sel...

  14. Microstructural tuning of polycrystalline silicon films from hydrogen diluted amorphous silicon films by AIC

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    Prathap, P.; Tuzun, O.; Roques, S.; Schmitt, S.; Slaoui, A. [InESS, CNRS-UdS, Strasbourg Cedex-2 (France); Maurice, C. [SMS Centre, UMR CNRS 5146, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, 158 Cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint Etienne Cedex 2 (France)

    2011-03-15

    In the present study, the effect of hydrogen dilution in amorphous silicon on its crystallization kinetics and defect distribution using AIC has been studied. The a -Si films were deposited at different ratios of H{sub 2}/(H{sub 2}+SiH{sub 4}) using plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (ECR-PECVD) on glass-ceramic substrates. The thicknesses of aluminium and a -Si:H films were 0.20 {mu}m and 0. 37 {mu}m, respectively. The bi-layer structures were annealed in a tube furnace at 475 C for 8 hours in a nitrogen atmosphere. The results indicated that as the hydrogen dilution for a -Si:H films increased from 0% to 85%, the AIC grown poly-Si films were more stressed compressively, while the Raman peak broadened from 6.7 cm{sup -1} to 8.6 cm{sup -1}. It was found that the initiation of crystallization temperature as well as microstructure of poly-Si films was dramatically influenced by the hydrogen content in precursor a -Si films. The distribution of microstructural defects analysed by Electron Back Scattering Diffraction (EBSD) method indicated that frequency of low angle grain boundaries (LAGB) were more at higher hydrogen dilution ratios while coincident site lattice boundaries (CSL) of first order ({sigma}3), second order ({sigma}9) and third order ({sigma}27) were less sensitive to the hydrogen dilutions/content (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Ionic liquids behave as dilute electrolyte solutions

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    Gebbie, Matthew A.; Valtiner, Markus; Banquy, Xavier; Fox, Eric T.; Henderson, Wesley A.; Israelachvili, Jacob N.

    2013-01-01

    We combine direct surface force measurements with thermodynamic arguments to demonstrate that pure ionic liquids are expected to behave as dilute weak electrolyte solutions, with typical effective dissociated ion concentrations of less than 0.1% at room temperature. We performed equilibrium force–distance measurements across the common ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C4mim][NTf2]) using a surface forces apparatus with in situ electrochemical contr...

  16. Aplikasi Simulasi Annealing Untuk Menyelesaikan Traveling Salesman Problem

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    Larasati, Tuti

    2012-01-01

    Traveling salesman problem is one of combinatorial optimization problems that aim to obtain an optimal solution which determines the route that most minimum. And to resolve and find solutions to these problems one algorithm to be used is simulated annealing. Simulated annealing is an analogy of a liquid metals cooling process called annealing. Annealing is the metallurgical process of heating up a solid and then cooling slowly until it crystallizes. At this final task will shown an analogy an...

  17. Corrosion Behaviour of Annealed Cnx/Tiny Multilayers

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    ZHANG Guo-dong; PAN Chun-xu; FU Qiang; ZHANG Fu-ju; ZOU Yang; ZHANG Shao-hua

    2004-01-01

    The corrosion behaviour of annealed CNx/TiNy multilayers have been investigated using potentiodynamic test in a 0.5MH2SO4 solution. The coating has been deposited on W6Mo5Cr4V2 steel by reactive magnetron sputtering and then annealed at different temperature. The annealed multilayers showed superior corrosion resistance as compared to the as-deposited coating. The corrosion model of annealed CNx/TiNy multilayers has been set up.

  18. Corrosion Behaviour of Annealed Cnx/Tiny Multilayers

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    ZHANGGuo-dong; PANChun-xu; FUQiang; ZHANGFu-ju; ZOUYang; ZHANGShao-hua

    2004-01-01

    The corrosion behaviour of annealed CNx/TiNy multilayers have been investigated using potentiodynamic test in a 0.5MH2SO4 solution. The coating has been deposited on W6MoSCr4V2 steel by reactive magnetron sputtering and then annealed at different temperature. The annealed multilayers showed superior corrosion resistance as compared to the as-deposited coating, The corrosion model of annealed CNx/TiNy multilayers has been set up.

  19. Isotope dilution strategies for absolute quantitative proteomics

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    The development of mass spectrometry (MS)-based methodologies for high-throughput protein identification has generated a concomitant need for protein quantification. Numerous MS-based relative quantification methodologies have been dedicated to the extensive comparison of multiple proteomes. On the other hand, absolute quantification methodologies, which allow the determination of protein concentrations in biological samples, are generally restricted to defined sets of proteins. Depending on the selected analytical procedure, absolute quantification approaches can provide accurate and precise estimations. These analytical performances are crucial for specific applications such as the evaluation of clinical bio-marker candidates. According to bioanalytical guidelines, accurate analytical processes require internal standards and quality controls. Regarding MS-based analysis of small molecules, isotope dilution has been recognized as the reference method for internal standardization. However, protein quantification methodologies which rely on the isotope dilution principle have been implemented in the proteomic field only recently. In these approaches, the sample is spiked with defined amounts of isotope-labeled analogue(s) of specific proteolytic peptide(s) (AQUA and QconCAT strategies) or protein(s) (PSAQ strategy). In this review, we present a critical overview of these isotope dilution methodologies. (authors)

  20. Atomic displacements in bcc dilute alloys

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    Hitesh Sharma; S Prakash

    2007-04-01

    We present here a systematic investigation of the atomic displacements in bcc transition metal (TM) dilute alloys. We have calculated the atomic displacements in bcc (V, Cr, Fe, Nb, Mo, Ta and W) transition metals (TMs) due to 3d, 4d and 5d TMs at the substitutional site using the Kanzaki lattice static method. Wills and Harrison interatomic potential is used to calculate the atomic force constants, the dynamical matrix and the impurity-induced forces. We have thoroughly investigated the atomic displacements using impurities from 3d, 4d and 5d series in the same host metal and the same impurity in different hosts. We have observed a systematic pattern in the atomic displacements for Cr-, Fe-, Nb-, Mo-, Ta- and W-based dilute alloys. The atomic displacements are found to increase with increase in the number of d electrons for all alloys considered except for V dilute alloys. The 3d impurities are found to be more easily dissolved in the 3d host metals than 4d or 5d TMs whereas 4d and 5d impurities show more solubility in 4d and 5d TMs. In general, the relaxation energy calculation suggests that impurities may be easily solvable in 5d TM hosts when compared to 3d or 4d TMs.

  1. Transport and stability studies on high band gap a-Si:H films prepared by argon dilution

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    Purabi Gogoi; P N Dixit; Pratima Agarwal

    2008-02-01

    Device quality hydrogenated amorphous silicon films (a-Si:H) are deposited at a high deposition rate (4-5 Å/s) using a mixture of argon and hydrogen-diluted silane. The films exhibit good opto-electronic properties and show less degradation upon light soaking. Light-induced changes in conductivity could be annealed at much lower temperature. The presence of Ar* and atomic hydrogen in plasma replaces the weak Si-Si bonds, which are responsible for light-induced degradation by strong Si-Si bonds. This results in the improved stability of the films.

  2. Orbital ordering and the dilute effect in copper fluoride

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    Tatami, N. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan)]. E-mail: tatam@iiyo.phys.tohoku.ac.jp; Ando, Y. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Niioka, S. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Kira, H. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Onodera, M. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Nakao, H. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Iwasa, K. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Murakami, Y. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Kakiuchi, T. [GraduateUniversity for Advanced Studies, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Wakabayashi, Y. [Photon Factory, IMSS, KEK, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Sawa, H. [Photon Factory, IMSS, KEK, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Itoh, S. [Neutron Science Laboratory, IMSS, KEK, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan)

    2007-03-15

    We have investigated the dilute effect on a typical orbital ordering system KCuF{sub 3} by partially substituting Zn for Cu. The crystal structure has been examined as a function of Cu concentration at room temperature by X-ray diffraction. It is found that the phase transition from a tetragonal structure to a cubic one occurs with decreasing Cu concentration. This structural phase transition is confirmed to be an orbital order-disorder transition by the resonant X-ray scattering (RXS) technique.

  3. Simulated Annealing with Tsallis Weights - A Numerical Comparison

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    Hansmann, Ulrich H.E.

    1997-01-01

    We discuss the use of Tsallis generalized mechanics in simulated annealing algorithms. For a small peptide it is shown that older implementations are not more effective than regular simulated annealing in finding ground state configurations. We propose a new implementation which leads to an improvement over regular simulated annealing.

  4. Stored energy and annealing behavior of heavily deformed aluminium

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    Kamikawa, Naoya; Huang, Xiaoxu; Kondo, Yuka;

    2012-01-01

    It has been demonstrated in previous work that a two-step annealing treatment, including a low-temperature, long-time annealing and a subsequent high-temperature annealing, is a promising route to control the microstructure of a heavily deformed metal. In the present study, structural parameters ...

  5. An Effect of Annealing on Shielding Properties of Shungite

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    Belousova, E. S.; Mahmoud, M. Sh.; Lynkou, L. M.

    2013-05-01

    Annealing of shungite is studied in oxidizing conditions in a chamber with NH4Cl, and in vacuum at 900 °C for 2h. Frequency dependencies of transmission and reflection coefficients of annealed shungite are measured in the frequency range of 8-12 GHz. The minimum reflection at 8-10 GHz was shown for shungite annealed in the oxidizing atmosphere.

  6. 2种检测系统测定血、尿淀粉酶高值标本时稀释液的评价与选择%Evaluate and select the dilution for high blood and urine amylase among two measurement system

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    周洪; 陈志菊; 周绍英

    2015-01-01

    目的:对湿生化和干生化检测系统测定血、尿淀粉酶高值标本时的稀释液进行评价与选择,期望筛选出与检测系统和标本类型匹配的稀释液。方法纯水、生理盐水(NS)、7%牛血清清蛋白(BSA)、低值血清、低值尿液作为候选稀释液,稀释对应的标本后在湿生化和干生化系统中测定,以卫计委颁布的最新标准分别对偏差和线性进行评价。结果对高值血清标本,同一稀释液在2个系统间的偏差存在较大差异,在湿生化检测系统中,纯水、7% BSA、低值血清作稀释液的偏差均小于行业标准规定的总允许误差(15%),但以低值血清最优;在干生化检测系统中,纯水、NS、低值血清作稀释液的偏差均小于行业标准的规定,以NS最优。对高值尿液标本,在湿生化检测系统中,纯水、低值尿液作稀释液的偏差均小于行业标准规定的总允许误差,以低值尿液最优;在干生化检测系统中,仅低值尿液作稀释液的偏差小于行业标准之规定。线性评价显示,NS不适合作高值血清标本在湿生化检测系统和高值尿液标本在干生化系统的稀释液,7% BSA不适合作高值血清标本在干生化检测系统的稀释液。结论相同稀释液在不同的检测系统中造成的影响不同。高值血清、尿液标本在湿生化检测系统中的最适稀释液分别是低值血清和低值尿液,在干生化检测系统最适稀释液分别是NS和低值尿液。%Objective To evaluate and select the dilution for high blood and urinary amylase among wet chemical & dry chemical de‐tection system ,hope to screen the optimum dilution for different measurement system and specimen type .Methods Pure water (H2 O) ,nor‐mal saline (NS) ,7% bovine serum albumin(7% BSA) ,low amylase specimen of serum and urine selected as candidate dilution .The high amylase specimen was diluted ,then was measured among

  7. Kredsløbsmonitorering med lithium dilution cardiac output-systemet

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    Christiansen, Christian; Hostrup, Anette; Tønnesen, Else;

    2008-01-01

    The lithium dilution cardiac output (LiDCO) system measures cardiac output beat-to-beat with high precision. The system is based on an arterial pulse power analysis which is calibrated every eight hours with a small non-pharmacological dose of lithium. The system is minimally invasive; it requires...

  8. Comparison of Poly-Si Thin Films Prepared by Conventional Furnace Annealing and Pulsed Rapid Thermal Annealing

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    JIN Rui-min; ZHENG Xiao-yan; CHEN Lan-li; LUO Peng-hui; GUO Xin-feng; LU Jing-xiao

    2009-01-01

    Amorphous silicon films prepared by PECVD on glass substrate were crystallized by conventional furnace annealing (FA) and rapid thermal annealing ( RTA),respectively. From the Raman spectra and scanning electronic microscope(SEM),it found that the thin films made by RTA had smooth and perfect structure,while the thin films annealed by FA had a higher degree of structural disorder.

  9. Periodic Mg distribution in GaN:{delta}-Mg and the effect of annealing on structural and optical properties

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    Wegscheider, M. [Institute of Semiconductor/Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria)], E-mail: Matthias.Wegscheider@jku.at; Simbrunner, C.; Li, Tian [Institute of Semiconductor/Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria); Jakiela, R. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland); Navarro-Quezada, A.; Quast, M.; Sitter, H.; Bonanni, A. [Institute of Semiconductor/Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria)

    2008-11-30

    High p-type conductivity of GaN - commonly achieved via doping with Mg - is a challenge to be faced on the way to the realization of a GaN-based diluted magnetic semiconductor showing ferromagnetism at room temperature. In this work we present a study of GaN:Mg films grown in a metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy process where the Mg atoms are incorporated in a {delta}-doping fashion. The effect of a post-growth annealing step on the diffusivity of magnesium is studied by means of atomic force microscopy and photoluminescence measurements in the ultraviolet regime. A comparison of the presented results with transmission electron microscopy studies leads to the conclusion that a considerable amount of Mg is transported towards the surface where it is thermally removed during the annealing step.

  10. Quantitative determination of the solidus line in the dilute limit of succinonitrile-camphor alloys

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    Mota, F. L.; Fabietti, L. M.; Bergeon, N.; Strutzenberg, L. L.; Karma, A.; Billia, B.; Trivedi, R.

    2016-08-01

    Different phase diagram measurements for succinonitrile-camphor alloys to date have yielded different values of the solute partition coefficient and the freezing range of the alloy. These parameters are critical to model solidification microstructure evolution. New measurements are made to precisely characterize the dilute limit of the succinonitrile-camphor phase diagram using thin-sample directional solidification experiments where convection is negligible, so that solute transport in the melt is purely diffusive, and the temperature gradient is constant in time. These results are confirmed through complementary measurements by differential scanning calorimetry and isothermal annealing. Possible measurement uncertainties in previously measured solidus lines are discussed. Experimental results were further confirmed using a boundary layer model of transient planar interface dynamics.

  11. Exchange and spin-orbit induced phenomena in diluted (Ga,Mn)As from first principles

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    Kudrnovský, J.; Drchal, V.; Turek, I.

    2016-08-01

    Physical properties induced by exchange interactions (Curie temperature and spin stiffness) and spin-orbit coupling (anomalous Hall effect, anisotropic magnetoresistance, and Gilbert damping) in the diluted (Ga,Mn)As ferromagnetic semiconductor are studied from first principles. Recently developed Kubo-Bastin transport theory and nonlocal torque operator formulation of the Gilbert damping as formulated in the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method are used. The first-principles Liechtenstein mapping is employed to construct an effective Heisenberg Hamiltonian and to estimate Curie temperature and spin stiffness in the real-space random-phase approximation. Good agreement of calculated physical quantities with experiments on well-annealed samples containing only a small amount of compensating defects is obtained.

  12. Simulated annealing in orbital flight planning

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    Soller, Jeffrey

    1990-01-01

    Simulated annealing is used to solve a minimum fuel trajectory problem in the space station environment. The environment is unique because the space station will define the first true multivehicle environment in space. The optimization yields surfaces which are potentially complex, with multiple local minima. Because of the likelihood of these local minima, descent techniques are unable to offer robust solutions. Other deterministic optimization techniques were explored without success. The simulated annealing optimization is capable of identifying a minimum-fuel, two-burn trajectory subject to four constraints. Furthermore, the computational efforts involved in the optimization are such that missions could be planned on board the space station. Potential applications could include the on-site planning of rendezvous with a target craft of the emergency rescue of an astronaut. Future research will include multiwaypoint maneuvers, using a knowledge base to guide the optimization.

  13. Code Generator for Quantum Simulated Annealing

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    Tucci, Robert R

    2009-01-01

    This paper introduces QuSAnn v1.2 and Multiplexor Expander v1.2, two Java applications available for free. (Source code included in the distribution.) QuSAnn is a "code generator" for quantum simulated annealing: after the user inputs some parameters, it outputs a quantum circuit for performing simulated annealing on a quantum computer. The quantum circuit implements the algorithm of Wocjan et al. (arXiv:0804.4259), which improves on the original algorithm of Somma et al. (arXiv:0712.1008). The quantum circuit generated by QuSAnn includes some quantum multiplexors. The application Multiplexor Expander allows the user to replace each of those multiplexors by a sequence of more elementary gates such as multiply controlled NOTs and qubit rotations.

  14. Simulated annealing algorithm for optimal capital growth

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    Luo, Yong; Zhu, Bo; Tang, Yong

    2014-08-01

    We investigate the problem of dynamic optimal capital growth of a portfolio. A general framework that one strives to maximize the expected logarithm utility of long term growth rate was developed. Exact optimization algorithms run into difficulties in this framework and this motivates the investigation of applying simulated annealing optimized algorithm to optimize the capital growth of a given portfolio. Empirical results with real financial data indicate that the approach is inspiring for capital growth portfolio.

  15. MEDICAL STAFF SCHEDULING USING SIMULATED ANNEALING

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    Ladislav Rosocha; Silvia Vernerova; Robert Verner

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The efficiency of medical staff is a fundamental feature of healthcare facilities quality. Therefore the better implementation of their preferences into the scheduling problem might not only rise the work-life balance of doctors and nurses, but also may result into better patient care. This paper focuses on optimization of medical staff preferences considering the scheduling problem. Methodology/Approach: We propose a medical staff scheduling algorithm based on simulated annealing, a...

  16. MEDICAL STAFF SCHEDULING USING SIMULATED ANNEALING

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    Ladislav Rosocha; Silvia Vernerova; Robert Verner

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The efficiency of medical staff is a fundamental feature of healthcare facilities quality. Therefore the better implementation of their preferences into the scheduling problem might not only rise the work-life balance of doctors and nurses, but also may result into better patient care. This paper focuses on optimization of medical staff preferences considering the scheduling problem.Methodology/Approach: We propose a medical staff scheduling algorithm based on simulated annealing, a ...

  17. Pyrolytic citrate synthesis and ozone annealing

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    A pyrolytic procedure is described that via a citrate synthesis allowed us to obtain very fine grained YBCO powders that, after a first furnace thermal treatment in ozone, results already to contain a large amount of superconducting microcrystals. A second identical thermal treatment gives a final product strongly textured, as shown by magnetic torque measurements. Complementary structural and diamagnetic measurement show the high quality of these sintered pellets. The role covered by both the pyrolytic preparation and the ozone annealing are discussed

  18. Pyrolitic citrate synthesis and ozone annealing

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    A pyrolytic procedure that via a citrate synthesis allowed to obtain very fine grained YBCO powders that, after a first furnace thermal treatment in ozone, result already to contain a large amount of superconducting microcystals is described. A second identical thermal treatment gives a final product strongly textured, as shown by magnetic torque measurements. Complementary structural and diamagnetic measurements show the high quality of these sintered pellets. The role covered by both the pyrolytic preparation and the ozone annealing are discussed

  19. Using Simulated Annealing to Factor Numbers

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    Altschuler, Eric Lewin; Williams, Timothy J.

    2014-01-01

    Almost all public secure communication relies on the inability to factor large numbers. There is no known analytic or classical numeric method to rapidly factor large numbers. Shor[1] has shown that a quantum computer can factor numbers in polynomial time but there is no practical quantum computer that can yet do such computations. We show that a simulated annealing[2] approach can be adapted to find factors of large numbers.

  20. Laser-annealing of thin semiconductor films

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    Boneberg, Johannes; Nedelcu, Johann; Bucher, Ernst; Leiderer, Paul

    1994-01-01

    Optical reflectivity and transmissivity measurements have been used to investigate the dynamics of melting and recrystallisation of thin films of Si and Ge after laser-annealing with a ns Nd:YAG-laser pulse. We report on temperature dependent changes of the reflectivity of the liquid phase above and below the melting point and on various nucleation and solidification scenarios in thin film, depending on the energy density of the amding laser.

  1. Reduced-Complexity Deterministic Annealing for Vector Quantizer Design

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    Ortega Antonio

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a reduced-complexity deterministic annealing (DA approach for vector quantizer (VQ design by using soft information processing with simplified assignment measures. Low-complexity distributions are designed to mimic the Gibbs distribution, where the latter is the optimal distribution used in the standard DA method. These low-complexity distributions are simple enough to facilitate fast computation, but at the same time they can closely approximate the Gibbs distribution to result in near-optimal performance. We have also derived the theoretical performance loss at a given system entropy due to using the simple soft measures instead of the optimal Gibbs measure. We use thederived result to obtain optimal annealing schedules for the simple soft measures that approximate the annealing schedule for the optimal Gibbs distribution. The proposed reduced-complexity DA algorithms have significantly improved the quality of the final codebooks compared to the generalized Lloyd algorithm and standard stochastic relaxation techniques, both with and without the pairwise nearest neighbor (PNN codebook initialization. The proposed algorithms are able to evade the local minima and the results show that they are not sensitive to the choice of the initial codebook. Compared to the standard DA approach, the reduced-complexity DA algorithms can operate over 100 times faster with negligible performance difference. For example, for the design of a 16-dimensional vector quantizer having a rate of 0.4375 bit/sample for Gaussian source, the standard DA algorithm achieved 3.60 dB performance in 16 483 CPU seconds, whereas the reduced-complexity DA algorithm achieved the same performance in 136 CPU seconds. Other than VQ design, the DA techniques are applicable to problems such as classification, clustering, and resource allocation.

  2. Preparation of standard mixtures of gas hydrocarbons in air by the diffusion dilution method

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    An original diffusion system able to produce continuously gaseous samples is described. This system can generate samples with concentrations of benzene in air from 0.1 to 1 ppm a reproducible way. The diffusion dilution method used Is also studied. The use of this diffusion system has been extended to the preparation of binary mixtures (benzene-toluene). Whit a secondary dilution device is possible preparing these mixtures over a wide range of concentrations (0.11 to 0.04 ppm for benzene and 0.06 to 0.02 for toluene). (Author) 7 refs

  3. Globules of annealed amphiphilic copolymers: Surface structure and interactions

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    Jarkova, E.; Johner, A.; Maresov, E. A.; Semenov, A. N.

    2006-12-01

    A mean-field theory of globules of random amphiphilic copolymers in selective solvents is developed for the case of an annealed copolymer sequence: each unit can be in one of two states, H (insoluble) or P (soluble or less insoluble). The study is focussed on the regime when H and P units tend to form long blocks, and when P units dominate in the dilute phase, but are rare in the globule core. A first-order coil-to-globule transition is predicted at some T = Tcg. The globule core density at the transition point increases as the affinity of P units to the solvent, tildeɛ, is increased. Two collapse transitions, coil → “loose” globule and “loose” globule → “dense” globule, are predicted if tildeɛ is high enough and P units are marginally soluble or weakly insoluble. H and P concentration profiles near the globule surface are obtained and analyzed in detail. It is shown that the surface excess of P units rises as tildeɛ is increased. The surface tension decreases in parallel. Considering the interaction between close enough surfaces of two globules, we show that they always attract each other at a complete equilibrium. It is pointed out, however, that such equilibrium may be difficult to reach, so that partially equilibrium structures (defined by the condition that a chain forming one globule does not penetrate into the core of the other globule) are relevant. It is shown that at such partial equilibrium the interaction is repulsive, so the globules may be stabilized from aggregation. The strongest repulsion is predicted at the coil-to-globule transition point Tcg: the repulsion force decreases with the distance between the surfaces according to a power law. In the general case (apart from Tcg) the force vs. distance decay becomes exponential; the decay length ξ diverges as T → Tcg. The developed theory explains certain anomalous properties observed for globules of amphiphilic homopolymers.

