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  1. Extraordinary Light-Induced Local Angular Momentum near Metallic Nanoparticles.

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    Alabastri, Alessandro; Yang, Xiao; Manjavacas, Alejandro; Everitt, Henry O; Nordlander, Peter

    2016-04-26

    The intense local field induced near metallic nanostructures provides strong enhancements for surface-enhanced spectroscopies, a major focus of plasmonics research over the past decade. Here we consider that plasmonic nanoparticles can also induce remarkably large electromagnetic field gradients near their surfaces. Sizeable field gradients can excite dipole-forbidden transitions in nearby atoms or molecules and provide unique spectroscopic fingerprinting for chemical and bimolecular sensing. Specifically, we investigate how the local field gradients near metallic nanostructures depend on geometry, polarization, and wavelength. We introduce the concept of the local angular momentum (LAM) vector as a useful figure of merit for the design of nanostructures that provide large field gradients. This quantity, based on integrated fields rather than field gradients, is particularly well-suited for optimization using numerical grid-based full wave electromagnetic simulations. The LAM vector has a more compact structure than the gradient matrix and can be straightforwardly associated with the angular momentum of the electromagnetic field incident on the plasmonic structures.

  2. 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.

  3. Electrochemically induced annealing of stainless-steel surfaces

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    Burstein, G. T.; Hutchings, I. M.; Sasaki, K.

    2000-10-01

    Modification of the surface properties of metals without affecting their bulk properties is of technological interest in demanding applications where surface stability and hardness are important. When austenitic stainless steel is heavily plastically deformed by grinding or rolling, a martensitic phase transformation occurs that causes significant changes in the bulk and surface mechanical properties of the alloy. This martensitic phase can also be generated in stainless-steel surfaces by cathodic charging, as a consequence of lattice strain generated by absorbed hydrogen. Heat treatment of the steel to temperatures of several hundred degrees can result in loss of the martensitic structure, but this alters the bulk properties of the alloy. Here we show that martensitic structures in stainless steel can be removed by appropriate electrochemical treatment in aqueous solutions at much lower temperature than conventional annealing treatments. This electrochemically induced annealing process allows the hardness of cold-worked stainless steels to be maintained, while eliminating the brittle martensitic phase from the surface. Using this approach, we are able to anneal the surface and near-surface regions of specimens that contain rolling-induced martensite throughout their bulk, as well as those containing surface martensite induced by grinding. Although the origin of the electrochemical annealing process still needs further clarification, we expect that this treatment will lead to further development in enhancing the surface properties of metals.

  4. Annealing-induced shape recovery in thin film metallic glass

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    Negussie, Alemu Tesfaye; Diyatmika, Wahyu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan (China); Chu, J.P., E-mail: jpchu@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan (China); Shen, Y.L. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); Jang, J.S.C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Chung-Li 32001, Taiwan (China); Hsueh, C.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Annealing-induced shape recovery of thin film metallic glass is examined. • Shape recovery becomes obvious with increasing temperature and holding time. • Minimum roughness is obtained when annealed within supercooled liquid region. • The amount of free volume in the film plays a role for the shape recovery. • The numerical simulation confirms the shape recovery upon annealing. - Abstract: The shape recovery property of a sputtered Zr{sub 50.3}Cu{sub 28.1}Al{sub 14}Ni{sub 7.6} (in at.%) thin film metallic glass upon heating is examined. Due to the surface tension-driven viscous flow, the shape of indentation appears to recover to different extents at various temperatures and holding times. It is found that a maximum of 59.8% indentation depth recovery is achieved after annealing within the supercooled liquid region (SCLR). The amount of free volume in the film is found to play a role in the recovery. Atomic force microscopy results reveal a decrease in film roughness to a minimum value within SCLR. To elucidate the experimentally observed shape recovery, a numerical modeling has been employed. It is evident that the depressed region caused by indentation is elevated after annealing.

  5. The annealing induced extraordinary properties of SI based ZNO film grown by RF sputtering

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    Li, Jing; Wu, Suntao

    2007-01-01

    Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) thin films were in situ deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates using a template layer derived by sol-gel method. A 0.1-$\\mu$m-thick PZT layer with (111) or (100)-preferred orientation was first deposited onto Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates using the sol-gel method, and than a PZT layer with thickness of 1$\\mu$m was in situ deposited by PLD on the above-mentioned PZT layer. The crystalline phases and the preferred orientations of the PZT films were investigated by X-ray diffraction analysis. Surface and cross-sectional morphologies were observed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrical properties of the films were evaluated by measuring their P-E hysteresis loops and dielectric constants. The preferred orientation of the films can be controlled using the template layer derived by the sol-gel method. The deposition temperature required to obtain the perovskite phase in this process is approximately 460 degrees C, and ...

  6. Thermally induced native defect transform in annealed GaSb

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    Jie, Su; Tong, Liu; Jing-Ming, Liu; Jun, Yang; Yong-Biao, Bai; Gui-Ying, Shen; Zhi-Yuan, Dong; Fang-Fang, Wang; You-Wen, Zhao

    2016-07-01

    Undoped p-type GaSb single crystals were annealed at 550-600 °C for 100 h in ambient antimony. The annealed GaSb samples were investigated by Hall effect measurement, glow discharge mass spectroscopy (GDMS), infrared (IR) optical transmission and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Compared with the as-grown GaSb single crystal, the annealed GaSb samples have lower hole concentrations and weak native acceptor related PL peaks, indicating the reduction of the concentration of gallium antisite related native acceptor defects. Consequently, the below gap infrared transmission of the GaSb samples is enhanced after the thermal treatment. The mechanism about the reduction of the native defect concentration and its influence on the material property were discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61474104 and 61504131).

  7. Analysis of thermal stresses induced in silicon during xenon arc lamp flash annealing

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    Bentini, G. G.; Correra, L.

    1983-04-01

    Evaluation of thermal stresses induced on silicon wafers during flash annealing with incoherent light from a xenon lamp has been performed. The thermally induced stresses have been computed taking into account that the slip planes, in silicon crystal, are {111} and the slip directions in the plane are . The computed stresses have been compared with the yield stress of the material, to determine the threshold of damage introduction by the annealing process. For the light flash durations shorter than 500 μsec, a preheating of the sample is necessary to obtain a good annealing of a 1000 Å implanted layer without defects introduction. A relationship among flash duration, preheating temperature and flash energy density has been established allowing the identification of the best annealing conditions. The computed results have been compared with experimental annealing data obtained on silicon, phosphorus implanted at 10 keV, 1.5×1015 at/cm2 and irradiated with an original flash annealing system set up in our laboratory.

  8. Understanding the catalyst-free transformation of amorphous carbon into graphene by current-induced annealing

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    Barreiro, A.; Börrnert, F.; Avdoshenko, S.M.; Rellinghaus, B.; Cunibert, G.; Rümmeli, M.H.; Vandersypen, L.M.K.

    2013-01-01

    We shed light on the catalyst-free growth of graphene from amorphous carbon (a–C) by current induced annealing by witnessing the mechanism both with in-situ transmission electron microscopy and with molecular dynamics simulations. Both in experiment and in simulation, we observe that small a–C clust

  9. Annealing-induced interfacial toughening using a molecular nanolayer.

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    Gandhi, Darshan D; Lane, Michael; Zhou, Yu; Singh, Amit P; Nayak, Saroj; Tisch, Ulrike; Eizenberg, Moshe; Ramanath, Ganapathiraman

    2007-05-17

    Self-assembled molecular nanolayers (MNLs) composed of short organic chains and terminated with desired functional groups are attractive for modifying surface properties for a variety of applications. For example, organosilane MNLs are used as lubricants, in nanolithography, for corrosion protection and in the crystallization of biominerals. Recent work has explored uses of MNLs at thin-film interfaces, both as active components in molecular devices, and as passive layers, inhibiting interfacial diffusion, promoting adhesion and toughening brittle nanoporous structures. The relatively low stability of MNLs on surfaces at temperatures above 350-400 degrees C (refs 12, 13), as a result of desorption or degradation, limits the use of surface MNLs in high-temperature applications. Here we harness MNLs at thin-film interfaces at temperatures higher than the MNL desorption temperature to fortify copper-dielectric interfaces relevant to wiring in micro- and nano-electronic devices. Annealing Cu/MNL/SiO2 structures at 400-700 degrees C results in interfaces that are five times tougher than pristine Cu/SiO2 structures, yielding values exceeding approximately 20 J m(-2). Previously, similarly high toughness values have only been obtained using micrometre-thick interfacial layers. Electron spectroscopy of fracture surfaces and density functional theory modelling of molecular stretching and fracture show that toughening arises from thermally activated interfacial siloxane bridging that enables the MNL to be strongly linked to both the adjacent layers at the interface, and suppresses MNL desorption. We anticipate that our findings will open up opportunities for molecular-level tailoring of a variety of interfacial properties, at processing temperatures higher than previously envisaged, for applications where microlayers are not a viable option-such as in nanodevices or in thermally resistant molecular-inorganic hybrid devices.

  10. AFM research on the mechanism of Fe-based alloy stress annealed inducing magnetic anisotropy

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    2008-01-01

    The cross-section of the Fe-based alloy (Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9) ribbon annealed at 540℃ under various tensile stress was investigated with atomic force microscope (AFM). The stress effect mechanism in Fe-based alloy ribbon tensile stress an-nealed inducing transverse magnetic anisotropy field was studied using the X-ray diffraction spectra and longitudinal drive giant magneto-impedance effect curves, and the model of direction dominant in encapsulated grain agglomeration was es-tablished. The relationship between the direction dominant in encapsulated grain agglomeration and magnetic anisotropy field was disclosed.

  11. Chemical ordering in magnetic FePd/Pd (001) epitaxial thin films induced by annealing

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    Halley, D.; Gilles, B.; Bayle-Guillemaud, P.; Arenal, R.; Marty, A.; Patrat, G.; Samson, Y.

    2004-11-01

    Chemically disordered FePd epitaxial layers are grown at room temperature by molecular beam epitaxy on a Pd(001) buffer layer and then annealed in order to induce the chemically ordered L 10 (AuCu I) structure. Contrary to what is observed in the case of ordering during growth above room temperature, the ordered structure appears here with the three possible variants of the L 10 phase. The ratio of the three different variant volumes is set by the residual epitaxial strain in the layer before annealing. It thus explains that for long annealing times, the long-range order parameter associated with the L 10 variant with c along the (100) growth direction saturates at a value close to 0.65, and never reaches unity. Magnetic consequences of the ordering are studied.

  12. Al-induced Lateral Crystallization of Amorphous Si Thin Films by Microwave Annealing

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    RAO Rui; XU Zhong-yang; ZENG Xiang-bing

    2002-01-01

    Al-induced lateral crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films by microwave annealing is investigated. The crystallized Si films are examined by optical microscopy , Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and transmission electron diffraction micrography. After microwave annealing at 480 ℃ for 50 min,the amorphous Si is completely crystallized with large grains of main ( 111 ) orientation. The rate of lateral crystallization is 0.04μm/min. This process, labeled MILC-MA, not only lowers the temperature but also reduces the time of crystallization. The crystallization mechanism during microwave annealing and the electrical properties of polycrystalline Si thin films are analyzed. This MILC-MA process has potential applications in large area electronics.

  13. Microstructural and chemical transformation of thin Ti/Pd and TiDy/Pd bilayer films induced by vacuum annealing.

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    Lisowski, W; Keim, E G; Kaszkur, Z; van den Berg, A H J; Smithers, M A

    2007-11-01

    Using a combination of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we made a comparative study of the high-temperature annealing impact on thin titanium deuteride (TiD(y)) films covered by an ultrathin Pd layer, and on Ti/Pd bilayer films. The bilayer films were prepared under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and were in situ annealed using the same annealing procedure. It was found that the surface and the bulk morphology of both films undergo different annealing-induced transformations, leading to an extensive intermixing between the Ti and Pd layers and the formation of a new PdTi(2) bimetallic phase. Energy-filtered TEM imaging and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry analysis, as well as XPS depth profiling all provided evidence of a different distribution of Pd and Ti in the annealed TiD(y)/Pd film compared with the annealed Ti/Pd film. Our results show that thermal decomposition of TiD(y), as a consequence of annealing the TiD(y)/Pd film, modifies the intermixing process, thereby promoting Ti diffusion into the Pd-rich top layer of the TiD(y) film and thus providing a more likely path for the formation of the PdTi(2) phase than in an annealed Ti/Pd film.

  14. AFM research on the mechanism of Fe-based alloy stress annealed inducing magnetic anisotropy

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    FANG YunZhang; ZHENG JinJu; SHI FangYe; WU FengMin; SUN HuaiJun; LIN GenJin; YANG XiaoHong; MAN QiKui; YE FangMin

    2008-01-01

    The cross-section of the Fe-based alloy (Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9) ribbon annealed at 540℃ under various tensile stress was investigated with atomic force microscope (AFM). The stress effect mechanism in Fe-based alloy ribbon tensile stress an- nealed inducing transverse magnetic anisotropy field was studied using the X-ray diffraction spectra and longitudinal drive giant magneto-impedance effect curves, and the model of direction dominant in encapsulated grain agglomeration was es- tablished. The relationship between the direction dominant in encapsulated grain agglomeration and magnetic anisotropy field was disclosed.

  15. Thermal annealing induced enhancements of electrical conductivities and mechanism for multiwalled carbon nanotubes filled poly(ethylene-co-hexene) composites.

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    Li, Wenlin; Zhang, Yaqiong; Yang, Jingjing; Zhang, Jun; Niu, Yanhua; Wang, Zhigang

    2012-12-01

    Thermal annealing-induced enhancements of electrical conductivities at the temperature higher than the melting point of poly(ethylene-co-hexene) matrix for multiwalled carbon nanotubes filled poly(ethylene-co-hexene) (MWCNTs/PEH) composites were investigated by electrical conductivity measurements. Two types of MWCNTs with low and high aspect ratios (4 and 31) were added as fillers into PEH matrix, respectively for comparison study purpose. The morphological changes due to annealing for MWCNTs/PEH composites were observed by SEM. The formation of MWCNT networks in the composites were clearly demonstrated by rheological measurements. It is surprisingly found that the electrical conductivity for MWCNTs/PEH composites with high MWCNT concentrations increases obviously with annealing time of 40 min and the maximum increment approaches about 3 orders of magnitude with annealing time of 120 min. The increase of electrical conductivity of MWCNTs/PEH composites depends on MWCNT content, MWCNT aspect ratio and annealing time. SEM results clearly reveal that micrometer-sized MWCNT aggregates are broken down and more loosely packed MWCNT networks form due to annealing. Different types of networks in the composites are responsible for the evolutions of rheological (MWCNT network and PEH chain-MWCNT combined network) and electrical conductivity properties (tube-tube contacting MWCNT network). The reconstruction of MWCNT network during annealing is attributed to rotational diffusion of MWCNTs in PEH matrix at high temperature and the length of MWCNTs shows significant effect on this. The obvious enhancements of electrical conductivities can be ascribed to the thermal annealing-induced formation of loosely packed more homogeneous networks through non-Brownian motions.

  16. Annealing-induced evolution of transformation characteristics in TiNi shape memory alloys

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    Wang, Z. G.; Zu, X. T.; Feng, X. D.; Zhu, S.; Zhou, J. M.; Wang, L. M.

    2004-11-01

    The effect of annealing on transformation characteristics of TiNi shape memory alloys (SMAs) was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the evolution of the microstructure was studied using positron annihilation technology (PAT) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that transformation characteristics depend on the annealing temperature. The R-phase transformation appeared at low annealing temperature. The R-phase disappeared and austensite transformed into martensite directly as the annealing temperature exceeded 550 °C. With increasing annealing temperature, the vacancy cluster and dislocation related positron lifetime decreased. Changes in transformation characteristics can be attributed to the evolution of the microstructrue of the TiNi specimen.

  17. Air annealing induced transformation of cubic CdSe microspheres into hexagonal nanorods and micro-pyramids

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    Kale, Rohidas B., E-mail: rb_kale@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Institute of Science, Mumbai 400032, M.S. (India); Lu, Shih-Yuan, E-mail: sylu@mx.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu 30013, Taiwan (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Nanocrystalline CdSe thin films were deposited using inexpensive CBD method. • Air annealing induced structural and interesting morphological transformation. • The as-deposited CdSe thin films showed a blue shift in its optical spectra. • The films showed a red shift in their optical spectra after annealing. - Abstract: CdSe thin films have been deposited onto glass substrates using a chemical bath deposition method at relatively low temperatures (40 °C). The precursors used for the deposition of the thin films are cadmium nitrate hexahydrate, freshly prepared sodium selenosulfate solution and aqueous ammonia solution as a complex as well as pH adjusting reagent. In order to study the influence of air annealing on their physicochemical properties, the as-deposited CdSe thin films were further annealed at 200 °C and 400 °C for 3 h in air atmosphere. Significant changes in the morphology and photonic properties were clearly observed after the thermal annealing of the CdSe thin films. The as-deposited CdSe films grow with the cubic phase that transforms into mixed cubic and hexagonal wurtzite phase with improved crystalline quality of the films after the air annealing. Morphological observation reveals that the as-deposited thin films grow with multilayer that consists of network or mesh like structure, uniformly deposited on the glass substrate over which microspheres are uniformly distributed. After air annealing, CdSe nanorods emerged from the microspheres along with conversion of few microspheres into micro-pyramids. The UV–visible study illustrates that the as-deposited thin film shows blue shifts in its optical spectrum and the spectrum was red-shifted after annealing the CdSe thin films. The band gap of the CdSe thin films were found to be decreased after the thermal treatment.

  18. Hydrological Regimes of Small Catchments in the High Tatra Mountains Before and After Extraordinary Wind-Induced Deforestation

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    Holko, Ladislav; Hlavata, Helena; Kostka, Zdenek; Novak, Jan

    2009-01-01

    The paper presents the results of rainfall-runoff data analysis for small catchments of the upper Poprad River affected by wind-induced deforestation in November 2004. Before-event and afterevent measured data were compared in order to assess the impact of deforestation on hydrological regimes. Several characteristics were used including water balance, minimum and maximum runoff, runoff thresholds, number of runoff events, selected characteristics of events, runoff coefficients, and flashiness indices. Despite increased spring runoff minima, which in one catchment (Velick Creek) exceeded previously observed values after deforestation took place, it can be generally concluded that the impact of the deforestation was not clearly manifested in the analyzed hydrological data.

  19. Annealing of radiation-induced damage in tungsten under and after irradiation with 20 MeV self-ions

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    Ogorodnikova, O.V., E-mail: olga.ogorodnikova@ipp.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Boltzmannstr. 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Gasparyan, Yu.; Efimov, V. [National Research Nuclear University “MEPHI”, Moscow (Russian Federation); Ciupiński, Ł.; Grzonka, J. [Warsaw University of Technology, ul. Woloska 141, PL-02507 Warsaw (Poland)

    2014-08-01

    Accumulation and recovery of radiation defects under/after self-ion irradiation in tungsten (W) have been investigated via decoration with deuterium (D) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The deuterium was incorporated in damaged material by low-energy D plasma. The D concentration at radiation-induced defects in each sample was subsequently measured by nuclear reaction analysis allowing determination of the D concentration at depths up to 6 μm. The total D retention was measured by thermal desorption spectroscopy. It was shown that pre-irradiation with self-ions led to rather high D concentration (⩾ 0.1 at.%) in W even at high temperatures (⩾ 700 K) due to formation of defects with high de-trapping energy for deuterium. The annealing of defects with low trapping energy for D occurs intensively in the temperature range between 300 and 700 K. The radiation-induced defects with high de-trapping energy for D are thermally stable at least up to 1100 K. The rearrangement and partial healing of dislocations as well as coalescence of small clusters in a big ones accompanied by a reduction of the total density of defects was observed by STEM after annealing of radiation-induced defects in recrystallized tungsten at 1000 K. The D retention monotonically decreases in recrystallized W with increasing of annealing temperature up to 1100 K that is in agreement with the reduction of radiation defect density observed by STEM. However, an increase of the D retention in ‘as received’ W pre-irradiated with self-ions at annealing temperature of around 1000 K was found. The increase of the D retention at annealing temperature of ∼1000 K was not observed in the case of recrystallized W pre-irradiated with self-ions. The mechanism of recovery of radiation-induced defects in dependence on the initial intrinsic defects (grain size, impurities, etc.) in W is discussed.

  20. Rapid hardening induced by electric pulse annealing in nanostructured pure aluminum

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    Zeng, Wei; Shen, Yao; Zhang, Ning

    2012-01-01

    source-limited hardening” mechanism. However, the hardening kinetics was substantially faster for the electric pulse annealed material. Detailed microstructural characterization suggested that the rapid hardening during electric pulse annealing is related to an enhanced rate of recovery of dislocation...... structures....

  1. GnRH-induced Ca2+ signaling patterns and gonadotropin secretion in pituitary gonadotrophs. Functional adaptations to both ordinary and extraordinary physiological demands

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    María Luisa eDurán-Pastén

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Pituitary gonadotrophs are a small fraction of the anterior pituitary population, yet they synthesize gonadotropins: luteinizing (LH and follicle stimulating (FSH, essential for gametogenesis and steroidogenesis. LH is secreted via a regulated pathway while FSH release is mostly constitutive and controlled by synthesis. Although gonadotrophs fire action potentials spontaneously, the intracellular Ca2+ rises produced do not influence secretion, which is mainly driven by Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH, a decapeptide synthesized in the hypothalamus and released in a pulsatile manner into the hypophyseal portal circulation. GnRH binding to G protein coupled receptors triggers Ca2+ mobilization from InsP3-sensitive intracellular pools, generating the global Ca2+ elevations necessary for secretion. Ca2+ signaling responses to increasing [GnRH] vary in stereotyped fashion from subthreshold to baseline spiking (oscillatory, to biphasic (spike-oscillatory or spike-plateau. This progression varies somewhat in gonadotrophs from different species and biological preparations. Both baseline spiking and biphasic GnRH-induced Ca2+ signals control LH/FSH synthesis and exocytosis. Estradiol and testosterone regulate gonadotropin secretion through feedback mechanisms, while FSH synthesis and release are influenced by activin, inhibin and follistatin. Adaptation to physiological events like the estrous cycle, involves changes in GnRH sensitivity and LH/FSH synthesis: in proestrus, estradiol feedback regulation abruptly changes from negative to positive, causing the pre-ovulatory LH surge. Similarly, when testosterone levels drop after orquiectomy the lack of negative feedback on pituitary and hypothalamus boosts both GnRH and LH secretion, gonadotrophs GnRH sensitivity increases and Ca2+ signaling patterns change. In addition, gonadotrophs proliferate and grow. These plastic changes denote a more vigorous functional adaptation in response to an extraordinary

  2. Dynamics of metal-induced crystallization of ultrathin Ge films by rapid thermal annealing

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    Liao, Yuanxun; Huang, Shujuan; Shrestha, Santosh; Conibeer, Gavin [School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW Australia, Sydney 2052 (Australia)

    2015-12-07

    Though Ge crystallization has been widely studied, few works investigate metal-induced crystallization of ultrathin Ge films. For 2 nm Ge films in oxide matrix, crystallization becomes challenging due to easy oxidation and low mobility of Ge atoms. Introducing metal atoms may alleviate these problems, but the functions and the behaviours of metal atoms need to be clarified. This paper investigates the crystallization dynamics of a multilayer structure 1.9 nm Ge/0.5 nm Al/1.5 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} under rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The functions of metal atoms, like effective anti-oxidation, downshifting Raman peaks, and incapability to decrease crystallization temperature, are found and explained. The metal behaviours, such as inter-diffusion and defect generation, are supported with direct evidences, Al-Ge nanobicrystals, and Al cluster in Ge atoms. With these understandings, a two-step RTA process achieves high-quality 2 nm nanocrystal Ge films with Raman peak at 298 cm{sup −1} of FWHM 10.3 cm{sup −1} and atomic smooth interfaces.

  3. Thermal Annealing induced relaxation of compressive strain in porous GaN structures

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    Ben Slimane, Ahmed

    2012-01-01

    The effect of annealing on strain relaxation in porous GaN fabricated using electroless chemical etching is presented. The Raman shift of 1 cm-1 in phonon frequency of annealed porous GaN with respect to as-grown GaN corresponds to a relaxation of compressive strain by 0.41 ± 0.04 GPa. The strain relief promises a marked reduction in threading dislocation for subsequent epitaxial growth.

  4. The Annealing-Induced Shape Deformation of Hydrothermal-Grown ZnO Nanorods

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    ZHENG Zhong-Kui; DUANMU Qing-Duo; ZHAO Dong-Xu; WANG Li-Dan; SHEN De-Zhen

    2012-01-01

    The shape deformation of hydrothermal-grown ZnO nanorods is observed. After annealing at high temperature, hexagonal ZnO nanorods change to become cylinder-like ones. The adjacent nanorods tend to connect to each other to form one nanostructure. Photoluminescence measurements show that a sample annealed at 600°C has a strong ultraviolet emission with a very weak visible emission, and with increasing annealing temperature the visible emission becomes more intense. It can be concluded from analyses of the morphological changes that the surface reaction between the doped C and ZnO is the main reason for the shape deformation of the ZnO nanorods.%The shape deformation of hydrothermal-grown ZnO nanorods is observed.After annealing at high temperature,hexagonal ZnO nanorods change to become cylinder-like ones.The adjacent nanorods tend to connect to each other to form one nanostructure.Photoluminescence measurements show that a sample annealed at 600℃ has a strong ultraviolet emission with a very weak visible emission,and with increasing annealing temperature the visible emission becomes more intense.It can be concluded from analyses of the morphological changes that the surface reaction between the doped C and ZnO is the main reason for the shape deformation of the ZnO nanorods.

  5. Block copolymer alignment by shear induced during solvent vapor annealing with a crosslinked elastomer capping layer

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    Vogt, Bryan

    2014-03-01

    The long range alignment of block copolymers (BCPs) is generally accomplished through application of a gradient shear force or by topographical or chemical cues patterned into the substrate. These techniques require lithographic patterning, specialty substrates or custom built equipment to achieve the alignment, which limits the broad academic application of aligned BCPs. One technique to improve the large range ordering of BCPs is solvent vapor annealing (SVA), which exposes the BCP film to a controlled atmosphere of solvent vapor to swell the BCP and provide significant enhancements in the chain mobility. Here, we discuss a minor modification of the SVA process; a thin piece of crosslinked poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) is placed on top of the BCP film before SVA. Exposure to organic solvent vapors causes the PDMS to swell, while the solvent also plasticizes the BCP film. Removal of the solvent induces a shear to the BCP film as the PDMS shrinks back to its initial dimensions. The shape of the PDMS cap determines the anisotropy in the stress applied on deswelling that aligns and orients the BCP domains. Polystyrene-block-polyisoprene-block-polystyrene (SIS) is utilized as a model system to illustrate how the processing parameters impact the orientation as determined by both grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Quantification of the alignment by Herman's orientational parameter (S) illustrates high degree of alignment (S =0.95) is possible through appropriate selection of processing conditions. This SVA-based alignment method provides a relatively simple method to orient BCP films within general SVA processing protocols.

  6. Annealing induced structural evolution and electrochromic properties of nanostructured tungsten oxide films

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    Wu, Ching-Lin [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lin, Chung-Kwei [School of Dental Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taipei City 110, Taiwan, ROC (China); Wang, Chun-Kai [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China); Wang, Sheng-Chang [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Southern Taiwan University, Tainan 710, Taiwan, ROC (China); Huang, Jow-Lay, E-mail: JLH888@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung 81148, Taiwan, ROC (China); Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-12-31

    The effect of microstructure on the optical and electrochemical properties of nanostructured tungsten oxide films was evaluated as a function of annealing temperature. The films using block copolymer as the template were prepared from peroxotungstic acid (PTA) by spin-coating onto the substrate and post-annealed at 250–400 °C to form tungsten oxide films with nanostructure. The microstructure of the films was measured by X-ray diffraction and surface electron microscopy. The films annealed at temperatures below 300 °C are characterized by amorphous or nanocrystalline structures with a pore size of less than 10 nm. The evaluated annealing temperature caused a triclinic crystalline structure and microcracks. Cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed in a LiClO{sub 4}-propylene carbonate electrolyte. The results showed that the ion inserted capacity were maximized for films annealed at 300 °C and decreased with the increasing of annealing temperature. The electrochromic properties of the nanostructured tungsten oxide films were evaluated simultaneously by potentiostat and UV–vis spectroscopy. The films annealed at 300 °C exhibit high transmission modulation (∆T ∼ 40%) at λ = 633 nm and good kinetic properties. As a result, the correlation between the microstructure and kinetic properties was established, and the electrochromic properties have been demonstrated. - Highlights: • Surfactant-assisted WO{sub 3} films have been prepared by sol–gel method. • Nanostructure of porous WO{sub 3} film is retained after crystallization. • Kinetic properties of WO{sub 3} can be improved by nanostructure and crystallinity.

  7. Neutron-enhanced annealing of ion-implantation induced damage in silicon heated by nuclear reactions

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    Kinomura, A., E-mail: a.kinomura@aist.go.jp [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST Tsukuba Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Yoshiie, T. [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 590-0494 (Japan); Chayahara, A.; Mokuno, Y.; Tsubouchi, N.; Horino, Y. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST Kansai, 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577 (Japan); Xu, Q.; Sato, K. [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 590-0494 (Japan); Yasuda, K.; Ishigami, R. [The Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center, 64-52-1 Nagatani, Tsuruga, Fukui 914-0192 (Japan)

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: •Neutron-enhanced annealing was observed for irradiation damage in Si below 90 °C. •The irradiation was performed in a nuclear reactor without intentional heating. •Reduction of damage peaks was detected by Rutherford backscattering/channeling. •The annealing efficiency was comparable to that of ion-beam annealing. -- Abstract: The effect of neutron irradiation on recovery (annealing) of irradiation damage has been investigated for self-ion implanted Si. A damage layer was introduced by 200 keV Si{sup +} implantation to a fluence of 5 × 10{sup 14} Si/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. The damaged samples were neutron-irradiated to 3.8 × 10{sup 19} n/cm{sup 2} (fast neutron), without intentional heating, in the core of the Kyoto University Reactor. During neutron irradiation, the samples were heated only by nuclear reactions, and the irradiation temperature was estimated to be less than 90 °C. The damage levels of the samples were characterized by Rutherford backscattering with channeling. Reduction of damage peaks as a result of neutron irradiation was clearly observed in the samples. The annealing efficiency was calculated to be 0.44 defects/displacement.

  8. 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.

  9. Molecular and morphological aspects of annealing-induced stabilization of starch crystallites.

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    Gomand, Sara V; Lamberts, Lieve; Gommes, Cedric J; Visser, Richard G F; Delcour, Jan A; Goderis, Bart

    2012-05-14

    A unique series of potato (mutant) starches with highly different amylopectin/amylose (AP/AM) ratios was annealed in excess water at stepwise increasing temperatures to increase the starch melting (or gelatinization) temperatures in aqueous suspensions. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments revealed that the lamellar starch crystals gain stability upon annealing via thickening for high-AM starch, whereas the crystal surface energy decreases for AM-free starch. In starches with intermediate AP/AM ratio, both mechanisms occur, but the surface energy reduction mechanism prevails. Crystal thickening seems to be associated with the cocrystallization of AM with AP, leading to very disordered nanomorphologies for which a new SAXS data interpretation scheme needed to be developed. Annealing affects neither the crystal internal structure nor the spherulitic morphology on a micrometer length scale.

  10. Structural transformation and charge transfer induced ferroelectricity and magnetism in annealed YMnO3

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    Sheng-Hsu Liu

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Multiferroic materials such as YMnO3, which uniquely exhibit ferroelectricity and magnetism simultaneously, have been extensively studied for spintronic device applications. However, the origin of multiferroicity remains poorly understood. In this study, the structural phases of YMnO3 ceramics and their lattice distortions after careful annealing were investigated to explain the origins of their multiferroicity. A structural transition from the orthorhombic to the hexagonal phase was observed when the annealing temperature reached around 1100 °C. This structural transformation also results in a magnetic transition from 3D Mn-O-Mn to 2D Mn-O-Mn superexchange coupling. The ferroelectricity was enhanced by escalation of the structural distortion caused by the rising annealing temperature. The annealing effect also results in the re-hybridization of the electronic structure of YMnO3. X-ray absorption near-edge spectra suggest that there is charge transfer from the Y-OT (apical oxygen bonds of Y 4d-O 2p hybridized states to the OT-Mn bonds of Mn 3d-O 2p hybridized states, which is responsible for the enhanced ferroelectricity. This approach could be used to probe the origin of the ferroelectricity and multiferroic properties in rare-earth manganites.

  11. Molecular and Morphological Aspects of Annealing-Induced Stabilization of Starch Crystallites

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    Gomand, S.V.; Lamberts, L.; Gommes, C.J.; Visser, R.G.F.; Delcour, J.A.; Goderis, B.

    2012-01-01

    A unique series of potato (mutant) starches with highly different amylopectin/amylose (AP/AM) ratios was annealed in excess water at stepwise increasing temperatures to increase the starch melting (or gelatinization) temperatures in aqueous suspensions. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiment

  12. Glass transition of aqueous solutions involving annealing-induced ice recrystallization resolves liquid-liquid transition puzzle of water.

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    Zhao, Li-Shan; Cao, Ze-Xian; Wang, Qiang

    2015-10-27

    Liquid-liquid transition of water is an important concept in condensed-matter physics. Recently, it was claimed to have been confirmed in aqueous solutions based on annealing-induced upshift of glass-liquid transition temperature, T(g) . Here we report a universal water-content, X(aqu) , dependence of T(g) for aqueous solutions. Solutions with X(aqu)>X(cr)(aqu)vitrify/devitrify at a constant temperature, ~T(g) , referring to freeze-concentrated phase with X(aqu)left behind ice crystallization. Those solutions with X(aqu)recrystallization is stabilized at . Experiments on aqueous glycerol and 1,2,4-butanetriol solutions in literature were repeated, and the same samples subject to other annealing treatments equally reproduce the result. The upshift of T(g) by annealing is attributable to freeze-concentrated phase of solutions instead of 'liquid II phase of water'. Our work also provides a reliable method to determine hydration formula and to scrutinize solute-solvent interaction in solution.

  13. Raman inspection for the annealing induced evolution of sp{sup 2} and sp{sup 3} bonding behavior in sandwiched Si/C/Si multilayer

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    Chung, C.K. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan 701 (China)], E-mail: ckchung@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Lai, C.W.; Peng, C.C.; Wu, B.H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan 701 (China)

    2008-12-01

    The effect of annealing on the sandwiched Si/C/Si multilayer on a Si(100) substrate using ion beam sputtering (IBS) system under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) was investigated. Carbon layer thickness was fixed at 100 nm and a-Si ranged from 10 nm to 25 nm. Rapid thermal annealing was performed to investigate the evolution of sp{sup 2}-sp{sup 3} bonding at annealing temperature from room temperature (RT) to 750 deg. C and annealing time from 0.5 to 2 min. Raman spectroscopy was utilized to characterize bonding behavior of Si/C/Si multilayers for the variation of graphite peak (G-peak), disorder-induced peak (D-peak) of carbon film at specific wavenumbers shift. The higher the integrated intensity ratio (I{sub D}/I{sub G}), the more the sp{sup 2} bonds is. From experimental results, I{sub D}/I{sub G} ratio increases with annealing temperature from RT to 750 deg. C due to graphitization effect for the increased sp{sup 2} bonds. However, I{sub D}/I{sub G} ratio reduces a little with annealing time from 0.5 to 2 min. It implies that a little increase of sp{sup 3} bonds of carbon, which is primarily from the sp{sup 3} Si-C bonds, can be an index of the formation of SiC. Comparing the effect of both annealing temperature and time on the evolution of sp{sup 2}-sp{sup 3} bonds, the annealing temperature dominates more on the sp{sup 2}-sp{sup 3} evolution of a-Si/C/a-Si on the Si(100) under rapid thermal annealing than the annealing time. Also, AES depth profile was used to examine the interdiffusion and reaction between a-Si and C for SiC formation and had a consistent result with Raman.

  14. Growth and Surface Modification of LaFeO3 Thin Films Induced By Reductive Annealing

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    Flynn, Brendan T.; Zhang, Hongliang; Shutthanandan, V.; Varga, Tamas; Colby, Robert J.; Oleksak, Richard P.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Engelhard, Mark H.; Chambers, Scott A.; Henderson, Michael A.; Herman, Gregory S.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2015-03-01

    The electronic and ionic conductivity of perovskite oxides has enabled their use in diverse applications such as automotive exhaust catalysts, solid oxide fuel cell cathodes, and visible light photocatalysts. The redox chemistry at the surface of perovskite oxides is largely dependent on the oxidation state of the metal cations as well as the oxide surface stoichiometry. In this study, LaFeO3 (LFO) thin films grown on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was characterized using both bulk and surface sensitive techniques. A combination of in situ reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) demonstrated that the film is highly oriented and stoichiometric. The film was annealed in an ultra-high vacuum chamber to simulate reducing conditions and studied by angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Iron was found to exist as Fe(0), Fe(II), and Fe(III) depending on the annealing conditions and the depth within the film. A decrease in the concentration of surface oxygen species was correlated with iron reduction. These results should help guide and enhance the design of perovskite materials for catalysts.

  15. Midfield microscope: exploring the extraordinary

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    Docter, M.W.

    2008-01-01

    In this thesis the development of the midfield microscope is presented. This is a microscope in which the extraordinary transmission (EOT) through sub-wavelength hole-arrays is applied. Before trying to combine microscopy and EOT, we look at them separately. In chapter 1 an overview is given of the

  16. Investigation on the N{sub eff} reverse annealing effect using TSC/I-DLTS: relationship between neutron induced microscopic defects and silicon detector electrical degradations

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    Li, Z. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Li, C.J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Eremin, V. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Verbitskaya, E. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Neutron induced defect levels in high resistivity silicon detectors have been studied using a current-based macroscopic defect analysis system: thermally stimulated current (TSC) and current deep level transient spectroscopy (I-DLTS). These studies have been correlated to the traditional C-V, I-V, and transient current and charge techniques (TCT/TChT) after neutron radiation and subsequent thermal anneals. It has been found that the increases of the space charge density, N{sub eff}, in irradiated detectors after thermal anneals (N{sub eff} reverse anneal) correspond to the increases of deep levels in the silicon bandgap. In particular, increases of the double vacancy center (V-V and V-V{sup --}) and/or C{sub i}-O{sub i} level have good correlations with the N{sub eff} reverse anneal. It has also been observed that the leakage current of highly irradiated ({Phi}{sub n}>10{sup 13} n/cm{sup 2}) detectors increases after thermal anneals, which is different from the leakage current annealing behavior of slightly irradiated ({Phi}{sub n}<10{sup 13} n/cm{sup 2}) detectors. It is apparent that V-V center and/or C{sub i}-O{sub i} level play important roles in both N{sub eff} and leakage current degradations for highly irradiated high resistivity silicon detectors. (orig.).

  17. Effect of Annealing in Magnetic Field on Ferromagnetic Nanoparticle Formation in Cu-Al-Mn Alloy with Induced Martensite Transformation.

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    Titenko, Anatoliy; Demchenko, Lesya

    2016-12-01

    The paper considers the influence of aging of high-temperature phase on subsequent martensitic transformation in Cu-Al-Mn alloy. The morphology of behavior of martensitic transformation as a result of alloy aging under annealing in a constant magnetic field with different sample orientation relatively to the field direction and without field was studied for direct control of the processes of martensite induction at cooling. Temperature dependences of electrical resistance, magnetic susceptibility, and magnetization, as well as field dependences of magnetization, and phase composition were found. The tendency to the oriented growth of precipitated ferromagnetic phase nanoparticles in a direction of applied field and to an increase of their volume fraction under thermal magnetic treatment of material that favors a reversibility of induced martensitic transformation is observed.

  18. 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.

  19. Effect of Pre-Irradiation Annealing and Laser Modification on the Formation of Radiation-Induced Surface Color Centers in Lithium Fluoride

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    Voitovich, A. P.; Kalinov, V. S.; Novikov, A. N.; Radkevich, A. V.; Runets, L. P.; Stupak, A. P.; Tarasenko, N. V.

    2017-01-01

    It is shown that surface color centers of the same type are formed in the surface layer and in regions with damaged crystal structure inside crystalline lithium fluoride after γ-irradiation. Results are presented from a study of the effect of pre-irradiation annealing on the efficiency with which surface centers are formed in lithium fluoride nanocrystals. Raising the temperature for pre-irradiation annealing from room temperature to 250°C leads to a substantial reduction in the efficiency with which these centers are created. Surface color centers are not detected after γ-irradiation for pre-irradiation annealing temperatures of 300°C and above. Adsorption of atmospheric gases on the crystal surface cannot be regarded as a necessary condition for the formation of radiation-induced surface centers.

  20. The Insulator to Superconductor Transition in Ga-Doped Semiconductor Ge Single Crystal Induced by the Annealing Temperature

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    Y. B. Sun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We have fabricated the heavily Ga-doped layer in Ge single crystal by the implantation and rapid thermal annealing method. The samples show a crossover from the insulating to the superconducting behavior as the annealing temperature increases. Transport measurements suggest that the superconductivity is from the heavily Ga-doped layer in Ge.

  1. New Ideas: Ordinary is Extraordinary

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    Antonio Jose

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract With the initial issue of this journal, a new challenge has been offered tothe world of sports nutrition: initiate "team oriented" research and clinical trials in order to make dynamic progress in terms of understandingand applying nutrition principals to the field of competitive sports. It is our further challenge that these teams think "outside the box" in terms of their approach to elucidating new concepts through which nutritional interventions might play a role in the regulation of muscle growth and repair, athletic performance and endurance, and mental acuity. What was once thought of as extraordinary might now be approached as ordinary, if the correct composition of "teams" were formed.

  2. 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.

  3. Extraordinary Vessels Needling for Vascular Dementia

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    YU Jin; LAI Xin-sheng; HUANG Qiu-tang; XIAO Yuan-chun

    2003-01-01

    Purpose To observe the clinical efficacy of extraordinary vessels needling in treating vascular dementia. Method 39 cases vascular dementia were treated by acupoints selected from the eight extraordinary meridians and the time needling techniques such as eight methods of spiritual turtle, in accordance with time period and pattern identifition. Results 2 cases were cured, 30 cases improved and 7 cases failed; the total effective rate was 82.1%. Conclusion Extraordinary vessels needling has positive effects in treating vascular dementia.

  4. Live-monitoring of Te inclusions laser-induced thermo-diffusion and annealing in CdZnTe crystals

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    Zappettini, A.; Zambelli, N.; Benassi, G.; Calestani, D. [Istituto Materiali Elettronica e Magnetismo – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Parma (Italy); Pavesi, M. [Istituto Materiali Elettronica e Magnetismo – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Parma (Italy); Istituto di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma (Italy)

    2014-06-23

    The presence of Te inclusions is one of the main factors limiting performances of CdZnTe crystals as X-ray detectors. We show that by means of infrared laser radiation it is possible to move and anneal tellurium inclusions exploiting a thermo-diffusion mechanism. The process is studied live during irradiation by means of an optical microscope equipment. Experimental conditions, and, in particular, energy laser fluence, for annealing inclusions of different dimensions are determined.

  5. Structural and chemical changes in ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene due to gamma radiation-induced crosslinking and annealing in air.

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    Viano, A M; Spence, K E; Shanks, M A; Scott, M A; Redfearn, R D; Carlson, C W; Holm, T A; Ray, A K

    2007-01-01

    Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene (UHMWPE) is the material of choice for one of the articulating surfaces in many total joint replacements, notably hip and knee prostheses. The various methods used by the orthopaedic biomaterials industry to sterilize and anneal UHMWPE components, and the resulting oxidation and crosslinking, affect the mechanical wear resistance properties in ways still unknown at the microscopic and molecular levels. Transmission electron microscopy and chemical pyrolysis were used to quantify crosslinking induced by gamma irradiation and annealing in air. Changes in lamellar stacking and the amount of crosslinking suggest two types of crosslinking: relatively unstable crosslinks in the amorphous region initially resulting from gamma irradiation which are later replaced by more thermally stable crosslinks resulting from rearrangements at the annealing temperature. Lamellar mobility, the ability of crystalline lamellae to flow in the material, is enhanced during the transition from one type of bond to the other, and this appears to optimize near eight hours of annealing time. Results from decomposition and percent crystallinity measurements provide further support for this theory.

  6. Modulation of surface trap induced resistive switching by electrode annealing in individual PbS micro/nanowire-based devices for resistance random access memory.

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    Zheng, Jianping; Cheng, Baochang; Wu, Fuzhang; Su, Xiaohui; Xiao, Yanhe; Guo, Rui; Lei, Shuijin

    2014-12-10

    Bipolar resistive switching (RS) devices are commonly believed as a promising candidate for next generation nonvolatile resistance random access memory (RRAM). Here, two-terminal devices based on individual PbS micro/nanowires with Ag electrodes are constructed, whose electrical transport depends strongly on the abundant surface and bulk trap states in micro/nanostructures. The surface trap states can be filled/emptied effectively at negative/positive bias voltage, respectively, and the corresponding rise/fall of the Fermi level induces a variation in a degenerate/nondegenerate state, resulting in low/high resistance. Moreover, the filling/emptying of trap states can be utilized as RRAM. After annealing, the surface trap state can almost be eliminated completely; while most of the bulk trap states can still remain. In the devices unannealed and annealed at both ends, therefore, the symmetrical back-to-back Fowler-Nordheim tunneling with large ON/OFF resistance ratio and Poole-Frenkel emission with poor hysteresis can be observed under cyclic sweep voltage, respectively. However, a typical bipolar RS behavior can be observed effectively in the devices annealed at one end. The acquirement of bipolar RS and nonvolatile RRAM by the modulation of electrode annealing demonstrates the abundant trap states in micro/nanomaterials will be advantageous to the development of new type electronic components.

  7. The effects of vacuum annealing on the top-most layer of 6H-SiC measured by Positron annihilation induced Auger Spectroscopy

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    Mukherjee, S.; Nadesalingam, M.; Davis, B.; Brauer, G.; Weiss, A. H.

    2007-03-01

    Silicon Carbide (SiC) in monocrystalline, hexagonal polytype form is a very interesting material for a wide class of novel application in electronics. The wide range of the band gap offered by different polytype with very little lattice mismatch can be utilized to grow smooth heterojunctions. Till now it has not been achieved and hence the surface characterization of such crystals is critical. Positron Annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES) is an established tool to characterize the top most atomic surface layer of solids. Here, PAES has been used to study the surface of 6H- SiC after annealing under different thermal and ambient conditions. The PAES measurements indicate that top-most atomic layer becomes C rich after vacuum annealing at 800 C. In additional a large chemical shift in the Si peak of approximately -12 eV was observed with PAES.

  8. Annealing effect on the magnetic induced austenite transformation in polycrystalline freestanding Ni-Co-Mn-In films produced by co-sputtering

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    Crouïgneau, G., E-mail: guillaume.crouigneau@neel.cnrs.fr [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Inst. NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble, Cedex 9 (France); Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CRETA, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Inst. NEEL, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CNRS, CRETA, F-38000 Grenoble (France); Porcar, L.; Pairis, S.; Mossang, E.; Eyraud, E.; Bourgault, D. [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Inst. NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble, Cedex 9 (France); CNRS, Inst. NEEL, F-38000 Grenoble (France); Courtois, P. [Institut Laue Langevin, 38000 Grenoble (France)

    2015-01-21

    Ni-Co-Mn-In freestanding films, with a magneto-structural transformation at room temperature were successfully produced by co-sputtering and post-annealing methods leading to film composition mastering. For a post-annealing temperature of 700 °C, the phase transformation occurs slightly above room temperature, with a twisted martensitic microstructure phase observed at 300 K by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy. Magnetization measurements on a polycrystalline film showed a phase transformation from a weakly magnetic martensite to a magnetic austenite phase. Moreover, an inverse magnetocaloric effect with an entropy variation of 4 J/kg K under 5 T was also measured. A simple magneto-actuation experiment based on the magnetic induced austenite transformation was also successfully completed. The possibility to insert such films in microsystems is clearly demonstrated in this work.

  9. Energy transfer among rare earth ions induced by annealing process of Tm sbnd Er codoped aluminum oxide thin films

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    Xiao, Zhisong; Zhou, Bo; Xu, Fei; Zhu, Fang; Yan, Lu; Zhang, Feng; Huang, Anping

    2009-02-01

    Er sbnd Tm codoped amorphous aluminum oxide (a-Al 2O 3) thin films have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Efficient photoluminescence (PL) in the region of 1400-1700 nm with two peaks centered at 1533 nm and 1620 nm were observed with pumping at the wavelength of 791 nm. The PL performance has been investigated as a function of annealing temperature, which was varied from 650 to 850 °C in air. Infrared emission was improved by annealing, and energy transfer processes occurred obviously for annealing temperatures between 800 and 850 °C. All possible energy transfer channels were investigated and our results suggest that the quasi-resonant energy transfer and cross relaxation between Tm 3+ and Er 3+ play an important role in the evolution of the luminescent response.

  10. Elevated temperature annealing of the neutron induced leakage current and corresponding defect levels in low and high resistivity silicon detectors

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    Eremin, V.; Ivanov, A.; Verbitskaya, E. [A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of Academy of Sciences of Russia, St. Petersburg, (Russian Federation); Li, Z.; Kraner, H.W. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1994-03-01

    The leakage current (I{sub L}) annealing at the elevated temperatures and the corresponding changes of the DLTS spectra of defects for fast neutron irradiated Silicon detectors, fabricated on high (4--6 k{Omega}-cm), moderate (0.5--1.0 k{Omega}-cm), and low(<100 {Omega}-cm) resistivity silicon material, have been investigated. For all the resistivities, three annealing stages have been observed: (1) The transformation of carbon related defects at 72{degree}C; (2) slight decrease of the peak E{sub c} {minus} 0.4 eV at 150{degree}C; and (3) significant decrease of the peak E{sub c} {minus} 0.4 eV at 350{degree}C. The leakage current has been found to decrease monotonously in the temperature range of 20--150{degree}C. A sharp decrease of I{sub L} was observed at 350 {degree}C due to the annealing of the V-V{sup {minus}} center for heavily irradiated detectors, whereas I{sub L} showed a slight saturation tendency for detectors irradiated to low neutron fluence. The V-V{sup {minus}} center has been found to be dominant in the formation of the E{sub c} {minus} 0.4 eV peak and in the annealing of the leakage current. For low resistivity detectors, an anneal at 72{degree}C was needed to stimulate the decrease of the effective impurity concentration (N{sub eff}) of the detectors irradiated by high neutron fluence (1--2) {times} 10{sup 14} n/cm{sup 2}. In addition, low resistivity detectors have been found to be tolerant in terms of N{sub eff} stability to the 350{degree}C anneal, favorable to the recovery of I{sub L} after irradiation with high neutron fluence.

  11. Ordinary stoichiometry of extraordinary microorganisms.

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    Neveu, M; Poret-Peterson, A T; Anbar, A D; Elser, J J

    2016-01-01

    All life on Earth seems to be made of the same chemical elements in relatively conserved proportions (stoichiometry). Whether this stoichiometry is conserved in settings that differ radically in physicochemical conditions (extreme environments) from those commonly encountered elsewhere on the planet provides insight into possible stoichiometries for putative life beyond Earth. Here, we report measurements of elemental stoichiometry for extremophile microbes from hot springs of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Phototrophic and chemotrophic microbes were collected in locations spanning large ranges of temperature (24 °C to boiling), pH (1.6-9.6), redox (0.1-7.2 mg L(-1) dissolved oxygen), and nutrient concentrations (0.01-0.25 mg L(-1) NO2-, 0.7-12.9 mg L(-1) NO3-, 0.01-42 mg L(-1) NH4 (+), 0.003-1.1 mg L(-1) P mostly as phosphate). Despite these extreme conditions, the microbial cells sampled had a major and trace element stoichiometry within the ranges commonly encountered for microbes living in the more moderate environments of lakes and surface oceans. The cells did have somewhat high C:P and N:P ratios that are consistent with phosphorus (P) limitation. Furthermore, chemotrophs and phototrophs had similar compositions with the exception of Mo content, which was enriched in cells derived from chemotrophic sites. Thus, despite the extraordinary physicochemical and biological diversity of YNP environments, life in these settings, in a stoichiometric sense, remains much the same as we know it elsewhere.

  12. Microstructural and chemical transformation of thin Ti/Pd and TiDy/Pd bilayer films induced by vacuum annealing

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    Lisowski, W.; Keim, E.G.; Kaszkur, Z.; Berg, van den A.H.J.; Smithers, M.A.

    2007-01-01

    Using a combination of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we made a comparative study of the high-temperature annealing impact on thin titanium deuteride (TiD y ) films covered by an ultrathin Pd layer,

  13. Combined current-modulation annealing induced enhancement of giant magnetoimpedance effect of Co-rich amorphous microwires

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    Liu, Jingshun, E-mail: jingshun-liu@163.com, E-mail: faxiang.qin@gmail.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); Qin, Faxiang, E-mail: jingshun-liu@163.com, E-mail: faxiang.qin@gmail.com [1D Nanomaterials Group, National Institute for Material Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Chen, Dongming; Shen, Hongxian; Wang, Huan; Xing, Dawei; Sun, Jianfei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Phan, Manh-Huong [Department of Physics, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620 (United States)

    2014-05-07

    We report on a combined current-modulation annealing (CCMA) method, which integrates the optimized pulsed current (PC) and DC annealing techniques, for improving the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect and its field sensitivity of Co-rich amorphous microwires. Relative to an as-prepared Co{sub 68.2}Fe{sub 4.3}B{sub 15}Si{sub 12.5} wire, CCMA is shown to remarkably improve the GMI response of the wire. At 10 MHz, the maximum GMI ratio and its field sensitivity of the as-prepared wire were, respectively, increased by 3.5 and 2.28 times when subjected to CCMA. CCMA increased atomic order orientation and circumferential permeability of the wire by the co-action of high-density pulsed magnetic field energy and thermal activation energy at a PC annealing stage, as well as the formation of uniform circular magnetic domains by a stable DC magnetic field at a DC annealing stage. The magnetic moment can overcome eddy-current damping or nail-sticked action in rotational magnetization, giving rise to a double-peak feature and wider working field range (up to ±2 Oe) at relatively higher frequency (f ≥ 1 MHz)

  14. Combined current-modulation annealing induced enhancement of giant magnetoimpedance effect of Co-rich amorphous microwires

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    Liu, Jingshun; Qin, Faxiang; Chen, Dongming; Shen, Hongxian; Wang, Huan; Xing, Dawei; Phan, Manh-Huong; Sun, Jianfei

    2014-05-01

    We report on a combined current-modulation annealing (CCMA) method, which integrates the optimized pulsed current (PC) and DC annealing techniques, for improving the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect and its field sensitivity of Co-rich amorphous microwires. Relative to an as-prepared Co68.2Fe4.3B15Si12.5 wire, CCMA is shown to remarkably improve the GMI response of the wire. At 10 MHz, the maximum GMI ratio and its field sensitivity of the as-prepared wire were, respectively, increased by 3.5 and 2.28 times when subjected to CCMA. CCMA increased atomic order orientation and circumferential permeability of the wire by the co-action of high-density pulsed magnetic field energy and thermal activation energy at a PC annealing stage, as well as the formation of uniform circular magnetic domains by a stable DC magnetic field at a DC annealing stage. The magnetic moment can overcome eddy-current damping or nail-sticked action in rotational magnetization, giving rise to a double-peak feature and wider working field range (up to ±2 Oe) at relatively higher frequency (f ≥ 1 MHz).

  15. Atomic Pair-Correlation Anisotropy Induced by Magnetic Annealing of Ferromagnetic Fe22.5Ni77.5 Permalloy

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    Sparks, Cullie; Robertson, Lee; Ice, Gene; Bai, Jianming

    2002-03-01

    Diffuse x-ray scattering measurements have been made on ferromagnetic Fe22.5Ni77.5, permalloy, annealed in a 3000 G magnetic field at 450° C. These measurements reveal a long predicted anisotropic alignment of the Fe-Ni, Fe-Fe and Ni-Ni near-neighbor pairs relative to the magnetic field direction when annealed at temperatures below the Curie Temperature but high enough for diffusion to occur. Our direct measurements show that the Fe-Fe and Ni-Ni first neighbor pairs preferentially align along the annealing direction of the magnetic field for fields in the [100], [110] and [111] crystallographic directions. Fe-Ni pairs prefer to align perpendicular to the direction of the applied field. The size of the observed anisotropy in the atom pair distribution follows that observed in their magnetic properties1; the anisotropy increases from [100] to [110] to [111]. This first direct verification that magnetic annealing preferentially aligns the direction of the atomic pairs will be discussed. 1. S. Chikazumi, J. Phys. Soc. Japan 11, 551 (1956).

