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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. ANNEALING OF HOT-CARRIER-INDUCED MOSFET DEGRADATION

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

    1988-01-01

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

  4. 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.

  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. Annealing induced recrystallization of radiation damaged titanite and allanite

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    in the titanite structure. Hence, the planes containing Si-O-Ti-O bond rings are less susceptible to a self-accumulation of radiation-induced defects resulting in the development of amorphous regions as compared to the perpendicular plane containing Ti-O bond chains. Multistep annealing gradually suppresses the structural defects in the crystalline fraction of the titanite as the improvement of the SiO4-TiO6 connectivity within planes near perpendicular to the TiO6 chains reaches saturation near 900 K. Annealing-induced recrystallization of the radiation-induced amorphous nanoregions takes place in the temperature range between approximately 650 and 950 K, with a maximum near 750 K. To determine the influence of radiation damage on the behavior of the elastic material properties of titanite, nanoindentation measurements were performed on partially metamict titanite (sample E2312) and for comparison additionally on nearly undamaged crystalline titanite (Rauris sample) and titanite glass. Metamict titanite E2312 shows hardness (H) and elastic modulus (E) values close to those of titanite glass. Rauris titanite shows strong anisotropy and the H and E values are clearly larger than those of E2312. Thermally induced stepwise recrystallization of metamict titanite E2312 leads to a decrease in the hardness until approximately 950 K and afterwards to an increase at higher temperatures, while the elastic modulus increases continuously (H and E values measured always at room temperature). Changes of the hardness and elastic modulus are related to increasing long-range order and vanishing amorphous interface areas in the titanite structure. In further studies the structural recovery of the metamict epidot group mineral allanite (sample number R1) produced by thermal annealing was followed by powder X-ray diffraction, single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy. Allanite contains in contrast to titanite structural OH groups. But no evidences for a

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

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

  8. Annealing induced reorientation of crystallites in Sn doped ZnO films

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    Ravichandran, K.; Vasanthi, M.; Thirumurugan, K.; Sakthivel, B.; Karthika, K.

    2014-11-01

    Tin doped ZnO thin films were prepared by employing a simplified spray pyrolysis technique using a perfume atomizer and subsequently annealed under different temperatures from 350 °C to 500 °C in steps of 50 °C. The structural, optical, electrical, photoluminescence and surface morphological properties of the as-deposited films were studied and compared with that of the annealed films. The X-ray diffraction studies showed that as-deposited film exhibits preferential orientation along the (0 0 2) plane and it changes in favour of (1 0 0) plane after annealing. The increase in crystallite size due to annealing is explained on the basis of Ostwald ripening effect. It is found that the optical transmittance and band gap increases with increase in annealing temperature. A slight decrease in resistivity caused by annealing is discussed in correlation with annealing induced defect modifications and surface morphology.

  9. Annealing of UV-Induced Birefringence in Hydrogen Loaded Germanosilicate Fibres

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    Canning, John; Deyerl, Hans-Jürgen; Sørensen, Henrik Rokkjær;

    2005-01-01

    UV-reduced birefringence in germanosilicate optical fibres loaded with hydrogen is annealed out at low temperatures (125o C). Annealing for induced birefringence in gratings written by either s or p polarised UV light are identical. The results are incosistent with previous models for the origin of...

  10. 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).

  11. Propagating self-sustained annealing of radiation-induced interstitial complexes

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    Bokov, P. M.; Selyshchev, P. A.

    2016-02-01

    A propagating self-sustained annealing of radiation induced defects as a result of thermal-concentration instability is studied. The defects that are considered in the model are complexes. Each of them consists of one atom of impunity and of one interstitial atom. Crystal with defects has extra energy which is transformed into heat during defect annealing. Simulation of the auto-wave of annealing has been performed. The front and the speed of the auto-wave have been obtained. It is shown that annealing occurs in a narrow region of time and space. There are two kinds of such annealing behaviour. In the first case the speed of the auto-wave oscillates near its constant mean value and the front of temperature oscillates in a complex way. In the second case the speed of propagation is constant and fronts of temperature and concentration look like sigmoid functions.

  12. Annealing-induced change in quantum dot chain formation mechanism

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    Park, Tyler D.; Colton, John S.; Farrer, Jeffrey K. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 84602 (United States); Yang, Haeyeon [Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States); Kim, Dong Jun [IPG Photonics Corporation, Oxford, MA 01540 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    Self-assembled InGaAs quantum dot chains were grown using a modified Stranski-Krastanov method in which the InGaAs layer is deposited under a low growth temperature and high arsenic overpressure, which suppresses the formation of dots until a later annealing process. The dots are capped with a 100 nm GaAs layer. Three samples, having three different annealing temperatures of 460°C, 480°C, and 500°C, were studied by transmission electron microscopy. Results indicate two distinct types of dot formation processes: dots in the 460°C and 480°C samples form from platelet precursors in a one-to-one ratio whereas the dots in the sample annealed at 500°C form through the strain-driven self-assembly process, and then grow larger via an additional Ostwald ripening process whereby dots grow into larger dots at the expense of smaller seed islands. There are consequently significant morphological differences between the two types of dots, which explain many of the previously-reported differences in optical properties. Moreover, we also report evidence of indium segregation within the dots, with little or no indium intermixing between the dots and the surrounding GaAs barrier.

  13. Annealing-induced change in quantum dot chain formation mechanism

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    Park, Tyler D.; Colton, John S.; Farrer, Jeffrey K.; Yang, Haeyeon; Kim, Dong Jun

    2014-12-01

    Self-assembled InGaAs quantum dot chains were grown using a modified Stranski-Krastanov method in which the InGaAs layer is deposited under a low growth temperature and high arsenic overpressure, which suppresses the formation of dots until a later annealing process. The dots are capped with a 100 nm GaAs layer. Three samples, having three different annealing temperatures of 460°C, 480°C, and 500°C, were studied by transmission electron microscopy. Results indicate two distinct types of dot formation processes: dots in the 460°C and 480°C samples form from platelet precursors in a one-to-one ratio whereas the dots in the sample annealed at 500°C form through the strain-driven self-assembly process, and then grow larger via an additional Ostwald ripening process whereby dots grow into larger dots at the expense of smaller seed islands. There are consequently significant morphological differences between the two types of dots, which explain many of the previously-reported differences in optical properties. Moreover, we also report evidence of indium segregation within the dots, with little or no indium intermixing between the dots and the surrounding GaAs barrier.

  14. Annealing-induced change in quantum dot chain formation mechanism

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    Tyler D. Park

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Self-assembled InGaAs quantum dot chains were grown using a modified Stranski-Krastanov method in which the InGaAs layer is deposited under a low growth temperature and high arsenic overpressure, which suppresses the formation of dots until a later annealing process. The dots are capped with a 100 nm GaAs layer. Three samples, having three different annealing temperatures of 460°C, 480°C, and 500°C, were studied by transmission electron microscopy. Results indicate two distinct types of dot formation processes: dots in the 460°C and 480°C samples form from platelet precursors in a one-to-one ratio whereas the dots in the sample annealed at 500°C form through the strain-driven self-assembly process, and then grow larger via an additional Ostwald ripening process whereby dots grow into larger dots at the expense of smaller seed islands. There are consequently significant morphological differences between the two types of dots, which explain many of the previously-reported differences in optical properties. Moreover, we also report evidence of indium segregation within the dots, with little or no indium intermixing between the dots and the surrounding GaAs barrier.

  15. Low-Temperature Annealing Induced Amorphization in Nanocrystalline NiW Alloy Films

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    Z. Q. Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Annealing induced amorphization in sputtered glass-forming thin films was generally observed in the supercooled liquid region. Based on X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope (TEM analysis, however, here, we demonstrate that nearly full amorphization could occur in nanocrystalline (NC sputtered NiW alloy films annealed at relatively low temperature. Whilst the supersaturation of W content caused by the formation of Ni4W phase played a crucial role in the amorphization process of NiW alloy films annealed at 473 K for 30 min, nearly full amorphization occurred upon further annealing of the film for 60 min. The redistribution of free volume from amorphous regions into crystalline regions was proposed as the possible mechanism underlying the nearly full amorphization observed in NiW alloys.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Annealing-induced alloy formation in Pd/Fe bilayers on Si(1 1 1) for hydrogen sensing

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    Mudinepalli, Venkata Ramana; Tsai, Cheng-Jui; Chuang, Ying-Chin; Chang, Po-Chun; Plusnin, N.; Lin, Wen-Chin

    2016-03-01

    The bilayers of Pd and Fe with different thickness and relative positions were grown on Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 surface at room temperature. For the investigation of the thermal annealing induced inter-diffusion and the corresponding magnetic behavior, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) measurement was carried out after various annealing processes, including the variation of annealing duration and temperature. With the annealing temperature of 300-500 K, the Pd/Fe bilayers were stable. Slight Si segregated into the thin film at around 700 K. Above 700 K, more serious Si segregation occurred and most of the Pd/Fe bilayer was mixed with Si, forming a silicide layer. 700-800 K annealing also induced change of Pd/Fe AES ratio, indicating the inter-diffusion between Pd and Fe layers. To overcome the unavoidable silicide formation induced magnetic dead layer, a relative thick Fe film of 20 ML capped with 1.5 ML Pd was chosen for the investigation of magnetism. The magnetic coercivity (Hc) increased by 2-3 times with the annealing temperature up to 740 K. Obvious hydrogenation effect was observed in 710 K-annealed sample; the in-plane Hc increased by more than 10% when the hydrogen pressure was above 200 mbar. After further annealing at 740-800 K, the hydrogenation effect on Hc became nearly unobservable. The annealing induced Pd-rich magnetic interface is supposed to dominate the hydrogenation effect on magnetism.

  19. Structural changes induced by thermal annealing in Cr/C multilayers

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    Highlights: • We reported experimental results on thermal effects of Cr/C multilayer. • The period thicknesses of Cr/C multilayers expand or contract with different carbon layer thickness ratios upon 600 °C annealing. • More chromium carbide formed at the interfaces after annealing. - Abstract: The structural changes induced by thermal annealing in Cr/C multilayers were investigated. Cr/C multilayers with period thickness of 5 nm and bi-layer number of 30 were deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering, and characterized by using grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The results suggest that the period thicknesses of Cr/C multilayers expand or contract with different carbon layer thickness ratios (the ratio of the carbon layer thickness to the multilayer period) upon annealing and the physical mechanism was explored in detail. Carbon layer in Cr/C multilayers become graphitized from amorphous state. Such graphitization of the carbon layer causes a decrease in its density, thus an increase in its thickness. The annealing process also causes a reduction in period due to the formation of denser carbide, which can be confirmed by the XPS results

  20. Measurement of magnetostriction and induced magnetic anisotropy by SAMR method in Co-rich stress + field annealed amorphous ribbons

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    Blanco, J. M.; González, J.; Vázquez, M.; Barandiarán, J. M.; Hernando, A.

    1991-10-01

    The saturation magnetostriction (λ s) and induced magnetic anisotropy ( Kind) in (Co 0.95Fe 0.05) 80Si 10B 10 annealed amorphous alloy ribbons have been measured at room temperature with the SAMR (small-angle magnetization rotation) method. The ribbons were annealed under simulataneous action of a stress and/or magnetic field. The variations of λ s and Kind show parallel trends in the cases of stress and stress+field annealings but not for single field annealing. These variations are connected with microstructural changes originated during the treatments.

  1. Microtexture analysis of cold-rolled and annealed twinning-induced plasticity steel

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    The microtexture evolution of cold-rolled and isochronally annealed Fe-24Mn-3Al-2Si-1Ni-0.06C twinning-induced plasticity steel is investigated by electron back-scattering diffraction. Novel deconstruction techniques are applied to cold-rolled and partially recrystallized maps. The formation of cold-rolling texture via composite slip/twin deformation pattern is corroborated by the relatively random spatial distribution of twinned and untwinned grains. Whereas the orientations of the newly nucleated grains are similar to the deformation texture, orientation-dependent, stored energy and second-order twinning contribute to the end-recrystallization texture.

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

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    Zeng, Wei; Shen, Yao; Zhang, Ning;

    2012-01-01

    Nanostructured pure aluminum was fabricated by heavy cold-rolling and then subjected to recovery annealing either by applying electric pulse annealing or by traditional air furnace annealing. Both annealing treatments resulted in an increase in yield strength due to the occurrence of a “dislocation...

  3. Effect of high temperature annealing on ferromagnetism induced by energetic ion irradiation in FeRh alloy

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    Kosugi, S.; Fujita, Nao; Matsui, T.; Hori, F. [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Saitoh, Y. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA-Takasaki), Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Ishikawa, N.; Okamoto, Y. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA-Tokai), Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Iwase, A., E-mail: iwase@mtr.osakafu-u.ac.j [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2011-05-01

    Effects of thermal annealing on ion-irradiation induced ferromagnetism of Fe-50at.%Rh bulk alloy and the related structural change were investigated by means of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), respectively. Depending on the annealing temperature from 100 to 500 {sup o}C, the magnetization induced by 10 MeV iodine ion irradiation and the lattice structure of the alloy were remarkably changed. After 500 {sup o}C annealing, the magnetization and the lattice ordering of the alloy become similar to the states before the irradiation. The experimental result indicates that the thermal relaxation of irradiation-induced atomic disordering dominates the magnetic state of ion-irradiated Fe-50at.% Rh alloy.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Annealing Induced Transmission Improvements and Photoluminescence Reduction of ARROW Optofluidic Chips for Improved Fluorescence Detection

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    Parks, Joshua W.

    2012-01-01

    Effects of thermal annealing on liquid- and solid-core antiresonant reflective optical waveguides (ARROW) are herein investigated. Transmission changes of 10 to 1000 fold increases are observed post annealing at either 300 or 700 °C. Furthermore, upon 700 °C annealing, the detectable photoluminescence of tantalum oxide cladding layers is reduced to half that of its original value. The suggestible cause for change in transmission is increased modal confinement within the ridge waveguid...

  7. The structure, bond strength and apatite-inducing ability of micro-arc oxidized tantalum and their response to annealing

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    Wang, Cuicui; Wang, Feng; Han, Yong

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the tantalum oxide coatings were formed on pure tantalum (Ta) by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) in electrolytic solutions of calcium acetate and β-glycerophosphate disodium, and the effect of the applied voltage on the microstructure and bond strength of the MAO coatings was systematically investigated. The effect of annealing treatment on the microstructure, bond strength and apatite-inducing ability of the MAO coatings formed at 350 and 450 V was also studied. The study revealed that during the preparation of tantalum oxide coatings on Ta substrate by MAO, the applied voltage considerably affected the phase components, morphologies and bond strength of the coatings, but had little effect on surface chemical species. After annealing treatment, newly formed CaTa4O11 phase mainly contributed to the much more stronger apatite-inducing ability of the annealed tantalum oxide coatings than those that were not annealed. The better apatite-inducing ability of the MAO coatings formed at 450 V compared to those formed at 350 V was attributed to the less amorphous phase and more crystalline phase as well as more Ca and P contained in the MAO coatings with increasing the applied voltage.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Annealing-Induced Bi Bilayer on Bi2Te3 Investigated via Quasi-Particle-Interference Mapping.

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    Schouteden, Koen; Govaerts, Kirsten; Debehets, Jolien; Thupakula, Umamahesh; Chen, Taishi; Li, Zhe; Netsou, Asteriona; Song, Fengqi; Lamoen, Dirk; Van Haesendonck, Chris; Partoens, Bart; Park, Kyungwha

    2016-09-27

    Topological insulators (TIs) are renowned for their exotic topological surface states (TSSs) that reside in the top atomic layers, and hence, detailed knowledge of the surface top atomic layers is of utmost importance. Here we present the remarkable morphology changes of Bi2Te3 surfaces, which have been freshly cleaved in air, upon subsequent systematic annealing in ultrahigh vacuum and the resulting effects on the local and area-averaging electronic properties of the surface states, which are investigated by combining scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) experiments with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our findings demonstrate that the annealing induces the formation of a Bi bilayer atop the Bi2Te3 surface. The adlayer results in n-type doping, and the atomic defects act as scattering centers of the TSS electrons. We also investigated the annealing-induced Bi bilayer surface on Bi2Te3 via voltage-dependent quasi-particle-interference (QPI) mapping of the surface local density of states and via comparison with the calculated constant-energy contours and QPI patterns. We observed closed hexagonal patterns in the Fourier transform of real-space QPI maps with secondary outer spikes. DFT calculations attribute these complex QPI patterns to the appearance of a "second" cone due to the surface charge transfer between the Bi bilayer and the Bi2Te3. Annealing in ultrahigh vacuum offers a facile route for tuning of the topological properties and may yield similar results for other topological materials. PMID:27584869

  15. Isochronal annealing study of X-ray induced defects in single- and double-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Murakami, Toshiya; Yamamoto, Yuki; Itoh, Chihiro [Department of Materials Science and Chemistry, Wakayama University, Wakayama 640-8510 (Japan); Kisoda, Kenji [Department of Physics, Wakayama University, Wakayama 640-8510 (Japan)

    2013-09-21

    X-ray induced defects in single-walled (SWCNTs) and double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) were characterized by Raman scattering spectroscopy. Frenkel defects, interstitial-vacancy pairs, were revealed to form in both SWCNTs and DWCNTs after X-ray irradiation because these defects were entirely healed by thermal annealing. In order to clarify the structure of the X-ray induced defect in SWCNT and DWCNT, isochronal-annealing experiments were performed on the irradiated samples and the activation energy for defect healing was estimated. The intensity of D band (defect induced band) on Raman spectra was used as a measure of the density of X-ray induced defects. The experimental results were in good agreement with the simulated values using second order reaction model, which indicated that the defect healing was determined by the migration energy of interstitials on the carbon layer. We also found that the activation energy for defect healing of SWCNT and DWCNT were around 0.5 eV and 0.32 eV, respectively. The X-ray induced defects in SWCNTs were more stable than those in DWCNTs. Compared these estimated activation energies to previous theoretical reports, we concluded that bridge and/or dumbbell interstitials are formed in both SWCNT and DWCNT by X-ray irradiation.

  16. 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

  17. 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

    2015-01-01

    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.

  18. Dose rate effects on array CCDs exposed by Co-60 γ rays induce saturation output degradation and annealing tests

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    The experimental tests of dose rate and annealing effects on array charge-coupled devices (CCDs) are presented. The saturation output voltage (VS) versus the total dose at the dose rates of 0.01, 0.1, 1.0, 10.0 and 50 rad(Si)/s are compared. Annealing tests are performed to eliminate the time-dependent effects. The VS degradation levels depend on the dose rates. The VS degradation mechanism induced by dose rate and annealing effects is analyzed. The VS at 20 krad(Si) with the dose rate of 0.03 rad(Si)/s are supplemented to assure the degradation curves between the dose rates of 0.1 and 0.01 rad(Si)/s. The CCDs are divided into two groups, with one group biased and the other unbiased during 60Co γ radiation. The VS degradation levels of the biased CCDs during radiation are more severe than that of the unbiased CCDs

  19. Quantum annealing

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    Ruiz, Alfonso de la Fuente

    2014-01-01

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

  20. Annealing effects on microstructure and laser-induced damage threshold of HfO2/SiO2 multilayer mirrors.

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    Jena, Shuvendu; Tokas, Raj Bahadur; Rao, K Divakar; Thakur, Sudhakar; Sahoo, Naba Kishore

    2016-08-01

    HfO2/SiO2 periodic multilayer high reflection mirrors have been prepared by a reactive electron-beam evaporation technique. The deposited mirrors were annealed in the temperature range from 300°C to 500°C. The effects of annealing on optical, microstructural, and laser-induced damage characteristics of the mirrors have been investigated. The high reflection band of the mirror shifts toward a shorter wavelength with increasing annealing temperature. As-deposited and annealed mirrors show polycrystalline structure with a monoclinic phase of HfO2. Crystalinity and grain size increase upon annealing. The laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) has been assessed using a 532 nm pulsed laser at a pulse width of 7 ns. The LIDT value of the multilayer mirror increases from 44.1  J/cm2 to 77.6  J/cm2 with annealing up to 400°C. The improvement of LIDT with annealing is explained through oxygen vacancy defects as well as grain-size-dependent thermal conductivity. Finally, the observed laser damage morphology, such as circular scalds and ablated multilayer stacks with terrace structure, are analyzed. PMID:27505395

  1. Thermal annealing of high dose radiation induced damage at room temperature in alkaline. Stored energy, thermoluminescence and coloration

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    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

  2. Computer experiment studies on mechanisms for irradiation induced defect production and annealing processes. Final report

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    This research is based on pair potentials used in the Brookhaven work. It extends their use in defect production simulations to the 5 MeV range and characterizes the short term annealing of the primary defect states. Defect properties and interactions are studied. Defect interactions include carbon, helium, and misfit metallic substitutional impurity interactions with vacancy and interstitial defects as well as vacancy-vacancy, interstitial-interstitial and vacancy-interstitial interactions

  3. [Enlightenment and deliberation after treatment for extraordinary injuries].

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    Li, Zongyu; Liu, Rui; Mao, Ye

    2015-12-01

    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. PMID:26837245

  4. Growth and surface modification of LaFeO3 thin films induced by reductive annealing

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    Highlights: • LaFeO3 was grown by molecular beam epitaxy on ZrO2:Y2O3. • 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, 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), 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

  5. COALESCENCE INDUCED GRADIENT MORPHOLOGY NEAR A WALL IN PHASE SEPARATED POLYMER BLENDS DURING QUIESCENT ANNEALING

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    Wei Yu; Chi-xing Zhou; De-lu Zhao

    2002-01-01

    A fast coalescence mechanism is proposed to account for the wall effect on the formation of gradient morphologyin phase separated polymer blends during quiescent annealing. The existence of solid wall with high polarity is believed tochange the potential field around the dispersed particles near the wall. This additional potential interaction between the solidwall and the dispersed particles causes faster coalescence of the dispersed particles near the wall than in the bulk. Thegradient phase morphology thus formed can be predicted by combining the wall-particle interaction and the touch-coalescence mechanism. The effect of interfacial tension on the gradient morphology is also discussed.

  6. 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.

  7. Effect of strain-induced martensite on the formation of nanocrystalline 316L stainless steel after cold rolling and annealing

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    This work aimed to study the effects of cold rolling temperature and pre-strain on the volume fraction of strain-induced martensite in order to obtain nanocrystalline structures of 316L stainless steel. Hot rolling and cold rolling followed by annealing treatments were conducted under different conditions. The microstructures and the volume fraction of phases were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and feritscope tests, respectively. The hardness and tensile properties of the specimens were also measured. The results showed that decreasing the rolling temperature while increasing pre-strain leads to increased the volume fraction of martensite accompanied by decreased saturating strain and, further, that this behavior affects the degree of grain refinement. The smallest grain size of about 30-40 nm was obtained via 30% pre-strain at 523 K and subsequent conventional cold rolling at 258 K with a strain and a strain rate of 95% and 0.5 s-1, respectively, followed by annealing at 1023 K for 300 s. Uniaxial tensile tests at room temperature showed that this specimen exhibits very high tensile strength of about 1385 MPa.