  4. Combustion of hythane diluted with CO2

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    Hraiech Ibtissem

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available With increasing concern about energy shortage and environmental protection, improving engine fuel economy and reducing exhaust emissions have become major research topics in combustion and engine development. Hythane (a blend of hydrogen H2 and natural gas NG has generated a significant interest as an alternative fuel for the future. This paper describes an experimental study of the effects of CO2 addition on the stability of a turbulent jet diffusion NG-H2 flame. The mole fraction of hydrogen (% H2 in NG-H2 mixture was varied from 0% to 50%. The equivalence ratio of the hythane/CO2/air mixture was kept at stoichiometry. The results show that the lift-off height increases with the addition of CO2 at various % H2 content in hythane. However, we observe that with 20% H2, we can obtain a stable flame diluted with 40% CO2, while for 0% H2, the flame is blown out above 20% CO2. This means that the limits of flame blowing out are pushed with the additions of H2. Moreover, the results show that for %H2 content in NG-H2 fuel up to 10%, the addition of CO2 could produce lifted flame if the % CO2 is low. At higher % CO2 dilution, flame would remain attached until blow-out. This is mainly due to the fact that the dilution leads to ejection velocities very high but reactivity of the mixture does not change so the flame tends to stretch.

  5. Analyses of PWR boron dilution consequences with the Arrotta code

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    Johanson, E.; Cheng, H.W.; Sehgal, B.R. [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Div. of Nuclear Power Safety

    1998-03-01

    During the past few years, major attention has been paid to analyzing the issue of reactivity initiated accidents (RIAs), of which the boron dilution event is of very special interest to the countries having pressurized water reactors (PWRs) in their nuclear power delivery systems. The scenario considered is that if an inadvertent accumulation of boron free water in one loop during reactor startup operations of a PWR and the inadvertent startup of the reactor coolant pump (RCP) in the loop. This could then lead to a rapid boron dilution in the core, which can in turn give rise to a power excursion. This report is devoted to studying the potential physical and thermal hydraulic consequences of a slug of diluted coolant entering the core after one RCP start under a couple of postulated cases. The severity of the consequences of such a scenario is primarily determined by the amount of positive reactivity insertion, and they are also related to the reactivity insertion rate. Therefore, in the report, detailed calculations and analyses have been carried out from case to case by using the well-known space-time kinetics code, ARROTTA. As a result, the spatial distribution for nodal power, fuel enthalpy, fuel temperature and clad outside temperature as well as the change in core reactivity, total core power and peak fuel temperature can be provided. In general, the maximum fuel enthalpy, peak fuel temperature, and clad outside temperature, for all the cases considered in the report, do not exceed their respective routine safety limitations because of the strong Doppler effect and moderator temperature feedback, except if the safety limitations on fuel enthalpy addition for high burnup fuel are drastically reduced.

  6. Numerical simulation and optimization of red mud separation thickener with self-dilute feed

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    周天; 李茂; 周谦; 周孑民

    2014-01-01

    In order to acquire the flow pattern and investigate the settling behavior of the red mud in the separation thickener, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), custom subroutines and agglomerates settling theory were employed to simulate the three-dimensional flow field in an industrial scale thickener with the introduction of a self-dilute feed system. The simulation results show good agreement with the measurement onsite and the flow patterns of the thickener are presented and discussed on both velocity and concentration field. Optimization experiments on feed well and self-dilute system were also carried out, and indicate that the optimal thickener system can dilute the solid concentration in feed well from 110 g/L to 86 g/L which would help the agglomerates’ formation and improve the red mud settling speed. Furthermore, the additional power of recirculation pump can be saved and flocculants dosage was reduced from 105g/t to 85g/t in the operation.

  7. High Temperature Annealing Studies on the Piezoelectric Properties of Thin Aluminum Nitride Films

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    R. Farrell; V. R. Pagan; A. Kabulski; Sridhar Kuchibhatl; J. Harman; K. R. Kasarla; L. E. Rodak; P. Famouri; J. Peter Hensel; D. Korakakis

    2008-05-01

    A Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) system was used to anneal sputtered and MOVPE grown Aluminum Nitride (AlN) thin films at temperatures up to 1000°C in ambient and controlled environments. According to Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDAX), the films annealed in an ambient environment rapidly oxidize after five minutes at 1000°C. Below 1000°C the films oxidized linearly as a function of annealing temperature which is consistent with what has been reported in literature [1]. Laser Doppler Vibrometry (LDV) was used to measure the piezoelectric coefficient, d33, of these films. Films annealed in an ambient environment had a weak piezoelectric response indicating that oxidation on the surface of the film reduces the value of d33. A high temperature furnace has been built that is capable of taking in-situ measurements of the piezoelectric response of AlN films. In-situ d33 measurements are recorded up to 300°C for both sputtered and MOVPE-grown AlN thin films. The measured piezoelectric response appears to increase with temperature up to 300°C possibly due to stress in the film.

  8. High Temperature Annealing Studies on the Piezoelectric Properties of Thin Aluminum Nitride Films

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    Farrell, R.; Pagan, V.R.; Kabulski, A.; Kuchibhatla, S.; Harman, J.; Kasarla, K.R.; Rodak, L.E.; Hensel, J.P.; Famouri, P.; Korakakis, D.

    2008-01-01

    A Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) system was used to anneal sputtered and MOVPE-grown Aluminum Nitride (AlN) thin films at temperatures up to 1000°C in ambient and controlled environments. According to Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDAX), the films annealed in an ambient environment rapidly oxidize after five minutes at 1000°C. Below 1000°C the films oxidized linearly as a function of annealing temperature which is consistent with what has been reported in literature [1]. Laser Doppler Vibrometry (LDV) was used to measure the piezoelectric coefficient, d33, of these films. Films annealed in an ambient environment had a weak piezoelectric response indicating that oxidation on the surface of the film reduces the value of d33. A high temperature furnace has been built that is capable of taking in-situ measurements of the piezoelectric response of AlN films. In-situ d33 measurements are recorded up to 300°C for both sputtered and MOVPE-grown AlN thin films. The measured piezoelectric response appears to increase with temperature up to 300°C possibly due to stress in the film.

  9. Effects of photoassisted O2 annealing on the properties of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films

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    A photoassisted O2 annealing method is proposed to anneal (Ba0.75Sr0.25)TiO3 thin films grown by rf magnetron sputtering. A deuterium lamp, which emits strong ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet light, was used as the light source of our photoassisted O2 annealing system. It was found that we could achieve a leakage current density lower than 3x10-8 A/cm2 at 2 V and a dielectric constant, ε, as high as 158.6 by annealing (Ba0.75Sr0.25)TiO3 thin films in this system at 650 deg. C for 2 h

  10. Annealing of GaN under high pressure of nitrogen

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    Porowski, S; Kolesnikov, D; Lojkowski, W; Jager, V; Jäger, W; Bogdanov, V; Suski, T; Krukowski, S

    2002-01-01

    Gallium nitride, aluminum nitride and indium nitride are basic materials for blue optoelectronic devices. The essential part of the technology of these devices is annealing at high temperatures. Thermodynamic properties of the Ga-N system and their consequences to application of high nitrogen pressure for the annealing of GaN based materials are summarized. The diffusion of Zn, Mg and Au in high dislocation density heteroepitaxial GaN/Al sub 2 O sub 3 layers will be compared with the diffusion in dislocation-free GaN single crystals and homoepitaxial layers. It will be shown that high dislocation density can drastically change the diffusion rates, which strongly affects the performance of nitride devices. Inter-diffusion of Al, Ga and In in AlGaN/GaN and InGaN/GaN quantum well (QW) structures will be also considered. It will be shown that in contrast to stability of metal contacts, which is strongly influenced by dislocations, the inter-diffusion of group III atoms in QW structures is not affected strongly by...

  11. Simulated annealing to handle energy and ancillary services joint management considering electric vehicles

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    Sousa, Tiago M; Soares, Tiago; Morais, Hugo;

    2016-01-01

    The massive use of distributed generation and electric vehicles will lead to a more complex management of the power system, requiring new approaches to be used in the optimal resource scheduling field. Electric vehicles with vehicle-to-grid capability can be useful for the aggregator players...... in the mitigation of renewable sources intermittency and in the ancillary services procurement. In this paper, an energy and ancillary services joint management model is proposed. A simulated annealing approach is used to solve the joint management for the following day, considering the minimization...... of the aggregator total operation costs. The case study considers a distribution network with 33-bus, 66 distributed generation and 2000 electric vehicles. The proposed simulated annealing is matched with a deterministic approach allowing an effective and efficient comparison. The simulated annealing presents...

  12. Study of annealing effects in In–Sb bilayer thin films

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    R K Mangal; Y K Vijay

    2007-04-01

    The thin films of In–Sb having different thicknesses of antimony keeping constant thickness of indium was deposited by thermal evaporation method on ITO coated conducting glass substrates at room temperature and a pressure of 10-5 torr. The samples were annealed for 1 h at 433 K at a pressure of 10-5 torr. The optical transmission spectra of as deposited and annealed films have been carried out at room temperature. The variation in optical band gap with thickness was also observed. Rutherford back scattering and X-ray diffraction analysis confirms mixing of bilayer system. The transverse – characteristic shows mixing effect after annealing at 433 K for 1 h. This study confirms mixing of bilayer structure of semiconductor thin films.

  13. Thermal annealing induced structural and optical properties of Se72Te25In3 thin films

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    Pathak, H. P.; Shukla, Nitesh; Kumar, Vipin; Dwivedi, D. K.

    2016-05-01

    Thin films of a- Se72Te25In3 were prepared by vacuum evaporation technique in a base pressure of 10-6 Torr on to well cleaned glass substrate. a-Se72Te25In3 thin films were annealed at different temperatures below their crystallization temperatures for 2h. The structural analysis of the films has been investigated using X-ray diffraction technique. The optical absorption spectra of these films were measured in the wavelength range 400-1100 nm in order to derive the absorption coefficient of these films. The optical band gap of as prepared and annealed films as a function of photon energy has been studied. It has been found that the optical band gap decreases with increasing annealing temperatures in the present system.

  14. Optimal actuator placement on an active reflector using a modified simulated annealing technique

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    Kuo, Chin-Po; Bruno, Robin

    1991-01-01

    The development of a lightweight actuation system for maintaining the surface accuracy of a composite honeycomb panel using piezoelectric actuators is discussed. A modified simulated annealing technique is used to optimize the problem with both combinatorial and continuous criteria and with inequality constraints. Near optimal solutions for the location of the actuators, using combinatorial optimization, and for the required actuator forces, employing continuous optimization, are sought by means of the modified simulated annealing technique. The actuator locations are determined by first seeking a near optimum solution using the modified simulated annealing technique. The final actuator configuration consists of an arrangement wherein the piezoelectric actuators are placed along six radial lines. Numerical results showing the achievable surface correction by means of this configuration are presented.

  15. Annealing Behaviour of Helium Bubbles in Titanium Films by Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy and Positron Beam Analysis

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    LIU Chao-Zhuo; ZHOU Zhu-Ying; SHI Li-Qun; WANG Bao-Yi; HAO Xiao-Peng; ZHAO Guo-Qing

    2007-01-01

    @@ Helium-containing Ti films are prepared using magnetron sputtering in the helium-argon atmosphere. Isochronal annealing at different temperatures for an hour is employed to reveal the behaviour of helium bubble growth. Ion beam analysis is used to measure the retained helium content. Helium can release largely when annealing above 970 K. A thermal helium desorption spectroscopy system is constructed for assessment of the evolution of helium bubbles in the annealed samples by linear heating (0.4K/s) from room temperature to 1500K. Also, Doppler broadening measurements of positron annihilation radiation spectrum are performed by using changeable energy positron beam. Bubble coarsening evolves gradually below 680K, migration and coalescence of small bubbles dominates in the range of 680-970K, and the Ostwald ripening mechanism enlarges the bubbles with a massive release above 970K.

  16. Relaxation of enthalpy fluctuations during sub-T(g) annealing of glassy selenium.

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    Gulbiten, Ozgur; Mauro, John C; Lucas, Pierre

    2013-06-28

    The relaxation behavior of glass is influenced by the presence of dynamical heterogeneities, which lead to an intrinsically non-monotonic decay of fluctuations in density and enthalpy during isothermal annealing. This is apparently a universal feature of fragile glass forming systems associated with localized spatial variations in relaxation time. Here we present direct experimental observation of the nonmonotonic evolution of enthalpy fluctuations in glassy selenium annealed near room temperature. The nonmonotonic change in the distribution of enthalpy fluctuations measured by heat capacity spectroscopy offers direct evidence for the presence of dynamical heterogeneity in this glass. An enthalpy landscape model of selenium is then used to simulate annealing under identical conditions. The simulation results closely follow the evolution of enthalpy fluctuations observed experimentally. The close match between model and experiment demonstrate that enthalpy and density fluctuations are sources of dynamical heterogeneities in glassy materials.

  17. Optimal design of hydraulic manifold blocks based on niching genetic simulated annealing algorithm

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    Jia Chunqiang; Yu Ling; Tian Shujun; Gao Yanming

    2007-01-01

    To solve the combinatorial optimization problem of outer layout and inner connection integrated schemes in the design of hydraulic manifold blocks(HMB),a hybrid genetic simulated annealing algorithm based on niche technology is presented.This hybrid algorithm,which combines genetic algorithm,simulated annealing algorithm and niche technology,has a strong capability in global and local search,and all extrema can be found in a short time without strict requests for preferences.For the complex restricted solid spatial layout problems in HMB,the optimizing mathematical model is presented.The key technologies in the integrated layout and connection design of HMB,including the realization of coding,annealing operation and genetic operation,are discussed.The framework of HMB optimal design system based on hybrid optimization strategy is proposed.An example is given to testify the effectiveness and feasibility of the algorithm.

  18. Preparation and Luminescence Properties of Y2O3:Eu3+ Nanorods via Post Annealing Process

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    2006-01-01

    Yttrium oxide doped with europium has a great prospective for FED and PDP phosphor application. In present study, the precursor of yttrium oxide hydroxide nitrate nanorod, which was prepared via hydrothermal reaction route using PEG-6000 as template from the starting Y(NO3)3 and KOH reactant system, was used to prepare Y2O3:Eu3+ nanorod via a post annealing process during which the precursor with adjustable shape and size was transformed to final Y2O3:Eu3+ product. XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and photoluminescence spectra (PL) were used to characterize the crystalline, morphology and luminescence properties of as-formed Y2O3:Eu3+ products synthesized at different post annealing temperatures, respectively. The results indicate that grain morphology of obtained Y2O3:Eu3+ product was nanorod with a mean diameter of about 40~60 nm and length of about 500~700 nm, the nanorod structure and morphology of obtained Y2O3:Eu3+ product maintained during post annealing process and the size varied slightly with different annealing temperatures. Pure cubic Y2O3:Eu3+ phase was formed and the size was the smallest at annealing treatment of 500 ℃. Under the annealing temperature below 500 ℃ its diameter increased with increasing annealing temperature, and remained in a stable size when the annealing temperature was above 500 ℃. The PL spectra of excitation spectra of Y2O3:Eu3+ product show that it exhibits excitation band located at about 395 and 468 nm, respectively. Above two excitation bands could be ascribed to the transition 4f-4f of Eu3+ ions in the Y2O3 host. On the other hand, the main emission peaks of the as-prepared products could be ascribed to the Eu3+ ions transition from 5D0 to 7F2. Furthermore, the luminescent intensity was improved about three times when the annealing temperature increased from 500 to 1000 ℃.

  19. Insights into fractal feature evolution from Au/Ge thin films after annealing

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    Chen, Z.W.; Zhang, S.Y.; Tan, S.; Hou, J.G. [Structure Research Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, Anhui (China); Wu, Z.Q. [Fundamental Physics Center, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, Anhui (China)

    2004-03-01

    We report a perplexing behavior of fractal shape transition that results from a change in the annealing temperature and time or the film thickness ratio. We find that a compact-to-open fractal shape transition can be induced by increasing the annealing temperature and time or decreasing the thickness ratio of the Au and Ge films. This behavior is not completely consistent with what is predicted by theories based on diffusion-limited aggregation and previous experimental observations. In this new system, we find that fractal shape transitions are truly dominated by the random-successive nucleation and growth mechanism. (orig.)

  20. Nonthermal plasma assisted photocatalytic oxidation of dilute benzene

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    J Karuppiah; E Linga Reddy; L Sivachandiran; R Karvembu; Ch Subrahmanyam

    2012-07-01

    Oxidative decomposition of low concentrations (50-1000 ppm) of diluted benzene in air was carried out in a nonthermal plasma (NTP) dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor with the inner electrode made up of stainless steel fibres (SMF) modified with transition metal oxides in such a way to integrate the catalyst in discharge zone. Typical results indicate the better performance of MnO and TiO2/MnO modified systems, which may be attributed to the in situ decomposition of ozone on the surface of MnO that may lead to the formation of atomic oxygen; whereas ultraviolet light induced photocatalytic oxidation may be taking place with TiO2 modified systems. Water vapour improved the selectivity to total oxidation.

  1. Criteria for the evaluation of a dilute decontamination demonstration

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    FitzPatrick, V.F.; Divine, J.R.; Hoenes, G.R.; Munson, L.F.; Card, C.J.

    1981-12-01

    This document provides the prerequisite technical information required to evaluate and/or develop a project to demonstrate the dilute chemical decontamination of the primary coolant system of light water reactors. The document focuses on five key areas: the basis for establishing programmatic prerequisites and the key decision points that are required for proposal evaluation and/or RFP (Request for Proposal) issuance; a technical review of the state-of-the-art to identify the potential impacts of a reactor's primary-system decontamination on typical BWR and PWR plants; a discussion of the licensing, recertification, fuel warranty, and institutional considerations and processes; a preliminary identification and development of the selection criteria for the reactor and the decontamination process; and a preliminary identification of further research and development that might be required.

  2. Criteria for the evaluation of a dilute decontamination demonstration

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    This document provides the prerequisite technical information required to evaluate and/or develop a project to demonstrate the dilute chemical decontamination of the primary coolant system of light water reactors. The document focuses on five key areas: the basis for establishing programmatic prerequisites and the key decision points that are required for proposal evaluation and/or RFP (Request for Proposal) issuance; a technical review of the state-of-the-art to identify the potential impacts of a reactor's primary-system decontamination on typical BWR and PWR plants; a discussion of the licensing, recertification, fuel warranty, and institutional considerations and processes; a preliminary identification and development of the selection criteria for the reactor and the decontamination process; and a preliminary identification of further research and development that might be required

  3. Annealing texture of nanostructured IF steel

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    In the present work, the evolution of annealing texture in nanostructured interstitial free steel fabricated via accumulative roll bonding (ARB) process was investigated. Textural evolution after post-annealing of ARB-processed samples was evaluated using X-ray diffraction. There were several texture transitions in the γ-fiber and ζ-fiber during ARB and post-annealing treatment. It was found that with increasing the number of ARB cycles, the volume fraction of the low angle grain boundary decreased and the high angle grain boundary fraction increased. Also, the shear texture was dominant after the first cycle, while for other samples, the rolling texture was dominant. The one-cycle sample clearly indicated a weak α-fiber and γ-fiber and a relatively strong ζ-fiber. In addition, during the recrystallization and before the grain growth, the intensity of α-fiber and γ-fiber decreased, the intensity of ζ-fiber increased, and the intensity of (011)〈100〉 orientation in the ε-fiber and η-fiber increased. Moreover, it was concluded that the transition from the rolling texture to the shear one was a sign of occurrence of the recrystallization (before the grain growth). Finally, with increasing the number of ARB cycles, the intensity of rolling and shear textures saturated and a stable texture formed. - Highlights: • There were texture transitions in the γ-fiber and ζ-fiber. • When the number of cycles increased, the low angle grain boundaries decreased. • The shear texture was dominant after the first cycle. • Transition from rolling texture to shear one was a sign of recrystallization. • With increasing the number of ARB cycles, a stable texture formed

  4. Behaviour of Charge Carriers in As-Deposited and Annealed Undoped TCO Films

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    ZHOU Yan-Wen; WU Fa-Yu; ZHENG Chun-Yan

    2011-01-01

    We examine the structures, cut-off points of transmittance spectra and electric properties of undoped ZnO, SnO2 and CdO films by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, spectrophotometer and Hall-effect measurements, respectively. The films are deposited by using an rf magnetron sputtering system from powder targets in argon and then annealed in vacuum. The structures and properties of the as-deposited films are compared with those of the annealed one. We try to explain the behaviour of charge carriers based on the semiconductor physics theory.%We examine the structures,cut-off points of transmittance spectra and electric properties of undoped ZnO,SnO2 and CdO films by scanning electron microscopy,x-ray diffraction,spectrophotometer and Hall-effect measurements,respectively.The films are deposited by using an rf magnetron sputtering system from powder targets in argon and then annealed in vacuum.The structures and properties of the as-deposited films are compared with those of the annealed one.We try to explain the behaviour of charge carriers based on the semiconductor physics Many studies about transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films have focused on the effects of deposition techniques,post-annealing parameters and dopants on the optical and electrical properties of the films.[1-11] It is believed that the microstructure and the charge carrier are the two key factors for the control of the electrical properties of TCO films.The integration of the crystals,which normally can be improved by post annealing treatment,may affect the mobility of charge carriers and hence the electrical properties of TCO films.

  5. Homeopathic and high dilution preparations for pest management to tomato crop under organic production system Manejo fitossanitário do tomateiro com uso de preparados homeopáticos e altas diluições sob sistema orgânico de produção

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    Tatiani A Modolon

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Tomato crops (Solanum lycopersicum under conventional production system are constantly treated against pest and diseases, with organic synthetic pesticides that are used may cause serious disturbance to environment and human health. This research was carried out in order to study the effect of homeopathic and high dilution preparations on pests and diseases management of tomato crop under organic production system. Two experiments were conducted under field conditions and one in greenhouse. All of them in randomized block design with the cultivar Santa Cruz Kada. The treatments consisted of homeopathic preparations Staphysagria, Arsenicum album, Sulphur, Arnica montana, high dilution preparations of Solanum lycopersicum and Solanum aculeatissimum, at the decimal (DH or centesimal (CH scale of hahnemanian high dilution. Bordeaux mixture, cupric preparation, and Bacillus thuringiensis were also included in weight doses. The preparation Arnica montana 12DH increased the tomato yield under field conditions. The damage incidence of small borer was efficiently reduced with applications of Sulphur 12CH that equalling to B. thuringiensis. The same treatment did not reduce the large borers. B. thuringiensis reduced also the septoria leaf spot incidence in the field. In greenhouse, the high dilution preparation of tomato at 12DH completely suppressed the septoria leaf spot and drastically reduced the same disease at 24DH. The homeopathic and high dilution preparations have the potential to be effective on replacing pesticides that are used on tomato, and could be suitable to fill legal requirement for organic production system.O tomateiro (Solanum lycopersicum sob sistema de produção convencional está constantemente sujeito a pragas e doenças, os pesticidas orgânicos sintéticos que são usados podem causar graves perturbações ao meio ambiente e à saúde humana. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de preparados homeopáticos e altas

  6. EDITORIAL: Focus on Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors FOCUS ON DILUTE MAGNETIC SEMICONDUCTORS

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    Chambers, Scott A.; Gallagher, Bryan

    2008-05-01

    This focus issue of New Journal of Physics is devoted to the materials science of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). A DMS is traditionally defined as a diamagnetic semiconductor doped with a few to several atomic per cent of some transition metal with unpaired d electrons. Several kinds of dopant-dopant interactions can in principle couple the dopant spins leading to a ferromagnetic ground state in a dilute magnetic system. These include superexchange, which occurs principally in oxides and only between dopants with one intervening oxygen, and double exchange, in which dopants of different formal charges exchange an electron. In both of these mechanisms, the ferromagnetic alignment is not critically dependent on free carriers in the host semiconductor because exchange occurs via bonds. A third mechanism, discovered in the last few years, involves electrons associated with lattice defects that can apparently couple dopant spins. This mechanism is not well understood. Finally, the most desirable mechanism is carrier-mediated exchange interaction in which the dopant spins are coupled by itinerant electrons or holes in the host semiconductor. This mechanism introduces a fundamental link between magnetic and electrical transport properties and offers the possibility of new spintronic functionalities. In particular electrical gate control of ferromagnetism and the use of spin polarized currents to carry signals for analog and digital applications. The spin light emitting diode is a prototypical device of this kind that has been extensively used to characterize the extent of spin polarization in the active light emitting semiconductor heterostructure. The prototypical carrier mediated ferromagnetic DMS is Mn-doped GaAs. This and closely related narrow gap III-V materials have been very extensively studied. Their properties are generally quite well understood and they have led to important insights into fundamental properties of ferromagnetic systems with strong spin

  7. Simulated annealing and joint manufacturing batch-sizing

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    Sarker Ruhul

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available We address an important problem of a manufacturing system. The system procures raw materials from outside suppliers in a lot and processes them to produce finished goods. It proposes an ordering policy for raw materials to meet the requirements of a production facility. In return, this facility has to deliver finished products demanded by external buyers at fixed time intervals. First, a general cost model is developed considering both raw materials and finished products. Then this model is used to develop a simulated annealing approach to determining an optimal ordering policy for procurement of raw materials and also for the manufacturing batch size to minimize the total cost for meeting customer demands in time. The solutions obtained were compared with those of traditional approaches. Numerical examples are presented. .