  16. TESTAMENT IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES: THEORY AND PRACTICE

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    Popova J. A.

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The article explains the relevance of testaments, committed in extraordinary circumstances. The authors note, that the form of such testaments is considerably simpler. Nevertheless, it is compensated by necessity of further confirmation of fact that testament was committed in extraordinary circumstances by court. The conditions of validity of such testaments exposed to a detailed analysis in the article. The authors emphasize that for the recognition of circumstances as extraordinary, such circumstances should be unusual, exceptional, and create immediate threat of life, not threat to health of a citizen. The article contains the analysis of court decisions, which counter to these provisions. The study notes that the legislation does not allow for opportunity to commit testament in the extraordinary circumstances using the technical equipment. It is a gap in the legislation, considering the current conditions. The authors describe international experience of drawing up testaments verbally and came to the conclusion that such form is not acceptable in the Russian legislation. The article also notes the need for a more precise definition of “extraordinary circumstances” applied to inheritance relations. By the authors’ viewpoint, serious illness of the testator can’t be classified as extraordinary circumstance. The study is not only based on analysis of theoretical works of scientists, also on law enforcement practices. The authors of the article identified actual problems of current legislation and came to the conclusion of the necessity to improve the modern civil law

  17. Annealing-induced optical and sub-band-gap absorption parameters of Sn-doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-01-01

    Thin films of Sn-doped CdSe were prepared by thermal evaporation onto glass substrates in an argon gas atmosphere and annealed at different temperatures. Structural evaluation of the films was carried out using X-ray diffraction and their stoichiometry studied by energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. The films exhibit a preferred orientation along the hexagonal direction of CdSe. The optical transmittance of the films shows a red shift of the absorption edge with annealing. The fundamental absorption edge corresponds to a direct energy gap with a temperature coefficient of 3.34 × 10-3 eV K-1. The refractive index, optical conductivity and real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constants were found to increase after annealing. The sub-band gap absorption coefficient was evaluated using the constant photocurrent method. It varies exponentially with photon energy. The Urbach energy, the density of defect states, and the steepness of the density of localized states were evaluated from the sub-band-gap absorption.

  18. The Magneto-Hall Difference and the Planar Extraordinary Hall Balance

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    S. L. Zhang; Hesjedal, T.

    2016-01-01

    The extraordinary Hall balance (EHB) is a general device concept that harnesses the net extraordinary Hall effect (EHE) arising from two independent magnetic layers, which are electrically in parallel. Different EHB behavior can be achieved by tuning the strength and type of interlayer coupling, i.e., ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic of varying strength, allowing for logic and memory applications. The physics of the EHE in such a multilayered systems, especially the interface-induced effect...

  19. 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.

  20. Analysis of recovery process of low-dose neutron irradiation-induced defects in silicon nitride-based ceramics by thermal annealing

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    Rueanngoen, Areerak, E-mail: areerak_k@yahoo.com [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 (Japan); Kanazawa, Koumei [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 (Japan); Imai, Masamitsu; Yoshida, Katsumi; Yano, Toyohiko [Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    Two kinds of silicon nitride ceramics consisting of different polymorphs were neutron-irradiated up to 8.5 × 10{sup 24} n/m{sup 2} (E > 0.1 MeV) at 563 K, and their annealing behaviors were compared to those of previously reported SiAlON polymorphs subjected to the same irradiation condition. The macroscopic length change of α- and β-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and α- and β-SiAlON were 0.11%, 0.06%, 0.12% and 0.14%, respectively. Based on swelling data and microstructural observations, the low dose neutron irradiation-induced defects in silicon nitride-based ceramics were considered to be primarily point defects. In order to investigate the kinetics of defect recovery, these irradiated specimens were isothermally and isochronally annealed continuously up to 1473 K. Macroscopic length change decreased gradually with increasing annealing temperature. Recovery curves of isochronal annealing of α-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and α-SiAlON were similar, and those of β-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and β-SiAlON were also similar. The recombination rate constant as a first-order reaction increased with the increasing of the isothermal annealing temperature. A two-stage recovery process was considered between the irradiation temperature and 1473 K. The activation energies at higher temperatures were almost double those at lower temperatures in both Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and SiAlON. At lower temperatures range the recovery should occur by annihilation of close-spaced Frenkel pairs. On the other hand, at higher temperatures, the recovery process may be governed by the annihilation of separated Frenkel pairs. In addition, the activation energies for defect recovery in Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} were larger than defects in SiAlON. Recovery characteristics of α- and β-phases were different in both crystals that are suggested to be due to differences in crystal structures.

  1. Growth and surface modification of LaFeO{sub 3} thin films induced by reductive annealing

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    Flynn, Brendan T. [Oregon State University, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, 102 Gleeson Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331 (United States); Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3335 Innovation Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354 (United States); Zhang, Kelvin H.L. [Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3335 Innovation Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354 (United States); Shutthanandan, Vaithiyalingam; Varga, Tamas; Colby, Robert J. [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3335 Innovation Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354 (United States); Oleksak, Richard P. [Oregon State University, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, 102 Gleeson Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331 (United States); Manandhar, Sandeep; Engelhard, Mark H. [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3335 Innovation Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354 (United States); Chambers, Scott A.; Henderson, Michael A. [Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3335 Innovation Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354 (United States); Herman, Gregory S., E-mail: greg.herman@oregonstate.edu [Oregon State University, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, 102 Gleeson Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331 (United States); Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai, E-mail: theva@pnnl.gov [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3335 Innovation Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354 (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Highlights: • LaFeO{sub 3} was grown by molecular beam epitaxy on ZrO{sub 2}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • The film was highly oriented but not single crystalline. • Angle resolved XPS revealed differences between surface and bulk oxygen. • Annealing the film in vacuum resulted in the sequential reduction of Fe cations. • A greater degree of Fe reduction was found at the surface. - Abstract: The mixed electronic and ionic conductivity of perovskite oxides has enabled their use in diverse applications such as automotive exhaust catalysts, solid oxide fuel cell cathodes, and visible light photocatalysts. The redox chemistry at the surface of perovskite oxides is largely dependent on the oxidation state of the metal cations as well as the oxide surface stoichiometry. In this study, LaFeO{sub 3} (LFO) thin films grown on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was characterized using both bulk and surface sensitive techniques. A combination of in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) demonstrated that the film is primarily textured in the [1 0 0] direction and is stoichiometric. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy measurements show regions that are dominated by [1 0 0] oriented LFO grains that are oriented with respect to the substrates lattice. However, selected regions of the film show multiple domains of grains that are not [1 0 0] oriented. The film was annealed in an ultra-high vacuum chamber to simulate reducing conditions and studied by angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Iron was found to exist as Fe(0), Fe(II), and Fe(III) depending on the annealing conditions and the depth within the film. A decrease in the concentration of surface oxygen species was correlated with iron reduction. These results should help guide and enhance the design of LFO materials for catalytic applications.

  2. Transformations of PTCDA structures on rutile TiO2 induced by thermal annealing and intermolecular forces.

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    Godlewski, Szymon; Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub S; Glatzel, Thilo; Meyer, Ernst; Szymoński, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Transformations of molecular structures formed by perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) molecules on a rutile TiO2(110) surface are studied with low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy. We demonstrate that metastable molecular assemblies transform into differently ordered structures either due to additional energy provided by thermal annealing or when the influence of intermolecular forces is increased by the enlarged amount of deposited molecules. Proper adjustment of molecular coverage and substrate temperature during deposition allows for fabrication of desired assemblies. Differences between PTCDA/TiO2(110) and PTCDA/TiO2(011) systems obtained through identical experimental procedures are discussed.

  3. Compositional and structural changes in TiB{sub 2} films induced by bias, in situ and post-deposition annealing, respectively

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    Pelleg, Joshua [Department of Materials Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 84105, Beer Sheva (Israel)]. E-mail: pelleg@bgumail.bgu.ac.il; Sade, G. [Department of Materials Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 84105, Beer Sheva (Israel); Sinder, M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 84105, Beer Sheva (Israel); Mogilyanski, D. [Department of Materials Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 84105, Beer Sheva (Israel)

    2006-05-31

    Structural changes in TiB{sub 2} films were induced at relatively low temperatures by the application of bias and in situ annealing or by post-deposition heat treatment of samples subjected to bias with simultaneous in situ annealing. In situ annealing by itself evoked only partial crystallization. Application of bias by itself only modified the composition of the as deposited film. A simple model is presented to explain the variation of the composition when RF bias is applied to a cold substrate. The crystallized films had a (0001) texture. A model has been suggested to explain the observed preferred orientation, based on the contribution of surface and strain energies. Both, the surface energy and strain energy are direction dependent. These were evaluated for two film orientations reported in the literature, namely, the (0001) and (101-bar 1)orientations. The preferred orientation of the film is determined by the lowest overall free energy resulting from the competition between the surface energy and the strain energy on different lattice planes. The surface energy is not film thickness dependent while the strain energy is thickness dependent and increases with it. For small film thickness, as in this work, the surface energy term is significant and (0001) orientation with a minimum surface energy is preferred. At large film thicknesses the strain energy becomes dominant and the (101-bar 1) preferred orientation is observed. Under certain experimental conditions strain energy effects may tip the preferred orientation to (101-bar 1). The elastic moduli in the (0001) and (101-bar 1) directions were determined as 435 and 538GPa, respectively.

  4. In-situ XMCD evaluation of ferromagnetic state at FeRh thin film surface induced by 1 keV Ar ion beam irradiation and annealing

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    Matsui, T. [Research Organization for the 21st Century, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Aikoh, K. [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Sakamaki, M.; Amemiya, K. [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Iwase, A. [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2015-12-15

    Surface ferromagnetic state of FeRh thin films irradiated with 1 keV Ar ion-beam has been investigated by using soft X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD). It was revealed that the Fe atoms of the samples were strongly spin-polarized after Ar ion-beam irradiation. Due to its small penetration depth, 1 keV Ar ion-beam irradiation can modify the magnetic state at subsurface of the samples. In accordance with the XMCD sum rule analysis, the main component of the irradiation induced ferromagnetism at the FeRh film surface was to be effective spin magnetic moment, and not to be orbital moment. We also confirmed that the surface ferromagnetic state could be produced by thermal annealing of the excessively ion irradiated paramagnetic subsurface of the FeRh thin films. This novel magnetic modification technique by using ion irradiation and subsequent annealing can be a potential tool to control the surface magnetic state of FeRh thin films.

  5. Phase Transformation and Enhancing Electron Field Emission Properties in Microcrystalline Diamond Films Induced by Cu Ion Implantation and Rapid Annealing

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    Yan-Yan Shen; Yi-Xin Zhang; Ting Qi; Yu Qiao; Yu-Xin Jia; Hong-Jun Hei; Zhi-Yong He

    2016-01-01

    Cu ion implantation and subsequent rapid annealing at 500℃ in N2 result in low surface resistivity of 1.611 ohm/sq with high mobility of 290 cm2 V-1 S-1 for microcrystalline diamond (MCD) films.Its electrical field emission behavior can be turned on at Eo =2.6 V/μm,attaining a current density of 19.5μA/cm2 at an applied field of 3.5 V/μm.Field emission scanning electron microscopy combined with Raman and x-ray photoelectron microscopy reveal that the formation of Cu nanoparticles in MCD films can catalytically convert the less conducting disorder/a-C phases into graphitic phases and can provoke the formation of nanographite in the films,forming conduction channels for electron transportation.

  6. Transformations of PTCDA structures on rutile TiO2 induced by thermal annealing and intermolecular forces

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    Szymon Godlewski

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Transformations of molecular structures formed by perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA molecules on a rutile TiO2(110 surface are studied with low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy. We demonstrate that metastable molecular assemblies transform into differently ordered structures either due to additional energy provided by thermal annealing or when the influence of intermolecular forces is increased by the enlarged amount of deposited molecules. Proper adjustment of molecular coverage and substrate temperature during deposition allows for fabrication of desired assemblies. Differences between PTCDA/TiO2(110 and PTCDA/TiO2(011 systems obtained through identical experimental procedures are discussed.

  7. Solid-to-solid phase transformations of nanostructured selenium-tin thin films induced by thermal annealing in oxygen atmosphere

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    Serra, A. [Physics Applied to Material Science interdepartmental Laboratory (PAMS-Lab) - Dipartimento di Beni Culturali - Università del Salento - Lecce (Italy); Rossi, M. [Dipartimento Scienze di Base ed Applicate all' Ingegneria, and CNIS - Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma (Italy); Buccolieri, A.; Manno, D. [Physics Applied to Material Science interdepartmental Laboratory (PAMS-Lab) - Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali - Università del Salento - Lecce (Italy)

    2014-06-19

    The structural and morphological evolution of nanostructured thin films obtained from thermal evaporation of polycrystalline Sn-Se starting charge as a function of the subsequent annealing temperature in an oxygen flow has been analysed. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy, small area electron diffraction, digital image processing, x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy have been employed in order to investigate the structure and the morphology of the obtained films. The results evidenced, in the temperature range from RT to 500°C, the transition of the material from a homogeneous mixture of SnSe and SnSe{sub 2} nanocrystals, towards a homogeneous mixture of SnO{sub 2} and SeO{sub 2} nanocrystals, with an intermediate stage in which only SnSe{sub 2} nanocrystals are present.

  8. Extraordinary transmission of gigahertz surface acoustic waves.

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    Mezil, Sylvain; Chonan, Kazuki; Otsuka, Paul H; Tomoda, Motonobu; Matsuda, Osamu; Lee, Sam H; Wright, Oliver B

    2016-09-19

    Extraordinary transmission of waves, i.e. a transmission superior to the amount predicted by geometrical considerations of the aperture alone, has to date only been studied in the bulk. Here we present a new class of extraordinary transmission for waves confined in two dimensions to a flat surface. By means of acoustic numerical simulations in the gigahertz range, corresponding to acoustic wavelengths λ ~ 3-50 μm, we track the transmission of plane surface acoustic wave fronts between two silicon blocks joined by a deeply subwavelength bridge of variable length with or without an attached cavity. Several resonant modes of the structure, both one- and two-dimensional in nature, lead to extraordinary acoustic transmission, in this case with transmission efficiencies, i.e. intensity enhancements, up to ~23 and ~8 in the two respective cases. We show how the cavity shape and bridge size influence the extraordinary transmission efficiency. Applications include new metamaterials and subwavelength imaging.

  9. Extraordinary transmission of gigahertz surface acoustic waves

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    Mezil, Sylvain; Chonan, Kazuki; Otsuka, Paul H.; Tomoda, Motonobu; Matsuda, Osamu; Lee, Sam H.; Wright, Oliver B.

    2016-01-01

    Extraordinary transmission of waves, i.e. a transmission superior to the amount predicted by geometrical considerations of the aperture alone, has to date only been studied in the bulk. Here we present a new class of extraordinary transmission for waves confined in two dimensions to a flat surface. By means of acoustic numerical simulations in the gigahertz range, corresponding to acoustic wavelengths λ ~ 3–50 μm, we track the transmission of plane surface acoustic wave fronts between two silicon blocks joined by a deeply subwavelength bridge of variable length with or without an attached cavity. Several resonant modes of the structure, both one- and two-dimensional in nature, lead to extraordinary acoustic transmission, in this case with transmission efficiencies, i.e. intensity enhancements, up to ~23 and ~8 in the two respective cases. We show how the cavity shape and bridge size influence the extraordinary transmission efficiency. Applications include new metamaterials and subwavelength imaging. PMID:27640998

  10. Extraordinary transmission of gigahertz surface acoustic waves

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    Mezil, Sylvain; Chonan, Kazuki; Otsuka, Paul H.; Tomoda, Motonobu; Matsuda, Osamu; Lee, Sam H.; Wright, Oliver B.

    2016-09-01

    Extraordinary transmission of waves, i.e. a transmission superior to the amount predicted by geometrical considerations of the aperture alone, has to date only been studied in the bulk. Here we present a new class of extraordinary transmission for waves confined in two dimensions to a flat surface. By means of acoustic numerical simulations in the gigahertz range, corresponding to acoustic wavelengths λ ~ 3–50 μm, we track the transmission of plane surface acoustic wave fronts between two silicon blocks joined by a deeply subwavelength bridge of variable length with or without an attached cavity. Several resonant modes of the structure, both one- and two-dimensional in nature, lead to extraordinary acoustic transmission, in this case with transmission efficiencies, i.e. intensity enhancements, up to ~23 and ~8 in the two respective cases. We show how the cavity shape and bridge size influence the extraordinary transmission efficiency. Applications include new metamaterials and subwavelength imaging.

  11. Current induced annealing and electrical characterization of single layer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition for future interconnects in VLSI circuits

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    Prasad, Neetu; Kumari, Anita; Bhatnagar, P. K.; Mathur, P. C.; Bhatia, C. S.

    2014-09-01

    Single layer graphene (SLG) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been investigated for its prospective application as horizontal interconnects in very large scale integrated circuits. However, the major bottleneck for its successful application is its degraded electronic transport properties due to the resist residual trapped in the grain boundaries and on the surface of the polycrystalline CVD graphene during multi-step lithographic processes, leading to increase in its sheet resistance up to 5 MΩ/sq. To overcome this problem, current induced annealing has been employed, which helps to bring down the sheet resistance to 10 kΩ/sq (of the order of its initial value). Moreover, the maximum current density of ˜1.2 × 107 A/cm2 has been obtained for SLG (1 × 2.5 μm2) on SiO2/Si substrate, which is about an order higher than that of conventionally used copper interconnects.

  12. Investigations of rapid thermal annealing induced structural evolution of ZnO: Ge nanocomposite thin films via GISAXS

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    Ceylan, Abdullah; Ozcan, Yusuf; Orujalipoor, Ilghar; Huang, Yen-Chih; Jeng, U.-Ser; Ide, Semra

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we present in depth structural investigations of nanocomposite ZnO: Ge thin films by utilizing a state of the art grazing incidence small angle x-ray spectroscopy (GISAXS) technique. The samples have been deposited by sequential r.f. and d.c. sputtering of ZnO and Ge thin film layers, respectively, on single crystal Si(100) substrates. Transformation of Ge layers into Ge nanoparticles (Ge-np) has been initiated by ex-situ rapid thermal annealing of asprepared thin film samples at 600 °C for 30, 60, and 90 s under forming gas atmosphere. A special attention has been paid on the effects of reactive and nonreactive growth of ZnO layers on the structural evolution of Ge-np. GISAXS analyses have been performed via cylindrical and spherical form factor calculations for different nanostructure types. Variations of the size, shape, and distributions of both ZnO and Ge nanostructures have been determined. It has been realized that GISAXS results are not only remarkably consistent with the electron microscopy observations but also provide additional information on the large scale size and shape distribution of the nanostructured components.

  13. Stress-anneal-induced magnetic anisotropy in highly textured Fe-Ga and Fe-Al magnetostrictive strips for bending-mode vibrational energy harvesters

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    Jung Jin Park

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Magnetostrictive Fe-Ga and Fe-Al alloys are promising materials for use in bending-mode vibrational energy harvesters. For this study, 50.8 mm × 5.0 mm × 0.5 mm strips of Fe-Ga and Fe-Al were cut from 0.50-mm thick rolled sheet. An atmospheric anneal was used to develop a Goss texture through an abnormal grain growth process. The anneal lead to large (011 grains that covered over 90% of sample surface area. The resulting highly-textured Fe-Ga and Fe-Al strips exhibited saturation magnetostriction values (λsat =  λ∥ − λ⊥ of ∼280 ppm and ∼130 ppm, respectively. To maximize 90° rotation of magnetic moments during bending of the strips, we employed compressive stress annealing (SA. Samples were heated to 500°C, and a 100-150 MPa compressive stress was applied while at 500°C for 30 minutes and while being cooled. The effectiveness of the SA on magnetic moment rotation was inferred by comparing post-SA magnetostriction with the maximum possible yield of rotated magnetic moments, which is achieved when λ∥ = λsat and λ⊥ = 0. The uniformity of the SA along the sample length and the impact of the SA on sensing/energy harvesting performance were then assessed by comparing pre- and post-SA bending-stress-induced changes in magnetization at five different locations along the samples. The SA process with a 150 MPa compressive load improved Fe-Ga actuation along the sample length from 170 to 225 ppm (from ∼60% to within ∼80% of λsat. The corresponding sensing/energy harvesting performance improved by as much as a factor of eight in the best sample, however the improvement was not at all uniform along the sample length. The SA process with a 100 MPa compressive load improved Fe-Al actuation along the sample length from 60 to 73 ppm (from ∼46% to ∼56% of λsat, indicating only a marginally effective SA and suggesting the need for modification of the SA protocol. In spite of this, the SA was effective at improving the sensing

  14. Stress-anneal-induced magnetic anisotropy in highly textured Fe-Ga and Fe-Al magnetostrictive strips for bending-mode vibrational energy harvesters

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    Park, Jung Jin; Na, Suok-Min; Raghunath, Ganesh; Flatau, Alison B.

    2016-05-01

    Magnetostrictive Fe-Ga and Fe-Al alloys are promising materials for use in bending-mode vibrational energy harvesters. For this study, 50.8 mm × 5.0 mm × 0.5 mm strips of Fe-Ga and Fe-Al were cut from 0.50-mm thick rolled sheet. An atmospheric anneal was used to develop a Goss texture through an abnormal grain growth process. The anneal lead to large (011) grains that covered over 90% of sample surface area. The resulting highly-textured Fe-Ga and Fe-Al strips exhibited saturation magnetostriction values (λsat = λ∥ - λ⊥) of ˜280 ppm and ˜130 ppm, respectively. To maximize 90° rotation of magnetic moments during bending of the strips, we employed compressive stress annealing (SA). Samples were heated to 500°C, and a 100-150 MPa compressive stress was applied while at 500°C for 30 minutes and while being cooled. The effectiveness of the SA on magnetic moment rotation was inferred by comparing post-SA magnetostriction with the maximum possible yield of rotated magnetic moments, which is achieved when λ∥ = λsat and λ⊥ = 0. The uniformity of the SA along the sample length and the impact of the SA on sensing/energy harvesting performance were then assessed by comparing pre- and post-SA bending-stress-induced changes in magnetization at five different locations along the samples. The SA process with a 150 MPa compressive load improved Fe-Ga actuation along the sample length from 170 to 225 ppm (from ˜60% to within ˜80% of λsat). The corresponding sensing/energy harvesting performance improved by as much as a factor of eight in the best sample, however the improvement was not at all uniform along the sample length. The SA process with a 100 MPa compressive load improved Fe-Al actuation along the sample length from 60 to 73 ppm (from ˜46% to ˜56% of λsat, indicating only a marginally effective SA and suggesting the need for modification of the SA protocol. In spite of this, the SA was effective at improving the sensing/energy harvesting

  15. Thermal annealing of SiC nanoparticles induces SWNT nucleation: evidence for a catalyst-independent VSS mechanism.

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    Page, Alister J; Chandrakumar, K R S; Irle, Stephan; Morokuma, Keiji

    2011-09-14

    Density-functional tight-binding molecular dynamics (DFTB/MD) methods were employed to demonstrate single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) nucleation resulting from thermal annealing of SiC nanoparticles. SWNT nucleation in this case is preceded by a change of the SiC structure from a crystalline one, to one in which silicon and carbon are segregated. This structural transformation ultimately resulted in the formation of extended polyyne chains on the SiC nanoparticle surface. These polyyne chains subsequently coalesced, forming an extended sp(2)-hybridized carbon cap on the SiC nanoparticle. The kinetics of this process were enhanced significantly at higher temperatures (2500 K), compared to lower temperatures (1200 K) and so directly correlated to the surface premelting behavior of the nanoparticle structure. Analysis of the SiC nanoparticle Lindemann index between 1000 and 3000 K indicated that SWNT nucleation at temperatures below 2600 K occurred in the solid, or quasi-solid, phase. Thus, the traditional vapor-liquid-solid mechanism of SWNT growth does not apply in the case of SiC nanoparticles. Instead, we propose that this example of SWNT nucleation constitutes evidence of a vapor-solid-solid process. This conclusion complements our recent observations regarding SWNT nucleation on SiO(2) nanoparticles (A. J. Page, K. R. S. Chandrakumar, S. Irle and K. Morokuma, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 621-628). In addition, similarities between the atomistic SWNT nucleation mechanisms on SiC and SiO(2) catalysts provide the first evidence of a catalyst-independent SWNT nucleation mechanism with respect to 'non-traditional' SWNT catalyst species.

  16. Developing concepts of ordinary and extraordinary communication.

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    Lane, Jonathan D; Evans, E Margaret; Brink, Kimberly A; Wellman, Henry M

    2016-01-01

    We examine how understandings of ordinary and extraordinary communication develop. Three- to 10-year-old children and adults (N = 183) were given scenarios in which a protagonist wanted help from a human (their parent) or from God. Scenarios varied in whether protagonists expressed their desires aloud (by asking) or silently (by hoping), whether (for human scenarios) parents were nearby or far away, and whether (for God scenarios) protagonists expressed desires through ordinary means (asking or hoping) or more extraordinary means (praying). Following each scenario, participants were asked whether the recipient (either the parent or God) was aware of the protagonist's desire. Children as young as 3 to 4 years old understood that both loudness and distance limit the effectiveness of human communication, reporting that humans would most likely be aware of desires when they were expressed both aloud and nearby. As well, by this age children reported that God would more often be aware of desires than would humans, but children of all ages often reported that God (like humans) would be more aware of desires expressed aloud (rather than silently). These concepts of ordinary and extraordinary communication continued to be refined through middle childhood. Children's performance on standard theory-of-mind tasks and participants' religious background predicted whether they attributed awareness to God. (PsycINFO Database Record

  17. 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.

  18. Anomalous attenuation of extraordinary waves in ionosphere heating experiments experimental results of 2000-2001

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    Zabotin, N A; Kovalenko, E S; Frolov, V L; Komrakov, G P; Mityakov, N A; Sergeev, E N

    2001-01-01

    Multiple scattering from artificial random irregularities HF-induced in the ionosphere F region causes significant attenuation of both ordinary and extraordinary radio waves together with the conventional anomalous absorption of ordinary waves due to their conversion into the plasma waves. To study in detail features of this effect, purposeful measurements of the attenuation of weak probing waves of the extraordinary polarization have been performed at the Sura heating facility. Characteristic scale lengths of the involved irregularities are ~0.1-1 km across the geomagnetic field lines. To determine the spectral characteristics of these irregularities from the extraordinary probing wave attenuation measurements, a simple procedure of the inverse problem solving has been implemented and some conclusions about the artificial irregularity features have been drawn. Theory and details of experiments have been stated earlier. This paper reports results of two experimental campaigns carried out in August 2000 and Ju...

  19. Extraordinary transmission in optical Helmholtz resonators.

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    Chevalier, Paul; Bouchon, Patrick; Sakat, Emilie; Pelouard, Jean-Luc; Pardo, Fabrice; Haïdar, Riad

    2015-06-15

    Optical Helmholtz resonators (OHRs) have been adapted from acoustics designs for light absorbing structures, exhibiting extreme light confinement. Here, extraordinary transmission of light is theoretically demonstrated through symmetric OHRs, comprising a cavity with two λ/500 narrow slits on either side. This device has appealing features to act as a spectral bandpass filter in the context of multispectral imaging, in particular its high angular tolerance because of the localized nature of the resonance. Besides, the cavity can be modeled as an inductor and the two slits can be modeled as capacitors, the whole design acting as a LC circuit thus preventing any harmonic features.

  20. Study of radiation induced deep-level defects and annealing effects in the proton irradiated AlGaAs-GaAs solar cells

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    Li, S. S.

    1981-01-01

    The radiation induced deep-level defects and the recombination parameters in the proton irradiated AlGaAs-GaAs p-n junction solar cells were investigated over a wide range of proton energies (from 50 KeV to 10 MeV) and proton fluences (from 10 to the 10th to 10 to the 13th P/sq cm), using DLTS, I-V, C-V, and SEM-EMIC measurement techniques. The measurements were used to determine the defect and recombination parameters such as defect density and energy level, carrier lifetimes, and the hole diffusion lengths in the GaAs LPE layers. Results show that a good correlation was obtained between the measured defect parameters and the dark recombination current as well as the performance parameters of the solar cells. The most damages to the cell were produced by the 200 KeV protons. In addition, the effects of low temperatures (200 to 400 C) thermal annealing on the deep-level defects and the dark current of the 200 KeV proton irradiated samples were examined.

  1. Current induced annealing and electrical characterization of single layer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition for future interconnects in VLSI circuits

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    Prasad, Neetu, E-mail: neetu.prasad@south.du.ac.in, E-mail: neetu23686@gmail.com; Kumari, Anita; Bhatnagar, P. K.; Mathur, P. C. [Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110021 (India); Bhatia, C. S. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117576 (Singapore)

    2014-09-15

    Single layer graphene (SLG) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been investigated for its prospective application as horizontal interconnects in very large scale integrated circuits. However, the major bottleneck for its successful application is its degraded electronic transport properties due to the resist residual trapped in the grain boundaries and on the surface of the polycrystalline CVD graphene during multi-step lithographic processes, leading to increase in its sheet resistance up to 5 MΩ/sq. To overcome this problem, current induced annealing has been employed, which helps to bring down the sheet resistance to 10 kΩ/sq (of the order of its initial value). Moreover, the maximum current density of ∼1.2 × 10{sup 7 }A/cm{sup 2} has been obtained for SLG (1 × 2.5 μm{sup 2}) on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate, which is about an order higher than that of conventionally used copper interconnects.

  2. Thermal annealing induced modification of structural and soft magnetic properties of Fe33.8Co50.7Nb5B8.5P2 alloy

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    Shah, M.; Modak, S. S.; Ghodke, N.; Araujo, J. P.; Varga, L. K.; Kane, S. N.

    2016-10-01

    Effect of thermal annealing treatment aimed to optimize the soft magnetic properties of Fe33.8Co50.7Nb5B8.5P2 alloy system has been investigated. Information on the correlation between micro-structure and magnetic properties have been obtained using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and hysteresis measurements. Annealing treatment enhances the saturation induction in studied alloy composition. Whereas there is a moderate increment in the coercive behaviour with annealing temperature that may be ascribed to weakly exchange coupled nano grains.

  3. Extraordinary behavioral entrainment following circadian rhythm bifurcation in mice.

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    Harrison, Elizabeth M; Walbeek, Thijs J; Sun, Jonathan; Johnson, Jeremy; Poonawala, Qays; Gorman, Michael R

    2016-12-08

    The mammalian circadian timing system uses light to synchronize endogenously generated rhythms with the environmental day. Entrainment to schedules that deviate significantly from 24 h (T24) has been viewed as unlikely because the circadian pacemaker appears capable only of small, incremental responses to brief light exposures. Challenging this view, we demonstrate that simple manipulations of light alone induce extreme plasticity in the circadian system of mice. Firstly, exposure to dim nocturnal illumination (entrainment. Continuation of dim light is unnecessary for T15/30 behavioral entrainment following bifurcation. Finally, neither dim light alone nor a shortened night is sufficient for the extraordinary entrainment observed under bifurcation. Thus, we demonstrate in a non-pharmacological, non-genetic manipulation that the circadian system is far more flexible than previously thought. These findings challenge the current conception of entrainment and its underlying principles, and reveal new potential targets for circadian interventions.

  4. Annealing-induced changes in chemical bonding and surface characteristics of chemical solution deposited Pb0.95La0.05Zr0.54Ti0.46O3 thin films

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    Batra, Vaishali; Ramana, C. V.; Kotru, Sushma

    2016-08-01

    We report the effect of post deposition annealing temperature (Ta = 550 and 750 °C) on the surface morphology, chemical bonding and structural development of lanthanum doped lead zirconate titanate (Pb0.95La0.05Zr0.54Ti0.46O3; referred to PLZT) thin films prepared using chemical solution deposition method. Atomic force microscopy demonstrates formation of nanocrystallites in the film annealed at Ta = 750 °C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses indicate that the binding energies (BE) of the Pb 4f, Zr 3d, and Ti 2p doublet experience a positive energy shift at Ta = 750 °C, whereas the BE of O 1s and La 3d doublet show a negative shift with respect to the BE of the films annealed at Ta = 750 °C. Thermal induced crystallization and chemical modification is evident from XPS results. The Ar+ sputtering of the films reveals change in oxidation state and chemical bonding between the constituent atoms, with respect to Ta. Raman spectroscopy used to study phonon-light interactions show shift in longitudinal and transverse optical modes with the change in Ta, confirming the change in phase and crystallinity of these films. The results suggest annealing at Ta = 750 °C yield crystalline perovskite PLZT films, which is essential to obtain photovoltaic response from devices based on such films.

  5. Magnetic properties and magnetoimpedance of FeCoNi/CuBe electroplated tubes with different features of field-annealing induced magnetic anisotropy

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    El Kammouni, R.; Chlenova, A. A.; Volchkov, S. O.; Kurlyandskaya, G. V.

    2017-02-01

    The effect of field annealing (in direct (DC) or alternating current (AC) field) on the structure, magnetic properties and giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) of CuBe/ Fe19Co17Ni64 electroplated tubes was studied. The field and frequency dependences of total impedance and its real part were comparatively analyzed together with magnetization processes features. The GMI sensitivity with respect to an applied field was the subject of special attention in view of possible applications of these materials in small magnetic field sensors. The maximum GMI ratio depends strongly on the heat treatments. The DC field annealing leads to the highest total impedance GMI ratio (ΔZ/Z=250%) and real part of the total impedance GMI ratio (ΔR/R=640%), compared to as-cast and AC field annealed samples. The external field response of DC annealed samples presented a single peak GMI response as a consequence of a strong contribution of the longitudinal effective anisotropy. At the same time, the maximum obtained sensitivity of 13.5%/Oe for DC case is much lower compared to the highest sensitivity values obtained for as-prepared (28.6%/Oe) and DC field annealed (22.0%/Oe) tubes for the low frequency of 2.5 MHz. The weak dependence of ΔZ/Z ratio in the case of AC field annealed samples in the high frequency range is an important advantage for particular sensor applications.

  6. Extraordinary momentum and spin in evanescent waves

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    Bliokh, Konstantin Y; Nori, Franco

    2013-01-01

    Momentum and spin represent fundamental dynamical properties of quantum particles. It is known that the photon's momentum is determined by the wave vector and is independent of polarization. The spin of the photon is associated with circular polarization and is also collinear with the wave vector. We show that exactly the opposite can be the case for evanescent optical waves. First, a single evanescent wave possesses a spin angular momentum, which is largely independent of the polarization and is orthogonal to the wave vector. Second, such a wave carries a momentum component, which depends on the circular polarization and is also orthogonal to the wave vector. Although these extraordinary properties seem to be in contradiction with what is known about photons, we show that they reveal a fundamental spin momentum, introduced by Belinfante in field theory more than 70 years ago, which is unobservable in propagating fields. We demonstrate, both theoretically and numerically, that the unusual transverse momentum ...

  7. Taking the Extra out of the Extraordinary

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    Jerslev, Anne; Mortensen, Mette

    2014-01-01

    Paparazzi photography presently constitutes the largest genre of visual celebrity news on the internet along with red carpet photography. With the emergence of digital media, this genre has moved towards the centre of mainstream news and entertainment culture, and the content has undergone...... a significant transformation. Trademark paparazzi photographs used to be depictions of celebrities deviating from prevailing norms of proper conduct by exhibiting bodily excess and/or transgressing social or moral codes. By contrast, a content analysis conducted for this article shows that snapshots of famous...... people engaged in insignificant everyday activities hold by far the largest share of today’s insatiable digital, globalized and commercialized market for news pictures of celebrities off-duty. Re-examining the well-known theorization of the tension between the ordinary and extraordinary in celebrity...

  8. 22 CFR 41.55 - Aliens with extraordinary ability.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 22 Foreign Relations 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Aliens with extraordinary ability. 41.55... IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT, AS AMENDED Business and Media Visas § 41.55 Aliens with extraordinary ability. (a) Requirements for O classification. An alien shall be classifiable under the provisions of INA...

  9. Annealing Induced Aggregations and Sign Alterations of Nonlinear Absorption and Refraction of Dense Au Nanoparticles in TiO2 Films

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    PENG Xiao-Niu; LI Min; YU Liao; ZHANG Xian; ZHOU Li

    2008-01-01

    Au-TiO2 dis-conductive composite films with Au atom concentrate as high as 82% are prepared by using reactive co-sputtering technique. The annealing effect on the nanostructures and optical nonlinearities of the composite films are investigated. Au nanoparticles aggregated to semi-continuum network structures during the annealing processes. As the annealing temperature increases from 25℃ to 400℃, the surface plasmon absorption band is shifted and its strength is increased, consequently, the nonlinear absorption coefficient β decreases from 5.6 x104 cm/GW to -1.7×104 cm/GW, while the nonlinear refractive index r increases from -0.95 cm2/GW to 1.3 cm2 /GW.

  10. Investigation of high temperature annealing effectiveness for recovery of radiation-induced structural changes and properties of 18Cr-10Ni-Ti austenitic stainless steels

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    Gurovich, B. A.; Kuleshova, E. A.; Frolov, A. S.; Maltsev, D. A.; Prikhodko, K. E.; Fedotova, S. V.; Margolin, B. Z.; Sorokin, A. A.

    2015-10-01

    A complex study of structural state and properties of 18Cr-10Ni-Ti austenitic stainless steel after irradiation in BOR-60 fast research reactor (in the temperature range 330-400 °C up to damaging doses of 145 dpa) and in VVER-1000 light water reactor (at temperature ∼320 °C and damaging doses ∼12-14 dpa) was performed. The possibility of recovery of structural-phase state and mechanical properties to the level almost corresponding to the initial state by the recovery annealing was studied. The principal possibility of the recovery annealing of pressurized water reactor internals that ensures almost complete recovery of its mechanical properties and microstructure was shown. The optimal mode of recovery annealing was established: 1000 °C during 120 h.

  11. Photo-induced properties of non-annealed anatase TiO{sub 2} mesoporous film prepared by anodizing in the hot phosphate/glycerol electrolyte

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    Taguchi, Yoshiaki [Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Tsuji, Etsushi, E-mail: e-tsuji@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Division of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Aoki, Yoshitaka; Habazaki, Hiroki [Division of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The TiO{sub 2} mesoporous film can be formed by anodizing of titanium specimens in the hot phosphate/glycerol electrolyte. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mesoporous film formed at 20 V without annealing was a mixture of amorphous phase and nanograined anatase, which clearly showed strong Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket 0 0 1 Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket preferred orientation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Even without annealing, the as-anodized anatase TiO{sub 2} mesoporous film showed high photocatalytic activities for decomposition of water and methylene blue. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The as-anodized anatase TiO{sub 2} mesoporous film also showed superhydrophilicity with UV light irradiation. - Abstract: In this study, anatase crystalline TiO{sub 2} mesoporous film was formed by anodizing of titanium specimens without annealing procedures. The specimens were anodized at 3 and 20 V in 0.6 mol dm{sup -3} K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4} and 0.2 mol dm{sup -3} K{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/glycerol electrolyte at 433 K. The obtained films had mesoporous structures with pore diameters as small as {approx}10 nm. The mesoporous film formed at 20 V without annealing (MP-20V) was a mixture of amorphous phase and nanograined anatase, which clearly showed strong Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket 0 0 1 Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket preferred orientation, whereas that at 3 V was completely amorphous. Even without annealing, the MP-20V showed high photocatalytic activities for decomposition of water and methylene blue. In contrast, the anodic TiO{sub 2} nanotube film formed in NH{sub 4}F/ethylene glycol electrolyte revealed photocatalytic activities only after annealing at 723 K, because of the amorphous nature of the as-anodized nanotube film. The MP-20V film also showed superhydrophilicity with UV light irradiation.

  12. Biological Applications of Extraordinary Electroconductance (EEC)

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    Tran, L. C.; Werner, F. M.; Solin, S. A.

    2014-03-01

    Rapid detection of biomolecular concentration is a fundamental goal for lab on a chip diagnostic systems. The Extraordinary Electroconductance (EEC) sensor, a stacked, AuTi-GaAs metal semiconductor hybrid structure (MSH), has been previously demonstrated to have an electric field sensitivity of 3.05V/cm in a mesoscopic-scale structure fabricated at the center of a parallel plate capacitor. In this work, we demonstrate the first successful application of EEC sensors as electrochemical detectors of molecular binding to the sensor surface. The negatively charged avidin derivative, captavidin, was applied with varying captavidin concentrations in phosphate buffered saline (PBS). The four-point measured resistance of bare EEC sensors was shown to increase by a factor of four due to captavidin binding at the sensor surface, as compared to a baseline binding assay in which the captavidin binding sites were blocked. Calculations for approximate electric field strengths introduced by a bound captavidin molecule will also presented. EEC sensors' four point measurements showed robustness and stability in spite of variations in the functional, linking layer. S.A.S. is a co-founder of and has a financial interest in PixelEXX, a start-up company whose mission is to market imaging arrays.

  13. Extraordinary Matter: Visualizing Space Plasmas and Particles

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    Barbier, S. B.; Bartolone, L.; Christian, E.; Thieman, J.; Eastman, T.; Lewis, E.

    2011-09-01

    Atoms and sub-atomic particles play a crucial role in the dynamics of our universe, but these particles and the space plasmas comprised of them are often overlooked in popular scientific and educational resources. Although the concepts are pertinent to a wide range of topics, even the most basic particle and plasma physics principles are generally unfamiliar to non-scientists. Educators and public communicators need assistance in explaining these concepts that cannot be easily demonstrated in the everyday world. Active visuals are a highly effective aid to understanding, but resources of this type are currently few in number and difficult to find, and most do not provide suitable context for audience comprehension. To address this need, our team is developing an online multimedia reference library of animations, visualizations, interactivities, and videos resources - Extraordinary Matter: Visualizing Space Plasmas and Particles. The site targets grades 9-14 and the equivalent in informal education and public outreach. Each ready-to-use product will be accompanied by a supporting explanation at a reading level matching the educational level of the concept. It will also have information on relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational standards, activities, lesson plans, related products, links, and suggested uses. These products are intended to stand alone, making them adaptable to the widest range of uses, including scientist presentations, museum displays, educational websites and CDs, teacher professional development, and classroom use. This project is funded by a NASA Education and Public Outreach in Earth and Space Science (EPOESS) grant.

  14. Discrepancy between ambient annealing and H{sup +} implantation in optical absorption of ZnO

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    Lv, Jinpeng, E-mail: hitljp@gmail.com [College of Astronautics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Li, Chundong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang (China)

    2016-05-15

    The discrepancy between sub-bandgap absorption in ZnO induced by thermal annealing and H{sup +} implantation is investigated in this study for the first time. Results indicate that nonreductive annealing-induced optical absorption is independent of annealing ambient, and can be assigned to V{sub O}, whereas the absorption centers caused by H{sup +} implantation and H{sub 2} annealing are primarily associated with V{sub O} and ionized Zn{sub i}.

  15. Thermal annealing of high dose radiation induced damage at room temperature in alkaline. Stored energy, thermoluminescence and coloration; Aniquilacion termica de dano inducido por irradiacion a altas dosis en haluros alcalinos a 300 k. energia almacenda. Termoluminiscencia y coloracion

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    Delgado, L.

    1980-07-01

    The possible relation between stored energy, thermoluminescence and colour centre annealing in gamma and electron irradiated alkali halides is studied. Thermoluminescence occurs at temperature higher than the temperature at which the main stored energy peak appears. No stored energy release is detected in additively coloured KC1 samples. Plastic deformation and doping with Ca and Sr induce a stored energy spectrum different from the spectrum observed in pure and as cleaved samples, but the amount of stored energy does not change for a given irradiation dose.Capacity of alkali halides to store energy by irradiation increases as the cation size decreases. (Author) 51 refs.

  16. Biological Applications of Extraordinary Electroconductance and Photovoltaic Effects in Inverse Extraordinary Optoconductance

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    Tran, Lauren Christine

    The Extraordinary Electroconductance (EEC) sensor has been previously demonstrated to have an electric field sensitivity of 3.05V/cm in a mesoscopic-scale structure fabricated at the center of a parallel plate capacitor. In this thesis, we demonstrate the first successful application of EEC sensors as electrochemical detectors of protein binding and biological molecule concentration. Using the avidin derivative, captavidin, in complex with the vitamin biotin, the change in four-point measured resistance with fluid protein concentration of bare EEC sensors was shown to increase by a factor of four in the presence of biomolecular binding as compared to baseline. Calculations for approximate field strengths introduced by a bound captavidin molecule are also presented. The development of Inverse-Extraordinary Optoconductance (I-EOC), an effect which occurs in nanoscale sensors, is also discussed. In the I-EOC effect, electron transport transitions from ballistic to diffusive with increasing light intensity. In these novel, room temperature optical detectors, the resistance is low at low light intensity and resistance increases by 9462% in a 250nm device mesa upon full illumination with a 5 mW HeNe laser. This is the inverse of bulk and mesoscopic device behavior, in which resistance decreases with increasing photon density.

  17. Structural change induced by thermal annealing of red-light-emitting ZnSnF6 • 6H2O:Mn4+ hexahydrate phosphor

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    Hoshino, Ryosuke; Nakamura, Toshihiro; Adachi, Sadao

    2016-05-01

    Effects of thermal annealing on the red-emitting ZnSnF6 • 6H2O:Mn4+ hexahydrate phosphor properties were investigated using X-ray diffraction measurement (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) analysis, and Raman scattering spectroscopy. Thermal annealing was performed at T a = 50 to 400 °C in air for 1 h. Mn4+-related red emission wavelengths were redshifted about 5 nm after annealing at T a ≥ 200 °C with greatly decreased emission intensities. This change in PL spectral feature was attributed to the dehydration of the hexahydrate phosphor, supported by the XRD and Raman scattering results. The XRD and PL intensity analyses determined thermal decomposition energies of ˜0.3 eV from the ZnSnF6 • 6H2O hexahydrate to anhydrate and of ˜0.9 eV from the ZnSnF6 anhydrate to metallic fluorid/oxide (ZnF2/SnO2). A comparative discussion was given on the PL properties of two different Mn4+-activated phosphors, Ba-IV-F6:Mn4+ anhydrate and Zn-IV-F6 • 6H2O:Mn4+ hexahydrate phosphors with IV = Si, Ge, and Sn.

  18. History and modern applications of nano-composite materials carrying GA/cm2 current density due to a Bose-Einstein Condensate at room temperature produced by Focused Electron Beam Induced Processing for many extraordinary novel technical applications

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    Koops, Hans W. P.

    2015-12-01

    The discovery of Focused Electron Beam Induced Processing and early applications of this technology led to the possible use of a novel nanogranular material “Koops-GranMat®” using Pt/C and Au/C material. which carries at room temperature a current density > 50 times the current density which high TC superconductors can carry. The explanation for the characteristics of this novel material is given. This fact allows producing novel products for many applications using Dual Beam system having a gas supply and X.Y.T stream data programming and not using GDSII layout pattern control software. Novel products are possible for energy transportation. -distribution.-switching, photon-detection above 65 meV energy for very efficient energy harvesting, for bright field emission electron sources used for vacuum electronic devices like amplifiers for HF electronics, micro-tubes, 30 GHz to 6 THz switching amplifiers with signal to noise ratio >10(!), THz power sources up to 1 Watt, in combination with miniaturized vacuum pumps, vacuum gauges, IR to THz detectors, EUV- and X-Ray sources. Since focusing electron beam induced deposition works also at low energy, selfcloning multibeam-production machines for field emitter lamps, displays, multi-beam - lithography, - imaging, and - inspection, energy harvesting, and power distribution with switches controlling field-emitter arrays for KA of currents but with < 100 V switching voltage are possible. Finally the replacement of HTC superconductors and its applications by the Koops-GranMat® having Koops-Pairs at room temperature will allow the investigation devices similar to Josephson Junctions and its applications now called QUIDART (Quantum interference devices at Room Temperature). All these possibilities will support a revolution in the optical, electric, power, and electronic technology.

  19. The magneto-Hall difference and the planar extraordinary Hall balance

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    S. L. Zhang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The extraordinary Hall balance (EHB is a general device concept that harnesses the net extraordinary Hall effect (EHE arising from two independent magnetic layers, which are electrically in parallel. Different EHB behavior can be achieved by tuning the strength and type of interlayer coupling, i.e., ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic of varying strength, allowing for logic and memory applications. The physics of the EHE in such a multilayered systems, especially the interface-induced effect, will be discussed. A discrepancy between the magnetization and the Hall effect, called the magneto-Hall difference (MHD is found, which is not expected in conventional EHE systems. By taking advantage of the MHD effect, and by optimizing the materials structure, magnetoresistance ratios in excess of 40,000% can be achieved at room-temperature. We present a new design, the planar EHB, which has the potential to achieve significantly larger magnetoresistance ratios.

  20. The magneto-Hall difference and the planar extraordinary Hall balance

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    Zhang, S. L.; Hesjedal, T.

    2016-04-01

    The extraordinary Hall balance (EHB) is a general device concept that harnesses the net extraordinary Hall effect (EHE) arising from two independent magnetic layers, which are electrically in parallel. Different EHB behavior can be achieved by tuning the strength and type of interlayer coupling, i.e., ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic of varying strength, allowing for logic and memory applications. The physics of the EHE in such a multilayered systems, especially the interface-induced effect, will be discussed. A discrepancy between the magnetization and the Hall effect, called the magneto-Hall difference (MHD) is found, which is not expected in conventional EHE systems. By taking advantage of the MHD effect, and by optimizing the materials structure, magnetoresistance ratios in excess of 40,000% can be achieved at room-temperature. We present a new design, the planar EHB, which has the potential to achieve significantly larger magnetoresistance ratios.

  1. Enlightenment and deliberation after treatment for extraordinary injuries%特殊损伤救治带来的启示和思考

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    李宗瑜; 刘锐; 毛烨

    2015-01-01

    With the development of modern society, the range of disease spectrum is changing, and risk factors leading to human trauma and damage are also in the shift.In addition to the extraordinary burns in the traditional sense, we also call extraordinary injury as damage induced by some of extraordinary insults in the past.In recent years, damage to skin and soft tissue caused by an extraordinary injury showed a gradually increasing trend.Manifestations of the wound of an extraordinary injury are various and its clinical treatment is very difficult, often requiring exceptional systemic comprehensive treatments.Currently, it is the duty of colleagues in the burn unit to actively deliberate about their realities regarding the following aspects: to accurately define the concept and scope of extraordinary injury,to include it into the range of clinical research and treatment of burns, to fully use professional skills of burn surgeons in dealing with wounds, and to effectively treat the patients through learning and mastering treatment skills of other clinical disciplines for treatment of extraordinary injury.

  2. The Multi-Functional Foot in Athletic Movement: Extraordinary Feats by Our Extraordinary Feet

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    Wilson Jennifer

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The unique architecture of the foot system provides a sensitive, multi-tensional method of communicating with the surrounding environment. Within the premise of the paper, we discuss three themes: complexity, degeneracy and bio-tensegrity. Complex structures within the foot allow the human movement system to negotiate strategies for dynamic movement during athletic endeavours. We discuss such complex structures with particular attention to properties of a bio-tensegrity system. Degeneracy within the foot structure offers a distinctive solution to the problems posed by differing terrains and uneven surfaces allowing lower extremity structures to overcome perturbation as and when it occurs. This extraordinary structure offers a significant contribution to bipedalism through presenting a robust base of support and as such, should be given more consideration when designing athletic development programmes.

  3. Raman scattering in La1-xSrxFeO3-δ thin films: annealing-induced reduction and phase transformation.

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    Islam, Mohammad A; Xie, Yujun; Scafetta, Mark D; May, Steven J; Spanier, Jonathan E

    2015-04-22

    Raman scattering in thin film La0.2Sr0.8FeO3-δ on MgO(0 0 1) collected at 300 K after different stages of annealing at selected temperatures T (300 K evolution of the spectrum signals the appearance of a possible topotactic transformation of the crystal structure from that of the rhombohedral ABO3 perovskites to that of Brownmillerite-like structure consisting of octahedrally and tetrahedrally coordinated Fe atoms.

  4. Annealing study of a bistable cluster defect

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    Junkes, Alexandra, E-mail: alexandra.junkes@desy.d [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Eckstein, Doris [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Pintilie, Ioana [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); NIMP Bucharest-Margurele (Romania); Makarenko, Leonid F. [Belarusian State University, Minsk (Belarus); Fretwurst, Eckhart [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)

    2010-01-11

    This work deals with the influence of neutron and proton induced cluster related defects on the properties of n-type silicon detectors. Defect concentrations were obtained by means of Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) and Thermally Stimulated Current (TSC) technique, while the full depletion voltage and the reverse current were extracted from capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. The annealing behaviour of the reverse current can be correlated with the annealing of the cluster related defect levels labeled E4a and E4b by making use of their bistability. This bistability was characterised by isochronal and isothermal annealing studies and it was found that the development with increasing annealing temperature is similar to that of divacancies. This supports the assumption that E4a and E4b are vacancy related defects. In addition we observe an influence of the disordered regions on the shape and height of the DLTS or TSC signals corresponding to point defects like the vacancy-oxygen complex.

  5. From Monastery to Commune: Teaching the Sociology of Extraordinary Groups.

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    Smith, William L.

    1991-01-01

    Offers suggestions for a sociology course in extraordinary groups, utopian studies, or alternative communities to help broaden awareness and understanding of human behavior, past and present groups, and cultural pluralism. Includes ideas for field trips, projects, readings, and films and videos. Discusses basing lectures on commitment, conversion,…

  6. Extraordinary Aspects of Ordinary People and Everyday Places. Children's Literature.

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    Mitchell-Powell, Brenda, Ed.

    1996-01-01

    Presents a geographically based overview of children's literature highlighting the extraordinary experience of ordinary people. Recommended books cover subjects as diverse as the U.S. West and economically developing countries. A special effort has been made to include a multicultural perspective. (MJP)

  7. Art Influencing Art: The Making of "An Extraordinary Life."

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    Kerper, Richard M.

    2002-01-01

    Explores the creation of "An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly." Selects this book because of the unprecedented decision to give the 1998 Orbis Pictus Award to both the author and the illustrator for a work in which text and illustration melded together. Develops an event model, revealing the creation of this…

  8. Maya Angelou. Humanitarian extraordinary + greatest living American poet.

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    2002-12-01

    Maya Angelou is testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. Rising above poverty and abuse to become one of the 100 best writers of the 20th century, she has used her extraordinary talents to crusade against injustice and prejudice. She measures her success by her ability to love and to care for others.

  9. Influences of Annealing on Residual Stress and Structure of HfO2 Films

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    SHEN Yan-Ming; SHAO Shu-Ying; DENG Zhen-Xia; HE Hong-Bo; SHAO Jian-Da; FAN Zheng-Xiu

    2007-01-01

    HfO2 films are deposited on BK7 glass substrates by electron beam evaporation. The influences of annealing between 100℃ and 400℃ on residual stresses and structures of HfO2 films are studied. It is found that little differences of spectra, residual stresses and structures are obtained after annealing at lower temperatures. After annealing at higher temperatures, the spectra shift to short wavelength, the residual stress increases with the increasing annealing temperature. At the same time, the crystallite size increases and interplanar distance decreases. The variations of optical spectra and residual stress correspond to the evolutions of structures induced by annealing.

  10. 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.

  11. Extraordinary Funding of the War of the Spanish Succession

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    Francisco ANDÚJAR CASTILLO

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The establishment of the Bourbon monarchy encountered one of its main hurdles in the critical situation of the royal treasury inherited from the reign of Charles II, with most of the assets engaged in the payment of public debt. One further obstacle was the start of the War of Succession, which brought about, on the one hand, a reduction in the treasury income and, on the other, a considerable increase in expenses intended to fund the creation of a large new army. To cope with such a situation, the monarchy had to resort to multiple extraordinary resources. This article deals with two of these resources: the income obtained from the sale of positions and honours, and an exceptional loan provided by the clergy in the spring of 1707. It also addresses the monarchy’s extraordinary revenue accounts between June 1705 and June 1707, which reveal the multiple resources employed to fund the war during that critical period.