  8. 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. PMID:27142875

  9. 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

    2016-05-01

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Effects of thermal-annealing and processing-additive treatment on crystallization-induced phase separation in organic solar cells utilizing octapentyl tetrabenzotriazaporphyrins

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    Effects of thermal-annealing and processing-additive treatment on crystallization-induced phase separation and photovoltaic performance in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells utilizing non-peripherally substituted octapentyl tetrabenzotriazaporphyrin (C5TBTAPH2) mixed in 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)propyl-1-phenyl-(6,6)C71 ([70]PCBM) were reported. By using either thermal-annealing or processing-additive treatment, the C5TBTAPH2-crystallite sizes in the BHJ films were enlarged and the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) were increased due to improvement of the crystallization-induced phase separation. However, the optimum PCEs (4.2%) of the processing-additive treated devices were markedly higher than those PCEs (1.4%) of devices treated by thermal annealing. These results were discussed by taking the thermal properties and molecular aggregation of [70]PCBM into consideration. (paper)

  12. 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.

  13. Marketplace Tensions in Extraordinary Experiences

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    Gülnur Tumbat; Belk, Russell W.

    2011-01-01

    Researchers have analyzed various forms of extraordinary consumption experiences, using Victor Turner's conceptualization of antistructure with a particular focus on their rather romantic and communal aspects. While such a focus contributed greatly to our understanding of these experiences, it also resulted in overlooking much of their individuated characteristics such as boundaries, conflicts, competition, and positional struggles at the interpersonal level. This ethnographic study of commer...

  14. Numerical investigation of temperature field Induced by dual wavelength lasers in sub-microsecond laser annealing technology for insulated gate bipolar transistor

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    Cui, GuoDong; Ma, Mingying; Wang, Fan; Sun, Gang; Lan, Yanping; Xu, Wen

    2015-07-01

    To enhance the performance of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT), sub-microsecond laser annealing (LA) is propitious to achieve maximal dopant activation with minimal diffusion. In this work, two different lasers are used as annealing resource: a continuous 808 nm laser with larger spot is applied to preheat the wafer and another sub-microsecond pulsed 527 nm laser is responsible to activate the dopant. To optimize the system's performance, a physical model is presented to predict the thermal effect of two laser fields interacting on wafer. Using the Finite-Element method (FEM), we numerically investigate the temperature field induced by lasers in detail. The process window corresponding to the lasers is also acquired which can satisfy the requirements of the IGBT's annealing.

  15. Comprehensive study of the surface morphology evolution induced by thermal annealing in single-crystalline ZnO films and ZnO bulks

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    Yoon, N.; Oh, D. C. [Hoseo University, Asan (Korea, Republic of); Ko, H. J. [Korea Photonics Technology Institute, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Lim, D. S.; Hong, S. K. [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Yao, T. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

    2012-11-15

    We report on the evolution of the surface morphology induced by thermal annealing in N{sub 2} ambient over a wide temperature range of 500 - 1200 .deg. C in single-crystalline ZnO films and ZnO bulks. The surface morphology is seriously changed by the annealing temperature, and the evolution can be categorized into three regions: island growth, island agglomeration, and pit formation. Island growth at low temperatures below 700 .deg. C, is ascribed to the atomic migration to reduce surface energy, which causes surface roughening. Island agglomeration at intermediate temperatures of 700 - 900 .deg. C is ascribed to the migration and the evaporation of surface atoms, which causes surface flattening. Pit formation at high temperatures above 900 .deg. C is ascribed to the atomic evaporation by high vapor pressure, which causes surface destruction. On the other hand, the bulk lattice is continuously improved with increasing annealing temperature in the temperature regions before the surface-destruction region, which is attributed to the reduction in the numbers of point and line defects caused by recrystallization. As a result, the best surface morphology and the best bulk lattice are obtained at an annealing temperature of 900 .deg. C. The common surface-morphology evolution of ZnO films and ZnO bulks with increasing annealing temperature can be summarized using the three steps of surface roughening by island growth, surface flattening by island agglomeration, and surface destruction by pit formation.

  16. 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.

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

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    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 < T < 543 K, to 10 h) and analysis reveal changes in spectral characteristics due to a loss of oxygen, onset of oxygen vacancy-induced disorder, and activation of Raman-inactive modes that are attributed to symmetry lowering. The interpretation is further supported by carrier transport measurements under identical conditions showing orders of magnitude increase in the resistivity induced by oxygen loss. After prolonged annealing in air, 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. (paper)

  18. The difference between the crystallization processes induced by mechanical milling and annealing under normal and high pressure in amorphous Fe-N alloy

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    LiuLi; Guo Xing Yuan; Zhao Xu Dong; Yao Bin; Su Wen Hui

    2002-01-01

    An amorphous Fe-N alloy was prepared by ball milling a mixture of Fe and h-BN. Its crystallization processes induced by mechanical milling (MM) and annealing under normal and high pressure were studied. The crystallization product of the amorphous Fe-N alloy induced by MM and annealing at temperatures between 690 and 800 K under pressures of 3-4 GPa is epsilon-Fe sub x N, while the thermal crystallization product under normal pressure is gamma'-Fe sub 4 N. The difference between the crystallization products produced by mechanical and thermal crystallization is attributed to the effects of local pressure and local temperature produced by ball collisions.

  19. 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 < T < 543 K, to 10 h) and analysis reveal changes in spectral characteristics due to a loss of oxygen, onset of oxygen vacancy-induced disorder, and activation of Raman-inactive modes that are attributed to symmetry lowering. The interpretation is further supported by carrier transport measurements under identical conditions showing orders of magnitude increase in the resistivity induced by oxygen loss. After prolonged annealing in air, 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. PMID:25812551

  20. 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.

  1. Annealing-Induced Modifications in Physicochemical and Optoelectronic Properties of Ag-Doped Nanostructured CdS Thin Films

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    Vidya S. Taur

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The Ag-doped nanostructured CdS thin films are grown by simple, cost effective chemical ion exchange technique at room temperature on ITO-coated glass substrate. These as grown thin films are annealed at 100, 200, 300, and 400°C in air atmosphere for 1 hour. To study the effect of annealing on physicochemical and optoelectronic properties, these as grown and annealed thin films are characterized for structural, compositional, morphological, optical, and electrical properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD pattern reveals polycrystalline nature of these thin films with increase in crystallite size from 6.4 to 11.2 nm, from XRD the direct identification of Ag doping in CdS thin films cannot be judged, while shift in characteristics peak position of CdS is observed. The Raman spectrum represents increase in full width at half maxima and intensity of characteristic peak, confirming the material modification upon annealing treatment. Presence of Cd, Ag, and S in energy dispersive X-ray analysis spectra (EDAX confirms expected elemental composition in thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM images represent grain growth and agglomeration upon annealing. Red shift in optical absorbance strength and energy band gap values from 2.28 to 2.14 eV is obtained. I-V response obtained from as grown and annealed thin films shows an enhancement in photosensitivity from 72% to 96% upon illumination to 100 mW/cm2 light source.

  2. 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.

  3. Formation of pure Cu nanocrystals upon post-growth annealing of Cu–C material obtained from focused electron beam induced deposition: comparison of different methods

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    Szkudlarek, Aleksandra; Rodrigues Vaz, Alfredo; Zhang, Yucheng; Rudkowski, Andrzej; Kapusta, Czesław; Erni, Rolf; Moshkalev, Stanislav

    2015-01-01

    Summary In this paper we study in detail the post-growth annealing of a copper-containing material deposited with focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID). The organometallic precursor Cu(II)(hfac)2 was used for deposition and the results were compared to that of compared to earlier experiments with (hfac)Cu(I)(VTMS) and (hfac)Cu(I)(DMB). Transmission electron microscopy revealed the deposition of amorphous material from Cu(II)(hfac)2. In contrast, as-deposited material from (hfac)Cu(I)(VTMS) and (hfac)Cu(I)(DMB) was nano-composite with Cu nanocrystals dispersed in a carbonaceous matrix. After annealing at around 150–200 °C all deposits showed the formation of pure Cu nanocrystals at the outer surface of the initial deposit due to the migration of Cu atoms from the carbonaceous matrix containing the elements carbon, oxygen, and fluorine. Post-irradiation of deposits with 200 keV electrons in a transmission electron microscope favored the formation of Cu nanocrystals within the carbonaceous matrix of freestanding rods and suppressed the formation on their surface. Electrical four-point measurements on FEBID lines from Cu(hfac)2 showed five orders of magnitude improvement in conductivity when being annealed conventionally and by laser-induced heating in the scanning electron microscope chamber. PMID:26425404

  4. 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.

  5. A change in domain morphology in optical superlattice LiNbO sub 3 induced by thermal annealing

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    Lu Yan Qing; Luo Qi; Zhu Yong Yuan; Chen Xiang Fei; Xue Cheng Cheng; Ming Nai Ben

    1997-01-01

    Optical superlattice LiNbO sub 3 crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. The effect of thermal annealing below the Curie temperature on domain structures of a sample with good periodicity was studied. It was found that the periodic domain structure remained unchanged at annealing temperature lower than 1000 deg. C and began to deteriorate when annealed at above 1000 deg. C. A sample at 1100 deg. C for an hour almost changed to a single-domain structure except that a 60 mu m single-domain layer with reversed spontaneous polarization was formed at the edge of the sample. These results are useful for revealing the mechanism of formation of the periodic domain structure and designing a more favourable temperature field to improve the crystals' quality. A space-charge-field model was proposed to explain the phenomena. (author)

  6. 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.

  7. Effect of high temperature annealing on ion-irradiation induced magnetization in FeRh thin films

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    Tohki, A.; Aikoh, K.; Iwase, A.; Yoneda, K.; Kosugi, S. [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Kume, K.; Batchuluun, T.; Ishigami, R. [Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center, Tsuruga, Fukui 914-0192 (Japan); Matsui, T. [Research Organization for the 21st Century, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2012-04-01

    Low temperature ferromagnetic FeRh with B2-type crystal structure was successfully synthesized by annealing of the excessively irradiated FeRh thin film samples having nonmagnetic A1-type crystal structure. The B2 phase transformed from the A1 phase by this process contained some amount of lattice defects, such as anti-site defects and vacancies, which made the magnetic spins of the sample aligned. These results imply that the combination of the process of the ion-beam irradiation and annealing of the film samples makes the magnetic state systematically controlled.

  8. Preparation and Annealing-Induced Structural Transition of Self-Organized Nanostripes on the Electropolished Aluminium Surface

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    郭柱; 侯士敏; 申自勇; 赵兴钰; 刘惟敏; 薛增泉

    2002-01-01

    Self-organized nanostripe patterns with a wavelength of l00nm and an amplitude of 4 - 5nm were formed Seon the surface of high-purity aluminium by electropolishing. The thermal stability of the nanostripe patterns was investigated experimentally by using a needle-sensor atomic force microscope in an ultra-high vacuum after annealing the sample in a high vacuum. We found that the originally highly ordered nanostripe structures transformed into many domains separated by various boundaries, and different nanostripe patterns formed, the belt-like boundaries especially formed "cross" patterns on the surface. We also found that the vacuum annealing had the tendency to efface the nanostripe structures.

  9. Faster annealing schedules for quantum annealing

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    Morita, Satoshi

    2007-01-01

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

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

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    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)

  11. 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)

  12. 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).

  13. Vacuum relaxation and annealing-induced enhancement of mobility of regioregular poly (3-hexylthiophene) field-effect transistors

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    Tian Xue-Yan; Xu Zheng; Zhao Su-Ling; Zhang Fu-Jun; Xu Xu-Rong; Yuan Guang-Cai; Li Jing; Sun Qin-Jun; Wang Ying

    2009-01-01

    In order to enhance the performance of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (RR-P3HT) field-effect transistors (FETs), RR-P3HT FETs are prepared by the spin-coating method followed by vacuum placement and annealing. This paper reports that the crystal structure, the molecule interconnection, the surface morphology, and the charge carrier mobility of RR-P3HT films are affected by vacuum relaxation and annealing. The results reveal that the field-effect mobility of RR-P3HT FETs can reach 4.17×10~(-2)m~2/(V·s) by vacuum relaxation at room temperature due to an enhanced local self-organization. Furthermore, it reports that an appropriate annealing temperature can facilitate the crystal structure, the orientation and the interconnection of polymer molecules. These results show that the field-effect mobility of device annealed at 150℃ for 10 minutes in vacuum at atmosphere and followed by placement for 20 hours in vacuum at room temperature is enhanced dramatically to 9.00×10~(-2)m~2/(V·s).

  14. Annealing effect on the optical properties and laser-induced damage resistance of solgel-derived ZrO2 films

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    Liang, Liping; Xu, Yao; Zhang, Lei; Sheng, Yonggang; Wu, Dong; Sun, Yuhan

    2007-05-01

    By modifying some structural characteristics, the annealing process can have considerable effects on the optical performance of the solgel-derived ZrO2 xerogel films. Annealing at increasing temperature from 150°Cto750°C gives rise to first an increase of refractive index from 1.63 (at 633 nm) to 1.93 and then a decrease to 1.86 with the watershed temperature of 550°C. This can be associated with the evolutions in both packing density and structure order of the films due to the removal of organic segments, material crystallization, and phase transformation. The optical bandgap is found to decrease from 5.63to4.97 eV over the entire temperature range, suggesting an increasing nonlinear absorption in the case of high-power laser irradiation. Moreover, annealing completely destroys the network structure of the xerogel films that is suspected to facilitate the energy relaxation. Thus, the combined effect of the greatly weakened endurance and possible enhanced absorption to irradiation laser leads to a monotonous decrease of the laser-induced damage threshold from 55to10 J/cm2 (at 1053 nm, 10 ns pulse duration, and R/1 testing mode).

  15. Carrier-induced ferromagnetism in bulk phosphorus-doped Zn1-xMnxTe achieved by annealing under high pressure

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    We report the observation of carrier-induced ferromagnetism in bulk phosphorus-doped Zn1-xMnxTe. Using high-pressure Bridgman growth and with post-growth high-pressure annealing, we were able to overcome self-compensation in this material, thus achieving unprecedented concentrations of electrically active acceptors. Magnetic susceptibility and magnetic circular dichroism measurements on samples prepared in this way clearly reveal ferromagnetic ordering of the Mn ions. For example, Zn0.97Mn0.03Te:P with hole concentration of p = 4.8 x 1018 cm-3 showed a Curie temperature TC 2.5 K. (authors)

  16. The environment-induced cracking of as-annealed Ni3(Si,Ti) and Ni3(Si,Ti) with 2Mo in sodium chloride solutions

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    Priyotomo, Gadang; Wagle, Sanat; Okitsu, Kenji; Iwase, Akihiro; Kaneno, Yasuyuki; Nishimura, Rokuro; Takasugi, Takayuki

    2015-01-01

    Background The environment-induced cracking (EIC) of as-annealed Ni3(Si,Ti) and Ni3(Si,Ti) with 2Mo has been researched as functions of applied stress, chloride ion concentration, test temperature, and pH. Methods The investigation of EIC was carried out by applying a constant method in NaCl solutions. Results The EIC susceptibility of both intermetallic compounds increased with increasing test temperature and Cl− ion concentration and increased with decreasing pH. The fra...

  17. Study of the Induced Anisotropy in Field Annealed Hitperm Alloys by Mössbauer Spectroscopy and Kerr Microscopy

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    Blázquez, J. S.; Marcin, J.; Andrejka, F.; Franco, V.; Conde, A.; Skorvanek, I.

    2016-08-01

    Samples of Fe39Co39Nb6B15Cu1 alloy were nanocrystallized under zero field annealing (ZF) and transverse field annealing (TF) conditions. A reduction in coercivity for TF samples with respect to ZF sample (16 and 45 A/m, respectively) is observed. Kerr microscopy images show a well-defined parallel domain structure, transversally oriented to the ribbon axis for the TF sample unlike for the ZF sample, for which a complex pattern is observed with large and small domains at the surface of the ribbon. Although Mössbauer spectra are clearly different for the two studied samples, Mössbauer studies confirm that there is no significant difference between the hyperfine field distributions of TF and ZF samples but only the relative intensity of the 2nd and 3rd lines A 23 (related to the angle between the gamma radiation and the magnetic moments, α). However, for TF annealed samples α = 90 deg ( A 23 = 4), indicating that the magnetic moments lay on the plane of the ribbon in agreement with the well-defined domain structure observed by Kerr microscopy, ZF annealed samples show A 23 = 1.8. This value is close to that of a random orientation ( A 23 = 2) but smaller, indicating a slight preference for out of plane orientations. Moreover, it is clearly smaller than that of the as-cast amorphous samples A 23 = 2.8, with a preference to in-plane orientations. The application of the law of approach to saturation yields a larger effect of the inhomogeneities in ZF sample with respect to TF one.

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

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

    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 ...

  19. Ion-implantation/annealing-induced precipitation of nanophase ferromagnetic particles in yttrium-stabilized ZrO2

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    Ion implantation and thermal processing techniques have been used to form embedded ferromagnetic nanophase precipitates and thereby create magneto-optically active near-surface regions on otherwise inactive materials. Ferromagnetic precipitates were formed by first implanting Fe+ or Ni+ into Y0.15Zr0.85O1.93 (YSZ) with an implant energy of 140 keV, a fluence of 8.0 x 1016 ions/cm2, and at a temperature of -189 C. After implantation, the specimens were annealed at temperatures ranging from 500 to 1100 C in several types of reducing atmospheres. X-ray diffraction and TEM analysis of the Fe- or Ni-implanted/annealed specimens revealed that crystallographically coherent precipitates of metallic α-Fe, magnetite (Fe3O4), or Ni could be formed in YSZ depending on the annealing conditions. In particular, the cooling rate was established as the critical factor that determined whether Fe or Fe3O4 precipitates were created. Magneto-optical effects arising from ferromagnetic precipitates of Fe, Fe3O4, and Ni in the near-surface region of YSZ were observed and characterized using magnetic circular dichroism (MCD). The magneto-optical response of the α-Fe, Fe3O4, and Ni precipitates was markedly different as indicated by the MCD-detected hysteresis curves. The precipitation mechanism, the chemical nature of the precipitates, and the particle-size distributions resulting from different annealing conditions were investigated and correlated with the precipitate magneto-optical properties

  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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Chemical bonding modifications of tetrahedral amorphous carbon and nitrogenated tetrahedral amorphous carbon films induced by rapid thermal annealing

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    McCann, R. [NIBEC, School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 OQB, N. Ireland (United Kingdom); Roy, S.S. [NIBEC, School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 OQB, N. Ireland (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: s.sinha-roy@ulster.ac.uk; Papakonstantinou, P. [NIBEC, School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 OQB, N. Ireland (United Kingdom); Bain, M.F. [Queens University of Belfast, School of Elect and Elect Engineering, Belfast, Antrim, N. Ireland (United Kingdom); Gamble, H.S. [Queens University of Belfast, School of Elect and Elect Engineering, Belfast, Antrim, N. Ireland (United Kingdom); McLaughlin, J.A. [NIBEC, School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 OQB, N. Ireland (United Kingdom)

    2005-06-22

    Tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) and nitrogenated tetrahedral amorphous carbon films (ta-CN {sub x}), deposited by double bend off plane Filtered Vacuum Cathodic Arc were annealed up to 1000 deg. C in flowing argon for 2 min. Modifications on the chemical bonding structure of the rapidly annealed films, as a function of temperature, were investigated by NEXAFS, X-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopies. The interpretation of these spectra is discussed. The results demonstrate that the structure of undoped ta-C films prepared at floating potential with an arc current of 80 A remains stable up to 900 deg. C, whereas that of ta-CN {sub x} containing 12 at.% nitrogen is stable up to 700 deg. C. At higher temperatures, all the spectra indicated the predominant formation of graphitic carbon. Through NEXAFS studies, we clearly observed three {pi}* resonance peaks at the {sup '}N K edge structure. The origin of these three peaks is not well established in the literature. However our temperature-dependant study ascertained that the first peak originates from C=N bonds and the third peak originates from the incorporation of nitrogen into the graphite like domains.

  5. Annealing induced coherent evolutions of biaxial strain and antiferromagnetic-insulator phase in La0.625Ca0.375MnO3 films

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    Han, Yunxin; Wu, Wenbin; Jiang, Guoshun; Zhu, Changfei

    2012-09-01

    La0.625Ca0.375MnO3 (LCMO) films with thicknesses between 7 and 54 nm were epitaxially grown on (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.35 (001) [LSAT (001)] substrates by using pulsed laser deposition. For this epitaxial system, antiferromagnetic-insulator (AFI) state can be controlled by changing the film thickness and annealing time with various epitaxial strain states, although this phenomenon is absent in the relatively thick films or bulk samples. The consistency between magnetization and resistivity data suggests all these interesting transport behaviors are attributed to the fluctuation of AFI volume fractions and their instability. Especially, there are huge low-field magnetoresistance over -54% (32 nm) at 0.1 T and enhanced magnetoresistance over a broad temperature range. Based on these above results, annealing induced coherent evolutions of biaxial strain and AFI phase in LCMO epitaxial films is a consequence of the strain-driven orbital ordered state, and this may make an approach for a possible application of strongly correlated electron devices.

  6. 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.; Aikoh, K.; Sakamaki, M.; Amemiya, K.; Iwase, A.

    2015-12-01

    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.

  7. 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. PMID:26199854

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Effects of plasma-induced defects on electrical characteristics of AlGaN/GaN heterostructure before and after low-temperature annealing

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    Takimoto, Takuma, E-mail: takimoto-takuma@ed.tmu.ac.jp; Takeshita, Koji; Nakamura, Seiji; Okumura, Tsugunori

    2014-04-30

    We investigated the electrical characteristics of an AlGaN/GaN heterostructure exposed to Ar plasma. In the near-surface region of the AlGaN/GaN heterostructure, we found that plasma-induced defects reduced the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) density and mobility at the AlGaN/GaN interface with increasing exposure time. The decrease in 2DEG density suggests that plasma-induced disordering partly extinguishes the piezo-polarization of the AlGaN layer, that the effective Schottky barrier height is increased by the introduction of negatively changed defects, or that the negatively charged defects induced during plasma exposure deactivate or compensate Si donors. In addition, we investigated the postannealing behavior of plasma-induced defects in the AlGaN/GaN heterostructure as well as in the n-GaN layer under an applied bias voltage. - Highlights: • We have investigated the electrical characteristics of the AlGaN/GaN heterostructure. • Electrons under the AlGaN/GaN interface are decreased by plasma exposure. • Post-annealing treatment with gate bias recovers the degradation caused by defects.