  8. Error correction for encoded quantum annealing

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    Pastawski, Fernando; Preskill, John

    2016-05-01

    Recently, W. Lechner, P. Hauke, and P. Zoller [Sci. Adv. 1, e1500838 (2015), 10.1126/sciadv.1500838] have proposed a quantum annealing architecture, in which a classical spin glass with all-to-all pairwise connectivity is simulated by a spin glass with geometrically local interactions. We interpret this architecture as a classical error-correcting code, which is highly robust against weakly correlated bit-flip noise, and we analyze the code's performance using a belief-propagation decoding algorithm. Our observations may also apply to more general encoding schemes and noise models.

  9. Binary Sparse Phase Retrieval via Simulated Annealing

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    Wei Peng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the Simulated Annealing Sparse PhAse Recovery (SASPAR algorithm for reconstructing sparse binary signals from their phaseless magnitudes of the Fourier transform. The greedy strategy version is also proposed for a comparison, which is a parameter-free algorithm. Sufficient numeric simulations indicate that our method is quite effective and suggest the binary model is robust. The SASPAR algorithm seems competitive to the existing methods for its efficiency and high recovery rate even with fewer Fourier measurements.

  10. Static Security Enhancement and Loss Minimization Using Simulated Annealing

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    A.Y. Abdelaziz

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a developed algorithm for optimal placement of thyristor controlled series capacitors (TCSC’s for enhancing the power system static security and minimizing the system overall power loss. Placing TCSC’s at selected branches requires analysis of the system behavior under all possible contingencies. A selective procedure to determine the locations and settings of the thyristor controlled series capacitors is presented. The locations are determined by evaluating contingency sensitivity index (CSI for a given power system branch for a given number of contingencies. This criterion is then used to develop branches prioritizing index in order to rank the system branches possible for placement of the thyristor controlled series capacitors. Optimal settings of TCSC’s are determined by the optimization technique of simulated annealing (SA, where settings are chosen to minimize the overall power system losses. The goal of the developed methodology is to enhance power system static security by alleviating/eliminating overloads on the transmission lines and maintaining the voltages at all load buses within their specified limits through the optimal placement and setting of TCSC’s under single and double line outage network contingencies. The proposed algorithm is examined using different IEEE standard test systems to shown its superiority in enhancing the system static security and minimizing the system losses.

  11. Tunnel backfill erosion by dilute water

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    The goal was to estimate smectite release from tunnel backfill due to dilute groundwater pulse during post glacial conditions. The plan was to apply VTT's two different implementations (BESWD and BESWS) of well-known model of Neretnieks et al. (2009). It appeared difficult to produce repeatable results using this model in COMSOL 4.2 environment, therefore a semi-analytical approximate approach was applied, which enabled to take into account both different geometry and smectite content in tunnel backfill as compared to buffer case. The results are quite similar to buffer results due to the decreasing effect of smaller smectite content and the increasing effect of larger radius. (orig.)

  12. Stable isotope dilution assays in mycotoxin analysis

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    Rychlik, Michael; Asam, Stefan [Universitaet Muenchen, Lehrstuhl fuer Lebensmittelchemie der Technischen, Garching (Germany)

    2008-01-15

    The principle and applications of stable isotope dilution assays (SIDAs) in mycotoxin analysis are critically reviewed. The general section includes historical aspects of SIDAs, the prerequisites and limitations of the use of stable isotopically labelled internal standards, and possible calibration procedures. In the application section actual SIDAs for the analysis of trichothecenes, zearalenone, fumonisins, patulin, and ochratoxin A are presented. The syntheses and availability of labelled mycotoxins for use as internal standards is reviewed and specific advances in food analysis and toxicology are demonstrated. The review indicates that LC-MS applications, in particular, require the use of stable isotopically labelled standards to compensate for losses during clean-up and for discrimination due to ion suppression. As the commercial availability of these compounds continues to increase, SIDAs can be expected to find expanding use in mycotoxin analysis. (orig.)

  13. Ultrafast magnetization dynamics in diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Morandi, O [INRIA Nancy Grand-Est and Institut de Recherche en Mathematiques Avancees, 7 rue Rene Descartes, F-67084 Strasbourg (France); Hervieux, P-A; Manfredi, G [Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg, 23 rue du Loess, F-67037 Strasbourg (France)], E-mail: morandi@dipmat.univpm.it

    2009-07-15

    We present a dynamical model that successfully explains the observed time evolution of the magnetization in diluted magnetic semiconductor quantum wells after weak laser excitation. Based on the pseudo-fermion formalism and a second-order many-particle expansion of the exact p-d exchange interaction, our approach goes beyond the usual mean-field approximation. It includes both the sub-picosecond demagnetization dynamics and the slower relaxation processes that restore the initial ferromagnetic order in a nanosecond timescale. In agreement with experimental results, our numerical simulations show that, depending on the value of the initial lattice temperature, a subsequent enhancement of the total magnetization may be observed within the timescale of a few hundred picoseconds.

  14. Anisotropic pseudopotential for polarized dilute quantum gases

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    An anisotropic pseudopotential arising in the context of collisions of two particles polarized by an external field is rigorously derived and its properties are investigated. Such a low-energy pseudopotential may be useful in describing collective properties of dilute quantum gases, such as molecules polarized by an electric field or metastable 3P2 atoms polarized by a magnetic field. The pseudopotential is expressed in terms of the reactance (K) matrix and derivatives of the Dirac δ function. In most applications, it may be represented as a sum of a traditional spherically symmetric contact term and an anisotropic part. The former contribution may be parametrized by a generalized scattering length. The anisotropic part of the pseudopotential may be characterized by the off-diagonal scattering length for dipolar interactions and off-diagonal scattering volume for quadrupolar interactions. The two-body matrix element of the pseudopotential in a basis of plane waves is also derived

  15. Mechanisms of urine concentration and dilution (1961)

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    This paper is devoted to the analysis of a problem in the field of renal physiology which has shown many new developments during the course of the last few years. The following are treated successively: a) the data obtained from measurements of free water clearance and their interpretation; b) the data provided by nephron morphology and the comparative anatomy of the kidney ; c) the data relative to the existence of an intrarenal osmotic gradient; d) the principle of concentration multiplication by a counter current technique; e) the present day theory of counter current concentration of urine, and f) the physiological check on dilution and concentration mechanisms in urine. Lastly, the advantages of the modern theory and the unknown factors which remain are discussed. (authors)

  16. Shock waves in a dilute granular gas

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    Reddy, M. H. Lakshminarayana; Ansumali, Santosh; Alam, Meheboob

    2014-12-01

    We study the evolution of shock waves in a dilute granular gas which is modelled using three variants of hydrodynamic equations: Euler, 10-moment and 14-moment models. The one-dimensional shock-wave problem is formulated and the resulting equations are solved numerically using a relaxation-type scheme. Focusing on the specific case of blast waves, the results on the density, the granular temperature, the skew temperature, the heat flux and the fourth moment are compared among three models. We find that the shock profiles are smoother for the 14-moment model compared to those predicted by the standard Euler equations. A shock-splitting phenomenon is observed in the skew granular temperature profiles for a blast wave.

  17. Optical processes in dilute nitrides Semiconductors; Alloys

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    Potter, R J

    2003-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the narrow bandgap semiconductor alloys known as dilute nitrides. The initial part of this project was concerned with characterisation of chemical beam epitaxy (CBE) grown samples so that growth techniques could be refined. Early samples show evidence of structural/compositional disorder resulting from the large miscibility gap induced by nitrogen. Non-equilibrium growth was employed to overcome this, eventually resulting in improved material. In the second part of this project, steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence, along with photomodulated reflectance were employed to investigate the optical properties of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) grown GalnNAs, GaNAs and InGaAs quantum wells (QWs). Low temperature results show evidence of carrier localization, which was interpreted in terms of structural/compositional fluctuations induced by the nitrogen incorporation. Poor photoluminescence efficiency and rapid decay of emission kinetics indicate the presence of strong non-radi...

  18. Influence of sputtering conditions on the optical and electrical properties of laser-annealed and wet-etched room temperature sputtered ZnO:Al thin films

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    Boukhicha, Rym, E-mail: rym.boukhicha@polytechnique.edu [CNRS, LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Charpentier, Coralie [CNRS, LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Total S and M — New Energies Division, R and D Division, Department of Solar Energies EN/BO/RD/SOL, Tour Michelet, 24 cours Michelet, La Défense 10, 92069 Paris La Défense Cedex (France); Prod' Homme, Patricia [Total S and M — New Energies Division, R and D Division, Department of Solar Energies EN/BO/RD/SOL, Tour Michelet, 24 cours Michelet, La Défense 10, 92069 Paris La Défense Cedex (France); Roca i Cabarrocas, Pere [CNRS, LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Lerat, Jean-François; Emeraud, Thierry [Photovoltaic Business Unit, Excico Group NV, Kempische Steenweg 305/2, B-3500 Hasselt (Belgium); Johnson, Erik [CNRS, LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France)

    2014-03-31

    We explore the influence of the sputtering deposition conditions on the outcome of an excimer laser anneal and chemical etching process with the goal of producing highly textured substrates for thin film silicon solar cells. Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering from a ceramic target at room temperature. The effects of the process pressure (0.11–1.2 Pa) and oxygen flow (0–2 sccm) on the optical and electrical properties of ZnO:Al thin films have been studied both before and after an excimer laser annealing treatment followed by a dilute HCl chemical etch. The as-deposited films varied from completely opaque to yellowish. Thin film laser annealing dramatically improves the optical properties of the most opaque thin films. After laser annealing at the optimum fluence, the average transmittance in the visible wavelength range was around 80% for most films, and reasonable electrical performance was obtained for the films deposited at lower pressures and without oxygen flux (7 Ω/□ for films of 1 μm). After etching, all films displayed a dramatic improvement in haze, but only the low pressure, low oxygen films retained acceptable electrical properties (< 11 Ω/□). - Highlights: • Al:ZnO thin films were deposited at room temperature. • The ZnO:Al films were excimer laser annealed and then wet-etched. • The optical and electrical properties were studied in details.

  19. Annealing-induced Ge/Si(100) island evolution

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    Ge/Si(100) islands were found to coarsen during in situ annealing at growth temperature. Islands were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy of pure Ge and annealed at substrate temperatures of T=450, 550, 600, and 650 deg. C, with Ge coverages of 6.5, 8.0, and 9.5 monolayers. Three coarsening mechanisms operate in this temperature range: wetting-layer consumption, conventional Ostwald ripening, and Si interdiffusion. For samples grown and annealed at T=450 deg. C, consumption of a metastably thick wetting layer causes rapid initial coarsening. Slower coarsening at longer annealing times occurs by conventional Ostwald ripening. Coarsening of samples grown and annealed at T=550 deg. C occurs via a combination of Si interdiffusion and conventional Ostwald ripening. For samples grown and annealed at T≥600 deg. C, Ostwald ripening of SiGe alloy clusters appears to be the dominant coarsening mechanism

  20. Microstructural evolution of ECAPed 1050 alloy under magnetic annealing

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    Cao, Yi-heng; Jia, Pin-feng; Wang, Kang; He, Li-zi; Wang, Ping; Cui, Jian-zhong

    2014-12-01

    Hardness and microstructure evolutions in 1050 aluminum alloy prepared by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) were investigated by hardness testing, optical microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy after samples were annealed at different temperatures for 1 h both in the absence and presence of a 12-T magnetic field. The results showed that the hardness of samples after magnetic annealing were lower than that of samples after normal annealing at 150-250°C, but it was higher than that of samples after normal annealing at >250°C. During annealing, the rate of softening was faster, and the grains were more homogeneous in 8-ECAPed samples than in 2-ECAPed samples. A rapid grain growth occurred when 2-ECAPed samples were annealed at high temperature (≥300°C). The magnetic field enhanced the mobility of dislocations and grain boundaries. A more homogeneous grain size was observed in samples prepared under an applied magnetic field.

  1. Study on thermal annealing of cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) crystals

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    Yang, G.; Bolotnikov, A.E.; Fochuk, P.M.; Camarda, G.S.; Cui, Y.; Hossain, A.; Kim, K.; Horace, J.; McCall, B.; Gul, R.; Xu, L.; Kopach, O.V.; and James, R.B.

    2010-08-01

    Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) has attracted increasing interest with its promising potential as a room-temperature nuclear-radiation-detector material. However, different defects in CZT crystals, especially Te inclusions and dislocations, can degrade the performance of CZT detectors. Post-growth annealing is a good approach potentially to eliminate the deleterious influence of these defects. At Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), we built up different facilities for investigating post-growth annealing of CZT. Here, we report our latest experimental results. Cd-vapor annealing reduces the density of Te inclusions, while large temperature gradient promotes the migration of small-size Te inclusions. Simultaneously, the annealing lowers the density of dislocations. However, only-Cd-vapor annealing decreases the resistivity, possibly reflecting the introduction of extra Cd in the lattice. Subsequent Te-vapor annealing is needed to ensure the recovery of the resistivity after removing the Te inclusions.

  2. Preparation and Thermal Characterization of Annealed Gold Coated Porous Silicon

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    Afarin Bahrami

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon (PSi layers were formed on a p-type Si wafer. Six samples were anodised electrically with a 30 mA/cm2 fixed current density for different etching times. The samples were coated with a 50–60 nm gold layer and annealed at different temperatures under Ar flow. The morphology of the layers, before and after annealing, formed by this method was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS measurements were carried out to measure the thermal diffusivity (TD of the PSi and Au/PSi samples. For the Au/PSi samples, the thermal diffusivity was measured before and after annealing to study the effect of annealing. Also to study the aging effect, a comparison was made between freshly annealed samples and samples 30 days after annealing.

  3. Dilution in a Dense Bottom Jet in Cross Currents

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    Petersen, O.; Larsen, Torben

    1998-01-01

    A 3-dimensional numerical model describing the dilution in the near field around dense vertical jets in a cross flow is formulated and validated against laboratory experiments. The validation shows that the model reproduces the flow pattern well, though the dilution is underestimated by 20%. The ...... model is applied to a case study where the dilution from two vertical jets at an angle in shallow water is described. It is demonstrated that a 20% increase in dilution is possible. It is concluded that the model may become a valuable tool in diffusor design.......A 3-dimensional numerical model describing the dilution in the near field around dense vertical jets in a cross flow is formulated and validated against laboratory experiments. The validation shows that the model reproduces the flow pattern well, though the dilution is underestimated by 20%. The...

  4. The role of particles annealing temperature on magnetorheological effect

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    Sedlačík, M.; Pavlínek, V.; Sáha, P.; Švrčinová, P. (Petra); Filip, P.

    2012-01-01

    The spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite (CoFe.sub.2./sub.O.sub.4./sub.) particles were prepared via a solgel method followed by the annealing process. Their structural, magnetic and magnetorheological (MR) properties depending upon the annealing temperature were investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the higher annealing temperature, the larger grain size of CoFe.sub.2./sub.O.sub.4./sub. particles resulting in larger magnetic domains in particles. The saturation magnetiz...

  5. The role of particles annealing temperature on magnetorheological effect

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    Sedlačík, M.; Pavlínek, V.; Sáha, P.; Švrčinová, P. (Petra); Filip, P.

    2011-01-01

    The spinel cobalt ferrite (CoFe.sub.2./sub.O.sub.4./sub.) nanoparticles were prepared via a sol-gel method followed by the annealing process. Their structural, magnetic and magnetorheological (MR) properties depending upon the annealing temperature were investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the higher annealing temperature, the larger grain size of CoFe.sub.2./sub.O.sub.4./sub. particles resulting in larger magnetic domains in particles. The saturation magnetization, dete...

  6. Tunneling through high energy barriers in simulated quantum annealing

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    Crosson, Elizabeth; Deng, Mingkai

    2014-01-01

    We analyze the performance of simulated quantum annealing (SQA) on an optimization problem for which simulated classical annealing (SA) is provably inefficient because of a high energy barrier. We present evidence that SQA can pass through this barrier to find the global minimum efficiently. This demonstrates the potential for SQA to inherit some of the advantages of quantum annealing (QA), since this problem has been previously shown to be efficiently solvable by quantum adiabatic optimization.

  7. Annealing-induced Grain Refinement in a Nanostructured Ferritic Steel

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    Limin Wang; Zhenbo Wangt; Sheng Guo; Ke Lu

    2012-01-01

    A nanostructured surface layer with a mean ferrite grain size of -8 nm was produced on a Fe-gCr steel by means of surface mechanical attrition treatment. Upon annealing, ferrite grains coarsen with increasing temperature and their sizes increase to -40 nm at 973 K. Further increasing annealing temperature leads to an obvious reduction of ferrite grain sizes, to -14 nm at 1173 K. The annealing-induced grain refinement is analyzed in terms of phase transformations in the nanostructured steel.

  8. ANNEALING OF HOT-CARRIER-INDUCED MOSFET DEGRADATION

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    Mahnkopf, R.; Przyrembel, G.; Wagemann, H.

    1988-01-01

    The annealing of fixed oxide charge and interface states generated by hot-carrier stress is investigated in the temperature range of 100°C - 450°C. First order rate equations are given, which approximately describe two subsequent processes involved in the annealing and ending at neutralization. The related activation energies are determined. For comparison the annealing of synchrotron light induced damage is examined.

  9. Annealing effect and stability of carbon nanotubes in hydrogen flame

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    2009-01-01

    Annealing of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by the hydrogen flame in air was investigated in this study. Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the products. The peak width of Raman spectra decreased with the increase in the annealing time. The CNTs were not stable in the hydrogen flame and the etching rate of the CNTs by hydrogen flame was very high. The hydrogen flame annealing had some effects on improving the crystallinity of CNTs.

  10. Effects of NH3 annealing on interface and electrical properties of Gd-doped HfO2/Si stack

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    YANG Mengmeng; TU Hailing; DU Jun; WEI Feng; XIONG Yuhua; ZHAO Hongbin

    2013-01-01

    Effects of NH3 rapid thermal annealing (RTA) on the interface and electrical properties of Gd-doped HfO2 (GDH)/Si stack were investigated.The process of NH3 annealing could significantly affect the crystallization,stoichiometric properties of GDH film and the interface characteristic of GDH/Si system.NH3 annealing also led to the decrease of interface layer thickness.The leakage current density of Pt/GDH/p-Si MOS capacitor without RTA was 2× 10-3 A/cm2.After NH3 annealing,the leakage current density was about one order of magnitude lower (3.9×10-4 A/cm2).The effective permittivity extracted from the C-V curves was ~14.1 and ~13.1 for samples without and with RTA,respectively.

  11. Annealing Would Improve beta" - Alumina Solid Electrolyte

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    Williams, Roger; Homer, Margie; Ryan, Margaret; Cortez, Roger; Shields, Virgil; Kisor, Adam

    2003-01-01

    A pre-operational annealing process is under investigation as a potential means of preventing a sudden reduction of ionic conductivity in a Beta"-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) during use. On the basis of tests, the sudden reduction of ionic conductivity, followed by a slow recovery, has been found to occur during testing of the solid electrolyte and electrode components of an alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter (AMTEC) cell. At this time, high-temperature tests of limited duration have indicated the superiority of the treated BASE, but reproducible tests over thousands of hours are necessary to confirm that microcracking has been eliminated. The ionic conductivity of the treated BASE is also measured to be higher than untreated BASE at 1,073 K in low-pressure sodium vapor. Microcracking resulting in loss of conductivity was not observed with treated BASE in one high-temperature experiment, but this result must be duplicated over very long testing times to be sure of the effect. Shorter annealing times (10 to 20 hours) were found to result in significantly less loss of mass; it may be necessary for the packed powder mixture to evolve some Na2O before the Na2O can leave the ceramic.

  12. MEDICAL STAFF SCHEDULING USING SIMULATED ANNEALING

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    Ladislav Rosocha

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The efficiency of medical staff is a fundamental feature of healthcare facilities quality. Therefore the better implementation of their preferences into the scheduling problem might not only rise the work-life balance of doctors and nurses, but also may result into better patient care. This paper focuses on optimization of medical staff preferences considering the scheduling problem.Methodology/Approach: We propose a medical staff scheduling algorithm based on simulated annealing, a well-known method from statistical thermodynamics. We define hard constraints, which are linked to legal and working regulations, and minimize the violations of soft constraints, which are related to the quality of work, psychic, and work-life balance of staff.Findings: On a sample of 60 physicians and nurses from gynecology department we generated monthly schedules and optimized their preferences in terms of soft constraints. Our results indicate that the final value of objective function optimized by proposed algorithm is more than 18-times better in violations of soft constraints than initially generated random schedule that satisfied hard constraints.Research Limitation/implication: Even though the global optimality of final outcome is not guaranteed, desirable solutionwas obtained in reasonable time. Originality/Value of paper: We show that designed algorithm is able to successfully generate schedules regarding hard and soft constraints. Moreover, presented method is significantly faster than standard schedule generation and is able to effectively reschedule due to the local neighborhood search characteristics of simulated annealing.

  13. Annealing conditions for intrinsic CdTe

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    Berding, M. A.

    1999-01-01

    Equilibrium native defect densities in CdTe are calculated from ab initio methods, and compared with experimental results. We find that CdTe is highly compensated p type under tellurium-saturated conditions, with the cadmium vacancy as the dominant acceptor and the tellurium antisite as the compensating donor. This finding is in agreement with recent experiments that find a much larger deviation from stoichiometry than would be predicted by the electrically active defects. Under cadmium-saturated conditions, cadmium interstitials are predicted to dominate and the material is found to be n type. Native defect concentrations and the corresponding carrier concentrations are predicted as a function of processing conditions, and can serve as a guide to postgrowth anneals to manipulate the conductivity of undoped material for applications in x- and γ-ray spectrometers. Furthermore, we show that by choosing appropriate annealing conditions and extrinsic dopants, one can increase the operating efficiency of nuclear spectrometers by reducing the density of specific native defects that produce midgap trapping states.

  14. Magnetic field annealing for improved creep resistance

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    Brady, Michael P.; Ludtka, Gail M.; Ludtka, Gerard M.; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Nicholson, Don M.; Rios, Orlando; Yamamoto, Yukinori

    2015-12-22

    The method provides heat-resistant chromia- or alumina-forming Fe-, Fe(Ni), Ni(Fe), or Ni-based alloys having improved creep resistance. A precursor is provided containing preselected constituents of a chromia- or alumina-forming Fe-, Fe(Ni), Ni(Fe), or Ni-based alloy, at least one of the constituents for forming a nanoscale precipitate MaXb where M is Cr, Nb, Ti, V, Zr, or Hf, individually and in combination, and X is C, N, O, B, individually and in combination, a=1 to 23 and b=1 to 6. The precursor is annealed at a temperature of 1000-1500.degree. C. for 1-48 h in the presence of a magnetic field of at least 5 Tesla to enhance supersaturation of the M.sub.aX.sub.b constituents in the annealed precursor. This forms nanoscale M.sub.aX.sub.b precipitates for improved creep resistance when the alloy is used at service temperatures of 500-1000.degree. C. Alloys having improved creep resistance are also disclosed.