  12. Manipulating acoustic wavefront by inhomogeneous impedance and steerable extraordinary reflection.

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    Zhao, Jiajun; Li, Baowen; Chen, Zhining; Qiu, Cheng-Wei

    2013-01-01

    We unveil the connection between the acoustic impedance along a flat surface and the reflected acoustic wavefront, in order to empower a wide wariety of novel applications in acoustic community. Our designed flat surface can generate double reflections: the ordinary reflection and the extraordinary one whose wavefront is manipulated by the proposed impedance-governed generalized Snell's law of reflection (IGSL). IGSL is based on Green's function and integral equation, instead of Fermat's principle for optical wavefront manipulation. Remarkably, via the adjustment of the designed specific acoustic impedance, extraordinary reflection can be steered for unprecedented acoustic wavefront while that ordinary reflection can be surprisingly switched on or off. The realization of the complex discontinuity of the impedance surface has been proposed using Helmholtz resonators.

  13. 26 CFR 1.643(a)-4 - Extraordinary dividends and taxable stock dividends.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Extraordinary dividends and taxable stock... Extraordinary dividends and taxable stock dividends. In the case solely of a trust which qualifies under subpart... extraordinary dividends (whether paid in cash or in kind) or taxable stock dividends which are not...

  14. Extraordinary Hall-effect in colloidal magnetic nanoparticle films

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    Ben Gur, Leah; Tirosh, Einat; Segal, Amir; Markovich, Gil; Gerber, Alexander

    2017-03-01

    Colloidal nickel nanoparticles (NPs) coated with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were synthesized. The nanoparticle dispersions were deposited on substrates and dried under mild heating to form conductive films. The films exhibited very small coercivity, nearly metallic conductivity, and a significant extraordinary Hall effect signal. This method could be useful for preparing simple, printed magnetic field sensors with the advantage of relatively high sensitivity around zero magnetic field, in contrast to magnetoresistive sensors, which have maximal field sensitivity away from zero magnetic field.

  15. Evanescent wave of extraordinary beam at uniaxial crystal surfaces

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    JIA Guang-yi

    2011-01-01

    Under the circumstance of optical axis being in the incident plane, the evanescent wave of total reflection is studied when an extraordinary beam is incident from an isotropic medium upon a uniaxial crystal by using the general characteristics ofuniaxial crystal and electromagnetic field. This paper presents the propagation directions of equiphase plane and the images of evanescent wave, and reveals that the equiamplitude plane and the equiphase plane are not in quadrature any more, and kept at 100%.

  16. Sensitivity enhancement using annealed polymer optical fibre based sensors for pressure sensing applications

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    Pospori, A.; Marques, C. A. F.; Saez-Rodriguez, D.

    2016-01-01

    enhancement and augmented temperature operational range. The annealing process can change both the optical and mechanical properties of the fibre. In this paper, the annealing effects on the stress and force sensitivities of PMMA fibre Bragg grating sensors are investigated. The incentive......Thermal annealing can be used to induce a permanent negative Bragg wavelength shift for polymer fibre grating sensors and it was originally used for multiplexing purposes. Recently, researchers showed that annealing can also provide additional benefits, such as strain and humidity sensitivity......-inscribed and characterised with regard their stress and force sensitivities. Then, the fibres were annealed by placing them in hot water, controlling with that way the humidity factor. After annealing, stress and force sensitivities were measured again. The results show that the annealing can improve the stress and force...

  17. Experimental realization of extraordinary acoustic transmission using Helmholtz resonators

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    Brian C. Crow

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The phenomenon of extraordinary acoustic transmission through a solid barrier with an embedded Helmholtz resonator (HR is demonstrated. The Helmholtz resonator consists of an embedded cavity and two necks that protrude, one on each side of the barrier. Extraordinary transmission occurs for a narrow spectral range encompassing the resonant frequency of the Helmholtz resonator. We show that an amplitude transmission of 97.5% is achieved through a resonator whose neck creates an open area of 6.25% of the total barrier area. In addition to the enhanced transmission, we show that there is a smooth, continuous phase transition in the transmitted sound as a function of frequency. The frequency dependent phase transition is used to experimentally realize slow wave propagation for a narrow-band Gaussian wave packet centered at the maximum transmission frequency. The use of parallel pairs of Helmholtz resonators tuned to different resonant frequencies is experimentally explored as a means of increasing the transmission bandwidth. These experiments show that because of the phase transition, there is always a frequency between the two Helmholtz resonant frequencies at which destructive interference occurs whether the resonances are close or far apart. Finally, we explain how the phase transition associated with Helmholtz-resonator-mediated extraordinary acoustic transmission can be exploited to produce diffractive acoustic components including sub-wavelength thickness acoustic lenses.

  18. 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.

  19. Austenite formation during intercritical annealing

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    A. Lis; J. Lis

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is the effect of the soft annealing of initial microstructure of the 6Mn16 steel on the kinetics of the austenite formation during next intercritical annealing.Design/methodology/approach: Analytical TEM point analysis with EDAX system attached to Philips CM20 was used to evaluate the concentration of Mn, Ni and Cr in the microstructure constituents of the multiphase steel and mainly Bainite- Martensite islands.Findings: The increase in soft annealing time from 1-60 hou...

  20. 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-root relati......-root relationship between the rate of change of resistivity and the resistivity change. The saturation defect density at room temperature is estimated on the basis of a model for defect creation in cuprous oxide....

  1. [Precise management of extraordinary agent wound by establishment of a multidisciplinary cooperation mechanism].

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    Liu, Yi

    2016-06-01

    With the development of social economy, people's lifestyle has changed accompanied with the problem of population aging. The spectrum of disease also varied accordingly, thus led to complicated and varied wound aetiology, along with the formation of innumerably changed acute and chronic wounds. Therefore, it is hard to meet the requirement of multidisciplinary knowledge and technique in the diagnosis and treatment of some extraordinary agent wound with a single discipline. The extraordinary agent wound is caused by some uncommon or rare etiological factors, the specialty of which lays on the unique mechanism of wound formation, and a lot of disciplines were involved in the diagnosis and management of the wound. A unification of multiple disciplines is needed to integrate the relevant theory and technique to care the wound by giving consideration of the symptom and the aetiology. The primary diseases which induced the uncommon agent wound should be targeted and treated effectively; meanwhile, a comprehensive treatment combined with multiple new wound management techniques should be carried out to realize the objective of precise treatment.

  2. Quantum annealing with manufactured spins.

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    Johnson, M W; Amin, M H S; Gildert, S; Lanting, T; Hamze, F; Dickson, N; Harris, R; Berkley, A J; Johansson, J; Bunyk, P; Chapple, E M; Enderud, C; Hilton, J P; Karimi, K; Ladizinsky, E; Ladizinsky, N; Oh, T; Perminov, I; Rich, C; Thom, M C; Tolkacheva, E; Truncik, C J S; Uchaikin, S; Wang, J; Wilson, B; Rose, G

    2011-05-12

    Many interesting but practically intractable problems can be reduced to that of finding the ground state of a system of interacting spins; however, finding such a ground state remains computationally difficult. It is believed that the ground state of some naturally occurring spin systems can be effectively attained through a process called quantum annealing. If it could be harnessed, quantum annealing might improve on known methods for solving certain types of problem. However, physical investigation of quantum annealing has been largely confined to microscopic spins in condensed-matter systems. Here we use quantum annealing to find the ground state of an artificial Ising spin system comprising an array of eight superconducting flux quantum bits with programmable spin-spin couplings. We observe a clear signature of quantum annealing, distinguishable from classical thermal annealing through the temperature dependence of the time at which the system dynamics freezes. Our implementation can be configured in situ to realize a wide variety of different spin networks, each of which can be monitored as it moves towards a low-energy configuration. This programmable artificial spin network bridges the gap between the theoretical study of ideal isolated spin networks and the experimental investigation of bulk magnetic samples. Moreover, with an increased number of spins, such a system may provide a practical physical means to implement a quantum algorithm, possibly allowing more-effective approaches to solving certain classes of hard combinatorial optimization problems.

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

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    2016-08-25

    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...annealing algorithm for this model and find that it can outperform simulated annealing in a range of parameters. Large-scale multiqubit quantum tunneling is

  4. Improvement of superconductivity in Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub 0.6}Se{sub 0.4} induced by annealing with CaF{sub 2} and SmF{sub 3}

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    Li, Xiong [Department of Physics and Key Laboratory of MEMS of the Ministry of Education, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Sun, Yue [Department of Physics and Key Laboratory of MEMS of the Ministry of Education, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Zhang, Yufeng; Zhou, Wei; Yuan, Feifei [Department of Physics and Key Laboratory of MEMS of the Ministry of Education, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Shi, Zhixiang, E-mail: zxshi@seu.edu.cn [Department of Physics and Key Laboratory of MEMS of the Ministry of Education, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • The excess Fe can be removed by annealing with CaF{sub 2} and SmF{sub 3}. Furthermore, the improvement of superconductivity of Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub 0.6}Se{sub 0.4} single crystal is observed. • Compared with the pervious annealing materials, these two new annealing materials, CaF{sub 2} and SmF{sub 3}, are safe and easy-handing. • After annealing, the largest T{sub c} and J{sub c} can exceed 13 K and 1.0 × 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} (5 K, in self-field). - Abstract: We report detailed studies of the CaF{sub 2} and SmF{sub 3} annealing effects in Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub 0.6}Se{sub 0.4} single crystals. Superconductivity in Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub 0.6}Se{sub 0.4} single crystals was improved after annealing, which strongly suggested the effectiveness of the CaF{sub 2} and SmF{sub 3} annealing. In detail, no matter which annealing material was employed, the largest values of superconducting transition temperature and critical current density reached about 14 K and 1.0 × 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} (5 K, in self-field), respectively. Furthermore, compared with the pervious annealing materials, CaF{sub 2} and SmF{sub 3} are safe and easy-handing.

  5. Negative refractive index metamaterials aided by extraordinary optical transmission.

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    García-Meca, C; Ortuño, R; Rodríguez-Fortuño, F J; Martí, J; Martínez, A

    2009-04-13

    We study under which conditions extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) structures can be used to build negative refractive index media. As a result, we present a metamaterial with superimposed EOT and negative index at visible wavelengths. The tailoring process starting from a simple hole array until achieving the negative index is detailed. We also discuss the so-called fishnet metamaterial (previously linked to EOT) under the same prism. Using the ideas put forward in this work, other structures with negative index could be engineered in the optical or visible spectrum.

  6. New drug discovery: extraordinary opportunities in an uncertain time.

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    Kinch, Michael S; Flath, Richard

    2015-11-01

    The way in which new medicines are discovered has irreversibly changed and the future sustainability of the enterprise is characterized by an unprecedented period of uncertainty. Herein, we convey that these changes provide unprecedented opportunities for many different players within the private and public sectors to work together and develop new models that ensure the sustainability of activities that have had an extraordinary impact; in terms of promoting public health and driving economic value. Specific examples of experiments are provided to demonstrate some of the new thinking that will be needed to ensure continuation of new drug discovery.

  7. Single-stranded annealing induced by re-initiation of replication origins provides a novel and efficient mechanism for generating copy number expansion via non-allelic homologous recombination.

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    Kenneth J Finn

    Full Text Available Copy number expansions such as amplifications and duplications contribute to human phenotypic variation, promote molecular diversification during evolution, and drive the initiation and/or progression of various cancers. The mechanisms underlying these copy number changes are still incompletely understood, however. We recently demonstrated that transient, limited re-replication from a single origin in Saccharomyces cerevisiae efficiently induces segmental amplification of the re-replicated region. Structural analyses of such re-replication induced gene amplifications (RRIGA suggested that RRIGA could provide a new mechanism for generating copy number variation by non-allelic homologous recombination (NAHR. Here we elucidate this new mechanism and provide insight into why it is so efficient. We establish that sequence homology is both necessary and sufficient for repetitive elements to participate in RRIGA and show that their recombination occurs by a single-strand annealing (SSA mechanism. We also find that re-replication forks are prone to breakage, accounting for the widespread DNA damage associated with deregulation of replication proteins. These breaks appear to stimulate NAHR between re-replicated repeat sequences flanking a re-initiating replication origin. Our results support a RRIGA model where the expansion of a re-replication bubble beyond flanking homologous sequences followed by breakage at both forks in trans provides an ideal structural context for SSA-mediated NAHR to form a head-to-tail duplication. Given the remarkable efficiency of RRIGA, we suggest it may be an unappreciated contributor to copy number expansions in both disease and evolution.

  8. Laser annealing of silicon surface defects for photovoltaic applications

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    Sun, Zeming; Gupta, Mool C.

    2016-10-01

    High power lasers are increasingly used for low cost fabrication of solar cell devices. High power laser processes generate crystal defects, which lower the cell efficiency. This study examines the effect of low power laser annealing for the removal of high power laser induced surface defects. The laser annealing behavior is demonstrated by the significant decrease of photoluminescence generated from dislocation-induced defects and the increase of band-to-band emission. This annealing effect is further confirmed by the X-ray diffraction peak reversal. The dislocation density is quantified by observing etch pits under the scanning electron microscope (SEM). For as-melted samples, the dislocation density is decreased to as low as 1.01 × 106 cm- 2 after laser annealing, resulting in an excellent surface carrier lifetime of 920 μs that is comparable to the value of 1240 μs for the silicon starting wafer. For severely defective samples, the dislocation density is decreased by 4 times and the surface carrier lifetime is increased by 5 times after laser annealing.

  9. 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.

  10. Mesoporous Carbon Nanofibers Embedded with MoS2 Nanocrystals for Extraordinary Li-Ion Storage.

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    Hu, Shan; Chen, Wen; Uchaker, Evan; Zhou, Jing; Cao, Guozhong

    2015-12-01

    MoS2 nanocrystals embedded in mesoporous carbon nanofibers are synthesized through an electrospinning process followed by calcination. The resultant nanofibers are 100-150 nm in diameter and constructed from MoS2 nanocrystals with a lateral diameter of around 7 nm with specific surface areas of 135.9 m(2)  g(-1) . The MoS2 @C nanofibers are treated at 450 °C in H2 and comparison samples annealed at 800 °C in N2 . The heat treatments are designed to achieve good crystallinity and desired mesoporous microstructure, resulting in enhanced electrochemical performance. The small amount of oxygen in the nanofibers annealed in H2 contributes to obtaining a lower internal resistance, and thus, improving the conductivity. The results show that the nanofibers obtained at 450 °C in H2 deliver an extraordinary capacity of 1022 mA h g(-1) and improved cyclic stability, with only 2.3 % capacity loss after 165 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) , as well as an outstanding rate capability. The greatly improved kinetics and cycling stability of the mesoporous MoS2 @C nanofibers can be attributed to the crosslinked conductive carbon nanofibers, the large specific surface area, the good crystallinity of MoS2 , and the robust mesoporous microstructure. The resulting nanofiber electrodes, with short mass- and charge-transport pathways, improved electrical conductivity, and large contact area exposed to electrolyte, permitting fast diffusional flux of Li ions, explains the improved kinetics of the interfacial charge-transfer reaction and the diffusivity of the MoS2 @C mesoporous nanofibers. It is believed that the integration of MoS2 nanocrystals and mesoporous carbon nanofibers may have a synergistic effect, giving a promising anode, and widening the applicability range into high performance and mass production in the Li-ion battery market.

  11. 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...

  12. Thermal annealing of K(+)-Na(+) ion-exchanged waveguides.

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    Giorgetti, E; Grando, D; Palchetti, L; Sottini, S

    1995-06-15

    The process of thermal annealing of K(+)(-)Na(+) ion-exchanged waveguides in soda lime glass is characterized and compared with a simple theoretical model. The discrepancies between theory and experiments in the case of initially thick guides disappear if the existence of a stress-induced contribution to the refractive index is assumed that is not proportional to the concentration of the doping ions. The results obtained for initially thin guides are exploited for the design of annealed single-mode channel waveguides: 0.4-dB coupling losses with commercial single-mode fibers at lambda = 1.321 microm were measured.

  13. Acoustic Wavefront Manipulation: Impedance Inhomogeneity and Extraordinary Reflection

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    Zhao, Jiajun; Chen, Zhining; Li, Baowen

    2013-01-01

    Optical wavefront can be manipulated by interfering elementary beams with phase inhomogeneity. Therefore a surface allowing huge, abrupt and position-variant phase change would enable all possibilities of wavefront engineering. However, one may not have the luxury of efficient abrupt-phase-changing materials in acoustics. This motivates us to establish a counterpart mechanism for acoustics, in order to empower the wide spectrum of novel acoustic applications. Remarkably, the proposed impedance-governed generalized Snell's law (IGSL) of reflection is distinguished from that in optics. Via the manipulation of inhomogeneous acoustic impedance, extraordinary reflection can be tailored for unprecedented wavefront manipulation while ordinary reflection can be surprisingly switched on or off. Our results may power the acoustic-wave manipulation and engineering. We demonstrate novel acoustic applications by planar surfaces designed with IGSL.

  14. An extraordinary transmission analogue for enhancing microwave antenna performance

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    Sarin V. Pushpakaran

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The theory of diffraction limit proposed by H.A Bethe limits the total power transfer through a subwavelength hole. Researchers all over the world have gone through different techniques for boosting the transmission through subwavelength holes resulting in the Extraordinary Transmission (EOT behavior. We examine computationally and experimentally the concept of EOT nature in the microwave range for enhancing radiation performance of a stacked dipole antenna working in the S band. It is shown that the front to back ratio of the antenna is considerably enhanced without affecting the impedance matching performance of the design. The computational analysis based on Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD method reveals that the excitation of Fabry-Perot resonant modes on the slots is responsible for performance enhancement.

  15. An extraordinary transmission analogue for enhancing microwave antenna performance

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    Pushpakaran, Sarin V., E-mail: sarincrema@gmail.com [Department of Electronics, Govt. College, Chittur, Palakkad, Kerala (India); Purushothaman, Jayakrishnan M.; Chandroth, Aanandan; Pezholil, Mohanan; Kesavath, Vasudevan [Centre for Research in Electromagnetics and Antennas, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin-22, Kerala (India)

    2015-10-15

    The theory of diffraction limit proposed by H.A Bethe limits the total power transfer through a subwavelength hole. Researchers all over the world have gone through different techniques for boosting the transmission through subwavelength holes resulting in the Extraordinary Transmission (EOT) behavior. We examine computationally and experimentally the concept of EOT nature in the microwave range for enhancing radiation performance of a stacked dipole antenna working in the S band. It is shown that the front to back ratio of the antenna is considerably enhanced without affecting the impedance matching performance of the design. The computational analysis based on Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method reveals that the excitation of Fabry-Perot resonant modes on the slots is responsible for performance enhancement.

  16. Optimization of extraordinary optical absorption in plasmonic and dielectric structures

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    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Sigmund, Ole

    2013-01-01

    Extraordinary optical absorption (EOA) can be obtained by plasmonic surface structuring. However, studies that compare the performance of these plasmonic devices with similar structured dielectric devices are rarely found in the literature. In this work we show different methods to enhance the EOA...... silicon layer for certain optical wavelengths compared to metal strips. It is then demonstrated that by topology optimization it is possible to generate nonintuitive surface designs that perform even better than the simple strip designs for both silicon and metals. These results indicate that in general...... by optimizing the geometry of the surface structuring for both plasmonic and dielectric devices, and the optimized performances are compared. Two different problem types with periodic structures are considered. The first case shows that strips of silicon on a surface can increase the absorption in an underlying...

  17. Optical Curtain Effect: Extraordinary Optical Transmission Enhanced by Antireflection

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    Cui, Yanxia; Lin, Yinyue; Li, Guohui; Hao, Yuying; He, Sailing; Fang, Nicholas X

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we employ an antireflective coating which comprises of inverted pi shaped metallic grooves to manipulate the behaviour of a TM-polarized plane wave transmitted through a periodic nanoslit array. At normal incidence, such scheme can not only retain the optical curtain effect in the output region, but also generate the extraordinary transmission of light through the nanoslits with the total transmission efficiency as high as 90%. Besides, we show that the spatially invariant field distribution in the output region as well as the field distribution of resonant modes around the inverted pi shaped grooves can be reproduced immaculately when the system is excited by an array of point sources beneath the inverted pi shaped grooves. In further, we investigate the influence of center-groove and side-corners of the inverted pi shaped grooves on suppressing the reflection of light, respectively. Based on our work, it shows promising potential in applications of enhancing the extraction efficiency as well ...

  18. Inverse design of periodic metallic slits for extraordinary optical transmission

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    Deng, Yongbo; Liu, Zhenyu; Wu, Yihui

    2016-01-01

    The inverse design methodology of periodic metallic slits for extraordinary optical transmission is presented based on the topology optimization method. Several topological configurations of periodic metallic slits with typical subwavelength size are derived with transmission peaks at the prescribed incident wavelengths in the visible light region, where the transmissivity is enhanced by effective excitation of surface-plasmon-polariton at the inlet side of the slit, Fabry-P\\'erot resonance of surface-plasmon-polariton inside the slit and radiation of the electromagnetic energy at the outlet side of the slit. The transmission peaks of the derived metallic configurations are raised along with the red shift of the incident wavelength, because of the reduction of the energy absorption and increase of the propagation distance of surface-plasmon-polariton. And the shift of transmission peak is controlled by prescribing a different incident wavelength in the corresponding topology optimization problem. To reduce th...

  19. Annealing behavior of rolled AZ31 alloy sheet

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    PENG Wei-ping; LI Pei-jie; ZENG Pan

    2006-01-01

    The annealed microstructures of the rolled AZ31 alloy sheets were examined by using light optical microscopy. The mechanical properties were measured by tensile testing, with their crystal orientations analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). After the annealing treatment, the elongated grains were transformed to equiaxed grains with uniform and homogeneous structures. The changes of microstructure decreased the yield strength and enhanced the elongation. The analysis of XRD shows that the AZ31 alloy sheet possesses intense basal-texture, which is weakened during the recrystallization while reinforced during the grain growth. The intense basal-texture induces low ductility, which hence makes the further rolling more difficult. The results indicate that the optimum annealing treatment during AZ31 alloys sheet rolling is at about 300 ℃ for 60-120 min.

  20. Manipulation of magnetic properties of glass-coated microwires by annealing

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    Zhukov, A., E-mail: arkadi.joukov@ehu.es [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Fac. Quimicas, UPV/EHU, 20009 San Sebastian (Spain); IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao (Spain); Chichay, K. [Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 236041 Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Talaat, A. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Fac. Quimicas, UPV/EHU, 20009 San Sebastian (Spain); Rodionova, V. [Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 236041 Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Blanco, J.M. [Dpto. Física Aplicada, EUPDS Basque Country University UPV/EHU (Spain); Ipatov, M.; Zhukova, V. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Fac. Quimicas, UPV/EHU, 20009 San Sebastian (Spain)

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrated that magnetic properties (hysteresis loops, domain wall propagation and giant magnetoimpedance effect) of Fe and Co-rich amorphous microwires can be tailored by stress and conventional annealing. Observed dependences discussed considering stress relaxation, back stresses and change of the magnetostriction after samples annealing. These considerations have been proved by experimental observation of the change of the magnetostriction coefficient sign induced by annealing. - Highlights: • Manipulation of hysteresis loop of amorphous Co–Fe- rich microwires by annealing. • Coexistence of Giant magnetoimpedance effect and fast domain wall propagation in the same sample. • Evidence of annealing dependence of the magnetostriction coefficient. • Effect of stress induced anisotropy on magnetic properties and GMI effect.

  1. 40 CFR 80.73 - Inability to produce conforming gasoline in extraordinary circumstances.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Inability to produce conforming gasoline in extraordinary circumstances. 80.73 Section 80.73 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... Gasoline § 80.73 Inability to produce conforming gasoline in extraordinary circumstances. In...

  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. 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.

  4. Residual entropy and simulated annealing

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    Ettelaie, R.; Moore, M. A.

    1985-01-01

    Determining the residual entropy in the simulated annealing approach to optimization is shown to provide useful information on the true ground state energy. The one-dimensional Ising spin glass is studied to exemplify the procedure and in this case the residual entropy is related to the number of one-spin flip stable metastable states. The residual entropy decreases to zero only logarithmically slowly with the inverse cooling rate.

  5. Extraordinary magnetoresistance in semiconductor/metal hybrids: A review

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    Sun, J.

    2013-02-13

    The Extraordinary Magnetoresistance (EMR) effect is a change in the resistance of a device upon the application of a magnetic field in hybrid structures, consisting of a semiconductor and a metal. The underlying principle of this phenomenon is a change of the current path in the hybrid structure upon application of a magnetic field, due to the Lorentz force. Specifically, the ratio of current, flowing through the highly conducting metal and the poorly conducting semiconductor, changes. The main factors for the device\\'s performance are: the device geometry, the conductivity of the metal and semiconductor, and the mobility of carriers in the semiconductor. Since the discovery of the EMR effect, much effort has been devoted to utilize its promising potential. In this review, a comprehensive overview of the research on the EMR effect and EMR devices is provided. Different geometries of EMR devices are compared with respect to MR ratio and output sensitivity, and the criteria of material selection for high-performance devices are discussed. 2013 by the authors.

  6. Pectin as an Extraordinary Natural Kinetic Hydrate Inhibitor

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    Xu, Shurui; Fan, Shuanshi; Fang, Songtian; Lang, Xuemei; Wang, Yanhong; Chen, Jun

    2016-03-01

    Pectin as a novel natural kinetic hydrate inhibitor, expected to be eco-friendly and sufficiently biodegradable, was studied in this paper. The novel crystal growth inhibition (CGI) and standard induction time methods were used to evaluate its effect as hydrate inhibitor. It could successfully inhibit methane hydrate formation at subcooling temperature up to 12.5 °C and dramatically slowed the hydrate crystal growth. The dosage of pectin decreased by 66% and effective time extended 10 times than typical kinetic inhibitor. Besides, its maximum growth rate was no more than 2.0%/h, which was far less than 5.5%/h of growth rate for PVCap at the same dosage. The most prominent feature was that it totally inhibited methane hydrate crystal rapid growth when hydrate crystalline occurred. Moreover, in terms of typical natural inhibitors, the inhibition activity of pectin increased 10.0-fold in induction time and 2.5-fold in subcooling temperature. The extraordinary inhibition activity is closely related to its hydrogen bonding interaction with water molecules and the hydrophilic structure. Finally, the biodegradability and economical efficiency of pectin were also taken into consideration. The results showed the biodegradability improved 75.0% and the cost reduced by more than 73.3% compared to typical commercial kinetic inhibitors.

  7. Plasmonic control of extraordinary optical transmission in the infrared regime

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    Sangiao, S.; Freire, F.; de León-Pérez, F.; Rodrigo, S. G.; De Teresa, J. M.

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate that the spectral location of extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) resonances in metallic arrays of rectangular holes can be plasmonically tuned in the near and mid-infrared ranges. The experiments have been performed on patterned gold films. We focus on a subset of localized resonances occurring close to the cut-off wavelength of the holes, λ c. Metals are usually regarded as perfect electric conductors in the infrared regime, with an EOT cut-off resonance found around λ c = 2 L for rectangular holes (L being the long edge). For real metals, the penetration of the electromagnetic fields is simply seen as effectively enlarging L. However, by changing the hole short edge, we have found that λ c varies due to the excitation of gap surface plasmon polaritons. Finite-element calculations confirm that in these high aspect ratio rectangles with short edges two important aspects have to be taken into account in order to explain the experiments: the finite conductivity of the metal and the excitation of gap-surface plasmons inside the nanoholes.

  8. Diego Rivera and his extraordinary art of medicine and surgery.

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    Toledo-Pereyra, Luis H

    2007-01-01

    Diego Rivera (1886-1957), the superb Mexican muralist, made significant contributions to the art of medicine and surgery unmatched by any other painter of his stature in the world. Rivera intensively embraced medical and surgical knowledge through his legendary artistic career in a manner never seen before. Rivera's first surgical theme can be traced to 1920, when he attended and drew the wonders of the surgical operation of Dr. Fauré in Paris. The artist was particularly moved by surgical and medical events, and this surgical clinic enhanced his appetite for these important professional activities. In 1932, Rivera introduced several medico-surgical panels in Detroit automobile industry frescos. Among them, vaccination, the human embryo, the pharmaceutical industry, the germ cell, and surgery are the most representative themes included. Two years later, in Man, Controller of the Universe, the artist emphasized the effect disease and technology had on the rest of humanity. In 1944, Rivera produced The History of Cardiology, two movable extraordinary frescos that represent the history of this field of medicine. In 1953, the creative vein of this prodigious genius created The History of Medicine in Mexico, in which medicine and surgery are exceptionally well-conceived and analyzed. In brief, Rivera incorporated the best of his art and knowledge into the better understanding of medicine and surgery as he saw it during his outstanding artistic life.

  9. White, brown and pink adipocytes: the extraordinary plasticity of the adipose organ.

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    Giordano, Antonio; Smorlesi, Arianna; Frontini, Andrea; Barbatelli, Giorgio; Cinti, Saverio

    2014-05-01

    In mammals, adipocytes are lipid-laden cells making up the parenchyma of the multi-depot adipose organ. White adipocytes store lipids for release as free fatty acids during fasting periods; brown adipocytes burn glucose and lipids to maintain thermal homeostasis. A third type of adipocyte, the pink adipocyte, has recently been characterised in mouse subcutaneous fat depots during pregnancy and lactation. Pink adipocytes are mammary gland alveolar epithelial cells whose role is to produce and secrete milk. Emerging evidence suggests that they derive from the transdifferentiation of subcutaneous white adipocytes. The functional response of the adipose organ to a range of metabolic and environmental challenges highlights its extraordinary plasticity. Cold exposure induces an increase in the 'brown' component of the organ to meet the increased thermal demand; in states of positive energy balance, the 'white' component expands to store excess nutrients; finally, the 'pink' component develops in subcutaneous depots during pregnancy to ensure litter feeding. At the cell level, plasticity is provided not only by stem cell proliferation and differentiation but also, distinctively, by direct transdifferentiation of fully differentiated adipocytes by the stimuli that induce genetic expression reprogramming and through it a change in phenotype and, consequently function. A greater understanding of adipocyte transdifferentiation mechanisms would have the potential to shed light on their biology as well as inspire novel therapeutic strategies against metabolic syndrome (browning) and breast cancer (pinking).

  10. Surface decomposition and annealing behavior of GaN implanted with Eu

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    Liu Hua Ming; Chen Chang Chun; Wang Sen; Zhu De Zhang; Xu Hong Jie

    2002-01-01

    Investigations on surface decomposition of GaN implanted with low energy (80 keV) Eu ion to a low dose (1 x 10 sup 1 sup 4 cm sup - sup 2), and its annealing behavior under high temperature (1050 degree C) in N sub 2 are performed. The as-grown, as-implanted and annealed GaN films are characterized by proton elastic scattering (PES), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), photoluminescence (PL) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results show that Eu ion implantation induces radiation defects and decomposition of GaN. The GaN surface decomposition is more serious during high temperature annealing. The atomic ratio of N in as-grown, as-implanted and annealed GaN film is 47 at.%, 44 at.% and 40 at.%, respectively. As a result, a rough Ga-rich layer is formed at the surface, though the lattice defects are partly removed after high temperature annealing

  11. Annealing behavior of radiation damage in JFET-input operational amplifiers

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    Zheng Yuzhan; Lu Wu; Ren Diyuan; Wang Yiyuan; Guo Qi; Yu Xuefeng

    2009-01-01

    The elevated and room temperature annealing behavior of radiation damage in JFET-input operational amplifiers (op-amps) were investigated. High-and low-dose-rate irradiation results show that one of the JFET-input op-amps studied in this paper exhibits enhanced low-dose-rate sensitivity and the other shows time-dependent effect. The offset voltage of both op-amps increases during long-term annealing at room temperature. However, the offset voltage decreases at elevated temperature. The dramatic difference in annealing behavior at room and elevated temperatures indicates the migration behavior of radiation-induced species at elevated and room temperatures. This provides useful information to understand the degradation and annealing mechanisms in JFET-input op-amps under total ionizing radiation. Moreover, the annealing of oxide trapped charges should be taken into consideration, when using elevated temperature methods to evaluate low-dose-rate damage.

  12. 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.

  13. DMPD: Gram-negative endotoxin: an extraordinary lipid with profound effects oneukaryotic signal transduction. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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    Full Text Available 1916089 Gram-negative endotoxin: an extraordinary lipid with profound effects oneuk...ep;5(12):2652-60. (.png) (.svg) (.html) (.csml) Show Gram-negative endotoxin: an extraordinary lipid with profound effects...tive endotoxin: an extraordinary lipid with profound effects oneukaryotic signal transduction. Authors Raetz

  14. 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

  15. Extraordinary diversity of visual opsin genes in dragonflies.

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    Futahashi, Ryo; Kawahara-Miki, Ryouka; Kinoshita, Michiyo; Yoshitake, Kazutoshi; Yajima, Shunsuke; Arikawa, Kentaro; Fukatsu, Takema

    2015-03-17

    Dragonflies are colorful and large-eyed animals strongly dependent on color vision. Here we report an extraordinary large number of opsin genes in dragonflies and their characteristic spatiotemporal expression patterns. Exhaustive transcriptomic and genomic surveys of three dragonflies of the family Libellulidae consistently identified 20 opsin genes, consisting of 4 nonvisual opsin genes and 16 visual opsin genes of 1 UV, 5 short-wavelength (SW), and 10 long-wavelength (LW) type. Comprehensive transcriptomic survey of the other dragonflies representing an additional 10 families also identified as many as 15-33 opsin genes. Molecular phylogenetic analysis revealed dynamic multiplications and losses of the opsin genes in the course of evolution. In contrast to many SW and LW genes expressed in adults, only one SW gene and several LW genes were expressed in larvae, reflecting less visual dependence and LW-skewed light conditions for their lifestyle under water. In this context, notably, the sand-burrowing or pit-dwelling species tended to lack SW gene expression in larvae. In adult visual organs: (i) many SW genes and a few LW genes were expressed in the dorsal region of compound eyes, presumably for processing SW-skewed light from the sky; (ii) a few SW genes and many LW genes were expressed in the ventral region of compound eyes, probably for perceiving terrestrial objects; and (iii) expression of a specific LW gene was associated with ocelli. Our findings suggest that the stage- and region-specific expressions of the diverse opsin genes underlie the behavior, ecology, and adaptation of dragonflies.

  16. 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.

  17. Defects in Fast-Neutron Irradiated Nitrogen-Doped Czochralski Silicon after Annealing at High Temperature

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    2006-01-01

    Fast-neutron irradiated nitrogen-doped Czochralski silicon (NCZ-Si) was annealed at 1100 ℃ for different time, then FTIR and optical microscope were used to study the behavior of oxygen. It is found that [Oi] increase at the early stage then decrease along with the increasing of anneal time. High density induced-defects can be found in the cleavage plane. By comparing NCZ-Si with Czochralski silicon (CZ-Si), [Oi] in NCZ-Si decrease more after anneal 24 h.

  18. Extraordinary stability of copper(I)-tetrathiomolybdate complexes: possible implications for aquatic ecosystems.

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    Helz, George R; Erickson, Britt E

    2011-01-01

    An extraordinary affinity of MoS₄²⁻ for Cu accounts for Mo-induced Cu deficiency in ruminants (molybdenosis) and offers an approach to treating Wilson's disease in humans. Evidence of thiomolybdates in sulfidic natural waters, and possibly even as metastable traces in oxic natural waters, raises the question of how Cu-Mo affinity might affect Cu availability or toxicity in aquatic ecosystems. Stabilities of inorganic Cu-MoS₄²⁻ complexes are characterized and quantified here for the first time. Two remarkably stable Cu(I) dissolved complexes are identified (T = 23°C ± 2°C): Cu₂(HS)₂MoS₄²⁻ and Cu₂S₂MoS₄⁴⁻. In addition, the solubility constant for a precipitate (NH₄CuMoS₄) was measured. Under the extremely reducing conditions in rumen fluids, these complexes will greatly suppress Cu(+) activity, supporting prior conclusions about the mechanism of molybdenosis. In sulfidic natural waters, they help to prevent complete Cu impoverishment, as might otherwise occur by sulfide mineral precipitation. On the other hand, the complexes discovered here are HS⁻-dependent and could not be important in oxic natural waters (with HS⁻ concentrations < 10⁻⁹ M) even if metastable, biogenic MoS₄²⁻ indeed were present as previously conjectured.

  19. Annealing temperature dependence of the structures and properties of Co-implanted ZnO films

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    Chen, Bin; Tang, Kun; Gu, Shulin, E-mail: slgu@nju.edu.cn; Ye, Jiandong, E-mail: yejd@nju.edu.cn; Huang, Shimin; Gu, Ran; Zhang, Yang; Yao, Zhengrong; Zhu, Shunming; Zheng, Youdou

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • To avoid the forming of Co clusters and explore the origin of the magnetism, detailed investigation on the properties of the Co-implanted ZnO films with a rather low dose of 8 × 10{sup 15} cm{sup −2} and high implantation energy of 1 MeV were carried out. • The crystalline structure of the damaged region caused by ion-implantation has been recovered via the thermal annealing treatment at the temperature of 900 °C and above. • The low temperature magnetic hysteresis loops have indicated paramagnetism for the annealed films with weak ferromagnetic characteristics. • The zero-field cooling (ZFC) magnetization curves of the Co-implanted ZnO samples have varied from concave shape to convex one as the annealing temperature increased from 750 °C to 1000 °C. - Abstract: The effects of thermal annealing treatment on the structural, electrical, optical and magnetic properties of Co-implanted ZnO (0 0 0 1) films have been investigated in detail. The crystalline structure of the damaged region caused by ion implantation has been recovered via the thermal annealing at the temperature of 900 °C and above, and no Co clusters or its related oxide phases have been observed. The electrical and optical properties of the annealed films have shown strong dependence on the annealing temperature. The zero field cooling magnetization curves of the annealed films have varied from concave shape to convex one as the annealing temperature increased from 750 °C to 1000 °C, which are possibly tuned by the changes of the ratio of the itinerant carriers over the localized spin density. The low temperature magnetic hysteresis loops have indicated paramagnetic behavior for the annealed films with weak ferromagnetic characteristics. The ferromagnetism is attributed to the substituted Co{sup 2+} ions and vacancy defects, while the paramagnetism could be induced by ionized interstitial Zn defects.

  20. 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.

  1. On-film formation of bi nanowires with extraordinary electron mobility.

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    Shim, Wooyoung; Ham, Jinhee; Lee, Kyoung-Il; Jeung, Won Young; Johnson, Mark; Lee, Wooyoung

    2009-01-01

    A novel stress-induced method to grow semimetallic Bi nanowires along with an analysis of their transport properties is presented. Single crystalline Bi nanowires were found to grow on as-sputtered films after thermal annealing at 260-270 degrees C. This was facilitated by relaxation of stress between the film and the thermally oxidized Si substrate that originated from a mismatch of the thermal expansion. The diameter-tunable Bi nanowires can be produced by controlling the mean grain size of the film, which is dependent upon the thickness of the film. Four-terminal devices based on individual Bi nanowires were found to exhibit very large transverse and longitudinal ordinary magnetoresistance, indicating high-quality, single crystalline Bi nanowires. Unusual transport properties, including a mobility value of 76900 cm(2)/(V s) and a mean free path of 1.35 mum in a 120 nm Bi nanowire, were observed at room temperature.

  2. Influence of melt annealing on rheological and electrical properties of compatibilized multiwalled carbon nanotubes in polypropylene

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    Nasti, Giuseppe; Ambrogi, Veronica; Cerruti, Pierfrancesco; Gentile, Gennaro; Di Maio, Rosa; Carfagna, Cosimo

    2014-05-01

    Pristine and surface functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were melt mixed with a polypropylene (PP) polymer matrix. Rheology, morphology, electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were evaluated for different MWCNT loadings. Melt annealing effect on properties was also investigated. It was found that both surface functionalization of MWCNT and thermal annealing were able to favor a better dispersion of the particles, inducing the formation of a percolative network.

  3. Acoustic Fluidization and the Extraordinary Mobility of Sturzstroms

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    Collins, G. S.; Melosh, H. J.

    2002-12-01

    Sturzstroms are a rare category of rock avalanche that travel vast horizontal distances with only a comparatively small vertical drop in height. Their extraordinary mobility appears to be a consequence of sustained fluid-like behavior during motion that persists even for driving stresses well below those normally associated with large rock avalanches. One mechanism with the potential for explaining this temporary increase in the mobility of rock debris is acoustic fluidization; where transient, high-frequency pressure fluctuations, generated during the initial collapse and subsequent flow of a mass of rock debris, may locally relieve overburden stresses in the rock mass and thus reduce the frictional resistance to slip between fragments. Here we will present the acoustic fluidization model for the mechanics of sturzstroms, and discuss the conditions under which this process may sustain fluid-like flow of large rock avalanches at low driving stresses. Our work has focused on developing equations for describing the temporal and spatial evolution of acoustic energy within a mass of dry rock debris. We apply this model to the specific process of large, dry rock avalanches. To solve the complex system of equations we have: (1) sought steady state solutions to investigate the circumstances under which acoustic fluidization might facilitate fluid-like motion of the debris at low driving stresses; and (2) simulated the flow of dry rock debris in the presence of acoustic vibrations using a hydrocode, to test the stability of the steady state solutions, investigate the effect of initial conditions and study the avalanche termination process. Results from our modeling work are consistent with the characteristic observations of sturzstroms on Earth. They predict that, under realistic conditions, the flow of a mass of dry rock debris can retain and regenerate enough acoustic energy to perpetuate its own motion, even at very low slope angles; thereby explaining the peculiar long

  4. Extraordinary Magnetoresistance Effect in Semiconductor/Metal Hybrid Structure

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    Sun, Jian

    2013-06-27

    In this dissertation, the extraordinary magnetoresistance (EMR) effect in semiconductor/metal hybrid structures is studied to improve the performance in sensing applications. Using two-dimensional finite element simulations, the geometric dependence of the output sensitivity, which is a more relevant parameter for EMR sensors than the magnetoresistance (MR), is studied. The results show that the optimal geometry in this case is different from the geometry reported before, where the MR ratio was optimized. A device consisting of a semiconductor bar with length/width ratio of 5~10 and having only 2 contacts is found to exhibit the highest sensitivity. A newly developed three-dimensional finite element model is employed to investigate parameters that have been neglected with the two dimensional simulations utilized so far, i.e., thickness of metal shunt and arbitrary semiconductor/metal interface. The simulations show the influence of those parameters on the sensitivity is up to 10 %. The model also enables exploring the EMR effect in planar magnetic fields. In case of a bar device, the sensitivity to planar fields is about 15 % to 20 % of the one to perpendicular fields. 5 A “top-contacted” structure is proposed to reduce the complexity of fabrication, where neither patterning of the semiconductor nor precise alignment is required. A comparison of the new structure with a conventionally fabricated device shows that a similar magnetic field resolution of 24 nT/√Hz is obtained. A new 3-contact device is developed improving the poor low-field sensitivity observed in conventional EMR devices, resulting from its parabolic magnetoresistance response. The 3-contact device provides a considerable boost of the low field response by combining the Hall effect with the EMR effect, resulting in an increase of the output sensitivity by 5 times at 0.01 T compared to a 2-contact device. The results of this dissertation provide new insights into the optimization of EMR devices

  5. Modernizing quantum annealing using local searches

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    Chancellor, Nicholas

    2017-02-01

    I describe how real quantum annealers may be used to perform local (in state space) searches around specified states, rather than the global searches traditionally implemented in the quantum annealing algorithm (QAA). Such protocols will have numerous advantages over simple quantum annealing. By using such searches the effect of problem mis-specification can be reduced, as only energy differences between the searched states will be relevant. The QAA is an analogue of simulated annealing, a classical numerical technique which has now been superseded. Hence, I explore two strategies to use an annealer in a way which takes advantage of modern classical optimization algorithms. Specifically, I show how sequential calls to quantum annealers can be used to construct analogues of population annealing and parallel tempering which use quantum searches as subroutines. The techniques given here can be applied not only to optimization, but also to sampling. I examine the feasibility of these protocols on real devices and note that implementing such protocols should require minimal if any change to the current design of the flux qubit-based annealers by D-Wave Systems Inc. I further provide proof-of-principle numerical experiments based on quantum Monte Carlo that demonstrate simple examples of the discussed techniques.

  6. a-Si:H crystallization from isothermal annealing and its dependence on the substrate used

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    Rojas-Lopez, M., E-mail: marlonrl@yahoo.com.mx [CIBA-Tlaxcala, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Tepetitla, Tlax. 90700 (Mexico); Orduna-Diaz, A.; Delgado-Macuil, R.; Gayou, V.L.; Bibbins-Martinez, M. [CIBA-Tlaxcala, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Tepetitla, Tlax. 90700 (Mexico); Torres-Jacome, A.; Trevino-Palacios, C.G. [INAOE, Tonantzintla, Puebla, Pue. 72000 (Mexico)

    2010-10-25

    We present hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films which were deposited on two different substrates (glass and mono-crystalline silicon) after an isothermal annealing treatment at 250 deg. C for up to 14 h. The annealed amorphous films were analyzed using atomic force microscopy, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy. Films deposited on glass substrate experienced an amorphous-crystalline phase transition after annealing because of the metal-induced crystallization effect, reaching approximately 70% conversion after 14 h of annealing. An absorption frequency of the TO-phonon mode that varies systematically with the substoichiometry of the silicon oxide in the 1046-1170 cm{sup -1} region was observed, revealing the reactivity of the film with the annealing time. For similar annealing time, films deposited on mono-crystalline silicon substrate remained mainly amorphous with minimal Si-crystalline formation. Therefore, the crystalline formations and the shape of the films surfaces depends on the annealing time as well as on the substrate employed during the deposition process of the a-Si:H film.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Post annealing performance evaluation of printable interdigital capacitive sensors by principal component analysis

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    Zia, Asif Iqbal

    2015-06-01

    The surface roughness of thin-film gold electrodes induces instability in impedance spectroscopy measurements of capacitive interdigital printable sensors. Post-fabrication thermodynamic annealing was carried out at temperatures ranging from 30 °C to 210 °C in a vacuum oven and the variation in surface morphology of thin-film gold electrodes was observed by scanning electron microscopy. Impedance spectra obtained at different temperatures were translated into equivalent circuit models by applying complex nonlinear least square curve-fitting algorithm. Principal component analysis was applied to deduce the classification of the parameters affected due to the annealing process and to evaluate the performance stability using mathematical model. Physics of the thermodynamic annealing was discussed based on the surface activation energies. The post anneal testing of the sensors validated the achieved stability in impedance measurement. © 2001-2012 IEEE.

  10. Dielectric Relaxation of La-Doped Zirconia Caused by Annealing Ambient

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    Werner M

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract La-doped zirconia films, deposited by ALD at 300°C, were found to be amorphous with dielectric constants (k-values up to 19. A tetragonal or cubic phase was induced by post-deposition annealing (PDA at 900°C in both nitrogen and air. Higher k-values (~32 were measured following PDA in air, but not after PDA in nitrogen. However, a significant dielectric relaxation was observed in the air-annealed film, and this is attributed to the formation of nano-crystallites. The relaxation behavior was modeled using the Curie–von Schweidler (CS and Havriliak–Negami (HN relationships. The k-value of the as-deposited films clearly shows a mixed CS and HN dependence on frequency. The CS dependence vanished after annealing in air, while the HN dependence disappeared after annealing in nitrogen.

  11. Radiation and annealing response of WWER 440 beltline welding seams

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    Viehrig, Hans-Werner, E-mail: h.w.viehrig@hzdr.de; Houska, Mario; Altstadt, Eberhard

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Investigation of the beltline welding seam from decommissioned reactor pressure vessels. • The Master Curve based reference temperature varies strongly through the thickness. • This variation is mainly caused by the intrinsic weld bead structure. • The Charpy-V based ductile-to-brittle temperature shift does not correspond to the prediction. • The mitigation of the irradiation induced embrittlement by annealing has been confirmed. - Abstract: The focus of this paper is on the irradiation response and the effect of thermal annealing in weld materials extracted from decommissioned WWER 440 reactor pressure vessels of the nuclear power plant Greifswald. The characterisation is based on the measurement of the hardness, the yield stress, the Master Curve reference temperature, T{sub 0}, and the Charpy-V transition temperature through the thickness of multi-layer beltline welding seams in the irradiated and the thermally annealed condition. Additionally, the weld bead structure was characterised by light microscopic studies. We observed a large variation in the through thickness T{sub 0} values in the irradiated as well as in thermally annealed condition. The T{sub 0} values measured with the T–S-oriented Charpy size SE(B) specimens cut from different thickness locations of the multilayer welding seams strongly depend on the intrinsic weld bead structure along the crack tip. The Master Curve, T{sub 0}, and Charpy-V, TT{sub 47J}, based ductile-to-brittle transition temperature progressions through the thickness of the multi-layer welding seam do not correspond to the forecast according to the Russian code. In general, the fracture toughness values at cleavage failure, K{sub Jc}, measured on SE(B) specimens from the irradiated and large-scale thermally annealed beltline welding seams follow the Master Curve description, but more than the expected number lie outside the curves for 2% and 98% fracture probability. In this case the test standard ASTM

  12. 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.

  13. The Legal Framework Of Human Rights Crime As An Extraordinary Crime

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    Dedy Siswadi

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This research reviews the legal framework of human rights crime as an extraordinary crime as an approach in the settlement of criminal cases. The outcomes of the research indicate that modern human rights law developed out of customs and theories that established the rights of the individual in relation to the state. Disagreements regarding human rights violations which can only be done by the state and its agents or can also be done by non-government units still exist at the moment. As it turns out in practice however it has certain weaknesses particularly in legislation concerning serious crimes of human rights both as ius constituendum and ius constitutum still needs to be improved especially in the implementation of human rights on judiciary system. Therefore serious crimes against human rights are included as an extraordinary crime. The handling of the cases was incredible and special has become a logical consequence to be included as an extraordinary crime.

  14. [Pay more attention to the precise assessment of extraordinary agent wounds].

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    Jia, Chiyu

    2016-06-01

    Although the extraordinary agent wound is not common, the difficulties of its diagnosis, treatment, and the high medical risk as well as the indeterminacy of its prognosis bring great challenges to the clinicians. It is mainly attributed to the complexities of extraordinary agent wounds and the deficiency in the assessment technic of wound. Therefore, it is necessary and important to establish a precise assessment method to benefit the surgical planning, pre-estimation of peri-operative risk, and the doctor-patient communication. Based on the relative scientific research and our recent clinical research data, we bring forth our opinions on the current status and the development trend of the assessment of extraordinary agent wounds in this article.

  15. Entanglement in a Quantum Annealing Processor

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    2016-09-07

    quantum algorithms designed to solve problems that are intractable by classical approaches. One such algorithm , quantum annealing (QA), provides a... algorithm such as quantum annealing (QA), provides a more practical approach in the near term [6,7]. However, one of the main features that makes such...thermal equilibrium, an encouraging result as any practical hard- ware designed to run a quantum algorithm will be inevi- tably coupled to a thermal

  16. Computational Multiqubit Tunnelling in Programmable Quantum Annealers

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    2016-08-25

    classical simulated annealing6 that aims to take advantage of quantum tunnelling. In classical cooling optimization algorithms such as simulated annealing...to have established a quantum speedup. To this end, one would have to demonstrate that no known classical algorithm finds the optimal solution as fast...classical algorithms such as Quantum Monte Carlo or by employing cluster update methods. However, the collective tunnelling phenomena demonstrated here

  17. Quantum Adiabatic Evolution Algorithms versus Simulated Annealing

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    Farhi, E; Gutmann, S; Farhi, Edward; Goldstone, Jeffrey; Gutmann, Sam

    2002-01-01

    We explain why quantum adiabatic evolution and simulated annealing perform similarly in certain examples of searching for the minimum of a cost function of n bits. In these examples each bit is treated symmetrically so the cost function depends only on the Hamming weight of the n bits. We also give two examples, closely related to these, where the similarity breaks down in that the quantum adiabatic algorithm succeeds in polynomial time whereas simulated annealing requires exponential time.

  18. Comparative study of the performance of quantum annealing and simulated annealing.

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    Nishimori, Hidetoshi; Tsuda, Junichi; Knysh, Sergey

    2015-01-01

    Relations of simulated annealing and quantum annealing are studied by a mapping from the transition matrix of classical Markovian dynamics of the Ising model to a quantum Hamiltonian and vice versa. It is shown that these two operators, the transition matrix and the Hamiltonian, share the eigenvalue spectrum. Thus, if simulated annealing with slow temperature change does not encounter a difficulty caused by an exponentially long relaxation time at a first-order phase transition, the same is true for the corresponding process of quantum annealing in the adiabatic limit. One of the important differences between the classical-to-quantum mapping and the converse quantum-to-classical mapping is that the Markovian dynamics of a short-range Ising model is mapped to a short-range quantum system, but the converse mapping from a short-range quantum system to a classical one results in long-range interactions. This leads to a difference in efficiencies that simulated annealing can be efficiently simulated by quantum annealing but the converse is not necessarily true. We conclude that quantum annealing is easier to implement and is more flexible than simulated annealing. We also point out that the present mapping can be extended to accommodate explicit time dependence of temperature, which is used to justify the quantum-mechanical analysis of simulated annealing by Somma, Batista, and Ortiz. Additionally, an alternative method to solve the nonequilibrium dynamics of the one-dimensional Ising model is provided through the classical-to-quantum mapping.

  19. 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.

  20. 'The Head Carver': Art Extraordinary and the small spaces of asylum.

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    McGeachan, Cheryl

    2017-03-01

    This paper uses the unique collection of Scottish outsider art, labelled Art Extraordinary, as a window into the often neglected small spaces of asylum care in the early twentieth century. By drawing upon materials from the Art Extraordinary collection and its associated archives, this paper demonstrates the importance of incorporating small and everyday spaces of care - such as gardens, paths, studios and boats - into the broader historical narratives of psychiatric care in Scotland. Examples of experiential memorialization and counterpoints to asylum surveillance culture will be illuminated. The significance of using 'outsider' art collections as a valuable source in tracing geographical histories will be highlighted.

  1. The Concept of Extraordinary Crime in Indonesia Legal System: Is The Concept an Effective Criminal Policy?

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    Vidya Prahassacitta

    2016-10-01

    crime parts of criminal policy does not have any standard for the categorization. Then, as consequences of the implementation of the concept of extraordinary crime in several penal efforts are formulating in legislations. The penalty effort is not limited to criminalization and sentencing aspects but wider and shall be in line with the strategy of crime eradication and welfare protection purposes. To reach the effectiveness of the criminal policy of the concept of extraordinary crime, the penalty effort shall be in line with criminal law principles and human right basic principles.

  2. Analysis of IR transmission spectra and hypothesis of bond-centered H diffusion in a-Si: H thin films during light-induced thermal annealing%氢化非晶硅薄膜的红外光谱分析和桥键氢扩散假设

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    周怀恩; 朱秀红; 胡跃辉; 马占杰; 张文理; 李瀛; 陈光华

    2005-01-01

    通过红外透射光谱研究了在光诱导退火中退火条件对氢化非晶硅薄膜的结构和光电特性的影响,实验所用样品采用热丝辅助微波电子回旋共振化学气相沉积方法制备.我们用桥键氢扩散模型来解释退火中的不同现象.样品的红外光谱在630和2000cm-1处的吸收系数有所增加,说明了原先的成键氢发生了移动和溢出,我们认为通过光诱导产生载流子的非辐射复合以及桥键氢和深俘获氢原子的交换,产生了大量的桥键氢原子,它们相互结合形成分子氢,氢溢出要优于氢团聚.%The effect of light-induced thermal annealing at low temperature on the structure and electronic properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si : H ) as a function of annealing conditions was studied by FTIR spectra method. The deposition of a-Si: H films was performed by using microwave electron cyclotron resonance (MW ECR) plasma with the assistance of tungsten filament. In this study, the infrared spectroscopy results show the interesting changes under the different annealing condition. The increase in the transmission coefficient at both 630 and 2000cm-1 indicates that bonded hydrogen moved and effused from the amorphous network. The bond-centered (BC) H diffusion model is used to explain the H elimination phenomenon, we argue that the BC H atoms formed by the nonradiative recombination of photo-induced carriers and the exchange between BC H and deeply trapped H produce more and more BC H atoms, the BC H atoms will recombine each other and form molecular hydrogen, the process of H elimination is prior to monohydride clustering and/or bonds switching.