  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. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Preferential growth transformation of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 films induced by facile post-annealing process: Enhanced thermoelectric performance with layered structure

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    Preferential growth transformation from (015) plane to (00l) plane of the bismuth antimony tellurium (Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3) film has been achieved through a facile post-annealing process with enhanced thermoelectric performance. The Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 film with preferential growth of (015) crystal plane was obtained via dc magnetron sputtering, and the Stranski–Krastanov model has been used to explain its growth mechanism. Preferential growth transformation from (015) plane to (00l) plane occurred after a post-annealing process. The driving force of this phenomenon is the natural tendency to reduce the total interfacial energy of the system, and the migration and coalescence of atoms along the in-plane direction form the layered structure. Moreover, the carrier concentration of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 films is optimized to ∼019/cm3 in the film with preferential growth of (00l) plan. Hence, a synchronous increase of electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient is obtained due to the greatly enhanced carrier mobility and optimized carrier concentration. Therefore, the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 film with the preferential growth of (00l) plane possesses power factor of 48.2 μW/cm K2 which is three times higher than that of the film with the preferential growth of (015) plane. Our study has provided a facile strategy to induce preferential growth transformation in Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 films and meanwhile largely enhanced the thermoelectric performance. - Highlights: • Preferential growth transformation is obtained by a facile post-annealing process. • Preferential growth and transformation mechanisms have been discussed. • Electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient are enhanced synchronously. • The largest power factor of 48.2 μW/cm K2 in Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 films is achieved. • Our study provides an effective way to improve the thermoelectric performance

  1. Quantum Annealing for Clustering

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    Kurihara, Kenichi; Tanaka, Shu; Miyashita, Seiji

    2014-01-01

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

  2. Effects of implantation temperature and thermal annealing on the Ga{sup +} ion beam induced optical contrast formation in a-SiC:H

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    Tsvetkova, T., E-mail: tania_tsvetkova@yahoo.co.uk [Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); University of Exeter, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Harrison Building, North Park Rd, Exeter EX4 4QF (United Kingdom); Wright, C.D. [University of Exeter, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Harrison Building, North Park Rd, Exeter EX4 4QF (United Kingdom); Kitova, S. [Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 109 Acad. G. Bontchev St., 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Bischoff, L. [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 51 01 19, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Zuk, J. [Institute of Physics, Maria Curie-Sklodovska University, Pl. M.Curie-Sklodovskiej 1, 20-031 Lublin (Poland)

    2013-07-15

    The effects of implantation temperature and post-implantation thermal annealing on the Ga{sup +} ion beam induced optical contrast formation in hydrogenated silicon–carbon alloy films have been studied. As a result of the implantation a well-expressed “darkening” effect (i.e. absorption edge shift to the longer-wavelength/lower-photon-energy region) has been registered. It is accompanied by a remarkable increase of the absorption coefficient up to 2 orders of magnitude in the measured photon energy range (1.5–3.1 eV). The optical contrast thus obtained (between implanted and unimplanted regions of the film material) has been made use of in the form of optical pattern formation by computer-operated Ga{sup +}-focused ion beam. Possible applications of this effect in the area of submicron lithography and high-density optical data storage have been suggested with regard to the most widely spread focused micro-beam systems based on Ga{sup +} liquid metal ion sources. The fact that Ga has a very low melting point (T{sub m} = 29.8 °C) and an unusual feature of volume contraction on melting are factors which favour Ga incorporation upon ion-implantation as dispersed clusters, or small nanoparticles. It has been previously noted that Ga precipitation into nanoparticles can vary dramatically (in terms of particle size) with Ga concentration and small changes in surface implant temperature, thus affecting the optical properties of the target. The precise role of implantation temperature effects, i.e. the target temperature during Ga{sup +} ion irradiation, on the optical contrast obtainable, has been therefore a key part of this study. Appropriate post-implantation annealing treatments were also studied, since these are expected to offer further benefits in reducing the required ion dose and enhancing contrast, thus increasing the cost-effectiveness of the bit-writing method.

  3. Vacuum Annealing Induced Room-Temperature Ferromagnetism in Co0.1 Ti0.9 O2-δ Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    LIU Li-Feng; KANG Jin-Feng; WANG Yi; ZHANG Xing; HAN Ru-Qi

    2008-01-01

    The Co-doped TiO,2 films (Co,0.1 Ti,0.9 O,2-δ) are prepared on silicon substrates by sol-gel method and post annealing. The Co,0.1 Ti,0.9 O,2-δ film annealed in air is non-ferromagnetic at room temperature. After further annealed in a vacuum, the room-temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) is observed. Experimental evidences show that the RTFM in the Co,0.1 Ti,0.9 O,2-δ film may come from the Co-doped TiO,2 matrix and is related to the oxygen vacancies created by vacuum annealing.

  4. The ordinary and the extraordinary countertransference.

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    Freedman, Norbert; Lasky, Richard; Webster, Jamieson

    2009-04-01

    This is both a clinical and an epistemological inquiry into the concept of countertransference. A distinction is made between the ordinary countertransference, a transitory disruption residing within the analyst's consciousness, and the extraordinary countertransference, an impasse intolerable to the analyst to such an extent that it remains outside awareness. This distinction, rooted in the history of psychoanalytic thought, is here traced in a recorded psychoanalysis. The clinical material is examined from three perspectives, including empirical evaluation by computer-assisted monitoring of spoken language and two modes of psychoanalytic interpretive listening. Analytic sessions designated as ordinary were readily identified by quantitative measures. However, the threshold between the ordinary and the extraordinary countertransference was reached at the point where empirical observations broke down. Detailed psychoanalytic observation of the four sessions that lie beyond empirical validation led to a formulation of the analyst's state of consciousness during these pivotal hours. PMID:19516054

  5. Neural and cognitive characteristics of extraordinary altruists

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    Marsh, Abigail A.; Stoycos, Sarah A.; Brethel-Haurwitz, Kristin M.; Robinson, Paul; VanMeter, John W.; Cardinale, Elise M.

    2014-01-01

    Altruistic behavior improves the welfare of another individual while reducing the altruist’s welfare. Humans’ tendency to engage in altruistic behaviors is unevenly distributed across the population, and individual variation in altruistic tendencies may be genetically mediated. Although neural endophenotypes of heightened or extreme antisocial behavior tendencies have been identified in, for example, studies of psychopaths, little is known about the neural mechanisms that support heightened or extreme prosocial or altruistic tendencies. In this study, we used structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging to assess a population of extraordinary altruists: altruistic kidney donors who volunteered to donate a kidney to a stranger. Such donations meet the most stringent definitions of altruism in that they represent an intentional behavior that incurs significant costs to the donor to benefit an anonymous, nonkin other. Functional imaging and behavioral tasks included face-emotion processing paradigms that reliably distinguish psychopathic individuals from controls. Here we show that extraordinary altruists can be distinguished from controls by their enhanced volume in right amygdala and enhanced responsiveness of this structure to fearful facial expressions, an effect that predicts superior perceptual sensitivity to these expressions. These results mirror the reduced amygdala volume and reduced responsiveness to fearful facial expressions observed in psychopathic individuals. Our results support the possibility of a neural basis for extraordinary altruism. We anticipate that these findings will expand the scope of research on biological mechanisms that promote altruistic behaviors to include neural mechanisms that support affective and social responsiveness. PMID:25225374

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Recovery of Electron/Proton Radiation-Induced Defects in n+p AlInGaP Solar Cell by Minority-Carrier Injection Annealing

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    Lee, H. S.; Yamaguchi, M.; Elkins-Daukes, N. J.; Khan, A.; Takamoto, T.; Imaizumi, M.; Ohshima, T.; Itoh, H.

    2007-01-01

    A high efficient In0.48Ga0.52P/In0.01Ga0.99As/Ge triple junction solar cell has been developed for application in space and terrestrial concentrator PV system [1-3]. Recently, a high conversion efficiency of 31.5% (AM1.5G) has been obtained in InGaP/(In)GaAs/Ge triple junction solar cell, and as a new top cell material of triple junction cells, (Al)InGaP [1] has been proposed to improve the open-circuit voltage (Voc) because it shows a higher Voc of 1.5V while maintaining the same short-circuit current (ISC) as a conventional InGaP top cell under AM1.5G conditions as seen in figure 1 (a). Moreover, the spectral response of 1.96eV AlInGaP cell with a thickness of 2.5..m shows a higher response in the long wavelength region, compared with that of 1.87eV InGaP cell with 0.6..m thickness, as shown in figure 1 (b). Its development will realize next generation multijunction (MJ) solar cells such as a lattice mismatched AlInGaP/InGaAs/Ge 3-junction and lattice matched AlInGaP/GaAs/InGaAsN/Ge 4-junction solar cells. Figure 2 shows the super high-efficiency MJ solar cell structures and wide band spectral response by MJ solar cells under AM1.5G conditions. For realizing high efficient MJ space solar cells, the higher radiation-resistance under the electron or proton irradiation is required. The irradiation studies for a conventional top cell InGaP have been widely done [4-6], but little irradiation work has been performed on AlInGaP solar cells. Recently, we made the first reports of 1 MeV electron or 30 keV proton irradiation effects on AlInGaP solar cells, and evaluated the defects generated by the irradiation [7,8]. The present study describes the recovery of 1 MeV electron / 30 keV proton irradiation-induced defects in n+p- AlInGaP solar cells by minority-carrier injection enhanced annealing or isochronal annealing. The origins of irradiation-induced defects observed by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) measurements are discussed.

  9. Extraordinary acoustic transmission through annuluses in air and its applications in acoustic beam splitter and concentrator.

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    Ge, Yong; Sun, Hong-Xiang; Liu, Shu-Sen; Yuan, Shou-Qi; Xia, Jian-Ping; Guan, Yi-Jun; Zhang, Shu-Yi

    2016-08-01

    We report an extraordinary acoustic transmission through two layer annuluses made of metal cylinders in air both numerically and experimentally. The effect arises from the enhancement and reconstruction of the incident source induced by different Mie-resonance modes of the annuluses. The proposed system takes advantages of the consistency in the waveform between the input and output waves, the high amplitude amplification of output waves, and the easy adjustment of structure. More interestingly, we investigate the applications of the extraordinary acoustic transmission in the acoustic beam splitter and acoustic concentrator. Our finding should have an impact on ultrasonic applications. PMID:27587144

  10. 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.

  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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    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. Extraordinary terahertz transmission through a copper film perforated with circular and rectangular apertures

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    Hu, Dan; Chen, Bing

    2015-11-01

    The extraordinary transmission (ET) due to localized surface plasmon (LSP) and propagating surface plasmon (PSP) resonances of terahertz wave through a copper film perforated with circular and rectangular apertures is investigated theoretically and experimentally. Considering that the field distributions of LSP and PSP resonances are determined by the shape and periods of the apertures on the film, the relations between extraordinary and the geometrical parameters of the apertures are investigated. The intensities of the ETs induced by the PSP resonances mode [1, 1] are much stronger than the fundamental ones [1, 0] and [0, 1]. Our finds provide another effective method to tailor the extraordinary THz transmission in sub-wavelength metallic aperture structures.

  13. 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...

  14. Generalized Simulated Annealing

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    Tsallis, Constantino; Stariolo, Daniel A.

    1995-01-01

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

  15. Extraordinary transmission technique for microwave antenna applications

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    Sarin, V. P.; Jayakrishnan, M. P.; Aanandan, C. K.; Mohanan, P.; Vasudevan, K.

    2016-05-01

    The extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through an array of holes in a metal plate has been a constant source of inspiration for researchers for over a decade (Ebbesen et al 1998 Nature 391 667–9). In this paper, an EOT analogue is proposed in the microwave frequency range for enhancing the radiation performance of a stacked dipole antenna. It is observed that the back radiated power of the antenna is considerably reduced and the reason behind transmission enhancement is the excitation of Fabry–Pérot resonant modes on the slit loaded aperture. Computational analysis based on finite difference time domain is performed for identifying the true reason behind resonant transmission enhancement.

  16. Irradiation embrittlement and optimisation of annealing

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

  17. Multivariable Optimization: Quantum Annealing & Computation

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    Mukherjee, Sudip; Chakrabarti, Bikas K.

    2014-01-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. Modeling and simulation of neutron induced changes and temperature annealing of Neff and changes in resistivity in high resistivity silicon detectors

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    A model based on various single levels with different charge states (acceptors, donors, neutral, etc.) created by neutron radiation is proposed to describe the changes of effective doping density in the space charge region Neff(SCR) and resistivity in the electrical neutral bulk ρ (ENB). This model explains well the effects of donor removal at low fluences, Neff(SCR) increase with n-fluence (Φn) at high fluence (''type-inversion'' in SCR), and the increase of resistivity in the ENB with Φn. The annealing of each single level with charged state is modeled by an activation energy Ea which gives the dependence of annealing time constant τ on the annealing temperature. The model describes well the observed effect of RT reverse anneal of Neff(SCR), which is probably caused by the difference of annealing time constants of a donor level (long τ) and an acceptor level (short τ). The model also predicts that there is an annealing temperature window, which is about 0 C, that would freeze the Neff(SCR) at the ''minimum'' value for a few years before the reverse anneal. A -20 C anneal, however, would freeze Neff(SCR) at the as-irradiated value, which is about 1.5-3 times higher than the ''minimum value''. The model also suggests that low resistivity (200 Ω cm to 1 kΩ cm) starting material may be harder in terms of Neff(SCR) for detectors to be within a working window of vertical stroke Neff(SCR)vertical stroke 12/cm3(Vfd=180 V, 300 μm) after about 1x1014 n/cm2 neutron radiation. (orig.)

  20. Annealing-induced interfacial reactions and the effects on the electrical properties of Ga doped ZnO/CuxS contacts to p-GaN

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    Highlights: • The electrical properties of GZO/CuSx contacts to p-GaN annealed at different temperatures in air have been studied. • Ohmic contacts were formed by annealing the contacts at 500 and 600 °C in air. • The oxygen in air was found to be essential for the formation of ohmic contact. • The possible formation mechanism of the ohmic contacts was illustrated. - Abstract: Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) contacts to p-GaN were investigated by using CuxS interlayers under different annealing temperatures. It is shown that the GZO/CuxS contacts annealed at 300 and 400 °C for 3 min in air exhibited non-ohmic characteristics. However, annealing the contacts at 500 and 600 °C in air resulted in linear current–voltage characteristics. The lowest specific contact resistivity of 1.66 × 10−2 Ω cm2 was obtained for the contact annealed at 500 °C. To account for the formation mechanism of the ohmic contact, AES and XPS were used to analyze the interfacial properties of the GZO/CuxS/p-GaN and CuxS/p-GaN interfaces, respectively. The possible reasons were discussed in detail, suggesting that the interfacial reactions and atomic diffusions are thought to be responsible for forming such a low contact resistance

  1. The control of the film stress of Cat-CVD a-Si films and its impact on explosive crystallization induced by flash lamp annealing

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    Catalytic chemical vapor deposition (Cat-CVD) can produce amorphous silicon (a-Si) films with low film stress, in general, compared to plasma-enhanced CVD, and is thus suited for the preparation of precursor a-Si films for thick poly-Si films applied for solar cells. The stress of a-Si films is known to sometimes play an important role for the crystallization of a-Si films and resulting grain size of polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) films formed. I investigate the impact of the stress of Cat-CVD a-Si films on the mechanism of explosive crystallization (EC) induced by flash lamp annealing (FLA). The stress of Cat-CVD a-Si films can be controlled by changing the temperatures of substrates and/or a catalyzing wire during film deposition. Cat-CVD a-Si films with tensile stress (~ 200 MPa) can be deposited as well as films with compressive stress. The enlargement of grain size is observed in a part of flash-lamp-crystallized (FLC) poly-Si films formed from Cat-CVD films with tensile stress compared to those with compressive stress, which might be an indication of a certain degree of impact of film stress on poly-Si formation. The grain size is, however, much smaller than that of FLC poly-Si films formed from electron-beam- (EB-) evaporated a-Si films with similar tensile stress. This fact may indicate the existence of other critical determinants of EC mechanism

  2. Annealing-induced effects on structural and optical properties of Cd1−xZnxS thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    Zakria M.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Cd1−xZnxS thin films of variable compositions (x = 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 were deposited on glass at room temperature by thermal evaporation process. The prepared samples were annealed at two different temperatures (300 °C, 400 °C for 1 hour in ambient air. The effects of post-annealing on the structural and optical characteristics were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD, spectrophotometry, and Raman spectroscopy (RS methods. XRD studies suggested that the annealed and as-deposited samples belong to wurtzite structure for all Zn concentrations with a preferential orientation along (002 plane. Spectrophotometry analysis of the samples revealed that the energy band gap decreased with annealing temperature. RS investigated different phonon bands and crystalline phases. Two longitudinal optical phonon modes (1-LO, 2-LO corresponding to monophase hexagonal structure were observed for all Cd1−xZnxS samples. The observed red-shift and anti-symmetrical nature of the 1-LO phonon mode can be associated with annealing, while the overall blue-shift, except for x ⩽ 0.6, was caused by the structural disorders in periodic Cd atomic sub-lattices and broken translational symmetry. The spectroscopic results were strengthened by the XRD studies and their results are consistent.

  3. General Simulated Annealing

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    姚新; 李国杰

    1991-01-01

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

  4. 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.

  5. Photo-induced properties of non-annealed anatase TiO2 mesoporous film prepared by anodizing in the hot phosphate/glycerol electrolyte

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    Highlights: ► The TiO2 mesoporous film can be formed by anodizing of titanium specimens in the hot phosphate/glycerol electrolyte. ► The mesoporous film formed at 20 V without annealing was a mixture of amorphous phase and nanograined anatase, which clearly showed strong 〈0 0 1〉 preferred orientation. ► Even without annealing, the as-anodized anatase TiO2 mesoporous film showed high photocatalytic activities for decomposition of water and methylene blue. ► The as-anodized anatase TiO2 mesoporous film also showed superhydrophilicity with UV light irradiation. - Abstract: In this study, anatase crystalline TiO2 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−3 K2HPO4 and 0.2 mol dm−3 K3PO4/glycerol electrolyte at 433 K. The obtained films had mesoporous structures with pore diameters as small as ∼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 〈0 0 1〉 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 TiO2 nanotube film formed in NH4F/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.

  6. Nested Quantum Annealing Correction

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

    2015-01-01

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

  7. 47 CFR 36.224 - Extraordinary items-Account 7600.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Income Accounts Certain Income Accounts § 36.224 Extraordinary items—Account 7600. (a) Amounts in this account of an operating nature are apportioned on a basis consistent with the nature of these items. ... 47 Telecommunication 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Extraordinary items-Account 7600....

  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 Section 41.55 Foreign Relations DEPARTMENT OF STATE VISAS VISAS: DOCUMENTATION OF NONIMMIGRANTS UNDER THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT, AS AMENDED Business and Media Visas § 41.55 Aliens with extraordinary...

  9. Extraordinary Rendition and U.S. Counterterrorism Policy

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    Mark J. Murray

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This article examines the United States Government policy of extraordinary rendition as a response to terrorism. The paper provides a working definition of the term, outlines why it has become controversial, and uses case studies to examine success and failures of extraordinary rendition in practice. The paper concludes with lessons learned—more specifically, policy amendments—that are necessary to keep extraordinary rendition as a viable tool for the Obama Administration and mitigate political fallout against the United States from both its allies and enemies. This paper argues that extraordinary rendition provides flexibility to policymakers to detain terrorists in cases where an attack may be forthcoming and when other approved legal processes are slow to react. Therefore, instead of ending extraordinary renditions altogether, the United States should reevaluate how it implements the policy on a tactical, operational, and strategic level and amend it based on the recommendations put forward in this article.

  10. 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.

  11. An Extraordinary Year for Managing Technology

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    Dumbacher, Daniel L.

    2006-01-01

    It's wonderful to be back home again in Indiana. I am honored to be here with you today to share two important results of effective technology management. The first is the indirect return on investment that Americans get from NASA's relatively lean annual budget, and the second is the direct economic benefits that the great state of Indiana and businesses nationwide realize through multiple contracts with NASA. As a proud Purdue graduate and deputy director of one of NASA's highest-priority, multi-billion dollar projects, I have a vested interest in this conference and in the outcome of this work. My goal today is to help you better understand the types of work in which NASA engages and to provide avenues for you to pursue opportunities with America's space Agency, if that is a good fit for your company. You may already know that NASA and various Indiana businesses and universities are partners in the pursuit of improving life on Earth through scientific discoveries that pay dividends in terms of expanded knowledge, as well as big-picture conveniences and a multitude of spin-offs. Whether your organization is large or small, NASA offers numerous opportunities to participate. Before I provide some motivating facts and figures about the aerospace industry and its economic impact, I want to set the stage by sharing several notable examples of how 2005 was an extraordinary year for technology management at NASA, a subject that I can speak about firsthand.

  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. Rational nanostructuring of surfaces for extraordinary icephobicity.

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    Eberle, Patric; Tiwari, Manish K; Maitra, Tanmoy; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2014-05-01

    Icing of surfaces is commonplace in nature, technology and everyday life, bringing with it sometimes catastrophic consequences. A rational methodology for designing materials with extraordinary resistance to ice formation and adhesion remains however elusive. We show that ultrafine roughnesses can be fabricated, so that the ice nucleation-promoting effect of nanopits on surfaces is effectively counteracted in the presence of an interfacial quasiliquid layer. The ensuing interface confinement strongly suppresses the stable formation of ice nuclei. We explain why such nanostructuring leads to the same extremely low, robust nucleation temperature of ∼-24 °C for over three orders of magnitude change in RMS size (∼0.1 to ∼100 nm). Overlaying such roughnesses on pillar-microtextures harvests the additional benefits of liquid repellency and low ice adhesion. When tested at a temperature of -21 °C, such surfaces delayed the freezing of a sessile supercooled water droplet at the same temperature by a remarkable 25 hours. PMID:24667802

  14. 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.

  15. Temperature control during annealing

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. Some Advances in the Circuit Modeling of Extraordinary Optical Transmission

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    Medina, F.; Mesa, F; Rodriguez-Berral, R.

    2009-01-01

    The phenomenon of extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through electrically small holes perforated on opaque metal screens has been a hot topic in the optics community for more than one decade. This experimentally observed frequency-selective enhanced transmission of electromagnetic power through holes, for which classical Bethe's theory predicts very poor transmission, later attracted the attention of engineers working on microwave engineering or applied electromagnetics. Extraordinary t...

  20. 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.

  1. Origins of flash lamp annealing induced p-n junction leakages in a 45 nm p-MOSFET with strained SiGe source/drain

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    Cheng, C Y; Fang, Y K [VLSI Technology Laboratory, Institute of Microelectronics, Department of Electrical Engineering and Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Hsieh, J C; Hsia, H; Lin, S S; Hou, C S; Ku, K C; Sheu, Y M, E-mail: ykfang@eembox.ee.ncku.edu.t [Platform-2 Division/R and D, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, 8 Li-Hsin Rd 6, Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)

    2009-05-07

    The effects of flash lamp annealing (FLA) on source/drain (S/D) junction leakage of a 45 nm deep-submicrometre p-MOSFET with strained SiGe S/D were investigated in detail. Based on activation energy measurements, we analyse the origins of the junction leakage currents. Without FLA, the junction leakage is dominated by the trap generation current, while with FLA the leakage current is facilitated by both trap generation and band-to-band tunnelling under low and high reverse biases, respectively.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Tunable metal-insulator transitions in bilayer graphene by thermal annealing

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    Kalon, Gopinadhan; Shin, Young Jun; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2012-01-01

    Tunable and highly reproducible metal-insulator transitions have been observed in bilayer graphene upon thermal annealing at 400 K under high vacuum conditions. Before annealing, the sample is metallic in the whole temperature regime of study. Upon annealing, the conductivity changes from metallic to that of an insulator and the transition temperature is a function of annealing time. The pristine metallic state can be reinstated by exposing to air thereby inducing changes in the electronic pr...