  15. Ballistic self-annealing during ion implantation

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    Ion implantation conditions are considered during which the energy, dissipated in the collision cascades, is low enough to ensure that the defects, which are generated during these collisions, consist primarily of vacancies and interstitial atoms. It is proposed that ballistic self-annealing is possible when the point defect density becomes high enough, provided that none, or very few, of the interstitial atoms escape from the layer being implanted. Under these conditions, the fraction of ballistic atoms, generated within the collision cascades from substitutional sites, decreases with increasing ion dose. Furthermore, the fraction of ballistic atoms, which finally end up within vacancies, increases with increasing vacancy density. Provided the crystal structure does not collapse, a damage threshold should be approached where just as many atoms are knocked out of substitutional sites as the number of ballistic atoms that fall back into vacancies. Under these conditions, the average point defect density should approach saturation. This model is applied to recently published Raman data that have been measured on a 3 MeV He+-ion implanted diamond (Orwa et al 2000 Phys. Rev. B 62 5461). The conclusion is reached that this ballistic self-annealing model describes the latter data better than a model in which it is assumed that the saturation in radiation damage is caused by amorphization of the implanted layer. (author)

  16. Dielectric Signatures of Annealing in Glacier Ice

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    Grimm, R. E.; Stillman, D. E.; MacGregor, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    We analyzed the dielectric spectra of 49 firn and ice samples from ice sheets and glaciers to better understand how differing ice formation and evolution affect electrical properties. The dielectric relaxation of ice is well known and its characteristic frequency increases with the concentration of soluble impurities in the ice lattice. We found that meteoric ice and firn generally possess two such relaxations, indicating distinct crystal populations or zonation. Typically, one population is consistent with that of relatively pure ice, and the other is significantly more impure. However, high temperatures (e.g., temperate ice), long residence times (e.g., ancient ice from Mullins Glacier, Antarctica), or anomalously high impurity concentrations favor the development of a single relaxation. These relationships suggest that annealing causes two dielectrically distinct populations to merge into one population. The dielectric response of temperate ice samples indicates increasing purity with increasing depth, suggesting final rejection of impurities from the lattice. Separately, subglacially frozen samples from the Vostok 5G ice core possess a single relaxation whose variable characteristic frequency likely reflects the composition of the source water. Multi-frequency electrical measurements on cores and in the field can track annealing of glacier ice.

  17. The activity of enzymes can be modified by homeopathic dilutions of their effectors

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    Elzbieta Malarczyk

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The fungal and bacterial materials are very useful for testing the influence of low and very low doses of low molecular phenolic effectors on enzymatic system of phenoloxidases when they are incubated together in the reaction space. Aim: Searching for the model useful biological systems to study the action of diluted low molecular substances on living organisms, which is based on common physical and biochemical analytical procedures. Methods: The fungal and actinomycetal bacterial materials from laboratory cultures as a source of common phenoloxidases, laccase, peroxidase and O-demethylase as well as the pure plant peroxidase were used in experiments described earlier [1-5]. Subsequent dilutions of low molecular phenolic metabolites, appropriate for studied enzymatic systems, prepared in 75% ethanol in the proportion of 1:100 (centesimal and dynamized by shaking in accordance with homeopathic procedures were prepared in our laboratory. During experiments with bacterial and fungal materials and a pure plant peroxidase, which were incubated together with subsequent dilutions of proper phenolic effector, different analytic methods were used including a gel (PAGE [4] and capillary (MEKCE electrophoresis [5], spectral and colorimetric methods [1,2,3] as well as the electron microscopy [5]. Results: In the light of presented data [1-5], the incubation of biological material with diluted phenolic effectors induces various effects on tested enzyme activity. It changed in sinusoidal manner with an gradual growth of dilution rate of tested effectors, which was distinctly visible on the diagram when the number of dilutions was localized on abscissa and biological activity on the ordinate. Exemplary results of the chosen experiments will be presented. For tested enzymes: laccase, peroxidase and O-demethylase, the distance between maximal points of enzymatic activity, shown on a sine curve, repeats more often every 10 subsequent centesimal

  18. A Parallel Genetic Simulated Annealing Hybrid Algorithm for Task Scheduling

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    SHU Wanneng; ZHENG Shijue

    2006-01-01

    In this paper combined with the advantages of genetic algorithm and simulated annealing, brings forward a parallel genetic simulated annealing hybrid algorithm (PGSAHA) and applied to solve task scheduling problem in grid computing .It first generates a new group of individuals through genetic operation such as reproduction, crossover, mutation, etc, and than simulated anneals independently all the generated individuals respectively.When the temperature in the process of cooling no longer falls, the result is the optimal solution on the whole.From the analysis and experiment result, it is concluded that this algorithm is superior to genetic algorithm and simulated annealing.

  19. Structure and magnetism of Ni/Ti multilayers on annealing

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    Surendra Singh; Saibal Basu; P Bhatt

    2008-11-01

    Neutron reflectometry study has been carried out in unpolarized (NR) and polarized (PNR) mode to understand the structure and magnetic properties of alloy formation at the interfaces of Ni/Ti multilayers on annealing. The PNR data from annealed sample shows a noticeable change with respect to the as-deposited sample. These changes are: a prominent shift of the multilayer Bragg peak to a higher angle and a decrease in the intensity of the Bragg peak. The PNR data from annealed sample revealed the formation of magnetically dead alloy layers at the interfaces. Changes in roughness parameters of the interfaces on annealing were also observed in the PNR data.

  20. Effects of thermal annealing on the magnetic interactions in nanogranular Fe-Ag thin films

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    Alonso, J.; Fdez-Gubieda, M.L.; Svalov, A. [Departamento de Electricidad y Electronica, Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU), Campus de Leioa, 48940 Leioa (Spain); Meneghini, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, 00146 Roma (Italy); Orue, I. [SGIker, Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU), Campus de Leioa, 48940 Leioa (Spain)

    2012-09-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe{sub x}Ag{sub 100-x} granular thin films with competing interactions (25 {<=} x{<=} 35). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Annealing up to 200 Degree-Sign C mainly modifies the interface of Fe nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Annealing reduces RKKY interactions in Fe{sub 25}Ag{sub 75}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Annealing favors exchange interactions and ferromagnetic order in Fe{sub 35}Ag{sub 65}. - Abstract: In this paper we have studied, by analysing the evolution of the magnetic behaviour during thermal treatment, the role of the interparticle magnetic interactions in Fe{sub x}Ag{sub 100-x} granular thin films prepared by sputtering deposition technique. Two compositions have been selected: x = 25 and 35, below and around the magnetic percolation of the system, respectively, according to our previous works. The structure of these thin films has been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements. To analyse the magnetic behaviour, DC magnetic measurements have been carried out after progressively annealing the samples at different temperatures (0 {<=} T{sub ann} {<=} 200 Degree-Sign C). These measurements have revealed that, upon thermal treatment, the frustrated state at low temperatures (T < 80 K) for the x = 25 sample tends to disappear, probably due to the weakening of RKKY interactions after the segregation of soluted Fe atoms in the Ag matrix. However, dipolar interactions are not affected by the annealing. On the contrary, at x = 35, around the magnetic percolation, the annealing gives rise to an increasingly ordered interface, thereby enhancing the transfer of the direct exchange interactions.

  1. Laboratory study to compare the effectiveness of chemical dispersants when applied dilute versus neat

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    Belore, R.; Ross, S. [S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd., Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    2000-07-01

    This study was aimed at comparing the effectiveness of chemical dispersants in neat and dilute form. Two dispersants were selected for this study: Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527 on Alaska North Slope crude oil. Tests were conducted in the laboratory where the dispersants were applied neat and diluted with salt water. When diluted with salt water in a ratio 1:10, Corexit 9527 did not show a reduction in its effectiveness when used on Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude oil. Corexit 9500, on the other hand, saw its effectiveness on ANS crude oil drastically reduced when diluted with salt water at a ratio 1:10 and 3:10. Since these results are preliminary, the use of diluted Corexit 9500 with salt water in high capacity fire-monitor systems must be carefully considered. Reduced effectiveness of Corexit 9500 could be avoided by using a single-nozzle application in neat form. Further testing was recommended to determine the cause of the reduced efficiency. Some factors to be considered could be the type of oil, method of mixing or delivery of the dispersant, or the contact time between the dispersant and the water carrier. 12 refs., 8 tabs., 5 figs., 1 append.

  2. Dilution in a Dense Bottom Jet in Cross Currents

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    Petersen, O.; Larsen, Torben

    1998-01-01

    A 3-dimensional numerical model describing the dilution in the near field around dense vertical jets in a cross flow is formulated and validated against laboratory experiments. The validation shows that the model reproduces the flow pattern well, though the dilution is underestimated by 20......%. The model is applied to a case study where the dilution from two vertical jets at an angle in shallow water is described. It is demonstrated that a 20% increase in dilution is possible. It is concluded that the model may become a valuable tool in diffusor design....

  3. Overlap amplitude and localization properties in aperiodic diluted and non-diluted direct electric transmission lines

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    Lazo, E.; Castro, C. E.; Cortés-Cortés, F.

    2016-09-01

    In this work we study the relationship existing between the localization properties of the diluted and non-diluted direct electrical transmission lines with the overlap amplitude Cijω = 2 | Iiω Ijω | , where Ijω is the amplitude of the electric current function at jth cell of the transmission line for the state with frequency ω. We distribute two values of inductances LA and LB, according to the generalized aperiodic Thue-Morse m-tupling sequence. We find that the behavior of Ci,jω is directly related to the localization properties of the aperiodic sequences measured by the ξ normalized participation number, the Rq Rényi entropies and the μq moments. In addition, we generalize the scaling relationship for the overlap amplitude Ci,jω, i.e., =(2/N) 2 q.

  4. High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database.

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    Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighted activation barrier RMS error of 0.176 eV when excluding magnetic solutes in non-magnetic alloys. The compiled database is the largest collection of consistently calculated ab-initio solute diffusion data in the world. PMID:27434308

  5. Mechanisms of double magnetic exchange in dilute magnetic semiconductors

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    Fleurov, V. E-mail: fleurov@post.tau.ac.il; Kikoin, K.; Ivanov, V.A.; Krstajic, P.M.; Peeters, F.M

    2004-05-01

    A microscopic Hamiltonian for interacting manganese impurities in dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS) is derived. It is shown that in p-type III-V DMS, the indirect exchange between Mn impurities has similarities with the Zener mechanism in transition metal oxides. Here the mobile and localized holes near the top of the valence band play the role of unoccupied p-orbitals which induce ferromagnetism. T{sub c} estimated from the proposed kinematic exchange agrees with experiments on (Ga,Mn)As. The model is also applicable to the p-doped (Ga,Mn)P system. The magnetic ordering in n-type (Ga,Mn)N is due to exchange between the electrons localized on the levels lying deep in the forbidden energy gap. This mechanism is even closer to the original Zener mechanism.

  6. Elimination of charge carrier trapping in diluted semiconductors

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    Abbaszadeh, D.; Kunz, A.; Wetzelaer, G. A. H.; Michels, J. J.; Crăciun, N. I.; Koynov, K.; Lieberwirth, I.; Blom, P. W. M.

    2016-06-01

    In 1962, Mark and Helfrich demonstrated that the current in a semiconductor containing traps is reduced by N/Ntr, with N the amount of transport sites, Nt the amount of traps and r a number that depends on the trap energy distribution. For r > 1, the possibility opens that trapping effects can be nearly eliminated when N and Nt are simultaneously reduced. Solution-processed conjugated polymers are an excellent model system to test this hypothesis, because they can be easily diluted by blending them with a high-bandgap semiconductor. We demonstrate that in conjugated polymer blends with 10% active semiconductor and 90% high-bandgap host, the typical strong electron trapping can be effectively eliminated. As a result we were able to fabricate polymer light-emitting diodes with balanced electron and hole transport and reduced non-radiative trap-assisted recombination, leading to a doubling of their efficiency at nearly ten times lower material costs.

  7. Study of the optical properties of etched alpha tracks in annealed and non-annealed CR-39 polymeric detectors

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    The UV–visible absorption spectra of virgin and alpha particle-irradiated, annealed and non-annealed CR-39 polymeric track detectors were investigated using a UV–visible spectrometer (Shimadzu mini 1240). Isothermal annealing experiments were carried out on poly allyl diglycol carbonate (PADC) films based nuclear track detectors (NTDs) exposed to a 241Am source. A shifting and broadening of the UV–visible peaks was observed as a result of the etched alpha tracks in the non-annealed and annealed PADC films. The UV–visible spectra of the virgin and non-annealed α-irradiated PADC polymer films displayed a decreasing trend in their optical energy band gaps, both direct and indirect, whereas those measured for the annealed α-irradiated ones showed no significant change. This drop in the energy band gap with increasing fluence is discussed on the basis of the alpha particle- and thermal annealing-induced modifications in the PADC polymeric detector. The results clearly showed that the values for the indirect energy band gap were lower than the corresponding values for the direct band gap. In addition, the Urbach energy was estimated from the Urbach edge, and exhibited roughly the same trend as the optical band gap. Finally, this study presents new results showing that the annealed PADC films were highly insensitive to alpha particles. - Highlights: • UV–visible absorption through etched alpha tracks in annealed and non-annealed PADC films was investigated. • Films of PADC based NTDs were irradiated with different fluences from alpha particles. • PADC film samples were annealed at a temperature of 120 °C for durations of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 h. • It is a good method for relative fluence or dose reading

  8. Ethanol fermentation of a diluted molasses medium by Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized on chrysotile

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    Monte Alegre Ranulfo

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the catalytic role of chrysotile support on the acceleration of alcoholic fermentation under non-aseptic conditions by Saccharomyces cerevisiae was investigated. The fermentation medium employed consisted only of diluted sugar-cane molasses. In the batch fermentations process with immobilized yeasts, the initial rate of CO2 production increased roughly 27 % during the first 30 minutes, compared to systems containing no chrysotile. A study of continuous alcoholic fermentation with chrysotile in the reactor bed showed a higher ethanol production rate at the different dilution rates investigated compared to similar fermentations without chrysotile.

  9. A Tiltable Single-Shot Miniature Dilution Refrigerator for Astrophysical Applications

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    Melhuish, Simon J; Piccirillo, Lucio

    2012-01-01

    We present a 3He / 4He dilution refrigerator designed for cooling astronomical mm-wave telescope receivers to around 100 mK. Used in combination with a Gi?fford-McMahon closed-cycle refrigerator, 4He and 3He sorption-pumped refrigerators, our cryogen-free system is capable of achieving 2 microW cooling power at 87 mK. A receiver attached directly to the telescope optics is required to rotate with respect to the downward direction. This scenario, of variable tilt, has proved difficult for typical dilution refrigerators, but our design has a geometry chosen to allow tilt to 45 degrees and beyond.

  10. Water-based adhesives with tailored hydrophobic association: dilution resistance and improved setting behavior.

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    Dundua, Alexander; Landfester, Katharina; Taden, Andreas

    2014-11-01

    Hydrophobic association and stimuli-responsiveness is a powerful tool towards water-based adhesives with strongly improved properties, which is demonstrated based on the example of hydrophobically modified alkali-soluble latexes (HASE) with modulated association. Their rheological properties are highly tunable due to the hydrophobic domains that act as physical crosslinking sites of adjustable interaction strength. Ethanol, propanol, and butanol are used as water-soluble model additives with different hydrophobicity in order to specifically target the association sites and impact the viscoelastic properties and stimuli-responsiveness. The rheological and mechanical property response upon dilution with water can be tailored, and dilution-resistant or even dilution-thickening systems are obtained. The investigations are of high importance for water-based adhesives, as our findings provide insight into general structure-property relationships to improve their setting behavior, especially upon contact with wet substrates.

  11. Prototype Repository. Tracer dilution tests during operation phase, test campaign 3

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    Harrstroem, Johan; Andersson, Peter (Geosigma AB (Sweden))

    2010-05-15

    The Prototype Repository project is focused on testing and demonstrating the function of the SKB deep repository system. The third tracer dilution campaign during the Prototype Repository operation period was performed in January 2010. The purpose was to estimate the groundwater flows and hydraulic gradients in the boreholes vicinity and will function as a reference for comparison with results from modeling and prior assumptions. The test campaign consisted of tracer dilution tests in 13 different borehole sections. Each test consisted of approximately 15-55 min tracer injection time and about 1-3 days dilution test time depending on the transmissivity of the test section. The data interpretation also included estimates of the local hydraulic gradients in the vicinity of the borehole sections

  12. The extrinsic hysteresis behavior of dilute binary ferrofluids.

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    Lin, Lihua; Li, Jian; Lin, Yueqiang; Liu, Xiaodong; Chen, Longlong; Li, Junming; Li, Decai

    2014-10-01

    We report on the magnetization behavior of dilute binary ferrofluids based on γ-Fe(2)O(3)/Ni(2)O(3) composite nanoparticles (A particles), with diameter about 11 nm, and ferrihydrite (Fe(5)O(7)(OH) ・4H2O) nanoparticles (B particles), with diameter about 6 nm. The results show that for the binary ferrofluids with A-particle volume fraction φ(A) = 0.2% and B-particle volume fractions φ(B) = 0.1% and φ(B) = 0.6%, the magnetization curves exhibit quasi-magnetic hysteresis behavior. The demagnetizing curves coincide with the magnetizing curves at high fields. However, for single γ-Fe(2)O(3)/Ni(2)O(3) ferrofluids with φ(A) = 0.2% and binary ferrofluids with φ(A) = 0.2% and φ(B) = 1.0%, the magnetization curves do not behave in this way. Additionally, at high field (750 kA/m), the binary ferrofluid with φ(B) = 1.0% has the smallest magnetization. From the model-of-chain theory, the extrinsic hysteresis behavior of these samples is attributed to the field-induced effects of pre-existing A particle chains, which involve both Brownian rotation of the chains'moments and a Néel rotation of the particles' moments in the chains. The loss of magnetization for the ferrofluids with φ(B) = 1.0% is attributed to pre-existing ring-like A-particle aggregates. These magnetization behaviors of the dilute binary ferrofluids not only depend on features of the strongly magnetic A-particle system, but also modifications of the weaker magnetic B-particle system. PMID:25365919

  13. Advanced activation trends for boron and arsenic by combinations of single, multiple flash anneals and spike rapid thermal annealing

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    Lerch, W. [Mattson Thermal Products GmbH, Daimlerstrasse 10, 89160 Dornstadt (Germany)], E-mail: wilfried.lerch@mattson.com; Paul, S.; Niess, J. [Mattson Thermal Products GmbH, Daimlerstrasse 10, 89160 Dornstadt (Germany); McCoy, S.; Gelpey, J. [Mattson Technology Canada Inc., 605 W. Kent Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P6T7 Canada (Canada); Cristiano, F.; Severac, F. [LAAS/CNRS, 7 av. Du Col. Roche, 31077 Toulouse (France); Fazzini, P. [CEMES/CNRS, 29 rue G. Marvig, 31055 Toulouse (France); Martinez-Limia, A.; Pichler, P. [Fraunhofer-IISB, Schottkystrasse 10, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Kheyrandish, H. [CSMA-MATS, Queens Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 7LQ (United Kingdom); Bolze, D. [IHP, Im Technologiepark 25, 15326 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)

    2008-12-05

    Millisecond annealing as an equipment technology provides temperature profiles which favour dopant activation but nearly eliminate dopant diffusion to form extremely shallow, highly electrically activated junctions. For the 45-nm technology node and beyond, precisely controlled gate under-diffusion is required for optimum device performance. Therefore, on boron and arsenic beamline-implanted wafers, various annealing schemes were investigated for the formation of ultra-shallow and custom-shaped junctions. The main scheme consisted of flash annealing with peak temperatures ranging from 1250 to 1300 deg. C, combined with spike rapid thermal annealing with peak temperatures in the range from 900 to 1000 deg. C to achieve a desired junction depth. As alternative, to reduce the sheet resistance of pMOS and nMOS source-drain extensions, combinations of two or three flash anneals in succession were tested. Finally, the standard flash anneal condition of a 750 deg. C intermediate temperature followed by the flash anneal was changed to a high intermediate temperature of 950 deg. C followed by the flash anneal up to 1300 deg. C. The results of all these annealing schemes were analysed by four-point probe measurement. Selected samples were analysed by Hall-effect measurements for peak activation, and by secondary ion mass spectrometry for profile shape as well as diffusion effects. Transmission electron microscopy was used to study residual defects. Selected boron and arsenic dopant profiles were also compared to predictive simulation results which address the diffusion and activation at extrinsic concentrations.

  14. Dilute Surfactant Methods for Carbonate Formations

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    Kishore K. Mohanty

    2006-02-01

    There are many fractured carbonate reservoirs in US (and the world) with light oil. Waterflooding is effective in fractured reservoirs, if the formation is water-wet. Many fractured carbonate reservoirs, however, are mixed-wet and recoveries with conventional methods are low (less than 10%). The process of using dilute anionic surfactants in alkaline solutions has been investigated in this work for oil recovery from fractured oil-wet carbonate reservoirs both experimentally and numerically. This process is a surfactant-aided gravity drainage where surfactant diffuses into the matrix, lowers IFT and contact angle, which decrease capillary pressure and increase oil relative permeability enabling gravity to drain the oil up. Anionic surfactants have been identified which at dilute concentration of 0.05 wt% and optimal salinity can lower the interfacial tension and change the wettability of the calcite surface to intermediate/water-wet condition as well or better than the cationic surfactant DTAB with a West Texas crude oil. The force of adhesion in AFM of oil-wet regions changes after anionic surfactant treatment to values similar to those of water-wet regions. The AFM topography images showed that the oil-wetting material was removed from the surface by the anionic surfactant treatment. Adsorption studies indicate that the extent of adsorption for anionic surfactants on calcite minerals decreases with increase in pH and with decrease in salinity. Surfactant adsorption can be minimized in the presence of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Laboratory-scale surfactant brine imbibition experiments give high oil recovery (20-42% OOIP in 50 days; up to 60% in 200 days) for initially oil-wet cores through wettability alteration and IFT reduction. Small (<10%) initial gas saturation does not affect significantly the rate of oil recovery in the imbibition process, but larger gas saturation decreases the oil recovery rate. As the core permeability decreases, the rate of oil recovery reduces

  15. Debt dilution: when it is a major problem and how to deal with it

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    Eyigungor, Burcu

    2013-01-01

    Today we recognize sovereign default, which was once largely confined to developing economies, as a threat not only to investors and to the defaulting country's economic and political stability but also to the global financial system. Burcu Eyigungor explains that a major reason that countries are prone to debt crises is a phenomenon called debt dilution.

  16. Simulated annealing algorithm for detecting graph isomorphism

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    Geng Xiutang; Zhang Kai

    2008-01-01

    Evolutionary computation techniques have mostly been used to solve various optimization problems,and it is well known that graph isomorphism problem (GIP) is a nondeterministic polynomial problem.A simulated annealing (SA) algorithm for detecting graph isomorphism is proposed,and the proposed SA algorithm is well suited to deal with random graphs with large size.To verify the validity of the proposed SA algorithm,simulations are performed on three pairs of small graphs and four pairs of large random graphs with edge densities 0.5,0.1,and 0.01,respectively.The simulation results show that the proposed SA algorithm can detect graph isomorphism with a high probability.

  17. Thermoelectric properties by high temperature annealing

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    Ren, Zhifeng (Inventor); Chen, Gang (Inventor); Kumar, Shankar (Inventor); Lee, Hohyun (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    The present invention generally provides methods of improving thermoelectric properties of alloys by subjecting them to one or more high temperature annealing steps, performed at temperatures at which the alloys exhibit a mixed solid/liquid phase, followed by cooling steps. For example, in one aspect, such a method of the invention can include subjecting an alloy sample to a temperature that is sufficiently elevated to cause partial melting of at least some of the grains. The sample can then be cooled so as to solidify the melted grain portions such that each solidified grain portion exhibits an average chemical composition, characterized by a relative concentration of elements forming the alloy, that is different than that of the remainder of the grain.

  18. Hierarchical Network Design Using Simulated Annealing

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    Thomadsen, Tommy; Clausen, Jens

    2002-01-01

    The hierarchical network problem is the problem of finding the least cost network, with nodes divided into groups, edges connecting nodes in each groups and groups ordered in a hierarchy. The idea of hierarchical networks comes from telecommunication networks where hierarchies exist. Hierarchical...... networks are described and a mathematical model is proposed for a two level version of the hierarchical network problem. The problem is to determine which edges should connect nodes, and how demand is routed in the network. The problem is solved heuristically using simulated annealing which as a sub......-algorithm uses a construction algorithm to determine edges and route the demand. Performance for different versions of the algorithm are reported in terms of runtime and quality of the solutions. The algorithm is able to find solutions of reasonable quality in approximately 1 hour for networks with 100 nodes....