  3. Size Dependence of Oxygen-Annealing Effects on Superconductivity of Fe1+yTe1-xSx

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    Yamazaki, Teruo; Sakurai, Tatsuya; Yaguchi, Hiroshi

    2016-11-01

    For the Fe-based superconductor Fe1+yTe1-xSx, superconductivity is induced by annealing treatment in oxygen atmosphere, whereas as-grown samples do not show superconductivity. We investigated the sample-size dependence of O2-annealing effects in Fe1.01Te0.91S0.09. The annealing conditions were fixed to 1 atm, 200 °C, and 2 h. We carried out magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements in order to evaluate the superconducting volume fraction. We found that Fe1+yTe1-xSx has an optimal size for the induction of bulk superconductivity by O2 annealing. Our results indicate that O2 annealing is probably effective near the surface of samples over a length of a few tens of micro meters.

  4. An Application of Simulated Annealing to Scheduling Army Unit Training

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    1986-10-01

    Simulated annealing operates by analogy to the metalurgy process which strengthens metals through successive heating and cooling. The method is highly...diminishing returns is observed. The simulated annealing heuristic operates by analogy to annealing in physical systems. Annealing in a physical

  5. Laser annealing of thin film polycrystalline silicon solar cell

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    Chowdhury A.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Performances of thin film polycrystalline silicon solar cell grown on glass substrate, using solid phase crystallization of amorphous silicon can be limited by low dopant activation and high density of defects. Here, we investigate line shaped laser induced thermal annealing to passivate some of these defects in the sub-melt regime. Effect of laser power and scan speed on the open circuit voltage of the polysilicon solar cells is reported. The processing temperature was measured by thermal imaging camera. Enhancement of the open circuit voltage as high as 210% is achieved using this method. The results are discussed.

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

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    Khumalo, Z.M., E-mail: zakhele@tlabs.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701 (South Africa); Materials Research Department, National Research Foundation, iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West (South Africa); Topić, M. [Materials Research Department, National Research Foundation, iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West (South Africa); Comrie, C.M. [Department of Physics, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701 (South Africa); Materials Research Department, National Research Foundation, iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West (South Africa); Blumenthal, M. [Department of Physics, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701 (South Africa); Pineda-Vargas, C.A.; Bucher, R. [Materials Research Department, National Research Foundation, iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West (South Africa); Kisslinger, K. [Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, P.O. Box 5000, Upton, NY USA (United States)

    2014-11-01

    Highlights: • Platinum coatings were prepared using electron beam evaporator. • The phase analysis revealed the presence of the MoPt{sub 2} and MoPt. • At low annealing time, the MoPt{sub 2} phase appeared to have more Pt content. • The MoPt{sub 2} phase disappeared as the annealing time increases. • It is believed that the MoPt phase was growing at the expense of the MoPt{sub 2}. - 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 MoPt{sub 2} and MoPt phases. It was also found that these phases nucleate sequentially and the MoPt{sub 2} 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.

  7. A transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of annealing induced γ-phase nucleation, clustering, and interfacial dynamics in reactively sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Kumar, A. K. Nanda, E-mail: aknk27@yahoo.com; Subramanian, B. [ECMS Division, Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Karaikudi (India); Prasanna, S. [Department of Physics, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (India); Jayakumar, S. [Department of Physics, PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research, Coimbatore (India); Rao, G. Mohan [Department of Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

    2015-03-28

    Pure α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibits a very high degree of thermodynamical stability among all metal oxides and forms an inert oxide scale in a range of structural alloys at high temperatures. We report that amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films sputter deposited over crystalline Si instead show a surprisingly active interface. On annealing, crystallization begins with nuclei of a phase closely resembling γ-Alumina forming almost randomly in an amorphous matrix, and with increasing frequency near the substrate/film interface. This nucleation is marked by the signature appearance of sharp (400) and (440) reflections and the formation of a diffuse diffraction halo with an outer maximal radius of ≈0.23 nm enveloping the direct beam. The microstructure then evolves by a cluster-coalescence growth mechanism suggestive of swift nucleation and sluggish diffusional kinetics, while locally the Al ions redistribute slowly from chemisorbed and tetrahedral sites to higher anion coordinated sites. Chemical state plots constructed from XPS data and simple calculations of the diffraction patterns from hypothetically distorted lattices suggest that the true origins of the diffuse diffraction halo are probably related to a complex change in the electronic structure spurred by the a-γ transformation rather than pure structural disorder. Concurrent to crystallization within the film, a substantially thick interfacial reaction zone also builds up at the film/substrate interface with the excess Al acting as a cationic source.

  8. 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.

  9. 78 FR 40665 - Cost Accounting Standards: CAS 413 Pension Adjustments for Extraordinary Events

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    2013-07-08

    ... BUDGET Office of Federal Procurement Policy 48 CFR Part 9904 Cost Accounting Standards: CAS 413 Pension Adjustments for Extraordinary Events AGENCY: Cost Accounting Standards Board, Office of Federal Procurement... Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is conducting fact-finding for the development of...

  10. Extraordinary Measures: Drone Warfare, Securitization, and the “War on Terror”

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    Romaniuk Scott Nicholas

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The use of unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones,” as part of the United States’ (US targeted killing (TK program dramatically increased after the War on Terror (WoT was declared. With the ambiguous nature and parameters of the WoT, and stemming from the postulation of numerous low-level, niche-, and other securitizations producing a monolithic threat, US drone operations now constitute a vital stitch in the extensive fabric of US counterterrorism policy. This article employs the theories of securitization and macrosecuritization as discussed by Buzan (1991, 2006, and Buzan and Wæver (2009 to understand targeted killing, by means of weaponized drones, as an extraordinary measure according to the Copenhagen School’s interpretation. An overarching securitization and the use of the “security” label warrants the emergency action of targeted killing through the use of drones as an extraordinary measure. We argue that the WoT serves as a means of securitizing global terrorism as a threat significant enough to warrant the use of drone warfare as an extraordinary use of force. By accepting the WoT as a securitization process we can reasonably accept that the US’ response(s against that threat are also securitized and therefore become extraordinary measures.

  11. The psychologist, the psychoanalyst and the 'extraordinary child' in postwar British science fiction.

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    Tisdall, Laura

    2016-12-01

    A sudden influx of portrayals of 'extraordinary children' emerged in British science fiction after the Second World War. Such children both violated and confirmed the new set of expectations about ordinary childhood that emerged from the findings of developmental psychologists around the same time. Previous work on extraordinary children in both science fiction and horror has tended to confine the phenomenon to an 'evil child boom' within the American filmmaking industry in the 1970s. This article suggests that a much earlier trend is visible in British postwar science fiction texts, analysing a cluster of novels that emerged in the 1950s: Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End (1953), William Golding's Lord of the Flies (1954) and John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1957). It will be argued that the groups of extraordinary children in these novels both tap into newer child-centred assertions about the threats posed by abnormal childhood, underwritten by psychology and psychoanalysis, and represent a reaction to an older progressive tradition in which children were envisaged as the single hope for a utopian future. This article will ultimately assert that the sudden appearance of extraordinary children in science fiction reflects a profound shift in assessment criteria for healthy childhood in Britain from the 1950s onwards, an issue that had become vitally important in a fledgling social democracy.

  12. Chad – Dakar: Extraordinary Habré trial is litmus test for Pan-African justice

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    Bouwknegt, Thijs

    2015-01-01

    From 20 July onwards, Chad’s previous despot, Hissène Habré, will be in the dock on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in the Senegalese court system. His trial will be Africa’s first to proceed to trial under the guise of unive

  13. 12 CFR 652.30 - Temporary regulatory waivers or modifications for extraordinary situations.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Temporary regulatory waivers or modifications for extraordinary situations. 652.30 Section 652.30 Banks and Banking FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION FARM CREDIT SYSTEM FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION FUNDING AND FISCAL AFFAIRS Investment...

  14. Laser annealing and defect study of chalcogenide photovoltaic materials

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    Bhatia, Ashish

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe), CuZnSn(S,Se)4(CZTSSe), etc., are the potential chalcogenide semiconductors being investigated for next-generation thin film photovoltaics (TFPV). While the champion cell efficiency of CIGSe has exceeded 20%, CZTSSe has crossed the 10% mark. This work investigates the effect of laser annealing on CISe films, and compares the electrical characteristics of CIGSe (chalcopyrite) and CZTSe (kesterite) solar cells. Chapter 1 through 3 provide a background on semiconductors and TFPV, properties of chalcopyrite and kesterite materials, and their characterization using deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and thermal admittance spectroscopy (TAS). Chapter 4 investigates electrochemical deposition (nonvacuum synthesis) of CISe followed by continuous wave laser annealing (CWLA) using a 1064 nm laser. It is found that CWLA at ≈ 50 W/cm2 results in structural changes without melting and dewetting of the films. While Cu-poor samples show about 40% reduction in the full width at half maximum of the respective x-ray diffraction peaks, identically treated Cu-rich samples register more than 80% reduction. This study demonstrates that an entirely solid-phase laser annealing path exists for chalcopyrite phase formation and crystallization. Chapter 5 investigates the changes in defect populations after pulse laser annealing in submelting regime of electrochemically deposited and furnace annealed CISe films. DLTS on Schottky diodes reveal that the ionization energy of the dominant majority carrier defect state changes nonmonotonically from 215+/-10 meV for the reference sample, to 330+/-10 meV for samples irradiated at 20 and 30 mJ/cm2, and then back to 215+/-10 meV for samples irradiated at 40 mJ/cm2. A hypothesis involving competing processes of diffusion of Cu and laser-induced generation of In vacancies may explain this behavior. Chapter 6 compares the electrical characteristics of chalcopyrite and kesterite materials. Experiments reveal CZTSe cell has an

  15. Impact of soft annealing on the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors.

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    Nayak, Pradipta K; Hedhili, Mohamed N; Cha, Dongkyu; Alshareef, H N

    2013-05-01

    It is demonstrated that soft annealing duration strongly affects the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors. Prolonged soft annealing times are found to induce two important changes in the device: (i) a decrease in zinc tin oxide film thickness, and (ii) an increase in oxygen vacancy concentration. The devices prepared without soft annealing exhibited inferior transistor performances, in comparison to devices in which the active channel layer (zinc tin oxide) was subjected to soft annealing. The highest saturation field-effect mobility-5.6 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) with a drain-to-source on-off current ratio (Ion/Ioff) of 2 × 10(8)-was achieved in the case of devices with 10-min soft-annealed zinc tin oxide thin films as the channel layer. The findings of this work identify soft annealing as a critical parameter for the processing of chemically derived thin-film transistors, and it correlates device performance to the changes in material structure induced by soft annealing.

  16. Impact of soft annealing on the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors

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    Nayak, Pradipta K.

    2013-05-08

    It is demonstrated that soft annealing duration strongly affects the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors. Prolonged soft annealing times are found to induce two important changes in the device: (i) a decrease in zinc tin oxide film thickness, and (ii) an increase in oxygen vacancy concentration. The devices prepared without soft annealing exhibited inferior transistor performances, in comparison to devices in which the active channel layer (zinc tin oxide) was subjected to soft annealing. The highest saturation field-effect mobility - 5.6 cm2 V-1 s-1 with a drain-to-source on-off current ratio (Ion/Ioff) of 2 × 108 - was achieved in the case of devices with 10-min soft-annealed zinc tin oxide thin films as the channel layer. The findings of this work identify soft annealing as a critical parameter for the processing of chemically derived thin-film transistors, and it correlates device performance to the changes in material structure induced by soft annealing. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  17. Extraordinary molecular evolution in the PRDM9 fertility gene.

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    James H Thomas

    Full Text Available Recent work indicates that allelic incompatibility in the mouse PRDM9 (Meisetz gene can cause hybrid male sterility, contributing to genetic isolation and potentially speciation. The only phenotype of mouse PRDM9 knockouts is a meiosis I block that causes sterility in both sexes. The PRDM9 gene encodes a protein with histone H3(K4 trimethyltransferase activity, a KRAB domain, and a DNA-binding domain consisting of multiple tandem C2H2 zinc finger (ZF domains. We have analyzed human coding polymorphism and interspecies evolutionary changes in the PRDM9 gene. The ZF domains of PRDM9 are evolving very rapidly, with compelling evidence of positive selection in primates. Positively selected amino acids are predominantly those known to make nucleotide specific contacts in C2H2 zinc fingers. These results suggest that PRDM9 is subject to recurrent selection to change DNA-binding specificity. The human PRDM9 protein is highly polymorphic in its ZF domains and nearly all polymorphisms affect the same nucleotide contact residues that are subject to positive selection. ZF domain nucleotide sequences are strongly homogenized within species, indicating that interfinger recombination contributes to their evolution. PRDM9 has previously been assumed to be a transcription factor required to induce meiosis specific genes, a role that is inconsistent with its molecular evolution. We suggest instead that PRDM9 is involved in some aspect of centromere segregation conflict and that rapidly evolving centromeric DNA drives changes in PRDM9 DNA-binding domains.

  18. Nonepitaxial growth of a (001) textured L10 Fe-Pt film in H2 and N2 annealing atmospheres

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    WU Peiwen; HU Xuerang; QIAN Jun; YUAN Jun

    2006-01-01

    A nonepitaxial (001) textured Fe-Pt alloyed film was obtained by annealing Fe/Pt multilayers in H2. No such nonepitaxial (001) texture was observed for similar multilayers annealed in N2 atmosphere. Sensitive electron energy loss spectroscopy and the left shift of the L10 FePt (111) diffraction peak indicate oxidation in the N2 annealed samples. The oxidation dramatically degrades the (001) texture of the Fe-Pt film and induces the composition change in the alloyed layer.The relation between the texture formation and oxidation was discussed.

  19. Radiation damage and annealing in 1310 nm InGaAsP/InP lasers for the CMS tracker

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    Gill, K; Grabit, R; Jensen, F; Vasey, F

    2000-01-01

    Radiation damage in 1310 nm InGaAsP/InP multi-quantum-well lasers caused by 0.8 MeV neutrons is compared with the damage from other radiation sources, in terms of the increase in laser threshold current. The annealing behavior is then presented both in terms of both temperature and forward-bias current dependence. The annealing can be described by a model where radiation induced defects have a uniform distribution of activation energies for annealing. This model can then be used to predict the long-term damage expected for lasers operating inside the CMS tracker. (19 refs).

  20. Extraordinary sex ratios: cultural effects on ecological consequences.

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    Ferenc Molnár

    Full Text Available We model sex-structured population dynamics to analyze pairwise competition between groups differing both genetically and culturally. A sex-ratio allele is expressed in the heterogametic sex only, so that assumptions of Fisher's analysis do not apply. Sex-ratio evolution drives cultural evolution of a group-associated trait governing mortality in the homogametic sex. The two-sex dynamics under resource limitation induces a strong Allee effect that depends on both sex ratio and cultural trait values. We describe the resulting threshold, separating extinction from positive growth, as a function of female and male densities. When initial conditions avoid extinction due to the Allee effect, different sex ratios cannot coexist; in our model, greater female allocation always invades and excludes a lesser allocation. But the culturally transmitted trait interacts with the sex ratio to determine the ecological consequences of successful invasion. The invading female allocation may permit population persistence at self-regulated equilibrium. For this case, the resident culture may be excluded, or may coexist with the invader culture. That is, a single sex-ratio allele in females and a cultural dimorphism in male mortality can persist; a low-mortality resident trait is maintained by father-to-son cultural transmission. Otherwise, the successfully invading female allocation excludes the resident allele and culture and then drives the population to extinction via a shortage of males. Finally, we show that the results obtained under homogeneous mixing hold, with caveats, in a spatially explicit model with local mating and diffusive dispersal in both sexes.

  1. Charge-sensitive deep level transient spectroscopy of helium-ion-irradiated silicon, as-irradiated and after thermal annealing

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    Li Bing-Sheng; Zhang Chong-Hong; Yang Yi-Tao; Zhou Li-Hong; Zhang Hong-Hua

    2009-01-01

    Electrically active defects in the phosphor-doped single-crystal silicon, induced by helium-ion irradiation under thermal annealing, have been investigated. Isothermal charge-sensitive deep-level transient spectroscopy was employed to study the activation energy and capture cross-section of helium-induced defects in silicon samples. It was shown that the activation energy levels produced by helium-ion irradiation first increased with increasing annealing temperature, with the maximum value of the activation energy occurring at 873 K, and reduced with further increase of the annealing temperature. The energy levels of defects in the samples annealed at 873 and I073 K are found to be located near the mid-forbidden energy gap level so that they can act as thermally stable carrier recombination centres.

  2. 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.

  3. Influence of Annealing Time and Thermo-Mechanical Cycling on Constrained Recovery Properties of a Cold-Worked NiTi Wire

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    Yan, Xiaojun; Ge, Yuli; Van Humbeeck, Jan

    2017-02-01

    In this work, the influence of parameters such as annealing time, pre-strain and thermo-mechanical cycling on recovery stresses of NiTi wires has been investigated by using a dynamic mechanical analyzer. The results show that the maximum recovery stress decreases with increasing annealing time and increases with increasing pre-strain except for 60-min annealed sample with 4% pre-strain, which has a higher recovery stress than 45-min annealed sample with the same pre-strain. The recovery stresses drastically increase during the first two thermo-mechanical cycles for all samples, regardless of annealing time. The observed changes of recovery stress could be attributed to different transformation temperatures and mechanical properties induced by different annealing times and/or thermo-mechanical cycling.

  4. Enhanced piecewise regression based on deterministic annealing

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    ZHANG JiangShe; YANG YuQian; CHEN XiaoWen; ZHOU ChengHu

    2008-01-01

    Regression is one of the important problems in statistical learning theory. This paper proves the global convergence of the piecewise regression algorithm based on deterministic annealing and continuity of global minimum of free energy w.r.t temperature, and derives a new simplified formula to compute the initial critical temperature. A new enhanced piecewise regression algorithm by using "migration of prototypes" is proposed to eliminate "empty cell" in the annealing process. Numerical experiments on several benchmark datasets show that the new algo-rithm can remove redundancy and improve generalization of the piecewise regres-sion model.

  5. Effect of chemical ordering annealing on martensitic transformation and superelasticity in polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga microwires

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    Qian, M.F. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), University of Bristol, Queen’s Building, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR (United Kingdom); Zhang, X.X., E-mail: xxzhang@hit.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wei, L.S.; Geng, L. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Peng, H.X., E-mail: hxpengwork@zju.edu.cn [Institute for Composites Science Innovation (InCSI), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Chemical ordering annealing on Ni–Mn–Ga microwires was found to reduce the defect density and internal stress. • Chemical ordering annealing on Ni–Mn–Ga microwires was found to increase the MT temperatures, Curie point and saturation magnetization. • Chemical ordering annealing on Ni–Mn–Ga microwires was found to decrease the SIM stress and improve the superelastic reversibility. • Chemical ordering annealing on Ni–Mn–Ga microwires was found to weaken the temperature dependences of the superelastic stresses. - Abstract: Polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga microwires of diameter 30–80 μm were prepared by melt-extraction technique on a large scale. The rapidly solidified microwires exhibit a fairly high ductility and excellent shape memory property. Here, with the aim to reduce the defect density, internal stress and compositional inhomogeneity in the as-extracted microwires, a stepwise chemical ordering annealing heat treatment was carried out and the effect of annealing on martensitic transformation, magnetic properties and superelastic behavior were investigated. The results indicate that annealing increase the transformation temperature and decrease the transformation hysteresis. These are related to composition homogenization, increase of atomic ordering and decrease in internal stress and defects. During mechanical tests, the stress-induced martensite (SIM) formation took place at a much lower stress after annealing treatment. The annealed microwires also demonstrate a lower superelastic hysteresis and a higher recovery rate compared to the as-extracted microwires. The temperature dependence of SIM stress is weaker after annealing, which is related to the enthalpy change (ΔH) and phase transformation temperature change according to the Clausius–Clapeyron relation.

  6. Management of light absorption in extraordinary optical transmission based ultra-thin-film tandem solar cells

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    Mashooq, Kishwar; Talukder, Muhammad Anisuzzaman

    2016-05-01

    Although ultra-thin-film solar cells can be attractive in reducing the cost, they suffer from low absorption as the thickness of the active layer is usually much smaller than the wavelength of incident light. Different nano-photonic techniques, including plasmonic structures, are being explored to increase the light absorption in ultra-thin-film solar cells. More than one layer of active materials with different energy bandgaps can be used in tandem to increase the light absorption as well. However, due to different amount of light absorption in different active layers, photo-generated currents in different active layers will not be the same. The current mismatch between the tandem layers makes them ineffective in increasing the efficiency. In this work, we investigate the light absorption properties of tandem solar cells with two ultra-thin active layers working as two subcells and a metal layer with periodically perforated holes in-between the two subcells. While the metal layer helps to overcome the current mismatch, the periodic holes increase the absorption of incident light by helping extraordinary optical transmission of the incident light from the top to the bottom subcell, and by coupling the incident light to plasmonic and photonic modes within ultra-thin active layers. We extensively study the effects of the geometry of holes in the intermediate metal layer on the light absorption properties of tandem solar cells with ultra-thin active layers. We also study how different metals in the intermediate layer affect the light absorption; how the geometry of holes in the intermediate layer affects the absorption when the active layer materials are changed; and how the intermediate metal layer affects the collection of photo-generated electron-hole pairs at the terminals. We find that in a solar cell with 6,6-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester top subcell and copper indium gallium selenide bottom subcell, if the periodic holes in the metal layer are square or

  7. SANS response of VVER440-type weld material after neutron irradiation, post-irradiation annealing and reirradiation

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    Ulbricht, Andreas; Bergner, Frank; Boehmert, Juergen; Valo, Matti; Mathon, Marie-Helene; Heinemann, Andre

    2007-01-01

    Abstract It is well accepted that the reirradiation behaviour of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steel after annealing can be different from the original irradiation behaviour. We present the first small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of neutron irradiated, annealed and reirradiated VVER440-type RPV weld material. The SANS results are analysed both in terms of the size distribution of irradiation-induced defect/solute atom clusters and in terms of the ratio of total and nuclea...

  8. Ion implantation of silicon in gallium arsenide: Damage and annealing characterizations

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    Pribat, D.; Dieumegard, D.; Croset, M.; Cohen, C.; Nipoti, R.; Siejka, J.; Bentini, G. G.; Correra, L.; Servidori, M.

    1983-05-01

    The purpose of this work is twofold: (i) to study the damage induced by ion implantation, with special attention to low implanted doses; (ii) to study the efficiency of annealing techniques — particularly incoherent light annealing — in order to relate the electrical activity of implanted atoms to damage annealing. We have used three methods to study the damage induced by ion implantation: (1) RBS (or nuclear reactions) in random or in channeling geometry (2) RX double crystal diffractometry and (3) electrical measurements (free carrier profiling). Damage induced by silicon implantation at doses >10 14at/cm 2 can be monitored by all three techniques. However, the sensitivity of RBS is poor and hence this technique is not useful for low implantation doses. As device technology requires dopant levels in the range of 5 × 10 12 atoms/cm 2, we are particularly interested to the development of analytical techniques able to detect the damage at this implantation level. The sensitivity of such techniques was checked by studying homogeneously doped (5 × 10 16 e -/cm 3) and semi-insulating GaAs samples implanted with 3 × 10 12 silicon atoms/cm 2 at 150 keV. The substrate temperature during implantation was 200°C. The damage produced in these samples and its subsequent annealing are evidenced by strong changes in X-ray double crystal diffraction spectra. This method hence appears as a good monitoring technique. Annealing of the implanted layers has been performed using incoherent light sources (xenon lamps) either in flash or continuous conditions. Reference samples have also been thermally annealed (850°C, 20 min in capless conditions). The results are compared, and the electrical carrier profiles obtained after continuous incoherent light irradiation indicate that the implanted silicon atoms are almost dully activated. The advantages and disadvantages of incoherent light irradiation are discussed (surface oxidation, surface damage) in comparison with standard

  9. Influence of Annealing on the Grain Growth and Thermal Diffusivity of Nanostructured YSZ Thermal Barrier Coating

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    Na WANG; Chungen ZHOU; Shengkai GONG; Huibin XU

    2006-01-01

    The nanostructured zirconia coatings were deposited by atmospherically plasma spraying. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the microstructure of the zirconia coatings. Thermal diffusivity values at normal temperatures have been evaluated by laser flash technique. Effect of annealing on the microstructure evolution of the zirconia coating has been performed. The grains and thermal diffusivity are increased with increasing annealing time and temperature.The grain growth is according to the GRIGC (the grain rotation induced grain coalescence) mechanism. The increase in thermal diffusivity is attributed to the grain growth and the decrease in porosity of nanostructured zirconia coatings.

  10. Development of titania nanotube arrays: The roles of water content and annealing atmosphere

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    Ratnawati, E-mail: rnwt63@yahoo.co.id [Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424 (Indonesia); Chemical Engineering Department, Institut Teknologi Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan 15320 (Indonesia); Gunlazuardi, Jarnuzi, E-mail: jarnuzi@ui.ac.id [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424 (Indonesia); Slamet, E-mail: slamet@che.ui.ac.id [Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424 (Indonesia)

    2015-06-15

    The effect of water content in the electrolyte solution during annealing process in the synthesis and modification of titania nanotube arrays (TNTAs) by anodic oxidation process has been investigated. Variations in annealing technique that leading to some specific properties of the TNTAs produced have been examined. Doped-TNTAs were obtained by the in-situ anodic oxidation method in glycerol containing fluoride solution followed by annealing to induce crystallization. FESEM and SEM results indicated that TNTAs with inner diameters of 49–80 nm, wall thicknesses from 28 to 42 nm and lengths from 1407 to 1570 nm were synthesized. At water content of 25 v% in the electrolyte solution, self-organized with vertical, ordered of TNTAs with relatively uniform diameter was observed. Suitable morphology of TNTAs such as well developed tubes, vertically oriented, highly ordered, long with optimal diameter and wall thickness of TNTAs could suppress recombination of electrons–holes and, therefore, increase photoelectrochemical properties. Annealing with H{sub 2}/Ar is found to be efficient for introducing dopant C and N into the lattice of TNTAs to form Ti–O–C and N–Ti–O (FTIR analysis). Therefore, the reducing band gap can be obtained (UV–Vis DRS analysis). Annealing under H{sub 2}/Ar of as-synt TNTAs with water content of 25 v% in the electrolyte solution produced anatase phase (XRD analysis) and showed optimal condition in producing the highest photocurrent density. - Highlights: • Water content of 25 v%, annealing with 20% H{sub 2} produced highest photocurrent of TNTAs. • Vertically oriented, long with optimal wall thickness of TNTAs increase photocurrent. • Annealing with H{sub 2}/Ar plays an effective role in reducing the band gap.

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. Investigation of the extraordinary null reconstruction phenomenon in polarization volume hologram.

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    Wang, J; Kang, G; Wu, A; Liu, Y; Zang, J; Li, P; Tan, X; Shimura, T; Kuroda, K

    2016-01-25

    Polarization holography is the superposition of differently polarized beams. Due to its ability to record the polarization states, some extraordinary optical phenomena were found in the polarization holography. For example, the recently reported null-reconstruction phenomenon in polarization volume hologram is odd for the conventional holography which only records the amplitude and phase. In this paper, we perform a thorough investigation of the null reconstruction of polarization hologram recorded by orthogonal circularly polarized waves. To explore the mechanism behind this phenomenon, an interferometry was built to measure the phase difference between the same polarized components within the reconstructed wave. The phase difference of π was secured in our experiment, indicating a destructive interfering effect, which nicely explains the extraordinary null reconstruction observed in the polarization hologram.

  14. Sixteen-state magnetic memory based on the extraordinary Hall effect

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    Segal, A.; Karpovski, M. [Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv (Israel); Gerber, A., E-mail: gerber@post.tau.ac.il [Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv (Israel)

    2012-04-15

    We report on a proof-of-concept study of split-cell magnetic storage in which multi-bit magnetic memory cells are composed of several multilevel ferromagnetic dots with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Extraordinary Hall effect is used for reading the data. Feasibility of the approach is supported by realization of four-, eight- and sixteen- state cells. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We propose a novel structure of multi-bit magnetic random access memory. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Each cell contains several interconnected storage dots. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Extraordinary Hall effect is used for reading the data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Four-, eight- and sixteen-state cells have been realized.

  15. Influence of time of annealing on anneal hardening effect of a cast CuZn alloy

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    Nestorović Svetlana

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigated cast copper alloy containing 8at%Zn of a solute. For comparison parallel specimens made from cast pure copper. Copper and copper alloy were subjected to cold rolling with different a final reduction of 30,50 and 70%. The cold rolled copper and copper alloy samples were isochronally and isothermally annealed up to recrystallization temperature. After that the values of hardness, strength and electrical conductivity were measured and X-ray analysis was performed. These investigations show that anneal hardening effect at alloys was attained under recrystallization temperature in the temperature range of 180-3000C, followed with an increase in hardness. The amount of strengthening increase with increasing degree of prior cold work. Also the X-ray analysis show the change of lattice parameter during annealing when anneal hardening effect was attained.

  16. Influences of hydrogen-induced amorphization and annealing treatment on gaseous hydrogen storage properties of La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys

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    Zhai, Tingting [Department of Functional Material Research, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); College of Science, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Yang, Tai; Yuan, Zeming; Xu, Sheng; Bu, Wengang [Department of Functional Material Research, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Qi, Yang [College of Science, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Zhang, Yanghuan, E-mail: zhangyh59@sina.com [Department of Functional Material Research, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Key Laboratory of Integrated Exploitation of Baiyun Obo Multi-Metal Resources, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, Baotou 014010 (China)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • The La–Mg–Ni-based AB{sub 2}-type alloys were prepared by casting. • La was substituted by a small amount of Pr in the experimental alloys. • The hydrogen absorption/desorption cycling properties of the alloys were studied. • The influences of hydrogen-induced amorphization were investigated in details. • The annealing treatment was applied to recover hydrogen storage capacity. - Abstract: La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys are prepared by vacuum induction melting. The phase composition and microstructure of the as-cast alloys is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The gaseous hydrogen absorption capacity of the alloys was measured by an automatically controlled Sieverts apparatus. The results indicate that the as-cast alloys consist of two phases of LaMgNi{sub 4} and LaNi{sub 5}. The maximum gaseous hydrogen storage capacity of the La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys is 1.768, 1.745, 1.721, 1.681 and 1.653 wt%, respectively, under 3 MPa H{sub 2} at 373 K. But the hydrogen storage capacity after 20 cycles decays off to 0.746, 0.843, 0.947, 1.003 and 1.10 wt%, respectively. In order to reveal the mechanism of rapid degradation of the capacity, the structures of the alloys before and after hydrogen absorption/desorption cycle were analyzed. SEM observation displays that the micro-cracks can be clearly seen on the surface of the alloy particles after 20 cycles. XRD detection finds that the repeated hydrogen absorption/desorption cycles give rise to a obvious broadening of the diffraction peaks of the alloys, exhibiting a typical amorphous structure, which is termed as hydrogen-induced amorphization. The La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys after 20 cycles were annealed at 623 K for 8 h, finding that the hydrogen storage capacity of the alloys recovers to 1.348, 1.365, 1.50, 1.485 and 1.30 wt

  17. Giant magnetoimpedance effect of ac-dc Joule annealed electroplated NiFe/Cu composite wires

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    Ghanaatshoar, M.; Shokri, B. [Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Azad, N. [Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faculty of Science, Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Banitaba, M.H. [Departments of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-11-15

    In this article, we investigate the influence of ac-dc Joule annealing of NiFe microtubes on their giant magnetoimpedance effect. NiFe magnetic layers were electroplated onto 100-{mu}m-diameter copper wires and then submitted to dc or ac-dc current annealing for 8 minutes. Both annealing and cooling down processes were performed in argon atmosphere. Results show that the presence of ac part of Joule treatment leads to higher induced anisotropy and increases the MI ratio. It is conjectured that the ac component through wall movement and moment fluctuation increases the tendency of the magnetic domains to lie circumferentially. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  18. Ion Beam Surface Modification of Y-TZP and Effects of Subsequent Annealing

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    Y.Motohashi; T.Shibata; S.Harjo; T.Sakuma; M.Ishihra; S.Baba; K.Sawa

    2004-01-01

    Tetragonal zirconia polycrystals containing 3 mol% yttria (3Y-TZP), which show superplasticity at high temperatures, were irradiated using 130 MeV Zr+11 ions in the TANDEM accelerator facility at Tokai Research Establishment, JAERI. The irradiation induced atomic displacement damage was analyzed by TRIM code. Changes in the mechanical properties and fracture behavior caused by the ion irradiation and the effects of subsequent annealing were studied. The distribution of micro-indentation depth as a function of the indentation position from the irradiated surface to the specimen interior was also examined. The occurrence of compressive residual stresses and increases in hardness and fracture toughness were found in the as-irradiated surface region of the specimen. The subsequent annealing revealed that these quantities were decreased gradually with raising the annealing temperature. Probable causes of the generation of the residual stress and the changes in mechanical properties and fracture mode due to the irradiation are discussed.

  19. Localized in situ cladding annealing for post-fabrication trimming of silicon photonic integrated circuits.

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    Spector, Steven; Knecht, Jeffrey M; Juodawlkis, Paul W

    2016-03-21

    We report the use of localized annealing via in situ heaters to induce a semi-permanent change in the refractive index of the cladding in ring resonator filters. When compared to other methods for post-fabrication trimming, this method has the advantage that no additional equipment, other than a supply of electrical power, is necessary to cause the index change. Two cladding materials were used: hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) for samples that were externally annealed, and PECVD oxide for samples that were annealed with in situ heaters. The resonant wavelengths could be adjusted by as much as 3.0 nm and 1.7 nm for the HSQ and PECVD cladded filters, respectively. The trimming of a 5 channel, single ring filter bank, and a single, double ring filter is demonstrated.

  20. Influence of Rapid Thermal Annealing on the Characteristics of InGaN/GaN MQWs

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    Tian Yuan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available N-type InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-wells (MQWs were grown on sapphire substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD. The crystal quality and optical properties of samples after rapid thermal annealing (RTA at different temperatures in a range from 400 to 800°C are investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD and photoluminescence (PL spectrum. The experimental results show that the peaks of InGaN, InN and In can be observed in all samples. And the results are induced by the phase separation and In-clusters. The luminescence peak of the samples annealed showed a red shift. It is caused by strain stress relaxation during the RTA process. Furthermore, some defects can be eliminated and the best annealing temperature is from 500°C to 700°C.

  1. Characteristics of heat-annealed silicon homojunction infrared photodetector fabricated by plasma-assisted technique

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    Hammadi, Oday A.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, the effect of thermal annealing on the characteristics of silicon homojunction photodetector was studied. This homojunction photodetector was fabricated by means of plasma-induced etching of p-type silicon substrate and plasma sputtering of n-type silicon target in vacuum. The electrical and spectral characteristics of this photodetector were determined and optimized before and after the annealing process. The maximum surface reflectance of 1.89% and 1.81%, the maximum responsivity of 0.495 A/W and 0.55 A/W, the ideality factor of 1.80 and 1.99, the maximum external quantum efficiency of 76% and 83.5%, and the built-in potential of 0.79 V and 0.72 V were obtained before and after annealing, respectively.

  2. Refraction of extraordinary rays and ordinary rays in the Savart polariscope

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    Wu Jun-Fang; Zhang Chun-Min; Zhang Ying-Tang; Liu Han-Chen; Zhai Xue-Jun

    2008-01-01

    The refraction of rays in the Savart polariscope is different from the isotropic medium. We have analysed and discussed the refraction of rays in the Savart polariscope on the basis of the Snell law. The refraction formulae of the extraordinary rays and ordinary rays were derived. Results obtained may provide theoretical and practical guide lines for studying, developing and engineering of polarization interference imaging spectrometer.

  3. Tree-wave mixing of ordinary and backward electromagnetic waves: extraordinary transients

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    Slabko, Vitaly V; Tkachenko, Viktor A; Myslivets, Sergey A

    2016-01-01

    Three-wave mixing of ordinary and backward electromagnetic waves in pulsed regime is investigated in the metamaterials, which enable co-existence and phase matching of such waves. It is shown that opposite direction of phase velocity and energy flux in backward waves gives rise to extraordinary transient processes in greatly enhanced optical parametric amplification and in frequency up or down shifting nonlinear reflectivity. The discovered transients resemble slowed response of an oscillator on pulsed excitation in the vicinity of its resonance

  4. Studies of defects and annealing behavior of silicon irradiated with 70 MeV {sup 56}Fe ions

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    Dubey, S.K. [Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus, Mumbai 400 098 (India)]. E-mail: skdubey@physics.mu.ac.in; Yadav, A.D. [Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus, Mumbai 400 098 (India); Kamalapurkar, B.K. [Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus, Mumbai 400 098 (India); Gundu Rao, T.K. [Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai 400 076 (India); Gokhale, M. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400 005 (India); Mohanty, T. [Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi 110 067 (India); Kanjilal, D. [Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi 110 067 (India)

    2006-03-15

    The effects of 70 MeV irradiation of iron ions in p-type silicon at fluences between 1 x 10{sup 12} and 5 x 10{sup 14} ions cm{sup -2} were investigated by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD), electron spin resonance (ESR) and current-voltage measurements. The irradiated samples were isochronally annealed in nitrogen ambient up to 973 K for 2 min using the rapid thermal annealing (RTA) system. The screw dislocation density of the annealed sample (5 x 10{sup 14} ions cm{sup -2}) estimated at each stage of annealing from the broadening of the HRXRD peak was observed to change from 8.70 x 10{sup 7} to 1.58 x 10{sup 7} cm{sup -2} with increasing temperatures. The strain and stress parameters estimated at each stage of annealing using the FWHM of {omega}-scan clearly indicate relative trend towards the un-irradiated silicon sample. The electron spin resonance studies indicate the presence of the dangling bond state of silicon (Si{identical_to}Si) and complex defects. The annealing at 873 K was found to be sufficient for complete removal of the defect centers induced due to irradiation. The I-V studies performed on the irradiated samples before and after annealing indicate that the defects created as a consequence of irradiation trap the charge carriers.

  5. Effects of annealing temperature on the magnetoresistance in Ta/NiFe/Ta films by ZnO intercalations

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    Ding, Lei, E-mail: Lding@hainu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Tropical Island Resources, Ministry of Education, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China); Yu, Guang-hua; Zhang, Min; Zhao, Chong-jun; Teng, Jiao [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Xiang, Dao-ping [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Tropical Island Resources, Ministry of Education, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China)

    2015-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) exhibiting many superior physical properties was inserted into the Ta/NiFe/Ta films as nano-oxide intercalations. Different annealing temperatures and ZnO thickness significantly affected the magnetoresistance (MR) in NiFe films. The 4-nm thick ZnO film annealed at 200 °C had a MR of 2.41%, which was more than 70% higher than that of the 1-nm thick ZnO annealed film (MR=1.40%). However, the further increase in annealing temperature to 300 °C rapidly deteriorated the MR performance of the films. Diffusion and interface reactions occur between the crystal ZnO and the adjacent NiFe layer. Lower-temperature annealing improved the interface, increasing the specular reflection of spin-polarized electrons to some extent. However, higher-temperature annealing induced severe diffusion and interface reactions, which led to a sharp decline in MR performance. - Highlights: • Combining NiFe with ZnO, thereby producing NiFe/ZnO interfaces. • Investigating the effects of annealing temperatures on the magnetoresistance. • Explaining the corresponding relationship between MR and microstructure.

  6. Modification of physical and structural properties of Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2.2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} ceramics induced by annealing

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    Özkurt, Berdan, E-mail: berdanozkurt@mersin.edu.tr [Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Faculty of Tarsus Technology, University of Mersin, Mersin (Turkey); Madre, M.A.; Sotelo, A.; Diez, J.C. [ICMA (CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza), María de Luna, 3, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2013-10-01

    The effect of annealing temperatures on the structural and superconducting properties of Bi-2223 ceramics prepared by the solid state reaction method has been investigated. Annealing temperatures were varied from 730 to 830 °C while time was kept constant at 50 h. Electrical resistivity studies showed that samples annealed at 830 °C for 50 h have the lowest resistivity values at room temperature while critical transition temperature increases slightly. XRD data have shown that all samples contain Bi-2223 as the major one. The highest diamagnetism behavior has been found in the sample treated at 830 °C. In addition, J{sub c} values of the samples, calculated from the hysteresis loops using the Bean's model, decreased with increasing annealing temperatures until 780 °C and increase for the highest annealing temperature which is 830 °C for this work.

  7. Annealing before gate metal deposition related noise performance in AlGaN/GaN HEMTs

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    Pang Lei; Pu Yan; Liu Xinyu; Wang Liang; Li Chengzhan; Liu Jian; Zheng Yingkui; Wei Ke

    2009-01-01

    For a further improvement of the noise performance in AlGaN/GaN HEMTs, reducing the relatively high gate leakage current is a key issue. In this paper, an experiment was carried out to demonstrate that one method during the device fabrication process can lower the noise. Two samples were treated differently after gate recess etching: one sample was annealed before metal deposition and the other sample was left as it is. From a comparison of their Ig-Vg characteristics, a conclusion could be drawn that the annealing can effectively reduce the gate leakage current. The etching plasma-induced damage removal or reduction after annealing is considered to be the main factor responsible for it. Evidence is given to prove that annealing can increase the Schottky barrier height. A noise model was used to verify that the annealing of the gate recess before the metal deposition is really effective to improve the noise performance of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs.

  8. Effect of annealing on two different niobium-clad stainless steel PEMFC bipolar plate materials

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    Sung-Tae HONG; Dae-Wook KIM; Yong-Joo YOU; K.Scott WEIL

    2009-01-01

    Niobium (Nb)-clad stainless steels(SS) produced via roll bonding are being considered for use in the bipolar plates of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel celI(PEMFC) stacks. Because the roll bonding process induces substantial work hardening in the constituent materials, thermal annealing is used to restore ductility to the clad sheet so that it can be subsequently blanked, stamped and dimpled in forming the final plate component. Two roll bonded materials, niobium clad 340L stainless steel (Nb/340L SS) and niobium clad 434 stainless steel (Nb/434 SS) were annealed under optimized conditions prescribed by the cladding manufacturer. Comparative mechanical testing conducted on each material before and after annealing shows significant improvement in ductility in both cases. However, corresponding microstructural analyses indicate an obvious difference between the two heat treated materials. During annealing, an interlayer with thick less than 1 μm forms between the constituent layers in the Nb/340L SS, whereas no interlayer is found in the annealed Nb/434 SS material. Prior work suggests that internal defects potentially can be generated in such an interlayer during metal forming operations. Thus, Nb/434 SS may be the preferred candidate material for this application.

  9. Enhancement in visible luminescence from nanocomposite ZnO-SiOx thin films due to annealing

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    Kumar, V. V. Siva; Kanjilal, D.

    2014-01-01

    The annealing induced enhancement in visible photoluminescence (PL) from nanocomposite (nc) ZnO-SiOx thin films was investigated. Nc ZnO-SiOx thin films consisting of ZnO nanocrystals in silica matrix were grown by depositing the films using radio frequency (rf) reactive co-sputtering and post-annealing them at temperatures of 350°C and 500°C in high vacuum and air. These films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), (PL) spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectrophotometry measurements. Thin films were also deposited on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grids in almost identical conditions. The TEM measurement of the thin film deposited on TEM grid shows the formation of ZnO nanocrystals with a size distribution from 3.0 nm to 6.8 nm (+/-0.2 nm) in silica matrix. The UV-Vis spectra of the films show absorption features of ZnO and Zn2SiO4 phases in the films. The visible PL emission intensity and peak width increased in the annealed films. The results suggest increase in the number and size distribution of the ZnO nanocrystals in silica matrix due to the annealing resulting in increase in visible PL emission. The results of vacuum annealed films indicate that these films can be useful in the development of wide band visible light emitting devices using this material.

  10. Platinum-assisted post deposition annealing of the n-Ge/Y2O3 interface

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    Zimmermann, C.; Bethge, O.; Lutzer, B.; Bertagnolli, E.

    2016-07-01

    The impact of annealing temperature and annealing duration on the interface properties of n-Ge/Y2O3/Pt MOS-capacitors is investigated employing an ultrathin catalytically acting Pt-layer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis has been used to verify an enhanced growth of GeO2 and thermally stabilizing yttrium germanate at the n-Ge/Y2O3 interface induced by an oxygen post deposition annealing (PDA). Especially at 500 °C and 550 °C high quality Ge/Y2O3 interfaces have been achieved resulting in very low interface trap density of 7.41*1010 eV-1 cm-2. It is shown that either a short oxygen annealing at higher temperatures (550 °C) or a long time annealing at lower temperatures (450 °C) are appropriate to realize low interface trap density (D it). It turns out that a Pt-assisted PDA in combination with a final PMA are needed to reduce hysteresis width significantly and to bring flat band voltages toward ideal values.

  11. 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.

  12. Laser annealing of plasma-damaged silicon surface

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    Sameshima, T., E-mail: tsamesim@cc.tuat.ac.jp [Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, 184-8588 (Japan); Hasumi, M. [Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, 184-8588 (Japan); Mizuno, T. [Kanagawa University, Kanagawa, 259-1293 (Japan)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Ar plasma irradiation caused serious damage at SiO{sub 2}/Si interfaces. • The light induced minority carrier effective lifetime (τ{sub eff}) was decreased to 1.7 × 10{sup −5} s by Ar plasma irradiation. • The density of charge injection type interface traps at 9.1 × 10{sup 11} cm{sup −2} eV{sup −1} was formed. • 940-nm laser irradiation at 3.7 × 10{sup 4} W/cm{sup 2} for 4 × 10{sup −3} s cured the interface. • It increased τ{sub eff} to 1.7 × 10{sup −3} s and decreased D{sub it} to 2.1 × 10{sup 10} cm{sup −2} eV{sup −1}. - Abstract: 13.56 MHz capacitance coupled Ar plasma irradiation at 50 W for 120 s caused serious damage at SiO{sub 2}/Si interfaces for n-type 500-μm-thick silicon substrates. The 635-nm-light induced minority carrier effective lifetime (τ{sub eff}) was decreased from 1.7 × 10{sup −3} (initial) to 1.0 × 10{sup −5} s by Ar plasma irradiation. Moreover, the capacitance response at 1 MHz alternative voltage as a function of the bias voltage (C–V) was changed to hysteresis characteristic associated with the density of charge injection type interface traps at the mid gap (D{sub it}) at 9.1 × 10{sup 11} cm{sup −2} eV{sup −1}. Subsequent 940-nm laser annealing at 3.7 × 10{sup 4} W/cm{sup 2} for 4.0 × 10{sup −3} s markedly increased τ{sub eff} to 1.7 × 10{sup −3} s and decreased D{sub it} to 2.1 × 10{sup 10} cm{sup −2} eV{sup −1}. The hysteresis phenomenon was reduced in C–V characteristics. Laser annealing effectively decreased the density of plasma induced carrier recombination and trap states. However, laser annealing with a high power intensity of 4.0 × 10{sup 4} W/cm{sup 2} seriously caused a thermal damage associated with a low τ{sub eff} and a high D{sub it} with no hysteresis characteristic.

  13. Effect of thermal annealing on a novel polyamide–imide polymer membrane for aggressive acid gas separations

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    Vaughn, Justin T.

    2012-05-01

    A fluorinated, 6FDA based polyamide-imide is investigated for the purification of CH 4 from CO 2 and H 2S containing gas streams. Dense polymer films were thermally annealed and showed that increased annealing temperatures at constant annealing time caused transport behavior that does not resemble physical aging. Free volume increased after annealing at 200°C for 24h relative to annealing at 150°C for the same time. CO 2 and CH 4 permeabilities and diffusivities did not decrease as a result of the higher annealing temperature, and in fact, were shown to increase slightly. A change to the intrinsic microstructure that cannot be described by simple, densification based physical aging is hypothesized to be the reason for this trend. Furthermore, annealing increased CO 2 induced plasticization resistance and a temperature of 200°C was shown to have the greatest effect on plasticization suppression. Annealing at 200°C for 24h suppressed pure gas CO 2 plasticization up to 450psia. Fluorescence spectroscopy revealed increased intramolecular charge transfer, which is presumably due to increased electron conjugation over the N-phenyl bond. Additionally, intermolecular charge transfer increased with thermal annealing, as inferred from fluorescence intensity measurements and XRD patterns. 50/50 CO 2/CH 4 mixed gas permeation measurements reveal stable separation performance up to 1000psia. Ternary mixed gas feeds containing toluene/CO 2/CH 4 and H 2S/CO 2/CH 4 show antiplasticization, but more importantly, selectivity losses due to plasticization did not occur up to 900psia of total feed pressure. These results show that the polyamide-imide family represents a promising class of separation materials for aggressive acid gas purifications. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

  14. Spin transport in as-grown and annealed thulium iron garnet/platinum bilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Avci, Can Onur; Quindeau, Andy; Mann, Maxwell; Pai, Chi-Feng; Ross, Caroline A.; Beach, Geoffrey S. D.

    2017-03-01

    We characterize the spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR), spin Seebeck effect (SSE), and dampinglike spin-orbit torque (SOT) in thulium iron garnet/platinum bilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy by using harmonic Hall effect measurements. By consecutive annealing steps followed by measurements on a single device, we reveal that the spin-dependent effects gradually decrease in amplitude as the annealing temperature increases. We attribute this behavior primarily to the changes in the spin-mixing conductance, which sensitively depends on the interface quality. However, further analysis demonstrates that although the SSE scales closely with the SMR, the dampinglike SOT shows a significantly different trend upon annealing, contrary to theoretical expectations. By comparing the dampinglike SOT with the field-induced Hall effect, we found evidence that scattering from Fe impurities in the Pt at the interface might be responsible for the distinct annealing temperature dependence of the dampinglike SOT.

  15. Quantum versus classical annealing: insights from scaling theory and results for spin glasses on 3-regular graphs.

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    Liu, Cheng-Wei; Polkovnikov, Anatoli; Sandvik, Anders W

    2015-04-10

    We discuss an Ising spin glass where each S=1/2 spin is coupled antiferromagnetically to three other spins (3-regular graphs). Inducing quantum fluctuations by a time-dependent transverse field, we use out-of-equilibrium quantum Monte Carlo simulations to study dynamic scaling at the quantum glass transition. Comparing the dynamic exponent and other critical exponents with those of the classical (temperature-driven) transition, we conclude that quantum annealing is less efficient than classical simulated annealing in bringing the system into the glass phase. Quantum computing based on the quantum annealing paradigm is therefore inferior to classical simulated annealing for this class of problems. We also comment on previous simulations where a parameter is changed with the simulation time, which is very different from the true Hamiltonian dynamics simulated here.

  16. Effect of annealing on exchange stiffness of ultrathin CoFeB film with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Sato, Noriyuki; White, Robert M.; Wang, Shan X.

    2016-04-01

    The effect of annealing on the exchange stiffness of ultrathin CoFeB films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was investigated through the observation of magnetic domain structures by magneto-optic Kerr-effect microscopy. A significant reduction of the exchange stiffness after an annealing process was observed, which is in striking contrast to a previous report that studied thick CoFeB films with in-plane magnetic anisotropy. Our results suggest that interdiffusion of non-magnetic atoms from the adjacent layer into CoFeB layer reduces the exchange stiffness, which explains the difference between the annealing effect on ultrathin and the thick CoFeB films. Thus, it is critical to prevent annealing-induced interdiffusion in order to suppress undesired sub-volume switching that degrades thermal stability of a free-layer in spin-transfer torque magnetic random access memory.

  17. Influence of thermal annealing and magnetic field on first order magnetic transition in Pd substituted FeRh

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    Kushwaha, Pallavi; Lakhani, Archana; Rawat, R; Chaddah, P, E-mail: archnalakhani@csr.ernet.i [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research University Campus, Khandwa Road Indore-452001, M.P (India)

    2010-01-01

    Influence of successive thermal annealing and magnetic field on First order antiferro (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) transition in the Pd substituted FeRh has been studied. With successive thermal annealing CsCl type bcc phase increases at the expense of fct (pseudo fcc) phase. Resistivity measurements do not show any transition in as-cast sample in contrast to annealed samples. AFM to FM transition temperature (T{sub N}) is found to decrease with higher annealing temperature. With the application of magnetic field, T{sub N} shift to lower temperature. These measurements show anomalous thermomagnetic irreversibility besides showing giant magnetoresistance across magnetic field induced first order AFM to FM transition.

  18. 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.

  19. Annealing free magnetic tunnel junction sensors

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    Knudde, S.; Leitao, D. C.; Cardoso, S.; Freitas, P. P.

    2017-04-01

    Annealing is a major step in the fabrication of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). It sets the exchange bias between the pinned and antiferromagnetic layers, and helps to increase the tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) in both amorphous and crystalline junctions. Recent research on MTJs has focused on MgO-based structures due to their high TMR. However, the strict process control and mandatory annealing step can limit the scope of the application of these structures as sensors. In this paper, we present AlOx-based MTJs that are produced by ion beam sputtering and remote plasma oxidation and show optimum transport properties with no annealing. The microfabricated devices show TMR values of up to 35% and using NiFe/CoFeB free layers provides tunable linear ranges, leading to coercivity-free linear responses with sensitivities of up to 5.5%/mT. The top-pinned synthetic antiferromagnetic reference shows a stability of about 30 mT in the microfabricated devices. Sensors with linear ranges of up to 60 mT are demonstrated. This paves the way for the integration of MTJ sensors in heat-sensitive applications such as flexible substrates, or for the design of low-footprint on-chip multiaxial sensing devices.

  20. Thermal annealing study of F center clusters in LiF single crystals

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    Izerrouken, M., E-mail: izerrouken@yahoo.co [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire de Draria (CRND), BP 43, Sebbala, Draria, Alger (Algeria); Guerbous, L. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 2 Bd Frantz Fanon, BP 399, Alger gare (Algeria); Meftah, A. [LRPCSI, Universite 20 Aout 55 route d' El-Hadaik, BP 26, 21000 Skikda (Algeria)

    2010-01-21

    The present work is devoted to study the thermal annealing process of F center clusters (F{sub n}) induced in LiF single crystal under high-dose gamma-rays and high reactor neutrons fluence irradiations. With heating under argon atmosphere, the F-type center aggregates and gives rise to a new absorption band at 500 nm attributed to Li colloids. The optical density associated with F{sub 2} center observed in gamma-ray irradiated LiF decreases with increasing annealing temperature and exhibits two distinct annealing processes with activation energies E{sub 1}=0.9+-0.3 eV and E{sub 2}=1.6+-0.5 eV. Also, it is clear from the results that the F{sub 3}{sup +} and F{sub 2} emission bands positions are affected by the irradiated dose. Reactor neutrons irradiation induces large Li colloids. These colloids persist even after annealing at 450 deg. C.

  1. Relaxation of the EM Algorithm via Quantum Annealing

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    Miyahara, Hideyuki

    2016-01-01

    The EM algorithm is a novel numerical method to obtain maximum likelihood estimates and is often used for practical calculations. However, many of maximum likelihood estimation problems are nonconvex, and it is known that the EM algorithm fails to give the optimal estimate by being trapped by local optima. In order to deal with this difficulty, we propose a deterministic quantum annealing EM algorithm by introducing the mathematical mechanism of quantum fluctuations into the conventional EM algorithm because quantum fluctuations induce the tunnel effect and are expected to relax the difficulty of nonconvex optimization problems in the maximum likelihood estimation problems. We show a theorem that guarantees its convergence and give numerical experiments to verify its efficiency.

  2. Luminescence sensitivity changes in quartz as a result of annealing

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    Bøtter-Jensen, L.; Agersnap Larsen, N.; Mejdahl, V.;

    1995-01-01

    Retrospective dosimetry using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) on quartz extracted from (for example) bricks needs to account for strong OSL sensitivity changes that are known to occur depending on the previous thermal treatment of the sample. Non-heated quartz exhibits OSL orders...... of magnitude less per unit radiation than that for heated material. The reason these temperature-induced sensitivity changes occur in quartz is presently not well understood. This phenomenon is also seen in the related area of luminescence dating in which sedimentary quartz and quartz from heated...... archaeological samples show very different OSL sensitivities. In this paper we report on studies of the effect of high temperature annealing on the OSL and phototransferred TL (PTTL) signals from sedimentary and synthetic quartz. A dramatic enhancement of both OSL and PTTL sensitivity was found especially...