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

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

  6. Impact Toughness of 0.2 Pct C-1.5 Pct Si-(1.5 to 5) Pct Mn Transformation-Induced Plasticity-Aided Steels with an Annealed Martensite Matrix

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    Tanino, Hikaru; Horita, Masaomi; Sugimoto, Koh-Ichi

    2016-05-01

    The impact properties of 0.2 pct C-1.5 pct Si-(1.5 to 5) pct Mn transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP)-aided steels with an annealed martensite matrix which had been subjected to isothermal transformation after inter-critical annealing were investigated for potential automotive applications. The impact properties are related to the retained austenite characteristics of the steels. The products of tensile strength (TS) and Charpy impact absorbed value (CIAV) were the same for the 1.5 and 5 pct Mn steels, although the ductile-brittle transition temperature was higher for the latter. The impact properties of the 3 pct Mn steel were worse than these two steels. The high TS × CIAV value for the 5 pct Mn steel at 293 K (25 °C) was mainly caused by the TRIP effect of a larger amount of retained austenite (36 vol pct) and the hardened matrix structure; low retained austenite stability and/or a hard martensite-austenite phase reduced this value. The higher ductile-brittle transition temperature of the 5 pct Mn steel was associated with Mn segregation, a large amount of unstable retained austenite on prior austenitic grain boundaries, and decreased cleavage fracture stress owing to the high Mn content.

  7. Reactor pressure vessel thermal annealing

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

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

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    2006-01-01

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

  9. 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)

  10. 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 EO...

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Quantum Annealing of Hard Problems

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

    2009-01-01

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

  14. 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...

  15. Improvement of superconductivity in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 induced by annealing with CaF2 and SmF3

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    Highlights: • The excess Fe can be removed by annealing with CaF2 and SmF3. Furthermore, the improvement of superconductivity of Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal is observed. • Compared with the pervious annealing materials, these two new annealing materials, CaF2 and SmF3, are safe and easy-handing. • After annealing, the largest Tc and Jc can exceed 13 K and 1.0 × 105 A/cm2 (5 K, in self-field). - Abstract: We report detailed studies of the CaF2 and SmF3 annealing effects in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals. Superconductivity in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals was improved after annealing, which strongly suggested the effectiveness of the CaF2 and SmF3 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 × 105 A/cm2 (5 K, in self-field), respectively. Furthermore, compared with the pervious annealing materials, CaF2 and SmF3 are safe and easy-handing

  16. Polysilicon thin films fabricated by solid phase crystallization using reformed crystallization annealing technique

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    In this work, a reformed crystallization annealing technique is presented for the solid phase crystallization (SPC) of amorphous silicon (a-Si) on SiNx-coated quartz substrate. This technique includes a two-step annealing process which consists of a low-temperature (475 °C) classical furnace annealing for nucleation of Si and a high-temperature (900 °C) grain growth process of polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) during thermal annealing in classical tube furnace. The aim of this reformed two-step annealing technique is reducing the long (up to 48 h) crystallization annealing duration of single step annealing at low temperatures (∼ 600 °C) while maintaining the film quality, as low-temperature single step annealing, by using reformed technique. Continuous p-type poly-Si film was formed on quartz substrate thanks to exodiffusion of boron, which was deposited prior to a-Si, through Si film by thermal annealing. The stress and degree of crystallinity of the p-type poly-Si were studied by the micro-Raman Spectroscopy. The crystallization fraction value of 95% was deduced for annealed samples at 900 °C, independent from crystallization technique. On the other hand, the Raman analysis points out that compressive stress was induced by increasing the annealing duration at 900 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that the preferred crystallite orientation of the films, independent from crystallization temperature and substrates, is <111>. Additionally, the average crystallite size calculated from XRD patterns increases from 69 Å to 165 Å by using reformed two-step annealing instead of single step annealing at 900 °C for 90 min. The exodiffusion of boron into the silicon film was deduced from secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis and the p+/p graded boron profile was obtained, which may result higher carrier diffusion length and longer carrier life time. Finally, the annealing duration dramatically decrease to 9 h by using reformed two-step annealing

  17. 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.

  18. Ecophenotypic plasticity leads to extraordinary gastropod shells found on the "Roof of the World".

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    Clewing, Catharina; Riedel, Frank; Wilke, Thomas; Albrecht, Christian

    2015-07-01

    The often extraordinary shell forms and shapes of gastropods found in palaeolakes, such as the highly diverse Gyraulus fauna of the famous Steinheim Basin, have been puzzling evolutionary biologists for centuries, and there is an ongoing debate whether these aberrant shell forms are indicative of true species (or subspecies) or ecophenotypic morphs. Interestingly, one of the Steinheim Gyraulus morphs - a corkscrew-like open-coiled shell - has a recent analogue in the Lake Bangong drainage system on the western Tibetan Plateau. Therefore, a combination of morphological, molecular, palaeolimnological, and ecological analyses was used in this study to assess whether the extraordinary shell shape in Gyraulus sp. from this drainage system represents a (young) ecophenotypic phenomenon or if it has been genetically fixed over an extended period of time. Our morphological, ecological, and palaeolimnological data suggest that the corkscrew-like specimens remain restricted to a small pond near Lake Bangong with an elevated pH value and that the colonization may have occurred recently. The phylogenetic reconstruction based on two gene fragments shows that these nonplanispiral specimens cluster within the previous described Tibetan Plateau Gyraulus clade N2. A network analysis indicates that some haplotypes are even shared by planispiral and nonplanispiral specimens. Given the ephemerality of the phenomenon, the compact network patterns inferred, the likely young phylogenetic age of the aberrant Gyraulus shells studied, and the ecological peculiarities of the study site, we suggest that the evolution of the aberrant shell forms on the Tibetan Plateau could likely be considered as a rapid ecophenotypic response, possibly induced by ecological stress. This finding may thus have implications for the ongoing debate about the processes that have caused the extraordinary shell diversity in palaeolakes such as the Steinheim Basin. PMID:26306180

  19. 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...

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

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    Zanca, Tommaso

    2015-01-01

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

  1. 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%.

  2. Extraordinary aluminum coordination in a novel homometallic double complex salt.

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    Mandai, Toshihiko; Masu, Hyuma; Johansson, Patrik

    2015-07-01

    We have characterized a novel aluminum-based homometallic double complex salt, incorporating discrete octa-coordinated cationic [Al(G3)2](3+) and hexa-coordinated anionic [Al(TfO)4(OH)2](3-) complexes (G3 = triglyme, TfO = trifluoromethanesulfonate). X-ray crystallography, Raman spectra, and DFT calculations demonstrate extraordinary weak Al(3+) coordination in [Al(G3)2](3+). PMID:26024493

  3. Plasmonic Micro Lens for Extraordinary Transmission of Broadband Light

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    Sumit Saxena; Raghvendra Pratap Chaudhary; Abhay Singh; Saurabh Awasthi; Shobha Shukla

    2014-01-01

    Extraordinary transmittance and focusing of light in quasi far field region using miniaturized optical devices is a daunting task. A polarization independent, broadband, planar metallic transmissive micro aperture capable of achromatically focusing visible light in quasi far field region is proposed. The calculated enhancement factor of transmission efficiency was about ~2.2. The total transmission after the aperture is about 60%. This high throughput focusing device will open new avenues for...

  4. Reactor vessel annealing system

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

    1991-01-01

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

  5. Effect of annealing in the Sb and In distribution of type II GaAsSb-capped InAs quantum dots

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    Reyes, D. F.; Ulloa, J. M.; Guzman, A.; Hierro, A.; Sales, D. L.; Beanland, R.; Sanchez, A. M.; González, D.

    2015-11-01

    Type II emission optoelectronic devices using GaAsSb strain reduction layers (SRL) over InAs quantum dots (QDs) have aroused great interest. Recent studies have demonstrated an extraordinary increase in photoluminescence (PL) intensity maintaining type II emission after a rapid thermal anneal (RTA), but with an undesirable blueshift. In this work, we have characterized the effect of RTA on InAs/GaAs QDs embedded in a SRL of GaAsSb by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and finite element simulations. We find that annealing alters both the distribution of Sb in the SRL as well as the exchange of cations (In and Ga) between the QDs and the SRL. First, annealing causes modifications in the capping layer, reducing its thickness but maintaining the maximum Sb content and improving its homogeneity. In addition, the formation of Sb-rich clusters with loop dislocations is noticed, which seems not to be an impediment for an increased PL intensity. Second, RTA produces flatter QDs with larger base diameter and induces a more homogeneous QD height distribution. The Sb is accumulated over the QDs and the RTA enlarges the Sb-rich region, but the Sb contents are very similar. This fact leaves the type II alignment without major changes. Atomic-scale strain analysis of the nanostructures reveal a strong intermixing of In/Ga between the QDs and the capping layer, which is the main responsible mechanism of the PL blueshift. The improvement of the crystalline quality of the capping layer together with higher homogeneity QD sizes could be the origin of the enhancement of the PL emission.

  6. Effect of annealing in the Sb and In distribution of type II GaAsSb-capped InAs quantum dots

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    Type II emission optoelectronic devices using GaAsSb strain reduction layers (SRL) over InAs quantum dots (QDs) have aroused great interest. Recent studies have demonstrated an extraordinary increase in photoluminescence (PL) intensity maintaining type II emission after a rapid thermal anneal (RTA), but with an undesirable blueshift. In this work, we have characterized the effect of RTA on InAs/GaAs QDs embedded in a SRL of GaAsSb by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and finite element simulations. We find that annealing alters both the distribution of Sb in the SRL as well as the exchange of cations (In and Ga) between the QDs and the SRL. First, annealing causes modifications in the capping layer, reducing its thickness but maintaining the maximum Sb content and improving its homogeneity. In addition, the formation of Sb-rich clusters with loop dislocations is noticed, which seems not to be an impediment for an increased PL intensity. Second, RTA produces flatter QDs with larger base diameter and induces a more homogeneous QD height distribution. The Sb is accumulated over the QDs and the RTA enlarges the Sb-rich region, but the Sb contents are very similar. This fact leaves the type II alignment without major changes. Atomic-scale strain analysis of the nanostructures reveal a strong intermixing of In/Ga between the QDs and the capping layer, which is the main responsible mechanism of the PL blueshift. The improvement of the crystalline quality of the capping layer together with higher homogeneity QD sizes could be the origin of the enhancement of the PL emission. (paper)

  7. Stochastic Annealing for Variational Inference

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    Gultekin, San; Zhang, Aonan; Paisley, John

    2015-01-01

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

  8. [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.

  9. [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. PMID:27321484

  10. 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.

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

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    Zanca, Tommaso; Santoro, Giuseppe E.

    2016-06-01

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

  12. Stresses on nuclear power plant buildings by extraordinary events

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    Nuclear power plant buildings must be functional to such an extend that even after the occurence of extraordinary events (earthquake, airoplane crash, gas cloud explosion), the reactor can be safety shut off, in order to avoid danger from the nuclear power plant. Evidence for this can only be given by calculations which shall meet the following requirements: The calculation results shall be safe and reliable. The calculation effort shall match the realizable accuracy. The calculation shall lead to an economical determination. An example of ascertainment of nuclear power plants in regard to earthquakes, shows the difficulties standing against a fulfillment of these requirements. (orig.)

  13. Annealing-induced interfacial reactions and the effects on the electrical properties of Ga doped ZnO/Cu{sub x}S contacts to p-GaN

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    Gu, Wen [School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and System Applications of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Wu, Xingyang [School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Song, Peng [School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and System Applications of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Zhang, Jianhua, E-mail: jhzhang@staff.shu.edu.cn [School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and System Applications of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • The electrical properties of GZO/CuS{sub x} contacts to p-GaN annealed at different temperatures in air have been studied. • Ohmic contacts were formed by annealing the contacts at 500 and 600 °C in air. • The oxygen in air was found to be essential for the formation of ohmic contact. • The possible formation mechanism of the ohmic contacts was illustrated. - Abstract: Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) contacts to p-GaN were investigated by using Cu{sub x}S interlayers under different annealing temperatures. It is shown that the GZO/Cu{sub x}S contacts annealed at 300 and 400 °C for 3 min in air exhibited non-ohmic characteristics. However, annealing the contacts at 500 and 600 °C in air resulted in linear current–voltage characteristics. The lowest specific contact resistivity of 1.66 × 10{sup −2} Ω cm{sup 2} was obtained for the contact annealed at 500 °C. To account for the formation mechanism of the ohmic contact, AES and XPS were used to analyze the interfacial properties of the GZO/Cu{sub x}S/p-GaN and Cu{sub x}S/p-GaN interfaces, respectively. The possible reasons were discussed in detail, suggesting that the interfacial reactions and atomic diffusions are thought to be responsible for forming such a low contact resistance.

  14. 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.

  15. Effects of annealing on the structure and photoluminescence of ZnO-sputtered coaxial nanowires

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    Kim, Hyoun Woo, E-mail: hwkim@inha.ac.k [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Inha University, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of); Kebede, Mesfin Abayneh; Kim, Hyo Sung; Kong, Myung Ho; Lee, Chongmu [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Inha University, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-12-15

    We reported the preparation and annealing effects of Zinc oxide ZnO/SiO{sub x} core-shell nanowires, in which ZnO shell layers were deposited by sputtering. Based on scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and photoluminescence (PL) investigations, we monitored structural and optical changes with respect to the post-annealing process. The samples were mostly amorphous with some crystalline ZnO structure, whereas annealing at 900-1000 deg. C reduced the amount of Zn elements. Thermal annealing induced change in the shape of the PL emission spectra.

  16. Manipulation of extraordinary acoustic transmission by a tunable bull's eye structure

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    Extraordinary acoustic transmission (EAT) has been investigated in a tunable bull's eye structure. We demonstrate that the transmission coefficient of acoustic waves can be modulated by a grating structure. When the grating is located at a distance of 0.5 mm from the base plate, the acoustic transmission shows an 8.77-fold enhancement compared to that by using a traditional bull's eye structure. When the distance increases to 1.5 mm, the transmission approaches zero, indicating a total reflection. Thus, we can make an efficient modulation of acoustic transmission from 0 to 877%. The EAT effects have been ascribed to the coupling of structure-induced resonance with the diffractive wave and the waveguide modes, as well as the Fabry-Perot resonances. As a potential application, the modulation of far-field collimation is illustrated in the proposed bull's eye structure. (rapid communication)

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. Point defect annealing near voids

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

  20. 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.

  1. High efficient inverted polymer solar cells with different annealing treatment

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    Inverted polymer solar cells (IPSCs) were fabricated with cesium carbonate (Cs2CO3) modified indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates as the electrode and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) modified Al as the anode. The Cs2CO3 dissolved in 2-ethoxyethanol was spin-coated on ITO substrates, showing snowflake-like morphology characterized by the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The absorption, X-ray diffraction as well as the morphology of the active layer were measured before and after annealing treatment. The IPSCs with annealing treatments on the active layers and MoO3 layers exhibited the maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) approaching to 2%, with open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.57 V, short circuit current density (Jsc) of 8.8 mA/cm2 and fill factor (FF) of 38.7%. The performance of IPSCs was dramatically decreased by annealing treatment after the deposition of Al cathode, which may be due to the diffusion of Al atom crossing the MoO3 layer forming new channels for charge carrier collection. However, the new channels are not beneficial to the charge carrier collection, which is demonstrated from that the Jsc of IPSCs was evidently decreased from 8.8 to 4.6 mA/cm2 by annealing treatment after deposition Al layer. The annealing treatment after deposition of MoO3 could improve the interfacial contact to aid in electron extraction. Highlights: ► PCE of inverted polymer solar cells (IPSc) with Cs2Co3 modified ITO as cathode and MoO3/Al as anode is approaching to 2%. ► The snowflake-like morphology of Cs2CO3 was investigated by SEM. ► The annealing treatment before deposition Al layer has positive effect on improvement of IPSCs performance. ► EDX results directly demonstrate the vertical phase separation of P3HT:PCBM induced by annealing treatment.

  2. An Introduction to Simulated Annealing

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    Albright, Brian

    2007-01-01

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

  3. Annealing properties of rice starch.

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

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

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    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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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 ...

  11. Ensemble annealing of complex physical systems

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    Habeck, Michael

    2015-01-01

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

  12. U.S./China Bilateral Symposium on Extraordinary Floods

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    Kirby, W.

    Accurate appraisal of the risk of extreme floods has long been of concern to hydrologists and water resources managers in both the United States and China. In order to exchange information, assess current developments, and discuss further needs in extreme flood analysis, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Bureau of Hydrology of the Ministry of Water Resources and Electric Power of the People's Republic of China (PRC) held the Bilateral Symposium on the Analysis of Extraordinary Flood Events, October 14-18, 1985, in Nanjing, China. Co-convenors of the symposium were Marshall E. Moss (USGS) and Hua Shiqian (Nanjing Research Institute of Hydrology). Liang Ruiju (East China Technical University of Water Resources) was executive secretary of the organizing committee. Participants included 23 U.S. delegates, 36 Chinese delegates, and five guests from other countries. Of the U.S. delegates, 13 were from federal agencies, seven were from universities, and three were private consultants. The U.S. National Science Foundation gave financial support to the nonfederal U.S. delegates. Major topics covered in the 52 papers presented included detection of historical floods and evaluation of the uncertainties in their peak discharges and times of occurrence,frequency analysis and design flood determination in the presence of extraordinary floods and historic floods, anduse of storm data in determining design storms and design floods, The symposium was followed by a 6-day study tour in central China, during which laboratories, field activities, and offices of various water resources agencies were visited and sites of documented historic floods on the Yangtze River and its tributaries were examined.

  13. Residual Energies after Slow Quantum Annealing

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    Suzuki, Sei; Okada, Masato

    2005-01-01

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

  14. Hybrid Quantum Annealing for Clustering Problems

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

    2011-01-01

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

  15. Quantum annealing: An introduction and new developments

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    Ohzeki, Masayuki; Nishimori, Hidetoshi

    2010-01-01

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

  16. Ensemble annealing of complex physical systems

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    Habeck, Michael

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Quantum Annealing for Variational Bayes Inference

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

    2014-01-01

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

  18. Non-Hermitian Quantum Annealing and Superradiance

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

    2015-01-01

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

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. Very Fast Simulated Re-Annealing

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    Ingber, Lester

    1989-01-01

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

  2. Computational algorithm for molybdenite concentrate annealing

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

  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. Quantum Annealing for Constrained Optimization

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    Hen, Itay; Spedalieri, Federico M.

    2016-03-01

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

  5. Annealing of ion implanted silicon

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

  6. Annealing study of poly(etheretherketone)

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    Cebe, Peggy

    1988-01-01

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

  7. Science identity construction through extraordinary professional development experiences

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    McLain, Bradley David

    Despite great efforts and expenditures to promote science literacy and STEM career choices, the U.S. continues to lag behind other countries in science education, diminishing our capacity for STEM leadership and our ability to make informed decisions in the face of multiple looming global issues. I suggest that positive science identity construction (the integration of science into one's sense of self so that it becomes a source of inspiration and contributes to lifelong learning) is critical for promoting durable science literacy and pro-science choices. Therefore, the focus of this study was extraordinary professional development experiences for science educators that may significantly impact their sense of self. My hypothesis was that such experiences could positively impact educators' science and science educator identities, and potentially enhance their capacities to impact student science identities. The first part of this hypothesis is examined in this study. Further, I suggest that first-person narratives play an important role in science identity construction. Presenting a new conceptual model that connects experiential learning theory to identity theory through the narrative study of lives, I explored the impacts of subjectively regarded extraordinary professional development experiences on the science identity and science educator identity construction processes for a cohort of fifteen K-12 science teachers during a science-learning-journey to explore the volcanoes of Hawaii. I used a case study research approach under the broader umbrella of a hermeneutic phenomenology to consider four individual cases as lived experiences and to consider the journey as a phenomenon unto itself. Findings suggest science and science educator identities are impacted by such an experience but with marked variability in magnitude and nature. Evidence also suggests important impacts on their other identities. In most instances, science-related impacts were secondary to and

  8. Recursive Branching Simulated Annealing Algorithm

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

    2012-01-01

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

  9. Annealing results on low-energy proton-irradiated GaAs solar cells

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    Kachare, R.; Anspaugh, B. E.; O'Meara, L.

    1988-01-01

    AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells with an approximately 0.5-micron-thick Al(0.85)Ga(0.15)As window layer were irradiated using normal and isotropic incident protons having energies between 50 and 500 keV with fluence up to 1 x 10 to the 12th protons/sq cm. The irradiated cells were annealed at temperatures between 150 and 300 C in nitrogen ambient. The annealing results reveal that significant recovery in spectral response at longer wavelengths occurred. However, the short-wavelength spectral response showed negligible annealing, irrespective of the irradiation energy and annealing conditions. This indicates that the damage produced near the AlGaAs/GaAs interface and the space-charge region anneals differently than damage produced in the bulk. This is explained by using a model in which the as-grown dislocations interact with irradiation-induced point defects to produce thermally stable defects.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Extraordinary halocarbon emissions initiated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake

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    Saito, Takuya; Fang, Xuekun; Stohl, Andreas; Yokouchi, Yoko; Zeng, Jiye; Fukuyama, Yukio; Mukai, Hitoshi

    2015-04-01

    The Tohoku earthquake of 11 March 2011, with moment magnitude Mw = 9.0, and subsequent tsunami caused catastrophic structural damage in east Japan. Using high-frequency atmospheric monitoring data, we show that emissions of halocarbons, potent greenhouse gases and stratospheric ozone-depleting substances, dramatically increased shortly after the earthquake and that annual emissions were significantly higher in 2011 than in other years. We estimate that the sum of earthquake-related emissions of the six studied halocarbon species (CFC-11, HCFC-22, HCFC-141b, HFC-134a, HFC-32, and SF6) was 6.6 (5.2-8.0) Gg, which is equivalent to ozone depletion potential-weighted emissions of 1.3 (1.1-1.6) Gg with a global warming potential equivalent to 19.2 (15.8-22.5) Tg of carbon dioxide. These extraordinary halocarbon emissions are likely due to destruction of building components containing halocarbons, such as air conditioners, foam insulation, and electrical equipment.

  13. 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.

  14. Extraordinary Magnetoresistance in Semiconductor/Metal Hybrids: A Review

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    Jürgen Kosel

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  15. 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.

  16. UFOs and nukes. Extraordinary encounters at nuclear weapons sites

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    Everyone knows about the reported recovery of a crashed alien spaceship near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. However, most people are unaware that, at the time of the incident, Roswell Army Airfield was home to the world's only atomic bomber squadron, the 509th Bomb Group. Was this merely a coincidence? During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union built thousands of the far more destructive hydrogen bombs, some of them a thousand times as destructive as the first atomic bombs dropped on Japan. If the nuclear standoff between the superpowers had erupted into World War III, human civilization - and perhaps the very survival of our species - would have been at risk. Did this ominous state of affairs come to the attention of outside observers? Was there a connection between the atomic bomber squadron based at Roswell and the reported crash of a UFO nearby? Did those who pilot the UFOs monitor the superpowers' nuclear arms race during the dangerous Cold War era? Do they scrutinize American and Russian weapons sites even now? UFOs and Nukes provides the startling and sometimes shocking answers to these questions. Veteran researcher Robert Hastings has investigated nuclear weapons-related UFO incidents for more than three decades and has interviewed more than 120 ex-US Air Force personnel, from former Airmen to retired Colonels, who witnessed extraordinary UFO encounters at nuclear weapons sites. Their amazing stories are presented here.

  17. 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.