  19. Simulation of annealed polyelectrolytes in poor solvents

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    We present (semi-)grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations on annealed polyelectrolytes in poor solvent. Increasing the chemical potential of the charges, which is equal to the pH of the solution except for a trivial additive constant, in rather poor solvents, we find the first-order phase transition between a weakly charged globule and a highly charged extended chain predicted by theory. In the close-to-Q -point regime, we investigate under which conditions pearl-necklace structures are stable. Most of the pearl-necklace parameters are found to obey the scaling relations predicted for quenched polyelectrolytes. However, similarly to the behavior known for this class of polyelectrolytes we obtain large fluctuations in pearl number and size. In agreement with theoretical predictions we find a non-uniform charge distribution between pearls and strings

  20. Effect of annealing temperature on structure and electrochemical properties of LiCoO2 cathode thin films

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    YANG Zhimin; XING Guangjian; YANG Jian; MAO Changhui; DU Jun

    2006-01-01

    LiCoO2 thin films, which can be used as a cathode material in microbatteries, were deposited using radio frequency (r.f.) magnetron sputtering system from a LiCoO2 target and in an O2+Ar atmosphere.The films were characterized by various methods such as XRD, SEM and AFM.The LiCoO2 films were annealed in air at 300, 500, 700 and 800 ℃ respectively.The effect of the annealing temperature on the structure, the surface morphology and the electrochemical properties of the films were investigated.The LiCoO2 thin film deposited at room temperature is amorphous and has smaller grain size.With increasing of annealing temperature, the crystallinity of the films is promoted.When the annealing temperature increases to 700 ℃, the films have a perfect crystalline LiCoO2 phase.The LiCoO2 thin film without annealing has no discharge plateau and small discharge capacity (about 27 μAh·cm-2μm).The discharge capacity increases with the increasing of annealing temperature and reaches 47 μAh·cm-2μm for the film annealed with 700 ℃, which also shows the typical discharge plateau of 3.9 V.The cycle performance of LiCoO2 thin films of as grown and annealed at different temperatures were studied.In the case of the film without thermal treatment, the capacity fading is much faster than that of the film annealed at different temperature, showing about 40% capacity loss only after 25 cycles.However, in the case of the film annealed at 700 ℃, the capacity reaches to steady state gradually and maintained constantly with cycling.After 25 times cycling, the discharge capacity of the film annealed at 700 ℃ decreases to about 36.9 μAh·cm-2·μm, only 0.8% capacity loss per cycle.

  1. Influence of preliminary annealing on sound velocity in strained polymers

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    Present article is devoted to influence of preliminary annealing on sound velocity in strained polymers. The dependence of sound velocity on loading duration in natural silk at 77 Mpa and different annealing duration was studied. The structural changes occurring in strained polymers at thermal treatment were considered.

  2. Simulated Annealing for Location Area Planning in Cellular networks

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    Prajapati, N. B.; R. R. Agravat; Hasan, M I

    2010-01-01

    LA planning in cellular network is useful for minimizing location management cost in GSM network. In fact, size of LA can be optimized to create a balance between the LA update rate and expected paging rate within LA. To get optimal result for LA planning in cellular network simulated annealing algorithm is used. Simulated annealing give optimal results in acceptable run-time.

  3. Simulated Annealing for Location Area Planning in Cellular networks

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    N. B. Prajapati

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available LA planning in cellular network is useful for minimizing location management cost in GSM network. Infact, size of LA can be optimized to create a balance between the LA update rate and expected pagingrate within LA. To get optimal result for LA planning in cellular network simulated annealing algorithmis used. Simulated annealing give optimal results in acceptable run-time.

  4. Remote sensing of atmospheric duct parameters using simulated annealing

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    Zhao Xiao-Feng; Huang Si-Xun; Xiang Jie; Shi Wei-Lai

    2011-01-01

    Simulated annealing is one of the robust optimization schemes. Simulated annealing mimics the annealing process of the slow cooling of a heated metal to reach a stable minimum energy state. In this paper,we adopt simulated annealing to study the problem of the remote sensing of atmospheric duct parameters for two different geometries of propagation measurement. One is from a single emitter to an array of radio receivers (vertical measurements),and the other is from the radar clutter returns (horizontal measurements). Basic principles of simulated annealing and its applications to refractivity estimation are introduced. The performance of this method is validated using numerical experiments and field measurements collected at the East China Sea. The retrieved results demonstrate the feasibility of simulated annealing for near real-time atmospheric refractivity estimation. For comparison,the retrievals of the genetic algorithm are also presented. The comparisons indicate that the convergence speed of simulated annealing is faster than that of the genetic algorithm,while the anti-noise ability of the genetic algorithm is better than that of simulated annealing.

  5. Dilution in Transition Zone between Rising Plumes and Surface Plumes

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    Larsen, Torben

    2004-01-01

    The papers presents some physical experiments with the dilution of sea outfall plumes with emphasize on the transition zone where the relative fast flowing vertical plume turns to a horizontal surface plume following the slow sea surface currents. The experiments show that a considerable dilution...

  6. The Heats of Dilution. Calorimetry and Van't-Hoff

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    Stepanov, I. A.

    2000-01-01

    Earlier it has been found that there is a big difference between heats of dilution measured by calorimetry and by the Van't-Hoff equation. In the present paper a reason for that is proposed. Experimental data for dilution of benzene and n-hexane in water were used.

  7. Derivation of equivalent continuous dilution for cyclic, unsteady driving forces

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    Sherman, Max H.; Mortensen, Dorthe Kragsig; Walker, Iain S.

    2011-01-01

    This article uses an analytical approach to determine the dilution of an unsteadily-generated solute in an unsteady solvent stream, under cyclic temporal boundary conditions. The goal is to find a simplified way of showing equivalence of such a process to a reference case where equivalent dilution...

  8. The Heats of Dilution Calorimetry and Van't-Hoff

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    Stepanov, I A

    2000-01-01

    Earlier it has been found that there is a big difference between heats of dilution measured by calorimetry and by the Van't-Hoff equation. In the present paper a reason for that is proposed. Experimental data for dilution of benzene and n-hexane in water were used.

  9. The Melt-Dilute Treatment Technology Offgas Development Status Report

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    The melt-dilute treatment technology is being developed to facilitate the ultimate disposition of highly enriched Al-Base DOE spent nuclear fuels in a geologic repository such as that proposed for Yucca Mountain. The melt-dilute process is a method of preparing DOE spent nuclear fuel for long term storage

  10. Solubilization of tea seed oil in a food-grade water-dilutable microemulsion.

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    Full Text Available Food-grade microemulsions containing oleic acid, ethanol, Tween 20, and water were formulated as a carrier system for tea seed oil (Camellia oleifera Abel.. The effect of ethanol on the phase behavior of the microemulsion system was clearly reflected in pseudo-ternary diagrams. The solubilization capacity and solubilization efficiency of tea seed oil dispersions were measured along the dilution line at a 70/30 surfactant/oil mass ratio with Tween 20 as the surfactant and oleic acid and ethanol (1:3, w/w as the oil phase. The dispersed phase of the microemulsion (1.5% weight ratio of tea seed oil to the total amount of oil, surfactant, and tea seed oil could be fully diluted with water without phase separation. Differential scanning calorimetry and viscosity measurements indicated that both the carrier and solubilized systems underwent a similar microstructure transition upon dilution. The dispersion phases gradually inverted from the water-in-oil phase ( 45% water along the dilution line.

  11. Synergistic cosolubilization of omega-3 fatty acid esters and CoQ10 in dilutable microemulsions.

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    Deutch-Kolevzon, Rivka; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2011-10-01

    Water-dilutable microemulsions were prepared and loaded with two types of omega-3 fatty acid esters (omega-3 ethyl esters, OEE; and omega-3 triacylglycerides, OTG), each separately and together with ubiquinone (CoQ(10)). The microemulsions showed high and synergistic loading capabilities. The linear fatty acid ester (OEE) solubilization capacity was greater than that of the bulky and robust OTG. The location of the guest molecules within the microemulsions at any dilution point were determined by electrical conductivity, viscosity, DSC, SAXS, cryo-TEM, SD-NMR, and DLS. We found that OEE molecules pack well within the surfactant tails to form reverse micelles that gradually, upon water dilution, invert into bicontinuous phase and finally into O/W droplets. The CoQ(10) increases the stabilization and solubilization of the omega-3 fatty acid esters because it functions as a kosmotropic agent in the micellar system. The hydrophobic and bulky OTG molecule strongly interferes with the tail packing and spaces them significantly - mainly in the low and medium range water dilutions. When added to the micellar system, CoQ(10) forms some reverse hexagonal mesophases. The inversion into direct micelles is more difficult in comparison to the OEE system and requires additional water dilution. The OTG with or without CoQ(10) destabilizes the structures and decreases the solubilization capacity since it acts as a chaotropic agent to the micellar system and as a kosmotropic agent to hexagonal packing. These results explain the differences in the behavior of these molecules with vehicles that solubilize them in aqueous phases. Temperature disorders the bicontinuous structures and reduces the supersaturation of the system containing OEE with CoQ(10); as a result CoQ(10) crystallization is retarded. PMID:21723268

  12. Efficacy comparison between simple mixed-dilution and simple mid-dilution on-line hemodiafiltration techniques: a crossover study.

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    Susantitaphong, Paweena; Tiranathanagul, Khajohn; Katavetin, Pisut; Hanwiwatwong, Orawadee; Wittayalertpanya, Supeecha; Praditpornsilpa, Kearkiat; Tungsanga, Kriang; Eiam-Ong, Somchai

    2012-12-01

    Mid-dilution and mixed-dilution on-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) techniques are innovated to overcome the limitations of two standard techniques including predilution and postdilution. Unfortunately, the head-to-head comparisons between these two novel techniques in the same study are still limited. Moreover, the original mid-dilution and mixed-dilution OL-HDF need special dialyzers and special machines. In the present study, simple mid-dilution and simple mixed-dilution OL-HDF were settled with the aim for clinical use in general hemodialysis (HD) centers. The efficacies of uremic toxins removal between both modalities were measured and compared. This prospective randomized crossover study was conducted on 12 stable HD patients undergoing simple mixed-dilution and simple mid-dilution OL-HDF techniques. HD prescriptions were similar in both techniques. The dialysis efficacies were determined by calculating small- (urea, creatinine, and phosphate) and middle-molecule (beta-2 microglobulin [β2M]) removal. Moreover, potential complications such as high transmembrane pressure (TMP) and protein loss were also observed. Simple mixed-dilution OL-HDF provided significantly greater clearances of urea, creatinine, and β2M when compared with the simple mid-dilution OL-HDF techniques. Phosphate clearances in both techniques were comparable. In addition, TMP and dialysate albumin loss were not different. There were no intradialytic complications in both techniques. Simple mixed-dilution OL-HDF could provide greater efficacy for small- and middle-molecule clearances and acceptable potential risks, while phosphate removal is comparable.

  13. Dispersal and air entrainment in unconfined dilute pyroclastic density currents

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    Andrews, Benjamin J.

    2014-09-01

    Unconfined scaled laboratory experiments show that 3D structures control the behavior of dilute pyroclastic density currents (PDCs) during and after liftoff. Experiments comprise heated and ambient temperature 20 μm talc powder turbulently suspended in air to form density currents within an unobstructed 8.5 × 6 × 2.6-m chamber. Comparisons of Richardson, thermal Richardson, Froude, Stokes, and settling numbers and buoyant thermal to kinetic energy densities show good agreement between experimental currents and dilute PDCs. The experimental Reynolds numbers are lower than those of PDCs, but the experiments are fully turbulent; thus, the large-scale dynamics are similar between the two systems. High-frequency, simultaneous observation in three orthogonal planes shows that the currents behave very differently than previous 2D (i.e., confined) currents. Specifically, whereas ambient temperature currents show radial dispersal patterns, buoyancy reversal, and liftoff of heated currents focuses dispersal along narrow axes beneath the rising plumes. The aspect ratios, defined as the current length divided by a characteristic width, are typically 2.5-3.5 in heated currents and 1.5-2.5 in ambient temperature currents, reflecting differences in dispersal between the two types of currents. Mechanisms of air entrainment differ greatly between the two currents: entrainment occurs primarily behind the heads and through the upper margins of ambient temperature currents, but heated currents entrain air through their lateral margins. That lateral entrainment is much more efficient than the vertical entrainment, >0.5 compared to ˜0.1, where entrainment is defined as the ratio of cross-stream to streamwise velocity. These experiments suggest that generation of coignimbrite plumes should focus PDCs along narrow transport axes, resulting in elongate rather than radial deposits.

  14. Asymptotic Behavior of a Chemostat Model with Stochastic Perturbation on the Dilution Rate

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    Chaoqun Xu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a stochastic simple chemostat model in which the dilution rate was influenced by white noise. The long time behavior of the system is studied. Mainly, we show how the solution spirals around the washout equilibrium and the positive equilibrium of deterministic system under different conditions. Furthermore, the sufficient conditions for persistence in the mean of the stochastic system and washout of the microorganism are obtained. Numerical simulations are carried out to support our results.

  15. The dilution effect on the extinction of wall diffusion flame

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    Ghiti Nadjib

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The dynamic process of the interaction between a turbulent jet diffusion methane flame and a lateral wall was experimentally studied. The evolution of the flame temperature field with the Nitrogen dilution of the methane jet flame was examined. The interaction between the diffusion flame and the lateral wall was investigated for different distance between the wall and the central axes of the jet flame. The dilution is found to play the central role in the flame extinction process. The flame response as the lateral wall approaches from infinity and the increasing of the dilution rate make the flame extinction more rapid than the flame without dilution, when the nitrogen dilution rate increase the flame temperature decrease.

  16. Thermal annealing of GaAs concentrator solar cells

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    Curtis, H. B.; Brinker, David J.

    1991-01-01

    Isochronal and isothermal annealing tests were performed on GaAs concentrator cells which were irradiated with electrons of various energies to fluences up to 1 x 10(exp 16) e/sq cm. The results include: (1) For cells irradiated with electrons from 0.7 to 2.3 MeV, recovery decreases with increasing electron energy. (2) As determined by the un-annealed fractions, isothermal and isochronal annealing produce the same recovery. Also, cells irradiated to 3 x 10(exp 15) or 1 x 10(exp 16) e/sq cm recover to similar un-annealed fractions. (3) Some significant annealing is being seen at 150 C although very long times are required.

  17. Annealing effect on InP vertical porous arrays

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    2010-01-01

    InP vertical porous arrays were produced using electrochemical etching at room temperature.The as-etched InP samples were annealed in an ultra high vacuum camber.Cross-sectional analysis of the porous layer was conducted using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).Annealing in vacuum was found to meliorate the structural quality of the porous layer.EDX results showed the composition change of the porous InP.By controlling the annealing process parameters,the content ratio of phosphorus (P) to indium (In) is tuneable.Raman property of the samples was also investigated at room temperature.Compared with the sample without annealing treatment,Raman spectrum from the annealed sample showed red-shifted LO and TO peaks together with sharpened LO peak and shortened TO peak.

  18. Annealing of ion-implanted GaN

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    Burchard, A; Stötzler, A; Weissenborn, R; Deicher, M

    1999-01-01

    $^{111m}$Cd and $^{112}$Cd ions have been implanted into GaN. With photoluminescence spectroscopy and perturbed $\\gamma-\\gamma$-angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC) the reduction of implantation damage and the optical activation of the implants have been observed as a function of annealing temperature using different annealing methods. The use of N$_{2}$ or NH$_{3}$ atmosphere during annealing allows temperatures up to 1323k and 1373 K, respectively, but above 1200 K a strong loss of Cd from the GaN has been observed. Annealing GaN together with elementary Al forms a protective layer on the GaN surface allowing annealing temperatures up to 1570 K for 10 min. (11 refs).

  19. Mechanism of Annealing Softening of Rolled or Forged Tool Steel

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    2003-01-01

    In order to reduce hardness of rolled or forged steels after annealing and improve processability, the diameter and dispersity of carbides were measured by SEM and quantitative metallography. The microstructure of annealed steel was analyzed by TEM. The effects of the factors such as solute atoms, carbides, grain boundary and interphase boundary were studied. The mechanism of annealing softening of steels was analyzed on the examples of steels H13, S5, S7, X45CrNiMo4, which are treated with new technology. The results showed that the softening of H13, S7, S5 is easier obtained by isothermal or slow cooling annealing from slightly below A1, but hardness of X45CrNiMo4 after annealing is reduced effectively by obtaining coarse lamellar pearlite. Economic results can be obtained from good processability.

  20. Crystallization degree change of expanded graphite by milling and annealing

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    Tang Qunwei [Key Laboratory for Functional Materials of Fujian Higher Education, Institute of Material Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021 (China); Wu Jihuai [Key Laboratory for Functional Materials of Fujian Higher Education, Institute of Material Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021 (China)], E-mail: jhwu@hqu.edu.cn; Sun Hui; Fang Shijun [Key Laboratory for Functional Materials of Fujian Higher Education, Institute of Material Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021 (China)

    2009-05-05

    Expanded graphite was ball milled with a planetary mill in air atmosphere, and subsequently thermal annealed. The samples were characterized by using X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). It was found that in the milling initial stage (less than 12 h), the crystallization degree of the expanded graphite declined gradually, but after milling more than 16 h, a recrystallization of the expanded graphite toke place, and ordered nanoscale expanded graphite was formed gradually. In the annealing initial stage, the non-crystallization of the graphite occurred, but, beyond an annealing time, recrystallizations of the graphite arise. Higher annealing temperature supported the recrystallization. The milled and annealed expanded graphite still preserved the crystalline structure as raw material and hold high thermal stability.

  1. On the Debossing, Annealing and Mounting of Bells

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    PERRIN, R.; SWALLOWE, G. M.; CHARNLEY, T.; MARSHALL, C.

    1999-10-01

    Changes in the frequencies of the musical partials of various types of bells following debossing dismounting/mounting and annealing/quench annealing are reported. Debossing, dismounting and quench annealing lead to frequency drops, while mounting gives rises. Annealing can lead to frequency increases or decreases depending upon the maximum temperature employed and the initial residual stress. Qualitative explanations of these phenomena are given in terms of changes in crown stiffness, internal stress and alloy phase structure. These are supported by the results of X-ray diffraction measurements. Although the effects are all small they can be large enough to be detected by a reasonably musical car. This, together with the fact that the effects cannot be controlled, gives a plausible explanation of why modern bellfounders use vertical lathes for tuning, even with small carillon bells, and do not anneal bells when trying to control warble.

  2. Improving Simulated Annealing by Replacing Its Variables with Game-Theoretic Utility Maximizers

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    Wolpert, David H.; Bandari, Esfandiar; Tumer, Kagan

    2001-01-01

    The game-theory field of Collective INtelligence (COIN) concerns the design of computer-based players engaged in a non-cooperative game so that as those players pursue their self-interests, a pre-specified global goal for the collective computational system is achieved as a side-effect. Previous implementations of COIN algorithms have outperformed conventional techniques by up to several orders of magnitude, on domains ranging from telecommunications control to optimization in congestion problems. Recent mathematical developments have revealed that these previously developed algorithms were based on only two of the three factors determining performance. Consideration of only the third factor would instead lead to conventional optimization techniques like simulated annealing that have little to do with non-cooperative games. In this paper we present an algorithm based on all three terms at once. This algorithm can be viewed as a way to modify simulated annealing by recasting it as a non-cooperative game, with each variable replaced by a player. This recasting allows us to leverage the intelligent behavior of the individual players to substantially improve the exploration step of the simulated annealing. Experiments are presented demonstrating that this recasting significantly improves simulated annealing for a model of an economic process run over an underlying small-worlds topology. Furthermore, these experiments reveal novel small-worlds phenomena, and highlight the shortcomings of conventional mechanism design in bounded rationality domains.

  3. Improving Simulated Annealing by Recasting it as a Non-Cooperative Game

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    Wolpert, David; Bandari, Esfandiar; Tumer, Kagan

    2001-01-01

    The game-theoretic field of COllective INtelligence (COIN) concerns the design of computer-based players engaged in a non-cooperative game so that as those players pursue their self-interests, a pre-specified global goal for the collective computational system is achieved "as a side-effect". Previous implementations of COIN algorithms have outperformed conventional techniques by up to several orders of magnitude, on domains ranging from telecommunications control to optimization in congestion problems. Recent mathematical developments have revealed that these previously developed game-theory-motivated algorithms were based on only two of the three factors determining performance. Consideration of only the third factor would instead lead to conventional optimization techniques like simulated annealing that have little to do with non-cooperative games. In this paper we present an algorithm based on all three terms at once. This algorithm can be viewed as a way to modify simulated annealing by recasting it as a non-cooperative game, with each variable replaced by a player. This recasting allows us to leverage the intelligent behavior of the individual players to substantially improve the exploration step of the simulated annealing. Experiments are presented demonstrating that this recasting improves simulated annealing by several orders of magnitude for spin glass relaxation and bin-packing.

  4. Thermoelectric properties and micro-structure characteristics of annealed N-type bismuth telluride thin film

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    N-type bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) thermoelectric thin films were deposited by co-sputtering simple substance Te and Bi targets. The deposited films were annealed under various temperatures. The composition ratio, micro-structure and thermoelectric properties of the prepared films were systematically investigated by energy dispersive spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, four-probe method and Seebeck coefficient measurement system. When the annealing temperature is 400 °C, the stoichiometric N-type Bi2Te3 film is achieved, which has a maximum thermoelectric power factor of 0.821 × 10−3 W m−1 K−2. Furthermore, the dependence of Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and power factor of the stoichiometric N-type Bi2Te3 film annealed at film 400 °C on the applied temperature ranging from 25 °C to 315 °C was investigated. The results show that a highest power factor of 3.288 × 10−3 W m−1 K−2 is obtained at the applied temperature of 275 °C. The structural and thermoelectric properties of the deposited bismuth telluride thin films are greatly improved by annealing and the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and power factor increase with the applied temperature rising, which are helpful and could be guidance for preparing the high-performance thin film thermoelectric materials for thermoelectric application.

  5. The influence of annealing temperature on the strength of TRISO coated particles

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    Rooyen, I.J. van, E-mail: Isabel.vanrooyen@pbmr.co.z [Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd., 1279 Mike Crawford Avenue, Centurion (South Africa); Department of Physics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Neethling, J.H. [Department of Physics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Rooyen, P.M. van [Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd., 1279 Mike Crawford Avenue, Centurion (South Africa)

    2010-07-31

    The integrity of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) fuel, and specifically the SiC layer system of the Tristructural Isotropic (TRISO) coated particle (CP), namely inner pyrolytic carbon, silicon carbide and outer pyrolytic carbon (I-PyC-SiC-O-PyC), determines the containment of fission products. The PBMR fuel consists of TRISO coated particles (CPs) embedded in a graphite matrix. One of the characterization techniques investigated by PBMR is the determination of strength of CPs. It is a well known metallurgical fact that temperature, amongst many other parameters, may influence the strength of a material. A recently developed method for measuring the strength of the TRISO coated particles was used and is briefly described in this article. The advantages of this method are demonstrated by the comparison of strength measurements of five experimental PBMR CP batches as a function of annealing temperature. Significant modification of strength after annealing was measured with increased temperature within the range 1000-2100 {sup o}C. The interesting feature of decreasing standard deviation of the strength with increasing temperature will also be discussed with a possible explanation. A significant difference in coated particle strength is also demonstrated for two CP batches with layer thickness on the extremities of the SiC layer thickness specification. The effect of long duration annealing on these strength values will also be demonstrated by comparing results from 1 h to 100 h annealing periods of coated particles at a temperature of 1600 {sup o}C.

  6. Annealing polymer nanofibrous nanocomposite mats via photothermal heating: effects on overall crystallinity, morphology, and mechanical properties

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    Gorga, Russell; Clarke, Laura; Bochinski, Jason; Viswanath, Vidya; Maity, Somsubhra

    2014-03-01

    Metal nanoparticles embedded within polymeric systems can be made to act as localized heat sources thereby aiding in-situ polymer processing. This is made possible by the surface plasmon resonance mediated photothermal effect of metal nanoparticles, wherein incident light absorbed by the nanoparticle generates a non-equilibrium electron distribution which subsequently transfers this energy into the surrounding medium, resulting in a temperature increase in the immediate region around the particle. Here we demonstrate this effect in polyethylene oxide-gold nanoparticle electrospun nanofibrous mats, which have been annealed at temperatures above the glass transition. A non-contact temperature measurement technique utilizing embedded fluorophores (perylene) has been used to monitor the average temperature within samples. The effect of annealing methods (conventional and photothermal) and annealing conditions (temperature and time) on the fiber morphology, overall crystallinity, and mechanical properties is discussed. In conclusion we demonstrate that the specificity of plasmonic heating coupled with the inside-outside approach of annealing presents a unique tool to improve crystallinity, and therefore mechanical properties, of the polymer mats while maintaining the unique nanofibrous morphologies. Supported by the National Science Foundation (CMMI-1069108).