  3. Simulated annealing with probabilistic analysis for solving traveling salesman problems

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    Hong, Pei-Yee; Lim, Yai-Fung; Ramli, Razamin; Khalid, Ruzelan

    2013-09-01

    Simulated Annealing (SA) is a widely used meta-heuristic that was inspired from the annealing process of recrystallization of metals. Therefore, the efficiency of SA is highly affected by the annealing schedule. As a result, in this paper, we presented an empirical work to provide a comparable annealing schedule to solve symmetric traveling salesman problems (TSP). Randomized complete block design is also used in this study. The results show that different parameters do affect the efficiency of SA and thus, we propose the best found annealing schedule based on the Post Hoc test. SA was tested on seven selected benchmarked problems of symmetric TSP with the proposed annealing schedule. The performance of SA was evaluated empirically alongside with benchmark solutions and simple analysis to validate the quality of solutions. Computational results show that the proposed annealing schedule provides a good quality of solution.

  4. CrCuAgN PVD nanocomposite coatings: Effects of annealing on coating morphology and nanostructure

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    Liu, Xingguang; Iamvasant, Chanon; Liu, Chang; Matthews, Allan; Leyland, Adrian

    2017-01-01

    CrCuAgN PVD nanocomposite coatings were produced using pulsed DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering. This investigation focuses on the effects of post-coat annealing on the surface morphology, phase composition and nanostructure of such coatings. In coatings with nitrogen contents up to 16 at.%, chromium exists as metallic Cr with N in supersaturated solid solution, even after 300 °C and 500 °C post-coat annealing. Annealing at 300 °C did not obviously change the phase composition of both nitrogen-free and nitrogen-containing coatings; however, 500 °C annealing resulted in significant transformation of the nitrogen-containing coatings. The formation of Ag aggregates relates to the (Cu + Ag)/Cr atomic ratio (threshold around 0.2), whereas the formation of Cu aggregates relates to the (Cu + Ag + N)/Cr atomic ratio (threshold around 0.5). The primary annealing-induced changes were reduced solubility of Cu, Ag and N in Cr, and the composition altering from a mixed ultra-fine nanocrystalline and partly amorphous phase constitution to a coarser, but still largely nanocrystalline structure. It was also found that, with sufficient Cu content (>12 at.%), annealing at a moderately high temperature (e.g. 500 °C) leads to transportation of both Cu and Ag (even at relatively low concentrations of Ag, ≤3 at.%) from inside the coating to the coating surface, which resulted in significant reductions in friction coefficient, by over 50% compared to that of the substrate (from 0.31 to 0.14 with a hemispherical diamond indenter, and from 0.83 to 0.40 with an alumina ball counterface, respectively). Results indicate that the addition of both Cu and Ag (in appropriate concentrations) to nitrogen-containing chromium is a viable strategy for the development of 'self-replenishing' silver-containing thin film architectures for temperature-dependent solid lubrication requirements or antimicrobial coating applications.

  5. Solution of Extraordinary Differential Equations with Physical Reasoning by Obtaining Modal Reaction Series

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    Shantanu Das

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Mathematical modeling of many engineering and physics problem leads to extraordinary differential equations like Nonlinear, Delayed, and Fractional Order. An effective method is required to analyze the mathematical model which provides solutions conforming to physical reality. A Fractional Differential Equation (FDE, where the leading differential operator is Riemann-Liouvelli (RL type requires fractional order initial states which are sometimes hard to physically relate. Therefore, we must be able to solve these extraordinary systems, in space, time, frequency, area, volume, with physical reality conserved. Extra Ordinary Differential equation Systems and its solution, with Physical Principle, of action-reaction and equivalent mathematical decomposition method, are obtained as an aid for Physicists and Engineers to tackle the process dynamics with ease. This reactions-chain generates internal modes from zeroth mode reaction to first mode second mode and to infinite modes; instantaneously in parallel time or space-scales; and the sum of all these modes gives entire system reaction. This modal reaction as explained by physics theory exactly matches the principle of Adomian Decomposition Method (ADM. Fractional Differential Equation (FDE with Riemann-Liouvelli formulation linear and non-linear is solved as per ADM. In this formulation of FDE by RL method it is found that there is no need to worry about the fractional initial states; instead one can use integer order initial states (the conventional ones to arrive at solution of FDE. This new finding too is highlighted in this paper-along with several other problems to give physical insight to the solution of extraordinary differential equation systems. This way one gets insight to Physics of General Differential Equation Systems-and its solution-by Physical Principle and equivalent mathematical decomposition method. This facilitates ease in modeling.

  6. Comparing Monte Carlo methods for finding ground states of Ising spin glasses: Population annealing, simulated annealing, and parallel tempering.

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    Wang, Wenlong; Machta, Jonathan; Katzgraber, Helmut G

    2015-07-01

    Population annealing is a Monte Carlo algorithm that marries features from simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. As such, it is ideal to overcome large energy barriers in the free-energy landscape while minimizing a Hamiltonian. Thus, population-annealing Monte Carlo can be used as a heuristic to solve combinatorial optimization problems. We illustrate the capabilities of population-annealing Monte Carlo by computing ground states of the three-dimensional Ising spin glass with Gaussian disorder, while comparing to simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. Our results suggest that population annealing Monte Carlo is significantly more efficient than simulated annealing but comparable to parallel-tempering Monte Carlo for finding spin-glass ground states.

  7. Comparing Monte Carlo methods for finding ground states of Ising spin glasses: Population annealing, simulated annealing, and parallel tempering

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    Wang, Wenlong; Machta, Jonathan; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    2015-07-01

    Population annealing is a Monte Carlo algorithm that marries features from simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. As such, it is ideal to overcome large energy barriers in the free-energy landscape while minimizing a Hamiltonian. Thus, population-annealing Monte Carlo can be used as a heuristic to solve combinatorial optimization problems. We illustrate the capabilities of population-annealing Monte Carlo by computing ground states of the three-dimensional Ising spin glass with Gaussian disorder, while comparing to simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. Our results suggest that population annealing Monte Carlo is significantly more efficient than simulated annealing but comparable to parallel-tempering Monte Carlo for finding spin-glass ground states.

  8. Extraordinary Transmission through Metallic Grating with Subwavelength Slits for S-Polarization Illumination

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    YUAN Guang-Hui; WANG Pei; ZHANG Dou-Guo; JIAO Xiao-Jin; MIN Chang-Jun; MING Hai

    2007-01-01

    Based on the rigorous coupled-wave analysis algorithm, we have systematically analysed the effect of the geometrical parameters of a dielectric film coated metallic grating with subwavelength slits on extraordinary optical transmission for s-polarization illumination. Results show that the dielectric Glm which sustains a waveguide electromagnetic mode on the top of the metallic lamellar grating can strongly enhance the transmittance, the positions of the transmission peaks are mainly determined by the period of the metallic grating, the thickness and refractive index of the dielectric Glm. This structure shows potential applications in excellent polarizers or polarization-isotropic devices at infrared spectral range by appropriately choosing the geometrical parameters.

  9. Extraordinary waves in two dimensional electron gas with separate spin evolution and Coulomb exchange interaction

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    Andreev, Pavel A

    2016-01-01

    Hydrodynamics analysis of waves in two-dimensional degenerate electron gas with the account of separate spin evolution is presented. The transverse electric field is included along with the longitudinal electric field. The Coulomb exchange interaction is included in the analysis. In contrast with the three-dimensional plasma-like mediums the contribution of the transverse electric field is small. We show the decrease of frequency of both the extraordinary (Langmuir) wave and the spin-electron acoustic wave due to the exchange interaction. Moreover, spin-electron acoustic wave has negative dispersion at the relatively large spin-polarization. Corresponding dispersion dependencies are presented and analyzed.

  10. A top-contacted extraordinary magnetoresistance sensor fabricated with an unpatterned semiconductor epilayer

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    Sun, Jian

    2013-04-01

    An extraordinary magnetoresistance device is developed from an unpatterned semiconductor epilayer onto which the metal contacts are fabricated. Compared with conventionally fabricated devices, for which semiconductor patterning and precise alignment are required, this design is not only easier from a technological point of view, but it also has the potential to reduce damage introduced to the semiconductor during fabrication. The device shows a similar magnetoresistance ratio as a conventional one but it has a lower sensitivity. Because of the reduced resistance, and hence less noise, high magnetic field resolution is maintained. © 1980-2012 IEEE.

  11. Strong temperature dependence of extraordinary magnetoresistance correlated to mobility in a two-contact device

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    Sun, Jian

    2012-02-21

    A two-contact extraordinary magnetoresistance (EMR) device has been fabricated and characterized at various temperatures under magnetic fields applied in different directions. Large performance variations across the temperature range have been found, which are due to the strong dependence of the EMR effect on the mobility. The device shows the highest sensitivity of 562ω/T at 75 K with the field applied perpendicularly. Due to the overlap between the semiconductor and the metal shunt, the device is also sensitive to planar fields but with a lower sensitivity of about 20 to 25% of the one to perpendicular fields. © 2012 The Japan Society of Applied Physics.

  12. The savant syndrome: an extraordinary condition. A synopsis: past, present, future.

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    Treffert, Darold A

    2009-05-27

    Savant syndrome is a rare, but extraordinary, condition in which persons with serious mental disabilities, including autistic disorder, have some 'island of genius' which stands in marked, incongruous contrast to overall handicap. As many as one in 10 persons with autistic disorder have such remarkable abilities in varying degrees, although savant syndrome occurs in other developmental disabilities or in other types of central nervous system injury or disease as well. Whatever the particular savant skill, it is always linked to massive memory. This paper presents a brief review of the phenomenology of savant skills, the history of the concept and implications for education and future research.

  13. Determination of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin ferromagnetic films by extraordinary Hall voltage measurement.

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    Moon, Kyoung-Woong; Lee, Jae-Chul; Choe, Sug-Bong; Shin, Kyung-Ho

    2009-11-01

    A magnetometric technique for detecting the magnetic anisotropy field of ferromagnetic films is described. The technique is based on the extraordinary Hall voltage measurement with rotating the film under an external magnetic field. By analyzing the angle-dependent Hall voltage based on the Stoner-Wohlfarth theory, the magnetic anisotropy field is uniquely determined. The present technique is pertinent especially for ultrathin films with strong intrinsic signal, in contrast to the conventional magnetometric techniques of which the signal is in proportion to the sample volume and geometry.

  14. Multi-frequency acoustic metasurface for extraordinary reflection and sound focusing

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    Yi-Fan Zhu

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available We theoretically and numerically present the design of multi-frequency acoustic metasurfaces (MFAMs with simple structure that can work not only at fundamental frequency, but also at their harmonic frequencies, which breaks the single frequency limitation in conventional resonance-based acoustic metasurfaces. The phase matched condition for achromatic manipulation is discussed. We demonstrate achromatic extraordinary reflection and sound focusing at 1700Hz, 3400Hz, and 5100Hz, that is, they have the same reflection direction and the same focusing position. This significant feature may pave the way to new type of acoustic metasurface, and will also extend acoustic metasurface applications to strongly nonlinear source cases.

  15. In-situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements of relaxation in Fe/MgO/Fe epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions during annealing

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    Eastwood, D. S.; Ali, M.; Hickey, B. J.; Tanner, B. K.

    2013-12-01

    The relaxation of Fe/MgO/Fe tunnel junctions grown epitaxially on (001) MgO substrates has been measured by in-situ grazing incidence in-plane X-ray diffraction during the thermal annealing cycle. We find that the Fe layers are fully relaxed and that there are no irreversible changes during annealing. The MgO tunnel barrier is initially strained towards the Fe but on annealing, relaxes and expands towards the bulk MgO value. The strain dispersion is reduced in the MgO by about 40% above 480 K post-annealing. There is no significant change in the "twist" mosaic. Our results indicate that the final annealing stage of device fabrication, crucial to attainment of high TMR, induces substantial strain relaxation at the MgO barrier/lower Fe electrode interface.

  16. Rapid thermal annealing of FePt and FePt/Cu thin films

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    Brombacher, Christoph

    2011-01-10

    Chemically ordered FePt is one of the most promising materials to reach the ultimate limitations in storage density of future magnetic recording devices due to its high uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy and a corrosion resistance superior to rare-earth based magnets. In this study, FePt and FePt/Cu bilayers have been sputter deposited at room temperature onto thermally oxidized silicon wafers, glass substrates and self-assembled arrays of spherical SiO{sub 2} particles with diameters down to 10 nm. Millisecond flash lamp annealing, as well as conventional rapid thermal annealing was employed to induce the phase transformation from the chemically disordered A1 phase into the chemically ordered L1{sub 0} phase. The influence of the annealing temperature, annealing time and the film thickness on the ordering transformation and (001) texture evolution of FePt films with near equiatomic composition was studied. Whereas flash lamp annealed FePt films exhibit a polycrystalline morphology with high chemical L1{sub 0} order, rapid thermal annealing can lead to the formation of chemically ordered FePt films with (001) texture on amorphous SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates. The resultant high perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and large coercivities up to 40 kOe are demonstrated. Simultaneously to the ordering transformation, rapid thermal annealing to temperatures exceeding 600 C leads to a break up of the continuous FePt film into separated islands. This dewetting behavior was utilized to create regular arrays of FePt nanostructures on SiO{sub 2} particle templates with periods down to 50 nm. The addition of Cu improves the (001) texture formation and chemical ordering for annealing temperatures T{sub a} {<=}600 C. In addition, the magnetic anisotropy and the coercivity of the ternary FePtCu alloy can be effectively tailored by adjusting the Cu content. The prospects of FePtCu based exchange spring media, as well as the magnetic properties of FePtCu nanostructures fabricated

  17. Microstructural evolution of Au/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite films: The influence of Au concentration and thermal annealing

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    Borges, J., E-mail: joelborges@fisica.uminho.pt [Instituto Pedro Nunes, Laboratório de Ensaios, Desgaste e Materiais, Rua Pedro Nunes, 3030-199 Coimbra (Portugal); SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Centro/Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Kubart, T.; Kumar, S.; Leifer, K. [Solid-State Electronics, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 534, Uppsala SE-751 21 (Sweden); Rodrigues, M.S. [Instituto Pedro Nunes, Laboratório de Ensaios, Desgaste e Materiais, Rua Pedro Nunes, 3030-199 Coimbra (Portugal); Centro/Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Duarte, N.; Martins, B.; Dias, J.P. [Instituto Pedro Nunes, Laboratório de Ensaios, Desgaste e Materiais, Rua Pedro Nunes, 3030-199 Coimbra (Portugal); Cavaleiro, A. [SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Vaz, F. [SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Centro/Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)

    2015-04-01

    Nanocomposite thin films consisting of a dielectric matrix, such as titanium oxide (TiO{sub 2}), with embedded gold (Au) nanoparticles were prepared and will be analysed and discussed in detail in the present work. The evolution of morphological and structural features was studied for a wide range of Au concentrations and for annealing treatments in air, for temperatures ranging from 200 to 800 °C. Major findings revealed that for low Au atomic concentrations (at.%), there are only traces of clustering, and just for relatively high annealing temperatures, T ≥ 500 °C. Furthermore, the number of Au nanoparticles is extremely low, even for the highest annealing temperature, T = 800 °C. It is noteworthy that the TiO{sub 2} matrix also crystallizes in the anatase phase for annealing temperatures above 300 °C. For intermediate Au contents (5 at.% ≤ C{sub Au} ≤ 15 at.%), the formation of gold nanoclusters was much more evident, beginning at lower annealing temperatures (T ≥ 200 °C) with sizes ranging from 2 to 25 nm as the temperature increased. A change in the matrix crystallization from anatase to rutile was also observed in this intermediate range of compositions. For the highest Au concentrations (> 20 at.%), the films tended to form relatively larger clusters, with sizes above 20 nm (for T ≥ 400 °C). It is demonstrated that the structural and morphological characteristics of the films are strongly affected by the annealing temperature, as well as by the particular amounts, size and distribution of the Au nanoparticles dispersed in the TiO{sub 2} matrix. - Highlights: • Au:TiO{sub 2} films were produced by magnetron sputtering and post-deposition annealing. • The Au concentration in the films increases with the Au pellet area. • Annealing induced microstructural changes in the films. • The nanoparticle size evolution with temperature depends on the Au concentration.

  18. 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.

  19. Shortcuts to adiabaticity for quantum annealing

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    Takahashi, Kazutaka

    2017-01-01

    We study the Ising Hamiltonian with a transverse field term to simulate the quantum annealing. Using shortcuts to adiabaticity, we design the time dependence of the Hamiltonian. The dynamical invariant is obtained by the mean-field ansatz, and the Hamiltonian is designed by the inverse engineering. We show that the time dependence of physical quantities such as the magnetization is independent of the speed of the Hamiltonian variation in the infinite-range model. We also show that rotating transverse magnetic fields are useful to achieve the ideal time evolution.

  20. 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...... for interference alignment. We also show that the iterative leakage minimization algorithm by Gomadam et al. and the alternating minimization algorithm by Peters and Heath, Jr. are instances of our method. Finally, we assess the performance of the proposed algorithm through computer simulations....

  1. Establishment of the platinum-iridium kilogram mass standards at NMIJ after the Extraordinary Calibrations

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    Mizushima, Shigeki; Fujii, Kenichi

    2016-04-01

    The Bureau International des Poids et Mesures has carried out calibrations of the platinum-iridium kilogram mass standards by referencing the international prototype of the kilogram for the first time since the third periodic verification of national prototypes of the kilogram was carried out in 1988-92. This calibration campaign was designated ‘Extraordinary Calibrations’ in the second phase, in which two platinum-iridium kilogram mass standards of the National Metrology Institute of Japan were calibrated with a standard uncertainty of 3.5 μg. By adding these new calibration data into our data sets from 1991, we established our mass unit with a standard uncertainty of 3.3 μg by least-squares analysis using an exponential model, which is useful for compensating for mass increase after cleaning the mass standards. Moreover, it was found that our established mass unit following the Extraordinary Calibrations shifted against our previously maintained mass unit by  -20.8 μg as of the beginning of 2015. The analysis with a linear model revealed that the amount of mass increase over time of some standards was significantly smaller than that suggested at the third periodic verification of national prototypes of the kilogram. The analysis with the exponential model gave an exponent of 0.217 with a standard uncertainty of 0.057. This suggests that the mass increase due to surface contamination cannot be explained by a diffusion-limited process.

  2. Extraordinary Hall resistance and unconventional magnetoresistance in Pt/LaCoO 3 hybrids

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    Shang, T.; Zhan, Q. F.; Yang, H. L.; Zuo, Z. H.; Xie, Y. L.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, L. P.; Wang, B. M.; Wu, Y. H.; Zhang, S.; Li, Run-Wei

    2015-10-01

    We report an investigation of transverse Hall resistance and longitudinal resistance on Pt thin films sputtered on epitaxial LaCoO3 (LCO) ferromagnetic insulator films. The LaCoO3 films were deposited on several single crystalline substrates [LaAlO3,(La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3, and SrTiO3] with (001) orientation. The physical properties of LaCoO3 films were characterized by the measurements of magnetic and transport properties. The LaCoO3 films undergo a paramagnetic to ferromagnetic (FM) transition at Curie temperatures ranging from 40 to 85 K, below which the Pt/LCO hybrids exhibit significant extraordinary Hall resistance up to 50 m Ω and unconventional magnetoresistance ratio Δ ρ /ρ0 about 1.2 ×10-4 , accompanied by the conventional magnetoresistance. The observed spin transport properties share some common features as well as some unique characteristics when compared with well-studied Y3Fe5O12 -based Pt thin films. Our findings call for new theories since the extraordinary Hall resistance and magnetoresistance cannot be consistently explained by the existing theories.

  3. An exploratory study into the effects of extraordinary nature on emotions, mood, and prosociality

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    Yannick eJoye

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Environmental psychology research has demonstrated that exposure to mundane natural environments can be psychologically beneficial, and can, for instance, improve individuals’ mood and concentration. However, little research has yet examined the psychological benefits of extraordinary, awe-evoking kinds of nature, such as spectacular mountain scenes or impressive waterfalls. In this study, we aimed to address the underrepresentation of such extraordinary nature in research on human – nature interactions. Specifically, we examined whether watching a picture slideshow of awesome as opposed to mundane nature differentially affected individuals’ emotions, mood, social value orientation, and their willingness to donate something to others. Our analyses revealed that, compared to mundane nature and a neutral condition, watching awesome natural scenes and phenomena had some unique and pronounced emotional effects (e.g., feeling small and humble, triggered the most mood improvement, and led to a more prosocial social value orientation. We found that participants’ willingness to donate did not differ significantly for any of the conditions.

  4. Manipulating the Morphology of P3HT–PCBM Bulk Heterojunction Blends with Solvent Vapor Annealing

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    Verploegen, Eric

    2012-10-23

    Using grazing incidence X-ray scattering, we observe the effects of solvent vapors upon the morphology of poly(3-hexylthiophene)-phenyl-C 61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT-PCBM) bulk heterojunction thin film blends in real time; allowing us to observe morphological rearrangements that occur during this process as a function of solvent. We detail the swelling of the P3HT crystallites upon the introduction of solvent and the resulting changes in the P3HT crystallite morphology. We also demonstrate the ability for tetrahydrofuran vapor to induce crystallinity in PCBM domains. Additionally, we measure the nanoscale phase segregated domain size as a function of solvent vapor annealing and correlate this to the changes observed in the crystallite morphology of each component. Finally, we discuss the implications of the morphological changes induced by solvent vapor annealing on the device properties of BHJ solar cells. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Effect of Doping Phosphorescent Material and Annealing Treatment on the Performance of Polymer Solar Cells

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    Zixuan Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of polymer solar cells (PSCs with P3HT:PCBM or P3HT:PCBM:Ir(btpy3 blend films as the active layer were fabricated under the same conditions. Effects of phosphorescent material Ir(btpy3 doping concentration and annealing temperature on the performance of PSCs were investigated. The short-circuit current density (Jsc and open-circuit voltage (Voc are increased by adopting P3HT:PCBM:Ir(btpy3 blend films as the active layer when the cells do not undergo annealing treatment. The increased Jsc should be attributed to the increase of photon harvesting induced by doping phosphorescent material Ir(btpy3 and the effective energy transfer from Ir(btpy3 to P3HT. The effective energy transfer from Ir(btpy3 to P3HT was demonstrated by time-resolved photoluminescence (PL spectra. The increased Voc is due to the photovoltaic effect between Ir(btpy3 and PCBM. The power conversion efficiency (PCE of PSCs with P3HT:PCBM as the active layer is increased from 0.19% to 1.49% by annealing treatment at 140°C for 10 minutes. The PCE of PSCs with P3HT:PCBM:Ir(btpy3 as the active layer is increased from 0.49% to 0.95% by annealing treatment at lower temperature at 100°C for 10 minutes.

  8. Influence of annealing on the photodeposition of silver on periodically poled lithium niobate

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    Carville, N. Craig; Neumayer, Sabine M.; Rodriguez, Brian J., E-mail: brian.rodriguez@ucd.ie [School of Physics, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Manzo, Michele; Baghban, Mohammad-Amin; Gallo, Katia [Department of Applied Physics, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Roslagstullbacken 21, 106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Ivanov, Ilia N. [Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

    2016-02-07

    The preferential deposition of metal nanoparticles onto periodically poled lithium niobate surfaces, whereby photogenerated electrons accumulate in accordance with local electric fields and reduce metal ions from solution, is known to depend on the intensity and wavelength of the illumination and the concentration of the solution used. Here, it is shown that for identical deposition conditions (wavelength, intensity, concentration), post-poling annealing for 10 h at 200 °C modifies the surface reactivity through the reorientation of internal defect fields. Whereas silver nanoparticles deposit preferentially on the +z domains on unannealed crystals, the deposition occurs preferentially along 180° domain walls for annealed crystals. In neither case is the deposition selective; limited deposition occurs also on the unannealed –z domain surface and on both annealed domain surfaces. The observed behavior is attributed to a relaxation of the poling-induced defect frustration mediated by Li{sup +} ion mobility during annealing, which affects the accumulation of electrons, thereby changing the surface reactivity. The evolution of the defect field with temperature is corroborated using Raman spectroscopy.

  9. Post-implantation annealing of aluminum in 6H-SiC

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    Ottaviani, L.; Planson, D.; Locatelli, M.L.; Chante, J.P. [INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne (France). CEGELY; Canut, B.; Ramos, S. [Dept. de Physique de Materiaux, Univ. C. Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne (France)

    1998-08-01

    Two double aluminum implantations at room temperature were performed in two p-type epitaxial 6H-SiC wafers, with a maximum energy of 320 keV and a total fluence of 1.6{sup *}10{sup 15}cm{sup -2}. The two samples were then annealed in a rf furnace at 1700 C during 30 minutes, one with a SiC plate inside the reactor and the other without. RBS/C spectra were recorded on the implanted faces of each sample, before and after annealing. We observed that the implantation induced the amorphization of the material, and that the damaged layer of the sample annealed with the SiC plate was less extended in depth than the other. Moreover, the solid phase epitaxy appears to occur at two interfaces in the first case, that is the recrystallization arises from the volume and from the surface. The explanation of this phenomenon could be outlined from the XPS results, which show a better surface stoichiometry when the SiC plate is inside the reactor. This plate gives therefore interesting effects and improvements on the crystallinity and stoichiometry of the annealed sample. (orig.) 7 refs.

  10. A Numerical Method for Determining Diffusivity from Annealing Experiments

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    Harris-Kuhlman, K. R.; Kulcinski, G. L.

    1998-12-01

    Terrestrial analogs of lunar ilmenite (FeTiO3) have been implanted with solar-wind energy 4He at 4 keV and 3He at 3 keV using Plasma Source Ion Implantation (PSII). Isochronal annealing of the samples revealed thermally induced 4He evolution similar to the helium release of the Apollo 11 regoliths reported by Pepin, et. al., [1970]. These annealing experiments are analyzed with a three dimensional numerical method based on Fick's law for diffusion. An iterative method is used to calculate the diffusivity. The code uses an assumed diffusivity to calculate the amount of gas released during a temperature step. The initial depth profile of the implanted species is generated using the TRIM electronic stopping code [Ziegler, 1996]. The calculated value is compared to the measured value and a linear regression is used to calculate a new diffusivity until there is convergence within a specified tolerance level. The diffusivity as a function of temperature is then fitted to an Arrhenius equation. Analysis of results for 4 keV 4He on ilmenite shows two distinct regions of Arrehnius behavior with activation energies of 0.5 +/- 0.1 eV at emperatures below 800 deg C and 1.5 +/- 0.2 eV at temperatures from 800 deg C to 1100 deg C. Pepin, R. O., L. E. Nyquist, D. Phinney, and D. C. Black (1970) "Rare Gases in Apollo 11 Lunar Material," Proceedings of the Apollo 11 Lunar Science Conference, 2, pp. 1435-1454. Ziegler, J. P. (1996) SRIM Instruction Manual: The Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter, (Yorktown, New York: IBM - Research); based on Ziegler, J. P., J. P. Biersack and U. Littmark, The Stopping and Range of Ions in Solids, (New York: Pergamon Press, 1985).

  11. Emission properties of MEH-PPV in thin films simultaneously illuminated and annealed at different temperatures

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    Botiz, Ioan

    2015-01-01

    © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. We report on the enhancement of photoluminescence in thin films of poly[2-methoxy-5-((2′-ethylhexyl)oxy)-1,4-phenylenvinylene], neat or embedded in polystyrene, upon illumination with light as a function of annealing temperature, with our data emphasizing the picture of a light-induced conformation change that leads to the altered photophysical response of this polymer.

  12. 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.

  13. Human pose tracking by parametric annealing

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    Kaliamoorthi, Prabhu

    2012-01-01

    Model based methods to marker-free motion capture have a very high computational overhead that make them unattractive. In this paper we describe a method that improves on existing global optimization techniques to tracking articulated objects. Our method improves on the state-of-the-art Annealed Particle Filter (APF) by reusing samples across annealing layers and by using an adaptive parametric density for diffusion. We compare the proposed method with APF on a scalable problem and study how the two methods scale with the dimensionality, multi-modality and the range of search. Then we perform sensitivity analysis on the parameters of our algorithm and show that it tolerates a wide range of parameter settings. We also show results on tracking human pose from the widely-used Human Eva I dataset. Our results show that the proposed method reduces the tracking error despite using less than 50% of the computational resources as APF. The tracked output also shows a significant qualitative improvement over APF as dem...

  14. Energy conservation in cupolas and annealing furnaces

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    Takeno, S.; Kumagaya, M.; Azuma, T.

    1984-01-01

    Successive reductions in the amount of coke and fuel oil used in cupolas and annealing furnaces are reported. In the cupolas, 2% oxygen enrichment resulted in a 0.9% drop in coke ratio and a 13.3% increase in output of pig iron. Coke ratios of 9.3-9.5% were obtained by tuyere blow-in of inexpensive carbon materials instead of expensive coke, by the use of formed coke, and by employing a dehumidified blast. In the case of the fuel oil-fired annealing furnaces, fuel oil consumption rates were reduced by treating two charges per heat instead of one. Energy consumption was successively reduced by 25-71% by 1) adopting a ceramic fibre heat-insulating material, 2) changing to low-oxygen combustion by increasing the number of burners, 3) lengthening the time during which the furnace high-temperature zone is maintained, 4) raising the combustion chamber load by using ceramic fibres in the furnace casing. 3 references.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. Annealing effects on deuterium retention behavior in damaged tungsten

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    S. Sakurada

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Effects of annealing after/under iron (Fe ion irradiation on deuterium (D retention behavior in tungsten (W were studied. The D2 TDS spectra as a function of heating temperature for 0.1dpa damaged W showed that the D retention was clearly decreased as the annealing temperature was increased. In particular, the desorption of D trapped by voids was largely reduced by annealing at 1173K. The TEM observation indicated that the size of dislocation loops was clearly grown, and its density was decreased by the annealing above 573K. After annealing at 1173K, almost all the dislocation loops were recovered. The results of positron annihilation spectroscopy suggested that the density of vacancy-type defects such as voids, was decreased as the annealing temperature was increased, while its size was increased, indicating that the D retention was reduced by the recovery of the voids. Furthermore, it was found that the desorption temperature of D trapped by the voids for damaged W above 0.3dpa was shifted toward higher temperature side. These results lead to a conclusion that the D retention behavior is controlled by defect density. The D retention in the samples annealed during irradiation was less than that annealed after irradiation. This result shows that defects would be quickly annihilated before stabilization by annealing during irradiation.

  20. The microstructural evolution of ultrananocrystalline diamond films due to P ion implantation process—the annealing effect

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    Lin, Sheng-Chang; Yeh, Chien-Jui; Leou, Keh-Chyang, E-mail: kcleou@ess.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Kurian, Joji; Lin, I.-Nan, E-mail: inanlin@mail.tku.edu.tw [Department of Physics, Tamkang University, Tamsui 251, Taiwan (China); Dong, Chung-Li [Scientific Research Division, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Niu, Huan [Nuclear Science and Technology, Development Center Accelerator Division, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-14

    The microstructural evolution of UNCD films which are P-ion implanted and annealed at 600 °C (or 800 °C) is systematically investigated. The difference of interaction that the UNCD content undergoes along the trajectory of the incident P-ions is reflected in the alteration of the granular structure. In regions where the P-ions reside, the “interacting zone,” which is found at about 300 nm beneath the surface of the films, coalescence of diamond grains occurs inducing nano-graphitic clusters. The annealing at 600 °C (or 800 °C) heals the defects and, in some cases, forms interconnected graphitic filaments that result in the decrease in surface resistance. However, the annealing at 600 °C (800 °C) induces marked UNCD-to-Si layers interaction. This interaction due to the annealing processes hinders the electron transport across the interface and degrades the electron field emission properties of the UNCD films. These microstructural evolution processes very well account for the phenomenon elaborating that, in spite of enhanced conductivity of the UNCD films along the film's surface due to the P-ion implantation and annealing processes, the electron field emission properties for these UNCD films do not improve.

  1. Enhancing performance and uniformity of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite solar cells by air-heated-oven assisted annealing under various humidities

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    Zhou, Qing; Jin, Zhiwen; Li, Hui; Wang, Jizheng

    2016-02-01

    To fabricate high-performance metal-halide perovskite solar cells, a thermal annealing process is indispensable in preparing high quality perovskite film. And usually such annealing is performed on hot plate. However hot-plate annealing could cause problems such as inhomogeneous heating (induced by non-tight contact between the sample and the plate), it is also not fit for large scale manufactory. In this paper, we conduct the annealing process in air-heated oven under various humidity environments, and compared the resulted films (CH3NH3PbI3-xClx) and devices (Al/PC61BM/CH3NH3PbI3-xClx/PEDOT:PSS/ITO/glass) with that obtained via hot-plate annealing. It is found that the air-heated-oven annealing is superior to the hot-plate annealing: the annealing time is shorter, the films are more uniform, and the devices exhibit higher power conversion efficiency and better uniformity. The highest efficiencies achieved for the oven and hot-plate annealing processes are 14.9% and 13.5%, and the corresponding standard deviations are 0.5% and 0.8%, respectively. Our work here indicates that air-heated-oven annealing could be a more reliable and more efficient way for both lab research and large-scale production.

  2. Lay emphasis on the treatment and exploration of extraordinary injuries%重视特殊损伤的治疗与探索

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    张国安

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of " extraordinary injuries" is a major challenge for surgeons major in burn care and plastic surgery, though they are experts in wound treatment and repair.The " extraordinary injuries" is very complicated, and its treatment needs multidisciplinary cooperation.Surgeons not only have to master the relevant knowledge, but also should have the expertise to choose the appropriate treatment targeting the special pathological characteristics of the extraordinary wounds.Therefore, surgeons should learn and aggregate more knowledge regarding extraordinary injuries, strengthen muture communication, and encourage research work.

  3. His Excellency Mr Ali Naci Koru Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organisations in Switzerland

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    Bennett, Sophia Elizabeth

    2017-01-01

    His Excellency Mr Ali Naci Koru Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organisations in Switzerland

  4. Bioprospecting finds the toughest biological material: extraordinary silk from a giant riverine orb spider.

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    Ingi Agnarsson

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Combining high strength and elasticity, spider silks are exceptionally tough, i.e., able to absorb massive kinetic energy before breaking. Spider silk is therefore a model polymer for development of high performance biomimetic fibers. There are over 41,000 described species of spiders, most spinning multiple types of silk. Thus we have available some 200,000+ unique silks that may cover an amazing breadth of material properties. To date, however, silks from only a few tens of species have been characterized, most chosen haphazardly as model organisms (Nephila or simply from researchers' backyards. Are we limited to 'blindly fishing' in efforts to discover extraordinary silks? Or, could scientists use ecology to predict which species are likely to spin silks exhibiting exceptional performance properties? METHODOLOGY: We examined the biomechanical properties of silk produced by the remarkable Malagasy 'Darwin's bark spider' (Caerostris darwini, which we predicted would produce exceptional silk based upon its amazing web. The spider constructs its giant orb web (up to 2.8 m(2 suspended above streams, rivers, and lakes. It attaches the web to substrates on each riverbank by anchor threads as long as 25 meters. Dragline silk from both Caerostris webs and forcibly pulled silk, exhibits an extraordinary combination of high tensile strength and elasticity previously unknown for spider silk. The toughness of forcibly silked fibers averages 350 MJ/m(3, with some samples reaching 520 MJ/m(3. Thus, C. darwini silk is more than twice tougher than any previously described silk, and over 10 times better than Kevlar®. Caerostris capture spiral silk is similarly exceptionally tough. CONCLUSIONS: Caerostris darwini produces the toughest known biomaterial. We hypothesize that this extraordinary toughness coevolved with the unusual ecology and web architecture of these spiders, decreasing the likelihood of bridgelines breaking and collapsing the web

  5. Impurity and defect interactions during laser thermal annealing in Ge

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    Milazzo, R., E-mail: ruggero.milazzo@unipd.it; De Salvador, D.; Carnera, A.; Napolitani, E. [CNR-IMM MATIS and Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Impellizzeri, G.; Privitera, V. [CNR-IMM MATIS and Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Piccinotti, D. [CNR-IMM MATIS and Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); IM2NP, CNRS-Universités d' Aix-Marseille et de Toulon, Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); La Magna, A. [CNR-IMM, Z.I. VIII Strada 5, 95121 Catania (Italy); Fortunato, G. [CNR-IMM, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Roma (Italy); Portavoce, A.; Mangelinck, D. [IM2NP, CNRS-Universités d' Aix-Marseille et de Toulon, Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France)

    2016-01-28

    The microscopic mechanisms involving dopants, contaminants, and defects in Ge during pulsed melting laser thermal annealing (LTA) are investigated in detail. Samples both un-implanted and implanted with As or B are processed by LTA as well as characterized in terms of chemical (1D and 3D), electrical, and strain profiling. The clustering of As is directly measured by 3D chemical profiling and correlated with its partial electrical activation along with a reduction of the lattice strain induced by As atoms. A semi-quantitative microscopic model involving the interaction with mobile As-vacancy (AsV) complexes is proposed to describe the clustering mechanism. Boron is shown to follow different clustering behavior that changes with depth and marked by completely different strain levels. Oxygen penetrates from the surface into all the samples as a result of LTA and, only in un-implanted Ge, it occupies an interstitial position inducing also positive strain in the lattice. On the contrary, data suggest that the presence of As or B forces O to assume different configurations with negligible strain, through O-V or O-B interactions for the two dopant species, respectively. These data suggest that LTA does not inject a significant amount of vacancies in Ge, at variance with Si, unless As atoms or possibly other n-type dopants are present. These results have to be carefully considered for modeling the LTA process in Ge and its implementation in technology.

  6. Tungsten-zirconium carbide-rhenium alloys with extraordinary thermal stability

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    Yang, X.D. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Xie, Z.M.; Miao, S. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Liu, R.; Jiang, W.B. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Zhang, T., E-mail: zhangtao@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Wang, X.P., E-mail: xpwang@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Fang, Q.F. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Liu, C.S., E-mail: csliu@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Luo, G.N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Liu, X. [Southwest Institute of Plasma Physics, Chengdu (China)

    2016-05-15

    The low recrystallization temperature (1200 °C) of pure W is a serious limitation for application as facing plasma materials in fusion reactor. In this paper, W-0.5wt.%ZrC-1wt.%Re (WZR) alloy with recrystallization temperature up to 1800 °C was prepared by mechanical milling and spark plasma sintering. The grain size of WZR alloy is about 2.6 μm, smaller than that of pure W (4.4 μm), which keeps unchanged until the annealing temperature increases to 1800 °C. Tensile tests indicate that the WZR alloys exhibit excellent comprehensive properties: the ductile to brittle transition temperature of WZR is in the range from 400 °C to 500 °C, about 200 °C lower than that of pure W prepared by the same process; the total elongation (TE) of WZR at 600 °C is above 30%, which is about 2 times that of pure W (at 700 °C). Meanwhile its tensile strength keeps ∼450 MPa before and after 1800 °C annealing as well as its TE increases after annealing. WZR alloy exhibits higher hardness (489HV) than that of pure W (453HV) at room temperature. Microstructure analysis indicates that the strengthening of nano-sized ZrC particles dispersion and Re solid solution improve tensile properties and thermal stability of WZR alloy.

  7. EFFECTS OF MAGNETIC FIELD STRENGTH ON MICROSTRUCTURE AND TEXTURE EVOLUTION IN COLD-ROLLED INTERSTITIAL-FREE STEEL BY MAGNETIC FIELD ANNEALING

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    Y. Wu; C.S. He; X. Zhao; L. Zuo; T. Watanabe

    2008-01-01

    Effects of magnetic field strength on the evolution of recrystallization microstructure and recrystallization texture in cold-rolled interstitial-free steel were investigated after annealing at 660°C in a magnetic field up to 12 T. Magnetic annealing was found to retard recrystallization and induce recrystallized grains elongated along the magnetic field direction. An interesting phenomenon is that the magnetic field shows the strongest effect at 1 T.

  8. Microstructural effect of gadolinium oxide nanocrystals upon annealing on electrical properties of memory devices

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    Huang, Michael R.S. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Liu, Chuan-Pu, E-mail: cpliu@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Wang, Jer-Chyi; Chen, Yu-Kai; Lai, Chao-Sung [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang-Gung University, Kweishan 333, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Fang, Yu-Ching; Shu, Li [Materials and Electro-Optics Research Division, Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Longtan 325, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China)

    2012-06-30

    The microstructure evolution of sputtered gadolinium oxide nanocrystal (NC) memory devices upon annealing has been characterized in detail by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). TEM results indicate that the as-deposited film is composed of metallic Gd clusters embedded in an amorphous Gd{sub x}O{sub y} matrix. The Gd clusters undergo phase transformation to oxide NCs upon annealing, reaching a maximum density of 7.9-9.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11} cm{sup -2} at 850 Degree-Sign C, which is consistent with the largest memory window width. Upon annealing at even higher temperature, TEM diffraction patterns and XPS composition profiles indicate apparent Si diffusion into the NC layer, probably from the SiO{sub 2} tunneling oxide or the Si substrate, leading to the formation of gadolinium silicate NCs. The presence of silicate NCs gradually deteriorates the device performance due to the reduction of barrier confinement for stored charges, although the dot density is only marginally decreased. The results suggest that the optimum memory device performance is dominated by not only the most considered size and density of NCs, but also the composition and phase inside. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Memory devices with gadolinium oxide nanocrystals have been realized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows annealing-induced interdiffusion of Si. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Transmission electron microscopy indicates the formation of gadolinium silicate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Migrating Si from substrate can further modify NC phase upon annealing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both nanocrystal density and phase influence the device performance.

  9. Effect of the magnetic field on coexisting stimulated Raman and Brillouin backscattering of an extraordinary mode

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    Vyas, Ashish, E-mail: ashishvyas.optics@gmail.com; Singh, Ram Kishor, E-mail: ram007kishor@gmail.com; Sharma, R. P., E-mail: rpsharma@ces.iitd.ernet.in [Centre for Energy Studies, IIT Delhi, Delhi 110016 (India)

    2016-01-15

    This paper presents a model to study the interplay between the stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in the presence of background magnetic field. This formalism is applicable to laser produced plasma as well as to heating mechanism in toroidal system by an extraordinary electromagnetic wave. In the former case, the magnetic field is self-generated, while in the latter case (toroidal plasmas) magnetic field is applied externally. The behavior of one scattering process is explicitly dependent on the coexisting scattering process as well as on the magnetic field. Explicit expressions for the back-reflectivity of scattered beams (SRS and SBS) are presented. It has been demonstrated that due to the magnetic field and coexistence of the scattering processes (SRS and SBS) the back-reflectivity gets modified significantly. Results are also compared with the three wave interaction case (isolated SRS or SBS case)

  10. Extraordinary Spin specific beam shift of Light in an Inhomogeneous Anisotropic medium

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    Pal, Mandira; Chandel, Shubham; Bag, Ankan; Ghosh, Nirmalya

    2015-01-01

    Spin orbit interaction and the resulting Spin Hall effect of light are under recent intensive investigations because of their fundamental nature and potential applications. Here, we report an extraordinary spin specific beam shift of light and demonstrate its tunability in an inhomogeneous anisotropic medium exhibiting spatially varying retardance level. The spin specificity (shift occurs only for one circular polarization mode, keeping the other orthogonal mode unaffected) is shown to arise due to the combined spatial gradients of the geometric phase and the dynamical phase of light. The constituent two orthogonal circular polarization modes of an input linearly polarized light evolve in different trajectories, eventually manifesting as a large and tunable spin separation. The spin specificity of the beam shift and the demonstrated principle of simultaneously tailoring space-varying geometric and dynamical phase of light for achieving its tunability (of both magnitude and direction), may provide an attractiv...

  11. Zoology of condensed matter: Framids, ordinary stuff, extra-ordinary stuff

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    Nicolis, Alberto; Piazza, Federico; Rattazzi, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    We classify condensed matter systems in terms of the spacetime symmetries they spontaneously break. In particular, we characterize condensed matter itself as any state in a Poincar\\'e-invariant theory that spontaneously breaks Lorentz boosts while preserving at large distances some form of spatial translations, time-translations, and possibly spatial rotations. Surprisingly, the simplest, most minimal system achieving this symmetry breaking pattern---the "framid"---does not seem to be realized in Nature. Instead, Nature usually adopts a more cumbersome strategy: that of introducing internal translational symmetries---and possibly rotational ones---and of spontaneously breaking them along with their space-time counterparts, while preserving unbroken diagonal subgroups. This symmetry breaking pattern describes the infrared dynamics of ordinary solids, fluids, superfluids, and---if they exist---supersolids. A third, "extra-ordinary", possibility involves replacing these internal symmetries with other symmetries ...

  12. What makes a champion! over fifty extraordinary individuals share their insights

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    2014-01-01

    What drives great and successful individuals — be they athletes, artists, or scientists — or businesses, to achieve the extraordinary? Over fifty champions from all walks of life, brought together by Allan Snyder, draw on their experiences to explore the secrets of success in this inspiring, revealing and thought-provoking book. Hear from the authors what made a McDonalds' branch become the most successful in the world; how a cottage business is catapulted into a world brand; how a visual artist's works crosses almost every medium imaginable; how an Ernst and Young setup becomes a top-notch employer; or why many geniuses or brilliant individuals never become champions, while many 'ordinary' individuals do; why many people don't know about their talent; what constitutes a champion outcome; and the neurological explanation for championship. Straddling academia and practitioners in all fields — government, entertainment, sports, business, arts, education, medicine, media — the authors include business...

  13. Optimization of an extraordinary magnetoresistance sensor in the semiconductor-metal hybrid structure

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    Sun, Jian

    2010-11-01

    The purpose of this paper is to show by numerical computation how geometric parameters influence the Extraordinary Magnetoresistance (EMR) effect in an InAs-Au hybrid device. Symmetric IVVI and VIIV configurations were considered. The results show that the width and the length-width ratio of InAs are important geometrical parameters for the EMR effect along with the placement of the leads. Approximately the same EMR effect was obtained for both IVVI and VIIV configurations when the applied magnetic field ranged from -1T to 1T. In an optimized geometry the EMR effect can reach 43000% at 1Tesla for IVVI and 42700% at 1 Tesla for the VIIV configuration. ©2010 IEEE.

  14. THE EXTRAORDINARY MULTI-TAILED MAIN-BELT COMET P/2013 P5

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    Jewitt, David [Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles, 595 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567 (United States); Agarwal, Jessica [Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck-Str. 2, D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau (Germany); Weaver, Harold [The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723 (United States); Mutchler, Max [Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Larson, Stephen, E-mail: jewitt@ucla.edu [Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, 1629 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721-0092 (United States)

    2013-11-20

    Hubble Space Telescope observations of main-belt comet P/2013 P5 reveal an extraordinary system of six dust tails that distinguish this object from any other. Observations two weeks apart show dramatic morphological change in the tails while providing no evidence for secular fading of the object as a whole. Each tail is associated with a unique ejection date, revealing continued, episodic mass loss from the 0.24 ± 0.04 km radius nucleus over the last five months. As an inner-belt asteroid and probable Flora family member, the object is likely to be highly metamorphosed and unlikely to contain ice. The protracted period of dust release appears inconsistent with an impact origin, but may be compatible with a body that is losing mass through a rotational instability. We suggest that P/2013 P5 has been accelerated to breakup speed by radiation torques.

  15. Surface-mode model of the extraordinary optical transmission without plasmons.

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    Xie, Yunya; Liu, Haitao; Jia, Hongwei; Zhong, Ying

    2015-03-09

    We propose a microscopic surface-mode model for the extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through subwavelength metallic slit array covered with a thin dielectric layer under illumination of transverse-electric (TE) polarization. Remarkably, surface plasmon polarizations (SPPs) do not exist for this polarization. It is commonly believed that the waveguide mode in the dielectric layer plays a role similar to that of the SPP in classical EOT. To check the intuitive belief, we derive a surface-mode model by considering the multiple scattering process of the fundamental waveguide mode and neglecting all other residual field in the thin dielectric layer. The model captures the main feature of EOT and provides a phase-matching condition to predict the transmission resonance. Quantitative comparison between fully-vectorial calculations and model predictions shows that besides the fundamental waveguide mode, other residual field in the thin dielectric layer also contributes to the EOT without SPP.

  16. Extraordinary refraction and self-collimation properties of multilayer metallic-dielectric stratified structures

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    Zhang, Liwei, E-mail: zlwhpu@hotmail.com [School of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); Chen, Liang [School of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); Zhang, Zhengren [School of Science, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400074 (China); Wang, Wusong [Guizhou Aerospace Institute of Measuring and Testing Technology, Guiyang 550009 (China); Zhao, Yuhuan; Song, Kechao; Kang, Chaoyang [School of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China)

    2015-01-15

    The extraordinary refraction with negative or zero refraction angle of the layered metamaterial consisting of alternating dielectric and plasmonic layers is theoretically studied. It is shown that the electromagnetic properties can be tuned by the filling factor, the permittivity of the dielectric layer and the plasma frequency of the metallic layer. At different frequency, the layered structures possess different refraction properties with positive, zero or negative refraction angle. By choosing appropriate parameters, positive-to-zero-to-negative-to positive refraction at the desired frequency can be realized. At the frequency with flat equal frequency contour, self-collimation and slow light properties are also found. Such properties can be used in the performance of negative refraction, subwavelength imaging and information propagation.

  17. Enhanced extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through arrays of bridged nanohole pairs and their sensing applications

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    Yue, Weisheng

    2014-01-01

    Extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through arrays of gold nanoholes was studied with light across the visible to the near-infrared spectrum. The EOT effect was found to be improved by bridging pairs of nanoholes due to the concentration of the electromagnetic field in the slit between the holes. The geometrical shape and separation of the holes in these pairs of nanoholes affected the intensity of the transmission and the wavelength of resonance. Changing the geometrical shapes of these nanohole pairs from triangles to circles to squares leads to increased transmission intensity as well as red-shifting resonance wavelengths. The performance of bridged nanohole pairs as a plasmonic sensor was investigated. The bridged nanohole pairs were able to distinguish methanol, olive oil and microscope immersion oil for the different surface plasmon resonance in transmission spectra. Numerical simulation results were in agreement with experimental observations. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

  18. Extraordinary transmission through gain-assisted silicon-based nanohole arrays in telecommunication regimes.

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    Bavil, Mehdi Afshari; Deng, Qingzhong; Zhou, Zhiping

    2014-08-01

    Extraordinary gain-assisted transmission in telecommunication regimes through circular nanohole arrays drilled on a metallic film is investigated theoretically. Silicon-compatible Er-Yb silicate, which has a photoluminescence peak in the telecommunication regime, was selected for optical amplification purposes. Geometrical parameters were optimized analytically in order to present transmission resonances at telecommunication regions. The required gain value for lossless propagation was determined by considering the surface-plasmon dispersion relation. Simulation results show that the predicted gain for lossless propagation cannot completely compensate the loss. By increasing gain value, absorption becomes zero and transmission approaches unit through a laser with a pumping power of 372 mW at 1480 nm.

  19. Revealing extraordinary tensile plasticity in layered Ti-Al metal composite

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    Huang, M.; Fan, G. H.; Geng, L.; Cao, G. J.; Du, Y.; Wu, H.; Zhang, T. T.; Kang, H. J.; Wang, T. M.; Du, G. H.; Xie, H. L.

    2016-12-01

    Layered Ti-Al metal composite (LMC) fabricated by hot-pressing and hot-rolling process displays higher ductility than that of both components. In this paper, a combination of digital image correlation (DIC) and X-ray tomography revealed that strain delocalization and constrained crack distribution are the origin of extraordinary tensile ductility. Strain delocalization was derived from the transfer of strain partitioning between Ti and Al layer, which relieved effectively the strain localization of LMC. Furthermore, the extensive cracks of LMC were restricted in the interface due to constraint effect. Layered architecture constrained the distribution of cracks and significantly relieved the strain localization. Meanwhile, the transfer of strain partitioning and constrained crack distribution were believed to inhibit the strain localization of Ti and change the deformation mechanisms of Ti. Our finding enriches current understanding about simultaneously improving the strength and ductility by structural design.

  20. The Extraordinary Multi-Tailed Main-Belt Comet P/2013 P5

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    Jewitt, David; Weaver, Harold; Mutchler, Max; Larson, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    Hubble Space Telescope observations of main-belt comet P/2013 P5 reveal an extraordinary system of six dust tails that distinguish this object from any other. Observations two weeks apart show dramatic morphological change in the tails while providing no evidence for secular fading of the object as a whole. Each tail is associated with a unique ejection date, revealing continued, episodic mass loss from the 0.24+/-0.04 km radius nucleus over the last five months. As an inner-belt asteroid and probable Flora family member, the object is likely to be highly metamorphosed and unlikely to contain ice. The protracted period of dust release appears inconsistent with an impact origin, but may be compatible with a body that is losing mass through a rotational instability. We suggest that P/2013 P5 has been accelerated to breakup speed by radiation torques.

  1. Hall effect enhanced low-field sensitivity in a three-contact extraordinary magnetoresistance sensor

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    Sun, Jian

    2012-06-06

    An extraordinary magnetoresistance (EMR) device with a 3-contact geometry has been fabricated and characterized. A large enhancement of the output sensitivity at low magnetic fields compared to the conventional EMR device has been found, which can be attributed to an additional influence coming from the Hall effect. Output sensitivities of 0.19 mV/T at zero-field and 0.2 mV/T at 0.01 T have been measured in the device, which is equivalent to the ones of the conventional EMR sensors with a bias of ∼0.04 T. The exceptional performance of EMR sensors in the high field region is maintained in the 3-contact device.

  2. Extraordinary mid-infrared transmission of subwavelength holes in gold films

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    Yue, Weisheng

    2014-04-01

    Gold (Au) nanoholes are fabricated with electron-beam lithography and used for the investigation of extraordinary transmission in mid-infrared regime. Transmission properties of the nanoholes are studied as the dependence on hole-size. Transmittance spectra are characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and enhanced transmittance through the subwavelength holes is observed. The transmission spectra exhibit well-defined maximum and minimum of which the position are determined by the lattice of the hole array. The hole-size primarily influence the transmission intensity and bandwidth of the resonance peak. With an increase of hole-size, while keep lattice constant fixed, the intensity of the resonance peak and the bandwidth increases, which are due to the localized surface plasmons. Numerical simulation for the transmission through the subwavelength holes is performed and the simulated results agree with the experimental observations. Copyright © 2014 American Scientific Publishers.

  3. 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.

  4. 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....

  5. Rapid thermal anneal of arsenic implanted silicon

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    Feygenson, A.

    1985-01-01

    The distribution of arsenic implanted into silicon during rapid thermal anneal (RTA) was investigated. Secondary ion mass spectrometry, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, and channeling techniques were used for the measurement of the total (chemical) dopant profile. The electrically active dopant profiles were measured with sheet resistance, sheet-resistance maps, spreading resistance and pinch resistors. It was found that arsenic profile after RTA is influenced by many parameters including crystallographic orientation of the sample, temperature gradient, and defect structure in the surface part affected by heavy arsenic implant. A diffusion model based on inhomogeneous medium was examined. Exact solutions of the diffusion equation were obtained for the rectangular and Gaussian initial dopant profiles. Calculated results are compared to the measured profiles. It is concluded that model satisfactory predicts the major features of the arsenic diffusion into silicon during RTA.

  6. Rapid Thermal Anneal of Arsenic Implanted Silicon.

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    Feygenson, Anatoly

    1985-12-01

    The distribution of arsenic implanted into silicon during rapid thermal anneal (RTA) has been investigated. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and channeling techniques were used for the measurement of the total (chemical) dopant profile. The electrically active dopant profiles were measured with sheet resistance, sheet resistance maps, spreading resistance, and pinch resistors. It has been found that arsenic profile after RTA is influenced by many parameters including crystallographic orientation of the sample, temperature gradient, and defect structure in the surface part affected by heavy arsenic implant. A diffusion model based on inhomogeneous medium was examined. Exact solutions of the diffusion equation were obtained for the rectangular and Gaussian initial dopant profiles. Calculated results are compared to the measured profiles. It is concluded that model satisfactory predicts the major features of the arsenic diffusion into silicon during RTA.

  7. Coupled Quantum Fluctuations and Quantum Annealing

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    Hormozi, Layla; Kerman, Jamie

    We study the relative effectiveness of coupled quantum fluctuations, compared to single spin fluctuations, in the performance of quantum annealing. We focus on problem Hamiltonians resembling the the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model of Ising spin glass and compare the effectiveness of different types of fluctuations by numerically calculating the relative success probabilities and residual energies in fully-connected spin systems. We find that for a small class of instances coupled fluctuations can provide improvement over single spin fluctuations and analyze the properties of the corresponding class. Disclaimer: This research was funded by ODNI, IARPA via MIT Lincoln Laboratory under Air Force Contract No. FA8721-05-C-0002. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of ODNI, IARPA, or the US Government.