  18. Enhancement of exchange coupling and hard magnetic properties in nanocomposites by magnetic annealing

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    An enhancement of the exchange coupling and hard magnetic properties of melt-spun Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe-type nanocomposites was achieved by optimization of their nanostructured morphology via magnetic annealing. Compared with the Nd2.4Pr5.6Dy1Fe84Mo1B6 sample annealed without a magnetic field, the magnetic annealing results in a noticeable improvement in the coercivity i H c, the remanence 4πMr, and energy product (BH)max. (BH)max at 50 K was enhanced by 43.7% after magnetic annealing in a field of 19 T. The kink in the demagnetization curve disappeared and, additionally, a much better squareness of the demagnetization curves was observed in the magnetically annealed samples. The intergrain exchange coupling was evaluated by Henkel plots. Evidence for stronger intergrain exchange coupling was found in the magnetically annealed sample, which is due to nanostructure refinement promoted by the magnetic annealing. The nanostructure refinement was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, low-temperature demagnetization curves and a modified Brown's equation analysis. The improvement of hard magnetic properties of the magnetically annealed sample results mainly from the magnetic-field-induced exchange-coupling enhancement

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

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    Pospori, A.; Marques, C. A. F.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Nielsen, K.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.

    2016-05-01

    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 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 for that investigation was an unexpected behaviour observed in an array of sensors which were used for liquid level monitoring. One sensor exhibited much lower pressure sensitivity and that was the only one that was not annealed. To further investigate the phenomenon, additional sensors were photo-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 sensitivity of the devices. This can provide better performing sensors for use in stress, force and pressure sensing applications.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. Reverse annealing of boron doped polycrystalline silicon

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

  3. Reverse annealing of boron doped polycrystalline silicon

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

    2008-07-31

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

  4. 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.

  5. Simulated Annealing using Hybrid Monte Carlo

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    Salazar, Rafael; Toral, Raúl

    1997-01-01

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

  6. NEW SIMULATED ANNEALING ALGORITHMS FOR CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION

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    LINET ÖZDAMAR; CHANDRA SEKHAR PEDAMALLU

    2010-01-01

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

  7. 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.

  8. Improved thermal and strain performance of annealed polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Stefani, Alessio; Bache, Morten;

    2011-01-01

    We report on a detailed study of the inscription and characterization of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) in commercial step index polymer optical fibers (POFs). Through the growth dynamics of the gratings, we identify the effect of UV-induced heating during the grating inscription. We found that FBGs...... in annealed commercial POFs can offer more stable short-term performance at both higher temperature and larger strain. Furthermore, the FBGs' operational temperature and strain range without hysteresis was extended by the annealing process. We identified long-term stability problem of even the annealed POF...

  9. Rapid Annealing Of Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon

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

    1989-01-01

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

  10. Classical Simulated Annealing Using Quantum Analogues

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

    2016-06-01

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

  11. Classical Simulated Annealing Using Quantum Analogues

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

    2016-08-01

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

  12. Extended defects in hydrogen-implanted (111) silicon wafer treated by high temperature annealing process

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    XIAO Qinghua; TU Hailing

    2004-01-01

    High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) has been used to investigate the extended defects induced by the interaction between hydrogen and silicon during the high temperature annealing process in the hydrogen-implanted (111) silicon wafer. It has been found that the high temperature annealing process, like the low temperature annealing process, leads to the formation of cracks. However, beneath the cracks induced by high temperature annealing, there appear many additional dislocations. Some amorphous bands have also been observed. In addition, a string of cavities, which are truncated octahedral in shape and surrounded by {111} and {100 } lattice planes, have been revealed. These cavities, some of which have amorphous inner walls, are arrayed parallel to the top surface. Between cavities, there normally appears a dislocation band.

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

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    Joye, Yannick; Bolderdijk, Jan

    2015-01-01

    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 k

  14. American Council of Education names Norrine Bailey Spencer an Extraordinary Woman

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    Harris, Jennifer

    2008-01-01

    Norrine Bailey Spencer, associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions at Virginia Tech, was selected to be one of the women profiled the American Council on Education's "35 Weeks of Extraordinary Women."

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Annealing Reduces Free Volumes In Thermoplastics

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

    1988-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-02-15

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

  1. Theory of Quantum Annealing of an Ising Spin Glass

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

    2002-01-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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    Clarysse, T.; Bogdanowicz, J.; Goosens, J.;

    2008-01-01

    In order to fabricate carrier profiles with a junction depth (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...... 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...

  6. 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.

  7. Interfacial reaction induced strain relaxation in Hf-silicate film on strained Si{sub 0.7}Ge{sub 0.3} (001) as a function of annealing temperature

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    Kim, Dae-Kyoung; Kang, Yu Seon; Kang, Hang Kyu; Cho, Mann-Ho [Institute of Physics and Applied Physics, Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Dae Hong [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sun Young; Kim, Dong Chan [Process Development Team, Semiconductor R and D Center, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Chang Soo [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Jung Hye [Division of Material Science, Korea Basic Science Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-11-15

    Hf-based dielectrics were prepared using atomic layer deposition in order to investigate the effect of Si incorporation on the interfacial reaction and thermal stability in HfO{sub 2} films on SiGe substrates. Two concentrations [100% HfO{sub 2} and 50% HfO{sub 2} 50% SiO{sub 2}(HfSiO)] were used on strained Si{sub 0.7}Ge{sub 0.3} substrates; a partially-crystalline phase was observed in the as-grown HfO{sub 2} film, and was not observed in the as-grown HfSiO film. Phase separation between the SiO{sub x} and HfO{sub x} in HfSiO film did occur, however, when the annealing temperature was increased to over 900 C, leading to the out-diffusion of Si from the Si{sub 0.7}Ge{sub 0.3} substrate and the formation of a Ge-rich layer at the interface between HfSiO and Si{sub 0.7}Ge{sub 0.3}. Finally, the strain in the Si{sub 0.7}Ge{sub 0.3} substrate was relaxed, and interfacial states greatly increased in HfSiO/Si{sub 0.7}Ge{sub 0.3} with the 900 C anneal. (copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Thermal Annealing of Paramagnetic Defects Induced by Gamma Irradiation in (NH4)2SO4 and (ND4)2SO4 Single Crystals: Experimental Verification of the Theory of Fletcher and Brown

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    In irradiated (NH4)2SO4 And (ND4)2SO4 crystals two paramagnetic species were identified by means of the electron spin resonance method. The g constant of the first radical is 2.014 and of the second 2.020 for the normal hydrogen compound; for the deuterated compound they are 1.996 and 2.0032 respectively. Study of the annealing of the first radical in the 60°-170°C range showed that in this case the kinetics display a single plateau corresponding to a total recombination of the radicals. For each isotherm it was possible to obtain the appropriate equation using the errors function derived by Fletcher and Brown and taking as a model the recombination of initially correlated (and subsequently liberated) pairs by a random-walk process. Agreement between this function and experimental results was obtained after correcting the function by a factor α. The composite annealing curve is in good agreement with the corrected errors function. Using the phenomenological method of Fletcher and Brown for calculating the activation energy we obtained a value of 1.594 eV, corresponding to the first radical in (NH4)2SO4. On the basis of the variation of the diffusion coefficient with temperature we obtained a value of 1.592 eV for the same activation energy. With the Vand- Primack method we obtained 1.45 eV, which is lower than the two preceding values. We concluded that the recombination of correlated pairs by a random-walk process can be used as a model in the form given by the theory if the interaction between the species formed and the lattice is fairly weak; in this way the pairs which are initially correlated can be liberated. (author)

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

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    Qing Zhou; Zhiwen Jin; Hui Li; Jizheng Wang

    2016-01-01

    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 enviro...

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Enthalpy relaxation and annealing effect in polystyrene.

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    Sakatsuji, Waki; Konishi, Takashi; Miyamoto, Yoshihisa

    2013-07-01

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

  13. Separated spin evolution quantum hydrodynamics of degenerated electrons with spin-orbit interaction and extraordinary wave spectrum

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    Andreev, Pavel A.; Trukhanova, Mariya Iv.

    2016-01-01

    To consider a contribution of the spin-orbit interaction in the extraordinary wave spectrum we derive a generalization of the separate spin evolution quantum hydrodynamics. Applying corresponding nonlinear Pauli equation we include Fermi spin current contribution in the spin evolution. We find that the spectrum of extraordinary waves consists of three branches: two of them are well-known extraordinary waves and the third one is the spin-electron acoustic wave (SEAW). Earlier SEAWs have been c...

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

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    Crosson, Elizabeth; Harrow, Aram W.

    2016-01-01

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

  15. [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.

  16. 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.

  17. Quantum Annealing of a Disordered Magnet

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

    2001-01-01

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

  18. Adaptive simulated annealing (ASA): Lessons learned

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    Ingber, L.

    2000-01-01

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

  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. Microstructural Evolutions During Annealing of Plastically Deformed AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel: Martensite Reversion, Grain Refinement, Recrystallization, and Grain Growth

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    Naghizadeh, Meysam; Mirzadeh, Hamed

    2016-08-01

    Microstructural evolutions during annealing of a plastically deformed AISI 304 stainless steel were investigated. Three distinct stages were identified for the reversion of strain-induced martensite to austenite, which were followed by the recrystallization of the retained austenite phase and overall grain growth. It was shown that the primary recrystallization of the retained austenite postpones the formation of an equiaxed microstructure, which coincides with the coarsening of the very fine reversed grains. The latter can effectively impair the usefulness of this thermomechanical treatment for grain refinement at both high and low annealing temperatures. The final grain growth stage, however, was found to be significant at high annealing temperatures, which makes it difficult to control the reversion annealing process for enhancement of mechanical properties. Conclusively, this work unravels the important microstructural evolution stages during reversion annealing and can shed light on the requirements and limitations of this efficient grain refining approach.

  1. Extraordinary Transmission in the UV Range from Sub-wavelength Slits on Semiconductors

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    Vincenti, M A; Akozbek, N; Buncick, M; Bloemer, M J; Scalora, M

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we describe a way to achieve the extraordinary transmission regime from sub-wavelength slits carved on semiconductor substrates. Unlike metals, the dielectric permittivity of typical semiconductors like GaAs or GaP is negative beginning in the extreme UV range (lambda <= 270nm). We show that the metal-like response of bulk semiconductors exhibits surface plasmon waves that lead to extraordinary transmission in the UV and soft X-ray ranges. The importance of realistic material response versus perfect conductors is also discussed. These findings may be important in high resolution photo-lithography, near field optical devices and ultra high density optical storage.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. SANS examination of irradiated RPV steel welds during in-situ annealing

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    Boothby, R.M. [National Nuclear Laboratory, B168 Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxon. OX11 0QT (United Kingdom); Hyde, J.M., E-mail: jonathan.m.hyde@nnl.co.uk [National Nuclear Laboratory, B168 Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxon. OX11 0QT (United Kingdom); Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Swan, H. [National Nuclear Laboratory, B168 Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxon. OX11 0QT (United Kingdom); Parfitt, D.; Wilford, K. [Rolls-Royce plc, P.O. Box 2000, Derby DE21 7XX (United Kingdom); Lindner, P. [Institut Laue-Langevin, 71 avenue des Martyrs, CS20156, 38042 Grenoble CEDEX 9 (France)

    2015-06-15

    An in-situ annealing experiment was performed using SANS measurements to examine the distribution and thermal stability of irradiation-induced solute clusters in RPV steel welds. Samples were sequentially annealed for 30 min at ∼50 °C intervals in the temperature range 295–497 °C. A methodology was developed to correct the observed data to allow for increased thermal diffuse scattering during annealing which enabled analysis of the changes in coherent scattering in isolation. Results for a low-Ni weld irradiated at low temperature showed apparent decreases in the volume fraction of solute clusters during annealing. However the cluster size was unaffected and these results could have arisen from reduced scattering contrast due to compositional changes, rather than cluster dissolution. A similarly irradiated high-Ni weld exhibited cluster coarsening at high annealing temperatures. Samples of both welds irradiated at a higher temperature were relatively unaffected by annealing except at high temperatures where some shrinkage, indicative of cluster dissolution, occurred.

  5. SANS examination of irradiated RPV steel welds during in-situ annealing

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    An in-situ annealing experiment was performed using SANS measurements to examine the distribution and thermal stability of irradiation-induced solute clusters in RPV steel welds. Samples were sequentially annealed for 30 min at ∼50 °C intervals in the temperature range 295–497 °C. A methodology was developed to correct the observed data to allow for increased thermal diffuse scattering during annealing which enabled analysis of the changes in coherent scattering in isolation. Results for a low-Ni weld irradiated at low temperature showed apparent decreases in the volume fraction of solute clusters during annealing. However the cluster size was unaffected and these results could have arisen from reduced scattering contrast due to compositional changes, rather than cluster dissolution. A similarly irradiated high-Ni weld exhibited cluster coarsening at high annealing temperatures. Samples of both welds irradiated at a higher temperature were relatively unaffected by annealing except at high temperatures where some shrinkage, indicative of cluster dissolution, occurred

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

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

  7. Effects of pulsed laser annealing on deep level defects in electrochemically-deposited and furnace annealed CuInSe{sub 2} thin films

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    Bhatia, A. [Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States); Meadows, H. [Laboratoire Photovoltaïque, University of Luxembourg, Belvaux (Luxembourg); Hlaing Oo, W.M. [Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States); Dale, P.J. [Laboratoire Photovoltaïque, University of Luxembourg, Belvaux (Luxembourg); Scarpulla, M.A., E-mail: scarpulla@eng.utah.edu [Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States); Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States)

    2013-03-01

    CuInSe{sub 2} (CISe) is a prototype material for the I–III–VI chalcopyrites such as Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} used as absorber layers in thin film photovoltaic cells. Carefully-controlled pulsed-laser annealing (PLA) is a unique annealing process that has been demonstrated to improve the device performance of chalcopyrite solar cells. Here, we investigate the changes in defect populations after PLA of electrochemically-deposited CISe thin films previously furnace annealed in selenium vapor. The films were irradiated in the sub-melting regime at fluences inducing temperatures up to 840 ± 100 K. Deep-level transient spectroscopy on Schottky diodes reveals that the activation energy of the dominant majority carrier trap changes non-monotonically from 215 ± 10 meV for the reference sample, to 330 ± 10 meV for samples irradiated at 20 and 30 mJ/cm{sup 2}, and then back to 215 ± 10 meV for samples irradiated at 40 mJ/cm{sup 2}. A hypothesis involving competing processes of diffusion of Cu and laser-induced generation of In vacancies may explain this behavior. - Highlights: ► Pulsed laser annealing (PLA) effects studied on CuInSe{sub 2} films ► PLA improves crystalline order parameter. ► PLA induces changes in majority carrier defect levels.

  8. Magnetism of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films annealed under the magnetic field

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    Dai, Y.Q. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Dai, J.M., E-mail: jmdai@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Tang, X.W.; Zi, Z.F.; Zhang, K.J.; Zhu, X.B.; Yang, J. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Sun, Y.P. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Polycrystalline CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films were deposited on Si (100) substrates by chemical solution deposition with and without magnetic annealing. Magnetic field directions were applied parallel and perpendicular to the film surface during the magnetic annealing process. The variations of strain, microstructure and magnetic anisotropy of the films caused by the magnetic annealing are investigated. The results show that the film densification is promoted and grain morphology is changed by the magnetic annealing, which can be attributed to the promoting effect of magnetization force on the grain growing and grain boundary diffusing. Magnetic measurements indicate the enhancement of anisotropy and saturation magnetizations of the polycrystalline CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} after magnetic annealing. Furthermore, the rotation of easy axis along the field direction, the increased occupation of Co{sup 2+} ions at B sites and the additional strain induced by the magnetic field are considered as the main reasons of the increased magnetic anisotropy. - Highlights: • CFO films were annealed in magnetic field with parallel and vertical directions. • The film densification and grain size were changed by the applied magnetic field. • A higher saturation magnetization is obtained under magnetic annealing. • The enhanced magnetic anisotropy is observed after magnetic annealing.

  9. 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.

  10. Annealing effects on the microstructure and magnetic domain structures of duplex stainless steel studied by in situ technique

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    Guo, L.Q., E-mail: glq@mater.ustb.edu.cn [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory for Environmental Fracture (MOE), University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhao, X.M.; Li, M.; Zhang, W.J.; Bai, Y.; Qiao, L.J. [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory for Environmental Fracture (MOE), University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2012-10-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The volume fraction of ferrite phase increased with increasing annealing temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The heat treatment has no effect on the crystal structure of the ferrite phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The magnetic domain structure changes more obviously as annealing temperature rises. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ferrite grain orientations change after annealing treatments. - Abstract: The effects of annealing temperature on the microstructure and the magnetic domain structures of duplex stainless steel 2507 were investigated by the magnetic force microscopy (MFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The MFM and XRD results indicated that the volume fraction of ferrite phase increased with increasing annealing temperature, but the lattice constants kept constant. Moreover, with the rise of annealing temperature, the magnetic domain structure in the ferrite phase varied gradually, where the magnetic domain became thinner and the distribution turned more homogeneous. These results gave a direct evidence for the changes of microstructure and magnetic domain structure induced by the annealing treatment. EBSD analysis showed that the orientation of ferrite grains changed after annealing treatments, which coincided with the changes of the microstructure and the magnetic domain structures.

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

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

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

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    Tanaka, Shu; Tamura, Ryo

    2012-01-01

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

  13. 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

  14. MegaOhm extraordinary Hall effect in oxidized CoFeB

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    Kopnov, G.; Gerber, A.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the development of controllably oxidized CoFeB ferromagnetic films demonstrating the extraordinary Hall effect (EHE) resistivity exceeding 1 Ω cm and magnetic field sensitivity up to 106 Ω/T. Such EHE resistivity is four orders of magnitude higher than that previously observed in ferromagnetic materials, while sensitivity is two orders larger than the best of semiconductors.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. An Unusual Case of Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma with Multiple and Extraordinary Metastases

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    Pulmonary adenocarcinoma is one of the major types of lung cancers in which metastasis is not uncommon. Hereby, we report a case of pulmonary adenocarcinoma with multiple muscular, cutaneous, pancreatic and peritoneal metastases. Actually, all these features occurring in one patient makes it an extraordinary case. A rare anatomic variation, double inferior vena cava (IVCs), was another rare manifestation in this case

  18. The Evolution of Defects in Deformed Cu-Ni-Si Alloys during Isochronal Annealing Studied by Positron Annihilation

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    The effect of isochronal annealing on the deformation-induced defects in pure Cu and Cu-Ni-Si alloys is studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy. For the cold-rolled Cu, annealing up to 900°C causes a gradual recovery of the deformation-induced defects and monotonous decrease of the hardness. This indicates that its hardening is mainly related with defects such as dislocations. However, for the hot-rolled and quenched Cu-Ni-Si alloy, although there is a partial recovery of defects after annealing below 500°C, formation of additional defects is observed after annealing above 500°C. The hardness of Cu-Ni-Si alloy has a maximum value after annealing at 500°C, which suggests that the hardening of Cu-Ni-Si alloy is not due to defects, but primarily due to the precipitation formed during annealing. Further annealing of the Cu-Ni-Si alloy above 500°C results in over-aging effect and the precipitates lose coherence with the host matrix, which leads to positron trapping by vacancy clusters in the incoherent interface region

  19. 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.

  20. Thermal annealing recovery of fracture toughness in HT9 steel after irradiation to high doses

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Baek, Jong-Hyuk; Anderoglu, Osman; Maloy, Stuart A.; Toloczko, Mychailo B.

    2014-06-01

    The HT9 ferritic/martensitic steel with a nominal chemistry of Fe(bal.)12%Cr1%MoVW has been used as a primary core material for fast fission reactors such as FFTF because of its high resistance to radiation-induced swelling and embrittlement. Both static and dynamic fracture test results have shown that the HT9 steel can become brittle when it is exposed to high dose irradiation at a relatively low temperature (toughness in the HT9 steel after irradiation up to 3148 dpa at 378504 °C. A specimen reuse technique has been established and applied to this study: the fracture specimens were tested Charpy specimens or broken halves of Charpy bars (13 × 3 × 4 mm). The post-anneal fracture test results indicated that much of the radiation-induced damage can be recovered by a simple thermal annealing schedule: the fracture toughness was incompletely recovered by 550 °C annealing, while nearly complete or complete recovery occurred after 650 °C annealing. This indicates that thermal annealing is a feasible damage mitigation technique for the reactor components made of HT9 steel. The partial recovery is probably due to the non-removable microstructural damages such as void or gas bubble formation, elemental segregation and precipitation.

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. Effect of Annealing Temperature on the Performance of SnO2 Thin Film Transistors Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis.

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    Zhang, XinAn; Zhai, JunXia; Yu, XianKun; Zhu, RuiJuan; Zhang, WeiFeng

    2015-08-01

    We fabricated SnO2 thin film transistors on thermally oxidized p-type silicon substrates by low-cost spray pyrolysis. The effect of annealing temperatures on electrical characteristics of SnO2 thin film transistors were investigated. Thermal annealing at higher temperatures induced a negative shift of the threshold voltage (VT) and an increase in the saturation mobility. It was found that the device annealed at 450 °C exhibited a good electrical performance with the field-effect mobility of 0.19 cm2/Vs, the threshold voltage of 2.5 V, and the on/off current ratio of 10(3). PMID:26369222

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Separated spin evolution quantum hydrodynamics of degenerated electrons with spin-orbit interaction and extraordinary wave spectrum

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    Andreev, Pavel A

    2016-01-01

    To consider a contribution of the spin-orbit interaction in the extraordinary wave spectrum we derive a generalization of the separate spin evolution quantum hydrodynamics. Applying corresponding nonlinear Pauli equation we include Fermi spin current contribution in the spin evolution. We find that the spectrum of extraordinary waves consists of three branches: two of them are well-known extraordinary waves and the third one is the spin-electron acoustic wave (SEAW). Earlier SEAWs have been considered in the electrostatic limit. Here we include the electromagnetic effects in their spectrum at the propagation perpendicular to the external magnetic field. We find that the SEAW spectrum considerably changes at the account of transverse part of electric field. We obtain that the separate spin evolution modifies spectrum of the well-known extraordinary waves either. A change of the extraordinary wave spectrum due to the spin-orbit interaction is obtained as well.

  7. Hydrogen Annealing Of Single-Crystal Superalloys

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

    1995-01-01

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

  8. Stochastic annealing simulation of cascades in metals

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    Heinisch, H.L.

    1996-04-01

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

  9. Simulation of Storm Occurrences Using Simulated Annealing.

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

    2005-11-01

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. Annealing Increases Stability Of Iridium Thermocouples

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

    1989-01-01

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

  15. Thermal annealing of tilted fiber Bragg gratings

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

    2016-05-01

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

  16. Thermal annealing in neutron-irradiated tribromobenzenes

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

    1968-01-01

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

  17. 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

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

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

    2004-03-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Positron prevacancy effects in pure annealed metals

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

  2. 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...

  3. Annealing Ni nanocrystalline on WC-Co

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

  4. Annealing Ni nanocrystalline on WC-Co

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

    2009-08-12

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

  5. 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...