  7. The influence of annealing temperature on the strength of TRISO coated particles

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    The integrity of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) fuel, and specifically the SiC layer system of the Tristructural Isotropic (TRISO) coated particle (CP), namely inner pyrolytic carbon, silicon carbide and outer pyrolytic carbon (I-PyC-SiC-O-PyC), determines the containment of fission products. The PBMR fuel consists of TRISO coated particles (CPs) embedded in a graphite matrix. One of the characterization techniques investigated by PBMR is the determination of strength of CPs. It is a well known metallurgical fact that temperature, amongst many other parameters, may influence the strength of a material. A recently developed method for measuring the strength of the TRISO coated particles was used and is briefly described in this article. The advantages of this method are demonstrated by the comparison of strength measurements of five experimental PBMR CP batches as a function of annealing temperature. Significant modification of strength after annealing was measured with increased temperature within the range 1000-2100 oC. The interesting feature of decreasing standard deviation of the strength with increasing temperature will also be discussed with a possible explanation. A significant difference in coated particle strength is also demonstrated for two CP batches with layer thickness on the extremities of the SiC layer thickness specification. The effect of long duration annealing on these strength values will also be demonstrated by comparing results from 1 h to 100 h annealing periods of coated particles at a temperature of 1600 oC.

  8. GPU-Accelerated Population Annealing Algorithm: Frustrated Ising Antiferromagnet on the Stacked Triangular Lattice

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    Borovský Michal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The population annealing algorithm is a novel approach to study systems with rough free-energy landscapes, such as spin glasses. It combines the power of simulated annealing, Boltzmann weighted differential reproduction and sequential Monte Carlo process to bring the population of replicas to the equilibrium even in the low-temperature region. Moreover, it provides a very good estimate of the free energy. The fact that population annealing algorithm is performed over a large number of replicas with many spin updates, makes it a good candidate for massive parallelism. We chose the GPU programming using a CUDA implementation to create a highly optimized simulation. It has been previously shown for the frustrated Ising antiferromagnet on the stacked triangular lattice with a ferromagnetic interlayer coupling, that standard Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations fail to equilibrate at low temperatures due to the effect of kinetic freezing of the ferromagnetically ordered chains. We applied the population annealing to study the case with the isotropic intra- and interlayer antiferromagnetic coupling (J2/|J1| = −1. The reached ground states correspond to non-magnetic degenerate states, where chains are antiferromagnetically ordered, but there is no long-range ordering between them, which is analogical with Wannier phase of the 2D triangular Ising antiferromagnet.

  9. Hybridization of Genetic Algorithm with Parallel Implementation of Simulated Annealing for Job Shop Scheduling

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    Thamilselvan Rakkiannan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The Job Shop Scheduling Problem (JSSP is observed as one of the most difficult NP-hard, combinatorial problem. The problem consists of determining the most efficient schedule for jobs that are processed on several machines. Approach: In this study Genetic Algorithm (GA is integrated with the parallel version of Simulated Annealing Algorithm (SA is applied to the job shop scheduling problem. The proposed algorithm is implemented in a distributed environment using Remote Method Invocation concept. The new genetic operator and a parallel simulated annealing algorithm are developed for solving job shop scheduling. Results: The implementation is done successfully to examine the convergence and effectiveness of the proposed hybrid algorithm. The JSS problems tested with very well-known benchmark problems, which are considered to measure the quality of proposed system. Conclusion/Recommendations: The empirical results show that the proposed genetic algorithm with simulated annealing is quite successful to achieve better solution than the individual genetic or simulated annealing algorithm."

  10. Effects of dietary dilution source and dilution level on feather damage, performance, behaviour, and litter condition in pullets

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    Qaisrani, S.N.; Krimpen, van M.M.; Kwakkel, R.P.

    2013-01-01

    An experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary dilution sources and levels on feather damage, performance, feeding behavior, and litter condition in rearing pullets. It was hypothesized that dietary dilution increases feeding-related behavior and improves feather condition, partic

  11. Magnetism and Transport in the Group-IV Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor Germanium(1-x) Manganese(x)

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    Dolph, Melissa Ann Commisso

    Dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS) have gained interest over the past decade because of their potential applications in spintronics. DMS systems exhibit carriermediated ferromagnetism, a property which enables electric-field control over the magnetization. In this thesis, the DMS Ge1-xMn x was studied. Germanium (Ge) is a desirable semiconductor because of its high hole mobility and its compatibility with silicon. Manganese (Mn) was chosen for its exhibition of indirect ferromagnetic coupling. These properties are deemed necessary for the realization of a magnetic quantum-dot based device such as a magnetic spin switch. Ion implantation of Mn into Ge-on-insulator and molecular beam expitaxy (MBE) were two methods utilized to synthesize the studied Ge1-x Mnx thin films. Several of the Ge1-xMn x films were treated with rapid thermal annealing (RTA) or pulsed laser melting (PLM) in an attempt to improve the crystallinity and make more of the Mn ferromagnetically active. Of all the Ge1-xMn x systems studied, those that exhibited correlated magnetic and magneto-transport properties were those with hole concentrations on the order of 1019 --1020 holes/cm3. Although these systems exhibited robust magneto-transport properties, electric-field biasing proved ineffective at modulating the carrier concentration and ultimately the magnetization as monitored by the ordinary and anomalous Hall effects and the resistivity. The inefficiency of the electric gating was attributed to localized trap states which reside in the energy band gap of the defect-plagued Ge semiconductor. If crystallinity is a prerequisite for gatability, PLM may prove useful as it was found to restore the single crystal structure damaged during Mn implantation. However, PLM resulted in an undesirable segregation of Mn toward the surface of the film (as observed by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)); a decrease in the saturation magnetization after PLM was attributed to this segregation. The information

  12. Defect annealing processes for polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells

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    Steffens, S., E-mail: simon.steffens@helmholtz-berlin.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Berlin (Germany); Becker, C. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Berlin (Germany); Zollondz, J.-H., E-mail: hzollondz@masdarpv.com [CSG Solar AG, Thalheim (Germany); Chowdhury, A.; Slaoui, A. [L’Institut d’Électronique du Solide et des Systèmes, Strasbourg (France); Lindekugel, S. [Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme, Freiburg (Germany); Schubert, U.; Evans, R. [Suntech R and D Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney (Australia); Rech, B. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Defect annealing processes were applied to polycrystalline silicon thin films. ► Conventional rapid thermal annealing was compared to novel annealing processes using a laser system and a zone-melting recrystallization setup. ► The open circuit voltages could be enhanced from below 170 mV up to 482 mV. ► Increase in Sun's-V{sub OC} values with decrease in FWHM of the TO Raman phonon of crystalline silicon. ► Solar cells were fabricated for I–V-measurements: Best solar cell efficiency of 6.7%. -- Abstract: A variety of defect healing methods was analyzed for optimization of polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin-film solar cells on glass. The films were fabricated by solid phase crystallization of amorphous silicon deposited either by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) or by electron-beam evaporation (EBE). Three different rapid thermal processing (RTP) set-ups were compared: A conventional rapid thermal annealing oven, a dual wavelength laser annealing system and a movable two sided halogen lamp oven. The two latter processes utilize focused energy input for reducing the thermal load introduced into the glass substrates and thus lead to less deformation and impurity diffusion. Analysis of the structural and electrical properties of the poly-Si thin films was performed by Suns-V{sub OC} measurements and Raman spectroscopy. 1 cm{sup 2} cells were prepared for a selection of samples and characterized by I–V-measurements. The poly-Si material quality could be extremely enhanced, resulting in increase of the open circuit voltages from about 100 mV (EBE) and 170 mV (PECVD) in the untreated case up to 480 mV after processing.

  13. Hydrogen recycling. A way to improve the efficiency of HPH {sup registered} -bell-type annealing furnaces; Wasserstoffrecycling. Eine Massnahme zur Steigerung der Effizienz von HPH {sup registered} -Haubengluehanlagen

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    Wendt, Peter [LOI Thermprocess GmbH, Essen (Germany). Geschaeftsbereich HPH(registered) - Haubengluehanlagen und Bandbehandlungsanlagen; Dengel, Udo [H2 Gen Innovations Inc. (United States)

    2009-03-15

    While hydrogen is used around the world as a protective gas in modern bell annealing furnaces, hydrogen costs represent a significant proportion of operating costs. The article describes a method for recycling hydrogen in bell annealing applications that significantly reduces operating costs. The integration of the hydrogen recycling system with the bell annealing furnaces is presented and operating cost and environmental benefits are assessed. The system can be retrofitted to existing bell annealing installations and has potential for other applications where hydrogen is used. (orig.)

  14. Results of Waste Transfer and Back-Dilution in Tanks 241-SY-101 and 241-SY-102

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    This report chronicles the process of remediation of the flammable gas hazard in Tank 241-SY-101 (SY-101) by waste transfer and back-dilution from December 18, 1999 through April 2, 2000. A brief history is given of the development of the flammable gas retention and release hazard in this tank, and the transfer and dilution systems are outlined. A detailed narrative of each of the three transfer and dilution campaigns is given to provide structure for the balance of the report. Details of the behavior of specific data are then described, including the effect of transfer and dilution on the waste levels in Tanks SY-101 and SY-102, data from strain gauges on equipment suspended from the tank dome, changes in waste configuration as inferred from neutron and gamma logs, headspace gas concentrations, waste temperatures, and the mixerpump operating performance. Operating data and performance of the transfer pump in SY-101 are also discussed

  15. Access control for MPEG video applications using neural network and simulated annealing

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    Ahmed N. U.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a dynamic modelfor access control mechanism used in computer communication network applied to MPEG video transmission over Internet. This modelis different fromthosedeveloped inthe previous works related to this topic. In our model, token buckets supported by data buffersare used to shape incoming traffic and one multiplexor, serving all the token pools, multiplexes all theconforming traffic. The model is governed by a system of discrete nonlinear difference equations. Weuse neural network as the feedback controller which receives at its input (measurable available information and provides at its output the optimal control. The simulated annealing algorithm isusedto optimize the system performance by adjusting the weights. For illustration, we presentnumerical results which show that the system performance of MPEG video server can be improved by using neural network and simulated annealing approach.

  16. Weighted Geometric Dilution of Precision Calculations with Matrix Multiplication

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    Chien-Sheng Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To enhance the performance of location estimation in wireless positioning systems, the geometric dilution of precision (GDOP is widely used as a criterion for selecting measurement units. Since GDOP represents the geometric effect on the relationship between measurement error and positioning determination error, the smallest GDOP of the measurement unit subset is usually chosen for positioning. The conventional GDOP calculation using matrix inversion method requires many operations. Because more and more measurement units can be chosen nowadays, an efficient calculation should be designed to decrease the complexity. Since the performance of each measurement unit is different, the weighted GDOP (WGDOP, instead of GDOP, is used to select the measurement units to improve the accuracy of location. To calculate WGDOP effectively and efficiently, the closed-form solution for WGDOP calculation is proposed when more than four measurements are available. In this paper, an efficient WGDOP calculation method applying matrix multiplication that is easy for hardware implementation is proposed. In addition, the proposed method can be used when more than exactly four measurements are available. Even when using all-in-view method for positioning, the proposed method still can reduce the computational overhead. The proposed WGDOP methods with less computation are compatible with global positioning system (GPS, wireless sensor networks (WSN and cellular communication systems.

  17. Annealed Scaling for a Charged Polymer

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    Caravenna, F., E-mail: francesco.caravenna@unimib.it [Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni (Italy); Hollander, F. den, E-mail: denholla@math.leidenuniv.nl [Leiden University, Mathematical Institute (Netherlands); Pétrélis, N., E-mail: nicolas.petrelis@univ-nantes.fr [Université de Nantes, Laboratoire de Mathématiques Jean Leray UMR 6629 (France); Poisat, J., E-mail: poisat@ceremade.dauphine.fr [Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University, CEREMADE, UMR 7534 (France)

    2016-03-15

    This paper studies an undirected polymer chain living on the one-dimensional integer lattice and carrying i.i.d. random charges. Each self-intersection of the polymer chain contributes to the interaction Hamiltonian an energy that is equal to the product of the charges of the two monomers that meet. The joint probability distribution for the polymer chain and the charges is given by the Gibbs distribution associated with the interaction Hamiltonian. The focus is on the annealed free energy per monomer in the limit as the length of the polymer chain tends to infinity. We derive a spectral representation for the free energy and use this to prove that there is a critical curve in the parameter plane of charge bias versus inverse temperature separating a ballistic phase from a subballistic phase. We show that the phase transition is first order. We prove large deviation principles for the laws of the empirical speed and the empirical charge, and derive a spectral representation for the associated rate functions. Interestingly, in both phases both rate functions exhibit flat pieces, which correspond to an inhomogeneous strategy for the polymer to realise a large deviation. The large deviation principles in turn lead to laws of large numbers and central limit theorems. We identify the scaling behaviour of the critical curve for small and for large charge bias. In addition, we identify the scaling behaviour of the free energy for small charge bias and small inverse temperature. Both are linked to an associated Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem. A key tool in our analysis is the Ray-Knight formula for the local times of the one-dimensional simple random walk. This formula is exploited to derive a closed form expression for the generating function of the annealed partition function, and for several related quantities. This expression in turn serves as the starting point for the derivation of the spectral representation for the free energy, and for the scaling theorems

  18. Fabrication of onion-like carbon from nanodiamond by annealing

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    2009-01-01

    Onion-like carbon(OLC)was synthesized by annealing nanodiamond in low vacuum of 1 Pa and at annealing temperatures from 500℃to 1400℃.The high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM)images,X-ray diffraction(XRD)and Raman spectrum of the OLC showed that there was no OLC when the annealing temperature was lower than 900℃.Moreover,the fragment amorphous carbon existed on the surfaces of the nanodiamond particles.At the annealing temperature of 900℃,the OLC particles began appearing and the size of the OLC particles was smaller than 5 nm.When the annealing temperature was increased from 900℃to 1400℃,the nanodiamond was transformed into OLC gradu- ally.At the annealing temperature of 1400℃,all the nanodiamond particles were transformed into OLC completely.The OLC exhibited similarity to the original nanodiamond particles in shape.A mechanism for the OLC synthesis by annealing was provided.The graphitization started at the surfaces of the nanodiamond particles.The formation process of the OLC includes formation of graphite fragments, connection and curvature of graphite sheets between diamond(111)planes and closure of the graphite layers.

  19. Surface Morphology of Annealed Lead Phthalocyanine Thin Films

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    P.Kalugasalam,

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The thin films of Lead Phthalocyanine (PbPc on glass substrates were prepared by Vacuum deposition. The thickness of the films was 450 nm. The sample annealed in high vacuum at 373 K temperature. The sample has been analysed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy in order to get structural and surface morphology of the PbPc thin film. The formation of XRD patterns of PbPc shows a triclinic grains (T seen along with monoclinic (M forms of PbPc. The sample is annealed at 373 K temperatures; the film shows peaks that assigned to the triclinic phase. SEM and AFM are the best tools to investigate the surface smoothness and to find the grain size of the particles. The grain size is calculated for all films of different thicknesses. The annealed AFM micrograph shows that the surface of the films consists of large holes. The annealed AFM image indicates a smooth surface. It is very clear that the grain size decreases with increase in the annealing temperature. The roughness also decreases with the increase in film annealing temperature. Annealed film leads to the oxidation of the hthalocyanine with oxygen absorbed or diffused. Therefore, the heat is responsible for the increase in film thickness. Since the films expand, it is believed that the porosity is increased.

  20. The changes of ADI structure during high temperature annealing

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    A. Krzyńska

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of structure investigations of ADI during it was annealing at elevated temperature are presented. Ductile iron austempered at temperature 325oC was then isothermally annealed 360 minutes at temperature 400, 450, 500 and 550oC. The structure investigations showed that annealing at these temperatures caused substantial structure changes and thus essential hardness decrease, which is most useful property of ADI from point of view its practical application. Degradation advance of the structure depends mainly on annealing temperature, less on the time of the heat treatment. It was concluded that high temperature annealing caused precipitation of Fe3C type carbides, which morphology and distribution depend on temperature. In case of 400oC annealing the carbides precipitates inside bainitic ferrite lath in specific crystallographic planes and partly at the grain boundaries. The annealing at the temperature 550oC caused disappearing of characteristic for ADI needle or lath – like morphology, which is replaced with equiaxed grains. In this case Fe3C carbides take the form very fine precipitates with spheroidal geometry.

  1. Dilution thermodynamics of the biologically relevant cation mixtures

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    Kaczyński, Marek, E-mail: marek.kaczynski@pwr.wroc.pl; Borowik, Tomasz, E-mail: office@novel-id.pl; Przybyło, Magda, E-mail: magdalena.przybylo@pwr.wroc.pl; Langner, Marek, E-mail: marek.langner@pwr.wroc.pl

    2014-01-10

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Dilution energetics of Ca{sup 2+} can be altered by the aqueous phase ionic composition. • Dissipated heat upon Ca{sup 2+} dilution is drastically reduced in the K{sup +} presence. • Reduction of the enthalpy change upon Ca{sup 2+} dilution is K{sup +} concentration dependent. • The cooperativity of Ca{sup 2+} hydration might be of great biological relevance providing a thermodynamic argument for the specific ionic composition of the intracellular environment. - Abstract: The ionic composition of intracellular space is rigorously controlled by a variety of processes consuming large quantities of energy. Since the energetic efficiency is an important evolutional criterion, therefore the ion fluxes within the cell should be optimized with respect to the accompanying energy consumption. In the paper we present the experimental evidence that the dilution enthalpies of the biologically relevant ions; i.e. calcium and magnesium depend on the presence of monovalent cations; i.e. sodium and potassium. The heat flow generated during the dilution of ionic mixtures was measured with the isothermal titration calorimetry. When calcium was diluted together with potassium the dilution enthalpy was drastically reduced as the function of the potassium concentration present in the solution. No such effect was observed when the potassium ions were substituted with sodium ones. When the dilution of magnesium was investigated the dependence of the dilution enthalpy on the accompanying monovalent cation was much weaker. In order to interpret experimental evidences the ionic cluster formation is postulated. The specific organization of such cluster should depend on ions charges, sizes and organization of the hydration layers.

  2. MOVPE growth mechanisms of dilute bismide III/V alloys

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    Ludewig, P.; Nattermann, L.; Stolz, W.; Volz, K.

    2015-09-01

    This paper summarizes the present understanding of the growth of Ga(AsBi) on GaAs substrates using metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). A growth model including Bi segregation is developed and the influence of several growth parameters, such as the applied growth temperature, the growth rate and the partial pressures of the precursors, are investigated in detail. Also, effects, beyond pure source decomposition, of the low growth temperature needed for the deposition of the highly metastable material system are summarized. Optimizing the growth conditions enables the deposition of Ga(AsBi) layers with more than 7% Bi that show strong room temperature photoluminescence without the necessity of annealing. Bi acts as a surfactant during the growth that reduces the defect density and unintentional carbon doping of the crystals. Besides using the established Bi precursor trimethylbismuth (TMBi), the growth of Ga(AsBi) with alternative Bi precursors tritertiarybutylbismuth (TTBBi) and triisopropylbismuth (TIPBi) is discussed. Furthermore, first results on Ga(AsBi) containing an electrically pumped single quantum well laser grown with MOVPE are presented. These devices might enable high efficiency infrared laser devices in future.

  3. Embrittlement recovery due to annealing of reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Eason, E.D.; Wright, J.E.; Nelson, E.E. [Modeling and Computing Services, Boulder, CO (United States); Odette, G.R.; Mader, E.V. [Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States)

    1996-03-01

    Embrittlement of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) can be reduced by thermal annealing at temperatures higher than the normal operating conditions. Although such an annealing process has not been applied to any commercial plants in the United States, one US Army reactor, the BR3 plant in Belgium, and several plants in eastern Europe have been successfully annealed. All available Charpy annealing data were collected and analyzed in this project to develop quantitative models for estimating the recovery in 30 ft-lb (41 J) Charpy transition temperature and Charpy upper shelf energy over a range of potential annealing conditions. Pattern recognition, transformation analysis, residual studies, and the current understanding of the mechanisms involved in the annealing process were used to guide the selection of the most sensitive variables and correlating parameters and to determine the optimal functional forms for fitting the data. The resulting models were fitted by nonlinear least squares. The use of advanced tools, the larger data base now available, and insight from surrogate hardness data produced improved models for quantitative evaluation of the effects of annealing. The quality of models fitted in this project was evaluated by considering both the Charpy annealing data used for fitting and the surrogate hardness data base. The standard errors of the resulting recovery models relative to calibration data are comparable to the uncertainty in unirradiated Charpy data. This work also demonstrates that microhardness recovery is a good surrogate for transition temperature shift recovery and that there is a high level of consistency between the observed annealing trends and fundamental models of embrittlement and recovery processes.

  4. MILT DILUTION EFFECTIVENESS ON PIKEPERCH (SANDER LUCIOPERCA SPERM DNA INACTIVATION

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    B. KORBULY

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Percid fishes, including pikeperch (Sander lucioperca have recently become the subject of intense research. In order to obtain gynogenetic all female pikeperch populations, normal pikeperch eggs are fertilized with inactivated sperm. Because pikeperch semen has a high viscosity, milt has to be diluted in an immobilizing solution before DNA inactivation. The aim of this study was to assess milt diluting solutions effectiveness in order to inactivate sperm DNA with UV irradiation, to produce meiotic gynogenetic pikeperch (Sander lucioperca. We assessed sperm motility after dilution in 5 different immobilizing solutions. Best results were obtained using Ringer’s solution as pikeperch sperm diluent.

  5. Geometric dilution of precision for GPS single-point positioning based on four satellites

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    Wang Huihui; Zhan Xingqun; Zhang Yanhua

    2008-01-01

    To improve the positioning accuracy in GPS point positioning,the geometric dilution of precision (GDOP) including HDOP,VDOP,TDOP,PDOP is commonly considered.The properties of the DOP for the GPS satellite navigation system are studied and the coordinate system is improved in order to decrease the amount of variables.In the end,by simulation and discussing the results,the corresponding conclusions are presented.

  6. Effect of Annealing Temperature on the Water Contact Angle of PVD Hard Coatings

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    Yu-Sen Yang

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Various PVD (physical vapor deposition hard coatings including nitrides and metal-doped diamond-like carbons (Me-DLC were applied in plastic injection and die-casting molds to improve wear resistance and reduce sticking. In this study, nitrides hcp-AlN (hexagonal close-packed AlN, Cr2N, (CrAl2N and Me-DLC (Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings were prepared using a closed field unbalanced magnetron reactive sputtering system. The coatings were annealed in air for 2 h at various temperatures, after which the anti-sticking properties were assessed using water contact angle (WCA measurements. The as-deposited hcp-AlN, Cr2N and (CrAl2N coatings exhibit hydrophobic behavior and exhibit respective WCAs of 119°, 106° and 101°. The as-deposited Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings exhibit hydrophilic behavior and exhibit respective WCAs of 74° and 88°. The annealed Cr2N and (CrAl2N coatings exhibit hydrophobic behavior with higher WCAs, while the annealed hcp-AlN, Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings are hydrophilic. The increased WCA of the annealed Cr2N and (CrAl2N coatings is related to their crystal structure and increased roughness. The decreased WCA of the annealed hcp-AlN, Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings is related to their crystal structures and has little correlation with roughness.

  7. Excimer laser annealing for low-voltage power MOSFET

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    Chen, Yi; Okada, Tatsuya; Noguchi, Takashi; Mazzamuto, Fulvio; Huet, Karim

    2016-08-01

    Excimer laser annealing of lumped beam was performed to form the P-base junction for high-performance low-voltage-power MOSFET. An equivalent shallow-junction structure for the P-base junction with a uniform impurity distribution is realized by adopting excimer laser annealing (ELA). The impurity distribution in the P-base junction can be controlled precisely by the irradiated pulse energy density and the number of shots of excimer laser. High impurity activation for the shallow junction has been confirmed in the melted phase. The application of the laser annealing technology in the fabrication process of a practical low-voltage trench gate MOSFET was also examined.