  8. Stored energy and annealing behavior of heavily deformed aluminium

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    Kamikawa, Naoya; Huang, Xiaoxu; Kondo, Yuka

    2012-01-01

    followed by 0.5 h annealing at 200-600°C, where the former treatment leads to discontinuous recrystallization and the latter to uniform structural coarsening. This behavior has been analyzed in terms of the relative change during annealing of energy stored as elastic energy in the dislocation structure...

  9. Annealing Behavior of Si1-xGex/Si Heterostructures

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    2000-01-01

    The behavior of Si1-xGex/Si heterostructures under different annealing conditions has been studied. It is found that while RTA treatment diminishes the point defects, it introduces the misfit dislocations into Si1-xGex layers at same time. Higher annealing temperature will result in the propagation of misfit dislocations and then the total destruction of the crystal quality.

  10. 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.

  11. Influence of phosphate esters on the annealing properties of starch

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    Wischmann, Bente; Muhrbeck, Per

    1998-01-01

    The effects of annealing on native potato, waxy maize, and phosphorylated waxy maize starches were compared. Phosphorylated waxy maize starch responded to annealing in a manner between that of the naturally phosphorylated potato starch and that of the native waxy maize starch. The gelatinisation ...

  12. 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.

  13. Influence of time of annealing on anneal hardening effect of a cast CuZn alloy

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    Nestorović Svetlana; Ivanić Lj.; Marković Desimir

    2003-01-01

    Investigated cast copper alloy containing 8at%Zn of a solute. For comparison parallel specimens made from cast pure copper. Copper and copper alloy were subjected to cold rolling with different a final reduction of 30,50 and 70%. The cold rolled copper and copper alloy samples were isochronally and isothermally annealed up to recrystallization temperature. After that the values of hardness, strength and electrical conductivity were measured and X-ray analysis was performed. These investigatio...

  14. Effect of rapid thermal annealing on polycrystalline InGaN thin films deposited on fused silica substrates

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    Kazazis, S.A., E-mail: kazazis@physics.uoc.gr [Department of Physics, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, 71003 Heraklion (Greece); Papadomanolaki, E. [Department of Physics, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, 71003 Heraklion (Greece); Androulidaki, M.; Tsagaraki, K.; Kostopoulos, A.; Aperathitis, E. [Microelectronics Research Group, IESL-FORTH, P.O. Box 1385, 71110 Heraklion (Greece); Iliopoulos, E. [Department of Physics, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, 71003 Heraklion (Greece); Microelectronics Research Group, IESL-FORTH, P.O. Box 1385, 71110 Heraklion (Greece)

    2016-07-29

    In this work, we report on the effects of Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) on the structural, electrical and optical properties of polycrystalline InGaN thin films deposited on amorphous fused silica substrates by molecular beam deposition. Films with 20%, 35% and 50% indium content were grown and subjected to post-deposition RTA treatments. Annealing promoted crystallization in the case of the film with 0.5 InN mole fraction while in the lower indium content cases no apparent effect on the improvement of crystallinity was observed. For RTA temperature above 550 °C, film resistivity was reduced by at least two orders of magnitude due to annealing-induced increased carrier concentration. The optical properties of the films were systematically studied by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry. In the highest indium content films, a monotonic optical band gap widening was observed upon annealing, explained by the Burstein–Moss effect. In contrast, photoluminescence peak position was not affected by the resulting Fermi level changes. This is attributed to the different mechanisms between optical absorption and emission in such highly doped semiconductors. - Highlights: • Polycrystalline InGaN films were deposited on fused silica substrates. • Rapid thermal annealing effect on structural, electrical and optical properties studied. • Films' resistivity significantly reduced after annealing at 550 °C, in all InN content cases. • In higher indium content films, optical band gap blueshifts upon annealing, due to Burstein–Moss effect. • Photoluminescence emission position was unaffected by the band gap shift.

  15. 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).

  16. 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.

  17. Evolution of weld metals nanostructure and properties under irradiation and recovery annealing of VVER-type reactors

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    Gurovich, B.; Kuleshova, E.; Shtrombakh, Ya.; Fedotova, S.; Zabusov, O.; Prikhodko, K.; Zhurko, D.

    2013-03-01

    The results of VVER-440 steel Sv-10KhMFT and VVER-1000 steel SV-10KhGNMAA investigations by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Auger-electron spectroscopy and mechanical tests are presented in this paper. The both types of weld metals with different content of impurities and alloying elements were studied after irradiations to fast neutron (E > 0.5 MeV) fluences in the wide range below and beyond the design values, after recovery annealing procedures and after re-irradiation following the annealing. The distinctive features of embrittlement kinetics of VVER-440 and VVER-1000 RPV weld metals conditioned by their chemical composition differences were investigated. It is shown that the main contribution into radiation strengthening within the design fluence can be attributed to radiation-induced precipitates, on reaching the design or beyond design values of fast neutron fluencies the main contribution into VVER-440 welds strengthening is made by radiation-induced dislocation loops, and in case of VVER-1000 welds - radiation-induced precipitates and grain-boundary phosphorous segregations. Recovery annealing of VVER-440 welds at 475 °C during 100 h causes irradiation-induced defects disappearance, transformation of copper enriched precipitates into bigger copper-rich precipitates with lower number density and leads to almost full recovery of mechanical properties followed by comparatively slow re-embrittlement rate. The recovery annealing temperature of VVER-1000 welds was higher - 565 °C during 100 h - to avoid temper brittleness. The annealing of VVER-1000 welds leads to almost full recovery of mechanical properties due to irradiation-induced defects disappearance and decrease in precipitates number density and grain-boundary segregation of phosphorus. The re-embrittlement rate of VVER-1000 weld during subsequent re-irradiation is at least not higher than the initial rate.

  18. CEMS study of defect annealing in Fe implanted AlN

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    Bharuth-Ram, K.; Geburt, S.; Ronning, C.; Masenda, H.; Naidoo, D.

    2016-12-01

    An AlN thin film grown on sapphire substrate was implanted with 45 keV 57Fe and 56Fe ions at several energies to achieve a homogeneous concentration profile of approximately 2.6 at.%. in the AlN film. Conversion electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy data were collected after annealing the sample up to 900 °C. The spectra were fitted with three components, a single line attributed to small Fe clusters, and two quadrupole split doublets attributed to Fe substituting Al in the wurtzite AlN lattice and to Fe located in implantation induced lattice damage. The damage component shows significant decrease on annealing up to 900 °C, accompanied by corresponding increases in the singlet component and the substitutional Fe.

  19. Improved electron collection in fullerene via caesium iodide or carbonate by means of annealing in inverted organic solar cells

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    El Jouad Zouhair

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Inverted organic photovoltaic cells (IOPVCs, based on the planar heterojunction C60/CuPc, were grown using MoO3 as anode buffer layer and CsI or Cs2CO3 as cathode buffer layer (CBL, the cathode being an ITO coated glass. Work functions, Φf, of treated cathode were estimated using the cyclic voltammetry method. It is shown that Φf of ITO covered with a Cs compounds is decreased. This decrease is amplified by the annealing. It is shown that the thermal deposition under vacuum of the CBL induces a partial decomposition of the caesium compounds. In parallel, the formation of a compound with the In of ITO is put in evidence. This reaction is amplified by annealing, which allows obtaining IOPVCs with improved efficiency. The optimum annealing conditions is 150 °C for 5 min.

  20. 25 CFR 39.160 - Does ISEF provide supplemental funding for extraordinary costs related to a school's geographic...

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    ... 25 Indians 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Does ISEF provide supplemental funding for extraordinary costs related to a school's geographic isolation? 39.160 Section 39.160 Indians BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS... Formula Geographic Isolation Adjustment § 39.160 Does ISEF provide supplemental funding for...

  1. Narrative Inquiry as Pedagogy in Education: The Extraordinary Potential of Living, Telling, Retelling, and Reliving Stories of Experience

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    Huber, Janice; Caine, Vera; Huber, Marilyn; Steeves, Pam

    2013-01-01

    As they wrote this article attentive to the focus of this volume of "Review of Research in Education" on "extraordinary pedagogies for working within school settings serving nondominant students" (C. Faltis & J. Abedi, 2011, personal communication), the authors held close understandings of ways in which narrative inquiry embodies potential for…

  2. The Roles of Teachers' Work Motivation and Teachers' Job Satisfaction in the Organizational Commitment in Extraordinary Schools

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    Tentama, Fatwa; Pranungsari, Dessy

    2016-01-01

    Teachers' work motivation and teachers' job satisfaction are the factors influencing the organizational commitment. This research is aimed to empirically examine the roles of teachers' work motivation and teachers' job satisfaction in the commitment of the organization in extraordinary schools. The subjects of the research are the teachers in…

  3. Narrative Inquiry as Pedagogy in Education: The Extraordinary Potential of Living, Telling, Retelling, and Reliving Stories of Experience

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    Huber, Janice; Caine, Vera; Huber, Marilyn; Steeves, Pam

    2013-01-01

    As they wrote this article attentive to the focus of this volume of "Review of Research in Education" on "extraordinary pedagogies for working within school settings serving nondominant students" (C. Faltis & J. Abedi, 2011, personal communication), the authors held close understandings of ways in which narrative inquiry…

  4. Effects of casting and post casting annealing on xylene isomer transport properties of Torlon® 4000T films

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    Chafin, Raymond

    2010-07-01

    Procedures for Torlon® 4000T membrane formation were developed to provide attractive and repeatable xylene separation properties. Torlon® 4000T membrane films cast by our method were investigated in terms of thermally induced imidization, molecular weight enhancement, and solvent removal. After development of the Torlon® 4000T casting procedure, pervaporation of a xylene mixture (i.e. 30% para-xylene, 30% meta-xylene, 30% ortho-xylene, and 10% ethylbenzene) was performed in both Torlon® 4000T and post casting annealed Torlon® 4000T films. The xylene pervaporation in annealed Torlon® 4000T film at 200°C gave a permeability of 0.25 Barrer and a selectivity of 3.1 (para/ortho) and 2.1 (para/meta) respectively. A so-called " permeability collapse" reflecting an accelerated reduction in the free volume is consistent with significant temperature-induced changes in the films observed after thermal annealing at 300°C. This conditioning effect is induced by a combination of heat treatment and the presence of the interacting aromatic penetrants. Optical methods were used to verify that the density of annealed samples exposed to xylene for 5 days eventually increased, suggesting that the membrane is originally swollen upon initial xylene exposure, and then relaxes to a more densified, and more discriminating state. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Effect of Annealing Temperature on the Mechanical and Corrosion Behavior of a Newly Developed Novel Lean Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Yanjun Guo

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The effect of annealing temperature (1000–1150 °C on the microstructure evolution, mechanical properties, and pitting corrosion behavior of a newly developed novel lean duplex stainless steel with 20.53Cr-3.45Mn-2.08Ni-0.17N-0.31Mo was studied by means of optical metallographic microscopy (OMM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, magnetic force microscopy (MFM, scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy (SKPFM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS, uniaxial tensile tests (UTT, and potentiostatic critical pitting temperature (CPT. The results showed that tensile and yield strength, as well as the pitting corrosion resistance, could be degraded with annealing temperature increasing from 1000 up to 1150 °C. Meanwhile, the elongation at break reached the maximum of 52.7% after annealing at 1050 °C due to the effect of martensite transformation induced plasticity (TRIP. The localized pitting attack preferentially occurred at ferrite phase, indicating that the ferrite phase had inferior pitting corrosion resistance as compared to the austenite phase. With increasing annealing temperature, the pitting resistance equivalent number (PREN of ferrite phase dropped, while that of the austenite phase rose. Additionally, it was found that ferrite possessed a lower Volta potential than austenite phase. Moreover, the Volta potential difference between ferrite and austenite increased with the annealing temperature, which was well consistent with the difference of PREN.

  6. The Effect of Thermal Annealing on Structural-phase Changes in the Ni-Ti Alloy Implanted with Krypton Ions

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    Poltavtseva, V. P.; Kislitsin, S. B.; Ghyngazov, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    The influence of thermal annealing within the temperature range 100-300°C on the structural-phase state of a Ni-Ti alloy with shape memory effect (SME) implanted with 84Kr ions at the energies E = 280 keV and 1.75 MeV/nucl and the fluences within 5·1012-1·1020 ion/m2 is investigated. For the samples modified by 84Kr ions at E = 1.75 MeV/nucl up to the fluences 1·1020 and 5·1012 ion/m2, the formation of a martensitic NiTi phase with the B19 ' structure, responsible for the SME, is revealed at the annealing temperatures 100 and 300°C, respectively, in the near-surface region corresponding to the outrange area. This is accompanied by the formation of nanosized NiTi particles in the R-phase. As the implantation fluence increases, the probability of their formation decreases. It is shown that annealing of the implanted structures can increase the strength of the Ni-Ti alloy. The degree of hardening is determined by the value of annealing temperature, and an increase in strength is primarily due to ordering of the radiation-induced defect structures (phases). A correlation between the onset temperature of a forward martensitic transition and the structural-phase state of the thermally annealed Ni-Ti alloy is established.

  7. 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.

  8. High-Pressure Solvent Vapor Annealing with a Benign Solvent To Rapidly Enhance the Performance of Organic Photovoltaics.

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    Jung, Buyoung; Kim, Kangmin; Eom, Yoomin; Kim, Woochul

    2015-06-24

    A high-pressure solvent vapor annealing (HPSVA) treatment is suggested as an annealing process to rapidly achieve high-performance organic photovoltaics (OPVs); this process can be compatible with roll-to-roll processing methods and uses a benign solvent: acetone. Solvent vapor annealing can produce an advantageous vertical distribution in the active layer; however, conventional solvent vapor annealing is also time-consuming. To shorten the annealing time, high-pressure solvent vapor is exposed on the active layer of OPVs. Acetone is a nonsolvent for poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT), but it can dissolve small amounts of 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)-propyl-1,1-phenyl-(6,6)C61 (PCBM). Acetone vapor molecules can penetrate into the active layer under high vapor pressure conditions to alter the morphology. HPSVA induces a PCBM-rich phase near the cathode and facilitates the transport of free charge carriers to the electrode. Although P3HT is not soluble in acetone, locally rearranged P3HT crystallites are generated. The performance of OPV films was enhanced after HPSVA; the film treated at 30 kPa for 10 s showed optimum performance. Additionally, this HPSVA method could be adapted for mass production because the temporary exposure of films to high-pressure acetone vapor in ambient conditions also improved performance.

  9. 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

  10. Annealed Scaling for a Charged Polymer

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    Caravenna, F.; den Hollander, F.; Pétrélis, N.; Poisat, J.

    2016-03-01

    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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Hot plate annealing at a low temperature of a thin ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) film with an improved crystalline structure for sensors and actuators.

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    Mahdi, Rahman Ismael; Gan, W C; Abd Majid, W H

    2014-10-14

    Ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) copolymer 70/30 thin films are prepared by spin coating. The crystalline structure of these films is investigated by varying the annealing temperature from the ferroelectric phase to the paraelectric phase. A hot plate was used to produce a direct and an efficient annealing effect on the thin film. The dielectric, ferroelectric and pyroelectric properties of the P(VDF-TrFE) thin films are measured as a function of different annealing temperatures (80 to 140 °C). It was found that an annealing temperature of 100 °C (slightly above the Curie temperature, Tc) has induced a highly crystalline β phase with a rod-like crystal structure, as examined by X-ray. Such a crystal structure yields a high remanent polarization, Pr = 94 mC/m2, and pyroelectric constant, p = 24 μC/m2K. A higher annealing temperature exhibits an elongated needle-like crystal domain, resulting in a decrease in the crystalline structure and the functional electrical properties. This study revealed that highly crystalline P(VDF-TrFE) thin films could be induced at 100 °C by annealing the thin film with a simple and cheap method.

  15. Hot Plate Annealing at a Low Temperature of a Thin Ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE Film with an Improved Crystalline Structure for Sensors and Actuators

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    Rahman Ismael Mahdi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE copolymer 70/30 thin films are prepared by spin coating. The crystalline structure of these films is investigated by varying the annealing temperature from the ferroelectric phase to the paraelectric phase. A hot plate was used to produce a direct and an efficient annealing effect on the thin film. The dielectric, ferroelectric and pyroelectric properties of the P(VDF-TrFE thin films are measured as a function of different annealing temperatures (80 to 140 °C. It was found that an annealing temperature of 100 °C (slightly above the Curie temperature, Tc has induced a highly crystalline β phase with a rod-like crystal structure, as examined by X-ray. Such a crystal structure yields a high remanent polarization, Pr = 94 mC/m2, and pyroelectric constant, p = 24 μC/m2K. A higher annealing temperature exhibits an elongated needle-like crystal domain, resulting in a decrease in the crystalline structure and the functional electrical properties. This study revealed that highly crystalline P(VDF-TrFE thin films could be induced at 100 °C by annealing the thin film with a simple and cheap method.

  16. Effect of the ion-beam bombardment and annealing temperature on sol-gel derived yttrium aluminum oxide film as liquid crystal alignment layer

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    Jeong, Hae-Chang; Heo, Gi-Seok; Kim, Eun-Mi; Lee, Ju Hwan; Han, Jeong-Min; Seo, Dae-Shik

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrated a homogeneous liquid-crystal (LC) alignment state on yttrium aluminum oxide (YAlO) films, where the alignment was induced by ion-beam (IB) irradiation. Topographical analysis was performed by atomic force microscopy as a function of annealing temperature. Higher annealing temperatures yielded a smoother surface, accompanied by reduced light scattering. Transparency in the visible region increased on the surface fabricated at higher annealing temperatures. LC alignment mechanism was determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Moreover, IB-irradiated YAlO films annealed at temperatures greater than 200 °C exhibited good thermal stability and low capacitance-voltage hysteresis. The IB-irradiated YAlO films are suitable as alternative alignment layers in advanced LC display applications.

  17. Kriging-approximation simulated annealing algorithm for groundwater modeling

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    Shen, C. H.

    2015-12-01

    Optimization algorithms are often applied to search best parameters for complex groundwater models. Running the complex groundwater models to evaluate objective function might be time-consuming. This research proposes a Kriging-approximation simulated annealing algorithm. Kriging is a spatial statistics method used to interpolate unknown variables based on surrounding given data. In the algorithm, Kriging method is used to estimate complicate objective function and is incorporated with simulated annealing. The contribution of the Kriging-approximation simulated annealing algorithm is to reduce calculation time and increase efficiency.

  18. Kinetics of the austenite formation during intercritical annealing

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    J. Lis; A. Lis

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is the effect of the microstructure of the 6Mn16 steel after soft annealing on the kinetics of the austenite formation during next intercritical annealing.Design/methodology/approach: Analytical TEM point analysis with EDAX system attached to Philips CM20 was used to evaluate the concentration of Mn in the microstructure constituents of the multiphase steel,Findings: The increase in soft annealing time from 1-60 hours at 625 °C increases Mn partitioning between ferrite ...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Composition dependent thermal annealing behaviour of ion tracks in apatite

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    Nadzri, A., E-mail: allina.nadzri@anu.edu.au [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Schauries, D.; Mota-Santiago, P.; Muradoglu, S. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Trautmann, C. [GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Planckstrasse 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Gleadow, A.J.W. [School of Earth Science, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010 (Australia); Hawley, A. [Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC 3168 (Australia); Kluth, P. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia)

    2016-07-15

    Natural apatite samples with different F/Cl content from a variety of geological locations (Durango, Mexico; Mud Tank, Australia; and Snarum, Norway) were irradiated with swift heavy ions to simulate fission tracks. The annealing kinetics of the resulting ion tracks was investigated using synchrotron-based small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) combined with ex situ annealing. The activation energies for track recrystallization were extracted and consistent with previous studies using track-etching, tracks in the chlorine-rich Snarum apatite are more resistant to annealing than in the other compositions.

  2. An adaptive approach to the physical annealing strategy for simulated annealing

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    Hasegawa, M.

    2013-02-01

    A new and reasonable method for adaptive implementation of simulated annealing (SA) is studied on two types of random traveling salesman problems. The idea is based on the previous finding on the search characteristics of the threshold algorithms, that is, the primary role of the relaxation dynamics in their finite-time optimization process. It is shown that the effective temperature for optimization can be predicted from the system's behavior analogous to the stabilization phenomenon occurring in the heating process starting from a quenched solution. The subsequent slow cooling near the predicted point draws out the inherent optimizing ability of finite-time SA in more straightforward manner than the conventional adaptive approach.

  3. Extraordinary variability and sharp transitions in a maximally frustrated dynamic network

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    Liu, Wenjia; Schmittmann, Beate; Zia, R. K. P.

    2013-03-01

    Most previous studies of complex networks have focused on single, static networks. However, in the real world, networks are dynamic and interconnected. Inspired by the presence of extroverts and introverts in the general population, we investigate a highly simplified model of a social network, involving two types of nodes: one preferring the highest degree possible, and one preferring no connections whatsoever. There are only two control parameters in the model: the number of ``introvert'' and ``extrovert'' nodes, NI and NE. Our key findings are as follows: As a function of NI and NE, the system exhibits a highly unusual transition, displaying extraordinary fluctuations (as in 2nd order transitions) and discontinuous jumps (characteristic of 1st order transitions). Most remarkably, the system can be described by an Ising-like Hamiltonian with long-range multi-spin interactions and some of its properties can be obtained analytically. This is in stark contrast with other dynamic network models which rely almost exclusively on simulations. NSF-DMR-1005417/1244666 and and ICTAS Virginia Tech

  4. An Extraordinary Transition in a Minimal Adaptive Network of Introverts and Extroverts

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    Zia, R. K. P.; Liu, Wenjia; Schmittmann, B.

    We study a minimal adaptive network involving two populations, modeling the behavior of extreme introverts (I) and extroverts (E). When chosen to update, an I simply cuts one of its links at random while an E adds a link to any other yet-to-be-connected individual (node). In the steady state, the active links in the system are obviously only the cross-links between the I's and the E's. With no free parameters other than the numbers of each population (NI, NE), this minimal model displays remarkable properties: Through simulations using O(10)-O(1000) nodes, we find that the typical number of cross-links (X) fluctuates surprisingly close to the minimum or the maximum allowed values, depending on whether NI >NE or otherwise. At the transition point (i.e., NI = NE), the fraction X/(NINE) wanders across a substantial part of the unit interval, much like a pure random walk confined between two walls. Since this system can be mapped to a NINE Ising model with spin flip dynamics, we note that such fluctuations are far greater than those in the standard Ising model (at either first or second order transitions). Thus, we refer to the case here as an "extraordinary transition." Thanks to the restoration of detailed balance and the existence of a "Hamiltonian," several qualitative aspects of these remarkable phenomena can be understood analytically

  5. Modeling interacting dynamic networks: III. Extraordinary properties in a population of extreme introverts and extroverts

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    Liu, Wenjia; Bassler, Kevin E; Schmittmann, Beate; Zia, Royce K P

    2014-01-01

    Recently, we introduced dynamic networks with preferred degrees, showing that interesting properties are present in a single, homogeneous system as well as one with two interacting networks. While simulations are readily performed, analytic studies are challenging, due mainly to the lack of detailed balance in the dynamics. Here, we consider the two-community case in a special limit: a system of extreme introverts and extroverts - the XIE model. Surprising phenomena appear, even in this minimal model, where the only control parameters are the numbers of each subgroup: $N_{I,E}$. Specifically, an extraordinary transition emerges when $N_I$ crosses $N_E$. For example, the fraction of total number of I-E links jumps from $\\thicksim 0$ to $\\thicksim 1$. In a $N_I=N_E$ system, this fraction performs a pure random walk so that its distribution displays a flat plateau across most of $[0,1]$, with the edges vanishing as $(N_{I,E})^{-0.38}$ for large systems. Thus, we believe the XIE model exhibits an extreme Thouless...

  6. Direct measurement of the extraordinary optical momentum using a nano-cantilever

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    Antognozzi, M; Harniman, R; Senior, J; Hayward, R; Hoerber, H; Dennis, M R; Bekshaev, A Y; Bliokh, K Y; Nori, F

    2015-01-01

    Radiation pressure has been known since Kepler's observation that a comet's tail is always oriented away from the sun, and in the past centuries this phenomenon stimulated remarkable discoveries in electromagnetism, quantum physics and relativity [1-3]. In modern terms, the pressure of light is associated with the momentum of photons, which plays a crucial role in a variety of systems, from atomic [4-7] to astronomical [8,9] scales. Experience from these cases leads us to assume that the direction of the optical momentum and the radiation-pressure force are naturally aligned with the propagation of light, i.e., its wavevector. Here we report the direct observation of an extraordinary optical momentum and force directed perpendicular to the wavevector, and proportional to the optical spin (i.e., degree of circular polarization). This transverse spin-dependent optical force, a few orders of magnitude weaker than the usual radiation pressure, was recently predicted for evanescent waves [10] and other structured ...

  7. Extraordinary terahertz absorption bands observed in micro/nanostructured Au/polystyrene sphere arrays

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    2012-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy is carried out for micro/nanostructured periodic Au/dielectric sphere arrays on Si substrate. We find that the metal-insulator transition can be achieved in THz bandwidth via varying sample parameters such as the thickness of the Au shell and the diameter of the Au/dielectric sphere. The Au/polystyrene sphere arrays do not show metallic THz response when the Au shell thickness is larger than 10 nm and the sphere diameter is smaller than 500 nm. This effect is in sharp contrast to the observations in flat Au films on Si substrate. Interestingly, the Au/polystyrene sphere arrays with a 5-nm-thick Au shell show extraordinary THz absorption bands or metallic optical conductance when the diameter of the sphere is larger than 200 nm. This effect is related to the quantum confinement effect in which the electrons in the structure are trapped in the sphere potential well of the gold shell. PMID:23190688

  8. An Extraordinary Outburst of the Magnetar Swift J1822.3-1606

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    Chakraborty, Manoneeta

    2015-01-01

    The 2011 outburst of Swift J1822.3--1606 was extraordinary; periodic modulations at the spin period of the underlying neutron star were clearly visible, remarkably similar to what is observed during the decaying tail of magnetar giant flares. We investigated the temporal characteristics of X-ray emission during the early phases of the outburst. We performed a periodicity search with the spectral hardness ratio (HR), and found a coherent signal near the spin period of the neutron star, but with a lag of about 3 radians. Therefore, the HR is strongly anti-correlated with the X-ray intensity, which is also seen in the giant flares. We studied time evolution of the pulse profile and found that it evolves from a complex morphology to a much simpler shape within about a month. Pulse profile simplification also takes place during the giant flares, but on a much shorter timescale of about few minutes. We found that the amount of energy emitted during the first 25 days of the outburst is comparable to what was detecte...

  9. How the world survived the population bomb: lessons from 50 years of extraordinary demographic history.

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    Lam, David

    2011-11-01

    The world population will reach 7 billion in late 2011, a demographic milestone that is causing renewed attention to the challenges caused by population growth. This article looks at the last 50 years of demographic change, one of the most extraordinary periods in demographic history. During this period, world population grew at rates that have never been seen before and will almost surely never be seen again. There were many concerns about the potential impact of rapid population growth in the 1960s, including mass starvation in countries such as India, depletion of nonrenewable resources, and increased poverty in low-income countries. The actual experience was very different. World food production increased faster than world population in every decade since the 1960s, resource prices fell during most of the period, and poverty declined significantly in much of the developing world. The article considers the economic and demographic explanations for the surprising successes of this important period in demographic history. It also looks at regions that have been less successful, especially Africa, and at the lessons for dealing with the important challenges that still remain.

  10. Effects of interplay between metal subwavelength slits on extraordinary optical transmission

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    Wei Fei-Fei; Wang Huai-Yu; Zhou Yun-Song

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we study the extraordinary optical transmission of one-dimensional multi-slits in an ideal metal film.The transmissivity is calculated as a function of various structural parameters.The transmissivity oscillates,with the period being just the light wavelength,as a function of the spacing between slits.As the number of slits increases,the transmissivity varies in one of three ways.It can increase,attenuate,or remain basically unchanged,depending on the spacing between slits.Each way is in an oscillatory manner.The slit interaction responsible for the oscillating transmission strength that depends on slit spacing is the subject of more detailed investigation.The interaction most intuitively manifests as a current distribution in the metal surface between slits.We find that this current is attenuated in an oscillating fashion from the slit comers to the center of the region between two adjacent slits,and we present a mathematical expression for its waveform.

  11. Effect of low-temperature annealing on the electronic- and band-structures of (Ga,Mn)As epitaxial layers

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    Yastrubchak, O.; Wosinski, T.; Gluba, L.; Andrearczyk, T.; Domagala, J. Z.; Żuk, J.; Sadowski, J.

    2014-01-01

    The effect of outdiffusion of Mn interstitials from (Ga,Mn)As epitaxial layers, caused by post-growth low-temperature annealing, on their electronic- and band-structure properties has been investigated by modulation photoreflectance (PR) spectroscopy. The annealing-induced changes in structural and magnetic properties of the layers were examined with high-resolution X-ray diffractometry and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, respectively. They confirmed an outdiffusion of Mn interstitials from the layers and an enhancement in their hole concentration, which were more efficient for the layer covered with a Sb cap acting as a sink for diffusing Mn interstitials. The PR results demonstrating a decrease in the band-gap-transition energy in the as-grown (Ga,Mn)As layers, with respect to that in the reference GaAs one, are interpreted by assuming a merging of the Mn-related impurity band with the GaAs valence band. Whereas an increase in the band-gap-transition energy caused by the annealing treatment of the (Ga,Mn)As layers is interpreted as a result of annealing-induced enhancement of the free-hole concentration and the Fermi level location within the valence band. The experimental results are consistent with the valence-band origin of itinerant holes mediating ferromagnetic ordering in (Ga,Mn)As, in agreement with the Zener model for ferromagnetic semiconductors.

  12. Effect of annealing copper phthalocyanine on the performance of interdigitated bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells

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    Wang, N. N.; Yu, J. S.; Yuan, Z. L.; Jiang, Y. D.

    2012-05-01

    Organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells with improved efficiency using thermal annealing-induced nanostructured copper phthalocyanine as a donor layer were fabricated. A power conversion efficiency of 1.47% in the OPV cell with interdigitated CuPc/C60 bulk heterojunction has been obtained under AM 1.5 solar illumination at an intensity of 100 mW/cm2, which is higher than 0.63% of CuPc/C60 planar cell. Through varying the annealing temperature of CuPc films, the influence of interface morphology and crystallinity of CuPc films on the performance of OPV cells was systematically studied. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and spectrophotometry were used to characterize the CuPc films. The results showed that at an optimal annealing temperature, the crystalline nature and vertical orientation of nanostructured CuPc have been modified, which can facilitate the separation of interfacial electron-hole pairs and charge carrier transport to electrodes.

  13. Annealing effect on thermodynamic and physical properties of mesoporous silicon: A simulation and nitrogen sorption study

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    Kumar, Pushpendra; Huber, Patrick

    2016-04-01

    Discovery of porous silicon formation in silicon substrate in 1956 while electro-polishing crystalline Si in hydrofluoric acid (HF), has triggered large scale investigations of porous silicon formation and their changes in physical and chemical properties with thermal and chemical treatment. A nitrogen sorption study is used to investigate the effect of thermal annealing on electrochemically etched mesoporous silicon (PS). The PS was thermally annealed from 200˚C to 800˚C for 1 hr in the presence of air. It was shown that the pore diameter and porosity of PS vary with annealing temperature. The experimentally obtained adsorption / desorption isotherms show hysteresis typical for capillary condensation in porous materials. A simulation study based on Saam and Cole model was performed and compared with experimentally observed sorption isotherms to study the physics behind of hysteresis formation. We discuss the shape of the hysteresis loops in the framework of the morphology of the layers. The different behavior of adsorption and desorption of nitrogen in PS with pore diameter was discussed in terms of concave menisci formation inside the pore space, which was shown to related with the induced pressure in varying the pore diameter from 7.2 nm to 3.4 nm.

  14. Data-based hybrid tension estimation and fault diagnosis of cold rolling continuous annealing processes.

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    Liu, Qiang; Chai, Tianyou; Wang, Hong; Qin, Si-Zhao Joe

    2011-12-01

    The continuous annealing process line (CAPL) of cold rolling is an important unit to improve the mechanical properties of steel strips in steel making. In continuous annealing processes, strip tension is an important factor, which indicates whether the line operates steadily. Abnormal tension profile distribution along the production line can lead to strip break and roll slippage. Therefore, it is essential to estimate the whole tension profile in order to prevent the occurrence of faults. However, in real annealing processes, only a limited number of strip tension sensors are installed along the machine direction. Since the effects of strip temperature, gas flow, bearing friction, strip inertia, and roll eccentricity can lead to nonlinear tension dynamics, it is difficult to apply the first-principles induced model to estimate the tension profile distribution. In this paper, a novel data-based hybrid tension estimation and fault diagnosis method is proposed to estimate the unmeasured tension between two neighboring rolls. The main model is established by an observer-based method using a limited number of measured tensions, speeds, and currents of each roll, where the tension error compensation model is designed by applying neural networks principal component regression. The corresponding tension fault diagnosis method is designed using the estimated tensions. Finally, the proposed tension estimation and fault diagnosis method was applied to a real CAPL in a steel-making company, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  15. Structural and electrical properties of annealed CdSe films on Ni substrate

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    Athanassopoulou, M.D.; Mergos, J.A.; Palaiologopoulou, M.D.; Argyropoulos, Th.G.; Dervos, C.T., E-mail: cdervos@central.ntua.gr

    2012-08-31

    Preparation and characterization of CdSe thin film semiconductors, prepared by cathodic electrodeposition from an acid sulphate solution (CdSO{sub 4}-SeO{sub 2}) before and after thermal treatment in nitrogen atmosphere, were investigated. The effect of the bath temperature and how it affects the cadmium selenide (CdSe) deposits were studied. The formation of compact barrier layers of zinc blende CdSe was attained. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction patterns present a remarkably intense cubic structure, even after thermal treatment. The Ni/CdSe/Au structure may exhibit rectifying properties depending on the temperature during the electrodeposition. Thermal annealing in nitrogen gas increases the conductivity of CdSe and intensifies the rectification properties of the Ni/CdSe/Au structure. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High quality (111) CdSe films by electrolytic deposition on Ni substrates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Investigation of optimum film growth parameters during the electrodeposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrical characterization and rectification properties of Ni/CdSe/Au structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal annealing in nitrogen gas, to investigate changes induced on deposits. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Conductivity of CdSe and potential barriers are controlled by annealing.

  16. Damage recovery in the oxygen sublattice of ZnO by post-implantation annealing

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    Audren, A.; Hallén, A.; Possnert, G.

    2012-02-01

    Hydrothermally grown zinc oxide bulk samples were implanted with 200 keV-Co ions with a fluence of 4.5 × 10 16 cm -2 and then annealed in air during 30 min at different temperatures up to 900 °C. After the implantation and each annealing step, the samples were analyzed using the nuclear reaction 16O(α,α) 16O at 3.045 MeV He in random and channeling directions to follow the annealing of the disorder profile in the O sublattice. For comparison, the disorder in the Zn sublattice was also observed by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) in random and channeling directions. The results reveal that the disorder created during the Co implantation is slightly higher in the O sublattice than in the Zn sublattice. The disorder recovery induced by the thermal treatments, starts at 500 °C in the O sublattice and at 700 °C in the Zn sublattice. Although, the most part of the disorder recovery occurs between 700 and 800 °C in both sublattices.

  17. Evidence for quantum annealing with more than one hundred qubits

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    Boixo, Sergio; Rønnow, Troels F.; Isakov, Sergei V.; Wang, Zhihui; Wecker, David; Lidar, Daniel A.; Martinis, John M.; Troyer, Matthias

    2014-03-01

    Quantum technology is maturing to the point where quantum devices, such as quantum communication systems, quantum random number generators and quantum simulators may be built with capabilities exceeding classical computers. A quantum annealer, in particular, solves optimization problems by evolving a known initial configuration at non-zero temperature towards the ground state of a Hamiltonian encoding a given problem. Here, we present results from tests on a 108 qubit D-Wave One device based on superconducting flux qubits. By studying correlations we find that the device performance is inconsistent with classical annealing or that it is governed by classical spin dynamics. In contrast, we find that the device correlates well with simulated quantum annealing. We find further evidence for quantum annealing in the form of small-gap avoided level crossings characterizing the hard problems. To assess the computational power of the device we compare it against optimized classical algorithms.

  18. Structural and magnetic changes on annealing permalloy/copper multilayers

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    Fulthorpe, B.D.; Hase, T.P.A. E-mail: t.p.a.hase@dur.ac.uk; Tanner, B.K.; Marrows, C.H.; Hickey, B.J

    2001-05-01

    Thin-film powder diffraction and in situ grazing incidence X-ray scattering have been used to determine the structural changes that occur during annealing of permalloy/copper multilayers. We show that the enhanced stability in the magnetotransport properties of multilayers doped with cobalt at the interfaces correlates with reduced interdiffusion. The development of a long correlation length conformal roughness during annealing is observed.

  19. A simulated annealing technique for multi-objective simulation optimization

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    Mahmoud H. Alrefaei; Diabat, Ali H.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we present a simulated annealing algorithm for solving multi-objective simulation optimization problems. The algorithm is based on the idea of simulated annealing with constant temperature, and uses a rule for accepting a candidate solution that depends on the individual estimated objective function values. The algorithm is shown to converge almost surely to an optimal solution. It is applied to a multi-objective inventory problem; the numerical results show that the algorithm ...

  20. 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.

  1. Improved mapping of the travelling salesman problem for quantum annealing

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    Troyer, Matthias; Heim, Bettina; Brown, Ethan; Wecker, David

    2015-03-01

    We consider the quantum adiabatic algorithm as applied to the travelling salesman problem (TSP). We introduce a novel mapping of TSP to an Ising spin glass Hamiltonian and compare it to previous known mappings. Through direct perturbative analysis, unitary evolution, and simulated quantum annealing, we show this new mapping to be significantly superior. We discuss how this advantage can translate to actual physical implementations of TSP on quantum annealers.

  2. On the analysis of the activation mechanisms of sub-melt laser anneals

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    Clarysse, T. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)], E-mail: trudo.clarysse@imec.be; Bogdanowicz, J.; Goossens, J.; Moussa, A.; Rosseel, E. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Vandervorst, W. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); KU Leuven, Department of Physics-IKS, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Petersen, D.H. [DTU Nanotech - Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); CAPRES A/S, Scion-DTU, Building 373, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Lin, R.; Nielsen, P.F. [CAPRES A/S, Scion-DTU, Building 373, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Hansen, Ole [DTU Nanotech - Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); CINF - Centre for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality, NanoDTU, DTU, b-345 East, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Merklin, G. [AMS, Advanced Metrology Systems LLC, 12 Michigan Drive, Natick, MA 01760 (United States); Bennett, N.S.; Cowern, N.E.B. [School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)

    2008-12-05

    In order to fabricate carrier profiles with a junction depth ({approx}15 nm) and sheet resistance value suited for sub-32 nm Si-CMOS technology, the usage of sub-melt laser anneal is a promising route to explore. As laser annealed junctions seem to outperform standard anneal approaches, a detailed assessment of the basics of laser induced activation seem appropriate. In this work the electrical activation is studied from a comparison between the dopant profiles as measured by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, and the electrically active fraction as extracted from sheet resistance and mobility measurements. The latter is based on a large variety of techniques. For the sheet resistance we use conventional Four-Point Probe (FPP), Variable Probe Spacing (VPS), contactless junction photo voltage (JPV), Micro Four-Point Probe (M4PP) and an optical technique, namely Model Based Infra-red spectroscopic Reflectrometry (MBIR). For the sheet carrier density and sheet mobility extraction we use conventional Hall (without cloverleaf van der Pauw patterning, to reflect the need for fast turn-round sheet measurements), MBIR, and a recently developed new Hall-like capability using M4PP. By recognizing the interaction between the various parameters as they are not completely independent, it is possible to test the consistency of the various methods and to identify potential short comings. This concept is applied to the activation behavior of low and high implanted Boron doses and indicates that the obtained electrically active concentration level as well as the concurrent mobility is dependent on the dopant concentration level. This implies that the activation of B through the laser anneal process in the explored temperature-time space is governed by kinetic processes (i.e. the dissolution of B-I pairs) and not by the (temperature related) solid solubility.

  3. Effects of annealing in Be/W and Be/C bilayers deposited on Si(0 0 1) substrates with Fe buffer layers

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    Schinteie, G. [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 77125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Greculeasa, S.G., E-mail: simona.greculeasa@infim.ro [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 77125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Bucharest University, Faculty of Physics, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Palade, P.; Lungu, G.A. [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 77125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Porosnicu, C.; Jepu, I.; Lungu, C.P. [National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 77125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Filoti, G.; Kuncser, V. [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 77125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Be/W, Be/C layers deposited by TVA on Si substrate with thin sputtered Fe buffers. • Fe films were hydrogenated (300 °C); Be/W and Be/C were annealed in vacuum (600 °C). • Increase of oxidation near the surface; the hydrogenation reduces oxidation. • The annealing induces high interatomic diffusion all over the structure. • Mixed phases are formed by annealing: Fe–Be, Fe–C; no Fe–W phases are evidenced. - Abstract: Atomic intermixing processes in relation to structural aspects and phase formation in Be based thin films subjected to different annealing treatments simulating the case of re-deposited layered structures on plasma facing components in nuclear fusion devices are reported. Accordingly, bilayers of Be/W and Be/C have been deposited on Si(0 0 1) substrates with Fe buffer layers. The Fe films have been prepared by radiofrequency sputtering and further processed by annealing in hydrogen atmosphere at 300 °C, for 90 min, at a pressure of 10 bars of H{sub 2}. After the Be/W and Be/C bilayer deposition by means of thermionic vacuum arc method, annealing in vacuum at 600 °C, for 10 min has been applied to the complex structures. The influence of annealing on the phase composition and atomic intermixing processes in the complex structures has been studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). The layered structures present an oxidation gradient with oxide phases in the uppermost layers and non-oxidized phases in the lower layers, as observed from the XPS data. The CEMS results revealed that the as-deposited structures contain a main metallic Fe phase and secondary superparamagnetic Fe oxide phases at the Fe/Be interface, while annealed samples present a large contribution of Fe–Be and Fe–C mixtures. The annealing treatment induces considerable atomic interdiffusion, strongly dependent on the nature of the upper layer. In the case of Be/W system, the annealing

  4. Impact of annealing on the chemical structure and morphology of the thin-film CdTe/ZnO interface

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    Horsley, K., E-mail: horsley5@unlv.nevada.edu; Hanks, D. A.; Weir, M. G. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Beal, R. J. [Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States); Wilks, R. G. [Solar Energy Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB), 14109 Berlin (Germany); Blum, M. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Häming, M. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Hofmann, T. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB), Institutsweg 1, 85435 Erding (Germany); Weinhardt, L. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); and others

    2014-07-14

    To enable an understanding and optimization of the optoelectronic behavior of CdTe-ZnO nanocomposites, the morphological and chemical properties of annealed CdTe/ZnO interface structures were studied. For that purpose, CdTe layers of varying thickness (4–24 nm) were sputter-deposited on 100 nm-thick ZnO films on surface-oxidized Si(100) substrates. The morphological and chemical effects of annealing at 525 °C were investigated using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray-excited Auger electron spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. We find a decrease of the Cd and Te surface concentration after annealing, parallel to an increase in Zn and O signals. While the as-deposited film surfaces show small grains (100 nm diameter) of CdTe on the ZnO surface, annealing induces a significant growth of these grains and separation into islands (with diameters as large as 1 μm). The compositional change at the surface is more pronounced for Cd than for Te, as evidenced using component peak fitting of the Cd and Te 3d XPS peaks. The modified Auger parameters of Cd and Te are also calculated to further elucidate the local chemical environment before and after annealing. Together, these results suggest the formation of tellurium and cadmium oxide species at the CdTe/ZnO interface upon annealing, which can create a barrier for charge carrier transport, and might allow for a deliberate modification of interface properties with suitably chosen thermal treatment parameters.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Ar-annealed zinc oxide nanostructures

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    Narayanan Kuthirummal

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured zinc oxide samples were synthesized through CVD and annealed in argon. The samples were investigated using SEM, TEM, XRD, and UV/VIS/FTIR photoacoustic spectroscopy. The SEM/TEM images show relatively spherical particles that form elongated, connected domains post-anneal. XRD measurements indicate a typical wurtzite structure and reveal an increase in average grain size from 16.3 nm to 21.2 nm in Ar-annealed samples over pristine samples. Visible photoacoustic spectra reveal the contribution of defect levels on the absorption edge of the fundamental gap of zinc oxide. The steepness parameter of the absorption edge, which is inversely proportional to the width of the absorption edge, decreased from 0.1582 (pristine to 0.1539 (annealed for 90 minutes revealing increased density of defect states upon annealing. The FTIR photoacoustic spectra show an intense peak at 412 cm-1 and a shoulder at 504 cm-1 corresponding to the two transverse optical stretching modes of ZnO. These results may indicate a self-assembly mechanism upon anneal under Ar atmosphere leading to early-stage nanorod growth.

  6. Temperature dependence of radiation damage and its annealing in silicon detectors

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    Ziock, H.J.; Boissevain, J.G.; Holzscheiter, K.; Kapustinsky, J.S.; Palounek, A.P.T.; Sondheim, W.E. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Barberis, E.; Cartiglia, N.; Leslie, J.; Pitzl, D.; Rowe, W.A.; Sadrozinski, H.F.W.; Seiden, A.; Spencer, E.; Wilder, M. [California Univ., Santa Cruz, CA (United States). Inst. for Particle Physics; Ellison, J.A.; Fleming, J.K.; Jerger, S.; Joyce, D.; Lietzke, C.; Reed, E.; Wimpenny, S.J. [California Univ., Riverside, CA (United States); Ferguson, P. [Missouri Univ., Rolla, MO (United States); Frautschi, M.A.; Matthews, J.A.J.; Skinner, D. [New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1992-12-01

    The radiation damage resulting from the large particle fluences predicted at the Superconducting Super Collider will induce significant leakage currents in silicon detectors. In order to limit those currents, we plan to operate the detectors at reduced temperatures ({approximately}0{degree} C). In this paper, we present the results of a study of temperature effects on both the initial radiation damage and the long-term annealing of that damage in silicon PIN detectors. Depletion voltage results are reported. The detectors were exposed to approximately 10{sup 14}/cm{sup 2} 650 MeV protons. Very pronounced temperature dependencies were observed.

  7. Temperature dependence of radiation damage and its annealing in silicon detectors

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    Ziock, H.J.; Boissevain, J.G.; Holzscheiter, K.; Kapustinsky, J.S.; Palounek, A.P.T.; Sondheim, W.E. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Barberis, E.; Cartiglia, N.; Leslie, J.; Pitzl, D.; Rowe, W.A.; Sadrozinski, H.F.W.; Seiden, A.; Spencer, E.; Wilder, M. (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States). Santa Cruz Inst. for Particle Physics); Ellison, J.A.; Fleming, J.K.; Jerger, S.; Joyce, D.; Lietzke, C.; Reed, E.; Wimpenny, S.J. (Univ. of California, Riverside, CA (United States)); Ferguson, P. (Univ. of Missouri, Rolla, MO (United States)); Frautschi, M.A.; Matthews, J.A.J.; Skinner, D. (Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States))

    1993-08-01

    The radiation damage resulting from the large particle fluences predicted at the Superconducting Super Collider will induce significant leakage currents in silicon detectors. In order to limit those currents, the authors plan to operate the detectors at reduced temperatures ([approximately] 0 C). In this paper, they present the results of a study of temperature effects on both the initial radiation damage and the long-term annealing of that damage in silicon PIN detectors. Depletion voltage results are reported. The detectors were exposed to approximately 10[sup 14]/cm[sup 2] 650 MeV protons. Very pronounced temperature dependencies were observed.

  8. Temperature dependence of radiation damage and its annealing in silicon detectors

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    Ziock, H.J.; Boissevain, J.G.; Holzscheiter, K.; Kapustinsky, J.S.; Palounek, A.P.T.; Sondheim, W.E. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Barberis, E.; Cartiglia, N.; Leslie, J.; Pitzl, D.; Rowe, W.A.; Sadrozinski, H.F.W.; Seiden, A.; Spencer, E.; Wilder, M. (California Univ., Santa Cruz, CA (United States). Inst. for Particle Physics); Ellison, J.A.; Fleming, J.K.; Jerger, S.; Joyce, D.; Lietzke, C.; Re

    1992-01-01

    The radiation damage resulting from the large particle fluences predicted at the Superconducting Super Collider will induce significant leakage currents in silicon detectors. In order to limit those currents, we plan to operate the detectors at reduced temperatures ([approximately]0[degree] C). In this paper, we present the results of a study of temperature effects on both the initial radiation damage and the long-term annealing of that damage in silicon PIN detectors. Depletion voltage results are reported. The detectors were exposed to approximately 10[sup 14]/cm[sup 2] 650 MeV protons. Very pronounced temperature dependencies were observed.

  9. Annealing of natural metamict zircons. I low degree of radiation damage

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    Colombo, M

    1998-01-01

    In-situ time dependent high temperature X-ray powder diffraction was used to investigate the ordering process occurring during annealing of natural zircons with a low degree of radiation damage. It was possible to distinguish two stages of this process. Firstly, the diffusion of defects induced by alpha-particles, this stage contributes only to a certain degree of relaxation in the unit cell. In the second stage there is some degree of recrystallization. A hkl-dependence in the variation of the integrated intensity is observed and the increase in the volume of crystalline zircon is therefore related to a process of migration of dislocations.

  10. Annealing effects on strain and stress sensitivity of polymer optical fibre based sensors

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    Pospori, A.; Marques, C. A. F.; Zubel, M. G.

    2016-01-01

    The annealing effects on strain and stress sensitivity of polymer optical fibre Bragg grating sensors after their photoinscription are investigated. PMMA optical fibre based Bragg grating sensors are first photo-inscribed and then they were placed into hot water for annealing. Strain, stress...... and force sensitivity measurements are taken before and after annealing. Parameters such as annealing time and annealing temperature are investigated. The change of the fibre diameter due to water absorption and the annealing process is also considered. The results show that annealing the polymer optical...... fibre tends to increase the strain, stress and force sensitivity of the photo-inscribed sensor....

  11. Zoology of condensed matter: framids, ordinary stuff, extra-ordinary stuff

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    Nicolis, Alberto; Penco, Riccardo; Piazza, Federico; Rattazzi, Riccardo

    2015-06-01

    We classify condensed matter systems in terms of the spacetime symmetries they spontaneously break. In particular, we characterize condensed matter itself as any state in a Poincaré-invariant theory that spontaneously breaks Lorentz boosts while preserving at large distances some form of spatial translations, time-translations, and possibly spatial rotations. Surprisingly, the simplest, most minimal system achieving this symmetry breaking pattern — the framid — does not seem to be realized in Nature. Instead, Nature usually adopts a more cumbersome strategy: that of introducing internal translational symmetries — and possibly rotational ones — and of spontaneously breaking them along with their space-time counterparts, while preserving unbroken diagonal subgroups. This symmetry breaking pattern describes the infrared dynamics of ordinary solids, fluids, superfluids, and — if they exist — supersolids. A third, "extra-ordinary", possibility involves replacing these internal symmetries with other symmetries that do not commute with the Poincaré group, for instance the galileon symmetry, supersymmetry or gauge symmetries. Among these options, we pick the systems based on the galileon symmetry, the " galileids", for a more detailed study. Despite some similarity, all different patterns produce truly distinct physical systems with different observable properties. For instance, the low-energy 2 → 2 scattering amplitudes for the Goldstone excitations in the cases of framids, solids and galileids scale respectively as E 2, E 4, and E 6. Similarly the energy momentum tensor in the ground state is "trivial" for framids ( ρ + p = 0), normal for solids ( ρ + p > 0) and even inhomogenous for galileids.

  12. The extraordinary joint material of an articulated coralline alga. I. Mechanical characterization of a key adaptation.

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    Denny, Mark W; King, Felicia A

    2016-06-15

    Flexibility is key to survival for seaweeds exposed to the extreme hydrodynamic environment of wave-washed rocky shores. This poses a problem for coralline algae, whose calcified cell walls make them rigid. Through the course of evolution, erect coralline algae have solved this problem by incorporating joints (genicula) into their morphology, allowing their fronds to be as flexible as those of uncalcified seaweeds. To provide the flexibility required by this structural innovation, the joint material of Calliarthron cheilosporioides, a representative articulated coralline alga, relies on an extraordinary tissue that is stronger, more extensible and more fatigue resistant than the tissue of other algal fronds. Here, we report on experiments that reveal the viscoelastic properties of this material. On the one hand, its compliance is independent of the rate of deformation across a wide range of deformation rates, a characteristic of elastic solids. This deformation rate independence allows joints to maintain their flexibility when loaded by the unpredictable - and often rapidly imposed - hydrodynamic force of breaking waves. On the other hand, the genicular material has viscous characteristics that similarly augment its function. The genicular material dissipates much of the energy absorbed as a joint is deformed during cyclic wave loading, which potentially reduces the chance of failure by fatigue, and the material accrues a limited amount of deformation through time. This limited creep increases the flexibility of the joints while preventing them from gradually stretching to the point of failure. These new findings provide the basis for understanding how the microscale architecture of genicular cell walls results in the adaptive mechanical properties of coralline algal joints.

  13. On the extraordinary snow on the sea ice off East Antarctica in late winter, 2012

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    Toyota, Takenobu; Massom, Robert; Lecomte, Olivier; Nomura, Daiki; Heil, Petra; Tamura, Takeshi; Fraser, Alexander D.

    2016-09-01

    In late winter-early spring 2012, the second Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystems Experiment (SIPEX II) was conducted off Wilkes Land, East Antarctica, onboard R/V Aurora Australis. The sea-ice conditions were characterized by significantly thick first-year ice and snow, trapping the ship for about 10 days in the near coastal region. The deep snow cover was particularly remarkable, in that its average value of 0.45 m was almost three times that observed between 1992 and 2007 in the region. To reveal factors responsible, we used in situ observations and ERA-Interim reanalysis (1990-2012) to examine the relative contribution of the different components of the local-regional snow mass balance equation i.e., snow accumulation on sea ice, precipitation minus evaporation (P-E), and loss by (i) snow-ice formation and (ii) entering into leads due to drifting snow. Results show no evidence for significantly high P-E in the winter of 2012. Ice core analysis has shown that although the snow-ice layer was relatively thin, indicating less transformation from snow to snow-ice in 2012 as compared to measurements from 2007, the difference was not enough to explain the extraordinarily deep snow. Based on these results, we deduce that lower loss of snow into leads was probably responsible for the extraordinary snow in 2012. Statistical analysis and satellite images suggest that the reduction in loss of snow into leads is attributed to rough ice surface associated with active deformation processes and larger floe size due to sea-ice expansion. This highlights the importance of snow-sea ice interaction in determining the mean snow depth on Antarctic sea ice.

  14. Extraordinary aggressive behavior from the giant coral reef fish, Bolbometopon muricatum, in a remote marine reserve.

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    Roldan C Muñoz

    Full Text Available Human impacts to terrestrial and marine communities are widespread and typically begin with the local extirpation of large-bodied animals. In the marine environment, few pristine areas relatively free of human impact remain to provide baselines of ecosystem function and goals for restoration efforts. Recent comparisons of remote and/or protected coral reefs versus impacted sites suggest remote systems are dominated by apex predators, yet in these systems the ecological role of non-predatory, large-bodied, highly vulnerable species such as the giant bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum has received less attention. Overfishing of Bolbometopon has lead to precipitous declines in population density and avoidance of humans throughout its range, contributing to its status as a candidate species under the U. S. Endangered Species Act and limiting opportunities to study unexploited populations. Here we show that extraordinary ecological processes, such as violent headbutting contests by the world's largest parrotfish, can be revealed by studying unexploited ecosystems, such as the coral reefs of Wake Atoll where we studied an abundant population of Bolbometopon. Bolbometopon is among the largest of coral reef fishes and is a well known, charismatic species, yet to our knowledge, no scientific documentation of ritualized headbutting exists for marine fishes. Our observations of aggressive headbutting by Bolbometopon underscore that remote locations and marine reserves, by inhibiting negative responses to human observers and by allowing the persistence of historical conditions, can provide valuable opportunities to study ecosystems in their natural state, thereby facilitating the discovery, conservation, and interpretation of a range of sometimes remarkable behavioral and ecological processes.