  6. B—implantation and Annealing for SiGe Epilayers①②

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    JIANGRL; LIUWP; 等

    1997-01-01

    Si0.8Ge0.2strained epilayer were grown on Si substrates by rapid thermal process/very low pressure-chemical vapor deposition(RTP/VLP-CVD)and implanted with boron at 40keV,a dosage of 2.5×104cm-2.Rapid thermal annealing(RTA)and steady-state furnace annealing with different temperature and time period were performed for comparison.Results indicate that RTA is better than furnace annealing.After RTA at750℃-850℃ for 10 s or at 700℃for 40s,the implantation induced damage can be removed,the carrier mobility was about 300cm2/V·s and the activity was nearly 100%.

  7. Understanding the ordering mechanisms of self-assembled nanostructures of block copolymers during zone annealing.

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    Cong, Zhinan; Zhang, Liangshun; Wang, Liquan; Lin, Jiaping

    2016-03-21

    A theoretical method based on dynamic version of self-consistent field theory is extended to investigate directed self-assembly behaviors of block copolymers subjected to zone annealing. The ordering mechanisms and orientation modulation of microphase-separated nanostructures of block copolymers are discussed in terms of sweep velocity, wall preference, and Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. The simulated results demonstrate that the long-range ordered nanopatterns are achieved by lowering the sweep velocity of zone annealing due to the incorporation of templated ordering of block copolymers. The surface enrichment by one of the two polymer species induces the orientation modulation of defect-free nanostructures through finely tuning the composition of block copolymers and the preference of walls. Additionally, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameters of block copolymers in the distinct regions are main factors to design the zone annealing process for creating the highly ordered nanostructures with single orientation. PMID:27004895

  8. 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.

  9. 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. PMID:27136793

  10. 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.Ishihara; 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.

  11. High temperature annealing effects on low energy iron implanted SiO 2

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    Kennedy, J.; Leveneur, J.; Markwitz, A.

    2012-02-01

    15 keV Fe ions were implanted into a thermally grown silica film with a fluence of 1 × 10 16 at./cm 2 resulting in a near Gaussian concentration profile peaking at 8 at.% about 15 nm under the surface. High vacuum (˜10 -7 mbar) furnace annealing and electron beam annealing at high temperature resulted in diffusion of Fe inside the oxide film. Segregation of Fe atoms at the SiO 2 surface and SiO 2/Si interface was observed in both cases. EBA resulted in faster precipitation and lower out-diffusion of Fe. In-situ Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry was performed during high vacuum annealing and is shown to be an appropriate method to investigate the diffusion rate. The differences observed between the methods are explained by the effect of excess electrons and ionization induced by the electron beam on the oxygen-vacancy mediated displacement mechanism and on the reduction of Fe oxides.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  14. 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.

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

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    Kechedzhi, Kostyantyn; Smelyanskiy, Vadim N.

    2016-04-01

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

  16. Effect of Post-HALT Annealing on Leakage Currents in Solid Tantalum Capacitors

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    Teverovsky, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    Degradation of leakage currents is often observed during life testing of tantalum capacitors and is sometimes attributed to the field-induced crystallization in amorphous anodic tantalum pentoxide dielectrics. However, degradation of leakage currents and the possibility of annealing of degraded capacitors have not been investigated yet. In this work the effect of annealing after highly accelerated life testing (HALT) on leakage currents in various types of solid tantalum capacitors was analyzed. Variations of leakage currents with time during annealing at temperatures from 125 oC to 180 oC, thermally stimulated depolarization (TSD) currents, and I-V characteristics were measured to understand the conduction mechanism and the reason for current degradation. Annealing resulted in a gradual decrease of leakage currents and restored their initial values. Repeat HALT after annealing resulted in reproducible degradation of leakage currents. The observed results are explained based on ionic charge instability (drift/diffusion of oxygen vacancies) in the tantalum pentoxide dielectrics using a modified Schottky conduction mechanism.

  17. 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.

  18. Annealing neutron damaged silicon bipolar transistors: Relating gain degradation to specific lattice defects

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    Fleming, R. M.; Seager, C. H.; Lang, D. V.; Campbell, J. M.

    2010-09-01

    Isochronal anneal sequences have been carried out on pnp and npn transistors irradiated with fast neutrons at a variety of fluences. The evolution of base and collector currents was utilized to characterize the annealing behavior of defects in both the emitter-base depletion region and the neutral base. Various annealing biases, theoretical modeling, as well as previous deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) data, were used to assign the relative magnitude of each of the important defects to the total recombination current. We find that donor-vacancy pairs in the neutral n-type base of our pnp transistors are responsible for about 1/3 of the postdamage lifetime degradation, while the remaining recombination currents can be largely attributed to a cluster-related divacancylike defect which has no shallow state DLTS emission peak. This latter defect anneals gradually from 350 to 590 K. Generation/recombination currents in the base-emitter junctions in both types of devices were found to anneal in a similar, gradual fashion, suggesting that this same cluster-related intrinsic lattice defect is also responsible for the large, damage-induced base currents.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Electronically tunable extraordinary optical transmission in graphene plasmonic ribbons coupled to subwavelength metallic slit arrays

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    Kim, Seyoon; Jang, Min Seok; Brar, Victor W.; Tolstova, Yulia; Mauser, Kelly W.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-08-01

    Subwavelength metallic slit arrays have been shown to exhibit extraordinary optical transmission, whereby tunnelling surface plasmonic waves constructively interfere to create large forward light propagation. The intricate balancing needed for this interference to occur allows for resonant transmission to be highly sensitive to changes in the environment. Here we demonstrate that extraordinary optical transmission resonance can be coupled to electrostatically tunable graphene plasmonic ribbons to create electrostatic modulation of mid-infrared light. Absorption in graphene plasmonic ribbons situated inside metallic slits can efficiently block the coupling channel for resonant transmission, leading to a suppression of transmission. Full-wave simulations predict a transmission modulation of 95.7% via this mechanism. Experimental measurements reveal a modulation efficiency of 28.6% in transmission at 1,397 cm-1, corresponding to a 2.67-fold improvement over transmission without a metallic slit array. This work paves the way for enhancing light modulation in graphene plasmonics by employing noble metal plasmonic structures.

  2. Polarization dependent color switching by extra-ordinary transmission in H-slit plasmonic metasurface

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    Mandal, P.; Anantha Ramakrishna, S. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 (India); Patil, Raj; Venu Gopal, Achanta [DCMP and MS, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Colaba, Mumbai 400005 (India)

    2013-12-14

    An array of H-shaped subwavelength slits in a plasmonic film has a polarization dependent extra-ordinary transmission due to shape anisotropy. Non-overlapping extra-ordinary transmission bands for the orthogonal linear polarization states of the input light are used to demonstrate a polarization dependent color switch. The fabricated array of submicron sized H-slits on a gold film displayed two transmission bands for the linear x- and y-polarized light at visible (650–850 nm) and near-infra-red (1150–1450 nm) bands, respectively. The relative transmitted light in these two bands can be controlled by changing the linear polarization state of the input radiation from 0° to 90°.

  3. Laser annealing of amorphous silicon core optical fibers

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

    2012-01-01

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

  4. Hypocoercivity in metastable settings and kinetic simulated annealing

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    Monmarché, Pierre

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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    Slabko, Vitaly V.; Popov, Alexander K.; 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...

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Extraordinary 3D Surface Materials: A practice based exhibition of 3D learning artefacts and prototypes.

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    Taylor, Andrew; Harris, Joanne; Unver, Ertu; Lewis, Linda

    2011-01-01

    A collection of 3D prototyped research learning artefacts were exhibited at Surface Design Show 2011. The artefacts on display provided tacit evidence of the 3D concept modelling and reflective learning experiences of a final year BA (Hons) Surface Design for Fashion & Interiors student group using 3D polygon modelling software and additive prototyping technologies (3D Printing) for the first time. The student authored project blog http://extraordinary-3d-materials.blogspot.co.uk/ documen...

  10. From extraordinary invulnerability to ordinary magic: A literature review of resilience

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    Sarah-Jane Winders

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Resilience was once considered extraordinary invincibility in the face of adversity but is now deemed a basic human adaptive system. This paper reviews the development and utility of resilience as a concept in the field of child and adolescent mental health. In addition, the primary risk and protective factors associated with resilience are evaluated. The implications of resilience research for the implementation of effective interventions in improving outcomes for children and adolescents will also be discussed.

  11. Feedback-optimized Extraordinary Optical Transmission of Continuous-variable Entangled States

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    Wang, Dong; Xia, Chuanqing; Wang, Qianjin; Wu, Yang; Liu, Fang; Zhang, Yong; Xiao, Min

    2014-01-01

    We report on the feedback-optimized extraordinary optical transmission of continuous-variable entangled states through a hexagonal metal-hole array. The continuous-variable entanglements from a nondegenerate optical parametric amplifier are first demonstrated to survive after a photon-plasmon-photon conversion process. By controlling the reflected light from the metal-hole array, a significant enhancement of quantum correlations has then been experimentally achieved comparing to the case of w...

  12. Aplikasi Simulasi Annealing Untuk Menyelesaikan Traveling Salesman Problem

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    Larasati, Tuti

    2012-01-01

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

  13. Corrosion Behaviour of Annealed Cnx/Tiny Multilayers

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

    2004-01-01

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

  14. Corrosion Behaviour of Annealed Cnx/Tiny Multilayers

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

    2004-01-01

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

  15. Defect reduction in silicon nanocrystals by low-temperature annealing

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    Niesar, Sabrina; Erhard, Nadine; Stegner, Andre R.; Brandt, Martin S.; Stutzmann, Martin [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching (Germany); Pereira, Rui N. [University of Aveiro (Portugal); Wiggers, Hartmut [Institut fuer Verbrennung und Gasdynamik, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Due to the potential of low-cost solution processing, freestanding silicon nanocrystals (Si-ncs) are a promising base material for application e.g. in photovoltaics, thermoelectric and printable electronics. They can be synthesized in macroscopic amounts with diameters tunable between 4 and 50 nm by microwave-induced decomposition of silane in a low-pressure plasma reactor. In this work, we investigate different cost-efficient post-growth methods to reduce the number of silicon dangling bond defects (Si-dbs) which are a limiting factor for many electronic applications. Using electron paramagnetic resonance measurements, it is found that an etching step with hydrofluoric (HF) acid combined with a low-temperature vacuum annealing at 200 C leads to a reduction of the Si-dbs density by a factor of 10. Furthermore, conductivity measurements performed on thin Si-ncs films show that HF etching and annealing also improves the electronic properties. For highly doped Si-ncs, we observe a significant and persistent increase of the room-temperature conductivity. Moreover, current-voltage measurements on Si-ncs/organic semiconductor heterojunction solar cells are presented.

  16. Microstructure evolution of hot-rolled ODS steel during annealing

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    Oxide Dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels have a great potential for high burn-up and high temperature applications. General requirements for cladding material are high resistances to irradiation-induced embrittlement, void swelling, and creep, as well as a good compatibility with the molten sodium. Creep resistance at high temperature is closely related to thermal stability of microstructure, and is also affected by crystallographic texture that developed during the thermo-mechanical processes. In general, fine grain structure impairs creep resistance and strong texture leads to mechanical anisotropy. The present work investigates effects of oxide particles on thermal stability of microstructure and texture of ferritic ODS steel. For this purpose, Fe-15Cr base ferritic steel and its ODS counterpart were produced based on powder metallurgy and their microstructure were compared. The oxide particles in 15Cr ODS steel are stable at annealing temperatures up to 1200 .deg. C. However, further increase in annealing temperature results in dissolution and coarsening of oxides particles, which in turn leads to rapid growth of grains. Therefore, it is concluded that the ODS steel should be processed at temperature below 1200 .deg. C to avoid dissolution and coarsening of finely-dispersed oxide particles, and thereby to minimize loss of strength

  17. Isothermal and isochronal annealing experiments on irradiated commercial power VDMOSFETs

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    The paper presents results of isothermal and isochronal annealing experiments on several types of gamma-ray irradiated commercial N- and P-channel power VDMOSFETs. Transistors were characterized for their threshold voltage shift and densities of radiation-induced oxide-trap charge and interface traps. The results show that the temperature enhances interface trap formation and oxide-trap charge decay rates, but also contributes to the passivation of interface traps. The study demonstrates that formation and passivation of interface traps are simultaneous processes. At certain conditions (lower temperature and/or positive bias) interface-trap formation dominates. Oppositely, at other conditions (higher temperature and/or negative bias) passivation is predominant. However at some conditions there is a complex interplay between formation and passivation of interface traps, resulting in interface traps increase followed by decrease at later annealing times. No model for interface trap post-irradiation behavior can explain this effect better than the recently proposed H-W model

  18. 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.

  19. Simulated Annealing with Tsallis Weights - A Numerical Comparison

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    Hansmann, Ulrich H.E.

    1997-01-01

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

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

  1. Stored energy and annealing behavior of heavily deformed aluminium

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

    2012-01-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  6. Hardness and microstructural response to thermal annealing of irradiated ASTM A533B class 1 plate steel

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    Reinhart, D.E. [SMS Concast, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Kumar, A.S. [Univ. of Missouri, Rolla, MO (United States); Gelles, D.S.; Hamilton, M.L. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Rosinski, S.T. [Electric Power Research Inst., Charlotte, NC (United States)

    1999-10-01

    Hardness measurements were used to determine the post-irradiation annealing response of A533B class 1 plate steel irradiated to a fluence of 1 {times} 10{sup 19} n/cm{sup 2} (E > 1 MeV) at 150 C. Rockwell hardness measurements indicated that the material had hardened by 6.6 points on the B scale after irradiation. The irradiation induced hardness increase was associated with a decrease in upper shelf energy from 63.4 J to 5-1.8 J and a temperature shift in the Charpy curve at the 41 J level from 115 C to 215 C. Specimens were annealed after irradiation at temperatures of 343 C (650 F), 399 C (750 F), and 454 C (850 F) for durations of up to one week (168 h). Hardness measurements were made to chart recovery of hardness as a function of time and temperature. Specimens annealed at the highest temperature 454 C recovered the fastest, fully recovering within 144 h. Specimens annealed at 399 C recovered completely within 168 h. Specimens annealed at the lowest temperature, 343 C recovered only {approximately}70% after 168 h of annealing. After neutron irradiation, a new feature of black spot damage was found to be superimposed on the unirradiated microstructure. The density of black spots was found to vary from 2.3 {times} 10{sup 15}/cm{sup 3} to 1.1 {times} 10{sup 16}/cm{sup 3} with an average diameter of 2.85 nm. Following annealing at 454 C for 24 h the black spot damage was completely annealed out. It was concluded that the black spot damage was responsible for 70% of the irradiation-induced hardness.

  7. Hardness and microstructural response to thermal annealing of irradiated ASTM A533B class 1 plate steel

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    Hardness measurements were used to determine the post-irradiation annealing response of A533B class 1 plate steel irradiated to a fluence of 1 x 1019 n/cm2 (E > 1 MeV) at 150 C. Rockwell hardness measurements indicated that the material had hardened by 6.6 points on the B scale after irradiation. The irradiation induced hardness increase was associated with a decrease in upper shelf energy from 63.4 J to 5-1.8 J and a temperature shift in the Charpy curve at the 41 J level from 115 C to 215 C. Specimens were annealed after irradiation at temperatures of 343 C (650 F), 399 C (750 F), and 454 C (850 F) for durations of up to one week (168 h). Hardness measurements were made to chart recovery of hardness as a function of time and temperature. Specimens annealed at the highest temperature 454 C recovered the fastest, fully recovering within 144 h. Specimens annealed at 399 C recovered completely within 168 h. Specimens annealed at the lowest temperature, 343 C recovered only ∼70% after 168 h of annealing. After neutron irradiation, a new feature of black spot damage was found to be superimposed on the unirradiated microstructure. The density of black spots was found to vary from 2.3 x 1015/cm3 to 1.1 x 1016/cm3 with an average diameter of 2.85 nm. Following annealing at 454 C for 24 h the black spot damage was completely annealed out. It was concluded that the black spot damage was responsible for 70% of the irradiation-induced hardness

  8. Simulated annealing in orbital flight planning

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    Soller, Jeffrey

    1990-01-01

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

  9. Code Generator for Quantum Simulated Annealing

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    Tucci, Robert R

    2009-01-01

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

  10. Annealing of Solar Cells and Other Thin Film Devices

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

    2001-01-01

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

  11. Channeled PIXE and magnetic measurements in Co implanted and thermally annealed ZnO single crystals

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    Werner, Z., E-mail: wernerz@ipj.gov.pl [National Centre for Nuclear Research, 7 Sołtana Street, 05-400 Otwock (Poland); Ratajczak, R. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, 7 Sołtana Street, 05-400 Otwock (Poland); Gosk, J. [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Warsaw, 69 Hoża Street, 00-681 Warsaw (Poland); Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology, 75 Koszykowa Street, 00-662 Warsaw (Poland); Barlak, M. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, 7 Sołtana Street, 05-400 Otwock (Poland); Twardowski, A. [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Warsaw, 69 Hoża Street, 00-681 Warsaw (Poland); Pochrybniak, C. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, 7 Sołtana Street, 05-400 Otwock (Poland); Zhao, Q. [KU Leuven, Nuclear and Radiation Physics Section, Celestijnenlaan 200d – box 2418, Leuven (Belgium)

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • Exceptionally high magnetic moment has been found in ZnO single crystals implanted with 120 keV Co ions to a fluence of 0.6 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2} and 1.2 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2}. • Paramagnetic and ferromagnetic phases present after implantation transform into a paramagnetic phase following 800 °C annealing. • The magnetism is attributed to implantation-induced defects. - Abstract: Single crystals of ZnO were implanted with 0.6 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2} and 1.2 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2} of Co ions produced by MEVVA type implanter. Channeled Rutherford backscattering (cRBS) measurements reveal incomplete amorphisation. Thermal annealing at 800 °C in argon leads to a reduction of point-type defects. The channeled particle-induced X-ray emission (cPIXE) measurements show partial substitutionality of Co ions directly following implantation with further growth of substitutional occupation after annealing. Magnetic measurements reveal the presence of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic phases after implantation. The value of magnetization can be interpreted as due to defects rather than Co content. The ferromagnetic phase disappears after annealing and the paramagnetic phase grows in intensity.

  12. Annealing of irradiated n+p InP buried homojunctions

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    Walters, Robert J.; Summers, Geoffrey P.; Timmons, M. L.; Venkatasubramanian, R.; Hancock, J. A.; Hills, J. S.

    1994-01-01

    At the last SPRAT conference, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) presented results from two experiments. One studied n+p diffused junction (DJ) InP solar cells, and the other studied n+p shallow homojunction (SHJ) InP mesa diodes grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The former work showed that a DJ solar cell in which the maximum power P(sub max) had been degraded by nearly 80 percent under irradiation recovered completely under short circuit illumination at 450K. The recovery was accompanied by the removal of all but one of the radiation-induced defect levels. The latter work, on the other hand, showed that the radiation-induced defects in the SHJ diodes did not anneal until the temperature reached 650K. These results suggest that an irradiated DJ solar cell, under illumination, will anneal at a temperature 200K lower than an irradiated SHJ cell. This is an unexpected result considering the similarity of the devices. The goal of the present research is to explain this different behavior. This paper investigates two points which arose from the previous studies. The first point is that the DJ cells were annealed under illumination while the SHJ diodes were annealed without bias. The second point investigated here is that the emitters of the DJ and SHJ devices were significantly different.

  13. 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.

  14. MEDICAL STAFF SCHEDULING USING SIMULATED ANNEALING

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    Ladislav Rosocha; Silvia Vernerova; Robert Verner

    2015-01-01

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

  15. MEDICAL STAFF SCHEDULING USING SIMULATED ANNEALING

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    Ladislav Rosocha; Silvia Vernerova; Robert Verner

    2015-01-01

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

  16. Pyrolytic citrate synthesis and ozone annealing

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

  17. Pyrolitic citrate synthesis and ozone annealing

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

  18. Using Simulated Annealing to Factor Numbers

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    Altschuler, Eric Lewin; Williams, Timothy J.

    2014-01-01

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

  19. Laser-annealing of thin semiconductor films

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

    1994-01-01

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

  20. Quantum wavefunction annealing of spin glasses

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    Rodríguez-Laguna, J

    2007-01-01

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

  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. Implementation of ordinary and extraordinary beams interference by application of diffractive optical elements

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    Khonina, S. N.; Karpeev, S. V.; Morozov, A. A.; Paranin, V. D.

    2016-07-01

    We apply diffractive optical elements in problems of transformation of Bessel beams in a birefringent crystal. Using plane waves expansion we show a significant interference between the ordinary and extraordinary beams due to the energy transfer in the orthogonal transverse components in the nonparaxial mode. A comparative analysis of the merits and lack of diffractive and refractive axicons in problems of formation non-paraxial Bessel beams has shown the preferability of diffractive optics application in crystal optics. The transformation of uniformly polarised Bessel beams in the crystal of Iceland spar in the nonparaxial mode by application of a diffractive axicon is investigated numerically and experimentally.

  4. 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.

  5. Extraordinary sneeze: Spontaneous transmaxillary-transnasal discharge of a migrated dental implant.

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    Procacci, Pasquale; De Santis, Daniele; Bertossi, Dario; Albanese, Massimo; Plotegher, Cristina; Zanette, Giovanni; Pardo, Alessia; Nocini, Pier Francesco

    2016-08-16

    This case report describes an extraordinary case of the spontaneous transmaxillary-transnasal discharge of a dental implant, which occurred during a sneeze. The patient was complained of symptoms of acute sinusitis. She underwent a computed tomography scan that revealed a dental implant dislocated in the maxillary sinus. Medical treatment based on antibiotics and mucolytics was administered to the patient in order to prepare her for endoscopic endonasal surgery. The implant was spontaneously discharged two days after during a sneeze. Mucociliary clearance in combination with a local osteolytic inflammatory process and mucolytics therapy are the likely causes of this unusual discharge. PMID:27574611

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Feedback-optimized Extraordinary Optical Transmission of Continuous-variable Entangled States

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    Wang, Dong; Wang, Qianjin; Wu, Yang; Liu, Fang; Zhang, Yong; Xiao, Min

    2014-01-01

    We report on the feedback-optimized extraordinary optical transmission of continuous-variable entangled states through a hexagonal metal-hole array. The continuous-variable entanglements from a nondegenerate optical parametric amplifier are first demonstrated to survive after a photon-plasmon-photon conversion process. By controlling the reflected light from the metal-hole array, a significant enhancement of quantum correlations has then been experimentally achieved comparing to the case of without such coherent feedback control. This result presents a useful technique to efficiently recover the substantial reflective losses in the plasmonic circuits for quantum information processing.

  9. Annealing characteristics of amorphous silicon alloy solar cells irradiated with 1.00 MeV protons

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    Abdulaziz, Salman S.; Woodyard, James R.