  8. Annealing properties of potato starches with different degrees of phosphorylation

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    Muhrbeck, Per; Svensson, E

    1996-01-01

    Changes in the gelatinization temperature interval and gelatinization enthalpy with annealing time at 50 degrees C were followed for a number of potato starch samples, with different degrees of phosphorylation, using differential scanning calorimetry. The gelatinization temperature increased...... with the length of the annealing time up to the maximum time of 1280 min and a clear relation to the degree of phosphorylation was observed. The gelatinization enthalpy changed very slowly during the initial period of annealing, but faster in the later stages of the process. The increase in enthalpy was largest...

  9. The phase diagram of annealed Ge(111)/Ga

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    Molinàs-Mata, P.; Böhringer, M.; Artacho, E.;

    1995-01-01

    A study of the annealed phases of Ge(111)/Ga for coverages above 0.05 ML is presented. The surfaces are investigated by low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, and partly by photoemission and surface X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation. For Ga coverages beyond 0.......05 ML and up to about 2 ML and annealing temperatures higher than 500 degrees C four different phases appear. They all can be characterized as being discommensurate. Surprisingly, no commensurate superstructure appears on annealed Ge(111)/Ga....

  10. A NEW GENETIC SIMULATED ANNEALING ALGORITHM FOR FLOOD ROUTING MODEL

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    KANG Ling; WANG Cheng; JIANG Tie-bing

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, a new approach, the Genetic Simulated Annealing (GSA), was proposed for optimizing the parameters in the Muskingum routing model. By integrating the simulated annealing method into the genetic algorithm, the hybrid method could avoid some troubles of traditional methods, such as arduous trial-and-error procedure, premature convergence in genetic algorithm and search blindness in simulated annealing. The principle and implementing procedure of this algorithm were described. Numerical experiments show that the GSA can adjust the optimization population, prevent premature convergence and seek the global optimal result.Applications to the Nanyunhe River and Qingjiang River show that the proposed approach is of higher forecast accuracy and practicability.

  11. A New Approach to Determine the Total Airborne N Input into the Soil/Plant System Using 15N Isotope Dilution (ITNI): Results for Agricultural Areas in Central Germany

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    Russow, Rolf W.B.; Frank Bahme; Heinz-Ulrich Neue

    2001-01-01

    The atmospheric deposition of nitrogen (N) in the environment is of great concern due to its impact on natural ecosystems including affecting vegetation, reducing biodiversity, increasing tree growth in forests, and the eutrophication of aquatic systems. Taking into account the average annual N emission into the atmosphere in Germany of about 2 million t N (ammonia/ammonium, NOx), and assuming homogeneous distribution throughout Germany, an average N deposition of 45 kg/ha x year can be calcu...

  12. Effectiveness of nitrogen incorporation to enhance the photoelectrochemical activity of nanostructured TiO{sub 2}:NH{sub 3} versus H{sub 2}-N{sub 2} annealing

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    Fabrega, Cristian; Gueell, Frank; Morante, Joan Ramon [M2E-XaRMAE, Departamento d' Electronica, Universitat de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, Planta 2, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Andreu, Teresa [IREC, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Jardins de les Dones de negre, 1, E-08930 Sant Adria (Spain); Prades, Joan Daniel; Estrade, Sonia; Rebled, Jose Manuel; Peiro, Francesca, E-mail: cfabrega@el.ub.es [MIND-IN2UB, Departamento d' Electronica, Universitat de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, Planta 2, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2011-06-10

    Highly ordered TiO{sub 2} nanohole layers were synthesized by anodic oxidation of titanium foils using ethylene glycol and ammonium fluoride as the electrolyte. The effectiveness of different methods, namely annealing at 500 {sup 0}C in NH{sub 3} and in H{sub 2} diluted in N{sub 2}, to incorporate nitrogen into TiO{sub 2} and thus extend its photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity to the visible range was studied. The intra-gap levels introduced by both processes were identified by means of XPS and PL measurements. Water splitting experiments demonstrated that annealing in H{sub 2} improved the photocatalytic activity of pure TiO{sub 2}, while annealing in ammonia led to a decrease in the PEC performance.

  13. Ab-initio calculations for dilute magnetic semiconductors

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    Belhadji, Brahim

    2008-03-03

    This thesis focusses on ab-initio calculations for the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). In particular we aim at the understanding of the complex exchange interactions in these systems. Our calculations are based on density functional theory, being ideally suited for a description of the material specific properties of the considered DMS. Moreover we use the KKR Green function method in connection with the coherent potential approximation (CPA), which allows to include the random substitutional disorder in a mean field-like approximation for the electronic structure. Finally we calculate the exchange coupling constants J{sub ij} between two impurities in a CPA medium by using the Lichtenstein formula and from this calculate the Curie temperature by a numerically exact Monte Carlo method. Based on this analysis we found and investigated four different exchange mechanisms being of importance in DMS systems: Double exchange, p-d exchange, antiferromagnetic superexchanges, and ferromagnetic superexchange. A second topic we have investigated in this thesis is the pressure dependence of the exchange interactions and the Curie temperatures in (Ga,Mn)As and (In,Mn)As, using the LDA and the LDA+U approximations. Exact calculations of T{sub C} by Monte Carlo simulations show a somehow different behavior. (orig.)

  14. Modifications of band gap in Si/Ge multilayers through vacuum annealing

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    Sharma, A.; Tripathi, S.; Tripathi, J.; Shripathi, T.

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, important experimental findings and their impact on physical properties of Si/Ge systems are presented with the focus on structural and electronic properties investigations also covering band gap engineering. The use of synchrotron radiation based valence band photoemission spectroscopy technique has been demonstrated which provides the variation in bandgap values as a function of annealing on [Si/Ge]x10 multilayers structure. For this purpose, the required VB offsets are obtained by considering the corresponding VB maximum of as prepared sample as a reference. The bandgap values thus obtained show a gradually decreasing pattern with increasing temperature, which is discussed in terms of the effect of various factors such as: (i) quantum confinement effect normally observed in confined systems (ii) change in the annealing induced intermixing leading to the formation of SiGe alloy and (iii) roughness at the surface/interface.

  15. EFFECT OF ADSORPTION ON THE VISCOSITY OF DILUTE POLYMER SOLUTION

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    Rong-shi Cheng; Yu-fang Shao; Ming-zhu Liu; Rong-qing Lu

    1999-01-01

    Careful measurements of the dilute solution viscosities of polyethylene glycol and polyvinyl alcohol in water were carried out. The reduced viscosities of both polymer solutions plot upward curves at extremely dilute concentration levels similar to the phenomena observed for many polymer solutions in the early 1950's. Upon observation of the changes of the flow times of pure water in and the wall surface wettability of the viscometer after measuring solution viscosity, a view was formed that the observed viscosity abnormality at extremely dilute concentration regions is solely due to the effect of adsorption of polymer chains onto the wall surface of viscometer. A theory of adsorption effect based on the Langmuir isotherms was proposed and a mathematical analysis for data treatment was performed. The theory could adequately describe the existing viscosity data. It seems necessary to correct the viscosity result of dilute polymer solutions measured by glass capillary viscometer by taking into account the effect of adsorption in all cases.

  16. Success, failure and ambiguity of the dilution effect among competitors.

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    Strauss, Alexander T; Civitello, David J; Cáceres, Carla E; Hall, Spencer R

    2015-09-01

    It remains challenging to predict variation in the magnitude of disease outbreaks. The dilution effect seeks to explain this variation by linking multiple host species to disease transmission. It predicts that disease risk increases for a focal host when host species diversity declines. However, when an increase in species diversity does not reduce disease, we are often unable to diagnose why. Here, we increase mechanistic and predictive clarity of the dilution effect with a general trait-based model of disease transmission in multi-host communities. Then, we parameterise and empirically test our model with a multi-generational case study of planktonic disease. The model-experiment combination shows that hosts that vary in competitive ability (R*) and potential to spread disease (R0 ) can produce three qualitatively disparate outcomes of dilution on disease: the dilution effect can succeed, fail, or be ambiguous/irrelevant.

  17. A Cold Cycle Dilution Refrigerator for Space Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The cold cycle dilution refrigerator is a continuous refrigerator capable of cooling to temperatures below 100 mK that makes use of a novel thermal magnetic pump....

  18. The influence of the low temperature preliminary annealing on the structure and texture of the Kh30K15M3 alloy recrystallization

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    Aimed to obtain a high level of magnetic properties due to two-phase structure formation in a Fe-Cr-Co-Mo system Kh30K15M3 alloy after recrystallization a study is made into the influence of preliminary annealing in the range of 500-700 deg C on phase composition and structure of cold rolled alloy then subjected to a high temperature annealing. It is established that preliminary annealing at 600 deg C for 1.5 h results in an alloy microhardness increase and formation of cubic and plane textures on further recrystallization in the range of 1100-1150 deg C (45-10 min)

  19. MILT DILUTION EFFECTIVENESS ON PIKEPERCH (SANDER LUCIOPERCA) SPERM DNA INACTIVATION

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    B. KORBULY; A. GROZEA; ADA CEAN; I. BĂNĂŢEAN - DUNEA; N. PĂCALĂ; A. VĂLEAN

    2013-01-01

    Percid fishes, including pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) have recently become the subject of intense research. In order to obtain gynogenetic all female pikeperch populations, normal pikeperch eggs are fertilized with inactivated sperm. Because pikeperch semen has a high viscosity, milt has to be diluted in an immobilizing solution before DNA inactivation. The aim of this study was to assess milt diluting solutions effectiveness in order to inactivate sperm DNA with UV irradiation, to produce m...

  20. In-Situ Measurements of Graphene Mechanics During Annealing

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    Hui, Aaron; de Alba, Roberto; Sebastian, Abhilash; Parpia, Jeevak

    Graphene shows great potential as a material for a new generation of mechanical nanodevices. However, current methodologies used for fabricating graphene structures involve polymer resists for transfer and patterning, which degrades mechanical performance. To improve surface quality, high current or high temperature annealing of graphene is commonly employed. Previous studies of graphene mechanics have focused on performance after annealing or temperature-dependent behavior from 4K-300K. Here we present real-time, in-situ measurements of graphene mechanical resonance during high temperature annealing from 300K-600K. Upon heating, reversible changes in mechanical frequency are indicative of graphene thermal contraction. Discontinuous and irreversible changes are also seen, corresponding to graphene slipping and mass desorption. Both reversible and irreversible changes in quality factor are also observed. Characterizing the effects of annealing on the structural properties of graphene will enable more precise engineering for particular applications, such as mass sensing.

  1. Microstructural characterization and impact toughness of intercritically annealed PM steels

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    In this study, atomized iron powder (Ancorsteel 1000) was mixed with 0.3 and 0.5 wt.% graphite powder. After sintering at 1120 deg. C, coarse and fine ferrite and martensite (dual phase) microstructures were produced through intercritical annealing heat treatment at different temperatures. Specimens with various martensite volume fraction and size were impact tested. Impact toughness increased with increasing martensite volume fraction and decreasing martensite size. It was also seen that the impact toughness of specimens with 0.3 wt.% graphite was higher than those specimens with 0.5 wt.% graphite. Furthermore, the impact toughness of intercritically annealed specimens with fine ferrite and martensite microstructure was compared with a specimen that was conventionally quenched and tempered after sintering. The results showed that especially for high intercritical annealing temperatures, the impact toughness of intercritically annealed specimens was higher than that of conventionally heat-treated ones

  2. Solvent vapor annealing of an insoluble molecular semiconductor

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    Amassian, Aram

    2010-01-01

    Solvent vapor annealing has been proposed as a low-cost, highly versatile, and room-temperature alternative to thermal annealing of organic semiconductors and devices. In this article, we investigate the solvent vapor annealing process of a model insoluble molecular semiconductor thin film - pentacene on SiO 2 exposed to acetone vapor - using a combination of optical reflectance and two-dimensional grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements performed in situ, during processing. These measurements provide valuable and new insight into the solvent vapor annealing process; they demonstrate that solvent molecules interact mainly with the surface of the film to induce a solid-solid transition without noticeable swelling, dissolving or melting of the molecular material. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  3. Precise annealing of focal plane arrays for optical detection

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    Bender, Daniel A.

    2015-09-22

    Precise annealing of identified defective regions of a Focal Plane Array ("FPA") (e.g., exclusive of non-defective regions of the FPA) facilitates removal of defects from an FPA that has been hybridized and/or packaged with readout electronics. Radiation is optionally applied under operating conditions, such as under cryogenic temperatures, such that performance of an FPA can be evaluated before, during, and after annealing without requiring thermal cycling.

  4. Hardening by annealing and softening by deformation in nanostructured metals

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    Huang, X.; Hansen, N.; Tsuji, N.

    2006-01-01

    We observe that a nanostructured metal can be hardened by annealing and softened when subsequently deformed, which is in contrast to the typical behavior of a metal. Microstructural investigation points to an effect of the structural scale on fundamental mechanisms of dislocation-dislocation and....... As a consequence, the strength decreases and the ductility increases. These observations suggest that for materials such as the nanostructured aluminum studied here, deformation should be used as an optimizing procedure instead of annealing....

  5. Optimization by Quantum Annealing: Lessons from hard 3-SAT cases

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    Battaglia, Demian; Santoro, Giuseppe; Tosatti, Erio

    2005-01-01

    The Path Integral Monte Carlo simulated Quantum Annealing algorithm is applied to the optimization of a large hard instance of the Random 3-SAT Problem (N=10000). The dynamical behavior of the quantum and the classical annealing are compared, showing important qualitative differences in the way of exploring the complex energy landscape of the combinatorial optimization problem. At variance with the results obtained for the Ising spin glass and for the Traveling Salesman Problem, in the presen...

  6. Stochastic search in structural optimization - Genetic algorithms and simulated annealing

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    Hajela, Prabhat

    1993-01-01

    An account is given of illustrative applications of genetic algorithms and simulated annealing methods in structural optimization. The advantages of such stochastic search methods over traditional mathematical programming strategies are emphasized; it is noted that these methods offer a significantly higher probability of locating the global optimum in a multimodal design space. Both genetic-search and simulated annealing can be effectively used in problems with a mix of continuous, discrete, and integer design variables.

  7. An improved simulated annealing algorithm for standard cell placement

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    Jones, Mark; Banerjee, Prithviraj

    1988-01-01

    Simulated annealing is a general purpose Monte Carlo optimization technique that was applied to the problem of placing standard logic cells in a VLSI ship so that the total interconnection wire length is minimized. An improved standard cell placement algorithm that takes advantage of the performance enhancements that appear to come from parallelizing the uniprocessor simulated annealing algorithm is presented. An outline of this algorithm is given.

  8. Development of methods for the analysis of accident scenarios with steam line breaks and boron dilution by the help of the code system ATHLET-DYN3D. Final report. Pt. 1

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    Libraries of two-group neutron-diffusion parameters for a Siemens-KWU-Konvoi Pressurized Water Reactor have been generated at Forschungszentrum Rossendorf and TUeV Bau und Betrieb GmbH by using the codes HELIOS and CASMO, respectively. The libraries have been coupled to the reactor-dynamics code DYN3D. For a generic PWR core containing MOX fuel elements, DYN3D macro-burnup calculations and the calculation of different operation states have been carried out. The results will be used for the investigation of possible accident scenarios. Reactivity coefficients calculated by DYN3D are needed for accident analyses by the 1-D thermal-hydraulic code ATHLET. Using the cross section data, more detailed analyses can be carried out by applying the coupled-code system DYN3D-ATHLET, considering 3D neutron kinetics. The comparison of the results calculated by DYN3D with two different diffusion-parameter libraries can give an idea of how uncertainties in diffusion data influence the accuracy of reactor simulation. (orig.)

  9. Spall Response of Annealed Copper to Direct Explosive Loading

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    Finnegan, Simon; Burns, Malcolm; Whiteman, Glenn

    2015-06-01

    Taylor wave spall experiments were conducted on annealed copper targets using direct explosive loading. The targets were mounted on the back of an explosive which was initiated using a gas gun plate impact. The explosive and target were separated by a layer of foam in order to reduce the peak amplitude and strain rate of the Taylor wave pulse. This technique creates a high stress state, with a lower strain rate than an equivalent plate impact experiment, within the target. An advantage of using a gas gun is that the explosive run to detonation following impact can be studied separately. Four shots were performed on two differently annealed batches of copper to investigate the effect of annealing on the spall response. One pair of targets was annealed at 1123 K for 4 hours and the other pair was annealed at 723 K for 1 hour. The free surface velocity profiles were recorded using a heterodyne velocimetry (HetV) probe, focussed on the centre of the target. To quantify the effect of the annealing the pullback shapes in the free surface velocity profiles and the calculated spall strengths were compared for the four targets.

  10. Degeneracy, degree, and heavy tails in quantum annealing

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    King, Andrew D.; Hoskinson, Emile; Lanting, Trevor; Andriyash, Evgeny; Amin, Mohammad H.

    2016-05-01

    Both simulated quantum annealing and physical quantum annealing have shown the emergence of "heavy tails" in their performance as optimizers: The total time needed to solve a set of random input instances is dominated by a small number of very hard instances. Classical simulated annealing, in contrast, does not show such heavy tails. Here we explore the origin of these heavy tails, which appear for inputs with high local degeneracy—large isoenergetic clusters of states in Hamming space. This category includes the low-precision Chimera-structured problems studied in recent benchmarking work comparing the D-Wave Two quantum annealing processor with simulated annealing. On similar inputs designed to suppress local degeneracy, performance of a quantum annealing processor on hard instances improves by orders of magnitude at the 512-qubit scale, while classical performance remains relatively unchanged. Simulations indicate that perturbative crossings are the primary factor contributing to these heavy tails, while sensitivity to Hamiltonian misspecification error plays a less significant role in this particular setting.

  11. Quantum versus simulated annealing in wireless interference network optimization.

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    Wang, Chi; Chen, Huo; Jonckheere, Edmond

    2016-01-01

    Quantum annealing (QA) serves as a specialized optimizer that is able to solve many NP-hard problems and that is believed to have a theoretical advantage over simulated annealing (SA) via quantum tunneling. With the introduction of the D-Wave programmable quantum annealer, a considerable amount of effort has been devoted to detect and quantify quantum speedup. While the debate over speedup remains inconclusive as of now, instead of attempting to show general quantum advantage, here, we focus on a novel real-world application of D-Wave in wireless networking-more specifically, the scheduling of the activation of the air-links for maximum throughput subject to interference avoidance near network nodes. In addition, D-Wave implementation is made error insensitive by a novel Hamiltonian extra penalty weight adjustment that enlarges the gap and substantially reduces the occurrence of interference violations resulting from inevitable spin bias and coupling errors. The major result of this paper is that quantum annealing benefits more than simulated annealing from this gap expansion process, both in terms of ST99 speedup and network queue occupancy. It is the hope that this could become a real-word application niche where potential benefits of quantum annealing could be objectively assessed. PMID:27181056

  12. Quantum versus simulated annealing in wireless interference network optimization

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    Wang, Chi; Chen, Huo; Jonckheere, Edmond

    2016-05-01

    Quantum annealing (QA) serves as a specialized optimizer that is able to solve many NP-hard problems and that is believed to have a theoretical advantage over simulated annealing (SA) via quantum tunneling. With the introduction of the D-Wave programmable quantum annealer, a considerable amount of effort has been devoted to detect and quantify quantum speedup. While the debate over speedup remains inconclusive as of now, instead of attempting to show general quantum advantage, here, we focus on a novel real-world application of D-Wave in wireless networking—more specifically, the scheduling of the activation of the air-links for maximum throughput subject to interference avoidance near network nodes. In addition, D-Wave implementation is made error insensitive by a novel Hamiltonian extra penalty weight adjustment that enlarges the gap and substantially reduces the occurrence of interference violations resulting from inevitable spin bias and coupling errors. The major result of this paper is that quantum annealing benefits more than simulated annealing from this gap expansion process, both in terms of ST99 speedup and network queue occupancy. It is the hope that this could become a real-word application niche where potential benefits of quantum annealing could be objectively assessed.

  13. Annealing characteristics of irradiated hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Payson, J. S.; Abdulaziz, S.; Li, Y.; Woodyard, J. R.

    1991-01-01

    It was shown that 1 MeV proton irradiation with fluences of 1.25E14 and 1.25E15/sq cm reduces the normalized I(sub SC) of a-Si:H solar cell. Solar cells recently fabricated showed superior radiation tolerance compared with cells fabricated four years ago; the improvement is probably due to the fact that the new cells are thinner and fabricated from improved materials. Room temperature annealing was observed for the first time in both new and old cells. New cells anneal at a faster rate than old cells for the same fluence. From the annealing work it is apparent that there are at least two types of defects and/or annealing mechanisms. One cell had improved I-V characteristics following irradiation as compared to the virgin cell. The work shows that the photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS) and annealing measurements may be used to predict the qualitative behavior of a-Si:H solar cells. It was anticipated that the modeling work will quantitatively link thin film measurements with solar cell properties. Quantitative predictions of the operation of a-Si:H solar cells in a space environment will require a knowledge of the defect creation mechanisms, defect structures, role of defects on degradation, and defect passivation and annealing mechanisms. The engineering data and knowledge base for justifying space flight testing of a-Si:H alloy based solar cells is being developed.

  14. Quantum versus simulated annealing in wireless interference network optimization.

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    Wang, Chi; Chen, Huo; Jonckheere, Edmond

    2016-01-01

    Quantum annealing (QA) serves as a specialized optimizer that is able to solve many NP-hard problems and that is believed to have a theoretical advantage over simulated annealing (SA) via quantum tunneling. With the introduction of the D-Wave programmable quantum annealer, a considerable amount of effort has been devoted to detect and quantify quantum speedup. While the debate over speedup remains inconclusive as of now, instead of attempting to show general quantum advantage, here, we focus on a novel real-world application of D-Wave in wireless networking-more specifically, the scheduling of the activation of the air-links for maximum throughput subject to interference avoidance near network nodes. In addition, D-Wave implementation is made error insensitive by a novel Hamiltonian extra penalty weight adjustment that enlarges the gap and substantially reduces the occurrence of interference violations resulting from inevitable spin bias and coupling errors. The major result of this paper is that quantum annealing benefits more than simulated annealing from this gap expansion process, both in terms of ST99 speedup and network queue occupancy. It is the hope that this could become a real-word application niche where potential benefits of quantum annealing could be objectively assessed.

  15. An approach for reactor vessel life assessment following an anneal

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    The integrity of the reactor pressure vessel is critical to continued operation of nuclear power plants. Long term exposure to high energy neutrons can cause irradiation embrittlement of the reactor pressure vessel steel. Irradiation embrittlement may be a life limiting factor for some nuclear power plants. Annealing is the only option for reversing the effects of irradiation embrittlement. The feasibility and generic benefits of the annealing process have been demonstrated through numerous industry studies. The consideration of annealing as part of a reactor vessel aging management program requires the ability to predict the annealing and re-irradiation response of pressure vessel steel. Data for these predictions can be obtained through proper planning and implementation during the current years of reactor vessel operation. A comprehensive materials test plan enables a utility to gain significant information relative to reactor vessel annealing in a timely manner. This paper discusses a materials test plan for an example nuclear plant. The planning process, the type of data generated, and an approach for transforming the data into meaningful predictions for the vessel re-irradiation response are all illustrated. The intent is to provide guidelines for gathering and interpreting the data that is used to predict the life of a typical reactor vessel following an anneal

  16. Dry dilute acid pretreatment by co-currently feeding of corn stover feedstock and dilute acid solution without impregnation.

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    He, Yanqing; Zhang, Jian; Bao, Jie

    2014-04-01

    Impregnation of lignocellulose materials with dilute acid solution is a routine operation in conventional dilute acid pretreatment. The dry dilute acid pretreatment (DDAP) at high solids content up to 70% is naturally considered to require longer impregnation time. In this study, a co-currently feeding operation of corn stover and dilute sulfuric acid solution without any impregnation was tested for DDAP. The DDAP pretreated corn stover without impregnation is found to be essentially no difference in pretreatment efficiency compared to those with impregnation in the helically agitated reactor. The yield from cellulose to ethanol in SSF again shows no obvious difference between the DDAP pretreated corn stover with and without impregnation. This study suggests that impregnation in DDAP was not necessary under the helical agitation mixing. The results provided a useful way of cost reduction and process simplification in pretreatment.