  15. Post-fabrication annealing effects on the performance of P3HT:PCBM solar cells with/without ZnO nanoparticles

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    Ntwaeaborwa, O.M., E-mail: ntwaeab@ufs.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa); Zhou Renjia; Qian Lei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-6400 (United States); Pitale, Shreyas S. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa); Xue, J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-6400 (United States); Swart, H.C. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa); Holloway, P.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-6400 (United States)

    2012-05-15

    In this study, P3HT:PCBM organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, with or without ZnO nanoparticles buffer layer between the photoactive layer (P3HT:PCBM) and the cathode (Al top electrode), were fabricated. The devices were annealed at 145 Degree-Sign C either before or after depositing the top electrode. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of the ZnO buffer layer and pre-/post-fabrication annealing on the general performance of these devices. The short-circuit current density (J{sub SC}), open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}) and the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the OPV devices were improved by the insertion of the ZnO layer and post-fabrication annealing. The post-fabrication annealed devices, with or without the ZnO layer, exhibited higher values of J{sub SC}, V{sub OC} and EQE than those of similar devices annealed before depositing the Al metal. This can be attributed to, among other things, improved charge transport across the interface between the photoactive layer and the Al top electrode as a result of post-annealing induced modification of the interface morphology.

  16. Annealing dependent oxygen vacancies in SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles: Structural, electrical and their ferromagnetic behavior

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    Mehraj, Sumaira, E-mail: sumairamehraj07@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Ansari, M. Shahnawaze, E-mail: shah.csengg@gmail.com [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Al-Ghamdi, Attieh A. [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Alimuddin [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India)

    2016-03-01

    The effect of annealing on structural, electrical and d0 ferromagnetism in SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method is investigated. The as synthesized SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles were annealed at 500 °C–1300 °C for 2 h in ambient conditions. The crystallinity, grain size and morphology of the samples were studied using X-ray diffraction, Field emission scanning electron microscope, Transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopic studies. The annealing temperature resulted in grain growth as well as reduction in oxygen vacancies as confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Resistivity measurement of all the samples showed the typical behavior of semiconductors. Dielectric spectroscopy showed that there is an improvement in electric properties of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles as the annealing temperature is increased. The samples exhibited ferromagnetism at room temperature as well as at 5 K. However, the saturation magnetization at room temperature is decreasing from 0.019 emu/g to 0.001 emu/g whereas at 5 K, it is decreasing from 0.75 emu/g to 0.05 emu/g with increasing annealing temperature. The observed difference between ferromagnetism at 300 K and 5 K clearly indicates that oxygen vacancies become more active at 5 K and induce ferromagnetism with almost 40 times higher magnitude of saturation magnetization than that at 300 K in as synthesized and annealed SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. In the light of this study electrical and magnetization values can be tuned by changing the relative concentration of oxygen vacancies which can be achieved by varying annealing temperature thus projecting their technological applications in spintronics. - Highlights: • Preparation of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles using solution combustion method. • Effect of annealing temperature on oxygen vacancies. • Role of grains and grain boundaries in electrical properties. • Complex impedance analysis with respect to the average particle

  17. Plasma versus thermal annealing for the Au-catalyst growth of ZnO nanocones and nanowires on Al-doped ZnO buffer layers

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    Güell, Frank; Martínez-Alanis, Paulina R.; Roso, Sergio; Salas-Pérez, Carlos I.; García-Sánchez, Mario F.; Santana, Guillermo; Marel Monroy, B.

    2016-06-01

    We successfully synthesized ZnO nanocones and nanowires over polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layers on fused silica substrates by a vapor-transport process using Au-catalyst thin films. Different Au film thicknesses were thermal or plasma annealed in order to analyze their influence on the ZnO nanostructure growth morphology. Striking differences have been observed. Thermal annealing generates a distribution of Au nanoclusters and plasma annealing induces a fragmentation of the Au thin films. While ZnO nanowires are found in the thermal-annealed samples, ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been obtained on the plasma-annealed samples. Enhancement of the preferred c-axis (0001) growth orientation was demonstrated by x-ray diffraction when the ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been grown over the AZO buffer layer. The transmittance spectra of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires show a gradual increase from 375 to 900 nm, and photoluminescence characterization pointed out high concentration of defects leading to observation of a broad emission band in the visible range from 420 to 800 nm. The maximum emission intensity peak position of the broad visible band is related to the thickness of the Au-catalyst for the thermal-annealed samples and to the plasma power for the plasma-annealed samples. Finally, we proposed a model for the plasma versus thermal annealing of the Au-catalyst for the growth of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires. These results are promising for renewable energy applications, in particular for its potential application in solar cells.

  18. Annealing behaviors of vacancy in varied neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon

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    CHEN Gui-feng; LI Yang-xian; LIU Li-li; NIU Ping-juan; NIU Sheng-li; CHEN Dong-feng

    2006-01-01

    The difference of annealing behaviors of vacancy-oxygen complex (VO) in varied dose neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon: (S1 5×1017 n/cm3 and S2 1.07×1019 n/cm3) were studied. The results show that the VO is one of the main defects formed in neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon (CZ-Si). In this defect,oxygen atom shares a vacancy,it is bonded to two silicon neighbors. Annealed at 200 ℃,divacancies are trapped by interstitial oxygen(Oi) to form V2O (840 cm-1). With the decrease of the 829 cm-1 (VO) three infrared absorption bands at 825 cm-1 (V2O2),834 cm-1 (V2O3) and 840 cm-1 (V2O) will rise after annealed at temperature range of 200-500 ℃. After annealed at 450-500 ℃ the main absorption bands in S1 sample are 834 cm-1,825 cm-1 and 889 cm-1 (VO2),in S2 is 825 cm-1. Annealing of A-center in varied neutron irradiated CZ-Si is suggested to consist of two processes. The first is due to trapping of VO by Oi in low dose neutron irradiated CZ-Si (S1) and the second is due to capture the wandering vacancy by VO,etc,in high dose neutron irradiated CZ-Si (S2),the VO2 plays an important role in the annealing of A-center. With the increase of the irradiation dose,the annealing behavior of A-center is changed.

  19. Note: Improving long-term stability of hot-wire anemometer sensors by means of annealing.

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    Lundström, H

    2015-08-01

    Annealing procedures for hot-wire sensors of platinum and platinum-plated tungsten have been investigated experimentally. It was discovered that the two investigated sensor metals behave quite differently during the annealing process, but for both types annealing may improve long-term stability considerably. Measured drift of sensors both without and with prior annealing is presented. Suggestions for suitable annealing temperatures and times are given.

  20. Note: Improving long-term stability of hot-wire anemometer sensors by means of annealing

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    Lundström, H., E-mail: hans.lundstrom@hig.se [Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, SE-801 76 Gävle (Sweden)

    2015-08-15

    Annealing procedures for hot-wire sensors of platinum and platinum-plated tungsten have been investigated experimentally. It was discovered that the two investigated sensor metals behave quite differently during the annealing process, but for both types annealing may improve long-term stability considerably. Measured drift of sensors both without and with prior annealing is presented. Suggestions for suitable annealing temperatures and times are given.

  1. Note: Improving long-term stability of hot-wire anemometer sensors by means of annealing

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    Lundström, H.

    2015-08-01

    Annealing procedures for hot-wire sensors of platinum and platinum-plated tungsten have been investigated experimentally. It was discovered that the two investigated sensor metals behave quite differently during the annealing process, but for both types annealing may improve long-term stability considerably. Measured drift of sensors both without and with prior annealing is presented. Suggestions for suitable annealing temperatures and times are given.

  2. The structure of oxygen-annealed La1.9Ca1.1Cu2O6 superconductor

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    Hu, Hefei; Zhu, Yimei; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John; Liu, Tiansheng; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John; Hill, John; Billinge, Simon

    2014-03-01

    Effect of annealing under high oxygen pressure on La1.9Ca1.1Cu2O6 (2126) is studied and structure change at the nanometer scale is investigated by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The as-grown single crystal is non-superconducting, which is thought to be due to oxygen deficiency. With annealing under a high oxygen pressure, superconductivity is induced with Tc ~ 53 K. While the as-grown 2126 shows homogenous structure at a large scale, after oxygen annealing, the sample develops a secondary phase La2-xCaxCuO4(214) at nanometer scale, which is evidenced by electron diffraction patterns together with EELS analysis. The content of 214 phase is estimated to be around 20% based on the analysis of scanning TEM images. Magnetization measurements indicate that the 214 phase is also superconducting. Chemical change of the remaining 2126 phase after oxygen annealing will also be discussed.

  3. Quantum coherence phenomenon in disordered Bi2SeTe2 topological single crystal: effect of annealing.

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    Amaladass, E P; Devidas, T R; Sharma, Shilpam; Mani, Awadhesh

    2017-05-04

    We report a comparative magnetotransport study on pristine and annealed Bi2SeTe2 single crystals. The pristine sample shows a metallic trend from 300 to 180 K, and an insulating behavior for T    2.5 T. Further, the quantum MR behaviours seen at low temperature gradually transform to classical B (2) dependent upon increasing the temperatures. In contrast, the annealed sample shows a WAL at small field superimposed on a parabolic feature for B  >  ±4 T at low temperatures (T    100 K. Hall measurements on both samples exhibit a nonlinear behavior at 4.2 K pointing to the existence of two types of carriers with different mobility. The annealed sample also shows a drastic decrease in mobility by one order of magnitude and a reduction in Ioffe-Regel parameter (k F l) by a factor of ~3. Disorder-induced localization of bulk carriers and its coexistence with localization-immune surface carriers at low T leads to WAL and WL. MR observed in the annealed sample can be attributed to the presence of both quantum-classical contribution and has been analysed using the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka (HLN) equation.

  4. Zigzag faceting and width refinement of graphene nanoribbons and nanoperforations via catalyzed edge-annealing on Cu(111)

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    Safron, Nathaniel S.; Choi, Jonathan W.; Kim, Myungwoong; Shin, Naechul; Gopalan, Padma; Arnold, Michael S.

    2015-12-01

    Top-down subtractive lithography has previously been used to pattern graphene nanostructures which lack ideal properties due to (1) limited resolution and (2) disordered edges. Here, we introduce a method to convert such disordered edges into relatively smooth zigzag edges via annealing on a Cu(111) substrate at ~950 °C. The Cu catalyzes the re-arrangement of graphene edge atoms to energetically favorable sites, inducing zigzag edge faceting. The dimensions of the graphene nanostructures can be increased, decreased, or held constant during the annealing by tuning the relative balance between growth and etching reactions, described by a fundamental growth rate equation. To demonstrate the flexibility of this method, we lithographically pattern graphene nanoribbons with zigzag or armchair orientations, or alternatively perforate graphene with circular holes, and then anneal these nanostructures to realize zigzag edge termination in each case, with nanostructure feature size tailored from 8 to 80 nm. The annealed nanostructures have smoother zigzag edges (~40% reduction in 1σ line edge roughness), and Raman spectroscopy confirms that they have lower edge disorder than top-down patterned samples.

  5. The elimination of free radicals in irradiated UHMWPEs with and without vitamin E stabilization by annealing under pressure.

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    Oral, Ebru; Ghali, Bassem W; Muratoglu, Orhun K

    2011-04-01

    Radiation crosslinking of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been used to decrease the wear of joint implant bearing surfaces. While radiation crosslinking has been successful in decreasing femoral head penetration into UHMWPE acetabular liners in vivo, postirradiation thermal treatment of the polymer is required to ensure the oxidative stability of joint implants in the long term. Two types of thermal treatment have been used: (i) annealing below the melting point preserves the mechanical properties but the residual free radicals trapped in the crystalline regions are not completely eliminated, leading to oxidation in the long-term and (ii) annealing above the melting point (melting) eliminates the free radicals but leads to a decrease in mechanical properties through loss of crystallinity during the melting process. In this study, we hypothesized that free radicals could be reduced by annealing below the melting point under pressure effectively without melting due to the elevation of the melting point. By avoiding the complete melting of UHMWPE, mechanical properties would be preserved. Our hypothesis tested positive in that we found the radiation-induced free radicals to be markedly reduced (below the detection limit of state-of-the-art electron spin resonance) by thermal annealing under pressure in radiation crosslinked virgin UHMWPE and UHMWPE/vitamin-E blends without loss of mechanical properties.

  6. Structural, optical, and transport properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride thin films treated with homogeneous electron beam irradiation and thermal annealing

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    Takashiri, Masayuki; Asai, Yuki; Yamauchi, Kazuki

    2016-08-01

    We investigated the effects of homogeneous electron beam (EB) irradiation and thermal annealing treatments on the structural, optical, and transport properties of bismuth telluride thin films. Bismuth telluride thin films were prepared by an RF magnetron sputtering method at room temperature. After deposition, the films were treated with homogeneous EB irradiation, thermal annealing, or a combination of both the treatments (two-step treatment). We employed Williamson-Hall analysis for separating the strain contribution from the crystallite domain contribution in the x-ray diffraction data of the films. We found that strain was induced in the thin films by EB irradiation and was relieved by thermal annealing. The crystal orientation along c-axis was significantly enhanced by the two-step treatment. Scanning electron microscopy indicated the melting and aggregation of nano-sized grains on the film surface by the two-step treatment. Optical analysis indicated that the interband transition of all the thin films was possibly of the indirect type, and that thermal annealing and two-step treatment methods increased the band gap of the films due to relaxation of the strain. Thermoelectric performance was significantly improved by the two-step treatment. The power factor reached a value of 17.2 μW (cm-1 K-2), approximately 10 times higher than that of the as-deposited thin films. We conclude that improving the crystal orientation and relaxing the strain resulted in enhanced thermoelectric performance.

  7. Effects of annealing on self-assembled InAs quantum dots and wetting layer in GaAs matrix

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    Jasinski, J.; Babinski, A.; Bozek, R.; Szepielow, A.; Baranowski, J.M.

    2001-04-18

    Post-growth thermal annealing effects on InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) near Stransky-Krastanow transformation were investigated. Self-assembled QDs of average size of about 10 nm were grown by metal organic vapour phase epitaxy. The photoluminescence (PL) due to emission from QDs as well as two peaks due to emission from the strained InAs wetting layer (WL) were observed in as-grown samples. Bimodal structure of the WL PL was attributed to WL regions of different thickness. There was almost no difference in the PL spectrum after 30 s annealing at 600 C. However, annealing at temperatures in the range between 700 C and 950 C resulted in quenching of the PL from QDs and the thinner WL. The PL peak from the new, thicker WL blue-shifted and narrowed with increasing annealing temperature. This behavior was in agreement with TEM observations. Complete dissolution of the QDs and substantial broadening of the WL was observed. All our results indicate that thermally induced modifications of the WL rather than QDs can be responsible for the blue-shift and narrowing of the PL peaks in structures containing InAs QDs.

  8. Effects of annealing on self-assembled InAs quantum dots and wetting layer in GaAs matrix

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    Jasinski, J.; Babinski, A.; Bozek, R.; Szepielow, A.; Baranowski, J.M.

    2001-04-18

    Post-growth thermal annealing effects on InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) near Stransky-Krastanow transformation were investigated. Self-assembled QDs of average size of about 10 nm were grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. The photoluminescence (PL) due to emission from QDs as well as two peaks due to emission from the strained InAs wetting layer (WL) were observed in as-grown samples. Bimodal structure of the WL PL was attributed to WL regions of different thickness. There was almost no difference in the PL spectrum after 30 s annealing at 600 C. However, annealing at temperatures in the range between 700 C and 950 C resulted in quenching of the PL from QDs and the thinner WL. The PL peak from the new, thicker WL blue-shifted and narrowed with increasing annealing temperature. This behavior was in agreement with TEM observations. Complete dissolution of the QDs and substantial broadening of the WL was observed. All our results indicate that thermally induced modifications of the WL rather than QDs can be responsible for the blue-shift and narrowing of the PL peaks in structures containing InAs QDs.

  9. Structural, optical, and transport properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride thin films treated with homogeneous electron beam irradiation and thermal annealing.

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    Takashiri, Masayuki; Asai, Yuki; Yamauchi, Kazuki

    2016-08-19

    We investigated the effects of homogeneous electron beam (EB) irradiation and thermal annealing treatments on the structural, optical, and transport properties of bismuth telluride thin films. Bismuth telluride thin films were prepared by an RF magnetron sputtering method at room temperature. After deposition, the films were treated with homogeneous EB irradiation, thermal annealing, or a combination of both the treatments (two-step treatment). We employed Williamson-Hall analysis for separating the strain contribution from the crystallite domain contribution in the x-ray diffraction data of the films. We found that strain was induced in the thin films by EB irradiation and was relieved by thermal annealing. The crystal orientation along c-axis was significantly enhanced by the two-step treatment. Scanning electron microscopy indicated the melting and aggregation of nano-sized grains on the film surface by the two-step treatment. Optical analysis indicated that the interband transition of all the thin films was possibly of the indirect type, and that thermal annealing and two-step treatment methods increased the band gap of the films due to relaxation of the strain. Thermoelectric performance was significantly improved by the two-step treatment. The power factor reached a value of 17.2 μW (cm(-1) K(-2)), approximately 10 times higher than that of the as-deposited thin films. We conclude that improving the crystal orientation and relaxing the strain resulted in enhanced thermoelectric performance.

  10. Contribution of individual interfaces in the MgO/Co/Pd trilayer to perpendicular magnetic anisotropy upon annealing

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    Kim, Minseok; Kim, Sanghoon; Ko, Jungho; Hong, Jongill, E-mail: hong.jongill@yonsei.ac.kr [Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-09

    The contribution of each interface of the MgO/Co/Pd trilayer to the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was studied by changing chemical and crystalline structures through annealing. We found that volumetric anisotropy in the MgO/Co/Pd trilayer was significantly increased due to enhanced magnetoelastic anisotropy caused by stress built up most likely at the MgO/Co interface during annealing. When the trilayer was annealed at 400 °C, the alloy formation at the Co/Pd interface additionally increased the volumetric anisotropy. Our x-ray magnetic circular dichroism study supported that those structural modifications led to an increase in the orbital moment through spin-orbit coupling (SOC) along the film normal two times larger than that of the as-deposited trilayer, thereby enhancing PMA greatly. Our experimental results prove that the Co/Pd interface, rather than the MgO/Co interface, plays an essential role in inducing strong PMA in the trilayer. The precise investigation of annealing effect on both volumetric and interfacial anisotropies can provide a methodological solution to improve the SOC of the trilayer that can serve as the core unit of spintronic devices.

  11. Photoluminescence evolution in self-ion-implanted and annealed silicon

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    Yang Yu; Wang Chong; Yang Rui-Dong; Li Liang; Xiong Fei; Bao Ji-Ming

    2009-01-01

    Si+ ion-implanted silicon wafers are annealed at different temperatures from room temperature to 950℃ and then characterized by using the photoluminescence (PL) technique at different recorded temperatures (RETs). Plentiful optical features are observed and identified clearly in these PL curves. The PL spectra of these samples annealed in different temperature ranges are correspondingly dominated by different emission peaks. Several characteristic features, such as an R line, S bands, a W line, the phonon-assistant W~(TA) and Si~(TO) peaks, can be detected in the PL spectra of samples annealed at different temperatures. For the samples annealed at 800 ℃, emission peaks from the dislocations bounded at the deep energy levels of the forbidden band, such as D_1 and D_2 bands, can be observed at a temperature as high as 280 K. These data strongly indicate that a severe transformation of defect structures could be manipulated by the annealing and recorded temperatures. The deactivation energies of the main optical features are extracted from the PL data at different temperatures.

  12. Spall response of annealed copper to direct explosive loading

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    Finnegan, S. G.; Burns, M. J.; Markland, L.; Goff, M.; Ferguson, J. W.

    2017-01-01

    Taylor wave spall experiments were conducted on annealed copper targets using direct explosive loading. The targets were mounted on the back of an explosive disc which was being used for a shock to detonation transition (SDT) test in a gas gun. This technique allows two experiments to be conducted with one piece of explosive. Explosive loading creates a high stress state within the target with a lower strain rate than an equivalent plate impact experiment, although the shock front will also have some curvature. Three shots were performed on two differently annealed batches of copper to investigate the viability of the technique and the effect of annealing on the spall response. One pair of targets was annealed at 850°C for four hours and the other target was annealed at 600°C for one hour. The free surface velocity (FSV) profiles were recorded using a Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) probe focused on the center of the target. The profiles were compared to predictions from the CREST reactive burn model. One profile recorded a significantly lower peak velocity which was attributed to the probe being located off center. Despite this, all three calculated spall strengths closely agreed and it was concluded that the technique is a viable one for loading an inert target.

  13. High pressure annealing of Europium implanted GaN

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    Lorenz, K.

    2012-02-09

    GaN epilayers were implanted with Eu to fluences of 1×10^13 Eu/cm2 and 1×10^15 Eu/cm2. Post-implant thermal annealing was performed in ultra-high nitrogen pressures at temperatures up to 1450 ºC. For the lower fluence effective structural recovery of the crystal was observed for annealing at 1000 ºC while optical activation could be further improved at higher annealing temperatures. The higher fluence samples also reveal good optical activation; however, some residual implantation damage remains even for annealing at 1450 ºC which leads to a reduced incorporation of Eu on substitutional sites, a broadening of the Eu luminescence lines and to a strongly reduced fraction of optically active Eu ions. Possibilities for further optimization of implantation and annealing conditions are discussed.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  14. Experimental quantum annealing: case study involving the graph isomorphism problem.

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    Zick, Kenneth M; Shehab, Omar; French, Matthew

    2015-06-08

    Quantum annealing is a proposed combinatorial optimization technique meant to exploit quantum mechanical effects such as tunneling and entanglement. Real-world quantum annealing-based solvers require a combination of annealing and classical pre- and post-processing; at this early stage, little is known about how to partition and optimize the processing. This article presents an experimental case study of quantum annealing and some of the factors involved in real-world solvers, using a 504-qubit D-Wave Two machine and the graph isomorphism problem. To illustrate the role of classical pre-processing, a compact Hamiltonian is presented that enables a reduced Ising model for each problem instance. On random N-vertex graphs, the median number of variables is reduced from N(2) to fewer than N log2 N and solvable graph sizes increase from N = 5 to N = 13. Additionally, error correction via classical post-processing majority voting is evaluated. While the solution times are not competitive with classical approaches to graph isomorphism, the enhanced solver ultimately classified correctly every problem that was mapped to the processor and demonstrated clear advantages over the baseline approach. The results shed some light on the nature of real-world quantum annealing and the associated hybrid classical-quantum solvers.

  15. On simulated annealing phase transitions in phylogeny reconstruction.

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    Strobl, Maximilian A R; Barker, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    Phylogeny reconstruction with global criteria is NP-complete or NP-hard, hence in general requires a heuristic search. We investigate the powerful, physically inspired, general-purpose heuristic simulated annealing, applied to phylogeny reconstruction. Simulated annealing mimics the physical process of annealing, where a liquid is gently cooled to form a crystal. During the search, periods of elevated specific heat occur, analogous to physical phase transitions. These simulated annealing phase transitions play a crucial role in the outcome of the search. Nevertheless, they have received comparably little attention, for phylogeny or other optimisation problems. We analyse simulated annealing phase transitions during searches for the optimal phylogenetic tree for 34 real-world multiple alignments. In the same way in which melting temperatures differ between materials, we observe distinct specific heat profiles for each input file. We propose this reflects differences in the search landscape and can serve as a measure for problem difficulty and for suitability of the algorithm's parameters. We discuss application in algorithmic optimisation and as a diagnostic to assess parameterisation before computationally costly, large phylogeny reconstructions are launched. Whilst the focus here lies on phylogeny reconstruction under maximum parsimony, it is plausible that our results are more widely applicable to optimisation procedures in science and industry.

  16. 建立多学科合作机制精准治疗特殊原因创面%Precise management of extraordinary agent wound by establishment of a multidisciplinary cooperation mechanism

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    刘毅

    2016-01-01

    With the development of social economy,people's lifestyle has changed accompanied with the problem of population aging.The spectrum of disease also varied accordingly,thus led to complicated and varied wound aetiology,along with the formation of innumerably changed acute and chronic wounds.Therefore,it is hard to meet the requirement of multidisciplinary knowledge and technique in the diagnosis and treatment of some extraordinary agent wound with a single discipline.The extraordinary agent wound is caused by some uncommon or rare etiological factors,the specialty of which lays on the unique mechanism of wound formation,and a lot of disciplines were involved in the diagnosis and management of the wound.A unification of multiple disciplines is needed to integrate the relevant theory and technique to care the wound by giving consideration of the symptom and the aetiology.The primary diseases which induced the uncommon agent wound should be targeted and treated effectively;meanwhile,a comprehensive treatment combined with multiple new wound management techniques should be carried out to realize the objective of precise treatment.

  17. CO2 and CH4 fluxes of an Alpine peatland during extraordinary summer drought

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    Drollinger, Simon; Glatzel, Stephan

    2016-04-01

    In peatland ecosystems, plant production exceeds decomposition due to their typical characteristic of waterlogged soils leading to peatland growth and an accumulation of thick organic soil layers. As a result, peatlands constitute a major global storage of carbon (C) by storing about 612 PgC in their peat, thus representing the most space-effective C stocks of all terrestrial ecosystems, similar in magnitude as the increasing atmospheric C pool (~ 850 PgC). However, little is known about the effects of climate change on peatlands and the contribution of Alpine peatlands as a source of greenhouse gases in the course of a changing climate. It is debatable how land-use changes and ongoing degradation of Alpine peatlands affect the peatland-atmosphere C exchange. On the one hand, more C may sequester due to increased plant growth in a warmer climate, on the other hand large amounts of respired C may release as a consequence of higher temperatures and lowered peatland water table depths due to increasing evaporation rates and extending drought periods. To examine the potential effects of climate change on the peatland carbon exchange with the atmosphere, we calculated CO2 and CH4 fluxes using the eddy covariance method. The investigated ombrotrophic peatland is located on the bottom of the Styrian Enns valley at an altitude of 632 m above sea level. It is a slightly degraded pine peat bog (62 ha) with a closed peat moss cover featuring the three plant associations Pino mugo-Sphagnetum magellanici, Sphagnetum magellanici, and Caricetum limosae, according to the prevailing hydrological site conditions. During summer drought in 2015, the water level decreased from an annual average water level of -10.44 cm to -28.50 cm below surface at the centre of the peat bog. Here, we present diurnal pattern of CO2 and CH4 fluxes during an extraordinary dry summer and compare them to calculated fluxes during periods characterised by precipitation and higher peat water levels of the

  18. Relationship among grain size, annealing twins and shape memory effect in Fe-Mn-Si based shape memory alloys

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    Wang, Gaixia; Peng, Huabei; Zhang, Chengyan; Wang, Shanling; Wen, Yuhua

    2016-07-01

    In order to clarify the relationship among grain size, annealing twins and the shape memory effect in Fe-Mn-Si based shape memory alloys, the Fe-21.63Mn-5.60Si-9.32Cr-5.38Ni (weight %) alloy with a grain size ranging from 48.9 μm-253.6 μm was obtained by adjusting the heating temperature or heating time after 20% cold-rolling. The densities of grain boundaries and annealing twins increase with a decrease in grain size, whereas the volume fraction and width of stress-induced ɛ martensite after 9% deformation at Ms + 10 K decrease. This result indicates that grain refinement raises the constraint effects of grain boundaries and annealing twins upon martensitic transformation. In this case, the ability to suppress the plastic deformation and facilitate the stress-induced ɛ martensite transformation deteriorates after grain refinement owing to the enhancement of the constraint effects. It is demonstrated by the result that the difference at Ms + 10 K between the critical stress for plastic yielding and that for inducing martensitic transformation is smaller for the specimen with a grain size of 48.9 μm than for the specimen with a grain size of 253.6 μm. Therefore, the shape memory effect declined by decreasing the grain size.

  19. Incoherent-light-flash annealing of phosphorus-implanted silicon

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    Correra, L.; Pedulli, L.

    1980-07-01

    Incoherent light pulses emitted from a xenon flash lamp were used to anneal radiation damage in (100) silicon implanted with 2×1015 31P+/cm2 at 100 keV. Electrical carrier concentration has been determined by means of differential sheet resistivity and Hall effect together with the anodic oxidation stripping technique; the surface photovoltage technique has been used to evaluate bulk lifetime and Rutherford backscattering and transmission electron microscopy for analysis of radiation damage. Damage recovery appears to take place via a solid phase epitaxial process. Electrical activity and carrier mobility values of samples annealed by incoherent light are similar to those obtained by laser, electron beam, and furnace annealing. The bulk lifetime of minority carriers is not degraded.

  20. Solving Set Cover with Pairs Problem using Quantum Annealing

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    Cao, Yudong; Jiang, Shuxian; Perouli, Debbie; Kais, Sabre

    2016-09-01

    Here we consider using quantum annealing to solve Set Cover with Pairs (SCP), an NP-hard combinatorial optimization problem that plays an important role in networking, computational biology, and biochemistry. We show an explicit construction of Ising Hamiltonians whose ground states encode the solution of SCP instances. We numerically simulate the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in order to test the performance of quantum annealing for random instances and compare with that of simulated annealing. We also discuss explicit embedding strategies for realizing our Hamiltonian construction on the D-wave type restricted Ising Hamiltonian based on Chimera graphs. Our embedding on the Chimera graph preserves the structure of the original SCP instance and in particular, the embedding for general complete bipartite graphs and logical disjunctions may be of broader use than that the specific problem we deal with.

  1. A Personified Annealing Algorithm for Circles Packing Problem

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    ZHANGDe-Fu; LIXin

    2005-01-01

    Circles packing problem is an NP-hard problem and is difficult to solve. In this paper, a hybrid search strategy for circles packing problem is discussed. A way of generating new configuration is presented by simulating the moving of elastic objects, which can avoid the blindness of simulated annealing search and make iteration process converge fast. Inspired by the life experiences of people,an effective personified strategy to jump out of local minima is given. Based on the simulated annealing idea and personification strategy, an effective personified annealing algorithm for circles packing problem is developed. Numerical experiments on benchmark problem instances show that the proposed algorithm outperforms the best algorithm in the literature.

  2. Enhancement of GMI Effect in Silicon Steels by Furnace Annealing

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    C.Sirisathitkul; P. Jantaratana

    2009-01-01

    The ratio and sensitivity of giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) in grain oriented silicon steels (Fe-4.5%Si) are improved after furnace annealing in air for 20 min. By annealing at 800℃, the GMI sensitivity rises from 1.29%/Oe to 1.91%/Oe and the ratio increases from 237% to 294% with decreasing characteristic frequency. The results are attributable to an increase in the transverse magnetic permeability during the heat treatment. From simulation by finite element method, the GMI effect can be interpreted as the modification of the current distribution by the applied magnetic field via the transverse permeability. In the case of annealed samples, the larger transverse permeability allows a higher GMI ratio and sensitivity.

  3. Phosphorus diffusion in germanium following implantation and excimer laser annealing

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    Wang, Chen; Li, Cheng; Huang, Shihao; Lu, Weifang; Yan, Guangming; Zhang, Maotian; Wu, Huanda; Lin, Guangyang; Wei, Jiangbin; Huang, Wei; Lai, Hongkai; Chen, Songyan

    2014-05-01

    We focus our study on phosphorus diffusion in ion-implanted germanium after excimer laser annealing (ELA). An analytical model of laser annealing process is developed to predict the temperature profile and the melted depth in Ge. Based on the heat calculation of ELA, a phosphorus diffusion model has been proposed to predict the dopant profiles in Ge after ELA and fit SIMS profiles perfectly. A comparison between the current-voltage characteristics of Ge n+/p junctions formed by ELA at 250 mJ/cm2 and rapid thermal annealing at 650 °C for 15 s has been made, suggesting that ELA is promising for high performance Ge n+/p junctions.

  4. Annealing Effect on Photovoltages of Quartz Single Crystals

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    TIAN Lu; ZHAO Song-Qing; ZHAO Kun

    2010-01-01

    @@ We investigate the photovoltaic effects of quartz single crystals annealed at high temperatures in ambient atmosphere.The open-circuit photovoltages and surface morphologies strongly depend on the heating treatments.When the annealing temperature increases from room temperature to 900℃,the rms roughness of quartz single crystal wafers increases from 0.207 to 1.011 nm.In addition,the photovoltages decrease from 1.994#V at room temperature to 1.551 μ V after treated at 500℃,and then increase up to 9.8μV after annealed at 900℃.The inner mechanism of the present photovoltaic response and surface morphologies is discussed.

  5. NRC assessment of the Department of Energy annealing demonstration project

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    Jackson, D.A.; Malik, S.N. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)

    1997-02-01

    Thermal annealing is the only known method for mitigating the effects of neutron irradiation embrittlement in reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels. In May 1996, the US Department of Energy (DOE) in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Westinghouse, Cooperheat, Electric Power Research Institute (with participating utilities), Westinghouse Owner`s Group, Consumers Power, Electricite` de France, Duquesne Light and the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry (Japan) sponsored an annealing demonstration project (ADP) at Marble Hill. The Marble Hill Plant, located in Madison, Indiana, is a Westinghouse 4 loop design. The plant was nearly 70% completed when the project was canceled. Hence, the RPV was never irradiated. The paper will present highlights from the NRCs independent evaluation of the Marble Hill Annealing Demonstration Project.

  6. SIMULATED ANNEALING BASED POLYNOMIAL TIME QOS ROUTING ALGORITHM FOR MANETS

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    Liu Lianggui; Feng Guangzeng

    2006-01-01

    Multi-constrained Quality-of-Service (QoS) routing is a big challenge for Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) where the topology may change constantly. In this paper a novel QoS Routing Algorithm based on Simulated Annealing (SA_RA) is proposed. This algorithm first uses an energy function to translate multiple QoS weights into a single mixed metric and then seeks to find a feasible path by simulated annealing. The paper outlines simulated annealing algorithm and analyzes the problems met when we apply it to Qos Routing (QoSR) in MANETs. Theoretical analysis and experiment results demonstrate that the proposed method is an effective approximation algorithms showing better performance than the other pertinent algorithm in seeking the (approximate) optimal configuration within a period of polynomial time.

  7. Reduction of Annealing Times for Energy Conservation in Aluminum

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    Anthony D. Rollett; Hasso Weiland; Mohammed Alvi; Abhijit Brahme

    2005-08-31

    Carnegie Mellon University was teamed with the Alcoa Technical Center with support from the US Dept. of Energy (Office of Industrial Technology) and the Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority (PTIA) to make processing of aluminum less costly and more energy efficient. Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have investigated how annealing processes in the early stages of aluminum processing affect the structure and properties of the material. Annealing at high temperatures consumes significant amounts of time and energy. By making detailed measurements of the crystallography and morphology of internal structural changes they have generated new information that will provide a scientific basis for shortening processing times and consuming less energy during annealing.

  8. 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.

  9. A flexible annealing chaotic neural network to maximum clique problem.

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    Yang, Gang; Tang, Zheng; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Zhu, Yunyi

    2007-06-01

    Based on the analysis and comparison of several annealing strategies, we present a flexible annealing chaotic neural network which has flexible controlling ability and quick convergence rate to optimization problem. The proposed network has rich and adjustable chaotic dynamics at the beginning, and then can converge quickly to stable states. We test the network on the maximum clique problem by some graphs of the DIMACS clique instances, p-random and k random graphs. The simulations show that the flexible annealing chaotic neural network can get satisfactory solutions at very little time and few steps. The comparison between our proposed network and other chaotic neural networks denotes that the proposed network has superior executive efficiency and better ability to get optimal or near-optimal solution.

  10. Microstructural evolution of aluminum alloy 3003 during annealing

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    WU Wen-xiang; ZHANG Xin-ming; SUN De-qin; HU Guo-qiang; LIU Guo-jin

    2006-01-01

    The microstructural evolution of cold-rolled aluminum alloy 3003 during annealing was investigated by means of micro-hardness measurement, electrical resistivity measurement, optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The interaction of recrystallization and precipitation of aluminum alloy 3003 was also discussed. The results show that the recrystallized grain size of cold-rolled aluminum alloy 3003 is strongly affected by precipitation during annealing. When precipitation occurs prior to recrystallization at low temperature(300 ℃), the grain structure becomes coarse, and the precipitation process is affected by the presence of lattice defects, i.e. high cold reduction results in a large number of precipitates. When annealing at 500 ℃, however, for the recrystallization is prior to precipitation, the precipitation is independent of cold deformation reduction and a fine, equiaxed grain structure is obtained.

  11. Chaotic Multiquenching Annealing Applied to the Protein Folding Problem

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    Juan Frausto-Solis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The Chaotic Multiquenching Annealing algorithm (CMQA is proposed. CMQA is a new algorithm, which is applied to protein folding problem (PFP. This algorithm is divided into three phases: (i multiquenching phase (MQP, (ii annealing phase (AP, and (iii dynamical equilibrium phase (DEP. MQP enforces several stages of quick quenching processes that include chaotic functions. The chaotic functions can increase the exploration potential of solutions space of PFP. AP phase implements a simulated annealing algorithm (SA with an exponential cooling function. MQP and AP are delimited by different ranges of temperatures; MQP is applied for a range of temperatures which goes from extremely high values to very high values; AP searches for solutions in a range of temperatures from high values to extremely low values. DEP phase finds the equilibrium in a dynamic way by applying least squares method. CMQA is tested with several instances of PFP.

  12. Five-fold twin formation during annealing of nanocrystalline Cu

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    Bringa, E M; Farkas, D; Caro, A; Wang, Y M; McNaney, J; Smith, R

    2009-05-20

    Contrary to the common belief that many-fold twins, or star twins, in nanophase materials are due to the action of significant external stresses, we report molecular dynamics simulations of annealing in 5 nm grain size samples annealed at 800 K for nearly 0.5 nsec at 0 external pressure showing the formation of five-fold star twins during annealing under the action of the large internal stresses responsible for grain growth and microstructural evolution. The structure of the many-fold twins is remarkably similar to those we have found to occur under uniaxial shock loading, of samples of nanocrystalline NiW with a grain size of {approx}5-30 nm. The mechanism of formation of the many-fold twins is discussed in the light of the simulations and experiments.

  13. Molecular dynamics simulation of annealed ZnO surfaces

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    Min, Tjun Kit; Yoon, Tiem Leong [School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang (Malaysia); Lim, Thong Leng [Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Melaka Campus, 75450 Melaka (Malaysia)

    2015-04-24

    The effect of thermally annealing a slab of wurtzite ZnO, terminated by two surfaces, (0001) (which is oxygen-terminated) and (0001{sup ¯}) (which is Zn-terminated), is investigated via molecular dynamics simulation by using reactive force field (ReaxFF). We found that upon heating beyond a threshold temperature of ∼700 K, surface oxygen atoms begin to sublimate from the (0001) surface. The ratio of oxygen leaving the surface at a given temperature increases as the heating temperature increases. A range of phenomena occurring at the atomic level on the (0001) surface has also been explored, such as formation of oxygen dimers on the surface and evolution of partial charge distribution in the slab during the annealing process. It was found that the partial charge distribution as a function of the depth from the surface undergoes a qualitative change when the annealing temperature is above the threshold temperature.

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

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    Li Jinhua

    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.

  15. Toward understanding dynamic annealing processes in irradiated ceramics

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    Myers, Michael Thomas [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)

    2013-05-01

    High energy particle irradiation inevitably generates defects in solids. The ballistic formation and thermalization of the defect creation process occur rapidly, and are believed to be reasonably well understood. However, knowledge of the evolution of defects after damage cascade thermalization, referred to as dynamic annealing, is quite limited. Unraveling the mechanisms associated with dynamic annealing is crucial since such processes play an important role in the formation of stable postirradiation disorder in ion-beam-processing of semiconductors, and determines the “radiation tolerance” of many nuclear materials. The purpose of this dissertation is to further our understanding of the processes involved in dynamic annealing. In order to achieve this, two main tasks are undertaken.

  16. Extraordinary Cosmic Laboratory Helps Unravel Mysteries of a Galaxy's Powerful Central "Engine"

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    An extraordinary cosmic laboratory 21 million light-years away is providing radio astronomers their best opportunity yet to decipher the mysteries of the ultra-powerful "engines" at the hearts of many galaxies and quasars. An international research team using the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescopes has peered deeply into the core of the galaxy NGC 4258, learning important new information about the mysterious region from which high-speed jets of subatomic particles are ejected. The scientists announced their findings today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Toronto, Ontario. The new research provides significant quantitative support for a theoretical model for the origin of such jets first proposed in 1979. NGC 4258 is the galaxy in which a warped disk of water molecules was discovered in 1994. That disk, observed in detail with the VLBA, was shown to be orbiting a central mass some 35 million times more massive than the Sun. That central mass, the astronomers believe, is a black hole. More recent studies of the disk and its surroundings have given astronomers their most detailed look yet at the heart of an active galactic nucleus (AGN), including the ability to pinpoint the exact center of the system, where the black hole resides. The 1994 observations provided the best evidence to date for the existence of a black hole at the heart of a galaxy. Black holes, so dense that not even light can escape their gravitational fields, have long been suspected as the driving force behind the energetic central engines of AGNs. The fortuitous existence of the molecular disk in NGC 4258 has helped astronomers use the ultrasharp radio "vision" of the continent-wide VLBA to probe with unprecedented clarity into the heart of that galaxy's central engine. The researchers are: James Herrnstein, James Moran, and Lincoln Greenhill of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Philip Diamond of the

  17. 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

  18. A theoretical comparison of evolutionary algorithms and simulated annealing

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    Hart, W.E.

    1995-08-28

    This paper theoretically compares the performance of simulated annealing and evolutionary algorithms. Our main result is that under mild conditions a wide variety of evolutionary algorithms can be shown to have greater performance than simulated annealing after a sufficiently large number of function evaluations. This class of EAs includes variants of evolutionary strategie and evolutionary programming, the canonical genetic algorithm, as well as a variety of genetic algorithms that have been applied to combinatorial optimization problems. The proof of this result is based on a performance analysis of a very general class of stochastic optimization algorithms, which has implications for the performance of a variety of other optimization algorithm.

  19. Determination and Correction of Persistent Biases in Quantum Annealers

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    2016-08-25

    24. King, A. D. & McGeoch, C. C. Algorithm engineering for a quantum annealing platform. arXiv:1410.2628 (2014). 25. Harris, R. et al. Experimental...1Scientific RepoRts | 6:18628 | DOI: 10.1038/srep18628 www.nature.com/scientificreports Determination and correction of persistent biases in quantum ...annealers Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz1,2, Bryan O’Gorman1,3, Joseph Fluegemann1,4, Rupak Biswas5 & Vadim N. Smelyanskiy6 Calibration of quantum

  20. Annealing in sulfur of CZTS nanoparticles deposited through doctor blading

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    Engberg, Sara Lena Josefin; Crovetto, Andrea

    Solar cells made from nanoparticles of copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) from solution-processing are expected to be comparatively inexpensive, but their efficiency is still low compared with cells produced by vacuum processing. However, (1) the high carbon content in nanoparticle thin films is one......, and annealed in a vacuum furnace using a graphite box with sulfur. The surface morphology and thus grain growth is studied for various annealing conditions in vacuum at 10-5 mbar or up to 10 mbar nitrogen atmosphere and with a varying amount of sulfur content. The films are characterized in terms...

  1. Magnetoimpedance effect in current annealed Co-based amorphous wires

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    Ghanaatshoar, M.; Tehranchi, M. M.; Mohseni, S. M.; Parhizkari, M.; Roozmeh, S. E.; Jazayeri Gharehbagh, A.

    2006-09-01

    Current-annealing of Co68.15Fe4.35Si12.5B15 amorphous wires has been studied at various vacuum orders. Structure-sensitive properties such as the electrical resistance during Joule heating treatment have been monitored to investigate the structural changes. Different driving currents have been flowed through the samples at different vacuums between 6×10-2 and 6×10-5 mbar. Regarding the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect, annealing at different vacuums but with the same current can lead to various responses.

  2. Population Annealing: Theory and Application in Spin Glasses

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    Machta, Jonathan; Wang, Wenlong; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    Population annealing is an efficient sequential Monte Carlo algorithm for simulating equilibrium states of systems with rough free energy landscapes. The theory of population annealing is presented, and systematic and statistical errors are discussed. The behavior of the algorithm is studied in the context of large-scale simulations of the three-dimensional Ising spin glass and the performance of the algorithm is compared to parallel tempering. It is found that the two algorithms are similar in efficiency though with different strengths and weaknesses. Supported by NSF DMR-1151387, DMR-1208046 and DMR-1507506.

  3. Coplanar waveguide flux qubit suitable for quantum annealing

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    Quintana, Chris; Chen, Yu; Sank, D.; Kafri, D.; Megrant, A.; White, T. C.; Shabani, A.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Fowler, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Lucero, E.; Mutus, J. Y.; Neeley, M.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Martinis, J. M.

    We introduce the ''fluxmon'' flux qubit, designed with the goal of practical quantum annealing. The qubit's capacitance and linear inductance are provided by a coplanar waveguide on a low loss substrate, minimizing dielectric dissipation and in principle allowing for GHz-scale inter-qubit coupling in a highly connected tunable architecture. Utilizing a dispersive microwave readout scheme, we characterize single-qubit noise and dissipation, and present a simple tunable inter-qubit coupler. We discuss tradeoffs between coherence and coupling in a quantum annealing architecture. This work was supported by Google Inc. and by the NSF GRFP.

  4. Electron trap annealing in neutron transmutation doped silicon

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    Guldberg, J.

    1977-01-01

    Silicon doped by neutron transmutation to 1.2×1014 phosphorus atoms/cm3 was investigated with deep level transient spectroscopy using evaporated Au/n-Si diodes. Seven bulk electron traps were identified which appear after 30 min N2 anneal at temperatures between 425 and 725 °C. Five of these anne...... of these annealed in the manner characteristic of intrinsic defects studied by EPR and ir spectroscopy. Two may be related to residual oxygen and carbon complexes. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  5. An Overview of Approaches to Modernize Quantum Annealing Using Local Searches

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    Nicholas Chancellor

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available I describe how real quantum annealers may be used to perform local (in state space searches around specified states, rather than the global searches traditionally implemented in the quantum annealing algorithm. The quantum annealing algorithm is an analogue of simulated annealing, a classical numerical technique which is now obsolete. Hence, I explore strategies to use an annealer in a way which takes advantage of modern classical optimization algorithms, and additionally should be less sensitive to problem mis-specification then the traditional quantum annealing algorithm.

  6. Report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from the staff panel on the Commission's determination of an Extraordinary Nuclear Occurrence (ENO)

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    1980-01-01

    The Panel finds that the first criterion, pertaining to whether the accident caused a discharge of radioactive material or levels of radiation offsite as defined in 10 CFR 140.84, has not been met. It further finds that there is presently insufficient information to support any definitive finding as to whether or not the second criterion, relating to damage to persons or property offsite as defined in 10 CFR 140.85, has been met. Since the Panel has not found that both criteria have been met, it recommends that the Commission determine that the accident at Three Mile Island did not constitute an extraordinary nuclear occurrence.

  7. Impacts of extraordinary warm and cold late-winter temperatures on observed and modelled plant phenology in Switzerland

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    Rutishauser, This; Stöckli, Reto

    2010-05-01

    The impact of gradual change in the climate system during the second half of the 20th century left a strong imprint on the timing of seasonal events in biotic and biotic systems such as e.g. plant development stages and the greenness of the Earth's surface. Temporal trends in seasonal events largely correspond to the effects expected from the increases in temperature. The impact of extraordinary temperature and precipitation events on plant phenology in spring is less understood. For example a strong early-spring frost event in the USA in April 2007 lead to reduced greenness and freeze damage to leaves and fruits of natural and horticultural species whereas a winter warming event in northern Scandinavia in December 2007 caused considerable damage to sub-Arctic dwarf shrub vegetation and reduced vegetation activity (26% reduced maximum Normalized Difference Vegetation Index NDVI relative to the previous year) in the following summer. In Germany and Switzerland, the effects of the extraordinary warm temperature anomalies of autumn 2006, winter 2006/2007 and spring 2007 showed strong impacts on selected plant phenological phases back to 1951 and 1702. Common hazel and snowdrop flowered up to 35 days earlier in Germany and beech and fruits tree were two weeks earlier in Switzerland. This contribution presents empirical evidence of extraordinary warm and cold late-winter temperatures on species-specific plant phenology and modelled landscape-scale phenology in Switzerland in the period 1958-2008. Species-specific observations were extracted from the Swiss Plant Phenological Network of MeteoSwiss for 23 low-altitude stations and 12 stations that report to the Global Climate Observation System (GCOS). Observations cover all climate regions and altitudes. For each GCOS station we also estimated daily Leaf Area Index with a prognostic phenology model. The model's empirical parameter space was constrained by assimilated Fraction of Photosynthetically Active Radiation

  8. Interpretation of microstructure evolution during self-annealing and thermal annealing of nanocrystalline electrodeposits—A comparative study

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    Pantleon, Karen; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2010-01-01

    Electrodeposition results in a non-equilibrium state of the as-deposited nanocrystalline microstructure, which evolves towards an energetically more favorable state as a function of time and/or temperature upon deposition. Real-time investigation of the evolving microstructure in copper, silver......-annealing kinetics of copper and silver electrodeposits as well as the annealing kinetics of electrodeposited nickel. Similarities and characteristic differences of the kinetics and mechanisms of microstructure evolution in the various electrodeposits are discussed and the experimental results are attempted...

  9. Gate-last TiN/HfO2 band edge effective work functions using low-temperature anneals and selective cladding to control interface composition

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    Hinkle, C. L.

    2012-04-09

    Silicon N-metal-oxide-semiconductor (NMOS) and P-metal-oxide-semiconductor (PMOS) band edge effective work functions and the correspondingly low threshold voltages (Vt) are demonstrated using standard fab materials and processes in a gate-last scheme employing low-temperature anneals and selective cladding layers. Al diffusion from the cladding to the TiN/HfO2interface during forming gas anneal together with low O concentration in the TiN enables low NMOS Vt. The use of non-migrating W cladding along with experimentally detected N-induced dipoles, produced by increased oxygen in the TiN, facilitates low PMOS Vt.

  10. The change of electric field and of some other insulating properties during isochronal annealing in thermally poled Ge-doped silica films

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    Liu, Q.M.; Poumellec, B.; Braga, D.;

    2005-01-01

    The secondary electron emission contrast between poled and unpoled regions in thermally poled Ge-doped silica films were measured according to different annealing temperatures and electron doses with electron acceleration energy of 5 keV. It is used for measuring the change on annealing of poling...... induced electric field and other insulating properties like electron traps population and conductivity in high field. Concerning the change of the contrast at low dose arising from the poling electric field, we show that this field begins to disappear at around 450 degrees C and is erased completely...

  11. Deep level defects in high temperature annealed InP

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    DONG Zhiyuan; ZHAO Youwen; ZENG Yiping; DUAN Manlong; LIN Lanying

    2004-01-01

    Deep level defects in high temperature annealed semi-conducting InP have been studied by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). There is obvious difference in the deep defects between as-grown InP, InP annealed in phosphorus ambient and iron phosphide ambient, as far as their quantity and concentration are concerned. Only two defects at 0.24 and 0.64 eV can be detected in InP annealed iniron phosphide ambient,while defects at 0.24, 0.42, 0.54 and 0.64 eV have been detected in InP annealed in phosphorus ambient, in contrast to two defects at 0.49 and 0.64 eV or one defect at 0.13eV in as-grown InP. A defect suppression phenomenon related to iron diffusion process has been observed. The formation mechanism and the nature of the defects have been discussed.

  12. High temperature annealing studies of strontium ion implanted glassy carbon

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    Odutemowo, O. S.; Malherbe, J. B.; Prinsloo, L.; Langa, D. F.; Wendler, E.

    2016-03-01

    Glassy carbon samples were implanted with 200 keV strontium ions to a fluence of 2 × 1016 ions/cm2 at room temperature. Analysis with Raman spectroscopy showed that ion bombardment amorphises the glassy carbon structure. Partial recovery of the glassy carbon structure was achieved after the implanted sample was vacuum annealed at 900 °C for 1 h. Annealing the strontium ion bombarded sample at 2000 °C for 5 h resulted in recovery of the glassy carbon substrate with the intensity of the D peak becoming lower than that of the pristine glassy carbon. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) showed that the implanted strontium diffused towards the surface of the glassy carbon after annealing the sample at 900 °C. This diffusion was also accompanied by loss of the implanted strontium. Comparison between the as-implanted and 900 °C depth profiles showed that less than 30% of the strontium was retained in the glassy carbon after heat treatment at 900 °C. The RBS profile after annealing at 2000 °C indicated that no strontium ions were retained after heat treatment at this temperature.

  13. Competitive annealing of multiple DNA origami: formation of chimeric origami

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    Majikes, Jacob M.; Nash, Jessica A.; LaBean, Thomas H.

    2016-11-01

    Scaffolded DNA origami are a robust tool for building discrete nanoscale objects at high yield. This strategy ensures, in the design process, that the desired nanostructure is the minimum free energy state for the designed set of DNA sequences. Despite aiming for the minimum free energy structure, the folding process which leads to that conformation is difficult to characterize, although it has been the subject of much research. In order to shed light on the molecular folding pathways, this study intentionally frustrates the folding process of these systems by simultaneously annealing the staple pools for multiple target or parent origami structures, forcing competition. A surprising result of these competitive, simultaneous anneals is the formation of chimeric DNA origami which inherit structural regions from both parent origami. By comparing the regions inherited from the parent origami, relative stability of substructures were compared. This allowed examination of the folding process with typical characterization techniques and materials. Anneal curves were then used as a means to rapidly generate a phase diagram of anticipated behavior as a function of staple excess and parent staple ratio. This initial study shows that competitive anneals provide an exciting way to create diverse new nanostructures and may be used to examine the relative stability of various structural motifs.

  14. High temperature annealing studies of strontium ion implanted glassy carbon

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    Odutemowo, O.S., E-mail: u12052613@tuks.co.za [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Malherbe, J.B.; Prinsloo, L.; Langa, D.F. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Wendler, E. [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    Glassy carbon samples were implanted with 200 keV strontium ions to a fluence of 2 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. Analysis with Raman spectroscopy showed that ion bombardment amorphises the glassy carbon structure. Partial recovery of the glassy carbon structure was achieved after the implanted sample was vacuum annealed at 900 °C for 1 h. Annealing the strontium ion bombarded sample at 2000 °C for 5 h resulted in recovery of the glassy carbon substrate with the intensity of the D peak becoming lower than that of the pristine glassy carbon. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) showed that the implanted strontium diffused towards the surface of the glassy carbon after annealing the sample at 900 °C. This diffusion was also accompanied by loss of the implanted strontium. Comparison between the as-implanted and 900 °C depth profiles showed that less than 30% of the strontium was retained in the glassy carbon after heat treatment at 900 °C. The RBS profile after annealing at 2000 °C indicated that no strontium ions were retained after heat treatment at this temperature.

  15. Impacts of excimer laser annealing on Ge epilayer on Si

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    Huang, Zhiwei; Mao, Yichen; Yi, Xiaohui; Lin, Guangyang; Li, Cheng; Chen, Songyan; Huang, Wei; Wang, Jianyuan

    2017-02-01

    The impacts of excimer laser annealing on the crystallinity of Ge epilayers on Si substrate grown by low- and high-temperature two-step approach in an ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition system were investigated. The samples were treated by excimer laser annealing (ELA) at various laser power densities with the temperature above the melting point of Ge, while below that of Si, resulting in effective reduction of point defects and dislocations in the Ge layer with smooth surface. The full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of X-ray diffraction patterns of the low-temperature Ge epilayer decreases with the increase in laser power density, indicating the crystalline improvement and negligible effect of Ge-Si intermixing during ELA processes. The short laser pulse time and large cooling rate cause quick melting and recrystallization of Ge epilayer on Si in the non-thermal equilibrium process, rendering tensile strain in Ge epilayer as calculated quantitatively with thermal mismatch between Si and Ge. The FWHM of X-ray diffraction patterns is significantly reduced for the two-step grown samples after treated by a combination of ELA and conventional furnace thermal annealing, indicating that the crystalline of Ge epilayer is improved more effectively with pre- annealing by excimer laser.