    1991-01-01

    Amorphous Si:H and amorphous Si sub x, Ge sub (1-x):H solar cells were irradiated with 1.00 MeV proton fluences in the range of 1.00E14 to 1.25E15 cm (exp -2). Annealing of the short circuit current density was studied at 0, 22, 50, 100, and 150 C. Annealing times ranged from an hour to several days. The measurements confirmed that annealing occurs at 0 C and the initial characteristics of the cells are restored by annealing at 200 C. The rate of annealing does not appear to follow a simple nth order reaction rate model. Calculations of the short-circuit current density using quantum efficiency measurements and the standard AM1.5 global spectrum compare favorably with measured values. It is proposed that the degradation in J sub sc with irradiation is due to carrier recombination through the fraction of D (o) states bounded by the quasi-Fermi energies. The time dependence of the rate of annealing of J sub sc does appear to be consistent with the interpretation that there is a thermally activated dispersive transport mechanism which leads to the passivation of the irradiation induced defects.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Ion beam analysis of as-received, H-implanted and post implanted annealed fusion steels

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    Gonzalez-Arrabal, R., E-mail: raquel.gonzalez.arrabal@upm.es [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear, ETSI de Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Munnik, F. [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Gonzalez, M. [LNF-CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Romero, P. [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear, ETSI de Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Heller, R. [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Leardini, F. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Perlado, J.M. [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear, ETSI de Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E-28006 Madrid (Spain)

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    The elemental distribution for as-received (AR), H implanted (AI) and post-implanted annealed (A) Eurofer and ODS-Eurofer steels has been characterized by means of micro Particle Induced X-ray Emission ({mu}-PIXE), micro Elastic Recoil Detection ({mu}-ERD) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). The temperature and time-induced H diffusion has been analyzed by Resonance Nuclear Reaction Analysis (RNRA), Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy (TDS), ERDA and SIMS techniques. {mu}-PIXE measurements point out the presence of inhomogeneities in the Y distribution for ODS-Eurofer samples. RNRA and SIMS experiments evidence that hydrogen easily outdiffuses in these steels even at room temperature. ERD data show that annealing at temperatures as low as 300 Degree-Sign C strongly accelerates the hydrogen diffusion process, driving out up to the 90% of the initial hydrogen.

  13. 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.

  14. Annealing texture of nanostructured IF steel

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

  15. Error correction for encoded quantum annealing

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    Pastawski, Fernando; Preskill, John

    2016-05-01

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

  16. Annealing relaxation of ultrasmall gold nanostructures

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    Chaban, Vitaly

    2015-01-01

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Analysis of Grain Growth in Strain Annealing of Low Carbon Steel

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    An, Sung Kwon [Union Steel MFG. Co., Ltd., Busan (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Seung Hyun [Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation, Hwasung (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-10-15

    A study has been made of the grain growth in IF steel during strain annealing. A 92.3% cold rolled and annealed IF steel sheet was temper rolled by 0.4% and subsequently annealed at 670, 750 and 850 .deg. C for various time periods in 25%H{sub 2}+75%N{sub 2}. The grains occasionally started to grow abnormally near the surface and grew into the center during strain annealing. The pole figure and EBSD measurements showed that the abnormally grown grains did not have any orientation relation with the primary recrystallization texture before temper rolling. Thus, the major coarsening mechanism was regarded to be the strain induced grain boundary migration rather than grain boundary characteristics. The permeability increased initially and then decreased along with the increased of grain size, therefore there existed an optimum grain size showing maximum value of permeability. The maximum permeability was measured up to be 13,000, then optimum grain size is 83 {mu}m at 850 .deg. C for 30 min.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. The role of hydrogen partial pressure on the annealing of copper substrates for graphene CVD synthesis

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    Ramos, Welyson T. S.; Cunha, Thiago H. R.; Barcelos, Ingrid D.; Miquita, Douglas R.; Ferrari, Gustavo A.; de Oliveira, Sergio; Seara, Luciana M.; Silva Neto, Eliel G.; Ferlauto, Andre S.; Lacerda, Rodrigo G.

    2016-04-01

    The influence of hydrogen utilized during the thermal treatment of copper substrates on the subsequent graphene growth is investigated. It is known that various parameters such as nature of the carbon precursor, temperature and pressure strongly affect the quality of the graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition. Another important parameter is the hydrogen partial pressure adjusted during the growth stage and in the pre-growth annealing of the substrate. In attempts to elucidate the role of hydrogen assisted thermal annealing on the copper substrate morphology and on the subsequent graphene growth, we subjected Cu foils to thermal annealing under H2 atmosphere at different pressures. The copper surface was characterized by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy whereas graphene films and grains were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and SEM. Our findings suggest that hydrogen not only affect the Cu surface but also diffuses into the substrate, being stored in the bulk material during the thermal treatment of the substrate. The release of hydrogen species in the subsequent stages of growth can result in damage to the graphene layer or induce the nucleation of additional layers depending on the growth and pre-growth conditions. Therefore, the use of hydrogen during the annealing of ‘low purity Cu foils’ should be carefully planned in order to obtain high quality graphene via LPCVD.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Computationally efficient analysis of extraordinary optical transmission through infinite and truncated subwavelength hole arrays

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    Camacho, Miguel; Boix, Rafael R.; Medina, Francisco

    2016-06-01

    The authors present a computationally efficient technique for the analysis of extraordinary transmission through both infinite and truncated periodic arrays of slots in perfect conductor screens of negligible thickness. An integral equation is obtained for the tangential electric field in the slots both in the infinite case and in the truncated case. The unknown functions are expressed as linear combinations of known basis functions, and the unknown weight coefficients are determined by means of Galerkin's method. The coefficients of Galerkin's matrix are obtained in the spatial domain in terms of double finite integrals containing the Green's functions (which, in the infinite case, is efficiently computed by means of Ewald's method) times cross-correlations between both the basis functions and their divergences. The computation in the spatial domain is an efficient alternative to the direct computation in the spectral domain since this latter approach involves the determination of either slowly convergent double infinite summations (infinite case) or slowly convergent double infinite integrals (truncated case). The results obtained are validated by means of commercial software, and it is found that the integral equation technique presented in this paper is at least two orders of magnitude faster than commercial software for a similar accuracy. It is also shown that the phenomena related to periodicity such as extraordinary transmission and Wood's anomaly start to appear in the truncated case for arrays with more than 100 (10 ×10 ) slots.

  7. Grolar Bears, Social Class, and Policy Relevance: Extraordinary Agendas for the Emerging 21st Century

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    Fiske, Susan T.

    2016-01-01

    This Agenda article first considers whether social psychology is in the best or worst of times and suggests that we are instead in extraordinary times, given exciting agendas and potential policy relevance, if we are careful. The article illustrates with two current research agendas—the hybrid vigor of multiple categories and the psychology of social class—that could inform policy. The essay then reflects on how we know when our work is indeed ready for the public arena. Regarding hybrids: World immigration, social media, and global businesses are increasing. How will this complicate people’s stereotypes of each other? One agenda could build on the existing social and behavioral science of people as social hybrids, emerging with a framework to synthesize existing work and guide future research that better reflects our changing world. Policy implications already emerge from our current knowledge of hybrids. Regarding the social psychology of social class: We do not know enough yet to give advice, except to suggest questioning some common stereotypes, e.g., about the economic behavior of lower-income people. Before the budding social psychology of class can be ready for policy export, the research results need replication, validation, and generality. Overall, principles of exportable policy insights include peer-reviewed standards, honest brokering, nonpartisan advice, and respectful, trustworthy communication. Social psychology can take advantage of its extraordinary times to be innovative and useful. PMID:27397941

  8. Microstructural evolution of ECAPed 1050 alloy under magnetic annealing

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

    2014-12-01

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. The role of particles annealing temperature on magnetorheological effect

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

    2012-01-01

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

  12. Measures of Fault Tolerance in Distributed Simulated Annealing

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    Prakash, Aaditya

    2012-01-01

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

  13. The role of particles annealing temperature on magnetorheological effect

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

    2011-01-01

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

  14. Simulated Annealing of Two Electron Density Solution Systems

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

    2008-01-01

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

  15. Tunneling through high energy barriers in simulated quantum annealing

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    Crosson, Elizabeth; Deng, Mingkai

    2014-01-01

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Annealing Would Improve beta" - Alumina Solid Electrolyte

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

    2003-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. Annealing conditions for intrinsic CdTe

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    Berding, M. A.

    1999-01-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. Ballistic self-annealing during ion implantation

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

  3. Dielectric Signatures of Annealing in Glacier Ice

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

    2015-12-01

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

  4. Multiple Interconversions of the E' and Oxygen-Hole Defect Centers in High-Purity Amorphous Silica during Anneal-Interrupted x Irradiation

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    Zhang, Lin; Mashkov, V. A.; Leisure, R. G.

    1995-02-01

    Multiple interconversions of E' centers and peroxy radicals have been observed for the first time by means of anneal-interrupted x-irradiation experiments. It is shown that each of these defects can serve as the precursor of the other; under thermal anneal an E' center can convert to a peroxy radical due to the capture of an oxygen molecule, and under irradiation the peroxy radical can covert to an E' center due to irradiation-induced release of oxygen. The results for the defect production and anneal behavior are well described in terms of simple stretched-exponential defect-reaction kinetics.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:26879260

  7. Burst annealing of high temperature GaAs solar cells

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

    1991-01-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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    Milazzo, R.; Impellizzeri, G.; Piccinotti, D.; La Magna, A.; Fortunato, G.; De Salvador, D.; Carnera, A.; Portavoce, A.; Mangelinck, D.; Privitera, V.; Napolitani, E.

    2016-01-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

    2008-12-05

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

  14. Extraordinary Performance of Carbon-Coated Anatase TiO2 as Sodium-Ion Anode

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    Tahir, M. N.; Oschmann, B.; Buchholz, D.; Dou, X.; Lieberwirth, I.; Panthöfer, M.; Tremel, W; Zentel, R.; Passerini, S.

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of in situ polymer-functionalized anatase TiO2 particles using an anchoring block copolymer with hydroxamate as coordinating species is reported, which yields nanoparticles (≈11 nm) in multigram scale. Thermal annealing converts the polymer brushes into a uniform and homogeneous carbon coating as proven by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The strong impact of particle size as well as carbon coating on the electrochemical performance of ana...

  15. Extraordinary Performance of Carbon‐Coated Anatase TiO2 as Sodium‐Ion Anode

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    2015-01-01

    The synthesis of in situ polymer‐functionalized anatase TiO2 particles using an anchoring block copolymer with hydroxamate as coordinating species is reported, which yields nanoparticles (≈11 nm) in multigram scale. Thermal annealing converts the polymer brushes into a uniform and homogeneous carbon coating as proven by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The strong impact of particle size as well as carbon coating on the electrochemical performance of ana...

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

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    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

  17. Simulated annealing algorithm for detecting graph isomorphism

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    Geng Xiutang; Zhang Kai

    2008-01-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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....

  20. Simulation of annealed polyelectrolytes in poor solvents

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

  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. 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...

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. An extraordinary enhancement of strain hardening in fine-grained zirconium

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    Grain refinement always leads to a high strength but a low ductility that results from a reduced strain hardening. Here, we report an extraordinary enhancement of strain hardening in fine-grained (FG) Zr with an average grain size of 2–3 μm compared with its coarse-grained (CG) counterpart, which yields a uniform elongation of ∼15.5% in the same order as that (∼13.2%) of the CG Zr. The unusually enhanced strain hardening in the FG Zr is attributed to the formation of nano-scale defect structures within the fine grains. The present work provides a promising way to enhance the ductility of fine- and ultrafine-grained materials without losing their high strength, and thus is of wide interest

  7. 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.

  8. Investigation of the safety testing of extraordinary thick steel material for pressure vessels

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    With increasing size of nuclear reactors it was necessary to increase the wall thickness of the reactor pressure vessels. So, for example the wall thickness of the pressure vessel of the LWR pressurized water reactor type with 1.200.000 kW performance is 250 mm. The fabrication of these extraordinary thick steel plates is accurately carried out, nevertheless it is very important to control the characteristics of strength. For this reason extraordinarily thick steel plates of forged manganese-molybdenum-nickel steel produced in Japan and used for the production of reactor pressure vessels was utilized. The aim of this investigation is to know if and how the K sub(IR)- values correspond to the actual regulation for the prevention of brittle fracture and to determine the characteristics. (orig./RW)

  9. 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.

  10. Probing the extraordinary ends of ordinary stars white dwarf seismology with the Whole Earth Telescope

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    Kawaler, S D

    1995-01-01

    During the final evolution of most stars, they shed their outer skin and expose their core of the hot ashes of nuclear burning. As these hot and very dense cores cool into white dwarf stars, they go through episodes of multiperiodic, nonradial g-mode pulsation. The tools of stellar seismology allow us to use the pulsation spectra as powerful probes into the deep interiors of these stars. Progress in white dwarf seismology has required significant international cooperation, since another consequence of the complex pulsations of these stars is decoding the true pulsation frequencies requires a coordinated global effort involving high-speed photometric observations. Through one such effort, the Whole Earth Telescope project, we have located subsurface composition changes, detected differential rotation and magnetic fields, and measured fundamental quantities such as stellar mass, luminosity, and distance to extraordinary accuracy.

  11. 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.

  12. Perfect charge compensation in WTe2 for the extraordinary magnetoresistance: From bulk to monolayer

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    Lv, H. Y.; Lu, W. J.; Shao, D. F.; Liu, Y.; Tan, S. G.; Sun, Y. P.

    2015-05-01

    The electronic structures of the WTe2 bulk and layers are investigated by using the first-principles calculations. The perfect electron-hole (n\\text-p) charge compensation and high carrier mobilities are found in the WTe2 bulk, which may result in the large and non-saturating magnetoresistance (MR) observed very recently in the experiment (Ali M. N. et al, Nature, 514 (2014) 205). The monolayer and bilayer of WTe2 preserve the semimetallic property, with equal hole and electron carrier concentrations. Moreover, very high carrier mobilities are also found in WTe2 monolayer, indicating that the WTe2 monolayer would have the same extraordinary MR effect as the bulk, which could have promising applications in nanostructured magnetic devices.

  13. 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.

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. Simulated Annealing for Location Area Planning in Cellular networks

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

    2010-01-01

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

  17. Simulated Annealing for Location Area Planning in Cellular networks

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    N. B. Prajapati

    2010-03-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. Influence of post-annealing time on blistering evolution in Si implanted with high-fluence H ions

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    The influence of post-annealing time on blistering characteristics induced by 5 x 1016 cm-2 ion-implanted H in Si was studied in terms of the formation and growth of blisters. Ion energies consisted of 40 and 100 keV. Post-annealing treatments were carried out using furnace annealing (FA) at 400 and 500 deg. C for a duration of 0.25-3 h in a nitrogen ambient. Raman scattering spectroscopy (RSS), optical microscopy (OM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) were utilized to analyze the defect complex phases, the appearance of optically-detectable blisters and craters, the average depth of craters, and the hydrogen and oxygen depth profiles in the implanted layer, respectively. Furthermore, a characteristic time for the growth of optically-detectable blisters which was determined from the blister-covered fractions for various post-annealing times is proposed and used as a criterion to identify the effectiveness in the formation and growth of optically-detectable blisters. The results revealed that the characteristic time for the 400 deg. C-annealed specimens in the 40 keV implant is much shorter than it is in the 100 keV one. However, the characteristic time for the 500 deg. C-annealed specimens in the 40 keV implant is slightly longer than it is in the 100 keV implant. In addition, both the characteristic times for the 500 deg. C-annealed specimens are much shorter than those for the 400 deg. C ones. The above-mentioned phenomena hold true for craters

  20. Effect of annealing on VmHn complexes in hydrogen ion irradiated Fe and Fe–0.3%Cu alloys

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    Graphical abstract: The effect of annealing on VmHn complexes in irradiated Fe–0.3%Cu alloy was investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy based on a slow positron beam. The formation of vacancy-type defects due to the 0.1 dpa irradiation would lead to the increment of the S parameter compared to the unirradiated specimen. A larger number of hydrogen deposited at the damage area and hydrogen atoms (Hn) occupied vacancy sites (Vm), which could lead to the formation of numerous VmHn complexes. The irradiated sample was annealed isochronally for 30 min at 150 °C, 200 °C, 300 °C, 400 °C and 500 °C, respectively. An evident defect peak formed at 150 °C, which meant the VmHn complexes were broken and a larger of hydrogen atoms was escaping. The remaining vacancy-type defect induced the increment of the S parameter. The peaks migrated from the damage area towards to surface region (peaks 1–5). The S parameters in the damage area gradually decreased with the increasing annealing temperature. The shrinkage of vacancy-type defects and the density of defects induced the decrease of S parameters during elevated annealing treatment. - Highlights: • VmHn complexes formed in H+ irradiated Fe and Fe–0.3%Cu alloys. • S–W results confirmed the formation of Cu precipitates in irradiated Fe–0.3%Cu. • VmHn complexes were broken and H atoms were escaping after annealing treatment. • S peaks would migrate towards to surface with the annealing temperature. - Abstract: The effect of annealing on VmHn complexes and Cu precipitate behaviours in hydrogen ion irradiated Fe and Fe–0.3%Cu alloys was investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy using a slow positron beam. The results of S parameters indicated that the room temperature irradiation was benefit for the formation of the VmHn complex compared to the elevated temperature irradiation. The S–W results confirmed the formation of Cu precipitates in Fe–0.3%Cu even at the irradiation dose of 0

  1. Thermal annealing of GaAs concentrator solar cells

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    Curtis, H. B.; Brinker, David J.

    1991-01-01

    Isochronal and isothermal annealing tests were performed on GaAs concentrator cells which were irradiated with electrons of various energies to fluences up to 1 x 10(exp 16) e/sq cm. The results include: (1) For cells irradiated with electrons from 0.7 to 2.3 MeV, recovery decreases with increasing electron energy. (2) As determined by the un-annealed fractions, isothermal and isochronal annealing produce the same recovery. Also, cells irradiated to 3 x 10(exp 15) or 1 x 10(exp 16) e/sq cm recover to similar un-annealed fractions. (3) Some significant annealing is being seen at 150 C although very long times are required.

  2. Annealing effect on InP vertical porous arrays

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    2010-01-01

    InP vertical porous arrays were produced using electrochemical etching at room temperature.The as-etched InP samples were annealed in an ultra high vacuum camber.Cross-sectional analysis of the porous layer was conducted using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).Annealing in vacuum was found to meliorate the structural quality of the porous layer.EDX results showed the composition change of the porous InP.By controlling the annealing process parameters,the content ratio of phosphorus (P) to indium (In) is tuneable.Raman property of the samples was also investigated at room temperature.Compared with the sample without annealing treatment,Raman spectrum from the annealed sample showed red-shifted LO and TO peaks together with sharpened LO peak and shortened TO peak.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Crystallization degree change of expanded graphite by milling and annealing

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    Tang Qunwei [Key Laboratory for Functional Materials of Fujian Higher Education, Institute of Material Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021 (China); Wu Jihuai [Key Laboratory for Functional Materials of Fujian Higher Education, Institute of Material Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021 (China)], E-mail: jhwu@hqu.edu.cn; Sun Hui; Fang Shijun [Key Laboratory for Functional Materials of Fujian Higher Education, Institute of Material Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021 (China)

    2009-05-05

    Expanded graphite was ball milled with a planetary mill in air atmosphere, and subsequently thermal annealed. The samples were characterized by using X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). It was found that in the milling initial stage (less than 12 h), the crystallization degree of the expanded graphite declined gradually, but after milling more than 16 h, a recrystallization of the expanded graphite toke place, and ordered nanoscale expanded graphite was formed gradually. In the annealing initial stage, the non-crystallization of the graphite occurred, but, beyond an annealing time, recrystallizations of the graphite arise. Higher annealing temperature supported the recrystallization. The milled and annealed expanded graphite still preserved the crystalline structure as raw material and hold high thermal stability.

  6. On the Debossing, Annealing and Mounting of Bells

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    PERRIN, R.; SWALLOWE, G. M.; CHARNLEY, T.; MARSHALL, C.

    1999-10-01

    Changes in the frequencies of the musical partials of various types of bells following debossing dismounting/mounting and annealing/quench annealing are reported. Debossing, dismounting and quench annealing lead to frequency drops, while mounting gives rises. Annealing can lead to frequency increases or decreases depending upon the maximum temperature employed and the initial residual stress. Qualitative explanations of these phenomena are given in terms of changes in crown stiffness, internal stress and alloy phase structure. These are supported by the results of X-ray diffraction measurements. Although the effects are all small they can be large enough to be detected by a reasonably musical car. This, together with the fact that the effects cannot be controlled, gives a plausible explanation of why modern bellfounders use vertical lathes for tuning, even with small carillon bells, and do not anneal bells when trying to control warble.

  7. Annealing study of electron transport in slightly neutron-irradiated graphite

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    A study has been made on the recovery of transport properties of synthetic single-crystal graphite irradiated with fast neutrons to a total dose of 3 x 1036 nvt. Isochronal annealing was conducted stepwise between 100 0C and 1600 0C. An analysis based on the rigid two-band model gives a consistent account of the diffusion thermoelectricity and the galvanomagnetic effect. In addition to the major normal recovery between 200 0C and 300 0C, a reverse recovery in the carrier constitution is found to take place in the annealing range from 300 0C to 350 0C. This seems explicable by considering that divacancies are intermediately transformed to single vacancies during their annihilation process. The phonon-drag thermoelectric power vs. acceptor concentration relationship implies that positive holes are more strongly scattered than electrons by radiation-induced vacancies negatively charged by accepting electrons within the basal plane. (author)

  8. Modifications of band gap in Si/Ge multilayers through vacuum annealing

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    Sharma, A.; Tripathi, S.; Tripathi, J.; Shripathi, T.

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, important experimental findings and their impact on physical properties of Si/Ge systems are presented with the focus on structural and electronic properties investigations also covering band gap engineering. The use of synchrotron radiation based valence band photoemission spectroscopy technique has been demonstrated which provides the variation in bandgap values as a function of annealing on [Si/Ge]x10 multilayers structure. For this purpose, the required VB offsets are obtained by considering the corresponding VB maximum of as prepared sample as a reference. The bandgap values thus obtained show a gradually decreasing pattern with increasing temperature, which is discussed in terms of the effect of various factors such as: (i) quantum confinement effect normally observed in confined systems (ii) change in the annealing induced intermixing leading to the formation of SiGe alloy and (iii) roughness at the surface/interface.

  9. Restorative effect of oxygen annealing on device performance in HfIZO thin-film transistors

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    Tae-Jun Ha

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Metal-oxide based thin-film transistors (oxide-TFTs are very promising for use in next generation electronics such as transparent displays requiring high switching and driving performance. In this study, we demonstrate an optimized process to secure excellent device performance with a favorable shift of the threshold voltage toward 0V in amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc-oxide (a-HfIZO TFTs by using post-treatment with oxygen annealing. This enhancement results from the improved interfacial characteristics between gate dielectric and semiconductor layers due to the reduction in the density of interfacial states related to oxygen vacancies afforded by oxygen annealing. The device statistics confirm the improvement in the device-to-device and run-to-run uniformity. We also report on the photo-induced stability in such oxide-TFTs against long-term UV irradiation, which is significant for transparent displays.

  10. Restorative effect of oxygen annealing on device performance in HfIZO thin-film transistors

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    Ha, Tae-Jun, E-mail: taejunha0604@gmail.com [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Kwangwoon University, Seoul 139-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    Metal-oxide based thin-film transistors (oxide-TFTs) are very promising for use in next generation electronics such as transparent displays requiring high switching and driving performance. In this study, we demonstrate an optimized process to secure excellent device performance with a favorable shift of the threshold voltage toward 0V in amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc-oxide (a-HfIZO) TFTs by using post-treatment with oxygen annealing. This enhancement results from the improved interfacial characteristics between gate dielectric and semiconductor layers due to the reduction in the density of interfacial states related to oxygen vacancies afforded by oxygen annealing. The device statistics confirm the improvement in the device-to-device and run-to-run uniformity. We also report on the photo-induced stability in such oxide-TFTs against long-term UV irradiation, which is significant for transparent displays.