  17. Dry dilute acid pretreatment by co-currently feeding of corn stover feedstock and dilute acid solution without impregnation.

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    He, Yanqing; Zhang, Jian; Bao, Jie

    2014-04-01

    Impregnation of lignocellulose materials with dilute acid solution is a routine operation in conventional dilute acid pretreatment. The dry dilute acid pretreatment (DDAP) at high solids content up to 70% is naturally considered to require longer impregnation time. In this study, a co-currently feeding operation of corn stover and dilute sulfuric acid solution without any impregnation was tested for DDAP. The DDAP pretreated corn stover without impregnation is found to be essentially no difference in pretreatment efficiency compared to those with impregnation in the helically agitated reactor. The yield from cellulose to ethanol in SSF again shows no obvious difference between the DDAP pretreated corn stover with and without impregnation. This study suggests that impregnation in DDAP was not necessary under the helical agitation mixing. The results provided a useful way of cost reduction and process simplification in pretreatment. PMID:24630497

  18. Modeling of dilute and dense dispersed fluid-particle flow

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    Laux, Harald

    1998-08-01

    A general two-fluid model is derived and applied in CFD computations to various test cases of important industrial multiphase flows. It is general in the sense of its applicability to dilute and dense dispersed fluid-particle flows. The model is limited to isothermal flow without mass transfer and only one particle phase is described. The instantaneous fluid phase equations, including the phase interaction terms, are derived from a volume averaging technique, and the instantaneous particle phase equations are derived from the kinetic theory of granular material. Whereas the averaging procedure, the treatment of the interaction terms, and the kinetic theory approach have been reported in literature prior to this work the combination of the approaches is new. The resulting equations are derived without ambiguity in the interpretation of the particle phase pressure (equation-of-state of particle phase). The basic modeling for the particle phase is improved in two steps. Because in the basic modeling only stresses due to kinetic and collisional interactions are included, a simple model for an effective viscosity is developed in order to allow also frictional stresses within the particle phase. Moreover, turbulent stresses and turbulent dispersion of particles play often an important role for the transport processes. Therefore in a second step, a two-equation turbulence model for both fluid and particle phase turbulence is derived by applying the phasic average to the instantaneous equations. The resulting k-{epsilon}-k{sup d}-{epsilon}{sup d} model is new. Mathematical closure is attempted such that the resulting set of equations is valid for both dilute arid dense flows. During the development of the closure relations a clear distinction is made between granular or ''viscous'' microscale fluctuations and turbulent macro scale fluctuations (true particle turbulence) within the particle phase. The set of governing equations is discretized by using a

  19. Initial dilution of a vertical round non-buoyant jet in wavy cross-flow environment

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    Wang, Ya-na; Chen, Yong-ping; Xu, Zhen-shan; Pan, Yi; Zhang, Chang-kuan; Li, Chi-wai

    2015-12-01

    The phenomenon of wastewater discharged into coastal waters can be simplified as a turbulent jet under the effect of waves and currents. Previous studies have been carried out to investigate the jet behaviors under the current only or the wave only environment. To obtain better understanding of the jet behaviors in a realistic situation, a series of physical experiments on the initial dilution of a vertical round jet in the wavy cross-flow environment are conducted. The diluted processes of the jet are recorded by a high-resolution camcorder and the concentration fields of the jet are measured with a peristaltic suction pumping system. When the jet is discharged into the wavy cross-flow environment, a distinctive phenomenon, namely "effluent clouds", is observed. According to the quantitative measurements, the jet width in the wavy cross-flow environment increases more significantly than that does in the cross-flow only environment, indicating that the waves impose a positive effect on the enhancement of jet initial dilution. In order to generalize the experimental findings, a comprehensive velocity scale u a and a characteristic length scale l are introduced. Through dimensional analysis, it is found that the dimensionless centerline concentration trajectories y c/ l is in proportion to 1/3 power of the dimensionless downstream distance x/ l, and the dimensionless centerline dilution S c Q/( u a l 2) is proportional to the square of the dimensionless centerline trajectory y c/ l. Several empirical equations are then derived by using the Froude number of cross-flow Fr c as a reference coefficient. This paper provides a better understanding and new estimations of the jet initial dilution under the combined effect of waves and cross-flow current.

  20. Characterization of n-GaN dilute magnetic semiconductors by cobalt ions implantation at high-fluence

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    In this study, we present the structural and magnetic characteristics of cobalt ions implantation at a high-fluence (5×1016 cm−2) into n-GaN epilayer of thickness about 1.6 μm. The n-GaN was grown on sapphire by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Rutherford backscattering channeling was used for the structural study. After implantation, samples were annealed at 700, 800 and 900 °C by rapid thermal annealing in ambient N2. XRD measurements did not show any secondary phase or metal related-peaks. High resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) was performed as well to characterize structures. Well-defined hysteresis loops were observed at 5 K and room temperature using alternating gradient magnetometer AGM and Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometer. Temperature-dependent magnetization indicated magnetic moment at the lowest temperatures and retained magnetization up to 380 K for cobalt-ion-implanted samples. - Highlights: ► Experiment started with MOCVD grown semiconducting material GaN. ► GaN was implanted with cobalt ions (Co+) of dose 5×1016 cm−2 at room temperature. ► Structural characterization was performed by RBS, XRD and HR-XRD. ► Magnetic properties were observed by AGM and SQUID measurements. ► High TC dilute magnetic semiconductors has been observed up to 380 K for cobalt implanted GaN at high-fluence (5×1016 cm−2).

  1. Multifractality in dilute magnetorheological fluids under an oscillating magnetic field.

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    Moctezuma, R E; Arauz-Lara, J L; Donado, F

    2014-12-01

    A study of the multifractal characteristics of the structure formed by magnetic particles in a dilute magnetorheological fluid is presented. A quasi-two-dimensional magnetorheological fluid sample is simultaneously subjected to a static magnetic field and a sinusoidal magnetic field transverse to each other. We analyzed the singularity spectrum f(α) and the generalized dimension D(q) of the whole structure to characterize the distribution of the aggregates under several conditions of particle concentration, magnetic field intensities, and liquid viscosity. We also obtained the fractal dimension D(g), calculated from the radius of gyration of the chains, to describe the internal distribution of the particles. We present a thermodynamic interpretation of the multifractal analysis, and based on this, we discussed the characteristics of the structure formed by the particles and its relation with previous studies of the average chain length. We have found that this method is useful to quantitatively describe the structure of magnetorheological fluids, especially in systems with high particle concentration where the aggregates are more complex than simple chains or columns. PMID:25615089

  2. Uniform Doping in Quantum-Dots-Based Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor.

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    Saha, Avijit; Shetty, Amitha; Pavan, A R; Chattopadhyay, Soma; Shibata, Tomohiro; Viswanatha, Ranjani

    2016-07-01

    Effective manipulation of magnetic spin within a semiconductor leading to a search for ferromagnets with semiconducting properties has evolved into an important field of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). Although a lot of research is focused on understanding the still controversial origin of magnetism, efforts are also underway to develop new materials with higher magnetic temperatures for spintronics applications. However, so far, efforts toward quantum-dots(QDs)-based DMS materials are plagued with problems of phase separation, leading to nonuniform distribution of dopant ions. In this work, we have developed a strategy to synthesize highly crystalline, single-domain DMS system starting from a small magnetic core and allowing it to diffuse uniformly inside a thick CdS semiconductor matrix and achieve DMS QDs. X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy-scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM-EDX) indicates the homogeneous distribution of magnetic impurities inside the semiconductor QDs leading to superior magnetic property. Further, the versatility of this technique was demonstrated by obtaining ultra large particles (∼60 nm) with uniform doping concentration as well as demonstrating the high quality magnetic response. PMID:27295453

  3. Magnetization and Hysteresis of Dilute Magnetic-Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Skomski, Ralph; Balamurugan, B.; Sellmyer, D. J.

    2014-03-01

    Real-structure imperfections in dilute magnetic oxides tend to create small concentrations of local magnetic moments that are coupled by fairly long-range exchange interactions, mediated by p-electrons. The robustness of these interactions is caused by the strong overlap of the p orbitals, as contrasted to the much weaker interatomic exchange involving iron-series 3d electrons. The net exchange between defect moments can be positive or negative, which gives rise to spin structures with very small net moments. Similarly, the moments exhibit magnetocrystalline anisotropy, reinforced by electron hopping to and from 3d states and generally undergoing some random-anuisotropy averaging. Since the coercivity scales as 2K1/M and M is small, this creates pronounced and -- in thin films -- strongly anisotropic hysteresis loops. In finite systems with N moments, both K1 and M are reduced by a factor of order N1/2 due to random anisotropy and moment compensation, respectively, so that that typical coercivities are comparable to bulk magnets. Thermal activation readily randomizes the net moment of small oxide particles, so that the moment is easier to measure in compacted or aggregated particle ensembles. This research is supported by DOE (BES).

  4. Static and dynamic light scattering studies on dilute polyrotaxane solutions

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    Static and dynamic light scattering measurements were performed for dilute polyrotaxane solutions in different types of solvent systems, i.e. dimethylacetamide (DMAc) or dimethylformamide (DMF) containing 1-6 wt% lithium chloride (LiCl), 1 M aqueous sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). No aggregation of the polyrotaxane in DMF/LiCl was confirmed in the present study. Radius of gyration of the dissolved polyrotaxane was largest in NaOHaq., followed by values in amide solvents/LiCl and that in DMSO, and was probably dominated not by Coulombic repulsion but by the mutual affinity between solvent and polyrotaxane. Ratio of radius of gyration to hydrodynamic radius suggested the flexible random-coiled conformation in DMSO and relatively more extended, semi-flexible ones in amide solvents/LiCl and NaOHaq. The obtained values of second virial coefficient and weight average molecular weight seemed to be affected by a potential change in differential refractive index increments, caused by selective macrocationization or ionization.

  5. Uniform Doping in Quantum-Dots-Based Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor.

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    Saha, Avijit; Shetty, Amitha; Pavan, A R; Chattopadhyay, Soma; Shibata, Tomohiro; Viswanatha, Ranjani

    2016-07-01

    Effective manipulation of magnetic spin within a semiconductor leading to a search for ferromagnets with semiconducting properties has evolved into an important field of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). Although a lot of research is focused on understanding the still controversial origin of magnetism, efforts are also underway to develop new materials with higher magnetic temperatures for spintronics applications. However, so far, efforts toward quantum-dots(QDs)-based DMS materials are plagued with problems of phase separation, leading to nonuniform distribution of dopant ions. In this work, we have developed a strategy to synthesize highly crystalline, single-domain DMS system starting from a small magnetic core and allowing it to diffuse uniformly inside a thick CdS semiconductor matrix and achieve DMS QDs. X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy-scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM-EDX) indicates the homogeneous distribution of magnetic impurities inside the semiconductor QDs leading to superior magnetic property. Further, the versatility of this technique was demonstrated by obtaining ultra large particles (∼60 nm) with uniform doping concentration as well as demonstrating the high quality magnetic response.

  6. SU-F-BRD-13: Quantum Annealing Applied to IMRT Beamlet Intensity Optimization

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    Nazareth, D [Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY (United States); Spaans, J [Hawarden, IA (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: We report on the first application of quantum annealing (QA) to the process of beamlet intensity optimization for IMRT. QA is a new technology, which employs novel hardware and software techniques to address various discrete optimization problems in many fields. Methods: We apply the D-Wave Inc. proprietary hardware, which natively exploits quantum mechanical effects for improved optimization. The new QA algorithm, running on this hardware, is most similar to simulated annealing, but relies on natural processes to directly minimize the free energy of a system. A simple quantum system is slowly evolved into a classical system, representing the objective function. To apply QA to IMRT-type optimization, two prostate cases were considered. A reduced number of beamlets were employed, due to the current QA hardware limitation of ∼500 binary variables. The beamlet dose matrices were computed using CERR, and an objective function was defined based on typical clinical constraints, including dose-volume objectives. The objective function was discretized, and the QA method was compared to two standard optimization Methods: simulated annealing and Tabu search, run on a conventional computing cluster. Results: Based on several runs, the average final objective function value achieved by the QA was 16.9 for the first patient, compared with 10.0 for Tabu and 6.7 for the SA. For the second patient, the values were 70.7 for the QA, 120.0 for Tabu, and 22.9 for the SA. The QA algorithm required 27–38% of the time required by the other two methods. Conclusion: In terms of objective function value, the QA performance was similar to Tabu but less effective than the SA. However, its speed was 3–4 times faster than the other two methods. This initial experiment suggests that QA-based heuristics may offer significant speedup over conventional clinical optimization methods, as quantum annealing hardware scales to larger sizes.

  7. Structural and magnetic properties of Zn0.95Cr0.05O annealed at different temperatures

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    Heiba, Zein K.; Arda, L.; Mohamed, Mohamed Bakr

    2015-09-01

    The doped ZnO system Zn0.95Cr0.05O (ZCO) was prepared as nano-polycrystalline by a simple sol-gel process and annealed at different temperatures. Structural and microstructure analyses are performed by applying x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld method. Results showed that Cr ions reside in the ZnO lattice substitutionally for Zn yielding ZCO single phase. The Rietveld refined u-fractional coordinate of Zn/Cr decreased with the annealing temperature from 0.3879 Å at 400 °C to 0.3740 Å at 600 °C. The Zn tetrahedrons become more symmetric and the distortion is gradually relieved by annealing. The field cooled (FC) and zero field cooled (ZFC) magnetization versus temperature and the magnetization versus applied field at different temperatures were carried out. Measurements indicated that the absence of ferromagnetic behavior with magnetization slightly changed by changing the annealing temperature and no saturation. The Curie-Weiss paramagnetic temperature θ for annealed samples is negative indicating the antiferromagnetic nature of the samples.

  8. Effects of Annealing on the Martensitic Transformation of Ni-Based Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Heusler Alloys and Nanoparticles

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    Tina Fichtner

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available We report on the effects of annealing on the martensitic phase transformation in the Ni-based Heusler system: Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 powder and Co50Ni21Ga32 nanoparticles. For the powdered Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 alloys, structural and magnetic measurements reveal that post-annealing decreases the martensitic transformation temperatures and increases the transition hysteresis. This might be associated with a release of stress in the Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 alloys during the annealing process. However, in the case of Co50Ni21Ga32 nanoparticles, a reverse phenomenon is observed. X-ray diffraction analysis results reveal that the as-prepared Co50Ni21Ga32 nanoparticles do not show a martensitic phase at room temperature. Post-annealing followed by ice quenching, however, is found to trigger the formation of the martensitic phase. The presence of the martensitic transition is attributed to annealing-induced particle growth and the stress introduced during quenching.

  9. Microstructure evolution of a ZrC coating layer in TRISO particles during high-temperature annealing

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    Kim, Daejong; Chun, Young Bum; Ko, Myeong Jin; Lee, Hyeon-Geun; Cho, Moon-Sung; Park, Ji Yeon; Kim, Weon-Ju

    2016-10-01

    The influence of high-temperature annealing on the microstructure of zirconium carbide (ZrC) was investigated in relation to its application as a coating layer of a nuclear fuel in a very high temperature gas cooled reactor. ZrC was deposited as a constituent coating layer of TRISO coated particles by a fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition method using a ZrCl4-CH4-Ar-H2 system. The grain growth of ZrC during high-temperature annealing was strongly influenced by the co-deposition of free carbon. Sub-stoichiometric ZrC coatings have experienced a significant grain growth during high-temperature annealing at 1800 °C and 1900 °C for 1 h. On the other hand, a dual phase of stoichiometric ZrC and free carbon experienced little grain growth. It was revealed that the free carbon of the as-deposited ZrC was primarily distributed within the ZrC grains but was redistributed to the grain boundaries after annealing. Consequently, carbon at the grain boundary retarded the grain growth of ZrC. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) results showed that as-deposited ZrC had (001) a preferred orientation that kept its favored direction after significant grain growth during annealing. The hardness slightly decreased as the grain growth progressed.

  10. Thermal, quantum and simulated quantum annealing: analytical comparisons for simple models

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    Bapst, Victor; Semerjian, Guilhem

    2015-01-01

    We study various annealing dynamics, both classical and quantum, for simple mean-field models and explain how to describe their behavior in the thermodynamic limit in terms of differential equations. In particular we emphasize the differences between quantum annealing (i.e. evolution with Schr\\"odinger equation) and simulated quantum annealing (i.e. annealing of a Quantum Monte Carlo simulation).

  11. Rapid hardening induced by electric pulse annealing in nanostructured pure aluminum

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    Zeng, Wei; Shen, Yao; Zhang, Ning;

    2012-01-01

    Nanostructured pure aluminum was fabricated by heavy cold-rolling and then subjected to recovery annealing either by applying electric pulse annealing or by traditional air furnace annealing. Both annealing treatments resulted in an increase in yield strength due to the occurrence of a “dislocation...

  12. Effect of Added Surfactants on the Dynamic Interfacial Tension Behaviour of Alkaline/Diluted Heavy Crude Oil System Effet de l’ajout de tensioactifs sur le comportement dynamique de la tension interfaciale du système solution alcaline/brut dilué

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This study has been undertaken to get a better understanding of the interactions between Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR surfactants used in chemical flooding and in situ surfactants present in an heavy oil. We report an experimental study of dynamic Interfacial Tension (IFT behaviour of diluted heavy oil/surfactant enhanced-alkaline systems. The dynamic IFT was measured using pendant drop and spinning drop tensiometers. The dynamic IFT between diluted heavy oil and alkaline solution (pH 11 with no added surfactant increased sharply with time, which was attributed to the transfer of the in situ surfactant (produced by saponification of the acids groups present in the crude oil across the oil/water interface. The addition of Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate (SDBS above the Critical Micellar Concentration (CMC ~ 0.002%, changed completely the dynamic IFT behaviour of the diluted heavy oil as the IFT strongly decreased and finally reached a plateau, of about 1.5 × 10-3 mN/m at a concentration of only 0.02%. We attributed the efficiency of SDBS to a synergistic effect between the in situ surfactant and the added surfactant that form a mixed interfacial monolayer, which is very efficient in decreasing the IFT to ultra low values and in resisting mass transfer across the oil/water interface. Cette étude a été réalisée pour mieux comprendre les interactions entre les tensioactifs utilisés pour la récupération assistée de pétrole et les tensioactifs in situ présents dans le brut. Nous expérimentons le comportement dynamique des tensions interfaciales (mesurées par les méthodes de goutte pendante et goutte tournante entre le brut lourd dilué et les solutions alcalines avec ajout de tensioactif. La tension interfaciale dynamique entre le brut dilué et une solution alcaline (pH 11 sans ajout de tensioactif croît fortement au cours du temps, cette augmentation est attribuée au transfert des tensioactifs in situ (produits par saponification des

  13. Renal failure and corrosive airway and gastrointestinal injury after ingestion of diluted diquat solution.

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    Tanen, D A; Curry, S C; Laney, R F

    1999-10-01

    A 66-year-old man ingested 200 mL of Dexol Industries Weed and Grass Killer Concentrate (Torrance, CA), which contains 1.84% diquat dibromide, a herbicide structurally similar to paraquat. He remained asymptomatic for 8 hours, and then a sore throat and vomiting developed. Twenty hours after ingestion, esophagitis, mucositis, epiglottitis, and acute renal failure developed, from which he slowly recovered. This is the first report of systemic diquat toxicity from ingestion of a diluted diquat solution. PMID:10499956

  14. Measurement of Infinite Diluted Activity Coefficient of Solvents in Polymer by Inverse Gas Chromatography Method

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    2000-01-01

    @@1 INTRODUCTION Due to its short experimental time, little sample needed, suitable for broad temperature range, inverse gas chromatography (IGC) has been widely used to measure variety of properties of polymer systems, such as the intinite diluted activity coefficients of solvent in polymer, the glass transition temperature of polymer and the surface properties of polymer[1-5], etc. Those data have been used to develop the group contribution method for the prediction of thermodynamic proper-ties of polymer solution[6].

  15. Ethanol fermentation of a diluted molasses medium by Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized on chrysotile

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    Monte Alegre Ranulfo; Rigo Maurício; Joekes Inés

    2003-01-01

    In this work, the catalytic role of chrysotile support on the acceleration of alcoholic fermentation under non-aseptic conditions by Saccharomyces cerevisiae was investigated. The fermentation medium employed consisted only of diluted sugar-cane molasses. In the batch fermentations process with immobilized yeasts, the initial rate of CO2 production increased roughly 27 % during the first 30 minutes, compared to systems containing no chrysotile. A study of continuous alcoholic fermentation wit...

  16. Charged Particles on Surfaces: Coexistence of Dilute Phases and Periodic Structures on Membranes

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    Sharon M Loverde; Solis, Francisco; de la Cruz, Monica Olvera

    2006-01-01

    We consider a mixture of one neutral and two oppositely charged types of molecules confined to a surface. Using analytical techniques and molecular dynamics simulations, we construct the phase diagram of the system and exhibit the coexistence between a patterned solid phase and a charge-dilute phase. The patterns in the solid phase arise from competition between short-range immiscibility and long-range electrostatic attractions between the charged species. The coexistence between phases leads...

  17. The generalized simulated annealing algorithm in the low energy electron diffraction search problem

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    We present in this work results concerning the application of the generalized simulated annealing (GSA) algorithm to the LEED search problem. The influence of the visiting distribution function (defined by the so-called qV parameter) in the effectiveness of the method was investigated by the application of the algorithm to structural searches for optimization of two to ten parameters in a theory-theory comparison for the CdTe(110) system. Results, obtained with the scaling relation and probability of convergence as a function of the number of parameters to be varied, indicate the fast simulated annealing (FSA) (qV = 2.0) approach as the best search machine

  18. Annealing improves tribological property of poly(octadecene-alt-maleic anhydride) self-assembled film

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    Song Shiyong, E-mail: sysong0827@gmail.com [Pharmaceutic College of Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Liu Lei [Pharmaceutic College of Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhang Junyan [Pharmaceutic College of Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2011-09-15

    A poly(octadecene-alt-maleic anhydride) (POMA) film was covalently immobilized on N-[3-(trimethoxylsilyl)propyl]ethylenediamine self-assembled monolayer modified silicon surface. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectra were used to confirm the chemical bonding. Water contact angles and ellipsometric thicknesses were measured before and after annealing treatment. Atomic force microscopy was applied for top morphology, surface adhesion force and friction force. Anti-wear properties of the films were also evaluated on a ball-on-plate tribometer. It was found that annealing treatment which would evoke a conformation transform thermodynamically, was a critical step in the preparation of anti-wear films, especially for polymer ones. The correlation between structure and tribological property was revealed, which has profound meaning in designing excellent anti-wear nano-coatings used in microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS).

  19. Computer simulations of randomly branching polymers: annealed versus quenched branching structures

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    Rosa, Angelo; Everaers, Ralf

    2016-08-01

    We present computer simulations of three systems of randomly branching polymers in d = 3 dimensions: ideal trees and self-avoiding trees with annealed and quenched connectivities. In all cases, we performed a detailed analysis of trees connectivities, spatial conformations and statistical properties of linear paths on trees, and compare the results to the corresponding predictions of Flory theory. We confirm that, overall, the theory predicts correctly that trees with quenched ideal connectivity exhibit less overall swelling in good solvent than corresponding trees with annealed connectivity even though they are more strongly stretched on the path level. At the same time, we emphasize the inadequacy of the Flory theory in predicting the behaviour of other, and equally relevant, observables like contact probabilities between tree nodes. We show, then, that contact probabilities can be aptly characterized by introducing a novel critical exponent, {θ }{path}, which accounts for how they decay as a function of the node-to-node path distance on the tree.

  20. Structural transformation of FePt nanocomposite films during annealing and its effects on magnetic properties

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    ZHAN Xiaoyuan; ZHANG Yue; GU Yousong; LI Jianmin

    2006-01-01

    Fe100-xPtx(x=30at.%-60at.% ) nanocomposite films were deposited on natural-oxidized Si(100) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The as-deposited films were annealed between 373 and 1073 K. In situ X-ray diffraction shows that the FePt nanocomposite films undergo a phase transformation from a disordered FCC phase to an ordered L10 phase between 673 and 773 K. The coercivity is 306 kA·m-1 whiles the average grain sizes is about 10 nm in the optimized FePt alloy film sample annealed at 673K. The adjustable coercivity and fine grain size suggest that this FePt nanocomposites system is suitable as recording media at extremely high areal density.