  16. 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...... and crystalline structure of amylopectin helices. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd....

  17. Meta-Modeling by Symbolic Regression and Pareto Simulated Annealing

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    Stinstra, E.; Rennen, G.; Teeuwen, G.J.A.

    2006-01-01

    The subject of this paper is a new approach to Symbolic Regression.Other publications on Symbolic Regression use Genetic Programming.This paper describes an alternative method based on Pareto Simulated Annealing.Our method is based on linear regression for the estimation of constants.Interval arithm

  18. Computer simulation of laser annealing of a nanostructured surface

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    Ivanov, D.; Marinov, I.; Gorbachev, Y.; Smirnov, A.; Krzhizhanovskaya, V.

    2010-01-01

    Laser annealing technology is used in mass production of new-generation semiconductor materials and nano-electronic devices like the MOS-based (metal-oxide-semiconductor) integrated circuits. Manufacturing sub-100 nm MOS devices demands application of ultra-shallow doping (junctions), which requires

  19. Self-Organization and Annealed Disorder in a Fracturing Process

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    Caldarelli, Guido; Di Tolla, Francesco; Petri, Alberto

    1996-01-01

    We show that a vectorial model for inhomogeneous elastic media self-organizes under external stress. An onset of crack avalanches of every duration and length scale compatible with the lattice size is observed. The behavior is driven by the introduction of annealed disorder, i.e., by lowering the...

  20. Annealing effects of chemically synthesized FePt nanocrystal films

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    Hyun, Changbae; Lee, Doh C.

    2005-03-01

    Chemically synthesized FePt nanocrystals can exhibit room temperature ferromagnetism after being annealed at temperatures above ˜500^oC[1]. The thermal annealing changes the crystal structure from face-centered cubic to the hard magnetic face-centered tetragonal phase. In thick nanocrystal films, the coercivity can be quite large, however, the coercivity of thin films has been found to decrease significantly with decreasing thickness, even losing the room temperature ferromagnetism in some cases[2]. In order to help determine how the microscopic magnetic structure in these thin films evolves with film thickness, we studied using magnetic force microscopy (MFM), under external applied fields, films consisting of 4 to 15 nanocrystal monolayers. We cast smooth films of 4 nm diameter FePt nanocrystals and annealed them at temperatures ranging from 400 to 650^oC, acquiring MFM images as a function of annealing temperature. Thin FePt films showed lower coercivity than thick films. To help interpret the MFM images, complementary magnetic and structural data was obtained using SQUID magnetometry, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). [1] S. Sun et al., Science 287, 1989 (2000). [2] G. A. Held et al., Journal of Applied Physics 95, 1481 (2004)

  1. Thermally assisted quantum annealing of a 16-qubit problem.

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    Dickson, N G; Johnson, M W; Amin, M H; Harris, R; Altomare, F; Berkley, A J; Bunyk, P; Cai, J; Chapple, E M; Chavez, P; Cioata, F; Cirip, T; Debuen, P; Drew-Brook, M; Enderud, C; Gildert, S; Hamze, F; Hilton, J P; Hoskinson, E; Karimi, K; Ladizinsky, E; Ladizinsky, N; Lanting, T; Mahon, T; Neufeld, R; Oh, T; Perminov, I; Petroff, C; Przybysz, A; Rich, C; Spear, P; Tcaciuc, A; Thom, M C; Tolkacheva, E; Uchaikin, S; Wang, J; Wilson, A B; Merali, Z; Rose, G

    2013-01-01

    Efforts to develop useful quantum computers have been blocked primarily by environmental noise. Quantum annealing is a scheme of quantum computation that is predicted to be more robust against noise, because despite the thermal environment mixing the system's state in the energy basis, the system partially retains coherence in the computational basis, and hence is able to establish well-defined eigenstates. Here we examine the environment's effect on quantum annealing using 16 qubits of a superconducting quantum processor. For a problem instance with an isolated small-gap anticrossing between the lowest two energy levels, we experimentally demonstrate that, even with annealing times eight orders of magnitude longer than the predicted single-qubit decoherence time, the probabilities of performing a successful computation are similar to those expected for a fully coherent system. Moreover, for the problem studied, we show that quantum annealing can take advantage of a thermal environment to achieve a speedup factor of up to 1,000 over a closed system.

  2. EPR of ion-implanted, laser-annealed silicon

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    Brower, K.L.; Peercy, P.S.

    1979-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance and ion backscattering measurements were made on ion-implanted, pulsed laser-annealed silicon. For phosphorus-implanted silicon (3 x 10/sup 13/ 200 keV P/sup +//cm/sup 2/) the electrical activity of the implanted donors is restored after laser annealing with greater than or equal to 1.8 J/cm/sup 2/. Silicon made amorphous with 2 x 10/sup 15/ 200 keV Si/sup +//cm/sup 2/ and implanted with 3 x 10/sup 13/ 200 keV P/sup +//cm/sup 2/ can be restored to crystallinity after laser annealing, but electrical activity of the P was not restored due to residual defects for laser energies less than or equal to 3 J/cm/sup 2/. Electrical activity can be restored, at least in part, for amorphous silicon implanted at lower energies (approx. = 50 keV). We also observed that N/sub 2/ reacts with amorphous silicon surfaces to form silicon-nitride. Under laser annealing the N is redistributed and exists as an N interstitial within the implanted layer.

  3. Blue thermoluminescence emission of annealed lithium rich aluminosilicates

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    Correcher, V.; Rodriguez-Lazcano, Y., E-mail: v.correcher@ciemat.e [CIEMAT, Madrid (Spain); Garcia-Guinea, J.; Crespo-Feo, E. [Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid (Spain)

    2010-09-15

    The blue thermoluminescence (TL) emission of different thermally annealed {beta}-eucryptite (LiAlSiO{sub 4}), virgilite-petalite (LiAlSi{sub 5}O{sub 12}) and virgilite-petalite-bikitaite (LiAlSi{sub 10}O{sub 22}) mixed crystals have been studied. The observed changes in the TL glow curves could be linked to simultaneous processes taking place in the lithium aluminosilicate lattice structure (phase transitions, consecutive breaking linking of bonds, alkali self-diffusion, redox reactions, etc). The stability of the TL signal after four months of storage performed at RT under red light, shows big differences between annealed (12 hours at 1200 deg C) and non-annealed samples. The fading process in non-annealed samples can be fitted to a first-order decay mathematical expression; however preheated samples could not be reasonably fitted due to the highly dispersion detected. The changes observed in the X-ray diffractograms are in the intensity of the peaks that denote modifications in the degree of crystallinity and, in addition, there are some differences in the appearance of new peaks that could suppose new phases (e.g. b-spodumene). (author)

  4. HAFNIUM IMPLANTED IN IRON .1. LATTICE LOCATION AND ANNEALING BEHAVIOR

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    DEBAKKER, JMGJ; PLEITER, F; SMULDERS, PJM

    1993-01-01

    Perturbed angular correlation, Rutherford backscattering and channelling experiments were conducted to study the lattice location and annealing behaviour of 110 keV hafnium ions implanted into iron single crystals. It was found that a fraction of 11-25% of the implanted hafnium atoms are located at

  5. Hafnium implanted in iron 1. Lattice location and annealing behavior

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    de Bakker, J.M.G.J.; Pleiter, F; Smulders, P.J M

    1993-01-01

    Perturbed angular correlation, Rutherford backscattering and channelling experiments were conducted to study the lattice location and annealing behaviour of 110 keV hafnium ions implanted into iron single crystals. It was found that a fraction of 11-25% of the implanted hafnium atoms are located at

  6. 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....

  7. Toward understanding dynamic annealing processes in irradiated ceramics

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    Myers, Michael Thomas

    High energy particle irradiation inevitably generates defects in solids in the form of collision cascades. The ballistic formation and thermalization of cascades occur rapidly and are believed to be reasonably well understood. However, knowledge of the evolution of defects after damage cascade thermalization, referred to as dynamic annealing, is quite limited. Unraveling the mechanisms associated with dynamic an- nealing is crucial since such processes play an important role in the formation of stable post-irradiation disorder in ion-beam-processed semiconductors and determines the "radiation tolerance" of many nuclear materials. The purpose of this dissertation is to further our understanding of the processes involved in dynamic annealing. In order to achieve this, two main tasks are undertaken. First, the effects of dynamic annealing are investigated in ZnO, a technologically relevant material that exhibits very high dynamic defect annealing at room temper- ature. Such high dynamic annealing leads to unusual defect accumulation in heavy ion bombarded ZnO. Through this work, the puzzling features that were observed more than a decade ago in ion-channeling spectra have finally been explained. We show that the presence of a polar surface substantially alters damage accumulation. Non-polar surface terminations of ZnO are shown to exhibit enhanced dynamic an- nealing compared to polar surface terminated ZnO. Additionally, we demonstrate one method to reduce radiation damage in polar surface terminated ZnO by means of a surface modification. These results advance our efforts in the long-sought-after goal of understanding complex radiation damage processes in ceramics. Second, a pulsed-ion-beam method is developed and demonstrated in the case of Si as a prototypical non-metallic target. Such a method is shown to be a novel experimental technique for direct extraction of dynamic annealing parameters. The relaxation times and effective diffusion lengths of mobile defects

  8. Radiation and annealing response of WWER 440 beltline welding seams

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    Viehrig, Hans-Werner; Houska, Mario; Altstadt, Eberhard

    2015-01-01

    The focus of this paper is on the irradiation response and the effect of thermal annealing in weld materials extracted from decommissioned WWER 440 reactor pressure vessels of the nuclear power plant Greifswald. The characterisation is based on the measurement of the hardness, the yield stress, the Master Curve reference temperature, T0, and the Charpy-V transition temperature through the thickness of multi-layer beltline welding seams in the irradiated and the thermally annealed condition. Additionally, the weld bead structure was characterised by light microscopic studies. We observed a large variation in the through thickness T0 values in the irradiated as well as in thermally annealed condition. The T0 values measured with the T-S-oriented Charpy size SE(B) specimens cut from different thickness locations of the multilayer welding seams strongly depend on the intrinsic weld bead structure along the crack tip. The Master Curve, T0, and Charpy-V, TT47J, based ductile-to-brittle transition temperature progressions through the thickness of the multi-layer welding seam do not correspond to the forecast according to the Russian code. In general, the fracture toughness values at cleavage failure, KJc, measured on SE(B) specimens from the irradiated and large-scale thermally annealed beltline welding seams follow the Master Curve description, but more than the expected number lie outside the curves for 2% and 98% fracture probability. In this case the test standard ASTM E1921 indicates the investigated multi-layer weld metal as not uniform. The multi modal Master Curve based approach describes the temperature dependence of the specimen size adjusted KJc-1T values well. Thermal annealing at 475 °C for 152 h results in the expected decrease of the hardness and tensile strength and the shift of Master Curve and Charpy-V based ductile-to-brittle transition temperatures to lower values.

  9. Optical study of annealed cobalt–porous silicon nanocomposites

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    Bouzourâa, M.-B. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Rahmani, M., E-mail: rahmanimehdi79@yahoo.com [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Zaïbi, M.-A. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis, 5 Avenue Taha Hussein, 1008 Tunis (Tunisia); Lorrain, N.; Hajji, L. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, CNRS FOTON-UMR 6082, 6 rue de Kérampont, BP 80518, 22305 Lannion, Cedex (France); Oueslati, M. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia)

    2013-11-15

    We report Raman and photoluminescence studies of cobalt–porous silicon nanocomposites (PS/Co). Cobalt was introduced in porous silicon (PS) by immersion method using CoCl{sub 2} aqueous solution. The presence of cobalt in PS matrix was identified by FTIR spectroscopy and EDX analyses. The Raman spectroscopy revealed the presence of Si bonded to cobalt oxide in PS/Co. We discuss also the Raman spectra of PS and PS/Co samples under different annealing temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 600 °C. The optical properties of PS and PS/Co were studied by photoluminescence (PL). The highest PL intensity was observed for an immersion time of 60 min. For long duration, the deposited cobalt quantity acts as energy trap and promotes the non-radiative energy transfer; it is the autoextinction phenomenon. We have studied also the effect of the annealing temperature on the PL of both PS and PS/Co samples. For PS, the annealing process leads to a rapid oxidation of the Si nanocrystallites (nc-Si). In the case of PS/Co sample, two different mechanisms are proposed; one is the desorption of Si–H{sub x(x=2,3)} with the formation of cobalt oxide for annealing temperature less than 450 °C which causes the increasing of PL intensity and the stability of PL energy, the other mechanism is the transformation of the porous silicon to silica at high temperatures (≻450°C) which leads to the decreasing of the PL intensity and the blue shift of the PL curve. -- Highlights: • Introduction of cobalt ions into porous silicon (PS) layer using immersion method. • The Co ions influence the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of PS. • Annealing the PS/Co sample leads to an improvement of the PL intensity. • The increase of the PL is due to the formation of different cobalt oxides on the PS surface.

  10. Purification of multiwalled carbon nanotubes by annealing and extraction based on the difference in van der Waals potential.

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    Zhang, Hui; Sun, Cheng H; Li, Feng; Li, Hong X; Cheng, Hui M

    2006-05-18

    The potential energies of van der Waals interactions between two multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) as well as two carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) were calculated and compared on the basis of the continuum Lennard-Jones model. The well depth of the potential is 1 order of magnitude higher for MWNTs than for CNPs, indicating that MWNTs and CNPs can be separated from each other through polymer-induced steric stabilization. On the basis of this prediction, a novel method for the purification of MWNTs was proposed. The method involves a high-temperature annealing (2600 degrees C, 1 h) followed by an extraction treatment with a selected dispersing agent. While the annealing process evaporates the metal particles, the extraction treatment removes CNPs. The quality of the nanotubes obtained after purification was examined by laser Raman, thermogravimetric analysis, and electron microscopy observations.

  11. Multiple implantation and multiple annealing of phosphorus doped germanium to achieve n-type activation near the theoretical limit

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    Kim, Jeehwan; Bedell, Stephen W.; Sadana, Devendra K.

    2012-09-01

    Full activation of n-type dopant in germanium (Ge) reaching to its solid solubility has never been achieved by using ion implantation doping technique. This is because implantation of dopants always leaves defects such as vacancy and interstitials in the Ge crystal. While implantation-induced defects are electrically neutral for the most of semiconductor materials, they are electrically positive for Ge resulting in compensation of n-type dopants. In this Letter, we verified that 5 × 1019 P/cm3 is the maximum active concentration, which can be fully activated in germanium "without leaving implantation damage" per implantation/annealing cycle. The repetition of implantation and annealing of phosphorous (P) with the concentration of 5 × 1019 cm-3 leads to the activation of 1 × 1020 P/cm3 close to its solid solubility limit of 2 × 1020 P/cm3.

  12. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells fabricated in ambient air by solvent annealing treatment method

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    Obiozo Eze, Vincent; Mori, Tatsuo

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we report on planar perovskite solar cells (PSCs) fabricated by a simple one-step solution process and an antisolvent bath (ASB) method in ambient air. The ASB method enabled the efficient extraction of the precursor solvent and induced the swift crystallization of uniform and highly smooth perovskite films with an average grain size of about 0.34 µm. The morphology and grain growth of the resultant perovskite film were further improved by solvent annealing (SA) under dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) vapor atmosphere at 150 °C for 10 min and thus an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.20% and a maximum efficiency of 16.77% were achieved. This work highlights the importance of solvent annealing for perovskite prepared by a one-step solution process and an ASB method, and offers a facile and attractive way to fabricate high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  13. Modeling of long-term defect evolution in heavy-ion irradiated 3C-SiC: Mechanism for thermal annealing and influences of spatial correlation

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    Guo, Daxi; He, Chaohui, E-mail: ignacio.martin@imdea.org, E-mail: hechaohui@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Zang, Hang; Zhang, Peng [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Martin-Bragado, Ignacio, E-mail: ignacio.martin@imdea.org, E-mail: hechaohui@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [IMDEA Materiales, C/ Eric Kandel, 2, Tecnogetafe, 28906 Getafe, Madrid (Spain)

    2014-11-28

    Based on the parameters from published ab-initio theoretical and experimental studies, and combining molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, a framework of multi-scale modeling is developed to investigate the long-term evolution of displacement damage induced by heavy-ion irradiation in cubic silicon carbide. The isochronal annealing after heavy ion irradiation is simulated, and the annealing behaviors of total interstitials are found consistent with previous experiments. Two annealing stages below 600 K and one stage above 900 K are identified. The mechanisms for those recovery stages are interpreted by the evolution of defects. The influence of the spatial correlation in primary damage on defect recovery has been studied and found insignificant when the damage dose is high enough, which sheds light on the applicability of approaches with mean-field approximation to the long-term evolution of damage by heavy ions in SiC.

  14. Annealing of the defects observed by Raman spectroscopy in UO{sub 2} irradiated by 25 MeV He{sup 2+} ions

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    Desgranges, L., E-mail: lionel.desgranges@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, DEC, F-13108 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance (France); Guimbretière, G.; Simon, P.; Duval, F.; Canizares, A.; Omnee, R. [CNRS/UPR3079 CEMHTI, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2 et Université d’Orléans, 45067 Orléans Cedex 2 (France); Jégou, C.; Caraballo, R. [CEA, DEN, DTCD, F-30207 Bagnols Sur Ceze (France)

    2014-05-01

    Understanding the effect of irradiation in UO{sub 2} is a major issue for nuclear industry and for the design of irradiation resistant materials. We have previously evidenced irradiation induced defects in UO{sub 2} that can be characterized by Raman spectroscopy. Here we present the Raman characterization of these defects as a function of temperature. UO{sub 2} samples were irradiated with 25 MeV He{sup 2+} ions at room temperature and then heated at different temperature without irradiation. Some samples were also irradiated at high temperature. Heat treatment after irradiation evidenced one annealing temperature on Raman spectra. This annealing temperature is shifted to higher values when the samples are simultaneously heat treated and irradiated. It is compared to the annealing temperatures that are reported in literature on irradiated UO{sub 2}. This indicates that Raman observed defects would be point defects on uranium sublattice. This attribution is consistent with the one we previously proposed.

  15. Molecular beam epitaxy growth and post-growth annealing of FeSe films on SrTiO3: a scanning tunneling microscopy study.

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    Li, Zhi; Peng, Jun-Ping; Zhang, Hui-Min; Zhang, Wen-Hao; Ding, Hao; Deng, Peng; Chang, Kai; Song, Can-Li; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Chen, Xi; Xue, Qi-Kun; Ma, Xu-Cun

    2014-07-02

    Low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy are used to investigate the atomic and electronic structure evolution of FeSe films grown on SrTiO3 as a function of post-growth annealing. Single unit cell FeSe films are found to bond strongly with the underlying substrate, and become superconductive with diminishing chemical bond disorders at the interface via post-annealing. For thicker FeSe films, post-annealing removes excess Se in the films and leads to a transition from semiconductor into metallic behaviors. In double and multilayer films, strain-induced complex textures are observed and suggested to be the main cause for the absent superconductivity.

  16. The eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic: an interdisciplinary model of care for children and adolescents with sex chromosome aneuploidy

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    Tartaglia, Nicole; Howell, Susan; Wilson, Rebecca; Janusz, Jennifer; Boada, Richard; Martin, Sydney; Frazier, Jacqueline B; Pfeiffer, Michelle; Regan, Karen; McSwegin, Sarah; Zeitler, Philip

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Individuals with sex chromosome aneuploidies (SCAs) are born with an atypical number of X and/or Y chromosomes, and present with a range of medical, developmental, educational, behavioral, and psychological concerns. Rates of SCA diagnoses in infants and children are increasing, and there is a need for specialized interdisciplinary care to address associated risks. The eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic was established to provide comprehensive and experienced care for children and adolescents with SCA, with an interdisciplinary team composed of developmental–behavioral pediatrics, endocrinology, genetic counseling, child psychology, pediatric neuropsychology, speech–language pathology, occupational therapy, nursing, and social work. The clinic model includes an interdisciplinary approach to care, where assessment results by each discipline are integrated to develop unified diagnostic impressions and treatment plans individualized for each patient. Additional objectives of the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic program include prenatal genetic counseling, research, education, family support, and advocacy. Methods Satisfaction surveys were distributed to 496 patients, and responses were received from 168 unique patients. Results Satisfaction with the overall clinic visit was ranked as “very satisfied” in 85%, and as “satisfied” in another 9.8%. Results further demonstrate specific benefits from the clinic experience, the importance of a knowledgeable clinic coordinator, and support the need for similar clinics across the country. Three case examples of the interdisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment are included. PMID:26229481

  17. Vacuum annealing phenomena in ultrathin TiDy/Pd bi-layer films evaporated on Si(100) as studied by TEM and XPS.

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    Lisowski, W; Keim, E G

    2010-04-01

    Using a combination of TEM and XPS, we made an analysis of the complex high-temperature annealing effect on ultrathin titanium deuteride (TiD(y)) films evaporated on a Si(100) substrate and covered by an ultrathin palladium layer. Both the preparation and annealing of the TiD(y)/Pd bi-layer films were performed in situ under UHV conditions. It was found that the surface and bulk morphology of the bi-layer film as well as that of the Si substrate material undergo a microstructural and chemical conversion after annealing and annealing-induced deuterium evolution from the TiD(y) phase. Energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM) mapping of cross-section images and argon ion sputter depth profiling XPS analysis revealed both a broad intermixing between the Ti and Pd layers and an extensive inter-diffusion of Si from the substrate into the film bulk area. Segregation of Ti at the Pd top layer surface was found to occur by means of angle-resolved XPS (ARXPS) and the EFTEM analyses. Selected area diffraction (SAD) and XPS provided evidence for the formation of a new PdTi(2) bimetallic phase within the top region of the annealed film. Moreover, these techniques allowed to detect the initial stages of TiSi phase formation within the film-substrate interlayer.

  18. Nanoscale characterisation and clustering mechanism in an Fe-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} model ODS alloy processed by reactive ball milling and annealing

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    Brocq, M., E-mail: mathilde.brocq@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, DMN, Service de Recherches de Metallurgie Physique, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Radiguet, B.; Le Breton, J.-M.; Cuvilly, F.; Pareige, P. [Universite et INSA de Rouen, Groupe de Physique des Materiaux - UMR 6634 CNRS, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray (France); Legendre, F. [CEA, DEN, DMN, Service de Recherches de Metallurgie Physique, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2010-03-15

    Reactive ball milling and annealing is proposed as a new production method for oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels. A highly concentrated Fe-38 atm.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} ODS model alloy was processed by reactive ball milling and annealing of YFe{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders so as to induce the chemical reaction 2YFe{sub 3} + Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} {yields} 8Fe + Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The model alloy was characterised after milling and annealing by complementary techniques, including atom probe tomography. Ball milling up to the stationary state results in the formation of two metastable nanometric interconnected phases: super-saturated {alpha}-iron and an yttrium and oxygen rich phase. Annealing leads the system towards equilibrium through: (i) a chemical evolution of each phase to nearly pure {alpha}-Fe and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxide slightly sub-stoichiometric in oxygen; and (ii) growth of the phases. A pure iron matrix reinforced by nanometric Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles was successfully synthesised by reactive ball milling and annealing.

  19. MoO3 Thickness, Thermal Annealing and Solvent Annealing Effects on Inverted and Direct Polymer Photovoltaic Solar Cells

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    Guillaume Wantz

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Several parameters of the fabrication process of inverted polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells based on titanium oxide as an electron selective layer and molybdenum oxide as a hole selective layer were tested in order to achieve efficient organic photovoltaic solar cells. Thermal annealing treatment is a common process to achieve optimum morphology, but it proved to be damageable for the performance of this kind of inverted solar cells. We demonstrate using Auger analysis combined with argon etching that diffusion of species occurs from the MoO3/Ag top layers into the active layer upon thermal annealing. In order to achieve efficient devices, the morphology of the bulk heterojunction was then manipulated using the solvent annealing technique as an alternative to thermal annealing. The influence of the MoO3 thickness was studied on inverted, as well as direct, structure. It appeared that only 1 nm-thick MoO3 is enough to exhibit highly efficient devices (PCE = 3.8% and that increasing the thickness up to 15 nm does not change the device performance. 

  20. Process check of annealing process of coiled sheets by indirect measurement

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    K. Kostúr

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The contribution deals with a possibility of increasing quality production and decreasing costs in annealing furnaces by process check of annealing temperatures. The lowest temperature of annealed coiled sheets is very important. The information about this inner temperature is unknown during annealing. It is possible to obtain this information by indirect measurement. The indirect measurement uses two types of mathematical models. In this paper, the structure of both models and its verification is described.

  1. Improvement of multilayer graphene crystallinity by solid-phase precipitation with current stress application during annealing

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    Sahab Uddin, Md.; Ichikawa, Hiroyasu; Sano, Shota; Ueno, Kazuyoshi

    2016-06-01

    To improve the crystallinity of multilayer graphene (MLG) films by solid-phase precipitation, a new method by which current stress is introduced during annealing of a carbon-doped cobalt (Co-C) layer using cobalt (Co) as the catalyst has been investigated. The effects of current stress on the formation and crystallinity of MLG films were investigated by comparing the characteristics of the films annealed at the same temperature with and without current by taking into account the temperature rise due to Joule heating. The characteristics obtained by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements revealed that the MLG films produced were crystalline in nature and their crystallinity increased with applied current stress at the same temperature. From SEM observations, beside Joule heating, enhancement of Co grain size by agglomeration induced by current stress may be the potential reason for the improvement of the crystallinity of MLG films. We have also improved the uniformity of MLG films by depositing an additional copper (Cu) capping layer over the Co-C layer. Current stress application can lead to low-temperature fabrication of MLG with higher crystallinity by solid-phase precipitation.

  2. Fabrication of deuterium-loaded fiber Bragg grating and its spectral characteristics in thermal annealing

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    Shih, MingChang; Wang, C. C.; Yu, Cheng-Tsang; Chuang, Tung J.

    2000-07-01

    Previous results showed that the non-reversible (hystersis loop) of Bragg wave length shifting in thermal cycling of the Fiber Bragg Grating which is a high germanium doped optical fiber and high pressure hydrogen loaded was due to the diffusion out of the H2 residue in thermal annealing. In addition, the O-H absorption peak (1.38nm) causes signal attenuation and stability problem in FBG applications. We demonstrated up to 250 degree(s) C. The spectrum characteristics of the D2 loaded FBG compared to the H2 loaded FBG is presented. In general, (Delta) (Lambda) B of the D2 loaded FBG is narrower than H2 loaded, and (Lambda) B of the D2 loaded FBG is more stable than H2 loaded in thermal annealing. A model base on the UV photo-induced index change in the BFG core with D2 and H2 loaded to explain the spectrum characteristics between D2 and H2 loaded FBG is discussed.

  3. Interface reactions between Pd thin films and SiC by thermal annealing and SHI irradiation

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    Njoroge, E.G., E-mail: eric.njoroge@up.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa); Theron, C.C. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa); Skuratov, V.A. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Wamwangi, D. [School of Physics, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Hlatshwayo, T.T. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa); Comrie, C.M. [MRD, iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Malherbe, J.B. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa)

    2016-03-15

    The solid-state reactions between Pd thin films and 6H-SiC substrates induced by thermal annealing, room temperature swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation and high temperature SHI irradiation have been investigated by in situ and real-time Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD). At room temperature, no silicides were detected to have formed in the Pd/SiC samples. Two reaction growth zones were observed in the samples annealed in situ and analysed by real time RBS. The initial reaction growth region led to formation of Pd{sub 3}Si or (Pd{sub 2}Si + Pd{sub 4}Si) as the initial phase(s) to form at a temperature of about 450 °C. Thereafter, the reaction zone did not change until a temperature of 640 °C was attained where Pd{sub 2}Si was observed to form in the reaction zone. Kinetic analysis of the initial reaction indicates very fast reaction rates of about 1.55 × 10{sup 15} at cm{sup −2}/s and the Pd silicide formed grew linear with time. SHI irradiation of the Pd/SiC samples was performed by 167 MeV Xe{sup 26+} ions at room temperature at high fluences of 1.07 × 10{sup 14} and 4 × 10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} and at 400 °C at lower fluences of 5 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. The Pd/SiC interface was analysed by RBS and no SHI induced diffusion was observed for room temperature irradiations. The sample irradiated at 400 °C, SHI induced diffusion was observed to occur accompanied with the formation of Pd{sub 4}Si, Pd{sub 9}Si{sub 2} and Pd{sub 5}Si phases which were identified by GIXRD analysis.

  4. Effect of air annealing on structural and magnetic properties of Ni/NiO nanoparticles

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    Nadeem, K.; Ullah, Asmat; Mushtaq, M.; Kamran, M.; Hussain, S. S.; Mumtaz, M.

    2016-11-01

    We reported systematic study on structural and magnetic properties of nickel/nickel oxide (Ni/NiO) nanoparticles annealed under air atmosphere at different temperatures in the range 400-800 °C. The XRD spectra revealed two phases such as Ni and NiO. The average crystallite size increases with increasing annealing temperature. A phase diagram was developed between two phases versus annealing temperature using XRD analysis. At lower annealing temperatures, Ni phase is dominant which does not easily undergo oxidation to form NiO. The NiO phase increases with increasing annealing temperature. FTIR spectroscopy revealed an increase in the NiO phase content at higher annealing temperature, which is in agreement with the XRD analysis. SEM images showed that nanoparticles are well separated at lower annealing temperatures but get agglomerated at higher annealing temperatures. The ferromagnetic (FM) Ni phase content and saturation magnetization (Ms) showed nearly the same trend with increasing annealing temperature. The nanoparticles annealed at 500 °C and 800 °C revealed highest and lowest Ms values, respectively, which is in accordance with the XRD phase diagram. Coercivity showed an overall decreasing trend with increasing annealing temperature due to decreased concentration of FM Ni phase and increasing average crystallite size. All these measurements indicate that the structural and magnetic properties of Ni/NiO nanoparticles are strongly influenced by the annealing temperature.

  5. Effect of prolonged annealing on the performance of coaxial Ge gamma-ray detectors

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    Owens, A.; Brandenburg, S.; Buis, E. -J.; Kozorezov, A. G.; Kraft, S.; Ostendorf, R. W.; Quarati, F.

    2007-01-01

    The effects of prolonged annealing at elevated temperatures have been investigated in a 53 cm(3) closed-end coaxial high purity germanium detector in the reverse electrode configuration. The detector was multiply annealed at 100 degrees C in block periods of 7 days. After each anneal cycle it was co

  6. 78 FR 31577 - Diffusion-Annealed, Nickel-Plated Flat-Rolled Steel Products From Japan

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    2013-05-24

    ...)] Diffusion-Annealed, Nickel-Plated Flat-Rolled Steel Products From Japan Determination On the basis of the... reason of imports from Japan of diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel products, provided... diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel products from Japan. Accordingly, effective March...

  7. 10 CFR 50.66 - Requirements for thermal annealing of the reactor pressure vessel.

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    2010-01-01

    ... Requirements for thermal annealing of the reactor pressure vessel. (a) For those light water nuclear power... life of these components. (B) The effects of localized high temperatures on degradation of the concrete... thermal annealing or to operate the nuclear power reactor following the annealing must be identified....

  8. Influence of Microwave and Conventional Annealing Processes in Improving an Electrodeposited Nickel Interlayer Characteristics

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    Hassan, Abdelkarim; Noordin, Mohd Yusof; Izman, Sudin; Denni, Kurniawan

    2016-10-01

    Nickel interlayer was coated on tungsten carbide substrate by electrodeposition process for the purpose of diamond deposition. Conventional and microwave annealing processes were used to improve the adhesion strength and modify the surface composition of the electroplated nickel interlayer. The conventional annealing was conducted in a high-temperature tube furnace at 1323.15 K (1050 °C) for 20 and 60 minutes annealing durations. The microwave annealing was carried out in 2.45 GHz microwave furnace at 1303.15 K (1030 °C) for the same annealing durations as the conventional process. The annealed specimens were characterized by electron microscopy, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction technique. Adhesion of the annealed nickel interlayer was assessed by the scratch test. The results revealed significant changes in the nickel coating composition, adhesion, and appearance. The adhesion strength of nickel interlayer annealed for the longer duration of the two processes is similar. For shorter annealing duration, the microwave-annealed coating showed better adhesion. The surface composition of the nickel interlayer was modified by the diffusion of carbon and tungsten during the microwave and conventional annealing, respectively. The microwave annealing is a promising process for producing good quality treated nickel-coated tungsten carbide specimens.

  9. The effect of humidity on annealing of polymer optical fibre bragg gratings

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    Woyessa, Getinet; Nielsen, Kristian; Bang, Ole

    2015-01-01

    The effect of humidity on annealing of PMMA based microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) Bragg gratings is studied. Polymer optical fibers (POFs) are annealed in order to release stress formed during the fabrication process. Un-annealed fibers will have high hysteresis and low sensitivity...

  10. First application of quantum annealing to IMRT beamlet intensity optimization

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    Nazareth, Daryl P.; Spaans, Jason D.

    2015-05-01

    Optimization methods are critical to radiation therapy. A new technology, quantum annealing (QA), employs novel hardware and software techniques to address various discrete optimization problems in many fields. We report on the first application of quantum annealing to the process of beamlet intensity optimization for IMRT. We apply recently-developed hardware which natively exploits quantum mechanical effects for improved optimization. The new algorithm, called QA, is most similar to simulated annealing, but relies on natural processes to directly minimize a system’s free energy. A simple quantum system is slowly evolved into a classical system representing the objective function. If the evolution is sufficiently slow, there are probabilistic guarantees that a global minimum will be located. 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 limitations. The beamlet dose matrices were computed using CERR and an objective function was defined based on typical clinical constraints, including dose-volume objectives, which result in a complex non-convex search space. 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. 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 simulated annealing (SA) method. 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. In this first application of hardware-enabled QA to IMRT optimization, its performance is comparable to Tabu search, but less effective than the SA in terms of final objective function values. However, its speed was 3-4 times faster than the other two methods

  11. 进一步重视特殊原因创面的精确评估%Pay more attention to the precise assessment of extraordinary agent wounds

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    贾赤宇

    2016-01-01

    Although the extraordinary agent wound is not common,the difficulties of its diagnosis,treatment,and the high medical risk as well as the indeterminacy of its prognosis bring great challenges to the clinicians.It is mainly attributed to the complexities of extraordinary agent wounds and the deficiency in the assessment technic of wound.Therefore,it is necessary and important to establish a precise assessment method to benefit the surgical planning,pre-estimation of peri-operative risk,and the doctor-patient communication.Based on the relative scientific research and our recent clinical research data,we bring forth our opinions on the current status and the development trend of the assessment of extraordinary agent wounds in this article.

  12. Controlling preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide thin films by post growth annealing treatment

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    Kennedy, J., E-mail: J.Kennedy@gns.cri.nz [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Murmu, P.P.; Leveneur, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); Markwitz, A. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Futter, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand)

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Annealing dependent microstructural evolution and change in conductivity of ZnO films. • Preferential growth along (0 0 2) and (1 0 0) planes in air and vacuum annealed films. • Resistivity varied between 10{sup 6} and 10{sup −2} Ω cm depending on annealing conditions. • Hydrogen interstitials, and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes affect the conductivity. • Narrow ZnO bandgap assigned to band tail effect related to intrinsic defects states. - Abstract: We report the microstructural evolution of the preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films prepared by ion beam sputtering. Elastic recoil detection analysis results showed 0.6 at% H in as-deposited film which decreased to 0.35 at% in air annealed film due to H diffusion. XRD results showed that the preferred orientation can be tuned by selecting annealing conditions. Vacuum annealed films exhibited (1 0 0) orientation, whereas air annealed film showed (0 0 2) orientation. The annealing conditions caused a dramatic increase in the resistivity of air annealed films (∼10{sup 6} Ω cm), whereas vacuum annealed films showed lower resistivity (∼10{sup −2} Ω cm). High resistivity in air annealed film is attributed to the lack of hydrogen interstitials and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes. Raman results supported the XRD results which demonstrated that annealing assisted in recovery of the crystalline disorder in as-deposited films. Air annealed film exhibited the highest optical transmission (89.7%) in the UV–vis region compared to as-deposited and vacuum annealed films (∼85%). Optical bandgap was found to vary between 3.11 eV and 3.18 eV in as-deposited and annealed films, respectively. The bandgap narrowing is associated with the intrinsic defects which introduced defect states resulting in band tail in ZnO films.

  13. Effect of hydrogen annealing on characteristics of polycrystalline silicon

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    GOU Xianfang; XU Ying; LI Xudong; HENG Yang; MA Lifen; REN Bingyan

    2006-01-01

    The characteristics of mc-Si used for solar cells during H2 ambient annealing at 800-1200 ℃ were investigated by means of FTIR and QSSPCD. The results reveal that grain boundaries or defects in mc-Si may facilitate the formation of oxygen precipitates, and the formation of oxygen precipitates has deleterious effect on the lifetime of mc-Si. Decreasing lifetime could result from the formation of new recombination during annealing. Additionally, It is found that hydrogen may facilitate the formation of oxygen precipitates in mc-Si. On the other hand, the diffusion of hydrogen may passivate the defects/boundaries and it is beneficial to the lifetime of mc-Si.

  14. Post annealing investigations of thin praseodymia films on Si(111)

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    Gevers, Sebastian; Bruns, Daniel; Weisemoeller, Thomas; Deiter, Carsten; Wollschlaeger, Joachim [Fachbereich Physik, Universitaet Osnabrueck (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Due to its large oxygen capacity and oxygen mobility praseodymia is interesting for applications in modern heterogenous catalysis. For instance the selectivity of praseodymia for carbon compounds is advantageous in olefiant gas synthesis. The investigation of annealing processes leads to a better understanding of the oxygen transport in the praseodymia films. In this context thin PrO{sub 2} films were annealed at temperatures from 300 C up to 600 C under UHV conditions before they were analysed with spot analysis profile low electron energy diffraction (SPALEED). The diffraction pattern indicates a phase transition to Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3} at the surface. Furthermore X-ray diffraction experiments (XRD) show a partial subsurface phase transition from PrO{sub 2} into various oxidation states including Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  15. Hardening by annealing and softening by deformation in nanostructured metals

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    Huang, X.; Hansen, N.; Tsuji, N.

    2006-01-01

    -dislocation and dislocation-interface reactions, such that heat treatment reduces the generation and interaction of dislocations, leading to an increase in strength and a reduction in ductility. A subsequent deformation step may restore the dislocation structure and facilitate the yielding process when the metal is stressed......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....... 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....

  16. List-Based Simulated Annealing Algorithm for Traveling Salesman Problem.

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    Zhan, Shi-hua; Lin, Juan; Zhang, Ze-jun; Zhong, Yi-wen

    2016-01-01

    Simulated annealing (SA) algorithm is a popular intelligent optimization algorithm which has been successfully applied in many fields. Parameters' setting is a key factor for its performance, but it is also a tedious work. To simplify parameters setting, we present a list-based simulated annealing (LBSA) algorithm to solve traveling salesman problem (TSP). LBSA algorithm uses a novel list-based cooling schedule to control the decrease of temperature. Specifically, a list of temperatures is created first, and then the maximum temperature in list is used by Metropolis acceptance criterion to decide whether to accept a candidate solution. The temperature list is adapted iteratively according to the topology of the solution space of the problem. The effectiveness and the parameter sensitivity of the list-based cooling schedule are illustrated through benchmark TSP problems. The LBSA algorithm, whose performance is robust on a wide range of parameter values, shows competitive performance compared with some other state-of-the-art algorithms.

  17. Variable neighbourhood simulated annealing algorithm for capacitated vehicle routing problems

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    Xiao, Yiyong; Zhao, Qiuhong; Kaku, Ikou; Mladenovic, Nenad

    2014-04-01

    This article presents the variable neighbourhood simulated annealing (VNSA) algorithm, a variant of the variable neighbourhood search (VNS) combined with simulated annealing (SA), for efficiently solving capacitated vehicle routing problems (CVRPs). In the new algorithm, the deterministic 'Move or not' criterion of the original VNS algorithm regarding the incumbent replacement is replaced by an SA probability, and the neighbourhood shifting of the original VNS (from near to far by k← k+1) is replaced by a neighbourhood shaking procedure following a specified rule. The geographical neighbourhood structure is introduced in constructing the neighbourhood structures for the CVRP of the string model. The proposed algorithm is tested against 39 well-known benchmark CVRP instances of different scales (small/middle, large, very large). The results show that the VNSA algorithm outperforms most existing algorithms in terms of computational effectiveness and efficiency, showing good performance in solving large and very large CVRPs.

  18. 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.

  19. Annealing free, clean graphene transfer using alternative polymer scaffolds

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    Wood, Joshua D.; Doidge, Gregory P.; Carrion, Enrique A.; Koepke, Justin C.; Kaitz, Joshua A.; Datye, Isha; Behnam, Ashkan; Hewaparakrama, Jayan; Aruin, Basil; Chen, Yaofeng; Dong, Hefei; Haasch, Richard T.; Lyding, Joseph W.; Pop, Eric

    2015-02-01

    We examine the transfer of graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) with polymer scaffolds of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(lactic acid) (PLA), poly(phthalaldehyde) (PPA), and poly(bisphenol A carbonate) (PC). We find that optimally reactive PC scaffolds provide the cleanest graphene transfers without any annealing, after extensive comparison with optical microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy. Comparatively, films transferred with PLA, PPA, PMMA/PC, and PMMA have a two-fold higher roughness and a five-fold higher chemical doping. Using PC scaffolds, we demonstrate the clean transfer of CVD multilayer graphene, fluorinated graphene, and hexagonal boron nitride. Our annealing free, PC transfers enable the use of atomically-clean nanomaterials in biomolecule encapsulation and flexible electronic applications.

  20. Ranking important nodes in complex networks by simulated annealing

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    Sun, Yu; Yao, Pei-Yang; Wan, Lu-Jun; Shen, Jian; Zhong, Yun

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, based on simulated annealing a new method to rank important nodes in complex networks is presented. First, the concept of an importance sequence (IS) to describe the relative importance of nodes in complex networks is defined. Then, a measure used to evaluate the reasonability of an IS is designed. By comparing an IS and the measure of its reasonability to a state of complex networks and the energy of the state, respectively, the method finds the ground state of complex networks by simulated annealing. In other words, the method can construct a most reasonable IS. The results of experiments on real and artificial networks show that this ranking method not only is effective but also can be applied to different kinds of complex networks. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61573017) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2016JQ6062).

  1. Thermal Performance of an Annealed Pyrolytic Graphite Solar Collector

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Hornacek, Jennifer

    2002-01-01

    A solar collector having the combined properties of high solar absorptance, low infrared emittance, and high thermal conductivity is needed for applications where solar energy is to be absorbed and transported for use in minisatellites. Such a solar collector may be used with a low temperature differential heat engine to provide power or with a thermal bus for thermal switching applications. One concept being considered for the solar collector is an Al2O3 cermet coating applied to a thermal conductivity enhanced polished aluminum substrate. The cermet coating provides high solar absorptance and the polished aluminum provides low infrared emittance. Annealed pyrolytic graphite embedded in the aluminum substrate provides enhanced thermal conductivity. The as-measured thermal performance of an annealed pyrolytic graphite thermal conductivity enhanced polished aluminum solar collector, coated with a cermet coating, will be presented.

  2. Stochastic seismic inversion using greedy annealed importance sampling

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    Xue, Yang; Sen, Mrinal K.

    2016-10-01

    A global optimization method called very fast simulated annealing (VFSA) inversion has been applied to seismic inversion. Here we address some of the limitations of VFSA by developing a new stochastic inference method, named greedy annealed importance sampling (GAIS). GAIS combines VFSA and greedy importance sampling (GIS), which uses a greedy search in the important regions located by VFSA, in order to attain fast convergence and provide unbiased estimation. We demonstrate the performance of GAIS with application to seismic inversion of field post- and pre-stack datasets. The results indicate that GAIS can improve lateral continuity of the inverted impedance profiles and provide better estimation of uncertainties than using VFSA alone. Thus this new hybrid method combining global and local optimization methods can be applied in seismic reservoir characterization and reservoir monitoring for accurate estimation of reservoir models and their uncertainties.

  3. Effect of thermal-annealing on the magnetoresistance of manganite-based junctions

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    Xie Yan-Wu; Shen Bao-Gen; Sun Ji-Rong

    2008-01-01

    Thermal-annealing has been widely used in modulating the oxygen content of manganites. In this work, we have studied the effect of annealing on the transport properties and magnetoresistance of junctions composed of a La0.9Ca0.1MnO3+δ film and a Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate. We have demonstrated that the magnetoresistance of junctions is strongly dependent on the annealing conditions: From the junction annealed-in-air to the junction annealed-in-vacuum, the magnetoresistance near 0-V bias can vary from ~-60% to~0. A possible mechanism accounting for this phenomenon is discussed.

  4. Effects of Primary Annealing Condition on Recrystallization Texture in a Grain Oriented Silicon Steel

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    Yuhui SHA; Fang ZHANG; Song LI; Xiaoyu GAO; Jiazhen XU; Liang ZUO

    2004-01-01

    The recrystallization texture in grain oriented silicon steel sheets, which were annealed at different primary annealing temperatures with and without an electric field, was investigated. An automated electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique was used to analyze the recrystallization texture. It was found that recovery and application of electric field in primary annealing lead to an increase of {001} component and a decrease of {111} component after annealing at 900℃. The development of recrystallization texture can be explained in terms of the effects of electric field and primary annealing temperature on recovery.

  5. [Usage of flavonoids for effective correction of functional and structural breaches of erythrocytes membranes during an extraordinary physical strain in experiments].

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    Paniushkin, V V; Rozhkova, E A; Turova, E A; Seĭfulla, R D; Gozulov, A S; Kuznetsov, Iu M

    2013-01-01

    The effect of treatment course of bioflavonoids quercetin and diquertin on phospholipids and fatty acid composition of erythrocytes membranes and amilorid-dependent activity Na+/H+ transmembrane exchanger of erythrocytes have been studied in condition of chronic physical tension in mice in consequence of extraordinary running strain. The studied drugs actively prevented from the changes of chemical composition and as a result structural and functional changes of erythrocytes membranes. It is established that the studied bioflavonoids prevented from the development of extraordinary physical strain syndrome.

  6. Long-Wavelength Infrared Surface Plasmons on Ga-Doped ZnO Films Excited via 2D Hole Arrays for Extraordinary Optical Transmission (Preprint)

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    2013-10-01

    AFRL-RY-WP-TP-2013-0180 LONG-WAVELENGTH INFRARED SURFACE PLASMONS ON Ga- DOPED ZnO FILMS EXCITED VIA 2D HOLE ARRAYS FOR EXTRAORDINARY OPTICAL...TITLE AND SUBTITLE LONG-WAVELENGTH INFRARED SURFACE PLASMONS ON Ga- DOPED ZnO FILMS EXCITED VIA 2D HOLE ARRAYS FOR EXTRAORDINARY OPTICAL TRANSMISSION...structure size such as period. Pulse laser deposited Ga- doped ZnO has been shown to have fluctuations in optical and electrical parameters based on

  7. Simulated Annealing for the 0/1 Multidimensional Knapsack Problem

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    Fubin Qian; Rui Ding

    2007-01-01

    In this paper a simulated annealing (SA) algorithm is presented for the 0/1 multidimensional knapsack problem. Problem-specific knowledge is incorporated in the algorithm description and evaluation of parameters in order to look into the performance of finite-time implementations of SA. Computational results show that SA performs much better than a genetic algorithm in terms of solution time, whilst having a modest loss of solution quality.

  8. Dating thermal events at Cerro Prieto using fission track annealing

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    Sanford, S.J.; Elders, W..

    1981-01-01

    Data from laboratory experiments and geologic fading studies were compiled from published sources to produce lines of iso-annealing for apatite in time-temperature space. Fission track ages were calculated for samples from two wells at Cerro Prieto, one with an apparently simple and one with an apparently complex thermal history. Temperatures were estimated by empirical vitrinite reflectance geothermometry, fluid inclusion homogenization and oxygen isotope equilibrium. These estimates were compared with logs of measured borehole temperatures.

  9. 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.

  10. Reverse degradation of nickel graphene junction by hydrogen annealing

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    Zhenjun Zhang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Metal contacts are fundamental building components for graphene based electronic devices and their properties are greatly influenced by interface quality during device fabrication, leading to resistance variation. Here we show that nickel graphene junction degrades after air exposure, due to interfacial oxidation, thus creating a tunneling barrier. Most importantly, we demonstrate that hydrogen annealing at moderate temperature (300 0C is an effective technique to reverse the degradation.

  11. Transient Crystallization of an Aromatic Polyetherimide: Effect of Annealing

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    1991-01-01

    on the annealing behavior of an aromatic polyetherimide ( Ultem 5001). Although crystallization from the melt did not occur, crystallinity was easily...in LARC-TPI. 10-’ 3 Ultem aromatic polyetherimide, first reported by Serfaty, 15 is an amorphous thermoplastic with the following structure for a...commercially available Ultem 1000. 0 0 0n Our studies have been carried out on Ultem 5001-based materials which is a new aro- matic polyetherimide with

  12. Reverse degradation of nickel graphene junction by hydrogen annealing

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    Zhang, Zhenjun; Yang, Fan; Agnihotri, Pratik; Lee, Ji Ung; Lloyd, J. R., E-mail: jlloyd@sunypoly.edu [College of Nanoscience and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, NY USA 12203 (United States)

    2016-02-15

    Metal contacts are fundamental building components for graphene based electronic devices and their properties are greatly influenced by interface quality during device fabrication, leading to resistance variation. Here we show that nickel graphene junction degrades after air exposure, due to interfacial oxidation, thus creating a tunneling barrier. Most importantly, we demonstrate that hydrogen annealing at moderate temperature (300 {sup 0}C) is an effective technique to reverse the degradation.

  13. Thermal annealing of laser damage precursors on fused silica surfaces

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    Shen, N; Miller, P E; Bude, J D; Laurence, T A; Suratwala, T I; Steele, W A; Feit, M D; Wang, L L

    2012-03-19

    Previous studies have identified two significant precursors of laser damage on fused silica surfaces at fluenes below {approx} 35 J/cm{sup 2}, photoactive impurities in the polishing layer and surface fractures. In the present work, isothermal heating is studied as a means of remediating the highly absorptive, defect structure associated with surface fractures. A series of Vickers indentations were applied to silica surfaces at loads between 0.5N and 10N creating fracture networks between {approx} 10{micro}m and {approx} 50{micro}m in diameter. The indentations were characterized prior to and following thermal annealing under various times and temperature conditions using confocal time-resolved photo-luminescence (CTP) imaging, and R/1 optical damage testing with 3ns, 355nm laser pulses. Significant improvements in the damage thresholds, together with corresponding reductions in CTP intensity, were observed at temperatures well below the glass transition temperature (T{sub g}). For example, the damage threshold on 05.N indentations which typically initiates at fluences <8 J/cm{sup 2} could be improved >35 J/cm{sup 2} through the use of a {approx} 750 C thermal treatment. Larger fracture networks required longer or higher temperature treatment to achieve similar results. At an annealing temperature > 1100 C, optical microscopy indicates morphological changes in some of the fracture structure of indentations, although remnants of the original fracture and significant deformation was still observed after thermal annealing. This study demonstrates the potential of using isothermal annealing as a means of improving the laser damage resistance of fused silica optical components. Similarly, it provides a means of further understanding the physics associated with optical damage and related mitigation processes.

  14. Reverse degradation of nickel graphene junction by hydrogen annealing

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    Zhang, Zhenjun; Agnihotri, Pratik; Lee, Ji Ung; Lloyd, Jim R

    2016-01-01

    Metal contacts are fundamental building components for graphene based electronic devices and their properties are greatly influenced by interface quality during device fabrication, leading to resistance variation. Here we show that nickel graphene junction degrades after air exposure, due to interfacial oxidation, thus creating a tunneling barrier. Most importantly, we demonstrate that hydrogen annealing at moderate temperature (300 0C) is an effective technique to reverse the degradation.

  15. Estimation of the parameters of ETAS models by Simulated Annealing

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    Lombardi, Anna Maria

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a new algorithm to estimate the maximum likelihood parameters of an Epidemic Type Aftershock Sequences (ETAS) model. It is based on Simulated Annealing, a versatile method that solves problems of global optimization and ensures convergence to a global optimum. The procedure is tested on both simulated and real catalogs. The main conclusion is that the method performs poorly as the size of the catalog decreases because the effect of the correlation of the ETAS parameters is...

  16. Prime factorization using quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry

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    Dridi, Raouf; Alghassi, Hedayat

    2017-02-01

    We investigate prime factorization from two perspectives: quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry, specifically Gröbner bases. We present a novel autonomous algorithm which combines the two approaches and leads to the factorization of all bi-primes up to just over 200000, the largest number factored to date using a quantum processor. We also explain how Gröbner bases can be used to reduce the degree of Hamiltonians.

  17. 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.

  18. Prime factorization using quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry

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    Dridi, Raouf; Alghassi, Hedayat

    2017-01-01

    We investigate prime factorization from two perspectives: quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry, specifically Gröbner bases. We present a novel autonomous algorithm which combines the two approaches and leads to the factorization of all bi-primes up to just over 200000, the largest number factored to date using a quantum processor. We also explain how Gröbner bases can be used to reduce the degree of Hamiltonians. PMID:28220854

  19. Rotorcraft Airloads Measurements - Extraordinary Costs, Extraordinary Benefits

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    2014-08-01

    aeromechanics, the helicopter designer must consider performance, critical design and fatigue loads, vibration , and acoustics—all in a balanced approach...Bending Moments, and Motions, Together With Rotor Shaft Loads and Fuselage Vibration , on a Tandem Rotor Helicopter , Vol. IV, Summary and Evaluation of...Shaft Loads and Fuselage Vibration , on a Tandem Rotor Helicopter , Vol. V, Investigation of Blade Stall Con- ditions. USAAVLABS TR 67-9E. Pruyn, R. and W

  20. Magnetic properties dependence on the coupled effects of magnetic fields on the microstructure of as-deposited and post-annealed Co/Ni bilayer thin films

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    Franczak, Agnieszka [LISM, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, BP 1039, 51687 Reims Cedex 2 (France); Department of Materials Science, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Levesque, Alexandra, E-mail: alexandra.levesque@univ-reims.fr [LISM, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, BP 1039, 51687 Reims Cedex 2 (France); Coïsson, Marco [Electromagnetism Division, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, 10135 Torino (Italy); Li, Donggang [LISM, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, BP 1039, 51687 Reims Cedex 2 (France); Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, 110004 Shenyang (China); Barrera, Gabriele [Electromagnetism Division, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, 10135 Torino (Italy); Università di Torino, Dipartimento di Chimica, 10125 Torino (Italy); Celegato, Federica [Electromagnetism Division, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, 10135 Torino (Italy); Wang, Qiang [Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, 110004 Shenyang (China); Tiberto, Paola [Electromagnetism Division, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, 10135 Torino (Italy); Chopart, Jean-Paul [LISM, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, BP 1039, 51687 Reims Cedex 2 (France)

    2014-12-15

    Magnetic films and multilayers are the focus of much attention motivated mainly by their wide range of applications, such as magnetic data storage devices and sensors. The magnetic multilayer structures are normally prepared through physical means of deposition, as molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) or sputtering. However, there are already examples of materials produced by electrochemical routes, which share with the other deposition techniques a high sensitivity of magnetic and transport properties of the samples on their crystallographic and chemical structure. In addition, electrochemical deposition allows growing structures with high aspect ratio, which are not possible to obtain by MBE deposition followed by lithographic processes. The present work investigates the Co/Ni bilayered nanocrystalline films produced through the temperature-elevated electrochemical deposition, and modified by annealing carried out also under an external magnetic field. The results indicate an increase of the coercive field of deposited Co/Ni bilayers, when the electrodeposition process was conducted under magnetic field of 1 T. The annealing processing caused further remarkable increase of the coercive field of as-prepared bilayers that has been preserved under magnetic annealing conditions. The magnetic properties are discussed in terms of samples microstructure. In as-prepared samples the in-plane magnetization was observed, while high temperature treatment, causing microstructural changes in the film, resulted also in appearance of a small component of magnetization oriented perpendicularly to the films’ plane that could have been observed by MFM analysis. The induced perpendicular magnetization component in the post-annealed samples was a result of the magnetic field applied in the perpendicular direction to the samples’ surface during annealing treatment. - Highlights: • Co deposits were obtained at high electrolyte temperature under applied B-field. • The