  11. 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.

  12. Formation of $^{117}In-H$ pairs after annealing of GaN implanted with $^{117}Cd(^{117}In)$

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    Dietrich, M; Stötzler, A; Weissenborn, R

    2002-01-01

    We report on the annealing behaviour of GaN grown on sapphire after implantation of 117Cd(117In). Isochronic annealing has been performed in order to remove the implantation induced lattice damage in evacuated quartz ampoules with additional Al. The extent of the lattice damage is investigated with perturbed gg-angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC). The implantation damage is annealed at temperatures above 1073 K to a large extent. 82(5) % of the probes are found on the Ga-site characterized by a quadrupole coupling constant of 20.9(1) MHz. After H loading, an additional interaction appears which is attributed to 117Cd(117In)-H pairs.

  13. Effects of post annealing on the microstructure, mechanical properties and cavitation erosion behavior of arc-sprayed FeNiCrBSiNbW coatings

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    Highlights: • FeNiCrBSiNbW coatings were prepared by arc spraying process. • Microstructural changes of the coatings were investigated by TEM. • As-sprayed coating had higher cavitation erosion resistance than annealed coatings. • The mechanism for annealing-induced change in cavitation erosion was discussed. - Abstract: FeNiCrBSiNbW coatings were fabricated via arc spraying process and were subsequently annealed at 450, 550 and 650 °C for 1 h to study the effect of annealing treatment on the microstructure, mechanical properties and cavitation erosion behavior. Microstructure was studied using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that oxides, fine crystalline particles and borides were formed after annealing at 650 °C. With increasing annealing temperature, the coatings showed reductions in porosity and fracture toughness, and an increase in microhardness. The cavitation erosion behavior of the coatings was investigated in distilled water. The results showed that the cavitation erosion resistance of the coatings decreased with increasing annealing temperature, and the as-sprayed coating exhibited the best cavitation erosion resistance among the four kinds of coatings. This was attributed to the good fracture toughness, high amorphous phase content and the absence of oxides in the as-sprayed coating

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  1. Extraordinary transmission through 1, 2 and 3 holes in a perfect conductor, modelled by a mode expansion technique

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    Brok, J.M.; Urbach, H.P.

    2006-01-01

    We discuss a mode expansion technique to rigorously model the diffraction from three-dimensional pits and holes in a perfectly conducting layer with finite thickness. On the basis of our simulations we predict extraordinary transmission through a single hole, caused by the Fabry-Perot effect inside

  2. Laser Zone Annealing - Accelerated Route to Self-Assembled Nanostructures

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    Majewski, Pawel; Yager, Kevin; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles

    We present Laser Zone Annealing - a novel technique of accelerated self-assembly of block copolymer thin films utilizing laser light. In our approach, the laser beam, focused to a narrow line, is rastered across the polymer film coated on the light-absorbing substrate, inducing rapid and highly localized temperature transients in the film. By coupling our method with soft-shear, we demonstrate monolithic alignment of various cylinder-forming block copolymers over extremely short timescales. We utilize the aligned block copolymer films as templates for inorganic nanomaterials pattering. After delivery of inorganic precursors via aqueous or gaseous route, the polymer matrix is ashed leading to extremely well-ordered arrays of inorganic, metallic or semiconducting nanowires. Subsequently, we demonstrate how more complex nanostructures can be created with LZA including multilayered nanomeshes with symmetries beyond the conventional motifs accessible by native block copolymers. We investigate a perspective use of the inorganic arrays as transparent conductors or chemical sensors and characterize their anisotropic electro-optical properties. Research carried out in part at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Fabrication of onion-like carbon from nanodiamond by annealing

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    2009-01-01

    Onion-like carbon(OLC)was synthesized by annealing nanodiamond in low vacuum of 1 Pa and at annealing temperatures from 500℃to 1400℃.The high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM)images,X-ray diffraction(XRD)and Raman spectrum of the OLC showed that there was no OLC when the annealing temperature was lower than 900℃.Moreover,the fragment amorphous carbon existed on the surfaces of the nanodiamond particles.At the annealing temperature of 900℃,the OLC particles began appearing and the size of the OLC particles was smaller than 5 nm.When the annealing temperature was increased from 900℃to 1400℃,the nanodiamond was transformed into OLC gradu- ally.At the annealing temperature of 1400℃,all the nanodiamond particles were transformed into OLC completely.The OLC exhibited similarity to the original nanodiamond particles in shape.A mechanism for the OLC synthesis by annealing was provided.The graphitization started at the surfaces of the nanodiamond particles.The formation process of the OLC includes formation of graphite fragments, connection and curvature of graphite sheets between diamond(111)planes and closure of the graphite layers.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Annealing properties of potato starches with different degrees of phosphorylation

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    Muhrbeck, Per; Svensson, E

    1996-01-01

    Changes in the gelatinization temperature interval and gelatinization enthalpy with annealing time at 50 degrees C were followed for a number of potato starch samples, with different degrees of phosphorylation, using differential scanning calorimetry. The gelatinization temperature increased...... with the length of the annealing time up to the maximum time of 1280 min and a clear relation to the degree of phosphorylation was observed. The gelatinization enthalpy changed very slowly during the initial period of annealing, but faster in the later stages of the process. The increase in enthalpy was largest...

  11. The phase diagram of annealed Ge(111)/Ga

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    Molinàs-Mata, P.; Böhringer, M.; Artacho, E.;

    1995-01-01

    A study of the annealed phases of Ge(111)/Ga for coverages above 0.05 ML is presented. The surfaces are investigated by low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, and partly by photoemission and surface X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation. For Ga coverages beyond 0.......05 ML and up to about 2 ML and annealing temperatures higher than 500 degrees C four different phases appear. They all can be characterized as being discommensurate. Surprisingly, no commensurate superstructure appears on annealed Ge(111)/Ga....

  12. 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.

  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. Electron microscopy observations of radiation damage in irradiated and annealed tungsten

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    Grzonka, J., E-mail: j.grzonka@inmat.pw.edu.pl [Warsaw University of Technology, Wołoska 141 St., PL-02507 Warsaw (Poland); Ciupiński, Ł., E-mail: lciupinski@gmail.com [Warsaw University of Technology, Wołoska 141 St., PL-02507 Warsaw (Poland); Smalc-Koziorowska, J., E-mail: julita@unipress.waw.pl [Institute of High Pressure Physics PAS, Sokołowska 29/37, PL-01142 Warsaw (Poland); Ogorodnikova, O.V., E-mail: igra32@rambler.ru [Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics, Boltzmannstr. 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); National Research Nuclear University “MEPHI”, Kashirskoe sh.31, Moscow (Russian Federation); Mayer, M., E-mail: Matej.Mayer@ipp.mpg.de [Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics, Boltzmannstr. 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Kurzydłowski, K.J., E-mail: kjk@inmat.pw.edu.pl [Warsaw University of Technology, Wołoska 141 St., PL-02507 Warsaw (Poland)

    2014-12-01

    In the present work tungsten samples were irradiated with W{sup 6+} ions with a kinetic energy of 20 MeV in order to simulate radiation damage by fast neutrons. Two samples with cumulative damage of 2.3 and 6.36 displacements per atom were produced. The scanning transmission electron microscopy investigations were carried out in order to determine structure changes resulting from the irradiation. The evolution of the damage with post implantation annealing in the temperature range 673–1100 K was also assessed. Damage profiles were studied at cross-sections. Scanning transmission electron microscopy studies of the lamellae after annealing revealed aggregation of defects and rearrangement as well as partial healing of dislocations at higher temperatures. The results confirm the higher density of radiation-induced dislocations in the near surface area of the sample (1.8 * 10{sup 14} m{sup −2}) in comparison with a deeper damage area (1.5 * 10{sup 14} m{sup −2}). Significant decrease of dislocation density was observed after annealing with a concurrent growth of dislocation loops. Transmission electron microscopy analyses show that the dislocation loops are perfect dislocations with the Burgers vectors of b = ½[ 1 1 1].

  15. 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.

  16. Thermal annealing of waveguides formed by ion implantation of silica-on-si

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    Full text: Buried channel waveguides were fabricated by ion implantation of PECVD-grown silica-on-Si. Post-implantation annealing was observed to have a significant influence on waveguide loss as measured at both 1.3 and 1.55 nm. Waveguide loss decreased abruptly from an as-implanted value of ∼1 dB/cm to ∼0.15 dB/cm following a 500 deg C/1 hr annealing cycle. However, annealing at greater temperatures (600 deg C) yielded a loss value comparable to the as implanted result (∼1dB/cm). This paper will address the factors that potentially influenced the observed loss behaviour which included thermally-induced changes to density and refractive index, precipitation of the implanted ions (Si) and mode profile spreading and subsequent interaction with the waveguide surface. Using surface profilometry and variable-energy positron spectroscopy, no significant density or structural changes were observed over the temperature range of 400-600deg C. The refractive index exhibited comparable behaviour as measured with prism coupling. The potential influence of precipitation was determined by comparing Si implantation with dual Si and O implantation, the latter with a dose ratio of 1:2. In addition, waveguides were also fabricated as a function of implantation energy to characterise the influence of the surface proximity

  17. 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

  18. Early and extraordinary peaks in physical performance come with a longevity cost.

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    van de Vijver, Paul L; van Bodegom, David; Westendorp, Rudi G J

    2016-08-01

    Life history theory postulates a trade-off between development and maintenance. This trade-off is observed when comparing life histories of different animal species. In humans, however, it is debated if variation in longevity is explained by differences in developmental traits. Observational studies found a trade-off between early and high fecundity and longevity in women. Development encompasses more than fecundity and also concerns growth and physical performance. Here, we show a life history trade-off between early and above average physical performance and longevity in male Olympic athletes. Athletes who peaked at an earlier age showed 17-percent increased mortality rates (95% CI 8-26% per SD, p≤0.001) and athletes who ranked higher showed 11-percent increased mortality rates (95% CI 1-22% per SD, p=0.025). Male athletes who had both an early and extraordinary peak performance suffered a 4.7-year longevity cost. (95% CI 2.1-7.5 years, p=0.001). This is the first time a life history trade-off between physical performance and longevity has been found in humans. This finding deepens our understanding of early developmental influences on the variation of longevity in humans. PMID:27540872

  19. 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.

  20. 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 ...

  1. Complex extraordinary dielectric function of Mg-doped lithium niobate crystals at terahertz frequencies

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    Kuznetsov, K. A.; Kitaeva, G. Kh.; Kovalev, S. P.; Germansky, S. A.; Buryakov, A. M.; Tuchak, A. N.; Penin, A. N.

    2016-08-01

    We study the dispersion of the extraordinary dielectric function real and imaginary parts in the wide terahertz-frequency range of the lowest polariton branch for bulk LiNbO3 and Mg:LiNbO3 crystals. At frequencies 0.1-2.5 THz, both dispersion parts are measured by means of standard time-domain terahertz spectroscopy, and at higher frequencies up to 5.5 THz, the dielectric function real part is determined using a common scheme of spontaneous parametric down-conversion under near-forward Raman scattering by phonon polaritons. A special approach is applied for measuring of the dielectric function imaginary part at frequencies 1-3 THz, based on the analysis of visibility of three-wave second-order interference under spontaneous parametric down-conversion. The generalized approximate expressions are obtained for complex dielectric function dispersion within the lower polariton branches of LiNbO3 and Mg:LiNbO3. It is shown that the well-known decrease in terahertz-wave absorption of lithium niobate crystals under Mg-doping is caused by changes in the defect structure and reduction of coupling of the terahertz-frequency polaritons with Debye relaxational mode.

  2. Discovery of an Extraordinary Number of Red Supergiants in the Inner Galaxy

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    Messineo, Maria; Zhu, Qingfeng; Menten, Karl M.; Ivanov, Valentin D.; Figer, Donald F.; Kudritzki, Rolf-Peter; Chen, C.-H. Rosie

    2016-05-01

    In this Letter, we present a search for Galactic red supergiant stars (RSGs) in the direction of the inner Galaxy. A total of 94 targets selected from the 2MASS and GLIMPSE I North catalogs—via their blue extinction-free Q1 and Q2 colors—were spectroscopically observed at infrared wavelengths (in the H- and K-bands at R ˜ 1000), and an extraordinary high detection rate of RSGs (\\gt 61%) was found. We identified spectroscopically 58 RSGs, based on their flat continua and large equivalent widths of the CO-band at 2.293 μm (EW > 45 Å). This increase corresponds to about 25% of previously known RSGs in the Galactic region 10° < l < 60°, -1.°1 < b < 1.°1. In order to confirm the location of the new RSGs in the inner Galaxy, distances were estimated for a subsample of 47 stars with the clump method and found to range from 3.6 ± 0.4 to 8.6 ± 0.7 kpc. The large new sample will allow us to investigate Galactic metallicity gradients as a function of galactocentric distances and azimuthal angles. Such information is currently an highly disputed issue to constrain models of Galaxy formation and evolution.

  3. Physics of icing and rational design of surfaces with extraordinary icephobicity.

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    Schutzius, Thomas M; Jung, Stefan; Maitra, Tanmoy; Eberle, Patric; Antonini, Carlo; Stamatopoulos, Christos; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2015-05-01

    Icing of surfaces is commonplace in nature and technology, affecting everyday life and sometimes causing catastrophic events. Understanding (and counteracting) surface icing brings with it significant scientific challenges that requires interdisciplinary knowledge from diverse scientific fields such as nucleation thermodynamics and heat transfer, fluid dynamics, surface chemistry, and surface nanoengineering. Here we discuss key aspects and findings related to the physics of ice formation on surfaces and show how such knowledge could be employed to rationally develop surfaces with extreme resistance to icing (extraordinary icephobicity). Although superhydrophobic surfaces with micro-, nano-, or (often biomimetic) hierarchical roughnesses have shown in laboratory settings (under certain conditions) excellent repellency and low adhesion to water down to temperatures near or below the freezing point, extreme icephobicity necessitates additional important functionalities. Other approaches, such as lubricant-impregnated surfaces, exhibit both advantages and serious limitations with respect to icing. In all, a clear path toward passive surfaces with extreme resistance to ice formation remains a challenge, but it is one well worth undertaking. Equally important to potential applications is scalable surface manufacturing and the ability of icephobic surfaces to perform reliably and sustainably outside the laboratory under adverse conditions. Surfaces should possess mechanical and chemical stability, and they should be thermally resilient. Such issues and related research directions are also addressed in this article. PMID:25346213

  4. 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...

  5. Synthesis of MXene/Ag Composites for Extraordinary Long Cycle Lifetime Lithium Storage at High Rates.

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    Zou, Guodong; Zhang, Zhiwei; Guo, Jianxin; Liu, Baozhong; Zhang, Qingrui; Fernandez, Carlos; Peng, Qiuming

    2016-08-31

    A new MXene/Ag composite was synthesized by direct reduction of a AgNO3 aqueous solution in the presence of MXene (Ti3C2(OH)0.8F1.2). The as-received MXene/Ag composite can be deemed as an excellent anode material for lithium-ion batteries, exhibiting an extraordinary long cycle lifetime with a large capacity at high charge-discharge rates. The results show that Ag self-reduction in MXene solution is related to the existence of low-valence Ti. Reversible capacities of 310 mAh·g(-1) at 1 C (theoretical value being ∼320 mAh·g(-1)), 260 mAh·g(-1) at 10 C, and 150 mAh·g(-1) at 50 C were achieved. Remarkably, the composite withstands more than 5000 cycles without capacity decay at 1-50 C. The main reasons for the long cycle life with high capacity are relevant to the reduced interface resistance and the occurrence of Ti(II) to Ti(III) during the cycle process. PMID:27517615

  6. In-Situ Measurements of Graphene Mechanics During Annealing

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    Hui, Aaron; de Alba, Roberto; Sebastian, Abhilash; Parpia, Jeevak

    Graphene shows great potential as a material for a new generation of mechanical nanodevices. However, current methodologies used for fabricating graphene structures involve polymer resists for transfer and patterning, which degrades mechanical performance. To improve surface quality, high current or high temperature annealing of graphene is commonly employed. Previous studies of graphene mechanics have focused on performance after annealing or temperature-dependent behavior from 4K-300K. Here we present real-time, in-situ measurements of graphene mechanical resonance during high temperature annealing from 300K-600K. Upon heating, reversible changes in mechanical frequency are indicative of graphene thermal contraction. Discontinuous and irreversible changes are also seen, corresponding to graphene slipping and mass desorption. Both reversible and irreversible changes in quality factor are also observed. Characterizing the effects of annealing on the structural properties of graphene will enable more precise engineering for particular applications, such as mass sensing.

  7. Microstructural characterization and impact toughness of intercritically annealed PM steels

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    In this study, atomized iron powder (Ancorsteel 1000) was mixed with 0.3 and 0.5 wt.% graphite powder. After sintering at 1120 deg. C, coarse and fine ferrite and martensite (dual phase) microstructures were produced through intercritical annealing heat treatment at different temperatures. Specimens with various martensite volume fraction and size were impact tested. Impact toughness increased with increasing martensite volume fraction and decreasing martensite size. It was also seen that the impact toughness of specimens with 0.3 wt.% graphite was higher than those specimens with 0.5 wt.% graphite. Furthermore, the impact toughness of intercritically annealed specimens with fine ferrite and martensite microstructure was compared with a specimen that was conventionally quenched and tempered after sintering. The results showed that especially for high intercritical annealing temperatures, the impact toughness of intercritically annealed specimens was higher than that of conventionally heat-treated ones

  8. 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)

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    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

  9. 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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    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 H2. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Planar heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells based on tetramethyl substituted copper(II) phthalocyanine treated with thermal annealing

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    The fabrication of planar heterojunction (PHJ) organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells using tetramethyl substituted copper(II) phthalocyanine (CuMePc) as an electron donor and C60 as an acceptor is described. The impact of post-fabrication thermal annealing upon the performance of these cells has been examined. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images and UV–visible absorption spectra of CuMePc thin films revealed crystallization of CuMePc induced by thermal annealing at 190 °C. The crystallized CuMePc films accounted for improved hole mobility, broadened absorption spectrum, and increased donor/acceptor interface in the as-fabricated cells after thermal annealing. AFM images also revealed that the surface of MoO3 film was smooth and close-packed after thermal annealing, which efficiently blocked the leakage current in the annealed cells, leading to dramatic improvement of performance for the PHJ cells using CuMePc as the electron donor and MoO3 or V2O5 as the anode buffer layer. The power conversion efficiency of the thermal-annealed PHJ cell with a configuration of ITO/MoO3/CuMePc/C60/Bathocuproine/Al was higher than that of the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) cell fabricated by co-depositing CuMePc and C60. It was mainly because the isolated clusters of CuMePc and/or C60 molecules formed during the fabrication of the BHJ cell was avoided in the PHJ cell. (paper)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Hardening by annealing and softening by deformation in nanostructured metals

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    Huang, X.; Hansen, N.; Tsuji, N.

    2006-01-01

    We observe that a nanostructured metal can be hardened by annealing and softened when subsequently deformed, which is in contrast to the typical behavior of a metal. Microstructural investigation points to an effect of the structural scale on fundamental mechanisms of dislocation-dislocation and....... As a consequence, the strength decreases and the ductility increases. These observations suggest that for materials such as the nanostructured aluminum studied here, deformation should be used as an optimizing procedure instead of annealing....

  15. Optimization by Quantum Annealing: Lessons from hard 3-SAT cases

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    Battaglia, Demian; Santoro, Giuseppe; Tosatti, Erio

    2005-01-01

    The Path Integral Monte Carlo simulated Quantum Annealing algorithm is applied to the optimization of a large hard instance of the Random 3-SAT Problem (N=10000). The dynamical behavior of the quantum and the classical annealing are compared, showing important qualitative differences in the way of exploring the complex energy landscape of the combinatorial optimization problem. At variance with the results obtained for the Ising spin glass and for the Traveling Salesman Problem, in the presen...

  16. Stochastic search in structural optimization - Genetic algorithms and simulated annealing

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    Hajela, Prabhat

    1993-01-01

    An account is given of illustrative applications of genetic algorithms and simulated annealing methods in structural optimization. The advantages of such stochastic search methods over traditional mathematical programming strategies are emphasized; it is noted that these methods offer a significantly higher probability of locating the global optimum in a multimodal design space. Both genetic-search and simulated annealing can be effectively used in problems with a mix of continuous, discrete, and integer design variables.

  17. An improved simulated annealing algorithm for standard cell placement

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    Jones, Mark; Banerjee, Prithviraj

    1988-01-01

    Simulated annealing is a general purpose Monte Carlo optimization technique that was applied to the problem of placing standard logic cells in a VLSI ship so that the total interconnection wire length is minimized. An improved standard cell placement algorithm that takes advantage of the performance enhancements that appear to come from parallelizing the uniprocessor simulated annealing algorithm is presented. An outline of this algorithm is given.

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

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    Lu, Ping; Khan, M. A.

    1993-01-01

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

  19. Spall Response of Annealed Copper to Direct Explosive Loading

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    Finnegan, Simon; Burns, Malcolm; Whiteman, Glenn

    2015-06-01

    Taylor wave spall experiments were conducted on annealed copper targets using direct explosive loading. The targets were mounted on the back of an explosive which was initiated using a gas gun plate impact. The explosive and target were separated by a layer of foam in order to reduce the peak amplitude and strain rate of the Taylor wave pulse. This technique creates a high stress state, with a lower strain rate than an equivalent plate impact experiment, within the target. An advantage of using a gas gun is that the explosive run to detonation following impact can be studied separately. Four shots were performed on two differently annealed batches of copper to investigate the effect of annealing on the spall response. One pair of targets was annealed at 1123 K for 4 hours and the other pair was annealed at 723 K for 1 hour. The free surface velocity profiles were recorded using a heterodyne velocimetry (HetV) probe, focussed on the centre of the target. To quantify the effect of the annealing the pullback shapes in the free surface velocity profiles and the calculated spall strengths were compared for the four targets.

  20. Degeneracy, degree, and heavy tails in quantum annealing

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    King, Andrew D.; Hoskinson, Emile; Lanting, Trevor; Andriyash, Evgeny; Amin, Mohammad H.

    2016-05-01

    Both simulated quantum annealing and physical quantum annealing have shown the emergence of "heavy tails" in their performance as optimizers: The total time needed to solve a set of random input instances is dominated by a small number of very hard instances. Classical simulated annealing, in contrast, does not show such heavy tails. Here we explore the origin of these heavy tails, which appear for inputs with high local degeneracy—large isoenergetic clusters of states in Hamming space. This category includes the low-precision Chimera-structured problems studied in recent benchmarking work comparing the D-Wave Two quantum annealing processor with simulated annealing. On similar inputs designed to suppress local degeneracy, performance of a quantum annealing processor on hard instances improves by orders of magnitude at the 512-qubit scale, while classical performance remains relatively unchanged. Simulations indicate that perturbative crossings are the primary factor contributing to these heavy tails, while sensitivity to Hamiltonian misspecification error plays a less significant role in this particular setting.